The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Sardis Lake will host its annual Fish Habitat Day on Feb. 12. The Corps of Engineers is asking for volunteer assistance to create new fish habitats with stake beds and donated Christmas trees. Many fishermen know that one of the keys to a good fishing spot is good habitat. As reservoirs age, flooded timber and brush rots away leaving minnows and fish fry with less protective cover. Replacing this cover is important to maintain healthy fish populations. This event also gives fishermen an opportunity to become familiar with the locations of these structures around the lake.
Volunteers are asked to report to Teckville Landing or the new Sardis Lake Field Office location at the north end of Sardis Dam for registration from 7 to 7:30 a.m. Volunteers are encouraged to wear outdoor work clothing including gloves. ATV use is allowed, but ATV riders are reminded to wear helmets. Volunteers will be treated to a stew lunch at the Corps of Engineers shop or Holiday Lodge at Teckville Landing. For more information, call Hayden Sullivant or Ramon Pierce at the Sardis Lake Field Office (662) 563-4531. (January 28, 2011)
Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi Inc. will sponsor “The Newly Wed Game” at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Spirit of Excellence Church. Couples from throughout the area are invited to participate in the event being held as part of Healthy Marriage Week. Prizes will be awarded to the winning couples. For more information, call 234-9929. (January 28, 2011)
The annual Oxford Film Festival returns Feb. 10 to 13. An online schedule and ticketing information for all films is at www.oxfordfilmfest.com. (January 28, 2011)
New Orleans food and fun will be featured at “Jazzin’” from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 6 in the activity center of the Oxford-University United Methodist Church. Gumbo, red beans and jazz music, featuring jazz vocalist Effie Burt, will be available. Tickets are $8.50 for adults and $5 for children, ages 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the offices of OUUMC or Burns United Methodist Church between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday. Proceeds from the event will go to Burns United Methodist Church. (January 28, 2011)
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks reminds everyone that all Wildlife Management Areas with waterfowl hunting opportunity will be open for the youth waterfowl hunting weekend on Feb. 5 – 6.
Waterfowl regulations, including bag limits, for the youth hunting weekend will be the same as during the regular waterfowl season; however, youth hunters are exempt from purchasing a hunting license, WMA user permit, and duck stamps. Non-toxic shot and shotguns holding no more than three shells must still be used. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed adult, and adults are not allowed to carry weapons or harvest birds during the hunts.
For more information about specific WMAs with waterfowl hunting opportunity, visit http://home.mdwfp.com/wildlife.aspx, or call the MDWFP Wildlife Bureau at 601-432-2199. (January 28, 2011)
The inaugural UM Chili Bowl for the Soul contest will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Ole Miss Student Union. Judges for the contest will be John T. Edge, renowned eater-writer-educator and director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, along with UM Chancellor Dan Jones and his wife. The $10 entry fee includes five tastes of chili, a bowl of the chili of your choice and a drink. All money raised through this chili cookoff will go to Oxford’s Interfaith Compassion Ministries to fight homelessness. The event is being hosted by UM Homeless Outreach, Office of the Dean of Students/Volunteer Services, Campus Programming and Aramark. (January 28, 2011)
Every Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. (weather permitting), students can enjoy a healthy alternative to get to school by walking and participating in the Safe Routes to School program. Children can be dropped off between 7:15 – 7:30 a.m. at the following locations: Bramlett Elementary School students meet at the Lafayette County Chancery Building; Oxford Elementary School students meet at the OE Walking Track at the back of the school; Della Davidson Elementary School students meet at the Oxford Conference Center; and Oxford Middle School students meet at the Oxford Activities Center. For more information, contact Brad Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-915-5570. (January 28, 2011)
The Master Gardeners of Lafayette County will sponsor a free workshop on pruning at 11 a.m. Feb. 5 at the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library. Jeff McManus, director of landscaping for the University of Mississippi, will discuss the proper techniques and times for pruning shrubs and tress in our area. (January 28, 2011)
The Student Programming Board and the Department of Campus Programming will host the annual Miss University pageant at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Ford Center for Performing Arts. Nine ladies will vie for the title of Miss University 2011. The winner will be crowned Miss University and will advance to the Miss Mississippi Scholarship Pageant to be held in Vicksburg in June. The pageant will be emceed by Adrian Turner, reigning Miss University, and Sarah Beth James, Miss Mississippi 2010. Tickets for the pageant are available at the UM Box Office in the Student Union for $10 with an Ole Miss Student ID and $15 to the general public. For more information, call Jennifer Taylor, director of campus programming, at 915-1044. (January 28, 2011)
A free business issue seminar will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Mississippi Small Business Development Center on the UM campus. The seminar is designed to offer topics of interest to small business owners. Each seminar will cover a different issue. Examples of topics that will be covered are: financing; managing a business; managing employees; human resources; customer relations; accounting; budgeting; real estate; cash flow management; tax planning; marketing/advertising; family-owned business; franchising; insurance and other issues. To register by telephone, call 1-800-725-7232. (January 28, 2011)