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Jon Scott

Pumpkin Art Class

The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center, adjacent to Enid Lake, is hosting pumpkin painting for youngsters at 2 p.m. Saturday. Participants will create pumpkin art using paint and decoupage and can decorate their pumpkins with images of trophy fish, monster bucks, beautiful flowers, colorful birds or even creepy bugs. Pumpkins and painting supplies will be provided and participants will receive helpful hints, hand-on help, and step-by-step instructions. Painting is fun, but can be messy so make sure the young artists and their assistants wear appropriate clothing. The program is free with the price of admission which is $2.50 for adults ages 18-59, and $2 for youngsters ages 3-17 and adults over the age of 60. Registration is limited to 20 youngsters so reserve a spot by calling 662-563-8068. (October 19, 2011)

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    Domestic Violence Awareness

    As part of October being National Domestic Violence Awareness month, the public is encouraged to attend a meeting at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library. Deborah Yates, executive director of Tupelo’s Shelter and Assistance Families Emergencies project, will discuss domestic violence and its impact on society. The meeting will be hosted by Terry J. Williams-Buffington, a community activist for families of domestic violence. For more information, contact Williams-Buffington at 801-0830 or (October 19, 2011)

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      Szymko Concert

      The University of Mississippi Choral Department presents “The Music Of Joan Szymko” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Nutt Auditorium at UM. The UM Women’s Glee, under the direction of Debra Spurgeon, will present a program featuring several compositions by choral composer Szymko, including the premiere of a new work titled “Lux Beatissima.” Szymko is a Portland, Ore., based composer. She has set the texts of  Wendell Berry, Julian of Norwich, William Blake, Langsdon Hughes and Mother Teresa, as well as traditional Latin texts of the choral canon. Her music runs the gamut from rhythmic African pieces, to lyrical, tuneful works. Guest appearances will be made by Sapphire from Olive Branch High School under the direction of Micheal Wegener, the Ole Miss Concert Singer’s and the Men’s Glee under the direction of Donald Trott. This performance represents the culmination of Szymko’s residency at UM. Szymko will conduct some of the works on the program and will discuss her compositional process. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the UM Box Office, 915-7411. (October 19, 2011)

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        Pumpkin Patch Telling

        The North Mississippi Storytellers Guild will circle up at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the Parish Hall of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to share ghostly tales and songs for its annual Pumpkin Patch Telling. Come share a story. Come listen. For more information, contact Rebecca Jernigan at 234-0550 or e-mail her at (October 19, 2011)

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          ‘Toddies and Tiaras’ Fundraiser

          Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s inaugural fundraising event, “Toddies and Tiaras,” will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. The “sip-n-shop” event will feature a pairing of wines and fashion from exclusive boutiques and designers, including Lulu’s Shoes and Accessories Olive Juice Gifts, Therapy, Kim Gambrell Couture Jewelry, The Blue Lark and Tab Boren Pottery.

          Tickets cost $100 for VIP and $75 for general admission. VIP includes premier seating at the fashion show. Guests must be 21 or older. To make reservations in advance, visit, or call 662-840-2389. (October 19, 2011)

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            Soil & Water Conservation District

            All members of the community are invited to attend the Lafayette County Soil & Water Conservation District meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at Lafayette High School Commons. Registration is $10 per person and includes the meal, program and membership. John Ruskey, Quapaw Canoe Company, will present the program, “The Great Flood of 2011 – Memphis to Vicksburg,” along photos, videos and music as he canoed down the Mississippi River during the great flood last spring. For more information or to RSVP, call 234-8701 ext. 3. (October 19, 2011)

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              Suicide Grief Support Group

              The Healing Hearts Suicide Grief Support Group will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrews United Methodist Church. This is a peer-led group offering support for adults grieving a suicide death. For more information, send an email to or contact Tania Hatfield at 662-701-7389. (October 19, 2011)

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                Tallahatchie Toastmasters

                The Tallahatchie Toastmasters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cedar Oaks, 601 Murray Drive. Anyone interested in improving their public speaking skills or learning leadership skills are welcome to come to the meeting. The meeting is expected to last one hour. (October 19, 2011)

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                  The members of PFLAG will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sarah Isom Center on the campus of the University of Mississippi. PFLAG of Oxford North Mississippi is an organization that works to support, educate and advocate for gays and lesbians, bisexuals and transgender and their families. October is a membership month so those who would like to be a formal member of PFLAG Oxford N. Mississippi are urged to pay the dues of $15 per individual or household per year (more if you can, less if you can’t). You can also be a friend, and support our work if you do not chose to be a member. For more information, call 801-2820 or visit (October 19, 2011)

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                    University Greys

                    The members of the University Greys, Camp No. 1803, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Ole Miss Catering, 123 Heritage Drive, located behind Applebee’s. Matthew Johnson, a history professor, will present a program comparing the burning of Oxford and Chambersburg, Pa., during the Civil War. All those interested are invited. For more information, call William Hooper, camp commander, at 816-0281. (October 19, 2011)

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