A benefit for Ronnie Mills will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the North Oxford Baptist Church Family Life Center. Mills worked most of his life as an Oxford firefighter and helped with many benefits over the years by giving his time and talent. The proceeds for this benefit will go to Mills who has suffered this year with many different ailments and complications with diabetes. Barbecue plates with all the trimmings will be available for eat-in or take-out for $10 each. Entertainment will be provided and a regular auction and silent auction will be held. Door prizes will be available and T-shirts will be sold for $15. For more information, call Sandy Bishop 234-1384 or Bonnie Craig 234-4510. (September 6, 2011)
Newcomers will gather for the annual Fall Kickoff Party at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Greystone Farms. In addition to food, music and entertainment, new officers and committee chairs will be introduced. The catered meal fee must be paid by Sept. 12. New residents in the Oxford area are welcome to join. For more information, a membership packet and monthly calendar, visit or call the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce at 234-4651. (September 6, 2011)
The public is invited to a presentation by Master Gardener, Barbara White, who will discuss “Attracting Beneficial Wildlife to Your Garden,” Monday at 9 a.m. at the Lafayette County Extension Service on Veterans Drive. For more information, call the Extension Office at 234-4451. (September 6, 2011)
The University Dames invites women faculty or staff, or wives of faculty or staff to its annual Newcomers’ Reception and Double Decker Bus Tour from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the second floor board room of The Lyceum.
The University Dames is an organization for women who are affiliated with the University of Mississippi (female faculty or staff, or wives of faculty or staff). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Priscilla at 662-801-6223. (September 6, 2011)
Volunteer Oxford, the community’s new volunteer center, needs area residents to volunteer on a day of service and remembrance on Sunday, Sept. 11. Various service site activities will focus on hunger and remember those who lost their lives on 9/11.
Local nonprofits benefiting from this day will be community resources that address hunger: The Pantry, More Than a Meal, Love Packs and the Oxford Community Garden. Volunteers will also honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 by working alongside local heroes.
Service site projects include community-wide food drives, gardening and landscaping projects, and helping organize and prepare food. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to participate.
The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance will kick off at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Oxford Activity Center. Volunteers will work on various service projects that afternoon with a 5 p.m. community supper at Lamar Park. Volunteers will receive a complimentary dinner on the grounds with the community invited to participate in the 9/11 service community event. The community will observe a moment of silence and also recognize and honor police, firefighters, and military servicemen and women.
To volunteer, contact Kelly Shannon at 236-6662 or email email@example.com. (September 6, 2011)
Music for Meditation, to embrace a decade of healing since Sept. 11, 2001, will be presented Sunday by organist Jason Derrick in the Oxford-University United Methodist Church sanctuary, corner University Avenue and 10th Street. This music-only memorial meditation service is free and open to all.
A special morning service will serve as a tribute to emergency responders at New Prospect Baptist Church, 823 Highway 334. The 10:30 a.m. service will provide an opportunity for the community to show its support and appreciation to all of its emergency responders — fire and police officers as well as EMTs. The responders will be honored with a small gift and appreciation dinner following the service. (September 6, 2011)
A benefit for Randy Ross, pastor of Faith Chapel Church, will be held Saturday at Mt. Liberty Church, located off Highway 9 West on CR 284. The benefit will feature food, an auction and singing. Barbecue and hamburger plates will be sold for $10 between 4 and 6 p.m. The auction will begin at 6 and continue until all items are sold. All items donated for the auction are appreciated. Without a Doubt and other guest singers will perform after the auction. For more information, call Gary Potts at 515-0810, Judy Martin at 414-0388, Charlie Huckaby at 628-0117 or Lucille Potts at 832-9051. (September 6, 2011)
A hunter education class has been set for the 2012 season. The class will be held from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Oxford National Guard Armory. For more information, call 662-840-5172. All persons born on or after Jan. 1, 1972, that have reached the age of 12, must complete the hunter education course before they can hunt or obtain a license. (September 6, 2011)
A benefit for Rusty Tutor will be held Saturday at the Toccopola Community Center. Tutor, 24, was recently diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma and has just begun treatments. He is married to Tifany Pate Tutor and they have a new baby daughter. The benefit will begin at 2 p.m. with music and food will state being served at 2:30. Eat-in or to-go hamburger plates with chips and beams, and barbecue plates with slaw and beans, as well as barbecue nachos will be available. (September 6, 2011)
In honor of September being named as Disaster Preparedness Month, the North Central Mississippi Medical Reserve Corps, Oxford Emergency Management and RSVP will have a tent set up Friday on the Square in front of the Skipwith Cottage with free information on how to prepare for natural disasters. Information about preparing for a disaster will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call either RSVP at 232-2377 or MRC at 232-2476. (September 6, 2011)