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)
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 email@example.com. (October 19, 2011)
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 www.lebonheur.org/toddies, or call 662-840-2389. (October 19, 2011)
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Tania Hatfield at 662-701-7389. (October 19, 2011)
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)
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 http://pflagoxfordms.wordpress.com/contact-us/. (October 19, 2011)
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)
The Council on Aging will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at Azalea Gardens Senior Care Community for coffee and information exchange. This is an informal group that meets the third Thursday of each month to provide a network of communication exchange for those who work with and on behalf of our older citizens. All service agency providers and interested volunteers throughout the area are encouraged to attend these monthly networking meetings. For more information, contact Jo Ann O’Quin at email@example.com or the United Way at 236-4265. (October 19, 2011)
- Ida Fay “Dean” Campbell — 88, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at her residence in Oxford. Services will be held at noon Saturday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building in Oxford. Burial will follow in the Salem Cemetery in Oxford. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
- Lawrence Doyle — an infant, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Services were held this morning in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Babyland in the Garden of Memories at the funeral home.
- Thelma Few Learned — 91, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at the DeSoto Healthcare Nursing Home in Southaven. Services were held this morning in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Burial followed in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.
- Lewis Rowsey — 82, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at his daughter’s residence in Tupelo. Services will be held at Noon Thursday at Pleasant Green MB Church in Water Valley. Burial will follow in Pleasant Green Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 this evening at the church. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
- Samantha Stokes — 35, died Tuesday at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. Arrangements are incomplete with Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.