“Seasons in the Garden,” the Lafayette County Master Gardeners Spring Lecture Series begins at noon March 31 at the University Museums. Tommy Bennett, co-owner of the Bennett-Burkes Nursery in Horn Lake, will make a presentation about gardening basics: starting plants from seed, soil preparation, easy plants to grow, fertilizing and watering with an emphasis on organic gardening. Not just for beginning gardeners, Bennett will provide helpful information for all level of gardeners. For more information, call the Extension Service at 234-4451 or go to www.LCMGA.org. (March 23, 2011)
The Croft Institute for International Studies presents its final speaker in the Spring Visiting Speaker Series, Cathy Frierson. Frierson, a native of Mississippi, was a National Merit Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill, and earned her Ph.D. in Russian history at Harvard University. She is the author or editor of six books on Russian and Soviet history. Frierson will present her lecture, “Children of the Gulag: Trauma, Survival, Rehabilitation” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Croft room 107. For more information, contact Brooke Worthy at email@example.com or 915-1500. (March 23, 2011)
The Total Communications and Hand Band at Ole Miss will host a Deaf Social from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Ole Miss Rebel football team’s practice field. Coach Houston Nutt and his brother, Danny Hutt, have invited all members of the community who are deaf and/or hard of hearing to join and watch the practice then to socialize afterwards. (March 23, 2011)
Positive All The Way is sponsoring its second annual Ms. Total Package on May 7. Entry deadline is Sunday. The application fee is $30. The purpose is to celebrate women for all the things they do to support their family, friends, church and community. For an application or more information, call Jo Von at 662-801-6073 or email Positive_atw@yahoo.com. (March 23, 2011)
Guide and historian Jack Mayfield will lead a Double Decker Bus tour at 1 p.m. Saturday. The bus departs from Skipwith Cottage, next door to Oxford City Hall. The tour highlights historic points of interest in Oxford, including North and South Lamar, St. Peter’s Cemetery, the L.Q.C. Lamar House and the University of Mississippi. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the City Hall Visitors Center Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and can also be purchased the day of the tour at Skipwith Cottage. For more information, call Mary Allyn Roulhac at 232-2477. (March 23, 2011)
A rummage sale will begin at 6 a.m. Saturday at the Lafayette County Extension Office, 101 Veterans Drive, next to the Lafayette County Health Department. Proceeds will benefit 4-H. (March 23, 2011)
The New Albany Home and Garden Show will be held Friday and Saturday. Gary Bachman and Nellie Neal are featured speakers. Free admission and door prizes to be given out all day. For more information, call Tim at 662-316-0088 or visit www.newalbanygardening.com. (March 23, 2011)
The U.S. Air Force is bringing its premier jazz ensemble, Airmen of Note, to the University of Mississippi’s Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts on Friday. The show is set for 8 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available by calling 915-7411, by stopping by the UM Box Office in the Student Union from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays or visiting the Ford Center Box Office beginning at 10 a.m. the day of the show.
Airmen of Note was created in 1950 to carry on the tradition of Maj. Glenn Miller’s Army Air Corps dance band. Since the “Note” was founded, the Glenn Miller sound has remained as the key ingredient of the band’s musical heritage. The group boasts 18 of the top jazz musicians from across the country.
The group adopted a contemporary sound in the 1960s, due largely to the legendary Sammy Nestic. In the 1970s, Senior Master Sgt. Mike Crotty elevated the “Note” into the big jazz band that it is today and has since been recognized internationally for its versatility. (March 23, 2011)
Poet Claude Wilkinson and novelist, essayist and short story writer, William Gay are exhibiting their work at Southside Gallery this month. An artists’ reception is scheduled for Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Southside Gallery at 234-9090. (March 23, 2011)
The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library will feature author Michael McFee at its Books ‘n’ Lunch program at noon Friday. McFee is appearing in connection with the Conference for the Book. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to pre-register, call the library at 234-5751. (March 23, 2011)