The Oxford Community Garden presently has 4 feet by 8 feet plots, and 3 feet by 3 feet children’s plots available. Larger plots have no waiting list should one become available. The Community Garden Association will hold its annual meeting Feb. 28 at the Stone Center. Registration will begin at 5:15 p.m. with a business meeting to follow. The community garden has no name so everyone is invited to help name the garden. For more information, visit www.oxfordcga.org. To propose a name for the garden or to reserve a plot, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Susie at 234-3064 (evenings). (February 4, 2011)
The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library is hosting Soup-er Bowl now through Super Bowl Sunday on Sunday. During this time, everyone in the community is invited to donate a can of soup or other canned good at the library, and the library will donate all the canned goods to The Pantry (February 4, 2011)
GED Testing is being offered by Northwest Mississippi Community College at the WIN Job Center in Oxford on the first Wednesday of every month. At least three weeks prior to testing, an applicant must come to the WIN Job Center to complete all steps of the registration process. For more information, contact Amy Savage or Meghan Feltenstein at 234-3231. (February 4, 2011)
Lafayette County TRIAD is providing weather radios for individuals who are 55 and older or for persons with a disability that meet income poverty guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. These weather radios will be programmed for alerts that affect our area and will need to remain plugged in at all times. Back-up batteries are included. Those interested can call RSVP at 232-2377 to get an application. Applications are due by Feb. 28. (February 4, 2011)
The Pantry, the community’s local food bank, needs strong men who will allow their names to be added to a call list to be contacted when food donations are offered that need to be picked up and delivered to The Pantry. To volunteer, call 234-2907. (February 4, 2011)
Each first and third Tuesday from 10 a.m. until noon, Pantry volunteers will assist the Department of Human Services in helping clients make application for food stamps. SNAP is the new program name (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program). It provides a shorter application form and is intended to encourage more families to take advantage of the food buying resources that are available through DHS. All Pantry clients who are not currently receiving food stamps are encouraged to visit The Pantry on any first or third Tuesday for personal assistance. For more information and to volunteer, call Jim Stephens at 801-3056. (February 4, 2011)
The AARP Tax-Aide program will not be available this year. For several years during the tax season, the Tax-Aide program had been offered at the Stone Center to prepare individual tax returns. Plans are being made to bring the program back in 2012. For more information, call RSVP at 232-2377. (February 4, 2011)
The Lafayette County Extension Office will not conduct Master Gardener classes in the spring this year. Classes will be held in the fall starting with Orientation in September and classes running from Oct. 11 – Dec. 1. Some Master Gardener classes will be held in surrounding counties this spring, including Union (New Albany) and Yalobusha (Coffeeville). Training received in another county will allow those trained to participate in Lafayette County. For more information, call the extension office at 234-4451. (February 4, 2011)
Students will have an opportunity to give back to the Oxford and Lafayette County communities March 26 through the inaugural University of Mississippi Big Event. The Big Event began as an extension of UMSFusion, an annual service event developed in 2003 that encouraged students to volunteer in the Oxford-Lafayette community.
Students can sign up to act as voluntary participants in service throughout the Oxford-Lafayette County community. The daylong projects may include painting, yard work, washing windows, cleaning or assisting the elderly. The university will provide lunch. One unique part of the event is that any community member can register a project for students participation.
Registration forms are available at the Lafayette County Courthouse. To register a community project or to sign up online, visit www.olemiss.edu/bigevent. (February 4, 2011)
The second annual Oxford Run for Hope 5K and Half Marathon will be held Feb. 26. The run will begin and end at the Oxford Conference Center at 102 Ed Perry Blvd. The half marathon begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K begins at 8:45. To register for the half marathon and 5K, visit www.oxfordrun4hope.com. (February 4, 2011)