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. (March 1, 2011)
The Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber After Hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. March 10 at Hampton Inn. (March 1, 2011)
The Croft Institute for International Studies presents Jeffrey Richey as its third speaker in the Spring Visiting Speaker Series. Richey is associate professor of religion and director of the Asian studies program at Berea College in Kentucky. He is a specialist in ancient and early medieval Chinese and Japanese religious history. He will present his lecture, “The Death and Resurrection of Confucianism,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Croft room 107. For more information, contact Brooke Worthy at email@example.com or 915-1500. (March 1, 2011)
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will host its annual Mardi Gras parade Tuesday. Everyone is invited to decorate wagons, bikes or scooters and join the parade or find a place on the Square to watch. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the church parking lot. (March 1, 2011)
The “Women of Distinction” luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at FNC Inc., 1214 Office Park Drive. This national Girl Scout program recognizes the achievements of women in the community. Tickets may be purchased for $25 from FNC. Table and event sponsorships are also available. For more information, call 236-8254. (March 1, 2011)
A fish identification seminar will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery. Josh Howell, a conservation associate biologist with the Fisheries Bureau of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, will present the seminar. Howell will provide information on learning to identify the many different species of fish found in north Mississippi.
The NMFH is located off I-55 at Enid Exit 233 east. The program is free with the price of admission. For more information call 662-563-8068 or visit the NMFH website at http://home.mdwfp.com/NMFH/. (March 1, 2011)
The L-O-U Symphony Orchestra will present its Student Soloists Concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The concert will open with Edvard Grieg’s “Holberg Suite” and will conclude with Joseph Haydn’s “Symphony No. 103.”
The winners of the Student Soloists Concert this year are Dairuo Feng, a graduate student in the Department of Music, who will perform the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major,” Lindsey Mask Langley, a senior music education major from Corinth, who will perform Carl Maria von Weber’s “Clarinet Concertino in C minor,” and Jesse Martin, a junior music education major from Batesville, who will perform the first movement of Henri Tomasi’s “Concerto for Saxophone.”
Tickets are $10 and $6 for students with ID. They may be ordered at the UM Box Office, www.olemiss.edu/depts/tickets/. For more information, call 915-7411. (March 1, 2011)
The Department of Music at the University of Mississippi will offer its second concert of the 2010-11 season at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Ford Center. The concerts are especially for students in elementary grades. The programs, featuring faculty and advanced student performers, are drawn from the department’s regular season programming, but with special introductions and commentary designed to help young people understand and appreciate the music. This concert will feature the winners of the student concerto competition. Admission is free, however, but attendees are responsible for transportation. Ample bus parking is available. Reservations are required as space is limited. For more information, contact Ronald Vernon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-3417. (March 1, 2011)
The OHS Parade of Beauties will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Kayla Mize Auditorium at Oxford High School. Admission is $10 per person. Proceeds from this event support the OHS Band Program. (March 1, 2011)
Guide and historian Jack Mayfield will lead the first Double Decker Bus tour of the year 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 Rowan Oak, 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. Space is limited. For more information, call Mary Allyn Roulhac at 232-2477. (March 1, 2011)