Mississippi Blood Services and the Watson Quality Home Team have joined together to promote the Road to Life 3 Blood Drive campaign. Everyone who donates blood between now and March 31 will be registered for a chance to win a 2011 Ford Fiesta. One fortunate donor will drive home in a new car. Many fortunate hospital patients will get back on the road to life because you gave blood.
The Oxford Chamber of Commerce Junior Leadership will hold a community blood drive from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday. The MBS Donor Coach will be parked in front of the Oxford Walmart on West Jackson Avenue. The drive challenges Oxford High School and Lafayette High School to see which can raise the most donors. The winning school will get to host their own radio show. All donors will receive a free T-shirt.
All donors must be at least 17-years-old (16 with signed parental consent — forms available at drive locations and online), weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid ID. For more information about the upcoming blood drive, call (800) 817-7449. (March 1, 2011)
The Russian National Ballet is bringing its acclaimed production of “Swan Lake” to the University of Mississippi’s Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts for one show Friday. The show is set for 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $28 for various seating. Tickets are available by calling 915-7411, by visiting the UM Box Office in the Student Union from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays or the Ford Center Box Office beginning at 10 a.m. the day of the show, or by going to www.fordcenter.org. (March 1, 2011)
The VFW will host karaoke singing and dancing every Friday night at the Veterans Building across from the State Veterans Home. Doors open at 6 and singing and dancing starts at 7. Use one of their disks or bring your own. Food and drinks available. Admission is $5. The public is invited. (March 1, 2011)
The 28th annual Lafayette County Wildlife Seminar will be held Thursday at Lafayette High School Commons. Registration will be at 6 p.m., with the Welcome and Tasting Buffet at 6:30. Attendees are asked to bring a wildlife dish or a side dish of their choice. Bread and drinks will be provided. Following the buffet, a program will be presented by Mike Stewart, titled “Conservation The Wildrose Way.” Local hunting stores will have wildlife displays. This event is sponsored by the LHS FFA Chapter, Lafayette County SWCD, NRCS, MFC, Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers and MSU Extension Service. For more information, contact Margaret N. Webb at 234-4451, Robert Massey at 234-8701-x-3 or Garron Hicks at 234-1182. (March 1, 2011)
Local author Shirley H. Perry will read and sign her memoir, “After Many Days: My Life as a Spy and Other Grand Adventures,” at the Book Store on the Ole Miss campus at 10 a.m. Thursday. The public is invited. For more information about the author and her book, visit her website: http://shirleyhperry.com. (March 1, 2011)
Canterbury Crest apartments in Oxford, a Section 8 nonprofit housing organization for the elderly, handicapped and mobility impaired, will host an open house/health fair at the apartments from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. (March 1, 2011)
The Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies presents Reading Women Back Into History: “Makin’ Do: Mississippi Women’s Voices from Depression-Era America” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, in honor of Women’s History Month. The program will be broadcast live from the Ford Center at www.sarahisomcenter.org/readingwomen/.
Elizabeth Payne and five of her doctoral students have attracted national attention with their groundbreaking research project chronicling the oral histories of older women in north Mississippi. Payne, a professor of history at UM who teaches late-19th and early-20th century U.S. history, led seminars in 2005-06 in which five graduate students and 15 undergraduates interviewed more than 100 individuals in Union County. The goal was to record the memories of (mostly) women who came of age during the first half of the 20th century. The focus of “Makin’ Do” is the women who came of age during the World War II era. The subjects recount their experiences with the sharecropping system and race relations, as well as share how the Great Depression and industrialization affected their lives. (March 1, 2011)
The DAV, American Legion and the VFW will host a breakfast and some fellowship for all veterans at 7 a.m. Wednesday at the Veteran’s Building at 125 Veterans Drive. Breakfast features eggs, sausage, gravy, biscuits and coffee. The Veteran’s Building is located at the corner of Veterans Drive and South Lamar Boulevard. Donations are accepted. (March 1, 2011)
Will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Lafayette High School band hall. (March 1, 2011)
Will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the home of Dianne Falkner, 99 CR 181. Falkner will present the program, “Faulkner, Family and Friends.” (March 1, 2011)