A prom dress closet is being created again this year at Lafayette High School. The 2011 Prom will be held March 5 at the Inn at Ole Miss. Students will be allowed to shop in the prom dress closet beginning in February. The public is being asked to assist in increasing the number of dresses available by donating gently used dresses, shoes and accessories. Donations will be accepted until Feb. 25. Donations can be dropped off in the LHS office or library. Rainbow Cleaners will accept the dresses and clean them free so dresses can be taken to the cleaners. Tell the cleaners the dress is for the Lafayette High School Prom Dress Drive. For more information, contact the counseling office at 234-3241 or the school office at 234-3614. Beth Burt, librarian, or Lisa Russell, prom coordinator, are available to assist in collecting the donations and answering any questions about the prom dress closet. (February 11, 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 11, 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 11, 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 11, 2011)
The Winter Adult Reading Program, also known as W.A.R.M., begins this month at the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library. Those who register anytime in February will receive a free book. For more information, call the library at 234-5751. (February 11, 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 11, 2011)
The American Red Cross will offer an Adult, Child, and Infant CPR/AED & Standard First Aid community class from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 26. The cost of this class is $60. All classes are held at the Red Cross Office, 106 Skyline Drive. Interested participants should contact the Red Cross office at 236-1282 to register. Pre-registration is required for the class. (February 11, 2011)
Rivers’ Hill Church of Christ will prepare and serve free meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 23 to the homeless and others in need in the community. The church will also have free articles of clothing available. The church is located on Highway 334. For more information, call the church at 236-2456. (February 11, 2011)
The T.P. Vinson Memorial Scholarship fundraiser banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Johnson Commons Ballroom on the campus of the University of Mississippi campus focusing on “Education: Past, Present and Future.” The seating for the semi-formal dinner will begin at 6 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Dr. David Rock, dean of the UM School of Education. Tickets are $35 a person, covering a meal of a meat choice, sides, salad and dessert. A reserved table of eight may be purchased for $350. A silent auction will be held. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Feb. 18. For more information, contact Traci Meredith at 915-7746 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (February 11, 2011)
Tree Give Away Day will be held at the MFC Work Center, Highway 30, beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday. More than 10,000 seedlings will be distributed free on a first-come basis. The pine seedlings are donated by Nail Forestry Services, Weyerhaeuser and US Forest Service. The Give Away Day is sponsored by Mississippi Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Lafayette County Soil & Water Conservation District. (February 11, 2011)