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)
Ole Miss student Amanda Schnugg talks about getting sick during the first couple weeks of the new semester and different it is from being in grade school when you were able to stay home when sick without feeling guilty. (February 4, 2011, Page 1B)
Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi Inc., a private nonprofit agency serving victims of violence, needs mature, responsible adult volunteers to assist with providing crisis intervention for our clients. All interested persons must complete a 12-hour training course that is provided by the agency. The next volunteer training will be offered Feb. 21- 23, from 5 – 9 p.m. each day, in the Conference Room at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. For more information or to register, call 234-9929. (February 4, 2011)
Alison Crum and Roy Marks will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Paris-Yates Chapel at the University of Mississippi. Crum is well known as a player and teacher of the viol. She is president of the Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain, professor of viol at Trinity College of Music in London, and a visiting teacher at several colleges and universities both in Europe and the U.S.
Marks has played piano and guitar from childhood, but always felt himself an artist and studied at the Royal Academy in London. Since taking up the viol, lute and theorbo he has had little time for painting but enjoys performing, coaching on various workshops, and composing original music for period instruments. (February 4, 2011)