Artist-scholar E. Patrick Johnson, who was born and reared in Hickory, N.C., will give his solo performance of “Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales” at 7 p.m. Saturday in Meek Auditorium at the University of Mississippi. A book signing will be held afterward. (October 15, 2010)
The executive committee of the Lafayette County Democratic Party will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Lafayette County Chancery Building on North Lamar Boulevard just off the Square in Oxford. Feel free to attend and bring your friends and family. For more information, visit www.lafayettedems.org. (October 15, 2010)
The members of the Kountry Krafters Homemakers Club will meet at noon Monday at the Lafayette County Extension Service office on Highway 7 South. Members are reminded to bring items for the Holiday House, the money for Belk tickets, the fronts of cards and a covered dish. For more information, call Gerda at 234-9983. Guests are welcome. (October 15, 2010)
Lafayette High School’s Class of 1986 is beginning to plan its 25 year class reunion. A planning meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday on the third floor of the law office of Hill & Minyard PA, 1210 Office Park Drive. All interested parties are invited to attend. For more information, call 662-607-0105. (October 15, 2010)
The Department of Music at the University of Mississippi will offer two orchestra concerts especially for students in elementary grades. The programs, under the direction of Dr. Ronald Vernon, 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. The first concert of the season will be Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Ford Performing Arts Center on the UM campus.
Admission is free. Ample bus parking is available. Those planning to send classes to the concerts are asked to call ahead to let the department know how many students will attend because space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or reservations, call 915-1778. (October 15, 2010)
On Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, anyone can come to the Oxford Community Garden and get leaves that have composted since last fall. Leaves are free, and for a donation to the Garden, the compost will be loaded in your vehicle. Bring a truck, trailer or bags. The Garden is on University Avenue, pull in by the little white water building next to M & F Bank. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Susie Adams at 234-3064 in the evening. (October 15, 2010)
Kennon Observatory on the UM campus will host a free public viewing of the sky from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Telescopes will be available to observe the Moon, Uranus, Neptune and Jupiter, as well as star clusters and colorful double stars. The dome of Kennon Observatory has been repaired, so the large telescope inside will be available. Observations are possible only if the weather cooperates. In case the weather is cloudy or rainy, there can be no observation. Families and children are welcome. (October 15, 2010)
- Margaret Tolson East — 84, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
- Marshall Williams — 51, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Philadelphia M.B.C. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home chapel.
- Norris E. Thompson — 57, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Clear Creek M.B. Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
- Honnoll Collins Windham — 89, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010. Services will be held at noon Friday in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 a.m. until noon at the funeral home.
Local columnist Deidra Jackson takes a closer look at a recent appeal by President Obama to consider a longer school year to help with education in the United States. Discussions with former teachers and a current administrator show some of the concerns that educators and parents would have with the well-intentioned recommendation. (October 14, 2010, Page 4)
Franklin L. Foster writes to tell of his party’s experience as visiting fans from Kentucky for the recent Ole Miss-Kentucky football game. Foster praised the community for its friendliness and cleanliness. (October 14, 2010, Page 4)