The Oxford Film Festival and the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library are participating in the nationwide KidsFirst.org’s Film Critic’s Weekend. Local organizers are trying to set the world’s record of getting the largest number of kids “viewing and reviewing” the same film on the same weekend, “The Velveteen Rabbit,” together with a caring adult. The movie will be screened at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the library at no charge. (November 11, 2010)
The Kennon Observatory will host a free open house from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday on the Ole Miss campus. Attendees will be able to use telescopes to observe the Moon, Uranus, Neptune and Jupiter, as well as the Pleiades, star clusters and colorful double stars. 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. (November 10, 2010)
The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library will host a Harry Potter Party at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for kids ages 5 and older. The party will feature Hogwarts trivia, a character contest and other events. Those who want to participant in this free event must pre-register. For more information or to pre-register, call the library at 234-5751. (November 8, 2010)
The senior class of Oxford High School will hold its 11th annual Medieval Faire from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday. The faire will be held on the front lawn of the high school and everyone is welcome. (November 8, 2010)
The Oxford Middle School choirs, including the Mixed Chorus, Cantabilé and sixth-grade Singers, will present a free fall concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in Paris Yates Chapel on the Ole Miss Campus. Damein D. Wash is the director and Joseph Garrison will be the accompanist. (November 5, 2010)
Della Davidson’s Square Books Junior Book Fair will be Sunday through Thursday. A special event will be held at Square Books Junior on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For Della Day, 20 percent of all purchases will go to Della Davidson Elementary School if you identify yourself as a Della Book Fair shopper. Family night at Della Book Fair will be Tuesday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Della Davidson library. Free gift wrapping will be available at all events. Refreshments will also be provided. Regular fair hours at the school will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday next week. (November 5, 2010)
The North Oxford Baptist Church will host two free Hallow-Him festivals on Friday, one for young kids and the other geared for teens.
The Hallow-Him Carnival for preschoolers to sixth-graders will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the church’s Family Life Center. Kids will enjoy carnival games, refreshments a costume parade (no scary costumes) and lots of candy.
The Xtreme Hallow-Him festival, for youth in grades seven through twelve, will follow from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Family Life Center. This festival will feature inflatable games and much more. For more information, call 234-9343. (October 27, 2010)
Hermitage Gardens on Belk Boulevard will host a trick-or-treat event for elementary-school aged and younger kids. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday. (October 27, 2010)
The annual Halloween Spooktacular Safestop will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday on the Lafayette County Courthouse. This free event will feature games, candy, information, a costume parade and more. The costume parade will be held at 5. This event is free for the children and families of the community.
The Spooktacular Safestop is sponsored by Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi Inc., Domestic Violence Project Inc., Lafayette County Department of Human Services: Family and Children Services, Lafayette County Law Enforcement Association, Lift Inc., Lafayette/Oxford School Attendance Office and the Lafayette County 4-H. (October 27, 2010)
“H2: Healthy Halloween on the Square” will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. This family event mixes the celebration of Halloween with arts, crafts and the chance to learn that treats can be healthy. Rebel Body Fitness, Holli’s Sweet Tooth, Vegfund and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council host this activity that encourages families not just to walk on Halloween, but enjoy walking and making healthy choices together every night.
This free event features art, crafts and activities to engage the mind and body from bobbing for apples grown locally on a co-op farm, encouraging kids to play everyday to stay healthy, and use their creativity with crafts from Brilliant Easel Art School and the University Museum.
Several booths will be set up and many special activities will be held, such as giving kids the chance to see if they have the loudest, scariest scream at the scream contest hosted by Children’s Dental Center, a magic show by Steve Thomas, and stories from Square Books Jr. and the Oxford Literacy Council. These are just a few of the special activities and booths at H2: Healthy Halloween on the Square. (October 27, 2010)