The annual Strut Your Mutt dog walk to benefit the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society will be held Sunday in Oxford and on the Ole Miss campus. The fee to “strut your mutt” is $25, which includes refreshments (for the four-legged walkers, too) and official T-shirts for the fundraiser. Registration will be held on the Oxford Square from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Sunday with the walk between 2 and 4 p.m. The walk from the Lafayette County Courthouse lawn will include a stroll through the Grove and other parts of the Ole Miss campus.
Participants can also raise more money and compete for prizes by getting pledges and donations. A form is available at the OLHS website, www.oxfordpets.com. Prizes will be awarded to the three participants who raise the most money. For more information, visit the OLHS website or email Clara Lee Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org. (November 11, 2011)
A Double Decker Bus Tour will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday. Guide and historian Jack Mayfield will give visitors and residents an up close look at historic points of interest, including North and South Lamar, St. Peter’s Cemetery and Rowan Oak, and the University of Mississippi campus, while riding on the Double Decker bus. In addition to the driving tour, the bus will stop to tour two historic homes: the L.Q.C. Lamar House and Cedar Oaks Mansion. The tour departs from Skipwith Cottage, on the Square next door to Oxford City Hall. Space is limited. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children and includes admission into both homes. For more information, call the Oxford Convention & Visitors Bureau at 232-2477. (November 11, 2011)
The annual Holiday House, sponsored by the Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers, returns this weekend. The event has been held for more than 30 years in Oxford. The Holiday House will be held until 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Arts and crafts booths will be set up and entertainment and demonstrations will be features, along with a silent auction to benefit the National Guard Family Support Group. Toys will also be collected for Santa’s Toy Box. About 20 vendors have already signed up to sell a range of items from jewelry and quilts to woodworks and home canned goods. For more information, call the Lafayette County Extension office at 234-4451. (November 11, 2011)
The Tallahatchie Toastmasters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cedar Oaks, 601 Murray Drive, in Oxford. Anyone interested in improving their public speaking skills or learning leadership skills are welcome to come to the meeting. The meeting is expected to last one hour. (November 1, 2011)
LOFT presents The Temptations live in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov., 18, at The Lyric. Purchase tickets at www.thelyricoxford.com. Proceeds will benefit the Lafayette-Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow, an affiliate of the CREATE Foundation. LOFT’s mission is to provide support for numerous civic, educational, health, human services and cultural activities that will improve the quality of life for all Lafayette County residents. (October 19, 2011)
SPAFER in Oxford, a part of the South Points Association for Exploring Religion, and is a nonprofit, non-denominational study group that meets monthly to explore the histroy and beliefs of the many faith traditions. We do this within the context of our knowledge of the natural and spiritual laws of the Universe in which we live.
The next meeting will be Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to noon, and will feature a video presentation by Dr. Deepok Chopra entitled, “The Mystery of Consciousness.” Chopra is a medical doctor, and national known author and lecturer in the fields of medicine, science, religion and spirituality. His presentation will focus on the role of consciousness in our human life experiences and in our relationship and understanding of the divine.
Those of all faiths or no faith are welcome to attend what should be a very enlightening session. SPAFER in Oxford meets at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 31 CR 198, about four miles north of West Jackson Ave. off Old Sardis Road (Hwy. 314.) Coffee and donuts are served beginning at 9:30. For more information, call David Smith at 816-1195 or visit the SPAFER website at www.spafer.org. (October 19, 2011)
The Oxford Civic Chorus invites you to travel with them to France on wings of song. The chorus’s fall concert, “Chantez! A Celebration of French Choral Music,” will be presented at 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at North Oxford Baptist Church on Old Highway 7 north of Oxford. The program, sung in several languages, will showcase an array of choral pieces by French composers from many different eras. For musical theater fans, excerpts from “Les Miserables” will bring a lighter, more popular touch to the show. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They are available from chorus members and will also be sold at the door on the afternoon of the performance. For more information, visit http://oxfordcivicchorus.org/. (October 19, 2011)
The University of Mississippi will aid in suicide awareness and prevention by hosting the second annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk. Together with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, local hosts include the University of Mississippi Clinical Disaster Research Collaborative, Psychological Services Center, Department of Psychology and Psychology Honors Society.
The walk will take place Nov. 5 in the Lyceum Circle on the UM campus. Registration starts and 8 a.m., opening ceremonies begin at 9, and the 1.5-mile walk through campus starts at 9:30. Following the walk, participants are welcome to enjoy food, live music, and discussion with each other as well as mental health experts from the University and community.
People can register at www.outofthedarkness.org by clicking on the “Find an Event Near You” and signing up for the Lafayette-Oxford University Walk. Registration is free. Proceeds from the Out of the Darkness Community Walk will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. (October 19, 2011)
The annual Yocona Harvest Festival will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Yocona Community Center, 826 highway 334. The festival will feature games, prizes, concessions, door prizes and a cake walk. Chances will also be sold for a homemade quilt donated by the Yocona Homemakers. A costume contest will be held at 7 and auction will be held at 8. Admission is $1 per person and children, ages 3 and under, are free. (October 19, 2011)
Regents School of Oxford will have an Autumn Fair on Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. he event will be held at the Regents football field behind College Hill Presbyterian Church. Admission is $5 per person. This will be a fun family event with a lot of activities for everyone, such as a gospel band, storytelling with Miss Jill from Square Books, a children’s jumpy, concessions, a family picture booth, and lots of games, including Go Fish, Football Toss, Soak the Apple, Coca Cola Hoops, a Money Machine, Face Painting, Milk the Cow, Plinco, a CupCake Walk and Spin Art. The community is welcomed. For more information, visit www.regentsofoxford.org. (October 19, 2011)