All members of the community are invited to attend the Lafayette County Soil & Water Conservation District meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at Lafayette High School Commons. Registration is $10 per person and includes the meal, program and membership. John Ruskey, Quapaw Canoe Company, will present the program, “The Great Flood of 2011 – Memphis to Vicksburg,” along photos, videos and music as he canoed down the Mississippi River during the great flood last spring. For more information or to RSVP, call 234-8701 ext. 3. (October 19, 2011)
The Healing Hearts Suicide Grief Support Group will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrews United Methodist Church. This is a peer-led group offering support for adults grieving a suicide death. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Tania Hatfield at 662-701-7389. (October 19, 2011)
The members of PFLAG will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sarah Isom Center on the campus of the University of Mississippi. PFLAG of Oxford North Mississippi is an organization that works to support, educate and advocate for gays and lesbians, bisexuals and transgender and their families. October is a membership month so those who would like to be a formal member of PFLAG Oxford N. Mississippi are urged to pay the dues of $15 per individual or household per year (more if you can, less if you can’t). You can also be a friend, and support our work if you do not chose to be a member. For more information, call 801-2820 or visit http://pflagoxfordms.wordpress.com/contact-us/. (October 19, 2011)
A team of experts is scheduled to discuss the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in a public forum Thursday at the University of Mississippi. The 90-minute, free event begins at 6 p.m. in Guyton Annex Room 210. Limited seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Panelists include Kristine Willett, associate professor of pharmacology and graduate program coordinator for the Environmental Toxicology Research Program in the UM School of Pharmacy; Phillip Lee, senior research scientist at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory; Moby Solangi, president and executive director of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies; and Joe Jewell, assistant director of Fisheries in the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. The panel presentation is slated for 70 minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session. Refreshments will be served afterward. For more information, contact Sumrall at 915-5310 or email@example.com. (October 15, 2011)
The inaugural Oxford Science Café will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Science Café, sponsored by the University of Mississippi Department of Physics and Astronomy, will feature a series of short public talks at Lusa Pastry Café, 1120 N. Lamar Ave. October’s Science Café, by Josh Gladden, is on “Airplanes to Turbulence to Dark Energy: a 30 minute tour of some physics we know and some physics we don’t know.” A time for questions and conversations will be offered afterward. Everyone is invited, and children are welcome. (October 14, 2011)
The L-O-U Symphony Orchestra will present its fall concert at 8 p.m. Monday in the Gertrude Ford Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Mississippi. The program will include Rossini’s “Barber of Seville Overture,” Corelli’s “Concerto in C minor,” and Schubert’s “Symphony No. 1.” Appearing as a special guest is the internationally known soprano, Kallen Esperian, who was appointed artist-in-residence at the University this year. She will sing Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s “Mattinata,” and “O mio babbino caro” from Giacomo Puccini’s opera, “Gianni Schicchi.” Tickets are available at the UM Box Office at 915-7411 or at www.olemiss.edu/depts/tickets/. (October 14, 2011)
The Lafayette-Oxford-University community is invited to ride this Sunday in memory and celebration of the life of Kevser Ermin, a cyclist who lost her life last week while riding on Highway 314. The public is encouraged to meet at 2:45 p.m. at the Lyceum on the UM campus, and depart at 3. A family friendly one-mile ride will kick off the group ride with more advanced cyclists riding the 28-mile round trip to Sardis at Clear Creek Landing and back to the Lyceum.
The commemorative bike ride is to celebrate the life of Ermin and also to raise awareness about “sharing the road” in the Lafayette Oxford University community and statewide. Sharing the road ensures a greater quality of life for all citizens when users of the road experience both personal freedom and safety when choosing their mode of transportation, whether they walk, run, hike and bicycle in the community. The John Paul Frerer Bicycle Safety Act, also known as the “Bicycle Safety Law” includes a three-foot passing requirement. (October 14, 2011)
Gaining Ground is having a meeting and sponsoring a lecture at 6 p.m. Monday at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. Everyone is invited to the meeting that will begin with a potluck dinner, followed by a lecture by Jason Hoeksema entitled “Foraging and Identifying Wild Mushrooms in North Mississippi.” The lecture is free to the public, and those attending are encourage to bring a potluck dish to share. (October 14, 2011)
Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi will hold a fatherhood program for new fathers from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library. For more information, call Wanda Gipson at 234-9929. (September 19, 2011)
The Lafayette County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium of the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library, 401 Bramlett Blvd. The speaker will be Betty Wiltshire, newsletter editor for the Carroll County Genealogy Society. She will speak on the topic of genealogy research for African Americans. The public is invited to this free program. (September 19, 2011)