The Mississippi School of the Arts will hold an information event for interested students and parents on Oct. 21 from 5:30 till 7:30 p.m. at the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library, 401 Bramlett Blvd. Those interested are invited to come and go as they please during this event.
The Mississippi School of the Arts is an 11th- and 12th-grade visual and performing arts residential, public high school located in Brookhaven. Students not only meet and exceed the traditional Mississippi high school curriculum, they receive special instruction in visual arts, vocal music, dance, literary arts and theater. Students interested in MSA apply their sophomore year. Last years graduating class received more than $2.6 million in scholarship offers for college.
For more information call 601-823-1300. Applications to attend MSA are available online at www.msa.k12.ms.us or can be requested over the phone, by e-mail: email@example.com, or at the Oct. 21 event. Application deadline for the 2011-012 school year is Feb. 1, 2011. (October 15, 2010)
The University of Mississippi Small Business Development Center will offer a free workshop for entrepreneurs, titled “First Steps to Starting A Business,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Physical Plant training room on the Oxford campus. The seminar is for those interested in starting their own business, but who are not sure where to begin. Speaker James Carden will outline the basic steps to start a business. Topics include: regulations such as licenses and permits; legal forms of business ownership; basic marketing concepts to help analyze the revenue potential; lending terminology; outline for a business plan and other resources to assist in starting a business. To register by phone, call 1-800-725-7232. For more information or to pre-register, call 915-1291 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Web site at www.mssbdc.org. (October 15, 2010)
Baptist Centers for Cancer Care will host Renewal with Hope from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cancer Center, 504 Azalea Drive. A light lunch will provided along with information for cancer patients, family members and caregivers on the necessity of good nutrition during and after cancer treatment. (October 15, 2010)
The Lafayette Middle School Math Department will host Family Math Night from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday in the LMS gym. Parents and students are invited to come, compete and learn math. Also, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, teachers will be available for parent conferences. (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)
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)
Every Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. (weather permitting), students can enjoy a healthy alternative to get to school by walking and participating in the Safe Routes to School program. Children can be dropped off between 7:15 – 7:30 a.m. at the following locations: Bramlett Elementary School students meet at the Lafayette County Chancery Building; Oxford Elementary School students meet at the OE Walking Track at the back of the school; Della Davidson Elementary School students meet at the Oxford Conference Center; and Oxford Middle School students meet at the Oxford Activities Center. For more information, contact Brad Martin at email@example.com or 662-915-5570. (October 5, 2010)
The monthly Double Decker Bus Tour will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday. Those interested in participating should meet at the Skipwith Cottage on the Square. Historian Jack Mayfield will serve as the guide for a driving tour through Oxford and the University of Mississippi on the Double Decker bus. The tour last approximately 1 hour and fifteen minutes. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. For more information or to reserve a spot, call the Oxford CVB at 232-2477. (October 5, 2010)
In honor of National Coming Out Day, the Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies will host a panel discussion titled, “Coming Out Faithfully: Faith, Religion, and Sexualities,” at noon Monday, Oct. 11, in the Faulkner Room in the Archives & Special Collections on the third floor of J.D. Williams Librar yon the campus of the University of Mississippi.
This panel discussion of sexualities in the Bible will be presented by the Rev. Craig Gates, retired Episcopal minister and member of the Bishop’s Committee on Ministry with LGBT Persons, the Rev. Laura Getty’s, associate rector, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and Eunice Benton, UUA Mid-South district executive.
National Coming Out Day was founded by Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary on Oct. 11, 1988, in celebration of the second gay march in Washington, D.C., a year earlier. The purpose of the march and of National Coming Out Day is to promote government and public awareness as well as affirmation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights and to celebrate homosexuality. Whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or not, be proud of who you are and your support for LGBT equality this National Coming Out Day. (October 3, 2010)