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 email@example.com. (November 11, 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)
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)
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital’s inaugural fundraising event, “Toddies and Tiaras,” will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. The “sip-n-shop” event will feature a pairing of wines and fashion from exclusive boutiques and designers, including Lulu’s Shoes and Accessories Olive Juice Gifts, Therapy, Kim Gambrell Couture Jewelry, The Blue Lark and Tab Boren Pottery.
Tickets cost $100 for VIP and $75 for general admission. VIP includes premier seating at the fashion show. Guests must be 21 or older. To make reservations in advance, visit www.lebonheur.org/toddies, or call 662-840-2389. (October 19, 2011)
A benefit for Ronnie Mills will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the North Oxford Baptist Church Family Life Center. Mills worked most of his life as an Oxford firefighter and helped with many benefits over the years by giving his time and talent. The proceeds for this benefit will go to Mills who has suffered this year with many different ailments and complications with diabetes. Barbecue plates with all the trimmings will be available for eat-in or take-out for $10 each. Entertainment will be provided and a regular auction and silent auction will be held. Door prizes will be available and T-shirts will be sold for $15. For more information, call Sandy Bishop 234-1384 or Bonnie Craig 234-4510. (September 6, 2011)
Volunteer Oxford, the community’s new volunteer center, needs area residents to volunteer on a day of service and remembrance on Sunday, Sept. 11. Various service site activities will focus on hunger and remember those who lost their lives on 9/11.
Local nonprofits benefiting from this day will be community resources that address hunger: The Pantry, More Than a Meal, Love Packs and the Oxford Community Garden. Volunteers will also honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 by working alongside local heroes.
Service site projects include community-wide food drives, gardening and landscaping projects, and helping organize and prepare food. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to participate.
The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance will kick off at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Oxford Activity Center. Volunteers will work on various service projects that afternoon with a 5 p.m. community supper at Lamar Park. Volunteers will receive a complimentary dinner on the grounds with the community invited to participate in the 9/11 service community event. The community will observe a moment of silence and also recognize and honor police, firefighters, and military servicemen and women.
To volunteer, contact Kelly Shannon at 236-6662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (September 6, 2011)
A benefit for Randy Ross, pastor of Faith Chapel Church, will be held Saturday at Mt. Liberty Church, located off Highway 9 West on CR 284. The benefit will feature food, an auction and singing. Barbecue and hamburger plates will be sold for $10 between 4 and 6 p.m. The auction will begin at 6 and continue until all items are sold. All items donated for the auction are appreciated. Without a Doubt and other guest singers will perform after the auction. For more information, call Gary Potts at 515-0810, Judy Martin at 414-0388, Charlie Huckaby at 628-0117 or Lucille Potts at 832-9051. (September 6, 2011)
A benefit for Rusty Tutor will be held Saturday at the Toccopola Community Center. Tutor, 24, was recently diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma and has just begun treatments. He is married to Tifany Pate Tutor and they have a new baby daughter. The benefit will begin at 2 p.m. with music and food will state being served at 2:30. Eat-in or to-go hamburger plates with chips and beams, and barbecue plates with slaw and beans, as well as barbecue nachos will be available. (September 6, 2011)
Joyful Generation of Anchor Baptist Church will hold its annual fish fry and auction from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, with the live auction beginning at 5:30. Plates are available for an $8 donation and includes fish, fries, slaw, dessert and drink. Carry-outs will be available. Items being auctioned off will include a handmade quilt, a signed football and baseball, household items and gift cards. Door prizes will be given out every 15 minutes. Homemade cakes and pies will also be available to purchase. The church is located on Highway 7 South in Water Valley. (March 31, 2011)
The Canaanlanders and Master’s Quartet will be the featured singers March 12 at the Denmark Baptist Church. All proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Food will be served at 5 p.m. and the singing will follow at 6. (March 4, 2011)