The VA Home Fundraising Campaign “Stand Behind Those That Stood In Front Of Us” has opened an account at Merchant and Farmer’s Bank to accept contributions. Make checks payable to “Stand Behind Campaign” and help the community of Oxford support the veteran residents of this facility. The campaign will run from March 2011 through March 7, 2012. (March 1, 2011)
Students will have an opportunity to give back to the Oxford and Lafayette County communities March 26 through the inaugural University of Mississippi Big Event. The Big Event began as an extension of UMSFusion, an annual service event developed in 2003 that encouraged students to volunteer in the Oxford-Lafayette community.
Students can sign up to act as voluntary participants in service throughout the Oxford-Lafayette County community. The daylong projects may include painting, yard work, washing windows, cleaning or assisting the elderly. The university will provide lunch. One unique part of the event is that any community member can register a project for students participation.
Registration forms are available at the Lafayette County Courthouse. To register a community project or to sign up online, visit www.olemiss.edu/bigevent. (March 1, 2011)
Girl Scouts cookies have arrived. Booth sales will be open at the local major grocery stores today and Saturday as well as Feb. 25 and 26. Cookie booths will remain open while supplies last on Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (February 18, 2011)
A prom dress closet is being created again this year at Lafayette High School. The 2011 Prom will be held March 5 at the Inn at Ole Miss. Students will be allowed to shop in the prom dress closet beginning in February. The public is being asked to assist in increasing the number of dresses available by donating gently used dresses, shoes and accessories. Donations will be accepted until Feb. 25. Donations can be dropped off in the LHS office or library. Rainbow Cleaners will accept the dresses and clean them free so dresses can be taken to the cleaners. Tell the cleaners the dress is for the Lafayette High School Prom Dress Drive. For more information, contact the counseling office at 234-3241 or the school office at 234-3614. Beth Burt, librarian, or Lisa Russell, prom coordinator, are available to assist in collecting the donations and answering any questions about the prom dress closet. (February 11, 2011)
The T.P. Vinson Memorial Scholarship fundraiser banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Johnson Commons Ballroom on the campus of the University of Mississippi campus focusing on “Education: Past, Present and Future.” The seating for the semi-formal dinner will begin at 6 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Dr. David Rock, dean of the UM School of Education. Tickets are $35 a person, covering a meal of a meat choice, sides, salad and dessert. A reserved table of eight may be purchased for $350. A silent auction will be held. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Feb. 18. For more information, contact Traci Meredith at 915-7746 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (February 11, 2011)
The Ole Miss Librarian Relay for Life team will host a bake sale and raffle from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday on the first floor of the J.D. Williams Library. Bake sale items include sweets and homemade dog biscuits. Gluten free and vegan options will be available as well. Several items will be raffled, such as gift cards to Holli’s Sweet Tooth and the City Grocery, Bouré, Big Bad Breakfast, Snackbar group, a pair of tickets to any Ford Center performance, and more. For more information, contact Pamela Williamson at email@example.com. (February 11, 2011)
Due to this week’s wintry weather, the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit The Pantry has been postponed until Monday. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oxford-University United Methodist Church, North Ninth and University Avenue. Reserved parking will be available for patrons in the church parking lot at Tyler Avenue and 10th Street. For $15, participants get a bowl of soup, a piece of bread and a bottle of water, as well as an empty, collectors bowl, crafted and donated by the University of Mississippi “Mud Daubers.” Funds raised with benefit The Pantry, the local food bank. (February 11, 2011)
The Oxford Exchange Club has a community-wide canned food collection for The Pantry that continues through Monday. Cans can be dropped off at Lammons Jewelry, Sears, Marti Stark State Farm Insurance (all on North Lamar), all branches of M&F Bank, The Hampton Inn and The Oxford Police Department. Everyone is invited to get involved and deliver canned goods to these locations. (February 11, 2011)
The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library is hosting Soup-er Bowl now through Super Bowl Sunday on Sunday. During this time, everyone in the community is invited to donate a can of soup or other canned good at the library, and the library will donate all the canned goods to The Pantry (February 4, 2011)
The second annual Oxford Run for Hope 5K and Half Marathon will be held Feb. 26. The run will begin and end at the Oxford Conference Center at 102 Ed Perry Blvd. The half marathon begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K begins at 8:45. To register for the half marathon and 5K, visit www.oxfordrun4hope.com. (February 4, 2011)