Members of the community are invited to pre-register for a free course on “How to have a firewise home.” The course will be taught from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department, Central Fire Station, located at 50 CR 1032.
The course is designed to provide homeowners with the necessary tools to assess the vulnerability of their home to wildland fire and to encourage sound land-use planning and creative mitigation to reduce the occurrence of fire losses.
This course is taught by the Mississippi Forestry Commission Firewise Coordinator and/or MSU Extension Forestry Associates. The workshop is funded by the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors. Meal, refreshments and workshop materials will be provided, and continuing education credits are available. The class is limited to 50 participants and the deadline for registration is Aug. 23. Pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information, contact Margaret Webb at the Lafayette County Extension Service Office at 234-4451. (August 10, 2010)
Will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, in the Presbyterian Church in Coffeeville. The speaker will be Viet Nam veteran, Gene Hayes of Oxford. He will speak of his experiences in the Viet Nam War and will review his book “The Year of the Monkey.” The public is invited, and veterans are especially welcome. (August 9, 2010)
The Lafayette County Master Gardeners Association presents “Fall Vegetable Gardening” at the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24. Dr. David Nagel, MSU Extension professor of plant and soil sciences (also known as “The Vegetable Specialist”), will be the guest speaker. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Lafayette County Extension Service at 234-4451. (August 4, 2010)
The time to prepare for the fall vegetable growing season is approaching. Back by popular demand, Michelle McAnally of Taylor Creek Farm will present useful information on what and how to grow during the fall. Join the members of the Oxford Community Garden Association as they host this free workshop at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at the Stone Center, 423 Washington Ave., across from the Oxford City Pool. (August 4, 2010)
A Double Decker Bus Tour of Oxford will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. Those interested should meet at Skipwith Cottage. Tours cost $5 for adults and $2 for children. The tours will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. For more information, call the Oxford Convention & Visitors Bureau at 232-2477. (August 3, 2010)
One in a series of state-wide Disability Partner’s Community Forums will be held at the Oxford Conference Center at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12. This is a free event for the public, which is being hosted by three disability agencies from across the state — the Disability Rights Mississippi, the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Institute for Disability Studies. The local forum offers a unique opportunity to have your voice heard by three different agencies at once. This session is designed not only to provide information, but to spark some new ideas as well. Transportation assistance will be provided if given 24 hour notice. Light refreshments and a sign language interpreter will provided. For more information and/or transportation assistance, or an accommodation request, call 1-800-772-4057. (August 3, 2010)
Lafayette County School District will host an information session on “What Parents Need to Know About Cyberspace (Facebook, MySpace, e-mails), Cell phones & Texting, and Bullying or Harassing Behavior,” presented by Jim Keith of Adams and Reese LLP from Jackson. The meeting will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Lafayette Middle School Auditorium. (July 28, 2010)
The Skipwith Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Genealogy Room (second floor) of the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library, 401 Bramlett Blvd. The speaker will be Dr. Charles Eagles, William F. Winter Professor of History at the University of Mississippi. His most recent book is titled “The Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss.” The public is invited to this free lecture. (July 14, 2010)
Nan Johnson will present an informative workshop on composting, which is something she insists anyone can do. She has pictures, samples, handouts and a great deal of information to share with those interested in composting, from beginners to more experienced composters. The workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Stone Center, 423 Washington Ave., beside Stone Park and across from the city pool. (June 16, 2010)
The Lafayette County Extension Service and the National Resource Conservation Service will conduct a Lady Landowner Seminar on Thursday at the Lafayette County Fire Department on Industrial Road, also known as 50 CR 1032.
Registration will be at 10:30 a.m. with program starting at 11. The subject will be “Butterfly Gardening.” Lunch will be provided. RSVP by calling 234-4451 by June 8 to ensure sufficient meal preparations may be made. The Lafayette County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Mississippi State University Extension Service will sponsor the program. (June 7, 2010)