The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center, adjacent to Enid Lake, is hosting pumpkin painting for youngsters at 2 p.m. Saturday. Participants will create pumpkin art using paint and decoupage and can decorate their pumpkins with images of trophy fish, monster bucks, beautiful flowers, colorful birds or even creepy bugs. Pumpkins and painting supplies will be provided and participants will receive helpful hints, hand-on help, and step-by-step instructions. Painting is fun, but can be messy so make sure the young artists and their assistants wear appropriate clothing. The program is free with the price of admission which is $2.50 for adults ages 18-59, and $2 for youngsters ages 3-17 and adults over the age of 60. Registration is limited to 20 youngsters so reserve a spot by calling 662-563-8068. (October 19, 2011)
Cossar State Park, located not too far outside of Lafayette County, will hold its annual Halloween festivities on Saturday. Games will be held at the visitor’s center in the park. A cake walk will be featured and a haunted trail will be open. Activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 10. (October 27, 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)
Sardis Lake will host the 2010 Clean Up Day on Oct. 9. Clean Up Day is done in conjunction with National Public Lands Day and is meant to inspire people to invest in our public lands by volunteering. At Sardis Lake, Clean Up Day participants will help to keep the lake clean by picking up litter in recreation areas and along the shoreline. Those interested in helping keep Sardis Lake a clean and beautiful place for all to enjoy are asked to contact Ranger Michael Jones at the Sardis Lake Field Office (662) 563-4531. (September 28, 2010)
Ann Fisher-Wirth, American poet and scholar of Oxford, will be the guest speaker for this Friday evening’s Nature Reading at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Davis Antebellum Home at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs. The event is free and open to the public.
Fisher-Wirth’s third book of poems, “Carta Marina,” appeared from Wings Press in April 2009. She teaches at the University of Mississippi, where she also directs the environmental studies minor. She also teaches in the low residency MFA program at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. She is currently editing an ecopoetry anthology with Laura-Gray Street and so she will talk about contemporary American ecopoetry to start the program. A discussion will be held at the end of the program. Registration is required by calling 662-252-1155 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit http://strawberryplains.audubon.org. (September 20, 2010)
Mississippi Legal Services Programs sponsors workshops on home foreclosures and bankruptcy throughout the state. North Mississippi Rural Legal Services will sponsor a workshop on home foreclosures and bankruptcy from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday for Lafayette, Benton and Marshall counties. The workshop will be held at the Holly Springs City Hall in Holly Springs, located at 160 S. Memphis St. in Holly Springs.
Citizens experiencing problems with bankruptcies and foreclosures are encouraged to attend. Options and solutions to these problems will be presented, discussed and identified. Mississippi Legal Services Programs has formed partnerships with the Department of Human Services, Division of Community Services, United CAA, Northeast Mississippi Community Services and the local WIN Job Centers.
For more information, on legal services for indigent Mississippians, visit the website, www.mslegalservices.org. Applicants needing legal services may call 1-800-498-1804 Monday-Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (September 19, 2010)
The second annual Studio Crawl, sponsored by the Water Valley Arts Council, and an art opening, will be start at Bozarts Art Gallery, 403 Main Street in Water Valley, at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10. An opening reception for “Southern Comforts,” an exhibit of the work of five artists, will be held at the gallery from 5:30 to 9 p.m. (September 1, 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 annual Water Valley Watermelon Carnival concludes Saturday. Sponsored by Water Valley Chamber of Commerce, the carnival will feature live music, a variety of contests and free watermelon on Saturday. (August 4, 2010)
The annual Water Valley Watermelon Carnival will be held today and Saturday this week. Sponsored by Water Valley Chamber of Commerce, the carnival will feature live music, a street dance and fireworks on Friday, and live music, a variety of contests and free watermelon on Saturday. (August 4, 2010)