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)
A Double Decker Bus Tour will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday. Guide and historian Jack Mayfield will give visitors and residents an up close look at historic points of interest, including North and South Lamar, St. Peter’s Cemetery and Rowan Oak, and the University of Mississippi campus, while riding on the Double Decker bus. In addition to the driving tour, the bus will stop to tour two historic homes: the L.Q.C. Lamar House and Cedar Oaks Mansion. The tour departs from Skipwith Cottage, on the Square next door to Oxford City Hall. Space is limited. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children and includes admission into both homes. For more information, call the Oxford Convention & Visitors Bureau at 232-2477. (November 11, 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)
The faculty, staff and students of the Oxford-Lafayette School of Applied Technology invite the community to attend the flag ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The ceremony, presented by the members of the ROTC programs at Oxford and Lafayette high schools, will be held at the school, 134 Highway 7 South. (October 19, 2011)
The Lafayette-Oxford-University community is invited to ride this Sunday in memory and celebration of the life of Kevser Ermin, a cyclist who lost her life last week while riding on Highway 314. The public is encouraged to meet at 2:45 p.m. at the Lyceum on the UM campus, and depart at 3. A family friendly one-mile ride will kick off the group ride with more advanced cyclists riding the 28-mile round trip to Sardis at Clear Creek Landing and back to the Lyceum.
The commemorative bike ride is to celebrate the life of Ermin and also to raise awareness about “sharing the road” in the Lafayette Oxford University community and statewide. Sharing the road ensures a greater quality of life for all citizens when users of the road experience both personal freedom and safety when choosing their mode of transportation, whether they walk, run, hike and bicycle in the community. The John Paul Frerer Bicycle Safety Act, also known as the “Bicycle Safety Law” includes a three-foot passing requirement. (October 14, 2011)
Newcomers will gather for the annual Fall Kickoff Party at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Greystone Farms. In addition to food, music and entertainment, new officers and committee chairs will be introduced. The catered meal fee must be paid by Sept. 12. New residents in the Oxford area are welcome to join. For more information, a membership packet and monthly calendar, visit or call the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce at 234-4651. (September 6, 2011)
The public is invited to a presentation by Master Gardener, Barbara White, who will discuss “Attracting Beneficial Wildlife to Your Garden,” Monday at 9 a.m. at the Lafayette County Extension Service on Veterans Drive. For more information, call the Extension Office at 234-4451. (September 6, 2011)
A hunter education class has been set for the 2012 season. The class will be held from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Oxford National Guard Armory. For more information, call 662-840-5172. All persons born on or after Jan. 1, 1972, that have reached the age of 12, must complete the hunter education course before they can hunt or obtain a license. (September 6, 2011)
A community bike ride, organized by the Oxford Cycling Club, will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday. Bicyclists will leave from the Oxford Depot and take a casual ride for up to an hour on the new bike paths and quiet streets on campus and in town. Riders of all skill levels are welcome. For more information, visit http://LOUpathways.org/. (May 12, 2011)
A fish identification seminar will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery. Josh Howell, a conservation associate biologist with the Fisheries Bureau of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, will present the seminar. Howell will provide information on learning to identify the many different species of fish found in north Mississippi.
The NMFH is located off I-55 at Enid Exit 233 east. The program is free with the price of admission. For more information call 662-563-8068 or visit the NMFH website at http://home.mdwfp.com/NMFH/. (March 1, 2011)