Kennon Observatory on the UM campus will host a free public viewing of the sky from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Telescopes will be available to observe the Moon, Uranus, Neptune and Jupiter, as well as star clusters and colorful double stars. The dome of Kennon Observatory has been repaired, so the large telescope inside will be available. Observations are possible only if the weather cooperates. In case the weather is cloudy or rainy, there can be no observation. Families and children are welcome. (October 15, 2010)
The monthly Double Decker Bus Tour will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday. Those interested in participating should meet at the Skipwith Cottage on the Square. Historian Jack Mayfield will serve as the guide for a driving tour through Oxford and the University of Mississippi on the Double Decker bus. The tour last approximately 1 hour and fifteen minutes. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. For more information or to reserve a spot, call the Oxford CVB at 232-2477. (October 5, 2010)
In celebration of 100 years of operation, First National Bank of Oxford will host a County Fair on the Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. Events will include, live music, games for kids, a display of antique cars and tractors, fair exhibits, and the Oxford Fire Department combat course. Come on out for some fun, food, and prize drawings. (October 1, 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)
The University of Mississippi’s Pride of the South Band and Jacksonville State’s Marching Southerners Band are set to perform a joint concert after the Rebels’ season opener Saturday against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks.
The concert is free and will begin immediately following the game in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Fans can come to the east stands to watch. The concert will feature a standstill performance with four brief tunes. Both bands will be arranged by section and standing in a large arc on the field. (August 31, 2010)
The members of the Newcomers of Oxford will gather for their annual Fall Kickoff Party at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Greystone Farm. However, annual dues as well as fees for the catered meal must be paid by Sept. 13. In addition to the food, there will be music, skits, plus introductions of officers and committee chairs. New residents to the Oxford area are welcome to join. Visit or call the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce for information and forms for membership and the big fall party. (August 30, 2010)
The Exchange Club Family Center of Oxford and the Ole Miss Kappa Delta Sorority will host a 5k “Walk Away From Child Abuse” at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Mid-Town Shopping Center on North Lamar Boulevard.
Last year, 8,057 evidenced-based child abuse cases were recorded in Mississippi. That number is staggering when research shows that only about 15 percent of child abuse cases are actually reported, according to the Exchange Club.
The Exchange Club Family Center, a child abuse prevention organization, is teaming up with the Ole Miss Kappa Delta Sorority to sponsor a walk in an effort to stomp out child abuse in north Mississippi. Participants can register on line at www.soldiers4stan.org or at the event on the day of the walk beginning at 7:30 a.m. For more information, call 234-4255. (August 22, 2010)
Located in the Mid-Town Shopping Center on North Lamar Boulevard, the Mid-Town Farmers’ Market will be open from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Local farmers are expected to have eggs, fruits, vegetables and other produce, jams and jellies, flowers, and baked goods. David Spruill will perform catchy tunes, love ballads, kids’ songs and gospel standards. The Lafayette County Master Gardeners will help with any horticultural problems or questions. (August 20, 2010)
The Taylor Farmers’ Market features fresh local produce, baked goods and art this and every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Plein Air Neighborhood. This week’s live music is by Adrian Baron Robbins and Kevin Larkin. There are dining, shops and green space to play, walk or picnic. (August 20, 2010)
The Kennon Observatory at Ole Miss will have an open house from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday. The Moon is strong and looks great in a telescope. Saturn, Venus and (tiny) Mars are all observable after sunset, but they all go down very early. The best time to view them is in the beginning of the session.
Uranus is up all night, Neptune is next to Jupiter. Jupiter comes up at 9, and is best visible an hour later. Afterwards will be observing star clusters, and colorful double stars. As the dome of Kennon Observatory is being repaired, the large telescope inside can’t be used. However, some good quality scopes will be set up in the parking lot. Observations are possible only if the weather cooperates. In case the weather is cloudy, or rainy, there can be no observation. Families and children are welcome, the event is free. (August 18, 2010)