Community Calendar for the week of August 5, 2018


Dispatch Staff Report



Saturday, Aug. 11 


Sizzling Second Saturday finale -- There's a Back to School Bash during the Hitching Lot Farmers Market's final Sizzling Second Saturday from 7-10 a.m. The first 75 kids age 10 and under get a sportpack of school supplies. Make tie-dye T-shirts with The Y (8:30 a.m.) Take a pony ride and enjoy music by Melvin Mordecai, plus visits from Mother Goose, The W's Project CHEW food truck and Saum Chiropractic. Get fresh produce, baked goods and crafts, too. Second Avenue and Second Street North. For information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305. 


Art for EB -- The third annual Art for EB from 4-7 p.m. at Ole Homestead, the home of Rufus and Karen Ward, at 302 College St., Columbus, honors the late Gabe Valentine of Starkville and features art by his grandparent, Lee Gibson. A portion of sales proceeds benefit the EB (epidermolysis bullosa) Research Partnership. For more information, contact Paige Knapp, 662-523-1259.  




Tuesday, Aug. 14 


"The Delta Chinese" -- In conjunction with the exhibit "Grocery Stories: Stories Behind the Counter of MS Delta Chinese Grocery Stores" at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, Sherman Hong discusses "The Delta Chinese in 20th Century Mississippi" at noon at the library, 314 Seventh St. N. Free. Call 662-329-5304 for more information. 


Thursday, Aug. 16 


Downtown at Sundown finale -- Bring lawn chairs or blankets to Fire Station Park for the final free concert of the summer series from 7-9 p.m. (No coolers.) Food vendors will be on site. For more information, visit 




Saturday, Aug. 18 


Possum Town Triathlon -- Swim 600 yards, bike 17 miles and run 3.3 miles in the Possum Town Triathlon at Columbus Lake on Wilkins-Wise Road. The event begins at 7 a.m. Learn more and register at  


Golden Triangle Comic Con -- This celebration of comic, geek and pop culture begins at 10 a.m. at Trotter Convention Center in downtown Columbus with special guests, gaming, tournaments and cosplay. Get information and tickets at Tickets at the door will be $20 for adults ($15 for military, first responders), $10 teens, $5 children (kids 6 and under get in free). 




Saturday, Aug. 25  


Forks & Corks -- This Starkville Area Arts Council fundraiser is 6:30-10 p.m. at The Mill Conference Center in Starkville. Local chefs prepare specialties for tasting. Vote for your favorite. Tickets are $75 at, or call 662-324-3080. 




Wednesday, Aug. 29 


Get Swept Up -- Volunteers can sign up to "fix up, spruce up, clean up" outdoor areas of Starkville before the Bulldogs first home game. Register before Aug. 8 for a free T-shirt at For more information, contact The Partnership, 662-323-3322.  






Farmers Markets -- Columbus Hitching Lot Farmers Market: Mondays 4-6 p.m.; Thursdays/Saturdays 7-10 a.m. Second Street and Second Avenue North. 


Starkville Community Market: Tuesdays 4-6 p.m.; Saturdays 7:30-10:30 a.m. Fire Station Park, Russell and Lampkin Streets.  


West Point Farmers Market: Thursdays 5-6:30 p.m., Mossy Oak Outlet Pavilion, Highway 45 Alt.



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