Lifestyle Reports: St. Patrick’s Day Pawty to Help Humane Society

A block party, St. Patrick’s Day Pawty, benefiting the Columbus Lowndes Humane Society, will be held from 1-6 pm Sunday at Zachary’s in downtown Columbus.

Cash donations and pet food will be accepted.

After a two-year absence due to COVID, the Humane Society’s biggest fundraiser is back after a two-year absence due to the pandemic.

The Disco Stranglers will offer live music from 2-6 pm There will also be raffles and silent auction items. The Muddy Water bar will provide food.

“I want to make sure they don’t have to

worry about feeding those animals for a long time,” said Zachary’s owner, Doug Pellum.

Parade of cars supports man injured in accident

A praise parade is scheduled for March 19 in Columbus. The car parade is a show of support for “Dee” Anderson, who was injured in a car accident about a month ago. She is receiving treatment at a Birmingham hospital.

The lineup will begin at 11 a.m. at Genesis Church (Hughes School), 1820 23rd St. N., with the parade beginning at noon. From the church, the route will turn left onto Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, right onto 22nd Avenue North to 2502 22nd Ave. N. and the intersection of 23rd Avenue North and MLK Drive.

Organizer Sherry Ellis encourages participants to decorate vehicles and honk their horns in praise at the final stop, where donations and recovery cards will be collected.

The parade is sponsored by the Lee High/Caldwell Class of 1981, of which Anderson’s father is a classmate.

“This is a way to do something for the family,” Ellis said.

For information, contact Ellis at 706-992-4499.

Open Enrollment for Bud and Burgers

STARKVILLE — The second annual Bud and Burgers competition will take place from 6 to 8 pm on March 24 on Lafayette Street in downtown Starkville. Registration is open for teams to register to compete in this year’s event at

Participants can try various burgers and vote for their favorite. The event will include music.

Admission is $10 per person, which includes sampling. Children 6 years and under pay $5.

Speaker Series Spotlights Women Authors for Women’s History Month

The Swain Speaker Series will bring co-authors Sally Palmer Thomason and Jean Carter Fisher to Mississippi University for Women to speak about their book, “The Power of One: Sister Anne Brooks and the Tutwiler Clinic.

The event is scheduled for March 24. A book signing will be held from 2-4 pm at Friendly City Books, with the conference beginning at 6 pm in the Rent Auditorium at Whitfield Hall.

Mariah Hopkins, a student member of the Martha Swain Speaker Series, led the committee to the work of Thomason and Fisher. “The Power of One” details the life story of Sister Anne Brooks, as a nun and physician, who reopened a clinic in the Mississippi Delta in the early 1980s to ensure that all people, regardless of ability paid, had access to quality health care.

The W hosts Homecoming in person

Mississippi University for Women will welcome alumni to campus for Homecoming April 7-10. This will be the first in-person homecoming at The W since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Events include a luncheon honoring the Golden Girls Classes of 1970, 1971 and 1972, a 50ththe anniversary of The W’s victory in the 1971 National Basketball Championship and a new soiree, Magnolia Mingle, on Shattuck Lawn.

On April 8, from 6-10 pm, Magnolia Mingle is hosted by the MUW Alumni Association and will feature a live band, food trucks and a $2,500 raffle.

April 9 will feature a call and update from MUWAA, a brunch in honor of alumna Bridget Smith Pieschel’s gift of family documents, and social club meetings. At Don Usher Field, MUWAA award winners will be honored and a softball seat dedication will be held in honor of Dr. Cheryl Brewer, Class of 1981.

A chapel service will be held on Sunday during which Class of 1970 alumna Elizabeth “Libba” Fairleigh will deliver the message and Cherry Watkins Dunn will provide music. There will also be a remembrance of those lost since Homecoming 2019.

Musical performances and art exhibits by students will be featured throughout the weekend.

The W Homecoming 2022 schedule and event registration are available online at The deadline to register is April 1 at 5 pm.

For information call 662-329-7148.

SAAC organizes exhibition, plans events

STARKVILLE — The Starkville Area Arts Council’s latest exhibit features student art.

The exhibit is on display in the lobby of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.

The council also has several upcoming events.

The first annual Midnight Bizarre will take place from 8 pm to midnight on March 26 at the corner of Jackson and Lampkin streets in Starkville. It will feature artists, artisans, artisans and culture.

The Midnight Bizarre received one of SAAC’s discretionary grants.

Art is the Park is scheduled for April 30 at JL King Park.

MSU Collection on display in Tupelo

TUPELO — The state of Mississippi will exhibit special items from its historic clothing and textile collection through March 30 at Tupelo’s GumTree Museum of Art in the Renasant Gallery.

“XX: A Century in Fashion” tells the story of women’s fashion and its evolution throughout the 20th century. The exhibit is open during regular business hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

For information on the collection, visit

For more information on the GumTree Museum of Art, visit

Submit Art Contest Entries

The Black Prairie Blues Museum is hosting a high school art contest, “Paint the Blues Away.”

The artists must interpret their idea of ​​the Blues. Artworks can relate to history, influences, people, musicians, instruments, blues sentiment, or a combination of these.

The back of the artwork must have the following information: name, grade, contact information, title of the work, medium used, other comments.

Artwork must be no larger than 2 feet by 3 feet, no smaller than 12 inches by 18 inches, must be ready to hang, framed or unframed. It must be able to be hung, any support is accepted. It can be three dimensional.

Winning entries will be announced and special recognition will be given at the gallery opening prior to the “Praisin’ the Blues” event scheduled for March 17 at the museum. All entries will be displayed during the month of April. Cash prizes of $100 for first place, $75 for second place, $50 for third place and $25 for honorable mention will be awarded.

The deadline for registrations is March 18 at the Growth Alliance, 746 e. Broad St., West Point, or Starkville Area Council on the Arts, 101 S. Lafayette St., Suite 18, Starkville, from Columbus Council on the Arts, 501 Main St., Columbus.

For information call 662-275-7819.