Ridgeland Healthiest Hometown Celebration

The fun begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 as Ridgeland residents celebrate being named Mississippi's Healthiest Hometown in 2013.

There will be a free 5k and 1-Mile Fun Run on the city's multi-use trail.

Check-in begins at 7:15 a.m. with the celebratory runs beginning at 8 a.m.

For more information, visit www.ridgelandms.org.

October 17

Ridgeland Neighbors Night Out

The third annual Ridgeland Neighbors Night Out is held during the fall season as a local alternative to the annual National Night Out event held in August. Ridgeland Neighbors Night Out provides a way for neighbors to come together with each other and with police officers, EMTs/firefighters, and elected officials for crime prevention and enhanced public safety. Every neighborhood in Ridgeland is encouraged to participate in this event. Contact Mike Raffield with the Ridgeland Police Department by Oct. 14 if your neighborhood would like to receive visits from public safety officers. Giveaways will be available to participating neighborhoods.

October 18

Holiday Potpourri

First Presbyterian Day School's annual fundraiser will be held on Friday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the home of Linda and Wirt Yerger, 415 Greenwood Lane, in Ridgeland.

Celebrating its 39th year, Holiday Potpourri is a festive day of food, shopping and fellowship - all while supporting FPDS financially.

This year's Holiday Potpourri Featured Artist is Lyn Isonhood, whose original 24 x 20 oil painting Anna and Vendela Roses will be highlighted at the Silent Auction.

Holiday Potpourri's Silent Auction has exciting updates from years past. For the first time ever, bidding will be available online two weeks prior to the event, opening to the public at www.holidaypotpourri.org on Oct. 1.

Returning this year will be Bountiful Bakery, Garden & Gift Gallery, and Tasting Tea, featuring items from Tastefully Done, the Holiday Potpourri cookbook, as well as Sweetness Follows, an inspiring cookbook authored by Katy Houston, former FPDS parent. Guests will also enjoy a concert by FPDS strings and Honor Choir.

Tickets may be purchased for $5 from FPDS students, at the school, or at the event. Please note that parking will be available only at Christ Life Church of the Highlands and a designated section of Renaissance at Colony Park between Sand Dollar Lifestyles and the I-55 Frontage Road. A number of shuttles will run continuously throughout the day.

For more information, please call 601-355-1731 or visit www.holidaypotpourri.org. 

Fall Garden & Flower Fest

The Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District is sponsoring a tour for the Annual Fall Flower and Garden Fest hosted by the MSU Extension Service's Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station located in Crystal Springs on Friday, Oct. 18.

The event offers gardeners and homeowners a wealth of information on vegetables, fruits, flowers, and nutrition in dozens of exhibits and seminars.

The District's tour will include bus transportation to Crystal Springs and lunch for all interested Madison County residents. Departure times are 7:30 a.m. from the District office in Canton and 8:00 a.m. from Madison.

Return time is approximately 3:30 p.m.

There is a $30 charge that covers transportation, lunch, snacks, drinks and a bag. Reservations will be required. Seats limited, so first come first serve. Deadline to make reservation will be October 14 ,2013

Call the Madison County Soil & Water Conservation office at 859-4272, ext. 3, for more information.

October 19

Halloween Arts and Crafts

Join the crew of the Mississippi Children's Museum from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for some spooky, ghostly fun. Youth will be making festive Halloween arts and crafts.

October 22

Madison County Conservative Coalition

The Madison County Conservative Coalition will have its meeting at 6 p.m., at the Madison Justice Complex adjacent to the police department located at the intersection of East Highway 463 (Main) and Crawford Street. Cory Wilson, Attorney and Columnist, will be the guest speaker.

He was the attorney representing the plaintiffs in the recent election fraud cases in Canton and Hattiesburg. Cory will share the stories of numerous election irregularities and illegal voting episodes. Some unbelievable but true, others are humorous and just stupid. For more information, call 601-856-4095.

October 22-Nov. 3

Grapes of Wrath

New Stage Theatre presents The Grapes of Wrath. Preview night is Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Curtain times and dates for all other performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Ticket prices are $28 with discounts available for students, senior citizens and groups. Student Rush tickets are also available one hour prior to each performance for $10 with valid student identification. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, located inside the Jane Reid Petty Theatre Center, charged by phone by calling the theatre at (601) 948-3531 or ordered online at www.newstagetheatre.com.

October 23

Mayor's Fun Walk

Let's go walking Ridgeland...at the 2013 Mayor's Fun Walk! This year's walk will be held at a.m. and will begin at the Ridgeland Recreational Center with a stroll on the beautiful multi-purpose trail.

Mayor Gene McGee will lead us on an easy (light) walk using the beautiful multi-purpose trail. You may walk as little or as much as you want. We will return to the Ridgeland Recreational Center for refreshments, door prizes, and entertainment! Our entertainment will be professional singer, Errol Dee. He will be singing your favorite melody of "walking" songs.

Pre-registration is requested. Registration forms were mailed to area senior adults in our monthly senior newsletter. Interested seniors can also access the form on the city's website at www.ridgelandms.org, click on 'Licenses, Forms and Permits' and scroll down to 'Recreation and Parks.'

October 24

Center for Pregnancy Choices Fundraising Banquet

The CPC's fundraising banquet will be held at 7 p.m. at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison.

The keynote speaker will be Chet McDoniel.

For more information, call (601) 713-3113.

October 25

The Sachs Piano Duo

The event will be held Friday, 7:30 p.m. at the Belhaven University Concert Hall.

A dynamic demonstration of duos and duets designed to delight you offered by Belhaven husband and wife Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Carolyn Sachs. Their double dose of daring digits will surely dazzle. From breathtaking Brahms to bold Bernstein and beautiful Bach, this program doesn't disappoint. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Germantown High School Arts and Flea Market

The second annual flea market will be held at 4 p.m. at Germantown High School leading up to the football game against Lanier High School.

More information can be found at www.madison-schools.com/domain/2688. Vendor positions are still available.

October 26

The Park After Dark

For a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating, the Mississippi Children's Museum is partnering with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Sciences and Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, for the second annual Park After Dark. Admission is $6 per person regardless of museum memberships.

Cadaver Race

Runners, walkers, and road race enthusiasts throughout Mississippi and the Southeast will soon have the opportunity to participate in a unique competition for "survival" at the Cadaver Course 5K on Saturday, Oct. 26 in Ridgeland. Hosted by the Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) Foundation, the non-profit arm of the state's largest medical organization, the Cadaver Course 5K is not your same-old run. Each participant will be issued two "lifebelts" in the form of flag football flags, as the route will feature medical student volunteers clad as zombie-fied (but overall friendly) cadavers who will surprise and chase race participants and seek to steal lifebelts. Racers who survive to the finish line with at least one lifebelt should count themselves lucky... and will be entered to win the survivor's prize. As in other road races, the top finishers in each age group and overall also will be awarded.

Early bird registration (by Oct. 25) is $25 per participant which includes t-shirt and post-race refreshments; late or on-site registration is $35.

Race will begin at 8:00 a.m., and the 5K route will begin and end at the MSMA Foundation headquarters at 408 West Parkway Place, Ridgeland, MS (directly across from Renaissance at Colony Park). Official timing will be provided by Race Odyssey Events. Additional details, online registration, and event sponsorship information is available at www.MSMAFoundation.org . For more information, contact Stacey Ferreri at 601-853-6733, or at SFerreri@MSMAonline.com.

Lennon and McCartney Tribute

On Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:30, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will present A Tribute to Lennon & McCartney at Thalia Mara Hall. Featured guest artists for the show will be the musicians of Classical Mystery Tour.

The concert is generously sponsored by BancorpSouth and C Spire Wireless.

Tickets for the concert are $15 and up for adults and $5 for children ages 4-18 who are accompanied a paying adult.

To purchase tickets in advance, call (601) 960-1565 or visit the MSO office at 201 East Pascagoula Street in downtown Jackson weekdays until 5pm. Tickets may also be purchased on-line at www.msorchestra.com. Tickets may also be available at the Thalia Mara Hall box office beginning at 6:30 pm on the evening of the concert.

For more information on the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, visit www.msorchestra.com, call 601-960-1565, or fax 601-960-1564. The MSO office, located in the Mississippi Arts Center, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

October 29

Night of Mystery Fundraiser

Join us for an Evening of Murder in Sin City at ANJOU Restaurant and raise money for Community Animal Rescue and Adoption.

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas as everyone enjoys an evening of scandals, sleuthing & secrets. Come dressed in your finest and pretend you are in the Paramount Casino, the most extravagant casino in Las Vegas. There will be prizes for Best Female and Male Attire.

Doors Open at 6 p.m. and the mystery starts at 6:30. The murderer will be revealed at 8:30 p.m. Silent Auction runs from 6-8:30 p.m. Food and beverages are provided by Anjou, Gallo Wine, and Gigi's Cupcakes.Tickets are $50 - Advance Sales only. Contact Denise at 601-842-4404 for tickets and more information.

November 2

Little Light House 5K

Please join The Little Light House at Raider Park off of Jackson Academy's main campus (east on Sheffield Dr., passing JA on the left, then turn left on Shadowwood Dr.) for our second annul Laps for Little Ones 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run! Don't forget to pre-register by Oct. 28. Registration available online at www.llhms.org.

Saturdays in Canton

Gin Market

Live music under the shed every Saturday afternoon at Small Town Music on 436 West Peace Street in Canton, (just past the railroad tracks). Each week is an eclectic jam session that may feature the hard rock guitar of Tommy Hendricks or the haunting bluegrass vocals of Janet Gates.

An open Jam session, musicians are welcome, especially drummers, to sit in. As always, co-owner and versatile Frazier Riddell will be playing.

Many vendors, craftspeople and artists have booths at the market, but space is available.

If interested, call Susan Riddell, 601-859-8596.

Market opens every Saturday at 11 a.m. The event is free, BYOB. Coolers welcome. CNL restaurant may be cooking some of their fine food.

Now-Jan. 12

Italian Art from the Permanent Collection

The Mississippi Museum of Art is pleased to present a new exhibition of Italian artworks on paper from its extensive permanent collection. Italian Art from the Permanent Collection, on view through Jan. 12 includes works from the sixteenth through twentieth centuries by Italian artists including Canaletto, Simone Cantarini, Orazio Farinati and Girolamo Imperiale.

  The museum is located at 380 South Lamar Street in Jackson. For more information about the Mississippi Museum of Art's exhibitions, programs, and special events, please call 601-960-1515 or 1-866-VIEW ART (843-9278), or visit www.msmuseumart.org.