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12/8/2009 -


Event: Education Cohorts Important Group Meeting
When: 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8
Where: Alcorn's Vicksburg Campus (Hinds Community College) Auditorium


Event: "Backyards & Beyond: Mississippians & Their Stories: The First Year After Katrina" exhibit
When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday ? Thursday, Dec. 7-11
Where: Capps Archives and Museum on the campus

Event: "A Child's Dream" The Junior Auxiliary of Cleveland sponsors this production to expose the Cleveland community and surrounding area children to the theater and the performing arts.
When: 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11
Where: Bologna Performing Arts Center

Event: Fall Commencement
When: 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12
Where: Sillers Coliseum on the campus


Event: WJSU 5th annual Battle of the Saxes featuring headliner Marcus Anderson
When: 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10
Where: Rose Embly McCoy Auditorium, Jackson State University


Event: The Mississippi State University 2009 Tax Seminar will cover recent tax law changes and issues that practitioners encounter when they prepare returns for individuals and small businesses. Contact the Office of Business Outreach at (662) 325-3817.
When: 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9
Where: Hunter Henry Center, Parker Ballroom.

Event: Mississippi State University will hold fall semester commencement with Third District Congressman Gregg Harper delivering the address. About 1,250 students are candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Contact the Registrar's Office at (662) 325-2022.
When: 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11
Where: Humphrey Coliseum.

Event: Mississippi State University will welcome Santa to Starkville to receive children's wish lists and for a holiday book reading. Adults are encouraged to bring their own cameras. Portraits will not be provided. The event is free to the public. Contact Cecy Brooks at (662) 325-8361.
When: 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12
Where: Cullis Wade Depot, Barnes & Noble Bookstore.


Event: Contractors are required to be EPA lead-certified by April 2010. Mississippi State University's Extension Service will offer several Renovation, Repair and Painting Certification Training sessions in full-day courses and half-day refresher courses. The sessions are presented by the Alliance for Healthy Homes and funded in part by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
When: 8 a.m. ? 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 9-10
Where: Via interactive video network at Extension offices in Biloxi, Cleveland, Grenada, Corinth, Starkville, Magnolia, Hattiesburg, Decatur, Raymond

Event: Mississippi State University's 4H Program will host a Youth 4H Livestock Show that is free to the public. Call (662) 325-9350 for more information.
When: 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10
Where: Mississippi Horse Park, Covered Outside Arena.

Event: Cowboy Christmas Team Roping Event at MSU's Mississippi Horse Park will bring in cowboys from all over the Southeast to vie for prize money. Call (662) 325-9350 for details.
When: 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11
Where: Mississippi Horse Park AgriCenter.


Event: The Mockingbird Early Music Ensemble presents "O Magnum Mysterium," its annual Christmas concert featuring music of the 16th and 17th centuries. Based in Oxford, the ensemble presents historically informed presentations of music created before 1750 using period instruments. Admission is free.
When: 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8
Where: Paris-Yates Chapel

Event: The UM Department of Outreach and Continuing Education presents a Communiversity class on "Chocolate Tasting for Adults." Participants will learn the difference in flavors of semisweet, bittersweet, milk and white chocolate, and then experience the latest trends in enrobed and infused chocolates as they learn to taste using all five senses. The fee is $35. For more information, call (662) 915-1299.
When: 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10
Where: The Chocolate Bar, 1003 Van Buren Ave., Oxford

Event: The Oxford Ballet Company and Oxford Ballet School present the annual performance of "The Nutcracker Ballet." Tickets are $6-12 in advance, $8-16 at the door; call (662) 915-7411.
When: 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13
Where: Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts


Event: Researchers from The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will present a public briefing on the status of coastal fisheries research.
When: 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10
Where: Caylor Auditorium at GCRL

Event: 2009 Senior Exhibition in The University of Southern Mississippi's Museum of Art. All students pursuing a bachelor of fine arts are required to complete a senior project.
When: Through Dec. 11
Where: Museum of Art

Event: Fall 2009 Commencement activities. More than 1,300 students will receive degrees in two separate ceremonies.
When: 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, and 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11
Where: Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus


Event: The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale, which features over 80 singers from across the Gulf Coast, will celebrate the holiday season with two free concerts featuring the Coronation Mass in C by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The concerts, titled "Begin the Celebration," will feature chamber orchestra accompaniment during the Coronation Mass in C performance. In addition to the feature performance, the chorale will perform traditional holiday songs. For more information on the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale holiday performances, click here or call (228) 865-4573 or (601) 266-4092.
When: 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11
Where: Advanced Education Center auditorium of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach
Encore performance
When: 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13
Where: Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Biloxi

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