Take advantage of the beautiful weather to see "The Firefly Cottage on Willow Pond" open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday. Ten of the region's best interior designers have teamed with master craftsmen to create this unique and distinctive home filled with creative ideas to inspire you. The handcrafted furniture and accessories featured in the home and in the on-site gift shop are available for sale. Tickets available at the door for $10.. Directions: I-55 north to Madison exit; west on 463 to just before Highway 22; Chestnut Hill on left.

November 7-10

Mistletoe Marketplace

A three-day holiday shopping extravaganza featuring more than 100 merchants from across the nation will be held at the Mississippi Trademart. Each day features special events designed to fuel the excitement of the approaching holiday season. Admission. For more information, call 601-948-2357.

Thursday, 11/8

Chad Mars Art S howing

Jackson Academy and Ole Miss graduate Chad Mars is having an art show at Lounge Interiors at 1491 Canton Mart Road #10 in Jackson from 5-8 p.m.

Susan Carter Hall, a Jackson Prep graduate who now lives in Los Angeles, will also show artwork during the show.

This is Mars' first art showing and the work will hang through the end of November. All of the artwork is abstract. Wine and cheese will be provided.

Friday, 11/9

Family Slumber Safari

Your family will love this overnight adventure at the Jackson Zoo. Up close animal encounters, family friendly games and an exciting night zoo hike with a behind the scenes tour will give your family plenty to talk about for years to come. Sleeping accommodations will be inside the Zoo's new Gertrude C. Ford Education Center. A continental breakfast will be served the next morning and afterwards your family can stay and enjoy the zoo. Why spend a night in a hotel, when you can spend the night in the wildest place in town? Minimum age of participants is 7 years. For more information visit www.jacksonzoo.org or call (601) 352-2580 ext 241.

Saturday, 11/10

Geneology Workshop

The Family Research Association of Mississippi is hosting a FREE Genealogy Workshop Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Brandon Library on Hwy 80 East. Guest speaker for the first session is Sue Patterson who will speak on several topics of interest including how to search for certain types of records. After lunch, the second session will include using the computers in the Genealogy Room of the library with the aid of experienced researchers and how to solve those "Brick Walls" and other research problems.

People new to family research or those interested in getting started are encouraged to attend. For further information email lmnelson10@aol.com or cs71543@yahoo.com or call 601-892-0195.

Monday, 11/12

Bama Alumni Meeting

The University of Alabama Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter will host its fall meeting on Monday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. The chapter's special guest will be Eli Gold, radio voice of the Crimson Tide.

The meeting will be held at Georgia Blue in Madison. Entry fee is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Memberships are available at the door. The meeting is open to both alumni and fans.

For more information, contact Robbie Wilbur at 601-624-3455.

The University of Alabama Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter is open to alumni and Alabama fans. For more information, access www.jacksonbama.com.

November 12-13

Shrek the Musical

Hang out with everyone's favorite green friend, Shrek for Shrek the Musical! Tickets start at $25. The musical will be at Thalia Mara Hall at 255 E. Pascagoula St. in Jackson.

Tuesday, 11/13

Madison County

Mystery Readers

The Madison County Mystery Readers will meet at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Ridgeland Public Library. New members and guests from the entire metro area are welcome. For more information, please call (601) 853-8392.

Nov. 23-Dec. 23

Victorian Christmas Festival

Canton, the "City of Lights," comes alive each holiday season with attractions and events for young and old alike. From the Victorian Festival to old-fashioned carousel rides, you'll find something to tickle your holiday fancy.

November 29-30

The Nutcracker

Ballet Mississippi is presenting two full-length performances of The Nutcracker on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson exclusively for school groups.

The performance lasts approximately 90 minutes. Reservations are required to attend and are currently being accepted. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, visit www.balletms.com or call 601.960.1560.

Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Festival Preview Party

Reserve your tickets now for the Chimneyville Preview Party. to be held Friday, Nov. 30 from 7-10 p.m, come see why so many considered this the true kick-off for the holiday season. Tickets are $50 and include admission to the Festival both days.Purchase online or by phone 601-856-7546.