The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will join award winning Mississippi actor and writer John Maxwell for a night of both patriotic selections and pops music on the beautiful Canton Square.

The MSO and John Maxwell will present a salute to Armed Forces Day during the first half of the program.

This will include The Star Spangled Banner, Armed Forces Salute, Tribute to Irving Berlin, Jump Swing Fever, and God Bless America. John Maxwell's narration will provide a powerful tribute to our flag, our military, our people, and our land.

The second half of the program will include pop and broadway selections Phantom of the Opera, Eleanor Rigby, and Seventy Six Trombones. The evening will close with patriotic favorite Stars and Stripes Forever.

The entertainment will start at 5:30 p.m. with the Full Circle Party Band led by Bill MacNeill.

This event is free and open to the public. Lawn chairs, picnic baskets, coolers, and blankets welcome.

The Canton Chamber Main Street Association will provide a concession stand. The menu will include pulled pork, burgers, sides, soft-drinks, and sno-cones. Proceeds go to support art events in Canton.

May 10

Pepsi Pops

Come out and enjoy family event at Old Trace Park on the Ross Barnett Reservoir in Ridgeland. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra treats spectators to a concert under the stars. Food vendors will be on-site. The sky will light up with fireworks at the conclusion of the event.

May 11

Art and Flea Market

Germantown High School is holding its first Art and Flea Market from 10 a.m.-2 Germantown High School. Admission is free.

For information about having a booth, contact Lauren Wakefield at

Household Hazardous

Waste Day

Household Hazardous Waste Day has an added incentive for Ridgeland residents. Bring your hazardous waste to this collection day and receive 25 Recyclebank points. Waste being collected includes motor oil, paint, pesticides, herbicides, batteries, tires and electronics including TVs, computers, monitors and printers.

The event will be 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 11 at Holmes Community College, 412 West Ridgeland Avenue.

The event is open to all Madison County residents.

May 14

Mystery Readers

The Madison County Mystery Readers will meet at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 14, at the Ridgeland Public Library. New members and guests from the entire metro area are welcome. For more information, please call (601) 853-8392.

May 28-June 9


Hairspray  will delight audiences by sweeping them away to 1960s Baltimore, where the '50s are out -- and change is in the air! It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do! Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Hairspray  is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs including Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now , You Can't Stop the Bea t and Good Morning Baltimore . Admission. For more information, visit their website.

June 1

Heatwave Classic Triathlon

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi and Ridgeland Recreation & Parks will host the 28th annual Heatwave Classic Triathlon.

This year's race will consist of a half mile swim in the Ross Barnett Reservoir, a 24-and-a-half mile bike ride along the scenic and historic Natchez Trace Parkway, and ending with a 10K run along Ridgeland's heavily shaded Multi-Purpose Trail. Participants may register online at

June 3-7

iCan Bike Camp

iCan Shine, a non-profit organization that teaches individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle, is holding a five-day camp, June 3-7 at Ridgeland High School.

To be eligible to enroll, riders must be at least eight years old, have a disability and be able to walk without an assistive device such as a walker or cane. Riders must be able to side-step quickly to both sides. Riders must have a minimum inseam measurement of 20 inches and weigh no more than 220 pounds.

Cost of the camp is $75.

Participants may register at the Ridgeland Recreation and Parks office located in City Hall. Registration forms can be printed from our website at and mailed to Ridgeland Recreation & Parks, P.O. Box 217, Ridgeland, MS 39158.

For more information, contact Wendy Bourdin at Ridgeland Recreation & Parks at 601-853-2011.

July 18

YES at Thalia Mara

Red Mountain Entertainment brings YES to Thalia Mara Hall. YES will play three albums in their entirety; The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, and Going for the One.

Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Coliseum Box Office or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are $35-$69.50.

August 10

Bright Lights Belhaven


The 9th annual Bright Lights Belhaven Nights street festival will be Saturday, August 10, 2013, in the historic Belhaven Neighborhood.

Named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast for the month of August by the Southeast Tourism Society, this family friendly event will feature live music on five stages as well as art vendors and food from local restaurants. Children of all ages will enjoy our special children's activities area.

Tickets are $5 per person and are available for purchase at the event. Festival hours are 5:30-9:30 p.m.

For more information,