Ridgeland Trunk or Treat

The City of Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Department will hold their annual Trunk or Treat fall event at Freedom Ridge Park on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. The kids can go trick or treating from car to car where volunteers have filled their trunks with candy and prizes. There will also be games, train rides, face painting and much more. Admission is $1 per child, ages 12 and under. Volunteers are needed to provide vehicles, candy, and manpower to make this event a success. If you are interested, contact the Rec and Parks office at 601.853.2011.

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 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.

Business E-Waste Day

The next Business E-Waste Day will take place from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, at the MS Farmer's Market located on 929 High Street in Jackson. Bring any unwanted electronics to the Mississippi Farmer's Market during this time.

Acceptable Items include Computers, All Computer Components, Desktop Copiers, Fax Machines, Radios, Televisions, Cell Phones, Desk Phones, VCR Players, DVD Players, Electronic Games, Monitors, Keyboards, Printers, Laptops, Scanners, Stereos/Radios. There is a *$2 charge per monitor & $12 charge per television. This charge covers the cost incurred by Magnolia Data Solutions from recycling these items properly and in keeping with EPA requirements (i.e. shipping and weight for CRT tubes.) All items collected are properly recycled at Magnolia Data Solutions.

For more information, call Jenny Woodruff at (601) 948-7575 or email jwoodruff@greaterjacksonpartnership.com.

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 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 5 p.m. 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.

October 30

Fall Harvest Celebration

First Ridgeland Baptist Church Family Life Center is holding a Fall Harvest Celebration with hayrides, carnival games and much more.

The event is from 5-7 p.m.

October 31

Flora Plant Swap

The Flora Fall Plant Swap, scheduled for 9 am Thursday, Oct. 31 will be held in the Flora Library meeting room. Bring 1 or 2 well-rooted plants to swap, and others if you want to share. Event is Free.

For information, call 601-879-8835 (Library) or 601-879-8252.

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.

Madison County Republican Party Catfish Fry

The Madison County Republican Club will host its Catfish Kickoff on Saturday, Nov. 2, from Noon to 3 p.m. at the Culinary Cowboy in Canton. The purpose of the event is to grow the Madison County GOP and connect conservative Madison Countians with Republican Party activities. Membership in the Madison County GOP Club is $25 annually for individuals or $40 per family. The catfish lunch is free for those who join the Club.

Former Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Jim Herring and event sponsor Joel Bomgar, as Madison County residents, will keynote the event. Statewide elected officials have also been invited to attend. Everyone interested in conservative ideas and solutions to the challenges facing our nation is welcome to attend.

November 3

Stars of American Ballet

Ballet Mississippi is kicking-off it's golden anniversary by hosting Stars of American Ballet, a touring company comprised of principals and soloists from New York City Ballet. They will be performing four pas de deux by George Balanchine, one of the most prolific choreographers in the history of American dance and co-founder of New York City Ballet. Additionally, they will perform Jerome Robbin's masterpiece Fancy Free set to the music of Leonard Bernstein.

This one-time performance is Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. A special gala reception, Sunday with the Stars, will follow the performance at the Mississippi Museum of Art to meet the dancers and to raise a toast to Ballet Mississippi's golden anniversary.

Mississippi Chorus Chamber Singers

The Mississippi Chorus (TMC) Chamber Singers will perform Gabriel Fauré's Requiem in D Minor Sunday, Nov. 3 at St. Columb's Episcopal Church in Ridgeland. The concert begins at 4 p.m., preceded by a reception beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The Chamber Singers, a smaller ensemble of the full chorus, will perform under the direction of TMC Artistic Director Michael Hrivnak and accompanied by Chorus accompanist David O'Steen and members of The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Soloists are Shawn Morgan, soprano, and John Mathieu, baritone.

The choral-orchestral setting of Fauré's Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead is the best known of his large works. It consists of seven movements, the most famous of which is the central soprano aria Pie Jesu.

Tickets are $10 general admission and may be purchased online at www.mschorus.org or at the door. Student tickets are $5 at the door with an I.D. For additional information, call 601.278.3351.

November 5

Orchestras, Strings and Choir Concert

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

The Belhaven Orchestra takes the stage with the Belhaven Choirs presenting Beethoven's Fantasy in C Minor for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra ("The Choral Fantasy"), Op. 80, and featuring senior pianist Megan van der Bijl.

The Orchestra will also premier a work by student composer, Ms. Libby Roberts, the work conducted by student conductor Mr. Andrew Craig. The String Chamber Orchestra along with string solos and chamber ensembles complete the evening's offerings. Dr. Christopher Shelt and Mr. Song Xie share the baton throughout the concert. Music to thrill young and old alike!  Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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.