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Farming at the museum

n TUPELO - The Tupelo Automobile Museum will pay tribute to the agricultural industry with its Farming in February exhibit of antique tractors, pickups and other farming equipment through Saturday, Feb. 23. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon until 5 p.m. Sunday. www.tupeloauto.com or (662) 842-4242.

Art exhibit

n TUPELO - The 2008 GumTree Museum of Art Juried Exhibition will be on display until Feb. 29 at the museum. (662) 844-2787.

African-American history

n TUPELO - The Oren Dunn Dity Museum in Ballard Park will host an African-American history exhibit and other events through Saturday, March 1. Admission is $3 adults; $1.50 seniors; $1.50 ages 3 through 12; and ages 3 and younger free. Museum hours are 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sundays. (662) 841-6438.

Poet

n TUPELO - Tupelo poet Patricia Neely-Dorsey will present a program for Black History Month from 11 a.m. until noon today at the Lee County Library. (662) 841-9027.

Open house

n TUPELO - Open House for the new Lee County Library Bookmobile will be from 1 until 3 p.m. today at Food Giant in Saltillo across from city hall. (662) 841-9027.

Steel Magnolias'

n RIPLEY - The Ripley Arts Council will present "Steel Magnolias" at 7 p.m. today, and at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Dixie Theatre on South Main Street. Tickets are $7 adults; $5 ages 12 and younger. (662) 993-2787.

Love Letters'

n OXFORD - Theatre Oxford will present the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, "Love Letters," 8 p.m. today at the Powerhouse. Tickets are $8 at door. (662) 236-6429.

Dance performance

n OXFORD - "What's Love Got to Do With It?" a performance by Mississippi: The Dance Company, will begin at 8 p.m. today in Meek Hall auditorium at Ole Miss. Tickets are $10.50 adults; $8.50 children; $7 seniors/Ole Miss students. (662) 915-7411.

Film fest

n STARKVILLE - The Magnolia Film Festival will continue today at Hollywood Premier Cinemas. Admission is $7.50. (662) 722-2776 or magfilmfest.com.

Gospel

n TUPELO - A gospel concert, sponsored by Southern Image and New Ground, will be from noon until 9 p.m. today at the Food Court in The Mall at Barnes Crossing. Free. (662) 841-9662 or (256) 574-0138.

Rodeo

n STARKVILLE - Starkville Rotary Club will sponsor the Classic Rotary PRCA Rodeo at 7:30 p.m. today at the Mississippi Horse Park on Poorhouse Road south of MSU's main campus. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at gate for adults; $5 for ages 12 and younger. (662) 325-0508.

Symphony

n TUPELO - Tupelo Symphony Orchestra will present "American Music - American Voices" at 7:30 p.m. today at Link Centre Concert Hall. Tickets are $20 in advance by calling (662) 842-8433; at door $25; students $5; ages 4 to 12 free with adult ticket holder.

Gospel

n TUPELO - The St. Luke Methodist Men will present The Landmarks in concert at 7:30 p.m. today in the sanctuary of St. Luke's, 1400 Clayton Ave. Free, donations accepted.

Gospel music

n OKOLONA - A gospel concert, featuring Lulu Roman from "Hee Haw," The Jeff Treece Band and the Masters Quartet, will begin at 7 p.m. today at Brenda's Concert Hall, Hwy. 41 East. Tickets are $10 in advance at Wooden Nickel in Baldwyn, Knights Restaurant in Saltillo, King's Christian Store in Booneville and at Brenda's Concert Hall. (662) 720-2069.

African-American Jubilee

n TUPELO - Oren Dunn City Museum will present African-American Jubilee from 2 until 4:30 p.m. today at the Park & Recreation Department Conference Room, Ballard Park. Featuring Charles "Wsir" Johnson showing film "Blue Suede Shoes in the Hood," Mearion Smith, Lane Chapel Male Quintet, "Captain C" Chris Rice, Juanita Floyd and Boys & Girls Club of North Mississippi. Free admission. (662) 841-6438.

BET comedian

n TUPELO - Rickey Smiley, from BET's "Comic View," will appear at 8 p.m. today at BancorpSouth Arena. Guest comedians include Special K, Ced Delaney and Lavar. Tickets are $23 and $33. (662) 841-6528.

Live music

n RIPLEY - Music by the McAllisters, Reaching Out Group, Lisa Lambert and the Pine Ridge Boys, and the Ripley Main Street Musicians will be offered from 6 until 9 p.m. today at Old Church Opry House, corner of Jackson and Cooper streets. Admission is $2.50; children under age 12 free. (662) 837-1766 or 587-9885.

Bluegrass show

n ADAMSVILLE, Tenn. - The Clay Wagoner Memorial Bluegrass Show will begin at 6 p.m. today at the Adamsville Community Center, featuring Crossroads Bluegrass, Flatwoods Bluegrass, Wayne Jerrolds and Savannah Grass. Donations. (731) 632-0635.

Barrel race

n BOONEVILLE - NBHA MS 02 4D Barrel Race will be today at Prentiss County Agri-Center. Training Barrels begin at 10 a.m; show starts at 2 p.m. Gates fee is $3 per person; children 6 and younger free.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

n Swimming classes for all ages and all levels of ability are being offered through the University of Mississippi Campus Recreation Aquatics division's revamped program. The division also plans to introduce four new lifeguard training courses in March for those interested in lifeguard certification.

Group lessons with from four to five people are $30 per class for members of the Turner Center and $35 for nonmembers. Private lessons are available at a cost $12.50 for 30 minutes and $20 for one hour. The classes are held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Registration for swim classes will remain open for a few weeks, but interested participants should enroll as soon as possible to take advantage of a maximum number of lessons.

To register, visit the Turner Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays; e-mail SWIM@olemiss.ed; or call (662) 915-SWIM (7946). For a full schedule and other information, www.olemiss.edu/depts/campus_recreation/.

The children's swim classes are named in a spoof of Dr. Suess' popular children's book, "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish." The Baby Fish class is for infants, and the other classes are divided into White I, White II, Red, Blue, Rebel, Adult and OLE Fish, which is the program's junior lifeguard class.

For more information or assistance related to a disability, call (662) 915-7946.

n Weather permitting, the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club will fly the American flag at business establishments throughout the city on Monday for Presidents Day. Anyone interested in flying a flag at their business should call Harry Walker at (662) 841-2857.

ITAWAMBA COUNTY

Remodeled assisted living

close to opening doors

n FULTON - Work is wrapping up on the transformation of the former Daniel Health Care facility in Fulton into an assisted living home.

Tentatively set to begin admitting residents on Monday, the former home of 130 nursing care patients has been remodeled into a 27-resident assisted-living home. Each resident will have his or her choice of three different room sizes, with full-sized suites coming complete with living rooms and private bathrooms. A staff will be on hand 24 hours a day.

James Holland, owner of Daniel Health Care, said he will be staffing the new facility with current employees at his other facility, The Meadows.

Work on the new facility began in June after residents of Daniel Health Care were moved to the larger The Meadows nursing facility.

- Itawamba County Times

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