TO DO TODAY

Madrigals perform

n TUPELO - The Tupelo High School Madrigal Singe Feast will be at 7 p.m. today at the north end of Gloster Creek Village. Meal and performance inspired by 16th century Europe. $20. Students get $5 discount. (662) 842-4307.

Lunching with books

n TUPELO - Andrew P. Mullins Jr. review "The Measure Of Our Days- Writings of William F. Winter" at noon today at the Lee County Library. Mullins, executive assistant to the Chancellor at Ole Miss, is the editor of the book. (662) 841-9029.

Book signing

n TUPELO - Marshall Ramsey will sign copies of "10! Marshall Ramsey's 10-Year Celebration" from noon until 1:30 p.m. today at Reed's Gum Tree Bookstore.

IN THE COMING DAYS

Ballard Park lighting

n TUPELO - The Christmas Lighting of Ballard Park will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday. Music by Pierce Street Elementary School Pride Choir; free horse-drawn carriage rides. Enjoy Christmas in the Park also on Thursday, Dec. 7 and Thursday, Dec. 14. Open House at Oren Dunn City Museum from 4 until 6 p.m. Dec. 7. (662) 841-6448.

Tasting luncheon

n PONTOTOC - Diane Schule, director of Marshall County Library System, will introduce the book "Being Dead Is No Excuse" by Gayden Metcalf at noon Thursday at the Pontotoc County Library. Recipes from the book will be prepared along with other favorites.

Biblical City

n PITTSBORO - The tenth annual Calhoun City Biblical City will be presented from 6 until 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Calhoun County Multipurpose Agri-Center. Adults $5; children under age 12 free. Golf carts available for handicapped. Refreshments.

Contemporary "Nutcracker"

n OXFORD - "Mixed Nuts," a contemporary version of "The Nutcracker," will be staged at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday in Fulton Chapel at Ole Miss. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 children/seniors, $6.50 Ole Miss students. (662) 915-7411.

Book signing

n TUPELO - Jere Nash and Andy Taggert will sign copies of "Mississippi Politics" from noon until 1:30 p.m. Friday at Reed's Gum Tree Bookstore.

Santa visit

n CORINTH - Corinth Theatre-Arts presents their annual Visit with Santa from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at Crossroads Playhouse. Free admission. Treats, stories, crafts. For a $5 donation, have your picture and your pet's picture made with Santa. (662) 287-2995.

Ballet

n TUPELO - Tupelo Ballet "Nutcracker" will be performed at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Tupelo High School Performing Arts Center. Featuring a cast of more than 100, live music by Tupelo Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $8 to $20. Reserved seating available for 7:30 p.m. performance. (662) 844-1928.

Book signing

n TUPELO - Diana rattray will sign copies of "The About.com Guide to Southern Cooking" from 2 until 4 p.m. Saturday at Books-A-Million.

SCHOOL MENUS

Lee County schools

n Today: Grilled chicken sandwich, spaghetti with cheese sticks, or chicken salad with crackers; au gratin potatoes or seasoned green beans; chilled fruit or fresh fruit; brownie; milk.

Tupelo schools

n Today: Hamburger or cheeseburger, Huntington chicken with yeast roll, or chicken tenders salad with crackers; french fries, seasoned green beans or baby carrots with ranch dip; chilled pineapple and kiwi, fresh fruit or fruit juice; iced brownie; milk.

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