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TUPELO
Lights! Camera! Action!
The 2010 Tupelo Film Festival opens today, and events will include a free outdoor screening of Zack Godshall’s film “God’s Architects” at 8 p.m. at Lee County Courthouse. Today through Sunday, you’re invited to take part in the screenings, panel discussions, workshops and parties. Dozens of filmmakers will attend the festival. Prices for events vary. Call (662) 841-6521, or visit www.tupelofilmfestival.net.

Everyone’s invited to story time at library
- The Lee County Library in Tupelo will host story time at 10 a.m. today.
Everyone’s invited to the free event. Call (662) 841-9029 for more information.

Dance students will show off skills on Saturday
- The Tupelo Academy of Dance Arts will hold its “Dance Happening 2010” on Saturday at the Tupelo Civic Auditorium.
Younger students will perform at 2 p.m., with older students taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students. Call (662) 844-4352.

NEW ALBANY
Fiddling will be part of Down from the Hills
- The Mississippi State Fiddling Championship will combine forces with the Down from the Hills Heritage Music Festival this weekend.
The fiddling will start at 6 p.m. Friday, and music will continue at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Union County Fairgrounds in New Albany.
Admission is $5/per day. Call (662) 538-0014, or visit www.mississippifiddlers.com.

FRENCH CAMP
Observatory to focus lens on ‘Evening Star’
- Rainwater Observatory near French Camp will present a free public program featuring the planet “Venus, Our Evening Star,” at 7 p.m. Friday.
The program will describe what ancient cultures thought about Venus as well as finding out what modern science has learned.
The planets Venus, Saturn, and Mars are in the sky after dark. Weather permitting, there will be a chance to view the objects through the observatory’s telescopes.
Call (662) 547-6377, or e-mail info@rainwatrobservatory.org.