Elvis Presley car tags on sale now
– The Tupelo Elvis Presley Fan Club needs to sell 300 Elvis tags by May 10 in order to initiate production of the tags.
The design by Vic Armstrong was approved by Elvis Presley Enterprises. The pink tag features the image of Elvis over a background image of the birthplace home in Tupelo.
The club will donate the proceeds in Elvis’ name to youth charities. The tags are $31.
Mississippi Elvis fans may request an application by e-mailing, or mailing a request to Tupelo Elvis Presley Fan Club, P.O. Box 856, Tupelo, Miss. 38802. Applications also are available at

Songwriter showcase seeking contestants
– The 19th Cellular South GumTree Festival Songwriters Showcase, May 9-10, will accept entries until Friday.
Songwriters are encouraged to submit a CD with two original songs that haven’t been published or recorded. There’s a $25 entry fee.
Finalists will perform on May 9, and three winners will return to the stage on May 10. First place gets $500, second earns $250 and third prize is $150. The writer must perform his or her songs, though duos and trios are allowed.
Applications are available at the GumTree Museum of Art Web site at or by calling the museum office at (662) 844-2787.
To learn more, call (662) 832-1658, or send an e-mail to tcald2004@yahoo .com.

Roadshow to connect buyers and sellers
– Treasure Hunters Roadshow will set up shop Tuesday to Saturday at Quality Inn in Tupelo.
During the free event, members of the International Collectors Association will evaluate coins and paper currency before 1965, toys, vintage jewelry, musical instruments, knives and more.
Collectors will come prepared to spend money on items that interest them.
The Roadshow will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Call (217) 523-4225 or send an e-mail to

ICC’s CenterStage will give its spring concert
– Itawamba Community College’s CenterStage will present its spring concert at 6:30 p.m. April 28 at the Fulton campus in the W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center auditorium.
Admission is $5. Tickets are on sale in the ICC Bookstore. To reserve tickets, call (662) 862-8205. For more information about the concert, call 862-8306.

Students place in singing competition
– Tenor Michial Miller won first place in the High School Division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing State Competition.
The Amory High School senior competed at the University of Southern Mississippi in early April. He’s the son of Mike and Kammi Miller of Amory. Jo Miller Orr of Tupelo is Miller’s voice teacher.
In addition, Daniell Adams and Sarah Childers, both of Fulton, placed in the competition. Childers tied for first place in Freshman Women and Adams tied for second place in Musical Theatre.
Rachel Alexander, Tupelo, and Hyland Keen, Amory, both competed in the semi-final round.

Storyfest slated for Friday and Saturday
– The 9th Annual Double Decker Storyfest will open at 7 p.m. Friday in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory on the campus of the University of Mississippi.
Cuentista Carrie Sue Ayvar from Miami, Fla., will share tales in English and Spanish. North Mississippi Storytellers, musicians and poets will round out the evening’s fare.
During the Double Decker AT&T Square Fair on Saturday, Ayvar will be joined by Diane Williams, an African-American teller from Madison. Other tellers on the program are Anne Gilstrap and Rebecca Jernigan, and Tom Arriola will revisit “Oxtails” with stories and music.
New to the Square Fair event will be Oxford artist Chandra Williams demonstrating “kid friendly” art work.
For more, call (662) 234-0550, or send an e-mail to

MSU Libraries hosting Alabama author Bragg
– Southern author Rick Bragg will be Mississippi State University Libraries’ special guest for an evening of Southern sweets.
Bragg will give a lecture and sign books beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. He’s the 2009 recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year.
MSU’s Jennifer Blackbourn will provide musical entertainment to begin the evening as guests enjoy a variety of desserts created by MSU Chef David French.
Bragg is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling “All Over but the Shoutin’,” and he was a Pulitzer Prize-winning national correspondent for the New York Times.
His work includes the novels “Ava’s Man” and “The Prince of Frogtown,” his latest novel now in paperback.
Tickets are $10, and they’ll be available at the door. Call (662) 325-2559.

Gulf Coast exhibit rolls into museum
– The Mississippi Museum of Art will present “American Masters of the Mississippi Gulf Coast” until July 12.
The traveling exhibition organized by the Mississippi Arts Commission features works by Mississippi Gulf Coast natives George Ohr, Dusti Bongé, Walter Anderson and Richmond Barthé.
Additionally, the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Starkville Area Arts Council, and Mississippi State University’s Department of Art are publishing a 104-page, full-color, hardback catalogue on the lives of the artists and artworks included in the exhibition. Noted Mississippi historian Patti Carr Black is lending her expertise to the project by serving as exhibition curator and editor of the accompanying catalogue, which will be available for purchase in The Museum Store, among other venues.
For more information about this and other exhibitions, contact the Mississippi Museum of Art at (601) 960-1515, or visit the Web at

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