AZALEA TOUR: The 2009 Azalea Tour, sponsored by East Heights Garden Club, will begin Saturday and continue through April

Saturday, April 11
AZALEA TOUR: The 2009 Azalea Tour, sponsored by East Heights Garden Club, will begin Saturday and continue through April. The tour begins at the Elvis Presley birthplace. Follow the Azalea Tour markers through East Tupelo and pick up tour maps at the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau and the birthplace. Information: 844-4485 or 871-1384.
AZALEA FESTIVAL: The ninth annual Presley Heights Azalea Festival will be Saturday with a Gigantic, Eclectic Yard Sale commencing at day break, a 5K run at 8:30 a.m., and at 10 a.m. Smitty Harris, former prisoner of war, will open with a military ceremony at Veterans Park. Vendors, food, children’s entertainment, live music and a “rumored” Elvis appearance.
GUNTOWN SOFTBALL TOURNEY: The Guntown Lions Club is hosting a softball tournament starting at 9 a.m. at the city park field. 12-team limit. $125 entry fee. Information: Mickey Kuykendall, 348-2125 or 401-9594.
FAMILY KITE DAY: Family Kite Day will begin at 10 a.m. at Veterans Park in Tupelo. Prizes for best kites. Free. Call 213-6696 for more information.
BREAKFAST WITH EASTER BUNNY: The Saltillo Junior Women’s Club is hosting breakfast with the Easter bunny at Knight’s Restaurant in Saltillo. The breakfast, from 7:30-10 a.m., includes pancakes, sausage and drink. Tickets are $5 at the door. The Easter bunny will be available for photos with children. Parents are encouraged to bring cameras. Proceeds go to the Saltillo City Park playground fund.
PLAYGROUND DEDICATION: Dedication ceremonies for Saltillo City Park’s new playground, “The Jungle,” will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in conjunction with the city Easter egg hunt at the park. There will be a balloon release, face painting and concessions.
Monday, April 13
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: Tupelo Parks and Recreation will offer a grief support group at the Bel-Air Center. Meetings will run from 5:30-7 p.m. on Mondays. All adults are invited. Call Leigh Ann Mallory at Tupelo Parks and Recreation, 841-6440, or Cathy Miller, facilitator, 840-8156.
Tuesday, April 14
CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CLUB: The Tupelo Christian Women’s Club spring luncheon will be Tuesday, April 14, at the Tupelo Country Club, 4462 Winged Foot Road in Belden. Buffet opens at 11:15 a.m. Meeting at 11:30. For reservations call 844-5258 or 842-2563. For free child care at the meeting, call 842-3945.
MASTER GARDENER SERIES: The Master Gardener’s Learning Series will offer a class on Plant Progataion at 6 p.m. Donna Tucker, Master Gardener, will demonstrate how to plant seeds, transplant seedlings, take cuttings and do layering and division. Carl Oglesby, Master Gardener, will demonstrate grafting. The class will be at the Lee County Extension Office, 5338 Cliff Gookin Boulevard. There is no charge for the class but you need to sign-up by calling 841-9000.
Saturday, April 18
VOLLEYBALL BREAKFAST: The Tupelo Middle School Volleyball Boosters are hosting an all-you-can-eat breakfast April 18 at Applebee’s. Breakfasts are $5 per person and served between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Fundraiser for replacement uniforms, gym shoes and practice volleyballs. To make a donation, contact Coach Joe Kahauolopua (Coach K) at 840-8795 during the school year, 844-3460 in the evenings or 841-8914 at Lawhon Cafeteria during the summer.
Sunday, April 19
DOWN SYNDROME ZOO TRIP: The Northeast Mississippi Down Syndrome Society will host a day at the Memphis Zoo, in conjunction with the Down Syndrome Association of the Mid-South. Information: Renea Simmerman, 348-3961.
Wednesday, April 22
LUNCHING WITH BOOKS: Bonnie Webb will review “The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty” at noon for Lunching with Books at the Lee County Library. This is the Mississippi Reads book for 2009.
Friday/Saturday, April 24-25
TMS SPLASH!: Tupelo Middle School’s show choir SPLASH! presents amp”Peace. Love. Dance.amp” Tupelo Civic Auditorium. 7 p.m. Friday, April 24; 7 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25; Tickets: $5 in advance; $6 at the door. Tickets are available from any SPLASH! member or by calling 842-4209.

David Wheeler