COLUMBUS - Alabama author Sonny Brewer will be the keynote speaker for the 24th annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium held at Mississippi University for Women on Oct. 18-20.
This year's theme is "River the Color of Blood: Crime and Passion in a Gothic South." More information about the Symposium, which is free and open to the public, is available at www.muw.edu/welty of by contacting Kendall Dunkelberg at (662) 329-7386.
MUW also hosts the Welty Gala, which will feature Byron Pitts, chief national correspondent for CBS Evening News. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19 in the Mary Ellen Weathersby Pope Banquet Room. Tickets are sold at different levels. For more information on the gala, call (662) 329-7148.
SPLC encourages schools in state to Mix It Up at Lunch Oct. 30
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Southern Poverty Law Center encourages schools across Mississippi to help their students challenge social and racial boundaries by participating in National Mix It Up at Lunch Day on Oct. 30.
Sponsored by the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project, National Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to challenge these boundaries through the simple act of taking a new seat in the cafeteria. Last year, more than 3,000 schools across the nation participated in Mix It Up, including eight schools in Mississippi.
Schools participating in the event can register at www.tolerance.org/ mix-it-up/map.
Tupelo High plans tailgate Oct. 12 before football game
TUPELO - Tupelo High School will host a community tailgate at 5 p.m. on Oct. 12 before the THS football game against South Panola.
Parents, businesses, community members, organizations and churches may set up tents on the football practice field prior to the 3:20 p.m. school dismissal or beginning at 4 p.m. For more information, call Mary Thomas at (662) 841-8970.
MSU Early Childhood Institute receives grant to watch quality
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University's Early Childhood Institute continues its administration of the Mississippi Child Care Quality Rating System, thanks to a new multimillion-dollar grant.
The Mississippi Department of Human Services' Division of Early Childhood recently awarded $2,048,248 for the Quality Stars program. The funding supports supervision of quality standards assurance for early-care and education centers throughout the state.
The voluntary program is designed to measure the quality of care provided by licensed child care centers in the areas of program administration, learning environments, professional development, evaluation and parent involvement.
Northeast Mississippi CC to host Dixie Marching Band Championship
BOONEVILLE - Northeast Mississippi Community College's "Showband from Tigerland" will host some of the best high school bands in the region at the 31st-annual Dixie Marching Band Championship Oct. 6 at Tiger Stadium.
Competition is slated to begin at 1 p.m., and gates will open at noon. Admission is $5, and children under kindergarten age will be admitted free.