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April 15 - April 21
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    Tribute for Royce's planned for April 15

    2:30 pm-5:30 pm

    Clinton community leaders will soon join Mississippi College supporters saluting President Lee Royce and his wife, Rhoda.

    After sixteen years of service at the Baptist-affiliated university and a deep love for their hometown of Clinton, the Royces are retiring in May. The tribute is set for April 15 at First Baptist Church Clinton. Ceremonies in the sanctuary begin that Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

    The Mississippi College Singers will supply the music. Following the program, there will be a reception at the church Fellowship Hall from 3:40 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. The public is invited.

    “The leadership of President Lee Royce and First Lady Rhoda Royce brought great energy and enthusiasm with them to Mississippi College,’’ said Vice President for Academic Affairs Ron Howard. “They reinvigorated the university in countless ways.’’

    Enrollment grew steadily from 3,200 MC students to nearly 5,200 students today. A construction renaissance teamed with strong financial support to see the MC annual budget nearly double to $75.5 million. New academic initiatives, such as the state’s first physician assistant program, along with a return for Choctaws athletics to NCAA Division II, are a few of the hallmarks of his administration. At the same time, MC’s reputation achieved solid rankings in publications such as U.S. News & World Report.

    Team Royce deserves much of the credit at America’s second-oldest Baptist college, school leaders say. “Their example of Christian caring has been an inspiration to the college family and those in the church and community who have worked with them,’’ Howard said. “The Royces have made us better people along with the strengthening the university and the community.’’

    MC faculty, staff, alumni and Clinton officials will be part of the April 15 celebration. President Royce took office at the Clinton-based university in 2002. He served as president of Anderson University in South Carolina for seven years before leading the Blue and Gold family in the Magnolia State. Remarkable facilities expansion occurred including the university’s Medical Sciences Building and at the MC Law School in Jackson.

    Rhoda Royce faithfully tutored local children for a decade at a nearby Clinton apartment complex. She also served as a business communications instructor on the Clinton campus.

    The Royces hosted numerous receptions at their residence for many MC constituents and university guests. They will move to Northern Virginia to be closer to their son, Mark Royce, a political science professor at George Mason University and NOVA Community College.

    When Dr. Royce and Mrs. Royce first arrived in 2002, “they quickly made our community their own,’’ noted Steve Stanford, vice president for administration and government affairs.

    The Royces were fixtures at many community, church and MC events. They did much to enhance the “town and gown relationship,’’ added Stanford, a former Clinton Chamber of Commerce president.

    Once named Clinton’s Citizen of the Year, President Royce strengthened the Christian university’s partnerships with Clinton schools, businesses, local government and other key community components.

    Lee and Rhoda Royce remained gracious hosts to all university stakeholders, including students. “They have been focused and interested in each and every student they met,’’ said Melanie Fortenberry, director of MC’s health services administration program. “I appreciate their leadership and service.’’

    “They are both genuine, have a passion for Mississippi College, for our students, our faculty, and most importantly for keeping their hearts and focus on Christ,’’ said accounting professor Billy Morehead. A former Education Commission member of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, he worked closely with Lee and Rhoda Royce. Both Mississippians “helped make remarkable strides in the integrity and accountability of Christian higher education to Mississippi Baptists.’’

    MonArt Reception @ CCNC

    2:30 pm-4:30 pm

    No additional details for this event.

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    Kindergarten pre-registration date set for April 17 at Clinton Park

    All day

    Lovett Holds Show Choir Auditions

    6:00 pm-7:00 pm

    Lovett Elementary will hold auditions for its Arise Show Choir on Tuesday, April 24, and Monday, April 30. An information meeting for parents and their interested child(ren_) will be held on Tuesday, April 17, at 6p.m. in the Lovett cafeteria. At least one parent and the interested child should attend. Spots are open for signer/dancers and pit (band) members.

    Auditions on Tuesday, April 24, will be held from 4p.m. until 6p.m. Students will sign up for a time slot for their audition and should wear comfortable clothes and shoes for dancing. Students will learn a one-minute dance routine.

    Auditions on monday, April 30, will be from 4:30p until 6:30p and will be a vocal/dance audition.

    Students should arrive fifteen minutes before their sign-up time for auditions.

    As part of the audition process, students will perform a one-minute song of their choosing, using music from a CD, phone or piano as accompaniment. Students will perform a dance with students in their time slot.

    Parents are not allowed in the building before or during auditions. Auditions will be held at Lovett, located at 2002 West Northside Drive. For more informations, call 601-924-5664.

    Morrison Heights offers Free English Classes for Language Learners

    6:30 pm-8:30 pm

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    Just The Girls

    All day

    Ladies, join Main Street for this series of outings planned just with you in mind. Starting in February, every 3rd Thursday you are invited to lunch and a demonstration by one of our Main Street Businesses. Watch as Wyatt demonstrates his watercolor painting techniques, catch up on the latest fashion trends or learn how to dress your table seasonally.

    April 19: 11a
    Lunch by 303 Jefferson
    Facility Tour of Baptist Healthplex at Mississippi College

    April 19: 5:30p
    Dinner & Painting Class
    N’awlings Grill
    Clinton Paints Pottery
    Prices varies with selected piece

    May 17: 11a
    Lunch & Meet the Artist
    303 Jefferson
    Olde Towne Depot

    June 21: 11a
    Lunch & Painting Demonstration
    The Bank By Pizza Shack
    Wyatt Waters Gallery


    Reservations are required. Call the Main Street Clinton office at 601-924-5472 for information & reservations.

    Nature Nuts @ CCNC

    10:00 am-12:00 pm

    No additional details for this event.

    Mississippi College hosts sporting clay shoot

    11:30 am-5:00 pm

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    The Heart of Relay is Clinton's Mahaffey

    All day

    When Lexi Mahaffey participates in the American Cancer Society fundraiser Relay for Life, for at least her fifth year in a row, the event will have a special resonance this time. The Clinton High School tenth grader is now battling cancer herself.

    In the past year, Mahaffey, 15, had a skull base tumor, two surgeries to remove it and radiation treatment.

    Lexi, daughter of Eddie and Jennifer Mahaffey, will be honored as The Heart of Relay for 2018 at the event, which is set for 6 p.m. on April 20 at the Hinds Community College tennis courts in Raymond.

    “I don’t think that she really expected anything like that. I know I didn’t expect anything like that,” her mother, Jennifer Mahaffey says. “It kind of brought tears to my eyes. It’s a nice honor.”

    For Lexi, “I was a little nervous, but now I’m kind of happy about it,” she says. She’ll make a speech. “I’m pretty introverted, so definitely having to speak at this is kind of a little out of my bubble, but I’m excited about it.”

    With her long-time involvement in Relay for Life, “it’s just always been a part of my life. So, I think that’s going to stay the same,” Lexi says. “But I think this year might mean a little more than normal.”

    “Lexi has been involved in Relay for Life since she was little, and she’s been on my team as long as I’ve had a team” at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, says Cheri Hodges, co-chair of Relay for Life’s survivors reception. “She’s always been extremely passionate about it. This year, when she received the cancer diagnosis, it only seemed fitting we would honor her in a special way.”

    When Hinds County event chair Shaquita Burke looked at photos displayed for the Relay for Life kickoff, “I saw Lexi in a great majority of pictures over the years,” Burke says. “For somebody to be supporting Relay for Life before she was even diagnosed, we just thought it was a good idea to honor the hard work she’s doing and show our support.”

    Lexi, who recently received radiation treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, says “I’m doing good with everything.”

    Lexi says her whole family, in Clinton since she was in the first grade, has been doing the Relay for Life for a while, and that her older sister, Emily, now 27, got involved when she was in high school. “I guess that’s what got me started with it. Then, I just liked it so much, I kept coming back.

    “I really like how it’s just one big community, and everybody was just there for you whenever you need them,” she says. “It is a really good environment to be in.”

    Relay for Life Hinds County on April 20 will include an opening ceremony, survivor/caregiver walk, a luminaria ceremony and a closing ceremony. Fundraising leads up to the event and continues onsite with games, activities, food sales, raffles and entertainment throughout the evening, until midnight.

    The 2018 theme is “Let’s Toon Out Cancer,” with cartoon-based takeoffs at teams’ “campsites.”

    During the relay, each team has a team member out on the track at all times.

    “The idea is that cancer never sleeps, so we’re never going to rest until a cure is found,” Hodges says.

    The event is free and open to the general pubic. Attendance has ranged from about two hundred, when the event was held in Clinton’s Olde Towne in 2016, to close to three hundred people, including more kids, when the event was held at HCC last year, Burke says. They came within $300 of reaching their $50,000 goal in 2017. By cutting expenses, they hope to hit that $50,000 target this year.

    Involving more kids in Relay for Life is a definite aim, Burke says. “Lexi proved that…once they get involved, even at a younger age, they understand the importance and the mechanics of it. It becomes ingrained in them, and they want to participate more;” and that’s where the next crop of leaders comes from.

    Lexi says some of her friends have gotten more interested in Relay for Life.

    “I just think it might mean a little bit more to them, knowing that it’s me, instead of strangers.”

    To participate in this year’s Relay for Life, or for more information, call Lizzy Givan at 360-201-9037, or visit and search for the Relay for Life Hinds County event.

    Lexi Mahaffey of Clinton is The Heart of Relay for 2018. This past year, Mahaffey was diagnosed with a skull base tumor and has had it removed.

    A young Mahaffey at a former Relay for Life.

    Mahaffey volunteering at a Relay for Life Bake Sale in 2013.

    Lexi Mahaffey (center, top) at the 2013 Relay for Life.

    MC Disk Golf Tournament

    3:30 pm-7:00 pm

    Dinner & A movie

    6:00 pm-9:00 pm

    This spring’s series includes four films and an evening of jazz.

    All events are free, with the purchase of dinner onsite as an option. Participants are encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs for an evening of family fun.

    Following a successful first-time event last fall, Dinner and Jazz will be back on Friday, April 13, with tunes performed by the Mississippi College Jazz Band. Clintonians can grab their dancing shoes and swing by Olde Towne for live big band music. Consisting of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, piano, bass, and drums, the Jazz Band explores music of all jazz periods from the Big Band Era to the present. Music will kick off at 6 p.m.

    The second movie offering in the series is Guardians of the Galaxy on Friday, April 20Grumpy Dave’s Kettle Korn will be available for purchase at 6 p.m., and the food vendor will be announced. Before the movie, attendees can enjoy music from the film and participate in a dance off. Guardians will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m., or at dusk.

    Dinner and a Movie will continue on May 4 with the film Trolls. Dinner will be available from Small Time Hot Dogs, and Grumpy Dave will be back with his famous kettle corn at 6 p.m. The film will start at dusk, approximately 7:45 p.m.

    The finale to the spring Dinner and a Movie series on May 18 will feature the Disney classic The Lion King on the big screen. Animal-lovers can enjoy interaction with animals from the Jackson Zoo before the film.  The evening’s food vendor, Dutch Oven, will be available at 6 p.m., along with Grumpy Dave’s Kettle Korn. The movie will play at dusk, approximately 7:45 p.m.

    David Parker, Main Street Clinton’s board president, says, “Dinner and a Movie is a fun, family-friendly way to enjoy Olde Towne and the Clinton community.  Bring your blankets and lawn-chairs and enjoy the show!”

    Dinner & A Movie

    6:00 pm-10:00 pm

    Movie of the Night: Guardians of the Galaxy

    Dinner by: The Bank by Pizza Shack

    Dinner starts at 6p and the movie will start at Dusk.

    Kettle Korn will be available for Purchase.

    Friday Nights at Milepost 89 features "Wooden Strings"

    7:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Friday Nights at Milepost 89 offers performances every 3rd Friday of the month at 7 p.m. inside the Clinton Visitor Center. Admission to each performance is at least 89 cents.

    The Friday, April 20, performance will showcase “Wooden Strings,” a group composed of 6 multi-instrumentalists who are steeped in their own style of country, bluegrass, fold, pop and melodic easy-going songs.

    The performance will feature David McCoy on the mandolin, Wilson Karges on the dobro, Lorin arinder on the guitar and banjo, Mark Weilenman on the guitar, Murry Stewart on the guitar, and harmonica player Randy Newman.

    The Clinton Visitor Center Weened Music Scene offers entertainment year-round to visitors and residents alike. The Clinton Visitor Center is located at 1300 Pinehaven Road.

    For more details about the Saturday and Sunday music performances, call 601-924-2221.

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    2018 Clean Up Day with Clinton Chamber of Commerce

    7:30 am-11:00 am

    CCNC Nature Day

    9:00 am-12:00 pm

    Spring Into Green Markey & 11th Annual Caterpillar Parade

    9:00 am-1:00 pm

    Nature Day Plant Sale @ CCNC

    10:00 am-1:00 pm

    No additional details for this event.

    Spa Day

    2:00 pm-5:00 pm

    Shakespeare Festival at Mississippi College celebrates forty years

    7:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Mississippi College’s Choctaw Chorus will perform several madrigals set to the lyrics from William Shakespeare’s plays.

    Conducted by music professor Mark Nabholz, the student choral group will soon be showcased at the university’s 40th annual Shakespeare Festival. So will national recording artist, singer/songwriter Claire Holley, a Jackson native who lives in Los Angeles.

    Holley is billed as the guest artist at the April 21 production at the Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall on the Clinton campus. The concert begins at 7 p.m. that Saturday evening. Tickets for the concert are $10 for general admission, and $7 for all students, MC employees and senior adults.

    Following the show, there will be a reception at the Aven Fine Arts Recital Hall lobby.

    The live musical event honors the legacy of the late George Pittman and his wife, Alicia. A 1959 MC graduate, George Pittman served for many years as chairman of the MC English Department. Passionate about Shakespeare’s literary works, the retired professor died in 2014 at age seventy-six.

    A 1960 MC graduate, Alicia Pittman worked at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson for twenty-two years. She now lives near Fort Worth, Texas, and continues to be a strong supporter of the Shakespeare Festival in Clinton.

    George and Alice Pittman founded the Shakespeare Festival at their alma mater in 1978. They returned to Mississippi College after working at Howard Payne University in Texas.

    The Pittmans launched the Shakespeare Festival four decades ago to bring to life the works and culture of the Bard of Avon amid the Renaissance in England. Over the years, many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed by students on the Clinton campus, most recently the comedy Much Ado About Nothing, at Swor Auditorium.

    The Shakespeare Festival at Mississippi College is sponsored through the collaboration of three departments: English, communication and music.

    Based in California, Claire Holley stays busy as a wife and mother. The successful recording artist is featured on at least a half-dozen albums with titles like Dandelion and Sanctuary, a record of hymns. In 2005, Claire teamed with award-winning Mississippi singer Caroline Herring to record an album titled Live at St. Andrews.

    Holley is visiting Mississippi College for this joint production with the English Department’s Sue Price  Lipsey Lecture Series.

    For more information, contact MC communication professor Phyllis Seawright at 601-925-3453.