Community calendar 10/11/17

NCSWCD to host annual wildlife seminar

The Newton County Soil and Water Conservation District will host its annual wildlife seminar at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at the American Legion Hut, Hwy. 15 S., Decatur. The evening activities will start at 5 p.m. and will include a bow shoot, a dessert contest with prizes and three raffles. The meal will be served at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m.

The keynote speaker will be fish biologist Ryan Jones, and wildlife biologists, foresters, conservation officers and Newton County Christian outfitters will be available for questions.

All proceeds will go to support school programs, teacher workshops, youth camps, field days and a poster/essay contest. There will be a door prize/meal ticket with each $5 contribution and children ages 5 are admitted for free.

Sandridge Barn to host benefit for Luke Potratz

A benefit country music concert for obsessive compulsive disorder sufferer Luke Potratz will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at Sandridge Barn, 22411 Hwy. 80, Lake. The concert will feature Nashville recording artists Ronnie McDowell, Amber Hayes and Jeff Bates.

There will also be more than 25 auction items at the auction starting at 6 p.m., including two tickets for country superstar Jason Aldean’s October concert in Tupelo, a trip to Costa Rica provided by Holbrook Travel, an autographed Brett Favre Green Bay Packers helmet, and a Mississippi State football autographed by head coach Dan Mullen. All proceeds will go towards Luke’s OCD treatment in Nashville.

Burgers, chips and drinks will also go on sale at 6 p.m. Adults will be admitted with a donation of $20, and kids under 12 will be admitted for free. To purchase tickets, contact Jackie Calhoun, Luke’s grandfather, at 601-331-5187.

Salem Church to host 137th Bailey Family Reunion

The 137th edition of the Bailey family reunion will be held starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at Salem Cumberland Presbyterian Church located on Hwy. 487, two and a half miles northwest of Sebastopol. Family members are asked to bring their favorite dish and enjoy a huge meal and fantastic fellowship.

Hickory to host 5k run/walk benefit for Matthew Sistrunk

The Hickory Police Department will sponsor a 5k run/walk in the Hickory town square on Saturday, Oct. 21. Sign in and registration will be from 6:30-7:15 a.m., and the race will start at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds from the race will go to lymphoma treatments for Matthew Sistrunk. The registration fee costs $25, and the first 50 runners to register will receive a free T-shirt.

For more information, call HPD Chief Mark Spence at 601-934-6918 or Jessica Thomas at 601-692-4928.

Hickory VFD schedules 2nd annual 5-Alarm Auto festival

The Hickory Fire Department will host its second annual 5-alarm Auto Festival on Nov. 4 in the Hickory Town Square. Registration will be from 8-10 a.m., and judging will begin at 11 a.m. Awards presentations will be at 1 p.m.

The entry fee is $25 for the first vehicle and $15 per additional vehicle. Entrants must submit separate registration forms for each vehicle.

For more information or to request an entry form, contact Jimmie Nowell at 601-683-9641, Tim Gentry at 601-604-6424 or Ginger Hand at 601-287-0027.

Chunky River Recreation sets Bluegrass Gospel Singing

The Chunky River Recreation Campground & Trading Post will host its fall Bluegrass Gospel Singing at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. This year’s singing will feature Tyler Carroll and Pineridge Bluegrass, Jason Archie Family, The Pilgrim Family Bluegrass, Beka, Cody, Steve, and Gary, and lots of food and fun. Attendees are asked to bring their lawn chairs. For more information, call 601-480-3045.

Ministry hosts support groups

Free Indeed Ministries, 110 Main St., Union, is hosting weekly addiction support groups sponsored by Mending Broken Lives ministries at 7-8 a.m. every Tuesday night.

For more information, call Teresa Talbert at 601-697-9015, or Jennifer Wilkerson at 601-253-6758.

Union, Newton set trick-or-treating date

The City of Union and the City of Newton will observe trick-or-treating on Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m.

Email announcements to dthompson@­newton­countyappeal.com.