Local News Notebook

MSU Florist to hold
holiday open house,
floral program Friday

The Mississippi State’s University Florist will hold a holiday open house on Friday to showcase a variety of seasonal designs.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the state’s only student-run florist will feature winter holiday arrangements created by undergraduates in the floral management program.
“We’re opening the season with a collection of trees and table decor created by the permanent botanicals class,” said Lynette McDougald, University Florist manager and floral management instructor.
Themes for the arrangements include:
• Royal tannenbaum, shades of royal blue and purple with lime accents.
• Mid-century aqua with red on silver tinsel tree.
• Rustic reds and metallics with cotton garlands on silver fir tree.
• Popular upside down tree with crystal and mirrored decor.
Adding to the open house color scheme, a collection of fall arrangements and wreaths by MSU’s student chapter of the American Institute of Floral Designers will be available for sale as a fundraiser. Also, McDougald will display her floral designs with popular McCarty pottery of nutmeg, jade and cobalt colors.
This same day, Jim DelPrince, professor of plant and soil sciences and noted floral designer, will present a program on holiday designs to show and discuss trends, techniques, and an array of products from noon to 1 p.m. in the Colvard Student Union Dawg House.
Following DelPrince’s program, attendees will be invited to a free lunch at the University Florist.
For more information, contact McDougald by phone at 325-3585 or by e-mail at lmcdougald@pss.msstate.edu.

Smokefree Air Mississippi forum planned in Starkville
Smokefree Air Mississippi will hold a public forum in Starkville to discuss a new public health initiative aimed at eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke in all public places, including workplaces.
The forum will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Starkville Sportsplex.
Lunch will be served. Speakers include health care providers, elected officials, business owners and people who have been dramatically affected by exposure to secondhand smoke. 
RSVP by calling 1-866-724-6115 or sending e-mail to signe.shackelford@msdh.state.ms.us.

Starkville’s Christmas
Open House set Nov. 7
Starkville’s Christmas Open House will take place Nov. 7 from noon to 5 p.m. and will feature merchants from across Starkville.
The Open House will offer residents an opportunity to see all of Starkville’s boutique retailers debut Christmas and other holiday merchandise.
Children can visit Santa at Polka Tots on Main Street as presented by the Starkville Main Street Association at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership.
For more information, contact Jennifer Gregory, Starkville Main Street manager, at 323-3322 or jgregory@starkville.org.