March in Praise on Main Street

You are invited to March in Praise on Main Street to celebrate the meaning of Christmas. Meet by 12:45 at Madison the City Chamber of Commerce to march down Main Street to Madison Square Center for the Arts. The arts center will be open 1-3 p.m. for visits with Santa, hot chocolate and cookies, a performance by Voices of Madison Avenue Upper Elementary School and recognition of nationally ranked Madison Central High Soccer Teams.

Festival of Trees

Enjoy the lights of Christmas during Madison's first Festival of Trees. More than 50 trees will glow throughout the Christmas season on Main Street. Local businesses have sponsored trees that will celebrate the holiday throughout the month of December as they twinkle across the grounds of Madison Square Center for the Arts.

Madison's Night Out

Madison's Night Out is a celebration to open the city's first Festival of Trees. This preview party, 6:30-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Madison Square Center for the Arts, brings the community together to enjoy food, music and a silent auction in a festive atmosphere. Tickets are available for the event from host Madison the City Chamber of Commerce, 601-856-7060.

Christmas Parade

Madison's annual Christmas Parade rolls through the city Saturday, Dec.3 at 9 a.m. Gather along Old Canton Road from Ridgecrest Baptist Church to Main Street and on to the Red Caboose to watch the festivity.

At the end of the parade, meet at the Red Caboose for the awards ceremony. The Mark of Excellence Award for the best entry in the parade will be given out by sponsor Trustmark Bank. Stay to hear the Voices of Madison Avenue sing favorite Christmas songs and for hot chocolate and cookies.

Madison Recycle Day

Keep Madison the City Beautiful hosts Recycle Day on Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tulane University 2115 Main Street. Dispose of unused prescription drugs, non-hazardous waste, batteries and electronics. Each household can bring five small bags of paper to shred on site. There is a $15 fee to dispose of TVs and $5 for monitors but there is no cost to dispose of any other items.

The Moving Wall

Visit the scaled-down replica of the national Vietnam Memorial during its visit to Madison. The Moving Wall will be at Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery Oct. 21-23. It will be open around the clock but volunteers will be on hand to assist with information 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. For more information, visit www.NatchezTraceFuneralHome.com

National Night Out

Join your neighbors to present a united front against crime during National Night Out, Tuesday, Oct. 4. Call Madison Police, 601-856-6111, to schedule a visit to your neighborhood from police, firefighters and city leaders.

Walk to School Day

Join the fun of Walk to School Day Wednesday, Oct. 5. Meet Mayor Mary at the entrance to Stonegate subdivision or Alderman Pat Peeler at Trace Vineyard by 6:50 a.m.  At Stonegate, there will be a ceremony at 7 a.m. honoring the late Nell Tharp who was instrumental in the Safe Routes to School program that created the sidewalks to the Madison Avenue elementary campuses.

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