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 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.
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.
The public may notice a large law enforcement presence at Madison Avenue Upper Elementary Wednesday, Oct. 19, through Thursday, Oct. 27. Please be assured there is no cause for alarm.
The law enforcement community has joined together to help MAUE with a forensics/law enforcement unit, which will tie into Red Ribbon Week and culminate with a school-wide detective themed Mystery Night on Oct. 27. The public may see police activity, blue lights, SWAT vehichles and the Highway Patrol helicopter at the school, but it is all part of a pre-planned coordinated activity for students.
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.
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
Students who attend Madison Avenue Elementary and Madison Avenue Lower Elementary can meet up to share Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Meet at the entrance to Stonegate to walk with Mayor Mary or at the entrance to Trace VIneyard to walk with Alderman Pat Peeler. Gather at those locations by 6:50 a.m. At Stonegate, the Mayor will dedicate a plaque at 7 a.m. to honor the late Nell Tharp, who worked hard to ensure the safety of Madison children with the sidewalks to school.
Turn on your outside lights, bring out a chair and gather with your neighbors during National Night Out Oct. 4. This is a great way to join with other neighborhood residents to present a united front against crime. Call MPD at 601-856-6111 to schedule a visit that night from police, firefighters and city leaders.
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.