Monday, Sept. 27
6 p.m., Young Leaders in Philanthropy Advisory Council Meeting at United Way (843 N. President St.). Council members and the YLP Executive Board meet monthly to strategically discuss upcoming YLP activities and other community engagement initiatives. E-mail [e-mail missing].
Tuesday, Sept. 28
10 a.m., "Expanding Your Business Through International Trade" Webinar at mississippi.org/webinars. The event will provide an overview of business opportunities that exist in the global market. Registration is required. Free; call 601-359-3155.
11 a.m., Blood Pressure Checks for Seniors at Madonna Manor Retirement Center (550 Houston Ave.). The City of Jackson's Department of Human and Cultural Services and the staff of St. Dominic Health Service's Care-A-Van outreach program will provide blood pressure checks and information about eating whole grains to qualifying individuals ages 55 or older living within the city limits of Jackson. Free; call 601-960-0335.
6:30 p.m., 61st Annual NCADD Celebration at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence event includes a silent auction and remarks by Chris Kennedy Lawford. $20; call 601-899-5880.
6:30 p.m., Jackson Audubon Society Monthly Chapter Meeting at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Skipper Anding, former JAS president speaks on the topic "A Fascination with Birds: A Photographic Presentation." Open to the public. Free; call 601-956-7444.
Wednesday, Sept. 29
10 a.m., Senior Aerobics Class at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), at center stage. Seniors have an opportunity to get in shape and have fun while doing it. Sponsored by Tougaloo College. Free; call 601-977-6137.
8:30 a.m., College and Career Readiness Workshops at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond). The workshops provide school counselors with an opportunity to learn of the latest ACT updates and how Mississippi students are performing on the ACT, plus information on measuring college and career readiness, and how having and using good data leads to timely intervention. A continental breakfast is included. Free; visit act.org/ccrw.
11 a.m., Blood Pressure Checks for Seniors at Golden Key Multi-purpose Senior Center (3450 Albermarle Road). The City of Jackson's Department of Human and Cultural Services and the staff of St. Dominic Health Service's Care-A-Van outreach program will provide blood pressure checks and information about eating whole grains to qualifying individuals 55 or older living within the city limits of Jackson. Free; call 601-960-0335.
Noon, "History Is Lunch" at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Curator Ellen Ruffin talks about the de Grummond Collection at USM. Bring a lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998.
Thursday, Sept. 30
11 a.m., The Power of Pink at Highland Village (4500 I-55 North). Join Baptist Breast Health Center as they unite with local sponsors to promote breast health and kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Free; call 601-948-6262.
3 p.m., Naturalization Workshop at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St.). MIRA licensed attorneys will assist applicants in preparing their N-400 applications for submission to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The workshop is only for individuals who have been lawful permanent residents for the last five years, or three years if married to and living with a United States citizen. $150 (includes MIRA membership), $675 N-400 filing fee; call 601-354-9355.
5:30 p.m., "Kids Gone Wild: Taming Your Tots and Teens" at Hinds Behavioral Health Services (3450 Highway 80 West). The community forum gives parents and caregivers ways to develop proactive strategies, tools and methods of dealing with discipline issues more effectively. Free; call 601-321-2400.
6 p.m., Lynch Street Corridor Discussion at COFO Complex (1017 John R. Lynch St.). Jackson State University facilitates a discussion with the community, local business owners and local organizations. The topics for discussion include economic development, historic preservation and educational programming ideas for John R. Lynch Street. Visit westjackson.wordpress.com.
5 p.m., HeARTWorks Art Show at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). HeARTWorks is an art ministry to the people in and around the Stewpot community. Proceeds from the sale of the artwork benefit the artists and Stewpot Community Services. Call 601-353-2759.
6 p.m., Business Law Seminar for Current and Future Business Owners at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Meeting Room. Get your business law questions answered from qualified business attorneys. Registration is required. Free; e-mail [e-mail missing].
Friday, Oct. 1
8 a.m., Coffee & Contacts at Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens and Cannada (1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland), in suite 1400. Join the Madison County Chamber of Commerce for an hour of fast-paced business card exchanges and networking. Free; e-mail [e-mail missing].
9 a.m., Friday Forum at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite C). The presenter is Wes Holsapple, executive director of Venture Incubator. Free; e-mail [e-mail missing].
4 p.m., Friends of the Jackson Zoo Annual Meeting at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The meeting includes a meet-and-greet, election of officers and presentations. Call 601-352-2580.
6:30 p.m., Presence with the Past at Raymond Cemetery (Port Gibson St., Raymond). Take an evening stroll through the historic cemetery as local citizenry depict prominent Raymond residents, soldiers and heroes. $10, $5 children 10 and under; call 601-857-8041.
Through Oct. 1
HIV/AIDS Training Workshop at My Brother's Keeper (500 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The Black Treatment Advocates Network hosts training sessions, open to individuals working in the HIV/AIDS field, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Free; call 212-353-3610, ext. 119.
Saturday, Oct. 2
8 a.m., Department of Agriculture Blood Drive at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Donate blood in the Mississippi Blood Service donor coach. All donors will receive a free T-shirt. Donations welcome; call 800-817-7449.
8 a.m., Jackson Audubon Society Monthly Bird Walk at LeFleur's Bluff State Park, Mayes Lake (115 Lakeland Terrace). An experienced Audubon Society member leads the walk. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Call ahead if you would like to borrow a pair of binoculars. Adults must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-956-7444.
8 a.m., Neighborhood Clean-up Day at Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church (2606 Williamson Ave.). Volunteers meet in the parking lot and go to Jackson Medical Mall's Homestead Heights neighborhood to pick up trash and mow lawns. Registration is required, and lunch is included. Call 601-982-8467, ext. 19.
9 a.m., NACA Homeownership Seminar at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The class will be held in the Community Meeting Room. Free; call 601-922-4008.
9 a.m., Mississippi Native Plant Society Annual Meeting at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Registration is at 9 a.m. The meeting includes workshops, presentations and a field trip to the LeFleur's Bluff Park Trails. $7.50-$10 membership, $5 museum entrance fee; call 601-483-3588 or 601-481-5440.
Sunday, Oct. 3
Noon, Rainbow Cooperative Grocery Annual Meeting at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Rd.). The meeting includes a vegetarian potluck. Call 601-366-1602.
2 p.m., Walk for Diabetes at Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance (1401 Livingston Lane). Check-in is at 1 p.m. The 5K walk will also feature refreshments, music and activities for the entire family. Proceeds benefit Camp Kandu, the Diabetes Foundation's bi-annual educational camp for kids with diabetes and their parents. Minimum $20 donation; call 877-DFM-CURE.
Monday, Oct. 4
9 a.m., Hinds County Board of Supervisors at Chancery Court (316 S. President St.). The Board of Supervisors holds its regular meeting, open to the public. Call 601-968-6501.
9 a.m., Rankin County Board of Supervisors Meeting at Rankin County Government Offices (211 E. Government St.). The board holds its regular meeting. Call 601-825-1475.
Phi Theta Kappa Blood Drive Oct. 4-6, at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond). Donate blood in the donor coach parked in front of the Student Union. Hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. All donors will receive a free T-shirt and are entered to win a pair of tickets to an SEC football game. Donations welcome; call 800-817-7449.
Through Oct. 23
"Win a Trip to Hollywood" Fundraiser. With each $1 dollar donation, you will receive one entry into a drawing for a trip to visit the set and watch a taping of the hit television show "The Office." You must be 18 or older to enter. All proceeds benefit the Cure Paralysis Project sponsored by SCI Research Advancement. $1 per ticket; visit scicure.org/trip.htm.
Through Oct. 29
Holiday Card Contest, at Mississippi Public Broadcasting (3825 Ridgewood Road). MPB invites children ages four through 12 to design and illustrate an original greeting card incorporating a holiday theme not specific to any religious celebration. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 29. Entry forms can be downloaded from mpbonline.org/mpbkids. Call 601-432-6370.
Through Oct. 30
Farmers' Market at Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram). The market is open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. until Oct. 30. Products include fresh produce, wildflower honey, roasted peanuts, jams, jellies, birdhouses, baskets and gourds for crafting. Call 601-373-4545.
Through Nov. 1
Mississippi Arts Commission Minigrant Call for Applications at Mississippi Arts Commission (Woolfolk Building, 501 N. West St., Suite 1101A). Professional-level artists can apply to support promotion efforts, attend a professional workshop or to purchase art supplies. Non-profit organizations or local government entities can apply for up to $1,000 to support presentations by members of the MAC's artist roster or to support professional development efforts for an arts organization. The application deadline is Nov. 1. Call 601-359-6030.
Through Nov. 7
Farmers' Market at Old Farmers' Market (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Brenda's Produce features fruits, vegetables and flowers from Smith County, and Berry's Produce also has a wide selection of products to choose from. Hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-354-0529 or 601-353-1633.
Through Nov. 29
Jackson Touchdown Club Meetings at River Hills Country Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). Members of the athletic organization meet Tuesdays at 6 p.m. during the football season. Members have access to meals, fellowship and the chance to listen to speakers from around the country. $280 individual membership, $1,200 corporate membership; call 601-955-5293 or 601-506-3186.
Through Dec. 1
Being an American Essay Contest. U.S. highschool students and their teachers compete for nearly $115,000 in prize money and all-expense paid trips to Washington, D.C., by writing an essay that is 750 words or less. The deadline is Dec. 1. Visit beinganamerican.org.
Through Dec. 5
Habitat Hideaways at Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson (1260 Ellis Ave.). Buy a raffle ticket for a child's playhouse to raise money to build decent, affordable houses for families in need in metro Jackson. The winning ticket will be drawn Dec. 5. $20, $40 for three, $100 for ten; call 601-353-6060.
Through Dec. 18
Greater Belhaven Market at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Buy local fresh produce or other food or gift items. The market is open every Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission; call 601-506-2848 or 601-354-6573.
Through Dec. 24
Farmers' Market at Old Fannin Road Farmers' Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon). Homegrown produce is for sale Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and noon-6 p.m. Sunday until Christmas Eve. Call 601-919-1690.
Through Feb. 28
Jackson State University Alumni Association Membership Drive. The Jackson-Hinds chapter is currently seeking new members to join the association. $25 membership; e-mail [e-mail missing].
Through May 27
After-School Enhancement Program, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The City of Jackson Department of Parks and Recreation's program takes place Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for youth ages 7-12. Activities include studying and learning during homework sessions, listening to guest speakers, and participating in arts and crafts. Immunization compliance is required. Parents and guardians must also provide transportation and food each day. Registration continues until all slots are filled. Free; call 601-960-0471.
Medical Mall Moment Report, at WOAD 1300 AM. Find out about the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation's current activities every second Friday of the month at 8:30 a.m. Call-ins to 601-995-1400 are welcome. You can send your questions and comments in advance to [e-mail missing] or call the office for more information. The broadcast is also available on jacksonmedicalmall.org. Call 601-982-8467.
Cancer Rehab Classes, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Activity Room of the Hederman Cancer Center Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. The class helps cancer patients enhance cardiovascular strength, endurance, their immune system and bone density. It helps to increase overall strength and stamina, decrease fatigue and weight loss, and improve digestion. Registration is required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.
You Have the Mic, at Afrika Book Cafe (404 Mitchell Ave.). The open political forum for discussing Jackson's current issues is hosted by Othor Cain and Mista Main of Hot 97.7 FM on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. E-mail [e-mail missing].
Ask for More Arts Call for Artists. Ask for More Arts is seeking artists to work with children in grades K-5 in the Jackson Public Schools district. Parents for Public Schools of Jackson is the convening partner. Call 601-969-6015.
Farmers' Market, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Shop the Mississippi Farmers Market for fresh locally-grown fruits and vegetables from Mississippi farmers, specialty foods, and crafts from local artisans. The market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-354-6573.
Farmers' Market, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project's Farmers' Market (2548 Livingston Road). Buy from a wide selection of fresh produce provided by participating local farmers. Market hours are noon-6 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Free admission; call 601-987-6783.
Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562.
• Weekly Storytime. Each Tuesday, Baby Bookworms Storytime for children ages birth-36 months is at 9:30 a.m., and Preschool Storytime for children ages 3-6 is at 10:30 a.m. The event includes stories, rhymes and music, and a puppet show on the last Tuesday of the month.
• Pearl Peanuts Afterschool Program through May 25. On Wednesdays at 4 p.m., children in grades K-6 enjoy stories, crafts, snacks and special activities such as cooking, gardening, and puppetry.
Youth Women's Cycling Group, in Ridgeland. Get fit while participating in a fun, recreational environment Saturdays at 10 a.m. The club is for young girls ages 13-17. Free; call 601-559-5577.