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Monday, Aug. 27

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Summer Book Sale, at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison). The Friends of the Madison Library host the sale in the meeting room. Call 601-856-2749.

1:30 p.m., E-Verify Webinar. Learn more about the service that allows employers to verify the employment eligibility of new hires. Also held Aug. 29 at same time. Free; dhs.gov/e-verify.

Through Aug. 27

Ekklesia School of Ministry and Theology Registration, at Reformed Theological Seminary (5422 Clinton Blvd.). Fall 2012 classes begin Aug. 27. Call for information on classes and fees. Free; call 601-371-1427 or 601-212-1965; email ethelmglover@yahoo.com, hjoseph@nhcms.org.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

9 a.m., Coach Don Meyer Leadership Tour, at Jackson Preparatory School (3100 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). The former NCAA coach and professor at Northern State University gives a seminar on servant leadership. Meyer has won the most games in any division in NCAA history. Registration required. Lunch included. $20, $60 with undergraduate credit from Northern State University; email tarmstrong@greaterjacksonpartnership.com.

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Hinds Creative Learning Fall Kick-off Luncheon, at Eagle Ridge Golf Course (1500 Raymond Lake Road, Highway 18 S., Raymond), at the Hinds Community College Lodge. Woodcarver Glen Morales is the speaker. Lunch included. Purchase tickets by Aug. 27. $10; call 601-857-3773.

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership WIN Meeting, at Viking Cooking School (1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Women professionals enjoy networking, a cooking demonstration, lunch and a drawing. RSVP; space limited. $25, $20 members; email dgreen@greaterjacksonpartnership.com.

7 p.m., No Boundaries Beginner Training Program Information Meeting, at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Learn about the program that prepares racers for the Nov. 22 Turkey Trot 8K. Free; call 601-899-9696.

Wednesday, Aug. 29

9:30 a.m., Computer Class, at Flowood Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood), in the reference department. Learn to use Microsoft Publisher. Free; call 601-919-1911.

Noon, "History Is Lunch," at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Millsaps College Library director Tom Henderson presents "Finding Hooch and Homicide on the Gold Coast: Liquor and Crime in East Jackson." Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998.

5:30 p.m., Central Mississippi Ole Miss Rebel Club Meeting, at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). Social hour is at 5:30 p.m., and the program is at 6:30 p.m. The speaker is Chuck Rounsaville, publisher of the Ole Miss Spirit. $25 admission, $125-$150 memberships; call 601-949-4621 or 601-506-3186.

Thursday, Aug. 30

3-7 p.m., Back to School Night for Educators. The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, the Mississippi Children's Museum, the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame give educators free admission and stay open late to provide resources. Free; call 601-576-6000, 601-981-5469, 601-982-8264 or 601-432-4500.

4:30 p.m., Rock 93.9 Official Ribbon Cutting, at Fondren Corner (2906 N. State St.). The opening celebration for the radio station includes refreshments. Visit rock939.com.

5 p.m., Wasabi Grand Opening, at Wasabi Sushi and Bar (100 E. Capitol St., Suite 105). The celebration includes a cocktail party at 7 p.m. Call 601-948-8808.

5-9 p.m., Charity Taco Night, at Jaco's Tacos (318 S. State St.). The monthly fundraiser features signature food and beverages, a guest speaker and other activities. Enjoy a vegetarian Savanna Taco and Zebra Martini. 50 percent of proceeds benefit the Jackson Zoo. Food prices vary; call 601-405-0499.

6 p.m., Tiger Bash, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. Meet members of the JSU Tigers football team. Free; jsums.edu.

6-8 p.m., Strides Against Breast Cancer Fashion Show Extravaganza and Silent Auction, at Riverwalk Casino and Hotel (1046 Warrenton Road, Vicksburg). Believers of Faith hosts the event to raise funds for the American Cancer's Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 day of event; call 601-415-2743.

6-8 p.m., How to Develop a Business Plan, at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). Topics include industry research, identifying target customer groups, developing a marketing plan and startup costs. Registration required; seating limited. Free; call 601-979-2795.

Friday, Aug. 31

9 a.m., Friday Forum, at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite C). The speaker is Betsy Bradley, director of the Mississippi Museum of Art. Free; email jonathan.lee@msprodinc.com.

6 p.m., Community Bike Ride, at Rainbow Whole Foods Co-operative Grocery (2807 Old Canton Road). Bikers ride to a different destination on the last Friday of each month. Jackson Bike Advocates is the sponsor; find Jackson Bike Advocates on Facebook.

6 p.m., Sidewalk Soiree, at One University Place (1100 John R. Lynch St.). See Tony Davenport's artwork at Gallery 1, and enjoy outdoor music, food from The Penguin and Envision Eye Care's open house. Free admission; call 769-233-8180 or 601-960-9250.

Through Aug. 31

Boys and Girls Club Online Auction, through Aug. 31. Items include two skybox seats for the Ole Miss game against the University of Texas at El Paso, a football signed by Michael Oher, a shopping spree and more. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Oxford. Visit www.bgcnms.org and click on "AUCTION."

Saturday, Sept. 1

MCM's Members Appreciation Month through Sept. 30, at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Annual museum members receive special gifts, activities and surprises throughout the month of September. Activities include a free Zumba class Sept. 12 at 4 p.m., an art project Sept. 18 and discounts Tuesday-Friday at the Louis LeFleur Trading Post. Free for members; call 601-981-5469.

7 a.m., Eastside Son Run, at Mac & Bones Golf and Grill (1 Mac & Bones Blvd., Pearl). Registration is at 5:45 a.m. Eastside Baptist Church hosts the race that includes a 5K run/walk and a one-mile fun run. Awards given. $25, $60 family of four; call 601-939-2433.

8 a.m., Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walk, at Mayes Lake at LeFleur's Bluff (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.

8:30 a.m., Rankin County Democrats Monthly Breakfast, at Corner Bakery (, Flowood). On first Saturdays at 8:30am, Jackson-area Democrats meet for breakfast and discuss current political activities. Open to the public. Free with food for sale; rankindemocrats.net.

9 a.m.-1 p.m., Labor Day with the Animals, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Watch how the keepers keep the animals cool and entertained with frozen treats and more. Free with paid admission ($10, $6.75 ages 2-12, children under 2 and members free); call 601-352-2580.

Sunday, Sept. 1

2-6 p.m., LatinFest, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Enjoy Latin American food, art, children's activities, door prizes and music from Pam Confer, Marcelo Vieira, Patricia Cuenca and Latin deejays. The Salsa Therapy Dance Academy also performs. A portion of the proceeds benefits the American Red Cross. $7, $3 ages 3-10, children under 3 free; email labalink@gmail.com.

Through Sept. 9

Citizens Police Academy Registration. The Jackson Police Department seeks applicants for the program held Sept. 10-17. Learn the police department's public safety and crime prevention methods. Free; call 601-960-1389; email rwalker@city.jackson.ms.us.

Through Sept. 23

Fall Community Enrichment Series, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Most classes begin the week of Sept. 24 and fall into the categories of art, music, fitness, design, business and technology. Call to request a brochure with classes and fees. Call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted.

Through Sept. 30

Dog Day Afternoons, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Bring your dog to the Art Garden for an afternoon of play Sundays at noon. Shelter dogs available for adoption. Free; call 601-960-1515.

Through Oct. 10

Poker Run, at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland), on second Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Participants receive five playing cards during the three-mile run/walk, and the people with the best hand and worst hand win prizes. After-party at Cazadores (500 Highway 51, Suite R, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-899-9696.

Through Oct. 11

Livingston Farmers Market (129 Mannsdale Road, Madison). Open from 4-8 p.m. Thursdays. Call 601-898-0212.

Through Oct. 31

Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram). Open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 601-373-4545.

Doris Berry's Farmers Market (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Open Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call 601-354-0529 or 601-353-1633.

Through Nov. 30

Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project's Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road). Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. WIC vouchers accepted. Call 601-987-6783.

Through Dec. 15

Run 4 Rehab. The fundraising project benefits rehabilitation services at Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital. Registered runners raise money for each kilometer run through Dec. 15. Donors determine pledge amount per kilometer; visit run4rehab.com.

Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Call 601-354-6573.

Through Dec. 24

Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon). Open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Call 601-919-1690.

Through Dec. 31

Your Vote Counts, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Students get to use a real voting machine to vote on a variety of issues. The Secretary of State's office is the sponsor. Free; call 601-576-6920.

Ongoing Events at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland), at the multi-use trail. Open to the public. Free; call 601-899-9696.

Weekly Group Walk. Walks are Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Walk two or four miles.

Weekly Group Run. Run 5.4 miles Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Super Star Senior Adult Walking Club. The group walks Thursdays at 10 a.m.

"Good Twin, Bad Twin Unleashed." Calden and Alden Hopkins hosts the interactive talk show Mondays at 10:30 p.m. The twins present opposing viewpoints for Facbook fans to comment on. Like "Good Twin, Bad Twin" on Facebook.

Hill Training Workout, at Avondale Street and Old Canton Road in Fondren. liveRIGHTnow hosts the exercise session Mondays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 6 p.m. Free; call 601-717-2012.

Computer Courses for Adults, at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond). Classes usually meet once a week for four to eight weeks, and fees depend on the level and type of class. Call 601-857-3773.

Toastmasters Club Meetings. Improve your communication skills, and become a better speaker and leader. Membership required.

Public Policy Club 8689 Meetings, at Universities Center (3825 Ridgewood Road). The group meets on first and third Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. in the computer lab. Call 601-540-8472 or 601-432-6277; visit publicpolicy.freetoasthost.biz.

"Guess Who's Talking Now" Club 3284 Meetings, at Woolfolk Building (501 N. West St.). The group meets from noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays in the conference room on the first floor. Call 601-359-6653 or 601-359-2573; visit club3284.freetoasthost.net.

Downtown Jackson Toastmasters, at Plaza Building (120 N. Congress St.). Meetings are Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. on the 12th floor in the Common Room. Call 601-940-5247; visit 1275010.toastmastersclubs.org.

Zumba Fitness Classes, at Dance Unlimited Studio (6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite A, Byram). The Latin-inspired aerobics classes are held weekly. Visit peurefun.com for a class schedule. $5; call 601-209-7566.

First Friday Free ADHD Screenings, at the office of Suzanne Russell, LPC (665 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Licensed professional counselor Suzanne Russell offers free 30-minute ADHD screenings for children every first Friday of the month. Appointment required. Free; call 601-707-7355.

"Real Divas Read" Book Program. Divas 4 Charity seeks low-income women in college who are need assistance with purchasing textbooks. To qualify, students must have a grade point average of 3.0-4.0 and submit a one-page essay of why they should receive benefits to info@divas4charity.com. Benefits include an Amazon Kindle and e-books. The charity also sells $5 raffle tickets to fund the program, and a $100 gas card is given away each month. Call 508-443-4827.

Fitness Center, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project's Farmers' Market (2548 Livingston Road). Options include aerobics and Zumba classes, equipment for resistance training and toning, and access to a personal trainer. No joining fee or long-term commitment is required. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays. $20 per month; call 601-987-6783.

Diabetes Support Group Meetings, at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison). Baptist Nutrition Center hosts the meetings on third Thursdays at 1 p.m. Free; call 601-973-1624.

Venture Incubator Talk and Tour Open House, at Venture Incubator (City Centre Building, 200 S. Lamar St., South Tower, 10th floor). Potential or current small business owners, and professionals interested in mentoring small business owners are welcome to meet with Wes Holsapple, president and CEO, and tour the facilities on Mondays from 5-6 p.m. and Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. Refreshments served. Free; call 601-414-0140.

Jackson 2000 Dialogue Circles Program. The program includes sessions of dialogue and problem-solving to encourage racial harmony and community involvement. Email bevelyn_branch@att.net.

Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.)

Adopt-a-Park Program Registration, at the Department of Parks and Recreation. Organizations and businesses are encouraged to sign up to help maintain Jackson parks and trails by picking up litter, landscaping and painting. Call 601-960-0471.

ENCOUNTER Teen Empowerment Corps. On first Tuesdays from 6:30-8 p.m., Youth Solutions hosts a rally for teens in the Community Room. Activities include spending time with mentors, motivational talks, IGNITE Vocal Talent rehearsal, teen dramas and character development. Free; call 601-829-0323.

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. The broadcast is also available on jacksonmedicalmall.org. Call 601-982-8467.

Events at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), at Hederman Cancer Center. Registration required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

Cancer Rehab Classes, in the Activity Room on 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.

Positive Ones Breast Cancer Support Group. Baptist Cancer Services hosts the meetings on third Mondays at 5:30 p.m.

Weekly Storytime, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). 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, music and a puppet show on the last Tuesday of the month. Free; call 601-932-2562.

Tutoring Sessions and Peer-to-peer Study Groups, at Richard Wright Library (515 W. McDowell Road), in the Community Room. Sessions are every other Saturday from 9-11:30 a.m.; call to confirm dates. Students in grades 8-12 and GED students are welcome to get help with research projects, state subject areas tests, English, science, history and math. School supplies and snacks provided. Free; call 601-948-4725 or 601-372-1621.

Programs on WMPR 90.1 FM and wmpr901.com.

Women for Progress Radio Broadcast. Dorothy Stewart and Willie Jones host the program on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. Topics include education, economics and politics. Call 601-918-5137.

Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. Show. Every Wednesday from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Jackson mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. discusses activities, issues and other newsworthy items that are occurring in the city of Jackson. Call 601-960-1084.

Home Repair Grant Call for Applicants, at Hood Building (200 S. President St.), in suite 316. Seniors 62 and older or disabled citizens may apply between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Bring valid photo ID, a deed or warranty deed, proof of income, homeowner's insurance and a Social Security card. Call 601-960-1438 or 601-960-1491.

On Location TV, on Comcast channel 18. Host and producer Phyllis "Peaches" Robinson spotlights people, places and events in Jackson. The variety talk show airs at 8:30 p.m. Sundays and 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Send an email if you have a story idea for the show. Email onlocationtv@yahoo.com.

Zumba Classes, at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). The 45-minute classes are at 8:30 a.m. Fridays. Baby care provided. $5 per class; call 850-572-0055; email ldyg8trlaw@yahoo.com.

NAMI Connection Support Group Meetings. The alliance of individuals with mental illnesses meets Tuesdays at 2 p.m. to share experiences and learn new ways to cope. Trained facilitators lead the meetings. Free; call 601-899-9058 for location information.

NAMI In Our Own Voice Presenter Training, at NAMI Mississippi (411 Briarwood Drive, Suite 401). In Our Own Voice is a public education program that allows trained speakers to share their personal stories of mental illness and recovery. Presenters commit to making at least one presentation per month for one year after the two-day training. Free; call 601-899-9058.

Gentle Joints Aquatic Program, at The Club at St. Dominic's (970 Lakeland Drive). The Arthritis Foundation sponsors the low-intensity water class. Sessions are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. Registration required; club membership optional. $35 for 12 classes, $60 for 24 classes; call 601-200-4925.

Events at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive). Free.

Cancer Support Group Meetings. Cancer patients and survivors meet on second Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at the Canter Center. Additional meetings for women are on second Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Call 601-200-3070.

Caregivers Support Group Meetings. The group meets on second Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the conference rooms. Call 601-200-6768.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Group, in the St. Catherine Room. NAMI Mississippi offers a support group for family members who have an adult relative with a mental illness on second Thursdays at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-899-9058.

Game Night, at Heroes and Dreams (5352 Highway 25, Suite 1650, Flowood). Play video, board and card games Fridays from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Free; call 601-992-3100.

Girl Talk Monthly Live Chat. Chat with an OB/GYN on second Tuesdays at 8 p.m. to ask health questions. Questions can also be emailed ahead of time. Visit mbhs.org/girltalk.

PRIYDE Recycling Drive, at PERICO Institute for Youth Development and Entrepreneurship (PRIYDE) (Jackson Medical Mall, 350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave, Suite 300). The youth advocacy group is collecting electronic equipment to send to FundingFactory for cash. Donate ink and toner cartridges, call phones, MP3 players, GPS devices, digital cameras and laptops. Call 769-251-1408.

After-school Tutoring Program, at Word of Faith Christian Center Church (4890 Clinton Blvd.). At the Teaching Center Building. Math and English tutoring are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. Students much be enrolled at a participating JPS middle school and receive free or reduced-price lunches. Snacks and transportation to the school provided. Registration required. Free; call 601-922-9323.

Remembrance Support Group Meetings, at University of Mississippi Medical Center (2500 N. State St.), in the University Physicians Pavilion, room MO-16. The support group is for those who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. Meetings are on first Tuesdays from 6:30-7-30 p.m. Call 601-984-1921.

American Rosie the Riveter Association Membership Drive. ARRA seeks to honor women who were involved in World War II efforts such as factory work, collecting scrap metal or volunteering with the Red Cross. Call 888-557-6743.

Events at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children 12 months and under and members free; call 877-793-5437.

Tinker with Tuesdays. Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., children ages 4-11 learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

ABC Come Play with Me. Wednesdays at 10 a.m., children ages 3 and under enjoy songs, games and learning activities to prepare them for preschool.

Farm Bureau Spotlight. Fridays at 3:30 p.m., children ages 4-11 learn about agriculture and visit one of the galleries for a featured topic.

Ultimate Frisbee Pickup Game, at 800 Garvin St. Sundays at 3 p.m. The sport is played with teams of seven who score by catching and throwing a disc toward an end zone. Visit mississippiultimate.com.

4 Suits Bridge Club, at Flowood Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood). Players compete Mondays from 1-4:30 p.m. Free; call 601-919-1911.

Art in Mind Art Program, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The Alzheimer's Association of Mississippi offers the program on fourth Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers. Participants tour the galleries and make art in the studio classroom. Registration required; space limited. Registration forms available at alz.org/ms. Free; call 601-987-0020.

Senior Aides Program. The city of Jackson offers the part-time job program to low-income seniors ages 55 and up. Participants receive assistance in finding a job during the training process. Applicants must have state ID, a Social Security card, proof of income and a utility bill to sign up. Call 601-960-0335.

Early Childhood Development Program. The city of Jackson offers child-care services for ages six weeks to 4 years at Jones Early Childhood Development Center (2050 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive), and ages 1-4 at Virden Early Childhood Development Center (3159 Edwards Ave.) and Westside Early Childhood Development Center (1450 Wiggins Road). Register weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at either location. Bring items such as proof of income, proof of residency, a birth certificate and immunization records; call for a complete list of documents. Call 601-960-0335.

Mission Mississippi Prayer Breakfasts. Mission Mississippi hosts the event on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m. to encourage unity across racial and denominational lines. Visit missionmississippi.org for a schedule and locations. Call 601-353-6477.

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