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Community Events and Public Meetings


AARP Tax Aide Volunteer Service. The service is available to low- and moderate-income taxpayers with special attention to those ages 60 and older. Bring all necessary documents. No appointment required. Free.
• Through Feb. 29, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl) Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; call 601-932-2562.
• Through April 16, at Richard Wright Library (515 W. McDowell Road) Mondays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; call 601-372-1621.
• Through April 17, at Willie Morris Library (4912 Old Canton Road) Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; call 601-987-8181.
• Through April 16, at Quisenberry Library (605 E. Northside Drive, Clinton) Mondays and Thursdays from 1-5 p.m.; call 601-924-5684.

Monday, Feb. 13

6:30 p.m., W.I.N.E. (Women Inquiring, Networking and Engaging) Meeting, at the home of deborah Rae Wright (135 Grand Ave.). Attendees meet to discuss a chosen topic. Bring wine or a snack. RSVP. E-mail [e-mail missing].
Tuesday, Feb. 14

6 p.m., Valentine's Day Matchmaker Run, at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Enjoy a three-mile run and refreshments. Free; call 601-899-9696.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

11:30 a.m., Mission Mississippi Monthly Businessmen's Luncheon, at Capital Club (125 S. Congress St., Suite 19). Attendees discuss racial and denominational reconciliation. $15; call 601-278-2922, 601-260-2116 or 601-353-6477.

Noon, "History Is Lunch," at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Jackson writer C.T.M. Cooper talks about her new novel "God Sent Us Angels in the Form of Good White Folks." Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998.

2:30 p.m., American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Training, at American Cancer Society (1380 Livingston Lane). ACS seeks volunteers to drive patients to treatments. Call 601-362-8874.

Through Feb. 15

GIVE Awards Call for Nominations. The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service and the Office of the Governor seeks nominees for the Governor's Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Awards. The award is for outstanding volunteers who have served their communities. Nominations must be received by Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. Email [e-mail missing] for a nomination form. The awards program is April 16. Call 601-432-6306.

Thursday, Feb. 16

Computer Classes For Adults, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). The email class is at 10 a.m., and the Excel class is at 6 p.m. (preregistration required). Free; call 601-932-2562.

10 a.m., State Institutions of Higher Learning Meeting, at Universities Center (3825 Ridgewood Road). The Board of Trustees meets in the IHL Board Room. Open to the public. Call 601-432-6333.

1 p.m., "R U Still Down" Tupac Shakur Conference, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), at the College of Liberal Arts, room 166. Participants discuss the career and legacy of the late rapper. Speakers include Skipp Coon, Dr. Byron Orey, DJ Phingaprint, Brad "Kamikaze" Franklin and Nsombi Lambright. Jackson Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba gives the keynote address at 6 p.m. Free; call 601-979-3935.

1 p.m., Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts, at Wells United Methodist Church (2019 Bailey Ave.). The annual awards program is a celebration of Mississippi artists and arts organizations sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission and Governor Phil Bryant. Honorees include Althea Jerome and Carl Jackson. Free; call 601-359-6031.

6 p.m., "Back in the Day" Black History Program, at New Hope Baptist Church (5202 Watkins Drive). Tougaloo College president Dr. Beverly Hogan is the speaker. Also enjoy poetry from a surprise guest. Refreshments served. Free; call 601-366-7002.

6 p.m., Precinct 3 COPS Meeting, at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0003.

7 p.m., Third Thursday Nature Lecture, at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). In Price Hall. Grady Howell talks about the destruction of Jackson during the Civil War. Free, donations welcome; call 601-926-1104.

Friday, Feb. 17

9 a.m., Friday Forum, at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite C). Reporter Jerry Mitchell speaks on the topic "Tales of Justice and Reconciliation in Mississippi." Free; e-mail [e-mail missing].

10 a.m., Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Webinar. The teleconference is for health providers and their staff. Dr. Linda S. Kinsinger is the speaker. Register to receive website information. Call 601-957-1575, ext. 260.

Cultural Symposium Feb. 17-18, at Vicksburg Convention Center (1600 Mulberry St.). The two-day event includes lectures, readings, the Shape Up Vicksburg Walk, an international tasting fiesta and a walk to the U.S. Colored Troops Monument. W. Ralph Eubanks, director of publishing for the Library of Congress, is the keynote speaker. Free, $5 tasting fiesta; call 601-630-3620.

Saturday, Feb. 18

8:30 a.m., Make a Difference 5K, at Woodlands Office Park (795 Woodlands Parkway, Ridgeland). SouthGroup Insurance Services is the host. The event includes a run/walk and a one-mile fun run. Proceeds benefit Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital. Registration available at $25 run/walk, $15 fun run; call 601-914-3220.

10 a.m., Camp and Education Connection, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Parents and Kids Magazine is the host. Meet representatives from camps and organizations to learn about available programs for children. Goody bags and door prizes included. Free with paid admission; call 601-366-0901.

10 a.m., Stepping Up for the Community, at Deville Plaza (5058 Interstate 55 N.). H&R Block is the host. Local nonprofits showcase their services. The event includes child fingerprinting, free tax advice, food, health screenings, face painting and entertainment. Call 601-454-5044.

4 p.m., On Location TV Launch Party and Live Audience Taping, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Host Phyllis "Peaches" Robinson interviews Cassius, the CEO of Mile High Music Group and singer-songwriter, and J. Bolin, a fashion designer, celebrity stylist and editor-in-chief of Denim Magazine. $20; call 601-720-7517 or 601-398-6130.

Sunday, Feb. 19

3 p.m., Mississippi Heart Smart Sisters Conference, at New Horizon Church International (Renaissance South) (1770 Ellis Ave.). The event is a kick-off for UnitedHealthcare's 30-day heart disease education program for ethnic women. The Mississippi Mass Choir performs. Call 601-718-6546.

4 p.m., Black History Program Celebration, at Adhiambo School (3424 Robinson Road), in the auditorium. The theme is "Black History: With Knowledge of Self Comes Pride and Ambition." Enjoy performances and recitations featuring the Children of the Sun. Dr. Marvin Hogan, executive director of Friends of Children of Mississippi, is the master of ceremonies. Call 601-922-1184.

Through Feb. 27

Huggable Heroes Program. Build-A-Bear Workshop recognizes young leaders ages 8-18 who service in their communities and around the world. Anyone age 8 and above can nominate someone through Feb. 27 by visiting or by picking up an entry form at participating Build-A-Bear Workshop stores. Winners will receive a $7,500 college scholarship, a $2,500 donation to the charity of his or her choice, and a trip to Build-A-Bear Workshop World Bearquarters in St. Louis. Call 888-560-2327.

Through Feb. 29

Rape Crisis Center Call for Volunteers, at Catholic Charities (200 N. Congress St., Suite 100). Catholic Charities seeks volunteers to counsel rape and sexual assault victims. Training begins in March. Call 601-366-0750.

Through March 2

Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program Registration, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), at the Department of Human and Cultural Services, Suite 311-A. The City of Jackson's Family and Youth Division is accepting applications from students ages 16-19. Applicants must provide a birth certificate, Social Security card, a driver's license or state ID, and the parent or guardian's proof of income. Applications accepted weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The deadline is March 2 at 5 p.m.; space limited. Call 601-960-2174 or 601-960-0326.

Through March 9

Yoga Classes, at The Commons at Eudora Welty's Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Tara Blumenthal and Katie Cassady teach the class Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from noon-1 p.m. Beginners and level one students welcome. $12 drop-in fee, $80 class package; email [e-mail missing].

Through April 15

Free Tax Service, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). United Way offers the service Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6 p.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday from 1-4 p.m. Income limits apply; call for details. Bring all necessary documents. Free; call 211.

Through April 16

Call for Scholarship Applicants, at Community Foundation of Greater Jackson (525 E. Capitol St., Suite 5B). Amounts per scholarship range from $500-$3,200 and are based on merit and need. Visit for guidelines. Call 601-974-6044.

Through April 30

Jackson Inner-city Gardeners Call for Volunteers, at Jackson Inner-city Garden (Medgar Evers Blvd. and Northside Drive, behind the BP station). Volunteers can help prepare the garden for spring planting Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. Email [e-mail missing].

Through May 22

Leadership, Personal Development and Life Skills Seminar Series, at Operation Shoestring (1711 Bailey Ave.). Operation Shoestring and Kuumba Promos host the seminars on first and third Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. during the school year. The purpose is to introduce leadership skills, life management skills and cultural pride to local youth. Enrollment required. Free; call 601-353-3663 or 601-957-2969.

Through June 15

We the People 9*17 Contest. Constituting America seeks music, film, video and oratory entries related to the U.S. Constitution from college and law school students for a $2,000 cash prize. The submission deadline is June 15. Visit

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

Through Dec. 15

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

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.


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.

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
• "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

Zumba Fitness Classes. The Latin-inspired aerobics classes are held weekly at two Dance Unlimited Studio locations. Visit for class schedule information. $5; call 601-209-7566.
• 6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite A, Byram.
• 3091 Highway 49 South, Suite E, Florence.

"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 [e-mail missing]. 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. LaMarch 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. Jackson 2000 is looking for participants from all walks of life. Email [e-mail missing].

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. Send your questions and comments in advance to [e-mail missing] or call the office for more information. The broadcast is also available on 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.

Business Plan Workshops, at New Horizon Church International (Renaissance South, 1770 Ellis Ave.). Get hands-on, individualized or small-group assistance to develop your customized business plan. Sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.-noon or 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., and first and third Saturdays from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Appointment required. Call 601-371-1390, 601-371-1296 or 601-371-1427.

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
• 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.

Fitness Camp, at Lake Hico Park (4801 Watkins Drive). Do cardiovascular and strength training exercises, and learn about proper nutrition. Sessions are from 8-9 a.m. Saturdays. $20; call 601-331-8468.

Yu-Gi-Oh Tournaments, at Java Ink (420 Roberts St., Pearl). Compete and trade cards with other fans at 2 p.m. Sundays. Admission varies each week; call 601-397-6292.

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 [e-mail missing].

Kids' Fiesta Fun Event, at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). On first Fridays from 6-8 p.m., children ages 5-11 learn basic Spanish in a party atmosphere that includes games, songs and refreshments. Limited space; pre-registration required. $15 per child; call 601-500-7700.

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 [e-mail missing].

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

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