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Community Events and Public Meetings


Sports League Registrations, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Register at the Department of Parks and Recreation from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Call 601-960-0471.
• Women's Spring Basketball League Registration. The deadline is March 9. Games begin March 19. $325 per team.
• Adult Summer Softball League Registration. The deadline is April 6. Games begin April 16. $350 per team.

Monday, March 5

National Cutting Horse Association Eastern National Championships March 5-16, at Kirk Fordice Equine Center (Mississippi Fairgrounds, 1207 Mississippi St.). See contestants compete for more than $460,000 in cash prizes. 12 horse-cutting classes are offered daily at 8 a.m., followed by a team cutting exercise. The catfish dinners are March 7 and March 12 at 6:30 p.m. Free; call 817-244-6188.

Energy Efficiency Appliance Replacement Program Forum March 5-7, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), at Center Court from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Attendees receive energy-saving information, and learn to track household energy consumption and reduction. To determine eligibility for a replacement energy-efficient refrigerator, gas water heater or window air conditioner, bring ID, proof of income, proof of homeownership and make, model number and capacity of the appliance to be replaced. Call 601-960-1198.

Spring Break Enhancement Program Registration March 5-8. The city of Jackson's Department of Parks and Recreation hosts the educational and athletic program for youth ages 6-12 at Grove Park Community Center (4126 Parkway Ave.), Jayne Ave. Community Center (3615 Jayne Ave.) and Vergy P. Middleton Community Center (3971 Flag Chapel Road). Register from 2-5:30 p.m. through March 8. Bring proof of immunization or a birth certificate. Parents must provide transportation, lunch and a snack. Limit of 25 youth per location. Free; call 601-960-0471.

5:30 p.m., Heather McTeer Meet and Greet, at Plaza Building (120 N. Congress St.), on the 12th floor. McTeer is a candidate for U.S. Congress, Second Congressional District. Visit

Tuesday, March 6

Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 6-7, at Eagle Ridge Conference Center (1500 Raymond Lake Road, Raymond). Learn how to produce greenhouse tomatoes and what products are used to cultivate them. Topics include bumblebee pollination and past management. Registration by Feb. 24 encouraged. $125 in advance, $150 at the door; call 601-892-3731.

10 a.m., Story Time Tuesday, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). A zookeeper reads an animal story, and the kids get to do a related craft project or have an animal encounter. Free with paid admission; call 601-352-2580.

5:30 p.m., Jackson Public School Board Meeting, at Jackson Public Schools (621 S. State St.). The board meets for its regular session, open to the public. Call 601-960-8700.

6 p.m., Mayor's Ward 2 Community Meeting, at China Grove Baptist Church (3317 Forest Ave. Ext.). Share suggestions, address concerns, and receive information on city services and job opportunities. Call 601-960-1084.

7 p.m., Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series, at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in the recital hall. Environmental specialists show the documentary "Green Fire" and discuss Mississippi's environmental movement. $10; call 601-974-1130.

Wednesday, March 7

9 a.m., Using Technology to Manage Your Money: QuickBooks 101, at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). Topics include creating invoices, recording donations and generating reports. $179, $89 members; call 601-968-0061.

11:30 a.m., Parents for Public Schools Lunch Bunch, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Meeting Room. PPS advocates for quality education in public schools. Please RSVP. $5 lunch; call 601-969-6015.

Noon, "History Is Lunch," at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Cartoonist Marshall Ramsey presents "Editorial Cartooning: The Art of News with Humor." Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998.

1 p.m., Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Council Meeting, at Hood Building (200 S. President St.). The council advises the city of Jackson on issues regarding disabilities. Open to the public. Call 601-960-1863.

Through March 7

Thursday, March 8

4 p.m., Zip39 CEO Forum, at Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens and Cannada (1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Featured executives include Alon Bee of Regions Bank, Carol Burger of United Way of the Capital Area, Don Clark of Butler Snow, Gail Pittman of Gail Pittman Designs. and Glen Silverman of Madison River Oaks Medical Center. Brad McMullan, CEO of bfac is the moderator. Refreshments included. $30; call 601-605-2554.

6 p.m., How To Start A Small Business, at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). The College of Business holds the workshop at the Small Business Development Center. Call 601-979-2795.

6 p.m., Precinct 2 COPS Meeting, at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol St.). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0002.

Friday, March 9

7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Community Shred Day, at Home Depot, North Jackson (6325 I-55 North). The purpose of the event is to promote identity theft protection. Limit of five bags per person; no businesses please. Free; call 601-359-3680.

9 a.m., Friday Forum, at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite C). The speaker is Derrick Johnson, state president of the Mississippi State Conference NAACP. Free; email [e-mail missing].

The Home Show 2012 March 9-11, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Enjoy product showcases and workshops. Open March 9-10 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and March 11 from noon-4 p.m. The show includes the Taste of Home Cooking School March 10 from 6-8 p.m. $7 general admission, $10 admission and cooking school; call 601-362-6501.

Boxers Rebellion Fight Clinic March 9-11, at Mississippi Basketball and Athletics (2240 Westbrook Road). Boxers, kickboxers and mixed martial arts fighters learn ways to sharpen their skills. The luncheon is March 9, and classes are March 10-11 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $125, $100 one day; visit

Through March 9

Spring Break Day Camp Registration, at Global Glory Christian Center (100 Business Center Parkway, Suite C, Pearl). Children in grades K5-12 enjoy arts and crafts, sports, music and dance classes, and tutoring March 12-16 from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Bring a sack lunch; breakfast and snack provided. Family discounts available. Additional fees for field trips apply. $25 registration fee, $80 tuition per week per child; call 769-447-6842.

Saturday, March 10

7:45 a.m., Jackson Audubon Society Spring Field Trip, at Turcotte Lab (Highway 43 S., Canton). Carpoolers depart to the Great Blue Heron, Great Egret and Anhinga Rookery. WMA permit required ($5-$15) at any sporting good store) except for seniors over 65 children under 16. Free; call 601-956-7444.

10 a.m., Zoo Day, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Enjoy arts and crafts, space jumps, carnival games, face painting, animal encounters and keeper chats. $9, $8.20 seniors, $6 children ages 2-12, members/babies free; call 601-352-2580.

11 a.m., Pure Give, at Pure Barre (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 235-A, and 201 Northlake Ave., Ridgeland.) Proceeds from the exercise class benefit Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA) at the Jackson location and the Mississippi Diabetes Foundation at the Ridgeland location. Participants receive a free class gift card. Donations welcome (cash or check only); call 769-251-0486 or 601-707-7410.

11 a.m., Jackson Miss Hospitality Pageant, at Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau (111 E. Capitol St., Suite 102). Women ages 18-24 compete to participate in the stage pageant in July in Hattiesburg for scholarships and prizes. $275 pageant entry fee; call 601-218-2639.

1 p.m., Miss Hinds County Magnolia State Pageant, at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Girls and women of all ages, and boys ages 0-11 may compete. Visit for guidelines. Winners receive a $1,000 savings bond. $75-$85; call 866-276-8879.

Sunday, March 11

Walk Against Fear 2012 March 11-April 4. The civil rights march for immigrants begins March 11 at the National Civil Rights Museum (450 Mulberry St., Memphis) and ends April 7 and the Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). The marchers host immigrants' rights workshops along the way. Email [e-mail missing].

3:30 p.m., Laura Felts Missionary Society Anniversary Celebration, at Pearl Street AME Church (2519 Robinson St.). The society celebrates 100 years of community service. The event also includes the 53rd annual Richard and Sarah Allen Tea. Free; call 601-979-1474 or 601-352-6087.

Monday, March 12

Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Call 601-352-2580.
• 9 a.m., Zoo Connections Teacher Workshop. Teachers for grades K-2 learn how to incorporate a visit to the zoo into a curriculum. Bring lunch. $15, $5 for 0.5 CEU credits optional; call ext. 241.
• Spring Zoo Camp March 12-16. Children ages 6-12 learn about nature, have animal encounter, play games and make crafts. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. $35, $30 members for one class; $115, $105 members for four days.

1 p.m., Levee Board Meeting, at Flowood City Hall (2101 Airport Road). Members of the Rankin-Hinds Pearl Flood and Drainage Control District hold their monthly meeting. Call 601-939-4243.

Through March 30

Community Empowerment and Awareness Month, at Northside Senior Center (104 E. Northside Drive). Enjoy an inspirational movie and popcorn Fridays at 6 p.m., and forums Saturdays at 9 a.m. Limited seating; reservations required. Free; call 601-960-2166.

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 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.

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

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

"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.

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

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.

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