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Monday, Oct. 29

4 p.m., Community Reception for Postmaster Annette Turner, at House of Khafre (103/105 Main St., Indianola). Turner was recently appointed the new Postmaster for Indianola. She is the first African-American woman to hold the position since Reconstruction. Gifts and beverages welcome. Free; call 662-347-8198;

5:30-6:30 p.m., Crisis Prevention Community Informational, at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Topics include domestic violence and victimization. Sandy Middleton of the Rape Crisis Prevention Center and Sgt. Barbara Folsom-McNeal of the Jackson Police Department are the speakers. Free, women and children's clothing donations welcome; email

6-8:30 p.m., Fuel for the Body Bike Tour Stop, at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Enjoy food samples, raffles and information about genetically-modified foods. Guest speakers are authors Liana Werner-Gray ("The Earth Diet") and Lynnette Pate ("Fuel for the Body"). Free; call 417-429-8559;

6 p.m., Jackson Touchdown Club Meeting, at River Hills Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). Club members with an interest in football meet on most Mondays through Nov. 26. Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork is the speaker. Call for information on membership dues. $30 non-members; call 601-506-3186;

7 p.m., Rebirth Alliance's Games Party Shindig, at Lakeover Center (6531 Dogwood Parkway). Enjoy classic board games, food, music from the Val "Vivacious V" McKnight Show Band and the "Pucker Up for a Cure" skit. Must be 21 or older. A portion of the proceeds benefit the 3R's Healthcare Survey, a project of Rebirth Alliance. $25; call 601-966-7252;

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Kaleidoscope Program Oct. 30-31, at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond), in Cain-Cochran Hall. The theme of the arts conference is "Discovering Italy's Past and Present, Roma Caput Mundi." Presenters include artist Wyatt Waters and restaurateur Robert St. John. Free; call 601-857-3900;

10 a.m., Jackson City Council Meeting, at Jackson City Hall (219 S. President St.). The council meets every other Tuesday; schedule subject to change. Open to the public. Free; call 601-960-1064;

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Governor's 2012 Energy Career Expo, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Job seekers visit booths and learn about career options. Free; call 601-321-6154;

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Disability Awareness Day, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Vendors provide information and services such as direct deposit for federal benefits. The entertainment lineup includes the Mississippi School for the Blind Choir and the Farish Street YMCA's Silver Sneakers. Free; call 601-960-0335.

2:30 p.m., AARP Caregiving Resource Center Discussion, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). Merri Dee, AARP Illinois State President, is the facilitator. Learn about the new online resource for caregivers. Free; call 601-206-1850; email

5:30-7:30 p.m., Best of Madison County Showcase, at Plantation Commons (105 Plantation Cove, Gluckstadt). The Madison County Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual awards program. Enjoy samples from Madison County's restaurants, live music and a cash bar. $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $30 chamber members; call 601-605-2554.

6-8:30 p.m., Neighborhood Stabilization Program Housing Meeting, at Morning Star Baptist Church (3420 Albermarle Road). The Institute for Disability Studies is the host. Learn eligibility and income requirements to qualify for a home purchase. Credit workshop at 7:15 p.m. Refreshments served. Free; call 601-432-6168.

"The Rocky Horror Show" Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at Hal & Mal's (200 Commerce St.). Fondren Theatre Workshop presents Richard O'Brien's Broadway musical. For mature audiences. Limited seating; early arrival recommended. A portion of the proceeds benefits Mississippi HeARTS Against AIDS. $20; call 601-301-2281;

Through Oct. 30

Pucker Up for a Cure. The fundraiser benefits Rebirth Alliance, a nonprofit that helps breast cancer patients. Help the organization raise $25,000 before Oct. 31, and Baptist Hospital physician Dr. Phillip Ley will kiss a piglet Oct. 31 at noon at the Colonnades. Donations welcome; call 601-966-7252; email

Wednesday, Oct. 31

noon-10 p.m., Ink Injection Tattoo Customer Appreciation Party, at Ink Injection Tattoo (1405 Old Highway 49 S., Richland) . Enjoy tattoo specials, refreshments, more than $500 in prizes and a Halloween art show. Proceeds from tattoo sales benefit the American Cancer Society. Free admission, $31 tattoos;

Noon, "History Is Lunch", at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Archaeologist Patty Miller Beech talks about Nazi POWs at Camp Shelby. Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998.

Through Oct. 31

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.

Voter Education, Registration and Participation Campaign. Churches that are members of the General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi host voter registration drives and educate citizens on the voting process. Free; call 601-955-1132.

Paint the Mall Pink Celebration, at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Retailers decorate their display windows for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and shoppers vote for the best display. Free; call 601-956-3438.

Tacos for Ta-tas, at Babalu Tacos and Tapas (622 Duling Ave.). For the month of October, $1 from every taco sale goes to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Prices vary; call 601-366-5757.

Rising Readers Story Time. Children ages 3-7 enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and more. Free. • Mondays, 10-10:30 a.m. through Nov. 12, at Flora Public Library (168 S.E. Carter Ave., Flora). Call 601-879-8835. • Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m. through Nov. 14, at Canton Public Library (102 Priestley St., Canton). Call 601-859-3202. • Tuesdays, 4:30-5 p.m. through Dec. 11, at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Call 601-856-4536.

Membership Drive, at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Join or renew memberships for a chance to win $100 in Louis LeFleur Bucks. The first 500 to join receive a car decal. Memberships $55 and up; call 601-981-5469;

Thursday, Nov. 1

Events in Fondren. Visit • 5-8 p.m., Fondren After 5. This monthly event showcases the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Free; call 601-981-9606. • 6 p.m., fondRUN. liveRIGHTnow hosts the monthly pub run during Fondren After 5. Run two miles, and end the run with drinks at a different restaurant each month. This month's stop is Sneaky Beans; BDAY 99.1 will do a remote broadcast. Runners must sign a waiver. Parking behind Regions Bank off Lorenz Boulevard. Free;

Help and Healing Lecture Nov. 1-2, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Church (4866 N. State St.). Learn how to become healthy through positive thinking. The program is based on the teachings of Bruno Groening. Free; call 225-570-8170; email

5:30-6:30 p.m., American Cancer Society Jackson Relay for Life Interest Forum, at St. Dominic Cancer Center (2969 N. Curran Drive). Learn more about the race that takes place in the spring of 2013. Free; email;

6 p.m., Precinct 1 COPS Meeting , at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0001.

6-8 p.m., Starting a Business: First Steps, at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). Topics include regulations, legal forms of ownership, marketing concepts and creating a business plan. Registration required; seating limited. Free; call 601-979-2795;

7-9 p.m., Institute of Interfaith Dialog Dinner and Awards Ceremony, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The theme is "The Role of Media in Fostering Global Understanding." Investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell is the keynote speaker. RSVP. $30, $250 table of 10; email

7 p.m., Community Reinvestment Awards, At the Thad Cochran Center. The Jackson Medical Mall Foundation honors individuals and organizations for their contributions. Sponsorships available. $35; call 601-982-8467.

Friday, Nov. 2

AKC All-breed Dog Show Nov. 2-4, at Scott County Forest Coliseum (151 Erle Johnston Drive, Forest) . The obedience fun match is Nov. 2 at 2 p.m., and the breed competition and judging is Nov. 3-4 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Free; email;

Mississippi Music Teachers Association Fall Conference Nov. 2-3, at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). The conference includes lectures, master classes, recitals and a guest recital. Registration required. $20, free for students; call 601-974-6494; email

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Hope for Hurting Hips, at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison). In the Community Room. Dr. Jason Craft explains the benefits if hip arthroscopy. Registration required. Free, $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262;

Rampage Extreme Park Grand Opening Nov. 2, 4 p.m. and Nov. 3, 2 p.m., at Rampage Extreme Park (931 Highway 80 W.). Celebrate the opening of the new skateboard park. Live music at 6 p.m. both days; Nauteus and Daggers perform Nov. 2, and Something Positive and Argiflex perform Nov. 3. $10 day pass, $20 weekend pass, $5 cover for music; email; Find "Rampage Extreme Park" on Facebook.

6:30-9:30 p.m., Free Spanish Demo Classes, at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Enjoy free classes at 6:30 p.m. and free Hawaiian, Colombian, and Brazilian food from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Music included. Guests may bring food, beer and wine. RSVP. Free; call 601-500-7700; email

Through Nov. 2

STEM Conservation Program Registration. The online education program held from December 2012-March 2013 is for students in grades 5-8. Topics include science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), conservation, fishing and hunting. Register by Nov. 2. Free; call 601-979-2662 or 601-979-2318; email

Saturday, Nov. 3

6 a.m., Charity Garage Sale, at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Purchase gently-used household items, books and DVDs. Proceeds benefit Mountain Child, a nonprofit that helps needy children in the Himalayas. Donations welcome (call to schedule pick-up or drop-off times); call 601-213-6355;

7 a.m., Walk Against Hunger 5K, at Reunion (Highway 463, Madison). Proceeds from the run/walk benefit Our Daily Bread Ministries. $25; call 601-859-9211;

7:30 a.m., The Biggest Loser Run/Walk, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The event includes 5K and 10K races. Participants receive T-shirts and medals, and country singer Dan Evans performs. The purpose of the race is to motivate the community to get and stay active. Space limited. $50 5K, $70 10K (by Nov. 2);

8 a.m.-noon, Hot Diggity Dog 5K, at Mayes Lake at LeFleur's Bluff (115 Lakeland Terrace). The race includes a one-mile fun walk for dogs and their owners, food, vendors, a kids' zone and dog demonstrations. Proceeds benefit Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center. $20 in advance, $30 day of race, $10 fun walk; call 601-853-6996.

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. Free; call 601-956-7444.

8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fall Native Plant Sale, at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). More than 60 species of native trees and shrubs are on sale in the parking lot. Free; call 601-926-1104; email

8 a.m., Hearts of Compassion Family 5K and Fun Run, at Colonial Heights Baptist Church (444 Northpark Drive, Ridgeland). Registration is at 7 a.m. The theme is "Run to Share Hope with the Hopeless." $25 in advance, $30 day of race, $10 fun run (ages 12 and under); family: $70 in advance, $75 day of race; call 601-956-6000;

8:30 a.m., Rankin County Democrats Monthly Breakfast, at Corner Bakery (108 Market St., 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;

9 a.m.-noon, Basic Computer Fundamentals: Level 2, at Tulane University, Madison Campus (2115 Main St., Madison). Learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Pre-registration required. $10; call 601-605-0007.

9 a.m.-6 p.m., Real Food Radish Festival, at Harper McCaughan Town Green (301 Jeff Davis Avenue, Long Beach). Celebrates the local food producers and chefs who are re-inventing our food system today while honoring our roots. Taste local heirloom vegetables, fruits, honey artisan cheeses and more. Free; call 228-234-8732; email

Conservation Celebration Nov. 3-4, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks celebrates its 80th anniversary with a festival Nov. 3 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; activities include archery, laser shooting, and face painting. Enjoy free admission to all MDWFP sites Nov. 4. Free; call 601-576-6000.

10 a.m.-noon, Christmas in November, at Holy City International Empowerment Ministries (251 Kearney Park Road, Flora). Needy families receive food, toys and clothes. Free; call 601-366-6201;

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Question It? Discover It! Saturdays , at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive) Question and discover to be fit during fall. $8, children under 12 months free; call 601-981-5469;

Monday, Nov. 5

9 a.m., Hinds County Board of Supervisors, at Hinds County Chancery Court (316 S. President St.). The board holds its regular meeting, open to the public. Free; call 601-968-6501.

10 a.m., Trustmark Children's Hospital Pro-Am Golf Tournament, at three local golf clubs. Sites include Annandale Golf Club, Reunion Golf Club and the Country Club of Jackson. Beverages, lunch and snacks served. Gifts and awards given. Proceeds benefit the Child Life Program at Batson Children's Hospital. $1500 team of five, $25-$100 raffle ticket; call 601-984-5273;

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Women's Council Luncheon, at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Renaissance, 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). The event includes a panel discussion with local women leaders. RSVP. $30; call 601-853-2734; email

Through Nov. 5

Protect the Vote Call for Volunteers , at Mississippi State Conference NAACP (1072 W. Lynch St., Suite 10). The Mississippi NAACP seeks volunteers to serve as poll watchers and work at the election call center during the Nov. 6 election. Registration required. Free; call 601-353-6906;

Through Nov. 28

Fueling Good Program's Gas Card Giveaway. Vote for the Jackson Zoo's Zoo Mobile to receive a $5,000 gas gift card from CITGO daily through Nov. 28. Visit

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. 1

Jump Start Jackson Fall Farmers Market, at Battlefield Park (953 Porter St.). Open Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon. Free; call 601-898-0000, ext. 118; Find "Jump Start Jackson/My Brother's Keeper, Inc." on Facebook.

Through Dec. 5

Mother Goose on the Loose! Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m., at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). The program for children ages 0-2 and their parents or caregivers includes nursery rhymes, action rhymes, songs and stories. Free; call 601-856-4536.

Through Dec. 12

Toys for Tots Call for Volunteers. The City of Jackson and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves need volunteers ages 21 and older for registration and distribution, and ages 16 and older for sorting. Free; call 601-960-1084.

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 (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.

Pink Car Giveaway, at Chelley's Italian Catering (1929 Christine Drive, Byram) . Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2004 custom pink Infiniti. Proceeds benefit the Central Mississippi Breast Cancer Society. Winner announced Dec. 24. $25 per ticket; call 769-257-4737;

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.

"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 • "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 • 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

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.

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 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.

Mississippi Roadmap to Health Wellness Center , through Nov. 30, at Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity (2548 Livingston Road). Options include aerobics and Zumba classes, equipment for resistance training and toning, and a children's gym. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. Free; 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 six two-hour sessions of dialogue and problem-solving to encourage racial harmony and community involvement. Six-week commitment required. Free; email

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 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

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

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

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.

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

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 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 for a schedule and locations. Call 601-353-6477.

Zumba Fitness Classes, at Optimum 1 Dance Studios (Jackson Square Promenade, 2460 Terry Road, Suite 2000). The one-hour classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. $5 per class; call 601-918-5107.

Events at Ridgeland Recreational Center (Old Trace Park, Post Road, Ridgeland). Call 601-856-6876. • Yoga Classes. Learn gentle stretching poses and strength exercises. Classes are Mondays and Fridays from 11 a.m.-noon. Registration required. $10 per class. • Tai-Chi Fusion on the Reservoir for Seniors. The ancient Chinese martial art promotes flexibility, stamina and focused breathing. Held Wednesdays from 11-11:30 a.m. Registration required. $5 per class. • Zumba Fitness Class for Seniors. The Latin-inspired aerobics class for ages 40 and up is held Thursdays from 1-1:45 p.m. Registration required. $5 per class.

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