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Community Meetings

Monday, March 3

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., C Spire Howell/Gillom Trophy Presentation at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). The award is given to Mississippi's top men's and women's college basketball players. Call 601-982-8264; msfame.com.

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., New Foundation Toastmasters Club #702994 Meetings at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road) in the Nebraska Room. Practice impromptu speaking, active listening, evaluation and leadership skills. Call for information on membership dues; call 601-502-8402 or 601-896-4400; email artmaat@aol.com; find "NewFoundation Linda Hartwell" on Facebook.

Tuesday, March 4

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Basic Grant Proposal Strategies at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). Learn how to conduct research, develop a needs statement, create a budget and assemble the proposal package. Registration required. $199, $139 members; call 601-968-0061; msnonprofits.org.

noon-1 p.m., First Tuesday Lecture at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science(2148 Riverside Drive)Becky Stowe, terrestrial program manager at the Nature Conservancy, speaks on the topic "Preserving the Pascagoula - Habitats and History." Included with regular admission ($4-$6); call 601-576-6000; msnaturalscience.org.

noon-1 p.m., Women for Progress Lunch and Learn at The Penguin Restaurant & Bar (1100 John R. Lynch St.). The luncheons are on first Tuesdays. This month's speaker is Hinds Chancery Court Judge Patricia Wise. RSVP. Pay online or at the door. $15; call 251-5222; email info@thepenguinms.com; womenforprogress.net.

noon-1 p.m., "Guess Who's Talking Now" Toastmasters 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. Improve your communication skills, and become a better speaker and leader. Membership required. Free to visitors; call 601-359-6653 or 601-359-2573.

5:15 p.m., Public Policy Toastmasters Club 8689 Meeting at Universities Center (3825 Ridgewood Road). The group meets on first and third Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. in the computer lab. Improve your communication skills, and become a better speaker and leader. Membership required. Call for details on membership dues; call 601-540-8472 or 601-432-6277.

Wednesday, March 5

6 p.m.-7 p.m., Downtown Jackson Toastmasters at Plaza Building (120 N. Congress St.). Learn to communicate better in front of groups and with peers. Meetings are Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. on the 12th floor in the Common Room. Call for membership information. Free; call 601-940-5247; email downtownjackson@gmail.com; http://1275010.toastmastersclubs.org/.

6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Conference at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). The conference is designed to inspire and empower today's youth through social activism, education and organizing. Speakers include Bob Moses, Eddie Fair, Ineva May Pittman, State Rep. Alyce Clarke, Ellie Dahmer and Unita Blackwell. $50, $20 students; one-day registration: $25, $10 students; luncheon only: $15, $10 students; call 601-977-7914 or 601-918-7809; email mississippicivilrightsveterans@gmail.org; mscivilrightsveterans.com.

Thursday, March 6

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 p.m.-7 p.m., Capital City Toastmasters Club #1684 at Reformed Theological Seminary Library (5341 Clinton Blvd.). Join to improve your public speaking and leadership skills. New members welcome. Free; call 601-942-2154; 1684.toastmastersclubs.org.

8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Conference at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). The conference is designed to inspire and empower today's youth through social activism, education and organizing. Speakers include Bob Moses, Eddie Fair, Ineva May Pittman, State Rep. Alyce Clarke, Ellie Dahmer and Unita Blackwell. $50, $20 students; one-day registration: $25, $10 students; luncheon only: $15, $10 students; call 601-977-7914 or 601-918-7809; email mississippicivilrightsveterans@gmail.org; mscivilrightsveterans.com.

6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Practicum for Psychic Phenomena at Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson(4866 N. State St.). Spiritual intuitive Duann Kier is the facilitator. Learn how to develop your psychic ability. Includes presentations, discussions, personal practice, group experiences and focused meditations. For ages 18 and up. $5; call 982-5919; email uucj@uujackson.org; duannkier.com.

Friday, March 7

8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.Celebration of Life for the Honorable Mayor Chokwe Lumumba at Downtown Jackson. March 7, the viewing is from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. at Jackson City Hall (219 S. President St.). March 8, the Celebration of Life is at 11 a.m. at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Free; call 601-960-1084; jacksonms.gov.

9:30 a.m., Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Conference at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). The conference is designed to inspire and empower today's youth through social activism, education and organizing. Speakers include Bob Moses, Eddie Fair, Ineva May Pittman, State Rep. Alyce Clarke, Ellie Dahmer and Unita Blackwell. $50, $20 students; one-day registration: $25, $10 students; luncheon only: $15, $10 students; call 601-977-7914 or 601-918-7809; email mississippicivilrightsveterans@gmail.org; mscivilrightsveterans.com.

Saturday, March 8

11 a.m., Celebration of Life for the Honorable Mayor Chokwe Lumumba at Downtown Jackson. March 7, the viewing is from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. at Jackson City Hall (219 S. President St.). March 8, the Celebration of Life is at 11 a.m. at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Free; call 601-960-1084; jacksonms.gov.

4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Sick and Tired, and Seeking SOULutions at Afrikan Arts and Culture Studio (612 N. Farish St.). Our Community Against Racism hosts the forum on second Saturdays. The focus of the monthly forum is to provide African-centered cultural enrichment and work toward racial equality. Refreshments served. Free; call 601-979-1413 or 601-918-5075.

Monday, March 10

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

Community Events

Monday, March 3

6 p.m., Bayou Teche Lundi Gras Beer Dinner at Sal & Mookie's New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St.). Enjoy a six-course Cajun dinner paired with craft beers. RSVP. $60 per person; call 601-369-1919; email maggieb@salandmookies.com; salandmookies.com.

Tuesday, March 4

1:30 p.m.-3 p.m., How to Develop a Business Plan at Small Business Administration District Office (Regions Plaza, 210 E. Capitol St., 10th floor). The Small Business Administrator hosts the seminar to help entrepreneurs prepare or update a business plan. Registration required. Free; call 965-4378; email rosetta.harris@sba.gov.

Wednesday, March 5

noon, History is Lunch: Commemorating 175 Years of the Old Capitol at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Dr. Tim Smith talks about the Secession Convention that was held in the Old Capitol. Free; call 601-576-6998; mdah.state.ms.us.

6 p.m., Glow Run at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Suite Z, Ridgeland). Participate in the 5K along the nearby Ridgeland trails. Glow sticks provided. Additional reflective gear will be for sale. Free; call 601-899-9696; fleetfeetjackson.com.

6 p.m.-8 p.m., Open House for the Urban and Regional Planning Program at Jackson State University at Jackson City Hall (219 S. President St.). Learn about the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs, and career options in the field of planning. Free; call 601-432-6865; email lisa.r.johnson@jsums.edu.

Thursday, March 6

noon-1:30 p.m., Elder Abuse Brown Bag Lunch Discussion at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence is the host. Richard Courtney of Courtney Elder Law Associates discusses topics such as signs of abuse, reducing neglect and legal measures to take. RSVP. Free; call 800-898-3234; email support@mcadv.org; mcadv.org.

5 p.m.-8 p.m., Fondren After 5 in Fondren. This monthly event is a showcase of the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Includes live music, food and vendors. Free; call 601-981-9606; email newfondrenafter5@gmail.com (artists, crafters and musicians); fondren.org.

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Blondes v. Brunettes Kick-off Party at Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St.) at the event space next door. The precursor to the May 10 powder puff football game includes wine, beer and appetizers. Donate to your favorite team, and proceeds go the Alzheimer's Association of Mississippi. For ages 21 and up. $10 suggested donation; call 360-0090; find Blondes v. Brunettes Kick Off Party" on Facebook.

6 p.m.-8 p.m., Jackson for a Healthy Gulf at Hal & Mal's (200 Commerce St.). Gulf Restoration Network, an environmental advocacy group focused on the Gulf of Mexico, celebrates its 20th anniversary with a reception and a presentation. Open to the public. RSVP. Free; call 948-0888; email andrew@healthygulf.org.

Friday, March 7

7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Community Shred Day at Home Depot, North Jackson (6325 Interstate 55 N.). Bring up to five boxes or bags of sensitive documents for shredding. Also bring computers, laptops, cell phones, printers and other electronics for disposal (excluding items with glass such as monitors or televisions). No businesses, please. Free; call 601-359-3680; www.ago.state.ms.us.

Saturday, March 8

10 a.m.-1 p.m., Zoo Day at Jackson Zoo(2918 W. Capitol St.)The annual kick-off to the spring season includes space jumps, live performances, face painting and other activities. Included with regular admission; call 601-352-2580; jacksonzoo.org.

1 p.m.-6 p.m., Sip & Shop Jackson: Fashion Show Edition at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Bella's Boudoir presents the event, and Chris Charm is the host. Fashion and food vendors showcase their products. Includes music from DJ T-Money. Doors open at noon. $5; call 960-1500; email jacksonmsevents@gmail.com; follow @sipshopjackson on twitter.

Monday, March 10

1 p.m.-3 p.m., Elder-Youth Connection at Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi, Capitol Unit (1450 W. Capitol St.). The purpose of the program is to develop an intergenerational mentor/mentee partnership between elders and youth. The goal is to help youth take the paths of self-love and discipline. Those who wish to be guest speakers must RSVP. Free; call 601-896-4400; email artmaat@aol.com.

Ongoing

Mon.-Sat., Fight Against Hunger at BRAVO!, Broad Street Bakery and Sal & Mookie's. Dine at participating restaurants and add a donation to Extra Table to your receipt. Donations welcome; extratable.org.

Mon.-Fri., Computer Courses for Adults at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., P.O. Box 1100, Raymond). Classes usually meet once a week for four to eight weeks, and fees depend on the level and type of class. Free; call 601-857-3773; email mfield@hindscc.edu.

Mon.-Fri., Senior Aides Program in Jackson. The city of Jackson offers the part-time job program to low-income seniors ages 55 and up. 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. Free; call 601-960-0335.

Mon.-Fri., through March 7, City of Jackson Summer Youth Employment Program at Jackson Department of Human and Cultural Services (1000 Metrocenter Drive). In suite 101. Students ages 16-24 may apply by March 7. Applicants must provide proof of parent's income, a birth certificate, a Social Security card and ID. Free; call 601-960-0326.

Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., through March 9, Sunburst Model Search Pageant at malls in Mississippi. The pageant is for males ages newborn to 3, and females ages newborn to 27. All participants receive a trophy and crown. Entry form required. $10-$45; pageantinfo.com.

Mon.-Fri., through March 14, Creative Arts Festival Call for Papers at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). The Margaret Walker Center seeks proposals of 250-500 words for papers, presentations and panels for the festival (April 11-12). Categories include poetry/spoken word, visual arts, written works and performing arts. The deadline is March 14. Free; call 601-979-2055; email mwa@jsums.edu; jsums.edu/margaretwalkercenter.

Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m., through March 15, National Cutting Horse Association Eastern National Championships at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). Youth compete for cash prizes at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center. Catfish dinner March 5 and March 10 at 6:30 p.m. Free; call 601-961-4000 or 817-244-6188; nchacutting.com.

Tues.-Sat., through March 21, #Mow2Grow Lawn Mower Raffle at Mississippi Children's Museum(2145 Highland Drive). Register for a chance to win a zero-turn John Deere riding lawn mower valued at $2,500. The drawing is March 21 at 3:30 p.m. Winner does not have to be present to win. The rafle is a fundraiser for the museum's Literacy Garden. $15 per ticket, five entries for $50, 10 entries for $100; call 601-981-5469; mschildrensmuseum.com.

Sun., 9 p.m. through March 30, The Walking Dead Watch Party at Capitol Grill (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F). Watch the popular AMC show on an 11-foot television screen, and enjoy drink specials and a late-night happy hour. Use #TWDJackson on social media. No cover; call 601-899-8845.

Wed., 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., through April 2, Hybrid Kickboxing and Jeetkunedo Class at Mississippi Basketball and Athletics (2240 Westbrook Drive). The course is designed to teach basic self-defense and includes an introduction to Jeetkunedo. Registration required. For ages 18 and up. $150; call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted.

Mon.-Fri. 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m., through April 30, Common Core After Hours Learning and Readiness Program at PERICO Institute (Jackson Medical Mall, 350 W. Woodrow Ave., Suite 300). The weekly program for children in grades K-12 includes English and language arts, math, science, and music and art appreciation. Registration required. Light snack included. $50 per week; call 769-251-1408; priydems.com.

Mon.-Fri., through May 15, North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest at Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (1505 Eastover Drive). Students must submit a portfolio including entry form and artwork by May 15. Winners in four age categories will have their work included in Mississippi Outdoors magazine and posted on foundationwfp.com. First-place winners get a free magazine. Free; call 662-563-8068; foundationmwfp.com.

Mon., 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m., through May 26, ALS (Lou Gehrig's) Support Group at Methodist Rehabilitation Center (1350 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The group meets in the BankPlus Community Room on the second floor. Free; call 601-364-3326.

Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through June 2, Tutoring Registration at Genesis and Light Center (4914 N. State St.). The center is accepting applications for its after-school program for ages 6-18 in math reading, and language arts. Applications accepted on weekdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for details on cost; call 601-362-6736; email genesisandlight@att.net; genesisandlightcenter.com.

Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., through July 31, Private Tutoring in Jackson metro area. In-person and virtual tutoring available for students in grades K-12 in math, science and literacy. Registration required. $15-$50; je411.webs.com.

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