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Community Meetings

Monday, March 24

1 p.m., Jackson Public Schools Community Meeting at Jackson Public Schools (621 S. State St.). In the Board of Trustees Meeting Room. Get first-hand information about the JPS Accreditation Process and hear the goals the district is set to achieve this school year. Free; call 601-960-2782; jackson.k12.ms.us.

6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m., 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.

Tuesday, March 25

noon, WIN Meeting at The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen (The Belhaven, 1200 N. State St., Suite 100). $20, $17 chamber members; call 398-4562; email dgreen@greaterjacksonpartnership.com.

4 p.m., Jackson City Council at Jackson City Hall (219 S. President St.). Open to the public. Free; call 601-960-1064; jacksonms.gov.

6:30 p.m., Jackson Audubon Society Monthly Meeting at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Chris King speaks on the topic "Birders or Bird Watchers." Visitors welcome. Free; call 601-832-6788; jacksonaudubonsociety.org.

Wednesday, March 26

7 p.m.-9 p.m., Jackson City NAACP Branch Mayoral Forum at Masonic Temple (1072 W. John R. Lynch St.). In the cafeteria. Meet the candidates and learn what each of them envision for the city's future. Includes a Q&A session. Free; call 601-906-1717 or 601-331-0274.

Thursday, March 27

11:30 a.m., Leadership Greater Jackson Alumni Association Mayoral Forum at Mississippi Public Broadcasting (3825 Ridgewood Road). Hear the candidates' vision for the future of Jackson. Lunch is at 11:30 p.m. (limited tickets), and the forum is from noon-1 p.m. Other collaborators include Jackson 2000, Women For Progress and Working Together Jackson. Free forum; buffet lunch: $20 in advance, $25 per person, $15 members of sponsoring organizations; call 432-6565; email leadershiprsvp@gmail.com; lgja.org.

5:30 p.m., Precinct 4 COPS Meeting at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0004.

7 p.m.-9 p.m., Jackson Mayoral Candidate Debate at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). In McCoy Auditorium. The Jackson Chamber of Commerce is the host. Candidates for mayor of Jackson share their vision for the city and answer moderated questions. Simulcast available on WLBT (broadcast channel 3, Comcast channel 2) and msnewsnow.com. Free; call 601-948-7575; email cbuchanan@greaterjacksonchamberpartnership.com or john@statestreetgroup.com; greaterjacksonpartnership.com.

Saturday, March 29

9 a.m.-noon, Women in Politics Forum at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). In room 113. The Rho Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority hosts the event. Topics include social justice, economic security and education. Light refreshments served. RSVP. Free; call 601-573-3978; email aka.rlo1988@gmail.com.

11 a.m.-3 p.m., Power Conference: Women Doing Business at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Women get tips for starting a business or expanding a current business. Registration required. Free; call 576-6800; email powerconference4women@gmail.com.

1 p.m.-3 p.m., West Jackson Master Plan Public Meeting at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). At the Community Center near the main entrance. Duvall Decker Architects is the facilitator. Attendees give input on developing a master plan for improving west Jackson. West Jackson residents are encouraged to attend. Free; call 601-713-1128; email jsp@duvalldecker.com; find West Jackson Master Plan on Facebook.

Community Events

Monday, March 24

8 a.m.-5 p.m., Complimentary Dyslexia Screening at Dore Jackson (1850 Lakeland Drive, Suite P-221). Screenings are open to the public. Participants must be at least 7 years old. Free; call 326-5550; doreusa.com.

6 p.m., Chilean Wine Tasting March 24, at Amerigo Italian Restaurant (6592 Old Canton Road). Sample four Chilean wines, including Aresit Chardonnay and Cono Sur Pinot Noir. Wines are paired with bruschetta al Pomodoro and tiramisu. Reservations required. $20 plus tax and tip; call 601-977-0563; amerigo.net.

Tuesday, March 25

3 p.m.-6 p.m., Homeownership Application Fair at Metrocenter Mall (1395 Metrocenter Drive). Get information on the HOME Partnership Investment Program, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, down payment assistance and how to buy a home. Potential local lenders will be on site. Free; call 601-432-6876; usm.edu.

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Ballet, Blues and Bucci at Brown's Fine Art and Framing (630 Fondren Place). $30-$75; call 601-362-7125; usaibc.com.

6 p.m., Guenoc Wine Tasting at Anjou Restaurant (361 Township Ave., Ridgeland). Enjoy four California wines from the Guenoc Winery and a small cheese plate. Reservations recommended but not required. $16 plus tax and tip; call 601-707-0587; anjourestaurant.net.

Wednesday, March 26

8 a.m.-5 p.m., Complimentary Dyslexia Screening at Dore Jackson (1850 Lakeland Drive, Suite P-221). Screenings are open to the public. Participants must be at least 7 years old. Free; call 326-5550; doreusa.com.

noon, History is Lunch: Commemorating 175 Years of the Old Capitol at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). MDAH Museum Division director Lucy Allen discusses the museum history of the Old Capitol. Free; call 601-576-6998; mdah.state.ms.us.

Thursday, March 27

9 a.m.-8 p.m., City of Jackson's Amnesty Day Program at Jackson Police Department Headquarters (327 E. Pascagoula St.). Citizens may pay tickets, court imposed fines and court costs while waiving warrant and administration fees for each violation. Exclusions apply. Fees vary per person; call 601-960-1932.

11 a.m., Eudora Welty House's 10th Anniversary Garden Luncheon at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Writer and humorist Julia Reed is the guest speaker. Night blooming cereuses and camellias propagated from Welty's own plants will be available for sale. $60; call 601-353-7762.

6 p.m.-9 p.m., Cosmos & Couture at Old Capitol Inn (226 N. State St.). The cocktail party includes a fashion show featuring items from local merchants, refreshments and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Burn Foundation. $40 in advance, $50 at the door; call 601-540-2995; email afontaine@msburn.org; eventbrite.com.

Friday, March 28

9 a.m.-8 p.m., City of Jackson's Amnesty Day Program at Jackson Police Department Headquarters (327 E. Pascagoula St.). Citizens may pay tickets, court imposed fines and court costs while waiving warrant and administration fees for each violation. Exclusions apply. Fees vary per person; call 601-960-1932.

Saturday, March 29

7 a.m., Youth Fishing Rodeo at Turcotte Lab (506 Highway 43 S., Canton). The event is for children ages 15 and under. Bring fishing gear, catfish bait and stringers. Free; call 601-656-7376 or 601-432-2209; mdwfp.com.

8 a.m., Viking Half Marathon and 5K at Market Street, Greenwood . Race through the historic Cotton Row District at the annual event. Registration required. Fees vary; call 662-453-4152; vikinghalfmarathon.com.

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Homebuyer Education Class at Jackson Housing Authority Homeownership Center (256 E. Fortification St.). Topics include personal finances, home inspections and the role of lenders and real estate agents. Registration required. The class is required to qualify for a Jackson Housing Authority loan. Free; call 601-398-0446.

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Project WILD Aquatic Teacher Workshop at North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and Visitor Education Center (457 CR 36, Enid). The hands-on workshop is a focus on aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. Open to teachers of all subjects and grade levels. Register by March 17. 0.6 CEU credits from Mississippi College available. $15 pre-registration fee (refunded after the workshop); call 662-563-8068; mdwfp.com.

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Eudora Welty Garden's 10th Anniversary Celebration at Eudora Welty House and Museum (1119 Pinehurst Place). Enjoy self-guided tours featuring interpretive signs and a plant sale. Free; call 601-353-7762.

11 a.m.-5 p.m., Holi Mela Festival of Colors at Hindu Temple of Mississippi (173 Vernon Jones Ave., Brandon). The Indian spring festival includes colored water splashes, herbal tattoos, food, games and more. Free admission; call 601-918-8172, 601-291-8761 or 601-278-0154; email events@htsm.org.

2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Movie Night @ The Alamo at Alamo Theater (333 N. Farish St.). The fundraiser for the historic theater includes a screening of "12 Years a Slave" and a feedback session with Dr. Alfredteen Harrison. $5-$7; call 601-352-3365 or 800-745-3000; email thehistoricalamotheater@gmail.com.

4 p.m., Southern Escape Benefit Show at Soul Wired Cafe (111 Millsaps Ave.). Performers include 5th Wolf (5th Child and Spacewolf), Fides, Sun Ballet, The Empty Handed Painters and more. The concert is a fundraiser to cover startup costs for Southern Escape, a local music magazine. $8; call 863-6378; find Southern Escape Presents: The Benefit on Facebook.

Fondren Urban Ultra in Fondren. The race includes a 5K, a 12-hour run and a 12-hour relay for four. Awards given. Proceeds benefit Cheshire Abbey, an animal rescue organization. Online registration ends March 15. $25 5K and individual 12-hour race, $100 relay; email hundredmilefunrun@yahoo.com; ultrasignup.com.

Sunday, March 30

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Southern Regional Beauty Show at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Includes hairstyling workshops, competitions and more. Licensed professionals and students must bring credentials. $30 students, $40 professionals; call 601-259-3211; southernregionalbeautyshow.com.

2 p.m., TAPS and TAPSY Model Call at Expose (4700 Robinson Road Ext.). Thick and Proud Sisters seeks models for TAPS who are at least 21 and size 14, and models for TAPSY who are ages 16-20 and at least size 12/14. Wear hair away from the face, little to no makeup and heels. non-returnable, full-length photograph. Free; call 798-9412; email hathor601@aol.com.

4 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Movie Night @ The Alamo at Alamo Theater (333 N. Farish St.). The fundraiser for the historic theater includes a screening of "12 Years a Slave" and a feedback session with Dr. Alfredteen Harrison. $5-$7; call 601-352-3365 or 800-745-3000; email thehistoricalamotheater@gmail.com.

Monday, March 31

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Southern Regional Beauty Show at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Includes hairstyling workshops, competitions and more. Licensed professionals and students must bring credentials. $30 students, $40 professionals; call 601-259-3211; southernregionalbeautyshow.com.

10:30 a.m., "Tee it Up" Golf Tournament at Annandale Golf Club (419 Annandale Parkway, Madison). The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership's event is open to all members, business and industry. Registration is at 10:30 a.m., lunch and a putting contest is at 11 a.m., and tee time is at 12:30 p.m. Sponsorships available. $200, $750 team of four; call 601-948-7575; email nlowery@greaterjacksonpartnership.com; greaterjacksonpartnership.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.

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.

Mon., 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., through March 31, OFNA Happy Hour at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.). The OurFondren Neighborhood Association is the host. The weekly social is for those who live, work or play in Fondren. Free; call 487-6349; email byronknight1@gmail.com; facebook.com/OurFondren.

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.-Sat., through May 5, Cinco de Mayo Raffle at Sombra, Anjou, Char and Amerigo . Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a four-wheeler from Got Gear. The raffle is May 5 from 6-7:30 p.m at Sombra Mexican Kitchen (140 Township Avenue, Suite 100, Ridgeland). Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Burn Foundation. $10-$10; call 601-540-2995; email afontaine@msburn.org.

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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