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Community Events and Public Meetings

Monday, March 22

11:30 a.m., Stress Presentation, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Meeting Room is presented by the Jackson State University chapter of the Master of Social Work Sorority, Inc. Free; call 601-982-8467.

6:30 p.m., Infant CPR Class, at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive), at St. Dominic Education Services. Learn the correct CPR techniques for a new infant. Free; call 601-200-6934.

Tuesday, March 23

9:30 a.m., Mississippi Region II Science and Engineering Fair, at Jackson State University, Williams Athletics and Assembly Center (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Students from grades 1-12 will present projects in the areas of science, mathematics and technology on March 23 and 24. Free; call 601-979-1603.

11 a.m., Groundbreaking Ceremony, at The Mustard Seed (1085 Luckney Road, Brandon). The event is in celebration of a future women's group home. Call 601-992-3556.

5:45 p.m., ADHD Parenting Workshop, at The Counseling Center (665 Highway 51 North, Ridgeland). The theme is "Understanding ADHD and How It Affects Your Child." The workshop will consist of four 90-minute sessions. Most insurance plans are accepted. $200; call 601-707-7355.

6 p.m., Jackson City Council Meeting, at Jackson City Hall (200 S. President St.). The Jackson City Council holds its regular meeting, open to the public. Free; call 601-960-1033.

6:30 p.m., Jackson Audubon Society Monthly Chapter Meeting, at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Falconer David hall will do a live raptor demonstration during the meeting. Open to the public. Free; call 601-956-7444.

Wednesday, March 23

Noon, "History Is Lunch," at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Editor Peggy W. Jeanes discusses "Mississippi History Now," an online publication of the Mississippi Historical Society. Bring your own lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6850.

4 p.m., Jackson/Hinds Library System Board of Trustees, at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). The trustees will discuss matters concerning the local library system. Free; call 601-968-5825.

5:30 p.m., Public Policy Toastmasters Club 8689 Meeting, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in the Sampson Library auditorium on the second floor. Improve your communication skills and become a better speaker and leader. Membership required. Call for details on membership dues at 601-918-8523.

6:30 p.m., "Women and the Movement for Social Justice," at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in the Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building, room 266. As part of the Medgar Evers/Ella Baker Civil Rights Lecture Series, panelists will discuss the importance of social justice in today's society. Panelists include Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan of Tougaloo College, Jackson Free Press editor-in-chief Donna Ladd and Nsombi Lambright of the American Civil Liberties Union. Call 601-979-1562.

Thursday, March 25

5th Annual Veterans in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Conference March 25-27, at Mississippi e-Center (1230 Raymond Road). The theme is "The Loss of Civil and Human Rights in a Time of Economic Crisis: Creating a Blueprint for the Future." The sessions are from 9 a.m-9 p.m. on March 25-26 and 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on March 27. Keynote speakers include Rev. Jeremiah Wright on March 25 and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee on March 26. Other guests include Myrlie Evers Williams, Brad "Kamikaze" Franklin and Rep. Bennie Thompson. $100 adults, $25 college students, $10 high school students; call 601-979-1520 or 601-979-1515.

9 a.m., Legal Clinic, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The Mississippi Center for Justice will offer free advice regarding foreclosure prevention, alternatives to payday lending, access to healthcare, school discipline hearing rights and more. Free; call 601-352-2269.

9 a.m., Playing by the Rules: Legal Compliance for Nonprofits, at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (921 N. President St., Suite C). This one-day workshop will address key issues for nonprofit operations, teach you how to maintain your tax-exempt status and manage unrelated business income. Registration is required. $60 members, $110 non-members; call 601-968-0061.

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

7 p.m., Moreton Lecture Series, at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in room 215. Dr. Michael Slattery, director of the Institute for Environmental Studies at Texas Christian University, will speak on the environmental impacts of large-scale wind farms. Free; call 601-974-1344.

Friday, March 26
9 a.m. Friday Forum at Koinonia Coffee House (136. S. Adams St. Suite C) Bill Bynum, CEO of ECD/HOPE is the speaker at this weekly community forum. 

Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline Statewide Summit March 26-27, at Callaway High School (601 Beasley Rd.). The event is a call to action to stop funneling children down paths to prison. Registration is required. The summit will be from 4:30-9 p.m. on March 26 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 27. Free; call 601-321-1966.

Nation Day March 26-28, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). The series of lectures, presentations and performances will take place in Kincheloe Hall and the Owens Health and Wellness Center. Activities also include the "Free the Scott Sisters" rally at the State Capitol on March 26 at noon and related events at the James Meredith Building. Contact the host for specific times and dates. $25, $20 seniors, $15 students; call 601-896-4400.

Saturday, March 27

9 a.m., Community Health and Wellness Fair, at Davis Temple Church of God in Christ (1700 Dalton St.). Activities include cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose screenings, chair massages, and advice on nutrition and aging. Free; call 601-953-9706.

10:00 a.m., WomenBuild 2010 Clinic, at Lowe's (836 Ridgewood Road, Ridgeland). In preparation for WomenBuild 2010 in April, an interior painting and trim workshop is being offered. A reservation is required. Free; call 601-353-6060.

10:00 a.m., Internet and E-mail for Seniors, at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive), at St. Dominic Education Services. Learn the basics about these popular forms of technology. $25; call 601-200-6698.

11:30 a.m., Farish Street Storytelling Session, at Peaches (27 N. Farish St.). Historians and architects share the history of Farish Street from 1890 to the present. Call 601-291-7381.

Sunday, March 28

2 p.m., Footsteps in Hope Walk Fundraiser, at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). The 8K walk/run is in support of HIV/AIDS projects such as Grace House in Mississippi and Old Mutare Voluntary Counseling and Testing Center in Zimbabwe. Participants can register online and create a fundraising page. Sponsorship options are also available. Donations welcome; call 901-338-7011.

Through April 5

Historic Preservation Awards Call for Nominations, at Jackson City Hall (200 S. President St.). The City of Jackson Historic Preservation Commission will issue awards in May to outstanding historic preservation projects that have been substantially completed between January 2007 and January 2010. The deadline for nominations is April 5 at 5 p.m. Free; call 601-960-2006.

Mustard Seed Book Drive, at Borders (100 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood). Donate books in good condition to the residents of The Mustard Seed. Donations welcome; call 601-992-3556.

Through April 7

Governor's Cup Awards Call for Nominations. Sponsored by Gov. Haley Barbour and the Mississippi Development Authority, in partnership with the Mississippi Economic Development Council, the awards recognize businesses from around Mississippi that made a significant contribution to their communities and the state in 2009. The deadline for nominations is April 7. All award recipients will be honored at the annual MEDC awards banquet scheduled for July 22. Call 601-359-3593.

Through April 8

Community Foundation of Greater Jackson Call for Grant Proposals, at Community Foundation of Greater Jackson (525 E. Capitol St., Suite 5B). The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson is accepting applications for 2010 grant awards. General grant proposals, especially for programs with an emphasis on reading and programs seeking to prevent youth dropouts, are being accepted. Nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, churches and schools are eligible to apply for their programs located in Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties. An application and guidelines are available on the Foundation's website, http://www.cfgj.org. Free; call 601-974-6044, ext. 221.

Celebration of Strong Women Call for Nominations. There are five different categories, which include Defender, Mentor, Leader, Perseverance and Promise. A distinguished panel of women will judge nominees. Nominations are due by April 8 at mbhs.org. The winners will be announced on May 6. Free; call 601-968-5135.

Free Tax Counseling and Filing

AARP volunteers will do electronic filing. Bring all necessary documents. Joint filers must come together. Filing is available at these locations and times:

• Through April 12, at Richard Wright Library (515 W. McDowell Road) on Mondays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-372-1621.
• Through April 13, at Willie Morris Library (4912 Old Canton Road) on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 601-987-8181.
• Through April 14, at Margaret Walker Alexander Library (2525 Robinson Road) on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-354-8911.
• Through April 15, at Clinton Public Library (111 Clinton Blvd., Clinton) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-5 p.m. Call 601-924-5684.

Through June 15

Grant Development Program Call for Applications, at Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau (111 E. Capitol St., Suite 102). The Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau's grant program is open to any non-profit tourism-related entity, such as attractions and events, in the city of Jackson. The application deadline is June 15. The grant period is from Sept. 1, 2010, to August 31, 2011. Call 601-960-1891.

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