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Community Events and Public Meetings

Monday, May 10

7 p.m., Death Penalty Forum, at Masonic Temple (1072 John R. Lynch Street), on the first floor. The topic is "From Tulia to Jena to Winona: the Past is Still Not Past." Dr. Alan Bean of Friends of Justice will discuss the effects of racism on the Mississippi death penalty and the case of Curtis Flowers. The event is sponsored by Mississippians for Smart Justice. Free; e-mail {encode="[email protected]" title="[email protected]"}.

Tuesday, May 11

8:30 a.m., United States Travel Rally Day, at Jackson City Hall (200 S. President St.), in the Josh Halbert Gardens. The Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to join members of the Jackson Tourism Visitor Industry Partners to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week. Wear red to show support. Refreshments by Scurlock's Donuts and the Coffee Roastery will be provided. Free; call 601-960-1891.

10 a.m., Farmers Market, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project's Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road). Buy from a wide selection of fresh produce provided by participating local farmers. Market hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Free admission; call 601-951-9273.

Wednesday, May 12

8 a.m., SafeHeart Screenings, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Room. SafeHeart Health Screens of Hattiesburg will do five ultrasound and EKG screenings that target risk for heart attack, stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm, atrial fibrillation and peripheral arterial disease. Call to register or come early. $129, free for those who qualify; call 601-450-5483 or 866-548-3006.

Noon, "History Is Lunch" at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Historic Natchez Foundation founder Ron Miller talks about the preservation of Natchez's extraordinary historic sites. Free; call 601-576-6850.

1 p.m., Volunteer Enrichment, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in the Yates Community Room. Program to be determined. The session is open to current and prospective volunteers. Free; call 601-960-1515.

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.

Thursday, May 13

8 a.m., Canton Flea Market, at Historic Canton Square. The biannual shopping extravaganza in Canton will include goods from artists and crafters. Free admission; call 601-859-8055.

11:30 a.m., Women's Health Symposium, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road), in the Penthouse Suite. The panel discussion and luncheon will provide valuable information on women's health issues including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity, and important tips on fitness and nutrition. The panelists include Dr. Marinelle Payton, nutritionist Donna Speed, former NFL player Jimmie Smith and Chef Luis Bruno. $10 lunch; call 601-376-2397 or 601-376-2413.

4 p.m., University Place Open House for Potential Retailers, at Jackson State University Student Center Ballroom (1400 John R. Lynch St.), on the third floor. Find out more about the retail space available for rent at the University Place of Jackson, a new JSU development with houses and apartments. Free; call 601-979-1058.

5 p.m., Hinds County School Board Meeting, at Hinds County School District Office (3192 Highway 18, Raymond). The board holds their regular monthly meeting. Call 601-857-5222.

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

Friday, May 14

9 a.m., Rankin County Board of Supervisors Meeting, at Rankin County Government Offices (211 E. Government St., Brandon). The board holds its recess meeting. Call 601-825-1475.

National Cancer Survivors Day Awards Call for Nominees, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). Baptist Cancer Services will be giving special recognition to a "Cancer Survivor of the Year" and a "Caregiver of the Year." Nominations can be submitted online at mbhs.org/csd. Nomination forms may be downloaded and are also available at the Hederman Cancer Center. The deadline for nominations is May 14. Award recipients will be announced at the annual National Cancer Survivors Day celebration at 2 p.m. on June 6 at the Old Capitol Inn. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

Saturday, May 15

8 a.m., Greater Belhaven Market, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Be sure to buy some produce or other food and gift items. The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission; call 601-506-2848 or 601-354-6573.

9 a.m.-2 p.m., Scooper Bowl Flea Market and All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival, at Good Samaritan Center (114 Millsaps Avenue). The event includes an outdoor flea market, a space jump and free ice cream. Proceeds benefit The Good Samaritan Center. $2, $1 kids ages 3-11, free for kids under 3; call 601-355-6276.

9 a.m.-8 p.m., Mississippi Sports and Fitness Expo, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The expo includes showcases, sports vendor exhibits, fitness challenges, health screenings and autograph signings by current and former Mississippi athletes. $5 in advance, $7 at the door; call 601-259-4298.

9:15 a.m., Alpha and Omega Family Conference, at Turning Point Mission Center (1814 Shady Lane Drive). The conference will focus on building stronger families. All aspects of the family will be addressed. Free, donations welcome; call 601-372-1080 or 601-613-2507.

10 a.m., Walk & Roll, at Methodist Specialty Care Center (1 Layfair Drive, # 500), at Mirror Lake. Walk in honor of a past stroke, brain injury or spinal cord injury patient helped by Methodist Rehabilitation Center. Participants may walk individually, join a team or form a team. Proceeds benefit the Wilson Research Foundation. Donations welcome; call 601-364-3598.

10:30 a.m., Sal & Mookie's Street Carnival, at Sal & Mookie's (565 Taylor St.). The event will be held on the green space between Backyard Burgers and Schimmel's, and includes food, games, a pizza-eating contest and an ice cream-eating contest. Contest winners will be given gift cards. Proceeds benefit Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital. Free admission, 25ยข-$1 games; call 601-368-1919.

7 p.m., Rock for Diabetes, at Hal & Mal's (200 Commerce St.). Enjoy live music from Fuse X, Dixieattle and Yankee Station. Silent auction items include guitars, a free training session for a marathon, free guitar lessons, autographed merchandise from the band Candlebox and merchandise from Pink Bombshell. Proceeds benefit the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. $5; call 877-DFM-CURE.

9 a.m., Central Mississippi Bird Club's Bird Fair May 15-16, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Purchase from a wide variety of exotic birds, bird supplies, yard art and home decor. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 15 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 16. Call 601-924-6213 or 601-826-3808.

Through May 31

Mental Health Awareness Month, at NAMI Mississippi (411 Briarwood Drive, Suite 401). May is Mental Health Awareness Month in Mississippi. NAMI Mississippi (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the voice for persons with mental illness and their families. Call the office for information about support and intervention. Free; call 601-899-9058.

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 Aug. 31, 2011. Call 601-960-1891.

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