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Community Events and Public Meetings

Monday, Oct. 4

Phi Theta Kappa Blood Drive Oct. 4-6, at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond). Donate blood in the donor coach parked in front of the Student Union. Hours are from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. All donors receive a free T-shirt (while supplies last) and are entered to win a pair of tickets to an SEC football game. Donations welcome; call 800-817-7449.

3 p.m., Smart Discipline Seminars at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). "Smart Discipline for the Classroom" is from 3-4:30 p.m. "Smart Discipline for Parents" is from 7-9 p.m. Dr. Larry Koenig, author of "Smart Discipline: Fast, Lasting Solutions for Your Peace of Mind and Your Child's Self-Esteem," is the instructor. $15-$25 parent seminar, free teacher seminar; visit

6 p.m., "The American Dream" Seminar at Greater Fairview Baptist Church (2545 Newport St.). Learn about the Jackson Medical Mall's affordable homeownership program from housing resource specialist Amia Edwards. You can apply for purchase eligibility for a new homes. Free; call 601-982-8467.

Tuesday, Oct. 5

8:30 a.m., "How to Cold Call and Build New Customers in a Down Economy" Seminar at Clarion Hotel (5075 Interstate 55 South). Dale Carnegie Training is the host. Learn how to search systematically for new opportunities, revive dead accounts, set more appointments with qualified buyers and more. $199 (team rates available); call 601-540-5415.

9:30 a.m., One on One with Mayor Johnson at Jackson City Hall (200 S. President St.). Citizens who wish to speak to the mayor must sign up between 9-9:30 a.m., and time will be limited based on the number of people who sign up. Call 601-960-2378.

10 a.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.

Noon, Mississippi Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition of Hinds County at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The organization meets in the Community Meeting Room. Open to the public. Call 601-982-8467.

11:45 a.m., "Hip Problems? Get Back in the Game" at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Baptist for Women Conference Room. Dr. Trevor Pickering discusses advances in hip replacement surgery. Registration is required. $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

4 p.m., Elementary Education Recruitment and Information Event at Hinds Community College, Raymond campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond), in Fountain Hall. Learn how to prepare for a career in elementary, secondary or special education from representatives of Delta State University and Hinds Community College. Call 662-846-4324.

5:30 p.m., Jackson Public Schools Board Meeting at Jackson Public Schools (621 S. State St.). The JPS School Board meets for its discipline session, open to the public. Free; call 601-960-8700.

5:30 p.m., Volunteer Orientation at Gentiva Hospice (106 Riverview Drive, Flowood). In addition to training, Jackie Carter from the Anti-Tobacco Coalition gives a brief presentation, and dinner is included. Please bring a driver license, a vehicle insurance card and a CPR certification card if you have one. Call 601-983-3193.

6 p.m., "Status of Women in Mississippi" at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in room 212 of the Owens Health and Wellness Center. Pam Johnson, executive director of the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women, is the speaker. The Jackson branch of the American Association of University Women sponsors the program. Free; call 601-353-9820.

6 p.m., Jackson Touchdown Club Meeting at River Hills Country Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). Members of the athletic organization meet during the football season and have access to meals, fellowship and the chance to listen to speakers from around the country. This week's speaker is former Dallas Cowboys linebacker and College Football Hall of Famer Lee Roy Jordan. The Club will also present a Legends Award to the family of the late Jack Spinks. $280 individual membership, $1200 corporate membership; call 601-955-5293 or 601-506-3186.

6 p.m., Financial Education Seminar at 3000 Fondren Building (3000 Old Canton Road), in suite 550. CredAbility hosts the seminar with certified budget and credit counselors. Pre-registration is preferred but not required. Free; call 601-362-7284.

6:30 p.m., Evenings at St. Mark's at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Raymond (205 W. Main St., Raymond). Local authors, historians and personalities entertain and educate. Refreshments included. Free; visit

Wednesday, Oct. 6

8 a.m., Business E-Waste Day at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Bring any unwanted electronics such as computers, computer components, radios, televisions, copiers, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players, desk phones, cell phones and smoke alarms. $1 per monitor, $10 per TV, free disposal for other items; call 601-948-7575, ext. 234.

8:30 a.m., Else School of Management Fall Forum at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.), in the Leggett Special Events Center. Stephen D. Johnston, CEO of SmartSynch, Inc., will discuss the topic "Bringing Innovation Back: Transforming the Energy Economy." Doors open at 7:45 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Reservations are recommended. $15; call 601-974-1250.

9 a.m., Breast Cancer Awareness Program at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The Mississippi State Department of Health will host the event in the common area. Call 601-982-8467.

10:30 a.m., "Public Policy and Your Organization" Webinar at This one-hour participant-driven webinar is hosted by the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits. Registration is required. $15, free for members; visit

11:45 a.m., Parents for Public Schools Lunch Bunch at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Meeting Room. An RSVP is required. $5 lunch; call 601-969-6015.

Noon, "History Is Lunch " at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Author Hunter Cole talks about his new book, "The Legs Murder Scandal." Bring your own lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998.

Thursday, Oct. 7
9 a.m., Women's Health Day at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Baptist for Women is offering free seminars on cardiovascular disease, wrinkles and gynecological issues. Screenings are available by appointment to the first 120 registrants and include glucose, total cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

10:30 a.m., College President Inauguration at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.), in "The Bowl" outside of the Student Center. Millsaps College inaugurates its 11th president, Dr. Robert Pearigen. The special guest speaker is Newsweek editor Jon Meacham. Call 601-974-1130.

3 p.m., State Institutions of Higher Learning Meeting at Bonne Terre Country Inn and Cafe (4715 Church Road W, Nesbit). The Board Search Committee will meet to discuss personnel issues concerning the search for the next president of Jackson State University. Call 601-432-6647.

5 p.m, Live Art Auction at Brown's Fine Art (630 Fondren Place). Consignment art from Marie Hull, Walter Anderson, Karl and Mildred Wolfe, Emmitt Thames, Jackie Meena, Lucy Mazzaferro, Lynn Green Root and others. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House. Free admission; call 601-982-4844.

6 p.m., Clash in the Kitchen at Vicksburg Convention Center (1600 Mulberry St., Vicksburg). The event features a cook-off between chefs from Vicksburg and Jackson with state and community leaders serving as celebrity judges. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Firefighters Memorial Burn Association. $40; call 601-540-2995 or 601-506-1313.

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. Call 601-960-0001.

7:30 p.m., Adult Coaches Basketball Meeting at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The City of Jackson Department of Park and Recreation will host the meeting in the Community Meeting Room. Call 601-982-8467.

Through Oct. 7

Read for the Record Campaign at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Each time an individual visits and reads Ezra Jack Keats' "The Snowy Day" online, a printed copy of the book is donated to a child. On Oct. 7, the children who have received a book and those who have read the book online will read the book again to help Eudora Welty Library set a world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. This includes a "Super Read" at 5:30 p.m. at the library, where Kathy Johnson, wife of Mayor Harvey Johnson, is the guest reader. Call 601-968-5800.

Friday, Oct. 8

9 a.m., Friday Forum at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St.). The presenter will be Sen. David Blount, state senator of District 29. Free; e-mail [e-mail missing].

10 a.m., Summers Lecture Series: Ancient Israel at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in room 215. Renowned scholar Jack M. Sasson of Vanderbilt University will deliver a lecture on the topic "Time and History in Ancient Israel." Free; call 601-974-1328.

Saturday, Oct. 9

8 a.m., Roll Off Dumpster Day at various Jackson locations. The City of Jackson's Solid Waste Division is encouraging citizens of Jackson to participate by taking tree limbs, other yard debris, and household items to one of their designated locations. Residents may bring all household furniture and appliances for disposal. However, tires, chemicals and gas tanks are not accepted. Free; call 601-960-0000.

8 a.m., "Vicksburg Blitzkrieg: Roads to Raymond" Guided Bus Tour at Raymond Town Square. Take a bus tour of the roads to Raymond in the Vicksburg Campaign, including visits to Port Gibson, Grand Gulf, Rocky Springs and Raymond Military Park, guided by retired Brigadier General Parker Hills. The bus departs Raymond Town Square promptly at 8:30 a.m. Seating is limited. Tickets include lunch and entry fees. $45; call 601-857-8041.

8:30 a.m., Jackson Audubon Society Fall Migration Field Trip at Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge (2970 Bluff Lake Road, Brooksville). See fall migrants, early ducks and red cockaded woodpeckers with local birding experts. Participants can either meet at the Texaco station (Interstate 55 Exit, Gluckstadt) at 6 a.m. and drive to the site or go directly to the site at 8:30 a.m. at the Bluff Lake boat launch area. Free; call 601-956-7444.

9 a.m., Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society's Buddy Walk at LeFleur's Bluff State Park, Mayes Lake (115 Lakeland Terrace). In addition to the walk, there will be a space jump, face painting, balloon animals, music by the Mustard Seed Bells of Faith and many other family-friendly activities. Donations welcome; visit

9 a.m., Walk to Defeat ALS at Winners Circle Park (100 Winners Circle, Flowood). The walk is on behalf of those suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Proceeds from the walk benefit the Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter of the ALS Association. Free; call 601-942-4856.

10 a.m., Elephant Farewell Party at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Come by and visit Rosie and Juno before they are sent to the Nashville Zoo in early November. Regular admission applies; call 601-352-2580.

10 a.m., Business Development Workshop at Mississippi e-Center (1230 Raymond Road). Hosted by the Action Leadership Institute, the topic is "Learn to Create a Business or Financial Plan Bankers Love to Fund." Advance registration is available. $39; call 601-965-0372.

10 a.m., Habitat Metro Jackson Homeowner Application Meeting at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). The three-hour meeting will give potential homeowners with low incomes an opportunity to learn more about the Habitat for Humanity program. Free; call 601-353-6060.

1 p.m., Raw Food Potluck Social at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). Please RSVP and notify the facilitator of the type of dish you are bringing. Free; e-mail [e-mail missing].

Through Oct. 9

"I-C-STEM In My Future" Call for Applicants at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). The Jackson State University Department of Mathematics is seeking applications from students in grades 7 through 10 for a two-year college preparation program focused on technology for the workforce in the 21st century. Prospective students must be enrolled in a school in Jackson or within a 70-mile radius. Applications must be postmarked by Oct. 9. Interviews will take place Oct. 11-15. Call 601-979-5993.

Sunday, Oct. 10

1:30 p.m., Health Fair, at Terry Community Center (Cunningham Ave., Terry). Focus on Natural Health Education & Community Development Inc. is the host. Come for health screenings, free massages, health lectures, healthy food samples and door prizes. The first 20 adults to arrive will receive a gift. Free; call 601-278-1868 or 601-878-9047.

Monday, Oct. 11

10 a.m., Levee Board Meeting at Flowood City Hall (2101 Airport Road, Flowood). Members of the Rankin-Hinds Pearl Flood and Drainage Control District will have their monthly meeting. Call 601-939-4243.

Through Oct. 28

Mississippi Raiders Minor League Football Team Tryouts at Battlefield Park (953 Porter St.). The tryouts are for the 2011 summer season and will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. The team is looking for males ages 18 and up who are high school seniors or out of school. Those who RSVP will get a $10 discount on the tryout fee. $80; call 601-238-7090, 601-842-2116 or 504-701-5775.

Through Oct. 29

Holiday Card Contest at Mississippi Public Broadcasting (3825 Ridgewood Road). MPB invites children ages 4 through 12 to design and illustrate an original greeting card incorporating a holiday theme not specific to any religious celebration. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 29. Entry forms can be downloaded from Call 601-432-6370.

Through Oct. 30

Farmers' Market at Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram). The market is open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. until Oct. 30. Products include fresh produce, wildflower honey, roasted peanuts, jams, jellies, birdhouses, and baskets and gourds for crafting. Call 601-373-4545.

Through Nov. 1

Mississippi Arts Commission Minigrant Call for Applications at Mississippi Arts Commission (Woolfolk Building, 501 N. West St., Suite 1101A). Professional-level artists may apply to support promotion efforts, attend a professional workshop or to purchase art supplies. Non-profit organizations or local government entities may apply for up to $1,000 to support presentations by members of the MAC's artist roster or to support professional development efforts for an arts organization. The application deadline is Nov. 1. Call 601-359-6030.

Through Nov. 7

Farmers' Market, at Old Farmers' Market (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Brenda's Produce features fruits, vegetables and flowers from Smith County, and Berry's Produce also has a wide selection of products to choose from. Hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-354-0529 or 601-353-1633.

Through Nov. 12

2011 Small Business Week Awards Call for Nominations at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). The Small Business Administration Mississippi District Office is actively seeking nominations for the 2011 Small Business Week Awards. Nominations are being accepted for outstanding small business owners and advocates in a variety of categories. Nomination packets must be received by Nov. 12. Call 228-863-4449, ext. 223.

Through Dec. 1

Being an American Essay Contest. U.S. high school students and their teachers are invited to compete for nearly $115,000 in prize money and all-expenses paid trips to Washington, D.C. by writing an essay that is 750 words or less. The deadline is Dec. 1. Visit

Through Dec. 5

Habitat Hideaways at Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson (1260 Ellis Ave.). Buy raffle tickets for a child's playhouse to raise money to build decent, affordable houses for families in need in metro Jackson. The winning ticket will be drawn on Dec. 5. $20, $40 for three, $100 for ten; call 601-353-6060.

Through Dec. 18

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

Through Dec. 24

Farmers' Market at Old Fannin Road Farmers' Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon). Homegrown produce is for sale Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and noon-6 p.m. Sunday until Christmas Eve. Call 601-919-1690.

Through Feb. 28

Jackson State University Alumni Association Membership Drive. The Jackson-Hinds chapter is currently seeking new members to join the association. $25 membership; e-mail [e-mail missing].

Through May 27

After-School Enhancement Program at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The City of Jackson Department of Parks and Recreation's program takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Youth ages 7-12 may participate. Activities include studying and learning during homework sessions, listening to guest speakers, and participating in arts and crafts. Immunization compliance is required. Parents and guardians must also provide transportation and food each day. Registration continues until all slots are filled. Free; call 601-960-0471.


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. You can send your questions and comments in advance to [e-mail missing] or call the office for more information. The broadcast is also available on Call 601-982-8467.

Cancer Rehab Classes at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Activity Room of the Hederman Cancer Center 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. Registration is required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

You Have the Mic, at Afrika Book Cafe (404 Mitchell Ave.). The open political forum isfor discussing Jackson's current issues. Othor Cain and Mista Main of Hot 97.7 FM hosts the event Mondays from 6-8 p.m. E-mail [e-mail missing].

Ask for More Arts Call for Artists. Ask for More Arts is currently seeking artists to work with children in grades K-5 in the Jackson Public Schools district. Parents for Public Schools of Jackson is the convening partner. Call 601-969-6015.

Farmers' Market at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Shop the Mississippi Farmers Market for fresh locally-grown fruits and vegetables from Mississippi farmers, specialty foods, and crafts from local artisans. The market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-354-6573.

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 noon-6 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Free admission; call 601-987-6783.

Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562.
• Weekly Storytime. 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 and music. A puppet show is given on the last Tuesday of the month.
• Pearl Peanuts Afterschool Program through May 25. On Wednesdays at 4 p.m., children in grades K-6 will enjoy stories, crafts, snacks and special activities such as cooking, gardening, and puppetry.

Youth Women's Cycling Group in Ridgeland. Get fit while participating in a fun, recreational environment Saturdays at 10 a.m. The club is for young girls ages 13-17. Free; call 601-559-5577.

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