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Community Events and Public Meetings

Septemeber 13, 2010

Monday, Sept. 13

5:30 p.m., Us Too Support Group Meeting
at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Hederman Cancer Center. In this support group for men with prostate cancer, you and your loved ones can gain encouragement and ideas from others who are sharing your experiences. Genetic testing for prostate cancer will be part of the discussion. Registration is required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

b]Tuesday, Sept. 14

8 a.m., MINCAP Business Seminar
at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The Minority Capital Fund of Mississippi's two-hour session will be in the Community Meeting Room. Call 601-713-3322.

9 a.m., "Teddy Makes it Bear'able"
at Vicksburg Convention Center (1600 Mulberry St., Vicksburg). The Vicksburg Convention Center and Auditorium will be distributing teddy bears to the Vicksburg Police and Fire Departments. The distribution is part of the "Make a Difference in Your Community" project. The bears help console children who are victims of car wrecks, fires and other traumatic events. Teddy bear and monetary donations welcome; call 601-636-3620.

11:45 a.m., Think PINK (People In Need of Knowledge)
at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). In the Baptist for Women Conference Center. If you have breast cancer, learn how to take care of yourself at this panel discussion. Panel speakers include Dr. Donna Lustig, Dr. James Burkhalter, Dr. Russell Rooks and Dr. Jason Murphy. Registration is required. $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

1 p.m., 8(a) Business Development Workshop
at Regions Plaza (210 E. Capitol St.), in Suite 1000 in the Conference Room. Learn about programs that provide capital, surety bonding and business counseling to small businesses. Space is limited; registration is required. Free; call 601-965-4378, ext. 13, 14 or 19.

6 p.m., Family-to-Family Education Course
Sept. 14-Nov. 30, at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive). NAMI Mississippi (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is offering the 12-week course to family members of adults with serious mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety and panic disorders, and others. Topics covered include brain biology, medications, side effects, coping and communication strategies. Classes are from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Registration is required. Free; call 601-899-9058.

7 p.m., A Katrina Perspective
at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Artists H.C. Porter and David Rae Morris will speak as part of the Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series. $10; call 601-974-1130.

NFL Youth Punt, Pass and Kick Competition Registration
at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The competition is divided into four age divisions: 8-9 years old; 10-11 years old; 12-13 years old; and 14-15 years old. During registration, proof of age is required. Registration forms may be filled out from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; call 601-960-0471.

Wednesday, Sept. 15

8 a.m., Key Elementary and Richard Wright Library Blood Drive
at Richard Wright Library (515 W. McDowell Road). Donate blood in the donor coach parked in the parking lot. Donations welcome; call 800-817-7449.

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.

10:30 a.m., "Managing Your Human Resources" Webinar
at readytalk.com. This one-hour webinar by the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits will provide an overview and introduction to staffing strategies, compensation and benefits, defining position responsibilities and supervision. Registration is required. $15, free for members; visit thedatabank.com.

11 a.m., "Free the Scott Sisters" March and Rally
at Farish Street Park (Farish St.). The march is at 11 a.m., and the rally is at noon. The march will begin at the park and end at the Mississippi State Capitol. The rally is on behalf of the Scott Sisters, who supporters say have been unjustly incarcerated for 15 years. Call 601-353-4455.

2:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church Blood Drive
at First United Methodist Church (100 Mount Salus Road, Clinton). Donate blood in the donor coach parked in the parking lot. Donations welcome; call 800-817-7449.

Events at William F. Winter Archives and History Building
(200 North St.).
• Noon, "History Is Lunch."
Mississippi State University professor Noel Polk talks about the life and work of William Faulkner. Bring your own lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998.

• 5:30 p.m., Education Foundation Trust 25th Anniversary Celebration.
The public is invited to attend. Former Governor William Winter is one of the speakers. Free; call 601-960-8935.

FORMCities Call for Design Proposals
, at Jackson Community Design Center (509 E. Capitol St.). Mississippi State University's Jackson Community Design Center (JCDC) will host a design competition and symposium focused on the inherent challenges and immense potential for socioeconomic and environmental reconciliation by addressing barriers created by an urban divide. FORMCities calls for design proposals to address the negative impacts of urban forms and transportation thoroughfares that have created visual, physical and psychological barriers along the lines of race, income and class. Student and professional teams may enter. The registration deadline is Sept. 15, and entries are due by Oct. 30. Prizes will be awarded in November. $60 professional teams, $35 student teams; e-mail [e-mail missing].

Thursday, Sept. 16

Amnesty Days
Sept. 16-17, at Jackson Municipal Court (327 E. Pascagoula St.). Amnesty Days allow citizens an opportunity to pay their tickets, court-imposed fines and court costs with the added advantage of having the warrant fee and the administration fee waived for each violation. Hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. each day. Call 601-960-1932 or 601-960-1948.

State Institutions of Higher Learning Meeting
Sept. 16-17, at Bonne Terre Country Inn and Cafe ( 4715 Church Road West, Nesbit). The Board of Trustees will meet at 9:30 a.m. both days for the purpose of discussing strategic planning and budgetary issues. Call 601-432-6647.

6 p.m., Highway 80 Corridor Public Forum
at Battlefield Park Community Center (953 Porter St.). Hosted by the city of Jackson and the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District (CMPDD), the purpose of the forum is to give the public an opportunity to review concept plans, maps and proposed zoning changes. Call 601-981-1511.

6 p.m., Precinct 3 COPS Meeting
at Jackson Police Department - Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0003.

6:30 p.m., "Community Empowerment Through Social Institutions"
at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in room 266 of the Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building. Part of the Medgar Evers/Ella Baker Civil Rights Lecture Series, a discussion panel will focus on community empowerment through family, church, and school. Panelists include Bishop Ronnie Crudup, David Watkins, John M. Perkins, Lescener Brooks and Robert Mack. Free; call 601-979-1562.

6:30 p.m., A Conversation About Communit
, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The event will feature a panel discussion on issues affecting our community, including poverty, race, health care and faith. Panelists include UMMC's Dr. James Keeton, JSU's Dr. Leslie McLemore and former Mississippi Assistant Secretary of State Constance Slaughter-Harvey. $50; visit operationshoestring.org.

7 p.m., Sixth Annual Fur Ball
, at Renaissance (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland) between Ruth's Chris Steak House and Mint. Proceeds from the silent auction and other activities benefit the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. $60, $110 per couple; call 601-497-4340.

Friday, Sept. 17

11 a.m., Certified Nursing Assistant Training Center Graduation
, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The ceremony will take place at Center Stage. Call 601-364-1188.

11:45 a.m., This One's For the Boys
at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.) in the Baptist for Women Conference Center. Learn the basics about what men need regarding their health. Dr. H. Jason Blalock, Dr. William Harper and Dr. Ron Kotfila will lead this panel discussion. Registration is required. $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

2 p.m., Heritage Baptist Church Blood Drive
at Heritage Baptist Church (5911 Terry Road, Byram). Donate blood in the donor coach parked in the parking lot. Donors will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card. Donations welcome; call 800-817-7449.

4:30 p.m., Ballyhoo Arts Festival
at Wired Espresso Cafe (115 N. State St.). Art by Steven Kirkpatrick, Christina Cannon, Hilda Henne-Abbott and others will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the Mississippi Wildlife Federation. Free admission; call 601-500-7800 or 256-509-0649.

7 p.m., Hinds County Human Resource Agency Awards & Recognition Gala
at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). This year's guest speaker is Dr. William Cooley, businessman and former Jackson State University Dean of the School of Business and Economics. $50; call 601-923-1794.

Foundation for the Mid South Do-Gooders Call for Nominations
. Foundation for the Mid South Do-Gooders is an online campaign inviting the public to nominate and vote for organizations and individuals contributing to or supporting great deeds within their communities in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 17 at midnight CST. Visit fndmidsouth.org.

Saturday, Sept. 18

6:30 a.m., Race Back to School
at Regions Bank, (947 N. State St.). Race to a Fit Future of Mississippi's inaugural 5K run and walk includes a free one-mile fun run for children. Proceeds benefit Davis Magnet School. $18 pre-registered, $20 on race day; e-mail [e-mail missing].

7:30 a.m., Cyclists Curing Cancer Century Ride
at Baptist Healthplex (102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton). The ride will be along the Natchez Trace. Participants will receive a T-shirt and lunch after the event. Rest stops will be stocked with water, sports drinks, snacks and fruit. Proceeds benefit Baptist Cancer Services' Serenity Garden for cancer patients and their families. $45; call 601-968-1248.

9:30 a.m., Office for Civil Rights Presentation
at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.), in West Trustmark Meeting Room 1. Hosted by the Dallas Office of the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, Dallas Office, and the Mississippi Department of Education, the topic is "Ensuring Equal Access and Promoting Educational Achievement and Excellence for All Students." Parents, community groups and advocates are especially encouraged to attend. Free; call 214-661-9625 or 877-521-2172 (TDD).

Noon, Fall for Kids Car Giveaway
at Gray-Daniels Toyota (104 Gray-Daniels Blvd., Brandon). Each ticket you buy gives you a chance to win your choice of one of 10 2010 model vehicles and a chance to win other prizes and trips. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Proceeds benefit Mississippi Children's Home Services. $100; call 800-447-9312.

6:30 p.m., Gospel Explosion
at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The concert will take place in the UMC Conference Center Auditorium. Proceeds benefit the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Renal Dialysis Program. $10; call 601-624-3246.

Through Sept. 25

The Blackout
. Buy an official "Blackout" T-shirt to wear to the Jackson State v. Valley State game on Sept. 25 at 6 p.m., and proceeds go toward scholarships and security upgrades at Jackson State University. Alumni in Motion is the sponsor of the fundraiser. $10 T-shirt; visit jsublackout.com.

Through Oct. 30

Farmers' Marke
t 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. 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. 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 Dec. 5

Habitat Hideaways
, at Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson (1260 Ellis Ave.). Buy raffle tickets for a child's playhouse that will be raffled off 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, 2011

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, 2011

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.

Ongoing

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 jacksonmedicalmall.org. 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 for discussing Jackson's current issues is hosted by Othor Cain and Mista Main of Hot 97.7 FM on 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 and puppet show 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.

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