Monday, Sept. 20
Project Homeless Connect Week Sept. 20-24. The week of events is designed to educate, empower and connect those affected by homelessness in the metro area. Events include the photography exhibit "That's Not All There Is: Snapshots and Stories of the Homeless" at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.), the One Stop Service Fair on Sept. 21 at Smith Park (302 E. Amite St.) from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. which provides resources for the homeless, The Mixin' It Up concert Sept. 23 featuring homeless and former homeless musicians at Smith Park from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and the Conference on Homelessness Sept. 24 at Galloway United Methodist Church (305 N. Congress St.) from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; call 601-960-2178.
4 p.m., Jackson City Council Work Session. The Jackson City Council holds its regular work session, open to the public. Free; call 601-960-1033.
6 p.m., National Crime Awareness Rally Planning Meeting at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Meeting Room. Participants will gather ideas and lay out an agenda for the Oct. 19 celebration. If you are unable to attend, please send a representative. Refreshments will be served. Call 601-502-4458 or 601-982-8467.
6:30 p.m., Jackson Bike Advocates Meeting at Jackson Community Design Center (509 E. Capitol St.). The meeting is open to the public. E-mail [e-mail missing].
Tuesday, Sept. 21
2 p.m., A Call For Change: HIV/AIDS in Mississippi at Cabot Lodge Millsaps (2375 N. State St.). A Brave New Day, AIDS Action in Mississippi and Mississippi In Action are the hosts. The advocacy training/workshop (registration required) is from 2-4 p.m., and the town hall meeting with the Mississippi Department of Health is from 6-8 p.m. Topics include the search for a new state AIDS director and necessary improvements on how the health department handles HIV/AIDS issues. Meals are included. Free; call 601-713-3999, 601-316-6373 or 601-944-1403.
5:30 p.m., Walking Forward Support Group Meeting at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Hederman Cancer Center. This support group for women with any kind of gynecological cancer is a great resource for sharing ideas and gaining encouragement. Dr. Mildred Ridgway will give an update on gynecologic cancers. Registration is required. Call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.
5:30 p.m., Jackson Public School Board Meeting at Jackson Public Schools (621 S. State St.). The JPS School Board meets for its regular session, open to the public. Free; call 601-960-8700.
Events at Jackson City Hall (200 S. President St.).
• 5:30 p.m., One-on-One with Mayor Johnson. Citizens who wish to speak to the mayor must sign up between 5-5:30 p.m., and time will be limited based on the number of people who sign up. Call 601-960-2378.
• 6 p.m., Jackson City Council Meeting. The Jackson City Council holds its regular meeting, open to the public. Free; call 601-960-1033.
Wednesday, Sept. 22
Noon, "History Is Lunch," at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Artist Glennray Tutor shows his paintings and discusses his unique approach to art. Bring your own lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998.
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. Call 601-968-5825.
Thursday, Sept. 23
Jackson Heart Study Scientific Conference 2010 Sept. 23-24, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The theme is "Toward Resolution of Cardiovascular Health Disparities." The conference will showcase new and valuable scientific discoveries in the field of cardiovascular and related diseases, offer information related to collaborative initiatives and create networking opportunities for interested individuals. Medical professionals, students, community members and Jackson Heart Study participants are invited to attend. Registration discounts apply for students and nurses. $275; call 601-940-9181.
Noon, Young Professionals Alliance Luncheon at Clarion-Ledger Community Room (311 E Pearl St.). The guest speaker is Jackson Police Department Assistant Chief Lee Vance. $10, $7 members; e-mail [e-mail missing].
5 p.m., Credit Training at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Meeting Room. A BankPlus representative will give tips on improving your credit. Call 601-982-8467.
5:30 p.m., Purse Strings at Hal & Mal's (200 Commerce St.). More than 50 designer and fashion handbags, wallets and accessories will be up for bid at the silent auction and cocktail reception. Proceeds benefit CredAbility by expanding the educational outreach to women on managing their personal finances. $45; e-mail [e-mail missing].
6 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. Call 601-960-0004.
Friday, Sept. 24
Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Call 601-982-8467.
• 11 a.m., Mississippi Blood Services Blood Drive. Donate blood in the Community Meeting Room and in the donor coach parked at the main entrance.
• 6 p.m., Jackson Heart Study 10th Anniversary Gala Reception. The event takes place at center stage.
6 p.m., Autumn Community Bike Ride at Rainbow Whole Foods Co-operative Grocery (2807 Old Canton Road). Jackson Bike Advocates is the host. The 90-minute bike ride will be followed by refreshments at Sal & Mookie's. (565 Taylor St.) E-mail [e-mail missing].
Saturday, Sept. 25
10 a.m., "Buy the Book" Book Sale at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). The event is sponsored by Jackson Friends of the Library. Call 601-968-5811.
10 a.m., Open House at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project's Farmers' Market (2548 Livingston Road). See the facility's new fitness center and rental space. Activities include a 5K run/walk, health screenings, a space jump, the Jackson Fire Department Fire House and other entertainment. Food will be provided. Free; call 601-987-6783 or 601-951-9273.
7 p.m., 2010 Light the Night Walk at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m. The annual two-mile walk is a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Mississippi. Donations welcome; call 601-956-7447.
Through Sept. 25
The Blackout. Buy an official "Blackout" T-shirt to wear to the Jackson State vs. Valley State game Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. 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.
Sunday, Sept. 26
4 p.m., Fifth Annual Cure Sickle Cell Walk, Run & Ride at Jackson State University, Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center (32 Walter Payton Drive). Enjoy the Metro Parkway by walking, running or riding a bike along the 5K route. Proceeds benefit the Cure Sickle Cell Foundation. $20 individuals, $15 team members; call 601-853-3402.
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. 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 Dec. 1
Being an American Essay Contest at River Hills Country Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). 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 beinganamerican.org.
Through Dec. 5
Habitat Hideaways, at Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson (1260 Ellis Ave.). Buy a 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 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 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Youth ages 7-12 can 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 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. 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 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. 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 can enjoy stories, crafts, snacks and special activities such as cooking, gardening and puppetry.