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Community Events and Meetings

Sports League Registrations, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The Department of Parks and Recreation is conducting registrations for the upcoming season. Interested individuals can fill out registration forms between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Call 601-960-0471.
• Girls' Softball League Registration through April 29. A birth certificate and recent photo are required. $10 per player.
• Hershey's Track and Field Youth Program Registration through May 10. Youth ages 9-14 may participate. A birth certificate and recent photo are required. Free.

Jackson 2000 Study Circles Program. The program includes six two-hour sessions of dialogue and problem-solving to encourage racial harmony and community involvement. Jackson 2000 is looking for participants from all walks of life to sign up, and sessions will be scheduled soon. E-mail [e-mail missing].

Monday, April 25

12:30 p.m., First Commercial Bank/Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Tournament, at Reunion Golf and Country Club (880 Mannsdale Road, Madison). The tournament includes a tee gift, lunch, dinner, proximity and hole contests, on-course refreshments and door prizes. $1600 team of five plus celebrity; call 601-982-8264.

Tuesday, April 26

11:45 a.m., Raindrop Forum, at Raindrop Turkish House (900 E. County Line Road, Suite 4907, Ridgeland). The topic is "Major Challenges Facing Higher Education." Dr. Lee G. Royce, president of Mississippi College, is the speaker. Traditional Turkish food will be served. RSVP required. $15; call 769-251-0074.

6:30 p.m., Jackson Audubon Society Monthly Chapter Meeting, at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). The topic is "A Photo Tour of the Galapagos." Open to the public. Free; call 601-956-7444.

7 p.m., Winter-Reed Award Dinner, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The Mississippi Association of Partners in Education honors Andy Mullins, Dick Molpus, David Crews, John Henegan and Robert Clark. $60, $750 table of eight; call 601-605-0577.

7 p.m., Martha Foose, at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). The chef and author of "A Southerly Course: Traveling Foodways Close to Home" will prepare a dish on stage and share the recipe with the audience as part of the Millsaps Arts & Lecture Series. $10, $5 students, free with Millsaps ID; call 601-974-1130.

Wednesday, April 27

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Medical Technology Showcase, at St. Dominic Outpatient Therapy (970 Lakeland Drive, second floor). Learn more about the Bioness NESS L300, a technology designed to help individuals suffering from foot drop, a neurological disorder caused by diseases such as multiple sclerosis. By appointment only. Free; call 601-200-4920.

10 a.m., Senior Aerobics Class, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), at Center Stage. Seniors have an opportunity to get in shape and have fun while doing it. Tougaloo College is the sponsor. Free; call 601-977-6137.

11:45 a.m., Chest Pain Explained, at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison), in the Community Room. Cardiologist Dr. Alfredo Figueroa explains how physicians determine whether chest pain is due to a heart attack or another condition. Lunch provided; registration required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

Noon, "History Is Lunch," at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Former Mississippi secretary of state Dick Molpus talks about the restored buildings of the lumber camp at Bonhomie, near Hattiesburg, as well as adaptive reuse of historic buildings in Jackson. Bring a lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6850.

7:30 p.m., Take Back the Night, at Nu Vision Worship Center (4800 Watkins Drive). The Rape Crisis Center hosts the candlelight vigil against sexual violence. Call 601-366-0750.

Thursday, April 28

7:30 a.m., USDA Workshop, at Mississippi e-Center (1230 Raymond Road). The topic is "Creating Jobs and Economic Growth in Mississippi Through Recycling and Waste Reduction." The workshop is for representatives from municipalities, counties and other local government organizations, and municipal officials will receive two CMO electives for attending. Pre-registration by April 18 is required. Free; call 601-432-6865.

8:30 a.m., National Policies Workshop, at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (921 N. President St., Suite C). David Thompson, director of public policy at the National Council of Nonprofits, speaks on national trends in public policy and how they affect the nonprofit sector. Registration required. $25, free for MCN members; call 601-968-0061.

10 a.m., "Don't Be a Ruse" Uniform Fashion Show, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), at center stage. See employees in law enforcement, shipping and other industries model uniforms, and learn to spot fake uniforms. Call 601-982-8467.

11 a.m., Open House, at Nutrition Center (1190 N. State St., Suite 204). Tour the new location. get weight loss tips and sample products. Staff is available to answer questions. RSVP required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

11:30 a.m., Ole Miss Alumni Scholarship Luncheon, at Capital Club (125 S. Congress St., Suite 19). The Central Mississippi Ole Miss Alumni Club will present metro-area students with scholarships. Whitman Smith, director of enrollment services at Ole Miss, is the speaker. Reservations preferred. $15; call 601-594-4185 or 601-506-3186.

5:30 p.m., Jackson Public Schools Moms Conference, at Cardozo Middle School (3180 McDowell Road Ext.). Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. The event includes dinner, learning sessions, resources and door prizes. Free; call 601-960-8945.

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.

6:30 p.m., LGBT Support Group for Youth/Young Adults, at A Brave New Day (Fondren Corner, 2906 N. State St., Suite 204). Rise Above for Youth welcomes youth and young adults age 14-24 to connect with others in the community and to share experiences and resources. The meeting is held the last Thursday of each month. Free; call 601-922-4968.

7 p.m., March for Babies Benefit Concert, at St. Joseph Catholic School (308 New Mannsdale Road, Madison), in the Fine Arts Building. Opera singer Mary Margaret May performs. The event also includes a silent auction of items from local businesses. Proceeds benefit March of Dimes of Mississippi. $10 in advance, $12 at the door; call 601-984-2454.

7 p.m., Mississippi Heritage Trust Gala April 28, 7 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). MHT announce its "10 Most Endangered Historic Places" list for 2011. $50 in advance, $60 at the door; call 601-354-0200.

Friday, April 29

Landscape Management Spring Plant Sale April 29-30, at Produce Market Building (Highway 18, Raymond), next to the Gray Partridge Diesel Equipment Building. Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 29 and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 30. Proceeds go toward student projects such as convention expenses. Email [e-mail missing].

National Alliance on Mental Illness State Conference April 29-30, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The theme is "Building Community Partnerships." Open to professionals, family members, and consumers, presentations include information on the reform of Mississippi's mental health system, mental health resources for children and adolescents, the criminalization of mental illness, and the rights of consumers. $20-$100; call 601-899-9058.

2 p.m., Imagination Conversation, at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education is the host. The forum topic is the importance of imagination as a fundamental skill for competing in the global economy. Panelists include Johnny DuPree, Nicole Marquez, Malcolm White and Erin Hayne. Free; visit

6 p.m., Community Bike Crawl, at Rainbow Whole Foods Co-operative Grocery (2807 Old Canton Road). Jackson Bike Advocates is the host. Riders will leave the parking lot at 6:15 and make several stops beginning at the King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.) and ending at Sal & Mookie's (565 Taylor St.). Helmets and lights strongly encouraged. Call 601-454-1286.

6 p.m., Relay for Life Jackson, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Team members take turns walking or running during the 24-hour event. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. $10 registration, additional donations welcome; e-mail [e-mail missing].

Through April 29

Pages of Promise Book Drive, at United Way (843 N. President St.). Donate books needed for the Jackson Public Schools summer reading program. Visit for a list of books. Call 601-948-4725.

Saturday, April 30

7:30 a.m., JPS Fishing Rodeo, at JPS Environmental Learning Center (6190 Highway 18 W.). Students in grades K-12 are eligible to participate but must be accompanied by an adult. Fishers must provide their own rod or cane pole. $8 in advance, $10 day of event; call 601-923-2572.

8 a.m., FreeCycle Jackson, at St. Alexis Episcopal Church (650 E. South St.). Bring clothing, appliances and other items to give away to others, and shop for items to take home for free. Items must be clean and in good condition. Food and music provided. Free, donations welcome; call 601-944-0415.

8:30 a.m., Women in Politics Summit, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). The Rho Lambda Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is the host. The theme is "A Woman's Place: Developing a Plan of Action to Mobilize Women to Run for Political Office." Topics include navigating the qualifying process, accessing resources and developing a plan of action. Lunch provided. $20; call 601-927-2267.

9 a.m., WESToration Initiative Workshop, at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite C). The program enables new or existing homeowners in west Jackson to apply for mortgage loans to finance properties and pay for renovation costs. The workshop includes an information session, a neighborhood trolley ride, a tour of two homes and a discussion with financial education specialist Amia Edwards with CredAbility regarding credit repair. Please RSVP by April 28. Free; call 601-979-2255.

9 a.m., Mississippi Health and Wellness Expo, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The annual event showcases products, services and treatments from healthcare and wellness industry providers, and organic, natural and eco-friendly products. $5, seniors and children 12 and under free; call 888-987-3976.

9 a.m., Homebuyer Education Class, at Jackson Housing Authority (2747 Livingston Road). The class covers topics such issues, personal finances, home inspections and the role of lenders and real estate agents. The class is required to qualify for a Jackson Housing Authority loan. Registration required. Free; call 601-362-0885, ext. 115.

10 a.m., Alpha Kappa Alpha Spelling Bee, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), at Center Stage. Children in grades 3-5 compete for cash prizes. Free; call 601-212-5293.

10 a.m., Community Training, at Baptist Family Life Center (349 N. Canal St., Canton). The Mississippi Coalition for the Prevention of Schoolhouse 2 Jailhouse is the host. Learn to navigate the disciplinary process in local school districts. The goal of the training is to decrease the number of Mississippi students who are suspended, expelled or referred to alternative schools. Free; call 601-355-6464.

Noon, "Divas 4 Charity" Diva Sale, at Downtown Cafe (105 E. Capitol St.). Shop for new and gently used brand-name clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories. The price range is $25 or less. Proceeds benefit Kids in Need and Hope Haven. Call 601-974-5718.

1 p.m., NICU Reunion, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). The event is for children who received care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Refreshments and special activities included; registration required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

Through May 1

Summer Youth Institute Call for Applicants, at University of Mississippi (100 University Ave., Oxford). The Winter Institute and the Medgar Evers Institute are the sponsors, and the program will be held June 10-18. Bringing together rising high-school sophomores and juniors, the institute will provide training in leadership, community building and civil rights history. It includes workshops and field trips, and will focus on providing tools to participants so that they can support local community improvement. The application deadline is May 1. Students will receive some high school credit for participating. Free; call 662-915-6734.

Through May 2

Library Registration Assistance Awards, at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). In spring 2011, the Mississippi Library Commission will offer Registration Assistance Awards to library support staff applying for certification in the American Library Association's Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program. Applications are available at The submission deadline is May 2. Recipients will be selected by random drawing May 6. Free; call 601-432-4498.

Through May 20

MARL Summer Camp Enrollment, at Mississippi Animal Rescue League (5221 Greenway Drive Ext.). Campers will help take care of shelter animals and have discussions will animal experts and staff. A T-shirt and a snack are included. Sessions are June 7-10 and June 14-17 from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with a 13-child limit per session. Register by May 20. $125; e-mail [e-mail missing].

Through May 31

Summer Camp Open Enrollment, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Kids Kollege is now accepting applications for the Classic Summer Camp and the CDF Freedom Schools Summer Program, which will take place in June and July. Participants can take educational classes in math, science, and reading as well as recreational courses in sports, dance, and art. Children ages 5-17 are eligible. Call the office for fees at 601-979-1142.

Through Oct. 29

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. 29. Products include fresh produce, wildflower honey, roasted peanuts, jams, jellies, birdhouses, and baskets and gourds for crafting. Call 601-373-4545.

Through Dec. 17

Farmers' Market, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Shop for fresh locally-grown fruits and vegetables from Mississippi farmers, specialty foods, and crafts from local artisans, including the Greater Belhaven Market. The market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. During the peak growing season, hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call

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.

Jackson 2000 Study Circles Program, at University of Mississippi (100 University Ave.). The program includes six two-hour sessions of dialogue and problem-solving to encourage racial harmony and community involvement. Jackson 2000 is looking for participants from all walks of life to sign up, and sessions will be scheduled soon. E-mail [e-mail missing].

Jackson Public Schools Call for Volunteers. Jackson Public Schools is seeking volunteers from the community to be mentors for seniors enrolled in the Advanced Seminar: Employability Skills course. Call 601-960-8310.

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 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.

Weekly Storytime at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). 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, music and a puppet show on the last Tuesday of the month. Free; call 601-932-2562.

Youth Women's Cycling Group. 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.

Mississippi River Master Naturalist Program, at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). The program is open to anyone ages 18 and up and covers a broad range of naturalist education topics including the hydrology, ecology, habitats, plants, insects, fishes and birds of the Mississippi River. The course of study can be completed in as few as 10 weeks or as long as 1 year depending on the participant's schedule. The cost covers membership in the National Audubon Society and books for the course. The program can be taken for college or CEU credits through several regional colleges. Additional costs will apply. $350; call 601-661-6189.

Business Plan Workshops, at New Horizon Church International (Renaissance South, 1770 Ellis Ave.). Get hands-on, individualized or small-group assistance to develop your customized business plan. Sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.-noon or 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., and first and third Saturdays from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Appointment required. Call 601-371-1390, 601-371-1296 or 601-371-1427.

Tutoring Sessions and Peer-to-peer Study Groups, at Richard Wright Library (515 W. McDowell Road), in the Community Room. Sessions are every other Saturday from 9-11:30 a.m.; call to confirm dates. Students in grades 8-12 and GED students are welcome to get help with research projects, state subject areas tests, English, science, history and math. School supplies and snacks provided. Free; call 601-948-4725 or 601-372-1621.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Group, at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive), in the St. Catherine Room. NAMI Mississippi offers a support group for family members who have an adult relative with a mental illness on second Thursdays at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-899-9058.

Programs on WMPR 90.1 FM and

• Women for Progress Radio Broadcast. Dorothy Stewart and Willie Jones host the program on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. Topics include education, economics and politics. Call 601-918-5137.

• Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. Show. Every Friday from noon-12:30 p.m., Jackson mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. discusses activities, issues and other newsworthy items that are occurring in the city of Jackson. Call 601-960-1084.

CARA Recycling Program, at Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA) (960 N. Flag Chapel Road). Mississippi's largest no-kill animal shelter is earning cash for operating expenses by participating in the FundingFactory Recycling Program. They are collecting empty laser or toner cartridges and used cellphones from the community and sending the waste products to FundingFactory in exchange for cash. Donations welcome; e-mail [e-mail missing].

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