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Community Events and Public Meetings

Monday, Jan. 24
2:30 p.m., Book Buddy Volunteer Training at Boyd Elementary School (4531 Broadmeadow St.). The program aims to help children progress in school. Rebecca Starling of Jackson Public Schools is the trainer. E-mail [e-mail missing].

Tuesday, Jan. 25

8 a.m., Healthcare Reform Forum at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (921 N. President St., Suite C). Attendees will learn more about the health-care reform bill and the expectations of employers regarding health insurance. Other topics include group insurance, information about an insurance product that MCN is offering and the payroll tax reductions for employees. $60, $35 members; call 601-968-0061.

11:45 a.m., For Health's Sake: It's Time for You at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in Baptist for Women. Join OB/GYN Dr. Amanda Nicols to find out the key things you can do to protect and maintain your health. Registration is required. $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

6:30 p.m., Jackson Audubon Society Monthly Chapter Meeting at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Sean Sullivan, co-chair of the Sierra Club Borderlands Team, discusses the impact of the U.S.-Mexico border fence on wildlife. Open to the public. Free; call 601-956-7444.

7 p.m., State of the Union Address Viewing at Suite 106 (106 Wilmington St.). Organizing for America is the host. After the viewing, a discussion will be held about issues raised during the address. E-mail [e-mail missing].

Wednesday, Jan. 26

9 a.m., Legal Clinic at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project will offer legal advice in the Community Meeting Room. Free; call 601-982-8467.

9 a.m., Catholic Day at the Capitol at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). Catholics from across the state will gather and walk from the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle (123 N. West St.) to the Capitol. Participants will meet with legislators and tour the building. Catholic Charities is the sponsor. Free; call 601-355-8634.

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 a.m., Blood Pressure Checks for Seniors at T.L. Love Senior Center (2912 Holmes Ave.). The City of Jackson's Department of Human and Cultural Services and the staff of St. Dominic Health Service's Care-A-Van outreach program provides blood-pressure checks and glaucoma awareness information to qualifying individuals aged 55 or older living within the Jackson city limits. Free; call 601-960-0335.

11:30 a.m., Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership Annual Meeting at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The keynote speaker is retired NCAA basketball coach Don Meyer. $50, $450 table; call 601-948-7575.

Noon, "History Is Lunch," at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Mississippi Film Commission manager Ward Emling speaks on the topic "Mississippi in the Movies." Bring a lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6850.

Thursday, Jan. 27

9 a.m., Mississippi Education Achievement Council Meeting at Universities Center (3825 Ridgewood Road), in the IHL Room. The council establishes education achievement goals for the state, monitors and reports on the state's progress toward the goals, and prepares an annual report card compiled from the annual reports submitted by each state institution of higher learning, and community and junior college in the state. Open to the public. Call 601-432-6647.

10 a.m., Computer Class for Adults at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Learn the basics of preparing documents with Microsoft Word. Free; call 601-932-3535.

5 p.m., Credit Training at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Meeting Room. A BankPlus representative gives tips on improving your credit. Call 601-982-8467.

5:45 p.m., Jackson Public Schools Dads of Destiny Conference at Cardozo Middle School (3180 McDowell Road Ext.). The conference for fathers and father figures of JPS students includes workshops, dinner, door prizes and other giveaways. On-site registration begins at 4:30 p.m. Free; call 601-960-8878 or 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. Free; call 601-922-4968.

Friday, Jan. 28

10 a.m., EITC Awareness Day and Keep the Change Fair Jan 28, 10 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Free tax preparation is available to those with household earnings under $49,000. Receive information on education, banking, health and government-assistance programs. United Way and the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation are the sponsors. Free; call 601-965-1354.

11:45 a.m., Cervical, Uterine and Ovarian Cancer: Symptoms and Treatment at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Baptist for Women Conference Center. Join Gynecologic Oncologist Dr. Mildred Ridgway to learn about risk factors, preventive screenings, symptom, and treatments, including robotic and minimally invasive surgeries. Lunch is provided, and registration is required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

Noon, Brown Bag Luncheon at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Author Melanie Calvert Benton tells her weight loss story. Bring a sack lunch; drinks and dessert provided. Free; call 601-932-3535.

Through Jan. 28

Friendship Ball Honoree Call for Nominations. Jackson 2000 is seeking nominations for Friendship Ball honorees for 2011. Individuals nominated must be involved in building bridges among races in the community, and must promote racial harmony in their personal and professional lives. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 28. E-mail [e-mail missing].

Heart Day 2011 Registration at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). Baptist Cardiovascular Services will host its annual Heart Day Feb. 5 in the Baptist Cardiovascular Center. Pre-registration is required by Jan. 28 to participate. $50; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

Saturday, Jan. 29

Dixie National Livestock Show Jan. 29-Feb. 16, at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). The 46th annual event kicks off with horse shows and livestock competitions leading up to the Dixie National Rodeo Feb. 10-16. Free; call 601-961-4000.

8:30 a.m., Porsches & Coffee Breakfast at Broad Street (4465 Interstate 55 N.). The Magnolia Region Porsche Club of America's monthly meeting will be on the second floor. Prospective members are welcome. E-mail [e-mail missing].

6:30 p.m., Music Fundraiser for Northern Uganda at Hal & Mal's (200 Commerce St.). The event includes a silent auction of art and music memorabilia, and music by Taylor Hildebrand, Blue Mountain and the Kudzu Kings. Proceeds benefit A River Blue, a nonprofit that supports vocational training and rehabilitation of displaced youth in northern Uganda. $20; e-mail [e-mail missing].

Monday, Jan. 31

11 a.m., Blood Pressure Checks for Seniors at Johnnie Champion Senior Center (1355 Hattiesburg St.). The City of Jackson's Department of Human and Cultural Services, and the staff of St. Dominic Health Service's Care-A-Van outreach program provide blood pressure checks and glaucoma awareness information to qualifying individuals aged 55 or older living within the Jackson city limits. Free; call 601-960-0335.

Through Jan. 31

"Snow Happy for our Patrons!" Contest at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Come inside and guess the number of snowflakes on display in the library. The person who guesses the exact number, or comes the closest, wins a prize. Call 601-932-2562.

"Roof, Repair and Refresh" Project. Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson needs your votes for Pepsi's Refresh Grant. HFH/MJ is in the running for a $250,000 grant to "Roof, Repair and Refresh" the homes of Mississippi's low-income families. The grant will go toward critical home repairs for 50 inner-city households and will provide continued resources for the families. Vote online at refresheverything.com/habitatmetrojackson or send a text message of 104866 to 73774. Voting ends Jan. 31, and you may vote once a day.

Through Feb. 11

Adult 3-On-3 Basketball League Registration at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The Department of Parks and Recreation is conducting registration for the upcoming season. Interested individuals can fill out registration forms between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The deadline for registration is Feb. 11. There is a limit of seven players per team. $200 per team; call 601-960-0471.

Through Feb. 18

Women's Spring Basketball League Registration at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The Department of Parks and Recreation is conducting registration for the upcoming season. Interested individuals can fill out registration forms between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The deadline for registration is Feb. 18. There is a limit of 12 players per team. $325 per team; call 601-960-0471.

Through Feb. 27

Jackson State University Alumni Association Membership Drive at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). The Jackson-Hinds chapter is currently seeking new members to join the association. $25 membership; e-mail [email protected]

Through March 1

Congressional Research Awards Call for Applicants. The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are eligible. Only proposals submitted at dirksencenter.org/CRAForm/form.html will be accepted, and the deadline is March 1. E-mail [e-mail missing].

Through March 4

Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program Registration at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), at the Department of Human and Cultural Services, Suite 311-A. The City of Jackson's Family and Youth Division is accepting applications from youth ages 16-19 who are enrolled in school. Applicants must provide a birth certificate, Social Security card, a driver's license or state ID, and the parent or guardian's proof of income. Applications are accepted weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The deadline is March 4; space is limited. Call 601-960-2174 or 601-960-0326.

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 takes 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.

Ongoing

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 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 [email protected]

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.

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