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Community Events and Public Meetings

Latasha Willis

Monday, Oct. 10

6 p.m., Jackson Touchdown Club Meeting, at River Hills Country Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). Members of the athletic organization meet weekly during the football season. This week's speaker is Southern Miss head football coach Larry Fedora. $280 individual membership, $1200 corporate membership; call 601-506-3186.

Tuesday, Oct. 11

8 a.m., MINCAP Business Seminar, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Meeting Room. The Minority Capital Fund of Mississippi gives tips on starting a business. Call 601-713-3610.

10 a.m., Mississippi Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, at Mississippi Fire Academy (Fire Academy Road, Pearl). Participants honor fallen firefighters Jacob Anthony Carter, Charles Foster, Larry Gressett Sr. and Joshua Wilkes. Call 601-932-2444.

10 a.m., Computer Class for Adults, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Learn how to use Internet search engines. Free; call 601-932-3535.

5:30 p.m., OurFondren Annual Meeting and Board Election, at St. James Episcopal Church (3921 Oakridge Drive), in Fowler Hall. The meeting includes remarks from JPD Precinct 4 Commander Wendell Watts and wine from Fondren Cellars. Visit

6 p.m., Mayor's Community-Wide Ward 1 Meeting, at New Jerusalem Church (5708 Old Canton Road). Learn about current Ward 1 projects, city job opportunities and available city programs. The WIN Center Mobile Job Unit is available starting at 3 p.m. Call 601-960-2378.

Wednesday, Oct. 12

8:30 a.m., Golf-a-Thon Scholarship Fundraiser, at Eagle Ridge Golf Course (1500 Raymond Lake Road, Raymond). Participants play as many holes as they can, and donors pledge an amount per hole. The suggested goal per golfer is $1,000 in pledges. Awards given. Proceeds benefit Tougaloo College's general scholarship fund. Donations welcome; call 703-624-2257.

8:30 a.m., College and Career Readiness Workshop, at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St.). The workshop provides school counselors with ACT test updates information on measuring college and career readiness. Lunch included; registration required. Free; visit

9 a.m., Creating a Strong Development Program in Uncertain Economic Times, at River Hills Country Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). The Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits are the hosts. Leo Arnoult of Arnoult and Associates is the presenter. Lunch included. $15 for MCN and AFP members and their guests; call 601-968-0061.

10 a.m., Disability Awareness Day, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The theme is "Walk in Their Shoes." The event includes a resource fair and a roundtable discussion at 1 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1863.

Noon, MIRA Advocacy Meeting, at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St.). In the conference room. MIRA hosts their monthly meeting. Lunch included, please RSVP. Free; call 601-968-5182.

Noon, "History Is Lunch," at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). For Archives Month, MDAH archivist Jim Pitts presents "Rebellion and Relics," highlighting Civil War materials. The public may share Civil Rights era memories as part of the "Speak Now" audio recording project before and after the program from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The recordings will be added to the MDAH archival collection and made available to the public. Bring a lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998.

4 p.m., "Tracing the History of the Delta Blues" Lecture, at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in room 215. Millsaps art department chair Sandra Murchison is the speaker. A reception follows. Free; call 601-974-1089.

Thursday, Oct. 13

Imagine Conference Oct. 13-14, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities is the host. Learn ways that people with disabilities can improve their quality of life. $25, $50 family of two, $100 professionals; call 601-969-0601.

6 p.m., Fall Economic Security Financial Forum, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), at Center Stage. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. The theme is "Keeping What You Own." Get tips on personal credit, homeownership, land management, and will and estate planning. Refreshments included. Free, donations welcome; call 601-898-0326 or 865-374-1666.

6:30 p.m., Cafe MIRA, at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St.). The Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance is the host. See the film "Salt of the Earth." A discussion and Q&A follows. Free; call 601-354-9355.

6:30 p.m., Little Black Dress with a Tie Event, at The South (627 E. Silas Brown St.). Strength Award honorees include Rob Jay, Dr. Debra Mays, Michelle Austin and the Junior League of Jackson. Proceeds benefit Dress for Success Metro Jackson. Sponsorships available. $50 in advance, $60 at the door; call 601-985-9888.

Through Oct. 13

Livingston Farmers Market (129 Mannsdale Road, Madison). The market is open 4-8 p.m. Thursdays. Call 601-898-0212.

Friday, Oct. 14

9 a.m., Ballin' 4 Charity Basketball Tournament, at George Kurts Gymnasium (125 Gymnasium Drive). Divas 4 Charity is the host. Proceeds go toward the Rock the Runway fashion show Nov. 4, which benefits Catholic Charities of Jackson Domestic Violence Center. $5, $140 team registration; call 601-321-4218 or 508-44-DIVAS.

9 a.m., High School and Community College Day, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in Kroger Gymnasium. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. Potential Tougaloo College students learn more about the school, financial aid options and other information. The Greek step show is at noon. Free; call 601-977-7772.

10:30 a.m., Friends of the Library Monthly Meeting, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). New members welcome. $5 annual dues; call 601-932-2562.

6:30 p.m., Free Language Class for Adults, at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). The class is an introduction to Spanish, French and English in a party atmosphere. RSVP; space limited. Free; call 601-500-7700.

7 p.m., Tougaloo College Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). Inductees include Attorney Herbert Lee, Dr Terralon Cannon Knight, Shirley Carson-Evans and Dr. Minion K.C. Morrison. $50; call 601-977-7836.

Saturday, Oct. 15

9 a.m., National Feral Cat Day, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Feral Friends of Jackson is the host. Learn more about the trap-neuter-return method to help control the feral cat population. Free with paid admission; call 601-978-3642, 601-940-2320 or 601-259-4254.
8:30 a.m., Super Sitters Babysitting Class, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). The class is recommended for ages 11-15 and teaches essential babysitting skills. The fee includes books, a boxed lunch and a snack. Registration required. $45; call 601-968-1712.

10 a.m., ACT Test Prep Course, Session II, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). The fast-paced presentation of test-taking strategies is designed to help college-bound students get higher scores. $70; call 601-974-1130.

Sunday, Oct. 16

10 a.m., Founders' Convocation, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in Woodworth Chapel. UNCF/Merck Fellow Angel S. Byrd is the speaker. Byrd is an Alpert School of Medicine doctoral candidate at Brown University. Free; call 601-977-7871.

Monday, Oct. 17

L.E.A.D. Conference Oct. 17-20. Four one-day conferences teach youth the importance of preventing tobacco use in their communities. Shaun Derik is the keynote speaker. Sessions are from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Venues include Lake Terrace Convention Center (1 Convention Center Plaza, Hattiesburg) Oct. 17, Washington County Convention Center (1040 S. Raceway Road, Greenville) Oct. 18, Oxford Conference Center (102 Ed Perry Blvd., Oxford) Oct. 19 and the Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.) Oct. 20. Free; call 601-420-2414.

9 a.m., Hinds County Board of Supervisors, at Chancery Court (316 S. President St.). The board holds its regular meeting, open to the public. Call 601-968-6501.

Through Oct. 29

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

Through Nov. 5

NAMIWalks Registration, at NAMI Mississippi (411 Briarwood Drive, Suite 401). NAMIWalks is an annual walk to raise funds for NAMI Mississippi, a local branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to providing support, education and advocacy for consumers of mental health services and their family members. Visit to join an existing team, form a new team, walk as an individual or become a sponsor. Each team member who raises at least $100 will receive a T-shirt. Join JFP's team at Donations welcome; call 601-899-9058.

Through Nov. 11

Small Business Awards Call for Nominations. Submit nominees for the Small Business Administration's Small Business Person of the Year and Small Business Champion awards by Nov. 11. Nominees are honored during National Small Business Week May 20 - 26, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Visit

Through Nov. 12

Old Farmers Market (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Hours are 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-354-0529 or 601-353-1633.

Through Nov. 16

Nature Nuts Preschool Program, at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). The nature discovery program is for children ages 2-5. Sessions are held on third Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. Registration required. Receive a $2 discount for each additional child. $8 per session, $5 members; call 601-926-1104.

Versatility Exercise and Health Education Program, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). In the Owens Health and Wellness Center, room 223. Seora Casper leads the exercise class on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:45 p.m. through Nov. 16. Registration required; space limited. Free; call 601-977-7797.

Through Nov. 28

Cartoon Basketball League Registration, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Parents may register youth ages 8-14 from 8 a.m.-5 pm. weekdays. Birth certificate and photograph required. The deadline is Nov. 28, and games begin Jan. 7. $10 registration fee; call 601-960-0471.

Through Dec. 2

First Friday Free ADHD Screenings, at the office of Suzanne Russell, LPC (665 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Licensed professional counselor Suzanne Russell offers free 30-minute ADHD screenings for children on first Fridays through Dec. 2. Appointment required. Free; call 601-707-7355.

Through Dec. 17

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. Hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 601-354-6573.

Through Dec. 24

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 May 22

Leadership, Personal Development and Life Skills Seminar Series, at Operation Shoestring (1711 Bailey Ave.). Operation Shoestring and Kuumba Promos host the seminars on first and third Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. during the school year. The purpose is to introduce leadership skills, life management skills and cultural pride to local youth. Enrollment required. Free; call 601-353-3663 or 601-957-2969.


Toastmasters Club Meetings. Improve your communication skills, and become a better speaker and leader. Membership required.
• Public Policy Club 8689 Meetings, at Universities Center (3825 Ridgewood Road). The group meets on first and third Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. in the computer lab. Call 601-540-8472 or 601-432-6277; visit
• "Guess Who's Talking Now" Club 3284 Meetings, at Woolfolk Building (501 N. West St.). The group meets from noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays in the conference room on the first floor. Call 601-359-6653 or 601-359-2573; visit

Zumba Fitness Classes. The Latin-inspired aerobics classes are held weekly at two Dance Unlimited Studio locations. Visit for class schedule information. $5; call 601-209-7566.
• 6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite A, Byram.
• 3091 Highway 49 South, Suite E, Florence.

Fitness Center, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project's Farmers' Market (2548 Livingston Road). Options include aerobics and Zumba classes, equipment for resistance training and toning, and access to a personal trainer. No joining fee or long-term commitment is required. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays. $20 per month; call 601-987-6783.

Diabetes Support Group Meetings, at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison). Baptist Nutrition Center hosts the meetings on third Thursdays at 1 p.m. Free; call 601-973-1624.

Adopt-a-Park Program Registration, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), at the Department of Parks and Recreation. Organizations and businesses are encouraged to sign up to help maintain Jackson parks and trails by picking up litter, landscaping and painting. Call 601-960-0471.

Venture Incubator Talk and Tour Open House, at Venture Incubator (City Centre Building, 200 S. Lamar St., South Tower, 10th floor). Potential or current small business owners, and professionals interested in mentoring small business owners are welcome to meet with Wes Holsapple, president and CEO, and tour the facilities on Mondays from 5-6 p.m. and Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. Refreshments served. Free; call 601-414-0140.

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. Email [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.

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 Wednesday from 1:30-2:30 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; email [e-mail missing].

Adopt-a-Park Program Registration, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), at the Department of Parks and Recreation. Organizations and businesses are encouraged to sign up to help maintain Jackson parks and trails by picking up litter, landscaping and painting. Call 601-960-0471.

Fitness Camp, at Lake Hico Park (4801 Watkins Drive). Do cardiovascular and strength training exercises, and learn about proper nutrition. Sessions are from 8-9 a.m. Saturdays. $20; call 601-331-8468.

Yu-Gi-Oh Tournaments, at Java Ink (420 Roberts St., Pearl). Compete and trade cards with other fans at 2 p.m. Sundays. Admission varies each week; call 601-397-6292.

ENCOUNTER Teen Empowerment Corps, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). On first Tuesdays from 6:30-8 p.m., Youth Solutions hosts a rally for teens in the Community Room. Activities include spending time with mentors, motivational talks, IGNITE Vocal Talent rehearsal, teen dramas and character development. Free; call 601-829-0323.

Home Repair Grant Call for Applicants, at Hood Building (200 S. President St.), in suite 316. Seniors 62 and older or disabled citizens may apply between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Bring valid photo ID, a deed or warranty deed, proof of income, homeowner's insurance and a Social Security card. Call 601-960-1438 or 601-960-1491.

On Location TV, on Comcast channel 18. Host and producer Phyllis "Peaches" Robinson spotlights people, places and events in Jackson. The variety talk show airs at 8:30 p.m. Sundays and 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Send an email if you have a story idea for the show. E-mail [e-mail missing].

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