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Community Events and Public Meetings


Sept. 12, 2011

Fall Community Enrichment Series, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Most classes start the week of Sept. 19 and fall into the categories of arts and crafts, computer, dance, health and fitness, heritage and history, home and garden, language and literature, money and business, music, personal development and special offerings. Contact the Continuing Education office for a list of classes. Fees vary; call 601-974-1130.

Blood Pressure Checks for Seniors. The city of Jackson and St. Dominic Health Services provides blood pressure checks and cholesterol information to qualifying individuals ages 55 or older living within the Jackson city limits. Free; call 601-960-0335.
• Sept. 14, noon, at Smith Robertson Senior Citizens Center (505 John Hart St.).
• Sept. 19, 10 a.m., at Madonna Manor Retirement Center (550 Houston Ave.).

Sports League Registrations, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The Department of Parks and Recreation is conducting registration for the upcoming season from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Call 601-960-0471.
• NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition Registration through Sept. 14. The competition is at 10 a.m. Sept. 17 at Battlefield Park (953 Porter St.).
• Adult Flag Football Registration through Sept. 30. Limit of 20 players per team. Games begin Oct. 17. $325 team.
• Adult Fall And Winter Basketball League Registration through Oct. 7. Men and women ages 35 or older may participate. Limit of 15 players per team. Games begin Oct. 17. $325 team.

Monday, Sept. 12

5:30 p.m., Fondren Association of Businesses Annual Membership Meeting, at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The organization discusses business agenda, elects officers and gives leadership awards at the meeting. Light refreshments served. Call 601-960-6520 or 601-981-1658, ext. 20.

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 former NFL player and coach Irv Cross. $280 individual membership, $1200 corporate membership; call 601-506-3186.

Tuesday, Sept. 13

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.

Intro to Spanish for Adults Sept. 13-Oct. 18, at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). The workshop covers basic phrases, grammar and pronunciation. Classes are from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Materials included; registration required. $75, $70 members; call 601-631-2997.

7 p.m., Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series, at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in the recital hall. Jackson native Brunson Green, producer of "The Help," talks about developing the film from Kathryn Stockett's novel. $10; call 601-974-1130.

8 p.m., Online Girl Talk with an OB/GYN. Post questions ahead of time or ask questions during the online chat. Free; visit

Wednesday, Sept. 14

State Institutions of Higher Learning Meetings Sept. 14-15. The Board of Trustees meets at 9 a.m. Sept. 14 at Longleaf Plantation (78 Baker Road, Purvis) in the conference center, and at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at the University of Southern Mississippi (118 College Drive, Hattiesburg) in the Thad Cochran Center. Open to the public. Call 601-432-6333.

11:45 a.m., Jackson 2000 Luncheon, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The topic is "Diversity Through Storytelling," which includes a discussion on prejudice awareness. RSVP. $12; email [e-mail missing].

11:45 a.m., Know the Score for Heart Disease, at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison), in the Community Room. Join cardiologist Dr. Douglas Harkins to learn about cardiac calcium scoring. $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

Noon, "History Is Lunch," at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Mississippi Arts Commission grants director Larry Morrisey talks about his Mississippi Senior Cultural Leaders Oral History Project. Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998.

3 p.m., Tread Town Opening Ceremony, at City Center Park (110 Mary Ann Drive, Pearl). Tread Town is a playground that is accessible to children with disabilities. The celebration includes refreshments, music, giveaways and free tire checks. Call 601-932-3541.

Thursday, Sept. 15

9 a.m., SIDS Symposium, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the UMMC Conference Center, Room 1. Listen to panel presentations on ways to implement efforts to prevent SIDS. Refreshments served. Free; call 601-979-1345.

9 a.m., Branding and Design Seminar, at Vicksburg Convention Center (1600 Mulberry St.). Mississippi Main Street Association director of design services Randy Wilson speaks on the topic "Visual Merchandising for Main Street: Storefronts that Sell." Free; call 601-634-4527.

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 p.m., Bottom Line for Kids Dinner, at Country Club of Jackson (345 Saint Andrews Drive). Enjoy music from Patrick Harkins, a silent auction, a live auction, dinner and a presentation. Proceeds benefit Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, which assists abused, neglected and abandoned youth. $100; call 601-354-0983.

Friday, Sept. 16

10 a.m., UMMC Blood Drive, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Mississippi Blood Services takes donations in the Community Meeting Room until 4 p.m. Please bring ID. Free; call 601-984-2884.

11:45 a.m., Forecast for the Next Nine Months, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). Dr. Erica Ory separates fact from fiction on gestation, nutrition and exercise. Registration required. $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

Saturday, Sept. 17

7:30 a.m., Cyclists Curing Cancer Century Ride, at Baptist Healthplex (102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton). The ride is along the Natchez Trace. Rest stops will be stocked with water and snacks, and lunch is served after the event. Proceeds benefit Baptist Cancer Services' Serenity Garden. $45; call 601-968-1248.

8 a.m., The Market in Fondren, at Duling Green (Duling Ave. and Old Canton Road). Local artists and food producers sell their goods. Entertainment provided. Free; call 601-832-4396.

9 a.m., Jackson Audubon Society Annual Hawk Migration Watch, at Vicksburg Military Park, Fort Hill (Clay St., Vicksburg). Expert birder Skip Anding leads the expedition. Meet for carpooling at 8:30 a.m. at the McDonald's on Springridge Road in Clinton, or at the site in the parking lot or at Fort Hill. Free, $8 car entrance fee; call 601-956-7444.

11 a.m., Green Energy Expo, at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Gulf States Renewable Energy Industries Association is the host. Talk with companies about the cost-saving and environmental benefits of renewable energy. Free; call 315-440-9474.

Anusara Yoga Immersion, Part 1 Sept. 17-Nov. 13, at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). The prerequisite course covers alignment, props, breathing, meditation and poses. Classes are from noon-3 p.m. and 4-6:45 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5:30 p.m. Sundays. $500; call 601-594-2313.

Sunday, Sept. 18

International Symposium on Recent Advances in Environmental Health Research Sept. 18-21, at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). Topics include environmental toxicology, nanoscience, health disparities and environmental security. The pre-symposium workshop is at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) in the John H. Peoples Building Sept. 18. Registration includes materials and meals. $75-$300 before Sept. 17, $100-$350 on site; call 601-979-3448.

Monday, Sept. 19

8 a.m., Minority Enterprise Development Week Golf Tournament, at Whisper Lake Country Club (414 Annandale Parkway, Madison). Registration/check-in and breakfast is at 8 a.m., and tee time is 9 a.m. Golfers play in teams of four. The tournament ends with an awards ceremony and lunch. Pre-registration available through Sept. 15. $75 individual, $300 hole sponsor, $250 and up for team of four; call 601-948-7575, ext. 280.

Project Homeless Connect Week Sep 19-23. The theme is "Paving the Road to Self-Sufficiency." The kick-off service is from 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 19 at Poindexter Park (W. Capitol St. and Robinson Road). At Smith Park (302 Amite St.), the homeless service fair is from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 20, and the concert is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 21. The art show and reception is from 3-6 p.m. Sept. 22 at Stewpot Community Services (1100 W. Capitol St.). The homeless conference is from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Galloway United Methodist Church (305 N. Congress St.). Free; call 601-960-0335.

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 Sept. 25

Jackson Square Farmers Market, at Jackson Square Promenade (2460 Terry Road). Vendors sell food, clothing, crafts and other items in the parking lot. Hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission, $5-$10 vendor fee; call 601-372-7157.

Through Sept. 30

Mississippi Spay and Neuter Clinic Fundraiser, at Strictly Dancing (953 North St.). Bring a donation and attend classes in September at no cost. $10 donation; call 601-944-1315.

M-Power Communities Call for Nominations, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Nominate an organization whose focus is on literacy, health, workforce training or social services, and has a budget of $25,000 or less. Call 601-982-8467.

Through Oct. 13

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

Through Oct. 29

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 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. Donations welcome; call 601-899-9058.

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 Dec. 2

First Friday Free ADHD Screenings, at 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. 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

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 at two Dance Unlimited Studio locations. $5; call 601-209-7566.
• Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 9 a.m., at 6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite A, Byram.
• Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m., at 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. 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.

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 cell phones 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.

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