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Community Events and Public Meetings


Eighth Annual JFP Chick Ball July 28, 6 p.m., at Hal & Mal's (200 S. Commerce St.). The fundraising event benefits the Center for Violence Prevention, and this year's goal is to start a rape crisis center. For ages 18 and up. Seeking sponsors, auction donations and volunteers now. More details: and follow on Twitter @jfpchickball. Get involved, volunteer, and donate art, money and gifts. $5 cover; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16.

Monday, June 4
6 p.m., It's the Perfect Time: To Purchase a Home, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Meeting Room. The program for first-time homebuyers includes information on down payment assistance. Registration required; limited seating. Light dinner served. Free; call 601-982-8467.
Tuesday, June 5

10 a.m., Story Time Tuesday, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). A zookeeper reads an animal story, and the kids get to do a related craft project or have an animal encounter. Free with paid admission; call 601-352-2580.
5:30 p.m., Jackson Public School Board Meeting, at Jackson Public Schools (621 S. State St.). The board meets for its regular session, open to the public. Call 601-960-8700.
5:30 p.m., Cooking For Our Kids Fundraiser, at Children's Advocacy Center (961 Madison Ave., Madison) on the lawn. Enjoy dishes from local restaurants including Kristos, Strawberry Cafe and Local 463. Proceeds benefit the Children's Advocacy Center of Madison and Rankin Counties. $45, $60 couples; call 601-366-6405.
NAMI Basics Classes, Summer Session June 5-July 10, 6 p.m. The classes are for parents or caregivers of children and teens with mental health issues. Registration required. Free; call 601-899-9058 or 800-357-0388 for location information.
Wednesday, June 6

Noon, "History Is Lunch," at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bettye Coward talks about the history of Blue Mountain College. Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998.
Thursday, June 7
8 a.m., Mississippi Women's Conference, at Mississippi State University CAVS Extention Center (153 Mississippi Parkway, Canton). The theme is "Preparing for a Better You!" Speakers include Mississippi First Lady Bryant, Deirdre Danahar and Mandi Stanley. The luncheon is from 12:30-1:30 p.m., and the keynote speaker is Jason Bolin, celebrity stylist and editor-in-chief of Denim Magazine. Registration required. $50, $20 luncheon; call 601-859-5816.
10 a.m., Misssissippi Black Leadership Summit Regional Conference, at B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center (400 Second St., Indianola). The theme is "Moving Mississippi in the Right Direction." The goal is to ensure fair representation in the area of leadership throughout the state. Lunch served. RSVP; limited seating. Free; call 601-353-8452.
5 p.m., Light The Night Corporate Cocktail Event, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Join the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for cocktail, and learn how you and your company can help those with blood cancers. RSVP by June 5 recommended but not required. Free; call 601-956-7447.
6 p.m., Hinds GED Graduation Ceremony, at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (505 E. Main St., Raymond), in Cain-Cochran Hall's Hogg Auditorium. Mississippi District 29 Sen. David Blount is the speaker. Call 601-857-3913.
6 p.m., Dropout Prevention Town Hall Meeting, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Room. Participants discuss strategies to keep children in school. Dinner and door prizes included. Free; call 601-948-4725.
6 p.m., Precinct 1 COPS Meeting, at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0001.
49th Annual Medgar Evers Homecoming June 7-9. The event is in honor of the late civil rights leader Medgar Evers. June 7, the gospel concert at Word and Worship Church (6289 Hanging Moss Road) is at 6 p.m., and NAACP general counsel Kim Keenan is the guest speaker. June 8, the homecoming banquet at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road) is at 7 p.m., and actor Danny Glover is the guest speaker. June 9, the parade at Freedom Corner (Medgar Evers Blvd. and Martin Luther King Drive) is at 10 a.m. and includes the Choctaw Color Guard and Dancers, and the blues concert is at 4 p.m. at Edwards Livestock Arena (108 Mt. Moriah Road, Edwards). Free gospel concert, $50 banquet, $15 blues concert; call 601-948-5835.
7 p.m., "Fuel the New Year" Nutrition Workshop, at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). The topic is cooking healthy meals. $10; call 601-899-9696.
Friday, June 8
New Hope-McLaurin School Reunion June 8-10. The reunion is for former teachers and students who attended between 1946 and 1974. June 8, the kickoff is at 6 p.m. at McLaurin School (Star Road, Florence) and is open to former teachers and students only. June 9, the banquet is at 6:30 p.m. at Richland Community Center (410 E. Harper St., Richland), and attendees may bring guests. June 10, the closing service is at 12:30 p.m. at McLaurin School, and attendees may bring family members. T-shirts available for early registrants. $75; call 601-845-6873 or 601-845-3320.
Saturday, June 9

7 a.m., Blue Bengal Athletic Association Yard Sale, at Jackson State University, Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center (32 Walter Payton Drive), at the soccer field. The sale is a fundraiser for Jackson State University's athletic programs. Call 769-243-3996.
7:30 a.m., Just Have a Ball 5K Run/Walk, at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Registration is at 6:30 a.m. Pre-register by June 2 to get a discount and receive a T-shirt. Proceeds benefit The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, a nonprofit focused on childhood obesity prevention. $25, $20 fun run, $60 family (up to five); call 601-454-2420.
9 a.m., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Women's Retreat, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Registration is at 8:30 a.m. The Rho Lambda Omega chapter is the host, and the theme is "One Woman Can Change the World." $5; call 601-214-4281.
10 a.m., Critters and Crawlers, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The program for toddlers ages 2-3 and their caregivers includes indoor and outdoor activities, and animal encounters. Discounts available for members. Prices vary; call 601-352-2580, ext. 241.
"This Is a Man's World" Yoga Class June 9-30, at Energy in Motion (200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood). Tara Blumenthal teaches the four-week class for men Saturdays from 10:45 a.m.-noon. $50; email.
11 a.m., Putting on the Dog, at Great Scott (4400 Old Canton Road). The benefit for Community Animal Rescue and Adoption includes food vendors, a car show, a silent auction, a children's carnival, an arts-and-crafts market and live music. Dogs welcome. CARA will have dogs available for adoption. Free admission, food for sale, dog food/treat donations welcome; call 601-842-4404.
1 p.m., Let's Talk: The Young Adult Experience, at Cade Chapel M.B. Church (1000 W. Ridgeway St.), in the gymnasium. Young adults participate in an open forum about relationships, finances and other life issues. Light refreshments served. Free.
Through June 9
Sarah's Ducklings Online Charity Auction. Bid for items from local crafters and merchants, and fashion designer Hilton Hollis. Proceeds from sales benefit the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Visit
Monday, June 11
Unveiling History: An Exhibits Workshop June 11-15, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Students entering grades 7-9 learn about setting up and promoting a museum exhibit. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Pre-registration required. $150; call 601-576-6800.
Nature Day Camp, Grades 2-3 June 11-15, at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). The camp includes a variety of outdoor and indoor activities. Sessions are 9 a.m.-noon daily. Space limited; full and partial scholarships available. $100, $75 members; call 601-926-1104.
MCM Members-only Summer Camp June 11-July 27, at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The one-week camps for children ages 5-10 are held in the Education Center from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays through July 27. Fee includes a T-shirt and a morning snack. Attendees may bring lunch or buy a meal for $5. Additional fees for care before and after each daily session apply. $175 per week; call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-5437.
Camp WILD June 11-28, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Campers participate in indoor and outdoor activities that focus on Mississippi's ecosystems, and learn about the identification, collection and conservation of indigenous species. Sessions are June 11-14 for grades K-1, June 18-21 for grades 2-3 and June 25-28 for grades 4-5. $140, $115 members; call 601-576-6000.
1 p.m., Levee Board Meeting, at Flowood City Hall (2101 Airport Road, Flowood). Members of the Rankin-Hinds Pearl Flood and Drainage Control District hold their monthly meeting. Call 601-939-4243.
2 p.m., Look Good...Feel Better, at St. Dominic Cancer Center (2969 N. Curran Drive), in Classroom A. The program helps women undergoing cancer treatments to address appearance-related side effects. Registration required. Free; call 800-227-2345.
Through June 15

We the People 9*17 Contest. Constituting America seeks music, film, video and oratory entries related to the U.S. Constitution from college and law school students for a $2,000 cash prize. The submission deadline is June 15. Visit

Through July 7
Stop the Violence Essay Contest. Students in the Jackson Public Schools system are welcome to write on the topic "How is the violence in the city of Jackson affecting your future?" Submit essays by July 7. Three winners receive $100 and a trophy, and will read their essays at the annual Stop the Violence Rally. Email [e-mail missing].
Through Oct. 10
Poker Run, at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland), on second Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Participants receive five playing cards during the three-mile run/walk, and the people with the best hand and worst hand win prizes. After-party at Cazadores (500 Highway 51, Suite R, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-899-9696.
Through Oct. 31
Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram). Open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 601-373-4545.
Doris Berry's Farmers Market (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Open Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call 601-354-0529 or 601-353-1633.
Through Nov. 30
Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project's Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road). Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. WIC vouchers accepted. Call 601-987-6783.
Through Dec. 15

Run 4 Rehab. The fundraising project benefits rehabilitation services at Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital. Registered runners raise money for each kilometer run through Dec. 15. Donors determine pledge amount per kilometer; visit

Mississippi Farmers Market, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Call 601-354-6573. 

Through Dec. 24
Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon). Open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Call 601-919-1690.
Through Dec. 31

Your Vote Counts, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Students get to use a real voting machine to vote on a variety of issues. The Secretary of State's office is the sponsor. Free; call 601-576-6920.


Events at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland), at the multi-use trail. Open to the public. Free; call 601-899-9696.
• Weekly Group Walk. Walks are Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Walk two or four miles. 
• Weekly Group Run. Run 5.4 miles Thursdays at 6 p.m.
• Super Star Senior Adult Walking Club. The group walks Thursdays at 10 a.m.

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, at Dance Unlimited Studio (6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite A, Byram). The Latin-inspired aerobics classes are held weekly. Visit for a class schedule. $5; call 601-209-7566.

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 every first Friday of the month. Appointment required. Free; call 601-707-7355.
"Real Divas Read" Book Program. Divas 4 Charity seeks low-income women in college who are need assistance with purchasing textbooks. To qualify, students must have a grade point average of 3.0-4.0 and submit a one-page essay of why they should receive benefits. Benefits include an Amazon Kindle and e-books. The charity also sells $5 raffle tickets to fund the program, and a $100 gas card is given away each month. Call 508-443-4827.

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.

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 Dialogue Circles Program. The program includes sessions of dialogue and problem-solving to encourage racial harmony and community involvement. Email [email protected].

Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.) • Adopt-a-Park Program Registration, 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.
• ENCOUNTER Teen Empowerment Corps. 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.

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. The broadcast is also available on Call 601-982-8467.

Events at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), at Hederman Cancer Center. Registration required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.
• Cancer Rehab Classes, in the Activity Room 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.
• Positive Ones Breast Cancer Support Group. Baptist Cancer Services hosts the meetings on third Mondays at 5:30 p.m. 

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.

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.

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.

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. .

Zumba Classes, at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). The 45-minute classes are at 8:30 a.m. Fridays. Baby care provided. $5 per class; call 850-572-0055; .

NAMI Connection Support Group Meetings. The alliance of individuals with mental illnesses meets Tuesdays at 2 p.m. to share experiences and learn new ways to cope. Trained facilitators lead the meetings. Free; call 601-899-9058 for location information.

NAMI In Our Own Voice Presenter Training, at NAMI Mississippi (411 Briarwood Drive, Suite 401). In Our Own Voice is a public education program that allows trained speakers to share their personal stories of mental illness and recovery. Presenters commit to making at least one presentation per month for one year after the two-day training. Free; call 601-899-9058.

Gentle Joints Aquatic Program, at The Club at St. Dominic's (970 Lakeland Drive). The Arthritis Foundation sponsors the low-intensity water class. Sessions are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. Registration required; club membership optional. $35 for 12 classes, $60 for 24 classes; call 601-200-4925.

Events at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive). Free.
• Cancer Support Group Meetings. Cancer patients and survivors meet on second Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at the Canter Center. Additional meetings for women are on second Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Call 601-200-3070.
• Caregivers Support Group Meetings. The group meets on second Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the conference rooms. Call 601-200-6768.
• National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Group, 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.

Game Night, at Heroes and Dreams (5352 Highway 25, Suite 1650, Flowood). Play video, board and card games Fridays from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Free; call 601-992-3100.

Girl Talk Monthly Live Chat. Chat with an OB/GYN on second Tuesdays at 8 p.m. to ask health questions. Questions can also be emailed ahead of time. Visit

PRIYDE Recycling Drive, at PERICO Institute for Youth Development and Entrepreneurship (PRIYDE) (Jackson Medical Mall, 350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave, Suite 300). The youth advocacy group is collecting electronic equipment to send to FundingFactory for cash. Donate ink and toner cartridges, call phones, MP3 players, GPS devices, digital cameras and laptops. Call 769-251-1408.

After-school Tutoring Program, at Word of Faith Christian Center Church (4890 Clinton Blvd.). At the Teaching Center Building. Math and English tutoring are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. Students much be enrolled at a participating JPS middle school and receive free or reduced-price lunches. Snacks and transportation to the school provided. Registration required. Free; call 601-922-9323.

Remembrance Support Group Meetings, at University of Mississippi Medical Center (2500 N. State St.), in the University Physicians Pavilion, room MO-16. The support group is for those who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. Meetings are on first Tuesdays from 6:30-7-30 p.m. Call 601-984-1921. 

American Rosie the Riveter Association Membership Drive.  ARRA seeks to honor women who were involved in World War II efforts such as factory work, collecting scrap metal or volunteering with the Red Cross. Call 888-557-6743.
Events at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children 12 months and under and members free; call 877-793-5437.
• Tinker with Tuesdays. Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., children ages 4-11 learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
• ABC Come Play with Me. Wednesdays at 10 a.m., children ages 3 and under enjoy songs, games and learning activities to prepare them for preschool.
• Farm Bureau Spotlight. Fridays at 3:30 p.m., children ages 4-11 learn about agriculture and visit one of the galleries for a featured topic.

Ultimate Frisbee Pickup Game, at 800 Garvin St. Sundays at 3 p.m. The sport is played with teams of seven who score by catching and throwing a disc toward an end zone. Visit
4 Suits Bridge Club, at Flowood Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood). Players compete Mondays from 1-4:30 p.m. Free; call 601-919-1911.
Vicksburg Farmers Market May 5-July 28, in downtown Vicksburg, on the east side of Washington Street between Jackson and Grove streets. Open Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. through July 28. Call 601-634-4527.
Livingston Farmers Market (129 Mannsdale Road, Madison). Open from 4-8 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 11. Call 601-898-0212.
Art in Mind Art Program, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The Alzheimer's Association of Mississippi offers the program on fourth Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers. Participants tour the galleries and make art in the studio classroom. Registration required; space limited. Registration forms available at Free; call 601-987-0020.
Senior Aides Program. The city of Jackson offers the part-time job program to low-income seniors ages 55 and up. Participants receive assistance in finding a job during the training process. Applicants must have state ID, a Social Security card, proof of income and a utility bill to sign up. Call 601-960-0335.

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