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Events at Chateau Ridgeland (745 S. Pear Orchard Road, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-837-0493;

Let's Talk Seniors: Pet Care Tips April 5, 11 a.m.-noon Learn ways to care for a dog or cat. Light snacks included. Get pet treats to take home.

Pet Parade and Adoption Day April 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adopt a pet from the Humane Society. Refreshments and pet treats included.

Events at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road).

La Reina de Cinco de Mayo Mississippi Pageant, Segment 2 April 6, 2 p.m. Watch pageant contestants participate in interviews. Free; call 957-2800;

LifeSupport Medical's A Night to Remember April 6, 6 p.m. Health-care professionals are welcome to attend the dinner and networking event. Includes presentations, a cash bar guest speakers. RSVP. Free; call 601-376- 8146; email [email protected];

Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.).

City of Jackson Mayoral Candidates Forum April 2, 5:30 p.m. Women for Progress is the host. Meet the candidates for mayor of Jackson. Free; call 601-559-5755 or 601-259-6770; email [email protected].

American Board Teaching Career Information Session April 3, 4:30 p.m.April 3, 6 p.m. In the Community Room. Learn how to earn a professional teaching license. Teacher certification specialist Stephanie Dambrino is the facilitator. Bachelor's degree required. Online registration available. Free; call 982-8467;

Women's Health Expo April 2, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The American Cancer Society is the host. Get information on breast cancer screenings and prevention. Includes health screenings. The first 250 women to arrive receive a gift. Free; call 601-321-5514.

BAM! Health Fair and Fitness Walk April 6, 9 a.m.-noon Be Active Mississippi is the host. Includes a 2K walk, screenings, refreshments, games and guest speakers such as MPB's Ed Said. Free; call 982-8467; email [email protected].

Sickle Cell Patient and Parent Support Group April 6, 11 a.m. The group meets on first Saturdays in the Common Area. Free; call 601-366-5874;

Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.).

Rabbi Perry Nussbaum Lecture Series April 5, 12:30 p.m. In the Leggett Center. Civil rights icon Myrlie Evers is the speaker. Free; call 601-974-1000.

Auditioning and Acting for Film April 1, 5:30-7 p.m. Gain the confidence you need to survive the competitive audition environment. Acting veteran and director Jim Fraiser is the instructor. Class are Mondays through April 22. $75; call 601-974-1130;

Basics of Investing April 1, 6-7:30 p.m. Mark Maxell is the instructor. The class meets Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. through April 29. Registration required. $70; call 601-974-1130;

Starting and Operating Your Own Business April 1, 6-8 p.m. David McNair is the instructor. The class meets Mondays from 6-8 p.m. through April 15. Registration required. $70; call 601-974-1130;

Exploring Entrepreneurship April 2, 6-7:30 p.m. Joe Donovan is the instructor. The class meets Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. through May 7. Registration required. $100; call 601-974-1130;

T'ai Chi (Taiji) April 4, 6-7:30 p.m. Mike Chadwick is the instructor. Sessions are Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. through May 23. $140; call 601-974-1130;

Events at Mississippi Basketball and Athletics (2240 Westbrook Drive).

Boxers Rebellion Hybrid Kickboxing April 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jeremy Gordon is the instructor. Sessions are Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. through June 8. Registration required. The program is part of the Millsaps College Community Enrichment Series. $150; call 601-974-1130;

PrimeTime Sports Regional Basketball Qualifier April 5, 8 a.m.-10 p.m., April 6, 8 a.m.-10 p.m., April 7, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Boys and girls in grades 3-12 compete to qualify for the PrimeTime National Basketball Championship Tournament. Game times vary. Players must register. Free for spectators, registration fees vary; call 972-355-3788;

Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive).

NatureFEST April 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Includes a geocaching trail, digging for fossils, reptile demonstrations and a native plant garden. Free with museum admission ($4-$6); call 601-576-6000;

Adventures of an Ethnobotanist in the American South: The Herbal Remedies April 2, noon-1 p.m. The speaker is Dr. Edward M. Croom Jr., adjunct associate professor of pharmacognosy, School of Pharmacy, at the University of Mississippi. Free with museum admission ($4-$6); call 601-576-6000;

Monday, April 1

90 For Life Health Seminar April 1-2, 6:30 p.m., at Mississippi Public Broadcasting (3825 Ridgewood Road), in the auditorium. Author and biomedical researcher Dr. Joel Wallach gives advice on getting healthy, saving money and creating wealth. Registration is at 6 p.m. Space limited; RSVP. Free; call 601-540-7497.

6-8 p.m., Relationship Recovery Workshop, at Grace Christian Counseling Center (1414 Cherry St., Vicksburg). The 10-week workshop is for adults recovering from broken relationships such as divorces, separations or breakups. Sessions are Mondays from 6-8 p.m. Registration required. Limited partial scholarships available. $50 (includes materials); call 601-636-5703.

7 p.m., Blue Cross Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi , at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Enjoy gourmet dishes, a silent auction and live music. Performers include Hunter Gibson and the Gators, and Pryor Graeber and the Tombstones. Proceeds benefit Stewpot Community Services. $65 in advance, $80 at the door; call 601-353-2759;

Tuesday, April 2

10 a.m., Jackson City Council Meeting April 2, at Jackson City Hall (219 S. President St.). Open to the public. Free; call 601-960-1064;

26th Annual MSU Insurance Day April 2, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., and April 3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Mississippi State University (Highway 12, Starkville). Topics at the insurance conference include risk management, types of insurance and financial planning. The keynote speaker is "The Healthy Humorist" Dr. Brad Nieder. CEU credits available - fees apply. Registration required; space limited. $140 one day, $200 both days, $100 golf tournament; call 662-325-0357;

4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., American Board Teaching Career Information Session, at Flowood Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood). Learn how to earn a professional teaching license. Teacher certification specialist Stephanie Dambrino is the facilitator. Bachelor's degree required. Online registration available. Free; call 228-364-2225; email [email protected];

5-9 p.m., Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Night, at McAlister's Deli, Vicksburg (4200 Clay St, Vicksburg) . 10 percent of proceeds from food sales benefit the SCHF. Free; call 601-631-2997;

5:30 p.m., Jackson Public Schools Board of Directors Meeting, at Jackson Public Schools (621 S. State St.). The board holds discipline meetings on first Tuesdays and regular meetings on third Tuesdays. Open to the public. Free; call 601-960-8700.

6 p.m., Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee Meeting, at Byram City Hall (5901 Terry Road, Byram), in the boardroom. A Q&A session follows the meeting. Open to the public. Free; call 601-969-2913; email [email protected].

6-7 p.m., Montessori Academy of Jackson Information Session, at Corner Bakery, Madison (149 Grandview Blvd., Madison). Learn about the academic program for children ages eight weeks to sixth grade. Free; call 601-607-7377;

Wednesday, April 3

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Vicksburg Main Street Spaghetti Lunch and Silent Auction, at Lillian's (1306 Washington St., Vicksburg) . The fundraiser goes toward renovations for downtown Vicksburg businesses that sustained damage from a March 14 fire. $10 lunch; call 601-634-4527; find Vicksburg Main Street on Facebook.

Thursday, April 4

9 a.m., COMSTAT Meeting, at Jackson Police Department Headquarters (327 E. Pascagoula St.). The JPD shares the latest Jackson crime statistics at the biweekly meeting. Open to the public. Free; call 601-960-1375;

11:30 a.m., Summers Lecture, at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). In the recital hall. John Kaltner, professor of Muslim-Christian Relations at RhodesCollege in Memphis, speaks on the topic "Biblical Characters in the Qur'an." Free; call 601-974-1328; email [email protected].

Events in Fondren.

• 5-8 p.m., Fondren After 5. This monthly event showcases the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Free; call 601-981-9606;

• 6 p.m., fondRUN. liveRIGHTnow hosts the monthly pub run during Fondren After 5. Run two miles, and end the run with drinks at a different restaurant each month. Runners must sign a waiver. Parking behind Regions Bank off Lorenz Boulevard. Free;

5:30-7:30 p.m., Women's Fund 10th Anniversary Celebration, at Women's Fund of Mississippi (Plaza Building, 120 N. Congress St., ninth floor). Three major announcements will be made at the event. Bring office supply donations. RSVP by April 2. Free; call 601-326-3001; email [email protected];

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. Free; call 601-960-0001.

Friday, April 5

10 a.m.-2 p.m., "Spring into Health" Health Fair, at Metrocenter Mall (3645 Highway 80 W.). Hinds Community College nursing and allied health students provide screenings and information on several medical topics such as fitness, medical records and dental care. Free; call 601-376-4867.

7-9 p.m., Muslim Women Association of Mississippi Banquet, at Fondren Hall (4330 N. State St.). The theme is "Building Community: Our First Priority." MWAM is a charity that provides outreach services for the needy. $25; call 601-906-1131 or 601-894-2743.

Saturday, April 6

7:30 a.m., The Biggest Loser Run/Walk, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The event includes a half marathon, a 5K and a kids' race. Season 10 winner Patrick House and season 14 contestant Gina McDonald walks with the participants. Dan Evans performs at the post-race festival. Register by April 2 for a discount. $85 half marathon, $45 5K, $15 kids' race;

8 a.m.-4 p.m., Super Sitters Babysitting Class, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). In Busey Auditorium. The class is for youth ages 11-15. Topics include feeding, safety and basic CPR. Registration required. Free; call 601-968-1712;

8 a.m., Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walk, at Lefleur's Bluff State Park (2140 Riverside Drive). An expert birder leads the walk. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Call ahead if you would like to borrow a pair of binoculars. Adults must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee. Free; call 601-832-6788.

8:30 a.m., Rankin County Democrats Monthly Breakfast, at Corner Bakery, Flowood (108 Market St., Flowood). On first Saturdays, Jackson-area Democrats meet for breakfast and discuss current political activities. Open to the public. Free with food for sale Free with food for sale; call 601-919-9797;

9 a.m.-11 p.m., Traffick Jam Walkathon and Record Release Show, at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.). The walkathon is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and the concert is 7-11 p.m. Proceeds benefit Hard Places Community, a nonprofit dedicated to ending child sex trafficking. $10 registration plus $100 fundraising goal, concert: $10, free for registrants; email [email protected];

9 a.m.-6 p.m., 50th Anniversary Preservation Celebration, at Mississippi Petrified Forest (124 Forest Park Road, Flora). Enjoy admission discounts, exhibits and family-friendly activities. Live music and crawfish boil April 6. $1.10, .55 students; call 601-879-8189; find Mississippi Petrified Forest on Facebook.

10-10:45 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. $15, $40 series; call 601-352-2580, ext. 241;

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Homebuyer's Forum, at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Topics include securing a low interest rate, choosing a realtor and getting assistance with a down payment. Registration required; lunch included. Free; call 601-957-5602;

8-10 a.m., Wild Walk & Run 5K, at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). Check-in and on-site registration is at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Nature Conservancy. Pre-register for a T-shirt and good bag. $25, $15 ages 6-17, ages 5 and under free; call 601-713-3355;

9 a.m., Pearl Street Community Development Corporation Golf Tournament, at Sonny Guy Municipal Golf Course (3200 W Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The format is a four-person scramble. Awards given. Lunch included. Proceeds benefit the Youth Empowerment Project's youth mentoring program, and the Evening Stars senior citizen activities, food pantry and clothing closet. Registration required. $75 individuals, $300 teams, $5 mulligans, $250 sponsorships; call 601-214-2390; email [email protected];

10 a.m., Walk and Roll, at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, East Campus (1 Layfair Drive, Flowood). Walkers and wheelchair participants may take a route of one to three miles. Includes carnival games, face painting and more. Proceeds go toward research efforts at Methodist Rehabilitation Center. Virtual walkers welcome. Free registration, fundraising encouraged; call 601-364-3598;

6-9 p.m., Dancing with the Vicksburg Stars, at Vicksburg Auditorium (901 Monroe St., Vicksburg). Contestants include Delores Coomes, Dr. Kenya Gaskin and Wyatt's Hip Hop Group. Proceeds benefit the United Way of West Central Mississippi's Workforce Assistance Program. Donate on the website to vote for your favorite contestant. $20; call 601-636-1733;

7-9 p.m., Celebration of Light Event, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (4000 W. Tidewater Lane, Madison). In the Family Life Center. Mississippi Talent Education hosts the production that includes music, art, dance and storytelling. Proceeds benefit Little Lighthouse of Central Mississippi, a nonprofit for special-needs children. $10 in advance, $20 at the door; call 601-832-6901; email [email protected].

Sunday, April 7

2 p.m., The Yung Life Spring Kickball Game, at Legion Field (400 South Dr.). The tournament includes concessions and music from DJ T-Money. Free; call 601-454-7004 or 702-483-9074.

3 p.m., Thick And Proud Sisters (T.A.P.S.) Model Casting Call for Full-Framed Women, at Dreamz JXN (426 W. Capitol St.). Participants must be ages 21 or older and at least size 14. Wear stylish attire, bring or wear heels, and style the hair away from the face.. Do not bring guests. Chosen models will be in the November model showcase. Free; email [email protected].

3 p.m., Women's Summit, at Bass Pro Shops (100 Bass Pro Drive, Pearl). Butterflies by Grace is the host, and the theme is "I Will Pledge to Love Myself." Mississippi Link managing editor Othor Cain is the speaker. Free; call 601-953-5747 or 601-259-5254.

4-7 p.m., Thank You Reception for Senate District 28, at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road)Join newly-elected State Sen. Sollie Norwood for refreshments, music and networking. U.S. Congressman Bennie G. Thompson also speaks. Free; call [email protected].

Monday, April 8

International Week April 8-12, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). The Division of International Studies is the host of the week-long festival. Activities include sampling international food, a parade of flags, dance, sports and an awards banquet. Visit the website for specifics. Most events free, call for details; call 601-979-3972;

11 a.m.-5 p.m., C Spire Wireless YBL Golf Tournament, at Lake Caroline Golf Course (118 Caroline Club Circle, Madison). The Young Business Leaders of Jackson host the annual event. Registration required. Sponsorships available. $200, $800 team of four; call 601-201-5489;

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. Free; call 601-939-4243.

Through April 10

Miss Hospitality Scholarship Competition Call for Contestants, at Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau (111 E. Capitol St., Suite 102). The Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau is accepting applications through April 10. Women ages 18-24 compete April 13 at 10 a.m. The winner will represent the city for one year, receive a $1,000 scholarship and compete in the statewide pageant. Free; call 601-960-1891, ext. 308 or 601-979-4224; email [email protected] or [email protected].

Through May 10

Art for the Park Call for Art Submissions. The Belhaven Garden Club seeks silent auction art donations for the upcoming Art in the Park May 16 at Fairview Inn. The event goes toward the upkeep of Laurel Street Park. Free; call 601-503-5762; email [email protected]

Through May 15

North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest, at North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (457 Carrier Route 36, Enid) . Each student must submit a portfolio including an entry form and artwork with an outdoor theme no later than May 15. Winners will have their work included in Mississippi Outdoors magazine and Free; call 662-563-8068;

Through July 20

Mississippi Youth Hip Hop Summit and Parent/Advocate Conference Call for Volunteers. Volunteers ages 19 and up with youth that are not participating in the summit are welcome. The conferences are July 20-21 at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Free; call 601-354-3408, ext. 104; email [email protected];

Through Oct. 1

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 601-353-1633.

Through Oct. 25

Mississippi Nurses Foundation Volvo Raffle, at Mississippi Nurses Foundation (31 Woodgreen Place, Madison). Purchase tickets for a chance to win a 2014 Volvo XC60, a seven-day vacation to Sweden or $10,000. Winner announced Oct. 25 at the MNA Convention in Biloxi; winner does not have to be present to win. $50 ticket; call 601-898-0850.

Through Oct. 26

Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram). Open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 601-373-4545.

Through Dec. 21

Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and 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.

Ongoing Events

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.

"Good Twin, Bad Twin Unleashed." Calden and Alden Hopkins hosts the interactive talk show Mondays at 10:30 p.m. The twins present opposing viewpoints for Facebook fans to comment on. Like "Good Twin, Bad Twin" on Facebook.

Hill Training Workout, at Avondale Street and Old Canton Road in Fondren. liveRIGHTnow hosts the exercise session Mondays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 6 p.m. Free; call 601-717-2012.

Computer Courses for Adults, at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond). Classes usually meet once a week for four to eight weeks, and fees depend on the level and type of class. Call 601-857-3773.

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

Downtown Jackson Toastmasters, at Plaza Building (120 N. Congress St.). Meetings are Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. on the 12th floor in the Common Room. Call 601-940-5247; visit

New Foundation Toastmasters Club #702994 Meetings Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m., at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road), in the Nebraska Room. Practice impromptu speaking, active listening, evaluation and leadership skills. Call 601-918-5164 or 601-896-4400 for information on membership dues;

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 to [email protected]. 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.

Mississippi Roadmap to Health Wellness Center , at Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity (2548 Livingston Road). Options include aerobics and Zumba classes, equipment for resistance training and toning, and a children's gym. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. Free; 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 six two-hour sessions of dialogue and problem-solving to encourage racial harmony and community involvement. Six-week commitment required. Free; 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. Email [email protected].

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; email [email protected].

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.

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, Sundays, 3 p.m., at Chastain Middle School (4650 Manhattan Road). The sport is played with teams of seven who score by catching and throwing a disc toward an end zone. Free;

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.

Early Childhood Development Program. The city of Jackson offers child-care services for ages six weeks to 4 years at Jones Early Childhood Development Center (2050 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive), and ages 1-4 at Virden Early Childhood Development Center (3159 Edwards Ave.) and Westside Early Childhood Development Center (1450 Wiggins Road). Register weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at either location. Bring items such as proof of income, proof of residency, a birth certificate and immunization records; call for a complete list of documents. Call 601-960-0335.

Mission Mississippi Prayer Breakfasts. Mission Mississippi hosts the event on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m. to encourage unity across racial and denominational lines. Visit for a schedule and locations. Call 601-353-6477.

Zumba Fitness Classes, at Optimum 1 Dance Studios (Jackson Square Promenade, 2460 Terry Road, Suite 2000). The one-hour classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. $5 per class; call 601-918-5107.

Events at Ridgeland Recreational Center (Old Trace Park, Post Road, Ridgeland). Call 601-856-6876.

Yoga Classes. Learn gentle stretching poses and strength exercises. Classes are Mondays and Fridays from 11 a.m.-noon. Registration required. $10 per class.

Tai-Chi Fusion on the Reservoir for Seniors. The ancient Chinese martial art promotes flexibility, stamina and focused breathing. Held Wednesdays from 11-11:30 a.m. Registration required. $5 per class.

Zumba Fitness Class for Seniors. The Latin-inspired aerobics class for ages 40 and up is held Thursdays from 1-1:45 p.m. Registration required. $5 per class.

Sick and Tired, and Seeking SOULutions Saturdays, 4-5:30 p.m., at Afrikan Arts and Culture Studio (612 N. Farish St.). Our Community Against Racism hosts the forum on second Saturdays. The focus of the monthly forum is to provide African-centered cultural enrichment and work toward racial equality. Free; call 601-979-1413 or 601-918-5075.

Saturday Morning Weekly Walk Saturdays, 8 a.m., at Parham Bridges Park (5055 Old Canton Road). Dr. Timothy Quinn hosts the walk to promote wellness. Walkers should park on Ridgewood Road next to the playground. Free; call 601-487-6482.

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