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Events at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.).

DeafFest Mississippi May 3, 7-9 p.m., and May 4, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Keith Wann and Wink perform on Adult Night May 3. May 4, Enjoy the Deaf Dash 5K at 7:30 a.m., performances at 11 a.m. and artist booths. Performers include the Anderson Twins, Magic Morgan and Lilliana, Peter Cook and more. Free admission, $15 Adult Night (ages 18 and up), Deaf Dash: $25, $15 children;

Positioned for Progress Conference May 6-7. The annual conference is for nonprofits and mission-based agencies. Topics include community engagement, money matters, leadership and volunteering. Keynote speakers include Entergy CEO Leo Denault and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. $179 through April 5, $199 through April 26, $249 on site;

Jackson State University Spring Commencements. Free; visit

Commencement for Graduate Students May 3, 6 p.m. at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. Dr. Hank Bounds of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning is the speaker.

Commencement for Undergraduate Students May 4, 8 a.m., at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St.). Actor and youth advocate Hill Harper is the speaker.

Monday, April 29

6 p.m., Canton Mayoral Candidates Forum , at Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton). The Canton Chamber of Commerce Main Street Association is the host. The meet and greet is at 6 p.m., and the forum is at 6:30 p.m. Residents may also tune in to WMGO 1370 AM to hear the forum. Free; call 601-859-4830; email [email protected];

Tuesday, April 30

9 a.m., Freedom Riders Pilgrimage Stop , at Medgar Evers Library (4215 Medgar Evers Blvd.), in front of the statue. The Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement is the host. Learn more about the pilgrimage to sites where civil rights workers were slain. Free; call 601-977-7914 or 601-918-7809.

6 p.m., Mayor Johnson's Debate Watch Party April 30, at Fondren Hall (4330 N. State St.). Open to the public. Refreshments served. Free; call 601-398-1649.

6:30-7:30 p.m., YogaONE, at Gallery1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). The yoga class includes breathing exercises, gentle movements and guided meditation. Dress comfortably and bring a mat. Free; call 601-960-9250; email [email protected].

7-9 p.m., Battle of Port Gibson 150th Anniversary, at Vicksburg National Military Park (3201 Clay St., Vicksburg). Park ranger Dr. David Slay gives a multimedia presentation in the auditorium. $8 per vehicle, $4 per pedestrian or cyclist; call 601-636-0583;

7 p.m., Whole Food Movement Lecture, at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Speakers include Robin Mather, senior associate editor at The Good Earth News Magazine, and Felder Rushing, gardening writer and host of "The Gestault Gardener." The program is part of the Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series. $10; call 601-974-1130;

7-8:30 p.m., Jackson Mayoral Candidates Debate, at Mississippi College School of Law (151 E. Griffith St.), in the student auditorium. The League of Women Voters hosts the debate that also airs on WAPT's secondary channel 16-2. Free; call 601-372-8851 or 601-362-8577.

Through April 30

United Way's Pages of Promise Summer Reading Book Drive . Donate books at United Way, Lemuria Books, the Mississippi Coliseum box office, any Jackson-Hinds library and any JPS school (starting April 1). Free; call 601-948-4725;

Mississippi Department of Mental Health Online Survey. The department seeks input regarding core services at community mental health centers. Participants must be willing to be identified to respond. The survey closes April 30. Free;

Wednesday, May 1

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Free Mental Health Screenings, at Hinds Behavioral Health Services (3450 Highway 80 W.). Adults receive screenings in honor of Mental Health Month. Free; call 601-321-2400.

11 a.m., Tees for Tots Golf Tournament, at Castlewoods Country Club (403 Bradford Drive, Brandon). Registration and lunch is at 11 a.m., and tee time is at 12:30 p.m. The format is a three-person scramble. Proceeds benefit Little Light House of Central Mississippi, a center for children and infants with special needs. Space limited. $100-$125 individuals, $300-$375 team of three, sponsorships start at $25; call 601-992-1942;

Noon, History Is Lunch , at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Myrlie Evers-Williams talks about her late husband, civil rights activist Medgar Evers, on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Free; call 601-576-6998.

1 p.m., ADA Advisory Council Meeting, at Jackson Department of Human and Cultural Services (1000 Metrocenter Drive). The council meets to address issues regarding citizens with disabilities in Jackson. Open to the public. Free; call 601-960-1863; email [email protected].

5:30 p.m., Women for Progress Monthly Meeting, at the home of Mary Levy (1528 Lakeside Drive). This month's topic is mental health. Potential members welcome. RSVP by April 30. Free; call 601-259-6770; email [email protected].

Thursday, May 2

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. Call 601-960-1375;

10 a.m.-6 p.m., CARA's Jail-N-Bail Fundraiser, at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Between Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and Mint. Pay to have someone "arrested," and the person must raise funds to be released. Proceeds go towards new kennels for the animal shelter. $25 to raise $250 or $50 to raise $500; call 601-953-3692 or 601-842-4404.

11:30 a.m., Play the Wild Side Benefit Golf Tournament, at Live Oaks Golf Club (11200 Highway 49 N.). Registration is at 11:30 a.m., lunch and a putting contest take place at 11:45 a.m., and tee time is at 1 p.m. The tournament is a fundraiser for the Clinton Community Nature Center. $75, $300 team of four, sponsorships start at $100; call 601-926-1104;

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., Fondren After 5K, The race starts at Duling Avenue and North State Street. After-party at Babalu; Patrick Harkins performs. Registration required; space limited. $20; find Fondren After 5K on Facebook. 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, May 3

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.

7 a.m.-4 p.m., Book Fair, at Madison River Oaks Medical Center (1421 E. Peace St., Canton). The Madison River Oaks Volunteer Auxiliary hosts the sale in the Multipurpose Room. Prices vary; call 601-855-4000.

9 p.m., Jackson Mayoral Candidates Town Hall Meeting Broadcast, at WRBJ (broadcast channel 34, Comcast channel 8). See the debate that took place April 28 at Word and Worship Church. Good Twin, Bad Twin Unleashed is the sponsor. Free; call 601-291-3157 or 601-906-7254; email [email protected].

Saturday, May 4

7 a.m.-2 p.m., Youth Fishing Day , at Lake Dockery (Lake Dockery Drive, Byram). The event is for youth ages 15 and under who are accompanied by an adult with a valid Mississippi fishing license. Free; call 601-372-7791;

7 a.m., Youth Fishing Rodeo, at Legion State Park (635 Legion State Park Drive, Louisville). At Lake Toppasha. The event is for children ages 15 and under. Bring fishing gear, catfish bait and stringers. Free; call 662-773-8323 or 601-432-2200.

8 a.m., Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walk Jan. 5, 8 a.m.Feb. 2, 8 a.m.March 2, 8 a.m.April 6, 8 a.m.May 4, 8 a.m.June 1, 8 a.m.July 6, 8 a.m.Aug. 3, 8 a.m.Sept. 7, 8 a.m.Oct. 5, 8 a.m.Nov. 2, 8 a.m.Dec. 7, 8 a.m., 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 at 8:30am, 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., March for Babies, at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). Registration is at 8 a.m. Proceeds from the annual three-mile walk benefits the March of Dimes. Fundraising encouraged; call 601-933-1071;

9-10 a.m., Walk Against Crime, at Vicksburg City Hall (1401 Walnut St., Vicksburg). The Vicksburg Police Department is the host. The walk is in honor of families affected by violent crimes. Free; call 601-218-7577 or 601-218-0402.

10 a.m.-3 p.m., International Migratory Bird Day, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive) May 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy bird watching and other hands-on outdoor activities. $6, $5 seniors, $4 ages 3-18, children under 3 and members free; call 601-576-6000;

10 a.m., Black Family Health Expo and Asthma Super Saturday, at Battlefield Park (953 Porter St.). The Rho Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is the host. Includes information booths, free health screenings, food, line dancing and children's activities. Enter for a chance to win $100. Free; email [email protected].

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mississippi Governors Day, at Lexington Multi-purpose Complex Center (22521 Depot St., Lexington). The event is in honor of Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, all former governors and their descendants. Includes a forum and luncheon, a flower show, an art show, concessions, a silent auction and entertainment. $100 forum and luncheon, free admission to other events; call 601-953-4169;

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., National Lemonade Day, at Spann Elementary School (1615 Brecon Drive). The Wisdom Foundation of Jackson hosts the sale. Purchase lemonade from budding child entrepreneurs. Volunteers welcome. Free; call 513-703-8256; email [email protected];

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Paralympic Experience, at Tatum Park (101 Parkway Blvd., Hattiesburg). The event introduces with physical disabilities and visual impairments to paralympic sports. Parents, teachers, program leaders and rehabilitation specialists welcome. Free; call 601-918-5830; email [email protected];

11 a.m., Sickle Cell Patient and Parent Support Group, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The group meets on first Saturdays in the Common Area. Free; call 601-366-5874;

11 a.m.-3 p.m., Swap, Sell and Buy Party, at Towne Park (corner of Main and Buschman streets, Hattiesburg). The Two Headed Woman, a fashion alteration and reconstruction company, is the host. Sign up for vendor space to swap, sell or buy products. Proceeds benefit a local charity to be announced later. Donate items such as plastic bags, tables and chairs. Free; call 601-608-8359 or 601-398-8357; email [email protected] or [email protected].

Noon-11 p.m., Cinco de Mayo Mississippi Festival, at downtown Jackson between Capitol and Congress streets, including Smith Park (Yazoo Street). The festival includes a parade, food vendors, rides, jewelry and crafts for sale, children's activities, concerts, and the crowning of Miss Cinco de Mayo Mississippi (for 10th-12th grade girls). 5K run at 8 a.m. benefits Batson Children's Hospital. $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 ages 6-11, ages 5 and under free, fees apply for pageant entry and race;

Noon-6 p.m., It's a Spring Thing Festival, at Manhattan Park (5401 Manhattan Road). Learn about the Genesis and Light Center's upcoming youth summer program, and enjoy music, games, a talent show and giveaways. Free admission; call 601-362-6736.

1-2 p.m., NICU Reunion, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). In the atrium. Children who received care in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit reunite with staff. Includes refreshments and games. Registration required. Free; call 601-948-6262;

4-10 p.m., Day at the Derby, at The Cotton Market Venue (South Pearson Road, Richland). Enjoy watching the Kentucky Derby on television, refreshments, a silent auction and a $2,500 drawdown. The Jackson All-Stars and Dirty Laundry perform. Hats and colorful ties welcome. Proceeds benefit the University Transplant Guild. Adults only. $75-$250; call 601-906-5499;

7 p.m., Wishmaker's Ball , at Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews Drive). The Kentucky Derby-style gala is a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Mississippi. Includes live and silent auctions, dinner, dancing and appearances from Make-A-Wish children. Sponsorships available. $100, $150 couples; call 601-366-9474, ext. 1305; email [email protected];

Through May 4

JFP Chef Week. Enjoy a signature dish from participating chefs at local restaurants, and proceeds go to a local charity. Call 601-362-6121, ext. 11;

Sunday, May 5

3-7 p.m., Jackson Adult Kickball League Games, at Legion Field (400 South Drive). Teams consist of adults ages 25-60, and a game begins each hour. Concessions sold. The league is part of the World Adult Kickball Association. Free; email [email protected].

6:30 p.m., The Band Perry, at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The country music group is known for songs such as "If I Die Young" and "Better Dig Two." Proceeds benefit the Mind Center, UMMC's Alzheimer's and dementia research program. $25-$42; call 800-745-3000;

Monday, May 6

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

11:30 a.m., Magnolia Speech School Golf Classic, at Reunion Golf and Country Club (150 Greensward Drive, Madison). Registration and lunch is at 11 a.m., and the shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit Magnolia Speech School. $200 and up; call 601-605-8784; email [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 May 22

Land's End to John O'Groats Cycling Fundraiser MondaysTuesdaysWednesdaysThursdaysFridaysSaturdays Local business owner and cyclist Peter Sharp takes a 14-day, 1,000-mile bike ride through the United Kingdom to raise funds for the Simon Sharp Eagle Fund. The fund benefits the Boy Scouts and Blair E. Batson Children's Cancer Clinic. Free; 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 Nov. 30

Yazoo Farmers Market, at American Legion Post 7 (417 N. Main St., Yazoo City). Open Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon; may open on Tuesdays later in the season. Free; call 662-590-5415; find Yazoo Farmers Market on Facebook.

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.

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;

"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

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].

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; call 987-3550;

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.

StinkyFeet Fondren Run Tuesdays, 6 p.m., in Fondren. StinkyFeet Athletics leads the weekly fun run through the neighborhoods off Old Canton Road. Meet in the parking lot at Babalu. Free; find Fondren Group Run on Facebook.

Medals4Mettle Medal Drive, at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Donate marathon, half marathon and triathlon medals without ribbons. M4M gives the medals to children and adults with debilitating illnesses. Donations welcome; call 601-899-9696.

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