Monday, Aug. 26
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., New Foundation Toastmasters Club #702994 Meetings 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 for information on membership dues; call 601-502-8402 or 601-896-4400; email [email protected]; find "NewFoundation Linda Hartwell" on Facebook.
Tuesday, Aug. 27
Noon-1 p.m., "Guess Who's Talking Now" Toastmasters 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. Improve your communication skills, and become a better speaker and leader. Membership required. Free to visitors; call 601-359-6653 or 601-359-2573.
Noon-1 p.m., Careers in Art Lecture at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). At the Welcome Center. Speakers include Jimmy Mumford, professor of graphic design at JSU, and Charles Carraway, chair of the JSU Art Department. Includes refreshments and viewing student artwork. RSVP. Free; call 601-979-0883; email [email protected]
5:15 p.m., Public Policy Toastmasters Club 8689 Meeting at Universities Center (3825 Ridgewood Road). The group meets on first and third Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. in the computer lab. Improve your communication skills, and become a better speaker and leader. Membership required. Call for details on membership dues; call 601-540-8472 or 601-432-6277.
6 p.m., Jackson City Council Meeting at Jackson City Hall (219 S. President St.). Open to the public. Free; call 601-960-1064; jacksonms.gov.
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., New Collectors Club Presentation at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) Representatives from the Heritage Auction of Dallas are the presenters at the members-only event. Free for members; call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org.
Wednesday, Aug. 28
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Artifact and Collectible Identification Program at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). The MDAH staff is on hand to review and assist in identifying documents and objects of historical value, including potential donations to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Free; call 601-576-6850.
Noon, History Is Lunch at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Historian Parker Hills talks about the commemorative art in the Vicksburg National Military Park. Free; call 601-576-6998.
Noon-1 p.m.,Lunch and Learn Series at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St.). The topic is "Grant Research Tools." Lunch included; registration required. $15, members free; call 601-968-0061; msnonprofits.org.
4 p.m., Jackson/Hinds Library System Board of Trustees at Margaret Walker Alexander Library (2525 Robinson Road). The board discusses matters concerning the local library system. Open to the public. Free; call 601-968-5825.
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Day of Dignity: 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, D.C. for Jobs and Freedomat Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). On the south steps facing Mississippi Street. The commemoration of the march and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech is a call to honor the legacy of the march's principles in today's society. RSVP. Free; call 359-3114; tinyurl.com/DayofDignity.
6 p.m.-7 p.m. Downtown Jackson Toastmasters at Plaza Building (120 N. Congress St.). Learn to communicate better in front of groups and with peers. Meetings are Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. on the 12th floor in the Common Room. Call for membership information. Free; call 601-940-5247; email [email protected]; http://1275010.toastmastersclubs.org.
Thursday, Aug. 29
5 p.m., Museum After Hours: Blues and Brews at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.)Includes a cash bar at 5 p.m., and guided tours of the Mississippi Hill Country Blues exhibit at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Intended for young professionals, but all ages welcome. Admission applies for exhibit ($12, $10 seniors, $6 students, free for members and children ages 5 and under); call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org.
5:45 p.m.-8:30 p.m., JPS Dads of Destiny Conference at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road) The event for JPS fathers, grandfathers, uncles and male role models includes dinner, door prizes and giveaways. Pre-register by Aug. 26. Free; call 601-960-8878 or 601-960-8945; email [email protected]; jackson.k12.ms.us.
6 p.m.-7 p.m., Capital City Toastmasters Club #1684 at Reformed Theological Seminary Library (5341 Clinton Blvd.). Join to improve your public speaking and leadership skills. New members welcome. Free; call 601-942-2154; 1684.toastmastersclubs.org.
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Back to School Bash at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Welcome back the school year with playtime, LEGOs and more. Free; call 601-856-4536; mcls.ms.
Friday, Aug. 30
8 a.m.-10 a.m., Weedstock 2 at Fondren Business District . Volunteers deweed the district and exchange the weeds for gift certificates at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Free; call 601-366-1602; rainbowcoop.org.
Saturday, Aug. 31
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Homebuyer Education Class at Jackson Housing Authority Homeownership Center (256 E. Fortification St.). Topics include personal finances, home inspections and the role of lenders and real estate agents. Registration required. The class is required to qualify for a Jackson Housing Authority loan. Free; call 601-398-0446.
4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Sick and Tired, and Seeking SOULutions 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. Refreshments served. Free; call 601-979-1413 or 601-918-5075.
Sunday, Sept. 1
Noon-5 p.m., Dog Day Afternoons at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Bring your dog to the Art Garden for an afternoon of play. Free; call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org.
Monday, Sept. 2
Noon-8 p.m., Aziatikk Blakk Labor Day Festival and Birthday Celebration at Farish Street Park (Farish and Hamilton streets). The festival for deejay and media specialist Aziatikk Blakk, Virgos and children includes music, refreshments, giveaways, guest speakers and more. Supply donations welcome such as paper goods, space jumps and trash cans; call or email for a list. Free; call 601-862-9037 or 601-862-2780; email [email protected] or [email protected]
Through July 31,Private Tutoring. In-person and virtual tutoring available for students in grades K-12 in math, science and literacy. Registration required. $15-$50; je411.webs.com.
Through Sept. 9, Mississippi Jump$tart Coalition Poster and Essay Contest at msjumpstart.org . The theme is "Get Smart About Credit," and students in grades 9-12 may participate. Submissions must be postmarked no later than Sept. 9. The first-place winner receives a $1,000 scholarship, and the second-place winner receives a $500 scholarship. Free; call 601-665-0447; email [email protected]; msjumpstart.org.
Through Sept. 10, Conrad Castle Teacher Grant Call for Applications at Mississippi Association for Gifted Children, P.O. Box 3545, Jackson, MS 39207 . The Mississippi Association for Gifted Children will give a $00 grant to a regular education teacher and a gifted education teacher for classroom materials. Submit applications by Sept. 10. Free; email [email protected]; magcweb.org.
Through Sept. 15, Teacher Education Scholars Program Call for Applications at mississippi.edu/rHuqP . Incoming or current college students who plan to become teachers may apply for the $15,000 award. Applicants must have an ACT score of 28, a GPA of 3.5 and agree to teach in a Mississippi public school for five years. Free; call 601-432-6997 or 800-327-2980; email [email protected]; mississippi.edu/rHuqP.
Through Sept. 23, Fall Community Enrichment Series at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Most classes begin the week of Sept. 23 and fall into the categories of art, music, fitness, design, business and technology. Call to request a brochure with classes and fees. Fees vary; call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted.
Through Dec. 18, Adult Basic Education/GED Program at Hinds Community College in Jackson, Raymond, Utica and Vicksburg. People who aspire to earn a high school equivalency certificate may register for orientation and testing before the GED price and testing format changes in 2014. Call or go online for specifics. Free Adult Basic Education courses, $75 GED testing fee; call 601-857-3912; hindscc.edu.
Computer Courses for Adults at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., P.O. Box 1100, Raymond). Classes usually meet once a week for four to eight weeks, and fees depend on the level and type of class. Free; call 601-857-3773; email [email protected]
Senior Aides Program. The city of Jackson offers the part-time job program to low-income seniors ages 55 and up. 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. Free; call 601-960-0335.