Monday, Dec. 9
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., New Foundation Toastmasters Club #702994 Meeting 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, Dec. 10
noon-1 p.m., "Guess Who's Talking Now" Toastmasters Club 3284 Meeting 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.
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.
Wednesday, Dec. 11
9 a.m.-noon, Affordable Care Act Resource Fair at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). The event provides small business owners information about the ACA and its impact. Space limited. Registration required. Free; call 601-965-4378, ext. 11 or 18.; email [email protected] or [email protected]; connectmeeting.att.com.
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, Dec. 12
6 p.m., Precinct 2 COPS Meeting at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol Street). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0002.
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.
6 p.m.-8 p.m., Minority Business Network Monthly Meeting at Divine Ministries (1417 W. Capitol St.). In the Multipurpose Center. Learn ways to grow your business. Refreshments and door prizes included. Bring business cards. RSVP. Free; call 601-750-2367 or 601-316-5092; email [email protected]; minoritybusinessnet.org.
6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Practicum for Psychic Phenomena at Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson (4866 N. State St.). Spiritual intuitive Duann Kier is the facilitator. Learn how to develop your psychic ability. Includes presentations, discussions, personal practice, group experiences and focused meditations. For ages 18 and up. $5; call 982-5919; email [email protected]; duannkier.com.
6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., New Vibrations Network Gathering at Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson (4866 N. State St.). The mixer is held every second Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Free; donations welcome. Free, donations welcome; call 982-5919; email [email protected]
Friday, Dec. 13 10 a.m., Security Summit at Mississippi State University CAVS Extension Center (153 Mississippi Parkway, Canton). Topics include IP video surveillance, integrated security systems implementation and "future-proofing" a security project. Keynote speaker Larry Rowlett talks about working as a Secret Service agent. Lunch included. RSVP. Free; email [email protected]
5:30 p.m., ACLU of Mississippi Holiday Open House at ACLU of Mississippi (233 E. Capitol St.). See the new office, enjoy refreshments and mingle with legislators, nonprofit partners and community leaders. RSVP. Free; call 355-6464; email [email protected]; aclu-ms.org.
Saturday, Dec. 14
10 a.m.-8 p.m., CUUPS Jackson Weekly Workshops at Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson (4866 N. State St.). In the Religious Education Building. Enjoy a day of socializing, support, free workshops and a drum circle. Schedule available online. Free; call 982-5919; email [email protected]; cuupsjackson.org.
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.
Monday, Dec. 16
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; co.hinds.ms.us.
Fight Against Hunger at BRAVO!, Broad Street Bakery and Sal & Mookie's. Dine at participating restaurants and add a donation to Extra Table to your receipt. Donations welcome; extratable.org.
Youth Ambassadors Program at Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center for Arts and Education (1600 Government St., Ocean Springs). The arts program for children includes free membership and special programs at a reduced cost. Free; call 228-818-2878; email [email protected]; themaryc.org.
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.
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]
Through Dec. 10, Paper Football Super Bowl Pre-registration. Children and adults compete Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m., and the overall winner receives a plaque. Refreshments and a door prize included. Pre-register by Dec. 10. $5; call 601-924-6082; clintonparksandrec.com.
Through Dec. 13, Toy Drive for Batson at Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (1505 Eastover Drive). Donate new, unwrapped toys for distribution to pediatric patients at Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital. Toy donations welcome; call 601-432-2400; mdwfp.com.
Through Dec. 16, Scholastic Writing Awards Call for Submissions at Eudora Welty House and Museum (1119 Pinehurst Place). At the Eudora Welty Education and Visitors Center. Junior high and high school students in central Mississippi counties may submit works by Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. Visit artandwriting.org for a list of counties and guidelines. Free; call 601-353-7762; artandwriting.org.
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.
Through Dec. 23, Christmas in Canton Victorian Christmas Festival at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton). At the Canton Welcome Center inside the Historic Trolio Hotel. The annual month-long celebration includes vintage car, truck and train rides, animated museums and light displays. $3 museum admission, $1 rides; call 601-859-1307 or 800-844-3369; email [email protected]; cantontourism.com.
Through Dec. 23, Wrap It in Ridgeland! at Ridgeland . Gather with family and friends and savor the region's finest shopping, dining and hospitality. Free; visitridgeland.com/wrapit.
Through Dec. 31, Wonderland of Lights at Freedom Ridge Park (235 W. School St., Ridgeland). Drive Through to enjoy a display of holiday lights and decorations. Free; call 800-468-6078; visitridgeland.com.
Through Dec. 31, Holiday Tree Design Showcase at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive). See trees decorated by local schools in the galleries. $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469; mschildrensmuseum.com.
Through Dec. 31, Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund. American Heart Association's Go Red For Women and Macy's offer scholarships to multicultural women interested in healthcare careers. 16 women will receive a $2,500 scholarship. Apply by Dec. 31. Free; goredforwomen.org/scholarship.
Through Jan. 5, Mon.-Sat., 1-9 p.m., Christmas on Ice at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison). Enjoy an ice skating rink and ice slide, a Christmas Story Trail, decorations, concessions and concerts. $15 skating and ice slide (rental skates included), concerts and Christmas Story Trail free; call 601-500-5970; christmasonice.com.
Through April 30, Mon.-Fri., 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m., Common Core After Hours Learning and Readiness Program at PERICO Institute (Jackson Medical Mall, 350 W. Woodrow Ave., Suite 300). The weekly program for children in grades K-12 includes English and language arts, math, science, and music and art appreciation. Registration required. Light snack included. $50 per week; call 769-251-1408; priydems.com.
Through July 31, Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-8 p.m., 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.