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Community Events and Public Meetings


Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.).

The Royal Bleau Semi-Annual Fashion Show Feb. 15, 7 p.m. At Rose E. McCoy Auditorium. The show features Tahiry from VH1's "Love and Hip Hop." A portion of the proceeds benefits Girl Power Unlimited, a nonprofit that mentors girls on career and personal development. $10, $20 VIP (includes after-party access at Dreamz Jxn); call 601-750-2872; email [email protected].

Creative Arts Festival Call for Papers through March 15. The Margaret Walker Center seeks proposals of 200-500 words for papers, presentations and panels for the festival (April 12-13). Categories include poetry/spoken word, visual arts, written works and performing arts. The deadline is March 15. Free; call 601-979-3935; email [email protected];

Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.).

History Is Lunch Feb. 13, noon. Filmmaker and media specialist Jeanne Luckett presents her documentary on Medgar Evers. Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998.

Coffee and Conversation Feb. 15, 7 a.m. Interact with business professionals, leaders, and other community members, and learn about upcoming city projects. Free; call 601-576-6920.

Monday, Feb. 11

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

4:30-5:30 p.m., Grand Reopening, at Pieworks (205 Colony Way, Madison). The restaurant serves pizza, salads and other items. Call 601-853-0002.

Through Feb. 11

Jackson Association of Black Journalists Career Workshop Registration. Students majoring in mass communications learn about preparing portfolio, internships, scholarships and more. The registration deadline is Feb. 11; space limited. Free; email [email protected] for details.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

6 p.m., Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee Meeting, at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 North State Street). A Q&A session follows the meeting. Open to the public. Free; call 601-969-2913; email [email protected].

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Mississippi Child Welfare Institute Conference Feb. 13-15, at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). Attendees hold workshops and present papers on ethics, diversity, foster care, justice issues and other relates topics. Registration required. $190, $45 students; call 601-432-6816;

State Institutions of Higher Learning Board Search Committee Meeting Feb. 13-14, 8:30 a.m., at Universities Center (3825 Ridgewood Road). The committee meets in the IHL Board Room to discuss personnel issues related to the search for the next president of Delta State University. Open to the public. Free; call 601-432-6333;

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Feeling Faint? Don't Brush it Off!, at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison), in the Community Room. Dr. Jimmy Lott explains how the condition could be a sign of an underlying problem. Registration required. Free, $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262;

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Jackson 2000 Discussion Luncheon, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The topic is the Affordable Care Act's effect on Mississippi. Speakers include Mississippi NAACP executive director Derrick Johnson and Drew Weiskopf, grants project officer of the Mississippi Insurance Commission. RSVP. $12; email [email protected];

3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., American Board Teaching Information Session, at Canton Public Library (102 Priestley St., Canton). Learn how to earn a professional teaching license. Teacher certification specialist Ashley Guy is the facilitator. Bachelor's degree required. Online registration available. Free; call 877-669-2228;

Thursday, Feb. 14

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Mississippi Minority Business Alliance Membership/Networking Meeting and Luncheon, at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (100 International Drive), in the Community Room, third floor. Pam Confer, founder of the Speak BIG! Program, gives business-promoting tips. RSVP by Feb. 12. Red attire welcome. Free; call 601-965-0366; email [email protected].

5 p.m., Hinds County School Board Meeting , at Hinds County School District (13192 Highway 18, Raymond). The board meets on second Thursdays. Open to the public. Free; call 601-857-5222.

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.

6:30-8 p.m., New Vibrations Network Gathering, at Unitarian Universalist Church (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; email [email protected].

Friday, Feb. 15

Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo Feb. 15-16, at Forrest County Multipurpose Center (962 Sullivan Drive, Hattiesburg). The rodeo is a fundraiser for student scholarships and professional development. Reserved seating. $12; call 601-266-5405;

9 a.m., Rankin County Redistricting Public Hearing, at Rankin County Government Offices ( 211 E. Government St., Brandon). The Rankin County Board of Supervisors discuss redistricting plans in the boardroom. Free; call 601-825-1475;

Freedom Cafe Feb. 15-16 and Feb. 22, 5:30-9:30 p.m., at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite C). The dinner is a celebration of African-American culture and includes poetry, cultural readings and performances of Negro spirituals. Reservations required. $18 per person; call 601-960-3008; email [email protected];

7:30 p.m., Metro Male Chorus, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol St.). The newly-formed local chorus performs a cantata setting of Vachel Lindsay’s poem, “General William Booth Enters Into Heaven.” Proceeds benefit DiverseCity Diner, a St. Andrew’s initiative of Working Together Jackson. $20, $5 students with ID; call 601-354-1535.

Saturday, Feb. 16

8-11 a.m., Rotary Club of North Jackson Have-A-Heart Pancake Breakfast and Blood Drive, at St. James Episcopal Church (3921 Oakridge Drive). The fundraiser benefits local charities. Donate blood to receive a free pancake breakfast. Purchase tickets from any club member or at the door. $10, $5 ages 12 and under; call 982-4880; find Rotary Club of North Jackson on Facebook.

8 a.m.-1 p.m., Teen/Parent Dating Violence Workshop, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The purpose of the conference is to empower youth and adults to prevent violence. Topics include teen dating, bullying, suicide and social networking. Refreshments and lunch included. Free; call 601-953-5747 or 601-259-5254; email [email protected];

8:30 a.m., Make A Difference 5K, at Woodlands Office Park (800 Woodlands Parkway, Ridgeland). Registration is at 7:30 a.m. SouthGroup Insurance Services is the host. The race includes a 5K run/walk and a one-mile fun. Awards given. Proceeds benefit Friends of Children's Hospital. Pre-registration by Feb. 10 recommended. $20 in advance, $25 race day; fun run: $10 in advance, $15 race day; call 601-984-5273; email [email protected];

9 a.m., Malaco Artist Retreat Showcase, at Stronger Hope Baptist Church (223 Beasley Road). Gospel artists compete for a chance to receive a cash prize, a recording contract and a chance to perform on the Word Network. Includes panel discussions on the gospel music industry. The seminar is from 9 a.m.-noon, and the showcase is at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-982-4522, ext. 206; email [email protected];

9-11 a.m., Clothing Giveaway, at Sheppard Brothers Park (1355 Hattiesburg St.). Clothing of all sizes available. Volunteers and donations welcome. Free; call 769-257-8494.

9 a.m.-2 p.m., Professional Development Workshop for Teachers: Amazing Adaptation, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Educators learn about adaptation, competition and selection in order to teach the concepts in the classroom. Registration required; 0.5 CEU credits available. $25; call 601-352-2580, ext. 240;

9 a.m., Jackson Association of Black Journalists Meeting, at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). Members meet on third Thursdays, excluding holidays. Free; email [email protected].

9 a.m.-noon, Cupid Shuffle 5K, at Belhaven University (1500 Peachtree St.). Check-in is at 8 a.m. at Barber Auditorium. Runners start at 9 a.m., and walkers start at 9:15 a.m. Registration required; confirm registration through cash or check payment. T-shirt and snacks included. $25, $15 Belhaven employees, $10 Belhaven students;

10 a.m.-2 p.m., President’s Day Celebration, at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Learn what it is like to be president of the United States, and about former and current presidents. Attendees also write a letter to the president. $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469;

10 a.m., Broadmeadow Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting, 10 a.m., at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church (4419 Broadmeadow Drive). Neighbors are encouraged to attend and learn about upcoming events, meet the leaders and learn ways to get involved. Bagel breakfast included. Free; call 366-1403; email [email protected].

10 a.m., Flora Area Historical Society Monthly Meeting Feb. 16, 10 a.m., at Flora Depot Museum (East Main Street, Flora). Email [email protected].

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Parents & Kids Magazine's Camp and Education Connection, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Families talk face-to-face with representatives from area camps, schools and other organizations to learn what activities are available for children this summer. Free with museum admission; call 601-366-0901.

11 a.m., Mississippi Pulp Con, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The pop culture celebration includes vendors, workshops, panel discussions, an art show and a costume contest. The event ends with the MissiHIPPY Black Hearts Ball at 9 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 960-1500; email [email protected];

2:30-3:30 p.m., Rankin Democrats: Extra Shot of Blue, at Dunkin' Donuts (403 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). Party members fellowship and network in the private dining room. Free admission, food for sale; email [email protected];

Monday, Feb. 18

Noon, 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;

Through March 1

Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program Registration, at Metrocenter Mall (3645 Highway 80 W.). At the Department of Human and Cultural Services. Students ages 16-24 may register from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. The deadline is March 1 at 4 p.m. Birth certificate, Social Security card, parent's proof of income and ID required. Free; call 601-960-0326.

Through Feb. 28

Governor's Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Awards Call for Nominations, at Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (3825 Ridgewood Road, Suite 601). Volunteer Mississippi, in cooperation with the Office of the Governor, honors the accomplishments of Mississippians who have given exemplary volunteer service to their communities. Nominations accepted through Feb. 28; awards program April 22. Free; call 353-1793;

“Back in the Day” Black History Celebrations Thursdays, 6 p.m., at New Hope Baptist Church (5202 Watkins Drive). Enjoy listening to a different guest speaker each Thursday in the Family Life Center Chapel, second floor. Free; call 601-366-7002; email [email protected].

Through March 1

Mississippi Arts Commission Call for Grant Applications through March 1, at Mississippi Arts Commission (Woolfolk Building, 501 N. West St., Suite 1101A). Organizations and individuals may apply for grants to support projects, fellowships and more. The deadline is March 1. First-time applicants should call for assistance before applying. Free; call 601-359-6030;

Through March 4

“One Place, One Time: Jackson, Mississippi, 1963” Workshop Registration, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Teachers, librarians and home-schooling parents may apply to attend the workshops scheduled for July 14-19 and July 21-26. Apply by March 4; space limited. Stipend included. Free; call 974-1000;

Summer Food Program Call for Sponsors. The Mississippi Department of Education seeks sponsors to operate the program that the Office of Child Nutrition will administer. Schools, nonprofits, residential summer camps and government entities may participate. Sponsor training is March 5-6. Free; call 601-576-4954 or 601-576-4955; email [email protected] or [email protected].

Through March 14

Belk Service Learning Challenge. Middle-school students within 50 miles of Jackson work in teams of two to four to identify a community issue and come up with a plan to address it. Submit entries by March 14. Prizesgiven. Free;

Through March 15

Citizen's Police Academy Registration, at Jackson Police Department Headquarters (327 E. Pascagoula St.). The Jackson Police Department seeks applicants for the program held March 18-25 in the training room on the second floor. Learn the police department's public safety and crime prevention methods. Free; call 601-960-1389.

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 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.

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 New Dimensions Ministries (110 Alta Woods Blvd.). 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

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; 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.

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