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Community Events and Public Meetings


Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). • Jackson State University v. Alabama State University Basketball Games Feb. 28, in the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. The women's teams play at 5:30 p.m., and the men's teams play at 7:30 p.m. $15, $10 ages 6-18, children under 6 free, $20 reserved, $25 courtside; call 601-979-2420 or 601-979-2291; • Jackson State University v. Alabama A&M University Basketball Games March 2, in the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. The women's teams play at 3 p.m., and the men's teams play at 5:30 p.m. $15, $10 ages 6-18, children under 6 free, $20 reserved, $25 courtside; call 601-979-2420 or 601-979-2291; • Summer Developmental Program Conference Feb. 28, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., in the Student Center Ballroom. The theme is "Developing Minds to Expand Educationally." Dr. Cedrick Gray, superintendent of Jackson Public Schools, is the keynote speaker. Registration required. $80, $20 students, $350 group of six; call 601-979-7092; • 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 Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). • Minit 2 Winit Fundraiser Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m. The family-friendly event with food and entertainment benefits the Mississippi Boychoir. Local celebrities such as Mississippi State Treasurer Lyyn Fitch and Jackson First Lady Kathy Johnson compete in games for the event. $45, $15 students, $350 table of eight; call 601-665-7374; find Mississippi Boychoir on Facebook. • Beginner Beekeeping Short Course March 1, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.March 2, 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The Central Mississippi Beekeepers Association is the host. Registration includes materials, refreshments and honey. $25, $30 for two people; call 601-259-9504 or 601-594-4526;

Monday, Feb. 25

4 p.m., Jackson City Council Meeting, at Jackson City Hall (219 S. President St.). Open to the public. Free; call 601-960-1064; 6:30-7:30 p.m., New Foundation Toastmasters Club 702994 Open House, at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). Learn more about the organization's purpose of improving public speaking skills. The club meets on Mondays. Free; call 601-918-5164 or 601-896-4400; email [email protected] or [email protected]; find "NewFoundation Valeria Brown" on Facebook.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

11:45 a.m., Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) Awards Program, at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). The Mississippi Legislature honors students and faculty members from 34 state public and private universities for their academic achievements at the awards luncheon. Former United States Secretary of Education William J. Bennett is the keynote speaker. Call 601-432-6422; 6 p.m., United Way's Graduation Matters Summit, at Provine High School (2400 Robinson Road). Recording artist and music producer David Banner is the keynote speaker. Doors open at 5 p.m. RSVP. Free; call 601-960-5393. 6-7 p.m., Montessori Academy of Jackson Information Session, at Brandon Public Library (1475 W. Government St., Brandon). Learn about the academic program for children ages eight weeks to sixth grade. Free; call 601-825-2672; 6 p.m., Mayor's Ward 1 Community Meeting, at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). Share suggestions, address concerns and receive information on services the city provides. The WIN Job Center will have a representative available to discuss job opportunities. Free; call 601-960-1084. 6:30 p.m., Jackson Audubon Society Chapter Meeting, at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Bubba Hubbard, director of Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs, is the speaker. Open to the public. Free; call 601-988-5783;

Wednesday, Feb. 27

10 a.m., Gallery Guild Spring Lecture, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In Trustmark Hall. Dr. Eric M. Zafran, curator of European art at the Wadsworth Atheneum, talks about the exhibit "Old Masters to Monet." Free; call 601-960-1515; Noon, History Is Lunch: Capital City Chronicles, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Downtown Jackson Partners president Ben Allen discusses future plans for the city. Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998. 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.

Thursday, Feb. 28

Canton Square Antiques Grand Reopening Feb. 28-March 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Canton Square Antiques (155 W. Peace St., Canton) . Bring a friend for a free gift. Free; call 601-859-2209; 5:30-11:30 p.m., Friends of Stewpot Benefit, at Hal & Mal's (200 Commerce St.). The purpose of the social is to raise funds for the organization who lost funds due to mail fraud in December. The Sofa Kings perform at 6:30 p.m. For ages 18 and up. Free admission, donations welcome (online option available); email [email protected]. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Montessori Academy of Jackson Information Session, at Willie Morris Library (4912 Old Canton Road). Learn about the academic program for children ages eight weeks to sixth grade. Free; call 987-8181; 5:45-8 p.m., "Fried Chicken and Wine" with Marshall Ramsey, at Junior League of Jackson Headquarters (805 Riverside Drive). The author and illustrator speaks about his book "Fried Chicken and Wine." The program is part of the Junior League of Jackson's Books and Authors Series. Includes dinner and a signed book. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; tickets held at will call. $50; call 601-948-2357; email [email protected]. 6-9 p.m., Heroes Among Us Gala, at circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). The Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi's fundraiser includes refreshments, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit the Alvin P. Flannes Summer Camp for Kids. Wear business attire. $25; call 601-936-5222; email [email protected]; 6 p.m., Crossroads Film Society Membership Drive and Friend-Raiser, at Yellow Scarf (741 Harris St., Suite E). The program includes a preview of the 2013 Crossroads Film Festival, a screening of Anita Modak-Truran's documentary "Belles and Whistles" and a DVD swap. Memberships $35 and up, $25 students; 6 p.m., Precinct 4 COPS Meeting, at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0004. 6:30 p.m., StinkyFeet 5K, at StinkyFeet Athletics (153 Ridgeway Drive, Suite C, Flowood). The all-ages run/walk benefits the Mustard Seed. $5; call 601-992-3556.

Friday, March 1

10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., "Hair on Fire!" Presentation Skills Workshop, at Tulane University, Madison Campus (2115 Main St., Madison). Learn how to think and speak confidently on the spot, and discover new approaches to presenting ideas clearly and confidently. Materials included. Feb. 26 is the registration deadline. $10; call 601-605-0007. Rape Crisis Center Training March 1-2, at Catholic Charities (200 N. Congress St., Suite 100). Register if you would like to volunteer to help victims of sexual assault. Free; call 601-366-0750. Sustainable Living Conference and Mississippi Food Summit March 1-3, at Oxford . Visit the website for locations. Learn ways to promote sustainable food production in the community. Speakers include Mary Berry of the Berry Center and food activist Mark Winne. Registration required; student discounts available. $125, prices vary for individual events; email [email protected];

Saturday, March 2

7:30 a.m., Great American Cleanup, at Medgar Evers Community Center (3759 Edwards Avenue). Volunteers go through a brief orientation and help with cleanup projects such as litter removal and planting flowers. Free; call 601-960-2324 or 601-960-2334. 8 a.m., Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walk, at Mayes Lake at LeFleur's Bluff (115 Lakeland Terrace). Expert birder Skip Anding 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 601-956-7444. 8 a.m.-noon, Jackson Pride 5K, at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). The purpose of the run is to raise awareness about LGBTQ rights in Mississippi. Costumes welcome. Sponsorships available. $15; find Millsaps Amnesty International on Facebook. 8:30 a.m., Run Thru History 10K Run, at Vicksburg Military Park (Clay St., Vicksburg). The event includes a 5K walk and one-mile fun run. The race ends at Battlefield Inn (4137 Interstate 20 N. Frontage Road, Exit 4B). Proceeds benefit the Vicksburg YMCA's youth sports and camp scholarship funds. Registration required. $30, $12 fun run; call 601-638-1071; 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; call 601-919-9797; 9 a.m., Hope Conference, at First Baptist Church of Jackson (431 N. State St.). Check-in is at 8 a.m. The cancer education conference includes presentations and breakout sessions with cancer specialists, medical experts, allied health professionals and survivors. Registration required; register by Feb. 15 to receive lunch. Free; call 601-432-6816 to register, or 601-956-7447 or 877-538-5364 for questions; email [email protected] or [email protected]; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mississippi Democratic Party Campaign Seminar, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). Topics include social media, fundraising and using the state party's voter file. Registration required; call if you need assistance with the registration fee. $100; call 601-969-2913; 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; 10:30 a.m., Dr. Seuss' Silly Birthday Celebration, at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Enjoy games, crafts, story time, green eggs and ham, and a visit with the Cat in the Hat, and Thing 1 and Thing 2. Free with paid admission ($8, children 12 months and under free); call 601-981-5469; 11 a.m.-noon, My Meditation 101: Creating Quiet in Your Everyday Life, at Energy in Motion (200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood). Tara Blumenthal of TaraYoga is the instructor. Pre-registration required. $20; 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; 7 p.m., Jackson 2000 Friendship Ball, at Hal & Mal's (200 Commerce St.). The organization honors physician Dr. Helen Barnes, businessman Hibbett Neal and the Mississippi Learning Institute. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and music from These Days with Jewel Bass. Attire is casual. $20, $10 students with ID; email [email protected];

Sunday, March 3

1:30-3 p.m., Financial Peace University Class Preview, at The Journey (4101 Northview Drive, Suite C2). Learn about the nine-week course on managing money and getting out of debt. Sessions begin March 24. $89 course;

Monday, March 4

National Cutting Horse Association Eastern National Championships March 4-16, at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). Youth compete for cash prizes at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center. Catfish dinner March 6 and March 11 at 6:30 p.m. Free; call 601-961-4000 or 817-244-6188; 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;

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

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. • 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 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

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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