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Community Events and Public Meetings


Monday, July 1

8 a.m., Inaugural Prayer Service for Jackson Mayor-elect Chokwe Lumumba at Word and Worship Church (6286 Hanging Moss Road) and at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The inauguration is at noon with special guests U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson and Myrlie Evers-Williams, and the People's Inaugural Celebration is at 7 p.m. Open to the public. Free; call 877-799-2773; email [email protected].

4 p.m.-6 p.m., Earth Shakin' Bakin' at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Have your entries in the Meeting Room by 4:30 p.m. Staff judging is from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Winners announced and prizes given by 5:30. Free; call 601-856-4536.

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., New Foundation Toastmasters Club 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 601-918-5164 or 601-896-4400; email [email protected] or [email protected]; find "NewFoundation Valeria Brown" on Facebook.

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;

Tuesday, July 2

10 a.m., Mississippi Postsecondary Education Financial Assistance Board Meeting at Universities Center (3825 Ridgewood Road). The board holds the quarterly meeting in room 334. Free; call 601-432-6333;

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

11 a.m.-7 p.m., Library Book Sale at Beth Israel Congregation (5315 Old Canton Road).Prices range from free to $2. Book donations on the library's wish list welcome. Free; call 601-956-6216.

noon-1 p.m., "Guess Who's Talking Now" Toastmasters Club at Woolfolk Building (501 N. West St.) 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.

3:30 p.m., 'Grounds' Coffeehouse/Teen Time at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). The topic is "Using Social Media to Connect with Readers." Free; call 601-856-4536.

3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Caregiver Educational Series at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church (7427 Old Canton Road, Madison). The Alzheimer's Association of Mississippi is the host. Topics include community resources, family dynamics and end-of-life issues. Free; call 601-987-0020.

5:15 p.m., Public Policy Toastmasters Club at Universities Center (3825 Ridgewood Road) 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.-7 p.m., OFA-MS Climate Change Action Planning Session at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.).Climate Reality trained speaker Luke Lundemo will present, and we will discuss future plans. Free; call 601-487-6349 or 601-366-1602; email [email protected] or [email protected].

Wednesday, July 3

noon, History Is Lunch at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Terrence Winschel of the Vicksburg National Military Park talks about the 150th anniversary of the Surrender of Vicksburg. Free; call 601-576-6998;

6 p.m.-7 p.m., Downtown Jackson Toastmasters at Plaza Building (120 N. Congress St.) on the 12th floor in the Common Room. Learn to communicate better in front of groups and with peers. Call for membership information. Free; call 601-940-5247; email [email protected];

6:30 p.m., Margarita and Sangria Tasting at Sombra Mexican Kitchen (1037 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 100, Ridgeland). Enjoy four cocktails paired with light appetizers. $25; call 601-707-7950.

7 p.m., Independence Day Celebration at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). The celebration and fireworks show takes place after the Mississippi Braves game against the Mobile Bay Bears. $8-$15; call 601-932-8788 or 800-745-3000;

Thursday, July 4

7 a.m., Cruisin' Clinton Bike Ride at Traceway Park (200 Soccer Row, Clinton) Cyclist ride 10, 33 or 62 miles with rest stops and snacks. Lunch included. Registration required. $10; call 601-924-6082;

7:30 a.m., Watermelon Classic at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). The annual race includes a 5K run/walk, a one-mile wellness run and a Tot Trot for children ages 3 and under. Watermelon served after the race. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Register by July 1. Registration fees vary, free Tot Trot; call 601-982-8264;

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fourth of July Celebration at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Includes craft demonstrations, a performance from the Choctaw Indians' Red Water Social Dancers, food for sale and live music. Free; call 601-856-7546;

noon-8 p.m., Mississippi Family Festival at Westside Community Center (1650 Wiggins Road). The event includes games, a space jump, food and fireworks. Free; call 601-398-2433.

5 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Family Fireworks Extravaganza at Traceway Park (200 Soccer Row, Clinton). The family-friendly event features music from Little Big Town and the Kimberlee Helton Band, children's activities, food, fireworks and more. Free admission, $8 parking fee; call 601-924-6082;

5 p.m.-8 p.m., July 4 Party at Old House Depot (639 Monroe St.). Enjoy refreshments and music from the Southern Komfort Brass Band at the annual party. Free; call 601-592-6200;

6 p.m.-10 p.m., Celebrate America Balloon Glow at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Enjoy hot air balloons, food vendors, live music and fireworks. Free; call 800-468-6078;

10:30 a.m., Broadmeadow Neighborhood Association Fourth of July Parade at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church (4419 Broadmeadow Drive). This year's theme is "Walk the Red, White, and Blue Carpet." Celebrity costumes encouraged. Bicycles and wagon floats welcome. Prizes given for best costume or float. Refreshments, games and crafts after the parade. Free; call 366-1403; email [email protected] or [email protected];

6 p.m., Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest at Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton). Free; call 601-859-4830.

6 p.m.-7 p.m., Zumba Fitness Classes through Jan. 1, at Dance Unlimited Studio (3091 Highway 49 S., Suite E, Florence). The aerobics class features rhythmic moves set to Latin and international music. $4-$5;

Friday, July 5

10 a.m.-noon, Fun Fridays through July 26, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Learn more about reptiles through interactive, hands-on programs. Adults must accompany children. $4-$6; call 601-576-6000;

8 p.m.-10 p.m., Ballroom Latin Swing Dance Party through Dec. 20, at Applause Dance Factory (242 Stephens St., Ridgeland). Enjoy dancing, soft drinks and snacks on the padded dance floor. $10, $5 students with ID; call 601-856-6168.

Saturday, July 6

8 a.m., Saturday Morning Weekly Walk 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.

8 a.m., Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walk 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 a.m.-5 p.m., Jackson 2000 Dialogue Circles Program at Professional Staffing Group (Fondren Corner, 2906 N. State St., Suite 330). 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].

8:30 a.m., Rankin County Democrats Monthly Breakfast at Corner Bakery, Flowood (108 Market St., Flowood). 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.-5 p.m., Tombigbee Art Market July 6, at Musician's Emporium Bar & Grill (642 Tombigbee St.). Free; call 601-960-1557 or 601-973-3400.

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wii Play at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Play Nintendo Wii games Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; call 601-932-2562.

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Christmas in July Arts and Crafts Show at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Vendors from several states sell their goods at the annual event. $4, ages 12 and under free; call 354-7051; email [email protected].

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.

Magnolia Ballroom Dancers' Association Monthly Dance at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). Water, setups and snacks available. $15, $10 members; call 601-506-4591.

Sunday, July 7

1-5 p.m., "Jackson: A Photographic History" photography exhibit showcasing the capitol city's history and development at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.) closes today. Free; call 601-576-6920.

Monday, July 8

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 p.m., MAC Mississippi Sports Medicine All-Star Basketball Games at Mississippi College (200 Capitol St., Clinton) in A.E. Wood Coliseum. The girls' games start at 6 p.m, and the boys' games follow. $5; call 601-924-3020.

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., New Foundation Toastmasters Club 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 601-918-5164 or 601-896-4400; email [email protected] or [email protected]; find "NewFoundation Valeria Brown" on Facebook.

Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Advocacy Meeting at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St.). MIRA discusses current issues and upcoming campaigns at the meeting held on second Mondays. Open to the public. Light dinner included. Free; call 601-968-5182;


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. 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.

Mississippi Youth Hip Hop Summit and Parent/Advocate Conference Call for Volunteers through July 20. 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];

Summer Feeding Program through July 12, at participating JPS schools . The Food Service Department of the Jackson Public School District offers lunch on weekdays to youth ages 18 and under, excluding July 5. Free; call 601-960-8911 for a list of schools;

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