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Community Events and Public Meetings


Monday, June 3

Snake Week Creature Feature at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). June 3, June 5 and June 6, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Enjoy hands-on reptile encounters. $4-$6; call 601-576-6000;

Tuesday, June 4

9 a.m.-noon, Strategic Planning 101: Getting Started at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St.). Learn how to develop a strategic plan for your organization to help reach programmatic and fundraising goals. $99, $59 members. Registration required. Call 601-968-0061;

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Snake Day at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). See exhibits of Mississippi snakes, and enjoy lectures and presentations from herpetologist Bryan Hedrick. $4-$6; call 601-576-6000;

3:30 p.m., Peter Zapletal and the Puppet Arts Theater Events at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Peter Zapletal performs "Trickster Tales," starring Anansi the Spider. Free; call 601-856-4536.

3:30-5:30 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.

6-7 p.m., The Story of Impressionism at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) in Trustmark Grand Hall. Dr. Beth S. Gersh-Nesic of the New York Arts Exchange gives an illustrated lecture on the development of Impressionism in French art. Cash bar at 5:30 p.m. Free. Call 601-960-1515;

6 p.m., Broadmeadow Neighborhood Association Munch-Out at Sal & Mookie's (565 Taylor St.). Broadmeadow residents meet to dine together and get acquainted. RSVP. Free admission, food prices vary; call 368-1919; email [email protected] or [email protected].

Wednesday, June 5

Sessions at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bob Wilson, Mississippi Main Street Association executive director, tells how the program helps with economic development, preservation and tourism.

Thursday, June 6

Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562.

• Jackson Astronomical Association Meeting June 6, 6-7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in astronomy or space science is welcome.

• Gallant Hearts Seeing Eye Dogs June 6, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Meet seeing-eye dogs and their trainers from the Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Organization.

COPS Meetings. These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Meetings are at 6 p.m.

• Precinct 1, first Thursdays, at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). Call 601-960-0001.

Events in downtown Greenwood. Call 662-453-4152;

• First Thursdays June 6, 5-7 p.m. Enjoy extended shopping hours, live music at the Alluvian and dining. Free.

• Fondren After 5 June 6, Aug. 1 and Sept. 5. This monthly event showcases the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Held on first Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. No event in July this year. Free; call 601-981-9606;

• fondRUN. liveRIGHTnow hosts the monthly pub run during Fondren After 5. Run two miles, and end the run with drinks at a different restaurant each month. Runners must sign a waiver. Parking behind Regions Bank off Lorenz Boulevard. Free;

Friday, June 7

Relay for Life, Jackson June 7, 6 p.m., at Smith-Wills Stadium (1200 Lakeland Drive). The night-long relay race includes a luminary ceremony and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. $10 registration plus fundraising ($100 minimum to receive a T-shirt), fundraising goal of $1,000 for teams; call 601-622-0581.

Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562.

• Jewish Involvement in the Civil Rights Movement Lecture June 7, noon Dr. Stuart Rockoff of the Institute for Southern Jewish Life is the speaker. Light refreshments included.

Saturday, June 8

Living Food Potluck second Saturdays, 1 p.m., at Office of Dr. Leo Huddleston (6500 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Please RSVP. Bring a dish or donate $10; call 601-956-0010.

Capital City Roller Girls Roller Derby Games, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). $12, children under 12 free, $50 vendors; call 601-383-4885; email [email protected] or [email protected]; find Capital City Roller Girls on Facebook.

• June 8, 6:30 p.m. Away team TBA.

Events at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland).

• Just Have a Ball 5K and One Mile Fun Run June 8, 7:30-11 a.m. The Rotary Club of Madison-Gluckstadt is the host. Check-in is at 7 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi's project Just Have A Ball. Pre-register by June 7. $20-$25; call 601-454-2420 or 601-668-8572; email [email protected] or [email protected].

Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Unless stated otherwise, $10, $9 seniors, $6.75 children ages 2-12, members and babies free; call 601-352-2500;

• Wild About Learning Day June 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Includes games, book reading, animal encounters and information on summer activities. Half off admission until 1 p.m.

Michael D. Johnson Memorial 5K June 8, 8 a.m., at War Memorial Building (120 S. State St.). The run/walk benefits the Michael D. Johnson Memorial Foundation. Pre-register to receive a T-shirt. $25 in advance, $30 day of race, $20 T-shirt only; call 404-580-2898, 601-946-9712 or 601-618-7700; email [email protected]; find Michael D Johnson Memorial Foundation on Facebook.

Putting on the Dog June 8, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Great Scott (4400 Old Canton Road). The benefit for Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA) includes a silent auction, food, children's activities and dogs for adoption. Free admission; call 601-497-0375.

Kutless June 8, 7 p.m., at Evangel Temple Church (104 Skyland Drive, Meridian). The Christian rock band from Portland, Ore. performs. Proceeds benefit the Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity. $20 in advance, $25 day of show, $18 students, $15 per person in group of 10 or more; call 800-965-9324.

Central Mississippi Light Flyers Fish Fry and Fly-in June 8, 9 a.m., at Harrell Field (Old Highway 43 and Harrell Drive, Pisgah). The annual event includes flying demonstrations, plane rides for children ages 8-17 and toy plane rides for smaller children. Free; call 601-624-4400;

AKA Father-Daughter Dance June 8, 5-8 p.m., at Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (4400 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Ebony Pearls Foundation is the host. The event is a fundraiser for the Emerging Young Leaders Program. $30 per couple, $10 per additional daughter; call 601-214-4281 or 601-668-3248; email [email protected] or [email protected].

Monday, June 10

Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562.

• Mr. Magic Nick June 10, 3:30 p.m. The magician gives a special performance.

Events at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo).

• Freedom Trail Marker Dedication June 10, 2 p.m., on the campus green. The ceremony is in honor of the college's role in the Civil Rights Movement. Open to the public. Free; call 601-977-7871.

Medgar Evers Home Museum Rededication Ceremony June 10, 11 a.m., at Medgar Evers Home Museum (2332 Margaret W. Alexander Drive). The program is in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the civil rights icon's assassination. Open to the public. Free; call 601-977-7871.

Medgar Evers 50th Anniversary Commemoration June 10-12. The Evers Institute hosts a series of events to recognize the 50th anniversary of Evers' assassination. Activities include a civil-rights tour, a film festival, a youth congress, a memorial service, a chairman's reception and a tribute gala. Sponsorships start at $500, $100 for tribute gala only; call 662-915-1644 or 800-599-0650;

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

• Mississippi Inspectors: Building Mississippi June 10-14 and July 15-19, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Children entering grades 4-6 explore a historic neighborhood, plan a city, create a model of Mississippi and more. Pre-registration required. $50; call 601-576-6800.

Ongoing Events

Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562.

• Wii Play. Play Nintendo Wii games Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Events at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland), at the multi-use trail next door. Free; call 601-899-9696.

• Super Star Senior Adult Walking Club Thursdays, 10 a.m. The group walks Thursdays at 10 a.m.

• Weekly Group Run Thursdays, 6 p.m. Run 5.4 miles Thursdays at 6 p.m.

• Weekly Group Walk Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Walks are Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

Events at Ridgeland Recreational Center (Old Trace Park, Post Road, Ridgeland). Registration required; call 601-856-6876.

• Tai-Chi Fusion on the Reservoir for Seniors Wednesdays, 11-11:30 a.m. The ancient Chinese martial art promotes flexibility, stamina and focused breathing. $5 per class.

• Zumba Fitness Class for Seniors Thursdays, 1-1:45 p.m. The Latin-inspired aerobics class is for ages 40 and up. $5 per class.

StinkyFeet Fondren Run Tuesdays, 6 p.m. StinkyFeet Athletics leads the weekly fun run through the neighborhoods off Old Canton Road. Meet in the parking lot at Babalu. Free; find Fondren Group Run on Facebook.

Events at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Unless stated otherwise, $8, children under 12 months free; call 601-981-5469;

• Ready! Set! Go! First Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon. The program helps children ages 3-5 prepare for kindergarten through activities and resources for parents and caregivers.

• Tinker with Tuesdays Children ages 4-11 learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m.

Events at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469;

• Shake Out the Sillies (third Wednesdays) Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Toddlers and preschoolers participate in fitness and health enrichment activities. Adults must accompany children.

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.

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.

Saturday Morning Weekly Walk Saturdays, 8 a.m., 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.

Remembrance: Pregnancy Loss and Early Infant Death Support Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at University Physicians Pavilion (1410 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). In room MO-16. The support group is for those who experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. Free; call 601-984-1921; email [email protected].

Hill Training Workout, at Avondale Street and Old Canton Road in Fondren. liveRIGHTnow hosts the training session Mondays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 6 p.m. Free; call 601-717-2012;

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.

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

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

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 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.

Downtown Jackson Toastmasters Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m., 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 601-940-5247 for membership information; email [email protected];

Burn the Dance Floor, at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Every Saturday, enjoy a free salsa class at 9 p.m. and a salsa party from 10-2 a.m. $10, $5 with college ID; call 601-213-6355.

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.

"Guess Who's Talking Now" Toastmasters Club 3284 Meetings Tuesdays, noon-1 p.m., 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.

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 the website for a schedule and locations. Donations welcome; call 601-353-6477;

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. Free; email [email protected].

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. Refreshments served. Free; call 601-979-1413 or 601-918-5075.

Ultimate Frisbee Pickup Game, at Chastain Middle School (4650 Manhattan Road). Sundays at 3 p.m. The sport is played with teams of seven who score by catching and throwing a disc toward an end zone. Free; call 987-3550;

Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515;

• Dog Day Afternoons Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. through Sept. 29. Bring your dog to the Art Garden for an afternoon of play. Free.

Medgar Evers Homecoming June 6-8, 10 a.m. The celebration includes a gospel concert June 6 at Tougaloo College at 6 p.m., a banquet June 7 at Masonic Temple, and a parade and blues concert June 8. Call for details. Free gospel concert, admission TBA for banquet and blues concert; call 601-948-5835.

Tupelo Elvis Festival June 6-9, in downtown Tupelo. The annual event includes concerts, food, a carnival, a beauty pageant, a 5K run and more. Headliners include the Cadillac Three and Montgomery Gentry. Admission varies per event; call 662-841-6598;

Super 70s Smash June 7-9, 8 a.m., at Reunion Golf and Country Club (150 Greensward Drive, Madison). Tennis players ages 70 and up compete in the men's and women's doubles tournament. $30 entry fee (includes lunch and a gift); call 601-605-8784; email [email protected];

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