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Events at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Call 601-981-5469;

Summer Solstice Pajama Party June 21, 5:30 p.m. Come in your pajamas and celebrate the longest day of the year with games, a movie, story time and more. For members only. Free.

Question It? Discover It! Saturday June 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn about the skeletal system from medical professionals and look at X-rays. $8, members and children under 12 months free.

Cooking Camp June 24-28. Children learn to make kid-friendly meals. Registration required. $185.

Events at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-856-4536.

Skins & Skulls June 18, 10:30 a.m. A Natchez Trace Park Ranger leads students on a hands-on archeology study.

Can You Dig It? Tie-Dye T-shirt Workshop June 21, 3-4 p.m. Make your own tie-dye t-shirt.

Monday, June 17

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

6:30-8:30 p.m., Business Development and Grant Writing Invitational, at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). Topics include starting a 501(c)(3) business, how to secure funds and proposal/grant writing. Also held June 22 from 10 a.m.-noon. $39.99 ($5 off with ad); call 601-965-0372 or 601-201-1957; email [email protected];

Tuesday, June 18

4 p.m., JPS School Board Budget Meeting, at Jackson Public Schools (621 S. State St.), in the board room. The Board of Trustees' budget hearing for the 2013-2014 school year is open to the public. Free; call 601-960-8700;

7-9 p.m., Dream 2 Succeed Scholarship Awards Program, at Hearts of Madison (123 Jones St., Madison). Duvalier Malone Enterprises presents the Dream 2 Succeed Scholarship Awards along with a special book signing with James Meredith. Free; call 601-862-1763; email [email protected];

Wednesday, June 19

Mental Health First Aid Training Course June 19-20, at Hinds Behavioral Health Services (3450 Highway 80 W.), in the Conference Center. In the Conference Center. Learn how to respond during a mental health crisis. $75; call 601-321-2436.

Writing a Grant Proposal: The Essentials June 19-20, at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St.). The two-day workshop covers all the essentials for writing a grant proposal including budgeting, researching and managing awards. Registration required. $369, $189 members; call 601-968-0061;

Noon, History Is Lunch, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Architectural historian Todd Sanders presents "Hayes Town's Mississippi Architecture." Free; call 601-576-6998.

5:45 p.m., Summer Solstice Yoga, at Energy in Motion (200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood). The class benefits the animal shelter ARF of Mississippi. Free admission, pet food or monetary donations welcome; email [email protected].

6 p.m., United Way Summer Reading Middle School Book Clubs, at Richard Wright Library (515 W. McDowell Road). The sessions are part of the JPS Summer Reading Program. Free; call 601-948-4725.

7 p.m., Tabatas on the Green, at Duling Green (Duling Avenue and Old Canton Road). liveRIGHTnow hosts the intensive cardio session. Water provided. $5; call 601-717-2012;

7 p.m., Hinds County Human Resource Agency Meeting, at Hinds County Human Resource Agency (258 Maddox Road). The Board of Directors meets on third Wednesdays. Open to the public; Hinds County residents encouraged to attend. Free; call 601-923-1838.

Thursday, June 20

Mississippi disAbility MegaConference June 20-21, at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). The event for people with disabilities and their families, and profesionals includes vendors, resources and speakers. The keynote speaker is Christina Ha, the first blind contestant and season 3 winner of "MasterChef." Space limited; must register. $50 individuals, $75 (up to four), $125-$175 professionals; call 601-968-0600;

Camp Sickle Stars June 20-23, at Holmes County State Park (State Park Road, Goodman). The Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation takes young patients to the annual four-day event. Participant leave from the Jackson Medical Mall June 20 at 10 a.m. Registration required. Free; call 601-366-5874;

8:30 a.m., State Institutions of Higher Learning Meeting, at Mississippi University for Women (1100 College St., Columbus). The Board of Trustees meets in the Fine Arts Center. Open to the public. Free; call 601-432-6333;

10:30 a.m., Mississippi Main Street Association Awards Luncheon, at Old Capitol Inn (226 N State St.). The highlight of the 124th annual event is the scholarship auction and showcase that features items from MMSA members. Proceeds go toward MMSA's continuing education fund. Reserved tables of eight available. $40; email [email protected].

6 p.m., Precinct 3 COPS Meeting, at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0003.

7 p.m., Gentlemen Awards, at Hal & Mal's (200 Commerce St.). The Ascension Company is the host. Honorees include Jimmie Lee of J. Lee Productions, celebrity stylist Jason Bolin and Jeromie "Kake King" Jones. Cocktails at 7 p.m.; awards at 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit the 500 Foundation. $15 in advance, $20 at the door;

Friday, June 21

Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Call 601-576-6920.

• 7-8:30 a.m., Coffee and Conversation. Interact with business professionals, leaders, and other community members, and learn about upcoming city projects. Free.

• 6-8 p.m., Old Capitol After Dark. Children ages 8-12 enjoy a scavenger hunt and a pizza dinner. Space limited; registration required. $20.

The Gifts of Yoga: Wisdom from the Sages June 21-23, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Desiree Rumbaugh teaches yoga worldwide and has more than 20 years of experience. Includes standing poses, hip openers, backbends and inversions. Registration required. Lodging at Fairview Inn for travelers. $175 or $50 per session; call 601-594-2313; email [email protected];

8 a.m.-4 p.m., Super Sitters Babysitting Class, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in Busey Auditorium. The class is for youth ages 11-15. Topics include feeding, safety and basic CPR. Registration required. Free; call 601-968-1712;

8:30 a.m., 2013 Day of Action - Project: Macaroni, at Lady Luck Casino (1380 Warrenton Road, Vicksburg). In the arena. The United Way of West Central Mississippi is the host. Volunteers package boxes of macaroni and cheese to send to food pantries and shelters. The goal is to feed 20,000 families. Call in advance to sign up as a volunteer. Donations welcome; call 601-636-1733; email [email protected].

9 a.m.-noon, Edible Urban Forestry Workshop, at Midtown Partner Resource Center (301 Adelle St.). The topic is planting urban orchards and the current state of Jackson's tree canopy. Pre-registration required. Free; call 601-672-0755; email [email protected].

10 a.m., Look and Learn with Hoot, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). This educational opportunity for 4-5 year olds and their parents features a hands-on art activity and story time. Please dress for mess. Free; call 601-960-1515;

8 p.m., LeFleur East Flash Dash, at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.), near BRAVO! The nighttime run/walk includes LED bracelets and necklaces, and snacks. The Flash Bash follows and includes music from Cooper and the Contradictions, a laser show, a bungee tramp for the kids and food. $20 by June 20, $35 race day, $100 immediate family (4 or more);

Saturday, June 22

9 a.m.-noon, Old Time Car Wash Fundraiser for Veterans, at Chateau Ridgeland (745 S. Pear Orchard Road, Ridgeland). Chateau Ridgeland hosts a car wash to raise funds for Outward Bound for Veterans. $10 donation; call 601-956-1331.

10 a.m.-6 p.m., Juneteenth Jackson Festival, at Medgar Evers Community Center (3759 Edwards Ave.). The celebration of African-American freedom includes speakers, arts and crafts, music and food vendors. Free admission; call 601-608-8327.

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Walk to Cure Diabetes Family Team Kickoff, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The Mississippi chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation hosts the event in preparation for the Oct. 19 walk at Mayes Lake. Free with museum admission; call 601-981-1184; email [email protected];

7-11 p.m., Car Park Rock, at The Pinnacle at Jackson Place (190 E. Capitol St.). At the parking garage. The fundraiser for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra includes dinner, beverages, an appearance from the Magnolia Roller Vixens, and music from Scott Albert Johnson and the Geezers. Tables of 10 available. $35 in advance; call 601-960-1565; email [email protected].

Sunday, June 23

1-4 p.m., Thick and Proud Sisters Model Call, at Dreamz JXN (426 W. Capitol St.). Models must be age 21 or older, at least a size 14, wear hair off the face and bring heels. Chosen models will participate in a showcase in November. Free; call 979-3994;

Monday, June 24

Summer Engineering Experience for Kids Academy (SEEK) June 24-July 12, at New Hope Baptist Church (5202 Watkins Drive). The three-week camp for girls in grades 3-5 includes working in teams, completing projects, giving a presentation and competing in a design competition. Held from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Registration required; space limited. Free; call 366-7002;

Through June 30

9 Lives for $9 Cat Adoption Event, at Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA) (960 N. Flag Chapel Road). Cats ages 9 months and older are available for adoption at a discounted price. An open house for the cattery is June 22 from 1-4 p.m.; includes refreshments and tours. $9 per cat; call 601-842-4404; email [email protected].

Main Street Matters. The paint company Benjamin Moore seeks nominations for main streets of 20 U.S. cities and towns to revitalize. The winning locations' main street structures will be repainted. Vote for Jackson through June 30. Free;

Through July 20

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

Through Aug. 9

ACT Workshops, at Get2College Center (2600 Lakeland Terrace). Register for morning or afternoon sessions. Held weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; call 601-321-5533; email [email protected].

Through Sept. 29

Dog Day Afternoons, noon-5 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Bring your dog to the Art Garden for an afternoon of play. Free; call 601-960-1515;

Through Oct. 1

Doris Berry's Farmers Market (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Open Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call 601-353-1633.

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.

Through Oct. 26

Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram). Open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 601-373-4545.

Through Nov. 30

Yazoo Farmers Market, at American Legion Post 7 (417 N. Main St., Yazoo City). Open Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon; may open on Tuesdays later in the season. Free; call 662-590-5415; find Yazoo Farmers Market on Facebook.

Through Dec. 21

Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 601-354-6573;

Through Dec. 24

Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon). Open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Call 601-919-1690.

Ongoing Events

Bokwa Fitness Classes Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m., and Saturdays, 10-11 a.m., at Dance Unlimited Studio, Byram (6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite A, Byram). Join Certified Bokwa Instructor, Paula Eure, for a hour full of fun. $5 per class; call 601-209-7566;

Free Adult Counseling Consultation Mondays-Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m., at Middleway Counseling Practice (7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 221, Ridgeland). Schedule a free 20-minute counseling consultation with licensed professional counselor Angela Essary. For ages 18 and up. Free; call 601-421-9566;

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

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.

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.

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.

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].

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.

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.

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.

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.

StinkyFeet Fondren Run Tuesdays, 6 p.m., in Fondren. 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.

Medals4Mettle Medal Drive, at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Donate marathon, half marathon and triathlon medals without ribbons. M4M gives the medals to children and adults with debilitating illnesses. Donations welcome; call 601-899-9696.

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