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Community Events and Public Meetings


Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). • "United States of ALEC" Documentary Showing March 5, 7 p.m., in the Student Center Theater. The film is about the American Legislative Exchange Council, a political consortium. Free; call 601-979-3935. • Creative Arts Festival Call for Papers. 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 Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). • Zoo Day March 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The annual event includes educational activities, food. space jumps, face painting, playing at the Splash Pad and music. Special guests include Inky the Clown, magician Robert Day, the Jackosn Showboats and the Mississippi Braves. $10, $6.75 ages 2-12, children under 2 and members free; call 601-352-2500; • Spring Break Camp March 11-15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Children ages 6-12 enjoy animal encounters, crafts and keeper chats. $175, $165 members; call 601-352-2580, ext. 241;

Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). • Annual Ross Moore History Lecture March 5, 7 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). The speaker is historian Gene Dattel, author of "Cotton and Race in the Making of America." The program is part of the Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series. $10; call 601-974-1130; • Dr. Nicholas Buccola Lecture and Panel Discussion March 7, 7 p.m. In Olin Hall, room 100. Buccola, an assistant professor at Linfield College, discusses his book "The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty." Q&A and reception included. Free; call 974-1000; email [email protected]. • Social Media for Small Business Class March 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Ashley Jefcoat of Mississippi Public Broadcasting is the instructor. Topics include interacting with fans, posting messages and the basics of social media. Bring computers, tablets and smartphones (optional). Lunch on your own. Registration required. $45, $2 materials fee; call 601-974-1130;

Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). • History Is Lunch: Capital City Chronicles March 6, noon. Mississippi Valley State University associate professor Vincent Venturini presents "The Growth and Development of Jackson." Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998. • Metropolis Makers Program through March 29. School groups of students in grades 4 and up participate on town planning exercises. Reservations required. Free; call 601-576-6920.

Monday, March 4

Tuesday, March 5

Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 5-6, at Eagle Ridge Golf Course (1500 Raymond Lake Road, Highway 18 S., Raymond). Expert speakers present seminars on topics such as greenhouse design, heating options, budgeting and plant nutrition. Pre-registration includes meals and materials. $175; call 601-892-3731; email [email protected];

Writing a Grant Proposal: The Essentials March 5-6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 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. $369, $189 members; call 601-968-0061;

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

5:30 p.m., Jackson Public Schools Board of Directors Meeting, at Jackson Public Schools (621 S. State St.). The board holds discipline meetings on first Tuesdays and regular meetings on third Tuesdays. Open to the public. Free; call 601-960-8700.

6-8 p.m., Jackson For A Healthy Gulf , at Hal & Mal's (200 Commerce St.). In the Patio Room. Andrew Whitehurst of Gulf Restoration Network talks about his organization's water and wetlands conservation work in Mississippi. Refreshments, a raffle for a weekend in New Orleans and nature art included. RSVP. Free; email [email protected] or [email protected].

7-8 p.m., Pearl Democrats Organizational Meeting, at Pearl City Hall (2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). The Pearl Democratic Municipal Committee meets to elect officers. Registered voters welcome. Free; call 601-932-2262;

Wednesday, March 6

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Colon and Rectal Cancer Screening: Who Needs It?, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Baptist for Women Conference Room. Drs. Jane-Claire Williams and Steven Weeks talk about who should be screened, screening methods and treatments. Registration required. Free, $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262;

Thursday, March 7

Events in Fondren. • Fondren After 5 5-8 p.m. This monthly event showcases the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Free; call 601-981-9606; • fondRUN 6 p.m. 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;

5-6:30 p.m., Start-up "First Steps" and SBA Loans Workshop, at Eagle Ridge Conference Center (1500 Raymond Lake Road, Highway 18 S., Raymond). Topics include registering a business, financing and legal structures. Registration required; space limited. Free; call 601-857-7100;

6 p.m., Precinct 1 COPS Meeting, at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0001.

6 p.m., Run to Rescue, at Mississippi State University (Highway 12, Starkville). The 5K run/walk and one-mile fun benefits the International Justice Mission, a human rights agency dedicated to combating slavery, human trafficking and sexual exploitation. $20 through March 4, $25 after, donations welcome for fun run; call 662-325-2323; email [email protected];

7-8 p.m., Brandon Democrats Organizational Meeting, at Rankin County Government Offices (211 E. Government St., Brandon). The Brandon Democratic Municipal Committee meets to elect an executive committee and officers. Registered voters in Brandon welcome. Free;

Friday, March 8

7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Community Shred-It Day, at Home Depot, North Jackson (6325 Interstate 55 N.). The purpose of the event is to promote consumer protection and awareness of identity theft. Consumers may bring up to five large garbage bags or boxes of documents; no businesses, please. Free; call 800-281-4418.

8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., High School Welding Competition, at Delta Technical College (113 Marketridge Drive, Ridgeland). Vocational students complete a welding project and take a written exam for cash prizes. Spectators welcome. Free; call 309-427-2765 or 601-206-5200; YouTube Video.

The Home Show March 8-9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and March 10, noon-5 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The event includes home and garden exhibitions, a designers' challenge and a car show. $7; call 601-362-6501;

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., "Weight and the Healthy You" Workshop, at Tulane University, Madison Campus (2115 Main St., Madison). Learn ways to safely reach weight loss goals through portion control, meal planning and more. Materials included. March 4 is the registration deadline. $10; call 601-605-0007.

10:30 a.m.-noon, AmeriCorps NCCC Induction Ceremony, at AmeriCorps NCCC, Southern Region (2715 Confederate Ave., Vicksburg). The full-time, team-based, 10-month residential national service program is for people ages 18-24. Free; call 601-630-4040;

11 a.m., School Safety and Security: Planning for the Future, at Mississippi State University CAVS Extension Center (153 Mississippi Parkway, Canton). The security company BadgePass hosts the luncheon. Topics include active shooter training and response, the importance of conducting a security walk-through, and how other schools nationwide are increasing their security. Reservations required. Free; call 601-499-2131.

Mississippi Boat and Sport Show March 8, noon-8 p.m., March 9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and March 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). See boats, RVs and other related vehicles. March 9, children receive free fishing rods while supplies last, and meet Mountain Man of "Duck Dynasty" and Glen Guist of "Swamp People." $9, children under 12 free; call 256-509-3574;

5:15 p.m., Fab Abs Intensive, at Pure Barre (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 235-A). The 75-minute exercise class includes additional abdominal work. Reservations and pre-payment required. $25; call 769-251-0486;

Saturday, March 9

7 a.m.-noon, Community Health Initiative Obesity Fighters Run/Walk, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Registration is at 7 a.m., the 5K and 10K run/walk is at 8 a.m., the Kids Stock the Shelf Run for ages 5-12 is at 9 a.m., and line dancing is at 10 a.m. Proceeds benefit several charities including the Red Cross and the Mississippi Burn Center. $15, $100 team of 10, $5 students, two canned goods for fun run; call 601-506-2540 or 601-720-4575.

7:45 a.m.-noon, Jackson Audubon Society Birding Field Trip, at Turcotte Lab (506 Highway 43 S., Canton). Expert birder Pullen Watkins leads the expedition. Meet and park at Brown's Landing. Participants must have a WMA permit ($15 at any sporting goods store). Free; call 601-832-6788;

8 a.m., First Flora Ride, at Old Train Depot (4828 Main St., Flora). The Jackson Metro Cyclists host the bike ride. Register online on before the event from 7-7:45 a.m. Ride 20, 35 or 63 miles. $10 in advance, $15 race day, free for members ($25 membership); call 601-876-8686;

Global Elite Exposure March 9-10, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., at YMCA Downtown Jackson (800 E. River Place). The basketball exposure camp is for boys in grades 5-8. Student athletes have the opportunity to train, compete and showcase their talents for some of the nation's top basketball evaluators. $200;

8:15 a.m., Legal Beagle 5K, at Regions Bank, Northeast Jackson (1455 Jacksonian Plaza). The Jackson Young Lawyers Association is the host. Check-in is at 7 a.m. The run/walk includes a one-mile fun run. $20 in advance or fun run, $25 race day; call 601-856-9884;

10 a.m.-2 p.m., NASA Day, at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Learn about space rovers, shuttles and space exploration through science-based activities. $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469;

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

Sunday, March 10

Monday, March 11

Spring Break Tennis Camp March 11-15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Tennis Center South (2827 Oak Forest Drive) . The camp is for children ages 6-14. Registration includes membership to the United States Tennis Association for ages 10 and under. Bring lunch; snacks and sports drinks provided. $150-$300; call 601-960-1712.

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Expo, at Metrocenter Mall (3645 Highway 80 W.). Youth ages 16-24 learn about summer job opportunities from local businesses. Free; call 601-960-0326.

1 p.m., Levee Board Meeting, at Flowood City Hall (2101 Airport Road, Flowood). Members of the Rankin-Hinds Pearl Flood and Drainage Control District hold their monthly meeting. Free; call 601-939-4243.

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.

Creative Arts Festival Call for Papers , at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). 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];

Through March 16

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;

Through May 10

Art for the Park Call for Art Submissions. The Belhaven Garden Club seeks silent auction art donations for the upcoming Art in the Park May 16 at Fairview Inn. The event goes toward the upkeep of Laurel Street Park. Free; call 601-503-5762; email [email protected]

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 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 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.

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.

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