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Community Events and Public Meetings


Events at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). • Medicaid Rally March 27, 11 a.m., in the second floor rotunda. The Mississippi Health Care Access Coalition, the Mississippi State Conference NAACP and other groups host the rally to encourage state representatives to support Medicaid expansion. Free; • Fit 4 Change 5K March 28, 6 p.m. Paul Lacoste Sports hosts the race that includes participation from state legislators. Registration required. Proceeds benefit Victory Sports Foundation's obesity-prevention efforts. Free, donations welcome; call 601-398-0950;

Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). • History Is Lunch: Capital City Chronicles March 27, noon. Downtown Jackson Partners president Ben Allen discusses future plans for the city. No food permitted. 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 25

5:30-7:30 p.m., Cards for Cancer Fundraising Reception, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). At center stage. Enjoy card games, music and refreshments. Proceeds go toward Rebirth Alliance's Cards for Cancer program to provide gas or meal cards for cancer patients going through chemotherapy or radiation treatments. RSVP. $25, $100 business or corporate, seniors and current cancer patients free; call 601-966-7252; email [email protected];

6-8:30 p.m., Jackson Mayoral Candidates Forum, at Greater Mt. Bethel Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A. (4125 Robinson Road). The Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee is the host. Refreshments included. Submit questions before the event on Facebook. Free; call 601-969-2913; email [email protected].

Tuesday, March 26

1-3 p.m., Home Builders Association of Jackson Seminar, at Home Builders Association of Jackson (195 Charmant Drive, Ridgeland). Edsel Charles, founder of MarketGraphics Research Group, talks about changes in the housing market. RSVP. $30; call 601-362-6501.

2 p.m., A Chat with Cassi Davis, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). At Rose E. McCoy Auditorium. The actress and Holly Springs natives is known for her role as Ella Payne on Tyler Perry's "House of Payne." Free; call 601-979-2426.

6-9 p.m., Jackson Mayoral Candidates Forum, at Old Capitol Inn (226 N State St.). Leadership Greater Jackson Alumni is the host. Enjoy free food, a cash bar and a game-show style Q&A with the candidates. RSVP. Free; call 601-842-7237; email [email protected].

6:30 p.m., Jackson Audubon Society Chapter Meeting, at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Rynetta Coetzee talks about birding in South Africa. Open to the public. Free; call 601-832-6788;

7 p.m., Global Lecture Series: Condoleezza Rice, at Mississippi State University (Highway 12, Starkville). At Humphrey Coliseum. The former U.S. Secretary of State's address includes a Q&A session. Free tickets (limit of two given per person); call 662-325-2930;

Wednesday, March 27

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Heartburn: The Painful Facts, at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison), in the Community Room. Dr. Ronald Kotfila explains causes and treatments for frequent heartburn. Registration required. Free, $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262;

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. Call 601-968-5825.

6 p.m., Pub Run, at Soulshine Pizza Factory, Township (1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Run two or four miles. Register for door prizes before the race at Fleet Feet Sports. Free; call 601-898-9696;

Thursday, March 28

9 a.m., Canton Youth Employment and Training Summit, at Canton High School (634 Finney Road, Canton). Discuss career opportunities with companies, receive information from colleges and universities and attend seminars. Free; call 228-324-2946.

11:30 a.m., What You Need to Know: The Adult Child's Guide to Being a Financial Caregiver , at Corner Bakery, Madison (149 Grandview Blvd., Madison). Certified financial Planner David Russell is the facilitator. Lunch included. Seating limited; registration required. Free; call 601-957-0323;

3:30-4:30 p.m., Teen Time (7th-12th Graders), at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). The program includes activities related to pop culture and current events. Free; call 601-856-4536.

5:30 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.

5:30-7:30 p.m., Democrats on Tap Happy Hour March 28, at Hal & Mal's (200 Commerce St.), in the Oyster Bar Room. Meet fellow Democrats and find out how to get involved with the Mississippi Democratic Party. Mississippi Democratic Trust Executive Director Brandon Jones is the special guest. No cover, donations welcome; call 948-0888; email [email protected];

6 p.m., How to Succeed in Business, at Sal and Mookie's New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St.). LABA-Link is the host, and Jeff Good, president of Mangia Bene Restaurant Management Group, is the presenter. Includes networking and Latin music. RSVP. Free, food for sale; email [email protected].

Friday, March 29

City of Brandon Kaleidoscope Spring Market March 29, 2-7 p.m., and March 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Brandon Civic Center (1000 Municipal Drive, Brandon). Enjoy shopping, food, pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting, a fashion show, live entertainment and more. Free; call 601-824-4578;

6 p.m., Community Bike Ride, at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Bikers ride to a different destination on the last Friday of each month. Jackson Bike Advocates is the sponsor. Free; find Jackson Bike Advocates on Facebook.

7 p.m., Resurrection Gala and Anchor Community Awards Banquet, at Mount Helm Baptist Church (300 E. Church St.). Enjoy live entertainment and guest speakers including Dr. Robert Smith, Pastor Jerry Young of New Hope Baptist Church and Billy Redd of the Boys and Girls Club. $40, $320 table of eight; call 601-353-3981; email [email protected].

Saturday, March 30

7 a.m., Youth Fishing Rodeo, at Turcotte Lab (506 Highway 43 S., Canton). The program is for youth ages 15 and under. Bring fishing gear, catfish bait and stringers. Free; call 601-859-4358 or 601-432-2200;

8-9:30 a.m., Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Animals , at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Enjoy breakfast, a visit from the Easter Bunny, crafts, story time and more. March 25 is the deadline to purchase tickets. $15, $11 children 12 and under, $5 members; call 601-352-2580;

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Homebuyer Education Class, at Jackson Housing Authority Homeownership Center (256 E. Fortification St.). Topics include personal finances, home inspections and the role of lenders and real estate agents. Registration required. The class is required to qualify for a Jackson Housing Authority loan. Free; call 601-398-0446.

9 a.m.-noon, Easter Egg Hunt , at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Enjoy egg decorating, pony and train rides, pictures with the Easter Bunny, an Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 7 and under, and refreshments. $6, $4 ages 3-18; call 601-432-4500;

9-11 a.m., Clothing Giveaway, at Sheppard Brothers Park (1355 Hattiesburg St.). Gently-used clothing and shoes for adults and children available. Free, donations welcome; call 769-257-8494.

10 a.m.-noon, Flowood Easter Egg Hunt, at Liberty Park, Flowood (694 Liberty Park Drive, Flowood). The event for ages 10 and under includes prizes, games and more. Free; call 601-992-4440.

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Easter Celebration, at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Enjoy an egg hunt, crafts and volcanic egg dying. $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469;

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Southern Poverty Law Center Advocacy Training, at Lumpkins BBQ (182 Raymond Road). The topic is "Ending Mass Incarceration in Mississippi: Privatization and Community Oversight." Lunch included. Free; call 334-322-8218 or 917-535-3041; email [email protected] or [email protected].

11 a.m.-3 p.m., Family Easter Bash, at Spencer Perkins Center (1831 Robinson St.). Enjoy field games, face painting, food, an egg hunt and a chance to win an iPad Mini. P. Lo Jetson, Jerrell Moore and Radical Praiz, Chad Perry, Laurie Walker, Joanne Bell and more perform. Proceeds benefit the center's after-school program. Free admission, $5 raffle ticket; call 601-354-1563; find Spencer Perkins Center on Facebook.

11 a.m.-5 p.m., Holi Festival of Colors, at Hindu Temple of Mississippi (173 Vernon Jones Ave., Brandon). The Hindu spring festival includes Indian food stalls, henna tattoos, arts and crafts vendors, games, face painting and color splashes. Free admission; call 601-918-8712, 601-519-5656 or 601-278-0154; find Jackson Holi Mela 2013 on Facebook.

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Celebrate Women's Month Workshop, at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite C). The theme is "The Collective Soul of the Human Race: Dismantling the Walls that Divide." Breaking Free Ministries shares a presentation and leads group discussions about the content. Free; call 601-214-6140 or 601-960-3008; email [email protected].

Noon, City of Jackson Easter Egg Hunt, at Battlefield Park (953 Porter St.). The Department of Parks and Recreation hosts the event for children ages 5-10. Please arrive at least 20 minutes early, and bring a bag or basket. Free; call 601-960-0471.

12:30 p.m., Day of Hope, at The Church Triumphant (Odyssey North, 731 S. Pear Orchard Road, Suite 43, Ridgeland). The event includes free food, a clothing giveaway, a blood drive and a concert. Performers include the Triumphant Singers, Venson Moore, Jerrica Stimage, Ladyink, Sam-U-El, The Messenger and Anointed by God. Free; call 601-977-0007; email [email protected];

Through March 30

The Bunny Photo Experience, at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Children may visit and take a picture with the Easter Bunny. Photo packages start at $19.95, $5 online credit available for additional items; call 601-956-3438.

Monday, April 1

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;

6-8 p.m., Relationship Recovery Workshop, at Grace Christian Counseling Center (1414 Cherry St., Vicksburg). The 10-week workshop is for adults recovering from broken relationships such as divorces, separations or breakups. Sessions are Mondays from 6-8 p.m. Registration required. Limited partial scholarships available. $50 (includes materials); call 601-636-5703.

90 For Life Health Seminar April 1-2, 6:30 p.m., at Mississippi Public Broadcasting (3825 Ridgewood Road), in the auditorium. Author and biomedical researcher Dr. Joel Wallach gives advice on getting healthy, saving money and creating wealth. Registration is at 6 p.m. Space limited; RSVP. Free; call 601-540-7497.

7 p.m., Blue Cross Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi, at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Enjoy gourmet dishes, a silent auction and live music. Performers include Hunter Gibson and the Gators, and Pryor Graeber and the Tombstones. Proceeds benefit Stewpot Community Services. $65 in advance, $80 at the door; call 601-353-2759;

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. 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 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

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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