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Community Events and Public Meetings


Events at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.).

Go Red for Women Luncheon May 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Metro Jackson American Heart Association's fundraiser includes health screenings, exhibits, a photo booth, giveaways and testimonials. $75 in advance; call 601-321-1209;

Mayor's Prayer Luncheon May 9, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mission Mississippi is the host. Sister Mary Dorothea Sondgeroth, former president and CEO of St. Dominic Health Services, is the speaker. $45; call 601-353-6477; email [email protected];

Monday, May 6

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

7-10 p.m., Take a Tasty Bite Out of Crime, at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Enjoy food and drink samples, and live music. Performers include Fingers Taylor and the Soulshine Allstars, Hunter Gibson and the Gators, Chris Gill, Will and Linda, Pam Confer and Eddie Williams. The event is a fundraiser for local law enforcement. $50; call 601-212-0016; email [email protected];

Tuesday, May 7

9 a.m.-2 p.m., Yazoo County Job Fair, at Mississippi National Guard Armory (2201 Gordon Ave., Yazoo City). The Governor's Job Fair Network is the host. Dress professionally and bring several copies of your resume. Free; call 601-321-6122 ;

11:30 a.m., SON Valley Golf Tournament, at Lake Caroline Golf Course (118 Caroline Club Circle, Madison). The format is a four-person scramble. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m., and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Prizes given. Registration includes a goody bag, a golf shirt and more. Benefits SON Valley, a community for people with developmental disabilities. $400 and up for teams, $100 hole sponsor; call 601-859-2100, ext. 239; email [email protected];

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.

4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., American Board Teaching Career Information Session, at Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library (700 Veto St., Vicksburg). Learn how to earn a professional teaching license. Teacher certification specialist Ashley Guy is the facilitator. Bachelor's degree required. Online registration available. Free; call 601-329-0654; email [email protected];

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. Call 601-960-8700.

6 p.m., Rankin County Federation of Democratic Women Meeting, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). The group meets every other Thursday at 6 p.m. to discuss current political affairs. Refreshments served. All interested Rankin County residents welcome. Call 601-932-2562; email [email protected];

6-8 p.m., Cosmos and Couture Fashion Show, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). Includes a fashion show featuring items from local merchants, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Burn Foundation. $50, raffle tickets: $20 for one, $100 for six; call 601-540-2995;

Wednesday, May 8

11 a.m.-1 p.m., U.S. Travel Rally Day, at Smith Park (Yazoo Street). The annual event is in honor of National Travel and Tourism Week. Includes information about the hospitality Industry, food vendors, and music from Malcolm Shepherd and 5 Shades of Black. The first 500 attendees wearing red receive a free lunch. Free; call 601-960-1891.

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Jackson 2000 Discussion Luncheon, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Representatives from the Mississippi Learning Institute share their plans for youth in Jackson. Attire is casual or business casual. RSVP. $12, $10 members; call 960-1500; email [email protected];

Noon, History Is Lunch, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Libby Hollingsworth talks about her family, the Shaifers of Port Gibson, and their role during the Civil War. No food permitted. Free; call 601-576-6998.

2-3:30 p.m., Road to Recovery Volunteer Driver Training, at American Cancer Society (1380 Livingston Lane). Learn more about volunteering to drive patients with cancer to their treatments. Free; call 601-321-5503 or 800-227-2345.

6 p.m., We Are Unstoppable Race, at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). The race is in honor of those affected by the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing. Proceeds from T-shirt sales benefit One Fund Boston. Free admission; call 601-899-9696;

6-8 p.m., Six in the City: May Edition, at The Penguin Restaurant & Bar (1100 John R. Lynch St.). Local women business owners sell jewelry, books, gift items and more. Register online to attend. Free tickets;

Thursday, May 9

8 a.m.-5 p.m., Canton Flea Market, at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton). The biannual shopping extravaganza includes goods from artists and crafters. Free admission; call 601-859-1307;

9 a.m.-noon and 3-7 p.m., Job Fair for Nurses, at Quisenberry Library (605 E. Northside Drive). Quality Healthcare is the host. The event is for RNs, LPNs, CNAs and sitters. CPR certification available. Free; call 601-622-4677.

11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women Spring Luncheon, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) The organization honors Mississippi women for their service to the community. Sponsorships available. $50; call 601-359-3044; email [email protected]; find Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women on Facebook.

5 p.m., Hinds County School Board Meeting, at Hinds County School District (13192 Highway 18, Raymond). The board meets on second Thursdays. Open to the public. Call 601-857-5222. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Democrats on Tap Happy Hour, 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. Free, donations welcome;

6 p.m., Precinct 2 COPS Meeting, at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol Street). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0002.

6 p.m., Midtown Neighborhood Association Town Hall Meeting, at 301 Adelle St. The topic is the new charter school law. Representatives of Mississippi First lead the discussion. Call 601-212-1374 or 601-941-5327.

6-8 p.m., Minority Business Network Monthly Meeting, at Divine Ministries (1417 W. Capitol St.). In the Multipurpose Center. Learn ways to grow your business. Refreshments and door prizes included. Bring business cards. RSVP. Free; call 601-750-2367 or 601-316-5092; email [email protected];

6:30-8 p.m., New Vibrations Network Gathering, at Unitarian Universalist Church (4866 N. State St.). The mixer is held every second Thursday. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Free; donations welcome. Free, donations welcome; email [email protected].

7-9 p.m., The Artisan Mixer, at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). The event is a lifestyle shopping affair featuring local visual and literary artists, clothing and jewelry designers, creators of home decor, body care herbalists and more. Enjoy music from Kerry Thomas and DJ Sean Mac. RSVP. Free admission; call 601-965-0337 for vendor information; email [email protected];

Friday, May 10

9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Look Around Jackson Bus Tours. Tour the Capital City via motor coach to see current attractions and to learn about upcoming projects. Free; call 601-960-1891; email [email protected].

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]

Saturday, May 11

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The United States Postal Service sponsors the annual event. Leave non-perishable foods next to your mailbox for the mail carrier to collect and take to local food banks. Visit for a list of participating post offices in Mississippi. More at

7:30 a.m., Move to be Fit 5K, at New Summit School (1417 Lelia Drive). Registration is from 6-6:55 a.m. The race is a fundraiser for New Summit School. Awards given. $25; call 601-982-7827;

8 a.m.-3 p.m., Roll Off Dumpster and E-waste Collection Day. Jackson residents can take appliances, yard debris and household items to one of the designated locations. No tires, chemicals or gas tanks. Proof of residency may be required. Drop off computers and computer accessories at the Ward 7 location. Call 601-960-0000 or 311.

8 a.m., Race For Grace 5K, at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). Race-day registration is at 6:30 a.m.; online pre-registration available. Includes a one-mile fun run. The first 200 to register receive T-shirts. Enjoy smoothies, door prizes and more. Proceeds go toward CUMC's summer mission trip to Lima, Peru. $20-$75; call 956-6974;

9:30 a.m., Spring Commencement, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). The graduation ceremony takes places in the Bowl. Honorary degree recipients include Dr. Aaron Shirley, Rev. Edwin R. King and Seetha Srinivasan. Call 601-974-1000.

10 a.m., Moving in Memory of Mom, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Tara Blumenthal is the instructor. The yoga class is for women whose mothers have passed away. Bring a small picture of your mother for the event (optional). Refreshments served. Proceeds benefit the McClean Fletcher Center, a grief support program. $5;

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Summer Youth Camp and Safety Expo, at Metrocenter Mall (3645 Highway 80 W.). learn about upcoming summer activities and safety during the summer. Includes arts and crafts, a space jump and treats. Free bike helmets and identity kits while supplies last. Vendors welcome. Free; call 601-960-2174.

11 a.m.-7 p.m., Stray At Home Art and Music Festival, at Amite and Congress streets. Enjoy live music, an arts and crafts fair, local food, craft beer and a cornhole tournament. Performers include Leagues, the Southern Komfort Brass Band and DJ Young Venom. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Jackson Inner-city Gardeners. Free admission;; find Stray at Home on Facebook.

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.

5:30-9 p.m., 3.21 Run Up for Downs, at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). The run/walk includes a one-mile fun run. Proceeds benefit the Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society and the Little Light House of Central Mississippi. $25-$30; call 601-853-2011;

6:30-10 p.m., Celebrate Our Mothers Dance, at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). In the Forestry Building. The red-carpet event to honor mothers includes a photo booth, a dance contest, games, food and a craft table. Proceeds benefit the Wisdom Foundation. $10; call 740-357-1761;

7 p.m., NAACP Freedom Fund Awards and Scholarship Banquet, at M.W. Stringer Grand Lodge (1072 John R. Lynch St.). The theme is theme is "Your Power, Your Decision - VOTE." The keynote speaker is Dr. Amos C. Brown, pastor of San Francisco's Third Baptist Church and NAACP board member. Sponsorships available. $50, $500 table of 10; call 601-906-1717 or 601-331-0274; email [email protected].

Sunday, May 12

Mother's Appreciation Day, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Mothers receive half off admission with a paying child. $10, $9 seniors, $6.75 ages 12 and under; call 601-352-2580;

Monday, May 13

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. Call 601-968-6501;

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Young Business Leaders of Jackson's Spring Banquet, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road) (1001 E. County Line Road) Rick Burgess, radio co-host of the Rick and Bubba Show is the speaker. Sponsorships available. $35, $280 tables; call 601-201-5489; email [email protected];

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. Call 601-939-4243.

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 May 22

Land's End to John O'Groats Cycling Fundraiser MondaysTuesdaysWednesdaysThursdaysFridaysSaturdays Local business owner and cyclist Peter Sharp takes a 14-day, 1,000-mile bike ride through the United Kingdom to raise funds for the Simon Sharp Eagle Fund. The fund benefits the Boy Scouts and Blair E. Batson Children's Cancer Clinic. 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 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

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.

"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].

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.

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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