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Community Meetings


Monday, Nov. 11

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.

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 p.m., Jackson Touchdown Club Meeting at River Hills Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). Club members with an interest in football meet on most Mondays Through Dec. 2. Arkansas Razorbacks head football coach Brett Bielema is the speaker. Call for information on membership dues. $30 non-members; call 601-506-3186;

6 p.m., Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Advocacy Meeting at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St., Suite B). MIRA discusses current issues and upcoming campaigns at the meeting held on second Mondays. Open to the public. Light dinner included. Free; call 601-968-5182;

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., New Foundation Toastmasters Club #702994 Meetings at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). In the Nebraska Room. Practice impromptu speaking, active listening, evaluation and leadership skills. Call for information on membership dues; call 601-502-8402 or 601-896-4400; email [email protected]; find "NewFoundation Linda Hartwell" on Facebook.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

noon-1 p.m., "Guess Who's Talking Now" Toastmasters Club 3284 Meetings at Woolfolk Building (501 N. West St.) in the conference room on the first floor. Improve your communication skills, and become a better speaker and leader. Membership required. Free to visitors; call 601-359-6653 or 601-359-2573.

5 p.m.-7 p.m., Jackson Homeowner Forum at Metrocenter Mall (1395 Metrocenter Drive). In the Community Room. The purpose of this event is to help South Jackson residents who may be able to buy their first home, refinance their current mortgage or prevent foreclosure. Guests include State Senators David Blount and Sollie B. Norwood. Free; call 601-359-3232; email [email protected].

5:15 p.m., Public Policy Toastmasters Club 8689 Meeting at Universities Center (3825 Ridgewood Road). The group meets on first and third Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. in the computer lab. Improve your communication skills, and become a better speaker and leader. Membership required. Call for details on membership dues; call 601-540-8472 or 601-432-6277.

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Medgar Evers/Ella Baker Civil Rights Lecture Series at COFO Civil Rights Education Complex (1013 John R. Lynch St.). The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute is the host, and the topic is "Aaron Henry and the Mississippi Project." RSVP. Free; call 601-979-1562 or 601-979-4348; email [email protected];

Wednesday, Nov. 13

11:45 a.m., Jackson 2000 November Luncheon at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Learn about the organization's Dialogue Circles program. RSVP. Wear casual or business casual attire. $12, $10 members; call 960-1500; email [email protected];

6 p.m.-7 p.m., Downtown Jackson Toastmasters at Plaza Building (120 N. Congress St.). Learn to communicate better in front of groups and with peers. Meetings are Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. on the 12th floor in the Common Room. Call for membership information. Free; call 601-940-5247; email [email protected];

Thursday, Nov. 14

9 a.m., COMSTAT Meeting at Jackson Police Department Headquarters (327 E. Pascagoula St.). The JPD shares the latest Jackson crime statistics at the biweekly meeting. Open to the public. Free; call 601-960-1375;

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Conversation About Community at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Operation Shoestring hosts the annual forum, and the purpose is to come up with solutions for problems in Jackson. Panelists include Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Wells Church pastor Rev. Keith Tonkel. $50, sponsorships available; call 601-353-6336, ext. 27; email [email protected];

4 p.m.-6 p.m., Leadership Development Series: Board Development at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Learn board roles and responsibilities, recruiting and orientation, and fundraising and compliance. Registration required. $35, $25 Mississippi Center for Nonprofits members; call 601-968-0061;

6 p.m., Yazoo CVB Honors at The No Smoking Smokehouse (209 S. Main St., Yazoo City). The Yazoo Convention and Visitors Bureau honors local individuals and business for their contributions. Boots, cowboy hats and jeans welcome. Adib Sabir and Deeb's Blues perform. Free;

6 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 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. Free; call 601-960-0002.

6 p.m.-7 p.m.,Capital City Toastmasters Club #1684 at Reformed Theological Seminary Library (5341 Clinton Blvd.). Join to improve your public speaking and leadership skills. New members welcome. Free; call 601-942-2154;

Friday, Nov. 15

9 a.m.-10 p.m.,Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Unity Conference at Fondren Hall (4330 N. State St.). Speakers include attorney and author Michelle Alexander ("The New Jim Crow"), Mexican author and poet Javier Silicia, and Chuy Sanchez of The Opportunity Agenda. Meals included. Registration required. $100 with evening reception, $50 daytime events only, $10 students and youth; call 601-354-9355, ext. 5; email [email protected].

Saturday, Nov. 16

9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Unity Conference at Smith Robertson Museum (528 Bloom St.). Speakers include attorney and author Michelle Alexander ("The New Jim Crow"), Mexican author and poet Javier Silicia, and Chuy Sanchez of The Opportunity Agenda. Meals included. Registration required. $100 with evening reception, $50 daytime events only, $10 students and youth; call 601-354-9355, ext. 5; email [email protected].

2 p.m.-5 p.m., Stud Sessions: Communication at Jackson Enterprise Center (931 Highway 80 W.). Stud Sessions is an interactive place for male gendered, lesbian women of Mississippi to meet, greet, and collaborate on projects and the community. Registration required. For ages 18 and up. Free; email [email protected] ( entrepreneurs, artists or business owners); Registration Form (Google Docs).

4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.,Sick and Tired, and Seeking SOULutions Through undefined NaN, at Afrikan Arts and Culture Studio (612 N. Farish St.). Our Community Against Racism hosts the forum on second Saturdays. The focus of the monthly forum is to provide African-centered cultural enrichment and work toward racial equality. Refreshments served. Free; call 601-979-1413 or 601-918-5075.

Monday, Nov. 18

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 p.m., Jackson Touchdown Club Meeting at River Hills Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). Club members with an interest in football meet on most Mondays Through Dec. 2. Doug Gillin, associate athletic director for the Missouri Tigers, is the speaker. Call for information on membership dues. $30 non-members; call 601-506-3186;

Community Events

Monday, Nov. 11

Family and Friends of LGBTQI Persons Support Group. Call or email for location. The group offers a safe place for people to share their feelings and experiences. Professional counselors lead the sessions. Free; call 601-842-7599; email [email protected].

Tuesday, Nov. 12

6:45 p.m.-9:45 p.m., CONTACT the Crisis Line Training Through Dec. 10, at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). In room 236. Become a certified volunteer telephone crisis line counselor. Pre-register online. Free; call 601-982-9888 or 601-713-4099;

Wednesday, Nov. 13

noon, History Is Lunch at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Mike Stoll, MDAH historian, presents "Above and Beyond: Mississippi's Medal of Honor Recipients." Free; call 601-576-6998.

6 p.m.-8 p.m., Backpacker Magazine's Get Out More Tour at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). At Buffalo Peak Outfitters. Get advice on backpacking, survival skills, the latest gear and more. Prizes given. Free; call 601-366-2557.

Thursday, Nov. 14

5 p.m., Museum After Hours at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy a cash bar at 5 p.m. and exhibition tours at 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Intended for young professionals, but all ages welcome. Admission varies per exhibit; call 601-960-1515;

5:30 p.m., Screen on the Green at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In the Art Garden. Enjoy a cash bar, concessions and the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Free; call 601-960-1515;

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys" Discussion Series at Jackson State University's Margaret Walker Center (Ayer Hall, 1400 John R. Lynch St.). Imam Plemon T. El-Amin leads the discussion on Edward Curtis' book "The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States." Free; call 601-979-2055 or 601-432-6752;

6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Practicum for Psychic Phenomena at Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson (4866 N. State St.). Spiritual intuitive Duann Kier is the facilitator. Learn how to develop your psychic ability. Includes presentations, discussions, personal practice, group experiences and focused meditations. For ages 18 and up. $5; call 982-5919; email [email protected];

6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., New Vibrations Network Gathering at Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson (4866 N. State St.). The mixer is held every second Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Free; donations welcome. Free, donations welcome; call 982-5919; email [email protected].

Friday, Nov. 15

7 a.m.-8:30 a.m., Coffee and Conversation at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Interact with business professionals, leaders, and other community members, and learn about upcoming city projects. Free; call 601-576-6920.

3:15 p.m., "The Watsons Go to Birmingham" Film Screening at St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol St.). The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Mississippi host the event. The film is about a black Michigan family's experioences during a summer trip to see family in Birmingham in the summer of 1963. Free; call 601-354-1535;

Saturday, Nov. 16

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.

10 a.m., Jackson Association of Black Journalists Meeting at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road).Members meet on third Saturdays, excluding holidays. Free; call 979-1246; email [email protected].

10 a.m.-8 p.m., CUUPS Jackson Weekly Workshops at Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson (4866 N. State St.).In the Religious Education Building. Enjoy a day of socializing, support, free workshops and a drum circle. Schedule available online. Free; call 982-5919; email [email protected];

noon-4 p.m., Canton Gin Market Through Nov. 23, at Small Town Music/Paragon Gin (436 W. Peace St., Canton). Store owners Susan and Frazier Riddell host the weekly market featuring art, crafts, live music and more. Free; call 601-859-8596.

6:30 p.m., Great Southern 8 Wrestling Tournament at Mississippi National Guard Armory, Clinton (1500 E. Northside Drive, Clinton). The meet and greet is at 6:30 p.m., and the tournament is at 7 p.m. $12, $8 ages 6-12, free for ages 0-5; call 601-813-6767.

Monday, Nov. 18

7 p.m., "UFC 167: St. Pierre v. Hendricks" at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). Watch the simulcast of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre's mixed martial arts fight against Johnny Hendricks. Other fights include Rashad Evans against Chael Sonnen and "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler against Rory MacDonald. $12.50, $11.50 seniors and students, $10.50 children; call 601-936-5856;


Fight Against Hunger at BRAVO!, Broad Street Bakery and Sal & Mookie's . Dine at participating restaurants and add a donation to Extra Table to your receipt. Donations welcome;

Youth Ambassadors Program at Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center for Arts and Education (1600 Government St., Ocean Springs). The arts program for children includes free membership and special programs at a reduced cost. Free; call 228-818-2878; email [email protected];

Senior Aides Program. The city of Jackson offers the part-time job program to low-income seniors ages 55 and up. 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. Free; call 601-960-0335.

Computer Courses for Adults at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., P.O. Box 1100, Raymond). Classes usually meet once a week for four to eight weeks, and fees depend on the level and type of class. Free; call 601-857-3773; email [email protected].

Through Nov. 22,Shop 'Til You Drop Registration at Brighton Park (530 S. Frontage Road, Clinton). Parents may register to have their children in grades K-6 watched as they shop for Christmas gifts Nov. 30 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch and snacks served. Register by Nov. 22. $8 per child; call 601-924-6082;

Through Dec. 6, Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest. Saints and Sinners LGBT Literary Festival seeks original, unpublished short stories between 5,000-7,000 words with LGBT content on the theme of "Saints and Sinners." Awards include cash and publishing in an anthology from Bold Strokes Books. $15-$15; call 504-581-1144; email [email protected];

Through Dec. 10, Paper Football Super Bowl Pre-registration. Children and adults compete Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m., and the overall winner receives a plaque. Refreshments and a door prize included. Pre-register by Dec. 10. $5; call 601-924-6082;

Through Dec. 16, Scholastic Writing Awards Call for Submissions at Eudora Welty House and Museum (1119 Pinehurst Place). At the Eudora Welty Education and Visitors Center. Junior high and high school students in central Mississippi counties may submit works by Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. Visit for a list of counties and guidelines. Free; call 601-353-7762;

Through Dec. 18, Adult Basic Education/GED Program at Hinds Community College in Jackson, Raymond, Utica and Vicksburg . People who aspire to earn a high school equivalency certificate may register for orientation and testing before the GED price and testing format changes in 2014. Call or go online for specifics. Free Adult Basic Education courses, $75 GED testing fee; call 601-857-3912;

Through Dec. 31, Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund. American Heart Association's Go Red For Women and Macy's offer scholarships to multicultural women interested in healthcare careers. 16 women will receive a $2,500 scholarship. Apply by Dec. 31. Free;

Through April 30, Mon.-Fri., 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m., Common Core After Hours Learning and Readiness Program at PERICO Institute (Jackson Medical Mall, 350 W. Woodrow Ave., Suite 300). The weekly program for children in grades K-12 includes English and language arts, math, science, and music and art appreciation. Registration required. Light snack included. $50 per week; call 769-251-1408;

Through July 31, Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Private Tutoring. In-person and virtual tutoring available for students in grades K-12 in math, science and literacy. Registration required. $15-$50;

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