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Community Events and Public Meetings


Community Meetings

Monday, 10/7

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;

Tuesday, 10/8

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

Wednesday, 10/9

5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Healthcare Information Forum at Bethel AME Church (805 Monroe St., Vicksburg). Learn more about the Affordable Care Act and the health insurance marketplace. Free; call 601-636-5777;

Thursday, 10/10

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.

Community Events

Monday, 10/7

6 p.m., History of Beer Dinner at Sal & Mookie's New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St.). Enjoy a five-course meal paired with beers similar to what was brewed in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt as well as German, Irish and American beers. Reservations required. $60 plus tax and tip; call 601-368-1919;

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. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews is the speaker. Call for information on membership dues. $30 non-members; call 601-506-3186;

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, 10/8

noon-1 p.m., "Guess Who's Talking Now" Toastmasters 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. Improve your communication skills, and become a better speaker and leader. Membership required. Free to visitors; call 601-359-6653 or 601-359-2573.

3:30 p.m., Tinker with Tuesdays at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., children ages 4-11 learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. $8, children 12 months and under and members free; call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-5437;

5:15 p.m., Music in the City at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.)In Trustmark Grand Hall. Enjoy a cash bar at 5:15 p.m., and music from Jackie McGinnis with John Paul at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-960-1515;

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 p.m.-10 p.m., Moonlight Attitude: An Evening of Elegance and Fun at Old Capitol Inn (226 N. State St.). Friends of USA IBC is the host. Enjoy ballroom dance lessons at 6 p.m., and refreshments and dancing at 7 p.m. The Capital City Stage Band performs. Wear cocktail attire. For ages 21 and up. $75, $150 couples, $1,000 table sponsorship; call 601-355-0547;

6:45 a.m.-7:45 a.m., Mission Mississippi Prayer Breakfasts Thursdays, 6:45 a.m.-7:45 a.m. , at multiple locations (N/A, N/A). 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 the website for a schedule and locations.. Donations welcome; call 601-353-6477;

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;

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. Free; email [email protected].

Wednesday, 10/9

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Live at Lunch at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.)Enjoy live music in the Art Garden. Bring lunch or buy food from the Palette Cafe by Viking. Free; call 601-960-1515;

noon, History Is Lunch at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). As part of Archaeology Month, archaeologist Sam Brookes will present "Aspects of Mississippi Delta Prehistory." Free; call 601-576-6998.

noon, MIRA Organizing and Advocacy Meeting at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St., Suite B). Topics include the Unity Conference and immigration reform. Bring a sack lunch; drinks and snacks provided. Free; call 601-968-5182;

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Jackson 2000 Dialogue Circles Program Through Oct. 23, at Professional Staffing Group (Fondren Corner, 2906 N. State St., Suite 330). 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].

6 p.m., Cruisin' the Coast Sock Hop at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino (875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). At Coast. Danny "The Count" Koker, Kevin Mack and Mike Henry from the HIstory Channel's "Counting Cars" sign autographs from 6-8 p.m. Louis Prima Jr. performs at 8:00 p.m. $5, free for M Life members; call 800-566-7469;

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];

6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Boxers Rebellion Hybrid Kickboxing Through Nov. 27, at Mississippi Basketball and Athletics (2240 Westbrook Drive). Jeremy Gordon is the instructor. This course is designed to give the participant the foundation for self-defense. Registration required. For ages 18 and up. $150; call 601-974-1130;

7 p.m., "SURGE" at Malco Grandview Theatre (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). The high-energy, interactive movie theater event fuses Christian rock music, comedy and inspirational messages for teens. $12.50; call 601-898-7819;

Thursday, 10/10

8 a.m., Puttin' in Pink Golf Tournament at Bay Pointe Country Club (800 Bay Pointe Drive, Brandon). Tee times with shotgun starts are at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Lunch included. Proceeds benefit fund for the girls, a Baptist Health Foundation program to provide breast health services to low-income women. Registration by June 8 recommended. $125 per person; call 601-717-4003;

8 a.m., St. Richard Special Kids Day at Colonial Country Club (5635 Old Canton Road). The events in honor of special-needs children include a golf tournament at 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. with lunch in between (check-in at 7:30 p.m.), and a social with dinner, a silent auction, raffle, awards and door prizes at 5 p.m. Golf tournament: $200, $10 for four mulligans (three for $20); social: $40; $10 raffle tickets (three for $20); sponsorships available; call 601-842-1472; email [email protected].

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;

10 a.m.-7 p.m., Lauren Lachance Trunk Show and Cocktail Reception at SummerHouse (1109 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite D, Ridgeland). Pressed botanical artist Lauren Lachance displays and sells her work. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres included. Free; call 601-853-4445; email [email protected].

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Women for Progress Live Radio Broadcast at WMPR 90.1 FM and . Dorothy Stewart and Willie Jones host the program. Topics include education, economics and politics. Call-ins welcome at 601-948-5950. Free; call 601-918-5137.

6 p.m.-7 p.m., Gallery Talk at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). In room 215. Artist Andrew Burkitt talks about his creative process. Free; call 601-974-1294;

6 p.m.-7 p.m., Montessori Academy of Jackson Information Session at Montessori Academy of Jackson (1525 Lelia Drive). Learn about the academic program for children ages eight weeks to sixth grade. Free; call 345-1431; 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].

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.-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;

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.). Dr. Loye Ashton leads the discussion on Eboo Patel's book "Acts of Faith." Free; call 601-979-2055 or 601-432-6752;

7 p.m., America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway at Quisenberry Library (605 E. Northside Drive, Clinton). The series includes documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th-century American popular music. Light refreshments served. Free; call 601-924-5684; email [email protected].

7 p.m.-9 p.m., First-year Anniversary of Duvalier Malone Enterprises at Hearts of Madison (123 Jones St., Madison). Come early to have professional photographers take your photo, and mingle with local community leaders and celebrities. Free; call 601-862-1763; email [email protected];

The Old Capitol Bowl at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Teams from selected high schools compete in a scholar's contest that tests their knowledge of government and Mississippi history. Registration required. Free; call 601-576-6920;

Friday, 10/11

10 a.m.-noon, Fossil Friday at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Dig into the Museum's fossil pile and enjoy fossil activities. $4-$6; call 601-576-6000;

noon, ASIS Golf Tournament at The Refuge Golf Course (2100 Refuge Blvd., Flowood). Lunch is at noon, and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and ASIS International's special projects. $125, $500 team of four, sponsorships start at $100; call 601-664-1414; email [email protected];

6 p.m.-6 a.m., Clinton Community Campout at Traceway Park (200 Soccer Row, Clinton). Bring a tent, cookers, flashlights and other supplies to the camping event that includes a children's art table and a movie. $12 per family; call 601-924-6082;

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Introduction to Microsoft Word at Tulane University, Madison Campus (2115 Main St., Madison). Topics include saving files, templates, copying and pasting, and insertung pictures. Registration required. $10; call 601-605-0007; email [email protected].

9 a.m.-noon, Workshop: Creating a Marketing Toolkit for Your Nonprofit at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700)Learn how to utilize marketing strategies to tell your story and increase your impact in your community. Registration required. $99, $59 members; call 601-968-0061;

6 p.m., Mississippi Minority Business Alliance Awards Gala at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.)The theme is "Paving the Way Towards Minority Business Success." The reception is at 6 p.m., and the gala with food, entertainment and awards is at 7 p.m. The speaker is Darrell S. Freeman Sr., executive chairman of Zycron. $100 Through Sept. 16, $125 after; call 601-965-0366; email [email protected];

Saturday, 10/12

8 a.m., Dr. J's Memorial Golf Tournament at Meadow Oak Golf Course (169 Meadow Oak Lane, Clinton). The event is in memory of Vicksburg dentist Dr. Troy Lee "Doc" Jenkins. Proceeds from the annual tournament go toward an athletic scholarship. Breakfast included. Limit of 72 players. $125 per person; call 601-259-4612 or 601-868-0222; email [email protected] or [email protected].

8 a.m., Over the River Run at Old Mississippi River Bridge (Interstate 20 and Washington Street, Vicksburg). The 25th anniversary event includes a five-mile run/walk and a one-mile fun run. A party follows in the Ameristar Delta Point parking lot; Slaphappy performs. The first 500 to register receive T-shirts and goody bags. Early registration recommended. $25, $15 ages 10 and under, $55 family (up to five), $75 corporate or civic club team (three to five members); $5 late charge after Oct. 1; call 601-631-2997; email [email protected];

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

8 a.m.-5 p.m., Tumbling with the Stars at YMCA Flowood (690 Liberty Road, Flowood). The gymnastics competition is a fundraiser for the Derrick Jones Burn Foundation. Special guests include Katherine Bailess from VH1's "Hit the Floor" and Patrick House, season 10 winner of "The Biggest Loser." $10, $7 ages 4-7, ages 3 and under free; call 601-454-6966; email [email protected];

8 a.m.-11 a.m., Saturday Camps for Elementary Students Through Nov. 23, at Brandon . Jackson Education Support presents the fall mini-camp series to help improve math and literacy skills. Students meet four Saturdays for three hours each month. Materials included. Registration required. $80 per camp per student;

9 a.m.-1 p.m., Domestic Violence Empowerment Seminar at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). Butterflies by Grace Defined by Faith is the host, and the theme is "Silence Is Not the Answer." Includes lunch. Free; call 601-953-5747; email [email protected].

9 a.m.-4 p.m., French Camp Harvest Festival at French Camp Academy (1 Fine Place, French Camp). The auction of homegrown and handcrafted items is in the gymnasium, and more items are for sale at the Country Store. Dinner at noon behind the dining hall. Concessions included. Free; call 662-547-6482;

10 a.m., Woofstock Family Music Festival at Grandview Boulevard (Grandview Boulevard, Madison). See the film "Beyond the Myth" at 10 a.m. at Malco Grandview Theatre (221 Grandview Blvd.). The festival is at noon at Petco (175 Grandview Blvd.) and includes a pet and children's parade, exhibits, music and pet services such as microchipping. Free, dog food donations welcome; email [email protected] for vendor booth information.

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Know Your Rights: School Discipline at COFO Civil Rights Education Complex (1013 John R. Lynch St.). The Southern Poverty Law Center is the host. Learn what parents' rights are if a child is suspended or expelled from school. Lunch and drinks provided. Free; call 334-322-8218; email [email protected].

11 a.m.-2 p.m., Third Annual Old Time Gospel Singing at Rocky Springs Church (10158 Old Port Gibson Road, Port Gibson). Song leaders and pianists are invited to participate. Includes dinner. Free, donations welcome; call 228-466-4782; email [email protected].

10 a.m.-1 p.m., Bree's Bark Park Grand Opening at Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA) (960 N. Flag Chapel Road). The event includes a blessing of the park and a ribbon cutting. Learn more about membership options. Free, dog food donations welcome; call 601-842-4404; email [email protected];

10:30 a.m.-noon, Animal Families at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.)Learn how reptiles, birds and mammal raise their young with a zoo hike, games and animal encounters. Registration required. $10, $8 members; call 601-352-2580, ext. 240;

11 a.m., Meet the Quakers: A Spiritual Path for Our Time at High Noon Cafe (2807 Old Canton Road). The Jackson Quakers host the workshop, and Quaker author, photographer and retreat leader Brent Bill is the speaker. Light refreshments served. Free; call 366-1513; 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.

4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Sick and Tired, and Seeking SOULutions 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.

4:30 p.m.-10 p.m., ACLU of Mississippi Annual Membership Meeting at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.)The meeting includes an art auction, a cash bar, dinner and dancing. Free for members (memberships: $35, $5 student and low-income memberships); call 601-354-3408; email [email protected];

5:30 p.m., Pumpkins in the Park at Belhaven Park (Poplar Boulevard). The event features Belhaven artist Rachel Misenar and songwriter David Womack. Includes a pumpkin decorating party and a film screening of "Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit" at 6:45 pm. Chili and drinks served. Free, donations welcome; call 601-352-8850; email [email protected];

6 p.m., A Voice of Hope with Keynote Speaker Candace Cameron Bure at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The event includes a seated dinner, a themed-package auction and music. The keynote speaker is actress Candace Cameron Bure ("Full House"). Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Chapter of the American Parkinson's Disease Association. $75, $100 premium seating; call 601-914-9213 or 601-566-1938; email [email protected];

6 p.m., Chef Showdown at Lady Luck Casino (1380 Warrenton Road, Vicksburg). Mississippi Public Broadcasting's "Fit to Eat" chef Rob Stinson takes on Lady Luck's executive chef Jason Penley in a cooking competition. Proceeds benefit Mississippi Public Broadcasting's "Between the Lions" programs in Warren County preschools. $35, $250 tables; call 601-636-1733;

Sunday, 10/13

8:30 a.m., Dr. J's Memorial Golf Tournament at Meadow Oak Golf Course (169 Meadow Oak Lane, Clinton). The event is in memory of Vicksburg dentist Dr. Troy Lee "Doc" Jenkins. Proceeds from the annual tournament go toward an athletic scholarship. Breakfast included. Limit of 72 players. $125 per person; call 601-259-4612 or 601-868-0222; email [email protected] or [email protected].

Monday, 10/14

8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mississippi Conference of Fundraising at BancorpSouth Conference Center (386 E. Main St., Tupelo). Get tips on fundraising for your nonprofit from experienced fellow professionals and top-rated consultants. CEU credits available. $59; call 601-968-0061;

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.

5 p.m.-8 p.m.All 4 Children Consignment Fall/Winter Sale until Oct. 18 at Plantation Commons (105 Plantation Cove, Gluckstadt). The pre-sale is Oct. 14, and the general sale is Oct. 15-17 with dicounts of up to 50 percent off Oct. 17. $10 pre-sale, free admission to general sale; call 601-713-4040;

6 p.m., Paul Hobbs Imports Wine Dinner at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N.). Enjoy a five-course dinner paired with wines from Craig Elliott, regional trade manager for Paul Hobbs Imports. RSVP; limited seating. $90 per person; call 601-982-8111; email [email protected];

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.

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Fundraising Ethics at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Joe Donovan of the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits and Millsaps Else School of Management is the instructor. Topics include best practices, strategic planning and fundraising. Registration required. $25; call 601-974-1130;

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. Tonight is Ladies Night, and Megan Mullen, wife of MSU football coach Dan Mullen, is the speaker. Call for information on membership dues. $30 non-members; call 601-506-3186;


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].

Oct. 11 Through Oct. 19, 6 p.m.-11 p.m., Yazoo County Fair at Yazoo County Fairgrounds (203 Hugh McGraw Drive, Yazoo). Enjoy amusement rides and canning, art and craft exhibits. Free parking. Admission TBA; call 662-746-1815 or 800-381-0662; find Yazoo County Fair on Facebook.

Through Oct. 10, Coastal Holiday Card Design Contest at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). Drawings, paintings and photographs must be two-dimensional and represent a coastal holiday theme, and the front must not be signed. Enter by Oct. 10. The winning artwork will be sold on cards. Winners receive free membership and two boxes of cards. Free; call 228-872-3164; email [email protected];

Through Oct. 12, Jackson Restaurant Week 2013 at participating local Jackson restaurants. Dine at participating restaurants by ordering from the Restaurant Week menu, and vote at the end of the meal for one of five selected charities to receive $10,000. Food prices vary;

Through Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Mississippi State Fair at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). The annual fair includes livestock shows, rides, food, games and concerts. $5, children under 6 free, parking and ride tickets start at $5, free admission and parking weekdays from 10 a.m.-1 pm.; call 601-961-4000 or 601-353-0603;

Through Oct. 25, Wed.-Fri., 9 a.m.-noon, Pumpkin Adventure at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Enjoy a hayride, tours of the Heritage Center, 4‐H Museum and barnyard, snacks and picking pumpkins. Open 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday-Friday. Groups must RSVP. $6 9 a.m. - noon (reservations required), $9 1-3 p.m., Oct. 12 and Oct. 19, children under 2 free; call 601-432-4500;

Through Nov. 1, Seniors' Dinner and a Movie Registration at Wood Activity Center (111 Clinton Blvd., Clinton). Seniors ages 50 and up must RSVP by Nov. 1 for the event scheduled for Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. $8; call 601-924-6082;

Through Nov. 1, Sign Language Course Registration at Brighton Park (530 S. Frontage Road, Clinton). The beginner class is Nov 5 at 6 p.m. Materials included. For ages 13 and up. Register by Nov. 1. $40; 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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