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Community Meetings and Events


Community Meetings

Monday, Feb. 10

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;

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.

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, Feb. 11

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

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.

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.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

noon, History Is Lunch at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Freedom Summer participant Jim Kates talks about his book recalling that period, "Letters from Mississippi," documenting the experiences of volunteers. Free; call 601-576-6998;

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];

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., "Cover Me" Marriage Moment at The Bridge Church (120 College Drive, Pearl). The relationship class is for married couples, engaged couples, dating couples or singles preparing for marriage. For ages 18 and up. Attire is casual. Childcare provided. Free; call 601-566-5023;

Thursday, Feb. 13

9 a.m.-noon, Completing IRS Form 1023: Getting Your 501(c)(3) at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). The workshop takes you page-by-page to complete the IRS Form 1023 in order to obtain tax-exempt status for your organization. $109, $69 members; call 601-968-0061;

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;

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. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Free; donations welcome. Free, donations welcome; call 982-5919; email [email protected].

Saturday, Feb. 15

2 p.m., A Discussion of Love & Life II: Dating, Married and Divorced at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). According To Kaz & Queen's Brad "Kamikaze" Franklin and Funmi "Queen Folayan" Franklin host the panel discussion that is an exploration of relationships between men and women who are dating, newlyweds, divorced but still friends and so on. Free; call 960-1457; email [email protected] or [email protected]; find "A Discussion of Love & Life II: Dating, Married, & Divorced" on Facebook.

4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Sick and Tired, and Seeking 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, Feb. 17

4 p.m.-6 p.m., Nonprofit Enrichment Series: Microsoft Excel at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). Topics include budgeting, tracking donations and developing spreadsheets. $25, free for members; call 601-968-0061;

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.

Community Events

Monday, Feb. 10

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., OFNA Happy at Fondren Public (2765 Old Canton Road). The OurFondren Neighborhood Association is the host. The weekly social is for for those who live, work or play in Fondren. Free; call 216-2589;

6 p.m.-9 p.m., "10 Ways to Say I Love You" Dinner Theater at Char (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N.). The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre presents the interactive comedy. Cocktails at 6 p.m. (separate price); show at 7 p.m. Includes a three-course meal. Reservations required. For ages 18 and up. $49; call 601-937-1752;

Tuesday, Feb. 11

noon-7 p.m., at Valentine's Day Open House Your Home Drapery Designs/Sarah McTaggART Studio and Gallery (110 Lexington Drive, Suite C, Gluckstadt). undefined Free; call 601-953-8447.

6 p.m., Crios Wine Tasting at Anjou Restaurant (361 Township Ave., Ridgeland). Sample four wines from the Crios Winery in Argentina, including Torrontes and Malbec, paired with a small cheese plate. Reservations encouraged. $16 plus tax and tip; call 601-707-0587;

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Alignment Jackson Informational Session at Metrocenter Mall's Event Center (3645 Highway 80 W.). At the Event Center, lower level. Alignment Jackson is a community group designed to facilitate city-wide collaboration in support of Jackson Public Schools' strategic plan to improve student achievement. Includes a Q&A session. Free; call Parents for Public Schools at 601-969-6015.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Jackson 2000 February Discussion Luncheon at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Jeffrey Webster, director of human resources at Nissan North America in Canton, speaks on Nissan's approach to diversity in the workplace. Includes lunch. Attire is casual or business casual. RSVP. $12, $10 members; call 960-1500; email [email protected];

6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Beginning Insight Meditation Course at Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). The 12-week course is based on the teaching of Rodney Smith of the Seattle Insight Society. Space limited. Suggested donation of $20; call 366-1844; email [email protected].

Thursday, Feb. 13

2 p.m., Small Town Main Street Designation at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). At the Masonic Lodge. The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) will designate the city of Small Town, Miss., an official Mississippi Main Street Community. Free; call 601-944-0113;

5 p.m.-8 p.m., Art Lovers' Soiree at Dickies Building (736 S. President St.). Enjoy art from Art Space 86, Fischer Galleries, Sanders McNeal Studio and Gallery, and Lightsey Gallery, purchase books from Lemuria and buy French pastries from La Brioche. Free admission; find Art Lovers' Soiree on Facebook.

6 p.m., Back in the Day Black History Celebration at New Hope Baptist Church (5202 Watkins Drive). The annual event includes poetry, singing, films, book signings, voter registration and a reception. The guest speaker is Philadelphia, Miss. Mayor James Young. Free; call 601-981-8696.

Friday, Feb. 14

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Valentine's Day Members Appreciation Event at Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Members can stop by and pick up a treat bag in the Red Rocket Cafe while supplies last. Free for members; call 601-981-5469;

10 a.m.-noon, Homeschool Day at the Museum: Our Mississippi Story at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In the BancorpSouth Classroom. Activities for home-schooled children ages 4-12 and their families include a guided tour of the exhibit "The Mississippi Story," a hands-on art activity and lunch. Pre-registration by March 1 required; space limited. $15 per student; parents may purchase lunch from Palette Cafe; call 960-1515; email [email protected];

6 p.m., 8 p.m., My Vegan Valentine Dinner at High Noon Cafe (Rainbow Plaza, 2807 Old Canton Road). Enjoy a four-course vegan dinner with your Valentine. Seatings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. RSVP. $50 per person (cash or check); call 601-366-1602;

7:30 p.m., Saxy's Sweetheart Serenade at Metrocenter Mall's Event Center (3645 Highway 80 W.). On the lower level. The party includes live music, food and door prizes. Performers include Laurie Walker, Sarah Hodges, Jasmine P. Jones, Kendra Savage, Maya Kyles and Jameka Franklin. A portion of proceeds benefits the American Heart Association. $10, $15 couples, $25 double date (group of four); email [email protected].

8 p.m.-3 a.m., Fools in Love Feb. 14, at Kemistry Sports Bar and Hookah Lounge (3716 Interstate 55 N., Unit 2). Performers include Tomfoolery, Adionauts, Adam Mangum, Imprince vs. Radiologix, Travurse vs. Fr@ktlboy, and Smoke. Red attire encouraged. For ages 18 and up. $10 before 10 p.m., then $15; call 601-713-1500.

Saturday, Feb. 15

8:30 a.m., SouthGroup Insurance Make a Difference 5K at Woodlands Office Park (800 Woodlands Parkway, Ridgeland). Proceeds from the 5K run/walk and one-mile kids' fun run benefit Friends of Children's Hospital. Check-in is at 7:30 a.m. 5K: $20 in advance, $25 race day; fun run: $10 in advance, $15 race day; call 601-914-3220; email [email protected];

10 a.m.-noon,How You Can Become a Successful Lawyer at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Topics include laws that affect daily life, different practices and preparing for law school. For high school students. Registration required. $40; call 601-974-1130;

noon-4 p.m., The Make Love Experiment at The Hatch (126 Keener Ave.). The youth art organization Inspire Jackson is the host. Participate in an interactive art installation, and enjoy music from Bearded Elephant and DJ Sean Mac. Concessions sold. Free; email [email protected]; find The Make Love Experiment on Facebook.

2 p.m.-5 p.m., Stud Sessions: Leadership, Part 1 at Jackson Enterprise Center (931 Highway 80 W.). Attendees discuss laws 1-7 in John C. Maxwell's book, "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership." Register online. For ages 18 and up. Free;

Monday, Feb. 17 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., OFNA Happy at Fondren Public (2765 Old Canton Road). The OurFondren Neighborhood Association is the host. The weekly social is for for those who live, work or play in Fondren. Free; call 216-2589;


Mon.-Sat., 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;

Mon.-Fri., 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].

Mon.-Fri., Tutoring Registration through June 2, at Genesis and Light Center (4914 N. State St.). The center is accepting applications for its after-school program for ages 6-18 in math reading, and language arts. Applications accepted on weekdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Call for details on cost; call 601-362-6736; email [email protected];

Mon.-Fri., Senior Aides Program in Jackson. 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.

Mon.-Fri., through Feb. 14, Local Love Fest Sale at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Enjoy 50 percent off memberships and 10 percent off all purchases. Stockholders get 20 percent off purchases. Prices vary; call 601-366-1602; email [email protected];

Mon.-Sat., through Feb. 18, Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The annual event features horse and bull-riding competitions, animal exhibits and concerts. The rodeo is Feb. 6-12, and performers include Thomas Rhett, Corey Smith, Ronnie Milsap, Parmalee and Craig Morgan. Livestock show times vary. Free livestock shows, $16-$25 rodeo; call 601-961-4000 or 800-745-3000.

Mon.-Fri., through Feb. 21, ACT-SO Competition Call for Applicants at Mississippi State Conference NAACP (1072 W. Lynch St., Suite 10). High school students showcase their talents March 1 at Jackson State in academic and cultural competitions in categories including performing and visual arts, math, sciences and humanities. Winners move on to the national competition in Las Vegas. $10 application fee; call 601-353-6906;

Mon.-Sat., through Feb. 21, Jackson Young Lawyers Association Community Outreach Grant Call for Applications at JYL will award approximately $3,000 in grant funds to tax-exempt charitable organizations in the Jackson metro area that assist people without financial means or with special needs. The deadline to apply is Feb. 21. Free; call 601-576-4208; email [email protected];

Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., through March 9, Sunburst Model Search Pageant at malls in Mississippi. The pageant is for males ages newborn to 3, and females ages newborn to 27. All participants receive a trophy and crown. Entry form required. $10-$45;

Mon.-Fri., through March 14, Creative Arts Festival Call for Papers at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). The Margaret Walker Center seeks proposals of 250-500 words for papers, presentations and panels for the festival (April 11-12). Categories include poetry/spoken word, visual arts, written works and performing arts. The deadline is March 14. Free; call 601-979-2055; email [email protected];

Mon.-Fri. 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m., through April 30, 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;

Mon.-Fri., through May 15, North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest at Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (1505 Eastover Drive). Students must submit a portfolio including entry form and artwork by May 15. Winners in four age categories will have their work included in Mississippi Outdoors magazine and posted on First-place winners get a free magazine. Free; call 662-563-8068;

Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through June 2, Tutoring Registration at Genesis and Light Center (4914 N. State St.). The Genesis and Light Center is accepting applications for its tutoring program. Free; call 601-362-6736; email [email protected];

Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., through July 31, Private Tutoring in Jackson metro area. 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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