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Community Meetings and Events


Community Meetings

Monday, March 31

6 p.m.-8 p.m., wii-FM (What's In It For Me) Community Forum at Afrikan Art Gallery and Gift Shop (612 N. Farish St.). The topic is "Demanding Respect for Our Black Dollars." Dr. Ivory Phillips is the guest speaker. Free; call 601-201-0871 or 601-918-5075.

Tuesday, April 1

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Freedom Summer Luncheon Dialogue at Hattiesburg Cultural Center (723 Main St., Hattiesburg). Raphael Scott Waldrop of Hattiesburg High School speaks on the topic "Bridging the Achievement Gap." Students from the high school also perform. Free; call 601-583-6005;

noon, Women for Progress Lunch and Learn: Conversation with the Candidates at The Penguin Restaurant & Bar (1100 John R. Lynch St.). Attorney Pamela Shaw moderates the forum. RSVP. Limited seating. $15; call 601-405-4478; email [email protected];

noon-1 p.m., First Tuesday Lecture at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Alex Littlejohn of The Nature Conservancy talks about the organization's 25-year history in Mississippi. Museum admission applies; call 601-576-6000;

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Women's Foundation Fifth Anniversary Celebration at Women's Foundation of Mississippi (Plaza Building, 120 N. Congress St., Suite 903). Find out what's currently happening with the Women's Foundation. Office supply donations welcome. RSVP. Free; call 601-326-3001.

Wednesday, April 2

noon, History Is Lunch at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). MDAH historic resources specialist Caroline Gray-Primer presents "The Life and Sacrifice of PFC Milton L. Olive III." Free; call 601-576-6998;

Thursday, April 3

6 p.m., Precinct 1 COPS Meeting at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0001.

Friday, April 4

Top 40 Under 40 Luncheon April 4, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). Young business leaders receive awards for their contributions to the Mississippi economy. Admission TBA; call 957-2800; email [email protected] or [email protected].

8 a.m.-9 a.m., Coffee and Contacts at ITT Technical Institute (382 Galleria Parkway, Madison). The Madison County Chamber of Commerce hosts the fast-paces business card exchange and networking hour. Free; call 601-607-4500; email [email protected].

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Jackson Mayoral Debate at Mississippi College School of Law (151 E. Griffith St.). Candidates for mayor of Jackson participate in a Q&A session. Free;

Saturday, April 5

8:30 a.m., Rankin County Democrats Monthly at Corner Bakery, Flowood (108 Market St., Flowood). On first Saturdays at 8:30am, Jackson-area Democrats meet for breakfast and discuss current political activities. Open to the public. Free with food for sale Free with food for sale; call 601-919-9797;

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Homebuyer Workshop at Warren G. Hood Building (200 S. President St.). In the Andrew Jackson Conference Room, first floor. Mississippi Home of Your Own (HOYO) empowers people with disabilities to become homeowners through grants and support systems. Residents in Hinds and surrounding counties are welcome. Free; call 866-883-4474.

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Young Democrats of Mississippi Convention The biennial convention is for Democrats ages 35 and under. Includes lunch. Registration required. $10 per person, $25 filing fee per chapter; call 601-969-2913; email [email protected];

Monday, April 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;

Community Events

Monday, March 31

10:30 a.m., "Tee it Up" Golf Tournament at Annandale Golf Club (419 Annandale Parkway, Madison). The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership's event is open to all members, business and industry. Registration is at 10:30 a.m., lunch and a putting contest is at 11 a.m., and tee time is at 12:30 p.m. Sponsorships available. $200, $750 team of four; call 601-948-7575; email [email protected];

Thursday, April 3

5 p.m.-8 p.m., Fondren After 5 at Fondren. This monthly event is a showcase of the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Includes live music, food and vendors. Free; call 601-981-9606; email [email protected] (artists, crafters and musicians);

5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Jackson Transplant Social April 3, at Sal & Mookie's New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St.). New Jackson residents from other states are welcome to enjoy free food, prizes and music from Physics for Poets. Free; call 368-1919; find Figment Jackson on Facebook.

6 p.m., Precinct 1 COPS Meeting at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0001.

Friday, April 4

8 a.m.-2 p.m., Mississippi Foreign Language Fair at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). In the Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building. Students are tested on their language skills through speaking, projects, singing and dancing for a chance to win prizes. Free; call 601-979-2249 or 601-979-2866; email [email protected].

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Muddy Waters Birthday Celebration at Delta Blues Museum (1 Blues Alley Lane, Clarksdale). Includes cupcakes throughout the day and a presentation from author Terry Abrahamson on his book "In the Belly of the Blues" at 4 p.m. Free; call 662-627-6820;

7 p.m.-11 p.m., Hawaiian Breezes Drawdown at Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton). The fundraiser includes a $5,000 drawdown, dinner and a silent auction. Island attire welcome. Proceeds benefit Our Daily Bread Ministries' feeding programs. For ages 21 and up. $50 per couple, $25 second chance insurance (optional); call 601-859-9211 or 601-906-2617;

Saturday, April 5

8 a.m., Racin' for the Seed at Fannin Landing Park (Fannin Landing Circle, Brandon). The race includes a 5K run/walk and a duathlon (two 5K run/walks with a 15-mile bike ride in between). Proceeds benefit The Mustard Seed. $30 5K only, duathlon: $50 individual; $35 per relay team member; call 601-992-3556;

8 a.m.-11:45 a.m., Get2College ACT Workshops at Mississippi College School of Law (151 E. Griffith St.). Includes an overview of mathematics, science, English and reading subject areas, score-improving tips, time-saving strategies and resource materials. Free; call 601-321-5533.

8 a.m.-noon, Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walk at LeFleur's Bluff State Park (2140 Riverside Drive). An expert birder leads the walk. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Call ahead if you would like to borrow a pair of binoculars. Adults must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee. Free; call 601-832-6788.

9 a.m., Youth Fishing Rodeo at Turcotte Lab (506 Highway 43 S., Canton). The event is for children ages 15 and under. Bring fishing gear, catfish bait and stringers. Free; call 601-656-7376 or 601-432-2209;

10 a.m., Gateway to History Celebration at Town of Livingston (Highway 463 and Highway 22, Madison). The events includes arts and crafts vendors, a ribbon cutting, a daffodil planting, and music from Bogen Ridge and local gospel singers. Free; call 601-898-0212; find Gateway to History on Facebook.

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) Youth Summit at New Hope Baptist Church (5202 Watkins Drive). The Rho Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority hosts the event for youth in grades 6-8. Parents welcome. Includes advice on life skills, a college fair, lunch and snacks. Register by March 22. Free; call 601-668-3248; email [email protected].

10 a.m.-5 p.m., NatureFEST! at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The annual festival includes exotic animal encounters, a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum's collections chats with scientists and prizes. Magician Robert Day performs. Admission includes one free poster per family. $4-$6; call 601-576-6000;

10 a.m.-7 p.m., Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). The annual festival includes an art show and sale, craft demonstrations, children's activities and live music. Free; call 601-519-0900;

10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Jazzy Jean Brunch at Fondren Hall (4330 N. State St.). Enjoy music from local jazz artists, local vendors, a fashion showcase and a silent auction. The event is a fundraiser for Coleman Alexander Prosser (CAP) Inc. and the Beta Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. $50-$50; call [email protected] or [email protected].

7 p.m., All About Love Seminar at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). Author Tony Gaskins speaks on relationship issues such as finding love, self-love, infidelity and more. Limited seating. $25; call 982-8264;

Sunday, April 6

11 a.m.-5 p.m., Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). The annual festival includes an art show and sale, craft demonstrations, children's activities and live music. Free; call 601-519-0900;

12:30 p.m., Scholastic Art Awards Mississippi Regional Competition at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The reception is first, and the awards ceremony follows at 2 p.m. Participants are students in grades 7-12, and Gold Key winners move on to the national competition. Free; call 601-960-1515;


April 5 - 12, Monarch Festival at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). The annual event includes a monarch rescue, a haiku contest and a walkathon. Details pending. Free; call 601-926-1104; email [email protected];

April 4 - 6, Louisiana Collegiate Wake Tour at Wolf Lake (1224 Erickson Road, Yazoo City). Riders from Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee participate in the wakeboarding competition. Includes meals, awards and the Red Bull Party wit DJ Digital and DJ Beverly. USA Waterski membership required to register. $35 per rider, $75 per new team; find "LCWT - Stop 3 - Yazoo City, MS" on Facebook.

April 7 - 11International Week at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). JSU hosts the program to honor the growing diverse culture on its campus. Includes a film festival, peace conference, parade of flags, ice cream social, the International Scholarship Banquet and more. Visit the website for a schedule. Admission varies, some events free; call 979-2121;

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., 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. 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.-Sat., through May 5, Cinco de Mayo Raffle at Sombra, Anjou, Char and Amerigo . Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a four-wheeler from Got Gear. The raffle is May 5 from 6-7:30 p.m at Sombra Mexican Kitchen (140 Township Avenue, Suite 100, Ridgeland). Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Burn Foundation. $10-$10; call 601-540-2995; email [email protected].

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., 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m., through May 26, ALS (Lou Gehrig's) Support Group at Methodist Rehabilitation Center (1350 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The group meets in the BankPlus Community Room on the second floor. Free; call 601-364-3326.

Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through June 2, Tutoring Registration 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.-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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