Community Events and Public Meetings

Blood Pressure Checks for Seniors. The city of Jackson and St. Dominic Health Services provides blood pressure checks, and heat and skin care awareness information to qualifying individuals ages 55 or older living within the Jackson city limits. Free; call 601-960-0335.
• July 13, 10:30 a.m., at T.L. Love Senior Center (2912 Holmes Ave.).
• July 13, 10:45 a.m., at Sykes Park Multi-Purpose Senior Center (520 Sykes Road).
• July 14, 10:30 a.m., at Golden Key Multi-purpose Senior Center (3450 Albermarle Road).

Monday, July 11

6 p.m., Georgetown Homeowners Association Meeting, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The group will meet in the Community Meeting Room. Call 601-982-8467.

Tuesday, July 12

8 a.m., MINCAP Business Seminar, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The Minority Capital Fund of Mississippi hosts the event in the Community Meeting Room. Call 601-713-3322.

10 a.m., Jackson City Council Meeting, at Jackson City Hall (200 S. President St.). The Jackson City Council holds its regular meeting, open to the public. Free; call 601-960-1033.

Around the World Puppet Show. The Madison County Children's Specialists presents the show. Free; call 601-856-4536.
• 10:30 a.m., at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison).
• 4:30 p.m., at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland).

11:30 a.m., Mississippi Technology Alliance Discovery Luncheon, at Ruth's Chris Steak House (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 6001, Ridgeland). Joe Plunk, senior solutions architect at Venture Technologies, presents "Bringing the Cloud to You." Registration required. $25; call 601-960-3610.

1 p.m., Small Business Administration 8(a) Business Development Workshop, at Regions Plaza (210 E. Capitol St.), in suite 1000 in the SBA conference room. Learn about programs designed to enhance federal and non-federal procurement opportunities, and programs that provide capital, surety bonding, and business counseling. Space limited. Free; call 601-965-4378, ext. 10 or 11.

5 p.m., Women's Fund Meet and Greet Jul 12, 5 p.m., at Electric Building (308 E. Pearl St.), on the first floor in the event space. The organization celebrates the work of the Center for Violence Prevention and Mississippi First. Free parking in the Capital Towers garage next door. Free; call 601-326-3001.

6 p.m., Genome Project Information Session, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in Holmes Hall Auditorium. Dr. Jim Wilson from the University of Mississippi Medical Center gives details on how to be a part of an international genetics project. Refreshments served. RSVP by July 11. Free; call 601-977-7730.

Wednesday, July 13

Grant Writing Workshop July 13-14, at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (921 N. President St., Suite C). Topics include "Researching, Submitting and Managing Grant Awards" July 13, and "Budgeting for Grant Proposals" July 14. Sessions are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $140, $80 members for one day, $249, $149 members for both days; call 601-968-0061.

Noon, "History Is Lunch," at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). MDAH historian H. Clark Burkett presents "Aaron Burr and the Aaron Burr Oaks." Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998.

Survival Spanish July 13-Aug. 3, at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Learn basic conversational Spanish from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. $98, $30 materials; call 601-500-7700.

7:30 p.m., All-star Volleyball Match, at Mississippi College: A.E. Wood Coliseum, Clinton (200 Capitol St., Clinton). The match features a best-of-five series and a North/South format that includes rising senior players. $5; call 601-924-3020.

Thursday, July 14

1 p.m., All-star Tennis Tournament, at Parham Bridges Park (5055 Old Canton Road). The Mississippi Association of Coaches hosts the event at the tennis center. Free; call 601-924-3020.

6 p.m., "First Steps To Starting A Business" Workshop, at Mississippi e-Center (1230 Raymond Road). Topics include regulations such as licenses and permits, legal forms of business ownership and basic marketing concepts. Free; call 601-979-2795.

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

Friday, July 15

Mississippi Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic July 15-16, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Dentists and hygienists provide free dental care to adults and children on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6 a.m. each day for fillings and extractions. No income or eligibility requirements. Volunteers needed. Free; call 601-664-9691.

7 p.m., Jackson State University Karate Club 40th Anniversary Celebration, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in the Student Life Center. The club celebrates 40 years of existence under the leadership of grandmaster Lindsey Horton. $40, $25 children; call 601-957-6785 or 601-955-3848.

Through July 15

JPS Summer Feeding Program. The JPS Food Service Department serves meals to youth ages 18 and younger at 11 a.m. weekdays, excluding July 4, at 13 JPS schools. Free; call 601-960-8911 for a list of locations.

Mental Health Research Conference Call for Abstracts. The theme is "Innovative Mental Health Services: Building Relationships and Strengthening Diverse Communities." Social workers, mental health professionals and students may participate. Abstracts must be 500 words or less, double-spaced and submitted in Microsoft Word by July 15. Accepted presentations will be published in conference proceedings for the Oct. 6-7 event. E-mail [e-mail missing].

Saturday, July 16

8 a.m., Walk/Run Out on Domestic Violence, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Divas 4 Charity is the host. Registration is at 7 a.m. Proceeds benefits Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Center. $25, $10 children, $70 group of four; call 601-321-4218.

4 p.m., Stop the Violence Concert in the Park, at Jayne Avenue Community Center and Park (3615 Jayne Ave.). This event is an opportunity to network and call to action ways to stop crime in Jackson. Speakers, hip-hop, neo-soul and spoken word performances, and vendors included. Bring a school supply donation for Operation Shoestring. Free; e-mail [e-mail missing].

Monday, July 18

9 a.m., Hinds County Board of Supervisors, at Chancery Court (316 S. President St.). The board holds its regular meeting, open to the public. Call 601-968-6501.

Through July 28

Summer Feeding Program, at Kingdom Faith Ministry (1036 S. McRaven Road). The program for youth ages 18 and younger includes breakfast at 8 a.m. and lunch at 11 a.m. on weekdays, excluding June 10 and July 4. Free; call 601-922-1155.

Through Aug. 1

Adult Summer Library Program Drawing. The Mississippi Library Commission will select winners from among participants ages 21 and older of the Adult Summer Library Programs at participating public library systems. Prizes from eight casinos range from $100-$430 and include free stays at the hotels, meals and spa services. Registrations dates and times vary for each library. The drawing is held Aug. 1. Call 601-432-4056.

Through Aug. 3

Call for Grant Applications, at Women's Fund of Mississippi (Plaza Building, 120 N. Congress St., Suite 903). The Women's Fund will make grants to programs that aim to create economic security for women in Mississippi. Eligible applicants must be non-profits with 501(c)(3) status. Interested applicants should call the office to brainstorm the project concept before formally submitting a concept brief. August 3 is the deadline for concept brief submissions. Call 601-326-0701.

Through Aug. 15

Exchange Student Program Call for Host Families. SHARE! is looking for volunteers to host international high school exchange students for the 2011-2012 fall semester or school year. The exchange students arrive in late August to attend local high schools and live with the host family. Sign up by Aug. 15. Call 800-941-3738.

Through Aug. 30

Jackson Inner-city Gardeners Call for Volunteers. JIG needs volunteers to help maintain plots and harvest vegetables. The produce will be donated to help feed the homeless and elderly and will be sold to the community at affordable prices. The garden is at the corner of W. Northside Drive and Medgar Evers Blvd. beside the BP gas station. Volunteers can help Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 -11 a.m. JIG sells produce at the garden Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Call 601-924-3539.

Through Sept. 25

Jackson Square Farmers Market, at Jackson Square Promenade (2460 Terry Road). Vendors sell food, clothing, crafts and other items in the parking lot. Hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission, $5-$10 vendor fee; call 601-372-7157.

Through Oct. 29

Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram). The market is open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. until Oct. 29. Products include fresh produce, wildflower honey, roasted peanuts, jams, jellies, birdhouses, and baskets and gourds for crafting. Call 601-373-4545.

Through Nov. 5

NAMIWalks Registration, at NAMI Mississippi (411 Briarwood Drive, Suite 401). NAMIWalks is an annual walk to raise funds for NAMI Mississippi, a local branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to providing support, education and advocacy for consumers of mental health services and their family members. Visit namims.org to join an existing team, form a new team, walk as an individual or become a sponsor. Each team member who raises at least $100 will receive a T-shirt. Donations welcome; call 601-899-9058.

Through Nov. 16

Nature Nuts Preschool Program, at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). The nature discovery program is for children ages 2-5. Sessions are held on third Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. Registration required. Receive a $2 discount for each additional child. $8 per session, $5 members; call 601-926-1104.

Through Dec. 17

Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Shop for fresh locally-grown fruits and vegetables from Mississippi farmers, specialty foods, and crafts from local artisans, including the Greater Belhaven Market. The market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. During the peak-growing season, hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call

Through Dec. 24

Old Fannin Road Farmers Market(1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon). Homegrown produce is for sale Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and noon-6 p.m. Sunday until Christmas Eve. Call 601-919-1690.

Adopt-a-Park Program Registration, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), 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.

Venture Incubator Talk & 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 Study Circles Program. The program includes six two-hour sessions of dialogue and problem-solving to encourage racial harmony and community involvement. Jackson 2000 is looking for participants from all walks of life to sign up, and sessions will be scheduled soon. E-mail [e-mail missing].
Jackson Public Schools Call for Volunteers. Jackson Public Schools is seeking volunteers from the community to be mentors for seniors enrolled in the Advanced Seminar: Employability Skills course. Call 601-960-8310.

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. Send your questions and comments in advance to [e-mail missing] or call the office for more information. The broadcast is also available on jacksonmedicalmall.org. Call 601-982-8467.

Cancer Rehab Classes at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Activity Room of the Hederman Cancer Center 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. Registration is required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

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.

Business Plan Workshops, at New Horizon Church International (Renaissance South, 1770 Ellis Ave.). Get hands-on, individualized or small-group assistance to develop your customized business plan. Sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.-noon or 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., and first and third Saturdays from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Appointment required. Call 601-371-1390, 601-371-1296 or 601-371-1427.

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.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Group, at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive), 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.

Programs on WMPR 90.1 FM and wmpr901.com.
• 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 Friday from noon-12:30 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.

CARA Recycling Program, at Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA) (960 N. Flag Chapel Road). Mississippi's largest no-kill animal shelter is earning cash for operating expenses by participating in the FundingFactory Recycling Program. They are collecting empty laser or toner cartridges and used cellphones from the community and sending the waste products to FundingFactory in exchange for cash. Donations welcome; e-mail [e-mail missing].

Adopt-a-Park Program Registration, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), 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.


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