Community Events and Public Meetings

Mission Mississippi Prayer Breakfasts. The organization's purpose is to promote racial healing and unity. Free;
• July 19, 7:30 a.m., at Mission Mississippi Office (Plaza Building, 120 N. Congress St., Suite 520). Call 601-353-6477, ext. 202.
• July 21, 7:30 a.m., at Mississippi State Hospital (3550 Highway 468 W.), in the Balloon Room, Building 38. Call 601-351-8211.

Tuesday, July 19

Grant Application Workshop July 19-20 and July 21-22, at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). The two-day interactive workshop covers 18 specific elements that make up a complete proposal. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon; limit of 15 registrants. $195; call 601-965-0377.

11 a.m., It's All About Living Seminar, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Hederman Cancer Center. The seminar is for cancer patients and their families. Vickie Gerrard speaks on knowing about advanced directives. Registration required. $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

Wednesday, July 20

11 a.m., Health Fair, at Smith Park (302 Amite St.). Jackson State University's SMHART Institute hosts the event. Come for free health screenings, refreshments and music. Free; call 601-979-1543.

A Woman's 50,000-mile Check-up July 20, 11:45 a.m., at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison). In the Community Room. Drs. Thomas Wiley and Rusty Ethridge explain how women in their 50s should evaluate their health status. Registration required. $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

11:30 a.m., Power Up Speaker Series, at University Club (210 E. Capitol St. #2200). Jenny Nolen gives strategies for overcoming negativity in the workplace. RSVP; limited seating. $10 lunch; call 601-969-4011, ext. 235.

Noon, History Is Lunch, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Jackson historian Peter Miazza presents "Mississippi Governors in Jackson's Greenwood Cemetery." Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998.

Thursday, July 21

10 a.m., Computer Class for Adults, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Learn to send and receive email. Free; call 601-932-3535.

5:30 p.m., Dale Carnegie Course, at New York Life Training Center (1052 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 101, Ridgeland). Topics include overcoming the fear of public speaking, human relations, presentation skills and managing stress. Sessions are Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. through Sept. 8. $1,295; call 888-437-1066.

6 p.m., Precinct 3 COPS Meeting, at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0003.

Friday, July 22

9 a.m., Friday Forum, at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite C). Dana Larkin and representatives from Operation Understanding are the speakers. Free; email [e-mail missing].

9 a.m., Teen Summit, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), at Center Stage. Teens Helping Teens is the host. Topics include teen pregnancy, STD's contraceptives and self-esteem. Door prizes included. Free; call 601-982-8467.

10 a.m., Mississippi Department of Archives and History Meeting, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). The Board of Trustees holds its regular quarterly meeting. Call 601-576-6850.

Ribbon Cutting and Free Blood Pressure Checks July 22-24, at Walmart, Flowood (5341 Highway 25, Flowood). Baptist Medical Clinic/Convenient Care hosts an open house July 22 at 11:30 a.m. and offer free blood pressure checks during office hours July 22-24. Call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

Noon, Brown Bag Luncheon, at Pearl Community Room (2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl), in the Blue Room. Photographer Ken Murphy ("Mississippi: State of Blues") is the speaker. Bring lunch; drinks and dessert provided. Free; call 601-932-3535.

7 p.m., Jamaica Me Crazy, at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). The American Cancer Society hosts the beach-themed fundraiser in Sparkman Auditorium. Beach attire and flip flops encouraged. $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $50 couple in advance; call 601-321-5500.

8 p.m., Fashion for Life, at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.), in the auditorium. House of Panache hosts the fashion showcase. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation. Tickets sold at Duling Shop in front of SMoak Salon. $20, $30 VIP; call 769-218-8862.

8 p.m., BeanSprout Benefit Comedy Show, at Jackson State University, Rose E. McCoy Auditorium (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Performers include Eddie Griffin ("Malcolm and Eddie," "Undercover Brother"), Michael Blackson, Antoine Blackman and Kwame Siegel. Proceeds benefit BeanSprout, an organization that helps spinal cord injury victims. $35; call 601-291-3467 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

Saturday, July 23

8 a.m., NACA Homeownership Workshop, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The session is held in the Community Meeting Room. Free; call 601-922-4008.

8 p.m., Second Chance Prom, at Mississippi State University (2 Hardy Blvd., Starkville), at Memorial Hall. The Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition is the host, and the event is open to all LGBT youth and allies. Each ticket covers the ticket-holder and one guest of any age. $5 ages 18 and under, $10 ages 18-24, $15 ages 25-30; visit mssc.eventbrite.com​.

Monday, July 25

11 a.m., Blood Pressure Checks for Seniors, at Madonna Manor Retirement Center (550 Houston Ave.). 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.

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. 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. 24

Operation Sunscreen. Purchase sun-care protection package to send to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan through Aug. 24. Each package contains sunscreen, lip protector, a thank-you note and gum or candy. $25 donation; call 601-201-1979.

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 Aug. 31

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 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. 2

First Friday Free Screenings, at Office of Suzanne Russell, LPC (665 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Licensed professional counselor Suzanne Russell offers free 30-minute ADHD screenings for children on first Fridays through Dec. 2. Appointment required. Free; call 601-707-7355.

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 and 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.

Fitness Camp, at Lake Hico Park (4801 Watkins Drive). Do cardiovascular and strength training exercises, and learn about proper nutrition. Sessions are 8-9 a.m. Saturdays. $20; call 601-331-8468.


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