Community Events and Public Meetings

Monday, April 5

Mustard Seed Book Drive at Borders (100 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood). Donate books in good condition to the residents of The Mustard Seed. Donations welcome; call 601-992-3556.

Historic Preservation Awards Call for Nominations at Jackson City Hall (200 S. President St.). The City of Jackson Historic Preservation Commission will issue awards in May to outstanding historic preservation projects which have been substantially completed between January 2007 and January 2010. The deadline for nominations is today at 5 p.m. Free; call 601-960-2006.

Tuesday, April 6

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.

10 a.m., Story Time Tuesday at Jackson Zoological Park (2918 W. Capitol St.). Each month (March through Sept.), a local celebrity comes to the zoo on the first Tuesday of the month to read an animal story to kids. After story time, the kids get to do a related craft project or have an animal encounter. Free with paid admission; call 601-352-2580.

11:30 a.m., "Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History" at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The program celebrating women's history is presented by Beverly Fatherree and is sponsored by the Jackson Branch of the American Association of University Women. Call 601-919-2138.

Noon, Mississippi Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition of Hinds County Community Meeting at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The group will meet in the Community Meeting Room. Call 601-982-8467.

Noon, Jackson State School of Public Science Community Forum at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The group will meet at Center Stage. Call 601-982-8467.

4:30 p.m., Small Business Administration Loan Clinic at Regions Plaza (210 E. Capitol St.), in the SBA Conference Room on the 10th floor. Learn about the variety of SBA products used to guaranty loans ranging from $5,000 to $2 million as well as approved and participating lenders in the area. Space is limited. Call or go online at sba.gov/ms to register. Free; call 601-965-4378, ext. 11.

5:30 p.m., Jackson Public School Board Meeting, at Jackson Public Schools (621 S. State St.). The JPS School Board meets for its discipline session, open to the public. Free; call 601-960-8700.

6 p.m., Financial Education Seminar, at the 3000 Fondren Building (3000 Old Canton Road), in suite 550. Hosted by Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Jackson, the seminar will be led by certified budget and credit counselors. This month's topic is, "Homeowner Preparation - Where Do I Start?" Free; call 601-969-6431.

Wednesday, April 7

8 a.m., Business E-Waste Day at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Bring any unwanted electronics such as computers, computer components, radios, televisions, copiers, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players, desk phones, cell phones and smoke alarms. $1 per monitor, $10 per TV, free disposal for other items; call 601-948-7575, ext. 234.

9:30 a.m., Mississippi Business & Technology Expo at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The business-to-business networking event will include almost 200 exhibits, awards programs, free seminars, door prizes and more. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. April 7 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 8. Free with a business card; call 601-364-1000.

10 a.m., Office Products and Furniture Expo at Barefield Workplace Solutions (251 W. South St.). Over 20 office supply vendors will demonstrate and give out samples of their latest products. Tour the completely remodeled office space. The hosts will give out door prizes and refreshments. Free admission; call 601-354-4960.

Noon, "History Is Lunch" at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Luther Brown, director of Delta State University's Delta Center for Culture and Learning, presents "The Mississippi River." Bring your own lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6850.

11 a.m., Parents for Public Schools Lunch Bunch at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Meeting Room. The focus of the meeting will be the Parent Leadership Institute. $5 lunch; To RSVP call 601-969-6015.

1 p.m., Volunteer Enrichment at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in the Yates Community Room. Come for an in-depth look at the upcoming exhibitions "Herb and Dorothy," "On the Wall/Off the Wall" and "The Luxury of Exercise." The session is open to current and prospective volunteers. Free; call 601-960-1515.

5:30 p.m., Public Policy Toastmasters Club 8689 Meeting at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in the Sampson Library auditorium on the second floor. Improve your communication skills and become a better speaker and leader. Membership required. Call for details on membership dues; call 601-918-8523.

Governor's Cup Awards Call for Nomination April 7 deadline. Sponsored by Governor Haley Barbour and the Mississippi Development Authority, in partnership with the Mississippi Economic Development Council, the awards recognize businesses from around Mississippi that made a significant contribution to their communities and the state in 2009. All award recipients will be honored at the annual MEDC awards banquet scheduled for July 22. Call 601-359-3593.

Thursday, April 8

9 a.m., Building Better Programs with Outcomes Measurement at the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (921 N. President St., Suite C). This one-day workshop will teach you how to create a visual presentation of how your program should work using logic models. $60 members, $110 non-members; call 601-968-0061.

5 p.m., Hinds County School Board Meeting at the Hinds County School District Office (3192 Highway 18, Raymond). The board holds their regular monthly meeting. Call 601-857-5222.

5 p.m., Habitat for Humanity Homebuyers Meeting, at the Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The meeting will be in the Community Meeting Room. Call 601-982-8467.

6 p.m., Highway 80 Corridor Public Forum at Johnnie Champion Community Center (1335 Hattiesburg St.). Participants will discuss the issues facing the corridor today and the vision for the future in sector-specific focus groups. Call 601-981-1511.

6 p.m., Symposium on Computing at Minority Institutions at King Edward Hotel - Hilton Garden Inn (235 W. Capitol St.). Sponsored by the Association of Computer and Information Science and Engineering Departments at Minority Institutions (ADMI), the theme is "The Winds of Change in Computing." Meeting times are 6-8 p.m. April 8, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. April 9 and 8 a.m.-9 p.m. April 10. $225-$280, $120 one day only; call 601-979-2105.

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

Celebration of Strong Women Call for Nominations at Baptist Medical Center Web Site. Five different categories are: Defender, Mentor, Leader, Perseverance and Promise. Nominees will be judged by a distinguished panel of women. Nominations are due by April 8. The winners will be announced on May 6. Free; call 601-968-5135.

Community Foundation of Greater Jackson Call for Grant Proposals at Community Foundation of Greater Jackson (525 E. Capitol St., Suite 5B). The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson is accepting applications for 2010 grant awards. General grant proposals, especially for programs with an emphasis on reading and programs seeking to prevent youth drop-outs, are being accepted. Nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, churches and schools are eligible to apply for their programs located in Hinds, Madison and Rankin Counties. An application and guidelines are available on the Foundation's website, http://www.cfgj.org. Free; call 601-974-6044, ext. 221.

Friday, April 9
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mississippi Association of Healthcare Quality Spring Conference at University of Mississippi Medical Center (2500 N. State St.), in the Norman C Nelson Student Union. The theme is "The Many Face of Healthcare Quality." The educational conference features some of the nation's foremost experts in the field of quality and safety. Continuing Education credits are available. $75.

9 a.m., Friday Forum, at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St.). The speaker is Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Earl Watkins. Free; e-mail [e-mail missing].

11 a.m., Certified Nursing Assistant Training Center Graduationat Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The ceremony will take place at Center Stage. Call 601-982-8467.

11:30 a.m., American Society of Training and Development Luncheon at River Hills Country Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). The guest speaker is Wes Holesapple, president of BDS Institute, who will discuss the topic "It's Who You Know: Successful Networking Strategies and Techniques." $15 lunch; e-mail [e-mail missing].

12:30 p.m., Mexico City Symposium,, at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in room 215. Veteran reporters and authors John Ross and David Lida, along with Andrew Paxman, assistant professor of history at Millsaps, will discuss what it is like to live in the Mexican megalopolis. Free; call 601-974-1334.

5:15 p.m., Delta Symposium XVI: Region and the Politics of Culture,, at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in the Mockingbird Room of the Reng Student Services Center/Student Union. The keynote speaker is photographer and writer Roland L. Freeman, who will give a presentation of pictures he took of the civil-rights march called "The Mule Train: A Journey of Hope Remembered." Free; call 870-972-3043.

6 p.m., Criminal Justice Conference at Roberts Walthall Hotel (225 E. Capitol St,). The theme of the conference is the issue of conflict of interest. The conference will be held from

6-9 p.m. on April 9 and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 10. Registration is required. Free; call 601-354-3408.

7 p.m., Scholarship Banquet at Mississippi e-Center (1230 Raymond Road). The Jackson State University National Alumni Association, Jackson-Hinds Chapter, is the host. The chapter will award several scholarships to area high school seniors. Mississippi state Rep. Kimberly Buck. D-Jackson, is the speaker. $30, $180 reserved table of six; call 601-668-2064 or 601-331-3278.

Saturday, April 10

8 a.m., Buffalo Peak's "About Four Mile" Trail Run at LeFleur's Bluff State Park, Mayes Lake (115 Lakeland Terrace). Registration begins at 7 a.m. The race includes door prizes and giveaways. Mailed entry forms must be postmarked by April 5, and forms may be brought to Buffalo Peak Outfitters until April 9. Proceeds benefit the trail preservation fund for the Natural Science Museum. $25; call 601-366-2557.

8 a.m., Roll Off Dumpster Day at various locations in Jackson. The City of Jackson's Solid Waste Division is encouraging citizens of Jackson to participate by taking tree limbs, other yard debris, and household items to one of their designated locations. Residents may bring all household furniture and appliances for disposal. However, tires, chemicals and gas tanks are not accepted. Free; call 601-960-0000.

8 a.m.-2 p.m., Greater Belhaven Marketat Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Be sure to stop by and buy some produce or other food or gift items as the market reopens for its 9th season. The market is open every Saturday until Dec. 18. Free admission; call 601-506-2848 or 601-354-6573.

11:30 a.m., Literary Luncheon at Regency Hotel (400 Greymont Ave.). Mary Church Terrell Literary Club is hosting the event as part of National Library Week (April 11-17). The guest speaker is Dr. Jerry Ward, author of "The Katrina Papers: A Journal of Trauma and Recovery." Proceeds benefit programs such as Operation Shoestring, Stewpot and the United Negro College Fund. The Greater Jackson Arts Council is the event sponsor. $30, $300 table of 10; call 601-842-3219/601-982-0751.

Free Tax Counseling and Filing Through April 15
AARP volunteers will do electronic filing at the following locations. Bring all necessary documents. Joint filers must come together.

• Through April 12, at Richard Wright Library (515 W. McDowell Road) on Mondays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-372-1621.
• Through April 13, at Willie Morris Library (4912 Old Canton Road) on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 601-987-8181.
• Through April 15, at Clinton Public Library (111 Clinton Blvd., Clinton) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-5 p.m. Call 601-924-5684.
• Through April 14, at Margaret Walker Alexander Library (2525 Robinson Road) on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-354-8911.

Monday, April 12
10 a.m., Levee Board Meeting at Flowood City Hall (2101 Airport Road, Flowood). Members of the Rankin-Hinds Pearl Flood and Drainage Control District will have their monthly meeting. Call 601-939-4243.

Through Tuesday, June 15
Grant Development Program Call for Applications at Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau (111 E. Capitol St., Suite 102). The Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau's grant program is open to any non-profit tourism-related entity, such as attractions and events, in the city of Jackson. The application deadline is June 15. The grant period is from September 1, 2010, to August 31, 2011. Call 601-960-1891.


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