Community Events and Public Meetings

Tuesday, Sept. 7

5:30 p.m., Town Hall Meeting at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The meeting at center stage is sponsored by the Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities. Call 601-982-8467.

6 p.m. Jackson Touchdown Club Meeting at River Hills Country Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). Members of the athletic organization meet on Tuesdays during the football season. Members have access to meals, fellowship and the chance to listen to speakers from around the country. $280 individual, $1200 corporate; call 601-955-5293 or 601-506-3186.

6 p.m., Financial Education Seminar 6 p.m., at 3000 Fondren Building (3000 Old Canton Road), in suite 550. Certified budget and credit counselors will lead the seminar and CredAbility is the host. This month's topic is independence from credit-card debt. Pre-registration is preferred but not required. Free; call 601-362-7284.

Wednesday, Sept. 8

Advancing Minorities' Interest in Engineering Conference Sept. 8-9, at Marriott Hotel (200 E. Amite St.). The theme is "Strengthening Partnerships 2 Meet Global Challenges." The AMIE conference brings together business leaders, engineering professionals and engineering school leaders from 14 historically black colleges and universities. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson will speak at 9 a.m. on Sept. 8 at the opening session. The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new School of Engineering at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) is on Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. Registration is required. Visit amiepartnerships.org for a schedule. $475.

11:45 a.m., Jackson 2000 Luncheon, at Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St.). Jed Oppenheim will discuss the Southern Poverty Law Center's Mississippi Youth Justice Project. $10; e-mail [e-mail missing].

Noon, "History Is Lunch," at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Hamer Institute director Dr. Leslie McLemore presents "Fannie Lou Hamer: Her Religious Foundation." Bring your own lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998.

Noon, MIRA Advocacy Meeting, at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St.). The group will meet in the conference room. Lunch is included. Call 601-968-5182.

Thursday, Sept. 9

9 a.m. - 3p.m.Bridges Out of Poverty at Voice of Calvary Ministries (531 W. Capitol St.). The training program enables organizations and individuals to become more effective in addressing poverty issues in their community. Call for information on training sessions at 601-573-1866.

11:45 a.m., When the Weight Won't Come Off at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Baptist for Women Conference Center. Get tips from fitness and nutrition professionals. The event is part of the "Timeless Transformations for Women" seminar series. Registration is required. $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

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

5:30 p.m., Habitat Metro Jackson Homeowner Application Meeting at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Meeting Room. The three-hour meeting will give potential homeowners with low incomes an opportunity to learn more about the Habitat for Humanity program. Free; call 601-353-6060.

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, Sept. 10

6 p.m., Jefferson-Jackson-Hamer Dinner at Old Capitol Inn (226 N State St.). The Mississippi Democratic Party is the host. Clyde Williams, the political director of the Democratic National Committee, is the keynote speaker. $125; call 601-969-2913.

Saturday, Sept. 11

7:45 a.m., 9-11 National Day of Service on the corner of Medgar Evers Blvd. and W. Northside Drive near the BP station. Jackson Inner-City Gardeners (JIG) will clear debris from the four-acre plot in preparation for springtime planting, which will expand their organic community-planting project. Bring gloves, shovels and rakes. Call 601-924-3539 or 225-287-3159.

9 a.m., NACA Homeownership Seminar at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The class will be held in the Community Meeting Room. Free; call 601-922-4008.

Sunday, Sept. 12

9 a.m., Grandparents Day at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). This event provides free admission to grandparents when accompanied by a paying grandchild. Community service organizations join zoo volunteers and staff to provide an enjoyable day at the zoo. $8, $5 children ages 2-12, $7.20 seniors; members/babies free; call 601-352-2580.

Through Sept. 14

NFL Youth Punt, Pass and Kick Competition Registration at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The competition is divided into four separate age divisions: 8-9 years old; 10-11 years old; 12-13 years old; and 14-15 years old. During registration, proof of age will be required. Registration forms may be filled out from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; call 601-960-0471.

Through Sept. 15

FORMCities Call for Design Proposals at Jackson Community Design Center (509 E. Capitol St.). Mississippi State University's Jackson Community Design Center (JCDC) will host a design competition and symposium focused on the inherent challenges and immense potential for socioeconomic and environmental reconciliation by addressing barriers created by an urban divide. FORMCities calls for design proposals to address the negative impacts of urban forms and transportation thoroughfares that have created visual, physical, and psychological barriers along the lines of race, income and class. Student and professional teams may enter. The registration deadline is Sept. 15, and entries are due by Oct. 30. Prizes will be awarded in November. $60 professional teams, $35 student teams; e-mail [e-mail missing].

Through Oct. 30

Farmers' Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram). The market is open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. until Oct. 30. Products include fresh produce, wildflower honey, roasted peanuts, jams, jellies, birdhouses, and baskets and gourds for crafting. Call 601-373-4545.

Through Nov. 7

Farmers' Market at Old Farmers' Market (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Brenda's Produce features fruits, vegetables and flowers from Smith County, and Berry's Produce also has a wide selection of products to choose from. Hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-354-0529 or 601-353-1633.

Through Dec. 5

Habitat Hideaways at Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson (1260 Ellis Ave.). Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson will sell tickets for a child's playhouse that will be raffled off to raise money to build decent, affordable houses for families in need in metro Jackson. The winning ticket will be drawn on Dec. 5. $20, $40 for three, $100 for ten; call 601-353-6060.

Through Dec. 18

Greater Belhaven Market at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Buy local fresh produce or other food or gift items. The market is open every Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission; call 601-506-2848 or 601-354-6573.

Through Dec. 24

Farmers' Market at 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.

Through Feb. 28

Jackson State University Alumni Association Membership Drive. The Jackson-Hinds chapter is currently seeking new members to join the association. $25 membership; e-mail [e-mail missing].

Through May 27

After-School Enhancement Program at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The City of Jackson Department of Parks and Recreation's program takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Youth ages 7-12 may participate. Activities include studying and learning during homework sessions, listening to guest speakers, and participating in arts and crafts. Immunization compliance is required. Parents and guardians must also provide transportation and food each day. Registration continues until all slots are filled. Free; call 601-960-0471.


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. You can 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.

You Have the Mic at Afrika Book Cafe (404 Mitchell Ave.). The open political forum is for discussing Jackson's current issues. Othor Cain and Mista Main of Hot 97.7 FM are the hosts, Mondays from 6-8 p.m. E-mail [e-mail missing].

Ask for More Arts Call for Artists. Ask for More Arts is currently seeking artists to work with children in grades K-5 in the Jackson Public Schools district. Parents for Public Schools of Jackson is the convening partner. Call 601-969-6015.

Farmers' Market at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Shop the Mississippi Farmers Market for fresh locally-grown fruits and vegetables from Mississippi farmers, specialty foods, and crafts from local artisans. The market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-354-6573.

Farmers' Market at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project's Farmers' Market (2548 Livingston Road). Buy from a wide selection of fresh produce provided by participating local farmers. Market hours are noon-6 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Free admission; call 601-987-6783.

Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562.
• Weekly Storytime. 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 and music. A puppet show is given on the last Tuesday of the month.

• Pearl Peanuts Afterschool Program through May 25. On Wednesdays at 4 p.m., children in grades K-6 will enjoy stories, crafts, snacks and special activities such as cooking, gardening, and puppetry.


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