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Smoking cessation class today
The American Cancer Society and The American Heart Association will sponsor a "Fresh Start Smoking Cessation" class today from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Jeff Anderson Health and Fitness Center Auditorium. The class is free and open to the public. To register, call 553-6622.
Way of the Cross meeting today
The second planning meeting for the Way of the Cross/Way of Peace Ecumenical Walk will be held today at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. in the large meeting room of St. Patrick's Parish Building. Anyone interested in general information or learning more about the event should be present for this evening meeting. It is the final planning session. All denominations are invited to participate in the walk and are invited to carry church banners during the walk.
Karen Peck and New River to play concert
Hazel Baptist Church, located on Highway 489, will host a concert featuring Karen Peck and New River Friday at 7 p.m. The congregation invites everyone to come and listen to good Southern gospel music. For more information, call Hazel Baptist Church at (601) 683-2053.
Sorority throws Mardi Gras ball
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Omicron Beta Omega Chapter, will host the third annual Mardi Gras Ball Saturday from 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Council of Organizations Building on 45th Avenue. Special Mardi Gras beads and masks will be given as door prizes. Entertainment will be provided by disk jockey Maurice Howard. All proceeds will go to the AKA Scholarship Fund. Tickets are available from any sorority member, or by calling 681-6059.
The Choice' to be performed
MCC announces upcoming events
Look for these events, sponsored by Meridian Community College, in the coming weeks:
Saturday EMT Refresher course from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Health Center Room 215. For more information, call Glenda Kopf at 484-8778.
Saturday Health Occupational Students of America (HOSA) district competition. Area high school senior and community college students will test their skills and knowledge in various health fields. For more information, call Dr. Richie McAlister at 484-8779.
Sunday Casteel Gallery opening featuring the works of artist Jim Meade from 1-3 p.m. at the Casteel Gallery. For more information, call John Marshall at 484-8647.
Feb. 26 How to Manage a Business and Increase Profit class, Marketing for a Small Business from 6-9 p.m. For more information, call Milford Smith 482-7445.
Feb. 27 NASA Space Grant Consortium program, "Botanical Dietary Supplements: Issues Relating to Ensuring Quality" beginning at 4 p.m. in Ivy Hall Theater. For more information, call Dr. Angie Carraway 484-8660.
March 2 Dedication of Ivy Theater in honor of Meridianite Emma McCain and Arts and Letters Series Season performance by the MCC vocal group, The Variations. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Ivy Theater. For more information, call Anne Dowdle 484-8612.
March 3 EMT Refresher course from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Health Center Room 215. For more information, call Glenda Kopf 484-8778.
Weems invites public to ADHD seminar
Weems Community Mental Health Center will present a free workshop on attention deficit/hyperactive disorder on Feb. 26 in the East Mississippi Electric Power Association Auditorium. The session will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The workshop is open to parents, teachers, counselors, school administrators and other interested people. For more information, call 483-4821.
Aldersgate serves spaghetti dinner
The resident council at Aldersgate Retirement Community will sponsor the annual Chicken Spaghetti Dinner Feb. 26, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The menu will include chicken spaghetti, Italian green beans, bread and banana pudding. Plates are $6 and you may eat in or take out. For more information, call 482-5561.
Public invited to investment seminar
Jay Jenkins of Edward Jones, a financial services firm, invites the public to attend a free seminar called, "The Four Most Common Mistakes Investors Make," Feb. 27 at Meridian Community College's WEBB Center.
The free seminar will begin at 6 p.m. For more information or to register, call Jay Jenkins at (601) 483-0212.
Kennel club offers obedience classes
The East Central Mississippi Kennel Club will offer Puppy Kindergarten and Basic Obedience classes beginning Feb. 27 at the Frank Cochran Center in Highland Park. A "people orientation," no dogs allowed, will be held Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Frank Cochran Center. For more information or to register, call 693-7194.
EMCC to hold Campus for Christ crusade
The East Mississippi Community College Student Christian Fellowship and Fellowship of Christian Athletes will hold a Campus for Christ Crusade March 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the Stennis Hall Auditorium on the Scooba Campus.
The guest evangelist will be the Rev. Danny Lanier of Bessemer, Ala. He has been a full-time vocational evangelist since 1984 and is a staff evangelist of Northcrest Baptist Church of Meridian. Members of the public, students and all church groups are invited to attend the crusade. For more information, call Mary M. Smith at (662) 476-5089.
Some Enchanted Evening' to be performed
The musical, "Some Enchanted Evening," will be performed March 2, at 7 p.m., at the Auditorium of Carthage High School. The musical event will include music from Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The music is from "Oklahoma," "Sound of Music" and "Cinderella."
The musical is sponsored by the Arts Development Committee of the Leake County Chamber of Commerce. Jeffrey Jones and Kinsey Goldman will direct the production. Tickets are $5 in advance for adults, and $3 for children under 12.
Agri-Center hosts horse sale
The Southern Miniature Horse Confederation will sponsor its first miniature horse sale in Meridian Saturday, March 3, at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center. An estimated 60 miniature horses will be sold auction-style. The sale will include Pintos, Appaloosas and Buckskin breeds from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Schools to benefit from McRae's sale
McRae's Department store is inviting local schools and school organizations to participate in their annual School Benefit Sale. The event will take place March 3, from 6-10 a.m. The private morning event offers customers savings throughout the store and also gives schools the opportunity to raise funds through ticket sales.
Participants will sell tickets for $5 and 100 percent of the proceeds from the sales go to the schools. McRae's will provide schools with the tickets and advertise the sale in all of its stores. To sign up your school or get more information, contact McRae's Meridian (601) 484-7809.
Meridian Gospel Travelers to play
The Meridian Gospel Travelers will perform in concert at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Lauderdale March 3-4. Participants include many groups, choirs, solo singers and ministers. There will be gifts given away and everyone is invited to attend the event.
The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. on March 3, there will be two shows on March 4, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information, call Alice Mosley (601) 482-5138.
4-H Club presents barrel run
The Lauderdale County 4-H Horse Club will sponsor a barrel run March 10, at 9 a.m., at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center. For more information, call Debbie (601) 482-2601 or Marion (601) 482-1314.