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Red Cross announces Help Save A Life' summer campaign
The Key Chapter of the American Red Cross has announced its "Help Save A Life" summer campaign. Summer is approaching and many activities are being planned. The following courses are being offered to educate our communities in water safety, CPR, first aid awareness and prevention.
Life guarding course ages 17 and over, teaches one the essential skills of first aid, CPR, how to perform water rescue, aquatic safety, etc. Dates of the classes are April 21-22, 27-29. For more information, call 485-5151.
Water Safety Instructor course teaches one pool safety and how to instruct different age groups in the skill of swimming. For more information, call Barbara Bishop at 484-8720.
CPR/First Aid Instructor class teaches one how to instruct the public in the art of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and first aid. Dates of the classes are April 20-22. For more information, call 485-5151.
Basic CPR/First Aid course teaches cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and first aid for all age groups. Course is eight hours in length and held twice a month. For more information, call 485-5151.
MC alumni meeting set for Thursday
All alumni and friends of Mississippi College are invited to attend the Meridian area chapter alumni meeting Thursday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Friends and classmates of the last 60 years are invited to a special evening of memories, reports from MC and great barbecue. The dinner ticket is $5. For more information, call Thad Moore at 485-5106 or contact the Mississippi College Alumni Office at 925-3228.
Tours of Grand Opera House available
Guided tours of the Grand Opera House of Mississippi are being scheduled for Sunday, March 25, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tours will start every hour and half-hour. The cost is $5 per person. Make reservations now for groups or individuals by calling Pegi Harmon, 482-6127 or Margaret Remy, 485-3278. Walk-ups are also welcome but reservations will ensure that you can take the tour at the time of your choice.
The Opera House is located in downtown Meridian, Fifth Street between 22nd and 23rd avenues.
A treasures and trash sale will be held the same day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Marks Rothenberg Building. Cash only.
The event is sponsored by the board of trustees of the Grand Opera House of Mississippi.
Public invited to upcoming events
Check out these events, coming up in the next couple of weeks in East Central Mississippi:
March 23-24 The Sandy Ridge Bluegrass Camp and Jam will be held at Sandy Ridge Park in Clarke County. For information, call 693-2996 or 482-0421.
March 24 The Miss Hospitality program will be held at Merrehope. For information, call the Lauderdale County Tourism Bureau at 482-8001. The application deadline is March 7.
March 31 Queen City Speedway presents the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Race. For information, call 485-0201.
March 31 Martin Volunteer Fire Department Annual Fund-raiser. Chicken plates on sale at 10 a.m. for $5 donation. Craft sale begins at 9 a.m. Antiques, gel candles, baskets, wood crafts and more. For information, call Robin at 737-5968 or Rae at 737-5333.
LIFE organization holding fund-raiser
Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE) has opened a satellite office in Meridian. LIFE is a non-profit organization that helps individuals with disabilities. Its budget is supported by donations and fund-raisers. On July 4, they will hold a raffle for a mink coat and an oak daybed. Tickets are $1. For information, call the local LIFE office at 485-7999 or visit them at 2440 North Hills St.
American Business Women to hold meeting
The Pinnacle Chapter of the American Business Women's Association will hold a meeting March 27 at Western Sizzlin' Restaurant, 1100 N. Frontage Road. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.
Robbie Hales of The Liberty Shop will present a "Spring Fling" fashion show. Members and guests should order their dinner as they arrive. The waitresses will serve dinner at 6 p.m. Hales has put several outfits together to give the working woman a first-hand preview of spring fashions.
Guests are welcome. For more information, call Dot Davidson at 644-3592 or 485-4942, or Pattie Robinson at 583-7518 or 581-8613.
Newton County Relay for Life' set
This year the Newton County division of the American Cancer Society will host the annual "Relay for Life" on Friday, June 1, at East Central Community College in Decatur. There will be entertainment, food and games. The next team captains' meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on April 10, at Newton Regional Hospital. For information, call Cassandra Holsen, Melissa McCumbs or Lisa Roebuck at 683-2031.
EMCC offers parenting workshop
The staff of East Mississippi Community College is offering a series of parenting workshops, at 11 a.m. each Wednesday, on the Scooba Campus.
The program, called Right from Birth, teaches parents how to provide their children with the necessary skills and foundation for future learning and success in school. The series revolves around a collection of 15-minute videotapes that include interviews with noted scientists, physicians and educators in the field of childhood development.
Right from Birth is sponsored by Mississippi Educational Television, the Department of Human Services and the EMCC Special Populations program. Mary M. Smith, counselor with the Special Populations program, is the on-site facilitator for the workshops.
For more information, call Mary Smith at (662) 476-5089.
Camp Wheez-Away taking applications
Baptist Health Systems is partnering with the American Lung Association and the Mississippi Asthma Collaborative to sponsor the third annual "Camp Wheez-Away" for children ages 8-13.
Set for July 30-Aug. 3 at Camp Wesley Pines in Gallman, the camp will offer children a total summer camp experience in a beautiful setting. Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other health professionals will provide supervision and help with medical needs.
Registration for Camp Wheez-Away 2001 is now open, and scholarships are available. Potential attendees must be referred by a physician. Space is limited. To apply or to get more information, contact Tom Kearns at the American Lung Association of Mississippi at (800) 737-5453 or e-mail tkearns@alams.org.
AARP offers free tax advice
Senior citizens have access to free tax advice every Tuesday and Friday until April 15. AARP volunteers will be available every Tuesday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library. Volunteers will also be available every Friday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Highway 19 North Trustmark National Bank.
Public health forum to be held in Meridian
The Mississippi State Department of Heath invites residents to take part in public forums addressing disparities in minority health care accessibility and delivery.
The Meridian forum will be held March 27, from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., at the Mississippi Power Community Auditorium at 2401 11th St. The forum will address six areas minority health issues: infant morality, cancer screening and management, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and adult and child immunizations.
For information, call Toni Brooks at (601) 859-8020.

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