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MHS Band Boosters to meet
Meridian High School Band Boosters Association will meet Monday, at 7 p.m. in the MHS Cafeteria.
The Annual Band Banquet will be one of the main topics discussed. Officers for the 2001-02 school year will be elected. A major revision in Booster financing will be discussed and decided on for the 2001-02 school year. Membership for the Band Boosters is $5 annually and is open to the public. Parents of ninth grade band students at Kate Griffin and Northwest Junior Highs are encouraged to attend.
For additional information, call Rick Burton at 482-2532.
Jaycees holding membership drive
The Jaycees will hold a season membership drive April 9, at 5:30 p.m., at DT Grinders to recruit people who want to improve Meridian.
The Jaycees provide leadership training and community involvement opportunities designed to develop well-rounded, corporate and civic citizens.
If you, or any of your employees or co-workers, are interested in becoming a member, please call John R. Bolte at 693-2300.
Newton County Relay for Life' set
The Newton County Relay For Life is set for June 1 at the East Central Community College campus in Decatur.
Relay for Life is a major fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society.
There will be entertainment, food and games. The next team captains' meeting will be held April 10, at 5 p.m., at Newton Regional Hospital. For information, call Cassandra Holsen, Melissa McCumbs or Lisa Roebuck at 683-2031.
DAV mobile office to visit Meridian
Detailed explanations of the benefits available to disabled veterans and their families will be presented at an upcoming Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office visit.
Like all services provided by the non-profit DAV, there will be no charge for on-site counseling and claim filing assistance, which will be hosted by Meridian Chapter No. 56. It will be presented April 13 at the Bonita Lakes Mall, food court entrance, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Veterans and members of their families need not be DAV or DAV Auxiliary members to take advantage of this free service. Please bring your Department of Veterans Affairs claim number, Social Security number and any other pertinent documentation to the session.
Crisis Pregnancy Center being established
A Crisis Pregnancy Center is being established for Lauderdale County. The organization will meet at Northpointe Presbyterian Church on April 16, at 7 p.m. Counselors, doctors and volunteers willing to donate time should call the church at 482-7744 or Craig Ziemba at 679-8146.
MLT Spring Variety Sale set
It's that time again! The Meridian Little Theatre Guild Spring Variety Sale will be held April 20-21. Now is the time to clean out your closets, garages and attics. Please bring your tax-deductible items to the Meridian Little Theatre, Highway 39 North, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Large donations can be picked up. Items needed include clothes, shoes, jewelry, toys, linens, games, books, pictures, dishes, appliances, furniture and bric-a-brac.
For more information, call Dorothy Torgerson at 482-0930 or Meridian Little Theatre office at 482-6371.
Partnership accepting grant applications
The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi is accepting grant applications from faith-based organizations through its Community Youth Partners program.
Applications for the $2,000 grants can be obtained at the office of Partnership for a Healthy Lauderdale County, 806 Highway 19 North, Suite 385. Grantees will agree to conduct a Students Working Against Tobacco day camp during the summer and conduct monthly SWAT activities throughout the year. The application deadline is April 20.
For more information, visit The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi's Web site at www.healthy-miss.org or call 696-4472.
Kemper Academy presents Elvis show
The "Elvis Presley Show," featuring a 12-member cast with a live band and a sound and light show, will be held April 21, at 7 p.m., at Kemper Academy Gymnasium.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for students. Children under 4 will be admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at the Kemper Academy High School office. For more information, call 743-5841, 743-5351 or 743-5888.
Fund established for Traci R. Alsup
A trust fund has been established at BankPlus for Traci R. Alsup, who was critically injured March 15 in an automobile accident. Donations to help cover medical expenses can be made at any BankPlus branch. For more information, call Cynthia Redmond at 659-4660.