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MSO to present final concert of season
The Meridian Symphony Orchestra will present the fifth and final concert of the 40th Anniversary Season May 5, at 8 p.m. The concert will be held in the Emma McCain Theatre at Meridian Community College. A pre-concert lecture led by Maestro Claire Fox Hillard begins at 7 p.m. in the Casteel Gallery. The concert is entitled "40th Anniversary Grand Finale."
Tickets may be purchased at the door for $15 adults, $12 for seniors/military, and $8 for students. Children under 12 will be admitted free. For information, call 693-2224 or e-mail: mdnsymph@mississippi.net. The public is invited to attend.
Arthritis Foundation to hold public forum in Meridian
The Mississippi chapter of the Arthritis Foundation will hold a meeting for persons interested in helping with an upcoming public forum titled, "Take Control: Assess Your Joint Health."
The forum will be held May 17 in Meridian. Volunteers are needed to assist the staff on the day of the event. Help is also needed in promoting and getting materials for the forum.
Anyone interested is invited to attend an organizational meeting Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Meridian Senior Citizens Center, 3300 32nd Ave. For more information, call (800) 844-8400.
Redistricting Committee to meet in Meridian
A series of public hearings during May has been scheduled to receive citizens' input into the future shape of Mississippi's congressional and legislative districts. The committee is scheduled to meet in Meridian on May 19 at Meridian Community College Auditorium, 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
The Joint Legislative Reapportionment and Congressional Redistricting Committee will use information gained at the hearings to help redraw district lines for the state's four congressional and 174 state legislative districts.
A Web site has also been established by the committee for citizens seeking information about the redistricting process. It contains a schedule of hearings, links to U.S. Census Bureau information and a list of committee members. The Web site address is: www.msjrc.state.ms.us
EMCC offers parenting workshop
The staff of East Mississippi Community College is offering a series of parenting workshops at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays at 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, which include interviews with scientists, physicians and educators in the field of childhood development.
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.
Nurses to hold convention in Meridian
The Mississippi Licensed Practical Nurses Association will hold its 31st annual state convention April 25-27 at the Howard Johnson Inn. Registration for the convention will be at 8 a.m. on April 25, and the convention will begin at 9 a.m. with three full days of professional workshops, business sessions and fellowship.
Eleven contact hours for continuing education are planned, 10 of which may be used to satisfy the semi-annual CE requirement for the IV Certified LPNs.
For more information, call Jim or Mae Blackledge, (601) 763-5151; Opal Ezell, (601) 833-1360 or Emily Garner, (662) 566-4611.

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