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Local Digest

By Staff
Memory Tree Foundation to open new home
The public is invited to join Memory Tree Foundation volunteers as they open their new home Friday at 1:30 p.m., in the historic School of Music building. The building is located behind Judge Little Sporting Goods on Eighth Street.
A reception will be held following the opening in the church across the street.
Foundation members hope to develop a museum and present a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian in July 2002. They will also begin their Victory Garden Sunday at 3 p.m. This will take place on 23rd Avenue next to the Corner Stitch.
Girls Scout camp to open June 10
Gulf Pines Girl Scouts will sponsor a summer resident camp at Camp Meridale on Causeyville Road from June 10-July 13. This camp is open to girls in grades one-12. Girls will attend camp for one-week sessions.
Activities will include horseback riding, pottery, ceramics, arts and crafts, swimming and canoeing. To find out more, call 693-2903 or visit the Girl Scout office at 310 24th Ave. South in Meridian.
Bands to present spring concert
Southeast Lauderdale High School Band and the All-county High School Jazz Band will present a spring concert Friday at 7 p.m. in the Southeast High School gym. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. A Band Booster meeting will be held before the concert at 6 p.m. in the band hall.
Crisis Pregnancy Center being established
A Crisis Pregnancy Center is being established in Lauderdale County. Anyone interested in volunteering should call Northpointe Presbyterian Church at 482-7744, or Karen Sims at 485-0202.
West Lauderdale chorus to present concert
West Lauderdale High School chorus will present a year-end concert, "A Knight of Song and Dance," May 1 at the Temple Theatre. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.
The concert will include music from the 54-member SATB concert choir, the SSA choir, the madrigal ensemble, the girls' sextet and the boys' quartet. The choir is accompanied by Chrissy Fincher and directed by Twyla Hurst. There is no admission fee but donations will be collected at the door.
Metro Ambulance Service hosts lunch
Metro Ambulance Service will host a Spaghetti Plate Lunch May 2. The cost is $5 and includes spaghetti, roll, cole slaw and dessert. Delivery is available in the city for five or more plates. To order, call 485-2958 or fax 482-1316. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
Hilltop Homes collects rummage sale items
Volunteers for Hilltop Home for Boys and Hilltop Home for Girls are seeking items for their annual "Spring Rummage Sale," to be held May 3-4 at the boys' home. All donations are tax-deductible. Items needed include clothes, furniture, knickknacks, appliances and dishes.
Items may be delivered to the boys' home at 7297 Highway 39 North, or the girls' home at 5207 Zero Road. Large donations can be picked up. For more information, call 482-0432.
Collinsville to host Lively Arts Festival
Collinsville's 13th Annual Lively Arts Festival will be held May 5 beginning at 10 a.m.
Activities include arts and crafts, ballgames, coke toss, various food and game booths and much more. Chicken plates will be available at 11 a.m. Live entertainment is also planned. All activities will be held around the old Collinsville School.
Weems to hold yard sale fund-raiser
Weems Community Mental Health Center will hold a yard sale May 5 at the Weems Community Mental Health Center, 1415 College Drive in Meridian. The event will run from 7 a.m. until noon. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
Swim association plans rummage sale
The Meridian Swim Association will hold its annual rummage sale May 5 at the old location of Bonnie Jeans, next to Rite Aid in Broadmoor Shopping Center. The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This event is held every year to raise money to buy equipment for the summer swim season. Clothes, furniture, appliances and bric-brac items can be donated. For more information, or to make a donation, call Teresa Lisenbe at 483-8724 or Brenda Moody at 485-7931.
298th to celebrate 50th anniversary
Members of the 298th Corps Support Battalion of the Mississippi Army National Guard will conduct an open house celebrating their 50th anniversary May 5 at the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia. The unit will display modern and historical military equipment and will have the Neshoba Central and Philadelphia High School Stage Bands on hand for entertainment. A formal ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Gospel Night tickets on sale
Tickets are now on sale for Gospel Night at the Jimmie Rodgers Festival set for 7 p.m. May 3 at the Temple Theatre.
Reserved seating tickets are available for $10 at the theatre box office located at Eighth Street and 24th Avenue. The box office is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets may also be ordered by calling 693-5353.
For more information on the Jimmie Rodgers Festival, call (888) 868-7720 or 482-8001.

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