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Kemper COC to hold health fair
The Kemper County Chamber of Commerce has teamed with various health agencies to sponsor a health fair on the Kemper County Courthouse Square in DeKalb from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday.
Blood pressure and cholesterol diabetes checks and stroke screenings will be provided by staff from Meridian's three hospitals. Others participating include the Diabetes Foundation, East Mississippi Community College nursing students, the Department of Human Services, Weems Mental Health Center, the Care Lodge and Sta-Home Hospice.
Ole Miss alumni to meet Wednesday
The University of Mississippi Alumni Association, District 7, will meet Wednesday at Northwood Country Club.
A silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. with a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Featured speakers include: Dr. Robert Khayat, chancellor of the University of Mississippi; Herb Deweese, president of the Ole Miss Alumni Association; David Cutcliffe, head football coach; and Rob Barnes, head basketball coach.
Public invited to upcoming events
The public is invited to these upcoming events:
Meridian High School Band and Orchestra Concert Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at MHS auditorium. An art exhibit will be on display in the lobby. Admission is free. The public is invited to attend.
National Day of Prayer to be observed in Lake Thursday at the Lake Depot Pavilion, as part of the National Day of Prayer observance. The public is invited to attend. The event will begin at noon. For information, call Frank Edmondson at 775-3857.
Mississippi Mule Festival and Pull Saturday at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center. Competition begins at 9 a.m. Tickets are $3 for adults and children over 6 years of age. For information, call Grace Robb at 659-7965 or Jerry Hamrick at 727-3193.
Mississippi Minority Caucus n May 8-10 at Holiday Inn Express and Union Station. For registration information, contact Jimmie Smith at 482-9746.
The Annual Motorcycle "Run for the Wall" May 21 passing through Meridian in route to Washington, D.C., for a Memorial Day celebration. For information, contact Don Stringer (601) 957-9900 or (601) 824-9356.
Memorial Day Memorial Day Services will be held May 28, at 10 a.m. at the Count House in downtown Meridian.
West Lauderdale chorus to present concert
The West Lauderdale High School chorus will present a year-end concert, "A Knight of Song and Dance," tonight 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.
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 to July 13. 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 307 24th Ave. South in Meridian.
Metro Ambulance Service to host lunch
Metro Ambulance Service will host a Spaghetti Plate Lunch Wednesday. 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.
May is Older Americans Month
The Lauderdale County Council on Aging will celebrating Older Americans Month with various activities:
Thursday Golf tournament Lakeview Golf Course, four-person scramble, 9 a.m.
Thursday Bingo, Senior Citizens Center, 2 p.m.
May 9 Seniors Walk-A-Thon at Bonita Lakes Mall, sign-in time is 7:45 a.m.
May 9 Pingpong Tournament, Senior Citizens Center, 2 p.m.
May 11 Games Day, Senior Citizens Center, 1-4 p.m.
May 15 Bowling Tournament, Dixie Bowl Lanes, reservations appreciated, 1 p.m.
May 16, Pool Tournament, Senior Citizens Center, 2 p.m.
May 18, Cake Walk, Senior Citizens Center, 2 p.m.
For information, call 485-1812. The Center is located at 3300 32nd Ave. in Meridian.
Mall becomes art gallery for area schools
Three area schools will showcase students' artwork during the month of May at Bonita Lakes Mall. Participating schools include Kemper County High School, Newton High School and Crestwood Elementary in Meridian.
Crestwood Elementary's art will be on display May 1-11; Kemper County High will display May 7-15; and Newton High will showcase May 15-18.
There is no admission charge to display or view the artwork. For more information on this or any other event at Bonita Lakes Mall, visit bonitalakesmall.com or call 693-4960.
Fund-raiser for Traci Alsup set for Saturday
A fund-raiser for Traci Alsup will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. behind Gulf Coast Seafood, next door to Chicken Basket on Front Street Extension.
Chicken and rib barbecue plates will be sold for $5. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 for a chance to win a five-pound box of shrimp and five gift baskets. All proceeds will go to help defray medical expenses. Alsup, injured in an car accident, is recovering at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
For information, call Donna at 485-2076 or Lettie at 485-6966.

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