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Local Digest

By Staff
Jan. 17, 2002
Mississippi State's Phi Delta Kappa chapter hosts lecture
Mississippi State University's Phi Delta Kappa educational society will host a lecture at 6:30 p.m. today in the Meridian Room of Meridian Community College.
The speaker, Dr. Estelle Resnick from Mt. Laurel, N.J., will speak on "Crossing Cultures: Women's Experiences."
The lecture will include stories of women who have crossed cultural boundaries to find success at American universities and in American society.
For information, call Tiffanie Roberts at 485-6998 or 481-1372.
JCJC to host Backyard Astronomy' Friday
Jones County Junior College in Ellisville will host a night of "Backyard Astronomy" at 6 p.m. Friday. The public is invited to the event, which will start in the Home Health Auditorium and then move to the soccer field in the sports complex for the night viewing.
The event is one of a series of public programs arranged by the Rainwater Observatory and funded by a grant from the V.C. Slipher fund of the National Academy of Sciences. JCJC is acting as a satellite location for the Backyard Astronomy series for Mississippi.
The largest telescope in the state will be brought in for the event and some new photos from the Galileo space craft will be available for viewing. For more information, call Sandra Corley Davis at 477-4176 or James Hill at (662) 547-6377.
Benefit set for family of Judy Jenkins
A benefit for the family of Judy Jenkins will take place beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at Dixon Baptist Church.
Hamburger plates and stew will be sold beginning at 11 a.m. Rummage items will be available all day and an auction begins at 3 p.m., with a new Lay-Z-Boy recliner up for bid.
Gospel singing begins at 7 p.m., featuring "New Wine"
For delivery of five or more plates call 656-6100, 656-1772 or 656-4165.
Jenkins was killed in an accident in September. She left behind a young son and no insurance.
MLK Jr. Parade set for Monday
The Meridian Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Committee and the city of Meridian will present the third annual Martin Luther King Parade and Celebration on Monday.
The theme is "Reclaiming the Dream."
The parade line-up will begin at 10 a.m. at 1019 25th Ave., the Meridian Public School District office. The parade starts at noon and will follow the same route as the Christmas parade ending at Dumont Plaza for a commemoration program.
Jackson State University's marching band, "The Sonic Boom of the South," is expected to participate. The Meridian High School band and other bands in the surrounding area also have been invited.
The event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in participating can call Linda Wilson-Jones, event coordinator, at 482-6525 or (601) 829-4214, or Greg and Sandra Lane at 485-8331.
Financial aid seminar held at MSU
A free financial aid seminar is set Jan. 22 in the auditorium of Mississippi State University, Meridian campus.
Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. To register call Lynn Mudd at 692-2893. Walk-ins are welcome. The college is at 1000 Highway 19 North.
10th Annual Affordable Housing Conference
Mississippi Home Corp., the state's housing finance authority, will host Mississippi's 10th Annual Affordable Housing Conference Jan. 23-25, at the Silver Star Resort and Casino in Philadelphia.
About 300 government officials, educators, home builders, real estate professionals, mortgage lenders, housing related nonprofits and for-profits will attend this year's conference.
For more information, visit MHC's Web site at www.mshc.com.
Parents &Kids Camp set for Jan. 23
A Parents &Kids' Camp and Education Connection 2002 will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 23 at the upper level of Northpark Mall in Jackson.
Organizers say it is a day to plan the best summer and find out what is the best available in education and services for your children. The event will feature more than 40 exhibitors, entertainment and prizes. For more information, call (601) 366-0901 for more information.
Silverleaf Manor to honor Elvis
Silverleaf Manor will continue to celebrate the life of Elvis Presley with a celebration on Jan. 24 at 2 p.m.
The "Singing Surgeon" Dr. Jim Matthews will entertain guests and a Coke float party will be held afterwards. The event is open to the public. For information, call 483-4566.

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