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Wesley UMC hosts chili cook-off
The 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off will be held today at Wesley United Methodist Church. The event begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m. Chili, desserts and tea will served for $5 a person. Tickets can be purchased at the door and carry-outs are available. The church is located at 1500 Eighth Ave. For more information, call 483-2920.
Elvis impersonator to appear in concert
Elvis impersonator, Billy Myers &Band, will appear in concert at West Lauderdale Elementary School today. Show-time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $7, and children under 10 will be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at Garrett's Sporting Goods on Eighth Street or by calling Mrs. Hurtt at 737-5457, Mrs. Savell at 737-2807 or the band hall at 737-2277.
Lodge celebrates 150th anniversary
Toomsuba Masonic Lodge No. 130 will hold a 150th anniversary gathering today at the E.J. Knox Center on Russell-Topton Road. The supper will begin at 7 p.m. and the program will begin at 8 p.m. The guest speaker will be Jo Edd Wiggs, Grand Master for all Masonic lodges in the state of Mississippi. For more information, call Roy Graves at 693-3624.
Plans for Mardi Gras block party under way
A Mardi Gras block party will be held Feb. 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Dumont Plaza in downtown Meridian. There will be live onstage entertainment and Mardi Gras-style food and beverages prepared at downtown restaurants. Admission is free.
Local businesses may hang a Mardi Gras event poster, decorate a storefront and use the Mardi Gras theme for a weekend promotion or sale. If your business is interested in participating, call the Lauderdale County Tourism Bureau at 482-8001 or Main Street Meridian at 484-6841.
Kennel club offers obedience classes
The East Central Mississippi Kennel Club will offer Puppy Kindergarten and Basic Obedience classes beginning Feb. 27 at the Frank Cochran Center in Highland Park.
A people orientation, no dogs allowed, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Frank Cochran Center. For more information or to register, call 693-7194.
Church youth group holds blood drive
The South Mississippi Youth Federation of Seventh Day Adventist Churches will have a blood drive today at Highland Baptist Church. The blood drive will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the church. The public is invited to participate.
Public invited to financial aid workshop
There will be a financial aid workshop at Northeast High School library Monday at 6:30 p.m. MCC representatives will be on hand to answer questions about federal forms and the Mississippi Assistance Grant and Tuition Guarantee. Please bring completed 2000 tax forms. For more information, call Northeast High School at 679-8523.
WEBB Center hosts tax seminar
A free tax seminar for business will be presented in the Multi-purpose Room at Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.
The seminar, sponsored by Meridian Community College's WEBB Center, is designed to help new and existing small business owners get a better understanding of their tax responsibilities.
For more information, call Johnny Thompson at MCC at 482-7445 or call (800) MCC-THE-1.
MCC announces upcoming events
Look for these events, sponsored by Meridian Community College, in the coming weeks:
Today MCC Homecoming. The crowning of the homecoming queen will take place at the Ivy Gym. For more information, call Hilary Allen at 484-8699.
Today ACT Workshop from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the WEBB Center. For more information, call Susan Duke at 484-8839.
Today MCC Baseball Eaglefest begins at 7 p.m. at the MSU-Meridian Multi-purpose Room with Coach Pat McMahon as the guest speaker. Banquet tickets are $50. For more information, call MCC coach Russ McNickle at 484-8680.
Tuesday, Feb. 6 Continuing education class "Fundamentals of Contracting with the Government" from 6-9 p.m. at the MCC WEBB Center. The cost is $20 plus fees. Participants will learn basic steps and other information in obtaining government contracts. For more information, call Bill Mabry 482-7445.
Thursday, Feb. 8 Lifetime Quest's "Great Books" at 2 p.m. at Hardin Hall, Room 124. For more information, call Michele Thames 484-8696.
February 8-10 MCC Arts and Letters Series musical, "Pump Boys and Dinette" at 7:30 p.m. at MCC Ivy Hall Theater. Tickets: $8 adults,$5 children and children under 12 free. For ticket information, call Michele Thames 484-8696.
Saturday, Feb. 10 ACT Exam from 8 a.m.-noon at MCC. For more information, call Quinn Carlisle 484-8707.
MHS Band Boosters to meet Feb. 12
The Meridian High Band Boosters Association will meet Feb. 12, at 7 p.m., in the MHS cafeteria. All MHS Band parents and friends are invited to attend. The annual banquet will be discussed. Membership for the Band Boosters is $5 a year and is open to anyone. For information, call Rick Burton at 482-2532.
AARP offers free tax advice for seniors
Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 6, senior citizens will have access to free tax advice. AARP volunteers will be available every Tuesday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library. Volunteers will also be available every Friday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Highway 19 North Trustmark National Bank. This service will be available until April 15.
Jeff Anderson announces upcoming events
Look for these events, sponsored by Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center, in the coming weeks:
The American Cancer Society and The American Heart Association will sponsor "Fresh Start Smoking Cessation" classes on Feb. 8, 15 and 22, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Jeff Anderson Health and Fitness Center Auditorium. The classes are free and open to the public. To register, call 553-6622.
Self-defense class will be held Feb. 15. The class is free and open to the public. To register, call 553-6622.
A "Discover the Magic of Weight Management" seminar will be held Thursday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. in the Health and Fitness Center Auditorium. Registered Dietitian Mary Gilmore will lead the class. For more information, call 553-6399.
Special Beginnings: The Center for Childbirth will sponsor a breastfeeding class Monday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. in the new auditorium located on the ground floor level of the hospital. For more information, call 553-6123.
Special Beginnings: The Center for Childbirth will sponsor a grandparenting class Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in the new auditorium located on the ground floor level of the hospital. For more information, call 553-6123.
Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center and the American Heart Association will sponsor the 5th Annual Heart Check Feb. 20, 21 and 22 from 7- 10 a.m. in the Health and Fitness Center Auditorium. The event will feature free blood pressure and weight screenings and cholesterol evaluations to include HDL/LDL ratios and triglycerides. Call 553-6876 to schedule an appointment.
Quitman to host health fair
A health fair will be held Feb. 9, at the Multi-Purpose Building in Quitman. The fair gets under way at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 1:30 p.m. Registered nurses have volunteered to check blood pressure and glucose tolerance. Various agencies will also have displays offering educational information. For more information, or to volunteer to help, call the Clarke County Extension Service at 776-3951.

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