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Big Brothers Big Sisters holds membership drive
In conjunction with "Make a Difference Day," the Meridian branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mississippi will hold a membership drive today, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library.
Youth Excitement Team/Americorps volunteers will man a booth in the foyer of the library. Interested adults can get information about the program and fill out an application to participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentoring program that partners caring, responsible adults and needy children. Volunteers spend an hour a week with a Meridian Public School student.
For information, call program manager Terrence Roberts at 484-3619.
Top 40 Under 40' nominations sought
The Mississippi Business Journal is soliciting nominations for the annual "Top 40 Under 40" awards. The program recognizes business and community leaders under the age of 40 who have made significant contributions to Mississippi's economy and quality of life.
Winners will be profiled in a special section of the Mississippi Business Journal, and honored during a special awards luncheon Jan. 23 at the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson.
A nomination form is available at www.msbusiness.com/events.php. For more information, call special projects director Robbie Bell at (601) 364-1013.
Vintage Wheels Club hosts antique car show
The 29th Annual Antique Car Show will be today at Bonita Lakes Mall. The show is sponsored by the Bonita Lakes Mall Merchants Association and hosted by the Vintage Wheels Club of Meridian.
Classic vehicles dating as far back as 1910 will be on display, as well as special interest cars of the 1960s and 1970s. Registration starts at 7 a.m. Judges will inspect the cars at 1 p.m., and trophies will be awarded at 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
St. Patrick hosts its Fall Carnival
St. Patrick School will host its annual Fall Carnival and Spaghetti Dinner from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. today in the Family Life Center, next to the school at 2700 Davis St.
Admission is $1, with a maximum of $5 a family. The carnival will feature food, games, a costume contest, a haunted house and more.
Spaghetti dinners will be served from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. for $5 a plate. Take-outs are available, and orders of 10 or more can be delivered.
Kemper Academy hosts Halloween Carnival
Kemper Academy will host a Halloween Carnival beginning at 5 p.m. today. The carnival will feature a hay ride, a pre-school costume contest and a pumpkin decorating contest. Concessions and games will be available. Game tickets are 50 cents each.
Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. For information, call Kathye Howard at (662) 476-5770 or the school office at (601) 743-2232.
Daughters of Elks host An American Tea'
R.B. Matthews Temple No. 739, Daughters of Elks, will host their annual October Tea at 5 p.m. Sunday. This year's event, "An American Tea," will feature patriotic speeches and songs, as well as raffles and door prizes.
Admission is two canned food items per person. The donations will be used to assist the Daughters of the Elks with Thanksgiving community service projects.
The Elks Metropolitan Lodge is at 1423 34th Ave. For information, call 485-9353.
Newton County offering flu shots
The Newton County Health Department will offer flu shots Wednesday. For people with Medicare Part B or Medicaid, the shot will be free. Otherwise, the shot is $10. Office hours are 8 a.m.-11 a.m., and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. For information, call 635-2337.
Saddle Club holds fall trail ride
The Bonita Lakes Saddle Club, in conjunction with the Lauderdale County Agri-Center, will sponsor a Fall Trail Ride on Nov. 3.
Registration will be from 8 a.m.-9 a.m. at the Agri-Center. The morning ride will be from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served from noon-1 p.m. The afternoon ride is scheduled from 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
The gate fee is $15 a person. The cost for children under 12 is $5. Owners must have proof of negative Coggins tests for their horses. No dogs will be allowed on the trail ride.
For information, call Dottie Sharp at 482-1005 or Tom Butler at 485-7100.

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