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By Staff
Dec. 4, 2001
Northeast Middle School sponsors silent auction
The Northeast Middle School Parent-Teacher-Student Organization will sponsor a silent auction at 6 p.m. today, followed by a PTSO meeting at 7 p.m. The evening will also include a chance to "Meet the Trojans." Funds raised will benefit the PTSO organization at the school.
Weems sponsors depression workshop
For more information, call 483-4821.
Wesley House offers Christmas assistance
Anyone needing help during Christmas this year because of job loss or other personal emergency may apply through Thursday at the Wesley House. The deadline for Christmas applications has passed. However, Executive Director Nell Grissom has extended the deadline because of the number of plant and business closings in East Mississippi in recent months. The hours will be from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call 485-4736.
Education seminar to be held
A program called "Preparing for a Successful Academic Future" will be presented Thursday, from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., in the library at Kate Griffin Junior High School. The program is for students in the eighth and ninth grades and their parents, and will cover graduation requirements, subject area testing, the registration process and the honors curriculum. For information, call 484-4073.
Church presents singing Santa
A singing Santa live puppet show will be presented Friday, at 7 p.m., at First Assembly of God. Tickets are $3 and all proceeds benefit Hope Village for Children. The event is sponsored by WPRN FM-107.7, First Assembly of God and Will Print. The church is at 1929 Highway 19 North. For information, call Sylvia Thornhill at 679-5700.
Clarke County hosts Creative Christmas'
Creative Christmas in Clarke County and Beef Promotion Day are sponsored by the Clarke County Homemaker Volunteers and Mississippi State University Extension Service of Clarke County. For information, call 776-3951.
Decatur to hold Christmas parade
The Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Christmas parade Friday at 6 p.m. Churches, schools, hospitals, businesses, civic organizations and others are invited to participate. For more information, call Mark Buntyn at 635-2292.
Hickory hosts Christmas parade
Hickory Christmas Parade 2001, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday. "An American Christmas" is this year's theme. Hickory native James Mitchell will be the parade's grand marshal. For more information about entries, call 646-5439 or 646-9496.
Loeb's sponsors Hope for Christmas' fund-raiser
Loeb's clothing store in Meridian will sponsor "Hope for Christmas" on Saturday, a fund-raiser for Hope Village for Children. The event will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 2209 Front St. in Meridian. A percentage of that day's sales will benefit Hope Village. Drawings will be held for a lunch for two with actress Sela Ward, an autographed picture of Ward, an autographed "Once and Again" Script, and an autographed "Once and Again" poster.
For information, call Robert Loeb at 482-4004.
Beauty pageant to benefit Toys for Tots'
A beauty pageant benefiting Toys for Tots will be held Sunday at Holiday Inn in Meridian. Children up to 18 years old can participate. There is a $10 entry fee and each participant must bring a new toy to be donated to Toys for Tots. Sunday dresses only, no formal attire. For information, call (601) 932-0574.
Patriotic Christmas festival set for downtown
A downtown patriotic Christmas festival is set for Dec. 13, from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., at Dumont Plaza in downtown Meridian. Patriotic and Christmas music will be presented. Crafts and gifts for the holidays will be on sale. Food and beverages will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
Telephone Pioneer's cookbooks on sale
Kitchen knives and Bell's Best Cookbooks, Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in addition to the newly arrived No. 4 cookbook will be on sale from until Dec. 15 from the Telephone Pioneers. Cookbooks can be purchased at the Lauderdale Habitat for Humanity office, 1001 29th Ave., from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. All funds benefit local charities and schools. For information, call 485-2995.
Silverleaf Manor hosts open house
Silverleaf Manor will host a "Holiday Hospitality Open House" from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Elizabeth Bridwell at 483-4566.
AARP Tax Aide seeks volunteers
The AARP Tax Aide service is seeking volunteers to help senior citizens file tax returns. Volunteers will be required to complete training to do taxes the second week of January at Trustmark Bank.
Trainees will help file tax forms beginning in February, meeting with senior citizens from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Meridian-Lauderdale County Library and Fridays at Trustmark Bank on Highway 19. To volunteer, please call 679-1564.

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