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By Staff
Dec. 22, 2001
Date set for Martin Luther King Parade
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 Jan. 21.
The Meridian Martin Luther King Holiday Parade and Celebration is recognized countywide for being among the best organized, most diverse and best attended celebrations each year.
The event is free and open to the public.
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 is scheduled to start at noon.
The parade 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.
Mayor John Robert Smith and Obie Clark, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, will speak.
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.
Cable television airs MCC graduation
Meridian Community College's winter graduation ceremony, and associate degree nursing pinning ceremony will be rebroadcast on Comcast Cable Channels 12 and 61 as follows: today, 2 p.m., Channel 12; Monday, 3 p.m., Channel 12, and 7 p.m., Channel 61; Tuesday, 9 a.m. and 10 p.m., Channel 61; Wednesday, noon, Channel 61; Thursday, 10 a.m., Channel 61, and 7 p.m., Channel 12; Friday, 6 p.m., Channel 61; Dec. 31, 7 p.m., Channel 12 and Channel 61.
NAMI to conduct education classes
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Mississippi will offer free education classes beginning in January for family members of people with schizophrenia, manic depression, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorder. The 12-class course offers illness information, medication review, communication and coping skills, self-care/support and services.
For details, or to register, call (800) 357-0388.
Upcoming Christmas special events
The Celebration Choir and Drama Team of New Hope Baptist Church will present "That's the Good News" at 6 p.m. today and Sunday. A nursery will be provided. The church is at 6573 Highway 145 South. For information, call 693-4490.
Pine Grove Church of God in Edinburg will present "Come in Grace and Glory," a contemporary Christmas cantata with liturgical dance and sign language at 6 p.m. The church is 10 miles east of Carthage and 11 miles west of Philadelphia on Highway 16. For information, call (601) 267-3368.
Poplar Springs Drive United Methodist Church presents "Las Posadas" at 6 p.m., a special worship service that remembers Mary and Joseph's search for shelter. They will also have a Christmas Eve candlelight communion. The church is at 3937 Poplar Springs Drive. For information, call 485-5598.
The youth and worship team of Northcrest Baptist Church will present "The Noise We Make" at 7 p.m. The church is at 3412 North Hills St. For information, call 482-3498.
Church of the Mediator will have family holy communion at 5:30 p.m., Christmas carols at 10:30 p.m. and Christmas Mass at 11 p.m. The church is at 3825 35th Ave. For information, call 482-3959.
St. Patrick Catholic Church will have a children's Mass at 5 p.m., regular Mass at 7 p.m. and midnight Mass at midnight. The church is at 2601 Davis St. For information, call 693-1321.
St. Joseph Catholic Church will have a 10 p.m. Mass. The church is at 1914 18th Ave.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church will have a children's Eucharist ceremony at 4 p.m. and a midnight Mass at 10:30 p.m. The church is at 1116 23rd Ave. For information, call 693-2502.
Central United Methodist Church will have candlelight communion at noon, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The church is at 1004 23rd Ave. For information, call 693-1521.
Trinity Lutheran Church will have a Christmas Eve caroling service at 7:30 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church will have a Christmas Day service at 10 a.m.