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By Staff
Dec. 29, 2001
Meridian Parks &Recreation begins classes
Registration for winter session classes offered by the Meridian Parks &Recreation Department begin Wednesday. The first classes start the week of Jan. 21. For a complete listing of offerings, visit the Web site at http:// or call 485-1805 to request a brochure.
Make-A-Wish Foundation to meet
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi will hold its monthly Meridian Volunteer Luncheon Jan. 10. The meeting will be from 11:45 a.m.-1 pm. at Rush Medical Group, sixth floor board room.
Reservations need to be made by Jan. 9 by calling Lynn Conerly, volunteer coordinator, at (800) 819-4072.
Passes for boat ramp and beach use on sale
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Year 2002 annual day use passes for the boat ramp and beach are now on sale in the Corps Project Office at Okatibbee Lake in Collinsville. The annual passes cost $25. For information call, (601) 626-8431. Office hours are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
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.
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 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 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.
Anyone interested in participating should call Linda Wilson-Jones, event coordinator, at 482-6525 or (601) 829-4214. They also can call Greg and Sandra Lane at 485-8331.