Local Digest

By Staff
April 11, 2002
Tickets on sale for Art of Love and Hope
The Art of Love and Hope, a benefit concert to raise money for LOVE's Kitchen and Hope Village for Children, will be Saturday at Union Station in downtown Meridian. The 6:30 p.m. concert will feature the Del Rendon Band.
VIP tickets are $20 and include a catered reception before the event; general admission tickets are $10. Tickets are available at the Music Emporium, the Sound Shop and the Chunky River Harley Davidson Burell.
Symphony Orchestra performs Saturday
The Meridian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Claire Fox Hillard, will perform Saturday in the McCain Theater in Ivy Hall on the Meridian Community College Campus. A pre-concert lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Casteel Gallery. The concert follows at 8 p.m.
Tickets will be on sale at the door. For reservations or information, call 693-2224.
St. Paul's holds benefit sale
St. Paul's Episcopal Church will have a giant rummage sale Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. A large assortment of clothes, housewares, electronics, furniture and exercise equipment will be available. Proceeds from the sale will benefit St. Paul's youth mission trip to New York City as well as the church's Relay for Life team.
The church is at 1116 23rd Ave.
Library week April 15-20
The Meridian/Lauderdale County Public Library will celebrate National Library Week April 15-20. Activities are planned for the entire week. The book sale will be going on all week with free popcorn. Children's activities are scheduled for Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The library is at 2517 Seventh St.
Kandice's Team sells catfish plates
Kandice's Team, a participant in March of Dimes WalkAmerica, will raise money by selling catfish plates from 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of Calvary Baptist Church. The food will be prepared by The Back 40 Seafood Restaurant. Plates can be delivered. All proceeds will go to the March of Dimes WalkAmerica.
For information or to buy tickets, call Jane Collins at 693-5431.
Quitman to host job fair
A job fair will be held April 23, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the National Guard Armory in Quitman. Twenty employers are registered for the fair. For more information, call the Clarke County Chamber of Commerce at 776-5701.
MHS Band Boosters to meet
A meeting of the Meridian High School Band Boosters Association will be held April 25, at 7 p.m., in the new MHS Band Hall. The annual MHS Band Banquet, uniforms and transportation fees for the 2002-2003 school year will be the focus of the meeting. Parents of ninth grade students at Kate Griffin and Northwest Junior High Schools are encouraged to attend.
For information, call 482-2532.
MLT holds Spring Variety Shop
The Meridian Little Theatre Guild will host its Spring Variety Shop from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 26 and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 27. Household goods, furniture, lamps, dishes, appliances, linens and books will be on sale. If you would like to donate items for the sale, pick-up service is available. The theatre is on Highway 39 North.
For information, call Dorothy Torgerson at 482-0930.
MPD holds Relay for Life fund-raiser
The Meridian Police Department's Relay for Life team will sell pulled pork plates April 26 in Dumont Plaza in downtown Meridian. Plates are $5 and will be available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Delivery of 10 or more plates is available. Fax orders to 484-6812. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
Sumter Welcome Center celebrates 20 years
The public is invited to help the Sumter Welcome Center celebrate 20 years of hospitality April 26. The festivities will include a program and open house from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The center is on Interstate 20/59 at the Cuba, Ala., exit.
Deadline nears for LAWS class
The Lauderdale Association of Women Shooters class will take place April 20, at 9 a.m., at Bonita Lakes Mall Meeting Place, and April 27, at 8 a.m., at the Firing Range.
The class covers gun safety, selection, care and legal responsibilities and is conducted by NRA certified instructors. Those attending will have the opportunity to practice shooting skills once a month as member of LAWS.
Reservations must be received by Friday. For more information, call Virginia E. Hodges at 483-4634 or Mildred Thompson at 485-5725.
March of Dimes WalkAmerica April 27
Meridian's March of Dimes WalkAmerica is set for April 27. The March of Dimes is looking for new teams. For information or to sign up, call Christi Swalm at (800) 842-5117 or e-mail cswalm@modimes.org.
Retiree health fair set for April 30
The 4th Annual Retiree Information and Health Fair is set for April 30, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Union Station on Front Street in downtown Meridian.
Education seminars and speakers will include Dr. Eric J. Pearson from the Rush Pain Treatment Center; Maj. Ward Calhoun from the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department; and Donnie Waldron from Mr. Discount Drugs. Free health screenings will include blood pressure, bone density screening, cholesterol test and blood sugar tests.
There is a $2 fee. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Lunch will be provided. Call 484-6841 to register.
Kiwanis schedules barbecue May 1
The Kiwanis Club of Meridian will hold its annual barbecue May 1, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Farmer's Market adjacent to Union Station in downtown Meridian. Plates of pulled pork, beans, cole slaw, bread and soft drinks cost $6. All proceeds will help support the club's charitable projects.
Books-A-Million holds special events
As a part of a special event series, children are invited to participate in the following programs this month at Books-A-Million at 1187 Bonita Lakes Circle. For information, call 482-0760.
Earth Day events: Learn more about how we need to take care of our planet and what you can do to help. Special crafts and activities. April 20 at 3 p.m.
Pre-school story time: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Kids movies: All children are welcome to attend a movie each Friday at 7 p.m.
10-step guide to Living With Your Monster: From the bestselling author Laura Numeroff, who wrote "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," comes this story time event about how to deal with monsters. April 27 at 3 p.m.

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