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McRae's hosts May charity sale
McRae's Department Store is hosting its May Charity Sale to benefit local charities, Relay for life Teams and nonprofit organizations from 6 a.m.-10 a.m. May 4.
Admission tickets of $5 can be purchased now until the day of the event from charity volunteers. Tickets will be available the day of the event at McRae's or can be bought in advance from McRae's sales associates.
All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit charities and nonprofit organizations. If any charity or nonprofit organization would like to participate, call McRae's for details at 484-7800.
MSO sets next concert date
The Meridian Symphony Orchestra will present the final concert of its 41st season on May 4. "Elijah" will begin at 8 p.m. in the Emma McCain Theater in Ivy Hall on the campus of Meridian Community College. Julian Patrick, a Meridian native, will be featured as the bass-baritone soloist.
Group reservations (10 or more) will be taken until May 1. Tickets are $20 each. Tickets are now on sale and will also be available at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Shayne Garrett in the MSO office at 693-2224.
Meridian Swim Association plans rummage sale
The Meridian Swim Association holds its annual team rummage sale May 4. The sale will be at the old location of Bonnie Jeans (next to Rite Aid in Broadmoor Mart Shopping Center) from 7 a.m.-noon. To contribute items, contact Nicole Engledow at 693-5496 to give your tax deductible donation of clothes, furniture, appliances and other items.
Eliza Pillars Nurses' to meet
The 17th Annual Convention of the Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses' Association will be May 2-5 at the Grand Oasis Hotel and Convention Center in Gulfport. The theme is "Empowering and Mobilizing Communities and Professionals For Excellence in Healthcare." Continuing education credits will be provided. For more information, call 366-3446.
Benefit set for Mary Johnson
A benefit for Mary Johnson, retired parking enforcement officer for Meridian, is set for May 4 starting at 1 p.m. at Apostolic Revival Center, 208 Fifth Avenue in Meridian. The afternoon will include gospel music, food, fellowship and prayers. The benefit will help defray Johnson's medical expenses. Donations may be sent to Mary Johnson, P.O. Box 394, Toomsuba, MS 39364. For more information, call Libby Reynolds at 632-1779.
St. Patrick School hosts May Fest
St. Patrick School at 2700 Davis Street will host a MayFest from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4. The event will feature food and concessions, a silent auction, music, dancing and a karate demonstration. The Fire Department, Metro Ambulance and other civic response teams will visit with children.
Serv-Safe classes set for May
The Clarke County Extension Service will sponsor a Serv-Safe class on May 6 and May 13 at the Multi-Purpose Building in Quitman. The Mississippi Department of Health and the National Restaurant Association mandate that any establishment where food is served must have this training. The cost is $100 for the two-day class, which includes the book and test.
For more information, call Evelyn Acklin, extension home economist, Clarke County at 776-3951.
Parks and Recreation schedules classes
Registration for summer session classes offered by Meridian Parks and Recreation Department begins May 6. Classes and lessons start June 3.
For a complete list of offerings, visit www.meridianms.org or call 485-1805.
Jimmy Rodgers tickets now on sale
Tickets are on sale for the May 10-11 shows of the annual Jimmie Rodgers Festival. General admission is $10 either day or $15 for both. Tickets may be bought at Good Vibrations, Music Emporium, Sound Shop at Bonita Lakes Mall or the Lauderdale County Tourism Bureau.
Steve Forbert and the North Mississippi All Stars will perform May 10th at Singing Brakeman Park; Confederate Railroad will perform May 11. For more information, contact Dawn Chappell at 482-8001.
JRF talent contests set for next month
The Jimmie Rodgers adult talent contest will be 10 a.m. May 10 at Bonita Lakes Mall. The contest is open to anyone 15 or older, with no age divisions. First-, second- and third-place winners will be awarded.
The Jimmie Rodgers Youth Talent Contest will be 10 a.m. May 11 at the mall. The contest will have four age divisions; first- and second-place winners will be awarded in each age division, with an overall winner selected from among all division winners.
The entry fee for the adult contest is $30, while the entry fee for the youth contest is $25. The deadline to enter both contests is May 3. For more information call, (800) 396-5882 or 483-5763, or, after 5 p.m., 693-5054. Registration may be mailed to J.R.M.F. Foundation, P.O. Box 2170, Meridian, MS 39302.

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