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By Staff
April 27, 2002
Daughters of Elk
host annual dance
The local Daughters of Elk chapter, R.B. Matthews Temple No. 79, will host its annual scholarship dance tonight at the Elks Lodge. The dance will begin at 9 p.m. and proceeds will help chapter members provide scholarships to deserving students this fall.
Admission is $5. The lodge is at 1423 34th Ave. in Meridian. For information, call 485-9353.
Dixie Rodders
hold car show
The Dixie Rodders will hold its first Open Car Show today, from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., in Quitman. The registration fee is $15. Motorcycles are welcome. Owners of the top 15 autos and top five motorcycles will receive awards. There will be music, games, food and fun. Bring a lawn chair. For more information, call Wayne Hemmingway at 659-3600.
Carousels Abound
T-shirts on sale
T-shirts for the Around Town Carousels Abound public art project are on sale at the customer service desk at Bonita Lakes Mall. The shirts sell for $20 each, with proceeds going to Hope Village for Children, a home for abused and neglected children in Meridian.
MLT hosts Spring
Variety Shop
The Meridian Little Theatre's Spring Variety Shop will continue today from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Household goods, furniture, lamps, dishes, appliances, linens and books will be on sale. For information, call Dorothy Torgerson at 482-0930.
Books-A-Million
hosts events
As a part of a special event series, children are invited to a story time event called the "10-step guide to Living With Your Monster." The session starts at 3 p.m. today at Books-A-Million, 1187 Bonita Lakes Circle.
Also today, from noon to 3 p.m., author Alma Edith Welch will sign copies of her book, "Living Above Pain." For information, call 482-0760.
Yard sale benefits
Relay for Life
A yard sale to benefit Relay for Life will be held Friday on Front Street under the 18th Avenue bridge. The hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Items for sale will include office furniture, equipment and various household items.
Girls Scouts host
Meridale tours
Girls Scouts of Gulf Pines Council will host visits and tours of Camp Meridale from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Girls and their parents can tour the camp, learn about summer programs and meet some of the camp staff. Dr. Ron McGough will give free camp physicals from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. The camp is 7 miles south of Meridian on Causeyville Road.
For more information, call 692-2903.
Children's Chorus
hosts catfish dinner
The Meridian Children's Chorus will host a catfish dinner prepared by the Back 40 restaurant on Monday, from 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., in the parking lot of Calvary Baptist Church. The cost is $6 a plate. Proceeds will help fund a choir tour to England this summer. The church is at 3905 Eighth St.
For more information, call Bill or Lea Ann Goble at 483-6218.
Kiwanis schedules
barbecue Wednesday
The Kiwanis Club of Meridian will hold its annual barbecue from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Farmer's Market next to Union Station in downtown Meridian. Plates of pulled pork, beans, cole slaw, bread and soft drinks are $6. All proceeds will help support the club's charitable projects.
Red Cross
honors retiree
The Key chapter of the American Red Cross will host a reception Thursday, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m., for retiring office manager Elizabeth Huff. The public is invited.
The American Red Cross office is at 1711 24th Ave.
May 2 dedicated
to national prayer
Thursday is National Day of Prayer. Meridian Community College will host an event in the McCain Theater at 10 a.m. The MCC Gospel Choir will open the event with a song. The Rev. Hugh Poole, chaplain of Rush Foundation Hospital, will be the guest speaker. The event is open to the community.
For more information, call Lynne Anderson at 484-8641 or Jennifer Olsen at 527-0109.
Swim Association
plans rummage sale
The Meridian Swim Association will hold its annual team rummage sale May 4 at the old location of Bonnie Jeans, next to Rite Aid in Broadmoor Mart Shopping Center. The sale will run from 7 a.m. until noon.
To contribute items, call Nicole Engledow at 693-5496.
McRae's hosts
May charity sale
McRae's Department Store will host a charity sale to benefit local charities, Relay for Life teams and nonprofit organizations on May 4, from 6 a.m.-10 a.m. Tickets are $5. 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 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. Tickets are $20. For information, call Shayne Garrett at 693-2224.
Benefit planned
for Mary Johnson
A benefit for retired parking enforcement officer Mary Johnson is set for May 4 at the Apostolic Revival Center, 208 Fifth Ave. The event will begin at 1 p.m. and include gospel music, food, fellowship and prayers. Proceeds will help defray Johnson's medical expenses. For more information, call Libby Reynolds at 632-1779.
St. Patrick School
hosts MayFest
Staff and students at St. Patrick School will host MayFest on May 4, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event will feature food, a silent auction, music, dancing and a karate demonstration. The Meridian Fire Department, Metro Ambulance and other civic response teams will visit with children. The school is at 2700 Davis St.
Meehan VFD invites
community to join
The annual meeting of the Meehan Volunteer Fire Department will be May 4, at 6 p.m., at the fire station. Everyone is invited to get involved with the fire department.
Causeyville CDC
holds barbecue
The Causeyville Community Development Club and ball team will hold a barbecue May 4. There will be ball games all day.
For more information, call Lillian Carpenter at 644-3114.
Jimmie Rodgers
tickets 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 10 at Singing Brakeman Park; Confederate Railroad will perform May 11. For more information, call Dawn Chappell at 482-8001.
Jimmie Rodgers
talent contests set
The Jimmie Rodgers adult talent contest will be May 10, at 10 a.m., at Bonita Lakes Mall. The contest is open to anyone 15 or older. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded.
The Jimmie Rodgers Youth Talent Contest will be May 11, at 10 a.m., at the mall. The contest will have four age divisions; first- and second-place prizes will be awarded in each age division, with an overall winner selected from among all division winners.
For information, call (800) 396-5882 or 483-5763.

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