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Annual homemaker arts show and sale nears

By By Patty Swearingen / MSU extension service county director
Sept. 7, 2003
Plans are well under way for the 19th Annual Homemaker Arts and Crafts Show and Sale and we don't want you to miss it.
It's scheduled for Nov. 1 and 2 at the Frank Cochran Center in Highland Park.
Participating in this event is an excellent way for area craftsmen to sell their handmade items. Plus it's a great way for all the rest of us to start our Christmas shopping early.
Seventy-two booths will feature a large array of handmade items that would make perfect gift items. It not only gives us the opportunity to salute area craftsmen, but any money made is used by the Mississippi Homemaker Volunteer members for community service projects.
Plus, it gives me the opportunity to work closely with a group of people that I know are making a difference in the lives of others. Also, it's a fun way to get in the Christmas spirit a little early.
If you have a special talent in making handmade items and would like to be an exhibitor for this year's show, there is still time for you to make a reservation. We still have a few spaces available. The spaces are $25 and are 10 feet-by-10 feet with two tables and two chairs.
If you are a consumer, I definitely encourage you to mark Nov. 1 and 2 on your calendar and plan to join us for a great weekend of shopping.
Customer service seminar
Now you have the opportunity to cultivate a positive attitude of good customer service with a huge smile that keeps the customer coming back again and again by attending this dynamic free seminar.
Mike Thompson, professor of marketing at Delta State University and certified customer service trainer, will be the guest speaker at the Get Motivated Customer Service Seminar.
The seminar is Tuesday at the Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus Kahlmus Auditorium. There will be two seminars to choose from an afternoon program from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. or an evening program from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
If you have not registered for one of the two sessions, please consider doing so now. It is the perfect opportunity to receive great, positive ideas as in helping yourself to improve your job performance.
One company has already registered all 96 employees in either the afternoon or the evening session. The employees will receive credit for attending the session once they present the employer with their certificate of attendance.
For more information or to register call the Meridian/Lauderdale County Convention and Visitor's Bureau at 482-8001.
Family Matters Youth Rally
This year's Family Matters Youth Rally will be Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Neshoba County Coliseum. Doors will open at 5 p.m. so you can get registered grab a bite to eat from the concession stand and claim your free T-shirt before the program begins.
Participants bringing a stuffed animal will receive a free youth rally T-shirt. The stuffed animals will be presented to Wesley House.
The theme for this year's rally is "Unlocking Your Full Potential." John Paul Murphy, nationally recognized motivational speaker and 4-H youth development specialist with Utah State University Extension Service, will be the guest speaker.
Youth groups are welcome to attend. For more information, call your County Extension Office at 482-9764.