On April 6 th , 2018 the James S. Sclater Music Series at Mississippi College is holding a performance of Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, “Death and the Maiden” Suite en Concert by Andre Jolivet Selections from Walton’s “Facade: An Entertainment”. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance either online or by calling 601-925- 3440. It is going to be held in the JPW Recital Hall, Aven Fine Arts Building, Mississippi College. Clinton, MS
Eastside Elementary School, Clinton’s fourth- and fifth-grade school, will host its annual Spring Picnic and Health Fair, which will include a Book Fair, as well, on April 12 from 5-7 p.m. on the school campus. The event will also be an open house for current third graders who will be entering fourth grade this fall.
“This event is open to the community, so people can come and go at the book fair, browse the art show, play some games and get a bite to eat at the food trucks,” said Eastside teacher and event organizer Landa Strum.
The health fair will include a number of vendors from local health agencies and organizations. Students will be able to participate in an exercise competition every thirty minutes to win a prize.
The April event will also include bounce houses, face painting, an obstacle course, assorted games, a book fair and art show. A seminar will be held for current third-graders and their families to learn about expectations for fourth grade and to meet the faculty and staff at Eastside.
Eastside is Clinton’s fourth- and fifth-grade school. It is on Arrow Drive, on the same campus as Northside Elementary School.
For more information or to be a vendor at the event, contact the school at 601-924-7261.
CLINTON — Through a partnership with the Barksdale Reading Institute, Clinton Park Elementary is beginning an outreach program for parents of pre-kindergarten age children.
“We are holding a series of six workshops for parents and guardians of pre-school children who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2018,” said Clinton Park Principal Kelli Pope. “They will cover what children need to know and do to be ready for kindergarten, in literacy, math, and general development.”
Pope said the workshops will include simple, daily things that parents can do with their children to help them prepare for kindergarten and to be in a classroom setting.
A similar program was piloted last year in the Quitman and Kosciusko school districts with good outcomes. Pope applied for a Barksdale grant over the summer, and Clinton was one of 11 school districts that received the grant. The funds cover the cost of materials and door prizes for the parent academy.
Workshops will all be held at Clinton Park Elementary School and are free to attend. Childcare will also be provided for children ages 3-10. Snacks will be served.
“All participants will be entered to win a door prize at each session,” Pope said.
Participants who come to all six sessions of the Parent Academy will be eligible to receive a graduation gift in April.
The Mississippi College Jazz Band will play some of their favorite jazz selections at a free concert April 13 on Clinton’s Brick Streets.
The event in front of the 303 Jefferson restaurant begins that Friday evening at 6 p.m. Patrons are asked to bring their chairs and enjoy the music in the city’s historic business district.
Wayne Linehan serves as the conductor of the eighteen-member MC Jazz Band.
The musicians includes trumpet players like MC students Christopher Guilotte of Pearl, Brian Rogers of Columbia and Anastasia Crout of Lake.
Trombonists include MC students Matthew Knight of Florence, Josh Waldbieser of Cleveland and Ann Marie Marshal of Prattville, Alabama. Members of the rhythm section are Chandler Noel of Clinton, Austin Toler of Madison and Scott Dunaway of Ocean Springs.
Saxaphone players include students Isaac Tan of Malaysia, Ian Wilson of Eads, Tennessee, and John Janikowski of Ocean Springs.
Director of Bands Craig Young says it should be an entertaining spring evening with the band to showcase Swing Era selections from the 1930s and 1940s.
The Mississippi College band will perform numbers made famous by such legendary American jazz artists as Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, Bennie Moten and George Gershwin.
For more concert information, contact Dottie Serio of the Music Department at 601-925-3440.
Citywide clean-up will be held April 14-21, 2018 at the old Northside Elementary location on Old Vicksburg road.0 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Residents can dispose of yard waste, bulky items and other household debris free of charge. Call the Public Works Department at 601-924-2239 for more information. Clean up will run (excluding Sunday) from 7:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. roll off dumpsters will be placed at the old Northside Elementary location at 1111 Old Vicksburg Road in Clinton. City workers will be present to receive trash each day between 7 A.M. and 5 P.M. The site will be closed on Sundays. Residents are asked to line up for drop off by utilizing Longwood Place in the Briars neighborhood and turning west onto Old Vicksburg road. Residents can dispose of yard waste, bulky items and other household debris free of charge. Call the Public Works Department at 601-924-2239 or click here for more information.
Citywide clean-up will be held April 14-21, 2018 at the old Northside Elementary location on Old Vicksburg road. Residents can dispose of yard waste, bulky items and other household debris free of charge. Call the Public Works Department at 601-924-2239 for more information.
Clean up will run (excluding Sunday) from 7:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. roll off dumpsters will be placed at the old Northside Elementary location at 1111 Old Vicksburg Road in Clinton.
City workers will be present to receive trash each day between 7 A.M. and 5 P.M. The site will be closed on Sundays. Residents are asked to line up for drop off by utilizing Longwood Place in the Briars neighborhood and turning west onto Old Vicksburg road..
Residents can dispose of yard waste, bulky items and other household debris free of charge. Call the Public Works Department at 601-924-2239 for more information.
April 14th – Main Street Clinton’s Caterpillar Parade in Olde Towne Clinton!
Clintonians are encouraged to welcome spring to the community in Olde Towne on Saturday, April 14, as the famed community caterpillar Calliope makes her annual visit to the brick streets. Business owners and residents are busy decorating with colorful caterpillars to make Calliope feel right at home. Families are invited to join the parade that Saturday, which will be led by the 50′ caterpillar and her troupe of children and adults. Children and parents are invited to gather at Lions Club Park with decorated strollers, bikes, wagons, etc. for the parade. At 9:30 a.m., the event will start with the annual reading of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The parade will begin at the conclusion of the reading (approx. 10 a.m.) and is led by Calliope. The finale of the parade includes former Caterpillar Queens, the Butterfly Court, and the 2017 Caterpillar Queen riding on her chariot. Each child will receive balloons or noisemakers as they line up to follow Calliope the Caterpillar through the brick streets of Olde Towne. The parade ends at the intersection of Jefferson Street and West Leake Street, where the 2018 Caterpillar Queen will be crowned by the outgoing 2017 Queen. Following the parade, children are invited to enjoy the annual magic show, face painting and children’s activities while parents stroll through the Spring Into Green craft market. The first 250 children will receive a free butterfly chrysalis at the conclusion of the parade. Again this year, the Caterpillar Queen invites any young girl to join her Butterfly Court. The Butterfly Court will march together in the parade wearing wings and sashes and will be recognized alongside the Queen at the crowning ceremony. Butterflies will be asked to wear their best butterfly costume and must register with the Main Street office by March 31. Free butterfly wings will be given away to the first twenty girls who sign up to serve in the Queen’s Court. Applications for the Queen’s Court can be found on the Main Street Clinton web site. After the parade, participants are invited to join the newly crowned Queen at Meme’s Brick Street Bakery for a Butterfly Brunch. The brunch costs $12 to attend, and reservations are required.
Another parade highlight is the group of decorated golf cart floats. Clinton businesses, organizations or clubs are invited to enter a golf cart float in the parade. Organizers say it offers a fun opportunity for groups to show their community spirit by decorating their golf cart for spring and handing out goodies to the families gathered for the parade. Businesses interested in entering a golf cart float should contact the Main Street Clinton office for an application or download one from the Main Street website. There is no fee to participate. In addition to the Caterpillar Parade, Olde Towne will host the first craft market of the year – the Spring Into Green Market. Held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., the market will take place on Jefferson Street and highlight unique handcrafted items and local food trucks. Shoppers have the opportunity to go “green” with their purchases at the market, buying from responsibly sourced or give back businesses. These select booths will be indicated by “Purchase with a Purpose” signage.
Monarch butterflies are on their multi-generational flight north, and Clintonians are well-positioned to help out.
Mississippi College biology professor Bill Stark has been leading a Monarch Rescue in Clinton since the 1990s. The 2018 Monarch Rescue is set for Saturday, April 7, and Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at Choctaw Trails. A backup rescue day will be April 21, if necessary.
Monarchs use milkweed as food for their larvae, laying eggs on the wild plant’s leaves.
“We invite people to come out and collect milkweed with eggs on it, and to rear the butterflies and release them as adults,” Stark says. “We consider it a rescue because of fire ant predation on the eggs and also because the fields have multiple uses,” including as a cross-country track subject to mowing for spectator parking during meets.
Typically in nice weather, one hundred or more people come out for the Monarch Rescue, Stark says. “There are actually a lot of people who look forward to this, mainly schoolteachers. They come out and collect the eggs and milkweed for specimens for their classes to rear and study.”
In the fall, monarch butterflies migrate south from populations as far north as Canada. This population comes from east of the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, Stark says, migrating south through Texas and other Southern states, to Mexico mostly. Some overwinter on the Gulf Coast. “Ones that survive the winter have started flying north.”
Monarchs had been spotted in Mississippi by mid- to late March, and Stark predicts arrival in the Clinton area by early April.
“If milkweed has already gotten above ground out there, then they’ll lay eggs on it, and that’s what we’ll be trying to rescue.”
Several species of milkweed grow in the area, Stark says, and monarchs mainly use green milkweed (with greenish yellow flowers), which grows wild. The eggs are white, about the diameter of .07 pencil lead.
Stark will be on hand with a table set up to explain the process to newcomers, show them how to recognize the eggs and milkweed, tell them how much milkweed is needed to feed one to adulthood and provide rearing instructions. Experienced rescuers know the drill and get to work.
Rescuers can cut the milkweed, sort out the leaf with eggs for specimens to rear and keep the rest of the milkweed for food. Wash the milkweed in cold tap water, wrap it in a moist paper towel, stick it in a baggie in refrigerator and it’ll last for several weeks, Stark says.
A monarch can be reared in a plastic container as simple as the bottom of a 2-litter bottle cut in half, with plastic wrap stretched over the top with holes punched in. That’s a simple cage. A plastic container with an opening cut in the lid, with screen stapled over it, might have a more professional look, but really, “just anything that will hold them” works, he says.
Monarchs start as eggs for about six to seven days, then larvae. They go through five larval stages, eating and shedding their skin five times over a two-week period. Then they pupate, becoming a chrysalis, hanging onto vegetation.
“That takes about two weeks, and they emerge out of the chrysalis stage as adults.” The rest of their life averages about a month, Stark says, but some will come back through, over-winter in Mexico and end up being several months old.
Releasing the monarchs back into the wild as adults is the rescue’s intent. Those adults head north of the Ohio River.
“Of course, there’s lots of milkweed growing all up through the prairies and meadows of eastern North America. And wherever they find milkweed, they lay their eggs, and keep flying north until it’s all over for them as individuals. And then, their children follow them to the north all summer. Then they have hormonal changes, and they fly south.”
An individual monarch can lay a thousand or so eggs, and it can scatter those over many states, Stark says.
“It wouldn’t be unusual to have one that comes up the Texas coast laying eggs, crosses into Louisiana, crosses the Mississippi River, maybe goes on across the Gulf Coast, maybe goes north, but they’re stringing those eggs out along the way, and their children follow.”
For more information, call the Clinton Community Nature Center at 601-926-1104.
Saturday, April 7 and April 14
9 a.m. to noon
Choctaw Trails (use address 5201 N. McRaven Road, Jackson, MS to get within a couple of hundred yards from the entrance)
Participants are asked to bring scissors/knife, plastic grocery bags and a drink
Clinton community leaders will soon join Mississippi College supporters saluting President Lee Royce and his wife, Rhoda.
After sixteen years of service at the Baptist-affiliated university and a deep love for their hometown of Clinton, the Royces are retiring in May. The tribute is set for April 15 at First Baptist Church Clinton. Ceremonies in the sanctuary begin that Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The Mississippi College Singers will supply the music. Following the program, there will be a reception at the church Fellowship Hall from 3:40 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. The public is invited.
“The leadership of President Lee Royce and First Lady Rhoda Royce brought great energy and enthusiasm with them to Mississippi College,’’ said Vice President for Academic Affairs Ron Howard. “They reinvigorated the university in countless ways.’’
Enrollment grew steadily from 3,200 MC students to nearly 5,200 students today. A construction renaissance teamed with strong financial support to see the MC annual budget nearly double to $75.5 million. New academic initiatives, such as the state’s first physician assistant program, along with a return for Choctaws athletics to NCAA Division II, are a few of the hallmarks of his administration. At the same time, MC’s reputation achieved solid rankings in publications such as U.S. News & World Report.
Team Royce deserves much of the credit at America’s second-oldest Baptist college, school leaders say. “Their example of Christian caring has been an inspiration to the college family and those in the church and community who have worked with them,’’ Howard said. “The Royces have made us better people along with the strengthening the university and the community.’’
MC faculty, staff, alumni and Clinton officials will be part of the April 15 celebration. President Royce took office at the Clinton-based university in 2002. He served as president of Anderson University in South Carolina for seven years before leading the Blue and Gold family in the Magnolia State. Remarkable facilities expansion occurred including the university’s Medical Sciences Building and at the MC Law School in Jackson.
Rhoda Royce faithfully tutored local children for a decade at a nearby Clinton apartment complex. She also served as a business communications instructor on the Clinton campus.
The Royces hosted numerous receptions at their residence for many MC constituents and university guests. They will move to Northern Virginia to be closer to their son, Mark Royce, a political science professor at George Mason University and NOVA Community College.
When Dr. Royce and Mrs. Royce first arrived in 2002, “they quickly made our community their own,’’ noted Steve Stanford, vice president for administration and government affairs.
The Royces were fixtures at many community, church and MC events. They did much to enhance the “town and gown relationship,’’ added Stanford, a former Clinton Chamber of Commerce president.
Once named Clinton’s Citizen of the Year, President Royce strengthened the Christian university’s partnerships with Clinton schools, businesses, local government and other key community components.
Lee and Rhoda Royce remained gracious hosts to all university stakeholders, including students. “They have been focused and interested in each and every student they met,’’ said Melanie Fortenberry, director of MC’s health services administration program. “I appreciate their leadership and service.’’
“They are both genuine, have a passion for Mississippi College, for our students, our faculty, and most importantly for keeping their hearts and focus on Christ,’’ said accounting professor Billy Morehead. A former Education Commission member of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, he worked closely with Lee and Rhoda Royce. Both Mississippians “helped make remarkable strides in the integrity and accountability of Christian higher education to Mississippi Baptists.’’
Lovett Elementary will hold auditions for its Arise Show Choir on Tuesday, April 24, and Monday, April 30. An information meeting for parents and their interested child(ren_) will be held on Tuesday, April 17, at 6p.m. in the Lovett cafeteria. At least one parent and the interested child should attend. Spots are open for signer/dancers and pit (band) members.
Auditions on Tuesday, April 24, will be held from 4p.m. until 6p.m. Students will sign up for a time slot for their audition and should wear comfortable clothes and shoes for dancing. Students will learn a one-minute dance routine.
Auditions on monday, April 30, will be from 4:30p until 6:30p and will be a vocal/dance audition.
Students should arrive fifteen minutes before their sign-up time for auditions.
As part of the audition process, students will perform a one-minute song of their choosing, using music from a CD, phone or piano as accompaniment. Students will perform a dance with students in their time slot.
Parents are not allowed in the building before or during auditions. Auditions will be held at Lovett, located at 2002 West Northside Drive. For more informations, call 601-924-5664.
Ladies, join Main Street for this series of outings planned just with you in mind. Starting in February, every 3rd Thursday you are invited to lunch and a demonstration by one of our Main Street Businesses. Watch as Wyatt demonstrates his watercolor painting techniques, catch up on the latest fashion trends or learn how to dress your table seasonally.
April 19: 11a Lunch by 303 Jefferson Facility Tour of Baptist Healthplex at Mississippi College
April 19: 5:30p Dinner & Painting Class N’awlings Grill Clinton Paints Pottery Prices varies with selected piece
May 17: 11a Lunch & Meet the Artist 303 Jefferson Olde Towne Depot
June 21: 11a Lunch & Painting Demonstration The Bank By Pizza Shack Wyatt Waters Gallery
Reservations are required. Call the Main Street Clinton office at 601-924-5472 for information & reservations.
When Lexi Mahaffey participates in the American Cancer Society fundraiser Relay for Life, for at least her fifth year in a row, the event will have a special resonance this time. The Clinton High School tenth grader is now battling cancer herself.
In the past year, Mahaffey, 15, had a skull base tumor, two surgeries to remove it and radiation treatment.
Lexi, daughter of Eddie and Jennifer Mahaffey, will be honored as The Heart of Relay for 2018 at the event, which is set for 6 p.m. on April 20 at the Hinds Community College tennis courts in Raymond.
“I don’t think that she really expected anything like that. I know I didn’t expect anything like that,” her mother, Jennifer Mahaffey says. “It kind of brought tears to my eyes. It’s a nice honor.”
For Lexi, “I was a little nervous, but now I’m kind of happy about it,” she says. She’ll make a speech. “I’m pretty introverted, so definitely having to speak at this is kind of a little out of my bubble, but I’m excited about it.”
With her long-time involvement in Relay for Life, “it’s just always been a part of my life. So, I think that’s going to stay the same,” Lexi says. “But I think this year might mean a little more than normal.”
“Lexi has been involved in Relay for Life since she was little, and she’s been on my team as long as I’ve had a team” at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, says Cheri Hodges, co-chair of Relay for Life’s survivors reception. “She’s always been extremely passionate about it. This year, when she received the cancer diagnosis, it only seemed fitting we would honor her in a special way.”
When Hinds County event chair Shaquita Burke looked at photos displayed for the Relay for Life kickoff, “I saw Lexi in a great majority of pictures over the years,” Burke says. “For somebody to be supporting Relay for Life before she was even diagnosed, we just thought it was a good idea to honor the hard work she’s doing and show our support.”
Lexi, who recently received radiation treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, says “I’m doing good with everything.”
Lexi says her whole family, in Clinton since she was in the first grade, has been doing the Relay for Life for a while, and that her older sister, Emily, now 27, got involved when she was in high school. “I guess that’s what got me started with it. Then, I just liked it so much, I kept coming back.
“I really like how it’s just one big community, and everybody was just there for you whenever you need them,” she says. “It is a really good environment to be in.”
Relay for Life Hinds County on April 20 will include an opening ceremony, survivor/caregiver walk, a luminaria ceremony and a closing ceremony. Fundraising leads up to the event and continues onsite with games, activities, food sales, raffles and entertainment throughout the evening, until midnight.
The 2018 theme is “Let’s Toon Out Cancer,” with cartoon-based takeoffs at teams’ “campsites.”
During the relay, each team has a team member out on the track at all times.
“The idea is that cancer never sleeps, so we’re never going to rest until a cure is found,” Hodges says.
The event is free and open to the general pubic. Attendance has ranged from about two hundred, when the event was held in Clinton’s Olde Towne in 2016, to close to three hundred people, including more kids, when the event was held at HCC last year, Burke says. They came within $300 of reaching their $50,000 goal in 2017. By cutting expenses, they hope to hit that $50,000 target this year.
Involving more kids in Relay for Life is a definite aim, Burke says. “Lexi proved that…once they get involved, even at a younger age, they understand the importance and the mechanics of it. It becomes ingrained in them, and they want to participate more;” and that’s where the next crop of leaders comes from.
Lexi says some of her friends have gotten more interested in Relay for Life.
“I just think it might mean a little bit more to them, knowing that it’s me, instead of strangers.”
To participate in this year’s Relay for Life, or for more information, call Lizzy Givan at 360-201-9037, or visit www.relayforlife.org and search for the Relay for Life Hinds County event.
Lexi Mahaffey of Clinton is The Heart of Relay for 2018. This past year, Mahaffey was diagnosed with a skull base tumor and has had it removed.
A young Mahaffey at a former Relay for Life.
Mahaffey volunteering at a Relay for Life Bake Sale in 2013.
Lexi Mahaffey (center, top) at the 2013 Relay for Life.
This spring’s series includes four films and an evening of jazz.
All events are free, with the purchase of dinner onsite as an option. Participants are encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs for an evening of family fun.
Following a successful first-time event last fall, Dinner and Jazz will be back on Friday, April 13, with tunes performed by the Mississippi College Jazz Band. Clintonians can grab their dancing shoes and swing by Olde Towne for live big band music. Consisting of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, piano, bass, and drums, the Jazz Band explores music of all jazz periods from the Big Band Era to the present. Music will kick off at 6 p.m.
The second movie offering in the series is Guardians of the Galaxy on Friday, April 20. Grumpy Dave’s Kettle Korn will be available for purchase at 6 p.m., and the food vendor will be announced. Before the movie, attendees can enjoy music from the film and participate in a dance off. Guardians will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m., or at dusk.
Dinner and a Movie will continue on May 4 with the film Trolls. Dinner will be available from Small Time Hot Dogs, and Grumpy Dave will be back with his famous kettle corn at 6 p.m. The film will start at dusk, approximately 7:45 p.m.
The finale to the spring Dinner and a Movie series on May 18 will feature the Disney classic The Lion King on the big screen. Animal-lovers can enjoy interaction with animals from the Jackson Zoo before the film. The evening’s food vendor, Dutch Oven, will be available at 6 p.m., along with Grumpy Dave’s Kettle Korn. The movie will play at dusk, approximately 7:45 p.m.
David Parker, Main Street Clinton’s board president, says, “Dinner and a Movie is a fun, family-friendly way to enjoy Olde Towne and the Clinton community. Bring your blankets and lawn-chairs and enjoy the show!”
Friday Nights at Milepost 89 offers performances every 3rd Friday of the month at 7 p.m. inside the Clinton Visitor Center. Admission to each performance is at least 89 cents.
The Friday, April 20, performance will showcase “Wooden Strings,” a group composed of 6 multi-instrumentalists who are steeped in their own style of country, bluegrass, fold, pop and melodic easy-going songs.
The performance will feature David McCoy on the mandolin, Wilson Karges on the dobro, Lorin arinder on the guitar and banjo, Mark Weilenman on the guitar, Murry Stewart on the guitar, and harmonica player Randy Newman.
The Clinton Visitor Center Weened Music Scene offers entertainment year-round to visitors and residents alike. The Clinton Visitor Center is located at 1300 Pinehaven Road.
For more details about the Saturday and Sunday music performances, call 601-924-2221.
Mississippi College’s Choctaw Chorus will perform several madrigals set to the lyrics from William Shakespeare’s plays.
Conducted by music professor Mark Nabholz, the student choral group will soon be showcased at the university’s 40th annual Shakespeare Festival. So will national recording artist, singer/songwriter Claire Holley, a Jackson native who lives in Los Angeles.
Holley is billed as the guest artist at the April 21 production at the Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall on the Clinton campus. The concert begins at 7 p.m. that Saturday evening. Tickets for the concert are $10 for general admission, and $7 for all students, MC employees and senior adults.
Following the show, there will be a reception at the Aven Fine Arts Recital Hall lobby.
The live musical event honors the legacy of the late George Pittman and his wife, Alicia. A 1959 MC graduate, George Pittman served for many years as chairman of the MC English Department. Passionate about Shakespeare’s literary works, the retired professor died in 2014 at age seventy-six.
A 1960 MC graduate, Alicia Pittman worked at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson for twenty-two years. She now lives near Fort Worth, Texas, and continues to be a strong supporter of the Shakespeare Festival in Clinton.
George and Alice Pittman founded the Shakespeare Festival at their alma mater in 1978. They returned to Mississippi College after working at Howard Payne University in Texas.
The Pittmans launched the Shakespeare Festival four decades ago to bring to life the works and culture of the Bard of Avon amid the Renaissance in England. Over the years, many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed by students on the Clinton campus, most recently the comedy Much Ado About Nothing, at Swor Auditorium.
The Shakespeare Festival at Mississippi College is sponsored through the collaboration of three departments: English, communication and music.
Based in California, Claire Holley stays busy as a wife and mother. The successful recording artist is featured on at least a half-dozen albums with titles like Dandelion and Sanctuary, a record of hymns. In 2005, Claire teamed with award-winning Mississippi singer Caroline Herring to record an album titled Live at St. Andrews.
Holley is visiting Mississippi College for this joint production with the English Department’s Sue Price Lipsey Lecture Series.
For more information, contact MC communication professor Phyllis Seawright at 601-925-3453.
On Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018, St. Mark Church, 1638 Clinton-Raymond Road, Clinton, MS, will have its 68th Year Church Anniversary program at 10:15 a.m. Our guest speaker will be Bro. Jasper Bacon of In His Steps Ministries, Inc., of Canton, MS. Everyone is invited. Willis Washington, Jr. is Pastor-Teacher. For more information, please call 601-813-8704.
Clinton High School students will celebrate the diversity and culture of their student body with a Culture and Arts Fest on Thursday, April 26.
The Clinton High School Cultural Awareness Society, National Art Honor Society, Poetry Club, and National Thespian Society are sponsoring the event, which will be held from 5 until 8:30 p.m. in the CHS cafeteria.
The festival will include a cultural museum, cultural fashion show, food, art show, a poetry slam and musical performances. It is free and open to the public.
The event is being organized by CHS students Regina Hunsinger and Sahil Patel.
“Sahil and I created this event to serve as an opportunity for the student body to express the diversity and talents of Clinton High School,” said Hunsinger.
“We have a lot of Indian, African, and other Asian outfits for the fashion show,” said Patel. “We also have a few dance performances happening.”
“We will have a cultural museum, for which we are gathering artifacts and cultural or religious items,” said Patel. “Food-wise, we have food coming from all kinds of countries.”
Organizers say dressing in culture attire is encouraged but not required.
Enjoy exceptional dining, distinctive homes, fine wine and peerless performance
Mississippi Symphony Orchestra announces a Suite of Soirees, three fundraising events hosted throughout the spring. Generous friends of the orchestra open their homes for exceptional dining experiences, paired with fine wine and performance.
First in the Suite: Allegro is hosted by Shinn and Grace Lee in their contemporary Ridgeland home, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 6:30—8:30 pm. Guests will enjoy sushi, Asian dishes, and a whole roasted pig along with several choice wines. Performance provided by pianists Stephen and Carolyn Sachs.
Intermezzo hosted by Jeff and Debbie Good is held on Friday, April 27, 6:30—8:30 pm. The Good’s new Fondren home offers fresh spaces indoor and out, and MSO’s Brass Quintet performs.
Suite of Soirees wraps up with Finale, Thursday, June 7, 6:30—8:30 pm, hosted by architects Roy and Anne Marie Decker. The Deckers’ personally designed home provides for a relaxing evening by the hearth or pool. Concertmistress, Marta Szlubowska performs with her daughter and 2017 International Viola Competition winner, Julia Kirk.
Advanced reservations for Suite of Soirees is required. Soirees are $100 per person for just one soiree, $175 per person for two soirees, or $250 per person for all three soirees. Reservations may be made on-line at www.msorchestra.com, by calling (601) 960-1565, or by visiting the MSO office at 201 East Pascagoula Street in downtown Jackson between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday.
WHAT: Suite of Soirees
WHO: Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
Allegro: Eastern Notes (Pianists Stephen & Carolyn Sachs perform)
The Metro Master Gardeners will be holding their annual plant sale at Mynelle Gardens (4736 Clinton Boulevard, Jackson, MS 39209) on Saturday, April 28, 2018. The plant sale begins at 8:00 a.m. and will end at noon.
Members of the Metro Master Gardeners come from all over the Jackson metropolitan area. The Master Gardeners have propagated a wide variety of native and naturalized heirloom plants, perennials, shrubs and trees that are perfectly suited to our southern soils and climate. Many of these heirloom plants have come from project and demonstration gardens located throughout the metro Jackson area. Shoppers will find a wide variety of plants at unbeatable prices!
Master Gardeners are a volunteer branch of the Mississippi State University Extension Service that advises and educates the public on gardening and horticulture issues. Members of the Metro Master Gardeners will be on hand at the plant sale to answer gardening questions.
After finalizing their plant purchases, shoppers are invited to enjoy a free stroll through Mynelle Gardens.
Proceeds from the plant sale go to support gardening projects located at the Doctor’s Herb Garden at the Agriculture & Forestry Museum, the Oaks Home on Jefferson Street, Greenwood Cemetery, the Jackson Zoo, and various demonstration, educational and scholarship projects (including a Hinds Community College scholarship) in the metro Jackson area.
If you need additional information, would like to schedule an interview with Master Gardeners, or capture them in action at Mynelle Gardens, please contact Laura Lillard at 601-613-5223 email@example.com. “Like” Metro Master Gardeners on Facebook.
On April 28, the Clinton Celebrate Church Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) will host its inaugural Family Fun Day and Market from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will be held at the Clinton YMCA and will feature activities for all ages. Local businesses will be present, and families can enjoy rock painting, a bounce house, shopping and food. The event is free and open to the public.
Now in its third full year, the Clinton Celebrate Church MOPS is continuing its mission to strengthen the community by encouraging and equipping local mothers. MOPS International is an organization that supports all mothers, specifically those with children ages infant to five years, by cultivating a community of learning, openness, faith and friendship.
Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 9 until 11 a.m. During the meetings, childcare is provided for children up to age twelve so that moms can enjoy a time of meaningful conversation and fellowship over brunch and a hot cup of coffee.
“MOPS truly is a sisterhood,” says Coordinator Jessica Wooley. Her goal this year has been “to bring mothers together, to support each other and lift each other up in the daily trials of motherhood, to help other mothers find joy and friendship in a time of their lives that is mostly dedicated to the needs of others.”
Meetings are purposeful, with content that is relevant to the needs of mothers raising little ones. This past year, the group has invited several guest speakers from the community to come and share, encourage and challenge its members in matters regarding safety, home organization, health, parenting and faith. After meetings and throughout the week, moms spend time together visiting parks or museums, or enjoy a meal together.
Three-year member and MOPS leader Kayla McDavid says, “What I love about MOPS is the friendships; I have met amazing mothers I know I can call any time for anything. I have become a better mother and person. When we meet, we can take a break and reflect and celebrate who we are.”
MOPS will hold two more meetings, on April 24 and May 8, at Celebrate Church in Clinton, located at 2001 Old Vicksburg Road. Pre-registration is now open for the fall, when meetings will resume in September. For more information regarding MOPS and how to become a member, find them on Facebook at Celebrate Church MOPS or call Jessica Wooley at 904-321-7021.
The Clinton Police Department will participate in the national Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28.
According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug additction and overdose deaths by cleaning out their medicine cabinets and disposing of old, unused or unneeded prescription medicines in a safe and anonymous way.
Medicines can be disposed of on April 28 at the Clinton Kroger from 10a.m. until 2 p.m. Clinton police officers will be on hand to collect the medicines.
Clintonians are invited to participate in International Tabletop Game Day at the Wood Activity Center on Saturday, April 28. Set for 10a to 6 p, the event will offer the opportunity for individuals and families to play in tournaments, win prizes, try out new games and maybe make some new friends from their community.
Set up to be a come-and-go event, organizers say there will be an extensive lending library of board and card games, plus twenty or more Play-and-Win games. There will be an hourly game and figtcard giveaway, as well as extensive demos featuring Star Wars Destiny, Magic the Gathering, X-Wing Miniatures and Warhammer 40K, as well as others.
Tournaments will also be set up, and everyone attending will go home with something free.
The Wood Activity Center is located at 111 Clinton Blvd, and the event is free.
Events Planned: An extensive lending library of board and card games. 20+ game Play-and-Win section. Hourly game and gift card giveaway. Extensive demos featuring Star Wars Destiny, Magic the Gathering, X-Wing Miniatures game, Warhammer 40K and many more! Tournaments with prizes awarded. Everyone in attendance will go home with something free.
Local support offered by Meme’s Brick Street Bakery, Cups, Chick-fil-A, and Van’s Comics, Cards, and Games.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit TableTopDay.com