Two upcoming weekends are jam-packed with fun and festivities for the whole family.

This year, the 11th Annual KidFest Ridgeland will be held April 12-13 and April 18-19.

Gates open at 10 a.m. at Freedom Ridge Park located off School Street.
For more information and a complete schedule and list of entertainment activities, visit www.

Upcoming Activities

April 11

Zoo Brew

The seventh annual Zoo Brew, a fundraiser for the Jackson Zoo, will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Jackson Zoo on West Capitol Street. Over 50 craft beers including the introduction of five new breweries will be available. There will also be a live music DJ and a wing eating contest. Must be 21 to attend. General admission is $30 and $15 for designated drivers. VIP tickets are available for $60. Tickets may be purchased online at the Jackson Zoo or at Hops and Habana's in Madison.

Midtown Art Show

TurnUp Studios is hosting an art show, featuring Clay Hardwick's paintings and sculptures, beginning at 2 p.m. A screening for the documentary "subSIPPI" is set for 7 p.m.

Music on hand will include Loki Antiphony at 6 p.m. and D.J. Spirituals at 8 p.m. Beer will be available for sale. Cost is $5 at the door. For more information, email

April 12

Annual Race for the Cure

The Mississippi Steel Magnolias Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® (MSM) is scheduled to host its 15th Annual Race for the Cure on Saturday, April 12 at 8:30 a.m. at the Old Capitol Museum in downtown Jackson.

The morning's activities will begin with a special survivor breakfast. Race for the Cure will include the Kids One Mile Fun Run/Walk, the Pink Promise Parade and a 10K and a 5K (with optional race timing).

Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the fee is $30 for adults for 1-mile and 5k, $35 for timed 5k, $35 for 10k, and $40 for timed 10k. Price includes a T-shirt.

Jackson Symphony League Benefit Concert

An Internationally acclaimed family from Uzbekistan will delight their Mississippi audience when they join the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in a benefit concert on April 12, at 7 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson.

The four generations of the Ioudenitch family include superstar pianist Stanislav, winner of many distinguished international competitions including the 2001 Van Cliburn, Busoni, Kapell, Maria Callas, Wideman, Palm Beach and New Orleans; his daughter, Maria, 18, winner of prestigious violin competitions; his father, Vladamir, celebrated performer, winner of many violin competitions, a professor and concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Uzbekistan; and younger brother, Edward, a 10 year old symphony conductor, who has been a You Tube sensation.

Andrés Franco, a native of Columbia, and Resident Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will be the conductor for the evening and will share the podium with Edward Yudenitch. Tickets for the benefit are $35 regular admission, $20 for students and $100 for VIP tickets which include special seating and an after-glow celebration. The exciting evening is sponsored by the Jackson Symphony League and produced by Lester Senter Wilson.

"Easter Elegance" dance

Magnolia Ballroom Dancers' Association will hold its April dance, "Easter Elegance," on Saturday, April 12, from 8-11 p.m. at the Madison Square Center for the Arts, 2103 Main St., Madison, Miss. There will be a collection of Easter baskets for Sunnybrook Children's Home.

Cost for the dance is $10 for members and $15 for guests. No partner is required. For more information, contact Jane Phillips, Publicity Director, at 601-942-7335, or go to

Diabetes Foundation of Miss. Easter Egg Hunt

The Diabetes Foundation of Miss. is hosting an Easter egg hunt at the center court of Highland Village Shopping Center from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tickets are $5, and all proceeds go to benefit Camp Kandu, a weekend camp for children with diabetes and their parents.

Come early to register, and enjoy prizes, giveaways, pictures with the Easter bunny and music.

April 13

Blásta Wine Tasting

The Blásta Wine Tasting on April 13 at Fenian's Irish Pub will feature an impressive array of "great buy" wines for a good cause. The word "blásta" (pronounced BLAW- sta) means "full of taste" in Irish Gaelic and is a key theme to wine tasting as well as a nod to its role as a fundraising benefit for the 23rd annual CelticFest Mississippi.

The Blásta Wine Tasting is Sunday, April 13 from 2-5 p.m. Tickets are $35 at the door, or $25 advance purchase through the CelticFest website( The venue is Fenian's Irish Pub on the corner of Jefferson and Fortification Streets. This is a smoke-free event. Contact Wine & Spirits in the Quarter at 601.366.6644 for details.

April 17

Museum After Hours

Come explore the Mississippi Museum of Art with a member of our curatorial staff or join your friends for an after-work cocktail starting at 5 p.m. This monthly event highlights different exhibitions on view at the Museum and provides an opportunity for visitors to explore the Museum after normal operating hours. Cost varies by exhibit.

April 22

The Children's Advocacy Center plans fund-raiser

The third annual Cooking For Our Kids event sponsored by The Mississippi Community Education Center (MCEC) is scheduled for April 22 at the Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) in Madison. The event will be held from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. on the front lawn of the CAC.

Attendees will be able to sample delicious food and drink from local restaurants and vendors while listening to music by the Bill & Temperance Band. For more information on purchasing a ticket or becoming a sponsor of this event, please contact Eliza Ueltschey Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. Tickets may also be purchased, using paypal, through the MCEC website,

Women's and Men's LIFElunches

"First Ridgeland is hosting Women's and Men's LIFELunches during the third week of every month! No more asking what's for lunch?  The next Women's LIFELunch will be Tuesday, April 22 and the next Men's LIFELunch will be Thursday, April 24. Make your plans now to spend lunch with us...with hardworking men and women just like yourself from all across our community.

"Meal service will begin at 11:30am with a short message from Dr. Mark Byrd or a special guest speaker. Grab some of your work buddies and change things up a little. Come on...we'll be expecting you there! For further information, please call our office at 601-856-6139."

Conservative Coalition meeting

The Madison County Conservative Coalition will meet at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 22 at the Madison Justice Complex adjacent to the police department at the intersection of Main and Crawford Streets. State Senator Chris McDaniel who is a candidate for U S Senator will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited to attend and learn more about Senator McDaniel, his platform, views and vision for our nation. Details 601-856-4095.

"Coffee with the Senator" luncheon

The Madison County Business League (MCBL) will host a "Coffee with the Senator" luncheon on Tuesday, April 22 at the Country Club of Jackson.

The Honorable Thad Cochran will be the keynote speaker.

April 24

Pro-Life Mississippi Banquet

The 2014 Spring Banquet and Silent Auction benefitting Pro-Life Mississippi will be held at First Baptist Church of Jackson. The silent auction runs from 5-6:30 p.m. with the banquet from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The featured speaker is Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr.

RSVP by calling 601-956-8636.

May 3

Day at the Derby

The public is invited to the University Transplant Guild's fifth annual fund raiser, Day at the Derby, on Saturday, May 3 at The South in downtown Jackson.

The event is a fun-filled day featuring Derby fashions and enjoying delicious food and drink, live music and dancing, exciting silent auction items, a draw down, and of course, watching the "Run for the Roses" at Churchill Downs on large screen televisions.