Annual tree give-away and sale

Join the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District at the Ridgeland City Hall and other locations throughout the county on Feb. 14 for the annual tree give-away and sale. This event which is held each year is put on to encourage the conservation and preservation of soil through planting of trees and shrubs. Stop by to receive your trees and plant one this year to do your part for the environment!

Upcoming Activities

February 12-18

Dixie National Quarter Horse Show

The Dixie National Quarter Horse Show, the Southern Classic, is the premier event of the Mississippi Quarter Horse Association. The Dixie National Quarter Horse Show is the largest in the South and the third largest quarter horse show in the United States. The national exposure the show receives makes it a gathering place for the top horses in the country and a field day for spectators.

With an average audience of over 4500, Free Style Reining, held on Friday night, is the most crowd pleasing class and demonstrates the great physical ability of the American Quarter Horse.

The Dixie National Equine Expo, the largest equine related trade show in the south, runs in conjunction with the quarter horse show.

The Equine Expo features everything imaginable for the equine enthusiast. For information on booth space at the Equine Expo, please e-mail Diane at

February 13

An Evening with Joshua Bell

Wesley Biblical Seminary is excited to host an evening with Joshua Bell, world renowned violinist, on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. Mr. Bell, classical music's superstar, will perform in Jackson at Christ United Methodist Church, 6000 Old Canton Road, Jackson accompanied by Sam Haywood.

The stellar event will benefit Wesley Biblical Seminary.

Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased by visiting WBS.eduor call WBS at 601-366-8880, ext. 119.

Journeys and Destiny

Wesley Biblical Seminary is excited to host an evening with Joshua Bell, world renowned violinist, on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. Mr. Bell, classical music's superstar, will perform in Jackson at Christ United Methodist Church, 6000 Old Canton Road, Jackson

Fondren Theatre Workshop: "Fool For Love"

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Fondren Theatre Workshop, in cooperation with New Stage Theatre, will present Sam Shepard's acclaimed Obie Award-winner, "Fool for Love," Feb. 13-14-15-16 at 7:30 p.m. at The Warehouse Theatre, 1000 Monroe Street, Jackson (one block off Fortification in Belhaven Heights). A bonus late-night show will be held at 9:30 on Saturday, Feb. 15.

"Fool for Love" is a modern Greek tragi-comedy centered around two angry and thwarted lovers, Eddie and Mae, in a run-down motel room on the edge of the Mojave desert. Sam Shepard's masterfully crafted piece is mysterious and unsettling, with "now you see it, now you don't" twists and turns between fantasy and reality. An intensely probing yet sharply humorous study of passion and destiny, "Fool for Love" is a "punk rock-meets-Old-West" burst of theatrical energy. As staged by FTW in their typical "theatre in your lap" style, the production will make novel use of the Warehouse space to provide the audience with an up-close and visceral experience.

Directed by Diana Howell, the play features Sydney Blackwell, Michael Kinslow, Chris Mason, and J.C. Patterson, with special guest poet, Bob Hudson, reading original poetry at the top of each show.

Sponsored in part by New Stage Theatre, a portion of proceeds will benefit Contact the Crisis Line. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door; however, seating is very limited, and therefore reservations are strongly encouraged, and can be made by visiting This show is for mature audiences.

February 13-15

Dance Ministry Ensemble

An evening of dance presentation aimed to bring inspiration and encouragement to the soul. Complimentary admission for Belhaven faculty/staff/students and immediate families.  General admission $10 to the public; $5 for seniors and non-Belhaven University students. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each concert.

There will be an 11 a.m. matinee on Thursday with showings Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre.

February 13-22

Curtains A Musical

Based on the original book and concept by Peter Stone, the musical is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots, set in 1959 Boston, Massachusetts and follows the fallout when the supremely untalented star of Robbin' Hood of the Old West is murdered during her opening night curtain call. It is up to Lt. Frank Cioffi, a police detective who moonlights as a musical theater fan to save the show, solve the case, and maybe even find love before the show reopens, without getting killed himself. General Admission $10; seniors/students $5. Complimentary admission for Belhaven faculty/staff/students and immediate families. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Feb. 13-22, 7:30 p.m., Saturday Matinees Feb. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. at the Belhaven Blackbox Theatre (inside the Center for the Arts).

February 22

Tropical Paradise

New Summit School's 14th annual Drawdown fundraiser will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 from 6-9 p.m. at Sparkman Auditorium on Lakeland Drive in Jackson. The evening of fun and fellowship will feature a $5,000 cash giveaway, live and silent auction, entertainment, and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $75 and are good for two people. Insurance is available for $25.

To purchase a ticket, contact Jeanine Pickering at 601-982-7827.

February 22-23

Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society annual show

Gems, jewelry, fossils and minerals will be on display Feb. 22 and 23 at the Trade Mart on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson at the Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society's 55th Annual Show.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

February 27-March 2


Hamlet: Presented by Mississippi College's Theater and English Departments, Hamlet will be presented at the 2013-2014 Shakespeare Festival. The production is a 90-minute adaptation. Aven Little Theater, Aven Fine Arts Building. Feb. 27, 7 p.m.; Feb. 28, 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.; March 1, 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and March 2, 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 general admission, $5 students and senior adults, $4 groups of 10 or more. For more information contact Phyllis Seawright 601.925.3453.

February 27

Books and Authors Series presented by

The Junior League of Jackson: James Farmer

The Junior League of Jackson is excited to bring on The Wall Street Journal's best-selling authors, James Farmer to Jackson for its Books and Authors Series.

This event will begin with a meet and greet with James Farmer, along with a cocktail party to follow on Thursday, Feb. 27 at a private home in the Bridgewater neighborhood. Tickets are $60 per person.

Then on Friday, Feb. 28 a luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Junior League of Jackson Headquarters. You will have the opportunity to hear James Farmer share his knowledge of food, gardening and interior design. Tickets are $50 per person for this event and James Farmer's books will be available for purchase.

For more information or to purchase your tickets visit

February 28

The Yale Whiffenpoofs

The nation's oldest A Capella group, The Yale Whiffenpoofs, will be playing at St. Andrew's Cathedral on Capitol Street in Jackson.

The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. For advanced tickets, visit

March 1

Little Light House Garden Party

The Little Light House Garden Party will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Briarwood Presbyterian Church at 620 Briarwood Drive in Jackson. Admission is $25. The event will include special guest speaker and first lady of the state of Mississippi Deborah Bryant, a basket raffle (beginning at noon) and a ladies hat and men's tie competition. Everyone is welcome, but seating is limited. Please RSVP by Feb. 21.

International Food Festival

Festival to benefit international relief - Ascension Lutheran Church of Jackson will hold its 2014 International Food Tasting Festival Saturday, March 1, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., to benefit Food for the Poor (www.foodforthepoor), the largest international relief and development organization in the U.S., serving the poor in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Open to the public, the event will be held in Ascension's Fellowship Hall, 6481 Old Canton Road (at East County Line). Tickets: advance, $5; at door, $10. For more information,

Fossil Road Show

Pack up your fossils and hit the road! Bring your fossil discoveries and get expert opinions about their ages and identities from our team of scientists at the 11th annual Fossil Road Show on Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. In addition to the Museum fossil collection, there will be collector displays and institutional exhibitors. Activities include a molding/casting exercise, "fossil dig", and a scavenger hunt. So, go through your "rock boxes" and challenge our staff with your prehistoric oddities. Who knows what might turn up this year?

There is no fee, other than regular Museum admission, to attend the event and reservations are not required.

Dr. Seuss Silly Birthday Celebration

The Mississippi Children's Museum in Jackson will be celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday. They will be experimenting with oobleck, making Cat in the Hat crafts and offering Green Eggs and Ham cooking demos. We will also have photos with the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two puppets and a Lorax mustache contest.

March 15

Mal's St. Paddy's Parade & Festival

Central Mississippi's annual celebration of Spring has been described as a "green Mardi Gras" and as a "lighthearted homecoming where everyone is king-and-queen-for a-day." It is also a celebration of the rebirth of Mississippi's capital city, a joyous celebration of what is "good and encouraging" about the heart of our state. It is a day where sense of humor and sense of place rule the day. It is a time to honor the good work of the UMC's Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children . It is a rambling, outrageous, hilarious ride down Capitol Street, starting and ending at Jackson's favorite gathering place, Hal & Mal's.

Mal's St. Paddy's Parade is many things to many people, but regardless of what words or descriptions one chooses to employ, it's really hard to ignore what began in 1983 in Downtown Jackson. The parade, the street dance, the children's activities, the run, the pet parade and all the other creative components under the banner of Mal's St. Paddy's Parade are permitted by the City of Jackson and Hinds County.

The festivities are all open to the public and everyone is encouraged to participate.

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.