Today

• 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. — American Association of Retired Persons Tax -Aide volunteers will e-file taxes free for low and middle income taxpayers. They will be at Casino Bingo, 2306 North Frontage Road, next to Hudson’s. Call (601)692-2758.

• Noon - 1 p.m. — Make-A-Wish will hold their monthly volunteer meeting in the sixth floor conference room at Rush Foundation Hospital. Lunch provided. Call Brenda at (601) 483-8144 or (601) 595-8144.

• 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Management seminar entitled “Safety in the Workplace” will be held at Kahlmus Auditorium at Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus. Call (601) 693-1306.

• 6 p.m. — The Meridian Chapter of Mississippi Valley State University Alumni meeting will be held at The Council of Organization Building, 814 45th Avenue. Carolyn Upkins, president of the MVSU National Alumni Association will be guest. Call Willie Carter at (601) 483-6475 or Vinnie Wilson at (601) 681-6391.

• 6 p.m. — Andrew Chapel Masonic Lodge No. 151 will confer an entered apprentice degree at the lodge building, 9198 Hillview Drive. Refreshments served at 6 p.m. and meeting begins at 7 p.m. Call (601) 681-8369.

• 6:30 p.m. — American Legion Post No. 125 and the Auxiliary will meet at the Dick J. McWilliams American Legion Building at the corner of Old Highway 80 West and 65th Avenue. Call (601) 679-5055.



Friday, March 2

• 1 p.m. — Meridian Duplicate Bridge Club will meet at the Meridian Activity Center, 3300 32nd Avenue. This is an open game and everyone is welcome. Call Tommie at (601) 679-8466 or Josie at (601) 483-5884.

• 6 p.m.-until — Loose Caboose Festival talent contest in downtown Newton. Call the Newton Chamber of Commerce, (601) 683-2201.

• 6:30 p.m. -until — The Mississippi Blue Yodeler Fan Club will meet at the Meridian Masonic Center, 3400 11th Street. Guests, Hoppy Spinks, Dirt Road Band, Omar Rivers, Linda Craft and Tinker Frazier. Covered dish dinner and cost is $2 admission. Call Ken Johnson at (601) 482-1279.

• 8 p.m. — The MSU-Riley Center’s Main Stage presents “Lost in Yonkers,” by the Montana Repertory Theatre. The center is at 2200 Fifth St. in downtown Meridian. For tickets and information, call (601) 696-2200.



Saturday, March 3

• 8 a.m.-noon — First Saturday Flea Market will be held in downtown Enterprise across from the post office. Call (601) 693-4693.

• 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. — American Association of Retired Persons Drive Safety Program for drivers 50 and over will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4223 Poplar Springs Drive. Cost is $10. Bring a sack lunch. Call (601) 482-4412 to make reservations.

• 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. — The 4th Annual Loose Caboose Festival in downtown Newton. Activities include a 5K run, entertainment, a Memphis in May-sanctioned barbecue contest, arts and crafts, kids’ zone and more. Call the Newton Chamber of Commerce, (601) 683-2201.

• 9 a.m. — The Quitman Lions Club will sponsor a Kite Flying Contest at Brady’s Field, across from the Sports Complex on North Jackson Avenue. $5 entry fee. Call Annie Crimm at (601) 776-6269.

• 10 a.m.- until — Benefit Barbecue for Dave Alsup will be held at the Meehan Quick Stop. Barbecue plates are $5 each and raffle ticket is $5 each. All proceeds to go to Dave Alsup to offset costs for cancer treatment. Call Dana Peavy at (601)938-9441.

• 10:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. — Trinity Lutheran Church Youth Group, on Highway 39 North across from Alliance Health Center, will have a fund-raiser, Squealer’s Barbecue, cost is $6 each. Pick up and deliver available for 10 or more orders. Call Melissa McWhirter at (601) 604-3124.

• 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. — St. Patrick Irish Festival will be held at the St. Patrick Catholic Church, 2700 Davis Street. Games, international cuisine, car show and bingo.

• 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. — Statewide 2007 Children/Youth Poetry Slam sponsored by the Mississippi Writers Guild will be held in the Scottish Rites Building, 2301 11th Street. Open to grades third through high school seniors. Free and open to the public. Call Richelle Putnam at (601) 880-1089.

• 6 p.m. — National Wild Turkey Federation Okatibbee Chapter will hold their annual Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Frank Cochran Center in Highland Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner served at 7 p.m. Call Gary Barber at (601) 482-7023 for tickets.



Sunday, March 4

• 1 p.m. — A Pro-Life Rally will be held on the grounds of Northview Assembly of God on Highway 39 North. Call (601) 616-5933 or wwjr1001@comcast.net



Monday, March 5

• 1 p.m. — Queen City Duplicate Bridge Club will meet at the Meridian Activity Center, 3300 32nd Avenue. All duplicate bridge players are welcome. Call Mary at (601)527-2107.

• 6 p.m.- 7 p.m. — Learn the basic steps of polka, waltz, two step, line dancing and old time square dancing at the Multi-Purpose Building in Quitman. Call Annie Crimm at (601)776-6269.

• 7 p.m. — Auditions for Caberet will be held at Meridian Little Theatre, Highway 39 North. Chorus and cast of 34, two female leads and three male leads. Call (601) 482-6317.



Tuesday, March 6

• Noon - 1 p.m. — National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will hold its monthly meeting at Weems Community Mental Health Center, 1415 College Drive. Bring brown bag lunch. Call Kristen Owen (601) 483-4821.

• 1 p.m. — Meridian Duplicate Bridge Club will meet at the Meridian Activity Center, 3300 32nd Avenue. This is an open game and everyone is welcome. Call Tommie at (601)679-8466 or Josie at (601)483-5884.

• 5:30 p.m. — The Fourth Annual Make-A-Wish Walk for Wishes kickoff party will be held at Rush Foundation Hospital in the sixth floor classroom.The Walk for Wishes will be held on April 7 at Bonita Lakes. Call Brenda Golisch at (601)595-8144, Rob Barr at (601)938-8226 or Rebecca Gentry at (601)604-3103.

• 6 p.m. — The Lauderdale County Mississippi State University Alumni Association is throwing a Dawg Gone Good Recruitment Party for high school seniors and their parents, community college transfer students, prospective MSU-Meridian students and MSU alumni. The party will be held at MSU-Meridian Campus, food, entertainment and Miss MSU, Danielle Smith. Call (601)484-0110 for reservations.

• 7 p.m. — Auditions for Caberet will be held at Meridian Little Theatre, Highway 39 North. Chorus and cast of 34, two female leads and three male leads. Call (601)482-6317.



Thursday, March 8

• 8 a.m.-noon — A free customer service training seminar at Meridian Community College, Webb Hall, Great Southern Room. Call (601) 693-1306.

• 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. — American Association of Retired Persons Tax-Aide volunteers will e-file taxes free for low and middle income taxpayers. This service will be available at Casino Bingo, 2306 North Frontage Road, next door to Hudsons. Call (601)692-2758.

• 1 p.m. — Queen City Duplicate Bridge Club will meet at the Meridian Activity Center, 3300 32nd Avenue. All duplicate bridge players are welcome. Call Mary at (601)527-2107.

• 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — A management seminar entitled “Accounting for Supervisors” will be held in Kahlmus Auditorium at Mississippi State University-Meridian campus. Call (601) 693-1306.

• 6:15 p.m. — Promises of Hope Cancer Support Group will meet at Collinsville First Church of God, Highway 19 North. Call Meridian Oncology lab at (601)696-4624, Barbara Willard at (601)986-2011, Charlotte Vincent at (601)986-8833 or Lori Pickett at (601)644-9503.

To submit an event to Community Calendar, call Stephanie Denham at (601) 693-1551, ext. 3303, or e-mail sdenham@themeridianstar.com. Announcements may also be submitted by fax, (601) 485-1275.

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