Today

• 9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Trees of Christmas at Merrehope, 905 Martin Luther King Drive. Ticket prices range from $3 to $10. Call (601) 483-8439.

• 3 p.m.-7 p.m. — Blood drive at Popeye’s in Philadelphia. Look for the bloodmobile. Call United Blood Services, (601) 482-2482.

• 3:30 p.m. — Free program of stories and activities for children ages 4-8 at the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library, 2517 Seventh St. No registration required. Call (601) 693-6771.



Thursday, Dec. 28

• 9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Trees of Christmas at Merrehope, 905 Martin Luther King Drive. Ticket prices range from $3 to $10. Call (601) 483-8439.

• 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. — United Blood Services will hold its 10th annual MASH Bash Blood Drive in the Hamasa Temple Ballroom. Call (601) 482-2482.

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

• 7:30 p.m. — The annual installation of Meridian Masonic Lodges officers will be held at Oakland Heights Masonic Lodge No. 577, 4903 Highway 19 north. Call Fred Bean at (601) 482-2914. The official visit of the Grand Master of the Mississippi Blue Lodge, Billy Joe Smith will be guest.



Friday, Dec. 29

• 9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Trees of Christmas at Merrehope, 905 Martin Luther King Drive. Ticket prices range from $3 to $10. Call (601) 483-8439.

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



Saturday, Dec. 30

• 9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Trees of Christmas at Merrehope, 905 Martin Luther King Drive. Ticket prices range from $3 to $10. Call (601) 483-8439.

• 8 p.m.-until — American Legion Post No. 89 will sponsor a New Year’s dance. Tickets by reservation are $10, or $12 at the door if available. Call (601) 683-3266 or (601) 683-2338.



Tuesday, Jan. 2

• Noon — Twelve-step group meeting for those whose loved ones struggle with alcohol and addiction at First Presbyterian Church, 905 23rd Ave. Call Charlie Greer, (601) 483-5927.

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

• 6 p.m. — Andrew Chapel Masonic Lodge No. 151 will host a joint installation of officers with Longstreet Masonic Lodge No. 268. Meet at the lodge building, 9198 Hillview Drive. Dinner at 6 p.m.; meeting at 7 p.m. Family members are invited, host members may bring covered dishes or desserts. Call Phil Lee, (601) 681-8369.



Wednesday, Jan. 3

• 9 a.m. — Poplar Springs Elementary School, 4101 27th Ave., will host an art talk on “The Life and Work of Georgia O’Keefe.” The talk will be led by the director of education and public programs at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe, N.M. Free and open to the public. Call Clair Huff, (601) 484-4450.



Thursday, Jan. 4

• 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Registration for the spring semester at Southeast Baptist College of Laurel, 4229 Highway 15 North. Call (601) 426-6346 or e-mail www.southeasternbaptist.edu.

• 6 p.m. — Meridian Chapter of Mississippi Valley State University Alumni will meet at the Council of Organizations Building, 814 45th Ave. Call Willie Carter at (601) 483-6475 or Vanna Wilson at (601) 681-6391.

• 6:15 p.m. — Promises of Hope Cancer Support Group will meet at Collinsville First Church of God on 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.



Friday, Jan. 5

• 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Registration for the spring semester at Southeast Baptist College of Laurel, 4229 Highway 15 North. Call (601) 426-6346 or e-mail www.southeasternbaptist.edu.



Friday, Jan. 12

• 8 p.m. — The MSU-Riley Center’s Main Stage presents John Amos’ “Halley’s Comet.” The center is at 2200 Fifth St. in downtown Meridian. For tickets and information, call (601) 696-2200.



Sunday, Jan. 14

• 6 p.m. — Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight March and Memorial. The march begins at the Meridian Baptist Seminary Building, at the corner of 16th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, and will proceed to First Union Missionary Baptist Church, 610 38th Ave. The memorial service will begin at 7 p.m. Call the Rev. Ecclesiastes Goodwin at (601) 604-6846 or the Rev. John Sims at (601) 482-4738.



Tuesday, Jan. 16

• 2 p.m.-3 p.m. — United Auto Workers Retiree Chapter No. 2185 will meet at the Meridian Activity Center, 3300 32nd Ave. Call Jim Mills, (601) 986-2587.



Wednesday, Jan. 17

• 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. — Fourth of seven mental health workshops at Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus. This week’s session is about psychopharmacology. Preregistration fee is $20, or $30 for walk-ins. For information, call Dr. Julia Porter at (601) 484-0184.



Thursday, Jan. 18

• 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — The first in a series of eight management seminars will begin at Kahlmus Auditorium on the campus of Mississippi State University-Meridian campus. This seminar is entitled “Basic Supervisory Skills.” Call (601) 693-1306.



Friday, Jan. 19

• 10 a.m. — The Lauderdale County Council on Aging will be having their annual meeting at the Meridian Activity Center, 3300 32nd Ave. This is a free event and plans will be revealed for the 2007 in Meridian and Lauderdale County. Call Rebecca K. Gentry at (601) 484-6848.



Sunday, Jan. 21

• 8 p.m. — The MSU-Riley Center’s Main Stage presents “Private Lives,” performed by LA Theatre Works. The center is at 2200 Fifth St. in downtown Meridian. For tickets and information, call (601) 696-2200.



Thursday, Jan. 25

• 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — The next management seminar entitled “Communication Skills” will be held at Kahlmus Auditorium on the campus of Mississippi State University-Meridian campus. Call (601) 693-1306.

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



Sunday, Jan. 28

• 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — United Blood Services will hold a blood drive in the fellowship hall at Antioch Baptist Church in Union. Call (601) 482-2482.





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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