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First Annual Fundraiser For CFGJ Ace McNeely Fund Set for May 19
The first annual fundraiser for the Ace McNeely Music Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson (CFGJ), is scheduled for Saturday, May 19th from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Hal and Mal’s Red Room in downtown Jackson.
The public is invited to enjoy music by PFC, Buie, Hamman and Porter, The Extremez, The Sofa Kings, Barry Leach, and Emma Wynter. There will also be raffle prizes, a silent auction, great food and fun!
Admission to the May 19th event is $15.00 per person. All proceeds go to CFGJ’s Ace McNeely Music Fund, designed to provide music lessons and/or instruments for disadvantaged children. For more information about the event or the CFGJ fund, contact Janet Henn at 601-497-1754.
Stray at Home Art & Music Festival debuts in Fondren
We are excited to announce the cultivation of Stray at Home Art & Music Festival: Fondren. It will be gracing the grassy area (next to Babalu) on the corner of Duling and Old Canton in Fondren, May 12, 2012. This all-day event will be held from 10am-6pm; adults and children of all ages are welcome to attend Stray at Home Art & Music Festival: Fondren. There will be visual artists and craftsmen showing and selling their creations, live music from local and regional bands, a Sneaky Beans beer truck, and a cornhole tournament! The festival is on the Saturday before Mother's day, so it will be the perfect time to find a gift for a mom, grandmother, aunt, or special "mom" in your life!
The music schedule for the event will go as follows: 10:15-11:00 Sound Wagon 11:15-12:15 Blue Mother Tupelo 12:30-1:30 T.B. Ledford
1:45-3:00 Delta Mountain Boys 3:15-4:15 Stephen Gordon 4:30-6:00 Telegraph Canyon
Artists for the event are: Kit Fields, Janie Davis, Lacy Barger, Kathryn Wiggins, Debbie Busching with Still Water Studio, Beetlebutton by Rebekah Grafton, Sarah Manning, Miss Monk Jewelry | Brianne McAlilly, Little Things Studio by Kate Thomas, Curio House by Mary Claire Primos, Thimblepress by Kristen Ley, Parish Furniture, Bergeron Woodworks by David Bergeron, Curiously Wrought by Eleanor Mathis, Grace Greene for Peru Paper.
We are also excited about partnering with Parish Furniture based out of Trujillo, Peru. Founded in 2008 by fellow Jacksonian, Brad Ball, along with others, Parish exists as an economic development arm of Peru Mission. Currently, Stuart Mills, a former Jackson resident, is the director of Parish. His goal is to create sustainable jobs for Peruvian carpenters by providing them an opportunity to use their skills at hand crafting solid hardwood into beautiful furniture and home accessories. The artisans at Parish strive to be good stewards of God’s creation by making the majority of their products from pona, a sustainable Peruvian wood. Through this, Parish has been able to help sustain an ecosystem amidst this local community in Peru.
Parish Furniture's creations will be showcased at the Stray at Home Art & Music Festival in an effort to connect their artisan works to our local Jackson community. Our goal is to provide a place in time for Jacksonians to support a company launched and supported by fellow Mississippians, many of whom are currently living and working for Parish and Peru Mission! Come out and experience the artistic creativity while you touch and feel all that Parish Furniture has to offer. Perhaps you’ll take home a piece of their story and make it part of your own. When buying from Parish, you’ll not only be supporting the work of the artists in Trujillo, Peru, but you’ll also have an opportunity to share in their gifts by enjoying them at home. Check out their website here: http://parish.myshopify.com/
Partial proceeds from Stray At Home Art & Music Festival: Fondren will go to Parish in hopes of furthering their artistic resources, continuing to employee these skilled craftsmen, and supporting the work of Peru Mission
360 Rehab Announces New Director, Brandi White Lee
Brandi White Lee, an exceptional physical therapist, is now director of therapy at 360 Total Rehab. “360” is provides outpatient rehabilitation therapy in the Jackson area and is located in the Courthouse Gyms. Brandi is well known throughout Jackson as a skilled PT. She earned her Bachelor of Science in kinesiology at Mississippi State University in 2001 and maintained all-SEC academic honor while playing varsity soccer. She returned to Jackson to earn a master’s in physical therapy at UMMC in 2004 and has worked in outpatient rehab for eight years. She serves her community and has been a member of the Jackson Arts & Music Foundation, as well as event chair for the Jackson Center for Violence Prevention’s Masquerade Ball. Brandi is currently on the advisory board for the Center for Violence Prevention. She enjoys spending time with her family, providing skilled therapy services and being an advocate for her patients. She plans to continue working closely with runners and athletes in the area. Brandi promotes post-rehab wellness programs to keep her patients on the right track. We at “360” take pride in quality service and are compassionate toward our patients. Genuine caring, with a personal touch, bring about positive results, and these are qualities we seek in therapists and leaders, alike. It is with great pleasure to introduce Brandi White Lee, PT, as our director of outpatient rehabilitation.
Traveling exhibit coming to the Mississippi Children’s Museum
Experience something new this summer at the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM)! MCM’s first traveling exhibit, Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™, arrives May 19 and will be presented in the museum’s Traveling Exhibit Hall until August 26. Storyland is sponsored by Trustmark and Parents&Kids Magazine.
Families can watch books come alive as they discover Storyland’s engaging environments. The traveling exhibit features famous characters and iconic scenes taken right out of the pages of seven celebrated children’s books: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Snowy Day, Abuela, Tuesday, and Where’s Spot?
Storyland encourages families to discover that it is never too early to develop a love of reading through the realistic experiences pulled from each of the seven books. The traveling exhibit is free with paid admission to the museum.
“Storyland is truly early literacy in action,” said Alicen Blanchard, MCM Director of Education. “Whether sneaking under Mr. McGregor’s picket fence, building a snowman, playing on a giant coconut tree, or mixing up an enormous batch of cookies, children and parents will delight in seeing their favorite characters and settings come to life at MCM this summer.”
Storyland’s grand opening will be Saturday, May 19 beginning at 9:00 a.m. MCM Members will have the opportunity to view the exhibit from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. the morning of May 19. The week of August 19-26 guests are encouraged to wear their Storyland t-shirts, available in MCM’s gift shop, and receive $5 admission into the museum as we say “Goodbye to Storyland.”
MCM’s mission to provide unique and exciting educational experiences is accomplished through hands-on and engaging exhibits and programs focusing on literacy, the arts, science, health and nutrition. Storyland will provide museum guests with a literacy focused educational experience unlike any other with interactive scenes from each of the seven books. For more information please call 601.981.5469 or visit website, www.mcm.ms.
About the Mississippi Children’s Museum
The Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) is a 501c3 organization. The mission of the MCM is to provide a unique and exciting educational experience that ignites and inspires a thirst for discovery, knowledge, and learning in all children. The goal of MCM is to empower and inspire all our state’s children, regardless of their social, educational or economic background, to discover their potential through tapping their curiosity and creativity. The Museum accomplishes this mission through hands-on and engaging exhibits and programs focusing on literacy, the arts, science, health and nutrition – the keys to helping our children mature into healthy and productive adult learners. In 2011, MCM was named Travel Attraction of the Year by the Mississippi Tourism Association. To learn more about MCM visit www.mississippichildrensmuseum.com.
Art&Tique Club met at Hearron’s Fine Gifts
A recent meeting of the Art&Tique Club was held at Hearron’s Fine Gifts. After the business meeting, the club enjoyed a tour of the store. Hearron’s provided refreshments, decorating advice, floral hints, and complimentary gift-wrap.
If you are interested in holding a club or organizational meeting at Hearron’s, call Ann Hearron at 601-856-8982. Morning and evening slots are available. Hearron’s offers over 3,000 square feet of beautiful gifts, décor, invitations and much more, including brands such as Seda France candles, Pre de Provence soaps, personalized stemware, Crane paper, Liz Henry Jewelry, and Bearington Baby, just to mention a few. A fully decorated “mancave” has selections for every man’s gift.
Jackson Metro - Area Walkers "Join The Movement" to Create a World Free of MS
The Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society is preparing for its annual Walk MS in Flowood on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Winner’s Circle Park. Check-in opens at 8:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:00 a.m. The walk will happen, rain or shine. The funds raised will help support services for the more than 2500 people living with MS in Mississippi and fund research to find a cure for this chronic disease of the central nervous system.
Walk MS: Jackson is an event that gathers those in the community who care about MS, but it also supports research and helps people with MS move their lives forward. After the walk, the celebration will continue at Winner’s Circle Park with refreshments, awards, announcements, and entertainment.
Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease.
For additional information, visit www.walkMS.org or call the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at 800- FIGHT MS.
The Symphony on the Square
The Symphony on the Square featuring Thacker Mountain Radio and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will be Saturday, May 19th 2012 in Canton.
This wonderful family evening will begin with Thacker Mountain Radio from 6:00-7:00 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will follow 7:30-9:00 p.m. Admission is free and everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets and friends! Concessions will be available for purchase by the Canton Chamber Main Street Association.
We will celebrate Armed Forces Day. In the United States, Armed Forces Day is always on the third Saturday in May. The day was created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches – the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Come join us to support the outstanding men and woman who have served our country so bravely.
If you would like more information on the event or to schedule an interview, please call Ebbie Spivey at (601) 613-9416. We look forward to sharing the evening on May 19th.