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September 29, 2016 in News Briefs

Mississippi Greek Weekend 2016 events slated through Oct. 2

Mississippi Greek Weekend 2016, a three-day festival designed to build community and bring together Greek-letter organizations to raise awareness on sickle cell disease and voter empowerment, is set for Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 throughout Jackson. Talk show host and comedienne Sheryl Underwood will host the Step and Comedy Show Sept. 30, at Thalia Mara Hall. The event is from 6-10 p.m. It will feature local comedienne Rita B. and comedian Merc B. Williams. Other events include a Flashback Friday Alumni Mixer from 2-6 p.m. Sept. 30 at the King Edward Hotel Bar, 235 W. Capitol St. An after party is planned after the step show from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free admission with step show ticket. At 8 a.m. Oct. 1, Alpha Kappa Sorority will hold a 5K walk at Tougaloo College, 500 W. County Line Road. A “Thee Tailgate Party” is set for noon Oct. 1, at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. Also on Oct. 1, an event titled “The Phinale: Who’s Got The Juice?” is set for 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Churchill Cigar Shoppe Ultra Lounge, 1198 Lakeland Dr. in Jackson. “Kicking It With The Kids” is set for noon Oct. 2, at Fonder Park, Northview and Dunbar St. The ninth Annual Mississippi Greek Weekend will benefit Mississippi MOVE’s “Sleep-Out to Help the Homeless” scheduled for Nov. 22. Mississippi MOVE is able to maintain and sustain these efforts through partnerships with Mississippi Greek Weekend, Yardboy Entertainment, Phi Beta Sigma, Magnolia Bar Association, Reviving Mississippi, Jackson Black Pages, Respect Our Black Dollar, Tougaloo College, Turner Care LLC. and many more. For more information visit msgreekweekend.com.

Jackson Medical Mall Foundation to host National Night Out at East Village

The Jackson Medical Mall Foundation will host its annual National Night Out celebration from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11. The event will take place at the corner of Wheeler Lane and Prosperity Street located in the Homestead Heights and East Village Communities. There will be food, games, fun and entertainment. National Night Out is designed to strengthen communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with their local law enforcement partners. The goal is to heighten crime prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs, and most importantly, send a message that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. There is no cover charge for this event. Vendors and volunteers are welcomed to participate. Those who are interested can email dstarling@jacksonmedicalmall.org, no later than Oct. 6. For additional information, contact Dominique Starling at (601) 982-8467.

Deltas, Omegas plan political awareness symposium

The Madison County (MS) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Epsilon Kappa Kappa Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will present the 2016 Political Awareness Symposium titled “Educating the Community on Issues that Matter” at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at Priestley Chapel M.B. Church, 177 Virlillia Road in Canton. Topics will include voter participation, policy issues, 2016 ballot and meet the candidates. For more information contact Barbara Blunts at (601) 832-1411 or Angela Carson at (601) 955-1132.

Girl Scouts Troop 5841 seeks former Gold Award recipients

To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Gold Award – the highest award in Girl Scouts – local Girl ScoutsTroop 5841 of Byram is seeking former Mississippi recipients of the Gold Award. Troop 5841 members are planning a special project to celebrate the women. The project will involve a documentary that will include interviews of the former recipients and a Gold Award Celebration Gala is planned. Starting in 1916, the best and brightest undertook projects that improved their communities – and the world. The Golden Eaglet insignia, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916 to 1939, marked the beginning of a long tradition of recognizing the extraordinary efforts of extraordinary girls. From 1940 to 1963, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouting. From 1963 to 1980, the highest award was called the First Class. And since 1980, the Gold Award inspired girls to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passion with their communities. If you’ve achieved the current highest award in Girl Scouting, Troop 5841 wants to know how Girl Scouts has impacted your life. Help Troop 5841celebrate your achievement and spread the word about the centennial of this outstanding award by participating in the #IamMSGSGOLD campaign! For more information, contact troop leader Donna Wilson at (601) 874-0712 or e-mail your contact information to gsgmsgoldawarddoc@gmail.com and check out #IamMSGSGOLD on Facebook page GSGMS Gold Award 100th Anniversary.