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Heart Association planning casting call


The American Heart Association will hold a casting call for 2017 Go Red for Women national spokeswomen from 10-11:45 a.m. May 5, at the Jackson Convention Complex, 105 E. Pascagoula St. in Jackson.

The American Heart Association seeks heart stories from survivors, caregivers, friends and family.

Those with a heart story are invited to tape their short story at the casting call. Informal videos will be taped in a “five minutes or less” format. No reservations required. The stories will be submitted to the national American Heart Association office for consideration for the role of 2017 Go Red for Women National Spokeswoman.

For more information, call (601) 321-1204.

Participants who would like to attend the Go Red for Women Luncheon after the casting call should call Jill Strickland at (601) 321-1209 for ticket information.


Event set to raise funds for Just Have A Ball


The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi will host its third annual Get Your Kicks On Sports Ball, A Farm to Table Social Event from 5:30-9 p.m. April 28 at the South Warehouse in Jackson.

The event is being held to raise funds for The Partnership’s Just Have a Ball program, which fights childhood obesity through education, nutrition and play.

The uniqueness of this event is that guests are asked to grab their favorite kicks (sports shoes) and start their weekend off healthy directly after work. They will then enjoy hearing and visiting with the debutant farmer Elizabeth Heiskell from Oxford. Heiskell is a regular contributor on the Today show and has been featured in Gardent and Gun Magazine, Southern Living, Delta Magazine, The Commercial Appeal, The Clarion Ledger and Taste of the South.

“We are fortunate to have Elizabeth this year at the ‘Get Your Kicks On Sports Ball.’ Elizabeth has become a leader in Mississippi and the nation in the farm to table movement and she will be able to highlight some of her work at the social event,” said Sandra Shelson, executive director of The Partnership.

The event has unique and interactive entertainment including a basketball shoot, football toss, baseball pitch, corn hole toss and more. “The funds raised will be used to purchase sports equipment such as kick balls, jump ropes and basketballs to give to elementary school children across the state through our Just Have a Ball program,” Shelson continued. There will also be music provided by Bill and Temperance with Jeff Perkins.

For more information on the “Get Your Kicks On Sports Ball” or to purchase $25 tickets go to


Dinkins to offer message at upcoming writers conference


Percy Davis, radio announcer at WOAD (Gospel 1300) will be the honoree at the premiere touring event WriteTheVision: Writers Conference set for 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 14, at New Horizon Church, 1750 Ellis Ave. in Jackson.

The tour will showcase traditional published authors, self-published authors and publishing companies. The keynote speaker will be author and wealth empowerment speaker Terrell Dinkins.

For registration visit: Cost for is $40 and the deadline to register is May 13. All registered attendees will receive a signed copy of the book, One Bucket Nation: A Woman’s Guide to Creating Wealth: Wealth Building Using the Strategic One Bucket Method.

WriteTheVision: Writers Conference, is the brainchild of Felicia Brookins, a Jackson resident and author of the soon-to-be released Christian-fiction novel, Sis. Nadeens Ways.

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