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Farish Street Festival, W.C. Gorden Football Classic coming up this weekend

The 36th Annual Farish Street Heritage Festival will be held on Sept. 16-17. On Sept. 16 in the evening, the festival will kick off with a pep rally on the Farish Street Green beginning at 6 p.m. The Jackson State University Sonic Boom of the South, cheerleaders, head football coach Tony Hughes and coaching staff will be there to celebrate the opening of the Tigers home football season. After the pep rally, a street party will take place featuring dancers, a DJ and Live entertainment featured at two Farish Street clubs – Johnny T’s and F Jones Corner. Lee King, veteran promoter and festival producer, says it gonna be “fantastic.” On. Sept. 17, after the W.C. Gorden Football game between the Jackson State Tigers and Grambling, the festival continues with two stages featuring gospel, dance, hip hop and soul featured artists including Gentry Jones and Mr. Sam, J J Thames, Eunice Wambari, Iam Smoke, K-West, Bridget Archer Performing Arts Company (Home Grown Gospel with Lance Fuller of Hallelujah 95.5), Pastor Douglas Noel and Friends, Carrie Parker Small, Shay Harris and more.

Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation plans education seminar at Medical Mall

A free education seminar hosted by the Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation titled “Let’s Talk About It” is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Jackson Medical Mall Community Meeting Room. Attendees can learn about the latest treatments and research updates for those living with sickle cell disease including information on diet, nutrition, various medicines, what you need to know if your child wants to play sports and more from medical experts, patients and families. Lunch will be provided, but those interested must RSVP by emailing or calling (601) 366-5874. Find the Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation on Facebook.

Burlington opens Sept. 16 in Jackson, day of fun planned

Burlington Stores, a leading national off-price retailer, is opening a brand new store in Jackson located at 1053 E. County Line Road Sept. 16. A ribbon cutting is set for 9:30 a.m. and the public is invited. “We are thrilled to open a new Burlington in the Jackson community, bringing even more jobs to the neighborhood and providing local residents with a valued shopping experience,” says Tom Kingsbury, chairman and CEO, Burlington Stores. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17, customers are invited to a day of family fun. The first 500 customers will receive a free Burlington tote, and there will be opportunities for gift card giveaways, face painting, popcorn and more. This new Burlington store has hired approximately 75 associates. To demonstrate Burlington’s commitment within the local community, the national off-price retailer will host two philanthropic initiatives at the Grand Opening celebration: Burlington Gives Back, hosted in partnership with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, will donate new merchandise to locally-based Wyatte Baptist Church which supports those in need within the community. Burlington has partnered with to fund local school projects submitted by public school teachers supporting students within the community to have a great learning experience. And throughout the year, the new store will join in the retailers nationwide cause marketing initiatives, such as but not limited to The Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Coat Drive and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk. Burlington also supports Women’s Heart Health.

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