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AKA Sorority plans Caregiver workshop


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Rho Lambda Omega Chapter, Ebony Pearls Foundation  will host a free Alzheimer’s Caregiver Workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 19, at Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, located at 1170 Lakeland Dr. in Jackson.

The event is open to the public.

During the workshop, experts and advocates will address Alzheimer’s patient and caregiver resources, caregiver advocacy/support, self-care for caregivers and respite care.

In Mississippi, it is estimated that in 2014, 51,000 Mississippians aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s disease.  Mississippi is home to a very large number of caregivers.  In 2013, approximately 205,000 Mississippians provided 233 million hours of unpaid care to person’s with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Additional healthcare costs for Mississippi caregivers in 2013 were an estimated $117 million (Strategic Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias).

The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Workshop is sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Rho Lambda Omega Chapter, Ebony Pearls Foundation, and the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District.  For more information, call Sharon Bridges, Esq., chapter president at (601) 624-5208 or contact Chelsea B. Crittle, Ph.D. at or (601) 981-1516.  Follow Rho Lambda Omega on Facebook, twitter and instagram@ rloaka.


Free environmental camp for youth set


Jackson’s Solid Waste Division is providing the annual environmental camp designed for rising third- and fourth-grade students within the Tri-County Area.

The free camp is designed to reconnect youth to nature and facilitate the development of environmental stewardship through an innovative Earth-based program. There are 30 slots available. Campers will learn the importance of energy and resource conservation; preserving and sustaining the natural environment; the benefits of recycling; the effects of climate change; the value of ecological diversity; related career paths and good environmental stewardship practices through an engaging, hands-on approach.

Application deadline is June 3, and applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information, visit or call Wanda Knotts, Solid Waste Manager, City of Jackson, Public Works Department, Solid Waste Division at (601) 960-0000.


National Pancake Day fundraiser at IHOP


IHOP Restaurants is celebrating its 11th annual National Pancake Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 8, when participating restaurants nationwide will offer each guest dining in one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in an effort to raise $3.5 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals programs nationwide.

On National Pancake Day, guests dining in participating restaurants can order one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in the hope that they will make a voluntary donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. To find a local IHOP restaurant or to donate online, visit .

The IHOP restaurant located at 2700 Greenway Drive in Jackson is participating in the event. IHOP Restaurants served over 6 million free pancakes on National Pancake Day 2015 and pancake lovers donated $3.5 million to children’s charities. Since the inception of National Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP Restaurants has raised $20 million to support charities in the local communities in which they operate.


Hinds County Sheriff’s Office warns about phone scam


Recently the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls and reports from individuals who state they have received a phone call from an individual(s) posing as Hinds County deputy from the Warrants Division stating that there is a warrant for their arrest.

The amount the perpetrators ask the individual to load is $750 to a prepaid card. Many times these perpetrators also call victims from locations with background noise similar to a call center.

The HCSO urges members of the community to be vigilant and aware of these scams so as to avoid falling victim. Never blindly follow directions from someone on the phone that requests personal information or money.

Take the time to verify the story and its authenticity.  If you are suspicious, do not send money, hang up the phone and report the incident to the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office at (601) 974-2900.

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