Calendar of Events

VFW meeting Jan. 3 The VFW will meet on Thursday, January 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Pap’s Place in Ackerman.

Revival at Maben Church of God Jan. 6-9 Bishop Levell Kelly invites everyone to revival at Maben Church of God on Sunday, January 6 at 5 p.m. continuing through Wednesday night, January 9 at 7 p.m. nightly. Bishop Kelly is from the Mathiston/Maben area and is a retired Church of God pastor. Bishop Kelly and Bro. Kerry Collins invites all of you all to come out and be part of this spiritual meeting.

Also Alan Sibley and the Magnolia Ramblers will be performing blue grass gospel music on Sunday, January 6 at 10:30 a.m. Don’t miss out on this wonderful blue grass music. Church is located on Crowley Dr. in Maben.

Bluegrass Gospel Concert Jan. 6 There will be a Bluegrass Gospel Concert featuring Alan Sibley & The Magnolia Ramblers on Sunday, January 6 at 6 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church near Ackerman. New Zion Baptist Church is located west of Ackerman on South Union Road. A love offering will be received. Everyone is invited to attend a great night of Gospel music and Christian fellowship. For more information call (662) 258-2334.

MDA to address Economic Development board Jan. 7 The Mississippi Development Authority will be at the January 7 board meeting of the Choctaw County Economic Development District/ Foundation to address concerns and questions about Choctaw County entering into a multi-county economic development partnership. The public is invited to attend to the meeting. The board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on January 7 in the J.P. Coleman Building located at 55 East Quinn Street, Ackerman. For more information please contact the Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce at 662-285-8683.

No Full Circle meetings until Jan. 8 Full Circle Knitting/Crocheting Club will not meet until January 8 due to the MSU Extension-Choctaw County office being closed from December 21-January 3.

Relay for Life Organizational Meeting Jan. 9 An organizational meeting will be held Wednesday, January 9 at 10 a.m. in the J.P. Coleman Building (across from the courthouse). A representative from the American Cancer Society will be at this meeting to assist in planning efforts. If you would like to volunteer with this event please make plans to attend. If you have questions call 662-285-3778.

Author to visit Yarn Spinners club Jan. 15 Dr. Michael Kardos, author from Mississippi State University, will visit the Yarn Spinners Book Club on January 15 at 9 a.m. at the MSU Extension-Choctaw County office in Ackerman. Kardos is the author of The Three Day Affair. He will be on hand to discuss and answer questions about his book. Seating is limited. Please call to reserve your seat at 662-285-6337.

Tomato Time is Already Here Jan. 17 It might be freezing outside, but I’ll bet you are already thinking about the first ripe tomato in your garden. This program will cover all aspects of growing the perfect tomato. This program is January 17, at the Choctaw County Extension Office from 12 – 1pm. Presenter: Dr. Wayne Porter, Area Extension Agent Everyone is invited to attend this free program which will be presented by interactive video. Feel free to bring your lunch. For information, call the Choctaw County Extension Office at 285-6337.

H.E.Y., Let’s Eat: Healthy, Easy, & Yummy Recipes That You Really Can Use Jan. 24 Healthy food can taste good and can fit into your busy schedule. H.E.Y., Let’s Eat! will teach you how to make healthy recipe modifications and use healthy ingredients, and will also show you how to prepare good-for-you meals in no time. Presenter: Mandy Conrad, Health & Wellness Educator, Longest Student Health Center. This nutrition program is January 24 at the Choctaw County Extension Office from 12-1pm. Everyone is invited to attend this free program which will be presented by interactive video. Feel free to bring your lunch. For information, call the Choctaw County Extension Office at 285-6337.

Master Gardner training classes planned Registration deadline Jan. 25 Master Gardener Certification training classes will begin in February. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 1–5 pm February 12 through March 19. The final exam is take home, open book and participants may work on it by themselves or together. Cost is $85 which includes training notebook and materials, one year membership in the Mississippi Master Gardener Association and refreshments. The Master Gardener program is an Extension public service program. Registration fee and application are due at the Choctaw County Extension Office by January 25, 2013. For more information, contact Juli Hughes, County Director, at 285-6337 or by email: jhughes@ext.msstate.edu.

Pruning: To Be or Not To Be? Jan. 31 Decisions, decisions… Cut here, cut there, prune a little, prune a lot? Sometimes we don’t know where to cut or when to stop. Dr. Lelia Kelly, Consumer Horticulture Specialist, will share the basics on how to properly prune your landscape plants.This program is January 31at the Choctaw County Extension Office from 12- 1 pm. Everyone is invited to attend this free program which will be presented by interactive video. Feel free to bring your lunch. For information, call the Choctaw County Extension Office at 285-6337.