Calendar of Events

Book Sale at Broken Wings Broken Wings Thrift Store is having a book sale during the month of January. All books 10 for $1 or 25 cents each for less than 10. Open Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-noon. Located at 168 Jailhouse Road, Ackerman.

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.

Middle Mississippi Inaugural Ball Jan. 21 The Attala County Democratic Executive Committee and the Dr. Martin Luther King Commemoration Committee will host the Middle Mississippi Inaugural Ball celebrating the Reelection of President Barrack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden to be held Monday, January 21. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. at the Oprah Winfrey Boys and Girls Club, 500 Knox Road, Kosciusko. Tickets are $20 (Adults) and $10 (Youth 5-17). The public is invited to join us for an evening of entertainment, food and fellowship. Each ticket holder will also receive an Inauguration souvenir package. For tickets and more information, please contact the Middle Mississippi Inaugural Ball Steering Committee: Charlotte F. Miller (Chair) 662.547.6067; Gloria Hutchins (Co-Chair) 662.290.0249.

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.

4-H Shooting Sports Volunteers Needed A 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer training will be held February 15-16 in Leflore County. Choctaw County 4-H needs volunteers to work with youth ages 8-18 in rifle, pistol and hunting. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age or older. Cost is $75 which includes meals, curriculum and training supplies. For more information and registration, contact Darrell Banks, Agriculture & Natural Resource/4- H Agent, at 285-6337 or dbanks@ext.msstate.edu.

Historical & Genealogical Society meeting Jan. 28 Choctaw County Historical & Genealogical Society monthly meeting will be Jan. 28 at noon at the Choctaw County Library meeting room in Ackerman. William Ganann will present a program on early French Camp Days and will include three early merchants from 1910 as well as some Civil War Information. Anyone interested in Choctaw County History is invited to join us. For more information call Margie Simpson Gilmer at 662-285-2356.

Love Harvest Program Feb. 23 True Restoration Christian Church, of Sturgis, is sponsoring a Love Harvest Program on February 23 at 3 p.m. at the Choctaw County Community Center. The speaker for this event will be Rev. Burkey Thompson, pastor of Macedonia M.B.C., of Sallis. There will be choirs and guest soloists on this program. Dinner will be served at a donation of $10.50 per plate. Dinner will consist of steak or chicken, baked potato, green beans, salad, dessert and drink. Carry plates will be available at 2 p.m. For more information contact Rena McNeal at 662-387-7102.