Calendar of Events

H.E.Y., Let’s Eat: 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 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.

FCA Ladies Retreat Jan. 25-26 French Camp Academy is excited to welcome internationally known author and speaker, Rachael Crabb, to the 2013 Ladies’ Retreat. Rachael is married to renowned psychologist and author Dr. Larry Crabb. The retreat is scheduled for Friday-Saturday, January 25-26, with an informal gathering Friday evening and breakfast, registration and sessions beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. The cost is $30. For more information contact Mary Sorensen at 662 547-7259 or msorensen@frenchcamp.org.

H&GS 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.

Open House at Pioneer Jan. 29 The staff of Pioneer Community Hospital invites the public to an Open House to celebrate the opening of our newest clinic, Pioneer Medical Center on January 29 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. The clinic is located at 8613 Hwy 12 in Ackerman. Staff representatives from the hospital, Choctaw Nursing Center and the clinic will be on hand to greet visitors, answer questions and conduct tours of the new facility. Refreshments will be provided. Mark your calendars to come and see the newest addition to the Pioneer family.

Basic Computer Skills Class Jan. 29 Choctaw County Career and Technology Center will be offering a Basic Computer Skills class emphasizing Microsoft Word 2010 and Microsoft Excel 2010. This class is offered to the public and registration will held be Tuesday, January 29 at 6 p.m. in the Vocational Annex Building. Class will be held one night a week from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. For more information, contact the Choctaw County Career and Technology Center at 285-4152. Choctaw County Career & Technology Center does not discriminate against anyone protected by law because of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, or sex.

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.

Fabulous Fridays in Everyone is invited to the second annual Fabulous Fridays in February educational programs. Programs will be held every Friday from noon-1pm at the Choctaw County Library. On February 1, Jill Furr, with Gentiva Home Health, will speak on “How Home Health Can Help the Cardiac Patient.” Afterwards, Extension Nutrition Educator Pam Awad will demonstrate how to make a healthy Three Bean Salad. Be sure to wear red! This event is sponsored by Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw, Gentiva Home Health and Choctaw County Extension Office.

Gospel Singing Feb. 2 Gospel Singing will be held Saturday, February 2, 6 p.m. at Cowboy Church – Vaiden, (1557 CR #5).Call for directions. Featuring “Heart of Desire” – Stringer, “The Pounders Family” and “The Revelations.”Everyone welcome to come join us for a great night of Gospel singing, food and fellowship. Concessions Available. Admission is Love Offering only for the Groups. More info.: Call 662-418-6454 or 662-417-7612.

4-H Pet Club to meet Feb. 4 The 4-H Pet Club meets the first Monday of each month at 6 pm in the 4-H building (old Prairie Opportunity building across from Library) in Ackerman. Meetings last about one hour. This is for youth ages 8-18. There is no charge to join 4-H. For more information, contact the Choctaw County Extension office at 285-6337 or Dr. Rita Morris, Club Leader, at 285-9006.

Pesticide Applicator Training The Choctaw County Extension Service will offer a Pesticide Applicator Training at 9 am on Thursday, February 7 at the Choctaw County Library in Ackerman. There is a $10 training course fee. Registration is required by calling (662)285-6337. If you have any questions, please contact Darrell Banks, Agriculture and Natural Resources/ 4-H Agent by calling 662-285-6337 or emailing dbanks@msstate.edu.

Lucky 13 4-H Club to meet Feb. 7 The Lucky 13 4-H Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 3:30 pm in the 4-H building (old Prairie Opportunity building across from Library) in Ackerman. Meetings last about one hour. This is for youth ages 8-18. There is no charge to join 4-H. For more information, contact the Choctaw County Extension office at 285-6337 or Tony & Renee Steadman, Club Leaders, at 285-3445.

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

Cooking & Crafts 4-H Club The Cooking & Crafts 4-H Club meets once a month in the Panhandle Community. This club is for youth ages 8-18 and meetings last about one hour. There is no charge to join 4-H. For more information, contact the Choctaw County Extension Office at 285-6337 or Jennifer Juarez, Club Leader, at 633-2128.

21st Annual Sweetheart Pageant The 21st Annual Sweetheart Pageant practice and registration will be held February 19 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at Weir Attendance Center. Registration forms may be picked up at Leonard’s 3-Way, French Camp Elementary, WAC, Sunflower, “I Can” Child Care Learning Center, Main Street Fabric, Ackerman Elementary, Ackerman High School and Prewitt Photography. The Sweetheart Pageant will be held Saturday, March 2 at WAC.

VFW meeting Feb. 7 The VFW will meet February 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Pap’s Place in Ackerman.

Love Harvest Program 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.

Church concert Feb. 10 Dove Award- Winning Christian Singer, Author, and Speaker to Make Local Appearance at Bethlehem Baptist Church Hwy 12 Ackerman, MS on February 10th. Ann Downing, a popular soloist on the Gaither Homecoming Video Series, will appear February 10th in Ackerman, MS at Bethlehem Baptist Church. The concert is scheduled to begin at 6 P.M. Her career as a successful Christian recording artist has taken Ann from childhood on the family cotton farm in rural Mississippi to many of the nation’s largest venues including Carnegie Hall, the Crystal Cathedral, and the Billy Graham Crusade in Nashville. For more information regarding Ann’s appearance, contact 662-285-2097