Calendar of Events

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Thunder on the Water
June 8-12, Grenada Lake. Food, Fun and Fantastic Entertainment. Presented by the Grenada Lake Association. Details: (662) 226-2571 or

“Exploring Summer Stars”
June 10, 7 p.m., Rainwater Observatory, French Camp. David Teske, teacher and astronomer will be giving this educational and entertaining presentation exploring the beauty, science and mythology of the summer stars and constellations. This program is free and open to the public. For more information on these and other programs visit Rainwater Observatory at www. or call (662) 547-7283

VFW Post 5569
June 11, 9 a.m., Cagles Corner, Hwys. 12 & 15, Ackerman. Veterans of Foreign Wars members and guest welcome.

Read with a Ranger
June 11, 10 a.m., Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, milepost 266, Tupelo. The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to come and enjoy “Brave Little Raccoon” that is most appropriate for ages six and under, but all ages are welcome. Visitors can listen to a story; participate in a fun activity of touching the preserved pelts of raccoons and other animals and go on an optional quarter-mile hike. This program is free and open to the public. Details: (800) 305-7417.

Ray Reunion
June 11-12, Descendants of Henry Boyd Ray & Florence Ann Biggers will meet June 11 at 5 p.m. at Salem Independent Church. June 12 at Noon for a meal at the Chester Community Center. Please bring covered dishes and drinks for your family and come enjoy a great time of fun and fellowship.

Raised Bed Gardening Workshop
June 13, 10 a.m., Frank and Ida Bell Anderson Summer Home located at 2620 Highway 407, French Camp. Hosted by the Choctaw County Master Gardeners there will be free plants and door prizes for the first 20 people to register. Attendance is free, but registration is required. If you plan to attend, please R.S.V.P. to Darrell Banks by Friday, June 10, 2016 at or call the Choctaw County Extension Office at 285-6337.

American Legion Post 82 and Auxiliary
June 13, 6 p.m., American Legion Building, Ackerman. Potluck dinner. Members, spouses and guests welcome.

Diabetes Support Group
June 14, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., First Floor Classroom, Oktibbeha Regional Medical Center, Starkville. Leslie Fye, LPC, with Starkville Professional Counseling will lead the meeting that will focus on finding your motivation. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Details: (662) 615-2668 or

Mother-to-Mother Support Group
June 14, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Fourth Floor, Oktibbeha Regional Medical Center, Starkville. This support group is free and is designed to encourage and educate expectant and new mothers as they care for their new addition to the family. Refreshments are provided and siblings are welcome. Details: Paula Hamilton at (662) 769-7813.

Stroke Support Group
June 15, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Community Room, Oktibbeha Regional Medical Center, Starkville. Led by OCH Rehab Services Licensed Speech-Language Pathologists Laurel Jones and Lori Windle, this support group helps patients who have experienced communicative, cognitive or swallowing difficulties as a result of stroke.
This program is free and open to the public, and refreshments are provided. Details: (662) 615-3030 or visit

Fish Printing
June 18, 10 a.m., Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, milepost 266, Tupelo. Join a park ranger for this 45-minute program to discover some of the fish that live in the water along the Parkway. Following the program, get creative and make your own colorful fish art using paints, paper, or your own T-shirt. Participants must provide their own plain T-shirt to decorate. This program is free and ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but everyone is welcome. Details (800) 305-7417.

Healthy YOUth Summer Camp
June 21, 23, 24, 27, 28 & 30, 9 a.m.-Noon. Healthy YOUth will provide Walk-A-Weigh nutrition classes, fun physical activities, health education, art and Kids in the Kitchen. The goal of the camp is to provide fun, hands-on learning to help youth make healthy lifestyle decisions. The camp is for youth 10-18 years of age and participants are expected to attend all six days. There is no fee, but registration is required by June 10, as camp is limited to 15 youth. To register, call MSU Extension-Choctaw County at 285-6337 or stop by the Extension office in the Courthouse Annex.

Kingdom Covenant Connections Ministries
June 26, 4 p.m., World Outreach Bible Training Center, located at 323 South Jones Street, Louisville. The guest speaker will be Pastor Danielle Marble from In The Hand of the Potter International Ministries in West Point. Everyone is invited to attend. Details: Apostle Kay Jefferies (662) 547-5234.

Shadow Day
July 13, 8:30 a.m., Oktibbeha County Regional Medical Center, Starkville. This experience is observation-only and will include following a healthcare professional for the day and learning the responsibilities and rewards of a career in healthcare.
Students must be at least 16 years old and be at the 10th grade level or higher in order to participate. Those interested in the shadowing program should contact the human resources department no later than Wednesday, July 6 by calling (662) 615-2507 or (662) 615-2511.

CodeRed Sign Up
Choctaw County E 911 is encouraging everyone to sign up for the new CodeRed Notification System. Receive emergency messages via a telephone call to your landline telephone, mobile telephone or through text and email. The service is free and open to all Choctaw County Citizens. Details and to sign up visit www. or call (662) 285-9205.

Album of Choctaw County Service Members
Circa May 1944, The Choctaw Plaindealer is reproducing this special edition of our paper in book form. Features over 740 photographs and bios of servicemen and women who served and died in the armed forces from Choctaw County in WWII. Also includes a roster of all who served in the Spanish American War, WWI and WWII from Choctaw County. Details: (662) 285-6248 or email:

Summer Reading Program
Fridays in June, 1 p.m., Mathiston Library‬. All ages are welcome to attend the program so please invite a friend to come. Snacks are provided. Details: (601) 263-4772.
Radio Praise and Worship Service
Sundays, 8 a.m.-8:30 a.m., 98.3 FM. The program is “Heaven is My Goal” with Pastor Howard Lewis and Evangelist Martha Jones.

Bible Study
Mondays, 6:30 p.m., Attala County Library, Kosciusko. Evangelist Martha Jones will lead the Bible Study.

AA Meetings
Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous, East Louisville Baptist Church Choir Room, Louisville.
Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous, Choctaw County Library, Ackerman.
Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, 5 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous, North MS Medical Center, Eupora.

Full Circle Knitting and Crochet Group
Tuesdays, 9 a.m. until noon, MSU Extension Office, Ackerman. Anyone who knits or crochets, or would like to learn how, is welcome. There is no charge, but participants are asked to bring their own yarn and needles. Details: (662) 285-6337.

Girlfriends 2016
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Enon Church, Ackerman. An inter-generational, inter-ethnic, inter-denominational and variously challenged women learning to become women of God by studying, doing art and Bible study. Details: (662) 285-3347.

Longview Opry
Saturdays, 7 p.m., Highway 12, Longview. Enjoy music, refreshments and fun. Talent is welcome. Free and open to the public.

Worship Service
First, third and fifth Sunday of the month, 10 a.m., Mount Olive MB Church, Sallis. Pastor Howard Lewis will lead the worship service.

Sisters Steppin’ Up
Every second Sunday of the month, 2 p.m., SportsPlex , Starkville. For more information look us up under events on Facebook.

NA Meetings
Second, fourth and fifth Mondays, 7 p.m., Narcotics Anonymous, Choctaw County Library, Ackerman. Details: (662) 552-0966.

Public Meetings
June 9, 7 p.m., Ackerman Volunteer Fire Department, Ackerman Fire Station. To volunteer call (662) 285-8575.

June 9, 7 p.m., Panhandle Volunteer Fire Department, Panhandle Fire Station. To volunteer call (662) 722-2220.

June 10, 7:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., Federal Programs Planning Meetings: Special Education, Choctaw County School District Office, Central Office Boardroom, Ackerman.

June 13, 7 p.m., Choctaw County Board of Education, Central Office Boardroom, Ackerman.

June 14, 5:30 p.m., Weir Board of Alderman, Weir City Hall, Weir. Simpson Volunteer Fire Department, Simpson Fire Station. To volunteer call (662) 547-6696