Metro Chamber Orchestra of Greater Jackson presents 'Music from Old Russia'

The Methopolitan Chamber Orchestra of Greater Jackson will present "Music from Old Russia" on May 4 at 3 p.m., in St. Andrews Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Jackson.

A silent auction, open to the public, will be held in the Parish Hall from 1:30 till 2:50 p.m. prior to the concert.

You will not want to miss the season's final May 4 concert, featuring Ruslan & Ludmila Overture, Glinka; Mussorgsky "symphony" - Prelude to Khovanshina, Triumphal March from "The Capture of Kars", and ntermezzo Symphonique in modo Classico. Mimi Linehan and Richard Hudson, wind instrumentalists and members of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, will appear as soloists for Venceslav Wratny's "Concerto for Two Horns in Eb".

During the concert, the winning raffle ticket for "Do You Want to Be a Director" will be drawn for our "Surprise" Director", who will step to the podium and direct the orchestra in a special selection. In addition, we will hold a Silent Auction from 1:30 till 2:50 p.m. in the St. Andrews Parish Hall. A reception will follow the concert, at which time auction winners will be announced.

All concerts free and open to the public. The Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, a 501 (c) tax- exempt organization, is under the direction of conductor Wayne Linehan. Free parking is available in the parking garage from the Pearl Street entrance behind the church.

Upcoming Activities

May 1

Pickin' Poppin' & Rockin'

The Neighborhood Christian Canter and Peyton's House are hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, May 1 from 7-9 p.m. at Duling Hall. It will be a casual evening of delicious food, rockin' music, a silent auction of art, sports memorabilia, and dining. Attire is casual. Cost is $50 per ticket and tickets may be purchased online at

May 3

Day at the Derby

The public is invited to the University Transplant Guild's fifth annual fund raiser, Day at the Derby, on Saturday, May 3 at The South in downtown Jackson.

The event is a fun-filled day featuring Derby fashions and enjoying delicious food and drink, live music and dancing, exciting silent auction items, a draw down, and of course, watching the "Run for the Roses" at Churchill Downs on large screen televisions.

Ridgeland Natchez Trace Century Ride

The Natchez Trace Century Ride will take place on Saturday, May 3 at 7 a.m., and will start at the Ridgeland Recreational Center. A registration fee of $35 includes Welcome Party on Friday evening, ride, event T-shirt post-ride meal and post-ride social. Late registration fee will be $45 after April 11. For complete information register, go to

With your choice of distances from 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles with mild to moderate elevation, it is a great ride to find your stride. There will be "energizer" stops highlighting local music, food and hands on fun every 10-15 miles...kudos to all, but hooray to those who relish the journey. Ride with friends, ride with family or solo the day....but the more the merrier we say.

For more information on the ride, contact Ridgeland Recreation and Parks at 601-853-2011 or go The Natchez Trace Century Ride is presented by The Bike Crossing and is an event of Ridgeland Recreation & Parks.

Cinco de Mayo Festival

Cinco de Mayo Mississippi Festival 2014, commemorating the historic battle of Puebla, Mexico, will be held on Saturday, May 3 from noon to 10 p.m. in Jackson.

It will include the Miss Cinco de Mayo Pageant and street festival at the center of downtown Jackson on State Street and Capitol Street.

The 2014 Cinco de Mayo Festival celebrates the cultural diversity in central Mississippi and throughout the state and features activities for the entire family. Gates open at 11a.m. The celebration begins with a prayer at noon followed by Mariachi music with Charro Mexican Rodeo cowboys and our folkloric dancers. The master of ceremony representative will open the daytime festivities at noon followed by short speeches and the Cinco de Mayo proclamation. Numerous vendors will offer authentic Mexican food and a variety of ethnic foods from Mexico, South America, and the United States, as well as beverages, jewelry, crafts, and many other items.

A children's area will be located inside the festival and will offer activities including carnival rides, space jumps, face painting, pony rides, piñatas, and a children's arts and crafts area with traditional Mexican crafts.

The festival will also include concerts on a stage at State Street and Capitol Street, with local and national artists including musical headliners ranging from Mexican to Country, Blues, Rock, Zydeco and other festival activities including the presentation of this year's "La Reina (the queen) de Cinco de Mayo" of Mississippi. We will have carnival foods and rides, too. The La Reina de Cinco de Mayo Mississippi Pageant will begin four weeks before the crowing at the festival.

This year by popular demand there will be a Chihuahua dog contest.

Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster. Ticket prices are $10 in advance, $15 day of event for adults 12 and up; children 6-12 are $5 in advance and day of event; children 5 and under are free. For more information, please visit or on FB at Cinco de Mayo Mississippi.

May 4

Canton Music Study Club Celebration

The Canton Music Study Club is celebrating 70 years (1944-2014) at 3 p.m., May 4 at First United Church in Canton by presenting Viola Dacus, soloist, and Carol Joy Sparkman, accompanist, in a concert of music by Cole Porter. This program is also in observance of National Music Week, May 4-11, which is sponsored annually by the National Federation of Music Clubs. Please come and celebrate with the club. There is no admission fee and a reception will follow the program.

The Canton Music Study Club

On May 4 at 3 p.m., in conjunction with National Music Week, the Canton Music Study Club celebrates 70 years and presents Viola Dacus and Carol Joy Sparkman in concert at First United Methodist Church in Canton. The public is cordially invited to attend.

May 7

Tees for Tots

The Little Light House in Jackson is hosting its annual golf tournament Wednesday, May 7 at Castlewoods Country Club in Brandon.

Two 18-team divisions, 3-person scramble, and two teams per hole playing together. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch provided immediately.

Tee time is 12:30 p.m. Prizes will be given in each division along with numerous gifts in other categories.Register at

May 9

Pepsi Pops at the Reservoir

On Friday, May 9, the 33rd annual Pepsi Pops will take place at the Ross Barnett Reservoir's Old Trace Park.

The gates to the park will open at 4:30 p.m., and at 5:15, the evening's special guest hosts Maggie Wade and Marshall Ramsey will introduce the pre-concert entertainment.

This year the three featured groups include the Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Robert Blaine, the Hinds Community College Wind Ensemble under the direction of Shane Sprayberry, and the Mariachi band, Servidores.

Children will have their own special activities area, the Pepsi Playground, which will be open from 5-7 p.m.

In addition to a space jump and slides, children can enjoy a number of other games and activities, including a face painting booth.

Tickets may be purchased at Kroger grocery stores, McDade Markets, Regions Bank branches and the MSO office.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults when purchased in advance; $15 at the gate.

Children's tickets (ages 4-18) are $5. Children aged 3 and under are free.

May 13

The Madison County Mystery Readers Book Club

The Madison County Mystery Readers Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 13 at the Ridgeland Public Library.

New members and guests are welcome. For more information, please call (601) 853-8392.