Pepsi Pops
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The 33rd annual Pepsi Pops performance is Friday, May 16.

Pushed back one week, the concert will take place at the Ross Barnett Reservoir's Old Trace Park.

Tickets purchased for the May 9 performance will be honored May 16.

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.

Upcoming Activities



May 15



Livingston Farmers Market Kickoff

The fourth season of the annual market kicks off from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Enjoy fresh produce from a number of local growers and vendors. Live music, hot food, children's activities, and Mississippi craftsmen are staples throughout the entire market season.

For more information, visit their Facebook page under Livingston Farmers Market.



May 17



Household Hazardous Waste Day

Ever wonder what to do with those unwanted chemicals sitting around the house and garage? If you are a Madison County resident, your chance to safely dispose of and recycle hazardous items is during Household Hazardous Waste Day. This annual event is free. It will be held at Holmes Community College, 412 W. Ridgeland Avenue, on Saturday, May 17 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Collectable items include electronics, tires, propane, antifreeze, batteries, paint, automobile motor oil, herbicides, pesticides and other similar materials. The City of Ridgeland, E-Cycling, Interstate Battery, Shred-It, and Care Environmental will handle your unwanted items. Load up your items, drop them off anytime between 8 a.m. and noon, and we will take care of the rest.



2014 P.L.A.Y. Sports Free Throw Contest

A free throw contest will be held at 8 a.m. at Sunnybrook Children's Home at 222 Sunnybrook Road in Ridgeland, across from Holmes Community College.

The top 10 percent will advance to the finals and the elite shooters will qualify for next year's state competition.

The contest is free to all kids, both boys and girls, grades 3-8. Mandatory registration will be Friday, May 16 from 5-9 p.m. at Northpark Mall Center Court. All shooters must be accompanied by someone 18 years or older.

Trophies, NBA jerseys, WNBA t-shirts, medallions, and free Little Caesars coupons will be available. A Kindle Fire will also be awarded to top shooters.

For more information, contact Proud Leaders of Americas Youth's Eddie Young at 601-906-2236 or Jerry Fort at 601-832-4547.



Dragon Boat Regatta

Saturday, May 17, the Madison County Chamber of Commerce will host its 6th Annual Dragon Boat Regatta on the Ross Barnett Reservoir at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland.



Symphony on the Square

The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will play an outside concert on the historic downtown Canton Square. The performance begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Lawn chairs, coolers and blankets are welcomed.



May 18



CARA Open House

Community Animal Rescue & Adoption will be holding an Open House from 2-4 p.m at the shelter on 960 N. Flag Chapel Road in Jackson.

There will be light refreshments and tours of the shelter. The public is invited to see recent renovations.

CARA, a true no-kill animal rescue, is also sponsoring a dog adoption event extravaganza throughout the entire month of May. Since the shelter is FULL, all dog adoption fees will be waived during the entire month. The dog adoption fee is normally $100. Come find your new best friend at CARA during Doggie Palooza.

All dogs are spayed or neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations. CARA's standard adoption application process will be followed, including the completion of an online application, found on CARA's website, at www.carams.org. The website also contains a sampling of some of the adorable dogs available for adoption.



May 18



Cajun Fest

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is holding their annual Cajun Fest from noon-4:30 p.m. The event will be held at the church located at 4000 Tidewater Lane in Madison.

There will be cajun food, games, and a church bazaar with different wares available for purchase.



May 21



Community Resource Fair

Check out the services available for people with spinal cord injuries at a Community Resource Fair, set for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21 in the BankPlus Conference Center at Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson. The fair will feature Methodist Rehab's Assistive Technology Services, Therapeutic Recreation Program, Spinal Cord Injury Support Group and Navigator Program. Representatives also will be on hand from the Vocational Rehab and Office of Special Disability programs of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, as well as the Mississippi Paralysis Association, LIFE of Mississippi, Metro Area Community Empowerment Foundation, Handicapable Vans and Joni and Friends. For more information, call 601-364-3315.



Now-May 23



Madison County Sheriff Explorer Program

The Madison County Sheriff's Office is recruiting for the Explorer Program for any students in the Madison County area. To be eligible, the student must be between the ages of 14-18, must obtain passing grades, and must be a model student. If interested, applications are located in the front office of the Sheriff's Office. For more information, contact Sgt. Radford Shearrill at 601-859-2345.

The deadline for applications is May 23.



May 24



The Color Run

The 5k race that is sure to brighten up your day will take place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson.

Proceeds benefit the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Central Mississippi.

In 2014 The Color Run is introducing their new Kaleidoscope Tour. Kaleidoscopes demonstrate the beauty of motion and change. Whether it's new runners getting ready for their first 5k, or seasoned athletes remembering what it feels like to just run for fun, the Kaleidoscope Tour will be an unforgettable event that will be filled with 5k magic. Participants can expect novel course attractions, fresh participant gear and new store merchandise.

With no winners or official times, The Color Run celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality, bringing the community together to create a five-kilometer canvas of colorful fun in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.

Tickets are $35-$40. For more information, visit www.thecolorrun.com.



The Great Gatsby Fundraiser

This will be the inaugural fundraiser and silent auction benefit for The Children's Miracle Network.

The event will be held at Duling Hall in Jackson from 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $25 and $40 for couple.

For more information, call 601-906-9787.



May 25



Denver & The Mile High Orchestra

Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson is holding a free community concert with exciting patriotic music by Denver & The Mile High Orchestra.

The concert is from 6-7:30 p.m.



June 2-6



Song and Stage Musical Theatre Day Camp

Millsaps College is offering a day camp on the school's campus that meets from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $180.

This camp is designed for rising third through sixth grade children who love singing and performing.

Campers will learn songs from musicals, incorporate stage movement, write theatrical narratives, and collaborate on an original project. Each camper will have an opportunity to shine in a musical review for parents and friends on the last day of camp. Campers will need to bring their own lunches for a thirty minute lunch break.

Enrollment is limited to fifteen.



June 7



Heatwave Classic Triathlon

On Saturday, June 7, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi and Ridgeland Recreation & Parks will host the 29th annual Heatwave Classic Triathlon. Some of the finest athletes from the Southeastern United States will converge on Ridgeland, Mississippi to compete in the triathlon, an event sanctioned by the U.S.A. Triathlon. Participants return each year because they love the race course.

This year's race will consist of a 1/2 mile swim in the Ross Barnett Reservoir, a 24 1/2 mile bike ride along the scenic and historic Natchez Trace Parkway, and ending with a 10K run along Ridgeland's heavily shaded Multi-Purpose Trail. Participants may register online at www.heatwavetri.racesonline.com.



June 13-14



Atlanta's Mississippi Weekend

The Mississippi Society of Georgia is gearing up for the 2014 Mississippi Weekend. Reserve the dates for Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14 for three fun events with Mississippi folks. Georgia students attending Mississippi schools benefit from these events by meeting college and university representatives and learning about potential scholarships. In 2013, over $7,000 in scholarships were given to Mississippi colleges & universities from the Society.

The fun begins Friday with the 2nd Annual Mississippi on the Green golf tournament. That evening, the 3rd Annual Mississippi at the Park will take place at Turner Field.

The celebrations conclude Saturday with the 6th Annual Mississippi in the Park at Atlanta's Chastain Park. Delicious foods cooked by Mississippi chefs will be provided. Admission is free.

For more information, visit www.mssocietyofga.org.



June 14



Father-Child Fishing Tournament

Fishing is the perfect way to slow down from life's hectic pace and enjoy your family, and what better time to do that than Father's Day weekend.

On Saturday, June 14, join the City of Ridgeland Recreation & Parks Department for the 18th Annual Father-Child Fishing Tournament at Old Trace Park on the beautiful Ross Barnett Reservoir.

There is no charge to participate in this tournament and prizes will be awarded for Biggest Fish, Most Fish and Smallest Fish. The fun begins at 8 a.m. with judging taking place at 10 a.m. This tournament is a joint partnership with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and the City of Ridgeland Recreation & Parks Department.



Now-June 27



Bill Wilson's "Images From My Life, Images From My Mind" exhibit

The Mississippi Library Commission recently held an opening of artist Bill Wilson's "Images From My Life, Images From My Mind" exhibit. The exhibit will continue through Friday, June 27, and an opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, June 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mississippi Library Commission, located at 3881 Eastwood Drive on the grounds of the Education and Research Center in Jackson.

The exhibit is available for viewing between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday and both are free and open to the public.