Community calendar 10/25/17

UPSD to host Veteran’s Day ceremony Nov. 10

Union Public School District plans to honor veterans with a ceremony on Nov. 10. All veterans who would like to participate are asked to contact the elementary school office at 601-774-8257 and provide the following information: Your name, branch of service, years of service and contingency. The deadline to register to participate is Friday, Nov. 3.   

ECCC Art Club to Host Haunted House Oct. 30-31
The East Central Community College Art Club will sponsor a Haunted House from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, October 30- 31, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center on the Decatur campus.
"The ECCC Art Club hopes that anyone who gets enjoyment from fear, adrenaline, and the unknown will attend the Haunted House,” said art instructor Jeffrey Hodges. “We are striving to send chills down the spines of everyone who enters the Haunted House.”
The event is a fundraiser for the club and the cost is $5 for everyone over age 6. For more information, contact art instructor Jeffrey Hodges at, or call 601-635-6229.

Union, Newton set trick-or-treating date
The City of Union and the City of Newton will observe trick-or-treating on Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m.

Newton Historic Depot to host Trick-or-Treating
The Newton Historic Depot will host its annual Halloween trick-or-treat from 4:30-6:30 PM on Oct. 31. The event will feature free candy for children.

Hickory VFD schedules 2nd annual 5-Alarm Auto festival
The Hickory Fire Department will host its second annual 5-alarm Auto Festival on Nov. 4 in the Hickory Town Square. Registration will be from 8-10 a.m., and judging will begin at 11 a.m. Awards presentations will be at 1 p.m.
The entry fee is $25 for the first vehicle and $15 per additional vehicle.
Entrants must submit separate registration forms for each vehicle. For more information or to request an entry form, contact Jimmie Nowell at 601-683-9641, Tim Gentry at 601-604-6424 or Ginger Hand at 601-287-0027.

UMS English classes hosting ‘Socktober” drive
Jessie Branning’s eighth grade English classes at Union Middle School are asking the public to participate in “Socktober.”
“Socktober” is a world-wide event where people collect socks, coats, and blankets for those in need. While there are more than 600,000 homeless people in the United States, socks are the most needed, yet least donated item. All items collected will benefit those in need in local homeless shelters. Items can be dropped off at the Union Middle School office.
St. Paul’s to host human trafficking forum
The human trafficking forum, “Do You See What I See?” will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 4, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1116 23rd Ave. in Meridian.
Four speakers will address the topic and offer tips on how bystanders can help, how we can  identify victims of human trafficking, and how we can protect our children from this crime:
The guest speakers will be Heather Wagner with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, Division of Domestic Violence/Human Trafficking; Jody Dyess with F.R.E.E. International; Sara Smith with Care Lodge; and Deputy Chief Ricky Leister with Meridian Fire Department.
Sponsors of this event include the City of Meridian, Care Lodge, Parents For Public Schools, CYE, NFusion and Brothers Brooks Vision to Mission. The program is a terrific learning opportunity for parents, teens, counselors, and first responders. All are welcome.

Ministry hosts support groups
Free Indeed Ministries, 110 Main St., Union, is hosting weekly addiction support groups sponsored by Mending Broken Lives ministries at 7-8 a.m. every Tuesday night.
For more information, call Teresa Talbert at 601-697-9015, or Jennifer Wilkerson at 601-253-6758.
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