Fossil Road Show

Event by: Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Where: Mississippi Museum of Natural Science


Saturday, MARCH 9, 2019 10:00am-3:00pm

Pack up your fossils and hit the road! Bring your fossil discoveries to get expert opinions about their ages and identities from our team of scientists during our 16th annual Fossil Road Show event!
In addition to the Museum’s fossil collection, there will be collector displays and institutional exhibitors, hands-on activities, “fossil digs”, and a scavenger hunt.
So, go through your “rock boxes” and challenge our staff with your prehistoric oddities. $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 3 and up. Under 3 are FREE. Museum members are FREE.

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SPRING BREAK WORKSHOPS FOR EDUCATORS

Event by: Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Where: Mississippi Museum of Natural Science


March 11-15 9:00am-3:00pm each day
The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science offers internationally recognized environmental education workshops for teachers, scout leaders, & homeschool parents.
Each day is a different workshop with CEU credits available.
To learn how to register for the workshops and about their cost, you can either contact the Education Coordinator at (601)-576-6000 or check the website below.

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Noon Lecture: A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME: THE ART OF INTERPRETING THE BEHAVIORS OF BIRDS

Event by: Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Where: Mississippi Museum of Natural Science


MAR 5, 2019 NOON
Noon lecture with Dr. Sarah Wheeless Hammond, Ornithologist, Executive Director, Clinton Community Nature Center

“Birds talk to one another, we can understand it, and it is fun!” Bird language is the communication network of the forest, long practiced by trackers and scouts around the world. Explore the concepts of “alarm vs. baseline”, “shapes of alarm”, and “disturbance patterns” created as animals move across the landscape. The Language of the Birds offers a unique window into ecology, animal behavior, and the relationship between people and nature.
$6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 3 and up. Under 3 are FREE. Museum members are FREE

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Science Makers

Event by: Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Where: Mississippi Museum of Natural Science


Friday, March 8, 2019 9:00am-12:00pm
Want to meet the science makers of our world? Then join MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science for a celebration of women and minorities who are changing the face of scientific exploration. This event showcases interactive STEM activities and discussions to inspire curiosity about educational and scientific career opportunities. $6.00 for Adults. $4.00 for children. Under 3 FREE. Educational Group rates available. Contact 601.576.6000 to learn more.

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Spring Farm Days 2019

Event by: Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum
Where: Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum 1150 Lakeland Drive Jackson, MS 39216


Spring Farm Days 2019
Date: March 7-9, 2019
Time: 10a.m.-2p.m.
Admission: Adults $6 | Children $4 (ages 3-18)
Join us at the MS Ag and Forestry Museum March 7-9, 2019 from 10am – 2pm for Spring Farm Days! This three day event is a wonderful opportunity to come out and see the Ag Museum come to life! Enjoy cooking demonstrations by the MS Egg Marketing Board, learn about Farmstead life and gardening, and make sure to see the large farm and forestry equipment display! We will also have baby chicks, chickens and other farm animals on display.
Admission for this event is $6 for Adults and $4 for children (ages 3-18). Reservations are recommended for groups but not required. For more information or to make a reservation, call 601.432.4500 or email us at msagmuseum@mdac.ms.gov.

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Play. Eat. Learn. Dinner – “Come Play with Me!”

Event by: Mississippi Children’s Museum
Where: 2145 Museum Boulevard Jackson, MS 39202


Tuesday, February 26
Play. Eat. Learn. – Come Play with Me!
6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Join us on February 26, 2019 from 6:00 – 7:15 for to learn about Come Play with Me!: The Importance of play in the developing child! In this partnership between the Junior League of Jackson, the Center for Advancement of Youth, and the Mississippi Children’s museum you will be able to take a peek inside the mind of a child for a free family learning series geared towards parents, caretakers, and educators, and more. This free educational series is open to the community and dinner will be provided (first-come, first-served) with childcare is available for ages 3 to 10. Children will be allowed to play in the museum with supervision provided by members of the Junior League of Jackson while parents attend the program.

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Visiting Artist: Teresa Haygood

Event by: MS Children’s Museum
Where: 2145 Museum Boulevard Jackson, MS 39202


Saturday, February 9 & 23
11:00 am- 4:00 pm
Create Magical Bean Mosaics with MCM’s Visiting Artist, Teresa Haygood. Join us on Saturdays, February 9 and 23 with workshops at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm for an art-inspired afternoon! This program is included in general admission, museum membership and supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, with funding, in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Magnolia Book Awards

Event by: Mississippi Children’s Museum
Where: 2145 Museum Boulevard Jackson, MS 39202


February 1-28
The Magnolia Book Awards are given annually to the book voted by the children and teens of Mississippi as their favorite in four age categories. The purpose of the Magnolia Book Awards is to introduce Mississippi children and teens to current literature and to instill a love of reading.
Mississippi children in grades Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade are eligible to participate in the voting and nominating. Voting is held annually in February, with winners announced each April at the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the University of Southern Mississippi. Visit mschildrensmuseum.org/discover/magnoliabookawards for more information!

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Nation’s First Singing Christmas Tree Celebrates 86 Years at Belhaven University

For the past 85 years, Belhaven students have readied their voices and gathered on a 35-foot tall structure to be part of the first and oldest singing Christmas tree in the United States. This year, students will continue that tradition for the 86th performance of Belhaven’s Singing Christmas Tree.

“It’s not often we get the chance to make history,” said Christopher Phillips, specialty instructor and director of the singing Christmas tree.

“To be a part of Belhaven’s Singing Christmas Tree is the opportunity to do just that. As the oldest event of its kind in the nation, it’s thrilling and humbling to be a part of this special tradition. We are honored to present this gift to our community this year for the 86th time.”

Since its creation in 1933, the tree frame has grown taller, candles were exchanged for LED lights, voices and music were amplified and more singers were added each year. Today, the wood and metal structure holds over 100 men and women. The LED lights change colors in various patterns and sequences according to the character of each Christmas carol, creating a visual spectacle for listeners.

Both performances on November 30 and December 1 are free to the public and will take place at the Belhaven University Bowl Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
Certain traditions have become expected elements to the tree. An auditioned soloist is positioned under the star located at the very top of the tree. This honored soloist performs “O Holy Night” near the Tree’s conclusion. Other traditions include artificial snowfall during “White Christmas” and humorous “insider jokes” interposed into the lyrics of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and other Christmas carol favorites.

Mignonne Caldwell, the originator of Belhaven’s tree and music professor, created the event as a way to give back to the surrounding community. Caldwell recruited college engineer Mr. C. V. McLain to construct the first wooden tree frame for the choir to stand on. Caldwell’s concert idea became a reality and debuted to the public in December 1933. After the success of the first performance, it became a yearly tradition.
Ms. Bettye Quinn, Associate Professor of Education and Director of Elementary Education, has attended the event for 78 years and remembers seeing the tree for the first time. Quinn said, “I remember when I was three in 1937 and a family friend brought me to see the Belhaven singing Christmas tree.

At the time the tree was a group of 50 girls on a platform between the columns, they had on white robes and held bright lights that reflected into the lagoon. It was just a glorious sight for a little child to see. I have come every year since to see the Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree.”
Belhaven’s Singing Christmas Tree was named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, and it continually draws in thousands of people each year. The Singing Christmas Tree tradition continues serving the Jackson community by providing a spiritually edifying, fun-filled event of visual and musical splendor.

Greater Belhaven Foundation Hosting Re-Zoning Information Meeting

Join the Greater Belhaven Foundation on Wednesday, November 28 at 5:00 pm for a Q and A Session regarding two upcoming Rezoning requests. If you have questions or would like additional information regarding the rezoning request for 836 North Jefferson Street or 1704 North State Street please join us. This meeting will take place at the Foundation office located at 954 E. Fortification Street, please park in the Froogel’s Parking lot and walk up.