By NEMS Daily Journal
TO DO TODAY
TUPELO – A celebration of the nation’s birthday will begin at 10:30 a.m. today at the corner of Jackson and Madison streets at the bottom of the hill with the Almost Annual Red, White and Blue Popsicle Parade. The route will go down Madison and around Highland Circle. All downtown neighbors, friends and families are invited.
CARR-VISTA – The Carr-Vista community will have a parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. today. Line-up at 10:15 a.m. on Carr-Vista Road, between Winfield and Lake Crest Circle. Decorated bicycles, tricycles, wagons, golf carts, 4-wheelers and lawn mowers welcomed. Flags of all sizes appropriate. Ice cold watermelon available after parade. (662) 566-2434.
BREWER – The annual Brewer community July 4th parade will begin at 9 a.m. today, beginning at the Brewer United Methodist Church. Line-up at the church at 8:30 a.m. (662) 767-9707 or 767-3545.
JACINTO – The 32nd annual Jacinto Festival will be held on the grounds of the historic Jacinto Courthouse beginning at 8:30 a.m. today. On tap are political speeches, traditional dances by the Chucalissa Indians in ceremonial costume, pony rides and inflatables, food vendors and more. Closing ceremonies begin at 3:45 p.m. Entrance to festival, political speaking, Indian dances, taekwondo demo, and art and craft show are all free. (662) 286-8662.
TUPELO – The All-America City Family Picnic in the Park will begin at 5 p.m. today in Ballard Park. Music, fireworks, vendors and more. (662) 841-6440.
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For more listings of area entertainment, museums, parks and other things to do, read the Scene section each Thursday and check the community calendar at NEMS360.com. For a listing of events for the upcoming week, see the Living section in the Sunday Journal.
AARP will not meet in July, but will resume the first Thursday in August at 2 p.m. at the Lee County Library in Tupelo. For more information, call Patricia Zurek, vice president of the local chapter, at (662) 841-2624 or (662) 321-3622.
The Alcorn County Branch of the NAACP meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Joe Street Community Center in Corinth. Call (662) 287-8932.
Biggersville Dulcimer Club meets at 5:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Biggersville Pentecostal Church on Hwy. 45 N., Biggersville. Call (662) 287-1054.
Boone Country Dulcimers meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Landmark Community Assisted Living Center in the old high school at 701 W. Church St., Booneville. Call (662) 728-5448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chickasaw Dulcimer Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at Houston Presbyterian Church, 224 W. Washington St., Houston. Call (662) 448-6151 or (662) 456-3937.
Dixi-Trix Duplicate Bridge Club meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday at the Bel-Air Center, 2107 Country Club Road in Tupelo. Call Gloria Holcomb at (662) 489-9922 or 321-1760.
The Fairfield Dulcimer Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at the Fairfield Presbyterian church in Blue Springs. For more information, call (662) 534-8822.
Grand Slam Duplicate Bridge Club meets at 1 p.m. every Wednesday at the Bel-Air Center in Tupelo. Call Betty Martin at (662) 862-3388 or Virginia Gordon at (662) 842-6092.
n The Gravlee Neighborhood Association meets from 6 to 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the Inspirational Community Baptist Church at 405 Clayton Ave. in Tupelo.
The GumTree Quilt Guild meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at All Saints Episcopal Church, 608 W. Jefferson St., Tupelo. All those interested in the art of quilting are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Linda Levy, president, at (662) 322-5433.
n IPMS Mississippi Modelers meets from 1 to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at the Lee County Library. Call Louis Armour at (662) 844-0977 or email email@example.com.
The Lee County Section of the National Council of Negro Women meets at 6 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the A.M. Strange Library on North Spring Street in Tupelo.
The Magnolia Dulcimer Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at the First Presbyterian Church, 919 Shiloh Road, Corinth. Call Larry Kendall at (662) 728-4675 or Jan Pike at (662) 287-9783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Marine Corps League, G.H. Vaughn Detachment, meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month. Call (662) 272-5292 or (662) 327-4016.
Mission Mississippi needs at noon every Thursday at the Lifechangers Worship and Training Center at 634 N. Church Street in Okolona. The group meets to build relationships and break down denominational and racial barriers. Call Patsy Gregory at (662) 401-0715.
Newborns in Need meets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at the Saltillo City Hall and the fourth Saturday of each month at the Lee County Baptist Association. They provide sleepers, gowns, handmade quilts and blankets, burial layettes and other necessary items for babies facing health or economic crisis. Open to the public, the group asks that people bring sewing machines, sergers and scissors, and a covered dish and drink for lunch.
The Northeast Mississippi Bird Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Saltillo Small Animal Hospital. Call Joy Bailey at (662) 844-5800.
The Northeast Mississippi Rose Society meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Mississippi State University Extension Center in Verona (except for the months of July and December). Call Tim or Janet Burress at (662) 316-0088 or Joe Maddox at (662) 842-2769.
n Pontotoc Ridge Dulcimer Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at the Pontotoc Library. Call (662) 489-2922.
Richmond Lodge 97 Free and Accepted Masons meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Lodge Hall in the Evergreen community.
Saltillo Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month at the Saltillo City Hall. Call club president Tim Crowder at (662) 231-7395.
The Society for Creative Anachronisms (SCA) is a non-profit group that re-enacts the middle ages and educates its members in all things medieval. SCA meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Ballard Park in Tupelo, except for the first Tuesday which is reserved for business meetings offsite. Call Robert Langford at (662) 871-0184.
The Tupelo Ballroom Dance Club meets from 7:30 to 9 p.m. every Monday at The Dance Studio at 108 N. Spring St., next to Sprint Print. The dances, which are at the beginning level, are free and open to the public. Call Cynda Robertson at (662) 322-9310.
Tupelo Duplicate Bridge Club meets at 1:30 p.m. every Sunday and at 1 p.m. every Friday at the Bel-Air Center in Tupelo. Call Betty Martin at (662) 862-3388 or Suzi Rogers at (662) 680-5570.
Tupelo Ladies Civitan Club meets at noon the first and third Tuesday of each month at McAllister’s. Call Lyvonne Berry at (662) 680-1492.
The Tupelo Lions Club meets at noon every Wednesday at Barnhill’s Buffet at 850 S. Gloster St. in Tupelo. For more information, call Tammy Cantrell at (662) 620-7677.
Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club meets at noon every Thursday at the Summit Convention Center. Call Shelia McCool at (662) 841-9133 for more information.
Tupelo Parks and Recreation Department’s Young at Heart Club meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Bel-Air Center in Tupelo. In months with five Thursdays, the group doesn’t meet the fifth Thursday. The club is open for persons age 50 and older. The meeting includes live music and dancing. Also, a meal will be catered for certain special occasions. Admission is $4 at the door. No smoking or drinking allowed. Call (662) 841-6440 or (662) 587-3514.
Tupelo Toastmasters meets from 6 to 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at The Tupelo War Museum, which is located in the same building at the Oren Dunn Museum in Ballard Park. Toastmasters provides opportunities to develop skills in listening, thinking, speaking and leadership. Call (662) 842-1198 or 438-7664.
YES Ministries’ Support Group for Families in Crisis meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Lee County Baptist Missions Building at 2508 S. Gloster St. Anyone with loved ones in prison, jail, drug rehab, mental health facilities or in other areas of crisis are invited to share in the group meeting. Each meeting includes a potluck meal, special speakers and special music. Call (662) 685-4424 or Bro. Marc Howard at (662) 566-1700 or email email@example.com.