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Christmas Musical
Ebenezer Baptist Church, 962 Hwy 29N, Wiggins, will present, “My Heart Longs for Christmas,” a Christmas musical at 6 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 21. The public is invited. For more info call 601-528-0014 or 601-928-7134.

Workshop
The MSU Extension Office is sponsoring a 2014 Farm Bill Workshop on Wed., Dec. 17, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Lightered Knot Community Kitchen, 401 E. Pine Ave., Wiggins. Speakers will be Dr. Keith Coble, Dr. Larry Falconer and Dr. John Michael Riley. For more info call Dr. Riley at 662-325-7986.

Christmas Dinner
The 10th annual Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner will be held Sat., Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. at the Stone County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building. Gerald and Marilyn Monroe and the New Welcome Hill Baptist Church sponsor the annual event. For more info call 601-928-8233 or 601-928-4609.

Audubon Meeting
Join the Piney Woods Audubon Society Thurs., Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hattiesburg Zoo’s Education Center for their monthly meeting. Program will be on the conservation and management of the Lower Mississippi River. Attendance is free. Refreshments will be served. For more info call 601-264-9654.

MPIA Meeting
The Mississippi Professional Investigators Association will hold its bi-annual meeting at 1 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 6 at Skeeter’s Bar and Grill, 197 Tegarden Rd., Gulfport. The meeting is open to anyone interested in becoming a private investigator or process server or who is currently one. For more info visit MPIA.org

Breakfast
Wiggins Masonic Lodge NO. 481 F&AM, 129 S. First St., Wiggins, will hold its monthly breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Sat., Dec. 6. Plates are $6 and the public is invited.

Masonic Meeting
Wiggins Masonic Lodge No. 481 F&AM, 129 S. First St., Wiggins, will hold its monthly business meeting on Thurs., Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Gospel Sing
There will be a Gospel Sing at the Sanford Community Center at 663 Old Hwy 49 in Sanford on Sat., December 13th beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is Free, a love offering will be received. For more information call 601-765-6485

Master Gardener program
Through the Mississippi State University master gardeners program individuals are trained and certified in consumer horticulture and related areas. The fee for the training is $90. The interactive video training for 2015 will begin on February 17, 2015 and continue through March 24. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration deadline is January 16, 2015. For more info call 601-928-5286.

Dedication
There will be a public community quilt dedication at 3 p.m. on Mon., Dec. 15 at the Stone County Courthouse. Community leaders, artist and students from Stone High School created the community quilt, which celebrates Stone County and its people.

Art Sale
The Stone County Arts Council will host “Calling All Angels,” art sale 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 12 in the Malone Fine Arts Building during the MGCCC Festival of Lights. Proceeds from the sale will support the Community Arts Center and its programs for Stone County.

Softball Skills Camp
MGCCC will hold a softball fall skills camp on Sat., Dec. 6, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for 5th graders – 12th graders. For more info and registration call Christie Meeks at 251-709-0272 or Kenneth Long at 228-990-1676.
Book Fair
A benefit book fair will be held Sat., Nov. 29, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 15256 Crossroads Pkwy, Gulfport. Proceeds will benefit MGCCC, Friends of Stone County Libraries and Read…Lead…Achieve.

Tour of Homes
The Garden Gate Garden Club’s annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be held Sun., Dec. 7, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Cost is $10 per person for the afternoon tour of six homes. Tickets will be available at any featured home on the day of the tour. Featured homes will be the homes of Chris and Brian Cain, Rose and Tommy Buckley, Julie and Ivan bond, The Old O’Neal Place, Charlene and Tom Campbell and Rev. David, Faye and Amy Perry. For more info call Dianne Lambert at 601-928-7370.

Christmas Parade
The annual Stone County Christmas Parade will roll through the streets of downtown Wiggins beginning at 5 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 13. For more info call 601-928-5418.

Journey to Bethlehem
Shiloh United Methodist Church, 2394 Shiloh Rd., Pelahatchie will host a drive-through event, “Journey to Bethlehem – The Life of Jesus” on Dec. 13 & Dec. 14, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. For more info visit www.shilohunitedmethodist.org or call 601-854-8158.

Dairy Margin Program
USDA has extended deadlines for the dairy Margin Protection Program. Farmers now have until Dec. 5, 2014 to enroll. For more info call your local USDA office.



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