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Paramount Baptist Church VBS
Camp Courageous VBS at Paramount Baptist Church through June 26 from 6:30-9:00 PM each night. Ages 4 years through 12th grade are welcome. For more information, contact Adriane Rogers at 601-928-8570.

Summer Reading
The Wiggins branch of the Pine Forest Regional Library will hold a summer reading program for children in grades 3 through 5 each Tuesday morning at 10:30am through August 4. The program will be hosted by USM Associate Professor Danielle E. Forest. There is no charge to participate.

Free Summer Meals
Stone County School District will be providing free breakfast and lunch to children ages 18 and under at the Stone Middle School cafeteria. The program, funded by USDA, will continue through July 3. Breakfast will be served 9am-9:30am and lunch will be served 11am-12:30pm.

4-H Day Camp
Stone County 4-H and Perry County 4-H invites youth ages 5 to 13 to attend an Environmental Arts Day Camp to be held Tuesday, July 14, 9am-3pm at Lakeview Lodge, Flint Creek Water Park. Workshops will include wildlife, horticulture, nature walk, recycling and more. Registration fee is $15, which includes lunch and a t-shirt. Registration deadline is July 10. For more information call Brad Jones at 601-928-5286.

Political Forum
Stone County NAACP will host a political forum featuring candidates for Stone County Superintendent of Education and Stone County Circuit Clerk. The forum will begin at 6pm on Thursday, June 25 at the Stone County Fairgrounds, 717 Airport St., Wiggins. For more information call Rev. Robert James at 601-528-4516 or Danielle Jackson at 601-528-1274.

Exercise Class
The Strong Bones, Strong Women exercise classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Wiggins at the Stone County Rehab Center at 9am and at the McHenry Community Building in McHenry at 10:30am. The classes are for osteoporosis prevention and muscle strengthening. For more information call 601-928-5286.

Dulcimer Classes
Mountain dulcimers are very easy to learn to play and instruments and free lessons are available in Stone County. Pine Hill Dulcimers meet 6pm-8pm on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at Wiggins Presbyterian Church. Visitors are welcome. For more information call Karen at 601-528-1663 or Tommy at 601-716-6761,

Class Reunion
The Class of 1975 will hold their 40th Class Reunion on Saturday, August 15, 2015. Any classes before and after 1975 are welcome to attend. Classmates are asked to call Pam Cook Black at 601-928-1813 or Cheryl Davis Lambert at 601-928-2913.


Summer Reading
The Wiggins and McHenry branches of the Pine Forest Regional Library will hold a summer reading program for children pre-k through 2nd grade on every Wednesday beginning June 3. The program will begin at 10am at the Wiggins branch and 3pm at the McHenry branch. There is no charge to participate.
Ten Mile VBS
Ten Mile Baptist Church will host Vacation Bible School, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17. For more information call 601-928-2062.

Business and Breakfast
Stone County EDP Chamber Division will sponsor a Business and Breakfast event 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 25 at the Stone County Hospital cafeteria. The event is hosted by the Stone County Hospital leadership team. For more information call 601-928-5418.

Public Hearing
Gulf Coast Community Action Agency, Inc. will host a public hearing at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 25 at the Ferris O’Neal Senior Center in Wiggins. The purpose is to inform the public of the agency’s programs and compliance, complete needs assessments and to seek input from the public on services provided. For more information call 601-928-5044.

McHenry First Baptist VBS
McHenry First Baptist Church will host Vacation Bible School for children ages 3 through 6th-grade through June 26, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. nightly. For more information call Jolene at 601-928-8518.

HAM Field Day
The American Radio Relay League will host a field day June 27-28 at the Camp Dantzler Community Center, west of Brooklyn. Operations will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 and run for 24 continuous hours. The public is invited to attend.

Gospel Sing
There will be a gospel sing beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11 at Sanford Community Center, 663 Old Hwy 49, Sanford. Featured groups will be Victory Bound, Hickory Ridge and Faithway Singers. Admission is free and a love offering will be received. For more information call 601-765-6485.

Jehovah’s Witness Convention
Jehovah’s Witnesses will hold their annual conventions at the Mitchell Center, University of South Alabama in Mobile and they extend an open invitation for all to attend. The first of the 2 three-day events to be held will begin July 3 at 9:30 a.m. and the second on July 10 at 9:30 a.m. There is no admission fee. For more information call Greg Milneck at 850-832-2200.

Farm Families Fundraiser
South Mississippi Farm Families will hold a dinner to raise funds for the Farm Families of Mississippi organization at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 25 at Tanner Farms, 853 Oil Well Rd., Wiggins. Guest speakers will be Cindy Hyde-Smith, commissioner of agriculture and Mike McCormick, Mississippi Farm Bureau president. Tickets are $25 each and are available at the Stone County Farm Bureau office or by calling Bessie Barnes at 601-928-7351 or Chris Shivers at 601-408-7787.

YPI Applications Available
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is accepting applications through August 15, for the Youth Participation Initiative. The YPI was established to provide funding for the purpose of educating youth in areas of hunting, fishing, outdoor recreation and natural resource conservation. State agencies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. For more information call 601-432-2400.



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