Community calendar 02/28/18

Present Day Club Union birthday calendars on sale
The Present Day Club of Union is taking orders through March for the community birthday calendars. Calendars cost $6 and each listing is .50 cents.
To place orders, call Melissa Carleton 601-416-8989 or Coreen Van Devender 601-416-0690. Proceeds help fund club community, educational and art projects in Union.

MFWC Present Day Club of Union to host rummage sale
The MFWC Present Day Club of Union will have a large multi-family rummage sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 3 at the red brick home at 910 East Jackson Road, Union (near future Piggly Wiggly site). Donations of items for the sale are welcomed as the event funds many community projects, including the backpack ministry at Union Public Schools.

Newton County 4-H Club to host art club
The Newton County 4-H Club will host an art club for youth ages 8-18 at 3:30 p.m. March 5.

Newton County 4-H Club hosts robotics and LEGOS club
The Newton County 4-H Club will host a youth LEGOS and robotics club for children ages 5-7. The dash robotics will be at 3:30 p.m. March 22 at the MSU Extension Service Office in Decatur. Space is limited for this program. The LEGOS club will be for children ages 5 and up and will be at 3:30 p.m. March 29.
Call the 4-H office at 601-635-7011 for more information.

Union Chamber of Commerce to host annual banquet
The Union Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2018 membership banquet at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23 at First Baptist Church Union’s family life center. This year’s keynote speaker will be Union native U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly. Entertainment will be provided by The Josh Dickerson Band and will be sponsored by Quinns Family Pharmacy and Mississippi Power.

Newton County 4-H Club to host Sewing 101
The Newton County 4-H Club will host a Sewing 101 class for youth ages 10 and up and adults at 3:30 p.m. March 26. There is no cost to join but there may be some expense involved in the program. For more information, call the MSU Extension Office at 601-635-7011.

ECCC invites vendors to participate in Expo
East Central Community College will host its 16th annual Business, Education, & Healthcare Expo from 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, March 29, in Brackeen-Wood Gym on the Decatur campus.
Vendors interested in setting up a booth at the expo should contact Linda Vance at 601-635-6210 or The deadline to register is March 27.

Loose Caboose vendor applications now available
The Newton Chamber of Commerce is now accepting craft and food vendor applications for Newton’s 15th Annual Loose Caboose Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, March 31. To enter, visit our webpage, or call 601-683-2201 to receive a mailed application. 

ECCC to hold cheerleader  tryouts April 7, clinics April 3-5
East Central Community College in Decatur will hold tryouts for the 2018-19 cheerleading squad from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, April 7 in the South Campus Gymnasium. There is a $25 fee for all participants. Pre-tryout clinics will be held from 7-9 p.m. April 3-5 in the South Campus Gymnasium. During these sessions, participants will learn the cheer, fight song routine and stunts necessary for tryouts. Those wishing to tryout must attend at least one clinic.
Those selected for the squad receive full-tuition scholarships. For more information, contact ECCC Cheer sponsor Pauline Karcher at or contact the athletic department at 601-635-6310.

Union Elementary School to host community blood drive
Union Elementary School, 101 Forest St., along with United Blood Services, will host a community blood driver from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, March 8.
Elementary students who have a donor donate in their name will receive a pair of earbuds. Students who have two or more donors will attend a celebration party.
Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Donors who are 16 and 17 years of age must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. Donors can visit to schedule an appointment to donate or call 877-827-4376. Walk-ins are welcome.

Union Riding Club to offer clinic for vaccinations
The Union Riding Club will offer a Coggins Clinic on March 10 from 9 to 10 a.m. The clinic will offer Coggins testing and vaccination, power float, tube worming and vaccinations for EWT and West Nile, Equine 5 and 1, rabies and strangles.

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 p.m. every Tuesday night. For more information, call Teresa Talbert at 601-697-9015, or Jennifer Wilkerson at 601-253-6758.

Crossroads Head Start and Newton Early Head Start now accepting applications
Crossroads Head Start and Newton Early Head Start is now accepting applications for students. Children who will be eight weeks to 4 years of age on or before Sept. 1 are eligible as well as children with disabilities.
Parents or guardians must submit one document for proof of income, including a 2017 tax return or W2 form; and proof of the child’s age. Applications can be submitted at Crossroads, 401 East Railroad St., Newton, 601-683-3161, or at Newton Early Head Start, 403 Third St., Newton, 601-683-0205.


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