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MDHS hosting virtual townhalls for child-care providers beginning Nov. 9

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(photo by Omar Medina Films from Pixabay)

Child care is a crucial support system for Mississippi, and the Mississippi Department of Human Services Division of Early Childhood Care and Development is committed to taking action to support child care programs and the families they serve.

To ensure they are providing the best assistance in training, technical assistance and quality support currently available, DECCD is hosting a series of Virtual Town Hall meetings throughout November. Child care providers will be able to voice their feedback and ideas about agency-funded services

There will be six sessions, three from 11 a.m. to noon, and three from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Each provider that participates will have an opportunity to speak about their experience with existing quality support services and share ideas for improving those services.

“I often say child care represents the backbone of the workforce,” said Dr. Chad Allgood, director of DECCD in a statement. “Without child care we couldn’t work. It is extremely important that we understand how important child care is, and provide the support our child care providers need to be successful.”

In the interest of giving everyone an opportunity to speak, DECCD will limit responses to three minutes, and they will give additional time for responses at the end of each session, as time allows. Additionally, they will share a link during the sessions where providers who would prefer to give a written response can send in their written feedback.

“Our businesses rely on child care to sustain their workforce, and now more than ever we need to make sure quality child care is available for working parents,” said Robert G. “Bob” Anderson, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services. “Their voice is important, so I would encourage them to take advantage of this opportunity to provide their feedback.”

The dates and times for the sessions will be:

Monday, Nov. 9 • 11 a.m. to noon
https://mdhs.zoom.us/s/95892506626
Meeting ID: 958 9250 6626

Monday, Nov. 9 • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
https://mdhs.zoom.us/s/93419381428
Meeting ID: 934 1938 1428

Thursday, Nov. 12 • 11 a.m. to noon
https://mdhs.zoom.us/s/98231738371
Meeting ID: 982 3173 8371

Thursday, Nov. 12 • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
https://mdhs.zoom.us/s/99408855592
Meeting ID: 994 0885 5592

Wednesday, Nov. 18 • 11 a.m. to noon
https://mdhs.zoom.us/s/92468593929
Meeting ID: 924 6859 3929

Wednesday, Nov. 18 • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
https://mdhs.zoom.us/s/96341151652
Meeting ID: 963 4115 1652

For more information and a link to all the meetings, visit https://secac.ms.gov/infosessions.

For more information on the Division of Early Childhood Care and Development and the services it offers, visit https://www.mdhs.ms.gov/early-childhood-care-development/.

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Mississippi Boy Choir’s annual Christmas Concert will be online Friday

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(photo from MBC Facebook page)

The Mississippi Boy Choir will present its annual Christmas Concert virtually this year, meaning everyone can enjoy the choir for free.

The concert is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on the choir’s website from the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson, Mississippi.

2020 marks the 26th season for the choir, which stems from a 1,500-year-old tradition of boys singing in the great cathedrals of Western Europe. The organization has two choirs: a training choir that consists of young boys in second grade up whose voices have not changed, and a concert choir with both changed and unchanged voices. The concert choir generally consists of boys from the fifth through the 12th grade.

The Vicksburg branch of the Mississippi Boy Choir meets on Mondays at the Church of the Holy Trinity on South Street.

Friday’s performance is funded by the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Annual Christmas Parade of Lights canceled

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Vicksburg Christmas Parade 2019

Vicksburg Main Street has announced that the annual Christmas Parade of Lights scheduled for Dec. 5 has been canceled.

Applications to participate in the parade, themed “Frozen in Time,” were due today.

Instead of the parade, Vicksburg Main Street is “reimagining” the event, substituting several smaller events to celebrate Christmas in Vicksburg.

  1. “This is an unusual year and we certainly want everyone to have a safe holiday,” said Board President Christi Kilroy. ” These well-thought-out changes were made to protect the people who visit downtown. The board and staff have done everything they can to keep the downtown
    experience festive and fun for the holidays.”

Vicksburg Christmas events include:

  • Friday, Nov. 27, live music at 5:30 p.m. and City of Vicksburg Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. – Santa will be present
  • Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 27 – Christmas in the Park- Make plans to see all the Christmas lights and decorations at Washington Street Park
  • Saturday, Nov. 28, All Day – Small Business Saturday
  • Sunday, Nov. 29, 1 to 5 p.m.- Old Fashion Holiday Open House. Shoppers who spend $25 or more will receive a poinsettia from the Vicksburg Main Street Program. Santa will be strolling Washington Street and available for pictures – bring your camera!
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 8 a.m. Reindeer Run at Catfish Row
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Levee Street Marketplace Christmas Open House
  • Sunday, Dec. 6, 3 to 8 p.m., Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Kids in the Kitchen Christmas
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Vicksburg Convention Center’s Breakfast with Santa
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bella la Vita Photography Toys for Tots Toy Drive
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 2 to 6 p.m., Second Saturday
  • Sunday, Dec. 13-12:30 p.m. Vicksburg Convention Center’s Holiday Jazz Brunch “Miracle on Swing Street”

Vicksburg’s Main Street organization appreciates the public’s support in the redesign of this year’s celebration and hopes that each and every citizen will visit the festive downtown area this holiday season to support our merchants, restaurants and businesses. The board and staff of Vicksburg Main Street remains committed to growing the economic vitality of our downtown and community.

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Vicksburg father and daughter finish St. Jude marathon together

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(photo courtesy of Philip Doiron)

Vicksburg natives Anna Kate Doiron and her father, Phillip Doiron, finished the virtual St. Jude race together Saturday, Nov. 14, making them two of the first participants of the first virtual marathon hosted by the Memphis children’s hospital.

Both Anna Kate and Phillip began training in June during the height of the pandemic. They met on some weekends in places like Lake Bruin, Louisiana, to train in preparation for what would be Anna Kate’s first marathon.

They traveled to Oxford, Mississippi, last weekend where they had plenty of supporters cheering them on.  Anna Kate and Phillip ran distance of 26 miles in 4 hours and 58 minutes.

During the race, Anna Kate and Phillip made it to Taylor, Mississippi, where some of Anna Kate’s closest friends held signs and cheered them on. Phillips’s wife, Kara, was waiting at the finish line to congratulate her daughter and husband.

Anna Kate posted her excitement on her Instagram page where she shared a photo with her father after completing the marathon.

Phillip, Executive Director and CEO of the Vicksburg YMCA, was thrilled to be able to share his love of fitness with his daughter.

“What started out as a fitness goal turned into some of the best memories that I have had in a long time with her,” Phillip said.

Anna Kate, who was the 2017 valedictorian of St. Aloysius High School, is now a senior at Ole Miss majoring in integrated marketing communications. After the race, the Doiron family stayed in Oxford and continued celebrating as the Ole Miss Rebels defeated South Carolina 59-42.

The race, an annual fundraising event, began in 1977 as the Memphis Express Marathon, and became St. Jude Memphis Marathon in 2002. Since then, it has raised more than $60 million to support the hospital and allow countless children to receive free health care.

St. Jude marathon organizers knew they could not cancel the hospital’s largest fundraiser due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, they reinvented the way racing is done. The 19th annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend transitioned to an interactive virtual experience taking place over four-months, beginning in August and culminating with a virtual race day Saturday, Dec. 5.

Heather Mullins Williams contributed to this story.

 

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