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River City Rescue Mission provides annual Thanksgiving meal to express gratitude

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River City Rescue Mission staff and volunteers.

Each year at Thanksgiving, families and friends come together to celebrate each other and be grateful, sharing food, music and fun. For some, though, the holiday isn’t easy to celebrate. Many have no family, friends or funds to participate in the festivities.

For 12 years, the River City Rescue Mission and Thrift Store has worked hard to ensure that everyone feels included through its Thanksgiving outreach.

Starting around noon on Nov. 28, the mission at 3705 Washington St. hosts its annual Thanksgiving lunch. On the menu are all the traditional favorites including turkey, ham, dressing and rolls. Everyone is invited to partake.

To help with preparation, the mission is accepting contributions and volunteers.

“If you’re going to the store to buy something for your dinner, maybe pick up an extra one to bring in here, because it’s going to take a lot,” said Earnie Hall, director of the River City Rescue Mission.

“We are taking volunteers, and right now I have an abundance of them, but I’ll never turn anyone away.”

Volunteers will prepare and serve the meal in the spirit of giving. 

“We hope to give thanks and give back to the community,” Hall said. “We also hope to show people that we should be grateful, because God has blessed us so that we can do this. In doing this we just try to remember those who are without their loved ones and a meal that day.”

For more information, call the River City Rescue Mission and Thrift Store at 601-636-6602.

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See ‘Anne of Green Gables’ at the Vicksburg Theatre Guild

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The cast of "Anne of Green Gables"

Tonight and tomorrow are your last chances to see a play filled with drama, love and twists.

The Vicksburg Theatre Guild presents “Anne of Green Gables” Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the Parkside Playhouse, 101 Iowa Ave.

The production tells the story of the older Cuthbert siblings who want to adopt a young boy to help with the chores.

After believing that they’ve selected the perfect young male to add to their family, the Cuthberts are told the child they are taking in is a female, Anne. This leads to unexpected changes in their lives including a love story.

The play stars David Bell, Sarah Goss and Riley Smith.

The Vicksburg Theatre Guild invites folks of all ages to come and enjoy an evening or afternoon at the Parkside Playhouse.

“It’ll just be an enjoyable evening,” said Mike Calman, secretary of the guild’s board of directors.  “It’s not too dramatic of a story. The actors are great and they’ve been practicing for weeks.”

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+), and $8 for children ages 12 and under. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Vicksburg Theatre Guild at 601-636-0471 or visit www.vicksburgtheatreguild.com

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What’s happening in Vicksburg? Check our list!

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Looking for something to do this weekend or next week?

Here are just a few of events happening around town. Follow the links for more information.

 

Saturday, Nov. 16

Grace’s Marketplace from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WinterFest 2019 from noon to 3 p.m.

“A Visit from the Boss” dinner theater closing night, starting at 6 p.m.

Chris Gill performs from 6 to 9 p.m.

“Anne of Green Gables” theater, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The Boys perform, 8 p.m. to midnight.

 

Sunday, Nov. 17

Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vicksburg Holiday Open House from 1 to 5 p.m.

“Anne of Green Gables” theater matinee, starting at 2 p.m.

 

Coming up next week, Monday, Nov. 18 to Friday, Nov. 22

Wednesday, Nov. 20, “Vicksburg: Grant’s Campaign that Broke the Confederacy” presentation with author and historian Donald L. Miller.

Wednesday, Nov. 20, Storytime at the library.

Wednesday, Nov. 20, Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce November luncheon.

Thursday, Nov. 21 through Saturday, Nov. 23, Warren High Madrigals Singe Feaste

Thursday, Nov. 21, Cornhole tourney at Margaritaville

Friday, Nov. 22 2020 Miss Magnolia State pageant.

 

Hey, we know that’s not all. Do you have an event to list? Email it to info@vicksburgnews.com.

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City to introduce more activities for Vicksburg’s youth

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Young people in Vicksburg are often challenged with finding something productive to do when they’re not in school. They often end up aimlessly roaming the city mall, marching through the military park or cruising the streets.

Recently the City of Vicksburg recognized this as a plea for help and is working on implementing new youth programs to accompany the current programs and offer more activities to the city’s young people.

The city is in the process of publishing a calendar of events catered to youth for the upcoming year.

“We’ve been having planning meetings, and we’ve come up with quite a few activities that will be kicking off the first of the year,” said Vickie Bailey, director of youth development for Vicksburg. “The best part is that most of the events are free.”

The city funds several parks and a splash pad for children to enjoy, but in the upcoming year, city employees will be expanding those activities hoping to attract more youth to their events.

“We have basketball leagues that will be kicking off, baseball leagues, a little football and kickball kicking off,” Bailey said. “We also have a few activities starting up such as after-school programs during school breaks, a few mini camps, and we’re merging with the Alcorn State Extension Services as well as Mississippi State’s Extension Services, as well, to do things other than recreational sports that the kids are normally interested in.”

The city’s goal in organizing more events for young people is simple.

“We want to give them something constructive to do,” she said. 

For more information on youth programs in Vicksburg, call Vickie Bailey at 601-801-3843.

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