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2021 Harold White Diversity, Inclusion, & Volunteer Awards Breakfast.  7:30 AM.   The Harold White Awards Breakfast is returning this year! The City of Jackson Human Relations Commission is hosting the annual event to honor local residents who are making a difference in diversity, inclusion, and volunteering. It’s happening at the Cascades Manor House on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 AM.  Guest Speaker is Ken Toll, United Way of Jackson President and CEO.  Jackson’s premier awards event for community diversity and volunteerism.

Community Action Agency Free Financial Education Webinars. How would you like to watch your money grow?  Every month, Community Action Agency offers a series of free financial education webinars to help you take control of your finances.  The October webinars take place from 10 AM to 12 PM on Wednesdays.  Today:  Holiday Shopping Tips.  Register by calling Sierra at Community Action Agency at 517-740-1027 or email smjones@caajlh.org.

Storytime at Meijer Branch.  11 AM to 12 PM.  Jackson District Library.  It’s never too early to start exploring and learning with your child! JDL storytimes offer age-appropriate books, music, and activities for babies, toddlers, families, and young children.  Most importantly, they help develop everyone’s imaginations!  Storytime at the Meijer Branch will run weekly on Wednesdays for the months of October and November.

Boos Center Active Aging Program.  The City of Jackson presents Active Aging programs at the Boos Center, Loomis Park.  Walk This Way:   Self-led indoor/outdoor walking program:  Boos Center/Loomis Park – M/W/F – 9:30 am – 10:30 am.  Movement Matters:  A standing, no-impact exercise program to strengthen your heart, increase muscle strength and improve flexibility: M/W/F – 9:30 am – 10:20 am.Sit & Stay Fit, A seated exercise program to strengthen your heart, increase muscle strength and improve flexibility:  M/W/F – 10:40 am – 11:30 am.

Neighborhood Meeting.   Residents in Jackson’s Second Ward have an upcoming opportunity to meet with their City Council representative and learn the latest news from their neighborhood. City Councilmember Freddie Dancy is holding a neighborhood meeting for Jackson’s Second Ward at the Boos Recreation Center on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m.   Councilmember Dancy organized the meeting for residents to learn about the new Group Violence Intervention program from Police Chief Elmer Hitt, upcoming fall leaf collection, and information about the recently-formed Racial Equity Commission.   The Boos Recreation Center is located in Loomis Park at 210 Gilbert St. All Jackson residents are welcome to attend. 

Cookies and Conversations.  7 PM.  For anyone interested in books, maps and local history publications, do come along to the Book Cottage on Wednesday, October 13th, at 7pm. Mark & Nancy Oakley of the Book Cottage will be presenting a talk on their local history holdings, with some of their personal favorites and more.    Following the talk, enjoy some tasty cookies and welcoming conversations. This free event is open to members and the general public. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information on future talks and projects check myjacksonhistorical.org or on Facebook at Jackson County Michigan Historical Society.  The Book Cottage, 4200 Spring Arbor Road.

Art à Loan Exhibit.  The Ella Sharp Museum’s annual Art à Loan program celebrates and shares the talents of K-12 student artists throughout Jackson County. At the end of each school year, dedicated area art teachers select student artwork to be professionally framed, exhibited at the Ella Sharp Museum, then rented and displayed in local businesses. In 2021, to further showcase student talent within Jackson County, we’ve partnered with the Jackson District Library’s “Young Poets” Program. Winners from Art à Loan were thematically paired with winners from Young Poets and will be featured in a special exhibition at the Ella Sharp Museum, October 6–31, 2021, then will be on view throughout the community until fall 2022.

Fall Back to Fitness at Jackson YMCA.  $0 join fees all this month! Save up to $100 when you sign up for membership in person or online at www.jacksonymca.org  New extended hours start this week at the Jackson YMCA.  The Downtown location is now open until 5 pm on Saturdays and open Sundays 11 am – 3 pm.

General Materials Inventory Liquidation Sale.  Store closing sale, everything must go!  Save on everything!  General Materials, 2995 Brooklyn Road.  generalmaterials.com

The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest.  Jackson District Library.  Decorate a pumpkin as your favorite literary/book character! All ages are welcome to participate.  To submit, send a photo of your pumpkin to marketing@myjdl.com with your name and phone number any time from October 1-25.  All entries will be entered into a drawing for prizes including an Amazon gift card, movie tickets and a Meijer gift card.  The winner will be announced on November 1 and entries will be displayed on JDL’s Facebook page.

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