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KidsFest! Ridgeland Natchez Trace Century Ride Household Hazardous Waste Day Easter Egg Hunt Northpark Plans Makeover

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From the Mayor Dear Friends, Congratulations to the Keep Ridgeland Beautiful Committee on receiving the Environmental Hero Award for the Mississippi Recycling Coalition. The Keep Ridgeland Beautiful Committee continues to raise the bar not only on issues that effect the beauty of our city but also on environmental issues that are so important to the quality of life for our citizens. I would like to continue to encourage each of you to take advantage of the curbside recycling program that the Ridgeland Public Works Department offers. Not only does it reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill, but there are also benefits to each of you through the Recyclebank program that allows you to get discounts on items from local and national businesses. Also, if you know of a local business that you would like to see participate in Recyclebank, contact my office so that we can approach them about this opportunity. The more businesses that we have involved in this program, obviously the more benefits to our citizens.

Gene McGee

Mayor of Ridgeland

This year we are expecting another exciting KidFest in Ridgeland and there will be an opportunity there for our children to meet the Ridgeland Recycle Ranger who has been recognized nationally. KidFest has always been fun, and I suggest that you spread the news to your friends and encourage them to bring their children to this very family-oriented event. It is scheduled for April 14-15 and 21-22. Congratulations is due to the Ridgeland Police Department for the Healthy Heroes Program. They are starting their second phase of this program and received a substantial grant for a fitness center for the Police Department. The Police Department continues to look for ways to promote good health in our city, and we are so excited that they have received this grant. As you might remember, in 2013 the City of Ridgeland received the Healthy Hometown Award from Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Mississippi as the healthiest hometown in Mississippi. Through our Healthy Hometown Committee, we are applying for this award again, and I would like to thank each of the committee members for their hard work. Even though the deadline to submit our application is approaching, the Healthy Hometown committee will continue to meet on a regular basis and if anyone has an interest in being a part of the committee, I challenge you to call my office so that you can be included. As part of the Healthy Hometown Committee’s efforts, they are extending a challenge to restaurants to offer healthy menu options. You may have seen a commercial aired about the restaurant challenge thanks to the generosity of committee member, Dr. Timothy Quinn. Contact my office if you would like to learn more about this challenge. It is our goal that everyone who dines in Ridgeland can find healthy choices on the menu. Last but not least, as the weather warms up, more and more people will be out running and cycling on our multiuse trails, and I would like to encourage each of you to be safe and courteous and look out for other runners and cyclists so that everyone can be safe.

TABLE OF CONTENTS UPCOMING EVENTS KidFest! Ridgeland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Natchez Trace Century Ride. . . . . . . . . 5 Raising Awareness for Bicycle Safety. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Art, Wine amd Wheels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Household Hazardous Waste Day. . . 7 Teaming Up to Celebrate Life: Hospice Ministries, Inc. Run to Remember. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

NEWSWORTHY Keep Ridgeland Beautiful Receives Environmental Hero Award. . . . . . . . . .9 Northpark Plans Makeover. . . . . . . . . . 9 Trail Etiquette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

RECRE8 Recreational Facilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Special Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Athletics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Superstar Seniors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Tennis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

SCHOOLS IN RIDGELAND Ann Smith Elementary. . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Highland Elementary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Olde Towne Middle School . . . . . . . . . 22 Christ Covenant School. . . . . . . . . . . . .23 St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. . . . . . 23 Ridgeland High School. . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Holmes Community College. . . . . . . . 26

RIDGELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY Adult Programs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Kids/Teens Programs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Friends of the Library. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Business After Hours & Events . . . . . . 31 Jammin’ at Preservation Hall. . . . . . . . 31 2017 Award Winners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

WHO & WHERE Ridgeland Departments. . . . . . . . . . . . 34 City Meetings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 City Directory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Ridgeland Aldermen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

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ON THE COVER: KidsFest! Ridgeland comes to Freedom Ridge Park over two weekends in April. It brings lots of exciting activities and entertainment for the whole family at an affordable price. View page 4 for information. Editor Sandra Rives Monohan, City of Ridgeland Sponsorship Lauren Chamblee, City of Ridgeland

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KidFest! Ridgeland

APRIL 14-15 & APRIL 21-22 Named a “Top Twenty Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society KidFest! Ridgeland, presented by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, offers four days of affordable family fun over two weekends, April 14-15 and April 21-22, at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland. Make incredible memories with your family as you are amazed and entertained during the featured acts and shows, while your children participate in exciting events, and as all of you enjoy the fun rides and activities. Purchase your tickets at the gate, but don’t miss the coupon at www. kidfestridgeland.com!

Featured Acts Zoppé, an Italian Family Circus - Starring Nino the clown, the Zoppé circus is propelled by a central story that features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning, and plenty of audience participation. Don’t miss America’s favorite family circus. Zoppe’ is appearing both weekends. Visit www. zoppe.net for more information. Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy - Best described as a show without boundaries, Hilby really gets his audience involved and creates magical and hilarious moments through their participation. Watch out for catapults, marshmallows, lots of Velcro, and the bowling-ball of terror. Visit www.hilby.net for a preview of this show appearing April 21-22 only. Skin & Bones Comedy Circus – A unique presentation of trained dogs and potbellied pigs whose human friends present a very entertaining show of comedy and fun. Appearing both weekends.

New Shows for 2018 Scales, Tails and Teeth Walk-Thru Reptile Zoo – Experience a very informative and exciting exhibit featuring some of the world’s most feared and misunderstood reptiles. Appearing both weekends. Disc-Connected K9’s – This World Champion Frisbee Dog Team features the largest collection of the best frisbee dogs on the planet! You will be laughing and clapping in awe at the tricks these dogs perform. Appearing April 14-15 only.

Child-Participation Events Backyard Circus – As many as 30 children from the audience have the opportunity to dress up and be the circus performers in an old-fashioned backyard circus. The show includes a lion tamer, strongman, butterfly ballerinas, and a “tightrope walker”. During the grand finale, one lucky kid is shot out of a cannon, not a real cannon, but it is a great ending to the “World’s Greatest Backyard Circus.” Nylon Zoo – Children dress up in colorful nylon costumes and run, dance and skip as they perform as their chosen animal. They can fly like a bird, hop like a rabbit or frog, or swim like a fish!

Fun Rides and Activities Carnival rides. Carousel. Pony Rides. Train Rides. Take your pick or ride them all! Stay Tooned – draw your favorite cartoon character. Temporary Tattoo booth- a festival favorite where children get their faces, arms, and legs decorated with festival designs. TouchA-Truck - children get up close and personal with large trucks and equipment. Hat-Making Booth – children create crowns, wild clown hats, ringmaster hats, any hat of their imagination!

Schedule/Tickets/Parking Gates open at 9 a.m. on April 14 and 21 and at 12 p.m. on April 15 and 22. Festival closes at 6:30 p.m. each day. Be sure to check the website for the performance schedule. Tickets are $12 at the gate. Cash only accepted. All attractions are included in the price. Children two and under are admitted for FREE. Get $2 off the regular admission price through the website. Free parking is located within the festival grounds, located at 235 West School Street, Ridgeland. Fair Food is available for purchase at the festival. For more information - www.kidfestridgeland.com or call the Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Department at 601-853-2011. 4 Ridgeland Life


Natchez Trace Century Ride – May 5 The Natchez Trace Century Ride is becoming the largest spring cycling event in Mississippi. In 2017, 745 cyclists jumpstarted their cycling season while discovering our small town charm and hospitality and pedaling on stretches of national scenic byway. This ride starts and ends in Ridgeland and provides an experience for riders of all ages and abilities. With your choice of distances from 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles, with mild to moderate elevation, it is a great ride to find your stride. There will be “energizer” stops with food and hands-on fun every 10 to 15 miles. The Natchez Trace Century Ride will take place on Saturday, May 5, starting at 7 a.m. at the Ridgeland Recreational Center. Your registration fee includes a Welcome Party on Friday evening, ride, event t-shirt, and post-ride meal. Registration fees are $35 (January 6-31), $45 (February 1-April 6), $55 (April 7-May 3), or $60 (May 4-5). Online registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on May 4. When you register for the ride, be sure to order your Natchez Trace Century Ride jersey for $55. Supplies are limited and they are sure to run out, so be sure to register early to make sure you get this cool collectible. Packet pick-up will be held on Friday, May 4 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Bike Crossing, 115 West Jackson Street in Ridgeland. You must be registered by Thursday, April 5, to be guaranteed a swag bag at packet pick-up. You do not want to miss our swag bag; they are the best swag bags around! For complete event details, routes, and to register, go to www. ridgelandsportsandevents.com. The Natchez Trace Century Ride is presented by The Bike Crossing and is an event of Ridgeland Recreation & Parks.

Raising Awareness for Bicycle Safety Join cyclists and supporters of bicycle safety in the 11th annual Ride of Silence™ scheduled for May 16 at Northpark. The ride will be silent in honor of those who have lost their lives or been injured in conflicts with vehicles. It will be a slow ride, suitable for most riders. As always, Ridgeland Police will provide an escort. We anticipate that many avid cyclists will participate as well as recreational cyclists and families. Arrive by 6:15 p.m. for speakers and the ride. Remember to wear a helmet! The Mayor will sign the annual Bicycle Safety Month proclamation at the Natchez Trace Century Ride on May 5. May is National Bike Month and Ridgeland joins others in raising awareness for bicycle safety and promoting bicycling for transportation, recreation, and exercise. In the proclamation the Mayor urges all residents whether motorists or bicyclists to respect cycling and encourage bicycle safety throughout our community. Joining him at the signing will be representatives from Jackson Metro Cyclists, Tri-County Mountain Bike Association, and Jayce Powell, Ridgeland Bicycling Advocate. For more information about the Ride of Silence, visit www.rideofsilence.org. Be sure to let us know your plans on the Facebook event page, Ride of Silence – Ridgeland. Call Jayce Powell at 601-506-9829 with any questions. More information about the Natchez Trace Century Ride may be found in this issue of Ridgeland Life.

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Art, Wine and Wheels Join us to celebrate the 10th year of the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival with a weekend packed full of outdoor fun that includes the Run Now, Wine Later 5K on Friday night, Santé South Wine Festival to benefit Alzheimer’s Mississippi, and OBO Tandem Rally! View and purchase original works of art while visiting with the artists themselves who’ve come from all across the U.S. Also enjoy fine wine, live music, outstanding shopping, and fun festival activities. • Fine Art - RFAF showcases some of America’s finest artists and allows patrons to mingle with the artists and talk with them about their influences, media and methods. • Fine Wine - Enjoy unique wines and beer samplings at the Santé South Sampling Palate tasting stations. • Live Music - Every great festival has great music. Some of Mississippi’s most popular musicians will take the stage! • Children’s Creative Craft Corner - Your little ones will have a great time at this “make and take” hands-on art activities area. Music Lineup for the 2018 Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival Saturday, April 7 East End Stage West End Stage 10:15 – 11:15 Gerald Wicks 10:00 – 11:00 MS Opera 11:45 – 12:45 The Vibe Doctors 11:30 – 12:30 Hunter Gibson 1:15 – 2:15 The Hustlers 1:00 – 2:00 Chris Gill Duo 3:00 – 4:15 The Delta Mountain Boys 2:30 – 4:00 Holley Peel 4:45 – 6:00 Southern Komfort Brass Band 4:30 – 5:30 Lisa Mills Sunday, April 8 East End Stage 11:45 – 1:00 Los Papis 1:30 – 3:00 Bill & Temperance with Jeff Perkins 3:30 – 5:00 Raphael Semmes Jazz Ensemble

West End Stage 11:30 – 12:30 Stace & Cassie 1:00 – 2:30 Sam Mooney 3:00 – 4:30 Doug Hurd / Larry Brewer

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Household Hazardous Waste Day It’s time for spring cleaning, and Ridgeland is here to help you by offering a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in May. Hazardous items are not collected at the curb, and this event makes it convenient for you. When we clean out our homes of any unused hazardous materials and dispose of them at this event, we leave our homes and our environment safer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “some leftover household products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic” are considered to be household hazardous waste. In addition, “products such as paints, cleaners, oil, batteries, and pesticides can contain hazardous ingredients and require special care when you dispose of them.” Improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health, including presenting a hazard to children and pets if left around the house. The City of Ridgeland and Keep Ridgeland Beautiful have scheduled a Household Hazardous Waste Day event for Saturday, May 12. It’s free to residents of Ridgeland and Madison County thanks to a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Just bring your hazardous waste to the Ridgeland Avenue parking lot of Holmes Community College between 8 a.m. and 12 noon. This event is for residential waste only. Business waste is not accepted. Items will be recycled or disposed of safely. You may bring paint, motor oil, batteries, tires, lawn and garden chemicals, TV’s, and home office equipment. Documents for shredding will be accepted. Please bring chemicals in their original containers or clearly identified. Stations will be set up throughout the parking lot. Just drive through and a volunteer will assist you in unloading heavy items. This is the ninth year that the City of Ridgeland has organized this event. For more information, contact Wendy Bourdin at 601-853-2011. Check out the event on Facebook and at www. ridgelandms.org.

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Hospice Ministries, Inc. Run to Remember We are a team, we will always be a team, and we will honor of 2016, Troy began experiencing seizures; MRI unfortunately Troy and the important things he taught us in life about courage, showed another tumor. Another surgery followed as did more perseverance and working together as a family team - this is the rehabilitation, and then scans revealed new tumor growth in mantra of the Lambert family. multiple areas of the brain. At this point, Troy made the decision Life is precious and every day of life is a special gift, we are to not have any further surgery. Troy’s neurologist spoke with told. When life is running along smoothly, it is natural to take them about using Hospice Ministries. good health and life for granted. It’s not until something rocks our Phyllis and Troy made the decision to utilize the in-home world that we stop to value life with fresh eyes. services of Hospice Ministries. The Lambert family felt supported Phyllis Lambert knows this only too well. Phyllis and her and cared for by the Hospice Ministries medical team and Troy’s husband, Troy, met when she was seventeen years old. Phyllis said nurse melded right in with the family. Troy loved being cared that Troy was the most exciting man she had ever met. He had no for in his own home surrounded by numerous family members fear, he was smart, he was a hard worker and having the support of Hospice and he loved her and wanted to be Ministries nursing staff. Troy left this together forever. They were married in earth with strong faith and a deep love June of 1985. Troy had always dreamed for his family in December of 2016. of being a Marine. In August of 1985, Out of deep love for Troy as Troy joined his beloved United States husband, father, grandfather and Marine Corps and served a total of friend, the family first united as a team eight years. During this time, Troy and they named, #toughlikeTroy in 2017 Phyllis were blessed with one daughter to participate in Hospice Ministries 5K and two sons whom they adored. A Run/Walk. Various members of the common thread in their life was the extended family participated - running importance of valuing marriage and and walking together to honor Troy. family and working together as a team. After the completion of the race, the During the early years when Troy family said the 5K experience was both was in the Marines, he was stationed therapeutic and a public way to honor in Okinawa, Japan separated from Several members of the Lambert Team at 2017 their beloved Troy while also showing his family. Later, the family moved to Hospice Ministries Run to Remember appreciation and support for the work California and North Carolina and of Hospice Ministries. following several additional moves HOSPICE MINISTRIES On May 5, Phyllis Lambert and the family landed in Brandon. Phyllis THIRD 5K RUN/WALK her children and grandchildren look stated that after settling in Brandon she forward to teaming up with extended and Troy had busy and often stressful family and friends to run and walk 450 Towne Center Blvd, Ridgeland jobs, but they were happy, healthy and for Hospice Ministries as they once making progress. The years rolled by Register by April 20 to be guaranteed a again honor the life of Troy. Running and their children grew up, married and T-shirt. May 3 - Online Registration ends. and walking together as a team is a began having families of their own. wonderful bonding experience and an Fast forward to July of 2013, Troy opportunity to honor those whom we have lost. and Phyllis started a customized picture frame business. This To register your team or to register individually for the third new work became their world with amazing teamwork between Hospice Ministries’ A Run to Remember community-wide run/ Troy and Phyllis and Troy’s brother, Travis. The shop was Troy’s walk, go to www.raceroster.com and click on Hospice Ministries happy place. All was well in their lives until suddenly Troy was Celebrate Life 5K. The 5K is open to all adults and children. diagnosed with a mass in his brain and he was taken to surgery in For more information about Hospice Ministries’ services, August of 2014. A second surgery quickly followed due to a brain bleed. Then, radiation and intense physical therapy. Troy was like community-wide offered caregiver and bereavement support a warrior and with his team-mate Phyllis at his side, he came home groups, volunteer opportunities, or the May 5, 5K run/walk, and went back to work in the frame shop. Time moved on and please visit us on Facebook, at hospiceministries.org, or call 601Troy passed the one-year mark without any troubles. In October 898-1053.

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Keep Ridgeland Beautiful Receives Environmental Hero Award

Keep Ridgeland Beautiful accepts the Non-Profit Organization Recycler of the Year award for the State of Mississippi. Pictured left to right, front, executive director Sarah Kountouris, Keep Mississippi Beautiful; chair Jan Richardson, member Phyllis Parker; public works director Mike McCollum, City of Ridgeland; member Polly Hammett and back, Mayor Gene McGee, Ridgeland Recycle Ranger.

The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) selected Keep Ridgeland Beautiful as the recipient of their Environmental Hero Award, Non-Profit Organization Recycler of the Year 2017 for the State of Mississippi. Congratulations to Keep Ridgeland Beautiful on their outstanding efforts to promote and grow recycling in our community and the surrounding area. Keep Ridgeland Beautiful was invited to accept this award at the MRC’s Environmental Heroes awards ceremony conducted as part of their annual Recycling Awareness Day with our State Legislature on February 7 at the Mississippi State Capitol. KRB works with the City, area schools and other community organizations to educate residents on the importance of recycling. These efforts include partnering with Ridgeland High School on their recycling program, adding recycling bins in area parks using grant funds, installing a bottle filler in Friendship Park using MDEQ grant funds, and participating in Ridgeland’s events to engage attendees on the importance of recycling. With the help of a $5000 grant from PepsiCo, KRB created a recycling mascot for the City called the Ridgeland Recycle Ranger. This recycling super hero has been a positive addition to the KRB team, helping to convey the message of recycling in his travels around the City and to special events including the National Keep America Beautiful meeting in Dallas. Recycle Ranger has also been featured in KRB’s billboard campaign in Ridgeland and in Ridgeland Life magazine. We invite you to follow Keep Ridgeland Beautiful on Facebook.

Northpark Mall Plans Makeover Pacific Retail Capital Partners announced that multimillion dollar renovations for Northpark (http://www. northparkmall.com/) in Ridgeland, Mississippi, will begin in the first quarter of 2018. The renovations will encompass a comprehensive redevelopment of the center including; entrances, dining area, children’s play area, restrooms, interior and exterior landscaping, furniture, fixtures, lighting and common areas. Gensler Architects, based in Los Angeles, will lead architectural and design efforts with Unified Construction serving as the general contractor. “These renovations provide a new atmosphere, modern design, thoughtful options for families, and a place to create memories through experiences that go beyond shopping,” said Gary Karl, Chief Operating Officer of Pacific Retail Capital Partners. The renovation is the first step in repositioning one of Mississippi’s largest commercial destinations. People will experience architectural upgrades merging the region’s distinct Southern character with timeless, modern design. The stunning new look will combine clean modern glass, steel and natural light with the warmth of woods and subtle floral nuances. The remodeled Northpark will deliver a mix of both traditional and new. “Investing in Northpark and this strong community benefits everyone,” added Karl. “The renovations and added amenities will provide an improved experience, for both our retailers and community. The fresh dining venues, children’s interactive play experience and family lounge create a stylish and warm, family-friendly gathering hub for Ridgeland.” Karl continued, “This renovation is part of the longer term overall redevelopment of the property as we continue to look at filling a deficit in entertainment options in the tri-county area, as well as new local and national dining experiences and the right curated mix of retailers to fit the needs of this community.” Northpark will remain open throughout the redevelopment with a scheduled completion of the work for late 2018, prior to holiday season. Management is focused on minimizing disturbances to visitors and tenants with the majority of the renovation occurring at night and after hours. Follow updates on Northpark’s social media pages: • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ NorthparkMallMS/ • Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShopNorthparkMS • Instagram: https://instagram.com/ShopNorthparkMS The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony to be held at 10:30 a.m. on March 8 at the main entrance on the lower level between Dillard’s and Belk.

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Have you seen this sign along the Ridgeland Multiuse Trail? With spring weather comes more trail users, making it that much more important to be careful and courteous when you use the trail. Please follow the rules on this sign.

Many of us like listening to music when running or walking on the trail. That’s great, and it may provide motivation for you and make exercise more enjoyable. There’s just one problem with it. If you cannot hear what is going on around you, then you cannot be safe. By simply removing one ear bud, you should be able to hear the warning signs of cyclists and other trail users approaching you on the trail. Please prevent any collisions by keeping one ear open. Cyclists have their own rules, including providing an audible signal, such as "On your left!" and slowing down before they pass a pedestrian from the left. Pedestrians should stay on the right side of the trail. Please be safe and listen for approaching cyclists. If using ear buds, use in only one ear. Stay on the right.

St. Dominic Health Services and all its subsidiaries are guided by one mission that calls us to communicate a Christian message, establish community and perform service. St. Dominic Hospital • Community Health Clinic • St. Dominic’s Family Practice Associates • New Directions for Over 55 • MEA Clinics The Club at St. Dominic’s • School Nurse Program St. Dominic’s Foundation • St. Catherine’s Village • Care-A-Van

Do not block the trail. Keep your pet on a short leash. Be courteous to all trail users. This message is a courtesy of the City of Ridgeland.

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Recreation and Parks Directory Office 601-853-2011

Fax 601-853-2015

E-mail recre8@ridgelandms.org

Recreational Center 601-856-6876

Freedom Ridge Park 601-853-2023

Rental Information 601-853-2011

Hotline 601-853-2039

Youth Organizations Mississippi Rush

Mississippi Rush is a nonprofit organization providing an opportunity for area youth to participate in soccer. Visit www.mfcsoccer.com or call 601-898-1996 for more information.

Madison-Ridgeland Youth Club

MRYC is a community organization providing an opportunity for area youth to participate in baseball, softball, tackle football, cheerleading and basketball. Visit www.mryouthclub.com for more information.

Recycling at Ridgeland’s Parks Solar-powered recycling compactors are provided at each park in Ridgeland. Please recycle by using these receptacles for the following: empty aluminum cans, clean plastic containers and clean paper. Food contaminated trash and non-recyclable items should be placed in the garbage cans. Thank you for recycling!

Recreational Facilities Freedom Ridge Park

235 West School Street - Freedom Ridge Park, a 50-acre athletic and recreation facility, is located on School Street just west of the Ridgeland Police Department. The park features four lighted adult regulation softball fields, four lighted regulation soccer fields, four picnic pavilions, three playgrounds including a universal playground for use by individuals with physical disabilities or limitations, two concession/restroom buildings, a lighted walking trail and a maintenance facility. Each of the four pavilions at Freedom Ridge Park is available at an hourly rate of $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents. The security deposit, our “clean-up insurance,” is $100.

Ridgeland Tennis Center

201 McClellan Drive - The Ridgeland Tennis Center, a full-service public facility operated by tennis pros, is located at 201 McClellan Drive, off Highway 51. The center is home to 17 lighted, hard tennis courts, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a 2,000-square-foot covered porch for viewing and a fully stocked tennis pro shop.

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Ridgeland Recreational Center 137 Old Trace Park - The Ridgeland Recreational Center is housed in a twostory rustic lodge overlooking the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Daily activities for Superstar Seniors as well as nightly classes for all ages take place during the week in this facility.

Friendship Park 475 Lake Harbour Drive - Friendship Park is a multi-purpose neighborhood park facility. With a large lighted pavilion, a one-mile lighted walking/jogging trail, a fitness court, playground equipment and restroom facilities, the park accommodates many and varying needs. The pavilion is available for rental at an hourly rate of $15 for residents or $25 for non-residents with a security deposit of $100. Park hours are 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Wolcott Park 349 McClellan Drive - Wolcott Park, a 40-acre athletic facility, is located on McClellan Drive, off Highway 51. It features seven lighted

304 Highway 51 - Ridgeland City Hall is home to practice areas for soccer and t-ball.

baseball/softball fields, a playground, 14 batting cages, two bull pens, two concession/restroom buildings and a maintenance facility.

Ridgeland Multiuse Trail More than 14 miles of trails are available for public use in Ridgeland. Several miles of the trail travel through National Park Service property along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Parking for the trail is available at the intersection of Rice Road and Harbor Drive, at the Parkway Information Cabin and on N.E. Madison Drive off W. Jackson Street. Water fountains, benches and trash cans can be found along the trail. Please enjoy the trailhead facility that includes a covered pavilion with picnic tables, restrooms, bike repair station, recycling container and a fitness station located at the intersection of Rice Road and Harbor Drive.

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Get your ride on! The Century Ride will take place on Saturday, May 5. This recreational bike ride offers a scenic ride for participants of all levels. The Century Ride will use the same routes as last year. Participants may register at www. ridgelandsportsandevents.com. Price: $45 for registration submitted by April 5 $55 for registration submitted April 6- May 3 On-site registration is available for $65. Date & Time: 7 a.m. Saturday, May 5 Location: Ridgeland Recreational Center

Family fun is ON as KidFest! Ridgeland takes over Freedom Ridge Park on April 14-15 and April 21-22. Guests enjoy train rides, pony rides, interactive activities, and a variety of shows. All shows and activities are “up close and personal.” Ultimately, the objective is to provide an opportunity for parents and children to interact with each other and provide an affordable, memorable family experience. Tickets will be available at the gate. Debit/credit cards are not accepted. Ticket Price: $12 Location: Freedom Ridge Park Dates & Times: Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt

Ride of Silence

Here comes Peter Cottontail… to Freedom Ridge Park! Join us on Thursday, March 29, as we welcome the Easter Bunny. We will have age-specific hunts for the children. One parent per child will be allowed in the hunting area with the youngest age group and no parents will be allowed to hunt with the older age groups. Ages 10 and under only. Ages Hunt Times Ages 2 and under 6:00 p.m. Ages 3-4 6:10 p.m. Ages 5-6 6:20 p.m. Ages 7-10 6:30 p.m. Price: No charge Event Date: Thursday, March 29 Times: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Location: Freedom Ridge Park

The Ride of Silence will be held Wednesday, May 16, starting at 6:15 p.m. It is open to any level of cyclist that can ride for 7.5 miles at a slow pace. Cyclists remain silent in honor of those who have been injured or lost their lives to vehicle collision. Price: No charge Location: Northpark Date & Time: 6:15 p.m., Wednesday, May 16

Contact: Wendy Bourdin, special events coordinator Wendy.Bourdin@ridgelandms.org 601-853-2011

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Household Hazardous Waste Day Household Hazardous Waste Day is sponsored by the City of Ridgeland through a MS Department of Environmental Quality grant every May and hosted by Holmes Community College. This year it will be held on Saturday, May 12, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Items for collection include: old paint cans, automobile motor oil, batteries, tires, herbicides, pesticides, TV’s, computers, documents for shredding, and old printers. Compressed gas cylinders, fire extinguishers, medical waste or explosives, and white goods will NOT be accepted. This event is for residential waste of Ridgeland and Madison County residents. Business waste will NOT be accepted. Price: No charge Date & Time: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, May 12 Location: Holmes Community College 412 W. Ridgeland Avenue


Heatwave Classic Triathlon The 33rd annual Heatwave Classic will take place on Saturday, June 2. This triathlon is a race favorite among triathletes in the Southeast. Over 400 participants from across the country are expected to descend on Ridgeland to compete for the top prize in the various age groups. Participants will take to the water at 7 a.m. at Madison Landing and swim 0.5 miles. After completing the swim, participants will ride 26.5 miles along the scenic and historic Natchez Trace Parkway. After the ride is complete, participants will embark on a 10K run on the heavily-shaded Ridgeland Multiuse Trail. Call 601-853-2011 for more information. Register online at www.ridgelandsportsandevents.com. Price: Individual: $75; Beginning April 30, rate increases to $85. Relay Team: $60 per team member USAT insurance is required for each participant: $12 Registration: Now - May 30, online On-Site Registration: June 1 On-Site Price: Individual: $100 Relay: $65 per team member Date & Time: 7 a.m., Saturday, June 2 Location: Old Trace Park

ATHLETICS Contact : John Sidney North, athletics coordinator John.North@ridgelandms.org 601-853-2011

Adult Softball The City of Ridgeland Recreation and Parks Department will be offering a men’s commercial league (3 homerun limit) and a men’s church league. All games will be played at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland. The leagues will be open to the first 24 teams in each division. ASA sanction rules will be in play for the leagues. We will offer 12 games for each league. Register at Ridgeland City Hall during office hours, 8 a.m – 5 p.m. Price: $550 Registration: March 5 – 23

Skyhawks Sports Academy Summer Camps Ridgeland Recreation and Parks is proud to present summer camps by Skyhawks Sports Academy. Skyhawks provides a wide variety of fun, safe and positive programs that emphasize critical lessons in sports and life, such as teamwork, respect and sportsmanship. Programs are designed to give each child a positive introduction into sports while fostering a lifelong love for an active, healthy lifestyle. Patient and knowledgeable staff use a variety of skill-building games and activities to give each athlete a complete understanding and overview of the sport. Since 1979 Skyhawks has taught over one million boys and girls life lessons through sports. View www.skyhawks.com for further information and to register. All Skyhawks programs in Ridgeland will be held at Freedom Ridge Park. Call Paul Van at 601-790-0868 with any questions!

MINI-HAWK (SOCCER, BASKETBALL, BASEBALL) Boys and Girls ages 4 to 7 This multi-sport program was developed to give children a positive first step into athletics. The essentials of baseball, basketball and soccer are taught in a safe, structured environment with lots of encouragement and a big focus on fun. Our Mini-Hawk games and activities were designed to allow campers to explore balance, movement, hand/eye coordination, and skill development at their own pace. Skyhawks staff are trained to handle the specific needs of young athletes. Dates & Times: Monday, June 4 - Friday, June 8 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Monday July 9 - Friday July 13 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Registration: www.skyhawks.com Price: $140 •

TITLE VI POLICY STATEMENT The City of Ridgeland, under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes, ensures that no persons in the City of Ridgeland shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any programs or activity it administers. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against should contact:

Paula W. Tierce, Title VI Coordinator City of Ridgeland 304 Highway 51 • P.O. Box 217 Ridgeland, MS 39158 Phone: 601-856-7113 • Fax: 601-856-7819 paula.tierce@ridgelandms.org

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RECRE8 FLAG FOOTBALL Boys and Girls ages 7 to 9 Boys and Girls ages 9 to 12 Skyhawks Flag Football is the perfect program for young athletes who want a complete introduction to “America’s Game” or for those who simply want to brush up on their skills in preparation for league play. Through our “skill of the day” activities, campers will learn skills on both sides of the ball including the core components of passing, catching, and de-flagging or defensive positioning – all presented in a fun and positive environment. Skyhawks Flag Football is recommended for beginning to intermediate athletes. Dates & Times: Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Registration: www.skyhawks.com Price: $140 • •

CHEERLEADING Girls ages 5 to 10 Skyhawks Cheerleading teaches young athletes the essential skills to lead crowds and support the home team! This entry-level cheer program ensures that each camper learns cheers, proper •



Lemonade Day is a community-wide program designed to introduce youth to entrepreneurship by building and operating a lemonade stand. Lemonade Day teaches kids to: Set a Goal Make a Plan Work a Plan Achieve Success

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hand and body movements, and jumping techniques. There is no stunting—just a big focus on fun while each cheerleader learns important life skills such as teambuilding and leadership. The week concludes with a choreographed performance! Dates & Times: Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Registration: www.skyhawks.com Price: $140

GOLF SNAG (STARTING NEW AT GOLF) Boys and Girls ages 5 to 9 Skyhawks golf focuses on building the confidence of young athletes by teaching proper technique to refine essential skills of the game. Golf is a challenging and lifelong sport, so young athletes need proper focus on the fundamentals of form, swinging, putting, and body positioning. To assist in this training, Skyhawks has adopted the SNAG (Starting New at Golf) system to its curriculum. SNAG utilizes a set of equipment designed for beginning golfers, including oversized plastic club heads and “mini tennis balls” to help build confidence and to have fun. Developed by PGA professionals, SNAG is specifically designed for the entry-level player. It simplifies instruction so that young players can make an easy and effective transition onto the golf course. No need to bring your own clubs--all equipment is provided. We keep the instructor-to-camper ratio low, resulting in limited availability. Dates & Times: Monday, July 16 - Friday, July 20 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Registration: www.skyhawks.com Price: $140 •

MULTI-SPORT (SOCCER AND FLAG FOOTBALL) Boys and Girls ages 5 to 8 Boys and Girls ages 8 to 12 Our multi-sport camp is designed to introduce young athletes to a variety of different sports in one setting. For this program, we combine soccer and flag football into one fun-filled week. Athletes will learn the rules and essentials of each sport through skill-based games and scrimmages. By the end of the week, your child will walk away with knowledge of two sports along with vital life lessons such as respect, teamwork, and self-discipline. Dates & Times: Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Registration: www.skyhawks.com Price: $140 • •


SUPERSTAR SENIORS Contact: Lynda McMahan Assink, senior adult coordinator lynda.assink@ridgelandms.org 601-856-6876 All Superstar Seniors Programs take place at the Ridgeland Recreational Center unless otherwise specified.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS Horticultural Therapy Did you know that gardening can be good therapy? Learn more about how to gain a host of benefits from gardening activities. Mississippi’s own ‘Garden Mama’ (Nellie Neal) and Donna Yowell (Executive Director of MS Urban Forest Council) will be conducting a series of workshops, indoor and outdoor, that will provide you with fun physical projects and activities. The workshop will have six sessions that will meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays, beginning in March. Therapeutic horticulture offers stress relief, skills development, team building, self-reliance, good health, and old-fashioned fun. Get your flower power on! Kick-off session will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1. Goals and objectives will be set; an outline of future sessions will be handed out; and Nellie and Donna will have a fun project for everyone to do. Register by calling Lynda at 601-856-6876 or email Lynda.assink@ridgelandms.org. Price: $110 for all sessions or $20/class Dates: Thursday, March 1 (Kick-off) March 13 & 27 April 10 & 24 May 8 & 22 Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Day of Week: Tuesday

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Martial Arts for Senior Adults Learn age- and physically- appropriate traditional martial arts and practical self-defense techniques. This program is easy to perform and enjoyable for mature adults with slow, lowimpact movements that are keyed to each individual`s physical capabilities. Health benefits include: sharpening mental focus, better balance and body control, cardio-respiratory fitness, increased strength, enhanced flexibility, improved stamina/ endurance, and prevention of osteoporosis. Other benefits include increased confidence in potentially dangerous situations and enhanced awareness to avoid dangerous situations before they occur. Andy Dillon is the instructor. Andy has a 4th Degree Black Belt with North America Tae Kwon Do and has practiced and instructed for 20 years. Sign-up by calling Lynda at 601-8566876 or email: lynda.assink@ridgelandms.org. Price: $10/4 weeks Start Date: Beginning Thursday, March 8 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Days of Week: Tuesday & Thursday

Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners Mindfulness is simply a technique of becoming aware of our internal and external environments. Breath is the focus of all meditation practices. When doing so most people begin to experience feelings of peace and safety. Mindfulness Meditations help aid in relaxation, sharpens and focuses the mind, strengthens the immune system, and activates “the happy” part of the brain. A retired Licensed Professional Counselor/ psychotherapist, Larry Butts, will teach this class. Price: $10 per class Start Date: Beginning Tuesday, April 10 Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Days of Week: Tuesday and Thursday

WEEKLY PROGRAMS Agape Men’s Coffee Group All men are welcome to join men’s coffee group every Wednesday morning, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy fellowship, storytelling, jokes, and coffee at the Ridgeland Recreational Center. Price: No charge Start Date: Ongoing Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Day of Week: Wednesday

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Country Line Dancing

Senior Fit Club

Learn the dance steps that are popular everywhere! In this class you’ll discover a variety of line dances. It’s great fun, good exercise, and you don’t need a partner.  Darlene Epple is the instructor for the class. Darlene has been a member of MCWDA (Mississippi Country Western Dance Association) since 1995. She has taught at birthday parties, church socials, and office events. Darlene’s motto is “Line Dancers don’t make mistakes, they make variations!” As long as you are on the dance floor, having fun, with a smile on your face, that’s all that matters. Call or email Lynda for more information. Price: $40/month or $10/weekly Start Date: Ongoing Times: Beginners Class, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Advanced Class, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Day of Week: Monday

We are offering an exercise class for senior adults called Senior Fit Club, every Monday and Wednesday afternoon at the Ridgeland Recreational Center. This class offers low-impact exercises geared towards senior adults. Strengthen muscles and improve your movement for a healthier lifestyle. This is a great class for those recovering from recent illness or surgery. This class is also good for those with Parkinson, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological diseases. The goal of this class is to improve balance, flexibility, and strength through stretching, light weights and light aerobic activity. Certified fitness instructor, Sally Holly, will be teaching this class. For more information, please call or email Lynda at 601-856-6876, lynda.assink@ ridgelandms.org Price: $10/month Start Date: Ongoing Times: 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Men’s Bible Study

Restoration and Relaxation – Gentle Yoga

Men’s Bible Study meets every Tuesday at the Ridgeland Recreational Center. It is a non-denominational, in-depth study of God’s Word. Call Lynda at 601-856-6876 or Lynda.assink@ ridgelandms.org for more information. Start Date: Ongoing Times: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Day of Week: Tuesday

Painting Pals Is it hard for you to paint and/or draw at home? Bring your own supplies and enjoy painting at our center, located at Old Trace Park, overlooking the reservoir. It’s an ideal setting to paint or draw! Price: No charge Start Date: Ongoing Times: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Day of Week: Tuesday

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This yoga class is offered at a slow pace and will focus on the basics of yoga, breath work and gentle movements that will not add stress to the joints. A sense of well-being will come from breathing and gentle yoga stretches. This class will help you let go of the everyday stresses of life. Always consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. For more information and to register, call or email Lynda. Price: $30 for 6 (30-minute) classes or $8/class Time: 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. with option to stay for Yoga for Flexibility, Fitness and Fun Days of Week: Monday and Friday

Yoga for Flexibility, Fitness and Fun! Instructor Lisa Newman will guide you through stretching and strengthening exercises for your whole body. This class is for those who have had some experience with yoga. Standing poses will be introduced as well as strength poses. Most participants choose to attend the Restoration and Relaxation yoga class from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and stay for Yoga for Flexibility, Fitness and Fun from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for only $2 more. Always consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. For more information, call or email Lynda. Price: $30 for 6 (30-minute) classes or $8/class Both yoga classes: $50 for 6 (1-hour) classes or $10/both classes Time: 11:30 a.m.– 12 p.m. Days of Week: Monday and Friday


Tap Dancing for Senior Adults Tap dancing is a fun way to make music, energize your body, and stimulate your brain! You will learn basic steps and easy routines. Anyone who enjoys camaraderie and upbeat music is welcome to come. Two classes are being offered. Always consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. For more information, call or email Lynda. Price: $5/class Times: Intermediate/Beginner Class – Monday, 2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Beginner Class – Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Days of Week: Monday and Thursday

MONTHLY PROGRAMS Bridge Bridge games are held the fourth Thursday of each month at the Ridgeland Recreational Center overlooking the reservoir. It provides a beautiful setting for an afternoon game. The player with the highest score for the month receives a prize.  Reservations are required 4 days in advance. Please call Lynda at 601-856-6876 or 601-853-2011 to reserve your chair. Please arrive at 12:45 p.m. to receive your nametag. Game starts promptly at 1:00 p.m. Price: $1/person (for prize) Dates: March 22, April 26, May 24 Times: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Day of Week: Thursday

Ridgeland City Garden Club The objective of our club is to provide education and to promote the love of gardening, landscape and floral design and to encourage civic beautification and environmental responsibility. If you are interested in gardening, horticulture, flower arranging, the environment and more, then we are the club for you! To attend our meetings or to become a member, please contact club president Jane McGee at janespeedmcgee@ yahoo.com. Price: $20/for the year to join the Ridgeland Garden Club Event Dates: March 6, April 3, May 1 Day of Week: Tuesday Time: 11:30 a.m.

Beginning, Basic & Intermediate Oil Painting Ridgeland Recreation & Parks is offering a four-week class on Beginning, Basic and Intermediate Oil Painting Class. Instruction will be given on painting still life from a live setup. Your instructor is Lyn Isonhood. As a classically trained artist, Lyn has been painting professionally for 15 years. To see examples of Lyn’s work, visit www.lynisonhood.com Call or email Lynda 601-856-6876 or lynda.assink@ridgelandms.org to register and receive a list of supplies needed to take the class. Price: $65 Dates: March 22 – April 12, April 19 – May 10 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Day of Week: Thursday

TENNIS Ridgeland Tennis Center 201-A McClellan Drive | 601-853-1115 Directors: Cheryl Harris and Susan Toler

Reserve a Court Call the center to reserve a court. Cost is $3 per person for 1 ½ hours.

Lessons Teaching pros are available for private, semi-private and group lessons. Call the center to schedule lessons or for more information.

Tournaments USTA Aquifina RTC Junior Open State Championship Dates: April 21-22 USTA MS Junior Qualifying Closed State Championship Dates: May 26-29

Thread, Yarn, Crochet & Coffee Bring your own needlework (needlepoint, cross-stitch, crochet, knitting) the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of needlework and meeting new friends. Price: No Charge Dates: March 12 & 26, April 9 & 23, May 14 Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Day of Week: Monday

Summer Camps Summer Camps will be beginning in June. Please call for more information.

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ANN SMITH ELEMENTARY Grades K-2 • 306 S. Pear Orchard Road 601-856-6621 • www.madison-schools.com/ase

ASE Principal Receives National Honor Dr. Melissa Philley, principal at Ann Smith Elementary School in Ridgeland, was recently recognized by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) as one of the Nation’s Top Principals. Dr. Philley traveled to Washington D.C. during the month of October to be honored for her outstanding leadership. Each year during National Principals’ Month, NAESP recognizes outstanding elementary and middle school principals from across the nation and abroad as National Distinguished Principals. The program recognizes public and private school principals who make superior contributions to their schools and communities. Dr. Philley has five years of administrative experience, all of which she has spent as principal of ASE. Under her leadership, differentiated instruction has become an essential component of ASE’s school culture. Dr. Philley has led the school through focused facilitation of

Dr. Melissa Philley, principal of Ann Smith Elementary, receives the honor of being named a National Distinguished Principal for 2017 by the National Association of Elementary School Principals at a banquet in Washington D.C.

Professional Learning Communities guided by annual themes, targeting areas such as guided reading instruction, writing pedagogy, Common Core State Standards mathematical practices and English Language Learner instruction. ASE has also been named a model school for Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports and writing instruction, honors that Dr. Philley credits to the school’s use of research-based instructional practices and effective systems for behavioral support. Dr. Philley holds a Ph.D. and an Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Mississippi State University, as well as an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and a B.A. in Secondary English Education from the University of Mississippi. The students, parents, and staff of Ann Smith Elementary are proud of her accomplishments and the difference she has made at ASE.

ASE Teachers Receive National Board Certification This year eight teachers at Ann Smith Elementary School received the gold standard in teaching: Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, bringing the total number of ASE Nationally Board Certified Teachers to seventeen. The NBPTS believes higher standards for teachers mean better learning for students. The students of ASE are fortunate to have 40% of the staff who have met this standard. We at Ann Smith Elementary celebrate these outstanding teachers for their dedication, diligence, and untiring spirit! A total of seventeen Ann Smith Elementary Teachers have received Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Those receiving certification in 2018 are shown seated: Julie Benson, Ashley Young, Emily Melichar, Mary McCall McArthur, Michelle Portera, Laura Bivins, Katie Spence, and Mary Kate Rees. Standing are those who received certification in previous years: Tameeka Fairley, Andrea Moss, Cathy Lutz, Tiffany Maisel, Leona Bishop, and Stephanie Clark. Not pictured: Deborah Cole, Shelia Devan, and Melissa Philley 18 Ridgeland Life


HIGHLAND ELEMENTARY Grades 3 - 5 • 330 Brame Road 601-853-8103 • www.madison-schools.com/hes

HES Principal Earns Doctoral Degree

Introducing the First HES National Honor Society Scholars The National Honor Society, an organization that has been recognizing student excellence in academics, service, leadership and character since 1921, now has a chapter at Highland Elementary. Derian Knox, assistant principal, and Alicia Domoney, music teacher, serve as the chapter’s advisers. The following students were the first to be inducted into the Highland chapter during a special ceremony last fall: Officers: Meherdeep Kaur (President) Eden Huggart (Vice-President) Brooklyn Barnes (Secretary) Members: Joan Blancas-Reyes Sarah Gao Jessica Chen LeMiyah Fleming Kristopher Thompson Noah Eiland Christopher Goss Nate Sanford Erihunna Graise Noah James Michael Kirakosyan

Soraya Ratliff (Treasurer) Shelby Whitley (Parliamentarian) Jasmine Lane (Historian)

Congratulations, Dr. Paula Tharp! Highland’s principal completed her doctoral degree last December in educational leadership from the University of Mississippi. Tharp’s dissertation focused on the capacity for high poverty schools in Mississippi to improve. Her study included 19 Mississippi schools—some that were improving and some that were struggling. Her research measured the schools’ internal coherence, or their ability to make deliberate improvements in instructional practice across the classrooms. “My degree and research are focused on effective practices for school leadership and improving schools,” Tharp explains. “Continually reading and studying about effective practices allows me to reflect on my own practices and make adjustments or changes as needed. Also, being in classes with other school administrators gives an opportunity to hear about things they are all doing and share what is working and what is not.”

Casey Horn Megan Williams Madalyn Fairley Ahmed Mokhtar Chanel Roberts Jordan McGee Mehki Kincaid Kiera Adams Justus Martin

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‘There’s an Opp for That’

Do you have a talent, passion or a hobby? Highland Elementary has a volunteer opportunity for that, says Parent of the Year, Sarah Harley. She’s been channeling her love of exercise and fitness into her role as the health and wellness co-chair on the Parent Teacher Organization board for the last two school years. “I would encourage any parent who wants to get involved in the PTO to start small. Ask if there’s anywhere you could help out and use your strength and passion to step into a position that allows you to use that,” Harley explains. “Whether it’s health and fitness, parental relations, writing, photography, etc.—there is a position for it!” Harley, a mother of five, owns her own cleaning service, which she says allows her enough control of her schedule to find time to serve on the PTO board. Sarah’s second son Dylan is a 5th grader at Highland. Her oldest son, Garrett, is a 10th grader at Ridgeland High School, and her three daughters are at Ann Smith Elementary: Lillian in first grade and twins Corrine and Vivian in kindergarten. “I feel it is important to build a relationship with the teachers, staff and administrators that are with my children on a daily basis. I also think it is very important that my children see me being involved. I enjoy being of service to people who dedicate their lives to teaching and influencing my children,” she explains. Principal Paula Tharp says it is, “Sarah’s willingness to help, enthusiasm and spirit” that earned her the Parent of the Year honor. Tharp says the teachers and staff were also very impressed at her creativity and Parent of the Year, Sarah Harley, with her husband, Patrick, and their five organization of field day. children (from the left): Dylan, Lillian, Vivian, Corrine, and Garrett. Sarah says volunteering has helped her understand the behind-the-scenes work that goes into a child’s successful education, and she enjoys getting to know her children’s classmates as well. “I love seeing all of the kids in the school and watching them grow up. I don’t think any of them know my real name—they just say ‘hey Dylan’s mom!’” Serving on the PTO, Sarah says she has also made great friends and has had a lot of fun. “It allows you to create special relationships with fellow parents that you have so much in common with and can learn from.” When she is not volunteering at the school, working in her business or shuffling her children to soccer, football, taekwondo, gymnastics and their other activities, she’s serving in Word of Life Church as the team leader for the information center and on the hospitality team, in small groups and as a co-leader of two women’s groups. All that and she still manages to find time to run, work out, cook, bake, craft and decorate. “By nature, I am a high energy person—I don’t like to sit down. I try my best to stay organized and manage a schedule. I pray a lot and God gives me the grace and ability to get all that I need to do, done,” Sarah says. She plans to continue volunteering in the school, church and community, and has a goal to one day be involved with helping at-risk girls. 20 Ridgeland Life



As She Was Once Encouraged Herself

Diane Anthony was frustrated, overwhelmed and ready to quit teaching 38 years ago, but thanks to the support and encouragement of several more experienced teachers, she persevered. This year, Highland Elementary honors this third grade teacher with its Teacher of the Year award. “I went home crying often and wanting to quit,” during that first year, Anthony admits. “If it had not been for several experienced teachers who took me under their wings and gave me daily encouragement, I probably would not be in the educational field right now.” Her advice to new teachers experiencing the same feelings of despair she felt that first year is to connect with fellow teachers for support. “Learn as much as possible from them. Ask questions about anything that is not clear… and accept help and encouragement from them when offered.” Anthony’s decision to become a teacher was largely due to the impact her own teachers made on her life as a young child going through the trauma of losing her father in a car accident. “My first grade teacher provided me with the right amount of love and encouragement that I needed to be a successful learner in a safe and nurturing classroom,” Anthony reflects. Her fourth grade teacher also left a lasting impression. “She was the first teacher I had who provided her students with many hands-on activities. She was kind and made learning fun and exciting. I remember how I could not wait for the next day to see what she had for her students to learn.” Diane Anthony, Teacher of the Year, with some of her third grade students After finishing a bachelor’s in elementary education (from the left): Alberto Bustillo, NaJiin Keller, Logan Garrett, Z’Niyah and a master’s in elementary reading from Southeastern Houston, Marian Burnett, Destini Johnson, and Sophie Orihuela. Louisiana University, Anthony taught for 10 years in Louisiana. Then she and her husband, Jeff, moved to Brandon, and she taught in Jackson Public Schools for more than 22 years. She has spent the last six years of her career at Highland. Anthony says establishing structure in the classroom is key to successful teaching. She wishes she knew more about classroom management that first year. “Create a classroom where structure, organization, consistency, and fairness are in place,” she advises new teachers. “Create a classroom atmosphere that you would want your own child in. Be positive and kind, but firm! Start each day with a smile and a greeting. Even on the bad days, look for the good in each child. Learn to be flexible.” Craig Whitfield, who teaches with Anthony on the third grade team, says her organizational skills are just one of the reasons she nominated her to be Teacher of the Year. “She pushes her students to learning the skills in a very patient and positive way. She is always there for our team and goes the extra mile,” Whitfield explains. “I admire her and always will.” Anthony also adores her students. “I love little people and want to help them become life-long learners like those two wonderful teachers did for me many years ago,” she says. “At this age, students are beginning to be more independent, yet they still love pleasing their teachers. They are usually so eager and excited to learn the many skills that are required of them.” When not teaching, Anthony enjoys spending time with her three grown children and their families. She is expecting her fourth grandchild in March. “I look forward to planning, cooking, and sharing our weekly Sunday meals together,” she says. She also enjoys reading, learning, sewing, walking and cheering for the New Orleans Saints.

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OLDE TOWNE MIDDLE SCHOOL Grades 6–8 • 210 Sunnybrook Rd.

601-898-8730 | www.madison-schools.com/otm

Technology Student Association The spring is a busy time of year for members of Olde Towne Middle School’s Technology Student Association (TSA). On just about any given afternoon, you’ll find dedicated students meeting after school to fine-tune projects in the hope of placing at district, state and even national competitions. The mission of the club is to foster the personal growth, leadership, and opportunities of students in each STEM discipline, which includes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The members of TSA are able to apply the skills learned in these areas through intracurricular competitions, activities, and any other related programs involving these concepts – paralleling their motto, “Learning to Lead in a Technical World.” “The Mississippi Technology Student Association is the only career and technical student organization that is dedicated exclusively to those students in middle and high school technology courses,” said ICT teacher Tammy King, one of the sponsors of Olde Towne’s TSA. “There are 81 chapters in our state with over 2,500 students and advisors as members.” Students who are enrolled in Digital Media Technology, Information Communication Technology I and II, Information Technology, Polymer Science, Robotics, and Engineering, Simulation and Animation, STEM, and Technology Foundations

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have been known to be the driving force behind Mississippi’s success in this national organization. This year, students have raised money for the American Cancer Society, which serves as TSA’s designated organization for donations. Students will compete in the Community Service Video category at District, showcasing their collection of donations. Other categories include Career Prep, Children’s Stories, Digital Photography, Dragster, Essays on Technology, Flight, Forensic Technology, Inventions and Innovations, Junior Solar Sprint, Leadership Strategies, Medical Technology, Off the Grid, Prepared Speech, Promotional Marketing, STEM Animation, Structural Engineering, Tech Bowl, Technical Design, Video Game Design, and Website Design. “I’m so excited about the club’s 40 students competing at District on February 23,” said Crystal Chase, principal of Olde Towne Middle School. “I’m confident our students will do well.” In other efforts to raise money, TSA held a talent show on February 16 to offset expenses. “We plan to have students who qualify at District to compete in the State competition in Tupelo at the end of March and at TSA Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia, this summer,” said King. “We hope to have a local business sponsor to assist Olde Towne Middle School’s TSA during this time.”


OTMS ROBOTICS OTMS hosted its first VEX Robotics tournament of the season on Friday, January 12, and Saturday, January 13, featuring 13 teams from Central Mississippi. This year, OTMS has two VEX teams: a five-member boys’ team and a five-member girls’ team. For the first time ever, OTMS’s robotics teams have moved away from using VEX IQ platform and instead are using the VEX EDR system and participating in VRC/VEXU competitions, a move to get them prepared for being on the highly competitive and successful Ridgeland High School robotics team next year. “After analyzing VEX IQ competitions and VEX competitions from the previous year and taking into account the pros and cons of both, making the decision to change from VEX IQ to VEX was quite simple,” said Jeffrey Coleman, OTMS robotics teacher. “VEX offers additional benefits that I feel are more valuable to middle school students as it pertains to student success in school and in life. Through VEX, students are able to develop essential skills such as problem solving, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and time management as well as other skills that are highly needed and recommended to be successful in schools, on jobs and in life.” The boys’ team won the Excellence Award – Middle School, which is the highest honor given out in the VEX Robotics Competition to the overall top team. The girls’ team Members of the OTMS robotics teams are (from left, front) Lucy Mokua, Ava Rachel, Yishia Walton, Sasha Lewis, Eva Albright; (back) won the Design Award – Middle School, which is presented Jeffrey Coleman, Ethan Perkins, Pierce Nielsen, Daniel Lynn and to the team that demonstrates an organized and professional Ridge Mathews. Not pictured: Zakarie McDonald. approach to the design process, project management, time management, and team organization. Both teams did remarkably well, competing against middle school teams – and even high school teams – from the area. “I’m very excited and proud of what both teams have accomplished,” said Coleman. “Having teams that are new to robotics and VEX and winning awards in their very first competition speak volumes to students’ capabilities when they are held to an expectation of excellence.” By receiving the Excellence Award – Middle School, the boys’ team is qualified to compete in the 2018 Mississippi VEX VRC In the Zone State Championship – Middle School, which will be held March 2-3 in Hattiesburg, on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.

CHRIST COVENANT SCHOOL 752 Pear Orchard Road 601-978-2272 www.christcovenantschool.net

ST. ANDREW’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL North Campus–Grades 5–12 370 Old Agency Road 601-853-6000 | www.gosaints.org

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Grades 9-12 • 586 Sunnybrook Road • 601.898.5023 • www.madison-schools.com/rhs

Ridgeland High Culture Cultivates Leaders and Lifelong Community Volunteers Ridgeland High School students collectively volunteer thousands of hours each year, not because it is required to graduate, but “it’s just what we do,” said junior Faith Brock. “As freshmen, we quickly discovered volunteering and taking leadership roles is part of the school culture. Every one of the numerous clubs and organizations at our school, like Ambassadors, Key Club, student government, robotics and International Club, offers us the chance to learn leadership skills, often while serving the community.” Students volunteer in events ranging from the Sanderson Farm Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, and TOPSoccer with the City of Ridgeland, to math peer-tutoring and running the school recycle program. Brock is the school’s National Honor Society chapter secretary and a Ridgeland High School Ambassador. “Two of my favorite volunteer activities are helping with the annual blood drive held at Ridgeland High, which is a partnership between Ridgeland Ambassadors and Mississippi Blood Services, and collecting toys for our French Club’s Toys-for-Tots holiday drive.” Senior Helen Marcellus, whose consummate leadership skills make her a natural mentor to underclassmen, is a flutist and color guard captain. “By the time we are seniors, our resumes are full, due to all the opportunities we have at school, and community service has become a way of life. I intend to continue volunteering in college and beyond.” Ridgeland Junior Diplomats, sponsored by Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce, attracts a large quorum of RHS students each year. The program provides exceptional leadership development, career information, and volunteer opportunities. Each year the chamber welcomes rising junior and senior students who live in Ridgeland to apply. Student leadership skills also blossom through the challenges and triumphs of the award-winning robotics program at Ridgeland High School. A peek into the bustling robotics lab, where mentor Bill Richardson’s shelves are loaded with trophies and awards, confirms that future STEM leaders defy any stereotype at this school. 24 Ridgeland Life

Ridgeland High School Ambassadors will partner with Mississippi Blood Services for their annual blood drive on March 20, 2018 at Ridgeland High School.

“Our team members include male and female students, and students from cultural and ethnic backgrounds from around the globe. We spend hundreds of hours together each year, designing, refining, and building our VEX robots,” said robotics captain Melvin Nguyen. Senior robotics team member Victoria Jiang, who was recently accepted to Georgia Tech, believes robotics helped her stand out in the admissions process. “In addition to designing and building a new VEX robot each year, I learned to code and how to keep an award-winning engineering notebook.” “Robotics students leave Ridgeland High prepared to be leaders, engineers, and collaborators,” senior Keelan Horne explains. Horne, also a captain and legendary robotics driver, steers his team to multiple championships each year. “We apply to top-notch schools around the country and it’s motivating to see team members getting accepted into top-tier programs.” All families in Ridgeland with high school students are encouraged to schedule a tour of Ridgeland High to learn more about the service, leadership and academic offerings.


Ridgeland High RHSpy Awards Honor Athletes Last spring Ridgeland High School athletic director Ryan Earnest and assistant athletic director LuCina Taylor decided to celebrate Titan athletes by creating a new event called the RHSpys. “We decided to put a spin on the ESPN ESPY Awards (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) with the creation of the RHSpys, an evening honoring Titan athletes past and present,” said Earnest. The 2018 RHSpys take place on May 14 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. One of the evening’s highlights will be the induction of the 2018 honorees into the Ridgeland Athletic Hall of Fame. Awards include the “Break-Through Athlete,” the Roger Bishop Courage Award, male and female athlete of the year (ADIDAS), and the riveting “Comeback of the Year” award. Last year’s inaugural Ridgeland Athletics Hall of Fame inductees were Lee Boozer, RHS’s first principal; Kenny Burton, retired RHS athletic director and football coach; Nick Johnson, USM, baseball; Roger Bishop, student athlete, (posthumously); Rachel (Givan) James, UNC-Chapel Hill soccer, and Bianca Knight, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, 4 x 100 m relay. RHSyps is a ticketed event open to the community. Join Titan

Ridgeland High School 2017 Inaugural Hall of Fame inductees (l to r): Roger Bishop, Sr. (for Roger Bishop, inducted posthumously), Lee Boozer, Kenny Burton, Rachel Givan James, Nick Johnson, and Bianca Knight. Ridgeland High School will announce the 2018 Hall of Fame inductees at the RHSpy awards on May 14, 2018.

athletes, past and present, for the wrap-up of an exciting year in sports.

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HOLMES COMMUNITY COLLEGE 412 W. Ridgeland Avenue 601-856-5400 | www.holmescc.edu A multi-campus institution, Holmes Community College offers the Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Applied Science degree, technical and career certificates and workforce training. The college now offers more than 50 academic majors, approximately 30 professional programs and a variety of student support services. Holmes is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Holmes Lady Bulldogs Finish Another Successful Season LOOK FORWARD TO FUTURE The future looks bright for the Holmes Community College women’s soccer program after the team finished the season with a 13-1-1 record and was crowned back-to-back MACJC North Division Champions and NJCAA Region XXIII Runners-up. Holmes Head Coach Matt Convertino is extremely proud of everything accomplished this season by the Lady Bulldogs. “It was a great season for our team,” Convertino said. “It was clearly the best in program history. I’m so proud of our players for the hard work they put in as well as Wesley (Noble) and TJay (Busin) for getting the team prepared for success week in and week out. “That being said, preparations for next season have already begun and we think 2018 can be an even better season. The culture within the team is excellent and we have signed some outstanding high school seniors.” Their 2018 success helped garner the Lady Bulldogs national attention as the team also found themselves in the both the NJCAA and the United Soccer Coaches soccer polls. The Lady Bulldogs broke into the United Soccer Coaches poll on Oct. 3 at No. 13. They got as high as No. 11 on Oct. 31 before finishing No. 13 in the final poll on Nov. 21. The team was also recognized during the season by the NJCAA. The Lady Bulldogs received votes in the national poll on Sept. 12 before breaking into the polls on Sept. 26 at No. 19. The team got as high as No. 16 before falling to the Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats in the state/ region tournament. “I couldn’t be any prouder of this group,” said Holmes Associate Head Coach Wesley Noble. “Their accomplishments this season have been outstanding. They rewrote the record books once again by being back-to-back North Division champions, best record in school history, most NJCAA All-Region player selections in Region XXIII and the list goes on and on.” Noble said that the women’s program has set itself apart with culture being one of the most important factors. “Both of these groups were superb and such a joy to coach,” he said. “I think our success in the past two years comes back to the culture. We have a unique family atmosphere here at Holmes that really helps us come together both on and off the field. With a good nucleus of players returning from this year’s team, Noble has been on the road looking for players to fill in the slots left by the sophomore class, and he feels he has some good ones coming in for 2018. “Recruiting has gone extremely well,” Noble said. “We have 12 girls signed or committed for next season at the moment and only waiting on a few others to finalize our recruiting for the year. “This class will, hands down, be the most talented group we have brought in from top to bottom,” he said. To keep up with the Holmes Lady Bulldogs, go to www.holmesathletics.com/sports/wsoc/index. 26 Ridgeland Life


RIDGELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY Madison County Library System 397 Highway 51 • Ridgeland, MS 39157 601-856-4536 • www.mclsms.org Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Fri – Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed on Sunday

From the Branch Manager I am excited to announce some new programs this coming cycle at the Ridgeland Library. We have revamped a few of our programs to make them even better, and we have opened our meeting rooms free of charge for gaming groups. All the gaming groups need to do is call ahead and see if the space is available. I hope to see you all in the library using our products and coming to our events!

Madison County Professional Gamers’ Social Nights The Madison County Professional Gamers’ Social Nights are designed to help professionals socialize, network, and have a great time. The group meets every first and third Monday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The first Monday is filled with mocktails, light appetizers, tabletop gaming, and other fun activities. The third Monday is filled with mocktails, light appetizers, and themed trivia! Future Dates: March 5 and 19, April 2 and 30, May 7 and May 21


Artist Corner and Design Club Do you need a good way to relieve stress and unwind at the end of the day? The Madison County Library System has an Artist Corner and Design Club. The Ridgeland Public Library’s Artist and Design Club meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and works on any art medium of their choosing! Come enjoy the relaxation twice a month with light refreshments and fellowship. (Supplies are mostly furnished, but please feel free to bring your own.) Future Dates: March 6 and 20, April 3 and 17, May 1 and 15

Fandom Support Group

Tabletop Gaming and Movie Night

Fandom Support Group is a monthly program on the second Saturday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. The Fandom Support Group is designed for adults 18 and older who want to discuss graphic novels and other fandoms of interest such as Dr. Who, Supernatural, Overwatch, graphic novels, Cosplay, and more! This group will also be open for Cosplayers to talk about their costume designs, bounce ideas off of each other, and enjoy discussing their love for the hobby. Future Dates: March 10, April 14, May 12

Our new tabletop and movie program takes place on Monday nights from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Our goal is to show entertaining movies while you and your friends get together and play some of our awesome board games! The rules for the games will be House Rules and, of course, good sportsmanship. You will find new and surprising favorites to add to the top of your movie and gaming list. Light refreshments are provided. Future Dates: March 12 and 26, April 9, May 14

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MYSTERY READERS Mystery Readers will meet on the second Tuesday of the month. They meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and discuss the mystery books they have read the previous month. Some book recommendations include: • FAR FROM TRUE – Linwood Barclay • THE FOURTH MONKEY – J. D. Barker • THE WIDOW – Fiona Barton • THE MARRIAGE LIE – Kimberley Belle • PROVING GROUND – Peter Blauner • UNDER THE HARROW – Flynn Berry • I’M TRAVELING ALONE – Samuel Bjork • THE EX – Alafair Burke • DOWN A DARK ROAD – Linda Castillo • THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE – Michael Connerly • KILL THE FATHER – Sandrone Dazieri • THE GIRL BEFORE – J. P. Delaney • YOU WILL NEVER KNOW, DEAR – Hallie Ephron • THE HEAVENS MAY FALL – Allen Eskens • THE LIFE WE BURY – Allen Eskens • THE SWITCH – Joseph Finder • THE NIGHT BIRD – Brian Freeman • THE DRY – Jane Harper • SHE RIDES SHOTGUN – Jordan Harper • LOOK BEHIND YOU – Sibel Hodge • THE NOWHERE MAN – Gregg Hurwitz • RECKLESS CREED – Alex Kava • DEFECTORS – Joseph Kannon • THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS – Owen Laukkanen • SINCE WE FELL – Dennis Lehane • BLOOD WEDDING – Pierre LeMaitre • I SEE YOU – Clare Mackintosh • SAY NOTHING – Brad Parks • THE OLD MAN – Thomas Perry • GOLDEN PREY – John Sandford • NEVER LET YOU GO – Chevy Stevens • DUPLICITY – Ingrid Thoft • THE LIONS OF LUCERNE – Brad Thor • THE LOST GIRLS – Heather Young Future Dates: March 13, April 10, May 8 28 Ridgeland Life

New! Chapter One Adventure Club Join our Chapter One Adventure Club and learn how to play different Role-Playing Games (RPG’s) from 6 to 8 p.m. on the dates listed below. Each month a different RPG system will be featured in a one-shot adventure. Playing seats will be limited, but onlookers are welcome to just watch or swap in and out to take over someone’s spot! Future Dates: March 27, May 22

NEW! Star Wars X-Wing Night Join us for a new gaming night! The Star Wars X-Wing Night will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. Gamers can learn the game, and fight on the side of the Rebels or the Empire! Future Dates: March 21, April 11, May 16

NEW! Gaming 101

Gaming 101 is our new Outreach Program. We are partnered with Comic Commander on Thursday nights and will be teaching a board game every Thursday at the comic book store. We will be there from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Join us and learn a new game to play with your friends and family!

MONTHLY PROGRAMS Along with the regular programs at the Ridgeland library, we have some unique special programs planned for December through February. Be sure to mark your calendar for these exciting events!

RPG Sample Night MARCH 13, 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. Three or more role-playing one-shots will be hosted in the library. This will give patrons a way to see what happens in some of our other gaming programs and to see if they would like to rent out the room for their own gaming needs!

Summer Reading Open House May 29, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Learn about our Adult Summer Reading Program and pick up your passports early! Get a jump on everyone else in earning points for prizes! As always, you can stay informed with the most up-to-date information about our programs by visiting our website www.mclsms.org.


KIDS/TEEN PROGRAMS Our children’s area in Ridgeland has gone through some amazing changes over the last year! We’ve painted, gotten new puzzles, reupholstered our chairs, and added splashes of color with our beautiful curtains. Have you had a chance to come by and draw on the chalkboard tables yet? All of these changes have livened up our children’s space to match our growing collection and growing program offerings. We are excited to have added a Coding Club for our young patrons, continue to grow our monthly teen programming, and highlight spending time together as a family with our family theatre program! The library is pleased to announce that we are collecting school supplies with Backpacks for a Bright Future! Please be sure to drop off donations before March 15. Suggested supplies are as follows: notebook paper, #2 pencils, crayons, markers, pocket folders, glue sticks, scissors, backpacks, spiral-bound notebooks, and copy paper. We are excited for National Youth Art Month in March! Branch Manager, Antoinette Giamalva, has worked hard to create a makerspace in the library, which has created a space for patrons to work on projects, new crafts, and to use creative resources. Be sure to check out all of the makerspace offerings that are available to get those creative juices going! As we go forward, be sure to stop by the week prior to Mother’s Day (May 7-11th) between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. to create a special Mother’s Day craft. The library will be providing materials to create special crafts for the special women in your life!


The Ridgeland Library children’s programs will continue as normally scheduled through the Madison County School District’s Spring Break, March 11-17th. We will continue to offer our coding club, teen program, family theatre, and story time programs each month through May 11th. We will take a brief break until June 1st, which marks the start of this year’s Summer Reading Program: Libraries Rock! Local schools, daycares, or groups hosting family or children events: please do not hesitate to call Ms. Keke to come out for a special program at your facility. Our library systems also work with volunteers to bring in a variety of programming options, so let Ms. Keke know if there is ever anything we can help you with. We can’t wait to see you in the library!

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Spring Towards Our April Book Sale It’s that time of year again for the Friends of the Ridgeland Library Spring Book Sale! The sale starts on April 20 and goes through April 21. It will reopen April 23-24 during regular business hours. This gives you plenty of opportunities to grab a lot of good books, DVDs, and other items we have for sale! Do you want to get in on the good Book Sale deals early on? On April 19 at 4:30 p.m., we will have our Preview Party for members only. Not a member? Guess what?! You can sign up that day and have the benefit of choosing from the “cream of the crop.” All donations and membership fees are tax deductible.

The Friends Want You Did you know that the Friends of the Ridgeland Public Library is a 503(c) organization? This nonprofit group raises money to benefit the library through the book sales and various other events. They have raised money for new furnishings, supplies for the Summer Reading Program, provided funding for materials to host children, teen, and adult programs throughout the year, and so much more. The Friends of the Library welcome all new and potential members. You may choose to be a member with little involvement or help with various volunteer opportunities during fundraising events. The Friends of the Library membership offers you an advantage by helping the heart of the Ridgeland community. Membership also provides professional development, committee opportunities, and fellowship! We encourage everyone to inquire about the new committees recently formed to help promote a stronger and more active organization. Join today! Individual membership is $12, Family Membership is $20, Corporate Membership is $100, and Life Membership is $250. All donations and membership fees are tax deductible. 30 Ridgeland Life


Jammin’ at Preservation Hall with The Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band CITY OF RIDGELAND

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 754 S. Pear Orchard Rd. Phone: 601-991-9996 www.ridgelandchamber.com

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AND EVENTS March 9 New Member Luncheon New YorkLife 1052 Highland Colony Parkway 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. March 15 Sombra Mexican Kitchen 140 Township Avenue 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. April 19 Golf Tournament Lake Caroline Golf Club Time: TBD May 13-19 Police Appreciation Week May 17 The First, ANBA co-hosted by Steve’s Ribs and Grill 870 Avery Boulevard June 21 Trustmark National Bank 752 Lake Harbour Drive 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Some 300 business leaders and city officials filled the Hilton Jackson’s ballroom celebrating Ridgeland’s economic growth and development during 2017 and honoring volunteers for their dedicated service to the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce and the City of Ridgeland. The Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band from New Orleans, LA, entertained guests with songs and music made famous by the most notable and influential jazz musician in the world – the Master of Jazz – Louis Armstrong. The band included some of the most respected musicians in the Big Easy who perform across the country and around the world celebrating New Orleans jazz and the one-ofa-kind spirit of Louis Armstrong’s perspective of life. Award winning musician Raphael Semmes and his Mississippi Live Jazz Band entertained guests during the awards segment of the banquet. 2017 Ridgeland Chamber President Randy Keng of John Hancock – Southeastern Financial said 2017 marked the 24th anniversary of the Ridgeland Chamber. “We have reached many milestones over the last 24 years, Keng said, adding, “Today we are recognized across the metro area as a proactive Chamber, keeping our members and the community connected and making an impact through a variety of programs.” Outgoing Chamber President Randy Keng passed the gavel to 2018 President Karen McKie of Green Oak Florist & Garden Center. “With our 2018 theme Ridgeland . . . Rooted in Success! We will place renewed emphasis on helping our businesses succeed by offering networking opportunities that encourage businesses to do business with each other,” she said. “We will also focus on ways to better help our smaller businesses promote their products and services and spread their message throughout Madison County and beyond,” McKie added. Ridgeland Chamber volunteers were honored for their contributions to the Chamber and the City of Ridgeland. Photos courtesy of Elwin Williams, Entertainment Media & Print Services

2017 Prime Sponsors DIAMOND Adcamp, Inc. BankPlus CenterPoint Energy City of Ridgeland Community Bank Green Oak Florist & Garden Center Hilton Jackson John Hancock – Southeastern Financial Madison County Journal Neel-Schaffer, Inc. Trustmark National Bank Venture Technologies Waggoner Engineering, Inc. GOLD MGM Resorts International/ Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

SILVER Mattiace Properties, Inc. Regions Bank Renasant Bank BRONZE BancorpSouth Barnett’s Body Shop First Commercial Bank Pepsi - Brown Bottling Group PriorityOne Bank COPPER Capital Oil, Inc. / Cappy’s Valero Madison County Business League & Foundation Members Exchange Credit Union Mississippi Baptist Medical Center

Office Products Plus Origin Bank Pear Orchard Business Center Repeat Street State Farm Insurance – John Dorsa Wells Marble & Hurst, PLLC Special Appreciation to Matthews Media Fat Tuesday’s Green Oak Florist & Garden Center Barnett’s Body Shop Butler Snow, LLP Community Bank of Mississippi Cabot Lodge Jackson-North Hilton Jackson

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Enjoli Nolen of Office Products Plus, left, was named 2017 Diplomat of the Year. Allison DeWeese, of Holmes Community College and 2016 Diplomat of the Year, presented the award.

David Broadaway of Members Exchange Credit Union, left, was named 2017 Volunteer of the Year. Presenting the award was 2016 Volunteer of the Year Tina Lakey of Madison.

The City of Ridgeland Police Department received the 2017 Community Service Award. On hand to receive the award is Chief John Neal who called his officers to the stage where they received three standing ovations.

Gerard Gibert, CEO of Venture Technologies, left, receives the 2017 Business of the Year award from 2016 recipients Samantha and Joel Lofton of Barnett’s Body Shop.

Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee, names Ridgeland resident and local historian Nancy Batson, City Maker 2017. Batson is a founding member of the Historical Society of Ridgeland having served as president. She serves as president of the newly formed City of Ridgeland Historical Committee. 32 Ridgeland Life

2017 Chamber President Randy Keng, John Hancock – Southeastern Financial, right, presents awards of appreciation to Chamber Board members John Dorsa, State Farm Insurance and Michele Austin, Repeat Street.


2017 Chamber President Randy Keng, John Hancock – Southeastern Financial, passes the gavel to 2018 Ridgeland Chamber President Karen McKie, Green Oak Florist & Garden Center.

Jimmy Maxwell, band leader of The Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band, and Linda Bynum, Ridgeland Chamber Executive Director.

2017 Award Winners 2017 Diplomat of the Year Enjoli Nolen, Office Products Plus

2017 Volunteer of the Year David Broadaway, Members Exchange Credit Union 2017 Community Service Award Ridgeland Police Department 2017 Business of the Year Venture Technologies Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee joined in with The Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band as guest trombonist.

City Maker 2017 Nancy Batson

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R idgeland D epartments Public Works

Community Development

Fire Department



Director alan.hart@ ridgelandms.org

Fire Chief matt.bailey@ ridgelandms.org

Director mike.mccollum@ ridgelandms.org


Police Department

Recreation & Parks Department

City Clerk /Human Resources Director paula.tierce@ ridgelandms.org

Chief of Police john.neal@ ridgelandms.org

Director chris.chance@ ridgelandms.org


Finance and Administration


City Meetings Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting 1st & 3rd Tuesday - 6 p.m.

Work session is held on Mondays prior to Board Meeting - 6 p.m.

Architectural Review Board 2nd & 4th Tuesday - 6 p.m.

Bill Dicken - Chairman Ron Blaylock, Randy Knouse, Randy Lynn, Lynette Praytor, Glenn Ray, Alex Ross, Connie Suber

Keep Ridgeland Beautiful First Monday - 4 p.m.

Jan Richardson - Chairman Barbara Brown, Rachel Bradley, Rachel Collier, Polly Hammett, Barbara Hunter, Phyllis Parker, Lea Anne Stacy

Community Awareness Committee Fourth Monday - 5:30 p.m.

Drew Malone - Chairman Carla Palmer Allen, Shirley Gill, Vicki Heath, Lee Hutchings, Regina Italiano, Diane Jackson, Shelia Jackson, Lazaire Martin, Mike Smith, Ivy Williams

Historical Committee Every other month - Thursday, March 8, 1 p.m.

Nancy Batson - Chairman Robby Carr, Donna Dye, Polly Hammett, Mike Porter, Pat Truesdale

Contractors Board of Adjustment and Appeals Quarterly meeting - Tuesday, March 20, 4 p.m. Lantz Kuykendall - Chairman Terry Evans, David Pursell, Steve Rimmer, Clay Sutherland, Keith West

Zoning Board Thursdays, the week of Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting - 6 p.m. Bernie Giessner - Chairman Tracy Bailey, Michelle Caballero, Jim Collette, Walter Cox, Drew Malone, Larry Miller, Judy Rice, Rhett Stubblefield 34 Ridgeland Life


City of Ridgeland

City Hall, 304 Highway 51, Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157 601-856-7113, www,ridgelandms.org


D.I. Smith, Alderman-at-Large.............................. 601-707-8845 Ken Heard, Ward 1...............................................601-201-7392 Chuck Gautier, Ward 2.............................................. 601-856-1291 Kevin Holder, Mayor Pro Tempore, Ward 3..........601-238-5361 Brian Ramsey, Ward 4....................................... 601-506-1979 Bill Lee, Ward 5..................................................... 601-278-6256 Wesley Hamlin, Ward 6.................................... 601-454-0353

City Directory

Animal Control animalcontrol@ridgelandms.org............................................... 601-856-2121 Anonymous Tip Line (criminal investigations division)................................................ 601-853-2006 City Hall/Mayor’s Office................................................ 601-856-7113 Community Development Department (development, property maintenance, zoning, signs, permits)............. 601-856-3877 Community Police Officers (residential/neighborhood concerns and service)..... 601-502-6040 & 601-940-9030 Court Clerk (traffic violations, misdemeanors and fines).................................. 601-853-2001 Emergency (police and fire dispatch center).......................................... 9-1-1 Finance and Administration (business licenses, elections, meeting minutes, budget, public records).. 601-856-7113 Fire Department (non-emergency calls, safety education programs)..........................601-856-7004 Police Department (non-emergency calls, public safety concerns)................................ 601-856-2121 Public Works Depatment (roads, garbage, recycling, water, storm water)............................ 601-853-2027 Recreation and Parks (special events, athletics and program registration, park information).....601-853-2011 Utility Billing Department (water, sewer, garbage, and recycling billing) utilitybilling@ridgelandms.org.................................................. 601-856-3938


R idgeland A ldermen

To learn more about your elected representatives, go to www.ridgelandms.org/electedofficials/.

D.I. Smith

Alderman At-Large 601-707-8845 DI.Smith@RidgelandMS.org

Ken Heard

Ward 1 601-201-7392 Ken.Heard@RidgelandMS.org

Brian Ramsey

Ward 4 601-506-1979 Brian.Ramsey@RidgelandMS.org

Chuck Gautier

Ward 2 601-506-5913 Chuck.Gautier@RidgelandMS.org

Bill Lee

Ward 5 601-278-6256 Bill.Lee@RidgelandMS.org

Kevin Holder

Ward 3 Mayor Pro Tempore 601-238-5361 Kevin.Holder@RidgelandMS.org

Wesley Hamlin

Ward 6 601-454-0353 Wesley.Hamlin@RidgelandMS.org

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Ridgeland Life Spring 2018  

Spring in Ridgeland means KidFest!, Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, Easter Egg Hunts, Bike Rides and enjoying all the outdoor events and activ...

Ridgeland Life Spring 2018  

Spring in Ridgeland means KidFest!, Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, Easter Egg Hunts, Bike Rides and enjoying all the outdoor events and activ...