Community briefs 10/2/06

AARP 4041 to meet today at Grace UMC

The Cape Girardeau County chapter of AARP 4041 will meet at 1:30 p.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church, Broadway and Caruthers Avenue. The program will be a candidates forum. A door prize drawing will be held.

Delta Gardeners Club meets in Charleston

CHARLESTON, Mo. -- The Delta Gardeners Club will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Clara Drinkwater Newnam Library, 105 E. Marshall. Interested gardeners from Scott, Mississippi and Stoddard counties are welcome. Meetings are the first Monday of the month at various locations.

Sell a gown at Jackson High School old gym

The Jackson FCCLA is seeking gowns for resale from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 11 and 12, and from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 13. Gowns should be brought to the Music/Ag Building, Room B2, Jackson High School. Dress owners can decide the gown's price. A nominal handling fee will be collected. Gowns will be sold from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14 at the old gymnasium at JHS. Ten percent of the gown's resale will be donated to Relay For Life. The remainder will benefit the seller. Booths for businesses will also be available. Gown and money pick up is noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 15. Gowns not picked up will be donated to charity. For more information, call 243-9517.

McKinney benefit dinner, dance, auction Oct. 21

A memorial benefit dinner, dance and auction will be held Oct. 21 at the Jackson Elks Lodge, lower level, to honor the life of Aaron McKinney and help pay the remainder of his funeral and medical expenses. Because McKinney was a Woodland Hills sports-minded student, the Bollinger County Youth Soccer League is establishing a memorial scholarship fund in his name to assist families experiencing economic hardships with children wishing to play soccer. An annual college scholarship is also being established but details have not yet been determined. McKinney's family is sponsoring the event, which will include a silent auction and raffle items with chances for St. Louis Rams tickets and a four-wheeler. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (573) 238-4205 or 576-2519.

Scott County Women in Agriculture to meet

The Scott County Women in Agriculture will meet at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at the USDA Office, Highway 77, Benton, Mo. The group's goal is to educate others about agriculture and to provide an atmosphere of fun, fellowship and support. For more information, contact Kay Dover at the USDA Center, (573) 545-9027.

Wal-Mart donates to Scott City FBLA

The Scott City FBLA Chapter recently received a $500 donation from Wal-Mart to fund activities and community service projects including the Summer Executive Leadership Conference, Installation, Camp Quality Relay, Thanksgiving Dinner for Senior Citizens, Career Shadow Day, Career Day for the Middle School, National Fall Leadership Conference, Pictures with Santa, District Competition, State Competition and National Leadership Conference.

-- From staff reports