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JANUARY

• Baseball Registration – The Madison Ridgeland Youth Club spring baseball is offered for ages 4-18 (must have turned 4 years old by May 1st and not turned 18 after July 31st); registration takes place in January and early February. For more information visit www.mryouthclub.com or contact the Madison Parks & Recreation office: 601-853-9109.

Softball Registration – Spring softball leagues are available for girls ages 4-14 (must be between these ages by January 1st). Registration for the spring season usually occurs in January and early February. For more information visit mrycsoftball.com or contact the Madison Parks & Recreation office: 601-853-9109.

MARCH

Easter in the Park – Easter in the Park, held at Strawberry Patch Park, starts with the annual Easter egg hunt (ages 2-9). This event includes fun activities for all children and their families with popcorn and drinks served after the Easter egg hunt. For more information contact the Madison Parks & Recreation office: 601-853-9109.

APRIL

• Movie Under the Stars at Liberty Park – Drive up, put down your blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a spring evening at the movies under the stars. A special movie that appeals to all ages will be shown on a 15x20-foot screen, popcorn and drinks will be served. Activities begin promptly at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at dark. For more information, contact Jo Luby, special events coordinator: 601-856-7116

• Relay For Life at Liberty Park – Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity and offers everyone in the community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams formed from businesses, clubs, families, friends, hospital, churches, schools and service organizations camp out at Liberty Park and walk or run around a track/path. Relays are an overnight event, up to 24 hours in length. For more information, contact Lynette McBrayer with the American Cancer Society: 601-321-5516/lynette.mcbrayer@cancer.org, or the Madison Parks & Recreation office: 601-853-9109.

MAY

• Trustmark Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament – The annual golf tournament is one of the chamber’s leading fundraising events offering a variety of sponsorship and advertising opportunities for members. The tournament showcases hundreds of dollars in door prizes, offers other amenities such as fun and fellowship and presents the opportunity to win a car!

• Baseball Registration – Summer baseball is offered for ages 4-14 (must have turned 4 years old by May 1st and not turned 15 after July 31st). Registration is offered mid-May. For more information visit www.mryouthclub.com or contact the Madison Parks & Recreation office: 601-853-9109.

• Swing into Summer – Every spring, the city of Madison swings into summer with the biggest month-long picnic in the state of Mississippi. Located on the grounds of the Madison Square Center for the Arts, residents gather in the heart of Main Street every Thursday in May from 6-8 p.m. to enjoy good music and children’s activities. For more information contact Jo Luby, special events coordinator: 601-856-7116.

JUNE

• Soccer Registration – The South Madison County Soccer Organization will hold registration for fall soccer for boys and girls ages 4-18 (must be 4 years old by July 31st). Registration generally occurs in June and the first part of July. For more information please visit www.smcso.com or contact the Madison Parks & Recreation office: 601-853-9109.

JULY

Family Fourth Celebration

• Family Fourth Celebration – Spectacular fireworks are a great way to end your 4th of July celebration. Held at Madison’s own Liberty Park, this twilight celebration begins around 9 p.m. For more information contact Jo Luby, special events coordinator: 601-856-7116.

• True South Classic – The Annandale Country Club, with its Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, is host to the annual sanctioned PGA Tour True South Classic. Globally televised on the Golf Channel for four days and viewed by 70 million people, the True South Classic attracts 40,000-50,000 spectators each year and serves as a volunteer resource for more than 1,200 Madison residents.

• Summer Arts Camp – The Madison Square Center for the Arts presents an annual Summer Arts Camp for students who have completed kindergarten through eighth grade. The camp combines the elements of music, dance, drama, visual arts, recreation and stage craft/design to stimulate creativity and provide performance experience for children ages 6-14. Professionals in art, dance, music, drama and set design are hired to teach the classes. For two weeks each July, camp is held Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The final musical production and art show is held Saturday evening following the camp. For information, contact the Madison Square Center for the Arts at (601) 853-0291.

AUGUST

• Baseball Registration – Fall baseball is offered for ages 4-14 (must have turned 4 years old by May 1st and not turned 15 after July 31st). Registration is offered mid-August. Games are played on Sunday afternoons for six weeks beginning after Labor Day. For more information visit www.mryouthclub.com or contact the Madison Parks & Recreation office: 601-853-9109.

• Softball Registration – Fall fast-pitch softball leagues are available for girls 4-14 (must be between these ages by January 1st). Registration for the fall season occurs in late August and early September. For more information visit mrycsoftball.com or contact the Madison Parks & Recreation office: 601-853-9109.

• Tackle Football – Tackle football is offered for ages 9-12 (must be 9 years old by September 1st). Registration usually runs through the middle of August. For more information, visit www.mryouthclub.com or contact the Madison Parks & Recreation office: 601-853-9109.

• Cheerleading – Cheerleading is offered along with the tackle football program for ages 9-12 (must be 9 years old by September 1st). Registration usually runs through the middle of August. Cheerleading will take place at the MRYC tackle football games. For more information, visit www.mryccheerleading.com.

OCTOBER

• Basketball Registration – Basketball is offered for ages 4-18 (must be 4 years old by September 1st). Registration is usually held in late October through the middle of November. Practices will begin in early December, with games starting after the first of the year. All games are held at various Madison County schools. For more details, visit www.mryouthclub.com or contact the Madison Parks & Recreation office: 601-853-9109.

• Scarecrow Cruise and Car Show – The annual Scarecrow Cruise and Car Show is a fun family event held on the third weekend in October in downtown Madison. More than 450 classic cars and trucks are on display consisting of antiques, hot rods, street rods, street machines, muscle cars and special interest vehicles of all kinds. Other highlights include a silent auction for charity, activities for kids and retail and restaurant booths from local vendors. For more information, call Tom Phillips, 601-259-5248 or Mike Martin, 601-906-1196, or visit www.msclassiccruisers.com.

NOVEMBER

• Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet – The Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet celebrates businesses, professionals and volunteers who have made outstanding contributions through community involvement. This grand event features an evening of dining and entertainment, while providing the opportunity to recognize those who continue to offer leadership for the community through their exceptional efforts.

• Spring Soccer Registration – The South Madison County Soccer Organization will hold registration for spring soccer for boys and girls ages 4-18 (must be 4 years old by July 31st). Registration generally occurs in November and the first part of December. For more information on soccer please visit www.smcso.com or contact the Madison Parks & Recreation: 601-853-9109.

DECEMBER

• Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting – Madison’s annual Christmas Parade kicks off the holidays with flair. Beautifully decorated streets, special holiday activities and the arrival of Santa Claus make this event a family favorite. The Christmas Parade is held each year on the first Saturday in December at 9:00 a.m., following the parade the Christmas Tree Lighting takes place at the Red Caboose on Main Street. For more information, contact Jo Luby, special events coordinator, 601-856-7116

• Christmas in Madison – Chamber member retailers kick off the holiday shopping season in Madison with special promotions and exclusive merchandise. This one-day shopping extravaganza is held in conjunction with the city’s annual Christmas Parade.

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