Thursday, September 8, 2005


Dreams do come true

Wilhelmina and Dan Agency has signed Zinnetra Jeffries of Holly Springs for acting and modeling. Wilhelmina and Dan Agency is located in Nashville, Tenn., and headquartered from New York, N.Y. Her contract consists of commercial acting, sitcoms and modeling on a part-time basis. This agency is very well known for promoting famous models and actresses. Zinnetra has also received a call back from Buchwald Agency from Los Angeles, Calif. She is scheduled to audition for them again during their visit to Memphis, Tenn. in September.

Zinnetra was scouted out after attending the International Performer Organization Presentation (IPOP) in New York City the week of July 15. Zinnetra had an opportunity to train with actors, actresses and models during her seven-day stay in New York. Once her training was complete, she then auditioned for International and American Agencies, trying to land an opportunity to make a call back. Each performer was required to model different outfits, perform commercials, cold read and participate in a photo shoot. Zinnetra said it’s an experience that every girl should experience. She was chaperoned by her older sister Zinnifher Jeffries. During breaks between training, make-up and auditions the girls took in sight seeing and shopping.

Zinnetra is the daughter of Harold and Willette Jeffries of Holly Springs. She is an eighth grader at Holly Springs High School and a student at John Robert Power Acting Academy in Memphis. Zinnetra solicited help from the community to help her dream come true and you made it happen.

Her parents would like to thank all the individuals and businesses for their donations and the community for their support.

Non-credit classes set for DeSoto Center campus

A variety of non-credit classes are scheduled for the fall semester at DeSoto Center through continuing education at The University of Mississippi and Northwest Mississippi Community College.

Courses are offered in categories including art/hobbies, computers, financial planning, gardening, health and fitness, ideas for home/office, language, professional development, publication and sewing.

There are several classes set to begin in September. Basic Drawing I will introduce the student to techniques of shading and build up to still life. A supply list will be provided. Marie Hobbs will teach the class Sept. 12, 19 and 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $35.

Dinosaurs, Rocks and Fossils: The Prehistoric History of the Mid-South will be taught by DeSoto Museum curator Brian Hicks Sept. 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. Students will learn about the geologic history of DeSoto County and the rocks that can be found in this location. Class is limited to 15. The fee is $10.

Precious Metal Clay Workshop will introduce students to a new material from Japan that can be rolled, shaped and textured in the same way as ceramic clay. The material is fired, resulting in a piece of fine silver (.999) jewelry. Carol Stroud will teach the class Sept. 17, Oct. 1 and 8, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The fee is $60, and the supply fee is $90.

Introduction to Windows XP is a basic class of instruction in this operating system. Doris Stepp will be the instructor for the class on Sept. 27, 29 and Oct. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $60.

Basic Guide to Understanding Investing will feature instructor Matthew Flynn as he outlines the concepts of investing, clarifies confusing terms and helps arm students with skills for putting money to work. The class will be held Sept. 15, 22 and 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $25.

Ideas for Home/Office will be offered in two sessions: Sept. 7, 6 to 8 p.m.; and Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to noon. This workshop will help participants save time, money and reduce stress. Kimberly Medlock will be the instructor, and the fee is $35.

Simple Ways to Healthy Eating will be taught by Heather Chambliss Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This class is designed to help participants incorporate healthy eating habits into their daily lives. The fee is $40.

Staging your Home for Sale is a class designed to help the participant present his or her home in its best light. Instructor Maryanne Macdonald will offer tips such as organizing your home and making it show better in order to sell more quickly and bring a higher offer. The class will be held Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon. The fee is $25.

Introduction to Spanish will teach the basics of the verb system. It will also teach students how to continue as an independent learner. Class will be held Sept. 3 and 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. Lea Wills will teach the class, and the fee is $35.

Taming the Test Tiger-Writing is a workshop that will help students overcome fears of testing and improve their scores. Margaret Hicks will teach the class Sept. 13 and Nov. 15 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The fee is $35.

If you are interested in winning grants to support your school, church or non-profit agency, you may want to consider this Grantwriting From A to Z course, taught by Dr. Barbara Jones. The class will be held Sept. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The fee is $75.

Beginning Smocking and Construction will teach the basics of beginning smocking stitches in addition to construction of garments. Kathleen Cooper will be the instructor for class on Sept. 10, 17 and 24, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The fee is $20. Students should bring scissors and an additional $12 for supplies.

Classes are taught at DeSoto Center, located at 5197 W.E. Ross Parkway in Southaven. Call (662) 393-6601 or register online at

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