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Mississippi State Port Authority board meeting: 8:30 a.m., Great Southern Club, Gulfport. Details: 865-4300.
The Legend of Santa Gator puppet show: 10 a.m., St. Martin Public Library. Puppets, stories and songs.
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Second annual Spread the Cheer Christmas Party: 10 a.m., Greenbriar Nursing Home, D'Iberville. Sponsored by the D'Iberville High School Community Services students and teacher. Details: 343-1246.
VFW Post 2434 lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 17-18, 289 Veterans Ave., Biloxi. Cost: $7. Details: 374-4112.
"Cinderella": 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Center Stage, 2670 Rue Palafox, Biloxi. Cost: $7. Details: 388-6258 or centerstagebiloxi.org.
Bay Emporium Christmas Open House: 5-7 p.m., 112 South Second St., Bay St. Louis.
Wild at Heart Rescue fundraiser: 5-11 p.m., Grand Theatre, D'Iberville. Have your photo taken with "Star Wars" characters for $3. Silent auction, items for sale and raffles. Presented by Rebel Legion, with proceeds being donated to Wild at Heart Rescue.
Gulf Coast Community Action Agency board meeting: 6 p.m., GCCAA, Administration Office, 500 24th St., Gulfport. Details: 896-1409, ext. 8328.
Family Night Out: 6 p.m., Handsboro United Methodist Church, 2333 Demaret Drive, Gulfport. Fellowship and light refreshments. Details: 896-7264.
Line dancing classes: 6 p.m. Dec. 17, 21 and 28, Pascagoula Public Library, 3214 Pascagoula St. Led by Ericka Nicholson. All ages welcome. Details: 769-3060.
Christmas at Beauvoir: 6-8 p.m. Saturdays through Thursdays, through Dec. 31, Beauvoir, 2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Enjoy the gardens and Christmas lights. Cost: $5 per car. Details: 388-4400.
Ice skating: 6 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 17-18; 3:30, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 19; 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20; 6 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 21-23; 3:30, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 26; 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 27; 6 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 28-31, Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi. Tickets include admission and skate rental while supplies last. Purchase tickets in person at the box office 30 minutes before each session. Details/tickets: 594-3707.
Live Nativity scene: 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, Bay St. Louis.
Songs and Stories Radio Show: 7 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Details: 818-2878.
"A Charlie Brown Christmas": 7 p.m. Dec. 17-19 and 2 p.m. Dec. 20, Salvation Army Kroc Center, 575 Division St., Biloxi. Cost: $10. Details: 207-1218.
Santa & Friends on Ice: 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 27, Beau Rivage Theatre, Biloxi. Professional skaters and other performers present seasonal classics. Snowfall at every show. Tickets start at $12.95 plus tax and service charge. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will also feature 3 p.m. performances.
"Dreamgirls -- The Musical": 8 p.m. Dec. 17-19 and 2 p.m. Dec. 20, Biloxi Little Theatre, 220 Lee St. Cost: $20 general admission and $15 students, military, seniors with ID. Details: downstagetheatre.com.
Biloxi Veterans Center Open House: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 288 Veterans Ave. Will focus on services available to veterans and active duty members.
"Star Wars" party: 2-4 p.m., Ina Thompson Moss Point Library. Wear costume, hit the piñata and win prizes. Refreshments. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Details: 475-7462.
Free Friday Night: 5-8 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport.
Tours of Lights Bicycle Ride: 5:30 p.m., Pascagoula Recreation Center, 2935 Pascagoula St. Tacky sweater contest. Lights required and helmets recommended. Touring Pascagoula neighborhoods. Details: 938-2356.
Book debut: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Southern Bound Bookstore, 1218 Government St., Ocean Springs. Hosted by Shereen Kostmayer. Oliver Chase will sign novels and discuss plot.
A Verry Merry Celtic Christmas: 6 p.m., Irish Coast Pub, 1307 25th Ave., Gulfport. Music, dancing and food. Irish dancing from Maccrossan School of Irish Dance and Celtic, Southern and Christmas tunes. Kids are welcome. Santa appearance.
Christmas at Beauvoir Family Night: 6-8 p.m., Beauvoir, 2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Closed on Christmas Day. Tour the presidential home and enjoy crafts, photos with Santa, pony rides, hay rides, vendors, Christmas lights and more. Entertainment: A reading of Mark Vogl's "Confederate Night Before Christmas." Cost: $12.50 adults, $10 seniors, $7.50 ages 6-18. Free to ages 5 and younger. Details: 388-4400.
VFW Post 6731 fish plates: 6-8 p.m., 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville. Details: 392-1152.
Special Needs Christmas Dance: 6-9 p.m., Donal Snyder Community Center, 2520 Pass Road, Biloxi. Celebrate with friends and family. Door prizes and food. Security will be provided. Admission is an unwrapped gift of no more than $10, which will be given to the Biloxi Police Department's Santa Wears a Badge Program. Details: 388-7170.
Pot luck Christmas party: 6:30 p.m. doors open and 7 p.m. dinner and dance follows, Amour Danzar Ballroom, 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Cost: $20 per person. Bring a gift to exchange and a covered dish. Reservations/details: 324-3730.
Confidence & Couture -- A Creative Marx Fashion Expo benefit: 6:30 p.m., Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd. Fashion show, makeovers, empowerment sessions and more will help raise awareness about domestic violence. Cost: $10 with wish list donation, $20 regular admission and $45 VIP pass. Proceeds benefit the Gulf Coast Women's Center for Nonviolence. Details/tickets: 601-460-4612 or eventbrite.com.
"Santaland Diaries": 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18-19 and 2 p.m. Dec. 20, Center Stage, 2670 Rue Palafox, Biloxi. Cost: $12. Details: 388-6258 or centerstagebiloxi.org.
TNT Ranch BBQ and Bake Sale Fundraiser: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 14374 Dedeaux Road, Gulfport. Procceds benefit the TNT Ranch Homeless Shelter for veterans.
Long Beach Farmers Market: 8:30 a.m.-noon, corner of Church Avenue and First Street in parking lot of First United Methodist Church, 208 Pine St. Variety of sustainably grown local produce, artisan breads and more. Live acoustic music.
Nature Discovery: 9 a.m., Scranton Nature Center, 3928 Nathan Hale Ave., Pascagoula. Cost: $1. Learn about hibernation and enjoy a story with Jackson-George Regional Library. Create pinecone art collected on nature walk. Details: 938-6612.
Breakfast with Santa Claus: 9-11 a.m., French Club of Biloxi, 182 Howard Ave. Details: 436-6472.
Affordable Care Act enrollment sessions: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Details: 452-4596.
TNT Ranch Car Wash and Fish Fry Fundraiser: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Advance Auto Parts, 11220 U.S. 49, Gulfport. Procceds benefit the TNT Ranch Homeless Shelter for veterans.
Funday Saturday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR 40th Anniversary: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Visitor Center, 7200 Crane Lane, Gautier. Designed for all ages. Make Christmas decoration using items from nature. Details: 497-6322 Ext. 101.
Biloxi Holiday Open House: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd. Local artists and craftsmen will be set up and selling their special creations. Pictures with Santa. Refreshments. Admission is free and door prizes will be given away. Details: 374-3105.
Biloxi Gun and Knife Show: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 19 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 20, Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Cost: $8 adults and $2 children 6-11. Under 18 must be admitted with parent. Details: 985-624-8577.
Sit! Stay! Read! program: 10 a.m.-noon, Pascagoula Public Library, 3214 Pascagoula St. Children will improve reading skills by reading to therapy dogs from Visiting Pet Teams of South Mississippi. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Details: 769-3060.
Christmas in the Park: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Turnkey Park in Forrest Heights Community. Toy giveaway, Santa Claus, refreshments, bounce houses, face painting and music. Presented by Gulf Coast Outreach and Leadership.
Toy giveaway: 11 a.m., Vernon Gilbert Elks Lodge, 636 Esters Blvd., Biloxi. Toys benefit the needy children in our community.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Boutique: Noon-4 p.m., Edgewater Mall, 2600 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Between Victoria's Secret and Francesca's. Shop for a cure. Details: 896-8936.
Campers' Christmas gift bag distributions: 1 p.m. Dec. 19 at Westside Park, Gulfport, and 1 p.m. Dec. 20 at Hiller Park, Biloxi. Shepherd of the Gulf presents this event for South Mississippi homeless and seeks community support to make gift bags. Drop off donations at Liberty Coffee House, 1270 28th St., from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Details: 871-7000. Tax-deductible donations can be made to Shepherd of the Gulf at any Hancock Bank or mail to Shepherd of the Gulf, P.O. Box 1000, Gulfport, MS 39501. Details: 229-8980, 249-2339 or 954-695-5764.
Book signing: 2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, Gulfport. Features Thomas Simmons and "By Accident of Birth."
Cookout for the homeless: 3-5 p.m., Feed My Sheep, Gulfport. After raising money for the service project, Crossroads Elementary School teacher Verina Campos and her class will offer meals to the homeless.
Grilled steak and fish dinner: 6:30-9 p.m., Ocean Springs Elks Lodge 2501, 2501 Beachview Drive, Ocean Springs. Cost: $18 steak and $12 fish.
Christmas Live Nativity Re-enactment: 7 p.m., Bay St. Louis Little Theatre Depot Grounds. Details: bsllt.org.
Christmas Mingle and Jingle: 7-11 p.m., Isiah Fredericks Community Center, 3312 Martin Luther King Drive, Gulfport. Tickets: $20. After-party follows at Club Blue Envy Lounge and Bar. Helping Adopt-A-Family from Salvation Army.
Belles and Buoys Christmas Dance: 7:30-10 p.m., Lyman Senior Citizen Center, 14592 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Caller Harry Case from Brookhaven and Cuer Fran Keller from Pensacola, Fla. Details: 363-2622.
VFW Post 6731 breakfast: 8-11 a.m., 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville. Details: 392-1152.
Red Cross blood drive: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Our Lady of Fatima, 2090 Pass Road, Biloxi. Details: 1-800-733-2767.
Breakfast by the Mardi Gras Krewe: 9-11 a.m., Ocean Springs Elks Lodge, 2501 Beachview Drive. Cost: $7.
Santa Claus at the Fire Museum: 1-3 p.m., West End Hose Co. No. 3 Fire Museum, 1046 Howard Ave. Children invited to talk with Santa, enjoy snacks and listen to Christmas music. Bring your cameras.
Gingerbread House Family Decorating Workshop: 2-4 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Cost: $25 per family. Bring family and decorate a gingerbread house together. Details: 897-6039 or lmdc.org.
Holiday Gala: 5 p.m., Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Gala features Bon Operatit, New Orleans opera singers. Cost: $10 nonmembers younger than 17; free to those younger than 17. Light holiday refreshments. Details: 452-4596.
School's Out Holiday Camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 21-23 and 28-30, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Cost: $35 per day and $200 for six-day camp. Pottery, baking, gift making, arts and crafts and more. Designed for kindergarten to fifth grade. Space is limited. Details: 897-6039 or lmdc.org.
Holiday movie marathon: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 21-22, East Central Public Library, 21801 Slider Road, Hurley. Hot chocolate, coffee and snacks. Details: 588-6263.
Winter break game day: 2-4 p.m. Dec. 21-23, Ina Thompson Moss Point Library. Play board games and video games. Hot chocolate, coffee and snacks. Details: 475-7462.
American Legion Post 42's Christmas Party: 6:30 p.m., St. Paul United Methodist Church, Wesson Hall, Porter Avenue, Ocean Springs. Trading of gifts. Ladies should bring a gift for other ladies and the men should bring one to be exchanged for the men; no more than $10. Details: 875-5233.
Belles and Buoys Half Way Dance: 7-9 p.m., Lyman Senior Citizen Center, 14592 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Caller and instructor Ted and Nancy Kennedy from Grand Bay, Ala. Details: 363-2622.
East Central Harrison County Public Utility District meeting: 8:30 a.m., Offices of Hopkins, Barvie and Hopkins, 2701 24th Ave., Gulfport.
Cookies for Santa: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. For ages 6-12. Cost: $10. Registration deadline is Dec. 20. Details: 818-2878.
Family movie matinee: 2 p.m., Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Free. Details: 452-4596.
Santa's story time: 5:30-7 p.m., Pascagoula Public Library, 3214 Pascagoula St. Bring the kids in their favorite pajamas to take photos with Santa. Enjoy stories, games, cookies and cider. Details: 769-3060.
Feed My Sheep's Christmas lunch: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 2615 19th St., Gulfport. The soup kitchen will be closed Christmas Day.
Gulf Coast Public Safety Feed the Needy Program: 8 a.m., Lyman Community Center, 13472 U.S. 49, Gulfport, for volunteers to arrive to help package and deliver meals; deliveries will begin at 9 a.m. To order a meal, call one of the sponsoring agencies: Biloxi Police Department, 385-3033; D'Iberville Police Department, 396-4252; Gulfport Police Department, 868-5703; Gulfport Fire Department, 868-5950; Harrison County Sheriff's Department, 896-0606; Long Beach Police Department, 865-1981; and Pass Christian Police Department, 452-3302. To make a donation, call Lt. Mike Shaw at 868-5703, or mail monetary donations to Gulf Coast Law Enforcement Feed the Needy, Attn: Lt. Mike Shaw, 2220 15th St., Gulfport, MS 39501.
Gulf Coast Rescue Mission annual Christmas meal: Noon-4 p.m., 2750 Mission Lane, Biloxi, off DeBuys Road. Take-out meals available. Volunteers welcomed. Details: 388-3884 or 388-6364.
Red Cross blood drive: Noon-6 p.m. Dec. 29-30 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 31, Edgewater Mall, 2600 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. All donors will receive a T-shirt while supplies last. Details: 1-800-733-2767.
Countdown to Noon: 10 a.m.-noon, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Music, snacks, New Year's craft, falling confetti and ball drop at noon. Included with museum admission. Details: 897-6039 or lmdc.org.
New Year's Eve: 8 p.m., 100 Men Hall, Bay St. Louis. Features Zena Moses and Rue Fiya. Live music, dancing, complimentary food, champagne from Silver Slipper Casino. Cost: $50 per person. Details: 100menhall.org.
Bib Band, New Year's Eve Dance: 8 p.m., Amour Danzar Ballroom, 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Features 12-piece Blue Stars Orchestra. Champagne and party favors provided. Cost: $40 per person. Bring your own food and drinks. Details: 324-3730.