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Benefit blood drive: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Gulfport Police Department, 2220 15th St., Gulfport. Blood drive will benefit Steve Arnold, a severely wounded police officer from Jefferson Parish, La. Details: 863-2992.
Film presentation: 1:30 p.m., Ina Thompson Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview St. Film and book discussion featuring the "Trouble the Water" and "Rivers" by Michael Farris Smith. Reservations suggested. Details: 475-7462.
"Pinkalicious-- the Musical" auditions:5:30-7:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Designed for kindergarten through twelfth grade. Production is March 15-18. Details: 897-6039.
Daraja Children's Choir performance: 6 p.m., Gulf Coast Family Church of Nazarene, 14700 Big Ridge Road, Biloxi. Donations accepted. Details: 875-0860.
Women's Auxiliary meeting: 6 p.m., French Club of Biloxi, 182 Howard Ave. Details: 436-6472.
"Rose Tattoo" auditions: 6:30 p.m., Bay St. Louis Little Theatre, 398 Blaize Ave. Available roles include eight females, ages 15 to 60s and five males, ages 20s to 80s. Cold readings from script expected. Production opens in April. Details: 467-9024 or 504-453-4888.
"Spring Awakening-- A New Musical" auditions: 7 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Production scheduled for April 15-17. Available roles for male and females, ages 16-50. Details: 818-2878.
"The Producers" auditions: 7-9 p.m. Feb. 1-2, Gulfport Little Theatre, 2600 13th Ave. Production scheduled for April. Available roles include male and females, ages 16-80. Come prepared with a short musical selection. Auditionees should bring a CD accompaniment, mp3 or sheet music. An accompanist will be available. Details: 251-689-7167 or gulfportlittletheatre.org.
At Ease Gang meeting: 7 a.m., Treasure Bay Casino, 1980 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Coffee. Details: 806-4453.
BSA Government Day: 8 a.m., Gulfport City Hall. Designed for Boy Scouts. Includes police, fire protection, public works and leisure services. Details: 860-0722.
Tax Assistance: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays at Waveland Public Library, 345 Coleman Ave and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays at Kiln Public Library. Co-sponsored by AARP and Hancock County Library System. Assistance intended for low and medium income and those over age 50. Details: 467-5282.
Authors and Characters: 11:45 a.m., Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library. Panel of local leaders will discuss local black history. Includes Clementine Williams, Joan Thomas, Pat Murphy and Orita Richardson. Cost: $10 for lunch. Reservations required. Details: 467-5282.
Book reading: 5:45-6:45 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Features Thelma Straight and "The Stories My Foremothers Told Me". Details: 818-2878.
Coast Chorale spring rehearsal: 6:30 p.m., Main Street United Methodist Church, 162 Main St., Bay St. Louis. All voice parts welcome. Details: 324-8213.
Bienville Toastmasters meeting: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 and 16, Boomtown Casino, second floor conference room, Biloxi. Covering speaking and leadership skills. Details: 235-5046.
An Evening of New Orleans Jazz: 7 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Cost: $15 general admission and $10 students and groups of more than 10. Features Richard Shropshire and FHG Jazz Trio with special guests. Details: 818-2878.
Red Cross blood drive: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Memorial Hospital Medical Office Building, 4500 13th St., Gulfport. Details: 1-800-733-2767.
Crane tours: 8 a.m. Feb. 3, 10, 17, 20, 24, and 27, Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR, 7200 Crane Lane, Gautier. Available by reservations. Details: 497-6322, ext. 101.
Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority meeting: 9 a.m. on floor of terminal, Gulfport. Details: 863-5951 Ext. 3027.
Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra Guild: 10 a.m., 31 Sauvolle Court, Ocean Springs. Live entertainment. Details: 896-9347.
St. Stanislaus open house: 5-7 p.m., 304 S. Beach Blvd., Bay St. Louis. Designed for boys in grades 4-11. Details: 467-9057 Ext. 249.
Healthy Lifestyle class: 5:30 p.m., Orange Grove Community Center, Gulfport. Eight-week class. Presented by Gulf Coast Health Educators. Details: 860-7530.
Gulfport Dragway King of the Hill: 6 p.m. gates open and 9 p.m. eliminations, 17085 Racetrack Road. Cost: $25 car and driver, $8 spectators and $5 for ages 10 and younger. Details: 323-4047.
Biloxi Elks Lodge 606 meeting: 7 p.m. Feb. 3 and 17, 1178 Beach Blvd. Details: 374-0606.
"Elisha Gold -- A 10-Year Retrospective": Noon-1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. farewell reception and 6:30 p.m. artist talk, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jefferson Davis campus, Gulfport. Features sculptor Elisha Gold. Details: 897-3909.
Diabetic Support Group meeting: 4 p.m., Emmanuel Baptist Church, Ocean Springs. Guest speakers, cooking demonstrations and moral support. Presented by the Gulf Coast Health Educators. Details: 860-7530.
Yoga at the Museum: 6-7:15 p.m. with Moira Anderson of River Rock Yoga , Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Cost: $5. Details: 374-5547.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Toastmasters membership drive and Mardi Gras meeting: 6-7:30 p.m., Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center, 10298 Express Drive, Gulfport. Details: 313-3278 or 918-0888.
Think Like an Entrepreneur: 6-8 p.m., The Innovation Center, 1636 Popp's Ferry Road, Suite 207, Biloxi. Details: 396-8661.
"Boeing Boeing": 8 p.m. Feb. 4-6, Biloxi Little Theatre, 220 Lee St. Cost: $15 general admission; $12 seniors, students and military. Details and tickets: 432-8543 or 4blt.org.
Lunch and Learn Series: Noon-1 p.m., Jubilee Center, 4322 Popp's Ferry Road, D'Iberville. Speaker: Teckie Hinkebein, director of Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority. Cost: $10 per person includes lunch. Details: 392-4288.
Frozen Children's Valentine cooking class: 6-7:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Tickets: $12.50 per person and members receive 10 percent off. Details: 897-6039 or lmdc.org.
49th annual Carnival Ball: 6-8 p.m., VFW Post 3373, 4724 Vega St., Pascagoula. Theme: Celebrating the Roaring Twenties. Details: 769-8387.
Brushstrokes and Bellinis: 6-9 p.m., Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs. Three-hour art class where students are provided a lined-canvas and creative materials to complete a personal painting. Designed for beginners and intermediate levels. Must be 21 years and older. Cost: $40 per person. Details: 872-3164.
Grilled fish/steak dinner: 6:30-8 p.m., Ocean Springs Elks Lodge, 2501 Beachview Drive. Cost: $12 grilled fish and $18 grilled steak.
Eighth annual Ocean Springs Carnival Association Night Parade: 7 p.m., parade begins at the Ocean Springs Yacht Club on Front Beach and rolls to Porter Avenue, Washington Avenue, Government Street and ends at the Ocean Springs Upper Elementary School on Holcomb Boulevard.
Friday Night Dinner Dance: 7:30 p.m. dinner and dance follows Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26, Amour Danzar Ballroom, 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Casual dress. Cost: $10 dance and $6 dinner. Details: 324-3730.
Long Beach Farmers Market: 8:30 a.m.-noon, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, downtown. Features local produce, artisan breads, honey, dairy, eggs and meat. Live acoustic music. Now accepting EBT. Details: 234-8732.
Gulfport Dragway Winter Classic 1/8 Mile Race: 10-11:30 a.m. street light, noon, time trials, eliminations 2 p.m., 17085 Racetrack Road. Cost: $25 car and driver, $10 spectators. Details: 323-4047.
Breaking the Chains of Addiction informational meeting: 10 a.m., First Missionary Baptist Church, 1100 E. Pass Road, Gulfport. Presented by Lambda Xi Zeta. Addresses signs, symptoms, treatment options and available community resources. Details: 251-648-4329.
Krewe of Diamondhead parade: Noon, route begins on Gex Drive and travels to Aloha Drive, Kalani Drive and ends on Golf Club Drive.
Red Cross blood drive: Noon-5 p.m., Edgewater Mall, 2600 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Details: 1-800-733-2767.
Jackson County Carnival Association parade: 1 p.m., starts at Pascagoula Street and Ingalls Avenue intersection, travels to Market Street, Jackson Avenue and ends back on Pascagoula Street.
Krewe of Gemini parade: 2 p.m., begins on 19th Street in Gulfport, travels to U.S. 49, 14th Street, 13th Street, 24th Avenue, 14th Street, 15th Street, 24th Avenue and ends back on 19th Street.
Gulf Coast Stamp Club: 2:30 p.m., St. Martin Community Center, LeMoyne Blvd., Ocean Springs. Program: More members' collection areas and exhibit.
Krewe of Neptune parade: 5:30 p.m., route starts at the Main Street and Esters Boulevard intersection in Biloxi, travels down Main Street, U.S. 90, Lameuse Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Howard Avenue, Caillavet Street and ends at the Bayview Avenue intersection.
Wiggins and Stone County Chamber parade: 5:30 p.m., begins at Park Avenue and travels to South Parker Street, East Border Avenue, Magnolia Drive, East College Avenue and ends on Third Street.
Steak night: 6 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27, 1178 Beach Blvd. Cost: $18 ribeyes and $20 T-bones. Live entertainment. Details: 374-0606.
Children's Mardi Gras Ball: 6-9 p.m., Beauvoir, 2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Includes royal court with an inauguration of king and queen. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Games for children, drawings, 50/50 drawing for adults. Cost: $5 per nonmember adult and children are free. Presented by AMVETS Post 1. Details: 324-6444 or 770-378-4317.
Gulf Coast Temple 471 Carnival Ball: 9 p.m., Vernon Gilbert Elks Lodge, Esters Boulevard, Biloxi.
Ocean Springs Elks Lodge 2501 breakfast: 9-11 a.m., 2501 Beachview Drive, Ocean Springs. Cost: $7.
St. Paul Carnival Association parade: Noon, starts at the Davis Avenue and Second Street intersection in Pass Christian, turns on Scenic Drive, travels to Henderson Avenue, Church Avenue and ends back on Second Street.
North Bay Area parade: 1:30 p.m., route begins on Lemoyne Boulevard in the D'Iberville-St. Martin area, travels to Central Avenue, Rodriguez Street and ends on Automall Parkway.
Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse parade: 5 p.m., begins on Bookter Street in Bay St. Louis, travels to Necaise Avenue, Main Street, Second Street, Demontluzin Avenue, Beach Boulevard, Main Street and ends on Cue Street.
Gulfport Dragway Fat Tuesday Race: 11 a.m. gates open, 17085 Racetrack Road. Details: 323-4047.
Krewe of Diamonds parade: 1 p.m., starts at Bookter Street in Bay St. Louis, travels to Necaise Avenue, Main Street, Beach Boulevard, Union Street, Blaize Street, Sycamore Street, Old Spanish Trail and ends back on Bookter Street.
Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade: 1 p.m., begins on Main Street in Biloxi, travels to U.S. 90, Lameuse Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Reynoir Street, U.S. 90, Porter Avenue, Howard Avenue and ends at the Caillavet Street intersection.
Parkinson's Disease Support group: 4-5 p.m., Singing River Health System, second floor conference room, Neuroscience Center, 3603 Bienville Blvd. Suite 202, Ocean Springs. Details: 818-1207.
Krewe of Gemini parade: 5:30 p.m., route begins on 19th Street in Gulfport and travels to U.S. 49, 14th Street, 13th Street, 24th Avenue, 14th Street, 15th Street, 24th Avenue and ends back on 19th Street.
Coast Singles of Mississippi meeting: 4 p.m., St. Martin Library, 15004 LeMoyne Blvd., Biloxi.
Men's meeting night: 7 p.m., French Club of Biloxi, 182 Howard Ave. Details: 436-6472.
Move to Learn: 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., Pass Christian Elementary School Campus, gymnasium, 270 W. Second St. Led by Coach Larry Calhoun. Details: 452-5200.
Red Cross blood drive: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Blue Cliff, 12251 Bernard Parkway, Gulfport. Details: 1-800-733-2767.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: 4-5 p.m., Singing River Health System, second floor conference room, Neuroscience Center, 3603 Bienville Blvd. Suite 202, Ocean Springs. Details: 818-1207.
Friday Night Dinners: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 12, 19 and 26, French Club of Biloxi, 182 Howard Ave. Cost: $10. Details: 436-6472.
Starting a Business-- First Steps: 6-8 p.m., The Innovation Center, 1636 Popp's Ferry Road, Suite 207, Biloxi. Details: 396-8661.
An Evening of Images -- Stock and Whatnot: 6:30 p.m., Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Caylor Auditorium, Ocean Springs. See stock photography of wildlife and magazine articles spanning more than four decades. Free. Details: 872-4254.
Lenten seafood dinners: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays through March 18 at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, Biloxi. Cost: $7 per plate. Details: 435-0007.
Arbor Day annual Tree Giveaway: 10 a.m.-until supplies are gone, Jackson County Fairgrounds, Pascagoula. Features Flowering Dogwood, Redbud, Eastern May haw, Beautyberry, Catalpa, Fringetree, Yellow Poplar, Sawtooth Oak, Cherrybark Oak, Crabappple, Longleaf Pine and Blueberry. Sponsored by Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation District. Details: 826-2482.
86th annual Valentine Silver Tea: 3-5 p.m., St. Monica Guild of Trinity Episcopal Church, 701 E. Scenic Drive, Pass Christian. Live music and refreshments. Proceeds benefit The Boys and Girls Club of Pass Christian, The Food Pantry, missionary work in Chile, Mercy Flights Southeast, Wilmer Hall Children's Home in Mobile and Trinity's Benevolent and Discretionary Fund. Details: 586-9762.
Fried fish dinner: 5 p.m., Southern Star Masonic Lodge, 546 Klondyke Road, Long Beach. Cost: $11 adult plate and $8 child's plate. Sponsored by Southern Star Masonic Lodge.
Lenten seafood dinners: 5-7 p.m. Fridays through March 18 at Blessed Seelos Catholic Church, 360 Lameuse St., Biloxi. Cost: $6 per plate. Details: 860-5077.
Surf and Turf Couples Date Night cooking class: 6-8:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. With chef Maria Vieages. Tickets: $40-45. Details: 897-6039 or lmdc.org.
Ocean Springs Elks Lodge 2501 sweetheart dinner: 6:30-8 p.m., 2501 Beachview Drive, Ocean Springs. Cost: $10.
Chinese New Year celebration at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center: 11 a.m., 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Included with museum admission. Details: 897-6039 or lmdc.org.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Daylily Society meeting: 1:30 p.m. refreshments and 2 p.m. program begins, Vancleave Library, 12604 Mississippi 57. Led by Wayne McLaurin on crepe myrtles and daylilies in the landscape. Details: 826-5596.
"Selma" viewing: 2 p.m., Beacon Theatres, Waveland. Free. Tickets are free to those who come to the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library and limited to two people.
Potluck Valentine's Dance: 6 p.m. seating and cocktail hour begins and 7 p.m. potluck dinner starts with live music from Blue Stars Orchestra, Amour Danzar Ballroom, 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Bring covered dish and cocktails or wine. Reservations required. Details: 324-3730.
18th anniversary Valentine's Eve Red, Black and White Ball: 6-9 p.m., The Hospitality Resort Management Center, 420 Debuys Road, Biloxi. Proceeds benefit Visions of Hope.
Arts Under the Dome: 7 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 15th Street and 24th Avenue, Gulfport. Features Celtic band Mithril with roots in traditional Celtic music with American folk, rock, classical, East European and Middle Eastern melodies. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students. Details: 229-6851.
Nativity BVM Elementary School open house: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 1046 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Details: 432-2269.
Night at the Museum: 6-10 p.m., Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs. Features five-course dinner with wine pairings. Live music, gourmet dishes and art. VIP packages available. Tables receive private seating. Limited seats available. Cost: $200 per couple and $250 VIP table per couple. Members receive $25 off their admission. Details: 872-3164.
"Disney's High School Musical": 7 p.m. Feb. 19, 3 and 7 p.m. Feb. 20 and 3 p.m. Feb. 21, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Cost: $7 students, $10 seniors, LMDC members, and military and $13 general admission. Details: lmdc.org or 897-6039.
Public Relations Association of Mississippi Beach Chapter monthly meeting: Noon, Lookout Steakhouse. Speaker: Marla Warner, certified instructor and area sales representative for Dale Carnegie Training. Cost: $15 members and $25 nonmembers. Reservations is not required.
Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University Course: 6 p.m. Mondays for nine weeks, Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, 2214 34th St., Gulfport. Cost: $92 per family which covers workbook, texbook, audio CDs and more. Details: 678-9124.
Gulf Coast Messiah Chorus rehearsals: 7-9 p.m. Mondays through March 7, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jefferson Davis campus, Gulfport. New singers are welcome with no audition required. Details: 324-9292.
Colt Capers: 10 a.m., Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR, 7200 Crane Lane, Gautier. Topic: Owls. Details: 497-6322, ext. 101.
Black PrivilEDGE: 6 p.m., Fleming Education Center Auditorium, Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach. Sponsor: USM Department of Theatre.
Bienville Toastmasters meeting: 6:30 p.m., Boomtown Casino, second floor conference room, Biloxi. Covering speaking and leadership skills. Details: 235-5046.
Aphasia and Communication support group: 4-5 p.m., Singing River Health System, second floor conference room, Neuroscience Center, 3603 Bienville Blvd. Suite 202, Ocean Springs. Details: 818-1207.
How to Develop a Business Plan: 6-8 p.m., The Innovation Center, 1636 Popp's Ferry Road, Suite 207, Biloxi. Details: 396-8661.
Talent and model search: 7 p.m., Saenger Theatre, 416 Reynoir St., Biloxi. Must be 18 and younger and accompanied by a guardian. Designed for ages 4-18. Details: 323-5433 or 235-1035.
28th Arbor Day 5K Run: 8-9:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. 5K race starts and 9:45 a.m. mile run and quarter-mile run will start, Biloxi Town Green. Presented by Disability Connection and Gulf Coast Running Club. Live music, special soccer games, arts, face painting, chair massages, snacks, wheelchair basketball with USM wheelchair basketball team, fire truck, health and disability awareness information. Details: 604-4020.
Saturday Activity: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR, 7200 Crane Lane, Gautier. Make a pinecone owl. Details: 497-6322, ext. 101.
Sit, Stay and Read!: 10 a.m.-noon, Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Children can read to pets. Reading sessions last 30 minutes. Children are rewarded bookmarks, stickers and pencils. Free. Details: 452-4596.
Support Our Troops Fundraiser Blues Show: 6 p.m. door opens and 8 p.m. show starts, VFW Post 3373, 4724 Vega St., Pascagoula. Cost: $10 tickets at the door. $75 VIP tables. Seating for 10. Live entertainment by Charlie Rogers and Friends blues Band, Kenny Webb and Honky Tonk Memories Band, Last Chance. Details: 769-8387 or 239-5427.
Saturday Night Dance: 8 p.m.-midnight, French Club of Biloxi, 182 Howard Ave. Cost: $10 singles and $18 couple. Live entertainment. Details: 436-6472.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce annual meeting: 11:30 a.m. doors open and noon, program begins, Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, Biloxi. Speaker: Eric Brown. Details: 604-0014.
Movement Disorder Exercise Group: 4-5 p.m., Singing River Health System, second floor conference room, Neuroscience Center, 3603 Bienville Blvd., Suite 202, Ocean Springs. Details: 818-1207.
Creative Economy Workshop: 9 a.m. onsite registration, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. program, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston campus. Cost: $10. Speaker: representatives from Mississippi Arts Commission Main Street Association. Lunch provided. Details: 601-550-5699.
Cash Flow Projections for your Business Plan: 6-8 p.m., The Innovation Center, 1636 Popp's Ferry Road, Suite 207, Biloxi. Details: 396-8661.
Youth Symphony's Gulf Coast 11th annual Solo and Ensemble Judging: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Designed for ages 9-18. Non-youth symphony members are welcome. Fees: $20 solo, $18 each student for duet, trio, quartet, sextet, septet and octet. Details: 818-2878.
Gallery 782 anniversary party: 5:30-8 p.m., 782 Water St., Biloxi. Great art, food, music and raffles. Details: 435-6339.
Fellowship Breakfast: 8 a.m.-noon, Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, Biloxi. Cost: $7 adults and $5 children. Details: 435-0007.