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Crane tours: 8 a.m. Feb. 24, and 27, Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR, 7200 Crane Lane, Gautier. Available by reservations. Details: 497-6322 Ext. 101.
Hurricane Bowl Competition: 8 a.m., University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs. Ocean science competition where teams of four or five students answer trivia questions. Details: 872-4254.
American Legion Post 33 breakfast: 8-11 a.m., 1126 Judge Sekul Ave., Biloxi. Cost: $6.
Long Beach Farmers Market: 8:30 a.m.-noon, downtown. Features local produce, artisan breads, honey, dairy, eggs and meat. Live acoustic music. Now accepting EBT. Details: 234-8732.
11th annual Youth Symphony Gulf Coast 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.
Tree Giveaway: 9 a.m.-noon, Biloxi Hiller Park Garden, Hiller Drive. Donations accepted. Details: 388-2622.
BBQ Throwdown: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., D'Iberville Civic Center, Automall Parkway. Barbecue Competitor Alliance-sanctioned event, competing $10,000 in cash and prizes. Cost: $150 team registration, $75 backyard division and $10 for ages up to 15. Live entertainment. Presented by city of D'Iberville and the Gateway Group. Details: 257-9734.
Discover the Dinosaurs: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 28, Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Features a walk-through exhibit designed to bring you back in time to a landscape where dinosaurs lived. Tickets: DiscoverTheDinosaurs.com.
Wildlife Rehabilitation program: 10 a.m., Pascagoula River Audubon Center. Free. Led by Missy Dubuisson of Wild at Heart Rescue. Meet wildlife photographer Sharon Milligan.
27th Avenue Market: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, between 13th and 14th downtown Gulfport. Features local growers, producer and artists. Details: 596-2496.
Prom closet: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ocean Springs Senior Citizens Center, 514 Washington Ave. Women's formal attire and accessories $15 or less. Hosted by Junior Auxiliary of Biloxi-Ocean Springs.
Gulf Coast Writers Association meeting: 11 a.m., East Biloxi Library, 580 Howard Ave. Speaker: Historic fiction author Alex Molnar. Details: 596-7217.
Tullibee Submarine Veterans meeting: 11 a.m., Biloxi Yacht Club, 408 Beach Blvd.
Residential Soil Testing -- Get Ready for Spring Planting: 1-2 p.m., Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune. Led by Pearl River County Extension Agent Eddie Smith discussing importance of soil testing and more. Cost: $5 nonmembers and free to members. Details: 601-799-2311.
Painting 101: 2-4 p.m., Ocean Springs Municipal Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Led by Glenn Edward Miller. Designed for ages 13 and older. Space limited. Details: 875-1193.
Bridal event: 2-5 p.m., Hillyer House, 920 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs. Features Lola Fleur, The Petaler Co., Anchored in Fluffy Sweetness and more. Details: 875-8065.
"Shake Hands with History" drama program: 3 p.m., Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center, Market Street. Listen to dramatic portrayal of a freed slave who came to Pascagoula, Mississippian woman crusader against lynching during post-Reconstruction period. Details: 762-8661 or 497-1344.
Mother and Son Date Night: 5-7 p.m., Salvation Army Kroc Center, 575 Division St., Biloxi. Games, dinner, crafts, dancing and more. Cost: $20 for each parent and one child. $5 for each additional child. Details and registration: 207-1218.
Gallery 782 anniversary party: 5:30-8 p.m., 782 Water St., Biloxi. Great art, food, music and raffles. Details: 435-6339.
Steak night: 6 p.m., 1178 Beach Blvd. Cost: $18 ribeyes and $20 T-bones. Live entertainment. Details: 374-0606.
Sweetheart's '50s Night and Sock Hop: 6-9 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 8900 Old Spanish Trail, Ocean Springs. Awards presented. Cost: $3 per person and $5 per couple. Proceeds will support local charities.
Best of the Oxford Film Festival: 6-10 p.m. Feb. 27 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. Feb. 28, Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Cos:$5 per block of film. Details: 818-2878.
"Aladdin Jr.": 7 p.m. Feb. 27, 2 p.m. Feb. 28, 7 p.m. March 4-5 and 2 p.m. March 6, Gulfport Little Theatre, 2600 13th Ave. Cost: $15 general admission, $12 seniors, military and $10 students with ID and children. Details: gulfportlittletheatre.net or 864-7983.
"The Odd Couple": 7 p.m. Feb. 27 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 28, The Randolph Center, 315 Clarke Ave., Pass Christian. Cost: $13. Details: 452-3315 or pctp.brownpapertickets.com or The Purple Pelican in Pass Christian.
"The Piano Lesson": 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 and 2 p.m. Feb. 28, Center Stage Theatre, 2670 Rue Palafox, Biloxi. Cost: $18 general admission and $15 seniors, student and military. Details: 388-6258 or centerstagebiloxi.org.
"Big River -- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn": 8 p.m. Feb. 27 and 2 p.m. Feb. 28, Biloxi Saenger Theatre, 170 Reynoir St. Presented by Broadway South Repertory. Cost: $25 general admission and $20 students, seniors, military and group rates. Details: 1-800-838-3006 or entertainmentcartel.net.
Belles and Buoys Square Dance : 8-10 p.m., Lyman Senior Citizen Center, 14592 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Caller: David Jarrard. Details: 363-2622.
VFW Post 6731 breakfast: 8-11 a.m., 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville. Details: 392-1152.
Fellowship Breakfast: 8 a.m.-noon, Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, Biloxi. Cost: $7 adults and $5 children. Details: 435-0007.
Omelet breakfast: 9-11 a.m., Ocean Springs Elks Lodge, 2501 Beachview Drive. Cost: $8.
Gulf Coast Winter Classic Grand Prix: 2 p.m. Sundays through March 20, Harrison County Fairgrounds, 15321 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Free to spectators.
"In Remembrance" concert: 3 p.m., St. Michael Catholic Church in Biloxi. Features USM Civic Chorale.
Fourth Sunday at Four: 4 p.m. music and 5 p.m. art and reception, Christ Episcopal Church, 912 S. Beach Blvd., Bay St. Louis. Features The Prodigal Player presenting "The Soldier's Story" and Bonnie Vallery, visual artist. Details: 467-0106.
Walter's Night on the Red Carpet: 5-9 p.m. Oscar event featuring trivia, champagne and red carpet, Walter Anderson of Art, 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs. Cost: $20 nonmembers and $10 members. Details: 872-3164.
George County High School's Career Explosion: 8-11 a.m. The career fair is set to commute the real average workday of top individuals at Ingalls, Mississippi Power, First Chemical, Singing River Electric and many more. The career day will showcase the latest of job opportunities and information about the companies. Free.
Ocean Springs Church Women meeting: 9 a.m. refreshments, program and meeting and 10 a.m. meeting will include a presentation on "Through the Early Years of Mental Health and Developmental Disability Programming in Jackson and George Counties" presented by Mike Montgomery and Sue McClamroch, 800 Porter Ave. Details: 697-6750.
Harrison Republican Women meeting: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Great Southern Golf Course Club House. Speaker: Biloxi Mayor "Fofo" Gilich and Gulfport, Mississippi State Supreme Court Justice Dawn Beam and Mayor Billy Hewes Cost: $15 buffet lunch. RSVP required. Details: 380-7053.
Biloxi Kiwanis Club meeting: Noon, DoubleTree by Hilton, 940 Beach Blvd.
Red Cross blood drive: 2-7 p.m., Pass Christian High School, 720 W. North St., Pass Christian. Details: 1-800-733-2767.