Local Events

Things to do this week in South Mississippi: Oct. 2-8

Fall season rehearsals for Coast Chorale are held on Tuesdays at Main Street United Methodist Church in Bay St. Louis, and all singers are welcome.
Fall season rehearsals for Coast Chorale are held on Tuesdays at Main Street United Methodist Church in Bay St. Louis, and all singers are welcome. Sun Herald file

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For Cruisin’ The Coast schedule this week and coverage of Cruisin’ events, go to sunherald.com/cruisin-coast


Weekly Crochet Club

Vancleave Public Library, 12604 Highway 57. Free; bring own supplies. Open to any experience level. Instructor: Teresa Busby. Learn new ideas and techniques. Beginners will discover the fundamentals and become empowered to crochet with confidence. Bring supplies — a selection of yarn and choice of crochet hooks.

1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Harrison County Senior Pickleball

Lobouy Hurricane Shelter, 9509 Lobouy Road, Pass Christian. For seniors 55 and older. Free lessons. Great exercise.

1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Jackson County Republican Women’s Club

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - Jackson County Campus, 2300 U.S. 90, Gautier. The Jackson County Republican Women’s Club meets the first Monday of each month at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College-Jackson County Campus, Gautier. The public is invited. Lunch will begin at 11:30 am with the program at noon. Email jcrw1@hotmail.com.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Discover Your Inner Artist

Hobby Lobby, 2649 Pass Road, Biloxi. $15 per two-hour session. Art class in oil or acrylics. 228-222-0180.

Noon-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 2 and 5

Healing Hearts Support Group

Leggett Memorial United Methodist Church, 1410 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. An eight-week support group for those who are experiencing a significant loss such as divorce, death, terminal illness of a loved one, or losing a loved one to dementia. For information, call 228-235-7227 or 228-432-0019.

5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Halloween Costume / Cosplay Workshop

Sew Happy, 7198 Beatline Road, Long Beach. Free to attend. Plan out and create favorite costumes on Mondays in October. Take advantage of sewing and crafting knowledge, and maybe share some tricks of your own to make cloaks, sew costumes, and create props. All levels of sewing. 228-206-6509.

5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Grief Recovery Support Group

Rodenberg Church of Christ, 173 Rodenberg Ave., Biloxi. $20 one-time cost for workbook. Griefshare is a nondenominational group; features Biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics. Session every Monday at 6 p.m. until Nov. 6. 228-432-7372.

6 p.m.

Auditions for ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. Come prepared to sing as the ensemble sings together. You are not required to sing for the auditions. You will be asked to read from the script. Nonreaders can recite a poem or something else that they know. Production dates are Dec. 1-3 and 8-9. 228-897-6039. www.lmdc.org

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Cruisin’ The Coast

Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center, 2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. $10. The Cruisin’ The Coast Swap Meet has about 250 vendors. Many vendors are returning this year to their same swap meet locations, and new vendors will be coming this year as well. 228-594-3700.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 2-8


Bridge Lessons for Beginners

Gulf Coast Bridge Association Clubhouse, 14069 Fourth St., Gulfport. Free for first four weeks; $10 per lesson after that. Lessons for beginning bridge players will be held weekly at the Gulf Coast Bridge Association Clubhouse. 228-539-1253. gulfcoastbridge.bridgesite.org/

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Home-School Clay Art Class: Clay Gargoyles

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. $13. This class is specifically designed with home-schooled students in mind. October focus: ceramic objects from history. Classes include a short lesson and discussion of the historical period. Students are encouraged to research before class. Students must preregister for class 24 hours in advance to give instructors time to prepare materials. Class limit 15. Schedule: Oct. 3, clay gargoyles (medieval Europe); Oct. 10, Greek amphora slab vase (classical Greece/Rome); Oct. 17, George Ohr pottery on the wheel (late 19th century); Oct. 24, Moroccan pattern plates (Medieval North Africa/Muslim Spain). 228-374-5547. https://www.georgeohr.org/classes/

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

HAMS Octoberfest 2017

Riley Chapel Methodist Church, 1107 Church St., Gulfport. Free. Annual community festival at Riley Chapel church grounds, presented by Handsboro and Mississippi City Civic Organization. 228-896-3316. www.handscoms.org

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Beaded Jewelry Class

Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. $25 members, $35 nonmembers. Learn techniques to design and create jewelry using crystals, glass, wood, ceramic beads; natural stones, cultured pearls, sterling silver and pewter charms, pendants. Tools and supplies are provided and included in the fee. Instructor: Shirley Cahela. 228-818-2878.

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Kids Can Sew!

Sew Happy, 7198 Beatline Road, Long Beach. $10 each class, $30 for four. This afterschool program is for ages 8 and up. Each student will receive all the materials needed to complete their project. Students encouraged to bring own sewing machine, or reserve one of the shop’s. Each student must be signed up for the class by 10 a.m. on the Tuesday of class. Students who have never sewn, arrive at 3:45 p.m. to go over machine basics, or call to schedule an available time. Call, visit or message on Facebook to reserve a spot. 228-206-6509.

4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

Every Child Ready to Read

Pascagoula Public Library, 3214 Pascagoula St. Parents and caregivers are invited to the storypit at this free session to learn more about the importance of early literacy. Learn to nurture children with pre-reading skills at home. The session will provide library resources and help to create early literacy development for children birth to age 5. To register, call 769-3060 or visit the library to sign up. Seating limited. 228-769-3060. www.jgrls.org

5:30 p.m.

MGCCC Science Cafe on Autism

MGCCC Perkinston Campus Community Arts Center, East Wire Road, Perkinston. Free and open to the public. Discussion led by Tina Batio, lead teacher with The University of Southern Mississippi’s Autism Project. She will explore what autism is, what it isn’t and treatment options. Prior to moving to the Gulf Coast, she was a clinician with the University of Florida’s Division of Developmental Pediatrics. She holds a master’s degree in special education with a learning behavior specialist licensure from the state of Illinois. Light refreshments. Details: 601-928-6259 or pklibrary@mgccc.edu.

6 p.m.

Intermediate Wheel Throwing

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. $220. Class focuses on throwing larger pieces, making handles, spouts, and lidded vessels. Addresses altering techniques and creating and designing more difficult forms like oval casserole dishes, pitchers, lidded jars, and bottles. Basic throwing skills required. Class fee includes one 25-pound bag of clay and all glazes, class firings, and instruction. 228-374-5547. georgeohr.org

6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Coast Chorale Rehearsal

Main Street United Methodist Church, 162 Main St., Bay St. Louis. Free. Fall season rehearsals have begun for Coast Chorale, a civic choral ensemble. All singers welcome. Details: Allen Henson at 228-324-8213. 228-467-4538. www.coastchorale.org

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Hegwood Biloxi Community Market

Biloxi Farmers’ Market — Charles R. Hegwood Community Market, 949 W. Howard Ave., Biloxi, under the I-110 overpass. Year round market, open on Tuesdays and Thursdays weekly. Fresh produce, plants honey, jams, jellies, pickles, baked goods, crafts. 724-320-4817.

7 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3 and 5

Beginning Ballroom Dance Class

Amour Danzar Ballroom, 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Eight lessons for $80. Only the first 24 callers can get in for eight-week class. Most popular dance steps such as the fox trot, waltz, rumba, cha cha and swing. Barbra will call everyone back to tell them on which Tuesday night, the first class begins. Details: 228-324-3730.

7:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m.


Knitting 101

Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Free. Open knitting lessons on Wednesdays. Knitting needles and yarn available for those without supplies. Details: 228-452-4596 or passchristianlibrary@gmail.com.

1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Beginning Hand-Building

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. $220 per student; $20 materials fee. Introduces students to fundamentals of working with clay off the pottery wheel. Students will learn about pinching, slab work, coiling, and combining forms. Each week a technique is introduced and a project is assigned for completion. Class fee includes all instruction, glazing, firing costs and one 25 lb bag of clay. Class size limited to 10. 228-374-5547. georgeohr.org

1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Coffee Club with Cree Cantrell

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Free. Learn about financial markets and investing while discussing current economic events. 228-374-5547.

10 a.m.-11 a.m.

George Ohr Pit Stop

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Free. Free museum admission all day. From 2 to 7 p.m., hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, and drinks will be for sale. Arts and crafts for kids and extended gallery hours for viewing “Cars in Art - II” exhibit. Bring chairs and blankets for front row seats to Biloxi’s vintage car parade during Cruisin’ The Coast. 228-374-5547. georgeohr.org

2 p.m.-7 p.m.

Beginner Sewing Series

Sew Happy, 7198 Beatline Road, Long Beach. $20 per class, $90 for all six. Six-week beginner series. Most classes will last about two hours; completed projects each night. Cost includes all fabric and materials needed to complete these projects. 228-206-6509.

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Gulfport Table Tennis Club

Herbert Wilson Recreation Center, 3225 Hancock Ave., Gulfport. Gulfport Table Tennis Club is open to the public and free to play. Great exercise for seniors. All levels of competition welcome. 228-868-5777.

6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Downtown Biloxi Cruisin’ The Coast Block Party

Downtown Biloxi Cruisin’ The Coast Block Party, 140 Lameuse St., Biloxi. Free. Biloxi will be host to over 1,000 cars and car aficionados celebrating Cruisin’ The Coast. Live entertainment featuring George Thomas as the King of Rock and Roll will perform at Biloxi City Hall at 11 a.m.; trophies will be awarded at 1 p.m. for special block party car owners on the City Hall Stage. Official entrance for participating Cruisers: Porter Avenue from Hwy. 90, going north to Howard Avenue. Details: 228-435-6339. biloxi.ms.us

8 a.m.-2 p.m.


Book launch, signing

The Nourishing Place, 630 Tennessee St., Gulfport. $17.95 for book. Book launch and signing celebration for “Jane: A Memoir” by Jane Stanley. www.thenourishingplace.com

5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Bienville Toastmasters

The Junction Coworking, 796 Howard Ave., Suite A, Biloxi. Bienville Toastmasters meets every Thursday. Learn presentation (public speaking) and leadership skills. Details: Michael, 228-235-5046 or 228-207-4806.

5:45 p.m.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Toastmasters

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center, 10298 Express Drive, Gulfport. Regular Toastmasters meeting. Details: 228-234-5198 or 228-897-4360.

6 p.m.-7:15 p.m.

Beginning Wheel Throwing

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. $220 per student, $20 materials fee. Six-week introductory pottery class. Learn fundamentals of wheel throwing, including the making of cylinders, bowls, and cups with handles. Basic introduction to glazing. Class fee includes one 25-pound bag of clay. Class size limited to 10. 228-374-5547. georgeohr.org

6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Broken Rainbow for Children

First United Methodist Church, 2301 15th St., Gulfport. $30 per family for 10-week session. Broken Rainbow is a 10-week program for children ages 7 to 12 who are having difficulty dealing with a divorce or death in their family. Call to register: 228-229-6851 or 228-863-0047. www.fumc-gulfport.org

7 p.m.-8 p.m.

Intermediate/Advance Argentine Tango Classes

Argentine Tango, 632 Howard Ave., Biloxi. $10. Improve your tango and learn new steps, choreography. 228-332-0291.

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Grief Recovery Workshop

First United Methodist Church, 2301 15th St., Gulfport. $30 for 10-week session. For those dealing with emotional issues that follow the death of a loved one. In addition to hearing speakers, participants share loss experiences and discuss grief issues with the goal of beginning to live again. 228-863-0047. www.fumc-gulfport.org

7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Oil Painting with Frank Janca

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. $235. Designed for all experience levels. Learn fundamentals of oil painting or explore advanced techniques. Class will focus on a variety of subject matter including still life and floral composition. 228-374-5547. georgeohr.org

9:30 a.m.-noon


Gulfport Music Festival

Jones Park, Jones Park Drive, Gulfport. Two days of performances by top acts like Ludacris, 3 Doors Down, Cracker, Fuel, Sugar Ray and more. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday; Sister Hazel performance starts at 6 p.m. Weekend passes start at $35. Details: gulfportmusicfestival.com.

St. Therese of Lisieux Fund Raiser

St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, 3521 19th St., Gulfport. $9 per dinner; extra sides $1 each. St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church Fish Fry Fund Raiser dinners will be available 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Includes catfish, potato salad, sweet peas, bread, cake. Dine in or carry out. Delivery on orders of 10 or more dinners available. Delivery starts at 10 a.m. Annual yard sale begins at 8 a.m. Oct. 6 and 7. 228-863-0624.

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fiber Arts classes

Ocean Springs Municipal Library, 525 Dewey Ave., Ocean Springs. No charge; supplies needed. The Ocean Springs Municipal Library will host free Fiber Arts classes for adults on four dates in October. Learn new techniques with instructor Maryanne Anthony. For beginning to advanced knitters. Several free patterns and ideas for other projects will be shared. No prerequisites. Needed supplies are knitting needles and one skein of light color, bulky weight yarn. Registration required: 228-875-1193. www.jgrls.org

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

‘Statements’ Art Show Opening

Gallery 782, 782 Water St., Biloxi. Free. Features Marguerite Pivarnik. Artwork in exhibit at gallery through Oct. 31. gallery782.org

5 p.m.-8 p.m.

Classic Date Night

Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. $45 members, $55 nonmembers (includes two alcoholic beverages). Menu: Tomato Artichoke Bruschetta; Garden Salad w/ House Vinaigrette; Pork Loin Stuffed w/ Rosemary, Garlic & Mushrooms served with Ricotta Gnocchi Mushroom Pan Sauce; Dark Chocolate Layer Cake w/ Blackberry Butter Cream. Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers. Registration deadline: Oct. 4. 228-818-2878.

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Amour Danzar Dinner Dances

Amour Danzar Ballroom, 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. $6 dinner, $10 dance. Amour Danzar hosts a Friday night dinner dance every Friday night. $6 dinner from 7:30 to 8 p.m., $10 casual dress dance from 8 to 10 p.m. Details: 228-324-3730. 228-324-3730. amourdanzarevents@gmail.com

7:30 p.m.-8 p.m., 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

Become a Porcelain Pro with Taylor Robenalt

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. $225. Led by ceramic artist Taylor Robenalt, this workshop will focus on components of the human figure and demonstrate the intricacies of constructing flora and fauna. Students will focus on technical components within their work, including how to achieve crisp lines and clean, tight surfaces by using simple tools. Recommended tool list will be provided to students prior to Oct. 6, and attendees will be allowed to sample tools and purchase them at the workshop. All clay, firing and instructions are included in the workshop. Lunch included. Workshop approved for 1.4 CEU hours for a fee of $15. Class limit: 15 students. 228-374-5547. https://www.georgeohr.org/classes/

9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Westminster Presbyterian Community Fall Festival

Bayou View Park, 4901 Jefferson Ave, Gulfport. Free. Participants for the first time will be able to bring their properly leashed or caged pets for a special “Blessing of the Pets” at 3 p.m. In conjunction, Gulfport’s Girl Scout Troop 3542 will host a friendly competition among local elementary schools to encourage donations of pet supplies at the festival for the Humane Society of South Mississippi. This collection is not sponsored by any particular school or district. Also, cupcake walk, food, face painting, hay rides, inflatable slides and children’s games. gulfportchurch.org

1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Blessing of the Animals and Bake Sale

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 310 Cleveland Ave., Long Beach. Free. Bring your pet or your pet’s picture for a special blessing. All proceeds from the bake sale will benefit the Humane Society of South Mississippi. Donations of pet food, treats, cat litter, towels, and newspapers will be accepted as well.

10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Biloxi Bay Seafood Gumbo Class

Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. $45 members, $50 nonmembers. Join Pat Labrano and learn the secret to making the perfect gumbo. Menu: gumbo, potato salad, sweet tea. 228-818-2878.

Noon-2 p.m.

Level 1 Improv Class

Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. $80 members, $90 nonmembers. The introductory course to improv will focus on the fundamentals of building a scene, the three “rules” of improv, and engaging in group mentality. Level emphasizes getting out of one’s head, listening to your scene partners, and discovering the basics of what makes a scene happen. In the four weeks of this class, you will learn scene work, character work, the differences of short form and long form improv, and how to discover and cultivate your own personal “style” of improvisation. Instructor: Tyler Howard. Registration deadline for October sessions is Sept. 30. Registration deadline for November and Dec. 2 sessions is Nov. 4. 228-818-2878. themaryc.org

12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Everything Chocolate

Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. $40 members, $45 nonmembers. “A hands-on adventure into the world of chocolate.” Learn how to create deserts using chocolate. Menu: Chocolate Butter Crunch; Chocolate Lovers Cake; Chocolate Raspberry Brownies; Chocolate Bacon. Instructor: Jo Mitchell. 228-818-2878. themaryc.org

12:30 p.m.-4 p.m.

“Run for Your Life” Halloween 5K

Long Beach Town Green, Jeff Davis Ave., Long Beach. $25 for 5k, $15 for 1 Mile. Inaugural “Run for Your Life” Halloween Run, sponsored by St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church Lifeteens. Awards will be given to the top three in each age division for both 5K and 1-mile races. Consider wearing a costume, neon clothes or glow in the dark attire. All funds raised will benefit the youth ministry of St. Thomas Catholic Church. Register at: www.saintthomaslb.org 228-697-3868.

4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Farmers Market

Moss Point Welcome Center, 5500 Main St. Fresh produce and a mix of crafts, baked goods, live plants and more. www.cityofmosspoint.org

7 a.m.-11 a.m.

Pine Lake Camp Sale

Gulfhaven Mennonite Church, 21497 Mennonite Road, Gulfport. Annual sale and benefit auction. Craft sale starts at 8 a.m., quilt and craft auction starts at 1 p.m. Homemade baked goods, gumbo, jambalaya and organized children’s activities. Supports ministry of adults and children at Pine Lake Fellowship Camp in Meridian. 228-832-0003.

8 a.m.

MS Gulf Coast 22 Until No More

Big Play Entertainment Center, 1842 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Free. Hike to raise awareness for the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day. 228-388-7529.

8 a.m.

Grand opening celebration

Farmers Market at Long Beach on the Town Green, Jeff Davis Avenue and Fourth Street, Long Beach. Grand opening celebration. This is also the market’s arts and craft day. Live music, door prizes, market and vendor giveaways and educational opportunities on local agriculture in both animal and produce farming. Free samples of vendors’ food products.

8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Volunteer Day

34th Street Wholistic Gardens and Education Center, 808 34th St., Gulfport. Help in the garden. Wear appropriate, comfortable clothes (long pants, closed toe shoes, etc) and bring hats, sunscreen, gloves, and gardening tools. General cleanup, learning about compost, building compost bins, “bumping up” seedlings into larger pots, other activities. A family-friendly event.

8 a.m.-11 a.m.

Long Beach Farmers Market

Long Beach Farmers’ Market, 115 W. First St., Long Beach. Local produce, baked goods, dairy, beef, pork, goat, lamb, honey.

8:30 a.m.-noon

Long Beach Farmers Market

First United Methodist Church, 208 Pine St., Long Beach. State Certified Farmers Market featuring local, sustainable produce, baked goods dairy, beef, pork, goat, lamb, honey. www.longbeachfarmersmarket.org

8:30 a.m.-noon

St. James Fall Festival

St. James Catholic Church, 366 Cowan Road, Gulfport. Annual fall festival: Great food, kids games and rides; $500 and $1,000 raffle; silent auction; White Elephant Sale; live entertainment.

10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Oct. 7-8


Community Picnic in the Park

War Memorial Park, Scenic Drive, Pass Christian. Free. The One Book One Pass committee is sponsoring a Gospel and Barbecue Community Picnic. Music will be provided by area church choirs and the barbecue is provided by Cat Island Catering. Readings from “The Fire This Time.” Bring your own chair, blanket, etc. 228-452-3315. www.harrison.lib.ms.us

1 p.m.-3 p.m.