Local Events

What's Happening for December (UPDATED Nov. 26)

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At Ease Gang meeting: 7 a.m., Treasure Bay Casino, 1980 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Speaker: Master Sgt. Jason Cooksey, recruiter with the Mississippi Air National Guard. Details: 806-4453.

AARP Driver safety class: 9 a.m., Singing River Hospital, 2809 Denny Ave., Pascagoula. Cost: $15 members and $20 nonmembers. Class may result in auto insurance premium reductions. Details: 861-3199.

Data Management in Excel class: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Led by John Giesemann of Mississippi State University Extension Center for Technology Outreach. Class size is limited. Preregistration encouraged. Details: 452-4596.

Preschool and toddler series: 10-11:15 a.m. Dec. 1, 8 and 15, Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur St., Moss Point. For ages 2-5. Activities include reading, singing, walking, creating and crafting. Cost: $3 non-member child and $12 child for series. Maximum of two children per adult. Free for members. Themes: Water, Fish, Food Chains, Frogs and Winter. Details: 475-0825 Ext. 4.

Book signing: Noon-3 p.m., Pearl River Community College, 101 Mississippi 11 N, Poplarville. Whitney Miller signs cookbook, "New Southern Table". Cost: $26.99 book.

Hancock County Library System Board of Trustees meeting: 3 p.m., Bay St. Louis Library. Discussion of the closing of East Hancock Library in Diamondhead.

Project Management Institute Mississippi, Gulf Coast Chapter meeting: 5:30 p.m. cocktails and 6-8 p.m. dinner, Bull's Restaurant, 300 Jeff Davis Ave., Long Beach. Details: 366-6360.

Igniting the Fire-- Getting to Zero: 6-7:30 p.m., Lighthouse Park, 1050 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. World AIDS Day Awareness and Remembrance event will feature First Missionary Baptist Church Handsboro Choir.

Isomalt class with Sidney Galpern: 6-9 p.m., Cheeky Monkey Cake Co. and Simi Cakes and Confections, 3516 Sangani Blvd. Suite H, D'Iberville. Cost: $85 with all supplies included. Students learn how to create hand-sculpted bows and molded brooches. Details: 396-0946.

Coast Big Band Christmas concerts: 7 p.m. Dec. 1-2, Randolph Community Center, 315 Clark Ave., Pass Christian. Tickets: $20, available at The Purple Pelican, 116 Davis Ave. or by calling 760-0323. Presented by the Pass Christian Theatre Project. Details: 452-3315.


Holiday Bow Making Class: 10 a.m., East Central Public Library, 21801 Slider Road. Led by Colleene McNeese and Carolyn Kimble. Registration suggested. Details: 588-6263.

New Tweens yoga class: 4:15-5:15 p.m. Wednesdays, River Rock Yoga, 2429 W. Commerce St. Suite C, Ocean Springs. Led by Summer Baldwin. Ages 9-12. Cost: $65 for five-class pass, $120 for 10-class pass and $15 single class.

Kids Street Christmas: 5-7 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Santa, ornaments, cookies, face painting and performance by WINGS Performing Arts. Details: 897-6039.

Holiday Block Printing: 6-9 p.m., Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs. Details: 872-3164.


Teacher Appreciation Night: 3-8 p.m., Old Town Bay St. Louis.

Coastal ornament craft class: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Pascagoula Public Library, 3214 Pascagoula St. Create angel ornaments from oyster shells and learn how to complete a beach scene with shells inside an ornament. Designed for ages 18 and older. Registration required and space limited. Details: 769-3060.

Lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse: 5:30-7 p.m., south of the Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd. Santa Clause will be on site with cookies and hot chocolate. Details: 374-3105.

Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Park: 6 p.m., McLeod Park Small Pavilion, Kiln. Hosted by the Friends of McLeod Park. Tree lighting and arrival of Santa Claus by horse-drawn carriage.

Think Like an Entrepreneur: 6-8 p.m., The Innovation Center, Gulf Coast, 1636 Popp's Ferry Road, Biloxi. Details: 396-8661.

Christmas at the Movies: 7 p.m., Pearl River Community College, Brownstone Center for the Arts, 101 Mississippi 11 N, Poplarville. Tickets: $10 orchestra level and $5 balcony seats. Details: 601-403-1180.

DEC. 4

Fish dinners: 10 a .m.-2 p.m., Our Mother of Sorrows Church, Parish Hall, 800 Division St., Biloxi. Cost: $7. Free local delivery on three or more orders. Details: 435-0007.

Holiday Bazaar: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 5, Bay-Waveland Yacht Club, 666 N. Beach Blvd. Bring donations for the Food Pantry. Features 30 vendors and dine with Ladies Auxiliary for lunch, dinner and drinks.

Holiday Safety Lunch & Learn: Noon-1 p.m., Jubilee Center, 4322 Popp's Ferry Road, D'Iberville. Cost: $10 per person and includes lunch. Speaker: D'Iberville Police Capt. Marty Griffin. Reservation deadline is noon Dec. 3. Details: 392-4288.

Blood drive: Noon-6 p.m., Walmart, Waveland. Sponsored by Mississippi Blood Services. Donors will receive a T-shirt. Details: 1-888-902-5663.

Holiday Tasting and Recipe Swap: 3 p.m., Lucedale-George County Public Library, 507 Oak St. Bring a favorite holiday treat, snack or dessert samples (with printed recipe to share). Registration suggested. Details: 947-2123.

Fourth annual Reindeer Fun Run and Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival: 4 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Cost: $20 adult entry fee for run and $10 children preregistration and $30 day of event. Walking, jogging and pushing a stroller in 5K fun run. Cookie decorations, face painting, kids workshop and pictures with Santa Claus. Details: 897-6039 or lmdc.org.

Coastal Christmas Show: 4-6:30 p.m., Art House, 921 Cash Alley, Ocean Springs. Features the work of 29 artists/members of the Ocean Springs Art Association Co-op. Details: 875-9285.

Ladies Auxiliary spaghetti dinner: 5-8 p.m., VFW Post 6285, Kiln. Cost: $6.

30th annual Christmas in the Pass: 5-9 p.m. Dec. 4 and 2-4 p.m. Dec. 5, downtown Pass Christian. Christmas tree lighting, Santa and Elves Parade, photos with Santa, live music, pet paw-rade, pet photos with Santa, 5K run/walk and more. Sponsored by Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce. Details: 452-3315.

Holiday Pub and Restaurant Crawl 2015: 5-11 p.m., tour for adults, downtown Biloxi. Participating businesses will have food and appetizer specials as well as door prizes.

Serata Italiana annual Holiday Dinner and Dance: 5:30 p.m. cocktails and 6 p.m. dinner followed by program, Keesler Air Force Base, Bay Breeze Event Center, Building 6732, 500 Ploesti Drive, Biloxi. Cost: $40 per person and $70 per couple. Children ages 12 and younger can eat for $15. Presented by Gulf Coast Italian American Cultural Society. Details: 539-4571 or 365-2769.

"Downton Abbey" Ocean Springs: 5:30 p.m., cocktail reception and 7:15 p.m. free premiere screening, Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St. Cost: $75 per person. Details: 818-2878.

Biloxi annual Children's Christmas Parade: 6 p.m. Route starts at the Frank G. Gruich Center, 591 Howard Ave., travel west on Howard Avenue, through the Vieux Marche, turn south on Reynoir, east on Jackson, south on Lameuse Street and end at the Town Green. Details: 388-7170.

Fifth annual One Starry Night: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 1-3 p.m. Dec. 5, First Baptist Church, Long Beach. Details: 864-2584.

Ice skating: 6 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 4-5, 2 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 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.

Sandpuddling Studio Concrete Sculpture workshop: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 5 and 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 6, Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Cost: $335 members and $345 nonmembers; supplies included. Registration deadline Nov. 27. Details: 818-2878.

Christmas on the Town Green: 6:30-8 p.m., 710 Beach Blvd. This free event will feature the lighting of the Christmas tree by Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich, Santa Claus will give away goodies and chocolate will be available while participants decorate the tree.

Ocean Springs Elks Lodge grilled steaks/fish: 6:30-8 p.m., 2501 Beachview Drive. Cost: $18 grilled steak and $12 grilled fish.

The Wonder of Christmas presentation: 7 p.m. Dec. 4-6, Cedar Lake Christian Assembly, 11555 Cedar Lake Road, Biloxi. Traditional carols, Big Band Christmas medleys and more.

Kids for Christmas: 7 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Presented by Orange Grove Rotary Club and WINGS Program present holiday musical event featuring comedy, songs and dance. Proceeds benefit needy families. Cost: $5 ticket donations. Details: 897-6039.

Friday Night Dinner Dance: 7:30-8 p.m. dinner and 8-10 p.m. casual dance, Dec. 4 and 11, Amour Danzar Ballroom, 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Cost: $6 dinner and $10 dance. Details: 324-3730.

DEC. 5

Bridge for Life Walk and Run: 8 a.m. Biloxi Bay Bridge. Sponsored by South Mississippi AIDS Task Force. Cost: $25 adults, $10 child and $100 five-member groups. T-shirt given to early registers by Nov. 20. Details: 385-1214.

Jim Franks Merry Fishmas Fun Run: 8 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. one-mile fun run and 9 a.m. 5K, Front Beach and Biloxi Bay Bridge in Ocean Springs. Cost: $25 registration and $20 early registration. Details: 818-8816.

Long Beach Farmers Market: 8:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 5, 12, 19, 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.

Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge 40th anniversary: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Visitor Center, 7200 Crane Lane, Gautier. Animals, bird show, archery, kayaking and hands-on display. Details: 497-6322 Ext. 101.

Blood drive: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., The Palms, Gulfport. Sponsored by Mississippi Blood Services. Donors will receive a T-shirt. Details: 1-888-902-5663.

God, Sex and the Meaning of Life workshop: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Lady of the Gulf Church, Bay St. Louis. Features Christopher West, Mike Mangione and Jason Clark. Designed for ages 16 and older. Cost: $35 includes lunch. Details: 467-6509.

Saucier's Second Christmas Craft and Jewelry Show: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saucier Community Center, Ball Park, 23771 Saucier Lizana Road. Santa will be there from 1-2 p.m. Booths available. Details: 806-8451.

Christmas Bazaar and Cookiewalk: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, 705 Rayburn at Porter Avenue, Ocean Springs. Features children choir, cookies with Santa, Handbell Choir, Christmas Tea, christmas wreaths, ornaments and decorations and more. Details: 875-4454.

Family Holiday Celebration: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Family activities, Santa, face painting, entertainment, vendor booths and more. Details: 374-5547.

Christmas in the City: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., downtown Biloxi Art District on Rue Magnolia and Water streets. Dancers, choirs, bands, vendors, pictures with Santa, Biloxi Pusharats and more. Details: 435-6339.

Walk in the Woods Art Sale: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 22591 Rue La Terre, Kiln. Weavings, studio pottey, painting, jewelry, demonstrations, hiking trails and refreshments. Details: 255-4019

Eighth annual Bay St. Louis Christmas Parade: 11 a.m. starts at Necaise and Main to Beach Boulevard, ends at The Depot District with 4th annual Snowflakes and Sugarplums Festival, Bay St. Louis. Marching bands, fire trucks, classic cars, floats and more.

How Your Money Works: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Martin Public Library, 15004 LeMoyne Blvd. Presented by La Sheka Jordan-Hutchinson of Primerica. Registration encouraged. Details: 392-3250.

Holiday Open House: Noon-5 p.m., Beau Rivage Casino, Biloxi.

Snowflakes Sugar and Plums: Noon-5 p.m., Bay St. Louis Depot District. Live music, food vendors, Christmas attractions, Santa Claus and more.

Pearlington Christmas Parade: 1 p.m. starts at Oak Harbor Road and ends at the Community Center/Firehouse, Pearlington. Details: 342-5441 or 533-9949.

Santa Gift Making Workshop: 1-3 p.m., East Central Public Library, 21801 Slider Road. Designed for teens. Learn special crafting techniques. Refreshments. Details: 588-6263.

Second annual Santa is Coming: 1-3 p.m., Hope Chest, 7198 Beatline Road, suite E, Long Beach. Bring children for pictures with Santa and refreshments. Door prizes for adults. Details: 206-3668.

Book signing: 1:30 p.m., Biloxi Public Library, Howard Avenue. Features Biloxi author Deborah Williams Smith and "Settling-100 Snippets of Life From a Mid-Century Woman". Book cost: $17. Details: 424-0544.

Ride in Christmas on the Water Parade: 5:30 p.m. depart the Schooner Pier Complex, 367 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Cost: $40. Parade begins at 6 p.m. Returning to the dock at 8 p.m. Fireworks display, food and more. Details: 435-6320.

Town Green lighting: 5:30 p.m., Santa arrives, D'Iberville Town Green. Presented by D'Iberville/St. Martin Area Chamber of Commerce and City of D'Iberville.

Hard Raq Bellydancing Holiday Extravaganza: 6 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Belly dancers will present traditional, oriental dance with fusion and contemporary performances. Cost: $10. Details: 818-2878.

Black and White Showcase Ball: 6 p.m. seating, 6:30 p.m. showcase and 7 p.m. dinner, Amour Danzar Ballroom, 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Live music, formal attire and reservations required. Cost: $65 members and $35 first-time guests. Details: 324-3730.

Christmas on the Water Boat Parade: 6 p.m. lineup at Biloxi Channel Marker 5 south of Lighthouse. Details and registration: 388-7170 or 617-3112.

Da Wall open mic and spoken word poetry: 8 p.m. doors open and 8:45 p.m. poetry starts, Da Wall, 3370 C Ave., Gulfport. Featuring acoustic sound of Kevin Sandbloom of Los Angeles and poetic flow of Powerlines Poetry of Mobile. Free. Details: 669-5668.

DEC. 6

Toys for Tots Bicycle Ride: 7 a.m., Tri-Hard Sports, 1016 Government St., Ocean Springs. Bring an unwrapped toy; participate in 11-mile bicycle ride over the Biloxi Bay Bridge to the Biloxi Lighthouse and back to Tri-Hard Sports. Refreshments. Helmet, reflective apparel and flashing light required. Details: 860-6127.

Holiday Tree Gala: 1-4 p.m., Hancock County Library, Bay St. Louis. Santa Claus, beautiful trees and holiday music.

"Smith Family Christmas": 3 p.m., Biloxi Little Theatre, 220 Lee St. Door prizes, refreshments and more. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children and $25 for family of four. Details: 432-8543 or 4blt.org.

DEC. 7

Youth Symphony Christmas Concert: 6 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Details: 818-2878.

DEC. 8

Nutcracker Christmas: 1-4 p.m., Waveland Public Library, 345 Coleman Ave. Santa Claus and refreshments.

Port of Gulfport Expansion Project Draft Environmental public meeting: 5:30-6:30 p.m. informal open house to become familiar with proposed project and 6:30 p.m. meeting begins, Gulfport Marriott, 1600 E. Beach Blvd., Gulfport. Meeting will be held to provide information about the proposed project and to receive public input and comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Detaisl: 251-690-2505.

Coast Big Band Holiday Show: 7:30 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Cost: $12.50. Includes 20-piece big band orchestra with a mix of dance, pop tunes, Latin tunes, jazz standards, soulful and vocals. Details: 818-2878.

DEC. 9

RESTORE public meeting: 10 a.m., Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, 2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Meeting materials including meeting agenda, Initial Funded Priorities List, Spill Impact Component Rule and the response to public comments.

Holiday senior luncheon: noon-2 p.m., Donal Snyder Community Center, 2520 Pass Road, Biloxi. For ages 55 and older. Presented by the Parks and Recreation Department. Christmas carolers will fill the gymnasium floor and door prizes will be given away. Ham dinner. Admission is free, but participants are asked to bring a dessert. Details: 388-7170.

Jackson County Republican Club Christmas social: 5:30-7:30 p.m., The Preserve Golf Club, 8901 Mississippi 57, Vancleave. Donation: $10 per person. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. RSVP at jcrepublicanclub@gmail.com.

DEC. 10

Red Cross blood drive: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, George County, Mississippi 63. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

First Responders/Military Appreciation night: 3-8 p.m., Old Town, Bay St. Louis.

Inaugural Mug Art Exhibit/ Reception: 5-8 p.m., Negrotto's Gallery, 2645 Executive Place, Biloxi. Warm and winter refreshments. Features work of Gerrol Beningo, Paulette Dove, Stacey Johnson and Kappy Stephens. Details: 388-8822.

Gingerbread Christmas: 6 p.m., Pearlington Public Library, 6096 First Ave. Santa Claus and refreshments.

Starting a Business ­­-- First Steps: 6-8 p.m., The Innovation Center, Gulf Coast, 1636 Popp's Ferry Road, Biloxi. Details: 396-8661.

50th anniversary Christmas concert: 7 p.m., Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jefferson Davis campus, Fine Arts Auditorium. Features Jefferson Davis Singers and Coastal Vibrations and current and retired faculty and alumni. Details: 897-3737.

DEC. 11

14th annual Celebration of Lights: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Crestlawn Memorial Park and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at D'Iberville Memorial Park. Candle-lighting starts at 4:30 p.m. Light refreshments. Presented by Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Homes.

Southern Star Masonic Lodge catfish dinner: 5-7 p.m., 546 Klondyke Road, Long Beach. Cost: $11 adult plate with five pieces of fish and $8 child's plate with three pieces of fish.

10-Minute High School Play Festival: Students participate 6-9 p.m. Dec. 11 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 12, with performances 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Cost: $5 for students; sign up by Dec. 9. Led by Olivia Dunwoody, Mississippi Theatre Association 10-Minute Festival Chair. Cost to see the show: $5. Details: Stacy Howell, 818-2878.

"The Velveteen Rabbit": 7 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Presented by WINGS Performing Arts. Cost: $7 students, $10 seniors, military and LMDC members and $13 general admission. Details: lmdc.org or 897-6039.

Biloxi NAACP holiday party: 7-10 p.m., Gruich Community Center, 591 Howard Ave. Free and open to the public.

DEC. 12

Santa breakfast: 8-11 a.m., First United Methodist Church, Long Beach. Pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa, feed reindeers and choir performances. Cost: $3 children and $5 adults.

Christmas on the Avenue: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Harper McCaughan Town Green, Long Beach. Arts and crafts, food performers, demonstrations. Free. Presented by Long Beach Concert Choir Association.

Toy and clothing giveaway: 9 a.m.-noon, First United Gospel Assembly, 2000 28th St., Gulfport. Details: 669-0054.

Come Learn with Santa: 9 a.m.-noon, Lopez School, 140 St. John Ave., Biloxi. Children up to age 5 can take part in a host of holiday activities including making handprint keepsakes and decorating ornaments. Photos with Santa. Free program sponsored in part by Biloxi Excel by 5 Coalition. Details: 297-6808, 432-2431 or 388-7170.

Gourmet-to-Go/Art-to-Go: 10 a.m.-noon, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5303 Diamondhead Circle, Diamondhead. Selling casseroles, soups, candies, jams, breads, desserts and art.

Food Market Day: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. All invited to rent a booth and showcase culinary talents and artist can sell artwork. Details: 818-2878.

Spirit of Christmas at Hiller Park: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Barbara Ferrill Softball Fields at the park. Holiday activities will include a children's area filled with games, arts and crafts area, a bounce house and more. Vendors will be set up along the fields at 1940 Edgers Road selling their arts, crafts and food. Details: 388-7170.

Fire Truck Christmas Parade: 1 p.m. starts at Bobinger Road ends at the Hancock County Arena, 4184 Kiln DeLisle Road, Kiln. Details: 216-2045.

"The Velveteen Rabbit Toy Tea and performance": 3 p.m. Dec. 12-13, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Cost: $15. Details: 897-6039 or lmdc.org.

Holiday candy making workshop: 3-6 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Cost: $35 members and $45 nonmembers. Details: 818-2878.

Second Saturday: 4-7 p.m., Old Town Bay St. Louis.

Bethlehem Christmas Village Re-enactment: 5 p.m. Christmas Cantata and 6 p.m. begins, First Baptist Church, Bay St. Louis.

DEC. 13

Christmas Horse Parade in the Kiln: Noon, starting at Bobinger Road looping to Fire Department Road 6285 ending back at Bobinger Road at 2 p.m. with Santa. Details: 216-9424.

Red Cross blood drive: Noon-5 p.m., St. Patrick Catholic High School, 18300 St. Patrick Road. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

"The Odd Couple" and "Album" auditions: 1-3 p.m. Dec. 13 and 5-7 p.m. Dec. 15, Randolph Center, 315 Clark Ave., Pass Christian. Presented by Pass Christian Theatre Project. Audition reading material provided. For "Odd Couple," roles are for six women, ages 40 and older, and two men ages 25 and older. For "Album," roles are for two males and two females, high school to college age. Details: 206-0857.

DEC. 15

Pre-legislature briefing: 7:30 a.m. doors open and 8 a.m. program begins, Golden Nugget Biloxi. Sponsored by Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce. Learn about upcoming legislature session with elected officials. Topics: BP settlement funds, education funding, infrastructure, broadband and affordable health insurance. Tickets: $30 general admission and $20 members. Details: 604-0014.

Colt and Capers program: 10-11 a.m., Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR 40th Anniversary: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Visitor Center, 7200 Crane Lane, Gautier. Designed for preschool and toddler story hours. Outside activites and more. Details: 497-6322, ext. 101.

Red Cross blood drive: 1-6 p.m., Pass Christian High School, 720 W. North St. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

Down Home Christmas: 6 p.m., Kiln Public Library, 17065 Mississippi 603. Santa Claus and refreshments.

Cajun Christmas Cooking Class: 6-8:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Led with David Daigle. Cost: $30-35. Details: 897-6039 or lmdc.org.

dec. 17

Bay Emporium Christmas Open House: 5-7 p.m., 112 South Second St., Bay St. Louis.

Live Nativity Scene: 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, Bay St. Louis.

Songs and Stories Radio Show: 7 p.m., ary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Details: 818-2878.

DEC. 18

Free Friday Night: 5-8 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport.

Book debut: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Southern Bound Bookstore, 1218 Government St., Ocean Springs. Hosted by Shereen Kostmayer. Chase will sign novels and discuss plot.

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.

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. Details: 324-3730.

DEC. 19

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.

Bilox 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.

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.

DEC. 20

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.

DEC. 21

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.

DEC. 22

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.

DEC. 30

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.

DEC. 31

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.