Local Events

This Week events in South Mississippi: Nov. 30-Dec. 6

JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD/FILESanta Claus waves to spectators during a previous year's Christmas in the Pass. The jolly old fella will be a featured guest at many events coming in up South Mississippi, including this year's celebration in Pass Christian on Friday night. The celebration continues Saturday.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD/FILESanta Claus waves to spectators during a previous year's Christmas in the Pass. The jolly old fella will be a featured guest at many events coming in up South Mississippi, including this year's celebration in Pass Christian on Friday night. The celebration continues Saturday. SUN HERALD


Harrison County Republican Women meeting: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Great Southern Golf Course Club House, 2000 Beach Drive, Gulfport. Lunch: $15.

Jackson County Utility Authority meeting: 4 p.m., Authority's Witchen Administration Building, 1225 Jackson Ave., Pascagoula.

"Cinderella" auditions: 4-6 p.m., Center Stage Theatre, 2670 Rue Palafox, Biloxi. Roles available for students from ages 5 to 18. Production is Dec. 15-17. Details: 388-6258.

"Aladdin Jr." auditions: 5-8 p.m., Gulfport Little Theater, 2600 13th Ave. Roles available for ages 5-18. Participants should bring a CD and prepare a song from one to two minutes long.

American Legion Post 1992 steak night: 6-8 p.m., 3824 Old Spanish Trail, Gautier. Cost. $17. Details: 497-6422.


At Ease Gang meeting: 7 a.m., Treasure Bay Casino, 1980 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Speaker: MSgt. 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 her 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.

VFW Post 6731 meeting: 7 p.m., 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville.

Coast Big Band Christmas concert: 7 p.m., 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.

Santa & Friends on Ice: Dec. 1-27, Beau Rivage Theatre. Professional skaters and other performers present seasonal classics. Snowfall at every show. Tickets start at $12.95 plus tax and service charge. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Military Appreciation performances, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 5-6; and tickets for service members are four for $30 with military ID and available for purchase at Beau Rivage box office. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will also feature 3 p.m. performances.


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.

Moss Point Christmas by the River boat parade captains' meeting: 6 p.m., M&M bank in Moss Point. Attendance is not required, but is requested so boaters are aware of the safety guidelines and rules. Christmas by the River festivities are sponsored by the Moss Point Active Citizens. The boat parade is Dec. 5.

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 Claus 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.

Biloxi's Christmas on the Water captains' and skippers' meeting: 6 p.m., Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum at Point Cadet. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. The boat parade is Dec. 5. Details: 617-3112 or 388-7170.

Tree-lighting ceremony: 6-8 p.m., Marshall Park, Ocean Springs. Sponsored by Ocean Springs Commerce-Main Street-Tourism and the Historic Ocean Springs Association. Musical performances, Christmas reading, letters to Santa, holiday activities, refreshments and more. Details: 875-6722 or 875-4424.

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

10th annual Fine Arts Gala: 6:30-8 p.m., St. Martin High School gym, 11300 Yellow Jacket Blvd., Ocean Springs. Cost: $2. Performances by band, choir, dance team and theatre students. Silent auction of professional artwork and gifts. Concessions sold. Details: 875-8418.

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.


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., Wal-Mart, 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, War Memorial Park, Pass Christian. Christmas tree lighting, arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Follow the town elves and parade to Davis Avenue in downtown Pass Christian for the Holiday Open House, street fair, live music, photos with Santa, children's activities and an Arts & Crafts Village with almost 100 vendors. On Dec. 5, pet photos with Santa will be available, 2-4 p.m., with a pet parade at 3 p.m. The annual Pass Under the Lights, a 5K run and 1/2-mile fun run will begin at 5 p.m. Live music will take place at multiple locations throughout town late into the night. Details: 452-3315 or 604-0014.

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., travels west on Howard Avenue, through the Vieux Marche, turns south on Reynoir, east on Jackson, south on Lameuse Street and ends 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.

VFW Post 6731 steak night: 6-8 p.m., 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville. Details: 392-1152.

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, 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.


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 pusharatas and more. Details: 435-6339.

Walk in the Woods art sale: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 22591 Rue La Terre, Kiln. Weavings, studio pottery, 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 fouth 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.

Sixth annual Pet Memorial Christmas Tree: 1-4 p.m., Pet's Memory, 1520 28th St., Gulfport. Tree decorating and refreshments. Details: 863-7389.

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: 4:30 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. Details: 435-6320.

D'Iberville 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.

Christmas on the Water Boat Parade: 6 p.m., line up at Biloxi Channel Marker 5 south of Lighthouse. After parade, the annual fireworks show will celebrate the parade's 30 years. Details and registration: 388-7170 or 617-3112.

Moss Point Christmas By the River: 6 p.m., city docks, downtown. Boats line up at 5 p.m. at Escatawpa River west of Mississippi 613 bridge. After lighted boat parade, the festivities will end with a fireworks show.

Hard Raq Belly-dancing 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.

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.


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.