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WHAT'S HAPPENING for Dec. 9-31

WEDNESDAY

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.

The Legend of Santa Gator puppet show: 10 a.m., Ocean Springs Municipal Library. Puppets, stories and songs.

Women of Wisdom Christmas tablescapes luncheon: noon, Lyman Community Center, Gulfport. Ornament exchange. Free event. Lunch: $10. Personal care items, baby wipes, diapers and gently worn shoes will be collected for special projects. Details: 832-1714 or 424-0098.

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.

Coast Singles of Mississippi meeting and dinner: 5 p.m., The Cafe New Orleans, 11014 Lamey Bridge Road, D'Iberville. Details: 875-3138.

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.

Meditation workshop: 6 p.m., Ocean Springs Municipal Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Instructor: Moira Anderson. Free. Details/reservations: 875-1193.

Christmas party: 6 p.m., Tiki Restaurant, Lounge and Marina, 3212 Mary Walker Drive, Gautier.

French Club of Biloxi men's meeting night: 7 p.m., 182 Howard Ave., Biloxi. Details: 436-6472.

THURSDAY

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

The Legend of Santa Gator puppet show: 10 a.m., Gautier Public Library. Puppets, stories and songs.

Fifth annual Gospel Christmas: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Woolmarket Prime of Life Center, 16320 Old Woolmarket Road, Biloxi. Presented by Harrison County Board of Supervisors, Senior Resources Agency. Features the Florida Boys. Howard Rutland of the Bibletones will be the MC. Fellowship, lunch provided and more. Other guest are Buddy Liles, Shari Poi and Eli Nelson Band. Details: 392-7332.

Disney on Ice -- "Let's Celebrate!": 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 10-11, 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13, Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Tickets: ticketmaster.com, at the Coliseum box office, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Diabetes management session: 10 a.m.-noon, Ocean Springs Public Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Free. Details: 875-1193.

Fifth annual Gospel Christmas: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Woolmarket Prime of Life Center, 16320 Old Woolmarket Road, Biloxi. Lunch provided.

Sons of the American Revolution luncheon: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Panda Palace, Crossroads Shopping Center, Gulfport. Details: 863-4420.

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

American Legion Post 1992 meetings: 5 p.m. house committee meeting, 6 p.m. executive committee meeting, 3824 Old Spanish Trail, Gautier. Details; 497-6422.

Inaugural Mug Art exhibit and 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.

Christmas on the Bayou captains' meeting: 5:30-6:30 p.m., The Dock Bar and Grill, Gulfport. Details: 896-4869 or email christmasonthebayou@gmail.com. The Gulfport boat parade is Dec. 12.

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.

Santa's Calling: 6-8 p.m., Pascagoula Recreation Center. Details: 938-2355.

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.

FRIDAY

Geekonomicon: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 11-13, Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, Biloxi. Dances, pinup contest, gaming tournaments, contests, celebrities, movie screenings, children's activities, vendors, art, magic show, burlesque revue and more. Details and tickets: 504-475-7475.

Dancing with the Seniors: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Pascagoula Senior Center, 1912 Live Oak Ave. Lunch, door prizes, cookie swap, music and line dancers. Details: 205-0907.

Holiday Open House: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Hancock County Welcome Center, I-10 and Mississippi 607, Pearlington. Entertainment, line dancer and Santa Claus. Refreshments. Details: 533-5554.

Community Café: Noon-1 p.m., Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi. Brian Nettles and Susie Ranager will discuss Toshiko Takaezu, an acclaimed ceramicist, and her work. Cost: $10. Price includes lunch and museum gallery admission.

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.

Festival of Lights: 4:45-9 p.m., Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston campus. Silent auction, art shows, children's parade, pictures with Santa, music and more.

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.

Eighth annual Christmas Celebration: 5:30-8 p.m., The Historic Carnegie Library, 1300 24th Ave., Gulfport. Features A Glimpse of Gulfport: The Photography Collections of Paul Jermyn, The Mississippi Gulf Coast Museum of Historical Photography and The Vintage Post Card Collection of Austin Lindsey.

Christmas at Beauvoir Family Night: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18, Beauvoir, 2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Closed on Christmas Day. Tour the presidential home and enjoy crafts, photos with Santa, pony rides, hay rides, vendors, Christmas lights and more. Entertainment: Dec. 4, Camerata, an acapella group; Dec. 11, Jess Dance Studio; Dec. 18, a reading of Mark Vogl's "Confederate Night Before Christmas." Cost: $12.50 adults, $10 seniors, $7.50 ages 6-18. Free to ages 5 and younger. Details: 388-4400.

American Legion Post 1992 seafood night: 6-8 p.m., 3824 Old Spanish Trail, Gautier. Choose between shrimp and catfish. Cost: $9. Details: 497-6422.

Joppa Shrine Temple steak night: 6-8 p.m., 13280 Shriners Blvd., Biloxi. Cost: $14. Details: 392-9345.

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. Toy Tea and performances: 3 p.m. Dec. 12-13, for $15. Advance purchase recommended. Details: lmdc.org or 897-6039.

NewSong concert: 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 902 Live Oak Ave., Pascagoula. Tickets: $19 in advance, $22 at the door. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are $16. Proceeds benefit Feed the children. Details: 800-965-9324.

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

"Oh Light, Everlasting": 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13, University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast, 730 E. Beach Blvd., Fleming Education Center Auditorium, Long Beach. Theme: Rise Up, O Flame. Free. Presented by Civic Chorale. Details: 865-4574.

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.

Turkey Shoot: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Daisy Masonic Lodge 421, School House Road, Vestry Community, Jackson County. Details: 392-5227.

Christmas on the Avenue: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Harper McCaughan Town Green, Long Beach. Arts and crafts, food, performers and 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 and Art-to-Go: 10 a.m.-noon, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5303 Diamondhead Circle, Diamondhead. Selling casseroles, soups, candies, jams, breads, desserts and art.

Sit, Stay and Read: 10 a.m.-noon, Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Reading sessions last 30 minutes. Children will be awarded bookmarks, stickers, coupons and pencils. Details: 452-4596.

Pet photos with Santa: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Vancleave Public Library, 12604 Mississippi 57. All pets must be leashed or in kennels. Donation of one item encouraged. Refreshments. Details: 826-5857.

Winter Open House: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune. Books, pottery, crafts and artwork of local artisans. Light refreshments. Features paintings by Gail Sheasby. Details: 601-799-2311.

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.

Children Christmas Party: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., American Legion Post 1992, Bingo Hall, 3824 Old Spanish Trail, Gautier. Presented by Auxiliary Unit. Details: 497-6422.

Christmas Celebration: Noon, Galloping Goose Club House, 3027 Mississippi 43, Picayune. Cost: $10 pulled pork dinner plates. Details: 342-5139.

Gingerbread Man Decorating Contest and Bake-Off: Noon-2 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Prizes awarded. Sponsored by Ocean Springs Mayors Youth Council. Decorating contest intended for ages 13 and younger. Bake off designed for adults. Any food item accepted. Details: 818-2878.

Christmas Bingo: 1 p.m., VFW 2539, 2518 23rd Ave., Gulfport.

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.

Book reading and signing: 1-3 p.m., Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Features Edmond Boudreaux signing "Lost Biloxi". Details: 374-5547.

"The Velveteen Rabbit" toy tea and performances: 3 p.m. Dec. 12-13, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Presented by WINGS Performing Arts. Cost: $15. Advance purchase recommended. 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. re-enactment begins, First Baptist Church, Bay St. Louis.

Club Members Christmas Party: 6 p.m., French Club of Biloxi, 182 Howard Ave. Live entertainment. Details: 436-6472.

Christmas on the Bayou in Gulfport: 6 p.m. begins at Gulfport Lake between The Dock Bar and Grill and the public boat ramps on the south side. The boats, which begin lining up at 5 p.m., will proceed past the viewing stands down Bayou Bernard to the conclusion at the mouth of the bayou at Big Lake. Public viewing, by around 7:30 p.m., at the Blow Fly Inn and the foot of the Cowan-Lorraine bridge, Kremer's Landing and Switzer Park. Details: 896-4869 or email christmasonthebayou@gmail.com.

VFW Post 5699 steak dinner: 6-8 p.m., 612 VFW Road, Ocean Springs. Details: 872-2304.

DEC. 13

Christmas Concert: 10:45 a.m., Central Bible Church, Bay St. Louis. Features Wade Hammond. Details: 493-4796.

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.

Health classes: 2 p.m. introduction to practical herbalism and 3:30 p.m. introduction to traditional naturopathic principles, The Nourishing Place, Tennessee St., Gulfport. Details: 257-1946.

Milonga in Bay St. Louis: 4-8 p.m., 541 Main St. Cost: $15 milonga plus lesson and $10 for milonga only. Tango attire highly encouraged. Presented by Coast Argentine Tango Society.

DEC. 14

The Legend of Santa Gator puppet show: 6 p.m., East Central Public Library, Hurley. Puppets, stories and songs.

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.

The Legend of Santa Gator puppet show: 9:45 a.m., Lucedale-George County Public Library. Puppets, stories and songs.

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. 16

The Legend of Santa Gator puppet show: 10 a.m., Ina Thompson Moss Point Library. Puppets, stories and songs.

dec. 17

The Legend of Santa Gator puppet show: 10 a.m., St. Martin Public Library. Puppets, stories and songs.

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., Mary 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.

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

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

Breakfast with Santa Claus: 9-11 a.m., French Club of Biloxi, 182 Howard Ave. Details: 436-6472.

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.

Biloxi 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.

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