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What's Happening for December 4-8

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Run Run Rudolph 5K: 7:30-8:30 a.m. registration and 9 a.m. race begins, Singing River Health System, 303 Delmas Ave., Pascagoula. Cost: $25 registration. Holiday costume contest, Christmas canine parade, guest appearances by Rudolph and his helpers, refreshments, carolling and more. Proceeds benefit the Singing River Health System Foundation Heart and Vascular Fund.

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.

Merry Fishmas Fun Run: 8:30 a.m., Washington Avenue and Front Beach Drive, Ocean Springs. Details: 818-8847.

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.

Breakfast with Santa: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Salvation Army Kroc Center, 575 Division St., Biloxi. Cost: $5.

Affordable Care Act enrollment sessions: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 5 and 19, Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Details: 452-4596.

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.

Sandpuddling Studio Concrete Sculpture workshop: 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 Bazaar and Cookie Walk: 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.

Christmas by the River: 10 a.m. breakfast with Santa at Moss Point Recreation Center, 1:30 p.m. lineup at Southgate Mall to Riverfront and 3 p.m. Christmas Parade. Food, music, free photo with Santa, stories and prizes. 5:30 p.m. tree lighting. Carols by local church with holiday music. 6:30 p.m. boat parade; 7 p.m. Riverfront dockside fireworks. Vendors welcome.

Ocean Springs' Holiday Open House: 10 a.m., downtown Ocean Springs. Hands-on activities, participation from local businesses, featured artists and demonstrations, refreshments, vendors and more. The Ocean Springs Municipal Library is participating from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

Pascagoula Paradise Paddlers' third annual Paddle and Fish Fry: 10 a.m., Point O' Pines launch ramp, Grand Batture Road, Moss Point. Paddle out to Kenny's Island, have lunch and paddle back. Bring a side dish if you'd like. Cost: $3.

Autograph party with Carolyn Haines: 10 a.m.-noon, Lucedale-George County Public Library, 507 Oak St. Haines will autograph "Bone to be Wild," the newest edition in her "Bones" series.

Fish fry: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., D'Iberville Farmers Market. Cost: $7 per plate. Presented by Gulf Coast Eagles 4535. Desserts and drinks also for sale.

Holiday Bazaar: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 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.

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.

11th annual 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.

18th annual Nettles Pottery Open House Show and Sale: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5-6, 22291 Bells Ferry Road, Pass Christian. View a large selection of pottery, both wood-fired and gas kilns, throwing demonstrations and more. Refreshments. Details: 452-3511.

Car Wash and Fish Fry: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Advanced Auto, 11220 U.S. 49, Gulfport. Proceeds will benefit homeless shelter for veterans.

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 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.

Meet-and-Greet with Alex North: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur St., Moss Point. Meet photographer Alex North and view his book, calendars and photo prints. Details: 475-0825.

NSPIRE Bowl charity flag football game: Noon, Salvation Army Kroc Center, 575 Division St., Biloxi. Benefits the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Free admission and kids zone, live music, all-star games and more. Toy drop-off box will be on site.

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.

30th annual Christmas in the Pass: War Memorial Park, Pass Christian. On Dec. 5, pet photos with Santa will be available, 2-4 p.m., with a pet parade at 1 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.

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

Fifth annual One Starry Night: 1-3 p.m., First Baptist Church, Long Beach. Details: 864-2584.

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.

Second annual Santa's Workshop: 1-5 p.m., D'Iberville Town Green. Followed by Santa's arrival and the lighting of the tree. Admission is one canned food item or one pair of new socks for the charity sock drive. Activities includes pine cone decorating, face painting, wood crafts, Leflie the Elf, Mrs. Claus and more. Sponsored by the D'Iberville Gateway Group and the City of D'Iberville. Details: 257-9734 or 365-3195.

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.

Gulf Coast Stamp Club meeting: 2:30 p.m., St. Martin Community Center, 15004 Lemoyne Blvd.

Santa & Friends on Ice: 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 27, Beau Rivage Theatre, Biloxi. Professional skaters and other performers present seasonal classics. Snowfall at every show. Tickets start at $12.95 plus tax and service charge. 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.

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.

Sea Santa Sail-A-Bration: 5 p.m., Jeff Davis Avenue, Long Beach. Waterless boat parade, crafts, entertainment, Santa Claus and more. Details/registration: 806-7979 or 326-7207.

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., lineup 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 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.

HO HO HOSA cocktail party: 6-8 p.m., Lagniappe Restaurant, 703 Cox Ave., Ocean Springs. Cost: $30. Only 100 tickets are available for the event. Details/tickets: 217-0421 or 872-0846.

Christmas at Beauvoir: 6-8 p.m. Saturdays through Thursdays, through Dec. 31, Beauvoir, 2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Enjoy the gardens and Christmas lights. Cost: $5 per car. Details: 388-4400.

Ice skating: 6 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 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.

Celebrate the Wonder of Christmas concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 5-6, Cedar Lake Christian Assembly, 11555 Cedar Lake Road, Biloxi. Bring the family and enjoy classic Christmas carols in a contemporary setting.

Christmas in the Quarters Gala: 7 p.m., 19th Street Community Center, Gulfport. The program will recognize all 33rd Avenue alumni, former teachers, band members, athletes and more. Reception to follow. Donations accepted for the placement of the 33rd Avenue High School plaque.

Gulf Coast Messiah Chorus performance: 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Fine Arts Auditorium, Jefferson Davis campus, Gulfport. 3-5 p.m. Dec. 6, Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1028 Denny Ave., Pascagoula. Each concert is free.

Book signing with Richard Grant: 7-8:45 p.m., Pass Books/Cat Island Coffeehouse, 300 E. Scenic Drive, Pass Christian. Grant will be signing "Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta." Details: 222-4827.

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

Belles and Buoys Square Dance Club: 8-10 p.m., Lyman Senior Citizen Center, 14592 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Callers: Tony DiGeorge and Oscar Sill. Details: 363-2622.


VFW Post 6731 breakfast: 8-11 a.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20, 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville. Details: 392-1152.

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.

10th annual Talons Toy Run: 10 a.m. registration, Fred's paring lot, corner of Jefferson Avenue and Telephone Road, Vancleave. Route will end at the Salvation Army. Details/route: 990-1287.

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. Tickets: 4blt.org.

Festival of Lights and Chanukah party: 5:30 p.m., 12277 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport. Free and open to all those of the Jewish faith. Holiday songs, traditional foods, games, goody bags and more. Details: 539-1655.


Remember Pearl Harbor Day: 8:30 a.m., VFW Post 2434, 289 Veterans Ave., Biloxi. The public is invited. Details: 343-0260.

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

Community meeting: 6 p.m., 19th Street Community Center, Gulfport. Hosted by the 33rd Avenue Alumni Association, the Quarters Group and the Concerned Citizens Coalition. Attend to find out the official status of 33rd Avenue High School.

Men's Club meeting: 6 p.m., Handsboro United Methodist Church, 2333 Demaret Drive, Gulfport. Recognizing the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Details: 896-7264.

American Legion Post 1992 Ladies Auxiliary meeting: 6:30-7:30 p.m., 3824 Old Spanish Trail, Gautier. Details: 497-6422.

American Legion Post 1992 Riders meeting: 7-8 p.m., 3824 Old Spaish Trail, Gautier. Details: 497-6422.


Pancake Day: 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Elks Lodge, 303 Krebs Ave, Pascagoula. Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Pascagoula. Cost: $5.

Preschool and toddler series: 10-11:15 a.m. Dec. 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 nonmembers, $12 per 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.

AARP 569 meeting: 11:30 a.m., Sicily's, U.S. 49, Gulfport. Speakers: Emily Gadia and Vernor Walker of the Red Cross. Details: 297-0116.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group meeting: 11:30 a.m., Beauvoir Methodist Church, 2113 E. Pass Road, Biloxi. Details: 896-3075.

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.

VFW Post 6731 Ladies Auxiliary meeting: 6 p.m., 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville. Details: 392-1152.

VFW Post 2434 meeting: 6 p.m., 289 Veterans Ave., Biloxi. Details; 343-0260.

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

Nutcracker Christmas: 6 p.m., Waveland Public Library, 345 Coleman Ave. Santa Claus and refreshments.

Christmas Family Fun Night: 6-7 p.m., Orange Grove Library, Gulfport. Stories, Christmas music, hot chocolate, crafts, cookies and a special visit from Mrs. Claus.

Bienville Toastmasters meeting: 6:30 p.m., Boomtown Casino, second floor, welcome room, Biloxi. Public speaking and leadership skills. Details: 235-5046.

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 or themaryc.org.