Local Events

WHAT'S HAPPENING for January (Updated Jan. 3)

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TOday

Ocean Springs Elks Lodge 2501 breakfast: 9-11 a.m., 2501 Beachview Drive, Ocean Springs. Cost: $7.

Ice skating: 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Jan. 3; 6 and 8:30 p.m. Jan. 8; 3:30, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Jan 9; 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Jan. 10, 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.

MONDAY

Coastwide Celebration Combined New Year Media Mixer: 5-8 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Municipal Building, 676 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Biloxi. Preview of Martin Luther King week activities. Refreshments.

French Club of Biloxi Women's Auxiliary meeting: 6 p.m., 182 Howard Ave. Details: 436-6472.

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 Legion Riders meeting: 7-8 p.m., 3824 Old Spanish Trail, Gautier. Details: 497-6422.

TUESDAY

Social Security Benefits program: 2 p.m., Gautier Public Library, 2100 Library Lane. Led by Sal Crespo, certified financial planner. Discussing seven keys to enhancing and controlling benefits. Registration is suggested. Details: 497-4531.

Twelfth Night celebration: 5 p.m., Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd. Gulf Coast Carnival Association will turn off Biloxi Lighthouse's holiday lights at 6 p.m., the parade will travel to the Mardi Gras Museum at 6:15 p.m. and the Mardi Gras Museum's lights will be turned on at 6:30 p.m. Come out to celebrate the conclusion of the Christmas season and the opening of Carnival season. Free.

Learn to Draw: 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26, Gail Keenan Art Center, 5065 Espy Ave., Long Beach. Cost: $90 for four sessions. Supplies included. Bring a friend and get half off. Details: 234-1610.

WEDNESDAY

Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority meeting: 9 a.m., third floor of terminal, Gulfport. Details: 863-5951, ext. 3027.

Gulf Coast Symphony Guild meeting: 10 a.m., Treasure Oak Country Club, 2105 Bienville Blvd., U.S. 90, Ocean Springs. Features Kaye Roze, vocalist. Guests are welcome. Details: 896-9347.

Sons of the American Legion meeting: 6:30-7:30 p.m., 3824 Old Spanish Trail, Gautier. Details: 497-6422.

Biloxi Elks Lodge 606 meeting: 7 p.m. Jan. 6 and 20, 1178 Beach Blvd. Details: 374-0606.

THURSDAY

Harrison County Utility Authority Board meeting: 10 a.m., Intraplex Industrial Park, 10271 Express Drive. Details: 868-8752.

Strengthen, Stretch and Align with Pilates: 10:30-11:15 a.m. Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government Ave., Ocean Springs. Cost: $15 per class. Led by Ellen Miller, owner of Bayou Pilates in Ocean Springs. Details: 818-2878.

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

Mississippi Arts Commission grant-writing workshop: 6 p.m., Gulfport Galleria of Fine Arts. Registration not required. Free. Details: 601-359-6529.

Line dancing classes: 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 6 p.m. Jan. 27, Pascagoula Public Library, 3214 Pascagoula St. All ages invited. Led by Ericka Nicholson. Details: 769-3060.

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

Learn to Paint: 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, starting Jan. 7, Gail Keenan Art Center, 5065 Espy Ave., Long Beach. Cost: $90 for four sessions. Supplies included. Bring a friend and get half off. Details: 234-1610.

FRIDAY

Lunch and Learn: Noon-1 p.m. Jubilee Center, 4322 Popp's Ferry Road, D'Iberville. Cost: $10 per person includes lunch. Topic: Alzheimer's detection. Led by Kathryn Moran of Mississippi Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Details: 392-4288.

Dinner at JD's Freedom Grill: 6-8 p.m., seafood night with shrimp or catfish dinner, American Legion Post 1992, 3824 Old Spanish Trail, Gautier. Details: 497-6422.

Ocean Springs Elks Lodge 2501 scholarship dinner: 6:30-8 p.m., 2501 Beachview Drive, Ocean Springs. Cost: $10.

Friday Night Dance: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 and 15, Amour Danzar Ballroom, 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Cost: $10. Details: 324-3730.

Krewe of Tri-Cities Carnival Ball: 8 p.m., Pascagoula Civic Center. Theme: Hats Off to Broadway.

SATURDAY

TNT Ranch fundraising Bridge Walk: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Ocean Springs Bridge. The first 100 people to register at $20 will receive a free Ranch T-shirt. All proceeds go to the homeless shelter. Details: 669-7859.

Biloxi Elks Lodge 606 steak night: 6 p.m. Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30, 1178 Beach Blvd. Cost: $18 ribeyes and $20 T-bone. Live entertainment. Details: 374-0606.

"A Midsummer's Night Dream": 7 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government Ave., Ocean Springs. Cost: $15 adults and $10 students. Presented by WINGS Performing Arts. Details: 818-2878.

JAN. 10

Third annual Messa e Pranzo: 11 a.m., Holy Family Catholic Church and School, 22342 Evangeline Drive. Sponsored by Gulf Coast Italian American Cultural Society. Mass follows at 12:30 p.m. Tickets: $12 adults and $6 children, ages 4-12. Details and tickets: 539-4571.

JAN. 11

Friends of the Moss Point Library meeting: 1:30 p.m., Ina Thompson Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview St. Details: 475-7462.

Ocean Springs public meeting: 5:30 p.m., City Hall, 1018 Porter Ave. Discussing the findings of the survey of the Right-of-Way, property lines and current road width along Lover's Lane. Details: 875-6712.

History and Mission of the Wolf River Conservation Society: 7 p.m., Pass Christian Historical Society, 201 E. Scenic Drive. Led by Bob Fairbank. Speaking about history, mission and accomplishments of the Wolf River Conservation Society. Details: 452-7254.

JAN. 12

BNI Mississippi information meeting: 8 a.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 2703 Denny Ave., Pascagoula. Seeking professionals interested in growing their business by maximizing their marketing efforts. Details: 504-442-8983.

Computer classes for beginners: 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. Details: 452-4596.

Lego Club meeting: 3:30 p.m., East Central Public Library, 21801 Slider Road. Designed for ages 8 and older. Refreshments. Details: 588-6263.

Science Cafe: 6 p.m., Orange Grove Public Library, 12135 Old Highway 49, Gulfport. Theme: What's the Buzz on Bees. Led by Tim Lockley, senior entomologist for the Mississippi Department of Agriculture on the Gulf Coast and Joshua Reeves, co-owner of J&J Bees and Trees. Details: 452-4596 or 214-3467.

Mardi Gras Mambo: 6-8:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Features chef Maria Vieages. Tickets: $30-35. Details: 897-6039.

JAN. 13

French Club of Biloxi men's meeting: 6 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. meeting, 182 Howard Ave. Serving red beans and rice with pork chops. Details: 436-6472.

JAN. 14

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

South for the Winter: 6:30 p.m., Sal and Mookie's, Biloxi. Five-course dining experience will feature craft beer pairings with chef-prepared dishes along with storytelling from local breweries including Biloxi Brewing Company, Lazy Magnolia Brewery and Mississippi Brewing Company. Cost: $60. Details: 207-9697.

JAN. 15

Kids dance fundraising event: 5-8 p.m., Gulfport High School Gymnasium. Designed for kindergarten through sixth grade. Inviting all school districts. Cost: $5 at the door. Prize will be awarded. Presented by TNT Ranch Recovery Home. All proceeds go to the homeless shelter.

Kids cooking class: 6-7:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Features chef Maria Vieages. Tickets: $12.50 per person. Details: 897-6039.

JAN. 18

Martin Luther King Jr. activities: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Crafts and activities included with museum admission. Details: 897-6039.

JAN. 19

Hancock/Harrison Counties Forestry and Wildlife Association meeting: 6 p.m. registration and 6:15 p.m. program begins, Lyman Community Center, 13742 U.S. 49, Gulfport. Presenter: Glenn Hughes, Mississippi State University Forestry Extension. Theme: 10 Tips for Beginning Forest Landowners. Cost: $20 nonmembers and $30 nonmember couples and free for members. Preregistration requested. Details: 865-4227.

JAN. 20

Block printing: 6-9 p.m., Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs. Participants may bring dinner to eat. Led by Heather Carter Rumfelt. Cost: $35. Designed for ages 18 and older. Class size limited. Details: 872-3164.

JAN. 21

How to Develop a Business Plan: 6-8 p.m., Innovation Center, 1636 Popp's Ferry Road, Biloxi. Details: 396-8661.

JAN. 23

Children's Mardi Gras Celebration: 10 a.m.-noon, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Music, bingo, art activities, face painting, children's parade and more. Details: 897-6039.

JAN. 27

African Children's Choir performance: 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 300 N. Cleveland Ave., Long Beach. Free. Donations welcome. Details: 864-2584.

Third annual WAMA Craft Beer Tasting: 6-9 p.m., Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs. Must be 21 years or older. Cost: $10 nonmembers and free for members. Details: 872-3164.

JAN. 28

Cash Flow Projections For Your Business Plan: 6-8 p.m., Innovation Center, 1636 Popp's Ferry Road, Biloxi. Details: 396-8661.

JAN. 29

Free Friday at Lynn Meadows: 5-8 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Details: 897-6039.

JAN. 30

Special yoga class and workshop: 9:45-11:15 a.m. Kripalu Vata Balancing Yoga class and 1-3:30 p.m. Sacred Pause: Opening Ourselves with Kindness and Mindfulness, River Rock Yoga, 2429 W. Commerce St., Suite C, Ocean Springs. Led by Senior Kripalu teacher Rebecca Kronlage. Cost: $15 for balancing session and $35 for mindfulness session. Includes breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation. All levels welcome.

Storytime with Pete the Cat: 11 a.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Details: 897-6039.

Auditions for "Pinkalicious -- The Musical": 2-5 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Designed for kindergarten through 12th grade. Production dates are March 15-18. Details: 897-6039.

Mardi Gras Ball and Dance: 8 p.m.-until, French Club of Biloxi, 182 Howard Ave. Live entertainment. Cost: $15 per person. Details: 436-6472.

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