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WHAT'S HAPPENING for January (Updated Jan. 13)

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TOday

Introduction to computers and Microsoft Word: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library. Registration required. Details: 467-5282.

Community peer support group: 10 a.m., Westside Community Center, 4006 8th St., Gulfport. Details: 575-4549.

American Red Cross blood drive: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Chick-fil-A, 11001 U.S. 49, Gulfport. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

W.O.W. luncheon: Noon, Lyman Community Center, U.S. 49, Gulfport. Cost: $10 lunch. Special guest Advocates for Freedom. Bring baby wipes and diapers for Women Resource Center and gently worn shoes for the Caleb project. Details: 832-1714 or 424-0098.

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.

THURSDAY

Oil painting class: 9 a.m.-noon, Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi. Instructor: Frank Janca. The six-week class will meet each Thursday through Feb. 18. Cost: $235. Students ages 16 and older welcome. Registration required. Details/registration: 374-5547.

South Mississippi Urban Style Dance class: 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, Isiah Frederick Community Center, 3312 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Gulfport. Details: 206-5510.

Strengthen, Stretch and Align with Pilates: 10:30-11:15 a.m. Jan. 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.

Lunch and Learn: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 14-15, 21 and 29 with chef Cheri Hiers, Mary C. O'Keefe Cultrual Center for Arts and Education, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Cost: $12 in advance and $14 walk-in. Details: 818-2878.

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

Handbuilding Clay for Beginners: 1-3 p.m. Jan. 14, 21 and 28, Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Biloxi, Biloxi. Designed for ages 14 and older. Cost: $185 per student. No experience needed. Class fee includes 25 pounds of clay, use of studio tools and more. Details: 374-5547.

Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center annual membership meeting: 5:30-6:30 p.m., 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Refreshments. Exhibits in the Duckett Gallery and Ocean Springs Museum of History. Details: 818-2878.

10 Most Endangered Historical Places in Mississippi: 6-7 p.m., Westside Community Center, 4006 8th St., Gulfport. Presented by Lolly Barnes, director of the Mississippi Heritage Trust. Sponsored by Historical Society of Gulfport. Refreshments.

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

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

National Association of the Mentally Ill meeting: 6:30 p.m., Ocean Springs Library. Friends and family members welcome. Details: 217-1385.

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.

Oratorical Contest: 6:30 p.m., Olivet Baptist Church, 5925 Fredrick St., Moss Point. Details: 475-5421.

"Come Play With Us" rehearsal schedule: 6:40-8 p.m. Thursdays, Randolph Center, 315 Clark Ave., Pass Christian. Features Pass Christian Community Orchestra. Designed for ages 10 and older and have played an instrument for at least two years. Details: 224-2575.

FRIDAY

American Red Cross blood drive: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Treasure Bay Casino, 1980 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

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.

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

Casting call of "Wildflowers-From Fiction to Film: 6-10 p.m. Jan. 15 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 16, Gautier Convention Center, 2012 Library Lane. Details: 327-1197.

Ocean Springs Elks Lodge grilled steak/fish dinner: 6:30-8 p.m., 2501 Beachview Drive. Cost: $12. Details: 875-2501.

Gospel Extravaganza: 7 p.m., Grace Temple Baptist Church, 13344 Old Highway 49, Gulfport. With Martin Luther King Jr. Coastwide Celebration.

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

SATURDAY

Man Power -- Breaking Generational Curses: 8 a.m.-noon, Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 3113 20th St., Gulfport. With Martin Luther King Jr. Coastwide Celebration.

Pine cone bird feeding: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 16, 23 and 30, 7200 Gautier Lane, Gautier. Details: 497-6322, ext. 101.

Clearance book sale: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Ina Thompson Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview St. Features new and old items. Hardbacks, paperbacks, CDs, videos and more. Details: 475-7462.

Winter Botany Walk and Children's Wildlife Ornament Workshop: 10 a.m. field walk with Mississippi State University extension forestry specialist Glenn Hughes and 1 p.m. pine cone and peanut butter children's workshop, Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune. Cost: $5 for each program. Details: 601-799-2311.

Sit, Stay and Read: 10 a.m.-noon, Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Children will exercise reading skills while visiting pets. Reading sessions last 30 minutes. Details: 452-4596.

Meet the Artist event: 10-11 a.m., Pascagoula River Audubon Center. Meet painter Bill Nelson.

Birthday celebration of Dizzy Dean: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dizzy Dean Welcome Center, 61208 U.S. 49, Stone County. Refreshments. Details: 601-928-5418.

American Red Cross blood drive: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 22424 Mississippi 603, Kiln. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

American Red Cross blood drive: Noon-5 p.m., Edgewater Mall, 2600 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

Lego Club event: 1 p.m., Lucedale-George Public Library, 507 Oak St. Designed for ages 8 and older. Children must be accompanied by adult. Details: 601-947-2123.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Daylily Society meeting: 1:30 p.m., Vancleave Public Library, 12604 Mississippi 57. Led by Jeff and Elizabeth Salter. Details: 826-5596.

South Mississippi Linux Users Group meeting: 2 p.m., Holiday Inn Express, 300 W. Beach Blvd., Long Beach.

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

Jackson County Southern Christian Leadership Conference 40th Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Awards and Scholarship Banquet: 7 p.m., Pelican Landing Conference Center, Moss Point. Details: 475-5421.

Belles and Buoys Square Dance: 8-10 p.m., Lyman Senior Citizen Center, 14592 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Caller Kevin Cozad of Centerville, Ala. Details: 363-2622.

SUNDAY

VFW Post 6731 breakfast: 8-11 a.m. Jan. 17, 24 and 31, 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville. Details: 392-1152.

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

Gulf Coast Citizens Climate Lobby meeting: 2 p.m., University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Park campus, Long Beach. Organization is dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions while preserving jobs. Details: 447-3952.

Distinguished Young Women of Pascagoula Scholarship Program informative meeting: 2-4 p.m., Ressurrection Catholic Elementary School gymnasium. Details: 990-5615.

Sunday Inspiration: 3-5:30 p.m., Grace Temple Baptist Church, 13344 Old Highway 49, Gulfport. With Martin Luther King Jr. Coastwide Celebration.

MONDAY

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.

MLK Coastwide Celebration Parade and Battle of the Bands: 11 a.m-3 p.m. Parade begins at Frank Gruich Center in Biloxi, travels down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and completes at MGM Park, where Battle of the Bands will begin.

American Red Cross blood drive: 1-6 p.m., St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church, 301 S. Necaise Ave., Bay St. Louis. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

South Mississippi Urban Style Ballroom Dancing: 6-8 p.m. Mondays at Randolph Senior Center, 315 Clark Ave., Pass Christian; and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays at Bayou Gulf Paralyzed Veterans Building, 15489 Dedeaux Road, Gulfport. Singles and partners welcome. Details: 206-5510.

TUESDAY

Harrison County Development Commission meeting: 8:15 a.m., 12281 Intraplex Parkway, Gulfport. Details: 896-8020.

Colt Capers: 10-11 a.m., 7200 Gautier Lane, Gautier. Topic: Alligators. Details: 497-6322 Ext. 101.

Home School Studio Art Classes: 1:30-3 p.m. Jan. 19 and 26, Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Designed for ages 6-17. Cost: $12 per student. Focusing on clay technique, project, pottery wheel, ceramic Mardi Gras masks and clay sculpture. Details: 374-5547.

Coloring workshop for adults: 5-7:30 p.m., Ocean Springs Municipal Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Designed for ages 18 and older. Details: 875-1193.

MS Gulf Coast Tri Delta Alumnae Cocktail Hour: 5:30 p.m., Cora's, 1230 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Details: 861-7169.

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

East Central Harrison County Public Utility District: 8:30 a.m., offices of Hopkins, Barvie and Hopkins, 2701 24th Ave., Gulfport.

Actions Speak Louder than Words: 6 p.m., Pascagoula Public Library, 3214 Pascagoula St. Features Sugar Stallings with discussion and book signing. Details: 769-3060 Ext. 249.

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.

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

JAN. 21

Take the Mystery Out of Medicare: 10:30 a.m., Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Features the South Mississippi State Health Insurance Assistance Program. Speaker is David Manasco of the Area Agency on Aging. Details: 452-4596.

Lunch and Learn: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 22 with Robert Sweeting, Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center for Arts and Education, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Cost: $12 in advance and $14 walk-in. Details: 818-2878.

Panel discussion: 5 p.m., University of Southern Mississippi, Hardy Hall Ballroom, Long Beach. Theme: The Pulitzer Prize and Mississippi Journalism. Details: 865-4574.

Mississippi Gulf Coast League of Women Voters meeting: 6 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Chruch, 705 Rayburn Ave., Ocean Springs. Speakers: Austin Borbour and Brandon Jones. Entree and drinks provided. Please bring a covered side dish. RSVP/details: 327-0183 or 225-241-1515.

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

JAN. 22

Harrison County Emergency Communication Commission meeting: 10 a.m., 1st Judicial District Courthouse, EOC conference room, 1801 23rd Ave., Gulfport. Details: 831-0760.

Social Security benefits program: 2 p.m., St. Martin Public Library, 15004 Lemoyne Blvd. Features financial planner Sal Crespo. Registration encouraged. Details: 392-3250.

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

"The Ransom of Red Chief": 8 p.m. Jan. 22-23; 2 p.m. Jan. 24; 8 p.m. Jan. 29-30; and 2 p.m. Jan. 31, Bay St. Louis Little Theatre, 398 Blaize Ave. Cost: $15 adults; $10 seniors, veterans, military and students; and $8 ages 12 and younger. Details: 467-9024 or bsllt.org.

JAN. 23

Shorebird identification class and field trip: 8:30 a.m. program, 10 a.m. field trip, Pascagoula River Audubon Society. The boat-based field trip will offer the chance to practice identification learned during the program. Pre-registration for the field trip is required. Space is limited. Details/registration: 475-0825 Ext. 4.

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.

East Asian Experience: 10 a.m.-noon, Ocean Springs Municipal Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Registration required. Attendees begin with tai chi with Alfred Rivera of Okinawa Kenpo Mushin Ryu Dojo, family-oriented karate school. Sushi, Shanghai and Samurais with Judy Dalgo at 11 a.m. Refreshments. Details: 875-1193.

Sit, Stay and Read!: 10 a.m.-noon p.m., Pascagoula Public Library, 3214 Pascagoula St. Children will read stories to pets. Children must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian. Details: 769-3060 Ext. 1.

American Red Cross blood drive: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Bond Baptist Church, 35 Sellers St., Wiggins. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

Ocean Springs Elks Lodge Mardi Gras Parade: 1 p.m., parade begins at Front Beach, travels to Porter Avenue, Washington Avenue, Government Street and ends at the Ocean Springs Central Office. Theme: comedy palooza. Details: 238-9189.

Painting 101 workshop: 1-3 p.m., Ocean Springs Municipal Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Features Ocean Springs artist Glenn Edward Miller. Designed for ages 13 and older. Space limited. Details: 875-1193.

Chinese New Year teen event: 1-3 p.m., St. Martin Public Library, 15004 Lemoyne Blvd. Features Chinese foods and culture, crafts and puzzles, calligraphy and more. Registration suggested. Space is limited. Details: 392-3250.

American Red Cross blood drive: 1-6 p.m., Edgewater Mall, 2600 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

Second annual Ocean Springs Carnival Association Masquerade Ball: 7 p.m., Ocean Springs Civic Center. Theme: A Knight Affaire. Mask required to attend the medieval-themed ball. Cost: $25. Details/tickets: 355-0146.

Arts Under the Dome presents Festival of Four: 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Gulfport. Festival of Four features Viviana Guzman, classical guitarist Richard Patterson, flamenco guitarist Guillermo Rios and guitarist Stevan Pasero. Cost: $15 adults, $10 students. Details: 229-6851.

JAN. 24

Fourth Sunday at Four: 4 p.m. music and 5 p.m. art and reception, Christ Episcopal Church, 912 S. Beach Blvd. Bay St. Louis. Music by Heather and the Monkey King. Features visual artist, Barbara Brown. Details: 467-0106.

JAN. 26

American Red Cross blood drive: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., George Regional Hospital, 859 Winter St., Lucedale. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

Self Publishing -- Do It Yourself: 6 p.m., Pascagoula Public Library, 3214 Pascagoula St. Features Chris Wiggins. Registration suggested. Details: 769-3060.

JAN. 27

American Red Cross blood drive: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Diamondhead Community Center, 5300 Diamondhead Circle. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

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

Lunch and Learn: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 28 with Joaquin Morales, Mary C. O'Keefe Cultrual Center for Arts and Education, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Cost: $12 in advance and $14 walk-in. Details: 818-2878.

Lawyers at the Library: 3-7 p.m., Pascagoula Public Library, 3214 Pascagoula St. One-on-one sessions to provide legal advice in ares of criminal law, expungements, family law, child custodies, wills and estates, Social Security and disability benefits. Details: 601-576-4208.

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

Wine and cheese tasting: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Gail Keenan Art Center, 5065 Espy Ave., Long Beach. Learn the basics of pairing wine and cheeses. Cost: $30 individual, $50 couple. Details/registration: 452-9446.

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.

26th annual Mystic Krewe of Pine Island: Noon, line up and 1:30 p.m. rolls at south end of Johns Bayou Road. Tailgate party during line-up. Music performances, awards, food. Theme: Pine Island "Booty". King Pine, Queen Domino and other members of court will be presented. Details: 217-6227.

Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra concert: 7 p.m., Biloxi Saenger Theatre. Features Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai. Tickets: $15-45. Details/tickets: 896-4276.

Belles and Buoys Square Dance: 8-10 p.m., Lyman Senior Citizen Center, 14592 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Caller Willis Simmons of Eufaula, Ala. Details: 363-2622.

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.

JAN. 31

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.

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