Local Events

This Week events in South Mississippi: Feb. 1-7

SUN HERALD/FILEA member of the Krewe of Do Dah throws a string of beads during a previous Jackson County Carnival Association parade in Pascagoula. See the full list of South Mississippi events for this week's Mardi Gras parade times.
SUN HERALD/FILEA member of the Krewe of Do Dah throws a string of beads during a previous Jackson County Carnival Association parade in Pascagoula. See the full list of South Mississippi events for this week's Mardi Gras parade times. SUN HERALD

Benefit blood drive: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Gulfport Police Department, 2220 15th St., Gulfport. Blood drive will benefit Steve Arnold, a severely wounded police officer from Jefferson Parish, La. Details: 863-2992.

Film presentation: 1:30 p.m., Ina Thompson Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview St. Film and book discussion featuring the "Trouble the Water" and "Rivers" by Michael Farris Smith. Reservations suggested. Details: 475-7462.

"Pinkalicious-- the Musical" auditions:5:30-7:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Designed for kindergarten through twelfth grade. Production is March 15-18. Details: 897-6039.

Daraja Children's Choir performance: 6 p.m., Gulf Coast Family Church of Nazarene, 14700 Big Ridge Road, Biloxi. Donations accepted. Details: 875-0860.

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

"Rose Tattoo" auditions: 6:30 p.m., Bay St. Louis Little Theatre, 398 Blaize Ave. Available roles include eight females, ages 15 to 60s and five males, ages 20s to 80s. Cold readings from script expected. Production opens in April. Details: 467-9024 or 504-453-4888.

"Spring Awakening-- A New Musical" auditions: 7 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Production scheduled for April 15-17. Available roles for male and females, ages 16-50. Details: 818-2878.

"The Producers" auditions: 7-9 p.m. Feb. 1-2, Gulfport Little Theatre, 2600 13th Ave. Production scheduled for April. Available roles include male and females, ages 16-80. Come prepared with a short musical selection. Auditionees should bring a CD accompaniment, mp3 or sheet music. An accompanist will be available. Details: 251-689-7167 or gulfportlittletheatre.org.


At Ease Gang meeting: 7 a.m., Treasure Bay Casino, 1980 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Coffee. Details: 806-4453.

BSA Government Day: 8 a.m., Gulfport City Hall. Designed for Boy Scouts. Includes police, fire protection, public works and leisure services. Details: 860-0722.

Tax Assistance: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays at Waveland Public Library, 345 Coleman Ave and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays at Kiln Public Library. Co-sponsored by AARP and Hancock County Library System. Assistance intended for low and medium income and those over age 50. Details: 467-5282.

Authors and Characters: 11:45 a.m., Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library. Panel of local leaders will discuss local black history. Includes Clementine Williams, Joan Thomas, Pat Murphy and Orita Richardson. Cost: $10 for lunch. Reservations required. Details: 467-5282.

Book reading: 5:45-6:45 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Features Thelma Straight and "The Stories My Foremothers Told Me". Details: 818-2878.

Coast Chorale spring rehearsal: 6:30 p.m., Main Street United Methodist Church, 162 Main St., Bay St. Louis. All voice parts welcome. Details: 324-8213.

Bienville Toastmasters meeting: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 and 16, Boomtown Casino, second floor conference room, Biloxi. Covering speaking and leadership skills. Details: 235-5046.

An Evening of New Orleans Jazz: 7 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Cost: $15 general admission and $10 students and groups of more than 10. Features Richard Shropshire and FHG Jazz Trio with special guests. Details: 818-2878.


Red Cross blood drive: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Memorial Hospital Medical Office Building, 4500 13th St., Gulfport. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

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

Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra Guild: 10 a.m., 31 Sauvolle Court, Ocean Springs. Live entertainment. Details: 896-9347.

St. Stanislaus open house: 5-7 p.m., 304 S. Beach Blvd., Bay St. Louis. Designed for boys in grades 4-11. Details: 467-9057 Ext. 249.

Healthy Lifestyle class: 5:30 p.m., Orange Grove Community Center, Gulfport. Eight-week class. Presented by Gulf Coast Health Educators. Details: 860-7530.

Gulfport Dragway King of the Hill: 6 p.m. gates open and 9 p.m. eliminations, 17085 Racetrack Road. Cost: $25 car and driver, $8 spectators and $5 for ages 10 and younger. Details: 323-4047.

Biloxi Elks Lodge 606 meeting: 7 p.m. Feb. 3 and 17, 1178 Beach Blvd. Details: 374-0606.


"Elisha Gold -- A 10-Year Retrospective": Noon-1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. farewell reception and 6:30 p.m. artist talk, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jefferson Davis campus, Gulfport. Features sculptor Elisha Gold. Details: 897-3909.

Diabetic Support Group meeting: 4 p.m., Emmanuel Baptist Church, Ocean Springs. Guest speakers, cooking demonstrations and moral support. Presented by the Gulf Coast Health Educators. Details: 860-7530.

Yoga at the Museum: 6-7:15 p.m. with Moira Anderson of River Rock Yoga , Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Cost: $5. Details: 374-5547.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Toastmasters membership drive and Mardi Gras meeting: 6-7:30 p.m., Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center, 10298 Express Drive, Gulfport. Details: 313-3278 or 918-0888.

Think Like an Entrepreneur: 6-8 p.m., The Innovation Center, 1636 Popp's Ferry Road, Suite 207, Biloxi. Details: 396-8661.

"Boeing Boeing": 8 p.m. Feb. 4-6, Biloxi Little Theatre, 220 Lee St. Cost: $15 general admission; $12 seniors, students and military. Details and tickets: 432-8543 or 4blt.org.


Lunch and Learn Series: Noon-1 p.m., Jubilee Center, 4322 Popp's Ferry Road, D'Iberville. Speaker: Teckie Hinkebein, director of Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority. Cost: $10 per person includes lunch. Details: 392-4288.

Frozen Children's Valentine cooking class: 6-7:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Tickets: $12.50 per person and members receive 10 percent off. Details: 897-6039 or lmdc.org.

49th annual Carnival Ball: 6-8 p.m., VFW Post 3373, 4724 Vega St., Pascagoula. Theme: Celebrating the Roaring Twenties. Details: 769-8387.

Brushstrokes and Bellinis: 6-9 p.m., Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs. Three-hour art class where students are provided a lined-canvas and creative materials to complete a personal painting. Designed for beginners and intermediate levels. Must be 21 years and older. Cost: $40 per person. Details: 872-3164.

Grilled fish/steak dinner: 6:30-8 p.m., Ocean Springs Elks Lodge, 2501 Beachview Drive. Cost: $12 grilled fish and $18 grilled steak.

Eighth annual Ocean Springs Carnival Association Night Parade: 7 p.m., parade begins at the Ocean Springs Yacht Club on Front Beach and rolls to Porter Avenue, Washington Avenue, Government Street and ends at the Ocean Springs Upper Elementary School on Holcomb Boulevard.

Friday Night Dinner Dance: 7:30 p.m. dinner and dance follows Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26, Amour Danzar Ballroom, 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Casual dress. Cost: $10 dance and $6 dinner. Details: 324-3730.


Long Beach Farmers Market: 8:30 a.m.-noon, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, downtown. Features local produce, artisan breads, honey, dairy, eggs and meat. Live acoustic music. Now accepting EBT. Details: 234-8732.

Gulfport Dragway Winter Classic 1/8 Mile Race: 10-11:30 a.m. street light, noon, time trials, eliminations 2 p.m., 17085 Racetrack Road. Cost: $25 car and driver, $10 spectators. Details: 323-4047.

Breaking the Chains of Addiction informational meeting: 10 a.m., First Missionary Baptist Church, 1100 E. Pass Road, Gulfport. Presented by Lambda Xi Zeta. Addresses signs, symptoms, treatment options and available community resources. Details: 251-648-4329.

Krewe of Diamondhead parade: Noon, route begins on Gex Drive and travels to Aloha Drive, Kalani Drive and ends on Golf Club Drive.

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

Jackson County Carnival Association parade: 1 p.m., starts at Pascagoula Street and Ingalls Avenue intersection, travels to Market Street, Jackson Avenue and ends back on Pascagoula Street.

Krewe of Gemini parade: 2 p.m., begins on 19th Street in Gulfport, travels to U.S. 49, 14th Street, 13th Street, 24th Avenue, 14th Street, 15th Street, 24th Avenue and ends back on 19th Street.

Gulf Coast Stamp Club: 2:30 p.m., St. Martin Community Center, LeMoyne Blvd., Ocean Springs. Program: More members' collection areas and exhibit.

Krewe of Neptune parade: 5:30 p.m., route starts at the Main Street and Esters Boulevard intersection in Biloxi, travels down Main Street, U.S. 90, Lameuse Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Howard Avenue, Caillavet Street and ends at the Bayview Avenue intersection.

Wiggins and Stone County Chamber parade: 5:30 p.m., begins at Park Avenue and travels to South Parker Street, East Border Avenue, Magnolia Drive, East College Avenue and ends on Third Street.

Steak night: 6 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27, 1178 Beach Blvd. Cost: $18 ribeyes and $20 T-bones. Live entertainment. Details: 374-0606.

Children's Mardi Gras Ball: 6-9 p.m., Beauvoir, 2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Includes royal court with an inauguration of king and queen. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Games for children, drawings, 50/50 drawing for adults. Cost: $5 per nonmember adult and children are free. Presented by AMVETS Post 1. Details: 324-6444 or 770-378-4317.

Gulf Coast Temple 471 Carnival Ball: 9 p.m., Vernon Gilbert Elks Lodge, Esters Boulevard, Biloxi.


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

St. Paul Carnival Association parade: Noon, starts at the Davis Avenue and Second Street intersection in Pass Christian, turns on Scenic Drive, travels to Henderson Avenue, Church Avenue and ends back on Second Street.

North Bay Area parade: 1:30 p.m., route begins on Lemoyne Boulevard in the D'Iberville-St. Martin area, travels to Central Avenue, Rodriguez Street and ends on Automall Parkway.