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Crane tours: 8 a.m. Feb. 24, and 27, Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR, 7200 Crane Lane, Gautier. Available by reservations. Details: 497-6322 Ext. 101.
Digital camera classes: 9 a.m.-noon Using Your Digital Camera and 1-4 p.m. Editing Digital Photos with Picasa, Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Class size limited. Details: 452-4596.
Red Cross blood drive: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Keesler Federal Credit Union, 13083A Seaway Road, Gulfport. Details: 1-800-733-2767.
Blood drive: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 24 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 25, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jefferson Davis campus gymnasium, Gulfport. Donations aid four patients at Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson. Details: 601-528-8993.
VA Vet Center outreach: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wal-Mart Supercenter, 4253 Denny Ave., Pascagoula. Details: 850-912-2380.
Lenten Luncheon Series: Noon, First United Methodist Church in Gulfport. Speaker: Joel Smith, District Attorney for Harrison, Hancock and Stone counties. Lunch provided. Details: 863-0047.
Lenten Soup Suppers: 5:30 p.m. soup supper and 6:30 p.m. worship, Wednesdays, Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 2755 Bienville Blvd., Ocean Springs. Service of Healing. Details: 875-2446.
Computer programming class for kids: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through March 9, Ocean Springs Library. Bring laptop with latest version of Flash installed. Each child that is younger than 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Seating is limited. Registration encouraged. Details: 875-1193.
"The Piano Lesson": 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24-27 and 2 p.m. Feb. 28, Center Stage Theatre, 2670 Rue Palafox, Biloxi. Cost: $18 general admission and $15 seniors, student and military. Details: 388-6258 or centerstagebiloxi.org.
Community yoga: 7:45 p.m., River Rock Yoga, 2429 W. Commerce St., Ocean Springs. Cost: $5 donation. Proceeds benefit Jackson County Animal Shelter.
Creative Economy Workshop: 9 a.m. onsite registration, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. program, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston campus. Cost: $10. SpeakerS: Representatives of Mississippi Arts Commission Main Street Association. Lunch provided. Details: 601-550-5699.
Peace Corps for All Ages course: 6:30 p.m., University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Park, Long Beach. With Grant Matthews. Provided by Osher Lifelong Institute and designed for adults 50 and older who have a passion for learning. No education requirements to join. Details: usm.edu/olli.
Red Cross blood drive: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Virginia College, 920 Cedar Lake Road, Biloxi. Details: 1-800-733-2767.
Lunch and Learn: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 25-26, Mary C. O'Keefe, Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Features chef Cheri Hiers. Details: 818-2878.
Discussion with Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson: 2 p.m. Handsboro United Methodist Church, 2333 Demaret Drive, Gulfport. Details: 860-3311.
"Perspective 360" opening reception: 5-8 p.m., Negrotto's Gallery, 2645 Executive Place, Biloxi. Features contemporary dialogue about history, culture and themes pertaining to personal narratives about race, gender and social issues. Details: 388-8822.
Architecture of the Gulf Coast -- Past, Present, Lost and Forgotten: 6 p.m., Ocean Springs Municipal Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Led by Madison and Mark Talley of TALLstudio Architecture. Registration suggested. Details: 875-1193.
Science Cafe: 6 p.m., University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Park, Long Beach. Theme: Building Bird-Friendly Communities. Features Erin Parker, education and outreach manager at Pascagoula River Audubon Center in Moss Point. Details: 214-3467.
Millsaps on the Move: 6-8 p.m., Alumni meeting, Salute' Italian Restaurant, 1712 15th St., Gulfport. Details: 601-974-1002.
Cash Flow Projections for your Business Plan: 6-8 p.m., The Innovation Center, 1636 Popp's Ferry Road, Suite 207, Biloxi. Details: 396-8661.
Financial Foundations workshop: 6-8 p.m., Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast office, 2214 34th St., Gulfport. Workshop addresses attendee's emotional relationship with money and calls them to take immediate action to improve their financial futures. Preregistration is required. Details: 678-9100, ext. 1024, or email Tomesha Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pianist performances: 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, corner of 15th Street and 24th Avenue, downtown Gulfport. Features Portland, Ore., recording artist and pianist John Nilsen with folk, jazz and classical-influenced arrangements of hymns, spirituals, boogie-woogie and more. Details: 493-4102.
"The Odd Couple": 7 p.m. Feb. 25-27 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 28, The Randolph Center, 315 Clarke Ave., Pass Christian. Cost: $13. Details: 452-3315 or pctp.brownpapertickets.com or The Purple Pelican in Pass Christian.
Old Blues at the Old School: 7-9 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Cost: $10. Details: 818-2878.
Fried fish dinners: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays through March 18, St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, 3521 19th St., Gulfport. Cost: $9. Delivery available for 10 or more dinners.
Lenten seafood dinners: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays through March 18 at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, Biloxi. Cost: $7 per plate. Details: 435-0007.
Meownster Jam Cat Litter Drive: 2-6 p.m., Humane Society of South Mississippi, Gulfport. Bring 10-pound bag of scoopable cat litter in exchange for free ticket to Monster Jam, which is Feb. 27-28 at Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.
Lenten fish fry (buffet style): 4-7 p.m. Fridays until March 18, St. Ann's Catholic Church, Mississippi 53, Lizana. Cost: $13 adults and $7 children.
Fry-Day Lenten Fish Fry: 4-7 p.m. Fridays until March 18, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Presentation Hall, 2414 17th St., Gulfport. Presented by St. John Men's Club. Cost: $8. Proceeds benefit Presentation Hall kitchen. Details: 864-2272.
Monsignor Leech Council 4472 Knights of Columbus annual Lenten Fish Fry: 4:30-7 p.m., St. Vincent de Paul cafeteria, Long Beach. Cost: $10 per plate and $6 children plate. Details: 343-6794 or 493-5740.
Lenten seafood dinners: 5-7 p.m. Fridays through March 18 at Blessed Seelos Catholic Church, 360 Lameuse St., Biloxi. Cost: $6 per plate. Details: 860-5077.
Ocean Springs Elks Lodge 2501 dinner: 5-7:30 p.m., 2501 Beachview Drive, Ocean Springs. Choose between baked haddock or fried catfish. Cost: $10 adults, $5 ages 5-12.
Lenten seafood dinners: 5-8 p.m. Fridays through March 18, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 2090 Pass Road, Biloxi. Cost: $7 adults, $4 children. Details: 388-3887.
Friday Night Dinners: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 19, and 26, French Club of Biloxi, 182 Howard Ave. Cost: $10 per plate. Live entertainment. Details: 436-6472.
Dermatology and Mohs Surgery course: 6:30 p.m., University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Park, Long Beach. With Dr. Alan Lewis. Provided by Osher Lifelong Institute and designed for adults 50 and older who have a passion for learning. No education requirements to join. Details: usm.edu/olli.
Country-fried steak dinner: 6-8 p.m., VFW Post 6731, 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville. Details: 392-1152.
"Aladdin Jr.": 7 p.m. Feb. 26-27, 2 p.m. Feb. 28, 7 p.m. March 4-5 and 2 p.m. March 6, Gulfport Little Theatre, 2600 13th Ave. Cost: $15 general admission, $12 seniors, military and $10 students with ID and children. Details: gulfportlittletheatre.net or 864-7983.
Friday night dinner and dance: 7:30 p.m., Amour Danzar Ballroom, 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Casual dress. Cost: $10 dance and $6 dinner. Details: 324-3730.
"Big River -- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn": 8 p.m. Feb. 26-7 and 2 p.m. Feb. 28, Biloxi Saenger Theatre, 170 Reynoir St. Presented by Broadway South Repertory. Cost: $25 general admission and $20 students, seniors, military and group rates. Details: 1-800-838-3006 or entertainmentcartel.net.
American Legion Post 33 breakfast: 8-11 a.m., 1126 Judge Sekul Ave., Biloxi. Cost: $6.
Long Beach Farmers Market: 8:30 a.m.-noon, downtown. Features local produce, artisan breads, honey, dairy, eggs and meat. Live acoustic music. Now accepting EBT. Details: 234-8732.
11th annual Youth Symphony Gulf Coast Solo and Ensemble Judging: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Designed for ages 9-18. Non-youth symphony members are welcome. Fees: $20 solo, $18 each student for duet, trio, quartet, sextet, septet and octet. Details: 818-2878.
Tree Giveaway: 9 a.m.-noon, Biloxi Hiller Park Garden, Hiller Drive. Donations accepted. Details: 388-2622.
BBQ Throwdown: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., D'Iberville Civic Center, Automall Parkway. Barbecue Competitor Alliance-sanctioned event, competing $10,000 in cash and prizes. Cost: $150 team registration, $75 backyard division and $10 for ages up to 15. Live entertainment. Presented by city of D'Iberville and the Gateway Group. Details: 257-9734.
Discover the Dinosaurs: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 27, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 28, Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Features a walk-through exhibit designed to bring you back in time to a landscape where dinosaurs lived. Tickets: DiscoverTheDinosaurs.com.
Wildlife Rehabilitation program: 10 a.m., Pascagoula River Audubon Center. Free. Led by Missy Dubuisson of Wild at Heart Rescue. Meet wildlife photographer Sharon Milligan.
27th Avenue Market: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, between 13th and 14th downtown Gulfport. Features local growers, producer and artists. Details: 596-2496.
Prom closet: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ocean Springs Senior Citizens Center, 514 Washington Ave. Women's formal attire and accessories $15 or less. Hosted by Junior Auxiliary of Biloxi-Ocean Springs.
Gulf Coast Writers Association meeting: 11 a.m., East Biloxi Library, 580 Howard Ave. Speaker: Historic fiction author Alex Molnar. Details: 596-7217.
Tullibee Submarine Veterans meeting: 11 a.m., Biloxi Yacht Club, 408 Beach Blvd.
Residential Soil Testing -- Get Ready for Spring Planting: 1-2 p.m., Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune. Led by Pearl River County Extension Agent Eddie Smith discussing importance of soil testing and more. Cost: $5 nonmembers and free to members. Details: 601-799-2311.
Painting 101: 2-4 p.m., Ocean Springs Municipal Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Led by Glenn Edward Miller. Designed for ages 13 and older. Space limited. Details: 875-1193.
Bridal event: 2-5 p.m., Hillyer House, 920 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs. Features Lola Fleur, The Petaler Co., Anchored in Fluffy Sweetness and more. Details: 875-8065.
"Shake Hands with History" drama program: 3 p.m., Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center, Market Street. Listen to dramatic portrayal of a freed slave who came to Pascagoula, Mississippian woman crusader against lynching during post-Reconstruction period. Details: 762-8661 or 497-1344.
Mother and Son Date Night: 5-7 p.m., Salvation Army Kroc Center, 575 Division St., Biloxi. Games, dinner, crafts, dancing and more. Cost: $20 for each parent and one child. $5 for each additional child. Details and registration: 207-1218.
Gallery 782 anniversary party: 5:30-8 p.m., 782 Water St., Biloxi. Great art, food, music and raffles. Details: 435-6339.
Steak night: 6 p.m., 1178 Beach Blvd. Cost: $18 ribeyes and $20 T-bones. Live entertainment. Details: 374-0606.
Sweetheart's '50s Night and Sock Hop: 6-9 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 8900 Old Spanish Trail, Ocean Springs. Awards presented. Cost: $3 per person and $5 per couple. Proceeds will support local charities.
Best of the Oxford Film Festival: 6-10 p.m. Feb. 27 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. Feb. 28, Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Cos:$5 per block of film. Details: 818-2878.
Belles and Buoys Square Dance : 8-10 p.m., Lyman Senior Citizen Center, 14592 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Caller: David Jarrard. Details: 363-2622.
VFW Post 6731 breakfast: 8-11 a.m., 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville. Details: 392-1152.
Fellowship Breakfast: 8 a.m.-noon, Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, Biloxi. Cost: $7 adults and $5 children. Details: 435-0007.
Omelet breakfast: 9-11 a.m., Ocean Springs Elks Lodge, 2501 Beachview Drive. Cost: $8.
Gulf Coast Winter Classic Grand Prix: 2 p.m. Sundays through March 20, Harrison County Fairgrounds, 15321 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Free to spectators.
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. Features The Prodigal Player presenting "The Soldier's Story" and Bonnie Vallery, visual artist. Details: 467-0106.
Walter's Night on the Red Carpet: 5-9 p.m. Oscar event featuring trivia, champagne and a real red carpet, Walter Anderson of Art, 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs. Cost: $20 nonmembers and $10 members. Details: 872-3164.
George County High School's Career Explosion: 8-11 a.m. The career fair is set to commute the real average workday of top individuals at Ingalls, Mississippi Power, First Chemical, Singing River Electric and many more. The career day will showcase the latest of job opportunities and information about the companies. Free.
Ocean Springs Church Women meeting: 9 a.m. refreshments, program and meeting and 10 a.m. meeting will include a presentation on "Through the Early Years of Mental Health and Developmental Disability Programming in Jackson and George Counties" presented by Mike Montgomery and Sue McClamroch, 800 Porter Ave. Details: 697-6750.
Red Cross blood drive: 2-7 p.m., Pass Christian High School, 720 W. North St., Pass Christian. Details: 1-800-733-2767.