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Celebrate Easter with sunrise services, events

ASSOCIATED PRESS/FILEIn addition to regular Easter services, several churches will hold sunrise services in South Mississippi.
ASSOCIATED PRESS/FILEIn addition to regular Easter services, several churches will hold sunrise services in South Mississippi. AP

For Easter week, South Mississippi communities are planning egg hunts, holiday meals and sunrise services.

On Friday, the Pascagoula River Audubon Center will hold a program for children on Natural Easter Egg Dyeing and All About Rabbits. The fun begins at 1 p.m.

On Saturday, the Biloxi Town Green will host a Special Needs Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. and the Rescue Mission in Biloxi will offer an Easter meal at noon.

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Also Saturday, New Life Family Church in Gulfport will hold a Lights in the Dark -- Kid's Easter Event at 11 a.m.

Easter Sunday, First Presbyterian Church will offer a community-wide sunrise service at Fort Maurepas Park in Ocean Springs at 6:45 a.m.; Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd's sunrise service will be at U.S. 90 and White Avenue in Biloxi at 6:30 a.m.; and Mississippi City United Methodist Church will offer a service at Ken Combs Pier in Gulfport at 6:30 a.m.

Other sunrise services include: Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Gulfport at 6 a.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church in Gulfport at 6:30 a.m., Gautier First United Methodist Church at 6:45 a.m., Faithview Baptist Church in Saucier at 7 a.m., Escatawpa Baptist Church at 7 a.m. and Wesley United Methodist Church of Ocean Springs at 6:30 a.m., with an egg hunt to follow the 11 a.m. service.

Other than Easter events, the eighth annual Stella, Blues and BBQ Festival will offer hours of fun at the Bay St. Louis Little Theatre from 3-11 p.m. Saturday. The festival will feature food, barbecue, vendors and live entertainment by Phil "Smooth" Williams and the Electric Sheep, Juke Joint Jam, Raw Oyster Marching Band and Heather and the Monkey King. At 4 p.m., contestants for the Stella yelling contest will gather at the John F. Holmes Playhouse in the Depot District to compete for the best Stanley Kowalski yell-for-Stella originated in the play, "A Streetcar Named Desire." The entry fee is $10 and there will be cash prizes for the winners. Details: 467-9024.

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