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WHAT'S HAPPENING for April (Updated March 28)

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Community knitting classes: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays through April 22, Ocean Springs Municipal Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Led by Maryanne Anthony. Learn how to knit scarves to be distributed to veterans in VA hospitals through the World War II Museum Project in New Orleans. No experience needed. Space limited. Details: 875-1193.

Lunch and Learn: noon-1 p.m., Jubilee Center, 4322 Popp's Ferry Road, D'Iberville. Learn about the outreach services and programs offered through Habitat including financial training offered to residents. Speakers: Tomesha Thompson and Angela Thomas. Cost: $10 per person including lunch. Details: 392-4288.

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

"The Rose Tattoo": 8 p.m. April 1-2, 2 p.m. April 3, 8 p.m. April 8-9 and 2 p.m. April 10, Bay St. Louis Little Theatre, 398 Blaize Ave. Cost: $15 adults, $10 seniors, veterans, military and students and $8 children younger than 12. Details: 467-9024 or bsllt.org.


Community Festival: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saucier. All along Church Street from Cemetery Road to Saucier United Methodist Church. Crafts and treasures.

Southern Cruisers Riding Club annual Dice Run: 9 a.m. registration begin, 10 a.m. first bike out and 3 p.m. last bike in, Farmer's Market, 10395 Auto Mall Parkway, D'Iberville. Cost: $20 per rider and $5 per passenger. Cash prizes, door prizes and food. Details: 218-0968.

National Tartan Day celebration: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Beauvoir, Biloxi. Cost: $5 per person. Celtic music, local vendors, food and other entertainment.

27th Avenue Market: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, between 13th Street and 14th Street, downtown Gulfport. Features local growers and artists. Details: 596-2496.

Crosby Arboretum Foundation annual Art Show: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 2-3, Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune. Prizes will be given in all categories such as wall art, paintings, photography, three-dimensional, basketry, quilting, weaving and more. Grades 7-12 to participate in youth section. Proceeds benefit education building fund. Details: 601-799-2311.

19th annual Art in the Pass: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 2-3, War Memorial Park, Pass Christian. Features work of painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, pottery, fiber arts, glass arts, woodworking and jewelry. Seafood demonstrations, live music, marine educational program for children.

Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., in conjunction with the Art in the Pass. A junior catch-and-release fishing rodeo will be 8-10 a.m. for ages 12 and under at the west end of the Pass Christian Harbor. Biloxi sailing schooners and McCoy's river and marsh boat rides begin at 10:30 a.m. Education activities are held in War Memorial Park. Sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.

Little Black Dress fundraiser: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Pearl River Community College, Poplarville Campus, 101 Mississippi 11 N. Cost: $50. Includes fashion show and silent auction. Details: 601-403-1312.

Blood drive: Noon-6 p.m., Point Cadet Plaza, Biloxi. Details: 1-888-902-5663.

Gulf Coast Stamp meeting: 2:30 p.m., St. Martin Library, 15004 LeMoyne Blvd. Program features a speaker.

A Revelation Story -- Past, Present and Future: 7 p.m. April 2, 7 p.m. April 4-5 and 7, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 9, 7 p.m. April 11-12 and 14, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 16, 7 p.m. April 18-19 and 21, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 23, 7 p.m. April 25 and 11 a.m. April 30, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Hospitality Resort Management Center, 420 DeBuys Road, Biloxi. Topics include the Rapture, Judgment, the Sabbath and the Seven Last Plagues.

28th annual Barbecue Under the Oaks: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Centennial Plaza, Gulfport. Presented by Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra.

Family Campout: Noon on April 2 through 11 a.m. April 3, Beach Park. Pascagoula. Dinner, breakfast, campfire, outdoor movie, kayaking, fishing, biking and more. Cost: $5 per person. Details: 938-2356.

Panoramic View of Gospel Music: 2-5 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Features Lekeisha Cotten, the Smith Family and Voices of Liberation High School Choir in Greenville, St. Rose de Lima, Pentecostal Church of the Gulf Coast, Church of the Nazarene, Javion Shotwell and Helen Hughes. Cost: $12 adults and $8 children 12 years and younger. Details: 818-2878.


Wounded Warrior Project benefit: 1 p.m., Good Times Sports Bar, 11289 Klein Road, Gulfport. Cost: $10. Pool tournament, auctions and more. Donations accepted. Details: 831-3498.

Strawberries and Cream Festival: 1-3 p.m., Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune. Ice cream, strawberries and Picayune Frog Lemonade will be served. Details: 601-799-2311.

Fifth annual Tea With Friends: 1-3 p.m., Bay St. Louis Community Hall. Wear hat and attend full English Tea. Sponsored by Friends of the Animal Shelter in Hancock County. All ages. Silent auction and refreshments. Proceeds benefit from Friends spay neuter programs.

Cajun Dance Party with Waylon Thibodeaux: 1-5 p.m., 100 Men Hall, 303 Union St., Bay St. Louis. Cost: $10 with jambalaya and full bar. Details: 342-5770.


Practical self-defense program: 5 p.m., St. Martin Public Library, 15004 LeMoyne Blvd. Learn safety and protective measures for defense with common-sense tactics geared for women seniors. Details: 392-3250.


Coffee Talk with Cree Cantrell: 10 a.m., Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Learn about financial markets and investing. Details: 374-5547.

Rotary Club of Ocean Springs annual Scholarship Pancake Day: 7-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., Ocean Springs Civic Center, East Mississippi 90. Cost: $5 per person. Children under age 3 eat for free. Supports scholarships for Ocean Springs and St. Martin High Schools graduating seniors. Details: 806-2274.


Diabetes management session: 10 a.m.-noon, April 7-8, Ocean Springs Municipal Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Led by Linda Gwaltney, certified diabetes educator. Details: 875-1193.

Social Security benefits program: 2 p.m., East Central Public Library, 21801 Slider Road. Led by Sal Crespo. Details: 588-6263.

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

Long Beach LIVE: 6:30 p.m., Harper McCaughan Town Green, 301 Jeff Davis Ave. Features the Starz Band. Details: 380-8535.

"Dreams and Legends" auditions: 7 p.m., Beau Rivage Casino and Resort, Biloxi. Designed for young rappers and poets between ages of 13-18. Proceeds benefit the WINGS Performing Arts Program of the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. Artists will be required to submit a video of them reciting the lyrics of "Rapsody." Rules and guidelines for auditions can be viewed at GenesisBe.com under the tab, Auditions.


Gulf Coast Yacht and Boat Show: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 8-9 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 10, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 15-16 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 17, Gulfport Harbor. Feature race and poke run boat exhibits, concert and bikini contests each Friday night, kids beach and fishing ponds, demonstrations and tournaments. Details: 941-780-0538.


Seabee Day: 9 a.m. , Naval Construction Battalion Center, 4902 Marvin Shields Blvd., Gulfport. Carnival rides, car and truck show, games, food and wing-eating contest, military demonstrations, vendors and musical guests.

Jim's Saturday Morning -- Beignet Party: 10 a.m., Joe Graham Post 119, American Legion, 12320 Ashley Drive, N. Suite A, Gulfport. Four beignets and two cups of coffee for $5. Details: 206-3201.

Swamp Storytelling: 10 a.m., Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur St., Moss Point. Features storyteller Guinea Gumbo. Children-friendly. Details: 475-0825 Ext. 4.

Preschool program: 10:30 a.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Cost: $5 per person and $10 per family. Features Kathy Burns and her tales. Details: 818-2878.

When the Stork Drops In: 11 a.m., Biloxi Public Library, 580 Howard Ave. Presented by Genealogy Library Program. Program about genealogy research on children from birth to early school years. Details: 435-4613.

Gulf Coast Music Festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Beauvoir -- The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library, 2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Fundraiser for homeless veterans. Vendor space available. All ages. Details: 669-7859.

Watercolor Notecard workshop: 2 p.m., Ocean Springs Municipal Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Led by Rhonda Richmond. Designed for ages 12 and older. Supplies provided. Details: 875-1193.

Experiencing Life's Transitions with Intention: 2-5 p.m., River Rock Yoga, 2429 W. Commerce St. Suite C, Ocean Springs. Cost: $35, $30 early bird before March 26. Led by Bill Savage, practices and teaches Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness. Details: 365-3191.

The Detectives: 6 p.m. cocktails and 7 p.m. show "Down the Drain," Salute Italian Restaurant, Gulfport. Cost: $55.

Fourth annual Pass Wine and Food Festival: 6-8:30 p.m., 5267 Menge Ave., Pass Christian. Cost: $30 per person and $35 night of event. Must be 21 years and older. Presented by Pass Christian Chamber of Commerce and Oak Crest Mansion Inn. Details: 604-0014.


Marriage Course: 4-6 p.m. Sundays through May 22 (seven-week), Wesley United Methodist Church, Life Center, 8900 Old Spanish Trail. Cost: $40. Limited to 20 couples. Details: 990-1535 or 217-4958.


Public Relations Association of Mississippi meeting: Noon, Lookout Steakhouse, Gulfport. Features Kinnon Phillips, vice president of accreditation for the Southern Public Relations Federation speaking on Learn about the Accredited Advantage. Cost: $15 members and $25 nonmembers.


Red Cross blood drive: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, U.S. 90, Gautier. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

All about Birds: 1-3 p.m., Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur St., Moss Point. Designed for grades 2-5. Cost: $10 children of members and $15 nonmember children Details: 475-0825, ext. 4.

Spring Pilgrimage -- Coastal Treasures: 1-4 p.m. April 12 at Ocean Springs Garden Club; 1-4 p.m. April 13 at Dogwood Garden Club and Gulf Hills Garden Club; 1-4 p.m. April 14 at Long Beach Garden Club and Pass Christian Garden Club; 9 a.m.- noon at Biloxi Garden Club and 1-4 p.m. at Bayou View Garden Club, Beach Garden Society in Gulfport and Four Seasons Garden Club; April 16 and 1-4 p.m. April 17 at Gautier Garden Club, Moss Point Garden Club and Pascagoula Garden Club. Tour of Home Gardens and Historic places. Tours are complimentary.

BrainCore workshop: 6 p.m., Spencer Chiropractic, 38 Pass Road, suite c, Gulfport. Limited seating available. Details: 865-4728.


Red Cross blood drive: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Vancleave High School, 12424 Mississippi 57. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

One Loud Voice -- A Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Child Abuse Conference: 8 a.m-5 p.m. April 13-14, Golden Nugget Biloxi Hotel and Casino, 151 Beach Blvd. Features Ross Cheit, Brown University; Tomiko Mackey, Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi; Victor Vieth, National Child Protection Training Center; Scott Modell, Modell Consulting; and Court panels. Details: 601-982-9194.

Wonderful Wetlands: 1-3 p.m., Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur St., Moss Point. Designed for grades second through fifth. Cost: $10 child members and $15 children of nonmembers. Details: 475-0825, ext. 4.


Seventh annual Art Ability Fair: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Biloxi Civic Center. Theme: It's a Jungle in Here. Wear a costume for a photo. Art projects include: painting, pottery, face-painting, crafts, glamour/acting makeover, dancing, music and photography. Lunch provided. Pre-registration is encouraged as art supplies, food and volunteers require advanced planning but last minute attendees are welcome. Donations: $5 per student. Designed for ages eight through adult with disability that cause barriers to experiencing art. Details: 604-4020.

Creative Writing Awards Ceremony: Noon, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jefferson Davis Campus, Arena Theatre, Gulfport. First-place winners will read portions of their winning entried during ceremony. Speaker: Terry Pollard, assistant professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Reception follows ceremony. Details: 601-528-8993.

Exploring Ecosystems: 1-3 p.m., Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur St., Moss Point. Learn about habitats and the creatures that call them home. Designed for grades two through fifth. Details: 475-0825, ext. 4.

Starting a Business -- First Steps: 6-8 p.m., The Innovation Center, Gulf Coast, 1636 Popp's Ferry Road, Suite 207, Biloxi. Details: 396-8661.


Spring Arts by the Sea: Noon-5 p.m. April 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 16 and Noon-3 p.m. April 17, St. Peter's By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 1909 15th St., Gulfport. Pottery, paintings, photography, sculpture, art glass, jewelry, artisan soaps and more. Vendor space available. Art reception and silent auction will be 5-7 p.m. April 15. Portion of proceeds benefit St. Peter's By-the-Sea Episcopal Church. Details: 863-2611.

Reception, lecture and slide show with artists Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks: 5:30 p.m., Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Details: 374-5547.

Opening art reception:5:30-7:30 p.m., Coast Episcopal School, Gail Keenan Art Center, Long Beach. Features artwork of Carol Leake and Joey Rice. Details: 452-9442.

Spring Awakening: 8 p.m. April 15-16 and 3 p.m. April 17, Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Presented by Underground Theatre. Based on the play by Frank Wedekind. Cost: $15 general admission. Adult content. Details: 818-2878.


Third annual Blessed Gyrls Rock Women's Conference: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Biloxi Civic Center. Host of encouraging speakers and inspirational musical guests. Tickets: $35 before April 16; $45 at the door, $25 groups of 24 or more. Speaker: Yvonne Capehart of Yvonne Capehart Ministries and Sister Keeper and Vicki Yohe, psalmist and gospel artist that are among featured guests. Details: 239-1867 or 206-2238.

Watersheds and Water Monitoring with EPA scientist: 10 a.m., Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur St., Moss Point. Features scientist Bryan Ibrahim Goo. Details: 475-0825, ext. 4.

Frogs and Toads of South Mississippi: 10-11 a.m., Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune. Led by Eddie Smith, Pearl River extension agent. Cost: $5 nonmembers and $2 nonmember children. Designed for ages 5 and older. Details: 601-799-2311.

Stretching Your Techniques workshop with Steve Loucks and Lynette Hesser: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 16-17, Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Cost: $200 nonmembers and $180 members. Designed for ages 16 and older. Class size of 25. Various wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques and glazing methods. Details: 374-5547.

10th annual Grillin' on the Green: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Biloxi Town Green. BBQ cookoff, awards, live entertainment and arts and crafts vendors. Details: 435-6339.

Spring Wildflower Field Walk: 1-2 p.m., Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune. Led by Pat Drackett discussing native wildflowers and other plants. Cost: $5 nonmembers and free for members. Details: 601-799-2311.

Supper at the Vineyard: 6-9 p.m., 11300 Paige Road, Vancleave. Presented by Boggy Creek Vineyard and Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra. Honoring Jack and Peggy Hoover. Cost: $75 per person includes wine and supper. Live entertainment. Details: 896-4276.


Coast Big Band's Spring Show: 7:30 p.m., The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Features 20-piece band orchestra consisting of saxophones, trumpets, guitar, bass, piano and drums with vocalists. Details: 818-2878.


Glitz and Titz Benefit of Pink Hearts Funds: 6-9 p.m., Diamondhead Country Club. Live auction, door prizes, refreshments, music and more. Themed-attire encouraged. Presented by Diamondhead Women's Club. Details: 256-603-8989.


How to Develop a Business Plan: 6-8 p.m., The Innovation Center, Gulf Coast, 1636 Popp's Ferry Road, Suite 207, Biloxi. Details: 396-8661.

Secrets to Catching Cobia: 6-8 p.m., Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, 703 E. Beach Drive, Ocean Springs. Led by Jim Franks, senior research specialist of the Center for Fisheries Research and Development, GCRL of USM and Captain Steve Legg, soul fisher. Cost: $30 per session.


I Love My Playground party: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Bruce Ladner Memorial Park, Mississippi 53, just west of U.S, 49, Gulfport. Clean-up playground, plant something green, pick-up leaves and spread mulch. Art projects with colored sand, play soccer, enjoy music and lunch. Lunch provided. Presented by Disability Connection. Registration appreciated. Details: 604-4020.

Spring plant sale: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 22-23, Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune. Pick from a variety of native trees, shrubs, perennials and more. Plant professionals present for advice. Details: 601-799-2311.


13th annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day: 8 a.m.-noon, Singing River Mall parking lot, Pascagoula. Details: 769-3260.

Habitat Stewards Program: 10 a.m., Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur St., Moss Point. Features Peggy Stowers. Presented by Mississippi Wildlife Federation. Details: 475-0825, ext. 4.

Second annual Wings over Wiggins Fly-In for Stone County Centennial: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dean Griffin Memorial Airport, Stone County. Presented by Economic Development Partnership. Pilots and contemporary, experimental and vintage airplanes, skydivers, refreshments, civil air patrol display, arts and crafts and activities for kids. Raffle tickets to experience flying in a historic Stearman Bi-plane or receive first flying lesson. Details: 601-928-5418.


Benefit for Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., VFW Post 2434, Lyman C. Bradford Jr. Post, 289 Veterans Ave., Biloxi. Food, music, live and silent auctions. Cost: $15 single and $25 couple. Sponsored by Krewe by Gatormates.

Marriage Preparation course: 4-6 p.m. Sundays through May 22 (five-week), Wesley United Methodist Church, Life Center, 8900 Old Spanish Trail. Cost: $40. Limited to 10 couples. Childcare provided. Details: 990-1535 or 217-4958.

Tango Night: 5-9 p.m., Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. No partner necessary. Free lessons from 5-5:30 p.m. Donations encouraged which is $10. Details: 374-5547.


33rd annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony: 5:30 p.m., Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave. Special awards will be presented to individuals for outstanding volunteer of the year in health, community, arts and history, education, military, non-profit organizations, youth, sports, adult and youth volunteer groups with one overall winner selected as Distinguished Volunteer of the Year. Details: 435-6339.

Cash Flow Projections for your Business Plan: 6-8 p.m., The Innovation Center, Gulf Coast, 1636 Popp's Ferry Road, Suite 207, Biloxi. Details: 396-8661.


Jackson County Market: 5 a.m.-until beginning April 30 through Sept. 24, Jackson County Fairgrounds Barn, 2902 Shortcut Road, Pascagoula. Features arts and crafts, fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, homemade goods and local vendors. Details: 762-6043.

1699 Historical Society's Race of Discovery Kid's Run: 9:30 a.m., Fort Maurepas Beach Park, Ocean Springs. Designed for ages 5-12. Presented by Biloxi--Ocean Springs Junior Auxiliary and YMCA.

Reptiles of Mississippi: 10 a.m., Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur St., Moss Point. Features Noel Lamey. Details: 475-0825, ext. 4.

Monarch Butterfly: 10-11 a.m., Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune. Led by nature photographer and butterfly enthusiasts Gregory and Becky Nordstrom. Cost: $5 nonmembers and free to members. Details: 601-799-2311.

The Detectives: 6 p.m. cocktails and 7 p.m. show, Jazzeppi's, Biloxi, Gulfport. Cost: $50.