Local Events

WHAT'S HAPPENING for April (Updated April 1)

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FRIDAY

Superhero Run: 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. 5K run/walk and 9 a.m. one-mile fun run, Main Street and Beach Boulevard, Bay St. Louis. Cost: $10 registration the day of the race and $5 kids in superhero costumes. Excel by 5 will host Tiny Titans for kids. Music and food will follow the race.

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.

Steak night: 6-8 p.m., VFW Post 6731, 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville. To-go orders and details: 392-1152.

Friday Night Dinners: 6-8 p.m. April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, French Club of Biloxi, 182 Howard Ave. Cost: $8-10. Live entertainment. Details: 436-6472.

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.

saturday

American Legion Post 33 breakfast: 8-11 a.m., 1126 Judge Sekul Ave., Biloxi. Cost: $9.

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, 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.

Big Event at University of Southern Miss: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Gulf Park campus, Hardy Hall, Long Beach. Students will partake in a day of community. Volunteer sites include: Boys and Girls Club of Bay St. Louis, beachfront of Long Beach and Fleming Education Center at USM.

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

Auditions for "If It's Monday, This Must Be Murder": 10 a.m.-noon April 2 and 6-7:30 p.m. April 3, Gulfport Little Theatre. Roles are for seven men and six women. Production is May 19-22. Details: 863-7104.

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.

Light Up the Night for Life: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Biloxi Bay Bridge. Activities for kids, variety of vendors, live entertainment and more. Details:

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.

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

Pascagoula Parks & Recreation family campout: noon April 2 through 11 a.m. April 3, Beach Park, 600 City Park St. Campout participants may set up tents. Activities will include kayaking, fishing (bring your own equipment), campfire and an outdoor showing of "The Minions." Bring bikes, skates or walking shoes for a Sunday morning stroll down Beach Boulevard. Admission is $5 per person, with children 2 and under admitted free, and includes dinner and breakfast. Register at the Recreation Center, 2935 Pascagoula St., or on site. Details: Kristi Ducote at 938-2356.

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.

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

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.

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.

Poetry Night: 8 p.m. doors open and 8:45 p.m. show time, Da Wall, 3370 C Ave., Gulfport. Features Butta So Fli, Catharsis Tha Poet, Eterniti Everlastin and The Powerlines Poets. Free. Details: 669-5668.

Belles and Buoys Square Dance Club: 8-10 p.m. April 2, 16, 23 and 30, Lyman Senior Citizen Center, 14592 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Caller will be Bob Poyner of DeFuniak Spring, Fla. Details: 363-2622.

Saturday Night Dance: 8 p.m.-until, April 2 and 16, French Club of Biloxi, 182 Howard Ave. Live entertainment. Cost: $10.

SUNDAY

VFW Post 6731 breakfast: 8-11 a.m. April 3, 10, 17, 24, 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville. Details: 392-1152.

Full breakfast: 9-11 a.m., Ocean Springs Elks Lodge, 2501 Beachview Drive. Cost: $7. Served by House Committee.

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.

MONDAY

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.

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

TUESDAY

At Ease Gang meeting: 7 a.m., coffee available, Infinity Buffet at the Treasure Bay Casino, 1980 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Guest speaker: Rob Mims, public affairs officers for the Navy Construction Battalion Base in Gulfport. Details: Charles Carrigan at 806-4453 or charliec@bellsouth.net.

Preschool Storytime: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Ina Thompson Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview St. Led by LaDonna Sims. She will tell stories and offer crafts. Details: 475-7462.

Author and Characters: 11:45 a.m., Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library. Features Oliver Chase and "Levant Mirage". Details: 467-5282.

Crawfish Boil: Noon- 5 p.m., Biloxi Elks Lodge, 1178 Beach Blvd. Live entertainment. Details: 374-0606.

Steak night: 6 p.m. April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, Biloxi Elks Lodge 606, 1178 Beach Blvd. Cost: $18 ribeye and $20 T-bone. Live entertainment. Details: 374-0606.

Book signing: 6-7:30 p.m., Pass Books/Cat Island Coffeehouse, 300 E. Scenic Drive, Pass Christian. Nationally syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson will sign copies of "The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge." In cooperation with Tired Dog Rescue, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing dogs, $5 from the sale of every copy of the book sold during the event will be donated to the organization. Books may be reserved or purchased if you cannot attend by calling 222-4827.

Bienville Toastmasters: 6:30 p.m. April 5 and April 19, Boomtown Biloxi Casino, second floor Welcome Center. For those interested in learning oral presentation and leadership skills. Details: 235-5046.

VFW Post 6731 meeting: 7 p.m., 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville. Details: 392-1152.

WEDNESDAY

Gulf Coast Symphony Guild meeting: 10 a.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, 705 Rayburn Ave., Ocean Springs.

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.

Biloxi Elks Lodge 606 meeting: 7 p.m. April 6 and 20, 1178 Beach Blvd. Live entertainment. Details: 374-0606.

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.

THURSDAY

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.

Fourth annual Fair Housing Workshop: 10 a.m.-noon, Jackson County Civic Action Committee Head Start, 3301 Spruce St., Pascagoula. Workshop includes topics of fair housing basics and fair housing enforcement. Details: 938-6639.

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": 7-10 p.m., Beau Rivage Casino and Resort, Biloxi. Annual fundraiser presented by he WINGS Performing Arts Program of the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, Gulfport. More than 300 young actors, singers, musicians and dancers will perform. Details/tickets: 897-6039 or lmdc.org.

NAACP Freedom Fund Awards banquet: 7 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, Pascagoula. Speaker: Attorney Constance Slaughter-Harvey of Forest. Details: 762-9692.

Spanish Trail District monthly roundtable meeting: 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Gulfport. Adult Scout leaders in the Cub and Scout programs meet for information about upcoming Scouting programs and events. Details: 234-0220.

APRIL 8

Biloxi Black Beach Weekend: April 8-10, Mississippi Coast Convention Center. Features live performances, car and bike shows, awards, Twerkfest, beach-towel throwdown and more. Details: 594-3700.

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. 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.

Fried Fish dinner: 5 p.m., 546 Klondyke Road, Long Beach. Cost: $11 adults and $7 children. Hosted by the Southern Star Masonic Lodge.

Chicken spaghetti dinner: 6-8 p.m., VFW Post 6731, 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville. Details: 392-0861.

Test and Tune: 6-10 p.m., Gulfport Dragway, 17085 Racetrack Road. Cost: $25 car and driver and $10 spectators. Free admission for children 10 years and younger.

"The Producers": 7 p.m. April 8-9, 2 p.m. April 10; 7 p.m. April 15-16, 2 p.m. April 17, Gulfport Little Theatre, 2600 13th Ave. Tickets: Adults, $15; seniors and military, $12; students and children, $10. Note: Due to content and language, parental discretion is advised. Reservations recommended/details: 864-7983 or www.gulfportlittletheatre.org.

Family Movie Night: 7:30 p.m., Harper McCaughan Town Green, Long Beach. The featured movie will be "Max." Free admission. Presented by Long Beach Community Development Association. Details: 297-6166.

APRIL 9

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.

Dedication of Pershing Square: 10 a.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs.

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.

Food Market Day: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Pershing Square dedication at 10 a.m.

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.

Auditions for "Man of La Mancha": 2 p.m., Randolph Center, 315 Clark Ave., Pass Christian. Presented by Pass Christian Theatre Project. Production is in June. All roles are available including men and women ages 14-70. Pepare a one-minute selection of a Golden-Era Broadway song.

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.

Book signing: 4-6 p.m., Gourmet Gallery, Bay St. Louis. Features J.E. Matthews.

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

Pass Wine and Food Festival: 6-8:30 p.m., Oak Crest Mansion Inn. Live music, silent auction featuring products and services from Pass Christian businesses. Tickets: $30 per person and $35 night of the event. Details: 604-0014.

Shrimp po-boys: 6:30-8 p.m., Ocean Springs Elks Lodge, 2501 Beachview Drive. Cost: $10. Served by Ritual Team.

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.

APRIL 10

River City Quilters demonstration: 3:30-7:30 p.m. April 10-14, Ina Thompson Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview St. Programs scheduled: Fashion a Bow, Make a Beach Ball and Create a Hand Print and Seasonal Scarf. Registration suggested. Details: 475-7462.

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

APRIL 11

AARP Driving class: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Ocean Springs Municipal Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Cost: $20 nonmembers and $15 members. Attendees may receive discounts on car insurance. Details: 875-1193.

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.

Belles and Buoys Square Dance Club graduation ceremony: 7-9 p.m., Lyman Senior Citizen Center, 14592 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Callers will be Ted and Nancy Kennedy of Grand Bay, Ala. Details: 363-2622.

APRIL 12

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

VA Vet Center's outreach campaign: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 12 at Wal-Mart, 11333 U.S. 49, Gulfport; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 13 at Wal-Mart, 1733 E. Pass Road, Gulfport; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 14 at Wal-Mart, 3615 Sangani Blvd., D'Iberville. Details: 388-9938.

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.

Cookies and Coloring event: 2-4 p.m., Ocean Springs Municipal Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Music, art and coloring. Designed for ages 12-17. Details: 875-1193.

Lego Club event: 3:30 p.m., East Central Public Library, 21801 Slider Road, Hurley. Details: 588-6263.

Cookies and Coloring event: 5 p.m., Lucedale-George County Public Library, 507 Oak St. Led by Jacob Havard. Details: 947-2123.

Color Me Creative: 5-7:30 p.m., Ocean Springs Municipal Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Designed for ages 18 and older. No registration required.

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

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

Cooking Your Catch: 6-8:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Cost: $30-$35. Features Gulf-to-table cooking demonstration with Chef Danie and Paul Mickle. Details: 897-6039 or lmdc.org.

APRIL 13

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.

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

APRIL 14

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.

Teen Coffeehouse: 3:30-5 p.m., Pascagoula Public Library, 3214 Pascagoula St. Topics for discussion will discuss new and favorite books. Details: 769-3060, ext. 234.

Fundraising dinner and silent auction: 5-9 p.m., Gautier Convention Center, 2012 Library Lane. Presented by Jackson County Literacy and Second Chance. Richard Scruggs will be keynote speaker. Cost: $30 per person. Music and entertainment provided. Details: 762-2814.

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.

APRIIL 15

Spring book sale: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.April 15-16, Gautier Public Library, 2100 Library Lane. Sale includes books, puzzles, books on tape, VHS movies and magazines. Details: 497-4531.

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.

Fish plates: 6-8 p.m., VFW Post 6731, 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville. Details: 392-0861.

Once Upon a Time and a Yo Ho Ho children's cooking class: 6-8:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Cost: $12.50. Come dressed as your favorite pirate or princess. Details: 897-6039 or lmdc.org.

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.

APRIL 16

Big C 5K: 8 a.m. 5K and 9 a.m. fun run, Lum Cumbest Park, 18417 Mississippi 613, Moss Point. Cost: $20 registration in advance and $25 registration on race day. Prizes. Details: 218-3106.

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.

Second annual Old Firehouse Museum train show: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Historic Depot, 117 N. First St., Wiggins. Show celebrates railroads and showcases model trains from Wiggins and Stone County residents. Presentations, hands-on activities and more. Details:601-550-5699.

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.

Edible Book Festival: 10:30 a.m.-noon, Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Public Library. Showcases food that has been shaped to books, characters and authors of books. Prizes awarded. Details: 467-5282.

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.

Pac-Man event: 1:30 p.m., St. Martin Public Library, 15004 Lemoyne Blvd. Life-sized pac-man game event. Designed for ages 12-18. Refreshments. Details: 392-3250.

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.

APRIL 19

Great Food for Diabetes cooking class: 6-8:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Cost: $30-35. Features Chef Danie. Details: 897-6039 or lmdc.org.

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.

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. Cost: $15 reserved seating. Details: 818-2878.

APRIL 21

Bald and Beautiful class: 10 a.m., New Beginnings Missions Healing Room, 1073 Acadian Drive, Suite A, Gulfport. Class for women coping with hair loss and other side effects from chemotherapy. Head and wrap demonstration, eyebrow application and skincare tips. Free products. Details: 575-8299.

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.

Songs and Stories Radio Show: 7 p.m., The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Details: 818-2878.

APRIL 22

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. April 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.

Auditions for 'Wizard of Oz': 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 22 and 2-5 p.m. April 23, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Designed for kindergarten through 12th grade. Preparing for 16 bars of a song and one-minute monologue is suggested for middle school students and older. Details: 897-6039 or lmdc.org.

Country fried steak dinner: 6-8 p.m., VFW Post 6731, 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville. Details: 392-1152.

APRIL 23

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.

APRIL 24

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.

APRIL 26

New Orleans Jazzfest cooking class: 6-8:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Features Chef Maria. Cost: $30-35. Details: 897-6039 or lmdc.org.

APRIL 28

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.

Third annual Ports of Call International Food and Heritage Fesitval: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Climb CDC, 1316 30th Ave., Gulfport. Features singer Michael Grimm.

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.

APRIL 29

Free Night Night at Lynn Meadows: 5-8 p.m., 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Details: 897-6039.

APRIL 30

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.

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