Local Events

WHAT'S HAPPENING for April (Updated April 5)

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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.

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.

Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority meeting: 2 p.m., 14035-L Airport Road, Gulfport. Details: 863-5951.

Sons of the American Legion meeting: 6:30-7:30 p.m., 3824 Old Spanish Trail, Gautier. Details: 497-6422.

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.

Block Printing: 7-10 p.m., Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs. Class size is limited. Cost: $35. Designed for ages 18 and older. Details: 872-3164.

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.

House Committee/executive meeting: 5 p.m, house committee and 6 p.m. executive meeting. 3824 Old Spanish Trail, Gautier. Details: 497-6422.

"Addicted to Plastic" movie screening: 6 p.m., Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library, 312 U.S. 90. Support the Plastic Free April movement by watching a free screening of the documentary "Addicted to Plastic."

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

Maurice Sendak-themed art show reception: 6-8 p.m., Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs. Costumes strongly encouraged. Details: 872-3164.

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

Spanish Trail District's roundtable meeting: 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Gulfport. Details: 234-0220.

"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.

FRIDAY

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 poker run boat exhibits, concert and bikini contests each Friday night, kids beach and fishing ponds, demonstrations and tournaments. Details: 941-780-0538.

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.

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.

Dinner at JD's Freedom Grill: 6-8 p.m., American Legion Post 1992, 3824 Old Spanish Trail, Gautier. Cost: $9 shrimp or catfish. Details: 497-6422.

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

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.

Songs from a Little Beach Town: 6:30 p.m. April 8 at Grand Magnolia Listening Room, 3604 Magnolia St., Pascagoula and 6:30 p.m. April 9 at Garage Mahal, 122 Court St., Bay St. Louis. Features Keith Sykes. Lynn Drury will open the show. Cost: $20 for both shows. Limited seating series.

"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.

Friday Night Dinner Dance: 7:30 p.m. April 8, 15, 22 and 29, Amour Danzar Ballroom, 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Details: 324-3730.

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.

"The Rose Tattoo": 8 p.m. April 8-9, 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: $6.

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.

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.

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.

Art and Music Celebration: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Gulfport Galleria of Fine Arts, 1300 24th Ave. Spencer Bohren, New Orleans recording artist, will perform, and there will be food, art, music, activities and live art demonstrations.

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.

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

Mississippi Gulf Coast Daylily Society meeting: 1:30 p.m., Vancleave Public Library, 12604 Mississippi 57. Speakers: Bill and Diana Waldrop of Marietta, Ga. Details: 826-5596.

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.

Mississippi Poetry Society South Branch meeting: 2 p.m., Gautier Public Library, 2100 Library Lane. Guests are encouraged to bring a poem of no more than 20 lines.

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.

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

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.

SUNDAY

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

Country fried steak and eggs breakfast: 9-11 a.m., Ocean Springs Elks Lodge 2501, 2501 Beachview. Cost: $10. Presentedy by the Ritual Team.

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.

MONDAY

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.

"Shrek The Musical" auditions: 6:30 p.m. April 11-12, 3450 Giles Road, Gulfport. Bring a one-minute audition song and be prepared to learn a short dance.

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.

Gulf Coast Newcomers luncheon: 11 a.m. social hour and noon luncheon and meeting, Great Southern Club, Gulfport. Cost: $15. Reservations required. Led by Dr. Edward Long, owner of Long Chiropractic, who will speak about spine and nerve systems and their part in everything we do.

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.

Women of Wisdom's Wacky Hat Luncheon: Noon, Lyman Community Center, U.S. 49, Gulfport. Free to attend, but lunch costs $10. Baby wipes and diapers will be collected for the Women Resource Center, and gently worn shoes will be collected for the Caleb Project. Details/reservations: 832-1714 or 424-0098.

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.

Page-turning Book Club: 12:30 p.m., East Central Public Library, 21801 Slider Road, Hurley. Details: 588-6263.

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.

Hidden Risks in Investing: 2 p.m., Ocean Springs Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Led by Sal Crespo. Registration suggested. Details: 875-1193.

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.

Crawfish Festival: 5-11 p.m. April 14-15, 1-11 p.m. April 16, 1-9 p.m. April 17, 5-11 p.m. April 21-22, 1-11 p.m. April 23 and 1-9 p.m. April 24, Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi. Cost: $15 adults in advance, $6 for ages 6-12 and children 6 and younger are free; $17 adults the day of event, $6 for ages 6-12 and children 6 and younger are free. Features X Ambassadors, Travis Tritt, North Mississippi Allstars, Frankie Ballard, Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, Juvenile, Jeffrey James, Neal McCoy, The Revivalists, Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Janson, Mystikal and Flow Tribe. Details/tickets: 1-800-745-3000.

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.

Wild Game Preparation workshop: 6 p.m. registration and 6:15 p.m. program begins, Mississippi State University Hancock County Extension Office, 856 Suite B, U.S. 90, Bay St. Louis. Presented by Scott Als of USDA, who will talk about how to handle and prepare wild game such as hogs and deer. Catered meal will be provided. Cost: $20 members and $30 nonmembers with meal included. Details: 865-4227.

History of Riemann Family Funeral Home presentation: 6-7 p.m., West Side Community Center, 4006 Eighth St., Gulfport. Speaker: David Riemann, chairman. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Gulfport. Refreshments.

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.

Social Security benefits program: 2 p.m., Vancleave Public Library, 12604 Mississippi 57. Led by Sal Crespo. Details: 826-5857.

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.

"Willy Wonka Kids": 6:30 p.m., Christian Collegiate Academy, 12200 Dedeaux Road, Gulfport. Presented by CCA's Elementary Drama Team. Tickets: $10. Details: 832-4585.

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

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.

Belles and Buoys Square Dance Club: 8-10 p.m., Lyman Senior Citizen Center, 14592 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Caller Al Stevens of Prattville, Ala. Details: 363-2622.

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

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.

Cinema by the Shore at Jones Park: 6:30 p.m. activities begin and 7:45 p.m. movie begins, Jones Park, Gulfport. Features "The Good Dinosaur."

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.

Belles and Buoys Square Dance Club: 8-10 p.m., Lyman Senior Citizen Center, 14592 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Caller Bubba Mingus of Slidell. Details: 363-2622.

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

Spring Fling: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Jones Park, 2250 Jones Park Drive, Gulfport. Join Boyington Health and Rehabilitation Center and the city of Gulfport. Door prizes, live music, photo booth and vendors. Lunch provided. Details: 239-0508.

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.

Belles and Buoys Square Dance Club: 8-10 p.m., Lyman Senior Citizen Center, 14592 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Caller Willis Simmons of Eufaulia, Ala. Details: 363-2622.

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