Local Events

WHAT'S HAPPENING for April (Updated April 10)

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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.

AARP Jackson County Chapter 1213: 11:30 a.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 2101 Market St., Pascagoula. Potluck lunch.

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.

Jackson County Utility Authority meeting: 4 p.m., Witchen Administration Building, 1225 Jackson Ave., Pascagoula.

Beekeepers of Pearl River County meeting: 6 p.m., 789 Ceasar Road, Picayune. Potluck dinner.

"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.

Pass Christian Historical Society meeting: 7 p.m., 201 E. Scenic Drive. Speakers: Sally James and Jessie Heitzmann. Details: 452-7254.

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.

TUESDAY

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

West Jackson County Utility District Board meeting: 9 a.m., district office, 7312 Rose Farm Road, Ocean Springs. Details: 872-3898.

Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority meeting: 9 a.m., conference room on third floor of terminal, Gulfport. Details: 863-5951.

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

VA Vet Center's outreach campaign: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 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.

AARP meeting: 11:30 a.m., Sicily's, U.S. 49, Gulfport. Speaker: Lee Ann Newman. Details: 697-0116.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group meeting: 11:30 a.m., Beauvoir Methodist Church, 2113 E. Pass Road, Biloxi. Speaker: Georgia Lea, neurologist and movement disorder specialist at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.

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.

Harrison County and Jackson County Flood Risk open house: 4-7 p.m., D'Iberville Recreation Center, 10706 Kajja Drive. Review completed preliminary Flood Insurance Study and its accompanying preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps that include base flood information and identification of areas subject to flood hazards.

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.

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.

WEDNESDAY

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.

Hancock County and Pearl River County Flood Risk open house: 4-7 p.m., D'Iberville Recreation Center, 10706 Kajja Drive. Review completed preliminary Flood Insurance Study and its accompanying preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps that include base flood information and identification of areas subject to flood hazards.

Mississippi Coast Military Officers Association monthly meeting: 5 p.m. social, 6 p.m. dinner, Bay Breeze Center, Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi. Keynote speaker: Capt. Cheryl M. Hansen, commanding officer, Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport. Retired/active military officers are welcome. RSVP by 5 p.m. April 11 to: 818-9611.

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

THURSDAY

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. Donations: $5 per student. Designed for ages 8 through adult with disability that cause barriers to experiencing art. Details: 604-4020.

Sons of the American Revolution luncheon and meeting: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Panda Palace, Crossroads Shopping Center, Gulfport. Speaker: Susan Reeder of Mount Vernon Ladies Association. Details: 863-4420.

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 entries 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 five. 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.

River City Quilters demonstration: 3:30-7:30 p.m. April 11-14, 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.

24th annual 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.

Pedal in the Pass: 6 p.m., War Memorial Park, corner of Scenic Drive and Fleitas Avenue, Pass Christian. Dutch-treat dinner at one of downtown restaurants after the ride. Helmets required. Details: 760-0165.

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.

Women of Excellence Conference: 7 p.m. April 14-15, Word of Power Ministries, 15159 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Gulfport. Speakers: First Lady Irene Magee of Gulfport and Bishop Anthony Alfred of Nashville, Tenn. Theme: Celebrating Chosen Conquerors and Consistent Women. Details: 380-1970.

"Beauty and the Beast": 7 p.m. April 14-15 and 2 p.m. April 16, Pearl River Community College, Brownstone Center for Arts, Poplarville. Tickets: $20 orchestra and $15 balcony. Details: 601-403-1180.

FRIDAY

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.

Gulf Coast Yacht and Boat Show: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 15-16 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 17, Gulfport Harbor. Boat exhibits, concert 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.

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.

Dinner with Chef Cheri Hiers: 6 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Cost: $30 per person.

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

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.

Local Beauty and Talent, Music and Oratorical Contest: 7 p.m., Vernon Gilbert Elks Lodge, Esters Blvd., Biloxi.

"The Producers": 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.

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.

SATURDAY

American Legion Post 33 breakfast: 8-11 a.m., 1126 Judge Sekul Ave., Biloxi. Cost: $6.

Spring sale: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Bay Vista Baptist Church, 2485 Pass Road, Biloxi. Features plants, variety of house plants, crafts, baked goods and more. Details: 388-3877.

Muscular Dystrophy Association Charity Motorcycle Event: 8 a.m. pancake breakfast at Applebee's, 9:30 a.m. start escorted ride, 11:30 a.m. escorted ride returns, 11:30 a.m. first raffle, noon, lunch available from vendors, 12:30 p.m. live auction on the stage, 1 p.m. entertainment and band, 1:30 p.m. second raffle, 2 p.m. porch raffle drawings, 2:30 p.m. final raffle, Mississippi Coast Harley-Davidson, 941 Cedar Lake Road, Biloxi. Cost: $10 escorted ride per bike, $15 T-shirts and $10 three raffle tickets. Silent auction, food vendors and more. Details: 388-8700.

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.

All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Fair for children and teens: 9 a.m.-noon, Fazzio's Farm and Home Center, 23498 Mississippi 53, Gulfport. Mini-educational sessions on prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries. Details: 217-2647.

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.

Poker Run for Wounded Warriors of Mississippi: 10 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. first bike out and last bike in, 5 p.m, D'Iberville Moose Lodge Family Center, 5145 W. Gay Road. Cost: $15 per driver and $5 per rider. Proceeds go to help disabled veterans. Fun board, mystery door prizes, dinner and music.

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.

Free Flowin' on the Riverfront: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., riverfront area in Pascagoula. Music, food and art vendors available. Band lineup: The Madi Cooper Band, 10 a.m.; Amanda Jones Band, noon; Breaking Grass, 2 p.m.; Blackwater Brass, 4 p.m.; and STARZ Band, 6 p.m.

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.

Steak night: 5-7 p.m., American Legion Post 119, 12320 Ashley Drive, Suite A, Gulfport. Details: 206-3201.

AMVET Cruisin' and Outdoor Sock Hop: 6 p.m., Beauvoir, Biloxi. Free. Details: 324-6444.

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

Sit, Stay, Read!: 10 a.m.-noon, Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Features Visiting Pet Teams of South Mississippi. Provides motivation for children to practice reading. Details: 452-4596.

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.

SUNDAY

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

Ocean Springs Elks Lodge 2501 breakfast: 9-11 a.m., 2501 Beachview Drive, Ocean Springs. Cost: $7.

Fish fry: Noon, Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 2755 Bienville Blvd., Ocean Springs. Catfish fillets. Cost: $10 per person and $25 per family. Proceeds benefit the Mortgage Principal account the church. Details: 875-2446.

Gulf Coast Orchid Society meeting: 2 p.m., Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jefferson Davis campus, Gulfport. Speaker: Tom Kuligowski of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will speak on Angraecums.

Comedy Crack-Up: 7 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show begins, Level, 820 Howard Ave., Biloxi. Cost: $15 in advance and $20 at door. Starring Double D, Meech Dog and Spunky Robinson. Hosted by Meech Dog. Presented by MAC Entertainment. Details: 727-410-5159.

APRIL 19

Blood drive: 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Singing River Hospital, Turner Center, 2809 Denny Ave., Pascagoula. Details: thebloodcenter.org.

Harrison County Development Commission meeting: 8:15 a.m., SOPREMA Training Center in Gulfport with plant tour. Details: 896-5020.

Fun with Watercolor Painting workshop: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 19-21, Gulfport Galleria of Fine Art. Instructor Sharon Long. Learn to paint forgiving watercolors in bold and rich colors. Cost: Fees start at $45 for a half day. Details: 850-240-3220.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Tech start-up meeting: 6 p.m., Innovation Center, Biloxi.

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.

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

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

Coast Big Band's Spring Show: 7:30 p.m., 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 20

Blood drive: 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Ocean Springs Hospital, Education Center, 3109 Bienville Blvd., Ocean Springs. Details: thebloodcenter.org.

Harrison County Emergency Communications Commission meeting: 10 a.m., 1st Judicial District Courthouse, EOC conference room, 1801 23rd Ave., Gulfport. Details: 831-0760

APRIL 21

Red Cross blood drive: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., George County Community, Mississippi 63, Lucedale. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

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.

Student Art Exhibition and Competition: Noon, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jefferson Davis campus, Fine Arts Gallery, Gulfport. Features entertainment will be provided by Jefferson Davis Campus music students. 70-pieces of art in the show with 25 students participating. Details: 897-3909.

Red Cross blood drive: 1-6 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 12290 DePew Road, Gulfport. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

Science Cafe on the Coast Herb Walk!: 6 p.m., Long Beach Public Library, 209 Jeff Davis Ave. Learning about herbs in the most yards that are considered weeds and wild. Led by Lynda Baker, community herbalist. Details: 863-0711.

Personal Saving Strategies and Debt Reduction: 6-7:30 p.m., Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, 2214 34th St., Gulfport. Registration is required. Details: 678-9100 Ext. 1024.

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.

Spring Choral Concert: 7 p.m., Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jefferson Davis campus, Fine Arts Auditorium, 2226 Switzer Road, Gulfport. Features Jefferson Davis Choir and Coastal Vibrations. Details: 897-3737.

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

Words on Music: 7 p.m. April 21 at New Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur St., Moss Point and 11:30 a.m. April 22 at Great Southern Club, 2510 14th St., Gulfport. Lunch available for purchase.

"A Flea in Her Ear": 7:30 p.m. April 21-23, 2 p.m. April 24, 7:30 p.m. April 27-30, 2 p.m. May 1, Center Stage Theatre, 2670 Rue Palafox, Biloxi. Tickets: Adults, $18 for general admission; and seniors citizens, students and military/first-responders, $15. Reservations/details: 388-6258 or centerstagebiloxi.org

APRIL 22

Red Cross blood drive: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., South Mississippi Regional Center, 1170 West Railroad, Long Beach. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

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."

Ocean Springs Elks Lodge 2501 Mexican dinner: 6:30-8 p.m., 2501 Beachview Drive, Ocean Springs. Cost: $10.

APRIL 23

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

Mutts for Peace: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Hiller Park, Atkinson Road, Biloxi. All-mutt dog show, one-mile run with dogs and costume contests. Vendors are invited. Proceeds for Children's International Summer Village. Details: 388-4735.

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.

Classical IV with Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra: 7 p.m., Saenger Theatre, Biloxi. Details and tickets: 896-4276.

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.

Arts Under the Dome: 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 15th Street and 24th Avenue in downtown Gulfport. Tickets: $15 adults and $10 students. Features Bria Skonberg Quintet. Skonberg is a trumpeter and vocalist. Details: 229-6851.

APRIL 25

Red Cross blood drive: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 25-26, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, 2226 Switzer Road, Gulfport. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

Red Cross blood drive: 1-6 p.m., Edgewater Mall, 2600 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

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 27

Red Cross blood drive: Noon-5 p.m., Our Lady Academy, 222 S. Beach Blvd., Bay St. Louis. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

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

Red Cross blood drive: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Gulfport High School, 100 Perry St. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

Arbor Day at Beauvoir: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Fulgham's Arborists will donate a Live oak to Beauvoir. Details: 388-4400 Ext. 217.

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 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.

Second annual Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary Golf Tournament: 7 a.m. registration and 8 a.m. tee-off, Gulf Hills, 13700 Paso Road, Ocean Springs. Registration fees: $60 per player and $180 per threesome team. Registration fees include green fee, cart and lunch. Prizes awarded. Details: 392-4180.

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.

Hands-on clas with Chef Cheri: 3-6 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Cost: $45 members and $55 nonmembers. Details: 818-2878.

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

"Tarzan The Stage Musical": 7 p.m. April 29 and 2 and 7 p.m. April 30, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jefferson Davis campus, Fine Arts Auditorium, Gulfport. Tickets: $10 in advance for student/child and $15 in advance for adults; $20 for adults the day of event and $15 for student/childs the day of event. Presented by Long Beach High School Concert Choir. Details: 861-2153.

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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