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WHAT'S HAPPENING for April (Updated April 12)

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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.

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

WEDNESDAY

Breakfast with the Mayor, Connie Moran: 8-9 a.m., Phoenicia Gourmet Restaurant, 1223 Government St., Ocean Springs. Details: Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce, 875-4424.

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.

Fit for the Cure: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Belk at Edgewater Mall, Biloxi. Receive a complimentary bra fitting from a Wacoal fit specialist. For every participant, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for breast cancer research and community health programs. Details: 385-7470.

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.

No Hate in Our State public rally: Noon-2 p.m., intersection of U.S. 90 and U.S. 49 at Jones Park, Gulfport. Public invited to join the rally organized in opposition to the passage of HB1523, Mississippi's "religious freedom" law.

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. Costumes optional, photos taken. Art projects include: painting, pottery, face-painting, crafts, dancing and music. Lunch provided. Registration required. Donations: $5 per student. Designed for school-age children with disabilities and adults with IDD 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. Live entertainment. 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.

"The Fantasticks": 8 p.m. April 14-16 and 2 p.m. April 17, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Jefferson Davis campus Fine Arts Auditorium. Presented by the Jefferson Davis Players. Admission: $10 general admission; $5 students. Tickets/details: jd.boxoffice@mgccc.edu or 897-3931.

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