Local Events

WHAT'S HAPPENING for April (Updated April 15)

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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.

Gardening Q&A session: 10 a.m., reading area of Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Speaker: "Garden Guru" Wayne McLaurin. a professor emeritus of horticulture, a Master Gardener, a sweet potato breeder and a crepe myrtle and azalea breeder. Free. Details: 452-4596.

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.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week candlelight ceremony, awards program: 11 a.m., First Baptist Church of Gulfport, 12190 Mississippi 605. Community service and law enforcement awards will be given. Details: 865-4003.

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.

Second annual Spirit of Jackie Robinson program and performance: 3:30-5:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Municipal Building, 676 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Biloxi. Presented by the Biloxi NAACP Baseball Diversity Committee. This year's event is themed, "Jackie Robinson Matters (Still Today)," is free and will serve as a prelude to the Urban American Baseball Classic game, which pits Jackson State University against Alcorn State University at 7:05 p.m. at American Star Field at MGM Park. Tickets to the game are $10 general admission. Details on the pre-game event: Gordon Jackson at 469-867-6009 or James Johnson at 601-407-8878.

24th annual Crawfish Festival: 5-11 p.m. April 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.

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.

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

"The Fantasticks": 8 p.m. April 15-16 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.

"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.


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.

Long Beach Farmers Market: 8:30 a.m.-noon April 16, 23 and 30, corner of Church Avenue and First Street, downtown. Features local produce, artisan breads, honey, dairy, eggs, meats and more. Live acoustic music.

Spirit of Spring Festival: 9 a.m., The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 575 Division St., Biloxi. Event will include free swim testing, 9-11 a.m.; summer camp open house, 9 a.m.-noon; sidewalk chalk art contest, 8:30-10:30 a.m.; vendor fair and sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; kite flying, 10 a.m.-noon (bring your own kite); free throw contest and three-point contest, 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.; and family field day, noon-1 p.m. Details: 207-1218.

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.

Garden Colors Year-Round free workshop: 10 a.m., meeting room at Ina Thompson Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview St. Speaker: Master Gardener Norma Savage. Space is limited. Registration/details: 475-7462.

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.

Sit, Stay, Read!: 10 a.m.-noon, Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave., and Pascagoula Public Library, 3214 Pascagoula St. Visiting Pet Teams of South Mississippi encourage children in this Read to the Dogs program to practice reading. Children must not be afraid of or be allergic to animals and must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or adult guardian. Details: Pass Christian, 452-4596; or Pascagoula, 769-3060, ext. 1.

Parenting classes: 10 a.m.-noon April 16, 23, 30, St. Martin Public Library, 15004 Lemoyne Blvd. Series of free classes intended for parents who may have difficulty in getting kids ready for school, enforcing rules and for those wanting to keep kids on track both at home and in school. Learn techniques to effectively communicate and engage children, regain control of the home and strengthen your relationship to build positive behaviors. Details: 392-3250.

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 Books 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.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Tri Delta Pansy Luncheon: 11 a.m., Biloxi Yacht Club, 408 Beach Blvd. Cost: $25 per person. Details: 861-7169.

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. Register by April 15. Details: 601-799-2311.

One Flag for All rally and petition signing event: 1-5 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Park at Washington Street between St. Francis and Old Spanish Trail in Bay St. Louis. The Hancock County branch of the NAACP, in collaboration with the Flag for All Mississippians Coalition, are hosts. The coalition will have petitions for Ballot Initiative 55 (The Flag for All Mississippians Act). The group is collecting signatures statewide for the ballot initiative, which, if enacted, would prohibit any reference to the Confederacy from being included on the Mississippi state flag.

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.

Pass Christian Art Association: 2 p.m., community room of the Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Speaker: Rita Meadows of Ocean Springs. She works in acrylics and pottery and is involved with the Art House in Ocean Springs.

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.

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.

Steve Barney filmed performance: 7:30 p.m., Ugly Pirate on the corner of Second Street and Demontluzin Avenue, Bay St. Louis. Mississippi Public Broadcasting will film Barney, a Bay St. Louis engineer-turned-performance artist, and his Steampunk pottery contraption, "Agile Argile." Barney will be featured on the "Mississippi Roads" TV show. Details: Email Barney at steve@steampots.org or call 617-834-0715.

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.


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.


Solo piano recital: 7 p.m., Fleming Education Center Auditorium, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus. Hosted by the College of Arts and Letters on the Gulf Park campus, Associate Professor Elizabeth Moak will perform a sonata by Beethoven, a suite by Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (born in 1665), and a Brazilian piano suite by Oscar Lorenzo Fernândez. Moak also will honor the 70th birthday year of American composer Judith Lang Zaimont. Details: 214-3245.


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.

Hungry, Hungry Caterpillars: 10-11 a.m., Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, 7200 Crane Lane, Gautier. Free. Event is a Colt Capers preschool program. Details: 497-6322, ext. 101.

South Mississippi Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers: Noon, Cast Iron Café on Mississippi 57. Dustin Kirkland with Hagemeyer Technical Services will discuss monthly inspections of fire and safety equipment.

Executives On -- Entrepreneurship: Noon-1:15 p.m., Hardy Hall, University Club, The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Guest speakers: Davis Dennis, president of Specialty Contractors & Associates Inc., and Frank Wilem, writer and entrepreneur. Free. Details: 214-3447.

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.


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

Mississippi State Port Authority monthly meeting: 8:30 a.m., Great Southern Club, Gulfport.

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

Pottery sale to benefit Wounded Warriors Project: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jefferson Davis campus commons. Each year, ceramics students choose a charity to sponsor for the event. More than 80 pieces will be available. Suggested donation: $10. Details: Matt Steadman, three-dimensional art instructor, at 897-3736.

Technology at your Fingertips digital literacy workshops: 10:30 a.m. for Email 101 and 1 p.m. for Social Media for Business and Nonprofits, at Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Presenter: Andy Collins with Mississippi State Extension Service. Free. Class size is limited. Registration/details: 452-4596.

Biloxi Chapter DAR meeting: 11 a.m., Mary Mahoney's Restaurant, 116 Rue Magnolia, Biloxi. Luncheon cost: $18 and food choice from the menu. Speaker: Dr. Gaye Winter.


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 70 pieces of art, with 25 students participating. Entertainment will be provided by Jefferson Davis campus music students. Details: 897-3909.

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

Container gardening presentation: 1:30 p.m., conference room of Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Speaker: Christian Stephenson, Hancock County Extension agent. Free. Details: 452-4596.

Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority: 2 p.m., third floor of the terminal. Details: 863-5951.

Family Night Out: 6 p.m., Handsboro United Methodist Church, 2333 Demaret Drive, Gulfport. Details: 896-7264.

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.

Long Beach Community Bicycle Ride & Dine: 6 p.m., Long Beach Town Green, Jeff Davis Avenue and Third Street. Bring bike and helmet. Easy 5-mile loop through Long Beach. Fun free ride for all ages. Optional Dutch Treat dinner stop at end of ride. Details: 297-7229 or CoastBikeRides@aol.com

Mississippi Gulf Coast Toastmasters meeting: 6-7:15 p.m., Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center, 10298 Express Dr., Gulfport. Learn to become an outstanding presenter by practicing with us. Details: 313-3278 or 918-0888.

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.

Ninth annual Chocolate Tasting and Membership Drive: 6-7:30 p.m., meeting room at Vancleave Public Library, 12604 Mississippi 57. Taste a variety of chocolate delicacies prepared by professionals, amateurs and Friends of the library. Attendees can indulge for $5 per person or $10 per family, which also covers annual membership in the Friends. Details: 826-5857.

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. Featuring Shawna P, who calls her original blend of music EarthFunk Muzik. Free. Details: 818-2878.

Words on Music: 7-8 p.m. April 21 at Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur St., Moss Point and 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 22 at Great Southern Club, 2510 14th St., Gulfport. Music Director Peter Rubardt and guest violinist Bella Hristova will share musical insights. Lunch available for sale at the Gulfport event.

"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


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

Dedication/Groundbreaking Community Garden and Fruit Tree Planting Blessing Ceremony: 10 a.m., 34th Street and Eighth Avenue, Gulfport. The Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization, in partnership with the city of Gulfport, will hold the event in observance of International Earth Day. Plans for the fruit orchard and garden site include a pavilion that will be used for community education and wellness programs. Details: Ruth Story, EEECHO executive director, at 223-6885; or Chris Vignes, Gulfport public information officer, at 868-5782.

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.


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

Long Beach War Memorial Park cleanup: 9 a.m., Church Avenue across from First United Methodist Church. Volunteers needed. Food and drink provided. Hosted by American Legion Post 1995 and Long Beach Department of Parks and Recreation. Details: Vern Dailey at 547-3108.

Earth Day planting in Children's Spring Garden at Hiller Park: 9 a.m., Hiller Park Renaissance Garden, Hiller Drive, Biloxi. John Horticulture for Humanity and receive a free birdhouse. Refreshments. Prizes. Reserve plants and a garden site for each child: 388-2622.

Third annual Indian Nation 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run: 9 a.m., Biloxi Town Green. Cash prizes, children's activities, music and more. Entry: $5 for students, $10 for adults; includes T-shirt. Registration forms available at biloxischools.net. Late registration also available the morning of the race.

Mutts for Peace: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Hiller Park, Atkinson Road, Biloxi. All-mutt dog show will include an (almost) 1-mile fun run with dogs, cutest dog, ugliest dog, costune contest, agility course and silly (and serious) dog tricks. Prizes. Food and drinks will be available. Vendors are invited, but must register. Proceeds for Children's International Summer Village, which promotes peace through cultural understanding. Details: 388-4735.

City of Gautier Earth Day Celebration: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., George Martin City Park. The event will feature children's activities that promote learning about the environment and vendors who will teach about efficient, money-saving and Earth-friendly practices. Details: Gautier Cultural Services: 497-8000, ext. 320.

Earth Day weekend celebration and BioQuest: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur St., Moss Point. Variety of stations will be set up to explore birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and fish. At 10 a.m., Peggy Stowers from Anchor QEA will talk about the Mississippi Habitat Stewards program; 10 a.m.-noon, painter Alison Henry will demonstrate her bird paintings; and 10-11:30 a.m., young children and families be able to participate in gardening activities and play in the Children's Nature Play Garden with the Junior Auxiliary.

Spring Fling: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Resurrection Catholic School, Elementary campus, 3704 Quinn Drive, Pascagoula. The event is the school's annual fundraiser and will feature food, boiled crawfish, raffle, petting zoo, pony and train rides, jump house, rock wall, bungee jump, hamster ball, mechanical bull, karaoke, DJ and games. Student talent show. An All-Star day of fun in memory of Coach Melinda Mitchell. Bracelets, for all-day access to attractions and games, are $25; or tickets are $1 each. Details/tickets: 217-5941.

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.

Cake Decorating 101: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., conference room of Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Wilton Certified Instructor, Shara Wolfe, will teach techniques of cake decorating using buttercream frosting and frosting tips. Free. Class size is limited. The library has a cake pan collection that can be checked out with a Harrison County Library card. Reservations: 452-4596.

Mississippi Confederate Memorial Day Service: 2 p.m., Beauvoir Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library, 2244 Beach Blvd. Biloxi. Sponsored by the Mississippi Division Sons of Confederate Veterans. Details: 388-4400.

Harrison County Heart Ball Gala: 6-11 p.m., Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave. This year's event will honor Dr. Douglas C. Lanier with South Mississippi Nephrology. The event will feature silent and live auctions, entertainment and food. Reservations/details: harrisonheartball.heart.org.

Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra Classical IV: 7 p.m., Saenger Theatre, Biloxi. Guest violinist: Bella Hristova. Conductor: Peter Rubardt. Details/tickets: 896-4276.

Soiree on the Bay: 7-11 p.m., Our Lady of the Gulf Community Center, Bay St. Louis. The theme for this year's annual fundraiser for Holy Trinity Catholic School is Back to the 80s. Event will feature food, drink, 80s music by Rock Kandy, custom-built playhouse raffle, silent auction, door prize drawings and more. Tickets: $35 single or $50 per couple. Details: 467-5158.

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.


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.

A Parent's Guide to Social Media: 3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 2301 15th St., downtown Gulfport.

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, 2301 15th St., downtown Gulfport. Tickets: $15 adults and $10 students. Features Bria Skonberg Quintet. Skonberg is a trumpeter and vocalist. Details: 229-6851.


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.

Pass Christian Historical Society April luncheon: Noon, Pass Christian Historical Society, 201 E. Scenic Drive. Gary Higginbotham will speak on "The History of Baseball on the Gulf Coast." Cost for lunch is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Details: 452-7254.

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


Using Microsoft Publisher: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with one hour break for lunch, conference room of Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave., Speaker: John Gieseman, with Mississippi State Extension service. Free. Class size is limited. Register a spot/details: 452-4596.

Gulfport Business Club meeting: 11:45 a.m., Great Southern Club, Gulfport.

GCRL Science Café: 6-7:30 p.m., Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Dining Hall, 703 E. Beach Drive, Ocean Springs. Beth Jones, a doctoral candidate, USM Department of Coastal Sciences, will speak on "Sharks on Steroids: A look at elasmobranch physiology and why you should care." Details: Joyce Shaw at 872-4213.

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.

'Bayou Maharajah' premiere screening: 7 p.m., conference room of the Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. The documentary explores the life and music of piano legend James Booker of New Orleans. This film is rated PG-13 for mature subject matter and material. The Friends of the Pass Christian Library are sponsors of the free screening. Attendees are welcome to bring refreshments. If you plan to attend, please call the library at 452-4596 or send an email to passchristianlibrary@gmail.com.


Spring Health Fair: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pelican Landing Conference Center, Moss Point. Fair is part of activities to celebrate Moss Point's 115th anniversary.

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


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.


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.

"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.


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.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Multicultural Heritage & Legacy Festival: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Point Cadet Plaza, Biloxi. Event will feature art, food, music and education. Cost: $5 general admission; free to active duty military and children under 12. Vendor applications available. Details: Cheryl Bell, 388-1710.

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 class 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.

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.