Local Events

WHAT'S HAPPENING for April (Updated April 19)

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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.

State Commission on Marine Resources: 9 a.m., auditorium of the Bolton Building, 1141 Bayview Ave., Biloxi.

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.

Third annual Light of Hope ceremony: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial on the beach in Waveland, at the end of Coleman Avenue. Presented by CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Hancock County. Speaker: Sherri Carr Bevis. CASA Advocate the Year, Tyra Meighen; the DHS Case Worker of the Year, Margaret Bans; and the Outstanding Community Professional, Thomas Genin, owner of The Blind Tiger, will be honored. Hancock County Children's Choir will perform. Seating is limited; bring lawn chairs. Details: 344-0419 or 504-701-5757.

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.

What Drives Deep Sea Channel Systems: 11 a.m., StennisSphere Auditorium at the John C. Stennis Space Center, Hancock County. Speaker: John Hughes Clarke, a world leader in sonar technology and a professor with a joint appointment in mechanical engineering and Earth sciences at the University of New Hampshire. Presented by the University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science as its annual Wiesenburg lecturer. To attend the public lecture, call 688-3177 or email marine.science@usm.edu to request a visitor's badge to Stennis.

Flag retirement ceremony and presentation of outstanding cadets: 2:30 p.m., Gulfport High School Parade Grounds, south side of the school. Public is invited, as cadets from Gulfport, Harrison Central and West Harrison high schools will be recognized. Attendees are welcome to bring flags that need to be retired. Presented by Gulf Coast Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Details: 832-0137.

NOAA Fisheries public meeting on potential skimmer trawl regulations: 5-7 p.m., Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd. The meeting will allow fishermen and others the opportunity to provide input on alternatives to reduce sea turtle interactions.


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., Parish Hall at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 12290 DePew Road, Gulfport. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. 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.

Restore Mississippi Sound bonfire: 4 p.m., fire pits at Courthouse Road, Gulfport. The group is dedicated to improving water quality and ecosystem health along the Mississippi Coast. Details: Sharon Hayes at 669-6958 or Renee Walker at 860-5266.

24th annual Crawfish Festival: 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.

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 Caylor Auditorium, 703 E. Beach Drive, Ocean Springs. Led by Jim Franks, senior research specialist at the Center for Fisheries Research and Development, and Capt. Steve Legg, soul fisher. Cost: $30. Registration: 818-8833 or by email to marine.education@usm.edu.

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.

"Sunset to Sunrise" concert: 7 p.m., Pearl River Community College Brownstone Center in Poplarville. Presented by the PRCC concert choir. Free. The choir is accompanied by PRCC music instructor Hope McKellip Bass.

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


Fifth annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes: 8 a.m. check in, 9 a.m. walk begins, Biloxi Lighthouse Pier. Men will walk one mile in high heels to raise awareness and stand up against violence against women. Some shoes available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own, for best fit. Men, women and children invited to walk or watch, with or without high heels. Participation is free. Individuals or teams can register at gcwcfn.org/wam2016.

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.

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

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.

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

Annual Civil Liberties Banquet: 7:30 p.m., Magnolia Elks Lodge, 3800 Macphelah Road, Moss Point. The banquet, hosted by Magnolia Elks Lodge #1354 and Emma V. Kelley Temple #995, will honor two members of the community. Guest speaker: Abraham Gates, a Justice Court judge from Humphreys County. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from any lodge or temple member.


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

Great American Cleanup: 8-11 a.m., I.G. Levy Memorial Park North, 3928 Nathan Hale Ave., Pascagoula. Also, citywide cleanup. Pascagoula will provide trash bags and gloves. Register and obtain supplies by calling the Scranton Nature Center at 938-6612. Community volunteers may undertake projects at their leisure.

Jackson County 13th annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day: 8 a.m.-noon, Singing River Mall parking lot, U.S. 90, Gautier. For list of acceptable items/details: 872-8340 or www.co.jackson.ms.us, click Departments tab and then select Solid Waste.

Long Beach Farmers Market: 8:30 a.m.-noon April 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.

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. Join 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.

Gulf Coast Cloth Diaper Change Bonanza: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Scranton Nature Center, as part of Pascagoula's Earth Day events. At 11 a.m., Maternal Instinct Boutique will present the Great Cloth Diaper Change, a worldwide event to raise awareness and money to benefit the Real Diaper Association. Participants will change their baby into a cloth diaper of their choice, and the count will be added to the worldwide count. Vendors and more. Details: 762-2801.

2016 Gulfpex Stamp Exhibition: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 23 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 24, St. Martin Community Center, 15004 Lemoyne Blvd. Show theme: Earth Day, with daily show cachets/cancels. Dealers and exhibits. Free entry. Details: 896-6784 or 214-240-5256.

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.

Mississippi Proud Super Saturday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center, 1415 Skip St., Pascagoula. Hosted by the Pascagoula-Gautier School District. Free event will include a tribute to two native sons -- artist Walter Anderson and puppeteer Jim Henson, by featuring painting stations for children and free puppet shows. At 10:30 a.m., the Pascagoula School District's award-winning Percussion Indoor Performance Ensemble will perform.

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.

Waste Pro Earth Day Community Picnic 2016: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Little Children's Park, Ocean Springs. Free food and drinks, while supplies last. Recycling themed games. Details: 875-4236.

Explore the World Around You: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Scranton Nature Center, Pascagoula. Attendees will enjoy a petting zoo, bird watching, fishing, scavenger hunts, a variety of exhibits on Jackson County's flora and fauna, the Lowe's Build and Grow Workshop and Keep America Beautiful Waste in Place activities. Bring your own fishing gear. Also, at Whithead Lake at the park, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will provide kayaking demonstrations.

Gulf Coast Writers Association meeting: 11 a.m., West Biloxi Library, 2047 Pass Road. Guest speaker: Margaret McMullan, multi-published author and winner of the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award. Details: Philip L. Levin at 596-7217.

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.

Free Search for your Ancestors workshop: 2-4 p.m., meeting room at Ocean Springs Municipal Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will show attendees how to use familysearch.org. They also will provide four-generation charts. Attendees are asked to bring as much information as possible on family history. Specific names, dates, birth certificates, military papers, and places will be helpful. Registration is suggested. Details: 875-1193.

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.


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

Omelet breakfast: 9-11 a.m., Ocean Springs Elks Lodge, 2501 Beachview Drive. Presented by the Ladies Auxiliary. Cost: $8.

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 and her jazz quintet. Skonberg is a New York City trumpeter and vocalist, and her adventurous style is rooted in swampy New Orleans jazz and blues with swing, pop and world music influences. Tickets available at the door. 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.

Biloxi VA health care town hall event for veterans: 5 p.m., Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System Recreation Hall, 400 Veterans Ave., Building 17. The event is designed to be an open forum for veterans receiving care from the VA's facilities in Biloxi, Mobile, Pensacola, Eglin and Panama City, Fla., are invited to attend. Attendees are encouraged to park in the parking garage (Building 28) or its adjacent parking lot.

American Legion Post 33 monthly meeting: 6 p.m., 1126 Judge Sekul Ave., Biloxi. Details: 374-9774.

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.

Vivace in concert: 7 p.m., Biloxi Saenger Theatre, 170 Reynoir. The two male and two female singers are joined by a pianist and violinist, and the performance will close the current Community Concert season. Reservations for nonmember tickets are available by calling 243-3940. Tickets may be picked up at the Saenger Box Office the day of performance one hour before showtime. A one-time only "special offer" is available for nonmembers.


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.


Gautier Garden Club annual plant and yard art sale: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 29; and 8 a.m. until remaining plants are sold, April 30, St. Pierre's Episcopal Church, 4412 Gautier-Vancleave Road. Plants include shrubs, trees, perennials, ground covers and succulents. Many are hard to find "pass-along" plants.

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

Moss Point 115th anniversary reception: 6 p.m., Riverfront Center and Park, which is the old riverfront recreation center. Mayor Billy Broomfield and the Board of Aldermen will host the reception. Past and current elected officials will be honored and the oldest living Moss Point-native man and woman will be recognized.

Philly Cheese Steak dinner: 6:30-8 p.m., Ocean Springs Elks Lodge, 2501 Beachview Drive. Presented by the Junior Fishing Rodeo. Cost $10.

"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 opens: 5 a.m.-until, Wednesdays and Saturdays 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.

10th annual Hammer-in and Knifemaking event: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Paul LeBatard's Shop, 14700 Old River Road, Vancleave. Knifemaking demonstrations; and buy, sell and trade. Door prizes and free lunch. Sponsored by Gulf Coast Custom Knifemakers. Details: 238-7461.

Fun By-The-River: Several events will celebrate Moss Point's 115th anniversary at the Riverfront Center and Park. Run the River 5K, 8:30 a.m., will start at the Pelican Landing parking lot. To register, call Tony Roberts at 272-1192. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the riverfront, the first American Outboard Federation boat race will take place. Fun By-The-River will host exhibits from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parade of Memories participants will line up at 10 a.m. at the Magnolia Middle School parking lot for a noon celebration of decorated cars, floats, bicycles, walkers, bands and more. The theme is Remembering Our Past. Businesses, churches, schools, banks and other groups are encouraged to participate. At 5 p.m., winners from the parade will be announced, followed by live band music and a fireworks show. For vendor information or to register for the parade or exhibits, call Cathy Keeton, director of Community Development, at 474-2345 or the city's Recreation Department at 475-7887.

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.

TULLIBEE Base of USSVI and the SubVettes of TULLIBEE Base monthly meeting: 11 a.m., Biloxi Yacht Club, 408 Beach Blvd. All submarine veterans and their spouses or guests are invited.

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.