Local Events

WHAT'S HAPPENING for April (Updated April 22)

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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.

Words on Music: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Great Southern Club, 2510 14th St., Gulfport. Music Director Peter Rubardt and guest violinist Bella Hristova will share musical insights. Lunch available for sale.

Atomic Blast Rat Rods: 4 p.m. gates open April 22, 8 a.m. gates open April 23, Gulfport Dragway, Canal Road, 1 mile south of I-10, exit 31. Weekend pass, $20; children under 10, $10. Details: 863-4408.

24th annual Crawfish Festival: 5-11 p.m. April 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: 800-745-3000.

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."

Earth Day Pier Walk: 6:30 p.m., Ken Combs Pier, Gulfport. Cash or donations of food items in #10 cans -- industrial size -- are requested to participate. All donations benefit Feed My Sheep in Gulfport.

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

"A Flea in Her Ear": 7:30 p.m. April 22-23, 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.

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.

Third annual Dance It Off Line Dance Extravaganza: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Santa Maria Del Mar, Biloxi. Presented by the Maxx Dance Troop. Refreshments. Door prizes. Benefit for the Gulf Coast Women's Center for Nonviolence. Tickets: $10 for pretickets; $15 at the door. Details: 861-3454.

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.

Third annual Autism Awareness Carnival: 11 a.m., park at 3401 Jackson St., behind the John Knox fire station in North Gulfport. Event will include food, games, face-painting, clowns, balloons, motorcycle parade, cartoon characters, bounce house. The event was begun by a mother of a child with autism, and all of the items for the event are donated.

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.

27th Avenue Market's first Chalk Fest: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., on 27th Avenue between 13th and 14th streets in downtown Gulfport. Sponsors of the event are Gulfport Main Street, the city of Gulfport, Gulfport Mayor's Youth Council and Pop Brothers. Chalk Fest judging begins at 1:30 p.m., with winners announced at 2 p.m. The Market is open at 10 a.m. Details: 596-2496.

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.

Anything That Floats But a Boat: 2:30 p.m., Whitehead Lake, in I.G. Levy Park North right outside the Scranton Nature Center, Pascagoula. The contest was a long-running Pascagoula event that has been on hiatus since 2011. Enjoy an afternoon of fun watching all kinds of floating contraptions on the water -- or going under. To register: 369-2978; or details: Pascagoula Parks & Recreation, 938-2356.

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.

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

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.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 2016 Scholarship Gala: 5:30 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner, Beau Rivage Casino Resort, Biloxi. Silent auction. Black tie optional. Tickets/details: 601-928-6344 or mgccc.edu/gala.

Taste of the Bay: 6-8 p.m., D'Iberville Town Green. Enjoy Back Bay's local flavors in a bistro table setting. Casual dress. Admission limited to adults 21 and older. Cost: $25 per person, $40 per couple. Details: 861-2293.


Make-A-Wish Mississippi appreciation breakfast: 8:30 a.m., IP Casino Resort, Ballroom A, Biloxi. Honoring magnificent wish granters, volunteers and donors. Details: 575-8691.

West Jackson County Utility District Board of Commissioners meeting: 9 a.m., 7312 Rose Farm Road, Ocean Springs.

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.

Wild at Heart Rescue visit: 1 p.m., University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Center for Child Development, Long Beach. Wild at Heart Rescue, nonprofit organization in Vancleave, will visit USM to educate children about the Coast's wildlife. Details/donations: 452-5210.

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.

Steps Coalition quarterly meeting: 5:30-7:40 p.m., 610 Water St., Biloxi. Theme: Mocktails & Cocktails -- Meet the Partners. Dinner provided. Details: 435-3113.

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.

First United Methodist Church of Biloxi's ladies luncheon: 11:30 a.m., Cora's, White House Hotel, Biloxi. Details: 354-9136.

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.

Coffee Fellowship: 4:30 p.m., Handsboro United Methodist Church, 2333 Demaret Drive, Gulfport. Speaker: Sam Britton, Mississippi Southern District Public Service Commissioner. Details: 896-7264.

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 Festival: 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.


First United Methodist Church of Biloxi's Fund Run: 8 a.m. registration, walk/run 9 a.m., Hiller Park, Biloxi. Presented by Hands on Missisispi and FUMC of Biloxi. Teams needed. Cost: $20 per person. Details: 354-9136.

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.

1699 Historical Society Weekend of Discovery kick-off party and Business After Hours: 6-8 p.m., Ocean Springs Community Center, 512 Washington Ave. Details: 1699landing.com

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.

Gulfport Home Fire Campaign Canvassing Event: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., meet at Gulfport Fire Station #10, 12001 Dedeaux Road. Volunteers will walk through neighborhoods and knock on doors to educate residents on fire safety and education, and Gulfport firefighters will install smoke alarms. Part of American Red Cross campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths. To volunteer/details: 896-4511.

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.

Ocean Springs' 1699 Historical Society Weekend of Discovery: 5K/run/walk, 8:15 a.m., and the kid's free 1-mile run/walk, 9 a.m., will take place at Fort Maurepas Park on Front Beach; Discovery Regatta at the Ocean Springs Yacht Club and Fort Maurepas opens at 10 a.m. April 30 and continues for a second day at 11 a.m. May 1; Pet Parade, 10 a.m., will welcome all pets and begin at the Little Children's Park on Washington Avenue and travel to Marshall Park; Lunch and the awards presentation, noon, will be held at the Ocean Springs Yacht Club; Festivities begin at 3 p.m., and the full-dress presentation and re-enactment of the Landing of d'Iberville begin at 4 p.m. at Fort Maurepas. Free to attend. Details: 1699landing.com.

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.

The Amazing Life Cycle of the 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.

No Holds Barred Total Street Race: 6 p.m., Gulfport Dragway, Canal Road, 1 mile south of I-10, exit 31. Cost: $20 per person. Details: 863-4408.

Walter Anderson Museum of Art Gala Artist Party: 6-8 p.m., WAMA and the Ocean Springs Community Center. This event is to honor the local artists who have donated their art to the museum to be auctioned off at the Gala on May 12. Artists are given free admittance to the party with a donation of a piece of work; this will include food, drink, and entertainment. Details: 872-3164.

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.