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.
Jackson County Utility Authority Board of Directors meeting: 4 p.m., 1225 Jackson Ave., Pascagoula.
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.
Harrison County Library Board of Trustees meeting: 3 p.m., Orange Grove Library, 12135 Old Hwy. 49.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Classical vocal and instrumental soloist auditions: 4:45-5:45 p.m. April 27-28, Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, Ocean Springs. Ages 19 and younger are welcome to audition for the upcoming Young Soloists Concert in May. Prepare a performance-ready solo; no time limit. Details: 818-2878.
"A Flea in Her Ear": 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.
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, nonprofit 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.
Bridge Club interest meeting: 7-8 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, Ocean Springs. Looking for interested participants to join a Bridge Club in May and June. Details: 818-2878.
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
Friday Night Dinners: 6-8 p.m., French Club of Biloxi, 182 Howard Ave. Cost: $8-10. Live entertainment. Details: 436-6472.
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.
Friday Night Dinner Dance: 7:30 p.m., Amour Danzar Ballroom, 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Details: 324-3730.
Gulf States District convention: 7:30 p.m., Courtyard by Marriot, U.S. 90, Gulfport. Details: 832-4588.
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.
Long Beach Farmers Market: 8:30 a.m.-noon, corner of Church Avenue and First Street, downtown. Features local produce, artisan breads, honey, dairy, eggs, meats and more. Live acoustic music.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Multicultural Heritage & Legacy Festival: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Point Cadet Plaza, Biloxi. Art, food, music and education. Cost: $5 general admission; free to active duty military and children under 12. Vendor applications available. Details: 388-1710.
1699 Historical Society's Race of Discovery Kid's Run: 9:30 a.m., Fort Maurepas Beach Park, Ocean Springs. 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. Cost: $5 nonmembers, free to members. Details: 601-799-2311.
Wind & Wave Festival: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., U.S. 90 beachfront pavilion near Long Beach Harbor. Kite flying clubs will perform demonstrations, and kite makers will be in attendance. Free kite flying lessons available. Activities including bol races, arts and crafts, marine exhibit, vendors, food, entertainment and more. Details: 380-6851 or 703-298-0941.
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.
Second annual Cuddfest: 1 p.m., The Juke Joint, 1911 Government St., Ocean Springs. Crawfish, music and more. Benefiting homeless and suicide awareness.
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.
Steak night: 6 p.m., Biloxi Elks Lodge 606, 1178 Beach Blvd. Cost: $18 ribeye, $20 T-bone. Live entertainment. Details: 374-0606.
Walter Anderson Museum of Art Gala Artist Party: 6-8 p.m., WAMA and the Ocean Springs Community Center. Party will honor local artists who donated art to the museum for auction at the Gala on May 12. Free admittance for artists. Enjoy Greek-themed food and entertainment to celebrate Walter Anderson's artwork depicting "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey." Details: 872-3164.
The Detectives: 6 p.m. cocktails and 7 p.m. show, Jazzeppi's, Biloxi, Gulfport. Theme: couples retreat. Cost: $50.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter's Alcorn State University Alumni Purple and Gold Gala: 6:30-7:30 p.m. meet and greet, 7:30 p.m. gala begins, The Climb, 1316 30th Ave., Gulfport. The meet and greet will feature the Alcorn State University's head football coach and the basketball coaches for the men's and women's teams. Semi-formal dress. Donations accepted during meet and greet. Cost: $50. Details/tickets: 623-2801.
Belles and Buoys Square Dance Club: 8-10 p.m., Lyman Senior Citizen Center, 14592 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Featuring Caller Willis Simmons of Eufaulia, Ala. Details: 363-2622.
VFW Post 6731 breakfast: 8-11 a.m. May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 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: $10.
Red Cross blood drive: Noon-5 p.m., St. Patrick Catholic High School, Biloxi. Details: 1-800-733-2767.