Local Events


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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.

Tour of Homes in Pass Christian: 2-5 p.m., four homes will be featured that are walking distance apart. Presented by Pass Christian Historical Society. Details: 452-7254.


Gulf Coast Symphony annual meeting: Noon, Regions Banquet Room, Knight Nonprofit Center, Gulfport. Open to the public.


At Ease Gang meeting: 7 a.m., Treasure Bay Casino, 1980 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Coffee available. Details: 806-4453.

Authors and Characters: 11:45 a.m., Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library. Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Randy Pierce. Lunch available for program $10. Reservations required. Details: 467-5282.

Gulf Coast Home Educators Geography Fair: 1-3 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1560 Popp's Ferry Road, Biloxi. Homeschool students from across the Coast will present their understanding of other countries and cultures, indluding cultural dress, foods and more.

What to See and Do in Mississippi: 6 p.m., Ina Thompson Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview St. Features Mayor Aneice Liddell. Refreshments. Details: 475-7462.

"Star Wars" Jedi Training Academy: 6 p.m., Gautier Public Library, 2100 Library Lane. The free program is intended for teens interested in "Star Wars." Enter costume contest and train as a Jedi Warrior. Attendees will be able to create a Light Saber with the help of a Jedi Master, play Star Wars bingo and more. Refreshments. All materials will be provided. Preregistration suggested: 497-4531.

Bienville Toastmasters meeting: 6:30 p.m. May 3 and 17, Boomtown Biloxi Casino, second floor Welcome Center. Designed for those interested in learning oral presentation and leadership skills. Details: 235-5046.

VFW Post 6731 meeting night: 7 p.m., 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville.


Gulf Coast Symphony Guild meeting: 10 a.m., 2334 Beau Chene, Biloxi. Features Edita Vinnitskaya, concert pianist.


Naturalization Ceremony: 10 a.m., Dan M. Russell Jr. Courthouse, 2012 15th St, Gulfport.

National Day of Prayer: Noon, Gautier City Hall, Memorial Tower are.

Think Like an Entrepreneur class: 6-8 p.m., The Innovation Center, 1636 Popp's Ferry Road, Biloxi. Details: 396-8661.


Lunch & Learn Series: Noon-1 p.m., Jubilee Center, 4322 Popp's Ferry Road, D'Iberville (behind Heritage United Methodist Church). Speaker: Susan Jones of Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Homes will discuss "Having the Talk of a Lifetime," giving families a way to talk about how they would like to be remembered. Cost: $10 per person, includes lunch. Reservations/details: 392-4288 or jubileecenter@cableone.net.

Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America stops in Biloxi: 3:15 p.m., Beau Rivage Resort. Former NASCAR driver and NBC Sports racing analyst Kyle Petty is leading 200 bikers and celebrities, such as Richard Petty, Herschel McGriff, Herschel Walker, Harry Gant, Rick Allen and more, on a 2,150-mile motorcycle trip to raise money for Victory Junction, a camp for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Public invited to cheer riders, meet guests and support the event.

Red Hot Block Party: 6-9 p.m., downtown Biloxi. Features work of Brian Kent and Justin Karney, DJ Ello, Lucinda Perniciaro L'Enfant, Greg Noll, Tim Kennedy, Elisa Marble Dasilva, Meat the Artist, Jerome Magee, Christopher Hall St., Joe, Artist Jesse Blalock and Shannon Davidson, Vanda McCormick. Presented by Biloxi Main Street.

American Cancer Society Parrot Party: 5-10 p.m., Jones Park, Gulfport. A traditional Relay For Life ceremony will open the evening. At 6 p.m., a 5K run will begin, followed by a performance by The Landsharks Band, a top Jimmy Buffett tribute band. At 9 p.m., a luminaria ceremony will be held. Register teams to raise money. Admission to the event is free. Details: 896-8936 or relayforlife.org/harrisonms.

Nature's Beauty opening reception: 5-8 p.m., Gallery 782 Co-Art Gallery, 782 Water St., Biloxi. Features work by artist Vanda McCormick. Details: 436-7782.

VFW Post 6731 Auxiliary meeting night: 6-8 p.m., 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville. Details: 392-0861.

Ocean Springs Elks Lodge 2501 grilled dinner: 6:30-8 p.m., 2501 Beachview Drive, Ocean Springs. Cost: $18 steak, $12 fish.

Tribute to Boyce Holleman: 7 p.m., IP Casino Biloxi. Hosted by South Mississippi Legal Professionals. Four-course dinner, two cocktails, $85 per person. Ticket proceeds will benefit the group. A silent auction will be held to benefit Pink Heart Funds. Holleman was a legend in the legal community, and the evening will include performances by Judge Gaston Hewes, Eddie Miller and more. Testimonials by Raymond Hunter, Wynn Clark, Albert Necaise and others. Seating is limited. Purchase tickets by May 3. Details: 990-2719 or Monica@schroederlanoux.com.


Transparent Watercolor workshop: 9 a.m.-noon, Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Ocean Springs. Cost: $40 per person. Limited space.

Free Comic Book Day: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Long Beach Comic Shop, 216 Jeff Davis Ave. Details: 861-4657.

Painted Pots for Mother's Day event: 10-11 a.m., Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune. Children will decorate a clay pot and design a Mother's Day card using recycled materials. Materials provided. Each child must have an accompanying parent or guardian. Cost: $3 members, $4 nonmembers. Details: 601-799-2311.

Hidden Herons: 10-11:30 a.m., Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur St., Moss Point. Features Molly Folkerts. Details: 475-0825.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Bonsai Society's 11th annual Bonsai Exhibit: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Biloxi Public Library, 580 Howard Ave., Biloxi. Demonstrations at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

First O.G. Con: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Orange Grove Public Library, 12135 Old Highway 49, Gulfport. Embrace your inner (and outer) geek. The free event will include a costume contest, fandom meet-ups, trivia games, scavenger hunt, arts and craft stations, gaming areas, outdoor events, console gaming, photo booth, events for young children and debate and discussion panels. Special guests will include the 501st Legion. Details: Carrie-Ann Pierson or Mike Alexander at 832-6924.

Red Cross blood drive: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Edgewater Mall, 2600 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

River Jamboree 2016: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Riverfront, Moss Point. Music, food and fun. Details: 475-7887.

Aloneliness dance presentation: 2 and 7:30 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St,, Ocean Springs. A duet featuring Gulf Coast based performer Baldwin and Katy Gaines, Aloneliness explores the momentum between healing, refreshing solitude and harmful, crushing loneliness. It includes an original electronic score by Billy Louviere of Portland, Ore.; live vocal accompaniment by local singer Leah Rodgers; and a mixed media art installation by local visual artist Julia Reyes. Cost: $12 members, $15 nonmembers. Details: 818-2878.

Gulf Cost Symphony Guild's Derby Day event: 3-5 p.m., The Chimneys front lawn, 1640 E. Beach Blvd., Gulfport. Tickets: $25. Details: 896-4276.


Public Relations Association of Mississippi Beach Chapter monthly meeting: Noon, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Hospitality Resort Center at the Jefferson Davis campus. Speaker: Brian Roux, a forensic computer scientist and attorney who specializes in the intersection of law and technology. Cost: $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Please RSVP to christenduhe@gmail.com.

American Legion Post 119 general membership meeting: 7 p.m., 12320 Ashley Drive, Gulfport. Details: 206-3201.

MAY 12

Red Cross blood drive: 2-8 p.m., Pass Christian High School, 720 W. North St. Details: 1-800-733-2767.

Pass Christian Elementary School's 2016-17 Kindergarten Roundup: 5-6 p.m., 270 W. Second St., Pass Christian. Bring your child, certified birth certificate, original immunization form, social security card and two proofs of residency to the registration.

Starting a Business -- First Steps class: 6-8 p.m., The Innovation Center, 1636 Popp's Ferry Road, Biloxi. Details: 396-8661.

Taste of Ocean Springs Food & Wine Festival: 6-8:30 p.m., L&N Depot Plaza, downtown. Restaurants will provide samples to ticketed guests. Live music by Caution Swing Bridge. Hosted by Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau. Tickets: $50 per person at Chamber office, 1000 Washington Ave. Tickets not available at the door the night of the event. Details: 875-4424.

Walter Anderson Museum of Art Gala: 6-10 p.m., Beau Rivage Casino Resort, Biloxi. This year's Gala will feature a Greek theme in celebration of Walter Anderson's depictions of The Iliad and the Odyssey. Tickets are $100 per person, $175 per couple; includes open bar, food and live entertainment. Tickets/sponsorships details: 872-3164 or at the museum.

MAY 13

2016 Jolly McCarty Memorial Gala reception: 6-10 p.m., IP Casino Resort Spa, Biloxi. Annual fund-raiser for the Bacot/McCarty Foundation. Entertainment by Doctor Zarr's Amazing Funk Monster. The golf tournament is May 14 at Shell Landing Golf Club. Details: 205-0225 or bacotmccarty.org.

MAY 14

Seventh annual Live Oak Arts Festival: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., downtown Pascagoula. The cultural celebration will feature live music, arts and crafts, local cuisine, children's activities and more. Artists may submit vendor applications until April 30. Details: 219-1114 or pascagoulamainstreet.com.

Snakes, Snakes, Snakes!: 10-11 a.m., Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune. See and learn about snakes from Terry Vandeventer, herpetology field associate with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. Cost: $5 nonmembers and free to members. Details: 601-799-2311.

International Migratory Bird Day: 10-11:30 a.m. May 14 and 21, Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur St., Moss Point. Features Molly Folkerts. Details: 475-0825.

MAY 15

Third annual Feed the Need benefit concert and fish fry: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Government Street Grocery in downtown Ocean Springs. All proceeds benefit The Lord Is My Help soup kitchen to feed the needy in the local community. Live music, cornhole tournament, silent auction and a drawing. Tickets: $15 in advance, available at Government Street Grocery, Green House on Porter, Eat Drink Love Catering, Hillyer House, The Office, Paddles Up and Kwitzky's in Ocean Springs; Triple Threat Academy in Biloxi; and PrescritpFit Medical Nutrition Therapy in Gulfport. Tickets at the door: $20, or $15 with a number 10 canned good. Details: Liz LeBleu at 596-5198.

Cajun Dance Party with Waylon Thibodeaux: Noon-1 p.m. dance lessons, 1-5 p.m. show, 100 Men Hall, Bay St. Louis. Cost: $10. Details: 342-5770.

MAY 17

Branson Style Musical Spectacular: 10 a.m., Beauvoir, the historic home and Presidential Library of Jefferson Davis, 244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Cost: $12, includes tours and admission to the mansion and library. The show will be held in the art theater on the first floor of the library, and will feature music, comedy and uplifting fun from acclaimed Mississippi performers Andrew Ishee and Jeremy Wilkerson. Tickets/details: 601-323-3335.

MAY 18

Free Senior Information Fair: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., outside at the Depot, 1928 Depot Way, Bay St. Louis. Food, beverages, entertainment, information booths and health screenings. Bring lawn chairs. Sponsored by the SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) Council, Hancock County Sheriff's Office. To host a table/details: 209-8729.

MAY 19

Running for Red Snapper: 6-8 p.m., Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Caylor Auditorium, 703 E. Beach Drive, Ocean Springs. Led by Jeff Lotz, Trevor Moncrief and Capt. Jay Trochesset. Cost details/registration: 818-8833 or by email to marine.education@usm.edu

How to Develop a Business Plan class: 6-8 p.m., The Innovation Center, 1636 Popp's Ferry Road, Biloxi. Details: 396-8661.

MAY 20

VFW Post 6731 fish plates: 6-8 p.m., 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville. Details: 392-0861.

MAY 21

American Heart Association's Jackson County Heart Walk: 8 a.m., River Front Park, 4100 Clark St., Pascagoula. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. Details/registration: 219-0222.

Day with the Deputies Music & Food Festival fundraiser: 8 a.m. golf tournament, 1 p.m. lunch, 6 p.m. crawfish and music, Pine Burr Golf Club, Wiggins. Live entertainment, meet the deputies, bounce houses, games and more. Proceeds will provide safety equipment for the Stone County Sheriff's Department.

Habitat Walk: 10-11 a.m., Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune. Explore native plants and their pollinators. Cost: $5 nonmembers and free to members. Details: 601-799-2311.

Inaugural Rubber Duck Derby: Noon-4 p.m., The Dock Bar & Grill, Gulfport. Adopt a duck for $5. Ducks will be available for adoption at a variety of locations across the Coast prior to derby day. A minimum of 5,000 Derby Ducks will be released into Gulfport Lake as they "race" to the finish line. Prizes, live entertainment, children's activities. Adoptable dogs will attend. Presented by Tired Dog Rescue, a nonprofit organization in Gulfport that rescues neglected, abused and stray dogs. Details: Tireddogrescue.com.

Butterfly and Moth Gardening: 1-2:30 p.m., Crosby Arboretum, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune. Cost: $5 nonmembers and free to members. Details: 601-799-2311.

Restorative Yoga to Balance the Chakras Workshop: 2-5 p.m., River Rock Yoga, 2429 W. Commerce St. Suite C., Ocean Springs. Led by Lyn Cheney and Amy Gandy. Cost: $35 or $30 before May 9.

MAY 22

Alabama in concert: 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi. Special guest: Love & Theft. Reserved seats. Tickets: Ticketmaster.com, Coliseum Box Office or 800-745-3000.

MAY 25

Fifth annual Eagles under the Oaks Charity Golf Tournament: 8:30-10 a.m. registration and breakfast, 11 a.m. shotgun start, The Oaks Golf Club, Pass Christian. Proceeds benefit wounded combat veterans of South Mississippi.

MAY 26

Cash Flow Projections for your Business Plan class: 6-8 p.m., The Innovation Center, 1636 Popp's Ferry Road, Biloxi. Details: 396-8661.

MAY 27

Out of School Summer Bash: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Gruich Community Center, 591 Howard Ave., Biloxi. Presented by Phi Alpha Beta and Biloxi Community Ambassador Association, the event is for middle and high school students (parents are also welcome). In addition to music, food, prizes and entertainment, college representatives and scholarship info will be available. Tickets: $5 pre-purchase, and $7 at the door; includes lunch. Tickets: See any PAB or BCAA member. Details: 270-872-7759.

VFW Post 6731 country-fried steak dinner: 6-8 p.m., 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville.

MAY 28

37th annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 29, Joppa Shrine Temple, 13280 Shriners Blvd., Biloxi. Cost: $5 adults and free to children under age 12. Enjoy demonstrations, exhibits, vendors, activities and more. Details: 251-937-3529.

Mississippi Frogs and Toads: 10-11:30 a.m., Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur St., Moss Point. Features Molly Folkerts. Details: 475-0825.