Local Events

WHAT'S HAPPENING for April (Updated April 28)

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Mississippi Economic Council's Powerplay 67th meeting: 8:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. meeting and 11:45 a.m. luncheon, Jackson Convention Complex. Features Putting Your Community in the Place of Greatest Opportunity and Economic Development -- Landing the Big One. STAR Program will recognize top-performing students and teachers. Speaker: Dorothy Moore. Cost: $78 MEC members and $90 nonmembers. Details: mec.ms.

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.

Lunch and Learn: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 28-29, Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs.

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency on-site day: Noon-8 p.m., Memorial Hospital at Gulfport. Promoting importance of organ and tissue donation and registering donors. Details: 867-5211.

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.

Classical vocal and instrumental soloist auditions: 4:45-5:45 p.m., 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.

Spring Jazz Concert: 5:30 p.m., Ina Thompson Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview St. Refreshments. Details: 475-7462.

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.

Barry Foster autograph signing: 6 p.m.-until, Val's Bar and Grill, 503 Porter Ave., Ocean Springs. Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back will be there for autographs.

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.

The Voices and JazzCats final concert: 7 p.m., Pearl River Community College, Poplarville. Features acapella ensemble and jazz band. Details: 601-403-1328.

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.

"A Flea in Her Ear": 7:30 p.m. April 28-30, 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.


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 Mississippi and First United Methodist 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.

Ocean Springs Children's Pet Parade: 10 a.m. registration and 11 a.m. parade, Little Children's Park. 1699 Historical Society's landing festivities will begin at 3 p.m. at Fort Maurepas Park and d'Iberville re-enactment will take place at 4 p.m.

Best Poboy on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Celebration: 10 a.m., Taranto's Crawfish, 12404 John Lee Road, Biloxi.

Crawfish Boil Buffet: Noon, French Club of Biloxi, 182 Howard Ave. Cost: $20. Children younger than 12 will be half-priced. Entertainment. Details: 436-6472.

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 Board of Aldermen will host 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 kickoff 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.

"Anola -- A Legend of the Singing River": 6:30 p.m., Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center, 1415 Skip Ave., Pascagoula. Presented by Pascagoula High School Theatre. All funds benefit PHS Theatre. Features Jay Higginbotham. Evening includes tributes and honors to author in addition to performance. Details: 623-8824.

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

"Vagina Monologues": 7 p.m., University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Park campus, Fleming Education Center Auditorium, Long Beach.

"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/child 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 Lutheran Women's Missionary League 36th Biennial Convention: 7;30 a.m. April 29-May 1, Courtyard by Marriott, U.S. 90, Gulfport. April 30 is for registered guests. May 1 will be a beach walk with devotion. 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 No. 10 at 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 children'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 awards presentation, noon, will be at Ocean Springs Yacht Club; festivities begin at 3 p.m. and full-dress presentation and re-enactment of 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.

Second annual Popp's Ferry Predators Elementary and Middle School Robotics Tournament: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Popp's Ferry Road, Biloxi. More than 15 robots will compete.

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.

Free health fair: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall. Presented by Excel by 5.

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 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, one 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 and $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. 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 Dinner Theatre: 6 p.m. cocktails and 7 p.m. show, Jazzeppi's, Biloxi. 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 football coach and the basketball coaches for the men's and women's teams. Semi-formal dress. Cost: $50. Donations accepted during meet and greet. Details/tickets: 623-2801.

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.