Gulf Coast Symphony annual meeting: Noon, Regions Banquet Room, Knight Nonprofit Center, Gulfport. Open to the public.
National Travel and Tourism Day: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Dizzy Dean Welcome Center, U.S. 49 S, Wiggins. Residents and visitors will enjoy music, artifacts from Old Firehouse Museum and meeting of Stone County Arts Council members or a representative from De Soto National Forest. Details: 601-359-3297.
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, including cultural dress, food 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. Pre-registration suggested: 497-4531.
Gulf Coast Symphony Guild meet: 10 a.m., 2334 Beau Chene, Biloxi. Features Edita Vinnitskaya, concert pianist.
May the Fourth Movie Day: 4 p.m., Lucedale-George County Public Library, 507 Oak St. Costumes encouraged. Refreshments. Presenting "May the Fourth Be With You." Details: 947-2123.
87th annual Blessing of the Fleet and Shrimp Festival poster unveiling: 5:30 p.m., Biloxi Visitor Center. Reception will follow. Details: 435-6339.
Naturalization Ceremony: 10 a.m., Dan M. Russell Jr. Courthouse, 2012 15th St, Gulfport.
Young Patron's Kickoff on Cinco De Mayo -- The Art Show and Year of Discovery: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Exhibition showing works from Biloxi High School, Gautier High School and Carmen Lugos. Refreshments. Rockestra Revolution set to perform at 7 p.m. Cost: $10 Rockestra Revolution.
Line-dancing classes: 6-7:30 p.m. May 5, 12, 19 and 26, Pascagoula Public Library, 3214 Pascagoula St. Led by Ericka Nicholson. Details: 769-3060.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America stops in Biloxi: 3:15 p.m., Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. 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.
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.
Holocaust Remembrance: 6-7 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel, 12277 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport. Speaker: Allison Padilla-Goodman, director of the South-Central Region of the Anti-Defamation League. Details: 539-1655.
Friday Night Dinner: 6-8 p.m. May 6, 20 and 27, French Club of Biloxi, 182 Howard Ave. Cost: $8-$10. Details: 436-6472.
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.
Ocean Springs Elks Lodge 2501 grilled dinner: 6:30-8 p.m., 2501 Beachview Drive. 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.
Transparent Watercolor workshop: 9 a.m.-noon, Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Ocean Springs. Cost: $40 per person. Limited space.
River City Quilters Show: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ina Thompson Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview St. Details: 826-5597.
Free Comic Book Day: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Long Beach Comic Shop, 216 Jeff Davis Ave. Details: 861-4657.
Feed the Bees Garden program: 10 a.m., Pascagoula Public Library, 3214 Pascagoula St. Learn to create Wildflower Seed Bombs and feed the bees. Details: 769-3060.
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.
Charcoal drawing: 10 a.m.-noon, Ocean Springs Municipal Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Led by Debra Baldinger. Designed for ages 12 and older. Space limited. Details: 875-1193.
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.
Mother's Day Gospel Blues Brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Down-home Deluxe Buffet, 514 Old Spanish Trail, Bay St. Louis. Presented by Williams Pit BBQ. Cost: $25 adults, $7 children and $250 table of ten. Food, praise dancing, gospel and blues. Details: 671-9436.
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, Oregon; 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.
Steak night: 6 p.m. May 7, 14, 21 and 28, Biloxi Elks Lodge 606, 1178 Beach Blvd. Cost: $18 ribeyes and $20 T-bones. Live entertainment. Details: 374-0606.
Saturday Night Dance: 7 p.m.-until, May 7 and 21, French Club of Biloxi, 182 Howard Ave. Live entertainment. Cost: $10 single and $18 couple. Details: 436-6472.
Poetry night: 8 p.m. doors open and 8:45 p.m. show begins, Da Wall, 3370 C. Ave., Gulfport. Features artist from Black on Black Rhyme. Step2DaMic Poetry Troupe. Open mic, spoken word and more. Free. Details: 669-5668.
VFW Post 6731 breakfast: 8-11 a.m. May 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: $7.