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Memorial Day weekend delivers live action, summer bash for the youth

Biloxi Chapter of Phi Alpha BetaL-R: Michael Miller, Cornell Travis, Patricia Davis, Anthony Hill, Shawn Dorrough, Kenny Campbell and Felix Gines. Second row: Nate Culbreath, Anthony Anderson, Taquino Brumfield, Freddy Wright, Frank Bridges and Chris Williams
Biloxi Chapter of Phi Alpha BetaL-R: Michael Miller, Cornell Travis, Patricia Davis, Anthony Hill, Shawn Dorrough, Kenny Campbell and Felix Gines. Second row: Nate Culbreath, Anthony Anderson, Taquino Brumfield, Freddy Wright, Frank Bridges and Chris Williams

On Saturday, Biloxi will be featured with an school's out celebration by the Phi Alpha Beta fraternity. The fraternity has worked to motivate and empower the lives of black young men for years. Last year, its First Golf Tournament generated money to award scholarships to local youth. This year, Phi Alpha Beta will host its first Out of School Summer Bash from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Gruich Community Center in Biloxi.

President Shawn Dorrough and his fraternity brothers have noticed college fairs are held on the Coast; however, parents have had difficulty attending them due to work. At the bash, college information will be brought closer to them. There will be information such as admissions, alumni associations and the opportunity to network.

Dorrough can reminisce back to the 1980s when junior fraternities began coming to the Coast to meet with young men. The youth were even taken to the college campuses where they experienced step shows and other college interaction. He remembers those visits as being vital to his development, integrity and college preparation. This bash is designed for middle and high school students, and parents are also welcome. There will be music, refreshments, prizes and other entertainment. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door, which includes lunch. Details: 270-872-7759.

Friday through Sunday, the St. Clare Seafood Festival will feature 5K races, car shows, entertainment, dance teams and fireworks at the Waveland beachside church. Performers Brandon Tingstrom, Exit 13, Ross Graham, the Studio Classique dance team, Kerbside Band, Category 6, Redline and DPlay will entertain. The festival hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, and noon until 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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