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Summer fair, jamboree and support for cancer fighters

TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD/FILEThe Mississippi Coast Coliseum Summer Fair will offer food, fun and plenty of family entertainment through June 19.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD/FILEThe Mississippi Coast Coliseum Summer Fair will offer food, fun and plenty of family entertainment through June 19. SUN HERALD

On Thursday, the Summer Jamboree will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jones Park's Barksdale Pavilion in Gulfport. The community gathering designed for children and adults with special needs will offer games, activities, refreshments, train rides, a photo booth, bounce houses, face painting and hands-on activities, along with snowballs and frozen pops to keep attendees cool. Details: 868-5881.

Also at 10 a.m. Thursday, the Pink Heart Funds will host a Bald and Beautiful class at the Healing Room in Gulfport, and a Women's Inspirational Networking session will follow at noon. Founder JoAn Nicely and the Pink Heart Funds' services hope to assist newly diagnosed cancer patients. Participants will learn what happens to their hair and hear about the side effects of medications. Topics include eyebrow techniques, headwraps and other tips, and free products will be offered.

At noon, the Women's Inspirational Networking session begins with a luncheon and prayer. Most of the women who contribute to this group are cancer survivors which helps the patients relate. These groups are for children as well. On Thursday evening, the Pink Heart Funds will present the Third Thursday Jam at the Hope Chest in Long Beach. Activities will include food and music by Bluegrass Hand Pickers. Artists, potters, jewelry makers and plant vendors will be supporting the event. A portion of vendors' earnings will go to support the Pink Heart Funds organization, which inspires and encourages women battling cancer and hair loss disorders.

The Summer Fair has returned to South Mississippi at the Coast Coliseum in Biloxi and will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday. This annual family-friendly adventure features rides, live music, shows, contests and other entertainment. Admission is free for children 11 and younger, but it's also free for adults Sunday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday admission is $5 for ages 13 and older. Details: 594-3700.

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