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This Week events in South Mississippi: April 4-10

Practical self-defense program: 5 p.m., St. Martin Public Library, 15004 LeMoyne Blvd. Learn safety and protective measures for defense with common-sense tactics geared for women seniors. Details: 392-3250.

French Club Women's Auxiliary meeting: 6 p.m., 182 Howard Ave., Biloxi. Details: 436-6472.

American Legion Post 1992 Ladies Auxiliary meeting: 6:30-7:30 p.m., 3824 Old Spanish Trail, Gautier. Details: 497-6422.

A Revelation Story -- Past, Present and Future: 7 p.m. April 4-5 and 7, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 9, 7 p.m. April 11-12 and 14, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 16, 7 p.m. April 18-19 and 21, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 23, 7 p.m. April 25 and 11 a.m. April 30, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Hospitality Resort Management Center, 420 DeBuys Road, Biloxi. Topics include the Rapture, Judgment Day, the Sabbath and the Seven Last Plagues.

TUESDAY

Preschool Storytime: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Ina Thompson Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview St. Led by LaDonna Sims. She will tell stories and offer crafts. Details: 475-7462.

Author and Characters: 11:45 a.m., Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library. Features Oliver Chase and "Levant Mirage." Details: 467-5282.

Book signing: 6-7:30 p.m., Pass Books/Cat Island Coffeehouse, 300 E. Scenic Drive, Pass Christian. Nationally syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson will sign copies of "The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge." In cooperation with Tired Dog Rescue, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing dogs, $5 from the sale of every copy of the book sold during the event will be donated to the organization. Books may be reserved or purchased if you cannot attend by calling 222-4827.

Bienville Toastmasters: 6:30 p.m. April 5 and April 19, Boomtown Biloxi Casino, second-floor Welcome Center. For those interested in learning oral presentation and leadership skills. Details: 235-5046.

WEDNESDAY

Coffee Talk with Cree Cantrell: 10 a.m., Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Learn about financial markets and investing. Details: 374-5547.

Rotary Club of Ocean Springs annual Scholarship Pancake Day: 7-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., Ocean Springs Civic Center, East Mississippi 90. Cost: $5 per person. Children under age 3 eat for free. Supports scholarships for Ocean Springs and St. Martin High Schools graduating seniors. Details: 806-2274.

Block Printing: 7-10 p.m., Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs. Class size is limited. Cost: $35. Designed for ages 18 and older. Details: 872-3164.

THURSDAY

Fourth annual Fair Housing Workshop: 10 a.m.-noon, Jackson County Civic Action Committee Head Start, 3301 Spruce St., Pascagoula. Workshop includes topics on fair housing basics and enforcement. Details: 938-6639.

Maurice Sendak-themed art show reception: 6-8 p.m., Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs. Adult art show and reception. Costumes strongly encouraged. Details: 872-3164.

Long Beach LIVE: 6:30 p.m., Harper McCaughan Town Green, 301 Jeff Davis Ave. Features the Starz Band. Details: 380-8535.

"Dreams and Legends": 7-10 p.m., Beau Rivage Casino and Resort, Biloxi. Annual fundraiser presented by the WINGS Performing Arts Program of the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, Gulfport. More than 300 young actors, singers, musicians and dancers will perform. Details/tickets: 897-6039 or lmdc.org.

NAACP Freedom Fund awards banquet: 7 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, Pascagoula. Speaker: Attorney Constance Slaughter-Harvey of Forest. Details: 762-9692.

FRIDAY

Biloxi Black Beach Weekend: April 8-10, Coast Convention Center. Features live performances, car and bike shows, awards, Twerkfest, beach-towel throwdown and more. Details: 594-3700.

Gulf Coast Yacht and Boat Show: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 8-9 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 10, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 15-16 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 17, Gulfport Harbor. Race and poker run boat exhibits, concert and bikini contests each Friday night, kids beach and fishing ponds, demonstrations and tournaments. Details: 941-780-0538.

Community knitting classes: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays through April 22, Ocean Springs Municipal Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Led by Maryanne Anthony. Learn how to knit scarves to be distributed to veterans in VA hospitals through the World War II Museum Project in New Orleans. No experience needed. Space limited. Details: 875-1193.

Fried fish dinner: 5 p.m., 546 Klondyke Road, Long Beach. Cost: $11 adults and $7 children. Hosted by the Southern Star Masonic Lodge.

Steak night: 6 p.m. April 9, 16, 23 and 30, Biloxi Elks Lodge 606, 1178 Beach Blvd. Cost: $18 rib-eye and $20 T-bone. Live entertainment. Details: 374-0606.

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

Dinner at JD's Freedom Grill: 6-8 p.m., American Legion Post 1992, 3824 Old Spanish Trail, Gautier. Cost: $9 shrimp or catfish. Details: 497-6422.

Friday night dinners: 6-8 p.m. April 8, 15, 22 and 29, French Club of Biloxi, 182 Howard Ave. Cost: $8-10. Live entertainment. Details: 436-6472.

Test and Tune: 6-10 p.m., Gulfport Dragway, 17085 Racetrack Road. Cost: $25 car and driver and $10 spectators. Free admission for children 10 years and younger.

Songs from a Little Beach Town: 6:30 p.m. April 8 at Grand Magnolia Listening Room, 3604 Magnolia St., Pascagoula and 6:30 p.m. April 9 at Garage Mahal, 122 Court St., Bay St. Louis. Features Keith Sykes. Lynn Drury will open the show. Cost: $20 for both shows. Limited seating series.

"The Producers": 7 p.m. April 8-9, 2 p.m. April 10; 7 p.m. April 15-16, 2 p.m. April 17, Gulfport Little Theatre, 2600 13th Ave. Tickets: Adults, $15; seniors and military, $12; students and children, $10. Note: Due to content and language, parental discretion is advised. Reservations recommended/details: 864-7983 or gulfportlittletheatre.org.

Friday-night dinner dance: 7:30 p.m. April 8, 15, 22 and 29, Amour Danzar Ballroom, 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. C

Family movie night: 7:30 p.m., Harper McCaughan Town Green, Long Beach. The featured movie will be "Max." Free admission. Presented by Long Beach Community Development Association. Details: 297-6166.

"The Rose Tattoo": 8 p.m. April 8-9 and 2 p.m. April 10, Bay St. Louis Little Theatre, 398 Blaize Ave. Cost: $15 adults, $10 seniors, veterans, military and students and $8 children younger than 12. Details: 467-9024 or bsllt.org.

SATURDAY

Seabee Day: 9 a.m., Naval Construction Battalion Center, 4902 Marvin Shields Blvd., Gulfport. Carnival rides, car and truck show, games, food and wing-eating contest, military demonstrations, vendors and musical guests.

Dedication of Pershing Square: 10 a.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs.

Jim's Saturday Morning -- Beignet Party: 10 a.m., Joe Graham Post 119, American Legion, 12320 Ashley Drive, N. Suite A, Gulfport. Four beignets and two cups of coffee for $5. Details: 206-3201.

Swamp Storytelling: 10 a.m., Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur St., Moss Point. Features storyteller Guinea Gumbo. Children-friendly. Details: 475-0825 Ext. 4.

27th Avenue Market: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, between 13th Street and 14th Street, downtown Gulfport. Features local growers and artists. Details: 596-2496.

Food Market Day: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Pershing Square dedication at 10 a.m.

Preschool program: 10:30 a.m., Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Cost: $5 per person and $10 per family. Features Kathy Burns and her tales. Details: 818-2878.

When the Stork Drops In: 11 a.m., Biloxi Public Library, 580 Howard Ave. Presented by Genealogy Library Program. Program about genealogy research on children from birth to early school years. Details: 435-4613.

Gulf Coast Music Festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Beauvoir -- The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library, 2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Fundraiser for homeless veterans. Vendor space available. All ages. Details: 669-7859.

Auditions for "Man of La Mancha": 2 p.m., Randolph Center, 315 Clark Ave., Pass Christian. Presented by Pass Christian Theatre Project. Production is in June. All roles are available including men and women ages 14-70. Pepare a one-minute selection of a Golden-Era Broadway song.

Watercolor Notecard workshop: 2 p.m., Ocean Springs Municipal Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Led by Rhonda Richmond. Designed for ages 12 and older. Supplies provided. Details: 875-1193.

Experiencing Life's Transitions with Intention: 2-5 p.m., River Rock Yoga, 2429 W. Commerce St. Suite C, Ocean Springs. Cost: $35, $30 early bird before March 26. Led by Bill Savage, practices and teaches Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness. Details: 365-3191.

Book signing: 4-6 p.m., Gourmet Gallery, Bay St. Louis. Features J.E. Matthews.

Crawfish boil: Noon-5 p.m., Biloxi Elks Lodge, 1178 Beach Blvd. Live entertainment. Details: 374-0606.

The Detectives: 6 p.m. cocktails and 7 p.m. show "Down the Drain," Salute Italian Restaurant, Gulfport. Cost: $55.

Shrimp po-boys: 6:30-8 p.m., Ocean Springs Elks Lodge, 2501 Beachview Drive. Cost: $10. Served by Ritual Team.

Fourth annual Pass Wine and Food Festival: 6-8:30 p.m., 5267 Menge Ave., Pass Christian. Cost: $30 per person and $35 night of event. Must be 21 years and older. Presented by Pass Christian Chamber of Commerce and Oak Crest Mansion Inn. Details: 604-0014.

SUNDAY

VFW Post 6731 breakfast: 8-11 a.m. April 3, 10, 17, 24, 4321 W. Gay Road, D'Iberville. Details: 392-1152.

River City Quilters demonstration: 3:30-7:30 p.m. April 10-14, Ina Thompson Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview St. Programs scheduled: Fashion a Bow, Make a Beach Ball and Create a Hand Print and Seasonal Scarf. Registration suggested. Details: 475-7462.

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