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Books, beer, barbecue and baseball offer indulgent week

Gulfport first baseman Gage Clark dives for a ground ball as Harrison Central’s Dillon Morgan breaks for second in April 2015.
Gulfport first baseman Gage Clark dives for a ground ball as Harrison Central’s Dillon Morgan breaks for second in April 2015. ttisbell@sunherald.com File

The week ahead will feature a book discussion for men, a traveling sports exhibit and a books-and-supplies giveaway for the kiddies in South Mississippi.

An all-male Beer and Books Cigar Chat will take place today at Cigars in the Pass from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Author Erik Larson will discuss his book “Dead Wake.” Beer will be available for purchase. Details: 452-4596.

From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, the grand opening of “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, will open at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport. There will be a pep rally led by the Gulfport High School Marching Band and a tailgate barbecue for college and university students to celebrate their home teams. Visitors can show their team spirit by wearing their favorite team apparel. The Smithsonian exhibit offers images, videos, objects and personal reflections, gathered from teams around the country. It will be on display for seven weeks.

Books and school supplies

From 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, a Book Jamboree and School Supply Giveaway is planned at the Handsboro Community Center. Free books, games, readings, food and more are on the agenda. Children can compete in Hula-Hoop and dance contests and enjoy activities like face painting and tattooing. City and state officials will also read from books while dressed as some of the characters.

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