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"Just for Fun” A Special Art Exhibit Opening

“Just for Fun,” The Artwork of Rhonda Rigby, will be hanging October 1- 31, at Gallery 782 CO-Art Gallery in Biloxi, Ms. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, October 5, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., in conjunction with the Biloxi Main Street First Friday event held on same night.

A self-taught artist and longtime resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Artist Rhonda Rigby is known for her local newspaper scenes and features great detail on food paintings. Rhonda’s paintings are an eclectic mixture of happy memories, which are sure to bring a smile to your face! Part of this exhibit is a collection of caricatures of “local folks”. Come by and see who you might know on the wall of fame! You can find Rhonda’s creative art pieces at Gallery 782.

This is a not to be missed opening reception on Friday October 5, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be no admission charged, the Gallery will offer refreshments.  For more information call 228-436-7782, or visit www.gallery782.org. Gallery 782 is located at 773 Jackson Street across from the Redding House.


Another First Friday in Downtown Biloxi.  This free event is in Biloxi's Arts District off Rue Magnolia and Water Street Friday from 5-8pm.  

Long Beach Live:  Finally First Friday on the Town Green Friday from 7-10pm.  Live music, classic cars and local businesses will be open late.  

The Blind Tiger in Biloxi is having a Hurricane Florence Relief Music Festival Saturday from 6-10pm, with music all day, bounce houses and a dunk tank and members of Search and Rescue will be there to talk about what they do.  Don't forget to bring donations for rescue operations in the Carolinas.  207-5240

The Gulf Coast Military Collectors and Antique Arm Show is at the Joppa Shring Center in Biloxi from 11-6pm Saturday, and 9-4pm Sunday.  

Build a Cat Castle program offered at Pascagoula Library

The Pascagoula Public Library will offer “Build Your Cat A Castle” craft program for families on Tuesday, October 9, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Join others and enjoy what is sure to be a great hands-on program. These fluffy companions require only the finest living space. Supplies to build your cat a fun castle will be supplied or bring your own. These spaces can also be used for other small pets customized to any pet. Children under eight must be accompanied by parent or adult

Sign up today at the front desk or call 228-769-3060.

The library is located at 3214 Pascagoula Street. For more information about the library, visit the website at www.jgrls.org.


Ocean Springs Library hosts author Johnnie Bernhard

The Ocean Springs Municipal Library will host a book signing with author Johnnie Bernhard on Tuesday, October 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Local author, Johnnie Bernhard, will discuss her latest book “How We Came To Be” and her motivation for this newest literary novel. She will also have on hand copies of “The Good Girl” for purchase. For more information, visit her web site at www.JohnnieBernhardAuthor.com.

Johnnie Bernard is a former AP English teacher and journalist whose passion is reading and writing. She currently supports writers as a literary agent for Loiacono Literary Agency of Irving, Texas. Johnnie’s work(s) have appeared in the University of Michigan Graduate Studies Publications, Heart of Ann Arbor Magazine, Houston Style Magazine, World Oil Magazine, and many more.

She is the owner of Bernhard Editorial Services, LLC, where she writes book reviewer for Southern Literary Review, www.southernlitreview.com, as well as assists writers in honing their craft. In 2017, Johnnie participated as a writer in a documentary workshop for Blue Magnolia Films of Mississippi.

The Ocean Springs library is located at 525 Dewey Avenue, behind City Hall. For more information, call 875-1193.


MGCCC to host Hospitality Industry Job Fair in October

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will host a Hospitality Job Fair on Wednesday, October 24, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hospitality Resort Management Center (HRM) in Biloxi. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce is co-sponsoring the event.

“MGCCC has outstanding hospitality and culinary programs that produce high-quality students who are ready to enter and be successful in the workforce,” said Lisa Bradley, director of Business Development and the HRM. “We have been contacted by businesses indicating a shortage of employees in these fields and asking about our students. We have a pool of employee prospects on campus daily, so we wanted to put the two together. Additionally, we felt like this would be good opportunity for members of our community, so we are making efforts to reach out into the community to encourage anyone seeking a job in the hospitality industry to attend.”

The Job Fair will target hotels, restaurants, attractions, casinos and retailers. The intent is to help employers find employees for hospitality-related jobs, including seasonal work.

“October is a good time to offer the Job Fair. That’s the time of year when hospitality-industry employers start thinking about hiring seasonal labor for the holidays,” Bradley said. “This also gives our students the opportunity to gain experience in a part-time venue or even nab a full-time job.”

Workshops on such soft skills as interview prep and resume writing will be included in the event. Employers will be present with job listings for their business, and many will offer the opportunity for on-the-spot interviews.

Members of the community are invited to attend the Hospitality Job Fair and are encouraged to bring their resumes and participate in the workshops offered by local staffing agencies. Participation is free.

Businesses that wish to participate should email Lisa Bradley for information and registration at lisa.bradley@mgccc.edu.

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