Coast Events Mar 15-18:

Downtown Pascagoula is the spot for the only St. Patrick's Day Night Parade. It kicks off at 7:30 Friday night.

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Celebrate the Luck of the Irish at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center with a Family Cooking Class Friday night at 6pm. Have fun making a special Irish day craft and maybe finding the Pot of Gold. Bring your camera to capture memories of the night. Oh..Don't forget to wear your green!  Menu includes: Leprechaun Taco Roll Ups, Somewhere over the Rainbow fruit kabobs, Pot of Gold punch and Shamrockin Pudding. 

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What: 2019 USM SeaPerch Challenge

WHEN: Saturday, March 16. 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Biloxi Natatorium -1384 Father Ryan Ave, Biloxi, MS 39530

SPECIFICS:  USM’s School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE) is hosting the 2019 SeaPerch Regional Challenge at the Biloxi Natatorium. SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. This year, 12 teams from Mississippi and Louisiana will compete in an obstacle course, an underwater challenge and a presentation on their ROV design. Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. The 2019 USM SeaPerch challenge acts as a regional qualifier with the winning teams having a chance to compete in the national SeaPerch challenge.

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Computer Basics clinic offered at Gautier Library

The Gautier Public Library will offer Computer Basics for Adults on Saturday, March 16 and again Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the library computer area.

Take advantage of these free clinics at the library where computer novice users can get one-on-one basic computer and Internet skills training from community volunteers. Learn to complete online job applications, apply for government and medical benefits, sign up for e-mail or Facebook, or maybe learn to video chat with friends and family. Whatever computer help is needed, these free clinics will help. 

Those attending should bring a laptop, tablet or use the public computers. Call the library for information 497-4531 or to sign up.

The library is located at 2100 Library Lane next to the college campus.

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The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its 30th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show on Tuesday, March 19th at the Civic Center in Pascagoula. The show will be open from 10 to 4 p.m. The ribbon cutting is 9 a.m. in the Fair Hill. Keynote speaker is Mr. Glenn McCullough, Jr., Director of the Mississippi Development Authority. 

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Join us Thursday, March 21st from 5:30 – 7:00 PM for the opening reception of Visionary Builder: CARROLL B. ISHEE in the Ocean Springs Museum of History at the Mary C.

Mississippi Gulf Coast contractor & developer Carroll Ishee (1921-1982) can be viewed as an artist whose medium was brick, concrete, lumber, and glass crafted into buildings set thoughtfully in unmolested natural landscapes. His houses draw from concepts commonly found in the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, mid-century modern design, and Japanese homes. The exhibit will cover his entire career, with an emphasis of his most notable period of work between 1964-1980.

This exhibit is done in collaboration with support and funding from the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area, and funding appropriated by the Mississippi Legislature 2018 Tidelands Trust Fund, through the Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann, and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. This exhibit is made possible by the efforts of the Ishee family, local architects, photographers, and residents of Ishee homes. Lectures, tours, and discussions will be a part of this exhibit in the coming months.

Free to the public, refreshments will be served.

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Celebrate the 67th Spring Pilgrimage with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Council of Garden Clubs, Inc. During Pass Christian's Pilgrimage day-Wed., March 27th, from 1-4pm, the City Hall Complex will be on display . The Pass Christian Art Association will have a special whimsical Spring themed show on display in the library meeting room at that time: "Fairies, Gnomes & Creatures of the Garden". The art show will be up Monday, March 18 through April 13. Join us for refreshments and fun prizes such as garden flags, art prints, books, seed packets, garden gloves, kites, and small plants given to random guests wearing florals, a hat or sunglasses, a child in costume, painted toenails, carrying an umbrella.

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11th Annual Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival Set for March 30 at Gulf Park Campus

The smooth sounds of local jazz and blues musicians will soon fill the coastal air as The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park Campus hosts its 11th Annual Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, March 30, 2019. From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., on the South Lawn of the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, festival attendees can expect to enjoy live music performances; art, products and food; and family- and child-friendly activities during this year’s festivities. “The Jazz and Blues Festival is the largest, community-centered event that we host on our Gulf Park campus,” said Steve Miller, Vice President for the Gulf Park Campus. “We enjoy welcoming family, friends and visitors from across the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the southeast region to our beautiful beachfront campus for this annual event.” New additions to this year’s festival include an Eagle Fever online crowdfunding project, a Jazz and Blues Art Competition, an interactive children’s village, and musical performances by local high school jazz bands. Eagle Fever, an online fundraising tool operated by the USM Foundation, provides an opportunity for individuals to donate online to the Gulf Park Scholarship Endowment Fund. All net proceeds from the Jazz and Blues Festival will support scholarships for Gulf Park campus students. To make a gift to the Gulf Park Scholarship Fund, visit eaglefever.usm.edu/gulfpark. “This new Eagle Fever fundraising campaign makes the Jazz and Blues Festival more special and important since funds raised during this month-long campaign go toward scholarships specifically for Gulf Park campus students. Contributions can be made online the entire month of March, and we hope to reach our fundraising goal by March 30 – the day of the festival,” added Miller. The inaugural Jazz and Blues Art Competition will celebrate visual art representing the spirit of the festival and the Gulf Park campus. Interested contestants can submit entries until March 20. The overall winning artwork will be the featured artwork for the 2020 Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival. Additional information on the art competition can be found online at usm.edu/gulfcoast/jazz-blues/art-competition-and-activities.

For the first time in the festival’s history, local high school jazz bands from Gulfport, Long Beach and St. Stanislaus will perform at the event.

The musical line up for the 2019 Southern Miss Jazz and Blues Festival is as follows:

Main Stage

·10 a.m. – Noon, Coast Big Band

·12:45 – 2 p.m., Jamell Richardson and Hi Def Soul

·2:30 – 4 p.m., Stooges Brass Band 

Side Stage

·Noon – 12:45 p.m., St. Stanislaus High School Jazz Band

·2 – 2:30 p.m., Long Beach High School Jazz Band

·4 – 4:30 p.m., Gulfport High School Jazz Band

More than 40 vendors will be on site at the event, offering arts and crafts, information, and food and beverages throughout the festival grounds. 2019 Southern Miss Jazz and Blues festival T-shirts and posters will also be available for purchase during the event.

Student organizations at the Gulf Park campus will offer a number of children’s activities, including carnival games, a dunk tank and a bounce house. Families and children will also have an opportunity to take part in the inaugural interactive village, featuring USM’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Polymer Science, Nursing, and Criminal Justice programs, along with external partners Lynn Meadows Discovery Center and the Humane Society of South Mississippi.

Representatives from the Long Beach Fire Department and Long Beach Police Department will bring a fire truck and police car, and American Medical Response (AMR) will have an ambulance on hand for children and families to interact with during the festival.

The 2019 Jazz and Blues Festival is made possible by a number of community partners and sponsors. Golden Eagle sponsors are Eley, Guild, Hardy Architects and The Gazebo Gazette. Gold sponsors are Lamar Advertising, Salute, and Warren Paving. Silver sponsors include the City of Gulfport, City of Long Beach, Dickie and Nancy Dunaway, Gulf Coast Veterinary Emergency Hospital, Hancock Whitney, Mainspace Office Solutions, Mississippi Power, and PrideStaff. Bronze Sponsors are Cable One, Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, MGM Beau Rivage, and Neel Schaffer. Other festival supporters include Coca-Cola.

The USM Gulf Park campus is located at 730 East Beach Boulevard in Long Beach. For more information on the 2019 Jazz and Blues Festival, visit usm.edu/jazz-blues or email jazz.blues@usm.edu.

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IP CASINO RESORT SPA and thirty-two will host the 10th annual Winemakers Tour. This exceptional wine tasting event, featuring winemakers and proprietors from around the world, will be held on Friday, April 5 from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Featuring more than 80 wines, the wine-tasting event will host winemakers and winery proprietors on-site to pour and discuss their selections. Held in IP’s ballrooms located on the 3rd floor of the casino, the event will feature exceptional exposure to a variety of wines and delicious complimentary bites, such as assorted cheeses, fruits and other hors d’oeurves. Featured wineries include A-Z Wineworks, Darioush, Biale Vineyards, Elderton Wines, Pedroncelli Winery, K Vinters, Saddleback Cellars, PlumpJack, Odette and Cade Wineries, Tyrell’s Wines and more.

Tickets are $85 per person and available for advanced purchase at IP CASINO RESORT SPA at both thirty-two and Essentials Gift Shop. Tickets are also available at Maisano’s Fine Wine in Ocean Springs, Miss.; and Drinx Wine & Liquor Warehouse in D’Iberville, Miss. Must be 21 or older to attend the event. For more information, please visit www.ipbiloxi.com or call (228) 436-3000 ext. 3232.

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36th Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

Tuesday April 16, 2019

The citizens of Biloxi are invited to join Mayor Gilich and Biloxi City Council Members in recognizing outstanding volunteers in the community for their leadership, service and commitment at the 36th Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony.

The ceremony will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at the Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Avenue. Invitations will be sent to all nominators and nominees. Special awards will be presented to individuals for outstanding volunteer of the year in these categories: health, community, arts and history, education, military, nonprofit organization, youth, sports, and adult and youth volunteer groups with one overall winner selected as Distinguished Volunteer of the Year. Awards will also be presented to organizations and businesses for their community service.

If you are interested in nominating a volunteer that you feel is worthy of this special recognition, please complete a nomination form online at www.biloxi.ms.us. Be sure to write a complete narrative and include a picture of your nominee volunteering. Fill out all information; nominations that are not complete will not be considered. Forms must be emailed or dropped off to the Downtown Services office by Monday, April 1, 2019. Nominations will be reviewed and winners selected by a committee of Biloxi citizens. Everyone nominated will be recognized with a certificate of achievement.

If you have any questions on the 36th Annual City of Biloxi Volunteer Recognition, please call Downtown Services Manager, Kay Miller at 435-6339 or email kmiller@biloxi.ms.us.  

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