Baseball gets in full swing Saturday

“Our Love Affair with Baseball,” the Ohr-O’Keefe’s new multi-media exhibition chronicling the history of baseball on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, wraps up its first week Saturday with a day of children’s events and a 1 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., showcasing a campus-wide exhibit that features a collection of six World Series rings, a chronicle of the Biloxi Shuckers inaugural season, the Negro League’s Biloxi Dodgers, memorabilia highlighting a host of local Major League stars, and a host of artifacts from private collectors.

“The Whiffle ball batting cages are set up and ready to go for a day of batting practice,” says Kevin O’Brien, director of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. “When you consider those cages, along with the video games, and the documentaries about the Shuckers and the Dodgers, plus all of the great baseball collectibles, we really do have something for everyone.”
Learn more about ‘Our Love Affair with Baseball’
See photos from the inaugural Friday luncheon series


Weekend preview: Huge crowds in downtown

Just about the time the “Baseball” is winding down for the day Saturday, hundreds of people are expected to begin gathering on the Town Green for the kickoff of Police Week.

The activities will begin at 3 p.m. on the Town Green, where a bounce house and activity booths will be set up.  At 4:30 p.m. a fallen officer ceremony will take place with the honor guards from Biloxi and Gulfport Police departments.  The inaugural Fallen Officer Memorial 5k will begin at 6 p.m.  The 800 runners and walkers Рregistration is closed Рwill navigate a course lined with blue lights.

Elsewhere this weekend: Biloxi Little Theater presents “Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” IP hosts Loretta Lynn, Smokey Robinson’s at the Beau Rivage, and Our Lady of Fatime hosts its International Spring Festival.

Over at MGM Park, the Shuckers wrap up a five-game homestand this evening with the Jacksonville (Fla.) Suns, not to be confused with the non-existent Jackson Suns mentioned in a Bmail earlier this week. The game begins at 7:10 p.m.
See the entire weekend lineup


Sewer work to begin in Holly-Bluff/Cedar Lake area

The City of Biloxi will hold a public meeting on Wednesday to let residents know about the pending installation of sewer service in the Holly Bluff and Cedar Lake areas.

The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Bay Elementary School Gymatorium, 1825 Popp’s Ferry Road.

Employees from the City Engineering Department, engineering firm A. Garner Russell & Associates, and contractor Jay Bearden Construction will be on hand to answer questions about the addition of a sewer to the area.

The  yearlong project, which begins Monday, May 30 will see sewer installed on Holly Bluff Circle, Cedar Lake Road north of Interstate 10, Silkwood Lane, Easy Lane, Summer Cove and Spring Drive.

Details: 228-435-6269


News and notes

Senior Olympics banquet: Registered athletes and their family members will take a time out from the Mississippi Senior Olympics this evening for a Celebration of Athletes Banquet.  The banquet beings at 6 p.m. at the Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave. To learn about the games themselves and how you can watch, click here.

Podcasting: This week’s City Desk podcast makes note of a mayoral milestone, discusses the¬†latest on infrastructure, previews Police Week events and welcomes Cecilia Dobbs Walton, the city’s new public affairs specialist. To listen to the program, click here.

City Council: ¬†The Biloxi City Council meets Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at City Hall. ¬†Among the issues on the agenda: A progress report on the Popp’s Ferry Road widening project, and the refinancing of city bonds to save as much as $2.3 million in interest payments. To see the complete agenda and supporting documents, click here.

Wade-in roll call: To see photographs from this week’s Preservation in May event, which told the story of the beach wade-ins in the late ’50s and early ’60s,¬†click here.