Bunny events on the move, plus your weekend preview

The Excel by 5 “Hop the Trail to Bunny Land” planned for the Town Green on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon will instead be in the Biloxi Civic Center on Howard Avenue.

Parks and Recreation Director Sherry Bell, a member of the Excel by 5 Coalition, said the Town Green is saturated from heavy rainfall over the past several days.

The free event, which is open to ages 5 and below, will offer fun hands-on activities for children, and parents will be able to take their child’s photograph with Bunny Rabbit.

The event is sponsored by Biloxi Excel by 5 Coalition, the city, and Biloxi Public Schools.

For additional information, please contact Susan Hunt 228-297-6808, susan.hunt@biloxischools.net or Sherry Bell 228-435-6296, programs@biloxi.ms.us

Hunting for dry weather: The Easter Egg hunt scheduled for Saturday on the Town Green has been postponed until Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m.

More weekend fun: George Lopez, The Doobie Brothers, and the 60th rendition of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Spring Pilgrimage dominate the weekend entertainment lineup – and you’ll find plenty of bugs at Edgewater Mall, VW bugs, that is. For details on these events and a host of others, click here.

You can be part of ‘Whad’Ya Know’ Biloxi events next week

When Mayor A.J. Holloway presented his State of the City address back in February, he said Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast would have several opportunities this year to tell their story on a national stage.

One such occasion presents itself next week when Michael Feldman’s “Whad’Ya Know” radio program broadcasts from Biloxi to a national audience of nearly a million listeners.

Fans will have a chance to meet Feldman and the show’s cast on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Biloxi Visitors Center. Catering for the soiree will be provided by Gulf Coast chef Rob Stinson. Cost to attend is $45, and proceeds will benefit the Friends of MPB, a group that supports Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Those interested in attending should contact MPB at 601-432-6565 or email michelle.whittington@mpbonline.org

Then on Saturday, Feldman’s wildly popular “Whad’Ya Know” — 990,000 listeners on 220 radio stations across the nation – will be in the Saenger in downtown Biloxi.
The show begins at 10 a.m., but those attending must be seated by 9:30 a.m. (MPB carries the program on Sundays at noon.) Tickets for the Saenger show are $30 and available at brownpapertickets.com, or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

News and notes

River stages: You can check the status of area rivers online in the Storm & Flood Preparedness section of the city’s web site. To go there now, click here.

City Council preview: The City Council will be asked next week to amend the contract on the Popp’s Ferry promenade project and add another six properties to the Katrina-blighted list, including the White House Hotel. To see the agenda for the council’s meeting on Tuesday, click here.

Are you a queen? The Biloxi Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet — May 31-June 3 this year – is now accepting applications for contestants for the Shrimp Queen contest. To learn more about the qualifications and to see a link to learn more about the Blessing and annual Shrimp Festival, click here.

Seafood museum look: When the Biloxi City Council gave its OK Thursday morning for the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum to take the next step toward construction, it was a chance for the public to get its first look at the latest conceptual drawings. To see two views, click here. And, meantime, Mayor A.J. Holloway, while acknowledging the value of promoting the city’s heritage and history, sounded a cautionary tone on potential costs of the new museum. To read his observations, which were published Thursday morning, click here.