Children’s Health and Safety Fair set for Saturday

The Fall Into Health and Safety Children’s Health Fair, focusing on ages up to 5, takes place Saturday at the Family Resource Center, Lopez Elementary School, 140 St. John Avenue.

From 9 a.m. to noon, children and their parents will be able to enjoy free health screenings for vision, hearing, dental, physical growth and speech and language development.  Children also will be able to get a flu shot.

A safety area will be set up so to provide safety information and tips for the home, in the water, on bicycles and in the car. 

Sponsors for the event are Biloxi Excel By 5, City of Biloxi, Merit Health, Coastal Family Health Center, IP Casino Resort and Spa, Biloxi Public Schools, Medical Analysis, Magnolia Health, and United Health Care.
See the flyer


Seafood museum to usher in new Hall of Fame class

Individuals who have helped shape the seafood industry on the Mississippi Gulf Coast will be honored this weekend with induction into the Heritage Hall of Fame.

The ceremony, hosted by the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Museum, 115 First St., and will include the induction of 44 men and women.

“These men and women came from many countries, looking for opportunities, committed to family and tradition, with an overwhelming will to succeed,” Museum Executive Director Robin David said.  “The stories of each of these men and women tell the story of over 300 years of history, culture and heritage.”

Categories include Boat Captains, Commercial Fisherman, Boat Owners; Seafood Processing Companies; Industry Tradesmen; and Boats. 

Inductees, family and friends are invited to attend the ceremony. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Names of the inductees will displayed in the museum’s library, on the museum’s second floor. 

The Heritage Hall of Fame was established in 2014 by the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum.  The museum itself was established by the city in 1986 to preserve and interpret the maritime history and heritage of Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  It accomplishes this mission through exhibits, educational events and hands-on activities both outdoors and on the water. 
See the list of inductees
Visit the museum website



New Alex North calendar to be unveiled Sunday

The Biloxi Visitors Center will host the unveiling of well-known Coast photographer Alex North’s 2017 Heaven’s Gateway Calendar on Sunday.

The event, which takes place from 2 to 4 p.m., will be in the Visitors Center lobby, where North will sign autographs.

A native of the Gulf Coast, and an avid outdoorsman, gardener and photographer, North says, “my main subject matter is our God-given natural surroundings and the wildlife that call it home.  I try to capture things you don’t see, be it a stunning sunrise, Osprey fishing, or a bloom opening.  My goal is to capture it as it happens and share it with you through photography.”

The calendars are available for $12 each and refreshments will be served during the unveiling.

The Biloxi Visitors Center, open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., also houses a gift shop where Alex North prints and books are available for purchase.
See a calendar preview


News and notes

First Friday: The Biloxi Main Street continues its First Friday series on Friday with #ArtontheRue in downtown from 5 to 8 p.m.  A pop-up park, giveaways and shopping specials will be part of the festivities.  To see the flyer, click here.

Council meeting photos:  To see nearly a dozen photos for the Biloxi City Council meeting Tuesday  at Biloxi City Hall, click here

The week that was: To see last week’s activity in the departments of Fire, Police and Community Development, click here.