Christmas caroling planned downtown and at Beauvoir

Two Christmas sing-alongs are planned for this holiday weekend. The first is tonight, as part of Main Street’s weekend-long downtown celebration, and the second is on Sunday, providing a musical sendoff for Father Klaus’s last weekend at Beauvoir.

The downtown affair takes place this evening from 5 to 7 at Margaret Tremmel Peresich Park, at the corner of Jackson and Rue Magnolia. Holiday refreshments and song sheets will be provided.

Then on Saturday, merchants of downtown Biloxi will host a Santa’s workshop at Peresich park Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Details: Biloxi Visitors Center at 228-374-3105 or Main Street Biloxi at (228) 435-6339.

Meantime, at Beauvoir, it’s Father Klaus’s final weekend

Christmas at Beauvoir runs through Jan. 6, but tonight organizers of the holiday-long affair kick off a blockbuster weekend to mark the final weekend with Father Klaus.

Tonight, it’s pianist John Westley, vocalist Kate Rushton, trivia with Grey Reno, and a performance by The Billy Goat Boys Band. Then on Saturday, you can take photos with Tinus, Father Klaus’ Friesian Stallion, or see performances by Delta Reign Band or The Next Level Performing Arts Studio Christmas Show. Civil War author Tim Isbell will be on hand signing books, too.

And then on Sunday, Soli Deo Gloria Ensemble will perform, followed by a rousing round of community Christmas caroling.

Of course, you’ll also find all the usual frills at Christmas at Beauvoir: the tour of the period-garbed home, visits with Father Klaus, tens of thousands of lights adorning dozens of oaks, the trackless train, games for children and more.

Learn more about Christmas at Beauvoir by clicking here.

Elsewhere this weekend: You’ll find hockey and public ice skating at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, the Holiday Ice Spectacular at the Beau Rivage Theater, Tony Orlando at the Hard Rock, the “Nutcracker” at the Saenger, Latin dancing at the west Biloxi club A Tango Y Salsa, and more. See details on the weekend entertainment lineup, courtesy of listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, by clicking here.

See Miss Mississippi now at Biloxi Visitors Center

Marie Wicks, Miss Mississippi, is at the Biloxi Visitors Center now through 5 p.m. signing copies of her children’s book, “Myope: The Tale of a Lion and a Pair of Reading Glasses.”

Wicks, who is from Ocean Springs, will be competing for the title of Miss America in January.

Help her become a finalist: The Miss America Organization is allowing you to vote for a finalist at the 2013 Miss America Competition, which takes place Jan. 12 in Las Vegas. To watch Miss Mississippi’s three-minute video — filmed at locales across the state — and then vote for her, click here.

Police Department announces promotions, awards

Jim Adamo and Mike Wills, two lieutenants in the Biloxi Police Department, were promoted to captains this morning in an awards ceremony at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center.

Adamo works in the administrative division, and Wills heads the special crimes division. Adamo and Wills were top two scorers in a 200-question promotions examination administered by the city’s Civil Service Commission. The department, which has 119 sworn officers and 50 civilians, now has six police captains.

Other awards presented this morning by Biloxi Police Chief John Miller:

— Officer of the month for July 2012: Inv. Michael Brown

— Officer of the month for August 2012: Officer James (Mitch) Roberts

— Officers of the month for September 2012: Officers Michael Melasecca and Aaron Allen

— Officer of the Third Quarter 2012: Inv. Michael Brown

— Supervisor of the Third Quarter 2012: Sgt. Ronald Lessner

— Letter of commendation: Thomas Jackson, School Crossing Guard

— Letter of commendation: Tommy Searight, Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department.

See the photos: To see photos from the ceremony this morning,
click here.

Biloxi Public Schools: Plenty of awards, plenty of photos

The Biloxi school board witnessed a parade of award-winning students and dedicated parents during this month’s school board meeting, which took place earlier this week.

To see the latest events in Biloxi schools – including a creative CREATE class at Gorenflo Elementary School, and dozens of photos from the school board meeting — click here.

News and notes

Webcasting: Hear the weekend preview and the latest on Biloxi issues du jour in this week’s City Desk webcast. To listen to the 12-minute program, click here.

Council meeting: The next scheduled meeting of the Biloxi City Council is Jan. 2, a Wednesday, at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall. The online agenda will be posted.

Road work: To see the status of major road improvement projects throughout the city, click here.