Christmas continues at Visitors Center, Beauvoir

The Biloxi Visitors is hosting an open house featuring local arts and crafts Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with wares inside and outside the beachfront center, Christmas movies playing in the center’s theater, and free Biloxi tour train rides.

“This is a great opportunity for folks to come see our local talent and pick up some last-minute gifts,” said Biloxi Visitors Center Manager Bill Raymond. “And if you have guests from out of town, it’s a great time to bring them down to see the multi-media exhibits in the center, and take a free ride on the tour train.”

To see a flier about the Visitors Center open house, click here.

See dozens of photos: Incidentally, the Visitors Center was a beehive of activity this morning, with ceremonies to re-inter remains at the adjoining 17th century cemetery, and a gathering to re-dedicate the statue of French explorer Iberville. To see photos from the two ceremonies, click here.

See North Pole-bound Father Claus this weekend at Beauvoir

It’s your last weekend to see Father Klaus at Beauvoir before he heads to the North Pole. And this weekend, there are carriage rides under the lit oaks. To see the weekend schedule, click here.

Elsewhere: To see this weekend’s entertainment lineup, as compiled by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Meet the commander of Keesler’s 403rd Wing

Since he became the commander of the largest tenant at Keesler in September, Col. Frank Amodeo has had 160 Airmen deployed overseas, dealt with the impacts of a funding cutbacks, a government shutdown, and a tropical storm that forced the wing’s aircraft and crews to evacuate to Texas.

And it appears that 2014 will be just as challenging. Amodeo, however, says he and his troops are up to the challenge. Meet him and learn more about the 403rd in this week’s City Desk webcast.

To listen to the 13-minute program, click here.

News and notes

City Council: The next scheduled meeting of the Biloxi City Council is Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 6 p.m.

No DRC meeting: The city’s Development Review Committee, which typically meets each Wednesday morning to review proposed development, also will not meet again this year, turning the page on the 58 cases of 2013.

Weekend forecast: To see the National Weather Service forecast for this weekend, click here.