Comedy, music and art highlight weekend

The weekend lineup of entertainment includes performances by Joan Rivers, Cyndi Lauper and Ronnie Dunn, the Funambula show at the Beau, a coin show at the Civic Center, and a sneak preview of three new exhibitions, including work of Frank Janca, at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art.

To see the details on these events and the complete lineup for this weekend, as compiled by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Excellent fun: Biloxi Excel By Five is inviting children up to age 5 to “Trip to Wonderland” on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Lopez School, 140 St. John Ave. Children can participate in hands-on activities and visit with Alice in Wonderland characters. For details, click here.

Looking ahead: To get a sneak preview for the month of July, courtesy of the city’s monthly Community Calendar, click here.

Inauguration ceremony is Monday afternoon at Civic Center

Mayor A.J. Holloway and the seven members of the Biloxi City Council will be sworn in during a public ceremony Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the Biloxi Civic Center. A reception also will be held immediately after the ceremony.

To see the program for the affair, click here.

Then on Tuesday afternoon, the newly installed leaders will have their first City Council meeting. Among the measures before the council during the 1:30 gathering are election of a council president and vice president, confirmation of city department directors, appointment of council clerks, and several other issues.

To see the complete agenda for the meeting, click here.

Webcasting: Issues du jour, Kenny Glavan and a Hurricane Hunter

Kenny Glavan, one of five new Biloxi councilmembers who will take office on Monday, discusses his inspiration for entering politics and his goals as a councilmember in this week’s City Desk program.

You’ll also have a chance to hear from Master Sgt. Brian Lamar of the world-renowned Hurricane Hunters.

To listen to the program, click here.

Partents, now is the time to get ready for school registration

Registration for Biloxi Public Schools is now less than a month away, and parents should be gathering the necessary documents needed for an easy registration.

Biloxi Public Schools will hold registration Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, at the school the student will attend. The first day of school is Tuesday, Aug. 6; those who do not register on time will not be able to attend the first day of school.

“We’ve worked to make it as easy as we can by putting as many forms as we can online,” said Jermaine Brown, director of Student Services for Biloxi Public Schools. “I encourage all parents to go to the website and fill out the Student Information Sheet. Fill it out online, print it and bring it with you. That will help move things along at registration. Another thing to do is make sure you have what you need in the way of residency requirements, vaccinations and the forms you’ll need if you are a tuition student. Everything you need to know is right there on the web site.”

State and federal education authorities are continuing to make sure local school districts are properly enrolling students, Brown said, so it is important for parents to have the documents in hand for registration.

“Proof of residency is a big issue,” Brown said. “We cannot take third-party affidavits. Parents must show two current proofs of residency at the time of registration. Among the two types that are allowed are either a utility bill (water, gas, electric), a driver’s license or state-issued identification card listing present address, automobile registration or mortgage documents or property deed, apartment or home lease. It’s important to have two types, not just two utility bills.”

The Registration page: To visit the Biloxi Public Schools registration page, where you can find detailed registration information, click here.

Attendance zones: Students in Grades 9 to 12 will attend Biloxi High School, and students in Grades 6 to 8 will attend Biloxi Junior High School. To see which elementary school zone you are in, click here.

News and notes

Rocket Man: To see more than a hundred photographs from the Isaiah Canaan draft party Thursday night at the Biloxi High School Sports Arena, click here.

Cheerleading: The Biloxi High School Cheerleaders 2013 Mini Cheer Clinic, open to ages 4 to 12, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Biloxi High Sports Arena. Read more and get a registration form by clicking here.