Excel by 5 and Santa to host annual holiday affair

The Biloxi Excel By 5 Community Coalition will host its annual holiday event, “Come Learn with Santa,” on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at Lopez School, 140 St. John Ave.

Children age 5 and younger will have a chance to make handprint keepsakes, decorate Christmas ornaments, and take pictures with Santa. A host of other age-appropriate activities also are planned.

From 11:25 a.m. until noon, children can read, sing, dance, and snack with Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves and reindeer.

The event is free and is sponsored by Biloxi Excel by 5, the City of Biloxi, Biloxi Public Schools and the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino.

Biloxi children to receive calls from Santa

Pre-schoolers, kindergarteners and those up to the second grade can receive a call from Santa Claus and his Elves again this year through the city’s “North Pole Calling” program.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is working with the Biloxi High School Key Club and the Biloxi JROTC to make the calls on the evenings of Tuesday, Dec. 18 or Wednesday, Dec. 19. Edgewater Mall is a co-sponsor of the event.

Parents must provide background information about the child and schedule the time for the call.

To see the reservation form, which must be received by Friday, Dec. 14, click here.

Details: (228-388-7170) or programs@biloxi.ms.us

In Biloxi, Santa wears a badge

The Biloxi Police Department is once again partnering with local businesses and organizations to help the needy in in “Santa Wears a Badge” program.

In the program, less fortunate children in Biloxi are provided toys at Christmas.

Families receiving toys must live within the Biloxi city limits, must not be registered with any other agency, and children must be no more than 12 years old.

To register for the “Santa Wears a Badge” program, contact the
Biloxi Police Department, Community Relations Division, (228) 385-3033 or at communityrelations@biloxi.ms.us.

The deadline for registration is Dec 18.

To print a poster about the program, click here.

City plans special Christmas, New Year’s Eve parties

The City of Biloxi has two holiday events planned for special needs residents of all ages – a Christmas party on Dec. 21 and a New Year’s Eve celebration.

Snacks and door prizes will be available at both events, which will be held at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center.

Admission to the Christmas party is an unwrapped Christmas present with a value of no more than $10, and the New Year’s Eve party is free.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Cheryl Bell at cbell@biloxi.ms.us or at (228) 388-7170.

To print posters about both events, click here.

Photos, comments from retirement party

A crowd of about 300 people attended the retirement party honoring Municipal Clerk Brenda Johnson and Director of Administration David Staehling Tuesday evening at the Biloxi Visitors Center.

To read comments made by Mayor A.J. Holloway and Staehling,
click here.

To see dozens of photos from the gathering,
click here.

To see photos from the City Council meeting earlier in the day Tuesday, click here.