Kayak race, ‘Forever Plaid,’ concerts top weekend

A parade of pink paddlers will be on the water between Ocean Springs and Biloxi Saturday morning when the second annual Pink Paddle Race travels from the Ocean Springs Yacht Club to the Biloxi Yacht Club.

The one-mile kayak race, which draws attention to the Pink Hearts fund, is one of several events taking place this weekend.

You’ll also find Cliff Thompson and Co. in the revival of “Forever Plaid” at Center Stage, a VW and antique cruise-in at Cedar-Popp’s Shopping Center, and more.

Among the headliners on casino resort stages this weekend in Biloxi are Air Supply at the Hard Rock, Mickey Gilley at the IP, and the continuing run of Funambula at the Beau.

To see details on these shows and others – courtesy of online listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau — click here.

August preview: August is just around the corner, and the city’s Community Calendar is brimming with events. For a sneak preview of the calendar, click here.

Parents, there’s still time to register for Biloxi Public Schools

If you missed registration at Biloxi Public Schools this week, you still have time.

Best time to register at this point is between 8 and noon weekdays at the school your child will be attending.

However, you must register no later than July 31 in order for your child to be able to attend the first day of school, which is Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Those registered after July 31 won’t be able to attend class until Friday, Aug. 9.

Speed up the process: You can make your registration experience quicker by filling out a few forms online now. To complete an online application to see if your child qualifies for free or reduced school meals, click here. You can save even more time by completing the student information sheet, printing it and bringing it with you to registration. To begin filling out the form, click here.

Where to register: 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.

White Pillars: A cyberstep into history

The White Pillars is now open – online anyway.

COMVEST Properties, the firm marketing the west Biloxi restaurant to potential operators, quietly rolled out a website that allows virtual tours of the historic showplace, while showcasing its history and restoration.

Says Wendy Barthe Peavy of COMVEST: “We’re continuing to market the project to qualified potential operators, though not as aggressively as one might assume. Mr. John’s passing means the family’s attention is required elsewhere. While we were pleased the renovations moved quite quickly, we’re comfortable with our pace in selecting a tenant-operator, though our many fans on Facebook are clamoring for Eggplant Josephine before the end of the year!”

To visit the White Pillars, click here.

News and notes

Webcasting: Ward 2 Councilman Felix Gines, who also served as acting mayor for a few days this week, guests on this week’s City Desk webcast. To listen to the program, which also features Chief Administrative Office David Nichols and the city’s public affairs manager, click here.

A capitol visit: Mayors Holloway and Hewes were in Washington, D.C. this week, seeking to convince Congress and federal leaders to re-think the proposed rate increases for flood insurance. To see the comments from the leaders of Biloxi and Gulfport,click here.

The list: The city’s Community Development Department has released its updated list of development either completed, under construction, or under discussion. To see the compilation, click here.

The photos: To see dozens of photos from the City Council meeting on Tuesday, click here.

The schedule: The City Council’s next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 1:30 p.m. The series of budget workshops at City Hall will begin in mid-August, dates and times TBA. Meantime, the official portraits of councilmembers, from inauguration day, have been posted online, on the respective council pages, which also include contact info and biographies. To see links to the individual councilmember pages, click here.