Main Street ushers in 2013 with ‘Finally Friday’

Biloxi Main Street is hosting its first-of-the-month Finally Friday this evening from 4 to 8, with music by Rhythm and Rain and other entertainment along the Rue Magnolia.

Downtown businesses are offering extended hours, reduced prices and those who drop by will have a chance to win $500 in gift cards. Entries are available at participating downtown businesses.

To read more, click here.

Beauvoir: Passing the baton from Christmas to Mardi Gras

Christmas at Beauvoir launches its final weekend with the Coast Big Band Featuring David Delk and singers Monica Boudreaux and Kate Rushton this evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

It will be your last weekend to stroll beneath the brightly lit live oaks, or tour the Christmas-bedecked home, sample dishes from the Half Shell Oyster House, or let your children take part in arts and crafts such as Mardi Gras mask-making.

On Sunday evening the celebration moves from the west Biloxi landmark to the downtown site of the Mardi Gras Museum – with a parade, no less.

See details on the big finale by clicking here.

Meantime, it’s a Saturday morning parade of runners

Gulf Coast Carnival Association, the organization that has been the standard bearer for Mardi Gras since 1908, hosts a 5-K run and one-mile fun run Saturday morning in east Biloxi.

They’re calling it a Maascar-style event where costumed runners also can enjoy jambalaya, drinks, a costume contest and other entertainment afterward.

Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. at the Dr. Frank Gruich Sr. Community Center, 591 Howard Ave., with the walk beginning at 9 a.m. A registration fee will be charged.

Details: Nancy Rogers, event coordinator, 432-8806 or 861-1478.

The complete lineup: You can see the weekend’s complete entertainment lineup – with details on public ice skating and concerts by Michael Crimm and Hard Rock – in online listings provided by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau. Just click here.

News and notes

Webcasting: This week’s webcast is a look back and a look forward, plus a redux of this week’s City Council meeting. To listen to the 15-minute program, click here.

Road work: To see the latest on road work throughout the city, as reported by the city’s Public Works Department, click here.

Young Special Olympians: The Young Athletes Training Camp will begin Jan. 12, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Donal Snyder Center in Biloxi. This event will help challenged children (ages 2-7) with games so they will be ready to participate in the Special Olympics when they turn 8. Each child will need to attend a minimum of 8 Saturdays. Volunteers also are needed to assist the youngsters with the games. Details: