Now serving: Fire museum luncheon now underway

The all-volunteer Biloxi Fire Museum and volunteers from the fire department are now hosting a barbecue luncheon to raise funds to purchase gift cards for storm victims in the Breezy Point, Rockaway, and Staten Island areas.

The luncheon, which began this morning and runs through 2 p.m. at the fire museum, features a menu of a Gator Bomb Sandwich (alligator sausage, barbecue pork, and cole slaw on a bun) or a
barbeque pork sandwich, with potato salad and baked beans. Tea is provided for those who dine at the museum.
Details: (228) 324-7461.

Print the flier: To print a flyer about the barbecue luncheon, click here.

Weekend preview: Big Band at Beauvoir, ice at Beau, ‘Nutcracker’ at Saenger

TV’s Karen Abernathy joins with Monica Boudreaux, David Delk and the Coast Big Band to headline a concert this evening at “Christmas at Beauvoir.”

The show begins at 6:30, and is part of the holiday attractions at Beauvoir – the tour of the Christmas-festooned home, visits with Father Claus, tens of thousands of lights adorning dozens of majestic oaks, the trackless train, games for children, and more.

To see more about Christmas at Beauvoir, click here.

Meantime, if you miss Delk and Abernathy at Beauvoir, you can catch the singing duo and a host of other talented Coast performers in SNACS, the Saturday Night At Center Stage offering this weekend.

To see the complete lineup of entertainment for this weekend — which includes details on the Holiday Ice Spectacular at the Beau, Brandon Bennett’s Elvis show at the Hard Rock or the Nutcracker at the Saenger — click here.

Raising Cane’s breaks ground at Edgewater Mall

Raising Cane’s, the popular restaurant that specializes in chicken fingers, is already touting its still-under-construction Edgewater Mall location on its web site, even though it’s still a few months from opening.

The Baton Rouge-based franchise, with more than 140 restaurants in 17 states, broke ground last week at the former O’Charley’s site and is aiming for a March opening.

Edgewater Mall Manager Terry Powell adds that the mall welcomed children’s clothing outlet Crazy Eight last week, will see McDonald’s begin construction after the first of the year, and has a 6,500-square-foot Mens Warehouse locating between Sears and Books-a-Million in January.

The mall is “enjoying a robust year,” Powell says, pointing to the Walmart super center a block away from Edgewater Mall as a catalyst for the renewed interest. And, of course, there’s the mall’s million square feet of retail in a climate-controlled environment. “Adding new shops,” Powell says, “is just going to create even more synergy in this area.”

The Cane’s location, meantime, will join locations in Orange Grove and Pascagoula. To visit the Raising Cane’s web site, click here.

News and notes

Webcasting: Christy Lebatard, a city engineer who coordinates the city’s stormwater management efforts, tells what you can do to help improve drainage in your neighborhood and protect the environment in this week’s City Desk webcast. She also updates work on the seafood museum and waterfront park, harbor bait shop and other projects. To listen to the program, click here.

Council meeting: The Biloxi City Council has its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at City Hall. The online agenda will be posted later this afternoon or Monday morning, pending the return of state capital-visiting Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker.

Road work: To see the status of major road improvement projects throughout the city, click here.