Prayer observance to take place at noon

The city’s National Day of Prayer observance will take place today at noon on the front steps of City Hall.

Theme for the observance, the country’s 58th annual ceremony, is “Prayer, America’s Hope.”

Mayor A.J. Holloway will read a proclamation proclaiming today as “National Day of Prayer” and representatives of several denominations will gather for the cermeony, which is expected to take about 30 to 45 minutes.

Blessing of the Fleet coming up in June

A number of special events have been announced surrounding the 80th annual Blessing of the Fleet and Shrimp Festival, which takes place Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7.

The lineup:

— Unveiling of Blessing of the Fleet Poster, Wednesday, May 13, 5 p.m., Bond-Grant House, Howard Avenue.

— Past royalty reception, Friday, June 5, Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum pier.

— Biloxi Schooner Race, Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m., in channel between Biloxi Small Craft Harbor and Isle of Capri.

— Mass of the Blessing, Saturday, June 6, 4 p.m., St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Point Cadet.

— Fais Do-Do and Coronation of the Shrimp King and Queen, Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Biloxi Town Green.

— Blessing of the Fleet, Sunday, June 7, 2 p.m., in channel east of Biloxi Small Craft Harbor.

For more information – including applications for queen contestants and vendors –
click here.

News and notes

Recreation: The city’s Parks and Recreation Department has a number of special events and other programs coming up in the next several weeks, including swim lessons, a seniors health fair, and Hershey’s Track and Field. To see details on these events, click here.

Traffic: The city’s Public Works Department has the latest on how major road projects are impacting traffic. To see the daily Traffic Update, click here.

School days: Biloxi Public Schools has announced the calendar for the 2009-2010 school year. To see it, and read more about the school system, visit