See free Sunday evening show by Tops in Blue

Tops in Blue, an all-active duty U.S. Air Force special unit made up of
talented amateur performers, is putting on a free show Sunday at 7
p.m. at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Doors open at 6:15

Tops in Blue is one of the oldest and most widely traveled
entertainment groups of its kind. The group of 35 to 40 of the talented
vocalists, musicians, dancers and technicians performs for military personnel and their families throughout
the world. In fact, the enormous popularity of the group has also made them
America’s goodwill ambassadors around the globe.

And Keesler’s own Senior Airman Emmanuel Maldonado Rosario, 81st Dental
Squadron, is part of the 2012 world tour.
For background on Rosario, click here.

Visitors Center hosts exhibit by young artists Saturday evening

The Gulf Coast School of Art is going to take you through a historical journey with “Come Together: The Colours of Civil War,” an exhibit on Jan. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Biloxi Visitors Center.

The exhibit will feature a collective and conceptual twist to the nation’s first modern war through a collaboration of artwork designed to fit a 36×48 exhibit canvas.

Gulf Coast School of Art students have spent months of research and educational resourcing to prepare for the public showcase.

In conjunction, period-garbed Sons of Confederate Veterans will be on hand with exhibits and cuisine to represent the Civil War era.

Tickets are $15 if purchased today, or $20 at the door. Call GCSA at 228 216-7858.

Elsewhere this weekend: To see the entire list of entertainment this weekend, courtesy of listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Election 2013: An early primer

The exact locations of the ward lines may still be in flux, but everything you need to know about the upcoming city elections – at least, at this point – is now on the city website on the Voter Info page.

Election 2013Just click on the Election 2013 icon on the front page of the website to visit the Voter Info page, where you also find a list of candidates that will be updated as needed. Those interested in running for public office have until March 8 to file their paperwork at City Hall.

The city, meantime, continues to await word from the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the proposed new ward lines. Until then, Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker is filing paperwork using the existing ward lines and advising potential candidates about the possible change in ward lines.

To see background on that issue, an election timetable and a list of candidates who have filed paperwork with the municipal clerk as of today, click here.

Survey team to work north and south of Popp’s Ferry bridge

A survey crew from the city-contracted engineering firm Brown, Mitchell & Alexander will be in the blocks north and south of the Popp’s Ferry bridge over the next several weeks and through March. The work is part of the preliminary steps in the project to design a new Popp’s Ferry bridge.

The survey team will consist of two to three technicians wearing safety vests. They will be identifying and confirming the locations of utilities, drainage lines and drainage patterns. They also will make temporary markings in the roadways at key areas of the project area.

In limited instances, the survey team may have to enter private property. Advance notice will be given in those cases.

A postcard is being sent to property owners on Popp’s Ferry Road, from Pass Road to the Margaret Sherry library next week.

News and notes

Webcasting: Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols discusses pressing topics and attempts to explain complicated issues in this week’s edition of the City Desk webcast. To listen to the program, , click here.

City Council: The next scheduled meeting of the Biloxi City Council will be Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Traffic update:
To see the status of roadwork through the city, courtesy of the Traffic Update compiled each weekday by the Public Works Department, click here.