Steele headlines Peppermint Pops; other holiday news and notes

Recording artist Shayna Steele, who cut her performing teeth before Biloxi audiences, will be featured this evening in the Gulf Coast Symphony’s Holiday Peppermint Pops performance at the Saenger Theater in downtown Biloxi.

The evening of seasonal music, a symphony tradition, will begin at 7 p.m. and also will feature the Gulf Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra. For ticket information: 896-4276.

Among the headliners in Biloxi casino resorts this weekend: The All-American Rejects & Taking Back Sunday and the Kenny Rogers Christmas Show at the IP, the Village People and Gloria Gaynor at the Beau Rivage, and Bowfire at the Hard Rock.

To see the lineup of weekend activities, as compiled by the Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

New Huffmaster calendar highlights Biloxi

Just in time for Christmas shoppers comes a new calendar featuring whimsical renderings by Elizabeth Huffmaster with a decidedly Biloxi flavor.

Magnolia Printing & Copying, known for its colorful calendars featuring artwork by the popular Coast watercolorist, offers a 2010 calendar, “The Boating Life,” with — for the first time — prints of the artwork.

Prints feature Coast boating scenes, including several from Biloxi: The Blessing of the Fleet, the Biloxi Schooner, Smokin’ the Sound and Grasshopper Island.

Huffmaster’s artwork is printed on 16×20 extra-heavy 100# cover stock. The limited-edition prints are priced at $20 each, or purchase the entire set of 14 for only $200. Prints are available exclusively through Magnolia Printing & Copying in Gulfport.

For information, call Magnolia at 228-864-4401 or to see the entire set, courtesy of Magnolia’s Facebook fan page, click here.

News and notes

Council preview: More than three dozen items are on the agenda for the City Council’s meeting on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Among the issues: first reading of 11 ordinances to update the city’s building code, second reading of ordinances regarding the discharge of firearms on the Biloxi and Tchoutacabouffa rivers, and a measure to confirm the appointment of John Miller to head the Biloxi Police Department. To see the agenda and available resolutions, click here.

Video gallery: A new link in the city’s online Photo and Video Gallery gives direct access to a growing number of YouTube videos of city events and projects. To see the online Photo and Video Gallery, click here.

Traffic update: For a look at how road construction is impacting traffic throughout the city, click here.