Saints Alive! They’re here for the weekend

The big Saints weekend has arrived.

As many as a thousand youngsters ages 6 to 15 will have a chance to take part in the Saints Kids Experience Saturday at MGM Park and then on Saturday night the park hosts the inaugural Saints Hall of Fame Road Show, a collection of Saints memorabilia.

Events kicked off today with a Saintly golf tournament at Fallen Oak Golf Course. (To see photos, click here.)

Rickey Jackson, Morten Andersen, Bobby Hebert and Deuce McAllister headline a lineup of nearly two dozen Saints Hall of Famers, stars and current players.

The Saints Kids Experience training camp, limited to two groups of 500 youngsters, takes place Saturday from 10 a.m to 1 p.m., and the Saints Hall of Fame Road Show is in the stadium beginning at 6 p.m.

Fans attending the Road Show will be able to interact with the players, getting autographs and photos, and bidding on several unique silent auction items autographed by Saints head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees. The Lombardi Trophy the Saints won in Super Bowl XLIV and other special mementos from the Saints Hall of Fame will be on display during the Road Show at MGM Park.

The Saturday morning camp is $10 per child, ages 6-15, and is limited to the first 500 at each of two sessions: 10 and 11:30. Adult tickets are $15. Tickets to the Road Show are $20 adults and $10 children, ages 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the MGM Park box office or through Ticketmaster, which charges additional fees.
See the event flyer
See photos from the golf tournament
Reserve tickets to the Kids Saints Experience
Reserve tickets for the Saints Hall of Fame Road Show


Weekend preview: Shuckers, dinosaurs and a ‘Rebel’

Highlighting this weekend’s list of entertaining diversions, you’ll find the Shuckers hosting Jacksonville at MGM Park, a collection of dinosaurs at the Coast Coliseum and Biloxi Little Theater presenting “Rebel without a Cause.”

Elsewhere, you’ll find the search for spirits at Beauvoir (where, yes, the farm animals are back), and country crooner Scotty McCreery at the Beau Rivage.
See the complete weekend lineup


Police, Keesler squadron gather for prayer service

About three dozen members of the Biloxi Police Department and representatives of the military police at Keesler gathered today on the steps of the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center to answer the call for prayer from Dallas Police Chief David Brown.

Pastor Lindsey Robinson of St. Paul United Methodist Church offered a prayer and called for support, unity and respect during the six-minute service, sparked by police shootings Thursday in Dallas. Flags, incidentally, have been lowered to half staff at all government offices through Tuesday.

Said Biloxi Police Chief John Miller: “The members of the Biloxi Police Department and, I believe, all the people of Biloxi answer the call and stand in solidarity with the men and women in the Dallas Police Department and with the people of Dallas.”
See photos from the gathering


News and notes

Police hiring, etc.:¬†You can learn about the rigorous hiring process used ¬†by the Biloxi Police Department in this week’s City Desk podcast, along with news about the¬†affordable housing proposal in east Biloxi. To listen to the¬†program, recorded this morning at City Hall, click here.

City action affirmed: A Harrison County Circuit Court judge has affirmed the city’s decision to vacate a portion of Fayard Street near Thuy Land Pawn Shop, ¬†and dismissed the appeal of the owners of the pawn shop, which is on Bayview Avenue, across from IP Casino Resort Spa. To read the ruling, click here.

Streets and sidewalks: Work on the new sidewalks on C.T. Switzer Drive is expected to take longer than expected because of secondary agreements now being required by CSX. Meantime, CenterPoint reports that installation of gas lines will keep Irish Hill Drive detours in place through at least next weekend. To see the overall Traffic Report, with links to traffic cams, click here.

City Council: The next scheduled meeting of the Biloxi City Council will be July 19 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the east Biloxi housing proposal, followed a regularly scheduled afternoon meeting at 1:30.

Public meetings: To see the lineup of Biloxi municipal public meetings, along with available agendas, click here.