Toddlers can meet Santa at Excel by 5 affair Saturday

The Biloxi Excel by 5 Coalition will host its annual holiday event, “Come Learn with Santa,” Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon at Lopez School, which is at 140 St. John Ave.

Children up to age 5 can participate in a variety of Christmas-related activities, including photos with Santa, decorating Christmas ornaments, and other age-appropriate Christmas activities.

“Come Learn with Santa” is a free event, sponsored by Biloxi Excel by 5, the city, Biloxi Public Schools, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Beau Rivage Diversity Champions and IP Casino Resort Spa.

Details: Susan Hunt, 228-297-6808 or; or or Cheryl Bell, 228-435-6296 or

Cancellation: Councilmember Dixie Newman reports that the inaugural Christmas at Hiller Park, scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled because of expected inclement weather. To see the list of other city-sponsored Christmas events, click here.

Elsewhere: To see this weekend’s entertainment lineup, as compiled by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Council to hear update on Popp’s Ferry bridge, consider subdivision

The Biloxi City Council will hear an update on the progress toward a new Popp’s Ferry bridge during an 11 a.m. meeting Tuesday, and then consider nearly 20 measures during a 1:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday afternoon

Among the issues at the afternoon meeting: learning interest rates on borrowing $14 million for a citywide streets project; voting on a proposed subdivision in Woolmarket; and recognizing a trio of citizens who assisted a motorist involved in a life-threatening accident.

To see the complete agenda and supporting documents, click here.

News and notes

Weekend forecast: To see the National Weather Service forecast for this weekend, click here.

Webcasting: To hear this week’s City Desk webcast, click here.

North Pole calling: Your children can get a call from Santa or one of his elves next week, if you take a minute to sign up for the city’s free “North Pole Calling” project. But you need to do it today. click here.

Like us, love us: If you haven’t done it yet, it’s time to Like the city’s Facebook presence. To go to the page, click here.