Tuskegee Airmen, Arbor Day Run highlight weekend

You’ll have a chance to speak with members of the Lawrence E. Roberts Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Sunday afternoon at the Saenger Theater before a screening of the 1995 HBO movie “The Tuskegee Airmen.”

The Q&A with the airmen begins at 2 p.m. and the movie itself begins at 3 p.m. The free program is part of the community’s Black History Month observance.

This year’s program is focusing on African-American military and civilian legacies at Keesler. Members of the Roberts chapter also were featured during a program at the Biloxi Civic Center on Thursday night. The chapter is named for the former Pass Christian resident who was a member of the elite group of African-American pilots in the 1940s who were pioneers in equality and integration of the Armed Forces.

To print a flier about the Sunday program, click here.

Elsewhere this weekend: The city’s Arbor Day Run, which also promotes awareness of the disabled, takes place Saturday at the Biloxi Town Green. Registration begins at 8 a.m. At Edgewater Mall, you’ll find a motorcycle show and sand sculptures, and public ice skating and professional hockey at the Coast Coliseum. For details on these events and more, courtesy of listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Webcasting: Inside the Biloxi Police Department at Mardi Gras

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller reviews the Biloxi Police Department’s preparations and response to Mardi Gras and insight he captured while surveying Fat Tuesday events from the air in this week’s City Desk webcast. You can listen to the program by clicking here. And to see dozens of aerial photographs of downtown Biloxi on Mardi Gras Day, click here.

News and notes

City Council meeting: The city’s Community Development Department will ask the City Council to declare eight more storm-ravaged properties blighted and in need of remediation during the council meeting on Tuesday afternoon. The issue is among more than two dozen items on the agenda for the meeting, which begins at 1:30 at City Hall. To see the agenda and supporting documents, click here.

Marathon woman: City employee Daliance Kirkland Ross will be honoring her late grandmother and raising money to fight the illness that claimed her life when she competes in an upcoming marathon. To learn about her latest effort and how you can help, click here.

Grow Smart: Parents of children up to age 5 should be interested in two of the upcoming Grow Smart programs. The first focuses on the child’s classroom development and the second offers a chance for your youngster to learn the basics of basketball. To read more information on the two programs — which are free for Biloxi residents — click here.