Volunteers to be honored at Hard Rock concert

Volunteers Rock, a concert featuring the group Drivin’ N Cryin’ and honoring Katrina volunteers, will be staged at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Nov. 3, a day that Mississppi Gov. Haley Barbour and Mayor A.J. Holloway have declared “Volunteer Day.”

More than 500 tickets will be donated to local volunteers and organizations, and another 1,000 are being sold — $15 and $20, plus fee – through Ticketmaster and Hard Rock.

The concert is being organized as a fund-raising event by the Coast Young Professionals organization.

Council sets meeting times for next three months

With the holiday season approaching, the Biloxi City Council on Tuesday set its meeting dates and times for the next three months. Here’s the schedule for the meetings, which will be at City Hall at 1:30 p.m. and are open to the public:

November: 6, 19 and 27. (The Nov. 19 meeting is a Monday.)

December: 4, 11 and 18.

January: 2, 15 and 22. (The Jan. 2 meeting is a Wednesday.)

Weekend preview: Haunted happenings, 5K walk, ‘Love Letters’

Main Street Biloxi and tbe Beau Rivage will host the free drive-in movie “Nanny McPhee” this evening on the Town Green. The trick-or-treat festivities begin at 5 p.m., with a costume contest planned. The movie begins at dark. Those attending should bring one canned food item.

Among the other entertainment offerings this weekend are a host of haunted houses, the Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cander 5K Walk on the Biloxi Town Green, Biloxi Little Theater’s production of “Love Letters,” and more.

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

News and notes

Webcasting: Bay Press editor Gene Coleman leads a discussion about issues from Tuesday’s day of council meetings. To listen to the program, which includes a discussion about Councilman Mike Fitzpatrick’s reason for withdrawing an annexation resolution on Tuesday, click here.

On the road: City crews were able to re-open Oaklawn Road to traffic Wednesday, after heavy rainfall collapsed an aging drainage line. Meantime, city contractors continue working on repairing storm-damaged street lighting on U.S. 90 between Rodenberg Avenue and Beauvoir Road. Lights are scheduled to be re-energized within 30 days. Elsewhere on U.S. 90, MDOT crews have apparently begun rights-of-way work between Main Street and Casino Row, requiring intermittent lane closures on the north side of the state highway. To read about other road repair work underway in Biloxi, click here.

Lighthouse work: City Historic Administrator Bill Raymond says the City Council will be asked on Nov. 6 to approve a project to refurbish the storm-damaged Biloxi Lighthouse. To see photographs of the Lighthouse through the years, click here.