Weekend and council previews; other news and notes

Among the things to see and do this weekend are the Gulf Coast Garden & Patio Show at the Coast Coliseum, Grand Funk Railroad at Beau Rivage, Frankie Valli at IP, Eric Burdon & The Animals at Hard Rock, and a one-man show, “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy,” also at the Hard Rock.

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

Edgewater Mall welcomes back Sears

Sears Automotive Center will re-open its doors at Edgewater Mall this weekend, representing a $2 million, state-of-the-art automotive center covering 14,000 square feet.

Mall Manager Terry Powell said the store will open its doors at 8 a.m. on Saturday, occupying its same, pre-Katrina footprint.

The Sears progress, incidentally, is only one of the moves Edgewater Mall has in the offing. On March 4, the new Books-a-Million location will open in the mall, boasting 13,800 square feet. The bookstore will have its formal grand opening celebration in mid-March.

For more on Edgewater Mall, which offers a million-square feet of retail in a climate-controlled environment, click here.

Mayor to honor Irish on Tuesday

Mayor A.J. Holloway will proclaim March as “Irish Heritage Month” during the Biloxi City Council meeting on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

The annual proclamation by Holloway will be followed by a brief soiree to introduce the Hibernia Marching Society parade royalty for the 2010 St. Patrick’s parade.

The council’s agenda features eight measures, including resolutions to hire a contractor for refurbishment of the fire museum and exterior of the Swetman House, and resolutions to update work on the Point Cadet and downtown civic center.

To see the complete agenda, click here.