Weekend entertainment: Downtown arts, museums and more

Gallery 782, the art co-op just north of Mary Mahoney’s Old French House Restaurant, marks its third anniversary with a free reception this evening, one of a host of events in the weekend entertainment lineup.

The 782 soiree, which runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m., will feature hundreds of dollars worth of door prizes and discounts on the works of more than three dozen artists.

Elsewhere this weekend, you’ll find concerts by REO Speedwagon, the Goo Goo Dolls, Ronnie Milsap, and a pairing of the Flash Cadillac and the Gulf Coast Symphony.

To see details on these events and more, courtesy of listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Webcasting: Biloxi Historic Administrator Bill Raymond discusses Gallery 782, the Biloxi Fire Museum and updates other downtown doin’s in this week’s City Desk Webcast. To listen to the 17-minute program,
click here.

Biloxi Fire Museum to kick off new season

Biloxians and visitors to the city will celebrate the 120-year history of the Biloxi Fire Department on Saturday when the Biloxi Fire Museum launches a new season.

The museum, formally known as Biloxi’s West End Hose Company No.3 Fire Museum, is open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is located on Howard Avenue, a block east of Porter Avenue, at 1046 Howard Ave., in a 1930s-era fire station.

The museum contains exhibitions of many historic photographs and antique fire equipment that document the 120-year history of the Biloxi Fire Department. It traces the history of the fire department from its humble origin as an all-volunteer group to today, when it is recognized as one of the best-trained and best-equipped departments of its size.

To take a photographic tour of the fire museum, click here.

Council to meet Tuesday morning, afternoon

The Biloxi City Council has two public meetings on Tuesday: a 9:30 a.m. meeting to discuss re-districting, and a 1:30 p.m. meeting that will include the first reading of a measure to ban smoking in most public places.

No vote will be taken on the smoking issue, but citizens will have the opportunity to comment on the issue. A vote could be taken at a subsequent council meeting.

Among the other issues on the afternoon agenda on Tuesday: requests for more than $25,000 in funding for boys and girls baseball and softball leagues; approval of duplex or four-plex apartment buildings on Rue Palafox, Althea Street and at Couevas and Division streets; $34,000 in computers for use in the police department; and resolutions involving public works in west Biloxi, at the Popp’s Ferry Causeway and at the commercial docks.

To see the complete agendas and available resolutions for both meetings, click here.

News and notes

Party at the Point: The planned “Party at the Point” is the focus of one of the topics on WLOX’s News This Week Saturday at 6 p.m., with an encore airing Sunday morning at 6:30. For details on the Party at the Point itself,
click here.

Traffic update: For the latest on streets and drainge work throughout the city, click here.

You Tube: There have been more than 33,000 viewings of the city’s You Tube page, where you’ll find more than two dozen videos of note, even including local music videos. To see for yourself, click here.

And finally: The Biloxi Chamber of Commerce has unveiled the first in a series of video clips about how to pronounce the city’s name. To see the initial 30-second opus, starring former Chamber President Bruce “Hollywood” Marie, click here.