Weekend preview: Christmas fare at community theaters, casinos and churches

Two community theater efforts top the weekend’s lineup: “It’s a Wonderful Life – The Musical!” a Bob Smith-directed show at Biloxi Little Theater; and “The Boogie Woogie Christmas Show,” a David Delk-directed production at Center Stage.

Elsewhere, you’ll find the 22nd annual presentation of the Singing Christmas Tree at First Baptist Church on Popp’s Ferry; Jeff Foxworthy at the Beau Rivage; a Graceland Christmas at Hard Rock, and Christmas Greek Style! at the Greek Orthodox Church on Beauvoir Road.

For details on these events and others — listings courtesy of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau — click here.

News and notes

Council preview: The Biloxi City Council faces an agenda of more than three dozen issues when it meets Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Municipal Building. Among the items on the agenda: approval of proposed updates to various sections of the building code. To read the complete agenda and available resolutions, click here.

Longevity pay: Biloxi’s long-serving municipal employees are sharing in more than $818,000 in longevity pay included in City of Biloxi paychecks issued today. The program, designed to foster employee retention, provides $15 per month for each year of municipal service, payable either each payday or, in most cases, as a lump sum in the first paycheck in December. Lump-sum payments in this year’s $1.14 million program range from $45 to $7,320.

Holiday music: The Michel, Biloxi Junior High School Strings and Biloxi High School Orchestra will be performing their annual Winter Holiday Christmas Concert at the junior high school auditorium this evening beginning at 6. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will include music from the motion picture “Polar Express,” “Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Ave Maria” with guest Harpist Sarah Livingston.

Military night at Sports Arena: Uniformed military personnel will be afforded free admission at this evening’s basketball games against Hancock at the sports arena on the Biloxi High School campus. The JV girls game begins at 4; JV boys at 5; varsity girls at 6, and varsity boys at 7:30 p.m. The free admission is part of “Military Night at the Arena,” which will also feature a special halftime salute. Incidentally, to see the complete Biloxi Public Schools athletics schedule for December, click here.