Weekend preview: More ‘Hairspray,’ fishing tournaments, and more

“Hairspray” continues its community theater run at Center Stage this weekend, and you’ll find fishing tournaments for adults and children at Point Cadet, with another full line-up of entertainment at Biloxi’s casino resorts.

For instance, there’s singer-songwriter Brian McKnight at the Hard Rock, Paul Revere and the Raiders at the IP, and Fata Morgana continues its run at the Beau Rivage.

Meantime, don’t forget it’s Finally Friday in downtown Biloxi, with live entertainment from 5 to 8 near at Margaret Tremmell Peresich Park, where Rhythm & Rain will perform, and at French Kiss Pastries, Davis & Sax will appear.

Weekend preview: To see the overall weekend entertainment lineup, as compiled by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Coming up: To see this month’s community calendar, as compiled by the city’s Downtown Services office, click here.

Salvation Army re-dedicates Yankie Stadium Saturday, and you’re invited

It has been the place where generations of families watched up-and-coming grid-iron stars from Biloxi, Notre Dame, Mercy Cross, Nichols and even Pitt. It’s where a young A.J. Holloway was tossed from a football game before he could even defend himself against rival Gulfport players. It’s where James Brown performed, and it’s where thousands have attended annual MLK celebrations.

It’s our own Yankie Stadium.

The Salvation Army re-dedicates the community landmark this Saturday morning at 9, and you’re invited. To read more, click here.

Council to discuss ward lines, budget, and Katrina properties in trio of meetings

Members of the Biloxi City Council will have three meetings on Tuesday, and they’ll cover a wide array of topics during the morning and afternoon: elections and ward lines for 2013, spending plans for 2013, and more than two dozen measures that deal with the plight of Katrina-damaged properties.

All of the meetings will be at City Hall and are open to the public.

Councilmembers will gather at 9 a.m. to discuss the proposed new ward lines, which are supposed to be in effect for the 2013 municipal elections. Immediately after the re-districting meeting, the first budget hearing for the FY 2013 spending plan will be held.

Then, at 1:30 p.m., the city council faces an agenda laden with Katrina-related issues, primarily a continuation of hearings for those commercial properties that were damaged by Katrina, and other issues involving on-going rebuilding projects.

Also on the agenda: an appeal of a case in which the Planning Commission unanimously approved a zoning change to allow apartments to be constructed on 22.74 acres of property on Popp’s Ferry Road, east of Taylor Oaks subdivision and west of Tommy Munro Drive.

To see the complete agendas for all three meetings – along with available supporting documents for the more than 60 measures — click here.

News and notes

Flag day: The city has re-installed its eight flags display at the foot of the Rue Magnolia, south of Mary Mahoney’s and across from the Hard Rock and Beau Rivage. The display, which flanks the Rue Magnolia bus stop, features eight of the prominent flags that have flown over Biloxi since it was established in 1699. The flags represent the French, English, Spanish, Republic of West Florida, U.S. Stars and Bars, Mississippi State Magnolia, Confederate First National, and Mississippi.

Webcasting: Featured on this week’s City Desk webcast are a review of the hugely successful Hank Williams Sr. production at the Saenger Theater and a review of the impact of 20 years of gaming. To hear this week’s program, click here.

Traffic update: For a look at the major public construction projects now underway throughout the city and how they may impact traffic, click here.

Ring! Ring! Goes the Bell: Schools in the Biloxi Public School District have their first day of class on Monday. Expect heavy traffic and an increased police presence on streets near the city’s four elementary schools, junior high and high school. To learn more about Biloxi Public Schools, click here.