Weekend preview: Seniors, swimming and ‘Frozen’

The weekend kicks off with a nod to senior citizens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the East Biloxi Senior Center, the newest feature at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art.

Today from 4 to 6 p.m., seniors and interested individuals will gather for a reception to learn more about the city which is housed on the second floor of the City of Biloxi Center for Ceramics on the Ohr campus. The new center is a collaborative effort of the city and Harrison County.

It will offer seniors activities – crafts, games, field trips — weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Monday.


Get ‘Frozen’ this evening at Hiller Park

Disney’s animated movie “Frozen” will be shown for free in Hiller Park this evening, the centerpiece of a family affair that will include games, contests and a “Frozen” character costume contest. The games and contests begin at 5:30 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and carnival fare also will be available for a nominal fee.


Swim meet continues at Natatorium

Swimmers from four states will be competing again Saturday and Sunday in one of the largest swimming meets ever held at the Biloxi Natatorium.

The 6th Annual Splashin’ the Coast swim, which began today and resumes Saturday at 8 a.m., features nearly two dozen teams, representing Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Tennessee.

The meet is open to the public with free admission and concessions will be available.

The Natatorium is at 1384 Father Ryan Ave.


Meantime, elsewhere on the entertainment front

Saltoriya, the theatrical circus show at the Beau Rivage continues its summer run, while Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo appear at the Hard Rock, the Summerland Tour stops at the Golden Nugget, and the Doobies tribute China Grove performs at Margaritaville.
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Development report: A million-dollar week

The Community Development Department issued another million dollars in permits this week, according to the weekly development report.

This week’s column updates the status of a new women’s center, the new Waffle House, the new apartments on Popp’s Ferry Road, the new upscale RV park, the new Reef Restaurant and the new Wal-Mart Neighborhood store
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South Caillavet work looks to be another month

Paving should be complete this afternoon or Saturday morning on the intersection of Howard Avenue and Caillavet Street, but work on the section of Caillavet Street south of Jackson Street will not be completed for at least another month.

While the majority of the work involves infrastructure upgrades for MGM Park at Beau Rivage, a 16-inch water line, part of the city’s ongoing post-Katrina infrastructure work, is yet to be installed across the south end of Caillavet. The line will run just north of U.S. 90, and underground boring will not begin until July 7.


News and notes

Webcasting: Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols discusses the issues du jour in this week’s City Desk webcast, a 10-minute production recorded this morning. To listen, click here.

Council agenda: The City Council meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Biloxi City Hall. The agenda for the meeting will be posted  on the city website later today. To check, click here.

No DRC: The Development Review Committee, which reviews new commercial construction in Biloxi, is not scheduled to meet next week. To see previous agendas, click here.