Upcoming Events for Hattiesburg, Laurel and The Surrounding Areas

Mission At The Cross, a ministry dedicated to help homeless men and men with drug/alcohol addictions, is always needing various donations to run their program. The receive no money from the government and rely on those that want to help along with proceeds from Hellfighters Motorcycle Shop. For more info, you can go to missionatthecross.com or call 601-323-1460. Here are some of the donations always needed if an individual, business, church group, or organization would like to assist them:
— Hygiene items such as razors, shaving cream, deodorant, shampoo
— Men’s t-shirts, socks, underwear
— Towels, bath clothes
— First aid supplies
— Laundry detergent
— Bleach, non-toxic cleaners, window cleaner
— Cooking/baking supplies
— Eggs, milk, cereal, fresh vegetables, fruit juice
— Meat (they have a large freezer to store this in)
— Wal-Mart gift cards, Kroger gift cards
— Monetary donations

Through May 1 or until all tickets are sold:  A gun raffle to benefit former Powers Volunteer Fire Chief Tim Flynt is being is currently being held.  Tim has an aggressive form of cancer and is on medical leave for at least a year. The winner gets both a Keltec KSG Shotgun OD Green and their choice of any new Kimber Stainless Steel Target II Pistol from Gold Mine Pawn & Gun in Laurel. Retail value of over $2000. Tickets are $20 each and only 400 will be sold.  Tickets can be purchased at Gold Mine Pawn  & Gun, 330 N 16th Ave, Laurel or by calling Joey Davis at 601-580-7764 or Kyle Howell at 601-498-2189.

Through May 26:  Tickets for a raffle for either a fully loaded 2015 GT Mustang or a 2015 F-150 Ecoboost Lariat to benefit Hub City Service Dogs are only sale through May 26 at Animal Medical Center, 3422 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg.  Tickets are $50.  Hub City Service Dogs is a non-profit organization located in Hattiesburg that  offers assistance and training for individuals in need of a service dog.  Visit  www.hubcitydogtraining.com for more information regarding the raffle for Hub City Service Dogs, Inc., donate online.

April 10-May 1: A feast of music from across the ages and around the world is being offered on Friday’s in April at Jones County Junior College.  The annual Spring Recital Series features a variety of musicians and vocalists entertaining the audience during the lunch hour.  This musical event begins on Friday, April 10, at 12:30 p.m. until 12:55 p.m. in the Foote Chapel and will continue on each Friday through May 1.  All concerts are free and open to the public.  For more information call the JCJC Fine Arts Department at 601-477-4094 or look online at: http://www.jcjc.edu/programs/finearts.

April 16-26:  In follow-up to last season’s smash hit musical, Rent, the University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre proudly presents the wildly exhilarating rock musical Spring Awakening, adapted by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater from the original play by Frank Wedekind.  Performance dates are April 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m. and April 26 at 2 p.m. A pre-show talk will take place at 6:30 p.m. prior to the April 23 performance. All performances will take place in Tatum Theatre of the USM Theatre and Dance Building. Tickets are $14 public; $10 faculty, staff, seniors, and military; $8 students. Tickets may be purchased by calling (800) 844-8425 or visiting www.southernmisstickets.com. Tickets are also sold at the box office prior to each performance.

April 20-25:  William Carey University Guitar Festival will feature guitar concerts and events the entire week.  All events will be on the campus of WCU in Hattiesburg. For more info, email dbryan@wmcarey.edu.

April 23: Oak Grove High School Speech and Debate will hold a “Pep Rally” Showcase  the night before they leave for state championships where they’ll attempt to win their 8th state title in 10 years. 6:30 pm. Admission is $5 which helps the team with costs of the trip.

April 23: Coastal Conservation Association’s MS Pine Belt Chapter will  hold their banquet and fundraiser beginning at 6:30 pm at The Venue in Downtown Hattiesburg. Cost: $55 for Single Ticket / $85 for Couple Ticket.  For more info, contact Johnny Marquez at (228) 223-8476 / jmarquez@cca.ms.

April 23-26: Laurel Little Theater will present “Red, White, and Tuna,” a redneck comedy, with two actors playing 22 characters. For more info, visit laurellittletheater.com or call 601-428-0140.

April 24: Extra Table and Mississippi Power will host the first “Power to Fight Hunger” Charity Golf Tournament at Timberton Golf Club to raise money that will be used to purchase new, healthy food for soup kitchens and food pantries in the area.  The 4-Person Scramble tournament will feature sponsors and players from across the Pine Belt. Players will also be able to participate in Longest Drive, Longest Putt and Hole-In-One contests along the course. For more information on how to become a sponsor or to register for the tournament, email info@extratable.org

April 24-25: Purvis Fine Arts presents Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at the Glenn A. Swan Fine Arts Building at 7 pm.  Adults $10 – Students and Faculty $5 – Ages 5 & Under FREE.

April 24-25: Hattiesburg’s 2nd Annual Stinkfest will take place at different venues in the Hub City.  On Friday, April 24,  the Thirsty Hippo and Marlins Bar & Grill will feature several different bands.  Bands will be performing at Keg & Barrel, Benny’s Boom Boom Room, and Brewsky’s on Saturday. For a list of bands and times, visit Hattiesburg Stinkfest on Facebook.

April 25:  Worship Guitar Workshop. 9am-3:30 pm. William Carey University Williams School of Music. $15 registration fee. For more info, email David Bryan at dbryan@wmcarey.edu.

April 25:  2nd Annual Hattiesburg Area Association of Realtors Crawfish Boil. All proceeds to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Patio 44, West 4th Street in Hattiesburg. Music by Lloyd Munn and BC Duiett. Tickets are $25.00 per person for all you can eat crawfish.  12-4 pm. For more info, call 601-466-2805.

April 25: Hattiesburg Zoo’s Birthday Bash will take place  from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Tickets are $10 and include unlimited train rides, animal encounters and so much more. In addition to the specialty cupcakes, which are included in the ticket price, fun concession items will be available for purchase. For more info, go to hattiesburgzoo.com.

April 28: Dragonfly Festival will be held at Bellegrass, 2 miles south off Hwy 98 on Hwy 589 in Oak Grove. The festival will feature handcrafted sales booths and a 5K and Fun Run. The run is a fundraiser for Oak Grove Upper Elementary School. For more info, go to facebook.com/dragonfly5k or contact Barbara Wilson at 601-297-6940.

April 28: The Laurel Center for Pregnancy Choices will hold an open house and ribbon cutting from 11-1 at their new location at 115 South Magnolia Street in Laurel.

April 30:  Y Day at the YWCO will be from 8am-6pm. Silent auction, high end women’s boutique, homemade pies, frozen casseroles, and more.

April 30- May 2: Garage Sale for Fieldhouse for the Homeless. April 30, 4-8 pm with $5 admission; May 1 7am-5pm free admission; 7am-2pm free admission. 23 Powers Lane, Hattiesburg (behind PRVEPA off of Hwy 98). For more info, Dannette Bean at 601-606-8500.

May 1:  The JT Show LIVE from Downtown Collins. The JT Show will be live to promote the Okatoma Festival in Collins at Main Street Cafe.

May 1: Silver Lining Spring 5K & 1 Mile Family Fun Run will be held at Bellegrass Subdivision in Hattiesburg. This is a fundraiser for Sara, a four year old little girl with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  Registration is at 4 pm with race beginning at 6 pm.  For more info, contact Stacey Gwin at staceygwin@gmail.com.

May 1: Blazin Barrel Racin 4D Barrel Run will be held at the Stone County Fair Grounds as a fundraiser for Stone County Youth. 6 pm. For more info, call Carol Rushing 228-861-3530 or Stephanie Hester 601-528-4850.

May 1-2: Hellfighters Convention. Will feature tours of Mission at the Cross; speeches by Hellfighters founder Richard Headrick among several others;  God & Country Rally; and the Hellfighters Freedom Ride.  Tickets to all events are available by calling Vaughn Blackwell at 601-323-4941, Chaplain Craig Franklin at 318-312-0097 or Jennifer Prince at 601-649-1977 Ext. 1703.
Additional information can be found on the event website at www.hellfightersconvention.org.

May 2: 26th Annual Okatoma Festival.  Downtown Collins.  Entertainment includes Grayson Capps, Thomas Jackson, Mark Mann, Cowboy Blues Band and more. Food, arts, crafts, kids’ activities, and more. For more info, visit covingtonchamber.org.

May 2: Day in the Park. 9:00am-4:00pm at Mason Memorial Park in Laurel. Entertainment, vendors selling hand-crafted items, children’s activities, a student art competition, and a variety of concessions.  5K Run and 1 mile fun run. For more info, go to laurelartsleague.com.

May 2: Laurel Shrine Club Barbeque will be held at the Aaron’s Sales & Lease parking lot across from Wal-Mart from 11am-2pm. Plates are $8 and include bbq chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, and bread. For more info, call Jeff at 601-323-1609.

May 3: 1st Annual St. Fabian Pinchin Tails for Pitchin In will be held at Keg and Barrel in Downtown Hattiesburg beginning at 12:30 pm. Crawfish, live music, and door prizes. All proceeds go to the St. Fabian Medical Fund. $25 all you can eat; $10 carry-out; $7 Mugshots Burger plate. Crawfish eating contest at 2 pm.

May 3: Craws for Paws: Crawfish Boil for Southern Pines Animal Shelter and Hub City Humane Society will be held from 1-6 pm at All Animal Clinic, located on Oak Grove Road in Hattiesburg.  There will be lots of music and activities for the kids provided by Action Party Rentals as well as great food for everyone to enjoy. Prices are: $25 Adults; $15 for ages 6-12; free for 6 ages 6 and under. Donations will also be accepted to help support shelter needs.

May 7:  The Hub City Derby Dames will have Recruitment Night at Mugshots in Hattiesburg at 6 pm. If you are interested in being Roller Derby Player, ref or volunteer, make sure to stop by.

May 8-10: Southeast Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. of Mississippi is holding Family Fun Weekend at Little Black Creek Campground and Park to benefit the Wounded Warriors of Mississippi. Vendors, live music, door prizes, food, drinks, karaoke, kids games, and more. $7 per day for adults or $20 for a weekend pass. Discounted prices for kids. For more info, call Robby Robinson at 601-436-1231.

May 9: The Lamar County Sheriff’s Department will host a free citizen firearms class at 8:00 a.m. The class will be at the Lamar County Community Shelter at 99 Central Industrial Row, Purvis, MS (next to the Lamar County Multipurpose Center). There will be classroom instruction as well as live fire on our range with the department firearms instructors. This class is designed for beginners and covers topics such as firearms safety, gun laws, and the fundamentals of marksmanship. The class is free to citizens of Lamar County. The class will have to be limited to ensure safety to participants so please message to reserve a spot.

May 9:  Governor’s Day will be held in Columbia in Downtown Columbia. Former Governors and their families, as well as other dignitaries, have been invited to attend. The day will begin at 8 a.m. with a 5K run.  At 10 a.m., events will kickoff on the stage at the courthouse and continue throughout downtown Columbia until 3 p.m.  The festivities will conclude with a  community benefit concert by Jeff Bates sponsored by Columbia Strong.

May 15: The Laurel Desk and Derrick Club will be having a fundraiser from 11-1 at Toolpushers in Laurel selling Mugshots hamburger plates. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. For more info, call Tiama Smith at 601-580-4316 or Sharon Blackwell at 601-498-2927.

May 16: Run for the Rescues will be held in Mason Park in Laurel to benefit Southern Cross Animal Rescue.  Registration is 8:15-8:45 am; race starts at 9 am.  Please dress as a superhero! For more info, contact Southern Cross Animal Rescue.

May 16: First Annual Mud Bug Music Festival at American Legion Post 11 in Laurel. Begins at 12 pm. $7 Armband (Admission Only); $30 Armband includes admission, beer, and crawfish from 12-4.  Bands include Joel Hill, 84 West, JT Norman Band, Revival Band, and Sasser Band.

May 16: University Baptist Church will hold their Spring Festival 11:30 am-2:30 pm at the church on Arlington Loop in Hattiesburg. Waterslide, water games, music.  Tickets are on sale for lunch catered by Mugshots for $10. For more info, go to ubchm.com.

May 17: Momfest 2015 will be held at Town Square Park in Downtown Hattiesburg.  MomFest 2015 will feature local businesses that provide products and/or services for moms-to-be, babies, children, and families. 1-5 pm.

May 21-26: Summer Kick-off at Little Black Creek Campground and Park with Wet & Wacky Water Weekend. Vendors, kids’ jumps, food vendors, arts, crafts, firework show.

May 23:   Hub City Derby Dames, Hattiesburg’s first and only Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League, will be hosting a 5K run/walk on the Longleaf Trace in Hattiesburg, MS to benefit their league. To Register, follow the link:
https://runsignup.com/Race/MS/Hattiesburg/HubCityDerbyDames5KRunWalk. For paper registration, contact your local Hub City Derby Dames for assistance.
Email: hubcityderbydames@gmail.com

May 23:  Petal Movies at the Park will be playing Frozen on a big screen. The film is free, but there will be vendors for pizza, popcorn, and inflatables.

May 26: Blood Drive for Mona Grable will be held from 12-6 pm at Movie Star Restaurant in Hattiesburg. Mona Grable was diagnosed with Peritoneal/Ovarian Cancer in February, and currently undergoing Chemo to treat it. During the cancer removal surgeries she lost a lot of blood and has been having to have units of blood replaced. If you can not donate blood at the drive, you can go to YOUR local United Blood Services and donate in her name at ANY time.

June 6: Wrestling in Waynesboro- In For the Long Haul will be held 7-10 pm at the Waynesboro Auditorium. This is a fundraiser for Charley’s Blanket,  a charity that distributes specially designed signature blankets to children with long-term hospital treatment.

June 6: Fundraiser for the Prentiss Police Department. This fundraiser will have live music, an auction, and dinner plates available for purchase. The proceeds will supply new uniforms to all officers. 5 pm at the Prentiss Police Dept.

June 13:  Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival will be held at the Historic Hattiesburg Train Depot at 1 pm. Details to be announced!  http://www.hattiesburgcraftbeerfest.com/









Contact us with your events:  Email jill@telesouth.com; call 601-264-5185; or fax 601-264-6237. 


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