Upcoming Events for Hattiesburg, Laurel and The Surrounding Areas

June 2-25:  Laurel-Jones County Library Summer Reading Program will be offered on Tuesdays in Laurel and Thursdays in Ellisville. Lunch is served for free at 1 pm with the event starting at 1:30.  For more info, call 601-428-4313.

June 4-July 30: Laurel’s Downtown Farmer’s Market will be held every Thursday at 550 Central Avenue. Produce, baked goods, homemade jams & jellies, crafts, and more. For more info, call 601-433-3255.

July 3: Fireworks Block Party. First Trinity Presbyterian Church, 500 5th Avenue, Laurel. 6:30 pm. Homemade ice cream, dinner on the grill, games & activities, and  then watch the downtown fireworks display.

July 3: Laurel’s annual fireworks show will be in the parking lot of Sawmill Square Mall beginning at 9:15 am.

July 4:  Town of Seminary will hold a Fourth of July Celebration with gates opening at 5 pm. Festival food, carnival games, live entertainment, face painting, pony rides and more.  Political rally  begins at 8pm and fireworks at 9pm.  For political candidates, booth space is $100 and to speak from stage is 25$. You can pay at the gate. All proceeds from the political jamboree goes towards the purchase of the AlarmAlert service for the school campus.

July 4: Sumrall Lions Club Annual 4th of July Celebration.  Sumrall Lions Club Park from 10am-11pm.  Fireworks after dark.

July 7-18:  Carey Dinner Theatre “Beehive” at 7pm at Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre. For reservations, call 601-318-6221 beginning June 1. No performances on Sundays and Mondays. $30 includes dinner, show, and program.

July 8-10: JCJC will hold its annual Bobcat Cheer Camp in the D.O. Thoms P.E. Building. Camp cost is $75 and meals are not included.
For more information, contact JCJC cheerleading coach Kayla Hankins at 601-477-4026 or kayla.hankins@jcjc.edu.

July 11: West Jones Class of 1975 will hold their 40th Class Reunion at the Laurel Shrine Club in Laurel from 3-9 pm.  Cost is $20 per person. For more info, call call 601-577-2457.

July 11:  Highland Baptist Church will hold Summer Jam 9am-3pm.  Car and bike show. Admission is free. For more info, call 601-428-8893.

July 11: Nader Fest will be held at the Lamar County Multi Purpose Center from 9am-4pm.  There will be live entertainment, a petting zoo, a car and truck show, a patriotic pageant, and a fire safety education trailer. Admission is free. For more info, call 601-794-5070.

July 11: Dancing with the Stars and Drawdown in Marion County- a benefit for the American Cancer Society.  Columbia Country Club. Dinner is at 6 pm. Dancing with the Stars  from 7-9 pm. Bulletproof performs from 9pm-12am.  Drawdown throughout the night. For more info, call 601-441-9724.

July 11: Coed benefit softball tournament for Jessica Miller at the Fontaine Fields in Collins. Jessica was hospitalized for MRSA (type of staph that can be life threatening.) All proceeds will go towards her medical bills and other expenses from her recovery. For more info or to register, contact Kayla Miller at 601-517-8839 or Michael  Miller at 601-517-4909.

July 11: 3-D Target Walk-Through Archery Competition will be behind the old Sandersville School to benefit the  Sandersville Volunteer Fire Department. Registration is at 8 am. $20 entry fee (no crossbows). For more info, call Austin Bounds at 601-422-8686.

July 13-17:  VBS will be held at Moselle Memorial Baptist Church from 5-8 pm. Registration is at the church on June 28 from 5-7pm. For more info, call Stephen Taylor at 601-297-1464.

July 15: Hub Healthy Connections will host Luncheon & Learn: Navigating a Healthy Pregnancy for Mom and Baby.  11:30am to 1pm at Cotton Blues featuring speaker Marie D. Darby, M.D., Maternal Fetal Specialist with Hattiesburg Clinic. Tickets are $12, if you preregister online, and $14 at the door.  Purchase tickets online at hubhealthyconnections.com.

July 17-19:  Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center and BancorpSouth will present Keys for a Cause to help raise funds for the child abuse victims that will be served by Kids Hub CAC. This event will be held at Southern Oaks House and Gardens in Hattiesburg. There will be 3 performances, Friday, July 17th, Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th. Special guests include Philip Fortenberry, conductor of Jersey Boys in Las Vegas, and Rebecca Spencer, who performed in Jekyll and Hyde and Phantom of the Opera on Broadway!  For more info or to purchase tickets, go to kidshubms.com.

July 16: 2nd Annual Calling All Dawgs event at the Laurel Country Club. Featured guest speaker will be, MSU Defensive Coordinator, Manny Diaz. In addition to a meet and greet with Coach Manny Diaz, there will also be several former MSU players in attendance. Individuals are encouraged to bring a camera and an item to have autographed.  6-8 pm. There will be a $20.00 entry fee for adults, which includes hors d’ oeuvres. $5.00 fee for children 16 years and under. For more information, please contact  Ron Polen at 601-319-6886 or Shae Thornton Miller at 601-935-0702.

July 18: Team Run4TheKids 2nd Annual race that helps St. Jude Children win the fight. There is a 5k and 10k option.  Go To: www.southernracetiming.com for more info.  Longleaf Trace- Jackson Station, Hattiesburg. 7:30 am.

July 18: Laurel High School Alumni Golf Tournament will be at Dixie Golf Club, Hillcrest Drive in Laurel, with tee time at 1 pm. Three man scramble, and entry fee is $85 per person. For more info, call Rich Fulkerson at 601-649-3384.

July 18: 3rd Annual MS Run to Remember. 5K Run/Walk in Downtown Hattiesburg created to honor the fallen officers across Mississippi, and to remember the officers who continue to serve and protect our communities daily. This year, funds raised will be split between the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial located in Jackson, Mississippi and the funds for Officers Tate and Deen located at The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation.

July 18: Oak Grove Warrior Bass Team Fundraiser Tournament. Flint Creek Waterpark in Wiggins. Blast of at safe light; weigh in at 2 pm.  $80 entry fee; $10 big fish (optional); 100% pay out for lunker (cash only.) Hot dogs and drinks will be served at weigh in for fishermen. For more info or to register, call Julie Broome at 601-606-7107. All proceeds go to Oak Grove Warrior Bass Team.

July 18: The Smith County Cruisers will host the 37th Annual Mississippi Watermelon Festival car & truck show on  Main Street in Mize.  8:00am-3:00 pm Awards will be presented to
***Best of Show car, truck & pre ’49 *** Top 15 Cars *** Top 15 Trucks *** Top 5 Pre ’49 *** Best Race Car *** Top 5 ’90 Model & Up *** Best Project *** Long Distance *** Club Participant***Hard Luck Award.  Dash plaques and goody bags will be given to the first 100 entries. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. For more information contact: Max @ 601-405-7685 (day or night), or email SmithCoCruisers@aol.com visit us on Face Book at Smith Cty Cruisers

July 19: Southern Miss Football Elite Camp  is a one-day event that is open to student-athletes entering ninth grade through initial entrance at a four-year institution. Each camper will receive individualized instruction in football fundamentals and techniques. This camp is open to all high school and junior college football players, but is geared toward intensive football-specific training techniques and competition and is thus recommended for experienced athletes. Check in at 1pm. Camp 2-5pm. $30.   For more info, go to southernmissfootballcamps.com

July 25: Jerry Sims Memorial Fundraiser. Honoring fellow musician and friend Jerry Sims. All proceeds from cover will go to local cancer patients and their families. There will be guest appearances by former members of Hannibal and other musicians including The Soul Doctors, Adam McAdory and Wes Lee.  7 pm. Sidelines Café, Hattiesburg.

July 25: Christian Motorcycle Association’s Christmas in July Toy Run.  $10 or a new, unwrapped toy per rider. There will also be hamburger or hot dog plates that include chips and a drink for $5. Monetary donations benefit the Ronald McDonald House, and toys will be donated to Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. Registration is at 9 am. Kick-start at 10:30 am.  Life Church, Hwy 84 West, Laurel. For more info, call Tommy Parker at 601-319-6400.

August 22: Pine Belt Women’s Expo. Lake Terrace Convention Center, Hattiesburg. 10am-3pm. Shopping, exhibitor booths, games, prizes, seminars, and more.  www.pinebeltwomensexpo.com. For exhibitor or sponsor information, email Jennifer@EmergeEvents.com.

August 29: Dog Days 5k and 2 Mile Walk is an early morning run/walk to beat the heat – with or without dogs – benefitting the Hub City Service Dogs program. There will be lots of door prizes, breakfast, a Run-by Dog pageant (dogs to be identified during the run/walk by participants bib numbers), tech shirts, 5 year age categories and awards for runners/walkers with dogs AND without dogs. Kamper Park in Hattiesburg. 7:30 am. For more info or to sign up, to runsignup.com.



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


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