Upcoming Events for Hattiesburg, Laurel and The Surrounding Areas



September 2: Labor of Love Blood Drive Donor’s will receive a “Never Forget 9/11” T-shirt while supplies last. 10 AM-3 PM @ United Blood Services on 28th Ave. Sponsored by the Hattiesburg Jaycees. The Jaycees will be grilling out for all donors. Help stock the shelves for Labor Day Weekend! To make an appointment go to www.bloodhero.com (sponsor code: Jaycees1) or contact Miranda Williams at 601-467-9011

September 3: Women of Joy 5k Run/Walk/Bicycle: Day of race registration begins @ 6 AM. Race begins at 7:30 AM. Vision Baptist Church, 1056 Morrison Rd, Petal MS. T-shirt guaranteed to all who register by Aug. 24.

Now until Sept. 4th: “America the Beautiful: The Monumental Landscapes of Clyde Butcher” On display at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel. Clyde Butcher’s photographs celebrate the beauty of the American landscape with a monumental size and extraordinary clarity that set them apart as exceptional works of art. Butcher continues the tradition of the 19th century Hudson River School painters, composing his works at strikingly beautiful and untarnished locations across the United States. For more details, contact the museum at 601-649-6374.

September 6-22: Southern Miss Fall Instructional League Baseball Camp Three-week, six-session camp that is open to high school players. It takes place each Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Space is limited to the first 60 campers. The Tuesday night sessions will consist of an instructional practice and games will be played on Thursday nights. Campers will be divided into four teams. Current Southern Miss players, staff and coaches will instruct and coach each team. On occasion, a guest speaker will address a camp session. The camp is open to those individuals entering 9th through 12th grade and the cost is $225 per camper. Campers will receive a t-shirt (to be worn in games) and insurance for attending the camp. Pete Taylor Park.

September 8: 2016 “CAN”paign Kickoff 7 AM-6 PM. United Way of Southeast Mississippi.Help us kick off this year’s United Way SEMS campaign season with our annual “CAN”PAIGN kickoff! This community-wide food drive will take place at three Corner Market locations: Petal, Hattiesburg Midtown and Oak Grove, from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Community members are encouraged to stop by one of the locations during the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. to donate canned food and pet supplies. All food and supply donations will be distributed to Christian Services, Inc.,Edwards Street Fellowship Center, Hub City Humane Society and Southern Pines Animal Shelter. For more information about this community-wide food drive, visitwww.unitedwaysems.org.

4th Annual Beef and Poultry Expo: Thursday Sept. 8 from 9 AM-3 PM. Hosted by the Covington County Soil and Water Conservation District. Come join us at the Collins Civic Center to visit the 25 local vendors, eat lunch and enjoy demonstrations! 3220 Hwy 49, Collins MS.

September 12: Mississippi Symphony Orchestra North Poplarville, US Hwy 11 N. Brownstone Center for the Arts from 7PM-10PM.Floor Tickets are $20 and Balcony tickets are $15. Tickets go on sale August 1. For tickets visit Brownpapertickets.com or call the Ticket Office at 601-403-1180.

September 15: Rain Down Ministries Fundraising Banquet Benefiting the programs of RDM as they teach the youth of Mississippi and the Southeast to Enjoy Creation, Practice Conservation and Follow Christ. Dinner. Raffles. Silent and live auction. Door prizes. Sanderson Farms Corporate Office @ 6 PM. Special guest speaker–United States Air Force Senior Airman, Sam Caston. Contact PJ Weeks for info @ 601-344-8777

Lightening Longleaf 5k Glow Run: Thursday September 15 @ 7:30 PM. Our community has been receptive and supportive of our mission to bring awareness and raise funds for the newest phase of the Longleaf Trace. THANK YOU! We want to continue to the excitement and step it up a notch by inviting everyone to run in the “Lighting Longleaf Glow Run” Grab your glow sticks, glow gear, and let’s run!

September 17: 3rd Annual Life Support Cares Banquet Come join us for food, fun, and fellowship as we celebrate another successful year! We will have entertainment, a silent auction, and more! Tickets are $10 for ages 11 and up and $5 ages 5-10. All proceeds will fund programs of LSC. We hope to see you there! Don’t forget your wallet! To RSVP call (601)336-4877 or email LSCHattiesburg@gmail.com. The C. E. Roy Community Center, 5th Ave. Hattiesburg. Starts @ 6PM.

September 30: Hattiesburg Food Festival Chain Park, 910 E. 8th Street. FREE ADMISSION. Bring your taste buds and let’s have a great time complete with Live Entertainment and Kid’s Corner! Booth space now available. Questions? Email info@pinebeltfoodfestival.com

3rd Annual Veterans Outreach Veteran’s Jamboree: October 15, Collins MS Civic Center. 6:30 PM-9 PM. Featuring local country music artist Travis Clark and modern bluegrass group Mountain Faith. Tickets available for $20. All proceeds go to veterans outreach to veterans residing in veteran’s homes in Mississippi.

September 20: SCRMC Sibling Preparation Classes: This program, designed for children 3 to 7 years of age, helps siblings prepare for the emotional and physical realities of the arrival of a newborn. Activities include role-playing with infant dolls, an age appropriate video, refreshments and a tour of The Women’s Place at South Central Regional Medical Center. The class is held every other month at 6 p.m. at South Central Regional Medical Center. Class size is limited to six children and their parents. This class is complimentary for those delivering at South Regional Medical Center. Pre-registration is required. This class is FREE. 6 PM.

September 23 & 25: Piney Woods Picnic A three day music festival with camping, arts, kids activities, food and beverages, established to create awareness for the the preservation of the Bouie/Leaf River and the Americana music deeply rooted in the region right through the birthplace of rock and roll. 3 PM @ Elks Lake Music Park. Hattiesburg.

September 26-Oct. 17: Hitting under the Lights at The Pete Baseball Camp, running on four consecutive Monday nights from 6-8 p.m., beginning Sept. 26, and will consist of specific hitting mechanics, approach and other instruction related to the Southern Miss baseball hitting philosophy. This camp is designed for high school hitters to learn from current Golden Eagle coaches and players about the proper steps to being a successful hitter. It will include insurance and a t-shirt as players will benefit from learning proper techniques, mental process, and repetition. Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

The camp is open to those individuals entering 9th through 12th grade and the cost is $150 per camper or $125 per camper who is also enrolled in the Fall Instructional League Camp.

September 27: Piano Ensemble Showcase: William Carey @ 7 PM. Come enjoy the piano ensemble showcase from multiple pianist from WCU!

September 28: Communication Skills for Women Hilton Garden Inn, Hattiesburg MS. A premier event in Media and Advertising Industry.

September 29: Vines of the World Wine Tasting and Auction An evening featuring over 150 wines and spirits and local cuisine benefiting the South Mississippi Children’s Center. All proceeds benefit the South Mississippi Children’s Center (SMCC), a program of Mississippi Children’s Home Services. SMCC is a safe haven for abused and neglected children and a refuge for runaway and homeless children. The Venue at the Bakery Building starting at 6 PM.

October 1: Downtown Laurel Loblolly Festival: 9 AM-5 PM. Celebrating Laurel’s heritage as a sawmill town with arts & crafts, great food, live entertainment and much more! For more information please contact Laurel Main Street at 601.433.3255

Pink Pumpkin Patch 5k Walk/Run 8:30 AM @ George Regional Hospital, Lucedale MS. To guarantee a Pink Pumpkin Patch T-shirt register by September 9. After the race there will be an awards ceremony and refreshments. Show your support by decorating a pumpkin at the decorating contest! Purchase a pumpkin and dress it in pink in recognition of breast cancer awareness.

October 4: Night Out Against Crime! Laurel, MS in Mason Park ALL DAY!

October 6: CPC Banquest 2016 Laurel Center for Pregnancy Choices is “Celebrating 20 Years of Hope” Annual Fundraising Banquet– Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at The Gables — 6:00pm. This year’s special guest is Luke Johnson. Call 601-428-4357 to host a table or reserve your seat to attend.

October 8: Play United Dodgeball Tournament 8AM-5PM @ the Family Y on Veterans Memorial Drive, Hattiesburg. Join us for our first DODGEBALL Tournament, a fundraising event for United Way of Southeast Mississippi!
We are recruiting teams of 6-10 to play in our double elimination tournament that will take place at the Family Y in Hattiesburg on Oct. 8.
Teams can register today! Registration is $150 per team. For more information and registration forms, check our website:www.unitedwaysems.org/dodgeball

October 11: WCU Fall Instrumental Showcase: Join us for a concert featuring the wind ensembles of William Carey! Thomas Fine Arts Building @ 7 PM. Admission is FREE. 

October 14/15: Dare 2B Different: Laurel Train Depot.Dare 2B Different is designed to empower & inspire the youth of all walks of life to strive for nothing shorter than greatness. We will be honoring youth in our community as well during the series of events we have planned. There will be guest speakers, celebrity guests, and so much more. This event is FREE.

October 14-22: South Mississippi Fair: South Mississippi Fair Grounds, Ellisville Rd. Laurel MS. Great entertainment, delicious “fair” food, wildlife and crop exhibits, stock shows, the best carnival rides around and much more! For more info call: 601-649-9010

October 15: Jones County Heart Walk: Gardiner Park, Laurel MS. 8 AM-12 PM. This event is FREE.The Jones County Heart Walk will increase awareness of heart disease and stroke in our community and promote walking as a heart-healthy form of exercise. In addition, the event will involve numerous individuals from companies throughout Jones County with the goal to raise $72,000 for vital cardiovascular and stroke research and education.

October 22: Empty Bowls Hattiesburg Help support the Edwards St. Fellowship Center food pantry! Choose a handcrafted bowl, then enjoy a simple meal of soup, bread, dessert & beverage donated by local restaurants– all for $20. Your bowl is a reminder of all the EMPTY BOWLS in our community. 10:30 AM-1 PM @ Main Street Books in Hattiesburg.

Wayne County GOP Scholarship Gala October 22 in Waynesboro @ 6:30 PM, Wayne County Library. The gala will raise funds for scholarship opportunities for those students who tirelessly volunteer their time in helping local Republican campaigns get elected and spread the word of conservatism throughout the county.

October 23: WCU Festival of Hymns: Main Street Baptist Church @ 6 PM. A festival of hymns and works by Dan Forrest presented by the William Carey Oratorio Choir and Orchestra. 

October 29: Petal Fall Festival: Please join us in a fun filled day of food, arts and crafts. Children and adults alike will be able to enjoy many events such as a children’s village, an awesome car show and lots of entertainment. Entertainment this year will be announced soon. Remember, all entertainment is free of cost! Petal’s Hinton Park. October 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Wendy Lampton at (601) 545-1776.

October 30: Mississippi’s Walk for Diabetes Mississippi’s Walk for Diabetes is a three-mile walk to raise funds for the programs and services of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi and awareness of type 1 and type 2 diabetes! There is a one-mile Family Fun Walk as well as a 3.1 mile/5K walk/run. Registration starts at 1:00 PM and the walk/run begins at 2:00 PM. Participants are invited to join a free picnic lunch immediately following the event! Teams and individuals are welcome! $20 minimum fundraising goal for each participant, those raising $50 and above receive an official 2016 Walk T-shirt! Cost: $20 minimum fundraising goal for each participant.

November 12: Ellisville Rotary Festival: 9 AM-4 PM. Downtown Ellisville. Live entertainment, arts & crafts, collectibles, activities for the kids, great food and much more! For more info call: 601-596-8231

November 19: Stringer Alpaca Festival Pet the alpacas, see the angora goats, fiber demonstrations, arts and crafts, bounce houses, children’s activities, food, dulcimer group and more. 9AM-4PM @ 383 Country Road 155, Stringer MS.

November 20: USM Fall Showcase Baseball Camp Sunday, Nov. 20, at 12 noon, with sign-in beginning at 11 a.m. It provides a great opportunity for players ranging from high school freshman to junior college sophomores (junior college freshmen must be academic qualifier). Participants will be given a chance to have their skills toned by college coaches receive specific instruction to their defensive position, speed training to improve their 60 time, as well as hitting at Pete Taylor Park. Any pitcher who is a dual player will be able to participate at both positions. Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt. Lunch will not be provided. The camp will be limited to the first 100 applicants and the cost is $155 per camper.

December 3: Laurel Kiwanis Pancake Day ALL YOU CAN EAT pancakes, sausage, butter and syrup @ YWCO and First Baptist Church. $5 prepay, $6 at the door. 6 AM-2 PM. Sponsored by the Laurel Kiwanis Club.

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