Upcoming Events for Hattiesburg, Laurel and The Surrounding Areas

January 21: Petal Panther Baseball Pancake Fundraiser is at The Wharf in Petal from 7:30-9:45 am. Cost is $7 per ticket. Contact a Petal baseball player or the school for tickets.

January 21: 3rd Annual Frosty Frolic 5K Run/Walk & Fun Run. Mason Park, Laurel. 7am registration and 8am 5K run/Walk starts. For more info call Kayla Nichols at 601-319-0713 or any member of the Junior Auxiliary of Laurel.

January 27: St. Fabian Catholic Church of Hattiesburg’s 2nd Annual Mardi Gras $10,000 Drawdown will take place from 7-10 pm at Bresky’s in Hattiesburg. Must be 21 to attend. For tickets, go to http://saintfabian.ourdrawdown.com/

January 30: Travis Clark and The Adam Doleac Band will be on stage at 7 p.m. at the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts at Pearl River Community College. The concert is part of the Brownstone Center season ticket package. Individual tickets are $15 and $10 and are on sale at 601 403-1180 or at www.brownpapertickets.com.

February 4: NoeStrong 5K Walk/Run and 1 mile fun race. Noelle Carter is the six year old daughter of Lin and Andrea Carter of Hattiesburg. She was recently diagnosed with hepatoblastoma (liver cancer) and will start chemotherapy immediately. Seminary School Multi-Purpose Building in Seminary. 7 am. Checks can be made out to Noelle Carter Benefit. Register at Magnolia Graphics/Hattiesburg; Vitamins Plus/Hattiesburg; Citizens Bank/Seminary; or Farm Bureau/Collins.

February 10: Monte Carlo Masquerade sponsored by the Laurel Jr. Auxiliary.  From 7pm until midnight at Studio 550 in Downtown Laurel. Casino-style gambling, dinner, drinks, dancing, and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 a person and can be purchased by contacting any JA member or at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edoks2yrf8d883f8&llr=dkrmy8dab.

February 11: Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off. Downtown Laurel. Music, beverages, and teams compete to be the winner. All entries are cooked on site and judged by a team of professionals. Chili is sold by the All-You-Can-Eat $10 bowl or buy the Bottomless $25 keepsake pottery bowl. Bottomless bowls are hand crafted by local potter, Carl Buchanan. Children under twelve EAT FREE! A raffle is also part of the day’s festivities. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Laurel Main Street Board members or at the event.

February 17-18: 20th Anniversary Celebration for Southern Strings Dulcimers featuring workshops, on-stage performances, Band Scramble, and lots of time to jam will be at William Carey University. All acoustical instruments are welcome, mountain & hammered Dulcimers, fiddle, guitar, psaltery, banjo, penny whistle etc. For more info, go to www.mississippidulcimer.com; email Bethjohnem@ msn.com or kom_dbc@hotmail.com; or call 601-606-1848.

February 18: Collins Rotary LOVE Concert. 6pm at the First Baptist Church in Collins. Free admission, but a love offering will be taken to support the Rotary Scholarship Committee and the Collins Rotary Club.  Wallace Allred will also receive Humanitarian of the Year.For more info call (845)641-5865 or (601)517-6221

February 18: Seminary Police Department Enhanced Concealed Carry Class. 8am- 12 pm. Call 601-722-3991 for more info.

February 19: Blood Drive at Bethlehem Community Church, 849 Lake Como Road in Laurel. 11am- 4pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. You can sign up at Bethlehem Community Church or call the church office at 601-428-7197 or Kaysie Morris at 601-670-6320

February 23: Benefit Night for The Children’s Center will be at Mahogany Bar, 3810 Hardy Street in Hattiesburg, from 5-9 pm. All sales from the evening’s featured menu will go directly to The Children’s Center. Live music will be featured.

February 25: Krewe of Blue Mardi Gras Parade, Laurel. 2 pm. Applications are now available. You may pick-up an application from the Laurel Police Department front office; entry fee is $100.00 per entry and will go directly to the F.O.P. in support of charitable endeavors such as Shop with a Cop.  $500 prize will be awarded to the Krewe with the best Mardi Gras themed float and showing the most Mardi Gras spirit. This is a family friendly event. Application deadline is February 20th.

February 25: Krewe of Docs. The Gables in Laurel, 6:30-10:30 pm.  Enjoy a Cajun style meal and beverages, entertainment by 84 West, a fun photo booth and awesome items for raffle. You will be served your meal and drinks by local doctors in the community! Money raised goes to local cancer patients. Call 601-498-9042 for more info.

February 25: The Children’s Center Classic 10K, 5K, and 1-Mile Fun Run will take place on Saturday, February 25 at Pride Field, located on the Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. Race-day registration and bag pick-up will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. and the race will kick-off at 9 a.m. beginning with the 1-Mile Fun Run. For more info, go to childrenscenterclassic.com.

February 25: The 19th Annual Black History Parade & Picnic takes over Downtown Hattiesburg at Town Square Park. The picnic kicks off at 10:00am. The parade kicks off at 11:00am. Its FREE to attend and open to the general public. It will feature live entertainment such as music, arts, and of course the best foods in the south. There will also be a kid’s corner as well. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us via 601.255.3601 or email us via hattiesburgmg@gmail.com.

March 14-15: USM Baseball will be holding its first ever spring break camp for ages 6-13. For more information or to register, go to http://www.southernmissbaseballcamps.com/spring-break-camp.cfm

March 17: SuperTalk Hattiesburg – WFMM 97.3 and Supertalk Laurel 99.3 present Retirement & Senior Expo from 9am-2pm at the Collins Civic Center. This expo is geared for those 55 and up to learn about medical care, activities, and different businesses in the Pine Belt area.  Free admission and there will be door prizes!

March 31: Rise & Shine Expo. 3pm to 7pm at Southern Miss Recreational Sports – Payne Center This event is hosted by The University of Southern Miss’s Health, a Golden program which is funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MS.  This is a health expo open to the general public and FREE to attend.  For more info, go to www.riseandshineexpo.com

May 6: 28th Annual Okatoma Fest. 8am to 10pm in Downton Collins. For more info contact the Covington County Chamber of Commerce at 601-765-6012 or www.covingtonchamber.com

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