Upcoming Events for Hattiesburg, Laurel and The Surrounding Areas


July 3: Diamond Rio LIVE in Laurel, MS Sunday July 3 @ Bethlehem Community Church, 5 PM.

Celebrate America: Temple Baptist Church, Old Hwy 11. July 3 @ 10:30 AM.

July 6-7: JCJC Kids’ Softball Camp Community Bank Park. The camp is for youngsters ages 6-12 and will be held from 9 a.m.-noon each day. Campers should bring all the necessary softball equipment. Cost for the camp is $60 and checks should be payable to Jones Softball. Go to www.jcjcathletics.com and go to the “Softball” page. Click on “Kids’ Camp” and fill out the registration form and waiver and bring with payment on the first day of camp. For more information, contact JCJC head coach Chris Robinson at 601-477-4264 or chris.robinson@jcjc.edu.

July 7: Healthy Cooking With Essential Oils Lucedale Public Library. Thursday July 7 @ 7 PM.Essential oils and herbs have been used for centuries to create delicious, nutritional dishes. Join us for this FREE class and learn how to use essential oils in your kitchen to create tasty food that can help keep your family healthy and happy.

July 8: Petal District Twitter, Google, Prezi Apps 2016 This event is for employees and staff of the Petal School District. Presenters will provide specific strategies for using Google apps, Twitter, and Prezi to enhance classroom instruction and engage learners. Location: Central Office Room Computer Lab Presenters: Andy Schoggin, Dr. Steven Hampton, Andrew Godbold

July 9: Highland Baptist Church: Summer Jam Takes place from 8:00am-2:00pm at Highland Baptist Church in Laurel. Summer Jam is a community-wide Car and Bike Show with free food and fun and games for the kids. The event is free. Car entry fee is a donation that will be given to a local charity. Pre-register your car or bike at HighlandChurch.net on the events page.

The Planner Project Saturday, July 9 @ 10 AM. Jantell’s Events and Consulting is hosting the 2016 “The Planner Project” Event Planning Workshop! At the workshop you will receive logical and real-time information pertaining to your career or future career as an event planner!!! This event is tailored for a beginner event planner/manager or a planner who’s interested in revamping their company, skills and brand but everyone is welcomed! Location will be released to registered attendees.

Mississippi Football Showcase July 9 @ Bassfield High School. 8 AM.FBU Team Mississippi – Bassfield High School We will be joined by the San Antonio Outlaws Coaching Staff. The San Antonio Outlaws are featured in the TV Show “Friday Night Tykes”  Athletes entering Grades 6th – 8th are eligible for FBU Team Mississippi to play in the FBU National Championship in December. See www.fbunc.com for more info. Athletes entering Grades 9th – 12th will have an opportunity to combine test using the same equipment as the NFL and Army Combine.

July 11-14, 18-21: Girls Team Soccer Camp, JCJC There will be training sessions, which will focus on both skill development and tactical awareness. Games will be played in the evening and a Most Valuable Player for each team will be chosen at the end of the week. There will also be specialized goalkeeping sessions. Residential cost for the camp is $260 and commuter cost is $225 before June 20. To sign up for the camp, go to www.jcjcathletics.com and go to the women’s soccer page or go to www.jcjc.edu/camps and download the registration form. Fill out the form and mail check to Dolores Deasley, JCJC Team Soccer Camps, 900 South Court St., Ellisville, MS 39437. For more information contact Deasley (JCJC women’s soccer head coach) at 601-447-4552 or dolores.deasley@jcjc.edu.

July 11-15: Tennis Camp in Laurel Ages 6-18. Daily 9 AM-12 PM @ the Laurel SportsPlex. Cost is $125, includes snacks. Child must bring a racket to camp. All experience levels are welcome!

July 12-23: William Carey Dinner Theatre “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” Carey Dinner Theatre will present its second show of the season July 12-23. “The Marvelous Wonderettes” features more than 30 songs from the fifties and sixties and follows four high school friends from their 1958 prom to their 1968 high school reunion. Tickets are $30 and includes a buffet meal and the show. Tickets are $30 and include a buffet dinner and the show. Dinner is at 7 p.m. with the show to follow in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the William Carey University campus in Hattiesburg. Call 601-318-6221 for reservations. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday.

July 12-14: National Sports Safety and Security Conference University of Southern Mississippi. 118 College Drive.

July 14: Coffee & Conversation with the Alzheimer’s Association Join us for a conversation about the Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s. We will also discuss the latest research, treatment and diagnosis. Coffee and light refreshments provided. Registration required. Ellisville, MS. Thursday July 14 from 10 AM -11:30 AM. Daniel Boon Branch Library

July 16: Slam Dunk and Three-Point Shooting Contest Open to students entering junior or senior high school, the competition take place at Stringer Attendance Center’s gymnasium. Entry fee is $5.00. There’s also a $5.00 admission charge for non-participants. $20 VIP package for dunk contest includes front row seating, drink and popcorn. Pearl River Community College. 

Neighborhood Children’s Celebration (Laurel): Laurel Housing Authority of Jefferson St. behind apartments. 10 AM-4 PM.Day of fun for kids with food and music. For more information, contact the Laurel Housing Authority at (601) 425-4651.

Saved & Single in Poplarville: Join Jessica Smith for this encouraging, life-changing event and you won’t regret it! There will be a dynamic empowerment session with special guest Pastor/Author Maize Warren, Jr. (Life Church of New Orleans). The questions that have been swimming around in your head about the opposite sex are certain to be answered during the thought-provoking discission and Q&A portion. Following the empowerment is a time of fun and fellowship. The Saved & Single Kickback includes games (spades, dominoes, Taboo, board games, etc.) and FOOD! July 16 @ 3 PM. Poplarville National Guard Armory.

July 18-20: Southern Miss Volleyball Camp For kids entering 4-8 grade. 9 AM-12 PM.Camp is for kids who are beginners or experienced in the game. For more info, go to southernmissvolleyballcamps.com.

July 18-22: Camp Create 2016 Camp Create is a weeklong day camp designed to allow children to immerse themselves into a creative environment including visual arts, music, theater, and creative movement.  Activities include games, art projects, free play, and walking field trips around downtown!  On the last day of camp, the children will host their own ‘Camp Create Showcase’ for family and friends to attend.  The camp is specifically designed for children entering the 1st – 6th grades. The Thirsty Hippo in Hattiesburg, MS. Every morning @ 9 AM.

July 18-20: CHAMPS 15 Hr. Training @ Merit Health Wesley This 20-hour course is designed for nursing staff to cover the 15 hours of didactic training needed to meet Baby-Friendly standards. The course will be taught by Nikki Lee, RN, BSN, MS, IBCLC, CCE, CIMI, an expert with nearly 20 years of experience in maternal and child care. Daily from 8:30 AM-4:45 PM. Snacks Provided! Glen Smith Room.

July 21: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Come meet Alice, Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts and White Rabbit! Join them for an afternoon of delicious refreshments, entertaining crafts, exciting games and awesome face painting. Costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory. 1:30 PM @ G.V. Harrison Multi-purpose Center adjacent to Ellisville Public Library. Hosted by the Friends of Ellisville Public Library. For more info, call 601-428-4313

July 22-23: Mississippi’s Miss Hospitality Pageant 8 PM @ the Saenger Theatre, Hattiesburg. Join young women from across the state of Mississippi as they compete for the title of Mississippi’s Miss Hospitality 2016. Over two nights of on-stage competition, the women will present commercials on their hometown, answer questions on hospitality and tourism, and show off their dance moves and evening gowns, all while earning college scholarship dollars.

July 23: 2nd Annual Jerry Sims Cancer Benefit Sidelines Sports Cafe. 7 PM-11:45 PM. The Remnants host the second annual event to honor the life and music of Jerry Sims with all proceeds going to benefit local cancer patients. Guest artists include Adam McAdory of Hillcrest, Wes Lee, and a surprise reunion show of Tytus Hale, legendary touring band from the 80’s. This will be the first time they’ve played together in over 30 years. The Remnants will also do a couple of sets, one with special guests. There will be several guitars for auction, including one autographed by Rascal Flatts.

SuperHero Saturday: July 23 @ Java Werks in Hattiesburg. 9 AM-4 PM. FREE EVENT. BRING THE KIDS. Touch-A-Truck/Car will all your favorite emergency vehicles. Pizza available on site. All proceeds will go to the HPD/HFD Benevolent Funds.

July 24-28: Camp Alive 2016 Camp Alive gives youth ages 12-19 a get away from the noise of life to retreat to a place to focus on God. With 3 FULL days of fun activities, meals, small group sessions, and chapels designed for life changing encounters with God. You don’t want to miss this! Daily @ 3 PM. Waukaway Springs, Christian Retreat Center. Vossburg, MS.

July 25: Community Conversations–Human Trafficking Every five seconds, another person enters modern day slavery somewhere in the world. Matthew Friedman, CEO of the Mekong Club, gives an up-to-date overview of human trafficking and what is being done to address this global issue. Ellisville, MS. Daniel Boone Branch Library. 7 PM-8:30 PM. 

August 5-7: St. Joseph’s Hospice Star Spangled Celebration A Weekend of Celebration and recognition for our veterans and active military. Fri. Aug 5: Spirit of 45 WWII Veteran Recognition, Oak Grove Senior and Veteran Center. Sat. Aug 6: Victory Belles 41st Army Jazz Band Concert and Sun. Aug 7: Private Victory Belles Concert for patients of VA Medical Center, Biloxi.

August 18-21: CareyWOW New Student Welcome Week: This event is designed to prepare new students for a successful transition to life at William Carey University. CareyWOW will equip new students with the skills necessary to guide their collegiate experience. The scheduled events provide practical advice, spiritual guidance, and relationship building in a fun and engaging manner. We want every student to graduate with a William Carey degree, and we strive to give you the tools necessary to help you succeed at this university. Register @wmcarey.edu/carey-wow

August 19: Increasing Communication Through Understanding Behaviors in Hattiesburg If your desire is to maximize your effectiveness in every interaction you have with people this course is for you. By learning the art of “people science” and opening your behavioral eyes, you will take a quantum leap into a world of effectiveness and outstanding interpersonal communication. Hattiesburg Police and Fire Training Academy @ 8:30 AM. 

August 20: Person First–A Special Needs Expo Pearl River Community College, Forrest County Center. Sat. 10 AM.What is the PERSON FIRST Special Needs Expo?   It is a free, day-long exhibition where families can learn about products, services, support groups, recreational activities, healthcare, therapy and many other services for children and adults with special needs and have a little fun, too. This event is free to attend and open to the public!

August 27: 2016 Homes of Hope for Children Silent and Live Auction 6 PM-9 PM.It’s almost time for Homes of Hope for Children’s annual Silent & Live Auction! Like our previous auctions, this year’s will be held at the convention center, and the following food will be included in the cost of your ticket. Most of the items that will be auctioned are practical items that you may be purchasing throughout the year anyway.  However, when you purchase them at our auction, Homes of Hope for Children will receive 100% of what you spend on those items!


Dog Days 5k and 2 Mile Walk: August 27th @ Kamper Park. Race will begin at 7:30 AM. Door prizes, breakfast provided by Topher’s, Run-by Dog Pageant, and awards for runners with or without dogs! The dogs will also get a special treat. Benefits Hub City Service Dogs, a nonprofit focused on providing Assistance Dogs to individuals in need. We select, train and place service dogs with individuals suffering with medical problems whose lives can be made safer, easier and more livable with the aid of a specially trained dog.

September 3: South Mississippi Kid’s Explosion 2 PM-10 PM. Thad Cochran Center, University of Southern Mississippi. 

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 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

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.

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