Upcoming Events for Hattiesburg, Laurel and The Surrounding Areas



July 30: Bass Fishing Tournament Lake Bogue Homa in Laurel. Safelight-2 PM. $50 per boat, $10 lunker fee. Open to everyone, register the morning of. For more info contact Jay Fairchild @ 601-408-6816 or Kim Ainsworth @ 601-517-3328

Remax Charity Tennis Tournament Saturday, July 30. Hattiesburg Racquet Club. Play begins @ 8 AM. Raising money for Children’s Miracle Network and Batson Children’s Hospital. $30 Registration fee ($35 to include T-Shirt), $20 additional fee to attend Friday Night Gala/Silent Auction @ 7 PM. Contact Jennifer Allen for more info @ 601-408-9530 or JenniferAllenRealtor@gmail.com

Aug. 4th-5th Sumrall Public Library Is hosting a book sale from 8:00am-6:00pm each day. For more details, call 601-758-4711

August 5: 2016 Youth Baseball AAA Majors, O-Zone World Series: Lauren Susan B. Vincent Sportsplex, Laurel MS. Opening ceremony Aug 5 @ 7:30 PM, Magnolia Center followed by a fireworks show. $10 daily pass, $25 tournament pass (all week). Gates will open 2 hrs prior to 1st game. Skills competition Aug 5 @ 2:30 PM, Laurel Sportsplex.

Speaking of Women w/Dr. Shilpa Shukla: August 5. Join SCRMC as we welcome our newest physicians, Shilpa Shukla, M.D., Pediatrician. Dr. Shukla will present at Speaking of Women the importance of education on Iron Deficiency Anemia in Toddlers to Teens. The event will feature a catered lunch by Southern Style Catering. Lunch includes: Fruit Salad, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Wild Rice, Roasted Broccoli, Yeast Roll and Buttermilk Pie. The event is held at South Central Place in Laurel at 12 Noon.

Aug. 5th-6th Celebration of Veterans of World War II Starts August 5 at 11:00am at the Oak Grove Senior and Veterans center (5874 West 4th Street). Festivities will also continue August 6 at 6:00pm. There will be food and entertainment like the Victory Belles, and a special appearance from Conner Humphreys, the actor who played young Forrest Gump. For more details, call 601-336-5019.

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 5 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 5-14: Spirit of Carey Rehearsal Camp 1 PM Aug 5- 5 PM Aug 14. Contact professor Wes Dykes for more information @ 601-318-6053

August 6-7: Southern Misses Tryouts The Payne Center on the campus of USM. 2-6PM. Tryouts for the 2016-17 school year. The students that are selected as members of the Southern Misses will carry on the great tradition of performing at Southern Miss Basketball games and various other functions representing Southern Miss Athletics.

August 13: SCRMC Prepared Childbirth Classes: This comprehensive course includes: the birth process, normal experiences during labor, coping strategies, medication and anesthesia options during labor, coping techniques and new mother and newborn care. Participants complete the program with a guided tour of The Women’s Place at South Central Regional Medical Center. Expectant parents are advised to complete this course 3 to 4 weeks prior to your newborns’ due date. 9 AM-2 PM. $10.

Aug. 16th (register by Aug. 12th) Wildlife Food Plot Management Workshop Starts at 6:00pm at the Lamar County office of the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Bill Maily presents various topics related to the establishment and management of various wildlife food plots. For more details or to register, call 601-794-3910.

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.

Enhanced Conceal Carry Class August 27. Cost of class is $100 including lunch. Hosted by Sergeant Jim Williams. Proceeds will go towards equipment for officers of the Seminary Police Department. Please stop by City Hall in Seminary to pick up an application.

HCHS Pokemon Go 5k: Saturday, August 27 from 10 AM-1 PM. Register at the office @ 95 Jackson Road, Hattiesburg. Deadline to sign up is August 15. Registration fee is $25 including a t-shirt. There will be teams Red, Yellow and Blue! Hosted by the Hub City Humane Society. Jackson Road Station on the Longleaf Trace.

10th Annual Bobcat Hall of Fame 5k/10k Saturday, August 27 @ 8 AM. The race will begin and end at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. For the 5K Run, pre-registration fee is $20 and $15 for students and Pine Belt Pacers members. Day of the race fee is $25 for all runners. For the 10K Run, pre-registration fee is $25 and $20 for students and Pine Belt Pacers members. Day of the race fee is $30 for all runners. Packet pick-up will be from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on August 26 in the Bobcat Fitness Center. To register, go to www.jcjcathletics.com and click on “For Fans” and then click on “2016 Hall of Fame 5K/10K”. Fill out the form, enclose check and mail to Jones County FCA, 15 Jacob’s Cove, Ellisville, MS 39437. For more information, call Justin Graves at 601-433-1312. All proceeds from the run go to the Jones County chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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

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

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 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.

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

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