ROCK U 2 Dance/Theater Saturday Lab No. 1

Come and take some fun dance/movement-based classes on Saturday February 3 at Rock U 2 with Summer Baldwin and Michelle Bryant for our first monthly Saturday Lab!  These workshops are for kids to study new genres of dance other than their weekly classes; stress relief techniques for auditions and performances; and learn how to take care of and condition the most important instruments for their art: their own bodies, minds and spirits!  

FEB 3 Labs:

  • Yoga & Conditioning for Dance with Summer Baldwin
    10:00-11:00am (Ages 8+) // $15.00
  • Movement & Stress Relief for Actors, Singers, Musicians & Dancers with Summer Baldwin
    11:15-12:15pm (Ages 8+) // $15.00
  • Breakdancing Basics & History with Michelle Bryant 
    12:30-1:45pm (Ages 8+) // $20.00

 

*If a minimum of 4 kids don’t sign up, the class will be canceled the day before. Pre-register: 228-355-2025

 

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Fuel Your School, Chevron Pump $210,000 Into Local Classrooms

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Chevron contributed $210,000 to local public school projects in October and November through the annual Fuel Your School program and an additional company contribution.

Chevron’s 2017 Fuel Your School program generated $50,000 to help fund 70 classroom projects, including 33 focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), to help connect real world experiences to classroom learning for 8,803 students at 33 Jackson County public schools.

Through the Fuel Your School program, Chevron contributed $1 when consumers purchased eight or more gallons of fuel at participating Chevron and Texaco stations in Jackson County during the month of October, generating $50,000 to help fund eligible classroom projects at local public schools. Pascagoula Refinery employees were able to contribute an additional $160,000 through employee gift code redemptions on the DonorsChoose.org site.

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Chevron Veterans Employee Network Unveils Memorial, Commissions New Flag

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The Veterans Employee Network at the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery hosted a brief ceremony on Nov. 9 to commission a Veterans Memorial and American flag.

The memorial and flag pole were installed at the refinery’s PNC campus earlier this year, and the commissioning ceremony was scheduled to coincide with Veterans Day festivities.

The ceremony included remarks and the raising of the American flag by the Moss Point High School NJROTC Color Guard.

The memorial inscription reads:
This memorial honors all American veterans
who, although separated by generations,
shared a common undeniable goal to valiantly
protect our country’s freedom. The memories
of those brave men and women will continue
to live on wherever and whenever democracy exists.
Chevron salutes our veterans, forever a symbol
of heroism, sacrifice, loyalty and freedom.

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Mission Accomplished for “Operation: Candy Cane”

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This year’s “Operation: Candy Cane,” sponsored by the XYZ Employee Network at the Pascagoula Refinery, provided gifts for many children in the Jackson County and Mobile areas to help make their Christmas special.

The donations benefitted children in the Salvation Army of Jackson County Angel Tree program and Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program, as well as St. Mary’s Home in Mobile.

Pascagoula Refinery employees adopted 83 angels from the Salvation Army, 57 angels from St. Mary’s Home, and 34 angels from CASA. Another $2,200 was donated and used to complete angel wish lists, and to buy additional gifts for the children.

Many children had a happy Christmas morning because of the generosity of Pascagoula Refinery employees.

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October Means Family Fun at MGCCC Campuses

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October is a busy month at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.  Football games, tailgate cookouts and Homecoming (Saturday, October 28, at the Perkinston Campus) are only a few of the activities taking place on campus. Students, employees and the public are invited to attend the wide variety of fun events taking place during the month.

  • The Jackson County Campus in Gautier will hold a Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat on October 30, 6-8 p.m. The event will include children’s games and activities, a children’s costume contest, arts, and face painting. The event is free and open to the public.  For information, contact Brandi Martino at 228.497.7680 or brandi.martino@mgccc.edu.
  • The Jefferson Davis Campus in Gulfport will host a Fall Festival and Haunted House on October 30, 5-8 p.m. Other activities during the festival will include a Trunk-or-Treat from 5-7 p.m., a hayride, outdoor movie, face painting and more. The event is free and open to the public.  The haunted house is free with an MGCCC ID or $3 for general public. For more information about the event, contact Rachelle Vecchio at rachelle.vecchio@mgccc.edu.
  • The Perkinston Campus will host a Haunted House Fundraiser October 29-31, 8-11:30 p.m. each day. The Haunted House will be at the George Sekul Field House.   The campus will also host the annual MGCCC Zombie Run 5K Chase Race on October 30, with proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Charities and the National Residence Hall Honorary.  For more information, visit mgccc.edu/zombierun or the MGCCCZombieRun Facebook page.
  • MGCCC Homecoming activities begin on Thursday, October 26, with the Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards Ceremony, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi. On Friday, October 27, the Clem Dellenger Memorial Golf Tournament will kick off at 8:30 a.m. at the Hickory Hill Country Club in Gautier.  A reunion event will be held for the 1967 and 2007 football teams and cheerleaders and Phi Theta Kappa (all years and chapters) at 6 p.m. at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino pool deck.  On Saturday, October 28, a cookout and pep rally will be held at noon by the Bell Tower on the Perkinston Campus.  The football game against Jones County Junior College will begin at 3:30 p.m. at A.L May Memorial Stadium.  For information about tickets and other scheduled events during Homecoming week, visit mgccc.edu/homecoming.
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Refinery Reps Help With B&GC Gala

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Volunteers with the Pascagoula Refinery’s Black Employee Network (BEN) lent a helping hand during the 20th annual Boys & Girls Club “Steak and Steak” fundraiser.

The event brings together children who participate in local Boys & Girls Clubs and community members to enjoy a steak dinner and guest speaker. Former NFL great Andre Reed provided this year’s keynote address.

Attendees also have an opportunity to bid on items in the silent auction. Chevron volunteers helped staff this portion of the event, including (from left) DaJohn Murray, Sarah Denney, Brandon Gray, Nicole McBeath, Alecia Asiamigbe, Kentrell Owens, Penny Barbour, Valerie Brune, Austin McSpadden, Carlos Moore, Tiahirih Moore, Mike Seales, Rayford Harris, Makamba Sackey, Cheryl McLeod, Jamie Smith and Catherine Glaude (Chief Professional Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County).

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Volunteers, City Partner to Make Playground More Accessible

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From left, Kenny Erwin (Health Quest), Sean O’Grady (Procurement) and Charles Barber (Continuous Improvement) rolled up their sleeves on behalf of the ENABLED Employee Network to help workers with the City of Pascagoula install a new handicap-accessible merry-go-round at Beach Park in Pascagoula. The equipment was purchased by Junior Auxillary of Pascagoula-Moss Point as part of an ongoing project to provide more accessible playground areas at local parks. The moulded plastic design makes the equipment easier for children to stay seated while riding and doesn’t cause splinters.

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Volunteers Walk to Fight Heart Disease

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Nearly 50 volunteers from Chevron spent a Saturday morning raising money and awareness for heart disease at the 2017 Jackson County Heart Walk on March 18.

One member of the Chevron team has even had heart disease affect him personally.

“In 2007, I lost my mother to heart disease,” said Maintenance Team Leader Chris Cochran. “My father has heart disease, and I was diagnosed with heart disease in 2013. From that time, it has become important to eat right and exercise.”

Roughly one in every four deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease, so money raised from events like the heart walk goes toward saving thousands of lives every year.

“The Heart Walk is important to me to show even if you have heart disease, you can be very active,” Cochran said.

With 45 participants, the Chevron team raised $2,500 at the Heart Walk.

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Chevron Volunteers Support Relay for Life

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More than 20 Chevron employees, friends, and family gathered at the St. Martin High School Stadium on April 28 to participate in Relay for Life. This year, the Chevron Team raised $4,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Thank you to Chevron Relay for Life event team leaders Elizabeth Swinney and Sondra Hilton-Boney, along with everyone who supported this important cause. Nearly $16,000 was raised by the entire event.

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TOMORROW: Pink Paddle Kayak Race

12002811_10153626590164837_2931218287788795006_n TOMORROW: Pink Paddle Kayak RaceThe Ocean Springs Yacht Club has donated not only their building, but also volunteers to support the Biloxi Yacht Club’s Ladies Auxilliary for their sixth annual Pink Paddle Kayak Race and Benefit, Saturday, July 29. The race starts from Ocean Springs Yacht Club and ends at the Biloxi Yacht Club.

The race is put on each year to raise money for Pink Heart Funds. The non-profit organization provides wigs for patients receiving cancer treatments and people who have other hair loss disorders. Pink Heart Funds was founded over ten years ago by JoAn Niceley. Niceley has battled cancer herself and noticed the need to improve issues people faced while receiving cancer treatments, especially young moms.

The pubic is invited to join the festivities at both Ocean Springs and Biloxi Yacht Club locations. Additionally, if you would like to sign up for the race, you may bring your own paddle board and something to propel with. Registration is $40 on-line at www.webscorer.com/register before the race or $50 if you register at the race. Registration ends at 9 a.m., so be sure to arrive early. The race is a rain or shine event, but is expected to bring in about 100 participants.

There will also be an after-party at the Biloxi Yacht Club, including a pool party, raffles, food and live music. Local businesses in Ocean Springs, Biloxi and Gulfport will be supplying gift cards and merchandise and prizes for the first and second place winners in several categories.

For more information, please contact Colby Cantrell at (251)-610-2267, Karen Byrd at (228)-806-5129 or by email at byc.pinkpaddle@gmail.com.

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