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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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Racers Roll In 25th Annual Soap Box Derby

racers Racers Roll In 25th Annual Soap Box DerbyThe 25th annual Deborah Washington Memorial Soap Box Derby was a success, with more than 30 competitors speeding across the finish line during the daylong event.

The race, held April 29 in Moss Point, was sponsored by the Chevron Black Employee Network (BEN) and Moss Point Active Citizens (MPAC). The Chevron Enabled and PRIDE Networks also supported the event.

Originally known as the Magnolia State Soap Box Derby, the event’s name was changed to honor Deborah Washington after she lost her battle with breast cancer. Washington started the event in 1992, and was a beloved Refinery employee known for her active community involvement.

The Derby draws participants from across the Southeast and is open to children between the ages of 7 and 21 who build their cars from kits. There are four divisions, which also includes the Super Kids division for special needs children.

Winners of all four Moss Point divisions advance to the compete in the All- American Soap Box Championship in Akron, Ohio.

More than 30 Refinery volunteers contributed to the success of the event by keeping the official heat times, hauling the derby cars from the finish line back to the start, swapping car wheels after each race, positioning the cars in the staging area, and even handing out bottled water.

 

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Ocean Springs 5K Fun Run/Walk

The Mississippi Municipal Service Company will be hosting their 7th annual Fun Run and Walk on Wednesday, July 26.

Individuals and Group participants from around Mississippi rise and shine early to get their juices flowing and start their day off with exercise. 

The race will start at 6:30 AM on the Ocean Springs side of the Biloxi Bridge. Participants may walk or run the bridge for $20.

The MMSC sponsors this event every year to raise money for the local Mississippi municipalities and its annual conference. The conference focuses on teaching programs that promote healthy municipalities.

If you haven’t already registered for the race, then you have until 2:00 PM today to do so. Participants can register at the Convention Center at booth # 1100. Your $20 registration fee includes: a bag, armband, keychain and t-shirt.

Parents may register children, so families are encouraged to come out and participate.

After the race is completed, various awards will be presented for top male and female runners. Additionally, the largest running group receives a plaque and a group photo.

The MMSC is expected to see a large crowd of over 100 participants. The event is rain or shine.

For more information: contact The Mississippi Municipal Service Company at 800-898-1032.

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Overflow 2017

Join the Magnolia Springs Assembly of God in Moss Point for this year’s Overflow event starting Sunday, July 23. 

This is a five day event with many guest speakers such as Bob Wilburn, Tommy Moore, Shane Warren & Choco De Jesus. Parents can be present at a powerful worship nightly while their kids enjoy the Kids’ Crusade. 

Check out the Overflow schedule below and come experience the power of God. 

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Catch more fish with science

Learn tips, techniques, and facts about Speckled Trout at this month’s Catch More Fish with Science at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs.

Catch More Fish with Science seminars are held on the third Thursday of every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and teach locals and visitors how to have a successful fishing trip, focusing on a specific game fish each seminar. Attendees learn things from habits and habitats of the fish to how to prepare them in the kitchen.

This week’s featured scientist if Trevor Moncrief who will give tips about the speckled trout’s lifestyle and where you can find them throughout the year.

One session is $30 a person, which goes toward scholarships for kids to attend the GCRL’s summer camp and boat tours.

To register for a session or get more information, visit their website at http://gcrl.usm.edu/mec/fishing.seminars.php.

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Need a good read?

The Little Free Libraries is a free book exchange throughout the world that promotes literacy, creativity, wisdom and a sense of community. There are over 36,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all 50 U.S. states and 70 different countries worldwide.

Little Free Libraries come in many different shapes and sizes but the most common is a small wooden box that is full of books for the community to share. It is always open for anyone to take a book, add a book or exchange a book.

Jackson County has its own set of Little Free Libraries located throughout Pascagoula. Some of the locations include Jerry Lee’s Grocery Store, Scranton’s Restaurant, Pascagoula Senior Center and the Pascagoula Police Department.

Pascagoula’s Little Free Libraries partners include Pascagoula Gautier School District, City of Pascagoula, local artist, Whimsy Books and Toys, and many more.

To support this great organization, visit and use Pascagoula’s LFL, donate new or used books which you can drop off at a nearby LFL or Whimsy Books & Toys, or be a steward for LFL.

For more information about the Little Free Libraries, email the organizers at LFLpascagoula@gmail.com or find them on Facebook at Little Free Library Pascagoula.

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Chevron plays big role in ‘Backpack Buddies’

The Backpack Buddies program was started in 1995 by a school nurse in Little Rock, Ark., who realized that children coming to her with headaches and stomach aches were actually suffering from hunger, not illness. At that time, she began sending food home with the children in their backpacks on Fridays. The school where she worked saw an immediate improvement in grades and in enthusiasm in the children. From that time, the program has spread throughout the country. In Jackson County alone, there are Backpack Buddies programs in Gautier, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula and Moss Point.

The Pascagoula Backpack Buddies program began in 2008.  Since then, Chevron has played an important role in collecting and distributing food donations to aid the Backpack Buddies organization in feeding hungry school children in our local area.

Last year, Chevron collected $2,878 and 9,192 food items to provide to Backpack Buddies for distribution. Chevron is hoping to collect even more money and food this year.

Chevron is doing a food drive for Backpack Buddies of Pascagoula (BPB) for the rest of the month into mid-August

Check out the flyer below to see how you can help! Contact Jaquelyn Modist for more info: Jacquelyn.Modist@chevron.com

 

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Volunteers Prep for Racquets for Ronald

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Thanks to the Chevron volunteers who recently helped prepare for Racquets for Ronald, a tennis tournament fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House.

The event is held annually at Treasure Oak Country Club in Ocean Springs, and proceeds directly benefit the Share-A-Night Fund, which helps to cover expenses for Ronald McDonald House. The House offers 38 guest rooms, which are available cost-free for families with hospitalized children and helps support families seeking respite at two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms located inside USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile.

Louis Henry, Refinery Strategy and Business Planning Manager, serves on the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald House.

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Feline a perfect family friend

For more information about Henna or other adoptable pets, visit the Jackson County Animal Shelter or call (228) 497-6350.

 

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Henna is a female domestic short hair who came to the shelter in early June. 

She is estimated to be 26 weeks old, born in early December. 

Two words to describe Henna are playful and lovable. She would make a great addition to any Jackson County family.

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Free Summer Library Programs for children at area libraries start June 5

Registration for the “Build a Better World” summer library program begins Tuesday, May 30, at all Jackson-George Regional Library System locations.

The summer program for children is designed to help kids discover the pleasure of reading and things their community has to offer. Programs this year will help children enjoy community projects, activities, and the fun of reading.

A full schedule of events will encourage children to be active and interested in reading all summer long. All programs are free and bring amazing topics right to the library; special projects, special guests, puppets, story-times, and so much more.

Weekly programs for each of three age groups will include pre-school story-time, elementary school programs, and teen programs.

“Every year more and more children are reached by our programs,” said JGRLS Youth Services Coordinator Bethany Carlisle. “We always have families moving to our area and we encourage them to get a library card and enjoy the fun and learning activities. We hope children and their parents will come and enjoy great programs for all ages.”

A registration card is filled out for each child who registers. Each time the child visits the library, their program activities will be recorded. Certificates of completion will be presented to those who complete an activity card along with a prize bag.

For more information and downloadable schedules, visit the library website or visit a JGRLS library.

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