Ocean Springs Receives $30,000 ‘Meet Me at the Park’ Grant

Ocean Springs has been selected to receive a $30,000 play space grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company. This investment supports NRPA and Disney’s combined goal of providing one million kids and families with greater access to play.

Twenty-five park and recreation agencies and cities nationwide were selected to receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to support projects that increase access to play spaces in local parks for children and families.

The projects selected include a variety of innovative play space enhancements, sport field/court enhancements, trail and walking path enhancements, and mobile play spaces, which include flexible play equipment and activities that can be moved and put to use in different locations. All of the projects focus on inclusive play spaces that increase physical activity and play for children and families.

The city of Ocean Springs is partnering with Disability Connection on this project and will use the $30,000 grant to provide four fully accessible play structures in the Little Children’s Park. These structures provide opportunities for physical and sensory activity to children and adults of all physical abilities. 

“NRPA is proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company to help more children and families experience the benefits of play,” said Kellie May, NRPA director of health and wellness. “By increasing access to play spaces, this program will also provide new activities that support healthy lifestyles in local communities.” 

The Meet Me at the Park program includes an Earth Month campaign as well, where funding is awarded for local park improvement projects that connect kids to nature, inspire healthy living and provide access to sports. The campaign celebrates Earth Month and the importance of local parks. 

To learn more about Meet Me at the Park, visit www.nrpa.org/disney

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Songs and Stories Radio Show

The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education, The Mississippi Songwriters Alliance and The Feder Federation present Songs and Stories Radio Show.

The show will be held tonight, August 17 ,at the Mary C. from 7:00-8:00 p.m. There is a free admission, so bring your friends and family members for a fun night out. 

This month’s performer is Matt Hoggart. Matt Hoggatt is a Mississippi Gulf Coast resident who caught the attention of Jimmy Buffett in 2012 leading to a record deal on Jimmy Buffett’s record label, Mailboat Records.  Matt is a full time law enforcement officer, but he also tours nationally as a performing artist and radio DJ on Radio Margaritaville Sirius XM. Matt refers to his blend of music as “Americana-comedy, trop-rock-country, folk-rap, mainstream-music-protest-songs.” You can find out more about Matt Hoggatt at www.matthoggatt.com

Donations will also be accepted for the event. 

For more information, you may contact the Mary C. at 228-818-2878 or visit their website: themaryc.org

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St. John Offers Free Weekly Choir Program for Children

St. John’s Episcopal Church announces the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) fall choir program for children will begin on Tuesday, August 15. All young people in the community, kindergarten through middle school, are invited to participate. “All children- no matter their church affiliation- are welcome”, said by Cynthia Ramseur, Choirmaster.

The choir schedule is as follows:

  • Kindergarten through 2nd grade- meet at 3 p.m. for a welcoming snack followed by singing and movement until 3:45 p.m. 
  • Third thru 6th graders- meet at 4 p.m. to begin music theory; then rehearse with middle school group until 5 p.m. 
  • 7th Grade & up (with other choristers as assigned)- meet at 5 p.m. to rehearse with first group; then continue their music theory and rehearsal until 5:30 p.m. 

Choristers are expected to attend instruction once weekly and participate in the 9 a.m. worship service once every 4-6 weeks. There are no requirements or fees for membership other than attendance and a desire to sing. 

For more information, contact Cynthia Ramseur at (228)-282-5000.

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New Phone Repair Business in Ocean Springs Walmart

iFix and Repair is a smartphone, tablet, PC and laptop repair center. The franchised business is located in the Ocean Springs Walmart and can help repair your cracked Apple iPhone or Samsung screens. They also specialize in servicing screen replacement, speaker repair, and much more on cellphones, tablets, and laptops. 

“In most cases, we offer same-day repair and can be ready in less than an hour”, says location manager Eddie DeLeon. So if you find yourself with a cracked screen and need to do some grocery shopping, you are able to shop while your device is being repaired. All repairs are done in the store and come with a 60 day guarantee. 

If you need some gear for your newly fixed phone, iFix and Repair also stocks all the accessories  you need like chargers, cases, and more.

The Ocean Springs Walmart location is open Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat : 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Sun : 12:00PM-06:00 PM. 

For more information, you can call at (228) 285-7623 or visit their website https://ifixandrepair.com/connect/ocean-springs-walmart 

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Ocean Springs Community Pep Rally

The Ocean Springs School District will be hosting their Annual Back to School Pep Rally Thursday, Aug 10 at 5 pm.

The pep rally will be held at the Greyhound Stadium and is open to the public for a family-fun night of Greyhound Pride. 

There will be food, drinks, face painting, water slide, dunk tank, bounce house, snow cones and prizes to this free event. The rally is sponsored by Bienville Animal Medical Center, Bay Pest Control, Garden Park Medical Center, Hendren Law Firm, Henze Enterprises, Mississippi National Guard, Mustang Alley Body Works, Pilger Title Co. and Team Waste. 

You will also be able to meet the cheerleaders, dance team, football team, and the Blue Grey Pride Band. 

Be sure to come out to paint the town Blue & Grey as Ocean Springs School District prepares for a wonderful school year!

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Greyhounds Give Helping Hand to Hungry

Over 200 Ocean Springs High School students volunteered to pack over 44,000 meals last week at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi. 

The meals were packed during the Southern Legislative Conference in support of the Mark Norris Campaign Against Hunger. The campaign against hunger is spearheaded by Tennessee Senate Majority leader Mark Norris and the Southern Legislative Conference. The meals were sent to the Mississippi Food Network to feed those who go hungry within the state. 

Attendees at the conference helped pack meals between 10 and 11:30 a.m., but the student volunteers arrived earlier at 8:45 to get a jump start on helping with the job. Students were encouraged to wear their class shirts and football uniforms to spark Greyhound school spirit.

Ocean Springs School District athletic director, Mark Hubbard, and his coaches recruited over 150 student athletes to work alongside student club representatives and parents. 

The Greyhound Nation volunteers were honored to donate their time and efforts to service those in need. 

 

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Paddleboard Kayak Race for The Cure Starts Now Foundation

The 3rd Annual Face Off at the Fort SUP Race will be held at the historical landmark, Fort Maurepas Park, located in Ocean Springs, Mississippi on August 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM. The race is being hosted by Ocean Springs’ own paddleboard store, Paddles Up. The event will start at 9 am. and is rain or shine. 

Registration is $40, and if you haven’t already signed up, then you may do so from 7:30-8:30 AM. 

The race divisions are as follows:

1 Mile Rec (men, women)
3 Mile (Men’s Surfstyle, Women’s Surfstyle, Men’s 12’6″, Women’s 12’6″)
6 mile (men’s surfstlye, women’s surfstyle, men’s 12’6″, women’s 12’6″, men’s 14′, women’s 14′)

All of the proceeds from the race will benefit The Cure Starts Now Foundation. The Cure Starts Now Foundation fights for the cure for children with DIPG, brainstem glioma and cancer survivors everywhere. This year’s race will be dedicated to Sophia Myers, recently diagnosed with DIPG. 

There will also be raffles and giveaways, including gift certificates from local shops and businesses, a fishing trip with American Spirit and a three day getaway to Destin, Florida.

For more information about the race, please contact Paddles Up at (228)-334-5574. 

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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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Blue-Grey Pride to Perform Free Show

The Ocean Springs’ Blue-Grey Pride Band will perform their 2nd Annual Preview Show on Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 PM.

The high school band will be performing a free show to the public at the Greyhound Stadium. The performance will serve as a sneak peek of what is to come from Blue-Grey Pride in their upcoming season.

The Blue-Grey Pride Band just wrapped up their summer band camp last week, and has learned a new performance that will surely bring excitement to the crowd. The show will be approximately 30 minutes long and will be a preview of the big show they will be performing this season.

Head director, Dr. Schuman, “encourages everyone to come out and enjoy a wonderful evening of OS Spirit”.

There will also be an opportunity to make donations to the band after the performance. Guests can locate Andrea Osman (OSHS Band Parent Association President) after the show.

So, plan to show your support on Thursday night for Blue-Grey Pride and yell “Go Greyhounds!”. 

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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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