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What You Need to Know for the Gulf Coast Blues and Heritage Festival

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues and Heritage Festival is back to celebrate 26 years of blues, good food and a great time this weekend.  

The festival will be held on Saturday, September 9 from 12-10 pm at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Pascagoula. The price for tickets are $15 advance and $20 the day of the show. 

The festival features a lively array of southern soul, blues, zydeco, and gospel acts. It originally started in Biloxi, but has outgrown itself and its festival goers to a new location and a new audience. Phyllis Owens, President of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Blues Commission, says the festival has expanded its interest to host younger blues entertainers, as well as younger festival attendees. 

“It seems the crowd is getting younger each year. And that’s what we hope to do-continue the legacy of blues by including young ambassadors of the blues to become more involved”, says Owens.

Over 1,200 visitors are expected to attend this year, with some traveling all the way to the Gulf Coast from cities such as Chicago and Memphis to be a part of the longest running blues festivals in the Deep South. 

The featured artists this year include: André Lee, legendary Carl Sims, Columbus Toy, Yazoo Bayou Band, Donna Renae, Ms. Charli “Creole Diva” and many more. 

“The festival brings people and families together through their love and passion for the blues and is an important social event for many local organizations”, says Owens. “We hope this will serve as a signature event for the city of Pascagoula in hopes to increase interest in music amongst younger audiences in Jackson County,” said Owens. 

If you would like to find out more information about the festival, visit msgulfcoastbluesfest.com

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First Round of Flood Buckets, Beaumont Bound

21273330_726413284215875_4157953929642481845_o-300x225 First Round of Flood Buckets, Beaumont BoundIt’s an understatement to say Jackson County is full of cheerful givers. Since last week’s conception of the “#floodbucketchallenge” an outpouring of generosity from businesses and individuals has created a viral movement on Facebook. The first round of flood buckets will be loaded at Ocean Springs Lumber today starting at 5:00 pm. We are loading a trailer and will head for Beaumont early tomorrow morning.

UPDATE:   OVER 200 buckets are expected to be on the trailer filled with cleaning supplies, personal notes, and lots of prayer. Jackson County is no stranger to what the people of Texas are going through. “These flood buckets are filled with basic items that people will need as they clean out their homes. It’s our way of paying it forward and paying it back for those who helped us,”  says Beverly Dees of Ad-In Advertising.

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated!  ESPECIALLY our drop-off locations and sponsors: 

  • Heritage Funeral Home (http:www.heritagefuneralhome.com  https://www.facebook.com/HeritageFuneralHomeMossPoint/)
  • First United Methodist Church of Pascagoula  http://fumcpascagoula.org/  https://www.facebook.com/fumcpascagoula/
  • Ocean Springs Lumber and Supply Co. http://www.oslumber.com  https://www.facebook.com/OceanSpringsLumberSupplyCo/

 

After this first shipment of buckets, the #floodbucketchallenge will continue, however relief efforts shifting to larger boots on the ground organizations. Flood Buckets are still being collected at FUMC Pascagoula, where they will be handed off to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Similar relief efforts are happening locally which you can stay up to date by following the JaxCoHome Facebook page. This relief effort has truly shown the heart of Jackson County. The effort spearheaded by JaxCoHome.com can not thank Jackson County and everyone who has donated enough. This movement is a success and has been felt all the way in Texas. JaxCoHome.com would like to thank Ocean Springs Lumber, FUMC Pascagoula, and Heritage Funeral Homes for serving as drop off locations, and their personal donations to this relief effort. The Beaumont Chamber of Commerce will be receiving the truck and handling the distribution of the buckets on site.

On the heels of Harvey, we all sit with eyes on Irma. We encourage every resident to be prepared and stock up on items needed in case Jackson County is affected. 

You can find hurricane information and supply lists at the MEMA Preparation page: http://www.msema.org/be-prepared/hurricanes

Other ways you can help relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey:

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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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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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Singing River Health System Creates Healthy Program Guide for Jackson County

It’s no surprise that Mississippi is known for its high rates of diabetes, obesity and heart disease. In fact, Mississippi ranks 2nd for the highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America
 
Singing River Health System seized an opportunity to aid in improving the health of their patients and the members of Jackson County. Therefore, Singing River created a new program, Healthy Selection, which is aimed to encourage the citizens of Jackson County to choose the healthier option when dining out.
 
The purpose of the program is to feature a healthy meal choice from each of your favorite restaurants along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Each featured dish will be certified as a ‘Healthy Selection’ by Singing River Health System to meet the following criteria:
  • 550 calories or less
  • 20 grams of fat or less
  • 600 milligrams of sodium or less 

These guidelines follow the American Heart Association and US Dietary Guidelines standards for a flexible, yet healthy meal. 

“Our goal for this program is for anyone to walk into any of the many restaurants Jackson County has to offer and have a healthy option at their fingertips; something that is handpicked by Singing River Health System specifically for its nutritional value”, says Singing River’s Marketing Associate, Lauren McDavid.

The program is currently in the midst of launching and seeking restaurant partners in Jackson County to feature their signature ‘Healthy Selection’ meal.

There is no cost in becoming a partner. Each restaurant will not only have a Healthy Selection ‘plaque’ or signage of some sort to display the healthy selection(s) they offer, but will also be featured in the Singing River Healthy Selection Guide that will be distributed to all patients, employees, and throughout all of Jackson County. All of the ‘Healthy Selection’ partners will also be included in Singing River’s Healthy Selection social media posts and on their website: singingriverhealthsystem.com.

Singing River Health System hopes that this program will educate restaurant owners within the county and make healthy changes to their menu to improve the nutritional value of their meals.

“We believe a major change starts with small changes first, and we want to help change the health of our citizens for the better”, states McDavid. 

To become a Healthy Selection Partner Restaurant, contact Lauren McDavid, Marketing Assistant, at (228)-239-2315 or Lauren.McDavid@mysrhs.com.

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Pick-Your-Own Muscadine Grapes at Boggy Creek Vineyard

August 19 is the first day of the 2017 season to pick muscadine grapes at the Boggy Creek Vineyard in Vancleave.

Every year, for two to three weeks of the season, people come from all over Jackson County (and probably further) to the Boggy Creek Vineyard to pick their own muscadine grapes while they are ripe. The vineyard is open to the public for a “pick you own event”. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own buckets and pails to carry home and turn into their favorite jams, jellies, wine, ice cream and even pie.

The three-week picking season will start this Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 a.m. There will be five varieties of grapes to pick from and they are priced at $1.10 per pound.

The vineyard, located at 11300 Paige Bayou Road, will be open for approximately three weeks-The first week they will open from 7:30am till 6pm. The remainder of the season they will  open 7:30 to 11am, and then 3 till 6pm.

On Saturday, September 2nd the vineyard will host a harvest celebration day with games for kids, a bounce house, hay rides and more.

For more information, call 228-283-0669 or visit the vineyard’s website at www.boggycreekvineyard.com

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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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Singing River Medical Clinic Pascagoula Now Serving Patients Seven Days a Week

Singing River Health System’s Pascagoula Medical Clinic has announced new hours to serve patients seven days a week.   The clinic, located on Highway 90 next to Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, is now open for appointments or walk-in visits as follows:
 
Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
 
The clinic is staffed by seven physicians and nurse practitioners along with their support staff to treat everything from acute to chronic conditions for children and adults. Jason Ely, Director of Primary Care Services for the health system, notes that the new hours will better serve the Pascagoula community. “As a community health provider, making our team available whenever they’re needed most is a priority, be it for an earache, a fever, or chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. We invite everyone to come out and see us,” he said. 
 
More information on the clinic is available at https://www.singingriverhealthsystem.com/clinics/pascagoula/ or by calling 228-762-3466.
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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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