AREA BRIEFS Maranatha VBS
Maranatha Baptist Church, 1818 Old Hwy 26, Perkinston, will host Vacation Bible School July 28-30, 6 p.m. 8 p.m. nightly for ages 4 to 12. For more info call 601-569-3223.
The Stone County Cattlemens Association will meet Thurs., July 31 at the Stone County Fairgrounds. The board will meet at 6 p.m. followed by supper and a membership meeting at 7 p.m. Moley Herring of the Lucedale Livestock Producers Stockyard and Dr. Brandi Karisch, extension beef cattle specialist, will be guest speakers. For more info and to RSVP by Tues., July 29, call 601-928-5286.
Bethel Baptist VBS
Bethel Baptist Church will host Vacation Bible School July 28 August 1, 6 p.m. 8:15 p.m. nightly.
Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport will host Seabee Mud Run on Oct. 4. Registration and check-in will begin at 7 a.m. and the race will begin in heats promptly at 8 a.m. The course is just over five miles with mud, water, mud, dry obstacles, mud, water slide, mud, hills and of course, mud standing between the runner and finish line. For more info or to register visit http://www.active.com/gulfport-ms/running/races/seabee-volkslauf-mud-run-2014
Oak Grove MBC of Brooklyn will hold their annual revival services Mon., Aug. 11 Wed., Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m. nightly. Guest speaker will be Minister Vanessa Hall, associate minister of St. Paul MBC of Maxie. For more info call Deacon Ray Benjamin at 601-598-2041.
Malinda Mitchell will hold a book signing for her latest childrens book on Thurs., July 24, 1 p.m. 3 p.m. at the Stone County Library.
United Blood Service will host a blood drive Thurs., July 31, 11 a.m. 5 p.m. at the Stone County Library in Wiggins. All donors will receive a free t-shirt and be automatically entered into door prize drawings with the grand prize being a Kindle Fire HD. The Stone County Cattlemen Association will be grilling 100 percent all beef hamburgers for all donors.
Stone Wiggins Recreation Association will hold registration for football Fri., July 25, 6 p.m. 8 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 2, 10 a.m. 12 p.m.; and Sat., Aug. 9, 10 a.m. 12 p.m. at Hood Fields upstairs. The child must be present to register. Fee is $85.
Show your Tomcat Spirit on Friday Game Days this fall. Order your 2014 Tomcat T-shirts by calling or texting 601-606-2400. Cost is $12 for adults and children and $13 for 2X and 3X.Deadline to order is August 1.
Farming Short Course
Fruit and vegetable growers can learn how to grow and sell produce for farmer markets during an upcoming short course. Micro farming: growing for farmers markets will be held Aug. 27-28, 8:30 a.m. 5 p.m. in Raymond. The course is free but advance registration is required. For more info or to register call 601-892-3731.
Tuxechena Baptist Church, 400 City Rd., Perkinston, will host Vacation Bible School through July 25, 6 p.m. 8:30 p.m. nightly for ages pre-k to teens. For more info call 601-494-0267.
Christian Community VBS
Christian Community Center, 126 N. Parker St., Wiggins (across from S & P Farm and Garden) will host Vacation Bible School through July 24, 6 p.m. 8:30 p.m. nightly. For more info or for transportation call 601-716-5280 or 601-716-6030.
Hamburger Steak Dinner
Hamburger steak plates will be sold Thurs., July 24, 4 p.m. 6 p.m. at the Sawmill Restaurant. Proceeds will benefit the Jerry J. Fairley Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Cost is $8 per plate and includes hamburger steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, roll and dessert. For more info or to purchase a ticket call Marilyn Monroe at 601-928-8233 or LaShawn at 601-928-4660.
Registration for all students attending Stone County Schools will be July 23, 9 a.m. 3 p.m.; and July 24, 9 a.m. 6 p.m. Please bring the following to registration: 2 proofs of physical address (one must be a current utility bill), parent or guardian ID, MS Immunization form (new students only), birth certificate (new students only), social security card (new students only), withdrawal form, transcript and/or report card from school attended 2013-2014 school year (new students only). All 7th grade students must have the Tdap vaccination.
Unity in the Community
Dominion and Power Family Life Center will host the 2nd annual Unity in the Community on Sat., Aug. 16, 12 p.m. 4 p.m. inside Flint Creek Water Park. The event is free to the public and will include a Moon bounce, basketball, sack races, giveaways, Christian music performances and more.
The Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum of Art at William Carey University, Hattiesburg, is currently displaying an exhibit A Slice of Summer, featuring works by Charles Ambrose, Walter Inglis Anderson, James McConnell Anderson, Leif Anderson, Christopher Stebly and other Mississippi arts. The exhibit will hang until August 27 and is open to the public free of charge. For more info call 601-318-6542.
A food drive for Our Daily Bread Pantry is being held at the McHenry Library through the end of July. The library is open Tuesday and Thursday 11 a.m. 5 p.m., Wednesday, 9 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
Teen Reading Program
McHenry Library will Spark a Reaction, with teens this summer during their summer reading program. The program will begin at 2 p.m. on Wed., July 2 and continue each Wednesday throughout July. The program is for teens ages 13-18. For more info call 601-528-9465.
Host Families Needed
Cultural Homestay International is seeking host families for foreign exchange students for the Stone County 2014-15 school year. Students provide their own spending money and medical insurance. For more information contact Heather Anderson at 601-716-4441 or 601-928-4802.
Natural Resource Workshop
A July 27 workshop in Hattiesburg will help landowners recognize the income-generating potential of their land when used for natural resource enterprises. The MFC, USDA Forest Service and MSU Extension are sponsoring the workshop at the Forrest County Extension Office, 8 a.m. 3 p.m. Workshop fee is $25 and deadline to register is July 10. For more info or to register call Kelly LaSalle at 662-325-3133.
4-H Fishing Day
A 4-H Fishing Day is planned at Lake Perry in Beaumont on July 29. Kids ages 8 to 15 are invited to attend. Space is limited to 25 participants so register early by calling 601-964-3668.
TOPS (Taking off Pounds Sensibly) meets each Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Stone County Library. For more info call 601-528-0464.
A Bible study group will be offered at Solid Rock Youth Center, E. Pine Ave., Wiggins, on Sunday mornings 10 a.m. 10:40 a.m. The Bible study will be open to adults. The public is invited. June 8th leaders will be Wiley Abel and Jerry Parsons.
The Strong Bones, Strong Women exercise classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. in Wiggins at the Stone County Rehab Center and at 10:30 a.m. in McHenry at the Community Building next to the McHenry Fire Station. The classes are for osteoporosis prevention and muscle strengthening. For more info call 601-928-5286.
The Pine Hill Dulcimers & Friends meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month 6 p.m. 8 p.m. in the Wiggins Presbyterian Church parish hall, 331 E. College Ave. Wiggins. The group plays songs and learns new ones. It is not necessary to be able to read music to enjoy playing the dulcimer. Anyone interested in learning to play is welcome. For more info call 601-528-1663.