Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College campuses and centers will host a variety of different holiday events in December.  The events are all open to the public.

Jackson County Campus

  • “Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made” lecture with Eric Zala, Friday, November 2, 10 a.m. – noon, Warner Peterson Administration Building Lecture Hall. Eric Zala, director and star of “Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation,” which has been labeled the greatest fan film ever made; former Executive Director of the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Recreation; and Quality Assurance guy for EA Games, which includes the hit video games Madden Football and Borderlands 2; will discuss his inspirational story of perseverance and how he went from being a small-town kid in Ocean Springs with big dreams to rubbing elbows with the likes of Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg.  His lecture will also focus on how both film and video games are an important, overlooked means of telling a story in the scholarly community.  There will be a Q & A session afterwards.  It is advised to watch the documentary on Zala (currently on Netflix) entitled “Raiders!” for a greater appreciation of his amazing story before coming to this event.  The event is free and open to the public.
  • Veterans Celebration Week, November 5-9. A complimentary breakfast for vets will be held on Monday, November 5. A 5K fun run will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6. A movie and blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7. The Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on November 8, 12:30 p.m. at the Warner Peterson Administration Building and there will be an unveiling of a Veterans Sign on Friday, November 9. For more information, contact Sheila Lowery at 228.497.7636 or sheila.lowery@mgccc.edu.
  • “Scrutiny: Portraits Through Eyes” Art Exhibit, November 8 – December 13, Fine Art Gallery. The exhibit will highlight the paintings of Mississippi painter Traci Stover. An opening reception will be held on November 8 beginning at 12:15 p.m.  For Gallery hours or more information, contact Marc Poole at 497.7684 or marc.poole@mgccc.edu.
  • Fall for Fine Arts, Thursday, November 15, 9 a.m. – noon, Fine Arts Building.  Event includes a choir performance, pottery demonstration, drama productions and art exhibit.
  • Christmas at Jackson County, Friday, December 7, 7 p.m., Fine Arts Auditorium.  Event includes a madrigal and choral concert.

Jefferson Davis Campus

  • Art Exhibit, October 15 – November 29, Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit, “The Stories We Tell,” highlights the work of Delta State University professors Ky Johnston and Michael Stanley. A closing reception will be held on Thursday, November 29 from noon until 1 p.m.  The exhibit is free and open to the public. For Gallery hours and more information, contact Matt Steadman at 228.897.3736 or steadman@mgccc.edu.
  • Veterans Day Ceremony, Thursday, November 8, Veterans Courtyard, 12;30 p.m. Veterans Day Displays will be set up on November 5-7, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Displays and military service members will be in the fountain area each day. On Thursday, the Veterans Day Ceremony will include several veterans as speakers and music by Coastal Vibrations. A reception will follow in the Cyber Cafe. For more information, contact Lori Allemand at 228-897-3836 or lori.allemand@mgccc.edu.
  • Holiday Hobnob & Cookie Competition, Thursday, November 8, 6 p.m., Hospitality Resort Management Center. MGCCC Culinary Arts students will compete in a holiday side competition while MGCCC Baking & Pastry Arts students will compete in a holiday cookie competition. Live holiday music and spirited decorations are included.  Bring your appetite for sampling the cookies and holiday sides.  Ticket price is $35 and you must be 21 to attend.  Proceeds will benefit scholarships for Jefferson Davis Campus students.  To purchase tickets, contact Lisa Bradley at 228.897.3971 or lisa.bradley@mgccc.edu.
  • JD Players present “Arsenic and Old Lace,” November 29 – December 1 at 7 p.m. and December 2 at 2 p.m., Fine Arts Auditorium. Regular admission is $10, student/children (ages 4-17) admission is $5, or purchase 2018-2019 season passes for $22 regular admission and $12 student. To purchase tickets, please visit cashnet.com/MGCCCJDP.  For more information about plays offered this season, contact Ryan Pierini at ryan.pierini@mgccc.edu.
  • Christmas Choral Concert, Thursday, December 6, 7 p.m., Fine Arts Auditorium. The JD Singers and Coastal Vibrations will present the holiday concert.  Admission is free.  For more information, contact Debra Atkinson at debra.atkinson@mgccc.edu.

Perkinston Campus

  • Veterans Day Ceremony, November 9, noon, flagpole. The event is free and open to the public.During the event, there will be a ceremonial raising of the flag by a military color guard, performances by Mississippi Sound, the Perkinston Concert Choir, and the Perkette Dance Team and a Band of Gold parade. For more information about the event, contact Shellye Smith at 928.6325 or shellye.smith@mgccc.edu.
  • Fallen Soldier Memorial 5K Run/Walk, November 11, 4:30 p.m., Gregory War Memorial Chapel. Registration for the run/walk begins at 3:45 p.m. at the chapel. The run will take place immediately after the POW/MIA Tribute Balloon Release. For more information, contact Christopher Upton at 928.6270 or christopher.upton@mgccc.edu.
  • Tri-art-athon, Thursday, November 15, 6 p.m., Visual Arts Center & Malone Hall. The event includes a gallery talk at 6 p.m. in the Visual Arts Center followed by a performance by Mississippi Sound and the Perkette Dance Team at 7 p.m. in Malone Hall.  There will be a reception following at the Community Arts Center.  For more information contact Brandon Ring at 601.928.6370 or brandon.ring@mgccc.edu.
  • Festival of Lights, Friday, December 7, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Perkinston Campus. Fun for the entire family, the event features a parade, a silent auction, art shows, pictures with Santa, train rides, musical entertainment, games, food and Ferris wheel rides. The event open to the public. Rides and entertainment are free.

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