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Multnomah County looks to sale vacant Wapato Jail

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Multnomah County officials are renewing an aggressive effort to sell a jail in North Portland’s Rivergate area that has sat vacant since it was built.

Built at a cost of $58 million, the Wapato Jail has never housed a single inmate since it was completed in 2004, according to city commissioners. Voters approved the bonds to pay for the jail, but no money was ever secured to run the 525-bed facility.

The Wapato Jail remains empty, June 3, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
The Wapato Jail remains empty, June 3, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

County officials said the falling crime rate made the jail unnecessary.

“We need to either sell it [or] lease it and get it on the tax rolls, so our vulnerable populations will be able to use those resources,” said Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith.

According to county officials, $300,000 a year is spent on just maintaining the Wapato Jail. The money covers utilities, landscaping and preventing the pipes from freezing in the winter.

Now, the county has issued a request for information to hear ideas about what to do with the vacant prison.

“I actually had the somewhat whimsical title of Wapato Facilities Commander although I outnumbered the inmate population – one to nothing,” said former Multnomah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bruce McCain.

McCain called Wapato Jail the county’s biggest albatross and said he wonders if the massive facility – built as a jail – can effectively be used for anything else.

“I’m not sure anybody would want to buy it and own it,” said McCain. “The one use – the possible use that I’ve actually promoted – is a one-stop multiple service homeless shelter.”

However, Union Gospel Mission’s Executive Director Bill Russell said he doesn’t think that idea is feasible.

“I don’t think it’s feasible. It’s too far away from the city. It’s way up in an industrial area. There’s no public transportation. There’s no way to access, and the cost is pretty high,” said Russell.

County officials said the property is assessed at about $40 million.

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What’s Happening for June (UPDATED JUNE 4)


Red Cross blood drive: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Virginia College, on the Red Cross bloodmobile, 920 Cedar Lake Road, Biloxi. To schedule an appointment, visit Sponsor code, VCBILOXI.

Summer Reading Programs: 10 a.m. Wednesdays thru July 9, St. Martin Public Library, 15004 Lemoyne Blvd., Details: 392-3250.

Mono-Printing on Clay: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Ceramics Studio, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Learn the art of transferring paintings to terra cotta clay and create wall hangings. Cost: $35. Ages 12 and older. Details: 374-5547.

Gulf Coast Symphony Guild luncheon: 11:30 a.m., Biloxi Yacht Club, 408 Beach Blvd. Installation of officers and presentation of Jean Capps Service Award. Details: 872-2936.

Overeaters Anonymous meeting: 1-2 p.m., Long Beach Library, meeting room, 209 Jeff Davis Ave. Meetings held every Wednesday. Details: 493-0539.

Summer Reading Programs: 2 p.m. Wednesdays thru July 9, Gautier Public Library, 2100 Library Lane. Details: 497-4531.

Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority meeting: 2 p.m., third floor of the terminal.

Sons of the American Legion meeting: 5:30-6:30 p.m., 3824 Old Spanish Trail, Gautier. Details: 497-6422.

Canine Obedience: 6:30 p.m., D’Iberville Recreation Center, Kajja Road. Eight-week basic training class. Trainers have more than 30 years of specialization for any breed and size. Cost: $75 pre-entry, $90 first-class night. Details: 832-3320.


Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce post-legislative session update: 8-9:30 a.m., Golden Nugget Casino Biloxi. Details: 604-0014.

Harrison County Utility Authority board meeting: 9 a.m., Intraplex Industrial Park, 10271 Express Dr., Gulfport.

Downtown Farmers Market Festival: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., under Interstate 110 overpass on Howard Avenue, Biloxi. Vegetable baskets, cookbooks and homemade goods. Details: 435-6339.

Summer Reading Programs: 10 a.m. Thursdays thru July 10, Ina Thompson Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview St.. Details: 475-7462.

Literary Elements: 2 p.m., East Central Public Library. Theme: Authors, Arts and Literature. Featuring Linda Inman and Rita Johnson at the kickoff party. Details: 588-6263.

Summer Reading Programs: 2 p.m. Thursdays thru July 10, Pascagoula Public Library, 3214 Pascagoula. Details: 769-3060.

28th annual Coast Coliseum Summer Fair: 5-10 p.m. June 5, 5-11 p.m. June 6, 1-11 p.m. June 7, 1-10 p.m. June 8, 5-10 p.m. June 9, 5-10 p.m. June 10-12, 5-11 p.m. June 13, 1-11 p.m. June 14, 1-8:30 p.m. June 15, Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Free admission every day for children under 12 and for adults Sunday-Thursday. Admission $5 on Fridays and Saturdays for ages 13 and older. Pay-one-price armbands for rides are $23, good for 5-10 p.m. weekdays, 1-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Live music and entertainment. Details: 594-3700.

Astronomy Zone: 5 p.m., St. Martin Public Library. Theme: Constellation Pendants. All materials provided. Details: 392-3250.

Think Like an Entrepreneur class: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Innovation Center, 1636 Popp’s Ferry Road, Biloxi. Details/registration: 396-8661 or 392-9741.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy, Mon Bachelor/Bachelorette Showcase: 6 p.m., IP Casino Resort, Biloxi. Benefits Mental Health Association of Mississippi. Tickets: $30 each including hors d’oeuvres, drinks, raffles, auction and the Myles Sharp Band. Details: 864-6274.

Literary Feud: 6 p.m., Pascagoula Public Library. Details: 769-3060.

Long Beach Community Bicycle Ride: 6 p.m., Town Green, Jeff Davis and Third Street. Bring bike and helmet. Five-mile loop through city for all ages. Details; 297-7229.

Pharmacist from Burnhams: 6 p.m., Ina Thompson Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview St. If interested in career in pharmacy, find out what it takes. Details: 475-7462.

American Legion Post 1992 executive committee meeting: 6-7 p.m., 3824 Old Spanish Trail, Gautier. Details: 497-6422.

Fourth annual Purple Knights Donors Banquet: 6:30 p.m., Pelican Landing Convention Center, 6217 Mississippi 613, Moss Point. Theme: Maintaining Success Through Perseverance. Keynote speaker: William Gervin. A social hour and silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $40 for silent auction and dinner. Details: 206-3049.

Coast Big Band summer concert: 7:30 p.m., Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Features 25-piece band. Cost: $12.50. Details/tickets:


Hurricane Hunters lecture series: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd. Hunters, based at Keesler Air Force Base, will highlight their experiences tracking hurricanes. Details: 377-2056.

Lights! Camera! Action!: 1-4 p.m., Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Teaches art of visual storytelling through film scripting, directing, shooting, video editing and screening processes for teenagers 13-18. Registration required. Details: 452-4596.

17th annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic: scales open 3-8 p.m. June 6-7, Point Cadet Marina, Biloxi.

Blues and BBQ: 5-8 p.m., Marshall Park, Ocean Springs. Tickets: $20 each, for plate and entertainment by Band of Gold. Presented by Historic Ocean Springs Association to raise money for a new roof for old bandstand at center of the park. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Tickets in advance at Foley Ransom’s Law Office, 912 Robinson Ave., near the park or by calling Herb Moore at 875-6995.

First Friday celebration: 5-8 p.m., downtown Biloxi, Water Street and Magnolia Arts District. Support local businesses and enjoy live entertainment and giveaways. Details: 435-6339.

Shrek Family Cooking class: 6-7:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Cost: $25 one parent and child, $5 additional child. Menu includes Swamp Slime. Details: 897-6039.

VFW Post 6731 steak dinner: 6-8 p.m., 4321 W. Gay Road, D’Iberville. Cost: $14. Details/to-go orders: 392-1152.

French Club Friday night dinner: 6-8 p.m., 182 Howard Ave., Biloxi. Cost: $8. Entertainment at 6:30 p.m. Details: 436-6472.

Joppa Shriners steak dinner: 6-8 p.m., Joppa Shrine Center, 13280 Shriners Blvd., Biloxi. Cost: $14 adults; children under 10 get free hotdog or hamburger and chips. Details: 392-9345.

American Legion Post 1992 roast pork or tilapia dinner: 6-8 p.m., 3824 Old Spanish Trail, Gautier. Cost: $8. Entertainment. Details: 497-6422.

Ocean Springs Elk Lodge 2501 fish/steak dinner: 6:30-8:30 p.m. 2501 Beachview Drive. Cost: $18 steak, $12 fish. Details: 872-2501.

Third annual Words and Music Community Culture Series concert: 7 p.m., Pass Christian City Hall Courtyard, 111 Hiern Ave. Featuring Pass Christian Community Orchestra. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Sponsored by Friends of Pass Christian Library. Details: 452-4596.

“The Oldest Profession”: 8 p.m. June 6-7, 2 p.m. June 8. Biloxi Little Theatre, 220 Lee St. Cost: $10. Tickets/details: or 432-8543.

“Dinner with Friends”: 8 p.m. June 6-7, 2 p.m. June 8, Bay St. Louis Little Theatre, 398 Blaize Ave. Cost: $14 adults; $10 seniors, veterans, military and students with ID; $6 children 12 and under. Details/reservations: 467-9024 or

Friday night dance: 8-10 p.m. June 6, 13, 20, 27, Amour Danzar, 9355 County Farm Road, Gulfport. Cost: $10. Casual dress. Details: 324-3730.

Family movie night: 8:15 p.m., Beach Park, 600 City Park St., Pascagoula. Featuring “Grease.” Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Details: 990-1174.


23rd annual Deborah Washington Memorial Soap Box Derby: 9 a.m., downtown Moss Point. Ages 8-17 race homemade engine-less cars. Sponsored by Chevron and the Black Employee’s Network at Chevron. Details: 990-7389.

Bunk bed building: 9 a.m.-noon, First Christian Church, 2111 15th St., Gulfport. Building project involves raising of money and donations to buy lumber to make bunk beds for children in foster care. Beds are built then delivered to families.

Mississippi Business Women Spring Meeting: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., noon lunch, Ocean Springs Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Details: 238-1529 or 826-1024.

Honoring our Veterans Car Show: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Biloxi VA Campus, near Buildings 53 and 15, 400 Veterans Ave. Co-sponsored by Mississippi Beach Cruisers and Biloxi VA’s Community and Public Affairs. Details: 392-6134.

Overeaters Anonymous meeting: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Hancock Medical Center, baby waiting room, 149 Drinkwater Road, Bay St. Louis. Meetings held every Saturday. Details: 493-0539.

Early childhood parenting program: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Moore Community House, 684 Walker St., Learn about pre-natal and newborn brain development, and get training. Details: 223-1983.

Red, White and Blueberry Festival: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., LN Depot Plaza, Ocean Springs. Presented by Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau. Details: 875-4424.

Ocean Springs Art and Antiques Market: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St. Browse handcrafted and fine art goods and tour the center. Details: 818-2878.

Community fair: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Hope Credit Union, 188 Porter Ave., Biloxi. Food, face painting, live entertainment, health screenings and more. Details: 374-1667.

Clay Babies preschool class: 10:30-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-noon, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Ceramics Studio, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Ages 2-7. Material fee: $10. Details: 374-5547.

Multicultural Fair: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Biloxi Town Green. Informational booths, live entertainment, arts and crafts, ethnic foods and more. Details: 860-0913 or 236-7330.

Collage for a Cause: 1-4 p.m. June 7-8, Diamondhead Continuing Education Center. Participants will make two collages, one will be donated for fundraising. Instructor: Christina Richardson. Cost: $160, plus $25 supply fee. $25 deposit required. Details: 222-7018.

Landscaping lecture: 2-3 p.m., Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum, Picayune. Author Bob Brzuszek speaks on his new book, “A Sustainable Regional Landscape”. Cost: $5 nonmembers. Details: 601-799-2311.

Gulf Coast Stamp Club meeting: 2:30 p.m., St. Martin Library, LeMoyne Boulevard.

2014 Gulf Coast Baptist Training Union pageant: 5 p.m., Good Deeds Community Center, Gulfport. Young women representing local churches compete for Miss Congress title.

Ocean Springs Elk Lodge 2501 spaghetti dinner: 5-7:30 p.m. 2501 Beachview Drive. Cost: $10. Details: 872-2501.

Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence inaugural $3,000 drawdown: 6 p.m., Frank Gruich Sr. Community Center, 591 Howard Ave., Biloxi. Cost: $30. Event includes raffle, silent auction and music. Details: 436-3809.

Let’s Go to the Hop benefit: 7 p.m., IP Casino Resort third floor ballroom, 850 Bayview Ave., Biloxi. Tickets: $40 in advance, $50 at door. Proceeds benefit Gulf Coast Health Educators. Food, entertainment, silent auction, vacation raffle and more. Details: 324-3730 or 265-2197.

Jackson County Outstanding Citizen banquet: 7 p.m., Gautier First United Methodist Church, 2717 U.S. 90. Honoree: James Henry LeBatard. Sponsored by Gautier Civitan. Tickets: $35, available at The Flower Patch, 3204 Ladnier Road, Gautier. Details: 497-6210.

Dancing Under the Stars: 7-11 p.m., IP Casino Resort, Biloxi. Entertainment, swing contest, silent auction, food and chance to win a vacation. Ticket: $40 in advance, $50 door. Dance lesson available 30 minutes before event. Benefits Gulf Coast Health Educators. Details: 860-7530 or 265-2197.

Cabaret fundraiser: 8 p.m., Gulfport Little Theater, 2600 13th Ave. Cost: $10 adults, $5 ages 18 and under. Entertainment will include local performers. Benefits Children’s Miracle Network. Details: 806-7066.

Blues Bash annual fundraiser: 8-11 p.m., 100 Men Hall, 303 Union St., Bay St. Louis. Music by Guitar Bo Miss Dee, silent and live auctions, and presentation of the 100 Men Hall Visionary Award to the Leo Seal Family Foundation. Tickets: $60 per person includes reserved seats, hors d’oevres and portrait by a caricature artist; or $250 per person/$400 per couple for the 100 Club membership, an exclusive season pass to events. Details: 342-5770.

French Club Saturday night dance: 8 p.m.-midnight, 182 Howard Ave., Biloxi. Cost: $8 single, $15 couple. Music by Nick Mattina and the Checkmates. Details: 436-6472.


VFW Post 6731 breakfast: 8-11 a.m. June 8, 15, 22 and 29, 4321 W. Gay Road, D’Iberville. Cost: $6.

Red Cross blood drive: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church, parish hall, 10446 LeMoyne Blvd., D’Iberville. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. To make an appointment, visit Sponsor code, SACREDHEARTDIB.

Ocean Springs Elks Lodge 2501 country fried steak and eggs breakfast: 9-11 a.m., 2501 Beachview Drive. By the Ritual Team. Details: 872-2501.

Jazz Society jam session: 2-5 p.m., Gulfport Elks Lodge 978, 12010 Klein Road. Adults only, casual dress. Cost: $6 nonmembers. Details: 392-4177.


American Legion Post 1192 meeting/election: 7-8:30 p.m., 3824 Old Spanish Trail, Gautier. Details: 497-6422.


Integrating Mental, Behavioral, Physical and Spiritual Health: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 10-11, Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave. Sessions include: social work ethics, music therapy, virtual dementia tour, elder suicide, fundraising and more.

Watercolor journaling workshop: 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays through June 24, Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Instructor: Rhonda Iris Richmond. Learn an expressive way to record ideas, document experiences and develop drawing and painting skills. Cost: $100 for members, $115 for nonmembers. Details: 818-2878.

Piano master class: 10 a.m., Academy of Music, 1902 24th St., Gulfport. Cost: $5. Details: 863-1388.

Summer Reading Programs: 10 a.m. Tuesdays thru July 8, Ocean Springs Municipal Library, 525 Dewey Ave. Details: 875-1193.

Red Cross blood drive: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., The Boyington Health Care Facility, on the Red Cross bloodmobile, 1530 Broad Ave., Gulfport. To schedule an appointment, visit Sponsor code, BOYINGTON.

Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association Gulf South Chapter luncheon: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Golden Nugget, Biloxi. Theme: Event planning. Cost: $20 members-students, $30 nonmembers. Reservations required. Details: 872-6370.

Web Page Design workshops: 1-4 p.m., Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Presented by Andy Collins of Mississippi State Extension Service. Class size limited. Details/registration: 452-4596.

Summer Reading Programs: 2 p.m. Tuesdays thru July 8, Vancleave Public Library, Mississippi 57. Details: 826-5857.

VFW Post 6731 Ladies Auxiliary meeting: 6 p.m., 4321 W. Gay Road, D’Iberville.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom workshop: 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays through June 24, Mary C. Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Instructor: Ashley Rodriguez. Beginners will learn how to operate and navigate the selected software. Cost: $90 for members, $100 for nonmembers. Details: 818-2878.

Under the Tuscan Sun Italian cooking class: 6-8:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Cost: $30 member, $35 nonmembers. Details: 897-6039.

NAACP-Gulfport branch: 7 p.m., Isiah Fredericks Community Center. Details: 897-2916.


W.O.W. POW WOW luncheon: Noon, Lyman Community Center, 13472 U.S. 49 North, Gulfport. Speaker: Eric Ward and Debor’ah Drayton Ward. Cost: $10 for catered lunch. Bring new or used shoes for Caleb Shoes project. Details: 832-1714 or 424-0098.

Coast Singles of Mississippi meeting: 5:30 p.m., St. Martin Library, 15004 Lemoyne Blvd.. Details: 875-3138.

“Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat”: 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 15th Street at 24th Avenue, Gulfport. Youth choir and orchestra of First United Methodist Church of Allen, Texas. Enjoy musical production. Details: 863-0047.

French Club men’s meeting: 7 p.m., 182 Howard Ave., Biloxi. Details: 436-6472.


Summer Magic: An Explosion of Color: 5-7 p.m., Pass Christian Public Library. Reception for show that will hang throughout June.

How to Develop a Business Plan class: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Innovation Center, 1636 Popp’s Ferry Road, Biloxi. Details/registration: 396-8661 or 392-9741.

Technology for grandparents: 6 p.m., Ina Thompson Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview St. Bring gadgets and learn how to use them by Janet Beatty. Details: 475-7462.

Seventh annual International Food and Wine Tasting: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Island View Casino, Gulfport. Must be 21 years and older. Silent auction, entertainment by Jesse Hill. Cost: $50 tickets in advance, $60 at the door, $500 reserved table of 10. Benefits Congregation Beth Israel. Details: 539-1655.

Tailgatepalooza: 7-9 p.m., Hard Rock Casino Biloxi, 777 Beach Blvd. Benefits Special Olympics. Honorary hosts include Southern Miss football coach Todd Monken, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen, USM assistant coach Matt Luke and LSU Assistant Athletic Director Justin Vincent. Music and food. Cost: $50 per person, reserved tables available. Details/tickets: 206-7424.


French Club golf tournament Friday night shrimp boil: 6 p.m., 182 Howard Ave., Biloxi. Cost: $8 plate for nongolfers. Entertainment by Brandon Green. Details: 436-6472.

Third annual Blues at the Beach concert series: 6-8 p.m., Pascagoula Beach Park. Music and food. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Hosted by Emerge Pascagoula. Featuring Lisa Mills. Details: 938-6639.

Ocean Springs Elks Lodge 2501 Philly cheese steak dinner: 6-8 p.m., 2501 Beachview Drive. Details: 872-2501.

Steve Weeks performance: 7:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Weeks is a national kids/family musician. Cost: $5. Details: 897-6039.

“Scenic Drive”: 7:30 p.m. June 13-14, June 19-21, Randolph Community Center, 315 Clark Ave., Pass Christian. Cost: $10. First production by Pass Christian Theatre Project, a program of Pass Christian Main Street. For tickets, sponsorships: 452-3315. For more on the season’s productions: 263-2498.

Movie Night at Point Park: 8:15 p.m., Pascagoula Beach Park. After Blues at the Beach, “Grease” will be featured. Details: 938-6639.


Ocean Springs Elks Lodge junior fishing rodeo: 7 a.m.-noon, weigh-in ends at 1 p.m., Ocean Springs Elks Lodge, 2501 Beachview Drive; Fort Bayou Bait Shop, 1022 Legion Lane; and Ocean Springs Marine Mart, 1320 Harbor Drive. Preregistration at these locations, 3-6 p.m. June 13. Details: 872-2501.

Alzheimer’s Walk for the Cure: 7:30 a.m. meet at We Care Hospice, 8 a.m. walk begins, 3725 Main St., Moss Point. Registration: $10 and collect donations or pledges for Alzheimer’s Association. Route is a 5.5-mile walk or 2-mile option. Details: 474-2030 or 623-5004.

Bobby Ladnier Benefit Poker Run: 8:30 a.m. registration, begin at the Little River Marina, 3200 Dumas Road, Moss Point. Proceeds go to the Bobby Ladnier relief fund. Event includes poker run, plate lunches, auctions, raffles, music and more. Donations accepted. Details: 407-595-6649 or 251-359-4249.

Seat Weaving at the Beach: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Pavilion 1 of Buccaneer State Park, Waveland. Jo Rusin and Adrian Boudreaux, instructors. Bring picnic lunch, all ages invited. Details: 466-4891.

Health fair: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Christian Education and Life Center, 2205 Convent Ave., Pascagoula. Provided by Gulf Coast Health Educators.

Community blood drive in honor of Diana LaFontaine: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Fenton Community Center, 2369 Kiln-DeLisle Road, Kiln. To schedule an appointment, visit Sponsor code, DIANA.

Digital photography workshop: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Instructor: Ashley Rodriguez. The workshop is exclusively for SLR cameras. Learn the intricacies of working in manual mode with your SLR camera. Details: 818-2878.

Second annual McLeod Park BBQ Cookoff and Classic Car Show: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., McLeod Park, 8100 Texas Flat Road, Kiln. Cost: $25 two-man team. Live music, silent auction. Sponsored by Friends of McLeod Park.

Congo Jam Christian Music Festival: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fort Maurepas, Ocean Springs. Free Christian concert featuring The Barber Brothers, Matt Cowart Ministries, New Gospel Travelers, Tezel Oaks, Centurion Faith, Damascus Road, Wake the Kings, Keesler Chapel Band and the Crossroads Praise Team. Provided by Crossroads Nazarene Church. Details: 872-0214.

South Mississippi Latin Fest: 1 p.m., Coast Coliseum, Biloxi. In conjunction with Coliseum Summer Fair, family friendly activities, presentations, Latin market, contests and live World Cup soccer shown on big screen. Limited VIP seating. Details/tickets: 382-2574.

Ocean Springs Elks Lodge 2501 Flag Day celebration: 2 p.m., Biloxi VA Hospital, 400 Veterans Ave., building 17. Details: 872-2501.

Henna art exhibit and tattoos: 4 p.m.-dark, Gallery 220, 215 Main St., Bay St. Louis. Presented by artist Lori K. Gordon, as part of Second Saturday Artwalk. Anyone purchasing a piece of art for a minimum of $20 will receive a free henna tattoo. Details: 601-590-1512.

American Legion Post 1992 flag retirement ceremony: 5:30-7:30 p.m., 3824 Old Spanish Trail, Gautier. Details: 497-6422.

Downstage Productions Bunco game night: 6 p.m., Nugent United Methodist Church, 13183 John Clark Road, Gulfport. Snacks, silent auction and prizes. Cost: $20. Details/tickets: 314-4612.

Junior Auxiliary of Biloxi-Ocean Springs annual Kids Gala: 7 p.m., Beau Rivage Resort Casino Magnolia Ballroom, Biloxi. Proceeds benefit children in communities of Jackson and Harrison counties. Live entertainment by 2Hypnotic, silent auction, live auction raffle and food. Sponsorships begin at $500. Tickets per couple are $100. Details/tickets: 990-3133.


Mississippi Gulf Coast Camp BlueBird fundraiser/silent auction: 4-7 p.m., Biloxi Visitors Center. The camp, scheduled for Nov. 21-23 at Seashore Campgrounds in Biloxi, is for adult cancer survivors and newly diagnosed patients. Many participants needs sponsorships to attend. Tickets to the fundraiser are $30 a person. Details/tickets: 238-3911 or 818-9611.


Harrison County Development Commission Board of Commissioners meeting: 8:15 a.m., 12281 Intraplex Parkway, Gulfport. Details: 896-5020.

Stained glass workshop: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through July 15, Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Instructor: Pam Coppola. Learn the basics of glass cutting and stained glass window construction. Cost: $150 for members, $160 for nonmembers. There will be a $50 supply fee per session for each student. Details: 818-2878.

Bike Biloxi: 6 p.m., ride begins at Eco-Geno Bike Shop, 820 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Biloxi. Enjoy a 6.75-mile bike ride throughout downtown. Helmets required. Details: 435-6339.

One Night in Bangkok Thai cooking class: 6-8:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Cost: $30 member, $35 nonmembers. Details: 897-6039.

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Jackson County Senior Awareness Fair: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Jackson County Civic Center, 2902 Shortcut Road, Pascagoula. Jackson County seniors age 60 and older attend for free. Event includes lunch, military salute, food drive, health and wellness booths, door prizes and more. Wear island-theme attire. Details: 596-0407.

Promoting Your Business Online: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Presenter: Andy Collins, Mississippi State University Extension Service. Space limited. Details: 762-3391.

Cash Flow Projections for your Business Plan class: 5:30-7 p.m., Innovation Center, 1636 Popp’s Ferry Road, Biloxi. Details/Registration: 396-8661 or 392-9741.

Naturally Sue Ellen: 6 p.m., Ina Thompson Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview St. Demonstration of making soap from goat milk. Details: 475-7462.

Tripletail Angler Seminar: 6-8 p.m., Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, 703 East Beach Drive, Ocean Springs. Cost: $25. Details: 669-8612.

Florribean Fusion culinary class: 6-8 p.m., Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Experience the marriage of the Caribbean, Florida and Gulf Coast cajun cuisines. Instructed by Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College chef Todd Riley. Cost: $55 for members, $65 for nonmembers. Details: 818-2878.


Second annual Gulf Coast Coin Show: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 22. Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave. Over 40 dealers and 70 tables offering coins, currency, stamps and other collectibles for buy, trade or sale. Door prizes awarded. Details: 435-8880.

Summer solstice celebration: 5-8 p.m., Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs. Music by Elli Perry and Erin Miley of New Orleans. Must be 21 or older. Cost: $40. Details: 872-3164.

French Club Friday night dinner: 6-8 p.m., 182 Howard Ave., Biloxi. Cost: $8 plate. Details: 436-6472.

“Seussical Jr.”: 7 p.m. June 20, 3 and 7 p.m. June 21. Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Cost: $7 students, $10 seniors and military, $13 nonmembers. Details: 897-6039.


Stepping for Diabetes: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Milner Stadium, Gulfport. Provided by the Gulf Coast Health Educators.

Power House of Deliverance: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Mississippi Extension Center, Bay St. Louis. Provided by the Gulf Coast Health Educators. Health screenings with education material on diabetes, cardiovascular health and weight management.

Harrah’s Gulf Coast Great Lawn opening show: 5 p.m. opens, 6 p.m. concert with A Thousand Horses and Darius Rucker plus fireworks display. Formerly known as Grand Casino Biloxi, 280 Beach Blvd.

Tim Shelton performance: 7 p.m., Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Shelton is the founder and lead singer of the bluegrass band, NewFound Road. Tickets: $12. Details: 818-2878.

French Club Saturday night dance: 8 p.m.-midnight, 182 Howard Ave., Biloxi. Music by Nick Mattina and the Checkmates. Cost: $8 single, $15 couple. Details: 436-6472.


Civil legal workshop: 10:30 a.m., Ocean Springs Senior Center, 514 Washington Ave. Topics of social security, birth certificates, wills and trust preparation. Sponsored by Mississippi Center for Legal Services Corporation and Jackson County Civic Action Committee. Details: 800-959-6752, ext. 2919.

How to promote your business or nonprofit using social media: 1-4 p.m., Pass Christian Public Library, 111 Hiern Ave. Presented by Andy Collins of Mississippi State Extension Service. Class size limited. Details/registration: 452-4596.

Lebanese cooking class: 6-8:30 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Cost: $35 member, $40 nonmembers. Featuring Emile Koury. Details: 897-6039.


Annual CCA Ship Island Chapter fundraiser: 6 p.m., Great Southern Club, Gulfport. Live and silent auctions, food, raffles and more. All proceeds benefit the Coastal Conservation Association of Mississippi-Ship Island Chapter. Cost: $55 single, $85 couple. Details: 223-8476.

Meet a freelance reporter: 6:30 p.m., Ina Thompson Moss Point Library, 4119 Bellview St. Meet lobbyist for Trent Lott, Dennis Smith. Details: 475-7462.


Living Proof Live: 5:30 p.m. doors open, 7-9:30 p.m. show. June 27, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. June 28, Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi. Features Bible teacher/author Beth Moore. Sponsored by LifeWay Christian Resources. Storytelling and Bible teaching specifically designed for women. Cost: $69. Details: 800-254-2022.

French Club Friday night dinners: 6-8 p.m., 182 Howard Ave., Biloxi. Cost: $8. Details: 436-6472.

41st Army Band’s Independence concert: 7:30 p.m., Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Forty musicians form a complete orchestra and perform jazz, rock, country and Western. Free. Details: 818-2878.


Second annual Paddle at the Dock: 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. race. The Dock Bar and Grill, 13247 Seaway Road, Gulfport. Races include 1-mile kids race, 14 and under. One- and 3-mile recreational race. Eight-mile elite race. Cost: $50 early registration, $60 day of the event. Race registration includes race, raffle, award, after party and T-shirt with lunch. Details: 669-1802.

Socks N. Pockets: 2 p.m., Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Literacy program sponsored by Quota International, Mississippi Gulf Coast. Details: 897-6039.


Beginning pottery class: 5:30-8 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 4, Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Instructor: Mark King. Learn about centering, raising the vessel and other necessary skills to create pottery. Limited to five students per class. Cost: $200 for members, $230 for nonmembers. There is a $25 supply fee per session for each student. Details: 818-2878.

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Developer plans $50 million River Market apartment project

A $50 million, very green apartment development is in the works for the River Market, the final chapter in transforming what was once a gritty railroad yard into a new neighborhood.

Developer Jonathan Arnold is planning an approximately 300-unit development called Second and Delaware that promises the latest in energy efficiency while allowing residents to get their hands dirty working their rooftop gardens.

“We want to make it affordable for downtown workers and students up to empty-nesters from Johnson County who want a great view of the river and downtown,” Arnold said.

The development, which is now before the City Plan Commission, would restore the historic street grid of the River Market, the area where Kansas City was born, by reconnecting Second Street with Wyandotte Street.

It’s also being built to last.

As opposed to many new apartment projects these days, the structural frame of the four- and seven-story buildings comprising Second and Delaware will use concrete, not wood.

The 16-inch-thick walls will not only make the apartments quieter, but require 70 to 80 percent less energy to heat and cool the units.

The green roofs planned for the buildings also won’t be just for show and insulation — they’ll allow residents to grow their own gardens.

“You won’t have to choose between a house and an apartment; you can still get your hands dirty gardening,” Arnold said.

It’s all part of a development approach that Arnold believes will continue the durable precedent of the adjoining historic River Market buildings while also appealing to 21st century real estate investors seeking long-term returns.

Although it may cost more to build upfront, Arnold said the payoff is better rents and cheaper operating costs over the long haul.

“We’re not interested in being a 20-year project,” the developer said.

The lead architect is Jeffrey White of Pawling, N.Y., with participation from Kansas City-based Clockwork and Draw Architecture. The exterior facade will be brick and stone, echoing the style of the late 19th and early 20th century buildings of the River Market.

The layout of the development calls for a four-story building fronting Second Street and a seven-story building on the north side overlooking the Missouri River with a private courtyard between.

Residents will have access to community rooms on both ends of the top floor of the taller building. They will include full kitchens and outdoor terraces with views of the river and downtown skyline.

A 100-foot-wide pocket park open to the public also is planned between the Second and Delaware project and the Market Station apartment development.

Financing has been arranged by Oppenheimer Co., and Arnold Development Group is applying for a loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Once the necessary approvals are obtained, work could begin within five months with completion anticipated in June 2016.

Arnold has an unusual pedigree as a developer.

He came to Kansas City in 2002 from New York City and started a business in the River Market, Arnold Imaging, that specialized in computer-generated architectural renderings for developers including the Cordish Co.

In 2004, along with Chris Sally, he got into the development business, first converting a historic building into the First Main Lofts and then renovating the nearby Gallo Produce Building at 140 Walnut St. into office space.

Then in 2011, Arnold was hired by the United Nations to help with the organization’s “Rio+20: The Future We Want” environmental conference. It was a follow-up to a 1992 event in Rio de Janeiro where world leaders gathered for an Earth Summit.

Arnold’s role was to take the ideas submitted by people all over the world to a website established for the Rio event, and then translate them into a photorealistic computer animation. Some of what he learned about sustainability and best design practices is being incorporated in his River Market development.

The Second and Delaware apartments also would be a cornerstone project for the northwest edge of the River Market.

It would fill the last gap remaining on Second Street between the First Main Lofts and the 323-unit Market Station apartments that opened in 2010 at Second and Wyandotte. Arnold has owned part of the four-acre site since developing the First Main Loft project in 2004.

“I had always considered it for a phase two project, but then the market downtown slowed down during the recession,” he said. “When the streetcar was announced, we decided to expand and gain site control of the entire block.”

The Second and Delaware development is about 11/2 blocks from the route of the planned downtown streetcar.

The project also would be the final chapter in replacing what for many years was an eight-acre rail yard operated by Kansas City Southern. Longtime River Market residents recall the racket created by plastic beads being sucked into hopper cars, and the cinder-strewn muddy tracks that ruined Second Street.

The Market Station project redeveloped a large chunk of the old Kansas City Southern site, but the remaining section has been an eyesore field of stones and weeds since the rail yard closed.

Deb Churchill, the president of the River Market Community Association, described Arnold’s Second and Delaware plan as “phenomenal.”

She also noted it would complete a $3.5 million street reconstruction and landscaping project done by the city in 2008.

“I think it’s great it will finish out Second Street and bring more connectivity to that area,” she said. “It also will continue the landscaping on Second Street.”

Dana Gibson, a pioneer developer in the River Market with Mel Mallin, said the pace has quickened with the addition of so many new residents.

“When Mel and I started 30 years ago, there were 28 people living in the River Market,” Gibson said. “With Jonathan’s project, we’ll exceed 2,000 people. The more the better.”

Arnold said the final number of apartments is still being refined for his project, but there will be between 275 and 308 units. There will roughly be 56 studio units averaging 550 square feet; 119 one-bedroom units from 650 to 850 square feet; and 100 two-bedroom units from 930 to 1,300 square feet.

A two-level underground garage will have 508 parking spaces.

Second and Delaware is one of three apartment projects announced or underway in the River Market.

A 137-unit development called River Market West is now being built at 228 W. Fourth St., and developers hope to break ground soon on the 56-unit Centropolis project at Fifth Street and Grand Boulevard.

Not all the news has been good lately in the River Market. Last month, Populous, a major Kansas City sports architecture firm, announced it was leaving its custom-built headquarters at 300 Wyandotte for new quarters near the Country Club Plaza in late 2015.

Its departure will cost the area daytime customers who are Populous employees, but real estate observers are hopeful new tenants can be found for the 93,000 square-foot building.

To reach Kevin Collison, call 816-234-4289 or send email to Follow him on Twitter @kckansascity

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Arcadia Valley Garden Tour will be held June 21

The Arcadia Valley Garden Tour will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 21.

The tour will feature fifteen destinations in the Arcadia Valley, and will showcase gardens with unique features, raised bed gardening, herb gardening, vegetable gardens, landscaping, and three historic sites. Informative programs will include educational tours on growing blackberries, vermicomposting, bee demonstrations with an observation hive, and a pollination demonstration for daylilies.

This will be a self-guided tour with a brochure, maps and location information. A host will be available at the sites to provide direction and answers questions.

The Iron County Community Garden in conjunction with the Iron County Extension Council is presenting the tour as a fund raiser for the garden. The funds will be used for the garden operations, and educational and community outreach programs. Current programs include, a Grow a Reader Program, a Seed Share/Swap, and the Arcadia Valley Garden Tour. The tour is intended to also promote tourism and support local growers and businesses.

Elaine Willhite is the contact person for garden manager Linda Line and the tour. For cost and other information, please call the Iron County University Extension Office at 573-546-7515.

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New garden rules cause outcry at Vancouver complex

In 17 years living at the Brandts, Mary Widerburg has called several different units home. Every time she moves within the central Vancouver complex, her flower garden moves with her.

“It’s a job,” Widerburg said. “It always takes longer to move my garden than my house.”

Widerburg is now moving her garden again — but not her home. That’s because she and the rest of the community have been told by management that they’ll no longer be allowed to have anything planted in the ground in front of their homes. An April 30 letter gave residents 60 days’ notice to tear out any plants, decorations or personal items placed around the regular landscaping.

Starting July 1, “any flowers or items planted in the grounds or decorating the grounds will be removed and disposed of,” according to the letter from the Vancouver-based Al Angelo Co., which owns and manages the property.

Widerburg, like many, was shocked at the new policy after years of nurturing a garden that’s become a big part of her life. She’s started moving some of her treasured plants — including a rose bush planted by her late husband — to her daughter’s house. Last week, she walked along a sidewalk carrying a jar with long, white calla lilies cut from her garden.

“A piece of my joy is gone,” Widerburg said.

Nicole Kreig, a portfolio supervisor with the Vancouver-based Al Angelo Co., said there were “several reasons” for the rule change. In an email, Kreig said some residents had dug out grass and existing landscaping to expand their gardens, or disposed of freshly laid bark chips. Some had refused to give workers access to maintain the grounds around buildings, she said.

And despite the strong negative reaction to the new rule, that response wasn’t universal, Kreig said.

“Many residents have already thanked management for implementing this new policy as this has been a request of many over the years,” Kreig said.

The change applies at Brandt Norwest and Brandt Terrace apartments, two adjacent Angelo-owned properties in Vancouver’s Maplewood neighborhood.

Residents will still be allowed to have their own plants, but only in pots no more than 22 inches in diameter and 15 inches high — far too small for the large perennials that have grown for years. The properties also have a handful of shared garden spaces.

On a recent afternoon, about 10 Brandts residents gathered to vent their frustration over what they see as a heavy-handed change that unfairly punishes the entire community and ruins its beauty and character. A few shed tears at the situation. If management has a problem with a few residents, they should speak to those individuals, several said.

Forcing people to destroy their own gardens or have them destroyed takes away a vital outlet for many people in this low-income community, said resident Sharon Rollins.

“We have a sliver of property to express ourselves,” she said.

For Diana Robinson, gardening is how she’s coped with family loss. Alicia Enns spoke of a hanging flower pot — which wouldn’t be allowed under the new rules, she said — she was given for Mother’s Day.

“It ain’t coming down,” Enns said.

Some residents have already begun moving or tearing out their flowers ahead of the July deadline. Others are digging in, resisting the new rules.

Rollins has encouraged residents to call management to express their feelings. She’s also collected dozens of signatures on a handwritten petition.

Property managers haven’t given any indication that they’re going to back away from the new policy before the end of the month. Managers feel giving people 60 days to transfer plants to pots is a “reasonable compromise,” Kreig said.

Residents losing plants they’ve devoted years to don’t see it that way. Some are holding out hope that they’ll get to keep their gardens.

“I haven’t given up on this,” Rollins said.

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Central Pa. Garden Girls plant seeds of success

WEST YORK, Pa. (AP) — She’s saving up for her first dump truck.

“I want to have pink dump trucks all over York County,” said Valerie Mace, owner of Garden Girls of PA in West York.

She will use the trucks to haul soil, mulch and more to a growing number of landscaping jobs throughout the region.

In its third year, the company employs about 20 women, who range in age from 21 to 36. Three of them handle most of day-to-day operations, and the other 17 assist or volunteer with landscaping work, Mace said.

The women build retaining walls, mulch, garden and do other landscaping work during the warmer months, and in the winter they plow snow.

Mace said she’s still not making much, but the company has made progress.

“I started the business with $1,500 from my income tax return and bought a beat-up F-150. It broke down every week, but we made it work,” she said.

But it was a turning point for the 31-year-old mother of three boys.

“I worked in the bar industry and got tired of being pushed around by men and looked down on by women. I was in a place in my life I just didn’t like,” Mace said.

Her passion: She thought about what she loved to do and went back to her roots — literally.

Planting gardens and being outside are a passion for the young woman who grew up on a 101-acre farm in Hanover.

“I started mowing on the side, and the business grew from there,” Mace said.

Garden Girls has often been hired by older women in the area who are no longer physically able to plant their gardens and pull weeds, she said.

Mace dreams of being able to earn enough money to help those women and other seniors in the area.

She also wants to open a Garden Girls daycare.

“My girls and I are all moms, and we’ve all had trouble finding sitters or have had trouble paying them. We know what that’s like. It would be nice to have a facility where kids could go and plant their own garden and make lunches from that garden,” Mace said.

For the kids: She came a step closer to that dream when she and her co-workers purchased a van, which is used for taking the kids on field trips.

“That’s what I want — to make sure the kids are having a good life, even if I have to work through most of it,” Mace said.

She and her team work 10-hour days, five days a week, and she also works as a bartender at a local golf course.

“It’s amazing. It’s hard. I would love for Garden Girls to be my primary job, my only job. As of now, I’m working all weekend, every weekend. You do what you have to do to grow a business,” she said.




Information from: The York Dispatch,

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Business help for IT student garden designers

Local garden landscapers, Jamie Hurt Landscapes, stepped into the classroom to help Year 9 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) students to develop their own garden schemes.

This business-led approach helped students to complete the graphics unit of their ICT using graphic design software.

Students were challenged to work for a fictitious garden company called Dig-IT and to design the marketing materials to promote the business. They were further challenged to design their own garden which could be used on the company’s website.

The business owner, Jamie Hurt, explained to students the basics which needed to be thought through when designing a garden scheme. He explained about accurate measurement, listening to customer needs and making sure that the garden achieved everything required of it.

The students relished the opportunity that the gardening challenge gave to them and all students passed the unit with great results.

Students not only applied their newly-found graphics skills, they also learnt more about careers in landscape design and asked lots of questions about running their own business.

Jamie was delighted with the response of the students and has already said that he will be keen to work in this project again.

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