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Join us Saturday, June 20, for our Tour de Gulfport Criterium & Street Festival in Downtown Gulfport! 

***FREE Pro-Rider Bicycle Helmet for first 100 children, aged 3-12, to report to the Memorial Hospital at the Gulfport Foundation's ThinkFirst tent!***

"High speed turns, a neck and neck down the straightaway and of course the occasional wreck. While this may sound like a NASCAR event, this is a race of the two wheeled variety.
The Tour De Gulfport is a “completely unique event in downtown Gulfport which is actually going to be seven different criterium races.”, said David Parker, Gulfport Economic Developer Director.

A criterium or crit race is a closed circuit race where riders complete multiple laps on city blocks. Promoters say this will be a family event for all ages with a street fair and children’s safety course provided by Memorial Hospital. Anyone who is interested, will get a chance to test their skills on the bike. 
If you’re interested in racing, you can call Gulfport Main Street Director Laurie Toups at 228-868-3414. This event costs $15 to register and the event takes place on June 20th."

Raffle tickets will be available for chances to win this awesome (very limited edition) New Belgium Bike!

***The 1st Annual Tour de Gulfport, Criterium 2015, a professional bike race, is scheduled for Saturday June 20, 2015 from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. A number of streets on the east side of Highway 49 will be closed to through traffic on the day of the event, as follows:

Street Closure (Layout Map is attached):
· 14th Street from 21st Ave. to 25th Ave.
· 24th Avenue from East Beach Blvd to 15th St.
· 15th St from 21st Ave. to 24th Ave.
· East Beach Blvd from 21st Ave. to 24th Ave.
· 23rd Ave & 22nd Ave from 15th St to East Beach Blvd.
· No parking is allowed on the Race Course day of event

Residents/Businesses inside race course:
· Gulfport Main Street will supply parking passes to all residents and businesses along the route per request.
· Ingress/egress for the 22nd Avenue apartments will be at 22nd Ave & 15th St to the north. Residents will be able to return and depart in between races.


Gulfport wins national education award!

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport received national recognition Tuesday for guiding children toward the path to education success. The nonprofit group Campaign for Grade Level Reading presented city leaders with the Pacesetter Award. The group praised Gulfport for making great progress in helping children become proficient readers, especially those from low-income families.

On Tuesday, Killins visited several programs that promote literacy in Gulfport, like the summer mentoring class at Gaston Point Elementary.

"There's so much energy in Gulfport. I've seen volunteers. I've seen certified teachers. I've seen children that are excited and engaged," said Killins.

Killins also came to South Mississippi to celebrate Gulfport's latest achievement. Gulfport is the only city in Mississippi, and one of only 30 communities in the country, to receive the Pacesetter Award.

The United Way of South Mississippi helped lead the push for Gulfport to join this national network so it could receive resources, training and expert advice on teaching children to read.

"It was a real exciting moment, because so oftentimes in Mississippi, we hear how we're not doing things right in educating our children, and all of a sudden, someone said not only are you doing the right things, you're doing it better than most," said United Way of South Mississippi CEO Cynthia Minton Walker.

Along with its summer reading courses, Gulfport was recognized for promoting early childhood education through PreK4Ward and Excel by 5 and offering after school tutoring.

"This is absolutely a deserving community," said Killins. "Cities that win the Pacesetter Award are sought out by funders. They're demonstrating measurable progress. They have data to prove they've got a success."

That success came from the entire community pitching in money, resources and support to help children succeed in school and in life.

"Our children deserve better, and so the adults bound their efforts together and said let's make a difference and we've done that, and that's exciting stuff," said Walker.

"The big deal is they're on the path, and they're really a role model for other communities all around the country," said Killens.

Gulfport can now compete for the 2017 All American City Award given by the National League of Cities. WLOX-TV

Special thanks to Goodwill Industries Of South Mississippi & City of Gulfport's Carolyn Carson-Collins for hosting "Gulfport Goodwill Police & Firefighter Appreciation Day!"



City of Gulfport's Brittany Dyess, Richard Hophan and John Edwards were recently recognized for their hard work and dedication in putting on the Gulfport Memorial Day Ceremony, VFW Post No. 2539!

Two big events for the Gulfport Galleria of Fine Art scheduled for this week! The official ribbon-cutting for the new location will take place Thursday, June 17 at 4:00 pm at the 24th Avenue location (Old Carnegie Library). 

On Friday, come back for the 8th Anniversary and Grand Re-Opening Celebration starting at 5:30 pm! Come meet our local artists and see their beautiful work! Special showing by Kate Ruston, a recent graduate from PACE University who will be exhibiting her original works of art. Refreshments and live music! A perfect way to wind down the week!

Cinema by the Shore returns this Friday night with a classic - ANNIE! The movie begins at 8 pm in Jones Park. Bring your family and friends along with your lawn chairs and blankets. A night of free family fun!
Exciting News Update: We have some special guests coming to the Cinema by the Shore movie night Friday, June 19th!!! The Island School of Performing Arts will perform dances and skits starting at 6:00pm before and Mississippi Power will setup with a booth passing out coloring books & goodies as well!
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