Special Events

The Gulf Coast Down Syndrome Society regularly participates in special events in our community to help raise awareness of our mission and to support the generous businesses and organizations that help fund this worthy cause. We invite you to come and show your support for the families and  the cause to which we are all dedicated, meet members of our Board as well as the patrons and sponsors that make this all possible.

Recurring Events

Some of the special events that the Gulf Coast Down Syndrome Society helps promote are recurring in nature. This section of our special events page is dedicated to events that occur on a weekly (unless otherwise noted) basis.

Island School of Performing Arts Presents A Special needs Dance Class

Saturdays at The Island School of Performing Arts - Gulfport MS

This class will focus on all special needs children, ages 6 and above. Our instructors will provide One-on-One Attention for only $25.00 a month. Students will perform in a yearly recital. For more information, please see the Official Flyer and Registration Form.You can also contact the Island School of Performing Arts directly:

Island School of Performing Arts
(228) 863-2623
2700 14th Ave.
Gulfport, MS 39501

Gulf Coast Western Variety Dancers (Ages 17 & Up)
Thursday Evenings at 6pm -  Herbert Wilson Recreation Center, Gulfport

The Gulf Coast Western Variety Dancers is part of the U.S. Handicapable Square Dancers. They meet every Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the Herbert Wilson Recreation Center, Gulfport.  For more information please call Melinda Bethea – 228-863-6812 or Terrie Turnage – 228-864-8222.


Bowling with the Gulf Coast Alley Cats (Ages 17 & Up)
Saturday Mornings at  Island Strikz, Pass Road, Gulfport

There is a bowling group – Gulf Coast Alley Cats – which meets on Saturday mornings at Island Strikz, Pass Road, Gulfport. This group also participates in Special Olympics so you need an up-to-date medical form. Ages 17 and up can participate.

For more information call Mrs. Dean Oliver, 228-396-1656.