The Mobile Area Retired Educators met March 10 at Heron Lakes Country Club. President Ken Megginson said that approximately 130 members were present.
Guest speakers were Mobile County Commissioner Merceria Ludgood and Eichold-Mertz School Principal Michelle Adams
Scholarships were awarded at this meeting with winners as follows: Lauren Day from Saraland High School, Elsie Collier Scholarship; Beyounce Johnson-Baskin, Vigor High, the Danny Goodwin Scholarship and Savannah Dinkel, Davidson High School, the Yvonne Graham Scholarship.
Bellingrath Gardens and Home remain closed until further notice, but behind the scenes, the staff has been hard at work and making improvements across the estate. Here are a few highlights from some of the ongoing work:
The Gardens: The late spring planting cycle continues on schedule. The Horticulture Staff is tending to summer and fall crops in the greenhouses. The Landscaping Team is updating the flower beds with fresh plants and trimming hedges and other woody plants.
The Home: With more time for spring cleaning, the housekeeping staff is giving every inch of the Home a thorough scrubbing and dusting. Draperies have been cleaned; kitchen cabinets have been cleared out and sorted; hand railings have been sanded and refinished; and trim on the Home is being repainted, along with the cast-iron benches and railings.
Re-open date will be announced as soon as there is news to share.
Crawfish for a Cause 2020 is May 16, noon-3 p.m. at Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street, Mobile. Tickets are by Eventbrite. Featured are all you can eat crawfish and beverages, live music, children's activities and a silent auction to benefit Mobile Fire Rescue Department.
In compliance with ongoing nationwide coronavirus guidelines, Mobile Ballet studios will continue to be closed through the month of April. Classes are being held online via the Zoom app for enrolled students.
As announced previously, our all-new production of Beauty and the Beast has been postponed to a future date to be determined as soon as possible.
Our first concern is to ensure the health, safety, and greater good of our community. We sincerely appreciate your patience as we navigate through these uncertain times. We will do our very best to keep you posted on any developments in a timely manner. Mobile Ballet staff may be reached by leaving a voicemail at (251) 342-2241 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobile Ballet and other local arts organizations need the continued support of our communities and patrons more than ever, as the effects of the current crisis continue to expand. Please consider making a donation to Mobile Ballet if you are in a position to do so -- a gift of any size makes a meaningful impact, and your support is deeply appreciated during this crucial time. With love and support, we will all emerge stronger than ever through these challenging times...we’re all in this together!
To make a donation: https://bit.ly/2WYl0MI
Mobile Ballet is proud to be a part of this community. We miss you all, hope you are staying safe and well, and can’t wait to see you again soon.
From all of us at Mobile Ballet,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
The University of Mobile has announced a new test-optional admissions policy and a new scholarship opportunity for students applying for admission to the fall semester 2020 freshman class.
“We know it’s been a difficult time for high school seniors and their families. The new test-optional admissions policy can help graduating seniors who may not have been able to take the ACT or SAT standardized tests in the spring,” said Charity Wittner, vice president for enrollment services.
Graduating high school seniors currently applying to the University of Mobile can choose whether to submit ACT or SAT test scores as part of their application or select the test-optional route. Test-optional admissions means students with a grade point average of 2.75 or better can be admitted to college without submitting test scores.
With this choice, the university will consider a student’s high school GPA, course load and similar academic indicators that highlight achievements. Students may self-report their GPA during this time, since high schools may not be able to send transcripts quickly. Students who choose test-optional admissions will still be eligible for possible institutional grants and need-based aid offered by the University of Mobile, for those who qualify, as well as state and national education entities. Also, incoming freshmen who make their down payment before July 1 for classes starting fall semester 2020 may qualify for the new Freshman 2020 Be Known Scholarship.
. Created for first-time freshmen, the Freshman 2020 Be Known Scholarship will be awarded in addition to scholarships students would normally receive. “By taking these steps, the University of Mobile wants to simplify the transition from high school to college while at the same time helping to ease the financial stress faced by many in our community,” said UM President Lonnie Burnett.
To learn more, call University of Mobile Enrollment Services at 251.442.2222 or go to umobile.edu/freshman2020 or call University of Mobile Enrollment Services at 251.442.2222 or go to umobile.edu/freshman2020.
Relay For Life of Mobile County will take place virtually on Facebook at 3 p.m. on April 25, 2020. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/mobilecountyal or email email@example.com
Take a virtual tour of Bellingrath Gardens and Home; go to https://bellingrath.org/gardens-and-home-videos/ New videos have been added to the website and more are in the works. For gardening tips from Bellingrath's Horticulture Staff, visit https://bellingrath.org/gardening-tips-from-our-horticulture-staff/
All University of Mobile campus activities, events and Alabama School of the Arts performances will be suspended during the time that instruction is being offered online, currently through April 5. The Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile will host the inaugural Black Tie Ball on April 4 at 7 p.m. at Alabama Contemporary Art Center. The Black Tie Ball is a formal event where guests will be entertained by the UM Jazz Band with tunes made famous by artist Michael Bublé. Attendees can expect to enjoy great food, incredible artwork, silent auction and more. Tickets are $75 for individuals and $125 for couples. Tickets can be purchased at umobile.edu/blacktie. For more information about the Black Tie Ball or Alabama School of the Arts, contact 251.442.2383 or visit umobile.edu/blacktie.
Diana Ankney, Director, Grand Bay Community Center, posted the following information and request:
"The Grand Bay Community Center is committed to helping our local seniors. We have altered our way of serving lunch to meet the needs of as many of our seniors as we can.
"We need your help to keep our seniors safe. We currently serve 45 home-bound clients. These are seniors who face a very difficult task of leaving their homes during normal daily activities. Many have found themselves in an extremely difficult situation.
"Our seniors are stuck at home for their safety, and many lack the option to leave their homes to purchase essential items.
"Many of us who can still get out to shop know how hard it can be to locate essentials. Imagine how much worse it is for those who cannot drive or have no family support system.
"If you know a senior who needs help, check on them, but protect them from unnecessary exposure. If you are able to purchase essential items or you have been fortunate enough to have a nice stockpile, consider donating some of your excess to the Grand Bay Community Center.
"We will deliver these items to seniors in need as we deliver their lunches.
"Simply drive through our breeze way between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday and we will come out to get the items from your car. Or you can leave them on our benches and we will sanitize them prior to bringing them into the building.
"Please help us protect our most vulnerable population and ensure that they have access to basic necessities. Thank you."
The Virtual Market at The Pillars, hosted by The Market at The Pillars, is Sunday, April 5, noon-4 p.m. at The Pillars, 1757 Government Street. Heather Pfferkorn of The Pillars said that the public can "Shop Local Makers, Crafters, Bakers and Farmers at our VIRTUAL MARKET! The virtual market will begin at 12 p.m. CST, and will conclude when all vendors have posted their items." Vendor lineup times will be announced on Thursday, April 2nd.
Here is how it will work:
1) We will be posting one vendor every 10 minutes starting at 12:00 p.m.
2) Click the comments section under the vendor post to view items.
3) Shoppers will mark SOLD and the vendor will contact you for payment and shipping and/or pick up details.
iHeartMedia is hosting the inaugural Mobile Wings & Beer Festival on Saturday, May 9, 2020, 6-9 p.m. on the deck of the USS Alabama. Proceeds from the event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama. General admission tickets are $36 available at Eventbrite. Tickets include wings, craft beer samples and a souvenir tasting glass. This is a 21+ only event. For information, go to https://www.mobilewingsandbeer.com/
Due to recent changes with the COVID-19 situation, we will be postponing the annual Easter Egg Hunt. It is, however, not cancelled. As soon as we have a more concrete reopening date, we will begin rescheduling all events.
At present, we are still booking Summer Camps, which are slated to kick off on May 25. All other events are on hold until further notice. Stay tuned for the latest updates and fun activities to do at home with the family.
Hop on in and see what all the buzz is about at the Exploreum Science Center’s annual Easter event. Join us for our ever-popular Easter egg hunt as we kick off a day of jaw-dropping science experiments. From water marbled eggs to recycled bird feeders, we have activities for the whole family. And don’t miss a visit with our very own Easter Bunny. We know someBUNNY will be excited to see you.
This event is sponsored by Publix Super Market Charities.
Mike Hoppe, pastor at Saraland United Methodist Church, 415 McKeough Avenue, Saraland gives the following information about the church and community:
We are partnering directly with the Saraland City Schools to collect and distribute food to the neediest of families in our community. Every Wednesday, 10 a.m.-noon, between now and the end of the school year, we will operate a drive-through food distribution program.
We invite businesses, churches and individuals to donate non-perishable food that will be given directly to city school students. Some groups may want to adopt one week by collecting, bagging and helping to distribute food in the month of April or May.
After our first week, we already know that this fills a major need, and as people continue to lose their jobs, we anticipate this need will only grow. We're thankful for those groups who have already reached out to partner together in this project.
Recommended food items include Ravioli, soup, juice boxes, Vienna sausages, applesauce or fruit cups, small bags of cookies, small raisin boxes, Pop Tarts, small packages of grits or instant oatmeal, Granola bars, cheese crackers, and Ramen noodles.
Donations may be brought to Saraland United Methodist Church, 415 McKeough Ave, any weekday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
For more information, call the church office at 675-2728, or email Pastor Mike Hoppe at firstname.lastname@example.org
Amazing donations have flowed in this week to serve students in Saraland Schools! — Jean Collins Davis, Diane Gaba Bailey and Elaine Hartley Moore at Saraland United Methodist Church.
***** EASTER/SPRING FLINGS *****:
CHECK BEFORE YOU GO *** Easter Candy Hunt at Mobile Flea Market, 401 Schillinger Road N., is Saturday, April 4, 2020, noon-2 p.m. Capacity is limited; reserve a spot and confirm details to attend. The event includes a hunt for candy, shop through tons of vendors, and enjoy the day full of family fun at the flea. Note to Sellers: The first 25 sellers to sign up on our Easter Vendor Participation list in the office will receive free candy from us to hand out to children at the flea market on April 4th. Must sign up in person in the office. For information, email@example.com, 251-633-7533 or www.mobilefleamarket.com.
CHECK BEFORE YOU GO *** B&B Pet Stop's “Selfie Spot” for Easter is April 4 at 9 a.m. – April 11 at 8 p.m. 5035 Cottage Hill Road. Starting SATURDAY, April 4th through Saturday, April 11th, pet owners can come to B&B Pet Stop and snap a selfie in the store's Easter Selfie Spot. B&B says: We'll have a fun background set up - YOU BRING THE PETS AND THE CAMERA! (or phone.) HANDS FULL? We'll be HAPPY to snap the photo for you. Donations for Friends of Mobile Animal Shelter will be accepted.
***** SENIOR CITIZENS *****:
* SENIOR INFO * Info: The Senior Activity for Independent Living (S.A.I.L.) Programs will temporarily alter services for county-based centers as follows: Grand Bay Community and Senior Center – The Home Delivered (C2) meals program will continue to operate as usual. The Congregate (C1) meal pick-up program will operate 11:00am - 12:00pm.; Tillman’s Corner Senior Center – The Congregate (C1) meal pick-up program will operate 10:30am - 11:30am.; Wilmer Community Senior Center – The Home Delivered (C2) meals program will continue to operate as usual. The Congregate (C1) meal pick-up program will operate 11:00am - 11:30am.
* MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Brookside Senior Living Community, 2260 Pesnell Court, is presenting an Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The event is to benefit Alzheimer's Awareness. For vendor information and/or application, notify our Activity Director Dana Watson at 251-633-9299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
***** CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE: *****
* Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 2020, Job Fair and Chamber Chance Fundraiser, is Thursday, April 23, 2020, 3-6:30 p.m. at Redemption Church Student Center, 1251 Industrial Parkway, Saraland. This is a free event, open to the public--an event for the community to meet local business owners and leaders and learn about products, services and job opportunities. Free Food; Product Samples, Ddoor Prizes and more. For more information, visit www.saralandchamber.com or call 251-675-4444.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is Monday, May 11, 2020, 2-5 p.m. at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard, Mobile. The Business Expo is an ideal way for exhibitors to promote their products and services, create brand awareness, establish business to business networking and increase customer awareness. Sponsorship Levels and booths are available; contact the Chamber office for more information 251.666.2488 or email@example.com. Space is limited--reserve a booth and sponsorship today. This event is free to the public to attend.
***** RUNS/RIDES/PADDLES/ETC *****
* Port City Pacers is hosting the "New Old Mobile 8K Run/Walk and Fun Run" on Saturday, April 18, 2020, 8-11 a.m. at Mardi Gras Park, 104-148 South Royal Street, Mobile. The race benefits The Penelope House and Keep Mobile Beautiful. Information at https://www.productionsbylittleredhen.com/raceapps/Old_Mobile_2020app.pdf.
* On Saturday, May 16, 8-11 a.m., Port City Pacers presents the "Do It In The Bush 5K Trail Run" at Medal of Honor Park, 1711 Hillcrest Road. The 5K-ish cross country course through the trails of Medal of Honor (Cottage Hill) Park.
* South Alabama Veterans Council's 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run is Saturday, May 16, 2020, 6:30-8:30 a.m. at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway. Everyone is invited to this tribute to Alabama’s Fallen Military Service Members (who died since 9/11). You can also run in Honor or Memory of your own Hero. Each runner will run with a name of one of Alabama’s Fallen Heroes on their Race Bib and afterwards during activities, they can visit the Wall of Alabama’s Faces of the Price of Freedom to see the faces of their fallen service member. Enjoy the day at USS Alabama Battleship Park. Join others in honoring our military service members; Those Who Serve, Those Who Have Served and Those Who Have Fallen In Service. Activities will be provided for the children and service organizations for our military. The day's activities will conclude with a Gold Star Memorial Service honoring Alabama's fallen heroes.
MOBILE MUSEUM OF ART IS CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 6 * "Key-Sook Geum" will be on exhibit through April 19 at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive.
SOLD OUT * Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council upcoming "Introduction to Knife Painting Workshop" is Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at DIHAC
***** ART INFO: *****
MOBILE MUSEUM OF ART IS CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 6 * MMoA's Tang Horse is more than 1,000 years old is on display at the Mobile Museum of Art.
***** GALAS, FUN, FUNDRAISERS, WORKSHOPS AND OTHER EVENTS: *****
* GULFQUEST IS CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 6 Every 3rd THURSDAY of the month, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., GulfQuest 155 S. Royal Street, is extending its hours and offering FREE Admission to all Mobile County Residents (with a valid ID.)
* "Happy Hour for a Cause" by WildNative Tours is Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park, Water Street, Mobile. The public can enjoy a fun night out on the water benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) This is a two hour cruise in the Mobile Tensaw Delta and Mobile Bay area. Plus, delicious beverages will be included. To reserve your spot, contact Valerie Longa at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-202-7142. The tour will leave from and return to the dock at Cooper Riverside Park in downtown Mobile. To learn more about LLS, visit: https://www.lls.org/
* The 2020 Griot Award: Celebrating The Excelsior Band, and hosted by Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail of Mobile, is Friday, April 3, 2020, 6-9 p.m. at Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail of Mobile, 111 South Royal Street. Tickets are at www.dffaaht.org. Join the #DFFAAHT to celebrate and recognize the oldest Mardi Gras band, in all of the land...the Excelsior Band.
* "Penelope House- Networking With A Cause," present by LifeWalkGPS, is Friday, April 24, 2020, 5:30-9 p.m. Tickets are via Eventbrite. This is described as "NOT YOUR ORDINARY NETWORKING EVENT!" Penelope House is celebrating 40 years in the community for raising awareness for Domestic Violence and supporting victims of Domestic Violence to take back their lives and start over. The public is invited to "Come out and make new connections while supporting their efforts in the community." The Keynote Speaker is Devin Ford, Robert Mondavi Napa Valley, California. The evening includesine-tasting, door prizes, silent auction, food and drinks.
* "Ribs for Kids" (Alabama Baptist Children's Home), presented by Fired Up, Inc. is Saturday, April 25, 2020, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Alabama Baptist Children's Homes & Family Ministries, 6512 Grelot Road, Mobile. For information, go to web site or visit https://www.alabamachild.org/main/funevents/ribs-for-kids/
* 13th Annual “Dunn with Cancer Crawfish Boil" to benefit the local American Cancer Society is Saturday, May 2, 2020, noon-4 p.m. at SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. This is a family fun event that has donated more than $175,000 to ACS. The goal this year is to break $200,000 and with community support, that is possible. So--come enjoy some crawfish while listening to live music and letting the children play on the jumps and slides. 🦞 #dunnwithcancer
* Cocktails with the Critters to benefit Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation is planned for Thursday, May 7, 6-9 p.m. at Bluegill Restaurant on the Causeway. Tickets are $50 in advance and $55 at the door. They are available from the Foundation at 251-307-5903, online at sealabfoundation.org, the Bluegill Restaurant, Sea Lab Estuasrium or at Carpe Diem beginning April 2nd.
* On Saturday, May 2, 6-10 p.m., the inaugural "St. Mary Mustang Mixer" presents "80s Flashback!" St. Mary Catholic School is pleased to announce this new fundraising event to include a silent auction, heavy hors d'oeuvres and adult beverages, live music (band to be announced), dancing, games, prizes and more. This event replaces Casino Night but promises more fun than ever before. 80S ATTIRE ENCOURAGED! Tickets are currently available in the St. Mary Catholic School office at 107 N. Lafayette Street. Flash Pass: $100 each, admit two adults with an opportunity to take home $10,000 (only 300 sold) Party Pass: $30 per person. Sponsorships are also available. All proceeds benefit St. Mary Catholic School, educating students in grade PreK3 through 8th Grade. For more information on The St. Mary Mustang Mixer, contact us (251) 433-9904.
* On Saturday, May 9, 6-9 p.m., the public can enjoy the Mobile Wings & Beer Festival 2020 hosted by 95KSJ and held at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park. General admission tickets are by Eventbrite and includes wings, beer tastings, and a souvenir tasting glass iHeartMedia is hosting this inaugural the deck of the USS Alabama to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama. This is a 21+ only event. For more information, visit https://www.mobilewingsandbeer.com/
* The 18th Annual Crawfish & Bluegrass Extravaganza, presented by Knights of Columbus- St Mary's Parish Mobile, Al and St. Mary Parish, Mobile, Al, is Saturday, May 16, 2020, 3:30-7 p.m. at 106 Providence St., Mobile.
* Crawfish for a Cause 2020 is May 16, noon-3 p.m. at Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street, Mobile. Tickets are by Eventbrite. Featured are all you can eat crawfish and beverages, live music, children's activities and a silent auction to benefit Mobile Fire Rescue Department.w
* On Tuesday, May 19, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Victory Health Partners will present "Hope for Healing Celebration Dinner: An evening with Drew Brees." The event is at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, 1 S Water Street, Mobile. Tickets are at victoryhealth.org.
***** HISTORY/EXHIBITS: *****
* HISTORIC MOBILE PRESERVATION SOCIETY In view of the national and state declarations of a state of emergency due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Historic Mobile Preservation Society and Historic Oakleigh House Museum will be closed to the pubic through Friday, April 10th, 2020. We will continue to monitor national, state, and local advisories and update as needed. We are committed to the health and wellness of our visitors, neighbors, supporters, and staff. Although we will be closed to the public, our staff will remain available. Please email us at email@example.com with your questions, comments, and concerns.
* HISTORY MUSEUM OF MOBILE IS CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 6TH * History Museum of Mobile Launches History at Home Series: During the History Museum of Mobile's temporary closure, staff wanted to be able to bring parts of the museum to your home. They'll be conducting a few tours, creating some activities to be done at home while are practicing social distancing. The first topic will be Ancient Rome. They've created a few activities adults can complete at home with children, as well as a video of Guided tour. For Ancient Rome Activities go to http://www.historymuseumofmobile.com/history-at-home/ For an Ancient Rome Guided Tour, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgP8lM7cgmg&feature=youtu.be
Up next: A tour of Colonial Fort Condé and lessons on how Mobile changed during Colonial times.
* Mobile Bay History Tour, hosted by WildNative Tours, is Thursday, May 7, 2020, 6-8 p.m. The tour will leave from and return to the dock at Cooper Riverside Park in downtown Mobile. This is a one-of-a-kind specialty tour, which includes a presentation from highly acclaimed local historian, Cart Blackwell. Guests can enjoy a two-hour cruise with complimentary appetizers and beer/wine. Plus, this tour is a great way to give back: it is a fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). To reserve a spot, contact Valerie Longa at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-202-7142. To learn more about LLS, visit: https://www.lls.org/
***** HOLOCAUST: *****
* Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education presents" Gulf Coast Shoah Commemoration" on Sunday, April 19, 2020, 7-10 p.m. at Spring Hill Avenue Temple, 1769 Springhill Avenue, Mobile. Arrive early to view student art, posters and poetry. Awards will be presented to collegiate essay competition winners and annual writing and art competition.
***** EVENTS FOR TEENS/CHILDREN/FAMILIES: *****
* The Summer Children’s Program and Art programs need sponsors. Diana Ankney, Site Director, Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, said that "In addition to program materials, we provide, at little or no cost, a lunch for all participants. Our budget to meet all our planning goals, she said, is $2,500." Help make this the best summer for local children. "We need all sponsorships in by May 8th to meet our program goals . . . This year’s focus will include more STEM and E-STEM programming. Summer Children's Program 2020, hosted by Grand Bay Community Center, will be every Wednesday, 10 a.m., June 3-July 22 at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 US Highway 90, Grand Bay.
* Exploreum 2020 Summer Camp registration is now open and scheduled to kick off as planned on May 25. For information or issues with booking, contact Josie Golden at email@example.com or via phone at 1-251-208-6892.
***** FILM/STAGE: *****
* University of Mobile presents the Musical ‘Little Women’ April 17-19. The Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile will bring Louisa May Alcott’s classic story to life with the musical “Little Women” April 17-19. General admission is $15. Tickets for students with a valid ID are $10. Tickets can be purchased at umobile.edu/pas. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. For more information about Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile, go to umobile.edu/asota or call 251.442.2222.
THINGS HAVE CHANGED * Mobile's Playhouse-in-the-Park as scheduled to present an original staging of the enchanting musical favorite, "Beauty and the Beast" For the latest, go tp www.playhouseinthepark.com
* On Saturday, May 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Commedia del Arte of Mobile is bringing "Arsenic and Old Lace" to Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 7125 Hitt Road, Mobile. Tickets are $8 in advance through Eventbrite and $10 at the door. The performance is for ONE NIGHT ONLY! Call 251-510-0654 for tickets or information.
* A Cherry Blossom Festival at the Charles Wood Japanese Garden, 900 Forest Hill Drive is Saturday, April 4, 2020, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. As extra added attractions, there are so many treats to be purchased; there is also face painting and characters in costumes. To volunteer, go to https://volunteer.uwswa.org/event/detail/?event_id=65322https://volunteer.uwswa.org/event/detail/?event_id=65322https://volunteer.uwswa.org/event/detail/?event_id=65322
**** FESTIVALS/MARKETS *****:
NEW DATE Circle this Date on your calendar: Mobile Chocolate Festival to benefit Penelope House for victims of domestic violence has been rescheduled for August 15th.
NEW DATE AUGUST 8TH * Ransom's Springtime Market will be Saturday, April 18, 2020, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 N Cody Road. There'll be boutiques, direct sales, crafts and food vendors. Ransom is now accepting vendors. Tickets are $5 General Admission and $10 for VIP--CASH ONLY. For more information, go to ransomministries.networkforgood.com.
***** CAR SHOWS: *****
NEW DATE AUGUST 15 * The 2020 Mobile Chocolate Festival Cruise In at Mobile Chocolate Festival at The Grounds was scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. It has been postponed.
NEW DATE SEPTEMBER 19 * The 2nd Annual Camp Grace Car Show, at Camp Grace, 11081 Wanda Drive, has been rescheduled for September 19th
DUE TO Coronavirus (COVID-19), event information may be out of date. Please confirm the details with event organizers. * Dixie Division Military Vehicle Car Show is at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway on April 17 and 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Visitors can check out the vintage military vehicles during this annual show. Jeeps, trucks, motorcycles and more on display. A great swap meet set-up too. Free to attend with a $4 Park entry fee.
DATE CHANGED TO JUNE 6 * The 27th Annual Camellia Classic Open Show on Saturday, April 18, 2020, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. will be held at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore. Applications will be on website: www.mobilebaymustangclub.org and PayPal will be accepted online. Checks or cash only day of show.
POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER 17 The 7th Annual Dauphin Island Sunset Cruise Car Show, scheduled for May 2, 2020, at Green Park on Dauphin Island has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 17, 2020, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
***** TOURNAMENTS *****
* Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Classic Golf Tournament (planned March 20) is scheduled Friday, June 5, 2020, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, 7001 Magnolia Grove Parkway, Mobile. Tickets are at mobilechamber.com. Reservations are required by calling 251-431-8649.
POSTPONED The 3rd Annual Mobile Azalea Trail Golf Tournament, hosted by Mobile Azalea Trail Maid Golf Tournament and originally scheduled for April 4 is now Saturday, September 12, 2020, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard. All proceeds benefit the Mobile Azalea Trail Maids. Visit event website to sign up as a player/team or a sponsor--www.mobileazaleatrailmaids.com. For more information, email ATMGolf2@gmail.com.
***** THANK YOU/CONGRATULATIONS/HOW NICE *****
* The Food Pantry at Central,1260 Dauphin Street. A HUGE thank you goes out to Dale Speetjens and Angela Speetjens from Shipshape Urban Farms. They donated more than 2,000 heads of their amazing gourmet lettuce to our pantry. These kinds of salad greens are a special treat for our clients and greatly appreciated!
* Tonie Ann Coumanis Torrans, Penelope House shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children, sends a big "Thank You" to The Grounds who donated TWO hand sanitizer units that we mounted at two entrances of the shelter in early March. "We're so grateful for community partners," Torrans said.
* Penelope House donations have been low in the midst of the uncertainty due to COVID-19, according to Tonie Ann Torrans, Director. But recently, a generous contribution came in from the AHEPA 29 Charitable Foundation in Houston, Texas! Thank you!, she said.
***** USEFUL INFORMATION: *****
* From County Com. Connie Hudson comes this IRS news. For more news from Com. Hudson, see her newsletter at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Internal Revenue Service and the Alabama Department of Revenue have announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal and state income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers. For more information, visit the Internal Revenue Service or Alabama Department of Revenue websites
Penelope House donations have been low in the midst of the uncertainty due to COVID-19, according to Tonie Ann Torrans, Director. But recently, a generous contribution came in from the AHEPA 29 Charitable Foundation in Houston, Texas! Thank you!, she said.
Tonie Ann Coumanis Torrans, Penelope House shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children, sends a big "Thank You" to The Grounds who donated TWO hand sanitizer units that we mounted at two entrances of the shelter in early March. "We're so grateful for community partners," Torrans said.
I'm an optimist. I'm already planning to start my Christmas decorating in September.
And I love going back and re-reading Christmas stories that I've written over the years: They bring me pleasure.
In the 20-plus years that I was a freelance writer for Mobile Press Register and for the past six years on community blog, joannemcknight.com., I've written dozens of Christmas stories, all showing the good side of our Mobile area people.
We are always willing to contribute to the big "stuff the bus" and television sort of charities, but I lean toward the stories of individuals, groups, churches, clubs or businesses who quietly and without fanfare step forward to provide Christmas for members of their communities; those, to me, epitomize the meaning of Christmas.
Below is such a story as related by Peggy Allen of Tanner Williams United Methodist Church. The article was printed just before Christmas 2016. In it, Peggy shared information about a small good deed that has become an enduring custom involving many people who bring Christmas joy to local families.
"Our Christmas stories began (in 2010) when the president of the Men's Club at Tanner Williams United Methodist Church asked if the Missions Committee would shop for a needy child if they (the Club) provided the funds," said Allen, who was chair of the Committee at the time.
"We found two boys from different families in our community who were getting nothing for Christmas," she recalled.
Both of the boys had siblings, so that first year, the group bought gifts for 11 children, she said. The Chief of the Volunteer Fire Department dressed as Santa and, with his fire fighters, delivered the gifts.
Fire Chief Tim, who had left his traditional family Christmas Eve party to deliver the gifts, reported that "There were no lights, no tree and no gifts in these homes." And, he said, I'm glad I wear glasses, because I'm not ashamed to say I had tears iun my eyes."
And though he disappointed his family by leaving the party early, "I will do it again," he said.
The second year, 2011, the Committee was renamed "Marvin's Angels" in honor of Allen's late husband "because he was such a strong supporter of this even when he was very ill," she said.
Also in the 2011, Tanner Williams United Methodist Church was joined by four other churches--Roberts Chapel UMC, Tanner Williams Assembly of God, Trinity Baptist Church and Palestine Missionary Baptist Church.
Thirty-eight children got gifts delivered by Santa on Christmas Eve that year.
A local nurseryman provided a trailer, more than two car-lengths long--and "all decked out in Christmas lights"--to hold all the gifts. "There were so many that "We still had to load the bikes in the back of his pick-up," Allen said.
The green trash bags that held toys and clothes the first year were replaced by red drawstring bags, 42" X 60", sewn by the United Methodist Women at TWUMC.
Allen said that the churches have been Santa to children from 9 months to 18 years old.
"We choose elementary school students; most of the older children were siblings," she said. "We have bought bikes, skateboards, sports equipment and whatever doll the girls asked for. We include one or two outfits of clothing, underwear, socks, pajamas and slippers. We buy shoes and jackets, if they need them. We have provided stockings with personal items and a little candy, too," Allen said.
One adopter of a middle-school girl bought her Angel two pairs of boots, "'Cause a girl needs cowgirl boots and dress boots." Another year, her husband bought clothes and a Notebook computer for the 18-year-old girl who was going to a technical school in a distant city.
And a retired second-grade teacher bought five Accelerated Reader books for each of the children Tanner Williams United Methodist Church sponsored. Allen said that "One mother said (that) her children had never owned a book of their own. Another parent said her children had never gotten wrapped presents before."
Peggy Allen recalled that a skeptical friend once asked, "How do you know the child you shop for actually gets the gift?' Her answer, Allen said, was "Because I hand the Santa bag to the Chief and I watch him hand it to the children." The prospective donor's response: "I want to be part of that."
"The trust that local children are being helped is important to the huge support we get," Allen said. "It (the Christmas project) is expensive and time-consuming, but everyone at Tanner Williams United Methodist Church joined together and God has blessed our efforts for five years."
Allen is now an emeritus (though still very active) member of the Missions Committee, a role she took on after her husband Marvin died. "Niese Williams is chairman now and does an awesome job," Allen said (this was 2016.)
The Committee added another mission a couple of years ago. They filled 37 shoeboxes with a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shaving cream, razors, Chapstick and socks for veterans in the transitional housing at Eagles Landing on Moffett Road.
"Most people add more items," Allen said.
"This year we added a comment line for special needs. My vet ask for a 'Bama hoodie and cap. I added that. Several of our members added $50 gift cards for vets who needed shoes or pants. We have many veterans in our church and really have a heart for veterans," she said.
But, she added of this project: "That is a whole other story."
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