Oddfellows Christmas Festival is October 26, 9 a.m.-October 27, 5 p.m. at Odd Fellows Festival Park, 10327 Taylor F Harper Blvd, Grand Bay. It's a Christmas Craft Festival! Vendor openings are available. Spaces are $30 or $25 if you bring your own table. There will be food, fun, door prizes, great shopping and, of course, an appearance by none other then Santa Claus. Admission is $2. For more informaton, call 251-288-0144 or 285-9655.
Haunted Ducks- Exclusive Preview, hosted by Gulf Coast Ducks and The Fort of Colonial Mobile, is Friday, September 13, 2019, 8-9 p.m.
Mobile, are you ready for an exclusive sneak peek of the BEST Halloween attraction in the city? Be the first to experience the All New 2019 Haunted Tour. EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW ONE NIGHT ONLY! For centuries Mobile has been home to pirates, vagabonds, miscreants and soldiers. Their bodies may be gone, but their souls remain. Embark on a spine-tingling tour of Mobile and the Mobile River as "tourists" search along haunted city streets for these forgotten souls who linger somewhere between today and the afterlife. While this tour is quite creepy, this is a family attraction
Tickets price is as follows: Adults: $29; Seniors/Military/Educators: $26; Children 3-12 : $16 and Infants under 3: $3. Ticket information is at gulfcoastducks.com. Haunted tours depart from the Fort of Colonial Mobile in Downtown Mobile (150 S Royal Street.) Ticket sales within 1 hour of tour start time are available for purchase in the gift shop at Fort of Colonial Mobile. Call 251-525-6933 with questions. Please arrive 30 minutes early and bring a photo ID to claim your tickets. Please check your spam folder for your confirmation email. Confirmation email is not required to claim tickets; we only need an ID.
Build Hope for McKemie Place is Thursday, September 26, 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Crown Hall, 853 Dauphin Street, Ste 1. Tickets are by Eventbrite; General Admission is $75. Guests can eat, drink and be merry all while supporting McKemie Place. Music features Velcro Pygmies
"Hurricane Frederic: Destructive Legacy--Endurance & Resiliency of Mobile & Its People" is at Ben May Main Library 10-11 a.m. Thursday, September 7th. Hurricane Frederic changed Mobile forever when it arrived on the night of September 12, 1979. Scott Corcoran from the History Museum of Mobile will discuss the development of the storm, its impact on the Mobile area, recovery efforts and Frederic’s lasting legacy on the area. For more information, call 251-494-2172 or email email@example.com.
The joint meeting of the Chickasaw and Saraland Chambers of Commerce was held Thursday, August 15 at J.C. Davis Auditorium in Chickasaw. Chickasaw president Robert McFall called the meeting to order and the Pledge of Allegiance was accompanied by the posting of the colors by Chickasaw High School JROTC.
Pres. McFall gave the invocation after which members and guests enjoyed a luncheon catered by Georgia Roussos.
The new Superintendent of Chickasaw High School, David Wofford and the new CHS principal, Arnold Cox, were introduced and welcomed.
Several presentations were awarded by Pres. McFall
Recipients included the following honorees:
Employee of the Month, Chickasaw Middle School: Jeremiah Davis
Employee of the Month, Chickasaw High School: Robbie Durr
Employee of the Month, Chickasaw Elementary School: Rebekah Dawes
Business of the Month, Rosebud Florist & Gifts: Sheila Kirksey
The President presented a very special award to Chickasaw High School JROTC. For the second year in a row, the CHS team was the only JROTC unit from the state of Alabama to compete in Washington DC. Chickasaw placed 6th in a worldwide competition of 1,300 teams.
Guest Speaker for the Chamber meeting was Edwin L Perry III, Project Director for the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project.
Before adjourning the meeting, Pres. McFall announced several upcoming events in Chickasaw: In September, the Chamber will host a 9-11 banquet for 1st Responders/veterans; Oct 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. is Chickasaw Founders Day at Miller's Park, and the Christmas Tree Lighting is scheduled for November 2, 6:30 p.m. at Miller's Park.
Audition Information: Audition dates for MSYO's 2019-2020 season are August 23, 24, and 25. For instructions on auditions, go to MSYO website; if you still have questions after following directions, call 251-432-2010, or e-mail Iván del Prado at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 5th Annual Inspiring Women's Conference is Monday, November 5, 2018, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Locale, 4128 Government Blvd., Mobile. Designed to motivate, inspire, connect and celebrate women with guest speakers that will be sure to inspire attendees, as well as honoring Inspiring Women of the Year. There will be vendors, door prizes and a fashion show that will be one to remember as the Colors of Causes that affect us all is showcased. Admission is $25 per person; tables for 8 available for $175. Tickets can be purchased at www.inspiringwomenonthecoast.com and if you are purchasing a table please purchase 7 tickets at the same time and your 8th one if Free. Vendors and sponsors please contact email@example.com
Classical Ballet of Mobile is holding auditions for “The Secret Garden.” This is a wonderful opportunity for dancers from the community to perform in original choreography of a beloved classic. Auditions are September 7, 10-11:30 a.m. (community audition. CBM dancers do not have to audition. September 7, 1-3 p.m., for ages 12+ by December 31, 2019.) Community and Company Audition; *$15 fee and and head shot required for company audition. *If preferred, audition may be for only “The Secret Garden”. — at Classical Ballet of Mobile. 4621 Spring Hill Avenue, Ste C. Visit Classical Ballet's website for further details or to sign up: www.classicalballetmobile.org.
Mobile Museum of Art now has classes for Teens on Tuesday afternoons, 5:30-7:30 p.m on the following dates:Aug. 27, Sept. 10, 24, Oct. 8, 22, Nov. 5, 19, Dec. 3. The c\classes are for children ages 11 and older. This evening class for preteens and teens is for students who want to dig in to more advanced art concepts through different media. Students will experiment with new techniques in pottery, painting, drawing and other materials as they explore the MMofA galleries. No previous art experience is required. This class is open to home school students as well as students in all Mobile area schools. The cost for MMofA members is $90 for the first child, and $25 for each sibling thereafter. The cost for non-members is $110 for the first child, and $35 for each sibling thereafter.
Mobile's Natural Beauty - Mural Ribbon Cutting, presented by Mobile Arts Council and Alabama Hues, will be Thursday, September 5, 2019, 5:30-6 p.m. at 4851 Museum Drive.
The public is invited to the ribbon-cutting across from Mobile Museum of Art. “Mobile’s Natural Beauty” was originally created as a feature of the 2019 Festival of Flowers. This giant floral mural, designed by Riley Brenes, was produced by at-risk youth under the instruction of Soynika Edwards-Bush. The original project has since expanded to cover the entrance of this recycling center, thereby reflecting Mobile’s natural flora and enhancing Langan Park.
The mural was made possible through a collaboration with Judge Edmond Naman, Juvenile Court Judge of Mobile County; Alabama Hues; Catherine Arensberg, the 2019 Festival of Flowers Lead Designer; and Carole Grant, Executive Director of NEST of Mobile. This project was sponsored by the Mobile Arts Council with support from Representative Adline Clarke and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Following the mural's unveiling, stop by the Mobile Museum of Art for their free Thursday programming! Sit in on ART TALK: Nall from 6-7 p.m. with a meet and greet and light refreshments to follow.
The Throwdown, hosted by Mobile Arts Council, will take place on Friday, September 20, 2019, 6-9 p.m. at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Pkwy, Mobile.
Mark your calendar for the most action-packed arts event in Mobile: The Throwdown! Five local artists will compete to create works of art in just 90 minutes, which will then be auctioned off LIVE at the end of the evening. While these artists work, guests will enjoy libations, musical performances, a fantastic silent auction and delicious eats.
This year's event will take place in the air-conditioned Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park. Proceeds from this event will support the Mobile Arts Council’s mission: to enrich the quality of life in the Mobile area through increasing accessibility to the arts and promoting a vibrant cultural community. Interested in being a volunteer or sponsor for the event? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Annual Fish Fry and Fellowship at Mission of Hope is Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Mission of Hope, 14970 Mission Road, Mobile. Come out and join us for a day for families, fun, fellowship, and fish! University of Mobile’s Deliverance 5 will bring the entertainment and Chef Rob will bring the fish! Bring the family and join us for a good time in the Lord!
5th Annual Hargrove Foundation Gala, hosted by The Hargrove Foundation and Hargrove Engineers + Constructors, will be held at Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street on Friday, November 22, 2019, 6-10
Guests can welcome General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.), honorable statesman and retired four-star general in the United States Army, as the keynote speaker this year.
General Powell, USA (Ret.) was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under George W. Bush. He was also the first African American appointed as the U.S. Secretary of State, and the first (so far the only) African American to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He served in this position for both President George H.W. Bush and for President Bill Clinton.
The public is invited to participate in the series of events in honor of the fifth annual gala, hosted by this year’s master of ceremonies, Dan Borné, known as the “voice of LSU” for his role in calling LSU football games for more than 30 years.
Your involvement supports the Foundation’s role as an advocate of hundreds of charitable organizations throughout the Gulf Coast, donating over $1 million since 2012. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit The Hargrove Foundation and the HAT (Hargrove Adaptive Toy) Project, which modifies toy vehicles for children with mobility limitations, helping them gain independence, motor skills, vocabulary, and more.
Lifelines Counseling Services's Bay Area Brunch Fest is Saturday, November 9, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bienville Square, 150 Dauphin Street.
This will be a day of great brunch foods, live jazz music, Bloody Mary's & Mimosas! The event will be held in beautiful Downtown Mobile at Bienville Square. This fundraiser will benefit Lifelines Counseling Services and its many programs. Local restaurants will be cooking some delicious brunch food items for you to taste. The atmosphere includes live music, games, and local vendors. This is a 21 and up event. Tickets are at Eventbrite.
Tickets on sale Sept 9th. This is a 21+ event. No kids. No pets. For sponsorship information, call or email Sarah Bumgarner. 251-602-0909 or email@example.com.
4th Annual GreekFest Charity Gala is Saturday, November 2, 6-11 p.m. at 50 S Ann Street. This is a black tie affair benefiting three local charities: Victory Health Partners, NEST of Mobile and The Learning Tree. There will be dinner, dancing and auction to enjoy. Event ticket price is $300 per person. Call 251-340-3600 to purchase tickets.
Woofstock, hosted by Animal Rescue Foundation and Serda Brewing Co., Saturday, October 26, 2019, noon-7 p.m. at Serda Brewing Co., 600 Government Street, Mobile. There'll be beer, music and tons of Halloween fun! Bring your pooch and be sure to enter the doggy costume contest. Admission is as follows: Adults - $10; Kids (4-12 yrs old) - $5; Kids younger 4 are free. Organizers say that activities include the following events: Our always popular dog costume contest with amazing prizes; Local Beer; Local Food Trucks; Great sponsors with lots of swag; Face painting; Kiss-a-bully; Beer & Candy tasting; ARF Alumni reunion; Raffles; Scavenger Hunt and Music.
Fowl River Community Arts and Crafts Show is Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Pelican Reef, 11799 Dauphin Island Pkwy, Theodore. The show is open to local residents in Fowl River, Dauphin Island, Theodore and Mobile. Visitors: On Saturday morning, drop by the event room and walk around to see all the crafts on display. The site will host 25 tables. Participates will have their own table to showcase their art, crafts, and designs. Note to Vendors: Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.\
"Chickasabogue 2-Miler," hosted by Port City Pacers, was Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Chickasabogue Park in Eight Mile. The run, organized by Port City Pacers Road Runners Club, Inc., brought several hundred participants out despite the hot, muggy weather. Pictured are just a few of the runners (and winners.) For details, see PCP FB page.
* Auditions for the chorus of Mobile Opera will be held on Monday, August 19, 6:30 p.m. at the Larkins Music Center, 257 Dauphin St. The auditions are for NEW singers interested in adding their name to the Mobile Opera Chorus roster. Anyone wishing to audition should prepare an operatic aria or other musical selection appropriate to an opera setting. Please bring a copy of your audition piece for the provided accompanist. Audition times must be scheduled prior to the audition date. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Stacey Driskell with Mobile Opera via email email@example.com
* Auditions for "Frankenstein" and "A Christmas Carol" will be held at Mobile's Playhouse-in-the-Park on Monday and Wednesday, August 19 and 21 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. “FRANKENSTEIN” auditions are open to ages 13 through mid-twenties; ALL PERFORMANCES WILL BE HELD AT THE PLAYHOUSE. “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” auditions are open to ages 6 through mid-twenties. All performances of “A Christmas Carol” WILL BE HELD AT MOBILE'S SAENGER THEATRE ON DECEMBER 3 & 4, 2019. This includes School Day shows and one evening performance on December 4. Danny Mollise, Managing Director - 251-422-5434. Website: www.playhouseinthepark.org.
* Joe Jefferson Playhouse is holdinng auditions for "An Evening of The Carol Burnett Show" on August 19 and August 20. 6 p.m. at the theater, 11 S. Carlen Street. These are the same nights as Macbeth auditions). Auditioners should prepare a comedic monologues to perform for auditions. This show is being directed by Tania Radoslovich (Show dates will be announced soon.)
* On August 21, 5:30 p.m., Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library presents "Live and Let Die," which marks Roger Moore's debut as James Bond; the film takes him in pursuit of a voodoo-worshipping underworld drug czar who leads him from Harlem to New Orleans to the exotic Caribbean. The film runs 121 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, Call 251-494-4132.
* On August 22, 5:30 p.m., " Notable Thursday Night at Ben May Main Library is running "Amy The Tragic Story of Amy Winehouse." An Oscar-winner for Best Feature Documentary, Amy is a deeply moving portrait of 6-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse using powerful first-hand footage to bring her story to life, showcasing both her incredible talent and her tragic demise from the dual forces of addiction and celebrity. The film runs 128 minutes and is rated R. For more information, call 251-340-1458. Streaming of this documentary is made possible by Kanopy. To find out more about Kanopy, check out website at mobilepubliclibrary.org/resources/emovies.php.
* "Mary Poppins Returns" will be shown at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library at 4 p.m. August 23. Mary Poppins returns during Michael's most desperate hour to lend him a helping hand. With his house in danger of being repossessed, she whips up a little magic to remind him of the importance of family. The film runs 130 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-494-4132.
* Mobile Mystery Dinners' production of "WHO SHOT JR?" is Friday, September 6th, 2019, 7 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street. Advance reservations are required at www.mobilemysterydinners.com. Cost is $62 per person, which includes Delicious Buffet Dinner; Unlimited Wine from 6:30 p.m. until the end of the performance; 2.5 Hours of hilarity by the MMD Players; Free Parking (there is a cash bar available for those who prefer something other than wine) For more information: www.mobilemysterydinners.com - 251-865-7398.
* Playhouse in the Park acting, dance and voice classes are now registering. Beginners acting (ages 6 to 11) will be Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m., musical theatre for middle school students will be Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. and advanced acting for ages 13 to 19 will be Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. Classes begin the week of August 26. For registration information, call 251-422-5434.
* On August 29, 5:30 p.m., Notable Thursday Nights presentation will be "The Best of Enemies." The meeting is at Ben May Main Library and the summary of the film is as follows: In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. The film runs 89 minutes and is rated R. For more information, call 251-340-1458. Streaming of this documentary is made possible by Kanopy. To find out more about Kanopy, check out our website at mobilepubliclibrary.org/resources/emovies.php.
* The PACT Theatre Company, 3995 Cottage Hill Road is holding auditions for A Christmas Story: The Musical on September 10 and 12 at 6 p.m. The play is directed and choreographed by Jacob Rowe; musical direction will be by Christie Breland. Rehearsals will begin at the end of September. Performances will be at The Steeple on St. Francis on December 4-6, 2019. No preparation is needed whatsoever for auditions. Those trying out will be taught a song from the show on the night of auditions and will perform that song in small groups or solo for the production staff. You do NOT need to prepare a song for auditions. Register for auditions online at www.thepactmobile.com/a-christmas-story. for details concerning the audition, see event website; for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
* Save the Date! Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure.will play, live on stage, at the Mobile Civic Center on Tuesday, September 24, 6 p.m. and Wednesday, September 25, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information or to join the Tail Mail mailing list for pre-sale and other exclusive offers, visit www.pawpatrollive.com. Follow PAW Patrol Live! on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @pawpatrollive, and the hashtag #pawpatrollive.
* On Wednesday, November 20, 6 p.m., "The Elf on The Shelf: A Christmas Musical" is coming to the Saenger Theatre, 6 Joachim Street, downtown Mobile. Tickets are on sale now and prices range from $29.95-$59.95 (additional fees may apply.) They can be purchased at on line, at the Saenger Theatre or at Mobile Civic Center Box Offices. Additional Ticket information: purchase tickets in person at the Saenger Theatre Box Office (open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and located at 6 South Joachim Street) or the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located at 401 Civic Center Drive). For information regarding accessible seating tickets, call 251.208.7381. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice.
*** Chambers of Commerce:
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce "Coffee with the Chamber" is Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Enjoy a complimentary cup of hot coffee and refreshment compliments of NAI Mobile. Bring your business cards and network with other businesses and organizations. FREE to attend.''
* Coffee with the Chamber: Semmes Chamber of Commerce members: It's that time again to get back together and network. Don't miss this FREE opportunity to grow your business--Wednesday, August 21, 7:30 a.m. at Semmes Chamber and Welcome Center, 8740 Moffett Road.
* Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Small Business Awards Breakfast is Thursday, August 22, 2019, 8-9:30 a.m. at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, 1 S Water Street. This breakfast kicks off the annual Business Expo, where the Small Business of the Year finalists will be recognized and the winner revealed. The awards will also honor the Chamber’s Outstanding Entrepreneur. The cost is $30 for Chamber members and $35 for potential members and includes breakfast. Tickets are at events.mobilechamber.com.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is Tuesday, September 24, 3-6 p.m. at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Blvd, Mobile. The Expo is a great opportunity for business owners to network and create brand awareness. Space is limited; reserve your booth today. Visit website www.swmcchamber.com for booth application or email email@example.com.
* It's Early, BUT go ahead and mark your calendar and create your crafts: Saraland Chamber of Commerce 3rd Annual Mistletoe Market is December 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call the Chamber, 251-675-4444. For more community news, see blog joannemcknight.com.
* Those looking for a way to make a difference in the community are invited to North Mobile Rotary Club Monthly Meeting, 7-8 a.m., Wednesday, September 4. The meeting will be at Holiday Inn Exress, 1401 Industrial Parkway, Saraland. For some background on Rotary, watch www.youtube.com/watch?v-ocgJ_YeaG6Q. To apply for membership, see the online application at https://form.jotform.com/91707796418167. There's no cost to NEW Rotary members for the first year. For more information and to RSVP (by September 3rd) ;send information to Sam Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 334-301-0597.
*** Events for Children/Teens/Families:
* On August 20, 4-5 p.m., Tinker Tuesday lets children Design and Create a Dreamcatcher at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Space and supplies are limited. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-494-4140 or email email@example.com
* Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra-- Audition Information: Audition dates for MSYO's 2019-2020 season are August 23, 24, and 25. For instructions on auditions, go to MSYO website; if you still have questions after following directions, call 251-432-2010, or e-mail Iván del Prado at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Teens, you can Express Yourself on August 22, 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Teen Art Scene @ the West Regional Library. Supplies and snacks will be provided. For more information, call 251-340-8555 or email email@example.com.
* On August 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., children can stop by Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library to Make and Take their own Spaceship. For more information, call 251-494-4140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The 3rd Annual Jr QWD Bake-Off & Bake Sale, hosted by Jr. Queens with Dreams is Sunday, August 25, 2019, 2-3:30 p.m. at Exalte', 1442 W I65 Service Road S, Mobile. Life is short eat dessert first SO Come out to QWD this sale where there'll be lots of delicious sweets to try and buy. The Jr Queens will be competing to win one of three top prizes. Judge’s Choice, Chef’s Choice, and this year, they're having their first People’s Choice award. Purchase tickets 5 for $1 to vote on your favorite treat. The Jr Queens will also be collecting donations for the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home and Grace’s House of Hope. Donation items needed are Baking Mixes (cakes, brownies, cookies, muffins, etc.); Frosting; Cooking Spray; Cake & Cupcake Pans; Cookie Cutters and Cupcake Liners.
* An After School Special for All Ages is Friday, September 6, 3:30 p.m. at West Regional Library, 5555 Grelot Road. Children are encouraged to come to the library and celebrate National Read a Book Day by creating their own bookmark. For more information, call 251-340-8571 or email email@example.com.
*** Galas, Fun, Fundraisers, workshops other events:
* Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center's 22nd Annual Cool White Linen Night is Tuesday, August 20th, 6:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Mobile. This year, funds raised will support Via's "Raise the Roof!" Campaign. Portions of the Via Center's roof - constructed in 1956 - need repair. Tickets: $100 pp/$60 for Via Center Members. Reserved tables and sponsorships are available. This is an event that provides an excellent opportunity for companies and organizations to socialize and network with many of the business and community leaders of Mobile.
* Bayou Clinic is hosting a FREE Mental Health First Aid trainings this summer at the Red Cross in Mobile on AUGUST 22. The program includes a component for military members, veterans, and their families. 7 CEUs/CMEs will be offered. The training is open to ANYONE who is interested - no prior training or military connection is required. More information and registration: www.bayouclinic.eventbrite.com
* NEST Quarterly Breakfast is Thursday, August 22, 2019, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Original Oyster House, 3733 Battleship Parkway/HWY 90. The community is invited to attend and learn more about the NEST mentoring program for at-risk youth and families and how you can build a team of mentors to make a difference! RSVP to the NEST office at (251) 604-3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more at www.nestofmobile.org.
* United Way Night at Hank Aaron Stadium is Thursday, August 22, 2019, 7:05-10:05 p.m. The Mobile Baybears are offering a special ticket for $10 per person that gives you admission to the game with seats on the Club Level, a hotdog, chips, and a drink. $5 of each ticket sold with the promo code UNITED will be donated to United Way. Tickets are at www.milb.com.
* On Friday, August 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Dance Without Limits and Moe's Original Bar B Que will host "Cool Club Cookout - a Benefit for DWL." Moe's is at 701 Spring Hill Avenue. The General Admission $30 tickets are by Eventbrite. Guests are invited to "Come ready to have the most fun Friday night you've had in a while! Live DJ, dinner, two drink tickets and some special surprise performances--All to raise funds for equipment and scholarships for our special needs students.
* ARC -Awakening Respect and Compassion for all sentient beings--presents Vegan Mac n' Cheese Competition on Saturday, August 24, 2019, 6-8 p.m. at Events at Central, 1260 Dauphin Street, Mobile. If you think your vegan mac has what it takes, bring it on! Cost is $5 at the door for cooks and the general public. Cooks are requested to register in advance by emailing your recipe to email@example.com. Cooks should plan to arrive by 5:15 p.m. and provide a list of ingredients to be displayed with the dish. Cooks can bring their mac n cheeee in crock pots or pyrex. The more you bring, the more people can taste, and the better your chances of winning. Prizes will go to the winners of the following categories: Best Overall and Runner Up; Best Traditional and Best Creative.
* Divas for Missions Fashion Show at Saraland First Baptist Church, 907 Shelton Beach Road is planned for Saturday, August 24, 2019, 3-6 p.m. It will be an afternoon of fun with a fashion show introducing the latest styles and vendors for shopping galore. Admission is $5, and all proceeds go toward Saraland Sisters missions pledge. Vendor Information is at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CRLXl1XiCVz-TzARULZCuVu2f2o5Pc_qRKKcuLqEBlc/edit
* "In Search of Creole: Sean Tuder Fundraiser" is Sunday, Aug. 25th, 6-9 p.m. at Dauphin's. Look for authentic Creole fare prepared by Dauphin's executive chef/partner Steve Zucker and Alec Naman of Naman's Catering. Tickets include two drink tickets, live music, special guests and access to the silent auction; admission is $35/person.
* Plant Seeds of Hope Recovery Event," hosted by Gulf Coast Families & The Opioid Epidemic, will be at Cathedral Square, Tuesday, August 27, 6-8 p.m. The public is invited to come see the RSA Tower light up PURPLE in honor of National Recovery Month in September and plant seeds of hope to show support for individuals, families and friends of those in recovery. Come join and meet as a community to remember those lost, celebrate those in recovery and reach out to those still suffering. All are welcom
* August 29th, 6-9 p.m. is the largest fundraising event of the year for Feeding the Gulf Coast--that's the date and time of the 21st Annual Chef Challenge at Fort Whiting Armory, 1630 S Broad Street in Mobile. This event brings together some of the area's most celebrated chefs and restaurants for an evening of superb food and drink. Guests will also get to enjoy live music by Roman Street, silent auction, and complimentary beer and wine.ive entertainment and a silent auction - all in the name of ending hunger! It's not too late to sponsor this year's Chef Challenge. For more information, go to https://feedingthegulfcoast. Tickets are at feedingthegulfcoast.networkforgood.com. All proceeds from Chef Challenge are used to help those in need within our 24-county service area along the Central Gulf Coast. feedingthegulfcoast.org/get-involved/events/chefchallenge
* "Hammer it Home," a 31st Anniversary Party for Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama, is Saturday, September 7, 2019, 6-9 p.m. at Cedar Street Social Club, 2106 North Cedar Street, Mobile. For ticket information, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hammer-it-home-2019-mobile-al-…
* Mark your Calendar: The 13th Annual Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile fundraiser, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," is Thursday, September 12, 2019, 5:30-9 p.m. at Mobile Government Plaza. For tickets or more information about Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, visit rmhcmobile.org/girls, or call the Ronald McDonald House at 251-694-6873.
* United Cerebral Palsy 10th Annual Food & Folly event is right around the corner – Thursday, September 19th. Presenting partner for 2019 will once again be the Richardson Wealth Management Group. Attendees can enjoy local cuisine prepared by some of the best chefs in the area, sample fine wines and craft beer, and participate in the silent auction. To join in on the festivities, call 251-479-4900 or purchase tickets at https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx…
* Doing The Most Good Annual Luncheon, hosted by The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama, is Wednesday, September 25, 2019, noon-1 p.m. at Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel. Tickets are at app.mobilecause.com This is an event to raise funds and awareness for the Good that is being done in Baldwin and Mobile Counties. Special guest for this year is the legendary Terry Bradshaw.
* Hobby Lobby founder David Green is the keynote speaker for the 14th annual University of Mobile Scholarship Banquet on Oct. 1, 2019. Tickets are on sale for the university’s signature event that raises scholarship funds for University of Mobile students, while bringing a speaker of national prominence to the Mobile community. General admission tickets are $150 and may be purchased now at umobile.edu/banquet or through the University of Mobile Advancement Office at 251.442.2587 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsorships start at $1,500. Higher-level sponsorships include an opportunity to meet David and Barbara Green during a VIP reception prior to the banquet, with priority seating at the event.The evening begins with a silent auction hosted by UM’s Torch Society at 5:15 p.m. at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in downtown Mobile. The banquet kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment from the Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile.
* Shop Til You Drop 2019 & Rocking for Alz’s Caregivers Summit is Saturday, October 5, 2019, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road N, Mobile. General Admission is $5; tickets are by Eventbrite.
* Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile presents the annual Rubber Ducky Regatta on Saturday, October 5, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon at Cooper Riverside Park. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, and the race will begin at 11 a.m. The Rubber Ducky Regatta invites all families in the surrounding areas to enjoy a morning of family-friendly fun at Cooper Riverside Park in downtown Mobile. Admission for the Rubber Ducky Regatta is free to attend and any remaining rubber duckies will be available for adoption prior to the race. For more information about the Rubber Ducky Regatta, visit rubberduckyregatta.com, or call the Ronald McDonald House at 251-694-6873.
* Think Pink Tea, hosted by USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, is Sunday, October 6, 2019, 3-6 p.m. at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, 1 S Water Street. USA Mitchell Cancer Institute’s Think Pink Tea is a free annual celebration of breast cancer awareness — a commitment to patients, survivors, advocates and the friends and family of those impacted by breast cancer. The Think Pink Tea is attended by patients, donors, media, and members of the community. It features a runway fashion show, a mix and mingle, a panel discussion and refreshments in the style of high tea. The models who walk the runway each year are breast cancer survivors who show off the latest styles in fashion, hair and makeup contributed by a sponsoring organization. The goal is to present a value-added event that benefits the participants and attendees, a celebration of awareness, achievement and triumph. There is no charge for this event. To RSVP, please email Vanessa McMillian at email@example.com or call (251) 445-9691.
* Queens with Dreams Ghostly Halloween Party is Saturday, October 12, 7-11 p.m. at Mobile Mystics, 659 Saint Anthony Street, Mobile. The Queens invite: Join us for a ghostly affair! Grab your friends and party the night away with the Queens. Only $10 before October 10th, $15 at the door." DJ Sam will be spinning the best tunes; there'll be food and non alcoholic drinks provided; a Cash Bar and a Costume Contest and prizes. Purchase prepay tickets at PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org (friends and family.)
* Save the Date: The community is invited by the Victory Teaching Farm: "Join us under the Stars for All Things Local. Help us 'raise' up our farmers, chefs and those that support our local food system." The Victory Teaching Farm, 261 Rickarby Street, Mobile, is presenting its 5th Annual Down to Earth Farmraiser on Thursday, October 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and are available at brownpapertickets.com.
* Save the Date!! The Third Annual Gulf Seafood Gala is October 26th, 6-9 p.m. Attendees can enjoy delicious seafood tastings and desserts prepared by local chefs and restaurants, cash bar, music and a silent auction featuring fabulous local art. More details regarding this classic fundraising event will be announced soon.
* Save the date for the 2019 Downtown Mobile Alliance Annual Luncheon. This perennially sold out event is set for November 1st at the Battle House Hotel, and features keynote speaker Chris Leinberger. Listed among the 100 Most Influential Urbanists of all time, Leinberger has been a leading voice of walkable urbanism and its economic impact on neighborhoods. Tickets will be available in the next few weeks, however sponsorship opportunities are currently being accepted. If you're interested in sponsoring the event, please email Carol Hunter. Many thanks to the companies who have already committed to making this engaging event possible.
* The public is invited to Mobile’s 3rd Annual Wine on the River wine tasting event on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 from 3-6 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park. There will be sample wine from national and international vineyards with an “Around the World” theme focusing on cultural regions. Ticket price includes beverage samples, food and live music (Live music entertainment will be going throughout the evening to keep the fun going!) Tickets are at https://www.wineontherivermobile.com/tickets. Information is at https://www.wineontherivermobile.com/
* Wild Wild West Fundraiser benefiting Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy is Thursday, November 7, 6-9 p.m. at The Ezell House, 407 Conti Street. It's a themed evening of support for Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy. Dress for the West! Bring your gold and mosey on down to the barn dance for music, food, raffles and fun! And there'll be a COWGIRL AND COWBOY BEST DRESSED CONTEST! All net proceeds will benefit Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy's mission of providing free medication to uninsured patients in Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia and Washington Counties in Alabama. OCP is a 501 (C) 3. EIN#72-1386236. Admission is $30 per person, $50 for couples. TICKETS GO ON SALE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019. Attire: Western Style. Raffle ticket donations are $10 and $20. For more information or vendor opportunities contact: 251.721.0458 or email@example.com.
* Mark your calendar: 2019 NEST of Mobile Annual Luncheon is Tuesday, November 12, 2019, noon-1 p.m. at Mobile Marriott, 3101 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. NEST of Mobile’s Annual Luncheon will feature the extraordinary story of child advocate and “More Than A Bird” Author Liz Huntley. NEST of Mobile’s Annual Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, November 12 at 12:00 pm at the Mobile Marriott. The event will also feature NEST volunteers, families and local leaders who are seeing the tremendous impact of this program for Court involved youth. Tickets to the event are $50. Corporate tables and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact the NEST Office at 251-604-3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to purchase tickets or visit www.nestofmobile.org for more information on the mentoring program.
* Mobile Symphony season membership are now on sale. Become a member and enjoy an entire season of world-class concerts very close to home. The new season includes six amazing concerts -- each offered on a Saturday evening or a Sunday matinee. Add the special Celtic Christmas with Cherish the Ladies (the best Christmas concert on the Gulf!) to create a perfect year of great music. You've got to hear this!All concerts are at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile. Membership has its advantages: Savings as much as 30% off regular ticket prices, flexibility to exchange days, discounts from local restaurants, first dibs on special events, your own members-only lounge at intermission and more. For information, go to https://mobilesymphony.org/events.
* Auditions for the chorus of Mobile Opera will be held on Monday, August 19, 6:30 p.m. at the Larkins Music Center, 257 Dauphin St. The auditions are for NEW singers interested in adding their name to the Mobile Opera Chorus roster. Anyone wishing to audition should prepare an operatic aria or other musical selection appropriate to an opera setting. Please bring a copy of your audition piece for the provided accompanist. Audition times must be scheduled prior to the audition date. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Stacey Driskell with Mobile Opera via email email@example.com or call (251) 432-6772.
* Mobile Opera's 9th Annual Summer Soiree is Sunday, August 25, 5:30-8 p.m. at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 2058 Airport Boulevard. The public is invited to an evening of exquisite dining and exceptional music. Make your reservation early - this annual event sells out quickly; tickets are $125/person. RSVP 251-432-6772.
* Mobile Symphony season memberships are now on sale. Become a member and enjoy an entire season of world-class concerts very close to home. The new season includes six amazing concerts -- each offered on a Saturday evening or a Sunday matinee. Add the special Celtic Christmas with Cherish the Ladies (the best Christmas concert on the Gulf!) to create a perfect year of great music. You've got to hear this!All concerts are at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile. Membership has its advantages: Savings as much as 30% off regular ticket prices, flexibility to exchange days, discounts from local restaurants, first dibs on special events, your own members-only lounge at intermission and more. For information, go to https://mobilesymphony.org/events.
* The Gulf Coast Steinway Society presents the fifth year celebration of the winners concerto concert with the Gulf Coast Steinway Society orchestra, a group of professional musicians and students in the Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile. The concert will be held Sept. 8 at 2:30 p.m.., at Murphy High School Auditorium, 100 South Carlen Street, Mobile, Alabama. Tickets are available at the door before the concert. Student tickets are $6 and general admission is $11.
*** How Nice/Thank You/Congratulations:
* Great Job! On August 10th, Family Promise of Coastal Alabama held a fundraiser--"Eggs with a Side of Jazz"--at the Jazz Studio Director Diane McCaskey (firstname.lastname@example.org) said the event "was great!." And, she said, " We are so grateful to everyone who put it together, attended and sponsored."
* Kathy Couey sends "A Big Thank You" to Kristi Lankford for organizing the 60th Chickasaw Pool Reunion. Pictured are a few scenes from the celebration. "We love our pool," Couey said.
* Congratulations to Chickasaw High School JROTC. For the second year in a row, the CHS team was the only JROTC unit from the state of Alabama to compete in Washington DC. Chickasaw placed 6th in a worldwide competition of 1,300 teams.
* Congratulations: The University of Mobile School of Nursing is one of the top 10 online RN to BSN programs in Alabama, according to a new ranking by Top RN to BSN, an online information source for current and prospective nursing students.
* Congratulations: The University of Mobile’s new director of alumni programs is 2015 graduate Allie Normand Ratcliff. She returns to her alma mater to handle alumni relationships, coordinate the university’s Ambassadors program for student leaders and develop special events. For more information about alumni events at the University of Mobile, visit the website at umobile.edu/alumni or call the Office for Advancement at 251.442.2587.
Auto shows and related events:
** Coastal Response Center, South Bay Project, Community Center 9th Annual SwampFest CAR SHOW is Saturday, September, 7, 2019, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at CRC, 7385 Highway 188, Coden. This is the Annual Fundraiser to support SOUTH BAY FOOD PANTRY Serving Families in Need. With the public's generous donations of canned and dry goods, CRC is helping families have food on their tables. Admission is free: food will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Lori Bosarge 251-206-9990 and Laura Sprinkle 251-379-4678.
** Grand Bay Country Cruzers 7th Annual Car Show is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 8 a.m. next to Sam's Burgers in Grand Bay. Fee is $20 for one vehicle and $30 for two. For more information, call 251-586-3024.
** Riders 4 Riders Passport Stats & Stripes Car, Truck & Bike Show is Sunday, September 29, 2019, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at American Legion Post #250, 10950 Dauphin Island Parkway, Theodore. This is a family-friendly event with Music, Food Trucks and Vendors. Fee is $20 per entry. There will be trophies for Best In Show; Cars: Antique Vintage (All Original) 1964 & Older / Custom Vintage 1964 & Older / Classic 1965 thru 1995 / Classic Custom 1965 thru 1995 / Late Model 1996 to Present / Import Car / All Trucks / Jeep / Rat Rod / People's Choice and Bikes: Touring / Street / Sport / 3 Wheels / Vintage
** Deep South Region Antique Automobile Club of America's 2019 Southeastern Fall Nationals show is Saturday, October 23-26, 2019, 7 a.m. at Cooper Riverside Park, Water Street. To register you must be a member of AACA; Join AACA: http://www.aaca.org/About-AACA/membership.html; Register: https://members.aaca.org/login.asp. Show Brochure: http://deepsouth.aaca.com/aaca-national-shows-in-mobile/2019-southeastern-fall-national/2019-fall-national-brochure-2/; Show Information: http://deepsouth.aaca.com/aaca-national-shows-in-mobile/2019-southeastern-fall-national/ Everyone is invited to view the cars on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm. No admittance fee to see the vehicles. Deadline for Registration is October 1, 2019 (Postmarked); Cancellation Policy: Written request received by Registration Chairman by October 1, 2019. Registration Chair is Vicki Bolton. Please note- RSVP-ing to this event DOES NOT REPLACE REGISTERING FOR IT
** The 10th Annual “Shirley Looney Memorial” Car Show will be held at Dauphin Way Baptist Church on Saturday, October 26, 2019. For more information, call the Student Ministry Office at 251-445-4163 or email email@example.com.
** The 4th Annual Car Show for Charity, hosted by The C.A.R. Shop, L.L.C. is Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at The C.A.R. Shop, L.L.C., 7745 Tara Drive, Semmes. If you would like to be a sponsor, volunteer or donate door prizes please call our office 251-644-6879 Monday- Thursday 8:30-5:00 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
** On Sunday, November 10, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Calvary Family & Friends Day Fall Festival and Car Show will be held at Calvary Church, 6800 Three Notch Road, Mobile. This event promises a day for having fun, admiring antique and classic vehicles, shopping and enjoying food and entertainment--an event to please everyone. (See blog joannemcknight.com for details such as vendor booth rentals, entertainment, sponsorship, car show.)
*** Book Clubs/book signings/recitations/writings:
* On Tuesday, August 20, 1 p.m., the Reader's Choice Book Club will meet at West Regional Library to discuss "The Child" by Fiona Barton. In summary: As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it's a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby? For more information, 251-494-2298.
* The Heart & Soul Book Club meets at West Regional Library on August 25, 4-5:30 p.m. to discuss "Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone" by Brené Brown. For more information, call 251-209-3559 or email email@example.com.
* The August 26, 6:30 p.m. meeting of the Classics Revisited - Book Club: Reconnect with the Classics the topics of discussion will be "Being There" by Jerzy Kosinski and "The Sun Also Rise" by Ernest Hemingway. For more information, call 251-340-1541 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, is offering "Lagniappe - Editing and Publishing Class on Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon through August 28, 2019. Join the WINS (Writing in Nature) for 6 weeks of writing – Lagniappe – Editing & publishing, the power of words & healing, new directions for a burst of creativity, new forms and worldly fashions. Instructor is Sue Brannan Walker; fee is $125 for MBG members and $150 for non-members.
* Line Dancing and Lunch at Luna’s in Orange Beach is planned for Chickasaw seniors on Wednesday, August 21 Notes: the van will depart Civic Center at 8:30 a.m.; the cost is $5 plus lunch on your own; and call 251-452-6462 to make reservations for a fun day.
* Semmes Senior Center members are selling raffle tickets for "Little Al". He is an adorable hand-crocheted shelf sitter....he can sit by your side for good luck and cheer on the Tide with you or he can be your centerpiece for football gatherings. Next year we will try to have a tiger, bulldog, or other mascot for those who root for other teams! Raffle tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. All proceeds will be designated for our future grill area. We will draw the winning ticket on August 29th at our college kick-off cookout at Loblolly Farm. Construction of the Center's addition should begin next week and Loblolly Farm has graciously agreed to accommodate our cookout.
* Chickasaw Seniors Lunch Outings are Friday, September 6, American Grill. Call Stephanie Stewart at 251-452-6464 for details and reservations.
* "Connecting Generations," hosted by KNB Communications, LLC and Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center is Friday, September 13, 9-10:30 a.m. at the Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road. This a FREE! Intergenerational Opportunity and everyone is welcome!! Limited to 50 seats. Refreshments will be served. RSVP at Connie Hudson Senior Center. 3201 Hillcrest Road
* Fall Senior Adult Mystery Trip is planned for Tuesday, September 17, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The van will depart from Chickasaw Civic Center. Have at least $20 cash for your day. For reservations, call 251-452-6462.
* "Sensational 60s" exhibit is open at the HIstory Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street, Mobile. The exhibit explores fashion as an entry point to the politics and culture of our nation’s most turbulent decade. From bikinis named for an atomic testing site, to trousers contributing to burgeoning feminism, to mod materials inspired by the space race, the styles of the 1960s open up an exciting world of social and cultural revolutions.
* The History Museum of Mobile, 111 Royal Street, has on exhibit through September 1, "Mel Showers: 50 Years of Broadcast Excellence." The exhibit honors Showers and his 50 year career with WKRG. Visitors can learn about the major stories he’s covered, the awards and accolades he’s received, as well as the challenges he had to overcome.
* Save the Date: On October 5, 2019, 8:45 a.m.-6 p.m., Historic Mobile Preservation Society (email@example.com) is presenting the 50th Annual Historic Buildings Tour, which will focus on Mobile architect George B. Rogers. The tour includes never seen before access, to the architecture, history, family tales, furnishings, artwork, upstairs and downstairs, all hidden passages, gardens and planting. This once-in-a-lifetime tour will be written by Cartledge Blackwell III, a Mobile Historian who wrote his master's thesis on Rogers. Tickets are $200 per person and ticket sales are limited to 125 guests. Tickets will be made available to HMPS Members first as a thank you to HMPS loyal members. Tickets will be open to the general public after two weeks if there are any tickets still available. See community blog joannemcknight.com for more details and photos.
* Exploring the Art Behind Gaming - Episode #1, is scheduled at USA Libraries Art Galleries and Marx Library University of South Alabama, Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Presenters say, "It is one thing to game, it's another to learn about the art behind the game. Join us on August 24th, to meet local creators of board games, video games, card games and more. Here is your chance to meet the creators, play a little and learn a little."
* ART TALK with Bruce Larsen is Thursday, August 29, 6:30 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. This is a very special celebration during which Bruce will discuss his work and inspirations in a unique gallery talk and Q&A. Be prepared for surprises…
* ART TALK: Nall is Thursday, September 5, 6:30 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Guests are invited to "Join the one and only NALL at MMofA for an exciting and irreverent conversation about his life, his work, and the exhibition, SOUTHERN MASTERS." For more information--www.MobileMuseumofArt.com | 251.208.5200.
* A theme for the next art exhibit at Semmes Regional Library has been decided: PAST AND FUTURE. Dates for bringing in artworks to the SEMMESONIAN for display is Tuesday, September 10, 1-2 p.m. and Wednesday, September, 10 a.m.-noon. For additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
* At Art Walk, Friday, September 13, 6-9 p.m., check out The Haunted Book Shop, 109 Dauphin Street where the Generous GEEKS plan to be. Come support a great cause, play a fantastic board game, and tease your brain! Support STEAM learning in our community. What is STEAM? STEAM - Science Technology Engineering Art and Math! Generous GEEKS aims to bring STEAM learning to underfunded schools and at risk youth. We will also be selling raffle tickets until 9 pm, when we will be drawing for the winner or our Swag Bag Raffle! Be sure to check out the event page for the raffle to see everything inside and be sure to flip over to the Discussion section to see the gift cards and certificates available from our amazing contributors. https://www.facebook.com/events/1258769467629579/?ti=icl
* University of Mobile Welcomes Artist Steven Bleicher for Artist Talk on September 26. University of Mobile welcomes artist Steven Bleicher as he presents “Kings Highway” works at the Martin Hall Art Gallery. His works are developed from site sketches and photographs which are evocative of the sense of place and of the local industry. The images are combined with maps, a metaphor for the journey, and found objects from the area. They have a narrative component and engage the viewer. His works will be displayed from Aug. 19 to Sept. 27. The gallery will be open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bleicher will deliver a free artist talk on Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. in Martin Hall Galley, 5735 College Parkway, Saraland, Alabama. A reception will follow the talk. To learn more about Steven Bleicher and his works, visit stevenbleicher.com. For more information about art programs at the University of Mobile, visit umobile.edu or call 251.442.2222.
* A Paint Party at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, is set for Thursday, October 10, 6-8 p.m. Those attending can paint their favorite Bellingrath Gardens scenes and flowers during this special evening Paint Party. Artists Renee Wallace and Janie Brown will paint with students, step by step. Students may choose to create their own designs on a blank canvas, or they may select a pre-sketched Bellingrath Gardens scene on a 12” x 16” canvas panel. All supplies are included. Cost is $30 for members and for non-members (fee covers costs of supplies) The class is for those 6 years and older. Registration is required in advance. To register for the Paint Party, call 251-459-8868, or email email@example.com.
* The 9th Annual Dauphin Island Art Trail is Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. To download an application, go to http://artdoesit.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/2019-Art-Trail-Applicationcw.pdf.
* Mobile Museum of Art, in partnership with the Mobile County Commission, is organizing its fourth pop-up exhibition for Government Plaza. This opportunity is open to any artist in the Mobile area. Artists may submit up to 3 works of visual art, mixed media, paintings, needlepoint, ceramic works, photography, works on paper, and sculptures completed in the last 5 years detailed in JPEG or video format. Deadline is November 1.
* Art Does It is calling all veterans to exhibit their work at the Coastal Alabama Veterans' Art Show, 1101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. For information, contact Reginas@artdoesit.com or 251-214-6485. On Sunday, November 10, there will be an unveiling of the Jeremiah Denton Memorial Statue and Open House, 3-5 p.m.
* Nature Photography Presentation by Jeff Johnston, hosted by Mobile Bay Audubon Society, is Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6-7:30 p.m. at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard. Note time change. Meetings have been changed to refreshments at 6 p.m. and presentation at 6:30. Free to the Public. All are welcome.
*** Arts & Crafts (including quilting and sewing):
* Grand Bay Quilting/Sewing Group meets every Tuesday at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, Grand Bay. Beginners and seasoned quilters will meet to share ideas and want to join like-minded folks who just love to create beautiful quilts and more. Come when you can stay as long as you like.
* On the first Tuesday of each month, Humana Insurance on Airport Boulevard near I-65 and O'Charley's, is hosting a quilting time, 9 a.m.-noon, to encourage their employees and community members to get involved in service projects, particularly Quilts of Valor. Contact Joyce Reed at Lsubookwrm@hotmail.com for more info. or for other sewing dates for charity quilts in our community.
* Abba Shrine Craft & Attic Show is Saturday, September 21, 9 a.m. and Sunday, September 22, 10 a.m. at Abba Shrine, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile. Admission is $3. Bring a new toy for a chance at a door prize--One chance per toy donated. Concessions will be available. (Cash only for admission and concessions at this time.) Free Child ID will be provided by The Masonic Alabama Grandlodge. For booth information, contact Elsie Davis 251-895-3821. Planned for the show will be "amazing crafts, vendors, antiques and attic items for sale. Something for everyone."
* Abby Fair is coming to Loblolly Farm, 9930 Stone Road, Semmes on Saturday, October 5, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Abby Fair is a joyous exhibition of arts and crafts by local vendors and artisans. Included in the activities will be vendors, artists, Uncle Joe's Rolling Zoo, children's games, Down South cooking by the Flaps Up BBQ team and concessions. Admission is free.
*** Christmas/Holiday events:
* Christmas on the Bayou Shopping Spectacular 2019, hosted by A'Bekah's Boutique, is November 1, 6 p.m.- November 2 at 4 p.m. at Bayou La Batre Community Center, 12745 Padgett Switch Road, Irvington. The event raised more than $1,200 for BLB Senior Center last year.
* On December 29, 7:30 p.m., Mannheim Steamroller Christmas will be at Mobile Civic Center. This year’s show will feature all of your favorite original classic Christmas hits from the first Mannheim Steamroller Christmas album, along with multimedia effects in an intimate setting. Chip Davis will direct and co-produce tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment. Ticket prices run as follows: $45, $55, $65, $79 (Additional fees may apply.) Tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/mschristmasmob. Purchase in person at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (401 Civic Center Drive; open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 251-208-7906) or the Saenger Theatre Box Office (6 South Joachim Street; open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 251-208-5600) For information regarding accessible seating tickets, call 251-208-7381. (Additional fees, service charges and/or taxes may be added to ticket prices. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice.)
*** Runs, Walks, biking, fitness, cycling events and paddles:
* Ice Cream Marathon 2019, hosted by Fleet Feet Mobile, 3972 Airport Boulevard, is every Monday at 4 p.m. until August 26. For more information on registration, routes and other details, see https://www.fleetfeet.com/s/mobile/events/ice-cream-marathon
* Port City Pacers Running Club presents the Hurricane Run 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 6:30-10:30 a.m. at Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. For more information, see PCP Facebook page.
* Mobile Bay Area Walk to End Alzheimer's is Sunday, September 8, 2-4 p.m. at Bienville Square, 150 Dauphin Street, Mobile. Those interested can join the local Alzheimer's Association and the 2019 Walk Planning Committee as we come together for #Walk2EndAlz! Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m, with the ceremony and walk following at 2 p.m. By participating in the walk, you help to increase awareness in your community regarding Alzheimer's disease and your fundraising assists in furthering research. Register online now through act.alz.org/mobile for a day full of fun in your community.
* The 12th annual GO Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, hosted by USA Mitchell Cancer Institute is Saturday, September 28, 2019, 6:30-noon at USA Moulton Tower, 5985 USA Drive South, Mobile. Register now at https://giving.usahealthsystem.com/event-go-run-register-live. Find information on sponsorship opportunities at giving.usahealthsystem.com/SponsorGoRun.
* Sip, Stretch or Stroll at Bellingrath Gardens and Home is Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 5-7 p.m. at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore. Stroll the Gardens after hours with friends at our first-ever Sip, Stretch or Stroll at Bellingrath! The evening will include complimentary snacks and beverages; access to the Gardens; and a session of yoga on the Great Lawn. The yoga class will be from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
The Bellingrath Gift Shop will be open for the evening, with fabulous fall merchandise and free samples of the tasty treats on the shelves. Admission is regular Gardens admission, and is free to members of the Friends of Bellingrath.
* Bras Across the "CAUSE"way is Saturday, October 12, 2019, 8-11 a.m. at Meaher State Park. There is a 5K Race, games for children and a Restaurant Rally Benefiting LOCAL Patients Fighting Breast Cancer. For more information, see event site.
* On Friday, October 18, 2019, 6-9 p.m., USA Children's and Women's Hospital are presenting the 7th Annual Trick or Trot 5K and Fun Run at USA Moulton Tower, 5985 USA Drive South, Mobile. Tickets are at giving.usahealthsystem.com. The event has raised almost $200,000 to support the USA Pediatric Emergency Department. The invitation reads: "Help us reach the finish line and join us for this family friendly race and Monster Mash after party that offers something for everyone. Don't forget your costume!" Register at giving.usahealthsystem.com/event-trick-or-trot-register. Find information on sponsorships at giving.usahealthsystem.com/event-trick-or-trot-sponsor.
* Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of South Alabama 2019 is Saturday, October 26, 2019, 8-11 a.m. This Making Strides event will be held in Bienville Square, Mobile, AL. People will come together to celebrate survivors, have fun, and raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives from breast cancer. Everyone is welcome. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of South Alabama is at 1110 Montlimar Drive, Suite 420, Mobile, Alabama.
* Dog River Clearwater Revival's Ghost Chase & Goblin Gallop is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2019, 5-8 p.m. This is the 10th year that DRCR is hosting Mobile’s unique evening 5K race and Kid’s Fun Run across the iconic Dog River Bridge. Participants can take in the spectacular views of Dog River and Mobile Bay from atop the concrete structure. The Ghost Chase is a certified 5K course and the Goblin Gallop is one-half mile in length. Racers and spectators are encouraged to dress in costume. Post-race party includes awards, food, beverages and a costume contest. The Dog River Ghost Chase is a project of Dog River Clearwater Revival’s Access Committee promoting awareness and stewardship of the Dog River Watershed including its cultural and historical, and recreational opportunities in Mobile’s urban river and its tributaries. For more information, go to www.dogriver.org.
* Turkey Trot for Hope to benefit Camp Rap-A-Hope is Thursday, November 28, 2019, 8-10 a.m. at Mardi Gras Park, 163 Government Street, Mobile. Tickets are at raceroster.com. Participants can start the day off with a little turkey spirit, by running (or walking) our 5K race. Don't want to run the 5K? Participate in the Gobble Wobble 1 mile fun run with us! Need to spend the morning in the kitchen. Select the Stay in Bed option and receive a t-shirt. All proceeds from this event will be used by Camp Rap-A-Hope to provide free FUN for children with cancer.
*** Halloween/Fall Festival:
* "Harvest Dance" at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, is Friday, August 23, 2019, 7-11 p.m. The Band Cherry Pie playing. Bring you own refreshments; sodas will be available at concessions. $10 per person at the door.
* Start thinking Halloween/Fall Festival and join the fun at "Boo at Bellingrath" this year. Bellingrath Gardens is looking for "treaters" to be a part of the fun at Boo at Bellingrath on Saturday, October 26. Having a booth at the annual Halloween event is a great opportunity to promote your business or organization. The event hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To sign up, go to https://bellingrath.org/experiences/events/boo-at-bellingrath/be-a-treater/ to fill out the form online; email Special Events Director Angela Strickland at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 251-459-8868.
* Save the Date: There will be a "Halloween Haunted Hall" at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 US Highway 90, Grand Bay, Thursday, October 31, 2019, 6-8 p.m. Organizers plan an evening of Halloween fun; games and activities for the children AND a haunted hall for those who are brave enough to enter.
*** Fishing/Golf Tournaments:
* Save the Date for the 2019 Mayors Cup Golf Tournament. The 28th Annual Mayors Golf Tournament, presented by Lexus of Mobile & Wind Creek Hospitality, is Friday, October 4, 8 a.m. at Magnolia Grove, which features creeks, marshland and lakes, with each of the 54 holes carved through indigenous hardwood and pine. After a day of golf, enjoy a steak & shrimp dinner followed by the Mayors Cup awards presentation. For more information, visit: www.bgcsouthal.org/mayorscup.
* The 5th Annual Dog River Fishing Tournament to benefit Dog River Clearwater Revival is Saturday, October 5, 2019, 6-9 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate in the annual fall fundraiser that begins and ends at the mouth of Dog River. Lines in at 6 a.m. in an inshore Alabama waters (Mobile & Baldwin Counties only.) First, second and third place cash prizes given in the following categories: Bass, Flounder, Jack Cravelle, Speckled Trout and Redfish. Youth categories as well. Tournament rules will apply. Fun recommended Captain's meeting held the night before featuring live music by Fat Man Squeeze and a cash winning drawdown. Tournament participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. However, minors are eligible to participate with a parent or legal guardian signature on the release form. The registration fee and age categories for this event are $35 for adults (youth may fish in adult category), $20 for youth (ages 15 & under.) Register online at www.dogriver.org. All proceeds further the clean water mission of DRCR. Registration begins September 1st.
* In an effort to find wonderful homes for the over abundance of cats and kittens, the Mobile SPCA is offering half-off the adoption fees of our great cats and kittens. All kitties are fixed, shots, tested and microchipped. See them at PetSmart (Airport Blvd and McGregor Ave) and the Mobile SPCA office at 620 Zeigler Circle West.
* Mobile SPCA Rummage Drive is ending. Note from SPCA: "There are only two weeks left to get in your rummage donations. Saturday, August 24 is the last day we can accept donations. Please help us make this our most successful Giant Fall Rummage Sale ever! We're accepting all types of gently used items for our big sale. Tools, jewelry, home decor and antiques are our best sellers." Because of limited storage space, Mobile SPCA can accept furniture September 27-October 3 only.
* God Spay the Queen--and the Bitches Too is a fundraiser for the nonprofit SaveAStray. The event is August 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Off The Hook Marina & Grill, 621 North Craft Highway, Chickasaw. "We are trying to start TNR in North Mobile County," organizers say. There will be music with Elaine Petty playing live; a Queen's Brunch with Beef Wellington, End of Summer Salad and Pain Perdue; $5 pitchers of Mimosas; vendors, A Fancy Hat/Tiara contest and a raffle with the grand prize being Queen (King) for the Day, both a human and pet version. For information, go to saveastray.org.
After School Special for All Ages is Friday, September 6, 3:30 p.m. at West Regional Library, 5555 Grelot Road. Children are encouraged to come to the library and celebrate National Read a Book Day by creating their own bookmark. For more information, call 251-340-8571 or email email@example.com.