A Military Appreciation Luncheon is Monday, April 16, noon-1:30 p.m. at USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park Aircraft Pavilion Awards will be presented by all branches of the military and recognition of distinguished JROTC and ROTC Cadets. Admission is $30 per ticket or $240 for a table of 8. Reservations are required. Register at events.mobilechamber.com or by calling Mallory Tyson at 251-431-8621.
"Local Goodness 2018," hosted by USA Children's & Women's Hospital, is Sunday, April 15, 4-7 p.m. at USA Health Strada Patient Care Center, 1601 Center Street
"Local Goodness 2018," hosted by USA Children's & Women's Hospital, is Sunday, April 15, 4-7 p.m. at USA Health Strada Patient Care Center, 1601 Center Street
USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital will host the 5th Annual Local Goodness, a unique farm-to-table experience, on Sunday, April 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the USA Health Strada Patient Care Center.
At this casual seated dinner and silent auction, guests will dine on local meats, seafood and produce as they enjoy live entertainment.
With an emphasis on the services the Children and Women's Hospital provides to families in the community, Local Goodness will pay tribute to local cuisine, art and music while raising awareness and support for the hospital's mission of providing the highest quality healthcare for the children and women in this region.
Tickets are $150 and can be purchased by calling 251-415-1636.
Alabama School of the Arts Presents Jazz Band ‘Elvis Live(s)!’ Concert April 2, Saraland Performing Arts Center
The Alabama School of the Arts Jazz Band at University of Mobile will present “Elvis Live(s)!” on April 2, 7 p.m. in the Saraland Performing Arts Center at Saraland High School. Tickets are $10 and are available at itickets.com or at the door.
The program will feature a talented group of instrumentalists, soloists and possibly an Elvis sighting. Famous songs such as “Blue Christmas,” “All Shook Up,” and “Burning Love” will celebrate the King of Rock and Roll.
The show will be presented under the direction of Kenn Hughes, chair of the music department, director of RamCorps, and former music director for the Dove Award-winning group Denver and the Mile High Orchestra.
For information about the Alabama School of the Arts, go to umobile.edu or call 251.442.2383
From the University of South Alabama comes this timely bulletin:
Our first USA Giving Day is almost here!
This Thursday, March 22, we are dedicating 24 hours to support for the University of South Alabama. Join us, and show that #WeAreSouthProud!
By participating in USA Giving Day, you can help South continue to move Upward & Onward as leaders in education and health care. Your gift to one of four key areas: Student Success, USA Health Care, USA Athletics, and the Julian and Kim MacQueen Alumni Center, will ensure a brighter future for the University and health care system you love.
For more information, visit southalabama.edu/GiveDay. Go Jags!
How YOU can help:
Make a gift to South on March 22.
Sign up to be a USA Giving Day Advocate (takes 30 seconds or less).
Create and share a 30-second video on your smartphone about why you are #SouthProud.
Use #WeAreSouthProud when posting.
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Galas, Fundraisers, Meet & Greets, fun events:
* Queens with Dreams Meet and Greet is Tuesday, March 20, 5-6:30 p.m. at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard. A presentation will begin at 6 p.m. For tickets or to find out more about the Queens with Dreams, visit www.queenswithdreams.com.
* Saraland Lions Club meeting is Tuesday, March 20, noon-1 p.m. at 415 McKeough Avenue, Saraland. Guest speaker will be Gary Mozingo from First Class Arms Training Gunport in Coden. Guests are welcome.
* United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile is holding open house on March 21, 2018 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 3058 Dauphin Square Connector, The public is invited to visit the center to learn more about UCP"s many programs or just to meet the staff to say hello.
* On Friday, March 23, 6-8 p.m., there will be an "Exclusive Friends Event: Estuarium Celebrates 20 Years." Become a Friend of the Sea Lab (visit sealabfoundation.org) to be part of this great event that celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Estuarium. If you are already a Friend of the Sea Lab, make sure to RSVP to email@example.com.
* The Community Foundation of South Alabama will hold its Annual Luncheon on Friday, March 23, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel. Guest speaker will be Jon Solomon, Editorial Director for Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program, and a former national college football reporter at CBSSports.com. Call 251-438-5591 for more information. Tickets are at www.eventbrite.com.
* "Because I Matter" Fundraiser for Daniel Williams, hosted by Phyllis Pinson and Debra McLaughlin, is Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Cave Ministries, 601 Zeigler Circle E. Daniel is 14 and has Medullablastoma (brain cancer.) Plates are a choice: fried fish or smoked butt. They are $8 per plate, which includes baked beans, potato salad and either hush puppies with fish and bun with pork butts, and a slice of cake. All proceeds are going to help with Daniel's ongoing medical expenses. In addition to dinners, there'll be raffles\drawings, and at 9 a.m., Debra and Henry McLaughlin will have a clothes give-away for any in need.
* On Saturday, March 24, 4-7 p.m. there's to be a Jewelry Sale Fundraiser for The Ronald McDonald House of Mobile. The event is hosted by Joy's $5 Jewelry Jam and Woman's Club of Saraland at the Club, 216 Highway 43 S, Saraland. Each necklace comes with a FREE matching pair of earrings. There will be door prizes, as well as giveaways, throughout the sale.
* The Moorer YMCA's Starry Night Block Party will be held on March 28 at Von's Bistro, 69 St. Michael Street in downtown Mobile. It is an event that gives business professionals the opportunity to enjoy food, music and drinks while mingling with old friends and making new connections. All proceeds go towards the 2018 Annual Campaign for Youth, Seniors and Families. Contact the Moorer YMCA for sponsorship opportunities.
* Women's Business Alliance hosts Women's History Luncheon & Forum on Thursday, March 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street. Tickets are available at events.r20.constantcontact.com. There will be several prestigious guest speakers, vendor booths, door prizes and delicious food.
* Cheap Chic Boutique Spring Sale--a Fundraiser for Our Sisters' Closet--is Friday, March 23, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Our Sisters' Closet is in a new location: St. Catherine's Parish in Midtown, 2605 Springhill Avenue. The location has ample parking and easy access. Volunteers are always welcome. Call Terri Kearns for more infoormation: 251.423.2001.
* "Hope for Healing" Celebration Dinner, hosted by Victory Health Partners, is Tuesday, April 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel. Ticket information is at victoryhealth.org
* Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center's "Crawfish in the Courtyard" is Tuesday, April 3, 6-8 p.m. at the Exploreum, 65 Government Street. Admission to Crawfish in the Courtyard is $25 in advance and $30 day of event (if available). A finite number of tickets will be sold to ensure sufficient feasting by attendees. Tickets are available at 48274.blackbaudhosting.com. This is a 21 & up only event.
* The 16th Annual Fat Man Squeeze Crawfish & Bluegrass Extravaganza is Saturday, April 14, 4-8 p.m. at St. Mary Parish, 1453 Old Shell Road, Mobile. Visitors can feast on thousands of pounds of crawfish while enjoying Bluegrass music featuring Fat Man Squeeze. Tickets are $30 in advance for adults, and $35 at the gate. The at-the-gate price for teenagers 13-18 is $15. Children age 12 and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase at St. Mary Catholic Church and School Offices, at Mobile Popcorn, and through the following Brown Bag Paper Ticket link: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3358671. Heart Radio, Serdas Brewing Company and Fairhope Brewing Company. Those who would like to become a sponsor can call St. Mary Parish Office at 251-432-8678.
*. "Local Goodness 2018," hosted by USA Children's & Women's Hospital, is Sunday, April 15, 4-7 p.m. at USA Health Strada Patient Care Center, 1601 Center Street. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased by calling 251-415-1636.
* Assistance League® Mobile is sponsoring its signature fundraiser, “Fun for Philanthropy” on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at noon at a private venue. Tickets for the luncheon event are $65 each. Call or email Susan McConnell, 251-342-3554 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information and tickets.
* The 9th Annual Little Black Dress cocktail party and runway show will be held Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Fort Whiting, 1630 Broad Street. LBD is the premier fundraising event for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile. General admission tickets are available for $100 per person with balcony seating available; tickets available at Eventbrite. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.
* The Barefoot Ball, Friday, April 20, 7-10 p.m. at Cathedral Square, 300 Conti Street, is a fundraiser for the Urban Emporium, Mobile's only non-profit retail incubator. Flip flops and a specialty cocktail are included in the ticket price. Other activities include photo booth, henna tattoo artist, haiku on demand, cornhole, giant jenga and musical chairs.
* The 4th Annual Parkway People Crawfish Boil at the Elks Lodge, 2671 Dauphin Island Parkway is Saturday, April 28, 1 p.m. The event features live music, door prizes.and 50/50 Split the Pot.
Police Officer Fundraisers and honors:
* Back the Blue: Benefit Poker Run for Officer Justin Billa is Sunday, March 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Main Event Club, 6485 Highway 90, Theodore. The Main Event Club and WKRG are hosting a benefit poker run and crawfish boil at The Main Event, 6485 Highway 90, Theodore. All proceeds go to the Billa family. Killed in the line of duty, For more information or to donate raffle items. call 251-653-6443
* On March 27, 2018, Foosackly’s of Saraland will host an event to benefit Police Officer Jackie Tucker. The Department will be selling opportunity tickets for an assortment of prizes. The cost for one ticket is $5 or $20 for 5, and each will come with a gift card for a free Foo Snack. Tickets will be available at State Farm Insurance in Saraland (Agent Laurel Green) and Alfa Insurance in Saraland (Agent Bradley Flowers) or they can be purchased at Foosackly’s of Saraland. The public is invited to Foosackly's on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 as the community honors honor a hometown hero.
* March 28 is SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce's 5th Annual First Responders Breakfast. Dick Russell’s will be preparing the food. Door prizes and items for "goodie bags" are requested. Deadline to get the items to the the Chamber at Tillman's Corner Community Center is March 23, 2018.
* St. Thomas Knights of Columbus in Chickasaw (Catholic Church) will be hosting Lenten Dinners on Fridays, 5-8 p.m., except for Good Friday. The Kracken Food Truck does the cooking...... Drinks are included for $10.. The Ladies Auxiliary will be selling desserts (Take out or dine in.)
* An Outdoor Market will be at 5 Rivers Cypress Gift Shop and Welcome Center on Sunday, March 25, 12:30-4:30 p.m. The Center is at 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort. Visitors can enjoy an afternoon on the delta and shop for unique, handmade gifts at the Outdoor Market at 5 Rivers Cypress Gift Shop and Welcome Center on Sunday, March 25, 2018, 12:30-4:30 p.,m.
* 4th Annual Downtown Cajun Cook-Off is Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cathedral Square, 300 Conti Street.. Tickets are $15 at the gate on the day of the event. Children 6 and younger attend free with a paid ticket. No pets are allowed.
* The Dauphin Island Veterans' Association benefit fundraiser, 2018 DIVA Chili Cook-Off, is on Saturday, March 24 (Rain Date March 31.) Registration forms for teams are available at Pelican Pub. Fee to participate is $20 per 3-member team. Tasting will start at noon. For a $5 donation for each taster, visitors can have a taste of the world's best chili. Funds raised will go toward DIVA projects. For more information, call Pelican Pub at 251-861-7180.
* The 9th Annual Dauphin Island Gumbo Festival and Cook-Off is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Headquarters. Tickets will go on sale April 2 at 9 a.m. and will be available at www.dauphinislandchamber.com. This year's Festival will feature musical guest, The Modern Eldorados.
Events for Children/Teens/Families:
* University of Mobile is hosting Preview Day for prospective students on Monday, March 19. Register for a UM Preview Day online at www.umobile.edu/preview or call Enrollment Services at 251.442.2222. UM also provides prospective students with the opportunity to schedule a private campus visit at a time that is convenient. In addition, group tours are available for prospective students from churches, schools, or other organizations.
* "Library Day! All Ages" is Monday, March 19, 2-4 p.m. at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. School will be out so it's time to come to the Library for an afternoon.
* Tuesday, March 20, 10 a.m. is "First Day of Spring" celebration for all ages at West Regional Branch Library, 5555 Grelot Road. There will be a special Spring Storytime and craft. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-340-8571.
* Storytime for all ages will be held at Satsuma Public Library, Tuesday, March 20, 3:30 p.m.
* The 2018 Grand Bay Watermelon Festival Queen's Pageant will be held Saturday, April 28th, at the Odd Fellows Lodge on top of the hill behind the GBUAA Ball Park. See more events on blog joannemcknight.com.
* Semmes Camellia Maids Program is looking for girls in the 6th through 11th grade who live in the Semmes area and are interested in representing Semmes Heritage Park at many events and activities. The deadline for applying is March 31. For more information and application, go to Semmes Heritage Park Facebook page and send a message for an application.
* April 2nd is Children's Book Day, and the City of Semmes would like to give a book to every child in Semmes. Donations of new or gently used books are requested. Books can be dropped off at City Hall from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday before March 24th. Donations of 100 or more books can be picked up. The drive organizers will place a label in the book(s) noting the donor's name.
* The 2018 Grand Bay Watermelon Festival Queen's Pageant will be held Saturday, April 28th, at the Odd Fellows Lodge on top of the hill behind the GBUAA Ball Park. There will be 6 age categories this year: 4-6 years; 7-9 years; 10-12 years; 13-14 years; 15-16 years; and 17-18 years. The winner of the 17-18 years category will be the overall 2018 Grand Bay Watermelon Festival Queen. Those who are 3, but will be 4 by or on July 4th can compete. Ages 4-12 dress is a short dress style of Sunday Best or Pageant. Ages 13-18 is Floor length Pageant Dress. The registration form with all the information, requirements, and awards can be downloaded from the website under Festival Forms: www.grandbaywatermelonfestival.org. Door admission to attend the beautiful Pageant is $5.
Citizens of the Year:
* Satsuma Community Development Organization has announced the nominees for Satsuma Citizen of the Year 2017. A banquet to honor all nominees will be held Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m. at Steele Creek Lodge. Tickets to the banquet are $15 per person.
* For the 40th year, Saraland Civic Forum is hosting the Saraland Citizen of the Year Recognition Banquet, this year at Satsuma Early Education building, 400 Lil Spartan Drive. For information, e-mail at email@example.com.
* Mobile Baykeeper is hosting an Apple Snail Roundup, Saturday, March 24, 9 -11 a.m. at Langan Park, 4901 Zeigler Boulevard. To volunteer, go to http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/apple-snail-round-up/ Tickets are available at www.mobilebaykeeper.org For more information, contact Chad Chappell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-433-4229.
* “LOVE YOUR COMMUNITY” anti-litter campaign is a collaborative effort between Mobile County Commission District 2, Keep Mobile Beautiful and the Alabama Coastal Heritage Trust to encourage citizens to become involved in on-going clean-up and protection of our environment in the areas they care about most. Information and kick-off is on Thursday, March 29, from 6-7:30.p.m. at the Jon Archer Agricultural Center, 1070 Schillinger Rd. N.
* Saturday, April 21-28 is "Don't Drop it on Alabama" week and volunteers are needed pick up trash on the roadways. .EVERYONE is welcome! Those interested can send an email to District3web@mobile-county.net
Chambers of Commerce:
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce's "Coffee with the Chamber" is Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 a.m. at Tillman’s Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. The event is free to attend; coffee and refreshments will be served. For information, call 251-666-2488.
* The monthly business meeting/luncheon of the Chickasaw Chamber of Commerce will be Tuesday, March 20 at Chickasaw Civic Center.
* Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce is holding the 2018 Member Appreciation Day on Thursday, March 22, 4-6 p.m. at the Chamber, 451 Government Street, Mobile. The event includes food and live music.
* The Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Business EXPO on April 26, 2018 from 3-6 p.m. at the Saraland Civic Center, 716 Mae Street. This event is free for the public to attend. M
Hiring Events/Job Fairs:
* A Regional Job Fair is planned for March 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive. Early admissions for veterans (10 a.m.) General admission opens at 11 a.m. Employers and job seekers, register at labor.alabama.gov/jobfair. For more information, call 251-461-4146 or go to Mobile@alcc.alabama.gov.
* On March 22, 2018, the Mobile Career Center will be host the 2018 Mobile Veterans Job Fair ( MVJF) in conjunction with Region 7 of Alabama. Hundreds of qualified applicants will be on hand to fill current vacancies; For information, contact Marcus Brown, Local Veterans Employment Representative, at 515 Springhill Plaza Ct., Mobile; 251 461 4448 or Marcus.email@example.com.
History/historical exhibits and activities:
* The History Museum of Mobile, 111 S. Royal Street is showing the exhibit "Titanic: Honor & Glory." For more information regarding Titanic Honour & Glory, contact Marketing and Event Coordinator, Gavin Snyder at 251.301.0273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Award-winning historian and author Charles C. Bolton will deliver a lecture titled “World War II Home Front Mobilization in the Deep South: An Assault on Jim Crow” as this year’s installment of University of Mobile’s Billy G. Hinson Lecture Series. The talk will be held Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in Ram Hall on the University of Mobile campus. The program is free and open to the public.
* Historic Mobile Preservation Society has a temporary special exhibit, "Silversmiths of Olde Mobile," on display at Oakleigh House until April 2018. Admission is free.
* March Learning Lunch at the History Museum of Mobile, 111 S. Royal Street, is Wednesday, March 28, noon-1 p.m. This special Learning Lunch will feature Dr. Julie Williams.
* Titanic in the Park, hosted by History Museum of Mobile is Friday, April 13, 7:30-11 p.m. at Mardi Gras Park, 104-148 South Royal Street, Mobile.
* 2018 Semmes Heritage Day is Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Semmes Heritage Park, 3871 Wulff Road. Heritage Day is a sanctioned AL200 event. For more information, see thesemmesheritagepark.com/blog and on Facebook.
* Creative Mondays! presented by Dauphin Island Heritage & Arts Council (DIHAC) will continue at Dauphin Island Baptist Church (Resort Ministries Center) at 909 De Soto Avenue. Space is very limited. To sign up for a class, send an email to email@example.com. Donations are requested and appreciated.
* Dauphin Islanders are invited to Jean Cockrell and Friends for "Celebrating the Arts" at Dauphin Island Baptist Church (Resort Ministries Center) 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, 10:30 a.m. It's Open Studio so bring your own art or craft project and enjoy the fellowship.
* Visitors are invited to Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to learn the secrets to Megan Gulland Shifflet’s fun and funky ceramic face pots as she teaches how to create realistic facial features in clay.
* Architectural Landscape Painting with Colleen Comer is Thursdays through March 29, 10 a.m.-noon at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Supply list will be available upon registration. For more information, go to mobilemuseumofart.com.
* See ART TALK: COMMON GROUND at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, on Thursday, March 29, 6 p.m. The staff will lead a tour of the new exhibition COMMON GROUND: Photographs of Mobile and Havana. The exhibition will be accompanied by programs featuring Cuban food, film, music and dance.
* "Last Firday Art Night" presented by Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council will be March 30, 6-8 p.m. at the "LITTLE RED SCHOOL HOUSE." For more information, see DIHAC website.
* The community can learn more about Mobile's thriving arts community at Mobile Arts Council's newest event: Art After Hours! at Mobile Arts Council at Gallery 450, 300 St Michael Street, Monday, April 9, 5:30-7 p..m. Every other month, a different MAC organization will host all members of the community at a FREE networking event featuring refreshments, entertainment, and community-driven networking.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens "Garden Sketch Club" is every Friday through June 1 at 2 p.m. MBG is at 5151 Museum Drive. For this Sketch Club, all levels of experience are invited. General admission is $5 for non-members.
* "Painting the Gardens's Collections in Gouache" is being presented by Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, March 23-April 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org.
Book Clubs, readings, book signings, storytelling, recitations:
* The Reader’s Choice Book Club meets Tuesday, March 20, 1 p.m. at West Regional Branch Library; the topic of discussion will be "Killers of the Flower Moon" by David Grann. For more information, call 251-208-7097.
* Friends of the Mobile Public Library organization is holding a BOOK SALE, March 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and March 25, 1-6 p.m. The event will be at Abba Shrine Auditorium, 7701 Hitt Road. For more information, contact Amber Guy at 251-208-7902 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts and Crafts:
* SouthSounds Arts and Crafts Market, sponsored by Mobile Arts Council, is April 14 and 15, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Cathedral Square, 300 Conti Street. To apply to participate, visit the market page here: http://mobilearts.org/announcement/ss-art-market The cut off to apply is Friday, March 23. Contact information is 251-432-9796 or email email@example.com for additional questions.
* 10th Annual Saraland Lions Club Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, March 24, 6:30-10:30 a.m. at Catfish Junction, 300 Industrial Parkway, Saraland. Tickets (from any Lion member) are $6.50 per person; children 5 and younger with an adult eat free. Tickets are $7.50 at the door. There will also be a drive-through window.
* 9th Annual Optimist Branch Pancake Breakfast, hosted by Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama, is Saturday, March 31, 8-11 a.m. at 1517 Plaza Drive, Mobile. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased directly from the Branch or online at www.bgcsouthal.org/pancake.
* The Fowl River Area Civic Association's (FRACA) Annual Pancake Breakfast, Bake Sale and Silent Auction is Saturday, April 14, 8-11 a.m. at the Fowl River Community Center, 5401 Fowl River Road. Ticket cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children.
* The 25th Annual Festival of Flowers, "A Celebration Promenade," is March 22-25 on Providence Hospital Campus, 6801 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. For more information, go to FestivalOfFlowers.com.
* Mid to late April is Rose Bloom Out at Bellingrath Gardens. For precise times of the blooms, check Rose Watch at bellingrath.org.
* Dauphin Island Spring Plant Sale is Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m.-noon at Green Park.
Runs, Walks, biking events and paddles:
* The 41st Azalea Trail Run is March 23 at noon to March 24 at noon at Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive in Mobile. The event is a two-day family-friendly event that includes 10K and 5K races, a 2K fun run, and a two-day Health and Fitness Expo. Ticket information is at https://events.com/r/en_US/registration/41st-annual-azalea-trail-run---10k-5k-and-2k-mobile-march-32154.
* 5th Annual Crepe Myrtle Trail Ride is Saturday, April 7, 8-11 a.m. The ride starts at Arlington Park, 1814 15th Street South, Mobile. Registration is 8 a.m. with the ride at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $10 for riders 13 and older until April 5 at midnight and $15 the day of the race. Children 8-12 ride free. Tickets are available at 2018crepemyrtleride.eventbrite.com. For more information, call Mark Berte, Co-Chair of Mobile United's Natural Resources Committee at 251-402-3936 or Michele Rumpf, Mobile United Executive Director at 251-432-1638.
* Wiggle Waggle Run 2018 is Saturday, April 28, 8 a.m.-noon at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore. For more information, visit bellingrath.org or call 251.973.2217.
* The 5th Annual Chickasha Bogue Paddle is Saturday, April 28. Registration and Check-In time begins at 8 a.m. The event is at Bill Brooks Park, 559 N. Craft Hwy., Chickasaw. Registrastion is $35. To register online, go to cityofchickasaw.org or call 251-452-6467.
A few senior events:
* Chickasaw Senior Adult Easter Luncheon will be Thursday, March 29 at noon at Chickasaw Auditorium. Cost of the meal is $3. For reservations, call 251-452-6462.
* Happy Birthday and congratulations to four seniors at Connie Hudson Senior Center who have passed the 90 mark. They are Walton Baldwin (91), Helen Cunningham (92), Emily Brown (93) and Ruby Cooper (95.) Birthdays will be celebrated on March 23.
* Connie Hudson Seniors, pull out your pedal pushers and poodle skirts! There'll be a Sock Hop at the Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, on April 27, 3-5 p.m. Admission is $2 at the door.
* The Mobile Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will celebrate its 20th anniversary season with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” – the orchestra’s biggest and boldest concert ever – on Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 25, at 2:30 p.m., at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile. Tickets are $15-$75 and can be purchased online at www.mobilesymphony.org, by phone at 251-432-2010, or at the symphony box office, 257 Dauphin Street. Student tickets are $10. Through the MSO Big Red Ticket program sponsored by Alabama Power, students in grades K-12 can attend the Sunday performance free when accompanied by a paying adult. More details can be found online at www.mobilesymphony.org.
* The Alabama School of the Arts Jazz Band at University of Mobile will present “Elvis Live(s)!” on April 2, 7 p.m. in the Saraland Performing Arts Center at Saraland High School. Tickets are $10 and are available at itickets.com or at the door. For information about the Alabama School of the Arts, go to umobile.edu or call 251.442.2383
* The Mobile Symphonic Pops Band's Disney Concert at Dauphin Island Water Tower Plaza is Saturday, April 7, 6-7:30 p.m. As always, Mobile Pops concerts are free and open to the public.
* Mobile Opera's "Grand Soiree” is Sunday, April 8th, 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Hotel (the Sunday after Easter Sunday.) For more information or to purchase tickets, call Mobile Opera, 251-432-6772.
* Bella Voce of Mobile presents "Spring Fantasy," a concert of life, love, music and Spring, including works by Dvorak, Mozart, Berstein, Zimmer. The concert will be Sunday, April 29, St. Paul's Episcopal Church. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Admission is free, but tax-deductible donations are appreciated. For more information, call 251-610-6124.
Stage and film:
* Chickasaw Civic Theatre's 2018-2019 season offers music and drama, including My Fair Lady, The Miracle Worker, Miss Bennett: Christmas, Smoke on the Mountain and Guys and Dolls.
* Joe Jefferson Playhouse's production of "Cabaret" runs through April 1. Performance dates and times are as follows: Fridays and Saturdays--March 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30 7:30 p.m.; PLEASE NOTE Saturday March 31:Special Matinee at 2 p.m. (there will be no 7:30 show this day); All Sunday Matinees March 18, 25 and April 1 are at 2 p.m. Cabaret is intended and staged for mature audiences. The theatre is at 11 S. Carlen Street. For more information, call 251-471-1534 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Matinee @ the Library - Family Features at West Regional Branch Library, 5555 Grelot Road, will be Thursday, March 19, 2-4 p.m. The film is "Sin"; it runs 108 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-340-8571.
* Open auditions for Joe Jefferson Players production of "Ragtime" are March 19 and March 20, 6:30 p.m. at the theater, 11 S. Carlen Street. For more on roles, directors and other desired information, go to JJP's Facebook. Audition forms can be downloaded from JJP website. Show dates are June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 p.m. and June 3, 10, 17 at 2 p.m.
Yard Sales for non-profits
* Semmes Woman's Club annual yard sale is Saturday, March 24, 7 a.m-1 p.m. at Semmes Senior Center, 8635 Moffett Road.
* Mary G Montgomery Vikings Fishing Team is having a Community Yard Sale and Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, March 24, 8 a.m.-noon in the MGM parking lot, 4275 Snow Road, Semmes. For information on how to reserve a space, contact organizers at email@example.com.
Festivals/Spring Flings/Park Opening events:
* On March 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the City of Semmes is holding a Grand Opening of the Playground at the Park, 8145 Morris Hill Road. The playground opening features the first day @ the Splash Pad, face painting, food, bounce houses, obstacle course, vendors and other activities.
* The Satsuma Splash Pad at Wright Park, 5749 Highway 43 in Satsuma will reopen for the 2018 season beginning Sunday, April 1st and will be open 7 days a week from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. The Pavilion is available for rental; call for 251-675-1440 to make reservations.
* Spring Fling at The Loop, sponsored by Midtown Mobile Al Board, is Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitors are invited to "Follow the balloons and shop local businesses on Saturday, April 14 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Great Sales!"
* The Grand Bay Watermelon Festival is open on July 3rd from 3 to 7 pm and on July 4th from 8 am to 4 pm. This is an annual family fun event with all the free, sliced, ice cold watermelon you can eat, but only on the 4th. (The watermelons will be chilling on the 3rd) Free admission on the 3rd and just $5 per vehicle on the 4th. Applications for Program Ads, Arts & Crafts Vendor, Food Vendor, Entertainment Vendor, and Sponsorship opportunities information can all be found, listed under Forms, on our website: www.grandbaywatermelonfestival.org. There is NO smoking in the Festival area and NO pets allowed except certified Service Animals.
* The 25th Annual Camellia Classic Open Show will be held Saturday, April 7, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Great Lawn at Bellingrath Gardens & Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road in Theodore. The show is open to any and all vehicles, two wheels or more--there are many classes. The gates for show vehicles will open at 8 a.m. and close at 11 a.m. Judging is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Awards presenttion is 2:30 p.m. For application information online at www.mobilebaymustangclub.org and PayPal will be accepted online. Checks or cash only will be accepted on the day of show. Spectators must enter through Bellingrath Gardens and will get $1 off admission if they bring a can good donation for the Feeding the Gulf Coast Food Bank. This year's other Charity of Choice will probably be Alabama Children’s Autism Clinic.
* The 5th Annual Dauphin Island Sunset Cruise Car Show is Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Green Park next door to Ship and Shore. For information, call the City,
Easter Egg Hunts:
* Chickasaw Community Easter Egg Hunt for children aged 12 and younger is Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. at the Chickasaw Housing Authority walking trail behind the post office. There will be 3 age divisions. On the agenda are refreshments, prizes and the Easter Bunny. Children, bring your Easter basket; parents, bring your camera.
* The Shoppes at Bel Air, 3299 Bel Air Mall are inviting children to join the Easter Bunny for photos daily when he appears at his "rabbit hole" March 17-March 31 beginning at 10 a.m. Sundays, he will be on hand from noon-5:30 p.m. NOTE - Bunny takes breaks as needed and will be unavailable for photos at those times.
* An Easter Egg Hunt is planned at Axis First Baptist Church on the corner of Old HWY 43 and CreolaAxis Loop Road, Axis, Saturday, March 17th, The public is invited to the Egg Hunt for toddlers-5th grade from 10 a.m.-noon and 6th grade-12th grade from noon until 2 p.m.
* Rouses Kids Cooking Class with Chef Sally R51 is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 10-11:30 a.m. at Rouses, 4350 Old Shell Road. Tickets are by Eventbrite R51 March Kids, $13.87. Only participating children need a ticket for the event. Rouses Markets will host a cooking class for children aged 5-14on March 24, 10-11:30 a.m. This month, the youngsters will make Chick Deviled Eggs and a Twinkie Peep Race Car. Each child will have the option to enjoy their delicious creations or take them home to enjoy later. They will also be sent home with a recipe to make the chick deviled eggs. Space is limited. Sign up today.
* Town of Dauphin Island Annual Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, March 24, 10-11 a.m. at Green Park on Dauphin Island. All are invited.
* "Egg Hunt on the Hill," Hosted by Spring Hill Baptist Church, 2 McGregor Avenue, is Saturday, March 24, 9-11:30 a.m. In addition to the Annual Egg Hunt, children can enjoy pony rides and train rides, have their faces painted, play on inflatables, participate in crafts and much more. Admission is free.
* Easter Egg Hunt! Family Fun at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street is Saturday, March 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, all 251-208-7086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The Great Easter Egg Hunt at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government Street, is Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m-3 p.m. Organizers say, "Each year gets bigger and better and this year is no exception. We will be hiding an incredible 10,000 eggs filled with lots of fun prizes for everyone. Activity locations and times subject to change due to weather, crowd size, and other factors. Please ask box office staff or education team member about a specific activity that you are interested in participating. Ask about membership when you arrive or visit http://www.exploreum.com/about-us/memberships/ for more information. *Participants may bring their own camera's to take pictures with the Easter bunny. Baskets for the egg hunt are not provided.
* Saturday, March 24, 8 a.m.-noon, thousands of Easter eggs will be scattered across the Great Lawn at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. And there will be plenty of candy and treats for little ones to fill their Easter baskets. After the egg hunt, families are encouraged to enjoy other Easter activities within the Gardens. The Easter Bunny will be available for professional photos, the Azalea Trail Maids will be on hand to greet guests and education students from the University of South Alabama will hold arts and crafts projects for children from 9 a.m.-noon at Live Oak Plaza, where special Easter snacks will also be available for purchase. Admission to the Easter Egg Hunt is regular Gardens admission: $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12 and free to Bellingrath members and to ages 4 and younger.
* Dauphin Way United Methodist Children's Ministry for Easter Celebrations is hosting an Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt on March 24 from 10 a.m.-noon and everyone is invited. The event is free, but those who plan to attend are asked to register for the event, so organizers will how much to prepare.
* Bayou Sara Baptist Church, 12 Bayou Sara Avenue, is holding a Family Easter Celebration on Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.-noon. BSBC Children's Ministry is host of the event. There will be free food, crafts, games, bounce house and, of course, an egg hunt.
* Family Easter Eggstravaganza at Forest Hill Church of God, 5508 Moffett Road will be Sunday, March 25, 12:30-2:30 p.m. The Hill Kidz are collecting candy to fill eggs for the event. In addition to the Egg Hunt, there'll be free food, coffee, laser tag, a train and a petting zoo. Everyone is invited.
* On Sunday, March 25, New Hope United Methodist Church in Theodore will serve lunch in the Fellowship Hall at 11:30 a.m. with an Easter Egg Hunt to begin at 12:15 p.m. The community is invited to "bring your children, your grandchildren, your friend's children--there will be tons of eggs and an Easter surprise for every child present. We have heard that the Easter Bunny will be stopping by for pictures with the children."
* The Easter Egg Hunt at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Chickasaw is Sunday, March 25 after the 11 a.m. Mass.
* St. Mark United Methodist Church, 439 Azalea Road, invites the grown-ups to "Bring your eagle-eyed egg hunters and a sweet tooth to the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Festival at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 439 Azalea Road. The fun begins at 3 p.m, March 25." There'll be games, crafts, cupcakes and fun before the hunt. There’ll be inflatables, hundreds of eggs up for grabs, with separate areas designated for small children and for older ones. The event is free and open to the public. For more information go to stmarkmobile.com.
* Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt is Sunday, March 25, 6-8:30 p.m. at Orchard Assembly, 10245 Howells Ferry Road, Semmes.
* "Celebrate Easter!" for children aged 3 and older is Thursday, March 29, 6 p.m. at Saraland Public Library, 111 Saraland Loop. This event is a celebration of all things Easter – arts and crafts and an egg hunt in the Library. Bring your cameras and take a picture with special guest, the Easter Bunny. Groups must register. For more information or to register, call 251- 675-2879.
* Easter Weekend at Oak Park Church, 3321 Sollie Road, is March 30, 7 p.m.-April 1, 1 p.m. Starting Good Friday at 7 p.m., the church will have a Night of Worship. Saturday, there'll be a community-wide Easter Egg Hunt that children will love--Inflatables, balloons, face painting, crafts, and free food. Sunday morning, Oak Park will have two services, one at 9 a.m. and the other at 11 a.m.
* A community Easter Egg Hunt will be held on March 31, 10 a.m. at Cadillac Square on Dauphin Island.
* Described as "Mobile's Biggest Easter Egg Hunt with 50,000 colorful, candy-filled plastic eggs ready for your children to collect" is at Baker High School on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Pre-register at www.easterinmobile.com or that morning with registration beginning at 9 a.m. The event begins at 10 a.m. Presenters are giving away an ATV and iPads, in addition to the egg hunt.
* Creola Assembly of God is hosting a Pancake Breakfast and Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m.-noon. Everyone is invited. Children can also meet the Easter Bunny!
* On Saturday, March 31st, at 3 p.m. Mobile City District 3 will hold its 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Taylor Park, 1050 Baltimore Street.
* Community Egg Hunt, hosted by Fountain of Life Church, is planned for Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m.-noon at Amelia City Park, 716 Mae Street, Saraland. There'll be 15,000 eggs to hunt, games, food, face painting, hay ride, Nerf wars and other activities.
* Community Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Wilson Avenue Children's Ministry at Wilson Avenue Baptist Church, 125 Wilson Avenue, Saraland, on Saturday, March 31, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come enjoy the fellowship, food, games and prizes--and the egg hunt.
* Tanner Williams United Methodist Church's Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, March 31, 10-11:30 a.m. at the church, 1550 Grand Bay Wilmer Road N.
Easter Church Services:
* Easter at Dayspring Baptist Church, 2200 Cody Road S, is Saturday, March 31, 6 p.m. or Sunday, April 1, 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
* Easter at Pathway Church, 7200 Moffett Road, is Sunday, April 1, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. and at the Airport Campus, 10775 Airport Boulevard, Sunday, April 1, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. For additional information, visit easterinmobile.com .
* Sunday, April 1, 6:30 a.m. is Easter Sunrise Service at Bellingrath Gardens & Home. As the sun rises on Easter Sunday, guests are invited to come and enjoy a special Sunrise Service with friends and family on Live Oak Plaza. The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. and is open to everyone in the community. Complimentary admission will be given to guests from 6 - 8 a.m. on Easter Sunday. A limited number of chairs will be set up, and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. A hot breakfast will be available for purchase after the service. In case of inclement weather, the service will be moved indoors into the Magnolia Café.
* Chickasaw Easter Sunrise Service is Sunday, April 1, 6:30 a.m. at the amphitheatre. First Baptist Church of Chickasaw will lead the service.
* Dauphin Island Community Easter Sunrise Service will be held on the Great Lawn within the walls of Historic Fort. Gaines on the Island's east end. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.
* Easter Sunrise Service at Mobile Memorial Gardens, 3101 Three Notch Road will be Sunday, April 1, 6:30-7:30 a.m. The community is invited to "bring your lawn chair and cerebrate." Guests should enter through the Three Notch Road entrance. Guides will help park vehiclesalong the roadways. Handicap parking is available for those arriving early enough.
* First Baptist Church of Theodore's Easter Sunrise Service is Sunday, April 1, 7-8 a.m. at Serenity Funeral Home, 8691 Old Pascagoula Road, Theodore. Pastor David Gill will bring a message of hope.
Other Easter events:
* The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa's decadent Easter Brunch in the Crystal Ballroom is Sunday, April 1, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The Battle House is at 26 N Royal Street, Mobile. Cost is $64 per person, children 6-12 is 1/2 price and children younger than 6 eat free. The menu is posted on the event Facebook page. Reservations are required; call 251.338.5441.
Congratulations/Thank You/ Good Job:
* Keep Saraland Beautiful March Yard of the Month award went to Woodrow and Helen Smith at 920 Second Avenue. Congratulations.
* Thanks from McKemie Place shelter for homeless women to All Saints Episcopal Church, who donated $2,000 proceeds from their annual Bayou Bash. And thank you to the National Charity League for Valentine's Day gifts for McKemie guests.
The 2018 Grand Bay Watermelon Festival Queen's Pageant is Saturday, April 28th, at the Odd Fellows Lodge
The 2018 Grand Bay Watermelon Festival Queen's Pageant will be held Saturday, April 28th, at the Odd Fellows Lodge on top of the hill behind the GBUAA Ball Park.
There will be 6 age categories this year: 4-6 years; 7-9 years; 10-12 years; 13-14 years; 15-16 years; and 17-18 years. The winner of the 17-18 years category will be the overall 2018 Grand Bay Watermelon Festival Queen. Those who are 3, but will be 4 by or on July 4th can compete. Ages 4-12 dress is a short dress style of Sunday Best or Pageant. Ages 13-18 is Floor length Pageant Dress.
The registration form with all the information, requirements, and awards can be downloaded from the website under Festival Forms: www.grandbaywatermelonfestival.org. Door admission to attend the beautiful Pageant is $5.
On Sunday, March 25, New Hope United Methodist Church in Theodore will serve lunch in the Fellowship Hall at 11:30 a.m. with an Easter Egg Hunt to begin at 12:15 p.m. The community is invited to "bring your children, your grandchildren, your friend's children--there will be tons of eggs and an Easter surprise for every child present. We have heard that the Easter Bunny will be stopping by for pictures with the children."
The Grand Bay Watermelon Festival is open on July 3rd from 3 to 7 pm and on July 4th from 8 am to 4 pm. This is an annual family fun event with all the free, sliced, ice cold watermelon you can eat, but only on the 4th. (The watermelons will be chilling on the 3rd)
Free admission on the 3rd and just $5 per vehicle on the 4th. Applications for Program Ads, Arts & Crafts Vendor, Food Vendor, Entertainment Vendor, and Sponsorship opportunities information can all be found, listed under Forms, on our website: www.grandbaywatermelonfestival.org. There is NO smoking in the Festival area and NO pets allowed except certified Service Animals.
Bella Voce of Mobile presents "Spring Fantasy," a concert of life, love, music and Spring, including works by Dvorak, Mozart, Berstein, Zimmer.
The concert will be Sunday, April 29, St. Paul's Episcopal Church. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Admission is free, but tax-deductible donations are appreciated.
For more information, call 251-610-6124.
The 4th Annual Parkway People Crawfish Boil at the Elks Lodge, 2671 Dauphin Island Parkway is Saturday, April 28, 1 p.m.
The Reader’s Choice Book Club meets Tuesday, March 20, 1 p.m. at West Regional Branch Library; the topic of discussion will be "Killers of the Flower Moon" by David Grann. For more information, call 251-208-7097.
Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center's "Crawfish in the Courtyard" is Tuesday, April 3, 6-8 p.m. at the Exploreum, 65 Government Street
Heralding the official opening of crawfish season on the Gulf Coast, the Exploreum's Junior Advisory Board is hosting its 9th annual Crawfish in the Courtyard at the Exploreum, 65 Government Street. The signature Cajun-themed fundraising soiree is Tuesday, April 3rd at 6 p.m.
All event proceeds will benefit Discover Science, the Exploreum’s program with the Mobile Housing Board to provide underserved children engaging educational science experiences including IMAX films, lab demonstrations and science camps. More than 300 guests attended the previous crawfish event and raised $15,000 for the program.
Event hosts are the Exploreum’s Junior Advisory Board, a volunteer organization of leaders from the young professional community dedicated to raise awareness and support for the Exploreum Science Center.
Admission to Crawfish in the Courtyard is $25 in advance and $30 day of event (if available). A finite number of tickets will be sold to ensure sufficient feasting by attendees. Tickets are available at 48274.blackbaudhosting.com
Admission includes • All you can eat crawfish; • Adult beverages; • Live music by Lauren Murphy; • Silent Auction & Raffle • FREE parking options include the lot across from Fort Conde on Royal Street, Water Street lot by Cooper Riverside Park, and very limited parking around Mardi Gras Park. This is a 21 & up only event.
An Easter Egg Hunt at St Mark United Methodist Church, 439 Azalea Road, is Sunday, March 25, 3-5 p.m
St. Mark United Methodist Church, 439 Azalea Road, invites the grown-ups to "Bring your eagle-eyed egg hunters and a sweet tooth to the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Festival at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 439 Azalea Road. The fun begins at 3 p.m, March 25."
There'll be games, crafts, cupcakes and fun before the hunt. There’ll be inflatables, hundreds of eggs up for grabs, with separate areas designated for small children and for older ones.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information go to stmarkmobile.com.
The 9th Annual Little Black Dress cocktail party and runway show will be held Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Fort Whiting, 6:30 p.m.
The 9th Annual Little Black Dress cocktail party and runway show will be held Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Fort Whiting, 1630 Broad Street in Mobile, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Little Black Dress, presented by T. Batchelor & Son, Gulf States Engineering and McDonald’s, is the premier fundraising event for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile, which provides a supportive home environment offering care, compassion and hope to families with seriously ill and injured children being treated at Mobile area hospitals.
Fifty local area “McModels” will be featured in this fast-paced runway show in fashions styled by Dillard’s. There will be special appearances by Miss Alabama USA, Hannah Brown, and Miss Mississippi USA, Laine Mansour. Paired with the runway show, the cocktail party will feature Mobile’s top area chefs and restaurants with exceptional food and refreshing beverage offerings.
General admission tickets are available for $100 per person with balcony seating available; tickets available at Eventbrite. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.
Dauphin Island Spring Plant Sale, hosted by Roni's Tropical Nursery & Landscape, is Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m.-noon at Green Park
5th Annual Crepe Myrtle Trail Ride is Saturday, April 7, 8-11 a.m. starting at Arlington Park, 1814 15th Street South, Mobile
5th Annual Crepe Myrtle Trail Ride is Saturday, April 7, 8-11 a.m. The ride starts at Arlington Park, 1814 15th Street South, Mobile. Registration is 8 a.m. with the ride at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $10 for riders 13 and older until April 5 at midnight and $15 the day of the race. Children 8-12 ride free.
Tickets are available at 2018crepemyrtleride.eventbrite.com
The 5th Annual Crepe Myrtle Trail Ride, presented by Mobile United, will be held on Saturday, April 7th starting at Arlington Park in Mobile. This event offers an historic opportunity for people on bikes to ride the Mobile Bay-side of the Brookley Aeroplex and through the Peninsula of Mobile's Bayfront Road. This is the only time of the year that people on bikes have access to this portion of the proposed Crepe Myrtle Trail. (Thanks to the Mobile Airport Authority and USA Foundation for allowing access to the Brookey by the Bay and Airport properties.)
IMPORTANT DETAILS FOR 2018:
- Registration is $10 for individuals 13 and up until April 5 at midnight.
- Day-of registration is $15. Children 8-12 are free (restrictions apply). A limited number of scholarships are available. Contact mberte@joinACF.org for more information.
- **Helmets are required** and no training wheels are allowed.
- No riders under age 8 are allowed unless in a trailer or tag-a-long with helmets and safety gear absolutely required.
- Children should be experienced riders and able to ride the full 10.6 mile route in potentially warm and/or windy weather.
- The official turn-around spot is McNally Park.
- The ride is expected to run from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
- A limited number of "vintage" t-shirts will be available the day of the ride.
The 2018 Crepe Myrtle Trail ride is made possible by Mobile United's Natural Resources Committee in partnership with the following: Alabama Coastal Foundation, Bicyclemobile.org, Brookley by the Bay, City of Mobile Parks & Rec., Delta Bike Project, Dog River Clearwater Revival, Downtown Mobile Alliance, Mobile Airport Authority, MAWSS, Mobile Baykeeper, Mobile Co. Health Dept., Mobile Co. Sheriff's Office, PEP, Team Share the Road, The Peninsula of Mobile, USA Foundation.
For more information about this event, call Mark Berte, Co-Chair of Mobile United's Natural Resources Committee at (251) 402-3936 or Michele Rumpf, Mobile United Executive Director at 251-432-1638.Blog
March Learning Lunch at the History Museum of Mobile, Wednesday, March 28, noon-1 p.m. features Dr. Julie Williams
March Learning Lunch at the History Museum of Mobile, 111 S. Royal Street, is Wednesday, March 28, noon-1 p.m. This special Learning Lunch will feature Dr. Julie Williams, Samford University professor and author. Dr. Williams’ presentation shares information from her book, "A Rare Titanic Family."
About Dr. Williams:
Dr. Williams received her B.A. in English from Principia College, her M.A. degree in Journalism and her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Alabama. As a child, her Great-Uncle Albert Caldwell recounted his survival of the Titanic shipwreck on numerous occasions. As the centennial of that tragic event approached, she decided to research her uncle’s story, and this story eventually became the book, A Rare Titanic Family. In addition, she wrote a book on the Wright Brothers titled, Wings of Opportunity. She has also written numerous articles for scholarly journals.
About the Learning Lunch series:
The Learning Lunch series, offered monthly, allows guests to bring their lunch and enjoy a free presentation on a wide range of historical and cultural topics. Admission to Learning Lunch is free, and all are encouraged to join us. For more information on the Learning Lunch series, call Jennifer Theeck, Curator of Education, at (251) 301-0270 or contact her by email at email@example.com.
A Regional Job Fair is planned for March 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive. Early admissions for veterans (10 a.m.) General admission opens at 11 a.m. Employers and job seekers, register at labor.alabama.gov/jobfair. For more information, call 251-461-4146 or go to Mobile@alcc.alabama.gov.
"Last Firday Art Night" presented by Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council will be March 30, 6-8 p.m. at the "LITTLE RED SCHOOL HOUSE"
"Last Firday Art Night" presented by Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council will be March 30, 6-8 p.m. at the "LITTLE RED SCHOOL HOUSE," 1016 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island.
Guests can enjoy local art, food, drink and entertainment. Featured will be an art demo by John Halliday and the Dauphin Island History Museum. The Town of Dauphin Island is hosting this community event.
Donations to help cover expenses are accepted and appreciated. For more information, see DIHAC website.
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Joe Jefferson Players