On the January 23rd Winter Wednesday at Bellingrath Gardens, Non-native Invasive Plants – Beau Brodbeck, an Extension Forestry Agent and an Affiliate Faculty in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University, will teach guests about managing some of Alabama's worst invasive plant species. Brodbeck holds a PhD in Forestry and is both an Alabama Registered Forester and ISA Certified Arborist. Registration is requested: To register, call 251-459-8864.
A new art exhibit is opening in Mobile Government Plaza Atrium, 205 Government Street. Featured will be works by the following artists: Hank Bufkin, Karen Bullock, Joseph Formwalt, James Foster, Curtis Giarrusso, Corky Goldman, Barbara Kuebel, Matthew Patterson, Kathrena Rivera, Kaleena Stasiac, H. Louis Tooker and Victoria Udovikina.
Auditions for Guys and Dolls will be held at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, on Sunday, February 3 and Tuesday, February 5, 6:30 p.m. A large cast is needed from late teens up.
To those auditioning: Bring sheet music for the song you will sing with the accompanist. Be prepared to cold read sides from the script as well. Any call backs will be Thursday, February 7. For more information, call Mary Jo Alsip, 776-8207.
SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Banquet is Friday, January 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Banquet is Friday, January 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at 5055 Carol Plantation Road.
Mark and Kelly Dunn will be honored as the 2018 Citizens of the Year. They started the "Dunn with Cancer" event in 2007--in their backyard--with a personal mission to raise money and awareness for those who have struggled and lost their battle with cancer. In 2018 as they finished their 11th year, they were able to donate over $32,000 to the American Cancer Society.
In addition to the Citizens of the Year, the Chamber will honor Laura Sergeant as the the 2018 Teacher of the Year. Sergeant, who teaches at W.C. Griggs Elementary School, is a dedicated professional who embraces non-traditional curriculum materials as her primary resources for planning. She makes a difference in children's lives every day.
Another popular entertainer is returning to this year's Satsuma Swamp Fest on March 9 on the campus of Satsuma High School. Sponsor Friends for Satsuma Schools announced that country singer Aaron Moss will take the stage during the event. For more information on other activities, see https://www.facebook.com/Swamp-Fest-Satsuma-Al-713437812013769/
Do you have camellias in your yard and a story to tell? If so, you might consider creating a tablescape to display at Semmess Camellia Festival on February 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Semmes First Baptist Church, 4070 Wulff Road. Since 2013 when the Festival was revived after shutting down in 1949, artistic people have used camellias and items of importance to them, to the City, to others to spin a tale encompassed in beauty.
Take a look at how Semmes resident Carolyn Owens has told three different stories depicting scenes from her life and camellias from her yard.
In the photo at the top, Carolyn uses antique dolls and teddy bears and an old crocheted center-table cover to call attention to the history the 1902 Semmes Schoolhouse. The school, along with Malone Chapel and a log cabin comprise Semmes Heritage Park, co-sponsor of the Semmes Camellia Festival. Carolyn is a member of SHP.
In another tablescape, Carolyn tells the story of her love for "All Creatures, Great and Small." Carolyn is known to have rescued abandoned dogs, and anyone who looks at her display filled with stuffed dogs, ceramic dogs, dog pictures and dog dishes, coupled with lovely camellias, show her love for "All Things Bright and Beautiful."
In yet another 'scape, her theme is a look backward with admiration for her mother. There are childhood photos, some kitchen utensils, her mother's cookbook, old-fashioned aprons and a hand-embroidered table scarf. Topping it all is a copy of "How to Be a Mean Mother"--in which the mother isn't being mean but is teaching her children responsibility. All this and beautiful camellias.
There is no admission to the show, which includes much more that tablescapes. And there is no charge to participate. For more information, call Alice Baker at 251-645-3280.
Auto owners--Get ready for the Annual Mobile Chocolate Festival Cruise In:
11th Annual Mobile Chocolate Festival Cruise In is Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road North. The first 50 on-line entries will receive one free event shirt. Go to http://www.mobilechocolatefestival.com/ to fill out an online registration. One lucky participant will have the honor of displaying inside the main event center.
Contact Angela Weaver, 251-209-3348 or email Greeneyedcntry@yahoo.com for details.
"Wheels on the Waterfront 2019" auto show is Saturday, March 16, 2019, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park, Water Street, Mobile.
"Wheels on the Waterfront 2019" auto show, hosted by Deep South Region Antique Automobile Club of America, is Saturday, March 16, 2019, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park, Water Street, Mobile.
Information for auto owners: Registration from 8 – 11 am. Enter field from Canal Street. Judging form 11-1. Award presentation 2 pm. Rain or Shine. Pre-registration $20.00. Day of Show $35.00. Free gift for all pre-registered cars. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies awarded to all classes. Special awards for: Mayor’s Trophy, Best of Show, Best Paint, Best Restoration, Best Vintage Original, Children’s Choice and more.
Pre-registration must be received by March 2, 2019. Make checks payable to DSR Car Club and mail to Paul Dagenais, 58 Julia Street, Mobile, AL 36604. For information call Charlotte Dahlenburg 256-783-2261 or David Ladnier 251-375-4844.
The Delta Men have joined the list of musical performers to appear at Satsuma Swamp Fest at Satsuma High School on March 9. They join The Chestangs and Girls of Grace, among other entertainers.
A documentary film screening of "Redemption Beyond My Past" is scheduled for Thursday, February 7, 6:30 p.m. in Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street.
A documentary film screening of "Redemption Beyond My Past" is scheduled for Thursday, February 7, 6:30 p.m. in Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street.
The documentary is about Chris "Champ" Napier who was raised in Prichard, Alabama. As a young boy. he witnessed his father’s murder. Through the years Chris found himself expelled from school, becoming a drug dealer and eventually killing a man who tried to rip him off. In prison, facing a life without freedom, he found hope in the Muslim religion. He repented, became a model prisoner and was finally released from the prison system after fourteen years and eight months.
"Redemption Beyond My Past" takes the viewer on the downward spiral of Champ’s life of poverty and drugs, and back up on the other side of redemption. Come see the film and meet the man as he talks about his mission to inspire at risks youth of today and lead them to a path that turns their lives around for good. For more information, call 251-208-7079.
Chickasaw Chamber of Commerce meets Thursday, January 17, 11:45 a.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street.
Our Sisters' Closet Cheap Chic Boutique featuring Fall/Winter CLEARANCE & GOWNS GALORE (*Mardi Gras - PROM - Mother of the Bride*) is Saturday, January 19, 9 a./m.-3 p.m. at St. Catherine's Church, 2605 Springhill Avenue, Midtown (1 block west of Florida Street near the new Publix.)
For information: Gowns starting at $25 each--New, Nearly New & Vintage; 5 Racks of Gowns-All Sizes Plus Cocktail Suits & Dresses for Mardi Gras luncheons and receptions.
Volunteers are needed for setup on Wednesday, Thursday and during the sale. Call or Text Terri Kearns for details: 251.423.2001
Chickasaw Senior Adult Movie Night and Dinner is Tuesday January 15th. The van will depart the Chickasaw Civic Center 2:30 p.m. Movie and Dinner are on your own. For information, call 251-452-6462.
MOJO Jazz Jambalaya: College Jazz 101 is Monday, February 18, 6:30 p.m. in Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street.
MOJO (Mystic Order of Jazz Obsessed) brings its Jazz Jambalaya to the Library. Enjoy an evening of live jazz. Special guests are the members of the Coastal Alabama Community College Jazz Band, directed by Rebecca Barry.
Tickets can be purchased at the door; $10 for members, $15 for guests and $12 for students/Military with ID. Special Snowbird discount, $10 with ID. For more information, go to www.mojojazz.org/
Mardi Gras activities:
** The public is invited to "roll through four centuries" of Mardi Gras history at the History Museum of Mobile. Discover the origins of Mobile's Carnival traditions, mystic societies and more. "Parading Through Time" opens January 17, 2019.
** Satsuma Mardi Gras Ball 2019, hosted by Satsuma Public Library Foundation, is Friday, January 25, 7-11 p.m. at Steele Creek Lodge, 368 Juniper Avenue, Satsuma. Music will be by The Excelsior Band and Charles "Bo" Grant (formerly of The Platters) Tickets are $20 per person and are available at Satsuma Pubic Library. There will also be door prizes, Split the Pot and much more.
** Dauphin Island Mardi Gras Parade, hosted by KDLD Mardi Gras Organization Public, is Saturday, February 2, 2019, 1 p.m. at Dauphin Island. The theme is "It's 5 o'clock Somewhere" and floats will depict some scenes made famous by Jimmy Buffett. King is Cookie Dickinson and Queen is Jane Harmon.
** Krewe De La Dauphine is hosting the Annual KDLD Mardi Gras Ball on February 2, 7 p.m. at Bayou La Batre Community Center, 12745 Padgett Switch Road, Irvington. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and will close temporarily at 8 for call-outs, then re-open at 9 p.m. until last call. Those attending must be 21 or older.
** Krewes & Brews Mardi Gras Party at History Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street is Thursday, February 7, 6-9 p.m. Admission is $10 and includes two drink tickets | All ages are welcome | Must be 21+ and provide a valid ID to receive drink tickets. For information about Krewes & Brews, contact Marketing and Event Manager, Kelly Dunn at kelly.dunn@historymuseumofmobile.
** The Third Annual Town of Dauphin Island People's Parade is Saturday, February 9, 2019, 1 p.m. The parade will follow the same route as the Island Mystics, starting at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and proceeding west on Bienville Boulevard, ending approximately at The Holiday Inn Condos. Details are available at Town Hall.
** Mystics Open House at Mobile Mystics, 659 Saint Anthony Street, Mobile is Saturday, February 9, 2019, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The event description reads: Bring your family and come party with our family, as we count down to Mystics Weekend. We'll have games and bounce houses for the kids; Food stations; Prizes; Showcase of this season's floats and more."
** Condé Cavaliers Mardi Gras Parade is Friday, February 15, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive, Mobile.
** Conde Cavalier's 42nd Annual Ball is Friday, February 15, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive, Mobile. Tickets are available from any member.Entertainment Lineup for the 2019 Ball is as follows: Main Stage Acts - The Molly Ringwalds and Fly By Radio, West Wing - Journey 2 Mars and DJ Mike Barnes; Entrance/Box Office Area - Special Delivery Band.
** Mobile King Cake-off, hosted by The Mobile RunDown and Oyster Shell Strategy, LLC, is Saturday, February 16, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street. Who has the best King Cake in Mobile? You be the judge! Get your taste buds ready for a day of traditional and non-traditional King Cake tastings, specialty cocktails and food truck grub. This family-friendly event will have something for everyone - food, drinks, kids activities, live music, and a grand finale Secondliners walk to the 2:30 parade! Children 12 and younger are free. A cash bar will be available during the event. A portion of event proceeds will go to benefit Fuse Project, a local organization that invests in initiatives promoting the health, fitness, education and social responsibility of our children. Admission is as follows: adults $15 in advance | $20 at the door and children, 12 and younger free.
** iHeartRadio is hosting the First Annual Miracle on the Bay Parade benefiting St Jude on Monday, February 25th at 6:30 p.m. For information on an entire Float, Single riders, discounted throws and special event T-shirts go to: https://95ksj.iheart.com/content/2019-01-08-iheartradio-miracle-on-the-bay-parade-benefiting-st-jude/. Spaces are limited.
** The 37th Annual Mobile Arc Mardi Gras Parade is Thursday, February, 28, 2019, 1-1:45 p.m. at Mobile Arc, 2424 Gordon Smith Drive, Mobile. The parade will include more than 20 floats carrying the Mobile Arc royal courts and participants from other local organizations. The theme is "Holidays."
** Saraland Mardi Gras Association Krewe of Sparta's Inaugural Parade is at noon, March 2, 2019. The Krewe's Ball will be March 2 at 7 p.m. at Steele Creek Lodge. For information, contact Jon C. Coster, President Saraland Mardi Gras Association, “Krewe of Sparta,” SMGALife@gmail.com or 251-455-0109.
Book Clubs/book signings/recitations/writing:
** (Continuing) "Bodying Forth - Writing Class" at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive is Wednesdays, January 6-February 6, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon. Tickets are at mbgrebloomshop.com.
** Reader's Choice Book Club meets at 1 p.m. January 15 at West Regional Library. The book to be discussed is "The Soul of America: the Battle for Our Better Angels" by Jon Meacham. For more information, call 251-208-7097.
** "PowerLines Poets" at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, is Thursday, January 17, 6-8 p.m. PowerLines Poetry, a Mobile-based poetry troupe featuring local writers and performers is returning to the Mobile Museum of Art for a slam poetry session. PowerLines Poets will be performing and inviting guest poets to take the mic as well--an evening of spoken artistry.
** Bayside Book Club members will meet January 17, 6 p.m. at Parkway Branch Library. The topic of discussion is "Snow Falling on Cedars" by David Guterson. For more information, call Betty Fowler at 251-476-2600 or 251-208-7097.
** Those who love historical novels can meet best-selling author Marie Benedict on Friday, January 18, 1-3 p.m. at West Regional Library. Marie will introduce her latest work, "The Only Woman in the Room." It’s a powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon, Hedy Lamarr. Following the presentation there will be a book signing. Book sales will be provided by Page & Palette. For more information, call 251-208-7097. For more information on the author, go to www.authormariebenedict.com/.
** Saturday, January 19, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Mobile Bookseller in Skyland Shopping Center, 3990 Government Boulevard, is hosting a book-signing event for two area writers: Cheri Collins and Debbie Smith. The public is invited.
** Poetry Reading by Barbara Henning and Maureen Owen, hosted by Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, is Sunday, January 27, 2019, 2-3 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. NonMembers: General Admission ($5); MBG Members: Free. Donations always welcome.
** Monday-Thursday, February 4-7 is African American Read-In/Books, Poetry & Songs at Toulminville Library. The public is invited to "Come out and join our special guests and community partners as we celebrate Black Heritage in reading, poetry, storytelling and songs." AARI is a national literacy initiative ongoing since 1989, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) beginning in 1990, and later endorsed by the International Reading Association. For more information or a complete schedule of events, call 251-438-7075 or email email@example.com.
** Mobile Writers Guild will meet Thursday, February 7th at 6 p.m. at the West Regional Library on Grelot Road.
** University of Mobile, 5735 College Parkway, is host to the Gulf Coast Steinway Society's IV Piano and Vocal Competition on January 19, 9 a.m. Applications can be submitted online at www.gulfcoaststeinwaysociety.org.
** The Chestangs are coming to Satsuma Swamp Fest 2019. They always do a fantastic job so mark your calender for Saturday, March 9, 2019.
** The Mobile Symphony’s Big Red Ticket (BRT) program offers FREE tickets for students in grades K-12 that can be redeemed through the Mobile Symphony box office for free admission to Sunday Classical performances. Students must be accompanied by a paying adult. Please limit two students to one adult. Big Red Ticket reservations must be made in person at the box office (257 Dauphin Street) or by calling the box office at 251.432.2010. Note: Children younger than 4 years of age are not permitted at Symphony performances.
Chambers of Commerce:
** Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce's 182nd Annual Meeting, themed "Join our Journey," is Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 5-8:30 p.m.at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center. Brian Willman with Regions Bank will give an address. Tickets are at events.mobilechamber.com.
** Coffee with the Chamber, presented by SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Chamber, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Business owners, start your day off with a complimentary cup of coffee! No cost to attend, just bring your business cards to share, and connect with fellow Chamber members and prospective members.
** SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Banquet honoring Mark and Kelli Dunn is Friday, January 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Reservations/payments are required by January 11th by calling 251-666.2488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** "Coffee with the Chamber," hosted by Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, is Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Atlanta Bread, 3860 Dauphin Street. Members are invited to start the day with the Chamber and network with other business attendees. There is no charge to attend. The event is sponsored by Hieronymous CPAs.
** "Bingo for Dogs" at Serda Brewing Company, 600 Government Street, is January 16, 7-9 p.m. The event will benefit Animal Rescue Foundation. For every pint of beer or glass of wine sold, Serda will donate $1 to ARF. It's free to play and is family and dog friendly.
** On January 16, 6 p.m., Dauphin Island Museum will host "Birds of Dauphin Island." Avid Birder Don McKee will present the program, which is free and open to the public. Don is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Audubon Society. The Museum is at the Welcome Center across from Town Hall.
** A Boardwalk Talk, hosted by Clay Bennett, will be at Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium on Wednesday, January 16, 11:15 a.m. "The presentation will be on Regal Damselfish: Exotic Invaders in the Gulf."
** Project Purr Animal Rescue Adoptable Cats and Kittens is hosting a Valentine's Day Bake Sale on Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10 at 10 a.m. This fundraiser will be at Project Purr, 5039 Cottage Hill Road. Proceeds from the sale of "delicious homemade baked goods, including cupcakes, brownies, cookies and candies" will benefit the cats and kittens of Project Purr.
** "All About Crocodilians," hosted by Reptile Education Awareness Conservation & Husbandry, will be Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 6:30-8 p.m. at Environmental Studies Center, 6101 Girby Road, Mobile. Presenter Marissa Donovan will share her experiences working with alligators, as well as other types of crocodilians. Humans have a fear/fascination with alligators and crocodiles, including many misconceptions about them. Are they the Lake Placid man eaters we sometimes believe them to be? The event is free and family-friendly. Snacks and drinks will be provided, but contributions of snacks would be appreciated. There will also be a drawing for prizes for paid members.
Runs, Walks, biking, cycling events and paddles:
** March for Life- Mobile, Al will be Friday, January 18, 2019, 9-11 a.m. at Cathedral Square,300 Conti Street. The schedule is as follows: 9 a.m. Optional Mass at the Cathedral; 9:30 a.m/ Ecumenical Prayer Service; 9:45 a.m. Rally begins; 10:45 a.m. March through Downtown Mobile.
** Run Mob Trail Run, hosted by Fleet Feet Run Mob Running Club, is Sunday, January 20, 2019, 2-5 p.m. at the University Of South Alabama Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail. Tickets are at www.eventbrite.com. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/glenn-sebastian-nature-trail-4…. Fee is $10 for non- club members, FREE for Run Mob Club members. ($65 Year membership.)(http://www.fleetfeetmobile.com/training)
** The Charity Chase 2019 & Post-Chase After Party is Saturday, January 26, 2019, 8 a.m.-noon at O'Daly's Irish Pub, 564 Dauphin Street. Tickets are at www.thecharitychase.com. Runners: Join the Chase for donations and race to win your favorite local Charity the Charity Chase Jackpot. The Fun Run will take place at 8 a.m. and the 5K will kick off at 8:20 a.m. Don't miss the after party at O'Daly's. #WhatWouldYouRaceFor
** Saraland Mardi Gras Association is presenting the Moon Pie Madness Run on Saturday, February 2, 8 a.m. at Amelia Park, 716 Mae Street. Register at Run N Tri, Fleet Feet Mobile, McCoy Outdoor, Running Wild in Fairhope or online at http://moonpiemadness2019.eventbrite.com.
** The Mobile Sports Authority (MSA) and the City of Saraland announced the return of the internationally-renown Spartan Race to Saraland, Alabama. In returning to Saraland and Mobile County after a three-year absence, the Alabama Spartan will be holding two events over two days in the area instead of the one-day event held in both 2015 and 2016. The date for the return of Spartan to southwest Alabama is the weekend of March 15-17, 2019. Those interested in volunteering or assisting with site build-up and/or race day activities may contact Rita-Nicole Wright of the North Mobile YMCA via email at email@example.com.Registration is now open for the Alabama Spartan Race weekend. Visit www.Spartan.com for more information, race registration, and volunteer opportunities. For additional information, contact Danny Corte, Executive Director, 251-725-1794 or Danny@mobilesportsauthority.com
Events for Children/Teens/Families:
** Art Does It's After School Youth Art Club begins Monday, January 14, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Gallery, 1101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. Artist Victoria Stewart leads the class, which is open to youth age 9-18. Supplies are provided, thanks to the Men of St. Edmunds.
** "StoryTime" at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, is Tuesday, January 15, 10-11 a.m. The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month is StoryTime at 5 Rivers, and the January 15 selection is "Squirrel's New Year's Resolution" about a squirrel’s search for a good resolution to have for the new year. Children younger than the age of 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature based story followed by arts and crafts. The activity is free and no registration is necessary.
** Aspiring archaeologists have an opportunity to be an "Archaeologist for an Afternoon: Make a Split Twig Figurine!" at USA Archaeology Museum, 6052 USA Drive S on Wednesday, January 16, 3:30-6 p.m.
** January 16th is "Appreciate a Dragon Day," and Ben May Main Library has "Appreciate a Dragon Day Storytime" for preschoolers at 10-10:45 a.m. Headstart programs, schools and families are invited to this special Storytime in Bernheim Hall. Program consists of songs, stories and a Readers Theater tailored just for ages 4 to 7. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call the children’s department at 251-208-7086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Children aged 5 and older can make a Snowman Mobile on January 17, 4-5 p.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Groups must register. For more information or to register, call 251-470-7770 or email email@example.com.
** January 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. is January Family Day: Ice Age Archaeology! at USA Archaeology Museum, 6052 USA Drive South. The public can stop by the museum any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.on Saturday, January 19th for fun craft activities. Children can make their own wooly mammoth, throwing spear or rock art. The Museum's permanent and temporary exhibit galleries will also be open for self-guided tours--a great time to visit the Museum for those who are unable to stop by during the week. Admission to the event and Museum, as always, is FREE.
** On January 19, 10:30 a.m., children aged 5 and older can make Borax Crystal Snowflakes at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** On February 2, 10:30 a.m., children aged 5 and older can visit with friends and learn how make a Heart Mouse at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email email@example.com.
** Children of all ages can meet Pet Therapy dogs and their owners at "Reading PAWS" on Saturday, February 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at West Regional Library. It's an opportunity to learn all about the dogs and the services they provide the community AND practice reading skills with a four-legged friend. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** "StoryTime" at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, is Tuesday, February 5, 10-11 a.m. The selection for the 5th is "The Pout Pout Fish," a story about a fish that needs a new attitude! Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, children younger than 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature based story followed by arts and crafts. No registration is necessary.
** "Animal Ambassadors" at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, is coming up Sunday, January 20, 2 p.m. The public is invited to "come learn about and meet one (or more) of our live educational animals up close." Animal Ambassadors takes place the first and third Sunday of every month--it's free and family-friendly.
** "It's Elementary - A Book Club Kids Who Love Books! is January 22, 5 p.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Discussion will be on the different genres, chapter books and the wide array of Library Resources at the Library. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email email@example.com.
** On January 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m., teens are invited to join the Dragon Hill Fantasy Book Club at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Friends of the Library Creative Writing Contest for Students in Grades 6-12 Deadline is January 25th. For complete instructions, see earlier post on this blog. For more information, contact Elizabeth Gillespie Gillespiee@bellsouth.net or 251-391-5376.
** Stranger Things Escape Room! Can you Solve the Puzzles? is Saturday, January 26 and February 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Ben May Main Library. Families, Barb is still trapped in the Upside Down! If you can solve all the puzzles in 20 minutes then you can help save her. Put your quick thinking, problem solving and teamwork to the test in this immersive puzzle experience. All groups that succeed will win a MPL keepsake to take home. Slots are limited, so register in advance. For more information or to register, call 251-208-7079.
** At the February 1, 3:30 p.m. After School Special for All Ages at West Regional Library, children can celebrate National Bubble Gum Day at the Library. They can "Chew on bubble gum while you make a bubble gum themed craft." For more information, call the children’s department at 251-340-8571 or email email@example.com.
** February 2 is Take Your Child to the Library Day. And Ben May Main Library has an All Day Family Event from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Families are invited to "Come play the Groundhog’s Shadow game. Follow the groundhog’s shadow to solve the riddle and see if the groundhog sees his shadow or not." Prizes will be given for solving the riddle. For more information, call 251-208-7086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** The 2019 Young Authors’ Conference, "Share the Love of Reading &Writing," is Saturday, February 9, 9 a.m.-noon at West Regional Library, 5555 Grelot Road.
** The 6th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance Tickets will go on sale, Monday. The Dance is Saturday, February 9 from 6-9 P.M. at Satsuma High School. Tickets available at FBC Satsuma, Satsuma High School, Robert E. Lee or Satsuma Christian School.
** "Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibition: 50 Works, 50 Years, 50 Reasons" is Sunday, February 10-Monday, March 25 at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. The Exhibition is a retrospective of original works sure to delight children and adults alike. The author and illustrator of more than 50 children’s books, Sendak is best known for the 1963 children’s classic, "Where the Wild Things Are." . For more information, call 251-208-7097 or visit website at mobilepubliclibrary.org.
** PBS KIDS Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure is coming to Mobile Saenger Theatre February 14! Prices: $42.50, $32.50, and $22.50 (Additional fees apply.) Purchase tickets in person at the Saenger Theatre Box Office (open Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and located at 6 South Joachim Street) or the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and located at 401 Civic Center Drive). Purchase tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000. 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.)
** Chickasaw Senior Adult Movie Night and Dinner is Tuesday January 15th. The van will depart the Chickasaw Civic Center 2:30 p.m. Movie and Dinner are on your own. For information, call 251-452-6462.
** An Osteoporosis Seminar & Luncheon, Encore Rehabilitation, Inc., will be presented by The Orthaoepedic Group, P. C. on Thursday, January 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street. Topics to be covered include I. What is Osteoporosis?; II. Who is at Risk?; II. How is it Diagnosed? and IV. Impacts. To register, contact Sarah at 251.476.5050.
** Parkway Seniors/Azalea Quilting Guild will meet on the the 4th Monday, January 28, around 9 or 9:30 a.m. to sew on Quilts of Valor for military veterans.. The SAIL Senior Center is at 1600 Boykin Boulevard at Dauphin Island Parkway.
** Celebrate Our Seniors 2019 Annual Luncheon at Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street, is Thursday, February 7th, 11:30 a.m. at the Via Center. On the agenda are the presentations of the Arlene F. Mitchell Award and the Spirit of Via Award and a video "A Few Words from the Greatest Generation." Keynote Address will be by Dr. Bobbie Holt-Ragler: "Inspire, Encourage, Motivate." Tickets are $50 per person or $500 for a reserved table of 8. For sponsorship or other information and registration, contact Barbara Estes at email@example.com, 251.470.5229 or www.viamobile.org.
** Seniors at Connie Hudson Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, can celebrate Valentine's Day at a Meet and Greet Social at 1 p.m., February 13. Cookies and punch will be served. Sign up in the lobby.
** Semmes Seniors can look forward to a movie, "The Founder," at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 14th. The Center is at 9635 Moffett Road in Semmes.
** Semmes Senior Center members heard a very informational presentation on January 10th. At lunch time, Tara Smith from Stokley Garden Express gave a talk and demonstration on "Preparing (your plants) for Spring."" The Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, is just across the street from Stokley's at 9720-A Moffett Road. For more on the Senior Center and its programs, call Linda Davis at 251-649-2010. For more on Garden Express and what's new for Spring, call 251-929-9353 or visit stokleynursery.com/about-us.
** (Continuing) The Artful Garden Gallery & Gifts at Mobile Botanical Gardens regular weekday hours (W-F 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
** "Floral Arranging with Dennis Harris" is a 5-week course offered at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive--Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-noon through February 21. The public is invited to "learn from one of the best."! Dennis Harris, AIFD Designer, has created floral wonders for weddings from Napa to Tampa, and created floral wonders from Mexico City to Canada. Each week of this series will offer a different focus - Classes might include European clutch bouquets, classic vase arrangements, including trumpet vases and how to transport, composite arrangements for dining room tables, altar designs and so on. Don’t forget to bring gloves and snips. Tickets are at mbgrebloomshop.com.
** The Marion Deane Drummond Lecture Series: Presentations from Greg Grant and the Mobile Backyard Chicken Club is Saturday, January 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Mobile Backyard Chicken Club will present on Backyard Chickens and why they can be beneficial to your garden and healthy lifestyle and how to go about getting permitted to keep chickens in the City of Mobile. Attendees will get to meet some friendly chickens too! Greg Grant will present “Gardening for the Birds & and the Bees.” Greg is an award-winning horticulturist, writer, conservationist, and seventh generation Texan from Arcadia, Texas. This will certainly be a fun day! Lunch by Georgia Roussos will be included. Register Online or call 251-342-0555.
** "Botany for the Fun of It: America's First Industry - Longleaf Pine and the Historic Naval Stores Industries" with Fred Nation is Thursday, January 24, 1-3 p.m. at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive. Register online or call 251-342-0555.
** "Football and Flowers," hosted by Mobile County Master Gardeners, is Monday, February 18, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive. Guest Speaker will be legendary Georgia football coach Vince Dooley. ) Deadline to register is February 8, 2019. Send checks payable to MCMG to 2221 Dogwood Ct. N., Mobile, AL 36693. Call 251-209-6425 for credit card purchase. For more information, call 251-574-8445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bellingrath Gardens & Home Winter Events:
** Visitors to Bellingrath Gardens & Home are invited to use the Snowbird Special discount this winter. The Special, available to all of guests, is a discount on combination Gardens-and-Home tickets and runs daily through February 28, 2019.
** The January 16th Winter Wednesday at Bellingrath Gardens & Home features “The Underwater Forest,” with Ben Raines – Environmental reporter and filmmaker Ben Raines will describe the secrets of an ancient underwater cypress forest recently discovered south of Alabama's Gulf Shores in the Gulf of Mexico. The cypress forest dates back to an Ice Age more than 60,000 years ago, when sea levels were 400 feet lower than today. Raines’ documentary about the forest was released in June 2017. The Winter Wednesdays sessions are held each week in the Magnolia Room from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. through Feb. 27. Admission to the program is included in the regular Gardens admission, and guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens after the session. Registration is requested: To register, call 251-459-8864.
** Semmes Camellia Festival is Saturday, February 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Semmes First Baptist Church, 4070 Wulff Road, Semmes. Semmes Heritage Park & Museum will hold Open House during the Festival. It is at 3871 Wulff Road. This is a sanctioned AL200 Bicentennial event.
** Semmes Azalea Jubilee will be Saturday, March 16, 2019, starting at 9 a.m. at Semmes Municipal Park, 8108 Morris Hill Road, Semmes. Vendors, applications are online at Semmes Azalea Jubilee.
** (Continuing) ** "Contemplating Composition - Art Class" at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays, January 11-February 15, 2019. Instructor is Derek Norman . For more information, go tombgrebloomshop.com
** (Continuing) News from Dauphin Island's Art Does It: Weekly Painting Courses continue on Mondays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Class fee is $10 per session. Bring your own acrylic painting supplies and canvas.
** Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council added two new Dauphin Island Art Gallery Member Artists. One is former Guest Artist Mary "Ching" Walters, whose new art is available in The Gallery. The other is Paul Gray, art photograher. Paul's work will be available in The Gallery on January 25.
** Cocktails & Canvases at Dauphin Island Art Gallery is Thursday, January 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard. Instructor Barbara Teare will teach students to paint their own "Laverne." The cost is $35 including materials. The class is for beginners and up. Those attending should bring their own beverages. For reservations, call The Gallery at 251/861-3300 or email email@example.com.
** "True Colors--Adult Coloring Club" meets January 24, 6-7 p.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Note to attendees: Adult colorists – color within the line or venture outside. It’s your choice! Coloring supplies will be available or feel free to bring your own. For more information, 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
History (Exhibits, events, activities, books, geneological research)
** Through January 15, 2019, Mobile Carnival Museum will show the exhibit, "John Augustus Walker: Artist-Designer of Mobile and Carnival," which employs the life and work of one of one of the greatest creatives in Mobile history to show how Carnival and art are integrally bound. In addition to being the chief designer for the Infant Mystics, America's second oldest parading society, Walker created major mural series, fascinating street scenes, and delightful landscapes.
** "The Real Story Behind Mobile's Most Famous Antebellum Home," presented by Historic Mobile Preservation Society and Historic Oakleigh House Museum, is Thursday, January 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Oakleigh, 350 Oakleigh Place. This event is a special, behind-the-scenes tour of Historic Oakleigh House Museum. The public is invited to join Museum Manager Marye Newman on January 10th to get the real scoop on the past 185 years at Oakleigh, and to hear stories never before shared on tour about Oakleigh's history and the artifacts inside the home. This includes items not currently on display. Admission is $10 per person, and FREE for members of HMPS. Limited tickets are available. Contact HMPS for details at (251) 432-1281 or email@example.com.
Galas, special events, fun and fundraisers:
** Ben May Main Library is hosting an Income Taxes & Retirement session on January 15, noon-1 p.m. Facilitator is Christina Gibson with Thrivent Financial, a not-for-profit Christian organization. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-208-7079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street, is offering "Caregiver College" on Wednesday, January 16, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The event, presented by Area Agency on the Aging, includes sessions on Dementia 101; Preparing to Care; Coping as a Caregiver and Legal Ease. To register: 251.706.4650, or email email@example.com.
** Breakfast with the Mayor, hosted by Downtown Mobile Alliance, is Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 7:30-9 a.m. at Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel. The annual breakfast is a boutique business event with attendance limited to 150 people. It affords an intimate opportunity to hear from Mayor Sandy Stimpson on his plans for downtown and the surrounding city. The event features a full buffet breakfast. Admission is $45/person for members. $50 for all others. Tickets are at mayorsbreakfast2019.bpt.me.
** Junior League of Mobile hosts Real Talk For Real Women on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 6-8 p.m. at 57 N Sage Avenue. Tickets are $15 each at www.juniorleaguemobile.org. Space is limited to 200. All women are invited to this open event! (You do not have to be a JLM member to participate.) For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Fowl River Area Community Association meeting is Thursday, January 17. Potluck supper is at 6 p.m. and the meeting convenes at 6:45. Guest speaker will be Sen. David Sessions.
** Our Sisters' Closet Cheap Chic Boutique featuring Fall/Winter CLEARANCE & GOWNS GALORE (*Mardi Gras - PROM - Mother of the Bride*) is Saturday, January 19, 9 a./m.-3 p.m. at St. Catherine's Church, 2605 Springhill Avenue, Midtown (1 block west of Florida Street near the new Publix.) Volunteers are needed for setup on Wednesday, Thursday and during the sale. Call or Text Terri Kearns for details: 251.423.2001
** Blues Tavern Barbecue Cook-Off benefiting Woody's Song School, hosted by The Learning Tree, Inc. and Blues Tavern, is Saturday, January 19, 2019, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Blues Tavern is at 2828 Government Boulevard. Lunches may be picked up at the side entrance. Delivery will be available for large orders. Contact Teresa Atkins for more information, 251-331-2633, email@example.com.
** The 4th Annual Little Red School House Chili & Wing Cook-off is Saturday, January 19, 2019, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pirates Bar & Grill, 100 Orleans Drive, Dauphin Island. Teams will cook chili, wings and specialty dishes for attendees to sample. There will be live music with the Ryan Dyer Band. This is a family fun day with proceeds to benefit Dauphin Island Elementary School. Tickets are $10 at www.piratesbarandgrill.com.
** The Mobile Police Department’s Fourth Annual Chili Cook-Off is a family-fun event. It will be held Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cathedral Square in Downtown Mobile, 300 Conti Street. Teams of police officers will compete against each other with their best chili recipes. Then attendees will cast their vote for the police team that they think has the best tasting chili. The winning team receives a trophy. Tickets are $5 per person, and free for children 5 and under. Tickets can be purchased at police headquarters (2460 Government Blvd.), MPD Crime Prevention (2407 Airport Blvd.), or at the Downtown Mobile Alliance (261 Dauphin Street) Proceeds benefit the Mobile Law Enforcement Foundation and MPD Crime Prevention Unit. For more information, call 251-208-1924.
** The Port City Chapter of Blacks in Government presents the 30th Annual Memorial Breakfast Monday, January 21, 2019, 8:30 a.m. at Yvonne Kennedy Auditorium, Bishop State Community College. Speaker will be Rev Clinton Johnson, Sr.
** Wonder Volunteer Meeting, hosted by Whatever Ministry and Women's Resource Center, is Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 6-8 p.m. at Fuse Factory, 200 Government Street 4th Floor, Mobile. Whatever Ministry and Empower Ministry are partnering to bring the Gulf Coast an importnant. Young women are invited to learn more about their purpose and who they are in Christ. This event will consist of fun, food, shopping, after party, dancing and an incredible guest speaker. Those who are interested in serving with Wonder, join the group Tuesday, January 22 for event information regarding teams and important details.
** On January 22, noon-1 p.m., Ben May Main Library is offering a session on "U.S. Tax Reform: How It Could Affect You." Congress recently revised the U.S. Tax Code, affecting millions of Americans. Facilitator is Christina Gibson with Thrivent Financial, a not-for-profit Christian organization. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-208-7079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** On January 25-January 27, the Woman's Club of Saraland is hosting a Best Dressed Divas Consignment Sale at the Clubhouse, 216 Highway 43 S, Saraland. Contact Joy Bentley-Blackwell 251-423-3844 for more info or to set up drop off time.
** 70th Annual Reese's Senior Bowl is Saturday, January 26, 1:30 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The Senior Bowl is the nation's most unique football game and football's premier senior showcase event. It annually features the country's best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South that are coached by the entire coaching staffs of two National Football League teams.
** LCR Tournament - Association Jeanne Jugan, hosted by Little Sisters of the Poor Lawn Party, is Friday, February 1, 6-9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Residence, 1655 McGill Avenue. AJJ is an auxiliary group of supporters for the Little Sisters of the Poor. This Left-Center-Right tournament includes food, fun, music and door prizes for only $25.00. Contact Barbara Trumbaturi for more information--251-476-6335, x125. All proceeds benefit the Residents of Sacred Heart Residence in Mobile.
** The Community Foundation of South Alabama will hold its 2019 Annual Luncheon, Building Community, on Friday, February 1st. The luncheon will take place at The Battle House Hotel. Doors will open at 11:30 am with the program taking place from noon - 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person.
** Semmes Camellia Festival/Semmes Heritage Park/Museum Open House, hosted by City of Semmes and Semmes Heritage Park, is Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event is presented to celebrate Semmes Nursery History with Camellia Blooms Display, Camellia Tablescapes, Villeroy & Boch Camellia Plates Display and Guest Lectures at Semmes First Baptist Fellowship Hall, 4070 Wulff Road. Semmes Heritage Park & Museum Open House includes the One Room School, Log Cabin and Malone Chapel at 3871 Wulff Road. @Alabama200.
** Azalea City Quilters Guild members will meet at Christ United Methodist Church, 6101 Grelot Road from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on National Sew Day, Saturday, February 2, 2019. (The group also meets Mondays in January--9 a.m.-3 p.m.) Quilters will meet in Christ Center Hospitality Room; they are asked to bring red mottled, blue mottled or white fabric to donate, if they have that. For more information, call Bonnie Johnson, 251-343-5406.
** R4R Chili Cook Off" on Saturday, February 10th is hosted by Riders 4 Riders at 312-T Schillinger Road S #107, Mobile. The event includes chili and cornbread cook-off, music, raffles, auction. It's fun for the whole family and a motorcycle is not necessary to participate or attend. For information, call 251-214-4640.
** Vintage Market Days of Mobile AREA - Spring 2019 Event is February 1, 10 a.m.-February 3, 4 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Rd North, Mobile. Tickets are available at vintagemarketdays.com
** 1st Sunday Outdoor Market at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, is February 3, at noon. The event features local arts and crafts, farmers' market and outdoor-themed items from the 5 Rivers Cypress Gift Shop. January's event will be "community service" themed and will feature information about organizations such as LifeSouth, who will also be collecting blood donations, Feeding the Gulf Coast, Housing First, Team River Runner, Girl Scouts of America, etc. Attention vendors! If you are interested in participating in the event, application form is at https://www.outdooralabama.com/5-rivers-al-delta-resource-center/5-rivers-cypress-gift-shop-and-welcome-center.
Crafts/garage and yard sales:
** Abba Shrine Craft & Attic Show is January 19, 9 a.m.-January 20, 4 p.m. at Abba Shrine Center, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile. Admission is $3 per person. Attendees: 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 provided by The Masonic Alabama Grand Lodge. For booth information, contact Elsie Davis 251-895-3821.
** A Garage & Craft Sale, featuring ne4w items, crafts and more, is scheduled for February 16, 9 a.m.-noon at Fort Gaines Campground Rec Room, Dauphin Island. For information, contact Joan LaFond, 815-383-3237 or email@example.com.
** Young Frankenstein the Musical" opens at Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S Carlen Street on January 18 and will run weekends through February 3. Friday and Saturday night performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. Tickets are at joejeffersonplayers.com.
** 2019 Mobile Jewish Film Festival, hosted by Mobile Jewish Federation, is January 10-January 27, 2019 at 705 Regents Way, Mobile. Mobile Jewish Film Festival is celebrating 18 years of bringing Jewish Films to Mobile and Baldwin County. Order tickets online atwww.mobilejewishfederation.org On January 15, 5:30-8 p.m., "Thor" will be shown at West Regional Library. The plan is to watch a movie based on a comic and follow it up with a discussion about the book vs. the movie. The film runs 115 minutes and is rated PG-13. Popcorn will be provided. For more information, call 251-340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.On January 15, 5:30-8 p.m., "Thor" will be shown at West Regional Library. The plan is to watch a movie based on a comic and follow it up with a discussion about the book vs. the movie. The film runs 115 minutes and is rated PG-13. Popcorn will be provided. For more information, call 251-340-8571 or email email@example.com.
** Mobile Mystery Dinners players present "Death in a Tutu" on Friday, January 11, 7 p.m. at Azalea Hall, 751 Dauphin Street. For reservations for this performance, go to www.mobilemysterydinners.com. For more information, call 251-865-7398. A second performance will be at Nexus Cinema Dining, 7070 Bruns Drive (off Cody Road) on Saturday, January 19, 7 p.m. Doors open at both venues at 6:30 p.m. To make a reservations for this performance, email Kathy Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on this performance, call 251-421-0406.
** The Free Winter Movie hosted by City of Semmes is Friday, January 11, 2019, 7-9 p.m. at the Fire Training Center, 9010 Forest Street. Featured will be "Small Foot."
** On January 11, 4 p.m., Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library is showing "Frozen." The film runs 108 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or emaill email@example.com.
** The Monthly Movie at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library is "Goldfinger" on January 15, 5:30 p.m. The movie features Sean Connery as James Bond. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** "Avengers: Infinity War" is the movie scheduled for January 15, 3:15 p.m. at Parkway Branch Library. The Avengers assemble their power in order to fight their collective enemy, Thanos, before he can wreak havoc on the entire planet. For more information, call 251-470-7766.
** In the January 15, 1 p.m. "Ant-Man & the Wasp" movie at Ben May Main Library, Ant-Man teams up with Hope van Dyne, who has been given her own super suit to become The Wasp. For more information, call 251-208-7079.
** On January 15, 5:30-8 p.m., "Thor" will be shown at West Regional Library. The plan is to watch a movie based on a comic and follow it up with a discussion about the book vs. the movie. The film runs 115 minutes and is rated PG-13. Popcorn will be provided. For more information, call 251-340-8571 or email email@example.com.
** On January 22, 1 p.m., Mr. Rogers fans can see "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" at Ben May Main Library. This documentary paints a portrait of the life and work of children's entertainer Fred Rogers, star of “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.” A former minister, Mister Rogers creatively communicated themes of empathy and acceptance. The film runs 94 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information,call 251-208-7079.
** The January 22, 3:15 movie at Parkway Branch Library is "Solo: A Star Wars Story." In the film, young Han Solo teams up with Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian for his first smuggling mission. The film runs 135 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-470-7766.
** On January 23, 7 p.m., "A Bag of Marbles" is being shown at Ben May Main Library. Admission is $ 8.00 and $6.00 for students and seniors. For further information or to make reservations, contact the Mobile Area Jewish Federation at 251-490-4872 or mobilejewishfederation.org.
** Chickasaw Civic Theatre's "Smoke on the Mountain" performances are January 25-February 3, 2019 (Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m. at 801 Iroquois Street.
** The January 29, 1 p.m. movie at Ben May Main Library is "Mission: Impossible - Fallout." For more information, call 251-208-7079.
** Incredibles 2 will be at Parkway Branch Library on January 29, 3:15 p.m. Mr. Incredible is left home with the kids when Elastigirl becomes the new face of superheros. The film runs 118 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-470-7766.
** Playhouse-in-the-Park, 4851 Museum Drive, presents William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with performances on February 15, 16, and 17, 2019. This enchanting performance is masterfully brought to life as magic, mystery, and love intertwine with the characters’ hidden agendas, and the fairies’ trickery and mischief. A delightful show for students and adults alike. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call 251-602-0630 for reservations.
Christmas Tree Recycling and other recycling/Clean-Ups
** Mobile United is hosting three MLK Day of Service opportunities on January 19, 2019. In 2019, Mobile United will provide community members three places to help on the January 19th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. People can volunteer from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to help clean up One Mile Creek, Three Mile Creek or the Eslava Creek Ditch Inlet. The following are the two locations for people to gather if they would like to help that Saturday: Tricentennial Park, 2121 Lake Drive, Mobile, AL 36617: Three Mile Creek (anyone) and One Mile Creek (only by canoe/kayak) and Walmart Supercenter, 101 East Interstate 65 Service Road South, Mobile, AL 36606: Eslava Creek Ditch Inlet (challenging terrain; best for ages 15-60). Visit the Facebook Event Page or Volunteer Connect for waivers and more information about the event. Or call Mobile United: (251) 432-1638.
** Operation Clean Sweep, hosted by Mobile County Dept. of Environmental Enforcement - MCDEE, will be Saturday, March 9, 2019, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at 7195 Half Mile Road, Irvington. This is a Free Public Dumping/No Business Allowed event for Mobile County residents only. Restrictions apply. For information, call 251-574-7867.
Congratulations/Good Job/Thank You/How Nice:
** Satsuma has recently been named as one of the state's top ten safe cities.
R4R Chili Cook Off" on Saturday, February 10th is hosted by Riders 4 Riders at 312-T Schillinger Road S #107, Mobile. The event includes chili and cornbread cook-off, music, raffles, auction. It's fun for the whole family and a motorcycle is not necessary to participate or attend. For information, call 251-214-4640.
The 2019 Young Authors’ Conference, "Share the Love of Reading &Writing," is Saturday, February 9, 9 a.m.-noon at West Regional Library, 5555 Grelot Road
The 2019 Young Authors’ Conference, "Share the Love of Reading &Writing," is Saturday, February 9, 9 a.m.-noon at West Regional Library, 5555 Grelot Road.
All students in grades 3-6 are invited to attend the 2019 Young Authors’ Conference. They can listen to a panel of Alabama authors speak about their writing process and how they published their work. Featured authors will include adult author, Emily Blejwas, "Once You Know This" and two children who are published authors, Callie Chapman from Birmingham and Conner Jones from Mobile.
Following the panel discussion, students will participate in writing workshops while parents attend a program on fostering the love of literacy at home; the program will be presented by local literacy coaches.
The Conference will conclude with a sharing session where students share their works created in the workshops. Light refreshments, book sales and author signings will be available at the close of the Conference.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Mobile Public Library, the Metro Mobile Literacy Council and the Mobile Public Library. For more information on the Conference, go to metromobilelit.weebly.com.
Children of all ages can meet Pet Therapy dogs and their owners at "Reading PAWS" on Saturday, February 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at West Regional Library. It's an opportunity to learn all about the dogs and the services they provide the community AND practice reading skills with a four-legged friend. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Semmes Seniors can look forward to a movie, "The Founder," at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 14th. The Center is at 9635 Moffett Road in Semmes.