The PACT Theatre Company is holding auditions for "A Christmas Story: The Musical" on two dates: Tuesday, September 10, 6 p.m. and Thursday, September 12, 6 p.m. The play will be performed at The Steeple on St. Francis on December 4-6, 2019. It will ber directed and choreographed by Jacob Rowe with Musical Direction by Christie Breland. For details concerning auditions, see The Pact's website. For additional information, email email@example.com.
Tickets are for sale now! The George B. Rogers Tour, hosted by Celebrate Historic Mobile, is Saturday, October 5, 8:45 a.m.-6 p.m.
This 50th Annual Historic Buildings Tour will focus on Mobile architect George B. Rogers. It includes never seen before access, to the architecture, history, family tales, furnishings, artwork, upstairs and downstairs, all hidden passages, gardens, and planting. This once-in-a-lifetime tour will be written by Cartledge Blackwell III, a Mobile Historian who wrote his master's thesis on Rogers.
Tickets are $200 per person. Limited tickets to 125 guests. Tickets will be made available to HMPS Members first as a thank you to our loyal members. Tickets will be open to the general public after two weeks if there are any tickets still available.
Historic Mobile Preservation Society Members Tickets sales will be open from July 1 - July 14.
Tickets will be open to the general public starting July 15th; see www.historicmobiletour.com.
In addition to your spot on the tour, tickets will include
A $10 lunch voucher redeemable at 4 of Mobile's Top Restaurants
Admission to the closing reception which will include wine and light hors d'oeuvres
One years membership to HMPS for any non-member tickets sold
A tax deduction equal to the price of your tickets purchased
On July 22, 3 p.m., children aged 3 and older can visit West Regional Library and make their own Star Globe. Space and supplies are limited, so make reservations now. For more information or to make a reservation, call the children’s department at 251-340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Hugo" is the Summer Movie Monday, July 22, 10 a.m. at Parkway Branch Library. As the story goes, a young orphan lives in a train station in 1930s Paris and tries to repair a mechanical man built by his father. Eventually, he befriends a filmmaker and his goddaughter, who help him understand the mystery of his dad's invention. The film runs 125 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-494-4454.
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is August 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Mobile Convention Center. The Expo is the area's largest business-to-business trade show. More than 200 companies will be showcasing the latest products and services, along with business resources, giveaways, food and beverage samples and more. General admission is $5 (with business card.) The event is presented by Alabama Department of Commerce – Office of Small Business Advocacy (OSBA.) Sponsors include All In Credit Union, Arrow Exterminators, C Spire, Express Employment Professionals, FCS, Focus Women’s Conference, McAleer’s Office Furniture, Payroll Vault, Shields Insurance Agency, Springhill Medical Center, Stewart Lodges at Steelwood, Troy University. Printing Sponsor is Calagaz Printing
Out of this world Movies brings "Mars Needs Moms" to Saraland Public Library at 10:30 a.m. July 18. For more information, call 251-675-2879 or email email@example.com.
Adult Summer Reading Challenge:Mobile Public Library Week 7 is Biographies and Memoirs. There are intense personal accounts of regular people struggling with regular problems that might be just the thing you need to read to get through a similar situation. There are also sweeping epics detailing the lives of remarkable people who changed the world. And there's pretty much everything in between, including celebrity bios and comic takes on any number of things. If you don't think you like biographies, you probably just haven't read up on the right person yet. Don't forget to drop by your local branch to pick up a reading challenge log and sign up for a chance to win an iPad, dinner for two, and other treats.
Wonderful Wednesday- Horticultural Reflections is Wednesday, July 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore. Join Executive Director Bill Barrick as he shares insights into his distinguished, 40-year career in public gardens management. Friday, July 19, will be his last official day of employment with Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Reservations requested. Free for members, $14 for adults, $8 for children ages 5-12 and no charge for children ages 4 and younger
On July 17, 10 a.m. the Movie of the Week at Toulminville Branch Library is "Trolls." The film runs 92 minutes and is NR. For more information, call 251-494-4982 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plant Sale to benefit Animal Rescue Foundation is Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at 6140 Rangeline Road, Theodore. More than 200 plants, including crepe myrtles and hydrangeas, for great prices! Pictures of the plants will be posted online July 18th. If you are a gardener and want to donate plants to benefit the animals, email email@example.com. ARF t-shirts and tumblers also available PLUS many adoptable cats and dogs.
The July 17, 1 p.m. SummerFlix at Semmes Regional Library is "Lolo & Stitch." The Disney film runs 85 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-494-4870.
On July 20, 10:30 a.m., Something Special for Saturday Family Fun: Calling all children, ages 5 and over. Come to Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library to make Unpoppable Dry Ice Bubbles. For more information, call 251-494-4132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grand Bay Fire Dept. Car & Truck Show, hosted by Grand Bay Fire District, is Saturday, August 24, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sunny South Raceway, 11380 Highway 90, Grand Bay. The show is open to any vehicle 2 wheels and up.
On Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Animal Rescue Foundation is hosting a Kitten Shower at 6140 Rangeline Road, Theodore. The invitation to the public reads: "Join us for a kitten shower! We're overflowing with beautiful, fuzzy kittens. Come adopt a sweet kitten to add to your family. Can't adopt? Join the fun and drop off a donation to help care for our kittens and give them a snuggle while you're there."
Light refreshments and kitten cuddles will be provided!
Kitten Gift Registry: KMR kitten formula, Yesterdays News Litter, Clumping unscented litter (any brand), Blue Dawn, Antibacterial wipes, Paper towels, Kitchen sized trash bags and bleach.
Open House featuring Juli Day has been reschuled to Sunday, July 21, 3-5 p.m. at Art Does It, 1101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island.
Ruby Blue Boutique, 3958 Snow Road North Ste E, Semmes is hosting a School Supply Drive July 16-20. The collection will benefit children in the Semmes Community. Note: When you donate a minimum of $5 worth of School Supplies, you will be entered to win a $100 Ruby Blue Gift Card.
A Church Street Graveyard Tour, hosted by Historic Mobile Preservation Society and Historic Oakleigh House Museum, is Saturday, July 27, 2019, 10-11 a.m. The Church Street Graveyard is Mobile's oldest cemetery; this tour comes as a celebration of Preservation Month, and attendees can learn all about the graveyard and the people who have been laid to rest there. HMPS is at 300 Oakleigh Place. Tickets are $10 per person. Admission is FREE for HMPS members. Get tickets online at www.historicmobile.org/events, or you can pay cash at the start of the tour.
Vacation Bible Schools:
* Vacation Bible School at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, 1507 Dauphin Street, is July 15, 8:45 a.m.-July 18, noon (time each day.) Youngsters are invited to this event for a summer Camp Adventure at Dauphin Way UMC. Campers that are rising K-4 through rising 6th graders are invited; there will be crafts, songs, snacks, games, and time for children to grow together in community with one another, along with loads of fun and memories that will last well beyond these four short days.
* Vacation Bible School at Wilmer United Methodist Church, 13370 Avenue B, Wilmer, is Monday, July 15-Wednesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. VBS is for children Beginner K4 through Completed 6th grade and children can be registered at http://wilmerumc.com/youth-2/
Galas, Fun, Fundraisers, workshops other events:
* The USA Regional Autism Network's next "Coffee Chat: Self Care for the Caregiver," hosted by USA Children's and Women's Hospital is Thursday, July 18, 8:30-10 a.m. at USA Health Strada Patient Care Center, 1601 Center Street, Mobile. Guest speaker will be Blair Croom, MTS, GRS, RBT, Bereavement Counselor, Grief Recovery, Saad Hospice. There is no fee to attend. Coffee and refreshments provided. RSVP to USARAN@health.southalabama.edu or (251) 410-4820. Certificate of Attendance provided. The event is also sponsored by the Autism Society.
* Whatever Ministry's "Christmas in July Boutique Bash" is Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, 6-9 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road N, Mobile. Tickets are $5-$15 and can be secured at www.eventbrite.com.
* The City of Mobile Fire-Rescue is presenting "Friday at the Firehouse" this summer on Friday evenings, 5:30-7 p.m. through August 30th. The July 19 open house is at Crichton, 200 Davenport Avenue; August 2, Berger, 7050 Old Military Road; August 16, Public Safety Complex, 8080 Airport Boulevard and August 30, 4710 Aireport Boulevard.
* Apollo 11 - 50th Anniversary Celebration----------It’s the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11, and the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government Street is celebrating. On July 16th, 1969 Apollo 11 sent three Americans to the moon, and the Exploreum has space-themed activities for all ages on Saturday, July 20, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visitors can build theirown rocket, explore the Star Lab, watch Apollo 11 Mission clips in the Dome Theater and much more. AirBus Foundation Discovery Space Mission to the Moon activities and Nasa activities throughout. Don’t miss Animal Tails presentation of Creatures of the Galaxy at 11 a.m.-1 p.m.--this is included with general admission, FREE for Exploreum members (IMAX extra.)
* "On A Mission," hosted by City of Mobile Fire Rescue Department, will be at The Steeple, 251 St. Francis Street, on July 22, 6:30 p.m. and July 23, 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The presentation is "In Honor of the Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy." The event is free.
* Bay Bites Food Truck Festival to benefit Mobile Baykeeper is Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 5-9 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park, Water Street. Tickets are at mobilebaykeeper.networkforgood.com. RSVP at https://mobilebaykeeper.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/bay-bites-2019-rsvp-form.
* "Cone with a Cop," Hosted by Satsuma Police Dept and Mr. Mac's Soda Shoppe At Mcconaghy's, is Thursday, July 25, 4-6 p.m. at Mr. Mac's Soda Shoppe At Mcconaghy's, 5565 Highway 43, Satsuma. This is a time to come in and have a moment to discuss any issues that may be important to you regarding things going on in your community or just a time to sit down and have an ice cream cone and conversation. Mcconaghy's says: "We look forward to seeing you as we strive to build great relationships with the community one cup at a time."
* Thursday, July 25, 9-11:59 a.m., is Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day at USA Children's & Women's Hospital. At participating locations on Miracle Treat Day, July 25, $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat sold will be donated to USA Health Children's & Women's. Customers can also donate to the hospital by purchasing a Miracle Balloon at the register. Like all Children's Miracle Network Hospitals campaigns, donations raised will stay in the community to help local children. Participating in the Mobile area are the following locations and hours: 106 S University Blvd, Mobile, AL, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; 1354 Government St, Mobile, AL, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.;3213 Springhill Ave, Mobile, AL, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; 617 Celeste Rd, Saraland, AL, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; 7507 Moffett Rd, Mobile, AL, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
* A Ladies Tea, hosted by the New Hope United Methodist Women, is Sunday, July 28, 2019, 2-4 p.m. at New Hope UMC, 5343 Fowl River Road, Theodore. Special guest will be Christian Comedienne, Cheri Nettles. Light refreshments will be served.
* "Cheers to Children," a fundraiser for Child Advocacy Center of Mobile, 1351 Springhill Avenue, is Monday, July 29, 2019, 6-8:30 p.m. EL Papi will host this wine tasting, along with samples of their signature dishes. The event also includes a live and silent auction and music by Harrison McInnis. Williams Financial Group is the Title Sponsor of this event.
* Coffee with Semmes Mayor David Baker Tuesday, July 30, 5:30-7:15 p.m. at Semmes Regional Library, 9150 Moffett Road. Residents are invited to "Come and have coffee with Mayor Baker and talk about the creation of the Zoning Ordinance. Get involved in your City."
* Lunch and Learn for Women Build 2020 is Friday, August 2, 2019 from noon-1 p.m. at Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama, 3712 Airport Blvd. If you as an individual or as a group want to come together to make a difference this next year, come hear about Habitat's biggest event of the year. You must RSVP as food will be served from Panera Bread. For more information or to RSVP call Kayla at 251-475-7171 ext. 231 or email@example.com.
* Saturday morning never sounded so good! "Eggs with a Side of Jazz" to benefit Family Promise of Coastal Alabama, Mobile's first family shelter, is Saturday, August 10, 2019, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1260 Dauphin Street. Admission is $35 and tickets are at Eventbrite. Guests can enjoy the energizing sounds of The Jazz Studio along with absolutely delicious food. For more information, go to www.FamilyPromiseMobile.org.
* United Way of Southwest Alabama 2019 Annual Meeting, featuring Keynote Speaker Pulitzer Prize Winner Fox Butterfield, is August 15, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m at Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza. For tickets, go to https://uwswa-annualmeeting.eventbrite.com.
* Vintage Market Days of Mobile Area--Fall 2019 Event is August 16 at 10 a.m.– August 18 at 4 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Rd N, Mobile. Tickets are at vintagemarketdays.com. There will be vintage, antiques, furniture, home decor, handmade jewelry, consumable yummies, architectural salvage, clothing, food trucks and live music!
* On Friday, August 16, 8-10:30 a.m., the Community Foundation of South Alabama is hosting a Women's Forum 2019, "Women who Rock It," at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza in downtown Mobile. Keynote Speaker will be Kay Hire. She is a Mobile native and Murphy High School graduate and more. Register at https://communityfoundationsa.eventsmart.com/…/womens-foru…/ Tickets communityfoundationsa.eventsmart.com
* The Bubble Bonanza at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government Street is Saturday, August 17, 2019, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tiny bubbles. Giant bubbles. Square bubbles? Come see the sudsiest spectacle of the summer at the Exploreum Science Center’s Bubble Bonanza. Guests can craft their own bubble solution and wand, explore glow in the dark bubbles, yarn bubbles, snake bubbles, bubble art, bubbles inside bubbles and much, much more as they learn math and science with bubbles. Don’t miss the most poppin’ event of the summer. Water activities and rinse stations will be available, come in swim wear. Included with general admission, FREE for Exploreum members (IMAX extra).
* Bayou Clinic is hosting a FREE Mental Health First Aid trainings this summer at the Red Cross in Mobile on AUGUST 22. The program includes a component for military members, veterans, and their families. 7 CEUs/CMEs will be offered. The training is open to ANYONE who is interested - no prior training or military connection is required. More information and registration: www.bayouclinic.eventbrite.com
* NEST Quarterly Breakfast is Thursday, August 22, 2019, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Original Oyster House, 3733 Battleship Parkway/HWY 90. The community is invited to attend and learn more about the NEST mentoring program for at-risk youth and families and how you can build a team of mentors to make a difference! RSVP to the NEST office at (251) 604-3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more at www.nestofmobile.org.
* On Friday, August 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Dance Without Limits and Moe's Original Bar B Que will host "Cool Club Cookout - a Benefit for DWL." Moe's is at 701 Spring Hill Avenue. The General Admission $30 tickets are by Eventbrite. Guests are invited to "Come ready to have the most fun Friday night you've had in a while! Live DJ, dinner, two drink tickets and some special surprise performances--All to raise funds for equipment and scholarships for our special needs students.
* ARC -Awakening Respect and Compassion for all sentient beings--presents Vegan Mac n' Cheese Competition on Saturday, August 24, 2019, 6-8 p.m. at Events at Central, 1260 Dauphin Street, Mobile. If you think your vegan mac has what it takes, bring it on! Cost is $5 at the door for cooks and the general public. Cooks are requested to register in advance by emailing your recipe to email@example.com. Cooks should plan to arrive by 5:15 p.m. and provide a list of ingredients to be displayed with the dish. Cooks can bring their mac n cheeee in crock pots or pyrex. The more you bring, the more people can taste, and the better your chances of winning. Prizes will go to the winners of the following categories: Best Overall and Runner Up; Best Traditional and Best Creative.
* "Hammer it Home," a 31st Anniversary Party for Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama, is Saturday, September 7, 2019, 6-9 p.m. at Cedar Street Social Club, 2106 North Cedar Street, Mobile. For ticket information, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hammer-it-home-2019-mobile-al-…
* Mark your Calendar: The 13th Annual Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile fundraiser, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," is Thursday, September 12, 2019, 5:30-9 p.m. at Mobile Government Plaza. For tickets or more information about Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, visit rmhcmobile.org/girls, or call the Ronald McDonald House at 251-694-6873.
* Save the Date!! The Third Annual Gulf Seafood Gala is October 26th, 6-9 p.m. Attendees can enjoy delicious seafood tastings and desserts prepared by local chefs and restaurants, cash bar, music and a silent auction featuring fabulous local art. More details regarding this classic fundraising event will be announced soon.
* Teachers, In planning field trips for your students this year, Think Local! An excellent educational opportunity awaits at Semmes Heritage Park, 3871 Wulff Road. There, students can attend class in the historic 1902 Semmes Schoolhouse or tour the replica of an early 1900's farmhouse--authentically decorated. Malone Chapel, a replica of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church rounds out the community. BUT there's more: a nice shady picnic area, old-fashioned playground fixtures, a working hand pump, a non-working outhouse. Call 251-649-1647 for details.
Events for Children/Teens/Families:
* Storytimes are presented at 7 different Mobile Public Library locations, totaling almost 20 times a week. Go to https://4la.co/1VP2W2 to see Storytime at the Library nearest you.
* During Tinker Tuesday at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library, July 16, 4-5 p.m., youngsters can Design & Create a Galaxy Bottle. Limited supplies and space; registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-494-4140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* StoryTime: "Animals Born Alive and Well" at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard is Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10-11 a.m. Children can come to 5 Rivers to hear "Animals Born Alive and Well," followed by arts and crafts. Story Time takes place the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month, and is designed for children up to the age of 6 years. Free.
* F3 Summer Splash at Creola Assembly of God, 9580 Old Highway 43 in Creola is Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Plan to attend for food, fun (water slide, bounce house, inflatables) and fireworks.
* "Full STEAM Ahead," hosted by Walmart Saraland, 1095 Industrial Parkway, Saraland, is Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Gear up for Full STEAM Ahead! This family-friendly event is bringing you a day of engaging activities that parents and kids will love. Come visit us in-store to tie-dye your own shirt, make your own slime or cereal necklace. Let's make the most of the last days of summer!
* Ina Pullen Smallwood Memorial Library (Chickasaw Library) has the annual Book Recycling Craft Day on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 3:30-4:30 p.m. Come to the library at 224 Grant Street for a fun-filled time that puts your craft skills to the test by giving new life to old books. There will be activities for all ages and skill levels. We’ll provide the books and you are encouraged to bring your choice of supplies along with your imagination!
* From Bellingrath Gardens & Home comes this invitation for children: We've got a great educational activity for children this summer: Scavenger Hunts! The questions encourage exploration and are a fun way to learn about Bellingrath and its history. Participants, bring your completed Scavenger Hunts to the Gift Shop to claim a prize.
* The City of Semmes Splash Pad at Semmes Municipal Park, 8108 Morris Hill Road, is now open. The Splash Pad will be open daily through Labor Day. There are several new pavilions, so reservations will not be taken. First come, first served. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-6 p.m.
* Just a few dates remain for Lil' Haints Creative Writing Summer Series at The Haunted Book Shop, 109 Dauphin Street. The $7 per classes are Thursdays, 10 a.m. through July 18 (no class on Independence Day.) The classes are for children aged 9-12. Tickets are at thehauntedbookshopmobile.brushfire.com.
Chambers of Commerce:
* Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours is Thursday, July 25, 2019, 5:30-7 p.m. at La Quinta Inn Mobile, 3650 Airport Boulevard. Attendees can network with business professionals at the Chamber's most popular networking event. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for potential members. Reservations are not needed.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce 6th Annual Kids Day, "Under the Sea," is Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. There'll be games, prizes, free food, inflatables, face painting and so much more. Bring a canned food item for admission.
* Coffee with the Chamber, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, is Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Sophiella Gallery, 111 Dauphin Street, Mobile. Start your day with the Chamber and network with other business attendees.
* The Annual Joint Chamber Luncheon, hosted by Chickasaw Chamber of Commerce, is Thursday, August 15, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Chickasaw Elementary School Auditorium, 80 Grant Street, Chickasaw. Tickets are $10 per person and RSVP by August 12th is requested.
* It's Early, BUT go ahead and mark your calendar and create your crafts: Saraland Chamber of Commerce 3rd Annual Mistletoe Market is December 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call the Chamber, 251-675-4444. For more community news, see blog joannemcknight.com.
* SBS, Watermelons & Hope Festival, sponsored by No. Mo. Co Farmer Market, 204 Wilson Avenue S, Prichard, August 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There'll be a "Watermelon Giveaway." for more information, see www.breaking of bread co-op.org.
* Mobile Museum of Art, in partnership with Mobile County Commission, is organizing its fourth pop-up art exhibition for Government Plaza. This opportunity is open to any artist in the Mobile area. Artists may submit up to 3 works of visual art, mixed media, paintings, needlepoint, ceramic works, photography, works on paper and sculptures completed in the last 5 years detailed in JPEG or video format.
* Government Plaza Gallery's Summer 2019 Exhibition features the creative works of several local artists. The exhibit is sponsored by the Mobile County Commission and organized by Mobile Museum of Art. The Gallery, located in the Mobile Government Plaza Atrium, 205 Government Street, is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m-5 p.m. except for holidays.
* "Southern Masters," hosted by Nall Art Gallery, is coming to Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive through August 2. Three larger than life artists from Alabama will be stepping outside the box by recreating their own studio or work space inside the museum. This will be a rare glimpse into three artists’ world, each with a distinct perspective and unique methodology. In addition to the large scale installations exploring the work and creative spaces of Downing, Larsen and Nall, each has selected an emerging Alabama artist to represent the next generation. Get a back door look into the honed practices of three masters of their craft, as well as a sense of what legacy they may compel.
* During the month of July, the Artists' Place Gallery at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 7125 Hitt Road, will have "For the Love of Nature" exhibit. The works are by potter Denise Ralston. The exhibit will be on display from June 29 through August 3 and may be viewed, by appointment, by contacting Rob Bearden at 251-767-8362.
* Sumi-e: Japanese Brush Painting with Carol Wiggins is presented by Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, Monday - Friday, July 15 - 19, 10 a.m-noon. Try Sumi-e, Japanese style brush painting using ink and watercolors on rice paper. No previous painting experience is necessary. Students will learn to paint the "Four Gentlemen" using the "Four Treasures." Adults and teens age 14+ are welcome.
* ASCA Grant Workshop, hosted by Mobile Arts Council and Alabama State Council on the Arts, is Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon at Alabama Contemporary Art Center. The Alabama State Council on the Arts next grant deadline is set for September 3rd, 2019, and is open for applications in School Projects, Grants to Organizations, and Folklife Apprenticeships. Join us with representatives from ASCA to discuss their upcoming grants and gain useful tips on the application process.This workshop with ASCA staff members will take place on Wednesday, July 17th, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. upstairs at Alabama Contemporary Art Center (301 Conti Street). This event is free and open to the public. Email email@example.com to RSVP.
* The Shibui Chapter of the Sunie Society of America presents "Understated Elegance" in the Marx Library/USA Galleries, 5901 USA Drive. There will be a reception on July 18, 6 p.m.; the exhibit will hang during July and August.
* A Block Printing Workshop, hosted by AIGA Mobile, will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street, Mobile. Tickets are $25-$30 from www.eventbrite.com. Here's the question: Have you ever been curious how block printing techniques like linocut and woodcut worked, or has it been a while since you've worked in the medium? We are hosting a workshop where we will show you techniques to set up, carve and print your own design. Workshop fee includes carving kit, carving block, printing ink and paper. You'll need to provide your own design for a 5x7" print, or we'll provide one for you.
* The Dog Days of Summer Show, hosted by Amy Bark Fine Art and Innova Arts, 1803 Old Shell Road, is Friday, August 9, 2019, 5-8 p.m. This is an open fun summer show. Call for entries to be emailed to InnovaArtsgallery@gmail.com. Submissions due by August 2, Opening reception August 9 from 5 to 8.
* "Metal Jewelry Art Class with Janie Zetsch" is scheduled for Friday, August 16th - 6 p.m. at Dauphin Island Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. Students can learn to make hammered metal jewelry in this fun class. More details regarding the class will be announced soon.
* Exploring the Art Behind Gaming - Episode #1, is scheduled at USA Libraries Art Galleries and Marx Library University of South Alabama, Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Presenters say, "It is one thing to game, it's another to learn about the art behind the game. Join us on August 24th, to meet local creators of board games, video games, card games and more. Here is your chance to meet the creators, play a little and learn a little."
* Art Does It is calling all veterans to exhibit their work at the Coastal Alabama Veterans' Art Show, 1101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. For information, contact Reginas@artdoesit.com or 251-214-6485. On Sunday, November 10, there will be an unveiling of the Jeremiah Denton Memorial Statue and Open House, 3-5 p.m.
Arts & Crafts (including quilting and sewing):
* A Yarn Club meets every Thursday at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, Grand Bay. Participants can learn to crochet and other yarn crafts. They're asked to bring their own hooks.
* Grand Bay Quilting/Sewing Group meets every Tuesday at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, Grand Bay. Beginners and seasoned quilters will meet to share ideas and want to join like-minded folks who just love to create beautiful quilts and more. Come when you can stay as long as you like.
* On the first Tuesday of each month, Humana Insurance on Airport Boulevard near I-65 and O'Charley's, is hosting a quilting time, 9 a.m.-noon, to encourage their employees and community members to get involved in service projects, particularly Quilts of Valor. Contact Joyce Reed at Lsubookwrm@hotmail.com for more info. or for other sewing dates for charity quilts in our community.
* The July 15, 10 a.m. Summer Movie Monday film at Parkway Branch Library is "Space Buddies." The film runs 84 minutes and is rated G. For more information, call 251-494-4454.
* Dauphin Island's Free Family Movie Nights feature, on July 18, "Zootopia" and on July 19, "A Dog's Purpose. Presented by the Town of Dauphin Island and sponsored by Greer's Markets, the movies are held on West End Beach and begin at dusk. Bring beach chairs, blankets and bug spray, but no glass, pets or grills.
* Semmes Free Movie Night, featuring "Dumbo" is July 19, 7 p.m. at the Fire Training Center.
* The Saenger Summer Classic Movie Series will run during July and August. Sunday movies will be at 3; doors will open at 2:30. Thursday movies will be at 7; doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The main concession stand downstairs will be open for snacks and beverages such as popcorn, sodas, candy, beer, wine and mixed drinks. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is July 21, at 3; doors open at 2:30 p.m.
* Mobile Mystery Dinners' July production is "Curl Up & Dye," written by MMD player Barbara Ladnier. The performance is Friday, July 19, 7 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Advance reservations are required ($62 per person--includes catered buffet dinner.) Go to www.mobilemysterydinners.com to make reservations. Due to adult innuendo, mature audience is suggested. There is plenty of free parking at the Manor.
* Chickasaw Civic Theatre's Annual Awards Night is Friday, July 19, 2019, 7-11 p.m. at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, Chickasaw. It's potluck, so pring your favorite to share. The awards program begins at 7:30 p.m.
* "The Lion King" starts July 19th at the Crescent Theatre. From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. See event site for ticket information.
* Mobile's Playhouse-in-the-Park presents Lionel Bart's "Oliver," the Broadway musical based on Charles Dickens' timeless novel. This is a great show for all ages. The play will run on weekends July 19 through August 11, 2019. Tickets will go on sale in late June. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays will start at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Reservations can be made online at http://playhouseinthepark.org/box-office or call 251-602-0630. Playhouse-in-the-Park is at 4851 Museum Drive.
* It's Harry Potter Week! July 22, 1 p.m., Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library will show "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," an adaptation of the first of J.K. Rowling's popular children's novels about Harry Potter--a boy who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. The film runs 150 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-470-7770.
* On Sunday, July 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard will be showing "Matinee: Life in the Undergrowth," a BBC production hosted by Sir David Attenborough, showing all day in 5 Rivers theater for free. 5 Rivers note: "David Attenborough guides the viewer through a miniature universe teeming with life, never normally seen, yet all around us. New technology reveals surreal vistas and their extraordinary inhabitants -- swarming antler moths, desert locusts and a mountain of cockroaches -- up close and personal. The bizarre and the beautiful are represented and their habits, lifestyles and characteristics explained in David Attenborough's inimitable style. Though small, these creatures are as ferocious as any seen before."
* Sunday, July 28 is the final IMAX film showing of "Everest." at the Exploreum. Starting July 29, the theater will shut down as we convert to a full digital giant screen theater. Our plan (subject to change) is to reopen the theater in late October with all new seats, sound system, lighting, and, of course, a new digital projection system. Please note: The Exploreum will remain open during the digital upgrade. The theater is the only portion that will close during this time. Regular admission prices apply; Exploreum members get the normal discounted admission.
* On Wednesday, July 31, 6-8:30 p.m., bring the whole family and invite your friends to a fun family night at the movies--"Mary Poppins Returns.". Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives. Dinner and snacks from the Christ Café concessions will be available for purchase during the movie. This is not a drop off event and children 5th grade and under must be accompanied by a parent.
* Saturday, August 3, 7 p.m. for Mobile Theatre Guild's Zoghby Awards. The Theatre is at 14 N Lafayette Street. Bring a potluck dish and BYOB.
* Mobile Mystery Dinners' August performance is "A Killer Class Reunion" Friday, August 9, 7 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street. Advance reservations are required at www.mobilemysterydinners.com. This play is for a mature audience of age 18+. Admission is $62 per person, which includes the performance, buffet meal, free parking and unlimited house wine starting at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, go to www.mobilemysterydinners.com or www.facebook.com/mobilemysterydinners.
* On Wednesday, July 31, 3-4 p.m. there's a very special event: Happy Birthday, Harry Potter! party is hosted by Ina Pullen Smallwood Memorial Library (Chickasaw Library), 224 Grant Street, Chickasaw. Harry Potter will be celebrating his 39th birthday with games, snacks and some surprise guests. Costumes are encouraged for all ages; support your Hogwarts House!
This summer, the SMG-managed Mobile Saenger Theatre will once again showcase a Summer Classic Movie Series featuring classic hit movies the way they were meant to be seen: larger-than-life on the glorious BIG screen! And thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Saenger, the movies will be shown on a brand-new HD laser projector that will make your viewing experience better than ever before.
The Summer Classic Movie Series will run during July and August. Sunday movies will be at 3; doors will open at 2:30. Thursday movies will be at 7; doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
All tickets are general admission and prices are $6 for adults; $3 for children 12 and younger under and seniors (60+). All movies will be seated on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets can be purchased at either the Saenger Theatre Box Office (located at 6 South Joachim Street; open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) or at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (located at 401 Civic Center Drive; open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) The Saenger Box Office will open at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the movie. Tickets cannot be purchased online or by phone.
The main concession stand downstairs will be open for snacks and beverages such as popcorn, sodas, candy, beer, wine and mixed drinks. "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" is July 14th at 3; doors open at 2:30 p.m.* Mark your calendar! Children are invited to "Jump to the beat with your friends on Sesame Street! Join the fun with an interactive show that unfolds on one of the world's most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood... get ready for Sesame Street Live! Let's Party!" The shows at Mobile Civic Center are Saturday, November 2, 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, November 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 251.208.7906) or the Saenger Theatre Box Office (6 South Joachim Street; open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 251.208.5600). For information regarding accessible seating tickets, call 251.208.7906. Additional fees, service charges, and/or taxed may be added to ticket prices. All dates, acts and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.
* Save the Date! Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure.will play, live on stage, at the Mobile Civic Center on Tuesday, September 24, 6 p.m. and Wednesday, September 25, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information or to join the Tail Mail mailing list for pre-sale and other exclusive offers, visit www.pawpatrollive.com. Follow PAW Patrol Live! on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @pawpatrollive, and the hashtag #pawpatrollive.
Book Clubs/book signings/recitations/writings:
* July 16, 1 p.m., members of The Reader's Choice Book Club will meet at West Regional Library to discuss "The New Iberia Blues" by James Lee Burke. A summary of the book is as follows: The shocking death of a young woman leads detective Dave Robicheaux into the dark corners of Hollywood, the mafia and the Louisiana backwoods. For more information, call 251-494-2298.
* Adult Summer Reading Challenge:Mobile Public Library recently began an Adult Summer Reading Challenge; Week 1 was Romance; Week 2, Southern Fiction; Week 3, Mystery and Romance. Poetry was the topic for Week 4 and, for Week 5, the theme was Speculative Fiction. Week 6 topic is Historical Novels. .Don't forget to drop by your local branch to pick up a reading challenge log and sign up for a chance to win an iPad, dinner for two and other treats.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, is offering "Lagniappe - Editing and Publishing Class on Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon from July 24-August 28, 2019. Join the WINS (Writing in Nature) for 6 weeks of writing – Lagniappe – Editing & publishing, the power of words & healing, new directions for a burst of creativity, new forms and worldly fashions. Instructor is Sue Brannan Walker; fee is $125 for MBG members and $150 for non-members.
* Savor the hops and savor the jazz. Mobile Jazz Club will be at Serda Brewing, 600 Government Street, July 17 at 7 p.m. No cover.
* Ina Pullen Smallwood Memorial Library (Chickasaw Library) is hosting an After-Hours Karaoke NIght on Saturday, July 27, 2019, 5-6:30 p.m. at the library, 224 Grant Street. Organizers say,"Libraries are known to be a place of quiet, but on July 27th, we're going to make some noise. Come and join us as either a spectator or participator. Sing your heart out!"
* On Monday, August 5 at 6 p.m., Serda Brewing Company, 600 Government Street, is hosting an Old Time Music Jam--Unamplified instruments, fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and upright bass. Old time music is more vast than bluegrass, as it is a much older genre. Instruments play in different tunings depending on the song and key. The music has a sound and a drive that blends traditions brought to America by early European settlers and early Africans.
* Dauphin Island's West End Beach is the perfect scene to listen and dance to live music; it offers air-conditioned restrooms and convenient parking. Music lovers can sit back and relax while listening to live music at the series of live music, “Summer Concerts at West End Beach.” On July 28, that will be the Excelsior Band. Admissions for all concerts are $5 per person, children who are 12 and younger will receive free admission. All proceeds will go to the preservation project for the historic Little Red House. Bring a beach chair or blanket. Pets, grills and glass are prohibited from the beach.
Runs, Walks, biking, fitness, cycling events and paddles:
* Ice Cream Marathon 2019, hosted by Fleet Feet Mobile, 3972 Airport Boulevard, is every Monday at 4 p.m. until August 26. For more information on registration, routes and other details, see https://www.fleetfeet.com/s/mobile/events/ice-cream-marathon
* On Thursday, July 18, 6-7:30 p.m., Port City Pacers is hosting an Ultrarunning Panel Discussion at 358 Morgan Avenue, Mobile. If you have been thinking about becoming an ultrarunner - someone who runs more than 26.2 miles at a time - this is a seminar for you. Learn from those who do the ins and outs of ultrarunning.
* On Tuesday, August 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Crime Prevention 5K, sponsored by Mobile Police Department and hosted by Little Red Hen Productions, will be held at Bienville Square, 150 Dauphin Street, downtown Mobile. Participants may pre-register by mail (entries should be postmarked by August 1), in person at McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri, or Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope until noon on August 5, or online at https://raceroster.com/…/…/24650/crime-prevention-5k-runwalk until 4 a.m.August 6. Race day registration and packet pick-up in Bienville Square from 5 - 6 p.m. For additional details, see event FB page
* Save the Date! "Chickasabogue 2-Miler," hosted by Port City Pacers, is Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Chickasabogue Park, 760 Aldock Road, Eight Mile. The run is organized by Port City Pacers Road Runners Club, Inc. For information, call 251-473-7223. Details such as location, registration, awards and Post-Race Party are on PCP FB page.
* Mardi Gras 5K and Fun Run is Saturday, August 17, 7:30-10:30 a.m. at Mardi Gras Park, 104-148 South Royal Street, Mobile. The 5K will start at 7:30 a.m. and the Fun Run at approximately 8:15 a.m. The event benefits GCB Entertainment’s nonprofit efforts to combat childhood obesity and literacy. For complete details on registration, awards, shirts, Post-Race Party, weather disclaimer other such information, see www.eventbrite.com/e/mardis-5k-and-1-mile-registration-6222…
* Port City Pacers Running Club presents the Hurricane Run 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 6:30-10:30 a.m. at Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. For more information, see PCP Facebook page.
* "Distinguished Young Women: Born in Mobile. Born to Inspire" exhibit is on display at the History Museum of Mobile, 111 Royal Street. Visitors can explore the more than 60 year history of Distinguished Young Women and America’s Junior Miss. See the program’s history unfold, with Mobile as its backdrop, in images, costumes, and memorabilia now on display through August 2.
* "Sensational 60s" exhibit is open at the HIstory Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street, Mobile. The exhibit explores fashion as an entry point to the politics and culture of our nation’s most turbulent decade. From bikinis named for an atomic testing site, to trousers contributing to burgeoning feminism, to mod materials inspired by the space race, the styles of the 1960s open up an exciting world of social and cultural revolutions.
* The History Museum of Mobile, 111 Royal Street, has on exhibit through September 1, "Mel Showers: 50 Years of Broadcast Excellence." The exhibit honors Showers and his 50 year career with WKRG. Visitors can learn about the major stories he’s covered, the awards and accolades he’s received, as well as the challenges he had to overcome.
* In partnership with Wind Creek Hospitality, the History Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street, has announced FREE Admission every first Sunday of the month. The History Museum of Mobile weaves together the rich, diverse and often turbulent histories of Mobile and the surrounding area, from the prehistoric past to the present. Of the 117,000 objects in the museum’s collection, 352 are related to Native American history and include items such as pottery shards, stone tools, and arrowheads that tell thousands of years of Native history - many are on display in permanent exhibits. The museum is open every Sunday from 1 - 5 p.m.
* "Hands on History at the Library" is July 18, 4-5 p.m.. The entire family can have fun exploring their past at Ben May Main Library. The History Museum of Mobile will offer history based activities to explore our past through hands on creative projects. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-340-1521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* From 1-3 p.m. July 19, the public is invited to the History Museum of Mobile, 111 Royal Street to "Meet the Author- Karyn Tunks," author of three books about Mobile's history and culture. She will read her books to the audience and then sign books. Children will be invited to make a craft to take home following story time. Staff from the Mobile Public Library will also present information on our local libraries. Contact Curator of Education, Jennifer Theeck at 251-301-0270 for more information or to make a reservation. Walk-ins are welcome. The cost of this event is included in the museum’s admission price.
* On July 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. members of the Tristan de Luna Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be at the Local History and Genealogy Division to assist you with questions and research for documentation concerning ancestors. For more information, call 251-494-2172.
* Save the Date for the Annual Open House at the History Museum of Mobile on Sunday, August 4, 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. Cookies and Lemonade will be served. The Museum is at 111 Royal Street.
* Save the Date: On October 5, 2019, 8:45 a.m.-6 p.m., Historic Mobile Preservation Society (email@example.com) is presenting the 50th Annual Historic Buildings Tour, which will focus on Mobile architect George B. Rogers. The tour includes never seen before access, to the architecture, history, family tales, furnishings, artwork, upstairs and downstairs, all hidden passages, gardens and planting. This once-in-a-lifetime tour will be written by Cartledge Blackwell III, a Mobile Historian who wrote his master's thesis on Rogers. Tickets are $200 per person and ticket sales are limited to 125 guests. Tickets will be made available to HMPS Members first as a thank you to HMPS loyal members. Tickets will be open to the general public after two weeks if there are any tickets still available. See community blog joannemcknight.com for more details and photos.
* Grand Bay Community Clean-Up is Saturday, July 20th. 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteers are needed for this one day roadway clean-up, working in supervised groups with Mobile Baykeepers staff. Lunch will be served after the clean-up. The event starts at 9 a.m. from the Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 US Highway 90, Grand Bay. For more information, contact Aleta Boudreaux, 251-656-4576 or Mobile Baykeeper at 251-433-4229. Call Aleta if you knowof areas that are in desperate need of attention for trash and debris removal.
Auto Shows and Events:
* Save the Date: Grand Bay Fire Dept. Car & Truck Show, hosted by Grand Bay Fire District, is Saturday, August 24, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sunny South Raceway, 11380 Highway 90, Grand Bay. The show is open to any vehicle 2 wheels and up.
* Thursday Market at Lavretta Park, 200 Parkway West, is 3-6 p.m.
* Market in the Park in downtown Mobile is Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.-noon at Cathedral Square Park, 300 Conti Street. Market in the Park features locally grown produce, homemade breads, jams, preserves, honey, and so on as well as crafts by local artisans and music. For more information, call 251-208-1550.
* Citronelle Farmer's Market & Goods at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 8025 State Street, Citronelle, is Saturday, June 29, 8 a.m.-noon. Featured will be fresh produce, herbs, seafood, farm-fresh eggs, baked goods, natural honey and handmade artisan creations. Sanctioned by Alabama Farmer’s Market Authority; Senior Nutrition Vouchers accepted.
* FARE - Foundation for Animal Rescue & Education and Little Ray's Nature Centre, bring See a Sloth and more! Natural History Exhibition to Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive on Friday, July 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at whitelabeltickets.com or at the door. For more information, visit http://slothconservation.com/ or https://www.wcs.org/ or see event website.
* Rabies Shots + Nail Trims event at B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road, is Saturday, July 27. Rabies shots are $10; nail trims are $15.
* On Saturday, July 27th, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) and B&B Pet Stop, are hosting a $10 Weekend Rabies Clinic at B&B, 5035 Cottage Hill Road. The Mobile County Health Department provides low cost rabies shots for dogs, cats and ferrets during weekend clinics that are good for one year. The cost of the rabies vaccine per pet is $10. All rabies shots are payable in cash.
* On July 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Friends of the Mobile Animal Shelter (FOMAS) are holding a Pet Adoption at B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road, Mobile. All pets are spayed/neutered, have age-appropriate shots, are micro-chipped, and on hear worm preventative. Adoption fees vary based on the medical care required.
* PALS - Get Involved! Donate Today! PALS is a 501c3 non-profit all volunteer organization. The mission of PALS is to raise funds to support the Mobile County Animal Control Shelter (MCAS) for capital improvements to expand both facility accommodations and services. PALS provides fiscal support through solicitation of grants, donations and sponsorships and expend the funds for the purpose of capital and project purposes.
* The Grand Bay 60+ Club Senior Meals and Activities are for anyone age 60 and older. Participants enjoy free lunch and activities Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Donations are accepted.) Guests may purchase a meal for $3.50 after all seniors are fed. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., and diners must be signed in by 11 a.m. Those who are not quite 60 may participate in activities, but pay for their meals or become regularly scheduled volunteers.
A schedule is as follows: Coffee is ready at 9 a.m., Lunch served 11:30 a.m, Bingo is Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, noon-1 p.m. Arts & Crafts start at 10 a.m on Thursdays. (The seniors accept donations of extra craft supplies) Other activities include Dominoes, board & card games available daily and scheduled field trips and guest speakers. The Grand Bay Senior Club meets at Grand Bay Senior Center, 11610 Highway 90.
* On the first Monday of every month, except when Monday falls on a holiday, Chickasaw seniors meet at 7:30 for Early Bird Breakfast (August 5) In addition to enjoying a full breakfast for just $3, the group also look forward to conversation with each other and an update on community activities and events.
* Seniors at Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, see an Afternoon Movie every Monday at 1. Scheduled on July 15, "An Interview with God."
* Touching Hearts Senior Care meets the 4th Tuesday of every month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Spot of Tea, 310 Dauphin Street. There is a new public speaker on topics of interest every month. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-445-4204.
* A Red White & Blues Dance at Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, is Friday, July 19, 6-9 p.m. Seniors are invited for a fun time of music, dancing and great food. Tickets are $8 each.
* On Friday, July 26, 1 p.m., an Ice Cream Social is planned for seniors at Via! Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center. The news is that the recent watermelon social in the newly updated Via Center courtyard was a lot of fun...so, members, bring your friends and join us for another sweet treat.
* On Friday, July 26, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Scott Corcoran with the History Museum of Mobile will deliver a presentation on Mobile's Colonial Era. The presentation will take place at Connie Hudson Senior Center, 3201 Hillcdest Road.
* Seniors, Mark your Calendars: On Friday, August 2, 2019, 9-10 a.m., Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center and Better Business Bureau Serving Central and South Alabama will be presenting the Top 3 Senior Scams of 2018 and how to stay alert. Connie Hudson Senior Center is at 3201 Hillcrest Road.
* The 86th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, July 19, 5 a.m.-July 21, 6 p.m. The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, a Project of the Mobile Jaycees, is the largest fishing tournament in the world. Founded in 1929, the fishing rodeo now attracts over 3,000 anglers and 75,000 spectators. It is located on Dauphin Island, Ala. (N30 15'31, 90" W88 06'47.78).
ADSFR Related events:
** Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo's Liar's Contest is Thursday, July 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Dauphin Island. Was it really the one that got away? Kick off the 86th annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo with the Liar's Contest Thursday, July 18th!
** Mobile Area Children's Charity (MACC) Expo, hosted by Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, is Saturday, July 27, 2019, 2-6 p.m.at 531 LeMoyne, Dauphin Island. The Mobile Area Children's Charity Expo (MACC Expo) will be a one day event on Dauphin Island held during the Roy Martin Young Anglers Tournament (RMYAT). The purpose of the MACC Expo is to increase awareness of the various charitable organizations and events throughout Mobile County whose goal is to help Mobile area children/youth/families. There will also be a water slide, jump house, facepainting, a character appearance by Moana, and more to make for a great family fun day for all. This event is free to both charities and the public.''
* RESCHEDULED The Roy Martin Young Anglers Tournament, hosted by Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, is Saturday, July 27, 2019, 5 a.m.-6 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Mobile Jaycees Children's Christmas Shopping Tour.he ADSFR has donated over $275,000 to the University of South Alabama Department of Marine Sciences and annually funds academic scholarships
* The 6th Annual Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic is August 3rd. This is the largest kayak fishing tournament in the State of Alabama. It is a family event featuring live entertainment, vendors, T-shirts, arts and crafts, food, and world class fishing. For more information on the event, visit www.bayoulabatrekayakclassic.org. Participants can also register at https://clear-give.com/egive3/index.cfm?page=events.
* Conde Cavaliers 37th Annual Mardi Gras Fishing Rodeo is August 10 at 6 a.m.-August 11 at 5 p.m. at Dauphin Island Marina.
School Supplies Drives/Give-aways and Blessings:
* July 19, 20 and 21, 2019 are Back-to-School Sales Tax Holidays, hosted by Alabama Retail Association. This is Alabama's 14th annual sales tax holiday for school-related items, and goes from 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 19, until midnight, Sunday, July 21. On these dates, Alabama shoppers have the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, books, shoes and clothing tax-free.
* Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a "Back to School Bash" on Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m.-noon at Rambo's Skateland, 531 Saraland Blvd. S. Children (K-5th grade) are invited to enjoy free skate and refreshments from the Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce. The first 150 children will receive a FREE backpack filled with school supplies sponsored by local businesses.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce's School Supply & Backpack Drive ends on July 19. Each year at the Kid's Day Event (this year, July 27th) the Chamber is able to give hundreds of children in need a new backpack filled with school supplies. A Note to the Public: This is where we need your help by donating backpacks and school supplies by July 19. Just drop off your donations to the Chamber at the Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Chamber contact is 251-666-2488.
* The "Third Annual Back to School Community Cookout in the Park and Awareness Day," sponsored by Hustle League Foundation in conjunction with Cops for Kids is Saturday, August 3 at Langan/Municipal Park. This event is for children of all ages, so bring the whole family for a day filled with fun, food and festivities. School supplies will be given away along with school uniforms. Also on the schedule will be Jeremy March, the Dancing Cop. For more information, call Randall Wheeler at 251-623-5189.
* Back 2 School: Backpack Give Back at Mobile Flea Market, 401 Schillinger Road, is Saturday, August 3, 1-2 p.m. Mobile Flea Market will be giving away backpacks full of school supplies! Backpacks are one per family, while supplies last, so get here early.
* Christ United Methodist Church's Blessing of the Backpacks is Sunday, August 4, 2019, 8 a.m.-noon. Students and teachers are invited to bring their backpacks to worship on Sunday, August 4 for the Blessing of the Backpacks. During each service, there will be a special moment when they are invited to the alter for prayer and the blessing of the backpacks. There will be a small gift for each student to carry with them throughout the school year. Note: Parents of K3 - 5th students who wish for them to participate in this blessing should bring their student to worship with them. Christ United Methodist Church is at 6101 Grelot Road.
* A Back to School Bash, hosted by Christ United Methodist Church and Christ United Kids Ministry, is Friday, August 9, 2019, 6-8 p.m. at the Church, 6101 Grelot Road, Mobile. The Annual Bash is for upcoming Pre-K - 5th grade students. The plan is to kick-off the school year with inflatables, fun, hot dogs and fellowship.
* On Sunday, August 11, 5-8 p.m., Georgetown Assembly of God's and Watson Farms are hosting a Back 2 School Bash at Watson Farms. There will be good old family fun as the children head back to school--Hot dogs, Homemade Ice Cream, Bounce House, Water slide and more! ALL at Watson Farms!
* HELP OUR COMMUNITY! Each year the Saenger partners with a local non-profit organization to collect needed wish list items and cash donations for the organization at all movies during the series. This year our partner is Lifelines Counseling Services and we will be collecting backpacks and school supplies for young victims of sexual and domestic abuse in Lifelines' Child Therapeutic Unit. Backpacks filled with school supplies will be given to children in the program at a Back to School Bash later this summer. A representative from Lifelines will be at each movie to collect items from their wish list and cash donations. Please consider bringing a few items to help give these sweet children a great start to the 2019-20 school year. As a token of thanks, you'll get a free small popcorn!
Congratulations/Thank You/Good Job
* Thank You! Azalea City Quilters Guild Stars over Mobile who awarded handmade patriotic Quilts of Valor to seven local veterans.
* Congratulations to veteran recipients of Quilts of Valor July 2nd: Denver Danton, William C Callihan, Keith Lovett, Ashley Soulsby, Neal Soulsby, Robert and Milton Andry.
* Congratulations!! July's First Sunday was a Success! Thanks to a partnership with Wind Creek Hospitality, the History Museum of Mobile will offer free admission every first Sunday of the month. This past Sunday, 336 people attended First Sunday. ?Guests enjoyed dressing up in the Sensational 60s: Fashions from a Defining Decade exhibit, taking "Mel and Me" selfies in the Mel Showers exhibit, and walking through over 300 years of Mobile history.
* Congratulations, Amyah Brown, Boys and Girls Clubs 2019 Youth of the Year Amyah goes to the Sonny Callahan Branch Club.
* Congratulations! Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama soared ABOVE AND BEYOND its goal of raising $50,000 for its annual "Our City Our Future" telethon - hosted by WKRG News Channel 5.All telethon donations support BGCSA's Summer Enrichment Program, providing kids and teens with a safe place to learn and grow during the summer months.
Summer Art Camps and Classes:
* Art Blast Summer Art Camp at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive continues through July 26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. With classes for 4-7 year olds, 8-11 year olds and 12 and up, there is truly something for everyone in the wide variety of art offered throughout the summer. Ceramics, painting, and drawing in all styles inspire students to energize their creativity, while learning about elements of art and art history. For more information, visit mobilemuseumofart.
* Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council Youth Art Camp will be held at the Art Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard, on July 29, 30 and 31. The Art Camp is offered free of charge to children in Kindergarten -- Grade 5 (as of the upcoming school year.) Class times for grades 2-5 are 9:30-11:30 a.m.; for Kindergarten and Grade 1, 1-2:30 p.m. To reserve a space, register in person at the Art Gallery, Thursday-Sunday or email email@example.com. Space is very limited. (Grades 2-5 class is full).
* Art Does It!, 1101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island is holding its 2nd Annual Summer Youth Art Camp July 22-25, 3-5 p.m. The free camps are as follows: Monday, July 22, Painting, ages 8-10; Tuesday, July 23, pottery; age 5+; Wednesday, July 24, painting, age 5+ and Thursday, July 25, instructor Regina Kollegger, painter/sculptor/science educator; age 11+. For additional information, call Regina Kollegger, 251-214-6485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited so reserve early.
* The Satsuma Library Summer Youth Art Class is held by the Satsuma Art Guild Wednesdays in July from 1-3 p.m. at the Library. Classes for children ages 8-12 are July 10 and July 17. Classes for youths aged 13-16 will be held July 24 and 31. Limited spaces are available. The program is free. For more information, call 251-679-0700.
Summer Camps (sports, science, safety, exploring, etc):
* Summer camps at the Exploreum Science Center are a great way to keep budding young minds engaged all summer long. The camps are extensive in subject matter and cater to grades Pre-K4 through 8th grade. Go to http://www.exploreum.com/education/camps/ for more information or to register online. For issues with online registration please contact Haley Freeman at email@example.com or call 1-251-208-6818.
* Mobile Ballet 2019 Summer Camps offers classes in ballet, crafts, storytime and performance through July. For information, go to www.mobileballet.org or call 251-342-2241.
* USA Archaeology Museum Dig Into Summer Reading Challenge continues through July 31, 2019. Children of all ages are invited to participate. Read two books from the reading list (to download list go to southalabama.edu/org/archaeology/museum.) Then send an email (with your parents' help) including the names of the books, an illustration and a short paragraph about what you learned to Candace Cravins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The July Summer Maritime Academies at GulfQuest, 155 S Water Street, features activities related to different themes and will be taught in the museum's classrooms. The curriculum for each Academy has strong STEM components, mixed in with art, music, and fun!
* When School's Out, Clubs Are In! Boys and Girls Club Summer Enrichment Program is kid -focused, fun, and engaging! Participants will enjoy exciting summer activities that include Summer Brain Gain, field trips, sports, swimming, arts and crafts, while also learning the importance of a healthy lifestyle. It's only $45 Weekly and $55 for Registration (Fees may vary per Location) For more information, contact a club near you or visit www.bgcsouthal.org/summer
* Hands-on History Workshop Series, hosted by History Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street, will run four Tuesdays in July--the 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th at 10 a.m. These Hands-on History Workshops are for children aged 11-14. Choose one or come to all! Each workshop costs $15 for the first child and each additional child will receive a $5 discount per workshop. Events are FREE with a Family Membership. Visit bit.ly/HMMHandsOn for event flyer. Featured are July 9: Oral History; July 16: 1960s Music; July 23: 1960s Art; and July 30: Discover Artifacts. For more information, contact Curator of Education, Jennifer Theeck at email@example.com.
* Mobile County 2019 4-H Clover Day Camps--Two days remaining: July 9, Candy Bouquets and Flower Arrangement, and July 16, Pies. The Tuesday classes run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Jon Archer Ag Center. The camp is open to ages 9-18 (limit of 20 per camp.) Registration fee for each class is $15. Registration closes one week prior to each camp. For more information, call 251-574-8445.
* Chickasaw Youth Basketball Camp is July 22-23, 1-3 p.m. at Chickasaw Auditorium Gym. There is no charge. Call 251-452-6462 to register.
* On July 15-July 19 and July 22-July 26, Lifelines Counseling Services is offering "Children Safety Camp" at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 4051 Old Shell Road. This camp for children ages 5 - 12 years of age will be taking place this summer. (This event is open to the general public not just students of SPS.) The Children's Safety Camp is Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more information, go to
http://www.lifelinesmobile.org/lifelines-counseling-services-childrens-safety-camp-july-2019/ Sign up soon--only 24 spots available per class and both have sign-ups already. (Grades 2-5 are completely booked.
Library Children's Summer Programs :
* Week 6 of Mobile Public Library Summer Reading Program, Monday, July 15, 2019 - Thursday July 18, 2019 children are treated to an Exploreum Science Showm "Let's Blast Off!" They can come see the wonders of science, chemistry and space in this out of this world performance by members of the Exploreum Science Center’s education team. From rocket launches to clouds inside of bottles, prepare to blast off with a boom.” For more information on the Science to Go, check out www.exploreum.com/education/programs/outreach-programs/.
* (Weekly) Teen Art Space at Semmes Regional Library, 9150 Moffett Road is 2-4 p.m. Children aged 8-14 are encouraged to join artist Jaime Lee and her guest presenters each week to explore different art forms and create unique pieces of art. For more information, call 251-494-4870 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* (Weekly) "Summer Boredom Buster" at Saraland Public Library begins on Tuesday, 3 p.m. Children of all ages: Are you looking for something fun to do on Tuesdays this summer? Come have fun creating Alien Spaceships, Moon Rocks and so much more. For more information, call 251-675-2879.
* (Weekly) Art and Rhyme Wiggle Time Story Time at Ben May Public Library is 10:30-11:30 a.m.. Children aged 18 months through 3 years can enjoy simple stories and music that introduce the sounds and rhythms of language and play little learner. There'll be a wiggle, rhyme, read and sing, active story time – and a craft too. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-340-1507 or email email@example.com. This activity will continue Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. through July 20.
* (Weekly) Grand Bay Summer Children's Program is on Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon during through July. Cost is $5 per child; lunch is free. The weekly events will be at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90. Each session will carry a different theme. On July 17, Week 5, it will be Build It. For more information, to volunteer or to become a sponsor, call Diana Ankney, 251-865-4010.Community Center, 11610 Highway 90.
The Saenger Summer Classic Movie Series will run during July and August. Sunday movies will be at 3; doors will open at 2:30. Thursday movies will be at 7; doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The main concession stand downstairs will be open for snacks and beverages such as popcorn, sodas, candy, beer, wine and mixed drinks. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is July 21, at 3; doors open at 2:30 p.m.
It's Harry Potter Week! July 22, 1 p.m., Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library will show "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," an adaptation of the first of J.K. Rowling's popular children's novels about Harry Potter, a boy who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own
. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards. There, he meets several friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents' mysterious deaths at the hands of a powerful adversary.
The film runs 150 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-470-7770.