Orchard Assembly Church community Annual Egg Hunt and festivities event is Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. There will be thousands of eggs, inflatables, food, games, face painting and more. To volunteer (or for more information), text “orchardegghunt” to 97000, or visit orchardassembly. The church is at 10245 Howells Ferry Road in Semmes.
Chickasaw Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. at the Walking Trail behind the post office.
"The Detectives Dinner Theatre" at Ruth's Chris Steak House, 2058 Airport Boulevard, is Friday, March 13, 2020, 6 p.m. The community is invited to "The Detectives Comedy Dinner." Tickets are $75 with a cash bar, but don't worry, the laughs are free! Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Contact Laura Reeves at 251-476-0516 for reservations.
The Town of Dauphin Island will host its Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Green Park on Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m. Youngsters are encouraged to bring their baskets or other containers to collect eggs. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photos.
FOL Book Sale, presented by Friends of the Mobile Public Library and Mobile Public Library, will be on 3 dates: March 27, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. for FOL members only preview sale; March 28, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and March 29, 1-6 p.m. The sale is at Abba Shrine Center, 7701 Hitt Road. Prices are as follows: Friday & Saturday, $2 for Hardbacks and DVDs, $1 for paperbacks, audiobooks & music; Sunday, $1 for Hardbacks and DVDs
$0.50 for paperbacks, audiobooks & music.
ARC's 3rd Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off, presented by ARC -Awakening Respect and Compassion for all sentient beings and Serda Brewing Co., is Saturday, March 21, 2020, 2-4 p.m. at Serda Brewing Co., 600 Government Street, Mobile. Tickets to enter the competition are $10 and can be pre-purchased at the website www.arcforallbeings.org or www.southernvegan.org.
Note to Community--Chefs and visitors:
Enter your most delicious vegan chili in the competition for a chance to win bragging rights and some great prizes, or come out and taste/judge and just enjoy eating some delicious chili while hanging out with great people in this vegan-friendly craft-beer microbrewery.
Tickets to enter the competition are $10 and can be pre-purchased at the website www.arcforallbeings.org or www.southernvegan.org.
Tickets for judges (everyone not entering competition), are $15, and can be purchased on-line or at the door.
Children under the age of ten attend for free. Tickets for children older that ten are five dollars and students receive five dollar discount off with student ID.
Competition Details: If you are entering the competition, register by Friday, March 20th at the website (www.southernvegan.org). The day of the event, bring 2 gallons of chili in a warming Crock with a serving spoon. The only requirement is that it be vegan. Competitors can also participate in judging.
Mobile Symphony Orchestra is saluting young talent and classical masterworks with Vivace, March 7 and 8 at the Saenger. Cello prodigy Sujari Britt will perform the Saint-Saëns cello concerto. Sujari has been playing music since she was 2-years-old and has been playing cello since she was 4. She recently earned her bachelor's degree in cello performance at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. The concert opens with Masquerade and concludes with Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5. Mobile Symphony Orchestra is at 257 Dauphin Street, Mobile. Contact is 251-432-2010; see MSO website for Email.
Pancakes & Puppies, hosted by Wilmer Hall Children's Home and Animal Rescue Foundation, is Saturday, March 21, 2020, 7-10 a.m. at Wilmer Hall Children's Home, 3811 Old Shell Road. Tickets are at donate.wilmerhall.org. Pancakes & Puppies breakfast includes pancakes, Conecuh Sausage, Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co. coffee plus jumpies, face painting and balloons plus a dog adoption through Animal Rescue Foundation. Cost is $6 per person.
The Festival of Flowers Gala Preview Party is Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 7-10 p.m. at Festival of Flowers, 6801 Airport Boulevard. Tickets are $150 per person at festivalofflowers.com or call (251) 266-2050--An elegant evening of exclusive access to the Festival of Flowers. Come "Feel the Zen" with the beautiful Japanese garden setting.
Ransom's Springtime Market will be Saturday, April 18, 2020, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 N Cody Road. There'll be boutiques, direct sales, crafts and food vendors. Ransom is now accepting vendors. Tickets are $5 General Admission and $10 for VIP--CASH ONLY. For more information, go to ransomministries.networkforgood.com.
Taste of Mobile 2020, hosted by Taste of Mobile and ARHA - Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Association, is Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 6-8 p.m. at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, 1 S Water Street, Mobile, Alabama.Notes: Get ready for the 2020 Taste of Mobile on March 25 at the Mobile Convention Center. Come enjoy all the great food and drinks that Mobile has to offer while having tons of fun! Don't miss the Carnival Cruise raffle sponsored by Visit Mobile. To sign up your restaurant as a vendor, visit http://bit.ly/tasteofmobilesignup.
Trees and the Law Class, hosted by AUFA (Alabama Urban Forestry Association), is Friday, March 20, 2020, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS.) Our Trees and the Law class is a great way to learn a lot about how to manage the potential liability caused by urban trees. This is a perfect class for city staffers, arborists, grounds superintendents and others who manage trees.To register, contact Fred Kapp @ 205-862-2588 or email@example.com.
Dauphin Island Spring Plant Sale and Giveaway is Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m.-noon. Vendors will be set up in front of Green Park with a large variety of plants for sale. And, as always, island property owners can select from a number of FREE trees and plants provided through the Town's tree mitigation program.
Extend your carnival celebration and discover a bit of Mardi Gras at next month's concert.
Mobile Symphony Orchestra's March 7 and 8 concert opens with Masquerade by British composer Anna Clyne. She created this festive work in 2013 for the Proms, an eight-week classical music festival in the UK - described as "the world's largest and most democratic musical festival."
Prom is short for promenade concert, originally outdoor concerts in London's pleasure gardens, where the audience was free to stroll while the orchestra played. Today the Proms (frequently broadcast here on PBS) continues the practice of promming by offering standing areas inside concert halls for greatly reduced ticket prices.
Proms concert-goers, particularly those who stand, are called "Prommers." Clyne dedicated her piece to the Prommers. If all this sounds a bit like Mardi Gras, you're right. The open-to-all Proms tradition could be called the Joe Cain Day of classical music.
Specifics: Saturday, March 7, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 8, 2:30 p.m.--Saenger Theatre
Tickets start at just $15, students $10. K-12 students FREE on Sunday with paying adult!
600 runners/walkers enjoyed the sunny 40-degree weather at the start of the 30th Joe Cain Classic 5k and One Mile Moonpie Dash, Sunday, February 23, 2020. The location is Broad Street and Canal Street, Mobile, Alabama. In my last run at the age of 74, I received the award of the Male Legends Award. My time for the 5k (3.1 miles) was 26:40/8:35 pace. Peggie Olive and the Little Red Hen Productions team did an outstanding job of producing the races.
** MARDI GRAS ACTIVITIES:
* The US Navy continues its tradition of sending a ship to the Port City for Carnival (Mardi Gras) with the arrival of the USS MCFAUL next week. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer will be berthed at Pier 2 along the waterfront and will be open for public tours through February 25 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Be sure to greet the men and women of the MCFAUL when they're ashore to enjoy the festivities!
* Bienville Bites "Floats and Food Tour" continues through February 24. For tickets, go to bienvillebitesfoodtour.com. Bienville Bites web site also includes an outline of what to expect on the tours.
* "Mobile Makers: Present Day Artists & Artisans of Carnival" will be on display through March 28, 2020 at Mobile Carnival Museum. Mobile Makers, the fifth installment of the Mobile Carnival Museum's thematic quarterly series, showcases a selection of works by some of Mobile's leading artists. Highlighitng the cultural energy that defines Mardi Gras, the exhibit examines the role the arts - fine, performing, and sartorial - play in Mobile's greatest living tradition.
** EASTER/SPRING FLINGS:
* Spring Hill Merchants Association's "Hop on the Hill" is Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The public is invited to come to Spring Hill on Saturday, March 21st for a day of fun and shopping. Children can enjoy activities such as face painting, visiting with Elsa and hunting for Easter eggs while adults check out the Easter and spring offerings available throughout the village.
* Spring Fling & Egg Hunt, hosted by City of Semmes, is Saturday, March 28, 2020, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at City of Semmes - Municipal Park, 8108 Morris Hill, Semmes. This is a free Family Event. Egg Hunt, Easter Bunny Photos, Inflatables, Petting Zoo, Sparky the Fire Dog, Animal Adoptions, Food Vendors and More. Egg Hunt will begin at noon.
* Easter Candy Hunt at Mobile Flea Market, 401 Schillinger Road N., is Saturday, April 4, 2020, noon-2 p.m. Capacity is limited; reserve a spot and confirm details to attend. The event includes a hunt for candy, shop through tons of vendors, and enjoy the day full of family fun at the flea. Note to Sellers: The first 25 sellers to sign up on our Easter Vendor Participation list in the office will receive free candy from us to hand out to children at the flea market on April 4th. Must sign up in person in the office. For information, firstname.lastname@example.org, 251-633-7533 or www.mobilefleamarket.com.
* B&B Pet Stop's “Selfie Spot” for Easter is April 4 at 9 a.m. – April 11 at 8 p.m. 5035 Cottage Hill Road. Starting SATURDAY, April 4th through Saturday, April 11th, pet owners can come to B&B Pet Stop and snap a selfie in the store's Easter Selfie Spot. B&B says: We'll have a fun background set up - YOU BRING THE PETS AND THE CAMERA! (or phone.) HANDS FULL? We'll be HAPPY to snap the photo for you. Donations for Friends of Mobile Animal Shelter will be accepted.
* Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, is Saturday, April 4, 2020, 8 a.m.-noon. AS professional photographer will be available to take children’s portraits with the Easter Bunny in the Gift Shop Greenhouse. Families are also invited to join us for the 7th Annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in the Magnolia Café from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Seating times vary. Please note that reservations are required in advance to attend the breakfast. Beginning March 1, 2020, you may make your reservations to join us for pancakes, sausages, fruit and beverages by calling 251.459.8864. The Easter Bunny will visit guests at their tables throughout the breakfast.
* Easter Sunrise Service is Sunday, April 12, 2020. at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Guests are invited to this special Sunrise Service with friends and family on Live Oak Plaza. The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. and is open to everyone in the community. During the service, an offering will be collected to benefit Family Promise of Coastal Alabama, an agency that helps homeless families. Complimentary admission will be given to guests from 6 to 8 a.m. on Easter Sunday. A limited number of chairs will be set up and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the Magnolia Café. After the service, a hot breakfast will be available for purchase in the Magnolia Café from 7:30 to 9 a.m.
* A Community Easter Sunrise Service, hosted by Fort Gaines Historic Site, 51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, will be Sunday, April 12, 2020, 6-7 a.m. The service will be held on the Great Lawn within the walls of Fort Gaines and it is open to everyone in the community. Free admission will be given to guests from 6 to 7 a.m. on Easter Sunday. Those who will be attending are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blanket.
* Easter Sunrise Service at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park is Sunday, April 12, 2020, 6:30-8 a.m. The public is invited to celebrate Easter on the grounds of Battleship Memorial Park for the annual Sunrise Service. Government Street Baptist Church is the host church. The service is in the recreational area adjacent to the bow. Admission is free.
* Operation Clean Sweep, sponsored by Mobile County Dept. of Environmental Enforcement - MCDEE, is Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at 7195 Half Mile Road, Irvington. SOME RESTRICTIONS APPLY. See flyer or call 251-574-7987 for details.
* Pick it Up Mobile! Thanks to a new effort by the City of Mobile, Mardi Gras should be a little cleaner and greener this year. 100 blue barrels have been placed along the parade routes to collect trash, and recycle carts have been placed next to existing trash cans in several parks for all of the plastic, paper and aluminum that normally accumulates on the ground and sidewalks. City crews will also be walking along the route in advance of the parade to collect recyclables directly from attendees. Now, there is one less excuse for trashing the city at a time when so many visitors might be deciding whether we're the kind of city they'd like to visit again.
* City of Chickasaw Spring Clean Up is scheduled for March 21. Dumpsters will be placed at east side Legg Park, Community Shelter, Chieftain Way and the 500 block of Thompson Boulevard. Tires and dried up paint cans can be dropped off at City's Maintenance Department. Information on disposal of electronics will be announced later. For more details, call 251-452-6467.
** SENIOR CITIZENS:
* Chickasaw Senior Adult Lunch Outing is Friday, March 6, at Wintzell’s Downtown. Call Stephanie Stewart, 251-452-6464 for details/reservations.
* Chickasaw Senior Adults St. Patrick’s Day Fun. Plan on a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Mobile and lunch on your own downtown. Tuesday, March 17; depart Chickasaw Civic Centerat 10 a.m. Call for reservations 251-452-6462.
* Mark your Calendar: Brookside Senior Living Community, 2260 Pesnell Court, is presenting an Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The event is to benefit Alzheimer's Awareness. For vendor information and/or application, notify our Activity Director Dana Watson at 251-633-9299 or email email@example.com
** CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE:
* Saraland "Hop & Shop," sponsored by Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce, is Thursday, March 19, 2020, 3-8 p.m. Hop & Shop will showcase retailers in Saraland. Be sure to get your map/passport so you'll know everywhere to go on the shopping route for savings and fun. Refresh your spring wardrobe, find THE PERFECT Spring Break outfit, purchase a fabulous Mother's Day or graduation gift, all while having fun and saving money. Saraland Chamber is at 939 Saraland Boulevard S; phone is 251-675-4444.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce's First Responders Breakfast is planned for Wednesday, March 25, 9 a.m.-noon. The breakfast, an event to honor all First Responders, will be held at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. The breakfast is free to First Responders; there will also be door prizes and entertainment. Sponsorship levels are available--Platinum, Gold and Silver. Contact the Chamber Office 251-666-2488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 2020, Job Fair and Chamber Chance Fundraiser, is Thursday, April 23, 2020, 3-6:30 p.m. at Redemption Church Student Center, 1251 Industrial Parkway, Saraland. This is a free event, open to the public--an event for the community to meet local business owners and leaders and learn about products, services and job opportunities. Free Food; Product Samples, Ddoor Prizes and more. For more information, visit www.saralandchamber.com or call 251-675-4444.
* Mark your Calendar and Make your Plans: SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is Monday, May 11, 2020, 2-5 p.m. at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard, Mobile. The Business Expo is an ideal way for exhibitors to promote their products and services, create brand awareness, establish business to business networking and increase customer awareness. Sponsorship Levels and booths are available; contact the Chamber office for more information 251.666.2488 or email@example.com. Space is limited--reserve a booth and sponsorship today. This event is free to the public to attend.
* 6th Annual Caring for Caryn's Kids 5K/1 Mile Fun Run, presented by Caryn's Kids 2027 and The Grounds, will be Saturday, February 29, 2020, 6 a.m.-noon at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road N. Visit event site for information about sponsorships, registration and more.
* "3rd Annual Color Run and Car Show," hosted by Alma Bryant Band Alumni and Bryant Hurricane Band Color Splash Event is planned for Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 9 a.m. at Alma Bryant High School, 14001 Hurricane Blvd, Irvington. The Color Run is a 5K and one-mile event. Fee is $25. In addition to the run, there will also be a Car Show with prizes. Looking for vendors and sponsors (see event site.)
* The Funky Monkey 5K & Fun Run, hosted by hosted by Funky Monkey 5K and Thompson Engineering encourages fitness, philanthropy and fun. The Race, held Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 8 a.m.-10 a.m. begins at USA Moulton Tower. Participants can choose to take part in a 3.1-mile run, jog or walk through the University of South Alabama campus or a ¾-mile fun run. All participants are invited to enjoy the event’s favorite feature, Mobile’s Biggest Banana Split, provided by Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe. During an awards ceremony following the race, the recipient of the Funky Monkey Charity Challenge will be awarded a $1,000 grant from the Thompson Foundation. The Charity Challenge encourages non-profits to recruit supporters to participate in the charity’s name. It is just one way the event raises funds for charitable causes. All funds raised at the 2020 Funky Monkey will be returned to non-profits in the communities where Thompson employees live and work. The money goes to support organizations, programs, and activities that strengthen our social framework, education and sense of community. For information on awards, registration, packet pick-up, parking and so forth, see event website.
* Save the Date: March 27 is the Sidewalk-a-Thon at the Village of Spring Hill.
* Join the crowd on the streets of Mobile on Saturday, March 28, 2020 for the 43nd Annual Azalea Trail Run (ATR), one of the premier 10K road races in the United States and the 2011 RRCA National 10K Championship. The event also includes 5K and 2K runs. All of the courses are flat and extremely fast. For information, see mybestruns.com.
* The 10th Annual Infirmary Health Duathlon is Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at 166 Mobile Infirmary Boulevard. Tickets are at raceroster.com. The Infirmary Health Duathlon is a 2-mile run, 10-mile bike ride and 2-mile run throughout beautiful Midtown Mobile. Register as an individual, a relay team or for the 1-mile fun run. Registration prices increase February 2; register online --> infirmaryduathlon.org. All proceeds from the Infirmary Health Duathlon benefit the Fuse Project. The Fuse Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding and implementing projects to benefit children across the Alabama Gulf Coast. To learn more, please visit fuseproject.org.
* A Chickasaw City Park disc golf fundraiser, hosted by D.J. Smith, is Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 8 a.m. at Chickasaw Disc Golf Course, Chickasaw. This is a fundraiser to raise money to purchase new tournament level baskets for Chickasaw's gem of a course. Currently, there are old mismatched baskets. Cost will be $25 per person. There will be a few mulligan holes also. Food will be available.
* Port City Pacers is hosting the "New Old Mobile 8K Run/Walk and Fun Run" on Saturday, April 18, 2020, 8-11 a.m. at Mardi Gras Park, 104-148 South Royal Street, Mobile. The race benefits The Penelope House and Keep Mobile Beautiful. Information at https://www.productionsbylittleredhen.com/raceapps/Old_Mobile_2020app.pdf.
* 7th Annual Chickasha Bogue Paddle is Saturday, April 18, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon at Brooks Landing, 601 US-43, Chickasaw. This is a fundraising kayak and canoe paddle for all ages and paddle experience.
* The Wiggle Waggle 5K run and 1 mile fun run/walk, presented by Pet Supplies Plus, will be at Bellingrath Gardens, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore on Saturday, April 25, 8-11 a.m. This is a certified, dog-friendly event. (More on registeration closer to the date.) Businesses interested in sponsoring Wiggle Waggle, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
* On Saturday, May 16, 8-11 a.m., Port City Pacers presents the "Do It In The Bush 5K Trail Run" at Medal of Honor Park, 1711 Hillcrest Road. The 5K-ish cross country course through the trails of Medal of Honor (Cottage Hill) Park.
* "Images from Africa, with Susan Rouillier" will be Friday, March 6, 6:30 p.m. at Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, 918 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. The public is invited to the gallery as photographer and writer Susan Rouillier shares highlights of her recent African adventure. After a short welcoming reception, Susan will give an introductory overview of her experience, with emphasis on the local ecology and challenges facing African wildlife, followed by a slideshow of select images from the trip. Open to the public and free of charge.
* CLASS IS FULL "Learning How to Draw" is presented at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive on Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. through March 7. If you have long held the desire to learn how to draw then this class is for you. And also, for those intermediate and advanced students who simply wish to take their drawing skills to a higher level. Feel the magic of creating “value” as your flower drawing slowly emerges and comes to life with shape, form, depth and dimension. Instructor is Derek Norman. Fee for MBG members $125; for non-members $150. To register, email MBG call (251)342-0555.
* Mobile Museum of Art, 4851 Museum Drive has added a new class--Soft Pastel Painting with Victoria Udovikina--on Wednesdays through March 11, 5:30 – 8 p.m. Students can experience the expressive and artistic nature of soft pastels in this six week course with instructor Victoria Udovikina. They can learn how this unique medium can give your work exquisite color and shading, airiness, elegance and illusory sensation to represent the beauty of the world we live in. Students do not need prior pastel experience.
* DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY: DEVELOPING BLACK AND WHITE FILM WITH WALTER BOWER is scheduled for Sunday, March 15, 1-5 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Students can experience the joy of taking photos of special people and places in your life using real black and white film. In this course, instructor Walter Bower will teach students how to roll and develop black and white silver gelatin film and create a contact sheet from their negatives.
* Artist Statement Workshop at Alabama Contemporary Art Center is Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Whether you are an amateur artist or an established professional, writing an artist statement can be an intimidating and overwhelming task. But a good artist statement acts as a bridge between your intention and the viewers’ interpretation of the work, and can set you apart from the crowd in a big way. In this free workshop, ACAC Executive Director and Curator elizabet elliott will dive into these questions and more, covering the essentials of statement writing and demystifying the process from a curator’s perspective. Capacity is 35 students.
For more information, please contact Amanda Solley, Curator of Education, at 251-208-5656 or at email@example.com.
* Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council upcoming "Introduction to Knife Painting Workshop" is Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at DIHAC, 918 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. Students may choose their medium: Oil or Acrylic; suitable for all skill levels; supplies and reference photos provided. Build your creative painting capabilities by joining this workshop with demonstration and individual instruction from artist and educator Michele Traum. www.micheletraum.com. Advance paid reservations are required. To register, visit https://dauphinislandarts.networkforgood.com/events/18944-introduction-to-knife-painting-workshop?utm_campaign=dms_email_blast_488494
** ART INFO:
* Mobile Museum of Art is currently reaching out to the area arts community for help in restoring a commemorative quilt with ribbons, embroidery and images, all of which relate to Mobile and its civic and public organizations and cultural history. There is no value in storing works of art in a museum that cannot be viewed by the public. That’s why Mobile Museum of Art made a concerted effort to find the funds to have the crazy quilts currently on view in ALL AMERICAN from the Collection lovingly conserved and restored. The fundraising goal for this quilt is $15,000 to complete a full-year restoration by a professional textile conservator. Consider making a donation for the restoration of this Mobile treasure. Once its material and integrity are restored, it will take its rightful place as one of the most beautiful and expertly crafted works of art produced in our city.
* "Fire Prevention Art Display," an exhibit hosted by Semmes Regional Library Friends and Semmes Woman's Club, is at the Semmesonian Art Gallery in the Library. The Fire Prevention Art Display showcases entries and winning artworks from Semmes Elementary, Allentown Elementary and J.E. Turner Elementary students. Selected student artworks were also featured in the 2020 City of Semmes Fire Safety Art Calendar.
* Alabama Contemporary Art Center is presenting two solo shows through March 15--Two Solo Shows: Y.Malik Jalal & Francine Tint. Atlanta-based artist Y. Malik Jalal’s A Study of the Supernatural Phenomena of Emergence delves into the aesthetic tradition of Black Radicalism applied to history and ephemera from Mobile’s own Africatown and the broader culture of port cities in the South. Francine Tint’s solo exhibition will feature colorful paintings that are influenced by and contribute to a long lineage of abstract expressionist art that emerged in the 1950s.
* Meet Elizabeth Gelineau is a member of Mobile Botanical Gardens and a well regarded photographer in the area. As photographer in residence, Elizabeth will be the MBG liaison for promoting and scheduling photo sessions at the Gardens. She will also be offering photography classes and other photography-related events. She has photographed many of the events held at MBG; view some of her work at elizabethgelineau.com
* MMofA's Tang Horse is more than 1,000 years old! The Mobile Museum of Art is committed to learning about, caring for and preserving our permanent collection. Mobile Museum of Art has had this fired clay horse in our collection for 25 years, but until very recently, could not confirm that it was made during the Tang Dynasty in China. The horse was given to us in 1984 by a Hollywood actor, Fred Gavin Gordon, who was unsure of its age and authenticity. He had been told by an art museum curator that the horse might be from the Tang Dynasty, but he was still skeptical. He wrote in a letter to our museum director, “The Tang horse (at least I call him Tang)… I felt, and always have, that it was a much later copy. Again, I find him handsome, he gets more pats and pats in my house than he would if he were alive.”
** GALAS, FUN, FUNDRAISERS, WORKSHOPS AND OTHER EVENTS:
* Every 3rd THURSDAY of the month, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., GulfQuest 155 S. Royal Street, is extending its hours and offering FREE Admission to all Mobile County Residents (with a valid ID.)
* The February 26th Winter Wednesday at Bellingrath Gardens and Home is "Camellia Waxing." And flower (camellia) lovers can join Dr. Brenda Litchfield to learn about the fun of waxing camellias and other flowers. After guests have seen her demonstration, the will be able to wax their own blooms; bring one or two camellias to wax. The class is from 10:30–11:30 a.m. and is free for members and $14 for non-members. Reservations are requested; call 251-459-8868.
* Jurassic Quest is coming to Mobile Convention Center, 1 S Water Street. Dates are February 28-March 1, 2020. Times are as follows: Friday: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. The event features more rides, activities and dinosaurs than ever before. Go to https://www.jurassicquest.com/events/mobile-al for more information.
* On Thursday, March 5, 7:30-9 a.m., the Downtown Mobile Association is sponsoring Breakfast with the Mayor of Mobile. The event is a boutique business event with attendance limited to 150 people. It affords an intimate opportunity to hear from Mayor Stimpson on his plans for downtown and the surrounding city. It will be held in the ballroom at the Renaissance Riverview Hotel, 64 S Water Street, and will feature a full buffet breakfast. Tickets to the event are $45 per person for DMA members. Tickets are at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-with-the-mayor-2020-tickets-90994281345
* The Mobile SPCA will host its eleventh annual Spay-ghetti Dinner on Thursday, March 5, 2020, 5-8:30 p.m. at Our Savior Catholic Church, 1801 Cody Road. All proceeds will benefit the Mobile SPCA’s spay-neuter program. Note from SPCA: With the help of all of the great donations from Bay Catering, Dees Paper Company and our supporters we hope to fully fund the event and use 100% of the proceeds to spay and neuter pets in Mobile We have several Grand Raffle Prizes this year and at least 40 more raffle and silent auction items that include gift cards from local eateries and pastry shops, homemade cakes, pet baskets, jewelry, handmade crafts and so much more. We have tons of door prizes; practically everyone wins something. Tickets are still just $10 each. You will enjoy our famous homemade meat or vegetarian sauce, pasta, salad, garlic bread, tea and delicious homemade desserts. We will start serving at 5pm. You can dine in or take out. Tickets can be purchased at the Mobile SPCA office or at the door. For more information, call 251-633-3531.
* The 8th Annual Satsuma SwampFest is Saturday, March 7, 2020, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Satsuma High School campus. The event is sponsored by Friends for Satsuma Schools, and all proceeds go to the school. For more information, call Shirley Presnall,251-680-1311 or Sue Speights, 251-377-2747. Check event site for vendor applications.
* A New Citizens Reception will be hosted by Cosmopolitan Woman of Mobile on Friday, March 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the US Federal Building, Saint Joseph Street, Mobile.
* On Friday, March 13, 7-11 p.m., there will be a St. Patrick’s Dance at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90. The Band Cherry Pie will play some favorite dance tunes; soda, water and ice concessions will be available for purchase; door prizes! Bring your own adult beverages. Admission is $10 per person at the door. Door prizes and more.
* Saraland Lions Club 12th Annual Pancake Breakfast is March 14th at Catfish Junction, Industrial Parkway, Saraland. (NEW This year: Country Breakfast, serving Pancakes, Sausage, Eggs, Grits, Drinks.) Tickets are available from any Saraland Lions member. In addition to the Lions, several other non-profit groups will benefit from Pancake Breakfast proceeds and will have tickets for sale. These groups include Boy Scouts Troop 113, New Pilgrim Baptist Church, Schools' Archery Teams, Fountain Of Life Church, Schools' Bands, City League Baseball and Schools' Leo Clubs.
* The Community Foundation of South Alabama Annual Luncheon is Friday, March 20, 11:30 a.m. at the Battle House Hotel. Tickets are $45. To register, call 251-438-5591 or visit communityfoundation.org. Guest Speaker will be Brad Israel.
* 2020 Mobtown Mac 'n Cheese Fest to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile is Saturday, March 21, 2020, noon-3 p.m. at Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile. The primary purpose of this event is to raise funds and awareness for UCP, a local non-profit who’s mission is simple – promoting the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Tickets: $12 (Pre-Order), $15 (Day Of) Very Important Cheese Entry (11 a.m.-noon) - $25 For more information, 251-479-4900 or UPCMOBILE.org
* The 2020 Downtown Get Down, hosted by Hargrove Engineers + Constructors and The Hargrove Foundation, is Thursday, March 19, 2020, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile. Tickets are $10 in advance at www.eventbrite.com / $15 at the "door." Two drink tickets are included, and children younger than 10enter free. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Hargrove Foundation's effort to support STEM related initiatives across the country. One Team!
* Mobile Chocolate Festival to benefit Penelope House for victims of domestic violence is Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Abba Shrine, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile. This is a Family Fun event - $3 general admission, $2 for seniors 65 and older; children 13 and under are free. Proceeds benefit Penelope House
* Bay Bites Food Truck Festival, hosted by Mobile Baykeeper, is Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 5-9 p.m. Bay Bites was selected by FlightNetwork.com as one of the Top 21 Food Truck Festivals in North America. hosted by Mobile Baykeeper's Young Advisory Council (YAC) Leadership Committee, Bay Bites is an annual food truck festival benefiting our work for clean water, clean air, and healthy communities. Enjoy delicious food from the area's best local food trucks, craft beer and wine, live music, lawn games, and a variety of kids entertainment options to come on the beautiful riverfront of downtown Mobile. Tickets are at mobilebaykeeper.networkforgood.com. Buy an advance ticket now for the best price--A $10 ticket admits you to the festival. Food and drinks sold separately. Drinks are $4 each.--A $15 ticket admits you to the festival and gets you two 12-oz canned drinks. Food is sold separately. Prices go up at the door. Important: Please RSVP after you purchase your tickets with your guests, kids, friends, or family members that will be joining you. Look for the link in your confirmation email. This process helps us help you at the gate and keeping people safe.
* Taste of Mobile 2020 is Wednesday, March 25, 6-8 p.m. The event, hosted by Taste of Mobile and ARHA - Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Association, will be held at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, 1 S Water Street. Tickets go on sale February 1 at 9 a.m. at www.eventbrite.com. The public is invited to the Convention Center to the great food and drinks that Mobile has to offer while having tons of fun. Don't miss the Carnival Cruise raffle sponsored by Visit Mobile. To sign up your restaurant as a vendor, visit http://bit.ly/tasteofmobilesignup. To purchase a table or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit https://www.arhaonline.com/tasteofmobiletickets.html. To learn more about being a vendor or sponsor, contact ARHA at 334.244.1320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit https:www.arhaonline.com/taste-of-mobile.html for more information.
* Grand Bay Community Center is hosting "Don't Be Fooled Health and Resource Fair" on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 US Highway 90, Grand Bay. The Fair will dispel some of the misconceptions about health and resources. Various vendors present a variety of topics on organizations and programs for seniors and low income families. Free event with concessions area to purchase snacks or lunch. Fun games for the children to play while adults get valuable information about resources options, plus free health screenings and lots of free gifts.
* Mark your Calendar: Assistance League of Mobile presents Fun for Philanthropy featuring Eliabeth Heiskel, the Debutante Farmer. The event is Thursday, April 2, 10:30 a.m.-noon; tickets are $65 each. For more information, call Sandra Smith, 251-709-4740.
* "Penelope House- Networking With A Cause," present by LifeWalkGPS, is Friday, April 24, 2020, 5:30-9 p.m. Tickets are via Eventbrite. This is described as "NOT YOUR ORDINARY NETWORKING EVENT!" Penelope House is celebrating 40 years in the community for raising awareness for Domestic Violence and supporting victims of Domestic Violence to take back their lives and start over. The public is invited to "Come out and make new connections while supporting their efforts in the community." The Keynote Speaker is Devin Ford, Robert Mondavi Napa Valley, California. The evening includesine-tasting, door prizes, silent auction, food and drinks.
* "Ribs for Kids" (Alabama Baptist Children's Home), presented by Fired Up, Inc. is Saturday, April 25, 2020, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Alabama Baptist Children's Homes & Family Ministries, 6512 Grelot Road, Mobile. For information, go to web site or visit https://www.alabamachild.org/main/funevents/ribs-for-kids/
** ARTS/CRAFTS/CHARITY GARAGE SALES:
* Mobile SPCA Giant Spring Rummage Sale is March 13 and March 14, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at 620 Zeigler Circle W (near the Fairgrounds.)
* Saturday, April 4th, 8 a.m.-noon, there will be a Community Yard Sale/Flea Market at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90. Bring your yard sale stuff and rent a space to sell it. Deadline to rent is March 30th. Spaces are limited: $20 inside with table provided, $15 inside without a table provided, $10 outside without a table provided. Concessions will be sold by the Grand Bay Community Center proceeds to benefit the Senior Nutrition Program and Sponsor the Summer Children’s Program. Thrift Store pick up at noon of any items you wish to donate instead of taking them home again.
* Mark your Calendar! The 18th Annual St. Francis Episcopal Church Arts and Crafts Festival is Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 50 artists are scheduled to participate. The church is on the corner of Key and Chaumont streets.
* Dauphin Island Museum director, Jim Hall, has put together a series of interesting, educational and free talks beginning January 2020. Scheduled for Thursday, February 27, 6 p.m. "Sand Island Light House." Admission is free for each of these events, but seating is limited.
* Mobile Carnival Museum's Mobile Makers: Present Day Artists & Artisans of Carnival will be on display through March 28, 2020 Mobile Makers, the fifth installment of the Mobile Carnival Museum's thematic quarterly series, showcases a selection of works by some of Mobile's leading artists. Highlighting the cultural energy that defines Mardi Gras, the exhibit examines the role the arts - fine, performing, and sartorial - play in Mobile's greatest living tradition.
* "An Alphabet of Soldiers, hosted by Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education, is Sunday, March 1, 2020, 4-7 p.m. at Spring Hill Avenue Temple, 1769 Springhill Avenue, Mobile.
* Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education presents" Gulf Coast Shoah Commemoration" on Sunday, April 19, 2020, 7-10 p.m. at Spring Hill Avenue Temple, 1769 Springhill Avenue, Mobile. Arrive early to view student art, posters and poetry. Awards will be presented to collegiate essay competition winners and annual writing and art competition.
** BOOK CLUBS, RECITATIONS, READINGS, BOOK SIGNING,WRITING:
* Mobile Botanical Garden, 5151 Museum Drive, is offering "Elements of Fiction" with Linda Busby on Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. . To register, email, message, or call the office at (251)342-0555 (feel free to leave a message) Learn more here: http://www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org/event/elements-of-fiction-writing/
* On March 3 at 3 p.m., the Movie Tuesday film at Parkway Branch Library will be "47 Meters Down: Caged." In the story, four teenage girls encounter with a deadly shark while diving into the ruins of an underwater city and an unexplored cave system in Brazil. For more information, call 251-494-4454.
* Appearing at the 8th Annual Satsuma Swamp Fest is Saturday, March 7, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. will be writer Linda Sealy Knowles, whose latest novel is Trapped by Love. SwampFest is held on the campus of Satsuma High School.
* On March 9, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Justin Sims will introduce his book "Mr. Mentor" and discuss his life and experiences of growing up in a broken home, but finding the importance of staying strong through adversity, fostering a sense of pride, building self-esteem and giving back to your community. The event will be at Toulminville Branch Library. For more information, call 251-494-4982.
* On March 10, 2-3:30 p.m., A Page in Time Bookclub will meet at West Regional Library to discuss " As Bright As Heaven" by Susan Meissner. The book presents a tale set in 1918 Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic and traces the experiences of a family reeling from the losses of loved ones and changes in their adopted city, a situation that is further shaped by their decision to take in an orphaned infant. For more information, contact Michele Eli at 251-340-8590.
* On March 12, 6 p.m., Ebony Moments Book Club will meet to discuss "More to Life" by RoShonda Tate Billingsley at West Regional Library. Ebony Moments is a book discussion designed to increase the awareness of African-American authors, both past and present, and to promote the love of reading for all. This book, in summary: Freshly forty-five, Aja James knows that her life is good, complete with a loving, wealthy husband, well-adjusted children, and a beautiful home. Yet the truth is, she feels painfully unfulfilled, stuck in the present, haunted by a painful past. When a friend suggests a girls’ trip to a tropical paradise, Aja hopes a change of scene will also change her perspective. For more information, contact Betty Kidd at 251-580-7012.
* On Friday, March 13, 2-4 p.m., Mary S Palmer, author of "Boyington Oak: A Grave Injustice," will be at GulfQuest, 155 S Water Street, Mobile, Alabama. There is limited capacity; reserve a spot on FB page and confirm details to attend.
* April 4, 2 p.m., AHF Road Scholar Richard Bailey, Ph. D. presents "Rock in a Weary Land: The Black Church in 19th Century Alabama" at Ben May Main Library. Admission is free. For more information, call 340-251-1458 or email email@example.com.
BOOK CLUB INFORMATION:
*Chickasaw Christian Book Club meets Saturdays, 6-7:30 p.m. This book club focuses on self-improvement books geared towards renewing the mind and thinking in a better way. The first book to be read will be "Battlefield of the Mind" by Joyce Meyer. Call 251-327-1168 for details.
HEALTH FAIRS/FOOD DRIVES:
* Grand Bay Community Center is hosting "Don't Be Fooled Health and Resource Fair" on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 US Highway 90, Grand Bay. The Fair will dispel some of the misconceptions about health and resources. Various vendors present a variety of topics on organizations and programs for seniors and low income families. Free event with concessions area to purchase snacks or lunch. Fun games for the children to play while adults get valuable information about resources options, plus free health screenings and lots of free gifts. There will also be a Food Drive Kick Off at this event. Director Diana Ankney said, "We plan to collect food throughout the month of April and distribute boxes in May. I will have box registration at the event. This will be for local families and individuals."
* On Monday, March 16th at 1:30 p.m. there will be a Food Handler’s Class at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, Grand Bay. The class is provided by the Mobile County Health Department. Bring $15 cash and photo identification. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to register.
** EVENTS FOR TEENS/CHILDREN/FAMILIES:
On February 29, 10:30 a.m., all children aged 5 and older can come to Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library and learn how to make Clothespin Shark Puppets at Something Special for Saturday. For more information, call 251-494-4132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* On the First Friday of the month, excluding holidays, USA Children's & Women's Hospital's nationally certified car seat technicians from USA Health will inspect car seats to ensure they are properly installed. Select a date and time: Friday, March 6; Friday, April 3 and Friday, May 1, all 9 a.m.-noon. Register online at www.usahealthsystem.com/events. USA Children's & Women's Hospital is at 1700 Center Street.
* The Summer Children’s Program and Art programs need sponsors. Diana Ankney, Site Director, Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, said that "In addition to program materials, we provide, at little or no cost, a lunch for all participants. Our budget to meet all our planning goals, she said, is $2,500." Help make this the best summer for local children. "We need all sponsorships in by May 8th to meet our program goals . . . This year’s focus will include more STEM and E-STEM programming. Summer Children's Program 2020, hosted by Grand Bay Community Center, will be every Wednesday, 10 a.m., June 3-July 22 at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 US Highway 90, Grand Bay.
* The Mobile Museum of Art's Spring Break Art Camp is Monday, March 30-Friday, April 3, 2020. Registration is open. This week-long Spring Break camp for students ages 4 – 13 offers half-day options or full days, with arts and crafts instruction in the morning sessions, and fine art instruction in the afternoon. Cost for the week, MMoA members: Full day=$180; Half day=$110. For non-members, cost is, for Full day=$200 and Half Day $120. Mobile Museum of Art is at 4850 Museum Drive.
* Touch a Truck is coming to Mobile on March 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Boulevard. Touch a Truck is a family-friendly event that offers children a hands-on opportunity to explore a variety of trucks and meet the people who build, protect and serve our community. Children will be allowed to touch, climb aboard, and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe environment. Admission is $20 per car. Proceeds from the event will benefit pediatric cancer at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and Adoption Rocks. Noise-free hour from 10-11 a.m.
* Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama presents the Gulf Coast Children's Book Festival on Thursday, March 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This festival, to be held at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Rd N, is the only children's book festival on the Gulf Coast. Come and enjoy an array of local organizations, emerging authors, illustrators, storytellers, entertainment and costumed book characters. For more information, go to bgcsouthal.org.
* Paris In The Spring Fashion Show, hosted by The Lady Soldiers Ladies Club, is April 11, 2 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Registration is Saturday, February 15, 2020, noon-1:30 p.m. at Mobile West Regional Library, 5555 Grelot Road. The purpose of the fashion show is so the children in the community can have fun, build confidence and
* HOG Chili Cookoff, hosted by Mobile Bay Harley-Davidson, 3260 Pleasant Valley Road, is Saturday, February 29, 2020, noon-3 p.m. Bring your best pot of chili to compete against your fellow riders for bragging rights and a $100 Gift Card. Email Pam at email@example.com to participate! Everyone is invited to join in on the fun!
* The 31st Annual American Cancer Society Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, March 7, 2020, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mardi Gras Park downtown Mobile. Proceeds from Chili-Cook-Off will be used for local educational programs to teach the importance of early detection and prevention; patient services such as transportation, and lifesaving research. To enter: Call the American Cancer Society at (251) 344-9858 or visit our website, mobilechilicookoff.org. To buy tickets: Tickets are $10.00 each at the American Cancer Society Office or $15.00 on the day of the event. For cancer information, call 1-800 - 227-2345 or visit our website at www.cancer.org.
* Dauphin Island Veterans Association (DIVA) Chili Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, March 21 in the west parking lot of Pelican Pub. Tasting begins at noon with a $5 per person donation. Teams should consist of no more than 3 members and the chili cooked on site. Registration fee is $20 per team, $15 if paid by March 11. Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place team.
* The 2020 Downtown Cajun Cook-Off is Saturday, March 28, 2020, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cathedral Square, Mobile. Ticket are $10 and can be purchased at the Child Advocacy Center as well as both Arrow Exterminating locations in Mobile and Baldwin County, Mellow Mushroom Old Shell Rd. and Olensky Brothers Downtown. Ticket prices will be $15 on the day of the event. Ticket can also be purchased online for $13.00 via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/webapps/shoppingcart?flowlogging_id=f99d99497f91e&mfid=1579386855562_f99d99497f91e#/checkout/openButton. CAC asks that if you cannot attend, make a donation to the event to help the Child Advocacy Center. The mission of the CAC is to be the Mobile community response to the problem of child abuse. Abused children are interviewed here by a specialized, trained team of professionals. Children and their non-offending family members are referred for counseling and prepared for the criminal justice process. Also provided are educational and training programs in child abuse awareness and prevention.
* Mobile Police Department 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, April 18, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; the new location is Bienville Square, 150 Dauphin Street, downtown Mobile. The public is invited to taste the best chili in the city – cooked by Mobile police officers. Tickets are $5 per person, and free for children 5 and under. Proceeds benefit the Mobile Law Enforcement Foundation and MPD Crime Prevention Unit. For more information, Southern Sounds BBQ & Bluesfest is scheduled for May 1 and 2 at Loblolly Farm, 9930 Stone Road, Semmes. This BBQ competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Association; for an application, to compete, go to visit www.southernsoundsfest.com. FREE ADMISSION to the public on May 2nd. Gates open at 10 a.m. Live music throughout the day!
* Dauphin Island's Bluegrass/Country Jams are back! So--musicians, grab your banjos and mandolins and head on over to the Little Red School House on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free.
* The Mobile Alumnae of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity presents "Leap Into Music" on February 29 2020, 1-3:30 p.m. at Azalea City Center for the Arts, 63 Midtown Park E. The event is for students kindergarten through 5th grade. No instruments or experience needed, it's just a fun day to explore music together. To register, go th https://saialumnaemobile.yapsody.com/event/index/518371/leap-into-music.
* Mobile Ballet's BEAUTY & THE BEAST is Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 2:30 p.m. All performances are held at the Mobile Civic Center Theater Mobile Ballet, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; VISIT mobileballet.org TO PURCHASE TICKETS! SEASON TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE - 251-342-2241*
* Through original choreography, beautiful sets and ethereal costumes, Classical Ballet of Mobile’s Youth Performance Company and student dancers will present CBM's adaptation of The Secret Garden, the beloved story of love and redemption. There will be two performances: Saturday, March 28, 2 and 7:p.m. at 100 S Carlen Street, Mobile. Tickets are at events.tututix.com.
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* "Black Coffee," written By Agatha Christie and directed by Nedra Bloom, will be playing weekends February 28-March 8, 2020 at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street. The play is described as "A real whodunit! The secret formula for a scientific breakthrough has been stolen from Sir Claud’s country house and now Sir Claud has been poisoned. Was it the great scientist’s son? His lovely young wife? The mysterious foreign doctor? The butler? It takes the wits of Hercule Poirot to find the guilty party." Show dates and times are as follows: February 28, 29 and March 6, 7, 7:30 p.m. and March 1, 8, 2 p.m.
* James Bond 007 in "Tomorrow Never Dies" is coming to Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library at 5:30 p.m. February 28th. The film begins at a terrorist arms bazaar somewhere on the Russian border. MIG has sent James Bond into the field to survey trades and purchases by the terrorists. One terrorist identified, Henry Gupta, has purchased an American GPS encoder. Upon viewing the evidence of these transactions taking place Admiral Roebuck orders a missile strike upon the position, however, it later transpires that the terrorists have a Soviet nuclear torpedo setup on a plane. For more information, call 251-494-4132.
* Auditions for "Beauty and the Beast" will be held this spring at Mobile's Playhouse-in-the-Park, 4851 Museum Drive, on Monday and Wednesday, March 2 and 4, 2020 from 6:30-8 p.m. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing a 30-second song of their choice, and to be prepared for a short dance audition. Auditions are open to ages six through mid-20's, and a large cast is needed. This ORIGINAL PLAYHOUSE MUSICAL will run during the months of April and May, 2020. For further information, please contact Danny Mollise at firstname.lastname@example.org or (251) 422-5434
* "Sister Act" is playing at Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 Carlen Street on weekends, Friday, March 20-Sunday, April 5, 2020. For ticket and other information, see http://www.joejeffersonplayers.com
* Chickasaw March Market Day 2020 is Saturday, March 7th, 9 a.m.-noon at Chickasaw Housing Authority, 604 Dumont Street, Chickasaw. Look for local vendors with local goods for sale.
* Winter Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens and Home run through February 26, 2020. Every year, Bellingrath Gardens and Home hosts special programs during the winter months. Each workshop covers a special feature of the Gardens or Home, tips for making your garden more spectacular, or guest lectures from renowned members of the horticultural and gardening world. On February , the session is "Camellia Waxing."
* Bellingrath Gardens is hosting the Mobile Area Orchid Society’s 43rd Annual Orchid Show and Sale from Friday, February 28, through Sunday, March 1. Mobile Area Orchid Society members will display their best orchids and will be available to answer questions and provide tips on growing and caring for these exotic plants. The show will include vendors selling orchids, supplies and accessories. Guests will also want to explore the new spring merchandise in the Bellingrath Gift Shop.There is no charge to attend the Orchid Show and Sale, but guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens and Home during their visit.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens Longleaf Pine Forest Free Music Event (registration required; see event site) is Friday, March 6th, 6-8 p.m. The public is invited to come explore Mobile Botanical Garden's 35-acre Longleaf Forest in a whole new way! MBG has partnered with MindTravel to be the exclusive location in Mobile for their 70 City MindTravel SilentHike Tour Across North America in 2020. Explore your city in a whole new way and allow yourself to be carried away by a deep feeling of freedom and connection with MindTravel SilentWalk. This music-driven experience is a new way to practice walking meditation while fostering a greater connection to the world around us, to each other and to yourself. This magical Live-to-Headphones + SilentWalk journey is led by MindTravel creator and composer, Murray Hidary.
* Keep Mobile Beautiful is launching a Website and Festival to Celebrate Azaleas. A map of the trail can be found on the website along with a master calendar of all spring activities. Visitors can enjoy self guided tours, guided tours and discounts at many area attractions and hotels. An opening ceremony will kick off the festivities March 12, highlighted by the painting of the cannon at the loop. To see the full schedule go to Mobileazaleatrailfestival.com.
* Check out this Snowbird Special: Save on Gardens-and-Home tickets in January and February with Bellingrath Gardens & Home Snowbird Special. The discount allows you to tour the Gardens and the Home at a reduced price. Snowbird Special Gardens and Home ticket prices: Adult Gardens and Home ticket: $19.00 (Regular price: $22.00) Child Gardens and Home ticket (ages 5-12): $13.00 (Regular price: $14.00) Children ages 4 and younger: Free.*
* Gulf Coast Herb Society's Herb Garden Work Day, hosted by Gulf Coast Herb Society, is Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive. From organizers: "Bring your tools for the Herb Garden work day and let’s get everything spiffy for Herb Day 2020. We are also planning for the big upcoming event. Please come out and lend a hand and your ideas."
* Preview Party for Plantasia Spring Plant Sale is Thursday, March 19, 4-7 p.m. at MBG, 5151 Museum Drive. Get the first pick of the plants at the Thursday Plantasia Preview Party and Sale. The event is catered by Georgia Roussos and features live music; it's a party for plant lovers. The plant list will be posted on event site two weeks prior to the sale. Tickets will available beginning February 19th. Regular Plant Sale Hours: Friday, March 20 from 9-4, Saturday, March 21 from 9-4 and Sunday, March 22 from 11-4.
* Get the best tomato varieties for the Gulf Coast! "TomatoPalooza! 2020" at Mobile Botanical Gardens is Friday, March 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, March 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at MBG, 5151 Museum Drive, Mobile. Order online beginning Feb 24th. Pick up tomatoes from the MarketPlace during MBG Spring Plant Sale, March 19-22 (ticketed Preview Party and Sale, March 19, 4-7 p.m..) Additional tomatoes will be available at the Plant Sale, but to guarantee your selection, be sure to pre-order.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens's Plantasia Spring Plant Sale is Friday, March 20, 9 a.m.; Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m. and Sunday, March 22, 11 a.m.
* Environmental Studies Center's Open House, 6101 Girby Road is Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. 6101 Girby Road. With the title of "Spring Open House--Loving Our Coast the Most!" the event has as its theme environmental awareness, showcasing all of the ways our community can promote healthy coastal ecosystems. Parking will be at Burns Middle School with two shuttles running continuously. Come hungry as food will be available for purchase.
* "Spring Seedball Planting PaRtY!, presented by Public Pollinator Project is Sunday, March 29, 2020, 9 a.m. at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard. About PPP: This is a Mobile, Alabama based community organization, brought together in the interest of protecting our coastal pollinators and helping them thrive. Members will be working alongside many other community groups and institutions, including 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, Mobile Botanical Gardens, Keep Mobile Beautiful, Dog River Clearwater Revival, The Peninsula of Mobile, Osprey Initiative, Eslava Creek Yak Club, and many more. PPP will be enlisting valuable, and much needed volunteer help in the cause, as well as promoting future education through participation from many of the area schools, and children’s programs.
* See what's in bloom at Mobile Botanical Gardens. Join the WinterGarden Tour at the Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive at 1 p.m. on Fridays through March 20. Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, is featuring WinterGarden Tours every Friday at 1 p.m. (weather permitting) Admission is $5 per person 12 and older; free with General Admission. Last admission is at 3 p.m.
* "Community Cat Care: Bottle Babies" is hosted by Alabama Contemporary Art Center and Mobile Cat Society on Saturday, February 29, 2020, 2-3:30 p.m. Pet Lovers, Are you looking to arm yourself with the knowledge that can save lives? Attend the Mobile Cat Society’s FREE Bottle Feeding Class, which includes the kitten basics, cleanliness, bottle feeding, care, and how YOU can put this knowledge to use and get involved with your local community.
* On February 29, 1:30-3:30 p.m., the Mobile County Health Department will be at 1011 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island Town Hall for a $10 Weekend Rabies Clinic. The Mobile County Health Department provides low cost rabies shots for dogs, cats and ferrets during weekend clinics that are good for one year. $10. All rabies shots are payable in cash.
* Circle this Date on your calendar: Mobile Chocolate Festival to benefit Penelope House for victims of domestic violence is Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Abba Shrine, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile. This is a Family Fun event - $3 general admission, $2 for seniors 65 and older; Seniors 65 & above, Children 13 and under are free. Proceeds benefit Penelope House, whose mission is to provide safety, protection, and support to the victims of Domestic Violence and their children through the provision of shelter, advocacy, and individual and community education.
* The 17th Annual Azalea Festival is March 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mary G Montgomery High School. The event is sponsored by Semmes Chamber of Commerce. For more information, go to www.semmeschamber.org or email email@example.com.
* The 2nd Annual Dauphin Island Native American Festival, presented by Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, is Saturday, March 21, 2020, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fort Gaines, 51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. Dauphin Island Native American Festival is a celebration of the cultures that existed in the Alabama coastal region in the 1700s through the early 1800s, the festival will feature live storytelling and hands-on demonstrations of Native American foodways, recreational activities and arts and crafts. Tickets include both the Festival and a tour of Fort Gaines and are $6 for ages 5-12 and $12 for ages 13 and up. Advance tickets can be purchased online at https://dauphinislandarts.networkforgood.com/events/18565-dauphin-island-native-american-festival, at Dauphin Island Gallery or at Fort Gaines. Tickets will also be on sale at Fort Gaines the day of the event.
** CAR SHOWS:
* The 3rd Annual Surge Church Car Show and Chili Cook Off, Sunday, March 1, 2020, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. will be at Surge Church, 2900 Dawes Road. All proceeds to go to the Surge Youth Ministry.
* The 2nd Annual Camp Grace Car Show, at Camp Grace, 11081 Wanda Drive, is Saturday, March 28, 2020, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The car show is being combined with the Yellow Day Festival. There will be activities going on this day. Camp Grace invites: "Come out and enjoy the beautiful Camp Grace grounds; bring your favorite show vehicle." Spectators enter free. Vehicle fee is $20 per entry and $20 for multiple entries. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/car-show-at-camp-grace-tickets-89241107555?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-source=strongmail&utm-term=listing or contact Jeff Russell, 251-591-1451.
* Save the Date: The 27th Annual Camellia Classic Open Show on Saturday, April 18, 2020, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. will be held at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore. If pre-registered, check in at the gate then get your forms and goodie bag at the registration tent inside the Gardens on the Great Lawn. If not pre-registered, pay at the gate and register inside at the blue and white registration tent. All registration ends at 11:15 a.m.; judging is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with awards presentation at 2:30 p.m. Spectators must enter through Bellingrath Gardens and will get $1 off admission if they bring a canned good donation for Feeding the Gulf Coast Food Bank. This year's other Charity of Choice will be United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile. This is a Rain or Shine event. Applications will be mailed out soon and will also be found on our website: www.mobilebaymustangclub.org and PayPal will be accepted online. Checks or cash only day of show.
* The "Secret Garden Tea," hosted by Classical Ballet of Mobile, is Sunday, March 8, 2020, 2-4 p.m. at Stewartfield, 4307 Old Shell Road. The event, for ages 5 and older, is presented to celebrate the March 28 Premiere Performance of Classical Ballet's "The Secret Garden." Tickets are at classicalballetmobile.org; seating is limited. For more details, visit https://classicalballetmobile.org.
* "Be Our Guest" Soiree, hosted by Mobile Ballet and The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is Sunday, March 15; 12:30 and 4 p.m. seatings available. The event is at Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. Tickets are $35 per person at www.mobileballet.org or call 251-342-2241.
* On Saturday, March 28, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Ina Pullen Smallwood Memorial Library, 224 Grant Street, Chickasaw, is hosting Tea & Poetry with the Mad Hatter. The invitation: You're invited to a attend a tea party with the Mad Hatter and friends at the library! The Hatter has plenty of wacky games, riddles, songs, jokes and snacks galore to share. So hurry; you don't want to be late. Feel free to come dressed as your favorite Wonderland character.
* The Annual Spring Tea Fundraiser at Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, 1906 Springhill Avenue is Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 1-4 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy delicious treats, the Mansion's signature tea and an informal look at one of Mobile’s most iconic antebellum homes, the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. Proceeds from the event will benefit the on-going restoration and operation of the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. For information, contact a staff member at the Mansion, 251-471-6364. Ticket sales begin February 18 through Brown Paper Tickets. Seating is limited.
Easter Sunrise Service at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park is Sunday, April 12, 2020, 6:30-8 a.m. The public is invited to celebrate Easter on the grounds of Battleship Memorial Park for the annual Sunrise Service. Government Street Baptist Church is the host church. The service is in the recreational area adjacent to our bow. Admission is free.
Chickasaw Senior Adult Lunch Outing is Friday, March 6, at Wintzell’s Downtown. Call Stephanie Stewart, 251-452-6464 for details/reservations.
Mobile SPCA Giant Spring Rummage Sale is March 13 and March 14, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at 620 Zeigler Circle W (near the Fairgrounds.)
On Friday, March 13, 2-4 p.m., Mary S Palmer, author "Boyington Oak: A Grave Injustice," will be at GulfQuest, 155 S Water Street, Mobile, Alabama. There is limited capacity; reserve a spot on FB page and confirm details to attend.
Want to learn about one of Mobile's most enduring and sensational mysteries? From 2-4 pm on March 13th, come listen to local author Mary S. Palmer discuss her latest creative nonfiction work, "Boyington Oak: A Grave Injustice." Her book discussion will also include a one-act play, original folk music, and complimentary wine/refreshments.
Event is FREE and open to the public. Reserve spots via Facebook, get email confirmation. Capacity is 70.
MEDIA RELEASE for The Boyington Oak - Memorial Service
Alabama legend holds that when 19-year-old Charles R.S. “Robert” Boyington was hanged for murder in Mobile in 1835, he maintained his innocence to the end. He predicted that an oak tree would grow over his grave, a product of the truth in his heart. Grow it did in the Potter’s Field of Mobile’s Church Street Graveyard. What became known as The Boyington Oak has weathered nearly two centuries of growth, wars, and hurricanes, and stands to this day.
Boyington was given no funeral services and, in the years since, evidence has arisen that throws his guilt into question. Mobile author Mary S. Palmer wants to right these injustices. Palmer’s book, Boyington Oak: A Grave Injustice, details the story. She is active in efforts to obtain a posthumous pardon for Boyington and will hold a public Memorial Service for him on Friday, March 13 at the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum on the Gulf of Mexico in Mobile.
Boyington’s hanging was the occasion of a carnival-like procession down Mobile’s Government Street. He was afforded no eulogy at his burial, and only his fiancée, Rose de Fleur, attended as a mourner. In the years since his death, procedural issues and new evidence have cast doubt on his conviction - one juror expressed his belief, before the trial, that Boyington was guilty, while another was not a U.S. citizen; and two associates of both Boyington and the victim made deathbed confessions to the killing years after the crime.
Palmer said, “Two things haunted me while researching this case, and they still do. First is Boyington’s youth. How horrible it is to be denied a life at such a young age. Second, Charles claimed innocence. He said, ‘Sooner or later, I’ll be vindicated.’ It’s later, much later, and I hope his statement comes true and he’s posthumously pardoned.”
The memorial service, which is free and open to the general public, will include remarks from Palmer, a eulogy (with special guests), a book signing and special music composed for the occasion, all taking place at GulfQuest. Light refreshments will be served. The service will then retrace the route of Boyington’s “parade” to the gallows, down Government Street, to Serda Brewing for an informal get-together with Palmer, actors, and the service’s participants (food and beverage available for purchase). This will be followed by the short trip to the Boyington Oak for a wreath-laying.
Education Manager of GulfQuest Alana Frost is looking forward to the occasion. She said, “I’m excited that GulfQuest is going to be part of this event. In some ways, the tale of Charles Boyington is emblematic of Mobile’s dark, rich, and layered past. Modern day residents often forget that the Port City was once at the periphery of America, an exotic frontier that attracted fortune-seekers, dreamers, and even exiled nobility. In Mary S. Palmer’s book, we find all of the elements of a good story: the charismatic upstart Charles Boyington, his forbidden love to the wealthy Rose De Fleur, the mysterious murder of his best friend Nathaniel Frost, and then a rushed miscarriage of justice that forced Boyington to an early grave.”
What: Memorial Service for Charles R.S. “Robert” Boyington
When: Friday, March 13, 2020 beginning 2:00 PM
Where: GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico
155 N. Water St., Mobile, AL 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Light refreshments served
Serda Brewing 600 Government St., Mobile, AL 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. (Food/drink available for purchase)
The Boyington Oak S. Bayou St., 1/2 block west of Government St. Mobile, AL 4:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open to the Public, Family-friendly.
For more information contact Mary S. Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org