A Silent Auction begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $65 per person; Tables of 10 start at $600. For ticket information, call 251-473-4000 or visit http://www.savalifemobile.org/Pages/Celebration-Banquet/
Women's Resource Center Celebration Banquet 2018 is Tuesday, March 13, 5-9 p.m. at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center
The Women's Resource Center Celebration Banquet 2018 is Tuesday, March 13, 5-9 p.m. at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, 1 S Water Street, Mobile.
A Silent Auction begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $65 per person; Tables of 10 start at $600. For ticket information, call 251-473-4000 or visit http://www.savalifemobile.org/Pages/Celebration-Banquet/
A Living History Crew Drill is scheduled at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, Saturday, February 3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m
A Living History Crew Drill is scheduled at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway, on Saturday, February 3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m
See history come alive with WWII Living History Crew. These historical re-enactors will be aboard both the USS ALABAMA and USS DRUM demonstrating what life is like during wartime. Be sure to be on the deck of the USS ALABAMA at 1 p.m. for Call to Battle Stations as vintage airplanes attack the ship. (Planes fly based on the weather) Find tickets at www.ussalabama.com..
Halfway Home family shelter is in urgent need of help. The organization and its programs are not not federally or state funded, so daily expenses (utilities, for example) are "completely out of pocket," said Director Lynn Rogers Harbison. While there is always a need at the family shelter, the pressing one involves changes and improvements that need to be made "to bring our facility up to code and keep our doors open."
Harbison said that first, the shelter needs an architect, but improvements also include a sprinkler system, fire escape, hard-wired smoke detectors and a suppression system over stove.
"If you know anyone in these fields of expertise or line of work, please contact us. Plans must be submitted by February 5th, Harbison said. The shelter is at 14021 S. Wintzell Ave, Bayou La Batre. A go-fund-me site for the facility is at https://www.gofundme.com/halfwayhome2
Jon Charles Coster is starting a Saraland Mardi Gras Association. The group is hoping to Parade in 2019. The organization is open to whoever wants to join at this point. For information, call Coster at 251-455-0109 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Special occasions, galas, fundraisers and fun:
* At the January 17 Bellingrath Gardens and Home's Winter Wednesday session, environmental reporter and filmmaker Ben Raines will describe the secrets of an ancient underwater cypress forest recently discovered south of Alabama's Gulf Shores in the Gulf of Mexico.The Winter Wednesdays sessions are held each week in the Magnolia Room from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. through February 28. Admission to the program is included in the regular Gardens admission, and guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens after the session. Registration is requested: To register, call 251.459.8864.
* Coming up at Mobile Public Library is "Resources for Veterans - Tips & Information" Wednesday, January 17, 10-11 a.m. at Theodore Oaks Branch, 5808 Highway 90 West, Suite E. For more information, call 251-653-5012.
* Join NEST on Thursday, January 18th to learn how to build a team of volunteers to mentor at-risk youth and families in our community. Contact the NEST office at (251) 604-3131 or email@example.com for more information or to RSVP.
* The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation will host an exclusive Discovery Series for the Friends of the Sea Lab in 2018. Proceeds from the Friends of the Sea Lab are used to fund activities and projects at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, such as: Marine Research, Fisheries Research, Campus Development, Estuarium Additions, Education Programs K5-Post graduate, and Foundation Endowment. The first event is set for Friday, January 19 with Dr. Jun Ebersole of the McWane Science Center in Birmingham. Join Dr. Ebersole on a journey back to Alabama’s prehistoric past to learn about the Sea Monsters of Alabama and the current paleontological research taking place in the state. You're encouraged to bring your own Alabama fossils for Dr. Ebersole to identify. Learn how to become a Friend of the Sea Lab at sealabfoundation.org.
* St. Mary's 2nd Annual Steak Out is Saturday, January 20, 2018, 6-10 p.m. This adults-only dinner party features a steak-cooking competition and live music. All proceeds benefit St. Mary Catholic School. For more
* Finale' Kids & Teens Coastal Fashion Week 2018 will be Sunday, January 21, 2018, 6:30-9 p.m. at Fuse Factory, 200 Government Street, 4th Floor, Mobile. Tickets are available at www.coastalfashionweek.com.
* Young Professionals of Mobile (YoPro) January Social is Tuesday, January 23, 6-8 p.m. at Serda Brewing Company, 600 Government Street, Mobile. All members of YoPro Mobile will receive free entry into the event and one drink ticket sponsored by the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center Junior Advisory Board.
* A Bienville Square Public Workshop will be held Wednesday, January 24, 6-8 p.m. To help create a vision for the future of Bienville Square, Carbo Landscape Architecture will be leading a public workshop to gather input into making Bienville Square a truly great public space. The workshop will be held at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce with free parking behind the building
* "Autographs 4 Amber" is Friday, January 26, 7-9 p.m. at Via! 1717 Dauphin Street. Admission is a donation of $10 at the door. Event includes autographs by Alabama, Auburn and other players, raffles and a silent auction.
* Green Coast Council's Sustainability Summit, hosted by Alabama Coastal Foundation, will be Friday, January 26, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the University of South Alabama Main Campus Student Center, Mobile. Ticket information can be found at www.joinacf.org. Registration costs are as follows: $20- Students; $45- Green Coast Council Members; $55- Individuals; Register: https://www.joinacf.org/donate. Registration is required at
* Citizens for a Better Grand Bay Community Breakfast is Saturday January 27. Coffee and chat is at 8:30 a.m.with breakfast at 9 a.m. The event is held at Grand Bay St. Elmo Senior/Community Center, 11610 Highway 90. An $8 donation is appreciated.
* Semmes Camellia Festival is January 27, 2018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, Semmes First Baptist Church, 4070 Wulff Road, Semmes.
* "A Day in the Life of a Confederate Soldier," hosted by Alabama Civil War Heritage Trails, is Saturday, January 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fort Gaines Historic Site, 51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. The event is "a living history day for the whole family." Blacksmith demonstrations will take place all day in the fort’s Blacksmith Shop. There will be demonstrations of military drills and training, as well as the firing of the cannon and other daily duties. The fort’s Museum and Gift Shop will also be open. Admission for adults (ages 13+) is $8; children aged 5-12 enter for $4. For more information, call 251-861-6992 or visit http://dauphinisland.org/
* Renasant Bank will be the title sponsor of "Cuisine for Kids," a fundraiser to benefit the Child Advocacy Center. The event is on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Area restaurants will participate by donating a portion of their proceeds to the CAC to help fund much needed services for children who have been sexually abused or severely physically abused. A wide variety of cuisine will be offered. Sponsors include Budweiser-Busch Distributing Company and WKSJ Radio. Those who would like to become a sponsor or have their restaurant participate or for more information, call the CAC at 251-432-1101.
* On February 24, 2018, Tristan de Luna Chapter of the DAR will host a genealogy workshop with Elizabeth Wells, former Special Collection Librarian at Samford University. The event will be at West Regional Branch Mobile Public Library. Cost is $35 per person (includes lunch.) For more information, contact Susan Crowson, 251-438-4739 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* On March 22, 2018, the Mobile Career Center will be host the 2018 Mobile Veterans Job Fair ( MVJF) in conjunction with Region 7 of Alabama. Hundreds of qualified applicants will be on hand to fill current vacancies; businesses arfe encouraged to sign up now to reserve a station. There is no cost to vendors, but they must pre-register by February 22. For more information, contact Marcus Brown, Local Veterans Employment Representive, at 515 Springhill Plaza Ct., Mobile; 251 461 4448 or Marcus.email@example.com.
Mardi Gras news:
* Dauphin Island Dauphin Island People's Parade is Saturday, January 20, 1 p.m.
* Alabama Coastal Foundation is encouraging Mobilians to "Volunteer to Enhance the Celebration of Mobile’s Mardi Gras through Recycling." This the 5th year for this relevant issue; contact vlonga@joinACF.org or call 251-990-6002.
* Mobile Arc, a non-profit agency that provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will hold its 36th Annual “Reveling Cavaliers” Mardi Gras Parade on Thursday, February 8 with line-up beginning at 1 p.m. The event takes place at Gordon Smith Center, 2424 Gordon Smith Drive in Mobile. The theme will be “Superheroes.” For more information, contact Ashley Babb, APR at 251.665.9634 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* American Cancer Society's 29th Annual Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, March 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mardi Gras Park, 104-148 South Royal Street. The Cook-Off promises to be a day of food, fun and live entertainment where teams compete to see who can cook up the best chili in Mobile and the town's "hottest" charity event. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com. Proceeds from Chili Cook-Off will be used for programs to teach the importance of early detection and prevention; patient services such as transportation, prosthetics and life-saving research.
* The Mobile Police Department 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off is a family-fun event to be held Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Cathedral Square Downtown Mobile, 300 Conti Street. Teams of police officers will compete against each other with their best chili recipes. The MPD Chili Cook-Off is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person, and free for children under 5. Tickets can be purchased at police headquarters, 2460 Government Blvd, or at the Downtown Mobile Alliance, 261 Dauphin Street. For ticket information, call Lt. Kay Taylor, MPD Crime Prevention, at 251-454-2346. Proceeds benefit the Mobile Police Foundation and Crime Prevention Unit.
Events for Children and Teens:
* Registration is open for Discovery Hall Programs/summer camps at Dauphin Island Sea Lab. See blog joannemcknight.com for a list of camps and activities. For more information, go to DHPSummer@disl.org.
* The Semmes Camellia Maids Program is looking for girls in the 6th through 11th grade who live in the Semmes area and are interested in representing Semmes Heritage Park at many events and activities. Some of the events that Camellia Maids attend are Semmes Camellia Festival, Semmes Heritage Day, Semmes Old-Fashioned Christmas, Semmes Christmas Parade, Azalea Festival, Honor Park Celebrations, Semmes Christmas Tour and other events. The deadline for applying is March 31. For more information and application, go to Semmes Heritage Park Facebook page and send a message for an application.
Chambers of Commerce:
* The monthly SouthWest Coffee with the Chamber is Tuesday, January 16 at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. The event is 7:30-8:30 a.m.; it's free for SWMCC members and $5 for potential members. Guests are encouraged to bring business cards, do a little networking and enjoy early-morning coffee.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Banquet honoring Percy Harris, 2017 COY will be Friday, January 26, 2018 at 6:30-9 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center. Reservations are required, $20 per person and can be made by calling the Chamber office at 251.666.2488.
* Semmes Chamber of Commerce is taking orders for Gourmet Chocolate-Covered Apples--just in time for Valentines Day. Price is $7 each. Call the Chamber at 251-660-4808 for information or to place an order.
* On Saturday, January 27, visitors to historic Fort Gaines can experience a day in the life of a Civil War Soldier. There will be cannon and rifle firings, drill and blacksmith demonstrations, open hearth cooking and more throughout the day.
* Conde-Charlotte Museum Learning Lunch, hosted by Alabama Civil War Heritage Trails, will be Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from noon until 1 p.m. The History Museum of Mobile is at 111 S Royal St, Mobile. Admission to this event is free; for information, call 251-208-7569 or visit www.historymuseumofmobile.com/
* The Mobile Arts Council's Arty Awards event is Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6-8 p.m. at The Steeple on St. Francis, 251 St. Francis Street in downtown Mobile. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com. Fee includes food, live music and two drink tickets. Advance tickets will be on sale until Friday, January 12 at midnight. Those attending can save $10 by purchasing advance tickets, in person, at Mobile Arts Council or online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3164270.
* Mobile SketchCrawl at B&B Pet Stop is Saturday, January 20, 2-6 p.m. at B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road. SketchCrawls are free for participating artists and the public. Bring sketching materials and meet and greet with other local artists (and some awesome animals) Images of the artwork produced will be posted at the end of the evening on the Mobile SketchCrawl page. Those planning to attend should RSVP to Lucy Gafford at email@example.com by January 12th.
* The Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile is hosting the work of artist Nicholas Tisdale in an exhibit called “Excised” in the Donald Gallery on campus through January 31. An artist talk will be held with Tisdale on January 25 at 11 a.m. with a reception following. Both the exhibit and artist talk are free and open to the public. For information about the show or visual art programs at University of Mobile, contact Phillip Counselman, associate professor of art, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251.442.2283.
* Cathedral Square Art Gallery ART Clinic 2018 is Wednesday, January 31, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Gallery, 612 Dauphin Street, downtown Mobile. ART Clinic 2018 (First in a series of Art Talks for artists of all kinds) will feature speaker Dr. Paige Vitulli, Interim Chair Department of Integrated Studies, University of South Alabama, "The Power of Art"; Guest Artist & Presenter, Cat Pope, Oil Painter & Adventure Maker; Live Painting Demos by Devlin Wilson and Adam Underwood. Cost is $5 for non CSG Members
* Mobile Botanical Gardens' Botanical Art III - Working with Watercolor will be on Fridays, February 2-March 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive. . Class fee is $125 for members and $150 for non-members. For more information, go to www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org.
Book Clubs, readings, book signings, storytelling, recitations:
* The Reader’s Choice Book Club will meet Tuesday, January 16, 1 p.m. West Regional Branch Library, 5555 Grelot Road. The discussion will be "Manhattan Beach," a novel by Jennifer Egan. For more information, call 251-208-7097.
* Bayside Book Club will meet Thursday, January 18, 6 p.m. at Parkway Branch Library, 1924-B Dauphin Island Parkway. This month's topic of discussion is "The Orphan Master's Son" by Ada Johnson. For more information, call Betty Fowler at 251-476-2600 or 251-208-7097.
* The "Classics Revisited" Book Club will meet Monday, January 29, 6:30 p.m. at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. Under discussion will be "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L’Engle. For more information, 251-208-7902.
* "Writing Nature Prose and Poetry Class" at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, will be on Wednesdays, January 24-February 28 at 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost to members is $125; for non-members, the fee is $150. This 6-week introductory class will be taught by Gail Gehlken and Poet Laureate of Alabama Emerita, Sue B. Walker. For more information, see www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org.
* The 30th Annual Burns Supper, hosted by Scottish Society of Mobile, will be Saturday, January 20, 6-9 p.m. at Blacksher Hall, 1056 Government Street. Limited seating is available with the venue so get make reservations in early. For more information, see the Society's Facebook page or info@ScottishSocietyofMobile.org.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens's "Can You Dig It?: A Practical Gardening Class," is every Thursday, January 25-March 1 at 6:30 p.m. at MBG, 5151 Museum Drive. Tickets are available at mbgrebloomshop.com; cost is $125 for members and $150 for non-members.
Runs, Walks and paddles:
* "The Charity Chase 2018" will be held on Saturday, January 27, 8-10 a.m. at the University of South Alabama. The Fun Run (3/4 mile) will begin at 8 a.m. with the 5K (the Swamp Loop) to follow at 8:15. Tickets are available at Eventbrite. Sales end on January 26, 11:30 p.m. The Charity Chase 5K is described as Mobile's premier joint-charity fundraising event, in which participants can race for their favorite local charity and "win additional donations for your favorite nonprofit by winning overall or placing in your age division."
* The 2018 Joe Cain Classic 5K Run, 1-Mile Run and Moonpie Dash is coming up Sunday, February 11, 8-11 a.m. Participants, convene at Broad and Canal streets, Mobile.
A few senior events:
* The Grand Bay Senior Activity Program is Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Seniors aged 60 and older enjoy aot lunch served daily at 11:30 a.m. daily activities, with lots of coffee and conversation. Bingo is Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, noon -1 p.m. For information, call Diana Ankney at 251-865-4010. Volunteers are welcome.
* Our Lady of Lourdes Knights of Columbus and Parkway Senior Citizen Foundation, Inc. are hosting the 8th Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, January 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall on Boykin Boulevard. The event is a fundraiser for Parkway Senior Center (SAIL.
* Celebrate Our Seniors" Luncheon is Thursday, January 18, 11:30 a.m. at Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street. The event is open to the public; admission is $50 per person. For tickets or more information, call 251-470-5229.
* Members at Connie Hudson Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, will celebrate January birthdays at noon on Friday the 26th.
* On Friday, February 2, 6-9 p.m., Seniors at Connie Hudson Center will hold a Mardi Gras Dance. There'll be gumbo King Cake and lots of fun. Tickets are $8.
Music, Music, Music!
* University of Mobile's Piano Festival is a year-long series of special events spotlighting the Alabama School of the Arts’ undergraduate and graduate programs in piano performance. Each event is open to public and free of charge. For more information about an event, contact Shadoe Valentin at email@example.com or 251.442.2383.
* Azalea City Harmony invites the public to Open House, Tuesday, January 16, 5-9 p.m. at Mobile Christian School, 5900 Cottage Hill Road. The organization's message to area women is "Ladies, are you looking for a new hobby, looking to make new friends; or looking for something fun to do on Tuesday evenings? It's a New Year and we are searching for ladies to join Azalea City Harmony Chorus, singing a Capella 4-part harmony. If you can carry a tune, we can teach you the rest in a fun, loving, and friendly atmosphere. Our Sweet Adelines Global Open House is 7:00 pm, Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Regular rehearsals 7:00 pm Tuesday's at Mobile Christian School, 5900 Cottage Hill Rd., in the Leopard's Den." The mission of Sweet Adelines is focused on educating and acknowledging exceptional a cappella singers, in the barbershop style, and their successful leadership locally and internationally.
* Gulf Coast Steinway Society's 3rd Music Competition is Saturday, January 20, 9 a.m. at the University of Mobile, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile. Ticket information is at www.gulfcoaststeinwaysociety.org.
* The Mobile Symphony Orchestra (MSO) offers an exciting new take on one of classical music’s biggest hits – Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – Saturday, January 20, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, January 21, at 2:30 p.m., at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile. The concert features violinist Chee-Yun. For more information, see www.mobilesymphony.org.
* "MOJO Jazz Jambalaya--Stevie Wonder: Soul Jazz" is Monday, January 22, 6:30 p.m. in Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. MOJO (Mystic Order of Jazz Obsessed) brings its Jazz Jambalaya to the Library. Enjoy an evening of live jazz, celebrating the music of Stevie Wonder, featuring The Cedric Brooks Project. Tickets can be purchased at the door; $10 for members, $15 for guests and $12 for students/Military with ID. For more information, go to www.mojojazz.org/. For more information, please call 251-209-3559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stage and film:
* The "Titanic Film Festival" at the History Museum of Mobile, 111 S. Royal Street, will be every Thursday through January 25, 2018 at 7 p.m. Admission is $5; members enter free. The films, sponsored by: Olde Mobile Antiques Gallery, include the following movies: January 18: Ghosts of the Abyss (2003); James Cameron and Bill Paxton, director and actor of the 1997 film Titanic, travel to the final undersea resting place of the ill-fated ship of dreams and January 25: A Night to Remember (1958) Starring Kenneth Moore and directed by Roy Baker, on its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean. For more information on the Titanic Film Festival, contact our Marketing and Events Manager, Gavin Snyder at email@example.com.
* Playing at the Crescent Theatre is "The Shape of Water." Check time schedule at Crescent online site. Ticket information is at https://www.brownpapertickets.com.
* Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, presents Neil Simon's "Fools" continues its run through January 20th. Remaining show dates and times are as follows: January 19, 20, @ 7:30 p.m. and Jaunary 21, @ 2 p.m. The play is directed by Josh Jack Carl. Ticket information is at cctshows.com
* Video auditions for Joe Jefferson Players production of "Cabaret" will be accepted through Tuesday, January 16 at 7 p.m. Music is by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, based on a book by Joe Masteroff. The play will be directed by Eric C. Browne; choreography by Rebecca Howard; musical direction will be announced.
* "August: Osage County" will be playing at Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen Street on the following remaining dates: January 19, 20, 26 27 p.m. and January 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. Ticket information is at joejeffersonplayers.com. The play will be directed by Cathy Bouler.
* Auditions for "A Comedy of Tenors" at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street will be held January 15 and January 16, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the theatre.like Chickasaw Civic Theatre. Show dates will be March 2-4, 9-11; the play will be directed by Leonora Harrison.
* "Assassins" opens Friday, January 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 N Lafayette Street. Friday January 19th, is opening night and the Mobile Premier of Stephen Sondheim's "ASSASSINS" at the Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 N. Lafayette Street. The play runs weekends through January 28. Get tickets at https://squareup.com/store/mobile-theatre-guild/
* "Mobile Jewish Film Festival - An Act of Defiance" is Wednesday, January 24, 7 p.m. in Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. Admission is $8 and $6 for students and seniors. For further information or to make reservations, contact the Mobile Area Jewish Federation at 251-343-7197 or mobilejewishfederation.org.
* Auditions for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" to be performed at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, will be held January 28-January 29, 7 p.m. Rehearsals will begin in mid-February. Performances will be May 11-27, 2018. A large cast is needed. For more information, call Nedra Bloom at 251.661.9669 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The Playhouse in the Park presents SchoolFest Performances of “The Miracle Worker” February 22 and 23 and March 1 and 2, Thursdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Admission is $8 for students and chaperones; teachers are admitted free. The play is recommended for students in grades three through twelve. Contact Pamela Mollise at 251-422-0079 to book seats for classes. All performances will be at the Playhouse-in-the-Park, 4851 Museum Drive (across from the Mobile Museum of Art) in Mobile
Thanks, Good Job, Congratulations, Good News Department:
* Way to Go, Local 119! On Friday, December 8, 2017, the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 119 (Local 119) made a very special delivery to Via Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center (VIA). For their annual Christmas service project, the members of Local 119 voted to sponsor VIA's Christmas party. They provided four whole hams and six turkeys. Volunteers also served lunch to the members of GrandFriends (an adult day-care program for elderly adults with dementia, special cognitive, or physical needs funded by UWSWA. In 2016, 36 adults participated in structured, supervised activities in a safe, affordable environment.)
* Congratulations AND Good Job! According to Mobile Police Department Public Affairs Officer Charlette Solis, Charles Dewberry of Precinct 2 was awarded "Officer of the Month" for December 2017. He was honored January 10, 2018 at a luncheon sponsored by Midtown Optimist Club. Dewberry has been a police officer for four years in patrol for Precinct 2 and has fulfilled his duties honorably. In addition, in December, he held his second annual raffle drive to help local families with Christmas. He paid for 40 children’s entire Christmas. Dewberry, along with fellow officers from Precinct 2, also handed out presents to more than 150 local children.
* Congratulations to the following award winners in the WGAS Members’ Fall Exhibition: Best of Show--Lynda Smith Touart; Best Aqua Media--Barbara Rettig; Best Graphic--Kate Seawell; Southern Art and Framing Award--Martha Ann Rowan; Alabama Art Supply Award:--Barbara Cline; Ashland Gallery Award--Marcy Matherne; Honorable Mention--Satomi Kamei; Honorable Mention--Lydia Host ; and Denise Inge Memorial People's Choice Award--Clare King.
* For one day each year (January 26, 2018), resources and volunteers across the city of Mobile unite to connect our most vulnerable residents to vital resources. By mobilizing city and community agencies, as well as hundreds of volunteers, Project Homeless Connect is able to ensure that participants receive holistic care, including medical, legal, housing, and employment services. To volunteer, go to
Registration is open for Discovery Hall Programs summer camps. For more information, go to DHPSummer@disl.org.
Registration is open for Discovery Hall Programs summer camps. The engaging camps for high school, middle school, and elementary school aged children delivers a memorable hands-on and educational experience. Some camps will fill up quickly, so, don't wait to reserve your spot today.
Day camps are offered for ages 5 through 13.
Oceans Alive! (ages 5-8) combines arts and crafts with a beach walk adventure to usher a deeper appreciation of the Alabama coast and it's environment. (Dates: June 8, July 13, or July 30, 2018)
BIO Blitz (ages 8-10) turns campers into Barrier Island Observers. Campers will explore the diverse habitats of Dauphin Island, including the beach, salt marsh, and maritime forest. (Dates: June 15, July 12, or July 31)
Survivor: Dauphin Island (ages 10-13) puts campers survival skills to the test. They'll learn to toss a cast net, bait a crab trap, drag a seine net, and how to bring in the catch of the day while fishing at the pier. (Dates: June 14, July 13, or August 1, 2018)
Overnight camps cater to students in 5th through 12th grade. The campers will live in our dorms, eat in May's Cafe, and meet fellow marine-loving friends.
Barrier Island Explorer gives rising 5th to 6th grade students a chance to experience the many wonders of the Gulf Coast region. Go trawling aboard the Sea Lab's research vessel Alabama Discovery, get wet at the beaches and marshes of Dauphin Island, learn what's in the water, and build and fly your own kite. (Dates: June 3-6, June 10-13, or July 8-11, 2018)
Marine DeTECHtives, back for a second summer, allows rising 6th through 8th graders to dive into marine technology by learning to build a simple robot, solder components on a circuit board, and build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Campers will test what they learn in a mini ROV competition. (Dates: June 20-22, 2018)
Gulf Island Journey brings rising 7th through 9th graders to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab for a week to explore the salt marsh, trawl aboard the R/V Alabama Discovery, and get an up close look at plankton. (Dates: June 3-8, June 24-29, July 1 -6, or July 22-27, 2018)
Bay Voyager is a week-long residential program for rising 9th through 12th graders. It's designed to be an active, hands-on program to learn about Alabama's marine environment, animals, and plants. Campers will kayak the area, seine along the beaches, take a walk through the maritime forest, and trawl the waters of Mobile Bay aboard the R/V Alabama Discovery. (Dates: July 15-20, 2018)
The Marine Science High School Course is a unique residential opportunity for current 9th through 12th graders looking to dive deeper into marine science. The four-week long course aims to give students a better understanding and appreciation of the various fields in marine science. A great deal of time is spent in the field and working on individual research projects. Alabama public school students can take the course for the third or fourth science elective required for graduation. (June 10-July 6, 2018)
If you have any questions about the camps or registering, reach out via email to DHPSummer@disl.org.
January 17 Winter Wednesday at Bellingrath Gardens & Home will feature Ben Raines' Underwater Forest
At the January 17 Bellingrath Gardens and Home's Winter Wednesday session, environmental reporter and filmmaker Ben Raines will describe the secrets of an ancient underwater cypress forest recently discovered south of Alabama's Gulf Shores in the Gulf of Mexico. The cypress forest dates back to an Ice Age more than 60,000 years ago, when sea levels were 400 feet lower than they are today. Ben’s acclaimed documentary about the forest was released in June 2017.
The Winter Wednesdays sessions are held each week in the Magnolia Room from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. through February 28. Admission to the program is included in the regular Gardens admission, and guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens after the session. Registration is requested: To register, call 251.459.8864.
According to Mobile Police Department Public Affairs Officer Charlette Solis, Charles Dewberry of Precinct 2 was awarded "Officer of the Month" for December 2017. He was honored January 10, 2018 at a luncheon sponsored by Midtown Optimist Club.
Dewberry has been a police officer for four years in patrol for Precinct 2 and has fulfilled his duties honorably. In addition, in December, he held his second annual raffle drive to help local families with Christmas. He paid for 40 children’s entire Christmas. Dewberry, along with fellow officers from Precinct 2, also handed out presents to more than 150 local children.
On Friday, February 2, 6-9 p.m., seniors at Connie Hudson Center will hold a Mardi Gras Dance. There'll be gumbo, King Cake and lots of fun. Tickets are $8 per person.
American Cancer Society's 29th Annual Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, March 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mardi Gras Park, 104-148 South Royal Street. The Cook-Off promises to be a day of food, fun and live entertainment where teams compete to see who can cook up the best chili in Mobile and the town's "hottest" charity event. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com. Proceeds from Chili Cook-Off will be used for programs to teach the importance of early detection and prevention; patient services such as transportation, prosthetic items and life-saving research.
The 2018 Joe Cain Classic 5K Run, 1-Mile Run and Moonpie Dash is coming up Sunday, February 11, 8-11 a.m. Participants, convene at Broad and Canal streets, Mobile.
"A Day in the Life of a Confederate Soldier," hosted by Alabama Civil War Heritage Trails, is Saturday, January 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fort Gaines Historic Site
"A Day in the Life of a Confederate Soldier," hosted by Alabama Civil War Heritage Trails, is Saturday, January 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fort Gaines Historic Site, 51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island
This event showcases the day-to-day life of a Confederate soldier while he was on duty at Fort Gaines. The event is "a living history day for the whole family." Blacksmith demonstrations will take place all day in the fort’s Blacksmith Shop. There will be demonstrations of military drills and training, as well as the firing of the cannon and other daily duties. The fort’s Museum and Gift Shop will also be open. Admission for adults (ages 13+) is $8; children aged 5-12 enter for $4.
For more information, call 251-861-6992 or visit http://dauphinisland.org/
Yuka Miller plans to demonstrate her unique art form, Tsumami Zaiku, at Semmes Camellia Festival on January 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Among the various exhibits and activities at Semmes Camellia Festival on Saturday, January 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., will be a demonstration by artist Yuka Miller.
Yuka, a native of Hakodate, Japan, is married to Henry Miller and has lived in Mobile more than fifteen years. She is an artist with a most interesting art form--Tsumami Zaiku, which in the Japanese language means "paper pinching."
While there is very little information about Tsumami Zaiku online, one source describes it as "a traditional Japanese craft made from small, square-cut pieces of cloth (usually Chirimen) that is pinched and folded with tweezers. It originated about 200 years ago during the Edo period."
Yuka has her own unique style, but also uses the more traditional method in her creations, which include camellia corsages and pillows.
Below, she explains how she goes about her art:
She makes two different kinds of camellia corsages, she said. The first uses fabric from old, worn-out kimonas. "I cut out the camellia petals and sew them together, around cotton stuffing," she said.
In the second case, she uses the same kind of kimono fabric, but is more traditional in that she follows the Tsumami Zaiku method of folding and gluing the fabric into the desired shape
The art is more commonly used to make hair ornaments, "but corsages are OK, too," she said.
Yuka seldom shows her artwork; except for an exhibit at the Semmesonian Art Space last year and the Mobile Ikebana Club and Sumie Club.
So when guests attend this year's Camellia Festival at Semmes First Baptist Church, 4070 Wulff Road, they are in for a treat as they view the most intricate details involved in Yuka's corsages and pillows--and marvel at the finished product.
The monthly SouthWest Coffee with the Chamber is Tuesday, January 16 at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road.
The event is 7:30-8:30 a.m.; it's free for SWMCC members and $5 for potential members. Guests are encouraged to bring business cards, do a little networking and enjoy early-morning coffee.
The first 2018 luncheon/business meeting of Semmes Chamber of Commerce was held on Wednesday, January 10 at noon.
President Brenda Norris opened the meeting with the introduction of board members. After the invocation and lunch (catered and sponsored by Hickory Pit Too), Norris entertained announcements by several members, including Mayor David Baker, who told of new businesses in Semmes.
Janet Johnson gave a report on membership; Denise Dailey of the City of Semmes gave the status of City-sponsored events; Jeanette Byrd invited the guests to participate in the Camellia Festival January 27 by creating a table-scape and support the event with attendance.
Jason Herring gave an update on the Semmes Azalea Festival March 3rd. Hickory Pit Too was named Business of the Month. In other Chamber news, Brenda Norris said that the February meeting will be February 21.
Pictured are some who attended the January Semmes Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Green Coast Council's Sustainability Summit, hosted by Alabama Coastal Foundation, will be Friday, January 26, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the University of South Alabama Main Campus Student Center
Green Coast Council's Sustainability Summit, hosted by Alabama Coastal Foundation, will be Friday, January 26, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the University of South Alabama Main Campus Student Center, Mobile. Ticket information can be found at www.joinacf.org.
Registration costs are as follows: $20- Students; $45- Green Coast Council Members; $55- Individuals; Register: https://www.joinacf.org/donate. Registration is required.
The 2018 Sustainability Summit will include sessions on sustainable business practices, eco-tourism, energy conservation, green infrastructure, aquaculture and local government tools for sustainable development.
John Anderson Lanier of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation will be the keynote speaker. In addition, ACF will present Ann Bedsole with the Lifetime of Conservation Achievement Award during the ACF Annual Meeting, which takes place during the lunch portion of the Summit. You can register for either the entire Summit or just the Annual Meeting.
For an agenda, visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rw58n6SVpvT_DkzysiAqd44CrEv_PF1r/view
NEST of Mobile Quarterly Breakfast is Thursday, January 18, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Original Oyster House
Those attending can learn how to build a team of volunteers to mentor at-risk youth and families in our community. Contact the NEST office at (251) 604-3131 or email@example.com for more information or to RSVP.
Start polishing your performances: Alabama's Got Talent is March 2, 6:30 p.m. at Mary G. Montgomery High School Auditorium
The 16th Annual Semmes Azalea Festival, sponsored by Semmes Chamber of Commerce, is Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the campus of Mary G. Montgomery High School.
This family- friendly event features activities of interest for people of all ages, among them a 5k Run sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of South Alabama; Annual “Cruz in Car Show”; Azalea Festival Beauty Pageant; Dance Shows, Choir, and Jazz/Rock Bands; Children’s play area with carnival-style rides and games; a Plant Sale, sponsored by the MGM Football Booster/Horticulture Club; Arts and Craft Vendors; Food Vendors (Ice cream, barbeque, funnel cakes, hot dogs, hamburgers, and much more); Alabama’s Got Talent; and other activities.
Above is a flyer with information on the America's Got Talent competition to be held, Friday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. in the MGM auditorium.
For more information and applications for the Talent competition, go to firstname.lastname@example.org or Denise Dailey @ email@example.com. Applications for Arts & Crafts Vendors and other events are also available online
On Friday, December 8, 2017, the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 119 (Local 119) made a very special delivery to Via Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center (VIA).
For their annual Christmas service project, the members of Local 119 voted to sponsor VIA's Christmas party. They provided four whole hams and six turkeys.
Volunteers also served lunch to the members of GrandFriends (an adult day-care program for elderly adults with dementia, special cognitive, or physical needs funded by UWSWA. In 2016, 36 adults participated in structured, supervised activities in a safe, affordable environment.)
On Wednesday, January 10th, staff and students at Sonny Callahan Boys and Girls Club at Theodore held Open House for parents, guests and dignitaries to visit and see how members spend their time.
Amidst the rows of computers and other technological devices were long tables at which students played both intellectual and fun games.
The mission of all Boys and Girls Clubs "to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens." The five core areas of the program are as follows: Character and Leadership Development; Education and Career Development; Health and Life Skills; The Arts and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.
Pictured are some of the students and visitors.
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Joe Jefferson Players