Mobile ARC recently received the following good news concerning the awarding of a $3,500 grant for its art education program:
Mobile Arc is pleased to announce it has received a grant of $3,500 for its art education program from the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA), the state arts agency. Mobile Arc is a nonprofit organization providing a full spectrum of services to approximately 300 Mobile County residents with developmental disabilities including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and other diagnoses.
Mobile Arc helps these individuals become active members of the community by creating opportunities for skill development, employment, housing, and transportation. To help them reach their fullest potential, they are also offered music therapy, martial arts, recreation, and art education classes. Many people with developmental disabilities struggle with self-expression and communication, and weekly art classes encourage them to socialize and express their feelings, resulting in improved health and quality of life.
This grant assists Mobile Arc with its art education program's expenses for an art instructor and supplies. ASCA grants are awarded through a multi-faceted competitive review process and are made possible through funding from an annual appropriation from the Alabama State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. Receiving this funding signifies that Mobile Arc provides programs of artistic quality, serves the needs of the community, and demonstrates high-level administrative standards, as well as enhancing education of students at all levels.
Public support like this enables Mobile Arc to reach new audiences, foster community development, provide the highest quality programming, and demonstrate the importance of arts as a component for quality of life in Alabama.
For more information on Mobile Arc, call 251.479.7409 or visit www.mobilearc.org.
Mobile SketchCrawl 21, hosted by Mobile SketchCrawl on Thursday, February 9, 5-9 p.m., will take place at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, Mobile.
The Mobile Museum of Art, with its exhibits, European Art and Nature and American Art 1945 to Present, is the site for the event. This SketchCrawl is free for participating artists and the public. Bring sketching materials and meet and greet with other local artists, say organizers. Images of the artwork produced will be posted at the end of the evening. Although this event is free, donations to the museum are welcome.
For more information on MMoA, see http://www.mobilemuseumofart.com/
The 2017 Crepe Myrtle Trail Bike Ride, hosted by Mobile United and the Mobile County Health Department, is Saturday, April 1, at Arlington Park/Brookley Complex
The 2017 Crepe (Crape) Myrtle Trail Bike Ride, hosted by Mobile United and the Mobile County Health Department, is Saturday, April 1, 8-11:30 a.m. at Arlington Park/Brookley Complex. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the ride at 8:30 a.m.
The event, say organizers, "is a family-friendly, 12-mile bike ride at a beginner pace of 8-12 mph. Riders begin at Arlington Park before crossing the runway at Brookley Field and riding along the western shore of Mobile Bay. Enjoy scenic views of Mobile Bay while listening to fun, educational talks about the Crepe Myrtle Trail and the natural areas that make Mobile such a beautiful place."
Tickets are available at www.mobilebaykeeper.org.
"Christmas in July Boutique Bash" at The Grounds is scheduled for Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Organized to support the Whatever Ministry, whose purpose is "to empower young girls and women by helping them find their true beauty, value and purpose," the Boutique Bash promises to be "a fantastic day of shopping, food and fun!" There'll be food trucks, shopping for the ladies, a "Man Cave" for the men and photos with Santa for the little ones. Attendees can enjoy shopping many boutiques and businesses from the Mobile and surrounding areas, all while supporting the Whatever Ministry.
To purchase tickets, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christmas-in-july-boutique-bash-2017-tickets-31256930320?aff=erelexpmlt#tickets. VIP wristbands will also be available for an additional small fee. These wristbands will allow guests to receive discounts and free products from vendor.
Local vendors and crafters are encouraged to participate. For more information, visit http://whatevergirlsevent.wix.com/whatever.
On Thursday, March 23, 9 a.m., Joe Jefferson Players are presenting a morning performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" for schools. Teachers are invited to reserve a block of seats for students by e-mailing name, school, grade and number of seats required to email@example.com. General admission tickets are $8 each.
A record number of contestants--49--entered the Miss Saraland High School event January 28. The theme was “The Sky is the Limit." Sponsor Melissa Willard said that the girls dressed as vintage flight attendants and the boys as pilots for the opening number and individual dances. Areas of competition included Interview, Self-Expression/Physical Fitness Routine, Poise & Appearance and Top 10 Question, Willard said.
The overall winners were as follows: Miss SHS - Kelsey Westbrook; 1st runner up - Courtney Cooner; 2nd runner up - Taylor Gill; 3rd runner Up - Breanna Englebert and 4th Runner Up - Cammie Ward.
Grade level Beautie included Kaylie Sayasane (9th), Presley George (10th), Adaeria Marks (11th) and Logan Carter (12th.) Miss Photogenic was Logan Carter; Miss Congeniality was Keeley Reed. Top Escorts were Blake Morrison and Clayton Griffith.
Photos of contestants provided by SHS.
Thursday, February 9 at 6 p.m., Historic Mobile Preservation Society is kicking off the 2017 Mardi Gras season with "Making the Mardi Gras Trail
Thursday, February 9 at 6 p.m., Historic Mobile Preservation Society is kicking off the 2017 Mardi Gras season with "Making the Mardi Gras Trail." Historian Ann Pond will take guests through a virtual preview of the Mobile Mardi Gras Trail highlights and its illustrious history.
The event is free for HMPS members; $10 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets and register, go to http://www.historicmobile.org/events. All events will take place at the Cox-Deasy Cottage on HMPS campus at 300 Oakleigh Place.
Congratulations to Brenda Howard on her election to the State Bowling Hall of Fame on meritorious service. "It is such an honor to be recognized for the work you do for something you love so much," Howard said.
The Market at The Pillars, 1757 Government Street, is Sunday, February 12, noon-4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For information or to apply to become a vendor, go to Facebook, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following news and map come from Mobile Area Water and Sewer System:
Mobile Area Water and Sewer System (MAWSS) will be putting new water transmission lines into service Tuesday morning, January 31, which might change the directional flow of the water and increase volume. MAWSS officials say there is a slim chance some customers may experience discolored water due to the change.
MAWSS recently converted a 48-inch raw water line into a potable water line and added a new 30-inch line on Owens St. to better serve customers in downtown Mobile and the City of Prichard. The new lines will reduce water age and provide additional capacity to the downtown areas and the Prichard interconnections.
Before opening the new transmission lines MAWSS will be flushing hydrants near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Brazier Drives. The area to watch for discolored water is east of the I-65 Beltline, south of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and north of Moffett Rd. and Springhill Ave. Do not do laundry if water is discolored as it may result in staining. Customers are asked to report discolored water to MAWSS at 694-3165.
Through March 9th, McLaney's Senior Dance is holding a fundraiser to help Pilots For Christ Alabama buy a new plane. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated. McLaney's Senior Dance meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7-10 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road.
Pilots for Christ Alabama, based in Monroeville, is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization established in 1994; it is part of Pilots for Christ International. PFC serves families in need of air transportation due to medical reasons and who are unable to travel by other means. It also will provide transportation for ministers and missionaries, and transports medical and humanitarian supplies in times of disaster. All Pilots for Christ services are provided at no charge.
PFC is one of the few aircraft in the nation that is equipped with a stretcher; however, PFC is not an air ambulance or medically-equipped aircraft. The ministry just retired its much-used airplane and has currently raised more than $500,000 toward a newer plane, a King Air that will seat six and is faster and more fuel efficient than its retired aircraft. The ministry typically serves those in Alabama, Mississippi, North Florida and Georgia.
What is needed now is an additional $700,000 in order to purchase its next aircraft as described above. During 2016, the ministry flew some 300 missions, many going to M. D. Anderson in Houston for treatment. In 2017, even without an airplane, the ministry continues to operate through donations of tickets on commercial airlines and through private placement of missions through other corporations.
For more information on PFC, visit site www.pilotsforchrist.net. For more on McLaney's Senior Dance and the current fundraiser, see the group's Facebook page.
Events listed in chronological order:
* "Classics Revisited Book Club" will meet Monday, January 30, 6:30 p.m. at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. Discussion will be focused on Antigone by Sophocles. For more information, call 251-208-7902.
* "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Family Sing-Along" is Tuesday, January 31, 5:30 p.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library, 4 South McGregor Avenue. In between songs, guests can enjoy popcorn and lemonade. Call 251-470-7770 for information.
* Cuisine for Kids, a fundraiser to benefit the Child Advocacy Center in Mobile, will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. 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. Make plans to eat out that day; see earlier blog post for participating restaurants, delis and other eateries. For more information, call the CAC 251-432-1101.
* A "Human Trafficking Awareness Luncheon," hosted by Lynn Rogers Harbison, will be held Tuesday, January 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The event will be held at Half Way Home - Christ N Us Family Transitional Center, 14021 South Wintzell Ave., Bayou La Batre. Guest speaker, Cindy Kuro with Set Free Movement, will share statistics, signs look for and necessary steps to take to help prevent and report this type of activity. A light lunch will be provided.
* On Wednesday, February 1, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Rich's Car Wash, 119 Shelton Beach Road in Saraland, is holding a Charity Car Wash for Officer Jackie Tucker. The company is discounting its Total Package to just $5 all day (regularly $17) and all proceeds will go to Officer Tucker, who, on December 21, was shot and seriously wounded in the line of duty. The devoted wife and mother remains in critical condition, and Rich's encourages citizens to "Come show your support for one of Saraland's finest."
* At Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Winter Wednesday session on February 1 will be "Growing Vegetables, with Bill Finch." Longtime Mobile gardening expert and columnist Bill Finch will show guests how to grow superior-tasting vegetables in a Southern garden, and describe the best times to plant them to ensure a long harvest season. Join the class to find out how to set plantings by the Gulf Coast clock! The time is 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The admission fee is regular Gardens admission: $13 for adults and $7.50 for ages 5-12. (Free to Bellingrath members and to ages 4 and younger.) The program will be held in the Magnolia Room from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 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 251.973.2217.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce business luncheon is Wednesday, February 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center on Carol Plantation Road. RSVP at 251-666-2488.
* BBC Earth's "Wild Africa" at the Gulf Coast Exploreum, 65 Government Street in Mobile, will run through February 2.
* Mobile Museum of Art hosts a monthly Night Market that showcases makers, artists, artisans, and craftsman who make locally-sourced, handmade goods. The next market is Thursday, February 2, 5-9 p.m. The public is invited to "Support your local artists and join the party and shopping fun with great food and drink from Ben’s Burga Kaboose and the DJ stylings of Neil Byrne aka Hot Lobster." To apply to become a vendor, go to http://www.mobilemuseumofart.com/vendors/
* The Golden Agers luncheon at Calvary Assembly of God, 6800 Three Notch Road, is the first Thursday in each month; the next seniors' luncheon is February 2, 10:30 a.m.
* "A Toast to Eugene Walter," a program sponsored by the Mobile Public Library in partnership with the Southern Literary Trail, is Thursday, February 2, 6:30 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn Mobile Downtown. THE SOUTHERN LITERARY TRAIL® is America's only tri-state literary trail connecting mythic places that influenced great novelists and playwrights of the 20th Century, according to information from MPL. The 2017 trail celebrates Trailfest! during which special commemorations will be held at Southern Literary Trail sites throughout Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. About Eugene Walter: Walter is known as Mobile’s own Renaissance Man and Master Raconteur, and the public is invited to Eugene’s Monkey Bar & Grill in the Hilton Garden Inn Mobile Downtown for a Readers’ Theater production of his "The Byzantine Riddle." The cast consists of Tom Mason of Tom Mason Communications; Carolyn Haines, novelist, journalist and Harper Lee Award Winner; Sue Walker, Professor Emerita at the University of South Alabama and Poet Laureate of Alabama from 2003-2012 and Nancy Anlage, special events coordinator with the Mobile Public Library. For more information on the event, call 251-208-7097. For information on the Hilton Garden Inn Mobile Downtown, check out www.mobiledowntown.hgi.com, and for further information on the 2017 Southern Literary Trail, go to http://www.southernliterarytrail.org.
* Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" will run Friday-Sunday, February 3-5 and 10-12 at Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 North Lafayette Street. For information, call 251-433-7513.
* "Breakfast with the Babies" is Friday, February 3, 7:30 a.m. at St. Elmo Feed & Seed, 9001 Highway 90 West. The public is invited to come enjoy hot coffee and doughnuts as they celebrate the arrival of the first chicks of the season. Call 251-957-2177 or 251-633-7607 or log onto www.stelmofeed.com for more information.
* St. Mary School Celebrates 150 Years of Alumni and Family, Friday, February 3, 8-10 a.m. For more information, go to www.StMaryMobile.org.
* The City of Dauphin Island will sponsor the second Mardi Gras parade down Bienville Boulevard on Saturday, February 4, 1 p.m. Called the "People's Parade" and composed of entries by public citizens, participants are encouraged to enter vehicles with trailers and/or boats, traditional floats, vintage automobiles, marching groups, mounted units. Space is limited to the first 50 registered entries. Proceeds will support the ongoing efforts to preserve and re-purpose the historic Little Red Schoolhouse. For more information, contact Mary Strickland, 251-861-5525 ext. 222 or mstrickland@townofdauphinisland.
* Until March 9th, McLaney's Senior Dance, which meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday, 7-10 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, is hosting a fundraiser for to help Pilots for Christ purchase a newer, more efficient aircraft. See McLaney's Dance Facebook page for more information.
* The Turtle Shuffle 5K and Fun Run is Saturday, February 4, 8-11 a.m. at the University of South Alabama SGA Pavilion by the intramural fields. Participants can register by mail or in person at McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri, or Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope until noon on Thursday, February 2, or online until 4 a.m. Friday, February 3. Packet pick-up and race day registration will be at the SGA Pavilion from 6:30-7:45 a.m. Tickets and contact information are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/turtle-shuffle-5k-and-fun-run-tickets-28707942228. The event will benefit AIDS Alabama South (http://www.aidsalabamasouth.org/)
* Caring for Caryn's Kids 5K/1 Mile Fun Run/Skate was rained out January 21 and has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the University of South Alabama Intramural Fields. The event honors the late Caryn Hyatt Suthoff, a Dodge Elementary School kindergarten teacher who died of cancer in 2014. Proceeds from the run will support a scholarship fund for a student in Suthoff's class when he or she reaches college age. For more information, call 251-709-2484 or go to Carynskids2027@aol.com.
* The Mobile Country Music Association is holding a Building Fund Benefit on Saturday, February 4, 2017, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the MCMA Concert Hall, 310 S. Craft Highway in Chickasaw. The event will be "a fun-filled day of food, fellowship and music," said Carolyn Cain of MCMA. There's no admission to the Building Fund Benefit, but donations are gratefully accepted. For more information or directions, call Marshall Fillingim, 251-457-0762 or Carolyn Sue Cain, 251-455-6748.
* On Saturday, February 4, 3-10 p.m., Rotolo's of Saraland, 860 Industrial Parkway, is hosting a Wing-Eating Contest fundraiser to benefit Saraland Police Officer Jackie Tucker and her family. The contest pits the Saraland Police Department against the Fire Department; 10% of associated sales will go toward the officer injured in the line of duty on Wednesday, December 22, 2016. The entertainment schedule is as follows: 3 p.m.--Bounce House and Face Painting fun; 4-8 p.m.--live music; 5 p.m.--Wing Eating Contest Police Dept. -vs- Fire Dept.; and 6 p.m.--Cornhole Tournament begins. There will also be pizza, games and raffles--all for fun and a good cause.
* Mobile Mystery Dinners players present "Next of Kin" on Sunday, February 5, 5:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street, Mobile. Tickets are $59 plus tax per person; advance reservations are required by contacting Lisa Russell at the hotel, 25-415-3092 or email email@example.com.
* Chickasaw Seniors Early Bird Breakfast at Chickasaw Civic Center is Monday, February 6, 7:30 a.m.
* Satsuma Prime Time Library Club is collecting personal items for individual Valentine's Care packages for all the residents at Carrington Place. Deadline date to make a donation is Monday, February 6th. For more information, call Tiphani Clearman, Satsuma Public Library, Assistant Library Director, 251-679-0700.
* Mobile Public Library presents "African-American Read-In with Books, Poetry, Skits and Songs" Monday through Thursday, February 6-9 at Toulminville Branch Library, 601 Stanton Road. The public is invited to "Come out and join our special guests and community partners as we celebrate Black Heritage in reading, poetry, storytelling and songs. AARI is a national literacy initiative ongoing since 1989, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) beginning in 1990, and later endorsed by the International Reading Association." For more information or a complete schedule of events, call 251-438-7075. For information on these and other events, visit the web site at www.mobilepubliclibraryonline.org.
* Beginning February 8th, "A Matter of Balance," an 8-week program is scheduled at Satsuma Public Library. The classes run on Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. For information, contact Marcella Nettles, South Alabama Area Agency on Aging, 251-433-6541 or 251-706-4663.
* The 4th Annual Daddy/Daughter Dance will be February 9, 2017 at Steele Creek Lodge from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are available at First Baptist Church Satsuma, Satsuma Christian School and Robert E. Lee Elementary. Tickets are $20 per couple and $5 for any additional guest. For more information, contact First Baptist Church Satsuma.
* Thursday, February 9, 6 p.m., Historic Mobile Preservation Society is kicking off the 2017 Mardi Gras season with "Making the Mardi Gras Trail." Historian Ann Pond will take guests through a virtual preview of the Mobile Mardi Gras Trail highlights and its illustrious history. The event is free for HMPS members and $10 for nonmembers. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The 4th Annual Wind Creek Hospitality "Joy of Life" Mardi Gras Ball, benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, is Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Fort Whiting, Mobile Alabama. The 2017 gala will present St. Jude patients as King and Queen. The "Joy of Life" Mardi Gras Ball will showcase the culinary skills of some of Mobile's most notable chefs and restaurants, including Naman's Catering, Dauphin's, Baumhower's, Starbucks and others. Both live and silent auctions are planned; among the many items up for bid are exotic vacation packages, artwork from local artists and a Carnival cruise. Live entertainment will be provided by Rubiks Groove. Joy of Life Mardi Gras Ball is a White Tie affair. Individual tickets are $100 each; a table of ten is $750. For ticket information and other details, visit https://joyoflifegulfcoast.org/events/joy-of-life-mardi-gras-ball-2017/ or Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/798549226958475/ Jacob Simons is King of the Joy of Life Mardi Gras Ball. Mardi Gras Queen is Lindsey Crawley.
* Runners are encouraged to "Lace up your running shoes and get ready to take part in the Battle of Mobile Bay 5K Race" on Saturday, February 11, 8:30 a.m. at Dauphin Island. Sponsored by the Port City Pacers, this annual event draws several hundred participants and proceeds from the race go to support Fort Gaines Historic Site and USA Children's and Women's Hospital PICU. For registration and other race information, contact Port City Pacers at 251-473-7223 or www.pcpacers.org.
* The 57th Annual Miss Seafood Pageant is Saturday, February 11, 2017, 5-8 p.m. at Alma Bryant High School, 14001 Hurricane Boulevard in Irvington; deadline to enter is February 1, 2017. For additional information, contact Diane Cordelle at email@example.com.
* On Saturday, February 11, 9 a.m.-noon, Alabama Authors Day and Battlefield Bus Tours take place at Blakeley State Park, 34745 State Highway 225, Spanish Fort. Tickets are available at blakeleypark.com. Park admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. Guests can enjoy a guided bus tour of the battlefield, site of Alabama's largest Civil War battle, at either 9 or 9:45 a.m. (registration required for bus tours) before gathering at the Wehle Center for brief presentations and discussions with several accomplished local authors who have recently published works based in Alabama's storied past. Author presentations begin at 10:30 a.m. with book signings following the presentations. Check earlier blog post for more details.
* Providence Outreach Senior Center, 35 North Cody Road, is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A hot lunch is served daily. For information about a planned trip to Branson, Missouri and Eureka Springs, Arkansas on May 7-12, call 251-544-4480. Deposit is due by February 12.
* Dauphin Island School PTO is hosting Benefit Bingo on Sunday, February 12 starting at 1 p.m. at St. Edmund Catholic Church Hall. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. For more information or to donate a prize, contact Chasity Hall, 251-680-4223 or Joleen Vinson, 251-214-6863.
* "The Mardi Gras Murder of Montigue Charlington" by Mobile Mystery Dinners' Theatre is Sunday, February 12, 2017, 5:30 p.m. at Mobile Carnival Museum, 355 Government Street. Advance reservations are required at www.mobilemysterydinners.com. Cost per person is $59, which includes an unlimited wine bar for the evening, a delicious buffet by Naman's Catering, free parking and a 2 1/2 hour hilarious play by the MMD Players. The event is for mature audiences, 18+. Doors open at 5 p.m. Guests are encouraged to "get in the spirit of Mardi Gras" and enjoy a free tour of the Mardi Gras Museum with its exhibits of gowns, robes, trains, crowns and scepters of Mobile's Mardi Gras Kings and Queens. For more information, call 251-865-7341.
* The Market at The Pillars, 1757 Government Street, is Sunday, February 12, noon-4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For information or to apply to become a vendor, go to Facebook, firstname.lastname@example.org.
* On Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m., Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, presents Matthew McNeal. The 23-year-old songwriter, says MMoA, "brings a notably unorthodox feel to Americana music. Straying away from traditional country arrangements, McNeal brings his songwriting together with unique accompaniment- all without losing Southern grit." The latest album ‘Compadre’ was independently released in 2015. MMoA doors open at 6:45 p.m.; show starts promptly at 7. Admission is $10 at the door (cash only.)
* Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center has a Mardi Gras Dance scheduled for members on Friday, February 17, 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $7 for one person and $12 for two. The event is sponsored by Homecare Companions. For more information, call the Center, 251-602-4963.
* School performances of the Playhouse in the Park production of "The Tempest" are scheduled for February 21, 22 and 23 at 9 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. Public performances will be February 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will be at the Playhouse, 4851 Museum Drive in Mobile.
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* Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquios Street, will present "Mobile Home Sweet Home" March 3-5 and 10-12, 2017. The comedy is written by Pat Cook and directed by Leonora Harrison. For more information, visit www.cctshows.com or call 251-457-8887.
* The Town of Dauphin Island has scheduled a Plant Sale on Saturday, March 4, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. near the parking lot of Green Park. Growers, nurseries and distributors will be on hand offering a variety of indoor/outdoor plants, trees, beach and dune vegetation and an assortment of other plant products.
* The 9th Annual Mobile Chocolate Festival to benefit Penelope House is Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Grounds, corner of Cody Road and Zeigler Boulevard. Children aged 13 and younger enter free. General admission is $3 in advance and $5 on the day of the event. For more information, see Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/The-Mobile-Chocolate-Festival-96311585255/ or contact Tonie Ann Torrans, 251-459-6665 or email@example.com. Penelope House is a shelter for women and children victims of domestic abuse.
* The 5th Annual Satsuma SwampFest is set for Saturday, March 4, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Satsuma High School campus. The event is sponsored by Friends for Satsuma Schools, and proceeds will benefit the city's schools. An additional sponsor this year is the Northside Cruisers Car Show. A silent auction is planned, there'll be music by such groups as The Chestangs and Girls of Grace, and various organizations will be selling food to visitors. To make a donation to the silent auction, call Charlotte Strickland, 251-209-1910. Arts and crafts and other vendors can download an application form from either the SwampFest or Friends for Satsuma Schools Facebook/web page. For additional information, call Shirley Presnall, 251-657-0421 or 251-680-1311.
* The Dauphin Island Bicycle Poker Run to benefit "Share the Beach" will be Saturday, March 4, noon-5 p.m. Participants will bicycle between 7 locations on Dauphin Island, including FINS Bar, Pirates Bar and Grill, Dority's Bar and Grill, The Pub, Islanders, Billy Goat Concessions and Harbor House. Riders must purchase a wrist band from FINS Bar, which will allow them to enjoy drink specials and be dealt one playing card at each location. After they recieve all of their playing cards, they will turn in their poker hand at Fins before 5 p.m. The best poker hand wins $100. There'll also be plenty of door prizes and other treats for riders. Tickets are $10 with all proceeds to benefit Share the Beach. See event Facebook for further details.
* The 5th Annual Colors of Cancer Glow Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the University of South Alabama SGA Pavilion, Mobile. Tickets can be purchaed online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/glow-runcolors-of-cancer-5k-runwalk-and-fun-run-registration-29821730599?aff=eac2. The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to all cancers, "whether you have been affected yourself or participating for a friend, family or coworker. Show your support and have a great time with an After Glow Party, including food and entertainment," reads the invitation. Participants are encouraged to come as early as 5 p.m. to register and join in the interactive one-of-a-kind Leave it at the Fence Display, visit vendors and more. Early packet pickup will be at Fleet Feet from 3-6 pm on March 3rd.
* Auditions for "Bye-Bye Birdie" at Playhouse in the Park will be March 6 and March 8 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Playhouse, 4851 Museum Drive. Those auditioning should be between the ages of 13 and mid 20s. There is one role for a boy between ages of 9 and 12. Performances will be April 21, 22, 23; April 28, 29, 30 and May 5, 6, 7. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-422-5434.
* The Annual Spring Tea at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, 1906 Spring Hill Avenue, is scheduled for Friday, March 10, 2017, 2-5 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance and $17 at the door for adults and $10 for advance reservation, $12 at the door for children 12 years old and younger. Guests are invited to enjoy delicious treats, tea and an informal look at one of Mobile's most iconic antebellum homes. Proceeds will benefit the restoration and operation of the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. Beginning February 9th, tickets may be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2791216. For more information, contact the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion at 251-471-6364.
* Historic Mobile Preservation Society Homes Tour is set for Friday and Saturday, March 10-11, 2017. This year the setting will be in the Church Street East Historic District, and HPMS is looking for sponsorships. As an extra, HPMS is including personalized ads in the brochure. For information, e-mail email@example.com.
* The 15th Annual Semmes Azalea Festival and 5K Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mary G. Montgomery High School, 4275 Snow Road North in Semmes. Runners, arts and crafts and other vendors--make plans now to be a part of this yearly event. Go to semmeschamber.org for more information.
* Team registration is now open for the 28th Annual American Cancer Society Chili Cook-Off, which will be held Saturday, March 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at The Grounds. Each team must sell 75 tickets at $10 each and are required to cook 15 gallons of chili at a minimum. Chili Cook-Off is a four-hour fun-filled day of great food and entertainment where teams compete to find out who can make the best chili with chances to win great prizes. Chili categories are All Meat, Meat and Beans, Wild Game, or Vegetarian/Poultry/Other. To learn more about the Chili Cook-Off event and how to become involved, visit MobileChiliCook-Off.org or contact Marlene Rathle at 251-344-9858 or firstname.lastname@example.org?.
* The Azalea Festival 5K Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, March 11 at Mary G. Montgomery High School, 4275 Snow Road North in Semmes. The race is held in connection with the annual Azalea Festival, so there's fun to enjoy after the run. Go to semmeschamber.org for more information.
* A Model Train Show will be at Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street, on Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12. Admission is $4 per person. The event is sponsored by South West Alabama Railroad Modelers.
* The Joe Jefferson Players filled the cast for “Much Ado About Nothing,” which will run on weekends March 17-April 2 at the Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street. The show will be directed by Joe Fuselli. For details, visit www.joejeffersonplayers.com or call 251-471-1534.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens "Plantasia! Spring Plant Sale" is March 17-19, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. A Preview Party is scheduled for Thursday, 4-7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for member and $30 nonmembers (Tickets will be available in the office and online.) The event will be catered by Georgia Roussos. For more information, see www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org.
* Cunningham Bounds, LLC will present the Downtown Cajun Cook-Off to benefit the Child Advocacy Center on Saturday, March 18, 2017 featuring samplings of their best Cajun cuisine. In addition to Cunningham Bounds, other sponsors include the following companies: Bud Light is the Zydeco Stage Sponsor, where live music will be provided; Wind Creek Atmore is the Elite Sponsor; Hancock Bank is a Gumbo Sponsor. BugMaster, Cyclops Vapor, Louisiana Hot Sauce and Thompson Engineering are also sponsors of Conecuh Sausage; WALA FOX10 is the Television Sponsor with Jason Smith, Chief Meteorologist serving as Honorary Chairman. 92ZEW is the Radio Sponsor.Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. The event is open to the public 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For additional information, including ticket purchase, call Child Advocacy Center at 251-432-1101.
* 4th Annual JMH Let's Get It 5K Run to benefit the Wounded Warriors project is scheduled for Saturday, March 18, 2017, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mellow Mushroom, Government Street at the Loop, 2032 Airport Boulevard.
The run will follow the Mellow Miler’s 5K Course. Participants can pre-register online (www.jmhletsgetit.com) through midnight March 10, 2017 or by mail (entries should be postmarked by March 12, 2017.) Onsite race day registration and packet pick-up begins at 9:30 a.m. at Mellow Mushroom. Pre-registration fees are $20 for adults and $17 for children aged 12 and younger; fees increase by $5 on race day.
Organizers are seeking sponsorships, door prize and raffle item donations. Door prizes range in value from $5 to $99 and raffle items are valued $100 and more. For more information, contact Sandy Hasty, 251-423-7210 or Allyson Hasty, 251-420-3851 or visit www.jmhletsgetit.com.
* Joe Jefferson Playhouse is holding auditions for "Rock of Ages" on March 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. JJP gives this synopsis of the Broadway hit: The play, set in LA’s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit, and Sherrie, a small town girl, both in LA to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love." Rock of Ages, directed by Jeffrey Williamson with musical direction by Alan Farmer, "takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos celebrating rock anthems, power ballads and big hair. Raucous and outrageous, this perfect blend of rock and comedy is an instant crowd-pleaser." Formore information, visit www.joejeffersonplayers.com or call 251-471-1534.
* The Woman's Club of Saraland is holding a Clothes Swap on Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6-8 p.m. The clubhouse is at 216 Highway 43 North, near Burger King. Cost to attend is a nonperishable food item for St. Vincent's. Women are encouraged to "Bring your gently used clothes and accessories . . . and return home with some fabulous new things--for free." Men's and children's clothes are also welcome. Leftover items will be added to the Club's Rummage Sale, so bring some cash to shop until 8. A few suggested items to bring for the swap are coats, work-out wear, costumes, jewelry, purses, shoes, sweaters, tops and pants. Call Janice Harvison, 251-679-0191 for more information.
* On Thursday, March 23, 5:30 p.m., Historic Mobile Preservation Society will present "Negotiated Affections: The Women of Mobile’s Red-Light District." In 1888, Mobile’s mayor and city council passed an ordinance legalizing prostitution within a specific district near the heart of Mobile’s business sector. Over the next thirty years, hundreds of women called the district home. In this female-dominated space, women owned a sizable portion of the property and ran nearly all of the brothels. This presentation will explore the district and the lives of a few of these women. The session is free for HMPS members and $10 for nonmembers. For more information, visit HMPS web page or e-mail email@example.com.
* The Festival of Flowers "Wildly Whimsical," presented by Providence Hospital Foundation, is March 23-26, 2017 on the Providence Hospital Campus. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Festival-of-Flowers/161256973895796.
* Saraland Lions Club's 9th Annual Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, March 25, 6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at Catfish Junction, 300 Industrial Parkway in Saraland. Tickets can be purchased in advance at $6 per person from any Saraland Lion or at Catfish Junction restaurant. Tickets will be $7 each at the door on the day of the event. Children aged 5 or younger eat free when accompanied by an adult ticket-holder. Breakfast is available inside the restaurant or at the drive through. This year's Pancake Breakfast fundraiser will benefit the Boy Scouts, College Park Baptist Church, Saraland United Methodist Church, North Mobile YMCA, Shiloh Baptist Church, New Pilgrim Baptist Church, Fountain of Life Church and the Saraland Lions Club. In addition to the breakfast, guests can purchase opportunity tickets at $2 each or 3 for $5. Prizes include a barbecue grill donated by Catfish Junction; Saraland Spartans games package; a Beach Condo 3-day, 2-night stay and many other very nice items. Drawing will start at 10:30 a.m. at Catfish Junction oin March 25; ticket holder does not have to be present to win. For more information, call 251-675-6172 or 251-455-5325.
* Camp Bluebird, an adult camp for cancer patients 18 or older who have been diagnosed or treated for cancer, will be held at Camp Grace in Mobile April 12-14, 2017. Reservations are required. To register, call 251-639-2050.
* The 12th Annual Cocktails with the Critters, presented by Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation, is Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6-9 p.m. at the Bluegill Restaurant on the Causeway 3775 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort. Tickets are $50 in advance, $55 at the door and are available by mail from the Foundation office, by calling 251-605-6624 or online at sealabfoundation.org. This fundraiser evening consists of hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer served by the Bluegill, a large silent auction (a detailed list will be included with the invitation), entertainment featuring local sing/songwriter Eric Erdman and a special guest appearance by celebrated artist Stig Marcussen, who will be on hand to add color to his limited edition prints designed especially for Cocktails with Critters. For more information, call Helene Hassell at the above number.
* Chickasaw Civic Theatre production of "The Music Man" will be weekends May 5-21. The theatre is at 801 Iroquois Street in Chickasaw. Show dates are May 5-21. For more information, contact the Stage Director, Nedra Bloom, via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 251-463-4837.
* Pat Starkey of the Azalea City Quilters Guild advises that May 5-6, 2017 is the date for ACQG's bi-annual Festival of Quilts Show to be held at the Abba Temple Shrine Auditorium on Hitt Road near Schillinger Road.
* Paddle Skedaddle 2017, hosted by USA Wesley Foundation, is Saturday, June 3 at 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort, Alabama. Kim Fell Feagin of the organization invites participants to "Spend the morning on the water racing (or moseying) a 1.5 mile course with your family or as an individual, There will be awards, games and concessions on the grounds." Boats will launch from the launch site in front of Delta Safaris and line up at the docks at 5 Rivers. Spectators will cheer the boat teams as they start from the docks and race around a small island at the end of the cut-through that connects Sardine Pass with Justin’s Bay, Feagin said. "While contestants are on the water, there are lots of fun activities for adults and children. There will be food and fair games galore. After the race, awards will be given in a number of categories including Parent/Child Teams; Most Creatively Dressed Team, Loudest Cheering Section, and the Pews & Canoes Award for the church with the most supporters present," she said. Funds raised go to the USA Wesley Foundation Building Fund
* Fuse Project's 4th Annual Dragon Boat Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 10, 2017. There's room for only 80 teams on the water this year, and those who plan to enter a team are encouraged to do so early. As an added benefit, according to Fuse, "As we receive your team's $500 deposit, your team captain will be able to go ahead and book a practice session for the week leading up to the event." See https://www.facebook.com/TheFuseProject #PaddleAtTheBattle for more information.
Citizen of the Year Nominations open:
* Satsuma Community Development Organization has opened nominations for the 2016 Satsuma Citizen of the Year Award. Applications are available at Satsuma City Hall or can be downloaded from the City of Satsuma website. All nominees will be honored during the Citizen of the Year Dinner at Steele Creek Lodge, Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m. and will receive two tickets for dinner at a table reserved for them. Tickets for the dinner are $15 and will be available for purchase by Monday, February 20.
* Saraland Civic Forum is accepting nominations for Saraland Citizen of the Year 2016. Deadline for acceptance is Friday, April 1, 2017; the Citizen of the Year Recognition Banquet will be held April 7, 2017, 7 p.m. at Saraland Civic Center, 716 Mae Street. Nomination forms with requirements/instructions can be picked up at Saraland Chamber of Commerce. Completed letters can be mailed to the following address: Saraland Civic Forum, Attn: Citizen of the Year Committee, Post Office Box 462, Saraland, Al 36571.
Saraland Civic Forum is accepting nominations for Saraland Citizen of the Year 2016.
Deadline for acceptance is Friday, April 1, 2017; the Citizen of the Year Recognition Banquet will be held April 7, 2017, 7 p.m. at Saraland Civic Center, 716 Mae Street.
Nomination forms with requirements/instructions can be picked up at Saraland Chamber of Commerce. Completed letters can be mailed to the following address: Saraland Civic Forum, Attn: Citizen of the Year Committee, Post Office Box 462, Saraland, Al 36571.
"Step Up to the Table" on January 31 and raise funds for Child Advocacy Center by patronizing eateries participating in Cuisine for Kids
Cuisine for Kids, a fundraiser to benefit the Child Advocacy Center in Mobile, will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. 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. Make plans to eat out that day and patronize the restaurants, delis and other eateries. For more information, call the CAC 251-432-1101.
The Parkway Senior Citizens Foundation and Our Lady of Lourdes Knights of Columbus served spaghetti dinners to what appeared to be a record crowd on January 28th.
The annual fundraiser for Parkway Senior Center had support from the community and area churches, from the seniors (and Red Hatters) at Parkway Center and from several other senior centers, including Connie Hudson Senior Center on Hillcrest Road in Mobile, Tillman's Corner Senior Center and Via! Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center on Dauphin Street--and from City of Mobile District 3 Council member, C.J.Small.
Pictured are a few of those who enjoyed the food, companionship, entertainment and silent auction.
Semmes Camellia Festival 2017, celebrating the camellia and nursery history in Semmes, was held January 28 at Semmes First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
The Hall was filled with displays: Some 300-400 individual blossoms in shades of red and pink, white, striped, variegated; tablescapes representing individuals, the city, the Chamber of Commerce and other entities; art in various forms; potted and cut camellias; art exhibits, Camellia Maids; historical displays and refreshments.
Among the growers showing their prized blooms were Walter Creighton, President, Camellia Club of Mobile, and member Don Oyler.
Artworks were strategically placed throughout the room--on standing easels, interspersed among the blooms, on fern stands and cloth-covered small tables, and, in the case of Carol Jarvis' collection of plates illustrated by artist Nicolas Liex, placed around the perimeter of a display table.
Camellia Maids, dressed in taffeta gowns, added just the right touch of elegance to the show. Among those who mingled with the crowd, showed off tablescapes, served refreshments or posed for photos with dignitaries were Meagan Sellers, Abby Pratt and Lauren Read.
As in past years, the table-scapes were a big favorite with guests.
Carolyn Owens' table-scape, "Hats Off--All Things Vintage," artfully displayed on a hand-embroidered table cloth an old black dial telephone alongside an aluminum percolator, a ceramic teapot and a collection of '50s type hats. One created by Diane Moore for created "Music is Beautiful" for Semmes Senior Center; the arrangement included a number of 45 RPM records, a Tune Tote (for carrying the records), a Hymnal, some shete music--and a drawing of the Senior Center, built in 1954 as the home for the Blackwell Nursery family. Camellias, of course, were a part of the overall setting.
Becky Eubanks table design was called "A Walk in the Woods," and incorporated wildlife such as a rabbit, a raccoon and a couple of deer into an elegant setting with green wine goblets and gold chargers beneath the fine china. Terri Nelson "Wedding" showed a photo of her and her husband, Robby, at their 1977 wedding; included were camellias displayed on a 3-tiered tidbit dish and in various other containers.
Other beautiful tablescapes included those of Jeanette Byrd (with her paintings nearby); one by Sarah Wilson that included beautiful dolls--babies, ballerinas and fairies; one by the Semmes Chamber of Commerce showing a variety of camellias and one by the City of Semmes. Entitled "A Garden Tea Party," the City's beautifully appointed table included almost all pink camellias in white ceramic containers, a painting of a pink camellia, a lovely parasol and a delicate china teacup.
Special presentations included one by Dr. Brenda Litchfield from the University of South Alabama and another, a demonstration of paper flower-making, by artist Yuka Miller.
The 2017 Semmes Camellia Festival was a lovely event. Members of the sponsoring organization, Alumni and Friends of Semmes School, Inc., did themselves proud.
Pictured are some of the exhibits, participants and guests at Semmes Camellia Festival 2017 on January 28th.
Citizens for a Better Grand Bay served its first Community Breakfast of the new year on January 28, 2017
Citizens for a Better Grand Bay Community Breakfast Buffet and Omelet Bar was Saturday, January 28 at the Community Center. A very nice, congenial crowd enjoyed the meeting after two months off for the holidays.
Kimon Brown announced that CBGB is now in need of funds, and said that one of the best ways to raise capital is for groups to rent the building for parties, receptions and so on. See Kelli Bratton at the Center, 11610 Highway 90, to schedule your next celebration.
CBGB president, Aleta Boudreaux, reported on the Seniors Program at the Center--Funds are needed to help secure a replacement van to deliver Meals on Wheels to the 31 homebound seniors who depend on the program for meals five days a week.
Pictured are some who attended the first Community Breakfast of the new year.
Mobile Area Backyard Chicken Club Breed Showcase was Saturday, January 28th at Environmental Studies Center.
Among those showing their prize chickens were Travis and Kathy Rayner with Lucy and Ginger, who are Hybrids (above) and Angela Fore with her Gold Laced Orpington below).
For information, call Travis Rayner, 251-604-2131, email@example.com or see the MBABYCC Facebook page.
On Friday night, January 27th, in front of a packed house of 100+ guests, Pete Riehm was honored as SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year 2016.
Everyone knew Pete Riehm. Everyone liked him and everybody, it seemed, had a story to tell, lauding his honor, his love of community and country, his willingness to help, his intellect and humor, his talent for organization and his "Energizer Bunny on steroids" capacity for hard work.
SouthWest Mobile County Chamber president Donna Abercrombie welcomed guests after which Rev. Brooks Alexander, Asst. Pastor at Government Street Baptist Church gave the invocation.
Attendees enjoyed an excellent meal catered by Naman's, then Theresa Orrell, Chair of the Citizen of the Year Committee, read the letter nominating Riehm as COY. Ruth Robinson and Richard Pennington of Mobile Memorial Gardens enumerated Riehm's many accomplishments, then several dignitaries honored him.
John Williams, City of Mobile Council member and Jerry Carl, Mobile County Commissioner, not only told of their personal association with and admiration for Riehm, but both declared January 27, 2017 "Pete Riehm Day." Sen. Bill Hightower and Rep. Margie Wilcox honored Riehm with resolutions entered into Alabama Congress records.
Among others who spoke highly of Pete Riehm were Capt. Hal Pierce, Naval League/Veterans Day Council; Walter Ballard, Korean War Veterans Council; Margaret Coley, Founder of "Project Give" and Honor Flight of South Alabama; Lou Lartigue, President, South Alabama Veterans Council; Dr. Barry Booth, Director, Honor Flight of South Alabama; Col. John New, Ed Murphy and Linda King.
In accepting the plaque commemorating his honor, Riehm thanked those who spoke, as well as many who didn't, particularly his wife, Debra, and his children Jessica, Justin and Jennie.
Pictured are a few of those who attended the banquet honoring Pete Riehm as SouthWest Mobile County Citizen of the Year 2016.
Satsuma Prime Time Library Club is collecting items for Valentine's Care packages for residents at Carrington Place
Satsuma Prime Time Library Club is collecting items for individual Valentine's Care packages for all the residents at Carrington Place. Some of the items needed are listed on the flyer; deadline date to make a donation is Monday, February 6th. For more information, call Tiphani Clearman, Satsuma Public Library, Assistant Library Director, 251-679-0700.