"Celebrate Our Seniors! 2020" is Thursday, February 6, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Via Center, 1717 Dauphin Street.
Hundreds of seniors and business and community leaders come together to celebrate the Greatest Generation at the Via Center. The event includes lunch, a senior motivational speaker, Via's annual Celebrate Seniors video and presentation of the Arlene F. Mitchell Award for Volunteer Service.
The event is open to the public. Tickets are $50, and reserved tables of 8 can be purchased for $500. To vendors: This event is an excellent way to market your products and services to the senior community. Go to http://viamobile.org/images/2020SponsorLevels.pdf
Sponsors include AARP of Mobile, Alabama Power, St. James Major Church, AARP – Chapter 56, Cummings & Associates, Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Gigi and Conrad Armbrecht, Vascular Associates of South Alabama,
United Healthcare, Azalea City Credit Union, Mr. Ben Meisler, Mr. and Mrs. Max and Audrey Goldberg, Shields Insurance Agency, Century Bank, Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C., Catholic Social Services andNationwide Insurance: Adrienne L Tucker & Associates, Inc.
In addition to the Video Presentation “You’ve Got a Friend in Via," the Arlene F. Mitchell Award for Volunteer Service and the Spirit of Via Member Volunteer Award, the highlight will be the Keynote Address by Speaker Dr. Peggy Martin, 69 years old and the Winningest Volleyball Coach in the Country. Dr. Martin is Head Volleyball Coach/Director at Springhill College.
About Dr. Martin: The legendary All-Time Winningest NCAA Volleyball Coach in U.S. History, she is a Mobile Sports Hall of Fame Inductee and an American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Inductee. She has earned 24 Coach of the Year Awards and NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year. She is also a published author and pickleball competitor.
For more information, contact Barbara Estes at 251-470-5229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile's Litttle Black Dress 2020 on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Fort Whiting, 1630 S Broad Street, Mobile. The 11th Annual Little Black Dress cocktail party and runway show will feature, in cocktail party, exceptional food and refreshing beverage offerings from Mobile’s top area chefs and restaurants. The fast-paced runway show features local are “McModels” in fashions styled by Dillard’s.
General admission tickets are available for $100 per person with balcony seating. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. To purchase tickets visit www.rmhcmobile.org/little-black-dress or call Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile at (251) 694-6873.
Little Black Dress, presented by Gulf States Engineering and McDonald’s, is the premier fundraising event for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile, which provides a supportive home environment offering care, compassion and hope to families with seriously ill and injured children being treated at Mobile area hospitals.
Mobile Arts Council's Mardi Gras Makers Market is on Saturday, February 15, 2020, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Gallery at Room 1927, 6 S Joachim Street. Visit the pop-up market to shop clothing, bags, masks, and so much more, all crafted by local makers---Situated steps from the parade route in Room 1927 at 6 South Joachim Street, Mardi Gras parade-goers should start the day at the Mardi Gras Makers Market, grab a complimentary mimosa and continue their shopping and libation experience at a Joachim Street bar, boutique or antique store.
On the First Friday of the month, excluding holidays, USA Children's & Women's Hospital's nationally certified car seat technicians from USA Health will inspect car seats to ensure they are properly installed. Select a date and time: Friday, March 6; Friday, April 3 and Friday, May 1, all 9 a.m.-noon. Register online at www.usahealthsystem.com/events. USA Children's & Women's Hospital is at 1700 Center Street.
Happy Valen'Tails Day Adoption and Outreach Event, presented by Mobile County Animal Shelter and hosted by Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center, is Friday, February 14, 2020, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road. MCAS will be on hand with some precious pets to adopt (at a discount!) and answer animal control questions.
At Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 N Lafayette Street, Oedipus Rex is playing Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or online at www.mobiletheatreguild.org. Presented by The Reader's for Public Works.
Blippi Live is coming to the Mobile Saenger on Friday, Februry 5th. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. Children’s YouTube sensation Blippi has announced the first-ever tour across North America. Blippi Live! is set to bring the vivacious, energetic, and educational children’s character from the screen to the stage for an all-ages extravaganza of fun, dancing, singing and meeting amazing new friends onstage. The Blippi Meet & Greet upgrade features access to an after-show Meet & Greet photo opportunity with the character Blippi, along with a Blippi souvenir bag. Please note that the Blippi character appearing at the Meet and Greet will be the actor playing the character of Blippi in the Live Stage Show. Purchase tickets in person at the Saenger Theatre Box Office (open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and located at 6 South Joachim Street) or the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and located at 401 Civic Center Drive). For information regarding accessible seating tickets, call 251-208-7381. Additional fees, service charges and/or taxes may be added to ticket prices. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice.
"Valentine's Day Pieces Author Signing," hosted by Mobile Writers Guild, is Friday, February 7, 2020, 3-6 p.m. at Mobile Bookseller, 3990 Government Boulevard. The community is invited to this meet and greet with the Mobile Writers Guild authors whose fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction writings are published in the third annual themed anthology, Valentine's Day Pieces. This is the third installment of the Mobile Writers Guild anthology series.
Gulf Coast Opry Mardi Gras Ball is February 22, 2020. Supper will begin at 5:30. Admission: suggested donation of $5. This will be a covered dish event, so bring a couple of dishes. Gulf Coast Opry is at 5104 Highway 43, Satsuma.
The 2nd Annual Dauphin Island Native American Festival, presented by Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, is Saturday, March 21, 2020, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fort Gaines, 51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island.
Dauphin Island Native American Festival is a celebration of the cultures that existed in the Alabama coastal region in the 1700s through the early 1800s, the festival will feature live storytelling and hands-on demonstrations of Native American foodways, recreational activities and arts and crafts.
Tickets include both the Festival and a tour of Fort Gaines and are $6 for ages 5-12 and $12 for ages 13 and up. Advance tickets can be purchased online at https://dauphinislandarts.networkforgood.com/events/18565-dauphin-island-native-american-festival, at Dauphin Island Gallery or at Fort Gaines. Tickets will also be on sale at Fort Gaines the day of the event.
Mobile Museum of Art, 4851 Museum Drive, has announced the upcoming special exhibitions, all opening to the public on February 7, 2020. (Members only Opening Reception, Thursday, February 6, 6-8 p.m. Included in the special collections are An Art Historian Collects: The David E. Brauer Collection; Southern Masters II: Marion “Pinky” Bass, Ruth Miller, & Miriam N. Omura; and Dori DeCamillis: READ MY MIND.
Coastal Response Center, South Bay Project, Community Center at 7385 Highway 188, Coden is holding a Veterans Celebration Breakfast on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The breakfast is for veterans, active duty military, families of fallen soldiers and is free and open to the public. You are welcome to bring a breakfast dish and be a part of serving those who have served us so well. The breakfast is at 9 and the Honor Ceremony at 11 a.m. Organizers Lori Bosarge, 251-206-9990 and Laura Sprinkle, 251-379-4678 asks for names of those being honored so that certificates can be made ahead of time, if possible.
Click St. Elmo Feed & Seed, 9001 Highway 90, Irvington, invites the community to "Breakfast with the Babies" on Friday, February 7, 7:30-10:30 a.m. to welcome the first chicks of the 2020 season--and to enjoy coffee and donuts.
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On Friday, March 6, 6-7 p.m., Bellingrath Gardens and Home is hosting "Seussical Jr." presented by The PACT, a new performing arts academy in Mobile. In “Seussical Jr.,” favorite Dr. Seuss characters are lovingly brought to life, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, the lazy bird Mayzie, and JoJo, a little boy with a big imagination. These colorful characters transport the audience from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. The 45-minute show will be presented on the Great Lawn at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road. Tickets will be available at the door, ormay be purchased ahead of time from The PACT. For details, visit thepactmobile.com.
Please note: The show will also be presented for school groups at a matinee on Friday, March 6, at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Registration for the matinee is required in advance.
"An Evening with YA Romance Authors: From Contemporary to Fantasy" is presented by The Haunted Book Shop on Monday, February 3, 6-7:30 p.m.. The Haunted Book Shop is at 109 Dauphin Street.
Special Guest Authors are Shaila Patel, Joyce Scarbrough and Laynie Bynum; moderator is book blogger Ashley McCartney. Learn more about these talented authors as they discuss Young Adult Romance genre.
As an unabashed lover of all things happily-ever-after, Shaila Patel's younger self would finish reading her copy of Cinderella and chuck it across the room because it didn't mention what happened next. Now she writes from her home in the Carolinas and dreams up all sorts of stories with epilogues and Indian-American characters who look like her.
Shaila is a pharmacist by training, a medical office manager by day, and a writer by night. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the author of the multiple award-winning, #ownvoices, young adult paranormal romance trilogy called the Joining of Souls. She loves craft beer, tea, and reading in cozy window seats—but she'll read anywhere. You might find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light or gushing about her favorite books online. Check her out at www.shailapatelauthor.com.
Laynie Bynum is a Young Adult author from Birmingham, Alabama who writes everything from Contemporary Romance to Urban Fantasy.
When she isn't crafting characters who reflect her never-ending wanderlust and love of music, she is the Marketing Manager at Magnolia Press and the Vice President of Communications for the Young Adult chapter of Romance Writers of America.
In her personal life, she strives to be an excellent mom to her two children, her “bonus kids”, and the small army of woodland creatures she has amassed including a turtle, rabbit and hedgehog.
Joyce Scarbrough is a Southern woman weary of seeing herself and her peers portrayed in books and movies as either post-antebellum debutantes or barefoot hillbillies á la Daisy Duke, so all her heroines are smart, unpretentious women who refuse to be anyone but themselves. Joyce has eight published novels as well as several short stories available as digital downloads. She writes both adult and YA fiction. Joyce has lived all her life in beautiful LA (lower Alabama), she's the mother of three gifted children and a blind Pomeranian named Tilly, and she's been married for 32 years to the love of her life-a superhero who disguises himself during the day as a high school math teacher and coach.
Stars over Mobile Quilters are always busy--and they're always interested in stitchers and quilters to produce Quilts of Valor for our military veterans.
In addition to their own groups and individual quilters, Stars over Mobile members meet the 4th Monday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Parkway SAIL Center for Seniors, 2600 Boykin Boulevard at Dauphin Island Parkway. There, they work with seniors who meet at the center for activities and lunch.
On the first Tuesday, Stars members meet with a group of interested quilters at Humana Insurance near I-65 on Airport Boulevard. The group meets from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and all who would like to contribute, see Joyce Davis Reed for contact information.
"We are also working with the local 4-H students" Joyce said. Nine have committed to meet on February 27 and February 28 to make Quilts of Valor. The will get together at The Grounds on the 27th and at the School Board Office on Schillinger Road on the 28th.
The 4-H Club group may evolve into an "Under Our Wings group," Joyce said, explaining: "We are taking them under our wings to teach them about quilting and about giving back to others in the form of QOV," she said: "We hope that some might want to meet over the summer when school is out a couple of times to continue to stitch."
The Stars over Mobile meet together is groups, and they have completed and given hundreds of red-white-and blue quilts to area veterans.
February 1 is National Sew Date, and all quilters will celebrate this once-a-year community-wide meeting by sewing that day. Stars over Mobile will meet 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 6101 Grelot Road.
"We are always looking for new stitchers of all groups. The more volunteers the better," Joyce Reed said.
The mission of Quilts of Valor organization is “to cover service members and veterans "cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor."
Stars over Mobile with Quilt of Valor at last year's Sew Date.
The Winter Wednesday event at Bellingrath Gardens & Home at 10:30 a.m. on January 29 is a presentation by Tom McGehee, “Architect George B. Rogers: His Career in Retrospect.” To make a reservation, call 251-459-8868.
Below is an article by Sally Ericson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Bellingrath Gardens & Home, and tells a little of George Rogers and his influence on Mobile architecture (if you've been in Mobile long, you've probably seen many of the buildings that Rogers designed.)
A new look at Bellingrath’s architect, George B. Rogers by Sally Pearsall Ericson (quoted):
Nearly a century ago, architect George B. Rogers was making a name for himself in Mobile with his eye for designs that were true to the city’s history and style. Now, two local historians are taking a fresh look at Rogers’s life and career.
Rogers arrived in Mobile in 1901. By the time of his death in 1945, he had designed a variety of structures, including office buildings, churches, club houses and mansions, many of which are still standing. His architectural styles ranged from Italian Renaissance to Colonial Revival.
One of Rogers’ most famous achievements is Bellingrath Gardens and Home, the state’s oldest public garden. Walter and Bessie Bellingrath first hired the architect in 1927 to create the plan for the Gardens, then re-hired him in 1934 to design their new home on the banks of the Fowl River.
For the past two years, historians Tom McGehee and Cart Blackwell have been collaborating on a book about the architect who left an indelible impact on the streetscapes of his adopted home. McGehee is the Museum Home Director at Bellingrath; Blackwell is the curator of the Mobile Carnival Museum.
Blackwell, a Selma native, originally came to Mobile as an architectural historian and had developed a great interest in Rogers’ career. McGehee has been researching local architectural history for more than 30 years, with an added emphasis on Rogers’ work since joining Bellingrath Gardens and Home 26 years ago.
Their book about Rogers, which will be published later this year, will include Blackwell’s research about how the architect’s designs fit in a larger national trajectory and McGehee’s examination of Rogers’ personal relationships with his clients, a list that included many of Mobile’s most prominent citizens.
Rogers was known more for his architectural designs and his landscape designs, but he was also a talented interior designer, McGehee noted. For example, the 1935 Bellingrath Home features a Colonial Revival staircase, elaborate plasterwork and Adams-style mantelpieces in each of the major rooms – architectural features that were commonly found in Mobile’s historic mansions.
“Rogers once said that the best architects borrow from the past, and this is exactly what he did,” McGehee said. “He believed that by making a building relate to that past, the first-time viewer of his work would find something comfortable and appealing.”
During his research, McGehee has discovered that the collaboration between Rogers and the Bellingraths wasn’t always smooth. Rogers was perpetually over budget and behind schedule, McGehee said. At one point, Mr. Bellingrath commented, “Patience, which my wife and I have long seen as a virtue, is coming to an end.”
Rogers’ designs in Mobile include the 1907 Van Antwerp Building at Royal and Dauphin, which was the city’s first true skyscraper (pictured); Government Street Methodist Church at Government and Broad streets, completed in 1917; the Scottish Rite Temple, built in 1921 at St. Francis and Claiborne streets (pictured); Murphy High School in Midtown, built in 1926; the World War I Monument, dedicated in 1926; and the downtown branch of the Mobile Public Library on Government Street, built in 1928.
Mobile Mystery Dinners next performance is " Murder on the Casting Couch" Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8, both at 7 p.m. The Friday performance is at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard. Make required reservations though Casey Moore at the Country Club at 251-706-7371, or 251-222-1909 or her email at email@example.com; the Saturday performance is at Bellingrath Hall, 1260 Dauphin Street. Advance reservations: ARRIWreservations. For more informtion, call 251-865-7398. Reservation include free parking, a delicious meal and 2.5 hours of entertainment.
** COMMUNITY NEEDS:
* February 1st is the cut-off day for donations Mobile SPCA Spring Rummage Sale on March 13 and March 14. So, clean out those closets, drawers and storage units and donate it to the Mobile SPCA dogs and cats. Some of the best sellers are jewelry, tools, antiques, home decor, rock and roll albums, CDs and electronics. SPCA accepts rummage 5 days a week so bring your donations soon. Donation hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 to 5:00 ~ Thursday 8:30 to noon ~ Saturday 10 to 3. SPCA is at 620 Zeigler Circle W, Mobile.
* The Pillars, 1757 Government Street, is now accepting Mardi Gras gowns, shoes and accessories to stock the "Royal Closet" to help high school in need go to the prom. Donations can be accepted through March 13.
* Betty Houston, member of Mobile Retired Educators Association, said the organization is collecting prom wear so that homeless students may attend their proms. The gowns for girls can be any color or size; boys' suits should be black or navy blue; ties are also accepted. For more information, call Betty at 251-680- 7644.
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Good Job: Semmes Woman's Club recently presented a $3,500 check to Semmes Senior Center to assist with needs for the new expansion building currently in the works.
** MARDI GRAS ACTIVITIES:
* Crewe de Ducks Mardi Gras Tour, presented by Gulf Coast Ducks and The Fort of Colonial Mobile, 150 S Royal Street, will run 6 dates, February 1-February 16. Check event site for varying times. Tickets are at gulfcoastducks.com. Ticket sales within 1 hour of tour start time are available for purchase in our gift shop at The Fort of Colonial Mobile at 150 S. Royal Street. Call 251-525-6933 with questions. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early and bring a photo ID to claim your tickets. Check your spam folder for your confirmation email. Confirmation email is not required to claim tickets; we only need an ID.
* Dauphin Island People's Parade is February 1. Several categories have been added in which awards will be given. Among them are the Best Band, Best Decorated Vehicle and Best in Show. The Marshall Award will be chosen on theme, overall character, decorations and enthusiasm. The parade is open to Foot Marchers, Truck Bands, Dance Troupes, Performance Groups, Recognized Equestrian Groups, Floats and Trailers, Boats on Trailers, Vehicles, Motocycle Groups/Clubs and more. Applications are available on the Town website. For more information, contact City Hall.
* The Mystic Krewe of Salty Paws (Dauphin Island) will hold the 6th Annual Parade on Saturday, February 8, 2020. This event is being sponsored by the Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce and is a fundraiser for the Animal Rescue Foundation. This will also be an adoption day for ARF. Registration will be available online via EventBrite. Anyone wishing to register the day of the parade may do so at the registration table that will be located at the water tower.
* On Thursday, February 13, 2020, 5-7:30 p.m., United Way of Southwest Alabama, is hosting "A Night of Revelry: Celebrating Mobile's 40 Under 40." Guests are invited to "Grab your family then make your way e. RSVP to https://uwswa-el-revelry2.eventbrite.com by February 7th if you plan to attend. For more information contact, United Way of Southwest Alabama at 251.433.3623 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are at www.eventbrite.com.
* The First Baptist Church of Chickasaw Children's Ministry, in conjunction with the City of Chickasaw, is presenting the Krewe Of Kids Parade on Saturday, February 15. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Children from babies to 6th grade are encouraged to participate--riding in decorated strollers, bicycles, tricycles or wagons. Meet in the parking lot in front of the church, 92 5th Street; King Cake will be provided.
* On February 22, 10:30-noon, there will be a Family Fun Mardi Gras Hangout at Ben May Main Library. Families can make Mardi Gras crafts, hear a Mardi Gras story and play games while they wait for the parades to begin. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-340-1507 or email email@example.com.
* Mobile Arts Council, Room 1927 Joachim Street, Mobile presents the Mystic Squirrels of Bienville parade on Sunday, February 23, 2020, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Want to parade as the adorable squirrel tricksters of Bienville Square? Registration for the Mystic SOBs is open now through Thursday, February 6th. Membership is limited to the first 100 applicants. Members must be 21 years of age or older.Register in-person at Mobile Arts Council or online: https://mobilearts.z2systems.com/np/clients/mobilearts/event.jsp?event=962&**
* Saraland Mardi Gras Association Krewe of Sparta's Inaugural Parade is at noon, March 2, 2019. The Krewe's Ball will be March 2 at 7 p.m. at Steele Creek Lodge. For information, contact Jon C. Coster, President Saraland Mardi Gras Association, “Krewe of Sparta,” SMGALife@gmail.com or 251-455-0109.
* The City of Semmes will offer a recycling station behind the Semmes Regional Library, 9150 Moffett Road, every Wednesday starting February 5th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting and until further notice. Paper and cardboard are the only recyclables that will be accepted.
** SENIOR CITIZENS:
* There's no shortage of things to do at the Connie Hudson Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road. The Center offers members so many classes in a large variety of interests--fitness, games, music, needle work and socialization. One of those activities is art, led by talented artist Carmel Alvis. Whether it's for beginners or seasoned painters, Carmel has it covered. The Art Program is a vital part of the Senior Center's operation, and on almost every day of the week, there will be classes in acrylics, drawing, oils. Pictured is one of Carmel's paintings featured in a recent Senior Center brochure.
* On Mondays, February 3, 10 and 17 at 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., the Alabama Extension will host "Urban SNAP-ED, Making Nutrition Easy, Tasty & Affordable" classes at the Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, Grand Bay. This event offers eEducation for youth and adults about managing food dollars, making wise food choices, and preparing safe, healthy foods. Kick start the new year and learn how to eat healthy on a budget, plus hands-on demonstrations for healthy snacks & recipes. The complete course is offered through 7 classes. Door prizes and more. NOTE: There will not be a class on Jan 20th due to the holiday, but classes will be held each Monday at 10:30 a.m.
* "Celebrate Our Seniors! 2020" is Thursday, February 6, 11:30 a.m. at the Via Center, 1717 Dauphin Street. Hundreds of seniors and business and community leaders come together to celebrate the Greatest Generation at the Via Center. The event includes lunch, a senior motivational speaker, our annual Celebrate Seniors video and presentation of the Arlene F. Mitchell Award for Volunteer Service. Tickets are $50, and reserved tables of 8 can be purchased for $500. To vendors: This event is an excellent way to market your products and services to the senior community. Go to http://viamobile.org/images/2020SponsorLevels.pdf.
* Let the Good Times Roll! Connie Hudson Senior Center Seniors are looking forward to a Mardi Gras Dance, February 7, 2020, 6-9 p.m. For ticket information, call 251-208-6701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Center is at 3201 Hillcrest Road.
* A Valentine's Day Fashion Show is planned for Connie Hudson Senior Center members on February 14, 2-4 p.m. For ticket information, call 251-208-6701 or email email@example.com. The Center is at 3201 Hillcrest Road.
* Mark your Calendar: Brookside Senior Living Community, 2260 Pesnell Court, is presenting an Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, Masy 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The event is to benefit Alzheimer's Awareness. For vendor information and/or application, notify our Activity Director Dana Watson at 251-633-9299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
** CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE:
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala is Friday, January 31, 2020, 6:30-9 p.m. RSVP by January 10th by contacting the Chamber Office 251.666.2488. Tickets are $25 per person. The event will be held at the Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. For more information, email@example.com or 251.666.2488.
* Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s 183rd Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, February 5 starting at 5 p.m. at the Mobile Convention Center and presented by Trustmark Bank. Tickets are $60 per person. Get your tickets now by calling 251-431-8606 or order securely online at events.mobilechamber.com.
* Chickasaw Chamber of Commerce February Luncheon is Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street. Lunch will be complimentary.
* Fleet Feet X Saucony Winter Dozen Challenge, hosted by Fleet Feet Mobile, 3972 Airport Boulevard, Mobile, continues. Show Up strong in 2020 with the Winter Dozen Challenge; join thousands of runners nationwide in running or walking three times each week (for a minimum of 10 minutes each session) during the challenge. At the end of four weeks and 12 runs or walks, earn your Winter Dozen Challenge badge to show off! BONUS: The first 25 finishers who show their badge at their local Fleet Feet starting February 3 receive a Show Up Fleet Feet x BOCO trucker hat, a 2020 running calendar poster, and an exclusive $10 off Saucony footwear reward. Visit fleetfeet.com/winterdozen for more information and winter running tips.
* The Charity Chase 2020 is Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 8 a.m.-noon at O'Daly's Irish Pub, 564 Dauphin Street. Tickets are at raceroster.com. $20 of every registration will go directly to the participant's charity of choice and runners will compete to win additional donations by winning the race ($1,000) or placing in their age division ($50.)
* 6th Annual Caring for Caryn's Kids 5K/1 Mile Fun Run, presented by Caryn's Kids 2027 and The Grounds, will be Saturday, February 29, 2020, 6 a.m.-noon at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road N. Visit event site for information about sponsorships, registration and more.
* The Battle of Mobile Bay 5K, benefiting Historic Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island, is set for Saturday February 15, 2020 at 8:10 a.m. at Fort Gaines. Pre-register by mail (entries should be postmarked by February 8th), in person at McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri, or Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope until noon on February 13 or online until 4 a.m. February 14.
* Joe Cain Classic 5K Run is Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 8 -11 a.m. in Downtown Moblie. The event includes Joe Cain Classic 5K Run, 1 Mile and "Moonpie Dash." Organizers say that these runs are "Fast, flat and ugly course followed by an AWESOME BLOCK PARTY!!
* Join the crowd on the streets of Mobile on Saturday, March 28, 2020 for the 43nd Annual Azalea Trail Run (ATR), one of the premier 10K road races in the United States and the 2011 RRCA National 10K Championship. The event also includes 5K and 2K runs. All of the courses are flat and extremely fast. See mybestruns.com.
* The 10th Annual Infirmary Health Duathlon is Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at 166 Mobile Infirmary Boulevard. Tickets are at raceroster.com. The Infirmary Health Duathlon is a 2-mile run, 10-mile bike ride and 2-mile run throughout beautiful Midtown Mobile. Register as an individual, a relay team or for the 1-mile fun run. Registration prices increase February 2; register online --> infirmaryduathlon.org. All proceeds from the Infirmary Health Duathlon benefit the Fuse Project. The Fuse Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding and implementing projects to benefit children across the Alabama Gulf Coast. To learn more, please visit fuseproject.org.
** GALAS, FUN, FUNDRAISERS, WORKSHOPS AND OTHER EVENTS:
* Every 3rd THURSDAY of the month, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., GulfQuest 155 S. Royal Street, is extending its hours and offering FREE Admission to all Mobile County Residents (with a valid ID.)
* On January 29, Bellingrath's Winter Wednesday program features "Architect George B. Rogers: His Career in Retrospect." The event is at 10:30-11:30 a.m. The event is free for members and $14 for non-members. Reservations are requested; call 251-459-8868.
* February 4, 1:30 p.m., Ben May Main Library will host African American Experience In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. The film runs 100 minutes and is rated TV-MA. For more information, call 251-340-1458
* Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 6:30-10 p.m., the Mobile Big Band Society Valentine Dinner Dance will be held at Mobile Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 S Water Street. Tickets are by Eventbrite.
* Cooks? Learn how to use an InstaPot/Pressure Cooker to help you prepare your meals quicker and tastier--Instapot/Pressure Cooking with Francois, an event for all ages, is February 15 and on February 29, 4-5 p.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. For more information, call 251-494-4132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Sunday, February 16, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Gulf Coast Ducks is hosting "The Last Siege--Historical Civil War Tour and Book Signing." Gulf Coast Ducks, in collaboration with local author Paul Brueske, presents a historical tour examining Mobile's Civil War history. Tickets are at gulfcoastducks.com. Price is as follows: $29 Adults; $16 Children (3-12), $3 Infants Under 3. A copy of the book "The Last Siege" is available with your ticket purchase for $32.95. Ticket sales within 1 hour of tour start time are available for purchase in our gift shop at The Fort of Colonial Mobile at 150 S. Royal Street. Call 251-525-6933 with questions. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early and bring a photo ID to claim your tickets. Please check your spam folder for your confirmation email. Confirmation email is not required to claim tickets; we only need an ID.
* Daughters of the Nile Taco Night Social, hosted by Abba Shrine Events and Abba Shrine Craft & Attic Show, 7701 Hitt Road, is Friday, February 21, 2020 at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 per person -all you can eat -beef or chicken tacos. There's also a Silent Auction
* The February 26th Winter Wednesday at Bellingrath Gardens and Home is "Camellia Waxing." And flower (camellia) lovers can join Dr. Brenda Litchfield to learn about the fun of waxing camellias and other flowers. After guests have seen her demonstration, the will be able to wax their own blooms; bring one or two camellias to wax. The class is from 10:30–11:30 a.m. and is free for members and $14 for non-members. Reservations are requested; call 251-459-8868.
* A New Citizens Reception will be hosted by Cosmopolitan Woman of Mobile on Friday, March 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the US Federal Building, Saint Joseph Street, Mobile.
* The 2020 Downtown Get Down, hosted by Hargrove Engineers + Constructors and The Hargrove Foundation, is Thursday, March 19, 2020, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile. Tickets are $10 in advance at www.eventbrite.com / $15 at the "door." Two drink tickets are included, and children younger than 10enter free. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Hargrove Foundation's effort to support STEM related initiatives across the country. One Team!
* Mobile Chocolate Festival to benefit Penelope House for victims of domestic violence is Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Abba Shrine, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile. This is a Family Fun event - $3 general admission, $2 for seniors 65 and older; children 13 and under are free. Proceeds benefit Penelope House
* The Mobile SPCA will host its eleventh annual Spay-ghetti Dinner on Thursday, March 5, 2020, 5-8:30 p.m. at Our Savior Catholic Church, 1801 Cody Road. All proceeds will benefit the Mobile SPCA’s spay-neuter program. Note from SPCA: With the help of all of the great donations from Bay Catering, Dees Paper Company and our supporters we hope to fully fund the event and use 100% of the proceeds to spay and neuter pets in Mobile We have several Grand Raffle Prizes this year and at least 40 more raffle and silent auction items that include gift cards from local eateries and pastry shops, homemade cakes, pet baskets, jewelry, handmade crafts and so much more. We have tons of door prizes; practically everyone wins something. Tickets are still just $10 each. You will enjoy our famous homemade meat or vegetarian sauce, pasta, salad, garlic bread, tea and delicious homemade desserts. We will start serving at 5pm. You can dine in or take out. Tickets can be purchased at the Mobile SPCA office or at the door. For more information, call 251-633-3531.
* Saraland Lions Club 12th Annual Pancake Breakfast is March 14th at Catfish Junction, Industrial Parkway, Saraland. (NEW This year: Country Breakfast, serving Pancakes, Sausage, Eggs, Grits, Drinks.) Tickets are available from any Saraland Lions member. In addition to the Lions, several other non-profit groups will benefit from Pancake Breakfast proceeds and will have tickets for sale. These groups include Boy Scouts Troop 113, New Pilgrim Baptist Church, Schools' Archery Teams, Fountain Of Life Church, Schools' Bands, City League Baseball and Schools' Leo Clubs.
* 2020 Mobtown Mac 'n Cheese Fest to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile is Saturday, March 21, 2020, noon-3 p.m. at Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile. The primary purpose of this event is to raise funds and awareness for UCP, a local non-profit who’s mission is simple – promoting the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Tickets: $12 (Pre-Order), $15 (Day Of) Very Important Cheese Entry (11 a.m.-noon) - $25 For more information, 251-479-4900 or UPCMOBILE.org
* Bay Bites Food Truck Festival, hosted by Mobile Baykeeper, is Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 5-9 p.m. Bay Bites was selected by FlightNetwork.com as one of the Top 21 Food Truck Festivals in North America. hosted by Mobile Baykeeper's Young Advisory Council (YAC) Leadership Committee, Bay Bites is an annual food truck festival benefiting our work for clean water, clean air, and healthy communities. Enjoy delicious food from the area's best local food trucks, craft beer and wine, live music, lawn games, and a variety of kids entertainment options to come on the beautiful riverfront of downtown Mobile. Tickets are at mobilebaykeeper.networkforgood.com. Buy an advance ticket now for the best price--A $10 ticket admits you to the festival. Food and drinks sold separately. Drinks are $4 each.--A $15 ticket admits you to the festival and gets you two 12-oz canned drinks. Food is sold separately. Prices go up at the door. Important: Please RSVP after you purchase your tickets with your guests, kids, friends, or family members that will be joining you. Look for the link in your confirmation email. This process helps us help you at the gate and keeping people safe.
** ARTS/CRAFTS/CHARITY GARAGE SALES
* Fort Gaines Campground residents have set the date for their Annual Garage and Crafts Sale as February 15, 9 a.m.-noon at the Campground Pavilion. To set up a table, call Debbie Brown, 330-424-8844.
* "Learning How to Draw" is presented at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive on Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. through March 7. If you have long held the desire to learn how to draw then this class is for you. And also, for those intermediate and advanced students who simply wish to take their drawing skills to a higher level. Feel the magic of creating “value” as your flower drawing slowly emerges and comes to life with shape, form, depth and dimension. Instructor is Derek Norman. Fee for MBG members $125; for non-members $150. To register, email MBG call (251)342-0555.
* Alabama Contemporary Art Center is presenting two solo shows through March 15--Two Solo Shows: Y.Malik Jalal & Francine Tint. Atlanta-based artist Y. Malik Jalal’s A Study of the Supernatural Phenomena of Emergence delves into the aesthetic tradition of Black Radicalism applied to history and ephemera from Mobile’s own Africatown and the broader culture of port cities in the South. Francine Tint’s solo exhibition will feature colorful paintings that are influenced by and contribute to a long lineage of abstract expressionist art that emerged in the 1950s.
* Mobile Museum of Art is currently reaching out to the area arts community for help in restoring a commemorative quilt with ribbons, embroidery and images, all of which relate to Mobile and its civic and public organizations and cultural history. There is no value in storing works of art in a museum that cannot be viewed by the public. That’s why Mobile Museum of Art made a concerted effort to find the funds to have the crazy quilts currently on view in ALL AMERICAN from the Collection lovingly conserved and restored. The fundraising goal for this quilt is $15,000 to complete a full-year restoration by a professional textile conservator. Consider making a donation for the restoration of this Mobile treasure. Once its material and integrity are restored, it will take its rightful place as one of the most beautiful and expertly crafted works of art produced in our city.
* Mobile Museum of Art's upcoming special exhibitions include An Art Historian Collects: The David E. Brauer Collection; Southern Masters II: Marion “Pinky” Bass, Ruth Miller, & Miriam N. Omura; and Dori DeCamillis: READ MY MIND. A Members-Only Opening Reception is Thursday, February 6, 6 - 8 p.m. The exhibits are all opening to the public on February 7, 2020.
* On February 11th, 2020, the community is invited to USA Art Galleries, 5901 USA Drive N. for a fun night of Art, Music and Cupcakes! The event features Ryan Balthrop and is presented by USA Libraries and Southern Window Art. The schedule is as follows: 5 p.m. - Explore all the Marx Library Art Galleries - refreshments provided. Southern Window Art, by Ryan Balthrop, will have a large selection of window art on display and for sale; 6 p.m.- Free concert by local Musican/Artist Ryan Balthrop in the Marx Library Auditorium and at 7 p.m., a Concert followed by an Art Talk and "design your own cupcakes" in the 3rd Floor Rodning Gallery.
* In Tinker, Design & Create on February 11, 4-5 p.m., one can learn how to etch on glass and play with alcohol inks to change the etching. The class is at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Space and supplies are limited. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-494-3684 or email email@example.com.
* The 20s are back! Bayou Rhythm is at Lupercalia Art Society, 358 Dauphin Street, Friday, February 14, 2020, 6-9 p.m. Bayou Rhythm will play Roaring 20's and New Orleans jazz music at the hottest new art gallery in Mobile. Enjoy the works of Mobile's finest artists and a restored Speakeasy from the 20's. Join us for a romantic Valentine's day. Bayou Rhythm... the original Art Walk Band.
* Dauphin Island's Bluegrass/Country Jams are back! So--musicians, grab your banjos and mandolins and head on over to the Little Red School House on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free.
* Shen Yun Performing Arts at Mobile Civic Center Theater on Tuesday, February 11, 7:30 p.m., 2020. Purchase tickets in person at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 251-208-7906) or the Saenger Theatre Box Office (6 South Joachim Street; open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 251-208-5600). For information regarding accessible seating tickets, please call 251-208-7381. Additional fees, service charges, and/or taxes may be added to ticket prices. All dates, acts, and ticket prices subject to change without notice.
* So--What’s All That Jazz About? Children aged 4-10 years old can learn at West Regional Library on February 18, 2-3 p.m. or at Ben May Main Library, February 28, 10-11 a.m. The session includes clever listening games, live music, dramatic storytelling, group participation and humorous demonstrations are some of the fun activities the young audience will enjoy. Jazz saxophonist, Shenole Latimer, will lead the group through a highly interactive and entertaining presentation on the colorful and expressive American music known as “Jazz.” Registration is encouraged. For information or to register at West Regional, call 251- 340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For Ben May, call 251-340-1507 or email email@example.com.
* Mobile Ballet's BEAUTY & THE BEAST is Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 2:30 p.m. All performances are held at the Mobile Civic Center Theater Mobile Ballet, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; VISIT mobileballet.org TO PURCHASE TICKETS! SEASON TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE - 251-342-2241*
** EVENTS FOR TEENS/CHILDREN/FAMILIES:
* "Family Fun! "Crafty Mondays with Mr. Butch" at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library on February 3, 4-5 p.m. offers an hour of seasonal arts and crafts--Heart Plate Stitching. Groups must register. For more information, call 251-494-4132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Teens, learn to crochet at Teen Tuesdays in the Teen Spot, West Regional Library. Crochet 101 starts February 4, 4-5:30 p.m. So--if you love the cute Amigurumi crochet animals but don't know how to crochet, join the group in the Teen Spot and learn the basics of crocheting. Supplies and snacks will be provided. For more information, call 251-340-8555 or email email@example.com.
* World Read Aloud Day is Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 8:30 a.m. at McDavid Jones Elementary School, 16250 Highway 45, Citronelle. Teachers are currently looking for community members to read to students for World Read Aloud Day. If you are willing to come share your favorite book, contact us through Facebook page or call Amy Tillman at 2211510, option 1. There was a great turn out last year...including Mayor Stringer, Chief Norris, City Council members, fireman, students from the high school, and Azalea Trail Maids. Help make it a bigger turnout this year. A little about World Read Aloud Day from I-net: Scholastic site: World Read Aloud Day teacher.scholastic.com/worldreadaloudday. Celebrate the Profound Power of the Read-Aloud. For 10 years World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) has called attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read aloud! The global effort is now celebrated in over 173 countries and counting! Join the movement!
* The Playhouse-in-the-Park presents the classic American drama "The Miracle Worker," based on the early life of Helen Keller. For students, the performances are February 12 and 13 and February 18 and 19, at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The play is appropriate for 3rd through 12th grade students. Tickets are $9 for students and chaperones and free for teachers. The show lasts 75 minutes and is performed at the Playhouse in Langan Park. For booking, call 251-422-5434.
* Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama presents the Gulf Coast Children's Book Festival on Thursday, March 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This festival, to be held at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Rd N, is the only children's book festival on the Gulf Coast. Come and enjoy an array of local organizations, emerging authors, illustrators, storytellers, entertainment and costumed book characters. For more information, go to bgcsouthal.org.
* James Bond 007 "GoldenEye" will be showing at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library at 5:30 p.m., February 4th. The story starts in 1986, in the Soviet Union. British secret agent James Bond and his fellow 00 agent and friend, Alec Trevelyan (006), have infiltrated a secret Soviet chemical weapons production plant with the intention of blowing it up via bombs. The film is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-494-4132.
* The Tuesday Movie at Parkway Branch Library on February 4, 3 p.m. is "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil." Maleficent's peaceful life is once again set to be disturbed when the princess announces her engagement to Prince Phillip. As humans are separated from fairies, Maleficent and Aurora find themselves on opposite ends of the brewing conflict. For more information, call 251-494-4454.
* On Tuesday, February 4 at 6 p.m., 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard is hosting the Mobile Bay Sierra Club for the screening of "Southern Exposure," presented by ARA. The film is prsented by Cindy Lowry, Executive Director of Alabama Rivers Alliance and Martha Hunter, ARA Alliance Coordinator. For more information, contact Carol Adams-Davis, 702-496-5050 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* On February 11 at 3 p.m., the Tuesday Movie at Parkway Branch Library will be "Harriet," the incredible true story of Harriet Tubman and her quest to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. For more information, call 251-494-4454.
* The Playhouse-in-the-Park presents the classic American drama "The Miracle Worker," based on the early life of Helen Keller. For students, the performances are February 12 and 13 and February 18 and 19, at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The play is appropriate for 3rd through 12th grade students. Tickets are $9 for students and chaperones and free for teachers. The show lasts 75 minutes and is performed at the Playhouse in Langan Park. For booking, call 251-422-5434.
* "Call of the Wild" is coming to the Crescent Theater, 208 Dauphin Street beginning February 21, 2020. Adapted from the beloved literary classic, THE CALL OF THE WILD vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team–and later its leader–Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master.
** JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL:
* The Jewish Film Festival at Ben May Main Library is January 29, 7 p.m. "Promise at Dawn": From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this epic drama tells the romantic story of Romain Gary, one of the most famous French novelists and sole writer to have won the Goncourt Prize for French literature two times. French with English subtitles. The film runs 131 minutes and is not rated. Admission is $ 8.00 and $6.00 for students and seniors. For further information or to make reservations, contact the Mobile Are Jewish Federation at 251-490-4872.
* "Golda's Balcony, The Film," hosted by Mobile Jewish Film Festival, is Sunday, February 2, 2020 at Ahavas Chesed Synagogue, at the special time of 1:30 with TOVAH FELDSHUH recreates 100 years of Jewish history playing 45 different characters (including Ben-Gurion, Moshe Dayan, and, of course, GOLDA MEIR herself), in one of the greatest acting performances of the last 50 years. Never has the whole Jewish century been dramatized with such heart, dazzle and sheer jaw-dropping artistry, then in this amazing film. Dessert Reception to follow the film. WINNER of 20-out-of-20 “Audience Favorite Awards,” at all 20 of its competitive Festivals to date, including L.A., Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv and others.
* On Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Clotilda Descendants Association presents the 2nd Annual Spirit of Our Ancestors Festival at Public School System Middle School Mobile County Training/6 8 800 Whitley Street, Mobile. The festival celebrates the spirit of the Clotilda survivors.
* History Museum of Mobile Learning Lunch: Steve Joynt, hosted by History Museum of Mobile and Mobile Mask, is Wednesday, February 12, 2020, noon-1 p.m. at the Museum, 111 S Royal Street. This is the first of two February Learning Lunches with a Mardi Gras theme, the first being on February 12. This event features local author and Mardi Gras historian, Steve Joynt. He will share his presentation,"Game of Throws." Throws have become as important to the fabric of Mardi Gras as the parades themselves. In Game of Throws, Mr. Joynt will examine the historical and psychological role of throws in a Mardi Gras parade. He will discuss the origins of throws in parades, the development and evolution of laws regulating these items, and the effects these trinkets have on parade attendees. Learning lunch begins at noon in the Auditorium and admission is free.
* History Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street, will hold two February Learning Lunches with a Mardi Gras theme, the first on February 12 featuring Steve Joynt. This is second Learning Lunch and is on February 19, noon-1 p.m. It features Curator of the Mobile Carnival Museum, Cart Blackwell. He will deliver his presentation Broken Columns, Pointed Arches and Bawdy Bordellos: The Architecture of Carnival. The built environment of Mardi Gras is much more than the lasting landscapes of balconies, street lamps, and tall buildings that define Mobile year-round. It is also the architectural ephemera of floats, which might be seen by the public for a few brief hours, but has a lasting impact. Mr. Blackwell’s presentation looks at three parades from the 1880s as means of conveying the witty and at times risqué architectonics of float design. Learning Lunch begins at noon in the auditorium and admission is free.
* Dauphin Island Museum director, Jim Hall, has put together a series of interesting, educational and free talks beginning January 2020. Scheduled for January Tuesday, February 11, 6 p.m. is "Fort Powell, the Third Confederate Fort at the Mouth of Mobile Bay" and Thursday, February 27, 6 p.m. "Sand Island Light House." Admission is free for each of these events, but seating is limited.
* Mobile Carnival Museum's Mobile Makers: Present Day Artists & Artisans of Carnival will be on display through March 28, 2020 Mobile Makers, the fifth installment of the Mobile Carnival Museum's thematic quarterly series, showcases a selection of works by some of Mobile's leading artists. Highlighitng the cultural energy that defines Mardi Gras, the exhibit examines the role the arts - fine, performing, and sartorial - play in Mobile's greatest living tradition.
* Check out this Snowbird Special: Save on Gardens-and-Home tickets in January and February with Bellingrath Gardens & Home Snowbird Special. The discount allows you to tour the Gardens and the Home at a reduced price. Snowbird Special Gardens and Home ticket prices: Adult Gardens and Home ticket: $19.00 (Regular price: $22.00) Child Gardens and Home ticket (ages 5-12): $13.00 (Regular price: $14.00) Children ages 4 and younger: Free.*
* On January 29, Bellingrath's Winter Wednesday program features "Architect George B. Rogers: His Career in Retrospect." The event is at 10:30-11:30 a.m.
* Bellingrath Gardens is hosting the Mobile Area Orchid Society’s 43rd Annual Orchid Show and Sale from Friday, February 28, through Sunday, March 1. Mobile Area Orchid Society members will display their best orchids and will be available to answer questions and provide tips on growing and caring for these exotic plants. The show will include vendors selling orchids, supplies and accessories. Guests will also want to explore the new spring merchandise in the Bellingrath Gift Shop.There is no charge to attend the Orchid Show and Sale, but guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens and Home during their visit.
* See what's in bloom at Mobile Botanical Gardens. Join the WinterGarden Tour at the Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive at 1 p.m. on Fridays through March 20. Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, is featuring WinterGarden Tours every Friday at 1 p.m. (weather permitting) Admission is $5 per person 12 and older; free with General Admission. Last admission is at 3 p.m.
* Preview Party for Plantasia Spring Plant Sale is Thursday, March 19, 4-7 p.m. at MBG, 5151 Museum Drive. Get the first pick of the plants at the Thursday Plantasia Preview Party and Sale. The event is catered by Georgia Roussos and features live music; it's a party for plant lovers. The plant list will be posted on event site two weeks prior to the sale. Tickets will available beginning February 19th. Regular Plant Sale Hours: Friday, March 20 from 9-4, Saturday, March 21 from 9-4 and Sunday, March 22 from 11-4.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens's Plantasia Spring Plant Sale is Friday, March 20, 9 a.m.; Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m. and Sunday, March 22, 11 a.m.
* Environmental Studies Center's Open House, 6101 Girby Road is Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. 6101 Girby Road. With the title of "Spring Open House--Loving Our Coast the Most!" the event has as its theme environmental awareness, showcasing all of the ways our community can promote healthy coastal ecosystems. Parking will be at Burns Middle School with two shuttles running continuously. Come hungry as food will be available for purchase.
** BOOK CLUBS, RECITATIONS, READINGS, BOOK SIGNING:
* Classics Revisited Book Club meets January 27, 6:30 p.m. at Ben May Main Library to Reconnect with the Classics by discussing "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J. K. Rowling. For more information, call 251-340-1541 or email email@example.com.
* From 3-4 p.m. on February 8th, the Extravagant Readers - Adult Book Club will meet at Toulminville Branch Library to discuss "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson. About the story: The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice. For more information, call 251-580-7144.
* A Page in Time Book Club members will discuss "The Right Sort of Man" by Allison Montclair at West Regional Library. The group will meet 2-3:30 p.m. on February 11th. Call Michele Eli, 251-340-8590, for more information.
* The West Regional Library presents "Come Meet Sam Mihara--mass Imprisonment in America" on February 12, 6:30-8 p.m. Copies of Mr. Mihara’s autobiography, The Life and Times of Sam Mihara will be available for sale. For more information, call 251-494-2298.
* Ebony Moments Book Club meets February 13, 6 p.m. at West Regional Library. This month's topic of discussion is "Can't Hurt Me" by David Goggins. The story: For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare. Poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. For more information, contact Betty Kidd at 251-580-7012.
* On February 3, an "African American Read-In" is planned at Toulminville Library. There will be special guests and community partners to 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 251-494-4982.
* On February 18, 1 p.m., the Reader's Choice Book Club will meet at West Regional Library to discuss "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens. For more information, call 251-494-2298.
* April 4, 2 p.m., AHF Road Scholar Richard Bailey, Ph. D. presents "Rock in a Weary Land: The Black Church in 19th Century Alabama" at Ben May Main Library. Admission is free. For more information, call 340-251-1458 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* B&B Pet Stop's Pet Photo “Selfie Spot” for Valentine’s Day is going on Saturday February 8 through Valentine's Day, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. B & B Pet Sto is at 5035 Cottage Hill Road. YOU BRING THE PETS AND THE CAMERA! (or phone) to snap a selfie. HANDS FULL? B & B will be HAPPY to snap the photo for you. There will be a background with lots of fun props. Donations for Friends of Mobile Animal Shelter will be accepted.
* The 17th Annual Azalea Festival is March 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mary G Montgomery High School. The event is sponsored by Semmes Chamber of Commerce. For more information, go to www.semmeschamber.org or email email@example.com.
* The King Cake-Off 2020 is Saturday, February 8, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Mobile Government Plaza, 205 Government Street, Mobile. Tickets are by Eventbrite (see online site.) Come for the King Cake and stay for the afternoon parades. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
* "End of the Road Chili Cook-Off" at Loblolly Farm, 9930 Stone Road, Semmes is Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 251-288-8302 or go to www.loblollyfarm.com.
* The 10th Annual R4R Chili Cook-Off, hosted by Riders 4 Riders, is Sunday, February 16, 2020, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Boondocks Bar & Grill, 10210 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. Fee is $10 per entry on Chili and Cornbread--if you want to try your hand both categories its $15. All About Karaoke will be playing some tunes, there'll be a 50/50 and so much fun!
* The 31st Annual American Cancer Society Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, March 7, 2020, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mardi Gras Park downtown Mobile. Proceeds from Chili-Cook-Off will be used for local educational programs to teach the importance of early detection and prevention; patient services such as transportation, and lifesaving research. To enter: Call the American Cancer Society at (251) 344-9858 or visit our website, mobilechilicookoff.org. To buy tickets: Tickets are $10.00 each at the American Cancer Society Office or $15.00 on the day of the event. For cancer information, call 1-800 - 227-2345 or visit our website at www.cancer.org.
* Dauphin Island Veterans Association (DIVA) Chili Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, March 21 in the west parking lot of Pelican Pub. Tasting begins at noon with a $5 per person donation. Teams should consist of no more than 3 members and the chili cooked on site. Registration fee is $20 per team, $15 if paid by March 11. Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place team.
* The 2020 Downtown Cajun Cook-Off is Saturday, March 28, 2020, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cathedral Square, Mobile. Ticket are $10 and can be purchased at the Child Advocacy Center as well as both Arrow Exterminating locations in Mobile and Baldwin County, Mellow Mushroom Old Shell Rd. and Olensky Brothers Downtown. Ticket prices will be $15 on the day of the event. Ticket can also be purchased online for $13.00 via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/webapps/shoppingcart?flowlogging_id=f99d99497f91e&mfid=1579386855562_f99d99497f91e#/checkout/openButton. CAC asks that if you cannot attend, make a donation to the event to help the Child Advocacy Center. The mission of the CAC is to be the Mobile community response to the problem of child abuse. Abused children are interviewed here by a specialized, trained team of professionals. Children and their non-offending family members are referred for counseling and prepared for the criminal justice process. Also provided are educational and training programs in child abuse awareness and prevention.
* Mobile Police Department 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, April 18, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; the new location is Bienville Square, 150 Dauphin Street, downtown Mobile. The public is invited to taste the best chili in the city – cooked by Mobile police officers. Tickets are $5 per person, and free for children 5 and under. Proceeds benefit the Mobile Law Enforcement Foundation and MPD Crime Prevention Unit. For more information, call 251-208-1924.
* Southern Sounds BBQ & Bluesfest is scheduled for May 1 and 2 at Loblolly Farm, 9930 Stone Road, Semmes. This BBQ competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Association; for an application, to compete, go to visit www.southernsoundsfest.com. FREE ADMISSION to the public on May 2nd. Gates open at 10 a.m. Live music throughout the day!
A New Citizens Reception will be hosted by Cosmopolitan Woman of Mobile on Friday, March 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the US Federal Building, Saint Joseph Street, Mobile.