During March, visitors to Bellingrath Gardens & Home can expect to enjoy the blooms of more than 250,000 vibrant azaleas in an explosion of color throughout the 65 acres of the Gardens.
For precise times of the azalea blooms, check Azalea Watch on the facility's website, www.bellingrath.org, beginning March 1. For more information, call 251-973-2217.
Mobile Bay Sierra Club presents "Securing the Future of Our Southern Forests" Tuesday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Mobile Bay Sierra Club invites the public to "Securing the Future of Our Southern Forests," a presentation with discussion by Emily Zucchino and Rita Frost of Dogwood Alliance. The event will be Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m.; refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., and will be held at 5 Rivers, Alabama’s Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort.
MBSC says that "Southern forests are some of the most diverse temperate forests on the planet; they’re also the world’s biggest source of pulp and paper. But the forests’ unseeable assets are among their most important: they’re a force against climate change, erosion and water pollution, a source of shelter for critical plant and animal species and one of the last, best places to experience the power of nature. Since 1996, Dogwood Alliance has championed this irreplaceable resource, safeguarding its environmental and economic value."
Though Dogwood Alliance’s mission is focused on protecting forests of the South, the work transforming the practices of major US corporations also helps improve forest conservation across the nation and around the world.
For more information, contact Carol Adams-Davis, 702-496-5050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From now until March 18, orders can be placed for candy Easter eggs made from scratch by members of St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Staples Road. The confections are either large divinity-filled or peanut butter filled, dipped in chocolate, decorated and personalized with one name--$6 each. Call 251-479-0336 for more information.
Mobile Theatre Guild is holding auditions for "Barefoot in the Park," directed by Joe Fuselli, on Monday, February 29, at 7 p.m. at MTG, 14 N. Lafayette Street. The show will run for three weekends, from April 15 through May 1. For more information on characters and preparation for auditions, visit MTG website, www.mobiletheatreguild.org. "The Colored Museum" at Mobile Theatre Guild continues its run through March 6.
The SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce noon luncheon and business meeting is Wednesday, March 2, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. RSVP at 251-666-2488.
The Metro Mobile Reading Council's deadline for submissions for student publications is March 2. For information, contact Elizabeth Gillespie at 251-391-5436 or email@example.com (See an earlier story, with complete details, on this blog.)
The Government Street Forum and Lunch at Government Street Presbyterian Church, 300 Government Street, is Thursday, March 3. The $10 lunch will be served at noon; the 12:30 p.m. free presentation will be by Hayley Van Antwerp, Executive Director, Innovation Port AL, a small business incubator with a mission of bringing more entrepreneurial development to the Gulf Coast.
On Thursday, March 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m., the public is invited to join the Mobile Writers Guild and the Friends of the Mobile Public Library for a 1950s, New York-style cocktail party celebrating New York Times bestselling author Melanie Benjamin. Cocktails and refreshments begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by Benjamin’s presentation on her "The Swans of 5th Avenue" will be at 6:30 p.m. Food is provided by Bay Gourmet. Fashion of the era is encouraged--prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $25 each or $40 per couple. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 251-208-7097. Tickets may also be purchased at the West Regional Branch Library, 5555 Grelot Road, Mobile, AL 36609. For more information on speaker Melanie Benjamin, visit www.prhspeakers.com.
Our Sisters' Closet is holding its "2016 Spring Sale + Easter and Prom Dresses" event on Friday, March 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Dumas Wesley Auditorium, 126 Mobile Street in midtown Mobile. The Spring Sale features new, nearly new and vintage designer and name-brand items. This includes casual fashions, jewelry, "purses and shoes galore," plus Easter dresses and suits and prom gowns in all sizes from Petite to Plus. For more information, call Terri Kearns, 251-423-2001; email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.oursisterscloset.org. .
The American Cancer Society's Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, March 5 at The Grounds (Greater Gulf States Fairgrounds.) The event is a four-hour, fun-filled day of great food and live entertainment where teams compete to find out who can make the best chili in the community. For information on tickets or forming a team, call ACS at 251-344-9858.
Dauphin Island Woman's Club St. Jude Bike-A-Thon for Island youngsters is Saturday, March 5, 8 a.m. Call Joanne Sprinkle, 251-861-3212, for information.
"Over the Edge" rappelling event (20 stories off the Mobile Marriott on Airport Boulevard), a fundraiser sponsored by The 74 Club and Dennis Langan Construction, is open to the first 90 people to raise $1,000 in support of several local non-profit agencies and organizations. Registration is required; the fee is $100, which is applied to the $1,000 minimum for participation. On Saturday, March 5, those who have qualified by raising funds will go "Over the Edge" of the Marriott. For more information, contact Jeff Zoghby or Amy Odom at Mobile Arc, 251-479-7409. To register as a rappeller or to donate to a rappeller, visit visit www.otemobile.com.
Satsuma Swamp Fest 2016 is Saturday, March 5, 2016, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the campus of Satsuma High School. Sponsored by Friends for Satsuma Schools, the event is a fundraiser for Satsuma City Schools. The organization is accepting applications for vendors/exhibitors who can download an application at https://m.facebook.com/pages/Swamp-Fest-Satsuma-Al/713437812013769. The "Little Miss Swamp Fest 2016" competition is open to Satsuma girls in kindergarten-6th grade; applications and further information are available at Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Satsuma (see an article previously posted on this blog for some details.)
The 26th Annual Colonies of the Gulf Coast will be held at Fort Gaines Historic Site on Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6. For more information, call 251-861-6992.
On Sunday, March 6 at 3 p.m., the Mobile Opera is hosting an afternoon tea and a parade of costumes for "Gianni Schicchi." The event will be held at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, 1906 Spring Hill Avenue. Ticket price is $25 per person, and hats are encouraged. To make a reservation, call 251-432-6772 by March 3, 2016.
The Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society, along with members of the Spring Hill College Chorale, will present a concert entitled "Lenten Remembrance" on Sunday, March 6, 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Chapel on the campus of Spring Hill College. For more information, contact Terry D. Maddox, M.M., Artistic Director, at 251-434-9325 or email@example.com.
St. Mary Parish will present "From Tribulation to Triumph--One Man's Holocaust Survival Story" on Sunday, March 6 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Holocaust survivor Allan J. Hall will share his remarkable story, including twice being apprehended and destined for extermination, and the aftermath. The program will be in St. Mary Catholic Church, 1453 Old Shell Road in Mobile. Refreshments will be served in the Sisters of Mercy Building. For more information, contact St. Mary Catholic School Librarian, Sue Lyon, 251-433-9904.
Dr. Christopher Rodning's presentation, "Joara, Cuenca, and Fort San Juan," will be Monday, March 7, 7 p.m. at the University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum. Christopher, a professor of archaeology at Tulane University, is the son of Mary and Charles Rodning of Semmes.
The Women's Resource Center Spring Gala, "Be the Light," will be held at Mobile Convention Center on Tuesday, March 8. A Silent Auction is at 5 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker is Roland C. Warren. RSVP at 251-473-4000.
Providence Hospital Foundation's 2016 Festival of Flowers on the hospital campus is March 10-13.
Friends of African-American Heritage Trail 10th Anniversary Celebration is Thursday, March 10, 6-9 p.m. at History Museum of Mobile. The event will honor Martha Reeves, 2016 Griot Award recipient. To purchase tickets, go to www.maaht.org; tickets are $50 per person.
"Wine, Women & Shoes" to benefit Camp Rap-A-Hope for children with cancer is Thursday, March 10, 6-9 p.m. at the Alabama Cruise Terminal, 201 S. Water Street in downtown Mobile. General admission is $100 per person; VIP fee is $125. Those attending can also purchase opportunity tickets for a "Key to the Closet" and "Wall of Wine." For more details and ticket information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-476-9880
The 47th Annual Historic Mobile Homes Tour is Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Homes on tour are in the Leinkauf Historic District. For more information, visit www.historicmobiletour.com or see a February 20 post on this blog site in which all homes are pictured.
In conjunction with Mobile Historic Homes Tour, the Friends of Magnolia Cemetery organization is offering a tour of the historic grounds on Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m.; this event is free for Homes Tour ticket holders.
The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is hosting its Annual Spring Tea fundraiser on Friday, March 11, 2-5 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the restoration and operation of the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. For more information, including ticket purchase, contact the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion at 251-471-6364.
Saraland Lions Club Annual Pancake Breakfast and Raffle at Catfish Junction on Industrial Parkway in Saraland is Saturday, March 12, 6:30-10:30 a.m. Advance $6 tickets can be purchased from any Saraland Lion or at Catfish Junction; tickets will be $7 at the door. Proceeds will benefit Saraland Schools' Athletic Programs, boys and girls, middle and high schools. Donations are still being accepted for the Opportunity Table--call 251-455-5325 to make a contribution.
The 14th Annual Semmes Azalea Festival is Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mary G. Montgomery High School campus. For information and applications, contact the Semmes Chamber of Commerce at 251-660-4808 or email@example.com.The Community Foundation of South Alabama will celebrate 40 years during the 2016 Annual Luncheon, March 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Alabama Cruise Terminal. Tickets are $40 per person; for more information, visit www.communityfoundationsa.org.
The Semmes BIG Challenge 5K Run is Saturday, March 12 at 9 a.m. Hosted by the Semmes Boys & Girls Club on the morning of the 14th Annual Semmes Azalea Festival, the run takes place on the campus of Mary G. Montgomery High School, 4275 Snow Road in Semmes. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club to assist with the afterschool and summer programs for children ages 6 to 18. More information, including applications and registration forms, as well as sponsorships, can be found at www.bigchallenge5k.com.
Soprano Erin Wakeman, a native of Mobile, will be presented in a gala concert at Government Street Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2016. Also in the program will be Leah Kelly, Bob Wakeman and Scott Wright, General Director of Mobile Opera. Dr. Laura Moore, Director of Choral Activities at the University of South Alabama and chorus master for Mobile Opera, will accompany. This concert is free and open to the public, and a reception of punch and cookies will follow the performance. For more information, contact Bob Wakeman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cunningham-Bounds Downtown Cajun Cook-Off at Cathedral Square is Saturday, March 19. The event to benefit the Child Advocacy Center will feature 22 of Mobile's favorite restaurants with samplings of their best Cajun cuisine. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate; tickets can be purchased on line at www.cacmobile.org. Children under the age of 6 enter free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder.
Coming in early April are the following events:
* Richards DAR House Museum has scheduled a Spring Garden Party for Sunday, April 3, 2-5 p.m. Cost per ticket will be $20; proceeds will go to the SAVE THE IRONWORK project. For information, call Sheila Shell, 251-208-7320 .
* The Coastal Alabama Storytelling Festival at Dauphin Island is Saturday, April 2, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. near the Art Gallery at 918 Bienville Boulevard. Sponsored by the Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, the event will feature local and statewide storytellers, vintage music and demonstrations of boat building, net weaving and casting, oystering, shrimping and crabbing. For additional information, email DauphinIslandArts@gmail.com.
* Dauphin Island Veterans Association is hosting its annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, April 2 at Pelican Pub. The group will accept $5 donations to sample a variety of tasty chili dishes made by local and regional teams. Team entry forms are available at the Pelican Pub; call 251-861-7180 for details.
* The Annual Sunset Bridge 5K Run is on Saturday, April 2, 5 p.m. Sponsored by the South Mobile County Tourism Authority to benefit Dauphin Island and the Villages of South Mobile County, the event fee is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger. The run/walk will start at the Alabama Deep Sea Rodeo Site, 531 Lemoyne Drive, Dauphin Island. Runners can register in person at McCoy Outdoor or Run-N-Tri in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope or online at www.eventbrite.com. Registration is also possible at the Rodeo Site on the afternoon of the race; an additional fee of $5 will be charged.
* The 23rd Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show at Bellingrath Gardens is April 2, 2016. Sponsored by the Mobile Bay Mustang Club, the exhibit features more than 300 vehicles and numerous trophies. Regular Gardens admission fees apply to visit the show--bring a canned good to donate to Feeding the Gulf Coast to receive $1 off admission (only applicable for Gardens-only tickets purchased at Bellingrath on the day of the event.) To register a car or for additional information about the Mobile Bay Mustang Club, visit www.mobilebaymustangclub.org. For information about Bellingrath Gardens & Home, visit www.bellingrath.org.
* The Annual Motorcycle Show is set for Sunday, April 3. Dozens of vintage and classic motorcycles take part in the competition, the biggest fundraiser for Dauphin Island Elementary School. Because of construction, the event will take place in the vacant lot by Fins Bar this year. Cash donations, raffle items and/or food and drink donations are welcome. Call Chasity Hall at 251-861-4223 for more information.
Robert McGhee and two teams of special athletes are headed to Reno this week to compete in the Special Olympics USA National Unified Bowling Tournament. On the shirt sleeve of each bowler will be a patch that holds great significance for team members, their leader, their parents and their friends.
The patch has a white background with a bowling pin, inscribed with CUBB" in the middle and a pretty blue butterfly on each side of the pin. And, curved at the top and bottom are the words, "Cindy's Unified Bowling Buddies."
The unanimous choice for the team league name and emblem is best told by leader/sponsor/bowler McGhee.
"Cindy Branum (a developmentally challenged adult athlete) really loved to bowl and square dance, even though she wore leg braces," McGhee said. "She would use both of her hands to swing the ball back and forth between her legs before she turned it loose," he said of her bowling technique. "If she got a strike, she was the proudest person," he said.
Cindy also liked to get in the pool on the trips she took around the U.S. with the Handicapables, a group of special square dancers.
When she was in the pool, she didn't have to wear her braces, and on the dancers' trip to the National Handicapable Convention in Gatlinburg (in 2010), Cindy was really enjoying the nice, warm buoyant water. She wanted to go down the slide, and her mother, Frances, was waiting at the bottom for her.
"Cindy suffered a heart attack going down into the water, with all her excitement," McGhee said. She was taken to the hospital in Knoxville that Saturday evening. "They took her off life support that night or some time Sunday, and she passed away," he said.
Cindy's father drove to Knoxville to pick up Frances, and on the way home, they stopped to refuel their automobile. "Mrs. Frances was outside the van while it was re-fueling and a blue butterfly lit on her hand and stayed there for a while before it fluttered off into the sky," McGhee said. "She believes this was a sign from Cindy, telling her good bye and 'off to Heaven,'" he said.
Before the next bowling season began, a meeting was held to decide a league name that would honor Cindy, and consequently, they chose "Cindy's Unified Bowling Buddies."
The CUBBs teams left today, Sunday, February 28, for the competition in Reno, and just as they have since her death six years ago, someone will ask about their patch--and someone will have the chance again to tell the story of 44-year-old Cindy Branum and her joy in doing the two things she loved most: bowling and swimming.
When I asked for--and received--a coloring book and Crayolas for Christmas, I had no idea I was tapping into a national phenomenon, an adult passion for coloring.
"Mamma, coloring books for grown-ups are EVERYWHERE!" my daughter told me as I oohed and aahed over my set of three books and a packet of colored pencils on Christmas morning.
And I soon found that my reasons for wanting to return to a pleasant pastime of my childhood fell right in with those of my peers.
When I was growing up in Washington County, entertainment for my younger sister, Nebby, and me was coloring, dressing paper dolls, reading funny books and playing school.
Playing school was fun in the summertime, though we had to take turns being teacher and student. When our little brother Carl got big enough, we coerced him into playing with us; we tied a kerchief around his thick brown hair and gave him a girly name, so we could have two well-behaved girl students. But as much as he wanted playmates, Carl, now deceased, soon tired of being bossed around by big sisters (and of having to be a girl) so that game ended.
The comics were intertaining for just so long; Gene Autry and Roy Rogers had approximately the same number and ilk of outlaws to capture and rattleshakes or coyotes to kill. And of course, playing with paper dolls lasted only as long as those limp, teensy square tabs kept their dresses and playsuits on their shoulders.
But coloring? That could go on forever. Prissy as I was, I counted it a virtue to stay within the lines and coloring ever so lightly the drawings of cats and dogs and children in the books.
But when the last page of the formal coloring was complete, then I was free to draw my own pictures and designs, bear down as hard as I liked on the crayons and even apply several coats of red if I wanted to.
I didn't realize then, nor did I when I added a coloring book to my Christmas list, that the value of coloring, in addition to being fun, was in focusing on applying various hues to a page while my mind wandered on a path of its own, and tension melted away.
But after my daughter brought the news that I was not, in fact, either crazy or unique in wanting to color, I did a little research. It seems, according to such online sources as www.huffingtonpost.com and www.cnn.com mental health site, that coloring can be quite beneficial for adults--namely for its de-stressing power.
It's become a trend in both the U.S. and Europe, and one artist, Johanna Basford, has two coloring books that have been on Amazon's Top 100 sellers; her 2013 "Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book" has sold 1.4 million copies. And www.fortune.com says that post-holiday statistics show that an adult coloring book with mandala, paisley, nature and animal designs was among the top three best-selling books this past season.
So after a full day of being "older" with all that implies; of warding off the pain of knee replacement and physical therapy; of running errands, paying bills and picking up prescriptions, I prop myself up in bed to watch old Perry Mason shows on ME TV.
And when I pull my coloring book and pencils out of the night-stand drawer, I take comfort in the fact that I'm not slipping into my dotage, that I am not, by any means, alone in taking this drug-free path to tranquility.
As I fill in the little squares and circles and curly-cues on an owl or '60s tie-dye design, I feel free to focus on what I'm doing or to let my mind drift to the sound of the Gulf of Mexico lapping against the beach; to use any color that pleases me, to make a butterfly's wings symmetrical and to very carefully paint within the lines--or not.
In conjunction with the Mobile Historic Homes Tour, the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is hosting its annual Spring Tea fundraiser on Friday, March 11, 2-5 p.m.
Organizers invite guests "to enjoy delicious treats, tea and an informal look at one of Mobile's most beautiful antebellum homes" at 1906 Spring Hill Avenue.
Tickets are $12 for adults; children 12 years old and younger admission is $8. Proceeds from the event will benefit the restoration and operation of the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion.
For more information, the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion at 251-471-6364 or www.braggmitchellmansion.com.
Screening of "Strung Together," Jon Miller's documentary on cigar box guitars, was held at Satsuma Public Library February 27
The screening of "Strung Together," Jon Miller's documentary on cigar box guitars, was held at Satsuma Public Library, Saturday, February 27.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Friends for Satsuma Schools. Miller will be performing at the March 5 FFSS Swamp Fest on the campus of Satsuma High School.
Some of those present included Satsuma City Council member Tom Williams and Martha Ann Williams, Rosemary Fuller, Diane Langley, Larry and Sue Speights and Shirley Presnall.
For more information on the upcoming 4th Annual Satsuma Swamp Fest, call Shirley Presnall, 251-675-0421 or 251-680-1311.lick here to edit.
"Taste of the Parkway" fundraiser for Gilliard Elementary School Summer Program was Saturday, February 27
The "Taste of the Parkway" fundraiser for Gilliard Elementary School Summer Program was held at the Mariner Restaurant on Saturday, February 27.
Sponsored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Alabama and the Mariner, the event featured a silent auction and very generous "tastes" from several restaurants, delis and caterers. Included were the Restaurant at The Grand Mariner, Captain Ed's Deli at The Grand Mariner, Fuji San Sushi Bar & Steak House, Mudbugs at the Loop, Islanders (on Dauphin Island), Naman's Catering, Greer's Market & Deli and River Shack.
Coca Cola supplied the soft drinks and United Johnson Distributors offered wine for purchase. Music was by Eric Erdman and the ambiance was courtesy of Dog River.
Pictured are some of those at this premier event.
Saturday, February 27 was a busy day in Mobile County, and one event on everyone's "Must Attend" list was the 8th Annual Mobile Chocolate Festival to benefit Penelope House shelter for victims of domestic abuse.
For more on Penelope House and its mission, contact Tonie Ann Torrans, 251-459-6665 or email@example.com.
The Community Foundation of South Alabama will celebrate 40 years during the 2016 Annual Luncheon, March 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Alabama Cruise Terminal, 201 Water Street in downtown Mobile.
Tickets are $40 per person
For more information on the event or tickets, visit www.communityfoundationsa.org.
Last Saturday Community Breakfast, sponsored by Citizens for a Better Grand Bay, always draws a big crowd
The Last Saturday Community Breakfast sponsored by Citizens for a Better Grand Bay on February 27 had a very good turn-out as friendly folks filled every table. As always, Kimon Brown's omelets were perfect and the breakfast bar contained everything one could want for an early-morning meal.
The crowd was entertained by Keith Rivers, whose repertoire was made up of patriotic, gospel and country tunes, orininal compositions and standards by Hank Williams, Dolly Parton and others.
Among those enjoying the good meal, good music and good conversation were the Taylor brothers, Joe and Roland Harper; Kathleen Beesley; Patty Tripp; Com. Jerry Carl; Sen. Bill Hightower; Rep. Margie Wilcox and her mother Margaret; Carolyn Cain; Kim Hastie; Jim and Jackie Zeigler; Chris Henley; Jessica Boudreaux and her daughters; the Eads family and Ms. Gertrude Webb, 92, greeter and keeper of the roster of attendees.
Aleta Boudreaux reminded the group that their breakfast donation helped raise funds for various community activities, including the Food Box project for those in need, the senior program and the new library.
Pictured are a few of those at the Grand Bay Community Breakfast.
The Semmes BIG Challenge 5K Run, Saturday, March 12 at 9 a.m., is the premiere running event in Semmes.
Hosted by the Semmes Boys & Girls Club on the morning of the 14th Annual Semmes Azalea Festival, the run takes place on the campus of Mary G. Montgomery High School, 4275 Snow Road in Semmes.
All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club to assist with the afterschool and summer programs for children ages 6 to 18.
More information, including applications and registration forms, as well as sponsorships, can be found at www.bigchallenge5k.com.
The Mariner restaurant and the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Alabama are sponsoring a "Taste of the Parkway" fundraiser to benefit the Gilliard Elementary School Summer Program. The $25 per person tickets can be purchased at the door.
Those attending can enjoy samples provided by Mobile area restaurants, delis and caterers, including The Restaurant at The Grand Mariner, Captain Ed's Deli at The Grand Mariner, Fuji San Sushi Bar & Steak House, Mudbugs at the Loop, Islanders (on Dauphin Island), Naman's Catering, Greer's Market & Deli and River Shack. Coca Cola is supplying the drinks and United Johnson Distributors will be serving wine for purchase. "People's Choice" certificates will be given to lst, 2nd 3rd winners among the participating vendors
Entertainment will be by Eric Erdman and a silent auction includes a football autographed by Bama star, A.J. McCarron; shrimping excursions; art work by Betty Fowler and Susan Rouillier and plants from Flowerwood Nursery.
For information, call Shannon Collins, 251-443-5700 or Betty Fowler, 251-476-2600.
Our Sisters' Closet is having a "2016 Spring Sale + Easter and Prom Dresses" event March 4 and 5, 2016
Our Sisters' Closet is holding its "2016 Spring Sale + Easter and Prom Dresses" event on Friday, March 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The sale will be in the Dumas Wesley Auditorium, 126 Mobile Street in midtown Mobile.
The Spring Sale features new, nearly new and vintage designer and name-brand items. This includes casual fashions, jewelry, "purses and shoes galore," plus Easter dresses and suits and prom gowns in all sizes from Petite to Plus.
The mission of Our Sisters' Closet is "to improve the self-confidence and job opportunities of disadvantaged and in-crisis women by providing free interview and workplace clothing; and job search and workplace competencies to women, men and teens."
For more information, call Terri Kearns, 251-423-2001; email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.oursisterscloset.org.
Mobile Regional Airport hosted "Wings for Autism®" on Saturday, February 20, 2016, as an airport "rehearsal" to alleviate some of the stress that families who have a family member with autism spectrum disorders or other intellectual or developmental disabilities experience when traveling by air.
Of the event, Amy Odom, Mobile Arc Public Relations and Development Director, said: “Wings for Autism Mobile was extremely successful, and we already have a waitlist for additional families to participate should another Wings for Autism event be scheduled in our area. It provides the families we serve with an extraordinary experience, and we appreciate the efforts on their behalf by all the partners involved in bringing this event to our community.”
Pictured are, from left, Brian Belcher, director of marketing and air service development for Mobile Regional Airport; Jeff Zoghby, Mobile Arc executive director and Katie Clark, resource development coordinator for the Arc of Clarke County (Courtesy of Amy Odom, Mobile Arc)
"Wine, Women & Shoes," an event to benefit Camp Rap-A-Hope for children with cancer is Thursday, March 10, 6-9 p.m. at the Alabama Cruise Terminal, 201 S. Water Street in downtown Mobile.
General admission is $100 per person; VIP fee is $125.
Attendees, according to organizers, can "sip world-class wines, shop designer fashions, mingle with charming shoe guys, savor delicious bites, bid on incredible auction items and enjoy a performance by the Dyversatile Crew."
Those attending can also purchase opportunity tickets for a "Key to the Closet" and "Wall of Wine."
For more details and ticket information, email email@example.com or call 251-476-9880.
Among the weekend events are the following activities, most of which are noted in greater detail in earlier posts on blog joannemcknight.com.
* Last Friday Art Night at Dauphin Island Gallery, 918 Bienville Blvd., Friday, February 26, 6-8 p.m. $5 donation is requested.
* "Wings, Chili and Whatever Cook-Off" next door to Fins Bar, 1600 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island. Saturday, February 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Benefit DI Elementary PTO and Little Red Schoolhouse project.
* Citizens for a Better Grand Bay Community Breakfast, Saturday, February 27, 9 a.m., Grand Bay-St. Elmo Community Center, 11610 Highway 90 West in Grand Bay. $5 donation is requested.
* 8th Annual Mobile Chocolate Festival, Saturday, February 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Abba Shrine Center. Benefit Penelope House.
* Taste of the Parkway at the Mariner Restaurant, 6036 Rock Point Road, Saturday, February 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., to benefit Gilliard Elementary School Summer Program
* Tour of historic Morgan-Ford House, 257 Rapier Avenue, Saturday, February 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Includes BBQ lunch. Benefit Habitat for Humanity Southwest Alabama
* Screening of Jon Miller's "Strung Together" documentary on cigar box guitars at Satsuma Public Library, 5466 Old Highway 43. Saturday, February 27, 6-7:30 p.m. $5 admission benefits Friends for Satsuma Schools.
* Bands in the Boon Docks" at Coastal Response Center, Highway 188 in Coden, Saturday, February 27, 6 p.m., $6 admission for meal and live music.
* "Death in a Tutu" by Mobile Mystery Dinners theatre, Sunday, February 28, 5:30 p.m. at Azalea Manor
* Playhouse in the Park's Taming of the Shrew, Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27, 7:30 p.m. Playhouse is at 4851 Museum Drive
* Schoolhouse Rock Live! Theatre USA at USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, 5751 USA Drive. S. Friday-Sunday, February 25, 26, 27, 7:30 p.m.
* 4th Annual Lucky Ducky 5K Run/Walk to benefit Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy, Saturday, February 27, 8-11 a.m. at SGA Pavilion, Intramural Fields at USA
* 4th Annual Colors of Cancer Glow Run/Walk at Spring Hill College--benefit Camp Bluebird. Saturday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.
* "The Colored Museum" at Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 N. Lafayette Street, Friday- Sunday, February 26, 27 and 28
Satsuma's Jon Miller to present his documentary on Cigar Box Guitars at Satsuma Public Library, Saturday, February 27, 6 p.m.
Editor's Note: Read more about cigar box guitars and Jon Miller in a February 8 post on this blog.
On Saturday, February 27, 6-7:30 p.m., Satsuma's Jon Miller will present his documentary "Strung Together" at Satsuma Public Library, 5466 Old Highway 43. Admission is $5 per person (at the door) with proceeds to benefit Friends for Satsuma Schools.
Miller's film is about the cigar box guitar and its recent resurgence as a credible musical instrument. His film examines the movement and details how, in many ways, the cigar box guitar is redefining the rules of what people think an instrument can and should be. As he says in his documentary, "(The Cigar Box Guitar) stands as a reminder that music was never meant to be made only by the chosen few and that building instruments isn't simply reserved for a few select manufacturers."
Miller is scheduled to perform at the 4th Annual Swamp Fest on the campus of Satsuma High School, 1 Gator Drive off Highway 43. The Fest begins at 9 a.m., and activities go on throughout the day until closing at 3 p.m. According to Swamp Fest sponsors, Friends for Satsuma Schools, there'll be music, games, food, an art exhibit by Satsuma High's Art Class, lots of arts and crafts vendors--in general, the day will be filled with family fun. Proceeds from Swamp Fest go toward various scholarships, improvements and other activities in the Satsuma City Schools.
For more information on the 4th Annual Swamp Fest, call Shirley Presnall, 251-675-0421 or 251-680-1311.