Steele Creek Adventure Biathlon will be April 1, 2017 at 8 a.m. at Steele Creek Marina. The event consists of a 4-Mile Kayak down beautiful Steele Creek, then a 5K Run through the streets of Satsuma. Individual registration fee is $35 and teams are $60. Visit the Steele Creek Adventure Biathlon Facebook page for registration forms or call First Baptist Church of Satsuma at 251-675-1280 for more information.
Runners and Running Clubs--See the shoe below for information the Big Challenge in Semmes, March 11th
The 15th Annual Semmes Azalea on March 11th will include performances by local talent. Ten-year-old Kenlee Tillman will sing the National Anthem
The 15th Annual Semmes Azalea Festival is Saturday, March 11, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mary G. Montgomery High School, 4275 Snow Road North in Semmes. There'll be a run, a car show, a plant sale; handmade jewelry and quilts; lots of children's activities AND entertainment.
Visitors can expect to see and hear musical performances by the Mary G. Montgomery High School; MGM Jazz Band and Allentown Elementary School Choir. Dancing and baton performances will include those by Elite Baton, Melinda Leigh Dance and Rhythm Dance. Emcees for the day will be Charlie Crabtree and Matt Farnell.
One performer who will be busy at the Festival is 10-year-old fourth-grader, Kenlee Tillman. She will sing the National Anthem at the opening ceremonies and then will perform again during the day.
Kenlee is quite an experienced singer--just in 2016, she performed at the Alabama Pecan Festival in Tillman's Corner, at an Organ Donor Awareness event in Biloxi, and at several other events in Semmes and Mobile. She also competed in a talent show at her school, Allentown Elementary, where she's also in the school choir.
Kenlee also studies piano and participates in Sonata Contests and Piano Guilds through the Mobile County Music Teacher Association.
For more information on the Semmes Azalea Festival, log onto www.semmeschamber.org.
All photos of Kenlee Tillman are courtesy of her mother, Debbie Tillman
Chocolate Lovers Unite! 9th Annual Mobile Chocolate Festival is Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Grounds
Look for "Miss Phyllis' Jams and Jellies" at the 15th Annual Semmes Azalea Festival, Saturday, March 11th
he 15th Annual Semmes Azalea Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mary G. Montgomery High School, 4275 Snow Road North in Semmes. There'll be a run, a car show, a plant sale; handmade jewelry and quilts; and plenty of vendors' items--Scentsy, Avon.
One vendor who returns each year is Phyllis Gordon of Peterman, Alabama. Billing her product as "Miss Phyllis' Jams and Jellies," she stacks her booth with peach and pear preserves, squash and bread-and-butter pickles, pickled okra and pears and Cinnamon Red Hot and Green Pickles.
Miss Phyllis is easy to spot--if you happen to look past the table of pint jars filled with sweet and sour products, You can't miss the big colorful, fruity sign in the back of her booth and the green apron with "Miss Phyllis" embroidered on it.
There's still time for arts and crafts and other vendors to snag a spot on the MGM campus; just log onto www.semmeschamber.org and look for the application.
Community Events and Activities for week of February 27-March 5 (and a little beyond, plus some definite Calendar Markers)
Luncheons, Markets, meetings, Festivals, Fundraisers and Fun! (Arts and crafts and other vendors, check for opportunities to show and sell your wares.)
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce luncheon/meeting is Wednesday, March 1, 11:30 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5505 Carol Plantation Road. Mobile Police Chief James Barber will be guest speaker. To RSVP, call 251-666-2488.
* On Wednesday, March 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Katherine Singer will speak at Cox Deasy House, 300 Oakleigh Place. According to host Historic Mobile Preservation Society, Katherine "is the reason Ken Burns named his series "The War!" She will tell stories on "anything you want," like Mobile and its people during WW II, growing up in Mobile, Mobile before and after WW II--so guests should be thinking of the questions they'd like to ask this famous story teller. "She's a unique spirit," HMPS says. For more information, call 251-432-1281.
* Mobile Museum of Art's Night Market is Thursday, March 2, 5-9 p.m. at 4850 Museum Drive. The public is encouraged to support local artists and join the party and shopping fun. For information, or to apply to become a vendor, go to http://www.mobilemuseumofart.com/vendors/
* Satsuma SwampFest 2017, to be held on the Satsuma High School campus Saturday, March 4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., truly has something for everyone. There'll be children's games and inflatables, an antique car show, a raffle, a silent auction, music and fun. And scattered around the school grounds will be many arts-and-crafts and other vendors, informative booths, food and drink--you name it, it'll be there. For more information, go to Satsuma SwampFest or Friends for Satsuma Schools Facebook for information and application or call Presnall, 251-675-0421 or 251-680-1311.
* The 9th Annual Mobile Chocolate Festival will be held at The Grounds on Saturday March 4, 2017 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with all proceeds to benefit Penelope House shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Vendors will be offering samples of their chocolate-related items, as well as selling their products. Vendors' goods vary from chocolate-themed wares and succulent confections, and from jewelry to bath and body products. Admission is $5 on the day of the event. Parking is free. For more details, call 251-342-2809, like Mobile Chocolate Festival on facebook, and/or visit www.mobilechocolatefestival.com.
* 2017 marks the centennial of the birth of author/playwright Carson McCullers, and to note the occasion, Mobile Public Library is presenting "A Centennial Celebration--It's Good Weather for Fudge" on Sunday, March 5, 2 p.m. in Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. "It’s Good Weather for Fudge" by Sue Brannan Walker, former Alabama poet laureate and Professor Emerita at the University of South Alabama, offers a biographical portrait of McCullers in a long-form poem rich in allusions to the writer's published works, according to MPL press release. In the piece, Dr. Walker imagines a conversation with McCullers, in which they share memories about growing up in the Deep South--McCullers in Georgia and Walker in South Alabama. For information, call 251-208-7097.
* Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson is hosting a community meeting, Tuesday, March 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Semmes Community Center, 10141 Moffett Road, Semmes. Com. Hudson said that the meeting is informational regarding the status of the (Semmes Public) library lease, library funding and related issues. Other meetings are planned at the Commission Conference, Tursday, March 9, 10 a.m. at Mobile Government Plaza Multi-Purpose Room, 205 Government Street and at the Commission Regular Meeting, Monday, March 13, 10 a.m. at Mobile Government Plaza Auditorium, 205 Government Street, Mobile.
* Semmes Chamber of Commerce meeting is Wednesday, March 8, 11:45 a.m. at 4102 Azalea Park Court in Semmes.
* The History Museum of Mobile, 111 S. Royal Street in Mobile, will hold its March Learning Lunch, featuring Director of Historic Blakeley State Park, on Wednesday, March 8, at 12 p.m. in the museum auditorium. He will discuss the Battle of Blakeley, its role in the Campaign of Mobile and the evidence of the battle that remains at Historic Blakeley State Park. The Learning Lunch series, offered monthly, allows guests to bring their lunch and enjoy a free presentation on a wide range of historical and cultural topics. Admission to Learning Lunch is free, and all are encouraged to join attend. For more information on the Learning Lunch series, call Jennifer Theeck, Curator of Education, at 251-301-0270 or contact her by email at email@example.com.
* The Men's Group at Dauphin Island United Methodist Church is planning fish fries on Wednesdays, March 8 and 15, 5-7 p.m. Organizers say that the meal will include fresh fried catfish, cole slaw, baked beans, hush puppies and fries; the cost, they say, "is up to you," as donations are being accepted in lieu of a set price. Desserts and drinks will also be available.
* Libretto Book Club presents a program on "Suor Angelica" on Thursday, March 9, 10 a.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch, 4 South McGregor Avenue. This event is an opportunity for attendees to learn more about Puccini and about the Mobile Opera’s Puccini Project. Mobile Opera’s Stacey Driskell and Scott Wright will offer a review of the libretto or “book” of Puccini’s dramatic opera, Suor Angelica, and guests will gain insights into how the literature became an opera and the background for Mobile Opera’s upcoming production of Suor Angelica. For more information, call Mobile Opera at 251-432-6772.
* "Memories Matter," a benefit for the Alzheimer's Association, is Thursday, March 9, 7-9 p.m. The event will be at Mobile Opera's rehearsal space, 257 Dauphin Street, Mobile. Held to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer's cause, the fundraiser is presented by a partnership that includes Youth Leadership Mobile, Mobile Opera and The Pride of Mobile barbershop quartet. Featured will be a concert by The Pride of Mobile, and singing by Monterey South and the Four Old Hearts barbershop quartet. After the music, there'll be a short presentation by Graham Driskell.
* The Ebony Moments Book Club will meet Thursday, March 9, 6 p.m. at West Regional Branch Library, 5555 Grelot Road. Ebony Moments is a book discussion designed to increase the awareness of African-American authors, both past and present, and to promote the love of reading for all. This month’s topic of discussion is "Perfect Peace" by Daniel Black. The author will join in on the discussion via Skype. For more information, contact Betty Kidd at 251-470-7766.
* On Thursday, March 9, 4 p.m., Dauphin Island Heritage & Arts Council's Heritage Committee will present the next segment of "Stirring the Sand" featuring live storytelling about life and culture on Old Dauphin Island. The event will be at the DI Campground and will begin at 4 p.m. with a meet-and-greet at 4 p.m. around a campfire, followed by storytelling at 5 p.m. at the Campground pavilion. Peter Tanner will be the featured storyteller and members of the audience will be invited to share their stories of the Island. Stirring the Sand is free and open to the public, though donations are always welcome and appreciated.
* Historic Mobile Preservation Society's 48th Annual Historic Homes Tour is Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11, 2017. Tickets are on sale now, online at https://www.historicmobiletour.com/tickets?mc_cid=3813eaf5f6&mc_eid=15be5627cc or any of the following locations: Historic Oakleigh House, Five Gold Monkeys, Battle House Renaissance Hotel, B&B Pet Stop, Antiques at the Loop, High Cotton Consignment, Haberdasher or Page and Palette. Tickets are $25 through noon, Thursday, March 9th and $30 at the door on March 10 and 11. All ticket holders must report to a will call tent the day of the event
for an armband. Featured on the 2017 HMPS Homes Tour will be the Church Street East Historic District. This year, events conducted during homes tour will be at an additional charge, and tickets must be purchased in advance. The events are as follows: Walking Tour with Cart Blackwell, Book signing and Church Street Graveyard Tour with John Sledge, Mobile Under Siege Discussion and Book Signing with Paula Webb and Saturday Church Street Graveyard Tours with Bob Allen. Go to www.historicmobilepreservationsociety.com. call 251-432-6161 or hmps@Bellsouth.net for more information.
* The Fourth Annual Teen Writing Fair is March 11 at West Regional Library. Sponsored by the Metro Mobile Reading Council,the event will be 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the West Regional Branch of the Mobile Public Library on Grelot Road. The event is co-sponsored by the Mobile Public Library and the Friends of the Library. For more information: contact Young Authors Mobile, 251-391-5376 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* "WWII Living History at Fort Gaines" will be Saturday, March 11. Visitors can experience the life of soldiers as they set up camp, perform drills and work in the black smith shop. Always a fun and educational time for the entire family For more information, call 251-861-6992.
* A Model Train Show will be at Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street, on Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12. Admission is $4 per person. The event is sponsored by South West Alabama Railroad Modelers.
* The 28th annual American Cancer Society Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, March 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road North in Mobile. The Chili Cook-Off is a four-hour fun-filled day of great food and entertainment where teams compete to find out who can create the best chili with chances to win great prizes. Chili categories are All Meat, Meat and Beans, Wild Game, or Vegetarian/Poultry/Other. Tickets are $10 in advance and are on hand at American Cancer Society office, 1110 Montlimar Drive, Ste. 420, Mobile. Tickets will be $15 at the door.
* Azalea Festival Car Show is Saturday, March 11, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mary G. Montgomery High School in Semmes. Pre-registration is $20 and $25 on the day of the event. Lunch will be provided for the first 100 entries. For more information, contact David Miller at 510-5160 or www.azaleafestivalcarshow.com.
* The 15th Annual Semmes Azalea Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mary G. Montgomery High School, 4275 Snow Road North in Semmes. A 5K Race, a plant sale, a car show, stage performances, food, a children's area and various vendors fill the day with fun for those attending. For more information on the event or on how to become a vendor, visit www.azaleafestival.org.
* Mobile Public Library advises that the 2017 Young Authors' Conference is Saturday, March 11, 9 a.m.-noon at West Regional Library Branch, 5555 Grelot Road. Author and poet, Irene Latham will be the keynote speaker for the Conference. The Teen Writing Fair and Workshop will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. for grades 6-12. Teens will have the opportunity to meet local authors and read their own works. Chandra Sparks Splond will be the keynote speaker for the teens. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Mobile Public Library, the Metro Mobile Reading Council and the Mobile Public Library. For more information on the Conference, please contact Young Authors Mobile at 251-391-5376 or email@example.com.
* Mobile Ballet presents "Sleeping Beauty" on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 12, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. All performances are at the Mobile Civic Center Theater. The production stars Olivia MacKinnon (formerly of Mobile and the Mobile Ballet) and Zachary Catazaro of the New York Ballet. Price of adult tickets range from $20-$60. There are discounts for children, students, seniors 65+, military ID and groups. Purchase tickets by calling the Mobile Ballet Box Office at 251-342-2241 or at the office, 4351 Downtowner Loop North (Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) Mobile Ballet accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, cash and checks.
* The next Market at the Pillars is Sunday, March 12, noon to 4 p.m. For vendor information, go th www.themarketatthepillars.com.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens Plantasia! Preview Party is Thursday, March 16, 4-7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for member and $30 nonmembers (Tickets will be available in the office and online.) Tickets can also be purchased at the gate. MBG says, "You don't want to miss the opening night. . .come enjoy great food and beverages, listen to great music - AND BUY GREAT PLANTS! Georgia Roussos will be serving up yummy food and we are delighted to welcome Benita and Pat Murphy (Delta Reign) performing Bluegrass instrumentation and harmonies during the party. Best description of their music: '..fine picking chops with vocal harmonies that are as sweet and true as a shot of moonshine down on the levee...'" For more information, see www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org.
* "Comediennes: Laugh Be A Lady" will be presented by comedian Darryl Littleton on Thursday, March 16, 6:30 p.m. at Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. The program, sponsored by Friends of the Mobile Public Library, is free to the public. For more information, call 251-208-7097; for news of other programs and events at the Mobile Public Library locations, visit www.mobilepubliclibraryonline.org.
* The Community Foundation of South Alabama’s Annual Luncheon will be Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This event will feature Roy Hoffman as the moderator and E. O. Wilson as the guest speaker. Tickets range in price from $40-$120 each and are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-community-foundation-of-south-alabama-2017-annual-luncheon-tickets-2942373.
* Cunningham Bounds, LLC will present the Downtown Cajun Cook-Off to benefit the Child Advocacy Center on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. The event is open to the public 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For additional information, including ticket purchase, call Child Advocacy Center at 251-432-1101.
* The Women's History Month Luncheon, hosted by the Women's Business Center of South Alabama and held at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street, is Tuesday, March 21, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. This year's luncheon will feature catering by Stevie's Kitchen and guest speaker will be Justice Janie L. Shores. Tickets for this event are $20 for members and $25 for potential members and must be acquired in advance at events.constantcontact.com. No tickets will be sold at the door.
* On Thursday, March 23, 5:30 p.m., Historic Mobile Preservation Society will present "Negotiated Affections: The Women of Mobile’s Red-Light District." The session is free for HMPS members and $10 for nonmembers. For more information, visit HMPS web page or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
* United Way of Southwest Alabama’s Second Annual Hometown NFL Huddle Charity Golf Tournament is Friday, March 24, 2017, at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove in Mobil. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. with a shotgun tournament start at 8:30 a.m. With Hometown Huddle, UWSWA is celebrating the rich legacy of sport and athleticism within the state of Alabama, building on this partnership by inviting active and retired professional athletes from across all fields of play to take part in the tournament and LIVE UNITED. Last year, eight current or retired NFL players participated, including Paul Crane, Scott Hunter, Joey Jones, Robert Lester, AJ McCarron, C.J. Mosley, Ray Perkins and Sherman Williams. Contact Dee Dee McCarron for more information; call 251-433-3624 or email email@example.com.
* Vintage Market Days of Mobile Area--Spring 2017 Event will be held at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road North, March 17-19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets are $10 on Friday and $5 on Saturday and Sunday and are available at www.mobile.vintagemarketdays.com. Vintage Market Days is billed as "an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more." For more information or details on becoming a vendor, go to www.mobilevintagemarketdays.com.
* Central Presbyterian Church, 1260 Dauphin Street in Mobile, is hosting a Spring Market on Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The public is invited to "A Market of Arts, Crafts, Homewares, Cooking, and so much more," organizers say.
* The 4th Annual First Responders Breakfast, hosted by SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for Thursday, March 29, 9 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. All first responders, as well as community members, are cordially invited and encouraged to attend. SWMCCC president, Donna Abercrombie, asked Chamber members for donations of door prizes and appropriate items for Goody Bags. For more information, to RSVP or to make a donation, call 251-666-2488.
* "Wine, Women and Shoes, an event to benefit Camp Rap-A-Hope, is Thursday, March 30, 6-9 p.m. at Alabama Contemporary Art Center, 301 Conti Street, Mobile. For tickets or more information, see http://www.winewomenandshoes.com/event/mobile/
* On Sunday, March 5, 3-4 p.m., Mobile Opera is presenting an "Afternoon Tea: Feedsack Fashion: Mid-Century Re-Purposing and Up-Cycling" at Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, 1906 Springhill Avenue, Mobile. "If 'feedsack dress' sounds sad and scratchy, you must see for yourself the fashionable dress-print fabrics and high-fashion patterns that put the Greatest Generation on the 'best dressed' list," says the Opera's press release. Sarah Wright, a Road Scholar of the Alabama Humanities Foundation, will change the way you think about dressing in feed and flour sacks. If you are too young to remember such things, she will entertain and enlighten you with this uniquely American story. Tickets are $25/person and you may reserve your tickets by calling Mobile Opera, (251) 432-6672 by March 2, 2017. A reception will follow the concert and presentation. A donation of $5 at the door is suggested (cash/check only.)
* Sleeping Beauty's Birthday Tea, hosted by Mobile Ballet, is Sunday, March 5, 2-4 p.m. at the Admiral Hotel, 251 Government Street. This fun ballet experience includes meeting cast members in costume, story-time, "make your own Woodland Fairy Crown," refreshments, silent auction and more. Suggested attire is Tea Party dress, Sunday dress, fairy costume, Sleeping Beauty costume. Guests are encougaged to bring a camera for photos. Tickets are $30 per person or $225 for table of 8, and may be purchased online at www.mobileballet.org or call 251-342-2241. Advance purchase is required because the seating is limited.
* The annual Spring Tea fundraiser at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is Friday, March 10, 2-5 p.m. Tickets, which can be ordered at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2498195, are $15 for adults ($17 at-the-door, subject to availability) and, for children aged 12 and younger, $10 ($12 at-the-door, subject to availability.) Proceeds from this event will benefit the restoration and operation of the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. For information, contact the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion at 251-471-6364.
Citizens of the Year:
* Satsuma Community Development Organization has opened nominations for the 2016 Satsuma Citizen of the Year Award. Applications are available at Satsuma City Hall or can be downloaded from the City of Satsuma website. All nominees will be honored during the Citizen of the Year Dinner at Steele Creek Lodge, Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m. and will receive two tickets for dinner at a table reserved for them. Tickets for the dinner are $15 and are available at City Hall or call Trish at 251-303-3022.
* Saraland Civic Forum is accepting nominations for Saraland Citizen of the Year 2016. Deadline for acceptance is Friday, April 1, 2017; the Citizen of the Year Recognition Banquet will be held April 7, 2017, 7 p.m. at Saraland Civic Center, 716 Mae Street. Nomination forms with requirements/instructions can be picked up at Saraland Chamber of Commerce. Completed letters can be mailed to the following address: Saraland Civic Forum, Attn: Citizen of the Year Committee, Post Office Box 462, Saraland, Al 36571.
Theatre and film:
.* Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquios Street, will present "Mobile Home Sweet Home" March 3-5 and 10-12, 2017. For more information, visit www.cctshows.com or call 251-457-8887.
* Auditions for "Bye-Bye Birdie" at Playhouse in the Park will be March 6 and March 8 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Playhouse, 4851 Museum Drive. Those auditioning should be between the ages of 13 and mid 20s. There is one role for a boy between ages of 9 and 12. Performances will be April 21, 22, 23; April 28, 29, 30 and May 5, 6, 7. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-422-5434.
* Who Dunit? A Dessert Performance of a mystery/comedy by C.B. Gilford will be presented by The Wishbone Players, Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m. The performance, sponsored by Satsuma Women's Club in conjunction with Satsuma First Baptist Church, will be at Satsuma First Baptist Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $15 per person and are availavle at McConaghy Drugs, 10 a.m.-noon, at Satsuma First Baptist, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and at Sunnbuilders, 816 Shelton Beach Road in Saraland, between 6:30 a..m.-2:00 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased from members of the cast or the Women's Club. If the show is sold out prior to the event, there will be no tickets available at the door.
* On Friday, March 10, 7 p.m., Mobile Mystery Dinners will be the guest of The Renaissance Riverview Plaza and will perform "The Mystery of Shamrock Pub." There'll be lots of Irish music and an Irish mystery with a twist of Southern Irish drawl! Admission is $59 per person plus tax. The meal will be catered by Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel. Advance reservations are required by contacting Lisa Russell at 251.415.3092 or email@example.com. There's complimentary self-parking in the hotel parking garage. The doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m., and there will be unlimited house wine from then until the end of the performance. Dress is Casual or anything Irish. Due to adult innuendo, mature audience is suggested. For more information, visit www.mobilemysterydinners.com or www.facebook.com/mobilemysterydinners.
* Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, has several film series coming up in March, so those interested might want to mark their calendars. For "Film Series I: Max's Picks," the offerings are as follows: Mar. 12 – Hunt for the Wilderpeople; Mar. 19 – The Hundred-Foot Journey and Mar. 26 – Captain Fantastic. About Series I, MMofA says, "We’ll host a movie hand-picked by local Max Morey, owner of the Crescent Theater in Downtown Mobile. The event will start at 2 p.m. Admission is pay what you can, and free popcorn will be available." For "Film Series II: Modern Directors Mini Marathons," the March marathon, scheduled for the 11th, features three films from the Coen Brothers, and they are at 11 a.m., The Big Lebowski; at 1 p.m., O’ Brother Where Art Thou and at 3 p.m., True Grit. The series begins at 11 a.m. and will finish about 5 p.m. Admission is "pay what you can," and again, free popcorn will be available. Attendees may feel free to binge-watch all three films or come and go as they please.
* Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, is holding auditions for Disney's The Little Mermaid on March 13 and March 14, 6:30-10 p.m. The award-winning Disney Broadway show will hit the CCT stage in August. The play, based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid, is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages, CCT says. It features music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright. For more information, visit www.cctshows.com or call 251-457-8887.
* The Joe Jefferson Players performances of “Much Ado About Nothing” will run on weekends March 17-April 2 at the Playhouse, 11 South Carlen Street. For details, visit www.joejeffersonplayers.com or call 251-471-1534.
* Joe Jefferson Playhouse is holding auditions for "Rock of Ages" on March 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.joejeffersonplayers.com or call 251-471-1534.
* On Thursday, March 23, 9 a.m., Joe Jefferson Players are presenting a morning performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" for schools. Teachers are invited to reserve a block of seats for students by e-mailing name, school, grade and number of seats required to firstname.lastname@example.org. General admission tickets are $8 each.
* Chickasaw Civic Theatre production of "The Music Man" will be weekends May 5-21. The theatre is at 801 Iroquois Street in Chickasaw. For more information, contact the Stage Director, Nedra Bloom, via email, email@example.com or phone 251-463-4837.
* Saraland Lions Club's 9th Annual Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, March 25, 6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at Catfish Junction, 300 Industrial Parkway in Saraland. Tickets can be purchased in advance at $6 per person from any Saraland Lion or at Catfish Junction restaurant. Tickets will be $7 each at the door on the day of the event. Children aged 5 or younger eat free when accompanied by an adult ticket-holder. Breakfast is available inside the restaurant or at the drive through. For more information, call 251-675-6172 or 251-455-5325.
* The 8th Annual Optimist Branch Pancake Breakfast, hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama, is Saturday, March 25, 8-11 a.m. at 1517 Plaza Drice, Mobile, 36605. The Pancake Breakfast features a homemade, full course breakfast, organizers say. Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased directly from the Branch or online at eventbrite.com. Proceeds benefit youth programs within the Branch.
Moving into Spring/Summer:
* United Way of South West Alabama's Day of Caring is one of the region's largest single day of volunteerism and, says UWSWA, "We do not want you to miss being a part of this special opportunity to collectively change the story for thousands of individuals and families in one day." To find out more about volunteering, contact Ashley Webster, firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Dauphin Island Veterans Association is hosting its Annual Chili Cook-Off fundraiser on Saturday, April 8 at Pelican Pub. Team registration forms and information are available at the Cook-Off site. Teams are limited to three members and trophoies will be awarded. Tasting will start at noon, and a donation of $5 per person is requested. Proceeds will benefit DIVA's Island projects.
* Camp Bluebird, an adult camp for cancer patients 18 or older who have been diagnosed or treated for cancer, will be held at Camp Grace in Mobile April 12-14, 2017. Reservations are required. To register, call 251-639-2050.
* The 15th Annual St. Francis Episcopal Church Arts and Crafts Festival is Saturday, Saturday April 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 401 Key Street, Dauphin Island. The event features more than 60 artists and vendors from Dauphin Island and around the Gulf Coast as well as homemade gumbo, soups and fresh baked goods. One standout each year are delicious chicken salad sandwiches made from Wimberly Hory's "Famous Chicken Salad" recipe. Proceeds from the event help the church support local charities. For information, call Cissy Napper, 318-548-4376 or Daena Myers, 251-391-4558.
* Crawfish for a Cause to benefit the University of South Alabama Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center is Saturday, April 29, noon until 4 p.m. In addition to all the crawfish you can eat, there'll be a silent auction and music. The fundraiser will be at the Grounds, 1035 Cody Road N, Mobile. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com.
* The 12th Annual Cocktails with the Critters, presented by Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation, is Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6-9 p.m. at the Bluegill Restaurant on the Causeway, 3775 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort. Tickets are $50 in advance, $55 at the door and are available by mail from the Foundation office, by calling 251-605-6624 or online at sealabfoundation.org. For more information, call Helene Hassell at the above number.
* Pat Starkey of the Azalea City Quilters Guild advises that May 5-6, 2017 is the date for ACQG's bi-annual Festival of Quilts Show to be held at the Abba Temple Shrine Auditorium on Hitt Road near Schillinger Road.
* "Christmas in July Boutique Bash" at The Grounds is scheduled for Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Organized to support the Whatever Ministry, whose purpose is "to empower young girls and women by helping them find their true beauty, value and purpose," the Boutique Bash promises to be "a fantastic day of shopping, food and fun!" To become a vendor or for more information, visit http://whatevergirlsevent.wix.com/whatever.
A few senior activities:
* The seniors of Chickasaw will be attending the Mardi Gras Floral Parade on Monday, February 27. Call Stephanie Stewart, 251-452-6464 for details. Plan to depart the Chickasaw Civic Center at 10 a.m.
* Though most Senior/Community Centers in the Mobile area are closed on Mardi Gras Day, February 28th, Grand Bay will celebrate the holiday with brunch, a Mardi Gras Spirit Best-Dressed Contest and Mardi Gras Bingo. The Center is at 11610 Highway 90 West in Grand Bay.
* Seniors at Tillman's Corner Senior Center, 5863 Nevius Road, will be closed to regular programs on Mardi Gras Day, February 28. However, the seniors will enjoy a potluck lunch at 11:30 a.m.
* Golden Agers luncheon at Calvary Assembly of God, 6800 Three Notch Road, is Thursday, March 2, 10:30 a.m.
* Chickasaw seniors will have their monthly First Friday Lunch Outing on March 3 at Stoney's. Call Stephanie Stewart, 251-452-6464, for details and reservations.
* Chickasaw Seniors Early Bird Breakfast is Monday, March 6, 7:30 a.m. at the Civic Center, 224 Grant Street. Cost is $3 per person.
* "Silver Screenings--Matinee for Seniors" at Toulminville Library Branch, 601 Stanton Road, is Tuesday, March 7, 11 a.m. Billed as "a Senior Getaway," the event offers senior citizens refreshments and a film, Sully." Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a space, please call 438-7075.
* For St. Patrick's Day Fun, Chickasaw seniors will have brunch (on their own) and attend parade festivities at Cathedral Square in downtown Mobile on Mar5ch 17. Call 251-452-6462 for details and reservations.
* Dauphin Island now has a "Dining Club for DI Seniors." Membership applications and additional information are available at JG's Ship and Shore or by contacting Frank Stevenson, 317-773-0925.
Plants, flowers and gardens:
* Bellingrath’s famed Azalea Bloom Out is happening now. Spring is arriving early this year, and with the mild winter temperatures we've had, the azaleas are blooming a couple of weeks early, too. Full bloom out is the last week in February until the first week in March.
* The Town of Dauphin Island is sponsoring a Spring Plant Sale and Give-Away on Saturday, March 4, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in front of Green Park. Vendors will offer for sale a variety of specialty items, such as hardwood trees, indoor and outdoor flowering plants, palms, citrus trees and beach and dune vegetation. In addition, town representatives will give away an assortment of trees, plants, sea oats and more to Dauphin Island property owners on a first-come, first-served basis. The plant sale is open to the public.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens "Plantasia! Spring Plant Sale" is March 17-19, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. A Preview Party is scheduled for Thursday, 4-7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for member and $30 nonmembers (Tickets will be available in the office and online.) The event will be catered by Georgia Roussos. For more information, see www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org.
* The Festival of Flowers "Wildly Whimsical," presented by Providence Hospital Foundation, is March 23-26, 2017 on the Providence Hospital Campus. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Festival-of-Flowers/161256973895796.
* The Dauphin Island Bicycle Poker Run to benefit "Share the Beach" will be Saturday, March 4, noon-5 p.m. Participants will bicycle between 7 locations on Dauphin Island, including FINS Bar, Pirates Bar and Grill, Dority's Bar and Grill, The Pub, Islanders, Billy Goat Concessions and Harbor House. Riders must purchase a wrist band from FINS Bar, which will allow them to enjoy drink specials and be dealt one playing card at each location. After they recieve all of their playing cards, they will turn in their poker hand at Fins before 5 p.m. The best poker hand wins $100. There'll also be plenty of door prizes and other treats for riders. Tickets are $10 with all proceeds to benefit Share the Beach. See event Facebook for further details.
* The 5th Annual Colors of Cancer Glow Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the University of South Alabama SGA Pavilion, Mobile. Tickets can be purchaed online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/glow-runcolors-of-cancer-5k-runwalk-and-fun-run-registration-29821730599?aff=eac2. Early packet pickup will be at Fleet Feet from 3-6 pm on March 3rd.
* The Dauphin Island Woman's Club is hosting its annual St. Jude Bike-A-Thon on Saturday, March 11 at Dauphin Island Water and Sewer Office on Alabama Street. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.and concludes at 11:30 a.m. Hot dogs, drinks and snacks will be provided during and after the event. For more information, call Cissy Napper at 318-548-4376.
* The Azalea Festival 5K Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, March 11 at Mary G. Montgomery High School, 4275 Snow Road North in Semmes. The race is held in connection with the annual Azalea Festival, so there's fun to enjoy after the run. Go to semmeschamber.org for more information.
* On Saturday, March 18, 4-5 p.m., O'Daly's Irish Pub, 564 Dauphin Street, Mobile, is hosting Green Dress Run 2017. For registration information, go to https://events.com/r/en_US/registration/odalys-green-dress-run-mobile-march-22770.
* 4th Annual JMH Let's Get It 5K Run to benefit the Wounded Warriors project is scheduled for Saturday, March 18, 2017, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mellow Mushroom, Government Street at the Loop, 2032 Airport Boulevard. Organizers are seeking sponsorships, door prize and raffle item donations. For more information, contact Sandy Hasty, 251-423-7210 or Allyson Hasty, 251-420-3851 or visit www.jmhletsgetit.com.
* 40th Azalea Trail Run--10K, 5K and 2K--is Saturday, March 25, 8 a.m.-noon. Tickets are available at events.com. Participants are invited to "become part of the annual tradition that brings runners, walkers, spectators and visitors from around the world. Walk, run, skip or clap--experience Mobile's Azalea Trail Run."
* The 2017 Crepe Myrtle Trail Bike Ride, hosted by Mobile United and the Mobile County Health Department, is Saturday, April 1, 8-11:30 a.m. at Arlington Park/Brookley Complex. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the ride at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are available at www.mobilebaykeeper.org.
* Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps to host Fool's Rush 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, April 1, 8-11 a.m. at the University of South Alabama SGA Pavilion. Participants are encouraged to wear their wildest costumes in order to chase away the April Fools blues and usher in Spring. All proceeds raised from this event will go towards helping underprivileged members cover tuition costs and to help provide instrumentation for all members of the organization. To register, see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fools-rush-5k-and-fun-run-registration-27586390637?aff=erelexpmlt#tickets.
* The 3rd Chickasha Bogue Paddle is scheduled for Saturday, April 22 at 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Thyis is a fun, family-friendly event. Paddlers will experience the beauty of the lower Tensaw Delta in this annual fundraiser for the local schools. The event includes lunch after the paddle. This is an easy paddle and beginners are welcome to join. Limited kayak rentals will be available; call Kathy Couey, 251-452-6467 for more information.
* Infirmary Duathlon, hosted by Infirmary Health Duathlon and Infirmary Health, is Saturday, April 22 at 8-11 a.m. at Mobile Infirmary campus, 166 Mobile Infirmary Drive, Mobile. The event begins with a 2-mile run before competitors take to their bikes for a 10-mile bike ride. The race concludes with a final 2-mile dash to the finish line. Call 251-435-2018 or visit infirmaryduathlon.com for more information and to register.
* On Saturday, April 22, 1 p.m., the public is invited to join Dog River Clearwater Revival in the fun, free Great Drift Paddle at McNally Park, 4380 Park Road, Mobile. This year’s event will begin and end at the Perch Creek launch sites. Participants can come to the River Shack Restaurant and Grill afterward for a Post-Drift party. For more information, Email email@example.com. Kayaks and canoes can be rented from Sunshine Canoes at 251-344-8664. Reserve in advance.
* Saturday, May 6, 2017, 8-11 a.m., the Lions Club of Mobile will present the Lions Club Tunnel Vision 5K Run. The run/walk starts at the intersection of Washington Acenue and Government Street, in front of the Mobile Public Library and will end at Cafe Del Rio on the Mobile Causeway. Proceeds from the Tunnel Vision 5K will benefit the sight programs of the Lions Club of Mobile; visit www.lionsclubofmobile.org to learn about their programs. For more information and to register for the Tunnel Vision 5K Run May 6th, go to www.lionsclubofmobile.org.
* Paddle Skedaddle 2017, hosted by USA Wesley Foundation, is Saturday, June 3 at 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort, Alabama. Funds raised go to the USA Wesley Foundation Building Fund.
* Fuse Project's 4th Annual Dragon Boat Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 10, 2017. There's room for only 80 teams on the water this year, and those who plan to enter a team are encouraged to do so early. As an added benefit, according to Fuse, "As we receive your team's $500 deposit, your team captain will be able to go ahead and book a practice session for the week leading up to the event." See https://www.facebook.com/TheFuseProject #PaddleAtTheBattle for more information.
* "Snowbirds" at Dauphin Island Campgrounds are hosting their 3rd Annual Arts and Crafts Exhibit on Saturday, March 4, 1-4 p.m. The public is invited to see positive evidence that "creativity doesn't have an age limit," organizers say. The exhibit will include painting, woodworking, needlework, jewelry and paper arts. In addition to the exchibit, demonstrations will be going on throughout the afternoon. Visitors are encouraged to attend and enjoy food, fun and fellowship, as well as the show.
* THE MOBILE DELTA: Glass & Light by Rene Culler will be at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, March 10, 2017 – March 11, 2018. Of the Rene Culler exhibit, MMofA says this: Rene Culler’s site-specific work is a mural in glass that celebrates the species-rich Delta and its atmospheric qualities. The Delta is a changeling environment, which is constantly shaped and molded by the weather and waterways. As the grasses, almost transparent, catch the light, Culler’s drawings and painting in glass suggest the landscape that southern Alabama holds so dear. The composition is a wall of natural light utilized as a glass canvas for drawing, painting and printing with vitreous enamels. Slumped dimensional panels and blown glass abstractly portray the location’s dimensionality.
Music, Music, Music!!
* Among the musical guests at Friends for Satsuma Schools Satsuma Swamp Fest on Saturday, March 4, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. will be the Chestangs are from McIntosh, Alabama. The event will be at Satsuma High School on the campus at 1 Gator Drive off Highway 43. For more information, call Shirley Presnall, 251-675-0421 or 251-680-1311.
* A concert by the Mobile Pops is set for Saturday, April 8, 6 p.m. at Water Tower Plaza on Dauphin Island. The free event is made possible by contributions from the Dauphin Island Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce and the Town. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and bug spray.
* "American Masters of Film!" is the subject of Mobile Symphony Orchestra's upcoming performances Saturday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 12, at 2:30 p.m., at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile. This concert will feature film music from iconic movie classics such as King Kong (1933) and Gone With The Wind (1939) all the way through Catch Me If You Can (2002) and Lincoln (2012.) Guest conductor Emil de Cou will join the MSO for this film music spectacular. De Cou, who is the music director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet, has extensive experience in the film music industry as well as guest conducting with almost every major orchestra across the US. For details, see earlier post on this blog or visit www.mobilesymphony.org.
* On Sunday, March 12 at 3 p.m., the public is invited to Bernheim Hall, Ben May Main Library at 701 Government Street for Mobile Opera's "Afternoon of the Stars." Members of the cast of Mobile Opera's production of Puccini’s "Suor Angelica" will perform their favorite musical selections. Admission is free. For more information, call 251-432-6772 or go to http://www.mobileopera.org.
* The Woman's Club of Saraland is holding a Clothes Swap on Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6-8 p.m. The clubhouse is at 216 Highway 43 North, near Burger King. Cost to attend is a nonperishable food item for St. Vincent's. Women are encouraged to "Bring your gently used clothes and accessories . . . and return home with some fabulous new things--for free." Men's and children's clothes are also welcome. Leftover items will be added to the Club's Rummage Sale, so bring some cash to shop until 8. A few suggested items to bring for the swap are coats, work-out wear, costumes, jewelry, purses, shoes, sweaters, tops and pants. Call Janice Harvison, 251-679-0191 for more information.
* Donna Abercrombie said that the "Banking for a Cure" Relay for Life team is holding a yard sale and awareness event on Saturday, March 25, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Century Bank, 6380 Cottage Hill Road. Donations of items to be sold are needed; call 251-599-0443 to make a donation. For more information, call 251-459-6902.
* Citizens for a Better Grand Bay is sponsoring a Yard Sale on April 22, 6 a.m. until noon at the Community Center, 11610 Highway 90 W. Proceeds will help support the Senior Nutrition Program
The Women's History Month Luncheon, hosted by the Women's Business Center of South Alabama and held at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street, is Tuesday, March 21, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
This year's luncheon will feature catering by Stevie's Kitchen.
Guest speaker will be Justice Janie L. Shores. Shores graduated top of her class in 1959 from University of Alabama School of Law (one of only five women in her class). She fought throughout the 1960's for civil and human rights of women and African Americans in Alabama. In 1974 she was elected as the first female justice on the Alabama Supreme Court, where she served with distinction for 25 years.
Tickets for this event are $20 for members and $25 for potential members and must be acquired in advance at events.constantcontact.com. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Mistica Grantham, creator of "snuggly blankets," will be selling her quilts at the 15th Annual Semmes Azalea Festival, Saturday, March 11, Mary G. Montgomery High School Campus
Mistica Grantham, creator of "snuggly blankets," will be selling her quilts at the 15th Annual Semmes Azalea Festival, Saturday, March 11, Mary G. Montgomery High School Campus
Grantham of Semmes began making what she calls "Snuggly Blankets" after "racking my brain over what to get a friend for her baby shower."
Thinking about all the gifts she'd received for her own four children, she decided she'd like to give the expectant mother something that could be used longer than the first few months of the baby's life.
"I realized how quickly they outgrew clothes and strollers and highchairs," Mistica said. "My mind went to the quilts that I had made my babies."
Though the "babies" are much older now--Lauren is 15, Maisen is 12, Anna is 9 and Wyatt is 7--the quilts are still a part of their lives. "When they are snuggled up with a book or movie, or on cold mornings in the van, their Snuggly Blanket is the first thing they grab, but especially those times when they are sick or just want to snuggle with me," she said.
With that in mind, she began sewing quilts for all her friends as shower gifts, making sure the covers were large enough to grow with their babies. She stays away from too "babyish" fabrics that the owners might not want to snuggle with at 10, she said.
Mistica Grantham will be exhibiting her blankets at the 15th Annual Semmes Azalea Festival on Saturday, March 11. In addition to the fairly generic quilts, she also makes special orders with the child's name on the blanket.
She home schools her children and does much of her quilting while they are busy studying, she said.
"I absolutely enjoy and adore every step of the quilting process. However, what has brought me the most joy is hearing that those moms and 'no longer babies' still use and cherish their quilts today. That was my intent and hope that the memories they brought for mom, baby, child, were just as special to them as they still are to me," Mistica said.
Though most Senior/Community Centers in the Mobile area are closed on Mardi Gras Day, February 28th, Grand Bay will celebrate the holiday with brunch, a Mardi Gras Spirit Best-Dressed Contest and Mardi Gras Bingo. The Center is at 11610 Highway 90 West in Grand Bay.
Chocolate Lovers, Get your Sweet Tooth (Teeth?) ready; 9th Annual Mobile Chocolate Festival is Saturday, March 4th at the Grounds
The 9th Annual Mobile Chocolate Festival, a celebration of all things chocolate, will be held at The Grounds on Saturday March 4, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., with all proceeds to benefit Penelope House.
There will be vendors offering samples of their chocolate-related products, as well as selling their goodies. Included will be everything from chocolate-themed wares to succulent confections to jewelry to bath and body products.
Also featured will be a Children’s Area; Mobile Fixture Demonstration Stage; Chocolate Challenge, featuring professionals, amateurs and youth divisions; Project Yum Way, in which students and aspiring designers participate in a fashion display of chocolate-inspired fashions made from chocolate candy wrappers; Cupcake Booth; Chocolate Martini tasting; Magic Memories Photo Booth and much more.
Admission is free for children 13 and younger; general admission is $3 in advance (available at Penelope’s Closet, Flour Girls, Bloomin’ Lollipops and Three Georges; $5 on the day of the event.) Parking is free.
For more details, call 251-251-342-2809, like Mobile Chocolate Festival on facebook, and/or visit www.mobilechocolatefestival.com.
Dauphin Island Bicycle Poker Run, to benefit the non-profit organization, "Share the Beach," will be held on March 4th from noon-4:30 p.m.
Participants will bicycle between 7 locations on Dauphin Island, including FINS Bar, Pirates Bar and Grill, Dority's Bar and Grill, The Pub, Islanders, Billy Goat Concessions and Harbor House. They must purchase a wrist band from FINS Bar; this allows them to enjoy drink specials and to be dealt one playing card at each location.
After riders receive all their playing cards, they must present their poker hand at Pirates Bar & Grill before 5 p.m. Best poker hand wins $100! There'll also be door prizes and other treats for riders.
Tickets are $10 per rider; See event Facebook for further details.
Citizens for a Better Grand Bay Community Breakfast Buffet and Omelet Bar was Saturday, February 25 the Grand Bay-St. Elmo Senior Community Center. More than 50 attended the event to enjoy a hearty breakfast, converse with friends and learn the latest Grand Bay area news.
CBGB officers, Kimon Brown and Aleta Boudreaux, welcomed the group and made a few announcements, among them that the donation for the breakfast will have to be increased to $8; that Operation Clean Sweep, during which residents can take trash to the Irvington landfill for free, will be March 4, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; and that volunteers are always needed, to deliver Meals on Wheels to the 31 housebound seniors who receive lunch daily during the week and to work with the 50-60 seniors during their daily programs.
On April 8th, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. there'll be a book sale and barbecue dinner to benefit the library, as well as a plant sale by the Grand Bay Garden Club. A Yard Sale to benefit the Senior Nutrition Program is planned for April 22.
The next breakfast will be Saturday, March 25.
Pictured are some who attended the First Saturday Community Breakfast February 25th.
"Comediennes: Laugh Be A Lady" will be presented by comedian Darryl Littleton on Thursday, March 16, 6:30 p.m. at Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street.
The program, sponsored by Friends of the Mobile Public Library, is free to the public.
The Library news notes that it wasn't until the 10th century that women were allowed to perform, and then only in rare incidences. Like many art forms, female comedy got its start in the church and expanded to stage, radio, film and television.
Littleton, author and stand-up comedian and comedy writer, will describe for audiences the history of women in comedy and reveal startling facts about and pay tribute to the icons of yesteryear.
For more information, call 251-208-7097; for news of other programs and events at the Mobile Public Library locations, visit www.mobilepubliclibraryonline.org.
Ms. Gertrude Webb, official greeter at the monthly Grand Bay Community Breakfast, will turn 94 March 1st
It just wouldn't seem like breakfast at the monthly Grand Bay Community Breakfast Buffet and Omelet Bar were Gertrude Webb not waiting at the desk to greet everyone with a cheery Good Morning, a hug and a persuasive suggestion that they sign the register.
Ms. Gert will turn 94 March 1, and guess what she wants for her birthday. A LOT of attention--and something purple.
The breakfast, sponsored by Citizens for a Better Grand Bay, is held the last Saturday of the month, except for November and December, at 9 a.m. at the Grand Bay-St. Elmo Community Senior Center, 11610 Highway 90 West. A "Chat-and-Coffee" period begins at 8:30, though some of the 50-80 diners arrive as early as 8.
CBGB hosts the breakfast, with Kimon Brown, Aleta Boudreaux and other volunteers scrambling eggs, cooking grits, baking biscuits and turning out made-to-order omelets. Those attending (and you don't have to be from Grand Bay) are asked to contribute $8 for the meal, but if they can't afford it, "That's all right; you're welcome anyway," Boudreaux said at the February 25th Breakfast.
The monthly breakfast is where community members hear news such as where renovation on the library stands and what fundraisers to support it are on the books, what the Garden Club has planned, needs such as volunteers for Meals on Wheels and donations toward an automobile to deliver the 31 daily dinners.
And if all goes well, Ms. Gertie will be waiting at the door March 25 to tell us that NOW she's 94!
Katherine Singer (of Ken Burns' The War fame) will speak at Cox Deasy House, Oakleigh Place, on Wednesday, March 1, 2017
On Wednesday, March 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Katherine Singer will speak at Cox Deasy House, 300 Oakleigh Place.
According to host Historic Mobile Preservation Society, Katherine "is the reason Ken Burns named his series "The War!" She will tell stories on "anything you want," like Mobile and its people during WW II, growing up in Mobile, Mobile before and after WW II--so guests should be thinking of the questions they'd like to ask this famous story teller. "She's a unique spirit," HMPS says.
For more information, call 251-432-1281.
8th Annual Optimist Branch Pancake Breakfast, hosted by Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama, is Saturday, March 25, 8-11 a.m.
The 8th Annual Optimist Branch Pancake Breakfast, hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama, is Saturday, March 25, 8-11 a.m. at 1517 Plaza Drive, Mobile, 36605.
The Pancake Breakfast features a homemade, full course breakfast, organizers say. Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased directly from the Branch or online at eventbrite.com.
Proceeds benefit youth programs within the Branch.
The History Museum of Mobile, 111 S. Royal Street in Mobile, will hold its March Learning Lunch, featuring Director of Historic Blakeley State Park, on Wednesday, March 8, at 12 p.m. in the museum auditorium. He will discuss the Battle of Blakeley, its role in the Campaign of Mobile and the evidence of the battle that remains at Historic Blakeley State Park.
Mike Bunn received his undergraduate degree from Faulkner University and Master’s Degrees in History and Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama. In addition to his current role with Historic Blakeley State Park, he has also held positions with the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, the Mississippi Department of Archives and the Columbus Museum in Georgia.
Bunn has authored or contributed to numerous books, including Civil War Eufaula; Battle for the Southern Frontier: The Creek War and the War of 1812; and Images of America: The Lower Chattahoochee River. He currently is working on a book for the University of Alabama Press on Alabama’s territorial and early statehood days.
Bunn also directs the development of the Creek Heritage Trail in south Alabama and southwest Georgia. He will share with guests the history of the Battle of Blakeley during the Civil War, and the efforts to protect the history of that battle at Historic Blakeley State Park.
The Learning Lunch series, offered monthly, allows guests to bring their lunch and enjoy a free presentation on a wide range of historical and cultural topics. Admission to Learning Lunch is free, and all are encouraged to join attend.
For more information on the Learning Lunch series, call Jennifer Theeck, Curator of Education, at 251-301-0270 or contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.