You know when you go to the Mobile Chocolate Festival, you'll find chocolate--lots of it.
Not just chocolate-chip cookies or brownies, but projects and contests that call attention to the vice that everyone loves.
For example, The Chocolate Challenge, open to Youth, Amateur and Professional Bakers, has as its first rule that chocolate in some form must be the main ingredient in each. The baker's recipe must accompany the entry.
Judges will take it from there, awarding prizes based on specific criteria (see event website for complete instructions.)
Another very popular contest is Project YumWay. This event is based on the award-winning show, Project Runway, and features such items as shirts, skirts, accessories--any creative idea to make a statement. Items must include candy wrappers and/or candy products. Competition is open to designers of all ages; cost to enter is $10. For more details, see event website.
There will be numerous vendors on hand with samples and products, a photo booth and a children's area.
There is a Cupcake Booth where, for a small fee, children can decorate a cupcake in their own style, using the icing they like, maybe sprinkles. AND they get to take it home with them when they leave the Festival.
There's a Chocolate Martini Tasting (for those 21 and older.) Participants get a taste in a small (1 oz) martini glass. A tip jar is on the table, and all proceeds benefit Penelope House. Chocolate martini mix will be for sale, said Penelope House director, Tonie Ann Torrans.
And there's a fun event with a catchy title of Mobile Fixture Apron Decoration Station. Designers decorate an apron and take it home with them.
There will be food trucks. And there will be live music by Franklin Pratt.
And this year, at the Order of Angels parade, those riding the floats will be tossing chocolate MoonPies and other chocolate goodies to promote the MCF.
And another thing, Moon Pie Sponsor Harcros Chemicals will provide some chocolate MoonPies to give to some who attend the Fest.
One last thing: The Mobile Chocolate Festival Open Cruise-In Car Show will be on the grounds. Registration fee and other information can be found online at https://mobilechocolatefestival.com/forms.
The 12th Annual Mobile Chocolate Festival is March 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road N, Mobile. A small admission fee is charged.
About the Mobile Chocolate Festival and Penelope House:
The Mobile Chocolate Festival is the largest annual fundraiser for Penelope House, Inc. It is organized by a Penelope House Board committee, who volunteer their time all year to prepare for the event. The Festival is run by the committee, along with other board members, volunteers and Penelope House staff.
All proceeds from the Festival go to support the mission of Penelope House. The mission of Penelope House is to provide safety, protection, and support to the victims of Domestic Violence and their children through the provision shelter, advocacy, and individual and community education.
Penelope House helps victims of intimate partner violence to gain social and economic independence through shelter, counseling, advocacy, and referral to community resources and agencies in Mobile, Washington, Choctaw, and Clarke Counties in Alabama.
The shelter can provide refuge for victims and their children when their lives are in imminent danger. Temporary shelter allows escape from a violent situation. The prevention of domestic violence through education and public awareness is the goal of Penelope House.
To learn more about Penelope House and its mission, see organization's website.
Last year's winner of Project Yumway was this creation made with Dove wrappers; It's fun to decorate a cupcake--and even more to snack on it; Martini tasting is also fun!
Photos from Penelope House
Mark your Calendar: Assistance League of Mobile presents Fun for Philanthropy featuring Elizabeth Heiskel, the Debutante Farmer. The event is Thursday, April 2, 10:30 a.m.-noon; tickets are $65 each. For more information, call Sandra Smith, 251-709-4740.
Port City Pacers is hosting the "New Old Mobile 8K Run/Walk and Fun Run" on Saturday, April 18, 2020, 8-11 a.m. at Mardi Gras Park, 104-148 South Royal Street, Mobile. The race benefits The Penelope House and Keep Mobile Beautiful. Information at https://www.productionsbylittleredhen.com/raceapps/Old_Mobile_2020app.pdf
· Doug Kiker got that much sought-after ticket to Hollywood on the most recent American Idol, which premiered Sunday night for its 3rd year with ABC.
About Doug (Information and photo from Internet sources)
Doug Kiker had sung only on the back of a dump truck before--now he's dueting with Luke Bryan on Rascal Flatts' "Bless The Broken Road" as Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Ryan Seacrest cheer them on.
The newest season of “American Idol” premiered on Sunday night (February 16) and was full of happy surprises.
One of those was Doug Kiker, 27, from Mobile, Alabama.
Judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan asked Kiker for his backstory.
“I’m a garbage man. I work on the back of a garbage truck,” he told the judges.
They questioned his singing experience to which he honestly answered, “I don’t have any; I sing on the back of a garbage truck.”
He eventually admitted that he is performing because he wants to show his 2-year-old daughter “if you put your mind to it, there’s nothing you can’t do.”
Kiker was obviously very nervous and kept telling the judges, “I’m sorry, you’re really pretty,” before they got host Ryan Seacrest to take Kiker for a bit of a warm-up.
After performing Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road,” Perry asked him to show “his range” but he wasn’t sure what that was.
Byran jumped in and sat down at the piano, where he guided Kiker to where his talent really started to shine.
“You just stay who you are and you’re gonna go so far,” Perry praised him. “And you’re gonna take your daughter with you to all the highest heights.”
“I want us all to let you know you’re a hell of a man,” Richie added.
In the end, all three judges agreed that Kiker deserved a ticket to Hollywood.
Barry Broadhead, Chickasaw Council member, said this about Doug: "We are very happy for Chickasaw collection worker from Advanced Disposal--Doug Kiker--and send our congratulations; he did an AMAZING job in his American Idol performance. We are so glad the judges advanced him and hope he goes all the way!"
You can hear Doug's performance on YouTube at https://youtu.be/LfeXu26peJU
** THANK YOU/CONGRATULATIONS/HOW NICE:
* How nice! Brandon Van Hook, past president of Semmes Chamber of Commerce and owner of Hickory Pit Too restaurate in Semmes and Semmes Chamber's Citizen of the Year, Margaret Coley, and her non-profit organization, Ring of Hope, brought Valentine's Cheer to residents of Ahepa Apartments in Semmes. The news is that the volunteers had a great time meeting, greeting and feeding the residents, who welcomed them warmly.
* Congratulations to the Village of Spring Hill, the recipient of Project of the Year Award for the roundabout on North McGregor Avenue and Museum Drive; the award is from the Mobile Area Council of Engineers (MACE.) The $1.4 million-dollar project was the vision in The Village of Spring Hill Master Plan (The Blueprint for Spring Hill.) This prestigious award was presented to Volkert Engineering for design services for the Village of Spring Hill project, which totally transformed a dysfunctional intersection and which remains the only roundabout in the City of Mobile on a city street. City Council member Gina Gregory and County Commissioner Connie Hudson, whose support was essential to the success of this project, attended the award ceremony in support.
* Semmes Seniors, the Golden Oldies, competed in the "End of the Road Chili Cookoff" on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Loblolly Farm. They enjoyed the fellowship, good food and friendly competition AND came home winners. They won 3rd place overall from the judges and 1st place in the People's Choice judging. Pictured left to right are Earl Hudgins, Karen Brown, Mary Hudgins, Tom Hayslett, Linda Davis and Don Jenkins — with Gary Smith at Loblolly Farm. Semmes Senior Center is 9635 Moffett Road, Semmes.
* Good Job: On the first Sunday of February, the History Museum of Mobile set a record of 560 visitors to the museum's First Free Sunday. The next Free Sunday will be on March 1, 2020.
** MARDI GRAS ACTIVITIES:
* The US Navy continues its tradition of sending a ship to the Port City for Carnival (Mardi Gras)with the arrival of the USS MCFAUL next week. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer will be berthed at Pier 2 along the waterfront and will be open for public tours February 22-25 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Be sure to greet the men and women of the MCFAUL when they're ashore to enjoy the festivities!
* Bienville Bites "Floats and Food Tour" runs through February 24. For times and dates of tours, see event site. For tickets, go to bienvillebitesfoodtour.com. Bienville Bites web site also includes an outline of what to expect on the tours.
* iHeartRadio will host the 2020 Mardi Gras parade benefiting St. Jude on Monday, February 17th at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Mobile, riding with the ladies in the Order of Venus. For more information or to sponsor a float, 251.680.9452. Sponsorship opportunities are limited and will be sold on a first come, first paid basis.
* The 38th Annual Reveling Cavaliers Mardi Gras Parade is Thursday, February 20, 1 p.m. at Moorer Learning Center, 2424 Gordon Smith Drive. There will be food trucks, bands, floats and lots of Moon Pies and beads. For more information, call 251-544-4638.
* 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.
* Laissez les bons temps rouler! Join Joy of Life on the Gulf Coast on February 22, 2020 at 12 noon for our 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Parade. Corporate Sponsorship available (20 ride positions). Gulf Coast Beads will offer rider packages again this year. A Joy of Life King or Queen (Plus a Family Member) will be present on each float. All riders must wear a mask. Contact Lisa George at 251-490-4120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* 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.
* 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.
* City of Chickasaw Spring Clean Up is scheduled for March 21. Dumpsters will be placed at east side Legg Park, Community Shelter, Chieftain Way and the 500 block of Thompson Boulevard. Tires and dried up paint cans can be dropped off at City's Maintenance Department. Information on disposal of electronics will be announced later. For more details, call 251-452-6467.
** SENIOR CITIZENS:
* Grandparents raising Grandchildren workshop is Tuesday, February 18, 10-11:30 a.m. at Satsuma Public Library, 5466 Old Highway 43. Registration is required at 251-706-4633 or vsimpson@SARPC.org.
* On Thursday, February 20, 1-4 p.m., Touching Hearts Senior Care is hosting a Health Fair at Tillman's Corner Senior Center, 5863 Nevius Road. There'll be resources, information and door prizes.
* Mark your Calendar: Brookside Senior Living Community, 2260 Pesnell Court, is presenting an Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, May 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 email@example.com
** CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE:
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce "Coffee with the Chamber" is February 18, 7:30 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center. Free to attend. For information, call 251-666-2488.
* 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.
* Saraland "Hop & Shop," sponsored by Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce, is Thursday, March 19, 2020, 3-8 p.m. Hop & Shop will showcase retailers in Saraland. Be sure to get your map/passport so you'll know everywhere to go on the shopping route for savings and fun. Refresh your spring wardrobe, find THE PERFECT Spring Break outfit, purchase a fabulous Mother's Day or graduation gift, all while having fun and saving money. Saraland Chamber is at 939 Saraland Boulevard S; phone is 251-675-4444.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce's First Responders Breakfast is planned for Wednesday, March 25, 9 a.m.-noon. The breakfast, an event to honor all First Responders, will be held at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. The breakfast is free to First Responders; there will also be door prizes and entertainment. Sponsorship levels are available--Platinum, Gold and Silver. Contact the Chamber Office 251-666-2488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 2020, Job Fair and Chamber Chance Fundraiser, is Thursday, April 23, 2020, 3-6:30 p.m. at Redemption Church Student Center, 1251 Industrial Parkway, Saraland. This is a free event, open to the public--an event for the community to meet local business owners and leaders and learn about products, services and job opportunities. Free Food; Product Samples, Ddoor Prizes and more. For more information, visit www.saralandchamber.com or call 251-675-4444.
* Mark your Calendar and Make your Plans: SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is Monday, May 11, 2020, 2-5 p.m. at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard, Mobile. The Business Expo is an ideal way for exhibitors to promote their products and services, create brand awareness, establish business to business networking and increase customer awareness. Sponsorship Levels and booths are available; contact the Chamber office for more information 251.666.2488 or email@example.com. Space is limited--reserve a booth and sponsorship today. This event is free to the public to attend.
* 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.
* 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!!
* "3rd Annual Color Run and Car Show," hosted by Alma Bryant Band Alumni and Bryant Hurricane Band Color Splash Event is planned for Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 9 a.m. at Alma Bryant High School, 14001 Hurricane Blvd, Irvington. The Color Run is a 5K and one-mile event. Fee is $25. Register before February 14 to guarantee a shirt in your size. In addition to the run, there will also be a Car Show with prizes. Looking for vendors and sponsors (see event site.)
* The Funky Monkey 5K & Fun Run, hosted by hosted by Funky Monkey 5K and Thompson Engineering encourages fitness, philanthropy and fun. The Race, held Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 8 a.m.-10 a.m. begins at USA Moulton Tower. Participants can choose to take part in a 3.1-mile run, jog or walk through the University of South Alabama campus or a ¾-mile fun run. All participants are invited to enjoy the event’s favorite feature, Mobile’s Biggest Banana Split, provided by Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe. During an awards ceremony following the race, the recipient of the Funky Monkey Charity Challenge will be awarded a $1,000 grant from the Thompson Foundation. The Charity Challenge encourages non-profits to recruit supporters to participate in the charity’s name. It is just one way the event raises funds for charitable causes. All funds raised at the 2020 Funky Monkey will be returned to non-profits in the communities where Thompson employees live and work. The money goes to support organizations, programs, and activities that strengthen our social framework, education and sense of community. For information on awards, registration, packet pick-up, parking and so forth, see event website.
* 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.
* The Wiggle Waggle 5K run and 1 mile fun run/walk, presented by Pet Supplies Plus, will be at Bellingrath Gardens, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore on Saturday, April 25, 8-11 a.m. This is a certified, dog-friendly event. (More on registeration closer to the date.) Businesses interested in sponsoring Wiggle Waggle, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
** GALAS, FUN, FUNDRAISERS, WORKSHOPS AND OTHER EVENTS:
* John Roush, author of "The Lamb and the Homeless Man" will be guest speaker at the Saturday, February 22, 8 a.m. Men's Breakfast at Theodore Church of God, 6360 Theodore Dawes Road, Theodore. John, once homeless and a drug addict, now has a ministry for the homeless. See his story at thelambandthehomelessman.com.
* 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.)
* 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.
* On Thursday, March 5, 7:30-9 a.m., the Downtown Mobile Association is sponsoring Breakfast with the Mayor of Mobile. The event is a boutique business event with attendance limited to 150 people. It affords an intimate opportunity to hear from Mayor Stimpson on his plans for downtown and the surrounding city. It will be held in the ballroom at the Renaissance Riverview Hotel, 64 S Water Street, and will feature a full buffet breakfast. Tickets to the event are $45 per person for DMA members. Tickets are at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-with-the-mayor-2020-tickets-90994281345
* 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 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.
* The 8th Annual Satsuma SwampFest is Saturday, March 7, 2020, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Satsuma High School campus. The event is sponsored by Friends for Satsuma Schools, and all proceeds go to the school. For more information, call Shirley Presnall,251-680-1311 or Sue Speights, 251-377-2747. Check event site for vendor applications.
* 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.
* The Community Foundation of South Alabama Annual Luncheon is Friday, March 20, 11:30 a.m. at the Battle House Hotel. Tickets are $45. To register, call 251-438-5591 or visit communityfoundation.org. Guest Speaker will be Brad Israel.
* 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
* 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
* 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.
* Taste of Mobile 2020 is Wednesday, March 25, 6-8 p.m. The event, hosted by Taste of Mobile and ARHA - Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Association, will be held at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, 1 S Water Street. Tickets go on sale February 1 at 9 a.m. at www.eventbrite.com. The public is invited to the Convention Center to the great food and drinks that Mobile has to offer while having tons of fun. Don't miss the Carnival Cruise raffle sponsored by Visit Mobile. To sign up your restaurant as a vendor, visit http://bit.ly/tasteofmobilesignup. To purchase a table or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit https://www.arhaonline.com/tasteofmobiletickets.html. To learn more about being a vendor or sponsor, contact ARHA at 334.244.1320 or email email@example.com. Visit https:www.arhaonline.com/taste-of-mobile.html for more information.
* "Penelope House- Networking With A Cause," present by LifeWalkGPS, is Friday, April 24, 2020, 5:30-9 p.m. Tickets are via Eventbrite. This is described as "NOT YOUR ORDINARY NETWORKING EVENT!" Penelope House is celebrating 40 years in the community for raising awareness for Domestic Violence and supporting victims of Domestic Violence to take back their lives and start over. The public is invited to "Come out and make new connections while supporting their efforts in the community." The Keynote Speaker is Devin Ford, Robert Mondavi Napa Valley, California. The evening includesine-tasting, door prizes, silent auction, food and drinks.
* "Ribs for Kids" (Alabama Baptist Children's Home), presented by Fired Up, Inc. is Saturday, April 25, 2020, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Alabama Baptist Children's Homes & Family Ministries, 6512 Grelot Road, Mobile. For information, go to web site or visit https://www.alabamachild.org/main/funevents/ribs-for-kids/
** ARTS/CRAFTS/CHARITY GARAGE SALES:
* Mark your Calendar! The 18th Annual St. Francis Episcopal Church Arts and Crafts Festival is Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 50 artists are scheduled to participate. The church is on the corner of Key and Chaumont streets.
* Mobile Museum of Art, 4851 Museum Drive has added a new class--Soft Pastel Painting with Victoria Udovikina--on Wednesdays through March 11, 5:30 – 8 p.m. Students can experience the expressive and artistic nature of soft pastels in this six week course with instructor Victoria Udovikina. They can learn how this unique medium can give your work exquisite color and shading, airiness, elegance and illusory sensation to represent the beauty of the world we live in. Students do not need prior pastel experience.
* CLASS IS FULL "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.
* "Fire Prevention Art Display," an exhibit hosted by Semmes Regional Library Friends and Semmes Woman's Club, is at the Semmesonian Art Gallery in the Library. The Fire Prevention Art Display showcases entries and winning artworks from Semmes Elementary, Allentown Elementary and J.E. Turner Elementary students. The Meet ‘n Greet Art Reception will be held on Thursday, February 20, 4-6 p.m. at the Semmesonian Art Gallery at Semmes Regional Library, 9150 Moffett Road, Semmes. Refreshments will be served, and the public is welcome to attend, discuss and admire. Selected student artworks were also featured in the 2020 City of Semmes Fire Safety Art Calendar.
* 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.
* Are you interested in learning basic metalsmithing and making your own sterling silver rings? Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council is holding a Sterling Stackable Rings Workshop by DIHAC Artist Vaughn Millner. The event will be held February 21, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Art Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard. Space is very limited. For more information or to reserve a space in the class, see the event page.
* Artist Statement Workshop at Alabama Contemporary Art Center is Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Whether you are an amateur artist or an established professional, writing an artist statement can be an intimidating and overwhelming task. But a good artist statement acts as a bridge between your intention and the viewers’ interpretation of the work, and can set you apart from the crowd in a big way. In this free workshop, ACAC Executive Director and Curator elizabet elliott will dive into these questions and more, covering the essentials of statement writing and demystifying the process from a curator’s perspective. Capacity is 35 students.
For more information, please contact Amanda Solley, Curator of Education, at 251-208-5656 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council upcoming "Introduction to Knife Painting Workshop" is Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at DIHAC, 918 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. Students may choose their medium: Oil or Acrylic; suitable for all skill levels; supplies and reference photos provided. Build your creative painting capabilities by joining this workshop with demonstration and individual instruction from artist and educator Michele Traum. www.micheletraum.com. Advance paid reservations are required. To register, visit https://dauphinislandarts.networkforgood.com/events/18944-introduction-to-knife-painting-workshop?utm_campaign=dms_email_blast_488494
* 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.
* The Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile presents Dr. Ellen Elder in recital as part of the university’s third annual Piano Festival. The free recital will be February 20 at 7 p.m. in Moorer Auditorium located in Martin Hall at the University of Mobile, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile. For more information about the Alabama School of the Arts or upcoming performances in the Performing Arts Series, visit umobile.edu/pas or call 251.442.2222.
* 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 email@example.com. For Ben May, call 251-340-1507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*** The Mobile Alumnae of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity presents "Leap Into Music" on February 29 2020, 1-3:30 p.m. at Azalea City Center for the Arts, 63 Midtown Park E. The event is for students kindergarten through 5th grade. No instruments or experience needed, it's just a fun day to explore music together. To register, go th https://saialumnaemobile.yapsody.com/event/index/518371/leap-into-music.
* 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*
* Through original choreography, beautiful sets and ethereal costumes, Classical Ballet of Mobile’s Youth Performance Company and student dancers will present CBM's adaptation of The Secret Garden, the beloved story of love and redemption. There will be two performances: Saturday, March 28, 2 and 7:p.m. at 100 S Carlen Street, Mobile. Tickets are at events.tututix.com.
** EVENTS FOR TEENS/CHILDREN/FAMILIES:
* Children aged 4 and older can attend a Mardi Gras Mask Making class on February 19th, Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Semmes Regional Library, 9150 Moffett Road, Semmes. Students can use their skills and imagination to decorate a Mardi Gras Half Mask. Mardi Gras costumes are encouraged.
On February 19 at 10 a.m., Ben May Main Library Bernheim Hall Storytime features "Teeth!" Preschools, Headstart programs, kindergarten classes and families are invited to a special Storytime in Bernheim Hall. Join in the fun with stories, songs, puppets and more as we encourage the development of early literacy skills. Registration is required for groups. For more information or to register, call the children’s department at 251-340-1507 or email email@example.com.
* Community Helper Storytime at West Regional Library is on February 22, 2 p.m. The special storytime for all ages will be presented by a helper from our community. The special guest will share a story and tell us what they do to make our community a better place for all. For more information, call 251-340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On February 29, 10:30 a.m., all children aged 5 and older can come to Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library and learn how to make Clothespin Shark Puppets at Something Special for Saturday. For more information, call 251-494-4132 or email email@example.com.
* 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.
* Touch a Truck is coming to Mobile on March 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Boulevard. Touch a Truck is a family-friendly event that offers children a hands-on opportunity to explore a variety of trucks and meet the people who build, protect and serve our community. Children will be allowed to touch, climb aboard, and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe environment. Admission is $20 per car. Proceeds from the event will benefit pediatric cancer at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and Adoption Rocks. Noise-free hour from 10-11 a.m.
* 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.
* Paris In The Spring Fashion Show, hosted by The Lady Soldiers Ladies Club, is April 11, 2 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Registration is Saturday, February 15, 2020, noon-1:30 p.m. at Mobile West Regional Library, 5555 Grelot Road. The purpose of the fashion show is so the children in the community can have fun, build confidence and character while learning about fashion.
* The auditions for "Big Fish" at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, are February 16, Sunday and February 17, Monday, both at 6:30 p.m. Auditions are open call, no advance registration required. All should be prepared to sing, dance and cold read from the script. For complete information and to download the audition packet please visit http://cctshows.com/season/big-fish-a-larger-than-life-musical/
* On February 19, 10 a.m., at Toulminville Branch Library, the Movie in the Morning for Adults will feature "I Can Only Imagine." In the film, a musician writes a popular song about how his faith helped repair his relationship with his dad. Based on a true story, the film runs 110 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-494-4982.
* "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.
* "Black Coffee," written By Agatha Christie and directed by Nedra Bloom, will be playing weekends February 28-March 8, 2020 at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street. The play is described as "A real whodunit! The secret formula for a scientific breakthrough has been stolen from Sir Claud’s country house and now Sir Claud has been poisoned. Was it the great scientist’s son? His lovely young wife? The mysterious foreign doctor? The butler? It takes the wits of Hercule Poirot to find the guilty party." Show dates and times are as follows: February 28, 29 and March 6, 7, 7:30 p.m. and March 1, 8, 2 p.m.
* James Bond 007 in "Tomorrow Never Dies" is coming to Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library at 5:30 p.m. February 28th. The film begins at a terrorist arms bazaar somewhere on the Russian border. MIG has sent James Bond into the field to survey trades and purchases by the terrorists. One terrorist identified, Henry Gupta, has purchased an American GPS encoder. Upon viewing the evidence of these transactions taking place Admiral Roebuck orders a missile strike upon the position, however, it later transpires that the terrorists have a Soviet nuclear torpedo setup on a plane. For more information, call 251-494-4132.
* Auditions for "Beauty and the Beast" will be held this spring at Mobile's Playhouse-in-the-Park, 4851 Museum Drive, on Monday and Wednesday, March 2 and 4, 2020 from 6:30-8 p.m. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing a 30-second song of their choice, and to be prepared for a short dance audition. Auditions are open to ages six through mid-20's, and a large cast is needed. This ORIGINAL PLAYHOUSE MUSICAL will run during the months of April and May, 2020. For further information, please contact Danny Mollise at firstname.lastname@example.org or (251) 422-5434
* "Sister Act" is playing at Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 Carlen Street on weekends, Friday, March 20-Sunday, April 5, 2020. For ticket and other information, see http://www.joejeffersonplayers.com
* The Clotilda Story: Free Public Talk by Mr. Darron Patterson, Tuesday, February 18, 2020 6 p.m. 159 years after two men hatched a criminal scheme to bring slaves from Africa to the U.S., the remains of the ship, Clotilda, were discovered in the waters off Mobile. Darron Patterson, with the Clotilda Descendants Association, will join USA Archaeology Museum officers to discuss efforts to preserve the history and celebrate the resiliency of those who survived the last slave ship to America.
* "Sharing History Unapologetically: Honoring Clotilda's Shipmate," hosted by Historic Mobile Preservation Society and Historic Oakleigh House Museum, 300 Oakleigh Place will be Tuesday, February 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The public is invited to join the Historic Mobile Preservation Society and Joe’l Lewis Billingsley for Sharing History Unapologetically: Honoring the 110 Africans on the Clotilda. Dr. Billingsley is a native Mobilian and an associate professor at the University of South Alabama, and is co-producer for Mobile Black and White. Admission is $10 per person and FREE for members of HMPS. Contact email@example.com or (251) 432-1281 with questions.
* On Wednesday, February 19, 6-7 p.m., Historic Mobile Preservation Society presents "Parading Through Time with Scott Corcoran" at Historic Oakleigh House Museum, 350 Oakleigh Place. The public is invited to join HMPS and Scott Corcoran of the History Museum of Mobile for Parading Through Time: Rolling Through Four Centuries of Mobile's Carnival Traditions. Learn all about the origins of holiday, Mobile's Carnival societies, the artistry of Mardi Gras and more. Tickets are $10 per person and FREE for HMPS members.
* Dauphin Island Museum director, Jim Hall, has put together a series of interesting, educational and free talks beginning January 2020. Scheduled for 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.
* Keep Mobile Beautiful is launching a Website and Festival to Celebrate Azaleas. A map of the trail can be found on the website along with a master calendar of all spring activities. Visitors can enjoy self guided tours, guided tours and discounts at many area attractions and hotels. An opening ceremony will kick off the festivities March 12, highlighted by the painting of the cannon at the loop. To see the full schedule go to Mobileazaleatrailfestival.com.
* 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.*
* Winter Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens and Home run through February 26, 2020. Every year, Bellingrath Gardens and Home hosts special programs during the winter months. Each workshop covers a special feature of the Gardens or Home, tips for making your garden more spectacular, or guest lectures from renowned members of the horticultural and gardening world. On February , the session is "."
* 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.
* Gulf Coast Herb Society's Herb Garden Work Day, hosted by Gulf Coast Herb Society, is Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive. From organizers: "Bring your tools for the Herb Garden work day and let’s get everything spiffy for Herb Day 2020. We are also planning for the big upcoming event. Please come out and lend a hand and your ideas."
* 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.
* Get the best tomato varieties for the Gulf Coast! "TomatoPalooza! 2020" at Mobile Botanical Gardens is Friday, March 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, March 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at MBG, 5151 Museum Drive, Mobile. Order online beginning Feb 24th. Pick up tomatoes from the MarketPlace during MBG Spring Plant Sale, March 19-22 (ticketed Preview Party and Sale, March 19, 4-7 p.m..) Additional tomatoes will be available at the Plant Sale, but to guarantee your selection, be sure to pre-order.
* 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,WRITING:
* At the Winter Wednesday session at Bellingrath Gardens and Home on February 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m., author and historian John Sledge will discuss his new book, "The Gulf of Mexico: A Maritime History." Sledge is the senior architectural historian for the Mobile Historic Development Commission and the author of six previous books. His latest work is a narrative of the earth's tenth-largest body of water, including the people, ships, and cities that have shaped the Gulf’s human history. After the presentation, Sledge will sign copies of his book, which will be available in the Bellingrath Gift Shop. The event is free for members and $14 for non-members. Reservations are requested.
* Heart & Soul Book Club meets at West Regional Library on February 22, 4-5:30 p.m. to discuss "The Water Dancer" by Ta-Nehisi Coates. For more information, call 209-3559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Mobile Botanical Garden, 5151 Museum Drive, is offering "Elements of Fiction" with Linda Busby on Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. The class is Creative Writing at The Gardens. (Six Sessions, Thursdays, 1-3, starting February 6) Creating and telling stories, especially stories from our lives—people, places, and events that shaped us. Exploring the elements of creative writing, both fiction and nonfiction. Getting words onto paper. Join us on Thursday afternoons to feed the creativity within you. Yes—you can tell your stories! Instructor: Linda Busby Parker, Ph.D., MFA- Professor, Writer, Publisher, Editor. Remaining classes are Thurs Fed 20th, Skip Feb 27th and March 5th, Thurs March 12th, Week of Spring Plant Sale TBD by class vote (tentatively Wed 18th) and Thurs March 26th. MBG members pay $135; non-members fee is $160. To register, email, message, or call the office at (251)342-0555 (feel free to leave a message) Learn more here: http://www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org/event/elements-of-fiction-writing/
* 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.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, presents "Discover Pointed Pen Calligraphy - 4 week class" beginning Thursday, February 20, 10 a.m.-noon. This four week workshop will be led by Donna Brown, who will introduce students to the beautiful and elegant art of pointed pen calligraphy. Take Note: You don’t need great handwriting to make beautiful calligraphic letters. This class will demonstrate the use of writing supplies, and will discuss and practice the proper letterforms of the alphabet and how these letterforms can be combined to make beautiful words. Students will begin their practice in pencil and gradually begin to use a dip pen and ink to write the letterforms they learn in class. Instructor will supply a beginner’s kit (Included in registration fee) Space is limited. The class runs from February 20-March 12, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Fee for MBG Members is $100; for NonMember, $125.For more information and to register visit http://www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org/event/discover-pointed-pen-calligraphy/
* 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 email@example.com.
* Mobile County Health Department - MCHD is sponsoring an $8 Weekend Rabies Clinic on Saturday, February 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at St. Elmo Feed & Seed, 9001 Highway 90, Irvington. The low cost rabies shots for dogs, cats and ferrets during weekend clinic are good for one year. All rabies shots are payable in cash.
* "Community Cat Care: Bottle Babies" is hosted by Alabama Contemporary Art Center and Mobile Cat Society on Saturday, February 29, 2020, 2-3:30 p.m. Pet Lovers, Are you looking to arm yourself with the knowledge that can save lives? Attend the Mobile Cat Society’s FREE Bottle Feeding Class, which includes the kitten basics, cleanliness, bottle feeding, care, and how YOU can put this knowledge to use and get involved with your local community.
* On February 29, 1:30-3:30 p.m., the Mobile County Health Department will be at 1011 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island Town Hall for a $10 Weekend Rabies Clinic. The Mobile County Health Department provides low cost rabies shots for dogs, cats and ferrets during weekend clinics that are good for one year. $10. All rabies shots are payable in cash.
* Circle this Date on your calendar: 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; Seniors 65 & above, Children 13 and under are free. Proceeds benefit Penelope House, whose mission is to provide safety, protection, and support to the victims of Domestic Violence and their children through the provision of shelter, advocacy, and individual and community education.
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
* 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.
* HOG Chili Cook-Off, hosted by Mobile Bay Harley-Davidson, 3260 Pleasant Valley Road, is Saturday, February 29, 2020, noon-3 p.m. Bring your best pot of chili to compete against your fellow riders for bragging rights and a $100 Gift Card. Email Pam at email@example.com to participate! Everyone is invited to join in on the 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, 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!
** CAR SHOWS:
* The 3rd Annual Surge Church Car Show and Chili Cook Off, Sunday, March 1, 2020, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. will be at Surge Church, 2900 Dawes Road. All proceeds to go to the Surge Youth Ministry.
* The 2nd Annual Camp Grace Car Show, at Camp Grace, 11081 Wanda Drive, is Saturday, March 28, 2020, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The car show is being combined with the Yellow Day Festival. There will be activities going on this day. Camp Grace invites: "Come out and enjoy the beautiful Camp Grace grounds; bring your favorite show vehicle." Spectators enter free. Vehicle fee is $20 per entry and $20 for multiple entries. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/car-show-at-camp-grace-tickets-89241107555?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-source=strongmail&utm-term=listing or contact Jeff Russell, 251-591-1451.
* Save the Date: The 27th Annual Camellia Classic Open Show on Saturday, April 18, 2020, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. will be held at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore. If pre-registered, check in at the gate then get your forms and goodie bag at the registration tent inside the Gardens on the Great Lawn. If not pre-registered, pay at the gate and register inside at the blue and white registration tent. All registration ends at 11:15 a.m.; judging is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with awards presentation at 2:30 p.m. Spectators must enter through Bellingrath Gardens and will get $1 off admission if they bring a canned good donation for Feeding the Gulf Coast Food Bank. This year's other Charity of Choice will be United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile. This is a Rain or Shine event. Applications will be mailed out soon and will also be found on our website: www.mobilebaymustangclub.org and PayPal will be accepted online. Checks or cash only day of show.
* The "Secret Garden Tea," hosted by Classical Ballet of Mobile, is Sunday, March 8, 2020, 2-4 p.m. at Stewartfield, 4307 Old Shell Road. The event, for ages 5 and older, is presented to celebrate the March 28 Premiere Performance of Classical Ballet's "The Secret Garden." Tickets are at classicalballetmobile.org; seating is limited. For more details, visit https://classicalballetmobile.org.
* "Be Our Guest" Soiree, hosted by Mobile Ballet and The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is Sunday, March 15; 12:30 and 4 p.m. seatings available. The event is at Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. Tickets are $35 per person at www.mobileballet.org or call 251-342-2241.
* On Saturday, March 28, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Ina Pullen Smallwood Memorial Library, 224 Grant Street, Chickasaw, is hosting Tea & Poetry with the Mad Hatter. The invitation: You're invited to a attend a tea party with the Mad Hatter and friends at the library! The Hatter has plenty of wacky games, riddles, songs, jokes and snacks galore to share. So hurry; you don't want to be late. Feel free to come dressed as your favorite Wonderland character.
* The Annual Spring Tea Fundraiser at Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, 1906 Springhill Avenue is Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 1-4 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy delicious treats, the Mansion's signature tea and an informal look at one of Mobile’s most iconic antebellum homes, the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. Proceeds from the event will benefit the on-going restoration and operation of the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. For information, contact a staff member at the Mansion, 251-471-6364. Ticket sales begin February 18 through Brown Paper Tickets. Seating is limited.
** EASTER/SPRING FLINGS:
* Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, is Saturday, April 4, 2020, 8 a.m.-noon. AS professional photographer will be available to take children’s portraits with the Easter Bunny in the Gift Shop Greenhouse. Families are also invited to join us for the 7th Annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in the Magnolia Café from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Seating times vary. Please note that reservations are required in advance to attend the breakfast. Beginning March 1, 2020, you may make your reservations to join us for pancakes, sausages, fruit and beverages by calling 251.459.8864. The Easter Bunny will visit guests at their tables throughout the breakfast.
* Spring Fling & Egg Hunt, hosted by City of Semmes, is Saturday, March 28, 2020, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at City of Semmes - Municipal Park, 8108 Morris Hill, Semmes. This is a free Family Event. Egg Hunt, Easter Bunny Photos, Inflatables, Petting Zoo, Sparky the Fire Dog, Animal Adoptions, Food Vendors and More. Egg Hunt will begin at noon.
* Easter Candy Hunt at Mobile Flea Market, 401 Schillinger Road N., is Saturday, April 4, 2020, noon-2 p.m. Capacity is limited; reserve a spot and confirm details to attend. The event includes a hunt for candy, shop through tons of vendors, and enjoy the day full of family fun at the flea. Note to Sellers: The first 25 sellers to sign up on our Easter Vendor Participation list in the office will receive free candy from us to hand out to children at the flea market on April 4th. Must sign up in person in the office. For information, firstname.lastname@example.org, 251-633-7533 or www.mobilefleamarket.com.
* B&B Pet Stop's “Selfie Spot” for Easter is April 4 at 9 a.m. – April 11 at 8 p.m. 5035 Cottage Hill Road. Starting SATURDAY, April 4th through Saturday, April 11th, pet owners can come to B&B Pet Stop and snap a selfie in the store's Easter Selfie Spot. B&B says: We'll have a fun background set up - YOU BRING THE PETS AND THE CAMERA! (or phone.) HANDS FULL? We'll be HAPPY to snap the photo for you. Donations for Friends of Mobile Animal Shelter will be accepted.
* Easter Sunrise Service is Sunday, April 12, 2020. at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Guests are invited to this special Sunrise Service with friends and family on Live Oak Plaza. The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. and is open to everyone in the community. During the service, an offering will be collected to benefit Family Promise of Coastal Alabama, an agency that helps homeless families. Complimentary admission will be given to guests from 6 to 8 a.m. on Easter Sunday. A limited number of chairs will be set up and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the Magnolia Café. After the service, a hot breakfast will be available for purchase in the Magnolia Café from 7:30 to 9 a.m.
* A Community Easter Sunrise Service, hosted by Fort Gaines Historic Site, 51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, will be Sunday, April 12, 2020, 6-7 a.m. The service will be held on the Great Lawn within the walls of Fort Gaines and it is open to everyone in the community. Free admission will be given to guests from 6 to 7 a.m. on Easter Sunday. Those who will be attending are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blanket.
Yoga for Runners with Lisa A. Blount, hosted by Port City Pacers, is Sunday, March 1, 2020, 4-5 p.m. The class is open to all. (Free for members. $5 for non-members.) The class will be outside, so watch the weather. Don't forget to bring a mat. Port City Pacers is at 358 Morgan Avenue.
"Community Cat Care: Bottle Babies" is hosted by Alabama Contemporary Art Center and Mobile Cat Society on Saturday, February 29, 2020, 2-3:30 p.m. Pet Lovers, Are you looking to arm yourself with the knowledge that can save lives? Attend the Mobile Cat Society’s FREE Bottle Feeding Class, which includes the kitten basics, cleanliness, bottle feeding, care, and how YOU can put this knowledge to use and get involved with your local community.
Mark your Calendar! The 18th Annual St. Francis Episcopal Church Arts and Crafts Festival is Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 50 artists are scheduled to participate. The church is on the corner of Key and Chaumont streets.
On February 29, 1:30-3:30 p.m., the Mobile County Health Department will be at 1011 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island Town Hall for a $10 Weekend Rabies Clinic. The Mobile County Health Department provides low cost rabies shots for dogs, cats and ferrets during weekend clinics that are good for one year. $10. All rabies shots are payable in cash.
Sometimes you just need more than one cat! These two cats - Michael (orange) and Cheerio were in a home together and are great friends. Cheerio is sweet and loving and Michael is independent and busy checking everything out - always ready to supervise whatever you are doing. Wouldn’t they make a nice addition to your family? Come by and meet them or call the Mobile SPCA at 633-3531if you can give these two great kitties a forever home.
You're never too young or too old for "Throw me a MoonPie, Mister!" And whether you're the one tossing the trinkets or catching the confections, if you're from Mobile that refrain will make you smile and your heart beat a little faster.
The GrandFriends Adult Daycare Mardi Gras celebration at Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center on February 13th was a lot like the real thing.
There was a Grand Marshal and a King and Queen.
But instead of long floats filled with loud laughing people, the GrandFiends' "floats" were powered by wheelchairs, walkers and shoe leather. And the Mardi Gras crowd were dozens of teensie children from Safe Haven Christian Child Care Center, St. Paul's Episcopal School, St. Mary's Catholic School and St. Luke's Episcopal School, and all holding Walmart bags.
Pictured are just a few scenes from this annual event.
The "Secret Garden Tea," hosted by Classical Ballet of Mobile, is Sunday, March 8, 2020, 2-4 p.m. at Stewartfield, 4307 Old Shell Road. The event, for ages 5 and older, is presented to celebrate the March 28 Premiere Performance of Classical Ballet's "The Secret Garden." Tickets are at classicalballetmobile.org; seating is limited. For more details, visit https://classicalballetmobile.org.
2/14/2020 DONE Through original choreography, beautiful sets and ethereal costumes, Classical Ballet of Mobile’s Youth Performance Company and student dancers will present CBM's adaptation of The Secret Garden, the beloved story of love and redemption. There will be two performances: Saturday, March 28, 2 and 7:p.m. at 100 S Carlen Street, Mobile. Tickets are at events.tututix.com.
The following good news comes from Keep Mobile Beautiful:
Keep Mobile Beautiful (KMB) will kick off the arrival of spring with a festival and website that celebrates the City’s beautiful azaleas. Mobile’s Azalea Trail Festival takes place March 12-29, at venues throughout the Mobile area. A new website, mobileazaleatrailfestival.com, highlights the numerous activities and festivities during the two and half week period when Mobile’s azaleas are expected to be in full bloom. Funding for the project was provided by Visit Mobile, Mobile Area Lodging Association and Mobile County. The goal is to attract more visitors to Mobile to enjoy the spectacle.
“When in bloom, Mobile’s Azalea Trail is something to be celebrated,” said Dianne Martin, president of Keep Mobile Beautiful. “Through the sale of Azalea Trail Bonds, Keep Mobile Beautiful has been promoting, preserving and protecting our historic Azalea Trail for future generations. It is our hope that the festival will attract visitors, as well as encourage more locals to plant azaleas, so Mobile will be ablaze with color every spring,” she continued.
The azalea is thought to have originated in China but Mobile’s long history with the bush can be traced back to 1754, when the first plants were said to have been brought from Toulouse, France by colonial horticulturalist Fifise Langlois. He brought three colors from his family’s garden, pink, purplish-red and white. The plants flourished in Mobile and drew visitors from both England and Spain during their respective rules over the City.
In 1928-29, the Mobile Junior Chamber of Commerce, now known as the Jaycees, launched a project to encourage the planting of the shrubs in yards and along the streets. Spearheaded by Sam Lackland and Marion Draughton, the Azalea Trail was chartered in 1933 and drew thousands of visitors who drove the 17 mile trail taking in its beauty. By 1940, the Trail was attracting 100,000 visitors. In 1972, Mobile began to paint a “pink line” to designate the Trail. The Azalea Trail Run began in 1978.
Eventually, the cost of painting the pink line became prohibitive. In 2015, Keep Mobile Beautiful and the Jaycees, developed new Trail signs that incorporate an Azalea Trail Maid in the design. The current Azalea Trail has three segments and covers some 38 miles. A map of the trail can be found on the website along with a master calendar of all spring activities. Visitors can enjoy self guided tours, guided tours and discounts at many area attractions and hotels. An opening ceremony will kick off the festivities March 12, highlighted by the painting of the cannon at the loop. To see the full schedule go to Mobileazaleatrailfestival.com.
Keep Mobile Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping Mobile County clean, green and beautiful. For more information on this project and others, visit the website, keepmobilebeautiful.org.
Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson attended the Mobile Area Council of Engineers (MACE) 2020 Awards Banquet on January 30. Volkert, Inc. received the Project of the Year Award for the McGregor Avenue/Museum Drive Roundabout which was funded by Mobile County’s Pay-As-You-Go Program and designed in partnership with the City of Mobile and The Village of Spring Hill. Accepting the award was Village of Spring Hill Board of Directors President Linda St. John. Pictured with Commissioner Hudson (L to R) are MACE Awards Chair Ray Miller, Linda St. John, Mobile City Councilwoman Gina Gregory, and Volkert Assistant Vice-President Drew Davis.Commissioner Hudson attended the Mobile Area Council of Engineers (MACE) 2020 Awards Banquet on January 30. Volkert, Inc. received the Project of the Year Award for the McGregor Avenue/Museum Drive Roundabout which was funded by Mobile County’s Pay-As-You-Go Program and designed in partnership with the City of Mobile and The Village of Spring Hill. Accepting the award was Village of Spring Hill Board of Directors President Linda St. John. Pictured with Commissioner Hudson (L to R) are MACE Awards Chair Ray Miller, Linda St. John, Mobile City Councilwoman Gina Gregory, and Volkert Assistant Vice-President Drew Davis.
Commissioner Hudson attended the Mobile Area Council of Engineers (MACE) 2020 Awards Banquet on January 30. Volkert, Inc. received the Project of the Year Award for the McGregor Avenue/Museum Drive Roundabout which was funded by Mobile County’s Pay-As-You-Go Program and designed in partnership with the City of Mobile and The Village of Spring Hill. Accepting the award was Village of Spring Hill Board of Directors President Linda St. John. Pictured with Commissioner Hudson (L to R) are MACE Awards Chair Ray Miller, Linda St. John, Mobile City Councilwoman Gina Gregory, and Volkert Assistant Vice-President Drew Davis.
President Lisa Owen opened the February 12th meeting of Semmes Chamber of Commerce with a welcome to the large crowd of members and guests.
Mobile County Com. Jerry Carl led the Pledge of Allegiance and Bro. Andric Daugherty offered the invocation.
Lunch was catered by Tyner's and sponsored by Hickory Pit Too. Derrick Smith of Hickory Pit Too gave a short presentation on the restaurant, noting the new items added to the menu.
Semmes City Council member Lee Lawshe gave a report on the City's upcoming events and activities.
And Board member Sharon Murrill introduced guest speaker Mobile County Com. Connie Hudson.
Com. Hudson's presentation included the importance of the census, City annexations, Mobile River Bridge, Amtrak, Semmes Senior Expansion, Escawpa Campground and the needed for poll workers for coming elections.
Included in other business and announcements were the following items: Ten new members were gained this month, bringing the total Semmes Chamber membership to 145; Semmes Heritage Park is selling an updated "Scrapbook of Memories"; the March 14th Semmes Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Semmes Azalea Festival, has 70 vendors so far--more vendors and more volunteers are needed.
After door prize awards and the 50/50 scholarship raffle, the meeting was adjourned.
Pictured are a few of those who attended Semmes Chamber of Commerce meeting February 12th.
"Sharing History Unapologetically: Honoring Clotilda's Shipmate," hosted by Historic Mobile Preservation Society and Historic Oakleigh House Museum, 300 Oakleigh Place will be Tuesday, February 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The public is invited to join the Historic Mobile Preservation Society and Joe’l Lewis Billingsley for Sharing History Unapologetically: Honoring the 110 Africans on the Clotilda. Dr. Billingsley is a native Mobilian and an associate professor at the University of South Alabama, and is co-producer for Mobile Black and White. Admission is $10 per person and FREE for members of HMPS. Contact email@example.com or (251)432-1281 with questions.
At the Semmes Chamber of Commerce Officer Installation Banquet in December, Margaret Coley was honored as the first Semmes Citizen of the Year.
In describing Margaret and her selection as Citizen of the Year, Chamber president, Brandon Van Hook, noted that the award is given for outstanding involvement in the Semmes community and surrounding areas.
Van Hook said, "Not many people can say they serve (both) the youth and the elders of our community. Not many people know of Mrs. Margaret and her local missions. She is truly a saint, to young and old, with all her work behind the scenes. I believe the Lord has a special place in heaven reserved just for her."
Margaret said that she was unaware that she would be honored at the banquet.
"It touched my heart beyond words," she said. "I was sitting there thinking, 'Brandon is going to make someone really happy.' When I realized he was talking about me, I almost fainted."
Now about Margaret and her activities over the years that have brought her to this point--as Semmes Citizen of the Year.
After she graduated from Judson College, she taught school for 28 years. In that capacity, she was selected by her peers as Teacher of the Year at both Semmes Elementary School and at Scarborough Middle School, and she received the Heart of Gold award for all her volunteer work.
In telling Chamber members and guests some of Margaret's deeds, Brandon said, "If I remember correctly, it all started with shoes."
As a teacher, Margaret collected shoes during the Christmas season for children in need. That activity led her to partner with multiple schools and churches to create a toy drive for area students whose families were in need of assistance.
With the massive success of providing for those in need, Margaret founded a non-profit organization called "Ring of Hope." She operates her missionary work at Snow Road First Baptist Child Development Center, where she serves as the Administrator, and her goal for all children is that they be loved “right up to heaven."
However, the outreach to children and others has really been a lifelong mission for Margaret. She was called to action after "Seeing children with no voice in their situations, many loving school just because they could eat and stay warm," she said.
More than 1,000 students are now receiving A Book A Month through Ring of Hope’s Ginny Project, which sponsored the Scholastic Reading Club, making sure every child in a classroom got a book, not just those who could afford it.
And the Hope Angel Tree has been reaching out to families for eleven years.
"If you look at Margaret Coley's Facebook," Van Hook said, "you will see the love she has not only for children, but also for veterans."
She is an advocator, a caretaker, a family member and a blessing to them all, he said; she has dedicated her time to educate others of their importance, their history, and how their service is reason we are able to enjoy a life of freedom.
This has been acknowledged by her having received, in 2012, the Presidents Award given by the Mobile Area Veterans Day Commission.
Margaret was one of the directors of Honor Flight South Alabama, a program that flew WWII veterans to Washington DC to see their memorial.
With that group, she took nine flights with more than a thousand veterans on a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Of those trips, she said that friendships were forged and are long-lasting.
"Many of the WWII veterans we loved have now been promoted (passed away) leaving a legacy of love for our great nation," Margaret said.
Margaret also helps coordinate the placement of flags at the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and, in December, for Family Wreath Day.
Veterans at W.F. Green Veterans Home in Bay Minette have become part of her mission with Ring of Home. Margaret said of visiting veterans in their twilight years that "many (of them) unable to verbally express themselves will reach deep in one’s heart. The eyes smile…or the rubbing of a new shirt will bring tears… are their thank you."
With the help of many community partners, Margaret has seen that more than 400 children receive Santa gifts at each Christmas; that veterans at W F Green Veterans Home are sponsored; and that those who come broken needing a hand up are given HOPE through a gift of food or an emergency gift.
But, Margaret said, she hasn't accomplished her outreach projects alone.
She noted in particular that St. Paul's Episcopal School, Faith Academy and Causey Middle School have been faithful school partners and that "The Hope Angel Tree is a reflection of the generosity of the students in these schools," she said. There are other generous churches, individuals and businesses with like hearts that have given a hand.
All the giving has been fulfilling for Margaret. But some instances she particularly remembers.
"I will never forget the little boy jumping up and down on the back of a very beat up truck, holding a six-pack of toilet paper and yelling 'Thank you for this! And please ask Santa to tell my daddy he can come home now--Mama ain’t mad no more.'"
Nor will she forget the family of six living in a shed with an extension cord run up the hill for electricity for the single light bulb in their 'home.' This family was loved on for five Christmases…each year receiving gifts of HOPE. Last year they moved to a 'mansion'…up the hill and three trailers down."
When she is asked why she does what she does, Margaret's response is "Why not me?"
She continued, "In the scriptures it says 'When you have done unto the least of these you have done it unto me.' I also believe that there is no “ I “ in my mission. I would rather say we, because there are many hands and hearts in this Ring of Hope."
And her conclusion, and maybe one reason she was chosen Semmes Citizen of the Year: "I am the most ordinary person who has been fortunate to have some very extraordinary opportunities."
At noon on February 11th, Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce president, Sheron Atwell, called the monthly meeting to order and welcomed members and guests.
Mark Messick of Redemption Church gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Pres. Atwell thanked the caterers, iCater. James Thomasson, whose company, Accelerated Accounting, sponsored the luncheon, gave a short presentation about his company and its services.
President-Elect Thomasson introduced Keynote Speakers Joe McEnerney, NXT Soft; Andy Odle, Wilkins Miller; and Christopher Williams, Hand Arendall Harrison Sales.
The speakers gave examples of area businesses who security had been breached and gave some warning signs to look for. They also gave tips on what companies can do to keep their private information private.
James Jewell, Special Agent in Charge of Mobile area FBI offered information and advice pertinent to cyber security and other types of crimes.
Before adjourning the meeting, Pres. Atwell recognized guests and first-time visitors. And Chamber Executive Director Shilo Miller made several announcements, including various ribbon cuttings for new businesses, that Saraland's Mardi Gras parade is February 22 and that Bama Auto Parts was named Small Business of the Month February 2020.
Auditions for "Beauty and the Beast" will be held this spring at Mobile's Playhouse-in-the-Park, 4851 Museum Drive, on Monday and Wednesday, March 2 and 4, 2020 from 6:30-8 p.m. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing a 30-second song of their choice, and to be prepared for a short dance audition. Auditions are open to ages six through mid-20's, and a large cast is needed. This ORIGINAL PLAYHOUSE MUSICAL will run during the months of April and May, 2020. For further information, please contact Danny Mollise at firstname.lastname@example.org or (251) 422-5434