The 8K By the Bay is Saturday, April 9, 8 a.m. at Arlington Park on Broad Street and Brookley Aeroplex. The event will benefit Penelope House–Shelter and Advocacy for Domestic Violence Victims and the Sheriff Foundation and is conducted by the Port City Pacers.
The race follows a unique, scenic 8K certified course (AL13025JD) with start and finish at Arlington Park. The 2-mile out and back course is certified; the Fun Run is approximately one mile.
There will be a post-race party featuring food, music and beverages for all participants.
Registration information is as follows: Pre-register by mail (entries should be postmarked by April 2), in person at McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri, or Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope until noon on April 7 or online (www.events.com) until 4 AM April 8. Race day registration is at the race site from 6:30-7:30 a.m. If you register after 7:30, you may not be included in the results.
Awards information: 8K: Top 3 M & F Overall, top M & F Masters, Grandmasters, Senior Grandmasters, and Race walkers. Top 3 male and female in 5-year age groups. 2 Mile: Top male and female finishers and top male and female in 5 year age groups and Fun Run: Finish Ribbons to fun runners
As to tee shirts, participants registered by April 2 will be guaranteed shirts on race day. Participants registered after April 2 will receive shirts while the supply lasts.
North Mobile Relay for Life and Fancy That present "An Evening on Broadway" Miss Relay for Life Pageant
North Mobile Relay for Life and Fancy That present "An Evening on Broadway" Miss Relay for Life Pageant on Saturday, April 9, 3-7 p.m.
The event will be held at Saraland Elementary School, 229 McKeough Avenue in Saraland. Registration fee is $55; several age crowning divisions will be featured.
For more information, contact volunteer coordinator, Amy Rowe, 251-599-2055 or email@example.com or Devonna Johnson, 251-414-1312 or Devonna.firstname.lastname@example.org. News can also be found on Facebook at NoMoRelayforLife or online www.relayforlife.org/northmobile.
Don't miss the Coastal Alabama Storytelling Festival at Dauphin Island on Saturday, April 2, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Among the weekend events of April 1-3, one not to be missed is the inaugural Coastal Alabama Storytelling Festival on Saturday, April 2, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Dauphin Island.
Sponsored by the Dauphin Island Heritage & Arts Council, 918 Bienville Boulevard, the event will feature fascinating stories of Alabama coastal life as told by local storytellers John Gaspard, Junior Wright, DI Mayor Jeff Collier and Wayne Dean /Joe Cain ("Chief Slacabamarinico") and "stories set to music" by Port City Songwriters, Jim Wainwright, Brenda Bledsoe and Sharon K. Moore.
Special guests at the Festival will be professional storytellers Dolores Hydock and Bruce Walker and music historian Bobby Horton with stories and songs from the Civil War era
Visitors can also learn more about traditions of Alabama coastal life, including the following categories: Oyster Tonging, Oyster Farming, Shrimping, Making Shrimp Trawls, Crabbing, Wooden Boat-Building, Making Gumbo, Weaving Cast Nets, Making Crab Traps and Knot-tying. Food from Island restaurants will be available.
Tickets are $15 each with children 10 and younger admitted free (limit two per adult.) Tickets are available at Dauphin Island Gallery, Dauphin Island Welcome Center, The First Bank--Dauphin Island and at the Festival. Also, visit EventBrite.com for online tickets.
For additional information, see the several posts on this blog (one includes the day's schedule for both paid and free activities) or email DauphinIslandArts@gmail.com.
In the photos, courtesy of Phillip Clarke, readers can catch a glimpse of south Mobile County in days gone by.
"A Murder in Jest at Comealot Castle" by Mobile Mystery Dinners' Theatre is April 22 at Mobile Carnival Museum
Mobile Mystery Dinners' Players will present "A Murder in Jest at Comealot Castle" on Friday, April 22, 7 p.m. at the Mobile Carnival Museum, 355 Government Street in Mobile.
Advance reservations are required at www.mobilemysterydinners.com. Cost per person is $59, which includes a tour of the museum, an unlimited wine bar for the evening, a delicious catered meal and a 2 1/2 hour hilarious play by the MMD Players.
Dress is casual; doors open at 6:30 p.m. and event begins at 7 p.m.
For more information, call 251-865-7398.
Many colorful varieties of plants blooming at Bellingrath Gardens this time of year are the fucshias and daisies.
Among the many colorful varieties of blooming plants at Bellingrath Gardens this time of year are the fucshias and daisies.
Check out the most recent Bellingrath blog (bellingrath.org/learn-more/blog) for an informative article by Bellingrath Gardens Executive Director, Dr. Bill Barrick, on these and other blooms that keep the Gardens a rainbow of color this time of year.
Pictured, from Dr. Barrick's blog, are a few of the flowers that visitors find extraordinarily beautiful between the waning of the azaleas and the explosion of 2,000 rose blossoms coming soon.
Bellingrath Gardens and Home is operated by the Bellingrath Gardens and Home Foundation, a charitable, not-for-profit organization. Bellingrath Gardens and Home is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the 65-acre garden and estate home of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath. For more information, visit www.bellingrath.org or call 251.973.2217.
Zonta Club of Mobile to host a one-night showing of "Caged No More" to raise awareness of human trafficking; reserve tickets by May 11
On Wednesday, May 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m., the Zonta Club of Mobile is hosting an exclusive, one-night only screening of the new film, "Caged No More" at Carmike Wynnsong 16, 785 Schillinger Rd South in Mobile.
"Caged No More" is a feature film that will raise awareness of human trafficking, aid in connecting anti-trafficking organizations, equip parents, schools and churches to aid in prevention and assist in eradicating trafficking.
The film stars Kevin Sorbo, Emmy-Award winner Loretta Devine, Alan Powell and Cassidy Gifford with appearances by Kathie Lee Gifford, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Natalie Grant.
Inspired by real events, the movie is the story of Aggie Prejean, a grandmother on a desperate search to find her two granddaughters, Skye and Elle, who have been kidnapped by their sinister father. As the details behind the girls’ disappearance begin to unravel, it’s discovered he has taken them overseas to be sold into slavery to settle his drug debt.
Aggie enlists the help of the girls’ uncle, a well-respected local philanthropist, and his son Wil, who is former Special Forces. A global hunt ensues, and the team will stop at nothing to see the girls safely returned home. "Caged No More" is a drama meant to engage and educate audiences on the realities of human trafficking.
To reserve tickets, visit the Tugg Event Page at https://www.tugg.com/events/96344. Unlike a traditional movie showing, this Tugg screening requires that 96 tickets be reserved before May 11 in order for the screening to occur. The film trailer can be viewed on the event page.
Charlene Rains, president of Zonta of Mobile, noted that in the five weeks leading up to the presentation of this film, Grace United Methodist Church will offer a workshop series titled "The Faces of Human Trafficking."
The workshops will be held on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will cover the following topics: Apr. 13 - Introduction to Sex Trafficking and Labor Trafficking; Apr. 20 - Multidisciplinary Approach with speakers from the task force; Apr. 27 - Effective Victim Services; May. 4 - Legal needs and rights of victims And a Focus on Youth and on May 11 - Now that we are Free.
From the Mobile Symphony Orchestra comes the following news:
The Mobile Symphony Orchestra (MSO) blossoms into spring with blockbuster concerts featuring two of the most beloved pieces of Russian music--Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto. The concerts take place on Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 10, at 2:30 p.m. at the historic Saenger Theatre, 6 Joachim Street, in downtown Mobile.
Conrad Tao, one of the world’s most powerful young pianists, joins the orchestra for the Tchaikovsky concerto.
Individual tickets are $20-$75 and can be purchased online at www.mobilesymphony.org, by phone at 251-432-2010, or at the symphony box office, 257 Dauphin Street. Reduced-price student tickets are available for both performances. Through the MSO Big Red Ticket program, students in grades K-12 can attend the Sunday performance free when accompanied by a paying adult. More details can be found online at www.mobilesymphony.org.
The Annual Sunset Bridge 5K Run and 4-Mile Run is on Saturday, April 2, 5 p.m. Sponsored by the South Mobile County Tourism Authority to benefit Dauphin Island and the Villages of South Mobile County, the event fee is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger.
The run/walk will start at the Alabama Deep Sea Rodeo Site, 531 Lemoyne Drive, Dauphin Island. Participants in the 4-Mile Run, added this year, will be shuttled to the north end of the bridge and travel back across, including traversing the peak of the bridge.
Runners can register in person at McCoy Outdoor or Run-N-Tri in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope or online at www.eventbrite.com. Registration is also possible at the Rodeo Site on the afternoon of the race; an additional fee of $5 will be charged.
The South Mobile County Tourism Authority wants runners to know that if they are running/walking the 4-Mile Race across the Dauphin Island Bridge, "a photographer will be at the very top to take your picture. So, bring your smile and check the The South Mobile County Tourism Authority page post-race for all the photos," the sponsor says.
Semmes Heritage Day at Semmes Heritage Park on Wulff Road is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 this year. The day will be filled with music and dancing, demonstrations of old-time crafts, good food, carriage rides and the presentation of an historical marker to be provided by the City of Semmes.
And this year, the Heritage group is opening up the events to arts and crafts vendors; spaces will go for a $10 donation. Funds will be used for a much-needed storage building.
For information and an application to the arts and crafts portion of the event, contact Jeanette Byrd at email@example.com or 251-549-1647.
Joe Jefferson Players will present "Little Shop of Horrors" for 9 performances on 3 weekends, beginning Friday, April 1.
Billed as "the deviously delicious smash musical that has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years," Little Shop of Horrors will play Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Visit joejeffersonplayers.com for tickets and more information.
A short synopsis of the sci-fi hit classic, directed by Jeffrey Williamson, is as follows: Meek flower shop worker, Seymour Krelborn, played by Jason McKenzie, stumbles across a new breed of plant with an interesting appetite. Suddenly Seymour, Audrey (Jamie Yerby) and the entire planet are threatened by the hungry plant. Seymour must choose between his life on skid row, the possibility of love with the beautiful Audrey and the fortune and fame that comes with raising his special plant.
"Little Shop of Horrors" is based on a book by Howard Ashman. Music is by Alan Menkin; lyrics are by Howard Ashman and musical direction for the JJP performance is by Alan Farmer.
Other cast members, in addition to McKenzie and Yerby, include Gene Murrell, Day Peake, Sam Watkins, Richard Coarsey, Brian Jackson, Sharrell Edmond, Abry Stopper, Beth Bydalek, Katie Jensonne, Edward Kriger and Ann Sands.
Color Me Rad 5K to benefit Mobile's Ronald McDonald House is Saturday, April 16 at the Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile is seeking volunteers and runners for the Color Me Rad 5K on Saturday, April 16 at the Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds.
Organizers say that Color Me Rad is a for-profit event that gives a portion of each race to a local charity. A portion of the proceeds of this event will benefit Ronald McDonald House of Mobile when: 1) individuals sign up to volunteer for a shift and designate that they are volunteering on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile, and/or 2) when individuals register to run Color Me Rad with promo code ‘RMHMobile’. Volunteers for Color Me Rad must be at least 16 years of age or older.
Volunteer shifts available for Color Me Rad include the following times and activities: 1. Packet Pickup - Friday, April 15 from 2-7:30 p.m. at Academy Sports & Outdoors. 7460 Airport Blvd, Mobile AL 36608 2.
Race Day - Saturday, April 16 from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at The Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds, 1035 Cody Road North, Mobile AL 36608 and 3. Clean Up - Saturday, April 16 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds 1035 Cody Road North, Mobile AL 36608
To sign up for a volunteer shift and learn more about how your participation with Color Me Rad can help Mobile’s Ronald McDonald House, please visit: www.RMHCMobile.org/Color-Me-Rad.
The 7th Annual Little Black Dress Cocktail Party and Runway Show to benefit Ronald mcDonald House Charities of Mobile is Thursday, April 14, 2016, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.
Title Sponsor for the event is BMW of Mobile with Presenting Sponsors being McDonald's Gulf Coast Co-Op and T. Batchelor & Son, Inc.
To be held at Fort Whiting Auditorium, 1630 South Broad Street, Mobile, the show is the premier fundraising event for RMH Charities, which provides a supportive home environment offering care, compassion and hope to families with seriously ill and injured children being treated at Mobile-area hospitals.
Fifty local-area “McModels” will be featured in a fast-paced New York styled runway show in fashions by Dillard’s. Paired with the runway show, the cocktail party will feature Mobile’s top area chefs and restaurants with exceptional food and refreshing beverage offerings.
Dress is Cocktail Attire. General admission tickets are available for $100 per person with balcony seating available. To purchase tickets and learn more about the event visit www.rmhcmobile.org/little-black-dress or call Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile at 251-694-6873.
The 2016 Superhero Fun Run/Walk in Grand Bay is Saturday, April 2. Organizer Kelli Bratton said that registration at Grand Bay Middle School begins at 7 a.m. with the run starting at 8 a.m. Fee is $10 per person for those aged 12 and older; funds will benefit the Grand Bay Playground fund. Strollers, wagons and wheelchairs are permitted.
Assistance League of Mobile's Spring fundraiser, Fans for Philanthropy, is Thursday, April 7 at The Grounds Exhibit Hall, 1035 N. Cody Road in Mobile. Doors to the Exhibit Hall will open at 6 p.m. with buffet dinner at 7 p.m.
Guest speaker will be David Morris, founder of QB Country. The event will also feature sports-themed tablescapes, live music by Tony Bowers and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 per person.
All proceeds from Fans for Philanthropy stay in Mobile Country and support the philanthropic programs of Assistance League. "Last year the financial impact of our programs was $30,500," said Michelle Wise, Vice President Marketing/Communications, Assistance League of Mobile. "Our 60 members donated more than 4,350 service hours to these programs last year," she said.
For information on purchasing tickets, sponsoring a table or making a donation, contact Wise at 251-533-5820.
First Responders honored at 3rd Annual Breakfast hosted by SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce
For the 3rd year, SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce honored Mobile County's First Responders. Hundreds attended the breakfast on Tuesday, March 29, and heard themselves proclaimed as heroes.
SWMCCC president, Donna Abercrombie, gave a warm welcome to the group with the JROTC from Theodore High School presenting the colors and leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Mobile Fire Department Chaplain Percy Harris gave the invocation; music was by Bob Taylor of Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery; and Key Note Speaker was Brad Sullivan of Living Word Church.
After the meal, Abercrombie read a proclamation declaring March 29 as First Responders' Day in Tillman's Corner.
Hundreds attend 3rd Annual First Responders' Breakfast hosted by SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce
Thanks to SouthWest Chamber of Commerce for photos of First Responders' Breakfast
Bikers, mark Saturday, May 14 on your calendars. That's the date of the Mission Of Hope Benefit Ride.
The fee is $25 per bike with $10 for additional rider (lunch is included.) The ride begins at the Mission of Hope,14970 Mission Road, Mobile, 36608. Registration is 9-10 a.m.; kickstands up at 10:30 a.m.
For information on the Mission of Hope ministry, see MissionOfHopeMinistries.net.
Michelob Ultra and Briggs Equipment will be the Presenting Sponsors of the "Serve It Up With Love Men & Women’s Charity Tennis Tournament" on Thursday, April 14 (Women's) and Saturday, April 16 (Men's) at the Copeland Cox Tennis Center. Play will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Love Sponsors of the event are BugMaster and Horizon Freight System.
Women will play a team format of 4 courts of doubles; men will play a 6-man team combo format. Cost of the tournament is $35 per player, which includes breakfast by Fresh Market, coffee by Carpe Diem and lunch will be provided by Wintzell’s Oyster House. All players will receive a signature tennis shirt and goody bag; Andrew’s Imports will provide signature tennis balls for men and women’s tournament this year. The Orthopaedic Group will provide medical coverage for the event.
The 2016 "Serve it up with Love Al Fuchs Memorial Greater Mobile Junior Championship Tournament" will be Saturday, April 16 at the Copeland Cox Tennis Center. Briggs Equipment is the Presenting Sponsor. This junior tournament is open to girls and boys in age brackets 8-10-12-14-16-18. Quick Start will be used for 8-year-olds and younger to help them learn the game. This half-day event will be U.S.T.A. sanctioned. Each player will receive a signature teeshirt and a goody bag. Breakfast will be furnished by Fresh Market and lunch will be provided by Wintzell’s Oyster House. The Orthopaedic Group will provide medical coverage for this event, as well.
Elaine Henderson, Director of Development and Public Relations for the Child Advocacy Center said the this is the largest fundraiser for the Center and that one does not have to play to support the event. "We always need sponsors," she said. To participate, become a sponsor or make a donation, contact Henderson at 251-432-1101, firstname.lastname@example.org and look for entry forms at www.serveitupwithlove.com and like us on facebook, which is hosted compliments of Dogwood Productions, Henderson said.