The Exploreum sends the following news about a new program that will increase its presence in the area:
The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center will reveal its new and awesome Community Outreach Program on Monday, April 3 at 2 p.m. in the Exploreum Courtyard. A highlight of the “reveal” will be the outreach vehicle that will spark excitement in the community, just by its design and “right fit” for the Exploreum’s efforts – to take science education to schools, community meeting places, festivals, libraries, senior centers, and parks. The new initiative has been funded by the Daniel Foundation, Alabama Power, and Wells Fargo.
“The Exploreum’s Science To Go program will allow our experienced educators to travel to many locations throughout the Gulf Coast Region and into other states, furthering our goal to increase science literacy,” said Jan McKay, Executive Director. “Our current program, while strong, was hampered by lack of dedicated staff, funds, and transportation. These donors have changed all of that for us, and we are very grateful.”
In the last fiscal year the Exploreum took experiments, science and engineering activities, and presentations to 13,000 people at 40 different events and locations. A summer partnership with the Mobile Public Library’s Summer Reading Program reached 2,000 attendees. Earth Day at Fairhope, festivals in Mobile, Baldwin County Library presentations, a monthly visit to the children’s ward at Women and Children’s Hospital in Mobile, are just a few of the outreach locations.
The new program will substantially increase these efforts. In this new program, nineteen confirmed presentations will occur in the next three months, with three booked as far away as Enterprise, Alabama. To have tried to accomplish this distance with equipment and convoys of educators would not be possible. The new and customized Science to Go van will provide easier logistics and movement of supplies and physical equipment. Local dealership, Bay Chevrolet, was also pivotal in acquiring the van once sponsor funds were secured.
The Exploreum offers to two separate programs through its outreach program:
An auditorium show, an engaging 45-60 minute long performance that encompasses multiple areas of science such as Bernoulli’s principle, endothermic and exothermic reactions, and polymers. These popular performances engage school children and audience members to investigate some of the most fascinating principles of science. This program is best suited for large groups in gymnasiums or auditoriums.
Classroom programs that run 45 minutes on a wide range of topics. Exploreum educators travel to schools with all of the materials required to inspire and instill a curiosity into the sciences. Each in-depth lesson includes demonstrations and activities designed to meet the requirements of the Alabama Course of Study and foster a life-long interest in science. A wide range of themes and topics are available including It’s just a State of Matter, Slime Time, and Lucy the Fin Whale.
“Strengthening and expanding this program is something we have wanted to do for a while,” said McKay. “It is exciting to see our efforts come to fruition, and it is an exciting time for learners of all ages. Plus the van is a show-stopper. You won’t be able to miss that the Exploreum is coming to your neck of the woods, I guarantee it.”
Inquiries on program details and pricing on programs can be directed to the new Outreach Coordinator, Olivia Moye at 251-208-6849. Omoye@exploreum.com.
Spring Hill Merchants Association is hosting a free "Hop on the Hill" event on Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event is a store-to-store Easter Egg hunt, and participating merchants will have an egg for each child who visits their store. The Easter Bunny will be in the pocket park between Regions and Servis 1st facing Old Shell Road, so be sure to bring your camera.
Several of the businesses have added extra special events, all free. Rouses will have Cookie Decorating in the Bakery area; Big City Toys will offer Face Painting; Carousel Kids will feature "Princess Belle Meet & Greet" from 10 a.m.-noon; Shoefly- Corkey's Trunk Show and Hannah Stinson Photograpty, Collective & Holiday will have Pony Rides. Maps of participating merchants will be available.
Satsuma Community Development Organization paid tribute to some of the town's finest citizens on Thursday, March 30 at a banquet at Steele Creek Lodge. The large crowd was welcomed by SCDO president, Paul Murray and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Satsuma Police Chief Shane Stringer. Murray gave the invocation before the group enjoyed the catered meal.
Honored at the event were the five nominees for Satsuma Citizen of the Year 2016: Betty McClain, nominated by Women's Club of Satsuma; Patricia "Trish" Morra, Satsuma Art Guild and SCDO; Charlotte Strickland, Satsuma Public Library Board; Charles Walls, Satsuma Public Library Foundation Board and Sheila Walters, Satsuma Board of Education.
Also recognized were the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Linda Dunn Tindle; Outstanding Civic Organization, the Women's Club of Satsuma and the city's oldest citizen, Sinia Harrell, 96.
This year marked the 8th Annual Satsuma Citizen of the Year award, and former winners--Jack Presnall, Mary Deas Pierce, Mary Atchison, Harriet Cain Gibson, Jimmy Upton, Anna Gardner and Sue Speights--were recognized for their years of service. Also noted were previous recipients of the Lifetime Achievement award, Charles and Roma Little; Melvin and Shirley Robinson and Paul and Becky Mrray, and last year's Outstanding Civic Organization, Friends for Satsuma Schools.
Charter officers of the 30-year-old SCDO were recognized--James Henderson, Glenn Honeycutt, Kathryn Oliver and Kathy Stubbs, as were the current officers, Paul Murray, Bill Black and Joe Bruister, Linda Tindle and Charlotte Richardson. Significant improvements to the city, attributed to SCDO, were also acknowledged.
Satsuma City Council member Randy and Diane Little introduced the COY nominees, making mention of the extensive and impressive achievements of each.
Paul Murray announced the Citizen of the Year 2016 as Charles Walls and 2015 COY Sue Speights made the appropriate presentation before Mayor Tom Williams closed the event with a benediction.
Mobile Botanical Gardens presents "Gallery of Gardens: Charming Gardens in Historic Neighborhoods" on May 19 and 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day
In support of Mobile Botanical Gardens, residents in three historic neighborhoods are opening their gardens for the Gallery of Gardens tours on May 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. This year, the focus is on charming gardens in historic neighborhoods, designed and maintained by their owners. There are three each in de Tonti Square, Oakleigh Garden District and Church Street East.
All the gardens are within a two mile radius, so those attending are invited to "put on your walking shoes or grab your bike and come see what can be done in seven courtyards and two larger spaces. Master Gardener docents will be available with plant lists and personal knowledge to tell you what is growing in each garden."
Mobile Botanical Gardens and its Market Place will be open during the tour.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 during the tours. Tickets will go on sale beginning April 28 and will be available online at www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org, or at ticket locations that will be listed on the website.
The City of Semmes, in conjunction with Earth Day, is sponsoring "Clean Up Our Own Little Corner of the Earth" on April 22nd, from 8 a.m.-noon. The City is recruiting teams to help with the clean up and the Semmes Senior Center is asking for volunteers to be on the Senior Center team. For more information, call 251-544-6641.
On Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m., Mobile Botanical Gardens is presenting One Enchanted Evening, "a night of botanical delights and music." MBG is at 5151 Museum Drive, Mobile.
Honorary Event Chair is Ann Bedsole; Event Chair is Brenda Huddle and the event will be catered by Georgia Roussos Catering. Music will be by Enen Yu accompanied by strings and piano ensemble.
For tickets, visit http://www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org/oee/?utm_source=3-29-2017&utm_campaign=4-22-14&utm_medium=email.
24th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show at Bellingrath Gardens and Home is Saturday, April 1, 2017
At the 24th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show, Saturday, April 1, visitors are invited enjoy a display of hundreds of vintage and classic automobiles as Bellingrath Gardens and Home hosts the show on the Great Lawn.
Event Schedule is as follows: Car registration will be from 8-11 a.m., followed by judging from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The award presentation will be held at 2:30 p.m. Snacks and lunch will be available to purchase on the Great Lawn and in the Magnolia Café. Bleus Burger will join also be providing food service on the Great Lawn from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ticket Information--Regular admission fees of $13 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 5-12; apply to visit the show. Bring a canned good to donate to Feeding the Gulf Coast to receive $1 off admission (only applicable for Gardens and only on tickets purchased at Bellingrath on the day of the event.)
To register a car or for additional information about the Mobile Bay Mustang Club, visit mobilebaymustangclub.org.
Camellia Club of South Alabama to present "Hydrangeas and How to Grow Them" at Mobile Botanical Gardens, Sunday, April 2
"Hydrangeas and How to Grow Them" will be presented by the Camellia Club of South Alabama at Mobile Botanical Gardens Botanical Center on Sunday, April 2, 2:30 p.m. The program will be presented by guest speaker, Luan Akridge, regarded as a top authority on hydrangeas. Botanical Gardens is at 5151 Museum Drive, Mobile.
"Breakfast at Kitteny's," hosted by PAWSitively Mobile, will be Sunday, April 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Ezell House, 407 Conti Street, Mobile.
The event consists of a delicious, fully catered brunch with Bloody Marys and bottomless mimosas. This is a presale only event; tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com. No tickets will be sold at the door, and the last day to purchase tickets will be Wednesday, April 19th.
Tickets are $40 individually. Reserved tables are as follows: 4 top for $160; 6 top for $225 (save $15); 8 top for $300 (save $20.)
*Don your best chapeau for a prize*
About this organization from website www.PAWSitvelyMobile.org:
PAWSitively Mobile, AL is an all volunteer, nonprofit group committed to spay and neuter, TNR (trap-neuter-return) and low cost vetting for cats and dogs in the Mobile area. We operate solely on donations and fundraising. All of our funds go directly to the services we provide for the animals. Our mission is to implement widespread spay and neuter and TNR in our community to see a visible and tangible reduction in the number of unwanted animals.
Seniors at Connie Hudson Senior Center are set to visit the GulfQuest Maritime Museum on Friday, April 21, 10 a.m. The event will last approximately 5 hours maximum. Museum admission is $13 and guests should bring their own money for lunch. Transportation will be provided for the first 10 participants; sign up at the front desk at the Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road.
St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1854 Staples Road, is taking orders for handmade and decorated Easter eggs
St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1854 Staples Road, is taking orders for their famous coconut and peanut butter filled, chocolate-covered Easter Eggs. To place orders, call 251-479-0336 (see sizes and other information on flyer posted.)
Don't Miss St. Mary's Knights of Columbus 15th Annual Crawfish and Bluegrass Extravaganza Saturday, April 1st
An Easter celebration at Connie Hudson Senior Center--"The Story of the Empty Tomb"-- will be presented by the Stork's Nest Daycare on Wednesday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m.; the Center is at 3102 Hillcrest Road in Mobile.
PAW Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue" is scheduled for Wednesday, July 12, 6 p.m. at Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive in Mobile.
Tickets are available via Ticketmaster. Sale dates and times are as follows: Public Onsale : Friday, 7 Apr 2017 at 10:00 a.m.; Citi® Cardmember Presale : Wednesday, 29 March 2017 at 10 a.m.; Venue Presale : Monday, 3 Apr 2017 at 10 a.m.; Presale : Tue, 28 March 2017 at 10 a.m. (There are several Internet websites with more complete ticket information--this is just one of them: http://www.ticketmaster.com/paw-patrol-live-race-to-mobile-civic-center-theater-mobile-al/venueartist/221712/2242740)
Other information includes the following notes: Any child who has celebrated his or her first birthday must have a ticket. Reserved seating, Be cautious in selecting which performance, no exchanges or refunds. Wheelchair seating is limited; call the box office at 251-208-7906. The performance time is approximately 75 minutes long with one 15 minute intermission. Standard cameras are allowed; however, video cameras may not be brought into the theater as the taking of video is prohibited. Purchase a VIP Package and become a VIP - Very Important Pup! The VIP package includes a premium seat, special souvenir gift and exclusive access to a Meet & Greet with Ryder and two PAW Patrol Characters after the show. Each adult & child (age 1 & up) in a group must have a VIP ticket. Pick up your VIP Packet at the VIP Check in table prior to the show.
Above is just an alert with very general information! Be sure to go to the event website for more specific information and instructions.
Nominations are open for 2017 Volunteer of the Year at Connie Hudson Senior Center--Deadline for submission is April 19th
It's time once again to nominate a volunteer/instructor for the Volunteer of the Year Award at Connie Hudson Senior Center. April 19th is the deadline to submit a nomination form (check the front desk for more information) and the award of the 2017 Volunteer of the year presentation will be Wednesday, April 26, 1 p.m. at the Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, Mobile.
The 2017 Miss Azalea Pageant is Saturday, April 29, 2 p.m. at the Mary G. Montgomery High School Theater
The 2017 Miss Azalea Pageant is Saturday, April 29, 2 p.m. at the Mary G. Montgomery High School Theater, 4275 Snow Road, Semmes. The entry fee is $65 if paid before deadline of April 21.
Age divisions are 5-6 years old, Tiny Miss; 7-9, Little Miss; 10-12, Jr. Miss; 13-15, Teen Miss and 16-18, Miss Azalea.
For more information, contact the Semmes Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-660-4808.
"Easter Egg-Stravaganza" egg hunt will be held at Kingswood United Methodist Church, 5200 Perin Road, Mobile, on Saturday, April 8, 1-3 p.m. There'll also be crafts, bouncy house, treats--a family-fun time. Egg hunt times are as follows: 1-4 years old--1:30 p.m.; 5-8 years old--1:45 p.m. and 9-12 years old--2 p.m. For more information, call 251-661-0420.
Creola Axis Ministerial Association presents "Good News Friday" at the Pavilion in Creola Municipal Park
Creola Axis Ministerial Association presents "Good News Friday" at the Pavilion in Creola Municipal Park. The community is invited to bring a chair and "Come see and experience the story that changed the World!" For more information, contact Pastor Ellen Lesley, St. Andrews Chapel.
Sunday Funday Arts and Crafts Market, hosted by Mobile Arts Council and sponsored in part by Downtown Mobile Alliance & Visit Mobile, is April 2, 11 a.m. to April 3, 4 p.m. at Cathedral Square.
Organizers invite the public to "Stop by downtown Mobile for brunch and some light shopping for our last Sunday Funday!" The Sunday Funday Arts and Crafts Market, they say, was created "to encourage the Mobile Community to enjoy our beautiful downtown area on Sundays, while supporting our wonderful local artists." This event is sponsored in part by the Downtown Mobile Alliance & Visit Mobile
Don't Miss "Taste of the Parkway" at the Mariner, Saturday, April 1--Sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama to benefit Gilliard Elementary School Summer Program
On Saturday, April 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., the Mariner Restaurant, 6036 Rock Point Road, will be the site of "Taste of the Parkway" fundraiser to benefit the Gilliard Elementary School Summer Program, whose mission is to ensure that more than 100 young people have a safe and positive place to spend summer.
Sponsored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Alabama and the Mariner, the event will feature "tastes" of items from local restaurants and live entertainment. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased from eventbrite.com or at the door.
Participating restaurants, delis, caterers and other establishments include Fuji San, Naman's Catering, D.I.P. Seafood-Mudbugs, Greer's Old Bay Market, Islanders Restaurant, The River Shack, Food Champs-featuring Cammie's Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe and Dew Drop Inn. Guests will have an opportunity to vote on several Best Taste Awards for select dishes. Entertainment will be by Eric Erdman.