St. Margaret Catholic Church's Ladies Sodality Opportunity Quilt a long tradition at Blessing of the Fleet
At 4 p.m., Sunday, May 3, the end of the 66th Annual Blessing of the Fleet in Bayou La Batre, some lucky ticket holder will walk away with the Fleet Blessing Quilt 2015. He or she won't just go home with a cover for a bed--the winner will leave the Festival with a work of art, the culmination of a year's worth of needlework and the result of a long tradition in the Bayou.
Since 1988, members of the St. Margaret Catholic Church's Ladies Sodality have produced a quilt to be raffled to help raise money for their charitable undertakings. Each year's quilt is unique, but has always had a nautical theme. The squares are lovingly hand-embroidered by the women of St. Margaret's Parish; there are embroidered shrimp, crabs, fish, boats and, in the very center, St. Margaret Catholic Church on S. Wintzell Avenue.
Opportunity tickets can be purchased all weekend, May 2 and 3, at the Blessing of the Fleet at St. Margaret's.
Creola/Axis Ministerial Association sponsors "Day in the Park" at Creola Park, Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Creola/Axis Ministerial Association Annual "Day in the Park" at Creola Park is Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. 'til 2 p.m. This is a day when churches in the Creola/Axis area--regardless of denomination or philosophy--come together to give the community a free, fun, informative, family day.
CAMA president, Rev. William Chambers, said, "We bring in those in the city and county who offer services, government and private, that citizens may not be familiar with." There'll be health checks and screenings, as well as voter registration.
Creola City Council member Lee Anne Green said that children will have inflatables to have fun in and there will be other activities, such as a used clothing giveaway.
One Long-Standing Event at Tanner Williams May Day Festival is the Mr. and Miss Tanner Williams contest
Historic Tanner Williams School celebrates its 100th anniversary in conjunction with Tanner Williams May Day Festival May 2. Opening ceremonies are at 9:45 a.m. on the old school grounds, where all the many festive activities take place.
One of those May Day events is the long-standing Tiny and Little Mr./Miss contest ($20 entry fee) and another is a pageant with two divisions, K-2nd grades and 3rd-5th grades ($35 fee.) For more information, call Mandi Robison, 610-1033 or Crystal Sears, 581-1461.
The Spring 2015 Exhibition of the Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society of Mobile will be held at the Eastern Shore Arts Center's Whiting Gallery, 401 Oak Street in Fairhope during the month of May. This is the annual prospective members show in which those who have been proposed will exhibit two pieces of their work for consideration (rules at WGAS.)
The opening reception will be held during the First Friday Artwalk, May 1, 6-8 p.m. The presentation of awards will be held at 7:30 p.m. The WGAS, which has been exhibiting in the Bay area since its formation in 1948, is grateful for the gift of the $500 Best of Show Award donated by the Bruckmann family in honor of Ruth Bruckmann, long-time and much-loved member of WGAS. Other donors include Ashland Gallery, Alabama Art Supply and Southern Art and Framing.
For more information, contact ESAC at 251-928-2228 or email@example.com or WGAS president, Monique McFarland at 251-604-6014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, May 9, 8 a.m., the Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center is sponsoring Via! Bolt 5K and Fun Run. The fundraising event for Via will begin and end at the Center, 1717 Dauphin Street, and will take participants on a trek along a Midtown route.
The race, said Barbara Estes of Via, is an intergenerational run to include youth and older adults and families. Via Bolt is a certified 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run Course. Entry fees range from $10-$25 per person, depending on age, and includes a tee shirt, race bags with give-aways and a post-event party. Registration can be accomplished online at www.eventbrite.com or by contacting Estes at 470-5229 or email@example.com.
Major sponsors for Via Bolt include Air In Motion, VIVA Health, Mr. and Mrs. Max and Audrey Goldberg and the Center for Generational Studies. Among supporting sponsors are LoDa Biergarten, Mobile Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, Foosackly’s Midtown, Smoothie King, Coastal Clinical Research, Nutrition Education Program, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Sugar Rush, Mellow Mushroom and Run-N-Tri.
Semmes Woman's Club held its annual officer installation banquet at Semmes Senior Center on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Approximately 35 members and guests were on hand to see the following slate of officers take the reigns of leadership for 2015-2016: Terri Milam, president; Pat Goleman, vice president; Kim Gully, recording secretary; Susan Hubbard, corresponding secretary; Sandra Hillman, treasurer and Beth Pippin, parliamentarian.
The Woman's Club is a very active force in the Semmes community. Among their many activities are the Christmas Homes and Tasting Tour (both a community service and a fundraiser), Citizenship Awards for area students, Teacher Appreciation gifts, Retired Teachers' Brunch and Beautification Award. They continue to support the library and Senior Center, as well as historic/heritage preservation whenever the opportunity arises or they are called upon to do so.
On Thursday, May 7, Volunteers of America Southeast will present "Beacon on the Bay," a fundraiser to help provide the needs of homeless and disabled veterans in our communities.
To be held at the Mobile, Alabama Cruise Terminal, the event will include dinner at 6 p.m. and a presentation by Michael Durant at 7 p.m.
Durant is best known as the pilot for Black Hawk Helicopter, Super Six Four, which was shot down in Somalia and depicted in the movie "Black Hawk Down." Severely injured in the crash and held captive for eleven days, Durant has turned his life experiences into a powerful and motivational story.
Individual tickets to the Beacon on the Bay dinner and presentation are $75. Table sponsorship costs $1,500 and includes ten seats and recognition in the program. To make a donation and invite a veteran to attend the event is $50.
For information, contact Amanda Gonzales, 251-338-1266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 66th Annual Bayou La Batre Blessing of the Fleet is Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the grounds of St. Margaret Catholic Church, 13790 S. Wintzell Avenue. The celebration will include plenty of seafood--fried, boiled and stuffed; gumbo; Vietnamese food; and All-American hamburgers and hot dogs.
Music will be provided both days by DJ James Newell,. There's a Gumbo Cook-Off, children's activities, arts and crafts and food vendors, a Decorated Boat Contest, a raffle of the nautically themed quilt made by the Ladies Sodality, a boat and land parade, Bayou boat tours and, of course, the Blessing of the Fleet.
After 65 years, the Blessing remains the primary focus of this celebration, and organizers describe the current ceremony as follows: The Fleet Blessing ceremony, held on the dock at St. Margaret Catholic Church, begins with a prayer by the Archbishop of the Diocese of Mobile. The Fleet Blessing Queen is crowned, then the bell is tolled for each community member known to have perished at sea.
The Archbishop and other clergy board a boat, and from the bow toss the ceremonial wreath into the bayou waters. After this, decorated boats of all kinds form a procession behind the boat carrying the Archbishop and parade to the mouth of the of the bayou and back, as the Archbishop blesses their boats and docked vessels along the way.
The 66th Annual Blessing of the Fleet is made possible by the shipbuilders of Bayou La Batre and Coden. To download applications for various contests, parades or vendor spaces, go to fleetblessing.org/get-involved.php
Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation presents "Cocktails with the Critters" 10th Year Anniversary event, Thursday, May 7 at Bluegill Restaurant on the Causeway
"Cocktails with the Critters," a fundraiser presented by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation, is scheduled for May 7, 6-9 p.m. at the Bluegill Restaurant on the Causeway, 3775 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort. Tickets are $50 in advance, $55 at the door and are available from the Foundation office by calling 251-605-6624 or online at sealabfoundation.org.
This is the 10th annual fundraiser for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation, said Helene Hassell, Executive Director of DISL Foundation. It will be an exciting evening overlooking Mobile Bay, with the Bluegill "pulling out all the stops, serving fabulous and tasty hors d’oeuvres and wine and beer," according to organizers
There'll be a special guest appearance by celebrated artist, Stig Marcussen, who will be on hand to add color to his limited-edition prints designed especially for Cocktails with Critters.
Guests can look forward to entertainment by local singer/songwriter Eric Erdman, described as "a storyteller with a life that gives him stories to write songs about." His guitar takes him around the world and his lyrics are introspective, fun and quirky, but accessible, profound and palatable--they draw listeners in like old friends, say those who know his music.
For those seeking more thrills, there will be a fantastic silent auction with many exciting and unique items, ranging from original artwork to guided fishing trips in the Gulf to fabulous vacation properties, Hassell said. A detailed list will be included with the invitation.
The following paragraphs are about the DISLF and its support of the Sea Lab and its mission:
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation (DISLF) supports the Sea Lab in its mission to provide wise stewardship of the marine environment through education and research. The Foundation provides funds to sustain the activities and promote awareness of the Sea Lab and its environmental issues and also funds the George Crozier Endowment.
The Sea Lab is the marine laboratory for the State of Alabama. It serves twenty-two institutions of higher learning as well as hosting programs from k5-12th grade and Alabama Science teachers. The educational component is an important facet but the excellent, nationally acclaimed research aspect has been highlighted in the wake of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill disaster.
For quarter of a century, Ginger McCracken and a faithful group of seven or eight volunteers have fashioned "tray favors" to brighten the day of patients at Mobile Infirmary.
Always around the holidays--seven times a year--the volunteers for Mobile Infirmary Auxiliary would gather at the hospital or at one of their homes to create colorful, cheerful napkin rings, magnets, tiny floral arrangements or other item to be placed on patients' dinner trays.
"We made 300 favors at each meeting, more than 52,000 over the past 25 years," McCracken said.
But recently the group learned that the Auxiliary was going in a different direction and would no longer need the tray favors. The loss of this volunteer activity saddened the entire group, and especially McCracken, who spent many hours between work sessions planning the favors, shopping sales for the materials, designing the prototype.
"We will all miss creating the favors, knowing they would cheer up patients who were away from their families, maybe going through a rough time near Christmas or Valentine's Day," McCracken said. "And we will miss each other and the enjoyment we got from being together, doing something nice for someone else."
So many events are taking place in Mobile County the week of Monday, April 27 through Sunday, May 3, that perhaps it is best to just list them and tell a few facts about each. Some have been covered a little more thoroughly in earlier posts; some have not. In addition, there's a little "Good News" report at the end of the blog in which readers tell of the success of their events.
Tanner Williams School is turning 100 years old this year, and a big celebration is planned to coincide with the annual May Day event, Saturday, May 2.
There'll be a parade at 9 a.m., Tiny and Little Mr. and Miss Tanner Williams contests, an expanded car show to include classic and current autos and motorcycles, arts and crafts, fun and games. As usual, there'll be catfish dinners, homemade ice cream, a plant sale, a silent auction and a sweet shop.
And, since this is the centennial of the school, all former students are encouraged to attend the event, maybe see old classmates and enjoy looking at historical exhibits, old pictures and documents. No worries if it rains--activities will be moved across the street to the gym of Tanner Williams Elementary School, 13700 Tanner Williams Road.
For more information, to make a donation or to volunteer, contact Brandy Culver of the sponsoring Tanner Williams Civic and Historical Society at 377-6842.
St. Mary Catholic School Casino Night, entitled "An Evening in Paris!" will be Saturday, May 2, 6 p.m. at St. Mary School, 107 N. Lafayette Street in Mobile. For information on this 26th annual fundraiser to benefit the school, call 433-9904 or log onto www.stmarymobile.org.
"Serve it up with Love" Tenth Anniversary Charity Tennis Tournament, to benefit the Child Advocacy Center, is April 30-May 2. The entry deadline for women is April 28, for men, April 30, and for juniors, April 30. The event will be at Copeland-Cox Tennis Center. Call 251-709-9834 for more details.
The 66th Annual Blessing of the Fleet in Bayou La Batre is Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the grounds of St. Margaret Catholic Church, 13790 South Wintzell Avenue. The days will be filled with good food, a land and boat parade, arts and crafts, music--and, of course, the blessing of the fleet. Call 824-2415 for more information.
Mobile Botanical Gardens presents Gallery of Gardens 2015 is on Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Six gardens will be featured. Tickets can be ordered online at MobileBotanicalGardens.org. Call 342-0555 for information.
CASAMobile's "Cool Jazz in the Courtyard" at the Bike Shop in downtown Mobile is Thursday, April 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will benefit from the $40 per guest ticket sales, which can be purchased at www.CASAMobile.org or 251-574-5277.
On Thursday, April 30, 6:30-9:30 p.m., a Spring Concert to benefit L'Arche Mobile will be held at Azalea Manor. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; music by Ryan Balthrop and Mithril begins at 7 p.m. L'Arche Mobile, a Christian community where people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. For tickets or more information, call 438-2094.
The Greater Mobile Bay Choral Society of Government Street Presbyterian Church and Spring Hill College Chorale will present the last performance of their annual spring concert "Jazzy Sounds of Spring--from the Valley to the Hill" at St. Joseph Chapel, Spring Hill College campus, on Monday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. The concert is free. Contact Terry D. Maddox at 251-432-1749 or email@example.com for more information.
Mobile Country Music Association, 310 S. Craft Highway in Chickasaw, will host its 29th Annual Reunion on Saturday, May 2, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The event is billed as a fun-filled day of food, fellowship and music. There is no admission charge, but donations are gratefully accepted by this non-profit organization. For information, call Carolyn Cain, 455-6748 or Marshall Fillingim, 457-0762.
The Creola/Axis Ministerial Day in Creola Park is May 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This a day set aside by the Ministerial Association to give to those in need.
On Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Better Homes and Gardens will host Spring Fling, a family fun day to benefit Joe Jefferson Playhouse. The event will be at 6349 Piccadilly Square in the joined parking lot of BHG, 1st Federal Mortgage and Sportplex. Arts and crafts and other vendors' spaces are $30 each. Call 459-3333 for information.
At Bellingrath Gardens & Home, the Wiggle Waggle Dog Day Run/Walk to benefit Animal Rescue Foundation is Saturday, May 2. All runners and walkers who sign up for the race will receive free admission to the Gardens for the day, and their family members and friends will receive a 50% admission discount. For more information, visit www.bellingrath.org or call 251.973.2217.
The Mobile County Public School System's Environmental Studies Center Spring Open House is Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 6101 Girby Road. This is a free-admission event with free wildlife presentations, displays by environmental organizations and a chance to meet ESC's new education bald eagle, Leuco. Call 221-5000 for information.
2015 "Dunn" with Cancer Crawfish Boil is Saturday, May 2, 1 p.m.-'til at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Proceeds will benefit American Cancer Society and Cancer Action Network. Call 666-2488 for details.
"Sailing into Better Health," a free health fair, is planned by the Town of Dauphin Island in conjunction with Singing River Health System on Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m.-noon. The event will be held at Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo site and will offer a multitude of health screenings. In addition, healthy cooking demonstrations will be held and activities for children are scheduled.
Chunchula Home Demonstration Club is holding a yard sale Friday, May 1, 8 a.m. at Chunchula Baptist Church, corner of Roberts Road and U.S. Highway 45. Proceeds will benefit the historic Chunchula School. Call Rhnea McDonald, 442-3394 for information.
On Saturday, May 2, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m., St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1854 Staples Road is planning a Community Yard Sale. Space rental is $10. Call 479-0336 for details.
South Alabama Regional Planning Commission presents the 17th Annual Business Expo and Jobs Fair at Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall on April 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 652-0585 or visit www.sarpc.org.
Playhouse in the Park's "The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking" is May 1-17, with public performances on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Call 602-0630 for reservations. The theatre is at 4851 Museum Drive.
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" continues at Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 N. Lafayette Street on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations can be made in advance at http://wwwmobiletheatreguild.org/box.html or by calling 433-7513.
The 2015 Senior Lifestyle Expo is Wednesday, May 6, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Abba Shrine Center, 7701 Hitt Road. On the agenda are free health tests, a complimentary lunch, 100 local business vendors with information, games, prizes and much more.
Seniors at the Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center have a tour of the Oakleigh House Museum scheduled for Tuesday, May 5. Seating is limited, so sign up early at the Center front desk, 3201 Hillcrest Road.
Chickasaw seniors will attend a Spring Concert on the lawn of Murphy High School on Monday, May 4, 6 p.m. Make reservations at 452-6462.
At Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, members will have a Pot Luck Lunch at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 30, then "Talk with Terry" (Dixon, site director) at noon. For information on other events or membership at the Center, call 649-2010.
Parkway SAIL Center seniors are celebrating April birthdays on Tuesday, April 28. For a calendar of events at the Boykin Boulevard facility, call 471-2503.
In the Great News/Good Job! department, Kathy Toma of Fowl River Area Civic Association reports that this year's SpringFest and Pancake Breakfast, which also included a silent auction and bake sale, raised a total of $2,646. Proceeds will help maintain the historic Fowl River Community House, built by the WPA around 1938.
Arleen Walker of Turnerville Ladies Club, whose "Billy's N Bubba's Fabulous Fundraising Fish Fry" was held Friday, April 23 to benefit Turnerville Volunteer Fire Department, gave a very positive report on the fundraiser: It was, she said "Our best one yet ! We were so blessed to have perfect weather and a tremendous response from the community." The group sold 535 plates, including 181 delivery orders to business establishments. "The Ladies Club had lots of wonderful help from the TVFD, friends in the community, and family members. Everyone pitched in, worked hard and we accomplished our goal," Walker said.
Kathryn Carver of Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council said that the Last Friday Art Night at the gallery on April 23 was "a huge success!"
Carolyn Cain was recently re-elected president of the Saraland-Satsuma Community Education Council. The groups' purpose, since 1981, has been to award scholarships annually to graduating seniors.
The Mobile County Public School System's Environmental Studies Center Spring Open House is Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 6101 Girby Road. This is a free-admission event with free wildlife presentations, displays by environmental organizations and a chance to meet ESC's new education bald eagle, Leuco.
There is so much to enjoy at ESC on May 2--walking trails, planetarium shows, food and family fun. Proceeds from concessions and donations go to wildlife care. For information, call 221-5000
"The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking" opens Friday, May 1 for both SchoolFest and public performances
Playhouse in the Park presents "The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking" May 1-May 17 at the Playhouse, 4851 Museum Drive in Langan Park.
SchoolFest performances are Friday, May 1, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The production is aimed at children in grades K-6 but is appropriate for any audience. To make reservations for the school performances, call Pam Mollise at 251-422-0079.
Public shows run May 1-May 17 on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Call 602-0630 to make a reservation.
About the play: Pippi is a playful, unpredictable 9-year-old who does NOT want to grow up. She is the daughter of a buccaneer captain and has many adventurous stories to tell. Her best friends are her horse and her monkey, Mr. Nilson, and the two neighbor children, Tommy and Annika. For more information, see www.playhouseinthepark.org.
Make plans to attend Mobile Gallery of Gardens 2015, presented by Mobile Botanical Gardens, May 1 and 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mobile Gallery of Gardens 2015, presented by Mobile Botanical Gardens, is Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Guests can tour six private Mobile gardens filled with Spring beauty.
Advance $20 tickets can be purchased online at MobileBotanicalGardens.org or at several ticket outlets, including A Bloom Nursery, B&B Pet Stop, Blair's Nursery on Dawes Lane, Carpe Diem, Elizabeth's Garden, Page & Palette, Spring Hill Ace Hardware, Wild Birds Unlimited and Zimlich's Patio and Garden Center or at Mobile Botanical Gardens and MarketPlace, 5151 Museum Drive in Langan Park. Tickets are $25 each on day of event; group rates are available.
One of the gardens is on Chaleston Oaks Drive East in west Mobile. It features an abundance of colorful flowers for the pleasure of hummingbirds and butterflies, and seven cheerful bird houses for feathered inhabitants. The garden, designed and planted by the owners, offers outdoor extended living all year long.
On Magnolia Road in Midtown, a "garden with personality" offers a treasure of heirloom plantings, art and personal nostalgia, from the patio bricks salvaged from a family home to the pieces of old utility and decorative iron that harken to simpler times, according to Gallery tour organizers.
The other four gardens are in Spring Hill. On Ursaline Drivc, a tropical paradise backyard garden has gingers and fruiting trees surrounding the pool and meditation house. In Country Club Estates, an orderly backyard boasts a dramatic sculpture garden. At another Spring Hill home, this one on Old Shell Road, guests can enjoy the beauty of the well-planned hardscape, which includes a classical Parterre Garden and spacious historic pool.
On Batre Lane, tourists can delight in the beautifully appointed Southern porches surrounding the historic home, which demonstrates how the owners' talented design and garden skill have preserved, while updating, with breathtaking results.
Those making the tour of the Gallery of Gardens are encouraged to end their day by visiting Mobile Botanical Gardens, where the MarketPlace will be open offering plants for their own gardens, and enjoy the recent renovations at the Gardens.
Tanner Williams School celebrates centennial at May Day Festival on May 2; one former student, Dr. Anna Clausen, will be on hand to remember her favorite teacher, Miss Annie Tanner (Snow)
When Tanner Williams School celebrates its centennial at the Annual Tanner Williams May Day Festival May 2, several of its former students will be on hand to blow out the candles on the birthday cake.
And when one of them, Dr. Anna Clausen, enters the double doors of the historic landmark, she'll step back in time about 75 years and think of a teacher who made an indelible mark on her life.
Clausen graduated from Tanner Williams School in 1945 and remembers her favorite teacher well. "Miss Annie Tanner (later Snow) was my teacher in 5th and 6th grades," Clausen said. "She was such an inspiration to me. I became a teacher because of her."
A later incident involving Miss Annie stands out in Dr. Clausen's mind as a reminder of how important education is. When she was a freshman at Livingstate State Teachers College, she recalls seeing her Miss Annie on campus--her former grade-school teacher attended college at Livingston in the summer to further her education and attain her teaching degree.
Clausen went on to become a teacher and a principal in Mobile County elementary and middle schools, eventually becoming Assistant Supervisor of Curriculum with Mobile County Public School System. "I have been greatly rewarded all my life by having had Miss Annie as my teacher," she said.
St. Mary Catholic School Casino Night presents "An Evening in Paris!" on Saturday, May 2, 6 p.m.-until at the school, 107 N. Lafayette Street in Mobile. Guests are invited to "stroll through the streets of Paris" at the school's 26th annual fundraiser featuring live and silent auctions, games with local celebrity hosts, door prizes and great food and live entertainment.
General admission tickets are $25 per adult in advance and $30 at the door; seniors are $25. Special dinner tickets are $100 and admit two adults with an opportunity to take home $10,000.
Marcelle Naman, publicity chair for the event, said that one of the highlights of Casino Night will be al fresco dining in the "outdoor Cafe du Mustang" with chefs from Alec Naman's Catering, joined by Regina Florey of Regina's Kitchen and John Weichman, former owner of Weichman's Restaurant and the Italian Fisherman. "Gourmet dishes from our Mobile Chef guest will complement the menu in an 'ooh lah lah' Parisian way!" she said.
There'll be dozens of items up for bid on the live and silent auction block: Disney World and Kennedy Space Center Adventures, a trip to a Utah Alpine Ski Resort, a Lundi and Mardi Gras stay at the Hampton Inn Downtown, plus hundreds of items from local donors--too many to mention.
Celebrity dealers at Casino Night include Mobile City Council members Levon Manzie and Gina Gregory, Alan Seals of WKRG TV and Jason Smith of Fox 10 News.
All proceeds from Casino Night benefit St. Mary Catholic School. For information, call 433-9904 or log on to www.stmarymobile.org.
Briggs Equipment Company and Michelob Ultra will host the Tenth Anniversary of Serve it up with Love Tennis Tournament on April 30 for ladies (entry deadline April 28) and May 2 for men (entry deadline April 30.) The event to benefit the Child Advocacy Center will be held at Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile.
Play will be from 9 a.m. 'til 1 p.m. Ladies will play tennis in a doubles team format with 4 levels of participation; men will play a 6-man team doubles combo format.
Fresh Market will provide breakfast for both days and Wintzell's Oyster House will provide lunch. Carpe Diem will supply coffee. Cost of the tournament is $35 per player, which includes breakfast, lunch, and a signature cooler for men and women; everyone who plays will receive a goody bag.
Entry forms can be downloaded at www.serveitupwithlove.com or call 432-1101. For tournament information, call 251-709-9834.
The Al Fuchs Memorial Greater Mobile Junior Championship tournament will be Saturday, May 2 (registration deadline April 30) at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center. The 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 is U.S.T.A sanctioned. The player entry fee of $35 includes a signature tee shirt and a goody bag, breakfast by Fresh Market and lunch by Wintzell's Oyster House. Wintzell's will also be on site to prepare lunch that will be available for purchase by family members and friends of tennis players. The Orthopaedic Group will provide medical coverage for the event.
Download entry forms at www.serveitupwithlove.com; tournament information is at 251-709-9834..
Someone You Should Know: Allison Miller, Language Arts and Leadership Teacher at Mary G. Montgomery High School in Semmes
On Friday, April 17, Allison Miller, Language Arts and Leadership Teacher at Mary G. Monggomery High School in Semmes was surprised with a Resolution from the Alabama State Senate, delivered and presented to her by Sen. Rusty Glover.
Miller was recommended for the recognition by Carolyn Owens, who is working at MGM through a "Getting Students to the Finish Line" grant from Johns Hopkins University. The goal, Owens said, is to get students to come to school, study, get involved and graduate. Through her leadership classes and activities, "Allison inspires students to move into leadership roles, which helps them, the school and the community," Owens said.
In the leadership program, Allison Miller said, students learn primciples such as teamwork, communication and problem solving, which they put to use by planning events like Red Ribbon Week and the Week of Caring. She sponsors the Student Council, whose responsibility is to plan school-wide activities such as Homecoming and the annual Thanksgiving basket competition, and she teaches a Mobile history class to help girls prepare for the Azalea Trail interview process.
Miller's teaching effectiveness is seen in the results posted by her leadership students. Last year, they raised $6,000 to build clean water wells in Africa. This year, they have raised $4,200 to help end modern day slavery and human trafficking.
Students have hosted two blood drives this year, collecting a total of 732 units of blood; they've registered 863 students as organ donors and entered 75 people into the national bone marrow registry. And under Miller's guidance, MGM's leadership program was recently selected to pilot a Youth Service Initiative with United Way and Mobile United.
"Studies show that students who become involved with activities on their school campuses stay in school and graduate," Owens said. And Miller's goal is to make that happen at Mary G. Montgomery High. But Miller goes a step farther, arranging for her students to volunteer with non-profit groups out in the community, including such events as Semmes Azalea Festival and Semmes Heritage Day.
In her life away from the classroom, Miller practices what she preaches. She attends South Coast Church and serves on the Wave Student Ministry Leadership Team, leading the youth service on Wednesday nights and chaperoning youth events and trips. She leads the Go Team ministry, which serves all the other ministry teams on Sunday. And she's traveled to Jacmel, Haiti twice to work with a church, school, orphanage and feeding program.
"Allison is so respected and admired by everyone," said Owens, who presented Miller with a dozen yellow roses on behalf of the Johns Hopkins University after the honoree accepted the Resolution from Sen. Glover.
The 2015 "Dunn" with Cancer Crawfish Boil is Saturday, May 2, 1 p.m.-until. The event, to be held t Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road, is a benefit for American Cancer Society and Cancer Action Network. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple.
Entertainment will be provided for both children and adults. Alternative food options will be available for non-crawfish eaters.
For information, call 666-2488.
The first Teen Volunteer Fair for teens in grades 8-12 is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m. to noon at Davidson High School, 3900 Pleasant Valley Road in Mobile. The event is a collaboration between the City of Mobile Community Activities Program and the Mobile County Public School System.
Mellanie Johnson, CAP supervisor, said that this event is a great opportunity for teens who want to volunteer or who need service hours to learn about serving our community. It's also an opportunity for local non-profit and/or service organizations throughout Mobile County to connect with those teens.
The event is free to nonprofits, churches and other organizations who want to inspire and encourage teenagers to bolunteer and perform community service. Those who wish to reserve a space in the Teen Volunteer Fair should contact Mellanie Johnson by phone at 251-208-1610 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 24, 2015.