Wiggle Waggle Dog Day at Bellingrath Gardens and Home is May 2: Run or Walk with your Furry Friends for ARF
Bellingrath Gardens and Home invites runners, walkers and their furry friends to a fun event for a good cause: The Wiggle Waggle Dog Day on Saturday, May 2 and proceeds will benefit the Animal Rescue Foundation. All runners and walkers who sign up for the Wiggle Waggle race events, a 5K and a 1-mile walk/run, will receive free admission to the Gardens for the day, and their family members and friends will receive a 50% admission discount.
The Wiggle Waggle 5K run (for humans only) begins at 8 a.m. The 1-mile Wiggle Waggle Walk, for dogs and their owners, starts at 9 a.m. ARF rescue dogs will be on hand at the event, and walkers are invited to "rent" a rescue dog for the Wiggle Waggle Walk in exchange for a $10 donation to ARF.
As an added bonus, Bellingrath Gardens will allow dogs to accompany their owners into the Gardens for an additional $5 donation per dog to the Animal Rescue Foundation. Bellingrath’s Pet Motel will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis for visitors who wish to enter the Gardens without their pets.
Wiggle Waggle 2015 is a family-friendly event. Register online at eventbrite.com or in person at McCoy Outdoors, Run-n-Tri and Running Wild by Saturday, April 25, to guarantee a T-shirt. Food and drinks will be provided at the post-race party, along with goody bags from Pet Supplies “Plus” Mobile and other sponsors. To learn more, to register, and to view the guidelines for Wiggle Waggle Dog Day at Bellingrath, visit www.bellingrath.org.
Bellingrath Gardens and Home is operated by the Bellingrath Gardens and Home Foundation, a charitable, not-for-profit organization, and 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
Turnerville Ladies Club sponsors "Billy's N Bubba's Fabulous Fundraising Fish Fry," Friday, April 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
On Friday, April 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Turnerville Ladies Club is sponsoring Billy's N Bubba's Fabulous Fundraising Fish Fry to benefit the Turnerville Volunteer Fire Department. The event will be held at Turnerville Community Center--Water and Fire Department, 11230 Celeste Road. Dinners are $7 each and diners can eat in or carry out. Arrangements can be made for delivery for 10 or more dinners. Call 679-7783 or 689-2856 for more information.
Lighthouse Baptist Church in Theodore to hold "Public Servants and First Responders Appreciation Day"
Lighthouse Baptist Church, 6905 Nan Gray Davis Road in Theodore is holding a "Public Servants and First Responders Appreciation Day," Sunday, April 26, 11 a.m. The event includes free lunch, gift baskets for all public servants and balloons and face painting for children. For more information, call 653-6542.
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" opens at Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 N. Lafayette Street, on Friday, April 24. It will run for two weekends, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Directed by Cory Olson with Musical Direction by Paula McPhail and choreography by Kate Lotito Arrington, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is the tale of two con men living on the French Riviera, but the small town just isn't big enough for both of them. The solution? The first to con a young heiress out of $50,000 gets to stay! A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep the audience laughing, humming and guessing to the end.
The play is based on a book by Jeffrey Lane with music and lyrics by David Yazbek. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards in 2005, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.
Reservations can be made online and paid in advance at http://www.mobiletheatreguild.org/box.html, or by calling or emailing reservations at 251-433-7513 or email@example.com and paying at the door.
Lori Bosarge of Coden reports that the 600 pounds of potatoes planted recently in the Sowing Seeds Ministry garden at 13661 Hugh Fort Road in Grand Bay received flood damage in the recent heavy rains in Mobile County. Consequently, it's important "to get the spuds replanted before the sun kills the plant." Volunteers, she said, are invited to get up early on Saturday, April 25 and head out to Grand Bay. "Be sure to bring your rubber boots and/or be prepared to walk barefoot through mud, and we advise wearing shorts. Come join us and have fun playing in the mud!" Dates and times are subject to change as the weekend approaches and if the weather doesn't cooperate.
The Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra and conductor Rob Seebacher will present the 12th Annual Mother’s Day Evening Garden Concert on Sunday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. on Live Oak Plaza at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Guests can enjoy the Gardens and Home throughout the afternoon and then gather at 5:30 p.m. for the concert.
Visitors can reserve a table for 4 or for 6 to enjoy supper and the music. A table for 4, which includes table, chairs and a table covering is $20 and a table for 6 is $25. There are a limited number of tables available, so it is advisable to make table reservations early. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase on Live Oak Plaza, but guests can also bring their own picnic supper. There's limited seating; attendees are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs.
The free concert is included in visitors' admission to Bellingrath Gardens. Beginning at 4 p.m. on Mother’s Day, admission will be reduced to $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-12. Children 4 years and younger are always admitted free.
Call 251-973-2217 or visit visit www.bellingrath.org to make reservations.
Saraland Woman's Club accomplish many projects on the local, state, national and international level
Saraland Woman's Club members have been meeting at their newly refurbished historic Clubhouse to work on favors for home-bound clients on the Saraland and Satsuma Meals on Wheels programs. President Kathy Gordon said that the group prepares a total of 104 treats or treasures for each month, and on Tuesday, April 21, they "formed an assembly line to make goodies for May through September," she said.
Each of the members choose a month they want to bring the appropriate seasonal supplies for, then the group fills the bags; for example, patriotic colors and candies will be used for July, and Fall colors (candy will be butterscotch) will be in September bags. When Christmas comes, all members pitch in with Christmas gifts, even painting holiday-related pictures on the bags.
This is just one of the local charitable works of the Saraland Woman's Club. This very active group has accomplished many projects on the state, national and international level. They always welcome visitors and prospective members; just call Gordon at 251-232-0756 for more information.
When Jeanette Byrd, chair of Semmes Heritage Day, announced a Hat Contest for the event, Mary Rodning had to look no farther than her trunk to find not only a hat, but an entire outfit from the first half of the 20th Century.
Rodning--not a hoarder, but a keeper--began assembling her ensemble by choosing her grandmother Martha's church hat. The black velvet hat with the ostrich feather fit right in with the turn-of-the-century Semmes School, Malone Chapel and log cabin at Semmes Heritage Park.
But Rodning didn't stop with the hat.
She donned her grandmother's long black "pregnancy skirt," which had ties attached so that the skirt could be adjusted to fit "as big as my grandma had become--she had five children," Rodning said of her Minnesota grandmother, Martha Spaude Pautz.
Rodning continued layering her vintage clothing, slipping on her grandmother's crocheted off-white top over a white blouse. "I think the top may have been her undergarment, but I use it over a blouse," she said. She finished her early 1900s outfit with a little black shawl and a gold pocket watch on a chain around her neck.
"The watch belonged to my shirt tail grandfather Henry," Rodning said, then explained, "He was a 'shirt tail' relative who didn't have any children, so my brothers and I considered him our adopted grandfather." The watch still keeps excellent time when she winds it, she said.
Rodning's clothing called for a photo in exactly the right place, a location that her vintage ensemble would both add authenticity to and receive authenticity from, and the perfect spot was the appropriately furnished historic Semmes school, sitting on the very spot where it was built 113 years ago.
"My mother (Rosetta Pautz Lipke) had been a one-room schoolteacher before my dad snatched her away, as he was in the army in World War II," Rodning said.
And so she posed for Debbie Dial's photo, standing in front of an old-fashioned blackboard, with the alphabet across the top, remembering her mother as a teacher and perhaps feeling like one herself. "To become a teacher, she had to learn the Palmer method of writing, as is shown on the board behind me; she is 92 years old now, and she still has much better handwriting than I do," Rodning said.
Event organizers decided not to single out any one outfit as a winner, instead praising the ingenuity of each of the participants. But Rodning has her grandmother's clothes, carefully packed away in the trunk for the next time she wants slip into a crocheted camisole and a long black skirt, turn off the television and re-read "Pride and Prejudice."
Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Gallery's Last Friday Art Night is April 24, 6-8 p.m. at the Gallery, 1008 Alabama Avenue directly behind Town Hall.
This month's event is entitled "Wings and Sails" in celebration of the Spring bird migration that brings thousands of birds to the Island annually at this time of year and of the 57th Annual Dauphin Island Sailboat Regatta April 24-26.
Visitors can see an art demonstration by Janie Zetsch, shop for local art in a special exhibit, enjoy food and wine, browse the Heritage Gallery and listen to music by Mello Fellas.
Though the event is free and open to the public, a $5 donation per person to cover expenses is requested. Call 861-3300 for more information.
(Painting by Dauphin Island artist Deb Jones)
Market on the Square at Cathedral Square opens Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7:30 a.m. until noon. Look for fresh vegetables, goat milk soaps and lotions, local honey, cut local flowers, plants, pastas, eggs, freshly caught fish and shrimp, preserves, fresh-baked breads, muffins, pastries and more, including art.
Market on the Square is a local, certified Alabama Farmers Market, with products all locally produced and harvested. Mark your calendar now for this Saturday and all the rest of the Saturdays through July 25.
The Richards-DAR House Museum Spring Garden Party was a great success, even though the rainy Mobile weather necessitated its moving from the gardens to the parlors.
And the moisture failed to dampen the spirits of those who competed in the Hat Contest. Among the winners were Nancy Bryan in the Best Vintage category; Elise Lenard, Most Creative; Andrea Dowdy, Best Ensemble; Carolyn Sawyer, Breath of Spring and Lisa Harlan, Funniest.
This year, the annual Garden Party was the kick-off of the "SAVE THE IRONWORK " campaign to raise the $75,000 needed to restore and preserve the historic ironwork surrounding the front portico and fence at the Richards D A R House Museum.
The Museum, finished in 1860 for the Charles Richards family, is located at 256 N. Joachim Street in historic deTonti Square. It is the only period townhouse museum in the coastal area, said Sheila Shell of Richard-DAR House Museum. "This beautiful 10,000 ft. structure has been operated by the all-volunteer stewards of the local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution since 1973 and is the only museum in Mobile that is open 7 days a week with the exception of holidays and special events," Shell said.
The Daughters need the support of all citizens of Mobile and surrounding area with this project. Additional fundraisers are in the planning stage. Donations will continue to be accepted until the $75,000 goal is reached. Any amount contributed will be gratefully accepted, Shell said. Mail checks to Richards DAR House Museum, 256 N. Joachim Street, Mobile, AL 36603 Attention: "Save the Ironwork"
At April 12 Richards-DAR House Museum Garden Party, little girls wait their turn to model their Spring chapeaus
Jazz is in the Air in Mobile! The Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society and Spring Hill College Chorale to present Annual Spring Concert
The Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society, an outreach program of Government Street Presbyterian Church’s Music & Fine Arts Ministries Program, and the Spring Hill College Chorale, a program of the Fine and Performing Arts Department of the College. have scheduled their annual spring concert, "Jazzy Sounds of Spring--From the Valley to the Hill."
There will be two presentations of the concert--the first at Government Street Presbyterian Church, 300 Government Street, on Saturday, April 25, 4 p.m. The second presentation will be at St. Joseph Chapel on the campus of Spring Hill College on Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Terry D. Maddox at 251-432-1749 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CASA Mobile Presents Cool Jazz in the Courtyard, Thursday, April 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m., The Bike Courtyard in Mobile
On Thursday, April 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m., CASA Mobile will present "Cool Jazz in the Courtyard" at The Bike Shop downtown Mobile on Dauphin Street near Wintzell's, across from Moe's Original BBQ Restaurant.
Tickets for the benefit for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) are $40 apiece or $75 per couple, and can be purchased at www.CASAMobile.org or by calling 251-574-5277. Tickets include wine, beer and menu samples from The Bike Shop, Moe's Original BBQ, Wintzell's, Liquid, The Bull and Union.
CASA is a volunteer organization that gathers information on abuse and neglect custody cases assigned by the Juvenile Court for the purpose of assisting the judges in making the best placement decisions possible for the children involved, said Elizabeth Walter of CASA Mobile.
Corks in the Courtyard, a fundraiser for the Via! Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center is on Thursday, April 23, 5:30 p.m. at Cafe 615 in downtown Mobile. In addition to good wine, great food, live music and a chance for networking, this event has an extra attraction this year--a silent auction with a variety of sports memorabilia, jewelry, decorative items and artwork, said Barbara Estes of the Center. Tickets are $35 per person, $30 for Via Center members. Sponsorships are available at $150 and include four free tickets to the event. For information, call 470-5229 or email email@example.com.
Let's Clean Up Crichton District 1: Keep Mobile Beautiful/Great American Cleanup, Saturday, April 25, 2015
Make plans to join Mobile City Council member, Fred Richardson, and Keep Mobile Beautiful for the annual Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m. until noon. The event will focus on cleaning up the streets throughout the Crichton area; of particular focus for clean ups will be litter and trash, illegal dump sites and, especially, old tires.
Volunteers will receive free litter grabbers, safety vests, gloves and trash bags to use as they tackle the streets around Crichton, said Bob Haskins, director of KMB. "Challenge your friends, neighbors or fellow team members and come join the fun, and after your clean up, join us for hot dogs with all of the fixings," he said.
Volunteers will meet in front of Greer's, 2980 Springhill Avenue at 8 a.m. for registration and to pick up supplies and get zone assignment. At 11 a.m., they will return to Greer's location for lunch. Call 208-6026 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
The Mobile Sew N Sews is a club of about 10-12 women who began meeting in 1994 at American Sew & Vac to work on various needlework projects and to learn new sewing and embroidery techniques. Among the members are Cathy Baker, Patricia Castleberry, Joyce Stacey, Ann Chalker, Tara Hinton, Jo French, Louise Dixon, Marty Follis, Carmin Budziak and Chasity Gorlott. They meet at 9:30 a.m. on the 3rd Saturday of each month.
While their purpose in the beginning may have been to work on their own projects, it has evolved into including philanthropic activities through which they fulfill a need, but also express their heartfelt sympathy, love or caring for other people. "When we meet, we usually have a pre-planned project chosen during the previous month's class. If someone doesn't have something special in mind for the class, Joyce will choose a project and send out an email with necessary supply list," Pat Castleberry said.
One of their regular altruistic projects is called "Angel Babies." The group routinely designs, sews and delivers to area hospitals very tiny burial outfits for stillborn infants (some of the gowns are as small as Barbie doll dresses.) They include little blankets, tiny booties, caps. This is an ongoing program for the Sew N Sews. The women provide all the materials for their charitable projects, but ask that if anyone has a wedding dress they want to dispose of, they'd like to have it for the little outfits.
After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the group made and sent 75 "Angels of Peace" Christmas ornaments for families of those affected. And when the Tuscaloosa area was heavily damaged by tornadoes, they sewed 100 little girl "pillowcase" dresses.
"One of the most impressive things about this group," Castleberry said, "is how we all seem to agree when a charitable project is introduced, never anyone complaining or refusing to participate." And one of their most impressive projects has been a patriotic one. For six years, they've sewn and shipped 200 fleece caps annually to soldiers deployed to Afghanistan and other locations. The caps are worn under the soldiers' helmets for warmth.
The women said there is more to the Sew N Sews than just coming together to work on their personal or charitable projects. They are friends with a shared passion. As Pat Castleberry put it, "Working with this group of ladies is by far one of the most pleasurable things that I do--they are ALL so accommodating and helpful to each other."
The group is also grateful to Ty Hensley of American Sew & Vac. "He allows us to meet there without charge and occasionally has a Babylock educator or guest to introduce new products or techniques," Castleberry said.
Community Health Fair will be held at Georgetown-Chunchula United Methodist Church, Saturday, April 25, 2015
A Community Health Fair, free and open to the public, will be held at Georgetown-Chunchula United Methodist Church, 9775 Georgetown Chunchula Road, on Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The fair will include health screenings and other activities of interest to area residents.
Among the vendors scheduled to be on site are Alabama Orthopedic Clinic, Winn Dixie Pharmacy--Ziegler location, Semmes Pharmacy, Bonner Safety, Mobile County Sheriff's Office, Walmart Vision--Semmes location, Greater Mobile Urgent Care, Mission of Hope and Georgetown Fire Department.
There'll be a KIDS' ZONE with fun activities for children, and door prize drawings for both adults and children.
The church is collecting useable shoes, a fundraiser for the church and a humanitarian effort to provide shoes to people in need in other countries. For each pair of shoes a visitor brings, he or she will receive an extra door prize ticket (up to 10 extra.)
For more information, call Diane Baldwin, 251-243-2649.
Camp Bluebird for adult cancer patients was held April 8-10, 2015. Sponsored by Providence Hospital and AT&T Telephone Pioneers, the camp offers attendees "recreation, relaxation, crafts and activities, non-denominational worship services and the opportunity to openly discuss the experiences and emotions associated with cancer with other survivors," according to the camp's literature.
The name "Camp Bluebird" originated from the Telephone Pioneers of America’s project to conserve southeastern bluebirds. And on the last day of the camp, as a sign of hope, each camper has the opportunity to build a bluebird house to assist the Pioneers with this project.
The camp's website says that participants describe Camp Bluebird as a "'a wonderful experience, with upbeat people sharing their experiences with cancer and survival." Camp Bluebird is uplifting, not sad as one might think, organizers maintain--"Campers share lots of laughter, and a few tears, but the emphasis is on maintaining hope and a positive attitude." Family and close friends are invited to share the concluding luncheon.