Mobile Theatre Guild's "Barefoot in the Park" ends Sunday, May 1 with the matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.mobiletheatreguild.org/box.html, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone, 2514337513. The theater is at 14 N. Lafayette Street in midtown Mobile.
Playhouse in the Park will present "Charlotte's Web" at the theater, 4851 Museum Drive, Sunday,, 2:30 p.m. (and continuing weekends through May 8.) Call 251-602-0630 for reservations.
"Oklahoma!" will run Sunday, May 1 and continue next weekend, May 6, 7 and 8 at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street in Chickasaw. Friday and Saturday show times are at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. To make reservations, visit cctshows.com, call 251-457-8887 or email email@example.com.
Sunny Side Theater continues with "The Lion King" on Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. The performance is at the Moorer Center for Performing Arts on St. Luke's upper school campus at 1400 University Boulevard. Call 251-510-1808 for ticket information.
On Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the Environmental Studies Center will hold its Annual Spring Open House. Admission to the event is free, with a chance to enjoy a day of walking trails, native wildlife exhibits and wildlife presentations.
There will be exhibitors from area environmental organizations to inform visitors about various aspects of our area. Hotdogs, hamburgers, popcorn and baked goods will be available for purchase..
The Center is at 5101 Girby Road; parking is at nearby Burns Middle School. For more information, call 251-221-5000.
On Friday, May 6, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Turnerville Ladies Club will sponsor "Billy's N Bubba's Fabulous Fundraising Fish Fry" featuring catfish fillets, slaw, baked beans, bread, cookies and tea. Plates are $7 each, dine in or carry out. And one of the best features of this annual event is that the Ladies Club will deliver a minimum of 10 plates to your business if you give them a 24-hour-advance order.
The event is held each year at the Turnerville Community Center--Water and Fire Department, 11230 Celeste Road. Proceeds will benefit Turnerville Volunteer Fire Department, whose motto is "Protecting our Communities with Pride."
For information or to place an order, call 679-7783 or 689-2856.
The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation's 11th Annual Cocktails with the Critters fundraiser is Thursday, May 5, 6-9 p.m. at the Bluegill Restaurant on the Causeway, 3775 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort.,
Tickets are $50 in advance available from the Foundation office, by calling 251-605-6624 or visiting www.sealabfoundation.org. Tickets will be $55 at the door.
Organizers of Cocktails with the Critters describe this event as "an exciting evening overlooking Mobile Bay." For those seeking more thrills, "there will be a fantastic silent auction (and) the Bluegill Restaurant is pulling out all
the stops and will be serving fabulous and tasty hors d’oeuvres and wine and beer."
In addition, celebrated artist Stig Marcussen will be on hand to add color to his limited edition prints designed especially for Cocktails with Critters.
Entertainment will feature local singer/songwriter Ryan Balthrop and Friends. The silent auction will have many exciting and unique items ranging from original artwork to guided fishing trips in the Gulf to fabulous vacation properties. A detailed list will be included with the invitation.
For more information, call Helene Hassell, 251-605-6624.
Grand Bay Community Breakfast, held monthly on the last Saturday at 9 a.m., was April 30 at Grand Bay Community Center
Citizens for a Better Grand Bay Community Breakfast was Saturday, April 30 at the Grand Bay-St. Elmo Senior Community Center.
CBGB president, Aleta Boudreaux, reminded those present of the May 7th Barbecue and Used Book Sale to benefit the Grand Bay Library fund.
Judi Miller Poiroux, board member of the Grand Bay Volunteer Fire Department, gave a brief overview of activities at the VFD and noted that Fire District meetings are the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. at North
Station, Grand Bay Wilmer Road. All those interested are invited to attend the meetings.
The next Community Breakfast is May 28, 9 a.m. at the Community Center.
In photos are some of the 50+ who enjoyed the monthly Grand Bay Community Breakfast April 30th.
The 10th Annual "Fun With Water" Watercolor Contest, sponsored by Mobile Area Water & Sewer System, is an invitation to students in K-12 grades to "tap into their artistic side" and paint their favorite summertime activity involving water.
Entering the contest is easy: Pick up an official entry form at The Shoppes at Bel Air, MAWSS Park Forest Plaza at 4725 Moffett Road, MAWSS Midtown at 1060 Springhill Avenue or download at www.mawss.com.
Finished artwork can be dropped off in person at the above physical locations no later than May 13. Winners, including an overall winner, will be chosen from four categories--Grades K-2nd; 3rd-5th; 6th-8th and 9th-12th. All winners will receive $100 gift certificates to The Shoppes at Bel Air retail shops, with the grand prize winner and that artist's sponsoring school or organization receiving $250 gift certificates. Winners will be notified by June 27.
The artwork will be displayed at The Shoppes at Bel Air from May 27-June 12, 2016.
May is American Stroke Awareness Month, and on Thursday, May 12, 10 a.m.-noon, a Health Resources Workshop is scheduled at West Regional Branch Library, 5555 Grelot Road.
Computers (needed for the workshop) are limited, so those planning to attend should register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-460-6893 or at the Reference Department of the Library, 251-340-8561.
Barbecue, Boots & Badges, a fundraiser for Mobile County Law Enforcement Association is Friday, May 6, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., at Dickey's Barbecue Pit, 7721 Airport Boulevard, Ste. E100 in west Mobile.
All in-store donations to Dickey's Barbecue, Boots & Badges Foundation will benefit MCLEA and the undercover officer injured on April 1. No purchase is necessary to make a donation. Donations can be made at any of the six Dickey's Gulf Coast locations.
On Thursday, April 28, members and guests celebrated the 3rd Anniversary of Semmes Senior Center with a fish fry luncheon. Director Terry Dixon welcomed those present and Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson spoke briefly, noting that the success of the Center was a team effort and thanking the community for allowing her to be a part of that team. City of Semmes council members David Baker and Lawrence Webb also made brief comments before the group adjourned for a delicious dinner.
Pictured are a few of the many present at the event.
Thursday, May 5, is National Day of Prayer, and several communities have planned observances.
A Prayer Breakfast is scheduled at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road at 7:30 a.m. At Semmes, a National Day of Prayer observance will be held at Semmes Honor Park on Wulff Road at 11 a.m. May 5th and Creola and Dauphin Island have both set the observance at their respective City Halls at noon May 5.
The Saraland Christian Ministerial Association is hosting a time of prayer on May 5th at noon at the Saraland Veterans Memorial Park at Amelia Park next to the Army tank.
Gayle Williamson Crownover reports that Day of Prayer will be held in Baldwin Square in Satsuma on May 5th at noon. Lunch will be provided; the event is sponsored by First Baptist Church of Satsuma.
If your town, community, organization or church has a special observance of National Day of Prayer planned and would like it mentioned on community blog joannemcknight.com, email email@example.com with specifics.
Below is the latest information on the 3rd Annual Dragon Boat Festival, quoted from a press release from Adrienne Golden, Executive Director:
"Fuse Project is excited to announce that seventy-two (72) teams are registered to participate in their annual Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Seventy-two (72) teams is the maximum number that Fuse Project can accommodate for their one-day festival in June, which nearly doubles the number of teams from 2015. In January, Fuse Project announced that its third annual Dragon Boat Festival will move to Mobile’s Battleship Memorial Park.
"'As we suspected, the move to the Battleship has certainly allowed us to increase participation from 41 teams last year to 72 teams for this year’s festival; and we are thankful for all of the continued support we are receiving from our volunteers, teams and sponsors,' said Adrienne Golden, Fuse Project’s executive director. 'If additional teams would like to participate in the festival, we will allow them to register as an alternate for race day. Therefore, if a previously registered team decides to drop out in the next six weeks, we will allow the alternate team to step up and take their place. If you would like to donate to this year’s festival, please go to our website at www.fuseproject.org and help us exceed our goal of $200,000.'
"This year, Fuse Project announced its plans to refine the organization’s focus to hone in on projects that center on afterschool programs for kids of all ages in Mobile and Baldwin counties. According to Grant Zarzour, co-founder and chairman of the board, 'our goal is to ensure that all kids have access to an afterschool program that increases their overall quality of life and to foster a healthy family dynamic for the working parent(s) and their children.'
"Since its formation in 2012, Fuse Project has raised more than $300,000 and supported numerous causes that promote health, fitness, education and social responsibility of children along Alabama’s Gulf Coast. In the future, Fuse Project plans to grow beyond the annual Dragon Boat Festival through a number of opportunities that will engage young professionals with unique and creative fundraising events.
"Fuse Project is officially one of the largest Dragon Boat Festivals in the nation. If you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring the Dragon Boat Festival, please find more information on the website, www.FuseProject.org or contact Adrienne Golden at Adrienne@FuseProject.org."
About Fuse Project
Fuse Project is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded by eight young professionals from Mobile with a common belief that a big impact on the area’s children can be created by a small motivated group. The organization’s primary goal is to support tangible, realistic projects that promote health, fitness, education and social responsibility to further benefit children along Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Fuse Project supports existing philanthropies with specific project ideas, and grass-root efforts by motivated members of the community. Call 251.377.3484 or visit www.fuseproject.org to learn more about Fuse Project.
About Fuse Project’s Dragon Boat Festival
In 2014, Fuse Project introduced dragon boat racing to Mobile and Baldwin counties. Teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer and an experienced steerer race 250 meters in 46-foot authentic Hong Kong style dragon boats. Fuse Project’s Dragon Boat Festival is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event. In addition to watching the races, there will be food trucks, a petting zoo, a trackless train, a gyro gym, jumpies for children, pony rides, plus all of the wonderful exhibits of the Battleship. At their second annual Dragon Boat Festival in 2015, Fuse Project successfully raised more than $151,000, with funds benefiting children in the Mobile County Public School System, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama, Prichard Preparatory School, Soccer4Life and Fuse Camp at the Exploreum. To learn more, email Adrienne@FuseProject.org or register to participate here: http://fusedragon.causevox.com.
Satsuma artist Harriet Cain Gibson and Saraland artist Sherry Roy juried to participate in Watercolor Exhibition and Competition in Decatur, Alabama
Satsuma artist Harriet Cain Gibson and Saraland artist Sherry Roy juried to participate in Watercolor Exhibition and Competition in Decatur, Alabama
The annual Watercolor Society of Alabama 75th National Exhibition has announced that area artists, Harriet Cain Gibson of Satsuma and Sherry Roy of Saraland have been juried by Marilyn Hughey Phillis of Clairsville, OH to exhibit in this year’s 75th National Watercolor Juried Exhibition and Competition May 15-July 15. They will be among 110 artists from 19 US states selected to exhibit.
In a press release from the Watercolor Society of Alabama, it is noted that Janet Rogers of Ormond Beach, FL will judge the paintings, awarding more than $8,000 in prize money and merit awards. The Society’s exhibitions represent the best in the field of watercolor painting. Artists’ works will be available for purchase and commission during the two-month event. Rogers, AWS, is nationally known as a watercolorist, juror, educator and author, according to the press release. She will be conducting a three-day workshop at the Alabama Center for the Arts, Decatur, AL May 12-14, 2016. .
The Watercolor Society of Alabama has grown to be one of the premier and most prestigious art exhibitions in the United States. The Society is non-profit and is a national organization with a current membership of approximately 300 of whom 150 are Alabama residents. Shirley J. Tucker of Hartselle, Alabama currently serves as President, Chairman of the Board, and leads the Society. Jaceena Shepard of Town Creek, AL is serving as the organization’s Exhibition Director.
The 75th Exhibition’s $8,000 Awards Reception will be held at the Alabama Center for the Arts located at 133 2nd Ave NE, Decatur, Alabama. The opening reception, at 1 p.m. May 15, 2016 will be open to the public at no charge.
For more information about the Water Media Exhibition, contact Jaceena Shepard, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit the WSA web site at www.watercolorsocietyofal.org.
"Cocktails & Canvases," a fundraiser for Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, is planned for Friday, May 6, 6-9 p.m. in the Wheel Room (Top Floor) at Isle Dauphine Club, 100 Orleans Drive, Dauphin Island.
Participants will paint a fish, either realistic or abstract, with instruction by Master Artist Benno Kollegger. Cost is $37 including all materials, $30 if attendee brings his or her own supplies. Maximum canvas will be 11" X 14".
Space is very limited so paid reservations are required. Click on link Eventbrite.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cocktails-canvases-fundraiser-tickets-25003542268 (Service charge will be added) or visit the Dauphin Island Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard, Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or Sunday, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
DIHAC suggests that participants "Make an evening of it with dinner at Isle Dauphine Supper Club (serving until 10 p.m.) Cash bar is available.
This event is presented by Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council; for more information, visit DauphinIslandArts.com or Facebook.com/DauphinIslandArts.
The 2016 "Dunn with Cancer Crawfish Boil" is Saturday, May 7, 105 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. There'll be entertainment for both adults and children, and, on the menu will be alternative food options for those who do not eat crawfish.
Admission fee is $20 per person and $30 for a couple. Children's admission is $10 with those aged 10 and younger admitted free.
All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
From a field of six outstanding candidates, Sue Speights was named Satsuma Citizen of the Year 2015 at a banquet at Steele Creek Lodge on April 14. Speights was nominated for the honor by Satsuma Lions Club, who praised her willingness to volunteer in any capacity to improve the lives of her fellow citizens.
Much of Speights' time has been contributed to Friends for Satsuma Schools. Since the town created its own school system in 2011, FFSS has raised almost $40,000 for the high school and elementary school, primarily through the organization's signature fundraiser, SwampFest. As treasurer, she helped the group achieve its 501(c)(3) non-profit status, a task that involved many hours of paperwork. In addition, she organized the "Copycats," volunteers who aid Lee Elementary teachers by making copies for class work; she herself spends at least three days a week accomplishing that task.
Not above physical, dirty, hot outside work, Speights was actively involved in the cleanup of Satsumh High School and campus when the system was taken over by the city--trimming bushes and other yard work, steam washing the building and walks.
As a Satsuma Lion, of which she is a charter member, Speights works at the club's bucket drops (road blocks); decorates and cooks for special meetings; reads to second graders and recruits new members.
Speights is also a charter member of Satsuma Women's Club and helped with hosting two events for Satsuma's Centennial Celebration in 2015, the Old-Fashioned Southern Supper and the Southern Ladies Luncheon.
Speights was active in Mobile County Bicentennial Commission's History Fair; she is a faithful attendee of Satsuma First Baptist Church and was a member of the Satsuma Prime Time Library Club 2006-2011.
Sue Speights retired from the Corps of Engineers in 2003 after 37-1/2 years of service. She and her husband, Larry, have one son, Randy, who, with wife Christi, has two daughters, Katelyn and Callie.
Of her desire to volunteer in her community, Speights said, "I love volunteering because I believe we are all so blessed and need to give back to our community with our time, efforts and resources. A great deal of satisfaction can be derived from being a part of a project or cause, and seeing that project/cause benefit so many others. Volunteering is a way of life in Satsuma, and I am just one of many who enjoys doing so."
On Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Friends of the Grand Bay Library are hosting a Barbecue and Used Book Sale at the Grand Bay Library, Pottertract Road and Freeland Avenue. Dinner plates are $10 each; sandwiches are $6. Pit Master is Kimon Brown. Guests are invited to tour the library building, enjoy lunch and buy books! Organizers say there'll be "lots of cookbooks, children's books and novels at cheap prices."
The century-old Grand Bay State Bank building is being renovated into a branch of the Mobile Public Library, and funds are needed to apply to the renovation. One matching-funds grant from the Daniels Foundation of Alabama is for $50,000; so far, nearly $30,000 has been raised through fundraisers, grants and donations. Those who are interested in hosting a fundraiser--a bake sale, a potato bake, a yard sale--or in making a tax-deductible donation to apply to the Daniels Foundation grant have until June 15th to do so.
For information, contact Aleta Boudreaux, 251-656-4576 or visit www.friendsofgbl.org.
Shearie Archer of Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy reports that the SS Lucky Ducky Gala was "a great success" with almost 125 attending to raise money for medication for seniors with their medication.
"Ozanam Pharmacy," Archer said, "was created from a need in the community 19 years ago by a few good folks to help seniors over the age of 60 with their medication." Now, she said, "we provide close to 1,600 adult individuals residing in Mobile, Baldwin and Escambia counties with their medication. Last year we dispensed over 30,000 prescriptions with a retail value at $1.9 million . All of our services are at no cost."
About the Gala, Archer said, "It always great seeing people enjoy themselves while supporting Ozanam. (Atendees) danced to Ruff Water, ate great food and participated in an art auction and duck pond drawing to win baskets valued at more than $500."
The Lucky Ducky events serve as the primary fundraisers for Ozanam, which purchases more than $100,000 worth of generic medication a year to provide for patients who suffer from heart disease, diabetes and behavioral issues with medication.
"Keeping our patients connected to their medication eliminates their using the Emergency Room for primary health care. Every dollar collected from this event helps us to move our mission forward," Archer said.
Last Friday Art Night, sponsored by Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, is April 29, 6-8 p.m. at Dauphin Island Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island.
The public is invited to "Come to the Gallery and see what's new, includin the works of four new artists" as they enjoy food and drink, an art demonstration by Tamara Lindsay, shop for local art, browse the Heritage Gallery and socialize with friends and neighbors.
There'll be a door-prize drawing--ticket holder must be present to win. A $5 per person donation is requested to help cover expenses.
Call 251-861-3300 for more information.
Crawfish for a Cause in Mobile is Saturday, May 14 at The Grounds--Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door: Get yours today!
The 3rd Annual Crawfish for a Cause event to benefit the University of South Alabama's Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center is Saturday, May 14, noon-4 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road North, Mobile.
This family-friendly event includes all-you-can-eat crawfish, children's activities, live music and a silent auction.
All proceeds from ticket sales and auction items will be donated directly to the Burn Center, the only one of its kind in the region. Each year, the Arnold Luterman Burn Center admits more than 500 patients, making it one of the busiest in the nation.
Tickets are $25 each andcan be purchased online through Eventbrite.com or by calling 251-343-0534.
For more than 65 years, Our Lady of Lourdes has held a Spring Lawn Party on the grounds of the church. This year's event on Sunday, April 24 featured gumbo, chicken dinners and Polish sausage plates; a Green Thumb Plant Sale; a Tub of Cheer raffle; children's games and plenty of bingo prizes.
Pictured are a few scenes from the Lawn Party.