At the Friends of the Grand Bay Library meeting in April, several friends from the Grand Bay Stitchers quilting group donated a lovely panel quilt to be raffled for fundraising for the Grand Bay Library.
The quilt was donated in memory of Ruth Guidroz one of the members who recently passed away. Each member quilted a panel for the quilt they they all stitched them together.
The Grand Bay Stitchers have been quilting as a group for at least 6 years. The quilt will be on display at the Grand Bay Senior Center and raffled at the Grand Bay Watermelon Festival on July 4th.
Bayou Sara Baptist Church Vacation Bible School is June 9-13, 6-8:15 p.m. Early registration is open online at bayousarabaptist.org;, plus there will also be a registration event on June 1, 2019. VBS is for children ages 4-6th grade; There'll also be classes for adults. Bayou Sara Baptist Church is at 12 Bayou Sara Avenue, Saraland.
Vacation Bible School at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, 1507 Dauphin Street, is July 15, 8:45 a.m.-July 18, noon (time each day.) Youngsters are invited to this event for a summer Camp Adventure at Dauphin Way UMC. Campers that are rising K-4 through rising 6th graders are invited; there will be crafts, songs, snacks, games, and time for children to grow together in community with one another, along with loads of fun and memories that will last well beyond these four short days.
Summer Camp is June 17-26 at Alabama Contemporary Art Center, 301 Conti Street. For more information, or to register, email email@example.com.
Galas, Fun and Fundraisers, Cook-Offs, Special Events:
* From the Exploreum of the Gulf Coast, 65 Government Street, comes this message: Don't miss the breathtaking live performances by our visiting Mongolian artisans. Traditional dance, music, throat singing, and more taking place multiple times daily within the exhibit! To learn more about these topics and much, much more, make plans to visit the exhibit on its last stop in the U.S. Contact Nixon Noblitt for more information on groups at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* "Shrink the Divide 2019," hosted by The Pledge Group, is Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Cottage Hill Baptist Church, 4255 Cottage Hill Road. The event is a gathering for racial reconciliation. Tickets are by Eventbrite; General Admission Sales end May 6, 6 p.m.
* The 5th Annual Alabama seafood Cook-Off (ASCO) takes place with the 31st Annual Taste of the Bayou on May 1st, 2019. While the four fop finalists from around the state compete for the ASCO title, guests will have the opportunity to sample a variety of fresh seafood dishes. The event is presented by the Bayou La Batre Area Chamber of Commerce, the South Mobile County Tourism Authority, the Organized Seafood Association of Alabama and Alabama Coasting. The Celebration of the Taste of the Bayou will be held at the Bayou La Batre Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m. May 1st. General Admission Tickets are $10, VIP tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at the event ticket sales page.
* Celebrate Bellingrath Gardens & Home with Crafts, Games, Scavenger Hunts & Trivia--May 1-May 31 Theodore Oaks Branch, 5808 Highway 90 West, Suite E. Closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day Holiday. Theodore Oaks is delighted to partner with Bellingrath Gardens and Home during the month of May in celebration of the anniversary of Bessie Morse Bellingrath’s 141st birthday. A collection of stunning, visual images hand-picked by the staff at Bellingrath will be on display throughout the library. Visitors can enjoy a fun scavenger hunt, grab a trivia card to test their knowledge of famous landmarks in Mobile County, or color pictures of the Gardens. Children will receive a take-home flower craft, and Trivia participants will be entered for a chance to win a Family 4 Pack, courtesy of Bellingrath Gardens and Home! Activities can be done any time during the library hours of operation. Family 4 Pack drawing will be held June 1st. For more information, call 251-653-5012.
* Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation's "Cocktails with the Critters" is Thursday, Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6-9 p.m. at the Bluegill Restaurant, 3775 Battleship Parkway. This is the 14th Annual CWC fundraiser for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation. The event will include a silent auction, live music, hors d'oevres and beer and wine. Tickets available online at sealabfoundation.org.
* On May 2, Mobile Sports Hall of fame will honor 2019 inductees Luis Gonzales, Roy Patton, Nyla Shepherd, Danny Sheridan, Rick Trickett, and the late Rea Schusler. For tickets to the banquet on May 2nd at the Battle House Hotel, go to https://mobilesportshalloffame2019.bpt.me/
* The 6th Annual Hope Cup Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, May 2, 2019 (all day), at Mobile Country Club, 4101 Wimbledon Drive West. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and all proceeds from the tournament, presented by Springhill Toyota, will be used to fight melanoma and other skin cancers. The golf tournament is a four-person scramble with putting contests, prizes on every hole and a survivor hole. Players can register on Eventbrite. Registration is at 10:30 a.m., with a golfer’s lunch at 11 a.m. and shotgun start at noon. An awards presentation will follow the tournament. Proceeds will benefit the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Endowment at the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. For more information, contactg email@example.com.
* Crawfish For a Cause is Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 6 p.m. (as long as supplies last) at OK Bicycle Shop, 661 Dauphin Street. All proceeds go to Twiggins’ Man of the Year Campaign to help end blood cancer. A donation of $10 at the door is requested. Donations are also accepted online at https://pages.mwoy.org/al/sa19/twiggins. Crawfish will be cooked by Chef Ron Wiggins of the Grand Hotel. Music is by Rodger Fleshman, Kalyn Muller, Emily Stuckey and Vickey Bailey.
* On Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11 a.m.-1:55 p.m., a New Citizens Reception will be held at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile. The invitation to the public reads: Twice a year the Cosmo Ladies host a reception for the newest citizens of our country. This event is at the USS Alabama Battleship. Come out and help us welcome or newest neighbors. These individuals have gone through our country's process the proper way to become legal citizens and should be honored. Help us celebrate.
* St. Mary Catholic School Casino Night presents "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" on Saturday, May 4, 6 p.m. until...Tickets: General Admission tickets are $30 advance, $35 at the door and $25 for seniors. Special Dinner tickets are $100 each, admit two adults, and give an opportunity to take home a door prize of $10,000! (only 300 special dinner tickets available.) Sponsorships are welcome! And new this year, you can "tip" your dealer with all proceeds benefitting St. Mary Catholic School. And you may also take a chance on one of the many take home opportunities with the highlight this year, a Diamonds Drawing compliments of Hayes Jewelers. For more information or tickets, contact St. Mary Catholic School, 251-433-9904 or visit www.stmarymobile.org. St. Mary Catholic School is at 107 N. Lafayette Street, Mobile, AL
* Queens Day At The Races, hosted by Queens with Dreams, is Saturday, May 4, 2019, 2-5 p.m. at The Garage, 9 S Washington Avenue.
* The 12th Annual "Dunn" with Cancer Crawfish Boil is Saturday, May 4, noon-4 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. There will be alternative food choices for non-crawfish eaters, as well as entertainment for both children and adults. Admission is $20 per guest or $30 for a couple. Children's admission is $10 with those aged 5 or younger entering free. Proceeds from the event benefit American Cancer Society.
* The 70th Annual Blessing of the Fleet, St Margaret Parish - Bayou La Batre, 13790 S Wintzell Avenue, is May 4 and May 5. This fun-filled weekend will kick off on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10 a.m. and will wrap up on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 4 p.m. Admission is free and the event will include Alabama Gulf seafood, traditional Vietnamese Cuisine, a Gumbo Cook-off (Saturday only), Arts & Crafts Show, Decorated Boat Contest, Boat Cruises, Bingo, activities for children and more. Vendor Booth Space and Sponsorship Opportunities are available; contact Ellen Turner, Parish Office at 251-824-2415 or visit the website at: www.fleetblessing.org for additional information.
* "Local Goodness," presented by USA Children's & Women's Hospital and USA Health Strada Patient Care Center, is Sunday, May 5, 2019, 4-7 p.m. at USA Children's & Women's Hospital, 1700 Center Street. Local Goodness, a unique farm-to-table event, pays tribute to local cuisine, art and music while raising awareness and support for our mission of providing the highest quality healthcare for the children and women in this region. Tickets are $150 at giving.usahealthsystem.com. For more info at www.usahealthsystem.com/events/local-goodness.
* "Social Security: Timing is Everything Workshop" is Tuesday, May 7, noon-1 p.m. at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. NOTE: As you approach retirement, take time to determine how you’ll support yourself when your paycheck stops. Find out how you can optimize Social Security and determine how much you can expect to receive from other income sources. Facilitator is Christina Gibson with Thrivent Financial, a not-for-profit Christian organization. Registration is not required, but is strongly encouraged. For more details on the workshop or to register, please call 251-340-1458 or 251-340-1538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Volunteers of America Southeast (VOASE) will host the 4th Annual Beacon on the Bay on May 9, 2019. The free breakfast will be held in the Ministry Center located at VOASE’s corporate office, 1204 Hillcrest Road, Mobile, Alabama, 36695 and will start at 7:30 a.m. This year’s program highlight will be on VOASE’s Veterans Services. For more information about Beacon on the Bay, to RSVP for the breakfast, or to schedule a tour of a VOASE program, contact Amanda Gonzales at email@example.com or (251) 338-1297.
* Rock the Block, presented by The Mobile Rundown and The Steeple on St. Francis, is Friday, May 10, 2019 at 5:30-8:30 p.m. at The Steeple on St. Francis, 251 St. Francis Street in downtown Mobile. The public is invited to "Come party with us at a street party like none other! Rock the Block will be on Joachim St between St. Francis and Dauphin St. during ArtWalk. This family-friendly fun night will include food trucks, a fire truck for the kids to explore, entertainment, kids' activities, face painting, Frios and so much more! Come casual and ready to party. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Free admission. Open to the public and all ages are invited!"
* Crawfish for a Cause 2019 is Saturday, May 11, noon-3 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road North. This family friendly event offers fun for everyone and great food too! Ticket includes all you can eat crawfish and beverages for $30! Children aged 6-10 get in for $10 and those 5 and younger are admitted free. There will also be live music, children's activities and a silent auction. All proceeds raised from this event go directly to the University Hospital's Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center. Tickets are limited and presale only at Eventbrite; sales end May 8 at 6 p.m.
* Letter Carriers Food Drive is Saturday, May 11, 2019. Put your non-perishable donation in a bag by your mailbox and carriers will deliver it to Feeding the Gulf Coast.
* The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation Trustees invite the public to the Alabama premiere of "Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy." The event is Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center Ballroom. General Admission Doors Open at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for reception to meet filmmaker Mimi deGruy and admission to movie is $50 (Limited to 100 participants.) The Reception is from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. General Admission Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Proceeds for the event will go to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation to sustain the Mike deGruy scholarship. For more information, call 251-307-5903 or visit the website at sealabfoundation.org. DISLF is a 501 (c)( 3) organization- EIN # 46-0502262?
* Satsuma Schools' Retirement Brunch is Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Satsuma High School Library, 1 Gator Circle. All former school employees of Robert E Lee Elementary School and Satsuma High School are invited. RSVP to Marcelinia Summerlin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-380-8181.
* The 2nd Annual Jazz & Cocktails..Rx for a Cause, presented by Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy and Gardberg & Kemmerly, Attorneys at Law, is Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 5:30-9 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street. Tickets are $35 per person and $65 for couples. Tickets may be purchased at Ozanam Pharmacy, 109 S. Cedar Steet or at the door. The event will feature a silent auction, delicious appetizers and live jazz music performed by Alvin King and The Fifth K'nection Jazz Band, and also James "Milkshake" Patterson. Net proceeds will benefit Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy programs and services. Attire is dressy orbusiness The net proceeds from the event will directly go to all of our programs at Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy. For more information, contact 251.721.0458 / 251.432.4111 or visit our website at www.ozanampharmacy.org.
* UWSWA Is Accepting Nominations for the Heart of Gold Volunteer Awards. Do you know someone with a HEART OF GOLD? UWSWA is proud to honor its volunteers with the Heart of Gold Award, which recognizes volunteers for their dedication and service in the areas of education, health, financial stability or essentials. The engagement of the hundreds of individuals who volunteer with us each year is critical to the success of both UWSWA and its 48 partner agencies. Last year, the work of these volunteers was valued at more than a half a million dollars--money that was invested in programs and services that addressed our communities' needs. Deadline for nominations is May 17th. Online link to Mobile County’s nomination form: https://www.supersaas.com/form/UWSWAPrograms/Heart_of_Gold_2019_Mobile. Online link for the Choctaw, Clarke, and Washington counties’ form: https://www.supersaas.com/form/UWSWAPrograms/Heart_of_Gold_2019_Counties
* Dumas Wesley Community Center's Fourth Annual Plane Pull is Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Brookley Aeroplex, 2100 Aerospace Drive. For information, contact Joni Hendee, Dumas Wesley Community Center, 251-479-0649 or email@example.com.
* The 17th Annual St Mary's KOC Crawfish & Bluegrass Extravaganza is Saturday, May 18, rain or shine, on St. Mary Catholic School grounds, 1450 Old Shell Road. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. and event lasts 'til 8 p.m. Music is by Fat Man Squeeze. This an All you can Eat event and tickets are $20 (Pre Sale Only); $25 (Day of Event); and $15 Children Age 13-18. Those younger 12 enter free. Tickets are at Mobile Popcorn, St. Mary School or online at https://form.jotform.com/72744746199168.
* Explore Mobile! at Conde-Charlotte Museum House, 104 Theatre Street, is Sunday, June 2, 1-5 p.m. In conjunction with the Alabama Bicentennial Celebration, the City of Mobile’s tourist attractions have come together to celebrate. For information on other Explore Mobile venues, go to www.exploremobile.org.
* Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., an All-Class Reunion is scheduled at 3810 Wulff Road E. This year marks the 70th anniversary of Semmes School and the 20th birthday of Semmes Boys and Girls Club, which now occupies the school building. No RSVP needed.
* MoCoHi Class Reunion, classes 1938-1968 is at the Lighthouse Restaurant, 12495 Padgett Switch Road, Irvington on Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. This is a joint Mobile County High School Class Reunion for all who attended between 1938-1968. To RSVP, or for information, contact Maxine Webb-Pickering at 251-865-4495.
Events for Children/Teens/Families:
* 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center presents "Story Time: Froggy Learns to Swim" on May 7, 10-11 a.m. at the Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard. The story is followed by arts and crafts. The event is planned for children up to age 6, but all are welcome. Free, no registration required. Story Time is the first and third Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m.
* Alabama Contemporary Art Center has two events coming up May 9th--"Word Play" at Family Storytime at 10 a.m. at Ben May Main Library, and Kids Studio "Thank Goodness It's Thursday" for children aged 8-13 at 4-5 p.m. also at Ben May Main. For information, call 251-340-1507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The 46th Annual Grand Bay Watermelon Festival Queens Pageant will be held on Saturday, May 18th, with practice on Friday, May 17th. There are now 6 age categories, from age 4 (by July 4th) through age 18. Watermelon Festival Queens not only represent the Grand Bay Watermelon Festival on July 3rd and 4th, but also represent Grand Bay at other local events throughout the year. This is a wonderful opportunity for these young ladies to learn to be ambassadors for Grand Bay. After they graduate high school, they can go on to compete for the Alabama Watermelon Queen, which can include scholarships for college. Applications and other information is at http://grandbaywatermelonfestival.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2019-Queens-Pageant-Application.pdf
* Grand Bay Watermelon Festival Pretty Baby Contest is Thursday, July 4, 8:45-10 a.m. at Grand Bay Watermelon Festival, Taylor F Harper Boulevard, Grand Bay. For an application, send a message for a downloadable application; or send an e-mail to: email@example.com. For information on attire, age divisions, photos, fee and other Pretty Baby Contest notes, see event site.
* Oakleigh Belle Tea, hosted by Historic Oakleigh House Museum and Historic Mobile Preservation Society, is Saturday, May 11, 1-3 p.m. at Historic Oakleigh House Museum, 350 Oakleigh Place. The public is invited to jJoin the Oakleigh Belles for a Mothers Day Tea Party! Come enjoy tea and treats, a hat contest, tours of Oakleigh House Museum, a raffle of purses and more! All proceeds will benefit Historic Mobile Preservation Society and the Oakleigh House Museum. The outdoor event will be located in sunken garden on Oakleigh grounds. Admission is $25 for adults and free for children under 10. Limited child's tickets are available. For more information and tickets, go to www.historicmobile.org.
* Support the Gulf Coast Herb Society and come to Herb Day on Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m.-noon at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive. Featured Guest Speaker will be Chef Cory Garrison, Executive Chef, Grand Hotel. Please Note: MBG is the host venue for this event. All registration/ticket sales must go through The Gulf Coast Herb Society.
* Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m, is the 16th Annual Semmes Heritage Day at Semmes Heritage Park, 3851 Wulff Road. The day will be filled with family-friendly activities and events--City of Semmes Arbor Day Tree Giveaway, carriage rides, a Vintage Fashion Show, lunches at $5 a plate donation, and exhibits and demonstrations. Arts and Crafts Vendors are encouraged to participate. For information, call 251-604-6160.
* Tanner Williams May Day Festival is Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tanner Williams Community Park, 13001 Tanner Williams Road, Mobile. Those attending can enjoy a hotdog or burger beneath a shade tree, stroll through the sidewalk vendors, watch the craftworkers in action, cheer on their favorite pageant contestant, participant in the Pie Drop Bingo or dance along with the student counsel as they open with the celebratory May Pole Dance. For more information on being a vendor or participating in the pageant or baseball game, see the event FB page.
* Citronelle Surrender Oak Festival is Saturday, May 4, 7 a.m. at 19000 Center Street. Visitors can find a variety of activities to interest all ages: demonstrations and exhibits of old-fashioned crafts; children's area with face-painting, Jumpy Houses, Touch a Truck; Civil War re-enactments.
* The Inaugural Mobile River Food & Music Festival, hosted by Mobile River Food & Music Festival and A Servant's Love, Inc., is Sunday, May 5, 2019, 2-7 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park, Water Street. This event will highlight local restaurants and chefs, and include exciting musical performances from local artists. Featured performers include Roman Street, Yo Jonesy, SoFree (University of Mobile Ensemble) and The Jazz Studio (Program of the Mobile Big Band Society). Food vendors include Villa Del Rey, Chef Cecil Morris with Salvation Army, and more. Our “VIP Experience” will be hosted by Naman’s Catering. Tickets and other information is at event site.
* Creek Fest 2019 is Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tricentennial Park, 2121 Lake Drive, Mobile. The event will be a free, family-friendly celebration, including a Fun Run, a cane pole fishing tournament (16 and younger), music, kayak rides, door prizes and educational exhibits. Join the Boy Scouts of America, Mobile BayKeeper, Alabama Power Company, City of Mobile, Mobile County EMA, LifeSouth, Mobile ARC, MAWSS, The Mobile BayBears, Mobile County Sheriff Office and others in this celebration.
* Grand Bay Watermelon Festival is July 3, 3-7 p.m. and July 4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Grand Bay Watermelon Festival Park, Taylor F Harper Boulevard, Grand Bay. This is the 46th Annual Watermelon Festival, a family fun event with all the free, sliced, ice cold watermelon one can eat (but only on the 4th; tThe watermelon will be chilling on the 3rd) Free admission on the 3rd and just $5 per vehicle on the 4th. Information and applications, such as vendors, sponsors and Festival Queens, are at www.grandbaywatermelonfestival.org.
* URBAN WILD - Opening Reception, hosted by Alabama Contemporary Art Center, 301 Conti Street, is Friday, May 10, 2019, 6-9 p.m. More information is at www.alabamacontemporary.org. Generous funding for Urban Wild and related programming is provided by Mobile County Commission, City of Mobile, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, and Alabama Arts Alliance.
* "Pastel Painting with Sharon Martin" is scheduled for Thursdays, through May 16, 1-4 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Soft Pastels are pure pigment which create velvety, vibrant color. In this class, students will explore their versatility and experiment with a variety of supports in an array of colors from lightly textured paper to sanded paper. For more information, visit mobilemuseumofart. .
* Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, is offering "Unguided Studio Time: Figure Drawing" on Thursdays, April 25-May 23, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students can enjoy unguided studio time to create artwork in their choice of medium from a live model. Each week will feature a different model for a fresh and inspiring experience each session. Bring your favorite supplies and get ready to create in this relaxing communal environment.
* "The Art of Seeing with Matilde Tellaetxe" will be Thursdays, May 16 - June 27, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Students can register for Individual weeks: $30/$20 members, per week OR Register for all seven weeks: $175/$120 members. The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the most important concepts of two-dimensional design utilized in drawing, painting, photography, and other art forms. Each session will feature a short lecture with hands-on activities and examples in the galleries. Supplies are included. For more information, visit mobilemuseumofart. . For more information, visit mobilemuseumofart. .
Arts & Crafts (including quilting and sewing):
* A Yarn Club meets every Thursday at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, Grand Bay. Participants can learn to crochet and other yarn crafts. They're asked to bring their own hooks.
* Grand Bay Quilting/Sewing Group meets every Tuesday at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, Grand Bay. Beginners and seasoned quilters will meet to share ideas and want to join like-minded folks who just love to create beautiful quilts and more. Come when you can stay as long as you like.
* The Azalea City Quilters’ Guild presents Festival of Quilts 2019: “Fantasy of Quilts” at Abba Shrine Center May 3 and 4. For information, see azaleacityquiltersguild.org.
* St. Margaret's Ladies Sodality Blessing of the Fleet Quilt, both a tradition and work of art, will be raffled at the Bayou La Batre Blessing of the Fleet, May 4 and 5. A drawing will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday. For information, call the Parish Office at 251-824-2415 or visit the website at: www.fleetblessing.org for additional information.
* On the first Tuesday of each month (May 7), Humana Insurance on Airport Boulevard near I-65 and O'Charley's, is hosting a quilting time, 9 a.m.-noon, to encourage their employees and community members to get involved in service projects, particularly Quilts of Valor. Contact Joyce Reed at Lsubookwrm@hotmail.com for more info. or for other sewing dates for charity quilts in our community.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens Market Place, 5151 Museum Drive, will be open at 9 a.m. on the following Saturdays--May 4, May 11, May 18. Visitors can "Find great plants and great advice at our Saturday morning MarketPlace, located at the end of our parking lot," according to MBG.
* An Evening Garden Stroll through Bellingrath Gardens to celebrate National Public Gardens Week will be Thursday, May 9, 2019, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Gardens, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore. Admission to the Stroll is only $10 and "strollers" can enjoy a demonstration on spring floral arrangements and container gardening from Bellingrath's Display Coordinator, Barbara Smith. There’ll have complimentary wine and cheese in the Gift Shop, along with samplings of the tasty treats on the shelves. The Gift Shop will be fully stocked with perfect presents for Mother’s Day. Additional information about National Public Gardens Week is available at https://www.publicgardens.org/programs/national-public-gardens-week/about-national-public-gardens-week. When you visit the website, do a search for Bellingrath Gardens and Home to download the coupon for a 20% discount in our Gift Shop! (This coupon is only for use on May 9, the day of the Evening Garden Stroll.) Don't miss our annual Rose Sale in the Gift Shop Greenhouse.
* Auditions for "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" are Monday and Tuesday, April 29 and April 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street. If you are unable to attend the auditions at the dates and times listed above, email the stage director to arrange another time no later than Tuesday, April 30. For more questions or more information please contact the Stage Director, Stacey Driskell: firstname.lastname@example.org
* The April 30, 1 p.m. Matinee @ the Main (Ben May Main Library) is "Creed II." The film runs 117 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-340-1458.
* "Movie Tuesday" at Parkway Branch Library, April 30, 3:15 p.m. is "The Jungle Book." For information, call 251-470-7766.
* "Notable Thursday Nights - The New Classics" movie at Ben May Main Library at 5 p.m. May 2 is "Drive." For more information, call 251340-1458.
* Playhouse-in-the-Park, 4851 Museum Drive, presents "Tom Sawyer" May 3-May 19, 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Reservations can be made at 251-602-0630 or online at playhouseinthepark.org/box-office.
* Marvelous May movie at Ben May Main Library on May 7,1 p.m. is "Glass," in which David Dunn hunts down the Beast, as Mr. Glass begins to put his own plans into action. The film runs 110 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-340-1458.
* Tuesday film at Parkway Branch Library, May 7, 3:15 p.m. is "Inception." For more information, call 251-470-7766.
* Mobile Mystery Dinners' next production is "Next of Kin." There will be two performances. Saturday, May 11, 7 p.m. in Bellingrath Hall of Central Presbyterian Church, (corner of Ann and Dauphin Streets, Across the Street from Math & Science School) Go to www.mobilemysterydinners.com to make reservations for THIS date. The second performance is Friday, May 17, 7 p.m. at Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street. Email Lisa Russell at the Hotel to make reservations for THIS date at email@example.com. Call 251-865-7398 for more information.
* Chickasaw Civic Theatre's "Guys and Dolls" opens on Friday, May 17 and runs weekends through June 2. Performances on Friday and Saturday are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinee is at 2 p.m.. The theater is at 801 Iroquois Street. The play is directed by Mary Jo Alsip. It is adapted from a book by Joe Swerling and Abe Burrows with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. For reservations, go to cctshows.com or call 251-457-8887.
Book Clubs/book signings/recitations/writings:
* "Writing Your World and the World Around You"--WIN - Writers In Nature Series--is a 6-week class taught by Poet Laureate of Alabama (2003 - 2012), Sue B. Walker on Wednesdays through May 22, 10 a.m.-noon. This writing class will focus on "expanding your writing – whether that be the book you are writing or what you are writing for the week. We will look at a few new possibilities – writing a brief essay, writing a fable, writing a fairy tale. What do you imagine Little Red Riding Hood is up to these days? And of course possibilities related to poetry – The Found Poem. There might be one at the grocery store, at the dentist’s office, at the post office or in your own back yard. And other surprises that will tickle your muse." Call 251-342-0555 to register or for more information.
* On April 29, 6:30 p.m., readers in the Classics Revisited Book Club can Reconnect with the Classics with "Deliverance" by James Dickey. The Club meets at Ben May Main Library. For more information, call 251-340-1541 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and on Monday the 29th at 6:30 p.m., "It Must Schwing, the Blue Note Story" will be presented by MOJO (Mystic Order of Jazz Obsessed), the Mobile Jewish Film Festival and the Mobile Public Library. This is a special screening of the jazz documentary, "It Must Schwing, the Blue Note Story.” This event will be at Ben May Main Library. Tickets can be purchased at the door; $10 adults; $5 students with ID.
* University of Mobile’s RamCorps will perform Michael W. Smith’s “Picture Perfect/Love One Another” for the upcoming show “Celebrating the Music of Michael W. Smith: 35 Years of Friends” on April 30. For more information, visit umobile.edu/asota or call 251.442.2222.
* On Saturday, May 4, 2019, 7-10 p.m., the Disciples of the Crow will be playing a FREE family-friendly waterfront foncert (made possible by The Lighthouse Restaurant, Thomas Roofing, and Atwater Deisel) at the 70th Annual Blessing of the Fleet. The Disciples of the Crow play everything from 1920's swing music to today's top 40 hits. Bring your chairs, blankets, and bug spray to enjoy this sunset concert at the water's edge of St. Margaret Parish, 13790 S Wintzell Avenue, Bayou La Batre. Food and beverages will NOT be sold at this portion of the Blessing of the Fleet.
* The Town of Dauphin Island has announced the 2019 Sunday Sunset Concert Series with the first concert being The Swing Band on May 5, 5:45-7:45 p.m. inside Fort Gaines Historic Site. Admission is only $5 per person and those 12 and younger are free.
STAR WARS EVENTS:
* May the 4th Be with You! an event for all ages is Saturday, May 4, 1-5 p.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. The public is invited to celebrate Star Wars with a costume contest, Star Wars Bingo game, snacks and a Clone War Marathon. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email email@example.com.
* Star Wars Day!--Escape Room & Movies is planned at Ben May Main Library on Saturday, May 4, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.. Those who attend Star Wars Day can test their puzzle-solving skills in the Star Wars Escape Room and win a small keepsake. The team with the best time gets custom lightsabers. Then they can go into the theater for back to back showings of the latest Star Wars films. Escape Room begins at 9:30 a.m. Films begin at 1 p.m. Registration is required for Escape Room (Teens & Adults.) For more information or to register for Escape Room, call 351-340-1458.
* Star Wars Family Day at Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government Street, is Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This fun-filled day celebrating "May the Fourth Be With You" includes many activities and guests are encouraged to wear appropriate costumes. For additional information, go to www.exploreum.com.
Chambers of Commerce:
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Luncheon is Wednesday, May 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson will be Guest Speaker. At this monthly business meeting, 2018-2019 T.A.L.L. students will be honored. In addition, Small Business of the Year will be announced from the three finalists: Servpro of South Mobile County, W.C. Griggs Elementary School and Boys & Girls Club of South Alabama.
The luncheon business sponsors are Payroll Vault and Integrity IT Services and will be catered by Georgia Roussos Catering. Lunch is $12 for members and $15 for guests. RSVP to 251.666.2488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce is Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Stone Ridge at Somerby Park, 1200 Somerby Drive, Mobile. There is no charge and reservations are not needed.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce's Coffee with the Chamber" is Tuesday, May 21, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. There's no cost to attend: don't forget to bring your business cards to this event sponsored by Touching Hearts Senior Care.
Runs, Walks, biking, cycling events and paddles:
* "Run The Roses...For Our Veterans," hosted by Christina Gibson--Thrivent Financial, is Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6-10 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street. Tickets are at rw-beta.atomtickets.com. All proceeds from this fundraising event will go toward the refurbishing of the old school located at 1200 Spring Hill Rd. The Veterans Recovery Resources organization (501C3) is in the process of rehabbing that facility. They will be turning it into a residential-rehabilitation location for our veterans. They already have an active out-outpatient facility next door. Call or email FR Christina Gibson with any questions. Phone: 251-259-5009, Email: Christina.Gibson@Thrivent.com.
* On Friday, May 3, 2019, 5-8 p.m., Alma Bryant High School in Irvington will celebrate 20 years (1999-2019) during the 2019 Walk for Hope on Bryant High School Football Field. All graduating classes, 1999-2018 are invited to return and reunite with former classmates and teachers. Each class will have a specific tent and designated area and we hope to have every class represented
* The public is invited to Delta Dogs' 2nd Annual Mobile Hobby Horse Derby, Sunday, May 5, 2019, 1-6 p.m. at Cathedral Square,300 Conti Street. This event is a fun competition for the whole family. Hop on your hobby horse, dress in your best race day costume, and compete to be top "dog" in Mobile. Early registration tickets will be live through April 24 at 11:59 p.m. They are $20 and can be obtained through Eventbrite. Proceeds will benefit Delta Dogs, a non-profit, community-supported organization that helps provide free spay and neuter and veterinary healthcare to the pets of people living below the poverty line in the Mobile, Alabama.
* R4R Scavenger Hunt, hosted by Riders 4 Riders, is Sunday, May 5, 2019, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The annual scavenger hunt immediately follows the monthly meeting at County Line. Stops include Little River Marina, The Bunker, The Main Event and Boondocks. You do not have to ride a motorcycle to participate or come to this event.
* The Butt Out!! Colon Cancer Ride is Saturday, May 11, 2019, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mobile Bay Harley-Davidson, 3260 Pleasant Valley Road, Mobile. This is a benefit ride for Jennifer Rogers and colon cancer awareness. Registration will start at 11 a.m. at Mobile Bay Harley. A police escorted ride to Bob's Downtown Diner will leave at 12:30 p.m..
* RUN RIDE SCOUT 5K, Duathlon & 1-Mile Fun Run is Saturday, May 11, 2019 at USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. The 5K Race & Duathlon begins at 7 a.m. 1-mile Family Fun Run starts at 7:05 a.m. For information, go to https://www.facebook.com/RunRideScout/
* Port City Pacers's "Do it in the Bush 5K" is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. at Medal of Honor/Cottage Hill Park. The 5K Cross-Country course is on the trails of Medal of Honor Park. The course has tree roots, rocks, and mud (depending on the weather) - nature's obstacle course. The event benefits Port City Pacer Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit Port City Pacers website.
* The Blue Star Salute Foundation Inc. and the South Alabama Veterans Council will also host its 6th Annual Memorial 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run for Alabama's Fallen Heroes and its Armed Forces Day Celebration/15th Annual Blue Star Salute on Saturday, May 18, 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway.. The run will begin at 7 a.m. and the Celebration/Salute will begin at 10 a.m. For more information, see www.armedforcesdaymobile.com.
* Bikers for Boobs of Lower Alabama is Sunday, May 19, 2019, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Boondocks Bar & Grill, 10210 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. Fee is $25 per hand, which includes event T-shirt and Late Lunch. There will be live and silent auctions, a raffle, a 50/50 and live music with Level Up and more. 14th Annual Benefit and Dice Run with all proceeds going to Victory Health Partners and Mitchell Cancer Institute.
* Superhero Fun Run, Community Resource Fair and Family Fun Day is Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Grand Bay Community Center and Sunny South Raceway, 11610 Highway 90.
* Genghis Khan: The Great Civilizer is on exhibit at the Gulf Coast Exploreum through April 28th. The Exploreum invites visitors to take a journey back in time with one of history's most prolific and controversial figures: Genghis Khan. Through artifacts, performers, artwork, and other historically significant items, discover the eye-opening story of the world's most well-known conqueror, civilizer and innovator. Exhibit Highlights: Live Mongolian performers and artisans; more than 300 artifacts from 13th century Mongolia; rare and sophisticated weapons, jewels, and ornaments; authentic costumes and masks.
* Tristan de Luna y Arellano Historic Marker Unveiling, hosted by USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park and Tristan de Luna Chapter DAR, is Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9:30-10:30 a.m at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway. The public is invited to join the Tristan de Luna Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution for the unveiling and dedication of the Tristan de Luna y Arellano historic marker. The event will take place on the grounds of Battleship Memorial Park. $4 parking fee per car.
Auto Shows and Events:
* 6th Annual Dauphin Island Sunset Cruise Car Show, hosted by Town of Dauphin Island, is Saturday, May 25, 2019, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Green Park (next to Ship & Shore), Dauphin Island.
* Classic Ladies Luncheon celebrating the ladies of Tanner Williams, past and present, is Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 11 a.m. at Tanner Williams Historical Society, Tanner Williams.
* A Free One-Day Workshop, "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, is Monday, April 29, 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Semmes Regional Library, 9150 Moffett Road, Semmes. For information, call 251-706-4633.
* Members of Connie Hudson Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a dance on Friday, May 3, 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $5.
* Chickasaw Senior Adult Canoe Rides at Bill Brooks Park will be Friday May 3 at 11 a.m. Call for details 251-452-6464.
* Chickasaw Senior Lunch Outing is Friday, May 3, Bea's Snack Shop/Canoe Rides. Call Stephanie Stewart, 251-452-6464 for details.
* Chickasaw Seniors Early Bird Breakfast will be Monday, May 6, 7:30 a.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center. Cost is $3.
* Market in the Park, with growers and other vendors, began April 27 at Cathedral Square and May 30 at Lavretta Park--7:30 a.m.
* Chickasaw Market Day is Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. at Chickasaw Housing Authority.
* 1st Sunday Outdoor Market at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center is Sunday, May 5, 2019, noon-4 p.m. at the Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard. The Market features local arts & crafts, farmers' market, and outdoor-themed items from the 5 Rivers Cypress Gift Shop. Note 1 from 5 Rivers: Heads up, we're taking off for the summer! May 5th will be the last Outdoor Market until September 1st, at which point they will continue regularly for the rest of the year. Note 2 from 5 Rivers: Attention vendors: If you are interested in participating in the event, go to https://www.outdooralabama.com/5-rivers-al-delta-resource-center/5-rivers-cypress-gift-shop-and-welcome-center
* Mobile Museum of Art Night Market starts June 6th. Vendors Application Open--Deadline: Sunday, May 12. MMoA note: Night Market is a retail event for local artists and artisans to sell their wares. We focus on vendors of handmade, and original crafts of all kinds. Apply today to be a vendor at our next market on June 6. For more information, visit mobilemuseumofart.
* Save a Stray BBQ Fundraiser, hosted by Fired Up, Inc and Personal Edge Fitness, is Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Personal Edge Fitness, 513 W I-65 Service Rd N, Mobile. The supporters of Save a Stray will be selling be selling Fired Up brown sugar & honey baby back ribs for $25 per slab to raise funds to help the dogs and cats in our area find foreever homes.
* Mobile Ballet 2019 Summer Camps offers classes in ballet, crafts, storytime and performance (June and July.) For information, go to www.mobileballet.org or call 251-342-2241.
* Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 US Highway 90, Grand Bay, Alabama will be the place for Summer 2019 Children's Program. Beginning Wednesday, June 5, 9 a.m.-noon, the program will offer themed activities.
* Art Blast Summer Art Camp at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, is June 10 - July 26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration is now open! With classes for 4-7 year olds, 8-11 year olds and 12 and up, there is truly something for everyone in the wide variety of art offered throughout the summer. Ceramics, painting, and drawing in all styles inspire students to energize their creativity, while learning about elements of art and art history. For more information, visit mobilemuseumofart.
* The Playhouse-in-the-Park Summer Theatre Crafts Camp is an excellent introductory experience for girls and boys ages 5-11. Offered at the theatre in Langan Park, the camp sessions include a full range of Theatre Arts. Three teachers will cover acting, musical theatre, scene and costume design, dance and puppetry. CAMP DATES ARE JUNE 3 AND JUNE 10, 2019, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-to noon. The cost for each WEEKLY session is $150, or students may choose BOTH SESSIONS for $270. There are also discounts for multiple siblings. TO REGISTER, send a $25 down payment check payable to Playhouse-in-the-Park, include child’s name, age, the week or weeks desired, and mail to Playhouse-in-the-Park Summer Theater Craft Camp at P.O. Box 8145, Mobile, Alabama 36689. For more information call Danny Mollise at 251-422-5434 or find us on Facebook
National Day of Prayer:
* On Thursday, May 2, 2019, 7-8 a.m., SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, 5055 Carol Plantation Road, will observe the National Day of Prayer with Breakfast. The breakfast is free, but those who plan to attend should RSVP 251.666.2488 or email@example.com.
* Semmes community will have a National Day of Prayer Observance at Honor Park at 9 a.m. May 2nd.
* The Town of Dauphin Island will observe National Day of Prayer at noon, May 2, on the front lawn of Town Hall. Everyone is invited to the 15-20 minute ceremony.
* At the After School Special at West Regional Library on May 3, 3:30 p.m., children can make a beautiful Mother's Day card for their mom. Snacks will be provided. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* At Teen Tuesdays in the Teen Spot! at West Regional Library, May 7, 4-5:30 p.m., teens can create a Washi Tape Mother's Day Card. Supplies and snacks wil be provided. For more information, call 251-340-8571 or email email@example.com.
* Oakleigh Belle Tea, hosted by Historic Oakleigh House Museum and Historic Mobile Preservation Society, is Saturday, May 11, 1-3 p.m. at Historic Oakleigh House Museum, 350 Oakleigh Place. The public is invited to join the Oakleigh Belles for a Mothers Day Tea Party! Come enjoy tea and treats, a hat contest, tours of Oakleigh House Museum, a raffle of purses and more! All proceeds will benefit Historic Mobile Preservation Society and the Oakleigh House Museum. The outdoor event will be located in sunken garden on Oakleigh grounds. Admission is $25 for adults and free for children under 10. Limited child's tickets are available. For more information and tickets, go to www.historicmobile.org. Must RSVP to attend. Contact Oakleigh staff with inquiries at (251) 432-1281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* A Mother’s Day Experience, hosted by Bienville Bites Food Tour, is Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. at The Pillars, 1757 Government Street. Bienville Bites is offering an one-time, exclusive event at The Pillars with restaurants such as The Cheese Cottage and Von's Bistro. Guests will sit back and enjoy a three course meal while taking in the beautiful scenery The Pillars. Bienville Bites says that "This is unlike any food tour we've ever done since we bring the food to you in one stop while making memories with family and friends."
* On Sunday, May 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m., the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra and Bellingrath Gardens and Home will present their Annual Mother’s Day Evening Concert on Live Oak Plaza. Attendees can enjoy a late afternoon of music surrounded by the beauty of the Gardens. Limited seating will be provided, but visitors are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs. For more information, see www.bellingrath.org.
* Mother's Day Brunch at Dauphin's, RSA Trustmark Building, 107 St. Francis Street, is Sunday, May 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Chef Zucker will be serving brunch favorites like Alabama Gulf Shrimp & Grits, Bananas Foster French Toast, Chicken & Waffles and more. For full menu, visit godauphins.com/brunch. Reservations are not required but highly recommended. Reservations can be made online through OpenTable (opentable.com/r/dauphins-mobile), by phone at 251-444-0200, or email at email@example.com.
How Nice/Thank You/Good Job/Congratulations:
* Congratulations: Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council has announced that Gigi Hackford has joined the Gallery as a Member Artist. The Gallery is at 918 Bienville Boulevard, the Lighthouse building
* How Nice!! On Wednesday, April 24, the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department officially donated a ladder truck to the St. Elmo-Irvington Volunteer Fire Department. From Mayor Stimpson's newsletter: "Our mission is to become the safest city in America, and we want to make sure our neighbors are safe too. We are proud to be able to help the firefighters of St. Elmo-Irvington protect their communities by providing this resource."
* Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Semmes Woman's Club officers: Dani Dyess, President; Vecie Tait, Vice President; Gwen Pritchard, Recording Secretary; Melissa Marks, Corresponding Secretary; Linda Smith, Treasurer; and Cheryl Albert, Parliamentarian.
* How nice!! Saraland Woman's Club collected 7lbs 15oz of pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
* Thanks! The 5th Annual Caring for Caryn's Kids Run on Saturday, April 20, netted $3,500, which will benefit the Caryn's Kids 2027 Scholarship Fund. The annual event honors the memory of Caryn Hyatt-Suthoff, a first-year kindergarten teacher at Dodge Elementary School who lost her battle with cancer on December 12, 2014. Run organizers send a big "Thank You" to all who supported the effort.
* Good News for Bayou La Batre: Lightning Point Shoreline Restoration (from Nature.org post. See post on blog joannemcknight.com Nature.org full story) A public-private partnership has come together to restore Bayou la Batre's waterfront with breakwaters, wetland restoration and more. One of Alabama’s most iconic landscapes, the seafood capital of Alabama, and a town steeped in southern history with a dash of French and even Southeast Asian influence. Bayou La Batre is an American landmark, and one that is also under threat.
* Congratulations, Saraland Woman's Club, who won 1st place for the scrapbook of club activities and information.
Save a Stray BBQ Fundraiser, hosted by Fired Up, Inc and Personal Edge Fitness, is Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Personal Edge Fitness, 513 W I-65 Service Rd N, Mobile. The supporters of Save a Stray will be selling be selling Fired Up brown sugar & honey baby back ribs for $25 per slab to raise funds to help the dogs and cats in our area find forever homes
Satsuma Schools' Retirement Brunch is Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Satsuma High School Library, 1 Gator Circle. All former school employees of Robert E Lee Elementary School and Satsuma High School are invited. RSVP to Marcelinia Summerlin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-380-8181.
Rock the Block, presented by The Mobile Rundown and The Steeple on St. Francis, is Friday, May 10, 2019 at 5:30-8:30 p.m. at The Steeple on St. Francis, 251 St. Francis Street in downtown Mobile. The public is invited to "Come party with us at a street party like none other! Rock the Block will be on Joachim St between St. Francis and Dauphin St. during ArtWalk. This family-friendly fun night will include food trucks, a fire truck for the kids to explore, entertainment, kids' activities, face painting, Frios and so much more! Come casual and ready to party. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Free admission. Open to the public and all ages are invited!"
Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 US Highway 90, Grand Bay, Alabama will be the place for Summer 2019 Children's Program. Beginning Wednesday, June 5, 9 a.m.-noon, the program will offer themed activities.
SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Luncheon is Wednesday, May 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Luncheon is Wednesday, May 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson will be Guest Speaker.
At this monthly business meeting, 2018-2019 T.A.L.L. students will be honored. In addition, Small Business of the Year will be announced from the three finalists: Servpro of South Mobile County, W.C. Griggs Elementary School and Boys & Girls Club of South Alabama.
The luncheon business sponsors are Payroll Vault and Integrity IT Services and will be catered by Georgia Roussos Catering. Lunch is $12 for members and $15 for guests. RSVP to 251.666.2488 or email@example.com.
5 Rivers Delta Resource Center presents "Story Time: Froggy Learns to Swim" on May 7, 10-11 a.m. at the Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard. The story is followed by arts and crafts. The event is planned for children up to age 6, but all are welcome. Free, no registration required. Story Time is the first and third Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m.
Lightning Point Shoreline Restoration (from Nature.org post. )
A public-private partnership has come together to restore Bayou la Batre's waterfront with breakwaters, wetland restoration and more.
One of Alabama’s most iconic landscapes, the seafood capital of Alabama, and a town steeped in southern history with a dash of French and even Southeast Asian influence. Bayou La Batre is an American landmark, and one that is also under threat.
Read our press release announcing the Lightning Point project.
Together with the City of Bayou La Batre, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Mobile County, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, The Nature Conservancy is committed to protecting and preserving this iconic town. The Lightning Point restoration project will revitalize the locally important waterfront area by restoring, enhancing, and protecting the shoreline habitats and providing improved community access for recreation and fishing opportunities.
A VISION FOR RESTORATION
The Lightning Point project is designed to achieve multiple restoration goals for the Bayou La Batre coastline.
Shoreline Protection: Construct 1.5 miles of overlapping, segmented breakwaters along the shoreline on both sides of the navigation channel to provide a buffer from waves and boat wakes. Construct two jetties (700-800ft long) at mouth of channel to maintain access to the navigation channel for all types of vessels, from commercial shrimp boats to manufactured pilot boats to recreational bay boats.
Habitat Creation: Create approximately 40 acres of marsh, tidal creeks, and upland habitats that support a wide range of fish, shellfish, and birds.
Managed Access: Complement the City of Bayou La Batre’s Master Plan for the City Docks area with walking paths and a lookout point for community use and enjoyment of the site. Design a low-impact parking lot employing green-infrastructure techniques, such as pervious pavers, bioretention cells, and bioswales, to aid in stormwater management to improve water quality in the area (funding TBD).
Beneficial Use of Dredged Material: Utilize dredged material beneficially to create marsh habitat and use thin-layer deposition to build and nourish the marsh for decades to come.
Mobile Ballet 2019 Summer Camps offers classes in ballet, crafts, storytime and performance. For information, go to www.mobileballet.org or call 251-342-2241.
1st Sunday Outdoor Market at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center is Sunday, May 5, 2019, noon-4 p.m. at the Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard. The Market features local arts & crafts, farmers' market, and outdoor-themed items from the 5 Rivers Cypress Gift Shop.
Note 1 from 5 Rivers: Heads up, we're taking off for the summer! May 5th will be the last Outdoor Market until September 1st, at which point they will continue regularly for the rest of the year.
Note 2 from 5 Rivers: Attention vendors: If you are interested in participating in the event, go to https://www.outdooralabama.com/5-rivers-al-delta-resource-center/5-rivers-cypress-gift-shop-and-welcome-center
The 5th Annual Caring for Caryn's Kids Run on Saturday, April 20, netted $3,500, which will benefit the Caryn's Kids 2027 Scholarship Fund. The annual event honors the memory of Caryn Hyatt-Suthoff, a first-year kindergarten teacher at Dodge Elementary School who lost her battle with cancer on December 12, 2014. Run organizers send a big "Thank You" to all who supported the effort.
How nice!! Saraland Woman's Club collected 7lbs 15oz of pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
On May 2, Mobile Sports Hall of fame will honor 2019 inductees Luis Gonzales, Roy Patton, Nyla Shepherd, Danny Sheridan, Rick Trickett, and the late Rea Schusler. For tickets to the banquet on May 2nd at the Battle House Hotel, go to https://mobilesportshalloffame2019.bpt.me/
Mobile Botanical Gardens Market Place, 5151 Museum Drive, will be open at 9 a.m. on the following Saturdays--May 4, May 11, May 18. Visitors can "Find great plants and great advice at our Saturday morning MarketPlace, located at the end of our parking lot," according to MBG.