Several fundraisers and benefits are on the agenda for the week.On Friday, June 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. the Satsuma Police Department is hosting a Fish Fry Fundraiser to benefit the family of Corporal Troy Willcutt, whose wife Connie has been diagnosed with cancer. Plates will be sold for $10 each with all proceeds going to Troy and Connie Willcutt. The dinners can be picked up from Satsuma Community Center, 368 Juniper Avenue, Satsuma. Delivery can be arranged for orders of 10 or more plates. To place an order, for more information or to make a contribution, contact Capt. Jana Dukes or Cpl. Chad Stephenson at 675-0151.
A fundraising event has been planned to help pay medical expenses for Austin Reed, a young man who has hydrocephalus and who had a serious accident in February. The benefit is Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Mobile County Sheriff's Posse Arena, 6449 Moffett Road in Mobile. Many activities will please the public while helping Austin. Call Jerry Reed, 610-7225 to make a donation or for more information.
The non-profit organization All God's Children will hold the 7th Annual Girls' Night Out event on Saturday, June 6, beginning at 6 p.m. at Semmes Community Center on Moffett Road in Mobile. Director Sonya Humphries, 209-9163, said that girls and women will enjoy entertainment, food, picking out clothing, maybe getting a manicure. Anyone wanting to donate clothes, food, school supplies, toys, make up or services for women and children can call Humphries at the above number.
The Babes of the Bay 3rd Annual Relay for Life Fashion Show and Live/Silent Auction is Saturday, June 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Dinner will be served prior to the Fashion Show. Special guests will be Queen Elsa and Anna from the Disney movie "Frozen." The characters will sing with children and pose for photos with them. For more information, call 251-599-0443 or 251-459-6902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dauphin Island has a full schedule this week. The Sea Lab presents its series Beach, Dune, Forest and Salt Marsh Excursions, with the first occurring on June 4. These adventures offer hands-on field experiences for the whole family. Cost of each Excursion is $12 per person. Children 18 and younger must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Call 861-2141 x7545, email email@example.com or visit http://www.disl.org/adventures_tours_and_talks for more information on each excursion and what to bring.
The 2nd Annual Art in the Park Nature Fest is Saturday, June 6, 2015, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at historic Cadillac Square on Dauphin Island. This free event will feature fine artists and craftsmen from around the Southeast, as well as exciting nature exhibits, programs and activities.
And the Town of Dauphin Island will host the Sunset Cruise Car Show on Saturday, June 6 at Green Park next door to Ship N Shore. There'll be a parade and judging from noon until 3 p.m. and an all day Swap Meet at Green Park. Auto show exhibitors can register from 9-11 a.m. on the day of the show.
The Mobile County Master Gardeners Farm to Table Tasting Event is Monday, June 1, 6-8 p.m. at Five Rivers Delta Hall. Admission is $65 per person and includes a delicious tasting that will encourage people to "Eat Fresh, Eat Local." For information, call 574-8445.
In Satsuma, the Summer Farmers' Market is Friday, June 5, 3-6 p.m. in beautiful Baldwin Square. For information on participating or to find out what products are scheduled for the Market, call Edith Butler at the City of Satsuma, 675-1440.
Flag Day is June 14--a day to replace your old, faded, tattered and torn American flag with a new one. Jim Delchamps of American Legion Post #250, 10950 Dauphin Island Parkway, said that old flags can be turned in for disposal at the post. Keep Mobile Beautiful has in place at the Metro Recycling Center, 1451 Government Street, a flag-designed mailbox in which citizens can deposit their used flags. And Woodmen of the World Lodge 1961, 9821 Wulff Road in Semmes, has a box on the back porch for worn-out flags. All those turned will be properly disposed of with dignity and reverence.
The theatre scene is rife with stage performances, auditions and fundraisers over the next couple of weeks. Joe Jefferson Players production of "Fiddler on the Roof" runs weekends from June 5-June 21, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. for Sunday matinees. Joe Jefferson Playhouse is at 11 S. Carlen Street in Mobile. For more information or reservations, call 471-1534 or see www.joejeffersonplayers.com.
"Mary Poppins" continues at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, June 5, 6. 7, 12, 13 and 14. On Fridays and Saturdays, curtain time is 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays, 2 p.m. Adult tickets are $15 each; admission fee for senior citizens (60+) and students is $12. For reservations, call 457-8887 or go to http://www.cctshows.com.
"Daddy's Dyin'--Who's Got the Will" opens at Mobile Theatre Guild on June 12 for a 3-weekend run. Make reservations online and pay in advance at http://www.mobiletheatreguild.org/box.html, or call or email in your reservations and pay at the door. Contacts for pay-at-the-door reservations or for more information, call 251-433-7513 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditions for "Avenue Q" at Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen Street, are set for Monday and Tuesday, June 8 and 9, 6 p.m.. Show dates are August 7-23, 2015. The musical is notable for the use of puppets, animated by unconcealed puppeteers, alongside human actors. For more information,call 471-1534.
A Wine Tasting Party to benefit Playhouse-in-the-Park is planned for Tuesday, June 9, 6-8 p.m. at Red or White Wine & Gourmet Center, 1104 Dauphin Street in midtown Mobile, in the building that housed The Bakery restaurant. Tasting is complimentary; donations are welcome and tax exempt. For more information on the Playhouse, visit www.playhouseinthepark.org.
On Sunday, June 14 at 4 p.m., the Atkinson Duo from Irvington will present an afternoon of music at St. Francis at the Point, 17280 Scenic Highway 98, near Grand Hotel. The "Sunset Serenade" is "an hour-long program of beautiful classical, sacred and folk melodies from around the world, performed on the harp, violin, piano and voice by Atkinson Duo, the Gulf Coast's professional brother/sister harp/violin team and Andrew Atkinson, organist." said Rebekah Atkinson, harpist and concert manager. For information, contact Rebekah Atkinson at 251-402-3550 or visit http://AtkinsonDuo.com or ttp://facebook.com/AtkinsonDuo.
Author and teacher Maurice Gandy will teach a 4-week course, "Self-Publishing: Best Ways to Publish Your Way," through the University of South Alabama Continuing Education program. The workshop is on Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., June 4-25; cost is $95. For information, see www.usacontinuinged.com or call 251-405-9928.
Southwest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon is Wednesday, June 3 at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Guest speaker is Judith Adams, Vice President of Marketing for the Alabama State Port Authority; the meal will be by The Wilton Caterer. Call 666-2488 to RSVP.
The Saraland-Satsuma Community Education Council, Inc. 2015 Annual Meeting and Banquet is Monday, June 1, 6 p.m. at Saraland Civic Center on Mae Street. Guest speaker will be Virginia Guy, Executive Director of Mobile Drug Education Council. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple; RSVP by May 25. Call Carolyn Owens, 604-6160, or email her at email@example.com for more information.
"Wonderful Wednesdays" at Bellingrath Gardens and Home begins June 3, 10:30-11:30 a.m. with a "Summer Garden Walk." Attendees will join Bellingrath horticulture managers for a guided tour of the Gardens to see the combinations of plants used in this year’s summer displays and new additions to the Gardens. Each workshop in this 2-month series covers a special feature of the Gardens or Home and includes tips for making private gardens more spectacular. Call 973-2217 or visit http://www.bellingrath.org for more information.
Creola Community Development Organization is hosting a yard sale on Saturday, June 6, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at Creola Ball Park. Spaces measuring 10' X 10' are available at $10 each. Individuals are to bring their own yard sale items. Call Lee Anne Green, 251-679-2527, for information.
Theodore United Methodist Church Senior Shepherds are having large yard sale Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6 in the Family Life Center, 5255 Swedetown Road (next door to Theodore High School.) Those who would like to donate items can bring them to the church Wednesday or Thursday morning, 8-noon. This sale helps the Senior Shepherds' ministry support the church and the community. The group meets on the second Tuesday at 11 a.m. and all seniors are invited; church membership not required.
From June 4 to August 13 on Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m., St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1854 Staples Road is offering free summer art classes for children aged 7-12; adults are welcome, as well. Spring Waldron is teaching the classes. Participants will need a white tee shirt for tie-dye. Call 479-0336 to register.
On Saturday, June 13, 9-11 a.m., the Creola Community Development Organization will serve breakfast to seniors and veterans at Creola Senior Center, 9618 Old Highway 43, Creola.
The Saraland United Methodist Seniors are leaving at 9:30 a. m., Friday, June 5 for lunch at the Stagecoach in Stockton. The group plans to tour an historic church in the town before lunch.
On Tuesday, June 16, 5 p.m., the "Mobile Bay Bears Bowl for Via" event is planned at the Eastern Shore Lanes at Eastern Shore Center. Individuals and family, company and organization teams can join the BayBears for a night of bowling, pizza and adult beverages and raise funds for the Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street at the same time. Individual bowler fee is $30; team packages are available at #300. For information, call Barbara Estes, 470-5229 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former University of South Alabama baseball coach Steve Kittrell will throw out the first pitch at the June 5th Mobile BayBears vs Pensacola Blue Wahoos game, which will be in conjunction with the 4th Annual Coastal Seafood Craze to benefit the Alabama Coastal Foundation. The $25 ticket includes admission to the basseball game and tastings of seafood dishes prepared by area restaurants and caterers. For more information, call (251) 990,6002, Sam Gadd, ACF.
Our Sisters' Closet has had a change in the clothing drop-off location in west Mobile. Director Terri Kearns said that Custom Closets on Hillcrest Road has been serving as a donation point, but they are moving to a new location. Donors will be advised of the address at a later date. In the meantime, Kearns said, donations can be delivered to St. Mary's Parish Sisters of Mercy Building, 1452 Old Shell Road across from McGill-Toolen High School. For further information, call Kearns at 251.423.2001 or visit www.OurSistersCloset.org.
In the Great News/Good Job Department are the following events and notices:
The recipients of New Horizons Credit Union's 2015 Scholarship awards are Brevard Williams, Mattie T Blount High School; Isis Howard, LeFlore High School; Rodsalyn Patrick, McIntosh High School; Kali Dickson, Satsuma High School and Stephen Byrd, LeFlore High
Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier passed along the following good news: The Island has recently been designated as a Globally Important Bird Area. "While we have always recognized the regional environmental significance of our barrier island, this designation specifically identifies the impacts and contributions Dauphin Island provides to a variety of bird species on a much broader scale," Collier said. "With this (designation) will come enhanced conservation opportunities, increased eco-tourism and a better understanding of why Dauphin Island deserves to be protected via a comprehensive restoration and stabilization project," he said.
Writer and teacher Maurice Gandy offers "Self-Publishing: Best Ways to Publish Your Way" through University of South Alabama Special Courses Summer 2015
Author and college instructor Maurice Gandy is offering a community writing and publishing workshop through the University of South Alabama Special Courses catalog. Called "Self-Publishing: Best Ways to Publish Your Way," the course consists of 4 sessions, 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays, June 4-25, and costs $95.
A description of "Self-Publishing" in the Special Courses catalog follows:
Whether your dream as an aspiring author is to publish an autobiography, novel, family history, poetry collection or how-to book. you can achieve success through self-publishing. Join self-published author and English professor Maurice Gandy on a journey from concept to manuscript to book signings and blogs. You will learn the advantages, challenges and pitfalls of this fastest-growing method of publication in the U.S. Whatever stage your book concept is in, armed with knowledge from this classm you’ll say in the not-so-distant future: “I published it my way. And it worked for me.”
Gandy comes well qualified to conduct this workshop. After 30 years, he recently retired from his job as a journalism, literature and creative writing instructor at Bishop State College in Mobile. He continues to teach American Literature (online) and senior-level technical writing as an adjunct English instructor at the University of South Alabama.
He was a feature writer for the Mobile Press Register for more than 20 years and, in 2007, had his book, "The Capocalypse," published by iUniverse Publishers. Gandy's specialty as a journalist was oral history, drawing on interviews with long-time residents, military veterans and their descendants to preserve stories, anecdotes and legends that would otherwise be lost.
Gandy is also an accomplished and respected speaker, having had more than 3 decades of experience as a speaker for academic conferences, civic groups and private organizations. He has been an Alabama Humanities Foundation Road Scholar Speaker since 2005.
For more information on this course, 15URW262AG, contact www.usacontinuinged.com or call 251-405-9928
A Wine Tasting Party at Red or White Wine and Gourmet Center on Tuesday, June 9, 6-8 p.m. will benefit Playhouse-in-the-Park youth theatre. Red or White is at 1104 Dauphin Street in midtown Mobile in the building formerly occupied by The Bakery restaurant.
Tasting is complimentary; donations are welcome and tax-exempt as the Playhouse-In-The-Park is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For information on the theatre, its productions and programs, visit Facebook Playhouse-in-the-Park-Mobile or website www.playhouseinthepark.org.
On Sunday, June 14 at 4 p.m., the Atkinson Duo from Irvington will present an afternoon of music at St. Francis at the Point, 17280 Scenic Highway 98, near Grand Hotel. Rebekah Atkinson said that "Sunset Serenade" is "an hour-long program of beautiful classical, sacred and folk melodies from around the world, performed on the harp, violin, piano and voice by Atkinson Duo, the Gulf Coast's professional brother/sister harp/violin team and Andrew Atkinson, organist."
The free concert program "is designed to entertain and educate, while bringing an overarching sense
of peace and relaxation," Rebekah Atkinson said. Titles include Frasquita Serenade, Nearer My God to Thee, Gypsy Fantasy, He's Got the Whole World and more, she said.
For information, contact Rebekah Atkinson, harpist and event manager for the Atkinson Duo at 251-402-3550 or visit http://AtkinsonDuo.com or ttp://facebook.com/AtkinsonDuo.
4th Annual Farm to Table Tasting Event, sponsored by Mobile County Master Gardeners, is Monday, June 1, 6-8 p.m.
Mobile County Master Gardeners 4th Annual Farm to Table Tasting event is planned for Monday, June 1, 6-8 p.m. at Five Rivers Delta Hall in Spanish Fort. Tickets are $65 per person and will offer guests "a delicious and varied tasting--more than a meal," said Chair Brenda Bolton. In addition to foods from a dozen local chefs, Farm to Table will also include a wine bar and music on the veranda.
The Mobile County Master Gardeners is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization. The purpose of their Farm to Table iniative is "to promote and connect local growers and chefs to make lasting commercial relationships possible, and (to) educate the public about the healthy and delicious results of fresh, local and seasonal eating."
Restaurants and chefs partnering with MCMG to prsent this event are, in Mobile, Bay Gourmet, Bistro Escoffier, Chef Rob & Co., The House Restaurant and Bar, Kitchen on George, Mediterranean Cafe, The Noble South, Red or White, Serda's Coffee Company, Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Derailed Diner. And from Fairhope, Eat Peacefully, Isabella's and Little Cake Shop
Farmer/producer partners include Oak Hill Farm and Sessions Farms in Grand Bay; Jeta Farms, Elberta; Ken Buck Farm, Irvington; End of the Road Farm, Summerdale; Ornamental Horticulture Substation, Mobile; Local; Appetite Growers, Faihope and Powell's Blueberry Farm in Citronelle.
Other sponsors include United Johnson Brothers of Alabama, Alabama Ag Credit, Old Shell Market, Burris Farm Market, Fresh Market, Jack's Produce and Publix.
For more information or to secure tickets to the Farm to Table Tasting Event, call 574-8445.
Flag Day is celebrated on June 14, commemorating the adoption of the flag of the U.S., which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially established June 14 as Flag Day.
Today, some towns, organizations and individuals continue to mark the occasion in various ways.
Jim Delchamps of American Legion Post #250. 10950 Dauphin Island Parkway, said that citizens who want to make sure their old, worn flags are retired with honor and dignity can bring them to the post to be properly disposed of. At the Metro Recycling Center, 1451 Government Street, Keep Mobile Beautiful has placed a red-white-and-blue, flag-painted mail box to collect old flags (fold neatly and place in a plastic bag before dropping in the box.)
And out in Semmes, Woodmen of the World Chapter 1961 keeps a box on the back porch of the lodge at 1928 Wulff Road for residents to deposit their old flags. About twice a year, said WOW President Maxine Merritt, the Lodge holds a ceremony and disposes old flags by burning them (adhering to proper protocol.) The Lodge also provides small flags to school children and large American flags to public buildings such as libraries and post offices.
Though the following activity is not directly related to Flag Day, it does show one person's and one town's patriotism and love for the American Flag. A few years ago, Satsuma resident Charles Perry, an organ recipient, decided to concentrate his volunteerism in a couple of areas, one being securing and placing American flags down the center of town.
He and his wife raised funds by selling hot dogs at public events and accepting donations, and on holidays, such as the 4th of July, Perry gets up early and places the flags in their stands before going to work. Still a few flags short to complete the street display, the town recently received donations from three families for more flags. (Donations are still being accepted: send tax-deductible contribution to Satsuma Reunited, c/o Diane Alford, 5289 Lemans Drive West, Satsuma, AL 36572.)
On Saturday, May 30, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., there will be a fish fry fundraiser at the Guy T. Smith #883 Masonic Lodge F & AM, 6715 Dauphin Island Parkway in Mobile. The $8 plates will include fried catfish and all the trimmings--cole slaw, baked beans and hush puppies--prepared by the Masons. Members of Hollinger's Island Chapter #480 Order of the Eastern Star will have soft drinks and homemade cookies and brownies will be available for purchase. Carolyn Cain is hosting the event.
In addition to the dinner, a community blood drive, conducted by LifeSouth, will be held on the premises.
Terri Kearns of Our Sisters' Closet reports that there's a change in the clothing drop-off location in west Mobile.
"Custom Closets on Hillcrest Road has served as our west Mobile drop-off location for clothing donations for several years," she said. "In June, they will be moving to a new location and have asked that donations be stopped at their store effective immediately until the move is complete." Donors will be advised of the new location.
In the meantime, Kearns said, donations can be delivered to the 24/7 Midtown site, St. Mary's Parish Sisters of Mercy Building, 1452 Old Shell Road across from McGill-Toolen High School.
The mission of Our Sisters' Closet is to assist in-crisis job-seekers. For further information, call Kearns at 251.423.2001 or visit www.OurSistersCloset.org
New Horizons Credit Union recently awarded scholarships to 5 students in Mobile and Washington counties
New Horizons Credit Union recently awarded scholarships to 5 area students: Brevard Williams, Mattie T Blount High School; Isis Howard, LeFlore High School; Rodsalyn Patrick, McIntosh High School; Kali Dickson, Satsuma High School and Stephen Byrd, LeFlore High School.
New Horizons, formerly Scott Credit Union, has been providing financial services to members and Southwestern Alabama since 1950. The Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit organization, governed by a member-elected Board of Directors. New Horizons has nine branches in Mobile, Theodore, Semmes, Saraland, Prichard, Bay Minette, Daphne and Foley.
On Friday, June 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. the Satsuma Police Department is hosting a Fish Fry Fundraiser to benefit the family of Corporal Troy Willcutt, whose wife Connie has been diagnosed with cancer. Plates will be sold for $10 each with all proceeds going to Troy and Connie Willcutt. The dinners can be picked up from Satsuma Community Center, 368 Juniper Avenue, Satsuma. Delivery can be arranged for orders of 10 or more plates.
To place an order, for more information or to make a contribution, contact Capt. Janas Dukes or Cpl. Chad Stephenson at 675-0151.
Fresh vegetables, fruits, baked goods, crafts, handmade soaps, plants: Check out the markets around Mobile County
Market on the Hill returns to Lavretta Park (Old Shell Road) on May 28, 3-6 p.m. A City of Mobile press release says that "lots of your favorite vendors will be on the Hill" with "locally grown veggies, including specialty items like Serpent of Sicily squash and others found in the Mediterranean. There will also be locally baked goods and fresh seafood, and music by Corey Harvard."
Market on the Square at Cathedral Square in downtown Mobile is Saturday, May 30, 7:30 a.m.-noon. This one promises "fresh fruits, veggies, baked goods, locally crafted products--and live music as well!"
For more information on these and other events sponsored by the City of Mobile Special Events Department, check out the link at the bottom of the page at www.specialeventsmobile.org.
In Satsuma, the Summer Farmers' Market is Friday, June 5, 3-6 p.m. in the beautiful Baldwin Square. For information on participating or to find out what products are scheduled for the Market, call Edith Butler at the City of Satsuma, 675-1440.
Dauphin Island Sea Lab Scientist Receives Prestigious National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program Fellowship
Dr. Kelly Dorgan, Senior Marine Scientist, Dauphin Island Sea Lab has been named a recipient of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowship, according to a press release from Lisa Young, Public Relations Consultant for DISL. Dr. Dorgan is one of five scientists to receive this national honor; the award is for $76,000 over two years.
According to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) website, the Gulf Research Program was established following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill when the federal government asked the NAS to establish a new program to fund and conduct activities to enhance oil system safety, human health, and environmental resources in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. outer continental shelf regions that support oil and gas production, Young said. "Over its 30-year duration, the Gulf Research Program will work to enhance oil system safety and the protection of human health and the environment in the Gulf of Mexico and other U.S. outer continental shelf areas by seeking to improve understanding of the region’s interconnecting human, environmental, and energy systems and fostering application of these insights to benefit Gulf communities, ecosystems, and the Nation," she said.
Dr. Dorgan received her PhD from the University of Maine and conducted post-doctoral stints at UC Berkeley and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her research interests focus on how worms and other burrowing animals interact with their environments. Although abundant and ecologically vital, worms are difficult to observe because of their burrowing behavior and muddy environment.
For this fellowship, Dr. Dorgan will work on a specific project studying how worms, microalgae, and bacteria stabilize or destabilize sediments against erosion. “The idea is that worms that burrow destabilize sediments but microalgae and bacteria secrete ‘goo’ that holds sediment grains together and increases stability,” Dr. Dorgan said.
Queen Elsa and Anna from Disney movie "Frozen" to be special guests at Babes of the Bay 3rd Annual Relay for Life Fashion Show June 6
When children attend the Babes of the Bay Fashion Show, Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road, on June 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m., they are sure to enjoy not only seeing children their age modeling outfits, but will also get a chance to sing with Queen Elsa and Anna from Frozen and to have their photos made with them.
This is the 3rd year the Babes of the Bay have presented their Fashion Show, Dinner and Live/Silent Auction to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. And Chair Donna Abercrombie said this is a very family-friendly event. Models include Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl, cancer patients and survivors and 11 children 3-7 years of age.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children aged 5-12. Those younger than 5 are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased until June 4 at Century Banks at the following branch locations: Tillman's Corner, Cottage Hill and Hillcrest, Spring Hill and Grand Bay.
For more information on the Babes of the Bay Relay for Life Fashion Show, Dinner and Live/Silent Auction, or to make a donation for the auction, call Abercrombie, at 251-599-0443 or 251-459-6902 or email email@example.com.
Dr. Judy Stout spent the majority of her career at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. With a PhD in Marine Biology, she was Assistant Director for 22 years. Then, during the tenure of University of South Alabama President Gordan Moulton, she served 7 years as Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs. At USA, she founded and directed the Honors Program and retired in 2005 as Acting Dean of the Graduate Program.
As impressive as those professions are, equally impressive is what Dr. Stout has accomplished away from her careers.
"In both of my jobs, I worked with the public schools, and in 2005, when John Holland stepped down from his position on the School Board (District 2), I submitted an application to finish out his term," Stout said. "I was appointed, then elected, and served for 7 1/2 years on the Mobile County Public School Board. It was the hardest and most importand job I ever had."
Since choosing not to run for another term on the school board, Dr. Stout has devoted even more time to the volunteer jobs she already had and added more.
One of her greatest loves is gardening and she spends much of her time at Mobile Botanical Gardens. She's immediate past president and, as a frequent volunteer, she schedules tours, helps with sales and trains docents. She is particularly interested in preserving, and sharing her knowledge of, our area's native plants.
She is second vice president of Mobile County Master Gardeners and works with Junior Master Gardeners at various schools, including Castlen Elementary and Dawes Intermediate and even a couple in Washington County. She chairs the group's Speaker's Bureau and speaks wherever she's asked--garden clubs, senior centers--and has taught gardening seminars with the University of South Alabama's Odyssey Program.
Of course, Dr. Stout has never given up her dedication to education and is a Reading Buddy with the Mobile Area Education Foundation. On Mondays, she travels down to Dauphin Island to tutor two young boys, and she's very proud of their progress. She tutors wherever and whenever she's needed and can schedule sessions. She has been a weekly Rolling Reader in the past, but now mostly reads to students on special days such as Dr. Seuss Day and during Professional's Week.
Dr. Stout's talents, energy and interests seem boundless: She works on a 4H Club committee for Mobile County Extension System; she's on the boards of directors (or has been) of Alabama Coastal Foundation; Penelope House; Coastal Quiz Kids and Presbyterian Children's Home.
Judy Stout played the clarinet with Mobile Pops for a number of years and plays the bells at Spring Hill Presbyterian Church. "Music and gardening are my therapy," she said, and after long days of volunteering, according to one friend, Stout sometimes does her gardening at her Fowl River home by flashlight.
For Dr. Stout, wife of Judge Rick Stout, public service is not only a right and a privilege but is a civic responsibility that affects the quality of life for both the giver and the receiver.
One Last Reminder: Tea with Mary Poppins and Bert at Chickasaw Civic Theatre is Sunday, May 31, 1 p.m. Reservations close on Wednesday, May 27
Reminder: Reserve your children's spot at the tea party with Mary Poppins and Bert on Sunday, May 31, 1 p.m. at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street in Chickasaw . Reservations for this very special event close on Wednesday, May 27. Be sure to secure your space today. www.cctshows.com
DADDY'S DYIN' . . . WHO'S GOT THE WILL opens June 12 at Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 N. Lafayette Street, Mobile, and runs for three weekends, June 12-28, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
A short synopsis of the play follows: In a small Texas town, the Turnover family gathers in anticipation of the imminent death of their patriarch, who has recently suffered a physically and mentally disabling stroke. What they find is a rebirth of the spirit of the family. A classic Del Shores comedy-drama!
Make reservations online and pay in advance at http://www.mobiletheatreguild.org/box.html, or call or email in your reservations and pay at the door. Contacts for pay-at-the-door reservations or for more information, call 251-433-7513 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coastal Response Center, South Bay Project, 7385 Highway 188, Coden, is hosting a game night on Thursday, May 28, 4-7 p.m. Organizer Lori Bosarge said that the purpose is for families to have "good, old-fashioned fun and fellowship." She said that on the table will be dominoes, checkers, chess, maybe cards; those attending can bring their own games, if they like. A donation at the door is $2, with those 12 years old and younger to enter free.
The snack bar will be open so guests can purchase food and drink, but they may also bring their own snacks (no alcohol.) For more information, call Lori Bosarge, 251-824-7265 or visit Regina Woodard Cannon on Facebook.
2nd Annual Town of Dauphin Sunset Cruise Car Show is Saturday, June 6 at Green Park next to Ship N Shore
The Town of Dauphin Island will host the 2nd Annual Sunset Cruise Car Show on Saturday, June 6, at Green Park next door to Ship N Shore. The event is for car owners who want to show off their vehicles and for visitors who enjoy looking at various styles and year, make and model of automobiles.
There'll be a parade and judging from noon until 3 p.m. and an all-day Swap Meet at Green Park. Prizes will be given to winning cars at 3 p.m.; exhibitors can register from 9-11 a.m. on the day of the show.
In addition to the cars and prizes, a live concert is planned for 5 p.m.. There will also be several DJ booths playing music throughout the day at various locations.
The West End Beach is open and features air-conditioned restrooms, a water slide, chairs and umbrella rentals, sno-cone vendors and certified lifeguards on duty. The beach is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 7 days a week. There are several shops and restaurants in the area, including many that serve seafood.
Parking is $3 and there is a $3 admission fee for each person over the age of 12. There is a "No pets, no glass, no grills in park" rule in effect. For more information, visit http://www.townofdauphinisland.org.updates-and-events/calendar-of-events
Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Friends: Above is the official invitation for your little one to attend an afternoon tea with Mary Poppins and Bert (Stacey Driskell and Jaysn Fowler), then watch the play on Sunday, May 31 at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, Chickasaw. Note that the deadline for reservations is Wednesday, May 27th; all pertinent information is on the invitation.
The fun, informative "Wonderful Wednesdays" series at Bellingrath Gardens and Home includes lectures and workshops to help Gulf Coast gardeners and enthusiasts make the most of this area's extended growing season. Each workshop covers a special feature of the Gardens or Home and includes tips for making a private garden more spectacular.
Bellingrath Gardens Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Sally Ericson, said, "We have an exciting lineup of speakers and topics on the schedule, including workshops on how to cultivate 'Great Plants that Nobody’s Growing' with Steve Bender, Garden Editor of Southern Living Magazine; 'Protecting Pollinators' with Harvey Cotton, Horticultural Consultant and 'The Moonlit Garden' with Scott Ogden, author, horticulturist and garden designer."
Below is a very brief outline of activities on the schedule of Wonderful Wednesdays, from June 3 through July 29. A more detailed description of each week's event will be included in this blog or can be found at www.bellingrath.org. For other information, visit that site or call 251-973-2217. Unless otherwise noted, fees are $12.50 for adults, $7 for children ages 5-12 and free for members and ages 4 and younger. Except for Kids Gulf Discovery Day, Wonderful Wednesdays are scheduled 10:30-11:30 a.m.
June 3: Summer Garden Walk: Join Bellingrath Horticulture Managers for a guided tour of the Gardens; .June 10: George Rogers, Bellingrath’s architect: Join Cartledge Blackwell, Architectural Historian at Mobile Historic Development Commission, for a discussion about George Rogers, the architect of Bellingrath Gardens and the Bellingrath Home; June 17: Building the Bellingrath Home; June 24: “The Disturbingly Dissed Dozen: Great plants that nobody’s growing”; July 8: Succulent Gardening on Moss Wreaths and Picture Frames; July 15: Protecting Pollinators in your Garden; and July 29: “The Moonlit Garden” lecture and book-signing with Join Scott Ogden, author, horticulturalist and garden designer.
July 22, 9 a.m.-noon is Kids Gulf Discovery Day. Children will learn all about the environment of our region from local experts and organizations, including the Winged Ambassadors with their fabulous birds for special presentations, Ericson said, adding, "We will also have cruises along Fowl River with Delta Safaris." Fees for the cruise with Delta Safaris are $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 5-12.
Bellingrath Gardens and Home is operated by the Bellingrath Gardens and Home Foundation, a charitable, not-for-profit organization. Bellingrath Gardens and Home 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.