Vacation Bible Schools:
* Saraland United Methodist Church's Vacation Bible School 2019 is July 8-July 11, 9 a.m.-noon at the church, 415 McKeough Ave, Saraland. K5-5th graders are invited "To Mars and Beyond:." VBS will be four fun-packed days of Bible stories, games, music, crafts and MUCH MORE!! Register at saralandumc.org.
* 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.
Galas, Fun, Fundraisers, workshops other events:
* The City of Mobile Fire-Rescue is presenting "Friday at the Firehouse" this summer on Friday evenings, 5:30-7 p.m. through August 30th. The July 5 open house is at HH Edwards, 2525 Hillcrest Road; the remaining dates are July 19, Crichton, 200 Davenport Avenue; August 2, Berger, 7050 Old Military Road; August 16, Public Safety Complex, 8080 Airport Boulevard and August 30, 4710 Aireport Boulevard.
* Would you like to know how to plan a backpacking trip? You can learn all about it at Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard. Come join the Alabama Hiking Trail Society on July 9th at 6-8 p.m. for a fun informative and hands-on session discussing the many different ways to prepare for a backpacking trip. Come look at some cool backpacking gear, and talk with experts to hear their insights! The event is free and family friendly, and no registration required.
* There will be no Wonderful Wednesday at Bellingrath Gardens & Home on July 4th; However, "Viewing the Summer Sky at Bellingrath Gardens" is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 7-9 p.m. Be sure to make your reservation; this a limited capacity event. This very special evening astronomy program is led by members of the University of South Alabama Department of Physics. After a brief lecture, the Magnolia Room, guests will gather on the Great Lawn to view the night sky. Telescopes will be set up to view planets and constellations. Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars and flashlights. The event is free for members, $14 for adults, $8 for children ages 5-12 and no charge for children ages 4 and younger.
* Apollo 11 - 50th Anniversary Celebration----------It’s the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11, and the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government Street is celebrating. On July 16th, 1969 Apollo 11 sent three Americans to the moon, and the Exploreum has space-themed activities for all ages on Saturday, July 20, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visitors can build theirown rocket, explore the Star Lab, watch Apollo 11 Mission clips in the Dome Theater and much more. AirBus Foundation Discovery Space Mission to the Moon activities and Nasa activities throughout. Don’t miss Animal Tails presentation of Creatures of the Galaxy at 11 a.m.-1 p.m.--this is included with general admission, FREE for Exploreum members (IMAX extra.)
* The new location for Penelope's Closet is 2907 Old Shell Road; store hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Penelope House provides emergency shelter and comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and their children. For more information on Penelope House or this event, contact Director Tonie Ann Coumanis Torrans at 251-342-2809 or TonieannT@penelopehouse.org.
* The USA Regional Autism Network's next "Coffee Chat: Self Care for the Caregiver," hosted by USA Children's and Women's Hospital is Thursday, July 18, 8:30-10 a.m. at USA Health Strada Patient Care Center, 1601 Center Street, Mobile. Guest speaker will be Blair Croom, MTS, GRS, RBT, Bereavement Counselor, Grief Recovery, Saad Hospice. There is no fee to attend. Coffee and refreshments provided. RSVP to USARAN@health.southalabama.edu or (251) 410-4820. Certificate of Attendance provided. The event is also sponsored by the Autism Society.
* Whatever Ministry's "Christmas in July Boutique Bash" is Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, 6-9 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road N, Mobile. Tickets are $5-$15 and can be secured at www.eventbrite.com.
* Bay Bites Food Truck Festival to benefit Mobile Baykeeper is Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 5-9 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park, Water Street. Tickets are at mobilebaykeeper.networkforgood.com. RSVP at https://mobilebaykeeper.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/bay-bites-2019-rsvp-form.
* "Cheers to Children," a fundraiser for Child Advocacy Center of Mobile, 1351 Springhill Avenue, is Monday, July 29, 2019, 6-8:30 p.m. EL Papi will host this wine tasting, along with samples of their signature dishes. The event also includes a live and silent auction and music by Harrison McInnis. Williams Financial Group is the Title Sponsor of this event.
* Save the Date: The 6th Annual Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic is August 3rd. This is the largest kayak fishing tournament in the State of Alabama. It is a family event featuring live entertainment, vendors, T-shirts, arts and crafts, food, and world class fishing. For more information on the event, visit www.bayoulabatrekayakclassic.org. Participants can also register at https://clear-give.com/egive3/index.cfm?page=events.
* Save the Date: Saturday morning never sounded so good! "Eggs with a Side of Jazz" to benefit Family Promise of Coastal Alabama, Mobile's first family shelter, is Saturday, August 10, 2019, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1260 Dauphin Street. Admission is $35 and tickets are at Eventbrite. Guests can enjoy the energizing sounds of The Jazz Studio along with absolutely delicious food. For more information, go to www.FamilyPromiseMobile.org.
* Don't Miss It!! The Bubble Bonanza at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government Street is Saturday, August 17, 2019, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tiny bubbles. Giant bubbles. Square bubbles? Come see the sudsiest spectacle of the summer at the Exploreum Science Center’s Bubble Bonanza. Guests can craft their own bubble solution and wand, explore glow in the dark bubbles, yarn bubbles, snake bubbles, bubble art, bubbles inside bubbles and much, much more as they learn math and science with bubbles. Don’t miss the most poppin’ event of the summer. Water activities and rinse stations will be available, come in swim wear. Included with general admission, FREE for Exploreum members (IMAX extra).
* Bayou Clinic is hosting a FREE Mental Health First Aid trainings this summer at the Red Cross in Mobile on AUGUST 22. The program includes a component for military members, veterans, and their families. 7 CEUs/CMEs will be offered. The training is open to ANYONE who is interested - no prior training or military connection is required. More information and registration: www.bayouclinic.eventbrite.com
* On Friday, August 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Dance Without Limits and Moe's Original Bar B Que will host "Cool Club Cookout - a Benefit for DWL." Moe's is at 701 Spring Hill Avenue. The General Admission $30 tickets are by Eventbrite. Guests are invited to "Come ready to have the most fun Friday night you've had in a while! Live DJ, dinner, two drink tickets and some special surprise performances--All to raise funds for equipment and scholarships for our special needs students.
* ARC -Awakening Respect and Compassion for all sentient beings--presents Vegan Mac n' Cheese Competition on Saturday, August 24, 2019, 6-8 p.m. at Events at Central, 1260 Dauphin Street, Mobile. If you think your vegan mac has what it takes, bring it on! Cost is $5 at the door for cooks and the general public. Cooks are requested to register in advance by emailing your recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cooks should plan to arrive by 5:15 p.m. and provide a list of ingredients to be displayed with the dish. Cooks can bring their mac n cheeee in crock pots or pyrex. The more you bring, the more people can taste, and the better your chances of winning. Prizes will go to the winners of the following categories: Best Overall and Runner Up; Best Traditional and Best Creative.
* Mark your Calendar: The 13th Annual Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile fundraiser, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," is Thursday, September 12, 2019, 5:30-9 p.m. at Mobile Government Plaza. For tickets or more information about Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, visit rmhcmobile.org/girls, or call the Ronald McDonald House at 251-694-6873.
* Save the Date!! The Third Annual Gulf Seafood Gala is October 26th, 6-9 p.m. Attendees can enjoy delicious seafood tastings and desserts prepared by local chefs and restaurants, cash bar, music and a silent auction featuring fabulous local art. More details regarding this classic fundraising event will be announced soon.
Events for Children/Teens/Families:
* On July 2, 4-5 p.m., children can learn how to Design & Create Galaxy Bracelets at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Limited supplies and space, so registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-494-4140 or email email@example.com.
* On July 2, 10 a.m. the Teen Movie at Ben May Main Library will be "Creed." The film runs 132 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-340-1521.
* "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" is the Terrific Tuesday Matinee at Ben May Main Library on July 2, 10 a.m. Synopsis: Two kids transform their principal into a superhero named Captain Underpants, and the trio soon battle a deranged teacher at their school. The film runs 84 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-340-1507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* July 2, 4-5:30 p.m. is Teen Tuesdays in the Teen Spot! at West Regional Library, and on this date, visitors to the library can make Pop Culture Buttons. Supplies and snacks provided. For more information, please call 251-340-8555 or email email@example.com.
* At "Sew and Tell" July 6, 10:30 a.m., children of all ages can come to Moorer/Spring Hill Library, visit with friends and learn how to make Frog Bean Bags. For more information, call 251-494-4132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* StoryTime: "Animals Born Alive and Well" at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard is Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 10-11 a.m. Children can come to 5 Rivers to hear "Animals Born Alive and Well," followed by arts and crafts. Story Time takes place the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month, and is designed for children up to the age of 6 years. Free.
* From Bellingrath Gardens & Home comes this invitation for children: We've got a great educational activity for children this summer: Scavenger Hunts! The questions encourage exploration and are a fun way to learn about Bellingrath and its history. Participants, bring your completed Scavenger Hunts to the Gift Shop to claim a prize.
* The City of Semmes Splash Pad at Semmes Municipal Park, 8108 Morris Hill Road, is now open. The Splash Pad will open daily starting Memorial Day and close on Labor Day. There are several new pavilions, so reservations will not be taken. First come, first served. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-6 p.m.
* Chickasaw Christian Community Kickball runs through July 12. Games are 6-7 p.m. at Miller Park. Come out and play or cheer for your favorite team.
* StoryTime: "Chickens Aren't the Only Ones" at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Blvd, is Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 10-11 a.m. 5 Rivers invites children to "Join us to read "Chickens Aren't the Only Ones," followed by arts and crafts. Story Time takes place the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month. Designed for children up to 6 years. Free."
* Just a few dates remain for Lil' Haints Creative Writing Summer Series at The Haunted Book Shop, 109 Dauphin Street. The $7 per classes are Thursdays, 10 a.m. through July 18 (no class on Independence Day.) The classes are for children aged 9-12. Tickets are at thehauntedbookshopmobile.brushfire.com.
* 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.
* Pretty Feet Pageantry Presents: Firecracker Cuties on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 US Highway 90, Grand Bay. Attire will be anything patriotic, red white and blue. This will be an all crowning beauty pageant. EVERY GIRL WILL GET A SASH AND CROWN. Attire is open Outfit Of Choice (OOC) and there is no restrictions on outfits. Show your patriotic colors. For details such as fee and age categories, see event site.
Chambers of Commerce:
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Monthly Business Luncheon is Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m.; lunch is sponsored by Howell & Associates - Insurance Ageny. Guest speakers from the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Justin Thompson and Cory Quint. RSVP to 251.666.2488 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch is $12 for members and $15 for guests.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce 6th Annual Kids Day, "Under the Sea," is Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. There'll be games, prizes, free food, inflatables, face painting and so much more. Bring a canned food item for admission.
* Mark Your Calendar: The Annual Joint Chamber Luncheon, hosted by Chickasaw Chamber of Commerce, is Thursday, August 15, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Chickasaw Elementary School Auditorium, 80 Grant Street, Chickasaw. Tickets are $10 per person and RSVP by August 12th is requested.
* 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; The 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.
* SBS, Watermelons & Hope Festival, sponsored by No. Mo. Co Farmer Market, 204 Wilson Avenue S, Prichard, August 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There'll be a "Watermelon Giveaway." for more information, see www.breaking of bread co-op.org.
* Mobile Museum of Art, in partnership with Mobile County Commission, is organizing its fourth pop-up art exhibition for Government Plaza. This opportunity is open to any artist in the Mobile area. Artists may submit up to 3 works of visual art, mixed media, paintings, needlepoint, ceramic works, photography, works on paper and sculptures completed in the last 5 years detailed in JPEG or video format.
* Government Plaza Gallery's Summer 2019 Exhibition features the creative works of several local artists. The exhibit is sponsored by the Mobile County Commission and organized by Mobile Museum of Art. The Gallery, located in the Mobile Government Plaza Atrium, 205 Government Street, is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m-5 p.m. except for holidays.
* "Nature's Beauty" exhibit by Julie Andel will hang in Marx Library/USA Libraries, 5901 USA Drive for July/August. A reception is planned for July 11, 6-7:30 p.m. in Gallery 181
* "Southern Masters," hosted by Nall Art Gallery, is coming to Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive July 12-August 2. Three larger than life artists from Alabama will be stepping outside the box by recreating their own studio or work space inside the museum. This will be a rare glimpse into three artists’ world, each with a distinct perspective and unique methodology. In addition to the large scale installations exploring the work and creative spaces of Downing, Larsen and Nall, each has selected an emerging Alabama artist to represent the next generation. Get a back door look into the honed practices of three masters of their craft, as well as a sense of what legacy they may compel.
* "Introduction to Pottery with Steve Myers" is July 9th, 9:30 a.m. at Dauphin Island Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. Students can learn the basics of hand building pottery and glazing! Follow up sessions will be scheduled to finish creating the pottery pieces. The cost is $35 per person, including materials. Advance paid reservations are required. To reserve a space in the class, visit Dauphin Island Gallery, open Thursday-Saturday 10, a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. To make a reservation by phone with a credit card, call the Gallery during business hours at 251-861-3300.
* On July 12, Mobile Museum of Art welcomes three new exhibitions that celebrate the masterful work of Mobile area legends and the legacy they have inspired. They are as follows: LEE M. HOFFMAN: A Legacy shows the diverse and ever changing talents of artist & educator, Lee Hoffman, from 1960 until his passing in 2010; FREDERICK A. MARCHMAN: Southern Pop celebrates the work of a true Mobile and Southern original: Fred Marchman; In SOUTHERN MASTERS: Bruce Larsen, Casey Downing, & Nall, three unique and larger-than-life artists of South Alabama emerge from their studios to create installations evoking the creative lineage and process of their studio practice.
* July ArtWalk, hosted by Mobile Arts Council and LODA Artwalk, is Friday, July 12, 2019, 6-9 p.m. in Downtown Mobile. This month at LODA Artwalk, stop by Cathedral Square for the FREE MOB Music Fest, visit downtown's galleries and venues for art exhibitions and live performances, and stroll through Bienville Square to support our LoDa Night Market Vendors. Head over to 6 South Joachim Street to see the Mobile Arts Council's new satellite gallery location, known as Room 1927 - Saenger Theater. MAC's July artists are lovers of local nature and Alabama scenery. Come see a watercolor collection with a message of preservation by Emily Sommer; a traveling Alabama 200 exhibition featuring educational and commemorative works by Alabama Plein Air Artists; and an assortment of plein air paintings from local group PleinAirSouth.
* During the month of July, the Artists' Place Gallery at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 7125 Hitt Road, will have "For the Love of Nature" exhibit. The works are by potter Denise Ralston. The exhibit will be on display from June 29 through August 3 and may be viewed, by appointment, by contacting Rob Bearden at 251-767-8362. The public is invited to a meet-the-artist reception and viewing in Denise's honor; it will be held Sunday, July 14, 3-5 p.m.
* Sumi-e: Japanese Brush Painting with Carol Wiggins is presented by Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, Monday - Friday, July 15 - 19, 10 a.m-noon. Try Sumi-e, Japanese style brush painting using ink and watercolors on rice paper. No previous painting experience is necessary. Students will learn to paint the "Four Gentlemen" using the "Four Treasures." Adults and teens age 14+ are welcome.
* A Block Printing Workshop, hosted by AIGA Mobile, will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019, 9 a.m.-noon at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street, Mobile. Tickets are $25-$30 from www.eventbrite.com. Here's the question: Have you ever been curious how block printing techniques like linocut and woodcut worked, or has it been a while since you've worked in the medium? We are hosting a workshop where we will show you techniques to set up, carve and print your own design. Workshop fee includes carving kit, carving block, printing ink and paper. You'll need to provide your own design for a 5x7" print, or we'll provide one for you.
* Save the Date!! "Metal Jewelry Art Class with Janie Zetsch" is scheduled for Friday, August 16th - 6 p.m. at Dauphin Island Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. Students can learn to make hammered metal jewelry in this fun class. More details regarding the class will be announced soon.
* The Shibui Chapter of the Sunie Society of America presents "Understated Elegance" in the Marx Library/USA Galleries, 5901 USA Drive. There will be a reception on July 18, 6 p.m.; the exhibit will hang during July and August.
* Mark Your Calendar: Exploring the Art Behind Gaming - Episode #1, is scheduled at USA Libraries Art Galleries and Marx Library University of South Alabama, Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Presenters say, "It is one thing to game, it's another to learn about the art behind the game. Join us on August 24th, to meet local creators of board games, video games, card games and more. Here is your chance to meet the creators, play a little and learn a little."
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.
* On the first Tuesday of each month, 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.
* Saraland Woman's Club is holding a Yard Sale on July 13th and, they say, "We are also giving YOU to opportunity to have your own spot!" Check event FB to register. The Woman's Clubhouse is at 216 Highway 43.
* The Summer Movie Monday showing at Parkway Branch Library on July 1 at 10 a.m. is "Planet 51" about an astronaut who races to escape from an alien planet that bears a striking resemblance to 1950s-era America. The film runs 97 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-494-4454.
* Movie Time with Mr. Butch presents "Christopher Robin" at 1 p.m. July 2nd at Moorer/Spring Hill Library Branch. In the movie, Winne the Pooh ventures into London to turn a middle-aged Christopher Robin's life around with the help of Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger. Robin is now stuck in an oppressive white collar job that prevents him from spending time with his family. The film runs 120 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-470-7770.
* On July 3 at 10 a.m., children are invited to Toulminville Branch Library to see the Movie of the Week, "Smallfoot." The story is as follows: Smallfoot turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery. For more information, call 251-494-4982 or email email@example.com.
* On July 3 at 1 p.m., SummerFlix at Semmes Regional Library is showing "Mars Needs Moms." In the movie, a 9-year-old boy (voiced by Seth Green) embarks on a quest to save his mother from Martians who have kidnapped her for help in raising their own young. The film runs 88 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-494-4870.
* Ben May Main Library is showing a series of "A Marvel Universe of Stories" on July 3 and July 6. On July 3 at 1 p.m., that film is "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and at 3 p.m., "Ant-Man." On July 6, A Marvel Universe of Stories" at Ben May Main Library are "Captain America: Civil War" at 1 p.m. and "Dr. Strange" at 3 p.m. For more information, call 251-340-1458.
* Dauphin Island's Free Family Movie Nights feature "Jaws" on July 5th and 6th. On July 11th, the film is "Dolphin Tale" and on the 12th, "Finding Dory." Presented by the Town of Dauphin Island and sponsored by Greer's Markets, the movies are held on West End Beach and begin at dusk. Bring beach chairs, blankets and bug spray, but no glass, pets or grills.
* Make a Note: This summer, the SMG-managed Mobile Saenger Theatre will once again showcase a Summer Classic Movie Series featuring classic hit movies the way they were meant to be seen: larger-than-life on the glorious BIG screen! And thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Saenger, the movies will be shown on a brand-new HD laser projector that will make your viewing experience better than ever before. The Summer Classic Movie Series will run from July 14 to August 18 On Sunday afternoons. The movie will be shown at 3 p.m. with the doors opening at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are general admission and prices are $6 for adults; $3 for children 12 and younger under and seniors (60+). All movies will be seated on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets can be purchased at either the Saenger Theatre Box Office (located at 6 South Joachim Street; open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) or at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (located at 401 Civic Center Drive; open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) The Saenger Box Office will open at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the movie. Tickets cannot be purchased online or by phone. The main concession stand downstairs will be open for snacks and beverages such as popcorn, sodas, candy, beer, wine and mixed drinks. The first movie in the series is "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" on July 14th.
* Chickasaw Civic Theatre's Annual Awards Night is Friday, July 19, 2019, 7-11 p.m. at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, Chickasaw. It's potluck, so pring your favorite to share. The awards program begins at 7:30 p.m.
* Mobile Mystery Dinners' next production is "Curl Up & Dye," written by MMD player Barbara Ladnier. The performance is Friday, July 19, 7 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Advance reservations are required ($62 per person--includes catered buffet dinner.) Go to www.mobilemysterydinners.com to make reservations. Due to adult innuendo, mature audience is suggested. There is plenty of free parking at the Manor.
* Mobile's Playhouse-in-the-Park presents Lionel Bart's "Oliver," the Broadway musical based on Charles Dickens' timeless novel. This is a great show for all ages. The play will run on weekends July 19 through August 11, 2019. Tickets will go on sale in late June. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays will start at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Reservations can be made online at http://playhouseinthepark.org/box-office or call 251-602-0630. Playhouse-in-the-Park is at 4851 Museum Drive.
* On Sunday, July 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard will be showing "Matinee: Life in the Undergrowth," a BBC production hosted by Sir David Attenborough, showing all day in 5 Rivers theater for free. 5 Rivers note: "David Attenborough guides the viewer through a miniature universe teeming with life, never normally seen, yet all around us. New technology reveals surreal vistas and their extraordinary inhabitants -- swarming antler moths, desert locusts and a mountain of cockroaches -- up close and personal. The bizarre and the beautiful are represented and their habits, lifestyles and characteristics explained in David Attenborough's inimitable style. Though small, these creatures are as ferocious as any seen before."
* Saturday, August 3, 7 p.m. for Mobile Theatre Guild's Zoghby Awards. The Theatre is at 14 N Lafayette Street. Bring a potluck dish and BYOB.
* Mark your calendar! Children are invited to "Jump to the beat with your friends on Sesame Street! Join the fun with an interactive show that unfolds on one of the world's most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood... get ready for Sesame Street Live! Let's Party!" The shows at Mobile Civic Center are Saturday, November 2, 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, November 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 251.208.7906) or the Saenger Theatre Box Office (6 South Joachim Street; open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 251.208.5600). For information regarding accessible seating tickets, call 251.208.7906. Additional fees, service charges, and/or taxed may be added to ticket prices. All dates, acts and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.
* Save the Date! Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure.will play, live on stage, at the Mobile Civic Center on Tuesday, September 24, 6 p.m. and Wednesday, September 25, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information or to join the Tail Mail mailing list for pre-sale and other exclusive offers, visit www.pawpatrollive.com. Follow PAW Patrol Live! on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @pawpatrollive, and the hashtag #pawpatrollive.
Book Clubs/book signings/recitations/writings:
* Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, is offering a 6-week writing class for those who are interested in putting together their book manuscript and getting it ready to publish - plus new writing lessons and prompts. Instructor is Dr. Sue Brannan Walker, Poet Laureate of Alabama (2003 - 2012.) The class is on Wednesday, 10 a.m.-noon through July 10. To register, call 251-342-0555.
* Adult Summer Reading Challenge:Mobile Public Library recently began an Adult Summer Reading Challenge; Week 1 was Romance; Week 2, Southern Fiction and Week 3, Mystery and Romance. Poetry was the topic for Week 5 and, for Week 6, the theme is Speculative Fiction. Don't forget to drop by your local branch to pick up a reading challenge log and sign up for a chance to win an iPad, dinner for two and other treats.
* On Mondays, July 1, August 5 at 6 p.m., Serda Brewing Company, 600 Government Street, is hosting an Old Time Music Jam--Unamplified instruments, fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and upright bass.
Old time music is more vast than bluegrass, as it is a much older genre. Instruments play in different tunings depending on the song and key. The music has a sound and a drive that blends traditions brought to America by early European settlers and early Africans.
* Savor the hops and savor the jazz. Mobile Jazz Club will be at Serda Brewing, 600 Government Street, July 17 at 7 p.m. No cover.
* Dauphin Island's West End Beach is the perfect scene to listen and dance to live music; it offers air-conditioned restrooms and convenient parking. Music lovers can sit back and relax while listening to live music at the series of live music, “Summer Concerts at West End Beach.” On July 28, that will be the Excelsior Band. Admissions for all concerts are $5 per person, children who are 12 and younger will receive free admission. All proceeds will go to the preservation project for the historic Little Red House. Bring a beach chair or blanket. Pets, grills and glass are prohibited from the beach.
Runs, Walks, biking, cycling events and paddles:
* On Thursday, July 4, 7:30-10:30 a.m., Run N Tri Mobile, 6345 Airport Boulevard, Suite K, is hosting its 5th Annual Free 5K Run/Walk. Participants are encouraged to wear red, white and blue!
* On Thursday, July 18, 6-7:30 p.m., Port City Pacers is hosting an Ultrarunning Panel Discussion at 358 Morgan Avenue, Mobile. If you have been thinking about becoming an ultrarunner - someone who runs more than 26.2 miles at a time - this is a seminar for you. Learn from those who do the ins and outs of ultrarunning.
* Save the Date! "Chickasabogue 2-Miler," hosted by Port City Pacers, is Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Chickasabogue Park, 760 Aldock Road, Eight Mile. The run is organized by Port City Pacers Road Runners Club, Inc. For information, call 251-473-7223. Details such as location, registration, awards and Post-Road Party are on PCP FB page.
* "Distinguished Young Women: Born in Mobile. Born to Inspire" exhibit is on display at the History Museum of Mobile, 111 Royal Street. Visitors can explore the more than 60 year history of Distinguished Young Women and America’s Junior Miss. See the program’s history unfold, with Mobile as its backdrop, in images, costumes, and memorabilia now on display through August 2.
* "Sensational 60s" exhibit is open at the HIstory Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street, Mobile. The exhibit explores fashion as an entry point to the politics and culture of our nation’s most turbulent decade. From bikinis named for an atomic testing site, to trousers contributing to burgeoning feminism, to mod materials inspired by the space race, the styles of the 1960s open up an exciting world of social and cultural revolutions.
* The History Museum of Mobile, 111 Royal Street, has on exhibit through September 1, "Mel Showers: 50 Years of Broadcast Excellence." The exhibit honors Showers and his 50 year career with WKRG. Visitors can learn about the major stories he’s covered, the awards and accolades he’s received, as well as the challenges he had to overcome.
* In partnership with Wind Creek Hospitality, the History Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street, has announced FREE Admission every first Sunday of the month, beginning July 7, 1-5 p.m. The History Museum of Mobile weaves together the rich, diverse and often turbulent histories of Mobile and the surrounding area, from the prehistoric past to the present. Of the 117,000 objects in the museum’s collection, 352 are related to Native American history and include items such as pottery shards, stone tools, and arrowheads that tell thousands of years of Native history - many are on display in permanent exhibits. The museum is open every Sunday from 1 - 5 p.m.
* Tuesdays through July 8, 2019, a 75th Anniversary D-Day Exhibit: D-Day through the Eyes of Two Men will be at Ben May Main Library. For more information, call 251-340-1458 or visit our website at mobilepubliclibrary.org.
* History Museum of Mobile's next Learning Lunch is Wednesday, July 10 at noon at the Museum, 111 Royal Street. Featured will be Frye Gaillard, author of "A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s." Guests are encouraged to bring their lunches and enjoy a presentation and discussion. For more information on Learning Lunch, contact Jennifer Theeck, Curator of Education, at 251-301-0270 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Secret History Tours and Serda Brewing Co., 600 Government Street, present a Local Color Walking Tour on July 10, 4-5:30 p.m. Tickets are at www.secrethistorytours.com. Cost is $15 adults, $10 ages 12 and younger. Don't miss this tour of the west end of downtown, and be sure to try one of the local restaurants while you're in the neighborhood." For more information, see Tours FB Page.
* Mobile Creole Cultural and Historical Preservation Society's Second Saturday presents John Sledge on The Mobile River on Saturday, July 13, 2019, 10-11:30 a.m. at Bernheim Hall, 701 Government Street, Mobile. All are invited to join the Creole Society and the Mobile Public Library, Local History and Genealogy Division as John Sledge discusses the life and history of this important and often overlooked waterways and the people who lived and traveled it.
* From 1-3 p.m. July 19, the public is invited to the History Museum of Mobile, 111 Royal Street to "Meet the Author- Karyn Tunks," author of three books about Mobile's history and culture. She will read her books to the audience and then sign books. Children will be invited to make a craft to take home following story time. Staff from the Mobile Public Library will also present information on our local libraries. Contact Curator of Education, Jennifer Theeck at 251-301-0270 for more information or to make a reservation. Walk-ins are welcome. The cost of this event is included in the museum’s admission price.
* Save the Date: On October 5, 2019, 8:45 a.m.-6 p.m., Historic Mobile Preservation Society (email@example.com) is presenting the 50th Annual Historic Buildings Tour, which will focus on Mobile architect George B. Rogers. The tour includes never seen before access, to the architecture, history, family tales, furnishings, artwork, upstairs and downstairs, all hidden passages, gardens and planting. This once-in-a-lifetime tour will be written by Cartledge Blackwell III, a Mobile Historian who wrote his master's thesis on Rogers. Tickets are $200 per person and ticket sales are limited to 125 guests. Tickets will be made available to HMPS Members first as a thank you to HMPS loyal members. Tickets will be open to the general public after two weeks if there are any tickets still available. See community blog joannemcknight.com for more details and photos.
* Grand Bay Community Clean-Up is Saturday, July 20th. 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteers are needed for this one day roadway clean-up, working in supervised groups with Mobile Baykeepers staff. Lunch will be served after the clean-up. The event starts at 9 a.m. from the Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 US Highway 90, Grand Bay. For more information, contact Aleta Boudreaux, 251-656-4576 or Mobile Baykeeper at 251-433-4229. Call Aleta if you knowof areas that are in desperate need of attention for trash and debris removal.
Auto Shows and Events:
* Shine and Show at Grand Bay Watermelon Festival July 4th: Auto owners are invited to attend and "show off your ride: Antiques, Rat Rods, Motorcycles Show cars, and Show trucks." Shade parking is limited so get there when the gates open at 8 a.m. Voting will be 'Kid's Choice' (parents can help) for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies, and the Watermelon Festival Queen's Choice. Onsite registration only - $5 gate admission or purchase a Program on the 3rd for $5 and that can be used as gate admission.
* Save the Date: Grand Bay Fire Dept. Car & Truck Show, hosted by Grand Bay Fire District, is Saturday, August 24, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Sunny South Raceway, 11380 Highway 90, Grand Bay. The show is open to any vehicle 2 wheels and up.
*** Thursday Market at Lavretta Park, 200 Parkway West, is 3-6 p.m. through the end of July. Now there are more locally-produced, locally-made items to choose from. For more information, call William Amos, 251-
*** Christ United Methodist Church, 6101 Grelot Road, has a Spring and Summer Market every Tuesday, 3-6 p.m.
*** Market in the Park in downtown Mobile is Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.-noon at Cathedral Square Park, 300 Conti Street. Market in the Park features locally grown produce, homemade breads, jams, preserves, honey, and so on as well as crafts by local artisans and music. For more information, call 251-208-1550.
*** Citronelle Farmer's Market & Goods at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 8025 State Street, Citronelle, is Saturday, June 29, 8 a.m.-noon. Featured will be fresh produce, herbs, seafood, farm-fresh eggs, baked goods, natural honey and handmade artisan creations. Sanctioned by Alabama Farmer’s Market Authority; Senior Nutrition Vouchers accepted.
* On Tuesday, July 2, 6 p.m., the Mobile Bay Sierra Club offers a presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Bevan, the new biologist for the Alabama Coastal Foundation supporting the Share the Beach sea turtle program. Elizabeth has documented the behaviors of three species of sea turtle (green turtles, Chelonia mydas, flatback turtles, Natator depressus, and hawksbill turtles, Eretmochelys imbricate.) For more information, please contact Carol Adams-Davis, 702-496-5050.
* 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, will present one or more live educational animals--Animal Ambassadors--at 2 p.m. Sundays July 7-July 21.
* On Sunday, July 14, 9 a.m-4 p.m. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center's "Matinee: American Eagle" can be seen at the Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard. The public is invited to view the PBS Nature Documentary, showing all day in the theater, free.
* Super Adoption Day with ARF, hosted by Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center and Animal Rescue Foundation, is Saturday, July 13, 2019, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government Street. This is a Superpower Dog adoption event! The Exploreum has partnered with Animal Rescue Foundation in Theodore, Alabama (http://www.animalrescuemobile.org/) to help find forever homes for our furry friends.
* "Samantha" is the Mobile County Animal Shelter Pet of the Week. She is a one-year-old Black and Tan mix. Sammy is heartworm negative, and her $80 adoption fee covers her spay, vaccines, wormer and microchip. Those interested in adopting "Samantha" or any of the other adoptable pets, stop by the Shelter Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Shelter is not open on holidays.
* Rabies Shots + Nail Trims event at B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road, is Saturday, July 27. Rabies shots are $10; nail trims are $15.
* PALS - Get Involved! Donate Today! PALS is a 501c3 non-profit all volunteer organization. The mission of PALS is to raise funds to support the Mobile County Animal Control Shelter (MCAS) for capital improvements to expand both facility accommodations and services. PALS provides fiscal support through solicitation of grants, donations and sponsorships and expend the funds for the purpose of capital and project purposes.
* On the first Monday of every month, except when Monday falls on a holiday, Chickasaw seniors meet at 7:30 for Early Bird Breakfast (July 1.) In addition to enjoying a full breakfast for just $3, the group also look forward to conversation with each other and an update on community activities and events.
* Seniors at Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, see an Afternoon Movie every Monday at 1. Scheduled on July 1 is "Like Arrow," on July 8, "Rock My Heart" and on July 15, "An Interview with God."
* Semmes seniors celebrate July birthdays on July 10 at lunch. The Center is at 9635 Moffett Road.
* Touching Hearts Senior Care meets the 4th Tuesday of every month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Spot of Tea, 310 Dauphin Street. There is a new public speaker on topics of interest every month. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-445-4204.
* On July 11th, 9 a.m., Connie Hudson Senior Center and Mobile Regional Senior Center Foundation present a Celebration Billiard Tournament (on the new tables.) There will be an honorary break by Mobile County Com. Jerry Carl. The Senior Center is at 3201 Hillcrest Road; the phone number is 251-208-6701.
* A Red White & Blues Dance at Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, is Friday, July 19, 6-9 p.m. Seniors are invited for a fun time of music, dancing and great food. Tickets are $8 each.
* Save the Date: On Friday, July 26, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Scott Corcoran with the History Museum of Mobile will deliver a presentation on Mobile's Colonial Era. The presentation will take place at Connie Hudson Senior Center, 3201 Hillcdest Road.
* Seniors, Mark your Calendars: On Friday, August 2, 2019, 9-10 a.m., Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center and Better Business Bureau Serving Central and South Alabama will be presenting the Top 3 Senior Scams of 2018 and how to stay alert. Connie Hudson Senior Center is at 3201 Hillcrest Road.
Just for info:
* Island Hopper/Crabbie Cabbie: The Town of Dauphin Island now has weekend public transportation from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday-Sunday. The service at $1 per ride will continue through Labor Day weekend.
July 4/Patriotic events:
*** The Annual Semmes Independence Day Celebration will be July 3, 2019, 7 p.m. at the Mary G Montgomery Football Stadium. The free event will have fireworks, music and food vendors. The food vendors will be Papa G's and Kona Ice, and music will include Kenlee Tillman and others. Blood South also plans to be there, so get ready to roll up your sleeve. The fireworks should start after dark, around 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Elizabeth Lovelady, Project Coordinator, 251-544-6640 or 251-649-8811.
*** "4th On The Bay" on Thursday, July 4, 2019, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. will be held at Rolston Park, 7880 Coden Belt Road, Coden. There will be live music by Portersville noon-3 p.m. and then DJ George Ramirez. Enjoy grilling while your children play on the water slide and all of you wait for the fireworks show.
*** Mobile Pops 4th of July Concert & Fireworks Show, hosted by The Mobile Symphonic Pops Band, is Thursday, July 4, 2019, 7-9:15 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park. Details on the day's activities: On Thursday, July 4, the City of Mobile will hold its annual 4th of July celebration at Cooper Riverside Park starting at 2 p.m. The festivities will be highlighted by a patriotic concert by the Mobile Pops from 7-8:30 p.m., followed by a firework show (with Mobile Pops accompaniment) at 9 p.m. This is a free concert. Concert lineup includes The Washington Post March, Light Calvary Overture, Semper Fidelis, Stars and Stripes Forever, and many more. See City of Mobile's Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/896915997322753/
*** The public is invited to the Town of Dauphin Island to celebrate the birth of our nation. First, start the day off by joining the Dauphin Island Veterans Association at Water Tower Plaza for their annual July 4th ceremony at 11 a.m. Pack a picnic lunch or grab a bite from your favorite local restaurant and head out to the beach to enjoy the rest of the day. Close off the evening by enjoying the fireworks on the public beach by the Dauphin Island School at 9 p.m. These family-friendly and patriotically approved events will ensure visitors a happy and safe Fourth of July!
*** "Patriot Games," hosted by VFW Post 49, 2528 Government Boulevard is Thursday, July 4, noon-7 p.m. There'll be food and fun for the whole family, and games for everyone--prizes are available.
*** The City of Mobile will celebrate Independence Day, July 4th, at Cooper-Riverside Park. Gates will open at 2 p.m; fireworks begin at 9 p.m. $5 parking will be available at Mobile Convention Center and Mobile Civic Center. Events, activities and/or music will be going on at GulfQuest and Mardi Gras Park also. For more information, call 251-208-1550.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens notes that "We’ve begun moving the Japanese Maple Collection from Maarten van der Giessen to the the new Magnolia Hill complex at the Mobile Botanical Gardens. Members will have a chance to see the collection at our membership party on June 29th for our 2019/20 members. Join or renew your membership and come enjoy the party!"
School Supplies Drives:
* Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a "Back to School Bash" on Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m.-noon at Rambo's Skateland, 531 Saraland Blvd. S. Children (K-5th grade) are invited to enjoy free skate and refreshments from the Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce. The first 150 children will receive a FREE backpack filled with school supplies sponsored by local businesses.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce's School Supply & Backpack Drive ends on July 19. Each year at the Kid's Day Event (this year, July 27th) the Chamber is able to give hundreds of children in need a new backpack filled with school supplies. A Note to the Public: This is where we need your help by donating backpacks and school supplies by July 19. Just drop off your donations to the Chamber at the Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Chamber contact is 251-666-2488.
* The "Third Annual Back to School Community Cookout in the Park and Awareness Day," sponsored by Hustle League Foundation in conjunction with Cops for Kids is Saturday, August 3 at Langan/Municipal Park. This event is for children of all ages, so bring the whole family for a day filled with fun, food and festivities. School supplies will be given away along with school uniforms. Also on the schedule will be Jeremy March, the Dancing Cop. For more information, call Randall Wheeler at 251-623-5189.
Summer Art Camps and Classes:
* Art Blast Summer Art Camp at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive continues through July 26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 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.
* Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council Youth Art Camp will be held at the Art Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard, on July 29, 30 and 31. The Art Camp is offered free of charge to children in Kindergarten -- Grade 5 (as of the upcoming school year.) Class times for grades 2-5 are 9:30-11:30 a.m.; for Kindergarten and Grade 1, 1-2:30 p.m. To reserve a space, register in person at the Art Gallery, Thursday-Sunday or email email@example.com. Space is very limited. (Grades 2-5 class is full).
* Art Does It!, 1101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island is holding its 2nd Annual Summer Youth Art Camp July 22-25, 3-5 p.m. The free camps are as follows: Monday, July 22, Painting, ages 8-10; Tuesday, July 23, pottery; age 5+; Wednesday, July 24, painting, age 5+ and Thursday, July 25, instructor Regina Kollegger, painter/sculptor/science educator; age 11+. For additional information, call Regina Kollegger, 251-214-6485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited so reserve early.
* The Satsuma Library Summer Youth Art Class is held by the Satsuma Art Guild Wednesdays in July from 1-3 p.m. at the Library. Classes for children ages 8-12 are July 10 and July 17. Classes for youths aged 13-16 will be held July 24 and 31. Limited spaces are available. The program is free. For more information, call 251-679-0700.
Summer Camps (sports, science, safety, exploring, etc):
* Summer camps at the Exploreum Science Center are a great way to keep budding young minds engaged all summer long. The camps are extensive in subject matter and cater to grades Pre-K4 through 8th grade. Go to http://www.exploreum.com/education/camps/ for more information or to register online. For issues with online registration please contact Haley Freeman at email@example.com or call 1-251-208-6818.
* Mobile Ballet 2019 Summer Camps offers classes in ballet, crafts, storytime and performance through July. For information, go to www.mobileballet.org or call 251-342-2241.
* USA Archaeology Museum Dig Into Summer Reading Challenge continues through July 31, 2019. Children of all ages are invited to participate. Read two books from the reading list (to download list go to southalabama.edu/org/archaeology/museum.) Then send an email (with your parents' help) including the names of the books, an illustration and a short paragraph about what you learned to Candace Cravins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The July Summer Maritime Academies at GulfQuest, 155 S Water Street, features activities related to different themes and will be taught in the museum's classrooms. The curriculum for each Academy has strong STEM components, mixed in with art, music, and fun!
* For information on the Boys and Girls Clubs Summer Enrichment Program, go to www.bgcsouthal.org/summer
* Hands-on History Workshop Series, hosted by History Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street, will run four Tuesdays in July--the 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th at 10 a.m. These Hands-on History Workshops are for children aged 11-14. Choose one or come to all! Each workshop costs $15 for the first child and each additional child will receive a $5 discount per workshop. Events are FREE with a Family Membership. Visit bit.ly/HMMHandsOn for event flyer. Featured are July 9: Oral History; July 16: 1960s Music; July 23: 1960s Art; and July 30: Discover Artifacts. For more information, contact Curator of Education, Jennifer Theeck at email@example.com.
* Mobile County 2019 4-H Clover Day Camps--Two days remaining: July 9, Candy Bouquets and Flower Arrangement, and July 16, Pies. The Tuesday classes run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Jon Archer Ag Center. The camp is open to ages 9-18 (limit of 20 per camp.) Registration fee for each class is $15. Registration closes one week prior to each camp. For more information, call 251-574-8445.
* Chickasaw Youth Basketball Camp is July 22-23, 1-3 p.m. at Chickasaw Auditorium Gym. There is no charge. Call 251-452-6462 to register.
* On July 15-July 19 and July 22-July 26, Lifelines Counseling Services is offering "Children Safety Camp" at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 4051 Old Shell Road. This camp for children ages 5 - 12 years of age will be taking place this summer. (This event is open to the general public not just students of SPS.) The Children's Safety Camp is Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more information, go to http://www.lifelinesmobile.org/lifelines-counseling-services-childrens-safety-camp-july-2019/ Sign up soon--only 24 spots available per class and both have sign-ups already. (Grades 2-5 are completely booked.
Library Children's Summer Programs (WEEKLY):
* (Weekly) Week 6 of the Chickasaw Library Summer Reading Program for Children aged 12 and younger is Saturday, July 6, 11 a.m.-noon at Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street. This week, readers will explore a "Secret Garden" as they learn about Bellingrath Gardens and its vast collection of beautiful flowers. Then--they can learn about the different floral types as they make their own bouquet of paper flowers. On July 13th, the last day of the summer program, there will be a Rewards Party. The "Explorers" will take a final journey and discover the wonders that can be found in their own backyard in Alabama. Snacks will be served and prize-winners announced as they create their own unique Alabama Shrinky-dink crtafts.
* Week 5 of Mobile Public Library Summer Reading Program, July 1-July 3 features National award-winning storyteller, Wanda Johnson, who uses the age-old art of storytelling to excite, delight and entertain audiences of all ages. The schedule is as follows: Monday, July 1, 10:30 a.m., Saraland Library; 1 p.m. and Semmes Regional Library; Tuesday, July 2, 2 p.m., Theodore Oaks Branch Library; and Wednesday, July 3, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Ben May Main Library and at 3 p.m., Parkway Branch Library.
* Week 6 of Mobile Public Library Summer Reading Program, Monday, July 8-Thursday, July 11 features Dr. Gee with a visually entertaining and jaw-droppingly magical show that turns young readers into space explorers. The schedule is as follows: Monday, July 8, Saraland Library, 10:30 a.m.; Semmes Regional Library, 1 p.m. and Moorer/Spring Hill Branch, 3 p.m.--Tuesday, July 9, West Regional Library, 11 a.m.; Theodore Oaks Branch, 2 p.m.--Wednesday, July 10, Ben May Main Library, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. and Parkway Branch, 3 p.m.--Thursday, July 11, Virginia Dillard Smith/Toulminville Branch 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
* (Weekly) Teen Art Space at Semmes Regional Library, 9150 Moffett Road is 2-4 p.m. Children aged 8-14 are encouraged to join artist Jaime Lee and her guest presenters each week to explore different art forms and create unique pieces of art. For more information, call 251-494-4870 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* (Weekly) "Summer Boredom Buster" at Saraland Public Library begins on Tuesday, 3 p.m. Children of all ages: Are you looking for something fun to do on Tuesdays this summer? Come have fun creating Alien Spaceships, Moon Rocks and so much more. For more information, call 251-675-2879.
* (Weekly) Art and Rhyme Wiggle Time Story Time at Ben May Public Library is 10:30-11:30 a.m.. Children aged 18 months through 3 years can enjoy simple stories and music that introduce the sounds and rhythms of language and play little learner. There'll be a wiggle, rhyme, read and sing, active story time – and a craft too. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-340-1507 or email email@example.com. This activity will continue Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. through July 20.
* (Weekly) Grand Bay Summer Children's Program will be on Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon during through July. Cost is $5 per child; lunch is free. The weekly events will be at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90. Each session will carry a different theme. On July 3, Week 4, that will be "Kids' Kitchen" and on July 10, Week 5, it will be the Exploreum's "States of Matter." Expect lots of fun! For more information, to volunteer or to become a sponsor, call Diana Ankney, 251-865-4010.Community Center, 11610 Highway 90. Each session will carry a different theme. Expect lots of fun! For more information, to volunteer or to become a sponsor, call Diana Ankney, 251-865-4010.
"Chickasabogue 2-Miler," hosted by Port City Pacers, is Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Chickasabogue Park, 760 Aldock Road, Eight Mile. The run is organized by Port City Pacers Road Runners Club, Inc. For information, call 251-473-7223. Details such as location, registration, awards and Post-Road Party are on PCP FB page.
Dauphin Island's Free Family Movie Nights feature "Jaws" on July 5th and 6th. On July 11th, the film is "Dolphin Tale" and on the 12th, "Finding Dory." Presented by the Town of Dauphin Island and sponsored by Greer's Markets, the movies are held on West End Beach and begin at dusk. Bring beach chairs, blankets and bug spray, but no glass, pets or grills.
On July 3 at 10 a.m., children are invited to Toulminville Branch Library to see the Movie of the Week, "Smallfoot." The story is as follows: Smallfoot turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery. For more information, call 251-494-4982 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, July 18, 6-7:30 p.m., Port City Pacers is hosting an Ultrarunning Panel Discussion at 358 Morgan Avenue, Mobile. If you have been thinking about becoming an ultrarunner - someone who runs more than 26.2 miles at a time - this is a seminar for you. Learn from those who do the ins and outs of ultrarunning.
On July 2, 4-5 p.m., children can learn how to Design & Create Galaxy Bracelets at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Limited supplies and space, so registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-494-4140 or email email@example.com.
Secret History Tours and Serda Brewing Co., 600 Government Street, present a Local Color Walking Tour on July 10, 4-5:30 p.m. Tickets are at www.secrethistorytours.com. Cost is $15 adults, $10 ages 12 and younger.
About the tour, Secret History Tours writes:
"This tour is a sampler of all our tour types: it's a historic architecture tour, a cemetery tour and a ghost tour all in one. This fun walking tour gets you off the beaten path and into local culture. As an added bonus, guests can purchase and enjoy a local craft beer along the way.
"The tour starts at Serda's Brewery and includes the Church Street Graveyard, the Boyington Oak, Big Zion AME Church, the historic Crystal Ice Company, Washington Fire Hall 5, and Creole Fire Hall 1, where the Excelsior Band began.
"Don't miss this tour of the west end of downtown, and be sure to try one of our local restaurants while you're in the neighborhood." For more information, see Tours FB Page.
Seniors at Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, see an Afternoon Movie every Monday at 1. Scheduled on July 1 is "Like Arrow," on July 8, "Rock My Heart" and on July 15, "An Interview with God."
Ben May Main Library is showing a series of "A Marvel Universe of Stories" on July 3 and July 6. On July 3 at 1 p.m., that film is "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and at 3 p.m., "Ant-Man." On July 6, A Marvel Universe of Stories" at Ben May Main Library are "Captain America: Civil War" at 1 p.m. and "Dr. Strange" at 3 p.m. For more information, call 251-340-1458.
On July 3 at 1 p.m., SummerFlix at Semmes Regional Library is showing "Mars Needs Moms." In the movie, a 9-year-old boy (voiced by Seth Green) embarks on a quest to save his mother from Martians who have kidnapped her for help in raising their own young. The film runs 88 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-494-4870.
SBS, Watermelons & Hope Festival, sponsored by No. Mo. Co Farmer Market, 204 Wilson Avenue S, Prichard, August 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There'll be a "Watermelon Giveaway." for more information, see www.breaking of bread co-op.org.
Mobile Public Library recently began an Adult Summer Reading Challenge; Week 1 was Romance; Week 2, Southern Fiction and Week 3, Mystery and Romance. Poetry was the topic for Week 5 and, for Week 6, the theme is Speculative Fiction.
The Library notes that Speculative Fiction includes Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror and all the hundreds of sub-genres and categories that make up those genres. The thing that brings all of these under the same umbrella is the fact that they all start with a single question: "What if...?" What if vampires were real? What if magic existed? What if there were superheroes? In recent years science fiction, fantasy, and horror have dominated TV and movies. If you enjoyed Black Panther, The Quiet Place, Stranger Things, The Handmaid's Tale or Game of Thrones, those are all works of speculative fiction. Fantastical worlds and settings can offer enrichment to storytelling and present the reader or viewer with interesting questions in an entertaining way. Don't just write off scifi as kid's stuff.
There's an interesting "What if...?" for everyone. What if aliens attacked? What if a certain new technology were invented? Don't forget to drop by your local branch to pick up a reading challenge log and sign up for a chance to win an iPad, dinner for two and other treats.
Saraland Woman's Club is holding a Yard Sale on July 13th and, they say, "We are also giving YOU to opportunity to have your own spot!" Check event FB to register. The Woman's Clubhouse is at 216 Highway 43.
Movie Time with Mr. Butch presents "Christopher Robin" at 1 p.m. July 2nd at Moorer/Spring Hill Library Branch. In the movie, Winne the Pooh ventures into London to turn a middle-aged Christopher Robin's life around with the help of Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger. Robin is now stuck in an oppressive white collar job that prevents him from spending time with his family. The film runs 120 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-470-7770.
Chickasaw Youth Basketball Camp is July 22-23, 1-3 p.m. at Chickasaw Auditorium Gym. There is no charge. Call 251-452-6462 to register.
"Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" is the Terrific Tuesday Matinee at Ben May Main Library on July 2, 10 a.m. Synopsis: Two kids transform their principal into a superhero named Captain Underpants, and the trio soon battle a deranged teacher at their school. The film runs 84 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-340-1507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On October 5, 2019, 8:45 a.m.-6 p.m., Historic Mobile Preservation Society (email@example.com) is presenting the 50th Annual Historic Buildings Tour, which will focus on Mobile architect George B. Rogers. The tour includes never seen before access, to the architecture, history, family tales, furnishings, artwork, upstairs and downstairs, all hidden passages, gardens and planting. This once-in-a-lifetime tour will be written by Cartledge Blackwell III, a Mobile Historian who wrote his master's thesis on Rogers.
Guests can hear everything about 5 Rogers buildings--more than one hours at each, followed by a wine and cheese celebration at Hunter House from 4:30-6 p.m. after the tour. Sites on the tour are Burgess-Maschmeyer-Flotte House, Thomas Shannon Hunter House, Ben May Library, Government Street Methodist Church and Brown House.
Tickets are $200 per person and ticket sales are limited to 125 guests. Tickets will be made available to HMPS Members first as a thank you to HMPS loyal members. Tickets will be open to the general public after two weeks if there are any tickets still available. (Historic Mobile Preservation Society members tickets sales will be open July 1-14; tickets will be open to the general public starting July 15th.)
From HMPS: In addition to your spot on the tour, tickets will include a $10 lunch voucher redeemable at 4 of Mobile's Top Restaurants; admission to the closing reception, which will include wine and light hors d'oeuvres; One year membership to HMPS for any non-member tickets sold and a tax deduction equal to the price of your tickets purchased.
On Sunday, July 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard will be showing "Matinee: Life in the Undergrowth," a BBC production hosted by Sir David Attenborough, showing all day in 5 Rivers theater for free. 5 Rivers note: "David Attenborough guides the viewer through a miniature universe teeming with life, never normally seen, yet all around us. New technology reveals surreal vistas and their extraordinary inhabitants -- swarming antler moths, desert locusts and a mountain of cockroaches -- up close and personal. The bizarre and the beautiful are represented and their habits, lifestyles and characteristics explained in David Attenborough's inimitable style. Though small, these creatures are as ferocious as any seen before."
The USA Regional Autism Network's next "Coffee Chat: Self Care for the Caregiver," hosted by USA Children's and Women's Hospital is Thursday, July 18, 8:30-10 a.m. at USA Health Strada Patient Care Center, 1601 Center Street, Mobile. Guest speaker will be Blair Croom, MTS, GRS, RBT, Bereavement Counselor, Grief Recovery, Saad Hospice. There is no fee to attend. Coffee and refreshments provided. RSVP to USARAN@health.southalabama.edu or (251) 410-4820. Certificate of Attendance provided. The event is also sponsored by the Autism Society.
On July 2, 10 a.m. the Teen Movie at Ben May Main Library will be "Creed." The film runs 132 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-340-1521.