SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce is conducting a School Supply Drive beginning August 1st. Items can be dropped off at Tillman's Corner Community Center, Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery or Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery Administrative Office. Tina Poiroux, Director of Tillman's Corner Community Center, said that all basic school supplies and cash donations collected will go to local schools to be distributed to children in need.
The Creola Community Development Group is accepting donations of school supplies from now until August 20. Donations can be dropped off at Gulf Coast Opry, Creola Police Department and Creola City Hall. Basic school supplies, such as pencils, pens, spiral notebooks, glue, scissors and other essentials are needed.
Satsuma Prime Time Library Club's event, "Come Explore Your Creative Side with Loretta and LaVoyce" will be Tuesday, August 2, 11 a.m. at the Library on Old Highway 43. There/s no admission and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Tiphani Clearman, Assistant Library Director, at 251-679-0700.
The City of Semmes is observing National Night Out at Semmes Public Safety Training Complex on Tuesday, August 2, 7 p.m.
On Tuesday, August 2, 7 p.m., Mobile Bay Sierra Club will host "EARTH HISTORY, with Emphasis on Atmosphere and Climate," a comprehensive presentation by Dianne Palmore. The event will be at 5 Rivers, Tensaw Theater, 30945 Five Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort. For more information, contact Carol Adams-Davis, 702-496-5050 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon is Wednesday, August 3, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Guest Speaker will be Congressman Bradley Byrne. RSVP at 251-666-2488.
The 19th Annual Cool White Linen Night, which benefits Via! Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center, is Thursday, August 4, 6:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Mobile. The evening will include fine dining, libations, live music and a live and silent auction. Tickets are $100 per person for open seating. Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorships are available and seated tables of ten guests can be reserved for $1,500. For more information, call Barbara Estes at Via, 251-470-5229.
Mobile Arc's annual art exhibition and sale is Thursday, August 4, 6 p.m. "A Starry Night" features works by art program participants, as well as collaborative pieces they created with volunteer community artists. To be held at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street in Mobile, the event benefits the Mobile Arc art education program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Tickets are $25 each available by contacting Sandy Dennis at 251-479-7409 ext 623. The evening will include music by Eric Erdman and catering by Chef Rob. For more information, contact Amy Odom at email@example.com or 251-665-9646.
On Thursday, August 4, 11:30 a.m., seniors at Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, can share lunch from Semmes House of Pizza with Mayor Judy Hale. Lunch is $5.50 and sign-up is required by calling 251-649-2010.
Calvary Assembly of God Church, 6800 Three Notch Road, seniors' luncheon is Thursday, August 4, 10:30 a.m.
McLaney's Senior Dance is Thursday, August 4, 7-10 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road.
First Friday Lawn Party, hosted by Historic Oakleigh House Museum, is August 5, 4-7 p.m. at 350 Oakleigh Place, Mobile. Smith's Catering will be on site with food for purchase. There'll be music and $5 tours of the museum.
Grand Bay Community Dance with a Hawaiian Theme is scheduled for Friday, August 5, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Grand Bay St. Elmo Community Center, 11610 Highway 90. Admission is $10 per person. Guests are invited to dance to the songs from the 1950s and '60s with Deuces Wild providing the music. Refreshments and soft drinks will be available, there'll be a Split-the-Pot and a prize will be awarded for the best dressed costumed couple.
Playhouse in the Park continues performances of "The Wizard of Oz" on weekends August 5-7 and August 12-14. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and 2:30 p.m. for Sunday matinees. Tickets are $12 for students and seniors and $15 for adults. All performances are at the Playhouse, 4851 Museum Drive; call 251-602-0630 for reservations.
The August 5th Free Family Movie on West End Beach at Dauphin Island is "Swing Vote." Those attending are invited to bring beach chairs, blankets and bug spray, but no pets, glass or grills. Snack vendors and restrooms will be available on site. The movie starts at dusk.
The community is invited to attend a "Thank You" event for Saraland police officers on Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m. at Saraland Veterans' Park beside the tank at Amelia Park on Mae Street. If it rains, the Civic Center next door will be utilized. A reception in the Civic Center will follow the ceremony.
The Mobile Country Music Association, 310 S. Craft Highway in Chickasaw, is holding a Building Fund Benefit on Saturday, August 6, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Featured will be Josh Logan from Mobile. A homecooked lunch will be served at noon for a $5 donation.
The 3rd Annual Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic Fishing Tournament is Saturday, August 6, and registration is open; go to www.bayoulabatrekayakclassic.org and click on register. The Grand Prize is a Hobie Pro Angler Kayak. And of course, there'll be other prizes--organizers say some $10,000 worth. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/BayouLaBatreClassic/
The 152nd Battle Of Mobile Bay Commemorative Day at Fort Gaines Historic Site, 51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, is Saturday, August 6 at 9 a.m. This living history family event highlights the integral role the Fort played in the Battle. Included will be blacksmith demonstrations, reenactments of the daily life of the Civil War soldier and cannon firings every 45 minutes to honor the soldiers who fought and died there. Fort Gaines is open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 251-861-6992.
On August 6, 2016, Bellingrath Gardens and Home will celebrate Founder’s Day, the 147th anniversary of Mr. Bellingrath’s birthday, by offering free admission to residents of Mobile and Baldwin Counties, following a tradition that dates back to 1949, when Mr. Bellingrath invited local residents to come and enjoy the Gardens at no charge as part of his 80th birthday celebration. In addition, cruises on Fowl River will be conducted by Delta Safaris. Fees are $9 for adults and $7 for children ages 5-12; there is no charge for ages 4 and younger. Guests should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure time. Reservations are required for the cruises; to make a reservation, call 251.973.2217. Guests are encouraged to tour the Bellingrath Museum Home during their visit, for an additional charge of $9. The Home, which opened to the public in 1956, marks its 80th anniversary this year
Miss Bayou La Batre and the Bayou Beauties are hosting the "Miss Charitable Heart Pageant" on Sunday, August 7 at Tanner Williams Historical Society Building. Registration is 12:30-1:30 p.m. with showtime at 2 p.m. . Entry fee is $35. Door admission for all visitors aged 10 and older is $10 in cash or pet supplies. The 2016 Miss Bayou La Batre Queens are collecting dog and cat supplies and funds to be distributed to local animal shelters. For more information, contact pageant director, Tina Lynn, at firstname.lastname@example.org or see pageant Facebook page.
On Sunday, August 7, Pathway Church, 7200 Moffett Road at Ching Dairy Road, is giving away backpacks filled with school supplies. Any Mobile County Public School student who attends one of three Sunday morning services is eligible to receive the supplies, according to Administrative Pastor Andric Daugherty. Services are at 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. In addition to student backpacks, Pathway will donate supplies to teachers and administrators who attend one of the Sunday morning services. All supplies left over will be distributed to area schools to be given to at-risk students, Daugherty said.
Satsuma Public Library Foundation is hosting a "Meet the Candidates" reception Tuesday, August 9, 6:30 p.m. at Steele Creek Lodge. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.
The August 9, 8 a.m. Women's Information Networking meeting will be hosted by Elizabeth Skipper of Somerby of Mobile at 901 Somerby Drive. For more information, visit www.womensinfonetworking.com.
Tuesday, August 9, 6:30 p.m., the Riverside Community Action Group (CAG) will meet at Riverside Baptist Church Chapel, Dauphin Island Parkway. Featured speaker will be Laurel Boothe, a Municipal Enforcement Officer who is responsible for blighted properties within the Riverside Community. Lt. Keith Stallings is the Riverside CAG coordinating Mobile Police Department representative and Pastor Randall Ingram is president of the group.
Mission of Hope Ministries is celebrating its 45th Anniversary on Friday, August 12, 6:30 p.m. at Dauphin Way Baptist Church, 3661 Dauphin Street. Doors open at 5:30 for a Silent Auction. The event is free and open to the public.
Elvis returns to the Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, on August 12 at 2 p.m. Pick up free tickets at the front desk.
On Friday, August 12, there's to be a dedication of the new Satsuma High School Athletic Facility, 1 Gator Drive, Satsuma. Festivities begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:45 p.m., followed by the community-wide pep rally at 6 and a Maroon-and-White scrimmage game at 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold in advance closer to the event and that information will be shared at a later date.
During the month of August, artists from the Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center are presenting an art exhibit on the University of South Alabama campus at the main library. The event is sponsored by USA Marx Library and Dr. Richard Wood, Dean of Libraries. A public opening ceremony will be held Friday, August 12, 10:30 a.m.
On Saturday, August 13, 3 p.m., Saraland First Assembly of God, 907 Shelton Beach Road, will present "Divas for Missions" fashion show to raise funds for missions. Tickets are $5 at the door. Vendor spaces are available at $30. In addition to the fashion show, there will be a silent auction; donations now being accepted. Contact Charity Lee, 251-422-4223 or post on Divas for Missions Facebook.
The public is invited to enjoy "Masterpieces and Mimosas" at Historic Oakleigh House Museum, 300 Oakleigh Place, on Sunday, August 14, 1-2 p.m. Guests can join the curatorial staff on a special Sunday tour of Historic Oakleigh while enjoying mimosas. Tickets are $15 per person/$5 for HMPS members and are available at www.historicoakleigh.com.
The Chickasaw Library and Friends are sponsoring "Meet the Candidates" on Sunday, August 14, 2-5 p.m. The event will be held at J.C. Davis Auditorium in Chickasaw. Each candidate will speak briefly about issues that are important to them.
Tom McGehee, historian and director of Bellingrath Home, will present the "Lost Mansions of Mobile" series at an evening lecture on Thursday, August 18, 5:30-8 p.m. The event will take place at Bernheim Hall at Mobile Public Library, 701 Government Street. Admission is free to HMPS members (should sign up) and $10 for nonmembers. To learn more about becoming a member of HMPS, visit www.historicmobile.org.
The next NEST of Mobile Quarterly Breakfast will be Wednesday, August 24 at 8 a.m. at the Original Oyster House, 3733 Battleship Pkwy, Spanish Fort. The informational breakfast gives those interested an opportunity to learn more about the NEST mentoring program, which matches teams of community volunteers with at-risk youth and families in the Mobile County Juvenile Court System. For more information, contact the NEST Office at (251) 604-3131 or email@example.com.
Great News/Good Job Department:
* Cheers to Children, a recent fundraiser for the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile, brought in a hefty $21,939 in net proceeds. Elaine Henderson, Director of Development and Public Relations at CAC, called the fundraiser "an awesome event" and relayed a "Thank You" to all who helped make it a success.
* Congratulations to Citizens for a Better Grand Bay/Friends of the Library: CBGB president , Aleta Boudreaux, announced this week that donors had met the $50,000 challenge to secure matching funds grant from the Daniels Foundation, thereby raising the library fund by $100,000.
* With the last Wonderful Wednesday being last week, Sally Ericson, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, sends the following news: Wonderful Wednesday series :really has been a big success," she said. "We have had good crowds; most have been upwards of 35 (and) we’ve seen plenty of new faces, too, and gained new memberships each week." Oh, and just in case you're into Pokemon Go, Ericson said that "the Gardens are a great place to play to find "creatures that you won’t find elsewhere"