On December 29, 7:30 p.m., Mannheim Steamroller Christmas will be at Mobile Civic Center.
The public is invited to join the celebration as Mannheim Steamroller makes history again - celebrating 35 years of holiday magic as they bring their annual holiday tour to fans throughout the country.
Experience the performance of the #1 Christmas music artist in history and - for the first time ever - hear the entire album that started it all, LIVE - 'Mannheim Steamroller Christmas'!
This fall, Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller, will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of his annual Christmas concert tour, making it the longest running consecutive concert tour in the entertainment industry.
Davis’ hallmark tour will begin on November 11 and run through December 29. Two traveling ensembles will hold performances in cities across the country.
“I remember when I came out with my first Christmas album in 1984 followed by our first tour. Back then, many in the music industry said focusing on Christmas just wouldn’t work,” said Davis. “Now, 35 years later, we are still going strong. I want to thank our fans for making us part of their holiday tradition. Today we often see multi-generational families join us during the holidays each year.”
Davis founded his own record label, American Gramaphone, which went on to become one of the industry’s largest independent record labels. A GRAMMY award winner, Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, including 29 million in the Christmas genre. Their holiday music has become synonymous with Christmas and occupies top positions on Billboard’s Seasonal Chart every year.
This year’s show will feature all of your favorite original classic Christmas hits from the first Mannheim Steamroller Christmas album, along with multimedia effects in an intimate setting. Davis will direct and co-produce tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment.
Ticket prices run as follows: $45, $55, $65, $79 (Additional fees may apply.)
Tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/mschristmasmob. Purchase in person at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (401 Civic Center Drive; 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 251-208-7381. (Additional fees, service charges and/or taxes may be added to ticket prices. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice.)
Extravagant Readers - Adult Book Club will meet at Toulminville Branch Library on August 10, 3-4 p.m. to discuss "The Forgotten Road" by Richard Paul Evans.
A summary of the story is as follows: With everyone believing he died in a plane crash, Chicago celebrity Charles James re-evaluates his life after narrowly escaping death and decides to walk from Chicago to California, where he hopes to rekindle his relationship with his ex-wife.
For more information, call 251-580-7144.
SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is Tuesday, September 24, 3-6 p.m. at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Blvd, Mobile. The Expo is a great opportunity for business owners to network and create brand awareness. Space is limited; reserve your booth today. Visit website www.swmcchamber.com for booth application or email email@example.com.
On July 25th, some members of Semmes Woman's Club visited the residents at Mobile Arc Group in Semmes. There was fun for all, lots of good fellowship and an Independence Day themed dinner--with home cooking. Pictured are SWC members Terri Milam Nelson Debbie Dial Linda Ryals Gwen Pelman Pritchard Linda Davis and Mary Elizabeth Rodning ready to serve dinner, and a couple of Mobile Arc residents enjoying a patriotic craft. Info and photo credit: Linda Ryals
So... it's a few months before Christmas, BUT turn the pages of your calendar and mark this date: On Wednesday, November 20, 6 p.m., "The Elf on The Shelf: A Christmas Musical" is coming to the Saenger Theatre, 6 Joachim Street, downtown Mobile.
This toe-tapping tale tells the story of one particularly impressive Scout Elf™ who must help his new, human family overcome a personal loss and remember the importance of Christmas cheer. Can this tiny elf, along with a host of North Pole pals, make Christmas joyous for his family once again? Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and wondrous moments that make even the most cynical believe, this momentous celebration of the season leaves spirits high and captivates all with the splendor of Christmas.
THE ELF ON THE SHELF: A CHRISTMAS MUSICAL comes to the Mobile Saenger Theatre on Wednesday, November 20 at 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and prices range from $29.95-$59.95 (additional fees may apply.) They can be purchased at on line, at the Saenger Theatre or at Mobile Civic Center Box Offices.
Additional Ticket information: purchase tickets in person at the Saenger Theatre Box Office (open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and located at 6 South Joachim Street) or the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located at 401 Civic Center Drive). For information regarding accessible seating tickets, call 251.208.7381. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice.
"The Lion King" starts July 19th at the Crescent Theatre. From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. See event site for ticket information; call 251-438-2005 for additional details.
Cheap Chic Boutique at Our Sisters' Closet, is offering $1 Summer Clearance Sale! + 75% Off Designer/Boutique Racks. This fundraiser for OSC includes Select Special Occasion Dresses, as well (think Homecoming.)
Add New, nearly new and vintage, Designer and Name brand fashions, jewelry, purses and shoes galore, including Sundresses, Summer Suits & Cocktail Dresses, Summer Weddings & Summer Fun! all sizes from Petite to Plus at Thrifty Prices and you have a SALE!
The public sale is Thursday, August 1, noon-6 p.m. and Friday, August 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Our Sisters' Closet is at St. Catherine's Parish in Midtown, 2605 Springhill Avenue 1 block west of Florida Street (near the new Publix.) Great Parking and Easy Access.
Volunteers are always welcome at Our Sisters' Closet. Call 251-423-2001 for more information; watch for OSC's September sale.
National Night Out 2019 in Chickasaw, hosted by Chief Brian Fillingim, Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Chickasaw Fire Department, 70 Lee Street. Night Out is a community-building campaign between neighbors and police officers to bring back a true sense of community. There will be Fun, food and information for the entire family.
LoDa August ArtWalk is Friday, August 9, 2019 at 5-9 p.m. in Downtown Mobile.
This August at LODA Artwalk, visitors can 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.
AND they can stop by Mobile Arts Council to see the Annual Members’ Exhibition, which is open to all of MAC Artist Members and which represents the range of talents and interests among those who support the Mobile Arts Council. The 2019 show will feature paintings, sculptures, mixed-media works and more by over 45 artists of all ages and experience levels. With the range of medium and technique represented in this annual show, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy and appreciate.
Gallery hours at Room 1927 - Saenger Theater (6 South Joachim Street) are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesdays – Fridays. The exhibitions will hang from August 5th through 30th, with a special reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on August 9th, ArtWalk night.
Save the Date: The community is invited by the Victory Teaching Farm: "Join us under the Stars for All Things Local. Help us 'raise' up our farmers, chefs and those that support our local food system." The Victory Teaching Farm, 261 Rickarby Street, Mobile, is presenting its 5th Annual Down to Earth Farmraiser on Thursday, October 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and are available at brownpapertickets.com.
A "Back to School Celebration," hosted by Celeste Road Baptist Church, is Sunday, August 11, 5-7 p.m. at Rambo's Skateland, 531 Highway 43, Saraland. Free admission! Free Pizza! Free Fun!
IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T HEARD: Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament is set to take place. Below, from Mobile Sports Authority, is all you need to know.
Information from MSA is quoted as follows:
Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 World Series
Jacobs Field at The University of Mobile
Hank Aaron Stadium
August 2 - 9, 2019
Baseball in Mobile - it's Legendary!
The Mobile Sports Authority and Mobile County Babe Ruth are excited to host the 2019 Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 World Series. The tournament, consisting of ten (10) teams, will be played at Jacob’s Field on The University of Mobile campus.
On Friday, August 2, Mobile will welcome the first team from China Baseball to play in Alabama. This featured game will be played at Hank Aaron Stadium (The Hank) with Opening Ceremony festivities set to begin at 7 PM, followed by the Alabama Rawdogs and China match-up. Fireworks will close out the evening.
This is the first Babe Ruth World Series to be held in Mobile since 1982. In a city known for its penchant to celebrate, players, coaches, families, and fans will be treated to a festival-like atmosphere with food trucks, various vendors and other revelry.
"Mobile is a proud baseball community," said Tony Hendrix, Alabama Babe Ruth District Commissioner and Manager/Officer for the Gulf Coast Babe Ruth 16-18 League. "The Rawdogs have had the pleasure to take part in several Babe Ruth World Series and have been fortunate to bring home nine World Series titles. In addition to a great competitive athletic experience, we were left with many lifetime memories to share. To be able to return the favor and share some Southern hospitality and create memorable moments for the teams participating in the 2019 Babe Ruth 16-18 World Series is a dream come true for Mobile."
"Mobile is the type of community that is right for our players. You have to think about it, even 17 and 18-year-old kids can get a little nervous about going to a new town. However, when our young athletes get to Mobile, they will see a town like their own, where the people care about kids and put community first. That's why we are coming here with our Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 World Series," said Robert Faherty, Vice President for Babe Ruth League, Inc.
$10 per day
Children aged 5 and under free (Friday at Hank Aaron Stadium, 3 and under free)
Daily game tickets available at the University of Mobile
Advance tickets are available at Hank Aaron Stadium, Jerry's Sporting Goods in Spanish Fort, and on Facebook .
August 2nd is a White Out
Fans, show your support for Mobile's local team!
On August 6, 4-5:30 p.m. , teens who visit Teen Tuesdays in the Teen Spot! at West Regional Library can make a Photo Scrapbook to keep their pictures safe. Supplies and snacks will be provided. For more information, call 251-340-8555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon is Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Josh Woods - The Grounds will be guest speaker. Come early to network 11:30, lunch is catered by Olive Garden 11:45; then the business meeting at noon. RSVP 251.666.2488 or email@example.com $12 for members and $15 for guests.
AUDITIONS FOR "FRANKENSTEIN" AND "A CHRISTMAS CAROL” will be held at Mobile's Playhouse-in-the-Park, 4851 Museum Drive on Monday and Wednesday, August 19 and 21 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.
“FRANKENSTEIN” auditions are open to ages 13 through mid-twenties; ALL PERFORMANCES WILL BE HELD AT THE PLAYHOUSE.
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL” auditions are open to ages 6 through mid-twenties. All performances of “A Christmas Carol” WILL BE HELD AT MOBILE'S SAENGER THEATRE ON DECEMBER 3 & 4, 2019. This includes School Day shows and one evening performance on December 4.
UPCOMING PERFORMANCES AT THE PLAYHOUSE
“Frankenstein” October 2019 at the Playhouse
“A Christmas Carol” December 2019 at the Saenger Theatre
“The Miracle Worker” February 2020 at the Playhouse
“Charlotte’s Web” April 2020 at the Playhouse
Playhouse in the Park Contacts
Playhouse in the Park, P.O. Box 8145, Mobile, Alabama, 36689
4851 Museum Drive, Mobile, Alabama 36608
(across from the Mobile Museum of Art in Langan Park)
Danny Mollise, Managing Director - 251-422-5434
The 6th Annual Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic Fishing Tournament will be held Saturday, August 3rd, with a shotgun start at 5:30 a.m.
The anglers can compete for 33 different awards, including Master and Junior Angler divisional titles. More than $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. The cost is $30 for Adult Angler (Ages 16+) and $20 for Junior Anglers (Ages 4-15) Juniors can fish from the pier, land or kayaks. The scales open at 10 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. with the Awards Ceremony starting at 4 p.m.
The Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic is a family-friendly event. There will be food, a live band, more than 20 vendors and activities for children.
Come join the crowd at the Bayou La Batre City Docks (14772 State Docks Road.) Last year, the tournament drew 200-plus participants; and organizers are looking for more participation this year at the LARGEST KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT IN THE STATE OF ALABAMA.
For more information visit website, www.bayoulabatrekayakclassic.org and like our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/BayouLaBatreClassic. For sponsorship information please email: President@bayoulabatreareachamber.org or call 251-402-5081.
Citronelle Police Department recently posted an uplifting story on FB and, with their permission, I'm repeating it for my readers who may not be on CPD site:
"There isn’t a week that goes by that we do not receive some type of blessing from the community," said the writer for CPD.
"At the beginning of the summer, we decided that in an effort to give back, we would do a summer project. Our goal was to collect 25 backpacks with supplies for kids in our area."
The story continues: "With the help of the following people who stepped up to the challenge--Chief Norris, CPD staff, city employees and wonderful Citronelle citizens--we were able to surpass our goal and collected more than $1,000 in school supplies."
Police Chief Norris was able to hand deliver more than 50 backpacks to children at S&S Apartments, Pleasant Circle, the neighborhood at Road St & Railroad St and to several children who were outside playing.
"We were elated to be able to do this small act of kindness," writes the spokesperson. "Our next project is already in the works. Stay tuned!"
Notable Thursday Night August 8th at 5:30 p.m., Ben May Main Library is showing "Kedi: The Cats of an Ancient City." Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years, they've wandered in and out of people's lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. The film runs 79 minutes and is NR. For more information, call 251-340-1458.
Streaming of this documentary is made possible by Kanopy. To find out more about Kanopy, check out our website at mobilepubliclibrary.org/resources/emovies.php.
At Tinker Tuesday, 4-5 p.m. August 6, children can Design & Create Morse Code Jewelry at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Space and supplies are limited. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, please call 494-4140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wine Waddle--Wine Tasting Tour, hosted by Gulf Coast Ducks and Firehouse Wine Bar and Shop, is Thursday, August 1, 7-9 p.m. The Tour promise "an evening of blends, blushes, pinots and more...oaky, earthy, dry--Oh My!!" and is billed as "the perfect date night, ladies' night or guys' night on the town."
Those joining the tour can hop aboard and check out the scenes of downtown Mobile AND enjoy a glass of wine at Red or White Wine & Gourmet Center, The Cheese Cottage, LLC, Firehouse Wine Bar & Shop. Tickets are $35 and the Land Tour has limited availability. Adult admission only--must be 21 to ride.
Ticket sales within 1 hour of tour start time are available for purchase in the shop at the Fort of Colonial Mobile at 150 S. Royal Street. Call 251-525-6933 for information.