- On August 25, the Foster Grandparents Program celebrated 35 years of service to Mobile County. And those volunteers who rock babies at the University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital, read to children at Mobile Head Starts or work with youngsters at local Boys and Girls Clubs were honored with a breakfast at the Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center. To the 80 Foster Grandparents in Mobile County who help even the odds for hildren who need you: Thank you: you are appreciated. For more information on the FGP, call Executive Director, Toni Robinson at 251-574-6488.
- Good news from Jessica James of McKemie Place, the region's only shelter for single, homeless women. The 3rd Annual “Drive Away Homelessness” Golf Tournament was “wildly successful!” she said. “One hundred and twenty golfers took over Spring Hill Golf Course from noon until 5 p.m. (Friday, August 14) and raised more than $43,000”--about $8,000 more than last year. “A HUGE thank you to all who worked (and golfed) so hard to make sure our 3rd annual event was a record-breaker,” James said. To learn more about McKemie Place and how to help, call James at 251-432-1122.
- SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Mobile Memorial Gardens Cemetery partnered to collect almost 625 pounds of school supplies for students in nearby schools. This action helped children in need to begin the school year with ample supplies for reading, writing and arithmetic.
United Way of SouthWest Alabama will kick off the 2015 United Way Campaign on Tuesday, September 1, 9:30-10:30 a.m. At Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street in Mobile. The 2015 campaign goal will be announced.
The 17th Annual Chef Challenge is Thursday, September 3, 6-9 p.m., at Alabama Cruise Terminal, 201 Water Street in downtown Mobile. The $60 General Admission tickets can be purchased at http://buytickets.at/bayareafoodbank/29768 Proceeds will benefit Bay Area Food Bank. Call Stephanie Snyder at 251-653-1617 ext. 141 for more information.
Taste of the Bayou at Bayou La Batre Community Center on Padgett Switch Road is Saturday, September 26, 6-10 p.m. Professional and amateur chefs can compete in the General Seafood, Gumbo and Dessert categories. For information on participating, contact Kelsey Lander at 251-824-4088 or email email@example.com.
In commemoration of the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Mobile Bay Sierra Club will host a screening of the documentary, “Inside Hurricane Katrina,” on Tuesday, September 1 at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., just prior to the program at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Carol Adams-Davis, 702-496-5050 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organizers of the Citronelle United Methodist Church Quilt Show are looking for people who would like to display their handmade quilts, antique, heirloom or new. They are also inviting crafters with quality items for sale (booths are $10.) Admission to see the show is $5. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and costs $3. Call Janice Ross, 251-866-7078, for details.
The SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo at Tillman's Corner Community Center is Tuesday, September 22, 6-8 p.m. The deadline to register for a space is Friday, September 11. Contact the Chamber office at 251-666-2488 for registration information.
Semmes Heritage group will meet Monday, August 31, 6 p.m. ,3871 Wulff Road in Semmes. Guest speaker will be John Kerr, who was active in establishing the Citronelle Railroad Museum. All those interested in preserving the history and heritage of the Semmes community are encouraged to attend. For information, call Jeanette Byrd, 251-649-1647.
On Thursday, September 3, 5:30 p.m. Art Does it Mobile! will meet at Gallery 450 for the purpose of gathering ideas regarding ways to make the art community more vibrant, cohesive, publicized and profitable.
First Baptist Church of Axis is holding its 59th Homecoming celebration on Sunday, October 18, 10 a.m. Carolyn Sue Williams Cain is asking that if anyone has memorabilia of the church from 1956 to the present, call or text her at 251-455-6748.
The Sunday Sunset Concert at Dauphin Island's West End Beach will feature the Gulf Coast Blues Boy, Jamell Richardson, on September 6 at 4 p.m. Parking is $10 per vehicle, including all passengers, and proceeds go to support the Little Red Schoolhouse relocating and re-purposing project. Bring beach chairs, blankets and bug spray, but no glass, pets or grills.
Semmes Mayor Judy Hale will share lunch with senior citizens at Semmes Senior Center on Thursday, September 3 at noon. Semmes House of Pizza will provide lunch; sign-up is necessary. And on Friday, September 4, seniors can start getting ready for Christmas by learning how to make a Candy Cane Reindeer craft. Call 251-649-2010 for information.
The SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon is Wednesday, September 2, 11:30 a.m. Guest speaker will be John Corideo, Chief of Fowl River Fire Department. Lunch will be catered by Dick Russell's. RSVP at 251-666-2488.
The Senior Dance at Tillman's Corner Community is Thursday, September 3, 7-10 p.m. Dumas McLaney's County Line Band of Mobile will provide the music. Call 251-661-5827 for information.
Tillman's Corner Lions Club meets at noon, Tuesday, September 1 at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Those who are interested in making a positive impact in their community can call Ron Mitchell, 251-591-6872 for information on the Lions Club.