In the Great News/Good Job Department are noted the following successes, congratulations and Thank You's:
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.
Mobile Bay Sierra Club to present the documentary “Inside Hurricane Katrina” on Tuesday, September 1, 2015
In commemoration of the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Mobile Bay Sierra Club will host a screening of the documentary, “Inside Hurricane Katrina,” a comprehensive analysis of the devastation caused by nature's fury and human error, said Carol Adams-Davis of the organization.
The program presentation will be held Tuesday, September 1, 7 p.m. at Five Rivers, Tensaw Theater. The address is 5 Rivers, Alabama’s Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort, AL The entrance to Five Rivers is across from Meaher State Park on the Mobile Bay Causeway. Follow the Sierra Club signs to the meeting location. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., just prior to the program.
The film, Davis said, “does an excellent job of presenting the details of both the levee failure and the chaotic local, state and federal response, a response that effectively made a very bad situation incredibly worse. Communications failures, sloppy planning and arrogant attitudes cost more lives in New Orleans than the hurricane itself” (did.)
For more information, contact Carol Adams-Davis, 702-496-5050 or email: email@example.com
A friendly crowd of 80-90 diners shared the Last Saturday Community Breakfast at Grand Bay-St. Elmo Community Center on August 29.
Kimon Brown, chief chef and board member of Citizens for a Better Grand Bay, welcomed guests and brought them up to date on several projects, including that the Compassionate Care Team now has two mobile homes that are being refurbished to serve as transitional housing for homeless families in the Grand Bay area.
CBGB President Aleta Boudreaux introduced Harry and Kelly Smith, newcomers to Grand Bay from California; brought news of a recent matching-funds library renovation grant from the Daniel Foundation of Alabama and noted that CBGB member Kelli Bratton has been named the new events coordinator for the organization.
Carolyn Cain of Alabama Pecan Festival spoke on the event scheduled November 6, 7 and 8 and invited arts and crafts and other vendors to apply for a booth to sell their wares.
Among the guests were Judges George Hardesty and Jill Phillips, Mobile County Commissioner Jerry and Tina Carl, Sen. Bill Hightower, Monnie and Patty Tripp, brothers Roland and Joe Harper, Rev. Dennis Tubbs and Rev. John Baxter, Brett Dungan, Jean and Charles Taylor, David Dishon, Ann Bennett and Ted Stevens.
For more information on Citizens for a Better Grand Bay, call 251-298-8089. To donate to the Library Fund, go to gofundme.com/grandbaylibrary; for the Commpassionate Care Team, donate at gofundme.com/grandbaycct. To rent the Community Center, call Kelli Bratton at 251-644-2080.
Enjoying the Grand Bay Community Breakfast August 29 were Vicki Huffman and her aunt, Ruth Dupree. The breakfast, sponsored by Citizens for a Better Grand Bay, takes place on the last Saturday of each month, barring holiday weekends
From left at the Grand Bay Community Breakfast were Joanne Miller and Billie Jones, a visitor from Temple, Texas. Standing is Carolyn Cain, a representative of the Alabama Pecan Festival coming to Tillman's Corner November 6, 7 and 8.
Among the congenial crowd at the August 29th Grand Bay Community Breakfast were, from left, Alabama Senator Bill Hightower, Tina Carl and Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl
Ms. Gertrude Webb, left, welcomed District Judge George Hardesty, Jr. to the Last Saturday Community Breakfast at Grand Bay Community Center on August 29. The meal is sponsored by Citizens for a Better Grand Bay, and Ms. Gertie greets guests with a smile and a request that they "sign-in, please."
Real Men Wear Pink supports the American Cancer Society's Making Strides against Breast Cancer campaign
Real Men Wear Pink member, Chad Fincher, shows his commitment to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign at this year's Kick-Off luncheon (Photo courtesy of Kathy O'Neill, ACS)
Corporate Kick-Off Sponsor, Walmart, team members attended the Making Strides against Breast Cancer meeting August 26, 2015
Members of corporate sponsor WalMart attended the Kick-Off of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign on August 26.
More than 400 supporters attended the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Kick-Off Luncheon on Wednesday, August 26, 2015.
Hundreds gathered Wednesday afternoon to kickoff the 8th annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer season in South Alabama, according to Kathy O'Neill, Senior Market Manager, Community Engagement, Mid-South Division of American Cancer Society, Inc.
WKRG TV 5's Rose Ann Haven emceed the kick-off luncheon at the Riverview Plaza Hotel. The program highlighted breast cancer survivors, fundraisers, team leaders and participants and advocates, all with a common purpose, to finish the fight against breast cancer, O'Neill said.
Participants of the recently announced Real Men Wear Pink campaign were also on hand to show their support, as they take a stand against breast cancer by supporting the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of South Alabama. Throughout the month of October, they will encourage women in their lives and in the community to take action in the fight against breast cancer by learning more about early detection methods and scheduling a mammogram. “In addition to wearing pink and raising awareness about breast cancer issues, these Real Men will be raising funds to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from breast cancer,” O'Neill reported.
She said that “WalMart served as the Corporate Kickoff Sponsor, and our Flagship sponsors include Winn-Dixie and Infirmary Health. Our media partners are WKRG and Lite Mix 99.9.”
This kickoff marks the 8th annual Making Strides walk, which will unite thousands in the community on Saturday, October 31 at Bienville Square in downtown Mobile. Registration for this noncompetitive, inspirational event begins at 6:45 a.m. and the walk is set to start at 8 a.m. To register, visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/mobileal.
Money raised enables the Society to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by the disease and help people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable, O'Neill said.
“Since 1993, more than 11 million supporters have raised more than $685 million nationwide. Last year, 25,000 walkers in South Alabama helped to raise more than $365,000. According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2015, an estimated 231,840 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and an estimated 40,290 will die from the disease this year,” she said.
For more information, call Kathy O'Neill at 251-|414-1302.
17th Annual Chef Challenge to benefit Bay Area Food Bank is September 3, 6-9 p.m. at Alabama Cruise Terminal: Get tickets now!
The 17th Annual Chef Challenge to benefit Bay Area Food Bank is just around the corner--Thursday, September 3, 6-9 p.m. at Alabama Cruise Terminal, 201 Water Street in downtown Mobile.But it's not too late to get your $60 general admission tickets at http://buytickets.at/bayareafoodbank/29768.
Guests can enjoy Wolf Bay Gumbo from Wolf Bay Lodge; Cajun Chicken Pasta with Crawfish Bread from Greer's Catering; Crusted Herb New York Strip Loin with Savory Hawaiin Rolls and Rayford Sauce from Naman's Catering or Yardbird Gumbo from Baumhower's Restaurant.
Wintzell's will be there with Seafood Dynamite Dip; Tyner's Catering will serve Ahi Tuna over Sesame Ginger Salad; Boudreaux's Cajun Grill will have Crawfish Etouffee and Bananas Foster Bread Pudding and Stevie's Kitchen will serve Seafood Gumbo.
Visitors won't want to miss Shrimp & Sausage Jambalaya from Felix's Fish Camp; Zea Rotisserie Grill's Ahi Tuna with Avocado Cocktail Sauce; Kitchen on George's Shrimp & Goat Cheese Grits or the Thai Garlic Lemongrass chicken skewers topped with soy ginger cream sauce from Von's Bistro. Liquid Lounge is bringing sushi and Salvation Army Chef Cecil Morris will present Crawfish & Shrimp Etouffee along with Smoked BBQ Pork Ribs.
Cooking Matters for Kids is one of Bay Area Food Bank's newest programs. It teaches children how to eat healthy, to make healthy snacks for themselves and to learn basic cooking skills. One of the groups will be at Chef Challenge showcasing Black Bean & Butternut Squash Enchiladas
If you still have room for dessert, after tasting all of the above; sampling the complimentary beer, wine and spirits; listening to the music of Roman Street and making your bids on the large selection of silent auction items, check out the sweets from Bake My Day (Italian Cream Cake along with Sweet and Salty Chocolate Chip Cookies); Cakes by Judi (butter cake, chocolate cake and key lime cake) and Cammie's Old Dutch Ice Cream (miniature ice cream sundaes.)
All proceeds from the Chef Challenge are used to help those in need in Bay Area Food Bank's 24-county service area along the Central Gulf Coast. For more information, contact Stephanie Snyder at 251-653-1617 ext. 141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wolf Bay Lodge to serve Wolf Bay Gumbo at 17th Annual Chef Challenge to benefit Bay Area Food Bank, Thursday, Sep. 3, 6-9 p.m.
Wolf Bay Lodge will be serving Wolf Bay Gumbo at the 17th Annual Chef Challenge to benefit Bay Area Food Bank. The event is Thursday, September 3, 6-9 p.m. at Alabama Cruise Terminal in downtown Mobile (Photo courtesy of Bay Area Food Bank)
Naman's Catering will be at the Chef Challenge again this year. The event is Thursday, September 3, 6-9 p.m. at Alabama Cruise Terminal (Photo Courtesy of Bay Area Food Bank)
Very sad news comes from Dauphin Island Sea Lab: "Zewie"(TMA003), a well-known Alabama manatee, has been found dead.
In an August 28 press release, Lisa Young, DISL media contact, reported that researchers at DISL's Manatee Sighting Network said that on Friday, August 21, the carcass of a large male manatee had washed ashore in Mobile Bay, just north of Fowl River.
This manatee has been documented since 2009 to seasonally visit Mobile Bay from Crystal River, Florida. He had been reported in Dog River and parts of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta just a few days before he was found dead in Mobile Bay.
He was at least 27 years old, having been first documented as a calf in 1987, and was often seen with other manatees traveling as far as Lake Ponchartrain, Louisiana during his seasonal migrations.
"Zewie was very well known by local residents, who would regularly call to report seeing him in their rivers and canals in summer," said Dr. Ruth H. Carmichael, who operates DISL's Manatee Sighting Network. "It is always unfortunate to lose an endangered species, and this manatee was one of only a few renowned in our area, which makes him particularly special to our program and community."
DISL researchers performed a necropsy to help determine cause of death and results are pending; US Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and DISL volunteers assisted. “Notable to us is the timing of when this animal died, it is the first documented summer season adult manatee mortality in Alabama,” said Dianne Ingram, US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist. “Mortality of manatees in Alabama is typically associated with cold stress in the winter.”
Those interested in volunteering to be a stranding or sighting network responder, making a contribution to this important research, or needing more information, a boat decal or dock sign with manatee reporting information, contact DISL’s Manatee Sighting Network at 1-866-493-5803 or email@example.com.
The 5th Annual SwampFest at Coastal Response Center, 7385 Highway 188 in Coden is Saturday, September 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.--Rain or Shine!
A day of fun for the whole family has been planned. There will be a motorcycle, pick-up truck and car show with an entry fee of just $10 per vehicle; trophies and prizes will be awarded. Arts and crafts vendors can set up inside or out; no tents or tables provided. Organizers say that sale items should be custom handcrafted and a description of goods is expected with application. Other aspects of SwampFest include live entertainment, a Kids' Corner and a Coloring Contest.
For further information on the event or registration, see Coastal Response Center, South Bay Project Facebook or call Lori Bosarge, 251-206-9990 or 251-824-7265 or Connie Hamilton, 251-209-3201.
South Bay Communities Alliance, of which Bosarge is president, is collecting canned goods for South Bay Pantry. Door prize tickets are given for each item donated. In addition, SBCA is beginning its Coats for Kids collection and registration, asking for boys' and girls' coats and jackets sizes 4T to 14 Youth. Those whose children need winter coats can register at SwampFest; garments are distributed in early December.
The 4th Annual Nita Cain Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in the Coden/Bayou La Batre area is Saturday, October 10.
The afternoon of activities will include the Walk, vendors' booths, music, food, family fun, a silent auction and the Floating of the Lanterns.
The event honors Nita Bosarge Cain, who died of breast cancer in 1979 at age 35. Proceeds will stay in the Bayou La Batre /Coden area to aid those who are without the financial means to have mammograms.
Festivities will start at 3 p.m. at Ralston Park on Coden Beach Road.
Brenda Stringfellow, sister of Nita Cain and a spokesperson for the event, said that vendors with family-friendly fare may set up free of charge, but are welcome to make a donation from their profits.
The Walk will begin at 5 p.m.
Commemorative shirts at $20 each will be available for purchase. Participants are not required to buy a shirt to walk; however, those who do will have their names placed in a drawing for a prize.
One special event, Stringfellow said, is a "Save the TA TAs" contest. Women are encouraged to dress up their favorite bra with lots of bling, then model them over their shirts for judges to pick 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The contest will be from 4:30-5 p.m., just before the Walk so the women can wear them as they walk for breast cancer awareness.
So far, the Silent Auction has donations of a beautiful Biltmore pewter water pitcher, a handmade cross pendant from a Dauphin Island artist and some dinner certificates. Donations are being sought. The auction will end at 6:15 p.m. and the winners will be announced.
Children can have a whole afternoon of fun and play. In addition to the playground equipment at the park, there'll be face-painting, fingernail art and a bouncy house.
In case one gets hungry, $2 will buy a bowl of Cajun Red Beans with ham and Conecuh sausage over rice or shrimp jambalaya. A $1-a-walk Cake Walk and a Split the Pot drawing are also on the agenda. There'll be music throughout the event with DJ George Ramires and karaoke with local singers.
The Floating of the Lanterns ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Lanterns can be purchased for $5 and the names of those honored will be written on the globes before they are sent afloat over the water. "It is quite beautiful when all these pink-lighted lanterns are released over Poirtersville Bay," Brenda Stringfellow said.
About the Walk, Angela Cain Hawkins founded the Nita Cain Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in honor of her mother because, she said, "When she died so young, she left behind many broken hearts." Her mother, Hawkins said, "would have done the same if she had survived because she was a strong and giving person who would have wanted to help those in need."
All the money raised at the Walk and festivities is placed in a special fund at Mostellar Medical Center in Bayou La Batre to be disbursed on behalf of those who do not have medical insurance. In the last 3 years, the Walk has raised approximately $17,000 to help those in the south Mobile County communities who need mammograms and additional tests to help in detecting breast cancer.
"Word of our cause has traveled, and as a result, all funds have been distributed," Hawkins said. "We are asking our community for their continued support to help us help those in need with this life-saving gift."
To learn more about the Nita Cain Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, to set up a vendor booth or to make a donation to the silent auction, call Angela Cain Hawkins at 251-786-0405.
Make plans to eat out in September and help Family Promise fulfill its mission to provide temporary shelter, related services and nurturing support to families who, through no fault of their own, have become homeless.
During September, local celebrities will work as servers to earn tips to benefit Family Promise. On Tuesday, September 8, 6-8 p.m., dine at Atlanta Bread Company; on Tuesday, September 22, 6-8 p.m., patronize The Bull, and on Wednesday, September 30, 6-8 p.m., take the family to the Hillcrest location of Heroes.
A couple of other Family Promise fundraisers and awareness events to support are Cardboard City on October 24 and a Family Promise Rummage Sale on October 10 at Forest Hill United Methodist Church.
For more information, call Brandi Purvis, 251-441-1991.
Last Friday Art Night at Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Gallery is August 28, 6-8 p.m. at 918 Bienville Boulevard
August 28, 6-8 p.m. is Last Friday Art Night at Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard, diagonally across from the water tower on Dauphin Island.
The featured artist will be Dr. Joy Russell; musical guest is Bruce Jones.
Visitors to the gallery can shop for local art; enjoy food and wine; browse Heritage Gallery; socialize with friends and neighbors and "feel like a local," say Last Friday organizers.
The event is free and open to the public, but a donation of $5 per person is requested to help cover expenses.
For more details, call call 251-861-3300.
Art by Regina Kollegger will be available at Last Friday Art Night at Dauphin Island Gallery on August 28, 6-8 p.m.
Art by Regina Kollegger is on display at Dauphin Island Gallery during Last Friday Art Night, 6-8 p.m. on August 28. Pictured above is "Seahorse." For information on Last Friday or the Gallery, call 251-861-3300.