Mobile Mystery Dinners theatre to present benefit performance of "Next of Kin" on Friday, September 23, at Azalea Manor
Mobile Mystery Dinners theatre is presenting a benefit performance of "Next of Kin" on Friday, September 23, 7 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street.
All proceeds from this "Southern mystery" will go to a local family in need, according to MMD.
The $59 per person ticket includes a catered meal by Naman's, unlimited wine bar and the play. Advance reservations are required at www.mobilemysterydinners.com.
Mobile Mystery Dinners performers' next play, "Murder! What a Drag," is Saturday, September 24, 7 p.m. in the Crystal Ballroom at the Battle House Hotel.
Advance tickets are required by calling 251-338-5441 or 251-338-5403. Tickets are $75 per person, which includes valet parking, buffet dinner, an unlimited wine bar and an hilarious whodunit play by the MMD Players.
For more information, see www.facebook.com/mobilemysterydinners.
On Tuesday, September 13 at 11 a.m., Satsuma's Prime Time Library Club will host a Book Signing event with local author Linda Knowles. "Linda's fans have anxiously awaited her new release 'Bud's Journey Home,'". said Tiphani Clearman, Satsuma Library Assistant Director. The event is free and open to all, she said.
Art instructor Harriet Cain Gibson and the other members of the Satsuma Library Art Guild led a Summer Art Program for children this summer, and Tiphani Clearman, Assistant Director for Satsuma Library, sends a big "Thank You" to the artists for their hard work and dedication in making the program "a huge success," she said.
Satsuma Public Library held a Patron Appreciation Day on August 18 and according to Tiphani Clearman, Assistant Library Director, "We had two wonderful local authors"--Dian Brown Williams and Rachel Elaine Jackson--who spoke with the children and teens who attended the event.
"The young people were inspired and amazed (and) had many questions about how our guest authors became writers," Clearman said.
Dian Brown Williams is a children's author. "A Bluebird Named Flutter" is her first book and it is about the importance of being kind to others. It was inspired by anti-bullying, according to Clearman. Rachell Elaine Jackson is a 'tween writer who has written a number of plays in addition to books "Starrin' Loretta Padgett!" and "When's Daddy Comin Home."
"Both authors are an inspiration to us and we hope to have them back with us soon," Clearman said.
Mark Berte, Executive Director of Alabama Coastal Foundation, sent the following good news:
The Alabama Coastal Foundation has been chosen to receive the 2016 Gulf Coast Marine Environmental Leadership Award and ACF Board member Sam St. John has been selected to receive their Environmental Excellence Award. An Awards Luncheon is scheduled on Tuesday, November 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Moonlight Ballroom at the Battle House Hotel (26 North Royal Street in Mobile). For more information, including how to purchase tickets, visit the Sea Lab Foundation's home page: http://sealabfoundation.org
The Semmes Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Business Empowerment Workshop on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. All area business leaders and employees are invited to attend and learn how to become a cohesive unit that strives for greatness in the workplace. Seating is limited, so make a reservation early.
The Azalea City Art Quilters show at the Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship Church will be open from 1-3 p.m. on the following Saturdays, September 17, October 1 and October 23.
From September 10-30, the group will have a project in the Eastern Shore Art Center fundraiser. Art Quilter Anne Godwin said of their ESAC display that they will have "two trees bombed with quilts. . . . We'll have a tree in front of the Welcome Center and one at Faulkner at Fairhope Avenue and S. Bancroft Street."
For more information on the Azalea City Art Quilters, see their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Azalea-City-Art-Quilters-1402830520040182/) For information on the Eastern Shore Art Center's show, see https://www.facebook.com/artonalimbfairhope/?fref=ts.
The Azalea City Art Quilters meet the fourth Tuesday of each month at University Church of Christ, 5651 Zeigler Boulevard in Mobile. The meetings start at 10 a.m.
The newly installed fountain in front of Satsuma City Hall was purchased by the Satsuma Community Development Organization. In news from the SCDO site, when Joe Bruister Sr., Becky Murray and Linda Tindle went to Slidell, Louisiana to select the fountain, they also found a statue of a US Marine to place beside the Veterans Memorial. Paul Murray is president of the SCDO.
On Thursday, September 1, 6-9 p.m., Feeding the Gulf Coast will kick-off Hunger Action Month with the 18th Annual Chef Challenge fundraiser at Alabama Cruise Terminal, 201 S. Water Street, Mobile. The $60 per person tickets are available at www.tickettailor.com; the event is sponsored by World Omni Financial Corp.
The 6th Annual SwampFest to benefit Coastal Response Center is Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The event will be at the Center, 7385 Highway 188, Coden. Admission and parking are free.
The day of fun includes 40 booths full of arts and crafts, antiques, plants, fresh produce, woodwork, and business and community organizations. Booths are $25.
Planned also is a Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show; fee is $10. Live entertainment will include 9-year-old singer Kenlee Tillman; Xtreme Dance Spirit; The Juke Box Band; Jack Tillman and more.
CRC is collecting canned goods and paper products for families flooded in Louisiana. A door prize ticket will be given for each item donated.
Organizer and contact person, Lori Bosarge, 251-206-9990, said that $5 per booth and $2 for each entry in the Car Show will go to a special fund for Bayou children chronic illnesses.
Come enjoy and support your Neighborhood Community Center for a great day down in the bayou!
For more information, call the number above.
Cynthia Rivers Coleman, married 36 1/2 years, the mother of 4 and grandmother of 8, has always had a desire to give back to the community. She is particularly concerned with the plight of the homeless population, especially women, and felt that she could help in some way.
So in 2011, she formed the non-profit organization, Hand Up Charities, to raise funds for larger organizations already serving that sector.
Combining her love for community service with her talent for event planning, she and a troop of like-minded family members, friends, co-workers and church members, have produced annual fundraisers--first a golf tournament and the last couple of years, a well-attended Charity Brunch.
This year, Hand Up Charities was able to make a $1,000 donation to McKemie Place shelter for homeless women and another $1,000 to Ransom Ministries Clean Machine, a portable bathroom, shower and laundry facility for homeless people to use.
The name of Coleman's organization is significant in that it implies that its gifts provide for individuals a hand up to a better life instead of just a hand out for a temporary fix.
Coleman encourages others who feel as she does, who "have a heart to give back or a desire to help others less fortunate," to take that first step toward action. They don't have to organize a non-profit group as she has done. She suggests that they simply "volunteer, use their gifting/talents at a charitable organization or donate to those charities that are servicing the areas that are important to them."
And one more thing.
Coleman said that "I would like for people to know that the face of the homeless has changed so much over the years. There are so many people who are facing circumstances that are beyond their control and it could easily be any of us. I believe that if each one of us would reach out and touch a life in a positive way, we could bring about change in the community."
The 50-60 early risers who attended the Grand Bay Community Breakfast at the Community Center on Thursday, August 27 got a double treat: the always nourishing and bountiful meal and an entertaining concert by Azalea City Harmony.
The women who make up the singing group, a part of Sweet Adelines International, gave the diners a barbership renditon of "girl" songs, including "My Guy," "Johnny Angel" and "My Boyfriend's Back," along with other favorites such as "At the Hop."
Aleta Boudreaux, president of Citizens for a Better Grand Bay (which sponsors the monthly breakfast) told the crowd that CBGB had received a library-fund donation of $10,000 from the Sybil Smith Foundation. She also introduced two new board members of the CBGB, Rev. John Baxter and Robert Bratton.
Among the Community Breakfast attendees were those pictured on this page.
Events this week:
* "18th Annual Chef Challenge--A Challenge to End Hunger" is Thursday, September 1, 6-9 p.m. at Alabama Cruise Terminal, 201 South Water Street in Mobile. Guests will enjoy favorite dishes from the area's most prestigious chefs, live entertainment by Roman Street, a vast silent auction and complimentary beer, wine and spirits.The $60 tickets are available at www.tickettailor.com. Proceeds benefit Feeding the Gulf Coast. For more information, call Cindy Bloom at 251-653-1617 ext. 141 or visit https://feedingthegulfcoast.org/chefchallenge/.
* The first Mobile Writers Guild meeting of the new year will be Thursday, September 1st, from 6-8 p.m. at the West Regional Library on Grelot Road. September's topic will be “A Very Good Place to Start: Nine Questions to Get You Going” by Jodie Cain Smith.
* McLaney's Senior Dance is Thursday, September 1, 7-10 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road.
* The next First Friday Lawn Party, hosted by Historic Oakleigh House Museum, is September 2, 4-7 p.m. at 350 Oakleigh Place, Mobile. Tours of the Oakleigh Museum are $5 per person.
* Labor Day weekend promises to be a celebration extraordinaire at Dauphin Island, as residents and visitors have a choice of events (best to choose all three)--Free Family Movies, Sunday Sunset Concert and a fireworks display. Movies on West End Beach include Kung Fu Panda 3 on Friday night, September 2 and Nim's Island, Saturday night, September 3. The Sunday Sunset Concert, which will start at 5:45 p.m. September 4, will feature the Mobile-based band “Crowned Jewelz” on WEB ($5 admission) followed by free fireworks at the public beach at 8:45 p.m.
The RunBlueRed 5K Run/Walk in Saraland is Saturday, September 10, 8 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 717 Cleveland Road. To register online, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/AL/Saraland/RunBlueRed. In person, registration can be made at McCoy Outdoor Company, Run-N-Tri or Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope until September 7 at noon. All proceeds will benefit the Saraland first responders.
The 2016 Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk is Sunday, September 11, the 15th anniversary of 9/11, 2001 terrorist attack. In Mobile, the T2T Run starts at 7:30 a.m. at USS Battleship Alabama Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway. Local race coordinator, Ed Murphy, said that there will be a brief ceremony, including a few speakers and prayer, prior to the start of the race. T2T runners and walkers will travel from Battleship Park through Bankhead Tunnel to the finish at Bienville Square in downtown Mobile. For more information on the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, visit www.tunnel2towers.org. To register for the local race, go to https://www.crowdrise.com/T2TMobile2016.
The GO Run, a 5K race and 1-mile fun run to benefit gynecologic cancer research at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, is Saturday, September 17. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at the University of South Alabama's Mitchell Center Lawn near the Moulton Tower. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and the Fun Run follows at 9 a.m. There will be prizes, music, vendor booths, food and children's activities. Cost is $25 for adults, $10 for children and $20 for "runner in spirit." For more information or to register individuals and teams, visit www.usamci.com/gorun.
The 2016 North Mobile Bark for Life, the kick-off event for 2017 NOMO Relay for Life, is Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Creola Community Park on Dead Lake Road. Proceeds will benefit American Cancer Society. The event will consist of a walk around the park area, raffles, vendors, demonstrations, kid-friendly activities and more. For information, contact Summer Ankerson at email@example.com or 251-510-4966.
The 3rd Annual Airbus 5K on the Runway is Saturday, September 24, 4-9 p.m. There will be a Kid Zone, a 1-Mile Fun Run, the 5K Race and a Post Race Party. Tickets and information are available at Brookley5k.com.
The Mobile Bar Foundation and Mobile Sports Authority are hosting Dauphin Island's first sanctioned triathlon on Saturday, October 15, 7 a.m. Several hundred participants are expected to take part in the 1/3 mile swim, 13.3 mile bike ride and 3.1 mile run. Judge Don Davis is chairing the event. For more information, to register or to volunteer, see website trithegulf.com.
Registration is open for the 9th annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Saturday, October 29, at 8 a.m. at Bienville Square. There is no cost to register for this noncompetitive, inspirational event; however, participants and teams are encouraged to raise funds for American Cancer Society. To learn more about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event and how you can become involved, visit MakingStridesWalk.org/MobileAL or contact Marlene Rathle at 251-414-1307 or SouthAlabamaStrides@cancer.org.
A note for Arts & Crafts and other vendors:
* The 6th Annual SwampFest to benefit Coastal Response Center is Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact Lori Bosarge, 251-206-9990 for details.
* North Mobile Bark for Life (2017 Relay for Life kick-off) is Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Creola Community Park. Booth fee is $50; registration deadline is September 1. Contact Summer Ankerson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-510-4966.
* Kingswood United Methodist Church Fall Fundraiser is Saturday, October 1, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at the church, 5200 Perin Road. Vendor booths are available; email email@example.com or call 251-661-0420. Proceeds benefit various mission projects.
* "Art at the Park" at Oak Park Church, 3321 Sollie Road, will be Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Featured will be arts, businesses, crafts, door prizes and refreshments. Proceeds will benefit Oak Park Missions. Call 251-633-6110 for more information.
* On Saturday, November 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., "Taste of the Holidays and Gift Show" is scheduled at Abba Shrine Auditorium, 7701 Hitt Road at Schillinger Road. It's the 6th year for the event, and organizers are inviting local restaurants and caterers, as well as gift vendors, to participate. The event, which benefits the Shriners, will give those who attend an opportunity to get a jump on the holidays by offering everything from jewelry to fashion to a variety of unique seasonal and gift items for the "person who has everything." Santa will be on site with fun for the children, and there will be train rides, Paint a Party Studios and a Pajama Fashion Show for Penelope House (If attendees have pajamas or robes to donate, they can bring them to the event.) Admission is $5 per person with children 12 and younger admitted free. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Port City Craftsmen Fall Show is November 18, 19 and 20, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show will be at Abba Shrine Auditorium, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile. Entry fee is $99 before October 15 and $125 after that date. Register at Port City Craftsmen P.O. Box 8587, Mobile, Al 36689. More information is available from email@example.com.
Other September Events for Calendar-Marking:
* Mobile Botanical Gardens will present "The Mystical Migration of the Monarch Along the Gulf Coast," premiering September 14 at the Crescent Theater. The gala, benefitting MBG, starts at 7 p.m. at the Larkins Music Center at 257 Dauphin Street with a Champagne and Dessert Reception with the film to follow. Tickets are $50 per person. Pre-purchase of the limited number of tickets is required. For more information or ticket purchase, call MBG is 251-342-0555 or e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
* On Friday, September 16 at 3 p.m., the City of Semmes will hold a ceremony to honor the nation's POWs/MIAs.
* Coastal Response Center's 6th Annual SwampFest is Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The day of fun includes 40 booths full of arts and crafts, antiques, plants, fresh produce, woodwork, and business and community organizations; car, truck and motorcycle show; live entertainment, children's activities and concessions. Admission and parking are free. For information, call Lori Bosarge, 251-206-9990.
* Massacre Island at Fort Gaines Historic Site, 51 Bienville Boulevard at Dauphin Island, is September 17, 9 a.m. until September 18, 5 p.m. Admission is $4 for children 5-12 years old and $8 for visitors 13 and older. In 1711, the pirates stormed Mobile Bay and attacked the Island once called Massacre Island because of the human skeletons discovered by Pierre Le Moyne. The public is invited to "come see the pirates pilfer and pillage Isle Dauphine as they fight against the Spanish and British." For information, call 251-861-6992.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is Tuesday, September 20, 6-8 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Booth space is limited. Deadline to register is September 12. Call 251-666-2488 for booth reservations or information. The public is invited to attend at $5 per person admission. There'll be door prizes and complimentary refreshments.
* On September 20th, Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama will begin another new build that will be sponsored by Wells Fargo and Publix. Needed to complete the project are individual and group volunteers, 7:45 a.m.- p.m. September 20 through October 1. Sign up to volunteer or to make a donation by calling or emailing Ariel Fleming @ 251-476-7171 Ext 231 or email@example.com. The project is at 504 Palmer Street, Mobile. Habitat hopes to have the house completely built in two weeks.
* A Tour of the Wallace Tunnel, hosted by Historic Mobile Preservation Society, is planned for Wednesday, September 21, 9:15-11 a.m. After light refreshments at the Cox-Deasy Cottage, the tour will leave from the HMPS campus, 300 Oakleigh Place, at 9:45 a.m. and caravan over for the 10 a.m. tour. The tour will be led by members of the Alabama Department of Transportation staff and include a visit to the control room and a guided walking tour of the interior of the tunnel. Tickets are available at www.historicmobile.org and reservations are required. Admission is $10 for all HMPS members and $25 for non-members. This event is a fundraiser for HMPS youth education programs, including a mobile museum program for elementary schools and a camp program for 8-12 year olds, which will be held over winter break.
* Taste of the Bayou is Saturday, September 24, 6-10 p.m. at the Bayou La Batre Community Center. Teams will compete in several different categories, including General Seafood Dish, Restaurant; General Seafood Dish, Non-Restaurant; Gumbo or Dessert.. Those interested in competing should call Brandi Harrington, 251-824-4088 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are available at www.tasteofthebayou.org.
* On Thursday, September 29, 6 p.m., the Women's Club of Satsuma is presenting "Suppertime, A Southern Meal with Favorite Dishes" at Steele Creek Lodge, 368 Juniper Avenue in Satsuma. Entertainment will be provided by Girls of Grace and Four Old Hearts. Tickets to the event are $15 per person with proceeds to benefit the construction of Union Chapel, a replica of Satsuma's non-denominational Union Church, which was erected in 1915/1916 and torn down in the early 1970s. For more ticket information, contact Mary Atchison, 251-626-0630, email email@example.com or her Facebook page.
Moving into October:
* The 17th Annual "Team Up for Penelope House" Tennis Tournament is Saturday, October 1 at Mobile Tennis Center. For more on registration, on tournament sponsorships or on Penelope House and its mission, log onto www.penelopehouse.org.
* Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Council is again presenting "Stirring the Sand," its popular live storytelling by lifetime and long-term Dauphin Island residents. The first in the series will be Thursday, October 13 at 9 a.m. in the open space adjacent to the Art Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard. Call 251-861-3300 for more information.
* Lynn Rogers Harbison, Co-Founder and Program Director at Half Way Home, a ministry and shelter for homeless families, reports that the agency has moved to Bayou La Batre on Wintzell Avenue, across the street from Regions Bank and next door to Pizza Hut. Coming up on October 14 is a concert to be held at the Bayou La Batre Community Center, 12745 Padgett Switch Road. All proceeds from ticket sales and concessions will be used to fund shelter expenses. For more information, see https://m.facebook.com/Christnushalfwayhome/
* The Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 6th Annual Art Trail on October 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 50 local and regional artists are expected to participate, along with Dauphin Island businesses (More on this later.)
* "Paddle the Bayou" in Bayou La Batre is Saturday, October 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are available at www.paddlebayoulabatre.org. (More details on this later.)
* The 2nd Annual Down to Earth Farmraiser, hosted by Victory Teaching Farm, is Thursday, October 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event, which will feature deliciously prepared, locally grown food by some of Mobile and Baldwin counties' best chefs, will be at 261 Rickarby Street in Mobile.
* "Chip in for Autism," a golf tournament hosted by The Learning Tree, Inc., will be Friday, October 21 at Azalea City Golf Course, 1000 Gaillard Drive, Mobile. The $60 per player tickets include a bucket of balls, tournament round and cart and are available at www.learning-tree.org. Sponsorships are available. Dinner will be provided by Naman's Catering. All proceeds will benefit The Learning Tree's Woody's Song School for children with autism spectrum disorders. For more information, contact Cindy Fulford at 251-654-0070, firstname.lastname@example.org or Teresa Atkins at 251-331-2633, email@example.com.
"Sweeney Todd" continues at Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen Street, on weekends through Sunday, September 11. For more information, go to www.joejeffersonplayers.com or call 251-471-1534.
"Thoroughly Modern Millie," directed by Stacey Driskell, will run September 9-25 at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street. Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. To make reservations, visit cctshows.com, call 251-457-8887 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chickasaw Library Board and Friends will host a public "Performance in the Park" on September 11th, 6-8 p.m. in at the Paul Divine amphitheater. The University of Mobile Ram Corps will present a musical performance in appreciation of local first responders, Chickasaw Police and Fire Department officers, as well as a "Welcome Back" for teachers in the Chickasaw School System. Concessions will be available for purchase.
"Ain't Misbehavin'", the Tony Award winning musical featuring the music of Fats Waller, will play at Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 North Lafayette Street, September 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25. The show is directed by Nadine Andrews. For information, call 251-433-7513.
* School shows of Playhouse in the Park's production of "Frankenstein" are October 20, 21, 27 and 28, 9 a.m and 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $8 for students and chaperones; teachers are free. Frankenstein is suitable for grades 7th - 12th . All performances are at Playhouse in the Park, 4851 Museum Drive. Call 251-422-0079 for reservations.
* School shows of "Babes in Toyland" by Playhouse in the Park performers are scheduled for December 6 and 7, 9 and 11:15 a.m. All performances are at the Saenger Theatre; call 251-422-0079 for reservations.
* On Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fowl River Community Center, 5401 Fowl River Road, the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program is holding a workshop to train residents in the Fowl River Watershed to collect monthly water quality data. Volunteers do not need to live on the river to participate.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce continues its school supplies drive. Basic items can be dropped off at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road.
Good News/Great Job/Thanks/Congratulations Department:
* Congratulations to Bellingrath Gardens and Home, which was inducted into the Alabama Tourism Hall of Fame on August 22 at the 2016 Alabama Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
* United Way of SouthWest Alabama sends a big "Thank You" to all who attended the Campaign Kick-Off recently; the goal for the coming year is to raise $3,725,127. The Pacesetters, those companies and individuals who gave their gifts early, generated $1,153,324, 31% percent of the 2016 goal.
American Cancer Society Kicks Off 9th Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Season in South Alabama--American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is October 29
On Thursday, August 29, hundreds of community and corporate supporters helped the American Cancer Society officially kick off its 9th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer season in South Alabama during an invitation-only evening kickoff held at The Temple Downtown.
The program focused on empowering the attendees to become Making Strides team leaders and to start fundraising to support the American Cancer Society, according to Sarah Bynum, Communications Manager, Division Communications American Cancer Society, Inc.
“We fight breast cancer all year, but we dedicate the next few months to expanding our awareness and fundraising efforts.” said Making Strides senior community manger Marlene Rathle. “Anyone can serve as a team leader for our Making Strides walk – just sign up online at MakingStridesWalk.org/MobileAL, invite your friends to join you, fundraise using our helpful resources and walk with us October 29!”
There is no cost to register for the Making Strides Walk in October. Team leader supplies are available at the Society office, 1110 Montlimar Drive, Suite 420, Mobile, AL. 36609.
Rose Ann Haven with WKRG served as emcee. Other speakers included Don Wiggins, market manager for Walmart; Curt Kalagian with Alfa Insurance; Dan Schoonover with Infirmary Health Cancer Care Center; Heather Tomberlin, Making Strides committee event chair; Erica Jones, Making Strides team leader; breast cancer survivor Jana Elmore; and Joy Chastain, advocate for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
Tomberlin said that the American Cancer Society currently funds more than $74 million in breast cancer research grants, including more than $1.5 million in four breast cancer research grants in Alabama, including Dr. Xi’s breast cancer research at the University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute.
Each year, Making Strides participants raise enough money to fund all of this breast cancer research for the year.
In addition to speaker spotlights and fundraising tips, attendees had a chance to visit with participants of the second annual Real Men Wear Pink of South Alabama campaign. Last year, the Society launched a Mid-South Division-wide Real Men Wear Pink campaign that cumulatively raised almost $1 million. The men in South Alabama received first place in fundraising among all other participating markets, raising $137,357, Bynum said.
The Making Strides Kickoff event was sponsored by Walmart.
The 9th annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk will be held Saturday, October 29, at 8 a.m. at Bienville Square in downtown Mobile. There is no cost to register for this noncompetitive inspirational event; however, participants and teams are encouraged to fundraise to help the Society create a world free from the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer.
Flagship sponsors for the Walk include Alfa Insurance and Infirmary Health Cancer Care Center.
Since 1993, more than 12 million supporters have raised more than $750 million nationwide. Last year, 25,000 walkers in South Alabama helped to raise more than $500,000, Bynum said.
To learn more about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event and how you can become involved, visit MakingStridesWalk.org/MobileAL or contact Marlene Rathle at 251-414-1307 or SouthAlabamaStrides@cancer.org.
Photos, courtesy of ACS, show some of the hundreds of community and corporate supporters who helped the American Cancer Society officially kick off its 9th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer season in South Alabama during an invitation-only evening kickoff held at The Temple Downtown.
From Barbara Shaw, Public Affairs Mgr., Mobile Area Water & Sewer System, comes the following announcement:
Beginning Tuesday, September 6, Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) will be open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at both payment centers, MAWSS Park Forest Plaza, 4725 Moffett Rd. and the Thomas Tyrrell Payment Center, 1060 Springhill Ave. The Customer Service Call Center will be available extended hours from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.
MAWSS will be closed Monday, September 5, for the Labor Day holiday.
For more easy ways to pay your bill, including a downloadable app for your smart phone, visit www.mawss.com.
Opening night for "Sweeney Todd" at Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen Street, is Friday, August 26. The play will run weekends for nine performances through Sunday, September 11. Music and lyrics for Sweeney Todd are by Stephen Sondheim based on the book by Hugh Wheeler. The JJP production is directed by Dr. Patrick Jacobs.
From JJP comes this news about opening night:
"We are ready for opening night of Sweeney Todd! Join us for a special red carpet event with Access Magazine tonight at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Get your tickets now at http://joejeffersonplayers.com/
Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) will be flushing fire hydrants in the Toulminville, Crichton and Springhill areas of Mobile during the month of September.
Flushing is a maintenance activity that involves opening the hydrants and allowing water to flow freely for a short period of time. Flushing helps maintain water quality by cleaning out sediment and other particulates that accumulate normally in the water mains. As a result of the flushing, water may appear milky or have some temporary discoloration. Allow water to run a few minutes to clear before using. Avoid doing laundry as staining can occur.
Locations scheduled to be flushed in September include Moffett Road (west of I-65), Trinity Gardens area, Crichton area, Summerville area, Toulminville area, Dauphin Sreet (west of I-65), Airport Boulevard (west of I-65), Springhill Avenue and Mobile Street area and Old Shell Road (west of Florida Street.)
Signs announcing the week and day of flushing will be posted in neighborhoods affected. A monthly schedule of flushing sites can be found at www.mawss.com under “What’s New at MAWSS” or call 251-694-3165 for more information.
Women's Club of Satsuma to present "Suppertime, A Southern Meal with Favorite Dishes" fundraiser, Thursday, September 29th
On Thursday, September 29, 6 p.m., the Women's Club of Satsuma is presenting "Suppertime, A Southern Meal with Favorite Dishes" at Steele Creek Lodge, 368 Juniper Avenue in Satsuma. Entertainment will be provided by Girls of Grace and Four Old Hearts.
Tickets to the event are $15 per person with proceeds to benefit the of construction Union Chapel, a replica of Satsuma's non-denominational Union Church, which was erected in 1915/1916 and torn down in the early 1970s.
For more ticket information, contact Mary Atchison, 251-626-0630, email email@example.com or her Facebook page.
"Chip in for Autism Golf Tournament," hosted by The Learning Tree, Inc. will be Friday, October 21 at Azalea City Golf Course, 1000 Gaillard Drive, Mobile.
The $60 per player tickets include a bucket of balls, tournament round and cart and are available at www.learning-tree.org. Sponsorships are available. Dinner will be provided by Naman's Catering.
All proceeds will benefit The Learning Tree's Woody's Song School, a non-traditional day school serving 28 children, ages 5 - 21, with autism spectrum disorders.
The Learning Tree, Inc. is a non-profit organization in Eight Mile, Alabama with programs that are helping children and families in Alabama live with autism and other developmental challenges. For more information, contact Cindy Fulford at 251-654-0070, firstname.lastname@example.org or Teresa Atkins at 251-331-2633, email@example.com.