On September 10, 1:30 p.m. Adventure Awaits as Matinee at Main brings "Rocketman" (Elton John) to the Ben May Library. This biopic focuses on Elton John's early years and his meteoric rise to fame in the 1970s. It dwells on his relationships with his parents, his enduring partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin, and his romantic relationships. The film runs 121 minutes and is rated R. For more information, call 251-340-1458.
The University Lions Club held its 9th Annual Miles for Medicine 5K at Langan Park recently, and Lion Judy Burnham described it as "The second best run ever." The day was beautiful and sunny, and everyone had fun. Runners were able to get their pictures taken with the USA Jaguar cheerleaders.
We would like to thank the participants in the Miles for Medicine 5K, Judy said. "Our principle sponsors were Chik Fil-A, Jani-king, Cammie's Old Dutch Ice Cream and Pediatric Associates of Mobile."
This is a major fundraiser for the University Lions Club, and proceeds will be used to fund scholarships to Camp Seale Harris for diabetic children, assistance with eyeglasses, support of eye research and assistance with vision screenings.
"The University Lions Club is doing small things that make a big difference in our community," Judy said; some of those are on the club's Facebook page. For more information https://www.facebook.com/University-of-South-Alabama-Lions-Club-Mobile-Alabama-566611053732360/.
Saraland Splash Pad Sneak Peek is Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, September 15, 1-6 p.m. This event is for Saraland residents only.
Monday Crafternoon with Jaime Lee at Semmes Regional Library is September 10, 4:30-6 p.m. Adults aged 18 and older can learn how to do a variety of new crafts or bring their own projects to work on at the Library. For more information, call 251-494-4870.
Editor's Note: A week or so ago, Amanda Lott Naugle, a first-grade teacher at McDavid Jones Elementary in Citronelle, posted a request on Facebook. Amanda asked for sponsors for some of her students to receive a book a month for their very own "library" at home. The cost to provide 10 Scholastic books during the school year is $10.
Amanda's appeal brought an overwhelming and quick response from people eager to sponsor one or more students.
Below is Amanda's FB request, along with her appreciation post in response. (Printed with her permission)
"Hey sweet friends!," Amanda began her post. " As many of you know, I teach first grade at McDavid Jones Elementary.
"So many of my precious babies come in not having any books at their home to read. I would love for my students to have their own books to read when they leave my class this year. If you are interested in helping out or know someone who is, please let me know."
She asked that readers share this post:
"Who remembers ordering books from Scholastic Book orders?" she asked, and continued: "I send order forms home monthly, but very few students usually place orders. For many kids, there is disappointment from being unable to order.
" Wouldn’t it be awesome for every student to get a book each month?"
Scholastic has a $1 book each month (and) these are excellent books, Amanda said. "I would love to be able to purchase a $1 book monthly and get wonderful books in the hands of every child in my classroom. For $10, a student in my classroom will be able to get a $1 book each month."
Amanda said that she was "blessed to always have books at home as a child and I want the same for my students."
She has 22 students in her class this year, and asked: "Would anyone be willing to sponsor one of my students for $10 so I can give them the gift of a new book each month and create lifelong readers?
"If you'd be interested, just let me know! You can send me the $10 (check or cash) however is easiest for you! I know this will put a smile on every single one of their faces and would certainly make my heart so happy."
The positive response was overwhelming, with eager donors adopting one or two students.
Amanda voiced her appreciation to sponsors--"My heart is so full. Thank you so much for loving my babies the way that I do. "My group this year is so special. In just a few short weeks, they have already stolen a huge piece of my heart.
"I can see the smiles on their little faces now, when I tell them about the priceless gift each of you have given them.
"Thank you for helping me instill a love for reading in my precious babies. I am blessed beyond measure to have such wonderful friends."
Are you interested in adopting? Stop by the Mobile County Animal Shelter at 7665 Howells Ferry Road to visit adoptable pets. With the exception of holidays, the Shelter is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. You can also follow the Mobile County Animal Shelter on Facebook, Instagram (mcacshelter), or Twitter (@mcacshelter) to receive updates about adoptable pets and upcoming events! For more information on the Mobile County Animal Shelter or to view a list of current adoptable pets
Children of all ages are encouraged to stop by Dauphin Island Green Park on Halloween night, Thursday, October 31 to share in an assortment of tasty treats provided by the town, police department and local citizens. Islanders are invited to set up a table (can decorate it and wear a costume) to hand out goodies to children.
9Gulf Coast Classic Dog Show at the Greater Gulf Coast Fairgrounds is September 5-9, 2019. There will be four pure-breed dog shows--more than 400 dogs every day. For training and registration, go to GulfCoastClassicDogShow.org.
Tri the Gulf 2019, sponsored by the Mobile Bar Assn, is a USA-sanctioned event that includes a 600 yard swim, a 16.7 mile ride and a 3.25 mile run (Motorists should expect delays.) The event, divided by age categories, is Saturday, October 19, starting at 7 a.m. at the Isle Dauphine Club. For additional information, see event website.
Semmes Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting is Wednesday, September 11, 11:45 a.m. at Pathway Church on Moffett Road. Guest speaker will be David Carpenter of UpSpyre.com. IXL Real Estate is the Luncheon sponsor. RSVP by Monday, September 9th. You can call Donna at 251-660-4808 or email the Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PACT Theatre Company presents" Disney's Frozen Jr: The Musical" will play at The Steeple on St. Francis September 25-27, 2019!
Disney's Frozen Jr: The Musical will be directed and choreographed by Jacob Rowe and musically directed by Christie Breland.
All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. The Steeple will open at 6:30 each evening. The 1895 Room will be open prior to the show, theatre doors will open shortly after. Concessions will also be available for purchase in The 1895 Room.
There will be a cash bar open before the show and during intermission. Card & Cash only.
You must bring your ticket on your phone or printed out to be admitted into The Steeple. Seating is general seating.
Tickets are available now online or can be purchased at the door on the night of the show if space is available. All tickets are non-refundable. For more information, visit thepactmobile.com
The 48th Annual Little Sisters of the Poor Lawn Party is scheduled for Sunday, October 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 1655 McGill Avenue. Admission is free. The day will feature music by Phil & Foster, Emily Hall Stuckey, Donna Hall Foster and surprise guests. As always, there will be delicious food, raffles, home baked goods, yard sale, plant sale, petting zoo and much more. This is Little Sisters' largest fundraiser of the year; proceeds go to the care of the home's elderly residents. For information, contact Tommy Fulton 251-476-6335, x102, or email@example.com or visit www.littlesistersofthepoormobile.org.
Andrew Tart, 14 years old and in the 8th grade at Semmes Middle School, was critically injured in a motorcycle accident on May 21, 2019.
Andrew had injuries in the area of his spinal cord, with the possibility of his not being able to walk. His family needed funds to help them take Andrew to the Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta.
That's where the community comes in.
Brandon Van Hook, president of Semmes Chamber of Commerce and owner of Hickory Pit Too restaurant in Semmes, recently recognized those who had aided in raising funds for the Tart family.
In his FB post, Brandon wrote: " A Huge Thank You to the Semmes community, Daphne community and the Mobile community. Hickory Pit, Trooper Pawn and Eddies Wholesale Jewelry and Pawn (Daphne) were able to present funds raised in the amount of $8,000 for Andrew Tart.
" We couldn't have done this without your help and contributions. Gob Bless this young man, his family and all our communities for their support."
Brandon ended the note of appreciation with his philosophy: "Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good that overwhelm the world."
Pictured are Andrew Tart with his family, with Brandon Van Hook (beard) and with others instrumental in raising funds (Brandon's photos)
At Tinker Tuesday: Design & Create on September 10, 4-5 p.m. children can learn how to make DIY Stamps at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Space and supplies are limited. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-494-4140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date for the 4th Annual Mobile Witches Ride on Sunday, October 27, 2019, 3:30-7 p.m. at The Blind Mule Restaurant & Bar, 57 N Claiborne Street.
The Mobile Witches Ride is a major fundraiser for Delta Dogs, a community supported, volunteer run non-profit that provides free spay and neuter and veterinary care to the pets of Mobile's community in need.
On Saturday, September 7 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. visitors to the Exploreum are encouraged to "Come dressed in your superhero best because we’re learning all about superhero science." Event is included in general admission. Free for Exploreum members.
Extravagant Readers - Adult Book Club meets September 14, 3-4 p.m. at Toulminville Branch Library to discuss "Barracoon." by Zora Neal Hurston. A summary and information about the book are as follows: A never-before-published work from the author of the American classic "Their Eyes Were Watching God" that illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade—abducted from Africa on the last “Black Cargo” ship to arrive in the United States. For more information, call 251-580-7144.
At 3:15 p.m. September 10, Parkway Branch Library will show the popular "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." The film runs 81 minutes and is rated PG. In the story, an 11-year-old boy has a miserable day in which he becomes a social pariah. Meanwhile, the rest of his family deal with their own calamities—mom is late for work and dad bungles a job interview. For more information, call 251-494-4454.
SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon is Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Guest Speaker will be Wiley Blakenship. Come early to network 11:30--RSVP 251.666.2488 or email@example.com $12 for members and $15 for guests.