American Legion Post #250 Honor Guard will perform the opening ceremony for Day 2 of the 3-Day 30th Annual Alabama Pecan Festival, Saturday, November 7, 2015
American Legion Post 250 Honor Guard from Theodore (Fowl River) will open the second day of the Alabama Pecan Festival on Saturday, November 7, 9 a.m.
For those who are patriotic, this is always a very touching ceremony. It should be noted that each year, AL 250 Honor Guard provides men and women for dozens of military funerals in Alabama.)
Following the opening ceremony, Samantha Tillman Bridges will sing the National Anthem.
The Pecan Festival November 6-8 includes three days of music, games, rides and other family entertainment, as well as a variety of foods for purchase. Admission, parking, exhibits and grandstand shows are free.
For more information on the 30th Annual Alabama Pecan Festival, log onto www.alabamapecanfestival.com or call Executive Director Billy Bolton at 251-401-5555.
St. Mary Knights of Columbus 8th Annual Steve Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament, scheduled for Sunday, November 1, noon, at Spring Hill College Golf Course has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 15 because of expected rainy weather. Same place, same time, same great fellowship, food, prizes, and golfing! 11 a.m. lunch and registration, Noon Shotgun Start, SHC Golf Course. $100 per player. For questions, contact Desi Tobias at (251) 432-5001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Sisters' Closet 10th Annual Purse with Purpose: "Men Modeling Purses for A Good Cause!" Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Our Sisters' Closet is holding its 10th Annual Purse with Purpose event on Tuesday, November 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard.
Sponsored by Makeda Nichols State Farm Insurance, this fundraiser features "Men Modeling Purses for a Good Cause!" as well as a live and silent auction. Dress is cocktail/business attire.
Individual tickets are $30 each available, along with various ticket packages, at http://oursisterscloset.org/pursewithpurpose.htm. Call 251-423-2001 for more information.
An Antique and Classic Car Show will be a feature at the 30th Annual Alabama Pecan Festival, November 6-8, 2015
The 30th Annual Alabama Pecan Festival, November 6-8 at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road, will entertain 15,000 citizens over the 3-day event. Visitors can hear, free of charge, all kinds of entertainment from "A Tribute to Roy Orbison" to "Elvis" Don Hinton singing "How Great Thou Art.
There'll be food, children's games, a full-sized midway with rides for adults and little ones, a Writers/Publishers Showcase and arts and crafts.
But one feature that draws visitors year after year is the exhibit of antique and classic automobiles. And one faithful exhibitor is Ray Harper.
Harper has a total of 5 antique automobiles, some with stories attached. A 1915 Model T, his oldest, is what he calls an RCA Depot Hack with the trademark Nipper prominently displayed on the side panels. A 1921 Model T belonged to a close friend, and when the friend got cancer, he called in Harper. "I want you to have the car," the friend said, offering it at a price "I couldn't refuse," Harper said. Two weeks after the sale, the friend died.
He also has a 1923 Model T and a 1929 Model A. But one of his favorites is a 1971 Monte Carlo that he purchased in Beatrice, Alabama. "My wife Katherine and I bought a brand new 1971 Monte Carlo when they came out, and we decided that if we ever saw one in good condition, we'd get it," he said.
No word yet on which of autos Harper will show, but it's worth a visit to the Festival to see his and all the other owners' treasured vehicles. For more information on the Pecan Festival, visit www.alabamapecanfestival.com or call Executive Director Billy Bolton at 251-401-5555.
Among the seasoned professional and almost-pro amateur entertainers at the 30th Annual Alabama Pecan Festival will be one little singer with charming dimples and a killer smile.
Kenlee Tillman--she's the granddaughter of former Mobile County Sheriff Jack Tillman--will take the main stage at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, the middle of the 3-day affair.
Though just 9 years old, Kenlee has already been performing for a couple of years.
She's sung at earlier Pecan Festivals, at the Semmes Azalea Pageant and Azalea Festival, at the Mobile Country Music Association, for senior citizen events and, most recently, at June Fest in Pensacola.
Kenlee is an A Honor Roll student who loves singing, songwriting and playing the piano, and has earned awards for her participation in Piano Guild.
Presently, she takes piano lessons at Mary Couey Music Studio in Semmes and vocal performance at Brandy Brown Performing Arts Studio in Semmes.
Her family says that Kenlee's "relief valve" is school, karaoke with family and friends and watching Disney.
For more information on the 30th Annual Alabama Pecan Festival, visit www.alabamapecanfestival.com or call Executive Director Billy Bolton at 251-401-5555.
The 47th Annual Saraland Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Saraland Civic Forum, is Saturday, December 12 at noon. Applications to participate in the parade are available at Saraland Chamber of Commerce.
The theme for this year's parade is "Let Freedom Ring with the Bells of Christmas."
Some basic guidelines concerning participation are as follows:
The fee to enter a float is $30 with an additional $5 charge per motorcycle. No ATVs or 18-wheelers, or like vehicles are allowed.
The deadline for returning the completed application is December 10, 2015.
The first 25 spaces are reserved; all other spaces will be determined by the order in which completed applications are received.
Remember: A Santa Claus will be provided; no other Santas are allowed in the parade.
A minimum of 75 pounds of candy (no hard candy) or trinkets is required for each float.
First, second and third place trophies will be awarded at Saraland Civic Center, 718 Mae Street, at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, December 12.
For more information, call Bill Silver, 251-675-4873 or Saraland Chamber of Commerce, 251-675-4444.
Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center to hold Joe Hanna Billiards Tournament November 5
Seniors at Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center are invited to participate in the Joe Hanna Annual Billiards Tournament on Thursday, November 5 at 9 a.m. Registration will be taken at the front desk.
"Joe contributed so much to the senior center. Let's honor his birthday and legacy with refreshments and a good ole' 8-ball tournament. Any member can participate," said Ashley-Nicole Flowers, Director of the Center at 3201 Hillcrest Road..
The CHMRSCC is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Call 251-602-4963 for information on the many events and activities at the Center.
The Crochet Ladies at Semmes Senior Center have made a beautiful crocheted Queen-Sized "Defiant" afghan and are selling opportunity tickets at a dollar each or six for $5.
Stop by the Senior Center at 9635 Moffet Road to purchase tickets and see the afghan--perhaps to join the class. Drawing for the cover will be December 17th.
For information on other activities and events at the Center, call 251-649-2010.
Good news from the 30th Alabama Pecan Festival: the deadline has been extended on the Backyard BBQ Cook-Off and on the Arts and Crafts booths.
The BBQ Cook-Off, sponsored by Mobile County Water System, is Saturday, November 7, 2015. There are two competition categories--Ribs and Chicken. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each category with an overall Grand Champion Award. Prize money will be determined by the number of entries in the competition.
Log onto www.alabamapecanfestival.com for an application form with all the rules and regulations that apply. The completed form must be turned in to the office at Mobile County Water, 5780 Theodore Road Road, Theodore, AL
Call 251-404-3549 or 251-455-6837 for more information.
On the arts and crafts vendors, a few more spaces have been made available, so the deadline is November 5th in lieu of October 15th. See www.alabamapecanfestival.com for an application and pertinent information.
On Tuesday evening, November 10, the Zonta Club of Mobile will host LUNAFEST® at the Crescent Theater in Mobile. According to Charlene Rains, Governor-elect, Zonta District 11, the fundraising film festival is dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities.
For more information about LUNAFEST, see the press release below or visit www.lunafest.org/mediaroom. To learn more about Zonta Mobile, call Rains at 251-533-9144.
Theodore United Methodist Church UMW-sponsored Annual Turkey Dinner and Bazaar is Saturday, October 31, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. The dinners will come with smoked turkey, dressing, apple salad, green beans and a roll.
In addition to the dinners, there will be crafts for sale; flea market items to purchase; a Christmas shop with slightly used decorations for sale; a bakery with homemade cakes, pies, cookies, fudge, sweet breads and other desserts.
All areas will be open for business at 7 a.m. with the turkey dinners available at 10 a.m.
The church is at 6255 Swedetown Road next door to Theodore High School; call 653-0710 for information.
St. Mary Parish will present an evening evening of faith, fellowship, and fun on Thursday, November 5, 6 p.m. in Sisters of Mercy Building on St. Mary campus, 106 Providence Lane.
"Vino and Values, An Evening for All Women" features wine and hors' d'oeuvres and guest speaker Leah Libresco. An offering of $10 is suggested.
For more information, contact Emily Montague, at 251-298-3984 or email@example.com.
For information on guest speaker, Leah Libresco, see flyer at left..
Desiree Bishop's job is unique in Mobile County and in the State of Alabama. She is the director of the Mobile County Public School System's Environmental Studies Center, and, as the sole administrator, is in charge of all program operations conducted at the site.
Bishop's personal background has, perhaps, led her to her current position. Her mother is from the Philippines and her Mobile father was a Merchant Marine officer with Waterman Steamship Lines. Her grandfather was a captain for an ALCOA steamship and had many exotic pets.
So she always loved animals, the outdoors and science and wanted to be an outside classroom teacher in environmental education.
She became a science teacher with MCPSS, serving at Dunbar Middle School, B. C. Rain and Baker High Schools, then took over as director of ESC in 2003. And that's when Bishop's dream job became a reality.
"Instead of chalkboards and textbooks, the Center features native wildlife, plants and viable ecosystems as teaching aids," she said. Students and teachers have access to a diversity of habitats, both natural and manmade, within the 600-acre site.
As sole administrator of the ESC, Bishop's job includes overseeing all program operations conducted at the facility, everything from personnel management to budget development to public relations.
"The Environmental Studies Center is open to visitors year round and it is free, but we ask for a $2 (per person) donation for animal care," Bishop said. The Center is not open on the weekends except for two Saturday Open Houses a year, one on the first Saturday in May and the other the first Saturday in November, the 7th this year.
Of her career, the place she works and those she works with, Desiree Bishop had this to say:
"The Environmental Studies Center is a very unique and special facility. There are very few Centers like this supported by a public school system. A dedicated staff and community support have helped us make it a success through the years.
"I have a passion for the mission of the Environmental Studies Center, to help make environmentally literate citizens out of the students of Mobile County. Everything we do is for the enrichment of student experiences in nature and for the welfare of our native wildlife.
"I am blessed that I had a childhood filled with wonderful experiences in nature and with animals, and came from a family filled with many stories about the Gulf Coast.
"I am lucky that I have had the best teaching experiences that a science teacher could ever hope for. I have had students who have been a joy to teach and to share my love of nature with. Every principal I have ever worked for has been supportive of my teaching style and love of field trip experiences. I believe you can teach anywhere; at the beach, in the woods, on a boat."
About herself, she shared the following comments:
"I love turtles, baby animals (all kinds), babies in general, straws, balloons, coloring, and my only child, Victoria (who is a Junior at USA)---not necessarily in that order. I have a unique sense of humor, laugh easily, slow to anger, quick to forgive but have very high expectations of people. I am here to serve."
And what would many people be surprised to learn?
"You would be surprised at how hard my small staff of seven people work to educate more than 25,000 people a year about environmental education and how much they care about our community and habitats and every student and animal that comes through our doors. I am blessed and if you know me you know that this is where God wants me to be," Bishop said.
Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation will host its 4th Annual Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 27, 11:30 a.m. at the Renaissance Battle House Hotel in Mobile. Call 251-605-6624 for reservations.
Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center's "evening to explore the exotic origins of chocolate and taste the cuisine of Central America" is Thursday, October 29, 6 p.m. Tickets are $100 each. Call 251-208-6893 for tickets or information.
Don't miss Bellingrath Gardens and Home's Cascading Chrysanthemum display. The area is bursting with color, festooned with hundreds of colorful, four-foot-long cascades of chrysanthemums on bridges and balconies, as well as the traditional displays of mums in baskets and containers. Guests will also see columns of mums and bedded plants along the Great Lawn’s dramatic border in the rich fall colors of red, yellow, bronze, lavender and white. For details on the Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums display, visit www.bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.
Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, is featuring the art of Betty Barnes during November and December.
Chickasaw Seniors Early Bird Breakfast is Monday, November 2, 7:30 a.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street. Cost is $3 per person.
The Senior Dance at Tillman's Corner Community Center is Thursday, October 29, 7-10 p.m. Music will be provided by Dumas McLaney and the County Line Band. Call 251-661-5827 for information.
The Semmes Senior Center Crochet Ladies have crocheted a queen size "Defiant" afghan to raffle. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5, available at Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road. Drawing for the winning ticket will be on December 17. Call 251-649-2010 for more details.
Via! 5 Points Expo is Tuesday, October 27, 9 a.m.-noon at Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street. For information, call Via, 251-470-5229.
Semmes seniors can take a class in Christmas Crafts on Friday, October 30, 10 a.m. Call 251-649-2010 for a calendar of events and classes at the Center.
Teachers, principals, librarians and counselors who retired from Semmes area schools or other schools, but living in the Semmes area, take note: The Annual Retired Teachers Brunch is Wednesday, November 18, 9:30 a.m. at Semmes Elementary School. Call Toni Davis, 251-649-5931 or Sandra Hillman, 251-649-2897 for more information.
Satsuma High School will host Alumni Night, Thursday, October 29, the last football game in the current stadium. Many activities are on the schedule. Alumni are asked to RSVP at http://ow.ly/Tvgf6.
Joe Jefferson Players' "Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike" runs October 30-November 15. Call 251-471-1534 for reservations.
Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Council's Last Friday Art Night is October 30, 6-8 p.m., 918 Bienville Boulevard. Guests can enjoy local art, music, food, drinks, door prizes and socializing. And if you're a tiny tot, you can participate in Trick or Treat.
Fort Gaines Historic Site will host the 32nd Renaissance Festival Gatalop 32 on October 30-31. Visitors can see knights storm the castle, view melees and sieges, visit with lords and ladies, artisans and Medieval merchants. For more information, call 251-861-6992.
At Mobile Public Library's Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street, the Classics Revisited Book Club meets Monday, October 26, 6:30 p.m. This month's topic of discussion is selected works of Edgar Allan Poe. Call 251-208-7902 for more information.
The Playhouse in the Park performances of "Poe" are Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31, 7:30 p.m. at the Playhouse, 4851 Museum Drive, across from Mobile Museum of Art. Call 251-602-0630 for reservations.
Big Daddy Weave will be in concert at Citronelle High School Football Stadium on Saturday, October 31. A Community Block Party begins at 4 p.m.; the concert starts at 7 p.m. For more information, visit Hopecitronelle.org.
Get your doggie a costume! "Bark for Life: A Canine Event to Fight Cancer," a part of North Mobile Relay for Life, is Saturday, November 14, 9-11:30 a.m. at Creola Park. Among the activities is a "Favorite Football Team Dog Costume Contest." Visit www.facebook.com/nomorelayforlife.
Grand Bay Community Breakfast will be Saturday, October 30 at Grand Bay-St. Elmo Community Center, 11610 Highway 90 W. Coffee time is 8:30 a.m.; the breakfast is at 9 a.m.
"Run to the Chamber," a 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, November 7 at 4 p.m. The route will take runners through Memorial Gardens, where the Flags of Glory will be in place for the Veterans Day observance. Run proceeds benefit SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce. The run is sponsored by the Chamber and Tillman's Corner Lions Club. Applications are available at McCoy's Outdoor, Run-N-Tri, Fleet Feet in Mobile and Running Wild in Fairhope until November 5, or online at www.evenbrite.com.
The Mobile Walk to End Alzheimer's is Saturday, November 7, beginning at Mobile Museum of Art at Langan (Mobile Municipal) Park. Registration is at 7:30 a.m.; the Walk starts at 9:30 a.m. For information, visit act.alz.org/mobile.
A couple of Cook-Offs are coming up, so drag out your chef's hat and send in your applications. The Alabama Pecan Festival BBQ Cook-Off, sponsored by Mobile County Water, Sewer and Fire Protection Authority, is November 7. It's not too late to sign up now--the deadline has been extended, according to chair, Terry Hamilton, 251-653-7346. A little farther along on the calendar is the Grand Bay Country Christmas Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, December 5. Call Kelli Bratton, 251-644-2080 for details.
On Thursday, October 29, Diana Brewer, Marketing and Public Relations Director, GulfQuest National Maritime Museum, will be the speaker at the Government Street Forum at Government Street Presbyterian Church. A $10 lunch will be served at noon. At 12:30 p.m., Brewer will speak on a Virtual Tour of GulfQuest, which opened September 26, 2015.
Penelope House shelter for victims of domestic abuse will benefit from two more events this month: Five Guys Burgers and Fries on Airport Boulevard will donate a portion of sales on Monday, October 26 to Penelope House. And Rocktober Fest, Thursday, October 29 at The Temple Downtown will be for the benefit of the shelter. Call 251-342-2809 for more information.
Citronelle Lions Club, recently organized, will meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday at the Iron Skillet Restaurant on 3rd Street. For information, call President Johney Weaver, 251-694-2670.
The Woman's Club of Saraland meets the first Tuesday of each month (November 3) at the historic clubhouse, 216 Highway 43. The meeting starts at noon. Call Kathy Gordon, 251-232-0756 for information.
HALLOWEEN FUN AND SPOOKY ACTIVITIES, OCTOBER 26-31, 2015
Teens Going Green group is presenting "Legends of the Bayou Haunted House" at Coastal Response Center, 7385 Highway 188 in Coden on October 30 and 31, 6-10 p.m. A separate fun-and-games area will be set up for smaller children. Call Lori Bosarge, 251-206-9990 for details.
St. Mary Parish Trunk or Treat is Monday, October 26, 5-7 p.m. in St. Mary School parking lot. Prizes will be awarded to the "Best Trunk" and "Best Costume." There will arts and crafts and cookie decorating for children. Cost is $5 per participant and $1 per walk-up trick-or-treater. For more information, call the parish office, 251-432-8678 ext. 1. CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER!!
On Wednesday, October 28, 3:30-4:30 p.m., children 6-12 years old can carve their own pumpkins, free of charge, at Chickasaw Civic Center. All participants will design their creation, then, with supervision, carve it. Registration by Monday, October 26 is required by calling 251-452-6462.
Friday, October 30, Mobile Mystery Mystics group is offering two Ghost Tours of Historic Mobile. One includes a trip to the Richards-DAR House and the other includes the Mobile Carnival Museum. Times of departure are 7 and 7:30 p.m. Parking to board the tour buses will at Fort Conde parking lot and is free. Advance reservations are required. Call 251-479-4970 or 800-338-5597 for information or reservations. The cost is $47 per person.
The Town of Dauphin Island will sponsor the Annual Trick or Treat in Green Park on Saturday, October 31 starting at 5:30 p.m. Residents and property owners are encouraged to bring a folding table and chair to hand out goodies to all the little goblins on Halloween. Contact Mary Strickland, 251-861-5525 ext. 222, for more information.
Saturday, October 31, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government Street downtown, "kids of all ages" can make such fun products as Ghost Bubbles and Vampire Veins. Visit www.exploreum.com or call the Exploreum at 251-208-6817 for information.
Joe Jefferson Players, whose "Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike" opens October 30, will hold a Costume Contest at intermission on Saturday, October 31 at the theatre, 11 S. Carlen Street. Also, at 6 p.m., they invite their neighbors to Trick or Treat. Players will be out front with treats. For tickets or other information, call 251-471-1534.
The Chickasaw Children's Halloween Costume Parade will be Saturday, October 31, beginning at Chickasaw Housing Authority property outdoors. Participants should be present at 9 a.m. for contest registration; judging will begin at 9:30 a.m. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. (walkers only.) Participants may be between the ages of infant to 12 years old and are divided into categories. Pets are welcome to accompany participants but must be well behaved and on restraints. Treats will be given to participants along the parade route by approved sponsors who should call 251-452-6467 if they are interested in setting up a booth. The children will parade from the Housing Authority to Chickasaw Amphitheater for refreshments and announcement of costume winners.
Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council is inviting everyone to dress in costume for the Last Friday Art Night, October 30, 6-8 p.m. There'll be Trick or Treat for the children.
There's plenty of Halloween fun on October 31 at Tanner Williams United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch, 1550 Grand Bay Wilmer Road N. Trunk or Treat begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until the candy runs out. There will also be bree hot dogs and chips.
Mobile's Market on the Square at Cathedral Square downtown is open every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until noon. On October 31, children can enjoy Trick or Treat and pirates with games and face painting. Parents can pick up fresh vegetables and even some early Christmas presents. Tony Bowers will be providing music for the event.
Mobile Public Library has Halloween fun at the following locations and times:
+ Saraland Public Library, 111 Saraland Loop: Halloween Spooktacular! Spooky Crafts & Treats/Fun for all, Thursday, October 29, 6 p.m. Wear your costume and trick or treat in the library. For information, call 251-675-2879.
+ West Regional Branch, 5555 Grelot Road, Spooky Halloween! Wear your Costumes, Saturday, October 31, 3-5 p.m. Trick or Treating throughout the library. Call 251-340-8571 for details.
+ Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street, Halloween Fun @ the Library! Families & Children of all Ages, Saturday, October 31, 4-5 p.m.. Call 251-208-7086 for more information.
+ Moorer/Spring Hill Branch, 4 S. McGregor Avenue, Trunk or Treat! A Halloween Extravaganza! Saturday, October 31, 4:30 p.m. Includes an afternoon of crafts, games, costume contests and Trunk or Treating in the parking lot. For information, call 251-470-7770.
SKIPPING THANKSGIVING AND GOING DIRECTLY FROM HALLOWEEN TO "SAVE THE DATE" CHRISTMAS EVENTS:
The 3rd Annual Wreaths for Charity event to benefit SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce is ongoing. Schools, businesses, churches, clubs and individuals are encouraged to create a Christmas wreath and donate it to the Chamber to be sold by December 5. Proceeds will benefit the Chamber's families in need program. For more details, call Tina Poiroux, 252-666-2488.
On Saturday, November 7, 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. Call 251-421-2259 for ticket information.
A Holiday Craft/Yard Sale & Gumbo Sale is Saturday, November 7, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Georgetown-Chunchula United Methodist Church, 9775 Chunchula Georgetown Road. To place an order for gumbo or to arrange a space to sell goods, call 251-243-2649.
The Annual Christmas Open House at Belle Bouquet Florist and Gifts, 200 Shelton Beach Road in Saraland, is Sunday, November 8, 1-4 p.m. Call 251-675-3225 or visit www.bellebouquet.com for more details.
Semmes Christmas Tree Lighting, sponsored by the City of Semmes, will be Friday, November 20, 5 p.m. at Semmes Public Library, 9150 Moffett Road at McCrary Road.
The Community Christmas Tree Lighting in Chickasaw is also November 20. Santa Claus will arrive for pictures about 5:30 p.m. and the lighting will be at 6:30 p.m. The tree is at the intersection of West Lee Street and Grand Boulevard.
2015 Annual Semmes Christmas Tour of Homes and Tasting Tour, sponsored by Semmes Woman's Club, will be on Saturday, December 12, starting at Allentown Ellementary School. The Tasting Tour will be 3-5 p.m. and the Tour of Homes will be 3-7 p.m. Tickets will be available soon.
ARTS & CRAFTS AND OTHER VENDORS, TAKE NOTE:
The Alabama Pecan Festival, November 6-8 at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road, is offering vendors with high-quality, handmade crafts a space at $50 for all three days. Call Billy Bolton, 251-401-5555 or log onto www.alabamapecanfestival.com for an application.
St. Francis Episcopal Church Fall Bazaar at 401 Key Street, Dauphin Island. is Saturday, November 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Spaces at $15 each are available on the grounds for crafts or "Bring Your Own White Elephant Sale" items. Call 251-861-2552 for details.
Port City Craftsmen 2015 Fall Craft Show is Friday-Sunday, November 20-22. Registration information is available at http://www.portcitycraftsmen.com. For additional information, call Chair Kendra Bennett, 251-508-1210.
Citronelle United Methodist Church, 7970 Lebaron Avenue, is hosting a quilt exhibition and an arts and crafts sale on Saturday, November 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 100 quilts are expected to be on display, and area quilters are invited to add their prize quilt to the Exhibit. As to the craft show, vendors with handmade goods can set up in the gym for $10 a space. Admission to this first-time event is $5; a lunch can be purchased for $3. Call Janice Ross, 251-866-7078, for information.
The Annual Alabama Pecan Festival, November 6-8 at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road, has a new feature this year.
A Writers/Publishers Showcase, chaired by Daniel Stombaugh, author of "Solomon's Song," will be open all three days. To arrange space to display their works, writers should call Stombaugh at 251-694-5017 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on this popular yearly fest, visit www.alabamapecanfestival.com or call Executive Director Billy Bolton at 251-401-5555.
The Annual Retired Teachers' Brunch, held to honor Semmes area retirees, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, 9:30 a.m. at Semmes Elementary School.
Invited are all teachers, principals, counselors and school librarians who have retired from Semmes, Allentown, J.E. Turner, Wilmer and Tanner Williams elementary schools, Semmes Middle School and Mary G. Montgomery High School.
Also encouraged to attend are certified retirees living in the community although they may have retired from a school in another area.
Toni Davis, 251-649-5931, and Sandra Hillman, 251-649-2897, chair the event and ask that questions concerning this event, now about 15 years old, be directed to them.
Mobile Writers Guild and Mobile Public Library to sponsor "Home for the Holidays," a celebration of local and regional authors, Saturday, November 21
Mobile Writers Guild and the Mobile Public Library West Regional Branch, 5555 Grelot Road, are sponsoring a "Home for the Holidays" celebration of local and regional authors on Saturday, November 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (set up at 9 a.m.).
Writers who would like to do a reading or who want a space to sell their books should contact MWG Vice President Carrie Dalby Cox at email@example.com.
Self-published authors and those with independent or e-presses are welcome to sell their books, CDs and other promotional items. Traditionally published authors who would like one of the local booksellers to provide their books should let MWG know as soon as possible so they can confirm it with the stores. For those who would like a bookstore to provide the books, let MWG know by November 2 .
Writers Guild President Craig Price said, "We'll schedule readings throughout the day for five-minute intervals, and in between we'll have holiday music, refreshments and door prizes.
"There will be no charge for Mobile Writers Guild paid members to reserve a table, and non-members may rent a table for $10, which can be paid by cash or check at a MWG monthly meeting on/before November 5. Exhibitors can also mail a check to P.O. Box 851851, Mobile, AL 36685-1851, but it must be received by Nov. 2. Note that it is for a HFTH table and specify the author name to be listed on promotional materials.
For more information and updates, check Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mobilewritersguild, Twitter @MobileWriters or MWG website mobilewritersguild.com.
For more information or to reserve a table, Carrie Dalby Cox : carriedalby @ carriedalby.com.
"Bark for Life: A Canine Event to Fight Cancer," is Saturday, November 14, 9-11:30 a.m. at Creola Park
"Bark for Life: A Canine Event to Fight Cancer," is Saturday, November 14, 9-11:30 a.m. at Creola Park. The evcnt is part of the American Cancer Society North Mobile Relay for Life.
On this day, families and their dogs come together and complete a walk to honor the care-giving qualities of their canine Best Friends and cancer survivors.
Among the activities will be doggie games, vendors, a "Favorite Football Team" Dog Costume Contest, Overall "Best Dressed Doggie" Award and adoptable pets on site.
For more information, such as rules, and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.facebook.com/nomorelayforlife.
Betty Barnes will be the Semmes Senior Center Featured Artist for November and December. Stop by the SSC, 9635 Moffett Road, to view Betty's work; her subjects range from seascapes to delicate flowers to the American Indian.
In addition to her artistic talent, Betty is skilled in music, playing the dulcimer, violin and guitar.
The Center is open daily Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dues are $40 annually.
For information on the many other activities, events and classes at Semmes Senior Center, call 251-649-2010.