Mobile Mystery Dinner performers present "Unhappy Hour" on Friday, November 11 at Mobile Carnival Museum, 355 Government Street.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the play beginning at 7 p.m. In addition to the performance, guests can enjoy a buffet-style dinner catered by Naman's and an unlimited free wine bar.
Tickets are $59 per person and advance reservations are required at www.mobilemysterydinners.com.
For more information, call 251-865-7398, visit www.mobilemysterydinners.com or see www.facebook.com/mobilemysterydinners.
On Saturday, November 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., The 6th annual "Taste of the Holidays and Gift Show" will be at Abba Shrine Auditorium, 7701 Hitt Road at Schillinger Road in west Mobile Organizers say there are still a few vendors' spaces open; email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
The event, which benefits the Shriners, will offer those who attend an opportunity to get a jump on the holidays by offering everything from jewelry to gifts, accessories, fashion and a variety of unique seasonal and gift items for the "person who has everything."
Elle Photography will again be on hand to take photos of children with Santa, and Once Upon A Time Parties will be there with a flock of princesses.
Fun for children will include train rides and other activities. A Pajama Fashion Show for Penelope House is planned, and if attendees wish to donate pajamas or robes to the shelter, they can bring them to the event.
Admission is $5; children aged 12 and younger are admitted free..
Keep Saraland Beautiful awarded "Yard of the Month" to Theresa and Robbie Burk at 120 Graham Street. "This month's selection was chosen for its Halloween decorations and the creativity with which they are displayed," said Janice Harvison of KSB.
In an unrelated but interesting note, Harvison said that there is a small cemetery across the street from the Burks' home. "The most recent death date I noticed was in the 1920's. A lot of Saraland residents don't know this cemetery exists," she said.
Photos courtesy of Janice Harvison
Senior Quilters at Connie Hudson Senior Center will present Quilts of Valor to veterans on Saturday, November 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Mobile Bay Sierra Club to present documentary films at November 1 meeting: "The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy" and "Fossil Free"
At the Mobile Bay Sierra Club meeting Tuesday, November 1, 7 p.m., the documentary "The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy," will take attendees inside corporate offices and production lines where groundbreaking work is being done, and examines what it could mean for the future of energy consumption on Earth.
"Fossil Free contains portraits of those who are working diligently to contain the climate crisis. "Many of them are young, and they view themselves as the last generation who can truly make a difference in curbing the climate change epidemic. They're determined to pick up the slack from an older generation who remains apathetic to these pressing issues," according to the press release from the Sierra Club.
The meeting will be at 5 Rivers, Tensaw Theater, 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort. Refreshments will be served at 6:30, prior to the program.
For more information, please contact Carol Adams-Davis, 702-496-5050 or email: email@example.com.
Mobile Witches Ride, a fundraiser to benefit Delta Dogs, a non-profit, community-supported organization that helps provide healthcare to the pets of people in need, was Sunday, October 30 at the Blind Mule Restaurant & Bar in downtown Mobile. Approximately 500 participants joined in the ride to raise more than $10,000 for this worthy cause.
Don't Miss Historic Mobile Preservation Society's Fourth Annual Columns and Cocktails is Thursday, November 3
Historic Mobile Preservation Society's Fourth Annual Columns and Cocktails is Thursday, November 3, 5:30-8 p.m. Tickets at $45 each are available at www.historicmobile.org.
The fundraising event, described by HMPS as "the preservation gathering of the year" will feature the preservation award honorees. The awards ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.; there'll be cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, in the backdrop of the historic Antoinette Apartment building at 960 Government Street in Mobile.
Our Sisters' Closet 11th Annual Purse with Purpose fundraiser is Thursday, November 3, 5:30 p.m. at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard.
For ticket information, contact Terri Kearns, 251-423-2001, or e-mail OurSistersCloset@comcast.net.
Pictured are a few models, courtesy of Terri Kearns.
Operation Clean Sweep for South Mobile County is Saturday, November 5, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Residents can dump their trash (with restrictions) at the Irvington Landfill, 7195 Half Mile Road.
David Dishon is chair of the South Mobile County operation, and he along with Cynthia Johnson and George Preston of the Mobile County Commission Department Environmental Enforcement gave an informative presentation at the Grand Bay Community Breakfast on Saturday, October 29.
A short list of items accepted includes furniture, clothing, toys, lawn mowers. A few items not accepted are such things as household garbage, dead, animals, tanks of any kind, chemicals, liquid paint, tires and electronics (for an article on electronics recycling by the United Cerebral Palsy agency, see the post on this blog dated July 20, 2016.)
Team captions and other volunteers are needed. For more information, call 251-574-7867.
Citizens for a Better Grand Bay Community Breakfast was October 29; diners heard news of upcoming events and were entertained by the Four Old Hearts
The monthly Grand Bay Community Breakfast was Saturday, October 29 at Grand Bay-St. Elmo Community/Senior Center, 11610 Highway 90 W.
The crowd heard announcements of coming events in Grand Bay; listened to a presentation on Operation Clean Sweep November 5th (see separate post; and were entertained by the Four Old Hearts Barbershop Quartet.
Citizens for a Better Grand Bay president, Aleta Boudreaux, announced that the Community Center will soon be getting a 20-foot extension to the building.
In other news, officers of Grand Bay Country Christmas on December 3 are looking for sponsors; sponsorships can be either $25 cash donations or the equivalent in children's gifts. The town's live Christgmas Tree will be delivered the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and residents are encouraged to watch its journey down Highway 90.
A Mr. and Miss Christmas Costume Contest will be held at the Community Center on the morning of December 3. Winners will ride in the Lighted Parade that night. Also, children can enjoy Cookies and Milk with Santa from 9-11 a.m. at the Center.
On December 10, 9-10:30 a.m., a Pancakes & Pajama Party with Santa is planned at the Center. Cost is $3 per person for those older than 3. Children are invited to dress in their pj's, join Santa for breakfast, then enjoy fun activities and a viewing of The Polar Express.
Kimon Brown announced that the community is invited to a Pot Luck Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, 2-4 p.m. at the Community Center. Don't worry if you don't have a dish to bring, Brown said; come anyway--there's always plenty to eat at this celebration of Thanksgiving with friends.
Now to the Four Old Hearts--Larry Bush, Louis McBride, Scott Roberts and George Vogtner. The four, dressed in typical barbershop quartet style, entertained the group of about 50 diners with barbershop, gospel, romantic, comical and Doo Wop songs, and the crowd loved them. Those interested in having them perform at a function can call 251-802-7503.
Chickasaw celebrated its 70th anniversary as an incorporated city with a semi-annual Founders Day on October 29th.
Held this year at Miller's Park behind the new fire station and in and around the Housing Authority, the festival was filled with children in costumes parading and competing for the title "Best Costume," monster-faced bouncy houses, antique autos, music, plant giveaways, a quilt raffle, silent auction, popcorn, sunshine and droves of happy people--as evidenced by the photos on this post.
Gyro Newman of Northside Cruisers shows off a yellow '57 Chevy (and who doesn't love a '57 Chevy?) in the classic and antique auto, truck and motorcycle show. Those interested in becoming members of Northside Cruisers can contact Newman at 251-510-3966 or email GNewman@umobile.edu. Additional information can be found on the club's website, www.northsidecruisers.com
Mabrey Harbin, Ann Singleton and Nell Barnes show the beautiful quilt made by members of the Azalea City Quilters Guild. Those who missed buying an opportunity ticket for a chance to win the quilt, get another chance when ACQG brings the quilt to the 31st Alabama Pecan Festival November 4-6 at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Plantation Road
On Saturday, November 12th, the public is invited to join AL Coasting in a journey to Orange Beach for a day at the World Food Championships.
More than 450 teams will be competing in this ultimate of "food sports." Scheduled activities include Top Ten Competitions in Dessert, Bacon, Steak, and Seafood; the World Chef Challenge; the WFC Tasting Village; and a special culinary tour: Around the World in 20 Bites, hosted by Chef David Skinner of eculent restaurant in New Orleans.
Of course, say organizers of the trip, "We'll be doing this 'Alabama Coasting-style,' so there'll be plenty of treats and surprises along the way."
VIP Tickets, which include 20 Bites, are just $60. General charter tickets are $35. The Alabama Coasting chartered coach will pick up at Bel Air Mall at 10 a.m. and at Jubilee Mall at 10:30 a.m., returning that evening at 7 p.m.
Online ticketing at http://www.alcoasting.com/page/Featured-Event?id=44291070
Thousands of participants make ACS 9th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk a big success
From Sarah Bynum, Communications Manager American Cancer Society, gives the following good news for south Alabama residents:
More than 20,000 South Alabama residents came together on Saturday at Bienville Square (in downtown Mobile) for the American Cancer Society’s 9th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, and raised more than $412,000 to help create a world free from the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer.
“From research to education, prevention to diagnosis, and treatment to recovery, the American Cancer Society is there every step of the way for anyone facing a breast cancer diagnosis,” said Marlene Rathle, senior community manager for the Making Strides. “We support local breast cancer patients and their families through our patient support programs, which include lodging and transportation assistance, and we partner with our medical community to help provide the best care possible. It’s because of Making Strides donations that we are also able to fund a breast cancer research grant right here in South Alabama.”
It’s not too late to make a donation to support the Society’s life-saving work. Visit MakingStridesWalk.org/MobileAL to help the Society continue saving lives.
Since 1993, more than 12 million Making Strides supporters have raised more than $750 million nationwide. The 2016 walk in South Alabama was made possible in part by the generous support of Infirmary Health, Alfa Insurance, WKRG and Lite Mix 99.9
While significant progress in the fight against breast cancer has been made, more needs to be done. Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women and is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women. According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2016, an estimated 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,450 will die from the disease this year.
For free breast cancer information and resources, visit the American Cancer Society’s website at cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345 anytime, day or night.
Photos courtesy of ACS. For more photos,visit Facebook.com/MakingStridesSouthAL, Twitter @StridesSouthAL and #StridesSouthAL.
The Annual St. Francis Episcopal Church Fall Bazaar, sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women, is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. November 12 at 401 Key Street on Dauphin Island.
This traditional Autumn event features the ECW's famous chicken salad sandwiches for a satisfying lunch and frozen seafood casseroles, gumbo and other soups to take home for supper or to store in the freezer for holiday meals. An array of baked goods and the ECW's sweet and hot pickles will be for sale, as well.
There will be a "Bring Your Own White Elephant Sale." Islanders and others can rent a space for a small fee, bring a table, stack it with "white elephants" that have been cluttering their closets - and make a little spending money for Christmas. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis at $15 per space. Vendors are asked to take their leftover items home with them.
The Annual Fall Bazaar is the major fundraiser for the St. Francis Episcopal Church Women and helps support the group's and church missions and ministries.
For more information on the St. Francis Episcopal Fall Bazaar, call Daena Myers, 251-391-4558 or Cissy Napper, 318-548-4376.
Halloween Party October 28th to benefit Chickasaw Historic Preservation Society's efforts to reconstruct an Historic Lustron home in the city
A Halloween party was held at Chickasaw Civic Center on October 28; proceeds from the event went to support the Chickasaw Historic Preservation Society's Lustron project (see below for a very brief history lesson on Lustron homes and the Chickasaw HPS interest.)
Teresa Goolsby, president of CHPS, along with a few other talented volunteers, turned the Civic Center into sort of a haunted house/graveyard, complete with a corner crypt and a frightful skeleton with a lighted lantern, turning side to side looking for something--lost souls, perhaps.
The crowd of attendees enjoyed a nice supper spread out on a long festive table, the DJ music and each other's company at small tables clothed in black cloths and eerily lighted by a single candle.
Goolsby gave a brief overview of the Lustron project and then came the highlight of the evening (other than Goolsby's delicious Devil's Food Cake decorated with white icing and black spiders)--a Halloween Costume Contest with about ten competitors. By audience applause, first place went to Barry Broadhead, dressed as King Arthur, and second place to Jane Beuk, a pioneer woman in a long dress and bonnet.
Pictured are a few of those present, along with a sampling of the decorations.
The following story piece Lustron Homes and Chickasaw Historic Preservation Society's effort to reconstruct one of the homes in Chickasaw contains elements of a story printed on this blog, joannemcknight.com, earlier this year. Pictured are some of the homes as they looked in the 1950s and the home that is in possession of CHPS, just waiting for funds to reconstuct the home.
Chickasaw Historic Preservation Society is holding various fundraising events and accepting donations to raise funds to restore Chickasaw's only surviving Lustron home. Structural pieces of the home are in storage awaiting rebuilding.
Not a great deal is known about the Lustron homes, but such internet sites as www.ncph.nps.gov (the "National Center for Preservation Technology and Training) and even wikipedia give detailed information on the homes.
The Lustron houses are prefabricated enameled steel houses developed in the post-World War II era in the U.S. in response to the shortage of housing for returning GIs. Wikipedia says that "the low-maintenance, extremely durable, baked-on porcelain enamel finish was expected to attract modern families who might not have the time or interest in repairing and painting conventional wood and plaster houses."
And according to the above ncph.nps.gov site, approximately 2,680 Lustron homes were manufactured and shipped by truck to 35 states between 1948 and 1950. Most went to the Midwest and Northeast and hundreds have been lost to neglect, alteration and demolition. For instance, in Quantico, Virginia, the largest concentration of Lustrons in the U.S. was recently demolished. Many of those that remain, however, have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Chickasaw is very fortunate to have one of those Lustron homes, and the Historic Society is accepting donations to aid in its restoration. For information on making a tax-deductible donation, call Goolsby at 251-680-6889 or 251-452-6465.
Below, from online sites, are Lustron neighborhoods and communities.
On Tuesday, November 1, Semmes seniors have on their agenda a trip to Seward Farms. They'll meet at the Center at 8:30 a.m. and leave at 9:30 a.m. Cost of the event is $10. Sign up at the Center, 9635 Moffett Road.
The SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon is Wednesday, November 2, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Guest speaker will be Capt. Tom McDonald. RSVP at 251-666-2488.
Historic Mobile Preservation Society's Fourth Annual Columns and Cocktails is Thursday, November 3, 5:30-8 p.m. Tickets at $45 each are available at www.historicmobile.org.
Purse with Purpose, Our Sisters' Closet's 11th Annual Fundraiser, is Thursday, November 3, 5:30 p.m. at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard. For sponsorship or ticket information, contact Terri Kearns, 251-423-2001, or e-mail OurSistersCloset@comcast.net.
Semmes seniors can enjoy a pot-luck lunch at 11:30 a.m. (sign up) on Thursday, November 3. A visit with Mayor-Elect David Baker will follow at noon.
The featured artist at Semmes Senior Center is Sylvia Morris. Her works will be on display during November.
November 4-13, Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street in Chickasaw, presents "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. The play is directed by Leonora Harrison. Tickets are available at 251-457-8887 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The Producers" is opening at Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen Street, the weekend of November 4-6, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available at apps.vendini.com. The show will end November 20th. JJP is seeking hospitality volunteers for all performances of The Producers. Contact Linda Nathey Anderson to sign up for a show; information at 251-471-1534.
The 2016 Alabama Pecan Festival is planned for Friday-Sunday, November 4-6 at the Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5505 Carol Plantation Road and on the grounds behind W. C. Griggs Elementary School. Crafts spaces are available and vendors can go to http://l.facebook.com/l/tAQHcVUNpAQEgBwvnc12yNAXZXBk9sjRf0veYxX7ijgMThg/www.alabamapecanfestival.com to print application. For more information, contact Billy Bolton 251-401-5555.
"Show your Colors," an Alabama vs Auburn Food Drive, sponsored by SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, will continue until November 14th. So pick a team and donate a canned good to your favorite. Businesses are invited to get involved and take photos of the food collections at their office and post them on social media (#SouthWestMobileCountyChamber). These photos will be reviewed and a winner will be chosen at the end of November and the winner will be recognized.
Family Movie Night is Friday, November 4, 7 p.m. at Bryant High School Football Field. The film is "Zootopia." Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission is $6 or $5 with any nonperishable food item. Proceeds benefit the Class of 2017.
Fuse Project is holding a Grand Opening event on Friday, November 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 200 Government Street, 4th floor. Fuse will offer space to area nonprofits and groups and individuals serving public interest. For more information, visit the group's website or email Patty@FuseProject.org.
The Spirit of Satsuma High School Band is hosting a Paint Party on Friday, November 4th. Check-in time is 5-6 p.m. Cost is $25 paid in advance. Funds raised will go toward new uniforms for the band. For information, contact April Mayo Brockmiller at 251-281-3979 or Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/april.deeanna.
Bellingrath Gardens and Home is collaborating with barre3 Mobile to present a fall workout series in the Gardens on the first three Saturdays of November--5, 12 and 19--10-11 a.m. Cost is $13 and participants must register ahead of time. For more information, see www.bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.
On Saturday, November 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., the 6th annual "Taste of the Holidays and Gift Show" will be at Abba Shrine Auditorium, 7701 Hitt Road at Schillinger Road in west Mobile. For a space, email email@example.com for information. Admission is $5; children aged 12 and younger are admitted free. Santa will be on site for photos with children. Proceeds benefit the Shriners.
3rd Annual Police Reserves Turkey Shoot is Saturday, November 5 at Satsuma Police Range on Catherine Drive. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the competition at 9 a.m. Cost per round is $5. For more information, call Brian Mitchem, 251-543-6999.
On Saturday, November 5, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Semmes Woman's Club is holding its annual Fall Yard Sale at Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road. On hand will be assorted household items, clothing, shoes, furniture, bric-a-brac/pictures and miscellaneous items. Proceeds will benefit community projects. Rain date is Saturday, November 12.
Mobile United Health Task Force and Riverside Area Community Action Group are partnering to increase walking and walking groups in local parks. The First Community Walk is November 5, 9 a.m. at Doyle Park, 1728 Rosedale Road.
On Saturday, November 5, Chickasaw seniors are scheduled to rise and shine for an early morning trip to Cathedral Square in downtown Mobile, where they can enjoy the arts walk. Then, they'll return for a delicious turkey lunch at Chickasaw United Methodist Church. Call 251-452-6464 for details.
Fall Market on the Square at Cathedral Square in downtown Mobile will feature fresh produce and homemade breads and crafts. Music will be provided by Roger Fleshman on November 5th.
Flags of Glory will be on display at Mobile Memorial Gardens November 5-12. The opening ceremony is Sunday, November 6, 2 p.m. at the Three Notch Road entrance. To become a sponsor or for more information, call 251-661-1333.
Everyone is invited to a reception in honor of the City of Satsuma Mayor and Council. The reception will be held at Satsuma Public Library following the swearing-in ceremony at Satsuma City Hall. The Council meeting (swearing-in ceremony) will begin at 6 p.m., Monday, November 7th.
Chickasaw Seniors Early Bird Breakfast, sponsored by the City Recreation Department, is Monday, November 7, 7:30 a.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center. Cost is $3 per person.
The Future Business Leaders of America's Ben C. Rain High School Chapter, 3125 Dauphin Island Parkway, is hosting its 4th Annual Veteran's Day Program on Monday, November 7, 9 a.m. in the school cafeteria. The theme this year is "FREEDOM. Made Possible by Their Courage!" All veterans are invited. Guest speakers are Alabama Representatives Napoleon Bracy Jr and Barbara Drummond; Mobile City Council member C J Small and Mobile Municipal Court Judge Charles Finley.
On November 7 and 8, 6:30 p.m., Joe Jefferson Players are holding auditions for "Chapter Two" by Neil Simon at the Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen Street. The play, to be directed by Cathy Bouler, will run January 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and January 15, 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. Read more: http://stageagent.com/shows/play/4481/chapter-two#ixzz4K9oalDiT.
A shopping trip to Foley is on the agenda for Chickasaw seniors on Thursday, November 10. The bus leaves from the Civic Center at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 2 p.m. Call 251-452-6462 for reservations.
The Dauphin Island Veterans Association will hold a special ceremony at Water Tower Plaza on Friday, November 11 at 10 p.m. Congressman Bradley Byrne and Com. Jerry Carl are scheduled to be in attendance as two deceased veterans will be honored as their names are added to the Memorial Wall. The honorees are Aden Paul Hovell (USAF) and Robert J Taylor (US Army.) DI Police Chief Kym Claw will pay tribute to the Navajo US Marine Corps "Code Talkers" who played a major role for the U.S. during WWIIl.
On Friday, November 11, 3 p.m., Volunteers of America will hold a dedication ceremony for Hope Chapel and celebrate the opening of a new multi-purpose building at Eagles Landing. The transitional housing for homeless veterans facility is at 6501 Moffett Road.
The 15th Annual Benefit Night at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Center, 1621 Boykin Boulevard, will be Saturday, November 12, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, each of which admits 2 adults 21 and older, are $100. The dinner, prepared by Knights of Columbus No. 8740, will include choices of prime rib, seafood or chicken with side dishes. For information, call Linda Thornton, 251-471-5612, or Lynn Floyes, 251-471-3114. For tickets, call Carol Machen, 251-479-9885 (church office.)
The "Live On Adam" 5K Run/Walk and 1K Fun Run at Dauphin Island November 12 honors and celebrates the life of 17-year-old Adam Clark, who was lost in the Dauphin Island Regatta tragedy of April 25, 2015. Participants in the run can register online at LiveOnAdam.org.; in person at Fleet Feet Sports Mobile during packet pick-up on Friday, November 11, 2-7 p.m., or by mail with entry form postmarked by November 4th. Registration will be open the morning of the event beginning at 6:45 a.m. Fees vary according to age groups.
Mobile Country Music Association Building Fund Benefit is Saturday, November 12, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at MCMA Concert Hall, 310 S. Craft Highway in Chickasaw. In addition to music, there'll be a raffle with $100 cash being one prize and a George Foreman Grill the other. There's also a 50/50 Split the Pot. For information, call Carolyn Sue Cain, 251-455-6748.
St. Francis Episcopal Church ECW, Dauphin Island, will host its annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday November 12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Visitors can stock up on casseroles, baked goods, pickles, gumbo and delicious chicken salad. A White Elephant Sale will be held on church grounds. No registration or reservations are required--first come, first served; spaces are $15. Proceeds benefit the community. For further information, contact Daena Myers at 251-391-4558 or Joan Smith at 251-861-2551. There will also be an Island-wide yard sale that day.
On Saturday, November 12, 7 p.m, the Dauphin Island Veterans Association will hold its annual benefit auction at Pelican Pub. The auction is DIVAs primary source of funding to support community projects such as the Water Tower Flag Pole, Bald Eagle statue at the Memorial Wall and the Fallen Soldier monument at Town Hall. All Island residents are invited to attend the auction, led by Pruitt Woodall as auctioneer. Donations of auction items can be dropped off at Pelican Pub from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on the day of the event. For more information, call David Connally at 251-861-3054 or 251-861-7180.
Chickasaw seniors Monthly Lunch Outing will be November 18, the day of the Community Christmas Tree Lighting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Citronelle United Methodist Church is hosting a Country Fair and Bar B Que on Saturday, November 19, beginning at 10 a.m. Those crafters who would like to exhibit at this event can call Cheri Ellison, 251-610-2455.
A FEW HALLOWEEN EVENTS STILL ON THE CALENDAR ARE LISTED BELOW:
* "Light in the Night" a family fun night of food and games on Halloween night, is being held at Chickasaw First Baptist Church, Monday October 31, 6-8 p.m.
* On Monday, October 31, 7 p.m., Mobile Mystery Mystics will present an encore performance of its popular "Historic Ghost Tour of Mobile and Mobile's Mardi Gras Museum." Tickets are $45 per person (based on a minimum of 35 people) and reservations are required by calling 251-479-9970 or 800-338-5597. The event includes free parking at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street, and a drink from the bar there (arrive at 6:30 p.m.) The tour lasts approximately three hours, but after being scared half to death by Mobile's resident ghosts, those attending will come back to Azalea Manor where they can relax in the Courtyard and enjoy their favorite their favorite drink.
* Semmes seniors will celebrate Halloween at 11 a.m., Monday, October 31. There'll be karaoke and a pinata, hotdogs, chips and dips for fun and food. Seniors can dress in costume, if they like. Semmes Senior Center is at 9635 Moffett Road.
* Dauphin Island youngsters are in for "treats" when they Trick or Treat at Green Park on Halloween night, October 31, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Island residents are encouraged to bring a table and chairs and be ready to hand out goodies to all the little ghosts and goblins who join the festivities. In addition, Dauphin Island Methodist Church will host a Halloween Family Fun Night from 6-7:30 that same night. There, little Trick-or-Treaters will find lots of food, fun and candy.
* At Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street, "Halloween Fun @ the Library! Families & Children of All Ages" will be on Monday, October 31, 4-5 p.m. Children are invited to "put on your costumes and join us for crafts and Trick or Treating throughout the library." Call 251-208-7086 for more details.
* "Trick or Treat @ the Library! Don't forget your Bags!" will be at West Regional Branch Library, 5555 Grelot Road, Monday, October 31, 4-6 p.m. For more details, call 251-340-8571.
* Creola Fire Fighters have invited children to come by the Fire Station, 190 Dead Lake Road, to meet the fire fighters and pick up a few treats (candy) on Monday, October 31, 6-9 p.m.
Thanks to Bill Sellers of Semmes Winn Dixie, who offered a special price for Semmes Senior Center's Boston Butt Fundraiser recently. Due to Sellers' support, the seniors raised more than $1,000 for the Center.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR, SAVE THE DATE, MAKE YOUR PLANS: CHRISTMAS IS COMING!
* "Create the Magic" Workshop at Bellingrath Gardens is Saturday, November 5, 9 a.m. until noon. Those who attend this workshop will have a chance to see how Bellingrath artisans create the famous Magic Christmas in Lights--and to explore the art of Christmas light tying while crafting a breathtaking Christmas tree for the holiday season. In the three-hour, hands-on workshop, guests will learn how to tie LED-lights to a three-foot metal frame, previously welded by Bellingrath designers. Spaces are limited and require prior registration. Tickets are $25 for members (fee covers the cost of materials provided by Bellingrath Gardens and Home) and $35 for non-members, and include entrance to the Gardens for the day. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2627717. A couple of bonuses: The Gift Shop will be open and stocked with Christmas merchandise so guests may find that perfect Holiday present. A reception with hot beverages and light snacks is included in the program.
* The 4th Annual Wreaths for Charity event is sponsored by SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, along with area businesses. The wreaths will be made by area schools, churches and civic organizations and are sold to raise money for families in need. Each wreath will be showcased at the Alabama Pecan Festival, SWMCC December business luncheon and the Breakfast with Santa event, during which they will be offered for sale. There are no established size guidelines for the wreaths. All wreaths must be artificial and suitable for hanging on a front door or inside a home or business. There will be a committee judging each wreath and prizes will be awarded to the winners . For more information, call Tina Poiroux, 251-666-2488.
* United Cerebral Palsy's 2016 Christmas Nights of Lights 5K and Fun Run is Thursday, November 10 at Hank Aaron Stadium. The event begins at 4 p.m.; races begin at 6 p.m. Runners can register at Race Roster.com. For more information, call UCP 251-479-4900.
* Creola Community Development Organization will present its Annual Creola Thanksgiving/Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 19 at 11 a.m. Line up time is 10 a.m. There is no charge to enter floats; no 4-wheelers or Utility Vehicles allowed. Parade entry forms are available at Creola City Hall, 190 Dead Lake Road or by email email@example.com. Prizes will be awarded for best floats. Vendor spots are available at $10; setup and sell from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
* The Lighting of the Chickasaw Community Christmas Tree is Friday, November 18. Residents are invited to bring in the Christmas season while caroling around the live tree located at the intersection of West Lee Street and Grand Boulevard. Santa will arrive about 5:30 p.m. (parents, bring your cameras.) The lights will be turned on at 6:30 p.m.
* The public is invited to join Santa Claus, Ronald McDonald and other characters on Tuesday, November 29 as USA Children's & Women's Hospital holds its 6th annual Lights of Love Winter Wonderland and tree-lighting ceremony, said Cynthia Huie Smith, Marketing & Communications, USA Hospitals. The free event starts at 4:30 p.m. at the hospital, 1700 Center Street, and is presented in partnership with Ronald McDonald House and the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. The event will culminate in the lighting of a 45-foot tree. Attractions will include live music by children's choirs; sweet treats and hot cocoa; games and crafts. Guests are welcome to take photos with Santa and other characters.
* Not necessarily Christmas, but during the holiday season: Dauphin Island Heritage & Arts Council will host a "Taste of Dauphin Island" event at the Sea Lab Estuarium on Thursday, December 1, 6:30-9 p.m. Guests can sample the some of the best food on the Island. Featured will be J T's Sunset Grill, Pirates Bar and Grill, Islanders Restaurant and the Sea Lab Cafeteria. Other highlights include grand prize drawings for works of art, live music and liquid refreshments. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple and are available at Dauphin Island Art Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard. Proceeds will support DIHAC programs, including the Gallery, Art Club and Summer Art Camp for Dauphin Island Elementary School students. For more information, call 251-490-0294 or email DauphinIslandArts@gmail.com.
* On Saturday, December 3, Satsuma Public Library Foundation will hold a Silent Auction at the Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival in Baldwin Square (same day as the Satsuma Christmas Parade.) The Silent Auction is a fundraiser in which all proceeds go to support Satsuma Public Library. Businesses and individuals are encouraged to make a contribution of auction items; included among last year's donations were lamps, Christmas items, pictures, dishes, sports memorabilia and even a homemade cake. For more information, or to donate items for the Silent Auction, call Satsuma Library 679-0700.
* Satsuma Christmas Tour of Homes, hosted by Satsuma Public Library Foundation, is Saturday, December 3, 4-8 p.m. Tickets are $12 and will be available for purchase November 10 at Satsuma Public Library.
* Satsuma Arts and Crafts Festival 2016 is Saturday, December 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Baldwin Square. Sponsored by the Satsuma Community Development Organization, the Festival is held every year in conjunction with the Satsuma Christmas parade, Reindeer Run and other festivities. For information or applications, call Trish Morra, 251-303-3022.
* The Reindeer Run in Satsuma is Saturday, December 3, 8 a.m. at Baldwin Square. The event is sponsored by the Satsuma Community Development Organization. Chair James Henderson said that the run works in conjunction with the Annual Satsuma Christmas Parade and the Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival, which are held on the same day. Cost to run is $15. Registration forms are available by request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The Town of Dauphin Island is hosting the 28th Annual Miss Dauphin Island Pageant on Friday, December 2, 7 p.m. and the Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 3, 11 a.m. Contact Mary Strickland, 251-861-5525 Ext. 222 for more on these events.
* "Holiday Cheer at The FIVE" to benefit the Child Advocacy Center will be Monday, December 5, 5-8:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The FIVE Restaurant will host the event at 609 Dauphin Street. The event will feature samplings of The FIVE’s signature dishes and wines to taste provided by United Johnson Brothers. There will also be a select live auction of holiday gifts such as Santa Baby Package, Jingle Bell Package, Girly Girl package, Manly Man package and a Mistletoe Package. Live music will be provided by Jerry Squires. Tickets will be available at the FIVE and the CAC for $35 each. For details, call 251-432-1101, visit www.cacmobile.org and follow CAC on Facebook.
* December 10th is the Semmes Woman's Club Christmas Tour, including Taste of Semmes and Homes Tour. Tickets will be available soon.
* Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce will host a Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 10, 5 p.m. at Water Tower Plaza. Also on the 10th, "Christmas through the Ages" will be presented at Fort Gaines Historic on Dauphin Island's east end.
* Saraland Civic Forum is presenting the 48th Annual Saraland Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at noon. In case of rain, the parade will be held December 17, 2016 at noon. The theme for this year’s parade is “PEACE ON EARTH.” The fee for participating will be $30 (non-refundable) per unit, with an additional $5 charge per motorcycle. ATVs and 18-wheeler type trucks are not be allowed. Santa Claus will be provided by the Forum. Applications can be picked up at Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce. Send a check or money order payable to Saraland Civic Forum, P.O. Box 462, Saraland, AL, 36571. For other information, contact Bill Silver at 251-675-4873 or the Saraland Chamber of Commerce at 251-675-4444.
SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor "Breakfast with Santa" on Saturday, December 3, 8-9 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road.
Parents,. grandparents and all persons aged 13 and older pay $5 for pancakes, sausage and a drink, while children 12 and younger eat free.
Santa will make a grand entrance, greet the children (with his trademark "Ho! Ho! Ho!") and pose for a photo with each one. A photographer will be on site to take pictures that will be posted on website www.swmcchamber.com.
The SWMCCC Christmas Parade will follow Breakfast with Santa.
For more information, call 251-666-2488.
"Flags of Glory," a week-long tribute in honor of America's military service personnel, is November 5-12. Presented by Mobile Memorial Gardens in conjunction with the South Alabama Veterans Council, the event begins Sunday, November 6, 2 p.m. with a meaningful opening ceremony under the oaks near the Three Notch Road Entrance to the cemetery.
More than 250 full-sized U.S. flags will be placed along the central roadway as a free drive-through display during the week of Veterans Day. Each flag may be sponsored in honor of a veteran or active service member.
For sponsorship or other information, call 251-661-1333 or visit www.flagsofglory.org.