On Thursday, December 14 at 11 a.m., the Gulf Coast Trombone Choir will present "Trombones at the Hospital" at USA Children's and Women's Hospital
On Thursday, December 14 at 11 a.m., the Gulf Coast Trombone Choir will present "Trombones at the Hospital" at USA Children's and Women's Hospital, 1700 Street, Mobile.
The Fort of Colonial Mobile's "Ice Skating with the Snow Queen" is Saturday, December 2, 9 and 16. Tickets are available at colonialmobile.com. The Fort is at 150 S. Royal Street. Families are invited to join the Snow Queen for "an enchanted experience as we frolic in the snow and ice skate with the Snow Queen herself. Be on the lookout for appearances by special guests!"
Bayside Book Club will meet at 6 p.m., December 21, at Parkway Branch Library to discuss The Sunday Philosophy Club
Bayside Book Club will meet at 6 p.m., December 21, at Parkway Branch Library.
This month's topic of discussion is "The Sunday Philosophy Club" by Alexander McCall Smith. A summary of the plot: The editor of "The Review of Applied Ethics" and a curious lover of puzzles, Isabel Dalhousie decides to investigate when she witnesses the fatal fall of a young man and discovers that he had been probing misdeeds at his brokerage firm.
For more information, call Betty Fowler at 251-476-2600.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 1 p.m., the Reader's Choice Book Club will meet at West Regional Branch Library to discuss "The Lost City of the Monkey God: a True Story"
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 1 p.m., the Reader's Choice Book Club will meet at West Regional Branch Library to discuss "The Lost City of the Monkey God: a True Story" by Douglas Preston. In summary: the co-author of the FBI Agent Pendergast series presents a high-suspense account of the discovery of a lost civilization, contemporaries of the Mayans who lived deep in the Honduran jungle. For more information, call 251-208-7097.
"It's A Wonderful Life" will be at the Crescent Theater, 208 Dauphin Street, for five dates: December 20-24, 11 a.m. Tickets are available www.brownpapertickets.com.
This movie is director Frank Capra’s classic bittersweet comedy/drama about George Bailey (James Stewart), the eternally-in-debt guiding force of a bank in the typical American small town of Bedford Falls. As the film opens, it’s Christmas Eve, 1946, and George, who has long considered himself a failure, faces financial ruin and arrest and is seriously contemplating suicide.
High above Bedford Falls, two celestial voices discuss Bailey’s dilemma and decide to send down eternally bumbling angel Clarence Oddbody (Henry Travers), who after 200 years has yet to earn his wings, to help George out.
"Wesley Wanderers to Magic Christmas in Lights," hosted by New Hope United Methodist Church, will appear at Bellingrath Gardens on Thursday, December 14, 6-9 p.m.
"Wesley Wanderers to Magic Christmas in Lights," hosted by New Hope United Methodist Church will appear at Bellingrath Gardens. 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, on Thursday, December 14, 6-9 p.m. The Wanderers invite the public to "Come join us for supper in the cafe, followed by a stroll through the gardens to view the Christmas lights. We will meet at the Gardens entrance."
Pancake Breakfast, hosted by Citronelle Kiwanis Club, is Saturday, December 2, 6:30 a.m. at Citronelle Rescue Unit, 7930 State Street
Market On Sage at St. Pius X is hosting "Breakfast With Santa," on Saturday, December 2, 9-10 a.m. The church is at 217 S. Sage Avenue.
The historic Conde-Charlotte Museum house is decorated for Christmas, and the public is invited to tour the home. Visitors can see how Mobilians dressed their homes for the holidays when France reigned in the early 1700s; Britain in the mid 1700s; when Alabama became a state in 1819, and in the antebellum period of the 1850s. It was simple, elegant and beautiful. The event begins November 30 and continues until December 15. Tickets are available at condecharlotte.com.The Conde-Charlotte Museum House is at 104 Theatre Street, Mobile.
The 9th Annual Semmes Christmas Tour is Saturday, December 9, with the Tasting Tour being from 3-5 p.m. and the Homes Tour, 3-7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Semmes Woman's Club with advertising sponsorship by the City of Semmes and Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson. The Tour has been endorsed as an ALABAMA 200 Bicentennial event as part of the "Exploring our Places" theme of the three-year celebration.
Tour committee members are Diane Moore and Terri Nelson, co-chairs; Ann Phillips, Sharadee Davis, Dani Dyess, Mandi Robison, Miranda Wilder, Melissa Parks, Alice Baker, Leigh Quinnelly, Linda Ryals and Paula Lindsey.
Tickets are a $10 per person donation in advance and are available at Semmes Senior Center, Meggie B's, Hickory Pit and online at Eventbrite.com. Admission is $12 at the door. Guests will be given a map of Tour sites when they arrive at Allentown Elementary School, the starting point. Proceeds from the Tour will benefit a new Semmes Senior Center pavilion project and other SWC ongoing projects.
The Tour begins with the Taste of Semmes from 3-5 p.m. at Allentown Elementary School, 10330 Howells Ferry Road in Semmes. Tasting Tour partners include Chef Rob & Co., Chick-fil-A, Chill Yogurt, Cindy’s Cakes, Foosackly’s, Ginger Chambliss Caterer, Greer’s, Hickory Pit Too, The Kraken Catering Co., Los Rancheros, Moe’s Original BBQ, Papa John’s Pizza, Semmes House of Pizza, Subway, Walgreens, Walmart, Winn Dixie and WOOPS. Hickory Pit has been a consistent sponsor since the beginning of the Tour.
Santa Claus (Rob Bearden) and the Grinch (Robert Moore) will rotate to different sites--Tasting Tour and "Whoville" at Camellia Park. Bearden is a retired educator, having served as assistant principal at Semmes Elementary School for many years. Moore, a retired insurance adjustor, began his Grinch career playing the Dr. Seuss character for an extended family at Christmas; his appearance is now a tradition.
The Homes Tour includes three private residences, a She Shed, six businesses and Camellia Park, dressed as Whoville. The homes, all decorated in the individual style of the owners, are those of Alicia and Mark McKee, Kathy and Bob Stacy and Brandee and Jody Brunson; the She Shed owner is Teani and Alan Parker.
The most prominent feature in the McKee home is an extremely large snow-flocked Christmas tree. Kathy and Bob Stacy's decorations include a room with antique toys--a train that runs around a track, a small display of Santas left over from Bob's childhood. The Brunson home showcases a different theme for each room--traditional red and green, Victorian elegant and natural earth colors and decorations. And Teani Parker's She Shed is all elves: they are everywhere!
Shops on the Tour include Meggie B's Gifts and More, Bella and Bow's Pet Market (Bow is a cute, fluffy white puppy), Ruby Blue Boutique and Southern Tanning and Spa, all located in Harmony Corners on Snow Road. Stokley's Garden Express features poinsettias in every color; many live, fragrant Christmas trees and gift items for the last-minute shopper. Most of these shops offer various discounts and most will extend store hours to accomodate "tourists." Air Specialty Inc. Heating and Air Conditioning promises a "Christmas surprise" this year. Much of the decorations there are unique in that they are made on site with materials left over from the company's work.
The 2017 Semmes Christmas Tour has something new this year. Visitors have an opportunity to win very nice prizes donated by local business partners. The process goes like this: Guests will receive a TOUR map at the Tasting Tour. To be eligible for the Reward Prize Drawing, guests will have their maps punched at all Christmas Tour stops. They will turn in the fully punched map at the last stop to be elegible to win a prize. The drawing will be held on Monday, December 11 and the winners notified.
Prize donors include Air Specialty, Inc; Bella & Bow's Pet Market; Captain D's; China Doll Seafood; Family Hair Styles by Belinda; Jarvis Nursery, JTEE Signs; Jerry's Rockhound Center; Lance Boggan Photography; Latham Bee Farm; Magnolia Bay Soaps; Meg & Me Designs; Meggie B's Gifts; Moe's Original BBQ; Rocky's Drug & Mercantile; Phyllis Hilton, ISO4U; Ruby Blue Boutique; Semmes House of Pizza; Semmes Pharmacy; SSI Group; LLC; Stokley's Garden Express; Target and Terri Kudron, Tupperware Consultant.
In addition to SWC members, student volunteers will be on hand to help where needed. Mary G. Montgomery High School Azalea Trail Maids are Savannah Herrington; Kennedy Smith; Makenna Crone; Samantha Edwards; Aryn Laird and Bri Montgomery. Camellia Maids are Abby Pratt and Meagan Sellers. And MGM student volunteers include Leica Faith Barnhart, Tucker Musgrove, Hannah Miller, Maleah Thompson, Summer Poole, Hugh Mitchell and Key Club members.
Semmes Woman's Club is a 501(C)(3) non-profit community organization who primary focus areas are education, historical preservatioon and beautification in Semmes. It was established in 1954.
Bayou La Batre Tree Lighting Ceremony, presented by the City of Bayou La Batre, is December 1, 6-8 p.m. The community is invited to enjoy the tree lighting at Mariner Park AND enjoy cocoa and cookies AND visit and pose for photos with Santa.
See Kermit and Miss Piggy's version of "A Christmas Carol" in Cathedral Square, December 1, 5:30 p.m.
"Muppet Christmas Carol," hosted by City of Mobile at Cathedral Square, 300 Conti Street, is Friday, December 1, 5:30-8 p.m.
The movie is free, so bundle up, bring a blanket and enjoy the timeless “Christmas Carol” interpreted by the Muppets. The holiday craft activity will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the movie will begin promptly at 6 p.m.
"Creative Monday" at Dauphin Island Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard, is December 11, 2017, 12:30-4 p.m.
"Creative Monday" at Dauphin Island Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard, is December 11, 2017, 12:30-4 p.m.
Learn how to make artistic Christmas trims for tree and gifts with Melinda Hollingsworth. Cost is $10 per person (includes materials) and tickets are available at Dauphin Island Gallery, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 12:30-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets may also be obtained at the door.
Creative Monday is part of a series of opportunities to be creative and have fun with friends. All proceeds benefit Dauphin Island Heritage & Arts Council.
Coaching Legend Dabo Swinney to Speak at University of Mobile Scholarship Banquet, Tickets Available for Feb. 27 Event
The following news comes from the University of Mobile:
Coaching legend Dabo Swinney is the keynote speaker for the 2018 University of Mobile Scholarship Banquet on Tuesday, Feb. 27.
One of the top head football coaches in the nation, Clemson University head coach William Christopher “Dabo” Swinney is a former Alabama wide receiver and an outspoken Christian. The 13th annual University of Mobile Scholarship Banquet raises scholarship funds for students at the Christian university. The gala event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in downtown Mobile.
General admission tickets are $150 and sponsorships begin $1,500. Sponsorships may include an opportunity to meet Swinney during a VIP Reception prior to the banquet, with priority seating at the event.
Sponsorships and general admission tickets are available now at umobile.edu/banquet, or call the University of Mobile Advancement Office at 251.442.2587 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We expect tickets to go quickly, especially during this Christmas season when they will make excellent Christmas gifts. Coach Swinney’s life story and his insights into football and faith are inspirational, and we look forward to an uplifting and exciting event,” said Lauren McCaghren, senior director for alumni programs and annual giving.
The evening will include performances by students from the Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile and feature highlights of recent university accomplishments and upcoming plans.
The UM Scholarship Banquet brings speakers of national prominence to the Mobile area while raising scholarships for UM students. Previous UM Scholarship Banquet speakers were New York Times best-selling author and leadership expert John Maxwell, Fox News Channel’s chief political anchor Bret Baier, neurosurgeon and presidential candidate Ben Carson, President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, Col. Oliver North, presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, Georgia Gov. and U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, and New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews.
Dabo Swinney was raised in Pelham, Alabama, and attended the University of Alabama. He received a commerce and business administration degree in 1993 after lettering three times (1990-92) with the Crimson Tide football team. A walk-on receiver who went on to earn a scholarship, Swinney played on Alabama’s 1992 National Championship team. He was also named Academic All-SEC along with being an SEC Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll member in 1990 and 1992.
After his playing career, Swinney served as a graduate assistant at Alabama from 1993-95. In December 1995, he received his master’s degree in business administration from Alabama. He became a full-time assistant coach at Alabama in February 1996 under Head Coach Gene Stallings and coached a total of five seasons, winning the SEC Championship in 1999. During his time at Alabama as both a player and coach, Swinney was part of six teams with 10+ wins, five top-10 finishes, one national title, three SEC Championships and five SEC Western Division titles.
He joined the Clemson coaching staff prior to the 2003 season and was an assistant coach for five seasons before being named the Interim Head Coach in October 2008. On Dec. 1, 2008, the interim tag was removed and he was named Clemson’s 27th head coach.
Over his nine seasons as Clemson’s head coach, Swinney has cemented himself as a coaching legend after leading the Tigers to the 2016 National Championship. With a preseason No. 2 national ranking, Clemson lived up to the hype after compiling a 14-1 record and earning a spot in both the College Football Playoff and College Football Playoff National Championship game for the second straight year. Along the way, Clemson knocked off the winners of the last seven national championships as well as five top-25 teams. For his efforts, Swinney was recognized as the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season, becoming the first two-time winner of the award.
He guided Clemson to the No. 1 national ranking in every College Football Playoff poll in 2015 and led the Tigers to their first National Championship Game appearance since 1981. Following the team’s 14-1 record and No. 2 final ranking, Swinney was the recipient of 10 National and two ACC Coach-of-the-Year honors.
The 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons were also noteworthy, with three top-15 final rankings in the polls. Clemson joined Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, and Oregon as the only schools in the nation to make that claim.
Each of Clemson’s teams from 2011-16 also won 10+ games, the first time in program history. Only Alabama has duplicated that feat. Over that same period, Clemson has compiled a 70-13 record, the most wins in a six-year period in school history. The 2016 seniors finished their careers with a school-record 49 wins.
In nine years (not including 2017) as the Tigers’ head coach, Swinney has directed the program to an 89-28 overall record (.761) – best by a coach in school history. He has also led the Tigers to the ACC Championship game four times, won three ACC titles, won or shared five ACC Atlantic Division titles, and won seven bowl games (five against top-10 teams). His teams have compiled 20 wins over ranked teams in his head-coaching career, including 12 over top-10 teams.
Clemson was in the top 10 of APR (Academic Progress Rate) scores and the final top 25 of the AP and USA Today polls from 2011-15, the only FBS program that could make that claim.
Swinney married the former Kathleen Bassett in 1994. They have three sons, Will, Drew and Clay. Will is currently a freshman on the 2017 Clemson football team.
Classics Revisited - Book Club: Reconnect with the Classics will meet on December 18, 6:30 p.m. at Ben May Main Library. The topic of discussion is "Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse. For more information, call 251-208-7902.
5 Rivers StoryTime is Tuesday, December 5 at 10-11 a.m. at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Blvd, Spanish Fort, Alabama. The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month is StoryTime at 5 Rivers. Children under the age of 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature-based story followed by arts and crafts.
Mobile Arts Council, 318 Dauphin Street, presents "Meet the Artists" on Friday, December 8, 6-9 p.m.
The public is invited to "Come see the artwork in MAC this December (after Elfapalooza) and meet and greet with the exhibiting artists."
Featured will be an exhibition of works by MAC Member Artists in the Skinny Gallery; a variety of works from MARC Art and the Regional School for the Deaf and Blind in the Danielle Juzan Gallery; and sketches and watercolors by Satomi Atelier in the Small Room. The exhibition will be available to see from 9 – 5 on weekdays throughout the month of December and during the Holiday Market & Christmas Kids Day.
MAC will be closed for the holidays from December 25th – January 1st.
"Holiday Crafts," hosted by 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, will be Saturday, December 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Those attending will learn how to turn trash into treasure by recycling and reusing water bottles to make a festive holiday craft, or make a homemade card for someone special. The free, family-friendly event is at 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard.
Students at Mobile Regional School for the Deaf and Blind have beautiful, hand painted Christmas and All-Occasion cards for sale
Thanksgiving is over and it's time to pull out the Christmas card list. But don't run to the drug store or box store: The Regional School for the Deaf and Blind is selling Christmas and all-occasion cards. Proceeds will benefit the school's art program.
Students created the card images with assistance from Nancy Raia, an artist with the Eastern Shore Art Center. The cards cost $5 for a package of six and can be purchased at the school, 3980 Burma Rd in Mobile, or from the Eastern Shore Art Center, 402 Oak Street in Fairhope. For more information, contact the school at 251-221-5454.
Art instruction at the school is provided by grants and donations to Regional School or the Community Outreach Program of the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope. There are approximately 50 students in the school.
* * The City of Citronelle Annual Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m. Deadline to register to be in the parade is November 29, 2017 at 4 p.m. Parade application can be submitted by email, mail, or in person at City Hall, 19135 S. Main Street, Citronelle AL 36522. Check event site for rules and regulations. For more information, contact Kendra McManus at 251-866-0221 or 251-281-6586.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 2, 2017. The parade begins in front of W.C. Griggs Elementary School at 10 a.m. with floats, Theodore High School Band, various organizations, special vehicles, dancers, elected officials and Santa. Visit the Chamber's website, www.swmcchamber.com for more information.
* The 29th Annual Dauphin Island Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 2 beginning at Cadillac Square at 10 a.m. The parade will travel westward down Bienville Boulevard to Dauphin Island School. Dauphin Island Pageant participants will join Santa Claus and other festive units to celebrate the season. Registration and information are available at Town Hall; contact Mary Strickland at email@example.com or 251-861-5525.
* The City of Semmes has set the date for the annual Christmas parade--Saturday, December 9. Applications are available at City Hall, on Semmes City website, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The 6th Annual Dawes Christmas Parade will be on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 1 p.m. For more information, visit website at www.dawesbizconnect.com.
* The Annual Chickasaw Christmas Parade is December 9, beginning at 3 p.m. at Chickasaw High School, up Highway 43 to Rite Aid and Compass Bank intersection. Call 251-452-6467 for details.
.* The Saraland Civic Forum's 49th Annual Saraland Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 9 at noon. Rain date is December 16 at noon. The theme for this year's parade is "Christmas: A Family Tradition." For more information, call 251-675-4444.