"Coffee Chat Live," presented by Mobile Opera, is January 11, 9 a.m. on Mobile Opera Facebook Page.
From Opera: Grab a cup of coffee, hop in your recliner or your desk chair and tune in live to the MO Facebook page, starting at 9 a.m. to chat with Mobile Opera staff and surprise guests. Send in your questions prior to the chat to firstname.lastname@example.org or type them in on the Facebook live feed. We will be discussing all things opera and more. A fun and entertaining way to start your Friday and kick off the weekend.
Providence Hospital volunteers and Daughters of Charity participated in visiting patients and distributing gifts on Christmas Eve. Thanks go to Deacon Robbins with Corpus Christi Catholic Church as “Santa”; hospital volunteers, including Richard March; and the Daughters of Charity.
Reader's Choice Book Club meets at 1 p.m. January 15 at West Regional Library. The book to be discussed is "The Soul of America: the Battle for Our Better Angels" by Jon Meacham. For more information, call 251-208-7097.
Performance of "The Ghosts of Gatsby" is January 10, 7 p.m. at Larkins Music Center, 2nd floor, Willson Recital Hall.
Mobile Opera hosts this original opera by librettist Joshua McGuire and composer Evan Mack commissioned by Samford University in Birmingham. Following the world premiere in November, 2018 at Samford, the opera will compete at the National Opera Association’s Chamber Opera competition in Salt Lake City as one of only three national finalists.
On Jan. 10, Samford Opera will perform “The Ghosts of Gatsby” in Mobile before traveling to the New Works Forum of Opera America in New York City. The opera will also be presented in Zelda Fitzgerald’s hometown of Montgomery in late January. Set on the French Riviera in 1924, the opera depicts Zelda’s descent into madness as she is confronted by her younger and older self. Reality is not always what it seems.
Directed by Kristin Kenning, this is a bold and beautiful work that you will long remember. Add to the ambience by wearing your best 1920s attire but costumed or not, don’t miss this unusual opportunity to see a brand-new opera. The travel production is about 40 minutes long. Admission is free.
In the January 15, 1 p.m. "Ant-Man & the Wasp" movie at Ben May Main Library, Ant-Man teams up with Hope van Dyne, who has been given her own super suit to become The Wasp. The mismatched pair face off against Ghost while investigating the real story behind their abilities. The film runs 118 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-208-7079.
Wonder Volunteer Meeting, hosted by Whatever Ministry and Women's Resource Center, is Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 6-8 p.m. at Fuse Factory, 200 Government Street 4th Floor, Mobile.
Whatever Ministry and Empower Ministry are partnering to bring the Gulf Coast an important. Young women are invited to learn more about their purpose and who they are in Christ. This event will consist of fun, food, shopping, after party, dancing and an incredible guest speaker.
Those who are interested in serving with Wonder, join the group Tuesday, January 22 for event information regarding teams and important details.
Semmes Camellia Festival/Semmes Heritage Park/Museum Open House, hosted by City of Semmes and Semmes Heritage Park, is Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event is presented to celebrate Semmes Nursery History with Camellia Blooms Display, Camellia Tablescapes, Villeroy & Boch Camellia Plates Display and Guest Lectures at Semmes First Baptist Fellowship Hall, 4070 Wulff Road. Semmes Heritage Park & Museum Open House includes the One Room School, Log Cabin and Malone Chapel at 3871 Wulff Road. @Alabama200
Ben May Main Library is hosting an Income Taxes & Retirement session on January 15, noon-1 p.m. Facilitator is Christina Gibson with Thrivent Financial, a not-for-profit Christian organization. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-208-7079 or email email@example.com.
Coffee with the Chamber, presented by SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Chamber, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Business owners, start your day off with a complimentary cup of coffee! No cost to attend, just bring your business cards to share, and connect with fellow Chamber members and prospective members.
On January 22, 1 p.m., Mr. Rogers fans can see "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" at Ben May Main Library. This documentary paints a portrait of the life and work of children's entertainer Fred Rogers, star of “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.” A former minister, Mister Rogers creatively communicated themes of empathy and acceptance. The film runs 94 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information,call 251-208-7079.
The Winter Wednesday at Bellingrath Gardens & Home on January 9 features Frye Gaillard, writer in residence at the University of South Alabama.
Gaillard has written extensively on Southern race relations, politics and culture. He will discuss his new book, “A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility, and Innocence Lost,” his deeply personal history of this pivotal time in American life.
After the presentation, Gaillard will sign copies of his book, which will be available to purchase in the Gift Shop. The Winter Wednesdays sessions are held each week in the Magnolia Room from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. through Feb. 27.
Admission to the program is included in the regular Gardens admission, and guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens after the session. Registration is requested: To register, call 251-459-8864.
** (Continuing) Beginning November 23 and running through December 31, 2018, Magic Christmas in Lights, will be on display, 5 to 9 p.m. nightly at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Magic Christmas in Lights is one of the nation’s best holiday light shows, and it’s designed and made at Bellingrath. Visitors can stroll through the Gardens at night at the 23rd season of Magic Christmas in Lights, a dazzling nighttime display with more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes, set out in a walking tour throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. Details: bellingrath.org or 251-973-2217.
Happy New/Noon Year:
** "Happy Noon Year" at Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government Street, is Saturday, December 29, 2018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ring in the New Year with family friendly experiences that explore the world of science, technology, engineering, and math. The Exploreum: "When the clock strikes noon our moonpie will drop, heralding in even more fun throughout the building. Be sure to not miss the Big Boom in the courtyard as we send hundreds of plastic balls flying through the air." Admission: FREE for Exploreum members; $10 IMAX/Exhibit/Event Combo for non-members;cChildren 3 and younger get in free. Doors open at 9:00 a.m.; activities kick off at 10:00 a.m. For more details, see the Exploreum website.
** New Year's Eve Celebration in downtown Mobile--"MoonPie over Mobile is recognized as one of the best New Year's Eve celebrations in the country. You definitely want to be among the thousands gathered in our city center to ring in the new year with a free concert featuring Sister Sledge. "Before the bands take the main stage, we'll be cutting the world's largest MoonPie, inviting the public to join in our second line parade, and encouraging everyone to leave their hopes and dreams for 2019 on the Alabama Bicentennial Resolution Wall. The Resolution Wall is extra special this year since the Bicentennial Commission will be collecting our aspirations and preserving them in the archives. "Of course, the giant electronic MoonPie will drop at midnight, along with the spectacular Spire Fireworks show and the RSA laser light show. The forecast predicts a little rain, but when did Mobilians let a little precipitation spoil the fun?"
** Mobile Public Library's "Noon Year's Eve Party."
* Monday, December 31, 11 a.m., Family Fun at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Enjoy arts, crafts, salt fireworks, and popcorn, complete with a final countdown and balloon drop at NOON! For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Monday, December 31, 11:30 a.m., Ring in the New Year with the entire family at West Reginal Library. Enjoy crafts, snacks and a countdown to a balloon drop at noon. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-340-8571.
* Monday, December 31, 10:30 a.m., Family Fun! Celebrate the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 with puzzles, LEGOS, crafts and stories while we await the countdown to noon at Ben May Main Library. At noon, watch the balloons drop from overhead. For more information, call the Ben May Main Library Children’s Department at 251-208-7086 or email email@example.com.
Mardi Gras activities:
** Krewe of Kindness Mardi Gras Ball Fundraiser is Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 5-8 p.m. at The Pillars, 1757 Government Street. Tickets and other information are by Eventbrite.
This is a Family Friendly Mardi Gras Ball to benefit the Krewe of Kindness in their mission to help provide opportunities for INCLUSION in the community for those with special health care needs. The event will also benefit Children's Miracle Networks and USA Children's and Women's Hospital.
** Masks and Moon Pies Walking Tour, hosted by Secret History Tours, is every Saturday, January 12-January 26, 2019, 3 p.m. at Secret History Tours, 600 Government Street. Tickets are at www.secrethistorytours.com. Those wanting to attend should book their tour online. $15/adults, $10/children younger that 12
** The public is invited to "roll through four centuries" of Mardi Gras history at the History Museum of Mobile. Discover the origins of Mobile's Carnival traditions, mystic societies and more. "Parading Through Time" opens January 17, 2019.
** Satsuma Mardi Gras Ball 2019, hosted by Satsuma Public Library Foundation, is Friday, January 25, 7-11 p.m. at Steele Creek Lodge, 368 Juniper Avenue, Satsuma. Music will be by The Excelsior Band and Charles "Bo" Grant (formerly of The Platters) Tickets are $20 per person and are available at Satsuma Pubic Library. There will also be door prizes, Split the Pot and much more.
** Dauphin Island Mardi Gras Parade, hosted by KDLD Mardi Gras Organization Public, is Saturday, February 2, 2019, 1 p.m. at Dauphin Island. The theme is "It's 5 o'clock Somewhere" and floats will depict some scenes made famous by Jimmy Buffett. King is Cookie Dickinson and Queen is Jane Harmon.
** Krewe De La Dauphine is hosting the Annual KDLD Mardi Gras Ball on February 2, 7 p.m. at Bayou La Batre Community Center, 12745 Padgett Switch Road, Irvington. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and will close temporarily at 8 for call-outs, then re-open at 9 p.m. until last call. Those attending must be 21 or older.
** Krewes & Brews Mardi Gras Party at History Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street is Thursday, February 7, 6-9 p.m. Admission is $10 and includes two drink tickets | All ages are welcome | Must be 21+ and provide a valid ID to receive drink tickets. For information about Krewes & Brews, contact Marketing and Event Manager, Kelly Dunn at kelly.dunn@historymuseumofmobile.
** The Third Annual Town of Dauphin Island People's Parade is Saturday, February 9, 2019, 1 p.m. The parade will follow the same route as the Island Mystics, starting at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and proceeding west on Bienville Boulevard, ending approximately at The Holiday Inn Condos. Details are available at Town Hall.
** Condé Cavaliers Mardi Gras Parade is Friday, February 15, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive, Mobile.
** Mobile King Cake-off, hosted by The Mobile RunDown and Oyster Shell Strategy, LLC, is Saturday, February 16, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street. Who has the best King Cake in Mobile? You be the judge! Get your taste buds ready for a day of traditional and non-traditional King Cake tastings, specialty cocktails and food truck grub. This family-friendly event will have something for everyone - food, drinks, kids activities, live music, and a grand finale Secondliners walk to the 2:30 parade! Children 12 and younger are free. A cash bar will be available during the event. A portion of event proceeds will go to benefit Fuse Project, a local organization that invests in initiatives promoting the health, fitness, education and social responsibility of our children. Admission is as follows: adults $15 in advance | $20 at the door and children, 12 and younger free.
** The 37th Annual Mobile Arc Mardi Gras Parade is Thursday, February, 28, 2019, 1-1:45 p.m. at Mobile Arc, 2424 Gordon Smith Drive, Mobile. The parade will include more than 20 floats carrying the Mobile Arc royal courts and participants from other local organizations. The theme is "Holidays."
** Saraland Mardi Gras Association Krewe of Sparta's Inaugural Parade is at noon, March 2, 2019. The Krewe's Ball will be March 2 at 7 p.m. at Steele Creek Lodge. For information, contact Jon C. Coster, President Saraland Mardi Gras Association, “Krewe of Sparta,” SMGALife@gmail.com or 251-455-0109.
Book Clubs/book signings/recitations/writing:
** "Bodying Forth - Writing Class" at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive is Wednesdays, January 6-February 6, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon. Tickets are at mbgrebloomshop.com.
** On January 8th, 6:30 p.m. at West Regional Library, A Page in Time Book Club meets to discuss "Carnegie's Maid" by Marie Benedict. For more information, call Michele Eli, 251-340-8590.
** Bayside Book Club members will meet January 17, 6 p.m. at Parkway Branch Library. The topic of discussion is "Snow Falling on Cedars" by David Guterson. For more information, call Betty Fowler at 251-476-2600 or 251-208-7097.
** Those who love historical novels can meet best-selling author Marie Benedict on Friday, January 18, 1-3 p.m. at West Regional Library. Marie will introduce her latest work, "The Only Woman in the Room." It’s a powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon, Hedy Lamarr. Following the presentation there will be a book signing. Book sales will be provided by Page & Palette. For more information, call 251-208-7097. For more information on the author, go to www.authormariebenedict.com/.
** January 10th at 6 p.m., members of Ebony Moments Book Club will meet at West Regional Library to discuss "Envy" by Victoria Christopher Murray. For more information, contact Betty Kidd at 251-438-7075.
** On January 12, 3-4 p.m., Extravagant Readers Book Club will meet at Toulminville Branch Library to discuss "Heads You Win" by Jeffrey Archer. In summary: The story follows a 1968 Russian teen who escapes an oppressive life in Leningrad and is forced to choose between parallel lives in London and New York. For more information, call 251-438-7075.
** "The Greatest Showman Sing-Along" is at 2 p.m., January 6, at Ben May Main Library. Admission is free and presented in partnership with the Mobile Public Library. For more information, call the Mobile Opera at 251-432-6772.
** Mobile Opera, 1714 Dauphin Street, Ste B, is hosting a Coffee Lecture: The Lives of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald on Monday, January 7, 2-3 p.m. Bridget Peach will explore the lives of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The lecture will introduce and lead into the presentation of an original Opera on Thursday night: The Ghosts of Gatsby. Scott Wright will discuss the evolution of this original opera commissioned by Samford University. Stop in Chaleur Coffee for a pastry and coffee and then walk next door to the inviting and creative office space of Darrel J. Williams Associates for a glimpse into the fascinating world of Gatsby.
** On Tuesday, January 8, noon-1 p.m., Mobile Opera is hosting "A Little Mid-Day Music #7daysofopera" at Larkins Music Center, 2nd floor, Willson Recital Hall. The public is invited to "Bring your lunch to the Willson Recital Hall at 257 Dauphin Street and let Mobile Opera serenade you with live music from some of our community’s finest talent, featuring Soprano, Brydon Fox and Christopher Powell, pianist. Dine in style no matter what you are eating. Come and go to suit your schedule-we will just keep singing."
** Opera Trivia, presented by Mobile Opera, is January 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Mobile Opera Facebook Page. From Opera: How much do you know about opera? We are guessing we can stump you and for certain we will have you giggling and googling with our fourth annual Opera Trivia Quiz. Find us on Facebook with our tongue in our cheek. Lots of fun and fanciful prizes. Admission is FREE. For additional information, call 251-432-6772.
** On January 11, 6:30-9:30 p.m., the Back Porch Boys of Semmes will be playing at Moe's Original Bar B Que, 3385 Schillinger Road North Ste 1, Semmes. The public is invited to "Come on out and join us for a musical trip down Memory Lane. Classic Country, Southern Rock, Blues. In addition to playing at establishments such as Moe's, the duo often volunteer to play for those in rehab centers, hospices and convalescent homes and at patriotic events..
** MSO: Brahms' Violin Concerto, presented by Mobile Symphony Orchestra, 257 Dauphin Street will be Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. and Sunday, January 13, 2019, 2:30 p.m. Tickets are at secure.mobilesymphony.org. Conductor is Scott Speck. The event is considered one of the greatest violin concertos of all time and a fitting showpiece for the masterful soloist, Vadim Gluzman. Program includes Smetana | Bartered Bride Overture; Dvorak | Symphony No. 8 and Brahms | Violin Concerto.
Chambers of Commerce:
** SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon is Wednesday, January 9, 11:30 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Guest Speaker is Barry Westbrooks, General Manager Walmart Distribution Center. Contact: Chamber Office 251-666-2488 to RSVP. Cost: $9 for members and $11 for nonmembers.
** Coffee with the Chamber, presented by SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Chamber, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Business owners, start your day off with a complimentary cup of coffee! No cost to attend, just bring your business cards to share, and connect with fellow Chamber members and prospective members.
** barre3 "Down for the Dogs" is Saturday, January 5, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at barre 3, 6345 Airport Boulevard. The event is a donation-based class to support Delta Dogs. Tickets are at clients.mindbodyonline.com
** "Bingo for Dogs" at Serda Brewing Company, 600 Government Street, is January 16, 7-9 p.m. The event will benefit Animal Rescue Foundation. For every pint of beer or glass of wine sold, Serda will donate $1 to ARF. It's free to play and is family and dog friendly.
** On January 16, 6 p.m., Dauphin Island Museum will host "Birds of Dauphin Island." Avid Birder Don McKee will present the program, which is free and open to the public. Don is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Audubon Society. The Museum is at the Welcome Center across from Town Hall.
Runs, Walks, biking, cycling events and paddles:
** Run at the Brewery, presented by Fleet Feet Sports, is Sunday, December 30, 2018, 4-6 p.m. at Serda Brewing Co. 600 Government Street, Mobile.
** New Years Day "breakfast" Potluck Run, hosted by Run N Tri Mobile, 6345 Airport Boulevard Ste K, is Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 8-11 a.m. Back for the 4th year in a row, Run N Tri Mobile invites everyone to the 2019 New Years Day Potluck Run. This is a free 5K event with registration from 7:15-8 a.m. inside the store. It is not required, but those who would like to may bring a dish or beverage for a potluck style "breakfast" after party when everyone has finished running. The 5K route will be mapped out at Run N Tri; it will lead participants through the Pinehurst neighborhood. There will also be free raffle drawing inside the store at roughly 9:30 a.m.
** The Coffee Marathon (2019), presented by Fleet Feet Mobile, 3972 Airport Boulevard, is January 1, 2019-February 28, 2019. #TheCoffeeMarathon #FleetFeetMobile #RunMob #RunSocial
** Servis1st Bank Mobile Marathon, presented by Infirmary Health, is Sunday, January 13, 2019, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tickets are at www.mobilemarathon.org. Start time: Marathon, Half Marathon & 5-Person Relay, Sunday, January 13th, 2019 - 7:30 a.m.; Kids' Marathon Start Time: Northwest corner of Bienville Square; Sunday, January 13th, 2019 - 2 p.m. Course Time Limit: The course will remain open for 7 hours. Participants will need to average 16 minutes per mile or better.
** First Light Marathon - Bicycle Marshal Team, hosted by Delta Bike Project, is Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at Bienville Square, 150 Dauphin Street. Route maps: http://www.firstlightmarathon.com/maps.asp
** The Charity Chase 2019 & Post-Chase After Party is Saturday, January 26, 2019, 8 a.m.-noon at O'Daly's Irish Pub, 564 Dauphin Street. Tickets are at www.thecharitychase.com. Runners: Join the Chase for donations and race to win your favorite local Charity the Charity Chase Jackpot. The Fun Run will take place at 8 a.m. and the 5K will kick off at 8:20 a.m. Don't miss the after party at O'Daly's. #WhatWouldYouRaceFor
** The Mobile Sports Authority (MSA) and the City of Saraland announced the return of the internationally-renown Spartan Race to Saraland, Alabama. In returning to Saraland and Mobile County after a three-year absence, the Alabama Spartan will be holding two events over two days in the area instead of the one-day event held in both 2015 and 2016. The date for the return of Spartan to southwest Alabama is the weekend of March 15-17, 2019. Those interested in volunteering or assisting with site build-up and/or race day activities may contact Rita-Nicole Wright of the North Mobile YMCA via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Registration is now open for the Alabama Spartan Race weekend. Visit www.Spartan.com for more information, race registration, and volunteer opportunities. For additional information, contact Danny Corte, Executive Director, 251-725-1794 or Danny@mobilesportsauthority.com
Events for Children/Teens/Families:
** Chickasaw Reading Contest for school age children is ongoing. Contestants can enter in 3 age categories, K5-12th. Participants must live in Chickasaw. A season pass to Chickasaw pool will be the reward for most books read. For details or to register, call 251-452-6465.
** Playhouse in the Park auditions for "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" will be held at the Playhouse, 4851 Museum Drive, are on January 2 and January 3, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Those auditioning should be between the ages of 13 and mid-twenties. There are two small female roles for ages 11 to 13. Auditioners should come prepared to read from a script or perform a short prepared monologue. For more information, call Danny Mollise, 251.422.5434
** On January 5, 2019, 10:30 a.m., children aged 5 and older can come to Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library, visit with friends and learn how to make Snowflake Plates. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email email@example.com.
** .Playhouse in the Park Actors' Studio begins January 7th. for more information, call Danny Mollise, 251-422-5434.
** On January 8, 6 p.m., families are invited to "Come play Bingo at the Library" at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Prizes will be awarded and lemonade and popcorn will be served. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** "StoryTime" at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, is Tuesday, January 15, 10-11 a.m. The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month is StoryTime at 5 Rivers, and the January 15 selection is "Squirrel's New Year's Resolution" about a squirrel’s search for a good resolution to have for the new year. Children younger than the age of 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature based story followed by arts and crafts. The activity is free and no registration is necessary.
** Aspiring archaeologists have an opportunity to be an "Archaeologist for an Afternoon: Make a Split Twig Figurine!" at USA Archaeology Museum, 6052 USA Drive S on Wednesday, January 16, 3:30-6 p.m.
** January 16th is "Appreciate a Dragon Day," and Ben May Main Library has "Appreciate a Dragon Day Storytime" for preschoolers at 10-10:45 a.m. Headstart programs, schools and families are invited to this special Storytime in Bernheim Hall. Program consists of songs, stories and a Readers Theater tailored just for ages 4 to 7. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call the children’s department at 251-208-7086 or email email@example.com.
** Children aged 5 and older can make a Snowman Mobile on January 17, 4-5 p.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Groups must register. For more information or to register, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** January 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. is January Family Day: Ice Age Archaeology! at USA Archaeology Museum, 6052 USA Drive South. The public can stop by the museum any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.on Saturday, January 19th for fun craft activities. Children can make their own wooly mammoth, throwing spear or rock art. The Museum's permanent and temporary exhibit galleries will also be open for self-guided tours--a great time to visit the Museum for those who are unable to stop by during the week. Admission to the event and Museum, as always, is FREE.
** Seniors at Connie Hudson Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, can learn how to make exquisite wreaths and floral arrangements the easy way, every Thursday, 3:30 a.m. with "Wreaths and More with Patty."
** Connie Hudson Senior Center members are invited to "Coffee with the Director" at 2 p.m., January 3rd. Seniors are encouraged to "Bring your comments, suggestions and gratitudes" and meet in the lobby area at the Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road.
** Semmes Senior Center is presenting "Pay it Forward" as the Monday, January 7 (1 p.m.) movie for seniors. A movie is shown every Monday at the Center, 9635 Moffett Road, Semmes.
** Semmes seniors with January birthdays will celebrate on Wednesday, January 9 at noon at the Center, 9635 Moffett Road.
** At noon on January 11, this month's birthdays will be celebrated at Connie Hudson Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road. The event, sponsored by Elmcroft Senior Living, especially recognizes members who are 90 or older. This month's Happy Birthday members are Juanita Purvis 90; Mary Palmer 90; Charles Kenny 90; Kate Barber 91; Lawrence Lockhart 91; Angela Burkett 92; Josie B. Lott 92 and Mary L. Fuller 93.
** An Osteoporosis Seminar & Luncheon, Encore Rehabilitation, Inc., will be presented by The Orthopaedic Group, P. C. on Thursday, January 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street. Topics to be covered include I. What is Osteoporosis?; II. Who is at Risk?; II. How is it Diagnosed? and IV. Impacts. To register, contact Sarah at 251.476.5050.
** (Continuing) The Artful Garden Gallery & Gifts at Mobile Botanical Gardens regular weekday hours (W-F 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
** "Floral Arranging with Dennis Harris" is a 5-week course offered at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive--Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-noon, January 10-February 21. The public is invited to "learn from one of the best."! Dennis Harris, AIFD Designer, has created floral wonders for weddings from Napa to Tampa, and created floral wonders from Mexico City to Canada. Each week of this series will offer a different focus - Classes might include European clutch bouquets, classic vase arrangements, including trumpet vases and how to transport, composite arrangements for dining room tables, altar designs and so on. Don’t forget to bring gloves and snips. Tickets are at mbgrebloomshop.com.
** The Marion Deane Drummond Lecture Series: Presentations from Greg Grant and the Mobile Backyard Chicken Club is Saturday, January 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Mobile Backyard Chicken Club will present on Backyard Chickens and why they can be beneficial to your garden and healthy lifestyle and how to go about getting permitted to keep chickens in the City of Mobile. Attendees will get to meet some friendly chickens too! Greg Grant will present “Gardening for the Birds & and the Bees.” Greg is an award-winning horticulturist, writer, conservationist, and seventh generation Texan from Arcadia, Texas. This will certainly be a fun day! Lunch by Georgia Roussos will be included. Register Online or call 251-342-0555.
Bellingrath Gardens & Home Winter Events:
** Winter Wednesday: After Christmas Sale at the Bellingrath Gardens Gift Shop is Wednesday, January 2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Bellingrath, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore. Visitors are encouraged to "Shop til you drop in the fabulous Bellingrath Gift Shop and take advantage of the post-holiday discounts. Make a day of it- tour the Gardens and the Museum Home and stay for lunch in the Magnolia Cafe. (Regular admission charged for Gardens and Museum Home Tours)"
** The Winter Wednesday at Bellingrath Gardens & Home on January 9 features Frye Gaillard, writer in residence at the University of South Alabama. Gaillard has written extensively on Southern race relations, politics and culture. He will discuss his new book, “A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility, and Innocence Lost,” his deeply personal history of this pivotal time in American life. After the presentation, Gaillard will sign copies of his book, which will be available to purchase in the Gift Shop. The Winter Wednesdays sessions are held each week in the Magnolia Room from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. through Feb. 27. Admission to the program is included in the regular Gardens admission, and guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens after the session. Registration is requested: To register, call 251-459-8864.
** "The Pursuit of Flora: Art Exhibit" at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, through January 4, 2019.
** (Continuing) News from Dauphin Island's Art Does It: Weekly Painting Courses continue on Mondays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Class fee is $10 per session. Bring your own acrylic painting supplies and canvas.
** "Contemplating Composition - Art Class" at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays, January 11-February 15, 2019. Instructor is Derek Norman . For more information, go tombgrebloomshop.com
History (Exhibits, events, activities, books, genealogical research)
** On January 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ben May Main Library is presenting "Researching Your African American Ancestors Using Vital Records." The seminar is offered in partnership with the newly, established African American Genealogical & Historical Society of Mobile, the Mobile Public Library will host this free genealogy workshop in Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library. Professional genealogist, Mary Jones-Fitts will present two sessions. Morning session includes information on accessing Birth Records, Delayed Registrations of Birth Information, Marriage and Death Certificates, and Divorce Records. Afternoon session addresses the topic, “Finding Vital Records in Genealogy Databases.” A light lunch will be provided. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 251-208-7094. Mary Jones-Fitts is President/Director of the Marengo County History & Archives Museum.
** On January 12, 10-11:30 a.m., Ben May Main Library presents "Second Saturday with Tighe Marston--Mobile's Municipal Cemeteries." The public is invited to "Come meet Tighe Marston, Municipal Cemeteries Manager for the City of Mobile as he discusses the history of Mobile’s Municipal Cemeteries, Victorian Funerary Traditions and Death Culture, and Victorian Funerary Art and Symbolism." Registration is not required. For more information, call 251-208-7094 or email email@example.com.
** Through January 15, 2019, Mobile Carnival Museum will show the exhibit, "John Augustus Walker: Artist-Designer of Mobile and Carnival," which employs the life and work of one of one of the greatest creatives in Mobile history to show how Carnival and art are integrally bound. In addition to being the chief designer for the Infant Mystics, America's second oldest parading society, Walker created major mural series, fascinating street scenes, and delightful landscapes.
** "The Real Story Behind Mobile's Most Famous Antebellum Home," presented by Historic Mobile Preservation Society and Historic Oakleigh House Museum, is Thursday, January 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Oakleigh, 350 Oakleigh Place. This event is a special, behind-the-scenes tour of Historic Oakleigh House Museum. The public is invited to join Museum Manager Marye Newman on January 10th to get the real scoop on the past 185 years at Oakleigh, and to hear stories never before shared on tour about Oakleigh's history and the artifacts inside the home. This includes items not currently on display. Admission is $10 per person, and FREE for members of HMPS. Limited tickets are available. Contact HMPS for details at (251) 432-1281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Galas, special events, fun and fundraisers:
** Ikebana International Mobile Branch has been meeting the first Friday of the month for more than 30 years. For information on the Ikebana meeting, contact email@example.com.
** Each Friday (11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.), Mobile Botanical Gardens is offering hot buffet lunches by Georgia Roussos Catering. MBG invitation reads: Enjoy a wonderful meal in the Botanical Center -- or dine outside on the Plaza if the weather is pleasant. Reservations are encouraged so we can plan properly. To make reservations, email or call the office at 251-342-0555 (feel free to leave a message) Cost is $15 (tax incl) for MBG Members and $25 ($20 meal + $5 admission) for nonmembers.
** The first Bingo of the Year at St. Edmund Parish Hall on Dauphin Island is Wednesday, January 9, 6 p.m. The refreshment stand will open at 5:30 p.m. There'll be cash prizes each week with a progressive jackpot that tops out at $500. All proceeds go to support Dauphin Island causes. Volunteers are needed; call John or Connie Roan, 251-861-8088.
** 2019 Health Fair Health Care Resources is January 10, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ben May Main Library. The community is invited to meet the staff and organizations that provide assistance with health care services in the Mobile area. They will be sharing information and answering questions to all who stop by their tables. For more information, call 251-208-7079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** "Miracle for Mary Beth Benefit," hosted by Kayla Steade, is Sunday, January 13, 2019, 1-6 p.m. at Pat's Downtown, 271 Dauphin Street. Admission is $5 donation at the door. There will be a Silent Auction from 1-4 p.m. Door prize winners will announced every half hour. (Tickets are $5 for 1, $10 for 3, and $20 for 7.) Other notes: - Coozies, T-shirts and bracelets will be for sale. And there will be live music by Eric Erdman, Lane Fisher, Symone French and Greg Padilla.
** Ben May Main Library is hosting an Income Taxes & Retirement session on January 15, noon-1 p.m. Facilitator is Christina Gibson with Thrivent Financial, a not-for-profit Christian organization. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-208-7079 or email email@example.com.
** Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street, is offering "Caregiver College" on Wednesday, January 16, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The event, presented by Area Agency on the Aging, includes sessions on Dementia 101; Preparing to Care; Coping as a Caregiver and Legal Ease. To register: 251.706.4650, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** The Chestangs are coming to Satsuma Swamp Fest 2019. They always do a fantastic job so mark your calender for Saturday, March 9, 2019.
** 1st Sunday Outdoor Market at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, is January 6, at noon. The event features local arts and crafts, farmers' market and outdoor-themed items from the 5 Rivers Cypress Gift Shop. January's event will be "community service" themed and will feature information about organizations such as LifeSouth, who will also be collecting blood donations, Feeding the Gulf Coast, Housing First, Team River Runner, Girl Scouts of America, etc. Attention vendors! If you are interested in participating in the event, application form is at https://www.outdooralabama.com/5-rivers-al-delta-resource-center/5-rivers-cypress-gift-shop-and-welcome-center
** Movie "Inside Out" is showing at Ben May Main Library at 2 p.m. January 2, 2019. Children can make crafts and enjoy snacks while watching the movie. The film runs 102 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-208-7086 or email email@example.com.
** Playhouse in the Park auditions for "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" will be held at the Playhouse, 4851 Museum Drive, are on January 2 and January 3, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Those auditioning should be between the ages of 13 and mid-twenties. There are two small female roles for ages 11 to 13. Auditioners should come prepared to read from a script or perform a short prepared monologue. For more information, call Danny Mollise, 251.422.5434.
** On January 8th, 3:15 p.m., the movie "Black Panther" will be shown at Parkway Branch Library. The story is about a superhero known as Black Panther defends Wakanda, a technologically advanced country in Africa that has hidden itself away from the rest of the world. Now, he must face a dissident who wants to sell the country's natural resources to fund an uprising. The film runs 135 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-470-7766.
** Crazy Rich Asians" is playing at Ben May Main Library on January 8, 1 p.m. For more information, call 251-208-7079.
** Auditions for "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, will be Wednesday, January 9, 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. No preparation is necessary. For more information, see blog joannemcknight.com or cctshows.
** "Mobile Jewish Film Festival: The Invisibles" will be at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive on January 10, 1:30 and 6 p.m. The screening is free, but reserve a seat by contacting Kathy Lovitt at 251-490-4872 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Mobile Mystery Dinners players present "Death in a Tutu" on Friday, January 11, 7 p.m. at Azalea Hall, 751 Dauphin Street. For reservations for this performance, go to www.mobilemysterydinners.com. For more information, call 251-865-7398. A second performance will be at Nexus Cinema Dining, 7070 Bruns Drive (off Cody Road) on Saturday, January 19, 7 p.m. Doors open at both venues at 6:30 p.m. To make a reservations for this performance, email Kathy Jones at email@example.com. For information on this performance, call 251-421-0406.
** On January 11, 4 p.m., Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library is showing "Frozen." The film runs 108 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or emaill firstname.lastname@example.org.
** The Monthly Movie at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library is "Goldfinger" on January 15, 5:30 p.m. The movie features Sean Connery as James Bond. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email email@example.com.
** On January 22, 1 p.m., Mr. Rogers fans can see "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" at Ben May Main Library. This documentary paints a portrait of the life and work of children's entertainer Fred Rogers, star of “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.” A former minister, Mister Rogers creatively communicated themes of empathy and acceptance. The film runs 94 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information,call 251-208-7079.
** On January 23, 7 p.m., "A Bag of Marbles" is being shown at Ben May Main Library. Admission is $ 8.00 and $6.00 for students and seniors. For further information or to make reservations, contact the Mobile Area Jewish Federation at 251-490-4872 or mobilejewishfederation.org.
** Chickasaw Civic Theatre's "Smoke on the Mountain" performances are January 25-February 3, 2019 (Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m. at 801 Iroquois Street.
Christmas Tree Recycling and other recycling/Clean-Ups
** Keep Mobile Beautiful will be collecting decoration-free, natural Christmas trees through January 9. Trees may be delivered anytime to the locations listed below. These locations will be staffed to help unload trees from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on December 29, 30 and January 5 and 6. Trees are chipped and the mulch generated is available for public use beginning in January. Flocked trees will not be accepted. For questions, please contact Keep Mobile Beautiful at 251-208-6029. Holiday lights can be recycled at the Metro Recycling Center. Lights collected at the center are donated to the Master Gardeners for various community garden projects. Take your tree to any of the following locations: Parkway Plaza -- 2655 Dauphin Island Parkway; 2501 Government Boulevard -- in front of Food World; Wildwood Shopping Center -- 4055 Cottage Hill west of Azalea; Airport at University -- behind the BP Station; Westwood Plaza -- Airport at Schillinger and Park Forest Center -- Moffett at Forest Hill Drive.
** City of Mobile Christmas Tree Recycling is through January 11, 2019, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Drop off trees for FREE. All trees must be free of lights, stands and decorations. Drop-off locations are as follows: Lake Drive Tricentennial Park, 2121 Lake Drive; Spring Hill Recreation, 1151 Spring Hill Avenue; Baumhauer-Randle Park, 1909 Duval Street; Dog River Park, 2459 Dog River Drive N; Pinehill Recycling Center, 308 Pinehill Dr.; Medal of Honor Park, 1711 Hillcrest Road and Langan Park (Municipal Park), 4901 Zeigler Blvd. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Mobile United is hosting three MLK Day of Service opportunities on January 19, 2019. In 2019, Mobile United will provide community members three places to help on the January 19th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. People can volunteer from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to help clean up One Mile Creek, Three Mile Creek or the Eslava Creek Ditch Inlet. The following are the two locations for people to gather if they would like to help that Saturday: Tricentennial Park, 2121 Lake Drive, Mobile, AL 36617: Three Mile Creek (anyone) and One Mile Creek (only by canoe/kayak) and Walmart Supercenter, 101 East Interstate 65 Service Road South, Mobile, AL 36606: Eslava Creek Ditch Inlet (challenging terrain; best for ages 15-60). Visit the Facebook Event Page or Volunteer Connect for waivers and more information about the event. Or call Mobile United: (251) 432-1638.
** The Town of Dauphin Island's Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program lasts through January 12. Just remove all decorations and drop off live trees in the designated location along Bienville Boulevard east of Pirates' Cove Street. Those who need assistance can call the Public Works Department.
Thank You's/Congratulations/Good Job/How Nice
** Earlier this month, NBA Star DeMarcus Cousins hosted his Santa Cuz Holiday Shopping Spree for 100 young people in Mobile. Each child received a Puma duffel bag, a Puma backpack, a Puma wardrobe and a $200 Target gift card to go shopping for whatever else they wanted. This is not the first time DeMarcus has given back to our community. The City recently opened a new basketball court at Figures Park, thanks to the generosity of DeMarcus and the NBA.
** Good Job! On December 27th, Satsuma Art Guild Instructor Sherry Roy and Mary Helen Pierce presented a Winter Art Class at Satsuma Public Library. Children aged 10-14 enjoyed a 3-hour session creating beautiful cardinal on canvas and learning some valuable painting techniques.
** Mobile Botanical Gardens sends thanks to those who have made an End of Year Donation.
** Thank You from Semmes Senior Center: The Center has received a donation from the Semmes Lions Club in the amount of $250.13 and Semmes Woman's Club, is donating approximately $1,600.00 to the Center. The donation represents 1/2 of the ticket sale proceeds from the Semmes Christmas Tour. Both donations will be earmarked for our outdoor grill area.
** Congratulations! December Keep Saraland Beautiful Yard of the Month is at the home of Robert and Angela Brooke and Robert Rockwell at 205 Merida Court. "Their Christmas decorations are excellent, and the mailbox plays music," said KSB's Janice Harvison. "We appreciate the Brookes' work to make their yard lovely for the holidays," she said.
** How Nice! Just in time for the holidays, seniors at Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, completed a "Baby, It's Cold Outside" project. Sandi Nezat provides crafts classes once a month to the seniors. For more on senior activities, call 251-649-2010 or visit the Center.
Semmes seniors with January birthdays will celebrate on Wednesday, January 9 at noon at the Center, 9635 Moffett Road.
Children aged 5 and older can make a Snowman Mobile on January 17, 4-5 p.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Groups must register. For more information or to register, call 251-470-7770 or email email@example.com.
Bayside Book Club members will meet January 17, 6 p.m. at Parkway Branch Library. The topic of discussion is "Snow Falling on Cedars" by David Guterson. For more information, call Betty Fowler at 251-476-2600 or 251-208-7097.
Semmes Senior Center is presenting "Pay it Forward" as the Monday afternoon (1 p.m.) movie for seniors. A movie is shown every Monday at the Center, 9635 Moffett Road, Semmes.
The Town of Dauphin Island's Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program lasts through January 12. Just remove all decorations and drop off live trees in the designated location along Bienville Boulevard east of Pirates' Cove Street. Those who need assistance can call the Public Works Department.
Seniors at Connie Hudson Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, can learn how to make exquisite wreaths and floral arrangements the easy way, every Thursday, 3:30 a.m. with "Wreaths and More with Patty."
SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon is Wednesday, January 9, 11:30 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Guest Speaker is Barry Westbrooks, General Manager Walmart Distribution Center. Contact: Chamber Office 251-666-2488 to RSVP. Cost: $9 for members and $11 for nonmembers
The Monthly Movie at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library is "Goldfinger" on January 15, 5:30 p.m. The movie features Sean Connery as James Bond. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.