Check out this Snowbird Special: Save on Gardens-and-Home tickets in January and February with Bellingrath Gardens & Home Snowbird Special. The discount allows you to tour the Gardens and the Home at a reduced price. Snowbird Special Gardens and Home ticket prices: Adult Gardens and Home ticket: $19.00 (Regular price: $22.00) Child Gardens and Home ticket (ages 5-12): $13.00 (Regular price: $14.00)
Children ages 4 and younger: Free.
"New Year’s After Holiday Sale" in the Gift Shop at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Theodore is Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Shop ’til you drop and enjoy deep discounts on all holiday merchandise. Stock up for 2020 Christmas with our 2019 prices!
Saraland Chamber of Commerce January membership luncheon is Tursday, January 14th, 11:45 a.m. at Saraland Civic Center, 716 Mae Street. Guest Speaker will be Kristi Bush of KNB Communications. Luncheon will be catered by Tyner's.
SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Monthly Business Luncheon is Wednesday, January 8, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Guest Speaker will be Jim Nagy, Executive Director of the Senior Bowl. Lunch, sponsored by Integrity IT Serves, will be catered by Sonny's BBQ. RSVP to 251.666.2488 or email@example.com. Luncheon is $12 for members and $15 potential members.
The 5th Annual Little Red School House Chili & Wing Cook Off, hosted by Pirates Bar & Grill and Gene Fox Realtor, Re/max Coastal Properties, is Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Pirates Bar & Grill, 100 Orleans Drive, Dauphin Island. Teams will cook chili, wings and specialty dishes for attendees to sample. This is a family fun day! There'll be live music with the Ryan Dyer Band. Tickets are $10 and benefit Dauphin Island Elementary School.
An invitation from Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive: "Come meet the new Garden Kitties! It is a well known fact that we love animals here at MBG. Seth adopted three kittens that were abandoned in a box and, of course, they started coming to work with him. They are about 6 months old now and love touring people around, so come meet Leo, Loki and Louise!
Alabama March 2020 Primary Candidates' Forum will be held at Ben May Main Library on January 22, 6-8 p.m. Get to Know the Candidates--The Delta Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. invites you to its Alabama March 2020 Primary Candidates' Forum.
The Forum is open to all local, state and national candidates and will consist of opening statements from the candidates, followed by questions from a moderator.
The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions. For more information, please contact 251-340-1458 or 251-340-1478.
A reception will be held in the Armbrecht/Briskman Meeting Room from 5 – 5:45 p.m. Forum will begin at 6 p.m. in Bernheim Hall. Collaborators for this event are the Mobile Chapter of the NAACP, Mobile League of Women Voters, Revelation Missionary Baptist Church, the Mobile Public Library and the Port City Chapter of Blacks in Government.
** COMMUNITY NEEDS:
**** One Meal Mobile currently needs the following items: * 10 cases each of the following canned goods: 15.5oz cans of green beans, peas and carrots, kernel corn, cream corn, sliced potatoes. * 1-lb bags of sugar, flour, cornmeal, grits. * Spaghetti and assorted pastas, Mac n cheese, rice sides * Instant potatoes, pancake mix, syrup, peanut butter and jelly * Frozen beef, poultry, pork of any type * Eggs, butter ---One Meal serves a Sunday afternoon meal to approximately 125-150 homeless, hungry and working poor. he's been doing this for the past 10 years. If you or anyone you know (Sunday School class, business, civic organization) would like to take up a collection of any of these items or make a monetary donation to One Meal, you can reach Mike at 251-379-9014. See website onemealmobile.com for more information.
** HOLIDAY EVENTS continuing:
* December is a time for Holiday Family Fun @ the Library. The fun at Theodore Oaks Branch Library includes a Guessing Jar, Scavenger Hunts, Holiday Crafts and other activities. There will be something for all ages. For more information, call 251-662-9676.
* Holiday STEM Wonderland at the Gulf Coast Exploreum, 65 Government Street, will continue through January 5, 2020. Staff will present performance based demos which will further connect visitors to engaging science in a fun and informative way.
* Lights of Love Holiday Tree Trail, hosted by USA Children's & Women's Hospital, 1700 Center Street, continues through January 6, 2020 (daily.) The trees will light up on Tuesday, December 10, at dusk, and the tree display will be open from dusk until midnight for families to enjoy until January 6. Tree sponsorships are available at www.usahealthsystem.com/events/lights-of-love-holiday-tree-trail.
** NEW YEAR'S:
* Mobile New Year's Eve Celebration (December 31): Downtown Mobile welcomes more than 50,000 people each New Year’s Eve for an evening of celebratory activities leading up to the giant 600 pound electric MoonPie drop, laser light show and fireworks at midnight. The public is invited to come be part of the 2019 celebration that has been hailed as one of the best New Year’s Eve events in the country. For event times, see http://www.mobilenewyear.com/
* Noon Year's Eve (December 31) at Mobile Public Libraries: At Ben May Main Library, the Family Fun comes at 10:30 a.m.-noon. Visitors are invited to "Ring in the New Year a little early with us! Participate in Karaoke, board games, video games and crafts. Countdown the time to 12 noon and ring in the New Year with a Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Drop. For more information, call 251-340-1521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.----At Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library is featuring Family Fun from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Children can enjoy a " kid friendly" countdown to Noon Year’s Eve with crafts and a balloon drop at NOON! For more information, call 251-494-3684 or email email@example.com and the Noon Year's Eve Party is 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at West Regional Library. Families are invited to the we count down to the “Noon Year” and drop 2020 balloons. "We’ll follow up the balloon drop with a glow dance party," said staff at West Regional. For more information, call 251-340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The Roaring 20's N.Y.E Party, hosted by Mobile Area Association of Realtors, is Tuesday, December 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at The Temple Downtown, 351 St Francis St., Mobile. Tickets are by Eventbrite. The public is invited to celebrate the New Year with the Young REALTORS at The Roaring 20's Speakeasy N.Y.E Party--a night of great music, open bar with specialty cocktails, and much more! Dress to impress with your keen cocktail attire or go all out with a copacetic 1920's getup. Doors open and drinks start to flow at 9 pm, dance the night away ringing in the New Year with a champagne toast. *21 and older only, ID's required to enter* Proceeds benefit The Mobile REALTORS® Charitable Foundation for special projects helping with economic development, building revitalization, and urban improvements in the City of Mobile. For more information about the event or information on sponsorships, contact Stephen Jones at email@example.com or 251-479-8654.
* The Bell Rings For All, hosted by Mobile Carnival Historical Society, is Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 9-11 p.m. at the corner of Dauphin and Royal Streets (or any corner downtown.)
* Ina Pullen Smallwood Memorial Library, 224 Grant Street (Chickasaw Public Library), is hosting a Jay Gatsby's New Year's Party. Party planners say that "The Roaring 20's are making a comeback, so it's time to start puttin' on the Ritz! Let's ring in the new year with style! Feel free to come dolled up in 20's apparel and brush up on the lingo. Snacks will be provided along with some swell music and 20's era dancing that would make a flapper proud!" *This will be a dry party, so no 'giggle water' here, folks. The party will be January 1, 2020 7 p.m. at the Civic Center.
** MARDI GRAS ACTIVITIES:
* Mobile Mystics in Lending Tree Bowl Parade, hosted by Mobile Mystics, is Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 6:30-9:30 p.m. in downtown Mobile.
* Be Our Guest Mardi Gras Ball Fundraiser, hosted by Krewe of Kindness and The Pillars, is Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 5 PM – 8 PM at The Pillars, 1757 Government St, Mobile, Alabama 36604 Tickets by Eventbrite General Admission is $35.
* Satsuma Public Library announced that tickets for the Satsuma Mardi Gras Ball 2020 are now available to purchase at the Satsuma Public Library. The Ball is January 24, 7-11 p.m. at Steele Creek Lodge. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. A table may be reserved for the purchase of 8 tickets for a cost of $200 (RESERVED TABLE- all 8 tickets must be purchased at same time for table to be reserved - first come first served.) Music will be by the Excelsior Band and Bo Grant (formerly of The Platters.) The dance is sponsored by Satsuma Public Library Foundation and all funds raised will go to Satsuma Public Library. For more information, call 251-679-0700. Extra added attractions: Vote for King and Queen, Split the Pot and door prizes.
* "Make & Take" at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library is January 25, 10 a.m.-noon. All ages can stop by the Library and make their own Mardi Gras masks. For more information, call 251-494-4140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* At 1 p.m. on January 25, the Krewe de la Dauphine will parade on Dauphin Island.
* Dauphin Island People's Parade is February 1. Several categories have been added in which awards will be given. Among them are the Best Band, Best Decorated Vehicle and Best in Show. The Marshall Award will be chosen on theme, overall character, decorations and enthusiam. The parade is open to Foot Marchers, Truck Bands, Dance Troupes, Performance Groups, Recognized Equestrian Groups, Floats and Trailers, Boats on Trailers, Vehicles, Motocycle Groups/Clubs and more. Applications are available on the Town website. For more information, contact City Hall.
* The Mystic Krewe of Salty Paws (Dauphin Island) will hold the 6th Annual Parade on Saturday, February 8, 2020. This event is being sponsored by the Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce and is a fundraiser for the Animal Rescue Foundation. This will also be an adoption day for ARF. Registration will be available online via EventBrite. Anyone wishing to register the day of the parade may do so at the registration table that will be located at the water tower.
* Mobile Mystics 2020 Parade is Saturday, February 15, 2-5 p.m. downtown Mobile. The public is invited by the Mystics to "Join us for our 2020 Parade! Floats roll at 2pm, but be sure to get there early and catch the walk-over. This is a great event for the entire family.
* Mark your Calendar: 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.
* Would you like to parade with Mobile's newest Mardi Gras organization for creatives? Get creative, celebrate the arts, and raise funds for the Mobile Arts Council in the process? The Mystic Squirrels of Bienville is Sunday, March 3, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.Registration for the Mystic SOBs is open now through Friday, February 15th. Membership is limited to the first 100 applicants. Members must be 21 years of age or older. Register in-person at Mobile Arts Council or online at www.mobilearts.org/mysticsquirrelsofbienville. Mobile Arts Council is at Room 1927, 6 Joachim Street, Mobile.
** SENIOR CITIZENS:
* Earl Hudgins & Don Jenkins teach an "Instructional Guitar" class on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. at Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road.
* The crochet class meets at 9 a.m. on Fridays at the Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, Semmes. For other information on this and other events and activities, call 251-649-2010.
* A few events for Chickasaw seniors: *Chickasaw Seniors Adult Movie and Dinner on a winter night with Friends is Tuesday January 14th. The van will leave the Civic Center at 2:30 p.m. For information, call 251-452-6462. * The first Monday of each month, the Chickasaw Recreation Department sponsors an Early Bird (Homemade) Breakfast for seniors. Date is January 6; time is 7:30 a.m.; place is at the Civic Center, 224 Grant Street and cost is $3. * Chickasaw Senior Lunch Outing is scheduled for Friday, January 3 at Stoney’s. For details/reservations, call Stephanie Stewart, 251-452-6464.
** CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE:
* Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s 183rd Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, February 5 starting at 5 p.m. at the Mobile Convention Center and presented by Trustmark Bank. Tickets are $60 per person. Get your tickets now by calling 251-431-8606 or order securely online at events.mobilechamber.com.
* Fleet Feet X Saucony Winter Dozen Challenge, hosted by Fleet Feet Mobile, begins January 1, 2020 at Fleet Feet Mobile, 3972 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. Show Up strong in 2020 with the Winter Dozen Challenge; join thousands of runners nationwide in running or walking three times each week (for a minimum of 10 minutes each session) during the challenge. At the end of four weeks and 12 runs or walks, earn your Winter Dozen Challenge badge to show off! BONUS: The first 25 finishers who show their badge at their local Fleet Feet starting February 3 receive a Show Up Fleet Feet x BOCO trucker hat, a 2020 running calendar poster, and an exclusive $10 off Saucony footwear reward. Visit fleetfeet.com/winterdozen for more information and winter running tips.
* The Charity Chase 2020 is Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 8 a.m.-noon at O'Daly's Irish Pub, 564 Dauphin Street. Tickets are at raceroster.com. So, Mark your Calendars and get ready for a 5K like no other as 10 local charities compete to raise funds, increase awareness and build excitement for their cause. $20 of every registration will go directly to the participant's charity of choice and runners will compete to win additional donations by winning the race ($1,000) or placing in their age division ($50.)
* Save the Date! 6th Annual Caring for Caryn's Kids 5K/1 Mile Fun Run, presented by Caryn's Kids 2027 and The Grounds, will be Saturday, February 29, 2020, 6 a.m.-noon at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road N. Visit event site for information about sponsorships, registration and more.
* The Battle of Mobile Bay 5K, benefiting Historic Fort Gaines on Daupin Island, is set for Saturday February 15, 2020 at 8:10 a.m. at Fort Gaines. Pre-register by mail (entries should be postmarked by February 8th), in person at McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri, or Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope until noon on February 13 or online until 4 a.m. February 14.
** GALAS, FUN, FUNDRAISERS, WORKSHOPS AND OTHER EVENTS:
* The Mobile Fire-Rescue Department and Make-A-Wish Alabama have partnered to create a charity calendar. The calendar, which is designed to raise funds for local children, features Mobile firefighters and Wish kids together, participating in firefighting action. 2020 Wish Calendars are available for purchase at Central Fire Station, 701 St. Francis St., MFRD Supply Division, 2851 Old Shell Rd., or online at event site. For more information, contact Public Information Officer Steven L. Millhouse at 251.654.2757.
* FUSE plans to WOW the Gulf Coast community with its inaugural Lip Sync Battle presented by Infirmary Health on Thursday, January 23rd at Soul Kitchen. So get your LSB tickets NOW before the prices are RAISED from $25 to $35 on New Year's Day. You don't want to be stuck at home Thursday night of Senior Bowl Week while your friends are witnessing their peers #performingforapurpose.
* Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 6:30-10 p.m., the Mobile Big Band Society Valentine Dinner Dance will be held at Mobile Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 S Water Street. Tickets are by Eventbrite.
* Circle this Date on your calendar: Mobile Chocolate Festival to benefit Penelope House for victims of domestic violence is Saturday, February 27, 2020, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Abba Shrine, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile. This is a Family Fun event - $3 general admission, $2 for seniors 65 and older; Seniors 65 & above, Children 13 and under are free. Proceeds benefit Penelope House, whose mission is to provide safety, protection, and support to the victims of Domestic Violence and their children through the provision of shelter, advocacy, and individual and community education.
** ARTS/CRAFTS/GARAGE SALES/CLASSES:
* 1st Sunday Outdoor Market at 5 Rivers Delta Center is January 5, noon-4 p.m. at 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard. For information, call 251-621-0782.
* Fort Gaines Campground residents have set the date for their Annual Garage and Crafts Sale as February 15, 9 a.m.-noon at the Campground Pavilion. To set up a table, call Debbie Brown, 330-424-8844.
** HOW NICE/THANK YOU/CONGRATULATIONS:
* Congratulations! The Alabama Historical Commission recently awarded a $7,250 grant to replace the air conditioning in the Dauphin Island Little Red Schoolhouse.
* Congratulations! The 31st Annual Miss Dauphin Island Pageant was held December 6 with more than two dozen participants ages 2-18. The results were as follows: Tiny Miss: Lily Duval; Most Photogenic: Lilly Griffin---Little Miss: Jenna O'Brian; Most Photogenic, Malia Mayer---Sweet Miss: Isabella Roberson; Most Photogenic: Olivia Skinner---Miss Congenialty among the three previous categories: Gracie Britt----Junior Miss: Savannah Wyers; Most Photogenic: Madison Ladnier---Miss Dauphin Island: Kourtney Christie; Most Photogenic: Claire Wagner--Miss Congeniality from the two previous categories: Isabella Levesque.
* Chickasaw Historical Society, Chickasaw City School System and Habitat for Humanity have partnered to bring affordable housing to Chickasaw. A public information presentation is Monday, January, 13, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at Chickasaw Housing Authority Community Room.
* Through January 10, Dauphin Island residents can recycle their Christmas trees. Live trees with all decorations can be dropped off in the designated area on town property near the Pirates Cove/Bienville Boulevard intersection. From there, property owners can help themselves to trees on a first-come, first-served basis.
* Dauphin Island property owners are encouraged to pick up free mulch, compliments of the Town of Dauphin Island and Alabama Power Company. Mulch will be stockpiled along Chaumont Avenue just east of the Fire Department. Residents are asked to take only what they need and to keep all materials on the Island.
* Mobile United's 6th Annual MLK Day of Service Cleanup 2020 is Saturday, January 18, 2020, 8:30-11 a.m. Tickets by Eventbrite; General Admission. The community is invited to Mobile United's Natural Resources Committee, along with Mobile Baykeeper, Alabama Coastal Foundation, Dog River Clear Water Revival, and Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, for a day of service on Saturday, January 18, 2020. This year, the organizations will be focusing all of their efforts on cleaning up Eslava Creek. All participants should meet for check-in/registration in the parking lot of Springdale Mall (3250 Airport Blvd), in front of the old Burlington Coat Factory. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by guest speakers and a safety debriefing. The cleanup will be held from 9-11 a.m. There are several clean-up sites; for more information, contact Mobile United at 251-432-1638.
* Mobile County Commission presents Tire Recycling Day and Operation Clean Sweep on January 25, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at North Mobile County Industrial Park. Photo ID is required; event is open to Mobile County residents only.
* Christmas Tree recycling drop-off sites are operating in Mobile through January 18, 2020. They are open daily 7 a.m.-5 p.m. All trees must be free of lights, stands and decorations. Drop-off locations in Mobile are Lake Drive Tricentennial Park, 2121 Lake Drive; James Seals Park, 540 Texas Street; Baumhauer-Randle Park, 1909 Duval Street; Dog River Park, 2459 Dog River Drive N; Pinehill Recycling Center, 308 Pinehill Drive; Medal of Honor Park, 1711 Hillcrest Road; Langan Park (Municipal Park), 4901 Zeigler Blvd. For more information, email email@example.com.
* Plein Air South Guest Artists Exhibit at Dauphin Island Art Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard, features art created by members of Plein Air South while painting outdoors in the Island's wonderful natural environment. Artists sharing their works include Gail Bramer, Joanne Brandt, Carolyn Greene, Tamara Lindsay, Melissa Root and Emily Sommers. The Plein Air art will be on display and available for purchase through December at Dauphin Island Gallery. Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
** Children at Dauphin Island Elementary School participate in the School Art Program, provided free of charge by Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council through its devoted and caring volunteers. There is still time in this calendar / tax year to be part of inspiring young people to discover and explore their creative ability!
* "Stage to Street: A Study of Dance & Motion" is Friday, January 17, 6:30-9 p.m. at Central Art Sanctuary, 1260 Dauphin Street. There is an Opening Reception for Artist Stephanie Morris and Photographer Richard Dollison with Live Performance by Kinetics Dance Company of Davidson High School. Additional paintings by Anna-Marie Babington will also be on view. The ArtSanctuary is at the church with the turquoise doors; us the parking lot entrance.
* Dauphin Island's Bluegrass/Country Jams are back! So--musicians, grab your banjos and mandolins and head on over to the Little Red School House on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free.
* "Sing-Along with the Mobile Opera" featuring The Phantom of the Opera is January 5, 2 p.m. at Ben May Main Library. This is the adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical about a disfigured composer and his unrequited love for an opera singer. The film runs 143 minutes and is rated PG-13. For Fun!! Enjoy the music and sing-along to some of your favorite songs. Fans are encouraged to come in costume of their favorite character! Costume and vocal talent not required. Admission is free and presented in partnership with the Mobile Public Library. For more information, call the Mobile Opera at 251-432-6772.
* The 20's ARE BACK! Art Walk with Bayou Rhythm at Serda is Friday, January 10, 2020 at 6-9 p.m. at Serda Brewing Co., 600 Government Street. The public is invited to join Bayou Rhythm for a night of beer and dancing. Bayou Rhythm plays classic and New Orleans jazz favorites from the 20’s. No prohibition here! Bayou Rhythm--the original Art Walk band. Don’t forget your flappers!
* On January 25, 7:30 p.m. and January 26, 2:30 p.m., Mobile Symphony Orchestra presents "Bravura" at the Saenger Theatre, 6 S Joachim Street. Tickets are available at secure.mobilesymphony.org. The Mobile Symphony celebrates exceptional classical hits and exciting local talent with Bravura! Opening with Tchaikovsky’s lush Serenade for Strings, this concert is filled with awe-inspiring pieces showcasing the orchestra’s talent and brilliance! The program features MSO’s own principal horn, Mollie Pate, in Richard Strauss’ first horn concerto. The concert ends with Brahms’ Symphony No. 3.
* Mobile Ballet's BEAUTY & THE BEAST is Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 2:30 p.m. All performances are held at the Mobile Civic Center Theater Mobile Ballet, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; VISIT mobileballet.org TO PURCHASE TICKETS! SEASON TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE - 251-342-2241
** EVENTS FOR TEENS/CHILDREN/FAMILIES:
* The Playhouse-in-the-Park is running a special on Winter 2020 acting classes. Choose the beginner's class for ages 6 - 11 (Mondays 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.) or the advanced class, ages 12 - 18 (5:00 to 6:15 p.m.) To register, call Danny Mollise at 251.422.5434.
* West Regional Library Family Fun Night is January 7, 6 p.m. For more information, call 351-340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Children aged 8 and older can "Learn to Knit with Ms. Wilhelmina Davis" on January 8, 2-4 p.m. at Toulminville Branch Library. Participants need to bring their own supplies; recommended are size 10, 10” long needles and a 7 oz. skein of regular, worsted weight yarn. Registration is encouraged but not required--Call 251-580-7144.
* West Regional Library Knitting Circle for Teens and Adults is January 9, 3-4 p.m. For more information, call 251-340-8561 or email email@example.com.
* "Word/Play with ACAC--Family Story Time" is January 9, 10 a.m. The staff from the Alabama Contemporary Art Center be at Ben May Main Library on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Preschoolers will explore contemporary art and music through hands-on and minds-on activities that stimulate and deepen their understanding of art. For more information, call the Children’s Department at 251-340-1507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* West Regional Library asks teens: Do you want to create beautiful paintings but have no idea how to begin? No? well show up at the library on January 9th, 3:30-5:30 p.m. and learn how to paint with acrylics. Supplies and snacks will be provided for attendees at the "Teen Art Scene - Artistic Acrylics--Create Beautiful Paintings" event. For more information, call 251-340-8555 or email email@example.com.
* The 2020 Young Authors' Conference for students in grades 3-5 will be January 18, 9 a.m.-noon at West Regional Library. Come meet award-winning, bestselling, Austin, Texas based author, Chris Barton. His books for young readers…of all ages, include, Shark Train; What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan; 88 Instruments, and many, many more. Mr. Barton loves writing books and visiting schools all over the United States. For more information on Chris Barton, go to www.chrisbarton.info/index.html. The Conference concludes with a sharing session where students share their works created in the workshops. Light refreshments, book sales and author signing will be available at the close of the Conference. For more information on the Conference, go to metromobilelit.weebly.com. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Mobile Public Library, the Metro Mobile Literacy Council and the Mobile Public Library.
* A groovy Pete the Cat Party! is planned at 11 a.m., January 25 at West Regional Library. Children of all ages can enjoy crafts, snacks and a whole lot of fun! Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 251-340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Toulminville Branch Library is hosting "Celebrate National Puzzle Day" on January 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Step up to the challenge of Puzzle-Mania!! Participants need to register in teams of four with at least one adult team member. For more information or to register a team, call 251-494-4982 or 251-580-7626. This event is sponsored by Working with The Hands and the Mobile Public Library.
* World Read Aloud Day is Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 8:30 a.m. at McDavid Jones Elementary School, 16250 Highway 45, Citronelle. Teachers are currently looking for community members to read to students for World Read Aloud Day. If you are willing to come share your favorite book, contact us through Facebook page or call Amy Tillman at 2211510, option 1. There was a great turn out last year...including Mayor Stringer, Chief Norris, City Council members, fireman, students from the high school, and Azalea Trail Maids. Help make it a bigger turnout this year. A little about World Read Aloud Day from I-net: Scholastic site: World Read Aloud Day teacher.scholastic.com/worldreadaloudday. Celebrate the Profound Power of the Read-Aloud. For 10 years World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) has called attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read aloud! The global effort is now celebrated in over 173 countries and counting! Join the movement!
* The Great Mobile Bake Off, hosted by Lemon Baby, is Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 9 a.m. Tickets are at docs.google.com. Do you fancy yourself a Great Baker worthy of the GBBO? Or if you’re not baking-inclined, share with the best baker you know for a chance to show off your baking skills in the Great Mobile Bake-Off at Williams Sonoma. Three challenges. Five bakers. On your marks, get set, bake! Only five bakers can can compete, so get your applications in today. Go to https://.gle/FQdfXwWRrVeH1qgq8. Selected contestants will be asked to submit a $50 fee to compete.
* The battle of the King Cakes is back! The King Cake-Off 2020 is Saturday, February 8, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Mobile Government Plaza, 205 Government Street, Mobile. Tickets are by Eventbrite (see online site.) Invited are bakeries, professional bakers and home chefs from all along the Gulf Coast to whip up their best King Cake or King Cake inspired treats to enter to win the 2020 King Cake-Off. This family-friendly event is open to the public on the first Saturday of Mardi Gras! Enjoy King Cake tastings; children's activities, including face painting and balloon animals; live music; a silent auction and adult beverages. Come for the King Cake and stay for the afternoon parades. Email email@example.com for more information.
* "End of the Road Chili Cook-Off" at Loblolly Farm, 9930 Stone Road, Semmes is Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 251-288-8302 or go to www.loblollyfarm.com.
* The 31st Annual American Cancer Society Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, March 7, 2020, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mardi Gras Park downtown Mobile. Proceeds from Chili-Cook-Off will be used for local educational programs to teach the importance of early detection and prevention; patient services such as transportation, and lifesaving research. To enter: Call the American Cancer Society at (251) 344-9858 or visit our website, mobilechilicookoff.org. To buy tickets: Tickets are $10.00 each at the American Cancer Society Office or $15.00 on the day of the event. For cancer information, call 1-800 - 227-2345 or visit our website at www.cancer.org
* December 31, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Fast & Furious Presents "Hobbs & Shaw" is playing at Ben May Main Library. Officer Luke Hobbs must combat a genetically altered cyber villain endangering innocent citizens while forging an unexpected partnership with rebel Deckard Shaw. The film runs 137 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-340-1458.
* Crescent Theater, 208 Dauphin Street, presents "Little Women" --now playing; show times 2, 6, 8:30 p.m. Little Women explores the lives of the March sisters in 1860s New England, in the aftermath of the American Civil War. Tickets are at www.brownpapertickets.com
* On Saturday, January 4, 2020. 7:30-9:30 p.m., #3CPImprov Comedy SHOW will perform at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street. So mark it on your calendar. It's only $5 per person (tixs available at the door - cash/credit). Doors and Box Office open at 6:30 p.m. Come early for some snacks, drinks, topic suggestions and great seats for all the action. This one features LOCAL FLAVOR The Wacked Out Weiner Mobile Al! They will be inhouse with some samples for you to taste before the show.
* On January 7, 3 p.m., Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is playing at Parkway Branch Library. The film runs 150 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-494-4454.
* January 7, 5:30 p.m. James Bond 007's "The Living Daylights" will be showing at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. The film runs 130 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-494-4132.
* New and Notable at Ben May Main Library at 1:30 p.m. January 7th is "Judy." Set in late 1968 and early 1969, Judy portrays Judy Garland hustling in Swinging London after successfully securing an engagement in Talk of the Town. Behind the scenes, her tumultuous life continues on, battling with her manager and her ex-husband. The film runs 118 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-340-1458.
* Chickasaw Civic Theater presents "Mandate for Murder" January 10-19, 2020. The story: It’s election night, and a campaign worker turns up dead. Come and see it unravel on stage. Reservations by cctshows.com/tickets or 457-8887.
* Mobile Mystery Dinners's next performance is "Insanity of Murder" Saturday, January 11, 7 p.m. Saturday, at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard; reservations at 251-706-6372 x 4 firstname.lastname@example.org. On Saturday, January 18, 7 p.m., the performance will be at Bellingrath Hall, 1260 Dauphin Street, (Corner of Ann and Dauphin Streets.) For more information or to make reservations at www.mobilemysterydinners.com. Advance reservations are required.
* New and Notable at Ben May Main Library is "Ready or Not" on January 14, 1:30 p.m. The story: Ready or Not follows a young bride as she joins her new husband's rich, eccentric family in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival. The film runs 95 minutes and is rated R. For more information, call 251-340-1458.
* "Dolittle" starts January 17 at Crescent Theater, 208 Dauphin Street. Dr. John Dolittle lives in solitude behind the high walls of his lush manor in 19th-century England. His only companionship comes from an array of exotic animals that he speaks to on a daily basis. But when young Queen Victoria becomes gravely ill, the eccentric doctor and his furry friends embark on an epic adventure to a mythical island to find the cure.
* Parkway Branch Library's Tuesday Movie at 3 p.m. January 21 is "Hugo." In the story, a young orphan lives in a train station in 1930s Paris and tries to repair a mechanical man built by his father. Eventually, he befriends a filmmaker and his goddaughter, who help him understand the mystery of his dad's invention. The film runs 125 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-494-4454.
* "Alice in Wonderland" is showing at Parkway Branch Library on Tuesday, January 28, 3 p.m. "Alice" is the timeless tale of a girl who gets lost in a beautiful but deadly fantasy world. The film runs 109 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-494-4454
* The Jewish Film Festival at Ben May Main Library is January 29, 7 p.m. "Promise at Dawn": From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this epic drama tells the romantic story of Romain Gary, one of the most famous French novelists and sole writer to have won the Goncourt Prize for French literature two times. French with English subtitles. The film runs 131 minutes and is not rated. Admission is $ 8.00 and $6.00 for students and seniors. For further information or to make reservations, contact the Mobile Are Jewish Federation at 251-490-4872.
* "Call of the Wild" is coming to the Crescent Theater, 208 Dauphin Street beginning February 21, 2020. Adapted from the beloved literary classic, THE CALL OF THE WILD vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team–and later its leader–Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master.
** BOOK CLUBS, RECITATIONS, READINGS, BOOK SIGNING:
* On Monday, December 30, 6:30 p.m., Classics Revisited Book Club will "Reconnect with the Classics" by discussing E.B. White's "Charlottes Web." The meeting will be at Ben May Main Library. For more information, call 251-340-1541 or email email@example.com.
* Ebony Moments Book Club meets at West Regional Library at 6 p.m., January 9th to discuss "Whatever It Takes" by Gwynne Forster.Ebony Moments is a book discussion designed to increase the awareness of African-American authors, both past and present, and to promote the love of reading for all. For more information, contact Betty Kidd at 251-580-7012.
* On January 10, 2 p.m., AHF Road Scholar Richard Bailey, Ph. D. presents "Rock in a Weary Land: The Black Church in 19th Century Alabama" at Ben May Main Library. Admission is free. For more information, call 340-251-1458 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Extravagant Readers - Adult Book Club meets January 10, 3-4 p.m. at the Toulminville Branch Library to discuss "The Road Home" by Richard Paul Evans. For more information, call 251-580-7144.
* A Page in Time Book Club will meet West Regional Library on January 14, 2-3:30 to discuss "The Huntress" by Kate Quinn. A summary: Stranded behind enemy lines, brave bomber pilot Nina Markova becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress and joins forces with a Nazi hunter and British war correspondent to find her before she finds them. For more information, contact Michele Eli at 251-340-8590.
* Bayside Book Club meets at Parkway Branch Library on January 16, 6 p.m. to discus "Furious Hours" by Casey Cep. For more information, call Betty Fowler at 251-476-2600 or 251-494-2298.
* The Reader's Choice Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. on January 21; January topic of discussion is "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger. Summary: Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his 13th year, a man explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community. The meeting is at West Regional Library. For more information, call 251-494-2298.
* On January 23, 6:30-9 p.m., Friends of the Mobile Public Library is presenting "An Evening wth Casey Cep" at Ben May Main Library. Following Cep’s presentation at 7 p.m., there will be a reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a book signing in the Armbrecht/Briskman Meeting Room. Book sales will be provided by The Haunted Bookshop. A brief Friends of the Mobile Public Library meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information on this event, call (251) 494-2298. For more information on this speaker, visit www.prhspeakers.com.
* The Mobile Public Library invites you to come to Ben May Main Library on January 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and meet Crazy Horse Family member Elder Floyd Clown Sr. and author William Matson as they discuss their book, "Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy." The book is based on oral histories gathered from the family of the famous Lakota war leader, about his life and death, the family genealogy, and what it means to be Lakota. Books will be available for sale. For more information, call 251-494-2172.
* At 2 p.m., January 25, Ben May Main Library presents "Fascinating Stories from Our National Parks--Not Just Great Scenery…They Also Tell Our History." The public is invited to the library to meet Penny Musco, a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, including AARP, Family Circle, Costco Connection, and several AAA publications. Books will be available for sale. For more information, call 251-340-1458 or email email@example.com.
* Mark your Calendar. The West Regional Library presents "Come Meet Sam Mihara--mass Imprisonment in America" on February 12, 6:30-8 p.m. Copies of Mr. Mihara’s autobiography, The Life and Times of Sam Mihara will be available for sale. For more information, call 251-494-2298.
* Free First Sunday at History Museum of Mobile is 1 p.m. January 5th, 2020. The History Museum of Mobile is at 111 S Royal Street, Mobile. Free admission is sponsored by Wind Creek Hospitality every first Sunday of the month. NOTE: The History Museum of Mobile is where Mobile’s story begins. Over 117,000 objects weave together the rich, diverse, and often turbulent histories of Mobile and the surrounding area, from the prehistoric past to the present. Located in the heart of downtown, the History Museum is in the Old City Hall - Southern Market building at 111 South Royal Street.
* History Museum of Mobile's "Learning Lunch: Roy Hoffman" is Wednesday, January 8, 2020, noon-1 p.m. The Museum is at 111 S Royal Street. Mobilians, grab your lunches and join us as we kick off Learning Lunch 2020. January's program will feature local author Roy Hoffman. For more information on Mr. Hoffman, go to www.royhoffmanwriter.com.
* The Opening Reception of "Ancient Rome: The Empire That Shaped the World" is January 9, 2020, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the History Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street. Tickets are by Eventbrite. Members of the Museum: Free Admission--Non Members: $35 individual, $60 couple. About The Exhibit: The most incredible machines and technologies from ancient Rome have been brought to life for the first time in two thousand years! From catapults to the secrets of the incredible Colosseum, experience the Roman Empire’s most impressive machines of war and peace. The exhibit will be on display January 10-April 5, 2020.
* "Second Saturday with Scott Corcoran" is January 11, 20-11:30 a.m. at Ben May Main Library. Scott's subject is "Mobile's Colonial History and Race: A Unique Journey Through American History." For more information, call 251-494-2172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Mobile Creole Cultural and Historical Preservation Society, please go to mobilecreolesociety.weebly.com.
* BESA: A Code of Honor — Opening Reception & Film Screening is Thursday, January 16, 5-8 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Invitation from Art Museum: Join us for the opening of BESA: A Code of Honor, an exhibition of portraits and texts about the ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ – Muslim families in Albania who risked their lives saving Jews during the Holocaust. Dr. Marlene W. Yahalom, Director of Education for the American Society for Yad Vashem, will be introduced by Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson at 5 p.m., followed by a screening of Besa, The Promise at 5:30 p.m. After the film, Dr. Yahalom will provide a short tour and informal discussion of the exhibition. This program is part of the 2020 Mobile Jewish Film Festival and is free to the public. Reservations required. The exhibition is organized by the American Society for Yad Vashem and will be on view through May 14, 2020.
Save the Date! 6th Annual Caring for Caryn's Kids 5K/1 Mile Fun Run, presented by Caryn's Kids 2027 and The Grounds, will be Saturday, February 29, 2020, 6 a.m.-noon at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road N. Visit event site for information about sponsorships, registration and more.
Fort Gaines Campground residents have set the date for their Annual Garage and Crafts Sale as February 15, 9 a.m.-noon at the Campground Pavilion. To set up a table, call Debbie Brown, 330-424-8844.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 6:30-10 p.m., the Mobile Big Band Society Valentine Dinner Dance will be held at Mobile Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 S Water Street. Tickets are by Eventbrite.
Toulminville Branch Library is hosting "Celebrate National Puzzle Day" on January 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Step up to the challenge of Puzzle-Mania!! Participants need to register in teams of four with at least one adult team member. For more information or to register a team, call 251-494-4982 or 251-580-7626. This event is sponsored by Working with The Hands and the Mobile Public Library.
A groovy A groovy Pete the Cat Party! is planned at 11 a.m., January 25 at West Regional Library. Children of all ages can enjoy crafts, snacks and a whole lot of fun! Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 251-340-8571 or email email@example.com.! is planned at 11 a.m., January 25 at West Regional Library. Children of all ages can enjoy crafts, snacks and a whole lot of fun! Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 251-340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Alice in Wonderland" is showing at Parkway Branch Library on Tuesday, January 28, 3 p.m. "Alice" is the timeless tale of a girl who gets lost in a beautiful but deadly fantasy world. The film runs 109 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-494-4454
Dauphin Island's Bluegrass/Country Jams are back! So--musicians, grab your banjos and mandolins and head on over to the Little Red School House on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free.
The Battle of Mobile Bay 5K, benefiting Historic Fort Gaines on Daupin Island, is set for Saturday February 15, 2020 at 8:10 a.m. at Fort Gaines. Pre-register by mail (entries should be postmarked by February 8th), in person at McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri, or Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope until noon on February 13 or online until 4 a.m. February 14.
On January 23, 6:30-9 p.m., Friends of the Mobile Public Library is presenting "An Evening wth Casey Cep" at Ben May Main Library.
Casey Cep is a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New Republic, and among many other publications. Her first book, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee was an instant New York Times bestseller, and has already been published in the UK and the Netherlands.
A proud graduate of the Talbot County Public Schools, she has a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Following Cep’s presentation at 7 p.m., there will be a reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a book signing in the Armbrecht/Briskman Meeting Room. Book sales will be provided by The Haunted Bookshop. A brief Friends of the Mobile Public Library meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m.
Admission is free. For more information on this event, call (251) 494-2298.
For more information on this speaker, visit www.prhspeakers.com.
Fleet Feet X Saucony Winter Dozen Challenge, hosted by Fleet Feet Mobile, begins January 1, 2020 at Fleet Feet Mobile, 3972 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. Show Up strong in 2020 with the Winter Dozen Challenge; join thousands of runners nationwide in running or walking three times each week (for a minimum of 10 minutes each session) during the challenge. At the end of four weeks and 12 runs or walks, earn your Winter Dozen Challenge badge to show off! BONUS: The first 25 finishers who show their badge at their local Fleet Feet starting February 3 receive a Show Up Fleet Feet x BOCO trucker hat, a 2020 running calendar poster, and an exclusive $10 off Saucony footwear reward. Visit fleetfeet.com/winterdozen for more information and winter running tips.
Dauphin Island People's Parade is February 1. Several categories have been added in which awards will be given. Among them are the Best Band, Best Decorated Vehicle and Best in Show. The Marshall Award will be chosen on theme, overall character, decorations and enthusiasm. The parade is open to Foot Marchers, Truck Bands, Dance Troupes, Performance Groups, Recognized Equestrian Groups, Floats and Trailers, Boats on Trailers, Vehicles, Motorcycle Groups/Clubs and more. Applications are available on the Town website. For more information, contact City Hall.
Circle this Date on your calendar: Mobile Chocolate Festival to benefit Penelope House for victims of domestic violence is Saturday, February 27, 2020, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Abba Shrine, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile. This is a Family Fun event - $3 general admission, $2 for seniors 65 and older; Seniors 65 & above, Children 13 and under are free. Proceeds benefit Penelope House, whose mission is to provide safety, protection, and support to the victims of Domestic Violence and their children through the provision of shelter, advocacy, and individual and community education.