So many events are taking place in Mobile County the week of Monday, April 27 through Sunday, May 3, that perhaps it is best to just list them and tell a few facts about each. Some have been covered a little more thoroughly in earlier posts; some have not. In addition, there's a little "Good News" report at the end of the blog in which readers tell of the success of their events.
Tanner Williams School is turning 100 years old this year, and a big celebration is planned to coincide with the annual May Day event, Saturday, May 2.
There'll be a parade at 9 a.m., Tiny and Little Mr. and Miss Tanner Williams contests, an expanded car show to include classic and current autos and motorcycles, arts and crafts, fun and games. As usual, there'll be catfish dinners, homemade ice cream, a plant sale, a silent auction and a sweet shop.
And, since this is the centennial of the school, all former students are encouraged to attend the event, maybe see old classmates and enjoy looking at historical exhibits, old pictures and documents. No worries if it rains--activities will be moved across the street to the gym of Tanner Williams Elementary School, 13700 Tanner Williams Road.
For more information, to make a donation or to volunteer, contact Brandy Culver of the sponsoring Tanner Williams Civic and Historical Society at 377-6842.
St. Mary Catholic School Casino Night, entitled "An Evening in Paris!" will be Saturday, May 2, 6 p.m. at St. Mary School, 107 N. Lafayette Street in Mobile. For information on this 26th annual fundraiser to benefit the school, call 433-9904 or log onto www.stmarymobile.org.
"Serve it up with Love" Tenth Anniversary Charity Tennis Tournament, to benefit the Child Advocacy Center, is April 30-May 2. The entry deadline for women is April 28, for men, April 30, and for juniors, April 30. The event will be at Copeland-Cox Tennis Center. Call 251-709-9834 for more details.
The 66th Annual Blessing of the Fleet in Bayou La Batre is Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the grounds of St. Margaret Catholic Church, 13790 South Wintzell Avenue. The days will be filled with good food, a land and boat parade, arts and crafts, music--and, of course, the blessing of the fleet. Call 824-2415 for more information.
Mobile Botanical Gardens presents Gallery of Gardens 2015 is on Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Six gardens will be featured. Tickets can be ordered online at MobileBotanicalGardens.org. Call 342-0555 for information.
CASAMobile's "Cool Jazz in the Courtyard" at the Bike Shop in downtown Mobile is Thursday, April 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will benefit from the $40 per guest ticket sales, which can be purchased at www.CASAMobile.org or 251-574-5277.
On Thursday, April 30, 6:30-9:30 p.m., a Spring Concert to benefit L'Arche Mobile will be held at Azalea Manor. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; music by Ryan Balthrop and Mithril begins at 7 p.m. L'Arche Mobile, a Christian community where people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. For tickets or more information, call 438-2094.
The Greater Mobile Bay Choral Society of Government Street Presbyterian Church and Spring Hill College Chorale will present the last performance of their annual spring concert "Jazzy Sounds of Spring--from the Valley to the Hill" at St. Joseph Chapel, Spring Hill College campus, on Monday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. The concert is free. Contact Terry D. Maddox at 251-432-1749 or email@example.com for more information.
Mobile Country Music Association, 310 S. Craft Highway in Chickasaw, will host its 29th Annual Reunion on Saturday, May 2, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The event is billed as a fun-filled day of food, fellowship and music. There is no admission charge, but donations are gratefully accepted by this non-profit organization. For information, call Carolyn Cain, 455-6748 or Marshall Fillingim, 457-0762.
The Creola/Axis Ministerial Day in Creola Park is May 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This a day set aside by the Ministerial Association to give to those in need.
On Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Better Homes and Gardens will host Spring Fling, a family fun day to benefit Joe Jefferson Playhouse. The event will be at 6349 Piccadilly Square in the joined parking lot of BHG, 1st Federal Mortgage and Sportplex. Arts and crafts and other vendors' spaces are $30 each. Call 459-3333 for information.
At Bellingrath Gardens & Home, the Wiggle Waggle Dog Day Run/Walk to benefit Animal Rescue Foundation is Saturday, May 2. All runners and walkers who sign up for the race will receive free admission to the Gardens for the day, and their family members and friends will receive a 50% admission discount. For more information, visit www.bellingrath.org or call 251.973.2217.
The Mobile County Public School System's Environmental Studies Center Spring Open House is Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 6101 Girby Road. This is a free-admission event with free wildlife presentations, displays by environmental organizations and a chance to meet ESC's new education bald eagle, Leuco. Call 221-5000 for information.
2015 "Dunn" with Cancer Crawfish Boil is Saturday, May 2, 1 p.m.-'til at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Proceeds will benefit American Cancer Society and Cancer Action Network. Call 666-2488 for details.
"Sailing into Better Health," a free health fair, is planned by the Town of Dauphin Island in conjunction with Singing River Health System on Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m.-noon. The event will be held at Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo site and will offer a multitude of health screenings. In addition, healthy cooking demonstrations will be held and activities for children are scheduled.
Chunchula Home Demonstration Club is holding a yard sale Friday, May 1, 8 a.m. at Chunchula Baptist Church, corner of Roberts Road and U.S. Highway 45. Proceeds will benefit the historic Chunchula School. Call Rhnea McDonald, 442-3394 for information.
On Saturday, May 2, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m., St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1854 Staples Road is planning a Community Yard Sale. Space rental is $10. Call 479-0336 for details.
South Alabama Regional Planning Commission presents the 17th Annual Business Expo and Jobs Fair at Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall on April 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 652-0585 or visit www.sarpc.org.
Playhouse in the Park's "The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking" is May 1-17, with public performances on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Call 602-0630 for reservations. The theatre is at 4851 Museum Drive.
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" continues at Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 N. Lafayette Street on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations can be made in advance at http://wwwmobiletheatreguild.org/box.html or by calling 433-7513.
The 2015 Senior Lifestyle Expo is Wednesday, May 6, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Abba Shrine Center, 7701 Hitt Road. On the agenda are free health tests, a complimentary lunch, 100 local business vendors with information, games, prizes and much more.
Seniors at the Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center have a tour of the Oakleigh House Museum scheduled for Tuesday, May 5. Seating is limited, so sign up early at the Center front desk, 3201 Hillcrest Road.
Chickasaw seniors will attend a Spring Concert on the lawn of Murphy High School on Monday, May 4, 6 p.m. Make reservations at 452-6462.
At Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, members will have a Pot Luck Lunch at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 30, then "Talk with Terry" (Dixon, site director) at noon. For information on other events or membership at the Center, call 649-2010.
Parkway SAIL Center seniors are celebrating April birthdays on Tuesday, April 28. For a calendar of events at the Boykin Boulevard facility, call 471-2503.
In the Great News/Good Job! department, Kathy Toma of Fowl River Area Civic Association reports that this year's SpringFest and Pancake Breakfast, which also included a silent auction and bake sale, raised a total of $2,646. Proceeds will help maintain the historic Fowl River Community House, built by the WPA around 1938.
Arleen Walker of Turnerville Ladies Club, whose "Billy's N Bubba's Fabulous Fundraising Fish Fry" was held Friday, April 23 to benefit Turnerville Volunteer Fire Department, gave a very positive report on the fundraiser: It was, she said "Our best one yet ! We were so blessed to have perfect weather and a tremendous response from the community." The group sold 535 plates, including 181 delivery orders to business establishments. "The Ladies Club had lots of wonderful help from the TVFD, friends in the community, and family members. Everyone pitched in, worked hard and we accomplished our goal," Walker said.
Kathryn Carver of Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council said that the Last Friday Art Night at the gallery on April 23 was "a huge success!"
Carolyn Cain was recently re-elected president of the Saraland-Satsuma Community Education Council. The groups' purpose, since 1981, has been to award scholarships annually to graduating seniors.