Winter Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens & Home February 3, 10:30-11:30 a.m. features local author and historian John S. Sledge, whose presentation will be on his new book, "The Mobile River." After the lecture, Sledge will sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase in the Bellingrath Gift Shop. Call 251-973-2217 to register for the event.
The senior citizens at Grand Bay-St. Elmo Community Center, 11610 Highway 90 W., have a few special occasions coming up. On Wednesday, February 3, 10:30 a.m., the Back Porch Boys from Semmes will present a musical program, and on February 5, 10:30 a.m., the Alma Bryant High School drama students will perform. On Tuesday, February 9, the seniors are hosting a Pancake Brunch and Mardi Gras Bingo. Participants are asked to dress in their Mardi Gras outfits wiith lots of beads. "The ones with the most Mardi Gras spirit will be crowned king and queen," said site director Diana Ankney.
Mobile Arc will celebrate its 34th Annual Mobile Association of Reveling Cavaliers Parade at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 4 at the Gordon Smith Center. This year's theme is "Decades," and floats will be decorated to reflect eras such as the 1920s or 1770s. Mel Showers and Rose Ann Haven are returning as Grand Marshals, and Darwin Singleton is returning as the Reveling Cavalier. Parade participants will include Mobile Arc's Royalty Courts, Goodwill Easter Seals cheer squad and Kaleidoscope program, Mobile Police and Fire Departments, high school marching bands and many other service organizations.
On Thursday, February 4, the Government Street Forum presenter will be Fred Rendfrey, Director of Downtown Economic Development Alliance. His topic will be "Updates on projects and predictions for 2016." The $10 lunch will be at noon; the free forum begins at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call GSPC at 251-432-1749.
Mobile Country Music Association, 310 S. Craft Highway in Chickasaw, is presenting a Building Fund Benefit on Saturday, February 6, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. A covered dish lunch will be available for $5. For more on this day of music, call Carolyn Cain, 251-455-6748.
A Bridal Show is planned at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90 W. at noon on Saturday, February 6. Call Kelli Bratton, 251-644-2080 for more details.
"A Brush with Kindness" for Habitat for Humanity Southwest Alabama begins February 9. The event is sponsored by Airbus Americas Engineering. To volunteer or for more information, call Kayla Harris, 251-476-7171.
"Breakfast with the Babies" at St. Elmo Feed & Seed is Friday, February 5, 7:30 a.m. Some 600 chicks will be ready for sale; for information, call Tracy McCarter, 251-957-2177 or 251-633-7607.
"Moon Over Buffalo" opens February 12, 2016 at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street in Chickasaw. Show dates are February 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens (60+) and students $12 (cash and local checks.) Call 251-457-8887 or go to cctshows.com for reservations and to pay by credit card.
"Wings for Autism®" is coming to Mobile Regional Airport on Saturday, February 20 at approximately 5:30 p.m. This is one of the Arc’s newest national initiatives, and The Arc of Baldwin County, The Arc of Clarke County, Mobile Arc and the Autism Society of Alabama, in conjunction with American Airlines, are providing the program. This event is an airport “rehearsal” designed to alleviate some of the stress that families who have a member with autism spectrum disorders or other intellectual or developmental disabilities experience when traveling by air. Registration is required at www.thearc.org/wingsforautism. For more information, see an article previously posted on this blog.
Tillman's Corner Lions Club will meet at noon on Tuesday, February 2 at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road.
SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon is Wednesday, February 3, 11:30 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center. Guest speaker will be Margie Wilcox. Call 251-666-2488 for reservations.
Arts and Crafts show participants and other vendors--get ready for the Satsuma Swamp Fest on March 5 at the Satsuma High School campus and Semmes Azalea Festival, March 12, at Mary G. Montgomery High School.
Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center, 3102 Hillcrest Road, will be the site for a Mardi Gras Dance on February 5, 6-9 p.m. The cost of tickets is $6 each. Call 251-602-4963 for more information.
On Thursday, February 4, Semmes Mayor Judy Hale will lunch with seniors and share Semmes news. Semmes House of Pizza is providing the $5.50 per person lunch. Call 251-649-2010 to RSVP.
Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center will be open on Saturdays during February and March and on April 2 and 9 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The Woman's Club of Saraland meets the first Tuesday of each month (February 2) at noon at their clubhouse, 216 Highway 43. For information, call Kathy Gordon, 251-232-0756.
On Thursday, February 4, 5:30-7 p.m., the Woman's Club of Semmes is hosting a reception for the artists showing at the Semmesonian Art Space in Semmes Public Library, 9150 Moffett Road.
In the Good News/Great Job Department:
Travis Rayner, president of the Mobile Bay Area Backyard Chicken Club said that more than 100 chicken enthusiasts attended the Breed Showcase recently. Approximately 50 breeds were represented. He said that some dozen new families joined the club. The next meeting will be February 28, 3 p.m. at the Jon Archer Agricultural Center on Schillinger Road North.