Galas, Fun and Fundraisers, Cook-Offs, Special Events:
* From the Exploreum of the Gulf Coast, 65 Government Street, comes this message: Don't miss the breathtaking live performances by our visiting Mongolian artisans. Traditional dance, music, throat singing, and more taking place multiple times daily within the exhibit! To learn more about these topics and much, much more, make plans to visit the exhibit on its last stop in the U.S. Contact Nixon Noblitt for more information on groups at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* On April 15, 2-4 p.m.,the University of South Alabama's Physician Assistant Class of 2020 is hosting the 3rd Annual Craws for a Cause crawfish boil fundraiser at O'Daly's Irish Pub. All proceeds will benefit The Learning Tree, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education, residential, and support services for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. This is 21+. Each ticket is $20 and includes entry to the event, 3 lb. plate of crawfish, and two drink tickets. After April 12th, tickets will be $25 at the door. The event will also include a silent auction with items donated from local businesses. Visit crawsforacause2019.wixsite.com/home for more information and https://squareup.com/store/usa-pa-students to purchase tickets, order T-shirts, and donate.
* "Writing a Resume" workshop at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street, is Tuesday, April 16, 10-11:30 a.m. in the Armbrecht/Briskman Meeting Room Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. For more information, call 251-340-1458 or 251-340-1538 or email email@example.com.
* Taste of Mobile 2019, hy Taste of Mobile and ARHA - Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Association, is Thursday, April 18, 2019, 6-8 p.m. at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, 1 S Water St, Mobile. To sign up your restaurant as a vendor, visit http://bit.ly/tasteofmobilesignup. To purchase a table or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit https://www.arhaonline.com/tasteofmobiletickets.html.
Contact Ashley Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info about becoming a vendor or sponsorship. Visit https://www.arhaonline.com/taste-of-mobile.html for more info. Tickets are available.
* Parkway People One Meal Benefit Crawfish Boil is April 20, 1 p.m. at Elks Lodge 108, 2671 Dauphin Island Parkway. Cost is $25 for All You Can Eat and one tee-shirt. One Meal feeds downtown homeless and hungry a meal every Sunday at 4 p.m.
* On April 20, 2-5 p.m., AMF Skyline Lanes Mobile, 4120 Government Boulevard, is hosting "Strike Out Cancer" to benefit American Cancer Society. The tournament starts at 2 p.m., but bowlers are encouraged to come early to register. The event is fun and open to ALL ages. For information, Pam Banker at 251-344-9858.
* 10th Annual Crawfish in the Courtyard at Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government Street, is Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 6-8 p.m. Admission to Crawfish in the Courtyard information and online ticket sales are coming soon. A finite number of tickets will be sold to ensure sufficient feasting by attendees. Admission includes • All you can eat crawfish, • Adult beverages, • Live music, • Silent Auction & Raffle • FREE parking options include the lot across from Fort Conde on Royal Street, Water Street lot by Cooper Riverside Park, and very limited parking around Mardi Gras Park. *This is a 21 and older event.
* "ACF Night at the Hank," hosted by Alabama Coastal Foundation, is Thursday, April 25, 2019, 6:35-9 p.m. Those attending can enjoy a summer evening watching the Mobile BayBears vs the Mississippi Braves at the Hank Aaron Stadium. Tickets are $10 and available on ACF website on our donate page under "Events, Fees and Workshops" https://www.joinacf.org/donate. Tickets will be available for pick up at the gate The seats are in section 106, right behind home plate (Thursday nights have drink specials.) A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Alabama Coastal Foundation's efforts to improve and protect Alabama's coastal environment.
* Mark your Calendar and Make Your Plans: The Semmes Chamber of Commerce is hosting "The Heavenly Hog Throwdown" Friday, April 26, 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. at Loblolly Farm, 9930 Stone Road, Semmes. This event will be a BBQ Competition for competitors from around the State. In addition to BBQ plates and BBQ Tasting, the activities will include craft vendors, local bands, children's attractions, food vendors and other events. For more information, including sponsorships, vendor and competitor applications, call Donna Brooks, 251-660-4808.
* "Pink in the Park" is April 26, 6 p.m. at Hank Aaron Stadium. Tickets are $10; children younger than 4, free. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Mary Kay Founcation for Women's Cancer Research and Eliminating Domestic Violence. Fireworks Show after the game.
* The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Mobile County is Saturday, April 27, 2019, 2:30-9 p.m. at the University of South Alabama track. For more information or to register, go to relayforlife.org/mobilecountyal or call 251-344-9858.
* "Thunder on the Bay 2019" is Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, 9 a.m. at Fort Gaines Historic Site, 51 Bienvile Boulevard, Dauphin Island. The public is invited to celebrate the 155th anniversary of the battle. The Battle of Mobile Bay, sponsored by the 6th Alabama Cavalry and the Alabama Division of Reenactors will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. and then at 3:30 p.m., a surrender ceremony. On Sunday, 1 p.m., will be a judged "Take the Fort" tactical battle. (The battle times are subject to change. Rounding up warships to serve in Union fleet.)
* The public is invited to Ft. Gaines Historic Site, Dauphin Island April 27-28 to celebrate the upcoming 155th anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay, sponsored by the 6th Alabama Cavalry and the Alabama Division of Re-enactors. A mock Battle of Mobile Bay will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday with a Surrender Ceremony at 330 p.m. A Tactical will get underway at 1 p.m.on Sunday. Battle times are subject to change. For more information, call 251-861-6992. (Photo Battle of Mobile Bay, by Louis Prang at left foreground is the CSS Tennessee; at the right the USN Tecumseh is sinking)
* Taco Takedown, hosted by Mobile Arts Council, is Sunday, April 28, 2019, noon-3:30 p.m. at Mobile Arts Council, 318 Dauphin Street. Mobile. The Mobile Arts Council (MAC) is planning Mobile’s first-ever Taco Takedown –a day filled with tacos, tequila, talent and tons of fun. For the love of tacos and a good time, this new event will highlight local food vendors for their unique take on the versatile taco. Entertainment and live music will be provided. (Ticket prices coming soon.)
* Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation's "Cocktails with the Critters" is Thursday, Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6-9 p.m. at the Bluegill Restaurant, 3775 Battleship Parkway. This is the 14th Annual CWC fundraiser for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation. The event will include a silent auction, live music, hors d'oevres and beer and wine. Tickets available online at sealabfoundation.org
* The 70th Annual Blessing of the Fleet, St Margaret Parish - Bayou La Batre, 13790 S Wintzell Avenue, is May 4 and May 5. This fun-filled weekend will kick off on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 10 a.m. and will wrap up on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 4 p.m. Admission is free and the event will include Alabama Gulf seafood, traditional Vietnamese Cuisine, a Gumbo Cook-off (Saturday only), Arts & Crafts Show, Decorated Boat Contest, Boat Cruises, Bingo, activities for children and more. Vendor Booth Space and Sponsorship Opportunities are available; contact Ellen Turner, Parish Office at 251-824-2415 or visit the website at: www.fleetblessing.org for additional information.
* "Local Goodness," presented by USA Children's & Women's Hospital and USA Health Strada Patient Care Center, is Sunday, May 5, 2019, 4-7 p.m. at USA Children's & Women's Hospital, 1700 Center Street. Local Goodness, a unique farm-to-table event, pays tribute to local cuisine, art and music while raising awareness and support for our mission of providing the highest quality healthcare for the children and women in this region. Tickets are $150 at giving.usahealthsystem.com. For more info at www.usahealthsystem.com/events/local-goodness
* Crawfish for a Cause 2019 is Saturday, May 11, noon-3 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road North. This family friendly event offers fun for everyone and great food too! Ticket includes all you can eat crawfish and beverages for $30! Children aged 6-10 get in for $10 and those 5 and younger are admitted free. There will also be live music, children's activities and a silent auction. All proceeds raised from this event go directly to the University Hospital's Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center. Tickets are limited and presale only at Eventbrite; sales end May 8 at 6 p.m.
* The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation Trustees invite the public to the Alabama premiere of "Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy." The event is Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center Ballroom. General Admission Doors Open at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for reception to meet filmmaker Mimi deGruy and admission to movie is $50 (Limited to 100 participants.) The Reception is from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. General Admission Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Proceeds for the event will go to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation to sustain the Mike deGruy scholarship. For more information, call 251-307-5903 or visit the website at sealabfoundation.org. DISLF is a 501 (c)( 3) organization- EIN # 46-0502262
Events for Children/Teens/Families:
* At the Exploreum: Little Discoveries is a weekly programming series in the Wharf of Wonder for children six and under. These lessons will fuse science, technology, engineering and math, with creativity, art and reading. Each session will begin with a story reading that will serve as the launching pad for the day's hands-on activities. All supplies for projects are included with the price of admission or membership. For more information, contact Mr. Wayne McNeil at email@example.com or 251-208-6875.
* At the Exploreum: "Little Studio" is a new early childhood program at the Exploreum, and will explore the intersections between Art, Creativity, and Science. This biweekly program launches on Tuesday, March 12th at 3 p.m. All supplies for projects are included with the price of admission or membership. Dress appropriately for art making! Projects will include color study, painting, drawing, and science based art projects. For more information, contact Mr. Wayne McNeil at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-208-6875.
* There is a new program at Satsuma Public Library: Future Entrepreneurs--Helping teens build the future of their dreams through career exploration and skill development. The program is for teens in 7-12 grade; they will meet after school on Tuesday from 3-5 p.m. Students will work with library staff on upcoming projects and events, and will also have the opportunity to meet with special guests from various career fields who come and share their experience.
* School age children in Chickasaw are encouraged to enter the reading program and to compete in a Reading Contest at Chickasaw Library, 224 Grant Street. Contestants can enter in 3 age divisions in K5-12th grade. Winners must live in Chickasaw and will be given a season pool pass to Chickasaw Pool as reward for most books read. Call 251-452-6465 for details/registration.
* Glow: How to Be the Brightest Version of Yourself, a session aimed at teens 13 to 18 is Tuesday, April 16, 2-3 p.m. at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. Ayla Goodson is the founder/CEO of Gemini Studioz in Mobile, Al and Baton Rouge, LA. She is a mentor, public speaker, and life coach. She is currently a mentor to cheerleaders and provides cheer classes, camps and clinics to middle and high schools in the Mobile County Public School System. For more information, call 251-340-1458.
* Popcorn and movie night at Chickasaw Public Library is April 20. Children's movie stasrts at 3 p.m. and teen movie at 5:30 p.m.
* The 46th Annual Grand Bay Watermelon Festival Queens Pageant will be held on Saturday, May 18th, with practice on Friday, May 17th. There are now 6 age categories, from age 4 (by July 4th) through age 18. Watermelon Festival Queens not only represent the Grand Bay Watermelon Festival on July 3rd and 4th, but also represent Grand Bay at other local events throughout the year. This is a wonderful opportunity for these young ladies to learn to be ambassadors for Grand Bay. After they graduate high school, they can go on to compete for the Alabama Watermelon Queen, which can include scholarships for college. Applications and other information is at http://grandbaywatermelonfestival.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2019-Queens-Pageant-Application.pdf
* Grand Bay Watermelon Festival Pretty Baby Contest is Thursday, Julay 4, 8:45-10 a.m. at Grand Bay Watermelon Festival, Taylor F Harper Boulevard, Grand Bay. For an application, send a message for a downloadable application; or send an e-mail to: email@example.com. For information on attire, age divisions, photos, fee and other Pretty Baby Contest notes, see event site.
* Richards-DAR House Museum is Sunday, April 28, 2019, 2-5 p.m. at Richards-DAR House, 256 Joachim Street. The event is open to the public and all are welcomed. So put on your best hat and come learn “The Language of Flowers.” Admission is a $20 donation. For more information, call 251-208-7320.
* (Continuing) The Artful Garden Gallery & Gifts at Mobile Botanical Gardens regular weekday hours (W-F 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
* Keep Mobile Beautiful (KMB) and Mobile County Extension Office is offering an Azalea Pruning Course at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, 1906 Springhill Ave., on Tuesday, April 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or Wednesday, April 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Register before April 16 by calling the Extension Office at (251) 574-8445 or KMB at (251) 444-7144. KMB is asking course participants to make a $10 donation that can be made online using PayPal at keepmobilebeautiful.org.
* Support the Gulf Coast Herb Society and come to Herb Day on Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m.-noon at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive. Featured Guest Speaker will be Chef Cory Garrison, Executive Chef, Grand Hotel. Please Note: MBG is the host venue for this event. All registration/ticket sales must go through The Gulf Coast Herb Society.
* The Annual Dauphin Island Gumbo Festival, sponsored by Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce, is Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rodeo site. Tickets are $10 each; children aged 10 and younger enter free. Attendees can enjoy delicious gumbo, cooking demonstrations, music and other activities. Proceeds will fund an on-island cause. For more information, see the event Facebook page.
* Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m, is the 16th Annual Semmes Heritage Day at Semmes Heritage Park, 3851 Wulff Road. The day will be filled with family-friendly activities and events--City of Semmes Arbor Day Tree Giveaway, carriage rides, a Vintage Fashion Show, lunches at $5 a plate donation, and exhibits and demonstrations. Arts and Crafts Vendors are encouraged to participate. For information, call 251-604-6160.
* Tanner Williams May Day Festival is Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tanner Williams Community Park, 13001 Tanner Williams Road, Mobile. Those attending can enjoy a hotdog or burger beneath a shade tree, stroll through the sidewalk vendors, watch the craftworkers in action, cheer on their favorite pageant contestant, participant in the Pie Drop Bingo or dance along with the student counsel as they open with the celebratory May Pole Dance. For more information on being a vendor or participating in the pageant or baseball game, see the event FB page.
* The Inaugural Mobile River Food & Music Festival, hosted by Mobile River Food & Music Festival and A Servant's Love, Inc., is Sunday, May 5, 2019, 2-7 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park, Water Street. This event will highlight local restaurants and chefs, and include exciting musical performances from local artists. Featured performers include Roman Street, Yo Jonesy, SoFree (University of Mobile Ensemble) and The Jazz Studio (Program of the Mobile Big Band Society). Food vendors include Villa Del Rey, Chef Cecil Morris with Salvation Army, and more. Our “VIP Experience” will be hosted by Naman’s Catering. Tickets and other information is at event site.
* Creek Fest 2019 is Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tricentennial Park, 2121 Lake Drive, Mobile. The event will be a free, family-friendly celebration, including a Fun Run, a cane pole fishing tournament (16 and younger), music, kayak rides, door prizes and educational exhibits. Join the Boy Scouts of America, Mobile BayKeeper, Alabama Power Company, City of Mobile, Mobile County EMA, LifeSouth, Mobile ARC, MAWSS, The Mobile BayBears, Mobile County Sheriff Office and others in this celebration.
* Grand Bay Watermelon Festival is July 3, 3-7 p.m. and July 4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Grand Bay Watermelon Festival Park, Taylor F Harper Boulevard, Grand Bay. This is the 46th Annual Watermelon Festival, a family fun event with all the free, sliced, ice cold watermelon one can eat (but only on the 4th; tThe watermelon will be chilling on the 3rd) Free admission on the 3rd and just $5 per vehicle on the 4th. Information and applications, such as vendors, sponsors and Festival Queens, are at www.grandbaywatermelonfestival.org.
* "Pastel Painting with Sharon Martin" is scheduled for Thursdays, through May 16, 1-4 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Soft Pastels are pure pigment which create velvety, vibrant color. In this class, students will explore their versatility and experiment with a variety of supports in an array of colors from lightly textured paper to sanded paper. For more information, visit mobilemuseumofart. .
* Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council presents "Creative Monday with Barbara Teare" on Monday, April 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Dauphin Island Art Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. Students will paint their own beach bag. Cost of the class is $35 per person including materials (templates available.) Level of the class is beginner and up. Register at Dauphin Island Gallery. For credit card payment, call 251/861-3300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is very limited; no refunds will be issued.
* Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, is offering "Unguided Studio Time: Figure Drawing" on Thursdays, April 25-May 23, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students can enjoy unguided studio time to create artwork in their choice of medium from a live model. Each week will feature a different model for a fresh and inspiring experience each session. Bring your favorite supplies and get ready to create in this relaxing communal environment.
Arts & Crafts (including quilting and sewing):
* The Azalea City Quilters’ Guild presents Festival of Quilts 2019: “Fantasy of Quilts” at Abba Shrine Center May 3 and 4. For information, see azaleacityquiltersguild.org.
* On the first Tuesday of each month (May 7), Humana Insurance on Airport Boulevard near I-65 and O'Charley's, is hosting a quilting time, 9 a.m.-noon, to encourage their employees and community members to get involved in service projects, particularly Quilts of Valor. Contact Joyce Reed at Lsubookwrm@hotmail.com for more info. or for other sewing dates for charity quilts in our community.
* The 17th Annual St. Francis Episcopal Church Arts and Crafts Festival, with more than 50 artists, is Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 401 Key Street, Dauphin Island. Proceeds from the event help the church support local charities, such as Feed the Need, Wilmer Hall, Penelope House, SOMI, Victory Health Partners and Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy in Mobile. Arts and crafts vendors: For more details on participation, call Cissy Napper, 318-548-4376. There is a $50 non refundable fee for a 12x12 space--all outside.
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* Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m, is the 16th Annual Semmes Heritage Day at Semmes Heritage Park, 3851 Wulff Road. The day will be filled with family-friendly activities and events--City of Semmes Arbor Day Tree Giveaway, carriage rides, a Vintage Fashion Show, lunches at $5 a plate donation, and exhibits and demonstrations. Arts and Crafts Vendors are encouraged to participate. For information, call 251-604-6160.
* Matinee @ the Main at Ben May Main Library on April 16, 1 p.m. features "Fantastic Beasts II: The Crimes of Grindlewald," the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™. At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
* Sean Connery 007 Film Festival at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library features "Diamonds are Forever" on April 16, 5:30 p.m. The film runs 114 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-494-4132 or email email@example.com.
* Annie Kids public showing, hosted by Sunny Side Theater & Drama Camp Productions, is Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 10 a.m. at Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 N Lafayette Street. The public is invited to "Come see our awesome homeschoolers perform one public show. The classic story of Annie and her adventures in NYC. $5 per person.
* DUMBO is is playing at the Crescent until Thursday, April 18th Check event site for showtimes.
* The "Notable Thursday Night" movie at Ben May Main Library on April 18, 5 p.m. is "Vice," in which Christian Bale in his Oscar-nominated role as Dick Cheney in this epic tale of how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world. The film runs 132 minutes and is rated R. For more information, call 251-340-1458.
* On April 19, 4 p.m., "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" is showing at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. For more information, call 251-494-4132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* "Fully Committed," presented by CCT's Theatre Explorer Post 149, is scheduled for Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20, both nights at 7:30. Performances are at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street.
* A new documentary that puts the spotlight on medical mistakes with the aim of improving patient safety will be shown to the public April 24-25 at University of Mobile. “To Err is Human” tells the story of the Sheridan family and the medical errors that impacted them. The film includes interviews with three dozen healthcare leaders on patient safety issues, interspersed with the Sheridan’s personal story of medical mistakes that led to a son developing cerebral palsy and a father losing his battle with cancer. Screenings will be held in Ram Hall on the University of Mobile campus, 5735 College Pkwy, Mobile, AL 36613. Admission is free. Tours of the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Practice will begin in Weaver Hall. Register to attend at umobile.edu/documentary. For information, contact the UM College of Health Professions at 251.442.2253.
* Playhouse-in-the-Park, 4851 Museum Drive, presents "Tom Sawyer" May 3-May 19, 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Reservations can be made at 251-602-0630 or online at playhouseinthepark.org/box-office.
Book Clubs/book signings/recitations/writings:
* The Reader's Choice Book Club meets at West Regional Library on Tuesday, April 16, 1 p.m. to discuss "Calypso" by David Sedaris. For more information, call 251-208-7097.
* Bayside Book Club meets April 18, 6 p.m. at Parkway Branch Library to discuss "I Heard the Owl Call My Name" by Margaret Craven. A summary of the story:: A young priest with a short time to live is sent to a parish of Kwakiutl Indians, where he learns not to fear death. For more information, please call Betty Fowler at 251-476-2600 or 251-494-2298.
* "Writing Your World and the World Around You"--WIN - Writers In Nature Series--is a 6-week class taught by Poet Laureate of Alabama (2003 - 2012), Sue B. Walker on Wednesdays, April 17 - May 22, 10 a.m.-noon. This writing class will focus on "expanding your writing – whether that be the book you are writing or what you are writing for the week. We will look at a few new possibilities – writing a brief essay, writing a fable, writing a fairy tale. What do you imagine Little Red Riding Hood is up to these days? And of course possibilities related to poetry – The Found Poem. There might be one at the grocery store, at the dentist’s office, at the post office or in your own back yard. And other surprises that will tickle your muse." Call 251-342-0555 to register or for more information.
* Marx Library University of South Alabama presents a free concert with artist and singer/songwriter Abe Partridge on Thursday, April 25, 2019, 4-7 p.m at Marx Library, 5901 USA Drive North.
* The Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile will present its annual “Spring Spectacular” on April 28, 7 p.m. at Redemption Church, 1251 Industrial Parkway, Saraland, Alabama, 36571. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at itickets.com/universityofmobile or at the door.Spring Spectacular is a showcase featuring UM’s 22 performing ensembles, including Voices of Mobile, RamCorps, Ignite Worship, Sofree and many more. The high-energy program will include every type of music that the many different ensembles at UM perform. During the night, ASOTA will also highlight graduating seniors. For more information about University of Mobile’s Alabama School of the Arts events, call 251.442.2383, email Shadoe Valentin at svalentin@umobile or visit umobile.edu.
* Mobile Opera's Grand Soiree is Sunday, April 28 at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear. A reception is at 5:30 p.m. and dinner, music and auction begin at 6 p.m. RSVP and include dinner selection--steak or fish--by April 19. Phone is 251-432-6772.
* University of Mobile’s RamCorps will perform Michael W. Smith’s “Picture Perfect/Love One Another” for the upcoming show “Celebrating the Music of Michael W. Smith: 35 Years of Friends” on April 30. For more information, visit umobile.edu/asota or call 251.442.2222.
Chambers of Commerce:
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce "Coffee With the Chamber" is April 16, 7:30 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. RSVP 251-666-2488.
* Chickasaw Chamber of Commerce April Luncheon is Thursday, April 18, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street. Members and guests are invited to take advantage of the networking and learning opportunity. There is no cost to attend.
* Semmes Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a new fundraiser this year. On Friday, April 26, 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, 9 a.,m., a "Heavenly Hog Throwdown." . There'll be music, vendors, food and, of course, barbecue. For information or for vendor or barbecue application, call Donna Brooks, 251-660-4808.
Runs, Walks, biking, cycling events and paddles:
* SUPERHERO HUSTLE is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 6 a.m.-noon. The event benefits the Caryn's Kids 2027 Scholorship Fund created in memory of Caryn Hyatt-Suthoff, a first-year kindergarten teacher at Dodge Elementary School For sponsorship and donation information, go to https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LH5-zrSk6T75KGDp4vs4hBkMqeyDEvwI/view?usp=sharing
* Bellingrath Gardens' 2019 Wiggle Waggle 5th Annual 5K and Fun Run is Saturday, April 27, 8-11 a.m. at the Gardens, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore. The event is presented by Pet Supplies PLUS. Guests are invited to participate in one of two races: A certified 5K run for humans only starting at 8 a.m. or a 1 mile fun run / walk for dog owners and their pups, which will begin at 9 a.m. Both races will benefit the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF.) This 5K charity run is also back on the Corporate Cup circuit. The Rescue Run is part of the Gulf Coast Corporate Cup Challenge. To register for either race, go to presented by Pet Supplies PLUS at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rescue-run-5k-and-wiggle-waggle-walkrun-registration-56400766210?aff=ebdssbdestsearch. For information on Bellingrath Gardens & Home, see www.bellingrath.org or phone 251-973-2217.
* The 6th Annual Chickasha Bogue Paddle, presented by the City of Chickasaw Parks and Recreation, is Saturday April 27 at William (Bill) Brooks Park, 559 North Craft Highway, Chickasaw. Registration and check-in will take place at the Sam Rawls Gazebo at 8 a.m.; the Paddle begins at 9 a.m. Rain date for the event is Sunday, April 28, 2 p.m. Registration fee is $35 per paddler. For additional details, see the City of Chickasaw Facebook call Kathy Couey at 251-452-6467 or Registration Form or Online: Eventzilla Registration. All proceeds go towards the Chickasaw Historical Society and Chickasaw City Schools. For any other information, contact Kathy Couey at 251-452-6467 or email@example.com.
* 5th Annual Blisters for Sisters 5K and Fun Run, presented by Little Sisters of the Poor Lawn Party, is Saturday, April 27, 2019, 8-11 a.m. at 1655 McGill Avenue. The proceeds from this family event for veteran and first-go to help the elderly at Little Sisters live quality lives in their later years! To register, go to http://productionsbylittleredhen.com/raceinfo_s.asp?raceid=bfs19
* The 9th Annual Great Drift Paddle is Saturday, April 20, 1-3 p.m. at Halls Mill Landing, Schwarz Park, 3701 Riviere Du Chien Road. Rain date is April 27. There's no cost to participate; however, donations are welcome. For more information, go to www.DogRiver.org.
* The 3rd Annual Dauphin Island Bicycle Poker Run, hosted by Share The Beach - Dauphin Island and Alabama Coastal Foundation, is Saturday, Saturday, April 27, 2019, noon-4:30 p.m. at Dauphin Island. This year's event promises to be more fun than the last one. There'll be some new venues, new ways to get your cards, and a fun surprise to win raffle tickets at the last stop. Each stop will have food and drink specials, with a live band at the last stop. This is a family event, and children are encouraged to attend. The event is to raise money and awareness for Share The Beach.
* "Art & Paddle Peninsula Style," a day of music, poetry, children's events and a kayaking experience is planned by The Peninsula of Mobile, Saturday, April 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at McNally Park, 4380 Park Road, Mobile. Proceeds will benefit implementation of the community’s Master Plan for redevelopment of Mobile’s only coastal community. View the plan by visiting https://thepeninsulaofmobile.org/our-projects/corridor-master-plan-2/
* "Rose For The Roses...For Our Veterans," hosted by Christina Gibson--Thrivent Financial, is Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6-10 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street. Tickets are at rw-beta.atomtickets.com. All proceeds from this fundraising event will go toward the refurbishing of the old school located at 1200 Spring Hill Rd. The Veterans Recovery Resources organization (501C3) is in the process of rehabbing that facility. They will be turning it into a residential-rehabilitation location for our veterans. They already have an active out-outpatient facility next door. Call or email FR Christina Gibson with any questions. Phone: 251-259-5009, Email: Christina.Gibson@Thrivent.com.
* On Friday, May 3, 2019, 5-8 p.m., Alma Bryant High School in Irvington will celebrate 20 years (1999-2019) during the 2019 Walk for Hope on Bryant High School Football Field. All graduating classes, 1999-2018 are invited to return and reunite with former classmates and teachers. Each class will have a specific tent and designated area and we hope to have every class represented
* The public is invited to Delta Dogs' 2nd Annual Mobile Hobby Horse Derby, Sunday, May 5, 2019, 1-6 p.m. at Cathedral Square,300 Conti Street. This event is a fun competition for the whole family. Hop on your hobby horse, dress in your best race day costume, and compete to be top "dog" in Mobile. Early registration tickets will be live through April 24 at 11:59 p.m. They are $20 and can be obtained through Eventbrite. Proceeds will benefit Delta Dogs, a non-profit, community-supported organization that helps provide free spay and neuter and veterinary healthcare to the pets of people living below the poverty line in the Mobile, Alabama.
* The Butt Out!! Colon Cancer Ride is Saturday, May 11, 2019, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mobile Bay Harley-Davidson, 3260 Pleasant Valley Road, Mobile. This is a benefit ride for Jennifer Rogers and colon cancer awareness. Registration will start at 11 a.m. at Mobile Bay Harley. A police escorted ride to Bob's Downtown Diner will leave at 12:30 p.m..
* Port City Pacers's "Do it in the Bush 5K" is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. at Medal of Honor/Cottage Hill Park. The 5K Cross-Country course is on the trails of Medal of Honor Park. The course has tree roots, rocks, and mud (depending on the weather) - nature's obstacle course. The event benefits Port City Pacer Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit Port City Pacers website.
* "MAMGA: Marching through the Years" Exhibit at History Museum of Mobile will be on display through April 20, 2019.
* "Mardi Gras Parading Through Time" at History Museum of Mobile will be on display through April 20, 2019.
* The public is invited to "Roll through four centuries of Mardi Gras" history at the History Museum of Mobile and discover the origins of Mobile's Carnival traditions, mystic societies and more.
* Genghis Khan: The Great Civilizer is on exhibit at the Gulf Coast Exploreum through April 28th. The Exploreum invites visitors to take a journey back in time with one of history's most prolific and controversial figures: Genghis Khan. Through artifacts, performers, artwork, and other historically significant items, discover the eye-opening story of the world's most well-known conqueror, civilizer and innovator. Exhibit Highlights: Live Mongolian performers and artisans; more than 300 artifacts from 13th century Mongolia; rare and sophisticated weapons, jewels, and ornaments; authentic costumes and masks.
Auto Shows and Events:
* "MoparFest at the Battleship," hosted by Gear Jammers Car Club, is Saturday, April 27, 2019, 8 a.m.-noon at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile.
* Save the Date: Fowl River Area Civic Association Springfest/Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, April 27, 8-11 a.m. at the Community House, 5401 Fowl River Road. The event includes a Silent Auction and Bake Sale.
* Members of Connie Hudson Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road can share "Coffee with the Director" in the Center Lobby Area, April 18, 2 p.m. Bring comments, suggestions and gratitudes.
* On Thursday, April 18,11 a.m.-1 p.m., Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, will host an AARP Driver Safety CarFit Event. Call 251-208-6701 to make an appointment.
* Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, is having a Yard Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, April 27, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. For information, call 251-649-2010.
Easter events (see Seniors for Easter events specifically for them):
* On April 18, 4-5 p.m., children aged 5 and older can go to Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library for Craft Day with Mr. Butch and make Paper Mache Easter Eggs. Groups must register. For more information or to register, call 251-494-4132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1854 Staples Road, have "Those wonderfully delicious candy eggs," made from scratch and personalized, on sale for a good cause. Call 251-479-0336 to place an order (leace name and phone number); pick up is April 16-18, 2019. All proceeds benefit the community ministries of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.
* "Easter Eggstravaganza," hosted by Saraland United Methodist Church, 415 McKeough Avenue, Saraland is Saturday, April 20, 2019, 9-11 a.m. Don't miss out on Easter Eggstravaganza 2019! There'll be breakfast with the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo, crafts, egg hunts and more! Bring your baskets and join the fun!
* A Community Egg Hunt, hosted by Fountain of Life, is Saturday, April 20, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon at Amelia Park, 716 Mae Street, Saraland. This year, there will be 5 fields to separate ages. One of the fields will be designated for special needs participants.
* Chickasaw Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. on the Walking Trail behind the post office.
* Dauphin Island Community Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 20 at Cadillac Square.
* "Easter in the Square," a day of free family fun hosted by Downtown Mobile Alliance, is Saturday, April 20, 2019, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Bienville Square, 150 Dauphin Street. There will be Face Painting, Kids Karaoke, and Easter Egg Hunt (for children 8 and younger; starts promptly at noon.) Prizes will be awarded for Best Costumed Pet and Best Decorated Stroller or Wagon.
* EGGStravaganza! Family fun from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on April 30th at Ben May Main Library. Children are invited to join the search for the “prize” egg, create an art project and meet the Easter Bunny. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 251-340-1507 or email email@example.com.
Easter Sunrise Services:
* Community Easter Sunrise Service hosted by Fort Gaines Historic Site and Dauphin Island Baptist Church is Sunday, April 21, 2019, 6:30-7:30 a.m. The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. on the Great Lawn within the walls of Fort Gaines and it is open to everyone in the community. Free admission will be given to guests from 6 to 7 a.m. on Easter Sunday. Those who will be attending are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blanket
* Easter Sunrise Service at Bellingrath Gardens and Home is Sunday, April 21, 2019, 6:30-8:30 a.m. at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore. Complimentary admission will be given to guests from 6 to 8 a.m. on Easter Sunday. A limited number of chairs will be set up and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the Magnolia Café. After the service, a hot breakfast will be available for purchase in the Magnolia Café from 7:30 to 9 a.m.
* The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa's Easter Brunch Buffet in the Crystal Ballroom is Sunday, April 21, 2019, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, 26 N Royal St, Mobile. Reservations are required, call 251.338.5441.
* Easter Brunch at Dauphin's, RSA Trustmark Building, 107 St Francis St #3400, Mobile is Sunday, April 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Chef Zucker will be serving brunch favorites, such as Alabama Gulf Shrimp & Grits, Bananas Foster French Toast, Chicken & Waffles and mo. For a full menu, visit godauphins.com/brunch. Reservations are not required but highly recommended and can be made through OpenTable (opentable.com/r/dauphins-mobile), by phone at 251-444-0200, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camps (Spring Break/Summer):
* Spring Break Art Camp at Mobile Museum of Art is Monday, April 15 - Friday, April 19, 2019. This week-long Spring Break camp for students ages 4 - 13 offers half-day options or full days, with arts and crafts instruction in the morning sessions, and fine art instruction in the afternoon. For more information, visit mobilemuseumofart.
* "Spring Fling for Families--Something for Everyone"--Bring the family to the West Regional Library for a fun-filled week (April 15-18) of all kinds of activities, including movies, stories, games and a Teen Puzzle contest. For more information or a complete schedule of events, call 251-580-6144 or email email@example.com.
* .On April 17, 10 a.m.-noon, West Regional Library hosts Spring Break Hangout for all ages. There'll be video games, board games, snacks and more. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The Playhouse-in-the-Park Summer Theatre Crafts Camp is an excellent introductory experience for girls and boys ages 5-11. Offered at the theatre in Langan Park, the camp sessions include a full range of Theatre Arts. Three teachers will cover acting, musical theatre, scene and costume design, dance and puppetry. CAMP DATES ARE JUNE 3 AND JUNE 10, 2019, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-to noon. The cost for each WEEKLY session is $150, or students may choose BOTH SESSIONS for $270. There are also discounts for multiple siblings. TO REGISTER, send a $25 down payment check payable to Playhouse-in-the-Park, include child’s name, age, the week or weeks desired, and mail to Playhouse-in-the-Park Summer Theater Craft Camp at P.O. Box 8145, Mobile, Alabama 36689. For more information call Danny Mollise at 251-422-5434 or find us on Facebook
* Among the accomplishments and programs of Family Promise of Coastal Alabama is the revitalization of the city's most depressed communities, which the effort paid off in a recently completed home. effort to revitalize the city's depressed communities. In a recent FPCA newsletter, Director Diane Jackson McCaskey named one of those activities under the title: "Affordable Housing Program Grows." Donations are accepted to provide a family with the basics of life. FPCA address is 1260 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 36604; contact is email email@example.com)
* The 5th Annual Downtown Cajun Cook-Off to benefit the Child Advocacy Center was March 23rd, and according to Elaine Henderson, Director of Office of Communications and Development for CAC, it was "the best ever," with net proceeds of $82,000. Henderson sends a big "Thank You" to Presenting Sponsor Cunningham Bounds, LLC. This was the first year Conecuh Sausage had a cooking team, and they placed 3rd in the competition. 1st place went to The Garage and 2nd to BeBo's Market.