* August 13, 1:30 p.m. the Tuesday Matinee at Ben May Main Library is "John Wick." Retired hit man John Wick returns to the fray to punish the NYC gangsters who destroyed his life. For more information, call 251-340-1458.
* The "Movie Tuesday" at Parkway Branch Library August 13, 3:15 p.m. is "Tomb Raider." The film runs 122 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-494-4454.
* Notable Thursday Nights at Ben May Main Library at 5:30 p.m. August 15 features "The Public" in which a Cincinnati librarian helps a group of homeless people take refuge at the free public library in order to survive a brutal winter night. The film runs 122 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-340-1458.
* Auditions for the chorus of Mobile Opera will be held on Monday, August 19, 6:30 p.m. at the Larkins Music Center, 257 Dauphin St. The auditions are for NEW singers interested in adding their name to the Mobile Opera Chorus roster. Anyone wishing to audition should prepare an operatic aria or other musical selection appropriate to an opera setting. Please bring a copy of your audition piece for the provided accompanist. Audition times must be scheduled prior to the audition date. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Stacey Driskell with Mobile Opera via email email@example.com
* Auditions for "Frankenstein" and "A Christmas Carol" will be held at Mobile's Playhouse-in-the-Park on Monday and Wednesday, August 19 and 21 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. “FRANKENSTEIN” auditions are open to ages 13 through mid-twenties; ALL PERFORMANCES WILL BE HELD AT THE PLAYHOUSE. “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” auditions are open to ages 6 through mid-twenties. All performances of “A Christmas Carol” WILL BE HELD AT MOBILE'S SAENGER THEATRE ON DECEMBER 3 & 4, 2019. This includes School Day shows and one evening performance on December 4. Danny Mollise, Managing Director - 251-422-5434. Website: www.playhouseinthepark.org.
* Joe Jefferson Playhouse is holdinng auditions for "An Evening of The Carol Burnett Show" on August 19 and August 20. 6 p.m. at the theater, 11 S. Carlen Street. These are the same nights as Macbeth auditions). Auditioners should prepare a comedic monologues to perform for auditions. This show is being directed by Tania Radoslovich (Show dates will be announced soon.)
* On August 21, 5:30 p.m., Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library presents "Live and Let Die," which marks Roger Moore's debut as James Bond; the film takes him in pursuit of a voodoo-worshipping underworld drug czar who leads him from Harlem to New Orleans to the exotic Caribbean. The film runs 121 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, Call 251-494-4132.
* Playhouse in the Park acting, dance and voice classes are now registering. Beginners acting (ages 6 to 11) will be Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m., musical theatre for middle school students will be Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. and advanced acting for ages 13 to 19 will be Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. Classes begin the week of August 26. For registration information, call 251-422-5434.
* The PACT Theatre Company, 3995 Cottage Hill Road is holding auditions for A Christmas Story: The Musical on September 10 and 12 at 6 p.m. The play is directed and choreographed by Jacob Rowe; musical direction will be by Christie Breland. Rehearsals will begin at the end of September. Performances will be at The Steeple on St. Francis on December 4-6, 2019. No preparation is needed whatsoever for auditions. Those trying out will be taught a song from the show on the night of auditions and will perform that song in small groups or solo for the production staff. You do NOT need to prepare a song for auditions. Register for auditions online at www.thepactmobile.com/a-christmas-story. for details concerning the audition, see event website; for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
* Save the Date! Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure.will play, live on stage, at the Mobile Civic Center on Tuesday, September 24, 6 p.m. and Wednesday, September 25, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information or to join the Tail Mail mailing list for pre-sale and other exclusive offers, visit www.pawpatrollive.com. Follow PAW Patrol Live! on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @pawpatrollive, and the hashtag #pawpatrollive.
* On Wednesday, November 20, 6 p.m., "The Elf on The Shelf: A Christmas Musical" is coming to the Saenger Theatre, 6 Joachim Street, downtown Mobile. Tickets are on sale now and prices range from $29.95-$59.95 (additional fees may apply.) They can be purchased at on line, at the Saenger Theatre or at Mobile Civic Center Box Offices. Additional Ticket information: purchase tickets in person at the Saenger Theatre Box Office (open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and located at 6 South Joachim Street) or the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located at 401 Civic Center Drive). For information regarding accessible seating tickets, call 251.208.7381. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice.
*** Chambers of Commerce:
* Coffee with the Chamber, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, is Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Sophiella Gallery, 111 Dauphin Street, Mobile. Start your day with the Chamber and network with other business attendees.
* Semmes Chamber of Commerce meets Wednesday, August 14, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at Pathway Church on Moffett Road..
* The Annual Joint Chamber Luncheon, hosted by Chickasaw Chamber of Commerce, is Thursday, August 15, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Chickasaw Elementary School Auditorium, 80 Grant Street, Chickasaw. Tickets are $10 per person and RSVP by August 12th is requested.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce "Coffee with the Chamber" is Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Enjoy a complimentary cup of hot coffee and refreshment compliments of NAI Mobile. Bring your business cards and network with other businesses and organizations. FREE to attend.''
* Coffee with the Chamber: Semmes Chamber of Commerce members: It's that time again to get back together and network. Don't miss this FREE opportunity to grow your business--Wednesday, August 21, 7:30 a.m. at Semmes Chamber and Welcome Center, 8740 Moffett Road.
* Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Small Business Awards Breakfast is Thursday, August 22, 2019, 8-9:30 a.m. at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, 1 S Water Street. This breakfast kicks off the annual Business Expo, where the Small Business of the Year finalists will be recognized and the winner revealed. The awards will also honor the Chamber’s Outstanding Entrepreneur. The cost is $30 for Chamber members and $35 for potential members and includes breakfast. Tickets are at events.mobilechamber.com.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is Tuesday, September 24, 3-6 p.m. at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Blvd, Mobile. The Expo is a great opportunity for business owners to network and create brand awareness. Space is limited; reserve your booth today. Visit website www.swmcchamber.com for booth application or email email@example.com.
* It's Early, BUT go ahead and mark your calendar and create your crafts: Saraland Chamber of Commerce 3rd Annual Mistletoe Market is December 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call the Chamber, 251-675-4444. For more community news, see blog joannemcknight.com.
*** Events for Children/Teens/Families:
* Mad Scientist Club meets for Family Fun on August 13, 4 p.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. These Kid Friendly activity lets children experiment and discover the outcome and results of the scientific methods used. For more information, call 251-494-4132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Teens, you can Express Yourself on August 14, 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Teen Art Scene @ the West Regional Library. Supplies and snacks will be provided. For more information, call 251-340-8555 or email email@example.com.
* Back-to-Ballet Bash! at Mobile Ballet Studio, 4351 Downtowner Loop N, Wednesday, August 14, 5-7 p.m. Fun end-of-summer treat features Music DJ, Hotdoggery Food Truck, NEW logowear merchandise and Uniform selections from The Dance Shop. Door prizes include one month tuition, tickets to Giselle and more. Meet the teachers and register for classes. Admission is free; food and additional items available for purchase.
* Children aged 8 and older can Learn to Knit with Ms. Wilhelmina Davis at Toulminville Branch Library on August 14, 2-4 p.m. Participants need to bring their own supplies; size 10, 10” long needles and a 7 oz. skein of regular, worsted weight yarn is recommended. Registration is encouraged but not required. Call 251-580-7144.
* Family Fun! Something Special for Saturday is at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library at 10:30 a.m. August 17th. Children aged 5 and older can learn to make Edible Pudding Slime. For more information, call 251-494-4132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* On August 20, 4-5 p.m., Tinker Tuesday lets children Design and Create a Dreamcatcher at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Space and supplies are limited. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-494-4140 or email email@example.com.
* Teens, you can Express Yourself on August 22, 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Teen Art Scene @ the West Regional Library. Supplies and snacks will be provided. For more information, call 251-340-8555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*** Galas, Fun, Fundraisers, workshops other events:
* During the month of August, those visiting Bellingrath Gardens can use the August Admissions Discount on Gardens-and-Home tickets. August is also Portrait Season in Bellingrath Gardens: The fee for professional photography is discounted by 50%. It's a great time for senior portraits. To schedule a photography session, call ahead--251-459-8986.
* United Way of Southwest Alabama 2019 Annual Meeting, featuring Keynote Speaker Pulitzer Prize Winner Fox Butterfield, is August 15, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m at Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza. For tickets, go to https://uwswa-annualmeeting.eventbrite.com.
* Bienville Bites Food Tour on Thursday, August 15 at 5 p.m. and Thursday, August 22, 5 p.m. will be Food Tour of Downtown Mobile - Old Mobile Evening. "Tourists" can eat and learn their way through Downtown Mobile. Each of the stops is a different, unique dining experience. Receive VIP service with immediate seating. Along the way, guests will walk through the centuries of food history in Mobile, highlight four dishes contributed to our pallets by Mobilians and hear how food has shaped our culture and way of life on the Gulf Coast. Dining locations include Dauphin's, The Cheese Cottage, O Daly's, Hole in the Wall, Five and Moe's Original Bar B Que. Tickets are at bienvillebitesfoodtour.com
* On Friday, August 16, 8-10:30 a.m., the Community Foundation of South Alabama is hosting a Women's Forum 2019, "Women who Rock It," at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza in downtown Mobile. Keynote Speaker will be Kay Hire. She is a Mobile native and Murphy High School graduate and more. Register at https://communityfoundationsa.eventsmart.com/…/womens-foru…/ Tickets communityfoundationsa.eventsmart.com
* Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center's 22nd Annual Cool White Linen Night is Tuesday, August 20th, 6:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Mobile. This year, funds raised will support Via's "Raise the Roof!" Campaign. Portions of the Via Center's roof - constructed in 1956 - need repair. Tickets: $100 pp/$60 for Via Center Members. Reserved tables and sponsorships are available. This is an event that provides an excellent opportunity for companies and organizations to socialize and network with many of the business and community leaders of Mobile.
* The Bubble Bonanza at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government Street is Saturday, August 17, 2019, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tiny bubbles. Giant bubbles. Square bubbles? Come see the sudsiest spectacle of the summer at the Exploreum Science Center’s Bubble Bonanza. Guests can craft their own bubble solution and wand, explore glow in the dark bubbles, yarn bubbles, snake bubbles, bubble art, bubbles inside bubbles and much, much more as they learn math and science with bubbles. Don’t miss the most poppin’ event of the summer. Water activities and rinse stations will be available, come in swim wear. Included with general admission, FREE for Exploreum members (IMAX extra).
* The Second Dirty Dozen Draw Down & Cornhole Tournament will be at Serdas Brewing Co, 600 Government Street, Saturday, August 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cornhole registration $25 per team. Ticket admits TWO adults (21 and older) into the event and is good for ONE chance to win $5,000. Proceeds go directly to support McT Volleyball.(McGill-Toolen,) Other details: FOR AN ADDITIONAL $25 INSURANCE IS AVAILABLE; Need not be present to win the draw down; Maximum of 300 tickets will be sold. First Place team in Cornhole Tournament wins $500.00
* Vintage Market Days of Mobile Area--Fall 2019 Event is August 16 at 10 a.m.– August 18 at 4 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Rd N, Mobile. Tickets are at vintagemarketdays.com. There will be vintage, antiques, furniture, home decor, handmade jewelry, consumable yummies, architectural salvage, clothing, food trucks and live music!
* Bayou Clinic is hosting a FREE Mental Health First Aid trainings this summer at the Red Cross in Mobile on AUGUST 22. The program includes a component for military members, veterans, and their families. 7 CEUs/CMEs will be offered. The training is open to ANYONE who is interested - no prior training or military connection is required. More information and registration: www.bayouclinic.eventbrite.com
* NEST Quarterly Breakfast is Thursday, August 22, 2019, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Original Oyster House, 3733 Battleship Parkway/HWY 90. The community is invited to attend and learn more about the NEST mentoring program for at-risk youth and families and how you can build a team of mentors to make a difference! RSVP to the NEST office at (251) 604-3131 or email@example.com. Learn more at www.nestofmobile.org.
* United Way Night at Hank Aaron Stadium is Thursday, August 22, 2019, 7:05-10:05 p.m. The Mobile Baybears are offering a special ticket for $10 per person that gives you admission to the game with seats on the Club Level, a hotdog, chips, and a drink. $5 of each ticket sold with the promo code UNITED will be donated to United Way. Tickets are at www.milb.com.
* On Friday, August 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Dance Without Limits and Moe's Original Bar B Que will host "Cool Club Cookout - a Benefit for DWL." Moe's is at 701 Spring Hill Avenue. The General Admission $30 tickets are by Eventbrite. Guests are invited to "Come ready to have the most fun Friday night you've had in a while! Live DJ, dinner, two drink tickets and some special surprise performances--All to raise funds for equipment and scholarships for our special needs students.
* ARC -Awakening Respect and Compassion for all sentient beings--presents Vegan Mac n' Cheese Competition on Saturday, August 24, 2019, 6-8 p.m. at Events at Central, 1260 Dauphin Street, Mobile. If you think your vegan mac has what it takes, bring it on! Cost is $5 at the door for cooks and the general public. Cooks are requested to register in advance by emailing your recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cooks should plan to arrive by 5:15 p.m. and provide a list of ingredients to be displayed with the dish. Cooks can bring their mac n cheeee in crock pots or pyrex. The more you bring, the more people can taste, and the better your chances of winning. Prizes will go to the winners of the following categories: Best Overall and Runner Up; Best Traditional and Best Creative.
* Divas for Missions Fashion Show at Saraland First Baptist Church, 907 Shelton Beach Road is planned for Saturday, August 24, 2019, 3-6 p.m. It will be an afternoon of fun with a fashion show introducing the latest styles and vendors for shopping galore. Admission is $5, and all proceeds go toward Saraland Sisters missions pledge. Vendor Information is at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CRLXl1XiCVz-TzARULZCuVu2f2o5Pc_qRKKcuLqEBlc/edit
* "In Search of Creole: Sean Tuder Fundraiser" is Sunday, Aug. 25th, 6-9 p.m. at Dauphin's. Look for authentic creole fare prepared by Dauphin's executive chef/partner Steve Zucker and Alec Naman of Naman's Catering. Tickets include two drink tickets, live music, special guests and access to the silent auction; admission is $35/person.
* August 29th, 6-9 p.m. is the largest fundraising event of the year for Feeding the Gulf Coast--that's the date and time of the 21st Annual Chef Challenge at Fort Whiting Armory, 1630 S Broad Street in Mobile. This event brings together some of the area's most celebrated chefs and restaurants for an evening of superb food and drink. Guests will also get to enjoy live music by Roman Street, silent auction, and complimentary beer and wine.ive entertainment and a silent auction - all in the name of ending hunger! It's not too late to sponsor this year's Chef Challenge. For more information, go to https://feedingthegulfcoast. Tickets are at feedingthegulfcoast.networkforgood.com. All proceeds from Chef Challenge are used to help those in need within our 24-county service area along the Central Gulf Coast. feedingthegulfcoast.org/get-involved/events/chefchallenge
* "Hammer it Home," a 31st Anniversary Party for Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama, is Saturday, September 7, 2019, 6-9 p.m. at Cedar Street Social Club, 2106 North Cedar Street, Mobile. For ticket information, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hammer-it-home-2019-mobile-al-…
* Mark your Calendar: The 13th Annual Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile fundraiser, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," is Thursday, September 12, 2019, 5:30-9 p.m. at Mobile Government Plaza. For tickets or more information about Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, visit rmhcmobile.org/girls, or call the Ronald McDonald House at 251-694-6873.
* Doing The Most Good Annual Luncheon, hosted by The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama, is Wednesday, September 25, 2019, noon-1 p.m. at Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel. Tickets are at app.mobilecause.com This is an event to raise funds and awareness for the Good that is being done in Baldwin and Mobile Counties. Special guest for this year is the legendary Terry Bradshaw.
* Hobby Lobby founder David Green is the keynote speaker for the 14th annual University of Mobile Scholarship Banquet on Oct. 1, 2019. Tickets are on sale for the university’s signature event that raises scholarship funds for University of Mobile students, while bringing a speaker of national prominence to the Mobile community. General admission tickets are $150 and may be purchased now at umobile.edu/banquet or through the University of Mobile Advancement Office at 251.442.2587 or email@example.com. Sponsorships start at $1,500. Higher-level sponsorships include an opportunity to meet David and Barbara Green during a VIP reception prior to the banquet, with priority seating at the event.The evening begins with a silent auction hosted by UM’s Torch Society at 5:15 p.m. at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in downtown Mobile. The banquet kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment from the Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile.
* Shop Til You Drop 2019 & Rocking for Alz’s Caregivers Summit is Saturday, October 5, 2019, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road N, Mobile. General Admission is $5; tickets are by Eventbrite.
* Think Pink Tea, hosted by USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, is Sunday, October 6, 2019, 3-6 p.m. at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, 1 S Water Street. USA Mitchell Cancer Institute’s Think Pink Tea is a free annual celebration of breast cancer awareness — a commitment to patients, survivors, advocates and the friends and family of those impacted by breast cancer. The Think Pink Tea is attended by patients, donors, media, and members of the community. It features a runway fashion show, a mix and mingle, a panel discussion and refreshments in the style of high tea. The models who walk the runway each year are breast cancer survivors who show off the latest styles in fashion, hair and makeup contributed by a sponsoring organization. The goal is to present a value-added event that benefits the participants and attendees, a celebration of awareness, achievement and triumph. There is no charge for this event. To RSVP, please email Vanessa McMillian at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (251) 445-9691.
* Save the Date: The community is invited by the Victory Teaching Farm: "Join us under the Stars for All Things Local. Help us 'raise' up our farmers, chefs and those that support our local food system." The Victory Teaching Farm, 261 Rickarby Street, Mobile, is presenting its 5th Annual Down to Earth Farmraiser on Thursday, October 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and are available at brownpapertickets.com.
* Save the Date!! The Third Annual Gulf Seafood Gala is October 26th, 6-9 p.m. Attendees can enjoy delicious seafood tastings and desserts prepared by local chefs and restaurants, cash bar, music and a silent auction featuring fabulous local art. More details regarding this classic fundraising event will be announced soon.
* The public is invited to Mobile’s 3rd Annual Wine on the River wine tasting event on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 from 3-6 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park. There will be sample wine from national and international vineyards with an “Around the World” theme focusing on cultural regions. Ticket price includes beverage samples, food and live music (Live music entertainment will be going throughout the evening to keep the fun going!) Tickets are at https://www.wineontherivermobile.com/tickets. Information is at https://www.wineontherivermobile.com/
* Wild Wild West Fundraiser benefiting Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy is Thursday, November 7, 6-9 p.m. at The Ezell House, 407 Conti Street. It's a themed evening of support for Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy. Dress for the West! Bring your gold and mosey on down to the barn dance for music, food, raffles and fun! And there'll be a COWGIRL AND COWBOY BEST DRESSED CONTEST! All net proceeds will benefit Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy's mission of providing free medication to uninsured patients in Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia and Washington Counties in Alabama. OCP is a 501 (C) 3. EIN#72-1386236. Admission is $30 per person, $50 for couples. TICKETS GO ON SALE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019. Attire: Western Style. Raffle ticket donations are $10 and $20. For more information or vendor opportunities contact: 251.721.0458 or email@example.com.
* Mark your calendar: 2019 NEST of Mobile Annual Luncheon is Tuesday, November 12, 2019, noon-1 p.m. at Mobile Marriott, 3101 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. NEST of Mobile’s Annual Luncheon will feature the extraordinary story of child advocate and “More Than A Bird” Author Liz Huntley. NEST of Mobile’s Annual Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, November 12 at 12:00 pm at the Mobile Marriott. The event will also feature NEST volunteers, families and local leaders who are seeing the tremendous impact of this program for Court involved youth. Tickets to the event are $50. Corporate tables and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact the NEST Office at 251-604-3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to purchase tickets or visit www.nestofmobile.org for more information on the mentoring program.
* An Organ Concert at Government Street Presbyterian Church, 300 Government Street, is Friday, August 16, 2019, 7-8:30 p.m. Concert Organist, Dan Miller presents this concert on the 61-rank Rieger-Kloss pipe organ of GSPC's historic sanctuary. This concert is complimentary and open to the public.
* Auditions for the chorus of Mobile Opera will be held on Monday, August 19, 6:30 p.m. at the Larkins Music Center, 257 Dauphin St. The auditions are for NEW singers interested in adding their name to the Mobile Opera Chorus roster. Anyone wishing to audition should prepare an operatic aria or other musical selection appropriate to an opera setting. Please bring a copy of your audition piece for the provided accompanist. Audition times must be scheduled prior to the audition date. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Stacey Driskell with Mobile Opera via email email@example.com or call (251) 432-6772.
* Mobile Opera's 9th Annual Summer Soiree is Sunday, August 25, 5:30-8 p.m. at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 2058 Airport Boulevard. The public is invited to an evening of exquisite dining and exceptional music. Make your reservation early - this annual event sells out quickly; tickets are $125/person. RSVP 251-432-6772.
* The Gulf Coast Steinway Society presents the fifth year celebration of the winners concerto concert with the Gulf Coast Steinway Society orchestra, a group of professional musicians and students in the Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile. The concert will be held Sept. 8 at 2:30 p.m.., at Murphy High School Auditorium, 100 South Carlen Street, Mobile, Alabama. Tickets are available at the door before the concert. Student tickets are $6 and general admission is $11.
*** How Nice/Thank You/Congratulations:
* Congratulations Citizens For a Better Grand Bay/Library: August 5th, contractors began the final renovations for the Grand Bay Library. Sycamore Construction, Inc is the contractor selected by Mobile County to complete the library. In June, the Mobile County Commission approved a bid for $1,194,000 to complete the Grand Bay Library. When completed Grand Bay Library will becomecome a Regional Branch of the Mobile Public Library. For more information, go to grandbaylibrary.com.
* How nice! Semmes community volunteers, Sammy Everette and Kenneth Ferguson, recently spent the day at Semmes Heritage Park, preparing the surrounding fence to accomodate the placement of the new gazebo. The entrance to the Park was moved to prevent having to cut any more oak tree limbs.
Semmes Heritage Park.
* More than 350 people attended the History Museum of Mobile Annual Open House recently. Guests enjoyed touring 300 years of Mobile's history, getting groovy in the Sensational 60s exhibit, and special behind-the-scenes tours with the Museum Collections Staff. Wind Creek Hospitality presented the Museum with a $50,000 check for the sponsorship of First Sundays which will allow the Museum to offer FREE admission every first Sunday of each month for a period of one year. Faithful museum supporters Councilman Fredrick D. Richardson and Mobile County Commissioner Merceria Ludgood spoke at the ceremony, joining the History Museum in thanking Wind Creek Hospitality and noting the importance of the free admission day in creating access for all.
*** Community Needs:
* The Semmes Heritage Park Scrapbook Committee is working on a revised Semmes History Book that will probably be ready for sale by December. The committee needs pictures of the original Allentown School, Downs School, and Maples School. The photos can be with or without children in the pictures. See Semmes Heritage Park FB to post a picture of these schools.
* The Bellingrath team at Bellingrath Gardens & Home would like to start a volunteer program at the Gardens for help with gardening, special events and organizing storage areas. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and able to lift 25 pounds. Those interested can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*** Book Clubs/book signings/recitations/writings:
* A Page in Time Book Club will meet West Regional Library on August 13, 6:30 p.m. to discuss "The Tattooist of Auschwitz" by Heather Morris. : An international best-seller based on the true story of an Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor traces the experiences of a Jewish Slovakian who uses his position as a concentration-camp tattooist to secure food for his fellow prisoners. For more information, contact Michele Eli at 251-340-8590.
* Bayside Book Club will meet at Parkway Branch Library on August 15, 6 p.m. to discuss "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins. In the story: Obsessively watching a breakfasting couple every day to escape the pain of her losses, Rachel witnesses a shocking event that inextricably entangles her in the lives of strangers. For more information, call Betty Fowler at 251-476-2600 or 251-494-2298.
* On Tuesday, August 20, 1 p.m., the Reader's Choice Book Club will meet at West Regional Library to discuss "The Child" by Fiona Barton. In summary: As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it's a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby? For more information, 251-494-2298.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, is offering "Lagniappe - Editing and Publishing Class on Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon through August 28, 2019. Join the WINS (Writing in Nature) for 6 weeks of writing – Lagniappe – Editing & publishing, the power of words & healing, new directions for a burst of creativity, new forms and worldly fashions. Instructor is Sue Brannan Walker; fee is $125 for MBG members and $150 for non-members.
* Line Dancing and Lunch at Luna’s in Orange Beach is planned for Chickasaw seniors on Wednesday, August 21 Notes: the van will depart Civic Center at 8:30 a.m.; the cost is $5 plus lunch on your own; and call 251-452-6462 to make reservations for a fun day.
* Semmes Senior Center members are selling raffle tickets for "Little Al". He is an adorable hand-crocheted shelf sitter....he can sit by your side for good luck and cheer on the Tide with you or he can be your centerpiece for football gatherings. Next year we will try to have a tiger, bulldog, or other mascot for those who root for other teams! Raffle tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. All proceeds will be designated for our future grill area. We will draw the winning ticket on August 29th at our college kick-off cookout at Loblolly Farm. Construction of the Center's addition should begin next week and Loblolly Farm has graciously agreed to accommodate our cookout.
* Chickasaw Seniors Lunch Outings are Friday, September 6, American Grill. Call Stephanie Stewart at 251-452-6464 for details and reservations.
* "Connecting Generations," hosted by KNB Communications, LLC and Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center is Friday, September 13, 9-10:30 a.m. at the Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road. This a FREE! Intergenerational Opportunity and everyone is welcome!! Limited to 50 seats. Refreshments will be served. RSVP at Connie Hudson Senior Center. 3201 Hillcrest Road
* Fall Senior Adult Mystery Trip is planned for Tuesday, September 17, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The van will depart from Chickasaw Civic Center. Have at least $20 cash for your day. For reservations, call 251-452-6462.
* The monthly meeting of Tanner Williams Historical and Civic Society is Tuesday Aug. 13th, 6:30 p.m. at the Historical Building. If you are not a member and wish to become a member, you are welcome to join our meeting.
* History Museum of Mobile's August Learning Lunch: Tighe Marston is Wednesday, August 14, noon-1 p.m. at the Museum, 111 S Royal Street. The History Museum of Mobile invites the general public to attend the free Learning Lunch lecture series. Guests are encouraged to bring their lunches and enjoy a presentation from Tighe Marston on the history of Mobile’s Municipal Cemeteries, Victorian Funerary Traditions and Victorian Funerary Art and Symbolism. For more information on Learning Lunch, contact Jennifer Theeck, Curator of Education, at (251) 301-0270 or by email at email@example.com.
* On August 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., members of the Tristan de Luna Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be at the Local History and Genealogy Division assist you with your questions and research for documentation concerning your ancestors. For more information call 251-494-2172.
* "Sensational 60s" exhibit is open at the HIstory Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street, Mobile. The exhibit explores fashion as an entry point to the politics and culture of our nation’s most turbulent decade. From bikinis named for an atomic testing site, to trousers contributing to burgeoning feminism, to mod materials inspired by the space race, the styles of the 1960s open up an exciting world of social and cultural revolutions.
* The History Museum of Mobile, 111 Royal Street, has on exhibit through September 1, "Mel Showers: 50 Years of Broadcast Excellence." The exhibit honors Showers and his 50 year career with WKRG. Visitors can learn about the major stories he’s covered, the awards and accolades he’s received, as well as the challenges he had to overcome.
* Save the Date: On October 5, 2019, 8:45 a.m.-6 p.m., Historic Mobile Preservation Society (firstname.lastname@example.org) is presenting the 50th Annual Historic Buildings Tour, which will focus on Mobile architect George B. Rogers. The tour includes never seen before access, to the architecture, history, family tales, furnishings, artwork, upstairs and downstairs, all hidden passages, gardens and planting. This once-in-a-lifetime tour will be written by Cartledge Blackwell III, a Mobile Historian who wrote his master's thesis on Rogers. Tickets are $200 per person and ticket sales are limited to 125 guests. Tickets will be made available to HMPS Members first as a thank you to HMPS loyal members. Tickets will be open to the general public after two weeks if there are any tickets still available. See community blog joannemcknight.com for more details and photos.
* SBS, Watermelons & Hope Festival, sponsored by No. Mo. Co Farmer Market, 204 Wilson Avenue S, Prichard, August 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There'll be a "Watermelon Giveaway." for more information, see www.breaking of bread co-op.org.
* Handbuilding in Clay with Denise Ralston will be on Tuesdays, August 13 – September 17, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Students can learn to sculpt beautiful clay vessels. Basic handbuilding methods of coiling, pinching, and slab building will be covered in class, and demonstrations will be given on creating texture and surface finishing. Bring your ideas and the instructor will help you to realize your creative dreams.
* "Metal Jewelry Art Class with Janie Zetsch" is scheduled for Friday, August 16th - 6 p.m. at Dauphin Island Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. Students can learn to make hammered metal jewelry in this fun class. More details regarding the class will be announced soon.
* University of Mobile Welcomes Artist Steven Bleicher for Artist Talk on September 26. University of Mobile welcomes artist Steven Bleicher as he presents “Kings Highway” works at the Martin Hall Art Gallery. His works are developed from site sketches and photographs which are evocative of the sense of place and of the local industry. The images are combined with maps, a metaphor for the journey, and found objects from the area. They have a narrative component and engage the viewer. His works will be displayed from Aug. 19 to Sept. 27. The gallery will be open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bleicher will deliver a free artist talk on Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. in Martin Hall Galley, 5735 College Parkway, Saraland, Alabama. A reception will follow the talk. To learn more about Steven Bleicher and his works, visit stevenbleicher.com. For more information about art programs at the University of Mobile, visit umobile.edu or call 251.442.2222.
* Exploring the Art Behind Gaming - Episode #1, is scheduled at USA Libraries Art Galleries and Marx Library University of South Alabama, Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Presenters say, "It is one thing to game, it's another to learn about the art behind the game. Join us on August 24th, to meet local creators of board games, video games, card games and more. Here is your chance to meet the creators, play a little and learn a little."
* A theme for the next art exhibit at Semmes Regional Library has been decided: PAST AND FUTURE. Dates for bringing in artworks to the SEMMESONIAN for display is Tuesday, September 10, 1-2 p.m. and Wednesday, September, 10 a.m.-noon. For additional information, contact email@example.com.
* Art Does It is calling all veterans to exhibit their work at the Coastal Alabama Veterans' Art Show, 1101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. For information, contact Reginas@artdoesit.com or 251-214-6485. On Sunday, November 10, there will be an unveiling of the Jeremiah Denton Memorial Statue and Open House, 3-5 p.m.
*** Arts & Crafts (including quilting and sewing):
* Grand Bay Quilting/Sewing Group meets every Tuesday at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, Grand Bay. Beginners and seasoned quilters will meet to share ideas and want to join like-minded folks who just love to create beautiful quilts and more. Come when you can stay as long as you like.
* On the first Tuesday of each month, 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.
*** Christmas/Holiday events:
* Christmas on the Bayou Shopping Spectacular 2019, hosted by A'Bekah's Boutique, is November 1, 6 p.m.- November 2 at 4 p.m. at Bayou La Batre Community Center, 12745 Padgett Switch Road, Irvington. The event raised more than $1,200 for BLB Senior Center last year.
* On December 29, 7:30 p.m., Mannheim Steamroller Christmas will be at Mobile Civic Center. This year’s show will feature all of your favorite original classic Christmas hits from the first Mannheim Steamroller Christmas album, along with multimedia effects in an intimate setting. Chip Davis will direct and co-produce tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment. Ticket prices run as follows: $45, $55, $65, $79 (Additional fees may apply.) Tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/mschristmasmob. Purchase in person at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (401 Civic Center Drive; open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 251-208-7906) or the Saenger Theatre Box Office (6 South Joachim Street; open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 251-208-5600) For information regarding accessible seating tickets, call 251-208-7381. (Additional fees, service charges and/or taxes may be added to ticket prices. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice.)
*** Runs, Walks, biking, fitness, cycling events and paddles:
* Ice Cream Marathon 2019, hosted by Fleet Feet Mobile, 3972 Airport Boulevard, is every Monday at 4 p.m. until August 26. For more information on registration, routes and other details, see https://www.fleetfeet.com/s/mobile/events/ice-cream-marathon
* "Chickasabogue 2-Miler," hosted by Port City Pacers, is Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Chickasabogue Park, 760 Aldock Road, Eight Mile. The run is organized by Port City Pacers Road Runners Club, Inc. For information, call 251-473-7223. Details such as location, registration, awards and Post-Race Party are on PCP FB page.
* Mardi Gras 5K and Fun Run is Saturday, August 17, 7:30-10:30 a.m. at Mardi Gras Park, 104-148 South Royal Street, Mobile. The 5K will start at 7:30 a.m. and the Fun Run at approximately 8:15 a.m. The event benefits GCB Entertainment’s nonprofit efforts to combat childhood obesity and literacy. For complete details on registration, awards, shirts, Post-Race Party, weather disclaimer other such information, see www.eventbrite.com/e/mardis-5k-and-1-mile-registration-6222…
* Port City Pacers Running Club presents the Hurricane Run 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 6:30-10:30 a.m. at Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. For more information, see PCP Facebook page.
* Mobile Bay Area Walk to End Alzheimer's is Sunday, September 8, 2-4 p.m. at Bienville Square, 150 Dauphin Street, Mobile. Those interested can join the local Alzheimer's Association and the 2019 Walk Planning Committee as we come together for #Walk2EndAlz! Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m, with the ceremony and walk following at 2 p.m. By participating in the walk, you help to increase awareness in your community regarding Alzheimer's disease and your fundraising assists in furthering research. Register online now through act.alz.org/mobile for a day full of fun in your community.
* The 12th annual GO Run 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, hosted by USA Mitchell Cancer Institute is Saturday, September 28, 2019, 6:30-noon at USA Moulton Tower, 5985 USA Drive South, Mobile. Register now at https://giving.usahealthsystem.com/event-go-run-register-live. Find information on sponsorship opportunities at giving.usahealthsystem.com/SponsorGoRun.
* Sip, Stretch or Stroll at Bellingrath Gardens and Home is Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 5-7 p.m. at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore. Stroll the Gardens after hours with friends at our first-ever Sip, Stretch or Stroll at Bellingrath! The evening will include complimentary snacks and beverages; access to the Gardens; and a session of yoga on the Great Lawn. The yoga class will be from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
The Bellingrath Gift Shop will be open for the evening, with fabulous fall merchandise and free samples of the tasty treats on the shelves. Admission is regular Gardens admission, and is free to members of the Friends of Bellingrath.
* Bras Across the "CAUSE"way is Saturday, October 12, 2019, 8-11 a.m. at Meaher State Park. There is a 5K Race, games for children and a Restaurant Rally Benefiting LOCAL Patients Fighting Breast Cancer. For more information, see event site.
* Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of South Alabama 2019 is Saturday, October 26, 2019, 8-11 a.m. This Making Strides event will be held in Bienville Square, Mobile, AL. People will come together to celebrate survivors, have fun, and raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives from breast cancer. Everyone is welcome. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of South Alabama is at 1110 Montlimar Drive, Suite 420, Mobile, Alabama.
*** Halloween/Fall Festival:
* "Harvest Dance" at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, is Friday, August 23, 2019, 7-11 p.m. The Band Cherry Pie playing. Bring you own refreshments; sodas will be available at concessions. $10 per person at the door.
* Start thinking Halloween/Fall Festival and join the fun at "Boo at Bellingrath" this year. Bellingrath Gardens is looking for "treaters" to be a part of the fun at Boo at Bellingrath on Saturday, October 26. Having a booth at the annual Halloween event is a great opportunity to promote your business or organization. The event hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To sign up, go to https://bellingrath.org/experiences/events/boo-at-bellingrath/be-a-treater/ to fill out the form online; email Special Events Director Angela Strickland at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 251-459-8868.
* Save the Date: There will be a "Halloween Haunted Hall" at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 US Highway 90, Grand Bay, Thursday, October 31, 2019, 6-8 p.m. Organizers plan an evening of Halloween fun; games and activities for the children AND a haunted hall for those who are brave enough to enter.
*** Fishing/Golf Tournaments:
* Save the Date for the 2019 Mayors Cup Golf Tournament. The 28th Annual Mayors Golf Tournament, presented by Lexus of Mobile & Wind Creek Hospitality, is Friday, October 4, 8 a.m. at Magnolia Grove, which features creeks, marshland and lakes, with each of the 54 holes carved through indigenous hardwood and pine. After a day of golf, enjoy a steak & shrimp dinner followed by the Mayors Cup awards presentation. For more information, visit: www.bgcsouthal.org/mayorscup.
*** School Supplies Drives/Give-aways and Blessings:
* Fountain of Life Church celebrates Back to School August 14, 6-8 p.m. with an event that will include inflatable slides, mechanical bull, obstacle course, bash a car, food, games, prizes, gift cards and more. Everything is free, and all ages are invite. They are also giving away two Apple Air Pods.
* In an effort to find wonderful homes for the over abundance of cats and kittens, the Mobile SPCA is offering half-off the adoption fees of our great cats and kittens. All kitties are ?xed, shots, tested and microchipped. See them at PetSmart (Airport Blvd and McGregor Ave) and the Mobile SPCA office at 620 Zeigler Circle West.
* "Clear the Shelters," hosted by Mobile County Animal Shelter and Clear the Shelters, is Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howells Ferry Road. Help clear the shelters as MCAS takes place in this national event! An $80 adoption fee covers the spay/neuter, vaccines, heartworm check, microchip and worming. Lots of swag for you and your pets from Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Clear the Shelters. (You can always check out Mobile County Animal Shelter during normal hours, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.