** COMMUNITY NEEDS:
The Mobile SPCA will host its eleventh annual Spay-ghetti Dinner on Thursday, March 5, 2020, 5-8:30 p.m. at Our Savior Catholic Church, 1801 Cody Road, with serving beginning at 5 p.m. (Dine in or Carry Out.) All proceeds will benefit the Mobile SPCA’s spay-neuter program. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at SPCA Office or at the door. Mobile SPCA requests donation of items for a raffle and auction table. Also needed are donations for the Chest of Cheer: bourbon, tequila, vodka, scotch, red or white wine, flavored liqueor, miniatures of any kind. Mobile SPCA needs food donations for Spay-ghetti Dinner fundraiser. Among the items needed are 20 Gallons Meat Sauce; 3 Gallons Meatless Sauce; 30 Loaves Sliced French Bread; 12 Pounds Unsalted Butter; 24 oz Jar Parmesan Cheese; 128 oz Italian Dressing; 50# Salad and 10# Pasta. For more information, call 251-633-3531.
THANK YOU/CONGRATULATIONS/HOW NICE:
* Congratulations to the following "Star Students" recognized and rewarded by SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce: Landon Mcdaniels – WC Griggs Elementary; Brenden Essary, Meadowlake; Alyse Payne - Pearl Haskew Elementary; Alexa Deanda – Lighthouse Baptist Academy; Margaret Hogue – St. Vincent Catholic School; Rachel Kim – Cottage Hill Christian Academy and James Baumgartner – Nan Gray Davis Elementary School.
* Congratulations to Shirley Harris and Burnice Harris, Mardi Gras Queen and King 2020, Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center (Photo, Shirley Harris)
** MARDI GRAS ACTIVITIES:
* Crewe de Ducks Mardi Gras Tour, presented by Gulf Coast Ducks and The Fort of Colonial Mobile, 150 S Royal Street, will run 6 dates, February 1-February 16. Check event site for varying times. Tickets are at gulfcoastducks.com. Ticket sales within 1 hour of tour start time are available for purchase in our gift shop at The Fort of Colonial Mobile at 150 S. Royal Street. Call 251-525-6933 with questions. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early and bring a photo ID to claim your tickets. Check your spam folder for your confirmation email. Confirmation email is not required to claim tickets; we only need an ID.
* Bienville Bites "Floats and Food Tour" runs 6 dates February 8-February 24. Saturday, February 8 tours are at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Thursday, February 13 tour is at 4 p.m. For times and dates of other tours, see event site. For tickets, go to bienvillebitesfoodtour.com. Bienville Bites web site also includes an outline of what to expect on the tours.
* On Thursday, February 13, 2020, 5-7:30 p.m., United Way of Southwest Alabama, is hosting "A Night of Revelry: Celebrating Mobile's 40 Under 40." Guests are invited to "Grab your family then make your way e. RSVP to https://uwswa-el-revelry2.eventbrite.com by February 7th if you plan to attend. For more information contact, United Way of Southwest Alabama at 251.433.3623 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are at www.eventbrite.com.
* The First Baptist Church of Chickasaw Children's Ministry, in conjunction with the City of Chickasaw, is presenting the Krewe Of Kids Parade on Saturday, February 15. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Children from babies to 6th grade are encouraged to participate--riding in decorated strollers, bicycles, tricycles or wagons. Meet in the parking lot in front of the church, 92 5th Street; King Cake will be provided.
* The Hickory Ridge Kids Krewe parade begins at 10 a.m. on February 15. Registration forms are available at the main entrance on Hickory Lane off Hillcrest Rd, all around Timberly, at Pineneedle and Sprucewood. The theme is the letter “P” like pizza, pajamas, puppies, planes, puzzles and so on.
* The First Baptist Church of Chickasaw Children's Ministry, in conjunction with the City of Chickasaw, is presenting the Krewe Of Kids Parade on Saturday, February 15. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Children from babies to 6th grade are encouraged to participate--riding in decorated strollers, bicycles, tricycles or wagons. Participants meet in the parking lot in front of the church, 92 5th Street; King Cake will be provided.
* iHeartRadio will host the 2020 Mardi Gras parade benefiting St. Jude on Monday, February 17th at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Mobile, riding with the ladies in the Order of Venus. For more information or to sponsor a float, 251.680.9452. Sponsorship opportunities are limited and will be sold on a first come, first paid basis.
* The 38th Annual Reveling Cavaliers Mardi Gras Parade is Thursday, February 20, 1 p.m. at Moorer Learning Center, 2424 Gordon Smith Drive. There will be food trucks, bands, floats and lots of Moon Pies and beads. For more information, call 251-544-4638.
* On February 22, 10:30-noon, there will be a Family Fun Mardi Gras Hangout at Ben May Main Library. Families can make Mardi Gras crafts, hear a Mardi Gras story and play games while they wait for the parades to begin. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-340-1507 or email email@example.com.
* Gulf Coast Opry Mardi Gras Ball is February 22, 2020. Supper will begin at 5:30. Admission: suggested donation of $5. This will be a covered dish event, so bring a couple of dishes. Gulf Coast Opry is at 5104 Highway 43, Satsuma.
* Mobile Arts Council, Room 1927 Joachim Street, Mobile presents the Mystic Squirrels of Bienville parade on Sunday, February 23, 2020, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Want to parade as the adorable squirrel tricksters of Bienville Square? Registration for the Mystic SOBs is open now through Thursday, February 6th. Membership is limited to the first 100 applicants. Members must be 21 years of age or older.Register in-person at Mobile Arts Council or online: https://mobilearts.z2systems.com/np/clients/mobilearts/event.jsp?event=962&**
* Saraland Mardi Gras Association Krewe of Sparta's Inaugural Parade is at noon, March 2, 2019. The Krewe's Ball will be March 2 at 7 p.m. at Steele Creek Lodge. For information, contact Jon C. Coster, President Saraland Mardi Gras Association, “Krewe of Sparta,” SMGALife@gmail.com or 251-455-0109.
* The City of Semmes will offer a recycling station behind the Semmes Regional Library, 9150 Moffett Road, every Wednesday starting February 5th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting and until further notice. Paper and cardboard are the only recyclables that will be accepted.
** SENIOR CITIZENS:
* Chickasaw Senior Adults have a Valentine Tea planned for Thursday, February 13, 11:30 a.m. at the Chickasaw Community Shelter. The tea will be a special time of fellowship and fun. A light lunch will be served and music will be provided by Lee. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 251-452-6462.
* Beads will be flying and the parade will be rolling in the Via Center Gym on February 13, 12:30 p.m. GrandFriends Adult Daycare at Via will celebrate Mardi Gras with a parade for area schools--St. Mary Catholic School, St. Luke's Episcopal School and St. Paul's Episcopal School. Via note: If you would like to donate candy or moon pies (all contributions tax deductible), call 251-470.5229 or email Barbara Estes.
* A Valentine's Day Fashion Show is planned for Connie Hudson Senior Center members on February 14, 2-4 p.m. For ticket information, call 251-208-6701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Center is at 3201 Hillcrest Road.
* Happy Valen'Tails Day Adoption and Outreach Event, presented by Mobile County Animal Shelter and hosted by Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center, is Friday, February 14, 2020, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road. MCAS will be on hand with some precious pets to adopt (at a discount!) and answer animal control questions.
* On Thursday, February 20, 1-4 p.m., Touching Hearts Senior Care is hosting a Health Fair at Tillman's Corner Senior Center, 5863 Nevius Road. There'll be resources, information and door prizes.
* Mark your Calendar: Brookside Senior Living Community, 2260 Pesnell Court, is presenting an Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The event is to benefit Alzheimer's Awareness. For vendor information and/or application, notify our Activity Director Dana Watson at 251-633-9299 or email email@example.com
** CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE:
* Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce February meeting is the 11th at 11:45 a.m. at Saraland Civic Center, 716 Mae Street. A distinguished panel of speakers will discuss cyber-security.
* Semmes Chamber of Commerce luncheon is Wednesday, February 12, 11:45 a.m. at Pathway Church, 7200 Moffett Road. Guest Speaker is Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson. RSVP by calling Donna Brooks at 251-660-4808 or email the Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce "Coffee with the Chamber" is February 18, 7:30 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center. Free to attend. For information, call 251-666-2488.
* Chickasaw Chamber of Commerce February Luncheon is Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street. Lunch will be complimentary.
* Saraland "Hop & Shop," sponsored by Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce, is Thursday, March 19, 2020, 3-8 p.m. Hop & Shop will showcase retailers in Saraland. Be sure to get your map/passport so you'll know everywhere to go on the shopping route for savings and fun. Refresh your spring wardrobe, find THE PERFECT Spring Break outfit, purchase a fabulous Mother's Day or graduation gift, all while having fun and saving money. Saraland Chamber is at 939 Saraland Boulevard S; phone is 251-675-4444.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce's First Responders Breakfast is planned for Wednesday, March 25, 9 a.m.-noon. The breakfast, an event to honor all First Responders, will be held at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. The breakfast is free to First Responders; there will also be door prizes and entertainment. Sponsorship levels are available--Platinum, Gold and Silver. Contact the Chamber Office 251-666-2488 or email@example.com.
* Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 2020, Job Fair and Chamber Chance Fundraiser, is Thursday, April 23, 2020, 3-6:30 p.m. at Redemption Church Student Center, 1251 Industrial Parkway, Saraland. This is a free event, open to the public--an event for the community to meet local business owners and leaders and learn about products, services and job opportunities. Free Food; Product Samples, Ddoor Prizes and more. For more information, visit www.saralandchamber.com or call 251-675-4444.
* Mark your Calendar and Make your Plans: SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is Monday, May 11, 2020, 2-5 p.m. at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard, Mobile. The Business Expo is an ideal way for exhibitors to promote their products and services, create brand awareness, establish business to business networking and increase customer awareness. Sponsorship Levels and booths are available; contact the Chamber office for more information 251.666.2488 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited--reserve a booth and sponsorship today. This event is free to the public to attend.
* 6th Annual Caring for Caryn's Kids 5K/1 Mile Fun Run, presented by Caryn's Kids 2027 and The Grounds, will be Saturday, February 29, 2020, 6 a.m.-noon at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road N. Visit event site for information about sponsorships, registration and more.
* The Battle of Mobile Bay 5K, benefiting Historic Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island, is set for Saturday February 15, 2020 at 8:10 a.m. at Fort Gaines. Pre-register by mail (entries should be postmarked by February 8th), in person at McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri, or Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope until noon on February 13 or online until 4 a.m. February 14.
* Joe Cain Classic 5K Run is Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 8 -11 a.m. in Downtown Moblie. The event includes Joe Cain Classic 5K Run, 1 Mile and "Moonpie Dash." Organizers say that these runs are "Fast, flat and ugly course followed by an AWESOME BLOCK PARTY!!
* "3rd Annual Color Run and Car Show," hosted by Alma Bryant Band Alumni and Bryant Hurricane Band Color Splash Event is planned for Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 9 a.m. at Alma Bryant High School, 14001 Hurricane Blvd, Irvington. The Color Run is a 5K and one-mile event. Fee is $25. Register before February 14 to guarantee a shirt in your size. In addition to the run, there will also be a Car Show with prizes. Looking for vendors and sponsors (see event site.)
* Join the crowd on the streets of Mobile on Saturday, March 28, 2020 for the 43nd Annual Azalea Trail Run (ATR), one of the premier 10K road races in the United States and the 2011 RRCA National 10K Championship. The event also includes 5K and 2K runs. All of the courses are flat and extremely fast. See mybestruns.com.
* The 10th Annual Infirmary Health Duathlon is Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at 166 Mobile Infirmary Boulevard. Tickets are at raceroster.com. The Infirmary Health Duathlon is a 2-mile run, 10-mile bike ride and 2-mile run throughout beautiful Midtown Mobile. Register as an individual, a relay team or for the 1-mile fun run. Registration prices increase February 2; register online --> infirmaryduathlon.org. All proceeds from the Infirmary Health Duathlon benefit the Fuse Project. The Fuse Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding and implementing projects to benefit children across the Alabama Gulf Coast. To learn more, please visit fuseproject.org.
* The Wiggle Waggle 5K run and 1 mile fun run/walk, presented by Pet Supplies Plus, will be at Bellingrath Gardens, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore on Saturday, April 25, 8-11 a.m. This is a certified, dog-friendly event. (More on registeration closer to the date.) Businesses interested in sponsoring Wiggle Waggle, contact email@example.com.
** GALAS, FUN, FUNDRAISERS, WORKSHOPS AND OTHER EVENTS:
* Every 3rd THURSDAY of the month, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., GulfQuest 155 S. Royal Street, is extending its hours and offering FREE Admission to all Mobile County Residents (with a valid ID.)
* Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 6:30-10 p.m., the Mobile Big Band Society Valentine Dinner Dance will be held at Mobile Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 S Water Street. Tickets are by Eventbrite.
* Learn how to use an InstaPot/Pressure Cooker to help you prepare your meals quicker and tastier--Instapot/Pressure Cooking with Francois, an event for all ages, is February 15 and on February 29, 4-5 p.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. For more information, call 251-494-4132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Sunday, February 16, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Gulf Coast Ducks is hosting "The Last Siege--Historical Civil War Tour and Book Signing." Gulf Coast Ducks, in collaboration with local author Paul Brueske, presents a historical tour examining Mobile's Civil War history. Tickets are at gulfcoastducks.com. Price is as follows: $29 Adults; $16 Children (3-12), $3 Infants Under 3. A copy of the book "The Last Siege" is available with your ticket purchase for $32.95. Ticket sales within 1 hour of tour start time are available for purchase in our gift shop at The Fort of Colonial Mobile at 150 S. Royal Street. Call 251-525-6933 with questions. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early and bring a photo ID to claim your tickets. Please check your spam folder for your confirmation email. Confirmation email is not required to claim tickets; we only need an ID.
* Daughters of the Nile Taco Night Social, hosted by Abba Shrine Events and Abba Shrine Craft & Attic Show, 7701 Hitt Road, is Friday, February 21, 2020 at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 per person -all you can eat -beef or chicken tacos. There's also a Silent Auction
* The February 26th Winter Wednesday at Bellingrath Gardens and Home is "Camellia Waxing." And flower (camellia) lovers can join Dr. Brenda Litchfield to learn about the fun of waxing camellias and other flowers. After guests have seen her demonstration, the will be able to wax their own blooms; bring one or two camellias to wax. The class is from 10:30–11:30 a.m. and is free for members and $14 for non-members. Reservations are requested; call 251-459-8868.
* On Thursday, March 5, 7:30-9 a.m., the Downtown Mobile Association is sponsoring Breakfast with the Mayor of Mobile. The event is a boutique business event with attendance limited to 150 people. It affords an intimate opportunity to hear from Mayor Stimpson on his plans for downtown and the surrounding city. It will be held in the ballroom at the Renaissance Riverview Hotel, 64 S Water Street, and will feature a full buffet breakfast. Tickets to the event are $45 per person for DMA members. Tickets are at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-with-the-mayor-2020-tickets-90994281345
* A New Citizens Reception will be hosted by Cosmopolitan Woman of Mobile on Friday, March 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the US Federal Building, Saint Joseph Street, Mobile.
* The Mobile SPCA will host its eleventh annual Spay-ghetti Dinner on Thursday, March 5, 2020, 5-8:30 p.m. at Our Savior Catholic Church, 1801 Cody Road. All proceeds will benefit the Mobile SPCA’s spay-neuter program. Note from SPCA: With the help of all of the great donations from Bay Catering, Dees Paper Company and our supporters we hope to fully fund the event and use 100% of the proceeds to spay and neuter pets in Mobile We have several Grand Raffle Prizes this year and at least 40 more raffle and silent auction items that include gift cards from local eateries and pastry shops, homemade cakes, pet baskets, jewelry, handmade crafts and so much more. We have tons of door prizes; practically everyone wins something. Tickets are still just $10 each. You will enjoy our famous homemade meat or vegetarian sauce, pasta, salad, garlic bread, tea and delicious homemade desserts. We will start serving at 5pm. You can dine in or take out. Tickets can be purchased at the Mobile SPCA office or at the door. For more information, call 251-633-3531.
* Saraland Lions Club 12th Annual Pancake Breakfast is March 14th at Catfish Junction, Industrial Parkway, Saraland. (NEW This year: Country Breakfast, serving Pancakes, Sausage, Eggs, Grits, Drinks.) Tickets are available from any Saraland Lions member. In addition to the Lions, several other non-profit groups will benefit from Pancake Breakfast proceeds and will have tickets for sale. These groups include Boy Scouts Troop 113, New Pilgrim Baptist Church, Schools' Archery Teams, Fountain Of Life Church, Schools' Bands, City League Baseball and Schools' Leo Clubs.
* 2020 Mobtown Mac 'n Cheese Fest to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile is Saturday, March 21, 2020, noon-3 p.m. at Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile. The primary purpose of this event is to raise funds and awareness for UCP, a local non-profit who’s mission is simple – promoting the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Tickets: $12 (Pre-Order), $15 (Day Of) Very Important Cheese Entry (11 a.m.-noon) - $25 For more information, 251-479-4900 or UPCMOBILE.org
* The 2020 Downtown Get Down, hosted by Hargrove Engineers + Constructors and The Hargrove Foundation, is Thursday, March 19, 2020, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile. Tickets are $10 in advance at www.eventbrite.com / $15 at the "door." Two drink tickets are included, and children younger than 10enter free. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Hargrove Foundation's effort to support STEM related initiatives across the country. One Team!
* Mobile Chocolate Festival to benefit Penelope House for victims of domestic violence is Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Abba Shrine, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile. This is a Family Fun event - $3 general admission, $2 for seniors 65 and older; children 13 and under are free. Proceeds benefit Penelope House
* Bay Bites Food Truck Festival, hosted by Mobile Baykeeper, is Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 5-9 p.m. Bay Bites was selected by FlightNetwork.com as one of the Top 21 Food Truck Festivals in North America. hosted by Mobile Baykeeper's Young Advisory Council (YAC) Leadership Committee, Bay Bites is an annual food truck festival benefiting our work for clean water, clean air, and healthy communities. Enjoy delicious food from the area's best local food trucks, craft beer and wine, live music, lawn games, and a variety of kids entertainment options to come on the beautiful riverfront of downtown Mobile. Tickets are at mobilebaykeeper.networkforgood.com. Buy an advance ticket now for the best price--A $10 ticket admits you to the festival. Food and drinks sold separately. Drinks are $4 each.--A $15 ticket admits you to the festival and gets you two 12-oz canned drinks. Food is sold separately. Prices go up at the door. Important: Please RSVP after you purchase your tickets with your guests, kids, friends, or family members that will be joining you. Look for the link in your confirmation email. This process helps us help you at the gate and keeping people safe.
* Taste of Mobile 2020 is Wednesday, March 25, 6-8 p.m. The event, hosted by Taste of Mobile and ARHA - Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Association, will be held at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, 1 S Water Street. Tickets go on sale February 1 at 9 a.m. at www.eventbrite.com. The public is invited to the Convention Center to the great food and drinks that Mobile has to offer while having tons of fun. Don't miss the Carnival Cruise raffle sponsored by Visit 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. To learn more about being a vendor or sponsor, contact ARHA at 334.244.1320 or email email@example.com. Visit https:www.arhaonline.com/taste-of-mobile.html for more information.
* "Penelope House- Networking With A Cause," present by LifeWalkGPS, is Friday, April 24, 2020, 5:30-9 p.m. Tickets are via Eventbrite. This is described as "NOT YOUR ORDINARY NETWORKING EVENT!" Penelope House is celebrating 40 years in the community for raising awareness for Domestic Violence and supporting victims of Domestic Violence to take back their lives and start over. The public is invited to "Come out and make new connections while supporting their efforts in the community." The Keynote Speaker is Devin Ford, Robert Mondavi Napa Valley, California. The evening includesine-tasting, door prizes, silent auction, food and drinks.
* "Ribs for Kids" (Alabama Baptist Children's Home), presented by Fired Up, Inc. is Saturday, April 25, 2020, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Alabama Baptist Children's Homes & Family Ministries, 6512 Grelot Road, Mobile. For information, go to web site or visit https://www.alabamachild.org/main/funevents/ribs-for-kids/
** ARTS/CRAFTS/CHARITY GARAGE SALES:
* Fort Gaines Campground residents have set the date for their Annual Garage and Crafts Sale as February 15, 9 a.m.-noon at the Campground Pavilion. To set up a table, call Debbie Brown, 330-424-8844.
* Mobile Museum of Art, 4851 Museum Drive has added a new class--Soft Pastel Painting with Victoria Udovikina--on Wednesdays through March 11, 5:30 – 8 p.m. Students can experience the expressive and artistic nature of soft pastels in this six week course with instructor Victoria Udovikina. They can learn how this unique medium can give your work exquisite color and shading, airiness, elegance and illusory sensation to represent the beauty of the world we live in. Students do not need prior pastel experience.
* Mobile Museum of Art, 4851 Museum Drive, has announced the upcoming special exhibitions, all opening to the public on February 7, 2020. (Members only Opening Reception, Thursday, February 6, 6-8 p.m. Included in the special collections are An Art Historian Collects: The David E. Brauer Collection; Southern Masters II: Marion “Pinky” Bass, Ruth Miller, & Miriam N. Omura; and Dori DeCamillis: READ MY MIND.
* Through February 15, 2020, Alabama Contemporary Art Center, 301 Conti Street Mobile, is featuring Operation Tumbleweed, the works of Alabama Artist K. Yoland (London, UK) combines performance, writing, film-making, and found object sculpture to explore the breaking point of landscapes either by border or body of water. Yoland’s Operation Tumbleweed will be on display for three months at Alabama Contemporary Art Center. The piece was originally commissioned by the Pensacola Museum of Art, and has recently been exhibited at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Nasher Sculpture Center.
* Mobile Arts Council's Mardi Gras Makers Market is on Saturday, February 15, 2020, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Gallery at Room 1927, 6 S Joachim Street. Visit the pop-up market to shop clothing, bags, masks, and so much more, all crafted by local makers---Situated steps from the parade route in Room 1927 at 6 South Joachim Street, Mardi Gras parade-goers should start the day at the Mardi Gras Makers Market, grab a complimentary mimosa and continue their shopping and libation experience at a Joachim Street bar, boutique or antique store.
* CLASS IS FULL "Learning How to Draw" is presented at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive on Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. through March 7. If you have long held the desire to learn how to draw then this class is for you. And also, for those intermediate and advanced students who simply wish to take their drawing skills to a higher level. Feel the magic of creating “value” as your flower drawing slowly emerges and comes to life with shape, form, depth and dimension. Instructor is Derek Norman. Fee for MBG members $125; for non-members $150. To register, email MBG call (251)342-0555.
"Fire Prevention Art Display," an exhibit hosted by Semmes Regional Library Friends and Semmes Woman's Club, is at the Semmesonian Art Gallery in the Library. The Fire Prevention Art Display showcases entries and winning artworks from Semmes Elementary, Allentown Elementary and J.E. Turner Elementary students. The Meet ‘n Greet Art Reception will be held on Thursday, February 20, 4-6 p.m. at the Semmesonian Art Gallery at Semmes Regional Library, 9150 Moffett Road, Semmes. Refreshments will be served, and the public is welcome to attend, discuss and admire. Selected student artworks were also featured in the 2020 City of Semmes Fire Safety Art Calendar.
* Alabama Contemporary Art Center is presenting two solo shows through March 15--Two Solo Shows: Y.Malik Jalal & Francine Tint. Atlanta-based artist Y. Malik Jalal’s A Study of the Supernatural Phenomena of Emergence delves into the aesthetic tradition of Black Radicalism applied to history and ephemera from Mobile’s own Africatown and the broader culture of port cities in the South. Francine Tint’s solo exhibition will feature colorful paintings that are influenced by and contribute to a long lineage of abstract expressionist art that emerged in the 1950s.
* Mobile Museum of Art is currently reaching out to the area arts community for help in restoring a commemorative quilt with ribbons, embroidery and images, all of which relate to Mobile and its civic and public organizations and cultural history. There is no value in storing works of art in a museum that cannot be viewed by the public. That’s why Mobile Museum of Art made a concerted effort to find the funds to have the crazy quilts currently on view in ALL AMERICAN from the Collection lovingly conserved and restored. The fundraising goal for this quilt is $15,000 to complete a full-year restoration by a professional textile conservator. Consider making a donation for the restoration of this Mobile treasure. Once its material and integrity are restored, it will take its rightful place as one of the most beautiful and expertly crafted works of art produced in our city.
* Mobile Museum of Art's upcoming special exhibitions include An Art Historian Collects: The David E. Brauer Collection; Southern Masters II: Marion “Pinky” Bass, Ruth Miller, & Miriam N. Omura; and Dori DeCamillis: READ MY MIND. A Members-Only Opening Reception is Thursday, February 6, 6 - 8 p.m. The exhibits are all opening to the public on February 7, 2020.
* On February 11th, 2020, the community is invited to USA Art Galleries, 5901 USA Drive N. for a fun night of Art, Music and Cupcakes! The event features Ryan Balthrop and is presented by USA Libraries and Southern Window Art. The schedule is as follows: 5 p.m. - Explore all the Marx Library Art Galleries - refreshments provided. Southern Window Art, by Ryan Balthrop, will have a large selection of window art on display and for sale; 6 p.m.- Free concert by local Musican/Artist Ryan Balthrop in the Marx Library Auditorium and at 7 p.m., a Concert followed by an Art Talk and "design your own cupcakes" in the 3rd Floor Rodning Gallery.
* In Tinker, Design & Create on February 11, 4-5 p.m., one can learn how to etch on glass and play with alcohol inks to change the etching. The class is at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Space and supplies are limited. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-494-3684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The 20s are back! Bayou Rhythm is at Lupercalia Art Society, 358 Dauphin Street, Friday, February 14, 2020, 6-9 p.m. Bayou Rhythm will play Roaring 20's and New Orleans jazz music at the hottest new art gallery in Mobile. Enjoy the works of Mobile's finest artists and a restored Speakeasy from the 20's. Join us for a romantic Valentine's day. Bayou Rhythm... the original Art Walk Band.
* Are you interested in learning basic metalsmithing and making your own sterling silver rings? Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council is holding a Sterling Stackable Rings Workshop by DIHAC Artist Vaughn Millner. The event will be held February 21, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Art Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard. Space is very limited. For more information or to reserve a space in the class, see the event page.
Artist Statement Workshop at Alabama Contemporary Art Center is Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Whether you are an amateur artist or an established professional, writing an artist statement can be an intimidating and overwhelming task. But a good artist statement acts as a bridge between your intention and the viewers’ interpretation of the work, and can set you apart from the crowd in a big way. In this free workshop, ACAC Executive Director and Curator elizabet elliott will dive into these questions and more, covering the essentials of statement writing and demystifying the process from a curator’s perspective. Capacity is 35 students.
For more information, please contact Amanda Solley, Curator of Education, at 251-208-5656 or at email@example.com.
Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council upcoming "Introduction to Knife Painting Workshop" is Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at DIHAC, 918 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. Students may choose their medium: Oil or Acrylic; suitable for all skill levels; supplies and reference photos provided. Build your creative painting capabilities by joining this workshop with demonstration and individual instruction from artist and educator Michele Traum. www.micheletraum.com. Advance paid reservations are required. To register, visit https://dauphinislandarts.networkforgood.com/events/18944-introduction-to-knife-painting-workshop?utm_campaign=dms_email_blast_488494
* Dauphin Island's Bluegrass/Country Jams are back! So--musicians, grab your banjos and mandolins and head on over to the Little Red School House on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free.
* Shen Yun Performing Arts at Mobile Civic Center Theater on Tuesday, February 11, 7:30 p.m., 2020. Purchase tickets in person at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (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, please 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. Additional performance just added! Shen Yun will now offer two performances in Mobile - Tuesday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR BOTH.
* The Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile presents “Roméo et Juliette,” a play of young love and unfortunate tragedy. Performances will be held February 14 at 7 p.m. and February 16 at 2 p.m. at Saraland Performing Arts Center, 1115 Industrial Pkwy, Mobile, Alabama 36571. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at umobile.edu/pas or at the door. For more information, visit the website at umobile.edu/pas or contact the Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts box office at 251.442.2383.
* So--What’s All That Jazz About? Children aged 4-10 years old can learn at West Regional Library on February 18, 2-3 p.m. or at Ben May Main Library, February 28, 10-11 a.m. The session includes clever listening games, live music, dramatic storytelling, group participation and humorous demonstrations are some of the fun activities the young audience will enjoy. Jazz saxophonist, Shenole Latimer, will lead the group through a highly interactive and entertaining presentation on the colorful and expressive American music known as “Jazz.” Registration is encouraged. For information or to register at West Regional, call 251- 340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For Ben May, call 251-340-1507 or email email@example.com.
* The Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile presents Dr. Ellen Elder in recital as part of the university’s third annual Piano Festival. The free recital will be February 20 at 7 p.m. in Moorer Auditorium located in Martin Hall at the University of Mobile, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile. For more information about the Alabama School of the Arts or upcoming performances in the Performing Arts Series, visit umobile.edu/pas or call 251.442.2222.
* Mobile Ballet's BEAUTY & THE BEAST is Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 2:30 p.m. All performances are held at the Mobile Civic Center Theater Mobile Ballet, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; VISIT mobileballet.org TO PURCHASE TICKETS! SEASON TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE - 251-342-2241*
** EVENTS FOR TEENS/CHILDREN/FAMILIES:
* On the First Friday of the month, excluding holidays, USA Children's & Women's Hospital's nationally certified car seat technicians from USA Health will inspect car seats to ensure they are properly installed. Select a date and time: Friday, March 6; Friday, April 3 and Friday, May 1, all 9 a.m.-noon. Register online at www.usahealthsystem.com/events. USA Children's & Women's Hospital is at 1700 Center Street.
* The Playhouse-in-the-Park presents the classic American drama "The Miracle Worker," based on the early life of Helen Keller. For students, the performances are February 12 and 13 and February 18 and 19, at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The play is appropriate for 3rd through 12th grade students. Tickets are $9 for students and chaperones and free for teachers. The show lasts 75 minutes and is performed at the Playhouse in Langan Park. For booking, call 251-422-5434.
* Touch a Truck is coming to Mobile on March 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Boulevard. Touch a Truck is a family-friendly event that offers children a hands-on opportunity to explore a variety of trucks and meet the people who build, protect and serve our community. Children will be allowed to touch, climb aboard, and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe environment. Admission is $20 per car. Proceeds from the event will benefit pediatric cancer at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and Adoption Rocks. Noise-free hour from 10-11 a.m.
* Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama presents the Gulf Coast Children's Book Festival on Thursday, March 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This festival, to be held at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Rd N, is the only children's book festival on the Gulf Coast. Come and enjoy an array of local organizations, emerging authors, illustrators, storytellers, entertainment and costumed book characters. For more information, go to bgcsouthal.org.
* On February 11 at 3 p.m., the Tuesday Movie at Parkway Branch Library will be "Harriet," the incredible true story of Harriet Tubman and her quest to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. For more information, call 251-494-4454.
* The Playhouse-in-the-Park presents the classic American drama "The Miracle Worker," based on the early life of Helen Keller. For students, the performances are February 12 and 13 and February 18 and 19, at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The play is appropriate for 3rd through 12th grade students. Tickets are $9 for students and chaperones and free for teachers. The show lasts 75 minutes and is performed at the Playhouse in Langan Park. For booking, call 251-422-5434.
* The auditions for "Big Fish" at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, are February 16, Sunday and February 17, Monday, both at 6:30 p.m. Auditions are open call, no advance registration required. All should be prepared to sing, dance and cold read from the script. For complete information and to download the audition packet please visit http://cctshows.com/season/big-fish-a-larger-than-life-musical/
* "Call of the Wild" is coming to the Crescent Theater, 208 Dauphin Street beginning February 21, 2020. Adapted from the beloved literary classic, THE CALL OF THE WILD vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team–and later its leader–Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master.
* James Bond 007 in "Tomorrow Never Dies" is coming to Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library at 5:30 p.m. February 28th. The film begins at a terrorist arms bazaar somewhere on the Russian border. MIG has sent James Bond into the field to survey trades and purchases by the terrorists. One terrorist identified, Henry Gupta, has purchased an American GPS encoder. Upon viewing the evidence of these transactions taking place Admiral Roebuck orders a missile strike upon the position, however, it later transpires that the terrorists have a Soviet nuclear torpedo setup on a plane. For more information, call 251-494-4132.
* "Black Coffee," written By Agatha Christie and directed by Nedra Bloom, will be playing weekends February 28-March 8, 2020 at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street. The play is described as "A real whodunit! The secret formula for a scientific breakthrough has been stolen from Sir Claud’s country house and now Sir Claud has been poisoned. Was it the great scientist’s son? His lovely young wife? The mysterious foreign doctor? The butler? It takes the wits of Hercule Poirot to find the guilty party." Show dates and times are as follows: February 28, 29 and March 6, 7, 7:30 p.m. and March 1, 8, 2 p.m.
* "Sister Act" is playing at Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 Carlen Street on weekends, Friday, March 20-Sunday, April 5, 2020. For ticket and other information, see http://www.joejeffersonplayers.com
* History Museum of Mobile Learning Lunch: Steve Joynt, hosted by History Museum of Mobile and Mobile Mask, is Wednesday, February 12, 2020, noon-1 p.m. at the Museum, 111 S Royal Street. This is the first of two February Learning Lunches with a Mardi Gras theme, the first being on February 12. This event features local author and Mardi Gras historian, Steve Joynt. He will share his presentation,"Game of Throws." Throws have become as important to the fabric of Mardi Gras as the parades themselves. In Game of Throws, Mr. Joynt will examine the historical and psychological role of throws in a Mardi Gras parade. He will discuss the origins of throws in parades, the development and evolution of laws regulating these items, and the effects these trinkets have on parade attendees. Learning lunch begins at noon in the Auditorium and admission is free.
* History Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street, will hold two February Learning Lunches with a Mardi Gras theme, the first on February 12 featuring Steve Joynt. This is second Learning Lunch and is on February 19, noon-1 p.m. It features Curator of the Mobile Carnival Museum, Cart Blackwell. He will deliver his presentation Broken Columns, Pointed Arches and Bawdy Bordellos: The Architecture of Carnival. The built environment of Mardi Gras is much more than the lasting landscapes of balconies, street lamps, and tall buildings that define Mobile year-round. It is also the architectural ephemera of floats, which might be seen by the public for a few brief hours, but has a lasting impact. Mr. Blackwell’s presentation looks at three parades from the 1880s as means of conveying the witty and at times risqué architectonics of float design. Learning Lunch begins at noon in the auditorium and admission is free.
* On Wednesday, February 19, 6-7 p.m., Historic Mobile Preservation Society presents "Parading Through Time with Scott Corcoran" at Historic Oakleigh House Museum, 350 Oakleigh Place. The public is invited to join HMPS and Scott Corcoran of the History Museum of Mobile for Parading Through Time: Rolling Through Four Centuries of Mobile's Carnival Traditions. Learn all about the origins of holiday, Mobile's Carnival societies, the artistry of Mardi Gras and more. Tickets are $10 per person and FREE for HMPS members.
* Dauphin Island Museum director, Jim Hall, has put together a series of interesting, educational and free talks beginning January 2020. Scheduled for January Tuesday, February 11, 6 p.m. is "Fort Powell, the Third Confederate Fort at the Mouth of Mobile Bay" and Thursday, February 27, 6 p.m. "Sand Island Light House." Admission is free for each of these events, but seating is limited.
* Mobile Carnival Museum's Mobile Makers: Present Day Artists & Artisans of Carnival will be on display through March 28, 2020 Mobile Makers, the fifth installment of the Mobile Carnival Museum's thematic quarterly series, showcases a selection of works by some of Mobile's leading artists. Highlighitng the cultural energy that defines Mardi Gras, the exhibit examines the role the arts - fine, performing, and sartorial - play in Mobile's greatest living tradition.
* Check out this Snowbird Special: Save on Gardens-and-Home tickets in January and February with Bellingrath Gardens & Home Snowbird Special. The discount allows you to tour the Gardens and the Home at a reduced price. Snowbird Special Gardens and Home ticket prices: Adult Gardens and Home ticket: $19.00 (Regular price: $22.00) Child Gardens and Home ticket (ages 5-12): $13.00 (Regular price: $14.00) Children ages 4 and younger: Free.*
* Winter Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens and Home run through February 26, 2020. Every year, Bellingrath Gardens and Home hosts special programs during the winter months. Each workshop covers a special feature of the Gardens or Home, tips for making your garden more spectacular, or guest lectures from renowned members of the horticultural and gardening world. On February , the session is "."
* Bellingrath Gardens is hosting the Mobile Area Orchid Society’s 43rd Annual Orchid Show and Sale from Friday, February 28, through Sunday, March 1. Mobile Area Orchid Society members will display their best orchids and will be available to answer questions and provide tips on growing and caring for these exotic plants. The show will include vendors selling orchids, supplies and accessories. Guests will also want to explore the new spring merchandise in the Bellingrath Gift Shop.There is no charge to attend the Orchid Show and Sale, but guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens and Home during their visit.
* See what's in bloom at Mobile Botanical Gardens. Join the WinterGarden Tour at the Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive at 1 p.m. on Fridays through March 20. Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, is featuring WinterGarden Tours every Friday at 1 p.m. (weather permitting) Admission is $5 per person 12 and older; free with General Admission. Last admission is at 3 p.m.
* Preview Party for Plantasia Spring Plant Sale is Thursday, March 19, 4-7 p.m. at MBG, 5151 Museum Drive. Get the first pick of the plants at the Thursday Plantasia Preview Party and Sale. The event is catered by Georgia Roussos and features live music; it's a party for plant lovers. The plant list will be posted on event site two weeks prior to the sale. Tickets will available beginning February 19th. Regular Plant Sale Hours: Friday, March 20 from 9-4, Saturday, March 21 from 9-4 and Sunday, March 22 from 11-4.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens's Plantasia Spring Plant Sale is Friday, March 20, 9 a.m.; Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m. and Sunday, March 22, 11 a.m.
* Environmental Studies Center's Open House, 6101 Girby Road is Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. 6101 Girby Road. With the title of "Spring Open House--Loving Our Coast the Most!" the event has as its theme environmental awareness, showcasing all of the ways our community can promote healthy coastal ecosystems. Parking will be at Burns Middle School with two shuttles running continuously. Come hungry as food will be available for purchase.
** BOOK CLUBS, RECITATIONS, READINGS, BOOK SIGNING,WRITING:
* Mobile Botanical Garden, 5151 Museum Drive, is offering "Elements of Fiction" with Linda Busby on Thursday, February 6, 1-3 p.m. The class is Creative Writing at The Gardens. (Six Sessions, Thursdays, 1-3, starting February 6) Creating and telling stories, especially stories from our lives—people, places, and events that shaped us. Exploring the elements of creative writing, both fiction and nonfiction. Getting words onto paper. Join us on Thursday afternoons to feed the creativity within you. Yes—you can tell your stories! Instructor: Linda Busby Parker, Ph.D., MFA- Professor, Writer, Publisher, Editor. Classes are Thurs, Feb. 6th, Thurs Feb 13th, Thurs Fed 20th, Skip Feb 27th and March 5th, Thurs March 12th, Week of Spring Plant Sale TBD by class vote (tentatively Wed 18th) and Thurs March 26th. MBG members pay $135; non-members fee is $160. To register, email, message, or call the office at (251)342-0555 (feel free to leave a message) Learn more here: http://www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org/event/elements-of-fiction-writing/
* On February 10, 10-11 a.m., writers get to share your story in an Adult Memoir Writing Class" at West Regional Library. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-340-1589 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* A Page in Time Book Club members will discuss "The Right Sort of Man" by Allison Montclair at West Regional Library. The group will meet 2-3:30 p.m. on February 11th. Call Michele Eli, 251-340-8590, for more information.
* On February 11, 1:30 p.m., African American Experience brings "The Hate You Give" to the Ben May Main Library. Based on the best-selling novel The Hate U Give, tells the story of Starr Carter, who lives in two worlds: the poor, black neighborhood where she resides and the mostly white prep school she attends. This uneasy balance is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a policeman. Facing pressures from all sides, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right. The film runs 132 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-340-1458.
* The West Regional Library presents "Come Meet Sam Mihara--mass Imprisonment in America" on February 12, 6:30-8 p.m. Copies of Mr. Mihara’s autobiography, The Life and Times of Sam Mihara will be available for sale. For more information, call 251-494-2298.
* Ebony Moments Book Club meets February 13, 6 p.m. at West Regional Library. This month's topic of discussion is "Can't Hurt Me" by David Goggins. The story: For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare. Poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. For more information, contact Betty Kidd at 251-580-7012.
* On February 3, an "African American Read-In" is planned at Toulminville Library. There will be special guests and community partners to celebrate Black Heritage in reading, poetry, storytelling and songs. AARI is a national literacy initiative ongoing since 1989, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) beginning in 1990, and later endorsed by the International Reading Association. For more information or a complete schedule of events, call 251-494-4982.
* On February 18, 1 p.m., the Reader's Choice Book Club will meet at West Regional Library to discuss "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens. For more information, call 251-494-2298.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, presents "Discover Pointed Pen Calligraphy - 4 week class" beginning Thursday, February 20, 10 a.m.-noon. This four week workshop will be led by Donna Brown, who will introduce students to the beautiful and elegant art of pointed pen calligraphy. Take Note: You don’t need great handwriting to make beautiful calligraphic letters. This class will demonstrate the use of writing supplies, and will discuss and practice the proper letterforms of the alphabet and how these letterforms can be combined to make beautiful words. Students will begin their practice in pencil and gradually begin to use a dip pen and ink to write the letterforms they learn in class. Instructor will supply a beginner’s kit (Included in registration fee) Space is limited. The class runs from February 20-March 12, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Fee for MBG Members is $100; for NonMember, $125.For more information and to register visit http://www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org/event/discover-pointed-pen-calligraphy/
* April 4, 2 p.m., AHF Road Scholar Richard Bailey, Ph. D. presents "Rock in a Weary Land: The Black Church in 19th Century Alabama" at Ben May Main Library. Admission is free. For more information, call 340-251-1458 or email email@example.com.
* Mobile County Health Department - MCHD is sponsoring an $8 Weekend Rabies Clinic on Saturday, February 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at St. Elmo Feed & Seed, 9001 Highway 90, Irvington. The low cost rabies shots for dogs, cats and ferrets during weekend clinic are good for one year. All rabies shots are payable in cash.
* Circle this Date on your calendar: Mobile Chocolate Festival to benefit Penelope House for victims of domestic violence is Saturday, March 21, 2020, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Abba Shrine, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile. This is a Family Fun event - $3 general admission, $2 for seniors 65 and older; Seniors 65 & above, Children 13 and under are free. Proceeds benefit Penelope House, whose mission is to provide safety, protection, and support to the victims of Domestic Violence and their children through the provision of shelter, advocacy, and individual and community education.
* The 17th Annual Azalea Festival is March 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mary G Montgomery High School. The event is sponsored by Semmes Chamber of Commerce. For more information, go to www.semmeschamber.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The 2nd Annual Dauphin Island Native American Festival, presented by Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, is Saturday, March 21, 2020, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fort Gaines, 51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. Dauphin Island Native American Festival is a celebration of the cultures that existed in the Alabama coastal region in the 1700s through the early 1800s, the festival will feature live storytelling and hands-on demonstrations of Native American foodways, recreational activities and arts and crafts. Tickets include both the Festival and a tour of Fort Gaines and are $6 for ages 5-12 and $12 for ages 13 and up. Advance tickets can be purchased online at https://dauphinislandarts.networkforgood.com/events/18565-dauphin-island-native-american-festival, at Dauphin Island Gallery or at Fort Gaines. Tickets will also be on sale at Fort Gaines the day of the event.
* The 10th Annual R4R Chili Cook-Off, hosted by Riders 4 Riders, is Sunday, February 16, 2020, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Boondocks Bar & Grill, 10210 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. Fee is $10 per entry on Chili and Cornbread--if you want to try your hand both categories its $15. All About Karaoke will be playing some tunes, there'll be a 50/50 and so much fun!
* The 31st Annual American Cancer Society Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, March 7, 2020, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mardi Gras Park downtown Mobile. Proceeds from Chili-Cook-Off will be used for local educational programs to teach the importance of early detection and prevention; patient services such as transportation, and lifesaving research. To enter: Call the American Cancer Society at (251) 344-9858 or visit our website, mobilechilicookoff.org. To buy tickets: Tickets are $10.00 each at the American Cancer Society Office or $15.00 on the day of the event. For cancer information, call 1-800 - 227-2345 or visit our website at www.cancer.org.
* Dauphin Island Veterans Association (DIVA) Chili Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, March 21 in the west parking lot of Pelican Pub. Tasting begins at noon with a $5 per person donation. Teams should consist of no more than 3 members and the chili cooked on site. Registration fee is $20 per team, $15 if paid by March 11. Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place team.
* The 2020 Downtown Cajun Cook-Off is Saturday, March 28, 2020, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cathedral Square, Mobile. Ticket are $10 and can be purchased at the Child Advocacy Center as well as both Arrow Exterminating locations in Mobile and Baldwin County, Mellow Mushroom Old Shell Rd. and Olensky Brothers Downtown. Ticket prices will be $15 on the day of the event. Ticket can also be purchased online for $13.00 via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/webapps/shoppingcart?flowlogging_id=f99d99497f91e&mfid=1579386855562_f99d99497f91e#/checkout/openButton. CAC asks that if you cannot attend, make a donation to the event to help the Child Advocacy Center. The mission of the CAC is to be the Mobile community response to the problem of child abuse. Abused children are interviewed here by a specialized, trained team of professionals. Children and their non-offending family members are referred for counseling and prepared for the criminal justice process. Also provided are educational and training programs in child abuse awareness and prevention.
* Mobile Police Department 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, April 18, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; the new location is Bienville Square, 150 Dauphin Street, downtown Mobile. The public is invited to taste the best chili in the city – cooked by Mobile police officers. Tickets are $5 per person, and free for children 5 and under. Proceeds benefit the Mobile Law Enforcement Foundation and MPD Crime Prevention Unit. For more information, Southern Sounds BBQ & Bluesfest is scheduled for May 1 and 2 at Loblolly Farm, 9930 Stone Road, Semmes. This BBQ competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Association; for an application, to compete, go to visit www.southernsoundsfest.com. FREE ADMISSION to the public on May 2nd. Gates open at 10 a.m. Live music throughout the day!
* The 3rd Annual Surge Church Car Show and Chili Cook Off, Sunday, March 1, 2020, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. will be at Surge Church, 2900 Dawes Road. All proceeds to go to the Surge Youth Ministry.
* The 2nd Annual Camp Grace Car Show, at Camp Grace, 11081 Wanda Drive, is Saturday, March 28, 2020, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The car show is being combined with the Yellow Day Festival. There will be activities going on this day. Camp Grace invites: "Come out and enjoy the beautiful Camp Grace grounds; bring your favorite show vehicle." Spectators enter free. Vehicle fee is $20 per entry and $20 for multiple entries. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/car-show-at-camp-grace-tickets-89241107555?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-source=strongmail&utm-term=listing or contact Jeff Russell, 251-591-1451.
* Save the Date: The 27th Annual Camellia Classic Open Show on Saturday, April 18, 2020, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. will be held at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore. If pre-registered, check in at the gate then get your forms and goodie bag at the registration tent inside the Gardens on the Great Lawn. If not pre-registered, pay at the gate and register inside at the blue and white registration tent. All registration ends at 11:15 a.m.; judging is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with awards presentation at 2:30 p.m. Spectators must enter through Bellingrath Gardens and will get $1 off admission if they bring a canned good donation for Feeding the Gulf Coast Food Bank. This year's other Charity of Choice will be United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile. This is a Rain or Shine event. Applications will be mailed out soon and will also be found on our website: www.mobilebaymustangclub.org and PayPal will be accepted online. Checks or cash only day of show.