The Mobile Public Library branches continue to offer wonderful summer fare for children and teens. Below is just a sampling of events and the day they will be held at particular libraries. Visit www.mplonline.org to see what's happening at a branch near you.
"Oz the Great and Powerful" will be the subject for the Book and Movie Club meeting on Tuesday, June 30, 10:30 a.m. at Saraland Public Library. At Moorer Branch Spring Hill, Monday, July 6, 3 p.m., magicians Dr. Gee and Dasffodil will present "Superhero Santa." "Juggling with Ron Anglin" will be the "Super Performance" at Parkway Branch on Wednesday, July 1, 3 p.m.
At Semmes Library, June 30, 2 p.m. Jaime Lee will teach participants in the Teen Art Class how to make a "Comic Book Tote Bag." Call Theodore Oaks Branch Library, 653-5012, for information on its summer program or to register a group for "Parent and Child Storytimes." And check with Trinity Gardens Community Library, 457-5954, for information on its summer offerings.
The Movie of the Week at Toulminville Branch on Wednesday, July 1, 10 a.m. is "Box Trolls." And at West Regional Branch, parents should call 340-8571 to register their child for the American Girl Book Club, where "activities, crafts and snacks bring girls and their dolls together." On Tuesday, June 30, 3 p.m., activities will center on "Josefina Saves the Day."
Parents, if you have a talented child 5-18 years old, the Saturday, July 25th 2nd Annual Kids' Day Talent Show is their chance to shine. Whether they sing, dance, play music or do stand-up comedy, they can register to perform on stage and perhaps win a prize. The event will be held at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road during Kids' Day, 2-5 p.m., July 25. A $20 donation to SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce is required. Call 666-2488 for more information.
The movies on Dauphin Island's West End Beach this week include "E.T." on July 2 and "Jaws" on July 3. The films start at dark.
The noon business meeting of SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce is Wednesday, July 1, at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Call 666-2488 for luncheon reservations.
The works of artist Cynthia Oszuscik will be on display at Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, during July and August.
On June 30, 9:30-11:30 a.m., there'll be a health fair, fun and games, fresh fruit and vegetables and other activities at Parkway SAIL Senior Center, 1600 Boykin Boulevard.
Below are a few of the holiday celebrations, small and large, coming up July 2-4, 2015.
The Senior Adults at Saraland United Methodist Church, 415 McKeough Street, will have a 4th of July celebration on Thursday, July 2, 11:30 a.m. at the church. Veterans will be honored at the event. Call 675-2728 for information.
The seniors at Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, can look forward to a cookout and ice cream on Thursday, July 2, 11:30 a.m. Sign-up is requested; call 649-2010. The Center will be closed July 3.
And seniors at Tillman's Corner Center for Seniors, 5863 Nevius Road, have a covered-dish luncheon planned on Friday, July 3, 9 a.m.-noon. The Center is providing the chicken tenders, so those attending most likely will want to bring side dishes and desserts. For more information on the Center and the activities there, call site manager, Carolyn Lundy, 661-6600.
July 4th at Dauphin Island includes a patriotic and solemn ceremony hosted by the Dauphin Island Veterans Association. To be held at Water Tower Plaza. the event at 11 a.m. honors those who have served and continue to serve our country. The Town and Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsoring the Mobile Pops Band, which will fill the air with patriotic tunes, beginning at 7 p.m. at Dauphin Island School grounds. Admission is free. Then at 9 p.m., the sky will burst with color as the traditional, spectacular fireworks display takes place at the public beach near the fishing pier. The show can be seen from many vantage points on the Island.
Semmes Freedom Celebration is Friday, July 3, beginning at 5 p.m. at Mary G. Montgomery High School. This family-fun day to celebrate our nation's freedom offers children's activities, an arts and crafts show, hot air balloon rides, a concert, a car show and a fireworks display. For information, visit http://www.orchardassembly.com/semmes-freedom-celebration/
Grand Bay Watermelon Festival is Saturday, July 4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Festival Park, Highway 90 in Grand Bay. Cost is $5 per vehicle. Visitors get free, ice cold sliced watermelon to eat on the premises. This annual event has something for everyone--family entertainment, children's area, a Pretty Baby contest, introduction to the Watermelon Festival Queens, a variety of food, games, arts and crafts.
Chickasaw's 7th Annual Independence Day Celebration will be Saturday, July 4th at Bill Brooks Park. There'll ve food, drinks, watermelon, music, the Hope Puppet Show and a Silly Game Contest. The fun begins at 5 p.m. A Kayak Paddle will start at 6 p.m. Call Kathy Couey, 452-6467, to register for the Paddle and watch the fireworks from the water.