McKinley is working now on getting donations for a pallet of bottled water to move into the summer months, and there's always a need for 3-compartment Styrofoan plates with hinged lids, plastic forks and spoons, commercial-size heavy duty aluminum foil (18" X 500 feet) and gallon-size Ziploc freezer bags. But to have sufficient food for a few weeks is a blessing for which he is thankful. To learn more about this mission to feed the hungry, call him at 379-9014 or visit http://www.onemealmobile.com.
Special Needs Athletes Programs Inc. has a fundraiser on St. Patrick's Day--a party bus trip to Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi on March 17. Proceeds will help fund trophies and a banquet for special needs bowlers. Call 455-6748 or 366-9978 to reserve a seat on the bus.
Bayside Book Club will meet Thursday, March 19, 6 p.m. at Parkway Branch Library. The book choise is "High Lonesome" by Louis L'Amour. For information, call Betty Fowler, 476-2600.
The Women's Resource Center Spring Gala is Thursday, March 19 at Mobile Convention Center. A silent auction begins at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Call 473-4000 for details.
Dr. Elizabeth Varon will speak on “Legacies of Appomattox: Lee’s Surrender in History and Memory” at the 10th Anniversary Hinson Lecture Series presented by the University of Mobile. The event will be held at the History Museum of Mobile on March 19, 7 p.m. and will include a lecture, a reception and a book-signing. The public is invited; admission is free. For more information, contact Dr. Lonnie Burnett at 251-442-2319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLANTASIA! Mobile Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale is March 19-22, 2015. Sponsored by Regions Bank, the sale is admission-free on Friday, March 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, March 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission to the Preview Party, Thursday, March 19, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. is $25 and features wine, hors d'oeuvres, music and first choice of the plants. Tickets can be purchased online (For information. call 342-0555.)
On Friday, March 20, AT&T Telephone Pioneer volunteers will be on hand at Career Day at Semmes Community Center to talk with students from 5 elementary schools about AT&T careers.
Saturday, March 21, 6:30-10:30 a.m. is Saraland Lions Club 7th Annual Pancake Breakfast at Catfish Junction, 300 Industrial Parkway in Saraland. Call 675-6172 or 455-5325 for more information or tickets.
AeroFest Independence Ride is Saturday, March 21, 2015. The short and medium course begens at 10 a.,m. at Mobile Aeroplex, 1891 9th Street, Mobile. The long and ultra long ride starts at 8 a.m. at the Bayou La Batre Community Center, 12745 Padgett-Switch Road, Irvington. To order tickets or for festival details and updates, visit www.mobileaerofest.com.
A car show and other events will take place on Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Creola Assembly of God Church, 9580 Old Highway 43 in Creola. There'll be live music, food, children's games, bounce house, train rides and face painting. Car registration is $10. Admission is free. Call 675-6005 for information.
Cooking for a Cause: Downtown Cajun Cook-Off to benefit the Children's Advocacy Center will be held Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Cathedral Square in Mobile. Tickets are available at http://www.cacmobile.org/buynow.shtml. Call 432-1101 for information.
The Mobile Symphony Orchestra, with the University of South Alabama Choir, will present "From Tragedy to Triumph" on Saturday, March 21, 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 22, 2:30 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile. Tickets can be purchased by calling the MSO box office at 432-2010, in person at 257 Dauphin Street or online at http://www.mobilesymphony.org.
As part of the 2015 Southern Literary Trail, two events honoring film director William Wyler will take place in Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street in Mobile. On Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m., Wyler's daughters, Catherine and Melanie, visit Mobile for Trailfest 2015 to introduce two of their father's films and a special screening of the documentary, Directed by William Wyler. In Directed by William Wyler, produced by Catherine Wyler, the director was interviewed about his career just three days before his death on July 27. Catherine will introduce her film, followed by a screening of Jezebel with an introduction by Melanie Wyler.
And then on Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m., there'll be a presentation about "The Little Foxes." With nine Oscar nominations in 1941, The Little Foxes, directed by William Wyler, was the most Oscar-nominated movie about Alabama until Forrest Gump won Best Picture in 1994. The film was adapted from Lillian Hellman's stage hit inspired by her Demopolis family, the Marxes, who are buried in Mobile. A reception to honor Catherine and Melanie will follow the film.
Admission is free. For more information, call 208-7097. For a full schedule of the 2013 Southern Literary Trail events, go to http://www.southernliterarytrail.org/events.html.
On Sunday, March 22, 1-4 p.m., the History Museum of Mobile is hosting an exhibit, "What's at Stake?" featuring 20 artists. The topic is the Deepwater Horizon oio spill, and works are designed to remind visitors of the beauty and uniqueness of the Gulf region and the necessity for its protection. Call 208-7652 for information.
The Allentown Elementary School Art Exhibit, "ALL MIXED UP," is showing now in the Semmesonian Art Space at Semmes Public Library, 9150 Moffett Road. The official opening with the students, parents and faculty will be Tuesday, March 24. 4 p.m. at the Library; the public is encouraged