Note to readers: I am having knee-replacement surgery Wednesday, May 13 at Providence Hospital. You'll see that this week's blog covers a few days beyond May 17, including some Memorial Day observances. I expect to be home and back at my computer by May 17 weekend. Do keep reading and submitting information.
First Baptist Church of Satsuma. 5600 Old Hwy 43 in Satsuma, invites everyone to witness an amazing Horse Whisperer event presented by SPURS Ministries, Sunday, May 17, 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Grand Bay Convalescent Home's Annual Marilyn Moss Memorial Picnic is Friday, May 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 13750 Highway 90 W. in Grand Bay. The country/western style event is for all nursing homes in Region VII; the surrounding community is also invited. Attendees should bring their own lunch. Soft drinks will be provided. The day will be filled with activities and entertainment: Calap Lewis on his fiddle, horse and buggy rides, an antique car show and much more. For more information, call 865-6443.
Karen McGahagin's art exhibit, "It's All About the Hats," will be showing at Mobile Arts Council during the month of May. The display is an eclectic mix of mediums, including watercolor, oil and Sumi-e.
Daugherty's Gallery & Frame Shop, 857-A Downtowner Boulevard, Mobile is hosting a Benefit Art Show and Sale for Edelman Fine Arts Ltd. of New York. The event is Saturday, May 16, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, May 17, 1-5 p.m. Proceeds benefit Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama. Call 343-4311 for more information.
Philippe Oszascik is the featured artist at Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road for May and June
Dauphin Island West End Beach will be the setting for a free movie, Thursday, May 14 at dusk. Sponsored by the Town of Dauphin Island, the series will continue through June. Those attending should bring their beach chairs.
On May 16, the Island Mystics will hold their annual Crawfish Boil in Cadillac Square at Dauphin Island.
The Tillman's Corner Lions Club meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at noon at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. For information on becoming a member, call Lion Ron Mitchell, 251-591-6872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Take a Swing at Cancer," the 2015 Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is Saturday, May 16 at 8 a.m. The event will be at Magnolia Grove Course, 7000 Lamplighter Drive in Semmes. Lunch will be provided and prizes awarded. Contact Theresa Orrell at email@example.com or 689-8128 for details.
At Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, artist Mary Rodning is teaching a watercolor class on Monday, May 12 at 9 a.m. A blood drive is scheduled May 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A celebration of May birthdays is Thursday, May 14, 12:30 p.m. Call 649-2010 for more information on membership or activities at Semmes Senior Center.
An Introductory Guitar Class will beheld at 10:30-11:30, May 12 and May 26 in Room B at Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road. Brian Robinson will be the instructor. Call 602-4963 for more information.
May is National BBQ Month, and Connie Hudson Senior Center will observe it with a BBQ contest May 18-22. A rules-and-regulations meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 14, 2:30 p.m. Sign-up is at the Center front desk (3201 Hillcrest Road.)
Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road, has music, dancing and socialization for seniors every Thursday, 7-10 p.m. On May 14, the program is provided by Country Sounds Band with Melvin Farmer and Wayne Goff, and on May 21, Dumas McLaney's County Line Band of Mobile plays.
Tuesday, May 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m., the NextDoor Community Action Group will meet at Riverside Baptist Church. Scheduled speaker is Judge Edmond Naman. Attendees are invited to come a little early, 6:15 p.m. for Coffee with Lt. Dannelley of the Mobile Police Department.
Plans will be announced for the 2015 Summer Boys & Girls Club Program at Gilliard Elementary School. Those attending the NextDoor MAC meeting are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the Dauphin Island Parkway Ministerial Association Food Pantry.
Coastal Response Center South Bay Project Community Yard Sale is Saturday, May 16, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the CRC, 7385 Highway 188, Coden. Booth donation is $5. Call Lori Bosarge, 824-7265 for more information.
"Music Down in the Boon Docks" with live music from local artists also takes place on Saturday, May 16. Crafters and businesses are welcome to set up a table to sell and promote your business; donation is $5 for vendor space. Adult admission fee is $5; children 12 and younger are admitted free.
South Bay Project is collecting school supplies for approximately 100 children who were served during the Coats for Kids event last December. In addition, non-perishables are being collected for the group's Food Pantry. Contact Lori Bosarge, 251-824-7265 or ibosarge@CenturyTel.net or Connie Hamilton, 251-209-3201, for more information.
Looking ahead to Memorial Day observances:
The City of Satsuma will hold a Memorial Day event on Monday, May 25, 9 a.m. on the front lawn of City Hall. The scheduled guest speaker will be Congressman Bradley Byrne. Graduating Saraland High School senior, Jessica Strenth, will sing the National Anthem. For more information, call Edith Butler, 675-1440 ext. 2.
On Monday, May 25, members of the Dauphin Island Veterans Association will hold a ceremony at Water Tower Plaza; the public is invited. Activities will begin at 11 a.m. and will include a variety of tributes to those who have served, and continue to serve our country. Names of deceased Island service members will be added to the Memorial Walls.
On Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m., the Sassy Stitchers Quilting Group at the Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center will present Quilts of Valor to selected veterans. The Center is at 3201 Hillcrest Road.
A Memorial Day Observance Ceremony, sponsored by the City of Semmes, will be held at Honor Park on Wulff Road on May 25, 1 p.m.
Blue Star Salute Foundation Memorial 5K Run/Walk for Alabama's Fallen Heroes is Saturday, May 16, 7:30 a.m. at Battleship Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile. Each participant will run with the name of one of Alabama's Fallen Heroes on the race bib. For more information, call Peggy Olive, 251-401-8039 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Great News/Good Job Department:
Sally Ericson, Marketing Director at Bellingrath Gardens, said that "We had a great crowd at the Wiggle Waggle Run" (May 2); about 250 rnners registered for the run, and of those, registered approximately 125 came into the Gardens afterward.
Congratulations to Molly Wiggins of Creola; she is the winner of the Saraland-Satsuma Community Education Council's $2,000 scholarship, according to SSCEC president, Carolyn Cain.
The University of South Alabama National Alumni Association reports that the 650 Jags who participated in the JaguarsCare Day, Saturday, April 18 contributed more than 1,200 hours of service across the globe.