Galas, fun, fuundraisers, Cook-Offs, Special Events:
* Celebrate Bellingrath Gardens & Home with Crafts, Games, Scavenger Hunts & Trivia through May 31 Theodore Oaks Branch, 5808 Highway 90 West, Suite E. Closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day Holiday. Theodore Oaks is delighted to partner with Bellingrath Gardens and Home during the month of May in celebration of the anniversary of Bessie Morse Bellingrath’s 141st birthday. A collection of stunning, visual images hand-picked by the staff at Bellingrath will be on display throughout the library. Visitors can enjoy a fun scavenger hunt, grab a trivia card to test their knowledge of famous landmarks in Mobile County, or color pictures of the Gardens. Children will receive a take-home flower craft, and Trivia participants will be entered for a chance to win a Family 4 Pack, courtesy of Bellingrath Gardens and Home! Activities can be done any time during the library hours of operation. Family 4 Pack drawing will be held June 1st. For more information, call 251-653-5012.
* "Serving You," a fundraiser for Family Promise of Coastal Alabama, is Monday, May 13, 6-8 p.m. at Atlanta Bread Company, 3680 Dauphin Street. Make plans to have dinner at Atlanta Bread, then after your meal, tip the great servers, and every dime will go to help families escape homelessness. Servers this year include the following people: Anna Duke, Springhill Presbyterian Church; Mary Robert, All Saints Episcopal Church; Kathy Jorgensen, Dauphin Way United Methodist Church and Bailey Norman, Trinity Episcopal Church.
* The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation Trustees invite the public to the Alabama premiere of "Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy." The event is Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center Ballroom. General Admission Doors Open at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for reception to meet filmmaker Mimi deGruy and admission to movie is $50 (Limited to 100 participants.) The Reception is from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. General Admission Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Proceeds for the event will go to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation to sustain the Mike deGruy scholarship. For more information, call 251-307-5903 or visit the website at sealabfoundation.org. DISLF is a 501 (c)( 3) organization- EIN # 46-0502262?
* Satsuma Schools' Retirement Brunch is Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Satsuma High School Library, 1 Gator Circle. All former school employees of Robert E Lee Elementary School and Satsuma High School are invited. RSVP to Marcelinia Summerlin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-380-8181.
* The 2nd Annual Jazz & Cocktails..Rx for a Cause, presented by Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy and Gardberg & Kemmerly, Attorneys at Law, is Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 5:30-9 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street. Tickets are $35 per person and $65 for couples. Tickets may be purchased at Ozanam Pharmacy, 109 S. Cedar Steet or at the door. The event will feature a silent auction, delicious appetizers and live jazz music performed by Alvin King and The Fifth K'nection Jazz Band, and also James "Milkshake" Patterson. Net proceeds will benefit Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy programs and services. Attire is dressy orbusiness The net proceeds from the event will directly go to all of our programs at Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy. For more information, contact 251.721.0458 / 251.432.4111 or visit our website at www.ozanampharmacy.org.
* Foster Parent Info Session, hosted by Alabama MENTOR, is Thursday, May 16, 2019, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at DHR, 3103 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. From DHR: "Children in our communities need caring homes. You can help. Come to our free event to learn what it takes to be a foster parent. We'll answer any questions you have about who can qualify, what the licensing process is like, what supports you'll receive, and what challenges the kids you can help are facing." The information session will be held in Room 239. Refreshments will be served. If you can't make it but would still like to learn more about becoming a foster parent, contact host Carlshanee' at 251-478-5243, Carlshanee.Palmer@thementornetwork.com.
* UWSWA Is Accepting Nominations for the Heart of Gold Volunteer Awards. Do you know someone with a HEART OF GOLD? UWSWA is proud to honor its volunteers with the Heart of Gold Award, which recognizes volunteers for their dedication and service in the areas of education, health, financial stability or essentials. The engagement of the hundreds of individuals who volunteer with us each year is critical to the success of both UWSWA and its 48 partner agencies. Last year, the work of these volunteers was valued at more than a half a million dollars--money that was invested in programs and services that addressed our communities' needs. Deadline for nominations is May 17th. Online link to Mobile County’s nomination form: https://www.supersaas.com/form/UWSWAPrograms/Heart_of_Gold_2019_Mobile. Online link for the Choctaw, Clarke, and Washington counties’ form: https://www.supersaas.com/form/UWSWAPrograms/Heart_of_Gold_2019_Counties
* The American Cancer Society Vintage Affair Gala, "Sip & Save Lives," is Friday, May 17, 2019, 6-8 p.m. at Red or White Wine & Gourmet Center, 1104 Dauphin Street. Admission is $25 at the door; tickets can also be purchased online at www.vintageaffairmobile.org. For more information, email email@example.com.
* Dumas Wesley Community Center's Fourth Annual Plane Pull is Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Brookley Aeroplex, 2100 Aerospace Drive. For information, contact Joni Hendee, Dumas Wesley Community Center, 251-479-0649 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The 17th Annual St Mary's KOC Crawfish & Bluegrass Extravaganza is Saturday, May 18, rain or shine, on St. Mary Catholic School grounds, 1450 Old Shell Road. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. and event lasts 'til 8 p.m. Music is by Fat Man Squeeze. This an All you can Eat event and tickets are $20 (Pre Sale Only); $25 (Day of Event); and $15 Children Age 13-18. Those younger 12 enter free. Tickets are at Mobile Popcorn, St. Mary School or online at https://form.jotform.com/72744746199168.
* Bayou Crawfish Boil with Mobile Baykeeper will be Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Bayou La Batre Community Center, 12745 Padgett Switch oad, Irvington, Alabama. The public is invited to "Come enjoy free crawfish and learn how you can protect the Bayou and become a trained water quality monitor."
* Celebrate Literacy with Metro Mobile Literacy Council (MMLC) from 5:30-8:30 on May 23rd at Moe’s BBQ in downtown Mobile. MMLC has been sponsoring Literacy programs for students in grades 3-12 for over 25 years. Tickets for the Meet & Greet are $22, which includes both a delicious barbeque meal and an annual membership to Metro Mobile Literacy Council. Educators, community stakeholders, parents and anyone interested in promoting literacy in Mobile are invited.
* The Mobile County Health Department will hold a Food Handler’s Course on May 20, 1:30 p.m. at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90. Those attending should bring $15 cash and proper identification. (Do not bring additional guests who are not taking the course. This time is reserved for those attending the course.)
* On Monday, May 20, Bellingrath Gardens and Home will celebrate Mrs. Bessie Bellingrath's birthday. Born on May 20, 1878, Bessie Morse Bellingrath left an enduring legacy of beauty in the Gardens and Home she created. Be sure to visit the Gift Shop for the annual “Buy Like Miss Bessie” sale. For details on other May events, visit our website, bellingrath.org, or call 251-973-2217.
* On Friday, May 24, 3-7 p.m., Chickasaw High School football boosters group is having an “Oh Whata Night” fundraiser at the Chickasaw Whataburger, 100 North Craft Highway. The restaurant will donate a percentage of the sales during that four hour time period to help the team with new uniform purchases. Everyone is encouraged to "Come out to support our Chieftains!"
* Explore Mobile! at Conde-Charlotte Museum House, 104 Theatre Street, is Sunday, June 2, 1-5 p.m. In conjunction with the Alabama Bicentennial Celebration, the City of Mobile’s tourist attractions have come together to celebrate. For information on other Explore Mobile venues, go to www.exploremobile.org.
* Dwell Mobile Crawfish & Cornhole, hosted by Dwell Mobile and Port City Cornhole, is Saturday, June 8, 2019, 2-7 p.m. at Stewartfield, 4307 Old Shell Road (on the Spring Hill College campus.) Tickets by Eventbrite include ($30) All You Can Eat Crawfish Boil and Cornhole Tournament benefiting Dwell of Mobile. The purchase of a crawfish ticket includes entrance into the event & all the crawfish you can eat. There will also be a cash bar onsite with wine & other beer available for purchase. To make it even better, Fat Man Squeeze will be providing live music throughout the event. Tournament registration on Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dwell-mobile-crawfish-cornhole-tickets-59728257827?ref=eios
* SAVE THE DATE "Cheers to Children," a fundraiser for Child Advocacy Center of Mobile, 1351 Springhill Avenue, is Monday, July 29, 2019, 6-8:30 p.m. EL Papi will host this wine tasting, along with samples of their signature dishes. The event also includes a live and silent auction and music by Harrison McInnis. Williams Financial Group is the Title Sponsor of this event.
* MoCoHi Class Reunion, classes 1938-1968 is at the Lighthouse Restaurant, 12495 Padgett Switch Road, Irvington on Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. This is a joint Mobile County High School Class Reunion for all who attended between 1938-1968. To RSVP, or for information, contact Maxine Webb-Pickering at 251-865-4495.
Events for Children/Teens/Families:
* At "Tinker Tuesday," 4-5 p.m. May 14th, youngsters can Design & Create their own Tassel Jewelry. The event is at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. For more information, call 251-494-4140 or email email@example.com.
* On Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., children of all ages can stop by Moorer/Spring Hill Library and make their own Cookie Pops. For more information, call 251-494-4140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* May 17, 4-5 p.m., youngsters can join Mr. Butch at Moorer/Spring Hill Library and make Pop Bottle Fireflies. Groups must register. For more information or to register, call 251-494-4132 or email email@example.com.
* The 46th Annual Grand Bay Watermelon Festival Queens Pageant will be held on Saturday, May 18th, with practice on Friday, May 17th. There are now 6 age categories, from age 4 (by July 4th) through age 18. Watermelon Festival Queens not only represent the Grand Bay Watermelon Festival on July 3rd and 4th, but also represent Grand Bay at other local events throughout the year. This is a wonderful opportunity for these young ladies to learn to be ambassadors for Grand Bay. After they graduate high school, they can go on to compete for the Alabama Watermelon Queen, which can include scholarships for college. Applications and other information is at http://grandbaywatermelonfestival.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2019-Queens-Pageant-Application.pdf
* "Family Movie Night At The Loblolly," hosted by Loblolly Farm, 9930 Stone Road, Semmes,is Saturday, May 18, 2019, 4-10 p.m. Available will be BBQ plates sold by Flaps 20 Sauce & Rubs; Concessions; Jump Castle & Children's Activities and Music. Admission is $5 per car.
* SAVE THE DATE SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce 6th Annual Kids Day, "Under the Sea," is Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. There'll be games, prizes, free food, inflatables, face painting and so much more. Bring a canned food item for admission.
* Grand Bay Watermelon Festival Pretty Baby Contest is Thursday, July 4, 8:45-10 a.m. at Grand Bay Watermelon Festival, Taylor F Harper Boulevard, Grand Bay. For an application, send a message for a downloadable application; or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on attire, age divisions, photos, fee and other Pretty Baby Contest notes, see event site.
* Satsuma May Day Festival, presented by Satsuma Public Library, is Saturday, May 18, 2019. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fred K. Wright Park, 5749 Highway 43, Satsuma.
* Grand Bay Watermelon Festival is July 3, 3-7 p.m. and July 4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Grand Bay Watermelon Festival Park, Taylor F Harper Boulevard, Grand Bay. This is the 46th Annual Watermelon Festival, a family fun event with all the free, sliced, ice cold watermelon one can eat (but only on the 4th; tThe watermelon will be chilling on the 3rd) Free admission on the 3rd and just $5 per vehicle on the 4th. Information and applications, such as vendors, sponsors and Festival Queens, are at www.grandbaywatermelonfestival.org.
* Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council and Dauphin Island Elementary School invites the public to view the students' art show featuring work created this school year as part of DIHAC's School Art Program. Each grade studied a different artist and created a tribute to that artist. The show will be available for viewing May 15 though May 22 at Dauphin Island Elementary School, 1501 Bienville Boulevard, during school days/hours. Come by the school office, sign in and enjoy a tour of the amazing art by the children of Dauphin Island. The art show is open to the public, so invite friends to also visit. Thanks to Melinda Hollingsworth, Barbara Teare and a number of other volunteers for all their wonderful work with the DIHAC School Art Program. This program is a vital part of DIHAC's mission and is provided free of charge, thanks to loyal donors, volunteers and other supporters.
* "Pastel Painting with Sharon Martin" is scheduled for Thursdays, through May 16, 1-4 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Soft Pastels are pure pigment which create velvety, vibrant color. In this class, students will explore their versatility and experiment with a variety of supports in an array of colors from lightly textured paper to sanded paper. For more information, visit mobilemuseumofart.
* Mobile Arts Council, 318 Dauphin Street, and LODA Artwalk are hosting May Art Show. Art lovers are invited to see a collection of colorful narrative paintings from Cat Pope, a series of striking portraits by Sarah Rutledge Fischer and an exhibit of Gulf Coast nature in oils and acrylics by Nancy Milford. Stop by Cathedral Square for live music, visit downtown's other fabulous participating galleries and venues for more art and live performances, and stroll through Bienville Square to support the LoDa Night Market Vendors! MAC’s exhibitions will hang through May 30; gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays.
* Connie Hudson Senior Center Art will be on display at the Art Walk in downtown Mobile June 14th. The Opening Reception will be 6-9 p.m.
* Congratulations to Dr. Phillippe Oszuscik, whose "Cat Naps" captured Best of Show Spring 2019 award in the in the recent Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society of Mobile Show.
* Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, is offering "Unguided Studio Time: Figure Drawing" on Thursdays through May 23, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students can enjoy unguided studio time to create artwork in their choice of medium from a live model. Each week will feature a different model for a fresh and inspiring experience each session. Bring your favorite supplies and get ready to create in this relaxing communal environment.
* "Exploring Indigo Dyeing and Shibori with Aaron Sanders Head," hosted by Aaron Sanders Head and Mobile Museum of Art, is Saturday, June 22, 2019, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Tickets are at www.mobilemuseumofart.com.
* "The Art of Seeing with Matilde Tellaetxe" will be Thursdays, May 16 - June 27, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Students can register for Individual weeks: $30/$20 members, per week OR Register for all seven weeks: $175/$120 members. The objective of this course is to introduce the student to the most important concepts of two-dimensional design utilized in drawing, painting, photography, and other art forms. Each session will feature a short lecture with hands-on activities and examples in the galleries. Supplies are included. For more information, visit mobilemuseumofart. . For more information, visit mobilemuseumofart. .
Arts & Crafts (including quilting and sewing):
* A Yarn Club meets every Thursday at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, Grand Bay. Participants can learn to crochet and other yarn crafts. They're asked to bring their own hooks.
* 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 (May 7), 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.
* Playhouse in the Park is holding auditions for "Oliver" on May 13, 15 and 22, 6-8:30 p.m. at the theatre, 4851 Museum Drive, Mobile.
* Playhouse-in-the-Park, 4851 Museum Drive, presents "Tom Sawyer" through May 19, 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Reservations can be made at 251-602-0630 or online at playhouseinthepark.org/box-office.
* At 1 p.m. on May 14, Ben May Main Library's Marvelous May film will be "First Man" about NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong as he rigorously trains to become the first man to walk on the moon. For more information, call 251-340-1458.
* "Thor Ragnarok" is scheduled as the Movie Tuesday film on May 14, 3:15 p.m. at Parkway Branch Library. The film runs 130 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-470-7766.
* Sean Connery 007 Film Festival on May 14, 5:30 p.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library presents "Never Say Never Again" featuring Sean Conneryh as James Bond. The film runs 134 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-494-4132 or email email@example.com.
* At 5 p.m. on May 16 during Notable Thursday Nights - The New Classics, the film "Lady Bird" can be seen at Ben May Main Library. For more information, call 251-340-1458.
* Chickasaw Civic Theatre's "Guys and Dolls" opens on Friday, May 17 and runs weekends through June 2. Performances on Friday and Saturday are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinee is at 2 p.m.. The theater is at 801 Iroquois Street. The play is directed by Mary Jo Alsip. It is adapted from a book by Joe Swerling and Abe Burrows with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. For reservations, go to cctshows.com or call 251-457-8887.
* Joe Jefferson Playhouse present "Hello, Dolly!" weekends beginning Friday, June 7th, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the theater, 11 S Carlen Street. Jerry Herman’s energetic Hello, Dolly! is a musical filled with charisma and heart. Matchmaker Dolly Levi is a widow, a matchmaker, and also a professional meddler --but everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is to find someone for herself. Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Hello Dolly! is boisterous and charming from start to finish. Hello, Dolly! features such memorable songs as “Before the Parade Passes By,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” and - of course - the title number, “Hello, Dolly!” This JJP production is directed by: Dr Patrick Jacobs. Music Director is Dr. Christopher Lovely.
* Joe Jefferson Players are holding auditions for "Matilda the Musical" on Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11, 6:30-9 p.m. at the Playhouse, 11 S Carlen Street. See audition forms at https://forms.gle/hVNex4AyMz9X6K1B8. Callback/Cold Read Auditions: June 12th at 6:30 p.m. All auditions and callbacks will be held at Joe Jefferson Playhouse. Tech Week Dates: August 10th- August 15th. Performance Dates: August 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 at 7:30 PM; August 18, 25, and Sept. 1 at 2 PM, August 29 at 9 AM
* Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S Carlen Street, is hosting "Bent Broadway" on Saturday, June 29, 7:30-10:30 p.m. This event will feature some of Mobile’s greatest singers in a Broadway concert with a twist: Performers singing songs written for the opposite gender. The purpose of this concert - in addition to a silent auction and donations - is to raise awareness and funds to support the LGBTQ community in Mobile. Tickets are $25 for general admission to the event and $40 for the VIP experience. Tickets are joejeffersonplayers.com. The VIP experience includes Seating in the front 3 rows to enjoy the show, a pre-event VIP exclusive party, and the opportunity to be the final bidder on all silent auction items!
Book Clubs/book signings/recitations/writings:
* On May 14, 6:30 p.m., A Page in Time Book Club will meet at West Regional Library to discuss "Transcription" by Kate Atkinson. In summary: In WWII era London, Juliet Armstrong is working as an espionage monitor for MI5. Ten years later she suddenly finds herself targeted by dangerous individuals from her past. For more information, contact Michele Eli at 251-340-8590.
* Bayside Book Club's novel for discussion May 16 at 6 p.m. at Parkway Branch Library is "The Summer's End" by Mary Alice Monroe. In the book, Mamaw and the three sisters confront loss and transition after realizing that they will have to sell their beloved Sullivan's Island estate. For more information, call Betty Fowler at 251-2600 or 494-2298. NOTE: Author Mary Alice Monroe will be at the West Regional Library Saturday, June 15 at 1 p.m.
* "Writing Your World and the World Around You"--WIN - Writers In Nature Series--is a 6-week class taught by Poet Laureate of Alabama (2003 - 2012), Sue B. Walker on Wednesdays through May 22, 10 a.m.-noon. This writing class will focus on "expanding your writing – whether that be the book you are writing or what you are writing for the week. We will look at a few new possibilities – writing a brief essay, writing a fable, writing a fairy tale. What do you imagine Little Red Riding Hood is up to these days? And of course possibilities related to poetry – The Found Poem. There might be one at the grocery store, at the dentist’s office, at the post office or in your own back yard. And other surprises that will tickle your muse." Call 251-342-0555 to register or for more information.
* Brown Bag in Bienville Square, 150 Dauphin Street, Wednesdays, through May 29, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
* Night of Song: Monday Music Series, hosted by Mobile Opera, begins Monday, May 13, 2019, 7-9 p.m. at Royal Street Tavern, 26 N Royal Street. Night of Song: Monday Music Series offers exciting FREE performances. Programming varies from soloists to ensembles to one act presentations to new works. Night of Song: Monday Music Series Presents Hags and Heroines: Life Upon The Wicked Stage. The public is invited to get to know some of the most famous and infamous characters from opera, operetta and the musical stage as performed by Mollie Adams, Monika Cosson, Tjaden O'Dowd Cox and Kathryn Hedlund, accompanied by Dr. Laura Moore.
* The Town of Dauphin Island has announced the 2019 Sunday Sunset Concert Series, most of which take place on West End Beach. Admission is only $5 per person and those 12 and younger are free. The schedule is as follows: May 26 – 6:00-8:00pm – at WEB - Yo Jonesy and Crowned Jewelz; June 23– 6:00-8:00pm – at WEB - Lisa Mills Band; July 28 - 6:00-8:00pm – at WEB - THE EXCELSIOR BAND; Aug.11 - 6:00-8:00pm – at WEB (Reggae Weekend) – Ja’ Rhythm; Sept 1 – 5:30-7:30pm – at WEB - Eric Erdman, Ryan Balthrop, and friends; Oct. 13 – 4:30-6:30pm - at Fort Gaines - Roman Street
Chambers of Commerce:
* Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce is Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Stone Ridge at Somerby Park, 1200 Somerby Drive, Mobile. There is no charge and reservations are not needed.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce's Coffee with the Chamber" is Tuesday, May 21, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. There's no cost to attend: don't forget to bring your business cards to this event sponsored by Touching Hearts Senior Care.
Runs, Walks, biking, cycling events and paddles:
* Port City Pacers's "Do it in the Bush 5K" is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. at Medal of Honor/Cottage Hill Park. The 5K Cross-Country course is on the trails of Medal of Honor Park. The course has tree roots, rocks, and mud (depending on the weather) - nature's obstacle course. The event benefits Port City Pacer Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit Port City Pacers website.
* "Let's Cycle for Sickle Cell in 2019," sponsored by Sickle Cell Disease Association of America - Mobile Chapter, Inc., Saturday, May 18, is a fun ride to raise funds to benefit the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America - Mobile Chapter, Inc. (SCDAA-MC). Funds from this year's event will go toward the purchase of a new van for the Sickle Cell Disease Association's After School Tutorial Program and Summer Enrichment Program. Each of these programs are offered free of charge to school-aged children with sickle cell disease. Contact SCDAA-MC at (251) 432-0301 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
* The Blue Star Salute Foundation Inc. and the South Alabama Veterans Council will also host its 6th Annual Memorial 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run for Alabama's Fallen Heroes and its Armed Forces Day Celebration/15th Annual Blue Star Salute on Saturday, May 18, 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway.. The run will begin at 7 a.m. and the Celebration/Salute will begin at 10 a.m. For more information, see www.armedforcesdaymobile.com.
* Bikers for Boobs of Lower Alabama is Sunday, May 19, 2019, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Boondocks Bar & Grill, 10210 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. Fee is $25 per hand, which includes event T-shirt and Late Lunch. There will be live and silent auctions, a raffle, a 50/50 and live music with Level Up and more. 14th Annual Benefit and Dice Run with all proceeds going to Victory Health Partners and Mitchell Cancer Institute.
* Superhero Fun Run, Community Resource Fair and Family Fun Day is Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Grand Bay Community Center and Sunny South Raceway, 11610 Highway 90.
* The Historic Mobile Preservation Society's 2019 Annual Meeting and Architectual Awards will be May 16, 5:30 p.m. at Joshua Kennedy House. The event is free to attend, but reservations are requested. Reservations can be taken online at www.historicmobile.org/events, by email at email@example.com, or by phone at (251) 432-6161 for more deta.
* Church Street Graveyard Tour, hosted by Historic Mobile Preservation Society and Historic Oakleigh House Museum, is Saturday, May 25, 2019, 10-11 a.m. at Church Street Graveyard, 753 Government Street. Church Street Graveyard Society is Mobile's oldest cemetery. The public is invited to celebrate Preservation Month and to learn all about the Church Street Graveyard and the people who have been laid to rest there. Tickets are $10 per person. Admission is FREE for HMPS members. Get your ticket online today at www.historicmobile.org/events, or you can pay cash at the start of the tour.MAY
Auto Shows and Events:
* 6th Annual Dauphin Island Sunset Cruise Car Show, hosted by Town of Dauphin Island, is Saturday, May 25, 2019, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Green Park (next to Ship & Shore), Dauphin Island.
* Classic Ladies Luncheon celebrating the ladies of Tanner Williams, past and present, is Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 11 a.m. at Tanner Williams Historical Society, Tanner Williams.
* Seniors at Connie Hudson Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, can enjoy "Coffee with the Director" on the third Thursday of each month (May 16th) at 2 p.m.
* Touching Hearts Senior Care meets the 4th Tuesday of every month, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Spot of Tea, 310 Dauphin Street. There is a new public speaker on topics of interest every month. For more information, contach firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-445-4204.
* The 60+ Club Senior Meals and Activities at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, is for anyone age 60 and up. Participants enjoy a free lunch and activities; donations are accepted. Guests may purchase meals for $3.50. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. but members and guests must be signed in by 10:45 a.m. to ensure that there are enough meals available. Those who are not quite 60 may participate in activities, but must pay for their meals or become regularly scheduled volunteers. Weekly schedule is as follows: Coffee is ready Monday-Friday at 9 a.m.; Lunch served at 11:30 a.m.; Bingo is played Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays from noon-1 p.m.; Arts & Crafts start at 10 a.m. on Thursdays. Donations of craft materials are accepted. For volunteers who would like to share their talent, "we would love to learn something new." For more information, call Diana Ankney at 251-865-4010.
* Christ United Methodist Church, 6101 Grelot Road, has a Spring and Summer Market every Tuesday, 3-6 p.m. beginning May 14th.
On Sunday, May 19, from noon to 4 p.m., Spring Hill College (4000 Dauphin Street) Farmers & Vendors Market on the South Lawn by historic Stan Galle Field. There will be food trucks, baked goods, fresh eggs, homemade jellies, jams and salsas. veggies, art, homemade socks and bowties, upcycled bags, homemade soaps and lotions, local honey, healthy pet treats and MORE. Be sure to check out the Spring Hill College Community Garden - SHCCG to see what's growing.
* West Mobile Community Market at The Core Community Coffee House, 7899 Cottage Hill Road, is Sunday, May 19, 2019, noon-4 p.m. Featured at the event will be a variety of local vendors specializing in baked goods, arts and crafts and more.
* Farmers Market Days at Mobile Flea Market will be Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2 and Saturday, July 6 at 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mobile Flea Market, 401 Schillinger Road N, Mobile, is high-lighting farmer's market on the first full weekend of June, July and August.
* Mobile Museum of Art Night Market starts June 6th. Vendors Application Open--Deadline: Sunday, May 12. MMoA note: Night Market is a retail event for local artists and artisans to sell their wares. We focus on vendors of handmade, and original crafts of all kinds. Apply today to be a vendor at our next market on June 6. For more information, visit mobilemuseumofart.
* Save a Stray BBQ Fundraiser, hosted by Fired Up, Inc and Personal Edge Fitness, is Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Personal Edge Fitness, 513 W I-65 Service Rd N, Mobile. The supporters of Save a Stray will be selling be selling Fired Up brown sugar & honey baby back ribs for $25 per slab to raise funds to help the dogs and cats in our area find foreever homes.
On Saturday, May 25, 10 a..-1 p.m.. The Friends of the Mobile Animal Shelter will be at B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road with lots of adoptable pets. All pets are spayed/neutered, have age-appropriate shots, are micro-chipped, and on heartworm preventative. Adoption fees vary based on the medical care required.
* Pet Adoption: Krewe de Rescue Pet Adoption is Sunday, May 26 at B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road. Find out more about them: https://www.facebook.com/pg/KreweDeRescue/about/?ref=page_internal
* Mobile Ballet 2019 Summer Camps offers classes in ballet, crafts, storytime and performance (June and July.) For information, go to www.mobileballet.org or call 251-342-2241.
* Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 US Highway 90, Grand Bay, Alabama will be the place for Summer 2019 Children's Program. Beginning Wednesday, June 5, 9 a.m.-noon, the program will offer themed activities.
* Art Blast Summer Art Camp at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, is June 10 - July 26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration is now open! With classes for 4-7 year olds, 8-11 year olds and 12 and up, there is truly something for everyone in the wide variety of art offered throughout the summer. Ceramics, painting, and drawing in all styles inspire students to energize their creativity, while learning about elements of art and art history. For more information, visit mobilemuseumofart.
* The Playhouse-in-the-Park Summer Theatre Crafts Camp is an excellent introductory experience for girls and boys ages 5-11. Offered at the theatre in Langan Park, the camp sessions include a full range of Theatre Arts. Three teachers will cover acting, musical theatre, scene and costume design, dance and puppetry. CAMP DATES ARE JUNE 3 AND JUNE 10, 2019, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-to noon. The cost for each WEEKLY session is $150, or students may choose BOTH SESSIONS for $270. There are also discounts for multiple siblings. TO REGISTER, send a $25 down payment check payable to Playhouse-in-the-Park, include child’s name, age, the week or weeks desired, and mail to Playhouse-in-the-Park Summer Theater Craft Camp at P.O. Box 8145, Mobile, Alabama 36689. For more information, call Danny Mollise at 251-422-5434
* Summer Camp is June 17-26 at Alabama Contemporary Art Center, 301 Conti Street. For more information, or to register, email email@example.com.
Vacation Bible Schools:
* Westlake Church, 13685 Tanner Williams Road, Wilmer, is holding Vacation Bible School Monday, June 3-Wednesday, June 5, 6-8 p.m. VBS is for children in grades 1 through 6.
* Bayou Sara Baptist Church Vacation Bible School is June 9-13, 6-8:15 p.m. Early registration is open online at bayousarabaptist.org;, plus there will also be a registration event on June 1, 2019. VBS is for children ages 4-6th grade; There'll also be classes for adults. Bayou Sara Baptist Church is at 12 Bayou Sara Avenue, Saraland.
* Tanner Williams United Methodist Church's Vacation Bible School is Sunday, June 9-13, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Tanner Williams United Methodist Church, 1550 Grand Bay Wilmer Road N, Mobile. VBS is for children who have completed Kindergarten-5th Grade.
* Vacation Bible School at Snow Road Missionary Baptist Church, 809 Snow Road N is June 3-June 7, 9 a.m.-noon. The theme is "Farm Fresh FAITH." To register, go to http://www.snowroadbaptistchurch.com/VBS2019.html to find the VBS Registration Form.
* Kingswood United Methodist Church's Vacation Bible School, "To Mars and Beyond," is June 17-20, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Kingswood United Methodist Church, 5200 Perin Road, Mobile. Register online at Tickets tmab.cokesburyvbs.com. Students entering Kindergarten (must be 5 by 9/2/2019) through (completed) 5th grade are invited to "Join Us As We Go Beyond: FAITH, BOLDNESS, KINDNESS, THANKFULNESS, & HOPE. The event is free and Snack Supper will be served nightly.
* Vacation Bible School at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, 1507 Dauphin Street, is July 15, 8:45 a.m.-July 18, noon (time each day.) Youngsters are invited to this event for a summer Camp Adventure at Dauphin Way UMC. Campers that are rising K-4 through rising 6th graders are invited; there will be crafts, songs, snacks, games, and time for children to grow together in community with one another, along with loads of fun and memories that will last well beyond these four short days.
Memorial Day celebrations:
* Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the last Monday of May and commemorating men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Initially (officially since 1868 - proclaimed by General John Logan) Memorial Day was a holiday in memory of the soldiers who died in the Civil War. The feast was supposed to be a step towards national reconciliation. The original name (Decoration Day) comes from placing flowers on the graves of the soldiers.Memorial Day was celebrated differently in different states. Until 1890, it was celebrated in all the states of the North. After World War I, the nature of the holiday changed to honor the memory of all Americans who died in any war - not only Civil. From 1868 to 1970 the holiday was held on May 30. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act moved its date to last Monday of May to increase the number of three-day weekends for federal employees.
* Dauphin Island Veterans Association memorial ceremony is Monday, May 27, 11 a.m. at Water Tower. The ceremony will include adding the name of US Army veteran Claude (John) Gaspard to the Memorial Wall. Make plans to attender and honor the men and women who have served our nation.
* Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom Festival and Market, presented by Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom, is Saturday, June 22, 2019, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Robert L. Hope Community Center, 850 Edwards Street, Mobile. The public is invited to the Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom Festival and Market. Come witness performances by: Babalawo Fasola Odunade & Egbe Orisa Ifa Temple Drumline. The Chakra Dance Theater of New Orleans. J. Simon, Yo Jonesy, Entrigue, The C-City Ryderz and more
* 3rd Annual Juneteenth Day Party Celebration, hosted by Nicole Petite, is Saturday, June 15, 2019, 3-9 p.m. at Kazoola, 558 Dauphin Street, Mobile. Party with a purpose. Free to get in. Asking for donations to send two students off in pursuit of their career with 1000.00 each to go towards their education for the fall school year. Email FocusedFearlessAndFighting@gmail.com to add a student and give them an opportunity to win. Email us their name, address, and school they will be attending in the fall whether it’s a university, community college, a trade, or a professional certification. The student MUST live in Mobile County. Send donations to Marc Jackson. If you want to be a vendor, email us. Wear your HBCU paraphernalia (if you didn’t attend an HBCU, now is the time to support! Buy a T-shirt and rep your favorite HBCU!), cultural tees and/or African attire. Hope to see you all! #DoItForTheCulture #Support
How Nice/Thank You/Good Job/Congratulations:
* How Nice! Mobile Arc news: State Street AME Zion Church Christian Education Department helped make Easter goody baskets with the participants at the Moorer Learning Center Day Program. They picked out their container and had a great time decorating them! Another group of participants from the Fred Delchamps Center Day program also volunteers at the church once a week.
* Good Deal!! Downtown Mobile has long been one of Mobile's safest neighborhoods, and a recent expansion of the Downtown Police Precinct will help keep it that way. The city has added officers to the precinct, and to aid in their mobility, downtown businesses raised nearly $12,000 to purchase eight bicycles for the department. With a $6,000 donation, NAI-Mobile led fundraising effort, which was organized by the Mobile Law Enforcement Foundation. While these bikes might not look so different from the ones you pedal on the weekends, they come equipped with digital patrol headlights, sirens and other specialized accessories.
* Congratulations to Dr. Phillippe Oszuscik, whose "Cat Naps" captured Best of Show Spring 2019 award in the in the recent Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society of Mobile Show.
* How nice! On the first Monday of every month, except when Monday falls on a holiday, Chickasaw seniors meet at 7:30 for Early Bird Breakfast. In addition to enjoying a full breakfast for just $3, the group also look forward to conversation with each other and an update on community activities and events. On May 6th, the seniors got a surprise that added a little more fun to the day. Students from Chickasaw Elementary School showed up with beautiful, summery, handmade place mats to go under their breakfast plates.
* On Monday, May 6, the City of Semmes sponsored a tour of the City to the spouses attending the Alabama League of Municipalities Convention at Arthur Outlaw Convention Center, Mobile. Acting as tour guides and hosts to the 30 spouses in attendance, the Woman's Club of Semmes showed off the City's beautiful public parks, a few historic homes, some locally owned boutiques. The tour ended with a visit to one of the town's nurseries, which earned Semmes the distinction of being "the nursery Capital of the South."