So many fun activities are planned for children and teens at Mobile Public Library branches this summer. A couple of examples this week are Saraland Public Library's Book/Movie Club on Tuesday, June 16, 10:30 a.m. where the movie and discussion will be "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," and at Semmes Branch, the same day at 2 p.m., students in the Teen Art Class with Jaime Lee will "Create a Mask." Sign on to http://mplonline.org for more information on activities at your neighborhood library.
At Dauphin Island, "The Princess Bride" is the free movie scheduled at dark, June 18, on the West End Beach. And on June 20, 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m., the Stripers Fishing Rodeo sets out from the Dauphin Island Marina. Dauphin Island Sea Lab's "Art-Sea Discovery" camp for 8-13 year olds is June 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Space is limited to 15 campers, so register early. Cost is $50 per student. Call 861-2141 ext. 7515 for more details.
Vacation Bible School begins June 22, 9 a.m.-noon at Saraland United Methodist Church, 415 McKeough Street. The event is for children aged 4 through 5th grade.
Coming up on Saturday, July 25, 2-5 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center is the 2nd Annual Kids' Day. There'll be a Petting Zoo, Bounce Houses, Food, Entertainment, Giveaways, McGruff the Crime Dog, a Fire Truck, Fitness Activities, Face Painting, a Talent Show and more. Organizers are looking for sponsors; call 666-2488 for information or to make a donation or volunteer.
Senior adults in Chickasaw can enjoy an Ice Cream Social and Trivia Game Contest on Monday, June 22, 6 p.m. at the Chickasaw Community Shelter (form your trivia teams now.) Call 452-6462 for a reservation and 452-6464 for transportation. This is a free event.
Seniors at Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road have a Pot Luck Lunch planned at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, June 18. Participants are asked to sign up for the event. For information on the many other activities at the Center, call 649-2010.
At the Parkway SAIL Center for Seniors on Boykin Boulevard, the Red Hat Club has a meeting scheduled at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 17. Call 471-2503 for more information on senior activities.
On Thursday, June 18, 6 p.m. the Bayside Book Club will meet at Parkway Branch Library. The book to be discussed is Liane Moriarity's "What Alice Forgot." For information, call Betty Fowler, 421-6995.
"Mobile BayBears Bowl for Via" is Tuesday, June 16, 5 p.m. at Eastern Shore Lanes. Individuals and family, company and organization teams can join the BayBears for a night of bowling, pizza and adult beverages while raising funds for the Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street in Mobile. Call Barbara Estes, 470-5229 for information.
On June 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m., "Building the Bellingrath Home" will be the topic for Wonderful Wednesdays at Bellingrath Gardens. Visitors will join Tom McGehee, curator of the Bellingrath Home Museum for a discussion about the creation of the Home in 1935. Call 973-2217 or log onto www.bellingrath.org for more information.
At Joe Jefferson Playhouse, "Fiddler on the Roof" will end its run the weekend of June 19-21. Call 471-1534 or visit www.joejeffersonplayers.com for reservations. "Daddy's Dyin'--Who's Got The Will" continues at Mobile Theatre Guild. Call 433-7513 or email email@example.com for reservations.
The "Great Riverside Cleanup," sponsored by Keep Mobile Beautiful and Council District 3, is Saturday, June 20, 7:30-11 a.m. at Way of Life Community Church, 1760 Riverside Drive. Brooke Rucker, American's Distinguished Young Woman of the Year 2014, will be on site 7:30-8:30 a.m. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Great News/Good Job Department:
Congratulations to the winners of the Saraland-Satsuma Community Education Council, Inc. Essay Contest: Taylor Carpenter, Satsuma Lions Club winner; Abby Wood, Robert E. Lee School in Satsuma and Avery Robitisch, Saraland Middle School.
Below are a few of the events celebrating our country's Independence Day.
The Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society will present its “Annual Patriotic Concert” on Sunday, June 28, 5 p.m. at Tanner Williams United Methodist Church, 1550 Grand Bay Wilmer Road North. The hour-long concert will feature Patriotic/Americana selections and will be followed by an ice cream and sweets reception. The concert is free and open to the public. For information, contact Terry D. Maddox, M.M., Artistic Director at 251-432-9325 or email@example.com/
The 3rd Annual "We Love Satsuma" celebration, provided for the community by First Baptist Church of Satsuma and Satsuma First Assembly of God is Sunday, June 28, 5 p.m. at Fred K. Wright Park. There'll be crafts vendors, food, music, children's activities, rides and inflatables, a flag presentation and, at 8:45 p.m., a citywide fireworks display. Attendees are encouraged to bring ball park chairs or blankets for seating comfort. For more information, call First Baptist Satsuma, 675-1280.
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 and seniors can look forward to fun and games. Call 675-2728 for information.
Chickasaw 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.
The Annual Dauphin Island Parkway Community Service will be held at Fulton Road Baptist Church on Sunday, June 28, 6 p.m. The DIP Ministerial Association members are planning a program featuring patriotic and praise singing; Gene Kerr will direct a community choir. A youth/contemporary service will be held in the Christian Life Center at the same time as the patriotic/praise service. A special offering will be received in support of the DIP Food Pantry.
The Grand Bay Watermelon Festival is Saturday, July 4th, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Festival Park, off U.S. Highway 90 in Grand Bay. Admission is $5 per vehicle. The event is sponsored by the Grand Bay Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge #73. Visit http://grandbaywatermelonfestival.org/ for more information.