* The Mobile Mystery Dinner Players will present "Murder on the Casting Couch" on Friday, November 17, 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street, Mobile. Tickets are $59 plus tax per person; advance reservations are required by contacting Lisa Russell at the hotel, 251-415-3092 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ticket includes a delicious buffet meal, hilarious performance by the MMD Players and free self-parking.
* "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" is coming to the Saenger Theatre, 6 S. Joachim Street, downtown Mobile on Tuesday, November 28, 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster or the Saenger Box Office during regular business hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. On the day of the performance, the Box Office will remain open until intermission. All ages require a ticket for this show. Accessible seat information is at the numbers above.
* HOW Dance, Drama, Art and Tumbling presents "The Shoemaker" November 30 and December 1. Information at 251-895-5380 or www.how-mobile.com.
* The Women's Club of Satsuma is presenting "Steel Magnolias" on Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1, 7 p.m. The performances will be in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church of Satsuma, 5600 Old Highway 43, Satuma. Tickets are $15 each, pre-sale only, and will be available at the church and McConaghy Drugs, as well as from members of Women's Club of Satsuma. Ninety per cent of profit is designated for Union Chapel.
* Playhouse in the Park is presenting "A Christmas Carol," a musical of the Charles Dickens' classic. The performance is one night only, Wednesday, December 6, 7:30 p.m. at the historic Saenger Theatre, 6 Joachim Street in downtown Mobile. Tiny Tim. Tickets are $20 each and reservations can be made by calling 251-602-0630 or from www.playhouseinthepark.org.
* On Saturday, December 2, 2-4 p.m., the public is invited to Semmes Public Library, 9150 Moffett Road to a "Holiday Meet & Greet" artists and authors from the Semmes community--a great opportunity to mingle, enjoy refreshments and perhaps pick up a gift or two. For more information, call 251-645-6840.
* On December 2 and December 3, the public is invited to the Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive to celebrate the opening of its new exhibitions with a free weekend.
* Keep Mobile Beautiful (KMB) will celebrate America Recycles Day on Wednesday, November 15, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Mobile County Recycling Center, 7450 Hitt Road. Drop off your recyclables and then stop by the KMB tent to pick up a free litter bag for your car, an “Only Trash Litters” bumper sticker and register for door prizes. Young recyclers can pick up an “America Recycles Day” sticker.
* America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national initiative, is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. The goal is to educate people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being, and to motivate occasional recyclers to become “everyday” recyclers.
* Shred Days at the Mobile County Recycling Center are every second Wednesday, 1-5 p.m.. The Recycling Center is operated by Goodwill Easter Seals and is located at 7450 Hitt Road, Mobile. For more information, call 251-459-8426.
Book Clubs, readings, book signings, storytelling, recitations:
* On Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m., A Page in Time Book Club will meet at West Regional Branch Library. The topic of discussion will be "News of the World" by Paulette Jiles. In summary: In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people. For more information, contact Michele Eli at 251-340-8561.
* Bayside Book Club will meet Thursday, November 16, 6 p.m. at Parkway Branch Library. Under discussion will be "Little Bee" by Chris Cleave. The story concerns the fates of a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-to-do British couple seeking to repair their strained marriage with a free holiday are joined when the couple decide to stray beyond the walls of their holiday resort on a Nigerian beach. For more information, call Bretty Fowler, 251-476-2600 or 251-208-7097.
* The Reader's Choice Book Club meets at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21 at West Regional Branch Library. The topic of discussion will be a "Moonglow" by Michael Chabon. In summary: A grandson sits by his dying grandfather’s bedside as his grandfather slowly reveals the light and shadows of a marriage and of a family that kept secrets as a way of life. For information, call 251-208-7097.
* Open House 2017, Saturday, November 18, 2-5 p.m. celebrates the 15th Year Anniversary of "Spoken Word of Mobile" at Toulminville Library, 601 Stanton Road.. For more information, call 251-438-7075.
* On Sunday, November 19, 4-5 p.m. Marcia "Marty" Martin - Book Signing & Poetry Reading with Music will be at The Listening Room of Mobile, 78 St. Francis Street Mobile. Free admission. It is not required to book a reservation, but it is recommended, to give the venue an idea of headcount. Contact the venue owner to reserve a table: Jim Pennington, 251-367-4599.
* The Town of Dauphin Island has a limited supply of oaks (3-4 Feet tall) for a $10 donation. The trees are similar to the ones recently planted along Bienville Boulevard. Contact Mary Strickland 861-5525 Ex 222 if interested.
* The University of Mobile Torch Society's inaugural Poinsettia Sale is coming up. The philantropic organization takes orders through November 21, Small poinsettias are $15, and large poinsettias are $25. Poinsettias will be delivered to University of Mobile just in time for the holidays, between November 29 and December 10. Customers will be notified of pick-up date and times. Order online at umobile.edu/poinsettiasale or call the University of Mobile Torch Society at 251.442.2201.
* The 54th Annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums at Bellingrath Gardens and Home is November 4-30, 2017. For details on the display, visit www.bellingrath.org.
* From now to December 2, Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., Mobile Botanical Gardens presents "Nature and Landscape Photography with Julie Andel." For more information, go to www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org or call 251-307-5382.
* On Sunday, December 3, 2-4 p.m., Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive is hosting Steve Bender, chief Garden Editor for Southern Living. Bender will be presenting on his new book, "The Grumpy Gardener: An A to Z Guide from the Galaxy’s Most Irritable Green Thumb." For more information and to register, go to https://mbgrebloomshop.com/collections/events/products/meet-the-grumpy-gardener. The event promises to be an entertaining afternoon. Bender will hold a book signing and light refreshments. Admission is as follows: MBG Members $30; NonMem $35; Day of $40.
Fun for Children and Teens:
* On November 21, 2-4 p.m., children are invited to the West Regional Branch Library to share what they are thankful for, and create and decorate their own Thanksgiving placemats for their Holiday table. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call the children’s department at 251-340-8571.
* At Teen Tuesdays in the Teen Spot, November 21, 4-5:30 p.m. at West Regional Library, teenagers can learn how to make new Art from old Books. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-340-8571.
* Georgetown Hardware is sponsoring a raffle with proceeds to benefit Aubreigh Nicholas and family. Several items, including a 50-quart K2 Cooler, are in the November 15th drawing for winners. For more information, call Rhonda Bedgood, 251-751-5596.
* Aubreigh's Army Fish Fry, hosted by Azalea City Christian School and Child Development Center, is Saturday, November 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at 3550 Schillinger Road North, Semmes. Dinners will be $10 and all proceeds will go to the Nicholas family for Aubreigh's medical expenses. Dinners will include fried fish, french fries, cole slaw, baked beans, hushpuppies and a dessert. These dinners will be available for pick up any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. To pre-order, call 251-649-5437.
Special events, meetings, fundraisers, galas, festivals and fun:
* Mark your calendar for the Mobile Civic Center Open House on November 13 to unveil potential paths forward for repurposing the 50-year-old facility. The public meeting will include a presentation revealing data gathered from individuals and groups directly impacted by the Mobile Civic Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and review different concepts for the 24 acre site. Parking will be free.
* The November 14, 8 a.m. Women Information Networking meeting will be hosted by Cadie Gaut of Payroll Vault, 721 Oak Circle Drive East, Suite B. For more information, visit www.womensinfonetworking.com.
* The Mobile Retired Educators Association meeting is Tuesday, November 14 at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard. There'll be a social time from 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.. The business meeting will begin at 11 a.m. with the participation of the Davidson High School Navy ROTC joining MREA in showing appreciation to members who are veterans. For additional information, call Megginson at 251-604-4484.
* The NEST of Mobile Annual Luncheon is Tuesday, November 14th at noon at Byrne Memorial Hall on the campus of Spring Hill College. The 2016 Inaugural Luncheon raised more than $52,000 for NEST to continue to provide mentoring teams and services for at-risk youth and families in Mobile County. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to reserve a space, call 251-604-3131 or to to email@example.com.
* Olive J. Dodge Elementary School, 2615 Longleaf Drive, is holding a 50th Birthday Celebration on Thursday, November 16, 5 p.m. The invitation reads: Come help us celebrate with current and former students, faculty and staff of Dodge Elementary." Visitors can take pictures in one of the "Decades of Dodge" photo booths; enjoy a student-council led tour of the school and snack on some delicious birthday cake and punch in the recreation center.
* 9th Annual Celebrate Hope will be Thursday, November 16, 6-10 p.m. at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, 1660 Springhill Avenue. Visit eventbrite.com for tickets.
* On Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5:30-8 p.m., A Servant's Love will host “A Tasty Affair – A Farm-to-Table Dinner Experience” at The Steeple, 251 St. Francis Street in downtown Mobile. Tickets are $40 per person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org call or text 251-895-6967 for tickets. Funds raised through this fundraiser will help reduce the incidence of food-insecurity within our community. For additional information, visit facebook.com/AServantsLove.
* The Annual L'Arche Breakfast is November 17, 7:30 a.m. in McGowin Hall at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, 1507 Dauphin Street. RSVP at 251-438-2094.
* Trinity Family Fall Festival and Health Screening is November 18, 10:45-2 p.m. at Trinity Family Church. There'll be bouncy houses, games for all ages and free hamburgers and hot dogs as well as various health screenings.
* Satsuma Band Boosters are presenting a Bingo Fundraiser, Saturday, November 18, noon-3 p.m. at the Satsuma High School Annex Gym. Admission to the 21-and-older event is $20. Doors will open at 11 a.m. for a pulled pork sandwich lunch at $6 per plate. Bring two canned goods and get a free bingo card.
.* November Family Fun Day at the USA Archaeology Museum is Saturday, November 18 at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Archaeology Museum, 6052 USA Drive South. Admission is free.
* The 34th Annual Mobile International Festival is November 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mobile Civic Center. Tickets are $12 for adults (13 and older) and free for children 12 and younger. For more information, call 251-208-1555.
* Bay Area Brunch Fest is scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bienville Square, 150 Dauphin Street. Ticket information is at www.lifelinesmobile.org.
* "Saving Your Photos: Saturday Conversations" is November 18, 10-11 a.m. at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. For more information or to register, email email@example.com or call 251-208-7079 or 251-208-7085.
* The Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library regularly offers a "Tinker Tuesday: Design & Create" event, and on November 21, 4 p.m., participants can learn the technique of arm knitting. Wikipedia describes arm knitting a technique that uses the knitter's arms instead of knitting needles. The craft gained popularity during 2013 and can be used in knitting such items as blankets, scarves, infinity scarves and cowls. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* #GivingTuesday is November 28 to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity South West. #GivingTuesday is an international day of giving to prove that the holidays can be about both giving and giving back. Habitat for Humanity South West is hosting the event locally to raise funds to build simple, decent, affordable homes for partner families in need. Habitat houses are sold to families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. For more information, go to Habitat for Humanity SW Alabama 3712 Airport Blvd. Mobile, AL 36608 251-476-7171 https://www.habitatswalabama.org/
* The Hargrove Foundation’s 3rd Annual Gala is on Thursday, November 30, 6-9 p.m. at the Battle House Hotel. Cocktail festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with a seated dinner to follow. For guests that may choose to stay at The Battle House Hotel, a special event group rate is available for two days prior and after the event. Visit http://hargrovefoundation.org/2017-foundation-gala/ for information on ticket sales and partnership details. For further information, contact the Foundation at email@example.com or 251-375.5725.
* On Saturday, December 2, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., CrossFit in Saraland is hosting a fundraiser in honor of Lucy Brannan. Ticket information is at leaderboard-lite.throwdowns.com.
* "Holiday Cheer at The FIVE" to benefit the Child Advocacy Center will be Monday, December 4, 6-8:30 p.m. The FIVE Restaurant will host the event at 609 Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile. The event will feature Wine Tasting and Live Auction. Music will be provided by Jerry Squires. Tickets are $35 per person and are available at Five and the Child Advocacy Center. For more information, call 251-432-1101.
* "Wine & Wishes - 2017," hosted by Laurel Green-State Farm Agent, is Thursday, December 7, 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, 1906 Springhill Avenue. Tickets by Eventbrite. Tickets are $65; early bird price is $50. Go to Wine & Wishes website for more details.
* The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Dauphin Island's Little Red Schoolhouse is Thursday, December 7, 4:30 p.m. The event is open to everyone, but a special invitation is extended to all students asnd faculty who attended school in the historic building. Refreshments will be served.
* "Light up the Bay," the 20th Anniversary Bay Bash, hosted by Mobile Baykeeper, is Friday, December 8, 6-8 p.m. at GulfQuest, 155 S Water Street. Tickets are $75/person and $125/couple. For ticket information, go to www.mobilebaykeeper.org.
* The 8th Annual Turkey Trot for Hope 5K is Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23, 8-10 a.m. For ticket information, go to www.eventbrite.com. All proceeds from the run are used to help fund Camp Rap-A-Hope's week-long summer camp for children with cancer. Camp Rap-A-Hope also provides year-round free fun for children with cancer and their families.
* Satsuma Reindeer Run 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run is Saturday, December 2, 8-10 a.m. Organized by Satsuma Community Development Organization, the event takes place at Baldwin Square, Old Highway 43 (Orange Avenue) in Satsuma. Participants may register by mail (entries should be postmarked by November 27), in person at Bellator Real Estate (200 N Hwy 43, Saraland, AL), McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri, or Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope until noon on November 30, Race day registration and packet pick-up will be at Baldwin Square, 6:30-7:45 a.m. Post-Race snacks and beverages will be provided.
* The 16th Annual Santa Run,.a two-mile fun run, walk, bike ride, dog-walking family charity event! Holiday costumes are encouraged. Registration forms and information are available at Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co. on Old Shell Road. The run is Saturday, December 23, 2017, at 10 a.m.
A few senior events:
* Warren Gatwood is the featured artist for November and December at Semmes Senior Center; his work will be displayed at the Center.
* Members at Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center are holding the 2nd Annual Socks for Seniors Holiday Drive. New, packaged socks can be dropped off untill December 11 at the Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, Mobile.
* South Alabama Regional Planning Commission will provide information for Medicare Open Enrollment on Wednesday, November 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Satsuma Public Library
* Elvis (Rocky McGarity, who owns Rocky's Drug and Mercantile in Wilmer) will entertain Semmes seniors on November 16, 11:30 a.m. at the Thanksgiving Potluck lunch. The center is at 9635 Moffett Road in Semmes.
* Seniors at Connie Hudson Senior Center will celebrate November birthdays on November 17th.
* Chickasaw seniors Friday Outing will be November 17th for the Christmas Tree Lighting, then dinner at Off the Hook. Call Stephanie Stewart at 251-452-6464 for details.
* On Friday, December 1, Dauphin Island Baptist Church is hosting a Senior Day Luncheon with entertainment by "Mean" Mary James--to read about Mary James' appearance, see blog joannemcknight.com. To hear her banjo playing and singing, check her YouTube performances on the Internet.
* Mobile City Council member, Bess Rich, and the staff at Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center are hosting the 2nd Annual District 6 Senior Breakfast on December 13. The event will be 9-10:45 a.m. at the Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road.
Music, Music, Music!
* "Night of Song" by Mobile Opera is Monday, November 13, 7-9 p.m. at the Battle House Hotel. Night of Song is Mobile Opera’s monthly cabaret at ?The Trellis Room in the Battle House Hotel. The community is invite "hear the local stars of Mobile Opera singing your favorite arias and songs. Bring a friend or four and have a casual and relaxed evening of food and beverage from the excellent Battle House kitchen and fine singing." There is no admission charge (but don’t forget to bring a generous tip for the singers.) Seating is on a first come, first served, open seating basis. For more information, please call (251) 432-6772. Night of Song is held on the 2nd Monday night of each month, from 7-9 p.m.
* University of Mobile's Piano Festival is a year-long series of special events spotlighting the Alabama School of the Arts’ undergraduate and graduate programs in piano performance. Each event is open to public and free of charge. For more information about an event, contact Shadoe Valentin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251.442.2383.
* On Thursday, November 16, 3 p.m., Rebekah and Matthew Atkinson, a brother/sister harp/violin duo, will present a concert at the James P. Nix Center in Fairhope. Admission to the concert is free and is open to the public. The program feature such music as "Danny Boy," "How Great Thou Art" and Stephen Foster favorites. For more information, call 251-402-3550 or go to email@example.com.
* USA Opera Theatre, under the direction of Thomas L. Rowell, presents its annual fall opera scenes program on Friday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 19 at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall of Laidlaw Performing Arts Center at the University of South Alabama. Tickets can be purchased at the door: $8 general admission and $5 for USA students, faculty and seniors. For more information, visit www.southalabama.edu/colleges/music or call 251-460-7116.
* Mobile Symphony Orchestra presents the 20th Annual Beethoven and Blue Jeans Concert on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2:30 p.m., at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile. Tickets are $15-$75 and can be purchased online at www.mobilesymphony.org, by phone at 251-432-2010, or at the symphony box office, 257 Dauphin Street. Reduced-price student tickets are available for both performances. Through the MSO Big Red Ticket program sponsored by Alabama Power, students in grades K-12 can attend the Sunday performance free when accompanied by a paying adult. More details can be found online at www.mobilesymphony.org.
Arts and Crafts/White Elephant Sales/crafts projects:
* Port City Craftsmen's 45th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show is November 17-19 at Abba Shrine Temple, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile. Admission is $3 or $2 with 1 can goodl Children 13 or younger enter for free. Artists and crafters, go to Port City website for registration information.
* If time is running out to finish your crafts projects and Christmas gifts, the Kreative Loft offers Christmas Crunch to the rescue. Meeting in the Whole Foods Community Room in Pinebrook shopping center on Airport Blvd., the group will meet November 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $25. Register online at http://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-christmas-crunch-tickets-28069708253. For information, call Kenyetta Pope, 251-422-9045.
* The Satsuma Arts and Craft Fair is Saturday, December 2, 8 a.m. at Baldwin Square. Applications to exhibit are available at the Satsuma Library for pick up and drop off or call Patricia Morra, 251 303 3022 to receive one in the mail. Morra said the 12x12 spots rent for $35l electricity is available.
* The History Museum of Mobile exhibit, titled "Titanic Honour & Glory," will open December 2017 and run through May 2018. For more information, contact Gavin Snyder at 251.301.0273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Aubreigh's Army Benefit Pageant, hosted by Samantha Thrash Duff, is Saturday, November 18, 4 p.m. at Mary G. Montgomery High School Auditorium. The event will benefit Aubreigh Nicholas and family. Entry fee is $75; this includes photogenic (No photos larger than 8x10.) There are many categories and awards; go to event site for complete details. All entries are due by Monday, November 6th. Contestant entry fee can be paid via PayPal to email@example.com. Be sure to include contestant's name and age in comments. Paperwork can be mailed to 8775 Jack Williams Road. Wilmer, AL 36587 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contestant's spot will not be secured until paperwork and entry fee has been received.
* Mr. & Miss Country Christmas Pageant, presented by Grand Bay Country Christmas, will be December 2. 9 a.m. The event is at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90. The pageant is costume and personality ONLY! All participants MUST be in holiday or winter themed costume. Cost per participant is $10. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the pageant begins at 9:30 a.m. There will be four crowned winners, but everyone gets a participation gift.
* "Pet Photos with Santa" at B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road, is Saturday, December 2 at 2 p.m. Photos are $10 cash for each 4"X6" photo. Other sizes will be available at the event for an additional cost. Proceeds from the event will benefit Friends of the Mobile Animal Shelter.
* Mutts & Mimosas Sunday Brunch at Off the Hook Marina & Grill, 621 N. Craft Highway is December 10, 2017 from 11:30-2:30 p.m.. There will be great food, drinks and raffles all in support of Saraland Animal Shelter. Guests are invited to "Bring the family and the fur kids and support a great cause.
Mardi Gras/Joe Cain:
* The 4th Annual Joe Cain Footmarcher Ball is Saturday, November 11, 7-11 p.m. at Moe's Original BBQ, 701 Springhill Avenue. Ticket information is at Eventbrite.
* A" Holiday Market and Art Bazaar in the Gardens" is planned at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, on Friday, December 1, and Sautuday, December 2. Visitors will have an opportunity to buy local handmade goods and botanical art, as well as camellias and poinsettias. The Market is presented in conjunction with the Mobile County Master Gardener Greenery Sale, so visitors can enjoy one-stop holiday shopping. For more information, go to www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org.
* St. Pius X Annual "Market on Sage"' is December 1, 10 a.m. to December 2, 1 p.m. St. Pius is at 217 S Sage Avenue, Mobile.
* The 5th Annual Holiday Market at OK Bicycle Shop will be held Sunday, December 3, 1-4 p.m. in front of the shop at 661 Dauphin Street. Those interested in being a vendor can email DauphinManagement@gmail.com for an appplication. Entry fee is $30, which will go directly to McKemie Place, a local overnight shelter for single, homeless women in all of Mobile, Washington and Baldwin County.
Chambers of Commerce:
* Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce monthly business luncheon is Tuesday, November 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Saraland Civic Center, 716 Mae Street. To RSVP, call the Chamber at 251-675-4444. Guest speaker will be Saraland City Council President, Joe McDonald, who will deliver the "State of the CIty" address.
* Chickasaw Chamber of Commerce has changed its meeting date to the 3rd Tuesday of each month EXCEPT November, when it will be held at noon on November 14 (because of Thanksgiving Holiday.) There will be no meeting in December; the January 2018 meeting will be on the 15th. For more information, call Robert McFall, 251-452-3941.
* Nominations are now open for SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce 2017 Citizen of the Year. Forms can be picked up at the Chamber office at 5055 Carol Plantation Road.
* Semmes Chamber of Commerce meeting is Wednesday, November 8, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. RSVP at 251-660-4808. All members are requested to bring a donated gift worth at least $25 to be auctioned at the 4th Annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas Banquet on Monday, December 4, at Pathway Church, 7200 Moffett Road.
Reunions and Homecomings:
* The Annual Retired Teachers' Brunch, held to honor Semmes area retirees, is scheduled for Thursday, November 16, 9:30 a.m. at Wilmer Elementary School. Invited are all teachers, principals, counselors and school librarians who have retired from Semmes, Allentown, J.E. Turner, Wilmer and Tanner Williams elementary schools, Semmes Middle School and Mary G. Montgomery High School. Also encouraged to attend are certified retirees living in the community, although they may have retired from a school in another area. The event is sponsored by Semmes Woman's Club and host school. Call Co-chair Toni Davis, 251-649-5931, for further information.
Film and other theatrical events:
* "Masterpiece" by documentary and filmmaker Michael Miner is coming to Bernheim Hall, Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street, Thursday, November 16, 6:30 p.m. For more information on this event, call 251-208-7097. For more information on Miner’s film, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q9tGer5EOg.
* On Tuesday, November 14, 4-8 p.m., Lazer Zone of Mobile, 790 Schillinger Road N. is presenting "Coat Drive at Lazer Zone." The community is invited to bring a new or gently used coat to Lazer Zone for our Winter Coat Drive. Lazer Zone wants to help the local community and schools buy donating gently used or new coats and jackets to those in need. Take advantage of the 1-Night Special: Bring in a coat to donate and receive 1 laser tag game + 10 tokens + 1 Bumper Car Ride for $12 per person, or recieve $2 off a game of laser tag for bringing in a donation.
* AFL-CIO Southwest Alabama Labor Council, 908 Butler Drive, Mobile, is collecting new coats, hats, gloves and mittens for the 2017 Christmas Project. All the donations will be given to the children at Penelope House to help keep them warm this winter. Donations my be taken to any affiliate union hall during regular business hours between November 28th through December 18th. We will also collect donations at the SWALC Christmas Party on Saturday, December 16th. #UnionsSupportCommunity. For more information contact Leslie Schraeder at 251.431.0101 / email@example.com or Joyce Salter at 251.476.0625 / firstname.lastname@example.org
* Coats for Kids at Coastal Response Center, South Bay Project, Community Center, 7385 Highway 188 in Coden, is a community-wide event to help those in need. Families should sign up for coats to ensure that sizes needed are available. The day of the event--Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., families are invited to come to the Center to enjoy refreshments and to participate in making crafts. To make a donation or register for a coat, call Lori Bosarge, 251-206-9990 or Jermaine Payne, 366-1442. New and gently used boys' and girls' coats/jackets in all sizes can be dropped off at the Center, 7385 Highway 188, Coden.
Heroes--Veterans and First Responders events:
* During the 10 a.m. Monday, November 13 County Commission meeting in the Mobile Government Plaza Auditorium, two WW II veterans will receive Quilts of Valor. Former Marine Staff Sgt. John Bankston and Major Jim DeVaney, U.S. Army (Ret.), will be presented the quilts by the Azalea City Quilter's Guild in recognition of and appreciation for their military service in protecting and defending our country. The public is invityed to the ceremony.
* The Sassy Stitchers quilting group from Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center will present Quilts of Valor to approximately two dozen veterans on Saturday, November 18, 9 a.m. at the Senior Center. 3201 Hillcrest Road. The handmade quilts are given in appreciation to those men and women who served our country from WWII to the present.
* WW2 Living History at Fort Gaines is November 17, 9 a.m.-November 19, 5 p.m.at Fort Gaines Historic Site, 51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island.
* On November 18, the public is invited to Fort Gaines to experience a day in the life of a WWII soldier. The Fort Gaines Historic Site is on Dauphin Island's East End. For more information, see www.dauphinisland.org or call 251-861-6992.
* University of Mobile Performing Arts Series Christmas Spectacular is Thursday, November 16, 6:45-9 p.m. at Cottage Hill Baptist Church, 4255 Cottage Hill Road. Ticket Information is at www.tickets.com. **Note: Balcony DOES NOT have elevator/wheel chair access.
* Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, is hosting "Jingle and Mingle in the Gift Shop" on Thursday, November 16, 1-7 p. m. Vsitors can look forward to a fun- filled day of shopping--get Holiday shopping done early and get the first look at the new arrivals in the Gift Shop. For more information, see www.bellingrath.org.
* The Annual Lighting of the Chickasaw Christmas Tree is Friday, November 17 at the intersection of Lee Street and Grand Boulevard. Santa will arive for pictures around 5:30 p.m.
* "Lighting of the Tree in Bienville Square" in Bienville Square downtown will be Friday, November 17, 5-7 p.m. The City of Mobile will usher in the holiday season with pictures with Santa, live music and much more. Guests can shop in the nearby Merry Market while they enjoy live entertainment. Be sure to arrive by 6 p.m.; Mayor Stimpson and Santa will light up the tree at 6:10 p.m.
* Creola Christmas Parade is November 18, 11 a.m. Line up will be at New Beginning Christian Church at 101 Creola Lane. Application forms are available at Creola City Hall and Creola Police Station. For information, call Lee Anne Greene at 251-751-4907.
* Ladies of Harley Christmas Jubilee, hosted by Ladies of Harley-Mobile H.O.G., is Saturday, November 18, noon-4 p.m. at Mobile Bay Harley-Davidson, 3260 Pleasant Valley Road in Mobile. Some 15 vendors will be set up for Christmas shopping, including Avon, Rodan Fields, Premier Jewelry, Advo Care, The Soap Maker, Tupperware, Heirloom Photography, Scentsy, Initial Outfitters, Ruby Ribbon, Floral Designs by Marisa, Moody Girl Designs, Collegiate Towels, Southern Sass Boutique, Monogram Designs & Boutique and Pearl’s Girl. The Ladies of Harley will also have a Bake Sale. Door admission is $1 per person with proceeds to benefit local disabled veterans
* St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1854 Staples Road, is taking orders for their famous holiday cakes and pies, all made from scratch. Orders are accepted through November 18 by calling 251-479-0336; leave name and phone number for call-back. Pick-ups are November 20 and November 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; final pickup is November 22 at noon. Proceeds help raise money for 60 turkeys for the Dauphin Island Parkway Ministerial Alliance Christmas Basket outreach; to suppport McKemie Place ministries and for the Beans and Rice outreach program.
* Bellingrath Gardens and Home celebrates 22 Years of Magic Christmas in Lights this year. Opening Night is Friday, November 24. The show will continue nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31, 2017. For details about Magic Christmas in Lights, or to order tickets, visit website, www.bellingrath.org. Online ticket sales begin on November 1, 2017.
* On Tuesday, November 28, 6 p.m., Dauphin Way Baptist Church and Bayside Insurance are hosting "Trees For Hope" to Benefit Alabama Baptist Children's Home. This premier event will have pre-decorated, themed Christmas trees in various sizes for bidding. This will be a silent auction system. There will be other silent auction items, as well. A limited number of tickets are available through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trees-for-h. Dauphin Way is at 3661 Dauphin Street.
* "Lights of Love," presented by USA Children's & Women's Hospital, 1700 Center Street; USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile, invite the community to celebrate the joy and wonder of the holiday season on Tuesday, November 28 during a special tree-lighting ceremony and holiday festival. The event is free and open to the public. Rain date is Tuesday, December 4th. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. local children’s choirs and other live acts will perform. All are invited to stop by to say hello to Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald and enjoy crafts and sweet treats.
* The 15th Annual Mistletoe Mingle, hosted by the Women's Business Alliance, will be Thursday, November 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Mobile Arts Council, 318 Dauphin Street. The event includes a silent auction. Advance tickets are available online for $35 and are $45 at the door. A portion of the evening's proceeds will be donated to McKemie Place.
* University of Mobile Performing Arts Series presents "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" on Friday, December 1, 7-9 p.m. at Saraland High School, 1115 Industrial Parkway, Saraland. Ticket information is at www.itickets.com.
* Grand Bay Country Christmas begins with Community All Day Open House on Friday, December 1, 9 a.m. The tree decorating is 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; 5:30-9 p.m., children can visit with Santa. Saturday, December 2 at Grand Bay Senior Community Center, activities include the Mr. and Miss Country Christmas, Winter Shopperland Market and Milk and Cookies with Santa. At the center of town on December 2nd, visitors can enjoy the Parade of Lights. The event is hosted by Citizens for a Better Grand Bay. For information, call 251-656-4576 or 251-644-2080.
* Semmes Old-Fashioned Christmas is Friday, December 1, 5:30 p.m. at Semmes Heritage Park, 3871 Wulff Road. Special performances will be by Indian Springs Baptist Church Youth and Children's Ensemble. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Carolyn Owens, 251-606-6160.
* Friday, December 1, 2017, 5-8 p.m. is the Annual Candlelight at The Loop event. Visitors may park at any designated location and tour the Loop on the Trolley. Visit local businesses in The Loop and delight in their Holiday offerings. For more, go to #candlelightattheloop.
* Semmes Christmas Tree Lighting will be December 1st. 6:30 p.m. at Semmes Public Library, 9150 Moffett Road, Semmes. Refreshments will be served.
* The 29th Annual Dauphin Island Pageant is Friday, December 1, 7 p.m. at St. Edmunds Church Hall. Girls aged 2-18 who live on Dauphin Island and/or attend Dauphin Island School are eligible to participate. Applications will be available at Town Hall beginning November 1, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.Registration deadline is November 27, 4 p.m.
* The Grand Bay Town Tree Decorating, hosted by Grand Bay Country Christmas, will be on Friday, December 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the junction of Grand Bay Wilmer Road and Highway 90. The townspeople will decorate the tree; there'll be decorations on site or families can bring their own to hang on the tree. Santa will arrive later in the evening to light the beautiful tree and kick off the night's festivities. There will be free refreshments, free games, holiday music and the train rides (at $1 per ride.)
* The City of Citronelle Annual Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m. Deadline to register to be in the parade is November 29, 2017 at 4 p.m. Parade application can be submitted by email, mail, or in person at City Hall, 19135 S. Main Street, Citronelle AL 36522. Check event site for rules and regulations. For more information, contact Kendra McManus at 251-866-0221 or 251-281-6586.
* The Citronelle Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair will be on Main Street on the Citronelle Walking Trail, December 2, 2017, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information or to apply for a booth, contact Kendra McManus at 251-281-6586, 251-866-0221, email@example.com or forms and money can be paid at the Citronelle Municipal Court.
* Georgetown Assembly of God 3rd Annual Christmas Jubilee--Arts and Crafts Festival is Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; for booth rental, contact Tiffany Edwards Williamson, 251-458-6366.
* Satsuma Christmas Parade, hosted by Satsuma Fire Department, is Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. To enter a float, download an application from www.cityofsatsuma.com.
* The 5th Annual Wreaths for Charity, sponsored by the SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce and area businesses, will offer handmade artificial wreaths for sale on Saturday, December 2 at Breakfast with Santa. The sale wil help raise funds for families in need. For more information, call Tina Poiroux, 251-666-2488.
* "Breakfast with Santa," sponsored by SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, is Saturday, December 2, 8-9 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. The event will be held prior to the Chamber's Annual Christmas Parade with a pancake breakfast free to children ages 12 and younger with others $5. Santa will be onsite for pictures which will be posted to the Chamber's website the the week after the Breakfast.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 2, 2017. The parade begins in front of W.C. Griggs Elementary School at 10 a.m. with floats, Theodore High School Band, various organizations, special vehicles, dancers, elected officials and Santa. Visit the Chamber's website, www.swmcchamber.com for more information.
* Christmas on the Hill is the FREE annual family event created and promoted by the Spring Hill Merchants Association and individual merchants of the area. The event is Sunday, December 3, 1-5 p.m. The community is invited to celebrate the season in the village with special store hours and promotions, photos with Santa, children’s activities, holiday refreshments, carriage rides, strolling carolers and MORE!
* Creola Toys for Tots -drop off locations are Creola City Hall, Creola PD or Creola VFD by Friday, December 15.
* The Children's Ministry at Christ United Methodist Church presents a Live Nativity Hayride on Wednesday, December 6, 5-7 p.m. The church is at 6101 Grelot Road; the phone is 251-342-0462.
* Company 11's performance, "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues," will run December 7-9 and 14-16, 8 p.m. Get tickets at Company11.org. The play was written by Jeff Goode and will be directed by Cory Olson.
* The 34th Annual Christmas through the Ages at Fort Gaines Historic Site at Dauphin Island, December 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. will showcase the holiday through the eyes of soldiers and their families during the 1700s and 1800s. Visiting children will make Christmas ornaments from seashells and other non-traditional items. For more information, see www.dauphinisland.org or call 251-861-6992.
* "A Southern Christmas" at Open House fundraiser at Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is Saturday 9, 1-4 p.m. Admission for the Open House is $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12 years if purchased in advance. Subject to availability, tickets day of the event will be $12 (adults) and $7 (children under 12.) All proceeds from the event help support the continued operation and preservation of the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. For more information on the Open House, call 251.471.6364.
* "Mistletoe Market," hosted by Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce, is Saturday, December 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Saraland Municipal Complex For an application or more information, call 251-675-4444.
* The City of Semmes has set the date for the annual Christmas parade--Saturday, December 9. Applications are available at City Hall, on Semmes City website, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The 6th Annual Dawes Christmas Parade will be on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 1 p.m. For more information, visit website at www.dawesbizconnect.com.
* Semmes Christmas Tour is Saturday, December 9, 3-7 p.m. Taste of Semmes is 3-5 p.m. at Allentown Elementary School. The Tour is 3-7 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets are available at Semmes Senior Center, Meggie B's, Hickory Pit Too and online at Eventbrite.com. This event is sponsored by the Woman's Club of Semmes.
* Mark your calendar for the Annual Chickasaw Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 9th, 3 p.m. The parade committee will be looking for local Schools, community organizations, churches and businesses to participate in the parade. Call 251-452-6467 for more information.
* The Saraland Civic Forum's 49th Annual Saraland Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 9 at noon. Rain date is December 16 at noon. The theme for this year's parade is "Christmas: A Family Tradition." For more information, call 251-675-4444.
* "The Nutcracker"--Mobile Ballet’s annual holiday classic will be at Mobile Civic Center Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10, 2017. Performances in the Mobile Civic Center Theater (Doors open 1 hour before showtime): Saturday, December 9 at 2:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 10 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit mobileballet.org.
* The Fort of Colonial Mobile has issued an invitation to the community to "Brighten your season with an extra special holiday breakfast. Share your wishes with Santa while meeting his helpers, creating ornaments and then enjoy a reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Santa himself--all designed to warm hearts and elicit smiles." Breakfasts are scheduled on December 9th and 16th at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The Fort is at 150 S. Royal Street in downtown Mobile. The phone number is 251-802-3092.
* "A Dauphin Way Christmas" is planned at Dauphin Way Baptist Church, 3661 Dauphin Street, on Sunday, December 10, 6-7:30 p.m. The musical program is under the direction of Dr. Steve Bowersox and features the Dauphin Way Choir & Orchestra. The family-oriented event will offer interpretation for the deaf, as well as wheelchair seating as needed. For information, call the church office, 251-342-3456.
* The Fort of Colonial Mobile is bringing the Grinch to brunch! "Straight from Mount Crumpit, the Grinch brings his special blend of mischief, turning your meal into an adventure," the event notice reads. "The green one himself will make the rounds, stopping to pose for photographs. Just make sure to keep a good eye on your bacon." Dates and times are as follows: December 10, 17 and 23 at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon. Seats should be reserved at colonialmobile.com. The Fort is at 150 S. Royal Street in downtown Mobile. The phone number is 251-802-3092.
* Parade of Threes, Dauphin Island Parkway, will be December 16, 2 p.m. McKemie Place shelter for women will benefit from the event.
* "Lighting up Lafayette," hosted by South Lafayette Street Community Association, is 30 S. Lafayette Street, Saturday, December 16, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Attendees can park the car and take a stroll down Lafayette. Parking will be available at Dauphin Way United Methodist and the McGill Parking lots. Only foot traffic will be allowed during the eveThe Association is collecting canned goods for the neighborhood beneficiary (Little Sisters of the Poor.). Each participating home will have collection bins and holiday decor.
* The Christmas Boat Parade on Fowl River is Saturday, December 16, 5-11:30 p.m. The boats in the parade are decorated with lights. The parade starts at The No-Wake Zone at the end of Fowl River and go down the river making occasional stops to throw goodies to everyone on the docks. The parade ends at The Pelican Reef where a small ceremony is held to bestow a special award for the boat with the best lights.
* "Home Free, A Country Christmas Tour 2017" will be at the Saenger Theatre, 6 S. Joachim Street in downtown Mobile on December 20, 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Saenger Theatre Box Office (6 South Joachim Street) Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (401 Mobile Civic Center Drive) Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased throught the official Ticketmaster website, www.ticketmaster.com or purchase by phone, 800-745-3000. For information regarding accessible seating tickets, call 251-208-7381. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice. All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.
* YoPro Mobile's Christmas Cocktail, hosted by Young Professionals of Mobile, is Thursday, December 21, 7-10 p.m. at The Pillars, 1757 Government Street. Ticket information is at yopromobile.com.
Young Professionals of Mobile are hosting the 2nd Annual Christmas Cocktail at The Pillars on December 21st at 7 p.m. YoPros say that "a lot of great things lined up for the evening, so feel free to bring a guest."
* A Christmas Day Brunch Buffet will be served at The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, 26 N. Royal Street, on Monday, December 25, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The buffet is extensive and will be in the Crystal Ballroom. Admission is $64 per person with children 6-12 eating for half price and those 5 and younger, free. For reservations, call 251-338-5441.
Christmas Open Houses:
* The Heritage Social Event House And Gardens, 505 Hartley Road in Saraland, is holding Christmas Open House on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 3-8:30 p.m. There are many "events with the main event" at this outstanding open house. For additional information, call 251-455-4480.
* The Rose Bud Flowers & Gifts, 470 N. Craft Highway in Chickasaw, is holding a Christmas Open House on Sunday, November 19 at noon. Santa will be there. For more information, call 251-457-6040.