Last Friday Art Night at Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council will say "Welcome, Spring" by celebrating annual events that make the Island unique. On April 24, 6-8 p.m. at the Arts Center, 1008 Alabama Avenue, DIHAC will host "Wings and Sails" to spotlight the Spring bird migratory season and the 57th Dauphin Island Sailboat Regatta. The Art Gallery will feature fine arts and crafts by such local artists as Janie Zetsch, Margie Delcambre, Kirsten Mallon, Perry Zirlott, Joyce Zirlott, Deb Jones, Kathy Jones and Russ Viosin.
The popular Island event also offers visitors an opportunity to shop for local art, to socialize with friends and neighbors and to enjoy art demonstrations, food, beverages and music. Those interested in the history and heritage of the Island and its residents can hear stories from the past and browse the official scrapbook of the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, vintage photos and other memorabilia in the Heritage Gallery. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged and appreciated.
Rescheduled from April 18 until April 25 is the 13th Annual St. Francis Episcopal Church Arts and Crafts Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Approximately 50 vendors are expected to display everything from pottery to photography, jewelry to handmade furniture. St. Francis is at 401 Key Street, Dauphin Island. Call Cissy Napper, 318-548-4376 for information. (See earlier stories on this blog site for more details.)
The 6th Annual Dauphin Island Gumbo Festival is Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25. The Fest will take place in three scenic venues and will feature live music, children's activities and lots of gumbo. Organizers say that visitors are encouraged to "walk, bike or trolley your way around the Island and enjoy Springtime." Check with the Chamber of Commerce for specific locations.
The Dauphin Island Sailboat Regatta on Mobile Bay is reputed to be one of the oldest sailboat races in the country--this is the 57th annual race, and it will take place April 24-26. It will end at the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo grounds, a truly beautiful sight. Call the Chamber of Commerce for more information.
The 19th Annual Motorcycle Show, originally scheduled for April 19, has been reset for Sunday, April 26, 11:30 a.m. at Dauphin Island Elementary School. The Show plus other activities going on during the event is a major fundraiser for the school's PTA. For information, call Carlos Forte, 509-5451 or read earlier, more detailed posts in this blog.
Saturday, April 25, those who love the water and the treasures of Nature can participate in the 2nd Annual Chickasabogue Paddle. Call Kathy Couey, 452-6467 for details.
On Wednesday, April 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Mobile County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will present "Cool Jazz in the Courtyard" at the Bike Shop Courtyard. The event will benefit CASAMobile. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple and can be purchased online at www.CASAMobile.org or by calling 251-574-5277. The tickets include wine, beer and menu samples from The Bike Shop, Moe's Original BBQ,Wintzell's, Liquid, The Bull and Union.
South Alabama Regional Planning Commission will present the 17th Annual Business Expo and Jobs Fair at Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall on April 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission and parking will be free to the public. Approximately 100 businesses and organizations will be on hand to discuss job opportunities and accept resumes. Veterans and military spouses are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 652-0585 or 433-6541 or visit www.sarpc.org.
"Corks in the Courtyard," a fundraiser for Via Center, is Thursday, April 23, 5:30 p.m. at Cafe 615 in Mobile. Call 470-5229 for ticket information.
Friday, April 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Turnerville Ladies Club is sponsoring a fish fry fundraiser to benefit Turnerville Volunteer Fire Department. The $8 plates will include catfish fillets, slaw, baked beans, bread, cake and tea. Diners can enjoy their meal indoors at the Turnerville Community Center--Water and Fire Department, 11230 Celeste Road, or carry them home or back to their office. Caqll 679-7783 or 689-2856 for information.
Coastal Response Center South Bay Project is sponsoring a night of music on Saturday, April 25, 5-10 p.m. at the Response Center in Coden. Included will be classic rock, oldies, gospel and blue grass. Admission is $5 at the door with those younger than 15 admitted free.
The sponsoring group is collecting non-perishible food items for the Food Pantry. Especially needed are dried beans, rice, pasta and canned meats, but all donations are appreciated AND for each item donated, the contributor will receive an extra door prize ticket. For information, call Lori Bosarge, 824-1135 or 824-7165 or Pat Creel, 422-7592.
Georgetown-Chunchula United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Community Health Fair, free and open to the public, on Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Many health screenings will be offered and various community agencies and businesses will be on hand to share information. Don't forget to bring your unused shoes; the church is hoping to collect 25,000 pounds, which will serve as a fundraiser for the church but also provide shoes in developing countries. For more information on these projects and events, call Rev. Diane Baldwin, 251-243-2649.
The Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society and Spring Hill College Chorale will present the
Annual Spring Concert, "Jazzy Sounds of Spring--From the Valley to the Hill"--on Saturday, April 25, 4 p.m. and Monday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. The first will be at Government Street Presbyterian Church, 300 Government Street, and the second at St. Joseph Chapel on the Spring Hill campus. Call 251-431-1749 for more information.
PNC Grow up Great "Learning is All Around Me" Mobile Learning Adventure will be at the Exploreum, 65 Government Street, on Sunday, April 26, noon-4 p.m. The exhibit gives parents and caregivers the opportunity to learn the importance of early childhood education while they engage in fun activities with their children. Call the Exploreum for more information.
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" opens at Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 N. Lafayette Street, Mobile on Friday, April 24. Order tickets online at http://firstname.lastname@example.org, call 433-7513 or e-mail email@example.com.
Citizens for a Better Grand Bay is sponsoring a Superhero Fun Run and Family Day on Saturday, April 25. Organizers encourage participants to "Come dressed as your favorite Superhero! Walk, Run, Role or Ride!" There'll be games, fun and food in the GrandBay Historic District.
Down at the Parkway SAIL Center, seniors have a Fun Day coming up on Friday, April 24. And the Red Hatters group that meets at the Center will have lunch at Cheddars on Airport Boulevard on Saturday, April 25, 11 a.m.
At Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, the new director, Ashley-Nicole Flowers, invites seniors to "Enjoy a Coffee Boost with the Director" every Thursday at 2 p.m."
Many events are on tap the weekend of May 1-3/4.
Playhouse in the Park will present "The adventures of Pippi Longstocking" May 1-17. For SchoolFest reservations, call 422-0079. For reservations for public performances, call 602-0630.
Mobile Botanical Gardens Gallery of Gardens 2015 tour of gardens in west Mobile, Midtown and Spring Hill is planned for Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2. Tickets are $20 each in advance. Call 342-0555 for details.
Chunchula Home Demonstration Club is holding a yard sale to benefit the historic 1907 Chunchula School. The sale will be Friday, May 1, 8 a.m. at Chunchula Baptist Church Pavilion on the corner of Highway 45 and Roberts Road. For more information, call Rhnea Roberts, 442-3494.
Environmental Studies Center's Spring Open House is Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ESC is at 6101 Girby Road; call 221-5000 for more information.
St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1854 Staples Road, is planning a Community Yard Sale on Saturday, May 2, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Community members can rent a 10' X 10' space for $10. For information, call 479-0336 and leave a call back number.
Better Homes and Gardens Spring Fling to benefit Joe Jefferson Playhouse is Saturday, May 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 6449 Piccadilly Square. The event will feature crafts and food booths, children's activities and entertainment and live music. Booth rental is $30 per space. Call 471-1534 for information.
Tanner Williams May Day Festival and centennial celebration for the historic Tanner Williams School is Saturday, May 2 at the old school. Don't worry about rain! All activities will be moved across the street to Tanner Williams Elementary School gym in case of inclement weather. Call Brandy Culver, 377-6842 for details.
Chickasaw seniors will attend a Spring Concert,Monday, May 4, 6 p.m. on the lawn at Murphy High School. The performance will be a real treat for the seniors: Chickasaw's Elizabeth Stewart, daughter of senior activities director, Stephanie Stewart, is in the Symphonic Band. Call 452-6462 for reservations.
In the Great News! department, Elaine Henderson of the Child Advocacy Center reports that the Downtown Cajun Cook-Off to benefit CAC raised $52,000 net. "What an amazing day," she said "We thought we would have 500 people and had 4,000. Wendell Quimby and Noell Broughton (organizers) are the best!"
And Torie Ann Coumanis Torrans, Executive Director of Penelope House, said that the 11th Annual Hats and Pearls Luncheon was very successful, with 120-130 people enjoying the lunch, hat contest and fashion show.