. Vacation Bible Schools:
** Saraland United Methodist Church's Vacation Bible School for K-5th grade, is July 9-July 12, 9 a.m. The church is at 415 McKeough Avenue in Saraland.
** From July 23-27, 9 a.m.-noon, children in grades 1-6 are invited to participate in Vacation Bible School at Dauphin Island United Methodist Church. To register to participate or to volunteer, visit http://vbspro.events/p/4515bb. For more information, contact Blake or Melanie Percival at 334-294-1799.
** Bark & Bingo, hosted by Serda Brewing Co. and Animal Rescue Foundation, is Wednesday, July 11, 4-10 p.m. at Serda Brewing Co., 600 Government Street. (Bingo starts at 7 p.m.) Serda Brewing and ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) are partnering for a special "Bark for BINGO" fundraiser benefiting dogs/ARF. The public is invited to "Come out and play BINGO with us for your chance to win great prizes. There are 6 rounds and the winner of each round gets a prize. Local area vendors Walks & Wags, Dog Days Barkery, and My Happy Dog 123 will have booths set up for you to learn about their services and products." Serda's will donate to ARF $1 per pint sold; ARF will have dogs available for adoption in the beer garden.
** For a limited time, all adoptions at the City of Mobile Shelter are $20. Adoption fee includes spay/neuter, first set of age-appropriate vacinations and worming.
** An Early Summer Adoption Event for Aide For Animals will be Sundays, 2-5 p.m. at B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road. This is a recurring event, The public is encouraged to "Adopt and Adore."
** On Saturday, July 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Mobile Animal Shelter and B&B Pet Stop are hosting a Rabies Shots + Nail Trims event at B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road. Dr. Ann Branch and volunteers from the Mobile Animal Shelter will be on hand to administer 1 year rabies vaccines at a greatly reduced price, $10 per pet, cash only, and nail trim, $15 per pet, cash only.
Galas, Special Events, Fundraisers and Fun:
** Government Street Presbyterian Church's "Summer Sunday Socials" are July 15 and August 12, noon at Government Street Presbyterian Church, 300 Government Street. These Socials are inter-generational gatherings designed to encourage Christian fellowship through the study of various children’s books. The public is invited to the fellowship hall for this luncheon program immediately following worship.
** The July 10th Riverside Community Action Group meeting will be at 6 p.m., at Riverside Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. This meeting will be a pot luck/covered dish (fried chicken provided by the CAG) positive energy "celebration" of First Responders and others who serve the community.
** On July 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wonderful Wednesday at Bellingrath Gardens will feature "Knives, Forks and Spoons – A Look at Unique Silver Serving Pieces in The Bellingrath Collection.
** At Bellingrath Gardens, the Gift Shop is stocked with puzzles, games and other essential items for summer fun at 40% discounts.
** Cheap Chic Boutique Summer Sale, a fundraiser for Our Sisters' Closet, is Friday, July 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The new location is at St. Catherine's Parish in Midtown, 2605 Springhill Avenue, 1 block west of Florida Street (near the new Publix.) There's great parking and easy access. Note: Cash and cards ONLY are now accepted for payment. Cards will have a 3% convenience fee added; there is no sales tax. Call Terri Kearns, 251.423.2001, for more information.
** A Shrimp boil fundraiser, by Half Way Home - Christ N Us Family Transitional Program, is Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Christ N Us Ministry, 14021 South Wintzell Avenue, Bayou La Batre. The dinner includes boiled Bayou shrimp, potatoes, corn and sausage. There will be a silent auction, a bake sale, children's games and more. The Life South blood mobile will at this event, and those who give blood will receive a $3 discount on their dinner and a free drink.
** On July 19, 7-10 p.m., the Mobile Law Enforcement Foundation is hosting JAZZ and JEANS, an event for the public to mix and mingle with law enforcement. The event will take place at the Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street. Music entertainment will be provided by the Excelsior Brass Band. The cost of the evening is a tax deductible donation of $10 per person, which includes a menu of smoked sausage, chicken jambalaya, corn and shrimp fritters, andouille sausage and a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased in advance at police headquarters, 2460 Government Blvd., or pay at the door the day of the event. A table can be reserved for a group who purchases 10 or more tickets. The event serves to support the Mobile Law Enforcement Foundation and its projects. For more information, call 251-208-1947.
** The 85th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, a project of the Mobile Jaycees, will be held July 20-22, 2018. The ADSFR is a 3-day Captain's Choice tournament and a Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) sanctioned event. The total awards package is valued up to one million dollars in cash and prizes and anchored by a boat, motor, and trailer packages. Tournament Director is Louis Howell, Phone: 251.471.0025, Address: ADSFR P.O. Box 16606 Mobile, AL 36616 Email: email@example.com.
** Christmas in July Boutique Bash to benefit Whatever Ministry is Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road N. Organizers promise that this will be "a fantastic day of shopping, food, and fun! Enjoy shopping many boutiques and businesses from the Mobile and surrounding areas, trying delicious food from various restaurants and food trucks, being entertained by local dance teams, and even take a selfie with Santa, all while supporting the Whatever Ministry." The purpose of the Whatever Ministry is to empower young girls and women by helping them find their true beauty, value and purpose. Advance tickets are at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christmas-in-july-boutique-bash-tickets-43118007120 VIP wristbands will also be available for an additional small fee; these will allow shoppers to receive discounts and free products from vendors.
** "Pink Dress Benefit" hosted by Heritage Haus is Sunday, July 29, 2-4 p.m. at The Pillars, 1757 Government Street. The event is to raise funds to benefit the 'Pink House' renovations for the Women's and Children's program of the Mission of Hope. Ticket information is at www.heritagehaus.org
** Child Advocacy Center of Mobile's "Cheers To Children" fundraiser is Monday, July 30, 6-8:30 p.m.at El Papi, 615 Dauphin Street, Mobile. Tickets cost $35 and are avaialble at The Child Advocacy Center and EL PAPI. Call 251-432-1101 for details.
** The 5th Annual Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic is Saturday, August 4, 6 a.m.-3 p.m. at 14772 State Docks Road, Bayou La Batre. The event, sponsored by Bayou La Batre Chamber of Commerce, includes a festival for the non-anglers.
*Mobile Fashion Week 2018 will be Saturday, September 22, 6-9 p.m. at the Fort of Colonial Mobile. Tickets are by Eventbrite #MOBFW18. All seats will be perfect seats this year, so no VIP required.
Chambers of Commerce:
** Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce's July Membership Luncheon is Tuesday, the 10th, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at Saraland Civic Center, 716 Mae Street. Guest speaker will be Sabrina Alexander of Alexander Consulting. Members pay $8, non-members, $10. RSVP at 251.675.4444.
** Chickasaw Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting is Tuesday, July 10, 11:45 a.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street.
** SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon is Wednesday, July 11, noon-1 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. RSVP at 251-666-2488.
** The Semmes Chamber of Commerce meeting will be Cook Out at Pathway Church, 7200 Moffett Road. The meeting is Wednesday, July 11, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.. The Semmes Fire Rescue will do the cooking and Chamber members can spend their time networking their business and products.
** Don't miss the SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Comerce 5th Annual Kids Day on Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road.
The first 600 children who sign in and get their tickets punched will receive Book Bags with school supplies. There are many prizes including bicycles for six lucky children. Vendors will have booths both inside and outside the community center, and there will be an opportunity for parents to get their child's identification kit, with fingerprints and pictures. Vaccines and free haircuts will also be available for children plus there'll be free hot dogs, drinks and other food items for them.
** The SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce "Coffee with the Chamber" will be July 24, 7:30 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. The event is free and free coffee and refreshments will be served--Sponsor is Huntington Learning Center. To RSVP, call 251-666-2488.
Runs, Walks, biking events and paddles:
** The 2nd Annual Ice Cream Marathon, presented by Fleet Feet Sports Mobile, is every Monday through September 3 at 11 a.m. For more information, see blog joannemcknight.com. Photo by Fleet Feet.
The registration is $10 ($15 after the 8th of July) and ALL proceeds of the Ice Cream Marathon will benefit a charity. All participants will choose a charity of their choice and the charity that receives the most entries will be given the proceeds.
** 8th Annual Dauphin Street Vault, hosted by Mobile Sports Authority and Little Red Hen Productions, is Saturday, July 21, 10-11:30 a.m. at LoDa Bier Garten, 251 Dauphin Street. Pole vaulting competitors of all ages and skill levels, including Olympians and professionals, will compete in this annual invitational held on Lower Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile in the heart of the entertainment district.
Book Clubs, readings, book signings, storytelling, recitations, writing:
** A Page in Time Book Club meets on Tuesday, July 10, 6:30-8 p.m. at Mobile West Regional Library, 5555 Grelot Road. This month's topic of discussion is "Love and Other Consolation Prizes" by Jamie Ford. For more information, contact Michele Eli at 251-340-8561.
** On Thursday, July 12 at 6 p.m., the Ebony Moments Book Club will meet at West Regional Branch Library. Ebony Moments is a book discussion designed to increase the awareness of African-American authors, both past and present, and to promote the love of reading for all. This month’s topic of discussion is "The Devil You Know" by Mary Monroe. A summary of the story is this: Summary: Lola seeks revenge on her nasty relatives who cheated her out of everything she worked for while Joan reels from her husband's devastating betrayal. For more information, contact Betty Kidd at 251-470-7766.
** The Reader's Choice Book Club will meet Tuesday, July 17, 1-2 p.m. at Mobile West Regional Library, 5555 Grelot Road. The Club meets every third Tuesday for some lively book discussions; this month's topic of discussion is "About Grace" by Anthony Doerr. For more information, call 251-208-7097.
** Storyteller Wanda Johnson will be at Saraland Public Library, 111 Saraland Loop on Monday, July 23, 10:30 a.m. A national award-winning storyteller, Wanda Johnson uses the age-old art of storytelling to excite, delight and entertain audiences of all ages. For more information, call 251-675-2879.
** Mobile Public Library's "Tuesdays in Bernheim" features Mike Turner on Tuesday, July 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
** The 2018 MOB Music Fest-Free Event, hosted by Nspire U and MOB Music Fest, is planned for July 13 – July 15, 5-7 p.m. at Cathedral Square, 300 Conti Street, Mobile. MOB Music Fest will feature 3 days of music from all genres, poetry, dancers, spoken word and more. This event is free to the public and VIP packages are available for purchase. Those interested in performing or being a vendor or those who want more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Sean Gaskell with his West African Kora: An Ancient 21 String Harp will be at Mobile Public Libraries on the dates and times listed: Monday, July 16th, Saraland Library 10:30 a.m., Semmes Branch 1 p.m. and Moorer/Spring Hill Branch 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 17th, he will be at West Regional Library 11 a.m. and Theodore Oaks Branch 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 18th, Ben May Main Library 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Parkway Branch, 3 p.m.; on Thursday, July 19th, he will be at the Toulminville Branch , 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
** "An Intimate Evening with Lisa Mills" will be Thursday, July 19, 8-11 p.m. at The Listening Room of Mobile, 78 St Francis Street in Mobile. Tickets: $20 (Call 251-367-4599 to reserve)
** African Percussionist & Storyteller, Makinde GBolahan, is coming to Toulminville Branch Library, 601 Stanton Road. He will perform twice on Thursday, July 26, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Makinde Gbolahan plays a variety of instruments that are native to the continent of Africa. His program combines music with stories to enlighten, encourage and entertain his audience. Makinde Gbolahan is founder of the Universal Childhood Enlightenment Council, chairman of Mobile’s Kwanza Committee and founder of the Rapha Natural Health Institute. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-438-7075.
** On July 26, 27 and 28, 6 p.m., the Alabama Quartet Convention, hosted by Clearvision, will be at 5508 Moffett Road. The public is invited to to hear some of the best Southern Gospel groups in the state of Alabama and the Southeast. Check www.thealqc.com for artist lineup and more information.
** Dauphin Island Sunday Sunset Concert~Yo Jonsey & Crowned Jewelz is on July 29, 6-8 p.m. on the West End Public Beach, Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. The concerts begin about 90 minutes before the sun goes down. Music and beach lovers are invited to bring lawn chairs, (perhaps a little bug spray, just in case) and a laid back attitude to the Sunset Capital of Alabama. Admission is only $5 per person and those 12 and younger are free. The 2018 Sunday Sunset Concert Series is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Town of Dauphin Island.
** On August 5, 10:45 and 11:45 a.m., the Kempters family band will perform at Satsuma First Baptist Church on the church's 75th anniversary. The Kempters--they are from Slapout, Alabama--play mostly patriotic and gospel music, the kind sung in Baptist churches in the South, the kind you can sing along with, "Peace in the Valley," "Will the Circle be Unbroken." For a treat, look up their website and listen to their version of "Hallelujah."
** Citronelle Farmers Market is open on Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 8025 State Street. The Market will run on Saturday, through July 28 and September 22-November 10. The Market will have local produce and cut flowers, baked goods and crafts. For questions or for more information on becoming a seller/vendor, contact Gabriel Denton, Market Manager (251) 777-8700 or email@example.com
** The 2018 Spring/Summer Market in the Park runs Saturdays through July 28 at Cathedral Square downtown and through July 26 at Lavretta Park.
** Look for a Farmers' Market at Providence Hospital every Wednesday, 2-5 p.m. through July 11th. It's located in the front visitors' parking lot under the trees.
** The Farmers' Market at Christ United Methodist Church, 6101 Grelot Road, is every Tuesday, 3-6 p.m. through July 10. Sponsored by the Christ United Missions Committee, the market will feature locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, seafood, baked goods and home produced craft items. Those Interested in becoming a vendor can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stage and film:
** Ruth's Chris Steak House and the Detectives Dinner Theatre are presenting a Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner on Friday, July 13, 6-13 p.m. at Ruth's Chris Steak House, 2058 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. Cocktails will be at 6 and the show is at 7 p.m. Cost is $75 per person including dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House. For reservations and details, call 251.476.0516.
** Mobile Theatre Guild's 2018 Zoghby Awards will be given on Saturday, July 14, 7-10 p.m. at the theater, 14 N Lafayette Street. The 2018 ZOGHBY Awards will celebrate the excellence exhibited on stage this year. Cast and crews--past, present and future are invited and asked to "Bring your favorite dish and libation."
** This summer, Mobile Saenger Theatre, 6 Joachim Street, will once again showcase a Summer Classic Movie Series featuring classic hit movies the way they were meant to be seen: larger-than-life on the glorious BIG screen. The Summer Classic Movie Series will run from July 15 to August 29, 2018. On Sunday afternoons, the Saenger Theatre will feature a famous classic movie to be shown at 3 p.m., with doors opening at 2:30 p.m. The first showing will be "Casablanca," July 15th. Others include "Top Gun," "Steel Magnolias," "Pulp Fiction," "Mary Poppins" and "The Wizard of Oz." Tickets can be purchased at either the Saenger Theatre Box Office (located at 6 South Joachim Street; open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) or at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (located at 401 Civic Center Drive; open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) The Saenger Box Office will open at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the movie. Tickets can not be purchased online or by phone.
** Chickasaw Civic Theatre will hold auditions for "The Miracle Worker" on July 19 and July 20, 6 p.m. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Performance dates are Oct. 12th-21st, with possible school shows a couple of days before shows open to the public. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. See CCT website for a list of characters. For more information, contact Leonora Harrison, Director at email@example.com.
** The next Mobile Mystery Dinner is "Murder on the Battleship: The Last Show of the USO," an origional play by Mimi Bryant. There will be two performances at two locations. The first will be Friday, July 20 at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel. Doors open at 6:30 and the play starts at 7 p.m. There will be unlimited wine from 6:30 until the end of the performance. To attend this performance, email Lisa Russel at the Hotel at Lisa.Russell@RenaissanceMobile.com; she will take reservations and answer questions. The second performance is Saturday, July 28, 7 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 1260 Dauphin Street (intersection of Ann and Dauphin streets.) To attend the July 28th performance, make reservations at www.mobilemysterydinners.com. Go to "Our Next Performance" and the registration is on the bottom of the letter.
** The City of Semmes presents Movies Under the Stars at Semmes Municipal Park on Friday, July 20, 7:30 p.m.: The free film is "Wonder," and in addition, there'll be free candy and drinks. Children can play at the Splash Pad, and everyone is invited to bring a picnic and a chair or quilt to sit on.
** St. Dominic Eagle Theatre presents Cafe Murder--Dinner and a Show on Saturday, July 28, 5-8 p.m. at St. Dominic Catholic School, 4160 Burma Road Tickets are $20 and by reservation only at www.eagletheatre.weebly.com.
** Sunny Side Theater presents a one-week musical theater intensive event with award-winning guest director, Ryan Scarlata, from Columbus Children's Theater. There'll be a presentation of “Once on this Island Jr” on July 20, 7 p.m. at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center on USA Campus. There are 8 spots remaining. For more information, visit Sunnysidedrama.Com.
** Chickasaw Civic Theatre's Annual CCT Awards Ceremony & Summer Soirée is Saturday, July 21, 6:30-11:30 p.m. at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street. It's open to anyone who was a part of a show, came to see a show, bragged about a show, whatever. Bring a side dish and enjoy food and fellowship as we celebrate this past season and look ahead into next season. Food and drinks first, then program around 7:30.
** This summer, The Playhouse-in-the-Park, 4851 Museum Drive, presents its original musical "Cinderella - The Musical." Enchanting special effects bring this beloved fairy tale to life in a colorful, rags-to-riches romp perfect for the whole family. The play will run from July 20 through August 12, 2018 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for children, students and seniors. Reservations are recommended; call 251-602-0630 for details.
** Bellingrath Gardens & Home is presenting "Garden Trends 2018: Creating Outdoor Living Spaces" on Wednesday, July 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Exterior Designer Catherine Arensberg of “simple.honest.design” is passionate about designing luxurious spaces on real life budgets. She will show you how to create outdoor living spaces that are natural extensions of your home’s interior design and reflect how you and your family live. The session is free for members and $13 for non-members; reservations are requested.
** The Garden Sketch Club at Mobile Botanical Gardens meets every Friday, 2 p.m., until December 28th. Artists at all levels of experience welcome. General admission is $5 for non-members. The Museum is at 5151 Museum Drive.
** SOLD OUT Paint Your Pooch - July 2018
** Art Does It's Sunday Open House is July 15, 3-5 p.m. Featured will be Acrylic/Mixed-Media artist, Doretha "D" Woods Holbert. The event is at ADI Gallery, 1101 Bienville Boulevard. The ADI Gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information regarding exhibition opportunities and arts instruction, contact Regina Kollegger, 251-214-6485 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Marsha Hodges' "The Woodsprite Collection" will be on exhibit in The Artists' Place Gallery, Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 7125 Hitt Road through July 28th, and may be viewed by appointment by contacting Rob Bearden, 251-767-8362.. On Sunday, July 15, 3-5 p.m., Marsha will be honored with a Meet the Artist reception at the church. Marsha Hodges' art is inspired by the Gulf Coast and the natural world around us, and will include quilted wall hangings and hand-paintd pillows as well as what she refers to as "nature garbage, hand-painted wood from the river and fish scales and oyster shells from the Gulf." Her signature theme, The great white egret, will be presented in all forms.
** An art exhibition, sponsored by the Mobile County Commission and organized by the Mobile Museum of Art, is in the atrium of Government Plaza and features the creative talents of six Mobile County artists in glass, metal, acrylic and oil paint media.
** Mobile Arc, a non-profit that provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will hold its annual art show fundraiser in August. Marc-Art 2018 will be held on Thursday, August 2, 6 pm at Azalea Manor at 751 Dauphin Street, Mobile. Collaborative artwork and pottery with local artists will be on display and available for purchase. The evening will feature entertainment by local singer-songwriter Lisa Mills and catering by Taziki’s Mediterranean Café. Tickets to Marc-Art 2018 are $25 and will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance by calling Mobile Arc’s finance office at 251.479.7409, extension 623.
Some Senior Citizens' Activities:
** The Semmes Senior Center's next watercolor class, led by Mary Rodning, is at 1 p.m., Monday, July 9 A recent class focused on insects, which usually note the season of the year, incorporated with the rest along with the rest of the painting, flowers, trees, landscapes. Patty Loebig shows her watercolor from the "insect" class. For more interest, call 251-649-2010.
** A Red, White, and The Blues Dance is July 27, 6-9 p.m. at Connie Hudson Senior Center. Music will be provided by DJ Wayne. Tickets are $8; refreshments will be served.
** Semmes Seniors are conducting a raffle opportunity for an Earth Box Garden System. This event is a fundraiser for Semmes Senior Center. The Gardening System also includes accessories, potting soil, 3 packs of seed and a decorative garden spike. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and are available at the Center, 9635 Moffett Road. The drawing will be August 30th.
** "Senior Summer Surprise" for Chickasaw Senior Citizens is Tuesday, July 31, 2-4 p.m. in the Community Shelter. Seniors are invited to "come have an afternoon of fun with friends" There will be music, Coke Floats and Banana Bread, surprises and laughs--all at no charge. Call 251-452-6462 for information.
** Happy birthday to 90+ Connie Hudson Center seniors, Kathleen Rice, 93 and Betty Wilson, 91.
** Golden Agers Senior Adult Luncheon at Calvary Assembly of God, 6800 Three Notch Road. is 10:30 a.m. the first Thursday of every month--August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6. . All senior adults in the community are invited to enjoy this time together.
Events for Children/Teens/Families:
** Mini Masters Summer Camp (Ages: 5-8), presented by Alabama Contemporary Art Center is July 9 – July 13, 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Alabama Contemporary Art Center, 301 Conti Sreet. Camp is limited to 15 students.
For more information, contact the Director of K-12 Education, Allison Skoda at 251-208-5657.
** July 9-13, beginning at 8 a.m., the Mobile Medical Museum and the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center present Junior MedCamp for 6-8 year olds. Register at www.MobileMedicalMuseum.org or www.Exploreum.com.
** On Monday July 9, 10 a.m., "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," will play at Parkway Branch Library. For more information, call 251-470-7766.
** "Chick-Fil-A Story Time" at The Shoppes at Bel Air will take place on the second Tuesday July 10 and August 14. The event includes a craft and is sponsored by Mobile Public Library and Chick-Fil-A. For more infformation, call 251-476-8361.
** On Thursday, July 12 (and subsequent Thursdays,) Teen Art Space is planned from 2-4 p.m. at Semmes Public Library. Children aged 8-14 are invited to join artist Jaime Lee and other guest presenters, to explore and create unique projects using different art forms each week. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 251-645-6840.
** Terrific Tuesday Matinees at Ben May Main Library, July 10, 10 a.m.-noon, "The Little Mermaid" will be featured. The film runs 83 minutes and is rated G. For more information, call 251-208-7086 or email email@example.com.
** July 10, 10:30 a.m., youngsters attending "Libraries Rock Musical Matinees" at Saraland Public Library will see "Moana" about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. The film runs 113 minutes and is rated PG. For information, call 251- 675-2879.
** On July 10, 10 a.m., the Tuesday Teen Matinee at Ben Bay Main Library will be "Superheros - Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2." Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. For more information, call 251-208-7086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Water’s Extreme Journey opens at the Gulf Coast Exploreum through Monday, September 3. This exhibit is made possible through a partnership with Mobile County, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, and MAWSS. The goal of this collaborative effort is to entertain while educating the local community about the importance of our waterways’ health both on a local, day-to-day level and on a much broader, global scale. Admission for Water’s Extreme Journey is included in general admission pricing ($6-17) and is free to Exploreum members. The J.L. Bedsole IMAX Dome Theater is currently featuring MacGillvray Freeman’s National Parks Adventure as well as a Summer Film Festival (Sponsored by Mobile County) featuring a different IMAX film each week all summer long. IMAX is an additional fee.
** Thursday, July 12, 6 p.m., Teen Book Yak & Movie Snack at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library will be about "The Glass Castle." Teens will Enjoy the Book – Watch the Movie! In the story, a woman reflects on her unconventional upbringing at the hands of her artsy, nonconformist parents. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email email@example.com.
** Mobile Arts Council advises that the first Saturday of every Market in the Park month is now Kids Market. The market runs every Saturday through July 28th.
** At Bellingrath Gardens and Home, children can go on an adventure, a Scavenger Hunt, which encourage exploration and are a fun way to learn about Bellingrath and its history. A prize awaits at the end of the journey.
** Alabama Contemporary Art Center says its offering "art camps like none other! Starting in June and extending through July, we will have five-day long art camps that produce inspiration from works of our 'Back to Havana' exhibition and real-world issues to ignite creativity. Our camps range from graffiti, stop-motion animation, and printmaking to collaboration, collage, fashion and plenty more to choose from. Our camps are tailored toward ages 5-17 and offered in morning and afternoon sessions, taught by enthusiastic instructors. This experience will bring out each camper's authenticity and artistry. So, join us in exploring the world of contemporary art!" Check the ACAC site for descriptions on various classes.
** Chickasaw Public Library "Libraries Rock" Summer Reading Program will be Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon--ages 12 and younger. The Library is at 224 Grant Street.
** The Grand Bay Summer Children's Program at the Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, runs on Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is $5 per child, and includes games, activities, crafts and lunch. There are just 4 days left in the program. July 12 is the Teddy Bear Picnic; July 19, Space Explorers; July 26, "It's a zoo in here" with the ESC Wildlife Show; and August 2, Under the Sea with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
** Drop-In Family Saturday at the Museum: Magnificent Moundbuilders at USA Archaeology Museum, 6052 USA Drive S, is Saturday, July 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. This month's program theme is "Magnificent Moundbuilders." The Museum's note: "We'll be reading 'The Great Ball Game' by Joseph Bruchac in our Mississippian Chief's House at 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m." Guests are invited to "Stick around before or after the story to make your own Chief's necklace out of clay." Admission to the event is free. '
** Saturday, July 14th, 1 p.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library, Disney Classic Movie presents "The Great Mouse Detective." For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Drop-In Family Saturday at the Museum: Magnificent Moundbuilders at USA Archaeology Museum, 6052 USA Drive S, is Saturday, July 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. This month's program theme is "Magnificent Moundbuilders." The Museum's note: "We'll be reading 'The Great Ball Game' by Joseph Bruchac in our Mississippian Chief's House at 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m." Guests are invited to "Stick around before or after the story to make your own Chief's necklace out of clay." Admission to the event is free.
** On Tuesday, July 17, 10-11 a.m., children ages 5-8 and their parents are invited to the USA Archaeology Museum for a read-aloud of the book "How Chipmunk Got His Stripes" by Joseph Bruchac and James Bruchac. Following the story, children will make their own talking sticks made from log sticks, feathers and yarn. Admission to the event is free; however, space is limited and advance reservations are required. Email Candice at email@example.com to secure a spot. Parents or guardians must remain with children at all times throughout the duration of the program.
** Princess and Superhero Breakfast, hosted by Naiad 109 Daughters of the Nile, is Saturday, July 21, 8:30-11 a.m. at Abba Shrine Center, 7701 Hitt Road. Donations will be taken at the door that will benefit both the Shrine Transportation unit and the Shrine hospital through Daughter's of Nile.See event site for further information. The majority of the funds will be raised by advertising the day of the event. There will be pancakes, coffee, bacon and juice, and Jumpy Houses for the children to enjoy. See event site for further information.
** Art Blast Summer Art Camp at Mobile Musuem of Art, is runs through July 27, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 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.
** The Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 102 Bienville Boulevard, is offering a series of Salt Marsh Excursions on Thursdays through July 26 at 9:45 a.m. What to bring--hat, sunscreen, water bottle, change of clothes and shoes, bag for muddy item. See an earlier post on this blog or Dauphin Island Sea Lab site for more instructions.
** Goodwill Easterseals is partnerning with Keep Mobile Beautiful to host volunteer clean up days at the Mobile County Recycling Center on the 3rd Saturday of each month--July 21 and August 18 at 9 a.m.
Mobile County Recycling Center is at 7450 Hitt Road, Mobile. For additional information, call call 251-375-4527 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
History (Exhibits, events, activities)
** The History Museum of Mobile will hold a Learning Lunch on Wednesday, July 11 at noon. This program will feature local author and historian Paulette Horton who will discuss her book Treasured Memories... The Beginning of an Era: Mobile, Alabama's Historic Black Baptist Churches." The Learning Lunch series, offered monthly, allows guests to bring their lunch and enjoy a free presentation on a wide range of historical and cultural topics. Admission to Learning Lunch is free, and all are encouraged to join us. For more information on the Learning Lunch series, call Jennifer Theeck, Curator of Education, at (251) 301-0270 or contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
** The August Learning Lunch featuring. Rebecca Williams will be Wednesday, August 8, noon-1 p.m. at the History Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street. The History Museum of Mobile will hold a Learning Lunch on Wednesday, August 8, at noon. This program will feature University of South Alabama professor and co-owner of Iron Hand Brewing, Dr. Rebecca Williams. Dr. Williams will discuss the life and times of one of Mobile’s founding fathers, Henri de Tonti. The Learning Lunch series, offered monthly, allows guests to bring their lunch and enjoy a free presentation on a wide range of historical and cultural topics. Admission to Learning Lunch is free, and all are encouraged to join us. For more information on the Learning Lunch series, call Jennifer Theeck, Curator of Education, at (251) 301-0270 or contact her by email at email@example.com.
Congratulations/Thank You/Good Job:
** Congratulations to Joy Harper Hartley Russell of Dauphin Island. The photo site, "Beautiful Places of the South," recently chose her photo of "A Fiery Sunset on Dauphin Island" as the photo of the month.