Community Activities and Events for week of October 8-14, 2018 and a few November and December calendar-markers
**Community Activities and Events for week of October 8-14, 2018 and a few November and December calendar-markers. Most events have been covered in detail in earlier posts.
Galas, special events, fun and fundraisers:
** SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a "Show your Colors Food Drive" at the Chamber location, Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. So pick a team, donate canned goods and see who really has the best fans. Either way this is a win for the community. Turn in all canned food items by November 15th to the Tillman's Corner Community Center - 5055 Carol Plantation Road, Mobile.
** The UWSWA Women's Initiative presents their 3rd Annual Diaper/Wipe Drive. They are collecting baby and adult diapers in all sizes along with wipes to help partner agencies provide these basics to their clients. The benefiting agencies include: The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama, Goodwill Easter Seals, Headstart, Dumas Wesley Community Center, Penelope House, and Mulherin Home.Donations may be taken to UWSWA (218 St. Francis Street, 36602) or Russell Thompson Butler & Houston, LLP (3605 Springhill Avenue, 36608) during regular business hours through October 31, 2018. Women United are also accepting monetary donations to help purchase additional diapers and wipes.
** Downtown Community Blood Drive is Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 9 a.m. at Alabama Power Company, 150 St Joseph Street, Mobile. Tickets are at www.tinyurl.com. LifeSouth will be at Alabama Power Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Make plans to donate (donations will benefit local hospitals.) There will be annual football t-shirts for all blood donors; bag lunches will be available for everyone. Register to schedule an appointment to get in and out quickly. See https://tinyurl.com/DowntownCommunity
** Mobile's Got Talent! October 10, 10 a.m.-noon at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. This event is for all ages: Can you sing, dance, play musical instruments or recite poetry? Sign up and showcase your talent. Judges will confer and the winners will be announced. For more information, For more information, call the Ben May Main Library Children’s Department at 251-208-7086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** The University of South Alabama Medical Center will host "A Night Honoring Heroes" on Saturday, October. 11, 2018. The gala will benefit USA Medical Center's Level 1 Trauma Center and will honor the courage and dedication of first responders and medical professionals who help patients survive after a traumatic injury. The event will be held at the Mobile Convention Center from 5:30 - 9 p.m. For more information on tickets and sponsorships, visit http://www.usahealthsystem.com/heroes.
** 5th Annual Bras for a Cause Gulf Coast is Thursday, October 11, 5 p.m. at The Locale, 4128 Government Boulevard, Mobile. Donations go to a special a special fund at the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. To become a sponsor or a volunteer, visit website www.brasforacausegulfcoast.org. #BrasForACause #BreastCancerAwareness #Volunteer #Sponsors or call Ginny Byrd, 251-689-4787.
** "Data Breaches: What to Know, What to Do: Protecting Your Personal Information" is being presented Thursday, October 11, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street
The University of South Alabama Libraries and Regions Bank are teaming up to show you steps you can take to protect yourself from Identity theft. Registration is not required but strongly encouraged. For more information or to register for the workshop, email email@example.com or call 251-208-7078 or 251-208-7085. The Facilitator is Paula Webb, Outreach and Communications Librarian at the Marx Library, University of South Alabama.
** 2nd Annual Mobile Grilled Cheese Meltdown, hosted by Urban Emporium, is Thursday, October 11, 2018, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Cathedral Square, 300 Conti Street.
** The Norton Brooker Charity Regatta Silent Auction, hosted by USA Children's & Women's Hospital and Mobile Yacht Club, is Friday, October 12, 6-9 p.m. at Mobile Yacht Club. Event includes $10,000 Draw Down, Calcutta and Silent Auction. All proceeds go to benefit the USA Children's and Women's Hospital pediatric diabetes program.
** A BBQ chicken dinner fundraiser, hosted by Greer Ladnier, is Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Dauphin Island United Methodist Church, 302 Key Street, Dauphin Island. The event is to help the American Heritage Girls Troop earn the money needed for their up-coming camping trip.
** Strike Out Breast Cancer Fundraiser for American Cancer Society - South Alabama is Saturday, October 13, 2-5 p.m. at AMF Bowling Co. (Skyline Lanes), 4120 Government Boulevard, Mobile. Registration is $25 per person, which includes bowling and shoe rental. *Teams-Minimum of 4 bowlers Maximum of 6 bowlers. *Individual bowlers will be placed on teams of 4-6. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
** Nashville Show Trip hosted by Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, is October 15, 8 a.m.-October 19, 5 p.m. For more information, see www.grouptrips.com.
** Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, hosted by Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce, is Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7-8 a.m. at Saraland Civic Center, 716 Mae Street, Saraland. Saraland Christian Ministerial Association's Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 7 a.m. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased at the Saraland Chamber of Commerce and City Hall. Special Guest Speaker is Judge Edmond Naman. Sponsorship opportunities available.
** On October 16, 6 p.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library beginner and veteran needle crafters can bring their projects to "Knit and Kaboodle--Learn and Share with Fellow Crafters." For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** "Chit, Chat and Chocolate," an Empower Night presented by the Women's Resource Center, is designed to bridge the gap between college age women in Mobile. The meeting focuses on building community in a fun, easy environment, while also being encouraged by local leaders in the community. The October 16, 6-8 p.m. meeting is at 308 S. Sage Avenue. For more information, text 251-616-0684.
** On Tuesday, October 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Paula Webb, Outreach and Communications Librarian, USA Marx Library, Rachel Fenske, Information Services/Outreach Librarian, USA Biomedical Library and Shelia Ross USA Medical Stroke Certification Coordinator will be at Satsuma Public Library. They will lead a Stroke Awareness Workshop and present information from governmental and national organizations. This is a free event open to everyone. Lunch will be served.
** Victory Teaching Farm's "4th Annual Down to Earth Farmraiser" is Thursday, October 18, 5:30-8:3o p.m. at Victory Teaching Farm, 261 Rickarby Street, Mobile. Tickets are at www.brownpapertickets.com. Proceeds support educational and outreach programs of Victory Teaching Farm.
** On Thursday, October 18th, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Spring Hill College, Byrne Hall, the Alabama Coastal Foundation will present Dr. Jack Davis as the keynote speaker for October's Green Coast Council meeting. For more information, go to ACF.org.
** Mobile Greek Fest is October 18-October 20, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 50 S. Ann Street, Mobile. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church's Greek Festival has been a Mobile tradition for over 50 years. The public is invited to share in the food, music, heritage and market at the 55th Annual Greek street party. All three days, the Hellenic Dancers will be performing on stage live, Greek music can be enjoyed, and the Church will be open for guided tours. As always, the food, desserts, and libations are sure to please, and the handmade baklava and assorted Greek pastries will be boxed to go. Those who can’t make it inside, don’t hesitate to visit the Curb Side Drive Thru for takeout. In the market, there will be plenty of Greek wine, Greek jewelry, paintings, clothing, imports, and more.More info at http://www.greekfestmobile.org/
** Ransom Ministries will host its "Food for Thought" benefit luncheon at The Steeple on Thursday, October 18th at 11:30 a.m. Guests are invited to participate in a silent auction from 11:30 a.m. until noon, followed by speakers explaining the mission work of Ransom Ministries during lunch. All money raised will help fund the general operating budget for Ransom Ministries. Tickets are at Eventbrite.
** Tickets for the 2nd Annual Land Rover Gulf Coast "Wine on the River Mobile" World Tour will be available for purchase at WineOnTheRiverMobile.com. The event will be held Saturday, October 20, 4-8 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit local charity the Fuse Project.
** USA Children's & Women's Hospital NICU Reunion 2018 is Sunday, October 21, 1-3 p.m. at USA Children's & Women's Hospital, 1700 Center Street. All former NICU patients are welcome, no matter their current age. Be sure to share your pictures from the event, using the hashtag #NICUReunion.
** The 47th Annual Little Sisters of the Poor Lawn Party is Sunday, October 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Little Sisters, 1655 McGill Avenue. The Lawn Party is the largest fundraisers for Little Sisters. It's a family event with entertainment, food, games, raffles, yard sale, music and more. Admission is free.
** The Annual Pink is the New Green Soiree is Wednesday, October 24, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Callaghan's Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston Street, Mobile. Pink is the New Green soiree is a breast cancer awareness event benefiting the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. The event is hosted by William Norville Harrison in memory of his wife, Debbie, and sponsored by Callaghan's Irish Social Club. Don't miss an evening of funky music, fabulous silent auction items, phenomenal cheeseburgers and more. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well - please contact William Norville Harrison, Ashley Hays Rains, Gail Dancy or Will Dickson for more information. Silent auction donations are always appreciated. **ALL proceeds benefit USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and be donated in Debbie's memory. Donations will be accepted via PayPal, cash or check.**
** "One Night in Havana" is Thursday, October 25, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at 23 East | Brookley Aeroplex, 1886 Fifth Street, Mobile. The evening includes live music by Crowned Jewelz, Island-inspired food, drinks and charitable gaming. Guests are invited to "join us at the tables for blackjack, roulette, craps and poker, plus try your luck at the slot machines! When you're ready, take your chips to the prize table and enter to win the item or experience of your choice." The event benefits Distinguished Young Women Foundation. For more information, visit www.OneNightinEvent.com.
** "In the Company of Heroes," the Police Chief's Gala benefiting Mobile Police Department Foundation is Thursday, October 25, 6:30-10 p.m. Sponsored by Airbus, the event will be held at Fort Whiting on S Broad Street. Guest speaker will be Michael Durant, author of "Black Hawk Down." Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, go to www.MobilePoliceDepartmentFoundation.com.
** Mark your calendar! The 19th Annual Lights On Afterschool National Rally will be Thursday, Oct. 25th. Satsuma Public Library will join the celebration by bringing together two after school reading programs. The public is invited to the free event. For the 12th year, the New York skyline will shine for Afterschool that evening when the iconic Empire State Building is lit in yellow to celebrate Lights On Afterschool!. #LightsOnAfterschool
** The ArtSeaLab outdoor arts festival at Dauphin Island Sea Lab is Oct 27-28. Organizers are offering free booth space to charitable and not-for-profit groups to connect with the public. Call 251-214-6485 or visit www.Community.Artsealab.org.
** Boots and Jazz Brunch, McKemie Place's largest fundraiser of the year, Boots & Jazz Brunch, is scheduled for October 28, 11:30 a.m. Roman Street will be the musical gurst. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boots-jazz-brunch-tickets49901926004
** The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Alabama/Gulf Coast Chapter presents Light The Night Mobile on Thursday, November 1, 5:30-9 p.m. at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Bros. Boulevard, Mobile. Event opens at 5:30 p.m. For tickets, go to www.lightthenight.org. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or registration, contact email@example.com or call 251.406.8471.
** The Women's Resource Center invites all families to a WRC benefit, "Oh! Baby," which will be held at Langan Park, 4901 Zeigler Boulevard, Sunday, November 4, 1-4 p.m. It will be an exciting day of inflatables, food trucks, face painting, Alabama vs. Auburn Team Challenges, and so much more. The entire community is welcome to this day of celebration.
** Alabama Coastal Foundation's 2018 8th Annual Cocktails for the Coast event is Thursday, November 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at The Grand Hotel Marriott, Point Clear, Alabama. Cocktails for the Coast is ACF's celebration of our shared coastal heritage and the dedicated individuals who work to preserve our coastal resources. All proceeds will benefit the Alabama Coastal Foundation's habitat restoration and environmental education programs. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at https://www.joinacf.org/donate
** Bay Area Brunch Fest, a fundraiser for Lifelines Counseling Services, is Saturday, November 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bienville Square, 150 Dauphin Street. The event is a day of great brunch foods, live jazz music, Bloody Mary's & Mimosas. This is a 21 and older event--no children, no pets. Advance General Admission tickets are $15 and include entrance to event and samplings from local restaurants. Advance VIP are $50 and include VIP area with private bar and restrooms, special VIP caterer, and swanky seating area. VIP is limited to first 100. Tickets by Eventbrite will be available on September 1, 6:05 a.m. On the day of the event, ticket prices will be $25 general admission and $65 for VIP. For sponsorship information, call or email Sarah Bumgarner. 251-602-0909 or firstname.lastname@example.org.NOV
** NEST of Mobile Annual Luncheon is Tuesday, November 13, noon-1 p.m. at Spring Hill College Byrne Hall, Mobile. The event is to celebrate the progress made in the mission to serve the needs of at-risk youth and families in Mobile County. Since 2016, the luncheon has raised nearly $80,000 to support NEST in matching teams of mentors with referrals from the Mobile County Juvenile Court. Teams and youth are working together to achieve goals and improve outcomes. Tickets are $50 and sponsorship packages are available. Contact the NEST office at 251-604-3131 or email@example.com for more information.
** The public is invited to Mobile ARC Open House on Thursday, November 15, 10:30 a.m. at Fred Delchamps Center, 2401 Gordon Smith Drive. Visitors can learn more about Mobile ARC, a non-profit that provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
** The 10th Annual Celebrate Hope event is Thursday, November 15, 20, 6-10 p.m. at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, 1660 Springhill Avenue, Mobile. Tickets are at www.eventbrite.com. The event is presented by the University of South Alabama Foundation. Learn more at www.usahealthsystem.com/celebratehope.
** 2018 Port City Craftsmen Holiday Arts & Crafts Show is Friday-Sunday, November 16-18 at Abba Shrine Auditorium, 7710 Hitt Road. Admission is $3 per person or $2 with the donation of one non-perishable food item to be given to Feeding the Gulf Coast. Children 13 and younger are admitted free of charge. Information on vendor registration can be found at http://portcitycraftsmen.com/gpage3.html
** Loaves and Fish Community Ministries Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation committed to serving the needs of the homeless in Mobile since 1979, will host its annual fundraiser ART SOUP on November 16, 2018, 6-9 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street. Tickets are $25 per person and include a fun night, with music, entertainment, soup, dessert, non-alcoholic drinks and art. The event will have a cash bar. Each ticket holder receives a hand-crafted ceramic or glass bowl created by local artists as a reminder that there are many homeless people who are empty, helpless and hungry. Businesses and individuals can sponsor or make donations. Benefits include tickets, media exposure and a tax-deductible receipt. Sponsorships range in price from $250-$5,000, and cash donations, as well as ticket purchases, can be made directly on the website at www.artsoupmobile.org. Loaves & Fish Community Ministry, Inc., PO Box 66348 Mobile, Al is the mailing address for the organization. For more information on Art Soup, visit the website at www.artsoupmobile.org or call T. Bruce MacKinnon at 251-379-0564. All proceeds from ART SOUP tickets and sponsorships go directly to help the homeless through the following organizations: The Salvation Army, Family Promise, McKemie Place, Ransom Ministries, Penelope House and the USA Student-run Free Clinic.
** On Saturday, November 17, 9 a.m.. the 2nd Annual BB Gun Turkey Shoot and Family Fun Day will take place at 516 1507 Bienville Boulevard next to Waves. The fundraiser will benefit Dauphin Island Elementary School students' field trip to the State Capitol. BB Gun Turkey Shoot is hosted by Guy T Smith Masonic Lodge #883 and Dauphin Island Elementary PTO.
** Emporium Presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive. Two shows are planned on Friday, November 23: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.cirqueproductions.com.
** On Thursday, December 6, 6:30-9 p.m., the 2nd Annual Wine & Wishes will be held at Ezell House Corporation, 407 Conti Street, Mobile. Wine & Wishes benefits Make a Wish Alabama, which grants the wishes of local children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Tickets are $40-$60 and are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-wine-wishes-tickets-50027703207
For more information, for donations for silent auction or to be a sponsor, contact Laurel Flowers, State Farm Agent, 400 Saraland Blvd N Ste B, Saraland, Al 36571 or by calling 251.675.4736 or emailing Laurel@SFAgentFlowers.com
* IN THE FUTURE: The Mobile Sports Authority (MSA) and the City of Saraland announced the return of the internationally-renown Spartan Race to Saraland, Alabama. In returning to Saraland and Mobile County after a three-year absence, the Alabama Spartan will be holding two events over two days in the area instead of the one-day event held in both 2015 and 2016. The date for the return of Spartan to southwest Alabama is the weekend of March 15-17, 2019. Those interested in volunteering or assisting with site build-up and/or race day activities may contact Rita-Nicole Wright of the North Mobile YMCA via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Registration is now open for the Alabama Spartan Race weekend. Visit www.Spartan.com for more information, race registration, and volunteer opportunities. For additional information, contact Danny Corte, Executive Director, 251-725-1794 or Danny@mobilesportsauthority.com
** Horror Month! at Ben May Main Library starts at 1 p.m. October 9 with the movie "Split." Summary: Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. The film runs 117 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-208-7079.
** On Thursday, October 11-Saturday, October 13: “Once on This Island” will be performed on Bellingrath's the Great Lawn. The show will begin at sunset on the Great Lawn. Limited seating will be available, and guests are welcome to bring their own chairs or blankets. “Once on This Island” is presented by The PACT, a new performing arts center in Mobile. Tickets will be available at the entrance to the Gardens, or on the website, www.thepactmobile.com.
** Chickasaw Civic Theatre presents "The Miracle Worker" weekends October 12-21. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30; Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street. Tickets go on sale September 28, 9 a.m. at cctshows.com.
** The 3 p.m. Matinee @ the Library on October 12 is "Coco," in which a boy journeys into the Land of the Dead to seek forgiveness from his ancestors and lift a curse. The film will be shown ar West Regional Library; it runs 109 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-340-8571 or email email@example.com.
** To close out Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 7-13), NAMI Mobile – the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, along with partner Jack & Jill of America, will sponsor “Family Movie Day” at the Crescent Theater on Saturday, October 13 at 11 a.m. Bring the children for this delightful Walt Disney Picture--"The Princess & the Frog" – an animated musical comedy set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators of “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana, a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Tickets are available online through Eventbrite and must be presented for admission.
** The public is invited to a special screening of "The Flight of the Frigate Bird - An Omen of Rising Seas" on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7 p.m. on the West End Beach of Dauphin Island. Bring a beach chair and your choice of refreshments. Alabama’s Dauphin Island is on the front lines of a battle against the rising seas. As we look to the future, many lessons can be learned from the past. The film is in memory of Ann Collins, J.W. Barber and Wilton Barber.
** On October 13, 2 p.m., young people can enjoy "LEGO Movie Time: The LEGO Ninjago Movie" at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. The film runs 90 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or emaill firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Mobile Mystery Dinners players present "The Mystery of Devil's Gulch" on Saturday, October 13, 7 p.m. at Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 S Water Street. Advance reservations are required by emailing Lisa.Russell@RenaissanceMobile.com or call her at 251-415.3092
** The Playhouse-in-the-Park presents Bram Stoker's "DRACULA" on October 19, 20 and 21, 2018, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. SUGGESTED FOR AGES 13 AND OLDER. Admission is $16 adults, $14 students and seniors. For reservations, call 251-602-0630. For more on Playhouse in the Park, visit www.playhouseinthepark.org The Playhouse-in-the-Park is a 501(c)(3) organization.
* "Tom Jones" at Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 N Lafayette Street, runs October 26-November 4, 2018.
* The Joe Jefferson Players William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, "Othello The Moor Of Venice," show Dates: November 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m. and November 4, 11, 18 at 2:00 p.m. School Performance(s): TBA
** Mobile Mystery Dinners Players present "The Mystery of Devil's Gulch" at The Battle House on Saturday, October 27, 7 p.m. For reservations, go to https://www.eventbrite.com - it is under the ARTS category. For any issues with the Eventbrite site arise, call Marty Pollock, F&B Director at the Battle House at 251-338-5364 or email him at marty.pollock@renaissancemobile. Tickets are $59.00 + tax per person. In the ‘spirit’ of the evening, attendees are encouraged to come in a Halloween costume; it’s optional, of course, but it will enhance your the experience.
** Mobile Theatre Guild has announced the 2018-2019 schedule, which consists of Tom Jones"---November 4, 2018; "The Dresser" --January 25-February 3, 2019; "Cotton Patch Gospel"--April 5-14, 2019; and "Boom"--June 7-23, 2019.
** Sunday, October 14, 4:30 p.m. is the last of the Town of Dauphin Island Sunday Sunset Concerts. This one, which features Roman Street, will be held at Fort Gaines Historic Site. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets--and bug spray (just in case.) Admission is $5 per person for those aged 13 and older with pre-teens enjoying free admission. Certain Fort rules apply.
** October 19, 8 p.m. and October 21, 2:30 p.m., Mobile Opera presents "The Barber of Seville," Rossini's famous comedy about the lengths to which one will go to win love. The event is at the Temple Downtown, 351 St. Francis Street. For more information, call 251-432-6772.
** On Friday, November 2, 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 3, 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 4, 2 p.m., the University of Mobile - Alabama School of The Arts will present "Hansel & Gretel and L'efant et Les Sortileges" at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street. Billed as a "fantastical opera double-feature," this promises to be "an entrancing evening of fairytales and fantasy!"
** University of Mobile announces the second annual Piano Festival, a yearlong series of special events spotlighting Alabama School of the Arts’ undergraduate and graduate programs in piano performance. The series includes master classes and seminars, student and faculty recitals, and special performances by Elite 88, UM’s premier piano ensemble. All events are free of charge and open to the public. University of Mobile is an All-Steinway School and offers a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and a master of music in piano performance as part of a broad array of performing arts degrees. For more information about an event, contact Shadoe Valentin in the Alabama School of the Arts at email@example.com or 251.442.2383.
** October LoDa Artwalk is Friday, October 12, 6-9 p.m. at Serpents of Bienville, 754 Government Street, Mobile, Alabama 36602 For October LoDa Artwalk is featuring the macabre artwork of Sean Herman. Through his work, he strives to connect with his audience in a unique way - His statue series creates a visual for the feelings and thoughts dealing with mental illness.
** "Unguided Studio Time: Figure Drawing" at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, is a time for participants to create artwork in their choice of medium from a live model. Each week will feature a different model for a fresh and inspiring experience each session. Bring your favorite supplies and get ready to create in this relaxing communal environment. The schedule is Fridays through October 19, 12:30-3 p.m.
** 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 4151 Museum Drive.
** News from Dauphin Island's Art Does It: Weekly Painting Courses, with August Featured Artist, Margie Delcambre continue on Mondays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Class fee is $10 per session. Bring your own acrylic painting supplies and canvas
** Intermediate Throwing on the Pottery Wheel with Angie King will be Tuesdays, October 2 - November 6, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Participants can build on basic pottery wheel skills in this six-week intermediate class. They will learn to refine their forms, throw larger pieces and create more complex forms, such as lidded jars.
** "Plein Air Watercolor with Satomi Kamei" is planned for Wednesdays through October 31, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Participants can discover the museum's beautiful surroundings in Langan Park with artist Satomi Kamei as she leads this plein air watercolor class. Satomi is known for her expressive and realistic watercolor landscapes. Students will learn the under drawing technique in the classroom and spend the remaining classes outdoors exploring the area's natural beauty. See MMoA site for more information.
** "Meet the Artists" is Friday October 12, 6-9 p.m. at Mobile Arts Council, 318 Dauphin Street. This October, see the Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society of Mobile's Fall Exhibition; a new series of paintings by Ainsley McNeely; and "Splash," featuring ceramic sculptures and wall hangings by Dawson Dunn Morgan. In addition to MAC exhibitions, the staff will be dressed in costume for Spooky Walk, the Halloween edition of LODA Artwalk! Bring the children in costume for gallery trick-or-treating. A reception is planned on LODA Artwalk night, Friday, October 12th, 6 - 9 p.m
** The 8th Annual Dauphin Island Art Trail is Saturday, October 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 50 artists will be at ten locations. Those attending may pick up a map at any of the locations and have it stamped at all locations to be eligible for prizes. There'll be a free cross-island shuttle. The event is sponsored by Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce and coordinated by Art Does It. For more information, go to www.arttrail.ArtDoesIt.com.
** "The Romance of Art and Nature: The Poetry of Plants in Paintings & Prose" will be held at Mobile Botanical Gardens on Fridays, October 26-November 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The class instructors will be Professor Sue Walker and Ms. Gail Gehlken (Poetry and Prose) and Derek Norman (Botanical Art, Drawing and Painting.) The paintings and prose created during this class (subject to each student’s individual agreement) will be exhibited side-by-side at the Gardens’ “Pursuit of Flora” Exhibition at the Mobile Arts Council Gallery in December 2018. For registration, see event site. Mobile Botanical Gardens is at 5151 Museum Drive.
** "Fused Glass Gifts with Rachel Wright" will be Saturdays, October 27 and November 3, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Students will use the time in the studio to make fused glass pendants, ornaments and sun catchers for their loved ones. This workshop is great for newbies and glass veterans alike.
** The ArtSeaLab arts festival is October 27-28 at Dauphin Island Sea Lab. One of several different activities included in the event will be demonstrations of folk traditions, such as basketry, quilting, oral history, broom making and knitting. Booth space is free. For more information, go to www.Folklife.Artsealab.org or call 251-214-6485.
** Lori Riley, curator of the Semmesonian Art Space at Semmes Regional Library, advises local artists to start getting ready for the next art show. The theme is FASHION, which can be almost anything the artist finds fashionable, such as fabric, paintings, beads, accessories, photography, pet fashion. Artists can drop off the art at the Semmes Regional Library on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 10 a.m.
** Art Sea Lab: Calling Artists in all Media! Join the Art Sea Lab Festival October 27-28 fo exhibit and sell your work. Jury fee is $5; booth Space is $25 a day. Visit submit.artsealab.org for information on the juried show.
** "Mind's Eye" art exhibit by Vanessa Quintana is showing at the 1st Floor Art Gallery at USA Marx Library. The exhibit will continue through October 31st. The event is free and open to the public during regular library hours.
** Mobilia Art Center "Colors of the Coast" Call to Artists November 2-4, 11 a.m. Mobilia Art Center, formerly Cathedral Gallery, is at 612 Dauphin Street, announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, November 9th-30th, 2018. 1st Place Award is $2500, 2nd Place $1,000, 3rd Place $500, and other. Judge: Mattie Codling. Seeking original photographs, drawings, paintings in watercolor, acrylic, oil, mixed media or, 3 dimensional art related in some manner to the Gulf Coast Region. No computer generated or electronic art, nor artwork done in class or workshop and must have been completed in the last 2 years. Fee is $40 1st entry, $20 2nd, $20 3rd. Deadline: November 4, 2018. Award Ceremony Nov. 9th. Prospectus available at Mobiliaartcenter.org under "files" or at Mobilia Art Center 612 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL
** "Open Sketch at 5 Rivers," hosted by Mobile Urban Sketchers and 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, is Saturday, November 17, 2018, 1-4 p.m. at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers loulevard. This event is free and open to artists of all ages and skill levels. Bring your drawing materials, sign in at the front desk, and explore the beautiful facility and landscape! We will post photos everyone's sketches on the Mobile Urban Sketchers page concluding the event. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Lucy Gafford at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 3rd.
History (Exhibits, events, activities, books)
** The Historic Mobile Preservation Society and the Church Street Graveyard Society present tours of Mobile's oldest cemetery throughout the month of October. Tickets are $10 per person. Admission is FREE for HMPS members. Tickets are available online or payment can be made at the start of the tour. For inquiries, contact the Historic Mobile Preservation Society at 251-432-6161 or at email@example.com. Tour dates are as follows: Thursday, October 4th, 2018, 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, October 10th, 2018, 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, October 18th, 2018, 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, October 25th, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
** History Museum Learning Lunch is Wednesday, October 10 at noon. Tulane University Professor, Dr. Marcello Canuto, will present The Ancient Maya and the Snake Kingdom. . This program is presented in support of the changing exhibition, Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, which will be at the museum through December 30. 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. 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.
** On Thursday, October 11, 5:30 p.m., Historic Mobile Preservation Society presents speaker Russell Blount, author of "Wilson's Raid: The Final Blow to the Confederacy--Besieged: Mobile 1865, The Battles of New Hope Church and Clash at Kennesaw.." The event will be at Cox-Deasy Cottage; admission is free for HMPS members, $10 for non-members. For inquiries, the Historic Mobile Preservation Society can be reached at 251-432-6161.
** Saturday, October 20, there will be two free sessions of "Researching Your African American Ancestors." Sessions are at 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., and will be held in Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. In partnership with the Marengo County History and Archives Museum, the library will host a free genealogy conference in Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library. Professional genealogist Mary Jones-Fitts will present two sessions: “Introduction to African American Research” and “Genealogy & Computers.” A light lunch will be provided. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 251-208-7094.
** "Lost Mobile," a free public talk presented by Tom McGehee and hosted by USA Archaeology Museum is Thursday, October 25, 6-7 p.m. at USA Archaeology Museum, 6052 USA Drive South. The public is invited.
** Mobile Creole Cultural and Historical Preservation Society presemts the Second Saturday Presentation in Magnolia Cemetery on Saturday, November 10, 10 a.m.-noon at Magnolia Cemetery, 1202 Virginia Street, Mobile. Tighe Marston, Cemetery Director for Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama will take attendees on a-hour walking tour of Magnolia while discussing the historic persons buried therea-all from the standpoint of a cemetery expert, so not just "stories". The tour is free, but attendance is limited to 30- 50 people. Send a confirmation email to email@example.com October 1st.
Book Clubs, readings, book signings, storytelling, recitations, writing:
** On October 9, 6:30 p.m., A Page in Time Book Club meets at West Regional Library to discuss "The Life She was Given" by Ellen Marie Wiseman. For more information, contact Michele Eli at 251-340-8561.
** "Rules of Positive Mentoring: A Positive Influence" is scheduled Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 p.m. in Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. The session will be presented by Carl G. Cunningham, Jr., Ph.D. and Mr. Jamion Burney. Dr. Carl Cunningham is an author, educator, mentor and professor at the Coastal Alabama Community College. Jamion Burney is a McNair Scholar and an alumnus of the University of Southern Mississippi. Following the presentation, Dr. Cunningham will hold a book signing for his new book, "A Kut Above: Results of Positive Male Mentoring." Books will be on sale at the event.
** "The Art of Description / The Art of Syntax," part of the Writers In Nature series, will be Wednesdays, October 10-November 14, 10 a.m.-noon at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive. This is a class for everyone interested in writing prose or poetry.
** At 6 p.m. on October 11, at West Regional Library, Ebony Moments Book Club will meet to discuss "A Princess in Theory" by Alyssa Cole. The story is the tale of Cinderella and her Prince Charming in disguise .For more information, contact Betty Kidd at 251-438-7075.
** On Friday, October 12, 6-9 p.m., there's a Grand (re) Opening at The Haunted Book Shop, 109 Dauphin Street, downtown Mobile. The event takes place during the LoDa artwalk. There will be wine and an open mic for authors and poets.
** Extravagant Readers Book Club will meet October 13 to discus "Sing Unburied, Sing" by Jesmyn Ward. This is a story of how the past affects the present, and of deeply entrenched racism, "Sing Unburied Sing" describes the life of a biracial boy, his addicted, grieving black mother, and his incarcerated white father. The meeting is at the Toulminville Branch Library. For more information, call 251-438-7075.
** "Inside Nazi Occupied France: Struggle for Liberation" presentation by civil rights attorney and author Julian McPhillips is Saturday, October 13, 3 p.m. in Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. Following the presentation, there will be a book signing and reception in the Armbrecht/Briskman Meeting. The reception is sponsored by Alliance Française. For more information, call 251-208-7079.
** PBS The Great American Read Vote is In! On Tuesday, October 23, 7 p.m. in Bernheim Hall at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street, there will be a special streaming of the PBS Great American Read Live Broadcast with Meredith Vieira. Find out the results of a nationwide vote by millions of readers over the past four months to choose America’s best-loved book. The evening celebration begins with light refreshments in the Armbrecht/Briskman Meeting Room at 6:30 p.m. The live Broadcast will take place in Bernheim Hall at 7 p.m. For more information, call 251-208-7079.
** The 2nd Annual "Poetry by Moonlight" at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive is October 24, 7 p.m. This year’s theme is “In the Garden.” Presenting writings inspired by the marvels of nature: a tree, a plant, a moonflower, something that grows, perhaps in your own backyard. The event will be held on the ReBloom lawn ?by the light of the full moon
** The 2nd Annual Poetry by Moonlight will be held Wednesday, October 24 at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive. This year’s theme is “In the Garden.”
** The Mad Catters at The Haunted Book Shop, hosted by Familiar Legacy cat detective mystery series, is Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 3-8 p.m. at The Haunted Book Shop, 109 Dauphin Street. This Spook-Tacular Meet-and-greet is for readers and writers getting to know each other and having fun. There'll be snacks and drinks, tarot readings, a costume contest and a sidewalk coffin to help decorate. The authors who are coming are Miranda James, Carolyn Haines, Rebecca Barrett, Susan Y. Tanner, Margaret Fenton, Lexi George/Alexandra Rushe, Helen Scully, Angela Quarles and others.
** The Classics Revisited Book Club will meet Monday, October 29, 2018, 6:30-8 p.m. at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street to discuss "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson. For more information, call 251-208-7902.
Fire Prevention Week:
** To mark Fire Prevention Week, Mobile Fire Rescue Safety Expo is planned for Friday, October 12, 9 a.m. at Medal of Honor Park, 1171 Hillcrest Road. The event is free and everyone is invited.
** Seven Hills Fire District will be in the Winn Dixie parking lot at Airport Blvd and Snow Road from 9 a.m.-noon on October 13th for Fire Prevention Week. All the trucks will be on display and there will be small gifts for the children. Everyone is invited to come by and meet the firefighters and ask questions, as well.
** Fall Festival is Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the 7th Annual Pumpkin Patch at Tanner Williams United Methodist Church, 1550 Grand Bay Wilmer Road.
** The Alabama Pecan Festival is Friday, November 2, 5 p.m.; Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m. and Sunday, November, 4 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Organizers say that "There'll be lots of Family Fun! Food! Live Music! Alabama Pecan Pies, Full-Size Midway, Antique Car & Tractor Show, Azalea City Quilters Quild & 150+ Vendors! AND Free Admission For ALL!
** November 3, 1 p.m.-dusk, a Cotton Festival is scheduled at Tanner Williams Park. The event will include musical performances, a Cotton Queen Pageant, a Pie Contest, food and games.
Runs, Walks, biking, cycling events and paddles:
** Dog River Clearwater Revival 9th 9th Annual Ghost Chase is Saturday, October 13, 5-9 p.m. This is a once-a-year opportunity to run or walk across Mobile's iconic Dog River Bridge, spanning the convergence of Dog River with Mobile Bay, while donning your favorite Halloween costume. The 5K event is preceded by a children's Goblin Gallop and wraps up with an awards party, complete with costume contest. The Goblin Gallop begins at 5 p.m. with the 5K Race at approximately 5:10 p.m. The races will start and end at the River Shack Restaurant, 6120 Marina Drive S. The event benefits Dog River Clearwater Revival.
The 5K Race is limited to 500 participants. Pre-register by mail (entries should be postmarked by October 6, 2018), in person at McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri, or Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope until noon on October 11, 2018. For more information, see race website.
** 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, sponsored by Mobile Area Association of Realtors, is Thursday, October 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Azalea City Golf Course, 1000 Gaillard Drive, and the community is invited to "Grab your four best friends to join MAAR and Affiliate Council for the 18th Annual Charity Golf Tournament." This year's tournament is benefiting United Way of Southwest Alabama. A fun day full of networking, golf, prizes and more. Cost:$360 Per four-man team. Registration includes the Green fee, Gold Cart, Range Balls, Lunch Ticket, Beverage on the Course; Awards Reception & Drink Ticket, Registration Goodie Bag, 1 Free putt chance to win $500 cash Putting Contest, a shot at Hole In One Grand Prize, T-shirt and more. Tickets are at files.acrobat.com
** "Chip in for Autism" golf tournament is Friday, October 19, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Azalea City Golf Course, 1000 Gaillard Drive, Mobile. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Shotgun start is 1 p.m. Four-man scramble. includes refreshments and dinner; entry fee is $60 per player. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Woody's Song School in Mobile. For information, contact Cindy Fulford, 251-656-0070, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Teresa Atkins, 251-331-2633, email@example.com.
** The October 20th Tri the Gulf is a triathlon on Dauphin Island, Alabama that consists of a 600-yard Gulf swim, 16.7 mile island + bridge bike ride, and 3.25 mile island run (mostly off road on a well kept golf course.) The event will accept the first 350 registered participants, including a new category for Triathlon "First Timers." The Triathlon kicks off at 7:30 a.m. at the Isle Dauphine Club on Orleans Drive. For more information and to register as a participant, a volunteer or a sponsor, go to www.trithegulf.com.
** The 11th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of South Alabama 2018 is Saturday, October 27, 8-11 a.m. at Bienville Square, 150 Dauphin Street. Walk begins at 8 a.m. RAIN OR SHINE. Registration: Sign up online for FREE at www.makingstrideswalk.org/mobileal or fill out a paper registration form at the Check in tent. You MUST do one or the other to be able to walk. Registration opens at 6:45 AM.
** Delta Dogs is hosting the 3rd Annual Witches Ride to Mobile, Alabama. The Witches offer this invitation: On October 28th, (3:30-7 p.m.) we challenge you to get your best, most fabulous witch costume together and hop on your broom (aka your bicycle - yeah, decorate that too!) for a 3-mile, easy-paced bike parade around downtown Mobile and DeTonti Square. "The fun will end in a fabulous block party with music, libations and food available from local food trucks and our party hosts, The Blind Mule. Your ticket also gets you access to the block party, a free beer and an event t-shirt. Other beverages will be for sale through onsite vendors. For more information, see event site.
** The Toys For Tots Ride Mobile is Saturday, November 3 at 9 a.m. at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile. The Toys for Tots Kickoff Ride will take place on November 3, 2018 at 11 a.m. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with the ride departing the Battleship at 11 a.m. This ride officially kicks off the T4T season; it will end at Hurricane's Grill and Wings on Airport Blvd. Entry fee for the ride will be $10 (covers cost of event coin) per person and an UNWRAPPED TOY for a child. This will be an escorted ride and safety will be of the utmost importance.
** 4th Annual Christmas Nights of Lights 5K and Fun Run, hosted by United Cerebral Palsy is Thursday, November 8, 4-9 p.m. at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Bros. Boulevard. Tickets for the run are at www.raceentry.com
** November 10, 5:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. is the 4th Annual Gears and Beers fundraiser that benefits the Delta Bike Project in Mobile, Alabama. There will be an 8.1-mile Beignet Buster, a 30-mile Swamp Romp, a 63-mile ** The Turkey 10-Miler, 10K and 5K runs, hosted by Port City Pacers, is Saturday, November 17, 8:02-11:02 a.m. at Mobile County River Delta Marina, 2350 Dead Lake, Creola, Alabama. River Delta Marina, Creola, AL. To get to the Marina, take exit 22 off of I-65, (Creola exit) and follow the signs to the Marina at the end of Dead Lake Road. Tickets are at events.com. See Port City Pacers' site for registration and run information. The Post Race Party will be a traditional holiday party, and everyone is asked to bring a dish to share.
** Turkey Trot for Hope and Gobble Wobble, hosted by Camp Rap-A-Hope, is Thursday, November 22, 8-10 a.m. at Spanish Plaza, 401 Government Street.
** The 5th Annual Reindeer Run 2018 5K & Fun Run is Saturday, December 1, 2018, 8-11 a.m. at Baldwin Square, Satsuma. Tickets will go on sale November 1 at 10 a.m. from www.productionsbylittleredhen.com. Registration will be available at www.productionsbylittleredhen.com. Packet pick up will start at 7 a.m. the day of the race.
** Fall Market in the Park, hosted by Mobile Arts Council, is every Saturday, October 13-November 17, 7:30 a.m.-noon at Mobile Arts Council, 318 Dauphin Street. Each year, the Mobile Arts Council works with the City of Mobile Special Events Department to produce Market in the Park. Each week, the market features live musical performances, one-of-a-kind arts and crafts produced by local artisans, and locally grown produce, seafood, cheese and eggs, honeys, flowers and plants, baked goods, pasta, and more.
Events for Children/Teens/Families:
** October 10, 3:15-4:15 p.m. at "What's Up Wednesday," boys and girls aged 6 and older can see Disney's "Frankenweenie." It's Scary Movie Day! and this story is about a suburban school boy, Victor, who resurrects his deceased dog Sparky as part of a science experiment, and he must contend with the unexpected complications of having an undead house pet. The movie is at Parkway Branch Library. For more information, call 251-470-7766.
** “Stuart Little,” a production by Sunny Side Theater, is scheduled for October 12-14 at Joe Jefferson Playhouse. For information, call Christopher Paragone 251-510-1808.
** A Chickasaw Youth Scavenger Hunt is planned for October 17, 4 p.m. at Bill Brooks Park Picnic area. Refreshments will be served and a supervised Hunt will begin an afternoon of fun. This event is for youngsters aged 5-12. Call 251-452-6462 to register. Parents are welcome.
** On October 23, 3 p.m., children can meet Pet Therapy dogs and their owners at "Reading PAWS at Meet, Greet & Read! at West Regional Library. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Exploreum, 65 Government Street, is presenting family friendly activities and demos inspired by animation while exploring the amazing world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Visitors can enjoy creative flip books, bat crafts, yummy banana mummies, ghost orbs, spooky sounds of a Theremin, games, cartoons and more. The Exploreum will also be joined by Animal Tales, LLC friends for a "creepy" installment of their awesome animal experiences. Don’t forget to dress up in your Halloween costume, because prizes will be awarded during 12:30 p.m. costume contest. Admission pricing will be announced later.
** Calling all young artists grades 6-12--The Love Our Gulf Contest, October 27 at Dauphin Island Sea Lab, engages students to promote the need to preserve, protect, and restore our coastal resources. Youth artists are encouraged to present works reflecting or expressing an element, environment or emotion of the Gulf Coast, its life, traditions,and future. Art works can be traditional or interpretative and innovative, but should draw inspiration from the coastal landscapes, wild life, products, people and ways of life in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Region. Visit www.loveourgulf.org for details and deadlines.
** Playhouse-in-the-Park will run "Babes in Toyland" December 4 and 5, 2018 at the Saenger Theater for school audiences. There will be ONE PUBLIC PERFORMANCE at the Saenger on Wednesday, December 5.
Fall Festivals/Halloween/Pumpkin Patches:
** Thriller Nights of Lights at Hank Aaron Stadium will continue through October 31, 7-10 p.m. 7 days a week. This is a family-friendly drive-thru light show synchronized to music playing through your car radio. Displays of giant spiders, spooky eyes, friendly ghosts and tumbling scarecrows are just a few of the displays to see dancing to a fun variety of music. This is the only show of its kind in the country, Thriller Nights of Lights will thrill children and adults of all ages.
** Pumpkin Patch events at Christ United Methodist Church, 6101 Grelot Road, will continue through October 31--Sunday, noon - dusk; Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-dusk. Events include Food Truck Sunday, Pirates and Princesses Picnic for Preschoolers, Fall Family Day and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."
** The 7th Annual Pumpkin Patch at Tanner Williams United Methodist Church, 1550 Grand Bay Wilmer Road, is scheduled for October 6-October 31. Daily hours will be 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m on Saturdays and noon-7 p.m. on Sundays. Calendar of Special Patch Events is as follows (with NO Charge to the public.) Fall festival is October 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Movie in The Patch is October 20, 6 p.m.; and Trunk or Treat October 27, 6-7:30 p.m. On Campus & Off Campus Field Trips are available by appointment. Call Janece Allison – 251-776-0283 or Jane Cooley - 251-377-7690.
** "Spooky Walk," hosted by LODA Artwalk, is Friday, October 12, 6-9 p.m. at LODA Artwalk, Dauphin Street and the surrounding downtown Mobile area. For more fun, come in costume.
** 4th Annual Middleton Farms Pumpkin Patch, 21500 Otis Cooper Road, Moss Point (just 3 miles past Mississippi state line) opens Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. It will be open October 13, 14 and 20. Admission is $10 per person-2 year olds and younger enter FREE! Pre-sale tickets are until October 1st for $8! Visit website www.middletonfarmtours.com to purchase pre-sale tickets.
** Alma Bryant Baseball Haunted Trail is October 19, 20, 26, 27, 29 and 31. The Trail is behind the field house; Bryant High School is at 14001 Hurricane Boulevard, Irvington. The Trail will open at dusk; admission is $8.
** Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, 1507 Dauphin Street, invites everyone to the church's Pumpkin Patch. The Patch will be open 7 days a week beginning October 11th. Hours of operation will be Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. The Patch will close on October 31 at 2 p.m. Field trips are offered Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon by appointment; for appointment, email Lindsay.email@example.com. The Patch is located at the corner of Catherine and Dauphin streets in the parking lot across from the church.
** On Friday, October 12, 7-10:30, Grand Bay Halloween Dance will be at Grand Bay Community Center 11610 Highway 90. Admission is $10 at the door. There will be a costume contest with prizes for Best Couple Best Male and Best Female Costume Call 251-865-8089 for more information.
** Queen's "Day Of The Dead" Halloween Party, hosted by Queens with Dreams, is Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7-11:59 p.m. at Mobile Mystics, 659 Saint Anthony Street. There will be food, drinks, dj and a great time. Must be 21 to enter. Tickets are $10 until October 8, 2018; send ticket money to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will be $15 at the door.
** Mary G. Montgomery High School, 4275 Snow Road, Semmes is hosting its first “Spook Fest” on Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m. The community is invited. For more information, see MGM Facebook page.
** A Chickasaw Youth Scavenger Hunt is planned for October 17, 4 p.m. at Bill Brooks Park Picnic area. Refreshments will be served and a supervised Hunt will begin an afternoon of fun. This event is for youngsters aged 5-12. Call 251-452-6462 to register. Parents are welcome.
** "Night of the Dead Artists," hosted by AIDS Alabama South and Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, is Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6-8:30 p.m. "Performers from a number of community theaters will be joining us as deceased artists come to haunt their own works in the galleries. Fun also includes a gallery scavenger hunt, live music, Day of The Dead altars made for artists no longer with us, sugar skull making, face painting and tarot card readings. Come in costume with the whole family and take a spooky trip through time and into art history. Prizes will be drawn for a grand prize in the category of best costume and scavenger hunt winner, followed by the monster mash in the lobby."
** Coastal Response Center, 7385 Highway 188, Coden, presents "House of Nightmares" on October 19, 20, 26 and 27 from 7-11 p.m. Haunted House tickets are $8 and hayride tickets are $4. There'll also be food, games and prizes.
** USA Children's & Women's Hospital is holding the annual Trick or Trot 5K & Fun Run on Friday, October 19, 6-9 p.m. at the University of South Alabama, 307 N University Boulevard (meet at the Moulton Tower.) The funds raised will go toward the renovation of the Pediatric Emergency Department. This is a Certified 5K course on USA's main campus. The Fun Run is approximately one mile. Participants pre-registered by October 1 are guaranteed a T-shirt on race day. Late registrants will receive T-shirts while supplies last. (see event site for more information.)
** Old Firehouse Haunted Trail at Grand Bay Fire Department, 10384 Potter Tract Road in Grand Bay, is October 19, 7 p.m. and October 20, 9 p.m. Admission is $8 per person.
** Night at the Museum at History Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street, is Friday, October 19, 5-9 p.m. When the clock strikes 5, history comes to life. Admission is $5 per person. Call 251-301-0270 to make a reservation.
** Azalea City Montessori and Company 11 present "The Haunting at Central" on October 19 and 20, 6-10 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 1200 Dauphin Street. There'll be a haunted house and Kids Carnival. Tickets are $10 in advance (company11.orgthehaunting) and $12 at the door. The Kids Carnival admission is $5. Proceeds will benefit several non-profits and charities.
** On Wednesday, October 24, 6 p.m., "Scary Night Full Moon Kayak Paddle" is planned at Bill Brooks Landing in Chickasaw. Flashlight/Headlight/Whistle Required. Rental is available at 251-288-8288; for more information, call 251-452-6467.
** Friday night, October 26, 6-8 p.m., Tanner Williams Assembly of God , 14440 Tanner Williams Road, will hold its Annual Harvest Festival. There will be give-aways, games, prizes, candy and inflatables. A silent auction is being planned with the proceeds benefiting the upcoming Child Development Center. Donations are being accepted for the Silent Auction and forms are available for donors. For information, call the church office at 251-649-2580.
** Massacre Island Haunted Bike Ride at Dauphin Island is Friday, October 26, 6 p.m. A fun bike ride past some of the most haunted spots on Dauphin Island. Come join us for live music, candy for the kids and awards for the best costumes. See event site for more information.
** Irby Homebuyers Halloween Costume Charity Event is Friday, October 26, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. at Irby Home Buyers, 503 Government Street. Irby Home Buyers Co. is Calling All Goblins, Ghosts and Creatures of the night to the Halloween Costume Party, Friday, October 26, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. at Irby Home Buyers, 503 Government Street. Tickets (by Eventbrite) are as follows: General Admission | Couples Ticket, $50; General Admission | Single Ticket, $35; and Young Professional Member, $20. **Money raised from ticket sales will be given to The Family Center of Mobile to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect by providing free and low-cost education, training and support to parents and caregivers in Southwest Alabama.
** The Chickasaw Library and the Chickasaw Theatre have joined forces to present "A Literary Nightmare" on Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, 6:30 p.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street. The event includes a haunted house, a hay ride and a trail walk. Admission is $6 for teens and $7 for adults. An alternative activity will be provided in the Library for small children. For more information, call 251-452-6465.
** The Chickasaw Chamber of Commerce Family Fun Day is Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Miller's Park, next to the Fire Station, Lee and Jackson streets., So many activities! A parade, entertainment, games, Trunk or Treat. Don't miss the fun.
** Chickasaw Howl-o-We'en Costume Contest/Pet Parade, Saturday October 27 will be at Chickasaw Elementary School. Children, register/judging is at 10 a.m.. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. All pets must be well-behaved and on restraints. There will be homemade dog treats for sale, and all proceeds will benefit the Chickasabogue Creek Dog Park. For information, call Janis Talbott, 251-382-3917.
** Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Exploreum, 65 Government Street, is presenting family friendly activities and demos inspired by animation while exploring the amazing world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Visitors can enjoy creative flip books, bat crafts, yummy banana mummies, ghost orbs, spooky sounds of a Theremin, games, cartoons and more. The Exploreum will also be joined by Animal Tales, LLC friends for a "creepy" installment of their awesome animal experiences. Don’t forget to dress up in your Halloween costume, because prizes will be awarded during 12:30 p.m. costume contest. Admission pricing will be announced later.
** On Sunday, October 28, noon-5 p.m., GulfQuest, 155 S Water Street, Mobile will host "GulfQuest Halloween Fest." A special spooky admission price of JUST $5/person gets visitors in to enjoy 90 interactive exhibits. And, if they arrive in costume, admission is FREE.
** Trick or Treat at Green Park at Dauphin Island is 5:30 p.m., October 31. Island residents are encouraged to bring a table and chairs and join Town staff, DI Police Department and many others to hand out treats. Participants can dress their area in Hallowe'en decorations and are invited to wear costumes to add to the fun.
** Trunk or Treat at Pathway Church - Airport Campus and Pathway Church - Moffett Campus is Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 7-8:30 p.m. Moffett Campus is at 7200 Moffett Road and the Airport Campus is at 10775 Airport Boulevard. For more information or how to decorate and register your trunk, visit: pathwaychurch.us/trunkortreat.
** Saraland United Methodist Church's Trunk or Treat is Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 6-7:30 p.m. at 415 McKeough Avenue. Trunk or Treat is a fun, safe alternative to traditional trick or treating; there'll be hot dogs, crafts, candy and other treats.
** The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government Street, Mobile is holding a Smashing PumpkinFest on Saturday, November 3, 1-3 p.m. Children (with their parents, of course) are invited to "Bring your Halloween pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns and test the laws of gravity by dropping them and smashing them in some exciting and educational ways. You bring the pumpkins, we clean up the mess. That mess will be used as compost for our courtyard garden."
Veterans, military, first responders
** On Friday, October 12, 10 a.m., Azalea City Quilters Stars over Mobile Chapter will present a Quilt of Valor to a 100-year-old Buffalo Soldier. All citizens of Mobile and surrounding area are invited and encouraged to attend the ceremony honoring one of our military heroes.
** Mobile Bay Area Veterans Day Parade, hosted by Mobile Bay Area Veterans Day Commission, is Monday, November 12, 2018, 10-11 a..m. in downtown Mobile. Included will be a celebration for Patriot of the Year and Veteran of the Year. There will be ROTC drills, marching bands, special guests, military vehicles and more.
** Glenn D. Frazier Celebration of Life Memorial Service, is October 26, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at USS Alabama Battleship Park Pavilion. Glenn's Ashes Laid to Rest, 1:30 p.m. at Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to The Wounded Warrior Project or the USS Alabama Battleship Foundation.
** 2018 Veterans Day Concert, hosted by Mobile Bay Area Veterans Day Commission, is Monday, November 12, 7-9 p.m. at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway. The public is invited to end their Veterans Day celebration with a rousing concert by the Mobile Symphonic Pops Band. Music will include traditional patriotic music, marches, and more. The concert ends with a salute to all of our veterans. The event is free of charge.
** Veterans Day Celebration and Parade of Flags at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway, is Monday, November 12, 3-4 p.m. On November 12, 3-4 p.m., Battleship Memorial Park and the 4th graders from Mobile and Baldwin counties will celebrate Veterans Day and our veterans. Attendees can enjoy patrioic music and a presentation by the Distinguished Young Woman of America 2018, among other activities. Guests include Veterans Day Essay Winners (students) will present their winning essays and 4th graders will march in the Parade of Flags. The event is free and open to the public.
SAVE THE DATE for these decidedly Christmas/holiday events:
* Auditions for "Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley" are continue Monday, October 1, 7 p.m. at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, Chickasaw. Show dates are December 7 -9 and 14-16, 2018. For more information, contact Director Nedra Bloom, 251.463.4837 – email@example.com.
* Holiday Market at the Corner," hosted by SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, is Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Those who are interested in participating as a vendor can find an application form www.swmcchamber.com; for more details, see firstname.lastname@example.org.
* ATTENTION individuals, churches, organizations, supermarkets: Christmas on the Bayou Shopping Spectacular, hosted by A'Bekah's Boutique, is Saturday, November 3, 4-9 p.m. at Bayou La Batre Community Center, 12745 Padgett Switch Road, Irvington. The “Christmas on the Bayou” Shopping Spectacular will offer a large variety of vendors to shop with, delicious food, a silent auction and even pictures with Santa! The event will not only promote local businesses, but help raise money for some very important people. All proceeds from ticket/door sales, as well as the silent auction will be donated to the Bayou La Batre Senior Center.
** Pickles and Popcorn presents Holiday Shopping Bash on Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Semmes Community Center, 10141 Moffett Road, Semmes. Those interested in becoming a vendor should visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfUoaRWJJrHuswwaYvBVL-TSnWYZFTHoUzeB9d54pqo1Z2wVw/viewform for information.
** Belle Bouquet Florist & Gifts at 200 Shelton Beach Road in Saraland is holding its Annual Christmas Open House 2018 on Sunday, November 4, 1-4 p.m. Look for discounts, door prizes and holiday cheer!
** Next Generation Dance Center's 5th Annual Christmas Shopping Spree & Showcase is planned for Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bayou La Batre Community Center, 12745 Padgett Switch Road, Irvington. Tickets are at www.paypal.me. Vendor Fee is $50 (with outlet access $55); First come, first served- ONLY 45 spaces available. I - 6 foot table will be provided (vendor can bring one additional table.) Spacing is 10'X10' per vendor. There will be additional spacing in front for food vendors. Email email@example.com or call 251-591-9899.
** Mobile Christmas Extravaganza Gift Show will be Saturday, November 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Abba Temple, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile. Christmas Extravaganza, one of Mobile's Largest Christmas Shows, is celebrating its 8th anniversary, and the public is advised that gift needs can be filled at this show--jewelry, accessories, fashions--a variety of unique seasonal and gift items, including those unusual pieces for the "person who has everything." For more information on vendor spots, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Christmas Spectacular, hosted by University of Mobile - Alabama School of The Arts, will be 4 dates, November 15, 16, 17 and 18 at Cottage Hill Baptist Church, 4255 Cottage Hill Road. Tickets will go on sale November 1 at 9 a.m. (www,itickets.com) University of Mobile's Christmas Spectacular is considered one of the top 25 best Christmas events in Mobile, and is sure to delight the entire family. With more than 20 ensembles and featuring 200+ students from the Alabama School of the Arts’ (ASOTA) with a 50-piece orchestra of combined students and professional mentors, the audience will experience both sacred and holiday classics, as well as original music and arrangements from the ASOTA faculty and students.
* Junior League of Mobile 34th Annual Christmas Jubilee is November 15-17, 2018, , 9 a. m. at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, 1 S Water Street, Mobile. The Junior League of Mobile raises funds to support community programs through three major fundraisers, one of which is the Jubilee. Ticket and other information will be available soon.
* On Friday, November 16, noon-9 p.m., the City of Semmes is sponsoring "Jingle All the Way: A Christmas Market" at Semmes Regional Library, 9150 Moffett Road. This is the first year for the Market, which will take place on the same day as Semmes Christmas Tree Lighting. The City is currently accepting applications for food and goods vendors. Applications can be obtained from Semmes City Hall, by calling Denise Dailey at 251-544-6641 or emailing email@example.com. Application deadline is November 1st.
** Beginning November 23 and running through December 31, 2018, Magic Christmas in Lights, will be on display, 5 to 9 p.m. nightly at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Magic Christmas in Lights is one of the nation’s best holiday light shows, and it’s designed and made at Bellingrath. Visitors can stroll through the Gardens at night at the 23rd season of Magic Christmas in Lights, a dazzling nighttime display with more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes, set out in a walking tour throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. Details: bellingrath.org or 251-973-2217.
** Semmes Christmas Extravaganza Gift Show is Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Semmes Community Center, 10141 Moffett Road, Semmes. There will be vendors, music, fashion show, door prizes and fun! Toy Donations for our local children would be appreciated.
** Georgetown Assembly of God Annual Christmas Market is Saturday, December 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The church is at 9436 Wilmer Georgetown Road.
** "A Victorian Christmas Wedding Celebration" will be held at Richards DAR House, 256 N Joachim Street on Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, December 2, 1-4 p.m. Vintage Victorian wedding gowns from Mobile City Museum will be on display--this event will take visitors a step back in time to bring in the Christmas season while experiencing a beautiful Victorian wedding. The Celebration is hosted by the local chapters of DAR. There'll be light refreshments, house tours, and fun events for all ages. Donation is $10. For more information, call 251-208-7320.
** USA Children's & Women's Holiday Tree Trail at Geri Moulton Children’s Park is Tuesday, December 4, 2018 through Friday, January 4, 2019. This is a free event for the community to enjoy throughout the holiday season. Each tree is sponsored by a local community group, business or family who is responsible for decorating their tree. Trees can have a theme, tie to the sponsor's mission, or be whatever the sponsor wants to create -- the more unique, the better. Sponsorships are a great way to promote a cause, market your business, and brighten the holidays for the patients and families at USA Children's & Women's Hospital. Plus, decorating your tree will be a fun holiday event for staff, friends or family. Download sponsorship application. Completed applications may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital Holiday Tree Trail, Development Office, 1700 Center Street, Mobile, AL 36604.
** 2018 marks the 10th Anniversary for the Semmes Christmas Tour, this year endorsed as an offical Alabama200 Bicentennial event. The tour is Saturday, December 8, 3-8 p.m. As always, the Tour will begin at Allentown Elementary School where visitors can enjoy food and drink samplings from many area restaurants, delis and other establishments. Additional information on the Tour and tickets will be announced later.
** Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce's 2nd Annual Mistletoe Market is a little closer to the holidays--December 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The event is held at the Saraland Municipal Complex and in conjunction with Saraland Christmas Parade. Vendors are invited to participate. For registration, go to saralandchamber.com. For more information, call 251-675-4444.
** Woofstock 2018 is Saturday, October 27, 3-11 p.m. at Serda Brewing Co., 600 Government Street. The event is hosted by Serda Brewing Co. and Animal Rescue Foundation. Admission for adults is $10, children 4-12 years old $5 and younger than 4, free. This year, say the organizers, "we'll have a new location and time. We'll be bringing the things you love about Woofstock, along with lots of new activities. New location: We're taking over the grounds of Serda Brewing Co. - a full city block--and will have activities for ALL ages. Join us Saturday, October 27 from 3-11 p.m. for beer, music, and tons of Halloween fun! Bring your pooch and be sure to enter the doggy costume contest." Admission for adults is $10, children 4-12 years old $5 and younger than 4, free. Those who want to be a sponsor, Email email@example.com
** The 9th Annual "Shirley Looney Memorial" Car Show will be held at Dauphin Way Baptist Church, 3661 Dauphin Street, on Saturday, October 27, 2018. In addition to the car show, 25 or more vendors will be selling unique items for the entire family. The non-profit 74 Club will also be on site grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for sale. This is a FREE event open for the public to attend, and is a benefit for Youth Missions and Camp Scholarships. For more information, call the Student Ministry Office at 251-445-4163 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** The 3rd Annual Car Show for Charity is Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at The C.A.R. Shop, L.L.C., 7745 Tara Drive, Semmes. Spectators get in free. There is a fee to enter a vehicle in the show, but 100% of the proceeds will go to two local charities. One half of funds goes to "Cops for Kids." A local officer named Jeremy March goes into the community and schools and interacts with children; he also provides them a new toy to ease their minds during troublesome times. The other half goes to Robert Clifton III, a local 29-year-old battling a rare form of colon cancer. To learn more about Robert's journey, visit his website at www.rc3journey.com.
** On October 27, 10 a.m.-noon, Keep Saraland Beautiful is hosting a FREE Recycling Workshop at Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce, 939 Saraland Boulevard S. in the old Kmart/Sears shopping center. The public is invited; there will be door prizes and refreshments.
** Bayou Community Grave Yard Clean Up at Oddfellows Cemetery Bayou La Batre (12450 Irvington-Bayou la Batre Road) is Saturday, October 27 at 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Volunteers are asked to bring a mower, rake, weedeaters, blowers, brooms, trimmers and other yard-cleaning tools.
Artists and Crafters:
* "Knitting in the Galleries" at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive is Thursday, October 11, 6 p.m. The event is inspired by special exhibition Michael Olszewski: Meaning and Light. Participants are advised to "Bring your own yarn and tools or pick them up when you get here, and join us for a meditative evening weaving your own experience" Heidi Sunday, owner of Mobile Yarn, will provide basic instruction for knitting and other projects involving string, and materials kits for a fee.
* Calling Artists and Fine Crafters--A Juried Outdoor Art Show at Dauphin Sea Lab is October 27-28, 2018. Categories include ceramic, drawing, digital art, fiber/textile, glass, jewelry, mixed media painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood. Application/jury fee is $5; booth space is $50. Download the ARTSealab application and return via email to email@example.com or print and send with 3 prints of your art. Submit work to www.Artists.Artsealab.org. For more information, call 251-214-6485.
Chambers of Commerce:
** Saraland Chamber of Commerce business luncheon is Tuesday, October 9, 11:45 a.m. at Saraland Civic Center, 716 Mae Street.
** Semmes Chamber of Commerce Luncheon is Wednesday, October 10, 11:45 a.m. at Pathway Church, 7200 Moffett Road.
** SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce "Coffee with the Chamber" is Tuesday, October 16, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. . RSVP at 251-666-2488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Bayou La Batre Chamber of Commerce meeting is Tuesday, October 23rd.
** Connie Hudson Senior Center members can attend a Think Pink 2018 Health Fair on October 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The event will offer information on a variety of services. For more information, call 251-602-4963. The Center is at 3201 Hillcrest Road.
** Chickasaw Senior Adult Hallowe'en Outing will be to Bill Brooks for a fun time on the water while enjoying a camp-style dinner. The event is Thursday, October 17, 4 p.m. For more information, call 251-452-6463.
** It's going to be a Howlin' Good Halloween Party for seniors at Connie Hudson Senior Center on October 19, 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $8; dinner will be served. For information, call 251-602-4963.
** Chickasaw seniors shopping trip to Foley is Thursday, November 8th. The bus will leave the Civic Center at 8:30 a.m. and return at 2 p.m. Lunch is on your own. Call 251-452-6462.
** Mobile Botanical Gardens: The 3rd weekend in October is always the best time to buy plants for Gulf Coast gardens. So, it's time for FALL PLANT SALE! The Sale will open on Friday, October 19th and run through Sunday, October 21st--Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
** In November, Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums will highlight the beauty of Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Visitors can feast their eyes on the nation’s largest outdoor chrysanthemum display. The show features hundreds of four-foot-long cascades of flowers, hung on balconies and bridges throughout the Gardens, along with traditional bedding mums in the dazzling fall colors of lavender, orange, yellow and white. Beginning November 1, Bellingrath's Mum Watch Page will give viewers daily updates on our website, bellingrath.org. For details, call 251-973-2217.
Bullying Prevention Week:
** Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the "Be Kind, Be Cool: Bullying Prevention Week" Kick Off! will be held at West Regional Library. The public is invited to join the Mobile Public Library and the Mobile County Coalition Against Bullying as we kick off Bullying Prevention Week. The Library will provide activities and crafts in the children’s room. The Mobile County Coalition Against Bullying will be in the front plaza providing face painting, giveaways and more. A representative from the Child ID program will create child identification kits, free of charge. For more information, call 251-340-8571 or email email@example.com.
** 2018 America's Classic Diamonds, Hosted by Tina Lynn, is Saturday, October 20, 2018, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Tanner Williams Elementary School, 13700 Tanner Williams Road, Wilmer, Alabama 36587.
** 2018 CD Costume Contest, hosted by Tina Lynn, is Sunday, October 28, 2018, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Tanner Williams Historical Building, across from Tanner Williams Elementary School, 13700 Tanner Williams Road, Wilmer.
** The Miss Seafood Pageant, hosted by Diane Cordelle, is Saturday, November 3, 2018, 5-8:30 p.m. at a location to be announced. For information on categories, application forms and other facets of the event, visit the Pageant Facebook page.
** The Cotton Festival Pageant will have categories for all age groups, 0-high school. Registration forms must be in by October 31; they can be turned in to Nicole Hare in person or mail them to her at 5975 Wilmer Road, Wilmer, AL 36587. There will be no registration the day of the contest. The pageant is formal, which means wearing a frilly dress; older girls can wear an elegant gown.
Congratulations/Thank you's/Good Job:
**Congratulations are in order: Battleship Memorial Park's staff members brought home awards from the Historic Naval Ships Association Conference in Bremerton, Washington. Shea McLean, Curator, won the Henry A. Vadnais, Jr. Award for outstanding work in the areas of curation, collections management, exhibits and registration. Rhonda Davis, Director of Sales and Marketing, won the Dr. John C. Fakan Communications Award for outstanding work in marketing and communications. Lee Bryars, Crew Chief, won the Historic Naval Ship Maintenance, Preservation and Exhibition Award for exemplary work in daily maintenance and preservation of a historic vessel. Battleship Memorial Park earned more awards than any other fleet member during this year's conference.
** Congratulations: Mobile Opera announced the recipients of the 2018-2019 Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser Young Artist scholarships. Two singers were chosen from among the fine candidates who participated in the auditions: Ms. Megan Zuhowski, Soprano, and Mr. Joseph O'Shea, Baritone. Megan is a senior and Joseph is a sophomore at the University of South Alabama.