Community Activities and Events for week of September 9 for September 10-16, 2018 and a few SAVE THE DATEs Many of these events have been posted earlier and in much greater detail.
Galas, benefits, fundraisers, fundraisers and fun:
* Mobile Retired Educators Association meeting is Tuesday, September 11 at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard. This first membership meeting of the year will begin with a social time at 10 a.m. The Business Meeting/Program will be at 10:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. Chresal Threadgill, the new Superintendent of Mobile County Public Schools, will be a guest, as will MREA State Executive Director and Mobile County legislators.
* "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," a fundrasiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile, is Thursday, September 13, 5:30-9 p.m. at Mobile Government Plaza. This event is an evening for ladies 21 years of age and older, complete with heavy hors d’oevres from local area chefs and restaurants, McTini’s, and an unforgettable evening of manicures, makeovers, shopping and more. Tickets for Girls Just Wanna Have Fun are available for $50 in advance or $60 at the door. Attendees also have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets for a stylish “Purse-Onality” at $25, $50 or $100, which includes a purse – and a surprise gift inside valued at that price or more. For ticket information, see rmhcmobile.org. Proceeds from Girls Just Wanna Have Fun directly benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile, which supports families through their House and Family Rooms. For more information about Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, visit rmhcmobile.org/girls, or call the Ronald McDonald House at 251-694-6873.
* Downtown Mobile Alliance Annual Luncheon is set for Friday, September 14, 5:30-7 p.m. at Battle House Renaissance Hotel & Spa, 26 North Royal Street, Mobile. Tickets are at dmaannualluncheon.bpt.me
* The 8th Annual SwampFest at Coastal Response Center, 7385 Highway 188, Coden is Saturday, September 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The event includes a Car Show; SwampKids Contest (boys/girls, 0-8 years old), Critter Calls, trophies and prizes. There'll be a silent auction, arts and crafts, food and music. SwampFest admission is free. CRC is collecting canned goods for the pantry plus new or gently used for the winter give-away. Each item donated garners the donor Door Prize tickets.
* The 3rd Annual Massacre Island event at Fort Gaines Historic Site, 51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, is September 15-September 16, 2018. In 1711 the Pirates stormed Mobile Bay and attacked the Island that was once called Massacre Island, because of a huge pile of human skeletons that was discovered by Pierre Le Moyne. The public is invited to "Come and see the Pirates as they pilfer and pillage Isle Dauphine and fight against Spanish and British Galleons. Who knows, you may even find a pirate’s treasure."
* ABBA Shriners Craft & Attic Show at Abba Shrine Auditorium, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile, is September 15 to September 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $2. Bring a new toy for a chance at a door prize; one chance per toy donated. There will be crafts, vendors, antiques and attic items for sale. For booth information, contact Elsie Davis 251-895-3821
* "The Battle of Bo's Burgers - Food Fight at the Fort" will take place at the Fort of Colonial Mobile, 150 S Royal Street, Sunday, September 16, 4-7 p.m. This exciting food sport event has three unique components, designed to showcase Bo’s Signature Burgers and our Alabama chef’s creativity. Taking place in and around the Fort of Colonial Mobile in downtown Mobile, the featured Executive Chef Challenge invites local restaurant chefs to create a signature dish using Bo’s Burger ground beef. The second event challenges amateur cook teams from area organizations to create their best version of a Bo’s Burger. The third event is a Sylvia’s menu challenge as they will prepare four different Bo’s Burger inspired dishes. Attendees will select their favorite to be featured on Sylvia’s menu.
* A Diabetes Awareness Presentation at Satsuma Public Library is Tuesday, September 18, 11 a.m. The event is free and open to everyone. For more information, call the Library at 251-679-0700.
* September Coffee Chat- “Project Lifesaver- Autism and Wandering” is Thursday, September 20, 8:30-10 a.m. at USA Health Strada Patient Care Center, 1601 Center Street, Conference Room 1011, Mobile, Alabama. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 251-259-5553.
* Oktoberfest at Serda Brewing Co, 600 Government Street, is September 22, 2-11 p.m.
* 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.
* ACS Vintage Affair Gala to benefit American Cancer Society, is Thursday, September 27, 6-9 p.m. at Fort Whiting, 1630 S Broad Street, Mobile. Sponsored by Lexus of Mobile, American Cancer Society's premier fundraiser is on Thursday, September 27th at Fort Whiting Armory. While listening to dueling pianos, guests can enjoy fine wines from Red or White, as well as catering by Clifton Morrissette. An auction will include original local art, fabulous trips, and many more exclusive items. For ticket information, go to acsmobile.ejoinme.org
* Sunsets & Skylines to benefit Lifelines Counseling Services, 705 Oak Circle Drive E, Mobile, is September 27, 2018. For more information, visit www.lifelinesmobile.org.
* The Hargrove Foundation is hosting a block party festival at Cathedral Square the evening of Thursday, September 27th. Called the Mobile Downtown Get Down, the event is for the Mobile community to join together for live music from The Underhill Family Orchestra, food from local restaurants and food truck vendors, drinks, kids zone area, lawn games, and much more! All proceeds will benefit the Hargrove Foundation, for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related initiatives in the Mobile, Alabama area.
* The 12th Annual "Pour for a Purpose "Wine Fest 2018, Thursday, October 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m. will be at Wine Fest, 911 Dauphin Street. Benefiting Catholic Social Services, Wine Fest will be a night filled with wine tasting, delicious food and live music by Cooper Trent. This year's Wine Fest will be at the beautiful Cotton Hall. Tickets are $75/person or $125/couple; see event website for ticket information.
* GULF SEAFOOD GALA CELEBRATES ISLE DAUPHINE CLUB'S 60th ANNIVERSARY is Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 6-9 p.m., For more information, visit www.dauphinislandarts.org, call 251-978-5566 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Gulf Seafood Gala is an official event of the Alabama200Bicentenial.
* The 3rd Annual Greek Fest Charity Gala at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 50 S Ann Street, Mobile is Saturday, October 6, 6:30-10 p.m. Proceeds will benefit NEST of Mobile, Penelope House and The Learning Tree.
* 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.
* 2nd Annual “Gulf Seafood Gala”™, is Saturday, October 6, 6-9 p.m, .a celebration of Alabama Gulf seafood and the rich heritage and culture that surround it. The event is at Isle Dauphin Club, 100 Orleans Drive, Dauphin Island. Visitors will enjoy tastings of delectable Gulf seafood prepared and presented by local and regional chefs. The event will also celebrate the 60th anniversary of historic Isle Dauphine Club. Local art, live musical entertainment and adult beverages will round out a wonderful evening on Dauphin Island.Proceeds will benefit Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization dedicated to showcasing and educating the public about the rich heritage and culture of Dauphin Island and South Mobile County, AL, and improving the quality of life through the arts.
* Bras Across the CAUSEway 2018 is Sunday, October 7, 4-7 p.m. at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile. 5K & Ta-Ta Taste-Off will benefit patients of Providence Breast Center with everyday personal expenses.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* SAVE THE DATE: 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.
* MARK YOUR CALENDAR: 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 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.. This free family-fun event will have a children's area, music, games, food, a rememberance dome and much more. It ends with a symbolic 1 mile walk around the stadium to honor those lost, those still fighting and survivors. For tickets, go to www.lightthenight.org. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or registration, contact email@example.com or call 251.406.8471.
* 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
* 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.
* 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 Septemeber 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
* 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
* "Celebrate Midtown with Trinity," hosted by Trinity Episcopal Church, 1900 Dauphin Street, is Saturday, September 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This is Trinity's second annual Family Festival with vendors, non-profit organizations, children's activities, antique cars, food, dog-friendly, book mobile and book sale, sweet-n-savory sale, church tours--all sponsored by NAMI, Literacy Coalition of South Alabama, and the Drug Education Council. BONUS: Free swag bags for the first 100 people to attend.
* MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!! The Alabama Pecan Festival is scheduled for 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!
* South Brookley United Methodist Church Annual Bazaar is Saturday, October 6, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. at the church, 3755 Dauphin Island Parkway. There'll be frozen/Take-Out Gumbo (9 a.m.-2 p.m.), Bake Sale (9 a.m.-2 p.m.), Yard Sale (7 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Gently Used Jewelry Sale (7 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Tournaments (fishing, golf)
* SAVE THE DATE: Tee's the Season (APSO Charity Golf Tournament), Hosted by Alabama Power Service Organization/Mobile Chapter, is Saturday, October 6, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.Rock Creek Golf Club, 140 Clubhouse Drive, Fairhope. Golfers are invited to join Alabama Power Service Organization - Mobile Division Chapter for the 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Proceeds from the tournament are used to provide Christmas gifts for children in need at non-profit organizations in our local communities. For sponsorship, registration, or more details, contact Valencia Chaney 251-694-2318 email@example.com or Scott Williams 251-694-2457 firstname.lastname@example.org.
* It's time for the 8th Annual Lydia Leon Bennet Memorial Golf Tournament presented by The 74 Club at the Spring Hill College Golf Course, 4000 Dauphin Street. The event is Sunday, October 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For registration information, call Mike Crenshaw: 251-802-5727; Randy Copeland: 251-402-4508 or David Scott: 251-583-6848.
* 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, email@example.com, or Teresa Atkins, 251-331-2633, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chambers of Commerce:
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce 2018 Business Expo is Tuesday, September 11, 3-6 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Space is limited for exhibitors. To reserve a booth or for more information, call or email email@example.com.
* Saraland Chamber of Commerce September Luncheon is Tuesday, the 11th, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at Saraland Civic Center, 716 Mae Street. Guest Speaker will be Dr. Aaron Milner, Superintendent of Saraland Schools.
* Semmes Chamber of Commerce September Luncheon is Wednesday, the 12th, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at Pathway Church, 7200 Moffet Road. Guest Speaker will be Olympian, Gabor Mate.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce "Coffee with the Chamber" is Tuesday, September 18 at 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. PolySurveying is corporate sponsor for this event. RSVP at 251-666-2488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Runs, Walks, biking, cycling events and paddles:
* The community is invited to join Dr. Crystal Parks and the staff of Providence Medical Group to take a step toward better health with Walk with a Doc, a health program that brings doctors and patients together to walk twice a month this summer at Honor Park on Wulff Road. The walks are on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.
* 11th Annual GO Run to benefit USA Mitchell Cancer Institute is Saturday, September 15, 8-10:30 a.m. at University of South Alabama, North University Boulevard, Mobile. Check website for registration information.
* "Alzheimer's Walk for Miss Betty (Callahan)," hosted by Cynthia Maker Stokes, is Sunday, September 23 at 1:30-5:30 p.m. at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway. Stokes says, "Let's get together to raise money and awareness against Alzheimer's in Miss Betty's honor." All participants are asked to register on the official website before the day of the event. The link is http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2018/AL-Alabama.For more information, see event site.
* St. Jude 5K Fun Run is Saturday, September 29, 8 a.m. at Run-N-Tri, 6345 Airport Boulevard Suite K, Picadilly Square Drive. Entry fee is free. Donations for St. Jude will be accepted; participants who donate will be entered into a raffle for prizes by Run-N-Tri.
* American Heart Association 2018 Mobile Heart Walk is Saturday, October 6, 7:30-11 a.m. at the University of South Alabama's Moulton Tower, 5985 USA Drive South.
The 2018 Mobile Heart Walk Chair is Owen Bailey, CEO and Senior Vice-President of Medical Affairs at USA Health. The 2018 Mobile Heart Walk will honor survivors of cardiovascular disease and stroke in the community. Register at MobileHeartWalk.org.
* RGG Heart Walk Team 2018, hosted by Rihner, Gupta & Grosz Cardiology, P.C., is Saturday, October 6, 8 a.m. at USA Moulton Tower, 5985 USA Drive South, Mobile. Sign up to join the RGG Team. Cardiogy PC is at 600 Providence Park Drive East, Mobile.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 email@example.com.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
Book Clubs, readings, book signings, storytelling, recitations, writing:
* Mobile Botanical Gardens Book Club/Class: "The Invention of Nature" --In October, Mobile Botanical Gardens will welcome Andrea Wulf to the Gardens for a presentation on her latest award winning book, "The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World." But those interested can explore the book before her visit in a 6-week class taught by Gail Gehlken and Poet Laureate of Alabama Emerita, Sue B. Walker. The class will be Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon through October 3. Class fee is $135 for MBG members and $160 for non-members. The fee includes a paperback copy of the book.
* A Page in Time Book Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on September 11 at West Regional Library on Grelot Road. This month's topic of discussion "Where the Light Falls" by Allison and Owen Pataki. For more information, contact Michele Eli at 251-340-8561.
* Ebony Moments Book Club members, who meet at West Regional Library, September 13 at 6 p.m., will discuss "Bad Men and Wicked Women" by Eric Jerome Dickey. For more information, contact Betty Kidd at 251-470-7766.
* Susan Rouillier's Birds of Flight IMAX Presentation is September 15, 2 p.m. at the Exploreum. The presentation is free and open to the public; children and grandchildren welcome.
* The Reader's Choice Book Club, which meets on the third Tuesday at West Regional Library, will meet September 18, 1 p.m. The discussion will be on "Educated" by Tara Westover. Summary: In her memoir, Westover recounts her childhood growing up in a strict Mormon family, ruled by an erratic father, and living off the grid in Idaho. For more information, call 251-208-7097.
* On Thursday, September 20, 6 p.m., Bayside Book Club will meet at Parkway Branch Library to discuss "The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World" by Andrea Wulf. In Summary: A portrait of the German naturalist reveals his ongoing influence on humanity's relationship with the natural world today, discussing such topics as his views on climate change, conservation, and nature as a resource for all life. For more information, call Betty Fowler at 251-476-2600 or 251-208-7097.
* The Classics Revisited - Book Club will meet Monday, September 22, 6:30 p.m. to "Reconnect with the Classics." At this meeting at Ben May Main Library, they will discuss Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451." For more information, call 251-208-7902.
* The Classics Revisited - Book Club will meet Monday, September 24, 6:30 p.m. to "Reconnect with the Classics." At this meeting at Ben May Main Library, they will discuss Rad Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451." for more information, call 251-208-7902.
* Historic Mobile Preservation Society presents a Lecture and Book Signing for "A Poisoned Life: Florence Chandler Maybrick, the First American Woman Sentenced to Death in England" is September 27, 6 p.m. at the Cox-Deasy Cottage, 115 Palmetto Street. Richard Jay Hutto authored the book. Copies of the book will be available at the lecture.
* Southern Chef & Storyteller Martha Hall Foose from PBS The Great American Read will be at Bernheim Hall at Ben May Main Library on Thursday, September 27, 7 p.m. . Along with stories from the kitchen, Ms. Foose will discuss her culinary work on the film adaptation of "The Help." Light refreshments, book sales and signing will be in the Armbrecht/Briskman Meeting Room from 6-6:45 p.m. Program begins at 7 p.m. in Bernheim Hall. For more information, call 251-208-7079. Martha Foose is the winner of the James Beard Award for American Cooking and Southern Independent Booksellers Award.
* Mobile Local Author Book Signing, hosted by Mobile Bookseller and Mobile Writers Guild, is Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mobile Bookseller, 3990 Government Boulevard, Mobile. Attendees can meet several local authors who will talk about their books, have a few readings and have plenty of copies to purchase.
* Growing Up in the Port City: Frye Gaillard & Roy Hoffman event is scheduled at Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street, on Sunday, September 30, 2 p.m. Following the program, light refreshments and book signing will be in the Armbrecht/Briskman Meeting Room. For more information, call 251-208-7097.
* 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.” “Poetry by Moonlight”submissions deadline is September 28, 2018. Mail submissions as BOTH a Word doc & PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org,
* The Mobile Symphony (MSO) will continue its tradition of bringing the world’s greatest talents to the Gulf Coast with a gala concert featuring soprano Renée Fleming on Wednesday, September 12, at 7:30 p.m., at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile.
* Groovin' To The Oldies! with The Band Cherry Pie at Coastal Response Center, South Bay Project, Community Center, 7385 Hwy 188, Coden Tuesday, September 11, 6-9 p.m. Covered Dish Dinner at 5 p.m. For information, call 251-379-4678.
* The Mobile Pops opens its fall season Thursday, September 20, at 7 p.m. the Mobile County Bicentennial Pavilion in Medal of Honor Park. J Titles played include Finale from New World Symphony, Noisy Wheels of Joy, Bayou Breakdown, and Southern Hymn to name a few. As always, all Mobile Pops concerts are FREE to the public. Attendees, please note: This is an outdoor concert and you should bring your own chair or blanket to sit on. You are more than welcome to bring a picnic or favorite snack!
* At 7 p.m., Monday, September 24, "An Evening with the Mobile Pops" will be presented at Mary G. Montgomery High School. The event, sponsored by the City of Semmes, is free and open to the public.
* Ten65 Arts & Crafts Market, hosted by Mobile Arts Council is Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6 at Cathedral Square, 300 Conti Street. For the third year in a row, the annual 1065 FREE Music Festival will be taking place in Downtown Mobile. This year, Mobile Arts Council will be coordinating an arts and crafts market that will take place in Cathedral Square by the Café Stage on Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th. This market will feature one-of-a-kind arts and crafts produced by the Mobile-area's most talented makers!
Stage and film:
* September 11, 1 p.m., the Spooky September Matinee at Ben May Main Library will be "The Others," a well-crafted ghost story about a Brit woman who moves into a spooky mansion with her kids in 1945. For more information, call 251-208-7079.
* "A Wrinkle in Time" is the Great Movie Adventure set for 3:15 p.m. September 11 at Parkway Branch Library. In the story, Meg meets three supernatural beings who transport her through the universe to rescue her father, who mysteriously disappeared and is being held captive by an evil force. The film runs 109 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-470-7766.
* On September 14, 3 p.m. at West Regional Branch Library, Matinee @ the Library will feature "Mary Poppins," the story of a magical nanny who enlightens the lives of everyone she meets while caring for a stiff banker's two children in London in the early 1900s. For more information, call 251-340-8571 or email email@example.com.
* PBS The Great American Read, September 18, 5 p.m. at West Regional Library: "The Help" - Book Discussion & Film Screening. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 251-340-8561.
* The Great Movie Adventure at Parkway Branch Library at 3:15 p.m. September 18th will be "Zootopia." In the film, which is rated PG, a rabbit cop must solve a missing-persons case in a city inhabited by anthropomorphic animals. For more information, call 251-470-7766.
* Spooky September Matinee at Ben May Main Library on September 18, 1 p.m. will be "The Sixth Sense." In this film, a child psychologist comes to the aid of a tormented boy who has visions of the dead. As the sympathetic doctor digs deeper into the child's strange powers, it leads to unexpected consequences for both of them. The film is rated PG 13; for more information, call 251-208-7079.
* Ben May Main Library is the location for the "First Amendment Film Festival" in honor of Banned Books Week (September 23-29.) A screening of "A Wrinkle in Time" is planned for Tuesday, September 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and again at 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-208-7086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Then on Wednesday, September 26, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Ben May Main will show "The Kite Runner" as part of the First Amendment Film Festival. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-208-7086 or email email@example.com.
* The "Great Movie Adventure" at Toulminville Branch Library on September 25, 3:15 p.m. is "Born in China." A True Life Adventure film, “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. The film runs 76 minutes and is rated G. For more information, call 251-470-7766.
* During Banned Books Week, Ben May Main Library will show "The Kite Runner" on Wednesday, September 26, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m.
* Mobile Mystery Dinners players present "Who Shot J.R?" on Saturday, September 29, 7 p.m. at Mobile's Carnival Museum, 355 Government Street. MMD now offers two admissions prices: with or without dinner. Admission fee is $62 per person with a meal and $35.32 per person without dinner. To make reservations to see the play AND a meal, go to www.mobilemysterydinners.com and for a reservation without a meal, call 251-232-9084.
* 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
* Sunny Side Theater's upcoming season includes Stuart Little, Mamma Mia, Cinderella, Junie B. Jones and Aladdin. For information, call Christopher Paragone 251-510-1808.
* Mobile Theatre Guild has announced the 2018-2019 schedule, which consists of "Southern Gothic: A Performance of Two One-Act Plays"--September 14-23, 2018; "Tom Jones"-- October 26-November 4, 2018; "The Dresser" --January 25-February 3, 2019; "Cotton Patch Gospel"--April 5-14, 2019; and "Boom"--June 7-23, 2019.
* Performances of the University of Mobile - Alabama School of The Arts's production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" will be Friday, September 14, 7 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 16, 2 p.m. at the University of Mobile Ram Hall. Tickets go on sale September 7 at 10 a.m. at www.itickets.com.
* Moorer/Spring Hill Library Branch continues its Herbie the Love Bug Film Series with "Herbie Rides Again" on September 15 at 2 p.m. The film runs 88 minutes and is rated G. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or emaill firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Theatre USA, 5751 USA S Drive, presents "Godspell" on weekends, September 28-October 6. For more information regarding tickets and ticket purchases, call the Theatre USA Box Office at 251.460.6306. Go to www.southalabama.edu/theatre for general information about Theatre USA.
* 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.
* "Tom Jones" at Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 N Lafayette Street, runs October 26-November 4, 2018.
* 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!"
* "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.
* Mobile Museum of Art, in partnership with Mobile County Commission, is organizing its second pop-up exhibition for Government Plaza. This opportunity is open to any artist in the Mobile area. Artists may submit up to 3 works of visual art, new media, photography, works on paper and small sculpture completed in the last 5 years and detailed in JPEG or video format. The deadline to submit work is NOVEMBER 1, 2018. For more information, contact Elizabet Elliott, Curator of Programs at email@example.com or 251-208-5237 or Stan Hackney, Curator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-208-5206.
* A reception will be held for Elaine Williams and her art,"Fabric Expressions," will be on exhibit at The Artists' Place Gallery, Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 7125 Hitt Road, is Sunday, September 16, 3-5 p.m.
* Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive is offering an "Intro to the Pottery Wheel with Angie King" on Thursdays, September 13, 5:30-8:30 p.m. For those who always want to try throwing clay on the pottery wheel but don't have much time--this is for you. Try this class that introduces beginners to working on the potter's wheel in three short sessions.The first two days will be spent throwing and the last day glazing the pieces. For more information, see the MMoA Facebook page or call Angela King, 251.208.5205.
* Mobile Arts Council Throwdown is Thursday, September 20, 2018, 5:30-9 p.m. This year The Throwdown is bigger and better than ever. Tickets are available at MAC website.
* Educators' Night Out at Mobile Museum of Art is Thursday, September 20 at 4:30-8:30 p.m. at the Museum, 4850 Museum Drive. The Museum has an evening planned especially for all educators to mingle and develop new, creative ideas to enrich their curricula. To sign up or for more information, contact Kim Wood at email@example.com, call 251-208-5212, or visit website. >> http://www.mobilemuseumofart.com/learn/art-ed/educators-night-out/
* "Voyages: Travel through the Ages" will be on display in the Rodning Gallery at Marx Library USA through September. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.
* 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.
* "Faces of India" exhibit of photography by Jelena Kryschun is in the Rodning Gallery--Marx Library at the University of South Alabama through September 30. Meet the Artist September 11, 4-6 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.
* 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
* Mobile Arts Council Throwdown is Thursday, September 20, 2018, 5:30-9 p.m. Attendees will enjoy live music by Yeah, Probably, food by Heroes and Royal Scam, beer by Haint Blue Brewing Company and additional beverages to ensure an entertaining evening. Tickets are available at MAC website.
* MAKE A NOTE: Indigo Dyeing and Shibori Workshop with Aaron Sanders Head, Saturday, October 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. In this workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of the ancient practice of indigo dyeing, along with the historic pattern making process known as shibori. Indigo is one of the oldest dyes used for textiles and printing, with many countries having used the plant and its brilliant blue color for centuries.
* 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.
* At 3 p.m. on September 11th, visitors to West Regional Library will have the opportunity to Meet, Greet & Read! with Reading PAWS, a Pet Therapy dog (and owner.) Guests can learn all about the dogs and the services they provide the community, as well as practice their reading skills with a four-legged friend. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Saturday, September 22, 9-10:15 a.m. Yoga with the Cats at 3152 Old Shell Road, Ste 2. Hosted by Project Purr and Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Yoga with the Cats allows participants to meet friendly cats and kittens to interact with during this fun yoga class. Ticket and information are at www.synergyoga.net. Class drop in rate is $12; seniors & students: $8. A portion of the proceeds goes to support Project Purr.
* On Saturday, September 29, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., a Fall Festival and Pet Blessing at St. Mary's By-The- Sea Episcopal Church, 4875 Highway 188, Coden. The Episcopal Church Women host this event every year to raise funds for the Church. They wonderful group who works hard on this event to make funds for many church and community needs. The Festival is family friendly, and there will be BBQ, Music, Children's Activities, Silent Auction, Mr. Music, Vendor Booths and Country Store--and more.
* 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
Some Senior Citizens' Activities:
* 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--September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6. . All senior adults in the community are invited to enjoy this time together.
* Members at Connie Hudson Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, have a Caribbean Day Dance scheduled Friday, September 21, 3-5 p.m. Tickets are donations at the door.
Events for Children/Teens/Families:
* Satsuma Public Library a Story Time Special on Wednesday, September 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Library. There will be story time, snacks and crafts for children of all ages.
*** "Talk Like a Pirate Day" at Ben May Main Library is September 19. Activities are planned for children of different ages, and are listed below:
* Talk Like a Pirate Day! Storytime for Preschoolers is at 10 a.m. Headstart programs, schools and families are invited to this Storytime in Bernheim Hall. The program consists of songs, stories and a Readers Theater tailored just for ages 4 to 7. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call the children’s department at 251-208-7086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* On September 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Talk Like a Pirate Day is a little different, as the celebration includes watching a classic pirate movie," Pan," on the big screen in Bernheim Hall. Pan is about an orphan boy discovers his destiny as Peter Pan in this fantasy prequel, as he is whisked away to an enchanted land to battle the fearsome pirate Blackbeard with the help of the warrior woman Tiger Lily and his friend James Hook. The film runs 111 minutes and is rated PG. Hot popcorn too! For more information, please call the children’s department at 208-7086 or email email@example.com
* On September 19, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. during "Talk Like a Pirate Day!" at Ben May Main Library, all aged children are encouraged to dress and talk like a pirate while checking out at the Circulation Desk and receive a skull and crossbones ring. Offer good while supplies last. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-208-7086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* First Day of Fall Party! at West Regional Library is Saturday, September 22, 2-4 p.m. The event is for all ages. The afternoon's activities include crafts, snacks and a special visit with Uncle Joe’s Rolling Zoo. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call the children’s department at 251-340-8571
* “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.
* Playhouse-in-the-Park's production of "Dracula" will run for school audiences on October 18, 19 & 25, 26. Public performances will be on October 19, 20 and 26, 27. All performances will be at the Playhouse., 4851 Museum Drive.
* 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.
* Art Does It's "Love Our Gulf " Youth Art Competition is open. The contest engages students to promote the need to preserve, protect and restore coastal resources. Youth artists are encouraged to present works reflecting or expressing an element, environment and the like.
* September 13, 4-5 p.m., children aged 8-13 can participate in "Kids Studio - Thank Goodness It's Thursday! at Ben May Main Library. The Alabama Contemporary Art Center offers them a chance to explore contemporary art and music through hands-on and minds-on activities that stimulate and deepen their understanding of art. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-208-7086 or email email@example.com.
* Teen Book Yak & Movie Snack is at 5:30 p.m. on September 13 at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Teens can "Enjoy the Book – Watch the Movie!" the movie being "The Duff" about a teen who is devastated to learn that her classmates consider her the "designated ugly fat friend." In response, she enlists a jock's help in regaining her confidence, and plots to dethrone the school's queen bee. The film runs 101 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Clean-Up Day at Whistler Historic Cemetery is Saturday, September 15, 7-10 a.m. For more information, contact April Brockmiller via her Facebook page.
* 31st Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup is Saturday, September 15, 8 a.m.-noon. Help clean Alabama’s coastal waterways and beaches on Saturday, September 15. More than 87,000 volunteers have assisted in this event since Alabama joined the International Coastal Cleanup in 1987. Volunteers are needed by foot and by boat. If you or your organization may be interested in participating, contact the zone captain in the area of your choice for more details – or you may call 251-928-9792 for general information.
* 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. Organizers say, "If we can get at least 60 people to show up we could knock whole cemetery out in just a few hours, get at least 5 people on each road.. please let's make this happen.. did it a few years ago with 20 or so people and got a lot done, maybe we can get some area churches to maybe do sandwich or something for lunch or something"
History (Exhibits, events, activities, books)
* "Making Alabama, A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit," presented by Alabama Humanities Foundation, displays 200 years of Alabama history--and beyond--will be at Toulminville Branch, 601 Stanton Road, Saturday, September 8 through September 29. For more information, call 251-438-7075.
* On Wednesday, September 12, 4-7 p.m., the USA Archaeology Museum offers something extra--Archaeology After Hours: Museum Extended Hours with Guided Tours--at USA Archaeology Museum, 6052 USA Drive South, Mobile. So, if one cannot make it to a weekend events or during the week at regular operating hours, this After Hours event is ideal. There will be 20-minute introductory guided tours of the Museum at 5 p.m. and at 6 p.m. Visitors are also welcome to tour the museum at their leisure if one of these times does not fit with their schedule. Admission is free.
* On Wednesday, September 12, 4-7 p.m., the USA Archaeology Museum offers something extra--Archaeology After Hours: Museum Extended Hours with Guided Tours--at USA Archaeology Museum, 6052 USA Drive South, Mobile. So, if one cannot make it to a weekend events or during the week at regular operating hours, this After Hours event is ideal. There will be 20-minute introductory guided tours of the Museum at 5 p.m. and at 6 p.m. Visitors are also welcome to tour the museum at their leisure if one of these times does not fit with their schedule. Admission is free.
* The History Museum of Mobile at 111 South Royal Street, presents Learning Lunch, Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at noon features Auburn University professor and author Dr. Mark Wilson who will discuss the life of George Petrie. 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.
* The History Museum of Mobile, 111 South Royal Street, presents The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion September 14 - December 30, 2018 .
* On September 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., members of the Tristan de Luna Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be at Mobile Public Library's Local History and Genealogy Division to assist visitors with their questions and research for documentation concerning their ancestors. For more information, call 251-208-7093.
* On Tuesday, September 18, 3:30-4:15 p.m., an after-school program at USA Archaeology Museum children and their parents be an "Archaeologist for an Afternoon (and learn): All About Artifacts." USA Archaeology Museum is at 6052 USA Drive South, Mobile. "Archaeologist for an Afternoon" is a special program geared towards students in grades 3 and up and their parents. Children will learn the basics of archaeology and have the opportunity to practice skills used by real archaeologists by participating in a fun artifact analysis lab activity.
* Jubilee! Family Day at the USA Archaeology Museum is Saturday, September 22, noon-3 p.m. at USA Archaeology Museum, 6052 USA Drive South, Mobile. This event will feature a read-aloud and book signing by author Karyn Tunks at 1 p.m. and families can join in before or after the read-aloud for fun craft activities. The event is free and open to everyone, but for those who do plan to attend, email Candice at firstname.lastname@example.org so that there will be enough craft supplies for all.
* "Octavia Walton LeVert: Civil War Years," an event hosted by Historic Oakleigh House Museum and Historic Mobile Preservation Society, is Thursday, September 27 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Historic Oakleigh House Museum, 350 Oakleigh Place. The public is invited to join author Paula Webb as she shares new and exciting discoveries about Octavia Walton LeVert and the LeVert family during and after the Civil War. For tickets and other information, go to www.historicmobile.org.
* "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.
Artists and Crafters:
* 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.
* Ten65 Arts and Crafts Market, hosted by Mobile Arts Council on October 5 and 6 at Cathedral Square, 300 Conti Street. If you are interested in applying as a vendor? Only personally handmade arts and crafts products are eligible. See website https://mobilearts.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/TEN-SIXTY-FIVE-ARTS-AND-CRAFTS-MARKET-1.pdf
* Marion Deane Drummond Lecture Series Inaugural Event is Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.On Saturday, September 22nd, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the series will launch in true Marion style! Sponsored by the Spring Hill Garden Club and the Mobile County Commission, this day will be filled with wonderful speakers and fabulous food by Georgia Roussos Catering. Dr. Brian Axsmith will speak in the morning and Dr. Dave Creech will round out the afternoon. Lunch and a special mid-afternoon dessert reception will allow for gracious time to visit with Marion’s friends and family from Baton Rouge and beyond who will make their way to Mobile joining us for what will surely be a wonderful day. Admission for members is $30; for non-members $35.
* The Dauphin Island Plant Sale and Give-Away is Saturday, October 6. Sponsored by the Town of Dauphin Island, the event brings together multiple vendors offering for sale a wide variety of indoor and outdoor plants, trees, shrubs, sea oats and much more while Dauphin Island property owners can take home FREE plants. The Plant Sale will be held in front of Green Park, 9 a.m.-noon.
* 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 Nov. 1, our Mum Watch Page will give viewers daily updates on our website, bellingrath.org. For details, call 251-973-2217.
* On October 6th, from 5:30-8 p.m., there'll be a Harvest Moon Pageant and Festival at the 4th Annual Middleton Farms Pumpkin Patch. (See pageant application at www.middletonfarmstours.com for more details.) After the winners are crowned, everyone will put on dancing shoes to dance the night away and enjoy the Pumpkin Patch under the Harvest Moon.
* Lori Bosarge with Coastal Response Center, South Bay Project, Community Center's SwampFest on Saturday, September 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. reminds antique vehicles that a part of the 8th Annual SwampFest is a car, truck and rat road show. The event is at CRC, 7385 Highway6 188, Coden. For more information, call Bosarge at 251-206-9990.
* 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.
Field Trip Information:
* GulfQuest 2018 Educator Preview Night is Thursday, September 13, 4-7 p.m. During this private educators-only event, teachers can learn all about what GulfQuest has to offer, enjoy complementary refreshments, book a field trip for students and enter to win a free field trip for a class of 25. RSVP to Amy Raby, Education Manager, at email@example.com or call 251-202-6311.
* The Joe Jefferson Players William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, "Othello The Moor Of Venice," show runs weekends in November; school performances will be announced later.
* The Playhouse in the Park production "Dracula" runs for school audiences on October 18, 19 & 25, 26. All performances will be at the Playhouse, 4851 Museum Drive.
* The Playhouse in the Park's "Babes in Toyland" December 4 and 5, 2018 at the Saenger Theater for school audiences.
Veterans, military, first responders, 9/11 events:
* "Snack Bags for Troops," hosted by Rihner, Gupta & Grosz Cardiology, P.C. and Dixie Rear Detachment, is Saturday, September 15, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Rihner, Gupta & Grosz Cardiology, P.C., 600 Providence Park Drive East, Mobile, will be packing 1,200 individual treat bags for deployed service members. This month's treats will be: microwave popcorn, life savers roll, granola bar, and beef stick. Dixie Rear Detachment will hold the 2nd POW/MIA Ceremony and Vietnam Veterans Commemoration at the Bay Minette Civic Center on 15 September.
* On September 17, 1 p.m., the public is invited to the USS Alabama on Battleship Parkway to celebrate the signing of the US Constitution. Guests are asked to arrive at 12:30 p.m. and be seated before 12:45 p.m. This event is a project of Olive J. Dodge Elementary School PACE students to honor the official founding of our country and sacrifices of the patriots. The park has a $2 vehicle admission fee. Tickets for the ship tour are sold at the gift shop.
* 2018 Veteran's Family Camp, hosted by Team River Runner-South Alabama is September 28, 4 p.m.-September 30, 3 p.m. The family-centric veteran's wellness camp emphasizing independence, mental and physical wellness, and family support. is at 11081 Wanda Drive, Mobile; tickets are at docs.google.com.
* 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. The event will take place at Parkway S.A.I.L. Center, 1600 Boykin Boulevard at Dauphin Island Parkway. All citizens of Mobile and surrounding area are invited and encouraged to attend the ceremony honoring one of our military heroes.
* 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. Attendeess can enjoy patrioric 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.
Fall Festivals/Halloween/Pumpkin Patches:
* Pumpkin Patch events at Christ United Methodist Church, 6101 Grelot Road, will kick off on Sunday, September 30 with Food Truck Sunday, and will be open daily until 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."
* Church at the Bayou Annual Family Fall Fest is Wednesday, October 3, 6-8 p.m., 11960 Argyle Road, Irvington. Ogranizers promise, "This is going to be a huge event for our community, so do not miss it. There will be food, games, prizes, trunk or treat, and MORE!!! Bring your lawn chair and get ready to have some fun!! FREE ADMISSION!"
* 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.
* 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 6, 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.
* 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.firstname.lastname@example.org. The Patch is located at the corner of Catherine and Dauphin streets in the parking lot across from the church.
* 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.
* 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.)
* Friday night, October 26, 6-8 p.m., Tanner Williams Assembly of God , 14440 Tanner Williams Road, will hold its Annual Harvest Festival , described as one of the largest events in the Tanner Williams Community. 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.
* 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.
* 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."
SAVE THE DATE for these decidedly Christmas/holiday events:
* A Country Christmas Information Meeting, hosted by Citizens For A Better Grand Bay and Grand Bay Country Christmas, is scheduled for Thursday, September 13, 6-7 p.m. at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 US Highway 90, Grand Bay.
* 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 email@example.com.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* Saraland United Methodist Church Serve Sunday is October 21, 2018. Teams will go out into the community from 9-12 or later to do yardwork, sing at nursing homes, take care baskets to hospitals, visit shut-ins. Patricia Hopper is leading a team that will drive to the Saraland and Satsuma schools, walk around each and pray for the teachers, stafff, children.
Congratulations, good job, thank you:
* McKemie Place Emergency Shelter for Homeless Women offers thanks to all who volunteered, donated, or in any way, contributed to the benefit of the shelter. Below are just a few of them:
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* HRIS/Compensation Payroll Area of Infirmary Health for collecting #wishlist items.
* Tanner Williams United Methodist Church whose members donated some much-needed laundry detergent on August 13.
* Pathway Church for donations from #wishlist donations on August 17.
* Members from Orchard Assembly, who brought sack lunches and gift bags for McKemie guests on August 25.
* Eliza Carroll from Great Clips for donating her time and services to make sure all McKemie guests have "amazing hair!"
* Boo at Bellingrath Gardens is Saturday, October 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Many visitors, including Trick-or-Treaters, are expected to visit Bellingrath's family-friendly event, and there is a need for groups to "Sign up today to be a Treater." Contact Angela Strickland, Director of Special Events, at 251.459.8868 or email@example.com.
* The seniors at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, need a little help. They are working on handmade crafts for their annual bazaar, and among the items they especially need are yarn, craft dolls and stands for dolls shapes and sizes. Donors can drop off items at the Grand Bay Community Center or call for pick-up. For more information, call 251-865-4010.
* Be sure to check McKemie Place needs on #WishlistWednesday on Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter accounts.