Community Activities and events January 12 for January 13-19, 2020
** COMMUNITY NEEDS:
* February 1st is the cut-off day for donations Mobile SPCA Spring Rummage Sale on March 13 and March 14. So, clean out those closets, drawers and storage units and donate it to the Mobile SPCA dogs and cats. Some of the best sellers are jewelry, tools, antiques, home decor, rock and roll albums, CDs and electronics. SPCA accepts rummage 5 days a week so bring your donations soon. Donation hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 to 5:00 ~ Thursday 8:30 to noon ~ Saturday 10 to 3. SPCA is at 620 Zeigler Circle W, Mobile.
** FOR INFORMATION:
* Lynn Harrell, Social Worker Senior, Tobacco Control Co-ordinator for Alabama Department of Public Health, is available to conduct free presentations to Semmes groups and organizations. Her topic is the effects of Second Hand Smoke and Vaping. Her email is email@example.com; her office number is 251-847-6826.
** MARDI GRAS ACTIVITIES:
* Satsuma Public Library announced that tickets for the Satsuma Mardi Gras Ball 2020 are now available to purchase at the Satsuma Public Library. The Ball is January 24, 7-11 p.m. at Steele Creek Lodge. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. A table may be reserved for the purchase of 8 tickets for a cost of $200 (RESERVED TABLE- all 8 tickets must be purchased at same time for table to be reserved - first come first served.) Music will be by the Excelsior Band and Bo Grant (formerly of The Platters.) The dance is sponsored by Satsuma Public Library Foundation and all funds raised will go to Satsuma Public Library. For more information, call 251-679-0700. Extra added attractions: Vote for King and Queen, Split the Pot and door prizes.
* It's Mardi Gras time at Innova Arts, 1803 Old Shell Road. On January 24, 5-7 p.m., there'll be a book-signing by Wayne and Doris Dean and music by Jim Wainwright.
* "Make & Take" at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library is January 25, 10 a.m.-noon. All ages can stop by the Library and make their own Mardi Gras masks. For more information, call 251-494-4140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* At 1 p.m. on January 25, the Krewe de la Dauphine will parade on Dauphin Island.
* Dauphin Island People's Parade is February 1. Several categories have been added in which awards will be given. Among them are the Best Band, Best Decorated Vehicle and Best in Show. The Marshall Award will be chosen on theme, overall character, decorations and enthusiam. The parade is open to Foot Marchers, Truck Bands, Dance Troupes, Performance Groups, Recognized Equestrian Groups, Floats and Trailers, Boats on Trailers, Vehicles, Motocycle Groups/Clubs and more. Applications are available on the Town website. For more information, contact City Hall.
* The Mystic Krewe of Salty Paws (Dauphin Island) will hold the 6th Annual Parade on Saturday, February 8, 2020. This event is being sponsored by the Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce and is a fundraiser for the Animal Rescue Foundation. This will also be an adoption day for ARF. Registration will be available online via EventBrite. Anyone wishing to register the day of the parade may do so at the registration table that will be located at the water tower.
* On Thursday, February 13, 2020, 5-7:30 p.m., United Way of Southwest Alabama, is hosting "A Night of Revelry: Celebrating Mobile's 40 Under 40." Guests are invited to "Grab your family then make your way downtown to the United Way of Southwest Alabama office (218 St. Francis Street, 36602) to celebrate 2019 Mobile Bay Monthly’s 40 Under 40 and then out to the street to catch the Order of Polka Dots Parade. Refreshments will be provided and restrooms are available. RSVP to https://uwswa-el-revelry2.eventbrite.com by February 7th if you plan to attend. For more information contact, United Way of Southwest Alabama at 251.433.3623 or email@example.com. Tickets are at www.eventbrite.com.
* Mobile Arts Council, Room 1927 Joachim Street, Mobile presents the Mystic Squirrels of Bienville parade on Sunday, February 23, 2020, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Want to parade as the adorable squirrel tricksters of Bienville Square? Registration for the Mystic SOBs is open now through Thursday, February 6th. Membership is limited to the first 100 applicants. Members must be 21 years of age or older. Membership includes an exclusive Mystic SOB mask, a signed Mardi Gras squirrel print, a sign-crafting social session on Sunday, February 16th at 2 p.m., a pre- and post-parade private party at Mobile Arts Council (includes food & drink), marching as a Mystic SOB in the People’s Parade, and peanut parade throws provided by A&M Peanut Shop! Register in-person at Mobile Arts Council or online: https://mobilearts.z2systems.com/np/clients/mobilearts/event.jsp?event=962&**
* Mark your Calendar: Saraland Mardi Gras Association Krewe of Sparta's Inaugural Parade is at noon, March 2, 2019. The Krewe's Ball will be March 2 at 7 p.m. at Steele Creek Lodge. For information, contact Jon C. Coster, President Saraland Mardi Gras Association, “Krewe of Sparta,” SMGALife@gmail.com or 251-455-0109.
On Monday, January 20, 9 a.m.-noon, South Brookley United Methodist Church, 3755 Dauphin Island Parkway, will join the DIP Ministerial Association for MLK Day of Service on the Parkway.
* Mobile United's 6th Annual MLK Day of Service Cleanup 2020 is Saturday, January 18, 2020, 8:30-11 a.m. Tickets by Eventbrite; General Admission. The community is invited to Mobile United's Natural Resources Committee, along with Mobile Baykeeper, Alabama Coastal Foundation, Dog River Clear Water Revival, and Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, for a day of service on Saturday, January 18, 2020. This year, the organizations will be focusing all of their efforts on cleaning up Eslava Creek. All participants should meet for check-in/registration in the parking lot of Springdale Mall (3250 Airport Blvd), in front of the old Burlington Coat Factory. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by guest speakers and a safety debriefing. The cleanup will be held from 9-11 a.m. There are several clean-up sites; for more information, contact Mobile United at 251-432-1638.
* MLK Jr Day of Service in Chickasaw, sponsored by Chickasaw Christian Community, is Saturday, January 18 at Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street. Volunteer Breakfast is at 8 a.m.
* Christmas Tree recycling drop-off sites are operating in Mobile through January 18, 2020. They are open daily 7 a.m.-5 p.m. All trees must be free of lights, stands and decorations. Drop-off locations in Mobile are Lake Drive Tricentennial Park, 2121 Lake Drive; James Seals Park, 540 Texas Street; Baumhauer-Randle Park, 1909 Duval Street; Dog River Park, 2459 Dog River Drive N; Pinehill Recycling Center, 308 Pinehill Drive; Medal of Honor Park, 1711 Hillcrest Road; Langan Park (Municipal Park), 4901 Zeigler Blvd. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* On Monday, January 20, 9 a.m.-noon, South Brookley United Methodist Church, 3755 Dauphin Island Parkway, will join the DIP Ministerial Association for MLK Day of Service on the Parkway.
* Mobile County Commission presents Tire Recycling Day and Operation Clean Sweep on January 25, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at North Mobile County Industrial Park. Photo ID is required; event is open to Mobile County residents only.
** SENIOR CITIZENS:
* Members at Connie Hudson Senior Center have a chance to be a part of SCALE BACK ALABAMA, is a free statewide weight-loss campaign designed to encourage Alabamians to get healthy and to have fun while doing it. Since the first challenge in 2007, Alabamians have lost more than one million pounds! The Weigh-in week is January 20-January 26, 2020 and the Weigh-out week is April 6-April 12, with a final event on April 21, 2020. The Center is at 3201 Hillcrest Road; phone is 251-208-6701.
* Our Lady of Lourdes Knights of Columbus and Parkway Senior Center Foundation are sponsoring the 11th Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, January 25, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The dinner, which benefits Parkway Senior Center, is on Boykin Boulevard at Dauphin Island Parkway. The cost is $7, dine in or carry out. For information or to donate an item for the Silent Auction, email email@example.com.
* Connie Hudson Senior Center offers members can participate in "Beading Buddies" instructed by Harriet Niehart on Mondays, 9:45-11:45 a.m. The Center is at 3201 Hillcrest Road and is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
* Chickasaw Seniors Adult Movie and Dinner on a winter night with Friends is Tuesday January 14th. The van will leave the Civic Center at 2:30 p.m. For information, call 251-452-6462. For details/reservations, call Stephanie Stewart, 251-452-6464.
* A free one-day workshop, "Grandparents Raising GrandChildren," presented by Area Agency on Aging is Monday, January 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road. Registration is required; contact Violetta Simpson, 251-706-4633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* A free "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Workshop" will be held at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 US Highway 90 on Tuesday, January 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The workshop offers support and resources for those who find themselves acting as parents to their grandchildren. Find out what resources are available and get the help you need to balance the needs of your retirement and the needs of your grandchildren.
* On Mondays, February 3, 10 and 17 at 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., the Alabama Extension will host "Urban SNAP-ED, Making Nutrition Easy, Tasty & Affordable" classes at the Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, Grand Bay. This event offers eEducation for youth and adults about managing food dollars, making wise food choices, and preparing safe, healthy foods. Kick start the new year and learn how to eat healthy on a budget, plus hands-on demonstrations for healthy snacks & recipes. The complete course is offered through 7 classes. Door prizes and more. NOTE: There will not be a class on Jan 20th due to the holiday, but classes will be held each Monday at 10:30 a.m.
* "Celebrate Our Seniors! 2020" is Thursday, February 6, 11:30 a.m. at the Via Center, 1717 Dauphin Street. Hundreds of seniors and business and community leaders come together to celebrate the Greatest Generation at the Via Center. The event includes lunch, a senior motivational speaker, our annual Celebrate Seniors video and presentation of the Arlene F. Mitchell Award for Volunteer Service. Tickets are $50, and reserved tables of 8 can be purchased for $500. To vendors: This event is an excellent way to market your products and services to the senior community. Go to http://viamobile.org/images/2020SponsorLevels.pdf.
* Let the Good Times Roll! Connie Hudson Senior Center Seniors are looking forward to a Mardi Gras Dance, February 7, 2020, 6-9 p.m. For ticket information, call 251-208-6701 or email email@example.com. The Center is at 3201 Hillcrest Road.
* Seniors, Mark Your Calendar! A Valentine's Day Fashion Show is planned for Connie Hudson Senior Center members on February 14, 2-4 p.m. For ticket information, call 251-208-6701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Center is at 3201 Hillcrest Road.
** CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE:
* Saraland Chamber of Commerce January membership luncheon is Thursday, January 14th, 11:45 a.m. at Saraland Civic Center, 716 Mae Street. Guest Speaker will be Kristi Bush of KNB Communications. Luncheon will be catered by Tyner's; cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members.
* Chickasaw Chamber of Commerce January Luncheon Thursday, January 16, 2020, 11:45-1 p.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street. Municipal Judge Ella Byrd will swear in the new Board of Directors and be the guest speaker for the afternoon. Lunch will be complimentary.
* Coffee with the Chamber, hosted by SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, 5055 Carol Plantation Road, is Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Business sponsor is Payroll Vault-- great networking opportunities, hot coffee and refreshments. FREE to attend.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala is Friday, January 31, 2020, 6:30-9 p.m. RSVP by January 10th by contacting the Chamber Office 251.666.2488. Tickets are $25 per person. The event will be held at the Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. For more information, email@example.com or 251.666.2488.
* Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s 183rd Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, February 5 starting at 5 p.m. at the Mobile Convention Center and presented by Trustmark Bank. Tickets are $60 per person. Get your tickets now by calling 251-431-8606 or order securely online at events.mobilechamber.com.
* Save the Date: Chickasaw Chamber of Commerce February Luncheon is Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street. Lunch will be complimentary.
* Fleet Feet X Saucony Winter Dozen Challenge, hosted by Fleet Feet Mobile, 3972 Airport Boulevard, Mobile, continues. Show Up strong in 2020 with the Winter Dozen Challenge; join thousands of runners nationwide in running or walking three times each week (for a minimum of 10 minutes each session) during the challenge. At the end of four weeks and 12 runs or walks, earn your Winter Dozen Challenge badge to show off! BONUS: The first 25 finishers who show their badge at their local Fleet Feet starting February 3 receive a Show Up Fleet Feet x BOCO trucker hat, a 2020 running calendar poster, and an exclusive $10 off Saucony footwear reward. Visit fleetfeet.com/winterdozen for more information and winter running tips.
* On Thursday, January 23, 8:30-9:30 a.m., there's a Free Yoga Class with Melanie Kaufman at Red Beard's Outfitter, 4354 Old Shell Road. Whether you've never tried yoga before or you're an expert, swing by for a fun and free session. The class is open to all skill levels. A limited number of mats are available to borrow on a first-come basis.
* The Charity Chase 2020 is Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 8 a.m.-noon at O'Daly's Irish Pub, 564 Dauphin Street. Tickets are at raceroster.com. So, Mark your Calendars and get ready for a 5K like no other as 10 local charities compete to raise funds, increase awareness and build excitement for their cause. $20 of every registration will go directly to the participant's charity of choice and runners will compete to win additional donations by winning the race ($1,000) or placing in their age division ($50.)
* Save the Date! 6th Annual Caring for Caryn's Kids 5K/1 Mile Fun Run, presented by Caryn's Kids 2027 and The Grounds, will be Saturday, February 29, 2020, 6 a.m.-noon at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road N. Visit event site for information about sponsorships, registration and more.
* The Battle of Mobile Bay 5K, benefiting Historic Fort Gaines on Daupin Island, is set for Saturday February 15, 2020 at 8:10 a.m. at Fort Gaines. Pre-register by mail (entries should be postmarked by February 8th), in person at McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri, or Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope until noon on February 13 or online until 4 a.m. February 14.
* Join the crowd on the streets of Mobile on Saturday, March 28, 2020 for the 43nd Annual Azalea Trail Run (ATR), one of the premier 10K road races in the United States and the 2011 RRCA National 10K Championship. The event also includes 5K and 2K runs. All of the courses are flat and extremely fast. See mybestruns.com.
** GALAS, FUN, FUNDRAISERS, WORKSHOPS AND OTHER EVENTS:
* Viewing the Winter Sky at Bellingrath Gardens is January 15, 2020 at 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore. Those attending Bellingrath's Winter Wednesday will have the opportunity for an evening of stargazing on the Great Lawn with members of the faculty in the Physics Department at the University of South Alabama. Telescopes will be set up to view planets and constellations. Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars and flashlights. The event is free for members and $14.00 for non-members. Reservations are required for the event; call 251-459-8868.
* "Real Talk For Real Women," hosted by Junior League of Mobile, 57 N Sage Avenue, is Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 5:30-8 p.m. All women are invited to this open event! (You do not have to be a JLM member to participate.) The event is open to the community and the ticket price is $15. This is a 21 and older event. Space is limited to 200. Tickets are available at: https://www.juniorleaguemobile.org/junior-league-of-mobile-presents-real-talk-for-real-women/ The evening will provide women an opportunity to visit with health partner vendors, have screenings (blood pressure, skin checks, etc.), network with other women, and hear from a panel of female doctors on the most pressing women’s health issues. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Exciting News for all of Mobile County! Every 3rd THURSDAY of the month, GulfQuest 155 S. Royal Street, is extending its hours and offering FREE Admission to all Mobile County Residents (with a valid ID.) First 3rd Thursday of the year starts JANUARY 16th from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
* "Dinosaurs Around The World" Grand Opening is Saturday, Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government St, Mobile, Alabama. Dinosaurs Around the World takes you back in time on a dinosaur adventure and a tour of an Earth very different from today – a time before the continents as we know them existed, when lush landscapes covered Africa and greenery was the norm in Antarctica! With advanced animatronics, a multi-layered narrative, fossils, authentic casts, cutting-edge research and immersive design elements you’ll experience the Age of Reptiles as it comes to life!
* "Wine Tasting Across The Roman Empire" is January 16, 5-7 p.m. at the History Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street. This is an exclusive event where attendees will learn about the history of wine and sample 6 different wines from countries that were once under the Roman Empire. Firehouse Wine Bar & Shop will provide tastings and short histories about the types of wine you would find in the Roman Empire and the impacts their wine making has on us today. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, To purchase tickets online, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-tasting-across-the-roman-empire-tickets-86937395089. This event is limited to 50 guests.
* JLM Admissions Open House, hosted by Junior League of Mobile, is Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 6 p.m. at 57 N. Sage Avenue, Mobile. To learn more about JLM, please visit, https://www.juniorleaguemobile.org/membership/
* Alabama March 2020 Primary Candidates' Forum will be held at Ben May Main Library on January 22, 6-8 p.m. Get to Know the Candidates--The Delta Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. invites you to its Alabama March 2020 Primary Candidates' Forum. For more information, please contact 251-340-1458 or 251-340-1478. A reception will be held in the Armbrecht/Briskman Meeting Room from 5 – 5:45 p.m. Forum will begin at 6 p.m. in Bernheim Hall. Collaborators for this event are the Mobile Chapter of the NAACP, Mobile League of Women Voters, Revelation Missionary Baptist Church, the Mobile Public Library and the Port City Chapter of Blacks in Government.
* Bellingrath Gardens and Home's Winter Wednesday program on January 22, 10:30-11:30 a.m. is "Environmental filmmaker and writer Ben Raines." The award-winning director and environmental writer will give an update on his latest adventures, including the discovery of the Clotilda, the last known slave ship to arrive in the United States. Reservations are required; call 251-459-8868. This program will fill up fast . Bellingrath is at 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore.
* FUSE is offering two events on January 23: Second annual Senior Bowl Summit from 8 a.m.-noon at The Saenger Theatre; see practice from 12:30-2:30 pm (North) and 3-5 p.m. (South) at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Practices are free and open to the public. End the day at Soul Kitchen Music Hall for Fuse Project's Lip Sync Battle, the most unforgettable fundraising experience! Select teams made up of community members will #performforapurpose before a panel of celebrity judges and peers. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. Check out the full weekend line up on FUSE FB. See below.
* FUSE plans to WOW the Gulf Coast community with its inaugural Lip Sync Battle presented by Infirmary Health on Thursday, January 23rd at Soul Kitchen. So get your LSB tickets NOW before the prices are RAISED from $25 to $35 on New Year's Day. You don't want to be stuck at home Thursday night of Senior Bowl Week while your friends are witnessing their peers #performingforapurpose.
* Quacks & Crafts (And Splash)!- Brewery Tour, hosted by Gulf Coast Ducks, 150 S Royal Street, and The Fort of Colonial Mobile, is Thursday, January 23, 2020, 7-9 p.m. Hop aboard and enjoy two stops at the newest local breweries downtown, Braided River Brewing & Old Majestic Brewing! Ticket includes a splash in Mobile River & beer tasting at each stop. ADULT ADMISSION ONLY, MUST BE 21 TO RIDE! There is limited availability. Tickets are at gulfcoastducks.com. Ticket sales within 1 hour of tour start time are available for purchase in our gift shop at The Fort of Colonial Mobile at 150 S. Royal Street. Call 251-525-6933 with questions. Arrive 30 minutes early and bring a photo ID to claim your tickets.
* Mobile Flea Market, 401 Schillinger Road N, is bringing in the New Year by hosting Fruitcake Ttoss and Ugly Sweater Competition on Saturday, January 25, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. In-person registration will begin at 9 a.m. the day of the event (January 25th) at Mobile Flea Market’s main office. You can also register beforehand, online through Facebook and Eventbrite. Participants will need to BYOFC (Bring your own Fruitcake), which must be bigger than a softball and wrapped in cellophane to be qualified for the competition. The Fruitcake Toss event will be split into two categories: 1) The Most Creative Toss, 2) The Longest Toss. Patrons may participate in all competitions, but must have individual cakes for each of the Toss competitions.
* On January 29, Bellingrath's Winter Wednesday program features "Architect George B. Rogers: His Career in Retrospect." The event is at 10:30-11:30 a.m. The event is free for members and $14 for non-members. Reservations are requested; call 251-459-8868.
* Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 6:30-10 p.m., the Mobile Big Band Society Valentine Dinner Dance will be held at Mobile Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 S Water Street. Tickets are by Eventbrite.
* Cooks? Learn how to use an InstaPot/Pressure Cooker to help you prepare your meals quicker and tastier--Instapot/Pressure Cooking with Francois, an event for all ages, is February 15 and on February 29, 4-5 p.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. For more information, call 251-494-4132 or email email@example.com.
* Sunday, February 16, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Gulf Coast Ducks is hosting "The Last Siege--Historical Civil War Tour and Book Signing." Gulf Coast Ducks, in collaboration with local author Paul Brueske, presents a historical tour examining Mobile's Civil War history. Travel back to in time to explore the 1865 Mobile Campaign and other pertinent Civil War events that occurred in the Mobile Bay area. The public is invited to this hour long adventure featuring a splash in Mobile River and enjoy a meet-and-greet book-signing with Brueske at The Fort of Colonial Mobile afterwards. Tickets are at gulfcoastducks.com. Price is as follows: $29 Adults; $16 Children (3-12), $3 Infants Under 3. A copy of the book "The Last Siege" is available with your ticket purchase for $32.95. Ticket sales within 1 hour of tour start time are available for purchase in our gift shop at The Fort of Colonial Mobile at 150 S. Royal Street. Call 251-525-6933 with questions. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early and bring a photo ID to claim your tickets. Please check your spam folder for your confirmation email. Confirmation email is not required to claim tickets; we only need an ID.
* Daughters of the Nile Taco Night Social, hosted by Abba Shrine Events and Abba Shrine Craft & Attic Show, 7701 Hitt Road, is Friday, February 21, 2020 at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 per person -all you can eat -beef or chicken tacos. There's also a Silent Auction
* The February 26th Winter Wednesday at Bellingrath Gardens and Home is "Camellia Waxing." And flower (camellia) lovers can join Dr. Brenda Litchfield to learn about the fun of waxing camellias and other flowers. After guests have seen her demonstration, the will be able to wax their own blooms; bring one or two camellias to wax. The class is from 10:30–11:30 a.m. and is free for members and $14 for non-members. Reservations are requested; call 251-459-8868.
* Circle this Date on your calendar: Mobile Chocolate Festival to benefit Penelope House for victims of domestic violence is Saturday, February 27, 2020, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Abba Shrine, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile. This is a Family Fun event - $3 general admission, $2 for seniors 65 and older; Seniors 65 & above, Children 13 and under are free. Proceeds benefit Penelope House, whose mission is to provide safety, protection, and support to the victims of Domestic Violence and their children through the provision of shelter, advocacy, and individual and community education.
* Saraland Lions Club 12th Annual Pancake Breakfast is March 14th at Catfish Junction, Industrial Parkway, Saraland. (NEW This year: Country Breakfast, serving Pancakes, Sausage, Eggs, Grits, Drinks.) Tickets are available from any Saraland Lions member. In addition to the Lions, several other non-profit groups will benefit from Pancake Breakfast proceeds and will have tickets for sale. These groups include Boy Scouts Troop 113, New Pilgrim Baptist Church, Schools' Archery Teams, Fountain Of Life Church, Schools' Bands, City League Baseball and Schools' Leo Clubs.
** HOW NICE/THANK YOU/CONGRATULATIONS:
Assistance League Mobile recently received a grant from the Mobile Bar Association for use in ALM Assault Survivor Program, which provides clothing and hygiene items to victims of assault. Assistance League is a philanthropic organization whose members contribute many donations and hours of service to the Mobile area and are very grateful for the MBA grant.
There's always time to say "Thank You." And Bellingrath Gardens & Home does so, reporting that "The generous contribution from our corporate sponsor, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. UNITED, supports garden enhancements, special events, educational programs and capital projects." To learn more about the Corporate Partners program, click here: https://bellingrath.org/experie…/corporate-partners-program/
Congratulations to Dr. Bill Barrick, Executive Director Emeritus, who will receive the Mobile Arts Council's Lifetime Achievement Award in the Artys! The ceremony will take place at the Steeple on Saint Francis on Thursday, February 6, from 6 to 9 p.m.
** ARTS/CRAFTS/GARAGE SALES
* Fort Gaines Campground residents have set the date for their Annual Garage and Crafts Sale as February 15, 9 a.m.-noon at the Campground Pavilion. To set up a table, call Debbie Brown, 330-424-8844.
* "Learning How to Draw" is presented at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive on Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. through March 7. If you have long held the desire to learn how to draw then this class is for you. And also, for those intermediate and advanced students who simply wish to take their drawing skills to a higher level. Feel the magic of creating “value” as your flower drawing slowly emerges and comes to life with shape, form, depth and dimension. Instructor is Derek Norman. Fee for MBG members $125; for non-members $150. To register, email MBG call (251)342-0555.
* Mobile Museum of Art is currently reaching out to the area arts community for help in restoring a commemorative quilt with ribbons, embroidery and images, all of which relate to Mobile and its civic and public organizations and cultural history. There is no value in storing works of art in a museum that cannot be viewed by the public. That’s why Mobile Museum of Art made a concerted effort to find the funds to have the crazy quilts currently on view in ALL AMERICAN from the Collection lovingly conserved and restored. The fundraising goal for this quilt is $15,000 to complete a full-year restoration by a professional textile conservator. Consider making a donation for the restoration of this Mobile treasure. Once its material and integrity are restored, it will take its rightful place as one of the most beautiful and expertly crafted works of art produced in our city.
* "Stage to Street: A Study of Dance & Motion" is Friday, January 17, 6:30-9 p.m. at Central Art Sanctuary, 1260 Dauphin Street. There is an Opening Reception for Artist Stephanie Morris and Photographer Richard Dollison with Live Performance by Kinetics Dance Company of Davidson High School. Additional paintings by Anna-Marie Babington will also be on view. The ArtSanctuary is at the church with the turquoise doors; us the parking lot entrance.
* "War in Heaven" ~ Jackson, Mississippi artist Russ Farris' Art Talk & Reception at USA Libraries Art Galleries, 5901 USA Drive N., Saturday, January 18, 2020, 3-5 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
* Mobile Museum of Art's upcoming special exhibitions include An Art Historian Collects: The David E. Brauer Collection; Southern Masters II: Marion “Pinky” Bass, Ruth Miller, & Miriam N. Omura; and Dori DeCamillis: READ MY MIND. A Members-Only Opening Reception is Thursday, February 6, 6 - 8 p.m. The exhibits are all opening to the public on February 7, 2020.
* On February 11th, 2020, the community is invited to USA Art Galleries, 5901 USA Drive N. for a fun night of Art, Music and Cupcakes! The event features Ryan Balthrop and is presented by USA Libraries and Southern Window Art. The schedule is as follows: 5 p.m. - Explore all the Marx Library Art Galleries - refreshments provided. Southern Window Art, by Ryan Balthrop, will have a large selection of window art on display and for sale; 6 p.m.- Free concert by local Musican/Artist Ryan Balthrop in the Marx Library Auditorium and at 7 p.m., a Concert followed by an Art Talk and "design your own cupcakes" in the 3rd Floor Rodning Gallery.
* In Tinker, Design & Create on February 11, 4-5 p.m., one can learn how to etch on glass and play with alcohol inks to change the etching. The class is at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Space and supplies are limited. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-494-3684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Chickasaw Historical Society, Chickasaw City School System and Habitat for Humanity have partnered to bring affordable housing to Chickasaw. A public information presentation is Monday, January, 13, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at Chickasaw Housing Authority Community Room.
* Dauphin Island's Bluegrass/Country Jams are back! So--musicians, grab your banjos and mandolins and head on over to the Little Red School House on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free.
* On January 25, 7:30 p.m. and January 26, 2:30 p.m., Mobile Symphony Orchestra presents "Bravura" at the Saenger Theatre, 6 S Joachim Street. Tickets are available at secure.mobilesymphony.org. The Mobile Symphony celebrates exceptional classical hits and exciting local talent with Bravura! Opening with Tchaikovsky’s lush Serenade for Strings, this concert is filled with awe-inspiring pieces showcasing the orchestra’s talent and brilliance! The program features MSO’s own principal horn, Mollie Pate, in Richard Strauss’ first horn concerto. The concert ends with Brahms’ Symphony No. 3.
* So--What’s All That Jazz About? Children aged 4-10 years old can learn at West Regional Library on February 18, 2-3 p.m. or at Ben May Main Library, February 28, 10-11 a.m. The session includes clever listening games, live music, dramatic storytelling, group participation and humorous demonstrations are some of the fun activities the young audience will enjoy. Jazz saxophonist, Shenole Latimer, will lead the group through a highly interactive and entertaining presentation on the colorful and expressive American music known as “Jazz.” Registration is encouraged. For information or to register at West Regional, call 251- 340-8571 or email email@example.com. For Ben May, call 251-340-1507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Mobile Ballet's BEAUTY & THE BEAST is Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 2:30 p.m. All performances are held at the Mobile Civic Center Theater Mobile Ballet, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; VISIT mobileballet.org TO PURCHASE TICKETS! SEASON TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE - 251-342-2241*************************************
** EVENTS FOR TEENS/CHILDREN/FAMILIES:
* "Crafty Mondays with Mr. Butch" on January 13, 4-5 p.m. presents an hour of seasonal arts and crafts. This Family Fun hour is at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Groups must register. For more information, call 251-494-4132 or email email@example.com.
* On January 15, 10 a.m., youngsters can have "Fun with Bubbles" at Bernheim Hall Storytime at Ben May Main Library. Preschools, Headstart programs, kindergarten classes and families are invited to a special Storytime in Bernheim Hall. Join in the fun with stories, songs, puppets and more as we encourage the development of early literacy skills. Registration is required for groups. For more information or to register, call the children’s department at 251-340-1507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* At Tinker--Design & Create at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library on January 14, 4-5 p.m., .earn how to do a Sharpie Tie Dye. Space and supplies are limited. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-494-4140 or email email@example.com
* The 2020 Young Authors' Conference for students in grades 3-5 will be January 18, 9 a.m.-noon at West Regional Library. Come meet award-winning, bestselling, Austin, Texas based author, Chris Barton. His books for young readers…of all ages, include, Shark Train; What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan; 88 Instruments, and many, many more. Mr. Barton loves writing books and visiting schools all over the United States. For more information on Chris Barton, go to www.chrisbarton.info/index.html. The Conference concludes with a sharing session where students share their works created in the workshops. Light refreshments, book sales and author signing will be available at the close of the Conference. For more information on the Conference, go to metromobilelit.weebly.com. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Mobile Public Library, the Metro Mobile Literacy Council and the Mobile Public Library.
* Interested in becoming an Oakleigh Belle? An Oakleigh Belle Interest/Leadership Program meeting is coming up. That's where organizers will answer all questions about the application process, interviews, and duties of being an Oakleigh Belle. 8th and 9th grade potential applicant's meeting will be held on January 19th, at 4:30 p.m.--10th and 11th grade applicant's meeting will also be on January 19th, but at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be held at Oakleigh, 300 Oakleigh Place. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend.
* A groovy Pete the Cat Party! is planned at 11 a.m., January 25 at West Regional Library. Children of all ages can enjoy crafts, snacks and a whole lot of fun! Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 251-340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Toulminville Branch Library is hosting "Celebrate National Puzzle Day" on January 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Step up to the challenge of Puzzle-Mania!! Participants need to register in teams of four with at least one adult team member. For more information or to register a team, call 251-494-4982 or 251-580-7626. This event is sponsored by Working with The Hands and the Mobile Public Library.
* "Family Fun! "Crafty Mondays with Mr. Butch" at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library on February 3, 4-5 p.m. offers an hour of seasonal arts and crafts--Heart Plate Stitching. Groups must register. For more information, call 251-494-4132 or email email@example.com.
* Teens, learn to crochet at Teen Tuesdays in the Teen Spot, West Regional Library. Crochet 101 starts February 4, 4-5:30 p.m. So--if you love the cute Amigurumi crochet animals but don't know how to crochet, join the group in the Teen Spot and learn the basics of crocheting. Supplies and snacks will be provided. For more information, call 251-340-8555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* World Read Aloud Day is Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 8:30 a.m. at McDavid Jones Elementary School, 16250 Highway 45, Citronelle. Teachers are currently looking for community members to read to students for World Read Aloud Day. If you are willing to come share your favorite book, contact us through Facebook page or call Amy Tillman at 2211510, option 1. There was a great turn out last year...including Mayor Stringer, Chief Norris, City Council members, fireman, students from the high school, and Azalea Trail Maids. Help make it a bigger turnout this year. A little about World Read Aloud Day from I-net: Scholastic site: World Read Aloud Day teacher.scholastic.com/worldreadaloudday. Celebrate the Profound Power of the Read-Aloud. For 10 years World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) has called attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read aloud! The global effort is now celebrated in over 173 countries and counting! Join the movement!
* The Playhouse-in-the-Park presents the classic American drama "The Miracle Worker," based on the early life of Helen Keller. For students, the performances are February 12 and 13 and February 18 and 19, at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The play is appropriate for 3rd through 12th grade students. Tickets are $9 for students and chaperones and free for teachers. The show lasts 75 minutes and is performed at the Playhouse in Langan Park. For booking, call 251-422-5434.
* Crescent Theater, 208 Dauphin Street, presents "Little Women" -- show times 2, 6, 8:30 p.m. Little Women explores the lives of the March sisters in 1860s New England, in the aftermath of the American Civil War. Tickets are at www.brownpapertickets.com
* Chickasaw Civic Theater presents "Mandate for Murder" through January 19, 2020. The story: It’s election night, and a campaign worker turns up dead. Come and see it unravel on stage. Reservations by cctshows.com/tickets or 457-8887.
* New and Notable at Ben May Main Library is "Ready or Not" on January 14, 1:30 p.m. The story: Ready or Not follows a young bride as she joins her new husband's rich, eccentric family in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival. The film runs 95 minutes and is rated R. For more information, call 251-340-1458.
* January 14, 3 p.m., "Dora and the Lost City of Gold" will be the Movie Tuesday selection at Parkway Branch Library. In the movie, a teen moves from the jungle to High School but soon begins an adventure for the lost city of gold along with a motley crew of characters. For more information, call 251-494-4454.
* "Dolittle" starts January 17 at Crescent Theater, 208 Dauphin Street. Dr. John Dolittle lives in solitude behind the high walls of his lush manor in 19th-century England. His only companionship comes from an array of exotic animals that he speaks to on a daily basis. But when young Queen Victoria becomes gravely ill, the eccentric doctor and his furry friends embark on an epic adventure to a mythical island to find the cure.
* Parkway Branch Library's Tuesday Movie at 3 p.m. January 21 is "Hugo." In the story, a young orphan lives in a train station in 1930s Paris and tries to repair a mechanical man built by his father. Eventually, he befriends a filmmaker and his goddaughter, who help him understand the mystery of his dad's invention. The film runs 125 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-494-4454.
* "License to Kill" is playing at 5:30 p.m., January 21 at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. In this James Bond film, he relinquishes his licence to kill, disobeys his orders and goes on a mission of revenge when his best friend's wife is killed by a drug baron. The film runs 133 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-494-4132.
* "Alice in Wonderland" is showing at Parkway Branch Library on Tuesday, January 28, 3 p.m. "Alice" is the timeless tale of a girl who gets lost in a beautiful but deadly fantasy world. The film runs 109 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-494-4454.
* James Bond 007 "GoldenEye" will be showing at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library at 5:30 p.m., February 4th. The story starts in 1986, in the Soviet Union. British secret agent James Bond and his fellow 00 agent and friend, Alec Trevelyan (006), have infiltrated a secret Soviet chemical weapons production plant with the intention of blowing it up via bombs. The film is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-494-4132.
* The Tuesday Movie at Parkway Branch Library on February 4, 3 p.m. is "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil." Maleficent's peaceful life is once again set to be disturbed when the princess announces her engagement to Prince Phillip. As humans are separated from fairies, Maleficent and Aurora find themselves on opposite ends of the brewing conflict. For more information, call 251-494-4454.
On February 11 at 3 p.m., the Tuesday Movie at Parkway Branch Library will be "Harriet," the incredible true story of Harriet Tubman and her quest to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. For more information, call 251-494-4454.
* The Playhouse-in-the-Park presents the classic American drama "The Miracle Worker," based on the early life of Helen Keller. For students, the performances are February 12 and 13 and February 18 and 19, at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The play is appropriate for 3rd through 12th grade students. Tickets are $9 for students and chaperones and free for teachers. The show lasts 75 minutes and is performed at the Playhouse in Langan Park. For booking, call 251-422-5434.
* "Call of the Wild" is coming to the Crescent Theater, 208 Dauphin Street beginning February 21, 2020. Adapted from the beloved literary classic, THE CALL OF THE WILD vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team–and later its leader–Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master.
** JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL:
* BESA: A Code of Honor — Opening Reception & Film Screening is Thursday, January 16, 5-8 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Invitation from Art Museum: Join us for the opening of BESA: A Code of Honor, an exhibition of portraits and texts about the ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ – Muslim families in Albania who risked their lives saving Jews during the Holocaust. Dr. Marlene W. Yahalom, Director of Education for the American Society for Yad Vashem, will be introduced by Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson at 5 p.m., followed by a screening of Besa, The Promise at 5:30 p.m. After the film, Dr. Yahalom will provide a short tour and informal discussion of the exhibition. This program is part of the 2020 Mobile Jewish Film Festival and is free to the public. Reservations required. The exhibition is organized by the American Society for Yad Vashem and will be on view through May 14, 2020.
* The Jewish Film Festival at Ben May Main Library is January 29, 7 p.m. "Promise at Dawn": From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this epic drama tells the romantic story of Romain Gary, one of the most famous French novelists and sole writer to have won the Goncourt Prize for French literature two times. French with English subtitles. The film runs 131 minutes and is not rated. Admission is $ 8.00 and $6.00 for students and seniors. For further information or to make reservations, contact the Mobile Are Jewish Federation at 251-490-4872.
* "Golda's Balcony, The Film," hosted by Mobile Jewish Film Festival, is Sunday, February 2, 2020 at Ahavas Chesed Synagogue, at the special time of 1:30 with TOVAH FELDSHUH recreates 100 years of Jewish history playing 45 different characters (including Ben-Gurion, Moshe Dayan, and, of course, GOLDA MEIR herself), in one of the greatest acting performances of the last 50 years. Never has the whole Jewish century been dramatized with such heart, dazzle and sheer jaw-dropping artistry, then in this amazing film. Dessert Reception to follow the film. WINNER of 20-out-of-20 “Audience Favorite Awards,” at all 20 of its competitive Festivals to date, including L.A., Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv and others.
* Family Research--From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., January 18, members of the Tristan de Luna Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be at the Local History and Genealogy Division to assist with questions and research for documentation concerning your ancestors. For more information, call 251-494-2172.
* University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum presents "Free Public Talk: Bioarchaeology in Mesoamerica" on Friday, January 24, 6-7 p.m. at the 6052 USA Drive South, Mobile.
* On Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Clotilda Descendants Association presents the 2nd Annual Spirit of Our Ancestors Festival at Public School System Middle School Mobile County Training/6 8 800 Whitley Street, Mobile. The festival celebrates the spirit of the Clotilda survivors
* Check out this Snowbird Special: Save on Gardens-and-Home tickets in January and February with Bellingrath Gardens & Home Snowbird Special. The discount allows you to tour the Gardens and the Home at a reduced price. Snowbird Special Gardens and Home ticket prices: Adult Gardens and Home ticket: $19.00 (Regular price: $22.00) Child Gardens and Home ticket (ages 5-12): $13.00 (Regular price: $14.00) Children ages 4 and younger: Free.*
* Mark your Calendar: Bellingrath Gardens is hosting the Mobile Area Orchid Society’s 43rd Annual Orchid Show and Sale from Friday, February 28, through Sunday, March 1. Mobile Area Orchid Society members will display their best orchids and will be available to answer questions and provide tips on growing and caring for these exotic plants. The show will include vendors selling orchids, supplies and accessories. Guests will also want to explore the new spring merchandise in the Bellingrath Gift Shop.There is no charge to attend the Orchid Show and Sale, but guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens and Home during their visit.
** BOOK CLUBS, RECITATIONS, READINGS, BOOK SIGNING:
* RESCHEDULED TO April 4 On January 10, 2 p.m., AHF Road Scholar Richard Bailey, Ph. D. presents "Rock in a Weary Land: The Black Church in 19th Century Alabama" at Ben May Main Library. Admission is free. For more information, call 340-251-1458 or email email@example.com.
* A Page in Time Book Club will meet West Regional Library on January 14, 2-3:30 to discuss "The Huntress" by Kate Quinn. . For more information, contact Michele Eli at 251-340-8590.
* Bayside Book Club meets at Parkway Branch Library on January 16, 6 p.m. to discus "Furious Hours" by Casey Cep. For more information, call Betty Fowler at 251-476-2600 or 251-494-2298.
* John Rossman, author of "Our Second Child," will be at Mobile Booksellers, Skyland Shopping Center, 3990 Government Boulevard Saturday, January 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Rossman is from Orange Beach.
* The Reader's Choice Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. on January 21; January topic of discussion is "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger. The meeting is at West Regional Library. For more information, call 251-494-2298.
* On January 23, 6:30-9 p.m., Friends of the Mobile Public Library is presenting "An Evening wth Casey Cep" at Ben May Main Library. Following Cep’s presentation at 7 p.m., there will be a reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a book signing in the Armbrecht/Briskman Meeting Room. Book sales will be provided by The Haunted Bookshop. A brief Friends of the Mobile Public Library meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information on this event, call (251) 494-2298. For more information on this speaker, visit www.prhspeakers.com.
* The Mobile Public Library invites you to come to Ben May Main Library on January 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and meet Crazy Horse Family member Elder Floyd Clown Sr. and author William Matson as they discuss their book, "Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy." The book is based on oral histories gathered from the family of the famous Lakota war leader, about his life and death, the family genealogy, and what it means to be Lakota. Books will be available for sale. For more information, call 251-494-2172.
* Classics Revisited Book Club meets January 27, 6:30 p.m. at Ben May Main Library to Reconnect with the Classics by discussing "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J. K. Rowling. For more information, call 251-340-1541 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* At 2 p.m., January 25, Ben May Main Library presents "Fascinating Stories from Our National Parks--Not Just Great Scenery…They Also Tell Our History." The public is invited to the library to meet Penny Musco, a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, including AARP, Family Circle, Costco Connection, and several AAA publications. Books will be available for sale. For more information, call 251-340-1458 or email email@example.com.
* From 3-4 p.m. on February 8th, the Extravagant Readers - Adult Book Club will meet at Toulminville Branch Library to discuss "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson. About the story: The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice. For more information, call 251-580-7144.
* A Page in Time Book Club members will discuss "The Right Sort of Man" by Allison Montclair at West Regional Library. The group will meet 2-3:30 p.m. on February 11th. Call Michele Eli, 251-340-8590, for more information.
* Mark your Calendar. The West Regional Library presents "Come Meet Sam Mihara--mass Imprisonment in America" on February 12, 6:30-8 p.m. Copies of Mr. Mihara’s autobiography, The Life and Times of Sam Mihara will be available for sale. For more information, call 251-494-2298.
* On February 18, 1 p.m., the Reader's Choice Book Club will meet at West Regional Library to discuss "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens. For more information, call 251-494-2298.
* Semmes Camellia Festival to celebrate Semmes Nursery History is January 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Semmes First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 4070 Wulff Road in Semmes. Amission is free. Alice Dodd Baker, 251-645-3280 is chair of the event. On that same day--after enjoying a morning with camellias--those attending can visit Semmes Heritage Park Open House, 3871 Wulff Road; both events are free.
* The 17th Annual Azalea Festival is March 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mary G Montgomery High School. The event is sponsored by Semmes Chamber of Commerce. For more information, go to www.semmeschamber.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 18 AT BIENVILLE SQUARE: Because of expected inclement weather, the Mobile Police Department 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off has been rescheduled. The new date is Saturday, April 18, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; the new location is Bienville Square, 150 Dauphin Street, downtown Mobile. 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off, presented by the Mobile Police Department, is Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cathedral Square, 300 Conti Street, downtown Mobile. The public is invited to taste the best chili in the city – cooked by Mobile police officers. Tickets are $5 per person, and free for children 5 and under. Proceeds benefit the Mobile Law Enforcement Foundation and MPD Crime Prevention Unit. For more information, call 251-208-1924.
* The 5th Annual Little Red School House Chili & Wing Cook Off, hosted by Pirates Bar & Grill and Gene Fox Realtor, Re/max Coastal Properties, is Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Pirates Bar & Grill, 100 Orleans Drive, Dauphin Island. Teams will cook chili, wings and specialty dishes for attendees to sample. This is a family fun day! There'll be live music with the Ryan Dyer Band. Tickets are $10 and benefit Dauphin Island Elementary School.
* WOODY'S SONG B-B-QUE COOK OFF to be held at Blues Tavern, 2818 Government Boulevard, is Saturday, January 18 at noon. This fun day of cooking, music and friends is Woody's School for Autism's annual fundraiser. Winner earns bragging rights for ribs and butts. Entry fee to compete is $30; plate lunches are $10.
* The Great Mobile Bake Off, hosted by Lemon Baby, is Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 9 a.m. Tickets are at docs.google.com. Three challenges. Five bakers. On your marks, get set, bake! Only five bakers can can compete, so get your applications in today. Go to https://.gle/FQdfXwWRrVeH1qgq8. Selected contestants will be asked to submit a $50 fee to compete.
* The King Cake-Off 2020 is Saturday, February 8, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Mobile Government Plaza, 205 Government Street, Mobile. Tickets are by Eventbrite (see online site.) Come for the King Cake and stay for the afternoon parades. Email email@example.com for more information.
* "End of the Road Chili Cook-Off" at Loblolly Farm, 9930 Stone Road, Semmes is Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 251-288-8302 or go to www.loblollyfarm.com.
* The 10th Annual R4R Chili Cook-Off, hosted by Riders 4 Riders, is Sunday, February 16, 2020, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Boondocks Bar & Grill, 10210 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. Fee is $10 per entry on Chili and Cornbread--if you want to try your hand both categories its $15. All About Karaoke will be playing some tunes, there'll be a 50/50 and so much fun!
* SAVE THE DATE: The 31st Annual American Cancer Society Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, March 7, 2020, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mardi Gras Park downtown Mobile. Proceeds from Chili-Cook-Off will be used for local educational programs to teach the importance of early detection and prevention; patient services such as transportation, and lifesaving research. To enter: Call the American Cancer Society at (251) 344-9858 or visit our website, mobilechilicookoff.org. To buy tickets: Tickets are $10.00 each at the American Cancer Society Office or $15.00 on the day of the event. For cancer information, call 1-800 - 227-2345 or visit our website at www.cancer.org.