Friday, May 8, 6-10 p.m. is Karaoke Night with DJ Geronimo at Coastal Response Center, South Bay Project in Coden. Being Mother's Day weekend, Moms and those children aged 12 and younger get in free; others pay $2 at the door. This is a no-alcohol family and community gathering, said Lori Bosarge, president of the South Bay Community Association.
The group is collecting non-perishable food for the Food Pantry; door prize tickets will be given for each item donated. Bosarge said SBCA is also collecting school supplies. "We sponsored 100 children at the Coats for Kids event last December. We are collecting school supplies to help these families," she said. For more information, contact Bosarge at 251-824-7265 or ibosarge@CenturyTel.net or Connie Hamilton 251-209-3201.
Via! Bolt 5K Run and Fun Run is Saturday, May 9, 8 a.m. beginning and ending at Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street. This is an intergenerational event--"The Run for Everyone!" To register online, visit www.eventbrite.com or contact Barbara Estes at 470-5229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking" continues at Playhouse in the Park through May 17 with performances on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Call 602-0630 for reservations.
"Cocktails with the Critters" 10th year anniversary event is presented by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation on Thursday, May 7, 6-9 p.m. The fundraiser will be at the Bluegill Restaurant on the Causeway, 3775 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort. Tickets are $50 in advance by calling 605-6624 or online at www.sealabfoundation.org. The event includes hors d'oeuvres and drinks, a silent auction, music by Eric Erdman and a special appearance by artist Stig Marcussen. For more information, call the above number.
On Thursday, May 7, Volunteers of America Southeast will present "Beacon on the Bay," a fundraiser to help provide the needs of homeless and disabled veterans in our communities. To be held at the Mobile, Alabama Cruise Terminal, the event will include dinner at 6 p.m. and a presentation by Michael Durant at 7 p.m.For information, contact Amanda Gonzales, 251-338-1266 or email@example.com.
The annual Mobile Senior Expo is Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at the Abba Shrine Center, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile. Information will be available on healthier, happier aging from local businesses, a visit with the WKRG News team, games and prizes, free health tests, a complimentary lunch and more. The event is sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging, South Alabama Regional Planning Commission (www.agingsouthalabama.org), Julie McGee is Executive Director. Additional information is available to 251-433-6541.
The business meeting and networking luncheon for SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce is Wednesday, May 6, 11:30 a.m. Call 666-2488 for reservations.
Chickasaw Garden Club May meeting will include a trip to the Biophilia Nature Center Butterfly Garden at Elberta.
There will be a National Day of Prayer observance presented by the City of Semmes at Honor Park on Wulff Road on Thursday, May 7, 10 a.m. At Dauphin Island, the front lawn of Town Hall will provide the setting for the DI National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 7 at noon. And at 7 a.m. May 7, the Day of Prayer will be observed at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Rev. Fred Wolfe will be guest speaker..
Semmes seniors can enjoy a $5.50 lunch provided by Semmes House of Pizza on Thursday, May 7, 11:30 a.m. Sign-up is required. Call 649-2010 for details. Chickasaw Seniors Early Bird Breakfast is Monday, May 4, 7:30 a.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street. Cost is $3 per person.
Saturday, May 9, 8 a.m.-noon, volunteers will team up to rid Dauphin Island of trash and litter. Participants should report to Town Hall by 8 a.m. on the day of the event to receive trash bags and then return for a complimentary light lunch at noon.
The 12th Annual Mother's Day Evening Garden Concert at Bellingrath Gardens and Home is Sunday, May 10, 5:30 p.m. The Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Rob Seebacher, will perform on Live Oak Plaza. For more information or to make a table reservation, call 973-2217 ex. 110 or visit http://www.bellingrath.org.
The 2015 Relay for Life Survivor Dinner in Citronelle is Friday, May 8, 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 8520 State Street. The Relay begins at 6 p.m. at Citronelle High School. Call 251-344-9858 for information.
The Mobile Teen Volunteer Fair is Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m.-noon at Davidson High School. The event is for teens in grades 8-12 and is a collaboration between the City of Mobile Community Activities Program and the Mobile County Public School System. For more information, call Mellanie Johnson, CAP supervisor, at 251-208-1610.
Greer's is opening at two new locations and the public is invited to join in the Grand Opening Celebrations. On Wednesday, May 6, 10 a.m.-noon, the opening will be of the Downtown Market, corner of Government and Broad streets. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Midtown Market will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 on Dauphin Street behind Chick-Fil-A. Fun family activities will continue until 6 p.m.
Praise Fest 2015 Christian Music Festival is Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Odd Fellow Festival Park in Grand Bay. The event features "Save This City Tour," Hanover Drive, Katie Danielle, Cross Tie Rock and Brandon Sanders. For more details, call 421-0249 or visit www.praisefest2013.webs.com.
In Chickasaw Library News, a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater is planned for Friday, May 8. Call Teresa Goolsby, Library Director, at 452-6465 for details and reservations.
In the Great News/Good Job! Department:
Phyllis Wingard of Keep Mobile Beautiful said that more than 50 community and other volunteers worked Saturday, April 25, to Clean Up Crichton. Desiree Bishop, Director of Environmental Studies Center, reported that at least 750 people attended the Spring Open House, May 2. Brenda Bolton, Chair of Mobile Botanical Gardens' Gallery of Gardens 2015, said that the garden tour on May 1 and 2 was a great success and thanked all who worked and attended the event for making the Gallery of Gardens "Mobile's premier Spring Garden event."