The second half of April is full of events, indoors and out--fundraisers, celebrations, classes, work parties. Below are a few of those.
Sunday, April 19, 11 a.m. is the 19th Annual Motorcycle Show at Dauphin Island Elementary School. The event is a fundraiser for the school's PTO but admission to viewers is free. Call Carlos Forte, 509-5451, for more information.
The University of South Alabama National Alumni Association is sponsoring "Jaguars Care," a national day of caring on Saturday, April 18. Contact Ailey Shirazi at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or register a project.
"The Complete Stories of Truman Capote" is the topic for discussion at the Thursday, April 16, 6 p.m. meeting of the Bayside Book Club at Parkway Branch Library. New members are always welcome. Call Betty Fowler, 476-2600 for information.
Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 p.m., the Riverside (and surrounding areas) NextDoor Community Action Group will meet at Riverside Baptist Church Chapel. Judge Edmond Naman is the scheduled speaker. "Coffee with Lt. Dannelly" will be at 6:15 p.m.
At Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, Mary Rodning is teaching a watercolor class in painting azaleas on Monday, April 13, 9 a.m. The Senior Center is marking its two-year anniversary with a cookout on Thursday, April 16, 11 a.m. April is also membership month; dues are $40 per year, minimum age is 62. Call 649-2010 for more information on membership, the cookout or other activities.
On Wednesday, April 15, 2-4 p.m., the Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center Foundation Board will introduce the Center's new director, Ashley-Nicole Flowers, to seniors. Other activities include a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completed, furnished pavilion, cake and punch with the director and an opportunity to win a Basket of Gift Cards ($2 per ticket or $5 for 3.)
Tuesday, April 14, 6 p.m. is the 6th Annual Crawfish in the Courtyard at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government Street, Mobile. Call 251-208-6873 or visit www.exploreum.com for information.
On Friday, April 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., the Grand Bay Garden Club will present Grand Bay Tour of Gardens, featuring three private gardens, Castlen Elementary School and Mishkan Ministries Museum. Call Jane Spicciani, 865-2014, for tickets and details.
The Azalea City Quilters Guild Festival of Quilts is Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18 at Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall. Contact Joyce Reed, email@example.com for information.
On Saturday, April 18, 8-11 a.m., Fowl River Area Civic Association will hold its annual SpringFest and Pancake Breakfast. A bake sale, yard sale and silent auction make this an all-around fundraiser. Call 973-9262 for information; tickets will be available at the door. FRACA's monthly meeting, with Sen. Bill Hightower as speaker, will be Thursday, April 16.
Semmes Heritage Day at Heritage Park, 3871 Wulff Road, is Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For fun, entertainment and a look back to a hundred years ago, visit this free, family-friendly event. Call Jeanette Byrd, 649-1647 for details or to register to display items.
St. Francis Episcopal Church 13th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival will be held on the church grounds at 401 Key Street, Dauphin Island, Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For booth space or information, call Cissy Napper, 318-548-4376.
AT&T Telephone Pioneers will hold their Spring "Picnic" on Tuesday, April 14, at Moffett Road Assembly of God Family Center. Call Virginia Mayo, 649-1494, for additional information.
Saraland United Methodist Church, 415 McKeough Street, is beginning a new ministry, "Sewing for God." Their first project will be making blankets for the Guatemala Mission Team to take on their trip in May. For more information, call Rosann Goddard, 251-214-6618.
The 2nd Annual Chickasabogue Paddle is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, a chance for paddlers to experience the nature and wildlife of the Bogue of Chickasaw. Registration/check-in begins at 8 a.m. with the Paddle starting at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 per paddler and entry includes lunch, Paddle tee shirt and guided tour. For more information, call Kathy Couey, 452-6467. Online registration can be accomplished at http://chickasaboguepaddle.eventzilla.net/
Mobile Theatre Guild's "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" opens at the Theatre, 14 N. Lafayette Street, Friday, April 24, for a two-weekend run. Call 251-433-7513 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Just a note: Relay for Life fundraisers and recognition ceremonies are being planned or are happening in Mobile County. Do support them whenever possible.