Mid-March is the time of year when we celebrate our city's history and historical buildings with tours, teas and plays. Below are a few events to recognize our heritage.
On Friday, March 13, 1-4 p.m., Bragg-Mitchell House will be the setting for "Tea an the Mansion," which includes a Southern-style tea and a tour of the home. Call 471-6364 or visit www.braggmitchellmansion.com for information on the tea.
This is also the opening day for Mobile Hisatoric Homes Tour, so residents can make the rounds of some of Mobile's most interesting sites. For information on this event, got to www.historicmobile.org/historic-homes-tour.
On Saturday, March 14, 3 p.m., from the porch of the Cox-Deasy House at Oakleigh, Joel Vig, Carolyn Haines, Sue Walker, John Hafner and singer Jordan Nocon will present the popular Eugene Walter Porch Play as a feature of the Historic Mobile Preservation Society (HMPS) Homes Tour.
On Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., the Semmes Chamber of Commerce celebrates the community's heritage with the Annual Semmes Azalea Festival on the campus of Mary G. Montgomery High School. There'll be a run, a car show, entertainment and a variety of vendors. Call 649-1200 for more information.
The Fred Marchman one-man show at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer Artists' Place is March 7-April 4. A reception to honor him is Sunday, March 14, 3-5 p.m. at Redeemer, 7125 Hitt Road.
Members of the Woman's Club of Chickasaw is holding their annual Yard Sale on Saturday, March 14, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Fireworks Stand on Lee Street.
The Lydia Circle at Chickasaw United Methodist Church will host a Tasting Bee Saturday, March 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at 108 Lee Street. These excellent cooks will prepare their special dishes for guests ($5 a ticket) and then sell a $3 cookbook with their treasured recipes. For information, call Lynn Lankford at the church, 452-3461.
Make plans to attend an Open House Reception at Chickasaw Public Library March 14, 2-4 p.m. The Ina Pullen Smallwood Memorial Library is at 224 Grant Street.
Citizens for a Better Grand Bay is accepting donations for the Spring Grand Bay Library Yard Sale to be held in late March and April. Call 298-8089 to arrange to drop off unwanted but still good items.
Saraland Lions Club Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, March 21, 6:30-10:30 a.m. at Catfish Junction. Advance tickets are $5; call 675-6172 or 455-5325 for tickets or information.
Motivational speaker Romal Tune (www.RomalTune.com) will lead a youth rally at Davidson High School at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11. Adults can hear Romal at a dinner at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. These community events are sponsored by Raise the Roof Project http://www.raisetheroofproject.org/, a home repair ministry founded in Mobile. For more information, contact Jan Bailey at 378-7549 or email@example.com or Lydia Johnson at 342-8522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Foundation of South Alabama annual luncheon is Wednesday, March 11, 11:30 a.m. at Alabama Cruise Terminal. Jonathan McConnell, USMC (RRI) will be guest speaker. For information, call 438-5591.
Thursday, March 12 is Assistance League of Mobile's annual fundraiser, "Fans for Philanthropy." The event, to be held at The Grounds, features silent and live auctions, a buffet dinner and a presentation by Phil Savage, Executive Director of the Senior Bowl. Call Tamara Feldman, 633-7800 for tickets.
Our Sisters' Closet Spring Sale is Friday, March 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Closet is at 1452 Old Shell Road in the Sisters of Mercy Building on the campus of St. Mary's School, across the street from McGill-Toolen High School. Director Terri Kearns invited those interested in receiving notices and invitations to early bird sales to visit website www.oursisterscloset.org to register their email.
The 50+ Club for Seniors is planning a fundraiser to be held in St. Philip Neri Hall on Sunday March 15, noon-5 p.m. The Hall is on the corner of Laurendine Road and Dauphin Island Parkway. Festivities include a bake-and-candy sale, Prize Bingo, 50-50 Split-the-Pot, cake auctions and door prizes. Call 288-3392 for additional information.
Semmes seniors have a "Lawn Care and Fertilization" presentation by Master Gardener planned for Wednesday, March 11 at noon at the Senior Center. Call 649-2010 for information on other activities.
Keep Saraland Beautiful's Spring Gardening Workshop, featuring James Miles as speaker, will be Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. at Saraland Chamber of Commerce, 939 Highway 43 South.
Several events are on tap for the Dauphin Island Parkway community: Tuesday, March 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m., the Mobile Bay Area Community Action Group, which includes NextDoor neighborhoods of Riverside, Lourdes, McVay and Bayview, will meet in the Riverside Baptist Church Chapel. Phyllis Wingard of Keep Mobile Beautiful will be guest speaker. A new feature, "Coffee with Lt. Dannelley," the Mobile Police Department CAG leader for the DIP community, is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. This will give citizens an opportunity to express concerns and interact directly with an MPD representative. A box will be available for donations of non-perishable food items to the DIP Ministerial Association's food bank.