Community Events and Activities for July 20-26, 2015 (A Save-the-Date/Mark your Calendar/Reserve your Tickets listing for early August events follows this week's activities)
"Cheers to Children" Charity Auction to benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile is Monday, July 27, 6-8:30 p.m. at Cafe 615 on Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile. The event features a wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres from Cafe 615 and the music of the Harrison McGinnis Trio. The $35 tickets are available at Cafe 615 and at the Child Advocacy Center. Call Elaine Henderson, 432-1101, for more information.
The 2nd Annual Kids' Day event is Saturday, July 25, 2-5 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Planned are a talent show for youngsters 5-18 years old, a Petting Zoo, Bounce Houses, McGruff Crime Dog, food, face-painting and entertainment. Call Tina Poiroux, 666-2488 for information on making a donation, entering the talent show or other details.
Volunteers of America Southeast 6th Annual Operation Backpack continues with school supply collection until August 4. Needed are basic school supplies and book bags. (See earlier post in this blog for complete list of supplies.) The collection will help children in need, as identified by Mobile County Department of Human Resources and area churches, to start the school year right. For more information, contact Janet Hyde at email@example.com or 251-338-1294.
On July 22, 9 a.m.-noon, Wonderful Wednesday at Bellingrath Gardens and Home will be a "Kids' Gulf Discovery Day." Children will learn all about the environment of our region and will meet the Winged Ambassadors and their fabulous birds (see earlier story on this blog.) The morning will also include cruises along Fowl River. Registration is requested for this event. Call 973-2217 or visit www.bellingrath.org for reservations or information.
Dauphin Island Sea Lab's Discovery Hall Program "Art-Sea Discovery" for 8-13 year olds is July 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The day-long camp features an exploration of Dauphin Island, its ecology and its wildlife, and art projects inspired by it. Fee is $50 per student. Space is limited to 15 participants. Email DHPSummer@disl.org or call 251-861-2141 for reservations.
Dauphin Island Sea Lab has two Salt Marsh Excursions left this summer, July 22 and July 30. Open to the public, these excursions promise fun for the whole family. Participants can enjoy a a thorough investigation of the estuary wetlands known as salt marshes. The cost is $12 per person, and groups depart from the Estuarium at 9:45 a.m. To register, call 251-861-2141 ext. 7574 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.disl.org/educational-programs/programs-in-the-estuarium.
The Dauphin Island West End Beach movies at dark on Thursday, July 23 are "Atlantis--The Lost Empire" and on Friday, July 24, "The Maze Runner."
On Saturday, July 25, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is sponsoring an "About Boating Safety" event at the Dauphin Island Coast Guard Station on the east end of the Island. The fee is $35 per person and $20 per family member. To register for the classes, contact Ron Murphy, 251-443-1188 or email email@example.com no later than July 23, 2015.
"Peter Pan," staged by members of Explorer Post 149, will play at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, July 24-26. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performance is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the door or by visiting www.cctshows.com/ Emily Ericson stars as Peter Pan; Catie Naylor directs the all-teen cast.
"Mary Poppins" is coming to Playhouse in the Park, 4851 Museum Drive, July 23 through August 16, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15, and for students and seniors, tickets are $12 each. Call 251-602-0630 for reservations.
Annie Miller, Children's Pastor at Fountain of Life, 1277 Jubilee Drive in Saraland, said that a "Family Experience" is scheduled at the church on the weekend of July 24-26. On Friday, the event begins at 6:30 p.m.; on Saturday, 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. Registration/pre-service activities begin one hour before services. There'll be music, games, prizes and so much more. Call 675-HOPE for details.
On Thursday, July 23 at 4 p.m., the Fun-n-Games afternoon will be held at the Coastal Response Center, 7385 Highway 188, Coden. The event promises "Great fun with family and friends, young and old. Great gathering for teens" and will include "board games, cards, puzzles and more." Admission is$2 at door and children 12 and younger enter free. "You'll know you have arrived by the smell of fresh hot popcorn!" said Lori Bosarge, 824-7265.
The Fifty Plus Club will hold its semi-annual bingo fundraiser on Sunday, July 26, (immediately following 11 a.m. mass) at St. Philip Neri Community Center, corner of Laurendine Road and Dauphin Island Parkway, Theodore. All playing guests will receive a free hot-dog-with-all-the-trimmings lunch. In addition to bingo, there'll be cake auctions and sales, Split the Pot and free door prizes. (No children are allowed at this state-licensed bingo fundraiser.) For more information, call T. Ray Aspinwall, 423-2350.
Parkway SAIL Senior Center, Boykin Boulevard at Dauphin Island Parkway, continues classes in exercise and balance, as well as Creative Writing, Karaoke and bingo. Call 471-2503 for a calendar of activities.
The Senior Dance at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road, is Thursday, July 23, 7-9 p.m. Music will be provided by Country Sounds Band. Call 251-675-4388 for more information.
Among this week's offerings at Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, are Genealogy, Computer 101, Ladies' Bible Study, Advanced Guitar, painting, billiards, exercise and a pot luck lunch (the lunch is on Thursday at 11:30 a.m..) Call 649-2010 for a calendar or information.
In Chickasaw, the Senior Adult Greek Spaghetti Night is Friday, July 24, 6 p.m. at the Chickasaw Civic Center. The City Recreation Department describes it as "one of the most surprising meals you have ever had. It will be a mystery meal . . . the talk of the town." The cost is $2 per person. Call 452-6462 for information and reservations.
In addition to all the fitness, needlework, art, writing, language, Bible Study and language classes--and bingo--on its schedule this week, Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center has one more thing going for it: the nutritious and delicious meals by Ron Prater Catering. AND, on Thursday, July 23, 2 p.m., seniors are invited to share "Coffee with the Director," Ashley-Nicole Flowers. For information on membership or activities at CHMRSCC, 3201 Hillcrest Road, call 602-4963.
Tillman's Corner Lions Club will meet Tuesday, July 21 at noon at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Contact Ron Mitchell, 251-591-6872 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the Lions Club.
Items for Save-the-Date/Mark your Calendar/Reserve your tickets:
The Kayak Classic Fishing Tournament in Bayou La Batre is Saturday, August 1. Sponsored by the BLB Chamber of Commerce, the event will begin with a 6 a.m. shotgun start at BLB City Docks. The Chamber is looking for businesses, organizations or individuals to purchase Sponsor Packages ranging in cost from $50 to $1,000. Also needed are prizes, giveaways and in-kind donations. Adult and junior anglers are encouraged to register for the tournament at http://www.bayoulabatrekayakclassic.org/page/Register. For sponsorship or other information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 824-4088.
The Chickasaw Chieftain Football Team is hosting a Shrimp Boil fundraiser on Saturday, August 1, 1-5 p.m. in the Chickasaw High School cafeteria. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased in the front office on the CHS campus on Chieftain Way. This is an all-you-can-eat event that includes shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes. It's also a good opportunity to meet the Chickasaw Chieftain football team and coaches.
Mobile Country Music Association is presenting a Building Fund Benefit on Saturday, August 1, 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at MCMA Concert Hall, 310 S. Craft Highway, Chickasaw. There's no admission but donations are accepted. Call Marshall Fillingim, 457-0762 or Carolyn Sue Cain, 455-6748 for information.
On Monday, August 3, the Women's Club of Satsuma will celebrate Dog Days of Summer with a hot dog luncheon. Special guests will be Sarah Love, Satsuma's Animal Control Officer, and Linda Sealy Knowles, a former Satsuma resident who will be talking about her latest book "The Secret." The club meeting will be at 10 a.m. with lunch at 11 a.m. at Satsuma Community Center. "Our club is continuing to raise funds to build a chapel at Steele Creek Park. To date, we have a donation of $7,500," said President Mary Atchison.
Marc-Art 2015, a unique exhibition and sale of art work by MobileArc art program participants, along with collaborative pieces they create with artists from the community, is Thursday, August 6, 6-9 p.m. The new venue is Azalea Manor at 751 Dauphin Street, Mobile. Tickets are $25 each and are available by calling Suzanne Dennis, 479-7409 ext. 623. The evening will include music by Eric Erdman and catering by Chef Rob.
Via Center's 18th Annual "Cool White Linen Night" is Thursday, August 6, 6:30 p.m. in the Country Club of Mobile Ballroom. This elegant affair features fine dining, libations, live music and dancing, as well as both live and silent auctions. Tickets are $100 per person. Contact Barbara Estes, 470-5229 or email email@example.com for more information.
Tickets are now on sale for Joe Jefferson Players' "Avenue Q," an American musical based on a book by Jeff Whitty. The show opens Friday, August 7 at 8 p.m. at Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen Street, Mobile. Tickets are available at www.vendini.com; for information, call 471-1534.
The Catfish Charlie Show will present a fundraising fish fry to benefit Noah's Animal Refuge Centre on Saturday, August 8, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of DJ's Grocery, 11600 Moffett Road in Wilmer. Advance tickets are $7 per plate; on the day of the event, the dinners will be $8. To purchase tickets, go to link https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=79LMZYQF3KDX8. All presale tickets will be entered for a chance to win a stainless steel grill, sponsored by CocaCola. Be sure to respond on Paypal ticket purchase with address and phone number so your ticket can be entered in the drawing.
McKemie Place, an emergency overnight shelter for unaccompanied, homeless women has its 3rd Annual "Drive Away Homelessness" Golf Tournament scheduled for Friday, August 14 at Spring Hill Golf Course. Call 432-1122 for more information.
Mission of Hope Ministries' "Run to Win" banquet and silent auction is scheduled for Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Mobile Convention Center. Alabama Coach Gene Stallings will be the keynote speaker; Alicia Williamson Garcia will be the emcee. For tickets to this fundraiser, contact Tara Hannah, 251-214-3778 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp Bluebird is October 14-16 at Camp Grace in Mobile, AL. This is an adult camp for cancer patients 18 years or older who have been diagnosed or treated for cancer. Campers enjoy a time of relaxation in a quiet comfortable cabin with others who understand