Several Easter events are planned over the next couple of weeks. See special post, "Easter 2015 Events" at blog joannemcknight.com for details on Bellingrath Gardens, Dauphin Island, the Exploreum, Saraland Library, Maryvale School and Creola. Other events will be added as news comes in.
Joe Jefferson Players production of the musical "Aida" begins March 27 for a 9-performance run at the Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen Street in Mobile. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Music for this production is by Elton John. Call 471-1534 or see www.joejeffersonplayers.com for more information.
Auditions for the JJP production of "Fiddler on the Roof" are being held on March 30 and March 31, 6-8 p.m.. See https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3qkws7GO1OCUHFTVkx5WFdENFE/view?usp=sharing for audition form and information.
St. Paul's Players will present the Broadway hit, "Grease: The Musical," in St. Paul School's auditorium March 26-28. The public is invited. Show times are March 26-28 at 7 p.m. with a matinee on March 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the main office or from cast members. Call 342-6700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council's Last Friday Art Night at the Gallery, 1008 Alabama Avenue, is March 27, 6-8 p.m. To celebrate the Spring bird migration, there'll be a special art exhibit featuring birds and bird-related themes. Visitors are encouraged to shop for local art, enjoy food and drink, see an art demonstration, browse the Heritage Gallery and socialize with friends and neighbors. The event is free, but donations are appreciated.
The DIHAC recently elected six new directors for a total of 12. The additional officers are Peter Tanner, Vicki Helm, Bill Harper, Vicki Stewart, Julie Sirmon and Deborah Hall.
Acrylics painting classes continue on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 1 p.m. at Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Center. Artist Benno Kollegger conducts the class, which is open to all artists and those who want to learn to paint. The class is $10 per person; to make a reservation, call 861-3300.
The Allentown Elementary Art Show, "ALL MIXED UP," is on display at the Semmesonian Art Space at Semmes Public Library. The exhibit formally opens with a reception on Tuesday, March 24. 4 p.m. at the Library; the public is invited.
At the Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, Patty Loebig is the featured artist with her work displayed March and April.
The always active and community-minded AT&T Telephone Pioneers will be painting a Playground Map at Eichold-Mertz School on March 28 and appearing at Career Day at W.C. Griggs Elementary School on March 30.
The 2nd Annual First Responders' Breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 9 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. The event is sponsored by SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce. Call 666-2488 for information.
Citizens for a Better Grand Bay Community Breakfast at Grand Bay-St. Elmo Senior & Community Center, 11610 Highway 90 West, is Saturday, March 28, 9-10 a.m. A $5 donation is requested.
Satsuma Community Development Organization banquet honoring nominees for Satsuma Citizen of the Year 2014 is Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m. at Steele Creek Lodge. The winner will be announced at the dinner. Tickets at $15 each are available at Satsuma Public Library until Tuesday, March 24.
The Saraland Civic Forum will honor Saraland Citizen of the Year nominees at Saraland Civic Center on Mae Street on Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $12 each from any member of the Civic Forum or Chamber of Commerce.
Seniors at Tillman's Corner Center for Seniors, 5863 Nevius Road, is having a Fish Fry Fundraiser on Saturday, March 28, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Center. Modern Woodmen District Agent Gary Hilburn will be doing the cooking. The public is invited and diners can eat in or carry out the $8 plates. Proceeds help support senior activities.
On Sunday, March 29, 2-4 p.m., the University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital in Mobile will host a St. Baldrick’s Foundation Head-Shaving event to raise funds for Childhood Cancer Research. The event will be held at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, 1700 Center Street. For more information, call 251-554-2595.
Shiloh Baptist Church, 717 Cleveland Road in Saraland, will have a special day for Special Needs Families on Saturday, March 28, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. There will be lots of games, zipline, bounce house and something for everyone. Lunch will be served to those attending. For more information, contact the church at 675-3587.
Spring is here! And everywhere are plants for sale, lawn and garden information provided and area clean-ups taking place.
Plantasia! at Mobile Botanical Gardens continues Sunday, March 22 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Gardens is located in Langan Park.
Home Depot is conducting a "Lawn Equipment Workshop" at Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, on Wednesday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. The Center's number is 649-2010.
On Saturday, March 28, 8 a.m.-noon, Tillman's Corner area will be part of the Great American Clean-up sponsored by Keep Mobile Beautiful. Volunteers will meet at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Call Phyllis Wingard, 402-7940 or Tina Poiroux, 666-2488 for information or to volunteer.
The Horticulture Program at Bryant Career Technical Center, 8950 Padgett Switch Road, will have bedding plants for sale in March, Monday-Friday, 8-10 a.m. and noon-2 p.m. Their annual Spring Fest plant sale will be Saturday, April 4, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. In addition to plants, Spring Fest offers for sale patio furniture from the construction and welding programs. Items are produced by students as training for careers in related fields. Contact Grace Jones at email@example.com for more information.
Fowl River Area Civic Association's annual SpringFest (Pancake Breakfast) is Saturday, April 18, 8-11 a.m. at Fowl River Community Center, 5401 Fowl River Road. Tickets may be purchased at the door or from a FRACA member; the cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children 10 and younger. The event, the only fundraiser for FRACA, includes a silent auction and a bake sale. Call 973-9262 for information or to make a donation.