Community Events and Activities for November 30-December 6, 2015 (See separate posting for Christmas events)
It just wouldn't seem like Christmas without a Playhouse-in-the-Park musical to bring in the holiday season. And this year, Director Danny Mollise will present for the public an original version of "A Christmas Carol" on Wednesday, December 9, 7:30 p.m. The play will be performed one night only on stage at the historic Saenger Theatre, 6 Joachim Street in downtown Mobile. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors. Call 251-602-0630 for reservations. School performances are December 8 and 9, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and are suitable for children aged 4 and older. Those performances, too, will be at the Saenger. Student tickets are $8; teachers are admitted free. Call 251-422-0079 for information on school performances.
Christmas Open House and Auction at Dauphin Island Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, is Thursday, December 3, 2015, 6-9 p.m. This event is an excellent opportunity to shop for those special Christmas gifts and get into the holiday spirit. Proceeds from the auction benefit Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council projects and programs. For more information, call 251-861-3300.
Our Sisters' Closet is having a Cheap Chic Boutique sale, Friday, December 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Director Terri Kearns said that the event will be in a larger location with excellent parking--Dumas Wesley Community Center, 126 Mobile Street, 1/2 block from UMS-Wright School off Old Shell Road in Midtown Mobile. There are new items, nearly new, vintage, Designer and name-brand pieces, in all sizes from Petite to Plus, as well as purses, shoes and jewelry galore. All proceeds benefit Our Sisters' Closet/SuccessAbility Services. For more information, call 251-423-2001.
Mobile Memorial Gardens Christmas Luminaries--a free drive-through presentation of luminaries and illuminated marble features depicting the life of Christ--is Saturday, December 5, 6-8 p.m. Visitors may enter Memorial Gardens at the traffic signal on Three Notch Road and see approximately 2,500 candlelight luminaries lining the roadways of Mobile Memorial Gardens, plus they get to experience the rare opportunity to see the major features, such as the Carrara Marble artwork, illuminated after dark. Also featured will be a live Nativity, courtesy of Calvary Assembly of God Church; Santa Claus; and refreshments provided by the Salvation Army. Rain date is Saturday, December 12, 6-8 p.m.
Mobile Botanical Gardens Holiday Sale, Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 will feature holiday plants and local botanical delicacies. Master Gardeners will offer for sale Fraser fir wreaths and garlands, as well as organic table arrangements and mailbox saddles. Call 251-342-0555 or visit www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org for more information.
The Tillman's Corner Lions Club will meet December 1 at noon at the Community Center. Call Ron Mitchell, 251-591-6872 for information on membership.
The SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road is Wednesday, December 2, 11:30 a.m. New Board members will be inducted by Judge Don Davis; awards and recognition certificates will be presented. Georgia Roussos Catering will provide the lunch. RSVP at 251-666-2488.
Breakfast with Santa at Tillman's Corner Community Center is Saturday, December 5, 8-9 a.m. Children 12 years old and younger enjoy pancakes and sausage for free; the meal is $5 for those 13 and older. Children will be able to pose with Santa Claus, so grandmas, bring your cameras. An on-site photographer will also post photos on the Chamber website, www.swmcchamber.com.
For parents and caretakers of children, the Mobile Public Library's several locations have Christmas activities sure to bring enjoyment to youngsters. Some are listed below:
+ Gingerbread Time, Saturday, December 12, 10:30 a.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch, 4 S. McGregor is a fun time planned for those aged 3 and older. Reservations are encouraged for this Gingerbread Decorating Party by calling 251-470-7770 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ On Monday, December 14, 4-5 p.m., youngsters 5-12 years old can participate in "Yarn Time" at Saraland Public Library, 111 Saraland Loop. The goal is for them to make their own Christmas Tree ornaments with yarn. For information, call 251-675-2879.
+ At the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street, children aged 4-8 can board "The Bedtime Express" on Tuesday, December 15, at 6 p.m. Those who have planned this Christmas excursion tell the little ones attending to "pick up a free ticket at the Children's desk to make your own Cookie Train. Then enjoy your Cookie Train with some chocolate milk as we listen to a reading of The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg." Children will also get to make reindeer treats to take home for Santa's reindeer on Christmas Eve. For information, call the Children's Department at 251-208-7086 or email email@example.com.
+ West Regional Library Branch, 5555 Grelot Road, is calling all children to enjoy a special screening of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," make a tree ornament and have a tasty Grinch treat. The feature runs 30 minutes. "A Grinch Christmas" for ages 2 and older is Wednesday, December 16, 10-11:30. For more information or to register, call the Children's Department, 251-340-8571.
+ On Thursday, December 17, 6 p.m., Saraland Public Library will present "Celebrate Christmas" for children ages 3 and older. They will make their own Christmas cookies, create their own ornament and enjoy some hot chocolate. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-675-6879
+ At "Movie Time with Mr. Butch" at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library, Friday, December 18, 4 p.m. the feature will be "The Muppet Christmas Carol." The film runs 85 minutes and is rated G. For information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A couple of events coming up in District 3, as reported and hosted by Mobile City Council member, C.J. Small:
+ A "Community Holiday Celebration" in honor of Senior Citizens' Community Care Initiative to brighten a senior citizen's holiday with Stocking Stuffers is planned for Tuesday, December 8, 6 p.m. at Palmer-Pillans Middle School, 2051 Military Road. Attendees are asked to bring one or more of the following items--socks, hats, scarves, blankets, pajamas, nutritional snacks, unflavored toothpaste, lip balms, comb/hair brushes or unscented lotions.
+ Mobile City Council District 3 member, C.J. Small and State House District 103 Representative Barbara Drummond are presenting "Holiday Parade of the 3's" on Saturday, December 19, 2 p.m.The parade will start at Palmer Pillans Middle School. To confirm your group's participation, call 251-604-4367.
Writer Jane Patrick Walls will hold a meet-and-greet booksigning event on Tuesday, December 1, 10 a.m. at Satsuma Public Library.
"Forever Plaid" is opening at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, December 4 to run two weekends. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens and students. Call 251-457-8887 or visit cctshows.com for reservations.
Semmes seniors can enjoy lunch with Mayor Judy Hale on Thursday, December 3, at noon. Semmes House of Pizza is providing lunch; make reservations for the $5.50 lunch by calling the Senior Center at 251-649-2010.
Tanner Williams United Methodist Church 31st Annual Christmas in the Country Bazaar and Gumbo Dinner is Saturday, December 5, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The church is at 1550 Grand Bay Wilmer Road. Call 251-645-1196 for more information.
Looking ahead a little, Jeanette Byrd said that the Semmes Camellia Festival, celebrating Semmes Nursery History (the town was once the Nursery Center of the Southeast United Stated) will be Saturday, January 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will be held at Semmes First Baptist Church in the Fellowship Hall this year. New Camellia Maids to be introduced are Abby Pratt and Megan Sellers; last year's Maids, Briley Kearns, Kaitlyn Read and Lydia Smith will continue to serve, as well.
Walter Creighton, a Semmes native and a member of the Mobile Camellia Society, will exhibit his camellias, and other members of the Society have also been invited to display. Byrd said that anyone who has a favorite bloom is encouraged to enter a display. The new City of Semmes Camellia Park will be available for touring and the Semmes Heritage Park will have open house that day. Tablescapes using camellias are welcome from businesses and individuals. Camellia Art will be on display at the Semmesonian Art Space at Semmes Public Library, 9150 Moffett Road. The Camellia Festival and included events are free to the public.
In the Good Job/Great News Department:
Sally Ericson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Bellingrath Gardens & Home, reported that 3,800 people attended the opening of 2015 Magic Christmas in Lights 20th Anniversary and Fireworks Display--more than attended last year. Everyone had a great time, she said.
Congratulations to employees of Alabama Power Company Theodore office for winning the Alabama/Auburn Food Drive photo contest, sponsored by the SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce. That office will receive a free lunch from the Chamber.
In the Community Needs Department:
Mike McKinley of Satsuma, who coordinates a Sunday afternoon meal for the homeless in downtown Mobile, said that his greatest needs right now are plastic forks and spoons, 3-compartment take-out plates with hinged lid, liquid dish soap and Clorox clean-up. Contact him at 251-379-9014 for information.
Lori Bosarge continues to collect Coats for Kids to be distributed in the south Mobile County area. Call her at 251-824-7265 for drop-off locations.
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