Galas, Special Events, Fundraisers and Fun:
** Teachers: Plan a field trip with your students to Bellingrath Gardens and Home, a beautiful place to learn about the life cycles of the many plants that thrive along the Gulf Coast. To learn about group rates and to schedule your field trip, call 251.973.2217. For more information, visit bellingrath.org.
** At schools across our community, Feeding the Gulf Coast helps feed children struggling with hunger every weekend through our Backpack Program. Every Friday, or the last day before a holiday or vacation, children’s backpacks are filled with nutritious food that will keep them going through the weekend. Thanks to donors like you, last school year, Feeding the Gulf Coast was able to provide backpacks to over 2,400 children across the Central Gulf Coast. "Right now, there are not enough backpacks for every child who is hungry in our community. Will you help feed a child with your gift today? It costs just $3.75 to fill a backpack with enough nutritious food to feed a child for an entire weekend. A gift of $15 would provide a child with enough food every weekend for an entire month. Your generous gift of $135 will make sure that a child will have enough to eat each weekend for the entire school year. Contact Feeding the Gulf Coast for more information.
** Bellingrath Gardens is looking for "Treaters" to be part of the fun at Boo at Bellingrath on Saturday, October 27. Having a booth at the annual Halloween event is a great way to promote a business or organization. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To sign up, email the Director of Special Events, Angela Strickland, at email@example.com, or call 251.459.8868.
** During the month of August, Bellingrath Gardens and Home is offering an August Admissions Discount, a reduced rate on combination Gardens-and-Home tickets. Gardens and Home tickets for adults in August are $17 (regular fee: $21), and Gardens and Home tickets for ages 5-12 are $12 (regular fee: $13). The fee for commercial and professional photography is also discounted by 50% during the month of August. The fee includes entrance into the Gardens for the photographer and up to four participants. To book a photography session, call 251.459.8986. For details, visit bellingrath.org.
** The City of Semmes invites the public to the Grand Unveiling of the new Electronic Sign at Semmes Public Library, 9150 Moffet Road. The event is Monday, August 6, 10 a.m. Refreshments will follow the ceremony.
** At Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Founder’s Day is the 149th anniversary of Mr. Bellingrath’s birthday is Monday, August 6. Bellingrath Gardens will offer free admission to residents of Mobile and Baldwin Counties. The Founder’s Day tradition dates back to 1949, when Mr. Bellingrath invited local residents to come and enjoy the Gardens at no charge as part of his 80th birthday celebration. Guests are encouraged to tour the Bellingrath Museum Home during their visit, for an additional charge of $9. For more information, visit bellingrath.org or call 251.973.2217.
** The Mobile Police Department and the City of Mobile Special Events Department will host the 35th Annual Night Out event at the Mobile Civic Center Arena Tuesday, August 7th, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, call Officer Gary Owens at 251-208-1938 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** National Night Out at Semmes is Tuesday, August 7, 5-8 p.m. at the Training Center, 9010 Forest Streert. This is ther 35th anniversary of NNO, a partnership between the Police and cummunities. It will be an evening of family fun, including a water slide, games, food and other activities.
** "Ben's Battle" Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction is Friday, August 10, 5-8 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 6101 Grelot Road, Building F. Tickets are $25 per person. For tickets, call Beth Burleson, 251-402-1782 or Meg Cobb, 251-610-2779.
** Conde Cavaliers 36th Annual Mardi Gras Fishing Rodeo is Saturday, August 11, 6 a.m. at Dauphin Island Marina, 650 LeMoyne Drive, Dauphin Island.
** Government Street Presbyterian Church's "Summer Sunday Social" is August 12, noon at Government Street Presbyterian Church, 300 Government Street. These Socials are inter-generational gatherings designed to encourage Christian fellowship through the study of various children’s books. The public is invited to the fellowship hall for this luncheon program immediately following worship.
** Alzheimer's and Dementia CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP meeting is Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 11 a.m.-noon at 3263 Demetropolis Road, Ste. 10. A second group will meet on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, same place same time. The Caregiver Support Group is held the second and fourth, Tuesday of every month at Touching Hearts Senior Care offices. This is a free event and completely confidential. RSVP at 251-445-4204 is appreciated, but not required.
** The Rotary Club of North Mobile meets Wednesday, August 15, noon-1 p.m. at Catfish Junction. Guest Speaker will be Jags Ambassador Ken McGrew. The fee for members is $10; guests, $15. RSVP only with Lydia at 251-380-7150 or Lydia@gesgc.org by Monday August 13, 2018.
** Semmes Lions Club meeting is Wednesday, August 15, noon-1 p.m. at Pathway Church - Moffett Campus, 7200 Moffett Road, Mobile.
** Rubber Ducky Regatta 2018 to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile is Saturday, August 25, 10 a.m. noon at Cooper Riverside Park, Water Street, Mobile. Tickets are at Rubberduckyregatta.com.
** The Knights of Columbus Council 13174 invites the public to "come dine with us at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church as the Kraken Catering Co. returns with their wonderful menu options." The event is Sunday, August 26, noon-2 p.m.. St Thomas is at 251 N. Craft Highway in Chickasaw.
** The Annual Luncheon of The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama is Wednesday, August 29, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Battle House Renaissance Hotel & Spa, 26 North Royal Street, Mobile. Tickets are by Eventbrite; Open seating behind sponsors--$125. (For other seating options, see event website.)
** Marx Library Learning Commons on the first floor of the Marx Library is holding a Grand Opening on August 29, 4-6 p.m. There'll be free food, live dj, door prizes and photos with SauthPaw and Miss Pawla.
** The 20th Annual Alabama Chef Challenge--A Challenge to End Hunger is Thursday, August 30, 6-9 p.m. at Fort Whiting Armory, 1630 S. Broad Street. The event is described as "a night of culinary magic as some of the area’s most celebrated chefs come together to fight hunger in our community, along with a little friendly competition." The event is a fundraiser for Feeding the Gulf Coast, whose hunger-relief programs and services provide meals to those in need throughout FGC's 24-county, tri-state service area. Tickets are $75 per person; gGuests must be 21 and or older. See Website: https://feedingthegulfcoast.org/alabama-chef-challenge/ for more information.
** The community is invited to join the Krewe of Kindness Planning Committee. Organizers are looking for volunteers to help plan the first annual Krewe of Kindness Mardi Gras Ball. Those interested may attend the first planning meeting on August 30, 2018, 9-10 a,m. at The Pillars, 1757 Government Street
** Eye Heart World Presents "In Her Shoes Gala" for the Rose Center on Thursday, August 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, 1 S.Water Street, Mobile. The evening includes stories of victims and survivors, and attendees will learn how they can be a part of the solution by supporting the Rose Center, serving local survivors of sex trafficking in Mobile. Reception at will be at 6:30 p.m.; dinner and program at 7 p.m. Dress is Orange, Black & White Formal Attire. Tickets should be purchased by August 24 noon at my.eyeheartworld.org/event/in-her-shoes/e182861.
** The Labor Day Parade will roll on Monday, September 3, 2018. The parade will begin at 9:45 a.m. from the Civic Center parking lot. Organizers say "Join us as we celebrate working people. As always we will be tossing local, union made paper products from Kimberly-Clark Corporation Mobile Operations from over 2,000 marchers." PARADE ROUTE: From the Civic Center parking lot the parade goes down Civic Center Drive to Government Street to Royal Street to St. Francis around Bienville Square to Conception to Government back to Civic Center Drive and ends at the Civic Center.
** Mobile Fashion Week 2018 will be Saturday, September 22, 6-9 p.m. at the Fort of Colonial Mobile. Tickets are by Eventbrite #MOBFW18. All seats will be perfect seats this year, so no VIP required.
** SAVE THE DATE: 2nd Annual “Gulf Seafood Gala”™, is Saturday, October 6, 6-9 p.m, .a celebration of Alabama Gulf seafood and the rich heritage and culture that surround it. The event is at Isle Dauphin Club, 100 Orleans Drive, Dauphin Island. Visitors will enjoy tastings of delectable Gulf seafood prepared and presented by local and regional chefs. The event will also celebrate the 60th anniversary of historic Isle Dauphine Club. Local art, live musical entertainment and adult beverages will round out a wonderful evening on Dauphin Island.Proceeds will benefit Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization dedicated to showcasing and educating the public about the rich heritage and culture of Dauphin Island and South Mobile County, AL, and improving the quality of life through the arts.
** SAVE THE DATE: Tickets for the 2nd Annual Land Rover Gulf Coast "Wine on the River Mobile" World Tour will be available for purchase at WineOnTheRiverMobile.com. The event will be held Saturday, October 20, 4-8 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit local charity the Fuse Project.
** SAVE THE DATE: "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," a fundrasiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile, is Thursday, September 13, 5:30-9 p.m. at Mobile Government Plaza. This event is an evening for ladies 21 years of age and older, complete with heavy hors d’oevres from local area chefs and restaurants, McTini’s, and an unforgettable evening of manicures, makeovers, shopping and more. Tickets for Girls Just Wanna Have Fun are available for $50 in advance or $60 at the door. Attendees also have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets for a stylish “Purse-Onality” at $25, $50 or $100, which includes a purse – and a surprise gift inside valued at that price or more. For ticket information, see rmhcmobile.org. Proceeds from Girls Just Wanna Have Fun directly benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile, which supports families through their House and Family Rooms. For more information about Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, visit rmhcmobile.org/girls, or call the Ronald McDonald House at 251-694-6873.
** SAVE THE DATE: The Hargrove Foundation is hosting a block party festival at Cathedral Square the evening of Thursday, September 27th. Called the Mobile Downtown Get Down, the event is for the Mobile community to join together for live music from The Underhill Family Orchestra, food from local restaurants and food truck vendors, drinks, kids zone area, lawn games, and much more! All proceeds will benefit the Hargrove Foundation, for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related initiatives in the Mobile, Alabama area.
** CIRCLE THE DATE: The 12th Annual "Pour for a Purpose "Wine Fest 2018, Thursday, October 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m. will be at Wine Fest, 911 Dauphin Street. Benefiting Catholic Social Services, Wine Fest will be a night filled with wine tasting, delicious food and live music by Cooper Trent. This year's Wine Fest will be at the beautiful Cotton Hall. Tickets are $75/person or $125/couple; see event website for ticket information.
** MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The 47th Annual Little Sisters of the Poor Lawn Party is Sunday, October 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Little Sisters, 1655 McGill Avenue. The Lawn Party is the largest fundraisers for Little Sisters. It's a family event with entertainment, food, games, raffles, yard sale, music and more. Admission is free.
** November 3, 1 p.m.-dusk, a Cotton Festival is scheduled at Tanner Williams Park. The event will include musical performances, a Cotton Queen Pageant, a Pie Contest, food and games.
** The public is invited to shop in the air conditioned Bellingrath Hall at Central Presbyterian Church, 1260 Dauphin Street, every Saturday morning during August (beginning August 4) and September from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Central Presbyterian is looking for more vendors; email email@example.com for more information.
Tournaments (fishing, golf)
** Franklin Primary Health Center 23rd Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament is Saturday, August 18, 2018 Magnolia Grove. For more information, contact Kathy Perry, 251-463-4327.
Chambers of Commerce:
** Semmes Chamber of Commerce business luncheon is Wednesday, August 8, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at Pathway Church, Moffett and Ching Dairy Roads.
** Chickasaw/Saraland Chamber of Commerce August luncheon is Tuesday, August 14, 11:45 a.m. at 716 Mae Street, Saraland. Guest speaker is Danny Corte, Mobile Sports Authority. RSVP at 251-675-4444.
** SouthWest Mobile Chamber of Commerce "Coffee with the Chamber" is August 21, 7:30 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Coffee and Refreshments will be served. RSVP at 251-666-2488.
** SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce 2018 Business Expo is Tuesday, September 11, 3-6 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Space is limited for exhibitors. To reserve a booth or for more information, call or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Runs, Walks, biking, cycling events and paddles:
** Sunday, August 12, 1-4 p.m., Port City Pacers Open House and Barbecue is being held for current and potential members. Guests can learn the benefits of PCP membership and see what the club has done over the last 40 years. PCP address is 358 Morgan Ave, Mobile, Alabama.
** Port City Pacers group is hosting the Chickasabogue 2 Miler on Tuesday, August 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Chickasabogue Park, 760 Aldock Road, Eight Mile, Alabama. Participants may enter by mail (entries should be postmarked by August 7), online at events.com until 4 a.m., August 14, or in person at McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri, or Fleet Feet in Mobile, or Running Wild in Fairhope until noon on August 13. Packet pick-up and race day registration at the park from 5:30 until 6:15 p.m. BRING INSECT REPELLENT.
** The 2nd Annual Ice Cream Marathon, presented by Fleet Feet Sports Mobile, is every Monday through September 3 at 11 a.m. The registration is $10 ($15 after the 8th of July) and ALL proceeds of the Ice Cream Marathon will benefit a charity. All participants will choose a charity of their choice and the charity that receives the most entries will be given the proceeds.
** "Alzheimer's Walk for Miss Betty (Callahan)," hosted by Cynthia Maker Stokes, is Sunday, September 23 at 1:30-5:30 p.m. at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway. Stokes says, "Let's get together to raise money and awareness against Alzheimer's in Miss Betty's honor." All participants are asked to register on the official website before the day of the event. The link is http://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2018/AL-Alabama.For more information, see event site.
Book Clubs, readings, book signings, storytelling, recitations, writing:
** August 9 at 6 p.m., Ebony Moments Book Club meets at West Regional Branch Library. This month’s topic is "A Sister's Secret" by Cydney Rax. . For more information, contact Betty Kidd at 251-470-7766.
** Tuesday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m., A Page in Time Book Club will meet at West Regional Branch Library, 5555 Grelot Road. This month's topic of discussion is "I, Eliza Hamilton" by Susan Holloway Scott. For more information, contact Michele Eli at 251-340-8561.
** On Thursday, August 16, 6 p.m., Bayside Book Club meets at Parkway Branch Library. This month's topic of discussion is "The Largesse of the Sea Maiden" by Denis Johnson. For more information, call Betty Fowler at 251-476-2600 or 251-208-7097.
** The Reader's Choice Book Club meets August 21, 1 p.m. (and every third Tuesday) for some lively book discussions. This month's topic of discussion is" The Woman in the Window" by A. J. Finn. The plot is describes as "A menacing psychological thriller that starts out like Rear Window and then veers off into unexpected places." The Club meets at West Regional Branch Library. For more information, call 251-208-7097.
** On Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m. August 23, Heart & Soul Book Club will meet at West Regional Library. This month's topic of discussion is "Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina" by Michaela DePrince.
For more information, call 251-209-3559 or email email@example.com.
** On August 27, 6:30 p.m., Classics Revisited Book Club will meet at Ben May Main Library to discuss "The Eyes of the Dragon" by Stephen King. For more information, call 251-208-7902.
** Extravagant Readers - Adult Book Club will meet at Toulminville Library on August 31, 3-4 p.m. to discuss "The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper" by Phaedra Patrick. In this poignant, charming debut, 69-year-old Arthur Pepper stopped engaging with life a year ago, when his wife of 40 years died. But the discovery among her things of a charm bracelet he'd never seen before prompts a quest to discover the origins of the bracelet and all of its charms. For more information, call 251-438-7075.
** Dauphin Island Reggae Weekend 2018 is August 10 – August 12 (Aug 10 at 3 p.m. to August 12 at 8 p.m.) The event will be at West End Beach (Sunday concert) and other venues Island-wide.
** Summertime Fun Dance at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, on August 10, 7-10:30 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door.
** Mobile Opera's Summer Sunday Soirée is Sunday, August 19, 5:30-8 p.m. at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 1058 Airport Boulevard. Mobile Opera invites the public to "Join us for an evening of exquisite dining and exceptional music." Tickets are $125/person; RSVP at Mobile Opera, 251-432-6772. Make reservations early - this annual event sells out quickly. (Tickets are not available at the door.)
** The Mobile Symphony (MSO) will continue its tradition of bringing the world’s greatest talents to the Gulf Coast with a gala concert featuring soprano Renée Fleming on Wednesday, September 12, at 7:30 p.m., at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile.
Stage and film:
** On August 6 and 7, 6:30 p.m., Mobile Theatre Guild will hold auditions for two one-act plays. "Paper Thin" is a family comedy/drama, set in Northern Mississippi, by T.K. Lee, directed by David Doolittle. "Desire, Desire, Desire" is a parody of Tennessee Williams plays, by Christopher Durang, directed by Daniel Mainwaring. Show dates are September 14-23. Eleven actors /actresses, ages 16 and up, are needed.
** Mobile Mystery Dinners players are presenting "The Deadly Housewives of Hysteria Lane" on Friday, August 10, 7 p.m. 2018 at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the play starts at 7 p.m. Dinner is catered by Naman's. Advance reservations are required at www.mobilemysterydinners.com For more information, call 251-865-7398 or go to www.mobilemysterydinners.com or www.facebook.com/mobilemysterydinners. Tickets are $59 each. Due to adult innuendo, mature audience only. There is plenty of free parking at the Manor and in the second lot at the corner of Dauphin and Bayou streets.
** Mobile Saenger Theatre, 6 Joachim Street, will present "Mary Poppins" on August 12 and "The Wizard of Oz" on August 19.. The Summer Classic Movie Series runs through August 29, 2018. On Sunday afternoons, the Saenger Theatre will feature a famous classic movie to be shown at 3 p.m., with doors opening at 2:30 p.m.ckets are for sale now and are general admission. Prices are $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under and $3 for 60+ senior. All movies will be seated on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets can be purchased at either the Saenger Theatre Box Office (located at 6 South Joachim Street; open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) or at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (located at 401 Civic Center Drive; open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) The Saenger Box Office will open at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the movie. Tickets can not be purchased online or by phone. The main concession stand downstairs will be open for snacks and beverages such as popcorn, sodas, candy, beer, wine and mixed drinks.
** Chickasaw Civic Theatre production of "My Fair Lady" opens August 10 and will run weekends through August 26th. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m. Chickasaw Civic Theatre is at 801 Iroquois Street. Tickets are available at cctshows.com.
** "MAMMA MIA! The Musical" opens August 10th and runs through August 26th at Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S Carlen Street. Performances are as follows: Fridays & Saturdays: August 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m.; All Sunday Matinees: August 12, 19, 26 at 0 p.m. and School Performance: TBA. For tickets, go to joejeffersonplayers.com
** "Once on This Island Auditions," set by The PACT are August 11 at 2 p.m. and August 12 at 6 p.m. Performances take place at Bellingrath Gardens on the Great Lawn. For more information visit http://www.thepact
** The Joe Jefferson Players are holding open auditions for William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, "Othello The Moor Of Venice" Monday, August 13, 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, August 14, 6:30 p.m. Auditions will be at Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S Carlen Street. Show Dates: November 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m. and November 4, 11, 18 at 2:00 p.m. School Performance(s): TBA To download an audition form go to: http://joejeffersonplayers.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Audition_Form-1-2016-Formatted.pdf. Read about JJP parking before arrival: http://joejeffersonplayers.com/contact/
** Sunny Side Theater's upcoming season includes Stuart Little, Mamma Mia, Cinderella, Junie B. Jones and Aladdin. For information, call Christopher Paragone 251-510-1808.
** The Playhouse-in-the-Park, 4851 Museum Drive, presents an original play: "Cinderella - The Musical." Enchanting special effects bring this beloved fairy tale to life in a colorful, rags-to-riches romp perfect for the whole family. The play will run through August 12, 2018 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for children, students and seniors. Reservations are recommended; call 251-602-0630 for details.
** "Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland Film Festival," a part of Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library's Classic Films presentation is Tuesday, August 7, 5:30 p.m. Enjoy the films of Errol Flynn and his leading lady, Olivia de Havilland with commentary and fun facts provided. This month’s feature is "Captain Blood," a swashbuckling saga about a 17th-century Irish doctor who becomes a heroic buccaneer after commandeering a Spanish galleon in Jamaica and setting sail on the high seas. The film runs 99 minutes and is not rated. For more information, 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Mobile Theatre Guild has announced the 2018-2019 schedule, which consists of "Southern Gothic: A Performance of Two One-Act Plays"--September 14-23, 2018; "Tom Jones"-- October 26-November 4, 2018; "The Dresser" --January 25-February 3, 2019; "Cotton Patch Gospel"--April 5-14, 2019; and "Boom"--June 7-23, 2019.
** The Garden Sketch Club at Mobile Botanical Gardens meets every Friday, 2 p.m., until December 28th. Artists at all levels of experience welcome. General admission is $5 for non-members. The Museum is at 4151 Museum Drive.
** Marsha Hodges' "The Woodsprite Collection" will be on exhibit in The Artists' Place Gallery, Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 7125 Hitt Road through July 28th.
** "Faces of India" exhibit of photography by Jelena Kryschun is in the Rodning Gallery--Marx Library at the University of South Alabama through September 30. Meet the Artist September 11, 4-6 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.
** Mobile Arts Council Members' Exhibition reception is Friday, August 10, 6-9 p.m.This August, the Mobile Arts Council, 318 Dauphin Street, will feature works by our Artist Members. Featured works include quilts, photography, illustrations, prints, ceramics, sculptures, paintings nearly 50 MAC artists. The exhibition will hang from August 3rd-August 30th. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on weekdays, with a special reception ArtWalk night from 6-9 p.m.
** Raise 251 | Opening Reception is Friday, August 10, 6-9 p.m. at Alabama Contemporary Art Center, 301 Conti Street, Mobile. Tickets are available at www.alabamacontemporary.org. The event features new commissions exploring hidden or overlooked issues affecting community health in Mobile, Raise 251 aims to educate and empower Mobile’s citizens by enhancing their capacity to better participate in decision-making about their health. Raise 251 provides four Community Health Advocates, representing health-disparate neighborhoods across Mobile, with one-on-one mentorship and support in bringing the issues facing their communities to the wider public.For more information, visit www.alabamacontemporary.org/events/raise-251/.
** Artist Gary Brady will have an exhibit of figure paintings at Sway downtown. The show opens August 10.
** On Friday, August 10, 1-4:30 p.m. or Saturday, August 11, 11 a.m.-2:30, mixed-media workshop with Darius Hill will be at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive.
** Art Does It Open House on Sunday, August 12, 3-5 p.m. will feature Artist Margie Delcambre's Coastal Art. ADI is at 1101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island.
** Mobile Arts Council's Art After Hours is Tuesday, August 28, 5:30-7 p.m. at Marnée's Studio, 2353 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. The public can learn more about Mobile's thriving arts community at Mobile Arts Council's newest event: Art After Hours! This month's event is hosted by Marnée's Studio. Attendees can enjoy complimentary wine and light appetizers as they learn more about Mobile arts and culture.
** Mobile Arts Council Throwdown is Thursday, September 20, 2018, 5:30-9 p.m. Attendees will enjoy live music by Yeah, Probably, food by Heroes and Royal Scam, beer by Haint Blue Brewing Company and additional beverages to ensure an entertaining evening. Tickets are available at MAC website.
** Art Does It Gallery at Dauphin Island will feature artist Margie Delcambre's special show, "Coastal Art," on Sunday, August 12, 3-5 p.m. ADI is home to many local and seasonal artists. For more information regarding exhiition opportunities and art instruction, contact Regina Kollegger, 251-214-6485 or email@example.com.
** MAKE A NOTE: Indigo Dyeing and Shibori Workshop with Aaron Sanders Head, Saturday, October 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. In this workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of the ancient practice of indigo dyeing, along with the historic pattern making process known as shibori. Indigo is one of the oldest dyes used for textiles and printing, with many countries having used the plant and its brilliant blue color for centuries.
Some Senior Citizens' Activities:
** Semmes Seniors are conducting a raffle opportunity for an Earth Box Garden System. This event is a fundraiser for Semmes Senior Center. The Gardening System also includes accessories, potting soil, 3 packs of seed and a decorative garden spike. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and are available at the Center, 9635 Moffett Road. The drawing will be August 30th.
** Golden Agers Senior Adult Luncheon at Calvary Assembly of God, 6800 Three Notch Road. is 10:30 a.m. the first Thursday of every month--September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6. . All senior adults in the community are invited to enjoy this time together.
** Chickasaw Seniors Early Bird Breakfast is Monday, August 6, 7:30 a.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street.
** Chickasaw seniors will attend Summer Classic Movies Saenger Theater showing of "Mary Poppins" on Sunday afternoon, August 12th. The van will depart from the Chickasaw Civic Center at 2:15 p.m. Dinner on your own following the movie--$3 for those 60 and older and $6 for those younger. Call 251-452-6462 to sign up for the trip
** Seniors at Connie Hudson Senior Center are having a Country and Western Dance on Friday, August 24th. Donations will be taken at the door.
** A friendly Alabama/Auburn competition to benefit ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) is Saturday, August 18 at 11 a.m. at IHOP, 4375 Rangeline Road.
** On Friday, August 10, 11 a.m., Reading PAWS Meet, Greet & Read: West Regional Library invites families to "Come meet the Pet Therapy dogs and their owners. Learn all about the dogs and the services they provide the community. Practice your reading skills with a four-legged friend." For more information, call the children’s department at 251-340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** A Free Pet Wellness Clinic for low income pet owners, hosted by Animal Rescur Foundation, is Saturday, August 18 at 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 7125 Hitt Road, Mobile. To make an appointment, fill out the form at https://form.jotform.com/82034320880146. For more information, email email@example.com
Events for Children/Teens/Families:
** Teen Friends of the (Satsuma) Library are volunteers who help children sharpen their reading skills. In addition to the pleasure in volunteering, teens have an opportunity to receive a scholarship from the Satsuma Literary Foundation (one awarded to outstanding young volunteer each year.) To become a teen volunteer, stop by the Library and pick up an application or call the Library at 251-679-0700.
** The Town of Dauphin Island and Greer's Market present the movie, "ET" on Friday, August 10th; "Up" on the 17th; "Secret Life of Pets," August 29 and "Cars" August 31. The movies are free and held on West End Beach. Residents are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and bug spray, but no pets, glass or grills. All movies begin at dusk.
** The August 10th, 3:30 p.m Matinee @ the Library (West Regional Branch) is "Ratatouille," the delectable tale of a rat who dreams of becoming a gourmet chef. The film runs 111 minutes and is rated G. For more information, call 251-340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Satsuma Public Library has a Story Time Special on Tuesday., August 14, from 3-4:30 p.m. There will be story time character appearances to entertain the children AND children will also enjoy free hotdogs, chips and a drink. Story Time Special is free and open to children of all ages.
** "Eighth Grade" runs through August 14 at the Crescent Theater, 208 Dauphin Street. A summary is as follows: Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school–the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year before she begins high school. Check times and ticket information Crescent's website. For more information, call 251-438-2005.
** "Party at the Pool" in Chickasaw--Swimming and Dancing, Friday, August 17, 6-8 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be served. Children 8 and younger will need parent supervision. It’s a family affair; admission is $2 per person. For more information, call 251-452-6467.
** "Chick-Fil-A Story Time" at The Shoppes at Bel Air will take place on the second Tuesday through August 14. The event includes a craft and is sponsored by Mobile Public Library and Chick-Fil-A. For more information, call 251-476-8361.
** On Saturday August 18, 2 p.m., "Herbie the Love Bug" will be shown at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or emaill email@example.com.
** Auditions for "Dracula" and "Babes in Toyland" will be held at the Playhouse-in-the-Park, 4851 Museum Drive, on August 27 and 29, 2018 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Playhouse (www.playhouseinthepark.org) Note: "DRACULA" - those auditioning for Dracula should be between the ages of 13 and mid-20s, and be prepared to read from the script. "Dracula" runs for school audiences on October 18, 19 & 25, 26. Public performances will be on October 19, 20 and 26, 27. All performances will be at the Playhouse. Note: "BABES IN TOYLAND" - those auditioning should be between the ages of six and mid-20s, and can sing a short song, dance, or read from the script. The show runs December 4 and 5, 2018 at the Saenger Theater for school audiences. There will be ONE PUBLIC PERFORMANCE at the Saenger on Wednesday, December 5.
** ACTING CLASSES at Playhouse-in-the-Park, 4851 Museum Drive, begin on Monday, August 27, from 5 to 6 p.m. for stage one beginners, and Thursday, August 30 for intermediate/advanced from 5 to 6 p.m. Cost of the class is $150 for a 10-week quarter. Contact Danny Mollise at 251-422-5434 to register.
** Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library is presenting a new event for teens: Dragon Hill Fantasy Book Club. The meeting is August 28, 4:30 p.m. Teens are invited to join the group as they read and discuss Fantasy Books and to tell about the books they've read and enjoyed. Call 251- 470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
** Chickasaw Christian Community is sponsoring Inner Tube Water Polo on Tuesdays through September 4, 6:30-8 p.m. for ages 8-Adult (children must be a swimmer and have adult supervision.) The event is at Chickasaw City Pool. There's no charge. Call 251-452-6467 for more information.
** Water’s Extreme Journey opens at the Gulf Coast Exploreum through Monday, September 3. This exhibit is made possible through a partnership with Mobile County, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, and MAWSS. The goal of this collaborative effort is to entertain while educating the local community about the importance of our waterways’ health both on a local, day-to-day level and on a much broader, global scale. Admission for Water’s Extreme Journey is included in general admission pricing and is free to Exploreum members. The J.L. Bedsole IMAX Dome Theater is currently featuring MacGillvray Freeman’s National Parks Adventure as well as a Summer Film Festival (Sponsored by Mobile County) featuring a different IMAX film each week all summer long. IMAX is an additional fee.
** Goodwill Easterseals is partnerning with Keep Mobile Beautiful to host volunteer clean up days at the Mobile County Recycling Center on the 3rd Saturday of each month--August 18 at 9 a.m. Mobile County Recycling Center is at 7450 Hitt Road, Mobile. For additional information, call call 251-375-4527 or email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
** September 15th is the 31st Annual Coastal Clean-Up, during which area waterways and beaches will be targeted to "Get the Trash out of the Splash." Organizations and individuals who would like to participate in the Dauphin Island Clean-Up should contacr Dauphin Island Captain Clay Bennett at 251-861-2141 or cbennett @disl.org. For general information, call 251-928-9792 or visit website alabamacoastalcleanup.com.
History (Exhibits, events, activities, books)
** The August Learning Lunch featuring. Rebecca Williams will be Wednesday, August 8, noon-1 p.m. at the History Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street. The History Museum of Mobile will hold a Learning Lunch on Wednesday, August 8, at noon. This program will feature University of South Alabama professor and co-owner of Iron Hand Brewing, Dr. Rebecca Williams. Dr. Williams will discuss the life and times of one of Mobile’s founding fathers, Henri de Tonti. The Learning Lunch series, offered monthly, allows guests to bring their lunch and enjoy a free presentation on a wide range of historical and cultural topics. Admission to Learning Lunch is free, and all are encouraged to join us. For more information on the Learning Lunch series, call Jennifer Theeck, Curator of Education, at (251) 301-0270 or contact her by email at email@example.com.
** The History Museum of Mobile will hold a special Learning Lunch on Wednesday, August 15, at noon. This program will feature University of South Alabama Art History Lecturer, Sandra J. Lee. Lee will deliver her presentation Ice Age: The First Art. This Learning Lunch is being held in conjunction with the current special exhibit at the museum, Ice Age Imperials. The Learning Lunch series, offered monthly, allows guests to bring their lunch and enjoy a free presentation on a wide range of historical and cultural topics. Admission to Learning Lunch is free, and all are encouraged to join us. For more information on the Learning Lunch series, call Jennifer Theeck, Curator of Education, at (251) 301-0270 or contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Historic Mobile Preservation Society presents a Lecture and Book Signing for "A Poisoned Life: Florence Chandler Maybrick, the First American Woman Sentenced to Death in England" is September 27, 6 p.m. at the Cox-Deasy Cottage, 115 Palmetto Street. Richard Jay Hutto authored the book. Copies of the book will be available at the lecture.
** Drop-In Family Saturday: Prehistoric Pottery Puzzles at USA Archaeology Museum, 6052 USA Drive S. is Saturday, August 11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Guests can stop by any time between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to tour the museum and create their own pottery puzzle. Admission to the event is free.
** "Octavia Walton LeVert: Civil War Years," an event hosted by Historic Oakleigh House Museum and Historic Mobile Preservation Society, is Thursday, September 27 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Historic Oakleigh House Museum, 350 Oakleigh Place. The public is invited to join author Paula Webb as she shares new and exciting discoveries about Octavia Walton LeVert and the LeVert family during and after the Civil War. For tickets and other information, go to www.historicmobile.org.
** Historic Mobile Preservation Society presents a Lecture and Book Signing for "A Poisoned Life: Florence Chandler Maybrick, the First American Woman Sentenced to Death in England" is September 27, 6 p.m. at the Cox-Deasy Cottage, 115 Palmetto Street. Richard Jay Hutto authored the book. Copies of the book will be available at the lecture.
Artists and Crafters:
** Calling Artists and Fine Crafters--A Juried Outdoor Art Show at Dauphin Sea Lab is October, 27-28, 2018. Categories include ceramic, drawing, digital art, fiber/textile, glass, jewelry, mixed media painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood. Application/jury fee is $5; booth space is $50. Submit work to www.Artists.Artsealab.org. For more information, call 251-214-6485.
Congratulations, good job, thank you:
** Deanna Murphy has been named Executive Director of Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street.
** Congratulations: Jenny Cook, long time educator with DISL’s Discovery Hall Program, recently received the Johnette D. Bosarge Memorial Award at the 2018 National Marine Educators Association annual meeting.
** Good Job! MAWSS Watercolor Contest Awards Ceremony was held Friday, August 3 at The Shoppes at Bel Air. This year's winners are as follows: Overall winner—Jeremy Bankston, “Hide ‘n Seek,” Theodore High School; 9th-12thGrade— Lindsey Imsand, “Adventure Under the Sea,” Theodore High School; 6th-8thGrade—Catherine Chung, “Dragon Boat Race,” Dunbar Magnet School; 3rd-5thGrade—Dylan LeGros, “Fishing with Dad,” Council Traditional School;K-2nd Grade—Camille Chancey, “Colorful Kayaks,” homeschool.
** Congratulations. St. Mary Parish Welcomes New Mom's Day Out Co-Directors--Ashley McLean and Alex Stroecker. For more information or to inquire about our Mom's Day Out and Early Child Care Program, contact Ashley at email@example.com or Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will also find registration information on website at www.StMaryMobile.org