Volunteers of America Southeast 6th Annual Operation Backpack is going on now through August 4th. To make a difference in the lives of children in our community, help VOASE with the collection of new backpacks and school supplies for children in need. Contact VOASE Community Liaison Janet Hyde, firstname.lastname@example.org or 338-1294 for information.
The July 14 Women's Info Networking meeting, to be hosted by Hope Laird with Roberts Brothers Real Estate and Stephanie Daniels with Premier Designs Jewelry, will be at 8 a.m. at Roberts Brothers, 6721 Grelot Road, Suite A. For more information, visit website www.womensinfonetworking.com.
On Thursday, July 16 at 6 p.m., the Bayside Book Club will meet at Mobile Public Library Parkway Branch. The July selection for discussion is Rick Bragg's "Jerry Lee Lewis in His Own Words." The August selection is Thomas Hardy's "Far from the Madding Crowd." For more information, call Betty Fowler, 476-2600.
St. Thomas Catholic Church, 219 N. Craft Highway in Chickasaw is holding its second yard sale this month--July 18. Look for reduced prices on trinkets, decorations, clothes, furniture and more.
On Tuesday, July 14, 6:30 p.m., NextDoor Community Action Group will meet at Riverside Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 3130 Dauphin Island Parkway. This meeting will be a potluck Summer-Salad Social with salads and desserts to go along with the fried chicken provided by the CAG. First responders in the area are invited. Lt. Travis Dannelley of the Mobile Police Department will give an update on criminal activity in the community and answer questions of concern to citizens. Don't forget to bring non-perishable food items for the DIP Ministerial Association's Food Pantry.
"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.
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 teens in Explorer Post 149 have a production of "Peter Pan" on July 17-19 and July 24-26 at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street.. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $10 and can be bought online through the website, www.cctshows.com or at the door the night of the performances. Catie Nalor is directing and Emily Ericson stars as Peter Pan.
The topic for Wonderful Wednesday at Bellingrath Gardens and Home on July 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m. is "Protecting Pollinators in Your Garden." The session will be led by Horticultural Consultant Harvey Cotton. Those attending can learn how their garden can attract and protect bees, butterflies and other essential pollinators. Cotton will also sign his books after the program. Call 973-2217 or visit www.bellingrath.org for details.
Coming up on July 22, 9 a.m.-noon, Wonderful Wednesday 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.
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.
Author John Sledge will hold a book-signing for his latest publication, "The Mobile River," from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, at the History Museum of Mobile. The free event also features the antebellum music of the Kracker Dan band.
The Fifty Plus Club will hold its semi-annual bingo fundraiser on Sunday, July 26, beginning at 11 a.m. 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.
Among the regularly scheduled activities for Chickasaw seniors is Senior Adult Bingo every Wednesday at noon at Chickasaw Civic Center on Grant Street. The fun time includes snacks and prizes. For transportation, call 452-6464.
Members of Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, have lunch from Hickory Pit Too at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 16 (sign-up requested) and a celebration for those with July birthdays at 12:30 p.m. For a calender of events or other information, call 649-2010.
Among the Parkway SAIL Center senior activities is the Creative Writing Class with Judy Gammage on Tuesday, July 14. Call 471-2503 for information.
The Senior Dance at Tillman's Corner Community Center July 16, 7-10 p.,m. features the music of Dumas McLaney's County Line Band. Call 661-5827 for details.
Many activities are planned at Dauphin Island over the next week. There's the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo July 16-19 at the Rodeo Site. Log onto www.adsfr.com/ or other similar sites for more information on this 82nd annual event.
And because last year's Rodeo Music Festival was so popular, it is on the schedule again with the Town and Island businesses sponsoring the activities. Beginning Thursday, the 17th at 6 p.m. there'll be music all weekend, featuring among the performers the Modern El Dorados, Disciples of the Crow, Bruce Jones, Delta Reign Duo and Carla and the Sand Fleas at venues from the ADSFR Site to Fins Bar to Green Park. Included on Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. will be Christian music at Dauphin Island Baptist Church. For a complete line-up of performers, times, and venues, visit http://files.ctctcdn.com/0045d157401/2023d6cd-c46c-4956-ad41-26ccf8756bd2.pdf.
Visitors to Dauphin Island for the 82nd Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo July 17-19 will want to stop by the Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Center at its new location, 918 Bienville Boulevard. In addition to the works of many area artists, the Gallery will be featuring "Something FISHY!"--a special fish art exhibit to celebrate the Rodeo. The Heritage Room is filled with vintage photos and memorabilia of Old Dauphin Island and for a limited time only, the ADSFR scrapbook will also be available for viewing. The Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 12:30-4:30 p.m. For information, call 861-3300.
The regular schedule of free family movies on Dauphin Island's West End Beach includes "The Neverending Story" on Thursday, July 16 and "Big" on Friday, July 17. The movies begin at dark. Remember, there's always that caveat: "Weather permitting."
The Town of Dauphin Island, DI Foundation and DI Chamber of Commerce plan a work session July 14 at 4 p.m. to discuss the Little Red School Project. The meeting is at 1101 Bienville Boulevard and is open to the public.
Dauphin Island Sea Lab has one more Beach Dunes and Maritime Forest Excursion (July 14) and two Salt Marsh Excursions (July 22 and July 30.) Open to the public, these excursions promise fun for the whole family. Participants can choose the nature hike through an exotic maritime forest and onto the natural shoreline of Dauphin Island or opt for 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 email@example.com. For more information, visit www.disl.org/educational-programs/programs-in-the-estuarium.
Dauphin Island Sea Lab also has a Discovery Hall summer camp for 5-8 year olds and their parents or grandparents on July 17. "Oceans Alive" is a half-day (1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.) adventure combining arts and crafts with a beach walk and lessons in marine biology, ecology and zoology. Make reservations by visiting http://www.disl.org/educational-programs/onsite-programs-k-12/summer-programs/day-camps/ , e-mail DHPSummer@disl.org or call 251-861-2141 ext. 7515.
Save the Date! 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.
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 and have experienced the stages of cancer. Reservations are required by calling 251-639-2050.
A couple of Mobile County events coming up soon are seeking sponsors and participants.
The 2nd Annual Kids' Day at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road, is Saturday, July 25, 2-5 p.m. 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 or other details.
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.