Special occasions, galas, fundraisers and fun:
* McKemie Place volunteer Shelli Bell is asking for no longer used and broken jewelry for a project for the homeless women at the shelter. The plan is for the women to taken broken, discarded pieces of jewelry and turn them into a beautiful, new whole. Shelli said that those who wish to donate can drop off the jewelry at her office at 6271-A Grelot Road or she'll make arrangements to meet the donor. Call her at 251-680-7848.
* Permian Monsters: Life before the Dinosaurs at the Gulf Coast Exploreum is open to the public starting February 14th.
* A Valentine's Dance & Dinner is Tuesday, February 13, 5 p.m. at Coastal Response Center, South Bay Project, Community Center, Coden (7385 Highway 188.) The party is for everyone--couples, singles, families. It is hosted by The Band Cherry Pie. It's a covered-dish dinner, so guests can bring a dish, but it is not required.
* The Booster Club at St. Vincent West Campus (Grace United Methodist Church, 7450 Three Notch Road) is holding a Fish Fry on February 16, 5-7:30 p.m. The event will benefit St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, which sustained damage from a fire in December 2017.
* Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 p.m. is Semmes Night with the Jaguars at Stanky Field. To purchase tickets, go to jaguarathleticfund.com/semmes or call 251-461-1USA.
* Environmental Studies Center's "Skywatch" on Wednesday, February 21, 7-8:30 p.m. has something for everybody. Visitors can observe the moon, star clusters and other celestial bodies through a telescope. For more information, call 251-221-5000.
* St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School Benefit Bingo is Friday, February 23, 6-9 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Early Bird and Special Game Cards are $2 each. Bingo packages (10 cards) are $10 each. There'll also be raffles and concessions.
* On Saturday, March 3, 8 a.m.-noon, Grand Bay Fire District, 8425 Grand Bay Wilmer Rd S, is planning a CPR training/recertification class for the Firefighters and will have limited seating available for the general public to attend, as well. The only cost will be for a CPR card if you want one. If you are interested in taking this free class, pre-register by calling 251-865-6105. Since this is a training class; please do not bring children.
* Moe's Tillman's Corner location, 4419 Rangeline Road, is holding a benefit for St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, which was damaged in a fire in December, 2017. The event is March 7, 5-8 p.m. Suggested donation is $5 with all proceeds going to St. Vincent.
* "Over the Edge," an event in which nearly a hundred daredevils rappel down the Marriott Hotel for Charity, is hosted by The 74 Club of Mobile on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10, 2018. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of $1,000 to support the charitable efforts of The 74 Club and Dennis Langan Construction and local non-profits, Anchor Cross, The Beverly Burton Scholarship Fund, Camp Smile, The Family Center, The Shriners Children's Transportation Fund, The Down Syndrome Society of Mobile and Marine Corps League. Go to https://otemobile.comfor information on registration.
* The Women's Resource Center Celebration Banquet 2018 is Tuesday, March 13, 5-9 p.m. at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, 1 S Water Street, Mobile. A Silent Auction begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person; Tables of 10 start at $600. For ticket information, call 251-473-4000 or visit http://www.savalifemobile.org/Pages/Celebration-Banquet/
* Queens with Dreams Meet and Greet is Tuesday, March 20, 5-6:30 p.m. at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Boulevard. A presentation will begin at 6 p.m. Queens with Dreams is a Social Philanthropy Organization that believes in sisterhood and giving back and celebrates the year with a Mardi Gras Style Ball. For tickets or to find out more about the Queens with Dreams, visit www.queenswithdreams.com.
* For the 5th year, SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce will honor dozens of Mobile County's First Responders. The event is a breakfast on Wednesday, March 28th at 9 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Enjoying the food, music, door prizes and the recognition they deserve will be fire fighters, police officers, Sheriff's deputies, Constables, EMTs and other first responders. RSVP at 251-666-2488 or or email@example.com.
* Vintage Market Days of Mobile AREA - Spring 2018 Event is February 23-25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road North, Mobile. General Admission tickets are $5 each
* Christ UMC Spring Bazaar is Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 6101 Grelot Road. The public is invited to "Come browse items from local vendors, enjoy food from local food trucks, and let your family enjoy time on our inflatables!" Those who would like to be a vendor, visit christumcmobile.com/springbazaar.
* The 2018 Dauphin Island Chili & Wings Cook-Off is set for Saturday, February 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pirate's Bar & Grill parking lot. Local and regional teams will square off to see who has the best chili and wings while raising money for a couple of causes: Dauphin Island Elementary School and the Little Red Schoolhouse project. For a $10 ticket, anyone can join in the fun. In addition to sampling the food, visitors can listen to live music and watch the little ones participate in various activities. For more information, see the DI Chamber website or contact event co-ordinator Gene Fox at 251-370-8150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* American Cancer Society's 29th Annual Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, March 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mardi Gras Park, 104-148 South Royal Street. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com. Proceeds from Chili Cook-Off will be used for programs to teach the importance of early detection and prevention; patient services such as transportation, prosthetics and life-saving research.
* 4th Annual Downtown Cajun Cook-Off is Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cathedral Square, 300 Conti Street in Mobile. Attendees can enjoy tasting delicious eats from 20+ competitive teams, live music, cold drinks, games, giveaways, and a great time. Each ticket includes a tasting of more than 20 dishes. Limited tickets, available at www.cacmobile.org, are $13 online or $10 in person at the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile or Arrow Exterminators Mobile & Baldwin County, Mellow Mushroom Midtown and Mellow Mushroom Old Shell Road. Tickets are $15 at the gate on the day of the event. Children 6 and younger attend free with a paid ticket. No pets are allowed.
* The Dauphin Island Veterans' Association benefit fundraiser, 2018 DIVA Chili Cook-Off is on Saturday, March 24 (Rain Date March 31.) All are welcome to attend. Registration forms for teams are available at Pelican Pub. Fee to participate is $20 per 3-member team or $15 if paid before March 1st. Tasting will start at noon. For a $5 donation for each taster, visitors can have a taste of the world's best chili. Funds raised will go toward DIVA projects. For more information, call Pelican Pub at 251-861-7180.
Events for Children/Teens/Families:
* Celebrate Valentine’s Day! Children Ages 3 and older, Wednesday, February 14, 3 p.m. at Saraland Public Library, 111 Saraland Loop. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, youngsters are invited to the library for games, crafts, and so much more! For more information, call 251-675-2879.
* "Matinee @ the Library - Family Features" at West Regional Branch, 5555 Grelot Road, presents "Moana" on Thursday, February 15, 2-4 p.m. The film runs 113 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-470-7766.
* Library Day For All Ages, Friday, February 16, 2-4 p.m. at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street, is an afternoon of fun. There'll be gaming, a film screening of "Beauty and the Beast," popcorn and more. The film runs 129 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-208-7086 or email email@example.com.
* On Saturday, February 24, 10:30 a.m., "Tiny Tales & Play Time - Black History Month," is a time when families with young children are invited to the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street, for stories, crafts and play. For more information, call 251-208-7086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The Young Authors' Conference, sponsored by Metro Mobile Reading Council will be at the West Regional Branch Library on March 17, 2018. The guest author and presenter for the YAC will be Jerry Pallotta. For more information, call Elizabeth Gillespie 251-391-5376 or email email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
* The Semmes Camellia Maids Program is looking for girls in the 6th through 11th grade who live in the Semmes area and are interested in representing Semmes Heritage Park at many events and activities. The deadline for applying is March 31. For more information and application, go to Semmes Heritage Park Facebook page and send a message for an application.
Chambers of Commerce:
* Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce February Membership Luncheon will be Wednesday, February 14, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at Saraland Civic Center, 716 Mae Street in Saraland. Guest speaker, James Thomasson, will give a presentation on the recent tax reform and how it will affect us as individuals and our small businesses. To RSVP, contact the Chamber at 675.4444.
* Semmes Chamber of Commerce is taking orders for Bloomin' Lollipops Gourmet Chocolate-Covered Apples--just in time for Valentines Day (or after.) Price is $7 each. Call the Chamber at 251-660-4808 for information or to place an order.
* Chickasaw Chamber of Commerce meets on the third Tuesday of each month (February 20) at 11:45 a.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street. Residents and businesses are welcome.. Topics of interest will be presented each month.
* "Coffee with the Chamber" for SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce is Tuesday, February 20, 7:30 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. The event is free for members and $5 for potential members. RSVP at 251-666-2488.
* Semmes Chamber of Commerce February meeting is Wednesday, February 21, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at Pathway Church, corner of Moffett Road and Ching Dairy Road.
* The 181st Annual Meeting of Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce is Thursday, February 22, 5-8:30 p.m. at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, 1 S Water Street, Mobile. Liz Freeman with Long’s Human Resource Services will give a quick overview of the best of 2017, and Brian Willman with Regions Bank will take the reins as the Chamber’s 2018 board chair. Tickets are available at events.mobilechamber.com.
* Semmes Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Semmes Azalea Festival, Saturday, March 3 beginning at 9 a.m. Call 251-660-4808 or see Chamber Facebook--applications are available for the BIG 5K Challenge, vendors and crafts booths, Car Show and other events.
* Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce is holding the 2018 Member Appreciation Day on Thursday, March 22, 4-6 p.m. at the Chamber, 451 Government Street, Mobile. The event includes food and live music.
Hiring Events/Job Fairs:
* On Wednesday, February 28, 9 a.m.-noon, Unemployment Eliminators LLC is hosting a Job Fair at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 1620 S. Broad Street in Mobile. Job seekers may register for free and have the opportunity to meet with employers that they might not be able to access any other way. Employers should contact the organization directly for vendor information (see Facebook page.)
* On March 22, 2018, the Mobile Career Center will be host the 2018 Mobile Veterans Job Fair ( MVJF) in conjunction with Region 7 of Alabama. Hundreds of qualified applicants will be on hand to fill current vacancies; businesses are encouraged to sign up now to reserve a station. There is no cost to vendors, but they must pre-register by February 22. For more information, contact Marcus Brown, Local Veterans Employment Representive, at 515 Springhill Plaza Ct., Mobile; 251 461 4448 or Marcus.firstname.lastname@example.org.
History/historical exhibits and activities:
* The History Museum of Mobile, 111 S. Royal Street, downtown Mobile, now is showing the exhibit "Titanic: Honor & Glory." For more information regarding Titanic Honour & Glory, contact Marketing and Event Coordinator, Gavin Snyder at 251.301.0273 or email@example.com.
* "Dark Tourism and the Holocaust - Amsterdam & Auschwitz" is scheduled on Wednesday, February 21, 6 p.m. in Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library. For more information on this program, call 251-251-460-6867.
* The Tristan de Luna Chapter, Alabama Society Daughters of the American Revolution invites the public to a Genealogy Seminar on Saturday, February 24, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at West Regional Branch Library, 5555 Grelot Road. Participants are encouraged to bring their basic family chart or information to help facilitate questions and discussions on how to proceed in their family research. Sign in and coffee available beginning at 9 a.m., with the first session starting at 9:30 a.m. Lunch break will be 12:15-1 p.m. Registration is required. Fee for the workshop is $35, which includes handouts and a box lunch for each participant. Make checks payable to Tristan de Luna Chapter NSDAR. Mail checks and registration information (name, address, email & telephone number) to Susan Crowson, Genealogy Seminar, 1219 Elmira Street, Mobile, AL 36604-2347. Checks must be received no later than February 17. For more information on the workshop, contact Susan Crowson at 251-438-4739 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Conde-Charlotte Museum Learning Lunch, hosted by Alabama Civil War Heritage Trails, is Wednesday, March 7, noon-1 p.m. at the History Museum of Mobile, 111 S. Royal Street. Mobile Architectural Historian, Cart Blackwell, will tell the winding history of one of the oldest houses in the state: the Conde-Charlotte Museum. For more information, call 251-208-7569 or visit www.historymuseumofmobile.com/
* Historic Mobile Preservation Society's "Celebrate Historic Mobile" event, hosted by Historic Oakleigh House Museum and Historic Mobile Preservation Society, is Thursday, March 8, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, March 9. The program will include a number of programs and activities celebrating our city's rich history and unique architecture. Visitors have the option to participate in a number of historically oriented tours and special events, including the Living Spaces tour, the Sacred Spaces tour, the Resting Places tour, and the Legends and Libations pub crawl. Visit www.historicmobiletour.com for more information.
* The 10th Annual Mobile Chocolate Festival to benefit Penelope House shelter for victims of domestic abuse, is Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road North. Tickets are available at www.evntbrite.com. Advance tickets are $3, cash only, available for purchase at the following locations: Penelope's Closet, Flour Girls, Bloomin' Lollipops, Three
Georges-Dauphin Street and other local venues. Tickets on day of event are $5; children 13 and younger enter free. There's plenty of free parking.
* The 6th Annual Satsuma Swamp Fest, sponsored by Friends for Satsuma Schools, is Saturday, March 3, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on the campus of Satsuma High School, 1 Gator Drive, Satsuma. There'll be plenty of entertainment to interest all ages. For more information on SwampFest, call Shirley Presnall, 251-675-0421 or 251-680-1311.
* 16th Annual Semmes Azalea Festival--March 3, Mary G Montgomery campus.
* "Last Friday Art Night," hosted by Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council, is Friday, February 23, 5-7 p.m. at Islanders Restaurant & Bar, 1504 Bienville Boulevard.
* Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council (DIHAC) presents "Creative Mondays!" The event is hosted by and will be at Dauphin Island Baptist Church (Resort Ministries Center), 909 DeSoto Avenue, Dauphin Island. On Monday, February 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hand-Built Pottery Class with instructor: Steve Myers, and from noon-3 p.m., there'll be Encaustic Art Workshop (Acrylic paint and hot wax etched on wood) with instructor Juli Day. All materials are included; space is very limited. To sign up for a class or workshop, send an email to email@example.com. Donations are requested and appreciated. Also is an invitation to join Jean Cockrell and friends with for "Celebrating the Arts" at Dauphin Island Baptist Church (Resort Ministries Center) on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, 10:30 a.m. This is an open studio event; students: bring your own art or craft project and enjoy the fellowship.
* Family Festival Day at Mobile Museum of Art is Saturday, February 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This a day of free family activities celebrating MMoA's new exhibitions. With musical and interactive dance performances by Deborah Ferguson aka The Dancing Story Lady and Gloria Petit Williams, all ages are invited to explore themes of African American identity in the MMofA photography exhibition, Posing Beauty in African American. The Museum is at 4850 Museum Drive in Langan Park.
* "Art After Hours," hosted by Sway Downtown and Mobile Arts Council, is Tuesday, February 27, 5:30-7 p.m. at Sway Downtown, 10 S Conception Street. Attendees can learn more about Mobile's thriving arts community and culture at Mobile Arts Council's newest event "Art After Hours." There to enjoy will be complimentary wine, beer samples from Oasis Texas Brewing Company, as well as light appetizers. Every other month, a different MAC organization will host all members of the community at a FREE networking event featuring refreshments, entertainment and community-driven networking.
* On Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m., Bishop State Community Foundation will host "An Evening with Dr. Synthia Saint James" at the Mobile Museum of History, 111 S Royal Street. Ticket information can be found at BSCCfoundation@Gmail.com or EventBrite.com.
* Architectural Landscape Painting with Colleen Comer is Thursdays, March 1-29, 10 a.m.-noon at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Cost is $200/$160 members; EARLY BIRD: $180/$140 members ;Register by 02/15/2018 for Early Bird Price. Supply list will be available upon registration. For more information, go to mobilemuseumofart.com.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens' Botanical Art III - Working with Watercolor will be on Fridays through March 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive. . Class fee is $125 for members and $150 for non-members. For more information, go to www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens "Garden Sketch Club" will be every Friday through June 1 at 2 p.m. MBG is at 5151 Museum Drive. For this Sketch Club, all levels of experience are invited. General admission is $5 for non-members.
Book Clubs, readings, book signings, storytelling, recitations:
* Bayside Book Club will meet Thursday, February 15, 6 p.m. at Parkway Branch, 1924-B Dauphin Island Parkway. This month's topic of discussion is "The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper" by Phaedra Patrick. For more information, call Betty Fowler at 251-476-2600 or 251-208-7097.
* On Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 p.m., A Page in Time Book Club will meet at West Regional Branch Library to discuss "The Half-Drowned King" by Linnea Hartsuyker. A Page in Time's subjects are Historical Fiction. For more information, call 251-340-8561.
* Classics Revisited Book Club meets on Monday, February 26, 6:30 p.m. at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. This months topic of discussion is "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole. For more information, call 251-208-7902.
* Heart and Soul Book Club will meet Tuesday, February 27, 6-7:30 p.m. to discuss "The Five Love Languages."
* Friends of the Mobile Public Library is holding a BOOK SALE, March 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and March 25, 1-6 p.m. The event will be at Abba Shrine Auditorium, 7701 Hitt Road. For more information on the Book Sale, contact Amber Guy at 251-208-7902 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
* 10th Annual Saraland Lions Club Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, March 24, 6:30-10:30 a.m. at Catfish Junction, 300 Industrial Parkway, Saraland. Tickets (from any Lion member) are $6.50 per person; children 5 and younger with an adult eat free. Tickets are $7.50 at the door. There will also be a drive-through window.
* 9th Annual Optimist Branch Pancake Breakfast, hosted by Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama, is Saturday, March 31, 8-11 a.m. at 1517 Plaza Drive, Mobile. Proceeds benefit youth programs within the Branch. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased directly from the Branch or online at www.bgcsouthal.org/pancake.
Crafts/arts and other vendor shows:
* Dauphin Island Campground will host a Garage and Craft Sale in the Rec Room on Saturday, February 17, 9 a.m.-noon. Contact Mary LaFond, 815-383-3237 for additional information.
* Abba Shrine Craft & Attic Show Event is February 17 and February 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Abba Shrine auditorium is at 7701 Hitt Road near Schillinger Road. Admission is $2; concessions available for purchase. (Cash only for Admission and Concessions) Booth fee is $35 for first table and $10 for each additional table. For additional booth information, contact Elsie Davis, 251-895-3821.
* On Saturday, February 24, 1-3 p.m., the Dauphin Island Campground Clubhouse will be the site of the Snowbirds arts and crafts display and sale. There'll also be live music and refreshments; the event is free to the public. Snowbirds who would like to display can reserve a space by contacting Barbara Knecht at 217-827-4884.
* The 16th Annual Semmes Azalea Festival, held on the campus of Mary G. Montgomery High School in Semmes, is Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Vendors and crafters are encouraged to participate. To apply, download form at www.semmeschamber.org. Booths are $50 with $30 added if utilities are needed. For more information, call sponsor Semmes Chamber of Commerce at 251-660-4808.
* The Fowl River Community Arts and Crafts Show is scheduled Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m.-noon in the downstairs event room at The Pelican Reef, 11799 Dauphin Island Parkway, Theodore. Space is available for 25 artists. See Pelican Reef site for more information.
* Alabama Authors Day at Blakeley State Park is Saturday, February 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Park, 34745 State Highway 225, Spanish Fort. Tickets are $27 for adults/$17 for children ages 6-12. Call 251-626-0798 for reservations.
* "Writing Nature Prose and Poetry Class" at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, will be on Wednesday continues through February 28 at 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost to members is $125; for non-members, the fee is $150. This 6-week introductory class will be taught by Gail Gehlken and Poet Laureate of Alabama Emerita, Sue B. Walker. For more information, see www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org.
* The public is invited to join Mobile’s top literary talent, including Carolyn Haines, Sue Brannan Walker, Emily Blejwas, Linda Busby Parker, Angela Quarles, and many more at the 2018 Mobile Literary Festival, March 3, 2018, at the Ben May Main Library, .For details and festival schedule, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/MobileLiteraryFestival/
* "Raising Roses," the Winter Wednesday presentation at Bellingrath Gardens and Home on February 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m., will be by Linda Guy. She will show guests how to care for roses year-round and will give a demonstration of rose pruning techniques.Reservations are requested by calling 251-459-8727 or emailing email@example.com.
* Mobile County Master Gardeners 2018 Spring Seminar is scheduled for Saturday, February 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.. The seminar will be at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, Mobile. Cost is $30 for Master Gardeners and $35 for non-Master Gardeners. For more information, call 251-209-6425.
* Bellingrath Gardens and Home's Winter Wednesday program on February 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. is entitled "Shipshape Urban Farms." Located in downtown Mobile, Shipshape Urban Farms grows hydroponic lettuces, leafy greens and herbs. Those attending Winter Wednesday will learn from owner Dale Speetjens about how hydroponic crops are cultivated without soil in nutrientrich water in a controlled environment with no pesticides or
herbicides. Bellingrath Gardens is at 12401 Bellingrath Road. eservations are requested to assist organizers in planning for each program. Call 251-459-8727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation.
* Mobile Botanical Gardens's "Can You Dig It?: A Practical Gardening Class," is every Thursday continuing through March 1 at 6:30 p.m. at MBG, 5151 Museum Drive. Tickets are available at mbgrebloomshop.com; cost is $125 for members and $150 for non-members.
* The 41st Annual Mobile Area Orchid Show and Sale at Bellingrath Gardens is Friday, February 16-Sunday, February 18. For information, contact the show chairman, Joe Paine, at 251.209.1008 or at email@example.com.
* Plantasia! Mobile Botanical Gardens' Spring Plant Sale is March 16-18 with the Preview Party on March 15. Early plant-buying opportunities will be announced soon. MBG is at 5151 Museum Drive, Mobile. For more information, visit www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org or call 251-307-5382.
Runs, Walks, biking events and paddles, car shows and cruise ins:
* On Saturday, February 17, at 9 a.m., Fort Gaines canons will fire the starting shot to begin the 22nd Battle of Mobile Bay 5K Race. For more information, see the Port City Pacers site.
* City of Chickasaw Monthly Paddle is Saturday, February 24, 8 a.m. at Brooks Landing. Kayak/Canoe Rental at Brooks Landing is Thursday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; call Kathy Couey, 251-452-6467 to reserve for a special event. It's also open to provide rental of kayaks and canoes for family outings or maybe a little bass fishing from Brooks Landing. Call Kathy for more details
* The Semmes Azalea Festival BIG Challenge 5K Run. sponsored by Semmes Boys and Girls Club, will take place at the beginning of Semmes Azalea Festival, Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the campus of Mary G. Montgomery High School in Semmes (corner of Moffett and Snow roads.
* The Semmes Azalea Festival Car Show, sponsored by Floorz N More, brings more than 60 classic, custom cars, bikes and trucks to Semmes Azalea Festival, Mary G Montgomery High School on Snow Road in Semmes. The Festival is March 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Information concerning registration and awards can be found at semmesazaleafestivalcarshow.com.
* "Breathe Deep Mobile" 5K Walk, Fun Run and Classic Car Show to end Lung Cancer will be Saturday, March 3, 8 a.m. at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Bros. Boulevard, Mobile. To register and fundraise, go to LUNGevity.org/mobile. Car Show pre-registration is $20 and $25 fee on the day of show. All types of cars are welcome to be in the show. Sponsors are still needed.
* The 6th Annual Colors of Cancer Glow Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 6:30-9:30 p.m at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Boulevard. The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to all cancers. Participants can register by mail (entries should be postmarked by February 23, 2018), in person at McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri, and Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope until noon on March 1, or online until 4 a.m., March 2. Early packet pick-up and late registration will be available at Fleet Feet in Mobile from 3-6 p.m. on March 2. Race day registration and packet pick-up at Hank Aaron Stadium from 4- 6:15 p.m.
* Dauphin Island Woman 's Club is hosting the Annual St. Jude Bike-A-Thon on Saturday, March 3. For additional information, contact Joanne Sprinkle at 251-861-3212 or Cissy Napper, 318-548-4376.
* Dauphin Island youths (Age 5-16) are invited and encouraged to attend a Free Safety Program (following the St. Jude Bike-A-Thon) on Saturday, March 3 at noon at Town Hall. In addition, The Delta Bike Project (Mobile's Community Bike Shop) and the Trek Bicycle Store will be on hand prior to the start of the Bike-A-Thon (approx. 7:30-8 a.m.) at the Water & Sewer Office to offer courtesy bike and helmet inspections and provide minor equipment adjustments. Make plans to take advantage of these opportunities to ensure the safety of the bikers.
* Get ready: Azalea Trail Run is March 24th.
A few senior events:
* Bingo for Chickasaw seniors is every Wednesday at noon at Chickasaw Civic Center. There will be snacks and prizes. Transportation is available at 251-452-6464.
* Tax Preparation for Senior Adults and Lower Income Families is being offered by the United Way of Southwest Alabama. UWSWA will prepare simple tax returns for qualified persons/must not have income over $50,000. Contact United Way at 251-219-8411 to schedule an appointment. Do not call Civic Center to schedule appointment. Service will begin February at the Chickasaw Community Shelter.
* Grand Bay Senior Citizens have a full calendar of events this month. Looking ahead to Thursday, February 15, 11 a.m., the seniors will celebrate Chinese New Year. The Grand Bay seniors meet at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90.
* Semmes Seniors have Arts and Crafts with Sandi Nezat at 10 a.m.. February 7th.
* Chickasaw Senior Lunch Outing for February is on the 12th for a Mardi Gras Field Trip. Call Stephanie Stewart, 251-452-6464 for details and reservations.
* Semmes, Parkway and Connie Hudson Senior Centers will be closed February 12 and 13 for Mardi Gras.
* Semmes seniors birthday celebration will be Wednesday, February 14 at noon.
* Semmes seniors can look forwart to February 15 at noon when Garden Express will teach a "Fairy Garden" class.
* The Weekender Crew at Connie Hudson Senior Center meets the last Tuesday of the month (February 27) at 1:30 p.m. at the Center. Singles Movie Night: Meet at Christ UMC February 16, 6 p.m. Bring a light refreshment.
* Seniors at Connie Hudson Senior Center will celebrate February birthdays on the 23rd, and two of those seniors will be 92: Charles Johnson and Mary Mustin.
* Celebrate Our Seniors" Luncheon is Thursday, February 22 at Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street. The event is open to the public; admission is $50 per person. For tickets or more information, call 251-470-5229. Original tickets can be used.
* Chickasaw Senior Adult Mystery Trip is scheduled for February 27. Meet at Chickasaw Civic Center at 9 a.m. and return at 2 p.m. Seniors should dress in casual (and warm, if needed) attire. Lunch will be on their own. For reservation, call 251-452-6462.
Music, Music, Music!
* Mobile Opera's ONE NIGHT ONLY Winter Gala Concert is Saturday, February 17, 8-10 p.m. at Murphy High School, 100 S Carlen Street. Featured singers, Rachel Gibson, Kathryn Hedlund, André Chiang, Myles Garver and Peter Lake, will present highlights from Rigoletto and Carmen. Tickets are $25 or $10 (student.) For tickets or more information, call 251-432-6772 or go to mobileopera.org.
* "Night of Classical Masters," presented by the University of Mobile - Alabama School of The Arts, is Tuesday, February 27, 7-8 p.m. at the University, 5735 College Parkway, Eight Mile. Featured will be Ludwig van Beethoven's Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 56, more commonly known as the Triple Concerto featuring faculty soloists and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy in C minor with student soloists.
* On February 24 and 25, award-winning cellist, Zuill Bailey, will be Mobile Symphony Orchestra's featured guest artist for Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2. Zuill recently won two Grammy awards for Best Instrumental Solo and Best Contemporary Classical Composition for his performance on “Tales of Hemingway,” alongside the Nashville Symphony with conductor Giancarlo Guerrero. For more information, go to http://www.mobilesymphony.org.
* The Mystic Order of Jazz Obsessed "Passing the Legacy Torch" event is Monday, February 26, 6:30 p.m. at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. Admission is $10 for members, $15 for guests and $12 for students and military with valid ID.
* Southern Gospel Singing at Saraland Civic Center, 716 Mae Street, is Friday, March 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The public is invited to join the Port City Trio for a free concert. In addition to the music, there'll be refreshments and door prizes.
* Award-winning pianist, juror of the Alabama Pianist Association, and Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow Dr. Constance Carroll will teach a piano master class and perform a recital at University of Mobile. The master class will be held March 14 from 1-3:30 p.m. and the recital is set for March 15 at 3 p.m. Both events are at University of Mobile, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile, Alabama, in Moorer Auditorium, Martin Hall. Admission is free to observe the master class and attend the recital.
* Mobile County Animal Shelter offers "Lucky" for adoption. He is a Basset/Bulldog mix who is waiting for a forever home. He is very friendly, heartworm negative, and his $80 adoption fee will cover his neuter, vaccines, wormer and a microchip. Those who are interested in adopting "Lucky" or any of the other adoptable pets, stop by the shelter at 7665 Howells Ferry Road. To follow Mobile County Animal Shelter on Facebook, Instagram (mcacshelter), or Twitter (@mcacshelter) to receive updates about adoptable pets and upcoming events. For more information on the Mobile County Animal Shelter or to view a list of all current adoptable pets, go to http://www.mobilecountyal.gov/animals/
Stage and film:
* Matinee @ the Library - Family Features is Friday, February 16, 2-4 p.m. at West Regional Branch, 5555 Grelot Road. The feature is "Zootopia." It runs 108 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-340-8571.
* The Mobile Mystery Dinner Players will present "Murder at Fruitcake Inn" on Sunday, February 18, 5:30 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street downtown. Doors open at 5 p.m. Advance reservations are at http://azaleamanormobile.com/?q=content/mobile-mystery-dinners-reservation. For more information, call 251-865-7398 or 251-479-3212.
* Rocky Horror Anniversary Show, hosted by Mystic Society of Rocky Horror and Crescent Theater, is scheduled through February 15, 8:45 p.m. at the Crescent Theater, 208 Dauphin Street, Mobile. Tickets are at www.brownpapertickets.com. Shows start following the last Mardi Gras parade every night and there will also be two shows after Fat Tuesday.
* The Playhouse in the Park presents SchoolFest Performances of “The Miracle Worker” February 22 and 23 and March 1 and 2, Thursdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Admission is $8 for students and chaperones; teachers are admitted free. The play is recommended for students in grades three through twelve. Contact Pamela Mollise at 251-422-0079 to book seats for classes. All performances will be at the Playhouse-in-the-Park, 4851 Museum Drive (across from the Mobile Museum of Art) in Mobile.
* "A Comedy of Tenors" will play at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, March 2-11. Ticket information is at cctshows.com. Fridays and Saturday, the show goes on at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, the curtain opens at 2 p.m.
* "Seussical the Musical" will be performed Friday, March 2-March 4 at W. P. Davidson High School Auditorium, 3900 Pleasant Valley Road. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. Children 4 and under are free.
* Mobile Opera Afternoon Tea will be Sunday, February 25, 3-4:30 p.m. at Bragg Mitchell Mansion, 1906 Springhill Avenue.) Guests can enjoy afternoon tea with music and a Puccini talk by Maestro Bernard McDonald. Admission is $25 per person; to make a reservation, call 251-432-6772 by February 21, 2018. Hats are encouraged.
* Save the Date: The Annual Spring Tea at Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is Friday, March 9, 2-5 p.m. at the Mansion, 1906 Spring Hill Avenue. Tickets, available February 9, can be secured at Brown Paper Tickets. For more information, call the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion at 251-471-6364.
Congratulations/Good Job/Thank You:
* Great job! Women United of Southwest Alabama, the women’s leadership initiative of United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) collected diaper donations to advance the health and economic stability for families in our area. The drive, which lasted from October through the end of 2017, collected more than 17,000 diapers and wipes distributed to four United Way partners: Dumas Wesley Community Center, Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast, Gulf Regional Early Childhood Services, and Penelope House.
* Semmes Heritage Park site lists as table-scape winners in the January 27th Semmes Camellia Festival as the following creators: First Place winner was Semmes Fire & Rescue, designed by Fire Chief Kevin Brooks and Donna Brooks; Second Place winner was Rachael Byrd Shaddix and Third Place honor went to Carolyn Owens, whose booth displayed her love of animals. (See Alabama 200 Alabama Camellias #semmesheritagepark, thesemmesheritagepark.com/blogsemmesheritagepark, semmesheritagepark.com/blog and community blog, joannemcknight.com.
* McKemie Place shelter for homeless women is thankful to BASF, who donated two washing machines from Chavis in Chickasaw and to the hree runners who participated in the Annual Charity Chase 5K on Saturday, January 27, and chose McKemie shelter as recipient of their winnings.
* Be sure to check the McKemie Place #WishlistWednesday, which is posted each Wednesday on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Items listed are the ones most urgently needed.
* The Alabama Coastal Foundation Eco-Team Recycling at Mardi Gras in downtown Mobile is Saturday, February 10-Tuesday, February 13, 2018. . Go to ACF site to select a time to volunteer. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. All volunteers will receive a tee shirt and a chance to win two Delta Boat Tour tickets courtesy of WildNative Tours.
* Post-Mardi Gras Cleanup on One Mile Creek, hosted by Mobile Baykeeper, is Saturday, February 24, noon-3 p.m. at Mobile Baykeeper, 450 Government Street. Tickets are available at www.mobilebaykeeper.org. For more information, contact Education & Outreach Coordinator Jamie Bullock at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-433-4229
* "Operation Clean Sweep" for South Mobile County Residents is Saturday, March 3, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.. This free public dumping (now businesses allowed) is at 7195 Half Mile Road at the Irvington Landfill.