Several fundraisers and benefits are on the agenda for the week.On Friday, June 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. the Satsuma Police Department is hosting a Fish Fry Fundraiser to benefit the family of Corporal Troy Willcutt, whose wife Connie has been diagnosed with cancer. Plates will be sold for $10 each with all proceeds going to Troy and Connie Willcutt. The dinners can be picked up from Satsuma Community Center, 368 Juniper Avenue, Satsuma. Delivery can be arranged for orders of 10 or more plates. To place an order, for more information or to make a contribution, contact Capt. Jana Dukes or Cpl. Chad Stephenson at 675-0151.
A fundraising event has been planned to help pay medical expenses for Austin Reed, a young man who has hydrocephalus and who had a serious accident in February. The benefit is Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Mobile County Sheriff's Posse Arena, 6449 Moffett Road in Mobile. Many activities will please the public while helping Austin. Call Jerry Reed, 610-7225 to make a donation or for more information.
The non-profit organization All God's Children will hold the 7th Annual Girls' Night Out event on Saturday, June 6, beginning at 6 p.m. at Semmes Community Center on Moffett Road in Mobile. Director Sonya Humphries, 209-9163, said that girls and women will enjoy entertainment, food, picking out clothing, maybe getting a manicure. Anyone wanting to donate clothes, food, school supplies, toys, make up or services for women and children can call Humphries at the above number.
The Babes of the Bay 3rd Annual Relay for Life Fashion Show and Live/Silent Auction is Saturday, June 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Dinner will be served prior to the Fashion Show. Special guests will be Queen Elsa and Anna from the Disney movie "Frozen." The characters will sing with children and pose for photos with them. For more information, call 251-599-0443 or 251-459-6902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dauphin Island has a full schedule this week. The Sea Lab presents its series Beach, Dune, Forest and Salt Marsh Excursions, with the first occurring on June 4. These adventures offer hands-on field experiences for the whole family. Cost of each Excursion is $12 per person. Children 18 and younger must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Call 861-2141 x7545, email email@example.com or visit http://www.disl.org/adventures_tours_and_talks for more information on each excursion and what to bring.
The 2nd Annual Art in the Park Nature Fest is Saturday, June 6, 2015, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at historic Cadillac Square on Dauphin Island. This free event will feature fine artists and craftsmen from around the Southeast, as well as exciting nature exhibits, programs and activities.
And the Town of Dauphin Island will host the Sunset Cruise Car Show on Saturday, June 6 at Green Park next door to Ship N Shore. There'll be a parade and judging from noon until 3 p.m. and an all day Swap Meet at Green Park. Auto show exhibitors can register from 9-11 a.m. on the day of the show.
The Mobile County Master Gardeners Farm to Table Tasting Event is Monday, June 1, 6-8 p.m. at Five Rivers Delta Hall. Admission is $65 per person and includes a delicious tasting that will encourage people to "Eat Fresh, Eat Local." For information, call 574-8445.
In Satsuma, the Summer Farmers' Market is Friday, June 5, 3-6 p.m. in beautiful Baldwin Square. For information on participating or to find out what products are scheduled for the Market, call Edith Butler at the City of Satsuma, 675-1440.
Flag Day is June 14--a day to replace your old, faded, tattered and torn American flag with a new one. Jim Delchamps of American Legion Post #250, 10950 Dauphin Island Parkway, said that old flags can be turned in for disposal at the post. Keep Mobile Beautiful has in place at the Metro Recycling Center, 1451 Government Street, a flag-designed mailbox in which citizens can deposit their used flags. And Woodmen of the World Lodge 1961, 9821 Wulff Road in Semmes, has a box on the back porch for worn-out flags. All those turned will be properly disposed of with dignity and reverence.
The theatre scene is rife with stage performances, auditions and fundraisers over the next couple of weeks. Joe Jefferson Players production of "Fiddler on the Roof" runs weekends from June 5-June 21, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. for Sunday matinees. Joe Jefferson Playhouse is at 11 S. Carlen Street in Mobile. For more information or reservations, call 471-1534 or see www.joejeffersonplayers.com.
"Mary Poppins" continues at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, June 5, 6. 7, 12, 13 and 14. On Fridays and Saturdays, curtain time is 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays, 2 p.m. Adult tickets are $15 each; admission fee for senior citizens (60+) and students is $12. For reservations, call 457-8887 or go to http://www.cctshows.com.
"Daddy's Dyin'--Who's Got the Will" opens at Mobile Theatre Guild on June 12 for a 3-weekend run. Make reservations online and pay in advance at http://www.mobiletheatreguild.org/box.html, or call or email in your reservations and pay at the door. Contacts for pay-at-the-door reservations or for more information, call 251-433-7513 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditions for "Avenue Q" at Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen Street, are set for Monday and Tuesday, June 8 and 9, 6 p.m.. Show dates are August 7-23, 2015. The musical is notable for the use of puppets, animated by unconcealed puppeteers, alongside human actors. For more information,call 471-1534.
A Wine Tasting Party to benefit Playhouse-in-the-Park is planned for Tuesday, June 9, 6-8 p.m. at Red or White Wine & Gourmet Center, 1104 Dauphin Street in midtown Mobile, in the building that housed The Bakery restaurant. Tasting is complimentary; donations are welcome and tax exempt. For more information on the Playhouse, visit www.playhouseinthepark.org.
On Sunday, June 14 at 4 p.m., the Atkinson Duo from Irvington will present an afternoon of music at St. Francis at the Point, 17280 Scenic Highway 98, near Grand Hotel. The "Sunset Serenade" is "an hour-long program of beautiful classical, sacred and folk melodies from around the world, performed on the harp, violin, piano and voice by Atkinson Duo, the Gulf Coast's professional brother/sister harp/violin team and Andrew Atkinson, organist." said Rebekah Atkinson, harpist and concert manager. For information, contact Rebekah Atkinson at 251-402-3550 or visit http://AtkinsonDuo.com or ttp://facebook.com/AtkinsonDuo.
Author and teacher Maurice Gandy will teach a 4-week course, "Self-Publishing: Best Ways to Publish Your Way," through the University of South Alabama Continuing Education program. The workshop is on Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., June 4-25; cost is $95. For information, see www.usacontinuinged.com or call 251-405-9928.
Southwest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon is Wednesday, June 3 at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Guest speaker is Judith Adams, Vice President of Marketing for the Alabama State Port Authority; the meal will be by The Wilton Caterer. Call 666-2488 to RSVP.
The Saraland-Satsuma Community Education Council, Inc. 2015 Annual Meeting and Banquet is Monday, June 1, 6 p.m. at Saraland Civic Center on Mae Street. Guest speaker will be Virginia Guy, Executive Director of Mobile Drug Education Council. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple; RSVP by May 25. Call Carolyn Owens, 604-6160, or email her at email@example.com for more information.
"Wonderful Wednesdays" at Bellingrath Gardens and Home begins June 3, 10:30-11:30 a.m. with a "Summer Garden Walk." Attendees will join Bellingrath horticulture managers for a guided tour of the Gardens to see the combinations of plants used in this year’s summer displays and new additions to the Gardens. Each workshop in this 2-month series covers a special feature of the Gardens or Home and includes tips for making private gardens more spectacular. Call 973-2217 or visit http://www.bellingrath.org for more information.
Creola Community Development Organization is hosting a yard sale on Saturday, June 6, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at Creola Ball Park. Spaces measuring 10' X 10' are available at $10 each. Individuals are to bring their own yard sale items. Call Lee Anne Green, 251-679-2527, for information.
Theodore United Methodist Church Senior Shepherds are having large yard sale Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6 in the Family Life Center, 5255 Swedetown Road (next door to Theodore High School.) Those who would like to donate items can bring them to the church Wednesday or Thursday morning, 8-noon. This sale helps the Senior Shepherds' ministry support the church and the community. The group meets on the second Tuesday at 11 a.m. and all seniors are invited; church membership not required.
From June 4 to August 13 on Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m., St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1854 Staples Road is offering free summer art classes for children aged 7-12; adults are welcome, as well. Spring Waldron is teaching the classes. Participants will need a white tee shirt for tie-dye. Call 479-0336 to register.
On Saturday, June 13, 9-11 a.m., the Creola Community Development Organization will serve breakfast to seniors and veterans at Creola Senior Center, 9618 Old Highway 43, Creola.
The Saraland United Methodist Seniors are leaving at 9:30 a. m., Friday, June 5 for lunch at the Stagecoach in Stockton. The group plans to tour an historic church in the town before lunch.
On Tuesday, June 16, 5 p.m., the "Mobile Bay Bears Bowl for Via" event is planned at the Eastern Shore Lanes at Eastern Shore Center. Individuals and family, company and organization teams can join the BayBears for a night of bowling, pizza and adult beverages and raise funds for the Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street at the same time. Individual bowler fee is $30; team packages are available at #300. For information, call Barbara Estes, 470-5229 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former University of South Alabama baseball coach Steve Kittrell will throw out the first pitch at the June 5th Mobile BayBears vs Pensacola Blue Wahoos game, which will be in conjunction with the 4th Annual Coastal Seafood Craze to benefit the Alabama Coastal Foundation. The $25 ticket includes admission to the basseball game and tastings of seafood dishes prepared by area restaurants and caterers. For more information, call (251) 990,6002, Sam Gadd, ACF.
Our Sisters' Closet has had a change in the clothing drop-off location in west Mobile. Director Terri Kearns said that Custom Closets on Hillcrest Road has been serving as a donation point, but they are moving to a new location. Donors will be advised of the address at a later date. In the meantime, Kearns said, donations can be delivered to St. Mary's Parish Sisters of Mercy Building, 1452 Old Shell Road across from McGill-Toolen High School. For further information, call Kearns at 251.423.2001 or visit www.OurSistersCloset.org.
In the Great News/Good Job Department are the following events and notices:
The recipients of New Horizons Credit Union's 2015 Scholarship awards are Brevard Williams, Mattie T Blount High School; Isis Howard, LeFlore High School; Rodsalyn Patrick, McIntosh High School; Kali Dickson, Satsuma High School and Stephen Byrd, LeFlore High
Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier passed along the following good news: The Island has recently been designated as a Globally Important Bird Area. "While we have always recognized the regional environmental significance of our barrier island, this designation specifically identifies the impacts and contributions Dauphin Island provides to a variety of bird species on a much broader scale," Collier said. "With this (designation) will come enhanced conservation opportunities, increased eco-tourism and a better understanding of why Dauphin Island deserves to be protected via a comprehensive restoration and stabilization project," he said.