Galas, Fundraisers, Meet & Greets, fun events:
* On Monday, March 12th, Mobile County Food Handler Permit Classes are being presented at Bayou La Batre Community Center, 11745 Padgett Switch Road, Irvington.. The first class starts at 9:15 a.m., and the second class starts at 10:30 a.m. Fee is $15 and form of payment is cash only. Call 251-824-7918 with any questions.
* 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/
* The Mobile Retired Educators Association meeting is Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Highway 90. The meeting will include a social time from 10-10:30 a.m. with the business meeting beginning at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, contact Ken Megginson, President at 251-604-4408 or email@example.com.
* The first "Night at the Museum" at Dauphin Island Little Red School House Museum will be Thursday, March 15. Featured speaker will be historian Robert Register who will give a brief overview of recorded Dauphin Island history. He will also introduce a new trivia game using the Island's historic street names. Jim Hall, Museum Director, will introduce the "Isle of Six Flags" with historical details and will display replicas of each flag. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and light refreshments will be available. There'll be handicap parking in the school parking lot and additional parking across Bienville Boulevard at Town Hall.
* Reeling for a Cure is sponsoring a Bunco Night to raise money for their Relay for Life team on Friday, March 16, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church of Mobile, 5101 Governmen Boulevard. Everyone is welcome to come and support this. All proceeds will go toward the American Cancer Society.Relay for Life team.
* On Friday, March 16, 3-6 p.m., Volunteers of America Southeast is holding a dedication, Open house, ribbon cutting and tours of its new facility t 1204 Hillcrest Road. Everyone is invited; refreshments will be served.
* Visitors are invited to stroll through Bellingrath Gardens with Mobile Azalea Trail Maids, Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
* Bellingrath Gardens & Home Gift Shop is freshly stocked with beautiful Spring and Easter offerings this season including table decor, scarves and hats, fluffy stuffed animals, garden tools and supplies and more. The Gift Shop is open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
* 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.
* The Community Foundation of South Alabama will hold its Annual Luncheon on Friday, March 23, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel This community-wide event attracts more than 500 attendees, including community leaders, business men and women, nonprofit leaders and elected officials. Guest speaker will be Jon Solomon, Editorial Director for Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program, and a former national college football reporter at CBSSports.com. Call 251-438-5591 for more information. Tickets are at www.eventbrite.com.
* On Saturday, March 24, 4-7 p.m. there's to be a Jewelry Sale Fundraiser for The Ronald McDonald House of Mobile. The event is hosted by Joy's $5 Jewelry Jam and Woman's Club of Saraland at the Club, 216 Highway 43 S, Saraland. Each necklace comes with a FREE matching pair of earrings." There will be door prizes, as well as giveaways, throughout the sale.
* On March 27, 2018, Foosackly’s of Saraland will host an event to benefit Police Officer Jackie Tucker. Tucker was critically injured when a gunman opened fire when she and other Officers responded to a domestic call right before Christmas in 2016. The Department will be selling opportunity tickets for an assortment of prizes. The cost for one ticket is $5 or $20 for 5, and each will come with a gift card for a free Foo Snack. Tickets will be available at State Farm Insurance in Saraland (Agent Laurel Green) and Alfa Insurance in Saraland (Agent Bradley Flowers) or they can be purchased at Foosackly’s of Saraland. The public is invited to Foosackly's on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 as the community honors honor a hometown hero.
* Women's Business Alliance hosts Women's History Luncheon & Forum on Thursday, March 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street. Tickets are available at events.r20.constantcontact.com. The theme is “Nevertheless She Persisted." There will be several prestigious guest speakers, vendor booths, door prizes and delicious food.
* March 28 is SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce's 5th Annual First Responders Breakfast. Dick Russell’s will be preparing the food. Door prizes and items for "goodie bags" are requested. Deadline to get the items to the the Chamber at Tillman's Corner Community Center is March 23, 2018.
* The 16th Annual Fat Man Squeeze Crawfish & Bluegrass Extravaganza is Saturday, April 14, 4-8 p.m. at St. Mary Parish, 1453 Old Shell Road, Mobile. Visitors can feast on thousands of pounds of crawfish while enjoying Bluegrass music featuring Fat Man Squeeze. Tickets are $30 in advance for adults, and $35 at the gate. The at-the-gate price for teenagers 13-18 is $15. Children age 12 and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase at St. Mary Catholic Church and School Offices, at Mobile Popcorn, and through the following Brown Bag Paper Ticket link: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3358671. St. Mary sends a big Thank You to current sponsors--Azalea Seafood and Gumbo Shoppe, Adams and Reese LLP, Cammie’s Olde Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe, Mobile Popcorn Company, Heroes Sports Bar & Grille, iHeart Radio, Serdas Brewing Company and Fairhope Brewing Company. Those who would like to become a sponsor can call St. Mary Parish Office at 251-432-8678.
* Assistance League® Mobile is sponsoring its signature fundraiser, “Fun for Philanthropy” on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at noon at a private venue. Doors open at 11 a.m. for the silent auction. This year’s theme is “A Place To Call Home” with James Farmer, a popular author, interior and floral designer, chef and speaker. The event will include a program featuring Mr. Farmer speaking and creating floral arrangements, lunch and a silent auction. Tickets for the luncheon event are $65 each. Call or email Susan McConnell, 251-342-3554 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information and tickets.
* St. Thomas Knights of Columbus in Chickasaw (Catholic Church) will be hosting Lenten Dinners on Fridays, 5-8 p.m., except for Good Friday. The Kracken Food Truck does the cooking...... Drinks are included for $10.. The Ladies Auxiliary will be selling desserts (Take out or dine in.)
* The Men of Dauphin Island United Methodist Church Fish Fry Fridays are March 9 and March 16, 5-7 p.m.
* Mobile Museum of Art’s Museum Store has transformed into an antique market. Antiques and objects that were generously donated to us for the benefit of the museum range from old European prints to relatively contemporary American crafts. After extensive research, MMofA has decided to part with a few of these small treasures.These unique objects will be for sale in the Museum Store while supplies last. All proceeds will benefit the Mobile Museum of Art acquisition fund.
* 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, giveawaysw.ccmobile.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:
* 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.
* University of Mobile is hosting Preview Day for prospective students on Monday, March 19. The Christ-centered university offers $2,000 scholarships to prospective students who attend a campus Preview Day and enroll. Register for a UM Preview Day online at www.umobile.edu/preview or call Enrollment Services at 251.442.2222. UM also provides prospective students with the opportunity to schedule a private campus visit at a time that is convenient. In addition, group tours are available for prospective students from churches, schools, or other organizations.
* "Library Day! All Ages" is Monday, March 19, 2-4 p.m. at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. School will be out so it's time to come to the Library for an afternoon
* 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.
* April 2nd is Children's Book Day, and the City of Semmes would like to give a book to every child in Semmes. Donations of new or gently used books are requested. Books can be dropped off at City Hall from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday before March 24th. Donations of 100 or more books can be picked up. The drive organizers will place a label in the book(s) noting the donor's name.
Citizens of the Year:
* Satsuma Community Development Organization has announced the nominees for Satsuma Citizen of the Year 2017. A banquet to honor all nominees will be held Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m. at Steele Creek Lodge. Tickets to the banquet are $15 per person.
* For the 40th year, Saraland Civic Forum is hosting the Saraland Citizen of the Year Recognition Banquet. This year, the event will be held on March 30, 2018 at the Early Education Building, 4000 Lil Spartan Drive, Saraland. The qualifications for nominations are that the person nominated be a citizen of Saraland or police jurisdiction for a minimum of two years, a registered voter, at least 21 years old and of good character. The nominee must have contributed to the betterment of Saraland and its citizens. Activities cannot be related to the nominee's normal job or activities that are income-producing. Anyone wishing to make a nomination can pick up a nomination packet at the Saraland Chamber of Commerce, from any Saraland Civic Forum member or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations will be accepted until March 15th.
* Mobile County Recycling Center Volunteer Day is St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17, 9-11 a.m. For more information, call 251-375-4527 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* “LOVE YOUR COMMUNITY” anti-litter campaign is a collaborative effort between Mobile County Commission District 2, Keep Mobile Beautiful and the Alabama Coastal Heritage Trust to encourage citizens to become involved inon-going clean-up and protection of our environment in the areas they care about most. Information and kick-off is on Thursday, March 29, from 6-7:30.p.m. at the Jon Archer Agricultural Center, 1070 Schillinger Rd. N.
* Saturday, April 21-28 is "Don't Drop it on Alabama" week and volunteers are needed pick up trash on the roadways, including -Bellingrath Rd; -Laurendine Rd; -Half Mile Rd; -Irvington Bayou La Batre Rd; -Seager Rd; -Ramsey Rd and -Ben Hamilton Rd. HOAs, church groups, businesses, youth sports teams, school clubs looking for service hours, anyone needing community hours...EVERYONE is welcome! Those interested can send an email to District3web@mobile-county.net or contact on poster.
Chambers of Commerce:
* Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce meeting is Tuesday, March 13, 11:45-1 p.m. at Saraland Civic Center, 716 Mae Street. The March meeting will have as guest speakers Andy Odle and Skip Nelson from Wilkins Miller.
* Semmes Chamber of Commerce meeting is Wednesday, March 14, 11:45-1 p.m. at Pathway Church.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce's "Coffee with the Chamber" is Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 a.m. at Tillman’s Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. The event is free to attend; coffee and refreshments will be served. For information, call 251-666-2488.
* The monthly business meeting/luncheon of the Chickasaw Chamber of Commerce will be Tuesday, March 20 at Chickasaw Civic Center.
* 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.
* 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.
Hiring Events/Job Fairs:
* 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; For information, contact Marcus Brown, Local Veterans Employment Representative, 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.
* The History Museum of Mobile will hold "Learning Lunch" in Chandler Auditorium on Wednesday, March 14 at noon. This program will feature Dr. Daryn Glassbrook, Director of the Mobile Medical Museum. Dr. Glassbrook's presentation will share the story of the People's Drug Store.
* History Museum of Mobile's "Third Class: A Titanic Irish Party" is Thursday, March 15, 6-9 p.m. at History Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street. The Third Class: A Titanic Irish Party will feature Tom Morley’s Third Class Irish Band. Attendees can enjoy the Titanic Honour & Glory Exhibition, live music, libations by Bottles Up Mobile, food trucks, caricature artist and more. Admission is $10. Members attend free of charge. A valid ID is required for entry. Do not have to be 21+ to enter. Food Trucks on site include Bleus Burger Restaurant, Bar, and Food Truck; Soul Heaven Cafe & Catering; The Kraken Catering Co.and Ben's Burga Kaboose. The event is sponsored by Bottles Up! Mobile. For more information about the Irish Party, contact contact Marketing and Event Manager, Gavin Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Award-winning historian and author Charles C. Bolton will deliver a lecture titled “World War II Home Front Mobilization in the Deep South: An Assault on Jim Crow” as this year’s installment of University of Mobile’s Billy G. Hinson Lecture Series. The talk will be held Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in Ram Hall on the University of Mobile campus. The program, which includes the lecture and a book signing, is free and open to the public.
* Historic Mobile Preservation Society has a temporary special exhibit, "Silversmiths of Olde Mobile," on display at Oakleigh House until April 2018. Admission is free. The exhibit includes beautifully crafted antique silver, dating from the 1830s to early 1900s.
* Save the Date: 2018 Semmes Heritage Day is Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Semmes Heritage Park, 3871 Wulff Road. Featured will be music and entertainment, arts & crafts, vintage fashion show, Camellia Maids, exhibits and demonstrations and family fun. Lunch plates will be available for a $5 donation. New this year will be Semmes Bicentennial Art Show at Semmes Public Library, 9150 Moffett Road. Heritage Day is a sanctioned AL200 event. For more information, see thesemmesheritagepark.com/blog and on Facebook.
* "Bark & Bingo," hosted by Serda Brewing Co. and Animal Rescue Foundation, is Wednesday, March 14, 7-10 p.m. at Serda, 600 Government Street. Serda's will donate $1 per pint for ARF, who will have dogs available for adoption in our the Serda beer garden. The event is a fun, family affair.
* Creative Mondays! presented by Dauphin Island Heritage & Arts Council (DIHAC) will continue at Dauphin Island Baptist Church (Resort Ministries Center) at 909 De Soto Avenue. Space is very limited. To sign up for a class, send an email to email@example.com. Donations are requested and appreciated.
* Dauphin Islanders are invited to Jean Cockrell and Friends for "Celebrating the Arts" at Dauphin Island Baptist Church (Resort Ministries Center) 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, 10:30 a.m. It's Open Studio so bring your own art or craft project and enjoy the fellowship.
* Architectural Landscape Painting with Colleen Comer is Thursdays through March 29, 10 a.m.-noon at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Supply list will be available upon registration. For more information, go to mobilemuseumofart.com.
* Fine Arts Spring Gala is March 15, 6-8 p.m. at Saraland High School, 1115 Industrial Parkway, Saraland. Featured will be SHS Dance Company; Concert Choir; Drama; Show Choir; Jazz Band; Percussion Ensemble; Winter Guard and Concert Band. The event benefits Saraland Schools Fine Arts Program. Check event site for ticket prices and food options.
* University of Mobile student and artist Julianne Patterson will teach a watercolor workshop for the University of Mobile Junior Torch Society on March 17. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at Mars Hill Café, located at 1087 Downtowner Boulevard.. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members and includes all workshop materials and a coffee from Mars Hill Café. RSVP online at umobile.edu/torchsocietyevents. For more information about Junior Torch Society, visit umobile.edu/torch-society or call 251.442.2201.
* 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.
* "Painting the Gardens's Collections in Gouache" is being presented by Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, March 23-April 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This 6-week botanical art class will be taught by Derek Norman. Previous art classes strongly recommended. For more information, visit www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org.
Book Clubs, readings, book signings, storytelling, recitations:
* A Page in Time Book Club will Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m. at West Regional Branch Library, 5555 Grelot Road. This month's topic of discussion is "The Indigo Girl" by Natasha Boyd. For more information, call 251-340-8561.
* Bayside Book Club will meet Thursday, March 15, 6 p.m. at Parkway Branch, 1924-B Dauphin Island Parkway. This month's topic of discussion is "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi. For more information, call Betty Fowler at 251-476-2600 or 251-208-7097.
* Ruthi Postow Birch, author of "Growing Up in South Alabama," will be at West Regional Branch Library, 5555 Grelot Road on Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 p.m. For more information on Ruthi Postow Birch go to www.ruthipostowbirch.com/. For more information on this event, call 251-208-7097.
* Friends of the Mobile Public Library organization 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, 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. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased directly from the Branch or online at www.bgcsouthal.org/pancake.
* Visitors to Bellingrath Gardens and Home in early March can enjoy the blooms of more than 250,000 vibrant azaleas in an explosion of color throughout the 65-acre estate. The Azalea Watch page is updated daily on website, bellingrath.org, to help guests plan a visit.
* The 25th Annual Festival of Flowers, "A Celebration Promenade," is March 22-25 on Providence Hospital Campus, 6801 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. For more information, go to FestivalOfFlowers.com.
* Horticulturist Heather Pritchard will demonstrate ways to bring the beauty of spring into the home at the University of Mobile Torch Society meeting on March 13. Her topic is “Dig Into Spring!” Her presentation will include a demonstration of tips and techniques. Original floral centerpieces will be for sale, with a door prize arrangement created by Pritchard during the meeting. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at Ram Hall on the University of Mobile campus, 5735 College Pkwy. Admissiont is free for members and first-time guests, and $15 for non-members. RSVP online at umobile.edu/torchsocietyevents. For information, call 251.442.2201.
* Plantasia! Mobile Botanical Gardens' Spring Plant Sale is March 16-18 with the Preview Party on March 15. MBG is at 5151 Museum Drive, Mobile. For more information, visit www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org or call 251-307-5382.
* Mid to late April is Rose Bloom Out at Bellingrath; For precise times of the blooms, check Rose Watch at bellingrath.org beginning in mid-April. Tour the award-winning Bellingrath Rose Garden during its first bloom,
Runs, Walks, biking events and paddles:
* Leatherneck's MC Bike Night At Hurricane Grill and Wings, 7721 Airport Boulevard E180, is Thursday, March 15, 6-10 p.m. The group hosts Bike Night every third Thursday of each month, from March to October. Proceeds go to support the William F. Green Veteran's Home. All clubs and independents are welcome, and participants do not need a bike to attend.
* O'Daly's Green Dress Run is Saturday, March 17, 4-7 p.m. at O'Daly's Irish Pub, 564 Dauphin Street. Tickets are available at events.com. Registration is $25 and free to attend as a spectator. Registration includes race packet, event t-shirt, post race beer and free entry to the after party with Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet and Bag Of Donuts. $10 cover starting after the 5K for non-registered runners.
* The 41st Azalea Trail Run is March 23 at noon to March 24 at noon at Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive in Mobile. The event is a two-day family-friendly event that includes 10K and 5K races, a 2K fun run, and a two-day Health and Fitness Expo. All races begin on Canal Street at Claiborne and finish on Government Street at Claiborne. The 10K and 5K courses include portions of the Midtown and Oakleigh Districts of Mobile. Pre and Post race activities will take place in the Main Arena of the Mobile Civic Center. Post race activities include food, beverages, music, vendors and awards. Ticket information is at https://events.com/r/en_US/registration/41st-annual-azalea-trail-run---10k-5k-and-2k-mobile-march-32154.
* Wiggle Waggle Run 2018 will be Saturday, April 28, 8 a.m.-noon at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore. All runners walkers and their furry friends are invited to a fun event for a good cause: The Wiggle Waggle Rescue Run benefit the Animal Rescue Foundation. All runners and walkers who sign up for the Wiggle Waggle race events, a 5K and a 1-mile walk/run, will receive a discounted admission of $5 to the Gardens for the day, along with discounts for their family members and friends. Dogs are allowed in the Gardens in exchange for a $5 donation to ARF! This is a certified 5K for humans only or a one-mile Wiggle Waggle Walk in which furry friends can participate. Food, beverages and lots of fun will be provided at the post race party for all participants. Don't have a dog? Rent-a-Rescue will provide one for $10 to join you on the Wiggle Waggle Walk. Tickets available on Eventbrite. To get more information, go to www.AnimalRescueMobile.org. For more information, visit bellingrath.org or call 251.973.2217.
* The 5th Annual Chickasha Bogue Paddle is Saturday, April 28. Registration and Check-In time begins at 8 a.m. The event is at Bill Brooks Park, 559 N. Craft Hwy., Chickasaw. Registrastion is $35. To register online, go to cityofchickasaw.org or call 251-452-6467.
* Mellow Mushroom Trivia is Wednesday, March 14, 8-9 p.m. at Mellow Mushroom, 2032 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. This is the final night of The Office trivia. Reservations are required and should be made by sending a direct message through Facebook. Please be sure to include your name and how many people you might have on your team.
A few senior events:
* Seniors at Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, can enjoy a St. Patrick's Day Social on Friday, March 16, 1-2 p.m.
* Chickasaw Senior Adult Easter Luncheon will be Thursday, March 29 at noon atg Chickasaw Auditorium. Cost of the meal is $3. For reservations, call 251-452-6462.
* Happy Birthday and congratulations to four seniors at Connie Hudson Senior Center who have passed the 90 mark. They are Walton Baldwin (91), Helen Cunningham (92), Emily Brown (93) and Ruby Cooper (95.)
* University of Mobile Associate Professor of Music Kenn Hughes traveled to Havana, Cuba, to perform with the Metro Big Band in the 33rd Annual Havana International Jazz Festival in January.
* Award-winning 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.
* The University of Mobile - Alabama School of The Arts Symphonic Winds concert is Thursday, March 15, 6-7 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 717 Cleveland Road in Saraland.
* On Friday, March 16, 8-11 p.m. and Sunday, March 18, 2:30 p.m., Mobile Opera will present "La boheme" at The Temple Downtown, 351 St. Francis Street. Tickets are $45, $30, and $10 (student.) For tickets or more information, call Mobile Opera, 251-432-6772.
* The Mobile Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will celebrate its 20th anniversary season with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” – the orchestra’s biggest and boldest concert ever – on Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 25, at 2:30 p.m., at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile. The concert packs the stage with three choirs, two soloists and almost 100 outstanding orchestra musicians. Tickets are $15-$75 and can be purchased online at www.mobilesymphony.org, by phone at 251-432-2010, or at the symphony box office, 257 Dauphin Street. Student tickets are $10. Through the MSO Big Red Ticket program sponsored by Alabama Power, students in grades K-12 can attend the Sunday performance free when accompanied by a paying adult. More details can be found online at www.mobilesymphony.org.
* A Mobile Pops Concert is scheduled at Dauphin Island, April 7, 6 p.m. at Water Tower Plaza. Admission is free.
* Mobile Opera's "Grand Soiree” promises to be an evening full of wonderful entertainment, food and wine. This event, chaired by Michael Zoghby, will be held Sunday, April 8th, 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Hotel (the Sunday after Easter Sunday.) For more information or to purchase tickets, call Mobile Opera, 251-432-6772.
Stage and film:
* Mark your Calendar: Chickasaw Civic Theatre's 2018-2019 season offers music and drama, including My Fair Lady, The Miracle Worker, Miss Bennett: Christmas, Smoke on the Mountain and Guys and Dolls.
* A Celebration of Women’s History Month: "Women Who Make America" from Season 1 of the PBS series will be Thursday, March 15, 6 p.m. at Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. For more information, call 251-208-7079.
* Mobile Mystery Dinners players are presenting "The Mystery of Shamrock Pub," Friday, March 16 at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the play starts at 7 p.m. Advance reservations are required at http://azaleamanormobile.com/?q=content/mobile-mystery-dinners-reservation. 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 suggested.
* Joe Jefferson Playhouse's production of "Cabaret" opens March 16 and runs through April 1. Performance dates and times are as follows: Fridays and Saturdays--March 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30 7:30 p.m.; PLEASE NOTE Saturday March 31:Special Matinee at 2 p.m. (there will be no 7:30 show this day); All Sunday Matinees March 18, 25 and April 1 are at 2 p.m. Cabaret is intended and staged for mature audiences. The theatre is at 11 S. Carlen Street. For more information, call 251-471-1534 or email email@example.com.
* Saturday Disney Adventure Movies at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library, 4 South McGregor Street, is Saturday, March 17, 2 p.m. The featured film is "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." It runs 127 minutes and is rated G. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Matinee @ the Library - Family Features at West Regional Branch Library, 5555 Grelot Road, will be Thursday, March 19, 2-4 p.m. The film is "Sin"; it runs 108 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-340-8571.
* Open auditions for Joe Jefferson Players production of "Ragtime" are March 19 and March 20, 6:30 p.m. at the theater, 11 S. Carlen Street. For more on roles, directors and other desired information, go to JJP's Facebook. Audition forms can be downloaded from JJP website. Show dates are June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 p.m. and June 3, 10, 17 at 2 p.m.
Yard Sales for non-profits
* Junior League of Mobile's 5th Annual Rummage Sale on St. Patrick's Day weekend 2018 will be held at the previous Old Mobile Antiques Gallery (1616 W Interstate 65 Service Road S, Mobile). Bargain hunters can kick off their shopping experience early at the Annual Rummage Sale Peek & Purchase Party. Peek & Purchase provides friends and family of the Junior League of Mobile an exclusive opportunity to shop before the general public while enjoying food, drinks, a silent auction and fun. The sale will have thousands of bargains, including furniture, bikes, baby clothes, shoes, books, designer purses, jewelry, collectibles, office equipment, even brand new merchandise and more. Proceeds benefit local community programs sponsored by JLM.
* Semmes Woman's Club annual yard sale is Saturday, March 24, 7 a.m-1 p.m. at Semmes Senior Center, 8635 Moffett Road. There'll be books, clothes, household items, jewelry and much more.
* Mary G Montgomery Vikings Fishing Team is having a Community Yard Sale and Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, March 24, 8 a.m.-noon. The event will be in the MGM parking lot, 4275 Snow Road, Semmes. For information on how to reserve a space, contact organizers at email@example.com.
* On March 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the City of Semmes is holding a Grand Opening of the Playground at the Park, 8145 Morris Hill Road. The playground opening features the first day @ the Splash Pad, face painting, food, bounce houses, obstacle course, vendors and other activities.
* Spring Fling at The Loop, sponsored by Midtown Mobile Al Board, is Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitors are invited to "Follow the balloons and shop local businesses on Saturday, April 14 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Great Sales!"
* The 25th Annual Camellia Classic Open Show will be held Saturday, April 7, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Great Lawn at Bellingrath Gardens & Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road in Theodore. The show is open to any and all vehicles, two wheels or more--there are many classes. The gates for show vehicles will open at 8 a.m. and close at 11 a.m. Judging is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Awards presenttion is 2:30 p.m. For application information online at www.mobilebaymustangclub.org and PayPal will be accepted online. Checks or cash only will be accepted on the day of show. Spectators must enter through Bellingrath Gardens and will get $1 off admission if they bring a can good donation for the Feeding the Gulf Coast Food Bank. This year's other Charity of Choice will probably be Alabama Children’s Autism Clinic.
* The 5th Annual Dauphin Island Sunset Cruise Car Show is Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Green Park next door to Ship and Shore. For information, call the City,
St. Patrick's Day events:
* Callaghan's 72nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Party, hosted by Callaghan's Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston Street, is Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. The musical line-up includes the Red Clay Strays, the Mulligan Brothers, Blackwater Brass and Devon Gilfillian. For more information, go to https://youtu.be/g1TIlZNPubw.
* The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will hit the streets of Saturday, March 17, 2018 rain or shine, for their 65th annual parade. The Friendly Sons will gather for a 10 a.m. mass at the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Afterward, they'll assemble in front of the Cathedral for their annual parade through downtown Mobile starting about 11:15 a.m. This year's Grand Marshall is Mr. Doug Brunt. The parade will include marchers from the Society along with their sons, grandsons and the McGill-Toolen High School Band. "We would like everybody to come out wearing their green and enjoy the parade and be Irish for the day," said Lee Pope, Publicity Chairman for the FSOSP.
Easter Egg Hunts:
* Family First 2018 Easter Egg Hunt at Gospel Lighthouse, 8840 Howells Ferry Road, Semmes, will be Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m.-noon. The Easter Egg hunt begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be divided into different age groups. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance, so parents, bring your cameras. Local vendors and all other activities will begin at 9 a.m. Listed are some of the attractions: • Local vendors, • Egg Hunt (10:30 a.m., • Easter Bunny, • Disney princesses, • Arts and Crafts, • Ministry, • Inflatables, • Dr. GEE's balloons, • Live music, • Free food and • Door prizes.
* Chickasaw Community Easter Egg Hunt for children aged 12 and younger is Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. at the Chickasaw Housing Authority walking trail behind the post office. There will be 3 age divisions. On the agenda are refreshments, prizes and the Easter Bunny. Children, bring your Easter basket; parents, bring your camera.
* The Shoppes at Bel Air, 3299 Bel Air Mall are inviting children to join the Easter Bunny for photos daily when he appears at his "rabbit hole" March 17-March 31 beginning at 10 a.m. Sundays, he will be on hand from noon-5:30 p.m. NOTE - Bunny takes breaks as needed and will be unavailable for photos at those times.
* An Easter Egg Hunt is planned at Axis First Baptist Church on the corner of Old HWY 43 and CreolaAxis Loop Road, Axis, Saturday, March 17th, The public is invited to the Egg Hunt for toddlers-5th grade from 10 a.m.-noon and 6th grade-12th grade from noon until 2 p.m.
* Rouses Kids Cooking Class with Chef Sally R51 is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 10-11:30 a.m. at Rouses, 4350 Old Shell Road. Tickets are by Eventbrite R51 March Kids, $13.87. Only participating children need a ticket for the event. Rouses Markets will host a cooking class for children aged 5-14on March 24, 10-11:30 a.m. This month, the youngsters will make Chick Deviled Eggs and a Twinkie Peep Race Car. Each child will have the option to enjoy their delicious creations or take them home to enjoy later. They will also be sent home with a recipe to make the chick deviled eggs. Space is limited. Sign up today.
* Town of Dauphin Island Annual Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, March 24, 10-11 a.m. at Green Park on Dauphin Island. All are invited.
* "Egg Hunt on the Hill," Hosted by Spring Hill Baptist Church, 2 McGregor Avenue, is Saturday, March 24, 9-11:30 a.m. In addition to the Annual Egg Hunt, children can enjoy pony rides and train rides, have their faces painted, play on inflatables, participate in crafts and much more. Admission is free.
* Easter Egg Hunt! Family Fun at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street is Saturday, March 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, all 251-208-7086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Saturday, March 24, 8 a.m.-noon, thousands of Easter eggs will be scattered across the Great Lawn at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. And there will be plenty of candy and treats for little ones to fill their Easter baskets. After the egg hunt, families are encouraged to enjoy other Easter activities within the Gardens. The Easter Bunny will be available for professional photos, the Azalea Trail Maids will be on hand to greet guests and education students from the University of South Alabama will hold arts and crafts projects for children from 9 a.m.-noon at Live Oak Plaza, where special Easter snacks will also be available for purchase. Admission to the Easter Egg Hunt is regular Gardens admission: $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12 and free to Bellingrath members and to ages 4 and younger.
* Family Easter Eggstravaganza at Forest Hill Church of God, 5508 Moffett Road will be Sunday, March 25, 12:30-2:30 p.m. The Hill Kidz are collecting candy to fill eggs for the event. In addition to the Egg Hunt, there'll be free food, coffee, laser tag, a train and a petting zoo. Everyone is invited.
* Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt is Sunday, March 25, 6-8:30 p.m. at Orchard Assembly, 10245 Howells Ferry Road, Semmes.
* "Celebrate Easter!" for children aged 3 and older is Thursday, March 29, 6 p.m. at Saraland Public Library, 111 Saraland Loop. This event is a celebration of all things Easter – arts and crafts and an egg hunt in the Library. Bring your cameras and take a picture with special guest, the Easter Bunny. Groups must register. For more information or to register, call 251- 675-2879.
* Easter Weekend at Oak Park Church, 3321 Sollie Road, is March 30, 7 p.m.-April 1, 1 p.m. Starting Good Friday at 7 p.m., the church will have a Night of Worship. Saturday, there'll be a community-wide Easter Egg Hunt that children will love--Inflatables, balloons, face painting, crafts, and free food. Sunday morning, Oak Park will have two services, one at 9 a.m. and the other at 11 a.m.
* A community Easter Egg Hunt will be held on March 31, 10 a.m. at Cadillac Square on Dauphin Island.
* Described as "Mobile's Biggest Easter Egg Hunt with 50,000 colorful, candy-filled plastic eggs ready for your children to collect" is at Baker High School on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Pre-register at www.easterinmobile.com or that morning with registration beginning at 9 a.m. The event begins at 10 a.m. Presenters are giving away an ATV and iPads, in addition to the egg hunt.
* Creola Assembly of God is hosting a Pancake Breakfast and Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m.-noon. Everyone is invited. Children can also meet the Easter Bunny!
* On Saturday, March 31st, at 3 p.m. Mobile City District 3 will hold its 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Taylor Park, 1050 Baltimore Street.
* Community Egg Hunt, hosted by Fountain of Life Church, is planned for Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m.-noon at Amelia City Park, 716 Mae Street, Saraland. There'll be 15,000 eggs to hunt, games, food, face painting, hay ride, Nerf wars and other activities.
* Tanner Williams United Methodist Church's Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, March 31, 10-11:30 a.m. at the church, 1550 Grand Bay Wilmer Road N.
Easter Church Services:
* Easter at Dayspring Baptist Church, 2200 Cody Road S, is Saturday, March 31, 6 p.m. or Sunday, April 1, 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
* Easter at Pathway Church, 7200 Moffett Road, is Sunday, April 1, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. and at the Airport Campus, 10775 Airport Boulevard, Sunday, April 1, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. For additional information, visit easterinmobile.com .
* Sunday, April 1, 6:30 a.m. is Easter Sunrise Service at Bellingrath Gardens & Home. As the sun rises on Easter Sunday, guests are invited to come and enjoy a special Sunrise Service with friends and family on Live Oak Plaza. The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. and is open to everyone in the community. Complimentary admission will be given to guests from 6 - 8 a.m. on Easter Sunday. A limited number of chairs will be set up, and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. A hot breakfast will be available for purchase after the service. In case of inclement weather, the service will be moved indoors into the Magnolia Café.
* Chickasaw Easter Sunrise Service is Sunday, April 1, 6:30 a.m. at the amphitheatre. First Baptist Church of Chickasaw will lead the service.
* Dauphin Island Community Easter Sunrise Service will be held on the Great Lawn within the walls of Historic Fort. Gaines on the Island's east end. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Other Easter events:
* The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa's decadent Easter Brunch in the Crystal Ballroom is Sunday, April 1, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The Battle House is at 26 N Royal Street, Mobile. Cost is $64 per person, children 6-12 is 1/2 price and children younger than 6 eat free. The menu is posted on the event Facebook page. Reservations are required; call 251.338.5441.