** Saraland Woman's Club is hosting a Clothes Swap event on Thursday, May 17, 5-7 p.m. at the Club House, 216 Highway 43. All are welcome.
** Classic Ladies Luncheon and Tea at Tanner Williams Historical Building is Thursday, May 17, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ladies are invited to "Celebrate a Legacy of Lace with us. Wear your fancy hat, or no hat at all. Bring your purse for a fun game. Enjoy great food, fun, fellowship, and take a trip through Tanner Williams history of wonderful women." For more information, call or text Melinda Leon at 251-623-9530.
** "Champagne for Penelope" at Domke Market, 720 Schillinger Road South #8, is Friday, May 18, 6-8:30 p.m. This is an exclusive & indulgent night with United Johnson Brothers featuring Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart Champagnes and more to benefit The Penelope House. Local Personal Chef, Cassie Powers, will pair each pour with a summer Caribbean themed menu. Tickets are $70 per person. All proceeds benefit Penelope House.
** The public is invited to the 2nd Annual Strutting 4 Cure, “Know Lupus” Awareness Day, Saturday, May 19, 2018, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Medal of Honor Park.
** Downtown Reveal Tour, hosted by Downtown Mobile Alliance, is Monday, May 21, 2-5:30 p.m. at Downtown Mobile Alliance, 261 Dauphin Street. Those on the tour will visit six downtown redevelopment projects as the finishing touches are being added. Tickets are $20 for members; $25 for non-members and are available at downtownrevealtour.bpt.me. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org."Hookin' for the Thin Blue Line" fishing tournament, hosted by Guardian Angels of the Thin Blue Line, will be June 2-June 3, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. at Dauphin Island.
** On May 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (doors open at 4:30), ACF 25th Anniversary Celebration will recognize Ann Bedsole and Shows Award-Winning The Underwater Forest Documentary for Free at the Historic Saenger Theatre, 6 Joachim Street. * Admission Reservation: Seating is limited so you must reserve your free tickets online: https://www.joinACF.org/donate
** "Hookin' for the Thin Blue Line" fishing tournament, hosted by Guardian Angels of the Thin Blue Line, will be June 2-June 3, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. at Dauphin Island. The tournament is meant to raise money to buy much-needed equipment for local Law Enforcement Officers. For sponsorship information or team entry registration, contact Lilly at 251-402-4933 or send an email to: email@example.com. Tickets are $30 each or $150 Team ShootOut.
** Cat & Dog Days of Summer, hosted by City of Semmes, is Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Semmes Municipal Park, 8145 Morris Hill. This event includes pet adoption/information, vendors, food and fun for the entire family.
** A Family Health Fair at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, is Wednesday, May 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Organizers say, "Don't let the name fool you; there'll be something for everyone." They are still booking vendors and are working on a carnival style event with vendors providing an activity at each table, keeping it fun while getting valuable information about services available. There'll be lots of door prizes and give-a-ways. For more information, see Grand Bay Community Center facebook.
** On Wednesday, June 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., the Boys and Girls Clubs Luncheon will be held at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 S Water Street, Bon Secour Ballroom. The event is to recognize and celebrate outstanding Club members from multiple BGCSA.
** On Saturday, July 7, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., the 5th Annual Veterans, Active Troops Appreciation Day will be held at Coastal Response Center, South Bay Project, Community Center, 7385 Hwy. 188, Coden. * Lunch will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. * Honor ceremony will be at 1 p.m. * Master of Ceremonies is LCpl. Willie Payne USMC; guest speaker is Cpl. Bryan Dewberry USMC. Contact Jermaine Payne, 251-366-1442, Laura Sprinkle, 251-379-4678 or Lori Bosarge at 251-206-9990 (call or text) for more information or to add a name to Honors Ceremony; they would like to have as many Honor Certificates made in advance as possible--give name and branch of military service.
Spring Flings and Festivals:
** St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 6625 Three Notch Road, Mobile and St. Vincent's Church is inviting the public to "Come out and join us on May 20, 2018 for some family fun. There will be games, music, food, prizes, and much more.
Runs, Walks, biking events and paddles:
** The rescheduled Crepe Myrtle Trail Bicycle Ride will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 19. The Ride, leaving from Arlington Park near downtown Mobile, allows participants an opportunity to ride through the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, and along Bayfront Road. Riders should register online by midnight on Thursday, May 17th. On-site registration will be available at 8 a.m. on the 19th. See site http://www.mobileunited.org/2018/03/10/crepe-myrtle-trail-ride-2018/for more information.
** 5K Memorial Run/Walk for Alabama's Fallen Heroes is Saturday, May 19, 7-10 a.m. at USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway. The public is invited to celebrate Armed Forces Day at the Fallen Heroes Run. This 5K run and walk honors those Alabamians who have lost their lives in service to our country. Participants may also run in honor of an active duty service man or woman.
** The Big Run - National Running Day and LODA Fun Run Kickoff, hosted by Fleet Feet Sports Mobile, is Wednesday, June 6, 6-9:15 p.m. at Serda Brewing Co., 600 Government Street, Mobile.
Book Clubs, readings, book signings, storytelling, recitations, writing:
** "Write it! Publish it!" will be on Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon, May 9-May 30.at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive. Instructors will be Gail Gehlken and Sue B. Walker. Participants in this class can earn how to submit their works for publication in literary e-zines and journals. They can preview the guidelines for submitting to state and local contests. And how to make decisions on wheter they should you use electronic submission or snail mail. This course is a companion offering to the Writing In Nature series taught by the Gehlken and Walker.
** Reader's Choice Book Club meets Tuesday, May 15, 1 p.m. at West Regional Branch Library, 5555 Grelot Road. This month’s topic of discussion is "Don’t Let Go" by Harlan Coben. For more information, call 251-208-7097.
** Bayside Book Club will meet Thursday, May 17, 6 p.m. at Parkway Branch, 1924-B Dauphin Island Parkway. This month's topic of discussion is "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford. For more information, call Betty Fowler at 251-476-2600 or 251-208-7097.
** Classics Revisited Book Club meets Monday, May 21, 6:30 p.m. at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. The topic for discussion is "The Handmaid’s Tale" by Margaret Atwood. For more information, call 251-208-7902.
** The Propeller Club – Port of Mobile will sponsor the 21st Annual Rufus B. Lee Gumbo Cook Off , Friday, May 18th from 5-8 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park. Proceeds from this event will benefit GulfQuest (National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico), Mobile’s maritime museum located at 155 South Water Street, Mobile. Children younger 15 accompanied by an adult will be admitted free.
** The 30th Annual Taste of the Bayou and the 4th Annual Alabama Seafood Cook-Off, sponsored by Bayou La Batre Area Chamber of Commerce, is Thursday, June 13, 6-9 p.m. The Celebration of Taste of the Bayou will be held at the Bayou La Batre Community Center, 12745 Padgett Switch Road. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.tasteofthebayou.org. (Event - 30th Annual Celebration of the Taste Of The Bayou)
** On Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m., Tanner Williams United Methodist Church will host "Ivan Parker in Concert." Ivan is a Southern Gospel singer, and Virginia Sanderson of the church said, "We are excited to have Ivan back again this year. He seems like an old friend dropping in for a visit!" Tanner Williams United Methodist Church is at 1550 Grand Bay-Tanner Williams Road. Everyone is invited; concert tickets are $10 at the door.
** The Back Porch Boys will be "Pickin' in the Park" on Sunday, May 20, noon-3 p.m. The park is City of Semmes Honor Park, 4100 Wulff Road E in Semmes.
** "Picking For Pat · Benefit for Pat Murphy" and hosted by Phil & Foster and Callaghan's Irish Social Club, is Wednesday, May 23, 7-10 p.m. at Callaghan's Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston Street. . The event is to raise money for Pat and Benita Murphy (Pat is battling cancer.)
** One of Dauphin Island's most popular seasonal events, the Sunday Sunset concerts on West End Beach run monthly from April through October. Celebrating the Island's natural beauty and designation as the "Sunset Capital of Alabama," the concerts begin about 90 minutes before the sun goes down. The next concert is Sunday, May 27, Memorial Day weekend, at West End Beach. Featured will be Yo Jonesy and the Crowned Jewlez.
** The public is invited to join the Mobile Pops Memorial Day Weekend as they perform their annual concert to commemorate Memorial Day. The Pops will feature patriotic and Americana music sure to please anyone. The concert will held on Saturday, May 26 at the Bicentennial Pavilion at Medal of Honor Park at 6 p.m. Be sure to bring a chair or blanket, picnic, and friends and family. As always, all Mobile Pops Concerts are free.
** 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,
** Citronelle Farmers Market opened Saturday, May 12, 8 a.m.-noon at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 8025 State Street. The Market will run on Saturday, May 12 -July 28 and September 22-November 10. The Market will hav local produce and cut flowers, baked goods and crafts. For questions or for more information on becoming a seller/vendor, contact Gabriel Denton, Market Manager (251) 777-8700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
** 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center's Outdoor Market is Sunday, May 20, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard. Be sure to visit the Cypress Gift Shop on Saturday to see local artisans, crafters, and nature-themed gift items from the gift shop.
** The 2018 Spring/Summer Market in the Park runs Saturdays through July 28 at Cathedral Square downtown and May 31-July 26 at Lavretta Park.
** The Farmers' Market at Christ United Methodist Church, 6101 Grelot Road, is every Tuesday, 3-6 p.m. through July 10. Sponsored by the Christ United Missions Committee, the market will feature locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, seafood, baked goods and home produced craft items. Those Interested in becoming a vendor can contact email@example.com.
Stage and film:
** Auditions for "My Fair Lady" at Chickasaw Civic Theatre are two dates, May 13, 6 p.m. and May 15, 7 p.m. at the theater 801 Iroquois Street, Chickasaw. Performance dates will be August 10th - 26th, 2018. Principle and featured roles are for 7 men and 4 women, ages 18 and older. Ensemble roles for 16 men and women, ages 16 and older. Auditioners should bring either sheet music or an accompaniment CD.
** The next Mobile Mystery Dinners performance is "Murder on the Group Tour" on Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at Mobile's Renaissance River Hotel, Grand Bay Room. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Advance reservations are required; call Lisa Russell at the hotel, 251-415-3092 ir email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $59 per person plus tax, which includes 2.5 Hours of Entertainment by the MMD Players; A Delicious Buffet Meal by the Chef at Renaissance Riverview Hotel; Free Self Parking in the Parking Garage and Unlimited Red and White Wine starting at 6:30 until the end of the performance. A cash bar is also avaiilable.
** "The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking" at Playhouse in the Park runs through May 27th on weekends. The Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m and Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. Performances will be at the Playhouse, 4851 Museum Drive, across from the Mobile Museum of Art in Langan Park. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens, and reservations can be made at 251-602-0630. For more on the Playhouse and upcoming performancs, as well as acting, music and dance classes, visit www.playhouseinthepark.org or on the Playhouse Facebook page
** "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" runs through May 27 on weekends. Fridays and Saturday, the show goes on at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, the curtain opens at 2 p.m. General Admission ($18.75) and Child/Student/Military/Senior(60+) ($15.75.) performances are at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquis Street, Chickasaw. Ticket information is at cctshows.com.
** "Ragtime" will run at the Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 Carlen Street, for 3 weekends: June 1 – 17, 2018: Fridays & Saturdays: June 1, 2, 8, 9 & 15 & 16: 7:30 p.m. All Sunday Matinees June 3, 10 & 17: 2:00 p.m.
** Milton Brown's "Closed Session" at Mobile Theatre Guild, 14 N Lafayette Street, is on weekends, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. to June 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at www.mobiletheatreguild.org. Milton Brown is a Mobile native and multiple award winning, nationally recognized songwriter whose songs have been performed and recorded by some of the best artists in the music business.
** The Joe Jefferson Players are holding open auditions for the theatre's 71st-Season-Opener, "Mamma Mia!" on Sunday, June 3 and Monday, June 4, 6:30 p.m. at JJP, 11 S Carlen Street. Callbacks (if needed) will be on Tuesday, June 5th at 6:30 p.m. See joejeffersonplayers.com for complete instructions.2017 - 2018 Season Joey Awards will be given at Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S Carlen Street.
** A Lovely Night Wine & Cheese Event to benefit the Playhouse in the Park will be Sunday, June 10, 5-7 p.m. at the home of Greg and Joan Friedlander, 3759 The Cedars Avenue. Guests are invited for an evening of wine, hors d’oeurves & Jazz by SWING. This is the Playhouse's 6th Annual Summer Fundraiser. Donations are tax exempt. Admission is free.
** Joe Jefferson Players Joey Awards are Saturday, July 7th, 6-10 p.m. JJP is at 11 S Carlen Street.
** "Thursday Evenings at the Gardens"--Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, will stay open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays through May 17th ( May 3.) The public is invited to " Come out and enjoy a late afternoon stroll, or just sit and watch the sun set.)
** Splinter Hill Bog Bus Trip planned by Mobile Botanical Gardens is May 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Those attending should meet at the MBG parking lot. Guests can explore the Splinter Hill Bog with Fred Nation and discover the many unique and fascinating plants that grow there. Those attennding will depart by bus from MBG at 9 a.m. and return around 3 p.m. Boxed lunch from Panera will be included. MBG Members: $50 NonMembers: $65. Fred Nation is a field botanist, environmental consultant, free-lance phototographer and writer.
** Sunday, May 20 is Mrs. Bellingrath’s Birthday Celebration. Born on May 20, 1878, Bessie Morse Bellingrath left an enduring legacy of beauty in the Gardens and Home she created. Be sure to visit the Gift Shop for the annual “Buy Like Miss Bessie” sale.
History/historical exhibits and activities:
** Fort Gaines Historic Site's Thunder on the Bay 2018 is May 19 and May 20 at 9 a..m.-5 p.m. at the fort, 51 Bienville Boulevard on Dauphin Island's East End.
** At 6 p.m on Thursday, May 24th, the Historic Mobile Preservation Society will be hosting the Annual Members Meeting at the Cox-Deasy Cottage. Those interested are invited to attend to discuss organization over the past year, HMPS's future, the slate of officers and the election of new directors. HMPS will also pay tribute to Mobile's son and documentary filmmaker Mike deGruy.
** "Ice Age Imperials" opens May 26, 2018 at the History Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street. Visitors can "Step back in time and explore Ice Age Imperials, on display at the History Museum of Mobile starting Saturday, May 26, 2018 until August 26, 2018." For more information on Ice Age Imperials or the History Museum of Mobile, call 251.301.0266.
** 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.
** Mobile Botanical Gardens presents "The Art of Celebrating History," A Six-Week Course: Fridays through June 15, 10 a.m.-noon. This botanical art studio class designed for the student to create, during the six week class, a series of three individual botanical flower drawings/paintings. Each work will be inspired by a red, a white and a blue flower. And all students will have the opportunity to work in the medium of their choice. From graphite, colored pencil, gouache, watercolor, including English-dry brush to pen and colored inks.
** On May 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council (DIHAC) presents "Creative Monday" at Dauphin Island Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard. "Prayer Arrows" with Melinda Hollingsworth is back by popular demand. Participants are invited to celebrate the Native American heritage of Dauphin Island and South Mobile County as they create their own Prayer Arrows. The cost for a fun time with friends is $20 per person, which includes materials. Tickets are available at Dauphin Island Gallery, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 12:30-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Prepaid advance reservations required as space is very limited.
** "Art After Hours," hosted by Mobile Carnival Museum and Mobile Arts Council, is Tuesday, June 26, 5:30-7 p.m. at Mobile Carnival Museum, 355 Government Street. The public can learn more about Mobile's thriving arts community at Mobile Arts Council's newest event: Art After Hours! This month's event is hosted by Mobile Carnival Museum. Guests can enjoy complimentary wine and light appetizers as they learn more about Mobile
A few senior events:
** Grand Bay seniors always have a week full of activities at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90. The Center is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for anyone age 60+. A hot lunch is served daily at 11:30 a.m. Among the daily activities are coffee and conversation every morning; Bingo (55+ age requirement) Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, noon-1 p.m.; Scrabble, arts and crafts, fitness, cards. Call Diana Ankney, 251-865-4010, for more information. Volunteers are welcome.
** Chickasaw Senior Adults have a trip to Estuarium/Sea Lab planned for May 15. The van will depart from the Civic Center at 8:30 a.m.; $12 cash. Call 251-452-6462 for reservations.
** Seniors at Connie Hudson Senior Center will celebrate May birthdays at noon on Friday, May 25th.
Events for Children/Teens/Families:
** "Fun with Water" Watercolor Contest, sponsored by MAWSS, will continue until May 18. The contest is open to students in grades K-12. Find an entry form at MAWSS.com or any of the following locations: The Shoppes at Bel Air, MAWSS Park Forest Plaza or MAWSS Springhill Avenue.
** "Tiny Tales & Playtime Storytime!" is scheduled on Saturday, May 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. Families with young children are invited for a time of stories, crafts and play. For more information, call 251-208-7086 or email email@example.com.
** On Saturday, May 19, 10-11:30 a.m. the "Kids Cooking Class with Chef Sally R51" will be held at Rouse Market, 4350 Old Shell Road, Mobile.
** Tuesday, May 22, 10-11 a.m. is Archaeology Story Time: The Pot that Juan Built at the USA Archaeology Museum at 6052 USA Drive South. " Admission to this event is FREE, but space is limited to 20 children. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot. An RVSP to this event page does not count as official registration. Parents or guardians must remain with their children through the duration of the event.
** A 50’s Sock Hop & End of the School Year Party: Family Fun! is Thursday, May 24, 6-8 p.m., at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. Those attending can dance to the music of the 50’s, enter a Hula Hoop competition, make their own glitter reading glasses, and enjoy a special screening of the movie,"Back to the Future." Movie runs 116 minutes and is rated PG. Root Beer Floats & Popcorn will be served. For more information, call 251-208-7086 or email email@example.com.
** Saturday Disney Adventure Movies - Family Favorites features "Treasure Island" at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library, 4 S McGregor Avenue. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 25 at 2 p.m.
. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** "Children's Studio: Storytime & Art" at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, will be May 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. With stories, art activities, a short film and creative play, MMoA says, "we will entertain your children so that you can get some much needed work finished, or just have a few hours for yourself." Bring a lunch, avoiding all peanut products.
** Alabama Contemporary Art Center is offering art camps like none other! Starting in June and extending through July, we will have five-day long art camps that produce inspiration from works of our 'Back to Havana' exhibition and real-world issues to ignite creativity. Our camps range from graffiti, stop-motion animation, and printmaking to collaboration, collage, fashion and plenty more to choose from. Our camps are tailored toward ages 5-17 and offered in morning and afternoon sessions, taught by enthusiastic instructors. This experience will bring out each camper's authenticity and artistry. So, join us in exploring the world of contemporary art! Check the ACAC for descriptions on various classes.
** The Children's Summer Activities Program at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90, will be on Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon. The program begins June 7 and ends August 2, and includes games, activities, crafts, lunch and weekly themes. The cost is $5 per child. Following is a list of the June events: June 7th, Cooking Matters presented by Feeding the Gulf Coast; June 14, Down on the Farm with Kimon Brown and friends; June 21st, Gardening with Jane; and June 28th, Swamp Life with Rick Ranew from the Grand Bay Estuarine.
** Art Blast Summer Art Camp Mobile Musuem of Art, June 11 - July 27, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration is open. With classes for 4-7 year olds, 8-11 year olds and 12 and up, there is truly something for everyone in the wide variety of art offered throughout the summer. Ceramics, painting, and drawing in all styles inspire students to energize their creativity, while learning about elements of art and art history.
** SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Kids Day is Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. The event is fun and free (bring a canned food for admission.).
Chambers of Commerce:
** Chickasaw Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday, May 15, 11:45 at Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street.
** SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce's "Coffee with the Chamber" is Tuesday, May 22, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Chamber office, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Sponsor for the event is Payroll Vault. Businesses can network over coffee and doughnuts.
** A Candidate Forum is planned for Tuesday, May 15, 5:30 p.m. at Semmes Community Center, 10141 Moffett Road. Email question for candidates to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.