The Dauphin Island Parkway Ministerial Association would like to say, "Thank You" to all who helped make the 2nd Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service to the Parkway a resounding success. Those who pitched in to work on projects included some from Parkway Southern Baptist Church, Hollinger's Island Baptist Church, Way of Life Community Church, the National Honor Society from B.C. Rain High School and two groups of volunteers from the University of South Alabama.
Also, appreciation is extended to Judy Burnham and others from South Brookley United Methodist Church, who prepared and served lunch. "Together, we blessed a lot of people and demonstrated the unity of the Body of Christ," said Pastor Doug Jolly of South Brookley UMC.
SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce (formerly Tillman's Corner Area Chamber of Commerce) will meet Wednesday, February 4, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for the monthly business luncheon. Guest speaker will be Bill Tunnell, Executive Director of the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. Neighbor's will provide the lunch at a cost of $8 for members and $10 for non-members. RSVP at 666-2488.
Mobile Bay Sierra Club's presentation, "Preserving Mobile's Horticultural Heritage and History" by members of Mobile Botanical Gardens is Tuesday, February 3, 7 p.m. at 5 Rivers. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Carol Adams-Davis, 702-496-5050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Roast and Ribs fundraiser is scheduled for SNAP (Special Needs Athletes Program, Inc.) Cost of the roast is $30 and for ribs, $25. Orders can be picked up Saturday, February 14, 9 a.m. until noon at AMF Skyline Bowling Lanes, 4120 Government Boulevard. Call Carolyn Cain, 251-455-6748 before February 7 to place order; money is due that day, also. Cain said that she will deliver 5 or more_ prepaid orders on February 14 after 9 a.m.
Bingo is scheduled Sunday, February 8, 2-5 p.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 251 North Craft Highway in Chickasaw (old cafeteria on the same grounds as the church.) Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary of St. Thomas Council #13174. There will be sandwiches, desserts and soft drinks on sale for $1 each item. Attendees can play the entire time for $10 and can receive 1 extra card free if they bring any kind of baby gift to be donated to St. Mary's Catholic Home, Penelope House or 2BePregnancy. For information, call Mary Coate, 251-675-2271.
"Breakfast with the Babies," a celebration of the arrival of the first baby chicks at St. Elmo Feed & Seed, 9001 Highway 90 West, is Friday, February 6, 7:30 a.m. Customers can enjoy coffee and doughnuts as they make their choices from the crates of newly hatched "babies." Arrivals of different breeds continue on Fridays through mid-April. For more information, call Tracy McCarter at 957-2177 or visit www.stelmofeed.com.
Sons of the Desert, a group of Laurel and Hardy devotees, will meet Sunday, February 8, 2:30 p.m. at Playhouse in the Park. "The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy" will be the featured attraction.
Chickasaw Garden Club meeting is Tuesday, February 3, 2 p.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center. Prospective members are encouraged to attend. The topic for presentation will be the City of Chickasaw Wetlands.
The Mobile Country Music Association Building Fund Benefit is Saturday, February 7, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the MCMA Concert Hall, 310 South Craft Highway in Chickasaw. The Spotlight Performer will be Bo Grant of the 1950s singing group, "The Platters." He'll be on stage 1-2 p.m. For information, call Marshall Fillingim, 457-0762 or Carolyn Cain, 455-6748..
Valentine's Day is February 14, and many, both young and not so young, are celebrating with dances, dinners and parties, and not all are waiting until the 14th.
At Creola Assembly of God Church, 9580 Old Highway 43, a Valentine's Steak Dinner and Mystery Show is February 14, 6 p.m. The event is hosted by Elevate Student Ministries. Cost per ticket is $20 per person with proceeds going to support missions through Speed the Light. The tickets are available from pastoral staff or any youth member Information can be had by calling the church phone, 675-6009 or Barbara Enzor, 422-2356.. Child care will be available for $5 per child.
Satsuma Reunited is hosting a Mother/Son Valentine Dinner and Dance on Friday, February 13, 6-9 p.m. at Satsuma Community Center. Tickets are $20 per couple and $5 for each extra son; tickets are available from any member of Satsuma Reunited, the dispatch office at Satsuma Police Department or by calling 463-4734. Proceeds go toward Christmas decorations for the City of Satsuma.
The 2nd Annual Daddy/Daughter Dance in Satsuma is Thursday, February 12 at Steele Creek Lodge. Tickets are $25 for father and daughter and $5 for each additional child. Tickets are available at First Baptist Church of Satsuma or Robert E. Lee Elementary School. For information, call Brent Rawson, 675-1280. Proceeds benefit the First Baptist Church of Satsuma's Uganda Team.
A "Glow in the Dark Valentine's Bash" for children 5-11 years old will be held at Creola Assembly of God Church on Friday, February 14, 6-8 p.m. There'll be food, drinks, games and music, and children are encouraged to wear neon or white clothing. The cost is a $5 donation. Tickets will be available until February 11; call Barbara Enzor, 422-2356 for reservations or information.
Valentine's Day will be celebrated at Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, with a soup-and-salad luncheon on Thursday, February 12, 11:30 a.m. Cost is $6 per person, and proceeds go to the Center. Entertainment will be by the Semmes Senior Pickers.
Parkway SAIL seniors will have a "Valentine Surprise" on Friday, February 13. For a calendar of events, call 471-2503.
Semmes seniors will have lunch with Mayor Judy Hale at noon on Thursday, February 5. Sign-up for the $5 Hickory Pit lunch is required. Call 649-2010 for information.
Chickasaw Seniors Early Bird Breakfast, sponsored by Chickasaw Parks and Recreation, is Monday, February 2, 7:30 a.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street. Cost of the meal is $3 per person.
The Creola SAIL Center for Seniors, 9618 Old Highway 43, will have a ballroom dancing demonstration February 10 and celebrate Valentine's Day on February 12. Call 675-7661 for information on other activities.
At the Satsuma Community Center, seniors meet Tuesdays and Thursdays to play cards and table games--and socialize. They, too, celebrate major holidays. Call Doreen Robinson, 675-1444 for information.
Faye White, site director at Bayou La Batre Senior Center, said that the place is once more open five days a week. About 40 seniors come early and stay all day at the Center at 12745 Padgett Switch Road. They play bingo, wii games, walk in the gym, and of course, have celebrations as other seniors do on holidays such as Valentine's Day. White said that the seniors enjoy an outside trip every so often, yard-saling, eating at Sydney's, going to the park in the Bayou or one on the water in Pascagoula. One thing they are all looking forward to is the arrival of a new, handicapped-accessible van, which should be delivered in the next few months, White said. For information on other activities, call 824-4616.
Several races are coming up soon, so runners, Get ready, Get set . . . .
On February 14, 2015, the 19th Annual Battle of Mobile Bay 5K Race takes place on Dauphin Island. Sponsored by the Port City Pacers, the run begins at 9 a.m. with a cannon blast, then participants--usually about 300 of them--will wind their way through east end neighborhoods to finish at historic Fort Gaines, site of the awards ceremony. Proceeds from the event will go toward preservation of the Fort. Visit the Port City Pacers website for registration and information.
The Habitat for Humanity Hammerin' for Habitat 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, February 28 at University of South Alabama SGA Pavilion. Check in begins at 7 a.m.; the race is at 8 a.m. The event is aimed at raising awareness about the work and mission of Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama. For information, visit http://www.habitatswalabama.org.
Runners not quite ready to take the plunge in these upcoming races still have time to train for the Dauphin Island Sunset Bridge 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, March 7 at 5 p.m. Sponsored by the South Mobile County Tourism Authority, this "out and back" course will begin and end at the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Headquarters. Visit the Tourism Authority website or call 861-8747 for additional information.