Martin Luther King Day is January 19, and most offices and facilities will be closed. However, several groups will use this day to honor King by staging community service activities.
For example, Parkway SAIL Senior Center will be closed that Monday, but the Center will be in use. The Dauphin Island Parkway Ministerial Association is sponsoring an MLK Day of Service from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the Senior Center on the corner of DIP and Boykin Boulevard, be assigned various service projects, then reassemble at the Center for lunch to be provided by parishioners of South Brookley UMC. Pastor Doug Jolly is coordinating the event.
Marcharkelti McKenzie, a United Methodist missionary serving in the Mobile District, reports that on MLK Day, Monday, January 19, St. John UMC, 6215 Overlook Road, will host a day of service from 8 a.m. until noon; lunch will be included. "We will be assembling a playground, organizing the Thrift Hut and packaging personal care kits for the homeless," she said. For those who would like to help, McKenzie can be reached at email@example.com.
Tillman's Corner Center for Seniors will be closed to regular activities on MLK Day. but seniors will meet at the Center for a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast. Call 666-6100 for information.
A few special events and regular meetings planned for the next few weeks are the following activities:
The Semmes Camellia Festival is Saturday, January 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Semmes Public Library, 9150 Moffett Road. The event celebrates Semmes Nursery History by featuring camellias in bloom, in both art and table-scapes, and is sponsored by Alumni & Friends of Semmes School,Inc. and Mobile Public Library. For information, call Jeanette Byrd, 649-1647.
On Wednesday, January 14, noon-1 p.m., Semmes Senior Center is hosting Master Gardener Walter Creighton, whose presentation is titled "Camellias." Creighton is a past president of Camellia Club of Mobile and has displayed his beautiful blooms at the Camellia Festival the last two years.
Chickasaw Garden Club is looking for a few good men and women interested in becoming members and enjoying "great fellowship and exciting adventures of gardening," according to Kathy Couey, who can be reached at 452-6467 for details.
The Chickasaw Civic Theatre production of "Light in the Piazza" opens January 23. Call 457-8887 or go to website cctshows.com for reservations.
Bayside Book Club meets Thursday, January 15, 6 p.m. at Parkway Branch Library. The book to be discussed is "Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good" by Jan Karon. For information, call Betty Fowler at 476-2600.
The Chickasaw Library has some good news: A Friends of the Library group is forming, as is a new Book Club. Call 452-6465 for details.
Chickasaw senior adults' "Movie Night and Dinner" is Tuesday, January 20. The van will leave the Civic Center at 2:30 p.m.; those attending will need $15 cash and should call 452-6462 to make reservations.
Helping Hands, a ministry that is based at First Baptist Church of Satsuma and which makes beautiful baby items for Sav-A-Life (Women's Resource Center in Saraland) will meet Tuesday, January 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the home of Leslie Walker, 566 Vaughn Drive North, Satsuma. Walker encouraged members to attend the meeting and to bring a friend or neighbor. Lunch, consisting of three different types of soup, plus cornbread, will be served, she said.
The Krewe De La Dauphine parade at Dauphin Island is Saturday, January 17. It will start near the Sea Lab at 1 p.m., travel west on Bienville Boulevard and end at Dauphin Island School. This year's theme is "KDLD Visits the Great Outdoors," with more than 60 units including 11 floats in the parade. The Island Mystics will not parade this year but will roll again in 2016.
The Miss Dauphin Island pageant had more than 60 participants this year. Winners, who will represent the Dauphin Island community at events throughout 2015, are as follows: Isabella McLemore, Tiny Miss Dauphin Island (Age 2-4); Brenleigh Imel, Little Miss Dauphin Island (Age 5-8); Grayce Colf, Sweet Misd Dauphin Island (Age 9-11); Carrie Wagner, Junior Miss Dauphin Island (Age 12-14) and Ana-Kate Curtiss, Miss Dauphin Island (Age 15-18.) Mary Strickland served as pageant coordinator.
The Miss Seafood pageant is scheduled for Saturday, February 21 at Alma Bryant High School. Age divisions include Baby Miss Seafood, 0-2 years; Toddler Miss, 3 and 4 years; Petite Miss, K5-2nd grade; Little Miss, 3rd-5th grade; Junior Miss, 6th-8th Grade and Miss Seafood, 9th-12th grade. For more information, call 251-604-1724.
Fowl River Area Civic Association will meet Thursday, January 15 at the Community Center, 5401 Fowl River Road. A pot-luck dinner is at 6 p.m. with the business meeting at 6:45 p.m. The speaker will be Lt. Wayne Goolsby, Mobile County Sheriff's Office; his topic: Community Safety," said FRACA President Frank Gardner.
Georgetown-Chunchula United Methodist Church is an official weigh-in site for the 9th Annual Scale Back Alabama weight-loss contest. Located at 9775 Chunchula-Georgetown Road, the church will be open for initial registration and weigh-in Tuesday, January 20, 3:30-5:30 p.m. and on January 22, according to Diane Baldwin, pastor and site coordinator. Call 251-243-2649 or log onto www.scalebackalabama.com for information.
Make plans to eat out on Tuesday, January 27. That's Cuisine for Kids Day with approximately 35 restaurants and specialty shops contributing a portion of their proceeds to the Child Advocacy Center. A sample of those participating in "A Day of Food and Fundraising" to help fight child abuse in our community includes Beef O'Brady's on Rangeline Road, The Hungry Owl, Cammie's Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe, Serda's Coffee Company and a couple of the Firehouse Subs locations. For more information on Cuisine for Kids or the Child Advocacy Center, call 432-1101.
Satsuma Community Development Organization is accepting nominations for the 2014 Satsuma Citizen of the Year Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual who has made significant civic contributions to the development and quality of life in the Satsuma community through his or her personal volunteer efforts. All nominees will be honored during the Citizen of the Year Dinner at Steele Creek Lodge Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $15 and will be available for purchase in February. Candidates for this award may be nominated by Satsuma citizens, clubs, organizations, churches or civic groups. Deadline is Monday, March 2 . Forms are available at Satsuma City Hall and Satsuma Public Library, or can be downloaded from www.cityofsatsuma.com.