Martin Luther King Day of Service for the Dauphin Island Parkway community is on Monday, January 19, 8:30 a.m. until noon. The event is sponsored by Dauphin Island Ministerial Association. Volunteers are asked to meet at Parkway S.A.I.L Center, 1600 Boykin Boulevard at DIP. They will depart at 9 a.m. to the various service project sites, which will include trash pickup on the Parkway, painting a room at the Community Action Center, clipping coupons for Women's Shelters, touch-up painting at B. C. Rain High School, sorting supplies and working with children at the Salvation Army Women's & Children's Shelter and other activities. All will return to the S.A.I.L Center for lunch at 11:30 a.m.
Chickasaw senior adults' Night out with a Movie and Dinner is Tuesday, January 20. Call 452-6462 for reservations. The seniors meet for bingo every Wednesday noon at Chickasaw Civic Center--snacks and prizes are included. Call 452-6464 for transportation.
On Wednesday, January 21, 1-2 p.m., members at Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center can enjoy coffee and cake, compliments of CHMRSCC. That would be a good time to pick up a calendar that shows the many fitness, educational, informational arts and crafts and other fun events and activities going on at the Center--and to register for a couple. For information, call 602-4963.
LifeSouth Community Blood Center will hold a blood drive at Semmes Senior Center on Thursday, January 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop by the facility at 9635 Moffett Road and donate blood to save lives. Lunch that day is by House of Pizza; cost is $5.50 and sign-up is required. That afternoon at 1, those with January birthdays will celebrate with cake and ice cream.
Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Gallery is hosting an Acrylic Painting Class with artist Benno Kollegger on Saturday, January 24, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is a $10 donation to the Gallery for each class. Call 861-3300 for information.
"The Light in the Piazza," with stage direction by Stacey Driskell and musical direction by Scott Wrigh, opens January 23 at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street in Chickasaw. To secure reservations call 457-8887 or visit Chickasaw Civic Center online.
Saturday, January 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. is the 3rd Annual Semmes Camellia Festival at Semmes Public Library, 9150 Moffett Road. This free event celebrates Semmes nursery history by featuring camellias in bloom, both in art and table-scapes. It is sponsored by Alumni & Friends of Semmes School Inc. and the Mobile Public Library. Call Jeanette Byrd, 649-1647 for information.
Diners can help fight child abuse in our community by eating out on Tuesday, January 27. About 35 area restaurants and specialty shops are participating in Cuisine for Kids, billed as "A Day of Food and Fundraising for the Child Advocacy Center." For more information on Cuisine for Kids or CAC, call 432-1101.
Future events suitable for "Save the Date" status or that may require reservations or registration are noted below:
"Breakfast with the Babies," a morning event to celebrate the arrival of the first baby chicks at St. Elmo Feed & Seed, is Friday, February 6, 7:30 a.m. The store is at 9001 Highway West. 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 St. Elmo Feed & Seed online.
Satsuma Reunited is hosting a Mother/Son Valentine Dinner and Dance on Friday, February 13, 6-9 p.m. at Satsuma Community Center at the entrance to Steele Creek Lodge. The menu consists of spaghetti and meat sauce, green salad, bread and dessert. 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. All 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. Refreshments and a photo of father and daughter are included in the price of the ticket. For information, call Brent Rawson, 675-1280. Proceeds from the event benefit the First Baptist Church of Satsuma's Uganda Team.
Docent/Volunteer Training for the Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, is Saturday, February 21, 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration by February 14 is encouraged by phone at 861-2141 Extension 7545 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Celebrate Heart Month" at Tillman's Corner Center for Seniors, 5863 Nevius Road, is scheduled for Friday, February 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Vendors can apply for a space ($25) by calling Jackie Woodward Barnett, 660-4000 or 222-0551.The health fair is sponsored by Homecare Companions.
Tillman's Corner Citizen(s) of the Year, Dumas and Delores McLaney, will be honored at a banquet at Tillman's Corner Community Center February 27, 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person; call 666-2488 for reservations.
Swamp Fest, sponsored by Friends for Satsuma Schools, is Saturday, March 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will include a car show and arts and crafts vendors (call Shirley Presnall, 675-0421 or 680-1311 for applications.) This is a family event featuring live music, food, fun activities for children, an art display and raffles.
Dauphin Way Baptist Church Spring Expo is Friday, March 6. Call Ginger McCracken, 341-0773 for information.