Galas, special events, fun and fundraisers:
** Thursday, February 14, noon-11:59 p.m. is USA Giving Day at the University of South Alabama, 307 N University Boulevard. Tickets will be on sale February 13, noon at www.southalabama.edu. USA Giving Day is a 24-hour fundraising challenge that rallies students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community to support University of South Alabama’s academics, scholarships, athletic programs, USA Health and the National Alumni Association.
** "Wheels on the Waterfront 2019" auto show, hosted by Deep South Region Antique Automobile Club of America, is Saturday, March 16, 2019, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park, Water Street, Mobile. Pre-registration must be received by March 2, 2019. Make checks payable to DSR Car Club and mail to Paul Dagenais, 58 Julia Street, Mobile, AL 36604. For information call Charlotte Dahlenburg 256-783-2261 or David Ladnier 251-375-4844.
** Junior League of Mobile's Community Luncheon 2019 is Thursday, March 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, 1 S Water Street. Sponsorships are available upon request. Tables are limited and available to purchase online at JuniorLeagueMobile.org or contact HQ at email@example.com or call 251-471-3348.
** The 5th Annual Downtown Cajun Cook-Off is Saturday, March 23, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cathedral Square, 300 Conti Street, Mobile. Visitors can enjoy tasting delicious eats from 20+ competitive teams, live music, cold drinks, games, giveaways. Proceeds from the event benefit the Child Advocacy Center. The cost is $10 per ticket at the CAC, both Arrow Exterminating locations in Mobile and Baldwin County, Mellow Mushroom Midtown and Mellow Mushroom Old Shell Road. Ticket Prices will be $15 on the day of the event. Ticket Cost online is $13; if you cannot attend, consider making a donation to the event. *Children 6 and younger can attend free with a Paid ticket - *No pets please*
** Women's Resource Center Gala is Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 5-8 p.m. at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, 1 S Water Street. This year's speaker is the New York Times bestselling author, Mo Isom. For sponsor and ticket information call 251-473-4000 or reserve your seat at https://secure.ministrysync.com/ministrysync/event/?e=15449
** The 10th Annual "Little Black Dress" event to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile is Thursday, March 28, 2019, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Fort Whiting, Mobile. The event includes Little Black Dress cocktail party and runway show. General admission tickets are available for $100 per person with balcony seating available. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. ·
** The American Cancer Society "2019 Chili Cook-Off" is Saturday, March 30 at Mardi Gras Park. The Cook-Off is a four-hour fun-filled day of great food and live entertainment where teams compete to find out who can cook-up the best chili in the community--and there are chances to win fabulous prizes. Each team must sell 75 tickets at $10 each. Proceeds from the event will be used for local educational programs to teach the importance of early detection and prevention; patient services such as transportation; and lifesaving research."
** (Reschuled from January) The Mobile Police Department’s Fourth Annual Chili Cook-Off is rescheduled for April 13, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cathedral Square in Downtown Mobile, 300 Conti Street. Teams of police officers will compete against each other with their best chili recipes. Then attendees will cast their vote for the police team that they think has the best tasting chili. The winning team receives a trophy. Tickets are $5 per person, and free for children 5 and under. Tickets can be purchased at police headquarters (2460 Government Blvd.), MPD Crime Prevention (2407 Airport Blvd.), or at the Downtown Mobile Alliance (261 Dauphin Street) Proceeds benefit the Mobile Law Enforcement Foundation and MPD Crime Prevention Unit. For more information, call 251-208-1924.
** SAVE THE DATE: Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation's "Cocktails with the Critters" is Thursday, Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6-9 p.m. at the Bluegill Restaurant, 3775 Battleship Parkway. This is the 14th Annual CWC fundraiser for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation. The event will include a silent auction, live music, hors d'oevres and beer and wine. Tickets available online at sealabfoundation.org
Events for Children/Teens/Families:
** "Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibition: 50 Works, 50 Years, 50 Reasons" is Sunday, February 10-Monday, March 25 at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. The Exhibition is a retrospective of original works sure to delight children and adults alike. The author and illustrator of more than 50 children’s books, Sendak is best known for the 1963 children’s classic, "Where the Wild Things Are." . For more information, call 251-208-7097 or visit website at mobilepubliclibrary.org.
** PBS KIDS Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure is coming to Mobile Saenger Theatre February 14. Prices: $42.50, $32.50, and $22.50 (Additional fees apply.) Purchase tickets in person at the Saenger Theatre Box Office (open Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and located at 6 South Joachim Street) or the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and located at 401 Civic Center Drive). Purchase tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000. For information regarding accessible seating tickets, call 251-208-7381. (Additional fees, service charges and/or taxes may be added to ticket prices. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice.)
** "Love Bundles with Monica J. Beasley" offers participants to create their own "Love Bundles" together as a family on Thursday, February 14, 6 p.m. Those attending will make fabric heart pouches and embellish them with sequins, beads and other decorations. A special wish, hope or statement of love will be "bundled" inside and sewn into theirheart. The hearts can become a keepsake or be given away to a special Valentine. The event is at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, Mobile.
** On February 15, 3:30 p.m., children aged 5 and older can enjoy a Slime Party at West Regional Library. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call the children’s department at 251-340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** On February 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Parkway Branch Library has scheduled a reading of "Where the Wild Things Are" at Storytime. There's also a craft time, during which children can make their own masks, and a parade throughout the Library. For more information, on this activity, call 251-470-7766.
** At West Regional Library, children can attend an after school special, "Celebrate Mardi Gras!" at 3:30 p.m. March 1st where they will make a Mardi Gras craft and snack on King Cake - while supplies last. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-340-8571 or email email@example.com.
** On February 20, 10-10:45 a.m., the Storytime for Preschoolers at Ben May Main Library will present "Dinosaur Mardi Gras Storytime." Headstart programs, schools and families are invited to a special Storytime in Bernheim Hall. Registration is required. The program consists of songs, stories and a Readers Theater tailored just for ages 4 to 7. For more information or to register, call the children’s department at 251-208-7086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center's Sunday, February 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. is "Fabulous Frogs, "a PBS Nature film. Sir David Attenborough takes the audience on a journey through the weird and wonderful world of frogs. The movie will play throughout the day. The address is 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard.
On March 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., there will be a Community Resource Fair and Family Fun Day at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90 and Sunny South Raceway. The event includes a Leprechaun Fun Run, so Wear Green and Have Fun!
** SAVE THE DATE March 9, 2019 is Children's Little Mermaid Tea Fundraiser at Bragg Mitchell Mansion. Ticket sales begin February 9th for this fun and limited-seating event
** Seniors at Connie Hudson Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, can celebrate Valentine's Day at a Meet and Greet Social at 1 p.m., February 13. Cookies and punch will be served. Sign up in the lobby.
** February is Heart Month, and Connie Hudson Senior Community Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, is holding a Heart to Heart Health Fair on February 15, 9 a.m.-noon.
** St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated with a Social at 1 p.m. March 15th for Seniors at Connie Hudson Senior Center in the Lobby. Light Refreshments will be served.
** Connie Hudson Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, is celebrating Black History Month with exhibits in the lobby.
** (Continuing) The Artful Garden Gallery & Gifts at Mobile Botanical Gardens regular weekday hours (W-F 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
** (Continuing) Mobile Botanical Gardens'sTomatoPalooza! runs through February 15th. MBG is at 5151 Museum Drive. Clients can get the best tomato varieties for the Gulf Coast; buy online throughout the month of February and pickup from the MarketPlace during MBG Spring Plant Sale, March 15 – 17 (ticketed preview party and sale, March 14) Tickets are at mbgrebloomshop.com. Offered this year are 17 varieties: They are Mexico Midget, Super Sweet 100, Black Cherry, Sungold, Sun Sugar, Coyote, Glacier, Amelia, Better Boy, Atkinson, Celebrity, Bella Rosa, Cherokee Purple, Creole, Juliet, LaRoma, Bush Champion.
** "Floral Arranging with Dennis Harris" is a 5-week course offered at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive--Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-noon through February 21. The public is invited to "learn from one of the best."! Dennis Harris, AIFD Designer, has created floral wonders for weddings from Napa to Tampa, and created floral wonders from Mexico City to Canada. Each week of this series will offer a different focus - Classes might include European clutch bouquets, classic vase arrangements, including trumpet vases and how to transport, composite arrangements for dining room tables, altar designs and so on. Don’t forget to bring gloves and snips. Tickets are at mbgrebloomshop.com.
** American Camellia Society's National Show is in Mobile Camellia lovers from across the country will come to Mobile for the American Camellia Society's 2019 Annual Meeting and National Convention, February 15-18. The convention will culminate with the ACS Camellia Show in the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center on Sunday, February 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. There is no admission fee, and the public is invited to attend the Camellia Show, which will feature demonstrations and lectures on camellia care, flower waxing and grafting. The ACS Annual Meeting and National Convention is being held in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the camellia’s official designation as Alabama’s state flower and with the state’s bicentennial celebration.
** "Football and Flowers," hosted by Mobile County Master Gardeners, is Monday, February 18, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive. Guest Speaker will be legendary Georgia football coach Vince Dooley. ) Deadline to register is February 8, 2019. Send checks payable to MCMG to 2221 Dogwood Ct. N., Mobile, AL 36693. Call 251-209-6425 for credit card purchase. For more information, call 251-574-8445 or email email@example.com.
** Mobile County Extension Services offers a Pruning Class on February 18, 9 a.m.-noon at Jon Archer Agricultural Center, 1070 Schillnger Road N.
** Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m.-noon is the GRAND OPENING of the Chickasaw Farmer's Market at Miller's Park. Look for fresh produce and hand-crafted items. Those interested in being a vendor, go to https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLScwnoPeZ_b1pM8e5…/viewform…
Bellingrath Gardens & Home Winter Events:
** Visitors to Bellingrath Gardens & Home are invited to use the Snowbird Special discount this winter. The Special, available to all of guests, is a discount on combination Gardens-and-Home tickets and runs daily through February 28, 2019.
** On February 13, the Winter Wednesday at Bellingrath Gardens is "All About Camellias" presented by Seth Allen. Admission to the program is included in the regular Gardens admission, and guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens after the session. Registration is requested: To register, call 251-459-8864.
** Friends for Satsuma Schools has announced that the Northside Cruisers Car Club will again host a benefit car show at Swamp Fest 2019 on March 9, 2019 on the Satsuma High School campus. For information on the show, call Betty Britt, 251-423-6194 or Gyro Newman at 251-510-3966.
** Semmes Azalea Jubilee will be Saturday, March 16, 2019, starting at 9 a.m. at Semmes Municipal Park, 8108 Morris Hill Road, Semmes. Vendors, applications are online at Semmes Azalea Jubilee.
** 11th Annual Mobile Chocolate Festival Cruise In is Saturday, March 30, 2019, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road North. The first 50 on-line entries will receive one free event shirt. Go to http://www.mobilechocolatefestival.com/ to fill out an online registration. One lucky participant will have the honor of displaying inside the main event center. Contact Angela Weaver, 251-209-3348 or email Greeneyedcntry@yahoo.com for details. 2019 Mobile Chocolate Festival Cruise In is Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Grounds 1035 Cody Road. Pre-register online at http://www.mobilechocolatefestival.com and upload your pictures for a chance to display your pride and joy in the main event hall day of Festival.
** (Continuing) For the month of February, the Art Work of Kenley Havard is on display in the Student Gallery on the 2nd Floor of the Marx Library at the University of South Alabama.
** (Continuing) ** "Contemplating Composition - Art Class" at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays, January 11-February 15, 2019. Instructor is Derek Norman . For more information, go tombgrebloomshop.com
** (Continuing) News from Dauphin Island's Art Does It: Weekly Painting Courses continue on Mondays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Class fee is $10 per session. Bring your own acrylic painting supplies and canvas.
** (Continuing) Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council added two new Dauphin Island Art Gallery Member Artists. One is former Guest Artist Mary "Ching" Walters, whose new art is available in The Gallery. The other is Paul Gray, art photograher. Paul's work will be available in The Gallery on January 25.
** (Continuing) A new art exhibit is opening in Mobile Government Plaza Atrium, 205 Government Street. Featured will be works by the following artists: Hank Bufkin, Karen Bullock, Joseph Formwalt, James Foster, Curtis Giarrusso, Corky Goldman, Barbara Kuebel, Matthew Patterson, Kathrena Rivera, Kaleena Stasiac, H. Louis Tooker and Victoria Udovikina.
** For the month of February, the Art Work of Kenley Havard is on display in the Student Gallery on the 2nd Floor of the Marx Library at the University of South Alabama.
** Art Does It Gallery, 1101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, is offering a Glass Mosaic Class on Wednesday, February 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Pre-registration at Art Does It Gallery or firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Alabama Contemporary Art Center Creative Clay Creature Bobbleheads is being held on Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m.-3 pm. and Saturday, March 16, 10 a,m.-2 p.m. at Alabama Contemporary Art Center, 301 Conti Street. To register and purchase tickets, visit visit:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-clay-creature-bobbleheads-tickets-55246113613. Tickets may also be purchased onsite at Alabama Contemporary. See alabamacontemporary.org for gallery hours. For additional information, email allison@alabamacontem
Arts & Crafts:
** Environmental Studies Center Spring Arts and Crafts Open House is Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the ESC, 6101 Girby Road. Spring Open House at ESC will be a little different this year as it is open to local artists and crafters, and to local food trucks. There will still be the grounds to explore and exhibits open for the children, as well as wildlife shows. Parking will be permitted on the grounds. There is no cost to attend. All proceeds go directly to educational programs and the care of injured wildlife through our Rehabilitation Program. Artists and Crafters, call for more information if you would like to participate--251-221-5000 x2.
Crafts/garage and yard sales:
** A Garage & Craft Sale, featuring ne4w items, crafts and more, is scheduled for February 16, 9 a.m.-noon at Fort Gaines Campground Rec Room, Dauphin Island. For information, contact Joan LaFond, 815-383-3237 or email@example.com.
** On Saturdays, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Central Presbyterian Church, 1260 Dauphin Street, will hold its "Indoor Market at Central - Winter 2019." Interested vendors, information is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Parkway Branch Library's Movie Tuesday, February 12, 3:15 p.m. is "Remember the Titans" in which a high-school coach promotes racial harmony. The film runs 114 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-470-7766.
** Ben May Main Library is showing "BlackkKlansman on February 12, 1 p.m. during Matinee @ the Main - African American Affirmation. A black detective sets out to infiltrate the Colorado chapter of the Ku Klux Klan with the help of his Jewish colleague. In the midst of the 1970s civil rights movement, they risk their lives to obtain insider information on the violent organization. The film runs 135 minutes and is rated R. For more information, call 251-208-7079.
** "Stan & Ollie" is playing at the Crescent Theater. About "Stan & Ollie": Laurel & Hardy, one of the world’s great comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shines through, they re-connect with their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan & Ollie can’t quite shake the specter of Laurel and Hardy’s past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages, they are aware that they may be approaching their swan song, trying to rediscover just how much they mean to each other.
** Playhouse-in-the-Park, 4851 Museum Drive, presents William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with performances on February 15, 16, and 17, 2019. This enchanting performance is masterfully brought to life as magic, mystery, and love intertwine with the characters’ hidden agendas, and the fairies’ trickery and mischief. A delightful show for students and adults alike. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call 251-602-0630 for reservations.
** The Alabama Coastal Foundation's Eco-Team is recruiting volunteers for the final four days of the Mardi Gras season in downtown Mobile: Saturday, March 2 through Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and all volunteers will receive a t-shirt. For information, contact Valerie Longa (vlonga@joinACF.org) at 251-990-6002.
** Operation Clean Sweep, hosted by Mobile County Dept. of Environmental Enforcement - MCDEE, will be Saturday, March 9, 2019, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at 7195 Half Mile Road, Irvington. This is a Free Public Dumping/No Business Allowed event for Mobile County residents only. Restrictions apply. For information, call 251-574-7867.
Mardi Gras activities:
** (Continuing) "MAMGA: Marching through the Years" Exhibit at History Museum of Mobile will be on display through April 20, 2019.
** (Continuing) "Mardi Gras Parading Through Time" at History Museum of Mobile will be on display through April 20, 2019.
** Continuing) The public is invited to "Roll through four centuries of Mardi Gras" history at the History Museum of Mobile and discover the origins of Mobile's Carnival traditions, mystic societies and more.
** Condé Cavaliers Mardi Gras Parade is Friday, February 15, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive, Mobile.
** Conde Cavalier's 42nd Annual Ball is Friday, February 15, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive, Mobile. Tickets are available from any member.Entertainment Lineup for the 2019 Ball is as follows: Main Stage Acts - The Molly Ringwalds and Fly By Radio, West Wing - Journey 2 Mars and DJ Mike Barnes; Entrance/Box Office Area - Special Delivery Band.
** Mobile King Cake-off, hosted by The Mobile RunDown and Oyster Shell Strategy, LLC, is Saturday, February 16, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street. Who has the best King Cake in Mobile? You be the judge! Get your taste buds ready for a day of traditional and non-traditional King Cake tastings, specialty cocktails and food truck grub. This family-friendly event will have something for everyone - food, drinks, kids activities, live music, and a grand finale Secondliners walk to the 2:30 parade! Children 12 and younger are free. A cash bar will be available during the event. A portion of event proceeds will go to benefit Fuse Project, a local organization that invests in initiatives promoting the health, fitness, education and social responsibility of our children. Admission is as follows: adults $15 in advance | $20 at the door and children, 12 and younger free.
** The Krewe of Mardi Paws will hold its first parade Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the Water Tower on Dauphin Island. This event is being sponsored by the Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce and is a fundraiser for the Animal Rescue Foundation. Registration is via Eventbrite and at registration table on the day of the event. This will also be an adoption day for ARF. The theme is “Fairy Tails” and there will prizes for the following categories: Most Creative, Best Group Theme and Best Theme Representation. Fees are $10 for one person and pet. Any additional pets or people will be $5. (see earlier posts for more information.)
** iHeartRadio is hosting the First Annual Miracle on the Bay Parade benefiting St Jude on Monday, February 25th at 6:30 p.m. For information on an entire Float, Single riders, discounted throws and special event T-shirts go to: https://95ksj.iheart.com/content/2019-01-08-iheartradio-miracle-on-the-bay-parade-benefiting-st-jude/. Spaces are limited.
** The 37th Annual Mobile Arc Mardi Gras Parade is Thursday, February 28, 2019, 1-1:45 p.m. at Mobile Arc, 2424 Gordon Smith Drive, Mobile. The parade will include more than 20 floats carrying the Mobile Arc royal courts and participants from other local organizations. The theme is "Holidays."
** Saraland Mardi Gras Association Krewe of Sparta's Inaugural Parade is at noon, March 2, 2019. The Krewe's Ball will be March 2 at 7 p.m. at Steele Creek Lodge. For information, contact Jon C. Coster, President Saraland Mardi Gras Association, “Krewe of Sparta,” SMGALife@gmail.com or 251-455-0109.
** 2nd Annual Joy of Life Parade benefiting St. Jude and hosted by Joy of Life on the Gulf Coast is Saturday, March 2, 2019, noon-3 p.m., Mardi Gras - Downtown, Mobile, 355 Government Street. Contact Lisa George at (251) 490-4120 or Webb Jackson at 251-455-1566; Lisa.George@joyoflifegulfcoast.org or email@example.com. For sponsorship pricing and additional information, go to
Book Clubs/book signings/recitations/writin
** A Page in Time Book Club meets February 12, 6:30 p.m. at West Regional Library to discuss "The Glass Ocean" by Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. Summary: Traces the stories of three women who become connected by the tragedy of the RMS Lusitania, a passenger liner sunk by a German U-Boat in 1915. For more information, contact Michele Eli at 251-340-8590.
** On February 18, 6:30 p.m., the Classics Revisited Book Club will "Reconnect with the Classics" by discussing "The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan. The meeting is at Ben May Main Library. For more information, call 251-208-7902.
** World-renown concert jazz pianist Jeanine “Dr. Jazz” Normand will present a grand piano concert titled “French Romance” at University of Mobile on Tuesday, February 12. Admission is free. The concerts begins at 7 p.m. in Moorer Auditorium, located in Martin Hall on the UM campus. The event is hosted by University of Mobile’s Alabama School of the Arts and College of Arts & Sciences Department of World Languages. The concert will include a medley of works by French composer Michel Legrand, a Paris medley and a Romance medley, all arranged by Normand. For more information about the Alabama School of the Arts, call 251.442.2383 or visit umobile.edu/asota.
** Mobile Opera's Winter Gala Concert, "The Secret of Susanna," is ONE NIGHT ONLY on Saturday, February 16, 2019, 8-9 p.m. at Murphy High School, 100 S Carlen Street. This is Wolf-Ferrari's opera about an innocent secret that becomes blown out of proportion by suspicion and jealousy. Another happy ending for this reprise of the first opera produced by Mobile Opera. Tickets are $25 or $10 (student)
** MOJO Jazz Jambalaya: College Jazz 101 is Monday, February 18, 6:30 p.m. in Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. MOJO (Mystic Order of Jazz Obsessed) brings its Jazz Jambalaya to the Library. Enjoy an evening of live jazz. Special guests are the members of the Coastal Alabama Community College Jazz Band, directed by Rebecca Barry. Tickets can be purchased at the door; $10 for members, $15 for guests and $12 for students/Military with ID. Special Snowbird discount, $10 with ID. For more information, go to www.mojojazz.org/.
** The Alabama School of the Arts Opera Theatre at University of Mobile presents “The Consul”by Gian-Carlo Menotti, an opera performed in English. This production will be performed Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at Murphy High School Auditorium, 100 S. Carlen St., in Mobile. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and may be purchased at itickets.com/universityofmobile or at the door. For more info, contact Alabama School of the Arts at 251.442.2383 or visit umobile.edu/asota.
** Moe's Original Bar B Que in Semmes will host the musical duo, The Back Porch Boys, on Friday, February 22, 2019, 6-9 p.m. The "Boys" promise visitors "a musical trip down Memory Lane."
** The Mobile Symphony’s Big Red Ticket (BRT) program offers FREE tickets for students in grades K-12 that can be redeemed through the Mobile Symphony box office for free admission to Sunday Classical performances. Students must be accompanied by a paying adult. Please limit two students to one adult. Big Red Ticket reservations must be made in person at the box office (257 Dauphin Street) or by calling the box office at 251.432.2010. Note: Children younger than 4 years of age are not permitted at Symphony performances.
Chambers of Commerce:
** Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce membership meeting is Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at Saraland Civic Center, 716 Mae Street, Saraland. Guest speaker will be Karen C. Simmons, CPA, CFO, President & Pod Cast Co-Founder. To make a reservation, contact the Chamber at 251-675-4444 or register abd pay online at https://business.saralandchamber.com/events/details/february-membership-luncheon-6FEB
** Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce's 182nd Annual Meeting, themed "Join our Journey," is Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 5-8:30 p.m.at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center. Brian Willman with Regions Bank will give an address. Tickets are at events.mobilechamber.com.
** Semmes Chamber of Commerce will meet at Pathway Church on Wednesday, February 13, 11:45 a.m. Guest speaker will be Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson.
** SAVE THE DATE: Semmes Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a new fundraiser this year. On Friday, April 26, 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, 9 a.,m., a "Heavenly Hog Throwdown " will be at Semmes Community Park and Semmes Community, 10410 Moffett Road. There'll be music, vendors, food and, of course, barbecue. For information or for vendor or barbecue application, call Donna Brooks, 251-660-4808.
** "All About Crocodilians," hosted by Reptile Education Awareness Conservation & Husbandry, will be Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 6:30-8 p.m. at Environmental Studies Center, 6101 Girby Road, Mobile. Presenter Marissa Donovan will share her experiences working with alligators, as well as other types of crocodilians. Humans have a fear/fascination with alligators and crocodiles, including many misconceptions about them. Are they the Lake Placid man eaters we sometimes believe them to be? The event is free and family-friendly. Snacks and drinks will be provided, but contributions of snacks would be appreciated. There will also be a drawing for prizes for paid members.
** Pet Supplies PLUS is having a Love Your Pet Party on Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 1-3 p.m. at their store, 803 Hillcrest Road. We will be hosting Hope4Hearts Animal Rescue for a pet adoption. The party includes refreshments and party favors. For more information call 251 343 9702.
History/Exhibits (other than Mardi Gras):
** Genghis Khan: The Great Civilizer is on exhibit at the Gulf Coast Exploreum through April 28th. The Exploreum invites visitors to take a journey back in time with one of history's most prolific and controversial figures: Genghis Khan. Through artifacts, performers, artwork, and other historically significant items, discover the eye-opening story of the world's most well-known conqueror, civilizer and innovator. Exhibit Highlights: Live Mongolian performers and artisans; more than 300 artifacts from 13th century Mongolia; rare and sophisticated weapons, jewels, and ornaments; authentic costumes and masks.
Runs, Walks, biking, cycling events and paddles:
** The Mobile Sports Authority (MSA) and the City of Saraland announced the return of the internationally-renown Spartan Race to Saraland, Alabama. In returning to Saraland and Mobile County after a three-year absence, the Alabama Spartan will be holding two events over two days in the area instead of the one-day event held in both 2015 and 2016. The date for the return of Spartan to southwest Alabama is the weekend of March 15-17, 2019. Those interested in volunteering or assisting with site build-up and/or race day activities may contact Rita-Nicole Wright of the North Mobile YMCA via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Registration is now open for the Alabama Spartan Race weekend. Visit www.Spartan.com for more information, race registration, and volunteer opportunities. For additional information, contact Danny Corte, Executive Director, 251-725-1794 or Danny@mobilesportsauthority.com
** Volunteers needed--The Battle of Mobile Bay 5K is February 16 at Historic Fort Gaines on the east end of Dauphin Island, Alabama. For information, go to https://events.com/…/battle-of-mobile-bay-5k-dauphin-island…
** SUPERHERO HUSTLE is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 6 a.m.-noon. The event benefits the Caryn's Kids 2027 Scholorship Fund created in memory of Caryn Hyatt-Suthoff, a first-year kindergarten teacher at Dodge Elementary School For sponsorship and donation information, go to https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LH5-zrSk6T75KGDp4vs4hBkMqeyDEvwI/view?usp=sharing The Ladies of Labor Mardi Bra Happy Hour, hosted by AFL-CIO Southwest Alabama Labor Council, is Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 5-7:15 p.m. at The Cheese Cottage, LLC, 650 St. Louis Street., Mobile.
** Spartan Race – Alabama is Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Saraland, Alabama. Note from the organizer: Welcome to Saraland. Spartans, prepare to enter the swampy South. This venue has a dynamic landscape riddled with challenging terrain the Spartan course designers are sure to use to slow you down. From sandy highlands to swampy bogs, prairie land to forest, this course has a little bit of everything. Be prepared to get mucky and dirty as Spartan transforms this southern location into the ultimate obstacle course race. More detailed information and ticket purchase can be found at https://www.letsdothis.com/e/spartan-race-alabama-weekend-115843.
** Alabama Spartan Kids Race, hosted by Alabama Super/Sprint Spartan Race and Mobile Sports Authority, is Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 at 9 a.m. at Alabama Super/Sprint Spartan Race, 939 Saraland Blvd S, Saraland. Tickets are at www.spartan.com. Organizers of the event say that "There's never a better time to encourage children to put down the electronics and try something they may have never done before--obstacle course racing. Depending on age, the course distance ranges from 1/2 to 2 miles. It's fun, promotes physical health, and mental well-being."
** To Welcome Back Spartan to Alabama and to kick off the Spartan Race, all participants are invited to come mingle with race hosts, committee members and volunteers on Friday , March 15, 5-8 p.m. at Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce, 939 Saraland Boulevard S. Hosts Alabama Super/Sprint Spartan Race and Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce will provide live music, good food, Southern hospitality and a little Mardi Gras revelry before the race.
**CANCELLED The Creola Triathlon--"Tilt the Axis"--is scheduled for April 27th. Individual rates are $75 and $150 for teams of three until February 28. Contact Flynn Christian email@example.com or see Facebook #TiltTheAxis or https://tilttheaxis.racesonline.com. Find online race registration at https://tilttheaxis.racesonline.com/registration.
** On Tuesday, February 12, 6 p.m., the Battle of Mobile Bay and the Union Naval Commander Adm. David G. Garragut will be the topic of a talk in the Dauphin Island Museum room of the Little Red Schoolhouse. Paul De Hoon, who is visiting the Island for a couple of months, will present a program consisting of photos and artifacts. The event is free and open to the public.
** The History Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street, will hold a Learning Lunch on Wednesday, February 13, at noon. The event features author and historian Dr. Derryn Moten. For more information on Learning Lunch, contact Jennifer Theeck, Curator of Education, at (251) 301-0270 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Job/Congratulations/Thank You:
** Michael Christopher McLean, head of the City of Chickasaw Police Department, retired recently. A reception was held in his honor and in appreciation for all he has done for the city. Congratulations, Chief McLean.