Good news for those who have waited 'til the last minute and need a memorable gift for someone special.
Satsuma Community Development Organization still has its cookbook, "The Grand Old Lady Rides Again" available at $12 a copy. The recipes are "tried and true favorites shared by Satsuma residents," said SCDO secretary, Andrea Charlton. The books are available at Satsuma Public Library or from any Satsuma Community Development Organization member. Cookbook committee chairperson is Mary Pierce, 675-2465.
And Dauphin Island Town Hall has on hand a limited supply of a Dauphin Island School commemorative ornament at $15 each. Handcrafted in red and gold, the ornament depicts the Little Red Schoolhouse, and all sale proceeds help support the historic building's relocation and restoration.
Area senior citizens continue to have holiday fun. At the Tillman's Corner Center for Seniors on Nevius Road, a Tacky Christmas Sweater contest is planned for December 23, and on December 30, seniors will be treated to a pancake breakfast. Call Kathy Hill, 666-6610 for information on other activities. Semmes Senior Center will be open December 22 and 23, with regular activities, such as dominoes and line dancing planned, but will be closed December 24-26. Seniors in Chickasaw should think ahead: an Early Bird Breakfast, at just $3 per person, is served the first Monday of every month (except holidays) at 7:30 a.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street. The breakfast is hearty, the atmosphere is friendly and the news, given by senior aide Stephanie Stewart, is always good.
Some activities coming up in the next few weeks include the following events:
Bro. Randall Ingram of Riverside Baptist Church said that he has been informed by LifeSouth Community Blood Centers tnat a shortage of blood donations in December has led to a desperate need for all types of life-saving blood. Therefore, Riverside is hosting a Community Blood Drive the Sunday after Christmas, December 28, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The church is at 3130 Dauphin Island Parkway.
Chickasaw Kiwanis Club is hosting a Disc Golf Tournament Saturday, January 10, 2015. Proceeds go to University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital. Call Cecil McGuire at 452-6462 for details.
Mary Ellen Ward Art Guild sponsors a free painting class for adults on Tuesdays, noon-3 p.m. at Semmes Public Library. A new class begins January 6. "If you have always wanted to paint or once painted and want to start back, this is the class for you; we have artists willing to share their expertise in water color, acrylic and oil," said leader Jeanette Byrd. Participants are responsible for their own supplies. For information, call Byrd at 649-1647.
January 24, 2015 is the annual Camellia Festival, which celebrates the time when "Semmes was the Nursery Center of the Southeastern United States," said chair, Jeanette Byrd. The event will be at Semmes Public Library from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Festival consists of exhibits of Camellia Art, tables-capes using camellias and the display of camellia blossoms. Semmes resident Walter Creighton and other members of the Mobile Camellia Society, as well has home gardeners, will enter camellia blooms, Byrd said. The Festival is sponsored by Semmes Heritage Park and admission will be free. Contact Byrd at 649-1647 for information.
The City of Chickasaw Recreation Department holds a Kayak Paddle on the 4th Saturday, weather permitting. Participants will gather at Bill Brooks Landing to begin paddling at 8 a.m.; activities include exploring Robbers' Islands and "the wonderful secret of outdoors in Chickasaw." Call Kathy Couey, 452-6467 for details.
There are two sessions of Kids' Break Days: Chickasaw Christmas Day Camp for children aged 4-12 years old. The first is December 22, 23 and 26, and the second is December 29, 30 and January 2. Call 452-6462 to pre-register.
Tillman's Corner Area Chamber of Commerce installed new officers recently and they are as follows: Presidentm Alesia Davis; 1st Vice President, Donna Abercrombie; 2nd Vice President, Ruth Robinson; Secretary, Kay Peace and Treasurer, Theresa Orrell. New Directors are Della Wade, Sharon Murrill. Maranda Hance, Matt Garner, Tiffany Ginn, Pete Riehm, Russanne Howell, Deloris McLaney, Johnny Antley, Teresa Taylor, Ed Murphy and Kelly Flynt. Honorary Members are Larry Kent and Lois Rockhold.
Stephen Dahmer, Veterans Transitional Housing Program Director at Eagle's Landing on Moffett Road, reports that the second phase of the project is complete and "We now have a total of 38 apartments for vets, with 10 available" units. Interviews to fill the vacancies are being conducted every Tuesday and Thursday between 8 a.m. and noon. Call 251-421-1229 for information.
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