Christmas is over, the trees are down and the ornaments packed away. But activities in Mobile County continue as we begin a new year: 2015.
Keep Mobile Beautiful is collecting old Christmas trees through Wednesday, January 7, 2015. The trees will be ground into mulch for use by area gardeners. Trees may be delivered at any time to the recycling stations. However, Keep Mobile Beautiful volunteers will be on hand from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 27 and 28 and January 3 and 4 to assist recyclers with tree unloading. For more information, contact Keep Mobile Beautiful at 208-6029 or thru their website.
The Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society will hold open auditions on Tuesday, January 5, 7 p.m. for all three of the upcoming spring concerts for 2015. The auditions and also a major portion of the rehearsals are held at Government Street Presbyterian Church, 300 Government Street at the corner of Government and Jackson streets. There will be opportunities to perform with other area choruses and chamber orchestra. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. A schedule is prepared for each semester with some rehearsals also occurring in the rehearsal class room of Spring Hill College, in the Eichold Fine and Performing Arts Building. For further information, contact Terry D. Maddox, M.M., Artistic Director at 251 434 -9325 &/or email@example.com.
Run with a Dot/Caryn's Kids 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run on the University of South Alabama campus is Saturday, January 10, 2015. The run honors Caryn Hyatt Suthoff, a Dodge Elementary School kindergarten teacher who died of cancer December 12. Registration information and additional details are available at active.com. Registration can also be at USA Intramural Fields at 7 a.m. on race day.
The holidays always bring a shortage of blood donations, and Pastor Randall Ingram of Riverside Baptist said that his church at 3130 Dauphin Island Parkway is helping to remedy that situation: The church is hosting a Community Blood Drive on Sunday, December 28, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Among other upcoming community events are the following activities. The 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. For information, call Jeanette Byrd at 649-1647. Another Semmes event to look forward to (and perhaps to prepare for) is the January 24th Camellia Festival also held at Semmes Public Library. The Festival, sponsored by Semmes Heritage Park, consists of exhibits of Camellia Art, table-scapes using camellias and the display of camellia blossoms. Contact Chair Jeanette Byrd at 649-1647 for information.
It's time to register for the Chickasaw Kiwanis Club's Disc Golf Tournament Saturday, January 10, 2015. Proceeds benefit the University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital. Call Cecil McGuire at 452-6462 for details.
Also in Chickasaw, "Come to the Front Porch," a ladies' night for fellowship, meets every 1st and 3rd Friday, 6-8 p.m. at Chickasaw Housing Authority Community Room. A children’s program is offered, as are refreshments, Bible study and mentoring opportunities.
A class for adults interested in learning basic computer skills begins Monday, January 5, 11 a.m.-noon at Chickasaw Library, 224 Grant Street. Call 452-6462 for details.
Before taking a look at coming events in Tillman's Corner, a short glance backward is worthwhile. The Annual Breakfast with Santa on December 6 was a great success, with more than 450 people enjoying pancakes and sausage--and a visit with St. Nick, according to TC Community Center director, Tina Poiroux. The parade, too, was the largest in the community's history; Jean Stimpson, First Lady of Mobile and wife of Mayor Sandy Stimpson, performed the Ribbon Cutting to open the event. Newly selected Citizens of the Year, Dumas and Delores McLaney, were present during the ceremony, as well.
Now to upcoming events. The monthly Tillman's Corner Area Chamber of Commerce business luncheon at the Community Center is Wednesday, January 7, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Guest speaker will be Dr. Laurie Owen, Associate Director for Basic and Translational Sciences in the Mitchell Cancer Institute at the University of South Alabama. The lunch will be provided by Georgia Roussos Catering; RSVP 666-2488.
Poiroux is asking that residents "Recycle your old coats and help someone in need stay warm this winter." Coats and jackets can be dropped off at the Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road..
Most Senior Centers will be closed January 1 and 2, but they continue with regular activities through the end of December.
Some events to look forward to in early January are the Chickasaw Seniors Early Bird Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Monday, January 5; a potluck lunch and a program with author Joan Malone on January 8, 11:30 a.m. at Semmes Senior Center; and Bingo with Modern Woodmen's Gary Hilburn, 10 a.m., Monday, January 5 at Parkway Senior Citizens S.A.I.L. Center.
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