Citizens for a Better Grand Bay Heritage Day is set for Saturday, May 2. On the agenda are a Chili & Chocolate Cook-Off, fun run, costume contest and pageant. Volunteers are needed. A planning meeting is Tuesday, February 10, 6:30 p.m. at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90 West in Grand Bay.
Playhouse in the Park will present "The Miracle Worker," the story of Alabama's Helen Keller, at the Playhouse, 4851 Museum Drive in Mobile. Public performances will be February 27-March 8 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Call 602-0630 or visit www.playhouseinthepark.org for details. School show performances are Thursdays and Fridays, February 26 and 27 and March 5 and 6 at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon. Call Pam Mollise, 251-422-0079 to book a class. The play is recommended for 4th grade-adults.
February 15 is the deadline to RSVP to the Zonta Club invitation to attend an informational meeting February 26, 6 p.m. at Golden Bowl restaurant, 309 Bel Air Boulevard in Mobile. Those interested in this new Zonta Club, whose purpose is to empower women through service and advocacy, can contact membership chair, Charlene Rains at Charlene@zonta-district11.org or 251-533-9144.
On Friday, February 27, 6:30 p.m., the SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce (formerly Tillman's Corner Area Chamber of Commerce) will honor 2014 Citizens of the Year, Dumas and Delores McLaney, with a banquet at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Tickets are $15 per person; call 666-2488 for reservations.
Deadline for nominations for Creola Citizen of the Year 2014 is February 13. Sponsored by Creola Community Development Organization, Inc., the award will be announced and presented at the Creola City Council meeting, February 26, 2015. Forms can be picked up at Creola City Hall or the Creola Police Department.
Satsuma Community Development Organization has opened nominations for Satsuma Citizen of the Year 2014. Forms can be picked up at Satsuma City Hall or Public Library or can be downloaded at www.cityofsatsuma.com. Deadline is March 2.
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. Pre-registration by February 14 is encouraged by phone at 861-2141 Extension 7545 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Meal, which provides 125 plus meals every Sunday afternoon for the homeless and working poor, needs two large ice chests; total cost is about $125, according to One Meal coordinator, Mike McKinley of Satsuma. To donate, or for more information, see onemealmobile.com.
Raise the Roof Project, partnering with YG, the youth group from Congregational Church of New Canaan, Connecticut, will be in Mobile for ministry work during a week of Mardi Gras, February 13-22; 130 students and adults will serve six sites near downtown Mobile. The group will be housed at Camp Grace, but sponsors are needed to cover food costs. Contact Jan Bailey at 251-377-6970 or Lydia Johnson at 251-377-7809 to volunteer or make a donation.
Those who love the beautiful old homes in our area will want to make plans to attend "Tea at the Mansion" at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, Friday, March 13, 1-4 p.m. The event is a fundraiser to help support the continued preservation and operation of the historic home. Call 251-471-6364 for more information.
Dauphin Way Baptist Church, 3661 Dauphin Street at I-65 in Mobile, will host its 6th Annual Spring Expo on Friday, March 6, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The event will feature more than 125 vendors, including arts and crafts, information on area businesses and ministries and other services in the Mobile area. To participate or for more information, call Ginger McCracken, 341-0773.
The 3rd Annual Satsuma SwampFest will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., on the Satsuma High School Campus. This fun-filled family event will offer something of interest to visitors of all ages--children's activities, arts and crafts, a car show, food, singers and performers, and, new this year, a Miss SwampFest and Little Miss SwampFest will be crowned during festival. For more information, call 251-377-2747 or 251-675-0421.
The 13th Annual Semmes Azalea Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the campus at Mary G. Montgomery High School. The event will be hosted by Semmes Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is looking for sponsors and volunteers; vendor and car show applications are available for download at http://semmeschamber.org/azaleafestival.php.
On Saturday, February 14, 2015, the 19th Annual Battle of Mobile Bay 5K Race takes place on Dauphin Island. Sponsored by the Port City Pacers, the run begins at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the event will go toward preservation of the Fort Gaines Historic Site Visit the Port City Pacers website for registration and information.
The Habitat for Humanity Hammerin' for Habitat 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, February 28 at University of South Alabama SGA Pavilion. Check in begins at 7 a.m.; the race begins at 8 a.m. The event is intended to raise awareness about the work and mission of Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama. For information, visit http://www.habitatswalabama.org.