Below are a few of the observances and ceremonies taking place on Memorial Day:
On Monday, May 25, 11 a.m. members of the Dauphin Island Veterans Association will hold a ceremony at Water Tower Plaza; the public is invited. Activities include tributes to those who have served, and continue to serve our country. Names of deceased Island service members will be added to the Memorial Wall, and those include Johnnie H. Peters, US Army; Caroline M. Hall, USAF; Scott L. Green, USN and Billy J. Golson, USN
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 at 8:30 a.m., there'll be a Full Honor Guard at the National Cemetery at Virginia and Ann Streets in Mobile. At 11:30 a.m. that day, Memorial Day Services and Ceremony will be held at AL Post 250. A barbecue will be held at the Post after the ceremony. The public and all veterans are invited and encouraged to attend. Call 973-1116 or visit www.alpost250.org for more information.
The City of Satsuma has scheduled a Memorial Day event on Monday, May 25, 9 a.m. on the front lawn at City Hall. Congressman Bradley Byrne will be guest speaker. Jessica Strenth, a graduating Saraland High School senior, will sing the National Anthem. For details, call Edith Butler, 675-1440 ext. 2. A Memorial Day Observance Ceremony, sponsored by the City of Semmes, will be held at Honor Park on Wulff Road on May 25, 1 p.m.
Mary Poppins, Disney's Tony Award-winning musical, is coming to Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, May 29, 30 and 31 and June 5, 6. 7, 12, 13 and 14. On Fridays and Saturdays, curtain time is 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays, 2 p.m. Adult tickets are $15 each; admission fee for senior citizens (60+) and students is $12. For reservations, call 457-8887 or go to http://www.cctshows.com.
A special children’s event, "Tea with Mary and Bert" (Stacey Driskell and Jaysn Fowler), will be offered the first Sunday, May 31, of the Mary Poppins run at CCT. Children 3-14 are invited to share tea and snacks, make a special gift and a visit with Mary Poppins and Bert. Parents may observe and snap photos of their children as they visit with the characters. The Tea begins at 1 p.m. and includes admission for the child to the performance at 2. Reservations are $25 for each child and can be made on the website, www.cctshows.com, before May 27. Space is limited, so hurry!
Last Friday Art Night at Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Center is May 29, 6-8 p.m. The public is invited to the Center, 1008 Alabama Avenue, to hear stories of Old Dauphin Island, to shop for local art, to enjoy food and beverages. The featured artist for May and June is Ainsley McNeely, whose exhibit depicts our Southern heritage and history. Call 861-3300 for more information.
The DIHAC Gallery is offering art instruction led by several Island painters, including Benno Kollegger, Regina Dol-Kollegger (contact Kathy Jones, 205-305-9142 for more information) and Margie Delcambre (call her at 251-402-0266 for details.)
Karen McGahagin's show, "It's all About the Hats," remains on exhibit at Mobile Arts Council throughout May. The display includeds a mix of mediums, including watercolor, oil and Sumi-E.
The Saraland-Satsuma Community Education Council, Inc. 2015 Annual Meeting and Banquet is Monday, June 1, 6 p.m. at Saraland Civic Center on Mae Street. Guest speaker will be Virginia Guy, Executive Director of Mobile Drug Education Council. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple; RSVP by May 25. Call Carolyn Owens, 604-6160, email@example.com.
Joe Jefferson Players present "Fiddler on the Roof" for 9 performances, June 5-June 21, 2015. The curtain will rise at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. for Sunday matinees. In addition, JJP is holding auditions for "Avenue Q" on Monday and Tuesday, June 8 and 9, 6 p.m.. Show dates are August 7-23, 2015. Joe Jefferson Playhouse is at 11 S. Carlen Street in Mobile. For more information, call 471-1534 or see www.joejeffersonplayers.com.
Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S Carlen Street, Mobile is holding auditions for "Avenue Q" on Monday and Tuesday, June 8 and 9, 6 p.m.. Show dates are August 7-23, 2015. The musical is notable for the use of puppets, animated by unconcealed puppeteers, alongside human actors. For more information,call 471-1534.
Seniors at Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center are invited to "Coffee with the Director," Ashley-Nicole Flowers, at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 28.
The Grand Bay Senior Center offers meal delivery to homebound seniors within the Grand Bay-St. Elmo area Monday-Friday. Call site director, Mary Lee, 865-4010, for information.
Providence Hospital's Senior Spirit 2015 Health Fair is Thursday, May 28, 9 a.m.-noon at Providence Hospital De Paul Center znd Breezeway, 6801 Airport Boulevard, Mobile. Call Allyson Blankenship, 633-1366, for more information.
The Tillman's Corner Senior Citizens Center, 5863 Nevius Road, serves hot lunches (at $1.50 per senior) at 10:30-11 a.m., Monday through Friday. The Center will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, but seniors will have a potluck luncheon. Call Carol Lundy, 661-6600, to sign up for lunch or for more information on activities at the Center.
Chickasaw Seniors Early Bird Breakfast is Monday, June 1, 7:30 a.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center on Grant Street. Cost is $3 per person.
The Sassy Stitchers Quilting Group at Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center is offering opportunity tickets on their beautiful "Autumn Splendor" quilt. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5; proceeds will be used to purchase supplies for the group's Quilts of Valor, which they award to selected veterans twice a year. Tickets available in Center lobby Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.. The quilt will be awarded Saturday, May 30 at the Quilts of Valor presentation at CHMRSCC, 3201 Hillcrest Road, Mobile.
Sweet Summertime Adoption Special at the City of Mobile Animal Shelter continues through May 31 at the facility at 855 Owens Street. Adoption fee for both dogs and cats is just $20 for each pet adopted.
The monthly Grand Bay Community Breakfast is Saturday, May 30, 9-10 a.m. at Grand Bay-St. Elmo Community and Senior Center, 11610 Highway 90 West. Sponsored by Citizens for a Better Grand Bay, the breakfast and omelet buffet is a $5 per person donation.
Southwest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon is Wednesday, June 3 at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Guest speaker is Judith Adams, Vice President of Marketing for the Alabama State Port Authority; the meal will be by The Wilton Caterer. Call 666-2488 to RSVP.
On Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., First Baptist Church of Irvington will host "Ole South Day," a family fun day to discover and celebrate our Southern Heritage. There'll be period music and demonstrations in cooking, basket making, quilting, and blacksmithing, as well as arts and crafts for sale. Events will take place behind the church at 9074 Irvington Bayou La Batre Highway. There's no admission or parking fees. For other information, call 957-2718.
The 4th Annual Mobile County Master Gardeners Farm to Table Tasting Event is Monday, June 1, 6-8 p.m. at Five Rivers Delta Hall. Admission fee is $65 per person and includes a delicious tasting that will encourage people to "Eat Fresh, Eat Local." For Information, call 574-8445.
"Wonderful Wednesdays" series at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, June 3-July 29, includes lectures and workshops to help Gulf Coast gardeners and enthusiasts make the most of this area's extended growing season. Each workshop covers a special feature of the Gardens or Home and includes tips for making private gardens more spectacular.
Also included will be the "Kids Gulf Discovery Day" on July 22; it will feature the Winged Ambassadors with their birds of prey and cruises along Fowl River with Delta Safaris. Call 973-2217 or visit http://www.bellingrath.org for information on Bellingrath Gardens activities.
The 2nd Annual Art in the Park Nature Fest, Saturday, June 6, 2015, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., will be held under the oaks in historic Cadillac Square on Dauphin Island. Nature Fest, a free event, will feature fine artists and craftsmen from around the Southeast, as well as exciting nature exhibits, programs and activities. The picturesque park will be filled with unique art and hands-on animal exhibits and nature/environmental presentations/exhibits.
The Babes of the Bay 3rd Annual Relay for Life Fashion Show and Live/Silent Auction is Saturday, June 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Dinner will be served prior to the Fashion Show. Special guests will be Queen Elsa and Anna from the Disney movie "Frozen." The characters will sing with children and pose for photos with them. For more information, call 251-599-0443 or 251-459-6902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Town of Dauphin Island will host the Sunset Cruise Car Show on Saturday, June 6 at Green Park next door to Ship N Shore. There'll be a parade and judging from noon until 3 p.m. and an all day Swap Meet at Green Park. Auto show exhibitors can register from 9-ll a.m. on the day of the show.
In the Great News/Good Job Department: Tim Creamer has been elected to the position of Faithful Navigator of the Knights of Columbus Assembly #0001 for the upocoming fraternal year. Lanny Todd was elected Faithful Captain. These positions are equivalent to president and vice president in other organizations.