Santa is making his rounds and eating a lot of pancakes and sausage in several different places over the next couple of weeks.
On Saturday, December 6 at 8 a.m., he'll share flapjacks with children and their parents at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Children 12 years old and younger eat free; adults pay $5. Though a photographer will be on hand to take photos for the sponsoring Tillman's Corner Area Chamber of Commerce (to be posted on site www.tillmanscornerchamber.com), parents are invited to bring their own cameras to snap a photo of their youngster with Santa. Call 666-2488 for information.
Satsuma's Breakfast with Santa is Saturday, December 13, 9 a.m. at Satsuma Community Center. Proceeds from this event will benefit Ronald McDonald House. For information, call Diane Alford, 463-4734.
Santa will also make an appearance at Honor Park during the Semmes Christmas Homes Tour, Saturday, December 13, 3-7 p.m. Look for him around the beautiful new pavilion or among the dozen lighted, decorated Christmas trees. The park is on Wulff Road and is on this year's Tour, which is sponsored by Semmes Woman's Club.
At the Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90 West, Saturday, December 6, 9 a.m., Mr. & Miss Country Christmas Costume Pageant will take place, and then at 11 a.m., children can share milk and cookies with Santa. Free arts and crafts and games are planned from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.--all part of Citizens for a Better Grand Bay Children's Fun Day.
And the jolly old man will show up at Dauphin Island's Fort Gaines Historic Site for the 30th Annual Christmas Through the Ages on Saturday, December 6. This old-fashioned, non-commercial Christmas will feature exhibitions, demonstrations and music; tickets are available at the Fort's gift shop.
Many of our towns and communities will have formal Christmas Tree Lightings, complete with programs and refreshments. Some will serve as fundraisers for worthy causes.
The City of Semmes has a brand new 35-foot tree in front of Semmes Public Library at Moffett and McCrary roads. On Saturday, December 6, citizens are invited to a program at 4 p.m. and a lighting around 5 p.m. The program will include a welcome by Mayor Judy Hale and music by Allentown Elementary Choir and Mary G. Montgomery show choir and band. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Brandi Michelsen, project coordinator, at 645-8811.
Tanner Williams Civic & Historical Society presents Tanner Williams’ Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Monday, December 8, 6:30 p.m. in the Historic School Building. The celeration will include a chili supper; donations to offset expenses would be appreciated. For more information, call 251-645-1196 or 251-649-5166.
At Dauphin Island, a tree lighting is planned at Water Tower Plaza on Saturday, December 6, 5:30 p.m. Trees lining this Island focal point will be aglow with white lights. The event is an opportunity to sponsor a bulb in honor or in memory of a special friend or loved one. At $10 per sponsorship, it is also a fundraiser to help relocate and re-purpose the Island's Little Red Schoolhouse. Placards listing the names of those recognized or remembered will be displayed near the lighted trees. Contact Mary Scarcliff at Lighthouse Bakery website, Dauphin Island Elementary School or Town Hall for more information.
As part of the Grand Bay Country Christmas on Saturday, December 6, a tree lighting is scheduled at 6 p.m. in the center of town.
Satsuma's Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by Satsuma Community Development Organization, is scheduled for Tuesday, December 9, 6:30 p.m. in Baldwin Square. The theme is " . . . better to light one candle" For a $5 donation, one can secure a light in honor or in memory of a loved one. For further information, call Linda Tindle at 675-0426.
Saraland's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, sponsored by Saraland Civic Forum, will will be Saturday, December 13, 6:30 p.m. at Saraland Civic Center on Mae Street. For further information, call 675-4444.
Christmas parades on the horizon include the 34th Annual Dauphin Island Parade on Saturday, December 6, 11 a.m. Council member Mary Strickland will serve as grand marshal, and the parade will include marching bands, colorful floats, classic cars and lots of throws. To participate in or for more information on the parade, call City Hall, 861-5525.
The Satsuma Christmas Parade, sponsored by Satsuma Volunteer Fire Department, is Saturday, December 6 at 11 a.m. For information, call Andrea Charlton, 408-7430.
Semmes Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 13, 10 a.m. And the parade at Tillman's Corner will start at 10, after children have Breakfast with Santa at Tillman's Corner Community Center from 8-9 a.m.
The 46th Annual Saraland Christmas Parade, sponsored by Saraland Civic Forum, is Saturday, December 13 at noon. The theme is "An Old-Fashioned Christmas." Call 675-4444 for information.
Chickasaw Christmas Parade is at 3 p.m. December 13, starting at Chickasaw School and running down Highway 43 to the traffic light by Fred's, Rite Aid and BBVC.
Playhouse-in-the-Park will present one public performance of Victor Herbert's classic "Babes in Toyland" on Thursday, December 4, 7:30 p.m. at Saenger Theatre, 6 Joachim Street in downtown Mobile. Call 602-0630 for reservations.
A unique red-and-gold Christmas ornament, depicting the Little Red Schoolhouse at Dauphin Island, is for sale at $15 each. Proceeds will support relocation and restoration of the historic school. Call Dauphin Island Town Hall, 861-5525, for details.
Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council Christmas Open House and Silent Auction is Thursday, December 4, 6-9 p.m. at the Gallery, 1008 Alabama Avenue behind City Hall. For details, call 490-0294.
The 26th Annual Dauphin Island Christmas Pageant will be Friday, December 5, 7 p.m. at St. Edmund Catholic Church. There are several age categories of "Miss Dauphin Island." Call City Hall, 861-5525 for details and applications.
Citizens for a Better Grand Bay annual Parade of Lights is Saturday, December 6, 7 p.m.
Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens/Ascension Funerals and Cremations is presenting its 10th Annual Candlelight Memorial at Forest Lawn Funeral Home at 6 p.m., Friday, December 5. The Very Rev. William Saucier from St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Chickasaw and Pastor Tony Bland from Harmony Baptist Church in Semmes will handle the spiritual message and music will be provided by Girls of Grace, Susan Williamson and Marla Murrill. At 5 p.m., the road in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens will be be lined with candles. For information, call Tim Creamer, 675-0824.
Semmes Old Fashioned Christmas, an annual event to usher in the Christmas season, is Friday, December 5, 6 p.m. at Semmes Heritage Park. Music will be by Mary G. Montgomery Ensemble Chorus. For further details on this free event, call Carolyn Owens, 649-2184.
Satsuma Community Development Organization will host "Christmas in Satsuma" on Saturday, December 6. SCDO secretary Andrea Charlton said that the day will start with a Reindeer Run at 8 a.m., followed by Arts & Crafts in Baldwin Square and the Christmas Parade at 11 a.m. For information, call Charlton at 408-7430.
On Saturday, December 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the United Methodist Women at Tanner Williams United Methodist Church, 1550 Grand Bay Wilmer Road N. are presenting their Christmas in the Country Bazaar and Seafood Gumbo Dinner. Call Virginia Sanderson at 649-2193 for information.
The 6th Annual Semmes Christmas Tour of Homes and Tasting Tour is Saturday, December 13. For details or tickets, call Chair Diane Moore, 645-9176.
Coming up are a couple of holiday meetings for state, city, county and public board retirees in Mobile County: Wednesday, December 3, 10 a.m. at West Regional Mobile Public Library, 5555 Grelot Road and Monday, December 8, 10:30 a.m. at Saraland Chamber of Commerce, 939 Highway 43 in Saraland. Cazll Sara Phillips, ARSEA/APEAL, 334-834-9116 for information.
Chickasaw Seniors' Early Bird Breakfast is Monday, December 1, 7:30 a.m. at the Civic Center on Grant Street. The Tillman's Corner Area Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon is Wednesday, December 3. RSVP at 666-2488.
Pastor James Mercer of Hollinger's Island Baptist Church reports that the offering received at the Community Thanksgiving Service sponsored by the DIP Ministerial Association service now totals $1,827.82. Additional contributions are being accepted to ensure that the anticipated need of a large number of requests for food and the preparation of Christmas boxes distributed through the ministerial Food Pantry will be met. Non-perishable food items and contributions are accepted at the food pantry which is located at Fulton Road Baptist Church. Call Betty Fowler, 476-2600 for information.