Mardi Gras activities:
** Krewe of Kindness Mardi Gras Ball Fundraiser is Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 5-8 p.m. at The Pillars, 1757 Government Street. Tickets and other information are by Eventbrite.
This is a Family Friendly Mardi Gras Ball to benefit the Krewe of Kindness in their mission to help provide opportunities for INCLUSION in the community for those with special health care needs. The event will also benefit Children's Miracle Networks and USA Children's and Women's Hospital.
** Masks and Moon Pies Walking Tour, hosted by Secret History Tours, is every Saturday, January 12-January 26, 2019, 3 p.m. at Secret History Tours, 600 Government Street. Tickets are at www.secrethistorytours.com. Those wanting to attend should book their tour online. $15/adults, $10/children younger that 12.
** Order of Isis Hat Brunch will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019, 11 a.m. at Mobile Carnival Museum, 300 Government Street. Admission is $40 per person, ladies only, must be 21. The invitation reads: "Come join the ladies of the Order of Isis as we celebrate the beginning of Mardi Gras with our annual Hat Brunch. Dressy dress code (no denim) and your favorite hat, not required but recommended. Admission includes brunch, mimosas, Bloody Mary and a tour of the Museum. Limited seating paid in advance only.
** The public is invited to "roll through four centuries" of Mardi Gras history at the History Museum of Mobile. Discover the origins of Mobile's Carnival traditions, mystic societies and more. "Parading Through Time" opens January 17, 2019.
** Satsuma Mardi Gras Ball 2019, hosted by Satsuma Public Library Foundation, is Friday, January 25, 7-11 p.m. at Steele Creek Lodge, 368 Juniper Avenue, Satsuma. Music will be by The Excelsior Band and Charles "Bo" Grant (formerly of The Platters) Tickets are $20 per person and are available at Satsuma Pubic Library. There will also be door prizes, Split the Pot and much more.
** Dauphin Island Mardi Gras Parade, hosted by KDLD Mardi Gras Organization Public, is Saturday, February 2, 2019, 1 p.m. at Dauphin Island. The theme is "It's 5 o'clock Somewhere" and floats will depict some scenes made famous by Jimmy Buffett. King is Cookie Dickinson and Queen is Jane Harmon.
** Krewe De La Dauphine is hosting the Annual KDLD Mardi Gras Ball on February 2, 7 p.m. at Bayou La Batre Community Center, 12745 Padgett Switch Road, Irvington. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and will close temporarily at 8 for call-outs, then re-open at 9 p.m. until last call. Those attending must be 21 or older.
** Krewes & Brews Mardi Gras Party at History Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street is Thursday, February 7, 6-9 p.m. Admission is $10 and includes two drink tickets | All ages are welcome | Must be 21+ and provide a valid ID to receive drink tickets. For information about Krewes & Brews, contact Marketing and Event Manager, Kelly Dunn at kelly.dunn@historymuseumofmobile.
** The Third Annual Town of Dauphin Island People's Parade is Saturday, February 9, 2019, 1 p.m. The parade will follow the same route as the Island Mystics, starting at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and proceeding west on Bienville Boulevard, ending approximately at The Holiday Inn Condos. Details are available at Town Hall.
** Mystics Open House at Mobile Mystics, 659 Saint Anthony Street, Mobile is Saturday, February 9, 2019, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The event description reads: Bring your family and come party with our family, as we count down to Mystics Weekend. We'll have games and bounce houses for the kids; Food stations; Prizes; Showcase of this season's floats and more."
** Condé Cavaliers Mardi Gras Parade is Friday, February 15, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive, Mobile.
** Conde Cavalier's 42nd Annual Ball is Friday, February 15, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive, Mobile. Tickets are available from any member.Entertainment Lineup for the 2019 Ball is as follows: Main Stage Acts - The Molly Ringwalds and Fly By Radio, West Wing - Journey 2 Mars and DJ Mike Barnes; Entrance/Box Office Area - Special Delivery Band.
** Mobile King Cake-off, hosted by The Mobile RunDown and Oyster Shell Strategy, LLC, is Saturday, February 16, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street. Who has the best King Cake in Mobile? You be the judge! Get your taste buds ready for a day of traditional and non-traditional King Cake tastings, specialty cocktails and food truck grub. This family-friendly event will have something for everyone - food, drinks, kids activities, live music, and a grand finale Secondliners walk to the 2:30 parade! Children 12 and younger are free. A cash bar will be available during the event. A portion of event proceeds will go to benefit Fuse Project, a local organization that invests in initiatives promoting the health, fitness, education and social responsibility of our children. Admission is as follows: adults $15 in advance | $20 at the door and children, 12 and younger free.
** The 37th Annual Mobile Arc Mardi Gras Parade is Thursday, February, 28, 2019, 1-1:45 p.m. at Mobile Arc, 2424 Gordon Smith Drive, Mobile. The parade will include more than 20 floats carrying the Mobile Arc royal courts and participants from other local organizations. The theme is "Holidays."
** Saraland Mardi Gras Association Krewe of Sparta's Inaugural Parade is at noon, March 2, 2019. The Krewe's Ball will be March 2 at 7 p.m. at Steele Creek Lodge. For information, contact Jon C. Coster, President Saraland Mardi Gras Association, “Krewe of Sparta,” SMGALife@gmail.com or 251-455-0109.
Book Clubs/book signings/recitations/writing:
** (Continuing) "Bodying Forth - Writing Class" at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive is Wednesdays, January 6-February 6, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon. Tickets are at mbgrebloomshop.com.
** On January 8th, 6:30 p.m. at West Regional Library, A Page in Time Book Club meets to discuss "Carnegie's Maid" by Marie Benedict. For more information, call Michele Eli, 251-340-8590.
** January 10th at 6 p.m., members of Ebony Moments Book Club will meet at West Regional Library to discuss "Envy" by Victoria Christopher Murray. For more information, contact Betty Kidd at 251-438-7075.
** On January 12, 3-4 p.m., Extravagant Readers Book Club will meet at Toulminville Branch Library to discuss "Heads You Win" by Jeffrey Archer. In summary: The story follows a 1968 Russian teen who escapes an oppressive life in Leningrad and is forced to choose between parallel lives in London and New York. For more information, call 251-438-7075.
** Reader's Choice Book Club meets at 1 p.m. January 15 at West Regional Library. The book to be discussed is "The Soul of America: the Battle for Our Better Angels" by Jon Meacham. For more information, call 251-208-7097.
** "PowerLines Poets" at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, is Thursday, January 17, 6-8 p.m. PowerLines Poetry, a Mobile-based poetry troupe featuring local writers and performers is returning to the Mobile Museum of Art for a slam poetry session. PowerLines Poets will be performing and inviting guest poets to take the mic as well--an evening of spoken artistry.
** Bayside Book Club members will meet January 17, 6 p.m. at Parkway Branch Library. The topic of discussion is "Snow Falling on Cedars" by David Guterson. For more information, call Betty Fowler at 251-476-2600 or 251-208-7097.
** Those who love historical novels can meet best-selling author Marie Benedict on Friday, January 18, 1-3 p.m. at West Regional Library. Marie will introduce her latest work, "The Only Woman in the Room." It’s a powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon, Hedy Lamarr. Following the presentation there will be a book signing. Book sales will be provided by Page & Palette. For more information, call 251-208-7097. For more information on the author, go to www.authormariebenedict.com/.
** Saturday, January 19, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Mobile Bookseller in Skyland Shopping Center, 3990 Government Boulevard, is hosting a book-signing event for two area writers: Cheri Collins and Debbie Smith. The public is invited.
** Mobile Opera, 1714 Dauphin Street, Ste B, is hosting a Coffee Lecture: The Lives of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald on Monday, January 7, 2-3 p.m. Bridget Peach will explore the lives of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The lecture will introduce and lead into the presentation of an original Opera on Thursday night: The Ghosts of Gatsby. Scott Wright will discuss the evolution of this original opera commissioned by Samford University. Stop in Chaleur Coffee for a pastry and coffee and then walk next door to the inviting and creative office space of Darrel J. Williams Associates for a glimpse into the fascinating world of Gatsby.
** On Tuesday, January 8, noon-1 p.m., Mobile Opera is hosting "A Little Mid-Day Music #7daysofopera" at Larkins Music Center, 2nd floor, Willson Recital Hall. The public is invited to "Bring your lunch to the Willson Recital Hall at 257 Dauphin Street and let Mobile Opera serenade you with live music from some of our community’s finest talent, featuring Soprano, Brydon Fox and Christopher Powell, pianist. Dine in style no matter what you are eating. Come and go to suit your schedule-we will just keep singing."
** Opera Trivia, presented by Mobile Opera, is January 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Mobile Opera Facebook Page. From Opera: How much do you know about opera? We are guessing we can stump you and for certain we will have you giggling and googling with our fourth annual Opera Trivia Quiz. Find us on Facebook with our tongue in our cheek. Lots of fun and fanciful prizes. Admission is FREE. For additional information, call 251-432-6772.
** Performance of "The Ghosts of Gatsby" is January 10, 7 p.m. at Larkins Music Center, 2nd floor, Willson Recital Hall. The travel production is about 40 minutes long. Admission is free.
** "Coffee Chat Live," presented by Mobile Opera, is January 11, 9 a.m. on Mobile Opera Facebook Page. From Opera: Grab a cup of coffee, hop in your recliner or your desk chair and tune in live to the MO Facebook page, starting at 9 a.m. to chat with Mobile Opera staff and surprise guests. Send in your questions prior to the chat to email@example.com or type them in on the Facebook live feed. We will be discussing all things opera and more. A fun and entertaining way to start your Friday and kick off the weekend.
** On January 11, 6:30-9:30 p.m., the Back Porch Boys of Semmes will be playing at Moe's Original Bar B Que, 3385 Schillinger Road North Ste 1, Semmes. The public is invited to "Come on out and join us for a musical trip down Memory Lane. Classic Country, Southern Rock, Blues. In addition to playing at establishments such as Moe's, the duo often volunteer to play for those in rehab centers, hospices and convalescent homes and at patriotic events..
** MSO: Brahms' Violin Concerto, presented by Mobile Symphony Orchestra, 257 Dauphin Street will be Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. and Sunday, January 13, 2019, 2:30 p.m. Tickets are at secure.mobilesymphony.org. Conductor is Scott Speck. The event is considered one of the greatest violin concertos of all time and a fitting showpiece for the masterful soloist, Vadim Gluzman. Program includes Smetana | Bartered Bride Overture; Dvorak | Symphony No. 8 and Brahms | Violin Concerto.
** Day 7 of Mobile Opera's 7 days of Opera features Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser Scholarship Competition – The Finals. That's January 12, 1 p.m. at Larkins Music Center – 2nd floor, Willson Recital Hall. Admission is FREE. For additional information, call 251-432-6772.
** University of Mobile, 5735 College Parkway, is host to the Gulf Coast Steinway Society's IV Piano and Vocal Competition on January 19, 9 a.m. Applications can be submitted online at www.gulfcoaststeinwaysociety.org.
Chambers of Commerce:
** The January luncheon meeting of Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce is Tuesday, January 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Saraland Civic Center, 716 Mae Street. Guest speaker will be Pastor Wayne Sheppard of Destination Church. Cost is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. RSVP at 251-675-4444.
** SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon is Wednesday, January 9, 11:30 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Guest Speaker is Barry Westbrooks, General Manager Walmart Distribution Center. Contact: Chamber Office 251-666-2488 to RSVP. Cost: $9 for members and $11 for nonmembers.
** Semmes Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon is Wednesday, January 9, 11:45 a.m. at Pathway Church on Moffett Road. Lunch will be served at noon. Guest speaker will be Sue King of Habitat for Humanity. Cost of the luncheon is $10 per person; members are encouraged to bring a friend, co-worker, client or business partner to the event. RSVP to Donna Brooks by Monday, January 7th in order to have a correct head count for the caterer. To keep in mind: Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson is scheduled as speaker at the February 13th luncheon.
** Coffee with the Chamber, presented by SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Chamber, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Business owners, start your day off with a complimentary cup of coffee! No cost to attend, just bring your business cards to share, and connect with fellow Chamber members and prospective members.
** SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Banquet honoring Mark and Kelli Dunn is Friday, January 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Reservations/payments are required by January 11th by calling 251-666.2488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** "Coffee with the Chamber," hosted by Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, is Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Atlanta Bread, 3860 Dauphin Street. Members are invited to start the day with the Chamber and network with other business attendees. There is no charge to attend. The event is sponsored by Hieronymous CPAs.
** Mobile SPCA's Pet of the Week is "Madge." She is up to date on her vaccines and has been spayed. She also has a microchip and is heart worm negative. Madge is 1 year old and is described as "a playful, spunky puppy (who) will need regular house training." Anyone interested can complete an online adoption questionnaire or visit the adoption center at 620 Zeigler Circle West in Mobile.
** "Bingo for Dogs" at Serda Brewing Company, 600 Government Street, is January 16, 7-9 p.m. The event will benefit Animal Rescue Foundation. For every pint of beer or glass of wine sold, Serda will donate $1 to ARF. It's free to play and is family and dog friendly.
** On January 16, 6 p.m., Dauphin Island Museum will host "Birds of Dauphin Island." Avid Birder Don McKee will present the program, which is free and open to the public. Don is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Audubon Society. The Museum is at the Welcome Center across from Town Hall.
Runs, Walks, biking, cycling events and paddles:
** Servis1st Bank Mobile Marathon, presented by Infirmary Health, is Sunday, January 13, 2019, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tickets are at www.mobilemarathon.org. Start time: Marathon, Half Marathon & 5-Person Relay, Sunday, January 13th, 2019 - 7:30 a.m.; Kids' Marathon Start Time: Northwest corner of Bienville Square; Sunday, January 13th, 2019 - 2 p.m. Course Time Limit: The course will remain open for 7 hours. Participants will need to average 16 minutes per mile or better.
** First Light Marathon - Bicycle Marshal Team, hosted by Delta Bike Project, is Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at Bienville Square, 150 Dauphin Street. Route maps: http://www.firstlightmarathon.com/maps.asp.
** March for Life- Mobile, Al will be Friday, January 18, 2019, 9-11 a.m. at Cathedral Square,300 Conti Street. The schedule is as follows: 9 a.m. Optional Mass at the Cathedral; 9:30 a.m/ Ecumenical Prayer Service; 9:45 a.m. Rally begins; 10:45 a.m. March through Downtown Mobile.
** Run Mob Trail Run, hosted by Fleet Feet Run Mob Running Club, is Sunday, January 20, 2019, 2-5 p.m. at the University Of South Alabama Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail. Tickets are at www.eventbrite.com. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/glenn-sebastian-nature-trail-4…. Fee is $10 for non- club members, FREE for Run Mob Club members. ($65 Year membership.)(http://www.fleetfeetmobile.com/training)
** The Charity Chase 2019 & Post-Chase After Party is Saturday, January 26, 2019, 8 a.m.-noon at O'Daly's Irish Pub, 564 Dauphin Street. Tickets are at www.thecharitychase.com. Runners: Join the Chase for donations and race to win your favorite local Charity the Charity Chase Jackpot. The Fun Run will take place at 8 a.m. and the 5K will kick off at 8:20 a.m. Don't miss the after party at O'Daly's. #WhatWouldYouRaceFor
** Saraland Mardi Gras Association is presenting the Moon Pie Madness Run on Saturday, February 2, 8 a.m. at Amelia Park, 716 Mae Street. Register at Run N Tri, Fleet Feet Mobile, McCoy Outdoor, Running Wild in Fairhope or online at http://moonpiemadness2019.eventbrite.com.
** The Mobile Sports Authority (MSA) and the City of Saraland announced the return of the internationally-renown Spartan Race to Saraland, Alabama. In returning to Saraland and Mobile County after a three-year absence, the Alabama Spartan will be holding two events over two days in the area instead of the one-day event held in both 2015 and 2016. The date for the return of Spartan to southwest Alabama is the weekend of March 15-17, 2019. Those interested in volunteering or assisting with site build-up and/or race day activities may contact Rita-Nicole Wright of the North Mobile YMCA via email at email@example.com.Registration is now open for the Alabama Spartan Race weekend. Visit www.Spartan.com for more information, race registration, and volunteer opportunities. For additional information, contact Danny Corte, Executive Director, 251-725-1794 or Danny@mobilesportsauthority.com
Events for Children/Teens/Families:
** .Playhouse in the Park Actors' Studio begins January 7th. for more information, call Danny Mollise, 251-422-5434.
** On January 8, 6 p.m., families are invited to "Come play Bingo at the Library" at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Prizes will be awarded and lemonade and popcorn will be served. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** 3rd Annual Jr. Queens with Dreams Ball is Saturday, January 12, 2019, 7-9 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road N. Join the Jr. Queens as they celebrate a year of Philanthropy with the members who are ages 6-20. The Jr. Queens will honor the 2018/2019 Emblems at the Ball, along with costume call-outs, music, food and fun. Tickets ar $25 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, email email@example.com.
** Art Does It's After School Youth Art Club begins Monday, January 14, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Gallery, 1101 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. Artist Victoria Stewart leads the class, which is open to youth age 9-18. Supplies are provided, thanks to the Men of St. Edmunds.
** "StoryTime" at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, is Tuesday, January 15, 10-11 a.m. The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month is StoryTime at 5 Rivers, and the January 15 selection is "Squirrel's New Year's Resolution" about a squirrel’s search for a good resolution to have for the new year. Children younger than the age of 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature based story followed by arts and crafts. The activity is free and no registration is necessary.
** Aspiring archaeologists have an opportunity to be an "Archaeologist for an Afternoon: Make a Split Twig Figurine!" at USA Archaeology Museum, 6052 USA Drive S on Wednesday, January 16, 3:30-6 p.m.
** January 16th is "Appreciate a Dragon Day," and Ben May Main Library has "Appreciate a Dragon Day Storytime" for preschoolers at 10-10:45 a.m. Headstart programs, schools and families are invited to this special Storytime in Bernheim Hall. Program consists of songs, stories and a Readers Theater tailored just for ages 4 to 7. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call the children’s department at 251-208-7086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Children aged 5 and older can make a Snowman Mobile on January 17, 4-5 p.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Groups must register. For more information or to register, call 251-470-7770 or email email@example.com.
** January 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. is January Family Day: Ice Age Archaeology! at USA Archaeology Museum, 6052 USA Drive South. The public can stop by the museum any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.on Saturday, January 19th for fun craft activities. Children can make their own wooly mammoth, throwing spear or rock art. The Museum's permanent and temporary exhibit galleries will also be open for self-guided tours--a great time to visit the Museum for those who are unable to stop by during the week. Admission to the event and Museum, as always, is FREE.
** On January 19, 10:30 a.m., children aged 5 and older can make Borax Crystal Snowflakes at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** "StoryTime" at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, is Tuesday, February 5, 10-11 a.m. The selection for the 5th is "The Pout Pout Fish," a story about a fish that needs a new attitude! Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, children younger than 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature based story followed by arts and crafts. No registration is necessary.
** "Animal Ambassadors" at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, is coming up Sunday, January 20, 2 p.m. The public is invited to "come learn about and meet one (or more) of our live educational animals up close." Animal Ambassadors takes place the first and third Sunday of every month--it's free and family-friendly.
** "It's Elementary - A Book Club Kids Who Love Books! is January 22, 5 p.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Discussion will be on the different genres, chapter books and the wide array of Library Resources at the Library. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email email@example.com.
** On January 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m., teens are invited to join the Dragon Hill Fantasy Book Club at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Stranger Things Escape Room! Can you Solve the Puzzles? is Saturday, January 26 and February 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Ben May Main Library. Families, Barb is still trapped in the Upside Down! If you can solve all the puzzles in 20 minutes then you can help save her. Put your quick thinking, problem solving and teamwork to the test in this immersive puzzle experience. All groups that succeed will win a MPL keepsake to take home. Slots are limited, so register in advance. For more information or to register, call 251-208-7079.
** At the February 1, 3:30 p.m. After School Special for All Ages at West Regional Library, children can celebrate National Bubble Gum Day at the Library. They can "Chew on bubble gum while you make a bubble gum themed craft." For more information, call the children’s department at 251-340-8571 or email email@example.com.
** February 2 is Take Your Child to the Library Day. And Ben May Main Library has an All Day Family Event from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Families are invited to "Come play the Groundhog’s Shadow game. Follow the groundhog’s shadow to solve the riddle and see if the groundhog sees his shadow or not." Prizes will be given for solving the riddle. For more information, call 251-208-7086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** PBS KIDS Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure is coming to Mobile Saenger Theatre February 14! Prices: $42.50, $32.50, and $22.50 (Additional fees apply.) Purchase tickets in person at the Saenger Theatre Box Office (open Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and located at 6 South Joachim Street) or the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and located at 401 Civic Center Drive). Purchase tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000. For information regarding accessible seating tickets, call 251-208-7381. (Additional fees, service charges and/or taxes may be added to ticket prices. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice.)
** Seniors at Connie Hudson Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, can learn how to make exquisite wreaths and floral arrangements the easy way, every Thursday, 3:30 a.m. with "Wreaths and More with Patty."
** Semmes Senior Center is presenting "Pay it Forward" as the Monday, January 7 (1 p.m.) movie for seniors. A movie is shown every Monday at the Center, 9635 Moffett Road, Semmes.
** Semmes seniors with January birthdays will celebrate on Wednesday, January 9 at noon at the Center, 9635 Moffett Road.
** At noon on January 11, this month's birthdays will be celebrated at Connie Hudson Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road. The event, sponsored by Elmcroft Senior Living, especially recognizes members who are 90 or older. This month's Happy Birthday members are Juanita Purvis 90; Mary Palmer 90; Charles Kenny 90; Kate Barber 91; Lawrence Lockhart 91; Angela Burkett 92; Josie B. Lott 92 and Mary L. Fuller 93.
** An Osteoporosis Seminar & Luncheon, Encore Rehabilitation, Inc., will be presented by The Orthopaedic Group, P. C. on Thursday, January 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street. Topics to be covered include I. What is Osteoporosis?; II. Who is at Risk?; II. How is it Diagnosed? and IV. Impacts. To register, contact Sarah at 251.476.5050.
** Parkway Seniors/Azalea Quilting Guild will meet on the the 4th Monday, January 28, around 9 or 9:30 a.m. to sew on Quilts of Valor for military veterans.. The SAIL Senior Center is at 1600 Boykin Boulevard at Dauphin Island Parkway.
** Celebrate Our Seniors 2019 Annual Luncheon at Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street, is Thursday, February 7th, 11:30 a.m. at the Via Center. On the agenda are the presentations of the Arlene F. Mitchell Award and the Spirit of Via Award and a video "A Few Words from the Greatest Generation." Keynote Address will be by Dr. Bobbie Holt-Ragler: "Inspire, Encourage, Motivate." Tickets are $50 per person or $500 for a reserved table of 8. For sponsorship or other information and registration, contact Barbara Estes at email@example.com, 251.470.5229 or www.viamobile.org.
** (Continuing) The Artful Garden Gallery & Gifts at Mobile Botanical Gardens regular weekday hours (W-F 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
** "Floral Arranging with Dennis Harris" is a 5-week course offered at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive--Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-noon, January 10-February 21. The public is invited to "learn from one of the best."! Dennis Harris, AIFD Designer, has created floral wonders for weddings from Napa to Tampa, and created floral wonders from Mexico City to Canada. Each week of this series will offer a different focus - Classes might include European clutch bouquets, classic vase arrangements, including trumpet vases and how to transport, composite arrangements for dining room tables, altar designs and so on. Don’t forget to bring gloves and snips. Tickets are at mbgrebloomshop.com.
** The Marion Deane Drummond Lecture Series: Presentations from Greg Grant and the Mobile Backyard Chicken Club is Saturday, January 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Mobile Backyard Chicken Club will present on Backyard Chickens and why they can be beneficial to your garden and healthy lifestyle and how to go about getting permitted to keep chickens in the City of Mobile. Attendees will get to meet some friendly chickens too! Greg Grant will present “Gardening for the Birds & and the Bees.” Greg is an award-winning horticulturist, writer, conservationist, and seventh generation Texan from Arcadia, Texas. This will certainly be a fun day! Lunch by Georgia Roussos will be included. Register Online or call 251-342-0555.
** "Botany for the Fun of It: America's First Industry - Longleaf Pine and the Historic Naval Stores Industries" with Fred Nation is Thursday, January 24, 1-3 p.m. at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive. Register online or call 251-342-0555.
** "Football and Flowers," hosted by Mobile County Master Gardeners, is Monday, February 18, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive. Guest Speaker will be legendary Georgia football coach Vince Dooley. ) Deadline to register is February 8, 2019. Send checks payable to MCMG to 2221 Dogwood Ct. N., Mobile, AL 36693. Call 251-209-6425 for credit card purchase. For more information, call 251-574-8445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bellingrath Gardens & Home Winter Events:
** (Continuing) Bellingrath Gardens is updating the Rose Garden gazebos in 2019. Those who would like to make a donation to this project, mail checks to the Bellingrath Gardens and Home Foundation, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, AL, 36582. Donations are tax deductible, and much appreciated
** Visitors to Bellingrath Gardens & Home are invited to use the Snowbird Special discount this winter. The Special, available to all of guests, is a discount on combination Gardens-and-Home tickets and runs daily through February 28, 2019.
** The Winter Wednesday at Bellingrath Gardens & Home on January 9 features Frye Gaillard, writer in residence at the University of South Alabama. Gaillard has written extensively on Southern race relations, politics and culture. He will discuss his new book, “A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility, and Innocence Lost,” his deeply personal history of this pivotal time in American life. After the presentation, Gaillard will sign copies of his book, which will be available to purchase in the Gift Shop. The Winter Wednesdays sessions are held each week in the Magnolia Room from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. through Feb. 27. Admission to the program is included in the regular Gardens admission, and guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens after the session. Registration is requested: To register, call 251-459-8864.
** The January 16th Winter Wednesday at Bellingrath Gardens & Home features “The Underwater Forest,” with Ben Raines – Environmental reporter and filmmaker Ben Raines will describe the secrets of an ancient underwater cypress forest recently discovered south of Alabama's Gulf Shores in the Gulf of Mexico. The cypress forest dates back to an Ice Age more than 60,000 years ago, when sea levels were 400 feet lower than today. Raines’ documentary about the forest was released in June 2017. The Winter Wednesdays sessions are held each week in the Magnolia Room from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. through Feb. 27. Admission to the program is included in the regular Gardens admission, and guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens after the session. Registration is requested: To register, call 251-459-8864.
** (Continuing) ** "Contemplating Composition - Art Class" at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays, January 11-February 15, 2019. Instructor is Derek Norman . For more information, go tombgrebloomshop.com
** (Continuing) News from Dauphin Island's Art Does It: Weekly Painting Courses continue on Mondays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Class fee is $10 per session. Bring your own acrylic painting supplies and canvas.
** Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council added two new Dauphin Island Art Gallery Member Artists. One is former Guest Artist Mary "Ching" Walters, whose new art is available in The Gallery. The other is Paul Gray, art photograher. Paul's work will be available in The Gallery on January 25.
** January ArtWalk, hosted by Mobile Arts Council, 318 Dauphin Street, and LODA Artwalk, is Friday, January 11, 2019, 6-9 p.m. MAC's exhibitions will hang through January 30th, with a special reception from 6 – 9 p.m. on LoDa ArtWalk night, January 11th. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on weekdays.
** Mobilia Art Center, 612 Dauphin Street, will host Bayou Rhythm at LoDa ArtWalk on Friday, January 11, 6-8:30 p.m.
** Betty Barnes of Semmes is Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council's January Guest Artist. A reception for Betty will be held on Sunday, January 13, 1:30 p.m. at the Art Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island. The event is free and open to the public.
** Featured Artist Open House with Regina Kollegger at Art Does It, 1101 Bienville Boulevard, is Sunday, January 13, 3-5 p.m. Visitors can meet the artist and enjoy her works.
** Cocktails & Canvases at Dauphin Island Art Gallery is Thursday, January 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard. Instructor Barbara Teare will teach students to paint their own "Laverne." The cost is $35 including materials. The class is for beginners and up. Those attending should bring their own beverages. For reservations, call The Gallery at 251/861-3300 or email email@example.com.
** "True Colors--Adult Coloring Club" meets January 24, 6-7 p.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Note to attendees: Adult colorists – color within the line or venture outside. It’s your choice! Coloring supplies will be available or feel free to bring your own. For more information, 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
History (Exhibits, events, activities, books, geneological research)
** The History Museum of Mobile, 111 S Royal Street, will hold a Learning Lunch on Wednesday, January 9, at noon. This program will feature author and historian Dr. James Pate. He will discuss his work on The Annotated Pickett’s History of Alabama and Incidentally of Georgia and Mississippi, from the Earliest Period. . For more information on Learning Lunch, contact Jennifer Theeck, Curator of Education, at 251-301-0270 or by email at email@example.com.
** On January 12, 10-11:30 a.m., Ben May Main Library presents "Second Saturday with Tighe Marston--Mobile's Municipal Cemeteries." The public is invited to "Come meet Tighe Marston, Municipal Cemeteries Manager for the City of Mobile as he discusses the history of Mobile’s Municipal Cemeteries, Victorian Funerary Traditions and Death Culture, and Victorian Funerary Art and Symbolism." Registration is not required. For more information, call 251-208-7094 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Through January 15, 2019, Mobile Carnival Museum will show the exhibit, "John Augustus Walker: Artist-Designer of Mobile and Carnival," which employs the life and work of one of one of the greatest creatives in Mobile history to show how Carnival and art are integrally bound. In addition to being the chief designer for the Infant Mystics, America's second oldest parading society, Walker created major mural series, fascinating street scenes, and delightful landscapes.
** "The Real Story Behind Mobile's Most Famous Antebellum Home," presented by Historic Mobile Preservation Society and Historic Oakleigh House Museum, is Thursday, January 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Oakleigh, 350 Oakleigh Place. This event is a special, behind-the-scenes tour of Historic Oakleigh House Museum. The public is invited to join Museum Manager Marye Newman on January 10th to get the real scoop on the past 185 years at Oakleigh, and to hear stories never before shared on tour about Oakleigh's history and the artifacts inside the home. This includes items not currently on display. Admission is $10 per person, and FREE for members of HMPS. Limited tickets are available. Contact HMPS for details at (251) 432-1281 or email@example.com.
Galas, special events, fun and fundraisers:
** Ikebana International Mobile Branch has been meeting the first Friday of the month for more than 30 years. For information on the Ikebana meeting, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Each Friday (11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.), Mobile Botanical Gardens is offering hot buffet lunches by Georgia Roussos Catering. MBG invitation reads: Enjoy a wonderful meal in the Botanical Center -- or dine outside on the Plaza if the weather is pleasant. Reservations are encouraged so we can plan properly. To make reservations, email or call the office at 251-342-0555 (feel free to leave a message) Cost is $15 (tax incl) for MBG Members and $25 ($20 meal + $5 admission) for nonmembers.
** The first Bingo of the Year at St. Edmund Parish Hall on Dauphin Island is Wednesday, January 9, 6 p.m. The refreshment stand will open at 5:30 p.m. There'll be cash prizes each week with a progressive jackpot that tops out at $500. All proceeds go to support Dauphin Island causes. Volunteers are needed; call John or Connie Roan, 251-861-8088.
** 2019 Health Fair Health Care Resources is January 10, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ben May Main Library. The community is invited to meet the staff and organizations that provide assistance with health care services in the Mobile area. They will be sharing information and answering questions to all who stop by their tables. For more information, call 251-208-7079 or email email@example.com.
** "Miracle for Mary Beth Benefit," hosted by Kayla Steade, is Sunday, January 13, 2019, 1-6 p.m. at Pat's Downtown, 271 Dauphin Street. Admission is $5 donation at the door. There will be a Silent Auction from 1-4 p.m. Door prize winners will announced every half hour. (Tickets are $5 for 1, $10 for 3, and $20 for 7.) Other notes: - Coozies, T-shirts and bracelets will be for sale. And there will be live music by Eric Erdman, Lane Fisher, Symone French and Greg Padilla.
** Ben May Main Library is hosting an Income Taxes & Retirement session on January 15, noon-1 p.m. Facilitator is Christina Gibson with Thrivent Financial, a not-for-profit Christian organization. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-208-7079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin Street, is offering "Caregiver College" on Wednesday, January 16, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The event, presented by Area Agency on the Aging, includes sessions on Dementia 101; Preparing to Care; Coping as a Caregiver and Legal Ease. To register: 251.706.4650, or email email@example.com.
** Breakfast with the Mayor, hosted by Downtown Mobile Alliance, is Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 7:30-9 a.m. at Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel. The annual breakfast is a boutique business event with attendance limited to 150 people. It affords an intimate opportunity to hear from Mayor Sandy Stimpson on his plans for downtown and the surrounding city. The event features a full buffet breakfast. Admission is $45/person for members. $50 for all others. Tickets are at mayorsbreakfast2019.bpt.me.
** Blues Tavern Barbecue Cook-Off benefiting Woody's Song School, hosted by The Learning Tree, Inc. and Blues Tavern, is Saturday, January 19, 2019, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Blues Tavern is at 2828 Government Boulevard. Lunches may be picked up at the side entrance. Delivery will be available for large orders. Contact Teresa Atkins for more information, 251-331-2633, firstname.lastname@example.org.
** The Port City Chapter of Blacks in Government presents the 30th Annual Memorial Breakfast Monday, January 21, 2019, 8:30 a.m. at Yvonne Kennedy Auditorium, Bishop State Community College. Speaker will be Rev Clinton Johnson, Sr.
** Wonder Volunteer Meeting, hosted by Whatever Ministry and Women's Resource Center, is Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 6-8 p.m. at Fuse Factory, 200 Government Street 4th Floor, Mobile. Whatever Ministry and Empower Ministry are partnering to bring the Gulf Coast an importnant. Young women are invited to learn more about their purpose and who they are in Christ. This event will consist of fun, food, shopping, after party, dancing and an incredible guest speaker. Those who are interested in serving with Wonder, join the group Tuesday, January 22 for event information regarding teams and important details.
** On January 22, noon-1 p.m., Ben May Main Library is offering a session on "U.S. Tax Reform: How It Could Affect You." Congress recently revised the U.S. Tax Code, affecting millions of Americans. Facilitator is Christina Gibson with Thrivent Financial, a not-for-profit Christian organization. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-208-7079 or email email@example.com.
** 70th Annual Reese's Senior Bowl is Saturday, January 26, 1:30 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The Senior Bowl is the nation's most unique football game and football's premier senior showcase event. It annually features the country's best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South that are coached by the entire coaching staffs of two National Football League teams.
** LCR Tournament - Association Jeanne Jugan, hosted by Little Sisters of the Poor Lawn Party, is Friday, February 1, 6-9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Residence, 1655 McGill Avenue. AJJ is an auxiliary group of supporters for the Little Sisters of the Poor. This Left-Center-Right tournament includes food, fun, music and door prizes for only $25.00. Contact Barbara Trumbaturi for more information--251-476-6335, x125. All proceeds benefit the Residents of Sacred Heart Residence in Mobile.
** The Community Foundation of South Alabama will hold its 2019 Annual Luncheon, Building Community, on Friday, February 1st. The luncheon will take place at The Battle House Hotel. Doors will open at 11:30 am with the program taking place from noon - 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person.
** Semmes Camellia Festival/Semmes Heritage Park/Museum Open House, hosted by City of Semmes and Semmes Heritage Park, is Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event is presented to celebrate Semmes Nursery History with Camellia Blooms Display, Camellia Tablescapes, Villeroy & Boch Camellia Plates Display and Guest Lectures at Semmes First Baptist Fellowship Hall, 4070 Wulff Road. Semmes Heritage Park & Museum Open House includes the One Room School, Log Cabin and Malone Chapel at 3871 Wulff Road. @Alabama200.
** Azalea City Quilters Guild members will meet at Christ United Methodist Church, 6101 Grelot Road from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on National Sew Day, Saturday, February 2, 2019. (The group also meets Mondays in January--9 a.m.-3 p.m.) Quilters will meet in Christ Center Hospitality Room; they are asked to bring red mottled, blue mottled or white fabric to donate, if they have that. For more information, call Bonnie Johnson, 251-343-5406.
** The Chestangs are coming to Satsuma Swamp Fest 2019. They always do a fantastic job so mark your calender for Saturday, March 9, 2019.
** Vintage Market Days of Mobile AREA - Spring 2019 Event is February 1, 10 a.m.-February 3, 4 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Rd North, Mobile. Tickets are available at vintagemarketdays.com
** 1st Sunday Outdoor Market at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, is February 3, at noon. The event features local arts and crafts, farmers' market and outdoor-themed items from the 5 Rivers Cypress Gift Shop. January's event will be "community service" themed and will feature information about organizations such as LifeSouth, who will also be collecting blood donations, Feeding the Gulf Coast, Housing First, Team River Runner, Girl Scouts of America, etc. Attention vendors! If you are interested in participating in the event, application form is at https://www.outdooralabama.com/5-rivers-al-delta-resource-center/5-rivers-cypress-gift-shop-and-welcome-center.
Crafts/garage and yard sales:
** Abba Shrine Craft & Attic Show is January 19, 9 a.m.-January 20, 4 p.m. at Abba Shrine Center, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile. Admission is $3 per person. Attendees: Bring a new toy for a chance at a door prize--One chance per toy donated. Concessions will be available (Cash only for Admission and Concessions at this Time.) Free Child ID provided by The Masonic Alabama Grand Lodge. For booth information, contact Elsie Davis 251-895-3821.
** A Garage & Craft Sale, featuring ne4w items, crafts and more, is scheduled for February 16, 9 a.m.-noon at Fort Gaines Campground Rec Room, Dauphin Island. For information, contact Joan LaFond, 815-383-3237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
** On January 8th, 3:15 p.m., the movie "Black Panther" will be shown at Parkway Branch Library. The story is about a superhero known as Black Panther defends Wakanda, a technologically advanced country in Africa that has hidden itself away from the rest of the world. Now, he must face a dissident who wants to sell the country's natural resources to fund an uprising. The film runs 135 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-470-7766.
** Crazy Rich Asians" is playing at Ben May Main Library on January 8, 1 p.m. For more information, call 251-208-7079.
** Auditions for "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, will be Wednesday, January 9, 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. No preparation is necessary. For more information, see blog joannemcknight.com or cctshows.
** "Mobile Jewish Film Festival: The Invisibles" will be at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive on January 10, 1:30 and 6 p.m. The screening is free, but reserve a seat by contacting Kathy Lovitt at 251-490-4872 or email@example.com.
** Young Frankenstein the Musical" opens at Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S Carlen Street on January 18 and will run weekends through February 3. Friday and Saturday night performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. Tickets are at joejeffersonplayers.com.
** 2019 Mobile Jewish Film Festival, hosted by Mobile Jewish Federation, is January 10-January 27, 2019 at 705 Regents Way, Mobile. Mobile Jewish Film Festival is celebrating 18 years of bringing Jewish Films to Mobile and Baldwin County. Order tickets online atwww.mobilejewishfederation.org On January 15, 5:30-8 p.m., "Thor" will be shown at West Regional Library. The plan is to watch a movie based on a comic and follow it up with a discussion about the book vs. the movie. The film runs 115 minutes and is rated PG-13. Popcorn will be provided. For more information, call 251-340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.On January 15, 5:30-8 p.m., "Thor" will be shown at West Regional Library. The plan is to watch a movie based on a comic and follow it up with a discussion about the book vs. the movie. The film runs 115 minutes and is rated PG-13. Popcorn will be provided. For more information, call 251-340-8571 or email email@example.com.
** Mobile Mystery Dinners players present "Death in a Tutu" on Friday, January 11, 7 p.m. at Azalea Hall, 751 Dauphin Street. For reservations for this performance, go to www.mobilemysterydinners.com. For more information, call 251-865-7398. A second performance will be at Nexus Cinema Dining, 7070 Bruns Drive (off Cody Road) on Saturday, January 19, 7 p.m. Doors open at both venues at 6:30 p.m. To make a reservations for this performance, email Kathy Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on this performance, call 251-421-0406.
** The Free Winter Movie hosted by City of Semmes is Friday, January 11, 2019, 7-9 p.m. at the Fire Training Center, 9010 Forest Street. Featured will be "Small Foot."
** On January 11, 4 p.m., Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library is showing "Frozen." The film runs 108 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or emaill email@example.com.
** The Monthly Movie at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library is "Goldfinger" on January 15, 5:30 p.m. The movie features Sean Connery as James Bond. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** "Avengers: Infinity War" is the movie scheduled for January 15, 3:15 p.m. at Parkway Branch Library. The Avengers assemble their power in order to fight their collective enemy, Thanos, before he can wreak havoc on the entire planet. For more information, call 251-470-7766.
** In the January 15, 1 p.m. "Ant-Man & the Wasp" movie at Ben May Main Library, Ant-Man teams up with Hope van Dyne, who has been given her own super suit to become The Wasp. For more information, call 251-208-7079.
** On January 15, 5:30-8 p.m., "Thor" will be shown at West Regional Library. The plan is to watch a movie based on a comic and follow it up with a discussion about the book vs. the movie. The film runs 115 minutes and is rated PG-13. Popcorn will be provided. For more information, call 251-340-8571 or email email@example.com.
** On January 22, 1 p.m., Mr. Rogers fans can see "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" at Ben May Main Library. This documentary paints a portrait of the life and work of children's entertainer Fred Rogers, star of “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.” A former minister, Mister Rogers creatively communicated themes of empathy and acceptance. The film runs 94 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information,call 251-208-7079.
** The January 22, 3:15 movie at Parkway Branch Library is "Solo: A Star Wars Story." In the film, young Han Solo teams up with Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian for his first smuggling mission. The film runs 135 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-470-7766.
** On January 23, 7 p.m., "A Bag of Marbles" is being shown at Ben May Main Library. Admission is $ 8.00 and $6.00 for students and seniors. For further information or to make reservations, contact the Mobile Area Jewish Federation at 251-490-4872 or mobilejewishfederation.org.
** Chickasaw Civic Theatre's "Smoke on the Mountain" performances are January 25-February 3, 2019 (Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m. at 801 Iroquois Street.
** The January 29, 1 p.m. movie at Ben May Main Library is "Mission: Impossible - Fallout." For more information, call 251-208-7079.
** Incredibles 2 will be at Parkway Branch Library on January 29, 3:15 p.m. Mr. Incredible is left home with the kids when Elastigirl becomes the new face of superheros. The film runs 118 minutes and is rated PG. For more information, call 251-470-7766.
** Playhouse-in-the-Park, 4851 Museum Drive, presents William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with performances on February 15, 16, and 17, 2019. This enchanting performance is masterfully brought to life as magic, mystery, and love intertwine with the characters’ hidden agendas, and the fairies’ trickery and mischief. A delightful show for students and adults alike. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call 251-602-0630 for reservations.
Christmas Tree Recycling and other recycling/Clean-Ups
** Keep Mobile Beautiful will be collecting decoration-free, natural Christmas trees through January 9. Trees may be delivered anytime to the locations listed below. These locations will be staffed to help unload trees from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on December 29, 30 and January 5 and 6. Trees are chipped and the mulch generated is available for public use beginning in January. Flocked trees will not be accepted. For questions, please contact Keep Mobile Beautiful at 251-208-6029. Holiday lights can be recycled at the Metro Recycling Center. Lights collected at the center are donated to the Master Gardeners for various community garden projects. Take your tree to any of the following locations: Parkway Plaza -- 2655 Dauphin Island Parkway; 2501 Government Boulevard -- in front of Food World; Wildwood Shopping Center -- 4055 Cottage Hill west of Azalea; Airport at University -- behind the BP Station; Westwood Plaza -- Airport at Schillinger and Park Forest Center -- Moffett at Forest Hill Drive.
** City of Mobile Christmas Tree Recycling is through January 11, 2019, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Drop off trees for FREE. All trees must be free of lights, stands and decorations. Drop-off locations are as follows: Lake Drive Tricentennial Park, 2121 Lake Drive; Spring Hill Recreation, 1151 Spring Hill Avenue; Baumhauer-Randle Park, 1909 Duval Street; Dog River Park, 2459 Dog River Drive N; Pinehill Recycling Center, 308 Pinehill Dr.; Medal of Honor Park, 1711 Hillcrest Road and Langan Park (Municipal Park), 4901 Zeigler Blvd. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
** The Town of Dauphin Island's Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program lasts through January 12. Just remove all decorations and drop off live trees in the designated location along Bienville Boulevard east of Pirates' Cove Street. Those who need assistance can call the Public Works Department.
** Mobile United is hosting three MLK Day of Service opportunities on January 19, 2019. In 2019, Mobile United will provide community members three places to help on the January 19th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. People can volunteer from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to help clean up One Mile Creek, Three Mile Creek or the Eslava Creek Ditch Inlet. The following are the two locations for people to gather if they would like to help that Saturday: Tricentennial Park, 2121 Lake Drive, Mobile, AL 36617: Three Mile Creek (anyone) and One Mile Creek (only by canoe/kayak) and Walmart Supercenter, 101 East Interstate 65 Service Road South, Mobile, AL 36606: Eslava Creek Ditch Inlet (challenging terrain; best for ages 15-60). Visit the Facebook Event Page or Volunteer Connect for waivers and more information about the event. Or call Mobile United: (251) 432-1638.
** Operation Clean Sweep, hosted by Mobile County Dept. of Environmental Enforcement - MCDEE, will be Saturday, March 9, 2019, 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at 7195 Half Mile Road, Irvington. This is a Free Public Dumping/No Business Allowed event for Mobile County residents only. Restrictions apply. For information, call 251-574-7867.
Thank You's/Congratulations/Good Job/How Nice
** Congratulations to those whose floats were winners in the 2018 Christmas parade. They were in 1st place, Gospel Lighthouse Assembly of God; in 2nd, Georgetown Assembly of God and in 3rd, Pathway Church.
** How nice: Providence Hospital volunteers and Daughters of Charity participated in visiting patients and distributing gifts on Christmas Eve. Thanks go to Deacon Robbins with Corpus Christi Catholic Church as “Santa”; hospital volunteers, including Richard March; and the Daughters of Charity.
** Thanks from Bellingrath: Thanks to your votes, Magic Christmas in Lights placed eighth in USA Today's Top 10 list of Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights. In addition, House Beautiful magazine named Magic Christmas in Lights to its Top 10 list of Best Places to See Christmas Lights in the United States.The show was also featured in the Christmas episode of "The Cowboy Way" reality show, which aired on December 23 on The Inspiration Network.
** Congratulations to Terri Nelson of Semmes who won the beautiful Snowman afghan crocheted by Pat Johnston. Sale of Opportunity Tickets benefited Semmes Senior Center.