"All About Crocodilians," hosted by Reptile Education Awareness Conservation & Husbandry, will be Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 6:30-8 p.m. at Environmental Studies Center, 6101 Girby Road, Mobile. Presenter Marissa Donovan will share her experiences working with alligators, as well as other types of crocodilians. Humans have a fear/fascination with alligators and crocodiles, including many misconceptions about them. Are they the Lake Placid man eaters we sometimes believe them to be? The event is free and family-friendly. Snacks and drinks will be provided, but contributions of snacks would be appreciated. There will also be a drawing for prizes for paid members.
Project Purr Animal Rescue Adoptable Cats and Kittens is hosting a Valentine's Day Bake Sale on Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10 at 10 a.m. This fundraiser will be at Project Purr, 5039 Cottage Hill Road. Proceeds from the sale of "delicious homemade baked goods, including cupcakes, brownies, cookies and candies" will benefit the cats and kittens of Project Purr.
A Boardwalk Talk, hosted by Clay Bennett, will be at Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium on Wednesday, January 16, 11:15 a.m. "The presentation will be on Regal Damselfish: Exotic Invaders in the Gulf."
Semmes Senior Center members heard a very informational presentation on January 10th. At lunch time, Tara Smith from Stokley Garden Express gave a talk and demonstration on "Preparing (your plants) for Spring.""
The Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, is just across the street from Stokley's at 9720-A Moffett Road.
For more on the Senior Center and its programs, call Linda Davis at 251-649-2010. For more on Garden Express and what's new for Spring, call 251-929-9353 or visit stokleynursery.com/about-us.
Seniors at Connie Hudson Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, can celebrate Valentine's Day at a Meet and Greet Social at 1 p.m., February 13. Cookies and punch will be served. Sign up in the lobby.
On February 2, 10:30 a.m., children aged 5 and older can visit with friends and learn how make a Heart Mouse at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibition: 50 Works, 50 Years, 50 Reasons" is Sunday, February 10-Monday, March 25 at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. The Exhibition is a retrospective of original works sure to delight children and adults alike. The author and illustrator of more than 50 children’s books, Sendak is best known for the 1963 children’s classic, "Where the Wild Things Are."
Where the Wild Things Are has been adapted into an animated short, a feature length film and an opera. This classic tale has sold more than 19 million copies and translated into many different languages. It is frequently voted the number one picture book by several publications, including School Library Journal, and was also awarded the 1964 Caldecott Medal Award.
The Exhibit is comprised of 50 original works by Sendak from his earliest pencil drawings done while in high school to a bronze sculpture, presented to the author as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators.
In addition to housing the Exhibit, the Library will offer special programming in relation to the Exhibit for both children and adults. An illustrator workshop, themed story times, crafts, movies and a custom built children’s area featuring Max’s boat from Where the Wild Things Are are on tap during the Exhibit’s display. For more information, call 251-208-7097 or visit website at mobilepubliclibrary.org.
A special thanks to the Friends of the Mobile Public Library for their generous sponsorship of the Maurice Sendak Memorial Exhibition. For more information on the Exhibit, go to sendakexhibition.com/about/.
Mobile Police Department's Fourth Annual Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, January 19, 2019, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cathedral Square, 300 Conti Street, Mobile. It's a family-fun event, and the public is invited to taste what's described as "the best chili in the city – cooked by Mobile police officers."
Teams of police officers will compete against each other with their best chili recipes. Then attendees will cast their votes for the police team that they think has the best tasting chili. The winning team receives a trophy.
Tickets are $5 per person, and free for children 5 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at police headquarters, 2460 Government Blvd.; MPD Crime Prevention, (2407 Airport Blvd; or at the Downtown Mobile Alliance, 261 Dauphin Street.
Proceeds benefit the Mobile Law Enforcement Foundation and MPD Crime Prevention Unit. For more information, call 251-208-1924.
thWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce met Wednesday, January 9th with Pres. Pete Riehm presiding over the meeting. Pastor Bobby Atwood of Redemption Church Mobile gave the invocation, and Vietnam veteran Wayne Dean led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Riehm recognized elected officials, including License Commissioner Nick Matranga; Judge Wes Pipes; Chickasaw City Council member Adam Bourne and Mobile County Commissioner, Jerry Carl.
Guest speaker was Barry Westbrooks, General Manager, Walmart Distribution Center who gave an informative presentation on the new Center's size and capabilities . Cadie Gaut, Payroll Vault, sponsored the January luncheon catered by Olive Garden.
Officer Tim Perrin introduced and presented an certificate of appreciation to Officer of the Month was Precinct 2's Taylor Wood.
New members included Alabama Credit Union, Express Employment Professionals and Gwyn Howard; Serv Pro of South Mobile County was awarded the honor of Business of the Month.
The Chamber welcomed Star Students from nearby schools. Sponsors presented a certificate and gift card to each child, including Milton Lucky, Meadowlake Elementary School; Naomi Etheridge, St. Elmo Elememtary; Avery Davidson, Cottage Hill Christian Academy and Bayleigh Bosarge, Nan Gray Davis Elementary.
Other news and announcements included Coffee with the Chamber on Tuesday, January 15, 7:30 a.m. and the Citizens of the Year 2018 Banquet honoring Mark and Kelli Dunn on Friday, January 18, 6:30 p.m. Both events are at the Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road.
Pictured are some of those present (see other photos of FB JoAnne McKnight
4th Annual Little Red School House Chili & Wing Cook-off is Saturday, January 19, 2019, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pirates Bar & Grill
Get ready to cook and/or sample Chili and Wings.
The 4th Annual Little Red School House Chili & Wing Cook-off is Saturday, January 19, 2019, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pirates Bar & Grill, 100 Orleans Drive, Dauphin Island. Teams will cook chili, wings and specialty dishes for attendees to sample. There will be live music with the Ryan Dyer Band. This is a family fun day with proceeds to benefit Dauphin Island Elementary School. Tickets are $10 at www.piratesbarandgrill.com.
The 6th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance Tickets will go on sale, Monday. The Dance is Saturday, February 9 from 6-9 P.M. at Satsuma High School. Tickets available at FBC Satsuma, Satsuma High School, Robert E. Lee or Satsuma Christian School.
In just a few weeks, camellia lovers--those who grow them, those who study them, those who paint them and those who just like to look at them and admire their beauty--can attend the Semmes Camellia Festival to see dozens of the blooms and related activities. The Festival is Saturday, February 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Semmes 1st Baptist Church, 4070 Wulff Road in Semmes, and is sponsored by Semmes Heritage Park and City of Semmes.
The Camellia Festival, revived in 2013 after 60 years in hiatus, is a lovely affair. There are dozens of individual camellias on long tables in the hall. There are "tablescapes," a feature that incorporates camellias in a themed setting. There are other displays and activities, including camellia art, informational booths, guest speakers and charming Camellia Maids in old-fashiones gowns.
The event is a perfect way to pay homage to Semmes nursery heritage and history. And visitors to the Festival are encouraged to visit Semmes Heritage Park & Museum Open House at 3871 Wulff Road. The Park is composed of the historic 1902 one-room schoolhouse; a turn-of-the-century log cabin outfitted with antique furniture and utensils; and Malone Chapel, a replica of the first Baptist church in Semmes. The Camellia Festival is a sanctioned AL200 Alabama Bicentennial event.
At last year's Camellia Festival, dog-lover (and rescuer) Carolyn Owens showed her tablescape that featured photos of her pets, ceramic dogs, stuffed toy dogs, a framed copy of Cecil Frances Alexander's All Creatures Great and Small and, of course, Carolyn's philosophy inscribed on a doggie plate--"One Can Never Have Too Many Dogs"
Semmes Azalea Jubilee will be Saturday, March 16, 2019, starting at 9 a.m. at Semmes Municipal Park, 8108 Morris Hill Road, Semmes. Vendors, applications are online at Semmes Azalea Jubilee.
American Camellia Society’s National Convention is Feb. 15-19 in Mobile, Alabama
The American Camellia Society will hold its 2019 Annual Meeting and National Convention in Mobile over the weekend of Feb. 15-18, 2019. The event is being held in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the camellia’s official designation as Alabama’s state flower and with the state’s bicentennial celebration.
The public is invited to the ACS Camellia Show in the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. The Camellia Show will feature demonstrations and lectures on camellia care, flower waxing and grafting. There is no admission fee. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase camellias at the show, and to join the American Camellia Society.
Several hundred members of the American Camellia Society are expected to attend the Annual Meeting and National Convention. Events include visits to Bellingrath Gardens and Home in Theodore, Mobile Botanical Gardens and Cornerstone Gardens in Mobile, Green Nurseries in Fairhope and Historic Malbis Nursery.
For more information about the ACS Camellia Show, or to register for the ACS Annual Meeting and National Convention, visit www.alabamacamelliasociety.org.
For more information on Bellingrath Gardens and Home is operated by the Bellingrath Gardens and Home Foundation, a charitable, not-for-profit organization. Bellingrath Gardens and Home is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the 65-acre garden and estate home of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath. For more information, visit bellingrath.org or call 251.973.2217.
iHeartRadio is hosting the First Annual Miracle on the Bay Parade benefiting St Jude on Monday, February 25th at 6:30 p.m.
Have you always wanted to ride in a Mardi Gras Parade? Here's your chance. This year you can ride and help St Jude Find Cures and Save children. iHeartRadio is hosting the First Annual Miracle on the Bay Parade benefiting St Jude on Monday, February 25th at 6:30 p.m.. For information on an entire Float, Single riders, discounted throws and special event T-shirts go to: https://95ksj.iheart.com/content/2019-01-08-iheartradio-miracle-on-the-bay-parade-benefiting-st-jude/. Spaces are limited.
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting is Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 5-8:30 p.m.at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting is Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 5-8:30 p.m.
The Chamber’s 182nd Annual Meeting, themed “Join Our Journey” will be held at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center on Wednesday, Feb 13 beginning at 5 p.m. Brian Willman with Regions Bank will give a quick overview of the best of 2018, and Daniel Dennis with Roberts Brothers will take the reigns as the Chamber’s 2019 board chair.
One of Mobile’s largest networking receptions will take place in the South Exhibit Hall. Guests will be greeted with live music and four of Mobile's top caterers serving a custom-created menu for attendees; presented by: Trustmark National Bank.
Program Sponsors include Alabama Power, AM/NS, Austal USA, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Burr & Forman LLP, C Spire, Evonik Industries, Hargrove Engineers + Constructors, Infirmary Health, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Lenzing Fibers, Mobile Airport Authority, Southern Earth Sciences, SPIRE, University of South Alabama,
Opening Reception is by Chef Rob & Co. Networking Reception Caterers: Creative Catering, Georgia Roussos Catering, Naman's Catering, Pollman's Bakery, Tyner's Catering.
Tickets are at events.mobilechamber.com.
The Mobile Symphony’s Big Red Ticket (BRT) program offers FREE tickets for students in grades K-12 that can be redeemed through the Mobile Symphony box office for free admission to Sunday Classical performances. Students must be accompanied by a paying adult. Please limit two students to one adult. Big Red Ticket reservations must be made in person at the box office (257 Dauphin Street) or by calling the box office at 251.432.2010. Note: Children younger than 4 years of age are not permitted at Symphony performances.