It just wouldn't seem like the holidays without wonderful seasonal fare from Playhouse in the Park, Mobile's premier youth theater.
With Danny Mollise as resident director, the Playhouse will present one public performance of Victor Herbert's classic "Babes in Toyland" on Thursday, December 4, 7:30 p.m. at the historic Saenger Theatre, 6 Joachim Street in downtown Mobile. This show is a colorful spectacle of music, dance and fun for all ages. Call 602-0630 for reservations.
School Day Shows of "Babes in Toyland" are December 4 and 5 at 9 and 11 a.m. at the Saenger Theatre. Contact Pamela Mollise at 251-422-0079 to book seats for a class to attend this play.Visit www.playhouseinthepark.com for further details.
The Playhouse Puppets will present SchoolFest Performances of the Marionette Classic "Peter and the Wolf" on December 10, 11 and 12, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The 45-minute retelling of the musical story by Sergei Prokofiev, featuring hand-carved marionettes, hand and shadow puppets, is suitable for K4 through 5th grade. For information or reservations, call 251-422-5434.
On Sunday, November 23, 6 p.m., the long-standing Community Thanksgiving Service of DIP Ministerial Association will be hosted by South Brookley UMC. Pastor Jim Langston of Fulton Road Baptisr will be guest speaker. This special service offers an opportunity to support the Association's food pantry and Christmas boxes for those in the community who need help. There will be fellowship and finger food following the worship service. Those attending are encouraged to bring a treat to share and to stay for the fellowship. For information, contact JD Landis, 251-648-1027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Government Street Presbyterian Church and Spring Hill College will present a concert of "Music of the Holidays From the Valley to the Hill." Featured will be the Greater Mobile Bay Area Chorale Society and the Spring Hill College Chorale. The concert will take place at Government Street Presbyterian Church, 300 Government Street on Sunday, November 23, 4 p.m. and at St. Joseph Chapel at Spring Hill College on Monday, December 1, 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Contact Terry D. Maddox at 434-0325 or email@example.com for further information.
In Chickasaw, Christmas is coming! The Annual Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree is Friday, November 21, 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of West Lee Street and Grand Boulevard. Santa will arrive at 5:30 p.m., so families are invited to bring their cameras, along with their children, to snap a keepsake photo.
Tanner Williams Civic & Historical Society will hold its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Monday, December 8, 6:30 p.m. in the Historical School Building. There'll be a chili supper with Christmas goodies; TWCHS members are asked to provide their favorite finger food for the party. "We will be asking for donations this year to help offset expenses," said Connie Paulsen of TWCHS. She encouraged her neighbors to "Come and join us for fun, fellowship and a fundraiser during this festive time of year." For more information, call 645-1196 or 649-5166.
Diane Baldwin, pastor at Georgetown-Chunchula UMC, reports that the church recently launched a monthly health/wellness luncheon education series called NOURISH. " We have a speaker on a different topic every month and offer a free lunch and door prizes," Rev. Baldwin said. This month's luncheon will be Thursday November 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and the speaker will be James Roberson from the SHIP program, who will discuss the open enrollment for Medicare and insurance options for seniors and others, Baldwin said.
In Coden, Lori Bosarge of the South Bay Communities Alliance sends the good news that turkeys have been donated for 4 needy families with a total of 24 children. To make Thanksgiving dinner complete, however, the following items are needed: canned yams; stuffing mix; boxed potatoes; all-purpose flour, small bag; refrigerated biscuits or rolls, 4 cans per family; canned vegetables; dessert OR cash donations with which SBCA will purchase items.
About Coats for Kids, Bosarge said the program has openings for 30 applications children's coats. There's still a need for coats, jackets and sweaters in sizes infant, pre-school and elementary school boys and girls..Volunteers are needed for the distribution event on December 4, 2-7 p.m. Call Bosarge at 824-7265 for information or to make a donation.
The seniors at Parkway SAIL Center are collecting canned goods to support the DIP Ministerial Association; items can be dropped off at the Center, Boykin Boulevard at DIP, any weekday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through November 24, St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Staples Road is taking orders for homemade pies and cakes. Call 479-0336 to place an order; proceeds will benefit the DIP Ministerial Association and Sunshine Kids National Organization.
Bayside Book Club will meet Thursday, November 20, 6 p.m. at Parkway Branch Library, 1924 Dauphin Island Parkway. The book for discussion is "Into the Wild" by Jan Krakauer. Betty Fowler, 476-2600, can be reached for information.
The Connie Hudson Senior Center Foundation is having a barbecue chicken plate fundraiser November 21, 4-6 p.m. Cost is $10 per dinner. Tickets can be purchased by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Center will be closed November 27-29.
Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, will be closed Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after, so a turkey and dressing lunch is planned for Thursday, November 20, 11:30 a.m. Cost is $7 per person.
Port City Craftsmen annual arts and crafts show is November 21-23 at Abba Shrine Auditorium. This event always features beautiful, high-quality, handmade crafts and artwork and, this year, there are 95-100 artisans showing their works. For information, call Kendra Bennett, 508-1210.
Lott Road Church of God, 5301 Lott Road, is holding a "Christmas at the Road" arts and crafts and vendors exhibit and sale on Saturday, November 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Call Verline Sweeney, 649-8991 for information.
At Dauphin Island, the 26th Annual Christmas Pageant and Parade are scheduled for Friday and
Saturday, December 5 and 6, respectively. Applications for the Christmas pageant are available at Town Hall, and applicants have until November 20 to register. For further information on either event, contact Mary Strickland at Town Hall.
Tillman's Corner Area Chamber of Commerce is again sponsoring "Wreaths for Charity" to raise funds for their aid to families in need during the holidays. For details on how to participate, call Community Center director, Tina Poiroux, at 666-2488.
In Semmes, the Christmas Tour of Homes and Tasting Tour, presented by Semmes Woman's Club, is Saturday, December 13 and tickets are now available at Semmes Senior Center, T & T Nursery, Ruby Blue and Meggie B's. Advance tickets are a $10 donation or $12 on the day of the event (starting site is Semmes Community Center, 10141 Moffett Road.) For information, call Diane Moore, 645-9176.