Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council has several activities going on this week. "Stirring the Sand," a monthly event featuring native Island residents sharing tales of the past, is Saturday, November 8, 10 a.m. at the Gallery, 1008 Alabama Avenue. The two story-tellers this month are John Gaspard and Wesley Sprinkle. Donations to help preserve Dauphin Island heritage will be accepted and appreciated. For information, call 861-3300.
Another event sponsored by the Council is a series of acrylics art classes being offered to the public from 10 a.m.-noon on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of November (November 6 and 20.) Benno Kolleger will be the instructor. Space is limited to 12 per class. The cost is $10 per person per class. All proceeds from the classes will help support the Gallery. For more information, call 861-3300 or 490-0294 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobile writer Joyce Sterling Scarbrough reports that a meeting of the Mobile Writers Guild is Thursday, November 6, 6 p.m. at West Regional Library on Grelot Road, Mobile. The presenter will be Mahala Church, whose topic is "Blogging: Yes - No - Maybe?"
The next production of the Chickasaw Civic Theater, 801 Iroquois Street, is "Driving Miss Daisy," which will open November 7. Call 457-8887 or visit cctshows.com for information and reservations.
Mobile Country Music Association, 310 South Craft Highway in Chickasaw is holding a building fund benefit Saturday, November 8, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. There's no admission charge, but donations will be gratefully accepted. From 1-2 p.m., Gary "Redd" Necaise, 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee, will be featured. For information, call Carolyn Sue Cain, 251-455-6748.
In Coden, Lori Bosarge of South Bay Communities Alliance said that Coats for Kids collection and registration will continue through November 22 with distribution scheduled December 4. New and gently used coats, sweaters and wind breakers can be dropped off at one of the following points: Coastal Response Center in Coden, Bayou Shirt Company in Bayou La Batre, The First: A National Banking Association (formerly Bay Bank) at 10861 Dauphin Island Parkway in Theodore and Chick-Fil-A in Bel Air Mall. Call Bosarge at 824-7265 for other deposit sites and information.
In another Coden event, Bosarge said that the South Bay Pantry food distribution has increased dramatically in the past four months and "Now our stock is running very low--our wish list includes rice, dried beans, canned meats, peanut butter, jelly, pasta and spaghetti sauce." Also, she said, "We are packing Thanksgiving dinner boxes for 10 families (a total of 47 children) and would love for some organization or grocery store to donate turkeys--it would be a blessing." Call 824-7265 to offer help with this project.
On Tuesday, November 4, Poarch Creek Indians and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation will present the 3rd Annual Marine Environmental Award Luncheon at the Battle House Hotel in Mobile. Doors will open at 11 a.m.; the program will be 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Featured speaker will be renowned explorer Dr. David Gallo. The 2014 Marine Environmental Award winners are Ann Bedsole and the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club, according to DISL Executive Director Helene Hassell. Cost of tickets is $50 per person. For reservations, call 251-605-6624, go to sealabfoundation.org or send a check to Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation, PO Box 82151, Mobile, AL 36689.
In Chickasaw, the Seniors Early Bird Breakfast is Monday, November 3, 7:30 a.m. at the Civic Center. There's seniors' bingo every Wednesday at noon at the Civic Center and Chick-A-Cisers exercise class Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. at Chickasaw Auditorium. The First-Friday Senior Lunch Outing, usually held at noon on Friday has been delayed until November 21, when seniors will have dinner at Huddle House, then stay for the Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree at the intersection of West Lee Street and Grand Boulevard. For details, reservations and transportation, call Stephanie Stewart, 452-6464.
On Wednesday, November 5, 11:30 a.m. at Semmes Senior Center, 9635 Moffett Road, there will be a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon for those who have contributed their time, effort and resources to the Center. For information on programs and events at the Center, call 649-2010.
The seniors at Parkway SAIL Center are holding an Iron Bowl food drive throughout November to benefit the DIP Ministerial Association Food Pantry. Donations of non-perishable items can be delivered to the Center on Boykin Boulevard at Dauphin Island Parkway from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
On Saturday, November 8, 8 a.m.-mid-afternoon, South Brookley United Methodist Church, 3755 Dauphin Island Parkway, will present its Annual UMW Bazaar Featured will be a once-worn jewelry sale, a yard sale, gumbo (dine-in or carry-out), baked goods and other food items. For information, call 478-5332.
From now until November 24, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1854 Staples Road off DIP is taking orders for made-from-scratch pies and cakes. Prices vary. Proceeds will benefit the Christmas basket outreach of the DIP Ministerial Association and Sunshine Kids National Organization. To place an order, call 251-479-0336 and leave a number for call-back.
A very special event that readers may want to mark their calendars and make plans to attend is the Assistance League of Mobile's annual Christmas party/auction/fundraiser on Tuesday evening, December 9, 2014.
"This year, we are issuing an open invitation to anyone wanting to celebrate the holiday season with us," said AL spokesperson Susan McConnell. "For 40 per person, attendees can enjoy a delicious meal, exciting auctions (both live and silent) and the beautiful music of 'The Voices of Mobile,' an award-winning, premier performing group from the University of Mobile."
This fun event is also a fundraiser to help support AL's philanthropic and charitable programs, including Operation School Bell, which provides uniforms and classroom library books in selected schools; Assault Survivor Kits (personal hygiene kits for victims of sexual assault who are treated at USA Children's and Women's Medical Center) and Tender Loving Care dolls, which supplies handmade therapy dolls for sick and grievingchildren at local hospitals.
For additional information on the Assistance League party or its programs, call McConnell at 251-342-3554 or Tamara Feldman at 251-610-6395.