Tuesday, November 11 is Veterans' Day, and many organizations and towns are honoring our country's heroes in parades, ceremonies and displays. Below is just a few of them.
"Flags of Glory," a weeklong tribute to U.S. military service personnel hosted by Mobile Memorial Gardens and South Alabama Veterans' Council, opens Sunday, November 9 with a ceremony at 2 p.m. Approximately 250 3' by 5' flags will be placed along the central driveway of the cemetery; the public is invited to this walk/drive-through display, which will remain on exhibit through November 15.
DIVA (Dauphin Island Veterans' Association) will host a Veterans' Day Ceremony on Tuesday, November 11, 11 a.m. at Water Tower Plaza near the Memorial Walls. A plaque will be added to the Memorial Wall honoring longtime Island resident James L. Early (US Army) who died September 1, 2014.
In another DIVA function, the group is holding its annual auction fundraiser on November 14, 7 p.m. at Pelican Pub. Island resident Pruitt Woodall will serve as guest auctioneer. Proceeds will benefit veteran-related activities on Dauphin Island and other special donations. For information, contact the Pelican Pub, 861-7180.
The City of Satsuma is hosting a Veterans’ Day parade and ceremony on Tuesday, November 11. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Goldleaf Church of God on Juniper Avenue and disband at Satsuma City Hall. The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. on the front lawn of City Hall where the guest speaker will be Judge Jay York. Light refreshments will be served in the school annex gym. For information, contact Edith Butler. 675-1440 ext. 302.
The Ben C. Rain High School Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America will present its 2nd Annual Veteran's Day Program in the school gymnasium, 3125 Dauphin Island Parkway, on Monday, November 10, 9 a.m. LaTrenda Torrence-Salter of the school's Career Technology Department said that the theme for this year's event is "FREEDOM: Made Possible by Their Courage!" Guest speakers include Alabama Rep. Napoleon Bracy Jr., District 98; Barbara Drummond, candidate for Alabama House of Representatives, District 103 and C.J. Small, Mobile City Council member from District 3. All area veterans are invited to attend the ceremony, Torrence-Salter said.
Saraland will honor the city's veterans on Tuesday, November 11, 2 p.m. at Amelia Park beside the Saraland Senior Center. Newton Cromer, Saraland City Council member and chair of the event, said that this Veterans' Day Celebration "will feature our new wall, honor bricks for those killed in action and new lights on our flags. We are so proud," he said, "to thank those that have made sacrifices to protect our freedom." All veterans are invited to "come out, bring a chair and let us thank you for your service," Cromer said.
There will also be a Veterans' Day ceremony on Tuesday, November 11, 3 p.m. at Honor Park on Wulff Road in Semmes.
Chickasaw senior citizens have a day-long shopping trip coming up on November 13. Those planning to attend should make reservations by calling 452-6462.
Our Sisters' Closet 9th Annual Purse with Purpose fundraiser is Tuesday, November 11. Call 251-423-2001 for information.
St. Francis Episcopal Church Fall Bazaar is Saturday, November 15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The event, a project of the Episcopal Church Women, will have a variety of frozen and fresh baked goods for sale, as well as gumbo, soups, casseroles and other items. As always, visitors can purchase delicious, fresh chicken salad sandwiches and a cold drink and just while away the hours looking at treasures in the "Make your own Yard Sale" booths. For information, call 490-0294.
Saraland Woman's Club 65th Anniversary Tea is Saturday, November 15, 2014, 2-4 p.m. at the Clubhouse, 216 Highway 43. All area women are invited to attend and learn of the many acvtivities of the group. RSVP to Kathy Gordon, 251-232-0756 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Annual Retired Teachers' Brunch, to be held Tuesday, November 18, 9:30 a.m. at Allentown Elementary School, is to honor all teachers, principals, counselors and school librarians retired from Semmes area schools or who retired from other schools and live in the Semmes community. Call Toni Davis, 649-5931 or Sandra Hillman, 649-2897 for information.
A beekeeping workshop, set for November 14-15 at Jon Archer Agricultural Center in Mobile, is geared toward the hobbyist beekeeper, as well as those interested in becoming beekeepers. The workshop will provide up-to-date information and practices and will offer the opportunity to connect new keepers with experienced apiarists. Dr. James Tew, bee specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, will be the instructor. Call 251-574-5298 to register.
There's still time to contribute toys to the Appalachian Christmas mission trip from Oak Park Ministries, 3321 Sollie Road to Nitro, West Virginia. The trailer will be packed by November 18, and toys such as dolls, balls and games (no electronic games) are needed by November 14. Contact Jane Roberts, 490-9879 or Jessica Roberts at the church, 633-6110 for more information.
A few "Mark Your Calendar" events for a little later this month are the following items.
St. Anne's Guild of Trinity Episcopal Church, 1900 Dauphin Street, will present their annual gumbo and Sweet & Savory Sale, November 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Gumbo take-out will be available for $8 a pint. Brenda Howard of the Guild said that the Sweet & Savory table will be filled with pies, cakes, cookies, breads, homemade candy and pickles--just in time for Thanksgiving. Call Martha Fuller, 602-1931, for more details.
Christmas at the Road, a Holiday Market at Lott Road Church of God, 5301 Lott Road, Eight Mile, is scheduled for Saturday, November 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Chair Verline Sweeney, 251-709-1844, said that among the handmade items for sale will be jewelry, crocheted scarves, purses and totes, hairbows and headbands and Christmas wreaths and decorations. Vendor products include Scentsy, Avon, Tupperware and others. Proceeds benefit the Ladies Ministries projects.
The Satsuma Police Reserves are hosting a benefit turkey shoot on November 22, 10 a.m., at the Satsuma Police Range. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. The cost will be $5 per shot with all proceeds going to Officer Troy Van Willcutt, whose wife is battling cancer, said spokesperson Jane Walls.