What’s Happening the Week of 2/21/2018

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This Week’s Featured Photo:
Our sympathy and condolences go out to the family, friends, and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Officer Justin Billa. Officer Billa was killed responding to a call while on duty Tuesday night. The entire city is mourning this tragedy today.
Photo Credit: Mobile Police Department 

Do Some Good
Post-Mardi Gras Cleanup on One Mile Creek
Saturday – 11 am – 3 pm, One Mile Creek (498 Marion St.)
Join Mobile Baykeeper for a Post-Mardi Gras litter cleanup of One Mile Creek to see firsthand the amount of Mardi Gras litter that pollutes nearby waterways. Go deep in the trenches of One Mile Creek in canoes and kayaks to remove whatever litter and debris that can be found. Please dress comfortably in clothes you do not mind getting a little wet or dirty. For those who do not want to get in the water, we will also be picking up litter around the edge of the creek and in the field near the creek. Please bring a canoe or kayak if you have one! A limited supply of boats is available. This cleanup is part of a two-year grant Mobile Baykeeper received from NOAA to help Mobile move toward a litter-free Mardi Gras. Other elements of this grant include working with the City of Mobile to install storm drain covers along the parade route and educating the community through a large public awareness campaign.

2/22: Mobile’s 181st Annual Meeting
Thursday – 5 pm, Mobile Convention Center
Admission: Chamber Members $60 | Non-Members $70
Ages: Professionals
The Chamber’s 181st Annual Meeting, themed “Writing Mobile’s Story,” will be held at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center. Liz Freeman with Long’s Human Resource Services will give a quick overview of the best of 2017, and Brian Willman with Regions Bank will take the reigns as the Chamber’s 2018 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. The event is open to the public and typically attended by 1,100 of the community’s leaders, managers, professionals and business owners.

2/23: Sweetheart Dinner Dance
Friday – 7 pm, USS Alabama – Aircraft Pavillon
Admission: $50 per person
Ages: 21+
Join the Mobile Big Band Society for the 3rd Annual Sweetheart Dinner Dance. Enjoy three hours of Big Band favorites, a full dinner buffet, and dancing. Hear from band leader Chip Herrington and vocalists, Karmilla Ali and Doug Breau. The menu includes salad, vegetables, crab-stuffed flounder and much more. Dinner and drinks provided by Naman’s Catering.

2/23 – 2/25: Vintage Market Days
Friday – Saturday – 10 am – 4 pm,  Sunday – 10 am – 4 pm, The Grounds
Admission: $10 Friday – Sunday Pass | $5 Saturday and Sunday Pass | 12 and under Free
Ages: All
Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and more. The Market is a three-day event held several times a year in various communities. Each Vintage Market Days event is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in different venues.

2/23 – 2/25: “The Miracle Worker”
Friday – Saturday – 7:30 pm, Sunday –  2:30 pm , Playhouse in the Park
Admission: Adults $15 | Children $12
Ages: All
“The Miracle Worker” is the inspiring true story of young Helen Keller, a native of Tuscumbia, Alabama, who is rendered blind and deaf after a bout of scarlet fever as an infant. In desperation, her parents seek help from teacher Annie Sullivan, partially blind herself, to tutor their daughter. Through months of persistence, love, and sheer stubbornness, Annie breaks through Helen’s walls of silence and darkness and teaches her to communicate. Get your tickets now!

2/24: Family Festival Day
Saturday – 10 am – 2 pm, Mobile Museum of Art
Admission: Free
Ages: All
Join the Mobile Museum of Art for a day of free family activities celebrating the new exhibitions. With musical and interactive dance performances by Deborah Ferguson, aka The Dancing Story Lady, and Gloria Petit Williams, all ages are invited to explore themes of African American identity in the MMofA photography exhibition, Posing Beauty in African American Identity. Adults and teens are invited to try their hand at alternative photographic printing processes with artist Rachel Wright in MMofA’s Education wing. All activities are free, with free admission to MMofA for Mobile County residents. A food truck will also be available throughout the day. Click here for a full schedule of activities.

2/24: 26th Annual Orange Beach Sports Association Seafood Festival 
Saturday – 10 am – 4 pm, The Wharf
Admission: Free
Ages: All
Join the Orange Beach Sports Association for its 26th Annual Seafood Festival and Car Show Saturday, February 24th. Enjoy a full day of shopping arts and crafts vendors, enjoying seafood, checking out the car show, and letting the little ones play in the Kids Zone. A second stage has been added to the layout this year, which means more music–listen to live performances by Savannah Litton, Funky Lampshade, American Idol’s Andrew Weaver and more!

2/24 – 2/25: Mobile Symphony Orchestra: Two of a Kind
Saturday – 7:30 pm, Sunday – 2:30 pm, Saenger Theater
Admission: $15 – $75 per person
Ages: All
Music has a unique ability to bring people together from all walks of life. Elgar’s Enigma Variations is a literal testament to this fact. This piece is composed of 14 variations, each of which is a musical caricature of family members and friends, including his dog. Each variation is subtitled with different initials, the first being C.A.E. which are the initials of his wife, Caroline Alice Elgar. Zuill Bailey will be the featured guest artist for Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2. Zuill recently won two Grammy awards for Best Instrumental Solo and Best Contemporary Classical Composition for his performance on “Tales of Hemingway,” alongside the Nashville Symphony with conductor Giancarlo Guerrero.

2/25: Sunday Afternoon Tea
Sunday – 3 pm, Bragg-Mitchell Mansion
Admission: $25 per person
Ages: All
The Mobile Opera presents a Sunday Afternoon Tea this weekend. Enjoy an afternoon of music by Darla Earnest, Thomas Rowell and Clinton Doolittle with Puccini insights by Maestro Bernard McDonald, G. Dewy and M. Maine Larsen Chair in Opera at Simpson College and Conductor of Mobile Opera’s La bohème. Reservations requested by February 21st. Hats are encouraged.

2/26: John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats
Monday – 7:30 pm, Laidlaw Performing Arts Center at The University of South Alabama
Admission: Free
Ages: All
The Stokes Center for Creative Writing and the Independent Music Collective are teaming up for a very special event on Monday, February 26, 2018 at The University of South Alabama’s Dramatic Arts Mainstage Theatre in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats will be the inaugural performer in an exciting new series exploring the intersection of music and literature.  Not only is Darnielle the central figure behind the indie-folk juggernaut the Mountain Goats, but he’s also the author of two critically-acclaimed novels, WOLF IN WHITE VAN, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in 2014, and UNIVERSAL HARVESTER, which Kazuo Ishiguro calls “a moving, beautifully etched picture of America’s lost and profoundly lonely.” The event, which will be held in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, will feature both a musical performance and a reading. This special event will be FREE and seats will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis at the door on the day of the show.

Upcoming Events:
3/3: Docent Introductory Class
Saturday – 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Admission: Free
Ages: 14 + | 14 & 15-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult
Interested in learning more about our coastal habitats? Have a few hours to volunteer each week or month? Then, the Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab would love your help. The annual Docent Introductory Class will be held on Saturday, March 3. Our team of world-class marine educators and aquarists will help you get to know the animals and explore the habitats represented in the Estuarium. Please register by Monday, February 26th.

3/3: Whole30 Challenge
Saturday – JH CrossFit
Admission: $99 Members | $199 Non-Members
Ages: 16+
Join JH CrossFit’s Whole30 Challenge to press the reset button on your metabolism, energy, cravings, and health in 30 days! Figure out once and for all which foods are right for your unique body. The 30-Day Challenge includes 30 days unlimited gym access, unlimited classes at JH CrossFit, weekly Whole30 Coaching with a Certified Health Coach, private support and accountability group, and challenge prizes! The Challenge starts March 3rd, but spots fill up fast and registering early is highly suggested. Get ready to feel amazing!

3/10: Touch-A-Truck
Saturday – 10 am – 2 pm | Noise Free Hour 10 – 11 am, Hank Aaron Stadium
Admission: $20 per car
Ages: All
Presented by Caribe Resort and FOX10, this family favorite event, Touch-A-Truck, is back again this year! This all-ages family fun day hosts all kinds of trucks from big rigs to emergency vehicles that most of us never get to see on the inside. All proceeds benefit pediatric cancer research at the USA Mitchell Center Institute and Adoption Rocks.