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May 2 RELAY FOR LIFE OF MOBILE METRO

On Friday May 2, 2014 hundreds of walkers will unite in the battle against cancer when the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Mobile Metro gets underway. When teams will gather at Davidson High School on 5/02/14 at 6:00 PM, participants will be helping the Society mark a major milestone in the fight against cancer. Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life; all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society's efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping them get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.  One of the most touching moments during a Relay For Life event is the Luminaria Ceremony which takes place after sundown, honoring the community's cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bears the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for $5 by visiting our website at www.relayforlife.org/mobilemetroal or by calling 251-344-9856 Funds raised at Relay For Life of Mobile Metro help the American Cancer Society get even closer to bringing an end to cancer as we know it. To learn more about Relay For Life, please call 1-800-227-2345 or Visit our website at: http://www.relayforlife.org/mobilemetroal
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May 2 FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK

Exhibit openings--with guest artists, refreshments and live entertainment – at a variety of venues; map of participating venues, including specialty shops and restaurants, available at the Eastern Shore Art Center – 401 Oak St. 6 – 8 PM. Downtown Fairhope.
Contact: 251-928-2228/ www.esartcenter.com


May 3 MARKET ON THE SQUARE

Locally grown produce, seafood, beef, honeys, breads, pastas, cheeses, plants, handcrafted goods for kitchen and home; live music; art and crafts. City of Mobile’s Neighborhood & Community Services and Mobile Arts Council. Sat, 7:30 - noon, through Jul 26. Cathedral Square (downtown Mobile, bounded by Dauphin, Jackson, Conti and Claiborne Sts)
Contact: 251-208-1550/ www.ncsmobile.org


May 3 MOBILE DISCOVERY, WORKS BY JOSH ASHLEY AND WHAT'S YOUR SIGN? 2

Three exhibitions: New paintings and sculptures by Benno and Regina Kolleger; assemblages by Josh Ashley; and works by MAC members born under the signs of Aries, Taurus and Gemini. Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St) Through Fri, May 30. Mon - Fri, 9 AM - 5 PM; Sat, 8 AM - noon.
Contact: 251-432-9796/ www.mobilearts.org


May 3 65TH ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE FLEET FESTIVAL

Features arts and crafts booths, children's activities, bayou boat tours, and food (including traditional seafood and a full Vietnamese menu) Special events: Sat, 8 AM: Run; 11 AM - 2 PM: Gumbo Cook-off. Sun, 10 AM: Mass; 2 PM: Land parade, followed by the boat parade and Blessing by the Most Reverend Thomas J. Rodi, Archbishop of Mobile. Full schedule: www.FleetBlessing.org. 10 AM - 4 PM. St. Margaret's Catholic Church (13790 South Wintzell Ave, Bayou La Batre).
Contact: 251-824-2415 or www.FleetBlessing.org.


May 3 COUNTDOWN TO HANGOUT FESTIVAL FREE CONCERT SERIES

Unlikely Candidates and The Vegabonds with Reach for the Beach finalist Festival Expressions 92WZEW. The Hangout (101 E Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores). *One of six regional bands selected in competition
Contact: 251-438-5460


May 3 THE VISITOR

Adaptation of Larry Shue's comedy “The Foreigner.” Commedia del Arte. 7:30 PM. Loxley Civic Center (4198 Municipal Park Dr, Loxley) In advance/ $10; door/ $12; children under 5/ free.
Contact: 251-510-0654/ www.commediadelarte.org


May 3 A BARTON ACADEMY HOMECOMING

Graduates, former attendees and the general public are invited to an event celebrating Alabama's oldest public school, featuring tours of Barton and the Yerby Building; presentations on plans for Barton; homemade cakes and lemonade. Bring your Barton memorabilia to show and share. 1 – 3 PM. Barton Academy (504 Government St)
Contact: (251) 510-6759 or info@bartonacademy.org.


May 3 2014 GALLERY OF GARDENS

Showcase of eight local private gardens in Spring Hill, Oakleigh Garden District, Midtown and West Mobile; featured plants available in the MBG MarketPlace; Master Gardeners at each location; ballet students at two locations. Benefits Mobile Botanical Gardens. Fri & Sat, 9 AM – 4 PM. In advance/ $20; day of/ $25; group rates for 10+. Available online.
Contact: 251-342-0555/ www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org.


May 3 147th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF THE AMERICAN WATERCOLOR SOCIETY

Also: Patterns & Textures of New Orleans (furniture and paintings by Martha Pearson), paintings by Ted Burn, and By the Sea (driftwood sculptures and paintings by Claudia Hodges) Music by Dr Jazz; refreshments. 6 – 8 PM Eastern Shore Art Center (401 Oak St, Fairhope) AWS through Mon, June 28; other exhibitions through Sat, May 31. Tue - Fri, 10 AM - 4 PM; Sat, 10 AM - 2 PM.
Contact: 251-928-2228/ www.esartcenter.com


May 3 THE BEST OF RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN

Mobile Symphony Orchestra; guest conductor: Crafton Beck; vocalists Daniel Narducci and Sherri Seiden. Selections from number of shows, including Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific, Carousel, and The Sound of Music. Sat, 8 PM; Sun, 2:30 PM. Saenger Theatre (6 S Joachim St) Adults/ $20 - $65; children/ $10 (by phone only)
Contact: 251-432-2010/ www.mobilesyphony.org


May 3 A Barton Academy Homecoming

Graduates, former attendees and the general public are invited to an event celebrating Alabama's oldest public school, featuring tours of Barton and the Yerby Building; presentations on plans for Barton; homemade cakes and lemonade. Bring your Barton memorabilia to show and share. Hours:1 – 3 PM., Barton Academy (504 Government St)http://www.info@bartonacademy.org.html.
Contact: 251-510-6759


May 3 STEREOTYPES AND JUDGMENTS: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

An exhibit exploring societal pressure by student artist Katie Walden. University of South Alabama Marx Library, Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art (5901 USA Dr N) Through Fri, May 30Hours: http://www.southalabama.edu/univlib/info/hours.html.
Contact: 251-460-7028


May 3 BOOKS AND CLAY: HANDMADE OBJECTS WITH HISTORY

Handmade books created by Mary Ann Sampson (Jacksonville State University) and several JSU students and faculty members. University of South Alabama Marx Library, Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art (5901 USA Dr N) Through Fri, May 30. Hours:http://www.southalabama.edu/univlib/info/hours.html.
Contact: 251-460-7028.


May 3 65th Annual Blessing of the Fleet

The 65th Annual St. Margaret's Blessing of the Fleet festival in Bayou La Batre, Alabama is slated for Saturday, May 3 and Sunday May 4, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days. The popular community event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on the grounds of St. Margaret's Catholic Church, which is located at 13790 South Wintzell Avenue in Bayou La Batre, AL. Enjoy a wide selection of family-friendly activities throughout the weekend leading up to the actual blessing of the fleet, which will take place Sunday afternoon by the Most Reverend Thomas J. Rodi, Archbishop of Mobile. On both Saturday and Sunday, festival-goers can enjoy arts and crafts booths, music from DJ James & Mr. Music & Newell, children's activities, bayou boat tours and more. Delicious food will be available for purchase all weekend, including traditional Bayou La Batre seafood dishes like boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, fried fish, stuffed crabs and seafood platters. There will also be a full Vietnamese menu prepared by "the locals", as well as hamburgers, hot dogs and more. On Saturday, the four-mile Blessing of the Feet Run will begin at 8 am, with registration from 6:45 until 7:45 a.m. The annual Gumbo Cook-off will be held from 11 am - 2 p.m. on Saturday. Children's train rides will be available throughout the day on Saturday. On Sunday, mass will be held at 10 a.m. The Blessing of the Fleet land parade will begin at 2 p.m. and will be immediately followed by the boat parade. The land parade and boat parade are open to anyone who would like to participate, and cash prizes will be awarded to the best decorated boats in three categories (recreational, small commercial and large commercial). There is no fee to be in either parade, though pre-registration is required to enter the decorated boat contest. Additional event details and registration forms are available at FleetBlessing.org and facebook.com/FleetBlessingBayouLaBatre. To learn more, call (251) 824-2415 or email fleetblessing@aol.com.
Contact: St. Margaret's Catholic Church-251-824-2415 or fleetblessing@aol.com


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