Author: Lagniappe

Pot-pourri for butterflies

Photo: Mark Dwyer/Janesville Rotary Gardens By Alice Marty, Mobile County Master Gardener | [email protected] While researching for the Mobile County Master Gardeners inaugural Lunch and Learn in May 2013, I came upon an article that has been the high point of the butterfly garden presentations I have given since. It is entitled “Potpourri to Attract Pretty Butterflies” by garden writer Naomi Mathews. The article explains that anyone can attract butterflies to a garden consisting of only three pots and a little patience. Someday I need to contact Naomi to share with her how people perk up and listen intently...

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Calendar of Events: April 11 – April 17, 2018

Over 70 artists will be in downtown Mobile for SouthSounds Music & Art Festival – April 13th-15th, including Of Montreal! See them on the Lagunitas Stage @ the Merry Widow, Friday April 13th at 10:30pm GENERAL INTEREST Bay Awakening Luncheon Join Mobile Baykeeper for an annual luncheon supporting its work toward clean water, clean air and healthy communities. Featuring a panel of well-known authors and artists Watt Key, John Sledge and Nall the Artist discussing stories of Mobile Bay. Battle House Hotel, Friday, April 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit mobilebaykeeper.org/bay-awakening for more details. “Engaging the Next Generation”...

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Close encounters of the zoo kind

Photo |  Gabi Garrett The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo offers unique opportunities for guests to get up close and personal with kangaroos, sloths, lemurs, reptiles and other animals. By Gabi Garrett/Contributing Writer What do you want to do today?” is a question that might come up on the rare Saturdays you don’t have a soccer game, a planned grocery store run or a full day of cleaning ahead. When you’re contemplating what’s fun for you and your friends, your significant other or the entire family, here’s a fun solution: Go play with a kangaroo. “Play with a kangaroo?” you...

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GO BOLD during National Public Health Week (April 2- 5)

Alzheimer’s is a major public health issue we must urgently address – the burden is large, the impact is major and there are ways to intervene. This National Public Health Week, policymakers can take action to help the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and the nearly 14 million who may develop the disease by 2050. One important way Congress can act is by passing the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256). Endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association, the Act would create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer’s interventions including increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk and preventing avoidable hospitalizations. Having cared for several family members with Alzheimer’s disease, I understand firsthand the impact legislation like this can have on families and our nation. Please join me in thanking Congressman Bradley Byrne for fighting for the millions of Americans affected by Alzheimer’s by supporting the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act. If we are going to end Alzheimer’s disease, then we must start treating it like the public health threat it is. Beth Reinert District 01 Alzheimer’s Association...

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Mobile Opera ‘gem’ of company

To the editor: I attended the Mobile Opera production of La Boheme last weekend and was tremendously impressed by the quality of the performance. Any stage in the world would have been proud to have those singers. The stage direction was admirable and the orchestra was superbly led by Maestro Bernard McDonald. I am a Past President of the board of directors of Mobile Opera and have seen many opera productions both here and elsewhere including the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Our Opera ranks among the top ten regional opera companies in the nation. What a great benefit to our community to have this gem of an opera company right here in Mobile! Thank you for your support of the arts, including opera, in Mobile. Spencer C. Frost, III Mobile,...

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Calendar of Events: April 4-10, 2018

Night Market at MMoA Buy local, support local! Night Market is an event hosted by MMoA showcasing makers, artists, artisans and craftsmen who make locally sourced, handmade goods. Great food and drink from local food trucks and live music Thursday, April 5, 5-9 p.m. GENERAL INTEREST  April Brown Bag in Bienville Lineup: April 4 – Grayson Capps, April 11 – Lisa Mills, April 18 – Jamell Richardson, April 25 – Bohni Trio. Wednesday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  For more information, please call (251) 208-1550 5th Annual Firkin Festival Presented by Moe’s Original Bar B Que and Budweiser Busch Distributing,...

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Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer to speak at USA about mass extinction

SUBMITTED — Elizabeth Kolbert, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for her best-selling book about mass extinction, will speak at the University of South Alabama on Wednesday, April 4. Recognized as one of America’s best science writers, Kolbert will speak at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom on how mass extinction specifically relates to the Gulf Coast region. During her presentation, which is free and open to the public, she will discuss and read from “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.” A reception and book signing will follow, according to Dr. Charlotte Pence, director of the Stokes Center...

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Lottery first, lottery now

Dear Ashley: I’m just now getting around to replying to your column “A pessimistic case for the lottery” (Hidden Agenda, Feb. 21, 2018). I’ve said in previous letters that I supported Democrat gubernatorial candidates Don Siegelman (the first time when he ran for re-election I voted Libertarian), Ron Sparks and Parker Griffith over the single issue of legalized gambling — which made me extremely unpopular among my fellow conservatives on local talk radio. I just can’t see “we know better than you do how to spend your money and live your private life” as anything even remotely resembling a conservative idea. It’s in the same category as banning 16-ounce or larger sodas. Jefferson said it best, “governments were not set up to protect us from ourselves.” In 2012 I was living in Chickasaw, a very likable town. I rode my bike to the polls to vote “yes” on a referendum to “just this one time” borrow from the state’s “rainy day fund” to keep from hiking taxes on the poor. Two years later Bentley ran for re-election on a platform of “everything’s fine, it’s stopped raining , read my lips, no new taxes,” all the while planning a massive tax hike for his second term. I knew it was going to be either one or the other, which is why I supported Griffith. Amazingly, even Bentley ended up supporting...

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