GENERAL INTEREST

Map for Mobile update
Drafts of the updated Future Land Use Map and Major Street Plan have been completed and will be unveiled on Thursday, April 6, at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium of Government Street Baptist Church, 3401 Government Blvd.

Lecture on Fairhope
Join the FSTC Archives Committee Thursday, April 6, at 6 p.m. for a “Photographs and Stories of Fairhope” talk at the Fairhope Public Library.

Bellingrath 85th anniversary
On Friday, April 7, guests may visit Bellingrath Gardens at a special anniversary rate of $8.50 per person. Call 251-973-2217 or visit bellingrath.org.

“Engaging the Next Generation”
Mobile United invites young professionals to “Engaging the Next Generation,” a volunteer fair on upper Dauphin Street between Joachim and Conception streets on Friday, April 7, 6-8 p.m.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
The Mobile Police Department will host an event commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arlington Park, 1750 S. Broad St. For more information, call 251-208-1924.

Bellingrath Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 8, at 9 a.m. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for professional photos. Visit www.bellingrath.org.

Exploreum Easter Egg Hunt
Join the Exploreum for its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8, at 9 a.m. Hunt begins at 10 a.m. Admission includes the egg hunt. Visit exploreum.com.

Easter Bunny in Fairhope
The Easter bunny will be visiting Fairhope on Saturday, April 8, at the Fairhope Welcome Center from 10 a.m. until noon. Parents may bring their cameras and take pictures. Call 251-929-1466.

Fairhope Walking Tours
Join Museum Director Donnie Barrett for a walking tour of Fairhope on Saturday, April 8, at 10 a.m. at the Welcome Center.

Mobile Symphony Orchestra
Mobile Symphony and University of South Alabama present Beethoven’s Ultimate Symphony and Handel’s glorious Coronation Anthems. Saturday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre. Visit mobilesymphony.org.

Confederate Memorial Day
Sunday, April 9, at 2 p.m. join the Sons of Confederate Veterans for Confederate Rest at Magnolia Cemetery at the corner of Ann and Virginia streets. Call 251-421-0491.

Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 9, at 2 p.m. St. Mark United Methodist Church, 439 Azalea Road. Free and open to the public. Visit stmarkmobile.com or call 251-342-5861.

League of Women Voters Meeting
Join the League of Women Voters of Mobile Tuesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. for a dinner meeting at the Bel Air Marriott, 3101 Airport Blvd. Please make reservations at 251-402-3321.

NDE Meeting
International Association of Near Death Studies (IANDS) meets second Wednesday of every month at the West Regional Branch of the Mobile Public Library on Grelot Road at 6 p.m.

Brown Bag in Bienville
Every Wednesday through May 5, join friends in Mobile’s Bienville Square from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for lunch and live music.

“Growing Seeds of Wellness”
The art of gardening for cancer patients with master gardener Marilyn Mannhard. Noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, at James P. Nix Center,1 Baylor Drive, Fairhope. RSVP for lunch, 251-990-1853.

Free salon services
Remington College’s cosmetology program will provide prom-bound students free haircuts, updos, manicures, pedicures and makeup at 4368 Downtowner Loop S. in Mobile, Friday, April 7. Call 251-342-4848.

Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks
Boardwalk Talks are held the first and third Wednesday of each month at 11:15 a.m. at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd. Call 251-861-2141.

Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Wednesday at noon for lunch at Azalea City Golf Course. Call 251-348-3542.

Toastmasters
Do you want to deliver a speech like a pro or gain leadership skills to advance your career? Toastmasters International meets regularly at six locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Visit www.toastmasters.org for more information.


FUNDRAISERS

A Night at the Races
A Kentucky Derby-style gala benefiting The Learning Tree in Mobile, held at The Pillars beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6. Tickets are $60. Call 251-331-2633.

Bunny Hop
Join the Ronald McDonald House for a family-friendly Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 8, 1-3 p.m. at Geri Moulton Children’s Park, by USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.

Gumbo Chili Showdown
The Gumbo Chili Showdown is a competition between teams to see who can create the very best pot of gumbo or chili on Saturday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Visit usahealthsystems.com/gumbo-chili-showdown.

Backyard BBQ
Backyard BBQ competition to benefit kidney transplant charities. More than 10 teams will cook in the chicken, pork, brisket, wildcard, ribs or side dish category. 1600 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island. Call 251-648-2397.

Fit for the Cure
Thursday, April 6, at Belk at Bel Air and Friday, April 7, at Belk at Eastern Shore. For every woman fitted for a bra, Wacoal donates $2 to Susan G. Komen to benefit breast cancer research and community health programs, and for every Wacoal item purchased during the event, Wacoal donates an additional $2.


ARTS

Cirque Italia
Cirque Italia, the first traveling water circus, is coming to Mobile with a spectacular show you won’t want to miss! April 6-9 at Hank Aaron Stadium, with afternoon showtimes at 2:30, 5;30, 7:30 and/or 8:30 p.m., depending on the day. Visit cirqueitalia.com.

Mobile Mystery Dinners
A performance of “Death in Tutu” will take place Saturday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at Renaissance Riverview Plaza. Tickets include dinner and unlimited wine. Advance reservations are required; call 251-415-3092.

First Friday Art Walk
The Eastern Shore Art Center returns with new art and music the first Friday of every month. Friday, April 7, at 6 p.m. at the Eastern Shore Art Center, 401 Oak St., Fairhope. For more information, contact Adrienne at 251-928-2228, ext. 103.


MUSEUMS

Tea for Two
Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. the Fairhope Museum of History hosts a tea with a lecture on Fairhope history. April 11 speaker will be Jack Burrell. Call 251-929-1471.

“Windows to the Sea”
Dauphin Island Sea Lab announces a permanent exhibit at the Estuarium, “Windows to the Sea.” Visit disl.org.

“Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure”
A new, highly interactive exhibit at GulfQuest features more than 500 authentic artifacts recovered from deep-ocean shipwrecks. Visit www.gulfquest.org.

“Christenberry: In Alabama”
On the occasion of Alabama’s Bicentennial Celebration, this exhibit honors artist William Christenberry’s exploration of themes related to his native state. Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Through June 4. Call 251-208-5200.

“Faces of Africa”
The History Museum of Mobile exhibit “Faces of Africa: A Mystical View of Tribal Heritage” runs through Monday, July 31. Call 251-208-7420.

“Drugs: Costs and Consequences”
The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration team up to present a powerful interactive exhibit of the effects of drugs on individuals and society. Through August. Visit exploreum.com.

Fairhope’s founding
There is quite a story behind Fairhope’s founding in 1894. Learn more at the Fairhope Museum of History, 24 N. Section St. The museum is open daily (except Sunday and Monday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 251-929-1471.

Little Discoveries
“Outside the Box,” aimed at children 6 and under, explores how innovation and creativity can lead to a world of possibilities, starting with a simple cardboard box. Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Call 251-208-6893 or email [email protected].

Thursdays at MMoA
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Mobile Museum of Art offers free admission to all visitors. No reservations are necessary. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive. Call 251-208-5200.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Special Olympics
Featuring more than 350 athletes. Friday, April 7, at 8:45 a.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal School. Email [email protected].

Fairhope Open Tennis Tournament
April 7-8 at Mike Ford Tennis Center in Fairhope. There is a kickoff party Friday night. For more information, visit www.FairhopeTennisAssociation.com.

8K by the Bay
Saturday, April 8, 8 a.m. at Arlington Park at Brookley Aeroplex. 8K and 1-mile fun run. Benefits Penelope House and the Mobile County Sheriff Foundation. Register at events.com.

Tai Chi
Beginner Tai Chi classes are being offered in Stirling Hall (behind All Saints Episcopal Church, 151 S. Ann St., Mobile) every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Classes may be joined at any time. Email [email protected].

Bridge lessons
The Mobile Bridge Center offers free bridge lessons each Tuesday at 6 p.m. at 1510 University Blvd. Arrive a few minutes early to register. Call the Bridge Center at 251-666-2147, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fitness classes
New fitness classes are in progress at Palmer Pillans Middle School. To register or for more information, call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Dance classes
New dance classes are in progress at Palmer Pillans Middle School. To register or for more information, call 251-463-7980 or go to: communityactivities.com.

Ballroom dance
Azalea Ballroom Dance Club hosts dances the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Via Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. Email [email protected], call 251-623-9183 or visit azaleaballroomdanceclub.com.

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dances the first and third Monday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Hot Wheels Skating Rink in Daphne. Email [email protected].


WORKSHOPS

“Investment Blitz”
Learn about investments and wealth building on Saturday, April 9, 9-10 a.m. at the West Regional Library on Grelot Road. Call 251-602-0011.

Genealogy class
Genealogy for beginners is offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Call 251-463-7980 or visit communityactivitiesprogram.com.


PUBLIC MEETINGS

Public Safety
Council Member Bess Rich, chair of the Public Safety Committee, will meet on Tuesday, April 11, at 2 p.m. in the Plaza Auditorium in Government Plaza.