GENERAL INTEREST

Spring Fling
Virginia College will host a Spring Fling Thursday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3725 Airport Blvd., Suite 165. The event is free and open to the public with a cookout, giveaways, music and spring-themed activities for all ages. Call 251-343-7227.

Community Foundation luncheon
The Community Foundation of South Alabama’s annual luncheon will be Friday, March 17, at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring E.O. Wilson and writer Roy Hoffman as moderator. Visit communityfoundationsa.org.

Plantasia!
Mobile Botanical Gardens’ plant sale will be Friday and Saturday, March 17-18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 5151 Museum Drive. Call 251-342-0555.

Health fair
On Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the USA chapter of the Student National Medical Association will host a health fair at UUFM Fellowship Hall, 6345 Old Shell Road. Call 251-656-4953.

Science Café
“Exploring Why Prescription Costs are So High,” presented by Dr. Sandra Stenson, USA professor of chemistry. Wednesday, March 22, 6-7 p.m. at Moe’s Original Bar B Que, 701 Springhill Ave. Call 251-460-6106.

Azalea Bloom Out at Bellingrath
It’s an early spring at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, where guests are enjoying the blooms of vibrant azaleas. Visit bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.

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 learn how 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

Downtown Cajun Cook-Off
The 3rd annual Cajun cooking festival with more than 20 competitive teams, live music, cold drinks, games and giveaways. Cathedral Square, Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. benefiting the Child Advocacy Center. $13 online or $15 day of event. Visit cacmobile.org.

Touch a Truck
Children may climb aboard fire trucks, garbage trucks and police cars at Hank Aaron Stadium on Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit MCI pediatric cancer research and Adoption Rocks. The first hour is noise free for sensitive ears. Call 251-341-4085.


ARTS

Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival
The Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival is set for March 17-19 — Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Fairhope.

“Much Ado About Nothing”
Joe Jefferson Players present Shakespeare’s play “Much Ado About Nothing” on March 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and April 1 at 8 p.m. and March 19, 26 and April 2 at 2 p.m. JJP is located at 11 S. Carlen St. Call 251-471-1534.

Sunday Funday Art Market
The Sunday Funday Arts and Crafts Market will take place from 1-5 p.m. in Cathedral Square on March 19. Sponsored in part by Alabama Contemporary Art Center, Downtown Mobile Alliance and Visit Mobile.

“Comediennes: Laugh Be a Lady”
Come meet Darryl Littleton, author and stand-up comedian and comedy writer, as he describes the history of women in comedy. The event is Thursday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government St. Admission is free. Call 251-208-7097.

Lenten music
Christ Church Cathedral will host its “Meditation and Music in the Church” luncheon Wednesday, March 22, at 12:30 p.m. in the Chapter House, 115 S. Conception St. Gosia Leska and Katherine Powell will present the Lenten concert.


MUSEUMS

Live at the Museum
Della Memoria will perform original music Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. $10 admission, wine and beer by donation. Call 251-208-5200.

“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.

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

Windows of the Sea
Dauphin Island Sea Lab announces the grand opening of “Windows to the Sea,” the Estuarium expansion, on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“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 about it 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.

Tea for Two
Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. the Fairhope Museum of History hosts a tea with a lecture on Fairhope history. March 21 speaker will be Robert Brown. 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

Let’s Get it
Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project in memory of Justin Hasty is the Just Get It 5K run on Saturday, March 18, at 11 a.m. at Mellow Mushroom, 2032 Airport Blvd. Visit jmhletsgetit.com.

Run the Blue Line 5K
Saturday, March 18, at 8 a.m., the Run the Blue Line 5K run will be followed by a 1-mile fun run/walk at Shiloh Baptist Church in Saraland. All proceeds will go to the family of Saraland police officer Jackie Tucker, who was shot in the line of duty in December. Visit www.runtheblueline.com.

Green Dress Run
A green-themed 5K Saturday, March 18, at 4 p.m. at O’Daly’s Irish Pub, 564 Dauphin St. Registrants receive a free event T-shirt, free pass to the after party and penny beer! Tickets at events.com.

Spring Fever Chase

The 39th annual Spring Fever Chase, a 10K run and 2-mile fun run/walk, takes place on Saturday, March 18, at 7 a.m., starting and ending on North Bayview at Fairhope Avenue in downtown Fairhope. Call 251-279-1684 or visit springfeverchase.com.

Beginner Tai Chi
Starting March 18, Tai Chi classes will be offered in Stirling Hall (behind All Saints Episcopal Church, 151 S. Ann St.) every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. You may join the classes 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: Tone It Up! Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-6:15 p.m. and Yoga for Fitness & Relaxation, Thursday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. To register or more information, call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Dance classes
New dance classes are in progress at Palmer Pillans Middle School: Belly Dancing for Beginners, Tuesday, 6-7 p.m.; Basic Ballroom, Monday, 6:30-8 p.m.; Beyond Basic Ballroom, Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m. To register or for more information, call 251-463-7980 or go to: communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Holy yoga
Tamara William leads lunchtime holy yoga at The Steeple on St. Francis every Wednesday. Cost is $15. Participants will connect with Christ in mind, body and spirit. Call 251-656-3269.

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 www.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

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