GENERAL INTEREST

Women’s conference
Focus Women’s Conference aims to educate, encourage and empower women through various workshops and panel discussions. The conference will be Friday, Sept. 22, at the Mobile Convention Center. Visit www.focuswomensconference.com.

Travel auction
The Great Escape Travel Auction is a live and silent auction featuringtg affordable trips to bucket-list destinations. The event is Friday, Sept. 22, 6-9 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 1260 Dauphin St., Mobile. Proceeds benefit neighborhood missions at the church. Visit www.cpcmidtown.com.

Garden Brothers Circus
Celebrating 100 years of entertaining families, Garden Brothers Circus will be at the Mobile Civic Center on Friday, Sept. 22, at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Visit gardenbroscircus.com.

Jubilee Festival of Arts
The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce hosts the 29th annual Jubilee Festival of Arts. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24 on Main Street in Olde Towne Daphne. Dozens of artists, cooking competitions, craft demonstrations, pop-up performances and local musicians. Admission is free.

Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council
Tasked with dispersing the BP oil spill settlement, the AGCRC will hold a public meeting to provide an opportunity for individuals to offer input on any of the projects currently suggested. Wednesday, Sept. 27, 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Mobile Government Plaza Auditorium. Visit restorealabama.org.

Lecture series
Dauphin Way Methodist (1507 Dauphin St.) presents the Stephen and Ruth Dill Lecture Series on Sunday, Sept. 24, 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 25, at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Featuring Dr. Wayne Flynt, scholar of Southern history, politics, religion and culture. Call 251-471-1511 or visit www.dauphinwayumc.org.

“Boogie’s Block Party”
New Orleans Pelicans star DeMarcus Cousins and Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson are hosting “Boogie’s Block Party” Saturday, Sept. 23, 2-5 p.m., to celebrate the new premier basketball court in Figures Park (658 Donald St.).

Gentleman’s Ride
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is Sunday, Sept. 24. Participants will be riding vintage-style motorcycles, in period-correct dress, from Mobile to the Fairhope Pier while joining the fight against prostate cancer and suicide. Visit gentlemansride.com.

Fairhope farmer’s market
The city of Fairhope hosts an outdoor farmer’s market Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., through Nov. 2 behind the Fairhope Public Library downtown on Bancroft Street. Call 251-929-1466.

Free fitness workshop
A free health and fitness workshop with a certified instructor will be held on Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to noon at Wingate by Wyndham Mobile, 516 Springhill Plaza Court. Visit www.dietspotlight.com/workshop/.

Special Needs Expo
Eastern Shore Parents and Mobile Bay Parents are hosting a Special Needs Expo Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Life Center at St. Paul’s Church in Daphne. Admission is free. Call 251-929-2099.

Lunch and learn
Mitchell Cancer Institute hosts monthly “lunch and learn” events. The subject Tuesday, Sept. 26, at noon will be “GYN Oncology Care Month.” Lunch will be held in the multipurpose room on the second floor of MCI. Call 251-445-9647.

Bookmark contest
The Daphne Public Library announces its 2017 “Back-to-School” Bookmark Contest, open to students in grades K-12, running through Sept. 29. Call 251-621-2818.

TOPS
Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church. Call 251-625-6888.

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
Toastmasters International meets regularly at six locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Visit www.toastmasters.org for more information.


FUNDRAISERS

“All in for Heart”
The inaugural “All in for Heart” is Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. to benefit the Pediatric Congenital Heart Center at Children’s of Alabama. Featuring a night of faux casino games at The Pillars, 1757 Government St., Mobile. Visit give.childernsal.org/allinforheart.

“Knowing You Can Make a Difference”
Legendary athlete Bo Jackson will be the featured guest at the 8th annual “Knowing You Can Make a Difference” fundraiser in Daphne benefiting the Baldwin County Drug Court Foundation. Thursday, Sept. 21, at 5:30 p.m., Daphne Civic Center, 2603 U.S. Highway 98. Visit www.baldwindrugcourt.com.


ARTS

Live at the Museum
Strange Her will perform original music Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. $10 admission, wine and beer by donation. Call 251-208-5200.

“Live at Five”
“Live at Five” presents Grayson Capps on Friday, Sept. 22, at the Halstead Amphitheater on Coastal Alabama Community College in Fairhope. Free admission. Donations accepted at the door to benefit future concerts.

“Adrift in Mancao”
The comic musical “Adrift in Macao” opens Friday, Sept. 22. The play will have six performances at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, 5751 USA Drive South, Sept. 22-24 and Sept. 28-30. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., except for Sunday, Sept. 24, which will be at 2 p.m. Call 251-460-6305.

Book signing
Emily Blejwas, author of “Once You Know This,” a middle-grade novel targeting readers age 9-14, will be signing copies of her book at the Barnes & Noble Teen Book Fest in Spanish Fort, Saturday, Sept. 23. Call 251-621-3545.

Mobile Pops Concert
The city of Semmes presents the Mobile Pops in concert at MGM Auditorium Monday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. Food and fun for the entire family. Call 251-649-8811.

Book launch
Professor Emerita Sue Brannan Walker will celebrate the launch of her new book of poetry, “Let Us Imagine Her Name,” on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. at the USA Faculty Club. Reception to follow.


MUSEUMS

Educators’ Night Out
Join us at the Mobile Museum of Art for a special evening designed for educators on Thursday, Sept. 21, 5-7 p.m. Network with other area educators over wine and snacks while learning how the Museum School can enrich your curricula. The event is free. Call 251-208-5200.

“Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!”
The insatiable curiosity of Curious George — the little monkey who has captured the imagination and hearts of millions of children and adults for 65 years — comes to life Sept. 23 at Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center.

“Dream Big: Engineering Our World”
Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” is a first-of-its-kind film for IMAX and giant-screen theaters that will transform how we think about engineering. “Dream Big” opens Saturday, Sept. 23, and runs until Jan. 7.

“Right on Course”
The United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives is open free to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the newest exhibits is “Right on Course.” Visit www.asama.org.

‘Windows to the Sea’
“Windows to the Sea” is the latest permanent exhibit at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. 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.

Fairhope’s founding
Learn more about the 1894 founding of Fairhope 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 age 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

Spanish Fort Fire-Rescue 5K
This 2nd annual Fire Prevention 5k and 1-mile fun run will start at Meaher State Park on a certified course along the causeway. Saturday, Sept. 23, 8 a.m. Register online at eventbrite.com or call 251-410-6181.

South Alabama football
The University of South Alabama Jaguars welcome the University of Idaho Vandals Saturday, Sept. 23, 1 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Note: USA has implemented a policy allowing only clear, see-through bags at games. Visit usajaguars.com.

Group rides
South Alabama and Mississippi Mountain Bike Association invites all levels of cyclists to join them every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. at USA Bike Trails and Sunday at 9 a.m. at Chickasabogue Park. Email [email protected].

Weekly 1K/5K
Every Thursday evening at 6 p.m., join Red Beard’s Outfitter and Cortlandt’s Pub in the Spring Hill Village Shopping Center for a 1K or 5K run and walk. No cost to participate.

Bingo
Join Via Health, Fitness, Enrichment Center (171 Dauphin St.) for bingo every Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call 251-478-3311.

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 and athletics classes
New fitness classes are in progress at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Curvy yoga, Tone It Up! (fusion workout), Zumba, basketball clinics (ages 8+) and sports conditioning (ages 8-17). To register or for more information, call 251-463-7980 or visit communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Dance and art classes
Classes offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School include belly dance, ballroom dance, ballet and tumbling (ages 6-8), beginning piano (ages 8+), watercolor painting, zombies and superheroes art, and pet portraits art. Call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Pickleball for adults (indoors)
Offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School, Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Great sport for all ages combines tennis, pingpong and badminton on a court one-fourth the size of a tennis court. Call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.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. Call 251-623-9183 or visit azaleaballroomdanceclub.com.

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chassé 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

Education and career planning
The city of Mobile Community Activities Program at LeFlore High School is offering free introductory classes for education and career planning for students in grades 8-12 and their parents, 6-7 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 21. For more information and to reserve space, call Melanie Johnson at 251-208-1610.

Couples and money
Learn about savings programs, different kinds of investments and risks, and common strategies. Monday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling, 705 Oak Circle Drive E. (Mobile). Space is limited; call 251-602-0011 to register.


PUBLIC MEETINGS

Byrne Town Hall Meetings
Congressman Bradley Byrne will host two town hall meetings on Thursday, Sept. 21. The first will be at 10:30 a.m. at Silverhill Town Hall, 15965 East Silverhill Ave., in Silverhill. The second will be at 2 p.m. at Elberta Town Hall, 13052 Main St., in Elberta.

Baldwin County Commission: First and third Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., 322 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette. Work sessions are the second and fourth Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. rotating between Bay Minette, the Foley Satellite Courthouse, the Fairhope Satellite Courthouse and the Baldwin County Central Annex Building in Robertsdale. www.baldwincountyal.gov

Baldwin County Planning Commission: First Thursday at 6 p.m., 22251 Palmer St., Robertsdale, www.baldwincountyal.gov.

Bayou La Batre City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 13785 S. Wintzell Ave., www.cityofbayoulabatre.com.

Chickasaw City Council: Second and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m., 224 N. Craft Highway, 251-452-6450.

Citronelle City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m., 19135 Main St., 251-866-7973.

Creola City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 6 p.m., 190 Dead Lake Road, #A, 251-675-8142.

Daphne City Council: First and third Monday at 6:30 p.m., 1705 Main St. Work sessions are the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., www.daphneal.com.

Dauphin Island Town Council: First and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m., 1011 Bienville Blvd., www.townofdauphinisland.org.

Elberta Town Council: Third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the town hall. Workshop meeting on the second Tuesday. townofelberta.com.

Fairhope City Council: Second and fourth Monday at 6 p.m., 161 N. Section St. Work sessions are held before each council meeting at 4:30 p.m., www.cofairhope.com.

Fairhope Planning Commission: First Monday at 5 p.m., 161 N. Section St. For more information visit www.cofairhope.com.

Foley City Council: First and third Monday at 5:30 p.m., 407 E. Laurel Ave. Work sessions begin at 4 p.m., www.cityoffoley.org.

Gulf Shores City Council: Second and fourth Mondays at 4 p.m., 1905 W. First St., www.gulfshoresal.gov.

Mobile City Council: Tuesdays at Government Plaza, 205 Government St. Pre-council meeting begins at 9 a.m.; council meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., www.cityofmobile.org.

Mobile Planning Commission: First and third Thursdays at 2 p.m., 205 Government St., www.urban.cityofmobile.org.

Orange Beach City Council: First and third Tuesdays at 5 p.m., 4099 Orange Beach Blvd., www.cityoforangebeach.com.

Prichard City Council: Every Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 216 E. Prichard Ave., www.thecityofprichard.org.