GENERAL INTEREST

“Lunch at The Shoppes”
The Shoppes at Bel Air will host “Lunch at The Shoppes,” Sept. 7-9. During lunch hours, participating restaurants and retailers throughout the mall will offer specials and promotions. Live music and art displays located throughout. Call 251-375-1297.

“Jag Night on Dauphin”
The Jags’ home opener against Oklahoma State begins with a pep rally downtown on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. with a parade from Cathedral Square west to Moe’s Original BBQ. After the pep rally, the fun continues with the Greek Alumni Bar Crawl.

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.

Unity Walk
Kingdom Covenant Connections presents the 12th annual Unity Walk three-day community event of praise and worship Sept. 8-10 in Spanish Plaza Park, 401 Government St. Call 251-753-6253 or visit kingdomcovenantconnections.org.

Civil War history, narrated
Join Blakeley State Park Saturday, Sept. 9, at 9 a.m. for a cruise through the lower Mobile-Tensaw Delta to sites of naval engagements, summarizing the April 9, 1865, Blakeley land battle. Visit blakeleypark.com or call 251-626-0798.

Stallworth Lecture in Southern History
The 11th N. Jack Stallworth Lecture in Southern History, “The Reconstruction of Rights: The Fourteenth Amendment and Popular Conceptions of Governance in the South,” given by Laura F. Edwards, Peabody Family Professor of History at Duke University, will be given Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. Call 251-460-6210.

Bookmark contest
The Daphne Public Library announces its 2017 “Back-to-School” Bookmark Contest, open to students in grades K-12. 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.

Bartender competition
The annual Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Alliance seeks competitors for the Mobile Regional Bartender Competition to be held Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m. at Alchemy Tavern. Visit ARHAonline.com.

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.


ARTS

“Live at Five”
“Live at Five,” a new concert series in Fairhope, presents Roman Street on Friday, Sept. 8, at the Halstead Amphitheater on Coastal Alabama’s campus. Bring refreshments and a blanket. Free admission. Donations accepted at the door to benefit future concerts.

LoDa Artwalk
Join downtown Mobile art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome you inside Friday, Sept. 8, 6-9 p.m. in the Lower Dauphin Street district.

Mobile Mystery Dinners
A performance of “Insanity of Murder” will take place Saturday, Sept. 9, 5:30 p.m. at the Mobile Carnival Museum. Tickets include dinner and unlimited wine. Advance reservations are required; call 251-865-7398.

Gryphon Piano Trio
Mobile Chamber Music presents the Gryphon Piano Trio in concert in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m. Access tickets at www.mobilechambermusic.org or by calling 251-476-8794.

Archduke Piano Trio
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, the Archduke Piano Trio will perform in concert. Tickets available at the door. For more information or special accommodations, call 251-460-7116 or 251-460-6136.

Comedy show
Comic Alex Stypula of Pittsburgh will perform Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Blind Mule. Hosted by Ryan Jetten. Call 251-694-6853.

Book signing
Author John Sledge will be signing his new history book, “These Rugged Days: Alabama in the Civil War,” at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. Visit braggmitchellmansion.com.

“Annie”
Join Joe Jefferson Players as they present “Annie,” through Sept. 10. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Visit joejeffersonplayers.com.


MUSEUMS

“Modeling Medicine”
The Mobile Medical Museum presents “Modeling Medicine: The Josiah Clark Nott Pathological Specimens, Window into 19th Century Healthcare,” a talk by Stefanie Rookis and Michael A. Flannery. Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. USA Health Strada Patient Care Center. Call 251-415-1109.

Learning Lunch
The History Museum of Mobile’s September Learning Lunch will feature local botanist, natural historian and author Bill Finch on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at noon in the museum auditorium. Call 251-208-7569.

“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 pieces on display is “Right on Course.” Visit www.asama.org.

“Windows to the Sea”
“Windows to the Sea” is the newest 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

South Alabama football
The University of South Alabama Jaguars welcome the Oklahoma State Cowboys Friday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Note: USA has implemented a policy allowing only clear, see-through bags at games. Visit usajaguars.com.

“Bulls on the Beach”
The 5th annual “Bulls on the Beach,” a high-energy rodeo featuring professional bull riders from across the Southeast, takes place Sept. 8-9 at The Flora-Bama in Orange Beach. For more info and tickets, visit www.florabama.com.

Hurricane 5K
Flat certified 5K course starts at the Dauphin Island Estuarium and winds through the island’s residential neighborhoods. Fun run approximately one-half mile. Saturday, Sept. 9, 8 a.m. To register or for more info, search for “Hurricane 5K” on events.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

Car Buying 101
Learn the tools of the trade when it comes to dealer offers and financing. Workshop on Monday, Sept 11, 6-7 p.m. at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling, 705 Oak Circle Drive E., Mobile. Call 251-602-0011.


PUBLIC MEETINGS

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.