GENERAL INTEREST

Harbor improvement meeting
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ open house for the proposed improvement of the Mobile Harbor Federal Navigation Channel, Sept. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Bayou La Batre Community and Senior Center, 12745 Padgett Switch Road in Irvington. For more information, visit sam.usace.army.mil.

Fake news or not?
Join editors and reporters from fact-checking website PolitiFact to learn how they sort out fact from fiction on a daily basis. Thursday, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government St. Call 251-208-7097.

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.

Kayak cleanup
Join Mobile Baykeeper for a canoe and kayak cleanup Friday, Sept. 15, 9-11 a.m. at the One Mile Creek put-in spot on North Hamilton and Sumter streets. No canoe or kayak necessary. Call 251-433-4229.

Alabama Coastal Cleanup
The 30th annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup is Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information or to find cleanup areas near you visit www.AlabamaCoastalCleanup.com or call 251-928-9792.

Massacre Island Pirate Event
Fort Gaines Historic Site and the 6th Alabama Cavalry Buccaneers will hold a two-day event, Sept. 16-17, in which the public can experience a day in the life of a pirate from the 1700s. Call 251-861-6992 or email [email protected].

Gulf Coast Gospel Fest
The Gulf Coast Gospel Fest 2017, starring Grammy Award-winning artist Tasha Cobbs, will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, 6 p.m., at the Mobile Civic Center. It will be a musical night full of prayer, praise and worship. Visit mobilecivicctr.com.

Bell Ringing Day
Celebrate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. This is a school project for Dodge Elementary PACE students to honor the official founding of the country.

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

‘Girls Just Wanna to Have Fun’
Wind Creek Casino & Hotel – Atmore present the 11th annual “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” fundraiser benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile. Thursday, Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m. at The Steeple in downtown Mobile. Visit rmhcmobile.org.

‘Pints for Prostates’
On Thursday, Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m., Fairhope Brewing Co. (914 Nichols Ave.) will host “Pints for Prostates.” One dollar per pour will be donated to prostate cancer research, survivorship support and free testing. Visit pintsforprostates.org.


ARTS

Craft and attic show
On Sept. 16-17, the Abba Shrine Center, 7701 Hitt Road, will host a craft and attic show featuring crafts, antiques, gifts, home décor, jewelry and more. Call 251-895-3821.

‘A Beautiful Planet’
Mobile Baykeeper is partnering with the Exploreum to host an IMAX film screening of “A Beautiful Planet” to celebrate Mobile Baykeeper’s 20th anniversary on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. Afterward, speaker Ruth Carmichael will lead a discussion and Q&A. Visit mobilebaykeeper.org.


MUSEUMS

‘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

GO Run
The 10th annual 5K and one-mile fun run/walk. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the USA Moulton Tower & Alumni Plaza. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m., 5K begins at 8 a.m., fun run at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit gynecologic cancer research at the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute.

South Alabama football
The University of South Alabama Jaguars welcome the Alabama A&M Bulldogs Saturday, Sept. 16, 6 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 Tues., Sept. 19, or Thurs., Sept. 21. For more information and to reserve space, please call Melanie Johnson at 251-208-1610.