GENERAL INTEREST

Festival of Flowers
The 2016 Festival of Flowers, “Taking Flight to a World of Gardens,” will take place on the Providence Hospital Campus March 10-13, where displays will offer creative interpretations of English, Spanish, American, Japanese, Italian and French garden styles. The central garden, designed by William Barrick, Chuck Owens and Barbara Smith, will represent France and feature a large pool with fountains. Hours for the Festival of Flowers are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the gate. There is no charge for ages 12 and under. Group rates are available. For details about the festival or to order tickets, go to festivalofflowers.com. Bellingrath Gardens and Home is also offering a special group rate for the weekend. For details about special group packages for those who would like to visit Bellingrath Gardens and tour the festival, please call or email Shanna Bennett at 251.973.2217, ext. 165, or [email protected].

The Great Egg Hunt
Time for the over-the-top annual Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center Easter Egg Hunt. Doors open at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 12. Activities/games will be available from 9 to 10 a.m. The Egg Hunt starts promptly at 10 a.m. so make sure you are there much earlier so you don’t miss it. General admission is only $10 and includes the egg hunt, all of the Exploreum galleries AND our awesome IMAX feature, “Mysteries of the Unseen World.” Admission is FREE for Exploreum members. Contact Josh at 251-208-6893 or [email protected] for more information.

Government Street Lunch Forum
The Government Street Lunch Forum at Government Street Presbyterian Church is lunch and a speaker on Thursdays through March 17. The March 10 speaker is Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran, who will discuss crime prevention and law enforcement trends. Lunch costs $10 and is served at noon; the forum begins at 12:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend the forum. The church is on the corner of Government and Jackson streets in downtown Mobile. For details, call the church office at 251-432-1749.

Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks
Boardwalk Talks are on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 11:15 a.m. Come to the Estuarium to participate in a dialog with the experts at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd. The Northern Gulf Institute presents a series of informal conversations about all things scientific in the Gulf of Mexico region. For more information or with questions, call 251-861-2141.


FUNDRAISERS

Spring Tea
In conjunction with the Historic Homes Tour, the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is hosting its annual Spring Tea fundraiser Friday, March 11, 2-5 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy delicious treats, tea and an informal look at one of Mobile’s most beautiful antebellum homes. Proceeds from the event will benefit the restoration and operation of the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. Admission for adults is $12 and $8 for children. For more information, please contact the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion at 251-471-6364.

Scholastic Book Fair
The Leinkauf Historic District Neighborhood Organization will be raising funds for Leinkauf Elementary School at its Scholastic Book Fair March 7-11. Forty percent of the funds raised during the book fair, which is open to the public all week, goes toward books for the school. This high-poverty school is currently very much in need of books for its classrooms and library. In addition to funds raised during the fair, our neighborhood association has pledged an additional $1,000 for books plus an additional $1,500 gift provided by the association. For more information email [email protected].


ARTS

“Swan Lake”
Mobile Ballet presents “Swan Lake,” the tragic love story featuring the wondrous music of Tchaikovsky and guest artists Vilia Putrius and Mindaugas Bauzys of Festival Ballet Providence, with the Mobile Ballet Company in two performances. Mobile Civic Center Theater. Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 13, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at just $20 with additional discounts for children, students, seniors 65+, military ID and groups. Purchase online www.mobileballet.org or call Mobile Ballet Box Office, 251-342-2241.

Art festival
Festival of Art at Orange Beach and the Waterfront Park celebrates an extraordinary range of arts and artists, from visual arts and fine arts and crafts to glass artists, potters, painters, sculptors, watercolorists, textile artists and wood artists. The event will also hold a kids’ art alley, a culinary arts court featuring local fare, and a music and songwriter’s stage. The event is Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Public parking is located at The Wharf in Orange Beach and shuttles will be provided for $2 each way. No public parking will be available on site. For more information visit www.orangebeachartsfestival.com.

“Gypsy”
The South Baldwin Community Theatre presents “Gypsy,” the ultimate story about an aggressive stage mother. Join Rose, June and Louise in their trip across the United States during the 1920’s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. Features music by Julie Styne music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. March 10-19 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at 2022 W. 2nd St. in Gulf Shores. For more information visit www.sbct.biz or call 251-968-6721.

The Power of Place
Three well-known published authors will speak to “The Power of Place: The Mobile-Tensaw River Delta” and how it inspired their writing in a special public program hosted by Blakeley State Park on Saturday, March 12. Expressing the power of place will be authors Watt Key, Sue Brannan Walker and Fred Nation. The program begins at 9 a.m. with a guided nature walk exploring the plant life of the Delta by field botanist Nation. Nation is author of “Where the Wild Illicum Grows,” the go-to illustrated book about native plants on the Gulf Coast. The event is free, but reservations are required; call 251-626-5581.

Night Market
Mobile Museum of Art hosts a quarterly Night Market of wares by artists and artisans. Bring a keen eye for detail and become known for the unique gifts you give. Be the envy of your friends with rare, artful home décor. Support your local artists and join the party and shopping fun with great food, drink and live music. The market is Thursday, March 10, starting at 5 p.m. at MMoA, 4850 Museum Drive.

LoDa Artwalk
Downtown is the place to be the second Friday of each month! Join downtown art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome you inside to see beautiful artwork, sample delicious foods and hear the sounds of the LoDa Artwalk. The Artwalk gets better and better each month. From 6 to 9 p.m. in the Lower Dauphin Street district.

Lenten music series
Lenten noonday concerts are 30 minutes followed by a luncheon in the Chapter House. An $8 donation is suggested. The concert on Wednesday, March 16, will feature a classic combination. Concerts are held at Christ Church Cathedral, 115 S. Conception St., Mobile. For more information call 251-438-1822.


MUSEUMS

Sunday matinee at 5 Rivers
Come out and join us every Sunday for a free family-friendly film at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center. The films play throughout the day. This week’s matinee is “Nature’s Owl Power.” 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center is located at 30945 Five Rivers Blvd. For more information call 251-625-0814.

Da Vinci: Machines and Robotics
Now through May, a new exhibit on the true Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci, features more than 60 machines, robotics and artworks, many of them interactive. Some of his ideas that have come to life include the bicycle, spring-powered car, hang glider, helicopter and robotic drummer. Also on hand will be children’s activities, computer animations and cinema. Other features are working models and machines crafted from Leonardo’s original sketches, notes and designs, rare facsimile codices and a biographical documentary. Some of these will be interactive, with visitors able to touch and control them. Reproductions of Leonardo’s most famous artwork, including “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper,” are part of the exhibit. Exploreum hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon until 5 p.m. For more information call 251-208-6893 or visit exploreum.com.

Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb
Through April 3, experience the life and death of one of history’s most legendary kings through an exhibition of more than 100 reproductions of the boy king’s treasures at the History Museum of Mobile. The replicas range from beautiful recreations of jewelry, enormous statues, Tut’s nearly 300-pound, solid-gold inner sarcophagus and replicas of the pharaoh’s sacred and personal possessions including his state chariot, golden shrines, beds, thrones, jewelry, spectacular funerary mask, mummy case and royal mummy. History Museum of Mobile, 11 S. Royal St. Call 251-208-7508 for more information.

“Tea for two”
Each Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m., the Fairhope Museum of History hosts a “tea” where guests enjoy a cup of delicious Baldwin County tea, cookies and a lecture on an interesting aspect of Fairhope history. On March 15 Felisha Anderson, director of the Baldwin County Commission’s Department of Archives and History, will tell us about the extensive collection of Baldwin County archival material and the department’s many community involvement programs. For more information call 251-929-1471.   

Thursdays at MMoA  
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. the Mobile Museum of Art offers free admission to all visitors. Join MMoA each week to experience the museum in new and exciting ways throughout the year. No reservations are necessary. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Tee Off Fore a Cure
Hit the links of Lakewood Golf Course in Fairhope for this event benefiting patients and cancer research at Children’s of Alabama. Don’t miss the pre-party at the Wash House featuring fabulous food and an auction at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 11. On Saturday, March 12, in the morning, golfers will gather for the tournament and golf ball drop. Admission to Friday’s pre-party is complimentary for participating golfers, donors, sponsors, volunteers and their guests. Admission for all other attendees is $25 per person and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages provided by the Wash House. Saturday’s golf tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start and a four-man scramble format. For more details or to register for the the golf tournament, contact Kerrie Benson, Children’s development associate, at 251-610-4969 or visit give.childrensal.org/teeoff.

MS Walk
The Annual Walk MS: South Alabama takes place Saturday, March 12, at Spring Hill College starting at 8:30 a.m. Walk MS is an opportunity for people living with MS and those who care about them to connect, be inspired and raise critical funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Visit www.walkMS.org, call 205-879-8546 or email [email protected] for more information and to register.

Let’s Get It 5K

The Let’s Get It 5K is held in honor of the late Justin Hasty, funds raised will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. Hasty served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was an avid runner. The run will start from Mellow Mushroom, 2032 Airport Blvd., on Saturday March 12. Registration will be at 9:30 a.m. and the race will begin at 11 a.m. For more information visit www.jmhletsgetit.com.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series
Mobile’s Inaugural NASCAR Mobile 150 presented by the Mobile Sports Authority will be held March 11-12 at the Mobile International Speedway. Race week activities include a driver meet-and-greet at the USS Alabama March 10, poll qualifying and truck races March 11 and the main event March 12. For more information visit www.mobile150.com or for tickets call 251-343-2929.

Azalea Trail Run
The 39th annual Azalea Trail Run, one of the premier 10k road races in the U.S., is scheduled for March 19 on the streets of Mobile. The event also includes 5k and 2k runs. All of the courses are flat and extremely fast. To register online and view course maps, schedules and other information, visit www.pcpacers.org/atr.

Ballroom dance
Azalea Ballroom Dance Club hosts dances with live music the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 7-9:30 p.m., $10 admission. Dance class taught by professional instructors is available prior to the dance from 6:30-7 p.m. for a $10 fee. This event is BYOB, coolers, snacks. Partner not necessary. Beginners are welcome. At Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St., Mobile. For more information email Cindy Youngblood, president, [email protected], call 251-623-9183 or visit www.azaleaballroomdanceclub.com.

Social dance class
The city of Mobile’s Community Activities Program is offering Introduction to Social Dance on Wednesdays 6:30-8 p.m. at Pillans Middle School, 2051 Old Military Road. The foxtrot, rumba, waltz and swing are just some of the classic dances that will be taught. Singles are welcome! No partner needed. Cost is $37.50 per student for five weeks. Classes start March 2. Instructor is Skip Smith. For more information or to register call Mellanie Johnson, 251-208-1610.

Irish dance lessons
The Maccrossan School of Irish Dance is offering beginner Irish dance lessons every Saturday morning at the Azalea City Center for Performing Arts, 63 Midtown Park E., Mobile. Classes are available for ages 4 through adult. Learn the beautiful art form of Irish dance with instruction in jig, reel, figure and ceili dancing! For more details please contact Julie Ann Black at [email protected] or call 228-239-2422.

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dance classes the first and third Monday of every month, with professional instructors at 7 p.m. followed by dancing from 7:30 until 10 p.m. Admission is $10. This event is BYOB and there is no need to bring a partner. Beginners are welcome. Fitzpen Place, 11247 State Highway 31, Spanish Fort. For more information email Cassie Fishbein at [email protected].

Bridge lessons
The Mobile Bridge Center offers free bridge lessons each Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Mobile Bridge Center, 1510 University Blvd. Arrive a few minutes early to register. If you have questions call the Bridge Center at 251-666-2147 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


WORKSHOPS

Money management
This seminar is full of information on how to develop spending plans, money management skills and other goal-setting techniques. It will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 14. Register at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling office, 705 Oak Circle Drive E., Mobile. Due to limited space, please call 251-602-0011 to register in advance.
SELF-IMPROVEMENT

A Matter of Balance
Do you have concerns of falling? If so, join A Matter of Balance for a free workshop to help improve your strength and balance. Classes are held once a week for eight weeks for two hours each. The classes will be held at Via Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St., through April 26, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information and to sign up, call Marcella at 251-706-4663.

Addiction counseling
Narconon would like to remind families the use of addicting drugs is on the rise. Take steps to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction, get them the help they need. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. Call 1-800-431-1754 or visit DrugAbuseSolution.com.

Top Cats Toastmasters
Top Cats Toastmasters meet every Monday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Red Lobster near the southeast corner of Airport Boulevard and Azalea Road in Mobile. You can practice your speaking and listening skills and learn to think on your feet in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Dues are $43 twice a year, and lunch must be purchased. Toastmasters International is a worldwide organization. For further information call 251-344-2938.

Downtown Toastmasters
The Downtown Mobile Toastmasters Club 2815 hosts a weekly educational lunch meeting at T.P. Crockmiers, 261 Dauphin St., from noon until 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. Practice your speaking, listening and leadership skills in a relaxed, friendly environment. Lunch must be purchased. Our dues are $42 twice yearly. Toastmasters International is a worldwide organization. For more information call 251-404-3924.

Jubilee Toastmasters
Jubilee Toastmasters meet each Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at Homestead Village in Fairhope, in the Camellia Room. You can bring your lunch. We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills. The meetings are open to anyone over 18 years of age. For more information visit www.9032.toastmastersclubs.org

Eastern Shore Toastmasters
The Eastern Shore Toastmasters Club hosts a weekly meeting at Daphne United Methodist Church, 2401 Main St., in the Community Life Center on the second floor, 6-7 p.m. on Thursdays. Practice your speaking, listening and leadership skills in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment. Guests are welcome! Visit us on Facebook (facebook.com/EasternShoreTM) or email contact-[email protected]g.


PUBLIC MEETINGS

Mobile City Council
The Mobile City Council meets every Tuesday at Government Plaza, 205 Government St. Pre-council meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the first-floor conference room; council meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. in the first-floor auditorium. For more information visit http://www.cityofmobile.org.

Mobile Planning Commission
The Mobile City Planning Commission meets the first and third Thursday in the Government Plaza auditorium, 205 Government St., at 2 p.m. For agendas, minutes, zoning information and more visit urban.cityofmobile.org.

Daphne City Council
The Daphne City Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Daphne City Hall, 1705 Main St. City Council work sessions are the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. For more information visit daphneal.com.

Fairhope City Council
The Fairhope City Council meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Fairhope City Hall, 161 N. Section St. City Council work sessions are held before each council meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the Delchamps Room at City Hall. For more information visit cofairhope.com.

Fairhope Planning Commission
The Fairhope Planning Commission meets on the first Monday of each month at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Fairhope City Hall, 161 N. Section St. For more information visit cofairhope.com.

Foley City Council
The Foley City Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Foley City Hall, 407 E. Laurel Ave. Work sessions begin at 4 p.m. before each regularly scheduled meeting. For more information visit cityoffoley.org.

Spanish Fort City Council
The Spanish Fort City Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Spanish Fort Community Center, 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd. Work sessions begin at 5 p.m. before each regularly scheduled meeting. For more information visit cityofspanishfort.com.

Baldwin County Commission
The Baldwin County Commission meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the County Commission Chambers at the Baldwin County Administration Building, 322 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette. Work sessions are the second and fourth Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. with the location rotating between the Baldwin County Administration Building in Bay Minette, the Foley Satellite Courthouse, the Fairhope Satellite Courthouse and the Baldwin County Central Annex Building in Robertsdale. For more information visit baldwincountyal.gov.

Baldwin County Planning Commission
The Baldwin County Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Baldwin County Central Annex, 22251 Palmer St., Robertsdale. For more information visit baldwincountyal.gov.

Saraland City Council: Second and fourth Thursday, 6 p.m., 716 Saraland Blvd. S., 251-675-5103.

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

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

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

Satsuma City Council: First and third Tuesday, 6 p.m. (working), 7 p.m. (regular session), 5464 Old Highway 43, 251-675-1440.

Semmes City Council: First and third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., 7875 Moffett Road, 251-649-8811.