GENERAL INTEREST

Great Expectations
To help prepare new and expectant mothers, Infirmary Health and Fox10 News are teaming up to host Great Expectations, a free mother-to-be event on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2-4 p.m. at Thomas Hospital, Mobile Infirmary and North Baldwin Infirmary. For more information contact jennifer.schuller@infirmaryhealth.org.

USS Alabama Living History
The USS Alabama Living History Crew will be aboard ship on Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14, for their quarterly drill. The Living History Crew consists of historical reenactors who demonstrate life aboard the USS Alabama during World War II. USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is located at 2703 Battleship Memorial Parkway.

Water balloon battle
Celebrate the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay with water balloons and water guns! Meet in Cathedral Square on Friday, Aug. 12, at 5:30 p.m. Bring a fully loaded water gun and a towel to dry off before heading to the shops, galleries and restaurants open for ArtWalk. The Downtown Mobile Alliance will provide 3,000 water balloons!

Doggie happy hour
Friday, Aug. 12, Renaissance Riverview Hotel is offering a doggie happy hour in the courtyard, 6-9 p.m. There will be art, crafts, music, food, beverage, a guest speaker, raffles and more.

August Anniversary Special at Bellingrath
During the month of August, Bellingrath is offering an Anniversary Special, a discounted rate to those touring the gardens and the beautiful Bellingrath Home, which marks its 80th anniversary. Throughout the month, tickets for adults are $16.50 (regular fee $21), and Gardens and Home tickets for ages 5-12 are $11.50 (regular fee $13). Details can be found at bellingrath.org.

Elderberry festival
Celebrate the humble elderberry with samples and music by Kracker Dan on Saturday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Fairhope History Museum, 24 N. Section St. For more information call 251-929-1471.

Top of the Hops beer festival
The Wharf Beer Festival will showcase the growing popularity of craft beers from around the world in a relaxed and friendly environment on Saturday, Aug. 13, 4-8 p.m., at 4830 Main St., Orange Beach. For more information and tickets visit topofthehopsbeerfest.com/wharf.

Depot/U open house
Come learn about Mobile’s first website developer, Depot/U. Depot/U is a full-time, 10-week program that trains beginner/beginning developers to be front-end engineers. On Thursday, Aug. 18, Depot/U will host an open house providing additional insight into the program, allowing potential candidates to speak with instructors and the company’s leadership team. The event will be at Rural Sourcing, 455 St. Louis St., 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Brunch at The Noble South
The Noble South is officially open for brunch! We will be serving every Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. A fantastic menu is planned alongside thirst quenching cocktails! Reservations are not required but recommended. Call 251-690-6824.

Mobile Bay Green Drinks
A casual monthly gathering for environmentally minded people. On Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 5 p.m., Tammy Herrington, executive director of Conservation Alabama, will discuss efforts to protect funding for state parks in Alabama. Alchemy Tavern, 7 S. Joachim St.

West End Movie Night
Every Friday enjoy a film on the West End of Dauphin Island. Bring chairs, blankets and bug spray (just in case). Snack vendor will be onsite. Admission is free and movies start at dusk. This week’s film is “Swing Vote.”

Saenger film series
Saenger Theatre is once again showcasing its Summer Classic Movie Series featuring hit movies and film musicals every Sunday. This week’s film is “Airplane!” Cost is $6 per adult, $3 per child 12 and under and for seniors 60 and over. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., film at 3 p.m. Questions? Call 251-533-6253.

Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Tuesday at noon for a luncheon at Azalea City Golf Course. This week’s speaker is Capt. Dwight Smith, Mobile Fire and Rescue. For reservations and more information, please call 251-348-3542.

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. The Northern Gulf Institute presents conversations about all things scientific in the Gulf of Mexico region. For more information call 251-861-2141.


FUNDRAISERS

Songs for Real Life
Songs for Real Life is a charity event for Housing First Inc.’s multi-service center, 15 Place. Saturday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. at The Listening Room, 78 St. Francis St. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. All money raised will be used to purchase personal hygiene items for homeless people. Contact Nori Hendrix at 620-728-9250 to purchase advance tickets.


ARTS

Kids’ Art Night
On Friday, Aug. 12, Moorer YMCA at 101 N. Water St. (Mobile), will be offering games, arts and crafts and dinner for kids aged 6 months to 12 years while parents enjoy a night off, 6:30-9 p.m. The cost is $25 for the first child, $15 for each additional kid.

“Live from Avalon”
“Live from Avalon” will feature the Mobile Big Band Society on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Ben May Main Library 701 Government St. Tickets are available online or at the door for $15. Visit livefromavalon.com for more information.

Meet the artists
This month, Mobile Arts Council at 318 Dauphin St. will have original prints by Roxann Dyess, Kathy Friedline, Conroy Hudlow, Kelley Hudlow and Clare King; reflective photography by Michele Brinkman; and the interpretive paintings of Michael Furr, which might require some audience participation. The artists will be here during LoDa Artwalk, Friday, Aug. 12, to discuss their work with the public.

Artwalk at Optera Creative
Join us for LoDa Artwalk at Optera Creative, 5 N. Jackson St., featuring artists Zechariah Swartz and Patrick Tucker. Friday, Aug. 12, p.m.


MUSEUM

Masterpieces and Mimosas
Join our curatorial staff on a special tour of historic Oakleigh while enjoying mimosas. The tour will focus on the history of this 1833 museum house, as well as the decorative arts collection. Sunday, Aug. 14, beginning at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 for nonmembers, $5 for members. For more information call 251-432-1281.

Tea for Two
Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m., the Fairhope Museum of History hosts a tea and a lecture on Fairhope history. The Aug. 16 speaker will be Dwight Johnson, a Civil War historian and Fairhope resident. Johnson has done preservation consulting work for Historic Blakeley Park and will speak about his work there. For more information call 251-929-1471.

Mobile Medical Museum exhibit
Mobile Medical Museum presents “Healing Women: Medical History from a Female Perspective” at the Mary Elizabeth and Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art, Marx Library, University of South Alabama. For more information call 251-415-1109 or visit mobilemedicalmuseum.org.

“Treasures of NOAA’s Ark”
Visitors to GulfQuest can discover how NOAA charts seas, protects and conserves the nation’s marine resources, and detects potential hurricanes and tsunamis. This exhibit also highlights past and present pioneers who made significant contributions to our understanding of shore, sea and sky. For more information visit gulfquest.org or call 251-436-8901.

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. For more information call 251- 208-5200.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears are back in action for a 20th season of MILB Double-A baseball at Mobile’s Hank Aaron Stadium. The BayBears hit the road Aug. 11 to play Montgomery and Biloxi, returning Friday, Aug. 19. For more information or tickets call 251-479-BEAR.

Yoga on Tap
Come join us at The Merry Widow Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. for a free 45-minute yoga flow hosted by Glow Yoga and sponsored by Sweetwater Brewing Co. Prizes, free pint glasses, discounted beer and more! Space is limited; first come, first served.

Sunset yoga for charity
Join Thrive Yoga and Massage at 7 p.m. every second and fourth Friday evening through October at the Henry George Park overlooking the Fairhope pier. All classes will be by donation and all proceeds go to charity. Bring your mat. All classes are beginner friendly. Well-behaved kids and pets are welcome.

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. Beginners are welcome. At Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center (1717 Dauphin St., Mobile). For more information email Cindy Youngblood, cyoungblood9278@gmail.com, 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. Admission is $10. Beginners are welcome. Fitzpen Place, 11247 State Highway 31 in Spanish Fort. For more information email Cassie Fishbein at cassief13@aol.com.

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

Understanding Credit and Credit Reports
This workshop is designed to help you understand creditworthiness as seen through creditors’ eyes and all aspects of your personal credit report. Feel free to bring your own recent credit report. The workshop will be Monday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. Register at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling office, 705 Oak Circle Drive E. (Mobile). Call 251-602-0011 to register.


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.

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.