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Come on to Battleship Memorial Park Tuesday, May 22, 6-8 p.m. for another round of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s Pork & Politics in the Park. Meet with local, state and federal officials to find out where they stand on critical legislative issues. Tickets are $25. Call 251-431-8621 to RVSP.


GENERAL INTEREST

Electrical worker job fair
Join us Thursday, May 17, at 3 p.m. at the IBEW Local 505 at 2244 Halls Mill Road to speak with NECA contractors and hear about immediate job openings. Great wage, health insurance, pension. Learn more at http://electrical-job-fairs.com/ibew-local-505-mobile-al.

Chauler Coffee grand opening
Please join us on Friday, May 18, 2-6 p.m. at our new location, 1714 Dauphin St., for free drip coffee. Opening at 7 a.m. for pastries, espresso drinks and more. Find us on Facebook @chaleurcoffee.

Hangout Music Festival
May 18-20 at the The Hangout (101 E. Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores), it’s the Hangout Music Festival. Major acts include Kendrick Lamar, The Chainsmokers, The Killers and Halsey for a weekend of music across multiple stages on the beach. Thursday kickoff party, $50 for shuttle passes. For details visit HangoutMusicFest.com.

Murder on the group tour
Mobile Mystery Dinners will host murder on the group tour on Saturday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at Mobile’s Renaissance River Hotel. Come on down and see if you can help us find out whodunit! Advance reservations are required; call Lisa Russell, 251-415-3092 or visit www.mobilemysterydinners.com.

Lawn festival at Prince of Peace
Join us Friday, May 18, 2-7 p.m. for adult board games followed by the annual lawn festival Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church (formerly St. Vincent dePaul), 454 Charleston St. Call 251-295-7070 or 251-463-3612 for more information.

Miss Bessie’s Birthday Celebration
Join us Sunday, May 20, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the 140th anniversary of Mrs. Bellingrath’s birthday. We’re celebrating with our annual “Buy Like Miss Bessie Sale” in the Bellingrath Gift Shop. Visit bellingrath.org for more information.

5 Rivers Market
Join us for an outdoor market at 5 Rivers Cypress Gift Shop and Welcome Center on Sunday, May 20, 12:30- 4:30 p.m. Featuring local artisans and crafters as well as outdoor-themed items from the 5 Rivers Cypress Gift Shop. Call 251-621-0782.

Justin Billa Memorial Appreciation Picnic
To show our appreciation to the community for the support offered during a very difficult time for Officer Billa’s family, we want to say thank you and invite everyone to join us on Sunday, May 20, from 12-3 p.m. at Cottage Hill Park for face painting, free food, inflatables and fun. Find us on Facebook @TheJustinBillamemorialFoundation.

Pancake breakfast
Join the St. Mary KOC for a monthly pancake breakfast Sunday, May 20, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the school gym. Pancake breakfast plates cost $3 each and include pancakes, sausage, grits and orange juice. Mimosas and Irish coffee are also available. Contact Sean Dudley at sdudley@burr.com or the St. Mary Parish Office, 251-432-8678.

Spring festival
Come out and join us on Sunday, May 20, for games, live music, food, prizes, a car show, Azalea Trail Maids, a fire truck and a blood drive. Come rain or shine to St. Vincent de Paul Parish starting at 11 a.m. for a fun family event.

Downtown reveal tour
Tour six downtown projects as renovations are nearing completion, including residential, office and restaurant space. Meet Monday, May 21, 2 p.m. at the corner of Royal and St. Michael streets to board the bus. Wine and beer reception will follow the tour. Tickets are $20 for Downtown Mobile Alliance members, $25 for non-members. Contact Fred Rendfrey, fred@downtownmobile.org.

Alabama Coastal Foundation 25th anniversary
Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Alabama Coastal Foundation on Tuesday, May 22, at 5 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre. Ann Bedsole will be presented with the Lifetime of Conservation Achievement Award. There will be a special screening of the award-winning documentary “The Underwater Forest” and a Q&A session with the film’s director, Ben Raines. Admission is free but you must register at www.joinACF.org/donate.

Archaeology story time
Join us for a reading of the book “The Pot that Juan Built” by Nancy Andrews-Goebel on Tuesday, May 22, at 10 a.m. at The Archaeology Museum. After the reading, make your own air-dry clay pot. Admission is free, but space is limited to 20 children. Please email Candice at ccravins@southalabma.edu.

Pork & Politics in the Park
Come on to Battleship Memorial Park Tuesday, May 22, 6-8 p.m. for another round of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s Pork & Politics in the Park. Meet with local, state and federal officials to find out where they stand on critical legislative issues. Tickets are $25. Call 251-431-8621 to RVSP.


FUNDRAISERS

Dinner with a View
Downtown tour by land and water, making stops at your favorite restaurants. Join us Thursday, May 17, from 5-9 p.m. at Gulf Coast Ducks/The Fort of Colonial Mobile. Donations go to the Fuse Project. Visit www.gulfcoastducks.com.

Gumbo Cook-Off
The Propellor Club/Port of Mobile will sponsor the 21st annual Rufus B. Lee Gumbo Cook-Off on May 18 from 5-8 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park.  Proceeds benefit GulfQuest. Children under 15 accompanied by an adult admitted free. Visit propellerclubmobile.club.

Cornhole tournament
Join us at Heroes (36 Hillcrest Road) on Saturday, May 19, 2-6 p.m. for some cornhole for a good cause. Bags, drinks and food to support Baysox Baseball Academy and help young men reach their dreams of playing baseball. Find us @baysoxbaseballacademy on Facebook.

Saltwater Finaddicts
Join Saltwater Finaddicts on Saturday, May 19, at 6 p.m. at the Greater Gulf State Grounds for food, drinks, vendors, door prizes and live music by The Well Born. A portion (15 percent) of ticket sales will benefit the Sgt. Foster L. Harrington Detachment Marine Corps League, which supports local veterans. Tickets available at Gulf Coast Tire, The Grounds and MobileFair.com.

Cornhole tournament
 The Inaugural cornhole tournament to benefit The Children’s Miracle Network on Saturday, May 19, at 9 a.m. will be hosted by RE/Max of Gulf Shores. This event will be held at the Orange Beach Community Center rain or shine. Each team will consist of two players. Entry fee is $50 per team. To register your team, please contact Ashley at culture@remaxgs.com or 251-923-1062.

 Motherhood tea and fashion show
The inaugural Motherhood Tea and Children’s Fashion Show will be held Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m. at The Battle House Hotel, with proceeds benefiting Children of the World Adoption and Relief Agency. For more information and ticket pricing, visit www.childrenoftheworld.como/events/motherhoodtea.

Bikers for Boobs
Join us at Boondocks Bar & Grill on Sunday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a dice run, live and silent auction with live music and late lunch. All monies raised are donated to the Mitchell Cancer Institute and Victory Health Partners for the education, detection, treatment and research of breast cancer. Find us on Facebook @BikersforBoobsofLowerAlabama.

“Picking for Pat”
Come join us for a benefit event for Pat Murphy on Wednesday, May 23, 7-10 p.m. at Callaghan’s Irish Social Club. Raffles for items donated by local restaurants along with live music by the Cottage Hillbillies and special guests. Help us raise money for Pat and Benita Murphy. Donations may be made via PayPal at murphycompound@gmail.com.


ARTS

White Linen Night
The Eastern Shore Art Center’s new fundraiser asks attendees to dress in their favorite white linen attire. Join us Thursday, May 17, 7-10 p.m. at the Eastern Shore Art Center (401 Oak St., Fairhope). All proceeds will benefit ESAC’s ongoing mission to educate and promote the arts. Music by Red Clay Strays, local restaurant food and special beer. Visit www.esartcenter.org.

“Adventures of Pippi Longstocking”
With colorful costumes, lively music and stupendous young actors and dancers, audiences of all ages will be delighted with this performance. Play runs Fridays through Sundays through May 27 at the Playhouse in the Park. Visit www.playhouseinthepark.org for details.

Sunday sunset series
Join us at Bayfront Park Pavilion in Daphne on Sunday, May 20, at 6 p.m. for a concert by Mobile Big Band Society. For more information visit DaphneAL.com/RadioAvalon.com.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Familiar, funny favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version of how Joseph rose from slave to savior, rescuing his people from famine. Through May 27 at the Chickasaw Civic Theatre. Visit cctshows.com for tickets.

Garden sketch club
Join us at the Mobile Botanical Gardens every Friday for a relaxing afternoon of sketching in the gardens. All levels of experience welcome. General admission $5 for non-members. Visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.


MUSEUM

“Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland”

In the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, there is a paradise unlike any other: the Galapagos Archipelago. Explore these extraordinary islands in the stunning IMAX Dome format now thru May 26 at the Exploreum. Visit exploreum.com for showtimes.

“Ice Age Imperials” 
Imagine traveling 20,000 years into the past to a period in our planet’s history when the environment was dramatically different than today. Step back in time and explore “Ice Age Imperials” beginning May 26 at the History Museum of Mobile. Visit historymuseumofmobile.com for more information.

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), 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 jholland@exploreum.com.

“Permian Monsters: Life Before Dinosaurs”
Take an adventure back in time 290 million years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea. The Exploreum will display this traveling exhibition through June 3. Visit exploreum.com.

Thursdays at MMoA
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Mobile Museum of Art offers free admission to all Mobile County residents. No reservations are necessary. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive. Call 251-208-5200.

“Windows to the Sea”
“Windows to the Sea” is the latest permanent exhibit at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. Visit disl.org.


WORKSHOPS

Splinter Hill Bog bus trip
Join us Saturday, May 19, as we explore the Splinter Hill Bog with Fred Nation and discover the many unique and fascinating plants that grow there. Depart by bus from Mobile Botanical Gardens at 9 a.m. and return around 3 p.m. Boxed lunch from Panera will be included. MBG members $50, non-members $65. Visit www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org for details.

Chair yoga for low back pain
This workshop will incorporate many hip openers and lower back movements to help relieve back pain. Join us at Alabama Healing Arts, 6304 Cottage Hill Road, on Sunday, May 20, 2-4 p.m. Find us on Facebook at @alabamahealingarts.

Search engine optimization
Join the Women’s Business Alliance for our monthly Mobile Lunch ‘n’ Learn networking event on Tuesday, May 22, at 11:30 a.m. at Dauphin’s. Enjoy a delicious meal from one of Mobile’s finest restaurants while learning the importance of search engine optimization. Admission is $20 for Alliance members, $25 for non-members. Find us @WBAofAL on Facebook.

Crime prevention class
Join us at Christ United Methodist Church on Wednesday, May 23, 6-7:30 p.m. as Officer Gary Owens discusses crime trends in our community, ways and tools to prevent being a victim and state-of-the-art, affordable tools to secure your home. Visit www.christumcmobile.com.

Anatomy and alignment workshop
Join us Monday, May 21, 6-7:30 p.m. at Glow Yoga for a brief lecture and Q&A on your body and what proper alignment means for you. Donation of $20 to support our local kids with cancer is suggested. Visit www.jensensheartofgold.com.

Dementia workshop
Gina Germany, president of Gulf Coast Dementia Services, will be joined by several guests for a dementia workshop, Wednesday, May 23, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Ben May Main Library. Registration not required but strongly encouraged. For more details or to register, please email jsigler@mplonline.org or call 251-208-7085 or 251-208-7078.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES 

Memorial run
Alabama’s 14th annual Blue Star Salute and 5th annual Memorial Run/Walk & 1-Mile Fun Run for Alabama’s fallen heroes will be held at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park on Saturday, May 19, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. A patriotic day honoring the state’s veterans, active duty and fallen heroes. A day of enjoyment for families and children. More details at @5K.memorial.run on Facebook.

GC Rangers FC vs. Real United
Gulf Coast Premier League 2018 Season home opener is on Saturday, May 19, at Foley Sports Tourism. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., so come support your favorite Rangers FC players as they take on Real United. Look for us @RangersFCMens on Facebook

Free Barre class 
Join us at Fresh Healthy Cafe in Spanish Fort on Saturday, May 19, at 8:30 a.m. for a free Barre class with fresh food available after, discounts and giveaways. Find us @FITbyJessica on Facebook.

BayBears vs. Shuckers
The BayBears will open a series against the Biloxi Shuckers on Wednesday, May 23, at 6:35 p.m. Log onto mobilebaybears.com for tickets or call 251-479-BEAR (2327).

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 carrie@rideSamBA.com.

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.

Via! Bingo 
Bingo every Tuesday and Thursday1:30-3:30 p.m. Open to the public. Via! Health, Fitness, Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. Visit viamobile.org for more information.

Fitness and athletics classes
Try something new this year! Classes are being offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Tai Chi, bellydance, candlelit yoga, Piyo Tone and piano. Call 251-463-7980 or visitmobilecap.org


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., Robertsdalewww.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.

Satsuma City Council: First and third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 5464 Old Highway 43 Satsuma, AL 36572, 251-675-1440.