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The Big Float
Join Mobile Baykeeper on Saturday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fairhope Marina & Boatyard (850 Sea Cliff Drive) for a paddling trip on Fly Creek from 10 a.m. to noon followed by an after-party at Sunset Pointe at Fly Creek Marina from 12-3 p.m. Boat rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a boat, call Mobile Baykeeper at 251-433-4229 or email jherlihy@mobilebaykeeper.org.


GENERAL INTEREST

Miss Gay Alabama Pageant
The state preliminary competition for the 46th annual Miss Gay America pageant will be held Wednesday, Aug. 15, at B-Bob’s in downtown Mobile. Registration at noon, pageant starts at 8:30 p.m. Cover $15. Theme: “Putting on the Glitz.” Call 251-433-2262 or visit b-bobs.com.

Stormwater fee proposal
A public meeting on the city of Mobile stormwater fee proposal will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, in the Council Conference Room on the 9th floor of the South Tower, Government Plaza.

Family Business Leadership Conference
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and University of South Alabama Mitchell College of Business will host the Family Business Leadership Conference Thursday, Aug. 16, 8-11:30 a.m. at The Battle House Hotel. $45 per person. Seating is limited, please register at mobilechamber.com.

Dinner at the circus
Enjoy free dinner and entertainment, complete with jugglers, stilt walkers and a photo booth, on Thursday, Aug. 17, 6-7:30 p.m. at University of Mobile. Visit umobile.edu.

MKL ‘90s Bash Party
Join us Saturday, Aug. 18, 7-11 p.m. at the Arthur Outlaw Convention Center for The Elite Chapter of the Mobile Kappa League ‘90s bash. Tickets $15. Visit www.mobilekappaleague.org.

Bradley Byrne town hall tour

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne’s “Better Off Now” town hall tour continues in South Alabama through August. Stops include Mobile, Aug. 20; Seminole, Aug. 22; Loxley, Aug. 22; and Spanish Fort, Aug. 22. Visit byrne.house.gov.



August admissions discount

During August, Bellingrath Gardens and Home offers a reduced rate on combination Gardens and Home tickets: adults $17 (regularly $21), ages 5-12 $12 (regularly $13). Fee for commercial and professional photography also discounted by 50 percent during August; fee includes entrance to gardens for photographer and up to four participants. To book a photography session, call 251-459-8986. For details, visit bellingrath.org.

Compassionate Friends Mobile/Baldwin

Group offering friendship and support for families (parents, grandparents and siblings) who have lost children of any age meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church. Call 251-721-2209 or visit compassionatefriendsmobile.org; find us on Facebook, @The Compassionate Friends Mobile/Baldwin.


Honoring Robert Brazile
Franklin Primary Health Center Inc. invites the public to attend its 23rd annual gala on Friday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. honoring Pro Football Hall of Famer Robert Brazile. Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Blvd., Mobile. Tickets cost $50 per person, attire is semiformal. Contact Kathy Perry, 251-436-7632 or kathy.perry@franklinprimary.org.

Mensa scholarship awards
Three local students will be honored with this year’s national award at Mensa’s monthly Lecture Series Friday, Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m. at China Doll in Mobile, near the intersection of Airport and I-65. Former Mobile Judge Wanda B. Rahman will be the speaker. Learn more about the scholarship program at mensafoundation.org. Lectures are open to the public.

Music in the Park

Enjoy free concerts in the Pavilion at Town Center Park in Spanish Fort Friday evenings through Aug. 31. On Aug. 17, Matt Bartoli; Aug. 24, ABRO Trio; and Aug. 31, Trilogy, a Motown variety trio. Visit spanishforttowncenter.com for latest updates.

Back-to-school haircuts

Throughout August, Remington College is providing free back-to-school haircuts for kids through the Cuts for Kids program. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 251-342-4848 to schedule an appointment.

Delta Explorer cruise
Historic Blakeley State Park takes another of its popular excursions through the Port of Mobile on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 9 a.m. Tickets cost $35 for adults/$17 for kids ages 6-12. For reservations, call 251-626-0798.

MCHD rabies shots

The Mobile County Health Department will provide low-cost rabies shots for dogs, cats and ferrets during weekend clinics Saturdays during August. Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to noon, at Prichard Animal Shelter (2402 Rebel Road); and Aug. 25, 12:30-2:30 p.m., at Mobile Animal Shelter (855 Owens St.). Cost ranges from $8 to $10 per pet, payable in cash. Visit MCHD.org.

Dauphin Island family movie series

On Fridays during August, Dauphin Island’s West End Beach is the site of free family movie nights. Aug. 17 — “Up”; Aug. 24 — “Secret Life of Pets”; and Aug. 31 — Cars 2.” Visit dauphinislandtourism.com.

Friday at the Firehouse

Come visit Station 24 at Maryvale on Dauphin Island Parkway this Friday, Aug. 17, 5:30-7 p.m. to tour the fire station, trucks and equipment and meet firefighters. Free and open to the public on Fridays throughout the summer. For more information and locations, follow Mobile Fire-Rescue on Facebook.

Watch history come to life
The USS Alabama and USS Drum Living History Crew will be aboard ship and sub on Saturday, Aug. 18, for their quarterly drill. The Living History Crew is made up of historical re-enactors who demonstrate life in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Call 256-630-9634 or 251-476-3448, or visit ussalabama.com.

Harley-Davidson club
Harley-Davidson H.O.G. Club will meet Saturday, Aug. 18 (and every third Saturday), at Mobile Bay Harley-Davidson, 3260 Pleasant Valley Road, Mobile.

Homeschoolers Meetup
Join other homeschoolers at the library (West Regional Branch) on Monday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. to make new friends and have some fun. Activities for children and teens will be provided. For more information, call the children’s department at 340-8571 or email westyou@mplonline.org.

South Alabama Mental Wellness Conference Series
Monday, Aug. 20, topic will be “Decriminalization of Mental Illness” with Chuck Sutherlin from the city of Foley Police Department. The Shoulder, 31214 Coleman Lane, Spanish Fort. Call 251-404-3924 or email realtalkmwal@gmail.com.


FUNDRAISERS

Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2018 is an opportunity for the community to come together in support of the most important mentoring organization in South Alabama. Hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama, join us at Eastern Shore Lanes, Friday, Aug. 17, at 5:30 p.m. and have your team dressed for the theme “Back to the ‘80s.” Visit bbbssa.com/BFKS2018.

Celebrity Golf Tournament
Franklin Primary Health Center Inc. will host its 23rd annual Celebrity Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Magnolia Grove alongside FPHC board members and staff, retired NFL players and local business associates. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m., tee-off is at 8 a.m. Proceeds provide quality medical, vision and dental care to patients in Mobile, Baldwin, Choctaw, Conecuh, Escambia, and Monroe counties. Visit: franklinprimary.org or call 251-463-4327.

Mardi’s 5K Fun Run/Walk
The Gulf Coast Challenge Committee and GCB Entertainment will host Mardi’s 5K Fun Walk/Run and BBQ Cook off on Saturday, Aug. 18, at The Grounds beginning at 7 a.m. Race will benefit the nonprofit efforts of GCB Entertainment to combat childhood obesity and literacy. Call 251-281-8208 for more information.


ARTS

“The Faces of India”

University of South Alabama Libraries announce the opening of a new exhibit, “The Faces of India” by Jelena Kryschun, in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of the Marx Library through Sept. 30. Contact Paula Webb, 251-461-1993.

“My Fair Lady” at CCT

Chickasaw Civic Theatre’s 2018-19 season opener “My Fair Lady” runs for two more weekends. Call 251-457-8887 or visit cctshows.com.

“Mamma Mia! — The Musical”

The Joe Jefferson Playhouse performance of “Mamma Mia!” runs for two more weekends. Visit joejeffersonplayhouse.com.

Organ concert and hymn-sing

Featuring Andrew Atkinson, virtuoso organist. Sundays, Aug. 19 and 26, at 6 p.m., Government Street United Methodist Church, corner of Government and Broad streets. Call 251-438-4714.

Classics at the Saenger

The final Summer Classic Movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” will be shown Sunday, Aug. 19, at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. General admission $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Seats are first come, first served. Visit mobilesaenger.com for complete schedule.

Learning Lunch

The History Museum of Mobile will hold a special Learning Lunch on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at noon featuring University of South Alabama art history lecturer Sandra J. Lee, who will discuss “Ice Age: The First Art.” Visit historymuseumofmobile.com.

Garden sketch club

Visit Mobile Botanical Gardens every Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a relaxing time sketching in the gardens. All levels of experience are welcome. General admission is $5 for nonmembers.


MUSEUMS

“Water’s Extreme Journey”

An exciting quest that transforms you into a drop of water entering a watershed and traveling to oceans, while learning how clean choices keep our drops healthy and moving toward a clean ocean. Daily through Sept. 3 at Gulf Coast Exploreum. Visit exploreum.com for details.



“To the Arctic”

An extraordinary journey to the top of the world, the documentary adventure ”To the Arctic” reveals a compelling tale of survival. Visit exploreum.com for details.

“Ice Age Imperials”

History Museum of Mobile through Aug. 26. Imagine traveling 20,000 years into the past when fierce cats, enormous mastodons and woolly mammoths, 6-foot-tall beavers and other giant creatures roamed the land and every day was a struggle for survival. Visit historymuseumofmobile.com or call 251-301-0266.


“National Parks Adventure”

A trio of adventurers’ quest to experience America’s wildest, most historic and most naturally beautiful places becomes the ultimate off-trail adventure in MacGillivray Freeman Films’ “National Parks Adventure,” narrated by Robert Redford. Visit www.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.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

F3 Workout
Join us for a free men’s workout on Saturday, Aug. 18, 7 a.m. at Medal of Honor Park. The mission of F3 is to plant, grow and serve small workout groups for male community leadership. For more info visit f3nation.com or email mobileAL@f3nation.com.

Mobile BayBears vs. Mississippi Braves
Beginning Sunday, Aug. 19, the BayBears begin a five-game series at Hank Aaron Stadium against the Mississippi Braves. Visit baybears.com for game times and tickets.

Rock ‘n’ roll bingo
Join us at Manci’s on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 6:30 p.m. for rock ‘n’ roll bingo.  For more information visit http://www.mancisantiqueclub.com/.

Pop-Up Yoga

Complimentary yoga classes instructed by Nonie Taul of Naturally Strong Nonie will be held weekly on Saturdays through Aug. 25, 9:15 a.m. at The Shoppes at Bel Air in the fountain area. Classes are family-friendly and open to all ages and fitness levels on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees will be offered water and light snacks. Visit facebook.com/TheShoppesAtBelAir.

Irish dancing
Beginner classes for ages 3 through teens are held Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at the Azalea City Center for the Arts, 63 Midtown Park E., and feature traditional jigs, reels, hornpipes and ceili dances. Learn the beautiful art form that is Irish dancing, which develops confidence, poise and stamina. Fun performances during the year, competition also available. Call 228-239-2422 or email maccrossanirishdance@yahoo.com.

Bingo at Via!

Every Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St., 251-478-3311. Open to the public.


WORKSHOPS

Free real estate career seminar
A free seminar will be held Tuesday, Aug. 28, 5:30-7 p.m. at Keller Williams Daphne and Orange Beach. Call Donna Taylor, 251-607-8800.

Stop the Bleed
Learning to control bleeding is an essential skill that anyone can apply to save lives, just like CPR. USA Medical Center Division of Acute Care Surgery will be offering free Stop the Bleed courses to members of the community on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 5 p.m. at USA Medical Center. Space is limited so please pre-register at usahealthsystem.com/enroll.


PUBLIC MEETINGS

Baldwin County Commission: First and third Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., 322 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette. Work sessions are 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.

Satsuma City Council: First and third Tuesdays at 6 p.m. City Hall, 5464 Old Highway 43, 251-675-1440.