“Spirit of Our Ancestors Festival”
Saturday, February 8, 12-4 p.m. at Mobile County Training School (800 Whitley Street, Mobile, AL ). The festival celebrates the spirit of the Clotilda survivors who were among 110 Africans brought illegally as cargo from Dahomey (present-day Benin) in Africa aboard the Clotilda slave ship in 1860. Keynote speaker Dr. Deborah G. Plantwill address how she took the notes of famed anthropologist and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston’s 1927 interviews with Cudjo at his home in Mobile and turned them into what became a 2018 best-selling book, Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo.” For More Information, Contact: Joycelyn Davis, Festival Organizer via Email: email@example.com
Wednesday, February 5, 6 p.m. at Saenger Theatre. Come and see the vivacious, energetic, and educational children’s character from the screen to the stage for an all-ages extravaganza of fun, dancing, singing and meeting amazing new friends onstage. For more information and tickets visit mobilesaenger.com
AAF Mobile Bay Awards Show
Thursday, February 6, 6 p.m. at The Mardi Gras Museum. See the best of local advertising creators and creativity. Get tickets online at aafmobilebay.com. Call Elise Anderson for details at 251-753-8115.
Fairhope’s State of the City
Thursday, February 6, 5-7 p.m. at the Fairhope Civic Center. Fairhope Mayor Karin Wilson will give her fourth State of the City presentation. The State of the City provides an all-access, expo-style approach. Residents can mingle throughout the Civic Center, and a light dinner will also be provided. City departments will have tables and booths set up to show off the city’s services and accomplishments in the past year. The public is encouraged to attend. For more information contact Courtney McDonald (251) 929-1466.
Gulf Frontal Watershed Management Plan meeting
Thursday, February 6, 6:00 p.m. at the Gulf State Park Learning Campus (20249 Highway 135 Gulf Shores). Discussion includes the watersheds of Little Lagoon & Perdido Pass and the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. For more information contact Tracy Holiday (251) 752-2245.
Democratic Congressional Debate
Thursday, February 6, 6-7 p.m. at GulfQuest Museum.
“Things With Strings” at Blakeley
Friday, February 7, 6-8 p.m. at Historic Blakeley State Park. The park will host talented local bluegrass band “Things With Strings” as they play both classic and new tunes with their trademark smooth mountain tone. Between sets, popular storyteller Harriet Outlaw, author of Haunted Baldwin County, will relate some of the most celebrated legends and lore from Blakeley’s storied past. “The Good Guys” mobile food unit will be on site. For more information, visit the events page of the park website at www.blakeleypark.com.
Dance to the Classics
Friday, February 7, 7-10 p.m. Tillman’s Corner Community Center (5050 Carol Plantation Road). Come and dance to the music and singing of the Gulf Coast Troubadours. This band is made up of older musicians of Mobile Alabama who have backed up entertainers such as Marty Robbins, Freddie Hart, Johnny Paycheck, Donna Fargo and Billy Walker. For more information call Bob Taylor 251-232-7841.
“Murder on the Casting Couch”
February 7, 6:30 p.m. at Heron Lakes Country Club and Saturday, February 8, Bellingrath Hall. It is the silent screen era and prohibition is still very much a factor. For more information visit https://mobilemysterydinners.com/.
Saturday, February 8, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Government Plaza. Come taste King Cakes and King Cake-inspired treats from local bakeries, grocers, creameries, and everything in between. Enjoy kids’ activities including face painting and balloon animals, live music, and a cash bar. Come for the King Cake and stay for the afternoon parades. For more information visit www.kingcakeoff.com
“Errors of the Way”
Saturday, February 8, 1 a.m. Foley Public Library (319 E. Laurel Avenue). – Many family trees built online, published in books, and printed and framed on the wall have something in common – they have mistakes. The errors usually aren’t intentional. They may be products of legend, poor research, or wishful thinking. Foley Librarian Jeanette Bornholt presents an entertaining and eye-opening program about these genealogical mistakes. For more information visit http://www.baldwingenealogy.org.
Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m. hosted by the City of Fairhope at Coastal Alabama Community College. Arbor Day Poster Contest winners from J. Larry Newton School and Fairhope Intermediate and the 2020 Beautification Award winners will be recognized during the ceremony. To nominate your tree as a treasured tree, you can find an application online at www.cofairhope.com under Public Works Horticulture and Landscape. The Wisteria Garden Club, Boy Scout Troop #47 and local master gardeners will be assisting with the tree seedling give away, set to begin after the ceremony and will continue until noon. For information on the Arbor Day Festivities, call 929-1466.
Single Mingle Cruise
Monday, February 10, 6:30 p.m. Perdido Queen Cruise. Get to know your fellow singles in the area. Food will be available for purchase as well as a full cash bar. Tickets are available at perdidoqueen.com or 251-948-6611.
Marx Library Concert
Tuesday, February 11, beginning 5 p.m. Join us for a night of fun and explore the galleries then listen to Ryan Balthrop at 6 p.m. Following at 7 p.m. with art talk and cupcakes. For more information find us on Facebook @southernwindowart.
Big Band Society Valentine Dinner
Wednesday, February 12, 6:30-10 p.m. at Mobile Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with dinner, dancing and the swing of Mobile Big Band Society. Enjoy a catered dinner including beverages , a spacious dance floor, reserved seating and tables for all your friends. For more information call: 251-432-8863 or 251-604-8381 or 615-400-7345.
Wednesday, February 12, 7-9:30 p.m. at Dreamland Skate Center (5672 Three Notch Road). Hosted by Azalea Ballroom Dance Club, there will be dance lessons from 6 to 7. The dance will be foxtrot and it’s $10 per person. Free to members and $10 to nonmembers. Music will be provided by Southwind. You may bring your beverage of choice and a snack.
Fairhope lecture series
Thursday, February 13, 6-7 p.m. Fairhope Public Library. Please join speaker Patrick Waldrop prevention “A History of the Longleaf Pine and Fire in Baldwin County and the Gulf Coast. For more information visit www.fairhopeal.gov.
Valentine’s Day murder mystery cruise
Thursday, February 13, 6:30 p.m. Perdido Queen Cruises. Give your sweetheart a night full of, love, laughs, and memories with Dinner catered by Dauphins, live entertainment, cruising and a full cash bar. Reservations are available at perdidoqueen.com or 251-948-6611.
Rocky Horror Valentine’s Show
Friday, February 14, 11pm at the Crescent Theater. Love is in the with this Valentine’s Day themed show features the classic movie, an original live show and an entire night of audience participation. For more information visit www.crescenttheater.com
Valentines Day Party and Hip Hop Show
Friday, February 14, 6 p.m. – midnight Hoodrat Skate Co. (18080 County Road 12, Foley). Artists performing Oni Mask, Neighborsthroughthewall, Teejae Harrison.
“A Decent Proposal”
Saturday, February 15, 6:30 p.m. Valentine’s Dinner Theatre presented by The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre. For more information and to purchase tickets visit To purchase tickets visit www.grandhotelpointclearal.eventbrite.com.
Mobile Bay Green Drinks
Hosted by Alabama Coastal Foundation’s local chapter of an international organization. Informal meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 5-7pm at District Hall (Fairhope) and the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Alchemy Tavern (Mobile) to discuss, promote and network about local and global environmental issues. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.facebook.com/MobileBayGreenDrinks.
Alcoholic Anonymous meeting daily at 6pm at Common Ground (8162 Well Road, Daphne). Free and open to newcomers.
Compassionate Friends of Mobile
Every second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. in Room 207 of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, corner of Dauphin and Catherine streets (Mobile). CFM is a support group for bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents. Call 251-721-2209 or visit compassionatefriendsmobile.org.
Lupus Support Group Meeting
Every third Saturday of the month, 2-4 p.m., Providence Hospital in Moorer Conference Room #1. Sponsored by Hats & Heels Inc. Visit hatsandhealsinc.org.
Heart & Soul Book Club Meeting
Every fourth Saturday, 4-5:30 p.m., Mobile West Regional Library. Contact Cassandra at email@example.com.
Many more miles
For the 17th consecutive year, Baldwin Bone & Joint, P.C. will once again host this important community project. Those interested in participating are encouraged to clean up those gently used athletic shoes and tie them together in pairs before dropping them off at any of the following locations: Baldwin Bone and Joint (1505 Daphne Avenue, Daphne), Dr. Glenn Glass’ Office (1303 Main Street, Daphne), The University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center, PE Coaches with Participating Schools in Mobile & Baldwin Counties, Final Drop-off Opportunity: 2020 Azalea Trail Run Expo (Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, Mobile Civic Center). For more information, call 251.621.5387 or visit baldwinboneandjoint.com.
Recovery Community Art Contest
Art and Poetry that celebrates recovery from drug and alcohol addiction can be dropped off at Lupercalia Art Society, 358 Dauphin St, at the following dates and times, 2/8 11a-7p, 2/9 11a-3p, 2/10 11a-6p. Grand prizes in several categories. Entry Fee $5. Call 251-709-6362 for details.
“In Celebration: Mobile’s Excelsior Band” exhibit
Now through February 2020 at McCall Library/University of South Alabama. Founded in 1883 to celebrate the birth of founder John A. Pope’s son, the band continues its carnival tradition by leading parades and performing Dixieland and Jazz standards as a ten-piece marching brass band. The exhibit offers insight into the perspectives of the people behind the instruments in their own words. For more information visit https://www.southalabama.edu › mccallarchives.
Ancient Rome: The Empire that shaped the world
Now through April 5 at History Museum of Mobile. The most incredible and useful machines and technology from ancient Roman designs have been brought to life for the first time in two thousand years! The exhibition covers the Roman Empire’s most impressive and innovative machines and constructions, including the catapult, early clocks and the secrets behind the incredible Colosseum. For more information visit historymuseumofmobile.com.
Dinosaurs at Exploreum
Now through May 10. Dinosaurs Around the World takes you back in time on a dinosaur adventure and a tour of an Earth very different from today – a time before the continents as we know them existed, when lush landscapes covered Africa and greenery was the norm in Antarctica! With advanced animatronics, a multi-layered narrative, fossils, authentic casts, cutting-edge research and immersive design elements you’ll experience the Age of Reptiles as it comes to life! For more information visit www.exploreum.com/exhibits/special
Thursdays at MMoA
Every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Mobile Museum of Art offers free admission to all Mobile County residents. No reservations necessary. 4850 Museum Drive, Mobile. Call 251-208-5200.
Mardi Gras trivia contest
Thursday, February 6, 7 p.m. at Electric Piano Bar (behind Spot of Tea on Dauphin Street). Join us for Mardi Gras trivia and win you bar tab. For more information contact Chris 251-423-7150.
Hub City Classic
Saturday, February 8, Garrett Park, Robertsdale, Al. 5K &10K. Presented by the Jace Waters Foundation for Transitional Living. Sign up for the race at www.productionsbylittleredhen.com
Sea Turtle Half Marathon & Sweetheart 5K
Saturday, February 15, 7:30 a.m. at The Hangout. The 1-mile Fun Run will start at 8:30 AM and the Sweetheart 5K will follow at 9:00 AM. Post race after-party following at The Hangout. Every year, 100% of the race proceeds support charitable causes such as Camp Rap-A-Hope, Mary’s Shelter Gulf Coast, Share the Beach, Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network, and Miracle League of Coastal Alabama. For more information visit https://www.gulfshores.com/sports/run-the-beach/
Second Wednesday of the month, starting January 2020, a social gathering where people living with dementia and their care partners can participate in expressive arts and enjoy social interaction in a safe and supportive environment. Meeting at the Alabama Contemporary Art Center at 301 Conti Street, Mobile, aL 36602. Call Dementia Friendly Mobile @251-209-1555.
First and 3rd Mondays at Hot Wheels Skating Rink (616 Whispering Pines Rd. Daphne). Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society. Casual/dressy casual, byob and snacks. Doors open at 6:45, live music 7-9 p.m. For more information find us on Facebook @https://www.facebook.com/Moonlight-Chass%C3%A9-Ballroom-Dance-Society-Hot-Wheels-Skating-Rink-146949183768/
Bingo at Via
Bingo every Tuesday and Thursday, 1-3 p.m. Join us for lunch at Via Cafe $7 each. Bingo $4 per packet. Via Health, Fitness, Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. (Mobile), 251-470-5222. Open to public.
Small business workshop
Wednesday, February 5, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and Thursday, February 6, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at MAWSS (4725 Moffet Road). This two day workshop will walk attendees through the process of doing a thorough “checkup” of their business. The two-day sessions will examine priorities and challenges for the year a head, market and customer base, systems and processes and personal sense of challenge and satisfaction. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survival principles for kids
Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m. at Blakeley State Park. Children will be introduced to a few of the most basic survival principles that could mean life or death in the unfortunate event they became lost or separated from adults in the outdoors. They will also get a chance to meet some of the specially-trained dogs which assist professional rescue teams in locating lost or injured individuals in wilderness settings. The program is complimentary with regular park admission. For more information, visit www.blakeleypark.com/Events.
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, baldwincountyal.gov.
Baldwin County Planning Commission: First Thursday at 6 p.m., 22251 Palmer St., Robertsdale, baldwincountyal.gov.
Bayou La Batre City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 13785 S. Wintzell Ave., 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 second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., daphneal.com.
Dauphin Island Town Council: First and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m., 1011 Bienville Blvd., 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 held before each council meeting at 4:30 p.m., cofairhope.com.
Fairhope Planning Commission: First Monday at 5 p.m., 161 N. Section St. Visit 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.; cityoffoley.org.
Gulf Shores City Council: Second and fourth Mondays at 4 p.m., 1905 W. First St., gulfshoresal.gov.
Mobile City Council: Tuesdays at Government Plaza, 205 Government St. Pre-council meeting at 9 a.m.; council meeting at 10:30 a.m., cityofmobile.org.
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