GENERAL INTEREST

Library late-fee fine forgiveness
Fines are being forgiven at some Baldwin County libraries during National Library Week, April 10-16. Return your overdue books, DVDs, audiobooks or any other library-owned material to Baldwin County libraries during the week of April 10-16 and all late fees will be forgiven. Check your bookshelves, kids’ rooms, couch cushions and under the front seat of your vehicle for stray or lost items. We’ll even erase long-overdue fines if the missing item is returned!

Earth Day at Graham Creek Nature Preserve
Join the Earth Day festivities at Graham Creek Nature Preserve, Saturday, April 16, at 23460 Wolf Bay Drive in Foley. There will be an Earth Day Scramble Race at 9 a.m., an Outdoor Environmental Expo from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and an Earth Day Observe & Explore Event from 10 a.m. until noon. Complete details and scramble registration is available at grahamcreekpreserve.org.

Book signing
Ross Howell Jr. will sign copies of his book “Forsaken” at Fairhope’s Page & Palette on April 19 from 6-8 p.m. “Forsaken” is a gripping, beautifully realized work of historical fiction that raises contemporary questions about the racial politics of justice in the South a century ago. The book is called a “must read” by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Page & Palette is located at 32 S. Section St. in Fairhope. For more information call 251-928-5295.

Midtown Optimist Club
John Midtown Optimist Club every Tuesday for a luncheon at Azalea City Golf Course. Lunch begins at noon. This week’s speaker is Patrick Guyton, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center Inc. of Mobile County. For reservations and more information please call 251-348-3542.

Fashion Show and Tea
The Daphne Public Library will host its Annual Fashion Show and Tea on Saturday, April 16. The event will be held at the Daphne Recreation Center, directly across from the library. Guests will delight in a delicious menu of tea, cookies and fruit while viewing the latest fashions and trends for teens and adults. Paula Perri, makeup and skin care instructor, will offer a presentation on the artistry of makeup. The event will be from 10 a.m. until noon. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. This is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Daphne Library. For further information or to register call Daphne Public Library at 251-621-2818, ext. 211.

Southern Alabama Regional STEM and Community Forum
The Alabama Afterschool Community Network invites education, workforce and community stakeholders to learn about STEM learning opportunities on Friday, April 22, from 7:30 a.m. until noon at GulfQuest National Maritime Museum, 155 S. Water St., Mobile. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Carol O’Donnell, director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center. For more information visit www.alabamaacn.org.

MHS Class of 1951
Graduates of Murphy High School class of 1951 are invited to join other classmates at Murphy at 10:30 a.m. on April 23 for socializing, lunch and a school tour. For details and reservations call 251-989-2244 or 251-476-3039.

Fairhope April walking tours
The free, annual walking tours have been a long-running experience and are an outstanding way to show visitors and residents the history and legacy of Fairhope. Fairhope History Museum director Donnie Barrett leads a different tour each weekend in April as part of a statewide initiative by more than 30 Alabama cities to feature their history. On Saturday, the Single Tax Tour will depart from the Welcome Center, 20 N. Section St., at 10 a.m. For more information call 251-929-1471.

Brown Bag in Bienville Square
Spring has sprung in downtown Mobile! Come out and listen to the soothing sounds of live jazz as you lunch in Bienville Square around the historic Ketchum Fountain. Catt Sirten sets up live musicians and the city sets up tables for your enjoyment each Wednesday in the spring. To make your Brown Baggin’ easier, stop in at your favorite Bienville Square eatery and ask for the Brown Bag special. They will provide you with your lunch to go in a nifty “Brown Bag” that you can easily transport to the square and recycle in one of the Keep Mobile Beautiful recycle bins. Wednesdays, April 6 through May, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks
Boardwalk Talks are held 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

St. Mary Crawfish and Bluegrass Extravaganza
Enjoy crawfish and gumbo while listening to some of the area’s greatest bluegrass from Steel City Jug Slammers, Eldon Bryson and the Azalea Bluegrass Band, Cottage Hillbillies and Fat Man Squeeze. April 16, 4-9 p.m. This year’s proceeds benefit Catholic Social Services’ “Legacy for the Future.” Guests are also asked to bring nonperishable food items for donation to Feeding the Gulf Coast. A list of what is needed — and what can’t be accepted — can be found at feedingthegulfcoast.org. Tickets cost $30 at the door. St. Mary’s is located at 1450 Old Shell Road. For more information visit stmarymobile.org.

The Refuge on the Runway
Join The Refuge for Women for a fashion show and luncheon Tuesday, April 19, at 11:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Foley Civic Center. The Refuge for Women provides a Christian home, professional counseling and 12-step peer support for women struggling to break free from substance abuse. It is the only residential treatment program for women in Baldwin County. For more information and tickets call 251-946-3355 or visit therefugeforwomen.org

Little Black Dress
The BMW of Mobile “Little Black Dress” cocktail party and runway show is the premier fundraising event for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile, which provides a supportive home environment offering care, compassion and hope to families with seriously ill and injured children being treated at Mobile-area hospitals.The New York City-styled runway show will be Thursday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Whiting, 1630 S. Broad St. To purchase tickets and learn more about the event visit www.rmhcmobile.org/little-black-dress or call Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile at 251-694-6873.

Blisters for Sisters
Dust off those sneakers and get ready for a few Blisters for Sisters at our 2nd annual 5K and fun run at Sacred Heart Residence, 1655 McGill Ave. We will be running a certified 5K course as well as a one-mile fun run Saturday, April 16, starting at 7 a.m. for registration and drinks and refreshments with the run commencing at 8 a.m. Running times will be certified. For more information visit littlesistersofthepoormobile.org or call Tommy at 251-476-6335, ext. 102.

The Great Drift
Paddle will begin at Rabbit Creek Bridge launch site and end at the River Shack Restaurant and Bar at the mouth of Dog River (about 4.5 miles in total) Saturday, April 16, at 1 p.m. Paddlers will launch from the Rabbit Creek Bridge launch site. Access Rabbit Creek Bridge Launch by heading south on Rangeline Road, take a right on Commerce Boulevard, veer onto Rangeline Service Road southbound and head toward the bridge. Park where the road ends and we will be there to help you. There is no cost to participate but donations are welcome. Post party will be at the River Shack, 6120 Marina Drive South. For more information visit DogRiver.org.

Rummage sale and craft bazaar
Christ Anglican Church rummage sale and crafts bazaar with a free pancake breakfast will be held Saturday, April 16, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3275 Halls Mill Road. All proceeds to benefit Project Community, an outreach initiative of Christ Anglican Church offering assistance to individuals and agencies in the Mobile area.

9th annual Denim & Diamonds
This rustic event is full of Southern charm! Attendees dress in their best jeans and bling and dance the night away to Shane Harrell and The Major Moves Band. The event includes a full classic Southern-style meal, beer, wine and a silent auction full of weekend getaways, staycations, family-centered experiences, restaurant gift certificates, local works of art and much more. Friday, April 15, 7 p.m. at Oak Hollow Farm, 14210 Greeno Road, Fairhope. Tickets $40 per person, available online at www.eventsatcovenant.org/denim or by calling 251-626-5255. All proceeds benefit Covenant Care patients and families in Baldwin, Mobile and Escambia counties.

KoC extravaganza
The Daphne Knights of Columbus is sponsoring an extravaganza that includes a dinner and two chances to win $5,000 in cash. The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, in the gymnasium at Christ the King church (Main Street in downtown Daphne). Cost is $60 per ticket which includes dinner for two (consisting of peel-and-eat boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, fried flounder, french fries, coleslaw and dessert) plus beer, wine, iced tea, coffee and soda. Only 300 tickets will be sold with two chances to win the $5,000. Need not be present to win. Child care will be available but must be reserved. For tickets call 251-648-2471.

Exceptional Arts 2016
The Exceptional Foundation Gulf Coast, a special place for those with special needs, will host its Exceptional Arts 2016 fundraiser Thursday, April 28 from 5 p.m. until at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 28788 N. Main St. in Daphne. A unique art event intended to leave patrons with a clear understanding of what their donations accomplish in the local special needs community, Exceptional Arts will feature a live and silent art auction, beer, wine and “tasting tables” from local restaurants. This year’s artists include Bruce Larsen, Nall, Ricky Trione B’beth Weldon, Marilyn Ammons, Jean-Marie McDonald, Nancy Raia, Jean McKee and many more. Tickets are $30. For more information or to purchase tickets call 251-625-8955.


ARTS

“Little Shop of Horrors”
Through Sunday, April 17. “Little Shop of Horrors” is a musical comedy about Seymour, a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant with an interesting diet. As the story develops, Seymour must choose between his life on skid row, the possibility of love with the beautiful Audrey, and the fortune and fame that comes with raising his special plant. Joe Jefferson Playhouse (11 S. Carlen St., Mobile). For more information or tickets visit www.joejeffersonplayers.com or call 251-471-1534.

“Paper Tigers”
Could a different approach to discipline of students in our schools seriously decrease dropout rates, truancy, violence, abuse, drug use and other disciplinary problems? Proof of those results are borne out in the film “Paper Tigers,” which will be shown by the Mobile County Coalition Against Bullying during its workshop on “The Trauma and Stressors Impacting Our Teens,” Tuesday, April 19. The workshop will be held at Goodwill Easter Seals, 2448 Gordon Smith Drive, Mobile. Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich will give the keynote address. After the film there will be a presentation of local research on stress among adolescents in our community as well as discussions on individualized intervention strategies. Cost is $25 at the door. Professional contact hours will be provided at no charge and a complimentary box lunch will be served. For more information call 251-639-0004 or email Joy Logan at jlogan@crittentonyouthservices.com or Ann Sirmon at annsirmon@mobileda.org.


MUSEUMS

Mobile Medical Museum Obscura Day 2016
Join us for a very special tour led by Executive Director Daryn Glassbrook, including an exclusive presentation of rarely seen books, artifacts and documents from the museum’s archives. From skeletons to wartime surgical kits, we’ll have a chance to explore over 300 years of local and worldwide medical history. Tickets available at www.atlasobscura.com/events/. Saturday, April 16, 1-2 p.m. at Mobile Medical Museum, 1664 Spring Hill Ave.

Da Vinci: Machines and Robotics
Now through May, a new exhibit on Leonardo da Vinci features more than 60 machines, robotics and artworks, many of them interactive. 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. 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 Sunday, April 17. 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. The April 19 speaker will be Mark Johnson, former director of the area’s United Way who went on to a career in law enforcement. He will discuss his book, “Apprehensions & Convictions,” and share some exciting tales of police work. 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

Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears are back in action for a 20th season of MiLB Double A baseball at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile. April 14-16 the BayBears will face the Biloxi Shuckers at 6:35 p.m. on Thursday and 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Please see this week’s Upon Further Review column in Lagniappe for more information about the team and 2016 season promotions, or call 251-479-BEAR for ticket information.

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. A 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, cyoungblood9278@gmail.com, call 251-623-9183 or visit www.azaleaballroomdanceclub.com.

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 maccrossanirishdance@yahoo.com 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 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.


SELF-IMPROVEMENT

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., Mobile), 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-8422@toastmastersclubs.org.


WORKSHOPS

Caregiver Workshop
Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network is hosting a caregivers workshop. The workshop will include a $200 voucher for respite care, free help, question and answer session, and meeting other caregivers as well as light refreshments and door prizes. The workshop is Wednesday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the Baldwin County Central Annex, 22251 Palmer St., in Robertsdale. For reservations or more information call Emily at 251-599-2856.

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


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 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 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.