April 16

A Night with Nick Saban
Mobile-based Team Focus will host its fundraiser “A Night with Nick Saban” at the USA Mitchell Center, 5950 Old Shell Road. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with featured programming to follow. Founder Mike Gottfried will speak and introduce keynote speaker Nick Saban. The special evening will also include recognition of New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews and former University of Alabama linebacker LeeRoy Jordan. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Team Focus office at 251- 635-1515.

Live at the Museum
Local singer-songwriter and SouthSounds favorite Ryan Balthrop will be at the Mobile Museum of Art to reveal his deeper side this April. Balthrop has been writing and performing with various bands for nearly 20 years along the Gulf Coast and around the Southeast, with Caribbean and European tours under his belt. This event is $10 and starts at 7 p.m. at 4850 Museum Drive.

Library late fee fine forgiveness
Fines are being forgiven at some Baldwin County libraries during National Library Week, April 13-19. Return your overdue books, DVDs, audiobooks or any other library-owned material to Baldwin County libraries during the week of April 13-19 and all late fees will be forgiven. Check your bookshelves, kid’s rooms, couch cushions and under the front seat for stray or lost items. We’ll even erase long overdue fines if the missing item is returned!

Ark of India
“Ark of India: An Alabama Artist Explores Southern Asia” is an exhibit about personal discovery and exploration. It is an account of late 19th and early 20th century India as seen by Alabama artist Roderick D. MacKenzie, using his paintings, drawings, sculptures and most importantly, photographs and writings. The exhibition is organized by the History Museum of Mobile at 111 S. Royal St. and is on view until Sept. 1, 2015. Admission is free.


April 17

Grand Bay Garden Tour
Five beautiful gardens to tour including a Biblical reproductions gallery, a local school and three private gardens in the Grand Bay area. Advance tickets are $8 in advance available at Grand Bay and St Elmo Feed and Seed stores or through PayPal at grandbayonline.com, or $10 day-of. Redeem tickets for complimentary refreshments at the Dezauche House Vintage Boutique. For questions, contact Jane Spicciani at 251-865-2014 or visit the Grand Bay Garden Club’s Facebook group.

Festival of Quilts
The Azalea City Quilters’ Guild, Inc. will present its biennial Quilt Show April 17-18, at the Mobile Civic Center, Expo Hall (401 Civic Center Drive). Over 300 spectacular quilts will be on exhibit with a merchants mall, Chinese auction, ongoing workshops and classes and more. For more information visit www.azaleacityquiltersguild.com

Remington College Prom Night Makeover
Remington College Mobile Campus wants to send high school students off to prom in style by offering free salon services through its Prom Night Makeover event. Students in the Remington College Cosmetology Program will provide students headed to prom with free updos, manicures, pedicures, and makeup for girls; guys can get a haircut. All Prom Night Makeover services will be done in the Remington College School of Cosmetology, located at 4368 Downtowner Loop S. To schedule an appointment call 251-342-4848.


April 18

Earth Day Mobile Bay
Featuring Earth friendly exhibitors, live music, art and educational activities for all ages, and an environmental film festival. Earth Day Mobile Bay will also feature local vendors of green and earth-friendly solutions including windmills, efficient heating and cooling systems including solar, geothermal, insulation, green building, and local and naturally healthy food sources, hybrid and electric cars. Admission is free. The Earth Day celebration will be held at Fairhope Municipal Pier from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wilmer Hall Pancake Breakfast
Join us from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the front lawn of Wilmer Hall, 3811 Old Shell Road in Mobile. $5 at the door gets you a plate of pancakes, Conecuh sausage, Carpe Diem coffee, milk or juice. Eat in or take it out. Features include homemade pastries, cookies and cakes by GEMS, a pancake toss competition, face painting and inflatable jumps for the kids. Special guests include USA coach Joey Jones, with assistant coaches and players (schedule permitting) and the Azalea Trail Maids. For more information visit www.wilmerhall.org.

The 2015 Great Drift
Launch your kayak or canoe at Halls Mill Creek (Schwartz Park, off River Du Chien) and paddle on down the Dog River Scenic Blueway to The River Shack where there will be a post-drift party featuring live music and discounted food for registered paddlers. There is no cost to participate, but donations are welcome for the Dog River Clearwater Revival. The launch is at 1 p.m. For more information and bus time visit www.DogRiver.org.

Great Firkin Fest
The 2nd annual Great Firkin Fest will take place at Moe’s Original Bar B Que, located at 701 Spring Hill Road in downtown Mobile. Local and regional breweries will showcase distinctive cask ale in a firkin, a barrel made of stainless steel that holds 10.8 gallons of beer. Firkins are unique in the sense that the beer goes through a secondary fermentation in the vessel. Doors open at 2 p.m. with a tapping ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Sampling ends at 5:30 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Call 251-410-7427 for more information.

Fitness in the Community
The USA Center for Healthy Communities and the Mobile Parks and Recreation Department have teamed up to create a fun and exciting day of fitness for the entire family at the Dotch Community Center, 3100 Bank Ave. from 1-5 p.m. The event will also include a gently used fitness equipment drive to benefit the Dotch Community Center. “Fitness in the Community” will include fitness, food, and fun for the entire family. Line dancing, youth games, fitness class demonstrations, and more will make this event a day to remember! For more information call 251-391-6732.

Crawfish and Bluegrass Extravaganza
Enjoy crawfish while listening to some of the area’s greatest bluegrass bands such as Rollin’ in the Hay and Fat Man Squeeze. This year’s proceeds benefit the Catholic Social Services “Legacy for the Future.” Guests are also asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the Bay Area Food Bank. A list of what items are needed and what cannot be accepted can be found at bayareafoodbank.org. Tickets $30 at the door. St. Mary is located at 1450 Old Shell Road. For more information visit stmarymobile.org.

WEMO Arts and Crafts Fair
Come by to see/touch/shop for arts and crafts of all kinds. Good food, good music, and lots of fun. Door prizes. Admission is free. Free face painting and games for the kids. This annual event is held to support our church’s outreach to serve the needs of the local community. The Arts and Grafts Fair will be held at West Mobile Baptist Church, 7501 Airport Blvd. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Blisters for Sisters
Dust off those sneakers and get ready for a few Blisters for Sisters at our first 5K and fun run at Sacred Heart Residence. We will be running a certified 5K course as well as a one-mile fun run. The day will get started 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, please visit littlesistersofthepoormobile.org or call John Goodroe at 251-476-6335.

Screen on the Green
The third annual Village of Spring Hill Screen on the Green Outdoor Film Festival is free. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and join us for “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” (PG) at 7:30 p.m. on Dorn Field (Spring Hill College). For more information visit The Village of Spring Hill’s website, www.thevillageofspringhill.com, or www.facebook.com/TheVillageOfSpringHill.

Crichton Clean Up
The Crichton Community Action Group will be hosting their Annual Crichton Community Clean-up from 8 a.m. until noon. The staging area is at the Greer’s Shopping Center at 2980 Spring Hill Ave. Mobile Gas will furnish hotdogs and refreshments for volunteers. For more information, please contact Sarah Turnipseed at 251-454-1203.

Corn Hole Classic
Teams of two will battle it out in a competitive corn hole tournament. Entry fees are $60 for adult teams and $40 for children teams. Entry fee includes non-alcoholic beverages, light refreshments, music and prizes. Proceeds benefit The Family Center, a nonprofit that works to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The Corn Hole Classic will be held at the Bluegill Restaurant, 3775 Battleship Pkwy., starting at 2 p.m. Form more information visit familycentermobile.org.

Greenleaf Writer’s Group
The Greenleaf Writer’s Group is currently welcoming new members. We meet every third Saturday of the month at the Semmes library from 10 a.m. until noon. If you are an aspiring writer, come join us. For more information call 251-490-5199.

Historic Walking Tours
The History Museum of Mobile, in conjunction with the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau, will lead free tours through historic downtown Mobile as part of a statewide effort April 18 and 25. The hour-long tours will start at 10 a.m. at Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and end at the History Museum of Mobile. Participants are encouraged to tour the museum (also complimentary admission) immediately following the walking tour.

Fairhope Walking Tour
The city of Fairhope has been invited to host free guided tours in the downtown area for visitors and the local community every Saturday in April. Tours will be given by Fairhope Museum of History Director, Donnie Barrett. All are welcome and the tours are free of charge. For information on tours throughout the state of Alabama visit www.alabama.travel/trails/april-walking-tours. For additional information on Fairhope Walking Tours, call 251-929-1471.


April 19

Local Goodness
USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital invites you to Local Goodness, a farm to table event and silent auction featuring live music from Fat Man Squeeze. The event is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Alabama Cruise Terminal on Water Street. Good food and good music for good cause. For more information visit bit.ly/cwlocalgoodness

Book Sale
Friends of the Mobile Public Library hosts its huge annual book sale Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 19, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at ABBA Shrine Center, corner of Hitt and Schillinger Roads. Open to the public, with free admission and parking. Thousands of books, all categories, bargain prices.

Dauphin Island Bike Show
The Mobile Bay Vintage Motorcycle Club will hold its annual Spring Motorcycle Show on Dauphin Island, at the school house one mile west of the water tower. All makes are welcome. Registration will be $8 per bike. Registration will open at 11:30 a.m. Judging will begin at 1:15 p.m. and winners will be announced at 2:45 p.m. Trophies awarded for the first three places in each class plus a best-of-show trophy. For more information call 251-509-5451.

Biggest Loser RunWalk
A half marathon/5K series in downtown Mobile, the race will take place rain or shine and will be staged out of Mardi Gras Park starting at 7:30 a.m. for the half marathon and 8 a.m. for the 5K. For more information on The Biggest Loser RunWalk or to register for a race, please visit www.BiggestLoserRunWalk.com.

Open Studio
Come enjoy complimentary mimosas as artists work at the Cathedral Square Gallery, 612 Dauphin St. There will also be works by more than 60 area artists on display. For more information call 251-694-0278.


April 20

Ballroom Dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dance classes with professional instructors at 7 p.m., followed by dancing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10. There will be a cash bar and 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.

Top Cats Toastmasters
Are you terrified at the idea of public speaking? We were. We got over it. Top Cats Toastmasters invites you to join us. We meet every Monday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Red Lobster located 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 an international organization. For further information, contact 251-344-2938.

Hatching the Past: The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt
Hatching the Past features 100 real dinosaur eggs and 100 replica eggs at the Exploreum. The multi-media experience for all ages invites visitors to touch real dinosaur bones and reconstructed nests, dig for eggs, experience hands-on exploration stations and view animated video presentations featuring well-known dinosaur experts. The Exploreum is open daily, for more information visit www.exploreum.com.


April 21

Genetics & Bullying
Is there a genetic connection to bullying among today’s youth? Find out from psychology professor and bully expert Dr. Julie Graham, at the American Red Cross, 35 North Sage Ave. $25 at the door, with lunch included. Presentation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free continuing education units for working professionals. For more information call the Mobile County Coalition Against Bullying at 251-649-0004.

World Trade Conference
The Gulf Coast Trade Alliance will host a number of high-profile speakers to help businesses pursue opportunities in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. The conference will offer perspectives on entering the African market, interactive panel sessions, and one-on-one counseling sessions. Topics will include market entry strategies, risk mitigation, emerging market opportunities and separating fact from fiction. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 16. The cost is $225. April 21-22 at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa, Point Clear. To register visit www.mobilechamber.com/internationaltrade or call Christina Stimpson at 251-431-8648.

Find the Art in Technical Education
Bishop State Community College will host the inaugural Find the Art in Technical Education event April 21-24 at the Government Plaza atrium in downtown Mobile. The event was developed as a creative means to showcase the skills and abilities of the various technical education programs offered by Bishop State, highlighting the programs to prospective students, community leaders, industry partners, and the community at large. The exhibits will be available to the public free of charge.

Addiction Counseling
Narconon would like to remind families that 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

Teen Tech Tutor Program
The Baldwin County Library Cooperative (BCLC) recently implemented a Teen Tech Tutor program at the Robertsdale Library, 18301 Pennsylvania St., Robertsdale.  This program is designed to match high school age students with strong technological skills with adults and seniors who are unfamiliar with basic laptop computer technology. The program is available Monday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is free of charge. An appointment is required and can be made by calling the library at 251-970-4010.  


April 22

Film: The Hunting Ground
The gentlemen of the Epsilon Alpha chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order are bringing the groundbreaking documentary “The Hunting Ground” to the University of South Alabama. From the Academy-award winning filmmaking team behind “The Invisible War,” the film is a startling exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. The film will be shown at the University of South Alabama Student Center Ballroom at 8 p.m. For more information about the film, please see the website: www.thehuntinggroundfilm.com.

Brown Bag in Bienville
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, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To make your Brown Baggin’ easier, stop in at your favorite Bienville Square eateries and ask for the Brown Bag special. Questions? Call 251-208-1550.

Little Discoveries at the Exploreum
Little Discoveries is a weekly programming series in the Exploreum’s Wharf of Wonder for children six and under. These lessons will fuse science, technology, engineering and math, with creativity, art and reading. Each session will begin with a story reading that will serve as the launching pad for the day’s hands-on activities. Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. and Thursdays 2-3 p.m. at 65 Government St., downtown Mobile. For more information call Josh Holland at 251-208-6893 or email jholland@exploreum.com.