GENERAL INTEREST

Earth Day Mobile Bay
On Saturday, April 23, thousands of South Alabamians will head to the beautiful parks at the Fairhope Pier in Fairhope to attend the state’s largest Earth Day festival. This unique all-day (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) free event is filled with family-friendly fun, including live music, an Environmental Film Festival, art and educational activities, Raptor Trek, Reno’s Reptiles, a blessing of the animals, aerial silk artists and many more memorable and meaningful experiences for you and your family. For directions and more event details, please visit our website, www.earthdaymobilebay.org.

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. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Carol O’Donnell, director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center. For more information visit www.alabamaacn.org.

Financial literacy open house
Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Mobile (dba Lifelines Counseling Services), a United Way agency, will be hosting an open house on April 28 at 705 Oak Circle Drive from 5-7 p.m. The open house will be a beneficial way for potential clients to meet the counselors and learn more about the services we offer. All attendees have the opportunity to sign up for a free first-time session. Since April is Financial Literacy Month, CCCS will be offering 90-minute sessions for a $35 fee. The sessions will include a soft-pull three-in-one credit report with scores and a detailed discussion of your current budget. CCCS provides services to those who are seeking assistance managing their personal finances. To learn more visit www.cccsmobile.org or contact 251-602-0011.

Delta and Docks
Nature’s wildlife — plants, animals and birds — will be the first of a double-feature show for passengers aboard Blakeley State Park’s Delta Explorer Saturday, April 23. The second feature will be sights and sounds of shipbuilding, local and international shipping activities of the Port of Mobile. The three-hour tour aboard the 50-passenger boat begins from the park dock on the Tensaw River at 9:30 a.m. Seating is on a first come, first served basis but can be reserved in advance by calling 251-626-5581 and paying with major credit cards. Tickets are $35 for adults, $17 for children 6-12. Blakeley State Park is located on State Highway 225 about five miles north of its intersection with U.S. 31 at Spanish Fort. For more information go to www.blakeleypark.com.

League of Women Voters annual meeting
The League of Women Voters of Mobile, currently engaged in a study of Alabama’s prisons and sentencing alternatives, welcomes the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Monique Gillum as the keynote speaker at its annual dinner on Wednesday, April 27, at the Mobile Country Club. This event is open to the public but reservations are required. Cost of the dinner is $45 or $48 through PayPal. Please see www.lwvmobile.org for more information.

Live Oak Forum
The Live Oak Forum is a cultural, educational and entertainment experience whose motto is “growth through experience.” The forum strives to create an environment for learning and growing through hearing the personal experiences of our speakers tempered with a dose of one’s own self-reflection. Attendees will hear from a panel of speakers including Aaron Beam, HealthSouth’s original chief financial officer. The forum begins at 8 a.m. at the downtown Holiday Inn. For more information visit liveoakforum.com.

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 Scott Corcoran of the education department of the Museum of History, 2013 Certificate of Excellence Award Winner. For reservations and more information please call 251-348-3542.

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.

Mobile Food + Wine Experience
From new restaurants to historic favorites, the culinary scene in downtown Mobile is exploding. To celebrate great food and wine options in the Port City, a group of culinary enthusiasts have created Mobile’s Food + Wine Experience running April 20-24. Downtown restaurants are hosting special wine dinners throughout the week. A Mobile Food + Wine Experience Grand Tasting will be held Saturday, April 23. For more details on the week, specific events and reservation recommendations, check out the complete list of events at www.mobilefoodandwine.com.

Market on the Square
Market on the Square runs from 7:30 to noon every Saturday through July 30 in Cathedral Square downtown. This time of year you can buy locally grown tomatoes, potatoes, sweet corn, cantaloupes, watermelons, plants and flowers, as well as seafood, baked goods, pastas, casseroles, pies, handcrafted goods and much more.

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. This Saturday, the Colony Cemetery Tour begins at the Oak Street gate of the cemetery at 10 a.m. For more information call 251-929-1471.

Brown Bag in Bienville Square
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 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.

Thomas James Place Community Clean-Up Day
The Southside Neighborhoods Choice Neighborhood Initiative Program and the Thomas James Residents Association cordially invite volunteers to the Thomas James Place Community Clean-Up Day on Saturday, April 23. Sign-up for volunteers will begin at 8:30 a.m at the Clinton L. Johnson Center for Economic Development located on 1655 Eagle Drive next to Dollar General. The clean-up will begin at 9 a.m. and ends at 11 a.m. Volunteers will receive a T-shirt and refreshments. For more information call 251-470-8603.


FUNDRAISERS

MUD BOTTOM REVIVAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
The second annual Mud Bottom Revival Music Festival at the Dog Pond is set for Sunday, April 24, 3-7 p.m. Headlining the event will be the famous Willie Sugarcapps with local favorites The Lizards and Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet also in the lineup. Tickets are $25; kids 10 and under get in free. Buy tickets online at www.dogriver.org or at Mellow Mushroom in Midtown. This family-friendly event will be held at 2415 Venetia Road, and those attending are encouraged to bring their own chairs, picnic blankets and beverages. Food will be available for purchase from the Smokin’ Gringos food truck and Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream. All proceeds will benefit Dog River Clearwater Revival and its efforts to improve and protect the water quality of Dog River and its tributaries. Email info@dogriver.org with any questions.

Bald Eagle Bash
The Weeks Bay Foundation will hold its Bald Eagle Bash in the late afternoon on the shores of Weeks Bay Saturday, April 23. It is one of the area’s biggest all you can eat seafood parties. Tickets are $40 in advance, and kids under 10 are free. The party goes from 4 to 7 p.m. It is held on the edge of Weeks Bay, under the U.S. Highway 98 bridge over Fish River. To buy tickets, call 251-990-5004 or visit baldeaglebash.com.

Corks in the Courtyard
Café 615 will host Corks in the Courtyard, an event to raise funds for Via Center, senior citizen services/ The Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Canteron Thursday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m. The event will include wine tastings, heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and music by Chad Davidson Trio. Tickets are $35 per person. For more information or tickets visit www.eventbrite.com, or call 251-470-5229 or email bestes@viamobile.org.

Steel Magnolias Soiree
The Women’s Business Alliance’s annual Steel Magnolias Soiree features a shrimp and crawfish boil, pig on a spit, open bar, live music, a Southern- and coastal-themed silent art auction, Azalea Trail Maids and, of course, a bleeding armadillo cake! All proceeds will benefit WBA’s Know Your Money Grow Your Money Financial Literacy Program for students, veterans and entrepreneurs as well as WBA’s Women’s Business Center of South Alabama and Women’s Business Center of Rural Alabama projects. The event is April 23 at 5 p.m. at Rogers-Williams Historical Mansion, 250 St. Anthony St. For more information and tickets visit www.womensbusinessalliance.org/steelmagnolias.

Mullet Toss
The iconic, 52-year-old Flora-Bama roadhouse will hold its 32nd annual Mullet Toss April 22-24. The main event consists of folks throwing a mullet, a mystical fish which possesses a gizzard, out of a 10-foot circle from Florida toward Alabama. Overall winners win a mullet dinner for two at Flora-Bama Ole River Bar & Grill. Other trophies will be awarded three-deep in 19 age categories, male and female, for each day of the toss, Friday through Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $15, which includes a souvenir T-shirt. A portion of proceeds benefit the Community Drug & Alcohol Council Inc., local Boys and Girls Clubs and youth groups on both sides of the line. For more information contact Jenifer Surface at jenifer@florabama.com or visit www.florabama.com.

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, starting at 5 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 28788 N. Main St. (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

“Barefoot in the Park”
April 22-24: Mobile Theatre Guild continues the second weekend of “Barefoot in the Park,” the beloved Neil Simon comedy, on stage through May 1. The show is directed by Joe Fuselli. The theater is at 14 N. Lafayette St. in Midtown Mobile. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20; $15 for seniors, military and students. For details, or to order tickets, go to mobiletheatreguild.org or call 251-433-7513.

The Littlest Workshop
Join Gallery 450 in celebrating Earth Day 2016 by making craft projects using recycled materials. We will be taking a mini scavenger hunt to find some of these items. Snacks and drinks will be offered, plus goodie bags to take home. $25 per child or $40 for two. *Must be accompanied by an adult.* RSVP by calling 251-202-7121 or message us on Facebook. The workshop is 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Mobile Mystery Dinner: “A Murder in Jest at Comealot Castle”
Join Mobile Mystery Dinners for its next performance Saturday, April 22, at Mobile Carnival Museum (355 Government St.). Tickets are $59 and include dinner and unlimited wine. The fun begins at 7 p.m. Advance reservations are required; call 251-865-7398.

“Oklahoma”
Friday, April 22, is opening night for “Oklahoma!” at Chickasaw Civic Theatre. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical continues over three weekends, through Sunday, May 8. The show is directed by Nedra Bloom. The theater is at The Lola Phillips Playhouse, 801 Iroquois St. (Chickasaw). Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, military and students. For details, or to order tickets, go to www.cctshows.com, call 251-457-8887 or email theatre@cctshows.com.


MUSEUMS

Da Vinci: Machines and Robotics
Through May 15, 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.

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 26 speaker will be Henry Crawford, the minister of Faith Temple Church of God in Fairhope. Crawford will tell us stories of African-American history from the early days in Fairhope. 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

Infirmary Duathlon
Professional and amateur athletes throughout the area will gather at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at Mobile Infirmary for the annual Infirmary Duathlon. The race begins with a 2-mile run before competitors mount their bicycles for a 10-mile time trial and conclude with a final two-mile dash on foot to the finish line. A 2-mile fun run is also available for those who enjoy a more leisurely pace. For more information and to register, visit infirmaryduathlon.racesonline.com or call 251-435-4447.

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 22-26 the BayBears will face the Tennessee Smokies at 7:05 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2:05 p.m. on Sunday, 6:35 p.m. on Monday and 11:05 a.m. on Tuesday. For more information or tickets call 251-479-BEAR.

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

Homebuyers seminar
This seminar is full of tips and information for those wanting to become a homeowner. Learn what you need to know about the home-buying process to avoid making costly mistakes. This seminar starts at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. Register at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling, 705 Oak Circle Drive E. (Mobile). Due to limited space, please call 251-602-0011 to register in advance.

Mensa testing
South Coast Mensa will have a testing session in Baldwin County on Saturday, April 23, at 10 a.m. The cost is $40; members of the media can test for free upon presentation of appropriate credentials. Mensa is an organization whose sole requirements are an IQ in the upper 2 percent and payment of $70 annual dues. While we do accept prior evidence, we do not test individuals below the age of 14. Applicants are asked arrive by 9:45 a.m. in order to complete the paperwork and begin testing promptly at 10 a.m.; testing takes approximately two hours. For further information contact SCMensaproctor@yahoo.com.

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.