GENERAL INTEREST

Medication disposal
Got drugs? Turn in your used or expired medication for safe disposal Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mobile Police Department Headquarters, 2460 Government Blvd. For more information or with questions, please call 251-208-1935.

Financial literacy open house
Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Mobile (dba Lifelines Counseling Services), a United Way agency, will host an open house 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 seeking assistance managing their personal finances. To learn more, visit www.cccsmobile.org or contact 251-602-0011.

Small Business Palooza
This seminar on May 3 covers obtaining business loans, legal issues and tax options in business formation and operation, fraud prevention, best online marketing practices, retirement plan choices for maximum owner benefit, advice on how to buy, sell or value a business and many other issues involved in small business formation, operation, revenue generation and ownership transfers. The seminar is 4:30-7:30 p.m. at 5 Rivers. Please email William Bruce at Will@WilliamBruce.org to reserve your seat.

MHS Class of 1961
Graduates of Murphy High School Class of ‘61 are invited to our 55th class reunion May 6 and 7 at the Holiday Inn on Government Street. For more information, call 251-342-2157 or 251-895-9374 or visit murphyhigh1961.com.

Market on the Square
Market on the Square runs from 7:30 a.m. 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.

Mobile 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 Mobile. This is the last walking tour of the season and it begins at 10 a.m. in front of the History Museum of Mobile on Royal Street. No reservations are required, simplify show up 10 minutes beforehand.

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.


FUNDRAISERS

Dining Out For Life
AIDS Alabama South’s 3rd annual Dining Out For Life (DOFL) event is taking place on Thursday, April 28, with some of our area’s best local restaurants, including an after party at Flip Side Bar & Patio. If you’re new to the game, this is how it works: On April 28 participating restaurants will donate a percentage of every check to AIDS Alabama South. DOFL is one of the tastiest ways to donate, because it’s such an easy, fun and delicious way to give to a worthy cause. The restaurants are Bob’s Downtown, Café 615, 219, Island Wing Company, Tropical Smoothie Café, Time to Eat, Pour Baby, Bay Breeze Café, The Midtown Pub and Bay Gourmet Catering. For more information call 251-471-5294.

Salvation Army Causeway Classic
The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama is excited to announce our second annual fishing tournament benefiting The Salvation Army. The fishing will commence the morning of Saturday, April 30, and the weigh-in is from 2-4 p.m. at the Fowl River Marina, The Pelican Reef. Tickets are $40 for adults and $30 for youth under 14. Anglers will compete in several divisions and prizes include Orca and Yeti coolers, custom rods and reels, gift cards and more. For more information or to register visit www.causewayclassic.org.

Nautical Flea Market
Join Dog River Marina for the Gulf Coast’s largest nautical flea market to raise money for Volunteers of America. The market will be Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Dog River Marina is located at 5004 Dauphin Island Parkway. To donate, call Billy at 251-476-4546 or 251-471-5449.

Magic Carpet Ride Hafli
The Lebanese American Club of Mobile presents “Magic Carpet Ride Hafli! Everybody Dabke!!” Saturday, April 30, at 6:30 in the St. Mary Catholic School gym. Join us for an evening of great Lebanese dining, silent auctions and dancing, including an intro to the Dabke! General admission tickets are $25 per adult and $10 per child age 14 and under. All proceeds benefit the LAC Scholarship Fund and their charities. For more information contact Mobile LAC president Kamal Constantine at 251-709-7499 or kcmobile@comcast.net. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund and charities of the Lebanese American Club of Mobile.

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

“Spring Fantasy”
Bella Voce, Mobile’s premier women’s chorus, will present “Spring Fantasy,” a free concert, on Sunday, May 1 at 4 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The concert will include selections by Haydn, Schubert, Berg, Simon and Rodgers. The chorus is conducted by Dr. Thomas Rowell. Assistant conductor is Gwinelle Allums and pianist is Hannah Marie Roberts. For details, visit www.bellavoceofmobile.org.

“Barefoot in the Park” at Mobile Theatre Guild
Mobile Theatre Guild will have its final weekend of “Barefoot in the Park,” the beloved Neil Simon comedy. The show is directed by Joe Fuselli. The theater is at 14 N. Lafayette St. in Midtown Mobile. The Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is 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.

Free MSYO concert
Join the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra for a free concert Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. The concert will be held at Michael C. Dow Amphitheater. Trinity Gardens Park, 30 Banks Ave. For more information call 251-432-2010.

“Hymns for the Virgin”
Gloria Dei Chorale, under the direction of Louis F. Daniel, will present its spring concert on Sunday, May 1, at 4 p.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 2275 Snow Road N. (Semmes). The program, “Hymns for the Virgin,” will offer pieces by Webbe, Rachmaninoff, Bruckner, Stopford and others, as well as local composers Matthew Still and Louis F. Daniel. The concert is open to the public, with a $10 suggested donation at the door. All donations will go to the Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy. For more information call Marian Boykin at 251-533-9810.

“Charlotte’s Web,” The Musical
Public shows of the musical based on “Charlotte’s Web” will run weekends through May 8. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for students/seniors, $15 for adults. All performances are at Playhouse in the Park, 4851 Museum Drive. For more information or tickets, visit playhouseinthepark.org.

“Oklahoma!”
“Oklahoma!” is at Chickasaw Civic Theatre. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical continues 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.

“A Little Princess”
Through Sunday May 1, South Baldwin Community Theatre, 2022 W. 2nd St. in Gulf Shores presents a delightful adaptation of the famous classic by the author of “The Secret Garden.” Sara Crewe, heiress to a large fortune, is enrolled at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies in Victorian England. At first her life is happy, but news arrives that her father has died and her fortune is lost. Part of the Youth Artist Series, tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information visit sbct.biz or call 251-968-6721.


MUSEUMS

Da Vinci: Machines and Robotics
Through May 15, an 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 May 3 speaker will be Michael Marr, who will tell us about his movie career in California and his move to Battles Wharf, where he produced the film “Battle of Mobile Bay.” 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

Wiggle Waggle Rescue Run
Bellingrath Gardens and Home invites runners, walkers and their furry friends to the Wiggle Waggle Rescue Run on Saturday, April 30, benefiting the Animal Rescue Foundation. All runners and walkers who sign up for the Wiggle Waggle race events, a 5K and a 1-mile walk/run, will receive free admission to the gardens for the day, and their family members and friends will receive discounted admission prices of $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. The Wiggle Waggle 5K run (for humans only) begins at 8 a.m. The 1-mile Wiggle Waggle Walk, for dogs and their owners, will begin at 9 a.m. ARF rescue dogs will be on hand at the event, and walkers are invited to “rent” a rescue dog for the Wiggle Waggle Walk in exchange for a $10 donation. As an added bonus, dogs will be allowed to accompany their owners in the gardens until 10 a.m. for a $5 donation benefiting ARF! For details visit bellingrath.org.

Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears are back in action for a 20th season of MiLB Double-A baseball at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile. The BayBears return home Wednesday, May 4, for a five-game stint against visiting Chattanooga. 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 9:30 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

Health Fair
Senior Spirit 2016 Health Fair will be held Thursday, April 28, 9 a.m. to noon on the Providence Hospital campus. The health fair is free and open to anyone, and will include health screenings, exhibits, door prizes and refreshments. The health fair will be held in the DePaul Center, 6801 Airport Blvd. For more information call or email Allyson at 251-633-1366 or allyson.blankenship@providencehospital.org.

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.


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.