April 30

L’Arche Spring Concert
L’Arche Mobile is celebrating its 40th anniversary during 2014-2015 and will sponsor a concert April 30 at 7 p.m. at the Azalea Manor downtown. Artists Jo and Mel, Ryan Balthrop and Mithril will perform. L’Arche Mobile is a Christian community where people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together. $10 tickets, 251-438-2094, www.larchemobile.org or ticketleap.com.

Crepe Myrtle Trail Public Planning Meeting
Join the Mobile Greenway Initiative in a workshop to help shape the creation of the bayside Crepe Myrtle Trail along Mobile Bay’s western shoreline. Help us pick the route, identify loops and legs, create the image of the trail and choose the name of Mobile’s trail system. 6 until 8 p.m. at The Temple Downtown, 351 St. Francis St.. For more information, call Jeff at 251-272-9644 or email jdequattro@deltabikeproject.org.

Community Conversations Working for Justice
The Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, 1150 Fairhope Ave., will host four sessions, each presenting a different segment of the film “Mobile in Black and White” followed by conversations in facilitated group discussions related to the subject. 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays through May 7. For more information call 251-580-2602 or 251-229-1207.

Business Expo and Job Fair
The South Alabama Regional Planning Commission’s annual Business Expo and Jobs Fair will be held at the Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. During the event there will be employment readiness workshops on interviewing skills, networking skills, and resume development. Additionally, there will be counselors to assist individuals on a one-on-one basis from 1 until 2 p.m. The event is free and the workshops are free. For more information call 251-652-0585.

Thursdays at the Museum
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. the Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, 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.

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. Admission is free.


May 1

Hot Air Balloon Festival
The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival welcomes more than 50 balloonists from across the country. Enjoy the floating works of art as they grace the skies of South Baldwin County on Friday (from 2 to 10 p.m.) and Saturday morning (6 a.m. until 10 p.m.). Get up-close and personal as the hot air balloons and their pilots light up the evening skies at the nightly balloon glows, held Friday and Saturday nights, at approximately 7 p.m.). The balloons will be at the Foley Sports Complex, 18507 U.S. Highway 98 W., in Foley. For more information call 943-5590 or visit www.gulfcoastballoonfestival.com.

First Friday Art Walk
The Eastern Shore Art Center returns with new art and music. Come check out the new exhibits and live pottery demonstrations while enjoying refreshments and live entertainment by The Sound Carpenters. The art walk begins at 6 p.m. at the Eastern Shore Art Center, 401 Oak St. in Fairhope. For more information contact Adrienne at 251-928-2228 ext. 103.

Woody Wright Concert
Join West Side United Methodist Church in welcoming Woody Wright in concert. The concert will start at 7 p.m. at West Side United Methodist Church, 269 Mohawk St. For more information call 251-478-3721.

Strange Journeys
SJM Tours provides innovative, interactive and entertaining walking tours in Mobile. Strange Journeys is a two-hour walk in the historic districts where participants learn of unusual history, spooky tales and strange sightings that all happened in Mobile. The walk begins at 8 p.m. For more information call 251-644-1664 or visit www.sjmtours.com.


May 2

Tour de Bay
Mobile Sports Authority and Team Share the Road are presenting the Alabama State Championship Criterium and Bike Ride on May 2 and 3. The two-day, first-time event will feature a criterium championship along with a 62-mile Century Ride. Saturday’s main event will serve as the 2015 USA Cycling Alabama State Criterium Championships. The criterium, a short-course road race, will feature a 6/10 mile track running through the entertainment district of downtown Mobile. Races kick off at 8 a.m. and are staged out of Bienville Square. Registration for both Saturday and Sunday events can be found at www.usacycling.org/register/2015-541.

Taste of the Farm
Six local chefs will be competing for honors and prizes, with each given all ingredients to prepare a six-course meal. Dinner guests will be judges along with guest judge Simon Majumber, from Food Network, giving the honors to the top chef of the evening. Simon will also be selling and signing his book from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m on Friday, May 1. This event is also a fundraiser for the farm. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served before dinner. Tickets are $115 per person. For more information visit www.seasonsinthesun.biz.

Wiggle Waggle Run
Animal Rescue Foundation invites you to run the 5k or bring your dog for the 1k walk. Don’t have a dog? Rent a rescue for $10 minimum donation. Stay for awards, food and drinks at the post-race party. The 5k will start at 8 a.m. at Bellingrath Gardens, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road. Register online at animalrescuemobile.org.

Barre3 in the Park
Free 60-minute Barre3 class outside in Cathedral Square. Class starts at 9:30 a.m., registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Don’t forget your yoga mat and a water bottle. Raffle for Barre3 goodies. No reservation required. Market on the Square will also be happening, so be sure to bring a shopping bag to take home all your fresh produce.

Ribbon Cutting of the Academy at the Fairhope Airport
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. there will be a dedication and ribbon cutting for the Academy at the Fairhope Airport. The public is invited to attend. We will have entertainment by the Faulkner State Sun Chief Sound, an Aviation Exhibition and public tours of the Academy facility. Fairhope Municipal Airport is located at 8600-B County Road 32 in Fairhope.

Pop-Up Broad
Born from the idea that vision can produce real and substantial change, Pop-Up Mobile works to activate specific city blocks over a weekend to demonstrate the “art of the possible.” Through pop-up shops, temporary cross walks and “pop-up parks” and public spaces, Pop-Up Mobile showcases the potential for quality public areas and economic vitality. Pop-Up Broad Street will begin at 11 a.m. It will feature variety of pop-up retailers, food from area food trucks, live music and Mobile’s first “pop-up park.” This community event is free to all.

Market on the Square
Shop for the freshest crop in Cathedral Square in downtown Mobile. This time of year is our favorite because 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. Stay for live music on the green. For more information, call 251-208-1550.

The SEC Boil at the Barn
All are invited to sport your favorite school colors and come to Kenny’s Barn, 19437 U.S. Highway 98 in Fairhope to enjoy the music of Ryan Balthrop and crawfish of Will Stitt. This is a family friendly event. BYOB or purchase beer and sodas. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Kids under 8 are free. Call 251-626-6428 for tickets.

Free Comic Book Day
99 Issues Comics will be giving away thousands of free comics. No purchase necessary and no cover. At this family event you will be able to meet some celebrity guests. The fun begins at 11 a.m. at 99 Issues, 5618 Old Shell Road. For more information call 251-648-7583.

Mobile Arts Council Family Day
Three local ceramic artists will be available from 9 until 11 a.m. to teach and help families create their very own garden plaque, just in time to brighten up spring gardens. Participants will be provided one 8-by-10-inch slab of clay and are encouraged to bring items they may use to embellish their plaque. All proceeds from this event go to Mobile Arts Council and its mission of Bringing People and Art Together. Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the event. Members please email info@mobilearts.org for a discount code. Questions? Contact 251-432-9796 or info@mobilearts.org.

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 “Big Hero 6” (rated PG) at 7:30 p.m. on Dorn Field on the campus of Spring Hill College. For more information visit The Village of Spring Hill’s website, www.thevillageofspringhill.com, or www.facebook.com/TheVillageOfSpringHill.

Pirates Cove Wood Boat Festival
More than 30 wood boats ranging from a Mayan dugout canoe to a 72-foot Mobile Bay Schooner are entered in the competition. Proceeds from the food and beverages sold at the event benefit the Josephine Volunteer Fire Department and The Lillian Optimist Club. Activities include some of the South’s most popular bands, a nautical fair, local artists, boat builders, marine sales and music all weekend. Children’s activities include Pirate Pete’s Island, a treasure hunt, children’s boat building, games and swimming. For more information call 251-987-1547.

Blessing of the Fleet
A four-mile run and one-mile fun run will kick-off the festival on Saturday morning from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. with food, music, entertainment and more. Gumbo cook-off all day. Children’s activities arts and crafts. Mass at St. Margaret’s Church at 11 a.m., Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet immediately following the land parade. All events are held on the church grounds at 13790 South Wintzell Ave. in Bayou La Batre. For more information visit www.fleetblessing.com.


May 3

Trash Pick-Up Days
Pick up litter along Three Mile Creek at Lake Drive Tricentennial Park with the Mobile County Health Department, Mobile Baykeeper and Keep Mobile Beautiful. Grab a friend and spend a couple of hours making a difference. Starts at 8:30 a.m.

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.


May 4

Ballroom Dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dance classes with professional instructors at 7 p.m., followed by dancing from 7:30 until 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 a worldwide 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.


May 5

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 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.  


May 6

Barton Academy Meeting
Learn about Barton’s renovation and its exciting future as Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies. The meeting begins with brief presentations by members of the Mobile County Public School System and Barton Academy Foundation, followed by a question and answer session. The meeting will be held at Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, 451 Government St. at 5:30 p.m.

Making for Mom
Paint the Town Mobile is hosting a craft workshop from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. in celebration of Mother’s Day. Six artists will walk you through five unique craft projects that can be gifted to the mom in your life. Moms are also encouraged to come and treat themselves or to bring older little ones to join in the fun. All materials are provided, plus a gift basket station and a photo booth. Reservations are encouraged, visit paintthetownmobile.com for more information. The cost is $45. Paint the Town Mobile is located at 412 Dauphin St.

Downtown Toastmasters
Are you interested in gaining more confidence in your public speaking ability? The Downtown Mobile Toastmasters Club 2815 invites you to join us for our weekly educational lunch meeting at T. P. Crockmeier’s, 261 Dauphin St., from noon until 1 p.m. 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.

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 eatery 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 6 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 until 11 a.m. and Thursdays 2 until 3 p.m. at 65 Government St., downtown Mobile. For more information call Josh Holland at 251-208-6893 or email jholland@exploreum.com.