GENERAL INTEREST

Holi Festival
Holi is an Indian holiday commemorating the triumph of good over evil, with people coming together and celebrating by throwing colored powder on each other. Holi is a day to forgive and forget, end conflicts and rid oneself of past errors. Come and celebrate with The Indian Student Association at the University of South Alabama in the most colorful way possible! Admission is free, the event will take place Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the USA Intramural Fields.

Living Civil War History
Historic Blakeley State Park observes the 151st anniversary of Alabama’s largest and the last Civil War battle with a day full of exciting living history events Saturday, April 9, on the preserved grounds on which the actual battle was fought in 1865. Blakeley Park and Civil War camps open at 8 a.m. Drills and demonstrations are scheduled every hour beginning at 10 a.m. through 4 p.m., except for the noon hour. Guided tours of the soldiers’ camps are set for 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Blakeley Park is located on State Highway 225 about 4.5 miles north of U.S. Highway 31 in Spanish Fort. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12. For more information on the park and the Living History program, go to www.blakeleypark.com.

Engaging the Next Generation
If you are between the ages of 21 and 39, this year is an excellent time to get connected with your community! This free public gathering includes an exhibit of 35 nonprofit organizations, a food truck festival and the SouthSounds Art & Music Festival along with the monthly LoDa Artwalk, Friday, April 8, 6-8 p.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/engagingthenextgeneration.

Plant swap
Join the Old Dauphin Way Association for a plant swap, Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m. at Central Presbyterian Church (corner of Ann and Dauphin streets). How it works: You receive a number for every plant you bring; every time your numbers are drawn, you get to pick a plant. For more information visit odwa.org.

Green Drinks: Earth Day
Mobile Bay Green Drinks is an informal networking opportunity for people in the region. Green Drink gatherings are usually held 5-7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Fairhope Brewing Co. (914 Nichols Ave., Fairhope) and on the third Wednesday of each month at Alchemy Tavern (7 S. Joachim St., Mobile). For more information visit facebook.com/MobileBayGreenDrinks.

Film screening
GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico will host the Alabama premiere of “Dispatches From the Gulf,” a new documentary that follows teams of scientists as they investigate the effects of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill. GulfQuest will host two “museum members only” screenings of the 55-minute documentary on Thursday, April 7, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Reservations are required. A panel discussion and Q&A will follow each Thursday evening screening. On Saturday, April 9, GulfQuest visitors will have four opportunities to see the documentary: 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. The Saturday screenings are included in the price of admission to GulfQuest and do not require a reservation. For more information call 251-436-8901, ext. 850, or email [email protected]

Lego workshop
Thinking of becoming an engineer or architect? Try your hand at building a helicopter or dragster car. Register now for a Lego workshop at the Daphne Public Library. The workshop is scheduled for April 12 at 3:45 p.m. and is open to students in grades 6 and up. Students will work in a lab setting using Lego parts such as wheels, axles and gears. The program will run for an hour and admission is free. All materials are provided and Lego models will vary depending on a student’s interest and skill level. Bricks 4 Kidz will conduct the workshop.   Register early as class size is limited. Call 251-621-2818 or email
[email protected] to register.

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

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 the Mobile Police Officer of the Month. For reservations and more information please call 251-348-3542.

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 Fairhope Beach Parks Tour begins in the rose garden at the pier 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

Crawfish in the Courtyard
Mudbugs, music and more! Don’t miss out on an evening of all-you-can-eat crawfish and beer, and admission to the Exploreum’s exhibits. All event proceeds will benefit Discover Science, the Exploreum’s program with the Mobile Housing Board to provide underserved children engaging educational science experiences. The event is Tuesday, April 12, for ages 21 and older. The Exploreum, 65 Government St., Mobile. For more information visit www.exploreum.com.

Aiming for a Better Us clay shoot
The YMCA of South Alabama partners with Taylor Creek Sporting Clays, Meat Boss and Truckworx for this inaugural tournament on Friday, April 8, in support of the annual Y Campaign for Youth and Families. With a 9 a.m. shotgun start at Taylor Creek Sporting Clays, 11910 Old Windsor Road, this will be a full day of competition, fellowship and fun. For tickets and more information visit www.aiming-for-a-better-us-clayshoot-tickets.eventbrite.com.

Fans for Philanthropy
Assistance League of Mobile’s spring fundraiser, Fans for Philanthropy, is Thursday, April 7, at The Grounds Exhibit Hall, 1035 N. Cody Road in Mobile. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be David Morris, founder of QB Country. The event will also feature live music by Tony Bowers and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 per person. All proceeds remain in Mobile County and support the philanthropic programs of Assistance League. For information on purchasing tickets, sponsoring a table or making a donation, contact Michelle at 251-533-5820.

Kicking out Sexual Violence
Join Lifelines Counseling Services for its 7th annual Kicking Out Sexual Violence Kickball Tournament Saturday, April 9, starting at 8 a.m. at Sage Park in Mobile. This year’s tournament will be a double elimination, with co-ed teams of 12 players. Price to play is $25 per player and must be paid in full before the tournament. All proceeds benefit the Rape Crisis Center of Mobile and Lifelines Counseling Services. For more information please visit www.lifelinesmobile.org/services_rapecrisis.php.

ARTS

“Little Shop of Horrors”
“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. April 1-17 at the 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 in adolescents within our community as well as discussions on individualized intervention strategies. Cost is $20 before Tuesday, April 12, and $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  [email protected] or Ann Sirmon at [email protected]

LoDa Artwalk
Downtown is the place to be the second Friday of each month! Join downtown art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome you inside to see beautiful artwork, sample delicious foods and hear the sounds of the LoDa Artwalk. The Artwalk gets better and better each month. From 6 to 9 p.m. in the Lower Dauphin Street district.

MUSEUMS

Discovery Day
This family-fun event includes a huge variety of environmentally themed children’s activities and an open house at the research facilities of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab where the public can interact with marine scientists and graduate students to explore their ongoing research projects. Discovery Day is Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission to all exhibits outside of the Estuarium. Adults will pay a reduced admission to the Estuarium, children attend for free. For more information visit www.disl.org.

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
Extended through 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. On April 12, Herman Doster will talk about the local Blakeley Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. 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

Race to Success
The Zachary A. Moore Foundation will host its inaugural Race for Success, presented by Amy Christmas, M.D., Saturday, April 9, at 5 p.m. at the Fairhope Pier. The event includes a 5K run, 1-mile Duck Pond Fun Run/Walk and Family Fun Party that will take place during the race for non-runners and continue throughout the evening for racers to enjoy once they’ve completed the course. Guests will enjoy live music by Eric Erdman. A kids’ entertainment area will feature games, inflatables, face painting, balloon animals and more! Tickets can be purchased online at Zam5k.brownpapertickets.com or at Running Wild in downtown Fairhope.

Jimmy Green Junior Golf Tour
The Jimmy Green Junior Golf Tour is pleased to open registration and membership for the 2016 season. Parents of Junior Golfers ages 6-18 (boys and girls) are invited to visit the new website, www.jimmygreentour.com, to create an account for the junior golfer(s) in the family. Once the account is created, you can sign up for 2016 membership. The Summer Tour is $45 and includes a nice registration gift. In addition, we will be raffling off seven dozen golf balls to the first 50 junior golfers to become 2016 members. Scheduled tournament events are posted at the tour website. Each event will have specific age groups and deadlines for signup will be firm. Visit www.jimmygreentour.com/Tour/ to sign up or for more 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, [email protected], 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

WORKSHOPS

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.

Understanding Credit and Credit Reports
This workshop brought to you by Lifelines Counseling Service is designed to help you understand creditworthiness as seen through creditors’ eyes and all aspects of your personal credit report. Feel free to bring your own recent credit report or call 251-602-0011 to obtain one ahead of time. Learn how to increase your score and qualify for better rates and offers. The workshop will be Monday, April 11, at 6 p.m. Register at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling office, 705 Oak Circle Drive E., Mobile. Due to limited space, please call 251-602-0011 to register in advance.

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.