GENERAL INTEREST

Absentee Election Office
The Absentee Election Office for the Aug. 22 city of Mobile municipal election is now open on the first floor of Government Plaza, 205 Government St. The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 251-208-7377.

Mobile Tiki Week
Mobile Tiki Week runs through Aug. 12. Included bars are the OK Bicycle Shop, The Merry Widow, The Noble South’s Sidecar Lounge and The Haberdasher, with each bar featuring original tiki cocktails (and more). Call 251-229-2718.

Cuts for kids
During the month of August, Remington College will provide free back-to-school haircuts for students 17 and under at 4368 Downtowner Loop S., Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 251-342-4848 for appointments. Walk-ins are also welcome.

AIDB information
Certified professionals with Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) will discuss the services offered to help those with vision and hearing loss. Thursday, Aug. 10, at 9:30 a.m., Ben May Main Library, 701 Government St. Call 251-208-7078 or email [email protected].

Cocktails and Conversation
Historian Raven Christopher presents “Negotiated Affections: A History of Prostitution in Mobile,” Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Gulf City Lodge, 610 State St. Free for members of the Downtown Mobile Alliance, $5 for nonmembers. Email [email protected].

Mental Wellness Conference
Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, there will be a discussion about crisis issues in mental health care services for families in South Alabama. Goodwill Easter Seals Center, 2440 Gordon Smith Drive. Call 251-404-3924.

Physician assistant positions
The University of South Alabama Department of Physician Assistant Studies will provide information on the program, admission requirements and the application process. Thursday, Aug. 10, 3 p.m. in USA’s Health Science Building. Call 251-445-9345.

Fairhope farmer’s market
The city of Fairhope hosts an outdoor farmer’s market Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., through Nov. 2 behind the Fairhope Public Library downtown on Bancroft Street. Call 251-929-1466.

Celebrate the City
Celebrate the City is a free concert in Bienville Square Friday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m., featuring Doug E. Fresh, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, George Porter Jr. and more. In conjunciton with Artwalk. For more, search “Celebrate the City” on Facebook.

Free family movie night
Join Dauphin Island on the West End Beach for a free movie at dusk on Friday. This week’s film is “Soul Surfer” (Friday).

USS Alabama 75th anniversary
Battleship Memorial Park will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the USS Alabama on Saturday, Aug. 12. Live music at 10 a.m., ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Admission and parking is free all day. Visit www.ussalabama.com or call 251-433-2703.

Mobile Back to School Bash
Hosted by Mobile City Council President Gina Gregory on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2-6 p.m. at the Hillsdale Recreation Center, 558 E. Fellhorn Road. Swimming, face painting, balloon clowns, hot dogs and hamburgers and screening of a family-friendly film.

Bay Minette Back to School Bash
This year’’s “Community Back to School Bash” will be held 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Lyle Underwood Stadium, E. 6th Street in Bay Minette. There will be live music, giveaways and more.

Delta cruise
On Saturday, Aug. 12, Blakeley State Park hosts a cruise of the lower Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. Departing the Blakeley Park dock at 6:30 p.m., the cruise will be narrated, with complimentary snacks and drinks, before a twilight return to dock by 8:30 p.m. Call 251-626-5581.

Global Leadership Summit
Summit host City Hope Church invites local business owners and their leadership teams to attend a two-day summit Aug. 10-11, at City Hope Church (4693 Airport Blvd., Mobile) and Malbis (29964 Saint Basil St., Daphne) campuses. Visit cityhope.cc/gls.

Saenger film series
Saenger Theatre’s Summer Classic Movie Series continues Sunday with “North by Northwest.” Cost is $6 per adult, $3 per child 12 and under and for seniors 60 and over. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., film begins at 3 p.m. Call 251-208-5601.

Mobile Mayoral Debate
WKRG will host a debate between Mobile’s mayoral candidates Monday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. at Davidson High School. Visit www.wkrg.com.

TOPS
Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church. For more information, call 251-625-6888.

Water Balloon Battle of Mobile Bay
To mark the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay, a water balloon battle will be held in Cathedral Square on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 5:30 p.m.

Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks
Boardwalk Talks are held the first and third Wednesday of each month at 11:15 a.m. at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd. Call 251-861-2141.

Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Wednesday at noon for lunch at Azalea City Golf Course. Call 251-348-3542.

Toastmasters
Toastmasters International meets regularly at six locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Visit www.toastmasters.org for more information.


FUNDRAISERS

“50 Days of Giving”
The Shoppes at Bel Air is carrying out its “50 Days of Giving” program. On Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., participants can adopt a duck for $5 for a chance to win a cruise while raising money for Ronald McDonald house. Call 251-375-1297.


ARTS

LoDa Artwalk
Join downtown Mobile art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome you inside Friday, Aug. 11, 6-9 p.m. in the Lower Dauphin Street district.

“The Little Mermaid”
Join Chickasaw Civic Theatre for its production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Aug. 4-20. Visit cctshows.com to for showtimes and tickets.

“Willy Wonka — The Musical”
Playhouse in the Park’s production of “Willy Wonka — The Musical” runs through Sunday, Aug. 13. Curtain times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Visit playhouseintheoark.org.

Sunset concert
Dauphin Island West End Beach invites you for a Sunday concert at sunset (5:45 p.m.) featuring Reggae theme Ja’rhytm. Admission is $5 and goes toward preserving the Little Red School House.


MUSEUMS

“The Underwater Forest”
A documentary about an ancient forest just off the coast of Alabama will be screened Thursday, Aug. 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the Exploreum; $10 ticket includes the documentary and discussion with the film’s director, Ben Raines.

“Right on Course”
“Right on Course,” an original painting by world-renowned sports artist Rick Rush, is available for viewing at the United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives. Free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Visit www.asama.org.

“Windows to the Sea”
“Windows to the Sea” is the newest permanent exhibit at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. Visit disl.org.

“Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure”
A new, highly interactive exhibit at GulfQuest features more than 500 authentic artifacts recovered from deep-ocean shipwrecks. Visit www.gulfquest.org.

“Drugs: Costs and Consequences”
The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration team up to present a powerful interactive exhibit of the effects of drugs on individuals and society. Through August. Visit exploreum.com.

Fairhope’s founding
Learn more about the 1894 founding of Fairhope at the Fairhope Museum of History, 24 N. Section St. The museum is open daily (except Sunday and Monday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 251-929-1471.

Little Discoveries
“Outside the Box,” aimed at children age 6 and under, explores how innovation and creativity can lead to a world of possibilities, starting with a simple cardboard box. Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Call 251-208-6893 or email [email protected].

Thursdays at MMoA
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Mobile Museum of Art offers free admission to all visitors. No reservations are necessary. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive. Call 251-208-5200.


WORKSHOPS

“Helping Children Cope with Divorce”
An educational program focusing on how effective parenting can lessen the negative impact on children of divorce and parental separation. Saturday, Aug. 12, at 8 a.m. Class registration required, cost is $50. Call 251-602-0909.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears are back in action at Mobile’s Hank Aaron Stadium. The team takes on Jacksonville Aug. 16-20. Call 251-479-BEAR.

Hula lessons
Open enrollment for the Mobile branch of Hawai’i’s Halau Ka Lihilihilehua ‘O Hopoe Kuikanani will be Aug. 11, 3-6:30 p.m. Come learn traditional Hawaiian Hula. Call 251-463-6822. Classes will be held at 5566 Andrew Road, Suite D.

Group rides
South Alabama and Mississippi Mountain Bike Association invites all levels of cyclists to join them every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. at USA Bike Trails and Sunday at 9 a.m. at Chickasabogue Park. Email [email protected].

Weekly 1K/5K
Every Thursday evening at 6 p.m., join Red Beard’s Outfitter and Cortlandt’s Pub in the Spring Hill Village Shopping Center for a 1K or 5K run and walk. No cost to participate.

Bridge lessons
The Mobile Bridge Center offers free bridge lessons each Tuesday at 6 p.m. at 1510 University Blvd. Arrive a few minutes early to register. Call the Bridge Center at 251-666-2147, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fitness and athletics classes
New fitness classes are in progress at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Curvy yoga, Tone It Up ! (fusion workout), Zumba, basketball clinics (ages 8+) and sports conditioning (ages 8-17). To register or for more information, call 251-463-7980 or visit communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Dance and art classes
Summer classes offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School include belly dance, ballroom dance, ballet and tumbling (ages 6-8), beginning piano (ages 8+), watercolor painting, zombies and superheroes art, and pet portraits art. Call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Pickleball for adults (indoors)
Offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School, Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Great sport for all ages combines tennis, pingpong and badminton on a court one-fourth the size of a tennis court. Call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Ballroom dance
Azalea Ballroom Dance Club hosts dances the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Via Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. Call 251-623-9183 or visit azaleaballroomdanceclub.com.

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society hosts dances the first and third Monday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Hot Wheels Skating Rink in Daphne. Email [email protected].