Haven’s summer savings
The Haven Resale Shop at 357 Morphy Ave. in Fairhope is having a 50 percent off sale on everything in the store. This shop offers quality items at fabulous prices, all to generate money for The Haven’s mission of aiding abused, abandoned and neglected animals. Through Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public will have the opportunity to look for fine china, glassware, framed pictures, books, small furniture, jewelry, decorative housewares and more. Every dime generated goes to help the animals! For more information, call 251-929-1911.
Dauphin Island free family movies
The town of Dauphin Island hosts free family movies on the beach each Thursday and Friday night in the summer, weather permitting. Aug. 13 features “Swiss Family Robinson.” The movie will begin at dark at the West End Beach, 3000 Bienville Blvd. Bring chairs, blankets, soda and snacks and bug spray, just in case.
Fairhope town hall meeting
Are you concerned about growth in Fairhope? What do you want State Highway 181 and Greeno Road to look like? Come give your thoughts on the future of Fairhope at the Civic Center (161 N. Section St.) starting at 6 p.m. If you have questions, call Jonathan Smith at 251-928-8003.
The Mobile BayBears take on the Mississippi Braves at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd., at 7:05 p.m. It’s College Night and Thirsty Thursday. College students with a valid student ID can attend the game with a fellow student for the price of one. For fans at least 21 years of age and older, Thirsty Thursday offers $2.50, 12 oz. Bud and Bud Light along with $2 Rolling Rock. Fans of any age can enjoy $2 16-ounce soft drinks and everyone can enjoy discounted snacks (pizza, popcorn, chips, ice cream) during every Thursday game.
Thursdays at MMoA
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. until 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, Mobile.
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.
The Mobile BayBears take on the Mississippi Braves at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd., at 7:05 p.m. The BayBears continue their most popular promotion as fans are invited to stick around after every Friday night game for a colorful fireworks show. After the game, kids 12 years of age and younger will be invited down to the field to run the bases.
Mobile SHRM mini-conference
The Mobile Society for Human Resource Management (MSHRM) will hold its annual mini-conference Aug. 14 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the University of South Alabama (USA) Student Center. The conference will feature two tracks, one focused on the interests of HR professionals (“HR Professional Track: How to Find and Keep the Best Employees”) and one focused on the needs of small-business owners and managers (“HR for Small Business Track: HR Boot Camp”). Attendees will choose one of the above tracks for the morning session, followed by a joint lunch session on “Culture Versus Strategy: How to Beat the Competition.” Advance registration is required. For additional information and fees see mobileshrm.org.
Dauphin Island free family movies
The town of Dauphin Island hosts free family movies on the beach each Thursday and Friday night in the summer, weather permitting. Aug. 14 features “Hugo.” The movie will begin at dark at the West End Beach, 3000 Bienville Blvd. Bring chairs, blankets, soda and snacks and bug spray, just in case.
Ark of India
“Ark of India: An Alabama Artist Explores Southern Asia” is an exhibit about personal discovery and exploration. It’s 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, 111 S. Royal St. On view until Sept. 1. Admission is free.
Journey to Mars … Beyond Earth
In the not-too-distant future, astronauts destined to be the first people to walk on Mars will leave Earth aboard an Orion spacecraft and begin their journey, carrying the spirit of humanity with them to the red planet. To highlight this mission in a fun and engaging way, the Gulf Coast Exploreum has collaborated with NASA on the exhibits “Journey to Mars” and “Beyond Earth.” The exhibits will run through Sept. 7 at the Exploreum, 65 Government St. For more information, call 251-208-6893.
Top of the Hops Beer Fest
Join The Wharf for the 4th annual Top of the Hops Beer Festival. Patrons will receive a commemorative sampling mug and have access to unlimited two-ounce samplings of more than 150 craft beers. Come enjoy the mass of craft beers with live music and fun games! Tickets are on sale now at www.topofthehopsbeerfest.com. The Beer Fest takes place at The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach, and begins at 4 p.m. For more information visit topofthehopsbeerfest.com/wharf/.
The Mobile BayBears take on the Mississippi Braves at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd., at 7:05 p.m. Saturdays offer a fun and unique theme throughout the game and free parking for all RAM trucks in the AutoNation RAM Truck Lot. This Saturday, the BayBears will host Iron Bowl Night with all promotions and activities centered around an Iron Bowl theme!
Mission of Hope: Run to Win
A fundraiser to benefit the Mission of Hope, the “Run to Win” banquet will be held at the Mobile Convention Center (1 S. Water St.). The guest speaker will be legendary coach Gene Stallings, who led the Alabama Crimson Tide to a national championship in 1992. The emcee will be well-known Christian artist Alicia Williamson Garcia. There will be a silent auction of donated goods and services including unique autographed items from the University of Alabama. Funds raised at the event will go toward helping the ministry continue to reach indigent drug and alcohol addicts, including addicted pregnant women. For more information and tickets, visit www.missionofhopeministries.net or call 251-214-3778.
North Mobile County Food Park and Farmer’s Market
Join us in downtown Prichard for a market full of food trucks, local produce, meats, artists, crafts and music. The market takes place the first and third Saturdays of every month from 9 a.m. until noon at 204 S. Wilson Ave., in the old Sawyer Furniture parking lot. For more information, visit www.nomocofoodie.org. For help with additional questions, contact Jonathan Adams at 352-217-780 or JonDAdams@gmail.com.
Tales from the hive: bees
Honeybee hives have provided humans with honey and wax for centuries. Come take a peek in the hive at 5 Rivers, 30945 Five Rivers Blvd. Free, open to all ages, the class starts at 2 p.m. Call 251-625-0814 for more information.
Mary Poppins, enchanted umbrella in hand, descends on the east wind to Playhouse in the Park stage for its final performances of a four-weekend run of Disney’s Tony Award winning musical of the same name. Fall in love with Mary Poppins all over again! Show runs through Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Reservations may be made by calling 251-602-0630. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors over age 60.
“Avenue Q” is a coming-of-age parable satirizing the issues associated with entering adulthood. Its characters lament that as children, they were assured that they were special; but as adults, they have discovered to their surprise and dismay that in the real world they are no more “special” than anyone else. The musical is notable for the use of puppets, animated by unconcealed puppeteers, alongside human actors. This play contains explicit content and is intended for mature audiences only. The show runs Fridays, Saturdays (8 p.m. curtain) and Sundays (2 p.m. curtain) through Aug. 23 at Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen St., Mobile. For tickets and more information, call 251-471-1534.
The Big Bad Wolf is on trial at South Baldwin Community Theatre (SBCT), and his fate is in your hands. The most notorious criminal in the fairy tale world, Big Bad Wolf, is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by the countless quirky characters he has wronged. Now, the two greatest legal minds in the Enchanted Forest — the Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother — will clash in a trial that will be remembered forever after. As Little Red Riding Hood, her grandmother, the Three Little Pigs and the Shepherd in charge of the Boy Who Cried Wolf testify, the wolf seems deserving of all that’s coming. Performance dates are Aug. 14-16. Curtain time for Friday and Saturday shows is 7:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. for the Sunday shows. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased at sbct.biz and at the theater box office Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and one hour before each performance. Credit cards are accepted. SBCT is at 2022 West 2nd St., Gulf Shores. For more information, go to sbct.biz or call 251-968-6721.
Greenleaf Writer’s Group
The Greenleaf Writer’s Group is currently welcoming new members. We meet every third Saturday of the month at the Semmes library from 10 a.m. until noon. If you are an aspiring writer, come join us. For more information call 251-490-5199.
Saenger movie series: “The Wizard of Oz”
The Saenger Theatre’s Summer Classic Movie Series concludes with “The Wizard of Oz.” Doors open at 2:30 p.m. with the film beginning at 3 p.m. General admission tickets cost $6 per adult and $3 per child age 12 and under or 60-plus. Tickets can be purchased beforehand at either the Saenger Theatre Box Office, 6 S. Joachim St., downtown Mobile, or at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office, 401 Civic Center Drive. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the showing at 12:30 p.m. from the Saenger Box Office. The main concession downstairs will be open for snacks and beverages such as popcorn, sodas, candy, beer, wine and mixed drinks.
Sunday Sunset Concert
The town of Dauphin Island hosts a Sunday Sunset Concert series through Oct. 11. On Aug. 17, enjoy The John Milham Trio at the West End Beach at 6 p.m. Entrance fees are $10 per vehicle including passengers. Proceeds go to the Little Red School House Fund. As always, attendees are encouraged to bring beach chairs, blankets and bug spray (just in case) but please no pets, glass or grills.
The Mobile BayBears take on the Mississippi Braves at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd., at 5:05 p.m. Kids and their families will have a chance to play catch on the field before the game. After the game, kids 12 years of age and younger will be invited to run the bases. All fans will be invited down to the field to meet the BayBears players and coaching staff for autographs and photos. Special experiences for kids include an opportunity to be the public address announcer for a half inning as well as an opportunity for a child to sit in on the radio broadcast for a half-inning. It will be kids-only participation for all on-field contests and $2 slushies will be available for all kids throughout every Sunday game. Bark in the Park allows fans to bring their dogs to The Hank and take in America’s Past Time with Man’s Best Friend.
Sunday matinee at 5 Rivers
Every Sunday throughout the day, take a step inside 5 Rivers Tensaw Theater and catch a free film. This week’s movie is “America’s Amazon,” a locally produced documentary about threats facing the unique and diverse Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. For more information, call 251-625-0814.
Come enjoy complimentary mimosas as artists work at the Cathedral Square Gallery, 612 Dauphin St., Mobile. Works by more than 60 area artists also will be on display. For more information, call 251-694-0278.
Mobile Master Gardeners Lunch & Learn
Bring a lunch and bring a friend to the Mobile County Master Gardeners’ Lunch & Learn series on the third Monday of every month at the John Archer Center, 1070 Schillinger Road N., from noon to 1 p.m. This month, Ellen Huckabay will discuss seed saving. For more information visit www.aces.edu/Mobile/mg or call 251-574-8445.
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dance classes with professional instructors at 7 p.m., followed by dancing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10. This event is BYOB 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 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.
Railroad workers and retirees meeting
The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees Inc. (NARVRE) will present a program in the Mobile area to inform railroad industry workers, retirees, spouses, widows and widowers about their pension benefits under the Railroad Retirement Act. The 10 a.m. meeting will take place at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 301 Government St. There is no charge for your attendance and participation. For more information, call Whitey at 440-452-8427.
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 1-800-431-1754 or visit DrugAbuseSolution.com.
Teen Tech Tutor program
The Baldwin County Library Cooperative recently implemented a Teen Tech Tutor program at the Robertsdale Library. This program is designed to match high school age students who have strong technological skills with adults and seniors who are unfamiliar with basic laptop computer technology. The free program is available Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 18301 Pennsylvania St., Robertsdale. An appointment is required; call the library at 251-970-4010.
Boardwalk Talks are held the first and third Wednesdays 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, call 251-861-2141.
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help prevent a blood shortage. Blood donations often decline in August as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. On average, during the summer months, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed. Please donate at the Creekwood Church of Christ, 1901 Schillinger Road, Mobile, from 4 until 8 p.m. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment or for more information.
Ladies Wine and Drive Golf Clinic
Learn to golf, improve your game or just have fun with your girlfriends! Come out to Foley for a golf lesson, glass of wine and friendship. If you’ve always wanted to learn, this is a great opportunity in a fun, low-pressure atmosphere. One-hour golf lesson with glass of wine (before and after lesson) costs $20 per lesson. All lessons taught by PGA pro every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Glenlakes Golf Club, 9530 Clubhouse Drive, Foley. Contact David for more information, 251-955-1220.
Facebook boot camp
If new media feels overwhelming at times, that’s understandable. Maybe it’s time you got a solid grasp on it once and for all by enrolling in Social Media University Facebook Boot Camp, a Global Marketing Solutions course brought to by North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. This full-day (8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.) session will immerse students deeply into Facebook beginning at a very basic level and go all the way through to insights and how to use them. The cost is $15 for North Baldwin chamber members and $25 for non-members. Lunch is provided. Registration required, call 251-9370-5665. The camp will be held at North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, 301 McMeans Ave., Bay Minette.
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. Crockmiers, 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.