August 27

Fill the Boot drive
Mobile Fire-Rescue Department will be conducting a “Fill the Boot” drive Aug. 27-29 to benefit veteran firefighter John Battiste, who is suffering from a debilitating illness and may not be able to return to work. Collections will be accepted from 8:30-11:30 a.m. each day at the following locations: Dauphin Street at Springdale Boulevard, Airport Boulevard at Schillinger Road and Highway 90 at Three Notch Road.

Live Fast, Die Young: Youth in Art
Remember when summer seemed to last forever? Bring the kids and let them discover exactly what childhood was like before cell phones and video games, or bring a date and rediscover your youthful exuberance in art through the ages on a tour of Children in Painting at Mobile Museum of Art. This is a free program; sign up in person for a 6, 7 or 8 p.m. tour with a trained docent. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive, Mobile. For more information, call 251-208-5200.

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, Mobile.


August 28

Mobile BayBears
Mobile BayBears take on the Montgomery Biscuits at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd., at 7:05 p.m.

Last Friday Art Night
Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Gallery is where it’s happening on the island on the last Friday of each month. Last Friday Art Night features shopping for local art, art demonstrations, food, drink and music. Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Gallery is located at 1008 Alabama Ave. For more information call 251-861-3300.

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
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., Mobile. For more information, call 251-208-6893.


August 29

Dauphin Street Beer Festival  
Grab your friends, grab your mug and get ready to taste a bevy of brews! That’s right, the Dauphin Street Beer Festival is back and we are gearing up for a record year. With only craft beer offerings, we expect quite a few new beers to be on the sampling menu. For more information, please call 251-208-1550. Tickets are available at beerfest.brownpapertickets.com.

Reel Hope Classic
The inaugural Reel Hope Classic fishing tournament is set for Aug. 28-29 at Orange Beach Marina, 27075 Marina Road. Hosted by the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club, the event will benefit patients treated at the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham. To register or for more information about the tournament, visit give.childrensal.org/reelhope or call Kerrie Benson at 251-610-4969. Further updates can also be found on the event’s Facebook page.

Mobile BayBears
Mobile BayBears take on the Montgomery Biscuits at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd., at 7:05 p.m.

Steady Pace 5K
We invite you and your family to support us as we move Mobile at a “Steady Pace” into a healthier and more fit lifestyle. Steady Pace 5K Run Walk and Kids Fun Run is designed to promote health and wellness within the community. Steady Pace 5K run walk is the first event of its kind designed specifically for the awareness of the effects of childhood and adult obesity within the Mobile community. The race begins at 8 a.m. at Lyons Park on Springhill Avenue. To register visit active.com.

PaddleFit Basic Class
This is a beginner-level class that will focus on introducing you to the sport of stand up paddling (SUP) in a fun and safe manner. PaddleFit Basic Class is open to guests 16 and older, all equipment is included (board, paddle, PFD), and classes are $35 per person. Please register, at minimum, one day in advance. For more information call 251-424-5909 or visit windandwaterlearning.com.

Stop the Abuse Awareness Ride
2015’s STAAR is the inaugural ride benefiting Royal Family KIDS Camp 218, which has been awarded a State of Alabama Governor’s Commendation recognizing Royal Family KIDS Camps for its dedication to confronting child abuse and helping to change the lives of abused, neglected and abandoned kids. Register online at palmerdale.royalfamilykids.org/staar-ride/ ($2 added for processing). Registration forms can also be requested by email to [email protected] or by calling 205-681-9766, extension 10.

Pensacola Bon Fest
A taste of summer fun from Old Japan, Bon Fest Pensacola 2015 is based on the Obon festivals of Japan, celebrating family and folk traditions through song and dance. With a “Mikoshi Parade” for kids as well as dancing and costume contests, it’s sure to be fun for the whole family. From origami creations to kimono fabric art, a variety of Japanese arts and crafts will be for sale. Japanese summer treats will also be on hand. Admission is free, so come and celebrate this exciting Japanese holiday with us at Pensacola Bon Fest at 111 Berkley Drive, Pensacola. Call 850-602-4385 for more information.

Fall track and field camp
Join Azalea City Track and Field for the fall camp at South Alabama’s Jaguar Track facility, 6001 USA Drive S. The day camp will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Registration is $30 in advance and $35 otherwise. For more information and to register, visit jagfieldcamp.com/fall-track-and-field-camps.cfm or call 251-460-7656.

Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Mims
This annual commemoration and living history weekend will be held Aug. 29-30 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in North Baldwin County, 12 miles north of Stockton on State Highway 59 then west three miles on County Road 80. The weekend includes living history, displays and crafts of early 1800s Creek Indian games and cultural presentations of period weapons and clothing. For more information visit fortmims.org.


August 30

Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears take on the Birmingham Biscuits at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd, at 5:05 p.m.

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 “Animal Misfits,” a collection of implausible creatures at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival. Somehow these creatures are able to thrive, and prove that being different and highly specialized can give you an edge. For more information, call 251-625-0814.

Open studio
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.


August 31

Gulf Coast Athletic Club
The Gulf Coast Athletic Club will meet every other week at The Cotton Creek Clubhouse at Craft Farms, 3840 Cotton Creek Circle, Gulf Shores. The speakers Aug. 31 are Wimp Sanderson and Sonny Smith, Alabama and Auburn basketball coaches. An annual membership cost $200, which includes dinner at the club’s meetings. Non-members may attend meetings for a fee of $30. For more information visit gcathleticclub.com.

Back to School Bookmark Contest
The Daphne Public Library announces its “Back-to-School” Bookmark Contest. The contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Daphne Public Library and open to students in grades K-12. The contest will begin Aug. 31 and ends Sept. 26. For more information visit www.daphnelibrary.org.

Auditions for “The Secret Garden”
Adapted by Tim Kelly from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and directed by Chris Paragone. Come prepared to read from the script. Performance dates are Oct. 23-25. Auditions begin at 7:30 p.m. at Azalea City Center for the Arts, 63 Midtown Park East. For more information and the script, call 251-510-1808.

Mobile BayBears
Mobile BayBears take on the Montgomery Biscuits at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd., at 7:05 p.m.


September 1

Emma Langdon Roche Exhibit
Through Dec. 31 the Historic Oakleigh Museum hosts an exhibit of Emma Langdon Roche. In 1914, Roche, a Mobile artist, wrote “Historic Sketches of the South,” a narrative and collection of sketches of the survivors of the last documented slave ship to enter the United States. Her book introduced the world to the residents of Africatown. The exhibit, a first for Historic Oakleigh and created by HMPS Public Historian Melanie Thornton and Tance Beech, museum studies intern, will explore the life and work of the mother of Mobile’s art community. For more information call 251-432-1281.

5 Rivers StoryTime:
“Scaredy Squirrel” by Mélanie Watt. The first and third Tuesday of every month is StoryTime at 5 Rivers. Children under the age of 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature based story followed by arts and crafts.  This week, a squirrel is afraid of mostly everything, and learns that he really doesn’t need to be. 10-11 a.m., for more information, call 251-625-0814.

5 Rivers Outdoor Adventure Night
A free event where everyone is welcome, Adventure Night allows participants to meet and mingle with local outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy monthly programs.
This week, from 7-8:30 p.m., meet the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club and the Mobile Bay Sierra Club. For more information, call 251-625-0814.


September 2

Brown Bag in Bienville Square
Fall is back and so is live jazz! Brown Bag your lunch and sit under the swirl of oak trees in Bienville Square from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., listening to live music provided by the city of Mobile Special Events Department.

Boardwalk Talks
Boardwalk Talks are on the first and third Wednesdays 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., Dauphin Island. The Northern Gulf Institute presents a series of informal conversations about all things scientific in the Gulf of Mexico region. For more information or questions, call 251-861-2141.

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 a 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.