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.

Marc-Art 2017
Mobile Arc’s Marc-Art event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at Azalea Manor. Marc-Art features extraordinary artwork created by Mobile Arc program participants along with volunteer artists from the community. Call 251-479-7409 or visit mobilearc.org.

“Glow in the Park”
The city of Fairhope’s “Glow in the Park” summer movie series continues Aug. 3 with “Sing” at Fairhoper Community Park on Church Street. Call 251-929-1466.

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.

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.

Free family movie night
Join Dauphin Island on the West End Beach for a free movie at dusk on Thursday and Friday. This week’s films are “Nim’s Island” (Thursday) and “Forrest Gump” (Friday).

Unclaimed property auction
The Mobile Police Department has an unclaimed property auction scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at MPD headquarters in the back parking area. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Call 251-208-1890.

“Movie in the Park”
The Mobile Police Department is hosting “Movie in the Park” this summer. The next film will be Saturday, Aug. 5, at 5:30 p.m. at Medal Honor Park, 1711 Hillcrest Road.

Founders Day
Bellingrath Gardens and Home will celebrate the legacy of its founder, Walter Bellingrath, on Sunday, Aug. 6, his birthday. On Founder’s Day admission to the gardens is complimentary for all Mobile and Baldwin county residents. Call 251-459-8973.

Saenger film series
Saenger Theatre’s Summer Classic Movie Series continues Sunday with “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” 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 Tiki Week
Mobile Tiki Week will take place Aug. 7-12. 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) all week long. Call 251-229-2718.

Shining Star Youth Camp
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office will host camps for youth ages 8-13 at Central Baldwin Middle School, Aug. 2-5. Call 251-972-6890.

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.

“Wonderful Wednesday”
Join curator Tom McGehee to explore Mrs. Bellingrath’s most prized pieces at Bellingrath Gardens & Home. Admission is $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12. Visit bellingrath.org or call 251-459-8864 to register.

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

Beat the heat
Firehouse Subs’ sixth annual “H2O for Heroes” bottled water collection drive is Saturday, Aug. 5, at all Firehouse Subs locations in Mobile. Each guest will receive a medium sub when they donate an unopened 24-pack of bottled water.

“50 Days of Giving”
The Shoppes at Bel Air is carrying out its “50 Days of Giving” program. On Saturday, Aug. 5, 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

MMoA Night Market
Mobile Museum of Art hosts its Night Market on Thursday, Aug. 3, 5-8:30 p.m. featuring wares by artists and artisans. Support your local artists and join the party and shopping fun with great food, drink and live music. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive.

“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 Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Visit playhouseintheoark.org.

First Friday Art Walk
The Eastern Shore Art Center features new art and music the first Friday of every month. Friday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Eastern Shore Art Center, 401 Oak St., Fairhope. For more information, contact Adrienne at 251-928-2228, ext. 103.


MUSEUMS

Open house
Join the History Museum of Mobile for an open house, 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6. Light refreshments will be served and admission is FREE.

Learning Lunch
The History Museum of Mobile’s August Learning Lunch program will feature the author and historian Robert Kane on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at noon in the museum auditorium. Call 251-301-0270.

“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.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Dance registration
Dance Academy Mobile will hold its first open house registration on Friday, Aug. 4, 4-7 p.m. Fall 2017 schedule and registration information available now online at www.DanceAcademyMobile.com. For more info, call 251-404-8582.

Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears are back in action at Mobile’s Hank Aaron Stadium. The team finishes up a home stand against Mississippi on Aug. 3, then hosts Montgomery Aug. 4-8. 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. 4 and 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].