August 6

Bellingrath Gardens Founder’s Day
Bellingrath Gardens will continue a longstanding tradition of celebrating the legacy of founder Walter D. Bellingrath by offering free admission to local residents on his birthday, Aug. 6. The Founder’s Day tradition dates to 1949, when “Mr. Bell,” as he was affectionately known to his employees, placed an open invitation in the Mobile Press, asking his fellow Gulf Coast residents to visit the gardens to help him celebrate his 80th birthday. Aug. 6, 1949, was also declared “Walter Bellingrath Day” in Mobile. There also will be a discount sale in the gift shop on Founder’s Day. Don’t miss it! Bellingrath is located at 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Mobile. For more information call 251-973-2217.

Welding facility open house
Virginia College of Mobile will host an open house for its new welding facility from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 4525 Schillinger Road N. in Semmes. The Mobile campus is the first Virginia College campus to offer the 44-week program, which began June 29. For more information about the welding technician program and other programs offered at Virginia College in Mobile, call 251-343-7227 or visit www.vc.edu/Mobile.  

Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation Rodeo
The Foundation’s primary fundraiser is the annual Professional Rodeo, an award-winning Professional Cowboy Association event. The rodeo is held over a three-day period, Aug. 6-8 in an outdoor area, rain or shine, attracting thousands of fans who cheer on professional cowboys and cowgirls from across the South. All proceeds from the 2015 rodeo benefit the Peer Helper Programs in Baldwin County Schools. The Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation’s mission is providing youth with the knowledge, resources and confidence to successfully navigate the pressures of day-to-day life issues and excel into adulthood. The rodeo is at the Foley Horse Arena, 113 E Rosetta Ave, Foley, AL 36535. For more information visit jennifermoorefoundation.com or call 251-971-3633.

MARC-Art 2015
MARC-Art is the annual fundraising event benefiting Mobile ARC’s art education programs for people with developmental disabilities. The evening features an exhibit and sale of extraordinary artwork created by our talented art program participants as well as their collaborative pieces created with local artists from the Mobile area. MARC-Art is a festive celebration of the significant impact these programs make in their lives and encourages community awareness and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. We are excited to have Chef Rob cater the event at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin St. in Mobile at 6 p.m. For more information or to reserve your tickets now, please call 251-665-9646 or email aodom@mobilearc.org.

“SABAN” book signing
Warren St. John calls “SABAN: The Making of a Coach” “the most comprehensive portrait yet of football’s most enigmatic coach,” Nick Saban. The book by Monte Burke is the first definitive biography of the most influential — and polarizing — man in the sport. Page & Palette (32 S. Section St., Fairhope) will host Burke to sign and discuss the new book at a free event set for 6 p.m. “SABAN” is scheduled for release Aug. 4. For more information about the event, contact Page & Palette at 251-928-5295 or www.pageandpalette.com.

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.


August 7

Bay Area Songwriters Festival
The second annual Bay Area Songwriters Festival will be held at Old 27 Grill, located at 19992 State Highway 181 in Fairhope, Aug. 7-8 beginning at 6:30 p.m. both days. This is an amazing lineup of local artists you don’t want to miss. For more information, visit old27grill.com.

“Big Bad” opening
The Big Bad Wolf is on trial at South Baldwin Community Theatre, 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. 7-9 and 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.

“Avenue Q”
“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) Aug. 7-23 at Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen St., Mobile. For tickets and more information, call 251-471-1534.

Red Cross/Bebo’s Express Block Party Blood Drive
Bebo’s Express is once again partnering with the American Red Cross to help maintain a sufficient summer blood supply. Summer is one of the most challenging times to recruit blood donors. The Red Cross is asking the community to help ensure a stable blood supply this summer by giving blood at the Bebo’s Express Block Party Blood Drive from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at Daphne City Hall, 1705 Main St., Daphne; and from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 6-7, at Foley Civic Center, 407 E. Laurel Ave., Foley, and Bel Air Mall, 3299 Bel Air Mall, Mobile.

Strange Journeys
SJM Tours provides innovative, interactive and entertaining walking tours in Mobile. Strange Journeys is a two-hour walk in the historic districts where you can learn about unusual history, spooky tales and strange sightings that ALL happened in Mobile. The walk begins at 8 p.m. from the rear parking lot of the Ben May Mobile Public Library, 701 Government St. For more information, call 251-644-1664 or visit www.sjmtours.com.

First Friday Art Walk
The Eastern Shore Art Center returns with new art and music. Come check out the new exhibits and live pottery demonstrations while enjoying refreshments and live entertainment by The Sound Capenters. The art walk begins 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.

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.


August 8

I DOO Pop Up
The I DOO Pop Up event strives to give support and exposure to small businesses rooted in the Mobile area by providing a space to sell handmade items or other services deliverable at the time of purchase. Come out to support small businesses in your area. This event will be held at Gallery 450 at 450 Dauphin St., Mobile, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spend your money locally to encourage growth in your community!

NASA Lands at the Exploreum
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville and the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center together will host “NASA Lands at the Exploreum Day” (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) complete with rockets, science, engineering and fun. Visitors can talk with key managers from the Marshall Center, kids can make their own rocket while learning about space, take a virtual ride through the solar system and listen to Marshall engineers as they showcase their missions to explore the Earth, our sun and other worlds. Admission is $10 and includes exhibits and IMAX films. The Exploreum is located at 65 Government St. For more information, visit www.exploreum.com.

How to not fall for a jerk
This four-hour class on relationships will teach people how to follow your heart without losing your mind. The class takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the new Foreman Building, 4904 Oak Circle Drive, Mobile. For $50, attendees will learn skills to carry into their relationships and receive a take-home workbook as well as light refreshments and snacks. For more information and to register, call 251-602-0909.

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 the abused, abandoned and neglected animals that come through their doors. Through Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public will have the perfect opportunity to look for that nugget thrifty shoppers dream of finding! Fine china, glassware, framed pictures, books, small furniture, jewelry and decorative housewares are just a few of the items one can find. Every dime generated goes to help the animals! For more information, call 251-929-1911.

“Mary Poppins”
Mary Poppins, enchanted umbrella in hand, descends on the east wind to the Playhouse in the Park stage for 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. on 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.

Bay Area Songwriters Festival
The second annual Bay Area Songwriters Festival will be held at Old 27 Grill, located at 19992 AL-181 in Fairhope, Aug. 7-8 beginning at 6:30 p.m. both days. This is an amazing line-up of local artists you don’t want to miss. For more information, visit old27grill.com.


August 9

Saenger movie series: “A Streetcar Named Desire”
The Saenger Theatre’s Summer Classic Movie Series continues with “A Street Car Called Desire” The series runs Sundays through Aug. 16. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. with film beginning at 3 p.m. General admission tickets cost $6 per adult and $3 per child age 12 and under or 60+ senior. 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 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 “Murder of Crows.” 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 10

Car Buying 101
Purchasing an auto can be stressful, and costly mistakes can affect you for years. At this workshop, held 6-7 p.m., you can learn the tools of the trade when it comes to dealer offers and financing. 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.

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.


August 11

Addiction counseling
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.  


August 12

Downtown Toastmasters
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.