GENERAL INTEREST

Voter registration deadline
Friday, Feb. 12, is the deadline to register to vote in the March 1 primary elections. Register or ensure your registration is up to date by calling 251-574-8586 in Mobile County or 251-937-0305 in Baldwin County.

Legacy of the Civil Rights movement in Alabama
Join the Alabama Contemporary Art Center, University of South Alabama Writer in Residence Frye Gaillard and Dr. Carl Cunningham Jr. for a public talk on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. The presentation, which will be held in Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main branch of the Mobile Public Library (701 Government St.), is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Amanda Solley, education and program manager at Alabama Contemporary Art Center, at 251-208-5658.

Cuba and the U.S.: Where are we today?
Miguel Fraga, First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy in the U.S., will visit the University of South Alabama on Wednesday, Feb 17. Fraga will be visiting classes, meeting with administration and giving an open lecture at 3 p.m. at USA Humanities Building, Room 312. His lecture will be on the most recent developments in U.S.-Cuban relations and Mobile’s role as a major trade and cultural center. He will also discuss the importance of foreign language study to lead to more cooperation between nations. Please contact ngossett@southalabama.edu with any questions.

Tips against cyber criminals
Business Information Solutions, an experienced IT security company on the Gulf Coast, will host a lunch-and-learn seminar designed to equip local businesses with the tools necessary for protection against cyber criminals. The seminar is at Red Lobster, 3941 Airport Blvd. in Mobile, on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but reservations are required and may be made by visiting http://www.askbis.com/seminar1 or calling 251-410-7601.

Government Street Lunch Forum
The Government Street Lunch Forum at Government Street Presbyterian Church offers lunch and a speaker on Thursdays through March 17. The Feb. 11 speaker is Seymour Lichtenfeld, 91, a World War II veteran who was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and spent five months in a German POW camp when he was just 19 years old. Lunch is $10 and is served at noon; the forum begins at 12:30 p.m. and is free. The church is on the corner of Government and Jackson streets in downtown Mobile. For details, call the church office at 251-432-1749.

Getting ready for spring at Bellingrath Gardens

Bellingrath Gardens and Home Executive Director Dr. Bill Barrick and Nursery Manager Chuck Owens will share their secrets of creating one of the prettiest seasons at Bellingrath at the Feb. 17 Winter Wednesday program, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Find out how we grow our Easter lilies to be ready just in time for Easter! Guests will also get a preview of Bellingrath’s 2016 Festival of Flowers display. An exclusive tour of the Bellingrath greenhouses is included in the program. For information or to register call 251-973-2217, or visit www.bellingrath.org.

Dauphin Island 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. The Northern Gulf Institute presents a series of informal conversations about all things scientific in the Gulf of Mexico region. For more information or with questions call 251-861-2141.


ARTS

A Chocolate & Champagne Fantasy
Theater 98 actors will be participating in a mystery theater-type production with guests being able to ask questions and listen to conversations to try and discover who kidnapped the prized, golden cupid statue on Saturday, Feb 13. The mystery will begin at 7 p.m. at Fairhope Public Library, 501 Fairhope Ave. Tickets are $30 and can purchased at the Library. For more information call 251-928-7483.

The Ghost of Hamlet
Join Commedia del Arte for a hilarious retelling of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” The classic tragedy turns comedy when two misplaced spirits stumble into Prince Hamlet’s castle on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 7125 Hitt Road. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets and info are available at www.commediadelarte.org.

Moon Over Buffalo
Chickasaw Civic Theatre presents “Moon Over Buffalo,” opening Feb. 12 for two weekends at the Lola Phillips Playhouse, 801 Iroquois St. in Chickasaw. The comedy centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. At the moment, they’re portraying “Private Lives” and “Cyrano De Bergerac” in rep in Buffalo, New York, with five actors. Call 251-457-8887 or go to cctshows.com for reservations.

Open studio
Each Sunday, come enjoy complimentary mimosas as artists work at the Cathedral Square Gallery, 612 Dauphin St. in downtown Mobile. Works by more than 60 area artists also will be on display. For more information call 251-694-0278.


MUSEUMS

Romantic afternoon
Join the Swift Coles Historic Home for a romantic afternoon (1-4 p.m.) including a sweets buffet, tour of the home, love poems and romantic music on Sunday, Feb. 14. Reservations are appreciated. Admission is $15 per person. The Swift Coles Home is located at 17424 Swift Coles Lane in Bon Secour. For more information or for reservations call 251-949-5550.

Da Vinci: Machines and Robotics
Now through May, a new exhibit on the true Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci, will feature more than 60 machines, robotics and artworks, many of them interactive. Some of his ideas that have come to life include the bicycle, spring-powered car, hang glider, helicopter and robotic drummer. Also on hand will be children’s activities, computer animations and cinema. Other features are working models and machines crafted from Leonardo’s original sketches, notes and designs, rare facsimile codices and a biographical documentary. Some of these will be interactive, with visitors able to touch and control them. Reproductions of Leonardo’s most famous artwork, including “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper,” are part of the exhibit. Exploreum hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon until 5 p.m. For more information, call 251-208-6893 or visit exploreum.com.

Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb
Through April 3, experience the life and death of one of history’s most legendary kings through an exhibition of more than 100 reproductions of the boy king’s treasures at the History Museum of Mobile. The replicas range from beautiful recreations of jewelry, enormous statues, Tut’s nearly 300-pound, solid-gold inner sarcophagus and replicas of the pharaoh’s sacred and personal possessions including his state chariot, golden shrines, beds, thrones, jewelry, spectacular funerary mask, mummy case and royal mummy. History Museum of Mobile, 11 S. Royal St. Call 251-208-7508 for more information.

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.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Battle of Mobile Bay Run
Starting at Fort Gaines, enjoy a scenic 5k run through Dauphin Island on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 13. Register now online at pcpacers.org or in person at McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri or Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope. Race day registration will be available from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. For more information visit pcpacer.org.  

Pruning demonstration
Mobile County Master Gardeners will host a pruning demonstration for various fruit crops, roses and ornamentals. The demonstration is open to any and all individuals with an interest in learning about the care and maintenance of fruit trees, roses and ornamentals. The demonstration will be Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 9 a.m. at Jon Archer Agricultural Center, 1070 Schillinger Road. For more information call 251-574-8445.

Irish dance lessons
The Maccrossan School of Irish Dance is offering beginner Irish dance lessons every Saturday morning at the Azalea City Center for Performing Arts, 63 Midtown Park E. Classes are available for ages 4 through adult. Learn the beautiful art form of Irish dance with instruction in jig, reel, figure and ceili dancing! For more details please contact Julie Ann Black at maccrossanirishdance@yahoo.com or call 228-239-2422.

Ballroom dance

The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dance classes the first and third Monday of every month, with professional instructors at 7 p.m. followed by dancing from 7:30-10 p.m. Admission is $10. This event is BYOB and there is 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.

Bridge lessons
The Mobile Bridge Center offers free bridge lessons each Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Mobile Bridge Center, 1510 University Blvd. Arrive a few minutes early to register. If you have questions, call the Bridge Center at 251-666-2147 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


SELF-IMPROVEMENT

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.

Top Cats Toastmasters
Top Cats Toastmasters meets 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.

Downtown Toastmasters
The Downtown Mobile Toastmasters Club 2815 hosts a weekly educational lunch meeting at T.P. Crockmiers, 261 Dauphin St., from noon until 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. 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.

Eastern Shore Toastmasters
The Eastern Shore Toastmasters Club hosts a weekly meeting at Daphne United Methodist Church, 2401 Main St., in the Community Life Center on the second floor, from 6-7 p.m. on Thursdays. Practice your speaking, listening and leadership skills in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment. Guests are welcome! Visit us on Facebook (facebook.com/EasternShoreTM) or email contact-8422@toastmastersclubs.org.


PUBLIC MEETINGS

Alabama Coastal Fisherman’s Association meeting
The Alabama Coastal Fisherman’s Association’s February meeting will take place Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at Moe’s Original Bar B Que, 701 Springhill Ave. Attendees will hear from Fox10 News Chief Meteorologist Jason Smith on how weather affects fishing. ACFA encourages everyone to arrive early to pay membership dues. For more information visit www.acfafish.com.

MOAA lunch meeting
Join the Military Officers Association of America South Alabama Chapter for a special lunch. The guest speaker is Blaine Crum, supervisory special agent, Department of Homeland Security. Crum is a native Mobilian and a U.S. Army veteran. Lunch will be Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Azalea City Golf Course Grill, 1000 Gaillard Drive, and costs $14 per person. To make reservations or for more information please call Phil at 251-545-9394.

Congressman Bradley Byrne
Congressman Bradley Byrne will be holding three town hall meetings in the Mobile area. The first is Monday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m. at Saraland Civic Center, 716 Mae St. The second will be Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. at Creola City Hall, 190 Dead Lake Road. The third will be Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. at Semmes Community Center, 10141 Moffett Road. For more information or with questions please call 202-225-4931.

Mobile Bay Green Drinks
Mobile Bay Green Drinks is an informal networking opportunity for people in our region. Green Drink gatherings are usually held at 5-7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in at Fairhope Brewing Co. (914 Nichols Ave., Fairhope) and on the third Wednesday of each month at Alchemy Tavern (7 S. Joachim St., Mobile). Mobile will host its next Green Drinks on Wednesday, Feb. 17. For more information visit facebook.com/MobileBayGreenDrinks.

Daphne City Council
The Daphne City Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Daphne City Hall, 1705 Main St., Daphne. City Council work sessions are the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. For more information visit daphneal.com.

Fairhope City Council
The Fairhope City Council meets on the second and fourth Monday each month at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Fairhope City Hall, 161 N. Section St., Fairhope. City Council work sessions are held before each City Council meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the Delchamps Room at City Hall. For more information visit cofairhope.com.

Fairhope Planning Commission
The Fairhope Planning Commission meets on the first Monday of each month at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Fairhope City Hall, 161 N. Section St., Fairhope. For more information visit cofairhope.com.

Foley City Council
The Foley City Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Foley City Hall, 407 E. Laurel Ave., Foley. Work sessions begin at 4 p.m. before each regularly scheduled meeting. For more information visit cityoffoley.org.

Spanish Fort City Council
The Spanish Fort City Council meets on the first and third Monday each month at 6 p.m. at the Spanish Fort Community Center, 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd. Work sessions begin at 5 p.m. before each regularly scheduled meeting. For more information visit cityofspanishfort.com.

Baldwin County Commission
The Baldwin County Commission meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the County Commission Chambers at the Baldwin County Administration Building, 322 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette. Work sessions are the second and fourth Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. with the location rotating between Baldwin County Administration Building in Bay Minette, Foley Satellite Courthouse, Fairhope Satellite Courthouse and the Baldwin County Central Annex Building in Robertsdale. For more information visit baldwincountyal.gov.

Baldwin County Planning Commission
The Baldwin County Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Baldwin County Central Annex, 22251 Palmer St., Robertsdale. For more information visit baldwincountyal.gov.

Saraland City Council
Second and fourth Thursday, 6 p.m., 716 Saraland Blvd. S. 251-675-5103.

Chickasaw City Council 
Second and fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m., 224 N. Craft Highway, 251-452-6450.  

Citronelle City Council 
Second and fourth Thursday, 6:30 p.m., 19135 Main St., 251-866-7973. 

Creola City Council
Second and fourth Thursday, 6 p.m. 190 Dead Lake Rd #A, 251-675-8142.

Satsuma City Council
First and third Tuesday, 6 p.m. (working) 7 p.m. (regular session), 5464 Old Highway 43, 251-675-1440.

Semmes City Council 
First and third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., 7875 Moffett Road, 251-649-8811.