GENERAL INTEREST

Salute U.S. Navy Ship
Fort Morgan Historical Site will be greeting the USS Farragut, a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, as it travels to visit Mobile for Mardi Gras. The event will take place mid-morning on Friday, Feb. 5. Admission to Fort Morgan for the event is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children ages 7-18. Children under 6 are admitted free. The time and date of this event are subject to change if inclement weather were to occur. For specific timing and more information on this event, please call Fort Morgan Historical site at 251-540-5257.

Chinese New Year Parade
Children of the World international adoption and relief agency invite you to join them for their 20th annual Chinese New Year parade Saturday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. in downtown Fairhope. Festivities include a fish fry, silent auction and more. Wesley Hall at Fairhope United Methodist Church is the place to be, 155 S. Section St. For more information call 251-990-3550.

Seymour Lichtenfeld at 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. Lunch costs $10 and is served at noon; the forum begins at 12:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend the forum. The church is on the corner of Government and Jackson streets in downtown Mobile. Call the church office for details at 251-432-1749.

Winter Wednesdays at Bellingrath
Linda Guy, longtime Rosarian of Bellingrath’s award-winning Rose Garden, will show guests how to care for roses year-round and give a demonstration of rose pruning techniques at Bellingrath Gardens and Home in Theodore, Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 10:30 a.m. Questions are encouraged! Books and supplies will be available in the gift shop. The event is part of the Winter Wednesdays series, running through February. Visit www.bellingrath.org for the full schedule. Admission is $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12 and free to Bellingrath members and to ages 4 and younger. To register call 251-973-2217.


FUNDRAISERS

MCMA Benefit
Mobile Country Music Association MCMA is hosting a Building Fund Benefit on Saturday, Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the MCMA Concert Hall, 310 S. Craft Highway in Chickasaw. There will be live music, food and open mic, as well as raffle tickets. For more information or questions call 251-457-0762.

The Great Mardi Gras Chill-Out
Join Azalea City Montessori for parade-watching, kids’ activities and a chili cook-off Saturday, Feb. 6, at Nina Nicks Joseph Child Development Center, 209 S. Washington Ave. in downtown Mobile. $10 admission gets you access to our fenced-in playground on the parade route, inviting CDC facility with clean bathrooms and a changing area, and all the hot chili you can eat! Proceeds benefit Azalea City Montessori. To register your chili for the cook-off or for additional information, visit www.azaleacitymontessori.org. We hope to see you there!


ARTS

Art Walk: MOVED TO THURSDAY
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 Carpenters. The art walk begins at 6 p.m. at the Eastern Shore Art Center, 401 Oak St., Fairhope, on Thursday, Feb. 4. For more information contact Adrienne at 251-928-2228, ext. 103.

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

“Da Vinci: Machines and Robotics”
Opening Saturday, Feb. 6, a new exhibit on the Italian Rennaissance man will feature more than 60 machines, robotics and artworks, many of them interactive. Some of his ideas come to life include the bicycle, spring-powered car, hang glider, helicopter and his 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

Joe Cain Classic
The fun will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, in downtown Mobile. The Joe Cain Classic is much more than a 5k run, it’s a great family event featuring a one-mile walk/run and a quarter-mile “moonpie” dash for kids of all ages. Stick around after the race for a Mardi Gras block party, refreshments, music and a visit from Joe Cain’s widows. Most importantly, the race is an opportunity to provide financial assistance to the challenged-athlete program. Visit  bayarearunner.com for more information.

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.


PUBLIC MEETINGS

Daphne City Council
The Daphne City Council meets on the first and third Monday 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 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 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 regularly scheduled City Council meetings at the Community Center. For more information visit cityofspanishfort.com.

Baldwin County Commission
The Baldwin County Commission meets on the first and third Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. each month 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 each month at the Baldwin County Central Annex, 22251 Palmer St., Robertsdale. For more information visit baldwincountyal.gov.

Saraland: Second and fourth Thursday,6 p.m. 

Chickasaw: Second and fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m. 

Citronelle: Second and fourth Thursday, 6:30 p.m. 

Creola: Second and fourth Thursday, 6 p.

Satsuma: First and third Tuesday, 6 p.m. (working) 7 p.m. (regular session) 

Semmes: First and third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.