February 5

Discover The Nina and Pinta
The Nina and Pinta, replicas of Columbus’ ships will open in Gulf Shores Feb. 5. The ships will be docked at Lulu’s Homeport Marina, 200 E. 25th Ave. until their departure Feb. 9. While in port, the public is invited to visit and tour the ships. The price is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students. The ships will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit thenina.com.

Those Colorful Containers
Join Mobile County Master Gardener and Paula Pettis, owner of Prissy Pots Landscaping, as she teaches you of her unique plant combinations, often presented in out-of-the-ordinary containers. The class starts at 9:30 a.m. at Jon Archer Center, 1070 Schillinger Road, N. Mobile. This event is free and open to the public.

Government Street Forum
Join the Government Street Presbyterian Church for lunch and a speaker every Thursday through March 26. The speaker this week will be Joel Erdmann, athletic director, University of South Alabama. The lunch and forum is held in the church’s Fellowship Hall at the Jackson Street entrance on Government and Jackson streets. Lunch is served at noon and costs $10, which includes tea, coffee and dessert. There is no charge to attend the forum. For information, call the church office at 251-432-1749.

Thursdays at the Museum
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. the Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, 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.


February 6

First Friday Art Walk
The Eastern Shore Art Center returns with new art and music. Come check out the new exhibits, live pottery demonstrations while enjoying refreshments and live entertainment by Chris Clifton. 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 is 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 at 111 S. Royal St. and is on view until Sept. 1, 2015. Admission is free.


February 7

Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series
The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series will bring its Gulf of Mexico presentation to Fairhope, on Saturday, Feb. 7. The 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. presentation will be held inside the Grand Ballroom of the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort (1 Grand Blvd., Point Clear). George Poveromo will headline the program, along with Dave Lear as cohost. Courses for the seminar will focus on red drum, speckled trout, flounder, cobia, tarpon, fishing passes, wrecks and artificial reefs, kite fishing, groupers and snappers, blackfin and yellowfin tunas, cutting edge trolling tactics for wahoo, dolphin and tunas, offshore live baiting, catching daytime swordfish in the Gulf of Mexico, how to find and fish nearshore and offshore surface temperature breaks, and much more. Tickets are $55. For more information call 1-800-448-7360, or visit www.nationalseminarseries.com.

District 6 beautification project
Councilmember Bess Rich and residents of District 6 are sponsoring a beautification project to plant trees on the medians at the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Hillcrest Road on Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. Keep Mobile Beautiful and Alabama Power Community Service Group are also joining in the efforts. For more information call 251-208-7441.

MCMA: Building Benefit
Join Mobile County Music Association as they spotlight Charles “Bo” Grant, formerly of “The Platters.” Bo will perform 1-2 p.m. The MCMA staff band will perform 10:30 a.m. to noon. Lunch will be served at noon, $5 donation is asked. Open mic will begin at 2 p.m. The lunch is going to be held at MCMA Concert Hall, 310 S. Craft Highway in Chickasaw. For more information visit mobilecountrymusic.com.

Local Food Producers Forum
The national local food production movement is alive, well, and growing here in Baldwin County. Come listen and learn from those who are making it happen. After the speakers have made their presentations they will participate in a panel discussion. The forum will begin at 1 p.m. at Homestead Village Ballroom, Fairhope. There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information contact Mike at 251-504-1173.

Mystic Mutts of Revelry
Fairhope’s only walking parade, the Mystic Mutts of Revelry, features a theme of “Superheroes to the Rescue.” Registration for walkers and their dogs starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Fairhoper’s Community Park and the parade begins at 1 p.m. with a new route around the Faulkner State College campus and back to the park. It benefits The Haven, Fairhope’s no-kill shelter. For information on taking part or being a parade sponsor, visit havenforanimals.org.

Joie de Vivre “Joy of Life” Mardi Gras Ball
The 2nd annual Wind Creek Hospitality “Joy of Life” Mardi Gras Ball benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will take place Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Alabama Cruise Terminal. With more than 500 guests expected, the ball will showcase the culinary skills of several local chefs and restaurants. The Mardi Gras Ball King and Queen will be Gulf Coast St. Jude patients Cru Turnbow, 14 and Emily Graves, 8. The emcees for the evening will be Manning’s Food For Less General Manager Kamal (KC) Constantine along with Shelby Mitchell from the 95KSJ. Live entertainment will be provided by The Molly Ringwalds. The event is from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. and attire is white tie. For more information, please visit www.stjudegulfcoast.org or www.facebook.com/StJudeGulfCoast.

Dance Magic Inc. Gulf Coast Dance Challenge
Our Mobile Regional dance competition is in its 13th year and we are more excited than ever to host our regional event once again at the Mobile Civic Center Theatre. Please join us for our one-day event and the ultimate dance competition experience with premier judging. The challenge starts at 9:30 a.m. For more information visit dancemagic.net or call 228-437-6251.

Secular Morality for the Modern Age
Adam Lee will deliver “Secular Morality for the Modern Age” at the University of South Alabama, Humanities Auditorium, Room 170. Adam Lee advances the humanist philosophy through his book and blog, titled “Daylight Atheism,” which supports the secular viewpoint by arguing a non-religious view offers a liberating opportunity to live a moral, joyful, and purposeful life. The talk will begin at 6 p.m. For more information visit www.facebook.com/groups/usaphilosophers/.


February 8

Open Studio
Come enjoy complimentary mimosas as artists work at the Cathedral Square Gallery, 612 Dauphin St. There will also be works by more than 60 area artists on display. For more information call 251-694-0278.


February 9

Joe Jefferson Playhouse: Musical Comedy
The Joe Jefferson Playhouse invites everyone to enjoy a musical comedy and variety show, “On the Road Again with Willie Nelson and Other Outlaws.” The 90-minute concert stars Keith Allynn, aka “Not Really Willie,” a versatile entertainer who performs more than 50 singing characters. Audiences are encouraged to sing along with their favorites. “On the Road Again,” a fundraiser for the Joe Jefferson Playhouse, is at 7:30 p.m. All tickets are $20 and will only be sold at the door. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. The Playhouse is at 11 S. Carlen St., just off of Dauphin Street. For more information call 251-533-2627.

Teen Tech Tutor Program
The Baldwin County Library Cooperative (BCLC) recently implemented a Teen Tech Tutor program at the Robertsdale Library, 18301 Pennsylvania St., Robertsdale. This program is designed to match high school age students with strong technological skills with adults and seniors who are unfamiliar with basic laptop computer technology. The program is available Monday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is free of charge. An appointment is required and can be made by calling the library at 251-970-4010.


February 10

Find It Local Expo
South Baldwin Chamber will be bringing several local business to one convenient location; the Foley Civic Center! The community is invited to join us for refreshments, samples and door prizes from 5-7 p.m. For locals looking to support local businesses, this is a great opportunity to see many of the unique businesses our area features. Located in the heart of Foley at 112 W. Laurel Avenue, the Foley Civic Center will be buzzing with fun for the entire family. Questions, call 251-943-3291.

Tea for Two
The Fairhope Museum of History will host “Tea for Two” at 2 p.m. The speaker will be Police Chief Joseph H. Petties. Each Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m., the Museum hosts guests to enjoy a cup of delicious Baldwin County tea, cookies and a lecture on an interesting aspect of Fairhope history. These very popular afternoon events are sponsored by the Friends of the Museum group. For more information on the upcoming “Tea for Two” programs, call the Fairhope Museum of History at 929-1471.


February 11

South Baldwin Chamber Leadership Series
The Leadership Series was established to get relevant information and speakers to bring timely information to local businesses and the community. This week’s speaker will be Eliska Morgan, director of the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council. Morgan will cover an overview of the oil spill funding efforts. Doors and buffet open at 11:30 a.m., Program begins at noon. Tickets are $15 and no tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are available at mylocalchamber.net, by calling 943-3291. All Leadership Series events will take place in the Foley Civic Center, located at 407 E. Laurel Ave.

Green Drinks
Mobile Bay Green Drinks is a community group open to anyone interested in sharing ideas for sustainable living. Their goal is to connect with other progressive people in our area who work to address environmental issues in some capacity. There is no charge to attend, but you are responsible for your own drinks. The gathering starts at 5 p.m. at Alchemy Tavern, 7 South Joachim St.

Bend & Brew
Join Fairhope Brewing every Wednesday night starting at 6 p.m. for Hoppy Yoga. The taproom is transformed into a yoga studio with Soul Shine Yoga leading the session. It’s only $5 to participate in the class and then you can stick around for beer specials as well as light snacks provided by Pretty Mean Sweets. Fairhope Brewing is located at 914 Nichols Ave., Fairhope.

Tour Space 301
Tours of the Main Gallery and Fabrication Hall are every Wednesday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Centre for the Living Arts/Space 301, 301 Conti St. Tours included with the price of admission. Call 251-208-5671 or visit www.centreforthelivingarts.com for more information.