GENERAL INTEREST

Raising Roses
Come to Bellingrath Gardens and Home at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 14 for “Raising Roses,” a seminar with Linda Guy on pruning techniques, fertilization and black spot prevention. Call 251-459-8727, email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.

Family Heritage Day
Fort McDermott in Spanish Fort will celebrate Confederate heritage Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., period music, military re-enactors, and free red beans and rice while it lasts.

Republican Women
Knollwood Republican Women meet Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m. at Gordon Oaks, 3145 Knollwood Drive. Speaker is District 6 City Councilwoman Bess Rich.

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.

Weeks Bay Cleanup
Join the Weeks Bay Foundation and Thompson Engineering on Feb. 17 to pick up trash. Kayak-based cleanup starts at 10 a.m. at the Fish River boat ramp under the Highway 98 bridge at Weeks Bay. BYOB (boat). Call 251-990-5004, email yael@weeksbay.org.

Orchid Show
Bellingrath Gardens will host the Mobile Area Orchid Society’s show and sale from Friday, Feb. 16, to Sunday, Feb. 18. The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Call 251-209-1008, email joe6w@aol.com.

Alabama Authors Day
On Saturday, Feb. 17, Blakeley State Park invites all interested in the literary arts to attend the annual “Alabama Authors Day” beginning at 11 a.m. Call 251-626-0798.

Practical Gardening Class
A six-week class at Mobile Botanical Gardens on how to look at your landscape and select plants, soil preparation, proper plant maintenance and more. Thursdays through March, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 251-342-0555, or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

Winter Walk at Bellingrath
Learn about the interesting winter borders and containers throughout the gardens from Bellingrath’s horticulture management team. Winter Wednesdays sessions are held weekly in the Magnolia Room, 10:30-11:30 a.m., through Feb. 28. Call 251-459-8864.

Daphne Farmers Market
Fridays from 2-6 p.m. is Daphne’s Farmers Market, located at the corner of Main Street and Santa Rosa, at 2305 U.S. 98.

TOPS
Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church. Call 251-625-6888.

Toastmasters
Toastmasters International meets regularly at six locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Visit www.toastmasters.org for more information.

Shipshape Urban Farms
Come to Bellingrath Gardens at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 21 to learn about Shipshape Urban Farms in downtown Mobile, a company that grows greens and herbs without soil in nutrient-rich water. Call 251-459-8727, email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.


FUNDRAISERS

Many More Miles
Baldwin Bone & Joint’s annual collection of shoes for the homeless outreach program continues through Saturday, March 24. For drop-off locations, call 251-621-5387.


ARTS

“She Kills Monsters,”
Take a journey into fantasyland with the comedy-drama “She Kills Monsters.” Feb. 22-24. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $16. To purchase in advance, call the box office at 251-460-6305. Theatre USA, 5751 USA S. Drive, Mobile.

Garden Sketch Club
Join Mobile Botanical Gardens every Friday for art in the gardens. Artists meet 2-4 p.m., with guidance and advice available from Derek Norman. All levels of experience welcome. General admission is $5 for nonmembers. Call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

Live Letterpress
Eastern Shore Art Center is hosting an all-day event Saturday, Feb. 17, with printmaker Amos Kennedy, including hands-on printmaking demos, cash-and-carry print sales and a screening of his documentary, “Proceed and Be Bold!” Call 251-928-2228, ext. 103.

Mobile Mystery Dinners
A performance of “Murder at Fruitcake Inn” will take place Sunday. Feb. 18, 5 p.m. at Azalea Manor in downtown Mobile. Tickets include dinner and unlimited wine. Advance reservations required, call 251-865-7398.

Art Demonstrations
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Welcome Center Series is held weekdays through Feb. 28. Art demos various days at 10 a.m. at the Orange Beach Welcome Center (23685 Perdido Beach Blvd.), lectures are each weekday at 2 p.m. at the Gulf Shores Welcome Center (3459 Gulf Shores Parkway). Visit GulfShores.com/WelcomeCenter.


MUSEUMS

Permian Monsters: Life Before Dinosaurs
Take an adventure back in time 290 million years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea. The Exploreum will display this traveling exhibition Feb. 14 – June 3. Visit exploreum.com.

“Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland”
In the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, there is a paradise unlike any other: the Galapagos Archipelago. Immerse yourself in this spectacular film at the Exploreum, until May 26. Visit exploreum.com.

“Titanic: Honour & Glory”
“Titanic Honour & Glory” will run through April 15 at the History Museum of Mobile. In addition to the exhibition, the museum will host monthly events. Call 251-301-0273 or gavin.snyder@historymuseumofmobile.com.

“Right on Course”
The United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives is open free to the public weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the newest exhibits is “Right on Course.” Visit www.asama.org.

“Windows to the Sea”
“Windows to the Sea” is the latest permanent exhibit at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. Visit disl.org.

“Savage Ancient Seas”
“Savage Ancient Seas” will transport GulfQuest guests to a time when the last of the great dinosaurs roamed Earth and swam the seas. Visit www.gulfquest.org.

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), 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 jholland@exploreum.com.

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

Battle of Mobile Bay 5K
Saturday, Feb. 17, at 9 a.m., the Battle of Mobile 5K race will be held at Fort Gaines. Sponsored by the Port City Pacers, proceeds from the race will support historic Fort Gaines. Visit www.pcpacers.org.

Sweetheart 5K/Sea Turtle Half-Marathon
Run/walk by the lagoon in Gulf Shores and return to the Gulf of Mexico with mile splits and water stops along the way on Saturday, Feb. 17. Post-race party at The Hangout with food and live music; Visit http://gsob.co/2AxpdrR.

Harlem Globetrotters
The Harlem Globetrotters World Tour will make a stop in Mobile on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The game will be at the USA Mitchell Center at 7 p.m. Visit harlemglobetrotters.com.

Classes for All Ages
Classes offered at LeFlore High School include Art for Kids (ages 6 and up), Art for Adults, Pre-Ballet & Tumbling (ages 4-6) and Self-Defense for Women & Girls (ages 12 and up). For more information, call 251-208-1610 or go to MOBILECAP.ORG.

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 carrie@rideSAMBA.com.

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.

Bingo
Join Via! Health, Fitness, Enrichment Center at 1717 Dauphin St. for bingo every Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call 251-478-3311.

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 251-666-2147, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fitness/Athletics Classes
Try something new this year! Classes are being offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School in Tai Chi, bellydance, candlelit yoga, Piyo Tone and piano. Call 251-463-7980, visit mobilecap.org

Pickleball for Adults (indoors)
Offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School on 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, visit 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, 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 cassief13@aol.com.


WORKSHOPS

“How to Use Your Smartphone”
To take advantage of your smartphone, you have to know how to navigate them and make them work. Class covers Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, texting and more. Mondays, 6-7 p.m., at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Call 251-208-1650 or visit mobilecap.org.


PUBLIC MEETINGS

Baldwin County Commission: First and third Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., 322 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette. Work sessions are the second and fourth Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. rotating between Bay Minette, the Foley Satellite Courthouse, the Fairhope Satellite Courthouse and the Baldwin County Central Annex Building in Robertsdale. www.baldwincountyal.gov

Baldwin County Planning Commission: First Thursday at 6 p.m., 22251 Palmer St., Robertsdale, www.baldwincountyal.gov.

Bayou La Batre City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 13785 S. Wintzell Ave., www.cityofbayoulabatre.com.

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

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

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

Daphne City Council: First and third Monday at 6:30 p.m., 1705 Main St. Work sessions are the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., www.daphneal.com.

Dauphin Island Town Council: First and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m., 1011 Bienville Blvd., www.townofdauphinisland.org.

Elberta Town Council: Third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the town hall. Workshop meeting on the second Tuesday. townofelberta.com.

Fairhope City Council: Second and fourth Monday at 6 p.m., 161 N. Section St. Work sessions are held before each council meeting at 4:30 p.m., www.cofairhope.com.

Fairhope Planning Commission: First Monday at 5 p.m., 161 N. Section St. For more information visit www.cofairhope.com.

Foley City Council: First and third Monday at 5:30 p.m., 407 E. Laurel Ave. Work sessions begin at 4 p.m., www.cityoffoley.org.

Gulf Shores City Council: Second and fourth Mondays at 4 p.m., 1905 W. First St., www.gulfshoresal.gov.

Mobile City Council: Tuesdays at Government Plaza, 205 Government St. Pre-council meeting begins at 9 a.m.; council meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., www.cityofmobile.org.

Mobile Planning Commission: First and third Thursdays at 2 p.m., 205 Government St., www.urban.cityofmobile.org.

Orange Beach City Council: First and third Tuesdays at 5 p.m., 4099 Orange Beach Blvd., www.cityoforangebeach.com.

Prichard City Council: Every Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 216 E. Prichard Ave., www.thecityofprichard.org.

Satsuma City Council: First and third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 5464 Old Highway 43 Satsuma, AL 36572, 251-675-1440.