July 16

NAACP Mobile Education Forum
The Mobile County NAACP will facilitate the first in a series of community discussions on Alabama’s new charter school law and its potential impact on issues such as school re-segregation, poverty, low- and high-achieving students, the right to public education and more. The first community discussion is set for Thursday, July 16, at Vigor High School Auditorium from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Academic professionals and experts will share data and their perspectives on Mobile Public Schools in general and how the new law can impact local public education. For more information call 251-725-0779.

Alcohol Beverage Study Commission
The Alabama Alcohol Beverage Study Commission will hold a public hearing to receive public comment on the state’s alcoholic beverage law. Commissioners are seeking input related to the current three-tier system and licensing, with the aim of providing recommendations for making the Alabama Code more consistent and fairer for Alabama’s alcohol industry. The hearing will convene at 2:30 p.m. at the Mobile City Council Auditorium, ground floor of Government Plaza. For more information, visit the Alabama Law Institute at ali.state.al.us.

“Go Set a Watchman” live reading
The Next Chapter brings storytellers, community leaders and nationally acclaimed authors together for live readings and entertaining reflections on the themes in Harper Lee’s books and what those themes mean for the next generation of Alabamians. Popular authors Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly will be featured, so arrive early to meet them and purchase your copy of “Go Set A Watchman.” Cash and credit cards accepted. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Ben May Main Library (701 Government St.). For more information and to register for the event, visit www.alabamamediagroup.com/watchman.

Colors of Fashion
The Colors of Fashion party will be held at the The Temple Downtown from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (351 St. Francis St.). Not only can you get a cool calendar and enjoy a colorful fashion show, you can contribute to 15 nonprofit organizations. There will also be live music, appetizers from local restaurants and a photo booth. This event is presented by Exalte Magazine, a Mobile-based online fashion and philanthropy publication. Visit www.exaltemagazine.com/Colors-of-Fashion-.html for more information.

Mobile Open House
Join Mayor Sandy Stimpson and other city officials for the Map for Mobile Open House at the Alabama Cruise Terminal. This family-friendly event will feature fun activities, food and entertainment. There will be a brief overview of the plan’s status and next steps at 5:30 p.m., but citizens are encouraged to drop in anytime between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. to review the draft plan recommendations and talk one-on-one with city staff and planning consultants. Map for Mobile is the city’s first comprehensive plan to be developed in more than 20 years. This intense, eight-month process to develop a long-range plan will build upon other recent planning endeavors for the city and the region. The plan will serve as a guide for long-term preservation, revitalization and growth so the city can achieve the goals and aspirations of its citizens.

Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears versus the Jackson Generals at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd. College Night and Thirsty Thursday. Opening pitch at 7:05 p.m. Tickets available online at www.milb.com/tickets.

Campo Santo Summer Concert Series Finale
Come enjoy music by Mobile favorite Eric Erdman in Cathedral Square from 5 to 7 p.m. This will mark the end of the free concert series, which has been sponsored by the Downtown Mobile Alliance, the city of Mobile Office of Special Events and Blue Moon Brewing.

Kids’ Day in Bienville
Bring the kids to Bienville Square from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. today for summertime fun and enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, and visits with representatives of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the Mobile Police and Fire-Rescue departments and much more! If you have questions, please call 251-208-1550.

Market on the Hill
An outdoor market of locally grown produce, seafood and soaps is being held at Lavretta Park (Old Shell Road and Parkway Street West) every Thursday through July 30. The Market on the Hill runs from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, please call 251-208-1550.

Thursdays at the Museum
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.


July 17

Stand Against MS
Stand Against Multiple Sclerosis allows families, companies and civic groups to raise money for those living with multiple sclerosis by setting up lemonade stands in their communities. We provide all the necessary ingredients for a successful stand including cookies donated by Bud’s Best Cookies and lemonade provided by Buffalo Rock, signage, T-shirts and a money jar! Sign up for your stand today by visiting www.nationalMSsociety.org/alc or by calling 205-879-8546.

Mobile Mystery Dinner
Murder at Miss Kitty’s Cat House! Join the Mobile Mystery Dinners for their next performance at Mobile Carnival Museum, 355 Government St. Advance reservations are required; call 251-865-7398. Tickets are $59 and include dinner and unlimited wine. The fun begins at 7 p.m.

Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears versus the Jackson Generals at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd. Friday-night fireworks. Opening pitch at 7:05 p.m. Tickets available online at www.milb.com/tickets.

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.

Hatching the Past: The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt
“Hatching the Past” features 100 real dinosaur eggs and 100 replica eggs at The Exploreum. The multimedia experience for all ages invites visitors to touch real dinosaur bones and reconstructed nests, dig for eggs, experience hands-on exploration stations and view animated video presentations featuring well-known dinosaur experts. The Exploreum, 65 Government St., is open daily. For more information visit www.exploreum.com.


July 18

82nd annual Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo
The 82nd Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) will be held July 17-29, with the weigh station operating from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday on Dauphin Island. The ADSFR is a three-day Captain’s Choice tournament and a Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) sanctioned event. The total award package is valued at up to $1 million in cash and prizes, anchored by boat, motor and trailer packages. The event features 30 categories with prizes awarded for first, second and third place in all categories. One Master Angler prize also will be awarded, along with cash prizes for king mackerel, speckled trout and big game jackpots.

Dauphin Street Vault
The Dauphin Street Vault brings vaulters of all levels to compete in the Port City. A full day of high-flying fun on Dauphin Street between Jackson and Joachim streets! The fun starts at 10 a.m. The elite division, featuring Olympic-caliber vaulters, will begin around sunset. For more information about DSV 2015, visit the website at www.dauphinstreetvault.com or check Facebook and Twitter.

Mobile author coming home
Former WPMI reporter and local boy Chris Hatch signs copies of his action novel, “Hurricane Ron,” as a special guest of the Summer Library Program, Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Mobile Museum of Art (4850 Museum Drive). Centered in fictional Pelican, Alabama, the novel is rich with Southern flavors, familiar places and irreverent touches you hold dear.

North Mobile County Food Park and Farmer’s Market
Join us in downtown Prichard for a market full of food trucks, local produce, meats, artists, crafts and music. The market will take place the first and third Saturdays of every month starting July 18 from 7 a.m. -1 p.m. at 204 S. Wilson Ave. in Prichard. For more information, visit www.nomocofoodie.org. For help with additional questions, contact Jonathan Adams at 352-217-780 or JonDAdams@gmail.com.

Mardi Gras in July
Fairhope Brewing Co. (914 Nichols Ave.) will host the second annual Mardi Gras in July. Join us for the Bay Area’s only mid-year Carnival celebration in traditional Mardi Gras style with the usual brewery buffoonery twist. The event will include the re-release of Lil Poison Ale, the brewery’s popular Mardi Gras recipe, and more than 15 specialty beers brewed just for the occasion, including Moon Pie and King Cake! Fairhope’s popular restaurant Bean and Bistro will offer traditional Mardi Gras street food, and the Baldwin County Humane Society will be on hand from 2-4 p.m. offering pet adoption opportunities. The Bay City Brass Band will round out the afternoon with classic Carnival tunes, followed by Fat Man Squeeze at 7 p.m. Entry fee is $5 and includes a commemorative glass. For more information, contact Marissa at 251-367-4900.

Shadows and Secrets
Join SJM Tours on the third Saturday of each month for a two-hour walk in the Historic Fort Conde and Dauphin Street districts. We’ll talk about famous Mobilians, serial killers, bigfoot and UFO sightings, Civil War ghosts and more! The tour meets and begins in the parking lot across Royal Street from Fort Conde, 150 S. Royal in Mobile. For more information, call 251-644-1664 or visit www.sjmtours.com.

Fairhope historic bus tours
Donnie Barrett, director of the Fairhope Museum of History, will lead a series of historic-site bus tours that will focus on the west side of Fairhope, covering the town founders’ homes as well as important sites from the early days of the colony — and before. Tours are in a comfortable and cool motor coach and are scheduled throughout the day, at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Each tour will last approximately one hour. Tickets are $20 each with payment by cash or check, and are on sale at the Museum of History during regular business hours (Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). No advance reservations will be accepted. For more information, call 251-929-1471. The Fairhope Museum of History is located downtown at 24 North Section St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission is free.

Mensa testing
South Coast Mensa will conduct admissions testing in Mobile on Saturday, July 18, at 10 a.m.  During July, we are offering a 50 percent discount off our regular testing rate; the test will cost $20. Members of the media, upon presentation of appropriate credentials, can test for free. For further information, contact lcastro2@yahoo.com.  

Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears versus the Jackson Generals at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd. RAM Truck showtime. Opening pitch at 7:05 p.m. Tickets available online at www.milb.com/tickets.

Greenleaf Writer’s Group
The Greenleaf Writer’s Group is currently welcoming new members. We meet every third Saturday of the month at the Semmes library from 10 a.m. until noon. If you are an aspiring writer, come join us. For more information call 251-490-5199.

Market on the Square
Shop for the freshest crops every Saturday through July 25 at Cathedral Square in downtown Mobile. This time of year is our favorite because you can buy locally grown tomatoes, potatoes, sweet corn, cantaloupes, watermelons, plants and flowers as well as seafood, baked goods, pastas, casseroles, pies, handcrafted goods and much more. Stay for live music on the green. For more information, call 251-208-1550.


July 19

Saenger Movie Series: “Easy Rider”
This summer, Mobile Saenger Theatre showcases a Summer Classic Movie Series featuring classic hit movies and movie musicals the way movies were meant to be seen, on the big screen! Today’s film is “Easy Rider.” The series will run Sundays through Aug. 16. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. with a classic film to begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are general admission: $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 South Joachim St., or at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office, 401 Civic Center Drive. Tickets can 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.

Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears versus the Jackson Generals at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd. Bark in the Park. Opening pitch at 5:05 p.m. Tickets available online at www.milb.com/tickets.

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 “Box Trolls.” For more information call 251-625-0814.

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


July 20

Ballroom Dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dance classes with professional instructors at 7 p.m., followed by dancing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10. There will be a cash bar and 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.

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.


July 21

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.  


July 22

Kids Gulf Discovery Day
Plan a day of summertime fun for the family at Bellingrath Gardens. Home for Kids Gulf Discovery Day is an opportunity for children of all ages to learn about the wildlife and ecology of the Gulf Coast. Visitors will have a chance to see fascinating birds of prey up close during special presentations with the Winged Ambassadors, who will send free-flight, trained raptors soaring over the Great Lawn. Budding marine biologists will meet scientists from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, who will introduce children to the creatures of Mobile Bay. A wide variety of environmental organizations will be on hand for activities and demonstrations. Kids Gulf Discovery Day hours are 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is $12.50 for adults, $7 for children ages 5-12 and free to Bellingrath members and children aged 4 and younger. Fees for the cruise with Delta Safaris are $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 5-12. Registration is encouraged for Kids Gulf Discovery Day. To register, call 251-973-2217. For details, visit www.bellingrath.org.

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.