July 30

Brown Bag & Brain Food Series
The Women’s Business Center of South Alabama is extending its successful Brown Bag & Brain Food Series to Central Baldwin County in partnership with the Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. This particular class will include a dynamic presentation on “How to Manage Facebook and Twitter.” This extension of the Brown Bag & Brain Food Series will be held at 8:30 a.m. at Baldwin EMC Training Center, 19600 State Highway 59 in Summerdale. Cost of registration is $15 and breakfast is included. You may reserve your spot by registering online at www.wbcsa.com/calendar. If you have additional questions, please call 251-660-2725 or email lora@wbcsa.com. You may pay at the door if you’re unable to RSVP.

25th annual Rotary Tarpon Tournament: Captain’s Meeting
The Captain’s Meeting for the 25th annual Mobile Rotary and Mobile-Sunrise Rotary Tarpon Tournament will be held at Ruth’s Chris, 2058 Airport Blvd. at 6 p.m. For more information, register at rotarytarpon.com or call John Toomey at 251-375-2490. (See Aug. 1 for information on the tournament.)

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 MMoA
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 31

Last Friday Art Night
Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Gallery is where it’s happening on the Island on the last Friday of each month. “Last Friday Art Night” features shopping for local art, art demonstrations, food, drink and music. Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Gallery is located at 1008 Alabama Ave. For more information call 251-861-3300.

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.

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.

Journey to Mars … Beyond Earth
In the not-too-distant future, astronauts destined to be the first people to walk on Mars will leave Earth aboard an Orion spacecraft and begin their journey, carrying the spirit of humanity with them to the Red Planet. To highlight this mission in a fun and engaging way, the Gulf Coast Exploreum has collaborated with NASA on the exhibits Journey to Mars and Beyond Earth. The exhibits will run through Sept. 7 at the Exploreum, 65 Government St. For more information call 251-208-6893.


August 1

Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival
This annual event features nationally and internationally known professional artists, including renowned piano virtuoso Gino Rosaria, the E.B. Coleman Orchestra, “Gulf Coast Blues Boy” Jamell Richardson, legendary bluesman Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang and Mobile’s own Bay City Brass Band. There will be an indoor/outdoor festival experience complete with food and craft vendors, plus outstanding local bands performing just outside the Temple (351 St. Francis St.). While the outdoor festival is free, admission to the headline jazz concert inside The Temple carries a $10 donation at the door. For more information visit www.gcehjazzfest.com.

Team River Runner
A local chapter of Team River Runner (TRR), a nonprofit organization that aims to help wounded veterans through adaptive paddle programs and water sports, will be holding a special event to raise the funds necessary to purchase new equipment. TRR will be selling competition-style barbecued ribs on the U.S. Sports Academy campus from 1-4 p.m. Your donation of $30 will cover a rack of ribs, which feeds about four people. To pre-order your ribs or make a donation, visit bit.ly/teamrrfundraiser, contact Tonya at 404-316-7225 or email Mobile.Al@teamriverrunner.org. Ribs can be picked up at the event between 1 and 4 p.m. on the academy campus, One Academy Drive in Daphne.

25th annual Rotary Tarpon Tournament
The 25th annual Mobile Rotary and Mobile-Sunrise Rotary Tarpon Tournament is here! Fish for tarpon along with Jack Crevalle, blackfish and speckled trout. The tournament officially begins at 5:30 a.m., with weigh-ins from 2-4 p.m. at Dauphin Island Marina. Register at rotarytarpon.com or at the Captain’s Meeting at Ruth’s Chris on July 30 at 6 p.m. For more information, call John Toomey at 251-375-2490.

Commemoration of the Battle of Mobile Bay
Come to Gulf Shores to help commemorate the Battle of Mobile Bay and Siege of Fort Morgan. This one-day living history event will remember the sacrifices of the U.S. Armed Forces and Confederate States Armed Forces during this pivotal naval battle and siege. Uniformed interpreters will bring the fort to life through demonstration of period drills on the fort’s parade ground as well as artillery demonstration at the water battery. Special talks given by site historians will provide insight into the events of that Aug. 1. Event Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grounds hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.fort-morgan.org or call 251-450-5257. Fort Morgan is at 110 State Highway 180, Gulf Shores.

Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic
The  Bayou La Batre Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the South Mobile County Tourism Authority, proudly presents the second annual Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic fishing tournament along the coastline of Bayou La Batre. Join us with a shotgun start at 6 a.m. and compete for more than 33 different awards including Master and Junior Angler divisional titles! A full day of festivities including live music, fresh food, cold spirits and tons of fun will be in store for you at tournament headquarters at the Bayou La Batre City Docks, 14772 State Docks Road. For more information, visit bayoulabatrekayakclassic.org

Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins, enchanted umbrella in hand, descends on the east wind to Playhouse in the Park stage for a four-weekend run of Disney’s Tony Award winning musical of the same name. Fall in love with Mary Poppins all over again! Show runs through Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Reservations may be made by calling 251-602-0630. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors over age 60.

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 from 9 a.m. until noon at 204 S. Wilson Ave. For more information, visit www.nomocofoodie.org. For help with additional questions, contact Jonathan Adams at 352-217-780 or JonDAdams@gmail.com.


August 2

Choral Evensong
Beginning its 28th season under the direction of Christopher Uhl, Musica Sacra Chamber Choir, accompanied by organist Jeff Clearman, will sing Choral Evensong according to the rite of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, at All Saints Episcopal Church (151 S. Ann St.) at 4:30 p.m. Donations at the door are welcome. For more information, call 251-610-1931 or email musicasacra@aol.com.

Saenger movie series: “Singin’ in the Rain”
The Saenger Theatre’s Summer Classic Movie Series continues with “Singin’ in the Rain.” The series runs Sundays through Aug. 16. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. with film beginning at 3 p.m. General admission tickets cost $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 S. Joachim St., or at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office, 401 Civic Center Drive. Tickets may 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.

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 “River of Dreams.” 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.


August 3

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.


August 4

Crime Prevention 5k Run/Walk
The Mobile Police Department invites you to join its Crime Prevention Walk downtown. The walk will begin on Royal Street at 6:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 5 p.m. at Bienville Square. Entry fees range from $7-$15 and include post-race party, eligibility for door prizes and T-shirt (depending on registration level). For more information and to register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/crime-prevention-5k-runwalk-registration-17141624059.

Strong Coffee Strong Women
The Women’s Business Center of South Alabama presents the Strong Coffee Strong Women series. Strong Coffee Strong Women invites businesswomen and female entrepreneurs alike to share breakfast, networking and essential business training tips. This month’s Strong Coffee Strong Women will be held at 8 a.m. at American Red Cross, 35 Sage Ave. Registration is $5 for members and $7 for non-members; breakfast is included. You may reserve your spot by registering online at www.wbcsa.com/calendar. If you have additional questions, please call 251-660-2725 or email lora@wbcsa.com. You may pay at the door if unable to RSVP.

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.  


August 5

Water Balloon Battle of Mobile Bay
To mark the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay, there will be a reenactment of the battle in Cathedral Square (300 Conti St.) with water balloons! The battle will take place beginning at 5 p.m. Bring super-soakers and a towel. Water balloons provided!

Growing Up Wild: Bee’s Knees
Do honey bees have knees? Why are honey bees so busy all of the time? Is honey really bee vomit? All these questions and more will be answered in this Growing Up Wild class at 5 Rivers, 30945 Five Rivers Blvd. Free, but registration is required. Open to grades 1-2, the class starts at 10 a.m. To register, call 251-625-0814 or email Shonda at Shonda.Borden@DCNR.Alabama.gov.

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.