June 18

Business in Bienville
Please join us in Bienville Square from 5 to 7 p.m. for an evening of networking, live music and fun while supporting Downtown Parks Conservancy, a newly formed nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining and maximizing the beauty and utility of Mobile’s downtown parks. For more information visit www.downtownparksconservancy.org.

SOS Forest Fun Day
The Save Our Southern (SOS) Forest Fun Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cathedral Square and feature music by local favorite Sassafras, games for kids, a 7-foot tall SOS bottle and opportunities for locals to send a personal message to European decision-makers. A Celebrate Our Forests community meeting will follow from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Ben May Main Library. For more information visit www.dogwoodalliance.org/act-now/sos-tour.

Campo Santo Summer Concert Series
Come enjoy live music in Cathedral Square from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through July 16. Local and regional bands will perform. This installment features songwriter Lisa Zanghi. The concert series is 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. every Thursday through June 25 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.

Summer Outdoor Market
The city of Fairhope will host a Summer Outdoor Farmer’s Market from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday evenings through July 9. The market will be set up behind the Fairhope Public Library on Bancroft Street downtown and will feature local farmers, bakers, fresh Baldwin County produce, fresh-cut flowers, local honey, plants, baked goods and more. The Fairhope Public Library will hold story times and children’s activities at 4 p.m. each Thursday at the market. For general information or for information about becoming a vendor, call 251-929-1466.

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 (MMofA) offers free admission to all visitors. Join MMofA each week to experience the museum in new and exciting ways throughout the year. No reservations are necessary. MMofA is at 4850 Museum Drive.


June 19

Fiddler on the Roof
Now on stage at the Joe Jefferson Playhouse (JJP) at 11 S. Carlen St. in Mobile. “Fiddler On The Roof” is a timeless story about Tevye the dairyman and his family set in 1905 Russia. It features one of the most memorable scores ever written including the songs “Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Sunrise Sunset” and many others. Directed by Eric C. Browne and featuring a 38-member cast and full orchestra. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. For more Information call the JJP box office at 251-471-1534 or visit www.joejeffersonplayers.com.

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.


June 20

USS Drum Reunion and Memorial Service
Crewmembers of the highly decorated World War II submarine USS Drum (SS-228) will be in Mobile for their annual reunion. Commissioned on Nov. 1, 1941, it was the first new-construction submarine to make it to Pearl Harbor in the spring of 1942 after the Japanese attack of Dec. 7, 1941. It is the oldest existing World War II submarine on display in America. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway. A barbecue lunch for the crew will be hosted by the USS Alabama Battleship Commission after the service.

Friends of Dauphin Island
Join us for a day of food, fun, music, arts and crafts, a plant sale and more to raise money for Dauphin Island native Wanda Cink, who has been hospitalized in ICU for three weeks and needs help during her long road to recovery. The fundraiser will be held on Bienville Boulevard across from the public beach on Dauphin Island from 11 a.m. on. For more information or ways to help, call 251-508-5076.

DYW Meet and Greet
Don’t miss your chance to come out and meet all 50 of the state representatives and the Distinguished Young Woman of America (DYW) for 2014, Brooke Rucker. During this fun-filled morning, you will be able to choose from many different activities. You can even get their autographs and have your photo taken with them! Bel Air Mall is located at 3299 Bel Air Mall. For more information call 251-438-3621.

Mystic Stripers Fishing Rodeo
Welcome anglers to the 13th Annual Mystic Stripers open fishing rodeo. This year’s tournament is scheduled at Dauphin Island Marina from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rodeo categories include tripletail (blackfish), flounder, ling (cobia), sheepshead, bonita, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, jack crevalle, speckled trout, black drum, croaker, king mackerel, slotted redfish and white trout — a total of 14 categories. Tickets cost $25. Each person onboard must have a rodeo ticket. Rodeo weigh-in station closes at 5 p.m. Raffle drawing for prizes start at 5:05 p.m. For more information, visit jcsmithmba.com.

The Polyfarious Eugene Walter
As part of the sixth annual Dead Poets Tour, a 90-day journey by Walter Skold, who is visiting poets’ graves across the United States, Negative Capability Press, Mobile Public Library and Mobile Arts Council present a short program inspired by a special number of the literary magazine Negative Capability (1988) devoted to Mobile writer Eugene Walter’s work. Sue Walker, Celia Lewis, Liz Reed and Charlie Smoke will read an interview with the author and a selection of poems spanning more than 50 years and a wide variety of styles. Following the 1 p.m. program, there will be a toast at the poet’s grave in the Church Street Graveyard. For more information, call 251-208-7097.

Mobile Mystery Dinner
The Mai Tai Murder! 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 7p.m.

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 in the parking lot across Royal Street from Fort Conde, 150 S. Royal St. in Mobile. For more information call 251-644-1664 or visit www.sjmtours.com.

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’re an aspiring writer, come join us. For more information call 251-490-5199.

Market on the Square
Shop for the freshest crop 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.


June 21

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 “Lilo & Stitch.” 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.


June 22

Zoo Camp
Zoo Camp is offered to children ages 5 to 11 in a full-day session (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) conducted by licensed teachers and trained volunteers. Campers will explore animal life at the zoo, partake in animal enrichment activities, meet our zookeepers and even greet some of our animal residents personally. They will also participate in age-specific games, arts and crafts projects and special zoo-related events. Zoo Camp is $175 per camper for a full week of zoo fun! Zoo Camp is Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, 1204 Gulf Shores Parkway in Gulf Shores. For more information contact Kim Dahlgren at 251-968-4910.

9th Annual Wintzell’s Golf Classic
Enjoy a round of golf benefiting Distinguished Young Women. Some of the returning representatives from the Class of 2014 will visit with the golfers on Monday at Lakewood Golf Club, 5910 Lakewood Drive, Fairhope. On Tuesday, June 23, the 50 state representatives will be on hand to greet golfers at the start of the tournament. For more information, please call Scootie Dabbs at 251-406-2860 or email golf@wintzellsoysterhouse.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, contact 251-344-2938.


June 23

Out to Lunch
Join the Women’s Business Alliance at The Pillars (1757 Government Blvd.)  to enjoy lunch and network. Bring your business cards and info to share with others as well as any guests! Deborah Hodges, partner at Prichard Dewberry & Hodges PC and Women’s Business Alliance Board member, will be speaking on “How the Women’s Business Alliance Can Help You and Your Business!” The cost is $20 for Alliance members and potential members. You may reserve your spot by registering online at www.womensbusinessalliance.org/events. If you have additional questions, please call 251-660-2725.

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.  


June 24

Wonderful Wednesdays: Summer Garden Walk
Join Bellingrath Horticulture Managers for a guided tour of the gardens to see the combinations of plants used in this year’s summer displays and new additions to the gardens. The program is the first in our Wonderful Wednesdays series in June and July. Time: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Admission: $12.50 for adults, $7 for children ages 5-12; free to Bellingrath members and to ages 4 and younger. Visit www.Bellingrath.org to see the full schedule and register for your favorites. Bellingrath Gardens is located at 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Mobile.

Community Night
Get a sneak peek at the Distinguished Young Women Class of 2015 as they perform selections from the 58th National Finals Program. With performances from the “Has-Beens,” current Distinguished Young Woman of America Brooke Rucker and other special guests, your whole family is sure to enjoy this community event. Admission is $5. To purchase tickets, please contact Valerie at the Distinguished Young Women National Office, 251-438-3621. The community night will be held at Mobile Civic Center Theater, 401 Civic Center Drive.

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. Crockmier’s, 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.

Brown Bag in Bienville
Come listen to the soothing sounds of live jazz as you lunch in Bienville Square around the historic Ketchum Fountain. Catt Sirten sets up live musicians and the city sets up tables for your enjoyment each Wednesday during the spring, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To make your Brown Baggin’ easier, stop in at your favorite Bienville Square eatery and ask for the Brown Bag special. Questions? Call 251-973-2217.

Little Discoveries at the Exploreum
Little Discoveries is a weekly series in the Exploreum’s Wharf of Wonder for children 6 and under. Lessons will fuse science, technology, engineering and math with creativity, art and reading. Each session will begin with a story reading that will serve as the launching pad for the day’s hands-on activities. Wednesdays 10 to 11 a.m. and Thursdays 2 to 3 p.m. at Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government St. For more information, call Josh Holland at 251-208-6893 or email jholland@exploreum.com.