GENERAL INTEREST

Summer Garden Walk at Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Join Bellingrath’s horticultural management team at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, for a guided tour of the gardens to see our wonderful summer displays, floral borders and new additions. The event is the first of our Wonderful Wednesdays series at Bellingrath in June and July and is included in the regular gardens admission price of $13 for adults and $7.50 for ages 5-12. (There is no charge for Bellingrath members or for ages 4 and younger.) For details and to register, visit bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.

Kids Gulf Discovery Day
School is out and it’s time to enjoy a day of summertime fun for the whole family! Come to Bellingrath Gardens and Home for Kids Gulf Discovery Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, June 8. Children will learn about the wildlife and ecology of the Gulf Coast from a variety of organizations. The Environmental Studies Center will bring their Raptor Road Show to the Great Lawn and children will get a chance to get a close look at raptors, owls and other rehabilitated birds of prey. The Dauphin Island Sea Lab will educate kids about the amazing and diverse life in Mobile Bay. Delta Safaris will offer guided cruises along Fowl River at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m., weather permitting. Space is limited and reservations are required for the cruise; to register, call 251-973-2217.

National Cancer Survivors Day
An annual celebration for cancer survivors will be held Sunday, June 5, at the Alabama Cruise Terminal, 201 S. Water St., in Mobile. The free event, sponsored by USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, will feature an exhibit of artwork created by cancer survivors and curated by local artist B’Beth Weldon. All cancer survivors and their guests are welcome. Parking is free. To RSVP call 251-445-8434.

Voter registration and photo ID drive
In an effort to ensure eligible Alabama citizens are able to vote, Alabama’s Secretary of State John H. Merrill has asked members of the Legislature and all probate judges to provide three separate and specific days of the week, times and venues in their respective jurisdictions where the Secretary of State’s office may hold a drive for voter registration and issuance of photo IDs. In Mobile County, the drive will be held Thursday, June 9, in two locations: 9 a.m. to noon at Connie Hudson West Mobile Regional Senior Citizens Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road; and from 2-5 p.m. at the North Mobile Nursing and Rehab Facility, 4525 St. Stephens Road, in Eight Mile. For more information, residents can call 1-800-274-VOTE or go to www.alabamavoterid.com.

Get in the Game: Read
Area teens are invited to participate in Daphne’s “Get in the Game: Read!” teen summer reading program, June 6-30. Teens are invited to come to the library and read for prizes as well as take part in special events offered throughout the month of June. Special events will include a science workshop, two art workshops and a yoga class. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to register to attend these free events. Official kickoff will be Monday, June 6, at 10 a.m. at the Daphne Civic Center. For additional information call 251-621-2818, ext. 211.

The Steeple Open House
The construction is finished, the lights are back on, and The Steeple is open for business! Come check out the new and improved space! Enjoy live entertainment and a drink as you explore the newest venue in town! This event is FREE and open to the public Tuesday, June 7, 5-7 p.m. The Steeple is at 251 St. Francis St. (Mobile).

Summer outdoor farmer’s market
The city of Fairhope hosts a summer outdoor farmer’s market from 3-6 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 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 Square
Market on the Square runs from 7:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday through July 30 in Cathedral Square, downtown Mobile. This time of year 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.

Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks
Boardwalk Talks are held the first and third Wednesday of each month at 11:15 a.m. Come to the Estuarium to participate in a dialog with the experts at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd. The Northern Gulf Institute presents a series of informal conversations about all things scientific in the Gulf of Mexico region. For more information or with questions, call 251-861-2141.


FUNDRAISERS

100 Black Men Gala
The 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile Inc. will host its 16th annual gala Tuesday, June 7, at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center. The organization continues to bring awareness through its community involvement focusing on education, mentoring, economic development, and health and wellness. This event raises scholarship funds for students who are transitioning from high school to the world of higher education. The 2016 keynote speaker for the gala will be Avery Johnson, men’s head basketball coach at the University of Alabama. For more information on sponsorship, tickets and donation opportunities, contact the 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile, 251-405-5500 or email mweston@100blackmenofmobile.org.

Coastal Seafood Craze
On Friday, June 3, the Alabama Coastal Foundation will hold the 5th annual Coastal Seafood Craze starting at 5 p.m. at the Hank Aaron Stadium Event Center (755 Bolling Brothers Blvd., Mobile). The event will go until 7:05 p.m. when the first pitch is thrown as part of ACF Night with the Mobile BayBears! The $25 tickets — which include delicious seafood, beverages and admission to the game — can be purchased through the ACF’s web site (www.joinACF.org) or at the door. Children under 10 are admitted free. All proceeds from the event will help support the ACF’s education and habitat restoration programs.

Putting the Pub in Public Radio
The 2nd annual Putting the Pub in Public Radio will be held Saturday, June 4, from 4-7 p.m. at Fairhope Brewing Co. The event is a fundraiser benefiting Alabama Public Radio. Enjoy the music of Eric Erdman, catering by Beef O’Brady’s and great Fairhope Brewing Co. beer and wine, with door prizes from area merchants. APR will receive $1 from each pint sold as well as proceeds from ticket sales. “Putting the Pub in Public Radio” is a great opportunity to support listener-funded APR. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of the event, and will include an event T-shirt and pint glass. Tickets are available online at www.apr.org/pub or at Bayside Insurance, Beef O’Brady’s, Express Employment Professionals and at the door. For more information about Alabama Public Radio or this event, visit www.apr.org.

Cajun Cornhole Classic
The 2nd annual Cajun Cornhole Classic tournament to raise money for Springboard to Success will be Thursday, June 2, at 5:30 p.m. in Cathedral Square. Twenty two-man teams will compete in a single-elimination tournament with a $200 cash prize awarded to the winning team and downtown swag for the team with the Best Name and the Most Gusto! For more information or to register visit cajuncornholeclassic.eventbrite.com or call 251-434-8498.


ARTS

Night Market
Mobile Museum of Art hosts a quarterly Night Market of wares by artists and artisans. Bring a keen eye for detail and become known for the unique gifts you give. Be the envy of your friends with rare, artful home décor. Support your local artists and join the party and shopping fun with great food, drink and live music. The market is Thursday, June 2, 5-9 p.m. at MMoA, 4850 Museum Drive.


MUSEUMS

“Every Object Has a Story”
The History Museum of Mobile is proud to announce its summer exhibit, “Every Object Has a Story.” Museum staff members thoughtfully chose a collection of seldom-seen objects to showcase some of the unique treasures in the museum’s vault. These objects include items representing Mobile’s cultural, social, political and artistic history. “Every Object Has a Story” will run through July. For more information about the exhibit contact Lori McDuffie, curator of collections, at atrockholdl@historymuseumofmobile.com or by phone at 251-208-7420.

“Treasures of NOAA’s Ark”
In GulfQuest’s first traveling exhibit, “Treasures of NOAA’s Ark,” visitors will discover how NOAA charts seas, protects and conserves the nation’s marine resources and detects potential hurricanes and tsunamis. By navigating a warehouse of crates containing historic artifacts, visitors will get a glimpse of the groundbreaking technologies developed by NOAA and its early predecessors that have helped save lives and expand our knowledge of the globe. The exhibit also highlights past and present pioneers who made significant contributions to our understanding of shore, sea and sky. For more information visit gulfquest.org or call 251-436-8901.

“Colors of the Coast”
A call to artists, the annual “Colors of the Coast” is a juried art show to be held in June, presented by Cathedral Square Gallery and title sponsor Wintzell’s Oyster House, with awards totaling over $2,000. For more information and a prospectus, visit CSG’s Facebook page or the gallery. Take-in is Saturday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information contact Linda Tenhundfeld at lhall699@aol.com or 251-533-8949.   

Thursdays at MMoA  
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 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.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Just for the Mud of It
Mobile Police Department’s SWAT team will hold its annual Just for the Mud of It run Saturday, June 4, at 7 a.m. Just for the Mud of It is an approximately 5K course filled with mud and obstacles. The course includes running, climbing walls, low-crawling through pits, balance beams, a creek run, water pits and lots of mud. The run will be held at Mobile Metro Firing Range, 12251 Tanner Williams Road. For more information and to register, visit justforthemudofit.org.

Publix Grandman Triathlon
In its 12th year, the Grandman Triathlon has become one of Fairhope’s premier annual events, attracting individual and team racers of all ages and skill levels from around the Southeast and beyond. Racers begin the race by jumping from the end of Fairhope Pier into Mobile Bay and swimming one-third of a mile to the shore. Following the swim, racers bike 18 miles, beginning up a steep hill before continuing through the quaint city of Fairhope. Racers conclude the triathlon with a 5K run alongside scenic Mobile Bay, crossing the finish line at Fairhope Park. Proceeds from the race benefit three local nonprofit organizations: Mobile Baykeeper, myTeam Triumph: Southern Alabama, and Gulf Coast Area Triathletes. The race is Saturday, June 4, at 7 a.m. To register or volunteer, please visit www.thegrandman.com. Call 251-433-4229 or contact grandman@mobilebaykeeper.org for more information.

YMCA Golf Classic Tournament
The YMCA of South Alabama invites the communities of Mobile and Baldwin counties to tee up for a good cause at its 7th annual Golf Classic Tournament on Friday, June 3, at TimberCreek Golf Course in Spanish Fort. The tournament will follow a four-person scramble format, with check-in beginning at 7:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $100 per golfer and $400 per team, which includes a light breakfast and lunch. Proceeds will go toward the YMCA’s Campaign for Youth & Families, which is aimed at ensuring all children and families, regardless of income, have a chance to benefit from the YMCA’s life-changing programs and services. Interested participants can learn more and register online at www.ysal.org or in person at any of the YMCA of South Alabama’s five branches.

Paddle Skedaddle
Join USA Wesley Foundation for a canoe and kayak paddle and a family fun fair. The Paddle Skedaddle will be held at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center on Saturday, June 4, 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. There will be awards, lots of fair games and concession stands. For more information please visit USAWesley.com/paddle.

Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears are back in action for a 20th season of MiLB Double-A baseball at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile. The BayBears finish a home stand against visiting Pensacola June 3, followed by five away games against Biloxi. For more information or tickets call 251-479-BEAR.

Ballroom dance
Azalea Ballroom Dance Club hosts dances with live music the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 7-9:30 p.m., $10 admission. A dance class taught by professional instructors is available prior to the dance from 6:30-7 p.m. for a $10 fee. This event is BYOB, coolers, snacks. Partner not necessary. Beginners are welcome. At Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. (Mobile). For more information email Cindy Youngblood, president, cyoungblood9278@gmail.com, call 251-623-9183 or visit www.azaleaballroomdanceclub.com.

Irish dance lessons
The Maccrossan School of Irish Dance is offering beginner Irish dance lessons every Saturday morning at the Azalea City Center for Performing Arts, 63 Midtown Park E. (Mobile). Classes are available for ages 4 through adult. Learn the beautiful art form of Irish dance with instruction in jig, reel, figure and ceili dancing! For more details please contact Julie Ann Black at maccrossanirishdance@yahoo.com or call 228-239-2422.

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dances the first and third Monday of every month, with dancing from 7:00 until 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10. This event is BYOB and there is 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.

Bridge lessons
The Mobile Bridge Center offers free bridge lessons each Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Mobile Bridge Center, 1510 University Blvd. Arrive a few minutes early to register. If you have questions call the Bridge Center at 251-666-2147 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


WORKSHOPS

Adult Mental Health First Aid Training
Similar to CPR/First Aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches individuals how to help those experiencing mental health challenges or crises. Members of Lifelines Counseling Services will be training members of the Mobile and Baldwin county communities for FREE with meals on Saturday, June 4. Please arrive 7:30-8 a.m. for registration and breakfast; class will begin at 8 a.m. Certifications can only be awarded to people who stay for the entire 8 hours of class (approximate end time is about 5:30 pm). We kindly ask you plan accordingly. The class will be held at University of South Alabama Student Center, 350 Campus Drive, Room 205. If you have questions, contact Chalisse Peltier, cpeltier@lifelinesmobile.org.

About Boating Safely
A state-approved course on boating safety taught by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors will be held June 25 and Aug. 6 at the Orange Beach Community Center (27235 Canal Road). The course meets Alabama’s and most other states’ Boat Operator’s License requirement. Cost is $35 per student, textbook included, or $45 for two family members sharing a book. The cost also includes instructional materials and lunch. For more information or to register call 251-284-1461.


SELF-IMPROVEMENT

Addiction counseling
Narconon would like to remind families 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.

Top Cats Toastmasters
Top Cats Toastmasters 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.

Downtown Toastmasters
The Downtown Mobile Toastmasters Club 2815 hosts a weekly educational lunch meeting at T.P. Crockmiers (261 Dauphin St., Mobile), from noon until 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. 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.

Jubilee Toastmasters
Jubilee Toastmasters meet each Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at Homestead Village in Fairhope, in the Camellia Room. You can bring your lunch. We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills. The meetings are open to anyone over 18 years of age. For more information visit www.9032.toastmastersclubs.org

Eastern Shore Toastmasters
The Eastern Shore Toastmasters Club hosts a weekly meeting at Daphne United Methodist Church (2401 Main St.), in the Community Life Center on the second floor, 6-7 p.m. on Thursdays. Practice your speaking, listening and leadership skills in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment. Guests are welcome! Visit us on Facebook (facebook.com/EasternShoreTM) or email contact-8422@toastmastersclubs.org.


PUBLIC MEETINGS

Mobile City Council
The Mobile City Council meets every Tuesday at Government Plaza, 205 Government St. Pre-council meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the first-floor conference room; council meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. in the first-floor auditorium. For more information visit www.cityofmobile.org.

Mobile Planning Commission
The Mobile City Planning Commission meets the first and third Thursday in the Government Plaza auditorium, 205 Government St., at 2 p.m. For agendas, minutes, zoning information and more visit urban.cityofmobile.org.

Daphne City Council
The Daphne City Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Daphne City Hall, 1705 Main St. City Council work sessions are the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. For more information visit daphneal.com.

Fairhope City Council
The Fairhope City Council meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Fairhope City Hall, 161 N. Section St. City Council work sessions are held before each council meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the Delchamps Room at City Hall. For more information visit cofairhope.com.

Fairhope Planning Commission
The Fairhope Planning Commission meets on the first Monday of each month at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Fairhope City Hall, 161 N. Section St. For more information visit cofairhope.com.

Foley City Council
The Foley City Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Foley City Hall, 407 E. Laurel Ave. Work sessions begin at 4 p.m. before each regularly scheduled meeting. For more information visit cityoffoley.org.

Spanish Fort City Council
The Spanish Fort City Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Spanish Fort Community Center, 7361 Spanish Fort Blvd. Work sessions begin at 5 p.m. before each regularly scheduled meeting. For more information visit cityofspanishfort.com.

Baldwin County Commission
The Baldwin County Commission meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the County Commission Chambers at the Baldwin County Administration Building, 322 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette. Work sessions are the second and fourth Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. with the location rotating between the Baldwin County Administration Building in Bay Minette, the Foley Satellite Courthouse, the Fairhope Satellite Courthouse and the Baldwin County Central Annex Building in Robertsdale. For more information visit baldwincountyal.gov.

Baldwin County Planning Commission
The Baldwin County Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Baldwin County Central Annex, 22251 Palmer St., Robertsdale. For more information visit baldwincountyal.gov.

Saraland City Council: Second and fourth Thursday, 6 p.m., 716 Saraland Blvd. S., 251-675-5103.

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

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

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

Satsuma City Council: First and third Tuesday, 6 p.m. (working), 7 p.m. (regular session), 5464 Old Highway 43, 251-675-1440.

Semmes City Council: First and third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., 7875 Moffett Road, 251-649-8811.