FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS

• BAY MINETTE: Bay Minette Rotary Club will host a fireworks display on Monday, July 3, at dusk behind Simmons Field, East 6th St.

• SEMMES: Semmes Freedom Celebration is Monday, July 3 at MGM High School. The celebration begins at 4 p.m. with fireworks ending the day just before 9 p.m.

• THE WHARF: On Monday, July 3, 5-9 p.m., Main Street will be home to children’s activities and serve as the prime vantage spot to view the fireworks display at 8:45 p.m.

• MOBILE: Music, picnicking and fireworks at Cooper Riverside Park. Park 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. The Mobile Pops concert will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the city of Mobile fireworks show at 9 p.m.

• DAUPHIN ISLAND: The Dauphin Island Veterans Association will host a ceremony at the water tower at 11 a.m. The fireworks show will be on Dauphin Island Beach and begin at sunset Tuesday, July 4.

• POINT CLEAR: The Marriott Grand Hotel will host a fireworks show on Monday, July 3, at 9 p.m.

• FAIRHOPE: Concert and fireworks in Henry George Park and the Fairhope Municipal Pier on Tuesday, July 4. The Baldwin Pops Concert will begin at 7 p.m. The fireworks display will begin at approximately 9 p.m.

• DAPHNE: Waterslides, inflatables, games and more on Tuesday, July 4. Fireworks at dusk. 5 p.m. at Al Trione Sports Complex. Call 251-621-3703.

• GULF SHORES: The city of Gulf Shores will host a fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4 at the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier.


GENERAL INTEREST

Kids’ Day in Bienville
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bienville Square, there is a variety of activities, performances and displays for kids of all ages. Storytime begins each week at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m.

Fairhope farmer’s market
The city of Fairhope hosts an outdoor farmer’s market Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., through Nov. 2, behind the Fairhope Public Library downtown on Bancroft Street. Call 251-929-1466.

Free family movie night
Join Dauphin Island on the West End Beach for a free movie at dusk on Thursday and Friday. “Jaws” will be shown both days this week.

Mental Wellness Conference
Starting at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 29, there will be a discussion about crisis issues in mental health care services for families in South Alabama. Bryant Bank, 1801 U.S. 98 in Daphne. Call 251-404-3924.

Free senior lunches
The last Thursday of every month, End Time Harvest Ministry provides seniors with a free lunch at 1701 Donham Drive in Mobile. Call 251-604-2710.

Red, White and Bulls Rodeo
Two nights of live music and rodeo this weekend with gates opening at 5 p.m. Friday night, Johnny Hayes and the Loveseats will perform at 9 p.m. following the rodeo. Saturday night, fireworks will follow the rodeo. Visit thegroundsmobile.com.

Smoke on the Coast
Spanish Fort Town Center will host food trucks, live music, children’s activities and a fireworks display on Saturday, July 1, 6-9:30 p.m.

Greyhound adoption
Discover if adopting a retired racer is the right choice for you and your family. $200 adoption fee includes immunizations, heartworm check, leash and collar. B&B Pet Stop. Saturday, July 1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 251-661-3474.

Market in the Square
Mobile’s downtown farmer’s market is now held in Cathedral Square on Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. until noon. Come enjoy music, food, beverages and more.

West Mobile Farmer’s Market
This farmer’s market, sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church, is held every Tuesday, 3-6 p.m., on the west side of church property, 6101 Grelot Road, Mobile. Call 251-342-0462.

Help Me Grow Wednesdays
Lifelines Counseling Services and the Help Me Grow staff provide free developmental screenings throughout June and July. Just visit us at The Shoppes at Bel Air every Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to speak with someone.

Shining Star Youth Camp
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office will host camps for ages 8-13 at Fairhope Intermediate School June 28-30, Rockwell Elementary School July 12-14, and Central Baldwin Middle School, Aug. 2-5. Call 251-972-6890.

TOPS
Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church. For more information, call 251-625-6888.

Providence Farmer’s Market
Shop the farmer’s market every Wednesday through July 12, 2-5 p.m., in Lot F at Providence Hospital. Call 251-631-3501.

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.

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


ARTS

Art Education Sampler
Thinking of signing up for an art class at Mobile Museum of Art? Come Thursday, June 29, at 6 p.m. for a sample of upcoming classes. Visit mobilemuseumofart.com.

Art Talk: Richard McCabe
On Thursday, July 29, at 6 p.m., Richard McCabe, curator of photography at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, will give a complimentary talk at the Mobile Museum of Art. Visit mobilemuseumofart.com.

Fun Friday
This hour long make-and-take activity visits the “Faces of Africa” exhibit to learn about African masks. $5 per person. June 30, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., History Museum of Mobile. Email [email protected].

Last Friday Art Night
Last Friday Art Night features local art and history, food, beverages, music and socializing at Dauphin Island Art Gallery, 918 Bienville Blvd. For more information, call 251-861-3300.

Sunset concert
Dauphin Island West End Beach invites you for a Sunday concert at sunset featuring Jonesy Jones and The Crowned Jewels. Admission is $5 and goes toward preserving the Little Red School House.


MUSEUMS

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

“Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure”
A new, highly interactive exhibit at GulfQuest features more than 500 authentic artifacts recovered from deep-ocean shipwrecks. Visit www.gulfquest.org.

“Christenberry: In Alabama”
On the occasion of Alabama’s Bicentennial Celebration, this exhibit honors artist William Christenberry’s exploration of themes related to his native state. Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Through July 9. Call 251-208-5200.

“Faces of Africa”
The History Museum of Mobile exhibit “Faces of Africa: A Mystical View of Tribal Heritage” runs through Monday, July 31. Call 251-208-7420.

“Drugs: Costs and Consequences”
The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration team up to present a powerful interactive exhibit of the effects of drugs on individuals and society. Through August. Visit exploreum.com.

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) from 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 [email protected].

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

AFC Mobile
AFC Mobile will take on Gaffa FC on Saturday, July 1, at 7 p.m. Archbishop Lipscomb Stadium, 3610 Michael Blvd. Go to www.afcmobile.net for more information.

Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears are back in action at Mobile’s Hank Aaron Stadium. The team hosts Mississippi for a five-game home stand July 4-8. Call 251-479-BEAR.

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 [email protected].

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.

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 the Bridge Center at 251-666-2147, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fitness and athletics classes
New fitness classes are in progress at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Curvy yoga, Tone It Up ! (fusion workout), Zumba, basketball clinics (ages 8+) and sports conditioning (ages 8-17). To register or for more information, call 251-463-7980 or visit communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Dance and art classes
Summer classes offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School include belly dance, ballroom dance, ballet and tumbling (ages 6-8), beginning piano (ages 8+), watercolor painting, zombies and superheroes art, and pet portraits art. Call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Pickleball for adults (indoors)
Offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School, 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 or go to 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 or 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 [email protected].


PUBLIC MEETINGS

Mobile District 3 Community Meeting
Councilman C.J. Small will hold a District 3 Community Meeting on Thursday, June 29, at 6 p.m. at the Fulton Road Baptist Church. The meeting will focus on current and upcoming projects in the district, blight, crime and public safety.

Daphne Public Works meeting
The City of Daphne Division of Public Works will hold a Public Involvement meeting on the proposed improvements to Corte and Austin roads. The public meeting is on Thursday, June 29, at 5:30 p.m. at 9949 Bellaton Ave., in Daphne.

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.