GENERAL INTEREST

Fourth of July — Mobile
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for fireworks July 4 at Battleship Memorial Park (2703 Battleship Parkway). Parking opens at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Admission is $5 per vehicle.

Fourth of July — Fairhope
The city of Fairhope and the Baldwin Pops Band invite one and all to the annual Fourth of July concert and fireworks display at Henry George Park and the Fairhope Municipal Pier Park. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks start at 9 p.m.

Fourth of July — Daphne
On July 4, join us for family fun at Trione Sports Complex from 5-8 p.m. with waterslides, inflatables, games and free concessions! Fireworks begin at dusk. For more information call Daphne Parks and Recreation at 251-621-3703.

Fourth of July — Dauphin Island
Enjoy an open display of fireworks on the public beach at Dauphin Island, beginning at sunset, on Monday, July 4.

Fourth of July — Gulf Shores
The city of Gulf Shores will celebrate the Fourth of July with a stunning fireworks display. Fireworks will be shot from the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier. A salute to the services and carnival-like activities will kick off at 5:30 p.m. at the Gulf Shores public beach.

Fourth of July — Bay Minette
The city of Bay Minette will host its Fourth of July fireworks show on Sunday, July 3, at dusk behind Simmons Field, East 6th Street.

Shark Week
Thursday, June 30, Dr. Marcus Drymon will discuss the unusual eating habits of tiger sharks at the Gulf Coast Exploreum, 65 Government St. “Tiger Sharks: Garbage Cans of the Gulf and more!” begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $10. On Saturday, July 2, graduate student Emily Seubert will be at the Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., with an array of sharks’ teeth and sharks.

Independence Day at Fort Morgan
Historical interpreters dressed in U.S. Army uniforms from different eras of Fort Morgan’s occupation will conduct special guided tours throughout the day on Monday, July 4. Additionally, artillery, small arms and other presentations will demonstrate the complexities of military garrison life at Fort Morgan (51 State Highway 180). Begins at 9 a.m. Admission ranges from $4 to $7.

Independence Day Street Party
Join The Wharf in Orange Beach on Saturday, July 2, for a street party and fireworks. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Fireworks display will take place over Main Street at 8:45 p.m. SPECTRA Sound & Light Spectacular will follow. The Wharf is located at 23101 Canal Road. For more information visit alwharf.com.

Unveiling of “The Recruit”
The USS Alabama Battleship Commission will host an Enlistment Ceremony and the dedication and unveiling of “The Recruit,” the newest monument at the park, on Saturday, July 2, at 10 a.m. in the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion at Battleship Memorial Park. For more information contact Battleship Memorial Park, 251-433-2703, or email [email protected].

Girl Scouts summer camp
All girls in grades 2-12 are invited to enjoy a week (or two!) at summer camp through Saturday, July 9. Transportation will be available for day campers. For more information please visit www.girlscoutssa.org/camp or call Amanda Abercrombie at 800-239-6636, ext. 2205.

“Get in the Game: Read!”
Area teens are invited to participate in Daphne’s “Get in the Game: Read!” teen summer reading program through June 30. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to register to attend the free workshops and events. For more information call 251-621-2818, ext. 211.

Summer outdoor farmer’s market
The city of Fairhope hosts an outdoor farmer’s market from 3-6 p.m. Thursday evenings through July 9. The market will be set up behind the Fairhope Public Library on Bancroft Street downtown. For general information or information about becoming a vendor, call 251-929-1466.

Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Tuesday for a luncheon at Azalea City Golf Course. Lunch begins at noon. This week’s speaker is Bill Rials, anchor WKRG. For reservations and more information please call 251-348-3542.

West Mobile Farmer’s Market
West Mobile Farmer’s Market is sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church every Tuesday and Thursday, 3-6 p.m., Hillcrest entrance of church property at 6101 Grelot Road. The market features locally grown produce, seafood, baked goods and other items. For more information call 251-342-0462.

Kids Day in Bienville
Every Thursday in June, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Mobile Special Events Department hosts a variety of activities, performances and displays for kids of all ages in Bienville Square. All activities associated with Kids Days are free. For more information visit www.specialeventsmobile.org.

Market on the Square
Market on the Square runs from 7:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday through July 30 in Mobile’s Cathedral Square. This time of year you can buy locally grown tomatoes, potatoes, sweet corn, cantaloupes, watermelons, plants and flowers, seafood, baked goods, handcrafted goods and more.

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. The Northern Gulf Institute presents conversations about all things scientific in the Gulf of Mexico region. For more information call 251-861-2141.


ARTS

First Friday Art Walk
The Eastern Shore Art Center’s First Friday Art Walk returns! Come check out the new exhibits while enjoying refreshments and live entertainment. The art walk begins at 6 p.m. at the Eastern Shore Art Center, 401 Oak St. (Fairhope). For more information contact Adrienne at 251-928-2228, ext. 103.

Sunday sunset concert
Sunday sunset concerts at Dauphin Island’s West End Beach run monthly from May to October. The Joe Occhipinti Big Band performs June 26 at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for everyone over 12. All proceeds benefit the project to relocate and restore the Little Red School House.

Art Camp
Daphne Art Center is offering Art Camp, two sessions each day. Choose from the 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. session. Classes offer a variety of art activities for kids — painting, drawing, writing storybooks and more. Daphne Art Center is located at 1704 6th St. (Daphne). Call for registration or information, 251-586-8096.

Campo Santo
The final show in the free summer concert series Campo Santo will feature local band Stereo Dogs. Bring a blanket and chairs to Cathedral Square, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Presented by the Downtown Mobile Alliance and sponsored by Blue Moon and Gulf Distributing.


MUSEUMS

Mobile Medical Museum exhibit
On June 30 the Mobile Medical Museum will present “Healing Women: Medical History from a Female Perspective” at the Mary Elizabeth and Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art, Marx Library, University of South Alabama. For more information call 251-415-1109 or visit mobilemedicalmuseum.org.

“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 History Museum of Mobile’s vault. “Every Object Has a Story” will run through July. For more information about the exhibit contact Lori McDuffie, [email protected] or 251-208-7420.

“Treasures of NOAA’s Ark”
Visitors to GulfQuest can discover how NOAA charts seas, protects and conserves the nation’s marine resources, and detects potential hurricanes and tsunamis. This 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.

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 (Mobile). For more information call 251- 208-5200.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears are back in action for a 20th season of MiLB Double-A baseball at Mobile’s Hank Aaron Stadium. The team returns July 4 for a five-game home stand against Pensacola. 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. Beginners are welcome. At Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. (Mobile). For more information email Cindy Youngblood, [email protected], call 251-623-9183 or visit www.azaleaballroomdanceclub.com.

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society host dances the first and third Monday of every month, from 7 until 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Beginners are welcome. Fitzpen Place, 11247 State Highway 31 (Spanish Fort). For more information email Cassie Fishbein at [email protected].

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.

Sunset yoga for charity
Join Thrive Yoga & Massage at 7 p.m. every second and fourth Friday evening through October at the Henry George Park overlooking the Fairhope pier. All classes will be by donation and all proceeds go to charity. Bring your mat. All classes are beginner friendly. Well-behaved kids and pets are welcome.


PUBLIC MEETINGS

Baldwin County Commission: First and third Tuesday of each month 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 of each month at 6 p.m., 22251 Palmer St., Robertsdale. www.baldwincountyal.gov.

Bayou La Batre City Council: Second and fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. 13785 S. Wintzell Ave. www.cityofbayoulabatre.com

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.

Daphne City Council: First and third Monday of each month 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 of each month, 7 p.m., 1011 Bienville Blvd. www.townofdauphinisland.org.

Fairhope City Council: Second and fourth Monday of each month 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 of each month at 5 p.m., 161 N. Section St. For more information visit www.cofairhope.com.

Foley City Council: First and third Monday of each month 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 of each month 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 Thursday of each month, 205 Government St., at 2 p.m. www.urban.cityofmobile.org.

Orange Beach City Council: First and third Tuesdays of each month 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.