June 4

Kids Day in Bienville
Bring the kids out to Bienville Square for summertime fun and enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, and visitors from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the Mobile Police and Fire-Rescue departments, and much more! If you have any questions, please call 251-208-1550.

Summer Outdoor Market
The city of Fairhope will host a Summer Outdoor Farmer’s Market from 3 until 6 p.m. on Thursday evenings through July 9. The market will be set up behind the Fairhope Public Library on Bancroft Street downtown. The market 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 held at Lavretta Park (Old Shell Road and Parkway Street West) every Thursday through July 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, please call 251-208-1550.

Community Conversations on Race
Do we need to talk about race in Mobile? Your input is crucial. All community input will be reported to the city. The conversation will begin at 6 p.m. at Pillans Middle School, 2051 Military Road. If you have questions, please contact conversationmobile@gmail.com.

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 5

Celebration of Patriotism
At 7 p.m. on this, the eve of D-Day, the Baldwin County Republican Party will honor the brave men who stormed the beach at Normandy and helped rescue Europe — and the world — from tyranny. Col. Allen West will be the speaker. A U.S. Army veteran, former congressman and author of the book “Guardian of the Republic,” he is also a regular FOX News contributor. Daphne Civic Center; tickets start at $35 and may be ordered on the Baldwin County GOP website or by calling 251-265-1113.

Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins, enchanted umbrella in hand, descends on the East wind to the Chickasaw Civic Theatre stage for a three-weekend run of Disney’s Tony Award winning musical of the same name. Fall in love with Mary Poppins all over again. Show dates are June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14; showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Reservations may be made online at cctshows.com or by calling 251-457-8887. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors over age 60. The Chickasaw Civic Theatre is at 801 Iroquois St., Mobile.

Strange Journeys
SJM Tours provides innovative, interactive and entertaining walking tours of Mobile. Strange Journeys is a two-hour guided walk in the city’s historic districts through which you’ll learn of unusual history, spooky tales and strange sightings. The walk begins at 8 p.m. For more information, call 251-644-1664 or visit www.sjmtours.com.

First Friday Art Walk
The Eastern Shore Art Center returns with new art and music. Come check out the new exhibits and live pottery demonstrations while enjoying refreshments and live entertainment by The Sound Carpenters. 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.

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 September 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 multi-media 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 6

Mobile Funk Fest
Good Music. Good People. Good Times. With classic hits by legendary artists like Frankie Beverly and Maze and the Ohio Players, to the sounds of contemporary music’s heavy hitters like Jill Scott and Outkast, Funk Fest delivers an all-star line up that has the “old school,” “new school” and everyone in between jamming all night long. Gates open at 3 p.m. with shows starting at 5 p.m. at The Grounds (1035 Cody Rd). For tickets and more information visit funkfesttour.com.

Dragon Boat Festival
Grab 20 of your best friends and get ready to have a blast racing your dragon boat for a great cause! The FUSE Project Dragon Boat Festival provides a fun, unforgettable fundraising experience. See how well your team can compete against other local corporate and community teams — and who will win off the water raising money for The FUSE Project. Get on the boat and make waves! Events are held at 5 Rivers. For more information, visit fuseproject.causevox.com.

Arts in the Park Nature Fest
Under the oaks in historic Cadillac Square on beautiful Dauphin Island, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., this free event will feature fine artists and craftsmen from around the Southeast, as well as exciting nature exhibits, programs and events.  The picturesque park will be filled with unique art, hands-on animal exhibits and nature and environmental presentations and exhibits. For more information, call 251-861-TRIP.

National Trails Day
Come out and join the Alabama Hiking Trail Society for a National Trails Day hike on the beautiful Audubon Sanctuary Loop Trail on Dauphin Island from 8 to 10:30 a.m. This free hike is a three-mile loop trek to see beautiful wildflowers, dozens of varieties of birds, wetlands and the Gulf of Mexico. Meet at the Audubon Bird Sanctuary parking lot at 8 a.m. Bring plenty of water, snacks and bug spray. Dress for hot weather – wear a hat and sunscreen. Extra water will be available. Boots aren’t necessary. This is an easy walk. Contact Joe Cuhaj for more details at 251-533-1812 or email gulf@hikealabama.org.

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 7

Gloria Dei Chorale’s Spring Concert
Gloria Dei Chorale’s Spring Concert will be presented at 3:00 p.m. at Little Flower Catholic Church, 2053 Government Street, Mobile. Under the direction of Louis Daniel, Saint Cecelia Mass by Adolfo Kaim will be featured, along with works by Bruckner, Palestrina, Durufle, Wesley, and more. The concert is free, with a $10 suggested donation at the door. The Preschool Center for the Deaf and Blind will benefit.  More information call Marian Boykin at 251-533-9810.

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 “Animal Homes.” 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 8

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 9

‘Lone Survivor’
Decorated U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell — the man behind the Hollywood motion picture “Lone Survivor,” and author of the New York Times best-selling book of the same name — will visit the bay area as part of the Baldwin County Drug Court Foundation’s 6th annual “Knowing You Can Make a Difference” fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center,  2603 U.S. Highway 98. It will feature a seated dinner by Naman’s Catering and be emceed by Channel 10’s Chasity Byrd. Tickets may be purchased at online at www.baldwindrugcourt.com or from Raina Macks at auburn@hotmail.com. For more information, visit our website or Facebook.

Wine Tasting Party
Join us for a wine tasting party to benefit The Playhouse in the Park. The wine tasting is complimentary though donations are welcome and tax-exempt. The tasting will be at Red or White, 1104 Dauphin St. beginning at 6 p.m. For more information visit www.playhouseinthepark.org.

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.

Community Conversations on Race
Do we need to talk about race in Mobile? Your input is crucial. All community input will be reported to the city. The conversation will begin at 6 p.m. at Mobile Public Library, 5555 Grelot Road. If you have questions, please contact conversationmobile@gmail.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 10

Wonderful Wednesdays: Summer Garden Walk
Join Bellingrath Horticulture Managers for a guided tour 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: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Admission is $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.

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. Crockmeier’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 out and 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, 11:30 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 251-208-1550.

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 65 Government St. For more information call Josh Holland at 251-208-6893 or email jholland@exploreum.com.