GENERAL INTEREST

Voter registration/photo ID drive June 9
In an effort to ensure eligible Alabama citizens are able to vote, Alabama’s Secretary of State 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. 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. For more information call 251-621-2818, ext. 211.

Girl Scouts Summer Camp
All girls in grades 2-12 are invited to enjoy a week (or two!) at summer camp on beautiful Lake Martin at Kamp Kiwanis in Eclectic, or on the sandy hills surrounded by pines and magnolias at Camp Scoutshire Woods in Citronelle. Camp options feature a day camp, a two-night sampler camp for rising 2nd- through 5th-graders and a weeklong residential camp. Camp dates range from Sunday, June 12, to 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.

Bay Area Young Democrats
Please join the Bay Area Young Democrats for our June meeting with special guest Tammy Herrington, executive director of Conservation Alabama. She has graciously agreed to talk to us about the upcoming ballot initiative in November on State Parks as well as the work she does. Wednesday, June 15, at 6:30 p.m. at Whole Foods Market, 3968 Airport Blvd. (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 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 information about becoming a vendor, call 251-929-1466.

Tuesday Tours at Bellingrath

In honor of the 80th anniversary of the Bellingrath Home, we’re offering a special opportunity for history buffs during the month of June: Tuesday Tours with Tom McGehee, museum director. Each week, Tom will share his extensive knowledge of the Bellingrath Home’s treasures during home tours at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Each tour highlights a different feature of the home’s antiques and collections. On June 14, guests will discover the incredible collection of antique silver Bessie Morse Bellingrath acquired from prominent dealers ranging from New Orleans to New York. Space is limited and reservations are required; to register call 251-973-2217, ext. 111, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org. Admission is $21 for adults and $9 for Bellingrath members. (The tours are not recommended for ages 13 and younger.) All tour attendees will receive a free souvenir book.

Wonderful Wednesdays at Bellingrath: caring for daylilies
John and Nancy Falck, owners of Hem Haven Daylily Nursery in Fairhope, will show our guests how to grow beautiful daylilies along the Gulf Coast. Join us at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15, as they share their best techniques to grow and maintain these attractive flowers. They will discuss a number of varieties and have a selection for sale. Admission is $13 for adults and $7.50 for ages 5-12. There is no charge for Bellingrath members or for ages 4 and younger. The event is part of the Wonderful Wednesdays series at Bellingrath in June and July. Visit bellingrath.org to view the full schedule.

Mobile Young Entrepreneurs meet-up
Mobile Young Entrepernuers are proud to annouce our first networking mixer at Firehouse Wine Bar, 216 St. Francis St. in downtown Mobile Wednesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. Come out and network with some of Mobile’s up and coming business professionals. Discounted wines and food all evening! Open bar for first 20 members of MobileYoung Entrepreneurs. For more information, find us on Facebook.

Midtown Optimist Club
John Midtown Optimist Club every Tuesday for a luncheon at Azalea City Golf Course. Lunch begins at noon. This week’s speaker is Mobile Police Department’s Officer of the Month. 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., on the west side (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.

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

Man & Woman of the Year
Please join our candidates, survivors, sponsors, campaign teams, friends, family and other LLS supporters as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society gathers for the grand finale announcement of the Man & Woman of the Year. Thursday, June 9 at 6 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin St., Mobile. The evening will include cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music and spectacular live and silent auctions. All ticket sales and proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at www.mwoy.org.

Dragon Boat Festival
On Saturday, June 11, more than 1,500 paddlers and 7,500 spectators will witness Fuse Project’s 3rd annual Dragon Boat Festival. Teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer and an experienced steerer will rock the water in 46-foot authentic Hong Kong-style Dragon Boats at USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. Fuse Project’s Dragon Boat Festival is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event. In addition to watching the races, Fuse Project will have food trucks, fashion trucks, a petting zoo, a trackless train, a gyro gym, jumpies, pony rides, all of the wonderful exhibits at The Battleship — and they usually have something “WOW” up their sleeves that you won’t want to miss! Admission into the festival is $3 and children under age 3 get in FREE!

Sunset yoga for charity
Join Thrive Yoga & Massage at 7 p.m. every 2nd and 4th 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 and a friend. All classes are beginner friendly. All well behaved kids and pets welcome.

St. Francis Xavier Spring Festival
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church is hosting a Spring Festival free of charge and open to the public on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Popular local singer D. Saunders and his band will perform at 3 p.m. and DJ RL Harris will provide music throughout the day. Steve’s Steppers, a local group of dancers, will perform at 1 p.m. The GT Mustangs will also be at the festival starting at 10 a.m. There will be a wide range of food, children’s activities and sales booths available for the public to enjoy. St. Francis Xavier is located at 2034 St. Stephens Road.

Summer of Oz
The Playhouse in the Park is hosting its annual fundraiser wine-tasting event Wednesday, June 15, 5:30-8 p.m. The fundraiser will be held at Red or White, 1104 Dauphin St. For more information please visit playhouseinthepark.org.

Feeding the Gulf Coast
What is a more wonderful way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon than showing off your brainpower while drinking fabulous beer and contributing to a needed local cause? Support Feeding the Gulf Coast by testing your trivia skills against those of other local teams Sunday June 12, 2-5 p.m. at Fairhope Brewing Co. Food will be sold at the event. Feeding the Gulf Coast, formerly Bay Area Food Bank, serves a 24-county area spanning South Alabama, South Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle. In 2015 the food bank distributed over 20 million pounds of food to more than 400 church pantries, soup kitchens and other nonprofit organizations throughout its service area. Feeding the Gulf Coast is a United Way agency and a member of Feeding America. For more information visit www.feedingthegulfcoast.org.


ARTS

The Heritage Jazz Tour
Sunday, June 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. GulfQuest will host a free smooth-jazz concert featuring Sherry Reeves, David Jones, Daniel D, and Chris Godber. GulfQuest is at 155 S. Water St. in Mobile.

LoDa Artwalk
Downtown is the place to be the second Friday of each month! Join downtown art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome you inside to see beautiful artwork, sample delicious foods and hear the sounds of the LoDa Artwalk. The Artwalk gets better and better each month. From 6 to 9 p.m. in the Lower Dauphin Street district.

Kids Art Night
The Moorer YMCA at 101 Water St. will provide games, crafts and dinner for kids while their parents enjoy a night downtown. The art night will be Friday, June 10, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The cost for one child is $25 and each additional child $15. Ages 6 months to 12 years old. For more information call 757-634-5215 or contact moorermembership@ysal.org.


MUSEUMS

Beach dune and maritime forest excursion
On June 21 from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., we’ll meet outside the Estuarium, walk through the Audubon Bird Sanctuary’s maritime forest, then on to the dunes and beach. We’ll walk about a mile and a half, and feet may get wet, so participants should wear comfortable walking shoes. Cost is only $12 per person, including children. Children 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so reservations are recommended; download the Excursions Reservation Form from disl.org. Please note that Estuarium admission is separate. DISL reserves the right to cancel in case of inclement weather or insufficient participation. For questions, e-mail summerexcursions@disl.org or call 251-861-2141, ext. 7545.

“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, 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.

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

Shipbuilding on view
Weekend adventurers who have only heard of the wilds of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta or the oceangoing shipping of one of the busiest international ports on the Gulf of Mexico can experience both Saturday, June 11, aboard Blakeley State Park’s eco-tour boat. The Delta Explorer departs from the park’s dock on the Tensaw River at 9:30 a.m., returning three hours later after adventuring through the Delta, across to the Mobile River, down through the Port of Mobile and looping back to its Blakeley home dock. Tickets are $35 for adults, $17 for children ages 6-12 and free to children ages 3-5.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis but may be reserved by calling 251-626-5581 and paying with major credit cards. For more information go to www.blakeleypark.com. The Delta Explorer is also available for charter. Blakeley State Park is located on State Highway 225 about 4.5 miles north of its intersection with U.S. Highway 31 at Spanish Fort.  

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 will host Jacksonville for a five-game stint June 10-14. For more information or tickets call 251-479-BEAR.

Adult summer dance classes
The Dance Academy of Mobile is offering summer dance classes for adults on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Azalea City Center for the Arts, 63 Midtown Park E. (Mobile). Tuesday classes include Hot Hula Fitness at 10:45 a.m., Hula at 5:30 p.m. and Tahitian at 6:30 p.m. Thursday classes include Hot Hula Fitness at 10:45 a.m. and Broadway-style jazz and tap at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 251-404-8582.

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 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

Introduction to beekeeping
An introduction to beekeeping course will be hosted by Feeding the Gulf Coast Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. until noon at 1070 Schillinger Road N. (Mobile). Join Jack Rowe, extension entomologist/horticulturist and home beekeeper, to learn about the basics of at-home beekeeping. The goal of this workshop is to provide hobbyist beekeepers with up-to-date beekeeping information and practices. New beekeepers will also have the opportunity to connect with experienced apiarists. The workshop is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Meghan Tanner at 251-653-1617, ext. 118, or mtanner@feedingthegulfcoast.org.

Predatory lending and high-cost loans
Abusive practices by lenders have increased. Learn some of the more common practices and how the Equal Credit Opportunity Act & the Fair Housing Act protect you against discrimination. Also learn how much high-fee loans are costing you and how to avoid them. The workshop will be held 6-7 p.m. on Monday, June 13, at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling, 705 Oak Circle Drive E. (Mobile). Due to limited space, please call 251-602-0011 to register in advance.

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.