GENERAL INTEREST

Easter egg hunt and breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Hop on down to Bellingrath Gardens and Home for Easter fun! Children of all ages are invited to join us for breakfast with the Easter Bunny and the annual Easter egg hunt on the Great Lawn Saturday, March 19. Thousands of Easter eggs will be scattered across the Great Lawn, and there will be plenty of candy and treats for little ones to fill their Easter baskets. Reservations are required for breakfast at 8 a.m.; to reserve, call 251-973-2217. Three egg hunts for different age groups will begin at 9 a.m. After the egg hunts, families are encouraged to enjoy other Easter activities within the Gardens. Education students from the University of South Alabama will provide games and craft projects on Live Oak Plaza from 9 a.m. until noon.

Government Street Lunch Forum
The Government Street Lunch Forum at Government Street Presbyterian Church is lunch and a speaker on Thursdays. The March 17 speaker is Mobile County Commissioner Merceria Ludgood. Lunch costs $10 and is served at noon; the forum begins at 12:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend the forum. The church is on the corner of Government and Jackson streets in downtown Mobile. For details call the church office at 251-432-1749.

The Wharf Boat Show
Largest in-water boat show display along the upper Gulf Coast showcasing the latest offerings from Southeast boat manufacturers and dealers, including approximately 110 in-water vessels, more than 200 trailered boats on land as well as the hottest marine electronics, fishing tackle, engines and outdoor equipment. Event is pet friendly. Boat show runs March 17-20 at The Wharf, 23101 Canal Road in Orange Beach. Admission for adults is $10 and free for children 12 and under. For more information visit wharfboatshow.com.

Free Food Sunday
The third Sunday of every month, Four and One Elegant Boutique provides a fresh-cooked meal for people in need. The meal begins at 3 p.m. at 1870 Government Street. For more information or to help, call 251-308-3752.

Historic Ghost Tour
Mobile Mystery Mystics present an encore of ghosts, spirits and strange happenings. The spookiness begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin St. Your guide on the bus will tell stories as they come to life on the streets of the city by the MMD Players. Reservations are required, tickets cost $47. For reservations and more information, call 251-479-9970.

WBA luncheon
The Women’s Business Alliance is excited to host its annual Women’s History Month Luncheon featuring international soprano opera singer Lynn Mackie! Join the Women’s Business Alliance for a formal networking event to celebrate women throughout history Tuesday, March 22, at 11:30 a.m. at The Admiral Hotel, 251 Government St. Lunch is $25. For more information please call 251-660-2725.

Ole South Day
Join First Baptist Church for a family fun day discovering and celebrating  Southern heritage. There will be period music, cooking, basket making, a blacksmith, arts and crafts and much more. The event will take place behind First Baptist Church Irvington, 9074 Bayou La Batre-Irvington Highway. For more information call 251-957-2718. Admission is free.

FUNDRAISERS

Cajun Cook-Off
Many of Mobile’s downtown restaurants will feature their best Cajun cuisine to benefit the Child Advocacy Center on Saturday, March 19, starting at 10 a.m. Bands will play music on the Bud Light Zydeco Stage. Advance tickets cost $10, available at the Child Advocacy Center, Mellow Mushroom (both locations) and BugMaster in Daphne and Mobile. Tickets can be purchased online at www.cacmobile.org for $13, event day cost is $15; children under age 6 get in free with an adult ticketholder.

Rescues & Runways
“Rescues & Runways” pet adoption is this Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Greer’s in downtown Fairhope (75 S. Section St.) during the 64th Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Arts & Crafts Festival. Enjoy watching The Haven’s cute and cuddly canines strut down the red carpet, pet-training demos, live painting by artists and face painting for kids.

Wheels for Wilmer Hall
MobTown Riders has once again partnered with Wilmer Hall Children’s Home to sponsor their 4th annual Dice Run. The run begins at Wilmer Hall, 3811 Old Shell Road, Saturday, March 19. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with coffee and donuts and ends at Touchdown Tavern. Come early and enter your bike in the bike show to be judged by the children. There will also be live music by Last Call Rodeo as well as a silent auction and raffles. For more information visit mobtownriders.com.

ARTS

Fairhope’s Arts & Crafts Festival
Spring is nearing, and it couldn’t be nicer than in Fairhope. Come to Fairhope and celebrate the beginning of another great season! The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce proudly announces the 63rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival in Fairhope, to be held March 18, 19 and 20, presented by PNC Bank. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The festival is free to the public. For more information visit annualartsandcraftsfestivalfairhope.com.

Print Blocking Class
Students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to sign up for an art workshop Thursday, March 17, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Daphne Library. This event will offer participants an opportunity to learn print blocking and create an original art piece to take home. The class instructor will be Donna Lesher, artist, teacher and photographer. Lesher holds a degree in commercial art/graphic design and has been teaching art for more than 25 years. Print blocking consists of drawing a design on paper, then engraving it onto a foam block. The painted foam block is then pressed onto paper. All supplies will be furnished. This is a no-cost offering sponsored by the Friends of the Daphne Library. Interested students can call 251-621-2818, ext. 211, to register.

Mobile Mystery Dinner: “The Mystery of Shamrock Pub”
Join Mobile Mystery Dinners for its next performance Saturday, March 19, at Mobile Carnival Museum (355 Government St.). Tickets are $59 and include dinner and unlimited wine. The fun begins at 7 p.m. Advance reservations are required; call 251-865-7398.

Reading series
Major Jackson is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently “Roll Deep” (W. W. Norton, 2015). He is the recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the Pew Fellowship. Jackson is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at the University of Vermont, a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars and poetry editor of the Harvard Review. Jackson will be reading Monday, March 21, at the University of South Alabama’s Archaeology Museum, 4-5 p.m. For more information call 251-460-6149.

Gala concert
Soprano Erin Wakeman, a native of Mobile, will be presented in a gala concert at Government Street Presbyterian Church, Saturday, March 19, at 2 p.m. The program will feature solo operatic selections and include ensemble performances with Leah Kelly, Bob Wakeman and Scott Wright, general director of Mobile Opera. Dr. Laura Moore, director of choral activities at the University of South Alabama and chorus master for Mobile Opera, will accompany. This concert is free and open to the public. A reception featuring punch and cookies will follow.

MUSEUMS

Sunday matinee at 5 Rivers
Come out and join us every Sunday for a free family-friendly film at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center. The films play throughout the day at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. This week’s matinee is “Open Season.” 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center is located at 30945 Five Rivers Blvd. For more information call 251-625-0814.

Da Vinci: Machines and Robotics
Now through May, a new exhibit on true Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci features more than 60 machines, robotics and artworks, many of them interactive. Some of his ideas that have come to life include the bicycle, spring-powered car, hang glider, helicopter and robotic drummer. Also on hand will be children’s activities, computer animations and cinema. Other features are working models and machines crafted from Leonardo’s original sketches, notes and designs, rare facsimile codices and a biographical documentary. Some of these will be interactive, with visitors able to touch and control them. Reproductions of Leonardo’s most famous artwork, including “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper,” are part of the exhibit. Exploreum hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon until 5 p.m. For more information call 251-208-6893 or visit exploreum.com.

Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb
Through April 3, experience the life and death of one of history’s most legendary kings through an exhibition of more than 100 reproductions of the boy king’s treasures at the History Museum of Mobile. The replicas range from beautiful recreations of jewelry, enormous statues, Tut’s nearly 300-pound, solid-gold inner sarcophagus and replicas of the pharaoh’s sacred and personal possessions including his state chariot, golden shrines, beds, thrones, jewelry, spectacular funerary mask, mummy case and royal mummy. History Museum of Mobile, 11 S. Royal St. Call 251-208-7508 for more information.

“Tea for two”
Each Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m., the Fairhope Museum of History hosts a “tea” where guests enjoy a cup of delicious Baldwin County tea, cookies and a lecture on an interesting aspect of Fairhope history. On March 22 Capt. Kilgore has a wonderful selection of old salty sea stories to tell. For more information call 251-929-1471.   

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

Spring Fever Chase
Runners and walkers alike are welcome to participate in the 38th annual Spring Fever Chase scheduled for Saturday, March 19, in Fairhope beginning at 7:30 a.m.. This 10K run and 2-mile fun run/walk, sponsored by Thomas Hospital, takes both runners and walkers on a beautiful and challenging course through the neighborhoods of Fairhope overlooking Mobile Bay. Race applications are available at all three Infirmary Fitness Centers: ProHealth Fitness Center, Mobile; North Baldwin Fitness Center, Bay Minette; and Thomas Fitness Center, Fairhope. Participants may also register online at springfeverchase.com. For more information regarding the 2016 Spring Fever Chase, call 251-279-1684.

Azalea Trail Run
The 39th annual Azalea Trail Run, one of the premier 10K road races in the United States, is scheduled for March 19 on the streets of old Mobile. The event also includes 5K and 2K runs. All of the courses are flat and extremely fast. To register online and view course maps, schedules and other information, visit www.pcpacers.org/atr.

Ballroom dance
Azalea Ballroom Dance Club hosts dances with live music the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 7 to 9:30 p.m., $10 admission. Dance class taught by professional instructors is available prior to the dance from 6:30 to 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, [email protected], call 251-623-9183 or visit www.azaleaballroomdanceclub.com.

Social dance class
The city of Mobile’s Community Activities Program offers Introduction to Social Dance on Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Pillans Middle School, 2051 Old Military Road. The foxtrot, rumba, waltz and swing are just some of the classic dances that will be taught. Singles are welcome! No partner needed. Cost is $37.50 per student for five weeks. The series began March 2. Instructor is Skip Smith. For more information or to register call Mellanie Johnson, 251-208-1610.

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 [email protected] or call 228-239-2422.

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dance classes the first and third Monday of every month, with professional instructors at 7 p.m. followed by dancing from 7:30 until 10 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 [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.

WORKSHOPS

Homebuyers Seminar
This seminar is full of tips and information for those wanting to become a homeowner. Learn what you need to know about the home buying process to avoid making costly mistakes. This seminar starts at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Register at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling, 705 Oak Circle Drive E., Mobile. Due to limited space, please call 251-602-0011 to register in advance.

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., 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 [email protected]

PUBLIC MEETINGS

Coastal wind insurance meeting
The Alabama Department of Insurance and the Homeowners Hurricane Insurance Initiative (HHII) will explain how a proposed coastal insurance authority will cut wind insurance premiums by half. They will present the information during a public meeting at Orange Beach Community Center on Canal Road, 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 21. Deputy Insurance Commissioner Charles Angell will make a short presentation and then take questions. The proposed insurance authority was the primary recommendation of Gov. Robert Bentley’s recent special Coastal Insurance Work Group. An enabling bill is now in the Alabama legislature.

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 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 and fourth 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 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 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 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 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 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. 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 Hwy., 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.