GENERAL INTEREST

Glow in the dark egg hunt
The Orchard Assembly at 10245 Howells Ferry Road in Mobile is bringing back its Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt Friday, March 25, at 5 p.m. There will be inflatables, train rides, food, a petting zoo, prizes and photos with the Easter bunny. Please bring individually wrapped candy and place it in the bucket located at the information booth. For more information call the church office at 251-649-7710 or visit www.orchardassembly.com.

Easter bunny visit
The Easter bunny will be visiting Fairhope on Saturday, March 26. The bunny will be in front of the Welcome Center in downtown Fairhope from 10 a.m. until noon for children to visit. Parents may bring their cameras to take pictures. For additional information call 251-929-1466.

Community Easter sunrise service
Dauphin Island hosts a community Easter sunrise service on March 27 beginning at 6:30 a.m. on the Great Lawn within the walls of Fort Gaines, open to everyone in the community. Free admission will be given to guests from 6-7 a.m. on Easter Sunday. Those who will be attending are encouraged to bring their own chairs or a blanket.

Easter sunrise service at Bellingrath
As the sun rises over Bellingrath Gardens and Home on Easter Sunday, March 27, guests are invited to come and enjoy a special sunrise service with friends and family on Live Oak Plaza. The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. and is open to everyone in the community. During the service an offering will be collected to benefit Family Promise of Coastal Alabama, an agency that helps homeless families. Complimentary admission to the gardens will be given to guests from 6-8 a.m. A limited number of chairs will be set up, and guests are encouraged to bring their own. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the service will be held in the Magnolia Café, where a hot breakfast will be available for purchase from 7:30-9 a.m.  For more information call 251-973-2217 or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.

Midtown development meeting
MAB American Management, the developer of the former Augusta Evans school near Old Shell Road and Florida Street, is holding a meeting on Monday, March 28 at 6 p.m. for the residents and business owners of Midtown. MAB will present their design for the development and answer any questions. Sponsored by the Midtown Mobile Movement, the development of the Augusta Evans property will be the largest development in Midtown for many years to come. We know residents and business owners care deeply about how this development will fit into the historic neighborhood it surrounds, how it will affect traffic, and most importantly how it will affect our children who walk and bike this area daily.

Public lecture
The public is invited to attend “Deep-Ocean Industrialization and Biodiversity Challenges for the 21st Century,” a talk by Dr. Lisa Levin, director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD. Monday, March 28, from 7-8 p.m., John Counts Room at the Mitchell Center, University of South Alabama. The event is part of the Wiese Lecture Series 2016. Call 251-460-7136 for more information.

FUNDRAISERS

A Night with Nick Saban
Mobile-based Team Focus will host “A Night with Nick Saban” Thursday, March 24, at the Mobile Convention Center, 1 S. Water St. The event will begin at at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. and featured programming to follow. Founder Mike Gottfried will speak and introduce keynote speaker Nick Saban. The special evening will also include recognition of New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews and former University of Alabama linebacker LeeRoy Jordan. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Team Focus office at 251- 635-1515 or visit www.teamfocususa.org.

ARTS

Art exhibit and lecture
An art exhibit titled “Conflicted Fascinations and Entanglements — Recent Paintings by Scott Michael Raynor” will be on display at the Marilyn Foley Art Gallery in the Ben May Building on the University of Mobile campus through April 8. The exhibit is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Raynor will discuss his work during Art Talk on March 24 at 1 p.m., with a reception following. Admission to the gallery and Art Talk are free. UM is located off Interstate 65 at Exit 13 north of Mobile. For information call 251-442-2283 or email pcounselman@umobile.edu.

MUSEUMS

Da Vinci: Machines and Robotics
Now through May, an exhibit on the 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 29 stamp collector Michael Titford will share information about his hobby and his collection of historical state stamps. 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

Run/Walk for America’s Warriors
Flora-Bama’s 3rd annual Beach Run/Walk for America’s Warriors is a 5K and half-marathon beginning at the Flora-Bama, 17401 Perdido Key Drive in Pensacola, Florida. One-hundred percent of registration fees will go to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, ensuring full scholarship grants as well as educational and family counseling to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty and immediate financial assistance for severely wounded special operations personnel and their families. The half marathon costs $55 and begins at 7:30 a.m.; the 5K costs $35 and begins at 9. For more information call 850-492-0611 or visit florabama.com.

Three-day meditation retreat
Want to find more inner peace and balance in your life? Join Venerable Pasura from Thailand, the director of Peace Revolution, in an online platform teaching people all around the world how to meditate via a 42-day self-development program. A free public lecture on stress management and meditation will be held Thursday, March 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the USA Student Center Ballroom. Visitors will be welcome to join a three-day meditation retreat following the lecture. Dinner will be provided by Bankok Thai and donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.pipoalabama.weebly.com.

Beach volleyball tournament
The Serving for Exchange Beach Volleyball Tournament, presented by the Eastern Shore Exchange Club and Tropics Volleyball and benefiting the The Family Center, will take place Saturday, March 26, at 11 a.m. at Tropics on the Causeway. This is a 4×4 volleyball tournament with rally scoring to 21. Cost is $150 per team, with six players to a team. Participants will receive 10 percent of food purchases at Tropics. For more information visit www.tropicsvolleyball.com.

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. 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.

Social dance class
The city of Mobile’s Community Activities Program is offering Introduction to Social Dance on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 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. 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 maccrossanirishdance@yahoo.com 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 7:30-10 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 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.

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 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 http://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 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 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.