March 27

Engaging the Next Generation
If you are between the ages of 21 and 39, this is an excellent time to get connected with your community! Mobile County Commissioner Merceria Ludgood is partnering with Mobile United/Leadership Mobile and a team of dedicated volunteers to put on a volunteer fair for the young professionals in the area. This free, public gathering includes representatives from over 50 local nonprofit agencies that will be on hand to give information and answer any questions about what their organizations do for the community. To sign up or get additional information, please contact Katherine Phillips of Mobile United/ Leadership Mobile via e-mail at kpittman@leadershipmobile.org

The Wharf Boat Show
There’s nothing else like it. The Wharf Boat & Yacht show will be the March 27-30 at the Marina at the Wharf. More than $90 million in boats and marine products will be on display.

Preview Party & Sale: Plantasia!
First choice of thousands of plants, including citrus, vegetables, herbs, azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas, trees, vines, ferns, roses, groundcovers, and natives; plus wine, hors d’oeuvres, music. Benefits Mobile Botanical Gardens. 4 – 7 p.m. Mobile Botanical Gardens (5151 Museum Dr) $25 admission. Sale: Fri & Sat, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; there is no admission.

Opera Insights: Madama Butterfly
A reading of the David Belasco play that inspired the opera, as well as a discussion of the opera; led by Mobile Opera Education Director Stacey Driskell and General Director Scott Wright. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Mobile Public Library, Moorer/Spring Hill Branch (4 S McGregor Ave) Mobile Opera’s production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is set for March 28 & 30.


March 28

Sidewalk-A-Thon
The Sidewalk-A-Thon is a 1.6- mile walk to raise money for new sidewalks in the City and to promote exercise. Registration is 3-4 p.m. at Lavretta Park to St. Paul’s Quigley Field and will begin at 4 p.m. For more information or to pre-register visit www.thevillageofspringhill.com.

Plantasia!
Thousands of plants, including citrus, vegetables, herbs, azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas, trees, vines, ferns, roses, groundcovers, and natives; plus wine, hors d’oeuvres, music. Benefits Mobile Botanical Gardens. Mobile Botanical Gardens (5151 Museum Dr). Sale: Fri & Sat, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; there is no admission.

Madama Butterfly
Music: Giacomo Puccini; libretto: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Starring soprano Lina Tetriani as Butterfly, tenor Jeffrey Gwaltney as Pinkerton, baritone Mark Walters as Sharpless, and mezzo-soprano Anne Duraski as Suzuki. Mobile Opera. Fridays show will begin at 8 p.m.; Sun, 2:30 p.m. Mobile Civic Center Theater.

Opening: Arsenic And Old Lace
Comedy by Joseph Kesselring; director: Leonora Harrison. The play will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Lola Phillips Playhouse (801 Iroquois St, Chickasaw) Admission for adults is $15; senior citizens (60+) & students admission is $12.


March 29

5K Run/ Walk
Benefiting The Wounded Warrior Project in Memory of Justin Hasty is a 5K run/walk. The run will follow the Mellow Miler’s Route, at Mellow Mushroom on Airport. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., 5K starts at 11 a.m.. There will be post race music, door prizes and individual awards. For more information and to register online, visit: www.eventbrite.com or pick up a registration form from McCoy’s, Run-N-Tri and Running Wild.

Shrimpfest
Come help us celebrate the 2014 – 75th anniversary of Alabama State Parks by showing your support for the Parks and Alabama Gulf Seafood. The party starts at 4 p.m. at the Gulf State Park Beachside Pavilion. Tickets are $3 per person to eat. There will be live music as well as entertainment for the kids.

Screen on the Green
It’s time to get out the blankets, lawn chairs and popcorn. The Village of Spring Hill celebrates its second annual Screen on the Green free outdoor film festival. Raiders of the Lost Ark will be the moving playing and it will begin at 8 p.m. weather permitting. For additional information on the event, visit www.thevillageofspringhill.com.

Battle of the Bands: Final Four
A total of 17 bands have been competing to be in the Final Four of Wind Creek Casino’s Battle of the Bands. The Final Four will face off at their BBQ Throwdown Event and for a chance to win $100K performance contract. This is an event you don’t want to miss. Visit Wind Creek Casino’s website for more information.

Battle on the Bayou
Old Fort Bayou- Ocean Springs will host a 9.5 mile kayak/ canoe/ SUP race. On-line registration closes March 27. Visit battleonthebayou.com for more information.

Plantasia!
Thousands of plants, including citrus, vegetables, herbs, azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas, trees, vines, ferns, roses, groundcovers, and natives; plus wine, hors d’oeuvres, music. Benefits Mobile Botanical Gardens. Mobile Botanical Gardens (5151 Museum Dr). Sale: Fri & Sat, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; there is no admission.

Getta LoDa Records, CD & Vinyl Show
This showcase of classic sonic mediums will be strictly for true vinyl junkies. In fact, it is no coincidence that this inaugural event is being held at Soul Kitchen. Doors open at 12 p.m. admission is free, but there is an option to go at 10 a.m. for $5.

Disney Junior Live
Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure is coming live to the Mobile Civic Center and features your favorite characters from Disney Junior’s, Sofia the First, and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Plus! Starting ten minutes before every performance join Doc McStuffins for a special pre-show! You can help Doc take care of one of her beloved toys with her own special brand of love and magic. Free to all ticket holders. Tickets available at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

The Belle Of Amherst
One-woman play by William Luce about poet Emily Dickinson performed by Danielle Juzan, directed by Ivan Davidson. “Over half the play’s material comes directly from the letters and poems of Dickinson herself, blended seamlessly into a stream-of-consciousness ‘visit’ with the audience.” The play starts at 2 p.m. Mobile Public Library, Bernheim Hall (701 Government St)

Gala of The Royal Horses
Created, produced and led by world-renowned riding master Rene Gasser, who with the experiences of seven generations has recreated an event only previously seen at the famous riding schools in Vienna and Spain. The Royal Horses of Europe are some of the most celebrated in history, favoured for centuries by royalty, equestrian riders and bullfighters and this performance will celebrate the tradition, athleticism and grace of these revered creatures. Location: Mitchell Center. The event begins at 3 p.m.


March 31

Book Signing
Best selling author Michelle Richmond will be signing her new book Golden State. Golden State is a powerful, mesmerizing new novel that explores the intricacies of marriage, family and profound moments that shape our lives. Richmond will be at Page and Palette from 1-3 p.m.


April 1

4th Annual Hope For Healing Celebration Dinner
Victory Health Partners and keynote speaker Bob Goff, New York Times Best-Selling author of Love Does, join together for Victory’s fourth Annual Hope for Healing Celebration Dinner at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel at 6 p.m. The night promises to be one of inspiration as we see the eternal impact that is made when our faith is put into action. For more information on sponsorship opportunities and ticket sales, visit www.victoryhealth.org or contact Development Director, Kim Garrett, at either kgarrett@victoryhealth.org or (251) 460-2928.


April 2

Brown Bag in Bienville
Spring is here and what better way to enjoy the nice weather than lunch in Bienville Square around the historic Ketchum Fountain. There will be live music and tables set up to make your lunch more enjoyable each Wednesday in the Spring from 11:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. You can bring your lunch or stop in at your favorite Bienville Square eateries and ask for the Brown Bag special.

Read It & Eat It
Best selling author of A Hundred Summers, Beatriz Williams will be at the Fairhope Public Library signing and discussing her new book, Gemini. This event is free and open to the public. The signing starts at noon, bring a bag lunch or call to reserve a lunch from Andree’s for $10.

Lenten Music Series Luncheon
The Christ Church Cathedral hosts a Lenten Music Series each Wednesday during lent and invites the public to attend. This week’s performance is: The Archduke Trio; pianist, cellist, and violinist.