GENERAL INTEREST

Architectural walking tour
The Leinkauf Historic District Neighborhood Organization is pleased to sponsor an architectural walking tour in a very beautiful section of the Leinkauf Historic District. The tour will be held on Saturday, March 5, at 10 a.m. and begin at the will-call tent in the front garden of the Stone House at 1605 Government St. Ticketed guests are asked to arrive at 9:30 a.m. to check in and enjoy a light  repast of pastries and mimosas under the elegant live oaks and magnolias of Leinkauf. For tickets ($16 and $20) and more information visit bit.ly/Leinkaufwalkingtour or email [email protected].

Book signing
The History Museum of Mobile welcomes local author and historian Hudson McDonald for a talk about his new book, “Confederate Currency and Postal History: My Collection 1949-2015.” In this book McDonald shares beautifully captured and printed images of Civil War currency and postal items to tell the story of the Confederacy establishing two essential services for the new country, a treasury and postal delivery. He will discuss this history and sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase (cash or check only). Admission is free. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the History Museum of Mobile, 111 S. Royal St.

Government Street Lunch Forum
The Government Street Lunch Forum at Government Street Presbyterian Church is lunch and a speaker on Thursdays through March 17. The March 3 speaker is Hayley Van Antwerp, executive director of Innovation PortAL, a small-business incubator with a mission to bring more entrepreneurial development to the Gulf Coast. 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.

Job fair
The annual Baldwin County Job Fair, hosted by the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance and the five Baldwin County Chambers of Commerce, provides Baldwin County employers an opportunity to seek out well-qualified job seekers in the area. More than 50 employers will be represented. 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center. Job seekers are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resume. For more information call 251-970-4081 or visit www.baldwineda.com.

Columbus’ ships tour
Historical replicas of Christopher Columbus’ ships, the Niña and the Pinta, will be docked at LuLu’s Homeport Marina March 4-8. While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a self-guided tour. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for ages 5-16. The ships will be open every day from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. No reservations necessary. Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30-minute guided tour with a crew member should call 787-672-2152, email [email protected] or visit our website.  

Mobile Bay Green Drinks
Mobile Bay Green Drinks is an informal networking opportunity for people in the region. Green Drink gatherings are usually held 5-7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Fairhope Brewing Co. (914 Nichols Ave., Fairhope) and on the third Wednesday of each month at Alchemy Tavern (7 S. Joachim St., Mobile). For more information visit facebook.com/MobileBayGreenDrinks.


FUNDRAISERS

Cheap Chic Boutique
Stock up on spring fashion essentials including prom gowns and Easter dresses and suits to support a good cause at the “Cheap Chic Boutique,” a fundraiser for Our Sisters’ Closet. The twice yearly sale features new, nearly new and vintage, designer, name brand and boutique clothing, jewelry, purses and shoes galore at thrifty prices. The sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 4, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. in the Dumas Wesley Auditorium, 126 Mobile St. in Midtown Mobile. All proceeds benefit the mission of Our Sisters’ Closet, which is to improve the self-confidence and job opportunities of in-crisis and economically disadvantaged women, men and teens by providing free interview and workplace clothing, along with job search training and employability skills. For more information contact Terri Kearns at 251-423-2001 or [email protected].

“A Southern Soiree”
“A Southern Soiree” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Spring Hill College Byrne Memorial Hall in Mobile. The fundraiser is presented by Community Services Vision Rehabilitation, a nonprofit medical clinic that helps all people with low vision and blindness, with or without insurance coverage, in Mobile, Daphne and Montgomery and in Gautier, Mississippi. For more information on this event visit www.csvrlowvision.org or call 251-476-4744.

Scholastic Book Fair
The Leinkauf Historic District Neighborhood Organization will be raising funds for Leinkauf Elementary School at its Scholastic Book Fair March 7-11. Forty percent of the funds raised during the book fair, which is open to the public, goes toward books for the school. This high-poverty school is currently very much in need of books for its classrooms and library. In addition to funds raised during the fair, our neighborhood association has pledged $1,000 for books plus an additional $1,500 gift provided by the association. For more information email [email protected].

St. Jude Bike-a-Thon
Island youngsters are encouraged to tighten their chains and air up their tires as the DI Woman’s Club will host the annual St. Jude Bike-a-Thon on Saturday, March 5, at 8 a.m. Registration will begin on the morning of the race, it will be located at the DI Water & Sewer Office on Alabama Street. Participants will be raising money to support the charity work provided by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Please contact Joanne Sprinkle at 251-861-3212 for more information.


ARTS

1950s cocktail party with author
Join the West Regional Branch Library for a 1950s-inspired cocktail party featuring best-selling author Melanie Benjamin and her new book, “The Swans of Fifth Avenue.” Tickets are $25 per person or $50 per couple. The party will be Thursday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m. at the West Regional Branch (5555 Grelot Road). Tickets are available by calling 251-208-7097.

First Friday Art Walk
The Eastern Shore Art Center returns with new art and music the first Friday of every month. 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.

Lenten music series
Lenten noonday concerts are 30 minutes followed by a luncheon in the Chapter House. An $8 donation is suggested. The concert on Wednesday, March 9, will feature Bella Voce Women’s Chorus. Concerts are held at Christ Church Cathedral, 115 S. Conception St., Mobile. For more information call 251-438-1822.


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. In this week’s matinee, the natural world is full of amazing stories, but sometimes animals act in ways that seemingly go against their instincts. From an elephant standing guard over a sick dog, to a giant tortoise adopting a baby hippo and a lioness ignoring all the laws of nature to look after a baby oryx, this heart-warming series examines cases of animals that have struck up unusual relationships. 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 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 8 Lt. Larry Sledge will tell us about his life here in Fairhope and his activities in the Fairhope Police Department. 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

Glow in the Park 5K
Night run? Yes, please! Join this awesome Glow in the Park 5k adventure at The Wharf in Orange Beach from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Runners will get to experience foam pits, black lights and more while running down the main streets of The Wharf. For more information visit www.glowintheparkrun.com.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series
Mobile’s Inaugural NASCAR Mobile 150 presented by the Mobile Sports Authority will be held March 11-12 at the Mobile International Speedway. Race week activities begin March 8 with a practice for local teams, but also include a driver meet-and-greet at the USS Alabama March 10, poll qualifying and truck races March 11 and the main event March 12. For more information visit www.mobile150.com or for tickets call 251-343-2929.

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 7-9:30 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, [email protected], 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 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. Classes start 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

Dauphin Island Sea Lab docent training
Would you like to learn more about the environment and sea creatures while serving as a volunteer at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium? The annual docent training class will be held at the Sea Lab on Saturday, March 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and lunch will be provided onsite for all attendees. If you are interested in participating in this rewarding program, please pre-register with Jamelle Roy at 251-861-2141, ext. 7545, or via email, [email protected].

Youth and finances
Let Lifelines Counseling Services show you the right way to begin your financial life and avoid basic financial pitfalls early on. Parents and teens alike are welcome to attend. The workshop will be Monday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling, 705 Oak Circle Drive E., Mobile. Space is limited; please call 251-602-0011 to register in advance.  

Boating safety
The “About Boating Safely” course is offered at Springhill Baptist Church Saturday, March 5. Course completion awards participants a certificate qualifying them for an Alabama boaters license. Textbook and lunch provided. Limited seating. Fee $35 plus $20 each additional family member. Reservations required; call Ron at 251-443-1188 or email [email protected].


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

Vendor town hall meeting
City of Mobile vendor town hall meeting will be Wednesday, March, 9 at 3 p.m. at the auditorium in Government Plaza, 205 Government St. All current and prospective city vendors are encouraged to attend.  

Fort Morgan community town hall meeting
Fort Morgan Civic Association is sponsoring a town hall meeting to present information regarding the pros and cons of incorporation of the Fort Morgan peninsula (Baldwin County Planning and Zoning District 25) versus maintaining the status quo. After a presentation, questions will be taken and concerns discussed. The meeting will take place Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m. at Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department Station #2, 5180 West Fort Morgan Road (State Highway 180).

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.