GENERAL INTEREST

Camellia Classic Car Show at Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Stroll among hundreds of vintage and classic cars on the Great Lawn at the Mobile Bay Mustang Club’s 23rd annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show Saturday, April 2. Proceeds will benefit Feeding the Gulf Coast (formerly Bay Area Food Bank) and the Juvenile Diabetes Association. Those who bring a canned good to donate to Feeding the Gulf Coast will receive $1 off the admission price. Gates open at 8 a.m. and judging will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Awards will be announced at 2:30 p.m. The Foosackly’s food truck will be on site and Azalea Trail Maids will greet guests. For details, or to order tickets, call 251-973-2217 or visit bellingrath.org.

Coastal Alabama Storytelling Festival
The fest will feature several local personalities telling stories of coastal life in bygone days, and professional storyteller Dolores Hydock performing excerpts from diaries kept by a young Alabama woman during the Civil War.  Accompanying Hydock will be nationally known music historian Bobby Horton, noted for his musical work with Ken Burns’ PBS “Civil War” series, who will perform Civil War camp songs and other period and original tunes to further illustrate Alabama’s Civil War days. Cultural demonstrations such as boat building, net weaving, net casting, oystering, shrimping and crabbing will also be featured at the festival. Musical entertainment for the event will be performed by members of Port City Songwriters. Tickets are $16.82 and available at Eventbrite. Children age 10 and younger will be admitted free of charge, limited to two children age 10 and younger per adult ticket holder. For more information visit www.dauphinislandtourism.com.

Richards DAR House Garden Party
The Daughters of the American Revolution are hosting a garden party on Sunday, April 3, from 2-5 p.m. at the Richards DAR House, 256 N. Joachim St. There will be a hat contest, basket auction and tour of the historic home. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the home. For more information visit www.richardsdarhouse.com.

Fairhope April walking tours
The free, annual walking tours have been a long-running experience and are an outstanding way to show visitors and residents the history and legacy of Fairhope. Fairhope History Museum Director Donnie Barrett leads a different tour each weekend in April as part of a statewide initiative of more than 30 cities in Alabama to feature their history. On Saturday, April 2, the Fairhope Avenue Tour leaves from the Welcome Center (20 N. Section St.) at 10 a.m. For more information call 251-929-1471.

Brown Bag in Bienville Square
Spring has sprung in downtown Mobile! Come out and listen to the soothing sounds of live jazz as you lunch in Bienville Square around the historic Ketchum Fountain. Catt Sirten sets up live musicians and the city sets up tables for your enjoyment each Wednesday in the spring. To make your Brown Baggin’ easier, stop in at your favorite Bienville Square eatery and ask for the Brown Bag special. They will provide you with your lunch to go in a nifty “Brown Bag” that you can easily transport to the square and recycle in one of the Keep Mobile Beautiful recycle bins. Wednesdays, April 6 through May, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.


FUNDRAISERS

A Night at the Races
A night of fun, food and music is planned for Thursday, March 31, at The Pillars (1757 Government St., Mobile) with “A Night at the Races,” a Kentucky Derby-style party to benefit children served by The Learning Tree. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with heavy hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beverages, music and silent auction. The highlight of the evening will be a video mock horse race. Tickets may be purchased for $60 per person. For sponsor information or to reserve tickets, please call Teresa Atkins at 251-331-2633.

“Puttin’ on the Gritz”
The Eastern Shore Art Center celebrates all good Southern things with its second annual fundraising event, “Puttin’ on the Gritz,” Saturday, April 2, at the Fairhope Civic Center, 7-10 p.m.! A silent auction will include original artwork by internationally known artist Nall and others, a Mobile Bay dinner cruise, a signed football from LSU’s Billy Cannon, live music by Fuego and a special guest performance by Elvis at the Gulf. Gourmet Southern dishes by Berglin Catering, including a “style your own” grits bar and live caricatures by J.D. Crowe. Proceeds from the event will go toward continuing the Art Center’s outreach programs, providing monthly Art Walks and providing art education to both adults and children. Tickets are $75. Buy four tickets, get the fifth free! Purchase online at www.esartcenter.com, by phone 251-928-2228, ext. 107, or pick up at the Eastern Shore Art Center.

Gumbo Chili Showdown
The students of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine are bringing back the Gumbo Chili Showdown Saturday, April 2, at 10:30 a.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The USA Jaguars Spring Football Game will follow at 12 p.m. The Showdown is a competition between teams to see who can prepare the very best pot of gumbo or chili. All of the funds collected benefit the Regan Robinson Young Scholarship. Please visit www.facebook.com/gumbochili for more information.

Dauphin Island Bike Show
The Mobile Bay Vintage Motorcycle Club will hold its annual Spring Motorcycle Show on Dauphin Island at the schoolhouse, one mile west of the water tower, Sunday, April 3. All makes are welcome. Registration will be $10 per bike. Registration will open at 11 a.m.; judging will begin at 1:15 p.m. and winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Trophies will be awarded for the first three places in each class plus a best-of-show trophy. Admission to the show is free and food will be available on-site. Proceeds go to support the Dauphin Island School PTA. For more information call 251-509-5451.


ARTS

Mobile Opera presents “Gianni Schicchi”
Set in Florence, Italy, the opera opens with Buoso Donati’s family gathered around his deathbed. As the wealthy man expires the greedy kin tear the room apart searching for the will but when they find it, they discover everything is left to the church. Seriously funny machinations ensue as they employ the title character to outwit this turn of events, only to have themselves outwitted in the process. This production marks the fourth of Mobile Opera’s Puccini Project, designed to produce all of Puccini’s operatic works. April 1 at 8 p.m. and April 3 at 2:30 p.m. at the Temple Downtown (351 St. Francis St., Mobile). Please visit www.mobileopera.org for information.

“Little Shop of Horrors”
“Little Shop of Horrors” is a musical comedy about Seymour, a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant with an interesting diet. As the story develops, Seymour must choose between his life on skid row, the possibility of love with the beautiful Audrey, and the fortune and fame that comes with raising his special plant. April 1-17 at the Joe Jefferson Playhouse (11 S. Carlen St., Mobile). For more information or tickets visit www.joejeffersonplayers.com or call 251-471-1534.


MUSEUMS

Da Vinci: Machines and Robotics
Now through May, a new exhibit on Leonardo da Vinci features more than 60 machines, robotics and artworks, many of them interactive. 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. 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 April 5, former FPD officer Mack Yohn will share fond memories of petty crime and mischief. 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

Harlem Globetrotters
The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Mitchell Center Friday, April 1, with their most epic tour in history, as the world-famous team celebrates its 90th anniversary world tour. A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball-handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Join Globetrotter stars after the game for an autograph, photograph and high-five session for fans (subject to availability). This event starts at 7 p.m. at USA Mitchell Center, 5950 Old Shell Road, Mobile. Tickets begin at $21. Group discounts available. Please visit www.southalabama.edu/mitchellcenter for more information.

Crepe Myrtle Trail Bike Ride
A 12-mile bike ride, presented by Mobile United, provides a preview of the proposed Mobile Greenway Initiative. The multi-use course will link biking and running trails from Dog River north to Three Mile Creek and then west to Langan Park. Registration opens at 8 a.m., with the ride beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, at Arlington Park (1814 15th St., S.). Although there is no fee, registration is required. Riders may sign up online at www.CrepeMyrtleRide.com through March 31. Registration will also be available the morning of the ride. T-shirts cost $20 in advance and $25 the day of the race, subject to availability.

Dauphin Island Sunset Bridge 5K Run

Sponsored by South Mobile County Tourism Authority, this annual 5K run takes participants across the Dauphin Island Bridge. Event begins at the Dauphin Island Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo site, 531 Lemoyne Drive, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2. Runners will travel north to the high-rise section of the Dauphin Island Bridge and return, a route that showcases the natural beauty of the Mississippi Sound and surrounding region. Please visit Eventbrite.com to register.

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 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 run through April 6. 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 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 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., 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.