GENERAL INTEREST

Grilled Cheese Meltdown
Teams will compete in the inaugural Mobile Grilled Cheese Meltdown to create the yummiest grilled cheese sandwich. Thursday, May 11, starting at 5:30 p.m. in Cathedral Square. Visit Eventbrite.com for tickets.

Lecture on Fairhope
Join the FSTC Archives Committee Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m. for a “Fairhope’s Public Librarians” talk at the Fairhope Public Library.

Fairhope Farmer’s Market
The city of Fairhope will host an outdoor farmer’s market Thursdays 3-6 p.m., through Nov. 2. The market will be behind the Fairhope Public Library, downtown on Bancroft Street. Call 251-929-1466.

Alabama landscapes
Mobile Museum of Art joins the Mobile Botanical Gardens for a guided walking tour of the longleaf pine forest. Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m., 4850 Museum Drive. Call 251-208-5200.

National Public Gardens Day
Bellingrath Gardens joins the celebration of National Public Gardens Day, to raise awareness of the nation’s public gardens on Friday, May 12. Bellingrath Gardens will mark the occasion with a special greenhouse tour. Call 251-459-8864.

Home show
The greatest home show in Mobile. May 12-14 at the Abba Shrine Center (7701 Hitt Road). For more information, call 251-661-6523.

Creek Fest
On Saturday, May 13, the free Creek Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tricentennial Park, 2121 Lake Drive. Visit www.CreekFest.org.

Mother’s Day Garden Concert
Annual Mother’s Day Garden Concert at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 14. Call 251-459-8973.

West Mobile Farmer’s Market
West Mobile Farmer’s Market, sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church, is every Tuesday, 3-6 p.m., on the west side of church property, 6101 Grelot Road, Mobile. Call 251-342-0462.

State of the City and County Lunch
Join City of Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Mobile County Commissioner Merceria Ludgood as they discuss the state of our local government on Wednesday, May 17, at noon. Call 251-431-8621 or visit events.mobilechamber.com.

Providence Farmer’s Market
Shop the Farmer’s Market every Wednesday now through July 12, 2-5 p.m., in Lot F at Providence Hospital. Call 251-631-3501.

Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks
Boardwalk Talks are held the first and third Wednesday of each month at 11:15 a.m. at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd. Call 251-861-2141.

Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Wednesday at noon for lunch at Azalea City Golf Course. Call 251-348-3542.

Toastmasters
Do you want to deliver a speech like a pro or gain leadership skills to advance your career? Toastmasters International meets regularly at six locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Visit www.toastmasters.org for more information.


FUNDRAISERS

Stamp Out Hunger
25th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will be Saturday, May 13. Place your bagged food donation by your mailbox and your local letter carrier will pick it up while on their Saturday mail route and bring your donation to Feeding the Gulf Coast. Call 251-653-1617.


ARTS

“Bye Bye Birdie”
The Tony award-winning musical “Bye Bye Birdie” will be presented at Mobile’s Playhouse-in-the-Park through May 14. Visit playhouseinthepark.org or call 251-602-0630.

On the Verge …”
Theatre 98 in Fairhope presents “On the Verge; or, The Geography of Yearning” by Eric Overmyer, May 5-7, 12-14, 19-21; Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Visit theatre98.org.

“The Music Man”
Chickasaw Civic Theatre presents “The Music Man.” The show opens May 5 and runs weekends through May 21. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Visit cctshows.com or call 251-457-8887.

LoDa Artwalk
Join downtown art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome you inside Friday, May 12, 6-9 p.m. in the Lower Dauphin Street district.


MUSEUMS

“The Rise and Fall of the Army Medical Museum”
The Mobile Medical Museum presents a talk by Michael Rhode, archivist and curator with the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m. Attendance is free. The lecture will be at USA Health Strada Patient Care Center. Call 251-415-1109.

Tea for Two
Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. the Fairhope Museum of History hosts a tea with a lecture on Fairhope history. The May 16 speaker will Lt. Stephanie Hollinghead. Call 251-929-1471.

“Windows to the Sea”
“Windows to the Sea” is a new permanent exhibit at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. Visit disl.org.

“Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure”
A new, highly interactive exhibit at GulfQuest features more than 500 authentic artifacts recovered from deep-ocean shipwrecks. Visit www.gulfquest.org.

“Christenberry: In Alabama”
On the occasion of Alabama’s Bicentennial Celebration, this exhibit honors artist William Christenberry’s exploration of themes related to his native state. Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Through June 4. Call 251-208-5200.

“Faces of Africa”
The History Museum of Mobile exhibit “Faces of Africa: A Mystical View of Tribal Heritage” runs through Monday, July 31. Call 251-208-7420.

“Drugs: Costs and Consequences”
The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration team up to present a powerful interactive exhibit of the effects of drugs on individuals and society. Through August. Visit exploreum.com.

Fairhope’s founding
There is quite a story behind the founding of Fairhope in 1894. Learn more at the Fairhope Museum of History, 24 N. Section St. The museum is open daily (except Sunday and Monday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 251-929-1471.

Little Discoveries
“Outside the Box,” aimed at children age 6 and under, explores how innovation and creativity can lead to a world of possibilities, starting with a simple cardboard box. Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Call 251-208-6893 or email jholland@exploreum.com.

Thursdays at MMoA
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Mobile Museum of Art offers free admission to all visitors. No reservations are necessary. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive. Call 251-208-5200.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Weekly 1K/5K
Every Thursday evening at 6 p.m., join Red Bread Outfitters and Cortlandt’s Pub in the Spring Hill Village Shopping Center for a 1K or 5K run and walk. No cost to participate.

Bridge lessons
The Mobile Bridge Center offers free bridge lessons each Tuesday at 6 p.m. at 1510 University Blvd. Arrive a few minutes early to register. Call the Bridge Center at 251-666-2147, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fitness and athletics classes
New fitness classes are in progress at Palmer Pillans Middle School. To register or for more information on classes offered, call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Dance and art classes
New dance and art classes are in progress at Palmer Pillans Middle School. To register or for more information on classes offered, call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Ballroom dance
Azalea Ballroom Dance Club hosts dances the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Via Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. Call 251-623-9183 or visit azaleaballroomdanceclub.com.

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society hosts dances the first and third Monday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Hot Wheels Skating Rink in Daphne. Email cassief13@aol.com.


WORKSHOPS

ACT tutoring
Get to really know the ACT and learn tips, tricks and valuable test-taking skills. Classes meet the four Saturdays leading up to the June 10 ACT test. Classes are held at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Visit communityactivitiesprogram.com.


PUBLIC MEETINGS

Baldwin County Commission: First and third Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., 322 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette. Work sessions are the second and fourth Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. rotating between Bay Minette, the Foley Satellite Courthouse, the Fairhope Satellite Courthouse and the Baldwin County Central Annex Building in Robertsdale. www.baldwincountyal.gov

Baldwin County Planning Commission: First Thursday at 6 p.m., 22251 Palmer St., Robertsdale, www.baldwincountyal.gov.

Bayou La Batre City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 13785 S. Wintzell Ave., www.cityofbayoulabatre.com.

Chickasaw City Council: Second and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m., 224 N. Craft Highway, 251-452-6450.

Citronelle City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m., 19135 Main St., 251-866-7973.

Creola City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 6 p.m., 190 Dead Lake Road, #A, 251-675-8142.

Daphne City Council: First and third Monday at 6:30 p.m., 1705 Main St. Work sessions are the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., www.daphneal.com.

Dauphin Island Town Council: First and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m., 1011 Bienville Blvd., www.townofdauphinisland.org.

Elberta Town Council: Third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the town hall. Workshop meeting on the second Tuesday. townofelberta.com.

Fairhope City Council: Second and fourth Monday at 6 p.m., 161 N. Section St. Work sessions are held before each council meeting at 4:30 p.m., www.cofairhope.com.

Fairhope Planning Commission: First Monday at 5 p.m., 161 N. Section St. For more information visit www.cofairhope.com.

Foley City Council: First and third Monday at 5:30 p.m., 407 E. Laurel Ave. Work sessions begin at 4 p.m., www.cityoffoley.org.

Gulf Shores City Council: Second and fourth Mondays at 4 p.m., 1905 W. First St., www.gulfshoresal.gov.