GENERAL INTEREST

Thunder on the Bay
The Dauphin Island Park and Beach Board and Fort Gaines Historic Site will hold a two-day event, Thunder on the Bay, to celebrate the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15. As one of the most endangered historic sites in America, this event will highlight the fort’s integral role in the Battle of Mobile Bay. The weekend will also showcase a naval battle where federals and confederates exchange artillery fire and infantry sharpshooting as re-enactors depict the siege on Fort Gaines by the Union as they steamed into Mobile Bay. For more information, contact Fort Gaines Historic Site at 251-861-6992, fortgaines@outlook.com or www.DauphinIsland.org.

Community yard sale and craft show
Coden Coastal Response Center will host a community yard sale and craft show Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you are interested in selling, call Lori at 251-206-9990. Coastal Response Center is located at 7385 Highway 188 in Coden.

Waves of Wine
The Orange Beach Wine Fest is one of the most cherished tickets on the island. More than 120 wines, three live music acts, food from distinguished local restaurants, boat tours of the bay, custom wine glass, custom wine bag, and even craft beer for the un-winies … all for only $45 if you buy before the event. $55 to purchase at the gate, if available. Saturday, May 14, noon to 5 p.m. 28101 Perdido Beach Blvd. For more information call 251-980-9039 or visit www.wavesofwine.com.

Scotch tasting
The Scottish Society of Mobile invites you to attend their 23rd scotch tasting Thursday May 19, at 6:30 p.m. at The Blind Mule, 57 N. Clairborne St. Tickets for nonmembers are $10 and include a sampling of various Single Malt Scotch whiskeys, in the usual festive atmosphere of authentic Scottish tradition. Scottish attire is encouraged! Tickets are available from Scottish Society Members at the door if space is available. For more information contact Katie Gee at 251-490-8843 or Ken Macdonald 251-473-6990.

Adopt and Shop
Bella & Bow’s Pet Boutique presents Adopt and Shop on Sunday, May 15, noon until 6 p.m. Adoptable pets from the Mobile SPCA will be available as well as music, food and activities. Bella & Bow’s is located at 4513 Old Shell Road.

Swift-Coles Historic Home Picnic
Join Swift-Coles for its 2nd annual picnic day on Sunday, May 15, noon until 4 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy your picnic lunch, model cars and live music by Kracker Dan Minstrels. Admission is $15 per person. SCHH is located at 17424 Swift-Coles Lane in Bon Secour. For more information call 251-949-5550.

Market on the Square
Market on the Square runs from 7:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday through July 30 in Cathedral Square downtown. This time of year you can buy locally grown tomatoes, potatoes, sweet corn, cantaloupes, watermelons, plants and flowers, as well as seafood, baked goods, pastas, casseroles, pies, handcrafted goods and much more.

Brown Bag in Bienville Square
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 through May, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks
Boardwalk Talks are held the first and third Wednesday of each month at 11:15 a.m. Come to the Estuarium to participate in a dialog with the experts at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd. The Northern Gulf Institute presents a series of informal conversations about all things scientific in the Gulf of Mexico region. For more information or with questions, call 251-861-2141.


FUNDRAISERS

Beacon on the Bay
On Thursday, May 12, Volunteers of America Southeast will host our annual fundraiser, Beacon on the Bay, at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel in downtown Mobile. Our guest speaker this year will be Coach Bobby Bowden. Tickets are on sale now, just visit voase.org to reserve your seat! Single tickets are $75 and sponsorships are available for groups or organizations. For more information visit voase.org or call Amanda Gonzales at 251-338-1297.

Community Carnival
The Alabama School of Math and Science Key Club Community Carnival, which will be held on Sunday, May 15, from 2-5 p.m. will be a fun, family-centered event to create a safe place for children to enjoy Sunday evening while also fundraising for the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Entry to the carnival is $5 per child and includes six game tickets, unlimited access to the bounce house, unlimited face paint, and unlimited chalk drawing. Additional game tickets are two for $1. There will be carnival style foods, traditional carnival game booths and more. For more information visit asms.net.

Crawfish for a Cause
The 3rd annual Crawfish for a Cause event to benefit USA’s Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center includes all you can eat crawfish, kids activities and live music! There also will be a silent auction, so be sure to bring your wallets. All proceeds from ticket sales and auction items will be donated directly to the burn center. Saturday, May 14, from noon to 4 p.m. at The Grounds, 1035 Cody Road N. in Mobile. Tickets are $25 and available on eventbrite.com.

An Evening in Downton Abbey’s Library
Friends of the Spring Hill College Library will host its annual dinner on Thursday, May 12, in Byrne Memorial Hall. This year’s theme is “An Evening in Downton Abbey’s Library.” At 6:30 p.m., there is an open bar with a silent auction of books. Dinner with wine and dessert is served at 7:30 p.m. The entertainment is Swing, with vocals by Tjaden O’Dowd and Scott Jolly on piano. Tickets are $50 per person and reservations are requested. Make checks out to Friends of the Spring Hill College Library and mail to: Friends of the Spring Hill College Library, c/o Audrey Patterson, 3763 Old Shell Road, Unit B, Mobile, AL 36608. For more information call 251-342-9308.

Nautical Flea Market
Join Dog River Marina for the Gulf Coast’s largest nautical flea market to raise money for Volunteers of America. The market will be Saturday, May 14, 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Dog River Marina is located at 5004 Dauphin Island Parkway. To donate, call Billy at 251-476-4546 or 251-471-5449.


ARTS

“Many Beautiful Things” screening and art show
Join us for a unique event featuring a screening of the newly released film “Many Beautiful Things” and an art show with original work from local artists inspired by the life of Lilius Trotter, the subject of the film. Doors open for the art show at 6 p.m. and the film begins at 7 p.m. The screening will be Wednesday, May 18, at The Steeple on St. Francis, 15 N. Joachim St. For more information call 251-599-1489.

LoDa Artwalk
Downtown is the place to be the second Friday of each month! Join downtown art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome you inside to see beautiful artwork, sample delicious foods and hear the sounds of the LoDa Artwalk. The Artwalk gets better and better each month. From 6 to 9 p.m. in the Lower Dauphin Street district.

“Colors of the Coast”
A call to artists, the annual “Colors of the Coast,” a juried art show presented by Cathedral Square Gallery and title sponsor Wintzell’s Oyster House, with awards totaling over $2,000, will be held in June. For more information and prospectus visit CSG’s Facebook page or the gallery. Take-in is June 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information contact Linda Tenhundfeld at lhall699@aol.com or 251-533-8949.

“Fun with Water” watercolor contest
This year, Mobile Area Water and Sewer System calls on budding young artists to tap into their creative side for the 10th annual “Fun with Water” contest. The competition seeks students in grades K-12 to paint a picture of their favorite summer activity involving water. Prizes are awarded in four grade categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12, and also to an overall winner. All winners receive $100 gift certificates. In addition, the grand prizewinner and that student’s school or community organization also receive $250 gift certificates. Contest deadline is May 13. Official rules and entry forms are available at the following locations: The Shoppes at Bel Air (in the Chick-Fil-A corridor); MAWSS Payment Center, 1060 Spring Hill Ave.; or MAWSS Park Forest Plaza, 4725 Moffett Road. Also visit www.mawss.com to download an entry form and contest rules.


MUSEUMS

“Treasures of NOAA’s Ark”
At GulfQuest’s first traveling exhibit, visitors will discover how NOAA charts seas, protects and conserves the nation’s marine resources and detects potential hurricanes and tsunamis. By navigating through a warehouse of crates containing historic artifacts, visitors will get a glimpse of the groundbreaking technologies developed by NOAA and its early predecessors that have helped save lives and expand our knowledge of the globe. The exhibit also highlights, past and present, pioneers who made significant contributions to our understanding of shore, sea and sky. For more information visit gulfquest.org or call 251-436-8901.

Da Vinci: Machines and Robotics
Through May 15, an 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.

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. The May 17 speaker will be Eleanor Stradling Ross, a Fairhope native who grew up in a house next to the museum fountain. Her family owned an appliance store in the drive next to the museum. She has lots of stories of early Fairhope. For more information call 251-929-1471.   

Live at the Museum: Friction Farm
Modern folk duo Friction Farm is guitarist/vocalist Aidan Quinn and bassist/vocalist Christine Stay. Blending country, folk and pop into a seamless package, they bring a rare freshness and spontaneity to the stage. They’ll perform at the Mobile Museum of Art at 4850 Museum Drive on Thursday, May 19, 7-8:20 p.m. Tickets are $10 and beer and wine will be available for a donation.

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

Mobile Silkies Hike
The Silkies Hike is a 22K hike to raise awareness of veteran suicide and support for returning soldiers. This year’s Mobile Silkies Hike will be held Saturday, May 14, beginning at Lyon’s Park on Spring Hill Boulevard and proceeding along a route that will lead downtown for several stops at sponsoring establishments and culminating in a celebration at O’Daly’s on Dauphin Street. All veterans and members of the military community, both local and national, are invited to participate in the hike. Contact Timothy Polyard at 609-548-1272 or excaliburusn@gmail.com for more info.

Tour De Bay Criterium
The 2nd annual Mobile Sports Authority Tour de Bay Criterium & Century Ride presented by Hargrove Engineers + Constructors will be held in downtown Mobile on Saturday, May 14, with the start/finish line at Bienville Square. The Criterium, a short closed-course road race, will feature a .6-mile track in the heart of downtown Mobile’s Bienville Square and entertainment district. The Criterium will consist of several heats of between 25 and 55 minutes each, and will be divided into various skill categories for men and women. The first heat will start pedaling at 9 a.m. and subsequent heats will continue through 4 p.m.

King of the Gulf Coast
Pro Wrestling-Coastal Wrestling Alliance presents the King of the Gulf Coast tournament Sunday afternoon, May 15, at the Tillman’s Corner Community Center located at 5055 Carol Plantation Road in Mobile. Justin Overstreet, 2 Quik, Darias Caine, Charles West, Matt Havard, Kory Jackson and more will vie for the title “King of the Gulf Coast.” Gulf Coast wrestling legend Mountain Man will team with perennial fan favorite Rainbow Warrior against Jake Bruise and a mystery partner. Tickets are $10 at the door; children age 3 and under can attend for free with a paying adult. Doors open at 3 p.m. with a 3:30 p.m. bell time.

Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears are back in action for a 20th season of MiLB Double-A baseball at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile. The BayBears return home Saturday, May 14, for a five-game stint against visiting Jackson followed by a five-game stint against Mississippi. For more information or tickets call 251-479-BEAR.

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. A 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.

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 dancing from 7:00 until 9:30 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.


WORKSHOPS

Money management
This seminar is full of information on how to develop spending plans, money management skills and other goal-setting techniques. It will be held 6-7 p.m. on Monday, May 16. Register at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling office, 705 Oak Circle Drive E., Mobile. Due to limited space, please call 251-602-0011 to register in advance.


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 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.