GENERAL INTEREST

Hangout Music Festival
An annual three-day music festival held at the public beaches of Gulf Shores, the event features many musical genres including rock, indie, hip-hop and electronic dance music. Hours vary by day. The festival runs Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22. For more information visit hangoutmusicfest.com.

Birthday celebration at Bellingrath
An annual celebration will be held Friday, May 20, at Bellingrath Gardens and Home in honor of Bessie Morse Bellingrath’s birthday. Guests who tour the Bellingrath Home on this day will receive a free souvenir book and a 20 percent off coupon to redeem in the gift shop, which will feature a special “Buy Like Miss Bessie” sale. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Last tickets for Home tours are sold at 3:30 p.m.) For details visit bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.

Noon Day Prayer Banquet
Noon Day Prayer ministries presents an afternoon of enlightenment and awakening as Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright explores conversation on how we collectively refocus our energy on what matters most through the power of prayer. Wright is a passionate and purposeful minister with a message ready to fuel the head and the heart. The banquet will be Friday, May, 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Sunlight District Auditorium, 809 Seminary St., Prichard. For more information call 251-648-1948.

Barton Academy open house
Barton Academy is a physical and symbolic representation of two Mobile traditions — excellence in education and design. During this open house from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, May 21, visitors are welcome to tour the interior within the recently restored walls of one of the region’s most beloved buildings. Free of charge excepting $10 for the dome tour. Barton Academy is on S. Cedar St. in Mobile.

Historic Preservation Month — “Cruising Conception”
“Cruising Conception,” a walking tour of downtown’s greatest north-south street, will take place Thursday, May 19, as part of Historic Preservation Month. Join Cartlege Blackwell on a tour of one of Mobile’s most overlooked arteries. From Church to the south through Adams to the north, Conception Street is lined with some of Mobile’s most notable buildings. Grand townhouses, Bienville Square, Christ Church Cathedral, new construction and hidden gems all have fascinating stories to tell. Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Conception and Church streets. On-street parking is available. Tour is free of charge. For more information call 251-208-7281.

Scotch tasting
The Scottish Society of Mobile invites you to attend its 23rd Scotch Tasting on Thursday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. at The Blind Mule, 57 N. Claiborne St. Tickets are $10 and include a sampling of various Scottish single-malt whiskies. Scottish attire is encouraged. Tickets may be purchased day of the event or by calling 251-490-8843. For more information visit scottishsocietyofmobile.org.

Spring Flea Market & “Swap Shop”
Join us May 20-22 at the 181 Market in Fairhope for more than 100 vendors, food, live music, children’s activities, exhibits, yard sellers and more! The swap shop will be May 21 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Hosted by WABF-1220 AM. For more information visit www.181mini.com.

Yoga on the Square
Come out for fun open-air yoga classes sponsored by Mobile’s local yoga community during Market on the Square. All classes are donation based with proceeds going to Family Promise of Coastal Alabama, which helps families overcome homelessness. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Cathedral Square.

Psychic fair
A psychic fair will be hosted by the Metaphysical Resource Center Saturday, May 21, at Daugherty’s Gallery, 857-A Downtowner Blvd., from noon to 6 p.m. The fair is free to the public, with 20-minute sessions with psychics, mediums and astrologers available for $20 per session. Private sessions are available during the Mediumship Gallery from 6-8 p.m. Tickets to the Mediumship Gallery are $30 on Eventbright.com or $40 at the door. MRC participants include Sid Patrick, international psychic medium; Janice Cullen, astrologer; Alicia Lawson, psychic, healer, soul readings; Kalila Smith, international psychic/medium; Lydia Rivera Cruz, psychic advisor; and Lisa Martin, tarot card reader. For more information, visit www.metaphysicalresourcecenter.com.

Free Food Sunday
The third Sunday of every month, Four and One Elegant Boutique provides a fresh-cooked meal for people in need. The meal begins at 3 p.m. at 1870 Government St. For more information or to help, call 251-308-3752.

West Mobile Farmer’s Market
West Mobile Farmer’s Market is sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church every Tuesday and Thursday, 3-6 p.m., on the west side (Hillcrest entrance) of church property, 6101 Grelot Road. The market features locally grown produce, seafood, baked goods and other items. For more information call 251-342-0462.

Summer Outdoor Farmer’s Market
The city of Fairhope will host a Summer Outdoor Farmer’s Market from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday evenings through July 9. The market will be set up behind the Fairhope Public Library on Bancroft Street downtown and will feature local farmers, bakers, fresh Baldwin County produce, fresh-cut flowers, local honey, plants, baked goods and more. The library will hold story times and children’s activities at 4 p.m. each Thursday at the market. For general information or for information about becoming a vendor, call 251-929-1466.

Young professionals social
The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce will host its May young professionals social at Manci’s Antique Club on Thursday, May 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. We will have some great door prizes so be sure to bring your business cards. Search for the group on Facebook to RSVP and share the event with your friends.

“Mobile in Black and White”
Please join the Bay Area Young Democrats for a four-part showing of “Mobile in Black and White.” Each week we will be showing one part of the film with a facilitated discussion afterward. Discussion will be race relations in Mobile. Beginning May 12 at 6 p.m. in the Marx Library auditorium, University of South Alabama. Additional dates are May 19 at 6 p.m., May 26 at 6 p.m. and June 2 at 6 p.m.

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

Suck It, Cancer!
Join us for the 3rd Annual Suck It, Cancer! Crawfish Cook-Off at Fairhope Brewing Company on May 22 at 2 p.m. We have 1,000 pounds of crawfish donated by D.I.P. Seafood-Mudbugs with your name on it! $10 gets you in the door and eating delicious crawfish. Spend your Sunday listening to live music and enjoying craft beers from Fairhope Brewing Company! You can purchase tickets from your local American Cancer Society, Fairhope Brewing Company, and the day of at the event. For more information, call 251-344-9858.

Painting for a Purpose
Please join us in Painting for a Purpose at the Mobile Carnival Museum Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. to raise funds and awarness for blood borne cancers! Becky Jones of Fairhope’s P’Zazz Art Studio will instruct guests in an abstract painting experience in the courtyard! Mimosas, hors d’oeuvres by Chicken Salad Chick, and painting supplies will be provided. We’ll be drawing for door prizes/raffle prizes as well! Come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon or girls-day-out for just a $35 donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! To register, please email [email protected] or visit www.mwoy.org/pages/al/sa16/vstudstill and click “Purchase Event Tickets.”


ARTS

“Beauty and the Beast, Jr.”
Center Stage Performance invites you to this performance season as our 4th-12th grade cast presents “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” Our troupe will bring to life Disney favorites Belle, Beast, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and those scoundrels Gaston and Lefou! Prepare to be enchanted with our version of this fantastical and magical “Tale as Old as Time” as our characters discover that true beauty comes from within! Shows will be at 6:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. on May 20, 6:30 p.m. on May 21 and 4 p.m. on May 22 at the Fairhope Civic Center.

Mobile Mystery Dinner: “Lipstick, Lies & Alibis”
Join Mobile Mystery Dinners for its next performance Friday, May 20, at Mobile Carnival Museum (355 Government St.). Tickets are $59 and include dinner and unlimited wine. The fun begins at 7 p.m. Advance reservations are required; call 251-865-7398.


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.

“Colors of the Coast”
A call to artists, the annual “Colors of the Coast” is 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 a 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 [email protected] or 251-533-8949.

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 24 speaker will be Denis Hermecz, a Fairhope native and talented woodworker. Hermecz will show us some of his extraordinary fish carvings and slides of his highly prized furniture. 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 BayBears
The Mobile BayBears are back in action for a 20th season of MiLB Double-A baseball at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile. Beginning May 19, the BayBears play a five-game stint against visiting Mississippi, followed by two games at home against Biloxi. 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, [email protected], 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 [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 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 [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

About Boating Safely
A state-approved course on boating safety taught by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors will be held May 21, June 25 and Aug. 6 at the Orange Beach Community Center (27235 Canal Road). The course meets Alabama’s and most other states’ Boat Operator’s License requirement. Cost is $35 per student, textbook included, or $45 for two family members sharing a book. The cost also includes instructional materials and lunch. For more information or to register call 251-284-1461.

Investment/insurance basics
Lifelines Counseling Services is offering a free workshop on how to save for your future. Learn about the programs available, the different kinds of investments and risk involved, and common strategies used. Information on life insurance is also included. The workshop begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 23, at Lifelines Consumer Credit Counseling, 705 Oak Circle Dr. E. (Mobile). Please call 251-602-0011 to register or for more information.

Homebuyers seminar
This seminar is full of tips and information for those wanting to become a homeowner. Learn what you need to know about the home-buying process to avoid making costly mistakes. This seminar starts at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. Register at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling, 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 [email protected].


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.