GENERAL INTEREST

Mobicon
Mobile’s annual Comic Con is one of the fastest growing multi genre science fiction, cosplay, and gaming convention on the Gulf Coast. Mobicon embraces geek culture to the fullest and leaves no stone unturned in making sure we have something fun going on for all ages. From costume contests to organized play RPGs Mobicon is the place to be. All profits derived from the convention are used towards charity and the goodwill of the community. May 27-29, noon to 5 p.m. at the Renessance Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 S. Water St. More information available at mobilecomiccon.org.

Pepsi Beach Ball Drop
The Pepsi Beach Ball Drop will take place Friday, May 27 from 5 until 8 p.m. on Main Street at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Thousands of beach balls will fall from the sky and specially marked beach balls are redeemable for prizes including Pepsi prize packs and concert tickets. Festivities include live music, face painting, live animals, rock climbing wall, camel rides, bouncy houses, water surf inflatable and more. The Spectra Sound & Light Spectacular shows are scheduled for 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Beach balls will drop at 6:30 p.m.

S’mores on the Shore
Campfires, live music and s’mores will be the scene as the city of Gulf Shores hosts its annual S’mores on the Shore event on Thursday, May 26. The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the west end of the Gulf Shores Public Beach. For more information call 251-968-2425.

Dentists with a Heart
On Friday, May 27, Dr. Jason Northcutt and the staff at Robertsdale Dental Care (18471 Wilters St.) are proudly hosting the 10th annual “Dentists with a Heart” event, begining at 7 a.m. and ending at noon. Tooth extractions will be the only dental service provided at the event. The event is absolutely free to anyone in need and open to residents of Mobile and Baldwin counties. For additional information connect with Robertsdale Dental Care on its Facebook page and join the official “Dentists with a Heart” event! Visit Robertsdale Dental online at www.RobertsdaleDental.com or call 251-571-0431.

DIVA Memorial Day ceremony
The Dauphin Island Veterans Association will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 30, beginning at 11 a.m. at Water Tower Plaza. In addition to the usual program, the names of three Dauphin Island veterans will be added to the memorial wall.

Memorial Day concert and lunch
Memorial Day barbecue and concert will be held at American Legion Post 199, 700 S. Mobile St. in Fairhope Monday, May 30. Barbecue chicken and pulled pork sandwiches and plates with sides, $12, will be served from 11 a.m. until they are sold out. Concert will be held on Legion Beach featuring Lisa Zanghi and Scott Koehn from 2-4 p.m. and MidLife Crisis Classic Rock Band from 4-6 p.m. Tickets are just $10, free for veterans and kids under 15.

For Girls Only
Springhill Medical Center’s For Girls Only class is back. Dr. Lauren Self, OB/GYN with Azalea City Physicians for Women, will guide a discussion for girls ages 8-12 about the physical changes they will experience as they mature. Class is free and will be held on Thursday, May 26, at 6 p.m. A light meal will be provided. This class fills up very quickly. Reservations are required, call 251-460-5447. Please give the names of the young lady and the parent who will accompany them. A contact phone number and how you heard about the class is also appreciated.

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 at 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 hosts 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.

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

Cajun Cornhole Classic
The 2nd annual cornhonle tournament to raise money for Springboard to Success will be Thursday, June 2, at 5:30 p.m. in Cathedral Square. Twenty two-man teams will compete in a single-elimination tournament. $200 cash prize for the winning team. Downtown swag for the team with the Best Name and the Most Gusto! For more information or to register visit cajuncornholeclassic.eventbrite.com or call 251-434-8498.


ARTS

Last Friday Art Night
Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Gallery is where it’s happening on the Island on the last Friday of each month. Last Friday Art Night features shopping for local art, art demonstrations, food, drink and music. Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Gallery is located at 1008 Alabama Ave. For more information call 251-861-3300.


MUSEUMS

“Every Object Has a Story”
The History Museum of Mobile is proud to announce its summer exhibit, “Every Object Has a Story.” Museum staff members thoughtfully chose a collection of seldom-seen objects to showcase some of the unique treasures in the museum’s vault. These objects include items representing Mobile’s cultural, social, political and artistic history. “Every Object Has a Story” will open at the History Museum of Mobile during Memorial Day weekend and run through July. For more information about the exhibit, contact Curator of Collections Lori McDuffie at [email protected] or by phone at 251-208-7420.

“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 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, to 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 31 speaker will be Kennedy McLeod, who has taken photo trips around the world on sailing vessels and produced an incredible slideshow of scenes of the Caribbean, Galapagos Islands and the Asian Sea. This is a “best of” slideshow. 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

Bellingrath Summer Garden Walk
Join the horticultural management team of Bellingrath Gardens and Home on Wednesday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m. for a guided tour of the gardens to see summer displays, floral borders and new additions. Get ideas and advice for your own summer displays! It’s the first of Bellingrath’s Wonderful Wednesdays series, which continue through July. The event is included in the regular admission fee ($13 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 5-12, free to Bellingrath members and kids 4 and younger).

Publix Grandman Triathlon
In its 12th year, the Grandman Triathlon has become one of Fairhope’s premier annual events, attracting individual and team racers of all ages and skill levels from around the Southeast and beyond. Racers begin the race by jumping from the end of Fairhope Pier into Mobile Bay and swimming one-third of a mile to the shore. Following the swim, racers bike 18 miles, beginning up a steep hill before continuing through the quaint city of Fairhope. Racers conclude the triathlon with a 5K run alongside scenic Mobile Bay, crossing the finish line at Fairhope Park. Proceeds from the race benefit three local nonprofit organizations: Mobile Baykeeper, myTeam Triumph: Southern Alabama, and Gulf Coast Area Triathletes. The race is Saturday, June 4, at 7 a.m. To register or volunteer, please visit www.thegrandman.com. Call 251-433-4229 or contact [email protected] for more information.

YMCA Golf Classic Tournament
The YMCA of South Alabama invites the communities of Mobile and Baldwin counties to tee up for a good cause at its 7th annual Golf Classic Tournament on Friday, June 3, at TimberCreek Golf Course in Spanish Fort. The tournament will follow a four-person scramble format, with check-in beginning at 7:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $100 per golfer and $400 per team, which includes a light breakfast and lunch. Proceeds will go toward the YMCA’s Campaign for Youth & Families, which is aimed at ensuring all children and families, regardless of income, have a chance to benefit from the YMCA’s life-changing programs and services. Interested participants can learn more and register online at www.ysal.org or in person at any of the YMCA of South Alabama’s five branches.

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 25, the BayBears play a two-game stint against visiting Biloxi, followed by three games away 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 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.


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.