May 28

Community Conversations on Race
Do we need to talk about race in Mobile? Your input is crucial. All community input will be reported to the city. The conversation begins this evening at 6 p.m. at Pillans Middle School, 2051 Military Road. If you have questions, please contact conversationmobile@gmail.com.

Night Market
Mobile Museum of Art (MMofA) hosts a quarterly Night Market of artist and artisan wares. Bring a keen eye for detail and become known for the unique gifts you give. Be the envy of your friends with rare, artful home décor. Support your local artists and join the party and shopping fun with great food, drink and live music. The market starts today at 5 p.m. at MMofA, 4850 Museum Drive.

Free Carotid Screening
Cardiovascular Associates, in association with the National Stroke Association, will be offering a free carotid screening program at 24330 U.S. Highway 98 in Fairhope. The carotid screening exam is the best method for early detection and prevention of carotid artery disease and stroke. A health care professional can detect carotid artery disease using painless, noninvasive diagnostics such as ultrasound imaging technology. Make your appointment by calling 251-300-2240. Appointments are from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Summer Outdoor Market
The city of Fairhope will host a Summer Outdoor Farmer’s Market from 3 until 6 p.m. on Thursday evenings through July 9. The market will be set up behind the Fairhope Public Library on Bancroft Street downtown. The market will feature local farmers, bakers, fresh Baldwin County produce, fresh-cut flowers, local honey, plants, baked goods and more. The Fairhope Public 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.

Thursdays at the Museum
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. the Mobile Museum of Art (MMofA) offers free admission to all visitors. Join MMofA each week to experience the museum in new and exciting ways throughout the year. No reservations are necessary. MMofA is at 4850 Museum Drive.


May 29

Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins, enchanted umbrella in hand, descends on the East wind to the Chickasaw Civic Theatre stage for a three-weekend run of Disney’s Tony Award winning musical of the same name. Fall in love with Mary Poppins all over again. Show dates are May 29, 30, 31 and June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14; showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Reservations may be made online at cctshows.com or by calling 251-457-8887. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors over age 60. 801 Iroquois St.

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. The gallery is located at 1008 Alabama Ave., Dauphin Island. For more information call 251-861-3300.

Youth Mental Health First Aid training
AltaPointe’s Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to teach key skills to help a young person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. This public education program introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents and the importance of early intervention. The ultimate goal is to teach individuals how to help a youth in crisis. The training will begin at 8 a.m. at 2400 Gordon Smith Drive. For more information, go to www.altapointe.org or call 251-450-4340.

Ark of India
“Ark of India: An Alabama Artist Explores Southern Asia” is an exhibit about personal discovery and exploration. It’s an account of late 19th and early 20th century India as seen by Alabama artist Roderick D. MacKenzie, using his paintings, drawings, sculptures and, most importantly, photographs and writings. The exhibition is organized by the History Museum of Mobile, 111 S. Royal St. On view until September 1. Admission is free.

Hatching the Past: The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt
“Hatching the Past” features 100 real dinosaur eggs and 100 replica eggs at the Exploreum. The multi-media experience for all ages invites visitors to touch real dinosaur bones and reconstructed nests, dig for eggs, experience hands-on exploration stations and view animated video presentations featuring well-known dinosaur experts. The Exploreum, 65 Government St., is open daily. For more information visit www.exploreum.com.


May 30

USPS Passport Fair
The U.S. Postal Service’s Alabama District is making it easier to travel outside the country. If you’re planning a trip that requires a passport, start your journey at the Mobile Main Post Office, 250 St. Joseph St., 9 a.m. until 12 noon. For more information, call 251-694-5936.

Steel Magnolia Soiree
Sponsored by the Women’s Business Alliance, the Steel Magnolia Soiree will feature a live band, magnolia-themed art auction, Mobile’s own Azalea Trail Maids, pig on a spit, crawfish boil, bleeding armadillo cake and much more! The Soiree will be held at Roger-Williams Antebellum Mansion, 2250 St. Anthony St., and will be a truly authentic Steel Magnolias affair. To purchase tickets, contact Ashley Turner at info@womensbusinessalliance.org.

Warrior Search
The U.S. Open Challenge Event on May 30 at the Mobile Convention Center will be two events in one. The Day Event will have competitions such as form, weapons and light contact as well as continuous sport sparring with limited youth Sanda. The Night Event, also called the “Main Event,” will seek to identify future MMA/Sanda professional competitors in the western hemisphere. Starts at 1 p.m. at the Convention Center. For more information visit www.KSFWorld.org.

Ole South Day
Join us for a family fun day discovering and celebrating our Southern heritage. Activities will include period music, cooking, basket making, a blacksmith and much more. Free admission. The fun begins at 9 a.m. at 9074 Irvington BLB Highway (behind First Baptist Church in Irvington). For more information call 251-957-2718.

The Grandman Triathlon
The Grandman Triathlon begins with a one-third-mile swim out into picturesque Mobile Bay and back beside the Fairhope Municipal Pier. After the swim comes an 18-mile bike ride through the charming city of Fairhope. The ride begins with one steep hill and includes five miles of rolling countryside. The race to the finish line begins with a 3.1-mile run through the streets of Fairhope and along the Bay. We look forward to seeing you bright and early at 7 a.m. Saturday morning. For more information visit www.thegrandman.com.

Market on the Square
Shop for the freshest crop at Cathedral Square in downtown Mobile. This time of year is our favorite because 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. Stay for live music on the green. For more information, call 251-208-1550.

Rabies Clinic
The Mobile County Health Department provides low cost rabies shots for cats, dogs and ferrets during a weekend clinic. This weekend’s rabies clinic is at Griggs Elementary School, 6001 Three Notch Rd., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The cost of the rabies vaccine is $9. For more information call 251-690-8823.


May 31

Sunday Matinee at 5 Rivers
Every Sunday throughout the day, take a step inside 5 Rivers Tensaw Theater and catch a free film. This week’s movie is “Secret Life of Predators.” For more information call 251-625-0814.

Open Studio
Come enjoy complimentary mimosas as artists work at the Cathedral Square Gallery, 612 Dauphin St. Works by more than 60 area artists also will be on display. For more information call 251-694-0278.


June 1

Community Conversations on Race
Do we need to talk about race in Mobile? Your input is crucial. All community input will be reported to the city. The conversation will begin at 6 p.m. at Mobile Public Library, Toulminville Branch, 601 Stanton Road. If you have questions, please contact conversationmobile@gmail.com.

Farm-to-Table Tasting Event
Join Mobile County Master Gardeners for their 4th Annual Farm-to-Table Tasting Event. The event will feature more than a dozen area restaurants serving tastings of local food. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at 5 Rivers Delta Hall, 30945 Five Rivers Blvd. Tickets are $65. For more information, call 251-574-8445.

Ballroom Dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts classes with professional instructors at 7 p.m., followed by dancing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10. There will be a cash bar and 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.

Top Cats Toastmasters
Are you terrified at the idea of public speaking? We were. We got over it. Top Cats Toastmasters invites you to join us. We 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, contact 251-344-2938.


June 2

Addiction Counseling
Narconon would like to remind families that 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.

Teen Tech Tutor Program
The Baldwin County Library Cooperative recently implemented a Teen Tech Tutor program at the Robertsdale Library. This program is designed to match high-school-age students who have strong technological skills with adults and seniors who are unfamiliar with basic laptop computer technology. The free program is available Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 18301 Pennsylvania St., Robertsdale. An appointment is required; call the library at 251-970-4010.  

Community Conversations on Race
Do we need to talk about race in Mobile? Your input is crucial. All community input will be reported to the city. The conversation will begin at 6 p.m. at Mobile Public Library, West Regional Branch, 5555 Grelot Road. If you have questions please contact conversationmobile@gmail.com.


June 3

Wonderful Wednesdays: Summer Garden Walk
Join Bellingrath horticulture managers for a guided tour of the gardens to see the combinations of plants used in this year’s summer displays and new additions to the gardens. The walk starts at 10:30 a.m. at Bellingrath Gardens, 12401 Bellingrath Road.

Downtown Toastmasters
Are you interested in gaining more confidence in your public speaking ability? The Downtown Mobile Toastmasters Club 2815 invites you to join us for our weekly educational lunch meeting at T. P. Crockmeier’s, 261 Dauphin St., from noon until 1 p.m. 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.

Community Conversations on Race
Do we need to talk about race in Mobile? Your input is crucial. All community input will be reported to the city. The conversation will begin at 6 p.m. at Mobile Public Library, Ben May Main, 701 Government St. If you have questions, please contact conversationmobile@gmail.com.

Brown Bag in Bienville
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 during the spring, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To make your Brown Baggin’ easier, stop in at your favorite Bienville Square eatery and ask for the Brown Bag special. Questions? Call 251-208-1550.

Little Discoveries at the Exploreum
Little Discoveries is a weekly series in the Exploreum’s Wharf of Wonder for children 6 and under. Lessons will fuse science, technology, engineering and math with creativity, art and reading. Each session will begin with a story reading that will serve as the launching pad for the day’s hands-on activities. Wednesdays 10 until 11 a.m. and Thursdays 2 until 3 p.m. at 65 Government St. For more information call Josh Holland at 251-208-6893 or email jholland@exploreum.com.