GENERAL INTEREST

Alabama Bicentennial Launch
The official launch of the state’s Bicentennial Celebration includes a free concert and fireworks, admission to some of the city’s historic attractions and children’s activities on Friday, May 5, 6-10 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park.

Pride Week
In conjunction with Mobile Alabama’s Pride Fest on Saturday, May 6, Pride Week runs May 1-6. For a full list of Pride Week festivities, visit mobilealabamapride.com.

Coffee with a Cop
Meet with the officers of the Downtown Precinct at Chick-fil-A in the RSA Trustmark Building from 8-9 a.m. on Thursday, May 4. Get updates and ask questions about policing issues and concerns in downtown.

Skin cancer screening
Thursday, May 4, 4-6 p.m., Haley Dermatology (202 Rock Creek Parkway in Fairhope) is offering free skin cancer screenings. No appointment is needed. Call 251-928-3844.

Hot Air Balloon Festival
The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival is Friday and Saturday, May 5-6, in Foley. For a full schedule and tickets, visit gulfcoastballoonfestival.com.

Festival of Quilts
Azalea City Quilt Guild presents a Quilt Show Friday and Saturday, May 5-6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Abba Shrine Center, 7701 Hitt Road. Visit azaleacityquiltersguild.com.

Family Picnic Day
Join Swift-Coles Historic Home on Saturday, May 6, for Family Picnic Day. The fun begins at 10 a.m. with games, music and exhibits. Visit SwiftColesHistoricHome.com.

May Day Celebration
There will be vendors, a petting zoo, historical displays, pageant, sweet shop, food, entertainment and much more at Tanner Williams Park on Saturday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 13001 Old Tanner Williams Road West in Wilmer.

Car and Motorcycle Show
Our Savior Lutheran Church, 5101 Government Blvd., will hold its first annual Reformation Car & Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet on Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit oursavior-mobile.org.

Obscura Day
Join Executive Director Daryn Glassbrook for a special Obscura Day Mobile Museum tour on Saturday, May 6. Advance tickets are required and available at atlasobscura.com/events/mobile-medical-museum-2017.

Rio Carnivale!
St. Mary Catholic School’s casino night starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Tickets $25 for seniors, $30 for others, in advance; $35 at the door. Special dinner tickets ($100) admit two adults and include entry to win door prizes.

99 Bottles of Beer on the Lawn
Hosted by Southern Napa, it’s the Eastern Shore’s only craft beer festival. Saturday, May 6, 1-4 p.m., 2304 Main St., Daphne. Call 251-375-2800.

MCMA Reunion
Mobile Country Music Association 31st annual reunion is Saturday, May 6, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. MCMA Concert Hall, 310 S. Craft Highway in Chickasaw. Call 251-457-0762.

Market on the Park
Formerly Market on the Square, this weekly farmers market is held Saturdays through July 29, at Mardi Gras Park. 7:30 a.m. until noon. Sponsored by city of Mobile Special Events.

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.

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

Fairhope Farmers 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.

NDE Meeting
International Association of Near Death Studies (IANDS) meets second Wednesday of every month at the West Regional Branch of the Mobile Public Library on Grelot Road at 6 p.m.

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

Cocktails with the Critters
Join Dauphin Island Sea Lab for its 12th annual Cocktails with the Critters on Thursday, May 4, at 6 p.m. at The Bluegill, on the Causeway. Visit sealabfoundation.org.

Ozanam’s Lucky Ducky
The 6th annual Lucky Ducky fundraiser benefits Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy, which provides prescription assistance to those in need. Saturday, May 6, at 6 p.m. at Infiniti of Mobile, 1147 E. I-65 Service Road S. Call 251-432-4111, ext. 109.

Little Black Dress
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile will host its 8th annual premier fundraising event, Little Black Dress, on Thursday, May 4, at Fort Whiting Armory in Mobile. Visit www.rmhcmobile.org or call 251-694-6873.

Hooked Up to Help
United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile’s 10th annual inshore fishing tournament is Saturday, May 6. Weigh-in will be at Ralph and Kacoo’s from 1-4 p.m. Visit ucpmobile.org.

Wiggle Waggle Rescue Run
Wiggle Waggle Rescue Run to benefit Animal Rescue Foundation at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 6. Visit bellingrath.com.

Local Goodness
USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital invites you to Local Goodness, a farm-to-table event and silent auction, on Sunday, May 7. The event is 4-7 p.m. at the USA Health Strada Patient Care Center, 1601 Center St. Visit usahealthsystem.com.


ARTS

A Tribute to Albert Murray
Paul Devlin will discuss the life and writing of the Mobile native and 2015 inaugural Alabama Writers Hall of Fame inductee, Albert Murray. Thursday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. at Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library, 701 Government St.

Night Market
Mobile Museum of Art hosts Night Market on Thursday, May 4, 5-9 p.m. featuring wares by artists and artisans. Support your local artists and join the party and shopping fun with great food, drink and live music. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive.

“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.

“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.

Mobile Mystery Dinners
A performance of “The Case of the Maple Tree Murder” will take place Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at Renaissance Riverview Plaza. Tickets include dinner and unlimited wine. Advance reservations are required; call 251-415-3092.

First Friday Art Walk
The Eastern Shore Art Center returns with new art and music the first Friday of every month. Friday, May 5, at 6 p.m. at the Eastern Shore Art Center, 401 Oak St., Fairhope. For more information, contact Adrienne at 251-928-2228, ext. 103.


MUSEUMS

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 9 speaker will be from the Eastern Shore Ukulele Club. 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 Fairhope’s founding 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

Tunnel Vision 5K
The Lions Club Tunnel Vision 5K is Saturday, May 6, at 8 a.m. Search eventbrite.com for race details and registration.

Color Dash 5K
Benefitting the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. Saturday, May 6 at 7 a.m., 112 W. Laurel Ave. in Foley. For more information and registration visit www.cd5k.com.

Barre3 in the Park
Join Barre3 for a free 60-minute class in Mardi Gras Park on Saturday, May 6, at 10 a.m. Contact mobile@barre3.com.

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 Chasse 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.