GENERAL INTEREST

Creek Fest
Join us for a free, family-friendly celebration including a cane pole fishing tournament (ages 16 and under), live music from Eric Erdman, hotdogs provided by Mobile Gas, door prizes and educational exhibits. Kayak rentals also will be part of the half-day event as the natural beauty of one of Mobile’s historic waterways is showcased. Three Mile Creek was the city’s first source of drinking water. There also will be opportunities for area Boy Scouts to earn merit badges. Creek Fest begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. For more information call Kelly at 251-690-8895.

99 Bottles of Beer on the Lawn
Southern Napa, Daphne’s fine-wine house, hosts the second annual 99 Bottles of Beer on the Lawn craft beer festival at 2304 Main St. in Daphne. The first event will be Friday, May 6, with a local concert by Willie Sugarcapps. Tickets for the concert are $30 in advance. Tickets for the beer festival on Saturday, May 7 (1-4 p.m.) are $45 and include a commemorative tasting glass. For more information and tickets visit southernnapa.com.

Book sale
The Mobile Public Library’s annual used book sale is set to take place this weekend at the ABBA Shrine Center on Hitt Road, just off Schillinger. The sale is open to the public from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, 1-6 p.m. With the exception of special-priced items, hardback books are $1 on Friday and Saturday, 50 cents on Sunday, while paperbacks are 50 cents on Friday and Saturday, and 25 cents on Sunday. We will also have audiobooks, DVDs, CDs and more at bargain prices! For more information on the book sale, contact Amber Guy at 251-208-7902 or email aguy@mplonline.org.

Free skin cancer screening
Haley Dermatology in partnership with the American Academy of Dermatology is offering free skin cancer screenings Thursday, May 5, 4-6 p.m. at Haley Dermatology, 202 Rock Creek Parkway, Fairhope. For further information email Trisha Cooch at officemanager@haleyderm.com or call 251-928-3844, ext. 452.

Exploring Spring Hill Avenue: A Walking Tour
May is Historic Preservation Month and the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is hosting a walking tour and presentation of “Mobile’s Finest Boulevard.” In his witty and wonderful way, the delightfully fun Cartledge Blackwell of Mobile Historic Development Commission will guide us around Spring Hill Avenue and enlighten us about a few of Mobile’s architectural and cultural venues. The event is Wednesday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. and is free. Please call 251-471-6364 to reserve your place as seating is limited. We suggest you wear comfortable shoes and clothing for this walking event.

Spring quarterly meeting and luncheon
The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women will hold its spring quarterly meeting and luncheon on May 11 at St. Pius X Family Life Building, 217 S. Sage Ave. St. Mary’s Altar Sodality is the host for the meeting. Registration is from 9 to 9:45 a.m. The meeting will begin at 9:45 a.m. with mass following at 11 a.m. and lunch immediately following mass. Cost is $12. Please make reservations with Beth Cain at 251-232-8862 or bethrcain@bellsouth.net, orMargie Bunch at 251-661-6827 or mbunch0719@yahoo.com. Archbishop Rodi will be our guest at this meeting.

MCMA annual reunion
Join Mobile Country Music Association for its 30th annual reunion Saturday, May 7, from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. for fun, food, fellowship and music. There is no admission charge but donations are accepted. For more information and directions call Marshall at 251-457-0762 or Carolyn at 251-455-6748.

National Public Gardens Day
National Public Gardens Day is celebrated nationwide on Friday, May 6, to promote public gardens’ important role in environmental stewardship and awareness. Bellingrath Gardens, one of the state’s oldest public gardens, will mark the occasion with special behind-the-scenes tours conducted by Bellingrath’s horticultural management team. Find out how we grow our signature displays that provide beauty to more than 110,000 visitors every year. Two tours will be offered as part of regular admission: a guided tour of the Bellingrath greenhouses at 10 a.m. followed by a garden walk to discover our spring blooms at 11 a.m.; a guided greenhouse tour at 2 p.m. followed by a garden walk at 3 p.m. To register, call 251-973-2217 or visit bellingrath.org. Admission fees are $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12 and free to Bellingrath members and ages 4 and younger.

Mother’s Day Evening Garden Concert
Spend a relaxing Mother’s Day afternoon with your mom at Bellingrath on Sunday, May 8, and enjoy beautiful music under the trees on Live Oak Plaza. The concert will be performed at 5:30 p.m.by the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra under the direction of Rob Seebacher. A limited number of chairs will be set up, or guests may bring their own. Guests are also welcome to bring a picnic supper to enjoy during the concert. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Discounted admission of $7.50 for adults and $4 for ages 5-12 begins at 4 p.m. There is no admission charge for Bellingrath members or for those aged 4 and younger. For details, call 251-973-2217 or visit bellingrath.org.

MHS Class of 1961
Graduates of Murphy High School Class of ‘61 are invited to our 55th class reunion May 6 and 7 at the Holiday Inn on Government Street. For more information call 251-342-2157 or 251-895-9374, or visit murphyhigh1961.com.

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

Cocktail with Critters
Cocktails with the Critters, the 11th annual fundraiser for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation, will be Thursday, May 5, 6-9 p.m. at Bluegill Restaurant on the Causeway. There will be a fantastic silent auction, tasty hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer. For more information visit sealabfoundation.org or call 251-605-6624.

Taste of the Town

The annual Taste of the Town event is scheduled for Thursday, May 5, 6-8 p.m. at the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center located on the east end of the Causeway. Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Daphne-Spanish Fort and Safe Harbor Financial, this year’s event will offer a fun-filled evening benefiting the children of our area. More than 20 restaurants will be participating with taste venues galore, live music and both silent and live auction items. Tickets are $30 in advance or can be purchased for $35 the day of the event at the door. For more information visit www.daphnespanishfortkiwanis.org.

Dogs for Dawgs
On Friday, May 6, join us in the courtyard of the Renaissance Riverview Plaza hotel from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. for Dogs for Dawgs, a benefit to raise awareness and funds for the Mobile SPCA. Here you can get a footlong hot dog or grilled sausage, a bag of chips, a cold drink and a delicious homemade cookie, all for just $8. But wait, it gets better … your second sandwich will be only $4 and we will deliver any orders of $30 or more. The Mobile SPCA will also have the “Whisker Wagon” on hand so you can see and pet and get attached to and adopt a new best friend. For more information contact Carol Hunter, chunter@downtownmobile.org or 251-434-8498.

Boy Scouts yard sale
On Saturday, May 7, Boy Scouts of America Troop #214 of Holloway Elementary School will have a yard sale, 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Stephens AME Church parking lot, 2707 Josephine St. There will also be drinks and hot dogs for sale. All proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop #214 for a summer camping trip. For more information or with questions please call 251-401-1895.

St. Mary Catholic School Casino Night
St. Mary Catholic School Casino Night presents “The Lucky Mustang!” Saturday, May 7, at 6 p.m. Take to the streets of Dublin at St. Mary Catholic School’s 27th annual fundraising event featuring live and silent auctions, games with local celebrity hosts, door prizes and great food and live entertainment! General admission tickets are $25 per adult in advance and $30 at the door. Seniors are $25. Special dinner tickets are $100 and admit two adults, offering an opportunity to take home $10,000! All proceeds benefit St. Mary Catholic School, located at 107 N. Lafayette St. For more information call 251-433-9904 or visit www.stmarymobile.org.


ARTS

Mother’s Day garden concert
Bellingrath Gardens and Home and the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra will present our annual Mother’s Day Evening Garden Concert on Sunday, May 8, at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of family time under the beautiful oaks on Live Oak Plaza. A limited number of chairs will be set up and guests may also bring their own chairs. Guests are also welcome to bring a picnic supper. Discounted admission into the gardens begins at 4 p.m. For more information call 251-973-2217.

“Fun with Water” watercolor contest
This year, Mobile Area Water and Sewer System (MAWSS) 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. The 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.

First Friday Art Walk
The Eastern Shore Art Center returns with new art and music the first Friday of every month. Come check out the new exhibits and live pottery demonstrations while enjoying refreshments and live entertainment by The Sound Carpenters. The art walk begins 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.

“Charlotte’s Web,” The Musical
Public shows of the musical based on “Charlotte’s Web” run through Sunday, May 8. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night, Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for students/seniors, $15 for adults. All performances are at Playhouse in the Park, 4851 Museum Drive. For more information or tickets, visit playhouseinthepark.org.

“Oklahoma!”
“Oklahoma!” at Chickasaw Civic Theatre continues through Sunday, May 8. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical is directed by Nedra Bloom. The theater is at The Lola Phillips Playhouse, 801 Iroquois St., Chickasaw. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, military and students. For details, or to order tickets, go to www.cctshows.com, call 251-457-8887 or email theatre@cctshows.com.


MUSEUMS

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 10 speaker will be Dean Mosher, who will present his program on the University of Alabama before the Civil War. Most of the campus was burned and through diligent research, Mosher has reconstructed the campus with models and produced a large painting of the pre-war college. 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

Good Life Ride
The Seventh Annual Good Life Ride will take place in Baldwin County on Saturday, May 7. Riders can choose from four different route options: a 64-mile or a 40-mile route leaving from Fairhope and concluding in Gulf Shores at Tacky Jack’s, and 22-mile and 10-mile round-trip routes from Tacky Jack’s in Gulf Shores. Following the ride, Tacky Jack’s will host a fun post-ride celebration which includes great food, two complimentary drinks, music and door prizes. Register for the ride by going to www.imathlete.com/events/2016GLR or by visiting www.GoodLifeRide.org. Registration is $35 until April 29 and then will be $45 through the day of the ride. Day-of registration is also available at all start locations.

Via Bolt 5K
Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. in Mobile, invites runners and walkers to participate in the Bolt 5K/Walk and Fun Run Saturday, May 7 at 8 a.m. This is a certified 5K course, with a fun run of approximately one mile. Pre-registration for the 5K is $20 for adults, $15 for students, $12 for seniors. The fun run is $10. Add $5 for day-of registration. Awards will be presented and drinks, food and entertainment will be provided afterward. For more information visit eventbrite.com or viamobile.org.

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 Wednesday, May 4 for a five-game stint against visiting Chattanooga. 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. in 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 7-9:30 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.


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 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.