May 7

Cocktails with the Critters
Cocktails with The Critters, the major fundraiser for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation, will be from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Bluegill Restaurant on the Causeway (3775 Battleship Parkway). Entertainment will be provided by the lively, inspired sounds of singer-songwriter Eric Erdman. For tickets and more information visit sealabfoundation.org.

National Day of Prayer
Event will be held as part of the nationwide observance of the National Day of Prayer. This year’s theme is “Lord Hear Our Cry” (1 Kings 8:28). For one day out of the year, millions of Americans will come together in bringing light and hope to our country, through the power of prayer. The prayer starts at 6 p.m. at Ladd Peebles Stadium, 1621 Virginia St. Gates open at 4:45 p.m. For more information visit mcndp.com.

Putt Putt & Pinot
Join us for United Way Emerging Leaders’ Wine Down, a fundraiser to benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Mobile County at the History Museum of Mobile (111 S. Royal St.). Each team of two to four members brings one bottle of the same pinot grigio per team member, plus one for the grand prize. The team’s wine with the most votes wins the grand prize cache’ of wine. Put on your plaid pants and argyle sweater vests to make sure you’re dressed in your golfing best. Prizes will be awarded. For more information or to register, visit www.uwswa.org.

Shen Yun Performing Arts
A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops, together creating one spectacular performance at the Mobile Civic Center (401 Civic Center Dr.). Show starts at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more information visit ShenYun.com.

Skin Cancer Screening
May is skin cancer awareness month and Haley Dermatology (202 Rock Creek Parkway) in Fairhope is offering a free skin cancer screening, no appointments needed. The screenings will start at 4 p.m. and run until 6 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 251-928-3844.

Master Gardener: The Eclectic Garden
Mobile Master Garden and Mary Jo Broussard present The Eclectic Garden or “how do you know if you have issues?” education event. The talk will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Jon Archer Center, 1070 Schillinger Road. This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit aces.edu/Mobile/mg.

Fairhope Girls’ Night Out
Ladies on both sides of the Bay are invited to join Downtown Fairhope Business Association for an evening of shopping, dining and strolling through the streets of downtown. Registration for an evening pass will be at the Fairhope Welcome Center starting at 4 p.m. the night of the event. An evening pass costs $20 and includes a commemorative t-shirt, swag bag, $10 dining voucher and exclusive GNO coupon book. For more information, go to www.fairhopemerchants.com or call 251-929-1466. Visit us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/fairhopegirlsnightout.

Thursdays at the Museum
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. the Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, 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.

Ark of India
“Ark of India: An Alabama Artist Explores Southern Asia” is an exhibit about personal discovery and exploration. It is 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 at 111 S. Royal St. and is on view until September 1. Admission is free.


May 8

Autism: Unlocking the Mystery
An informational and exciting conference for parents, educators and anyone wanting to know more about autism and its associated conditions. Presentations will include cause of autism, strategies, behavior management, first-responder information, plus many other topics. People may register on Eventbrite.com and search for Autism: Unlocking the Mystery or visit specialconferences.com for the link. Registration cost is nominal and includes lunch. The event will be held at Goodwill Easter Seals, 2448 Gordon Smith Drive, starting at 8:15 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information contact Cindy at 205-231-4612.

The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking
Pippi is a playful and unpredictable 9-year-old who does not want to grow up. She is the daughter of a buccaneer captain and as such has adventurous stories to tell. The show runs from May 1 through 17 on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. at Playhouse in the Park, 4851 Museum Drive. Call 251-602-0630 for reservations.

Mobile SHRM Chapter Meeting
The Mobile Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will hold its May chapter meeting from 11:15 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Heron Lakes Country Club. The featured speaker is Mary Gormandy White, M.A., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, of MTI Business Solutions. The meeting fee is $15 for chapter members and $20 for guests. A buffet lunch will be served. Advance reservations are required. Register online at mobileshrm.org.

LoDa ArtWalk
Downtown is the place to be! Join downtown art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome you inside to see beautiful artwork, sample delicious foods and hear the sounds of the LoDa ArtWalk. The ArtWalk gets better and better each month. From 6–9 p.m. in the lower Dauphin Street district.

LoDa ArtWalk Concert
Join the Temple, Lagniappe and Three Georges for the LoDa ArtWalk Concert Series. Josie Jones and The Crown Jewels will perform from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Temple, 351 St. Francis St.


May 9

Via Bolt 5k and Fun Run
The Via Bolt is a certified course with a 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run. Entry fees range from $10 to $25 per person based on age and include t-shirt, race bags with giveaways. Enjoy a post-event party with food and libations. The run starts at 8 a.m. at Via Center, 1717 Dauphin St. For more information call 251-470-5229.

Creekfest
Three Mile Creek begins near the University of South Alabama and makes its way through the city before emptying into the Mobile River and then Mobile Bay. Unfortunately, as the creek passes through West Mobile, Springhill, Toulminville, Midtown and Downtown, it picks up the city’s storm water runoff, including the unsightly and unhealthy trash that ends up cluttering the creek bank. Please join the Mobile County Health Department’s Women Making a Difference and community partners at Tricentennial Park, 2121 Lake Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will be a free family-friendly celebration including a cane pole fishing tournament, live music and educational exhibits. For more information visit creekfest.org.

Azalea Trail Reunion
The Mobile Jaycees’ next reunion of all former and current Azalea Trail Maids will be held at The Grounds on 1035 Cody Road N. from 2 to 5 p.m. Those planning to attend the event, or anyone wishing to assist with the planning, is asked to send an RSVP to atmalumni@gmail.com. Make plans to join the family-friendly event and bring along your hat, parasol and gauntlets for the group photo. Those wishing to loan their dresses to display for the Azalea Trail history area should contact the committee at atmalumni@gmail.com. Be sure to follow the Mobile Jaycees, Mobile Azalea Trail Maids and Young Women’s Civic Club on Facebook to get the most recent event updates.

Good Life Ride
Participants will be able to choose from four different route options: a new 62-mile route leaving from Pro Cycle & Tri in Fairhope at 7:30 a.m.; a 40-mile route leaving from Page and Palette in Fairhope at 8 a.m.; a 20-mile option leaving from the Magnolia Springs Fire Station at 9 a.m.; or an 8-mile ride from the Orange Beach Sportsplex on the BackCountry Trail leaving at 10 a.m. All of the routes will end at The Hangout in Gulf Shores with a fun post-ride celebration including great food, two complimentary drinks, music and door prizes. Registration is $45 through the day of the ride. Proceeds will benefit bicycle safety awareness. Participants may register by going to www.imAthlete.com and searching “Good Life Ride.” For more information, visit www.goodliferide.org.

Mobile County Teen Volunteer Fair
The First Teen Volunteer Fair for students in grades 8 through 12 is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon at Davidson High School, 3900 Pleasant Valley Road, a collaboration between the City of Mobile Community Activities Program and the Mobile County Public School System. To confirm commitment, or for further information, contact Mellanie Johnson, City of Mobile Community Activities Supervisor, 251-208-1610 or email at johnsonm@cityofmobile.org.  

Pet Adoptions
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Haven will hold its 2nd Chances on the 2nd Saturday of the month event at Petsmart at the Eastern Shore Shopping Plaza, 10220 Eastern Shore Blvd., showcasing available cats and dogs, most of which have been pulled from local municipal shelters. For more information please visit www.havenforanimals.org or call 251-929-3980.

Rabies Clinic
The Mobile County Health Department provides low-cost rabies shots for cats, dogs and ferrets during weekend clinics. This weekend’s rabies clinic is at Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road, from 1:30 until 4 p.m. The cost of the rabies vaccine is $8. For more information call 251-690-8823.

Market on the Square
Shop for the freshest crop in 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.


May 10

Mother’s Day Concert
Bellingrath Gardens and Home invites families to join us for the Annual Mother’s Day Evening Garden Concert, featuring the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra under the direction of Rob Seebacher. The event is included in the admission to the Gardens, but families are encouraged to reserve a table for the 5:30 p.m. concert, which will be held in the beautiful setting of Live Oak Plaza. Beginning at 4 p.m. on Mother’s Day, admission will be reduced to $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-12.  Children 4 and younger are always admitted free. For details or to make a reservation, go to www.bellingrath.org.

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


May 11

Downtown Mobile Non-Motorized Mobility Study
Toole Design Group will lead the Downtown Mobile Non-Motorized Mobility Study and will hold a Downtown Design Workshop May 11-14. The workshop will begin with a drop-in public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 11 to seek public input. The public meeting will be held at the Government Plaza Media Center, located at 205 Government St. Meeting participants will be provided several interactive opportunities to provide input regarding their desires for non-motorized transportation in downtown. For more information contact the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission at transportation@sarpc.org or 433-6541, or visit www.mobilempo.org/Mobility_Study.html as the study progresses.

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 located 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.

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 is open daily, for more information visit www.exploreum.com.


May 12

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 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, 18301 Pennsylvania St. in Robertsdale. 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 program is available Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and is free of charge. An appointment is required and can be made by calling the library at 251-970-4010.  


May 13

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.

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 in 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 programming series in the Exploreum’s Wharf of Wonder for children 6 and under. These 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., downtown Mobile. For more information call Josh Holland at 251-208-6893 or email jholland@exploreum.com.