May 8

CCA Spring Fling Party
The Mobile Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association will host its annual spring fling. There will be crawfish, beverages and entertainment for adults and children. Tickets are $35 for a single ticket or $45 for a family membership. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. at Springhill Swim Club. Tickets can be purchased at www.ccaalabama.org/events.

Mobile Heart Ball
The American Heart Association will host the Mobile Heart Ball at Delta Hall. The event begins at 6 p.m., and will generate funds to support research, education and awareness to prevent heart disease and strokes in the Mobile area. The Mobile Heart Ball will feature live music from Tribute. Guests can bid on silent auction from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Guests will also enjoy the evening “Relaxin’ and Dancin’ on the River.” Tickets for the event start at $100. For more information, call the American Heart Association at 228-604-5316.

HMPS Annual Meeting
The Historic Mobile Preservation Society will meet under the oaks at Oakleigh for its Annual Meeting at 9 a.m. The guest speaker will be Albert Head, Executive Director of Alabama State Council on the Arts. Tickets are $15 and benefit the HMPS. For reservations, call 251-432-6161 or send email to hmps@bellsouth.net.

Mobile Museum of Art Book Sale
This event features a wide variety of mostly art-related subjects, including books with collector’s value and sale catalogs of collections from famous institutions and individuals. Prices start at just $1. The sale will begin at 1 p.m. and last until 6 p.m. at the Mobile Museum of Art. Call 251-208-5200 for more information.

An Evening with Peyton Manning
Enjoy an evening with Peyton Manning including dinner, discussion and Q&A by Mobile leaders. Following his keynote speech, Peyton Manning will answer questions from Mobile-area representatives Quin Hillyer and David Morris. Tickets start at $200. The event will take place at the Convention Center. For more information, visit http://mobileleadershipseries.com/.


May 9

Shooting for a Cure
Take aim against cancer during the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Clay Shoot Out. Man of the Year candidate Bob Mobley and his Hargrove Engineers + Constructors Teammates are hosting the “Shooting for a Cure” Tournament to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the Taylor Creek Shooting Preserve in Theodore. Sponsorships range from $150 to $2,500 for the tournament and have increased benefits with each level of sponsorship. The fee to participate is $500 per team, and includes the 100-target competition and lunch. Those interested in purchasing tickets, securing sponsorships, or to gain further information regarding the event can email pbyrne@hargrove-epc.com or visit www.mwoy.org/pages/al/sa14/bmobley.

Costal Seafood Craze
The Coastal Seafood Craze celebrates the seafood industry’s contribution to the local economy and all ticket proceeds support the work of the Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF). This is the third year for the event and area restaurants and caterers will serve delicious local seafood dishes for all to enjoy. Local band The Mulligan Brothers will play live music for the evening. Tickets are $25 and guests will enjoy dishes from each of the participating restaurants, live music and a fun night out in downtown with friends and family. For $40, a membership to ACF is included. Tickets can be purchased online at www.joinacf.org or by phone at 251-990-6002.

Cinderella
Playhouse-in-the-Park will present an enchanting musical fantasy based on the traditional fairy tale favorite. A cast of youth singers, dancers, and actors, along with exquisite scenery, costumes, and special effects, should make this an exciting event. Join Cinderella as she finds her way into the heart of Prince Charming and learns about life and true love along the way. Public performances are Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 11, at 2:30 pm. Call 251-602-0630 for reservations.

Spirit Expeditions
The Haunted History Tour in Downtown Mobile is a two-hour walk on Church and Government streets, visiting such sites as Church Street Cemetery and Fort Condé. You can hear some of Mobile’s dark, macabre, strange and unusual stories from the past and not so distant past. Tours are booking now at www.spiritexpeditions.com, for every Friday and Saturday.


May 10

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. The event will be held on the lawn at Southern Napa, 2304 Main Street in Olde Towne, Daphne. The first event will be Friday night with a local concert by Willie Sugarcapps, The weekend also features a 5K Beer Run Saturday morning. Following will be the beer fest at 1 p.m. Tickets for the Willie Sugarcapps concert are $20 in advance and $25 the night of the show and a $75 VIP pass is also available for both Friday night and Saturday. Tickets for the beer festival are $30 and include a commemorative tasting glass. Entry into the Beer Run Race is $25 and includes a race shirt or $50 for combination race and beer festival ticket.

Zombie Pub Crawl and Ball
The third annual Zombie Pub Crawl and Ball will begin at 3 p.m. at The Bar, with drink specials and food from The Royal Scam and Heroes. The ball will follow at 7 p.m. at The Brickyard. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of. For more information, visit www.zombiesforanimals.org.

Stamp Out Hunger
Join the National Association of Letter Carriers, Bay Area Food Bank, United Way of Southwest Alabama, and the AFL-CIO, for Stamp Out Hunger; the nation’s largest annual single-day food drive. To participate, place nonperishable food items in the bag left by your letter carrier beside your mailbox on the morning of May 10 before the carrier arrives. The bag will be picked up by your letter carrier and taken to Bay Area Food Bank where volunteers will unload and sort the donated items. Anyone who does not receive a bag in the mail can deliver their donated food items directly to the food bank or their local post office. To learn more about the food drive and see list of the most need items, visit www.bayareafoodbank.org.

Arts and Crafts Fair
West Mobile Baptist Church, 7501 Airport Blvd., is having an Arts and Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This project will help support the missions sponsored by West Mobile Baptist Church. There will be good music, great food and fun for the whole family. A “Kid Zone” will be set up, with inflatables and face painting.

Do It In the Bush 5K
The annual run will start at 7:30 a.m. at Medal of Honor Park (Cottage Hill). The run is a cross-country type run and will benefit the Port City Pacers Scholarship Program. Participants are asked to make a donation to the program that will help college freshmen get involved in their respective school’s running program. Pre-register online at www.doitinthebush5k.eventbrite.com by midnight May 8, or in person at McCoy Outdoor or Run-N-Tri in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope by noon May 8. There will be a great post race party with hot food, beverages and awards. This is the final Corporate Cup Race for the current season.

Farm to Table Lunch
Seasons in the Sun, Hydroponic Farm, is hosting a farm to table lunch on the farm. Register in advance, adult’s lunch is $15 and a kid plate is $7. Lunch is severed from fruits and vegetables they grow and meat that they raise. Seasons In the Sun is located at 13006 Jenkins Pit Rd Spanish Fort, AL. For additional information, visit www.seasonsinthesun.biz.

Market on the Square
This time of year is great because you can get locally produced: tomatoes, potatoes, sweet corn, cantaloupe, watermelon, seafood, flowers, plants, baked breads, pastas, casseroles, pies, handcrafted goods and so much more. Live music is also available. The market is open each Saturday through July 26. This year there will also be organic vegetables.

Haven Pet Adoption
The May flowers are blooming and so is The Haven, with lots of adorable cats and dogs. The pets will be showcased at Petsmart at the Eastern Shore Plaza. The Haven will be on sight to help potential adopters complete their family. Transported in the Haven’s Mobile Adoption Rescue Unit (MARU), the available animals, which have been pulled from shelters in Baldwin County, will be at their best behavior for that potential new home. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the staff and dedicated volunteers will be available to talk to potential adopters in helping them find the right pet for their home, discuss the adoption process and answer any other questions that may arise.


May 11

Good Life Ride
The Good Life Foundation and the Alabama Coastal Foundation is announcing the fifth annual Good Life Ride. The ride proceeds will benefit the development of a safety awareness campaign for cyclists and pedestrians. Participants will be able to choose from three different ride options: a 40-mile ride leaving from Page and Palette in Fairhope at 7:30 a.m., a half ride leaving from Jesse’s Restaurant in Magnolia Springs at 8:30 a.m., or a 8-mile ride from the Orange Beach Sportsplex using the BackCountry Trail leaving at 9 a.m. All of these rides end at the Hangout in Gulf Shores with a fun post-race party with good food, drinks and door prizes. Visit www.goodliferide.org for more details and information to register or pick up a hard copy registration form at the following locations: Page & Palette, Eastern Shore Cycles, Pro Cycle & Triathlon, The Bike Shop, The Hangout, Cadence 120.

Foley Art in the Park
The 42nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival will take place in Foley Park at the intersection of Highways 59 and 98. The show will begin at 9 a.m. There will be a variety of artwork for local artist. For information, visit www.foleyartcenter.com.


May 12

Ballroom Dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society is hosting dance classes. Dance lessons by professional instructors will begin at 7 p.m., followed by dancing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. The cost is $10. There will be a cash bar and no need to bring a partner. Beginners are welcome to come. The location is Fitzpen Place, 11247 Hwy. 31, Spanish Fort, AL 37527. For more information, contact Cassie Fishbein at Cassief13@aol.com.


May 13

Argentine Tango Dance
All levels welcome, and a partner is not required. Lessons start at 7:30 p.m., with dancing following at 8:30 p.m. Classes are every Tuesday, except the third. Southern Edge Dance Studio is at 251 Greeno Road in Fairhope.


May 14

Brown Bag in Bienville
Spring is here and what better way to enjoy the nice weather than lunch in Bienville Square. There will be live music and tables set up to make your lunch more enjoyable each Wednesday in the spring from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You can bring your lunch or stop in at your favorite Bienville Square eateries and ask for the Brown Bag special.

Learning Lunch: Tom McGehee
Bring your lunch and enjoy a presentation by Tom McGehee from Bellingrath Gardens & Home. Beverages are provided. Take a break to learn about the history and culture of the south. For more information, visit www.museumofmobile.com/learning_lunch.php.