GENERAL INTEREST

Greater Gulf State Fair
The Grounds hosts the 62nd annual Greater Gulf State Fair Oct. 28 through Nov. 6, featuring 30 adult rides, 30 kids’ rides and more than 40 food and beverage vendors. For more information call 251-344-4573 or visit thegroundsmobile.com.

Schooner America visit
The Schooner America, a replica of the racing yacht that won the first America’s Cup sailing competition in 1851, will be visiting GulfQuest Nov. 4-8. For information or tickets visit bit.ly/SchoonerAmericaGulfQuest.

The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off
Join The Hangout for a weekend full of oysters, music and beer Nov. 4-5. Visit the thehangoutcookoff.com for a full schedule and for tickets.

Alabama Pecan Festival
Nov. 4-6 is the Alabama Pecan Festival at 5055 Carol Plantation Road in Theodore. Admission is free and there is plenty of fun for the whole family. For more information call 251-401-5555 or visit alabamapecanfestival.com.

Magnolia Cemetery tours
Magnolia Cemetery will host three free tours the first three Saturdays in November, each focusing on a different theme. Tours begin at 10 a.m. and last approximately two hours. Reservations are recommended. Call 251-208-7307 or 251-432-8672.

Barre3 Mobile in Bellingrath
Bellingrath Gardens and Home is collaborating with barre3 Mobile to present a fall workout series in the gardens on the first three Saturdays of November, 10-11 a.m. For details call 251-973-2217 or visit bellingrath.org.

Fall festival
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (605 Donald St.) invites you to attend its annual fall festival, Saturday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. for food, fun and fellowship. Call 251-452-9596 for more information.

Veterans Day parade
The city of Fairhope will honor its military veterans with a Veterans Day parade on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m., beginning and ending at the Fairhope Civic Center.

Path to Peace
An ecumenical gathering to promote racial reconciliation, unity and peace. Sunday, Nov. 6, 3-7:30 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center, 2603 U.S. Highway 98. For more information call 251-458-1810 or 251-510-1915.

USO Show
Sunday, Nov. 6, starting at 3 p.m., come see this fun show featuring a variety of acts including singers, musicians and comedians. Tickets are $5 and are available from any Auxiliary member or at the door. American Legion Post 199, 700 S. Mobile St., Fairhope.

Doggie Happy Hour
Every first Monday of the month from 5-7 p.m., bring your dog to the OK Bike Shop for doggie happy hour and get to know your local animal rescue groups, enjoy live music and more.

Election Day
Head to polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to vote. Visit myinfo.alabamavotes.gov for information on your voting location.

Veteran’s Day luncheon
The Mobile Bay Area Veterans Commission will host a luncheon at Fort Whiting on Friday, Nov. 11, beginning at noon with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $18; reservations should be made by Monday, Nov. 7, by calling 251-431-8621 or emailing nfunderburk@mobilechamber.com.

Pet Planning
To help pet owners plan for the future, The Haven offers a free estate planning seminar from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, at Westminster Village, 500 Spanish Fort Blvd. in Spanish Fort. To register call 251-929-2494 or email mgraham@havenforanimals.org.

Fuse Factory grand opening
Please join us at the grand opening of Fuse Factory on Friday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 200 Government St. Co-working spaces will be offered to area nonprofits, groups and individuals serving the public interest. For more information visit fuseproject.org.

Farmer’s market
West Mobile Farmer’s Market features locally grown produce every Tuesday from 2-5 p.m. through Nov. 24. Market is located at 6101 Grelot Road. For information call 251-342-0462 or 251-767-7526.

Brown Bag Concert
Join Cat’s Brown Bag Lunch every Wednesday in Bienville Square (Mobile), Thursday in Mayday Park (Daphne) and Friday at Windmill Market (Fairhope) for a concert starting at 11:30 a.m. For more information visit radioavalon.com.

Volunteer opportunity
United Way of Southwest Alabama’s 2-1-1 needs volunteers in the call center. Shifts are available weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are interested please call Chalisse at 251-431-5100 or email cpeltier@lifelinesmobile.org to schedule an interview.

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. For more information call 251-861-2141.

Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Wednesday at noon for lunch at Azalea City Golf Course. For reservations and more information please call 251-348-3542.

Toastmasters
Do you want to learn how 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. For more information visit www.toastmasters.org.

Addiction counseling
If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction, get them the help they need. Call 1-800-431-1754 or visit DrugAbuseSolution.com.


FUNDRAISERS

Purse with Purpose
Join Our Sister’s Closet’s Purse with Purpose event Thursday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Heron Lakes Country Club, 3851 Government Blvd. Tickets start at $30. For more information and tickets visit oursisterscloset.org.

Columns & Cocktails
The Historic Mobile Preservation Society hosts its 4th annual Columns & Cocktails fundraiser, featuring the society’s preservation award honorees. Thursday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m. at the historic Antoinette apartment building, 960 Government St. For more information visit historicmobile.org.

Evening on a Magic Carpet
Saturday, Nov. 5, join us for a fundraiser for Lisa McEddy Smith, a dancer who is battling cancer. A seminar will be held at 10 a.m. with a class at at 11 a.m. and the dance at 7 p.m. at the Ashbury Hotel. For more information email alldance1@yahoo.com.

Care Carnival

Care Carnival, a fundraiser for Woody’s Song, a program of The Learning Tree, benefits children with autism. Free family-friendly event on the block of Jackson Street between Dauphin Street and St. Francis Street. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2 p.m. For more information visit www.learning-tree.org.


ARTS

Night Market
Mobile Museum of Art hosts Night Market on Thursday, Nov. 3, 5-8:30 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. 4850 Museum Drive.

“The Producers”
The Joe Jefferson Players present “The Producers,” Mel Brooks’ 12-time Tony Award- winning comedy. Nov. 4-20, 11 S. Carlen St., Mobile. For more information or tickets visit joejeffersonplayers.com or call 251-471-1534.


MUSEUMS

“Filming the Camps”
The History Museum of Mobile will offer the exhibit “Filming the Camps: From Hollywood to Nuremberg” through Jan. 16. It features the stories of three film directors — John Ford, Samuel Fuller and George Stevens — as they documented Nazi atrocities during World War II. For more information visit museumofmobile.com.

Tea for Two
Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. the Fairhope Museum of History hosts a tea and a lecture on Fairhope history. The Nov. 8 speaker will be John O’Melveny Woods, the producer of the movie “Roundup Day Play.” He will also present a slide show, “The Origins of the Real Sherlock Holmes.” For more information call 251-929-1471.

“Treasures of NOAA’s Ark”
Visitors to GulfQuest can discover how NOAA charts seas, protects and conserves the nation’s marine resources, and detects potential hurricanes and tsunamis. This exhibit also highlights past and present pioneers who made significant contributions to our understanding of shore, sea and sky. For more information visit gulfquest.org or call 251-436-8901.

“Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World”
Through Jan. 1, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center features a guitar exhibit tracing the instrument’s evolution from 3000 B.C. to the present with a hands-on gallery and more than 60 guitars on display. There is also a rock photography exhibit by Janet Macoska. For information call 251-208-6893 or visit 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. For more information call 251-208-5200.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Walk to End Alzheimer’s
The Alzheimer’s Association will hold its second annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Mobile’s Langan Park on Nov. 5, in the Mobile Museum of Art parking lot. Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. and program begins at 9 a.m. For more information go to alz.org or call 850-462-5410, ext. 8042.

Senior Bowl Charity Run
The Senior Bowl will host a 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run through downtown Mobile ending with a family fun festival in Bienville Square. The event is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 5. Visit seniorbowl.com for more information.

Exercise classes
Palmer Pillans Middle School hosts a wide variety of classes, including ballroom dance, boxing and more. For more information call 251-463-7980 or visit communityactivates.com.

Beginner belly dancing for women
Every Tuesday from Nov. 1 through Dec. 13, come learn to belly dance at Palmer Pillans Middle School. For more information call 251-208-1662.

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, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Holy yoga
Tamara William will be leading a lunchtime holy yoga at the Steeple on St. Francis every Wednesday. The cost is $15. Participants will be invigorated as they connect with Christ in mind, body and spirit. For more information call 251-656-3269.

Sunset yoga for charity
Join Thrive Yoga and Massage at 7 p.m. every second and fourth Friday through Oct. at the Henry George Park overlooking the Fairhope pier. All classes will be by donation and all proceeds go to charity. Bring your mat. All classes are beginner friendly. Well-behaved kids and pets are welcome.

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. Beginners are welcome. At Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. For more information email cyoungblood9278@gmail.com, call 251-623-9183 or visit www.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. Admission is $10. Beginners are welcome. Fitzpen Place, 11247 State Highway 31 in Spanish Fort. For more information email cassief13@aol.com.


WORKSHOPS


Create the Magic Workshop

In this three-hour, hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to tie LED lights to decorate a metal 3-foot-tall Christmas tree. Saturday, Nov. 5, at 9 a.m., Bellingrath Gardens and Home. For details or to order tickets call 251-973-2217 or visit bellingrath.org.

CPR class
Mobile Fire-Rescue will offer free community CPR classes at Murphy High School and Davidson High School over the next several months. All classes start at 5 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Murphy and Davidson high schools. Call 251-208-1659 or 251-208-1600 to register.


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.

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.