October 1

Vintage Affair Gala
The American Cancer Society Vintage Affair Gala will be at the Alabama Cruise Terminal, 201 S. Water St., 6-11 p.m. Guests can enjoy fine wines from Red or White, cuisine prepared by Clifton Morrissette and the smooth sounds of Swing Mobile. Live and silent auctions will include original local art, trips, jewelry and other items. The late night party (included in gala ticket or can be purchased separately for $35) is from 8-11 p.m. on the rooftop. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased by calling 251-344-9858. Visit www.vintageaffairmobile.org for more information.

ASMS informational meeting
Students and their parents are invited to an informational meeting about admission to the Alabama School of Math and Science (ASMS), the state’s only public residential high school for Alabama’s brightest and most talented students. All current 9th- and 10th-grade Alabama students are eligible to apply. Because ASMS is a state-sponsored public school, tuition, room and board are free. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Media Center on the ASMS campus, 1255 Dauphin St. Those interested in attending this informational session or receiving more information about ASMS should visit www.asms.net or send an email to [email protected].

Outdoor farmer’s market
Fairhope’s market features local farmers, bakers, fresh produce, fresh-cut flowers, plants, baked goods and more. Fairhope Public Library will have storytimes and activities at 4 p.m. For more information, call 251-929-1466. Fairhope Public Library is located at 501 Fairhope Ave.

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.


October 2

Ten Sixty Five Music Festival
Enjoy downtown Mobile the weekend of Oct. 2 with two days of live music on two stages at Cathedral Square and the intersection of Dauphin Street and Springhill Boulevard. Performing artists include George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic, Grayson Capps, Kristy Lee, Infant Richard and the Delta Stones, Eric Erdmann and many more. Free for all attendees. For more information visit www.tensixtyfive.com.

Coastal BirdFest
Coastal BirdFest offers expertly guided trips by foot and on boat to prime birding locations on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail. Our location on the northern Gulf Coast makes this area a major stopover for migratory birds from all over North America, so fall is a great time to add all sorts of species to your life list. Alabama Coastal BirdFest, a four-day eco-tourism event, includes dinners, a nature -photo presentation, keynote speaker Dr. Frank Moore of the Migratory Bird Research Group, workshops, and a free, family friendly Bird and Conservation Expo that takes place in Fairhope on Saturday, Oct. 3. The Expo is part of the “Fall into Fairhope” weekend that also includes the Grand Festival of Art and Grand Fest of Books. BirdFest trips, evening events, and workshops require advance registration; popular trips fill quickly. See the full schedule and register now at www.alabamacoastalbirdfest.com. 450 Fairhope Ave.

First Friday Art Walk
The Eastern Shore Art Center returns with new art and music. 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, extension 103.

Chocolate! The Exhibition
The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center will bring Mobile and the Gulf Coast a unique and educational exhibition that’s sure to be a “sweet treat” for young and old alike. “Chocolate! The Exhibition” explores the rich natural and cultural history of one of the world’s favorite treats, tracing chocolate from its origin in the rainforest to its status as a global economic commodity. Visit www.exploreum.com for more information.


October 3

Grand Festival of Art
The Eastern Shore Art Center is pleased to bring you the 33rd annual Grand Festival of Art. Held in downtown Fairhope, this premier fall event offers an exciting opportunity to view and acquire the works of more than 100 participating artists from throughout the country. The show will be held Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The art show includes prestigious international and regional fine artists. Artwork includes painting, sculpture, wood, ceramics, pottery, jewelry, photography and glass.

Alabama of Festival of Flavor
The Alabama Festival of Flavor in downtown Foley is by far one of the best festivals our state has to offer. The event will kick off at noon and be open until around 8 p.m. From Alabama-grown food to local breweries, this is an event you definitely want to mark on your calendar as a “do not miss.” Taste area beers and wines while listening to the Mulligan Brothers and enjoying craft vendors and more. Admission is free but some areas do require passes. Passes and more information can be found online at alabamafestivalofflavor.com or by calling 251-943-5590.

Art show
An art show will be held to benefit North Baldwin Animal Shelter. Come meet the creators of paintings, quilts, pottery, jewelry and more. The show starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. at State Highway 59 and McMeans Avenue in Bay Minette. For more information or with questions, call Dorothy at 251-377-4667.

Bee Hive Indoor Sale
Government Street United Methodist Church, 901 Government St., will hold its annual Indoor Yard Sale from 7:30 a.m. until noon. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the missions of the church, which include meal service at McKemie Place, a community garden and a food pantry. Seafood gumbo from The Gumbo Academy will be available for purchase as well as baked goods by the ladies of the church. For more information call 251-458-1570.

Mensa testing
South Coast Mensa will hold a test session 3 in Baldwin County. October is National Testing Month for American Mensa; ergo, there will be a 50 percent discount on fees., which will be reduced to  $20. Mensa does not test anyone under the age of 14, but does accept prior evidence from other tests. Members of the media can test for free upon presentation of appropriate credentials. For further information and to sign up, contact [email protected].

NoMoCo Food Park and Farmer’s Market
Join us in downtown Prichard for a market full of food trucks, local produce, meats, artists, crafts and music. The market takes place the first and third Saturdays of every month from 9 a.m. until noon at 204 S. Wilson Ave., in the old Sawyer Furniture parking lot. For more information, visit www.nomocofoodie.org. For help with additional questions, contact Jonathan Adams at 352-217-780 or [email protected].


October 4

Sunday matinee at 5 Rivers
Every Sunday throughout the day, take a step inside 5 Rivers Tensaw Theater and catch a free film. This week’s movie is “Birders: The Central Park Effect.” For more information, call 251-625-0814.

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


October 5

Breast cancer screening
The American Cancer Society and Wal-Mart have joined together to host breast cancer screenings in Mobile and Baldwin counties to promote breast cancer awareness and education in the communities. Mobile county’s screenings will be at Wal-Mart, 2500 Dawes Road, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dance classes with professional instructors at 7 p.m., followed by dancing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10. This event is BYOB and no need to bring a partner. Beginners are welcome. Fitzpen Place, 11247 State Highway 31, Spanish Fort. For more information, email Cassie Fishbein at [email protected].

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 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.


October 6

Mobile’s Derby Dames Meeting
Mobile’s Derby Dames (MDD) are holding a public meeting to discuss its plans for the upcoming months, as well as a question and answer session. Money raised goes toward the needs of MDD so they are able to continue to compete in Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Ben May Library, 701 Government St. Please email [email protected] with any questions.  

Bridge lessons
The Mobile Bridge Center is offering 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 any questions, call the Bridge Center at 251-666-2147 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Tea for Two
The Fairhope Museum of History will host “Tea for Two” each Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. Guests will enjoy a cup of delicious Baldwin County tea, cookies and a lecture on an interesting aspect of Fairhope history. These very popular afternoon events are sponsored by the Friends of the Museum. For more information on upcoming programs, call the Fairhope Museum of History at 251-929-1471.

Teen Tech Tutor program
The Baldwin County Library Cooperative recently implemented a Teen Tech Tutor program at the Robertsdale Library. 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 free program is available Monday through Friday 3:30-4:30 p.m. at 18301 Pennsylvania St., Robertsdale. An appointment is required; call the library at 251-970-4010.  


October 7

Brown Bag in Bienville Square
Fall is back and so is live jazz! Brown Bag your lunch and sit under the swirl of oak trees in Mobile’s Bienville Square, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by the city of Mobile Special Events Department, this week featuring Noah Thompson and Joe Morris. Artists perform Wednesday in Bienville Square, Thursday in Daphne’s Mayday Park and Friday at Fairhope’s Windmill Market.  

Lunch and Learn: Cancer in the Workplace
Discussions will include the science of breast cancer, stages, treatment options, oral chemo treatments, recovery process and preventatives. Hear first-hand from someone who worked her way through treatment, plus Q & A time. Lunch will be served compliments of the Southern Cancer Center. The event will be at the Chamber Overlook Office, 29750 Larry Dee Cawyer Drive. For more info and reservations, call 251-928-6387.

Ladies’ Wine and Drive Golf Clinic
Learn to golf, improve your game or just have fun with your girlfriends! Come to Foley for a golf lesson, glass of wine and friendship. If you’ve always wanted to learn, this is a great opportunity in a fun, low-pressure atmosphere. One-hour golf lesson with glass of wine (before and after lesson) costs $20 per lesson. All lessons taught by a PGA pro every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Glenlakes Golf Club, 9530 Clubhouse Drive, Foley. Contact David for more information, 251-955-1220

Boardwalk Talks
Boardwalk Talks are on the first and third Wednesdays 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.

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. Crockmiers, 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.