October 22

Bay Bash
Bay Bash benefits Mobile Baykeeper’s efforts to promote clean water, clean air and healthy communities throughout the Mobile Bay watershed, Alabama’s waterways and coastal communities. Come enjoy great food, a silent auction, signature cocktails and a beautiful view as we celebrate our natural resources. Tickets are $35 for members and $50 for nonmembers (price includes membership fee). The event starts at 6 p.m. at 5 Rivers. Please visit mobilebaykeeper.org/bay-bash for more information.

GSPC lunch forum
Al Hutchinson, CEO of the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be the guest speaker at a lunch forum at Government Street Presbyterian Church, 300 Government St. Hutchinson will discuss new tourism initiatives in Mobile and along the Gulf Coast. Lunch is served at noon and cost $10. The forum begins at 12:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend the forum. For details, call the church office at 251-432-1749.

Rhythm & Brews
Join Via at LoDa Bier Garten (251 Dauphin St.) for a craft beer tasting, wine selection and live entertainment by the Chad Davidson Trio. Tickets are $35 and sales benefit Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center and the 22,000 seniors they serve each year. For more information, call 251-470-5229 or visit www.eventbrite.com.

Columns & Cocktails
“Columns & Cocktails” is a fundraising event for the Historic Mobile Preservation Society. It will be held at the new Steeple, which is the old St. Francis Street Church at 15 N. Joachim St.) at 5:30 p.m. Awards will be given, and local artwork on display will feature the 10 most significant properties in Mobile that are in danger of being lost to history. There will be a silent auction, food from several local restaurants and caterers, a photo booth and more. Tickets are $45 per person or $75 per couple. For tickets, visit eventbrite.com, call 251-432-6161 or visit the Historic Oakleigh House Museum.

5 Points Expo
Starting at 9 a.m., Via Center’s gym will be transformed into an expo for hundreds of older adults coming together with area senior service providers and businesses to learn how to lead a healthier, happier life. There will be health screenings, a flu clinic, demonstrations and more. This event is free and open to the public. Via is located at 1717 Dauphin St. For more information, call 251-470-5229 or visit www.viamobile.org.

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 storytime 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 23

Haunted forest
Looking for some Halloween fun for your older children? Come out to Christ the King’s “The Haunted Forest.” Walk through the forest in downtown Daphne and experience a night of frightful fun. “The Haunted Forest” is presented by Christ the King Catholic Parish’s Life Teen Program and proceeds from the event help fund the youth ministry program for grades 6-12. “The Haunted Forest” will be open Oct. 23 and 24 and Oct. 30 and 31 from 7:30 p.m. until midnight at 1505 Main St. Tickets are $13, cash only. Visit our website, at www.hauntedforestal.com, or call 251-463-1924 for more information.  

Mobile Opera: “Pagliacci”
The Mobile Opera premiers its 2015-16 season in a new venue, The Temple Downtown, 351 St. Francis St. “Pagliacci” tells the engaging story of a traveling troupe that arrives in a small village to produce a comedy about a love triangle, but the love triangle proves to be real and the comedy turns to tragedy in a moment! Second performance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. For tickets and more information, visit www.mobileopera.com.

“A Night at the Museum” event
Where can you meet Civil War soldiers, pirates and historical figures from Mobile’s history all under one roof? At the History Museum of Mobile! On Oct. 23, when the clock strikes 5, history comes to life. The History Museum of Mobile’s “A Night at the Museum” event will be held from 5-8 p.m. This is a great event for families. Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for children 13 to 17, $5 for children 6 to 12. The History Museum of Mobile is located at 111 South Royal St. downtown. Please call 251-208-7510 to make a reservation.

Strange Journeys costume tour
SJM Tours is pleased to announce our “Strange Journeys Annual Halloween Costume Tour”! Join us dressed as your favorite ghoul, goblin, superhero, zombie, celebrity, cosplay, whatever! We’ll take a two-hour walk and talk about some of the strange happenings in our city’s history. We’ll be joined by a special guest, local author Kristine Rogers. Her new book, “Not My Time,” a paranormal thriller, has just been published and copies will be available for purchase. The tour meets/starts in the rear parking lot of the Ben May Mobile Public Library (the entrance is on Washington Avenue). Tickets are available at www.sjmtours.com on the “Tickets and Stuff” tab.

Frite Nites Halloween Fest
The 2nd annual Frite Nites Halloween Fest will be held Oct. 23-31, nightly from 6-10:30 p.m. weekdays and until midnight Friday and Saturday nights, at Medieval Village, 30569 Osprey Lane, Robertsdale. Admission to the grounds is free, with attractions separately priced. Tickets are available at the gate when you arrive. For further information, please contact Steven at www.fritenites.com or email us at [email protected] or phone us at 850-429-8462.

NAACP State Convention
Mobile’s local NAACP chapter and Africatown will present Dr. Robert Bullard, “The Father of Environmental Justice in America,” to the Mobile Community during the NAACP State Convention to be held in Mobile and headquartered at the Holiday Inn (301 Government St.) Oct. 22-24. Dr. Bullard will first appear within the Africatown community on Friday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. At 9 a.m. he will arrive at the campus of Historic Mobile County Training School. Next, there will be a brief reception and question and answer period from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Whippets Den/Museum on the school campus. Dr. Bullard will then be given a complete tour of the Africatown community from 10 a.m. to noon.

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. Mobile County’s screenings will be at Wal-Mart, 685 Schillinger Road, Mobile, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Chocolate! The Exhibition
The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center brings 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 24

Cardboard City
Once again, residents of Mobile and surrounding communities will raise awareness about homelessness, one box at a time, as they experience sleeping outside in a cardboard box or car at the 10th annual Cardboard City. The event will kick off at 3 p.m. at the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science soccer field at the corner of Dauphin and Ann streets. The public is invited to show their support by participating in a human chain, where participants will form a chain by lining up side-by-side down Dauphin Street, taking a stand to end homelessness. Overnight participants pay “rent” to sleep in their box or their car. Those who are unable to spend the night at Cardboard City but wish to contribute in some way may attend the program FREE at 7 p.m., participate in the human chain or donate online. For more information, visit www.cardboardcitymobile.com.

Mystery of the Battle House
October’s Mobile Mystery Dinner will focus on the spirits of the Battle House, both liquid and supernatural. The performance will be held in the historic Crystal Ballroom at the Battle House Renaissance Hotel & Spa in downtown Mobile at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 and include dinner, wine and parking. For reservations, call the Battle House Spirits Hotline at 251-338-5441 or email [email protected] If you want to make a weekend of it and stay at the Battle House, guest room reservations can be made at www.renaissancebattlehouse.com.

Dog River Fishing Tournament
Dog River Fishing Tournament offers beautiful views, great live music, yummy food and abundant good company at the after-tournament party. Lines in at 6 a.m. Fish can come from anywhere in in-shore Alabama waters (Mobile/Baldwin counties only). Weigh-in will be at The River Shack from 2-3:30 p.m. Register online at www.dogriver.org, in person at the Grand Mariner Marina or Southern Bama Bait & Tackle, or at the Captain’s Meeting. Captain’s meeting will be Friday, Oct. 23 at Grand Mariner Restaurant and Marina from 6-9 p.m. Proceeds will go toward Dog River Clearwater Revival’s efforts to improve the river’s water quality, preserving fun days on the water for future generations. Visit www.dogriver.org for more information on registration and sponsorships.

Forrest Gumbo Classic
Fairhope Local and Eastern Shore Kiwanis Club organizations are teaming up this year to host the first-ever “Forrest Gumbo Classic” at Fairhope Pier. Sponsored by Truland Homes, activities begin at 10 a.m. with the 2nd annual Run Forrest Run 5k and One-Mile Fun Run followed by the 5th annual Best of the Bay Gumbo Championship and after-race party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register for the run or to enter the gumbo cook-off, visit www.signmeup.com.

Balloon Glow in the Gardens
Dress up your little ghosts and goblins and come to Bellingrath Gardens for “Balloon Glow in the Gardens,” an evening of trick-or-treating on the Great Lawn from 4-6 p.m. Local businesses and organizations will hand out candy and treats, and there will be two spectacular hot air balloons glowing on the Great Lawn, weather permitting. The event will include six food trucks and musical entertainment from the Back Pew Riders. Beginning at 4 p.m., the admission price will be reduced to $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. There is no charge for Bellingrath members and children 4 and younger. For details, or to order tickets, visit our website: www.bellingrath.org. Phone 251-973-2217.

A cup and a portion
Join us for an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party at 1 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 10. Admission will include a selection of teas, assorted sandwiches, scones and desserts. The event is hosted by Moffett Road Assembly of God. Proceeds will benefit “Speed The Light” to provide missionaries with needed supplies. For more information, call 251-649-3502 or to purchase online, visit mrag1.com/stl-teaparty.

Mobile Ballet Decorator Showhouse
An enchanting midtown Mobile estate home will be transformed by 16 decorators and design firms for the Mobile Ballet Decorator Showhouse, an exciting new fundraising project for Mobile Ballet running Oct. 22-28. All event tickets are available through www.brownpapertickets.com and the Mobile Ballet office, 4351 Downtowner Loop N., Mobile, 251-342-2241.

Legends of the Bayou Haunted House
Where only the strong survive, but will you? When night falls, the haunting in the bayou draws you in and the fear begins. Join Teens Going Green for their Haunted House at the Coastal Response Center 7385 State Hwy. 188, Coden. The frights begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 23, 24, 30 and 31. Tickets are $11 or $10 with a canned-good donation. For more information or questions, call 251-206-9990.

Market on the Square
Shop for the freshest crops every Saturday through Nov. 21 at Cathedral Square in downtown Mobile. This time of year is our favorite because you can buy locally grown fresh greens, fall corn, squash, peppers, sweet potatoes, pastas, seafood, sausages, eggs, goat milk cheese, breads and baked goods and much more. Stay for live music on the green. For more information, call 251-208-1550.


October 25

Woofstock
We invite humans and their canine companions to spend the day listening to live, local music, enjoying the great food and libations and of course, the ever popular Weiner Dog Race and all-time favorite Doggie Costume Contest. This is an event for the whole family. Gates open at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. at Bienville Square in downtown Mobile. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, visit woofstockmobile.com.

Wintzell’s Distinguished Young Women Tennis Classic
Join us for a Women’s Doubles Team Format and USTA Sanctioned Juniors Tournament at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center from 2-5 p.m. After the tournament, there will be an awards ceremony and celebration dinner provided by Wintzell’s Oyster House. Visit distinguishedyw.org for more information.

Mobile Piano Ensemble
The Mobile Piano Ensemble announces its 64th annual Concert, which will be their final, farewell performance. Two very special performances are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 2:30 p.m. The event takes place at the Davidson High School Auditorium located at 3900 Pleasant Valley Road in Mobile. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under age 5.  

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 “Life of Birds.” 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 26

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. Mobile County’s screenings will be at Wal-Mart, 6575 Airport Blvd., Mobile, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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 27

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, 5245 Rangeline Service Road S., Mobile, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

We-Mo Farmer’s Market
Farmer’s market is sponsored by Christ United Methodist church every Tuesday through Nov. 24 from 2:30-5 p.m. It features locally grown produce, honey, seafood, baked goods and other homemade items. Located at 6101 Grelot Road (corner of Grelot and Hillcrest).

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 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 28

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 Nu Image. Artists perform Wednesday in Bienville Square, Thursday in Daphne’s Mayday Park and Friday at Fairhope’s Windmill Market.  

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

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.