October 29

ASMS informational meeting
Students and their parents are invited to an informational meeting about admission to the Alabama School of Math and Science, 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 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 admissions@asms.net.

100 Black Men of Greater Mobile
Social determinants including poverty, inadequate housing and lack of educational attainment plague black communities. Join the 100 as we discuss and build action items to help our children thrive. Guest moderator will be Dr. Andre Perry, national activist and education specialist, who will join a panel of local advocates for adolescent success. The dialogue will focus on strategies and not rhetoric. The 100 is committed to building brighter futures. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Alabama School of Math and Science, 1255 Dauphin St.

Mystere du Chocolat
An evening to explore the exotic origins of chocolate and taste the cuisine of Central America. Enjoy performances by authentic Aztec Fire Dancers from Mexico and amazing gravity-defying performers. Tour “Chocolate! The Exhibition,” a truly unique blockbuster exhibit from The Field Museum of Chicago. The event begins at 6 p.m., at the Exploreum, 65 Government St. Tickets cost $100; to purchase, RSVP or inquire about sponsorship, call 251-208-6893 or visit www.exploreum.com.

35th annual Portier Lecture
The Department of History at Spring Hill College announces the 35th annual Portier Lecture, “White Trash: The Untold History of Class in America,” presented by Nancy Isenberg. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Byrne Memorial Hall on the Spring Hill College campus, 4000 Dauphin St. For more information, call 251-380-4000.

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 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 30

Greater Gulf State Fair
It’s time for the fair! The Grounds will host the 61st annual Greater Gulf State Fair Oct. 30 through Nov. 8. This year’s fair will feature a new theme “Lions, Tigers, The Fair, Oh My!” that aims to host the best things about the Wizard of Oz under one roof, as well as more than 30 adult rides, 30 kid rides and a must-see entertainment lineup! For more information call 251-344-4573 or visit thegroundsmobile.com.

The MOpen Championship
The inaugural Movember golf event is to be held at Spring Hill College Golf Course, 4000 Dauphin St. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with tee-off at noon. The cost is $100 per person with proceeds going to help raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. For additional info on Movember and to register, visit https://us.movember.com/.

Ghost Tour
Mobile Mystery Mystics present an encore of ghosts, spirits and strange happenings. The spookiness begins at 7 p.m. Your guide on the bus will tell stories as they come to life on the streets of the city by the MMD Players. Reservations required, tickets are $47. For reservations and more information, call 251-479-9970.

Frite Nites Halloween Fest
The 2nd annual Frite Nites Halloween Fest runs through Oct. 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. For more information, please contact Steven at www.fritenites.com or email us at semlegalasst@bellsouth.net or phone us at 850-429-8462.

Farm to table dinner
Join Seasons in the Sun for a farm to table dinner with Simon Majumdar as head chef. Simon, along with local chefs, will be preparing a six-course meal. Wine will be paired with each course. Appetizers and cocktails before dinner will be served and you will get a farm tour. This will be an awesome evening with one of the world’s best chefs working with a few of our local chefs to prepare dinner for an evening like no other. For tickets and more information, visit www.facebook.com/Seasonsinthesunfarms.

Haunted Storytelling
The Swift Coles Historic Home will host a haunted storytelling by two of the area’s experts, Harriet B. Outlaw (Haunted Baldwin County) and Donnie Barrett (Fairhope Museum of History). The storytelling will begin at 6 p.m.; admission is $10. The Swift Coles Home is located at 17424 Swift Coles Lane in Bon Secour. For more information, visit www.swiftcoleshistorichome.com.

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 Highway 188, Coden. The frights begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 30 and 31. Tickets are $11 or $10 with a canned-good donation. For more information, call 251-206-9990.

Last Friday Art Night
Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Gallery is where it’s happening on the Island on the last Friday of each month. “Last Friday Art Night” features shopping for local art, art demonstrations, food, drink and music. Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Gallery is located at 1008 Alabama Ave. For more information, call 251-861-3300.

Edgar Allan Poe
The Playhouse in the Park presents “Edgar Allan Poe” Oct. 30-31 at the Playhouse (4851 Museum Drive) at 7:30 p.m. This dramatic compilation of Poe favorites is sure to entertain middle schoolers and older with humor and horror! Adapted for the stage by Playhouse alumni Jonathan Olensky and Drew Rutens. Call 251-602-0630 for reservations or visit www.playhouseinthepark.org.

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 31

Making Strides
Join the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Bienville Square to help finish the fight against breast cancer. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. and the walk starts at 8 a.m. Funds raised at this noncompetitive, family-friendly event enable the ACS to save lives from breast cancer by investing in groundbreaking research; providing free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by the disease; and helping people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable. Call the American Cancer Society at 251-414-1307 or visit makingstrideswalk.org/mobileal to sign up and help finish the fight.

Dog River Ghost Chase
Get ready for the 6th annual Dog River Clearwater Revival 5K Ghost Chase and Goblin Gallop at Dockside Marina (just north of the Dog River Bridge). Goblin Gallop begins at 5 p.m., with the 5K immediately following. Registration is just $20 pre-race or $25 day of the race, and free if you’re 12 and under (though T-shirts will still need to be purchased). There will be fun stuff and special treats for the kids. Registration form and more information can be found at dogriver.org.

5 Rivers Halloween Bash!  
Our favorite time of year! From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., we will have our FREE, family-friendly Halloween celebration. There will be crafts, music, movies, trail rides, games, $5 boat tours, food trucks and a costume contest at 3 p.m. For more information, call 251-625-0814. 5 Rivers is located at 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard.

Halloween at the Exploreum
From kooky science experiments to some good old-fashioned fun with a twist, this is not to be missed! We will have stations set up throughout the Exploreum and will even have appearances by our costumed science squad! The fun is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Exploreum, 65 Government St. General admission, Exploreum members get in FREE!

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. 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.  

Hughes Family and Friends Haunted House
15th annual Hughes Family and Friends Haunted House is back. The haunted house is free and located in Horsemans Circle in Carriage Hills subdivision. It opens at sundown and closes at 9:30 p.m. Scares for everyone, from the youngest to the bravest!

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.


November 1

Steve Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament
St. Mary Parish Knights of Columbus will host the 8th annual Steve Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament at Spring Hill College Golf Course (4000 Dauphin St.). The entry fee will be $100 per golfer and includes lunch, beverages, prizes and a gift. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Hole sponsorships are offered at $100 each and corporate sponsors are welcome! All proceeds benefit St. Mary Catholic School.  

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.


November 2

Ballroom Dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dance classes with professional instructors at 7 p.m., followed by dancing from 7:30-10 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 Cassief13@aol.com.

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.


November 3

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 hosts “Tea for Two” each Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. Guests 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.  


November 4

St. Mary Parent Night & Open House
St. Mary Catholic School will hold its annual Parent Night and Open House. This enlightening evening begins with an informational dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by curriculum tours from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The entire school from PreK through 8th grade will be on the tour. Child care is provided and families are welcome! Please call the school office at 251-433-9904 for more information or to RSVP for child care. Registration packets for the 2016-2017 school year will be available. Open registration begins Jan. 20. St. Mary Catholic School is located at 107 N. Lafayette St. in historic midtown Mobile next to McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. 

Free memory screening
In association with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, GlenLakes Golf Club is proud to sponsor a week of free memory screenings for people in South Baldwin County. Foley screenings will be held at the Foley Civic Center (407 E. Laurel Ave.)  on Wednesday, Nov. 4, and Friday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 251-752-8742.

Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks
Boardwalk Talks are held 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, call 251-861-2141.

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.