GENERAL INTEREST

National Shrimp Festival
Free, four-day (Oct. 13-16) event in Gulf Shores featuring 200 arts and crafts vendors, local shrimp, food vendors, Children’s Activity Village, 5K and 10K runs, singing and sand sculpture contests and live music. For more information visit myshrimpfestival.com.

Greek Fest 2016
Authentic Greek food and pastries, live Greek music and dancing as well as church tours, gift shops and children’s activities. Thursday, Oct. 13, through Saturday Oct. 15, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 50 S. Ann St. Admission is $2 per person. Visit greekfestmobile.org for more information.

Healing Women Lecture Series
Rhonda McDavid will be speaking at the Healing Women Lecture Series on “Women Health Care Volunteers and the Founding of Mobile’s First Diabetic Camp,” Thursday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m. at the Exploreum. For information call 251-415-1109.

Southern Energy Freedom Tour
The Citizens Climate Lobby will discuss how we can improve U.S. competitiveness, grow our vibrant economy, provide business certainty, clean our air and water, and manage climate risk appropriately. Thursday, Oct. 13 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1707 Government St., at 5:30 p.m. Free. For more information visit citizensclimatelobby.org.

Mobile Literary Festival
A local author showcase, workshops, a panel discussion on the publishing industry with leading literary professionals, and an author chat with author, actor, and athlete Thom Gossom, Jr. Saturday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government St., Mobile. For more information visit mobilewritersguild.com

“Fill the boot” drive
The Mobile Fire-Rescue Department’s annual “fill the boot” drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association will be at several Wal-Mart locations Oct. 14-15 and Oct. 21-22 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. They will also be providing fire safety coloring books, home safety checklists and order forms to purchase “Fighting for a Cure” cancer T-shirts.

Health seminar
Join Dr. Joel Wallach, founder of Youngevity, for a free health seminar Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Holiday Inn Express & Suites (1401 Industrial Parkway, Saraland). For more information contact Jim at 251-533-1848.

League of Women Voters of Mobile luncheon
League of Women Voters of Mobile monthly luncheon will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, 11:30 a.m. at Bel Air Marriott, 3101 Airport Blvd. The guest speaker will be Tim Wills, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama Inc. Reservations are required. Please RSVP to Jane at 251-402-3321 or [email protected].

Ebenezer Baptist Church Anniversary
A free Family and Friends Fun Day and Health Fair will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Including games, fun and food. Flu, pneumonia and tetanus shots will be available. The celebration will culminate on Sunday, Oct. 16 with a 3 p.m. service. For information call 251-602-0850.

Parade of Homes
The Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Mobile’s 2016 Parade of Homes is Oct 15-16 and Oct. 22-23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Showcase Home is located at 3701 Elysian Lane in Saraland. A donation will admit you into the home, with proceeds benefiting the Child Advocacy Center. Call 251-661-6523 for more information.

Congressman Bradley Byrne
U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne will hold a veterans town hall meeting Monday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. at the Aircraft Pavilion at Battleship Park and a Turnerville town hall meeting Thursday, Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Turnerville Baptist Church, 13882 Roberts Road, Chunchula.

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.

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.

Little Sisters of the Poor Lawn Party
The Little Sisters of the Poor (1655 McGill Ave.) annual Lawn Party is a day of family fun with games and prizes for the kids, great food, raffles and more. Sunday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. For more information call 251-476-6335, ext. 102.


FUNDRAISERS

Boots and BBQ
The third annual Boots & BBQ Barn Bash is Thursday, Oct. 13, benefiting the Children’s of Alabama Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic in Mobile. Enjoy an evening of live music and barbecue at Camp Grace, 11081 Wanda Drive. Festivities start at 6:30 p.m., with live music from Bearded Spoon. For more information or tickets call 251-610-4969.

Bay Bash
Mobile Baykeeper’s annual celebration of Mobile Bay and our coastal communities. Thursday, Oct. 13, 6-9 p.m., featuring fresh Gulf seafood, signature cocktails, a silent auction and live music at Five Rivers. To purchase tickets, please visit mobilebaykeeper.org/bay-bash.

9th annual Buddy Walk
Join the Down Syndrome Society of Mobile as we unite for a common cause and raise funds at the 9th annual DSSM Buddy Walk, Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. in Bienville Square. Visit ds-stride.org/dssmbuddywalk for more information.

Polo at the Point
Polo at the Point is scheduled at Sonny Hill-Clearwater Polo Complex in Point Clear on Saturday, Oct. 15. Tickets range from $10 (tailgating) to $150. For more information, visit www.poloatthepoint.com or call 251-928-9704.

Out of the Darkness Walk
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s effort to raise awareness and funds that allow new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. at Daphne City Hall. For more information call 251-455-6453.

Quiz your cranium
We will be selling raffle tickets to win prize baskets and gift cards during trivia. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit education and community programs at the Mobile Medical Museum. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6-9 p.m. at OK Bicycle Shop, 661 Dauphin St. Mobile.


ARTS

“Disney’s Pixar in Concert”
Mobile Symphony’s special event this season, “Disney’s Pixar in Concert,” is Friday, Oct. 14, at the Saenger Theatre. A multimedia concert featuring a movie projection screen above the orchestra, you will see excerpts from your favorite Pixar films while your MSO provides the score.

Lights, Camera, Action! Film Production in Alabama
A workshop designed for the emerging filmmaker or for individuals interested in creating their own independent films or videography. Register at bohemianlaproductions.com. Saturday, Oct 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, 1150 Fairhope, Ave., Fairhope; cost is $65.

LoDa Artwalk
Downtown is the place to be the second Friday of each month! Join downtown art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome you inside to see beautiful artwork, sample delicious foods and hear the sounds of the LoDa Artwalk. The Artwalk gets better and better each month. From 6-9 p.m. in the Lower Dauphin Street district.

Concert series
This week’s Musical Arts Society concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center at the University of South Alabama. On Wednesday, Oct. 12, the society will feature its final installation of “Reich at 80: Chamber Music Featuring the Music of Steve Reich.” Visit www.southalabama.edu/colleges/music or call 251-460-6136.


MUSEUMS

International Archaeology Day
The Archaeology Museum will be teaming up with the Anthropology Club at the University of South Alabama to bring a wide variety of activities for folks of all ages for International Archaeology Day, Saturday, Oct. 15, 12-4 p.m. 6052 USA Drive S. For more information call 251-460-6106.

“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 Oct. 18 speaker will be Dr. Henry “Moon” Mullins, who practiced medicine in Fairhope for many years. For more information call 251-929-1471.

Mobile Medical Museum lecture series
Mobile Medical Museum presents “Healing Women: Medical History from a Female Perspective” at the Mary Elizabeth and Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art, Marx Library, University of South Alabama. For more information call 251-415-1109 or visit mobilemedicalmuseum.org.

“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.

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.

“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.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Tri the Gulf
A sprint triathlon on Dauphin Island consisting of a 600-yard gulf swim, 13.3-mile island plus bridge bike and a 3.1-mile island run Saturday, Oct. 15. Hosted at Dauphine Golf Club, 100 Orleans Drive, Dauphin Island. For information visit trithegulf.com.

Marsh Madness fishing tournament
The Spanish Fort Education Enrichment Foundation hosts its 3rd annual Marsh Madness fishing tournament at 5 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Bluegill Restaurant on the Causeway. Weigh-in is 1-4 p.m. Registration is $40. For information visit sfeef.com or call 251-510-1669.

“Jig and Reels”
Free Irish dance workshop for ages 5-18, to be held at the Azalea City Center for the Arts, 63 Midtown Park East, Mobile, on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1:30 p.m. Learn the basic Irish jig and several Intro to Irish dancing steps. For information call 228-239-2422.

Paddle Bayou La Batre
Paddle Bayou La Batre is a canoe/kayak event that provides participants an opportunity to paddle a working waterfront on Saturday, Oct. 15, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register, visit paddlebayoulabatre.org. If you have questions, contact [email protected] or call 251-463-4233.

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 October 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 [email protected], 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 [email protected].