GENERAL INTEREST

Greater Gulf State Fair
The Grounds will host 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.

Boo at Bellingrath
Bellingrath Gardens and Home will present Boo at Bellingrath on Saturday, Oct. 29. Dress up your little ghosts and goblins for a day of spooky fun in the Gardens, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details or tickets visit bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.

Ghost tour
Mobile Mystery Mystics invite you to join them Halloween night, Monday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. for a ghosts, spirits and strange happenings ghost tour of Mobile. Tickets are $45, reservations are required. Call 251-479-9970 for more information and to register.

Mobile Witches Ride
On Sunday, Oct. 30, we challenge you to get your best, most fabulous witches costume together and hop on your broom (aka your bicycle – yeah decorate that, too!) for a fun, slow paced 3-mile ride around downtown Mobile and DeTonti Square. 4 p.m., Blind Mule 57 N. Claiborne St. To register visit mobilewitchesride.eventbrite.com.

Book signing
Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m., the Satsuma Public Library with host a book signing and presentation by Mary Palmer, author of “George Wallace: An Enigma.” For more information or to purchase this book, please visit www.georgewallacebook.com.

Leinkauf Fall Residents Meeting
The Leinkauf Historic District will hold its Fall Residents Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 27, at First Christian Church Community Hall, 1419 Government St. at 6 p.m. For more information, please visit leinkaufneighborhood.com.

Bayou on the Move
BayouClinic (13833 Tapia Ave., Bayou La Batre) has teamed up with more than 30 agencies to sponsor a free, fun and educational event at the clinic on Friday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call 251-824-4985.

Haunted Storytelling
Join Swift-Coles Historic Home for haunted storytelling on Friday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. Admission is $10. 17424 Swift Coles Lane in Bon Secour. For more information visit SwiftColesHistoricHome.com.

St. Mary Parish Trunk or Treat
Thursday, Oct. 27, 5-7 p.m. The cost is $1 per walk-up per trick or treater. All those who would like to participate with a decorated car and a trunkful of treats, contact Laurel at 251-432-8678. The event will be held on the campus of St. Mary Catholic School, 107 N. Lafayette St.

Sensory-Friendly Trick-or-Treat
The American Autism & Rehabilitation Center will host its second Sensory-Friendly Trick-or-Treat event in its Daphne facility on Friday, Oct. 28, 4-6 p.m. This event is geared toward families with special needs who may find it difficult to participate in traditional Halloween festivities. For more information call 251-210-1632.

Haunted Trail Ride
Bicentennial Park invites you to ride the Haunted Trail, Oct. 28-29, 7-10 p.m. Admission is $5. Bicentennial Park is located at 51233 Highway 225 in Stockton. For more information call 251-580-1909.

Monster Ball
Join the Exploreum for the Monster Ball on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Family-friendly activities and demos inspired by classic Halloween movies. For more information visit exploreum.com.

Merry Maids
Merry Maids of Mobile is helping women battling cancer by cleaning two homes per month for four consecutive months at no charge. The only requirement is that the homes be within the company’s existing service areas of Mobile. For more information, go to www.MM814.isiedge.com.

St. Mary Parent Night & Open House
St. Mary Catholic School will sponsor a parents’ night and open house on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Information dinner 5:30-6:30 p.m. followed by curriculum tours 6:30-7:30 p.m. Child care will be provided. Call 251-433-9904 for more information.

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 [email protected] 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. The Northern Gulf Institute presents conversations about all things scientific in the Gulf of Mexico region. 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
Narconon would like to remind families the use of addicting drugs is on the rise. Take steps to protect your family from drug use. 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

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk is a noncompetitive, inspirational event raising awareness and funds to end breast cancer. Saturday, Oct. 29. Event begins at 6:45 a.m., walk starts at 8 a.m., rain or shine, in Bienville Square (150 Dauphin St., Mobile).

Bark and Boo
On Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m., Strange Journeys will host a Halloween costume tour benefiting Krewe de Rescue, a local pet adoption organization. Tickets are $20. Meet at 7:30 p.m. at 701 Government St. in the rear parking lot of the Ben May Mobile Public Library. Visit facebook.com/strangejourneys for more information.


ARTS

“Stars of American Ballet”
Mobile Ballet presents “Stars of American Ballet” for one night only at Mobile Civic Center Theater, Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more information call 251-342-2241 or visit mobileballet.org.

Mobile Mystery Dinners
Mobile Mystery Dinners will perform “The Masquerade Murder” Friday, Oct. 28, at Battle House Hotel. Tickets include dinner and unlimited wine. The fun begins at 7 p.m. Advance reservations are required; call 251-338-5441.

Live from Avalon
Come to Mobile Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. for a concert in Bernheim Hall (701 Government St.). This week’s performance is by Excelsior Band. For tickets and more information visit livefromavalon.com.

Last Friday Art Night
Dauphin Island Art Gallery is where it’s happening on the Island on the last Friday of each month. Last Friday Art Night features local art and history, food, beverages, music and socializing. Dauphin Island Art Gallery is located at 918 Bienville Blvd. For more information call 251-861-3300.

“Night of the Dead Artists”
Mobile Museum of Art, in conjunction with AIDS Alabama South, invites guests of all ages to a Day of the Dead-meets-Halloween Night at the Museum on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but donations to AIDS Alabama South and Mobile Museum of Art are encouraged.


MUSEUMS

Frightful Friday
Mobile Medical Museum (1664 Spring Hill Ave.) is hosting a Frightful Friday on Oct. 28, 4-5 p.m. The night will include a reading of the children’s story “Hilda and the Mad Scientist” followed by an “assemble the skeleton” game and Halloween treats. $5 admission. Free for members and children in costume.

“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. 1 speaker will be Tom McGehee, a high-spirited public speaker who manages the Bellingrath Home at Bellingrath Gardens. 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.

“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

The MOpen Championship
The Movember golf event is to be held Friday, Oct. 28, at Spring Hill College Golf Course, 4000 Dauphin St. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with tee-off at noon. $100 per person. For additional info on Movember and to register, visit us.movember.com.

Dog River Ghost Chase and Goblin Gallop
Join us for the 7th annual Dog River Ghost Chase and Goblin Gallop on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. at Dockside Marina (on DIP). After-race party for all participants will include food, beverages and music. More info can be found at Dogriver.org or visit us on Facebook.

Salty Worm Brackish Classic and Delta Bash
Freshwater and saltwater anglers compete in this one-of-a-kind tournament held at the Bluegill Restaurant Saturday, Oct. 29, on the Causeway, 1-5 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Gaillard Pancreatic Cancer Research Endowment at MCI.

St. Mary Steve Thompson 9th annual Memorial Golf Tournament
This 9th annual golf tournament is Sunday, Oct. 30, with registration and lunch at 11 a.m., Scramble Shotgun Start at noon. Spring Hill Golf Course. $100 per player. For registration, contact Desi Tobias at [email protected] or 251-432-0714. All proceeds benefit St. Mary Catholic School.

All’s Swell Classic Surf Contest
The All’s Swell Classic is a benefit surf contest dedicated to helping the Dauphin Island community raise funds for the relocation and renovation of the historic Red School House. There will be a Sunrise Service at 7:30 a.m.; contest will begin at 8 a.m. at the West End of Dauphin Island. To purchase tickets contact [email protected].

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 [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].


WORKSHOPS

Bike and pedestrian bridge workshop
The Alabama Department of Transportation Mobile River Bridge Bicycle & Pedestrian Crossing Workshop will be Thursday, Oct. 27, 5-8 p.m. at the James M. Seals Jr. Community Center 540 Texas St.

Furniture restoration
Eastern Shore Ace Hardware will be sponsoring an Amy Howard One Step Process workshop on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the store in Spanish Fort. Registration fee is $39 per person. Please call 251-626-3350 for advance registration.


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.