September 24

GulfQuest Maiden Voyage Gala
The community is invited to celebrate the grand opening of the world’s only maritime museum dedicated to the Gulf of Mexico by attending “The Maiden Voyage, A GulfQuest Gala.” A ticketed event two days prior to the facility’s grand opening, the gala will feature museum tours, a christening ceremony, food, entertainment and a fireworks show. Tickets are $150 per person and $250 per couple, and can be purchased online at www.gulfquest.org, or by calling 251-202-6308.

Penelope House Charity Golf Classic
Join Penelope House’s annual golf tournament. Registration will be at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Lunch is provided from 12 to 1 p.m. The day will be filled with golf, silent auction items and prizes for closest to the pin and hole-in-one. The tournament will be hosted at Heron Lakes Country Club. For more information and to register, visit www.penelopehouse.org.

Mobile River eco tour
Passengers aboard a special eco tour on Blakeley State Park’s Delta Explorer can see, touch, hear about and then take home and read about the exciting history of the Mobile River. John S. Sledge, author of the recently published book “The Mobile River,” will narrate a three-hour boat tour across the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta and down the Mobile River, leaving history — some previously untold — in its wake. Passengers may then learn more by purchasing a signed copy of his book after returning to the Blakeley dock. Cost of tickets including picnic lunch is $45 for adults and $30 for children ages 6 to 12. Seating on the Delta Explorer is limited to 50 passengers, so early reservations are encouraged by calling the park at 251-626-5581, paying with a major credit card and selecting box lunch preference.

An evening of hope
Don Moen, an iconic voice in Christian music and pioneer of the praise and worship movement, will perform at the historic Saenger Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Moen, along with his band and special guest Lenny LeBlanc, will perform a collection of their hit songs such as “God Is Good (All The Time),” “God Will Make A Way” and “Above All.” Tickets may be purchased at www.DonMoen.com and at the Saenger Theatre and Mobile Civic Center box offices (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com.

Tribute to Fred Baldwin
Mobile’s finest musicians, dancers, actors and vocalists will entertain and highlight the many contributions Fred Baldwin has made over the years to the Mobile arts community. Please join us as we pay tribute to our friend and local Renaissance man. Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis. The event begins at 6 p.m. and light refreshments will be available following the program. The event will be held at the Ben May Library, 701 Government St. For more information, please call the Mobile Opera at 251-432-6772.

Zumba 4 Life Pink event
The Zumba 4 Life Pink event will be hosted at Langan Park in Mobile at 10 a.m. and will feature four of Mobile’s finest Zumba instructors. Everyone is encouraged to wear pink to symbolize the fight against breast cancer. All funds will go to charity. If you’re looking for a great workout, fun, excitement and a way to support a worthwhile charity, join us in our Zumba for Life Pink event! Contact Cornelius Turner at 251-463-9024 or corneliusturner2@gmail.com for more information.

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.


September 25

Coastal Alabama Recovery Walk
Every September, the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Department of Health and Human Services sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness of behavioral health conditions. This observance promotes the belief that behavioral health is essential to a healthy life and that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can truly recover from mental and/or substance abuse disorders. To help celebrate the achievements of the local recovery community, the Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama has teamed with Alabama Power Service Organization and the Drug Education Council to host a Recovery Walk. Festivities will begin with a breakfast and guest speakers at the Salvation Army Area Command (1009 Dauphin St.) at 7 a.m. A mile walk will follow at 8 a.m. For more information, visit www.recoverymonth.gov.

Book signing
Author Harriett Brill Outlaw will be giving tours of the Swift-Coles Historic Home as well as signing her book “Haunted Baldwin County.” Outlaw’s book can be purchased the day of the event for $20; tours are $10. The Swift-Coles Historic Home is located at 17424 Swift-Coles Lane in Bon Secour. For more information, call 251-949-5550 or visit www.SwiftColesHistoricHome.com.

Green Coast Council
The next Green Coast Council meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Original Oyster House. Michael Kensler, director of Auburn University’s Office of Sustainability, will be our speaker and will give the council an overview of Auburn University’s award winning efforts in promoting sustainability. To get more information on how to join the Green Coast Council and to reserve your place at our next meeting, please contact Joe McEnerny, jmcenerny@joinACF.org or 251-990-6002.  

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.

Back-to-School Bookmark Contest
The Daphne Public Library announces its Back-to-School Bookmark Contest. The contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Daphne Public Library and open to students in grades K-12. The library invites local teachers, school librarians, educational specialists and home-school educators to use this contest to inspire creativity and the love of reading. Entries may be submitted either as a class assignment or by individual students. The contest began Aug. 31 and ends Sept. 26. For more information visit www.daphnelibrary.org.


September 26

GulfQuest Grand Opening
GulfQuest is one of the only interactive maritime museums in the U.S. With 90 exhibits, a museum store, a museum café and event space, GulfQuest is a 120,000-square-foot museum designed to look as if it were a ship headed into Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It features interactive exhibits, simulators and theaters, complemented by artifacts and memorabilia, and promises an immersive, educational and entertaining experience. Tickets are $14 for children over the age of 5 and $18 for adults, with discounts for senior citizens, military and college students. For a complete list of museum hours, visit the Maritime Museum’s website, www.gulfquest.org.

Chocolate! The Exhibition
Opening today, 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.

Polo at the Point
The 2015 Polo at the Point is scheduled at Sonny Hill-Clearwater Polo Complex in Point Clear. Organized by volunteers with proceeds going back into the community, the Gulf Coast’s premier charity sporting event has designated Thomas Hospital and Mitchell Cancer Institute as its main beneficiaries. Event highlights include world class polo, gourmet cuisine, Champagne, divot stomping, tailgating fun, garden party attire in the luncheon tent, a hat parade, Mercedes Drawn Down, Silent Auction, football sports center, Night-Time Player’s Party and much more. Tickets range from $10 (tailgating) to $150. For more information, visit www.poloatthepoint.com or call 251-928-9704.

Jubilee Festival
The Jubilee Festival is an Eastern Shore tradition that offers fine art, crafts, great entertainment and great food in Olde Towne Daphne. With lots of opportunities for kids, such as kids’ art in the park and hand-on art and games, it’s fun for the whole family. The Jubilee Festival is Sept. 26=27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit www.eschamber.com/page/Jubilee-Festival-Welcome.

September history series
The final session of Daphne Public Library’s first September history series about World War I will meet at 10 a.m. at the Daphne Recreation Center. Presented by Michigan native Dr. James M. Morris (Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1969; Christopher Newport University, 1971-2005; now professor emeritus of history), the event is free. The topic is “World War I: Aftermath.” For more information, call 251-621-2818.

Spirit of Children
Spirit of Halloween of Spanish Fort invites the public to a kids’ carnival featuring activities such as a pumpkin patch, a costume contest for children ages 12 and under and face painting. Come for an evening of spooky fun for all ages, from 2 to 6 p.m. Donations received for face painting will benefit “Spirit of Children” to fund children’s programs to make hospitals less scary for kids. Spirit of Halloween is located at Town Centre Avenue, #500, 36527 (across from Bass Pro Shop).

ARC Vegan Café
Every fourth Saturday of the month, Awakening Respect and Compassion hosts a vegan café in Plantation Antique Gallery, 604 Bel Air Blvd., from 6 to 9 p.m. Dinner and live music with the String Slingers bluegrass band from 6 until 7:30 p.m. will be followed by a film (“The Witness”). A special guest speaker will begin at 8:30. A $20 donation is requested. This month’s cafe will benefit the Azalea City Cat Coalition. Please purchase tickets in advance at arcforallbeings.org/newsandevents.html.


September 27

Baldwin Parade of Homes
The Baldwin County Home Builders Association presents its 25th annual Parade of Homes. The 32 homes featured — from Spanish Fort to Foley — will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 4-5. Please take advantage of this excellent opportunity to learn about the latest trends in building technology and home design, including the 3,722-square-foot showcase home by builder McElmurry Homes in Spanish Fort’s Rayne Plantation. For more information and a map of the homes, visit parade.bchba.com.

Dill Lecture Series
Dauphin Way United Methodist Church is pleased to announce the speaker for the 2015 Dill Lecture Series will be renowned biblical scholar Dr. Walter Brueggemann. Dr. Brueggemann will address the service at 10:30 a.m., then present a lecture at 5:30 p.m. entitled “Truth Speaks to Power: The Countercultural Nature of Scripture.”  Following the lecture in Moore Hall at the church there will be a reception and book signing.  Both events are free and open to the entire community. Dauphin Way UMC is located in Mobile at 1507 Dauphin St. For more information, visit dauphinwayumc.org or call the church office at 251-471-1511.

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 until 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.

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 “101 Dalmations.” 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.


September 28

Helping Schools fundraiser
The Grounds is bringing back its popular Helping Schools fundraiser by partnering with Mobile County Public Schools to raise $100,000 for local schools over a two-week period, Sept. 21-Oct. 5. The initiative offers students the opportunity to sell tickets to the Greater Gulf State Fair at discounted prices while keeping a portion of the proceeds for their schools. Students will sell fair ride tickets that can be redeemed for an unlimited-rides armband. Adult tickets will be sold at $8 (regularly $10) and child tickets will be sold at $4 (regularly $5). For more information about the Greater Gulf State Fair, visit www.thegroundsmobile.com.


September 29

Life Matters
Life Matters forums are an effort to raise education, awareness and prevention of suicide and depression. Each session will be held at the James P. Nix Senior Center, 1 Bayou Drive, Fairhope. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the one-hour presentation will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Discussion and resources will be available afterward. For more information, call 251-929-1477. This week’s topic:  “Suicide Prevention: Best Practices to Implement at Home, School and Work.” Professionals will share positive practices for your home or organization where everyone feels safe to discuss issues, how to find help and making a difference through legislation.

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.  


September 30

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 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 Lee Yankie. Each artist performs Wednesday in Mobile’s Bienville Square, Thursday at 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