September 17

Black-Out Cancer Ball
American Cancer Society Black-Out Cancer Ball will be held at the Fairhope Civic Center, 161 N. Section St., at 6 p.m. The night includes drinks, dining, dancing and a special presentation honoring the Bay area’s top men and women of influence who’ve dedicated their time to the fight against cancer. For a list of honorees and to purchase tickets, visit www.blackoutcancerball.org.

Oyster Trail addition
Join Thompson Engineering, Watermark Design and the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program in dedicating the latest oyster on the Oyster Trail at GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico. The unveiling of “Estuary Gifts” by artist James Foster will be at 10 a.m. at GulfQuest’s west parking lot. The Oyster Trail benefits the Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program. Learn more at www.theoystertrail.com.

Fairhope Fête fashion show
Fairhope Fete, a Point Clear Charities event, features a fashion show, in-store events, trunk shows and other specials from Thursday, Sept. 17 through Saturday, Sept. 26, the day of Polo at the Point. Fairhope Fete will be Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Sonny Hill-Clearwater Polo Complex, corner of U.S. Highway 98 and County Road 32.

Shop Dauphin Street
Don’t miss this open house celebrating Fowler Lighting’s one-year anniversary, the grand opening of Ryan’s Studio and Access Magazine’s trunk show! Shop 6-8 p.m. Come and meet owners Curtis and Donna Fowler at Fowler Lighting and let them show you their antique chandeliers, lamps, mirrors and accessories. Located at 1060 Dauphin St., at the corner of Hallett Street in Midtown.


September 18

Discover Odyssey
The annual “Discover Odyssey” membership drive will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. at the University of South Alabama’s West Regional Library. The Odyssey USA program is for adults interested in continued learning. Classes run on a quarterly basis at USA on Friday afternoons. For more information or to register please call 251-460-7200 or email [email protected].

Bullying Ends with Me
Sept. 14-18, the Mobile County Coalition Against Bullying will hold the second annual Anti-Bullying Week campaign in Mobile schools. Students will hold related activities for awareness and develop student advocates to help stop violence and abuse. Show your support! Get a “Bullying Ends with Me” T-shirt. Call 251-639-0004 or 251-574-3306.

Veteran of the Year
Nominations for the Mobile Bay Area’s Veteran of the Year are being accepted through Sept. 24. Nomination forms are available from the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce by contacting Carolyn Hunt at 251-431-8621 or [email protected]. Admiral Thad W. Allen, a former Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, will be the Mobile Bay Area 2015 Patriot of the Year.


September 19

Docks & Delta Explore Trip
Port and other maritime activities are featured on Blakeley State Park’s boat tour of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. The tour aboard the Delta Explorer gets underway at 9:30 a.m. returning to the Blakeley Park dock at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for the boat tour are $35 for adults, $17 for children 6-12 and free to children ages 4-5. All proceeds go to the operation of Blakeley State Park. For more information go to www.blakeleypark.com or call 251-626-5581.

Jubilee Race for Life
Bayside Medical Missions invites you to participate in the 8th annual Jubilee Race for Life 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run in Daphne. The race features a certified course and participants receive a TECH T-shirt. While pre-registration is encouraged, day of race registration opens at 6:30 a.m. The 5K starts at the Daphne Baptist Church field, 1515 6th St., at the corner of College Avenue and 6th Street. The fun run follows at 9 a.m. To register or for more information, visit www.jubileeraceforlife.org.

28th annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup
Show your support for Alabama’s waterways by participating in the Alabama Coastal Cleanup scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon. In 27 years, more than 77,000 volunteers have removed more than 1.5 million pounds of trash from Alabama’s valued coastline and waterways. With 28 locations you’re sure to find one near you. Please visit www.AlabamaCoastalCleanup.com for more information and to find a zone nearest you. For questions, call 251-928-9792.

GO Run 5K
Nearly 1,000 participants are expected at the 8th annual GO Run at the University of South Alabama to support gynecological cancer research. Meet on the main campus at Moulton Tower. Registration at 6:30 a.m., 5K starts at 8 a.m, followed by the fun run at 9 a.m. This is a certified race route. Live entertainment and a kids’ zone will be provided. For more information, visit usahealthsystem.com/gorun.

Paws in the Park
Gulf State Park will host Paws in the Park. There is a $3 parking fee, but the event is free to people and pups alike. Join dog lovers and their furry friends at the park from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information about the event, contact the park at: [email protected] or 251-948-7275, ext. 2128.

History series
The Daphne Public Library announces its first September history series devoted to World War I. It will be presented by Dr. James M. Morris (Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1969; Christopher Newport University, 1971-2005; now professor emeritus of history). All three sessions will be on Saturday mornings, Sept. 12, 19 and 26, in the Daphne Recreation Center and are free of charge. This week’s series will be “World War I: Battles” and begins at 10 a.m. For more information, call 251-621-2818.

Homebuyers seminar
This seminar is full of tips and information for those wanting to become a homeowner. Learn what you need to know about the home buying process to avoid making costly mistakes. This seminar starts at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Register at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling office, 705 Oak Circle Drive E., Mobile. Due to limited space, please call 251-602-0011 to register in advance.

NoMoCo Food Park and Farmer’s Market
Join us in downtown Prichard for a market full of food trucks, local produce, meats, artists, crafts and music. The market takes place the first and third Saturdays of every month from 9 a.m. until noon at 204 S. Wilson Ave., in the old Sawyer Furniture parking lot. For more information, visit www.nomocofoodie.org. For help with additional questions, contact Jonathan Adams at 352-217-780 or [email protected].

Greenleaf Writer’s Group
The Greenleaf Writer’s Group is currently welcoming new members. We meet every third Saturday of the month at the Semmes library from 10 a.m. until noon. If you are an aspiring writer, come join us. For more information call 251-490-5199.


September 20

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 “Alabama Moon.” 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 21

Helping Schools fundraiser
The Grounds partners 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. 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.

Ballroom Dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dance classes with professional instructors at 7 p.m., followed by dancing until 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 [email protected].

Back-to-School Bookmark Contest
The Daphne Public Library announces its Back-to-School Bookmark Contest, 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 22

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. 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 professionals will discuss “The Link Between Traumatic Events, PTSD, Depression and Suicide.”

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.

Voter Registration Day
On National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 22, the Baldwin County Library Cooperative in Robertsdale is sponsoring a voter registration drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The League of Women Voters of Baldwin County will be assisting to help citizens complete registration forms, and will be available to answer questions regarding identification and absentee voting requirements. Any Alabama resident who is 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen may register to vote. For additional information, call 251-970-4010 or 251-644-5882.   

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.


September 23

Fowl River tree plantings
The Alabama Coastal Foundation is working with high school students and community members to conduct tree plantings in the Fowl River watershed. If you are interested in helping, please contact Mark Berte, [email protected] or 251-990-6002.

Paint the Town fundraiser
“Paint the Town,” a fundraiser for Lifelines Counseling Services, will be held at Moe’s Original BBQ in downtown Mobile, 6-8 p.m. For $40 guests will enjoy food, drinks, painting, shopping and a chance to win door prizes. Sign up online at Eventbrite.com. For more information, contect Sarah at 251-602-0909, ext. 320.

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 features the Excelsior Band.  

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.