September 3

Night Market
Mobile Museum of Art (MMofA) hosts a quarterly Night Market of artist and artisan wares. Bring a keen eye for detail and become known for the unique gifts you give. Be the envy of your friends with rare, artful home décor. Support your local artists and join the party and shopping fun with great food, drink and live music. The market starts at 5 p.m. at MMoA, 4850 Museum Drive.

Chef Challenge
Chef Challenge is the annual fundraiser event for Bay Area Food Bank to kick off Hunger Action Month. The goal is to raise awareness about hunger-ending efforts along the Central Gulf Coast. Enjoy tastings of dishes from local chefs and restaurants as they compete to win your vote in their respective categories. Live entertainment, a vast silent auction and complimentary beer, wine and spirits will also be available. All proceeds from Chef Challenge are used to help those in need within our 24-county service area along the Central Gulf Coast. Tickets can be purchased online at bayareafoodbank.org.

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 4
MBGFC Labor Day Invitational
The 48th Annual 2015 Mobile Big Game Fishing Club (MBGFC) Labor Day Invitational takes place Sept. 4-7 at Orange Beach Marina (27075 Marina Road, Orange Beach). Registration will be Friday, Sept. 4, from 4-8 p.m.; cost is $300 per angler with a minimum of four anglers for boats over 32 feet, three anglers for boats 32 feet and under. Registration is $200 for members. Buffet dinner 6-8 p.m.; mandatory captains meeting at 8 p.m. The tournament officially begins and boats may leave after mandatory sign-out from the captain’s meeting by captain or owner. For more information, visit www.mbgfc.org/laborday.htm.

First Friday Art Walk
The Eastern Shore Art Center returns with new art and music. Come check out the new exhibits and live pottery demonstrations while enjoying refreshments and live entertainment by The Sound Carpenters. The Art Walk begins at 6 p.m. at 401 Oak St., Fairhope. For more information contact Adrienne at 251-928-2228, ext. 103.

Author Round Up
Join Page & Palette for its Author Round Up featuring authors William and Carolyn Courduff and Julia Gregg at 6 p.m. Page & Palette is at 32 S. Section St. in Fairhope.

Movies in the Park
Join Movie GO for its Movies in the Park series through November. These FREE, family friendly movie nights are hitting parks all around Mobile. This week’s film will be at the Public Safety Park, 2301 Airport Blvd. Bring your lawn chair and a few canned goods to support Bay Area Food Bank. It’s a great night for the whole family and helps an excellent local nonprofit! Film begins at dusk. If you have questions, please contact gomoviego@hotmail.com.

Ark of India
“Ark of India: An Alabama Artist Explores Southern Asia” is an exhibit about personal discovery and exploration. It’s an account of late 19th and early 20th century India as seen by Alabama artist Roderick D. MacKenzie, using his paintings, drawings, sculptures and, most importantly, photographs and writings. The exhibition is organized by the History Museum of Mobile, 111 S. Royal St. On view until Sept. 6. Admission is free.

Journey to Mars … Beyond Earth
In the not-too-distant future, astronauts destined to be the first people to walk on Mars will leave Earth aboard an Orion spacecraft and begin their journey, carrying the spirit of humanity with them to the red planet. To highlight this mission in a fun and engaging way, the Gulf Coast Exploreum has collaborated with NASA on the exhibits “Journey to Mars” and “Beyond Earth.” The exhibits will run through Sept. 7 at the Exploreum, 65 Government St., Mobile. For more information, call 251-208-6893.


September 5

5K on the Bay
Help raise money for Women’s Business Center with the “Grow Mobile” 5K at Battleship Memorial Park, 2703 Battleship Parkway. Register in person at McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri or Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope until noon on Thursday, Sept. 3, or online (http://wba5konthebay.eventbrite.com) until 4 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4. Packet pick-up and race day registration will take place at the Battleship from 6:15-7:15 a.m. There will be a post-race party with music, food and beverages. For more information, visit http://wba5konthebay.eventbrite.com.

Bloody Mary 5K
Join Harley Sports for its 3rd annual Bloody Mary 5K at Tacky Jacks in Gulf Shores at 240 E. 24th Ave. Post-race party will include food, beer and, you guessed it, Bloody Marys. Race starts at 7:30 am. Packet pick-up to be announced, but will likely include Friday and Saturday options. Awards will be made at around 9 a.m. at Tacky Jacks. For more information and to register, visit harleysport.com or email info@harleysport.com.

Art Market
The Waterway Village Art Market is presented by the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores. The Art Market is held in Waterway Village across from the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery, 225 E. 24th Ave., Gulf Shores. The event is from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Local and regional artists will be displaying for sale their original works of art, which will include paintings in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and mixed media. This family friendly event will also include live musical entertainment, children’s hands-on art activities and concessions. For more information call 251-948-2627 or visit gulfcoastartsalliance.com.

Something Special Saturday
The Mobile Public Library, Moore/Spring Hill Branch, is calling all children ages 3 and up to make their own piñatas. The fun begins at 10:30 a.m., advance registration is encouraged. For more information and to register, please call 251-470-7770. The Spring Hill branch is at 4 McGregor Ave. S.

Labor Day Street Party
The Wharf (4830 Main St., Orange Beach) is the place to be for family fun and events this Labor Day weekend. The Wharf hosts the official Labor Day Street Party, featuring free kids’ activities beginning at 5 p.m., live music from Waylon Thibodeaux at Marlin Circle from 6-8 p.m. and a special patriotic-themed SPECTRA Sound and Light show at 8:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The usual SPECTRA weekend schedule will also run, with shows at 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

North Mobile County 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 JonDAdams@gmail.com.


September 6

Open studio
Come enjoy complimentary mimosas as artists work at the Cathedral Square Gallery, 612 Dauphin St., Mobile. Works by more than 60 area artists also will be on display. For more information, call 251-694-0278.

MBGFC Labor Day Invitational
The 48th Annual 2015 Mobile Big Game Fishing Club (MBGFC) Labor Day Invitational continues at Orange Beach Marina (27075 Marina Road, Orange Beach). For more information, visit www.mbgfc.org/laborday.htm.


September 7

Painting in pastel
Tommy Vogel will be teaching classes in pastel each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery, 225 E. 24th Ave. Gulf Shores. Tommy provides all materials and students complete a painting each class. Individual classes are $35, children and students $25 and groups of 3 or more, $25 each. For more information call 251-948-2627 or visit gulfcoastartsalliance.com.

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.

Ballroom Dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dance classes with professional instructors at 7 p.m., followed by dancing from 7:30 to 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.


September 8

Emma Langdon Roche Exhibit
Through Dec. 31 the Historic Oakleigh Museum hosts an exhibit of Emma Langdon Roche. In 1914, Roche, a Mobile artist, wrote “Historic Sketches of the South,” a narrative and collection of sketches of the survivors of the last documented slave ship to enter the United States. Her book introduced the world to the residents of Africatown. The exhibit, a first for Historic Oakleigh and created by HMPS Public Historian Melanie Thornton and Tance Beech, museum studies intern, will explore the life and work of the mother of Mobile’s art community. For more information call 251-432-1281.

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 will open at 6 p.m. and a one-hour presentation will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Discussion and resources will be available afterwards. For more information, call 25- 929-1477. Dr. Claudia McDade will give a presentation on misconceptions, signs and risk factors.

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 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 18301 Pennsylvania St., Robertsdale. An appointment is required; call the library at 251-970-4010.  


September 9

Registered Nurses of Mobile
The retired Registered Nurses of Mobile will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Mars Hill Cafe, 1087 Downtowner Blvd. All retired RNs are welcome; dues are $5 per year. Guest speaker will be Judge Wanda Rahman of the Mobile Police Department. For further information, call 251-661-0921.

Learning Lunch
The History Museum of Mobile (111 S. Royal St.) Learning Lunch event will feature noted local historian John Sledge. Sledge will discuss his latest book, “The Mobile River,” and the impact of this waterway on the development of Mobile. The program begins at noon in the auditorium. For more information, call the museum at 251-208-7508 to speak with Jennifer Fondren, curator of education, or contact her directly at fondrenj@cityofmobile.org.

Brown Bag in Bienville Square
Fall is back and so is live jazz! Brown Bag your lunch and sit under the swirl of the oak trees in Bienville Square, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Live music provided by the City of Mobile Special Events Dept.

Ladies’ Wine and Drive Golf Clinic
Learn to golf, improve your game or just have fun with your girlfriends! Come out 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.