October 2

Boots & BBQ
The inaugural Boots & BBQ Barn Bash kicks off at 6:30 p.m. to benefit the Children’s of Alabama’s Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic in Mobile. Guests are invited to enjoy an evening of live music and barbecue at Camp Grace, located at 11081 Wanda Drive. There will be live music from local country band the Modern Eldorados. Guests are encouraged to wear their best pair of cowboy boots and enjoy s’mores, hayrides and bonfires. Moe’s Original Bar B Que will provide barbecue and sides for dinner. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased by calling Kelsey at 251-510-8103.

Springhill Medical Center’s annual Pink Party
Come join us as we paint Springhill pink for breast cancer awareness. We will be selling lunch, baked goods, jewelry, crafts, chocolate goodies from the pink chocolate fountain, T-shirts, and much more. The pink fire truck from Orange Beach and the purple fire truck from Mobile will be on site and there will also be a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information call 251-460-5258. The event will be at Springhill Medical Center’s Heart Center beginning at 8 a.m.

Alabama School of Math and Science Information Meeting
Students and parents are invited to an informational meeting about admission to the Alabama School of Math and Science, the state’s only public, residential high school for Alabama’s brightest and most talented students. All current 9th and 10th grade Alabama students are eligible to apply. Because ASMS is a state-sponsored public school, tuition, room, and board are free. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on the ASMS campus at 1255 Dauphin St., Mobile.

Thursdays at the Museum
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. the Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, offers free admission to all visitors. Join MMOA each week to experience the museum in new and exciting ways throughout the year. No reservations necessary.


October 3

Eastern Shore Art Center Art Walk
The Art Center welcomes visitors, free of charge, for the exhibit openings. Visitors are treated to refreshments made possible by generous local business sponsors. Join the Eastern Shore Art Center 6-8 p.m. at 401 Oak St., Fairhope. Call 251-928-2228 for more information.

First Friday Artwork
Exhibit openings with guest artists, refreshments and live entertainment at a variety of venues from 6-8 p.m. A map of participating venues, including specialty shops and restaurants, is available at the Eastern Shore Art Center, 401 Oak St., Fairhope. For more information call 251-928-2228.

20th anniversary BayFest
Downtown Mobile will come alive for the first night of a three-day festival with performances by artists such as Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Alabama, Ludacris, Stone Temple Pilots, Amos Lee, Jane’s Addiction, Kid Rock, Magic!, Blackberry Smoke, Earth, Wind & Fire, Foster the People, Brantley Gilbert and more. For more information visit www.bayfest.com.


October 4

Taste of the Bayou
Teams will compete for the “Taste of the Bayou” title with locally prepared seafood dishes using Bayou seafood at the Bayou La Batre Community Center, 12745 Padgett Switch Road. Teams can compete in four categories including General Seafood Dish (Restaurant), General Seafood Dish (Non-Restaurant), Gumbo and Dessert. Doors open at 6 p.m., special guest Kay Robertson will speak at 7 p.m. General admission is $25, VIP tickets are $60. For more information contact Brandi at 251-824-4088.

Girl Scouts alumnae weekend
Girl Scout alumnae are invited to join us this fall for traditional Girl Scout activities like archery, canoeing, hiking, crafts and s’mores. Reconnect with old friends and make some new ones. Spend the day at Scoutshire Woods in Citronelle and share your memories of days gone by. Spend the night at the campsite of your choice with your friends from yesteryear. The reunion will start at 10 a.m. For more information contact Jeannie at 251-344-3330.

20th anniversary BayFest
Downtown Mobile will come alive for a second night of a three-day festival with performances by artists such as Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Alabama, Ludacris, Stone Temple Pilots, Amos Lee, Jane’s Addiction, Kid Rock, Magic!, Blackberry Smoke, Earth, Wind & Fire, Foster the People, Brantley Gilbert and more. For more information visit bayfest.com.


October 5

Distinguished Young Women Tennis Classic
The 6th Annual Wintzell’s-Distinguished Young Women Tennis Classic will take place from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile. It is a Women’s and Men’s Doubles Team Format & USTA Sanctioned Juniors Tournament. There will be an award ceremony and celebration dinner provided by Wintzell’s at the conclusion of the tournament. The cost is $35 per player and the registration deadline is noon on Friday, October 3. For more information on how to sign up, please visit http://distinguishedyw.org/support_us/events/2014_tennis_tournament/ or contact Distinguished Young Women at 251-438-3621. 

Grand Festival of Art
Fall into Fairhope with the 32nd annual Grand Festival of Art. Featuring dozens of local, regional, national and international artists specializing in woodworking, blown glass, painting, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, photography and much more fine arts and crafts. Open Oct. 4-5; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Fairhope campus of Faulkner State Community College, 450 Fairhope Ave.

20th anniversary BayFest
Downtown Mobile will come alive with for the final night of a three-day festival with performances by artists such as Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Alabama, Ludacris, Stone Temple Pilots, Amos Lee, Jane’s Addiction, Kid Rock, Magic!, Blackberry Smoke, Earth, Wind & Fire, Foster the People, Brantley Gilbert and more. For more information visit bayfest.com.

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


October 6

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. There will be a cash bar 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.


October 7

Line Dancing
The Springhill Avenue Community Center hosts line dancing every week throughout the summer. Mondays 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon. Classes are free and open to all ages. 1151 Springhill Ave.


October 8

Burnin’ Down the House
From 5-9 p.m. at the Bluegill on the Causeway (3775 Battleship Parkway), four local musicians – Harrison McInnis, Josh Ewing, Zack Chavers and Jon Coxwell – will team up for an evening of blues and more. Funds from the cover charge of $5 and a portion of restaurant sales will go to benefit the Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center at the USA Medical Center.

Learning Lunch: Mike Bunn
Bring your lunch and enjoy a presentation by Mike Dunn of the Chattahoochee Historic Commission. Beverages are provided and the lecture will begin at noon. Take a break to learn about the history and culture of the south at the History Museum of Mobile, 111 S. Royal St.

Showcase Premier
World-renowned ambassador of the floral industry, René van Rems, AIFD will be giving a floral demonstration and lecture followed by a book signing, lunch and a garden walk with Dr. Bill Barrick at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 for members or $90 for non-members. Contact Catherine for more information at 251-973-2217 ext.137.

Bend & Brew
Join Fairhope Brewing every Wednesday night starting at 6 p.m. for Hoppy Yoga. The taproom is transformed into a yoga studio with Soul Shine Yoga leading the session. It’s only $5 to participate in the class, and then you can stick around for beer specials as well as light snacks provided by Pretty Mean Sweets. Fairhope Brewing is located at 914 Nichols Ave., Fairhope.

Tour Space 301
Tours of the Main Gallery and Fabrication Hall are every Wednesday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Centre for the Living Arts/Space 301, 301 Conti St. Tours included with the price of admission. Call 215-208-5671 or visit www.centreforthelivingarts.com for more information.