October 23

Mobile SPCA Fish Fry
Second Annual Fish Fry at Our Savior Church at 1801 Cody Road. Food serving begins at 5 p.m. and continues until the fish runs out! Music by The String Slingers. Raffles for a “Casket of Cheer” and $250 gas card plus many more great items. USA fried catfish, Oyster House slaw, baked beans, Gourmet Catering cornbread, homemade dessert all for just $10. Beer and wine is also available. For more information call Janine at 251-633-3531.

BluePass Kick-Off Event
A selection of Spring Hill boutiques have teamed up with the Junior League of Mobile and their Annual Blue Pass Event to offer an evening of shopping fun with extended hours and exclusive discounts and savings when using their JLM BluePass Card. The Second Annual BluePass Kick-Off Event is being hosted by the Spring Hill Merchants Association Thursday evening, 4:30-8:00 p.m. and will give shoppers “first dibs” on exclusive BluePass savings and kick-off specials for that evening only. The BluePass is a shopping pass that provides shoppers with a 20 percent discount on purchases at over 250 participating merchants in our local area.

Business with Baisden & Minority Business Awards Lunch
Michael Baisden returns to Mobile for a special 90-minute session on overcoming business challenges and building wealth. Followed by an awards luncheon celebrating diversity and minority-owned businesses. $50 for members; $60 non-members. Your registration includes Business with Baisden and the Awards Luncheon. Business with Baisden 9-11 a.m. (registration and networking at 8 a.m.) Awards Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Register securely on the Chamber’s website at www.mobilechamber.com, email brembert@mobilechamber.com or call 251-431-8607.

Bay Bash
Bay Bash is Mobile Baykeeper’s annual celebration of our coastal community’s vision for clean water and clean air. The event boasts Alabama Gulf Coast seafood prepared by local restaurants, a martini bar and other adult beverages, live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased online or at the door. All proceeds will benefit Mobile Baykeeper’s mission to protect and preserve the Mobile Bay Watershed, Alabama’s waterways and coastal communities. The event will be held at 5 Rivers, 30945 Five Rivers Blvd. in Spanish Fort at 6 p.m. For questions call 251-433-4229.

Food for Thought Fundraiser Dinner
Ransom Ministries hosts fundraiser dinner “Food for Thought.” This year’s guest speaker will be Travis Crim, who played football at the University of Alabama and has worked with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Crusade for Christ and Youth for Christ. He speaks extensively for Outback America, The JH Ranch, Compassion International and many other ministries. The dinner will be held at Camp Grace, 11081 Wanda Drive at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 and are available at RansomCafe.com or by contacting Tara Armbruster at tara@ransomcafe.com.

Think Pink Thursdays
Infirmary Health System encourages you to wear pink each Thursday during the month of October as a reminder for the women in our lives to schedule their annual mammograms. For more information call 251-435-3939 or email jennifer.velliantis@infirmaryhealth.org.

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 24

Trick or Trot 5K and Scary Scurry Fun Run
Raise money for USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital Evaluation Center and have fun while doing so. Along with the 5K and Fun Run will be costume contests, trick or treating, kids activities, food and drinks and family friendly music and entertainment. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Moulton Tower on USA Campus. For more information, visit cwhtrickortrot2014.eventbrite.com.

Nightmares III
The Playhouse in the Park presents “Nightmares III” just in time for Halloween. A great Halloween event for ages 13 and up. Performances will be Oct. 24, Oct. 25 and Oct. 31 at the Playhouse in the Park, 4851 Museum Drive. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Call 251-602-0630 for reservations.

Ghost Who’s Coming to Dinner
Join the Mobile Mystery Dinners for their next performance at Mobile Carnival Museum, 355 Government St. Advance reservations are required, to make reservations call 251-865-7398. Tickets are $59 and include dinner and unlimited wine the fun begins at 7 p.m. There will also be a costume contest, winner will receive two tickets a MMD performance.

Halloween at the Exploreum
From kooky science experiments to some good old fashion fun with a twist, this is not to be missed! We will have stations set up throughout the Exploreum and will even have appearances by our costumed science super heroes Argon the Magnificent and Dr. Freeze! The fun is from 4-6 p.m. at the Exploreum, 65 Government St. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children, Exploreum members get in free.

Greater Gulf State Fair
The Grounds will host the 60th Annual Greater Gulf State Fair from Oct. 24-Nov 2, 2014. This year’s fair will feature a new theme “Celebrate the Coast,” which aims to host the best things about the Gulf Coast under one roof as well as more than 30 adult rides, 30 kid rides and a must-see entertainment line up. The Grounds are located at 1035 Cody Road at the intersection with Ziegler Boulevard.

Free Breast Exam
With a commitment to providing vital preventive care, free clinical breast exams are being offered to uninsured and underinsured women between the ages of 40 and 64 on Friday Oct. 24, and Friday Oct. 31 at the Family Health Women’s Center, 248 Cox St. in Mobile. Appointments for the free clinical breast exams are available between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call 251-690-8889 to schedule an appointment.

LODA Artwalk
Join downtown art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome you inside to see beautiful artwork, sample delicious foods and hear the sounds of the LoDa Artwalk. The ArtWalk gets better and better each month. From 6-9 p.m. in the lower Dauphin Street district.


October 25

Cardboard City
Sleep one night in a box and change someone’s life forever. Participants sleep overnight in a cardboard box and dine from a soup line to connect with the struggle of homelessness. Registration begins at 4 p.m. at the corner of Dauphin and Ann streets. For more information visit cardboardcitymobile.org.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Join the American Cancer Society for a 5-mile fundraising walk to raise awareness and funds to end breast cancer. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 8 a.m., downtown at Mardi Gras Park, corner of Church and Royal streets. For more information email southalabamastrides@cancer.org or call 251-344-9858.

4th annual Gumbo Championship
Join The Kiwanis Club of Fairhope and the Eastern Shore as they host the 4th annual Gumbo Championship at the Fairhope Pier from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. There are multiple categories from professional to backyard teams. Tickets are $15 each, children (12 and under) are free. For questions or tickets please contact Scott at 251-786-0775.

South Alabama British Car Club
The annual British Car Festival commemorates the 50th anniversary of the British Invasion with a display of nearly 120 classic British cars. Free for visitors and open to the public, the show will begin around noon and be held at Fairhope United Methodist Church, on Section Street and Morphy Avenue in downtown Fairhope. For more information contact Michael at 251-689-1040.

The Haunted Backcountry
The Running Scared 5K run will take place on the Gulf Oak Ridge paved trail and approximately one mile of off-road trails in the Gulf State Park. It will end at the Sportsplex parking lot, where the Wicked Woods Festival with food, beverages, runners’ awards, costume contest prizes and music will be held. The 1-mile fun run will also start and end at the Sportsplex and will include the Twin Bridges paved trail and three wooden bridges. Visit www.backcountrytrail.com for more information on the runs and a link to the registration page. Visit alapark.com/gulfstate/wickedwood festival for more information on the festival.

Mixed Media Workshop (Painting)
Tarpaper, gold leaf and collage workshop with Ron Thomson. A multimedia experience blending folk art and fine art. Ron Thomson will guide this tour into the world of tarpaper painting. We will continue this exploration by blending collage and gold leafing into the medium. This workshop aims at breaking down our self-imposed barriers that limit our creativity. Oct. 25 and Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., $185, or $175 for members. For more information visit esartcenter.com.

Screen on the Green During Halloween
It’s time to get out the blankets, lawn chairs and popcorn to join The Village of Spring Hill for movies under the stars kicks off the second annual “Screen on the Green During Halloween,” a free outdoor film festival. “Gremlins” (rated PG) will be shown at 7 p.m. at Lavretta Park on Old Shell. For more information on the “Screen on the Green During Halloween” movie series, visit www.thevillageofspringhill.com.

Market on the Square
The fall harvest is in so join us in Cathedral Square (lower Dauphin) and come get your fresh greens, fall corn, squash, peppers, sweet potatoes, pastas, seafood, sausages, eggs, goat milk cheese, breads and baked goods. Also, shop for locally produced crafts like handmade candles, soaps, pottery and much more. Stay for live music. For more information, please call 251-208-1550.


October 26

Woofstock
We invite humans and their canine companions to spend the day listening to live, local music, enjoying the great food and libations and of course, the ever popular Weiner Dog Race and all time favorite Doggie Costume Contest. Headlining the event is SuperFunk Fantasy. This is an event for the whole family. Gates open at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. at Bienville Square in downtown Mobile. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information visit woofstockmobile.com.

Werther: Mobile Opera
For the first time on Mobile Opera’s stage, Massenet’s lush and tragically beautiful music draws us into the depths of Goethe’s spell-binding story of Werther’s obsession with Charlotte and a love that can only end in desperation and death. Performances will be held Oct. 24 and Oct. 26 at the Mobile Civic Center Theater, 401 Civic Center Drive. For more information and tickets call 251-432-6772.

Southcoast Mensa
The South Alabama chapter of American Mensa will host a discussion about the Mississippian Indians beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Lap’s restaurant on the Causeway. The Bottle Creek Mounds, the largest Mississippian site on the northern Gulf of Mexico, was a major religious and administrative mecca for Gulf Indians living throughout the Florida panhandle, all the way to Baton Rouge. The ancient site is a couple dozen miles north of the Causeway, located on an island in the middle of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. For more information call Dan Hanson at 251-767-0106, or email dhxtwo@yahoo.com.

Fall Festival
Join Dauphin Way United Methodist Church at 1507 Dauphin St. for their fall festival. The fun starts at 2:30 p.m. in the pumpkin patch and will include free games, hayrides, jumpies and snacks. Also pick out the perfect pumpkin while you are there. For more information call 251-471-1511.

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 27

Guitarist Andy Mckee
Live at Azalea Manor, world-renowned guitar virtuoso Andy McKee is coming to Mobile for an intimate show at Mobile’s beautiful Azalea Manor courtyard, 751 Dauphin St. A film crew will be present to document the event for an official release. Tickets are now for $20 at azaleamanormobile.com. The show will begin at 7 p.m.

Jazz Jambalaya
The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed presents Jazz Jambalaya. “Back 2 Bass-ics” featuring JoJo Morris. Jazz Jambalaya will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Gulf City Lodge, 601 State St. Tickets are $8 for members, $12 for guests and $10 for students and military with ID. Admission includes dinner. Visit mojojazz.org for more details.

South Eastern Educational Symposium for Wedding and Event Professionals
Nissi Couture presents the South Eastern Educational Symposium for Wedding and Event Professionals with renowned celebrity wedding and event expert David Tutera at the Mobile Convention Center. This day is going to be filled with seminar sessions, tablescapes and design ideas that are sure to catapult you into an inspiration overload. For more information visit sees-wp.com or call 251-650-2238.


October 28

Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to work at tax help sites in the Mobile area during the 2015 tax season. Those who volunteer will be trained with Internal Revenue Service tax materials to help elderly and low-to-middle-income people with their federal and state individual income tax returns. For more information or to volunteer, contact United Way of Southwest Alabama at 251-431-0110 or dial 2-1-1.


October 29

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 Department and Catt Sirten.

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.