GENERAL INTEREST

Tour Pinta and Niña
On Friday, March 2, replicas of the Pinta and the Niña, two of Christopher Columbus’ ships, open in Orange Beach. They will be docked at The Wharf Marina, 23101 Canal Road, until their departure Tuesday, March 6.

Mobile Boat Show
Running from Friday, March 2 at noon to Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m. at the Mobile Convention Center. New this year, “Kids Fishing 101.” Call 251-478-7469.

Mobile Chocolate Festival
The 10th Annual Mobile Chocolate Festival will be held at The Grounds on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds from the event benefit Penelope House! For tickets and info visit: http://www.mobilechocolatefestival.com/

Living Stations of the Cross
A passion play presented by the Christ the King Edge students Friday, March 2, 5 p.m., at Christ the King Catholic Church in Daphne.

Baldwin County Clean Sweep
Baldwin County residents can bring yard waste, Christmas trees, construction debris, cardboard, tires, electronics, furniture, appliances, scrap metal, carpet, paint, household hazardous waste and other non-putrescible waste free to the Magnolia Landfill, the MacBride Landfill and the Bay Minette Transfer Station on Saturday, March 3, a.m. to 3 p.m. No regular household garbage will be accepted. Visit www.baldwincountyal.gov.

Fairhope Art Walk
Friday, March 2 in downtown Fairhope, 6-8 p.m.Begins at Eastern Shore Art Center, stroll through downtown Fairhope visiting art galleries and listening to music.  For information, call 251-928-2228.

Mobile ‘90s Block Party
Saturday, March 3, 7:30 p.m. at Mobile Convention Center. Live in concert — Guy, Teddy Riley, Jagged Edge, 112 & Next. Doors at 6:30 p.m., performances starting at 7:30 p.m.

Marry Me
A boutique wedding event you don’t want to miss! Join us Tuesday, March 6 at 5 p.m. at The Pillars for distinguished wedding vendors, amazing food and fun cocktails.

Mobile Irish Night
Bringing the Irish spirit of Mobile to life with food, drinks, music and good people. Come join us at The Royal Knight, Tuesday, March 6, 6 p.m.

Geeks Who Drink
Live pub quiz with music rounds, picture rounds and more. Play in teams, win gift certificates or Big Beach Brewing Co. swag. Mondays, 7-9 p.m., at Big Beach Brewing Co., Gulf Shores.

Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks
Boardwalk Talks are held the first and third Wednesday of each month at 11:15 a.m. at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd. Call 251-861-2141.

Irish Dancing
Learn traditional jigs, reels, hornpipes and ceilidh dances. Performance and competition opportunities. Classes ongoing weekly for kids 3-18, Saturday mornings at Azalea City Center for the Arts. New students always accepted. Call at 228-239-2422 or email maccrossanirishdance@yahoo.com.

Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Wednesday at noon for lunch at Azalea City Golf Course. Call 251-348-3542.

Practical Gardening Class
A six-week class at Mobile Botanical Gardens on how to look at your landscape and select plants, soil preparation, proper plant maintenance and more. Thursdays through March, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

Docent Introductory Class
Saturday, March 3, at Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Interested in learning more about our coastal habitats? Have a few hours to volunteer each week or month?  To pre-register call 251-861-7500 or email volunteer@disl.org. 

New classes for all ages
Classes offered at LeFlore High School include Art For Kids (ages 6 and up), Art for Adults, Pre-Ballet and Tumbling (ages 4-6) and Self-Defense for Women and Girls (ages 12 and up). For more information, call 251-208-1610 or visit MOBILECAP.ORG.

Rabies Clinic
The Mobile County Health Department offers $10 rabies shots. This Saturday’s clinic is at Dauphin Island Town Hall, 1011 Bienville Blvd., 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call 251-690-8823.

TOPS
Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church. Call 251-625-6888.

Toastmasters
Toastmasters International meets regularly at six locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Visit www.toastmasters.org for more information.

FUNDRAISERS

ACS Chili Cook-Off
The 29th annual American Cancer Society Chili Cook-Off will be Saturday, March 3, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Mardi Gras Park in downtown Mobile. $10 advance tickets available by calling 251-344-9858 or $15 at the gate.

Back the Blue Telethon for Officer Justin Billa
On Wednesday, Feb. 28, WKRG News 5 will host a telethon to honor officer Justin Billa and raise money for the official fund to benefit his family. Visit www.mobilepd.org/memorial-fund for more information.

Glow–Colors for Cancer
5K Run/Walk and Fun Run for all cancers! Saturday, March 3, at Hank Aaron Stadium. Run starts at 6:30 p.m. (packet pickup/late registration 5-6:30 p.m. Benefiting local cancer patients and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Register online at Eventbrite.com or at the event.

St. Vincent de Paul Night
Wednesday, March 7, at 5 p.m., check out the new Moe’s in Tillman’s Corner and support our school at the same time. All proceeds benefit St. Vincent de Paul School. Food provided by Moe’s; donations to the school appreciated.

Bishop State Scholarship Gala
Bishop State Community College Foundation’s Scholarship Gala, Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m. at the Mobile History Museum. “An Evening with Dr. Synthia Saint James.” Contact Edra Finley at bishopfundraising@gmail.com.

Make the Magic
Fundraiser for Camp Kesem will be held Sunday, March 4, at Fairhope Brewing Co., 6 p.m. Tickets cost $50 for one person or $300 for a table of 8. Includes cocktail hour and dinner. Visit www.kesem.org/.

Many More Miles
Baldwin Bone & Joint’s annual collection of shoes for the homeless outreach program continues through Saturday, March 24. For drop-off locations, call 251-621-5387.

ARTS

“A Comedy of Tenors”
By Ken Ludwig, directed by Leonora Harrison at the Chickasaw Civic Theatre. March 2-11. Visit www.cctshows.com.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Shakespeare’s beloved comedy brought to the stage as a classical ballet. Saturday, March 3, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 4, 2:30 p.m. at the Mobile Civic Center. Tickets start at $20. For more information visit www.mobileballet.org or call 251-342-2241.

“Seussical the Musical”
The Fine Arts Department of Davidson High School will bring Dr. Seuss characters to life in a show for audiences of all ages. March 2-4 at Davidson High School, tickets cost $12 for adults, $5 for students.

Play Me
Camellia Bay Burlesque & The Society of Sin present “Play Me: A Love Letter To Video Games.” Friday, March 2, Alchemy Tavern 10 p.m. www.camelliabayburlesque.com.

2018 Mobile Literary Festival
Celebrate Mobile’s literary community and discover new literary obsessions with the local author book sale on Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Discover poetry, book publicity methods and children’s and youth activities throughout the day. For times and locations check our Facebook page.

Spanish Moss Miniature Art Show
March 1-30 at Mobile Art Council. Nothing larger than 5”x5” paintings or drawings.

MUSEUMS 

“Permian Monsters: Life Before Dinosaurs”
Take an adventure back in time 290 million years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea. The Exploreum will display this traveling exhibition through June 3. Visit exploreum.com.

“Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland”
In the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, there is a paradise unlike any other: the Galapagos Archipelago. Immerse yourself in this spectacular film at the Exploreum, until May 26. Visit exploreum.com.

“Titanic: Honour & Glory”
“Titanic Honour & Glory” will run through April 15 at the History Museum of Mobile. In addition to the exhibition, the museum will host monthly events. Call 251-301-0273 or gavin.snyder@historymuseumofmobile.com.

“Right on Course”
The United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives is open free to the public weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the newest exhibits is “Right on Course.” Visit www.asama.org.

“Windows to the Sea”
“Windows to the Sea” is the latest permanent exhibit at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. Visit disl.org.

“Savage Ancient Seas”
“Savage Ancient Seas” will transport GulfQuest guests to a time when the last of the great dinosaurs roamed Earth and swam the seas. Visit www.gulfquest.org.

Fairhope’s Founding
Learn more about the 1894 founding of Fairhope at the Fairhope Museum of History, 24 N. Section St. The museum is open daily (except Sunday and Monday), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 251-929-1471.

Little Discoveries
“Outside the Box,” aimed at children age 6 and under, explores how innovation and creativity can lead to a world of possibilities, starting with a simple cardboard box. Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Call 251-208-6893 or email jholland@exploreum.com.

Thursdays at MMoA
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Mobile Museum of Art offers free admission to all visitors. No reservations are necessary. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive. Call 251-208-5200.

SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Race to the Top
Join us Saturday, March 3 at 10a for the Race to the Top at Turquoise Place in Orange Beach. This stair race up 31 floors is open to everyone and will benefit the Special Olympics. Come test your fitness level and compete to win a three-night stay at Turquoise Place.

Group rides
South Alabama and Mississippi Mountain Bike Association invites all levels of cyclists to join them every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. at USA Bike Trails and Sunday at 9 a.m. at Chickasabogue Park. Email carrie@rideSAMBA.com.

Weekly 1K/5K
Every Thursday evening at 6 p.m., join Red Beard’s Outfitter and Cortlandt’s Pub in the Spring Hill Village Shopping Center for a 1K or 5K run and walk. No cost to participate.

Bridge Lessons
The Mobile Bridge Center offers free bridge lessons each Tuesday at 6 p.m. at 1510 University Blvd. Arrive a few minutes early to register. Call 251-666-2147, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Happy Hour Yoga with Friends
Looking for a healthy happy hour? Join our Happy Hour With Friends class every Friday at 5:15 p at Sterling Hot Yoga. Yoga makes you happy and being with friends makes you happy, so why not combine the two for even more happiness?

Pickleball for Adults (indoors)
Offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School on Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Great sport for all ages combines tennis, pingpong and badminton on a court one-fourth the size of a tennis court. Call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Ballroom Dance
Azalea Ballroom Dance Club hosts dances the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. Call 251-623-9183 or visit azaleaballroomdanceclub.com.

Ballroom Dance
The Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society hosts dances the first and third Monday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Hot Wheels Skating Rink in Daphne. Email cassief13@aol.com.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

Baldwin County Commission:
First and third Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., 322 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette. Work sessions are the second and fourth Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. rotating between Bay Minette, the Foley Satellite Courthouse, the Fairhope Satellite Courthouse and the Baldwin County Central Annex Building in Robertsdale. www.baldwincountyal.gov

Baldwin County Planning Commission: First Thursday at 6 p.m., 22251 Palmer St., Robertsdale, www.baldwincountyal.gov.

Bayou La Batre City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 13785 S. Wintzell Ave., www.cityofbayoulabatre.com.

Chickasaw City Council: Second and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m., 224 N. Craft Highway, 251-452-6450.

Citronelle City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m., 19135 Main St., 251-866-7973.

Creola City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 6 p.m., 190 Dead Lake Road, #A, 251-675-8142.

Daphne City Council: First and third Monday at 6:30 p.m., 1705 Main St. Work sessions are the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., www.daphneal.com.

Dauphin Island Town Council: First and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m., 1011 Bienville Blvd., www.townofdauphinisland.org.

Elberta Town Council: Third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the town hall. Workshop meeting on the second Tuesday. townofelberta.com.

Fairhope City Council: Second and fourth Monday at 6 p.m., 161 N. Section St. Work sessions are held before each council meeting at 4:30 p.m., www.cofairhope.com.

Fairhope Planning Commission: First Monday at 5 p.m., 161 N. Section St. For more information visit www.cofairhope.com.

Foley City Council: First and third Monday at 5:30 p.m., 407 E. Laurel Ave. Work sessions begin at 4 p.m., www.cityoffoley.org.

Gulf Shores City Council: Second and fourth Mondays at 4 p.m., 1905 W. First St., www.gulfshoresal.gov.

Mobile City Council: Tuesdays at Government Plaza, 205 Government St. Pre-council meeting begins at 9 a.m.; council meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., www.cityofmobile.org.

Mobile Planning Commission: First and third Thursdays at 2 p.m., 205 Government St., www.urban.cityofmobile.org.

Orange Beach City Council: First and third Tuesdays at 5 p.m., 4099 Orange Beach Blvd., www.cityoforangebeach.com.

Prichard City Council: Every Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 216 E. Prichard Ave., www.thecityofprichard.org.

Satsuma City Council: First and third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 5464 Old Highway 43 Satsuma, AL 36572, 251-675-1440.