Photo courtesy of www.gulfshoresal.gov
Zydeco and Crawfish Festival
Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Waterway Village (225 E. 24th Ave., Gulf Shores). Some of the best zydeco bands in the South plus crawfish, crawfish races, dancing, arts/crafts and a 5K and 1-mile fun run. Admission free. Visit GulfShoresAL.gov/733/Waterway-Village.
“In the Shadow of Hitler”
Wednesday, April 10, 6 p.m. at Revelation Missionary Baptist Church (1711 Taylor Lane, Mobile). Dr. Dan Puckett is professor of history at Troy University and author of “In The Shadow of Hitler: Alabama’s Jews, the Second World War and the Holocaust.”
Spring Fashion Show
Wednesday, April 10, 11 a.m. at James P. Nix Center (1 Bayou Drive, Fairhope). Free admission; door prizes will be awarded. Call 251-928-2835.
Crime Victims Fair and Vigil
The Mobile County District Attorney’s Office will host a Resource Fair and Victim’s Remembrance Vigil Thursday, April 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Mardi Gras Park. Vigil for those who lost their lives due to crime. Free to public. Victims’ service providers and various community agencies will be available. Find it on Facebook, facebook.com/events/398109857449413/.
“Lost Mobile: The Houses”
Thursday, April 11, 6 p.m. at USA Archaeology Museum. Join Tom McGehee as he shares images of Mobile’s lost residential architecture. Admission is free, but space is limited. Visit southalabama.edu/org/archaeology/museum for more information.
Mobile Pops Spring Concert
Monday, April 11, 7 p.m. at Medal of Honor Park. Program to include Festive Overture, “Gershwin!,” Danzon No. 2 and “Andrew Lloyd Webber: A Symphonic Portrait.” Bing your own chair or blanket and picnic or favorite snack. Free.
Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14. Venues include Callaghan’s, Cedar Street Social Club, The Listening Room and more with free music stage in Cathedral Square. For complete lineup, locations and tickets, visit southsoundsfest.com.
April LoDa Artwalk
Friday, April 12, 6 – 9 p.m. downtown Mobile. Join downtown art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome you inside to see artwork, sample delicous foods and hear the sounds of the LoDa ArtWalk. Hosted by city of Mobile Special Events. Visit specialeventsmobile.org for details.
Friday, April 12, 8 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. Approximately 400 very special athletes will represent 52 Mobile-area schools in track events such as relays, runs, walks, wheelchair races and many more. Join us in cheering on these incredible athletes. If interested in volunteering or sponsoring this event, please reach out to email@example.com.
USS Alabama Crewmen’s Reunion
Saturday, April 13, starting at 8 a.m. through Sunday, April 14, starting at 1 p.m. This year five original crewmen are scheduled to attend. A host of events are planned; visit ussalabama.com for details. Battleship Memorial Park opens 8 a.m. daily. Admission is free for children 5 and under, $6 ages 6-11 and $15 for 12 through adult.
Baldwin County Strawberry Festival
Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. at Loxley Municipal Park. Family fun event with strawberry shortcake, entertainment, crafts, carnival, car show and tractor show. Come and support ARC of Baldwin County and Loxley Elementary School. Visit baldwincountystrawberryfestival.org for details.
3rd annual Forward City Con
Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Foley Civic Center. The day will include a cosplay competition, panel discussions, anime showing, door prizes and video gaming area. Cosplay competition is open to 60 contestants and offers two categories: “self-made” and “purchased.” Online entry for the cosplay competition is encouraged. Please check foleylibrary.org or call Melanie at 251-943-7665. Admission is free.
Easter at Bellingrath
Saturday, April 13, beginning 8 a.m. Thousands of Easter eggs will decorate the lawn for children to collect. Special hunts for different age groups as well as prizes, candy and “eggtivities.” Easter Egg Hunt is open to the public. Admission is free for members. Regular gardens admission of $14 for adults adults and $8 for children ages 5-12 will be charged. Children 4 and under are always admitted free. Visit bellingrath.org for complete information.
Exploreum Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. at the Exploreum. We will be hiding 10,000 eggs filled with lots of fun prizes for everyone. Face painting will take place from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit exploreum.com for details.
Cemetery Care and Preservation
Saturday, April 13, 11:30 a.m. at Ben May Main Library. Catherine Eddins from the Florida chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies will talk about cemetery care and preservation. Call 251-494-2172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Game of Thrones” Trivia
Saturday, April 13, 2-4 p.m. at Ben May Main Library. Come join House MPL for a fun round of trivia centering around the hit HBO program “Game of Thrones.” Enter the trivia contest for a chance to win a unique “Iron Throne” trophy or just watch and enter to win the “Hodor” door prize. Registration for trivia contest is recommended, call 251-340-1478.
Saturday, April 13, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Saint Benedict Catholic School, Elberta. 5K run, children’s games, raffles, yard sale and more. Proceeds benefit the school. Call 251-986-8143 for details.
Free Pain and Mobility Screenings
Monday, April 15, 1-3:30 p.m. at James P. Nix Center (1 Bayon Drive, Fairhope). Screenings provided by Health Actions Physical Therapy. Appointment slots are available. Call 251-928-2835.
“Taste of Rotary”
Tuesday, April 16, 6-9:30 p.m. at the Fairhope Civic Center. Includes tastings offered by approximately 15 to 20 restaurants with live music provided by Roman Street. General admission tickets $75, VIP $150. Purchase tickets at M & M Bank or call Bob Ford, 601-917-5182. Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Youth Club.
“A Grand Tour of the Solar System & Beyond”
Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 p.m. at Foley Public Library. Presentation by astronomer Kevin Manning, who has worked as a consultant with NASA, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory launch on the space shuttle with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and other observatories. Seating limited. Call 251-943-7665 for reservations and further information; also visit foleylibrary.org.
Coastal Bird Banding
April 16-20, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon (Saturday) at Fort Morgan. Public bird banding, courtesy of Birmingham Audubon, allows attendees to get up close to migratory bird species and learn from guest researchers. Free with fort admission. Visit FortMorgan.org.
St. Andrews Day Potluck
Thursday, April 18, 6:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Hosted by the Scottish Society of Mobile. Visitors welcome.
Dinner and Game Night
Friday, April 19, 4-7 p.m. at West Side United Methodist Church (269 Mohawk St., Mobile). Join monthly fundraiser to enjoy we home-cooked meals and play all sorts of games. To-go orders available. Call 251-478-3721.
“Women of the Sea”
Presented by Dr. Amy Mitchell-Cook Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. at Foley Public Library. This presentation explores why some women (wives or daughters, some disguised as men and a few pirates) chose a life at sea and how they functioned in a mostly male environment. Mitchell-Cook is associate professor and chair of the History Department at the University of West Florida. Hosted by Baldwin County Genealogical Society. Visit baldwingenealogy.org for more information.
Breakfast with Easter Bunny
Saturday, April 20, 8-10 a.m. at Erie H. Meyer Civic Center (Gulf Shores). Tickets $5, children 3 and under free. First 50 children will receive a complimentary picture with Easter Bunny. Visit gulfshoresal.gov for more information.
Wales West Cottontail Express
Saturdays and Sundays through April 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests will travel by steam train to meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy an egg hunt, crafts and refreshments. Visit waleswest.com/cottontail.htm.
Crohn’s and Colitis support group
Sunday, April 21, 3-4 p.m. in Community Room at Whole Foods (3968 Airport Blvd., Mobile).
Compassionate Friends of Mobile
Every second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. in Room 207 of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, corner of Dauphin and Catherine streets (Mobile). CFM is a support group for bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents. Call 251-721-2209 or visit compassionatefriendsmobile.org.
Lupus Support Group Meeting
Every third Saturday of the month, 2-4 p.m., Providence Hospital in Moorer Conference Room #1. Sponsored by Hats & Heels Inc. Visit hatsandhealsinc.org.
Heart & Soul Book Club Meeting
Every fourth Saturday, 4-5:30 p.m., Mobile West Regional Library. Contact Cassandra at email@example.com.
The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking temporary part-time workers to apply to conduct the 2020 Census in Southwest Alabama, including Mobile and Baldwin counties. Paid training, flexible hours and pay averaging $17 per hour. Apply at 2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020.
“Cornhole for a Cause”
Thursday, April 11, 5:30 p.m. at Serda Brewing. Tournament will follow standard rules for the Port City Cornhole League. Double Elimination. Teams will be limited to 32, on a first come, first served basis. Proceeds benefit Mobile Arc, a nonprofit founded in 1956 for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Visit mobilearc.org for details.
MPD Chili Cook-off
Saturday, April 13, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mardi Gras Park. Teams of police officers will compete against each other with their best chili recipes. Tickets are $5 per person, free for children under 5. Tickets can be purchased at police headquarters (2460 Government Blvd.), MPD Crime Prevention (2407 Airport Blvd.) or Downtown Mobile Alliance (261 Dauphin St.). Proceeds benefit the Mobile Law Enforcement Foundation and MPD Crime Prevention Unit. Call 251-208-1924.
“Craws for a Cause”
Saturday, April 13, 1 p.m. at O’Daly’s Irish Pub. University of South Alabama Physician Assistant Class of 2020 will host its third annual crawfish boil fundraiser. All proceeds benefit The Learning Tree, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education, residential and support services for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Tickets are $20 ($25 after April 12) and includes entry to the event, a 3-lb. plate of crawfish and two drink tickets. Visit crawsforacause2019.wixsite.com/home for more information.
Shoes with Heart
Shoe drive at Chickasaw Methodist, through April 30. Help the youth group raise money for missions and camp by donating your gently worn, used and/or new shoes. Donation locations are Chickasaw United Methodist, Hillcrest Self Storage and Dolphin Self Storage. Contact Renee Rawls at 251-209-5403 or reneerawlsmail.gmail.com.
“Guys & Dolls Jr.”
Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. at The Steeple on St. Francis. Set in Damon Runyon’s New York City, “Guys and Dolls Jr.” follows gambler Nathan Detroit as he tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck. Presented by The PACT. Tickets available at thepactmobile.com or at the door if space is available.
Exhibition by Billy Solitaire
Opens Friday, April 12, at Sophiella Gallery. Bring the outdoors inside with coastal paintings by Billy Solitaire with clouds, water and sand. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Three on a String” concert
Thursday, April 11, and Friday, April 12, 7 p.m. Fairhope Christian Church will host this hilarious and entertaining group in Centennial Hall on Coastal Alabama Community College’s Fairhope campus. Tickets are $15 and available at Fairhope Christian Church (349 Fairwood Blvd.).
April 12-14 at Fairhope Civic Center. Bay Shore Ballet of Fairhope presents “Coppelia,” a comedic ballet set in a small village in France. Visit bayshoreballet.org for showtimes and tickets.
University of Mobile concert
Friday, April 12, 7 p.m. at Dauphin Way Baptist Church. University of Mobile’s “Saviour: A Modern Oratorio” will be conducted by Dr. Al Miller, dean, Alabama School of the Arts, University of Mobile. More info on itickets.com.
“A Murder in Jest at Comealot Castle”
Saturday, April 13, 7 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church. Presented by Mobile Mystery Dinners. Advance reservations required. Visit mobilemysterydinners.com.
“Songs of Longing”
Sunday, April 14, 3 p.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church. Gloria Dei Chorale under the direction of Louis F. Daniel will present its Spring Concert, “Songs of Longing.” Included are pieces by Randall Thompson, Philip Stopford, Kim André Arneson, Louis F. Daniel and more. Free to the public; all donations at the door go to charity. Contact Marian Boykin at 251-533-9810.
“Brush Up Your Shakespeare”
Presented by University of Mobile’s Musical Theatre and Opera Scenes Program, Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m. in Weaver Auditorium at UM. The night will include songs and soliloquies from popular musicals, plays and operas, including “Something Rotten,” “West Side Story,” “Falstaff” and “Romeo & Juliet.” More info on itickets.com. Free admission.
The Kempters in concert
Saturday, April 20, 6:30 p.m. at West Side United Methodist Church (269 Mohawk St., Mobile). Concert by vintage gospel group The Kempters. Free.
“Pressing Matters” at UM
Through April, “Pressing Matters” by artist Jessica Smith will be on display Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Martin Gallery, University of Mobile campus. Contact Phillip Counselman, chair of the Department of Art, at 251-442-2283 or email@example.com.
“The Undersea Well”
Jane Cassidy manipulates various technologies, such as speakers and projectors, and fuses light and sound to form meditative environments filled with visual music. Mobile Museum of Art; call 251-208-5200 or visit mobilemuseumofart.com.
Through April 26 at the Exploreum. Exhibitions include live Mongolian performers and artisans, more than 300 artifacts, weapons and authentic costumes. Visit exploreum.com.
“Parading through Time”
Roll through four centuries of Mardi Gras history with Mobile’s Carnival traditions, mystic societies and more. Through April 20, History Museum of Mobile. Visit historymuseumofmobile.com.
Thursdays at MMoA
Every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Mobile Museum of Art offers free admission to all Mobile County residents. No reservations necessary. 4850 Museum Drive, Mobile. Call 251-208-5200.
West Mobile 49ers football
Saturday, April 13, 7 p.m. at Trimmier Park (3600 Alba Club Road). West Mobile 49ers vs. Redstone Raiders.
Crepe Myrtle Trail Ride
Saturday, April 13, 8:30 a.m. at Arlington Park. Mobile United’s 6th annual Crepe Myrtle Trail Ride. Registration begins at 8 a.m., ride starts at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 online until midnight on April 10, $15 at the event. Free for children 8-12. Visit bit.ly/cmtr2019or Facebook at bit.ly/mucmtr.
Funky Fun Run
Sunday, April 14, 1 p.m. at Medal of Honor Park. An untimed, zero-competition walk event anyone can join in and support the Autism Society of Alabama. Gather your biggest supporters, friends, family, coworkers and classmates to celebrate the unique abilities individuals with autism bring to our community. Contact Lauren Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full Moon Yoga
Friday, April 19, 6:30 p.m. at Gulf Place Town Green and Public Beach. Try out a class in a relaxed environment for free. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic and stay after class to watch the moon rise. For more information visit gulfshoresal.gov/fullmoonyoga.
Bingo at Via
Bingo every Tuesday and Thursday, 1-3 p.m. Open to public. Via Health, Fitness, Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. (Mobile), 251-478-3311.
West Coast Swing in Fairhope
Wednesdays at 7 p.m., American Legion Post 199 in Fairhope. Hosted by Pensacola Dance Society. Call 850-503-9978.
Adult skate night
Second and fourth Sundays of each month, 8-10:30 p.m. at Dreamland Skate Center (5672 Three Notch Road, Mobile) with DJ Beaux, $5. Call 251-661-6997.
Boating knowledge, safety class
Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lillian Recreation Park (33914 Widell Ave., Lillian). Certified instructors from Period Bay Power Squadron. Cost is $50 for student materials and lunch. Classes limited to 16. Minimum age is 12 and adult must accompany anyone under 16. Call Richard Carson at 251-980-1536.
Writing a resume
Tuesday, April 16, 10-11:30 a.m. at Ben May Main Library. Learn strategies for making a great first impression by writing a winning resume and cover letter that appeals to potential employers. Facilitated by Pamela G. Ware, director of marketing and public relations at Southwest Alabama Partnership for Training and Employment. Call 251-340-1458 or 251-340-1538 or email email@example.com.
“Be Your Brightest Self”
Tuesday, April 16, 2-3 p.m. at the Ben May Main Library. Join Ayla Goodson as she shares tips and resources on dealing with bullying, developing love and care for oneself through health and fitness goals that brings out the best version of yourself. Ayla Goodson is the founder/CEO of Gemini Studioz in Mobile and Baton Rouge. She is a mentor, public speaker and life coach. Call 251-340-1458.
Baldwin County Commission: First and third Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., 322 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette. Work sessions are 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, baldwincountyal.gov.
Baldwin County Planning Commission: First Thursday at 6 p.m., 22251 Palmer St., Robertsdale, baldwincountyal.gov.
Bayou La Batre City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 13785 S. Wintzell Ave., 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 second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., daphneal.com.
Dauphin Island Town Council: First and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m., 1011 Bienville Blvd., 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 held before each council meeting at 4:30 p.m., cofairhope.com.
Fairhope Planning Commission: First Monday at 5 p.m., 161 N. Section St. Visit 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.; cityoffoley.org.
Gulf Shores City Council: Second and fourth Mondays at 4 p.m., 1905 W. First St., gulfshoresal.gov.
Mobile City Council: Tuesdays at Government Plaza, 205 Government St. Pre-council meeting at 9 a.m.; council meeting at 10:30 a.m., cityofmobile.org.
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