Night Market at MMoA
Buy local, support local! Night Market is an event hosted by MMoA showcasing makers, artists, artisans and craftsmen who make locally sourced, handmade goods. Great food and drink from local food trucks and live music Thursday, April 5, 5-9 p.m.


GENERAL INTEREST

 April Brown Bag in Bienville
Lineup: April 4 – Grayson Capps, April 11 – Lisa Mills, April 18 – Jamell Richardson, April 25 – Bohni Trio. Wednesday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  For more information, please call (251) 208-1550

5th Annual Firkin Festival
Presented by Moe’s Original Bar B Que and Budweiser Busch Distributing, the Firkin Festival will be held on Saturday, April 7, at 701 Spring Hill Ave. Benefiting the American Cancer Society, the festival indulges craft beer lovers, novices and aficionados alike. Visit www.moesoriginalbbq.com.

Southeastern Indian Festival
Come immerse yourself in the rich and vast culture of the various Southeastern tribes who originally inhabited this area. Open to the public on Thursday, April 5, and Friday, April 6, at the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Atmore. Call 251-368-9136, ext. 2052.

Plant Swap
Free and open to the public so bring your potted plants and trade for others! Join us at Central Presbyterian at the corner of Dauphin and Ann streets on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to noon. Last swap there were 500 plants to trade! Email joanhon13j@gmail.com for more details.

“Girl Talk Over Tea”
The Daphne Public Library offers “Girl Talk Over Tea” on Saturday, April 7, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Daphne library community room. Free event sponsored by the Friends of the Daphne Library. Call Daphne Public Library at 251-621-2818, ext. 211.

USA Campus Cleanup
Please join us for our annual campus cleanup on April 7 at 9 a.m. Every year we remove hundreds of pounds of trash on our campus and would really appreciate your help in creating a cleaner, greener campus. Meet at the entrance of the Glen Sebastian Nature Trails. Kayaks and canoes are available for waterway cleanup.

Discover the Dinosaurs
Trek back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Come to the Mobile Convention Center on Saturday, April 7, or Sunday, April 8, for a roaring, stomping, roam-through experience like no other. Visit www.discoverthedinosaurs.com for details.

Stapleton Bluegrass Festival
Please join us on April 7 as we bring back the Stapleton Bluegrass Festival. The event will include great music, food and your opportunity to support the Stapleton School! Call 251-937-2038 for more information.

Camellia Classic Open Car Show
Enjoy a display of hundreds of vintage and classic automobiles on the Great Lawn at Bellingrath Gardens on Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from car registrations will go to Feeding the Gulf Coast (formerly Bay Area Food Bank) and the Autism Society of Alabama. For details visit bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.

Saving for your Future
Learn how to build a budget and manage your finances. Join us at the downtown Ben May Library on Wednesday, April 4, from 6-7:30 p.m. Facilitator is Paula Webb, government documents librarian, at the University of South Alabama. Registration is strongly encouraged. Call 251-208-7078 or email jsigler@mplonline.org.

Market at The Pillars
Join us Sunday, April 8, at noon for a fun afternoon of local makers, bakers, crafters and artists! Live music and local eats! This event is free and open to the public. Family fun and pet friendly!

Wedding Resale
Brides, we need you! Gather all your leftover wedding goodies and come sell them to future brides this Sunday, April 8, at The Venue at Dawes (3349 Dawes Road) from 1-5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Visit www.thevenueatdawes.com or call 251-289-9646.

Republican Women’s Club
Knollwood Republican Women’s meeting will be held Wednesday, April 11, at  2 p.m. at Gordon Oaks Retirement Community.  Speakers will be candidates competing in the June 2018 Republican primary.

Mobile Claims Association 2018 Golf Tournament
Grab your golf clubs and come and join us at the MCA’s Spring Golf Tournament at Heron Lakes Country Club on Friday, April 6. Proceeds from this tournament will benefit St. Mary’s Home. Visit www.MobileClaimsAssociation.com.

First Friday Art Walk
Begins at Eastern Shore Art Center on Friday, April 6, at 6 p.m. Stroll through downtown Fairhope visiting art galleries and listening to music. Call 251-928-2228.

Men4Christ
Beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 6, through Saturday, April 7, the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Theodore will be hosting a special retreat for men and young men from junior age and up. Contact 251-653-6542.


FUNDRAISERS

Ann’s Fans
Bayside Academy invites the community to show support and rally behind Hall of Fame Coach Ann Schilling at the “Ann’s Fans Strikeout Cancer Benefit” Thursday, April 5, at 4 p.m. Concession profits will go to help with her medical needs. Check us out on Facebook for more information.

Erin Go Paw
Bring your family and your faithful hounds and join us at Callaghan’s, Saturday, April 7, for a run through the garden district, followed by a street party with music, food and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Mobile Animal Shelter.

Barc & Brews
Fairhope Brewing is partnering with the Baldwin County Humane Society to host its 6th annual Barc & Brews fundraiser on Sunday, April 8, 2-7 p.m. Live music, food and family friendly. Pet adoptions will be held from 2-4 p.m. For more information visit www.fairhopebrewing.com.

Alabama Goes Teal
The Rape Crisis Center is taking part in Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a “Take Back the Night” walk on April 5 at the USA Campus at 6 p.m. Wear a teal ribbon throughout the month of April in solidarity.

Croquet and Cocktails
The American Cancer Society is pleased to announce a brand-new fund-raising event in Baldwin County. Join us on April 8 at Steelwood Country Club in Loxley at noon for a game of croquet on the lawn. Go to www.facebook.com/ACScroquetandcocktails/ to win a free ticket and for more information.

Family Fun Day
Join us at Liberty Church in Foley this Saturday, April 7, for a day of fun including a bake sale, kid’s area, food trucks and live music. Free admission. All proceeds go to the backpack program to feed hungry kids in our area. Contact Darlene at 251-752-5445.

Pancake Breakfast
Join the St. Mary Knights of Columbus for a monthly pancake breakfast  Sunday, April 8, 9:30-11 a.m. in the St. Mary Gymnasium. Contact Sean Dudley, sdudley@burr.com or the St. Mary Parish Office, 251-432-8678.

Yoga and Meditation
Come support us at our fundraising event at Chipotle on Monday, April 9, 4-8 p.m. Just show our flyer for 50 percent of the proceeds to be donated to our year-long peace events. Check us out at thevanguardusa.com/3495/life/spotlight-on-meditation-and-mindfulness-club.

Rebellion Pre-Season Party
Join us Tuesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Lucky’s Irish Pub for the inaugural Causeway Rebellion Pre-Season Party as we rally together to support AFC Mobile. Raffles, food and drink specials. Visit www.facebook.com/causewayrebellion/ for details.

Night Market at MMoA
Buy local, support local! Night Market is an event hosted by MMoA showcasing makers, artists, artisans and craftsmen who make locally sourced, handmade goods. Great food and drink from local food trucks and live music Thursday, April 5, 5-9 p.m.


ARTS

Pulitzer-Winning Author to Speak
Elizabeth Kolbert, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for her best-selling book about mass extinction, will speak in the Student Center Ballroom at the University of South Alabama on Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. Recognized as one of America’s best science writers, Kolbert will speak on how mass extinction relates to the Gulf Coast region.

Catt’s Brown Bag Concert Series
Free shows by Grayson Capps on Thursday, April 5, 11:30 a.m. at May Day Park in Daphne and Friday, April 6, at 11:30 a.m. at Windmill Market in Fairhope.

Music in the Park
Enjoy free concerts in the Pavilion at Town Center Park every Friday evening beginning April 6, with the Unfazed Show and Band, through August 31. Visit spanishforttowncenter.com for the summer lineup.

Mobile Pops Disney Concert
Join us in this family-friendly concert as we explore the world of Disney. Saturday, April 7, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Dauphin Island Water Tower. Free and open to the public.

Auditions for “1984”
Chickasaw Civic Theatre will host auditions for its production of George Orwell’s “1984” this Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at noon. Look us up on Facebook at Theatre Explorer Post 149.

Are You Woke Yet?
Get woke with student artists and well-known artists at this Poetry Slam at the Student Center Ballroom on the USA Campus. Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. Contact jptalks@southalabama.edu.

Brown Bag by the Bay
A free show by Lisa Mills will be performed at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, at Mayday Park in Daphne.


MUSEUMS  

“Titanic: Honour & Glory”
“Titanic Honour & Glory” will run through April 15 at the History Museum of Mobile. Call 251-301-0273 or gavin.snyder@historymuseumofmobile.com.

“Alabama Main Streets”
Traveling Postcard exhibit will be on display until Saturday, April 28, at the Spanish Fort Public Library. Visit spanishfortpubliclibrary.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 Mobile County residents. No reservations are necessary. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive. Call 251-208-5200.

“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.


WORKSHOPS

Soft Pastel Workshop
Join us April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marnee’s Studio for a unique soft pastel workshop with Victoria Udovikina. No prior experience required, just bring lunch and a friend. Visit https://www.facebook.com/marnees.studio/.

ASL Class
Come learn how to communicate in American Sign Language (ASL). Beginner classes start Tuesday, April 10, and run eight weeks at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. You will be taught the manual alphabet, numbers and approximately 250 signs. Call Beverly at 251-432-7777 or email her at bownds.beverly@aidb.org.

Cyber Seniors
Terrified of technology? Join us at Spanish Fort High School on April 10 at 4 p.m. for this class, open to all adults who need assistance with technology. Call 251-410-7323.

Open Studio at Cathedral Square Gallery
Come see artists at work and enjoy complimentary beverages and works by more than 60 area artists. Sunday, April 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact 251-694-0278.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Mobile Bay Bears vs. Pensacola
Opening night at the Hank on April 5, the BayBears host the Pensacola Blue Wahoos for a five-game homestand. Starting at 6:30 p.m., this week’s “Thirsty Thursday” is sponsored by Lagniappe! More info at www.mobilebaybears.com.

Ladies’ Night at Crossfit
If you’ve ever wondered what CrossFit is all about and how it can help you reach even the loftiest health and fitness goals, then don’t miss the next Ladies Night, Friday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m. Free to members and non-members; bring a friend. Contact Courtney@crossfitsaraland for more information.

Yoga Series
Soul Shine Yoga is offering a six-week series beginning Sunday, April 8, at Kudzu Aerial Fitness in Fairhope. Contact Gabi Garrett at 256-348-7249.

Free Yoga at Alabama Contemporary Art
Recharge and refresh with Yoga at Alabama Contemporary Art Museum. This free, one-hour class is led by certified yoga instructors and open to participants at all levels of experience. Saturday, April 7.

Beekeeping School
Be part of one of the best beekeeping series around. Led by Becca of Little Green Bees and Becka of B’s Bees. PZK Hall in Robertsdale, April 11-13. Visit www.littlegreenbees.com.

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.

Free Yoga
Whether you’ve never tried yoga before or you’re an expert, swing by for a fun and free session at Red Beard’s Outfitter. Class starts at 8:30 a.m. and is open to all skill levels. Call 251-217-7466.

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.

Fitness and Athletics Classes
Try something new! Classes are offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Tai Chi, bellydance, candlelit yoga, Piyo Tone and piano. Call 251-463-7980 or visit mobilecap.org

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.


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 second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.; www.daphneal.com.

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

Elberta Town Council: Third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in town hall. Workshop meeting on 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.; www.cofairhope.com.

Fairhope Planning Commission: First Monday at 5 p.m., 161 N. Section St.; 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., City Hall, 5464 Old Highway 43, 251-675-1440.