Pelican Paddle at Weeks Bay
Pelican Paddle hosted by the Weeks Bay Foundation is Saturday, Aug. 4, 7:30 a.m. to noon. This is a family-oriented, 3.5-mile canoe, kayak and paddleboard race open to all ages and skill levels. There is also a seven-mile pro option for serious paddlers and a noncompetitive, guided Eco-Tour of Weeks Bay. Visit www.weeksbay.org.


GENERAL INTEREST

Back-to-school haircuts
Throughout August, Remington College is providing free back-to-school haircuts for kids through the Cuts for Kids program. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 251-342-4848 to schedule an appointment.

Bradley Byrne town hall tour
U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne’s “Better Off Now” town hall tour makes 10 stops in South Alabama through August including Dauphin Island Aug. 1, Citronelle Aug. 2, Mobile Aug. 8, Grand Bay Aug. 20, Seminole Aug. 22, Loxely Aug. 22 and Spanish Fort Aug. 22. Visit byrne.house.gov/BetterOffTour.

New fire truck rollout
Semmes Fire Rescue will dedicate two new trucks on Thursday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. at the Semmes Public Safety Training Center. Contact Denise Dailey, 251-544-6641.

First Friday Art Walk
Fairhope’s First Friday Art Walk takes place Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. at Eastern Shore Art Center. Stroll through downtown visiting art galleries and listening to music. Call 251-928-2228.

Battle of Mobile Bay
This living history event depicts the pivotal naval battle and siege with uniformed interpreters bringing Fort Morgan to life through period drills on the fort’s parade ground, artillery demonstrations at the water battery and special talks by site historians. Saturday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit Fort-Morgan.org or call 251-540-5257.

Water Education Festival
The Exploreum will host a Water Education Festival on Saturday, Aug.4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to promote conversation about the importance of water management and conservation in the community. Free for Exploreum members and a $10 “Beat the Heat” summer combo including IMAX, “Water’s Extreme Journey” exhibit and permanent exhibits for nonmembers. Visit exploreum.com.

Open house at History Museum of Mobile
Sunday, Aug. 5, 1:30-3:30 p.m. the History Museum of Mobile’s hosts an open house. Explore 300 years of Mobile’s history while learning about the museum and its membership program and benefits. Light refreshments served, free admission. Visit historymuseumofmobile.com.

Blessing of the Backpacks
On Sunday, Aug. 5, during each service at Christ United Methodist Church students of all ages will be asked to bring their backpacks forward for a special time of prayer. Visit christumcmobile.com.

Founder’s Day at Bellingrath
Born in Atlanta on Aug. 6, 1869, Walter D. Bellingrath was Mobile’s first Coca-Cola bottler and the founder of Bellingrath Gardens and Home. In honor of his birthday on Monday, Aug. 6, admission to the gardens is free to all Mobile and Baldwin county residents from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be prepared to show an ID to prove place of residence. Visit bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.

National Night Out
The Mobile Police Department and the city of Mobile Special Events Department will host the 35th National Night Out at the Mobile Civic Center Arena, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 6:30-9 p.m. Learn more about public safety through live demonstrations and receive the latest crime prevention awareness education. Free. Call 251-208-1938 or email gary.owens@cityofmobile.org.

Dauphin Island family movie series
Dauphin Island’s West End Beach is the site of free family movie nights. Thursday, Aug. 2, see “Angry Birds” and Friday, Aug. 3, see “Finding Dory.” Visit dauphinislandtourism.com/calendar for complete summer lineup.

Friday at the Firehouse
Come visit Station 19 on Azalea Road on Friday, Aug. 3, 5:30-7 p.m. to tour the fire station, trucks and equipment and meet firefighters. Free and open to the public on Fridays throughout the summer. For more information and locations, follow Mobile Fire-Rescue on Facebook.

Back to school with Virginia College
Virginia College will host a back-to-school event for the community Wednesday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. to noon at the campus, 3725 Airport Blvd., Suite 165. Refreshments and candy for kids, campus tours, free back-to-school haircuts, backpack and school supply giveaways and more. Attendees 18 and older can enter to win gift cards. Call 251-343-7227.

Daiquiri Dash Pub Crawl
Join us for the second annual Mobile Tiki Week Rum Crawl, this year called the “Daiquiri Dash,” on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. beginning at the OK Bicycle Shop and making additional stops at Southern National, The Merry Widow, The Sidecar Lounge and The Haberdasher. Wear your best tiki/island/luau gear. Find us on Facebook @MobileTikiWeek.

 


FUNDRAISERS

White Linen Party
Throw on your favorite white attire and enjoy a fun night for a great cause on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Alchemy Tavern, 6-9 p.m .with food, drinks, silent auction and live music by Jamell Richardson, “The Gulf Coast Blues Boy.” Proceeds will benefit Y-Campaign for youth, families and seniors. Cost is $35 per ticket and can be purchased at the Moorer YMCA or on Eventbrite.

Professional rodeo
The 21st annual Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation Professional Rodeo returns to the city of Foley Horse Arena Aug. 2-4 nightly beginning at 6 p.m. Scheduled competitive events include bareback and saddle bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, breakaway roping, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing. Call 251-971-3633.

Cool White Linen Night
The 21st annual Cool White Linen Night benefiting Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, Arlene F. Mitchell Campus, is Thursday, Aug. 2, 6 p.m. at The Steeple on St. Francis. Fine dining, libations, silent auction, live music and dancing. Tickets are $100 per person, $60 for Via! members. Visit 1717 Dauphin St., or call 251-470-522.

Southern Grace Dinner Series
Enjoy an evening with award-winning chef Emeril Lagasse at Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m., benefiting FuseProject. Visit fishersobm.com/southerngrace.

Baykeeper giveaway
Join us at Dority’s on Dauphin Island Sunday, Aug. 5, from 2-5 p.m. for an afternoon of art with metal sculptor Frank Ledbetter, live music by Brandon Coleman from The Red Clay Strays, and food and drinks. The event will conclude with a giveaway of Frank Ledbetter’s Red Snapper sculpture, which will be the first of a series of pieces to benefit Mobile Baykeeper. Call 251-433-4229 or email jherlihy@mobilebaykeeper.org.

 


ARTS

Marc-Art 2018
Marc-Art 2018 is an exhibition and sale of artwork created by people with developmental disabilities. At Azalea Manor, 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2. Catered by Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe, music by Lisa Mills. For tickets, call 251-479-7409 or purchase at the door, $25. Call 251-665-9646 or email aodom@mobilearc.org.

Art Talk at MMoA
In conjunction with “Native American Art: From the Collection,” Charles Headdress, vice chairman of Fort Peck Tribes, is traveling from Montana to speak about a very personal item: his grandmother’s quilt. He will be joined by Dr. Ken Ryan, an elder from his tribe and historian. Mobile Museum of Art, Thursday, Aug. 2, 6 p.m. Visit www.mobilemuseumofart.com.

“Disney’s The Lion King Jr.”
South Baldwin Community Theatre will present “Disney’s The Lion King Jr.” Aug. 3-5 and Aug. 10-12 at 2202 W. 2nd St. in Gulf Shores. Admission is $15 for adults, $9.95 for students. Visit SBCT.biz or call 251.968.6721.

Organ Concert and Hymn-Sing
Featuring Andrew Atkinson, virtuoso organist. Sunday, Aug. 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 6 p.m. at Government Street United Methodist Church, on the corner of Government and Broad streets. Call 251-438-4714.

“Cinderella — The Musical”
Playhouse in the Park will present its original musical, “Cinderella — The Musical,” through Sunday, Aug. 12. Reservations recommended. Visit www.playhouseinthepark.org for showtimes and ticket information.

“The Skin of Our Teeth”
Theatre 98 presents “The Skin of Our Teeth” starting Friday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Contact Joan Scott at 251-928-4366.

Classics at the Saenger
The Summer Classic Movie Series continues through Sunday, Aug. 19. Showtimes are 3 p.m. Sundays, doors open at 2:30 p.m. General admission $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Seats are first come, first served. The Aug. 5 feature is “Pulp Fiction.” Visit mobilesaenger.com for complete schedule.

Garden sketch club
Visit Mobile Botanical Gardens every Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a relaxing time sketching in the gardens. All levels of experience are welcome. General admission is $5 for nonmembers.


MUSEUMS

“Water’s Extreme Journey”
An exciting quest that transforms you into a drop of water entering a watershed and traveling to oceans, while learning how clean choices keep our drops healthy and moving toward a clean ocean. Daily through Sept. 3 at Gulf Coast Exploreum. Visit exploreum.com for details.

“Island of Lemurs: Madagascar”|
Narrated by Morgan Freeman and captured with IMAX 3-D cameras, “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Visit exploreum.com for showtimes and tickets.

“Ice Age Imperials”
History Museum of Mobile through Aug. 26. Imagine traveling 20,000 years into the past when fierce cats, enormous mastodons and woolly mammoths, 6-foot-tall beavers and other giant creatures roamed the land and every day was a struggle for survival. Visit historymuseumofmobile.com or call 251-301-0266.

“Jerusalem”
Take an inspiring and eye-opening tour of one of the world’s oldest and most enigmatic cities, destroyed and rebuilt countless times over 5,000 years. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. Visit www.exploreum.com for showtimes and tickets.

“National Parks Adventure”
A trio of adventurers’ quest to experience America’s wildest, most historic and most naturally beautiful places becomes the ultimate off-trail adventure in MacGillivray Freeman Films’ “National Parks Adventure,” narrated by Robert Redford. Visit www.exploreum.com for showtimes and tickets.

Thursdays at MMofA
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.

 


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Benefits of yoga
Come meet Noel Hanley, teacher and owner of Sway Downtown yoga and dance studio and discover the benefits of yoga and how you can achieve balance in body, mind and soul. Saturday, Aug. 4, 10-11 a.m. at the Ben May Main Library. Visit mobilepubliclibraryonline.org.

Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic
The 5th annual Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic fishing tournament, the largest kayak fishing tournament in Alabama, is Aug. 4. Family-friendly and open to all ages. For more details and to register online visit bayoulabatrekayakclassic.org or call 251-402-5081.

Pelican Paddle at Weeks Bay
Pelican Paddle hosted by the Weeks Bay Foundation is Saturday, Aug. 4, 7:30 a.m. to noon. This is a family-oriented, 3.5-mile canoe, kayak and paddleboard race open to all ages and skill levels. There is also a seven-mile pro option for serious paddlers and a noncompetitive, guided Eco-Tour of Weeks Bay. Visit www.weeksbay.org.

Pop-Up Yoga
Complimentary yoga classes instructed by Nonie Taul of Naturally Strong Nonie will be held weekly on Saturdays through Aug. 25, 9:15 a.m. at The Shoppes of Bel Air in the fountain area. Classes are family-friendly and open to all ages and fitness levels on a first come, first served basis. Attendees will be offered water and light snacks. Visit facebook.com/TheShoppesAtBelAir.

Irish dancing
Beginner classes for ages 3 through teens are held Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at the Azalea City Center for the Arts, 63 Midtown Park E., and feature traditional jigs, reels, hornpipes and ceili dances. Learn the beautiful art form that is Irish dancing, which develops confidence, poise and stamina. Fun performances during the year, competition also available. Call 228-239-2422 or email maccrossanirishdance@yahoo.com.  

Bingo at Via!
Every Tuesday and Thursday 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St., 251-478-3311. Open to the public.

Piyo Tone
Final class of current session Thursday, Aug. 2, at Stott’s Park, 2150 N. Demetropolis Road, 6-6:45 p.m. Class fee $21. Call 251-463-7980.

 


WORKSHOPS

Realtalk lunch and learn
South Alabama Mental Wellness will host a lunch and learn session on the topic of “Mental Illness & Homeless Neighbors” on Monday, Aug. 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Goodwill Easter Seals (2440 Gordon Smith Drive). Free training and CME/CEU credit: 1 hour.

Marriages end, families don’t
Lifelines Counseling Services will host “Helping Children Cope with Divorce,” an educational program that focuses on how effective parenting can lessen the negative impact of divorce and parental separation on children. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 6-10 p.m. at 705 Oak Circle Drive East. Sign up online at lifelinesmobile.org.

August lunch and learn
History Museum of Mobile will hold a Learning Lunch Wednesday, Aug. 8, at noon featuring Dr. Rebecca Williams, University of South Alabama professor and co-owner of Iron Hand Brewing. Williams will discuss the life and times of one of Mobile’s founding fathers, Henri de Tonti. For more information on the Learning Lunch series, contact Jennifer Theeck, curator of education, 251-301-0270 or theeckj@historymuseumofmobile.com.

 


PUBLIC MEETINGS

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. 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 Tuesdays at 6 p.m. City Hall, 5464 Old Highway 43, 251-675-1440.