GENERAL INTEREST

Reeses Senior Bowl Girls of Fall
A unique event focusing on female football fans, featuring football, fashion and fun! Our female fans will learn more about the game, plus have an opportunity to eat, drink and shop! Thursday, Aug. 18. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at door, cash or check only. For more information visit seniorbowl.com.

Tour of the delta
John S. Sledge, author of the recently published award-winning book “The Mobile River,” will narrate a three-hour cruise across the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and down the Mobile River, leaving the river’s history — some previously untold — in its wake. Thursday, Aug. 18, at 9 a.m. The tour will leave from Blakeley State Park, 34745 State Highway 225 in Spanish Fort. For more information call 251-626-5581.

“Lost mansions of Mobile”
Tom McGehee brings his popular lecture “Lost Mansions of Mobile” to the Historic Mobile Preservation Society. Thursday Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. at Ben May Main Library, 701 Government St. Please register in advance. Free for HMPS members; $10 for nonmembers. Visit historicmobile.org for more information.

Young professionals social
Join the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals for its Third Thursday Social Aug. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Gumbo Shack, 212 Fairhope Ave.

Volunteer opportunity
Are you looking for a meaningful way to impact our community? United Way of Southwest Alabama’s 2-1-1 needs volunteers in the call center. Shifts are available weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are interested in joining, please call Chalisse at 251-431-5100 or email cpeltier@lifelinesmobile.org to schedule an interview.

Depot/U open house
Come learn about Mobile’s first website developer, Depot/U, a full-time, 10-week program that trains beginning developers to be front-end engineers. On Thursday, Aug. 18, Depot/U will host an open house to provide additional insight into the program, allowing potential candidates to speak with instructors and the company’s leadership team. The event will be at Rural Sourcing, 455 St. Louis St., 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Pour Social Skills 101
The Royal St. Tavern at the Battle House invites you to join us for the first installment of Pour Social Skills: A social mixology series class! Sample and learn to make classic cocktails from around the world and a few simple creative twists. $35 single, $60 double. Call 251-338-5441 for reservations. Limited space available!

Lunch & Learn
Consumer Credit Counseling Services is hosting a Lunch & Learn on Aug. 24 at 11:30 a.m. Join Monica as she discusses checking your credit reports and credit scores. This free event is open to the public and lunch will be provided. Call 251-602-0011 to reserve your spot. Visit cccsmobile.org to complete your credit authorization form.

Back to School Bash
The city of Gulf Shores (101 Gulf Shores Parkway) will host its annual Back to School Beach Bash on Thursday, Aug. 18, 6-9 p.m. The event will feature music from a live DJ, campfires and all the makings for s’mores. Families are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, friends and family to join the fun and relax on the beach.

August anniversary special at Bellingrath
During the month of August, Bellingrath Gardens is offering a discount rate to those touring the gardens and the beautiful Bellingrath Home, which marks its 80th anniversary this summer. Throughout the month, tickets for adults are $16.50 (regular fee $21), 5-12 are $11.50 (regular fee $13). Details at bellingrath.org.

Fall meeting of the ACCW
The fall Quarterly Deanery of the Mobile ACCW will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24., at Corpus Christi Church, 6300 McKenna Drive, upstairs in the Community Center. Registration will be 9-9:45 a.m. Cost is $13. Please make reservations with Beth at 251-232-8862, bethrcain@bellsouth.net ,or Margie at 251-661-6827, mbunch0719@yahoo.com.

Bartender of the Year Competition
The 2016 Bartender of the Year Competition is set to showcase the sharpest mixologists from Mobile and Baldwin counties at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores on Tuesday, Aug. 23. The Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Alliance calls for nominations of the area’s best bartenders to fill 10 elite spots to compete for regional bragging rights and to represent the Gulf Coast at the statewide competition.

Break a Keg comedy tour
Stu Cookson, David Dettmering and Gabe Davis are joined by the fantastic musical talent of Scott Morlock for an evening of stand-up comedy and bawdy ditties. Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 9 p.m. Wise Guys Piano Bar, 18 Laurel Ave., Fairhope. For more information call 251-990-0995.

IMC fundraiser
On Wednesday, Aug. 24, the Independent Music Collective (IMC) will be holding its first book fair of the semester in the The University of South Alabama Humanities Building courtyard from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come browse our wide selection of used books (on all topics) and music in a variety of formats. All monetary donations collected will be used to fund upcoming IMC concerts.

Alabama Restaurant Week
The Alabama Tourism Department’s Alabama Restaurant Week promotion is held each August and is aimed at highlighting local restaurants. From Aug. 15-24, participating restaurants feature an Alabama Restaurant Week special meal. Visit www.alabamarestaurantweek.com to find a participating restaurant near you.

Brunch at The Noble South
The Noble South is officially open for brunch! We will be serving every Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. A fantastic menu is planned alongside thirst-quenching cocktails! Reservations are not required but recommended. Call 251-690-6824.

West End Movie Night
Every Friday enjoy a film on the West End of Dauphin Island. Bring chairs, blankets and bug spray (just in case). Snack vendor will be onsite. Admission is free and movies start at dusk. This week’s film is “Nim’s Island.”

Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Tuesday at noon for lunch at Azalea City Golf Course. This week’s speaker is Capt. Dwight Smith, Mobile Fire and Rescue. For reservations and more information, please call 251-348-3542.

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. The Northern Gulf Institute presents conversations about all things scientific in the Gulf of Mexico region. For more information call 251-861-2141.


ARTS

Cut paper illustration workshop
Join Suzanne Sarver on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 9 a.m. for an introduction into hand-cut paper art. Suzanne will provide you with inspiration, cutting tips and pasting tricks. Cost is $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers; pre-registration is required as space is limited. The workshop will be held at Ben May Main Library Meeting Room, 701 Government St. To register visit Eventbrite.com

Summer organ recitals
Sunday, Aug. 21, join Christ Church Cathedral for a grand symphony. Come enjoy a kaleidoscope of musical color! Christopher Powell will present Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” and César Franck’s “Grande Piece Symphonique.” The concert begins at 4 p.m., 115 S. Conception St.

“Rock 4 the Vets”
Saturday Aug. 20. at 5:30 p.m. American Legion Post 199 will host a beach concert with Roger Fleshman and the Bayrunner Band performing. Admission is free. American Legion Post 199 is located at 70 S. Mobile St.

Mobile Mystery Dinners
Mobile Mystery Dinners will perform “Murder on the Battleship” Saturday, Aug. 20, at Mobile Carnival Museum, 355 Government St. Tickets are $59 and include dinner and unlimited wine. The fun begins at 7 p.m. Advance reservations are required; call 251-438-4000.


MUSEUMS

Live at MMoA
Mithril Duo Stones will perform their original music Thursday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. $10 admission, wine and beer by donation. For more information call 251-208-5200.

Tea for Two
Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m., the Fairhope Museum of History hosts a tea and a lecture on Fairhope history. The Aug. 23 speaker will be Jennifer Flad. A longtime resident of Fairhope, Flad is executive director of the Exceptional Foundation of the Gulf Coast. She will talk about the foundation’s programs helping developmentally and physically challenged individuals. For more information call 251-929-1471.

Mobile Medical Museum exhibit
Mobile Medical Museum presents “Healing Women: Medical History from a Female Perspective” at the Mary Elizabeth and Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art, Marx Library, University of South Alabama. For more information call 251-415-1109 or visit mobilemedicalmuseum.org.

“Treasures of NOAA’s Ark”
Visitors to GulfQuest can discover how NOAA charts seas, protects and conserves the nation’s marine resources, and detects potential hurricanes and tsunamis. This exhibit also highlights past and present pioneers who made significant contributions to our understanding of shore, sea and sky. For more information visit gulfquest.org or call 251-436-8901.

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. For more information call 251- 208-5200.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears are back in action for a 20th season of MILB Double-A baseball at Mobile’s Hank Aaron Stadium. In their next-to-last series at home for this season, the BayBears play three against Biloxi Aug. 19-21 before traveling to Pensacola. For more information or tickets call 251-479-BEAR.

Sunset yoga for charity
Join Thrive Yoga and Massage at 7 p.m. every second and fourth Friday evening through October at the Henry George Park overlooking the Fairhope pier. All classes will be by donation and all proceeds go to charity. Bring your mat. All classes are beginner friendly. Well-behaved kids and pets are welcome.

Ballroom dance
Azalea Ballroom Dance Club hosts dances with live music the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 7-9:30 p.m., $10 admission. Beginners are welcome. At Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center (1717 Dauphin St., Mobile). For more information email Cindy Youngblood, cyoungblood9278@gmail.com, call 251-623-9183 or visit www.azaleaballroomdanceclub.com.

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dances the first and third Monday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Beginners are welcome. Fitzpen Place, 11247 State Highway 31 in Spanish Fort. For more information email Cassie Fishbein at cassief13@aol.com.


WORKSHOPS

Car Buying 101
Purchasing an auto can be stressful and costly. Learn the tools of the trade when it comes to dealer offers and financing. Workshop on Monday, Aug. 22, 6-7 p.m. at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling, 705 Oak Circle Drive E. (Mobile). Space is limited, please call 251-602-0011 to register in advance.

Homebuyers seminar
This seminar gives tips and information for those wanting to become a homeowner. Seminar starts at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20. Register at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling, 705 Oak Circle Drive E. (Mobile). Due to limited space, please call 251-602-0011 to register in advance.


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.

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.