GENERAL INTEREST

Business Expo
The Mobile area’s largest business-to-business trade show featuring more than 200 companies — with giveaways, food, beverages and more — will be Thursday, Aug. 25, noon to 5 p.m. at Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center in Mobile. Admission is $5.

Water and Land Adventure
Educational boat trips on the Mobile-Tensaw Delta or narrated walking and bus tours around historic sites of Blakeley and the Civil War battlefield are offered visitors to Blakeley State Park Saturday morning, Aug. 27. Tickets can be reserved by calling 251-626-5581. For more information go to www.blakeleypark.com.

Dauphin Street Beer Festival
Grab your friends, grab your mug and get ready to taste a bevy of brews! That’s right, the Dauphin Street Beer Festival is back Saturday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. With only craft beer offerings, we expect quite a few new beers to be on the sampling menu. For more information, please call 251-208-1550. Tickets are available at beerfest.brownpapertickets.com.

Light It Up With Lures Pokemon gathering
In conjunction with the Student Center at the University of South Alabama, the second Light It Up With Lures will be Saturday, Aug. 27, 2-5 p.m. Come catch Pokemon and enjoy the comradery of like-minded people. This non-alcoholic event will be monitored by campus police.

August drink-n-scrawl
Mobile Writers Guild invites all writers near the Mobile Bay to join us at Bluegill Resturant in Spanish Fort for our last social event of the summer before we begin our regular meetings of the season. Please join us to talk about writing, projects, and what our plans are for the upcoming year. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2-4 p.m.

Volunteer opportunity
Are you looking for a meaningful way to impact our community? United Way of Southwest Alabama’s 211 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.

Women’s Forum 2016: Charting Your Own Course
Women’s Forum 2016: Charting Your Own Course, is hosted by the University of South Alabama and presented by Congressman Bradley Byrne and The Community Foundation of South Alabama. The forum will be held 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Aug. 26 at The Battle House Hotel in downtown Mobile. To register visit https://byrne.house.gov/WomensForum.

Citizens Fire Academy
This program will provide participants with an overview of the divisions within the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department, a general overview of firefighting and emergency medical services, and provide hands-on experience. The class is free. Monday evenings for 10 weeks from 6-9 p.m. Applications can be obtained online at www.cityofmobile.org/fire, by phone at 251-208-7163 or at headquarters (701 St. Francis St.).

ACT Prep Class
High school students are invited to sign up for a free ACT Math prep class on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 3:45-4:45 p.m. at the Daphne Library. Participants will be offered a free opportunity to practice math skills in preparation for the upcoming ACT testing. Registration is required. Interested students can call 251-621-2818, ext. 211, to register.

August anniversary special
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 (regularly $21), 5-12 are $11.50 (regularly $13). Details at bellingrath.org.

School supplies drive
Now until Sept. 8, Tillman’s Corner Community Center will be collecting school supplies for kids in need. The community center is located at 5055 Plantation Road. For more information call 251-666-2844.

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 begin at dusk. This week’s film is “Minions.”

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, of 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.


FUNDRAISERS

Reel Hope Classic
Reel Hope Classic fishing tournament is set for Aug. 26-27 at Orange Beach Marina, 27075 Marina Road, benefitting patients treated at the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama. To register or for more information about the tournament, visit give.childrensal.org/reelhope or call Kerrie Benson at 251-610-4969.

A Ramblin’ Night at the Steeple
A Ramblin’ Night at the Steeple is a benefit to raise money for benches for Wave bus riders. Featuring Shawn Mullins, The Mulligan Brothers and Eric Erdman, it will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $35. This is the first music event at The Steeple in downtown Mobile. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com.


ARTS

JJP presents “Sweeney Todd”
“Sweeney Todd” opens at the Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen St., Friday Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. for nine performances through Sept. 11. For more information or tickets call 251-471-1534 or visit joejeffersonplayers.com.

Live from Avalon
Come to Mobile Public Library on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. for a concert in Bernheim Hall (701 Government St.). This week’s concert is by Mithril. For tickets and more information, visit livefromavalon.com.

Audition for “Laura” at South Baldwin Community Theatre
Auditions for “Laura” will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, 2-4 p.m., and on Monday, Aug. 29, 6-9 p.m. The play opens Oct. 14. Director Sparkie Harrison is looking for five males and three females, preferably 17 years or older. For more information call the theater at 251-968-6721, email info@sbct.biz or visit the website: www.sbct.biz.

Last Friday Art Night
Dauphin Island Art Gallery is where it’s happening on the Island on the last Friday of each month. Last Friday Art Night features local art and history, food, beverages, music and socializing. Dauphin Island Art Gallery is located at 918 Bienville Blvd. For more information call 251-861-3300.


MUSEUMS

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. 30 speaker will be Lt. John Hamrick, a Fairhope native, who will talk to us about several programs he directs and about other things going on with the Fairhope Police Department. 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

End of summer night 5K trail run
Run N Tri hosts this free nighttime 5K at the intramural fields on the University of South Alabama campus Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7:45 p.m., but we ask that you bring a canned good to donate to Feeding The Gulf Coast. For more information call 251-340-8101.

2016 Mobile Bay Gridiron Challenge
The Mobile Sports Authority and the Mobile Leadership Series host some of the nation’s highest recruited athletes facing off with their respective high schools at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 27 with games at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. For more information call 251-725-1794 or visit mobilesportsauthority.com.

Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears will soon conclude their 20th season of MILB Double-A baseball at Mobile’s Hank Aaron Stadium. The team concludes its road series against Pensacola on Friday and returns to the Hank Aug. 27 for a final five-game home series against Montgomery, concluding the season in Jacksonville next month. 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.


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.