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Special sunset cruise

Take a cruise down the waterways of the lower Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The two-hour tour departs from the Blakeley dock Friday, Aug. 31, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $29 for adults, $19 for children 6-12. To reserve, call 251-626-0798. Visit the events page at www.blakeleypark.com.


GENERAL INTEREST

Rose Center Gala
Rose Center opened in Mobile in March 2018 as an aftercare program for survivors of human sex trafficking. On Thursday, Aug. 30, a formal gala, “In Her Shoes,” will be held at the Mobile Convention Center with the goal of increasing awareness and helping to fund The Rose Center’s mission. Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased online. Visit eyeheartworld.org/inhershoes.

DISC groundbreaking
The Daphne Industrial Development Board and the city of Daphne will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Daphne Innovation + Science Complex (DISC) on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 9:30 a.m. at the southwest corner of Alabama State Highway 181 and Champions Way. Call 251-620-1000 or email at mayorsoffice@daphneal.com.

Friday at the Firehouse

Come visit Station 20/DIP this Friday, Aug. 31, 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 summer. For more information and locations, follow Mobile Fire-Rescue on Facebook.

We Are Messengers concert
Mission of Hope Ministries invites you to a free concert by We Are Messengers at Cottage Hill Baptist Church on Friday, Aug. 31. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. For more information or free tickets, contact Susan Floyd at 251-533-0246 or Mission of Hope at 251-649-0830.

Music in the Park

Enjoy the last free summer concert in the Pavilion at Town Center Park in Spanish Fort Friday evening, Aug. 31, with Trilogy, a Motown variety trio. Visit spanishforttowncenter.com for latest updates.

Dauphin Island family movie series
The final free family movie night this summer will be “Cars 2” at Dauphin Island’s West End Beach on Friday, Aug. 31. Visit dauphinislandtourism.com.

Indoor Market at Central
Every Saturday morning during September from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. an indoor market will be held at Central Presbyterian Church (corner of Dauphin and Ann streets). Come shop indoors in air conditioning and #supportlocal artisans, bakers and craftsmen. Email eventsatcentral@gmail.com for more information.

Fish Swap Day
Bring any healthy fresh or saltwater fish (up to five) to B&B Pet Stop on Tuesday, Sept. 4, beginning at 9 a.m. For more details visit www.bbpetstop.com or call 251-661-3474.

Mobile Deanery ACCW fall meeting
Mobile Deanery ACCW fall quarterly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1621 Boykin Blvd. in Mobile. Registration at 9:15 a.m., meeting at 9:45 a.m., Mass celebrated at 11:15 a.m. Lunch served immediately following Mass. Price is $13 per person. Reservations can be made at 251-533-4771, Carlee.russell@icloud.com, or 251-661-6537, shirley.alexander1@gmail.com. Reserve by Friday, Aug. 31.

August admissions discount

During August, Bellingrath Gardens and Home offers a reduced rate on combination Gardens and Home tickets: adults $17 (regularly $21), ages 5-12 $12 (regularly $13). Fee for commercial and professional photography also discounted by 50 percent during August; fee includes entrance to gardens for photographer and up to four participants. To book a photography session, call 251-459-8986. For details, visit bellingrath.org.

Compassionate Friends Mobile/Baldwin

Compassionate Friends offers friendship and support for families (parents, grandparents and siblings) who have lost children of any age. Meeting at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church. Call 251-721-2209 or visit compassionatefriendsmobile.org; find us on Facebook, @The Compassionate Friends Mobile/Baldwin.


FUNDRAISERS

“Fill the Boot”
The Mobile Fire-Rescue Department is gearing up for its annual Boot Drive fundraising event to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. MFRD personnel will be staged at Wal-Mart and Winn-Dixie locations around Mobile on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Support #TeamAnthony
A $10 plated lunch will be available for pickup on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Government Plaza Atrium. Proceeds will benefit Anthony LaFrenier, son of Mobile County employee Beth LaFrenier Jones, who was involved in a motor vehicle accident in May. Tickets can be purchased in the Government Plaza Atrium Info Booth or the Mobile County receptionist desk on the 10th floor.

Salvation Army annual luncheon
Please join us Wednesday, Aug. 29, noon to 1 p.m. (doors at 11:30 a.m.) at The Battle House Hotel. The annual luncheon is the Salvation Army’s primary fundraising event, serving as the official kickoff for its “Our Family” campaign. Featured guest is Deion Sanders of CBS Sports and the NFL Network. For tickets visit www.sacoastal.org.

Home of Grace fundraiser luncheon
Home of Grace will hold its annual fundraiser luncheon Thursday, Aug. 30, 11:30 a.m. at Mt. Hebron Church Ministries (2531 Berkley Ave.). The featured speaker will be Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson, with music provided by University of Mobile Singers. Tickets cost $50 per person. Visit homeofgraceforwomen.com or call 251-456-7807.


ARTS

MAC closing reception
Mobile Arts Council will host a special closing reception for its annual MAC Members’ Exhibition on Thursday, Aug. 30, 5:30-7 p.m. Libations and light refreshments provided. Contact Lucy Gafford at lgafford@mobilearts.org if planning to attend.

Interactive art mural
The Shoppes at Bel Air will debut a new mural from international street artist Kelsey Montague Saturday, Sept. 1, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A monthly $50 mall gift card will be given away to those who have entered. For details on how to enter, find us on Facebook @TheShoppesAtBelAir.

Auditions for “5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche”
Come one, come all to Company 11’s auditions on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and Wednesday, Sept 5., 6-8 p.m. for “5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche.” New location is 1260 Dauphin St. (Bellingrath Hall at Central Presbyterian). Download the audition packet at company11.org/auditions.

“The Faces of India”

University of South Alabama Libraries announce the opening of a new exhibit, “The Faces of India” by Jelena Kryschun, in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of the Marx Library. Through Sept. 30. Contact Paula Webb, 251-461-1993.

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”

Experience 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.

“Murders in Mobile”
History Museum of Mobile is showcasing an exhibit honoring six Mobile citizens killed in the 1940s, “Murders in Mobile,” through Aug. 30. Visit historymuseumofmobile.com or call 251-301-0266.

“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.

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.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Run-ish at FIVE
Run-ish, walk-ish, bike-ish, drink-ish. Choose your -ish and join us every Wednesday evening at 6-ish at FIVE, 609 Dauphin St., Mobile, followed by drink and food specials. Call 251-308-3105 for more information. 

Mobile BayBears vs. Montgomery Biscuits
Five-game series between the BayBears and the Montgomery Biscuits begins Thursday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 3, at Hank Aaron Stadium. Visit baybears.com for game times and tickets.

“Jag Night” on Dauphin
Join us for “Jag Night” Friday, Aug. 31, 7-10 p.m. South Alabama Marching Band will proceed down Dauphin to Moe’s Bar-B-Que for a pep rally/block party the night before Jags’ opening game against Louisiana Tech. Visit usajaguars.com for more information.

NOLA Gold rugby tryouts
NOLA Gold will hold an open tryout on the campus of Spring Hill College on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 2 p.m. Cost is $50-$75. All men ages 18 and up are invited.

Keep your brain sharp
Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 5, the Mobile Bridge Center (1510 University Blvd. S.) will offer free bridge lessons weekly, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Contact mobilebridgeclub@comcast.net or Mickey Groggel at 251-377-0322.

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 Thursday1:30-3:30 p.m., at Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St., 251-478-3311. Open to the public.


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., Robertsdalewww.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.