GENERAL INTEREST

Summer movie series
The city of Fairhope’s Glow in the Park Summer Movie Series concludes Thursday, Aug. 4, with the 8 p.m. showing of “Inside Out.” Family friendly and alcohol free. For more information call 251-929-1466.

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

Afternoon tea
The Ladies of Ebenezer Baptist Church invite you to join them in celebrating the unity and solidarity of women at an afternoon tea on Saturday, Aug. 6, at noon at the University of South Alabama Student Center. Hats are required. The featured speaker will be Yvonne Madison-Matthew. Tickets for the event are $25. For additional information call 251-602-0850.

Wildlife up close
Join Blakeley State Park for a Delta Explorer tour Saturday, Aug. 6, at 9:30 a.m. The two-hour narrated tour departs from the Blakeley Park dock on the Tensaw River. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children 6-12 and free to kids under 6 and can be reserved by calling 251-626- 5581. Blakeley State Park is located on State Highway 225.

August anniversary special
During August, Bellingrath Gardens is offering a discounted rate to those touring the gardens and the beautiful Bellingrath Home, which is marking its 80th anniversary. Tickets for adults are $16.50 (regularly $21) and $11.50 for ages 5-12 (regularly $13). Details can be found at bellingrath.org.

Founder’s Day Cruises
Bellingrath Gardens celebrates Mr. Bellingrath’s birthday Aug. 6 by offering free admission to residents of Mobile and Baldwin counties. This year our Founder’s Day celebration will include cruises on the Fowl River with Delta Safaris. There will be four guided cruises, at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Call 251-973-2217 for reservations. $9 for adults and $7 for children ages 5-12; no charge for ages 4 and younger. Details at bellingrath.org.

2nd annual Scrabble tournament
On Sunday, Aug. 7, Family Church of South Alabama will host a round-robin Scrabble tournament to benefit middle school students in Gambia, Africa. Cost is $15 or players can make a per-point pledge for the average of the three games. Please bring your own board and tiles. Registration is from 11:45 a.m. There will be refreshments and prizes! 10965 Hogue Road, Irvington. For more information call Jane at 251-423-0700.

Saenger film series
Saenger Theatre is once again showcasing its Summer Classic Movie Series featuring hit movies and film musicals every Sunday. This week’s film is “His Girl Friday.” Cost is $6 per adult, $3 per child 12 and under and for seniors 60 and over. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., film at 3 p.m. Questions? Call 251-533-6253.

Byrne town hall meetings
Congressman Bradley Byrne will holding two town hall meetings in Mobile County. The meetings are open to the public and give people a chance to ask Rep. Byrne questions or share their ideas. The first will be held Aug. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at Citronelle City Hall (19135 S. Main St.), the second Aug. 9 at 3 p.m. at Grand Bay Senior and Community Center (11610 U.S. Highway 90).

Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Tuesday at noon for a luncheon at Azalea City Golf Course. This week’s speaker is MPD Officer of the Month. For reservations and more information please call 251-348-3542.

West Mobile Farmer’s Market
West Mobile Farmer’s Market is sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church every Tuesday and Thursday, 3-6 p.m., 6101 Grelot Road. The market features locally grown produce, seafood, baked goods and other items. For more information call 251-342-0462.

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

Real Men Wear Pink
Twenty-five prominent area men will take a stand against breast cancer by supporting the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk through participation in the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign. The reveal of the 25 men will be Thursday, Aug. 4, at 3:30 p.m. at the Pillars of Mobile, 1757 Government St.

MCMA Benefit
Mobile Country Music Association will host a building fund benefit Saturday, Aug. 6, 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at MCMA Concert Hall, 310 S. Craft Highway in Chickasaw. There will be live music, food and fellowship. There is no admission fee but donations are accepted. For more information call 251-457-0762.


ARTS

Marc-Art
Mobile’s Arc’s Marc-Art will be held Thursday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. at Azalea Manor. Marc-Art is a festive art exhibition and sale featuring Mobile Arc program participants as well as their pieces of art. Eric Erdman will be playing and food will be by Chef Rob. Tickets are $25 and available by calling 251-479-7409, ext. 623.

First Friday Art Walk
The Eastern Shore Art Center returns with new art and music the first Friday of every month. Come check out the new exhibits while enjoying refreshments and live entertainment by Adam Schrubbe. The art walk begins at 6 p.m. at the Eastern Shore Art Center, 401 Oak St., Fairhope. For more information contact Adrienne at 251-928-2228, ext. 103.


MUSEUM

Culture Kitchen
Local celebrity Donnie Barrett is known for his tea parties which have cultivated his reputation as this area’s Mad Hatter of sorts, even in the midst of his active schedule as director of the Fairhope Museum of History. Witness the delicacy of tea-drinking for yourself at the Mobile Museum of Art’s Culture Kitchen. Thursday, Aug. 4, 6 p.m. Dinner provided, $15.

Splash and Play
Every Wednesday at 1 p.m. the Exploreum converts the outdoor courtyard into a water playground with sprinklers, water toys and more. So grab your swimsuits and towels and head to the Exploreum! General admission applies; free to Exploreum members. Wednesdays through Aug. 31. Visit exploreum.com for more information.

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. 9 speaker will be Jim Bodman. Jim is a Fairhope resident and retired FBI Special Agent who will share some interesting stories of his work with the FBI including the famous case from 1983 in Mobile involving the Ku Klux Klan. 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. The BayBears conclude a home stand against Chattanooga Aug. 4, then travel to Pearl, Mississippi, Aug. 5 for five games against the Braves. For more information or tickets call 251-479-BEAR.

Yoga on Tap
Come join us at The Merry Widow Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. for a free 45 minute yoga flow hosted by Glow Yoga and sponsored by Sweetwater Brewing Company. Prizes, free pint glasses, discounted beer and more! Space limited, first come, first served.

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, [email protected], 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 [email protected]

Bridge lessons
The Mobile Bridge Center offers free bridge lessons each Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Mobile Bridge Center (1510 University Blvd.). Arrive a few minutes early to register. If you have questions call the Bridge Center at 251-666-2147 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


WORKSHOPS

“About Boating Safely”
A state-approved course on boating safety taught by the U.S. Coast Guard will be held Aug. 6 at the Orange Beach Community Center (27235 Canal Road). Cost is $35 per student, textbook included, or $45 for two family members sharing a book. For more information or to register call 251-284-1461.


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.