GENERAL INTEREST

Mobile Tiki Week
An expanded Mobile Tiki Week continues through Saturday, Aug. 11 at The Haberdasher, OK Bicycle Shop, Southern National, The Sidecar Lounge and The Merry Widow in downtown Mobile. Special events include a pub crawl Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. beginning at the Bike Shop, daily “Tiki Ducks” duck boat tours from Gulf Coast Ducks and a luau and pig roast Saturday, Aug 11 at The Hab. For menus and information search “Mobile Tiki Week” on Facebook.

Gulf Coast Real Estate and Economic Education Conference

The Center for Real Estate and Economic Development at the University of South Alabama Mitchell College of Business hosts its third annual conference on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., USA Student Center, 350 Campus Drive. Visit southalabama.edu/creed2018.

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 Mobile, Aug. 8; Grand Bay, Aug. 20; Seminole, Aug. 22; Loxley, Aug. 22; and Spanish Fort, Aug. 22. Visit byrne.house.gov/BetterOffTour

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August admissions discount

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

Veteran Peer Support Symposium

Veteran mental health and veteran peer support providers are welcome to join a discussion of the current best practices in veteran peer support, the latest evidence-based research and what veterans say is critical to get right. Thursday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m. at the University of South Alabama Faculty Club. Visit vetsrecover.org for more information.

Compassionate Friends Mobile/Baldwin
Compassionate Friends, offering friendship and support for parents who have lost children of any age, meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church. Call 251-721-2209, visit www.compassionatefriendsmobile.org or find us on Facebook: The Compassionate Friends Mobile/Baldwin.

Bel Air “Jag Day”

The Shoppes at Bel Air will host “Jag Day” on Friday, Aug. 10, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Meet Jaguar football coach Steve Campbell along with the entire team for photos and autographs. Meet your Jag Cheer team, SouthPaw and Miss Pawla. Lots of games and fun prizes. Event is free, kid friendly and open to the public. Call 251-461-1USA for more information.

Music in the Park

Enjoy free concerts in the Pavilion at Town Center Park in Spanish Fort every Friday evening through Aug. 31. Aug. 10, J R Owen; Aug. 17, Matt Bartoli; Aug. 24, ABRO Trio; and Aug. 31, Trilogy, a Motown variety trio. Visit spanishforttowncenter.com for latest updates.


Dauphin Island Reggae Weekend

Select restaurants and bars will celebrate the food and music of Jamaica beginning Friday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug.12, on Dauphin Island. Hosted by Alabama Coasting, visit www.alabamacoasting.com or call 251-694-0457 for details.

LoDa Artwalk


The 2018 Nappie Award winner for “Best Art Event” returns Friday, Aug. 10  at 5:30 p.m. in the galleries of downtown Mobile with music in Cathedral Square by The String Slingers. Mark Browning will be at Dauphin and Warren streets.

Raise 251

Opening reception Friday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m. at Alabama Contemporary Art Center featuring new commissions that explore hidden or overlooked issues affecting community health in Mobile. Developed in partnership with the University of South Alabama’s Center for Healthy Communities. Visit www.alabamacontemporary.org.

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 Friday10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 251-342-4848 to schedule an appointment.

Drop-In Family Saturday
Join us on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the USA Archaeology Museum for monthly family program. Stop by any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to tour the museum and create your own pottery puzzle. Free admission. Call 251-460-6106.

MCHD rabies shots

The Mobile County Health Department will provide low-cost rabies shots for dogs, cats and ferrets during weekend clinics on Saturdays during August. Aug. 11, 1:30-4 p.m., at Pet Supplies Plus (803 Hillcrest Road); Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to noon, at Prichard Animal Shelter (2402 Rebel Road); and Aug. 25, 12:30-2:30 p.m., at City of Mobile Animal Shelter (855 Owens St.). Cost of the vaccine ranges from $8 to $10 per pet, payable in cash. Visit MCHD.org.


Dauphin Island family movie series

Dauphin Island’s West End Beach is the site of free family movie nights. On Friday, Aug. 10, see “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” Visit dauphinislandtourism.com/calendar for complete summer lineup.

Friday at the Firehouse

Come visit Station 11 on Broad Street on Friday, Aug. 10, 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.

Spielberg movie trivia
Fans of Steven Spielberg films “Jaws,” “Jurassic Park,” “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Goonies,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” the Indiana Jones series and any others, join us Sunday, Aug.12, at 5 p.m. at The Dublin Pub. Dress as a favorite character from one of the films and win a $25 tab. Visit thedublinpub.com for more information.

2018 Jag-Gals football social

Join the South Alabama Jag-Gals for the annual Football Social for an exclusive chance to hear head coach Steve Campbell preview the season. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Moe’s Original BBQ, downtown Mobile location. Doors open at 5 p.m., program begins at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $25, must be purchased by Friday, Aug. 10. Call 251-461-1366.

3 Lives blood drive

While the focus of 3 Lives is to increase the number of minority blood donors, everyone is encouraged to give blood at the event on Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Remington College (828 Downtowner Loop West). Donors must be 17 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds.

“Takeover Tuesday
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The Port City Chapter of the South Alabama Alumni Association invites you to join us at the new LoDa Bier Garten in West Mobile for “Takeover Tuesday” on Aug. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mix and mingle with local alumni! No charge to attend. Appetizers provided, cash bar.


FUNDRAISERS

MDA Muscle Walk
Join us Saturday, Aug. 11, at 9 a.m. for the MDA Muscle Walk of Mobile and the Coast at Hank Aaron Stadium. MDA Muscle Walk empowers individuals and hometowns across America to raise critical awareness and funds for diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility. Contact Angie Jordin at ajordin@mdausa.org or visit musclewalkmda.org/coast20

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ARTS

Art Talk with Darius Hill

Join us Thursday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m. for an art talk with Darius Hill, who will speak about his work and that of others in “Our People, Our Places, Our Collection,” an exhibition for the State Bicentennial Celebration featuring Alabama artists in the MMoA collection. Visit www.mobilemuseumofart.com.

“The Faces of India”

The University of South Alabama Libraries announces the opening of a new exhibit, “The Faces of India” by Jelena Kryschun, on display 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 at 251-461-1993.

“My Fair Lady” at CCT

Chickasaw Civic Theatre opens its 2018-19 season with “My Fair Lady” on Friday, Aug. 10, for a three-weekend run. Call 251-457-8887 or visit cctshows.com.

“Mamma Mia! — The Musical”

The Joe Jefferson Playhouse performance “MAMMA MIA!” will run three weekends, Aug. 10-26. Visit joejeffersonplayhouse.com.



“Once on This Island” auditions
The PACT is holding auditions for its production of “Once Upon An Island” on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2-5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 12, 4-6 p.m. Visit thepactmobile.com for audition requirements.

“Disney’s The Lion King Jr.”
South Baldwin Community Theatre will present “Disney’s The Lion King Jr.” 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. Sundays, Aug. 12, 19 and 26, at 6 p.m., Government Street United Methodist Church, corner of Government and Broad streets. Call 251-438-4714.

“Cinderella — The Musical”

Playhouse in the Park presents its original musical “Cinderella — The Musical” through Sunday, Aug. 12. Reservations recommended. Visit www.playhouseinthepark.org.

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. 12 feature is “Mary Poppins.” Visit mobilesaenger.com for complete schedule.

Learning Lunch
The History Museum of Mobile will hold a special Learning Lunch on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at noon featuring University of South Alabama art history lecturer Sandra J. Lee, who will discuss “Ice Age: The First Art.” Visit historymuseumofmobile.com.

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.



“To the Arctic”

An extraordinary journey to the top of the world, the documentary adventure ”To the Arctic” reveals a compelling tale of survival. Visit exploreum.com.

“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.

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

Mobile BayBears vs. Pensacola
Blue Wahoos
Wednesday, Aug. 8, the BayBears begin a five-game series at Hank Aaron Stadium against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Visit baybears.com for game times and tickets.

Conde Cavaliers Fishing Rodeo

Dauphin Island plays host to the 36th annual Mardi Gras Fishing Rodeo on Saturday, Aug.11, at the Dauphin Island Marina. Rodeo tickets $20 per person, junior rodeo $10 per person, Jackpot $25 per boat. The rodeo is open to anglers of all ages and levels of experience. Visit condefishingrodeo.com.

Chickasabogue 2-miler

Join us Aug.14 at 6:30 p.m. at Chickasabogue Park in Saraland for Grand Prix and Corporate Cup Awards Celebration 2-mile run and post-race party hosted by Port City Pacers. Register in person at McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri or Fleet Feet. Call 251-473-7223 or visit pcpacers.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 at 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.


WORKSHOPS

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., 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.