July 2

Campo Santo Summer Concert Series
Come enjoy live music in Cathedral Square from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through July 16. Local and regional bands will perform. This installment features Stereo Dogs. The concert series is sponsored by the Downtown Mobile Alliance, the city of Mobile Office of Special Events and Blue Moon Brewing.

Kids’ Day in Bienville
Bring the kids to Bienville Square from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. today for summertime fun and enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, and visits with representatives of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the Mobile Police and Fire-Rescue departments and much more! If you have questions, please call 251-208-1550.

Summer Outdoor Market
The city of Fairhope will host a Summer Outdoor Farmer’s Market from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday evenings through July 9. The market will be set up behind the Fairhope Public Library on Bancroft Street downtown and will feature local farmers, bakers, fresh Baldwin County produce, fresh-cut flowers, local honey, plants, baked goods and more. The Fairhope Public Library will hold story times and children’s activities at 4 p.m. each Thursday at the market. For general information or for information about becoming a vendor, call 251-929-1466.

Market on the Hill
An outdoor market of locally grown produce, seafood and soaps is being held at Lavretta Park (Old Shell Road and Parkway Street West) every Thursday through July 30. The Market on the Hill runs from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, please call 251-208-1550.

Thursdays at the Museum
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., the Mobile Museum of Art offers free admission to all visitors. Join MMofA each week to experience the museum in new and exciting ways throughout the year. No reservations are necessary. MMofA is at 4850 Museum Drive.


July 3

Red, White & Boo Tour
Strange Journeys presents its “Red, White & Boo Tour.” Join us for an evening stroll through the Church Street Historical District as we explore some of the strange and unusual history of Mobile, with an Independence Day twist! The tour meets/starts in the rear parking lot of the Ben May Mobile Public Library at 701 Government St. Tickets are $20 each. For more info go to www.sjmtours.com or call 251-644-1664.

First Friday Art Walk
The Eastern Shore Art Center returns with new art and music. Come check out the new exhibits and live pottery demonstrations while enjoying refreshments and live entertainment by The Sound Carpenters. 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.

Ark of India
“Ark of India: An Alabama Artist Explores Southern Asia” is an exhibit about personal discovery and exploration. It’s an account of late 19th and early 20th century India as seen by Alabama artist Roderick D. MacKenzie, using his paintings, drawings, sculptures and, most importantly, photographs and writings. The exhibition is organized by the History Museum of Mobile, 111 S. Royal St. On view until Sept. 1. Admission is free.

Hatching the Past: The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt
“Hatching the Past” features 100 real dinosaur eggs and 100 replica eggs at The Exploreum. The multimedia experience for all ages invites visitors to touch real dinosaur bones and reconstructed nests, dig for eggs, experience hands-on exploration stations and view animated video presentations featuring well-known dinosaur experts. The Exploreum, 65 Government St., is open daily. For more information visit www.exploreum.com.


July 4

Fourth at the Wharf
Celebrate Independence Day with an all-American family outing to The Wharf in Orange Beach. This July 4, The Wharf will have a number of plans designed to provide a safe, fun environment for the whole family, including live music, street performances, the SPECTRA Sound and Light Spectacular with shows starting at 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., and fireworks over Main Street starting promptly at 8:45 p.m. For more information, please visit www.alwharf.com.

Independence Day Celebration: Mobile
Celebrate America’s birthday on the Fourth of July on the grounds of USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park from 5-9 p.m. You can enjoy an afternoon of great music, good food and true patriotic spirit. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the fireworks spectacular begins at 9 p.m. The spectacular will begin with a red, white and blue salute to our area Veterans, and the finale will honor the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park’s 50th anniversary. Admission is $5 per car.

Fourth of July Fireworks Display: Dauphin Island
Join Dauphin Island in celebrating Independence Day, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Elementary School/Public Beach (1011 Bienville Blvd.) will be the Mobile Pops Concert followed by fireworks at 8:45 p.m. For more information or questions, please call 251-861-5525.

Fairhope’s Fourth of July Festival
The city of Fairhope will host its annual Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks display in Henry George Park and the Fairhope Municipal Pier. The Baldwin Pops Band Independence Day Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the park. A variety of patriotic music will be played before and during the fireworks display. The fireworks display will begin at approximately 9 p.m. The north end of Fairhope Municipal Park will be open throughout the day and will remain open until no parking is available. As a reminder, this is an alcohol-free event and no personal fireworks are permitted. For more information on Fairhope’s Fourth of July festival and fireworks display, call 251-929-1466

Fort Morgan’s Salute to America
Historical interpreters, dressed in period uniforms of the U.S. Army from different eras of the fort’s occupation, will conduct special guided tours of the fortification throughout the day. Also, artillery, small arms, and other demonstration will show the complexities that have faced the military garrisons at Fort Morgan. Festivities start at 9 a.m. Fort Morgan is located at 51 State Highway 180 West in Gulf Shores. For more information, call 251-540-7127.

Market on the Square
Please note there will be no market on Independence Day, July 4. Shopping for the freshest crops every Saturday through July 25 at Cathedral Square in downtown Mobile will resume July 11. This time of year is our favorite because you can buy locally grown tomatoes, potatoes, sweet corn, cantaloupes, watermelons, plants and flowers as well as seafood, baked goods, pastas, casseroles, pies, handcrafted goods and much more. Stay for live music on the green. For more information, call 251-208-1550.


July 5

Open Studio
Come enjoy complimentary mimosas as artists work at the Cathedral Square Gallery, 612 Dauphin St. Works by more than 60 area artists also will be on display. For more information call 251-694-0278.


July 6

Mobile County Republican Executive Committee Quarterly Meeting
Join the Mobile County Republican Executive Committee for its quarterly meeting, which will focus on public safety. Mobile’s “Top Guns” will be the guest speakers: Chief of Police James Barber, Sheriff Sam Cochran and District Attorney Ashley Rich. The meeting is free and open to the public. It will begin at 6 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church (at the corner of Airport Boulevard and Sage Avenue). For more information, call 251-342-3046.

Ballroom Dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dance classes with professional instructors at 7 p.m., followed by dancing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10. There will be a cash bar and no need to bring a partner. Beginners are welcome. Fitzpen Place, 11247 State Highway 31, Spanish Fort. For more information, email Cassie Fishbein at Cassief13@aol.com.

Top Cats Toastmasters
Are you terrified at the idea of public speaking? We were. We got over it. Top Cats Toastmasters invites you to join us. We meet every Monday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Red Lobster near the southeast corner of Airport Boulevard and Azalea Road in Mobile. You can practice your speaking and listening skills and learn to think on your feet in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Dues are $43 twice a year, and lunch must be purchased. Toastmasters International is a worldwide organization. For further information, call 251-344-2938.


July 7

Addiction Counseling
Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise. Take steps to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction, get them the help they need. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. Call 1-800-431-1754 or visit DrugAbuseSolution.com.

Teen Tech Tutor Program
The Baldwin County Library Cooperative recently implemented a Teen Tech Tutor program at the Robertsdale Library. This program is designed to match high-school-age students who have strong technological skills with adults and seniors who are unfamiliar with basic laptop computer technology. The free program is available Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 18301 Pennsylvania St., Robertsdale. An appointment is required; call the library at 251-970-4010.  


July 8

Retired Registered Nurses’ Association meets
The Retired Registered Nurses’ Association will hold a luncheon meeting at the Mars Hill Cafe located at 1087 Downtowner Blvd. at 12:30 p.m. Ryan Parazine, general manager of Mars Hill, will be the guest speaker. For further information, call 251-661-092.

Learning Lunch: “Slavery by Another Name”
The History Museum of Mobile (111 S Royal St.) will host a viewing of the award-winning documentary “Slavery by Another Name,” which recounts the post-Civil War system of peonage and forced labor that kept hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage until the beginning of World War II. In 2013, two librarians from the Marx Library received a film grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities/Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to screen this film and three others as part of a national initiative entitled “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.” The program begins at noon. For more information, contact Howard McPhail, curator of minority history, at 251-208-7557 or howard.mcphail@cityofmobile.org.

Gardening with succulents
Join Sherry Melton and Molly Dickson from Zimlich’s Patio Shop for a discussion on gardening with succulents and how to use them to create wreaths, picture frames and other works of art. This event is part of Bellingrath’s Wonderful Wednesdays series in July. Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Admission is $12.50 for adults, $7 for children ages 5-12; and free to Bellingrath members and to ages 4 and younger. Visit www.Bellingrath.org to see the full schedule and register for your favorites. Bellingrath Gardens is located at 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Mobile.

Downtown Toastmasters
Are you interested in gaining more confidence in your public speaking ability? The Downtown Mobile Toastmasters Club 2815 invites you to join us for our weekly educational lunch meeting at T.P. Crockmiers, 261 Dauphin St., from noon until 1 p.m. Practice your speaking, listening and leadership skills in a relaxed, friendly environment. Lunch must be purchased. Our dues are $42 twice yearly. Toastmasters International is a worldwide organization. For more information, call 251-404-3924.

Little Discoveries at the Exploreum
Little Discoveries is a weekly series in the Exploreum’s Wharf of Wonder for children 6 and under. Lessons will fuse science, technology, engineering and math with creativity, art and reading. Each session will begin with a story reading that will serve as the launching pad for the day’s hands-on activities. Wednesdays 10 to 11 a.m. and Thursdays 2 to 3 p.m. at Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, 65 Government St. For more information, call Josh Holland at 251-208-6893 or email jholland@exploreum.com.