GENERAL INTEREST

Container Yard Grand Opening
We invite you to be among the first to see the newest co-working space in town! We will have an official ribbon cutting on Tuesday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. and champagne toast shortly thereafter! Tour the space and learn how we can help your business grow! 951 Government St., Mobile. For more information call 251-210-7038.

Property auction
The Mobile Police Department will hold an unclaimed property auction in the rear
parking area at Police Headquarters, 2460 Government Blvd. in Mobile on Saturday, July 23, at 8 a.m. Cash only. All items will be sold “as is” to the highest bidder and all sales are final. For more information call 251-208-1890.

Sock Hop
The Connie Hudson Senior Center presents a Sock Hop on Wednesday, July 27, 2-4 p.m. A DJ will play all the top hips from the ‘50s and ‘60s. The fun starts at 2 p.m. and admission is free. The Connie Hudson Senior Center is located at 3201 Hillcrest Road, Mobile. For more information call 251-602-4963.

Wonderful Wednesdays at Bellingrath
Join us at 10:30 a.m. on July 27 for a presentation by Maarten van der Giessen, owner of van Der Giessen Nursery in Wilmer, who will discuss deciduous azaleas native to our region. Admission is $13 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 5-12 and free to members. For more information or to register visit www.bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.

Mardi Gras in July
Fairhope Brewing Co. (914 Nichols Ave., Fairhope) will host its annual Mardi Gras in July on July 23. Join us for a day of Mardi Gras-themed fun, starting with a pet adoption event at 2 p.m. Your $10 entry fee includes a commemorative glass and the first 100 guests will also get a commemorative koozie! For more information visit fairhopebrewing.com.

Pokémon Go Fun Run
Let’s catch some Pokemon in downtown Mobile! During our normal fun run time on Thursday we will not only be getting in some great run time and socialization but we’re getting out there to catch ‘em all! July 21 at 6 p.m., Moe’s Original BBQ, 701 Sping Hill Avenue, Mobile. For more information visit fleetfeetmobile.com/events/pokemon-go-fun-run.

Mobile Poké Bar Crawl
July 22 at 7 p.m., connect with other Pokémon fans and alcohol lovers to explore downtown, catch Pokémon and visit Pokéstops. Team Mystic, wear something blue; Team Valor, wear something red; Team Instinct, wear something yellow. We will start at the OK Bike Shop and make our way down Dauphin Street.

Christmas in July sale
Join Little Sisters of the Poor July 23, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a great selection of Christmas season items, gifts for family and friends, bargains for your home and “White Elephant” items. 1655 McGill Ave., Mobile. For more information call 251-476-6335.

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 the 1935 classic “Mutiny on the Bounty” starring Clark Gable. 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.

ARC Vegan Café
ARC hosts a monthly event featuring dinner, talks and films on compassionate, healthy living for people, animals and the earth. Saturday, June 25, 6 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. movie or talk. Plantation Antique Galleries, 604 Bel Air Blvd., Mobile. Donations are welcomed. Visitwww.arcforallbeings.org for more information.

H&M Grand Opening
Join us on July 21 at noon for the launch of our brand new store at The Shoppes of Bel Air. The first 200 shoppers in line will get the chance to scratch off up to $1,000. Bring in old garments to be recycled before the store opens at noon for 15 percent off your next purchase and the chance to win an H&M gift card valued up to $250.

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 join 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 “Forrest Gump” and “Dirty Dancing.”

Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Tuesday at noon for a luncheon at Azalea City Golf Course. This week is the Strickland Youth Center Awards. 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.

Market on the Square
Market on the Square runs from 7:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday through July 30 in Mobile’s Cathedral Square. Locally grown tomatoes, potatoes, sweet corn, cantaloupes, watermelons, plants and flowers, seafood, baked goods, handcrafted goods and more.

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

“Cheers to Children”
Café 615 will host “Cheers to Children,” a benefit for the Child Advocacy Center on Tuesday, July 26, from 6-8:30 p.m. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, wine and live and silent auctions. Music will be provided by Harrison McGinnis. Tickets cost $35. Call 251-432-1101 for more information.

Pelican Paddle Canoe and Kayak Race
The Weeks Bay Foundation’s fourth annual Pelican Paddle Canoe and Kayak Race will be held July 23 at 7:30 a.m. at the Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center. There are several competitive categories, including a Stand Up Paddleboard Division and a Junior Division. For more information visit the Weeks Bay Foundation’s Facebook page.

The Big, Gay Car Wash
This is our next fundraiser for Mobile Alabama Pride! July 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Midtown Pub, 153 S. Florida St. We are asking for a $5 minimum donation. We are also looking for volunteers to help and provide supplies, so please contact 251-450-1555 after 4 p.m. for additional details.


ARTS

Book signing: “Guilty Minds”
New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder will visit as part of a tour to promote his new book, “Guilty Minds.” Finder will be at Page & Palette (32 S. Section St., Fairhope) on Saturday, July 23, at 5 p.m. For more information call 251-928-5295.

“The Wizard of Oz”
Playhouse in the Park will present “The Wizard of Oz” July 22 through Aug. 14. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays are at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. For more information and reservations visit playhouseinthepark.org or call 251-602-0630.

Vespers for the Jubilee Year of Mercy
You are cordially invited to join Musica Sacra Choir and Chamber for Vespers for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, called by Pope Francis, at Saint Joseph’s Chapel, Spring Hill College. Sunday, July 24, at 4:30 p.m. For more information email ssmckenna@msn.com.

“Our Love Affair with Baseball”
A current exhibit at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi showcases multimedia exhibits and lunchtime talks celebrating the Gulf Coast’s rich history with baseball. Cooper Farris, a 12-season high school baseball coach, is the speaker on Friday, July 22. Lunch is $10 and reservations are required. For more information call 228-374-5547 or visit www.georgeohr.org.

Book signing: novella series
Meet Sheronda L. Barksdale, author of the novella series, “Unlimited Love and Life: The Chronicles.” Come out and purchase your autographed copy of “He Made Me Laugh,” “And the Beat Goes On” and/or “Living Half Full.” The signing will be Saturday, July 23, at A Spot of Tea, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Art Camp
Daphne Art Center is offering Art Camp, two sessions each day. Choose from the 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. session. Classes offer a variety of art activities for kids — painting, drawing, writing storybooks and more. Daphne Art Center is located at 1704 6th St. Call for registration or information, 251-586-8096.

Open studio
Come enjoy refreshments and artists as they work at the Cathedral Square Gallery, 612 Dauphin St., in downtown Mobile. Works by more than 60 area artists also will be on display. For more information call 251-533-8949.


MUSEUMS

Live at the Museum
Infant Richard and the Delta Stones will perform their original music Thursday, June 21, at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. $10 admission, wine and beer by donation. For more information call 251- 208-5200.

Fire Safety Fridays
Join the Phoenix Fire Museum for a Mobile Fire Department fire safety program, a scavenger hunt and a fire safety craft or activity at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. For ages 3-10. Admission is $1 per person and reservations are recommended. The museum is at 203 S. Claiborne St. Email fondrenj@historymuseumofmobile.com for more information or to RSVP.

Fairhope Museum of History Bus Tours
The Fairhope Museum of History will be offering Bus Tours on Saturday, July 16, at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The tours will cover the west side of town to include the homes of the town founders and other early Colonial Period sites. Cost is $20. For more information call 251-929-1471.

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.

Fridays at Fort Conde
Join the fort on Friday for an educational craft or activity related to the Colonial era. Admission is $1 per person; reservations are recommended. Fort Conde is located at 150 S. Royal St. Please email fondrenj@historymuseumofmobile.com for more information or to RSVP for the 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. time slot.

Tea for Two
Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m., the Fairhope Museum of History hosts a tea and a lecture on Fairhope history. The July 26 speaker will be Doris Bishop, a lifelong Fairhope resident who was just featured in the Alabama Public TV program “Journey Bound” about jubilees. She will tell her best jubilee stories. For more information call 251-929-1471.

Mobile Medical Museum exhibit
Mobile Medical Museum will present “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.

“Every Object Has a Story”
Museum staff members thoughtfully chose a collection of seldom-seen objects to showcase some of the unique treasures in the History Museum of Mobile’s vault. “Every Object Has a Story” will run through July. For more information about the exhibit contact Lori McDuffie, atrockholdl@historymuseumofmobile.com or 251-208-7420.

“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

Flora-Bama Gulf Coast Paddle Championships
The second annual Flora Bama Gulf Coast Paddle Championships is a Fastest in Florida Event and WPA Sanctioned. July 22-24. There will be a 9-mile Elite Race, with surf start and bay finish, a 4-mile rec race in the bay and a 1-mile fun race. Register at paddleguru.com.

Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears are back in action for a 20th season of MILB Double-A baseball at Mobile’s Hank Aaron Stadium. After wrapping up an away stand against Chattanooga, the BayBears return home July 20 for a five-game stint against Jacksonville. For more information or tickets call 251-479-BEAR.

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 Hwy. 31 in Spanish Fort. For more information email Cassie Fishbein at cassief13@aol.com.

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.

Adult summer dance classes
The Dance Academy of Mobile is offering dance classes for adults on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Azalea City Center for the Arts (63 Midtown Park E., Mobile). Tuesday classes include Hot Hula Fitness at 10:45 a.m., Hula at 5:30 p.m. and Tahitian at 6:30 p.m. Thursday classes include Hot Hula Fitness at 10:45 a.m. and Broadway-style jazz and tap at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 251-404-8582.

Irish dance lessons
The Maccrossan School of Irish Dance is offering beginner Irish dance lessons every Saturday morning at the Azalea City Center for Performing Arts (63 Midtown Park E., Mobile). Classes are available for ages 4 through adult. For more details please contact Julie Ann Black at maccrossanirishdance@yahoo.com or call 228-239-2422.

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.


WORKSHOPS

Homebuyers seminar
This seminar gives tips and information for those wanting to become a homeowner. This seminar starts at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. Register at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling (705 Oak Circle Drive E., Mobile). Due to limited space, please call 251-602-0011 to register in advance.

“About Boating Safely”
A state-approved course on boating safety taught by the U.S. Coast Guard will be held June 25 and 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.