GENERAL INTEREST

USS Indianapolis survivor speech
USS Indianapolis survivor and U.S. Marine Edgar Harrell will speak on Saturday, July 30, marking the 71st anniversary of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. The event will begin at 1 p.m. and be held in the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion at Battleship Memorial Park. For more information please visit our Facebook page at USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park or call 251-433-2703.

Helen Keller book launch
Alabama author Jeanie Thompson’s “The Myth of Water” traces Helen Keller’s life from Tuscumbia to the world stage. “The Myth of Water: Poems from the Life of Helen Keller,” will be launched in a public event at 6 p.m., July 28, at Page and Palette in Fairhope, 22 S. Section St. For more information, visit jeaniethompson.blogspot.com.

Teen fitness class
Wednesday, Aug. 3, the Daphne Public Library will offer a no-cost teen fitness class. The event will be held in the Daphne Community Room and is open to students in 6th grade and up. The class will be from 1-2 p.m. For information or to register call Daphne Public Library at 251-621-2818.

Kids’ Day
Southwest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce presents its third annual kids day at Tillman’s Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Rd. on Saturday, July 30 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for more information call 251-666-2488.

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

Job fair
Evident, a wholly owned subsidiary of CPSI, is currently recruiting for up to 30 positions at its Mobile and Fairhope locations. To support this recruitment effort, CPSI will host a job fair on Saturday, July 30, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Evident office, 6600 Wall St. (Mobile). For detailed information regarding job qualifications, please visit www.evident.com/careers.

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.”

Founder’s Day Cruises
Bellingrath Gardens celebrates Mr. Bellingrath’s birthday on 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. To make a reservation, call 251-973-2217. Fees are $9 for adults and $7 for children ages 5-12; there is no charge for ages 4 and younger. Details can be found at bellingrath.org.

Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Tuesday at noon for a luncheon at Azalea City Golf Course. This week’s speaker is Marty O’Malley, CEO of L’Arche Mobile. 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

Let’s Ride
On Sunday, July 31, join The Blues Tavern from noon until 6 p.m. for great live, local music, food plates, raffles and lots of fun as we help raise money for Ken and Marilyn Folmar. A joint motorcycle ride is planned to start on the same day at 10 a.m. meeting at The Blues Tavern. Call 251-644-1664 for more information.


ARTS

Starving Artist Sale
Join Cathedral Square Art Gallery (612 Dauphin St., Mobile) for their Starving Artist Sale Sunday, July 31, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wine and refreshments will be provided. For more information call 251-533-8949.

Gospel Fest
The NAACP will present a Gospel Fest Sunday, July 31, at 4 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 505 N. Price Ave. in Prichard. For more information call 251-725-0779.

“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 Sunday shows 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.

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

Culinary Curating
Culinary Curating: A dinner event introducing Chef Gillian Clark at Mobile Museum of Art July 28 at 6 p.m. Dinner provided, $15, RSVP required, Limited Seating. Join us for a delicious look at the food and philosophy of Chef Gillian Clark, who hopes to soon open her new cafe, Curate, at the Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. 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.

“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. Matt and Marcus Lawton, MLB outfielders and brothers from Saucier, Mississippi, are the speakers on Friday, July 29. Lunch is $10 and reservations are required. For more information call 228-374-5547 or visit www.georgeohr.org.

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.

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

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 play three games at Biloxi July 28-30, then return home to play Chattanooga. 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.

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

Right@Home
Right@Home Greater Mobile Homeownership Learning Conference will be held Tuesday, July 26, at Lifeline Counseling Service, 705 Oak Circle Drive. You will learn about the home-buying process start to finish and more. RSVP to Jamie by calling 251-340-1755 or Jamie.warren@bxs.com.

“About Boating Safely”
A state-approved course on boating safety taught by the USCG 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. Call 251-284-1461.