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INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS

• Semmes: City of Semmes Liberty Day, Tuesday, July 3, 6:30-9 p.m., Mary G. Montgomery High School. Food, music, fireworks.

The Wharf: Independence Day Street Party, Tuesday, July 3, 6-9 p.m. Fireworks display at 8:45 p.m. Free admission.

• Mobile:  • Fireworks on the Fantail, Wednesday, July 4, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy live 1940s jazz by the band Swing, barbeque buffet, ice cream bar, children’s activities. View fireworks by the city of Mobile from the bow of the USS Alabama. Parking included. Tickets available online at www.ussalabama.com or by calling 241-433-2703.

• GulfQuest 4th of July Wednesday, July 4. Multiple activities from 2-8 p.m. on Riverfront Promenade. $5 admission 2-6 p.m. VIP Extravaganza 7-9 p.m. with beer, wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $50 per person. Enjoy music, food, drinks and panoramic views of downtown Mobile and the Mobile River from GulfQuest’s private balcony.

Dauphin Island: Fireworks show on Dauphin Island Beach starting at sunset, Wednesday, July 4.

• Fairhope: City of Fairhope hosts a 4th of July concert and fireworks display on Wednesday, July 4, at Henry George Park and Fairhope Municipal Pier. Baldwin Pops Band begins at 7 p.m. with fireworks at approximately 9 p.m.

• Gulf Shores: City of Gulf Shores will present a fireworks display and other family-friendly activities on Wednesday, July 4, 9 p.m., Gulf State Park Pier.

Daphne: Water slides, inflatables, games and more on Wednesday, July 4, beginning at 5 p.m., Al Trione Sports Complex. Fireworks begin at dusk.


GENERAL INTEREST

Grand Bay Watermelon Festival
Come to Grand Bay Odd Fellows Festival Park (10327 Taylor F. Harper Blvd.) on Tuesday, July 3, 3-7 p.m. for the Grand Bay Watermelon Festival. Festival continues July 4, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with $5 per vehicle admission for all-you-can-eat free watermelon, music, games and open car show. Visit grandbaywatermelonfestival.org.

Park system improvement plan
Give input on Mobile’s parks and recreation programs at the following locations: Thursday, July 5, Harmon-Thomas Community Center, 1611 Belfast St.; Friday, July 6, Robert Hope Community Center, 850 Edwards St.; Monday, July 9, 5055 Carol Plantation Road; Tuesday, July 10, MAWSS Main Office, 4725 Moffett Road; Wednesday, July 11, Joseph Dotch Community Center, 310 Bank Ave., #A. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. Visit mapformobile.org/Parks or search “Mobile Parks” on Facebook.

Ice cream social
The Spanish Fort Public Library celebrates summer with its second annual SFPL Ice Cream Social Thursday, July 5, 6-8 p.m. Free ice cream, local entertainment and open to the public.

“Glow in the Park”
The city of Fairhope returns with the 4th annual “Glow in the Park” summer movie series. Bring a blanket or lawn chair Thursday, July 5, 8 p.m. to Fairhopers Community Park to see “Despicable Me 3.” Call 251-929-1466.

Dauphin Island family movie series
Dauphin Island’s West End Beach is the site for free family movie nights. Thursday, July 5, see “Frozen”; Friday, July 6, see “Zootopia.” Visit dauphinislandtourism.com/calendar for complete summer lineup.

Friday at the firehouse
Come visit the new firehouse station in Crichton on Springhill Avenue (across from Popeye’s and Dollar Tree) at an open house Friday, July 6, 5:30-7 p.m. The public is encouraged 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.

Greyhound meet and greet
Come meet the dogs and folks from “It’s a Grey Area” Greyhound Rescue and discover if adopting a retired racer is the right choice for you and your family. Saturday, July 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at B&B Pet Stop. Adoption fee (tax deductible) is $200, which includes all vet work, heartworm testing, dental care, a muzzle and a collar.

Veterans appreciation day
Give thanks to our honored guests — veterans, active-duty military, fallen soldiers and their families — hosted by the Coastal Response Center in Coden on Saturday, July 7, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch is free. Come and enjoy serving those who have served us. Find us on Facebook @CoastalResponseCenter.

Market at the Pillars
Enjoy live music and local food at the Pillars Sunday, July 8, at noon. Have a fun afternoon with local makers, bakers, crafters and artists. Open to the public and pet friendly. Find us on Facebook @themarketatthepillars.

Republican Party committee meeting
Committee meeting held Monday, July 9, at Westminster Presbyterian Church (2921 Airport Blvd.). Meet-and-greet begins at 6 p.m. with regular meeting at 7 p.m. Bring a friend and/or family member. Find us on Facebook @MobileGOP.

State Senate and County Commission debate
Hosted by Baldwin County Young Republicans Monday, July 9, 7 p.m. at the Spanish Fort Community Center. Moderated by Greg Peterson and open to the public. All four candidates have been invited. Visit baldwincountyyoungrepublicans.org for more information.

Pop Culture Trivia Challenge
Grab some friends and join us Tuesday, July 10, at Beef O’Brady’s in Spanish Fort for a Pop Culture Trivia Challenge. Winner receive prizes. Find us on Facebook @BeefOBradysSFAL.

Democracy for Y’all
Mobile DSA will hold its general meeting Tuesday, July 10, at Taylor Park at 6 p.m. Come to discuss socialism, campaigns and projects underway. Find us on Facebook @MobileDSA.

Dog River Clearwater Revival meeting
Learn what’s being done to combat Mobile’s litter problem at this general meeting at the Grand Mariner Tuesday, July 10, 6-8 p.m. Visit dogriver.org.

Tech Tuesdays at MPL
Explore technology through a variety of projects and resources on Tuesday, July 10, 4-5 p.m. at the Ben May Main Branch. Call the children’s department at 208-7086 or email crhodes@mplonline.org.

Hands-on Habitat
Kids and adults alike can learn about our ecosystem and interact with the animals that live here in this fun and educational nature series. Join us at Tacky Jack’s in Gulf Shores on Tuesday, July 10, at 11 a.m. Free for all ages, 11 a.m. to noon (arrive 15 minutes early), no RSVP required. Visit tackyjacks.com for more information.

General snake ID
Come to the Environmental Studies Center on Tuesday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. for a general snake ID class hosted by Reptile Education Conservation & Husbandry (R.E.A.C.H.).  Find us on Facebook@REACH1CHANGE1.

Wonderful Wednesdays at Bellingrath
Join us Wednesday, July 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m. as Tom McGehee, curator of the Bellingrath Museum Home, helps us decode some of the mysteries of Mrs. Bellingrath’s silver serving pieces. If you have a mystery piece at home, bring it — McGehee may be able to determine what it is. Visit bellingrath.org for the full schedule; call 251-459-8864 to register.

 


FUNDRAISERS

Bike Nite
Join us at Bob’s Downtown Diner for Bike Nite Tuesday, July 10 at 4 p.m. for live music, food, beer and door prices. Proceeds benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in the name of Fairhope’s Georgia Byrd. Find us on Facebook @corneroffatandhappy.

 


ARTS

Cathedral Square “Gone Country”
Bring your lawn chairs and coolers and listen to Matt Bartoli’s original music plus great country covers. Free and open to the public. Saturday, July 7, at 8:30 p.m. in Cathedral Square in downtown Mobile.

Garden sketch club
Come to Bellingrath Gardens every Friday for a relaxing afternoon of sketching in the gardens. All levels of experience are welcome. General admission is $5 for non-members.

“Tornado Alley”
Join “Storm Chasers” star Sean Casey and the researchers of VORTEX 2, the most ambitious effort ever to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes, on this exciting science adventure. Through July 8. Call 251-208-6893 or visit exploreum.com for showtimes.

“Born to be Wild”
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, “Born to be Wild” transports moviegoers to the lush rainforests of Borneo and across the rugged Kenyan savannah as scientists and their teams rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals to the wild. July 9-15. For ticket information and showtimes visit exploreum.com.

 


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.

“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.

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

BayBears vs Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
The Mobile BayBears host Jacksonville in a four-game series starting July 4 at 6:35 p.m. Also enjoy one of the best fireworks shows along the Gulf Coast following the game. For more information visit www.mobilebaybears.com or visit BayBears offices at Hank Aaron Stadium.

Piyo Tone
Mondays and Thursdays through Aug. 2 at Stott’s Park (2150 N. Demetropolis Road), 6-6:45 p.m. Class fee $21. Call 251-463-7980.

Table Tennis Club
Mondays, 5:30-8 p.m., and Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m. (adults only), at Laun Park (5401 Windmill Drive). Mike Ho, Baker HS table tennis coach, will help everyone with their game. Paddles provided or bring your own. All levels welcome; $1 at the door. Call 251-463-7980.


WORKSHOPS

“State of the South”
Mobile Museum of Art in partnership with Mobile United welcomes Alabama Shakespeare Festival for an exciting workshop focusing on how Southern storytelling is changing. Saturday, July 7, 6 p.m. Arrive by 5:45 p.m. and enjoy a pre-talk reception. Wine will be available. Visit mobilemuseumofart.com for more information.

“Sew & Tell”
The Moorer Branch of Mobile Public Library is offering a Counted Cross Stitch Fox class on Saturday, July 7, 10:30 a.m., for ages 8 and up. Call 251-470-7770 or email ftigner@mplonline.org.

“Reasons to Believe”
Government Street United Methodist Church invites you to learn about the scientific support of the Genesis creation account and historical evidence to confirm the ministry, crucifixion and post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. Monday, July 9, 6:30 p.m., 901 Government St. Call 251-438-4714.


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.

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.