Celebrate with Africatown

The Africatown community invites the public to join us in celebrating the Africatown Connections Blueway Saturday, June 16, 3-6 p.m. under the west side of the Cochrane Africatown Bridge next to Kimberly-Clark Paper Co. Free food, ceremonial dancing, fishing displays, driftwood displays and Mardi Gras music by The Excelsior Band will be featured. The Blueway is designed to connect communities across Mobile and build a legacy of a unique place in history. Please RSVP to liz_smith-incer@nps.gov or 228-230-4120.


GENERAL INTEREST

Alabama Seafood Cook-Off
The 4th annual Alabama Seafood Cook-Off is Wednesday, June 13, as part of the redesigned 30th annual Taste of the Bayou. As four top chefs from around the state compete for the cook-off title, guests can sample four varieties of fresh seafood. Event will be held at the Bayou La Batre Community Center from 6-9 p.m. Tickets cost $10 at www.tasteofthebayou.org.

Discover the Pinta and the Niña
On Wednesday, June 13, replicas of the Pinta and the Niña will open at LuLu’s Restaurant, 200 E. 25th Ave., Gulf Shores, until they depart early Monday, June 18. Admission is $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and $6.50 for students ages 5 to 16; children 4 and under are admitted free. The ships are open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations necessary.

Street Design Summit
Take part in a community dialogue exploring how street design impacts land development. At The Steeple on Wednesday, June 13, 5-7 p.m. There is no charge; please RSVP to chunter@downtownmobile.org.

Community meeting
Hosted by C.H.E.S.S. (clean, healthy, educated, safe, sustainable), the public is invited to attend a community meeting on Thursday, June 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Hope Community Center in Africatown to learn more about the Africatown Blueway and its official launch Saturday, June 16. Contact Joe Womack at 251-404-9558

MPD community meetings
During June, the Mobile Police Department will hold a community meeting in each of its four precinct areas. June 14 at 6 p.m. at Dauphin Way Baptist Church Gymnasium, 3661 Dauphin St.; June 21 at 6 p.m. at Trinity Gardens Community Center, 2668 Berkley Ave.; and June 26 at 6 p.m. at Tillman’s Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road.

Tea for Two programs
Enjoy a cup of organic Oolong Fairhope Tea and hear guest speaker Nancy Raia on Thursday, June 14, 2 p.m. at the Fairhope Museum of History. Raia is in charge of community outreach for the Eastern Shore Arts Center and will speak on recent projects and how she brings art to the community. Visit cofairhope.com for more information.

CarePortal launch event
Children of the World will present CarePortal to the Baldwin County community on Thursday, June 14, noon to 1:30 p.m. at Bella Sera Gardens in Loxley. Free lunch provided. All interested in learning how their church can become involved are welcome to attend. Visit childrenoftheworld.com for more information.

Community health fair
Virginia College in Mobile will host a community health fair Thursday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the campus, 3725 Airport Blvd., Suite 165. The event is free and open to the public and will feature a nutritious lunch, high blood pressure and a variety of other health-related checks and activities for all ages.

DI family movie series
Join us at Dauphin Island’s West End Beach for free family movie nights. The Thursday, June 14, movie will be “Hidden Figures” and Friday, June 15, is “Coco.” Visit www.dauphinislandtourism.com/calendar for the complete summer lineup.

Salt Marsh Summer Excursion
Salt marshes are not monotonous expanses of grass; they’re fascinating coastal wetlands that are critical to the local estuary system. The Dauphin Island SeaLab will offer a tour on two upcoming Thursdays — June 14 and June 28, 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Space is limited and reservations are recommended; call 251-861-2141.

Kids Days in Bienville
Join us in Bienville Square on Thursdays in June from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for this free event featuring make-and-take crafts, story time by the Mobile County Library, as well as a chance to visit their Book Mobile, Uncle Joe’s Rolling Zoo, kids karaoke, the Dauphin Island SeaLab’s hands-on traveling exhibit, Sunshine the Clown and friends with balloon crafts, and a chance to play with pirates. Visit www.ncsmobile.org.

Family Movie Night
Join us for an outdoor showing of “Ferdinand” starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 15, at Westminster Presbyterian Church (2921 Airport Blvd., at Sage and Airport).

$10 weekend rabies clinic
The Mobile County Health Department provides low-cost rabies shots for dogs, cats and ferrets during weekend clinics. Saturday, June 16, 12:30-2:30 p.m., the city of Mobile Animal Shelter will host an event at 855 Owens Street.

Cruise and wildlife education
Blakeley Park offers a cruise experience to Bayou Canot and a wildlife educational program, “Feathered Friends and Falconry,” on Saturday, June 16, at 9 a.m. Cruise tickets cost $25 for adults/$15 for kids ages 6-12. The wildlife program is free with cruise tickets or complimentary with regular park admission. Call 251-626-0798 to reserve a seat.

USS Drum crew reunion
Come meet real-life heroes of the silent service as we welcome the original crewmen of the USS Drum as they return to their submarine at Battleship Memorial Park on Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit ussalabama.com for more info.

Boat-in movie
Join us at Bird Island for drinks, popcorn and the big-screen movie “Pirates of the Caribbean” Saturday, June 16, at sunset. RSVP with Rachel at 251-971-8300.

Reptile extravaganza
Come to the reptile extravaganza on Saturday, June 16, or Sunday, June 17, beginning at 11 a.m. at B&B Pet Stop and get up close and personal with lots of reptiles that make good pets. Reptiles from all over the world will be on display. See them up close, ask questions and perhaps handle them. Find us on Facebook @bbpetstop.

America’s Greatness concert
Join us Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m. at Bernheim Hall for a free patriotic concert featuring a wide variety of musical favorites and reflective works based on our country’s long history, conquests and legacy. Contact Terry D. Maddox at 251-406-1454.

Reader’s choice book club
Join us Tuesday, June 19, 1 p.m. at the Mobile West Regional Library for some lively book discussions and tips on what’s hot and what’s not in the world of books. This month’s topic is “Camino Island” by John Grisham. Call 251-208-7097.

All Hands Productions
The Spanish Fort Public Library welcomes David Stephens with All Hands Productions on Tuesday, June 19, at 10 a.m. as part of Summer Reading 2018. You won’t want to miss this exciting show. Visit www.allhandsproductions.com.

Wet ‘n Wild Wednesdays
Join us for this summer’s Wet ‘N Wild Wednesdays, June 20 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at W.O. Lott Park in Daphne. Wear your swimsuit, bring your towel and pack your lunch to join us for this free water fun event. Call Daphne Parks & Recreation, 251-621-3703.

Park system improvement
The city of Mobile is hosting public forums in the month of June to gather feedback to help guide the Parks and Recreation System Improvement Plan, giving citizens a chance to shape the future of city parks for the next decade. Tuesday, June 19, at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital (1700 Center St.) and/or June 20 at Mobile Public Library West Regional Branch. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; formal presentation begins at 6 p.m.


FUNDRAISERS

Cooley reunion at Pat’s
Cooley is now out of the hospital. Even though it will be a while before he can return to work, we are having a party in his honor at Pat’s Downtown on Saturday June 16. Slide Acoustic Band will play from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will donate the cover charge to the Cooleys to help cover hospital expenses. Find us on Facebook @Patsdowntownmobile.

Chelsea Prince Fundraiser
Please join us at The Bar Downtown Wednesday, June 20, at 8 p.m. in support of Chelsea Prince, who is fighting ovarian cancer. We will have great drink specials, a live DJ, corn hole and beer pong. A $5 cover at the door and any donations will be given to Chelsea for assistance with treatment costs.


ARTS

“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. At the IMAX Exploreum through June 17. Call 251-208-6893 or visit explore.com for showtimes.

“Pump Boys and Dinettes”
The University of Alabama’s theater department presents the Pump Boys of the local gas station and their neighbors, the Dinettes of the Double Cupp Diner, coming together for an evening of lively country and western music. Showtimes are June 12-17, 19-24, 26-29 at 8 p.m. at South Baldwin Community Theatre (2022 W. 2nd St., Gulf Shores). Admission: $20 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under. Call 251-968-6721 or visit sbct.biz.

Music in the Park
Enjoy a free concert in the Pavilion at Town Center Park in Spanish Fort every Friday through August. Friday, June 15t, at 6:30 p.m. will feature James “Milkshake” Patterson. For more information on the entire summer lineup, visit spanishfortcenter.com/news/events.

“Mysteries of the Unseen World”
“Mysteries of the Unseen World” reveals phenomena that can’t be seen with the naked eye, taking audiences into earthly worlds secreted away in different dimensions of time and scale and allowing the experience of events that unfold too slowly for human perception. Showtimes are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. through June 17 at the IMAX at the Exploreum. Call 251-208-6893 or visit exploreum.com

“Ragtime”
Based on the novel of the same name by E.L. Doctorow, Ahrens and Flaherty’s “Ragtime” is a compelling epic capturing the American experience at the turn of the 20th century. Through June 17 at the Joe Jefferson Playhouse. Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Visit joejeffersonplayers.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. Open daily through Sept. 3 at the Gulf Coast Exploreum. Visit exploreum.com for details.

“Ice Age Imperials”
Explore “Ice Age Imperials” at the History Museum of Mobile through Aug. 26. Imagine traveling 20,000 years into the past when fierce cats, enormous mastodons and wooly 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 atÊ4850 Museum Drive. Call 251-208-5200.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Doc’s Hot Trot for ARC
Join us Saturday, June 16, 7:30 a.m. at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores for the annual 5K and 1 mile fun run to benefit ARC of Baldwin County. After the race there will be awards, food, drinks and door prizes. Hosted by Robertsdale Rotary Club. Visit robertsdalerotary.com.

Yoga & Mindfulness
Come out and relax, rejuvenate and recharge your body and mind with us Tuesday, June 19, 5:30-7 p.m. at the USA Bell Tower next to the Mitchell Center. Free. Bring a yoga mat and meditation cushion. Bring your favorite dish and join our optional potluck picnic. Find us on Facebook @usamedclub.

Table Tennis Club
Join us 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.

Qigong for beginners
Learn the techniques of a Chinese healing energy art that combines breathing techniques, slow movements and focused intention and meditation to achieve harmony and balance. Class is held at the Semmes Branch of the Mobile Public Library Saturday, June 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m. for ages 18 and up. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please call 251-645-6840.

TGIF afternoon gaming
Come play video games and compete with other teen players, eat snacks and have a great time with fellow gamers from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 15, at the West Regional Branch Library. Call 251-340-8555 or email lrainey@mplonline.org.

Grinnell/Bowfin tournament
Father’s Day weekend Saturday, June 16, at Live Oak Landing in Stockton. Tournament begins 6:30 a.m. Register online at www.LiveOakAlabama.com or call 251-800-7464.

Movie on the lanes
Join us at Eastern Shore Lanes in Spanish Fort for our Kids Bowl Free Family Night on Mondays in June and July. Beginning Monday, June 18, a movie will be shown over the lanes. Find us on Facebook @ESLanes.

Viewing the summer sky
Guests will gather on the Great Lawn at Bellingrath Gardens Wednesday, June 20, 7-9 p.m. to view the night sky. Telescopes will be set up for viewing planets and constellations. Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars and flashlights. Visit bellingrath.org for full schedule; call 251-459-8864 to register.


WORKSHOPS

Garden to pantry
Join us Thursday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at Mobile County Extension-ACES (1070 Schillinger Road N.) for a home gardening and canning workshop. Learn home to grow tomatoes and make salsa at home. Fee is $10. Call to register at 251-574-8445.

CPR class
Instructors certified through the American Heart Association will teach CPR for $20 per person for anyone in the area. Next class is Thursday, June 14, 2 p.m. at Lifeguard Ambulance Service (22 Midtown Park West). No registration needed, simply show up. Call 251-338-3338.

Copperplate Drypoint Workshop
Artist and professor Scott Stephens will lead this workshop on the traditional printmaking method of copperplate drypoint. Friday, June 15, 12-5 p.m. at the Mobile Museum of Art. Visit mobilemuseumofart.com for details.

Lunch & Learn
Bring a lunch and join the June Lunch & Learn on Monday, June 18, at noon at the Jon Archer Agricultural Center (1070 Schillinger Road N.). Free to the public. At this month’s event David Schmohl from JubileeScape will talk about gardening for the disabled. Visit www.aces.edu/counties/Mobile.