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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

Mobile United meeting
Join Mobile United for the June general meeting Wednesday, June 27, 5:30 p.m. at Joe Jefferson Playhouse. Chresal Threadgill, incoming MCPSS Superintendent, will speak about his plan for Mobile’s public schools. Open to the public. Find us on Facebook @mobileunited1.

Pride Month movie night
The Ben May Mobile Public Library will host a film screening of “Stonewall Uprising” at Bernheim Hall Wednesday, June 27, at 7 p.m. Learn about the beginnings of the modern-day LGBTQ rights movement beginning June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn. Open to the general public.

Distinguished Young Women National Finals
The Distinguished Young Women program will have nightly activities Wednesday, June 27, through Saturday, June 30, at the Mobile Civic Center Theatre. Find us on Facebook @DistinguisedYW. Call 251-438-3621 for tickets.

Leading Ladies Mobile
Join us at Moe’s Original Bar B Que downtown Thursday, June 28, at 5:30 p.m. for The Leading Ladies Awards Reception. An entity of Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, Leading Ladies recognizes outstanding women and organizations in South Alabama, and is an important fundraising event for Girl Scouting in the southern Alabama service area. Tickets at interland3.donorperfect.net.

Dauphin Island documentary
The Sierra Club’s new film on the erosion of Dauphin Island, “A Disrupted System: Alabama’s Disappearing Barrier Island,” will be shown Thursday, June 28, 6 p.m. at the Ben May Branch of the Mobile Public Library. Panel discussion will follow. Free and open to the public. Advance registration is required at www.adisruptedsystem.org.

Dauphin Island family movie series
Join us at Dauphin Island’s West End Beach for free family movie nights. The Thursday, June 28, movie will be  “Jaws” and on Friday, June 22, “Night Trolls.” Visit dauphinislandtourism.com/calendar for the complete summer lineup.

“Tea for Two”
Come hear the first-hand experience, dedication, adventures and cautions from one of Fairhope’s fine police officers Thursday, June 28, 2 p.m. at Fairhope Museum of History as part of its “Tea for Two” program. Visit cofairhope.com for more information.

The B.O.L.D. Youth Conference
The B.O.L.D Youth Conference is created to motivate and empower youth to boldly face fears of rejection, shame, guilt and any other issue that could prevent them from walking in true freedom. Join us beginning June 28 at 6 p.m. through June 30 at 2451 St. Stephens Road. Purchase tickets at boldexperience.eventbrite.com. Call 251-545-9940.

Kids Days in Bienville
Join us in Bienville Square this Thursday, June 28, 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.

Friday at the Firehouse
Come visit Firehouse Station 28 at 7050 Old Military Road in Theodore for open house Friday, June 29, 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.

Port of Mobile cruise
Join us for a cruise through one of the nation’s busiest and most scenic waterways. Beginning at the Blakeley State Park dock Saturday, June 30, at 9 a.m. Cruise tickets cost $35 for adults/$17 for kids 6-12. To reserve your seat, call 251-626-0798. For more information visit www.blakeleypark.com.

Dog River clean-up paddle
Join us Saturday, June 30, 9 a.m. at the Eslava Creek Yak Club for another successful clean-up. We will go downstream of the trap and clean up around Bolton Branch.  

Family Health and Safety Fair
Solid Rock Ministries will host its Family Health and Safety Fair on June 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be sessions on resume writing and free health screenings. Free food, games, music and giveaways. Call 251-644-1381.

We love Satsuma
Come join us Sunday, July 1, at Fred K. Wright Park, 6-8:30 p.m. for food, live, music, games and a fireworks show. Call 251-675-1280.

Public works job fair
Join us for a job fair with representatives from the Mobile Public Works Department Monday, July 2, 6-7:30 p.m. at Dumas Wesley Community Center (126 Mobile St.). Hosted by councilmen Fred Richardson, C.J. Small and Levon Manzie.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab excursion
A beach dune and maritime forest excursion will be held Tuesday, July 3, from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., leaving from the Estuarium on Dauphin Island. Learn about plants and see many coastal animals. Cost is $12 per person. Limited space, visit disl.org or call 251-861-2141, ext. 7545, for reservations.

Grand Bay Watermelon Festival
Come out 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.


FUNDRAISERS

Karen Clarke Andrews cancer benefit dinner
Join us for food, fellowship and live music Saturday, June 30, at Blues Tavern, 11 a.m. until it ends. Raffles, corn-hole competitions, special auction items and music by Soul River Levee. Look for us on Facebook @bluestavernmobile.

 


ARTS

Tri-X Noise: a mobile photo installation
Bill Danie is back on the road with a “pop-up” photo show representing 30 years of 35mm photographs — all non-digital darkroom prints. Hosted by Alabama Contemporary Art Center, Friday, June 29, 7-10 p.m. Free for all ages.

Garden sketch club
Join us at Bellingrath Gardens every Friday for a relaxing afternoon of sketching in the gardens. All levels of experience are welcome. General admission ($5) for non-members.

“Bent Broadway”
The first-ever “Bent Broadway” will be hosted by Joe Jefferson Playhouse on Saturday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. This concert is intended to raise awareness and funds to support LGBTQ youth. Find us on Facebook and Instagram at BentBroadwayMobile.

Katya Grineva concert
Katya Grineva, piano soloist, will perform an “Enchanting Evening of Romantic Piano,” Saturday, June 30, 2:30-4 p.m. at the USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center with a hors d’oeuvre reception 3:30-4 p.m. Visit www.katyagrineva.weebly.com for more information.

“Hubble”
Journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and accompany spacewalking astronauts as they attempt the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history. Through July 1. Call 251-208-6893 or visit explore.com for showtimes. 

“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 heart-pounding science adventure. Running July 2-8. 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. June 26-29 at 8 p.m., 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. Bill Clark performs Friday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. For more information on the entire summer lineup, visit spanishfortcenter.com/news/events.

 


MUSEUMS

“Water’s Extreme Journey”
An exciting quest that transforms “you” into a drop of water entering a watershed as you travel from watershed 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 all the 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 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

Piyo Tone
Join us 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.

Kickball pick-up games
The Chickasaw Christian Community will host pick-up games Friday, June 29, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Chickasaw United Methodist Church. All ages welcome. Call 251-452-6466.

Yoga on the Lawn
Join us Sunday, July 1, 6-7 p.m. for free yoga at Historic Oakleigh House. Find us on Facebook @HistoricOakleighComplex.

Mommy and Me yoga
Practice yoga and bond with your baby. Class will focus on providing physical, mental and emotional support for new mothers. Bring yoga mat, water and baby blanket to Soul Shine Yoga (265 Young St., Fairhope). Tuesday, July 3, 11 a.m.

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.

 


WORKSHOPS

Online Marketing 101
Join the WBA June 28, 9:30-11 a.m., for an interactive workshop learning the basics of online marketing for your small business. Understand online marketing, how to get customers to find you, blogging and the use of social media. $15 members, $20 non-members. Register online at www.womensbusinesscenter.com/events.

 


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., Robertsdalewww.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 Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 5464 Old Highway 43 Satsuma, AL 36572, 251-675-1440.