GENERAL INTEREST

AFRICATOWN’S “KIDS KITE DAY”
4th annual “Kids Kite Day” at Hope Community Center on Saturday, March 17th from 8:30 am to 3 pm. This event is to encourage all kids to get outdoors and enjoy activities that help maintain an active lifestyle. This year’s event is sponsored by County Commissioner Ms. Mercia Ludgood,  Africatown’s-CHESS.org, The Robert L. Hope Family and The Mobile City Parks & Recreation Department.

Titanic Irish Party
The “Third Class: A Titanic Irish Party” featuring Tom Morley’s Third Class Irish Band will be at the History Museum of Mobile Thursday, March 15, 6-9 p.m. Featuring exhibitions, live music, libations, food trucks, a caricature artist and more. Visit museumofmobile.com.

Garrison Keillor at Saenger Theatre
The former host of “A Prairie Home Companion” and “The Writer’s Almanac” captivates audiences with his signature blend of humor, charisma and wisdom. Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m. Visit www.saengermobile.com.

An Intimate Evening with Lisa Mills
You can call Lisa Mills a blues, gospel, torch or rhythm and blues singer and not be wrong. Friday, March 16, at The Listening Room of Mobile, 251-367-4599.

“The Mystery of the Shamrock Pub”
Join us Friday, March 16, at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin St., for the Mobile Mystery Dinners performance. Show starts at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at azaleamanormobile.com; reservations required.

Alabama Bicentennial Pre-Easter Festival
Join us Saturday, March 17, at Bicentennial Park in Stockton for pony rides, egg hunt, petting zoo and much more! Contact 251-580-1897.

Living History Day at Blakeley State Park
To commemorate the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Fort Blakeley, Historic Blakeley State Park will host a special day of living history and educational programming on Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 251-626-0798 or visit the events page at www.blakeleypark.com.

Volunteer Day
Mobile County Recycling Center will be keeping it “green” on Saturday, March 17, 9-11 a.m. Volunteers will sort materials, wash out bins, paint and landscape. Call 251-375-4527.

 Jubilee Bargains
Junior League of Mobile’s 5th annual rummage sale Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the former Old Mobile Antiques Gallery (1616 W. Interstate 65 Service Road S.). Visit juniorleaguemobile.org.

St. Patrick’s Day Dog Costume Contest
Serda Brewing will host our first ever dog custume contest on Saturday, March 17 at 2 p.m. benefitting the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF). Check it out on Facebook.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Rain or shine, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick parade will hit the streets Saturday, March 17, at 11:15 a.m. Parade begins at the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Mobile.

O’Daly’s St. Patrick’s Day and Green Dress Run
On Saturday, March 17, Kegs and Eggs kicks off the day at 6 a.m. with a full schedule of events and music. Run begins at 4 p.m. Visit us on Facebook for full details.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Join us for Dublin Pub’s inaugural St. Patrick’s Day celebration March 17. Five live bands on inside and outside stages. Breakfast starts at 6 a.m. Visit the pub’s Facebook page for more information.

Callaghan’s St. Patrick’s Day
In its 72nd year, the St. Patrick’s Day Street Party is March 16-17, and this will be the best one yet! Fun begins at 11 a.m. with music and food. Check out Callaghan’s Facebook page.

40th Annual Spring Fever Chase
Join Thomas Hospital and Wells Fargo for the 40th annual Spring Fever Chase. Certified 10K and 2-mile fun run through downtown Fairhope. Saturday, March 17, 8 a.m. at Fairhope Pier. Visit springfeverchase.racesonline.com.

“Cabaret” at JJP
The musical “Cabaret” begins Friday, March 16, at Joe Jefferson Playhouse and runs for three weekends. Visit joejeffersonplayers.com.

Jolene Roxbury & Brett Gambino
A delightful Sunday afternoon full of music and comedy is in store for you as these wizards of whimsy get back to their musical roots. Sunday, March 18, 3-5 p.m. at The Listening Room of Mobile.

Free Comedy Open Mic
Every Sunday beginning March 18 at The Merry Widow, 7-9 p.m. (until the karaoke starts), there’s a comedy open mic with occasional professional or semi-professional headliners. This is a FREE SHOW where anyone can try stand-up comedy.

Faith Tour
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. for the Forward Conference, three dynamic nights of teaching that will catapult our faith. Hosted by Right Way Christian Center. Visit www.rightwayccc.org.

Many More Miles
Baldwin Bone & Joint’s annual collection of shoes for the homeless outreach program continues through Saturday, March 24. For drop-off locations, call 251-621-5387.

Wee Exchange Kids Resale
Join the largest children’s biggest and best consignment sale on the Gulf Coast on Wednesday, March 14, at the Abba Shrine, 7701 Hitt Road.

USA Gymnastics Alabama State Optional/XCEL Meet
Beginning Friday, March 16, through Sunday, March 18, this youth gymnastics meet serves as the Alabama state championship for several skill levels. Mobile Civic Center Arena. Visit planetgymnastics.com/.

IRISH DANCING
Learn traditional jigs, reels, hornpipes and ceilidh dances. Performance and competition opportunities. Classes ongoing weekly for ages 3 to 18 Saturday mornings at Azalea City Center for the Arts. New students always accepted. Call 228-239-2422 or maccrossanirishdance@yahoo.com.

Live at the Bluegill
Mobile Big Band Society swings the Bluegill deck with two hours of big band favorites Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m. The dance floor is always full, so come early, enjoy the great food and the music.

Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Wednesday at noon for lunch at Azalea City Golf Course. Call 251-348-3542.

Rabies Clinic
The Mobile County Health Department offers $10 rabies shots. This Saturday’s clinic is at Dauphin Island Town Hall at 1011 Bienville Boulevard, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call 251-690-8823.

TOPS
Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church. Call 251-625-6888.

Toastmasters
Toastmasters International meets regularly at six locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Visit www.toastmasters.org for more information.

FUNDRAISERS

Bark & Bingo
Serda Brewing and ARF are partnering up for this fundraiser for dogs benefiting ARF. Come play and have a chance to win great prizes and enjoy several vendors. Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m.

Leprechauns at the Loop
The 12th annual fundraiser of Little Flower Catholic Parish on Friday, March 16, 6-11 p.m. The evening features dinner, silent and live auctions along with lots of laughter. Proceeds from this year’s event will be used to help with the one-time $75,000 expense of a new roof for the Parish Offices. Call 251-478-338.

Bunco Night
Reeling for a Cure is sponsoring a bunco night Friday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church to raise money for the Relay for Life team. All proceeds will go toward the American Cancer Society. Call 251-661-4524.

ARTS

Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival
The 66th annual Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival will take place March 16, 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Free admission. More than 230 exhibitors from all over the country will bring their best works.

Alabama/Texas Art Exchange
Through July 2018 at the Mobile Museum of Art. Featuring the work of artists from their respective states, presented concurrently at each venue.

Spanish Moss Miniature Art Show
Through March 30 at Mobile Art Council. Nothing larger than 5”x5” paintings or drawings.

MUSEUMS 

“Titanic: Honour & Glory”
“Titanic Honour & Glory” will run through April 15 at the History Museum of Mobile. In addition to the exhibition, the museum will host monthly events. Call 251-301-0273 or gavin.snyder@historymuseumofmobile.com.

“Right on Course”
The United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives is open free to the public weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the newest exhibits is “Right on Course.” Visit www.asama.org.

“Windows to the Sea”
“Windows to the Sea” is the latest permanent exhibit at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. Visit disl.org.

“Savage Ancient Seas”
“Savage Ancient Seas” will transport GulfQuest guests to a time when the last of the great dinosaurs roamed Earth and swam the seas. Visit www.gulfquest.org.

Fairhope’s Founding
Learn more about the 1894 founding of Fairhope at the Fairhope Museum of History, 24 N. Section St. The museum is open daily (except Sunday and Monday), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 251-929-1471.

Little Discoveries
“Outside the Box,” aimed at children age 6 and under, explores how innovation and creativity can lead to a world of possibilities, starting with a simple cardboard box. Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Call 251-208-6893 or email jholland@exploreum.com.

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. Call 251-208-5200.

“Permian Monsters: Life Before Dinosaurs”
Venture back in time 290 million years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea. The Exploreum will display this traveling exhibition through June 3. Visit exploreum.com.

“Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland”
In the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, there is a paradise unlike any other: the Galapagos Archipelago. Immerse yourself in this spectacular film at the Exploreum, until May 26. Visit exploreum.com.

SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Mobile International Speedway Driving Experience
Get out of the stands and behind the wheel of a real race car at Mobile International Speedway with the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. Sunday, March 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Limited spots available, must book in advance. Visit racewithrusty.com.

New Classes for All Ages
Classes offered at LeFlore High School include Art For Kids (ages 6 and up), Art for Adults, Pre-Ballet & Tumbling (ages 4-6) and Self-Defense for Women & Girls (ages 12 and up). Call 251-208-1610 or visit MOBILECAP.ORG.

Group rides
South Alabama and Mississippi Mountain Bike Association invites all levels of cyclists to join them every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. at USA Bike Trails and Sunday at 9 a.m. at Chickasabogue Park. Email carrie@rideSAMBA.com.

Weekly 1K/5K
Every Thursday evening at 6 p.m., join Red Beard’s Outfitter and Cortlandt’s Pub in the Spring Hill Village Shopping Center for a 1K or 5K run and walk. No cost to participate.

Bingo
Join Via! Health, Fitness, Enrichment Center at 1717 Dauphin St. for bingo every Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call 251-478-3311.

Fitness/Athletics Classes
New classes are being offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Tai Chi, bellydance, candlelit yoga, Piyo Tone and piano. Call 251-463-7980 or visit mobilecap.org.

Indoor Pickleball for Adults
Offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School on Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Great sport for all ages combines tennis, pingpong and badminton on a court one-fourth the size of a tennis court. Call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Ballroom dance
Azalea Ballroom Dance Club hosts dances the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. Call 251-623-9183 or visit azaleaballroomdanceclub.com.

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society hosts dances the first and third Monday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Hot Wheels Skating Rink in Daphne. Email cassief13@aol.com.

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