Pull-A-Plane
Dumas Wesley’s 3rd annual Plane Pull is Saturday, May 5. Teams will compete to see who can pull an Airbus A320 more than 12 feet in the shortest amount of time. Registration/gates open at 9 a.m. and the event begins at 10 a.m. Includes entertainment, food trucks and a kid zone. More information at www.dumaswesley.org.


GENERAL INTEREST

LGBTQ Family Dinner
Rainbow Mobile presents its first monthly LGBTQ Family Dinner for Mobile County on Thursday, May 3, 6:30 p.m. at Chili’s Grill & Bar, 790 Schillinger Road S. First Thursday of every month. Please RSVP no later than one day prior at www.rainbowmobile.org/mobile-family-dinner.

Fairhope farmers market
Outdoor market is hosted by city of Fairhope on Thursday, May 3, 3-6 p.m. and will continue each Thursday until July 19. Local farmers, bakers, fresh local produce, fresh-cut flowers, local honey, plants and more. Fairhope library will host children’s activities at 4 p.m. Call 251-929-1466.

2018 Griot award recipient
Friday, May 4, 6-9 p.m. at History Museum of Mobile, 2018 Griot Award recipient and Pulitzer Prize winner Cynthia Tucker will be honored. Purchase tickets at www.dffaaht.org.

May the 4th be with you
Come join us Friday, May 4, 3-5:30 p.m. at the Ben May downtown library for an afternoon screening of “Rogue One” at 3:30 p.m. DIY lightsaber instructions, Star Wars 3D printing projects and more. Dressing as your favorite Star Wars character is encouraged. Call 251-208-7079.

Tidy the city
Spanish Fort residents will have an opportunity to “Tidy the City” starting Friday, May 4, at 8 a.m. through Sunday, May 6, at 8 p.m. at Spanish Fort Community Center. Two dumpsters will be placed behind the center in the cul-de-sac for the collection of unwanted items. Find us on Facebook @cityofspanishfort.

Hot air balloon festival
The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival will feature hot air balloon rides, balloon glow Friday and Saturday nights, World Famous Disc Connected K-9 Frisbee Dog Show, carnival rides, arts and crafts vendors, food, live music and more. Friday, May 4, at 2 p.m. through Sunday, May 6, at the Foley Soccer Complex. General admission is free. Visit GulfCoastBalloonFestival.com.

Domehead Science: May the 4th be with you
Gulf Coast Exploreum will host “Jedi Physics” with Dr. Albert Gapud of the USA Physics Department. A free viewing of “Return of the Jedi” will follow in the IMAX theater. General admission is $10 for adults and children. Capacity is limited; purchase tickets at www.exploreum.com.

Help Me Grow Alabama
Amelia Leonard will discuss the importance of development screenings and how they help with early detection of developmental delays that may indicate a child is on the autism spectrum. Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. to noon at the Ben May Main Library. Call 251-208-7079.

Market in the Park
Come shop at the second Market in the Park of the spring/summer in Cathedral Square on Saturday, May 5, from 7:30-11 a.m. The market features one-of-a-kind arts and crafts produced by local artisans, as well as locally grown produce, seafood, cheese and eggs, honeys, flowers and plants, baked goods, pasta and more. Follow us on Facebook @SpecialEventsMobile.

MBG marketplace
Come to Mobile Botanical Gardens MarketPlace (located at the end of our parking lot) and get some great plants for your garden on Saturday, May 5, at 9 a.m. Plant experts will be on hand to answer any questions and give advice. Visit www.mbgrebloomshop.com.

Cuban festival
The Mobile Museum of Art’s first ever Cuban Festival will celebrate the shared cultures of Mobile and its sister city, Havana, Cuba. Events begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, with tours and book signing. Free admission for all Mobile County residents all day. Experience special exhibits, vintage Cuban cars, food and dance. Visit www.mobilemuseumofart.com.

Jewish American Heritage Series
A special screening of the PBS series “The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama” at Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library on Sunday, May 6, at 1:30 p.m. Call 251-208-7079 or visit www.mobilepubliclibrary.org.

The Market at The Pillars
Enjoy a fun afternoon of local makers, bakers, crafters and artists at The Pillars on Sunday, May 6, beginning at noon. Live music and local food. Free and open to the public. Family fun and pet friendly!

JLM breakfast
Junior League of Mobile will host a Community Collaborations breakfast on Monday, May 7, 7:30 a.m., with guest speaker Vicki Clark at the JLM headquarters, 57 N. Sage Ave. Free; seating is limited so pre-registration is required. Call 251-463-9342.

District court judge debate
Please join the Mobile County Young Republicans for a debate between the three district court judge candidates on Tuesday, May 8, at 6 p.m. at Dublin Pub & Eatery. Candidate meet and greet starts 6 p.m. Find us on Facebook @MobileYR.

Thursday evenings at the gardens
Each Thursday Mobile Botanical Gardens will remain open until 7 p.m. Come out and enjoy a late afternoon stroll or just sit and watch the sunset. Last admission is at 6 p.m. Visit www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org.


FUNDRAISERS

Cocktails with Critters
13th annual fundraiser for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation on Thursday, May 3, 6-9 p.m. at Bluegill on the Causeway. Silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and drinks with music by Johnny Hayes Duo. Tickets $50 in advance/$55 at the door. Contact Helene Hassell, 251-605-6624.

Pull-A-Plane
Dumas Wesley’s 3rd annual Plane Pull is Saturday, May 5. Teams will compete to see who can pull an Airbus A320 more than 12 feet in the shortest amount of time. Registration/gates open at 9 a.m. and the event begins at 10 a.m. Includes entertainment, food trucks and a kid zone. More information at www.dumaswesley.org.

Grand Pediatric Pentathlon
Fun, family event at the Grand Hotel Marriott in Point Clear on Saturday, May 4, hosted by the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Participants will have five events — biking, kayaking, fun run/walk, swimming and reading. Proceeds benefit the Reach Out and Read-Alabama program that provides books and a foundation for success for Alabama’s children. Find us on Facebook @AlabamaChapter.AAP.

Mother/Daughter Tea
Join us at The Battle House Hotel on Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m. for a tea benefiting the Salvation Army’s Family Haven, the only family shelter that accepts men, women and children as a unit. Arts and crafts, tea time refreshments and special princess guests. Tickets cost $50 per pair and $15 for each additional child 12 and under, $35 per adult. Call 251-459-6144 to reserve tickets.

Hobby Horse Derby
Don’t miss the inaugural Mobile Hobby Horse Derby hosted by Delta Dogs in Cathedral Square on Sunday, May 6, at 1 p.m. Hop on your hobby horse, dress in your best race day costume and compete to be “top dog” in Mobile. Register online at eventbrite.com. Late registration is online only through Friday, May 4, at 5 p.m. There will be no registration at the event.


ARTS

Gov’t Mule at the Saenger
Rock ’n’ roll music has always been a reflection of the times, and the new Gov’t Mule album, “Revolution Come…Revolution Go,” is no exception. Gov’t Mule with special guests Black Stone Cherry on Thursday, May 3, at the Saenger Theatre. Tickets at the Saenger Box Office, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or at ticketmaster.com.

“Butterflies Are Free”
Last chance to see Theatre 98’s “Butterflies are Free” by Leonard Gershe. Showtimes are Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 6, at 2:30 p.m. Visit theatre98.org for pricing information.

Seinfeld at the Saenger
America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, will return to the Port City to perform his signature stand-up routine at the Saenger Theatre this Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000.

Mozart’s Requiem
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir will present the iconic Requiem in D minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as the finale to their 2017-2018 Music Season on Sunday, May 6, at 4 p.m. This is considered Mozart’s most mysterious work, commissioned by a secret patron and left unfinished at the time of the composer’s death. Free and open to all. Corner of Church and St. Emanuel streets.

Music in the Park
Enjoy free concerts in the Pavilion at Town Center Park in Spanish Fort every Friday. Mitcher Rencher, steel drum artist, will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4. Visit spanishforttowncenter.com for the summer lineup.


MUSEUMS

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.

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

“Permian Monsters: Life Before Dinosaurs”
Take an adventure back in time 290 millions years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea. The Exploreum will display this traveling exhibition thru 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.


WORKSHOPS

Digital Marketing Boot Camp
Join us for half-day boot camps composed of workshops providing hands-on instruction in the tools used by today’s digital marketer on Friday, May 4, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Mobile Area Association of Realtors (2827 Airport Blvd.). Visit twww.southalabama.edu/colleges/mcob/digitalmarketing/bootcamp.html.

Getting bogged down
Join us at the Mobile Botanical Gardens MarketPlace to learn more about native and local insect-eating plants, where they grow and how you can take them home with you. The workshop will be held Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m. and include a presentation about carnivorous plants and their ecological companion plants, what makes a bog a bog and how to construct a bog garden. All materials are included in registration fee; MBG members $65, nonmembers $75.

CPR training
The Daphne Public Library will provide a CPR class on Saturday, May 5, at 9:30 a.m. This course is open to students in grades 6-12 and adults free of charge. The class will cover adult, toddler and infant CPR. To register, call 251-621-2818, ext. 211.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

BayBears vs. Lookouts
Gates open at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, for the BayBears’ first game of five against the Chattanooga Lookouts at Hank Aaron Stadium. Games begin nightly at 7:05 p.m. through Saturday, May 5. Last game is Sunday, May 5, at 2:05 p.m. Log on to mobilebaybears.com for tickets or call 479-BEAR (2327).

National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship
The best teams from the fastest-growing NCAA sport will hit the sand with an 8-team bracket for double-elimination competition. Tournament runs May 4-6 at Gulf Shores Main Public Beach (101 E. Beach Blvd.). General admission day passes cost $20; $30 for courtside seating day passes; $45 for general admission all-session; $75 for courtside seating all-session. Visit GulfShores.com/NCAAWomensBeachVball.aspx for details.

Pedestrian tunnel
The Alabama Department of Transportation will open the Bankhead Tunnel for for bicycle and pedestrian traffic on Saturday, May 5, from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Soccer at the Lip
AFC Mobile soccer team takes on the New Orleans Jesters, the biggest team along the Gulf Coast, on Saturday, May 5, at Lipscomb Stadium, 7 p.m. The Jesters went undefeated in the Southeastern Conference of the National Premier Soccer League. Now they head to Mobile to participate in the biggest and highest-level soccer match to ever take place in the Port City. Visit @AFCMobile on Facebook for details and the 2018 schedule.

Fuji BJJ Classic
Join us Saturday, May 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Alabama Youth Sports Combine for a fun, family-friendly event for one and all. See some great competitions and learn a little about jiu jitsu, too. Register now at www.fujibjj.com. Register during the early registration period to receive a $10 discount and a promotional item.

Free Yoga at Alabama Contemporary
Recharge and refresh with Yoga at Alabama Contemporary Art Center. This free one-hour class on Saturday, May 5, at 11:30am is led by certified yoga instructors and open to participants of all levels of experience.

LGBTQ Kayaking trip
Join us for Rainbow Mobile’s first kayaking trip at noon on Sunday, May 6, at Off the Hook Marina. We will have both single kayaks and dual canoes for rent for $20 each. Launch fee is $3 per person if you want to bring your own. Check us out on Facebook.

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.

Fitness and athletics classes
Try something new this year. Classes are being offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Tai Chi, bellydance, candlelit yoga, Piyo Tone and piano. Call 251-463-7980 or visitmobilecap.org


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.