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GENERAL INTEREST

BP oil spill council
The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council will meet from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Five Rivers Tensaw Theater in Spanish Fort to discuss and receive public comments on its draft Multi-year Implementation Plan. For more information or to submit comments online, visit www.restorealabama.org.

‘50s Sock Hop
Join us Thursday, May 24, from 6-8 p.m. at the Ben May Main Library for music of the ‘50s, hula-hoop competitions and a special screening of the movie “Back to the Future.” Call 251-208-7087 or visit www.mobilepubliclibraryonline.org.

MobiCon
Come join the fun with friends and family at Mobile Comic Con Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27 at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza. Cosplay parade, panels, gaming and guest actors, directors, artists and more. Visit mobilecomiccon.org.

Hurricane Expo
Baldwin County EMA and partners will be hosting a hurricane expo on Thursday, May 24, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Baldwin County Central Annex Auditorium, located at 22251 Palmer St. in Robertsdale. For more call 251-972-6809 or email jguerry@baldwincountyal.gov.

Scenic Sunset Cruise
Historic Blakeley State Park will host a sunset cruise departing Blakeley dock at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25. Tickets cost $29 for adults and $19 for children aged 6-12. Call 251-626-0798 or visit www.blakeleypark.com.

Beach ball drop
Kick off the summer season with a 5,000-beach ball drop, surf simulator, bubble zone and more. Join us at The Wharf Friday, May 25, 5-9 p.m. for live entertainment and prizes. Free admission. Visit ALWharf.com.

LuLuPalooza
Celebrate Memorial Day at LuLu’s, Saturday, May 26, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Live music featuring local favorites. Admission is free. Visit LuLuBuffett.com for more information.

Memorial Day tribute at Fort Morgan
Celebrate Memorial Day with us, Saturday, May 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Morgan. Explore the military history of Mobile Point, hear special talks and watch uniformed interpreters bring the fort to life. Visit Fort-Morgan.org for tickets and details.

RecSummerFest 2018
Join us at RecSummerFest 2018, Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the James M. Seals Community Center, 540 Texas St. Free food, games, water slides, splash pad, DJs Rodski and Thad along with live music by the Stereo Dogs, Symone French, Chris Powell (Peek) and Chico. Find us on Facebook @MobileParks.

Rabies shots, nail trims
Dr. Ann Branch and volunteers from the Mobile Animal Shelter will be at B&B Pet Stop to administer one-year rabies vaccines at a greatly reduced price. No appointment necessary! Rabies vaccine $10 per pet; nail trim $15 per pet (cash only).

Krewe de Rescue
Come and meet adoptable pets from Krewe de Rescue on Sunday, May 27, at 2 p.m. at B&B Pet Stop. Find us on Facebook @KremeDeRescue.

Sparks after Dark
Join us every Monday beginning May 28 through Aug. 6 at The Wharf at 8:45 p.m. for the Sparks after Dark fireworks show. Set up on Main Street for the best view of this free event. Visit alwharf.com for more details.


FUNDRAISERS

HopeCup
USA Mitchell Cancer Institute hosts HopeCup on Thursday, May 24, at Steelwood Country Club in Loxley. Registration is at 10 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Endowment. Visit www.usahealthsystem.com/hopecup.

SUP CUP 2018
Join the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Saturday, May 26, at the Dockside Marina Dog River for the 2nd annual SUP CUP, open to stand-up paddle boards and kayaks. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and is open to all ages and skill levels. $35 entry fee includes race, T-shirt and post-race refreshments. Call 251-423-1032.

Hop in the Bay
Join Mobile Baykeeper and Fairhope Brewing for the official release of the Hop in the Bay IPA benefiting Mobile Baykeeper on Saturday, May 26, noon to 5 p.m. at Fairhope Brewing. Live music and food truck available. Visit mobilebaykeeper.org or email hwalsh@mobilebaykeeper.org.

Moto-Fest 2.0 2018
Join us Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Moto-Tech Racing for a family event with vendors, food, contest, music and more. This year’s event will raise money for the Children’s and Women’s Pediatric ER upgrade. Visit www.moto-techracing.com or call 251-264-9495.\


ARTS

Brown Bag in Bienville
Weekly free concerts every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in Bienville Square. Come enjoy Melissa Joiner on May 23 and Eric Erdman May 30. For more information, including event cancellations, contact Mobile Special Events Department at 251-208-1550.

Bubbly Bus Ride through Oakleigh
Take a Champagne-filled excursion through the social history of the Oakleigh Garden District on Friday, May 24, from 5-7:30 p.m. Visit mardigrastrail.com or call 251-599-9332.

Brown Bag by the Bay
Thursday, May 24, Eric Edman will perform at 11:30 a.m. at May Day Park in Daphne. Join us weekly for this free event produced by www.RadioAvalon.com. Visit www.daphneal.com/calendar for a list of future performers.

Baldwin Pops concerts
Baldwin Pops Band will hold two free concerts over the Memorial Day weekend. Bring chairs or blankets and a picnic supper and enjoy selections including “American Salute,” “Hymn to the Fallen” and many more. First concert will be held Friday, May 25, 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Park in Foley, and the second at Henry George Park in Fairhope Monday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.baldwinpopsband.com for additional information.

“Adventures of Pippi Longstocking”
With colorful costumes, lively music and stupendous young actors and dancers, audiences of all ages will be delighted with this performance. Friday through Sunday now through May 27 at the Playhouse in the Park. Visit www.playhouseinthepark.org for details.

Music in the Park
Enjoy a free concert in the Pavilion at Town Center Park in Spanish Fort every Friday through August. Friday, May 25, at 6:30 p.m. will be DarLaWan. For more information on the entire summer lineup, visit spanishfortcenter.com/news/events.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical version of how Joseph rose from slave to savior, rescuing his people from famine. Show dates through May 27th at the Chickasaw Civic Theatre. Visit cctshows.com for tickets.

“Once Upon a Time in Oz”
Join us Saturday, May 26, as the Prima Theatre for the Arts presents “Once Upon a Time in Oz.”  Sneak peek matinee at 2 p.m. and second show at 5 p.m. at Mattie T. Blount Auditorium. Find us on Facebook @primadancetheatre1 for more information.

Mobile Symphonic Pops
Join the Mobile Pops this weekend as we perform our annual concert to commemorate Memorial Day, featuring patriotic and Americana music. Saturday, May 26, at the Bicentennial Pavilion at Medal of Honor Park at 6 p.m. Free to the public.

Drink & Draw
Join AIGA Mobile for Drink & Draw on Wednesday, May 30, 6 p.m. at Red or White. Grab a glass of wine and an appetizer and enjoy casual conversation with your fellow designers. This event is free to attend but guests are responsible for their own tabs. Seating is limited, please register in advance. Find us on Facebook @AIGAMobile.

Garden sketch club
Join us at the Mobile Botanical Gardens every Friday for a relaxing afternoon of sketching. All levels of experience welcome. General admission ($5) for non-members. Visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.


MUSEUMS

“Ice Age Imperials”
Explore ”Ice Age Imperials” at the History Museum of Mobile Saturday, May 26, until 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.

“Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland”
In the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, there is a paradise unlike any other: the Galapagos Archipelago. Explore these extraordinary islands in the stunning IMAX Dome format through May 26 at the Exploreum. Visit exploreum.com for showtimes.

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 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.

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.


WORKSHOPS

Living up to values
Join us Thursday, May 24, from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Toulminville Branch of the Mobile Public Library for a girls’ program designed to empower and encourage all girls through a variety of activities that include crafts, games, music and a special guest. Registration encouraged; call 251-438-7075.

Stop the Madness
Join The Life Center CDC and our partners for the 13th annual Stop the Madness Community Summit on Saturday, May 26, at Figures Park (next to LeFlore High School), 3-6 p.m. This event focuses on the empowerment of youth and families. Free food, free new shoes, community speakers, free resources, entertainment and more. Call 251-456-2652.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

BayBears vs. Biloxi Shuckers
The BayBears will host a five-game series against the Biloxi Shuckers beginning Wednesday, May 23, through Sunday, May 27. Log onto mobilebaybears.com for game times and tickets, or call 479-BEAR (2327).

Basic Pistol Shooting Course
This “ladies only” class is intended for all regardless of previous shooting experience. The class is Thursday, May 24, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Out of Sight Outfitters. $175 covers all course materials, lunch and range fees. Class limited to 4 for individual instruction and feedback. Find us @concealedcarry.os on Facebook.

3MC Come and See
Join us on Monday, May 28, 5:30 p.m. at Tricentennial Park for a brief walking tour to see the beauty of Three Mile Creek. Learn more about the city of Mobile and 3MC Partnership’s plans for a 10-mile walking and biking path stretching from Langan Park to fowntown Mobile. Visit www.3milecreek.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.

Via! Bingo
Bingo every Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Open to the public. Via! Health, Fitness, Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. Visit viamobile.org.

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.