Photo |  www.creekfest.org | CreekFest — The 4th annual CreekFest is Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tricentennial Park. The natural beauty of one of Mobile’s historic waterways, Three Mile Creek, is showcased. Cane-pole fishing tournament for ages 16 and under, live music, food and kayak rides. Visit www.CreekFest.org for more information.

GENERAL INTEREST

Job Fair
The 20th annual Business Expo and Job Fair is scheduled for Thursday, May 10, at The Greater Gulf State Fair Grounds from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission, last year’s event drew 100 companies and more than 2,500 job seekers. Visit sarpc.org for more information.

State of the City/County Lunch
Mobile County Commission President Connie Hudson and city of Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson will discuss the state of the city and county at this annual luncheon. Hosted by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce at the Mobile Convention Center on Thursday, May 10, noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are sold out.

Taste of the Towns
On Thursday, May 10, 6-8 p.m. at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, the Kiwanis Club of Daphne and Safe Harbor will host Taste of the Towns. More than 20 local restaurants will participate, with a silent auction, door prizes and live music by 52nd Street. Tickets available from Kiwanis members or at the door.

Girls Night Out at The Pillars
A fun night out for you and your girlfriends Thursday, May 10, from 5-8 p.m. Enjoy drinks, food, music, giveaways, shopping and more. Admission is free. Find us @thepillarsofmobile on Facebook.

Bellingrath Gardens Day
Come find out everything you wanted to know about the gardens and recognize National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 11. Behind-the-scenes tours will be offered beginning at 10:30 a.m. Call 251-973-2217 to register. $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12, 4 and younger are free. No charge for members.

LoDa MayArtwalk
Come downtown on Friday, May 11, from 6-9 p.m. to visit art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome you inside to see beautiful artwork, sample delicious foods and take in the sounds of the LoDa Artwalk. Visit www.ncsmobile.org for a map with locations and offerings.

“99 Bottles of Beer on the Lawn”
Join Southern Napa in Daphne for its 6th annual lawn party on Saturday, May 12, 1-4 p.m. Ninety-nine craft beers, music, food and pet adoption. Visit SouthernNapa.com or call 251-375-2800.

CreekFest
The 4th annual CreekFest is Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tricentennial Park. The natural beauty of one of Mobile’s historic waterways, Three Mile Creek, is showcased. Cane-pole fishing tournament for ages 16 and under, live music, food and kayak rides. Visit www.CreekFest.org for more information.

Mobile Botanical Gardens Day
Experience beauty, wonder and educational opportunities on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 10 a.m. People of all ages are welcome to tour the gardens, participate in botanical art projects, make a print of some of the plants, learn about opportunities and activities going on, and engage with the close-knit community around the gardens. Visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

Fire Safety Expo
A fire safety expo will be Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dotch Community Center. Everyone is invited to witness and participate in Mobile Fire-Rescue exhibitions, simulations and presentations, from building rappelling to vehicle extrication and a live house burn. Fire truck rides, face painting and music. Free.

Help Me Grow Alabama
Meet Amelia Leonard, Help Me Grow coordinator, as she discusses the importance of development screenings and how they help with early detection of developmental delays that could indicate a child may be on the autism spectrum. Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to noon at the Ben May Main Library. Call 251-208-7079.

Creole Culture, Carnival & Cuisine Experience
A festive bus ride with Carnival revelry and complimentary cocktails on board, and stops at local restaurants for samplings of regional Creole cuisine. Learn more about Creole culture and carnivals of the Gulf Coast. Hosted by Mardi Gras Mysteries on Saturday, May 12, 4-6 p.m. Tickets available at mobilemardigrastrail.com.

Rabies clinic
The Mobile County Health Department will host an $8 rabies clinic at Pet Supplies Plus (803 Hillcrest Road) on Saturday, May 12, at 1:30 p.m. Payment must be in cash. Call 251-343-9702.

Mother’s Day butterfly release
Small’s Mortuary will host a butterfly release in remembrance of our mothers on Sunday, May 13 at 7:30 a.m. at Cooper Riverside Park, 101 N. Water St. Call 251-288-0781 or email chouston@smallsmortuary.com.

Jewish-American Heritage Series
Join us for Episode 5 of the PBS series, “The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama” at Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library. Sunday, May 13, at 1:30 p.m. Call 251-208-7079.

Health and veterans
Please join us Monday, May 14, beginning at 9:30 a.m. as we host our 10th annual Healthy Living Expo and honor a special group of our community’s veterans with a military tribute and commemorative ceremony. Hosted by Via! Center, activities include blood drive, health screenings, flu clinic, door prizes and refreshments. Find us @theviacenter on Facebook.

Car seat safety
Come to the FOX10 Studio located at 1501 Satchel Paige Drive on Wednesday, May 16, 7-11 a.m. to get your car seat inspected for free.

Fire ant control
A free fire ant control meeting on Tuesday, May 16, at 6 p.m. Hosted by Mobile County Extension-ACES, 1070 Schillinger Road N. We will cover control options for home lawns, gardens and pastures. Dinner will be provided. To RSVP call 251-574-8445.

Daphne Public Works Day
Enjoy a hands-on experience of various types of public works equipment on Wednesday, May 16, at 10 a.m. at W.O. Lott Park in Daphne. Children and adults will have the opportunity to explore these vehicles, blow the horns and discover how these complex machines operate and provide valuable services throughout the community. Call 251-621-3182.


FUNDRAISERS

Girl’s Night Out
Fairhope’s Girls Night Out is back, set to begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 10. All stores will be open late for the event. A $20 registration fee gets you a swag bag with a coupon book containing exclusive coupons, a $10 dining voucher to use at downtown Fairhope restaurants and a T-shirt. Proceeds benefit the Downtown Fairhope Business Association, which funds free seasonal events. Call 251-929-1466.

Children’s Cup Regatta
The 9th annual Children’s Cup Regatta sets sail on Saturday, May 12, at 9 a.m. to benefit patients from the Alabama Gulf Coast being treated at Children’s of Alabama. Sailing enthusiasts and friends are invited to enjoy a day of sailboat racing, kids’ activities, a silent auction, dinner and awards at Fairhope Yacht Club. Visit fairhopeyachtclub.com for more information.

“Cornhole at the Fort”
Mobile Arc is hosting “Cornhole at the Fort: on Saturday, May 12, at Fort Conde. Come join us for some fun as we team up with Alabama Cornhole for a tournament presented by Mobile Sports Authority. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with music, food and raffle prizes. Find us @MobileArc on Facebook.

Youth car wash
Join St. Mary Parish Youth Ministry Edge and Lifeteen Members for a car wash Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the school parking lot. Proceeds benefit upcoming summer trips and programs for the middle school and high school youth ministry team. $10 donation per car — all donations welcome.

Mobile Rotary draw down
Have a chance to win $5K in our annual bash to raise money for our club Scholarship Fund as well as the Backpack program of the Feeding the Gulf Coast food bank. Tickets cost $100 each, which gives you one chance at the money plus food and drink for two people. Event begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the Mobile-West Rotary Club. Look for us on Facebook.

Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis
Join us, Saturday, May 12, at Providence Hospital at 9 a.m. for food, music, entertainment and a short walk to support fundraising efforts for “Loving Lacy.” This is a free event — donations are welcome.


ARTS

Mobilia Art Center opens
Come celebrate the rebirth of our gallery (formerly Cathedral Square Gallery) and ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Sandy Stimpson, to recognize our part in the expansion of the arts downtown. Friday, May 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Music by Bayou Rhythm, wine tastings and 50 local artists’ creations. Across from Wintzell’s at 612 Dauphin St. For more information email lhall699@aol.com.

Spring exhibition reception
The Spring Exhibition of the Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society of Mobile will be held throughout May at Innova Arts beginning at the reception, on Friday, May 11, at 6 p.m. Awards will be announced at 7 p.m. Find us @innova.arts on Facebook.

An Evening on Broadway
Come hear Baldwin County’s superior-rated Youth Orchestra perform works from “Les Miserables,” “Phantom of the Opera,” music of George Cohan and more. Hosted by Baldwin County Youth Orchestra at Eastern Shore Baptist Church on Friday, May 11, 7-9 p.m. Concert is free.

“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. Play runs Fridays through Sundays, May 11-27, at the Playhouse in the Park. Visit www.playhouseinthepark.org for details.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Familiar, funny favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version of how Joseph rose from slave to savior, rescuing his people from famine. Show dates begin Friday, May 11, through May 27 at the Chickasaw Civic Theatre. Visit cctshows.com for tickets.

“My Fair Lady” auditions
Auditions for Chickasaw Civic Theatre’s 2018-2019 season opener are Sunday, May 13, at 6 p.m. and Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. Performance dates will be Aug. 10-26. Please bring either sheet music or an CD for accompaniment. Call 251-457-8887 for more information.

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


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 million years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea. At the Exploreum 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.


WORKSHOPS

QuickBooks for small businesses
Understand the financial health of your business and learn QuickBooks in a small group setting on Thursday, May 10, at 9 a.m. at the American Red Cross. $25 alliance members, $30 for non-members. Tickets are available at wbcsa.com.

Concussion awareness
Dr. Ashley Marass and Dr. Anthony Martino will present “Concussion Awareness Program: Putting a CAP on Concussions,” Friday, May 11, at the Strada Patient Care Center Conference Room on the first floor. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. To RSVP call 251-460-7770.

Starting a small business
Join us for the two-day workshop Monday and Tuesday, May 14-15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ben May Main Library with Rick Zapata of Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Please email jsigler@mplonline.org or call 251-208-7085.

Stop the Bleed
Learning to control bleeding is an essential skill that anyone can apply to save lives, just like CPR. USA Medical Center Division of Acute Care Surgery will be offering free courses to members of the community once a month beginning Tuesday, May 15, at 1 p.m. Space is limited. To pre-register, visit usahealthsystem.com/enroll.

PRCA May luncheon
Join us Wednesday, May 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the monthly luncheon of the Public Relations Council of Alabama. We are excited to co-host the luncheon with AAF Mobile Bay and hear guest speaker Josh Loebner from Designsensory talk about advertising, disability and the diversity directive. Find us @PRCAMobile on Facebook.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

AFC Mobile vs. Pensacola FC Gulf Coast
Premier League East competition resumes as AFC Mobile takes on Pensacola FC in their first league match of the year on Saturday, May 12, at 7 p.m .at Lipscomb Field. Join us for Teacher Appreciation Night, as all school employees with valid ID will be admitted free of charge. Find us @AFCMobile on Facebook.

BayBears vs. Barons
The Mobile BayBears will host the Birmingham Barons in a five-game series Saturday, May 12, through Wednesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. with Sunday Funday game at 2 p.m. Log on to mobilebaybears.com for tickets or call 479-BEAR (2327).

Run Ride Scout
The third annual Run Ride Scout 5K, Duathlon & 1-Mile Family Fun Run benefits local scouting programs at the Mobile Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. On Saturday, May 12, the 5K race and duathlon begins at 7 a.m. The 1-mile Family Fun Run starts at 7:05 a.m. All walk and bike events will start in the Battleship parking lot. Register at www.bsamac.org/RunRideScout.

MobTown Showdown
Please come out to support our youth and see some of the best amateur boxers in the South. Hosted by Hope Boxing Academy. May 12, at 6 p.m. at Dauphin Way Baptist Church. For more info email dextersutton@yahoo.com or call 251-709-2654.

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 and Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. Visit viamobile.org for more information.

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 visit mobilecap.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.