GENERAL INTEREST

Dog show
The Mobile Kennel Club and the MS Coast Kennel Club will host four days of all-breed dog shows Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 2-5. The shows will be held at the MS Coast Coliseum. A donation will be welcome at the door. For more information visit mobilekennelclub.com.

Mobile Writers Guild
The Mobile Writers Guild will meet Thursday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. at the West Regional Branch of the Mobile Public Library, 5555 Grelot Road. Ms. Jodie Cain Smith will be joining us with the topic of “A Very Good Place to Start: Nine Questions to Get You Going.” For more information visit www.mobilewritersguild.com.

West End Movie Night
The featured film Friday night, Sept. 2, will be the animated movie “Kung Fu Panda 3,” followed on Saturday night by the adventure movie “Nim’s Island.” Snack vendor will be onsite. Admission is free and movies start at dusk.

Labor Day: Dauphin Island
Dauphin Island will say farewell to the summer tourist season on Labor Day weekend with fireworks and a sunset concert on the beach. The free fireworks will be Sept. 4 at 8:45 p.m. at the public beach. The concert will begin at 5:45 on the West End; admission is $5.

Labor Day parade
The 71st annual Southwest Alabama Labor Council Labor Day Parade will roll on Monday, Sept. 5. at 10 a.m. from the Mobile Civic Center parking lot. Many of the over 2,000 marchers throw toilet paper and paper towels in addition to the more traditional throws of candy, beads and other trinkets.

Labor Day blood drive
LifeSouth Community Blood Center will be set up in front of the Gift Shop at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park for their annual Labor Day Blood Drive, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 2703 Battleship Parkway. For more information call 251-433-2703.

Health education and screening
Connie Hudson Senior Center and the University of South Alabama present a health and education screening Friday, Sept. 2, 12:30-2:30 p.m. The senior center is located at 3201 Hillcrest Road in Mobile.

Brown Bag Concerts
Join Cat Sirten for Brown Bag Lunch concerts every Wednesday in Bienville Square (Mobile), Thursday in Mayday Park (Daphne) and Friday at Windmill Market (Fairhope). Concerts begin at 11:30 a.m. For more information visit radioavalon.com.

Volunteer opportunity
Are you looking for a meaningful way to impact our community? United Way of Southwest Alabama’s 2-1-1 needs volunteers in the call center. Shifts are available weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are interested in joining, please call Chalisse at 251-431-5100 or email [email protected] to schedule an interview.

School supplies drive
Now until Sept. 8, Tillman’s Corner Community Center will be collecting school supplies for kids in need. The community center is located at 5055 Plantation Road. For more information call 251-666-2844.

Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Tuesday at noon for lunch at Azalea City Golf Course. This week’s speaker is Capt. Dwight Smith of Mobile Fire and Rescue. For reservations and more information, please call 251-348-3542.

Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks
Boardwalk Talks are held the first and third Wednesday of each month at 11:15 a.m. at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd. The Northern Gulf Institute presents conversations about all things scientific in the Gulf of Mexico region. For more information call 251-861-2141.

Toastmasters
Do you want to learn how to deliver a speech like a pro? Or gain leadership skills to advance in your career? Toastmasters International empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Six groups meet regularly in Mobile and on the Eastern Shore. For more information visit www.toastmasters.org.


FUNDRAISERS

Chef Challenge
The 18th annual Chef Challenge will take place Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Alabama Cruise Terminal. Guests will enjoy tastings of dishes from local chefs and restaurants as chefs compete to win votes for the night’s best dish. Live entertainment, a vast silent auction, and complimentary beer, wine and spirits are also part of the event. All proceeds benefit Feeding the Gulf Coast. For more information or tickets visit feedingthegulfcoast.org or call Cindy Bloom at 251-653-1617, ext. 141.


ARTS

Night Market
Mobile Museum of Art hosts Night Market Thursday, Sept. 1, 5 -9 p.m. featuring wares by artists and artisans. Bring a keen eye for detail and become known for the unique gifts you give. Support your local artists and join the party and shopping fun with great food, drink and live music. The market is Thursday, June 2, 5-9 p.m. at MMoA, 4850 Museum Drive.

First Friday Art Walk
The Eastern Shore Art Center returns with new art and music the first Friday of every month. Come check out the new exhibits while enjoying refreshments and live entertainment by Adam Schrubbe. The art walk begins at 6 p.m. at the Eastern Shore Art Center, 401 Oak St., Fairhope. For more information contact Adrienne at 251-928-2228, ext. 103.


MUSEUMS

Friday lawn parties
The Oakleigh House Museum would like to help our friends and neighbors kick off the weekend with Friday lawn parties at Oakleigh, the first Friday of each month through November. We will have food trucks, music, and $5 tours of the museum. Bring your blankets, chairs, ice chests, games etc. 350 Oakleigh Place, Mobile. For more information call 251-432-1281.

Mobile Medical Museum exhibit
Mobile Medical Museum presents “Healing Women: Medical History from a Female Perspective” at the Mary Elizabeth and Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art, Marx Library, University of South Alabama. For more information call 251-415-1109 or visit mobilemedicalmuseum.org.

“Treasures of NOAA’s Ark”
Visitors to GulfQuest can discover how NOAA charts seas, protects and conserves the nation’s marine resources, and detects potential hurricanes and tsunamis. This exhibit also highlights past and present pioneers who made significant contributions to our understanding of shore, sea and sky. For more information visit gulfquest.org or call 251-436-8901.

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. For more information call 251- 208-5200.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Holy Yoga
Tamara William will be leading a lunchtime holy yoga at the Steeple on St. Francis every Wednesday. The cost is $15. Participants will be invigorated as they connect with Christ mind, body and spirit. For more information call 251-656-3269.

Sunset yoga for charity
Join Thrive Yoga and Massage at 7 p.m. every second and fourth Friday evening through October at the Henry George Park overlooking the Fairhope pier. All classes will be by donation and all proceeds go to charity. Bring your mat. All classes are beginner friendly. Well-behaved kids and pets are welcome.

Ballroom dance
Azalea Ballroom Dance Club hosts dances with live music the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 7-9:30 p.m., $10 admission. Beginners are welcome. At Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center (1717 Dauphin St., Mobile). For more information email Cindy Youngblood, [email protected], call 251-623-9183 or visit www.azaleaballroomdanceclub.com.

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dances the first and third Monday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Beginners are welcome. Fitzpen Place, 11247 State Highway 31 in Spanish Fort. For more information email Cassie Fishbein at [email protected].


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.

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.