GENERAL INTEREST

Bark for Life
The American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life event is a way for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Creola Community Park. For more information visit relayforlife.org or call 1-800-227-2345.

29th annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup
The 29th annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. until noon at dozens of locations along Alabama’s coast. For more information visit www.alabamacoastalcleanup.com.

Dog River cleanup
Dog River Clearwater Revival is seeking volunteers for the 29th annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup of Dog River. The event will be held from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, Sept. 17. Registration will be at Dog River Park, 2459 Dog River Drive N., and at 3633 Lipscomb Landing. Questions? Email info@dogriver.org.

Live to the Beat
Live to the Beat is a campaign to increase awareness of heart failure in African-Americans and to support and guide patients and caregivers as they navigate the condition. Saturday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Saint Peter Missionary Baptist Church, 650 S. Bayou St. (Mobile). For more information visit www.livetothebeat.com.

Wallace Tunnel Tour
The tour will leave from 350 Oakleigh Place, at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Led by staff of the Alabama Department of Transportation, the tour will include a visit to the control room and a guided walking tour of the interior of the tunnel. Reservations are required. Visit Eventbrite.com for more information.

Author Rachel Held Evans
The Dill Lecture Series at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church is bringing Rachel Held Evans to Mobile for a women’s event Saturday, Sept. 24 and will speak twice on Sunday, September 25. All events are open to the entire community. The registration for the women’s event is Sept. 15. For more information visit www.dauphinwayumc.org/dilllectureseries or call 251-471-1511.

Wilters Lecture
The Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice and The University of South Alabama Foundation present The 4th annual Judge Harry J. Wilters Jr. lecture, “In Search of the Nation of Immigrants: Balancing the Federal-State Divide.” Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom, USA Main Campus. Reception to follow. For information contact Dr. Ron Nelson at 251-460-7161.

Brown Bag Concert
Join Cat’s Brown Bag Lunch every Wednesday in Bienville Square (Mobile), Thursday in Mayday Park (Daphne) and Friday at Windmill Market (Fairhope) for a concert starting 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 cpeltier@lifelinesmobile.org to schedule an interview.

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, Mobile Fire-Rescue Department. 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 your career? Toastmasters International meets regularly at six locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties. For more information visit www.toastmasters.org.


FUNDRAISERS

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Atmore presents the 10th annual “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Alabama Cruise Terminal. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. To purchase tickets, please visit www.RMHCMobile.org or call 251-694-6873.

Food and Folly
Join United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile on Sept. 15 for the 7th annual Food and Folly event at Fort Whiting. Experience a taste of Mardi Gras by enjoying live music, samples of local cuisine, a wine grab, wine tasting and silent auction. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple. For more information call 251-479-4900.


ARTS

ART Works: The Throwdown 5
Shaking up the traditional silent auction, the Mobile Arts Council has created an event you don’t want to miss! ART Works: The Throwdown 5 will be Sept. 15, 6-9 p.m. at the Alabama Contemporary Art Center. For more information visit www.mobilearts.org or call 251-432-9796.

Art Talk at University of Mobile
The University of Mobile Marilyn Foley Art Gallery is featuring works by Birmingham artist Anne Herbert through Sept. 30, in an exhibit titled “Ghost Skins.” Herbert will speak at Art Talk on Sept.15 at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow at the Marilyn Foley Art Gallery on campus. Free. For more information call 251-442-2283 or email pcounselman@umobile.edu.

Mobile Chamber Music presents Ricardo Cobo
World renowned guitarist Ricardo Cobo will perform at the Exploreum on Saturday, Sept. 17, 6-8 p.m and at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center at the University of South Alabama on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. For more information call 251-478-6021 or email music@mobilechambermusic.org.

MTG presents “Ain’t Misbehavin’”
Mobile Theatre Guild presents “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” a musical revue tribute to the black musicians of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and ‘30s. Sept. 16-25, Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets available at mobiletheatreguild.org or call 251-433-7513.

SBCT presents “Passengers”
“Passengers” is a fresh, idiosyncratic and irreverent comedy written by Sam Bodrick and directed by Jennifer Dawson. Performances will continue Sept. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. at the South Baldwin Community Theatre in Gulf Shores, 2022 W. 2nd St. Tickets may be purchased at www.sbct.biz or call 251-968-6721.

“The Importance of Being Earnest”
Commedia del Arte presents Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The play will continue Sunday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Loxley Civic Center, 4198 Municipal Park Drive.


MUSEUMS

Live at the Museum
Red Bird will perform its original music Thursday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m., at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. $10 admission, wine and beer by donation. For more information call 251- 208-5200.

Tea for Two
Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m., the Fairhope Museum of History hosts a tea and a lecture on Fairhope history. The Sep. 20 speaker will Bob Taupeka, who moved to Fairhope in 1973 where he purchased Emperor Clock Co. and was director of First National Bank of Fairhope. For more information call 251-929-1471.

Filming the Camps
The History Museum of Mobile will offer the exhibit “Filming the Camps: From Hollywood to Nuremberg” through Jan. 16, 2017. It features the stories of three film directors — John Ford, Samuel Fuller, and George Stevens — as they documented Nazi atrocities during World War II. For more information visit museumofmobile.com.

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

Jubilee Race for Life
Bayside Medical Missions invites you to participate in the Jubilee Race for Life 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run in Daphne. The 5K starts at the corner of College Avenue and 6th Street at 8 a.m. The fun run follows at 9 a.m. To register or for more information visit www.jubileeraceforlife.org.

St. Jude Run/Walk to end childhood cancer
This annual event will be Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 a.m. at Battleship Memorial Park. For more information or to register visit www.stjude.org.

Coastal Alabama Recovery Walk
The 2nd annual Coastal Alabama Recovery Walk will be Thursday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 1009 Dauphin St., to celebrate the achievements of the local recovery community. Open to the public. For more information call 251-694-2242.

5th Quarter Classic
The Mobile Sports Authority hoststhe 5th Quarter Classic, featuring the Florida A&M University Rattlers hosting the Tuskegee University Golden Tigers at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.17, at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. For more information and tickets visit www.5thquarterclassic.com or call 251-725-1794.

GO Run 2016
The 9th annual GO Run 5K and one-mile Fun Run/Walk will raise money for gynecologic research at Mitchell Cancer Institute on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the University of South Alabama Moulton Tower & Alumni Plaza. The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and fun run at 9 a.m. For more information call 251-460-6209 or visit www.usamci.com/gorun.

Bridge lessons
The Mobile Bridge Center offers free bridge lessons each Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Mobile Bridge Center (1510 University Blvd.). Arrive a few minutes early to register. If you have questions call the Bridge Center at 251-666-2147 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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 in 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 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 cyoungblood9278@gmail.com, 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 cassief13@aol.com.


WORKSHOPS

Couples and money
Learn about the savings programs available (such as IRAs, 401(k)s, etc.), the different kinds of investments and risk involved, and common strategies. Information on life insurance is also included. Monday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling, 705 Oak Circle Drive E. (Mobile). Due to limited space, please call 251-602-0011 to register in advance.

Homebuyers seminar
Tips and information for those wanting to become a homeowner. Seminar starts at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. Register at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling, 705 Oak Circle Drive E. (Mobile). Due to limited space, please call 251-602-0011 to register in advance.


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.