GENERAL INTEREST

Coffee with a Cop
The Mobile Police Department hosts Coffee with a Cop to bring police officers and the community they serve together — over coffee — to discuss issues and learn more about each other. Thursday, Sept. 29, 9-11 a.m., Gulf Coast Federal Credit Union, 1001 Springhill Ave.

Industry Day
Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson and other city officials will present various contracting opportunities on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 3:15 p.m. in the Government Plaza Multi-Purpose Room. This will also be an opportunity for potential contractors to learn more about the city’s online vendor registration and vendor self service. For information call 251-208-7967.

Healing Women Lecture
Dr. Laurie Wilkie visits Mobile as the first of three guest speakers in the Healing Women lecture series Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m., at USA Marx Library Auditorium. Admission is free.

Candidate forum
The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce will host Fairhope City Council Place 3 incumbent Diana Brewer and challenger James “Jimmy” Reid Conyers, Jr. in a run-off forum on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 6-7 p.m. at the American Legion, 700 S. Mobile St., Fairhope.

Mobile Fashion Week
Mobile Fashion Week begins Friday, Sept. 30 at The Steeple, 251 St. Francis St., 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $30 and proceeds benefit Camp Rap-A-Hope. For information visit www.mobfashionweek.com.

Feeding the Gulf Coast garden program
Feeding the Gulf Coast and the Mobile Public Library invite the public to a screening of “Perennial Vegetable Gardening” with Eric Toensmeier. Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. Registration is encouraged. For more information call Meghan Tanner at 251-653-1617, ext. 118. Admission is free.

Parade of Homes
The Baldwin County Homebuilders Association 2016 Parade of Homes continues Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2. More than 30 homes are open for tours, including the showcase home. For more information visit www.homebuildersparadeofhomes.com.

Blessing of the Animals
The St. Francis Guild Animal Ministry group at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 7125 Hitt Road, will sponsor a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.

Academy Night
Congressman Bradley Byrne invites all interested high school students to interact with representatives from the Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), and the Naval Academy at St. Paul’s Episcopal School, 161 Dogwood Lane, Mobile on Monday, Oct. 3. 6:30-7:30 p.m.

WBA Women’s Forum
Oct. 2-3 the Women’s Business Alliance (WBA) hosts their annual Women’s Forum, featuring a Sunday evening networking reception at Lulu’s in Gulf Shores, speaker and vendor exhibitions on Monday, and award presentations at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf. For more call Ashley, 251-660-2725 or [email protected].

Farmer’s Market
West Mobile Farmer’s Market features locally grown produce every Tuesday from 2-5 p.m., now through Nov. 24. Market is located on west side of church property located at 6101 Grelot Road. For information call 251-342-0462 or 251-767-7526.

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
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.

Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Tuesday at noon for lunch at Azalea City Golf Course. 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

Vintage Affair Gala
The 22nd annual Vintage Affair Gala is an upscale wine tasting and auction benefiting the American Cancer Society. Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Alabama Cruise Terminal, 201 S. Water St. Purchase tickets online at www.vintageaffairmobile.org.

Family Promise rummage sale
Family Promise of Coastal Alabama will host a rummage sale of housewares, clothing, office supplies, children’s items and more Saturday, Oct. 1, 8 a.m. until noon at Forrest Hill UMC, 4807 Princeton Drive, Mobile. For more information call 251-753-8607.

Fall fundraiser
Kingswood United Methodist Church will be having a fall fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 1, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Featuring vendor booths, a food and bake sale, blood drive, and a yard sale in the gym. Proceeds will benefit mission projects of United Methodist Women. For information, call 251-661-0420 or email at [email protected].


ARTS

“Heathers: The Musical”
“Heathers: The Musical,” a dark comedy based on the 1989 movie, continues Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 1, at Laidlaw Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of South Alabama. All showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20; $16 for seniors and military; $14 for students. To order, call the box office at 251-460-6305.

Mobile Pops concert
The Mobile Pops will perform a free “space and time” concert featuring “Star Wars Medley,” highlights from “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Dr. Who Through Space and Time,” and several more at Medal of Honor Park, 1171 Hillcrest Road, Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.

Concert series
Tickets for admission to all Musical Arts Society concerts and other ticketed events are normally sold at the door only. This week’s concerts are at 7:30 and include Robert Holm on Oct. 2, USA Concert Choir on Oct. 3 and Kip Franklin Oct.4 at USA’s Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. For information and schedule visit www.southalabama.edu/colleges/music or call 251-460-6136.

Last Friday Art Night
Dauphin Island Art Gallery is where it’s happening on the Island on the last Friday of each month. Last Friday Art Night features local art and history, food, beverages, music and socializing. Dauphin Island Art Gallery is located at 918 Bienville Blvd. For more information call 251-861-3300.

“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

“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 with a lecture series beginning Sept. 29. 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.

“Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World”
Through Jan. 1, The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center features a guitar exhibit tracing the instrument’s evolution from 3000 BC to the present with a hands-on gallery and more than 60 guitars on display. There is also a rock photography exhibit by Janet Macoska. For information call 251-208-6893 or visit exploreum.com.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Penelope House Golf Classic
Join Penelope House at Heron Lakes Country Club for their annual golf tournament Thursday, Sept. 29 at 8 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. For more information visit facebook.com/PenelopeHouseGolf

Run for Rescues
Mobile SPCA announces its second annual Run for Rescues 5K and fun run Saturday, Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. at The Grounds. To register visit mobileSPCA.org or call 251-633-3531.

Mobile Sports Authority 5K
The Port City Pacers are partnering with the Alabama School of Math and Science Heroes of Health Club for the MSA 5K and 1-mile fun run. Saturday, Oct. 1, 8 a.m. in Bienville Square. To register visit www.mobilesportsauthority.com or www.pcpacersorg.

Barre before the show
Join Pure Barre for a free pop-up class at Cathedral Square on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m., benefitting the Fuse Project! $10 donations are appreciated but not required. For more information call 251-345-1180.

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. For more information email [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 [email protected].


WORKSHOPS

CPR Class
Mobile Fire-Rescue will be offering free community CPR classes at Murphy High School and Davidson High School over the next several months. All start times are 5 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Oct 4 at Murphy and Davidson High School. Call 251-208-1659 or 251-208-1600 to register.


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.