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Hope Grows Here, a farmers market brunch featuring locally ingredients from Baldwin County growers, is coming to the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute Kilborn Clinic of Fairhope this Sunday.

When it comes to fundraisers, those benefiting cancer treatment hit closer to home than most. Such is the case with Hope Grows Here, a farmer’s market brunch locally sourced from Baldwin County growers, coming to the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute Kilborn Clinic of Fairhope on Sunday, April 29.

From 12:30 until 4:30 p.m., guests will be treated to the fantastic food of Will Hughes Catering working with numerous local farmers — some of whom are donating to the cause — to create a true Baldwin County/South Alabama meal. Already on board are Little House Farm Meats, Murder Point Oysters, Local Appetite Growers, Kittrell’s Daydream Apiary honey, Penry Sweet Potatoes and more to come.

No word on the final menu, but so far we can expect grits and grillades, raw oysters, pickled baby spring vegetables and hors d’oeuvres. A bloody mary bar will supplement this as well as Take Root’s signature cocktails made with their locally produced ginger water. Live entertainment by way of bluegrass goofballs Fat Man Squeeze should keep the toes tapping.

Individual tickets for Hope Grows Here are $125 and may be purchased at Proceeds support cancer treatment and patient services at the Kilborn Clinic, the new state-of-the-art cancer center adjacent to the Baldwin County Courthouse Annex on Fairhope Ave.

Dwell Mobile hosts fundraiser with music, crawfish

Aren’t you sick of crawfish by now? Of course you aren’t! We can’t get enough of them, so make plans to attend the Crawfish and Cornhole event April 28 from 5-8:00 p.m. at our favorite, Fort Conde, 160 S. Royal St.

Get your cornhole team ready or simply plan on enjoying the afternoon with mudbugs and beer provided by our own Haint Blue Brewing. The $30 tickets get you entrance to the event and Haint Blue beer plus all the crawfish you can eat. There will also be a cash bar onsite with wine and other beer options available for purchase. Register your two-person cornhole team onsite for $10 per team.

Live music will be provided by, yes, again, Fat Man Squeeze. Please don’t feed the band.

The beneficiary of this fun time will be Dwell Mobile, an organization established in 2015 that provides opportunities for refugees to thrive by raising awareness, removing obstacles and restoring relationships, right here in the Port City.

For tickets or to learn more about Dwell Mobile, visit

Grimaldi’s closes in Bel Air

It’s all ups and downs for food in the Shoppes at Bel Air. Just as Bob Baumhower’s Victory Grille starts scoring points, our Grimaldi’s Pizza loses its footing. Famous as a chain of coal-fired pizza producers, they didn’t last long. I was a fan, but ashamedly didn’t eat there as often as I should have.

What will become of this dining destination section of Bel Air? We can watch it unfold from Baumhower’s patio.