There are plenty of fun things to do along the Alabama coast (see our list of area festivals), especially as spring weather sets in and students start counting down the days until the school year ends.
But if you're looking for something fun and a little brain exercise, here's a list of some educational and informative events happening in the area this week.
AARP Tax Helper: April 10, April 12; 10.00-14.00; Ben May Main Library, Mobile, AL
Before the April 18 tax return filing deadline, the AARP Foundation offers free tax preparation services with no income or age requirements. No registration is required, but the library's website encourages members to bring documents such as valid identification, last year's tax forms or W-2s. The service will also be available on April 17. For more information, call: (678) 749-0310.
Coffee with the mayor. April 12, 8-10 a.m., Daphne Senior Center, Daphne, AL
Daphne Mayor Robin Lejeune will meet with residents at the Daphne Senior Center on Wednesday to discuss issues of concern to the city. The event is free and coffee will be provided by Summer Moon Coffee. For more information, call the Daphne Senior Center at (251) 620-2400.
Educational lunch. Cell phone discovery with Dr. Ashley Dumas. April 12, 12-13; Mobile Historical Museum, Mobile, Alabama
A native of Fairhope and a professor at the University of West Alabama, Dr. Ashley Dumas will speak on Mobile as part of the Museum's Learning Lunch series. Mobile was a walled Indian village in West Alabama that was defended from Spanish conquistadors by Indian warriors led by Chief Tuscaloosa in 1540. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch to this free event. For more information, contact Curator of Education Jennifer Thicke at (251) 301-0270 or by email at [email protected].
Fairhope Spring Farmers Market: April 13, 3-6pm, Fairhope Public Library, Fairhope, AL
Last week was the first week of the Fairhope Spring Farmers Market season, which runs through the end of June. There will be live music and activities for children, in addition to a variety of stalls featuring local produce and other goods. For more information, call (251) 929-1474.
April GulfChat. Ben Raines. April 13, 6:00 p.m.; GulfQuest Museum, Mobile AL
Ben Raines, represented by GulfQuest Museum and the Alabama Coastal Foundation, will speak at this month's GulfChat event. Raines is the author of Save the American Amazon and, more recently, The Last Slave Ship, about the discovery of Clotilde. Tickets are free and available through EventBrite.
Mobile snakes. April 15, 10:00am-5:00pm April 16, 12:00pm-5:00pm Brooklyn by the Bay, Mobile, AL
This weekend, the City of Mobile Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its third annual Kite Over Mobile contest. The free-to-attend festival takes place in the new Brooklyn Bay Park, the city's first event in the area. There will be live music, hot air balloons, a hot air show, a "hospital" and candy for the kids. The park's address is 254 Old Bay Front Drive. Follow @mobileparksandrec and @cityofmobileevents on Facebook or Instagram for more information and weather updates.
Family research with DAR. April 15, 10am-1pm, Local History and Genealogy Library, Mobile, AL
Daughters of the American Revolution by Tristan de Luna will help participants explore family history on Saturday. For more information, contact Ms. Theris-Boone at [email protected] or call (251) 494-2172.
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