GENERAL INTEREST

MoonPie General Store grand opening
The grand opening and “unwrapping” of the new MoonPie General Store takes place at noon on Friday, Dec. 30, in the RSA Trustmark Building in downtown Mobile.

Noon Year’s Eve Party
Join the Mobile Public Library’s Spring Hill branch for a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve party Friday, Dec. 30. Arts, crafts and refreshments, complete with a final countdown and balloon drop at noon! Call 251-470-7770 or email [email protected].

Movie night
The city of Mobile will be screening a holiday movie free of charge to the public in the amphitheater at Cooper Riverside Park on Friday, Dec. 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Balloon drop
Celebrate the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 with puzzles, Legos, crafts and stories at the Ben May Main Library, Saturday, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m. Balloon drop at noon. Call 251-208-7086 or email [email protected].

Happy Noon Year at the Exploreum
Join the Exploreum Saturday, Dec. 31, to ring in the New Year with family-friendly science, technology, engineering and math. When the clock strikes noon our Moonpie will drop, heralding even more fun. Call 251-208-6893 or visit exploreum.com.

MoonPie Over Mobile
Ring in the New Year with .38 Special as the giant electronic MoonPie descends from the RSA Trustmark Building at midnight, fireworks fill the sky and a laser light show illuminates downtown buildings. Entertainment begins at 8:45 p.m.

Fairhope New Year’s Eve celebration
The city of Fairhope will host its annual New Year’s Eve celebration at 8:30 p.m. at the corner of Fairhope Avenue and Church Street. Music, face painting, fireworks and a ball drop at midnight. Call 251-929-1466.

Reelin’ in the New Year
The Wharf’s annual New Years Eve Extravaganza with live music, kids activities, football simulcasts and fireworks and a marlin drop at midnight. Call 251-224-1000 or visit alwharf.com.

Polar Bear Dip
The Kiwanis Club of Gulf Shores in partnership with The Hangout, the city of Gulf Shores, and the Alabama Law Enforcement Torch Run present the 6th annual Polar Bear Dip at noon on Sunday, Jan. 1, at the Gulf Shores Public Beach in front of The Hangout.

Flora-Bama Polar Bear Plunge
Help us ring in the New Year by taking a dip into the Gulf of Mexico at high noon Jan. 1! The Flora-Bama provides the traditional feast with black-eyed peas, cornbread, ham and more for those who take the plunge. www.florabama.com.

“Magic Christmas in Lights”
Bellingrath Gardens and Home’s 21st annual “Magic Christmas in Lights” will run 5-9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. For details or to order tickets, visit www.bellingrath.org.

Riverside Ice
Riverside Ice will be open at Cooper Riverside Park in Mobile until Jan. 14. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Every Tuesday, each child accompanied by at least one adult will be admitted for free. For more information, visit www.RiversideIce.com.

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. For more information, call 251-861-2141.

Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Wednesday at noon for lunch at Azalea City Golf Course. For reservations and more information, please call 251-348-3542.

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. Visit www.toastmasters.org for more information.


FUNDRAISERS

Tree of Lights
This holiday season, a special tree will once again be displayed in the Thomas Hospital lobby to recognize and remember the special people in our lives during the holiday season. For an order form or more information, please call 251-279-1686.


ARTS

Christmas Wonderland
At the Beau Rivage Theatre (Biloxi), Dec. 21-29. Christmas Wonderland is a musical extravaganza featuring singers and dancers, festive holiday sets and stunning costumes. Tickets start at $10.95 per person. For tickets and more information, visit beaurivage.com.

Last Friday Art Night
Join Dauphin Island Art Gallery the last Friday of each month for Last Friday Art Night, featuring local art and history, food, beverages, music and socializing. 918 Bienville Blvd. For more information call 251-861-3300.

Mobile Mystery Dinners
A performance of “Who Killed the Boss at the Christmas Party?” will take place Friday, Dec. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Riverview Plaza Hotel. Tickets include dinner and unlimited wine. Advance reservations are required; call 251-415-3092.


MUSEUMS

“Filming the Camps”
The History Museum of Mobile will exhibit “Filming the Camps: From Hollywood to Nuremberg” through Jan. 16. The exhibit features the stories of three film directors as they documented Nazi atrocities during World War II. For more information, visit museumofmobile.com.

Tea for Two
Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. the Fairhope Museum of History hosts a tea with a lecture on Fairhope history. The Jan. 3 speaker will be Donnie Barrett. For more information, call 251-929-1471.

Little Discoveries
Outside the Box: This “Little Discovery” in the Exploreum’s Wharf of Wonder, aimed at children 6 and under, explores how innovation and creativity can lead to a world of possibilities starting with a simple cardboard box. Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Call 251-208-6893 or email [email protected] for more information.

“Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World”
Through Jan. 1, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center features 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.

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

Exercise classes
Palmer Pillans Middle School hosts a wide variety of exercise classes, including ballroom dance, boxing and more. For more information, call 251-463-7980.

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

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

Ballroom dance
Azalea Ballroom Dance Club hosts dances with live music the second and fourth Tuesday of every month; 7-9:30 p.m. at Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. 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., at Fitzpen Place, 11247 State Highway 31 in Spanish Fort. Email [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.