GENERAL INTEREST

Out of the Gutter
Dr. Esther Katz will discuss Margaret Sanger’s opening of the first birth control clinic in the U.S. 100 years ago in Brownsville, New York. Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. at Marx Library Auditorium, University of South Alabama. Call 251-415-1109.

Mobile Project Homeless Connect
A range of free services will be offered to Mobile’s homeless onsite at The Grounds this Friday, Jan. 27, from 8 a.m. until noon. WAVE Transit buses will provide free rides to and from the connecting shuttle to The Grounds. To volunteer for this event, call 251-445-8016.

Senior Bowl Meet the Players event
The Coca-Cola Meet the Players event is Friday, Jan. 27, from 3:30-6 p.m. at the Mobile Convention Center and free to the public. Please visit www.seniorbowl.com for more information.

Senior Bowl
The 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl is scheduled to kick off Saturday, Jan. 28, in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium at 1:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 888-736-2695 or 251-432-4109, or online at www.seniorbowl.com.

Krewe de la Dauphine
This colorful and expansive parade of floats, marching bands, vintage cars and more will travel west along Bienville Boulevard, from Dauphin Island Sea Lab to the condos, on Saturday, Jan. 28, beginning at 1 p.m.

A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier
Experience a day in the life of a Civil War soldier on Saturday, Jan. 28, at historic Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island. There will be cannon and rifle firings, drill and blacksmith demonstrations, open-hearth cooking and more throughout the day. Call 251-861-6992.

Pottery Barn Grand Opening
To celebrate its grand opening at Legacy Village, Pottery Barn will be hosting a series of events at its new store Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 27, at 9 a.m.; Saturday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m.

Nix Center 5th annual Volunteer Fair
The James P. Nix Center will host its 5th annual Volunteer Fair on Monday, Jan. 30, from 1-3 p.m. in the Nix Center Ballroom. The fair will feature organizations in the Baldwin County area that are seeking volunteers. Call 251-928-2835.

Winter Wednesday at Bellingrath
Bellingrath’s Winter Wednesday sessions are held each week through Feb. 22 in the Magnolia Room. “Growing Vegetables” with Bill Finch takes place Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 10:30 a.m. Call 251-973-2217, ext. 111, to register or via email, [email protected].

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. Call 251-861-2141.

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


FUNDRAISER

The Charity Chase
Run to win money for your favorite charity on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 8 a.m. University of South Alabama intramural fields. Visit thecharitychase.com.


ARTS

Arty Awards
The Mobile Arts Council awards achievement in 11 categories. Hors d’oeuvres, drinks, entertainment. Alabama Contemporary Art Center, Friday, Jan. 27, 7-10 p.m. $30 www.brownpapertickets.com.

Mobile Symphony
The Mobile Symphony Orchestra presents “Winter Romance.” Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29 at 2:30 p.m. Saenger Theater. mobilesymphony.org.

Cathedral Pop: Sacred Favorites
In Christ Church’s third annual Cathedral Pops concert, hear Cathedral musicians perform sacred favorites, both old and new. Sunday, Jan. 29, 4 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 115 S. Conception St.

“A Ghostly Soiree”
You are invited to share some spirits with the spirits of the Swift-Coles Historic Home for “A Ghostly Soiree” on Friday, Jan. 27, and Friday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. both days. Tickets include a buffet and beverages. Visit sbct.biz.

“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” opens
“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is about the dynamics of a dysfunctional, wealthy Southern family as they gather to celebrate their aging patriarch’s birthday. The show runs Jan. 27 through Feb. 12. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Order tickets online at mobiletheatreguild.org.

Opening weekend of “Ripcord”
This hilarious new play opens Friday, Jan. 27, and runs until Feb. 12. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2:30 p.m. For tickets, visit tthearte98.org.

Auditions for “The Music Man”
Chickasaw Civic Theatre will hold auditions for “The Music Man” Sunday and Monday, Jan. 29 and Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m. at 801 Iroquois St. in Chickasaw. More information is available at cctshows.com and the Chickasaw Civic Theatre Facebook page.

“Chapter Two”
Performances through Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen St. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Call 251-471-1534 or visit www.joejeffersonplayers.com.

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.


MUSEUMS

“Cirque du Mardi Gras”
Join Alabama Contemporary Art Center for “Cirque du Mardi Gras,” a one-of-a-kind cirque experience for all ages. Performances run Feb. 1-14. For tickets, visit venardoscircus.com.

Built to Last
Join Mobile Museum of Art and Scott Wetter as he shares the nuanced secrets of early American furniture making on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. at MMoA. Call 251-208-5200.

Fairhope’s Founding
There is quite a story behind Fairhope’s founding in 1894. Learn more about it at the Fairhope Museum of History, 24 N. Section St. The museum is open daily (except Sunday and Monday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 251-929-1471.

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. 31 speaker will be Tod Jonson. 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. Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Call 251-208-6893 or email [email protected].

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. Call 251-208-5200.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

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. Call the Bridge Center at 251-666-2147, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New Year’s Resolution exercise classes
Palmer Pillans Middle School has new exercise classes: yoga, Guts, Butts & Thighs, Guns & Buns, Ab Attack and Yoga Tone. Call 251-463-7980 or visit communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Dance classes
Palmer Pillans Middle School offers new dance classes: Beginning Ballroom, Beyond Basic Ballroom, Dance Fit Line Dance, and beginner and intermediate Belly Dancing. Call 251-463-7980 or visit communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Holy yoga
Tamara William leads lunchtime holy yoga at The Steeple on St. Francis every Wednesday. Cost is $15. Participants will connect with Christ in mind, body and spirit. 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].