GENERAL INTEREST

Mobile Tree Lighting
The city of Mobile will host its annual tree lighting celebration in Bienville Square on Friday, Nov. 17, 5-8 p.m. Join Mayor Sandy Stimpson, Santa Claus and more as Mobile kicks off the holiday season.

Fairhope Tree Lighting
The city of Fairhope will kick off the holiday season with its annual tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 16. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and the lights come on at 6 p.m. sharp.

Arts and Crafts Show
Port City Craftsmen in Mobile are are hosting the 45th annual Arts and Crafts Show Nov. 17-19 at the Abba Shrine Auditorium, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile. Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $3.

Cascading Chrysanthemums at Bellingrath
The 54th annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums, the nation’s largest outdoor display of the signature blooms of the season, is set throughout Bellingrath Gardens’ 65 acres, through Nov. 20, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, visit bellingrath.org or call 251-459-8864.

Blakeley Cruise
Historic Blakeley State Park conducts a boat tour of the scenic Mobile-Tensaw Delta on Saturday, Nov. 18, aboard the Delta Explorer. The two-hour narrated tour leaves the Blakeley Park dock on the Tensaw River at 9:30 a.m. Visit blakeleypark.com.

Market in the Park
Come shop at the final Market in the Park of the season! Find original art, fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, decor and more in Mobile’s Cathedral Square on Saturday, Nov. 18, 7:30 a.m. to noon.

Mobile International Festival
Experience the diversity of Mobile’s flavors and cultures at the 34th Mobile International Festival on Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mobile Civic Center. Visit www.mobileinternationalfestival.org.

Christmas Nights of Lights
Through Jan. 1, Christmas Nights of Lights is at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd. The show is nightly at dusk until 10 p.m. Admission is $6 per person.

Farmers market
Farmers market sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church is held Tuesdays, 2:30-5 p.m., at the Hillcrest Road entrance of church property, 6101 Grelot Road, Mobile. Call 251-342-0462 or 251-767-7526.

TOPS
Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church. Call 251-625-6888.

Farmers market
Shop the farmers market at Providence Hospital every Wednesday through Dec. 6, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Providence Hospital, Parking Lot F. Call 251-266-3501.

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
Toastmasters International meets regularly at six locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Visit www.toastmasters.org for more information.


FUNDRAISERS

Celebrate Hope
Celebrate Hope will be held Thursday, Nov. 16, 6-10 p.m. at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. This signature gala features live music and signature dishes by local chefs, paired with wine and craft beer. Proceeds benefit the purchase of cancer research equipment at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. Sponsored by Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Atmore. Visit eventbrite for tickets.

“A Tasty Affair”
ASL proudly presents “A Tasty Affair — A Farm-to-Table Dinner Experience” Thursday, Nov. 16, at The Steeple. Experience an evening filled with great food, good friends and an opportunity to learn more about how ASL serves senior citizens in our community and fights against food insecurity. Call 251-895-6967.

Art Soup
Art Soup will held Friday, Nov. 17, 6-9 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin St. Tickets are $25 per person and include a fun night with music, soup, dessert, nonalcoholic drinks and art. Each ticket holder also receives a bowl made by a local artist. Visit artsoupmobile.com.

Bay Area Brunch Fest
Lifelines Counseling Services is proud to present the first-ever Bay Area Brunch Fest on Sunday, Nov. 18, in Bienville Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests get to enjoy samplings from 20 different vendors. Visit lifelinesmobile.org.

Outsiders Ball
Outsiders Presents will host the inaugural Outsiders Ball at the Mobile Civic Center Theater on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band will be teaming up with special guests Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Marcus King, Ivan Neville, Jennifer Hartswick and The Jake Peavy Foundation to raise money for disaster relief. Visit www.outsiderspresents.com.


ARTS

Visual Arts Open House
The Department of Visual Arts at South Alabama is holding an open house for prospective students on Friday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. Take time to meet the faculty, see demonstrations and hear lectures. The Department of Visual Arts is located off University Blvd. RSVP or call for directions, 251-461-1438.

Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival
The 33rd annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival runs through Nov. 19 in multiple locations in Perdido Key, Pensacola, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. For more information, including a schedule and list of performers, visit FBISF.com.

Mobile Symphony Orchestra
This year’s “Beethoven & Blue Jeans” is a reminder that you don’t have to dress up to enjoy the symphony. We welcome you as you are on Saturday, Nov. 18, and Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Saenger. Visit mobilesymphony.org.

Kari Jobe
Join Kari Jobe with special guest Cody Carnes, her husband, for “The Garden Tour” at Mobile Civic Center Theater on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. Visit Ticketmaster.com.


MUSEUMS

“Posing Beauty in African-American Culture”
An exhibition at Mobile Museum of Art exploring the understanding of how African and African-American beauty has been represented through a diverse range of media. Through Jan. 21. Visit mobilemuseumofart.com.

“Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!”
The insatiable curiosity of Curious George — the little monkey who has captured the imagination and hearts of millions of children and adults for 65 years — comes to life at Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center through Jan. 7. Visit exploreum.com.

“Dream Big: Engineering Our World”
Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” is a first-of-its-kind film for IMAX and giant-screen theaters that will transform how we think about engineering. Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center through Jan. 7. Visit exploreum.com.

“Right on Course”
The United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives is open free to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the newest exhibits is “Right on Course.” Visit www.asama.org.

“Windows to the Sea”
“Windows to the Sea” is the latest permanent exhibit at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. Visit disl.org.

“Savage Ancient Seas”
“Savage Ancient Seas” will transport GulfQuest guests to a time when the last of the great dinosaurs roamed Earth and swam the seas. Visit www.gulfquest.org.

Fairhope’s founding
Learn more about the 1894 founding of Fairhope 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.

Little Discoveries
“Outside the Box,” aimed at children age 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

Group rides
South Alabama and Mississippi Mountain Bike Association invites all levels of cyclists to join them every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. at USA Bike Trails and Sunday at 9 a.m. at Chickasabogue Park. Email [email protected].

Weekly 1K/5K
Every Thursday evening at 6 p.m., join Red Beard’s Outfitter and Cortlandt’s Pub in the Spring Hill Village Shopping Center for a 1K or 5K run and walk. No cost to participate.

Bingo
Join Via! Health, Fitness, Enrichment Center (1717 Dauphin St.) for bingo every Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call 251-478-3311.

Bridge lessons
The Mobile Bridge Center offers free bridge lessons each Tuesday 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.

Fitness and athletics classes
New fitness classes offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Tai Chi, Candle Lit Yoga, Core Fusion, Small Group Personal Fitness Training, basketball for ages 15 and up, basketball for ages 8-14 and sports conditioning for ages 8-17. Call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Dance and art classes
New dance classes offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Belly dance, pre-ballet and tumbling for ages 6-12, Beginner Piano for ages 8 and up. Call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Pickleball for adults (indoors)
Offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School, Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Great sport for all ages combines tennis, pingpong and badminton on a court one-fourth the size of a tennis court. Call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Ballroom dance
Azalea Ballroom Dance Club hosts dances the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. Call 251-623-9183 or visit azaleaballroomdanceclub.com.

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society hosts dances the first and third Monday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Hot Wheels Skating Rink in Daphne. Email [email protected].


WORKSHOPS

Poetry workshop
Poet P.T. Paul will be the guest speaker at the Nov. 20 L.A. Beach Writers meeting at the Gulf Shores Library, located at 221 W. 19th Ave. Paul will present a one-hour poetry-writing workshop titled, “What Is a Poem and How Do I Write One?” The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. and is open to anyone interested in writing. For further information, go to LABeachwriters.com.


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.

Elberta Town Council: Third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the town hall. Workshop meeting on the second Tuesday. townofelberta.com.

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.

Mobile City Council: Tuesdays at Government Plaza, 205 Government St. Pre-council meeting begins at 9 a.m.; council meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., www.cityofmobile.org.

Mobile Planning Commission: First and third Thursdays at 2 p.m., 205 Government St., www.urban.cityofmobile.org.

Orange Beach City Council: First and third Tuesdays at 5 p.m., 4099 Orange Beach Blvd., www.cityoforangebeach.com.

Prichard City Council: Every Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 216 E. Prichard Ave., www.thecityofprichard.org.