GENERAL INTEREST

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.

Connect to your Coast
The Alabama Coastal Foundation’s free Connect to your Coast events are designed to help individuals learn how they can help protect our precious coastal environment. Join us at Serda Brewing on Thursday, Nov. 30, 4-8 p.m. Email [email protected].

NRDA Meeting
The Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustees will hold a public meeting Thursday, Nov. 30, at Renaissance Riverview, 64 Water St. with an open house at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.alabamacoastalrestoration.org/NRDA.

Daphne Tree Lighting
Thursday, Nov. 30 join Daphne City Hall for train rides, caroling, crafts in Santa’s Workshop, write and mail your letters to Santa, and the forecast calls for a few snow flurries as we light up Daphne City Hall and Olde Town Daphne! Starts at 6 p.m.

Free senior lunches
The last Thursday of every month, End Time Harvest Ministry provides seniors with a free lunch at 1701 Donham Drive in Mobile. Call 251-604-2710.

CHESS Community Forum
A newly formed Africatown nonprofit organization; Clean, Health, Educated, Safe & Sustainable Community, Inc. (CHESS) will conduct an Environmental Justice Community Forum at The Hope Community Center on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 5-8 p.m. A free dinner will be served and door prizes will be given away. Call 251-404-9558.

Movie in the Square
Bundle up, bring a blanket and enjoy the timeless “A Christmas Carol” interpreted by the Muppets! The holiday craft activity will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1 in Cathedral Square.

Fairhope Christmas Parade
Fairhope’s Christmas Parade will be Friday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. at the intersection of Morphy and Section streets, continuing down Section to Oak street. Call 251-929-1466 or visit www.cofairhope.com.

Holiday market
Join Wilmer United Methodist Church for a holiday market Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 251-649-1800.

ASMS Recruiting
The Alabama School of Math and Science will host ASMS Day on the school’s campus Saturday, Dec. 2. The event provides an opportunity for prospective students and parents to learn about ASMS. To register, visit asms.net.

First Aid Class
The Daphne Public Library will provide a first aid class on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 8:30 till noon. Instructions for administering first aid for a variety of emergency situations will be presented. Call 251-621-2818 ext. 211 or email [email protected].

Bottle Creek Mounds excursion
Blakeley State Park will conduct two guided tours of the Bottle Creek Indian Mound Complex on two Saturdays, Dec. 2 and 16. Both tours depart at 9:30 a.m. from Lower Bryant Landing and return about 12:30 p.m. Call 251-626-0798.

River Boat Parade
Don’t miss out on Mobile’s oldest and largest boat parade, the 42nd annual Dog River Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. The parade of boats cruise from the Alba Fishing & Hunting Club to the Grand Mariner Restaurant on Dog River.

SWMC Christmas Parade
The SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual 2017 Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at 5055 Carol Plantation Road in Mobile. Call 251-666-2488.

Christmas on the Hill
Christmas on the Hill in the Village of Spring Hill is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 3, 1-5 p.m. Boutiques will be open with holiday refreshments, sleigh rides, photos with Santa, music and children’s activities as well as sales and special merchandise promotions.

Holidays at the Fort
Featuring holiday lights, decorations, the gift shop open house, and walking tour led by Dylan Tucker. Sunday, Dec. 3 1:30-4 p.m. at the Fort Morgan State Historic Site, Gulf Shores. Call 251-540-7127 or email [email protected].

Holiday Market
Join OK Bicycle Shop on Sunday, Dec. 3 1-4 p.m. Local vendors will be selling their unique items from clothes, jewelry, specialty made food items, art, furniture, home decor, handbags, candles, beauty products and the list goes on!

“Magic Christmas in Lights”
Bellingrath Gardens and Home’s 21st season of “Magic Christmas in Lights” will run 5-9 p.m. nightly Nov. 24 through Dec. 31. For details or to order tickets, visit www.bellingrath.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.

Socks for seniors
Connie Hudson Senior Center is accepting donations of socks for senior citizens. All donations — new and packaged — must be dropped off by Monday, Dec. 11, at 3201 Hillcrest Road. Call 251-602-4963.

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

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


FUNDRAISERS

Mistletoe Mingle
The Women’s Business Alliance holiday celebration and silent auction is Thursday, Nov. 30 at Mobile Arts Council, 318 Dauphin St. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door, and available online, www.womensbusinessalliance.org.

Hargrove Gala
The Hargrove Foundation will host its third annual gala “The Sky is Not the Limit” on Thursday, Nov. 30, at The Battle House Hotel. Astronaut Capt. Scott Kelly will be the keynote speaker. Cocktail festivities begin at 6 p.m. with a seated dinner to follow. Visit hargrovefoundation.org.

Nutcracker Tea
Join the Bragg Mitchell Mansion on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for a fun filled afternoon of tea, treats and an appearance by the Nutcrackers dancers. Visit braggmitchellmansion.com.

“The Pier of Honor” campaign
On Dec. 2, American Legion Eastern Shore Post 199 is launching a community fundraising campaign to rebuild their historic pier and beach area, damaged by Hurricane Nate. Tickets are $20. 700 S. Mobile St. Fairhope. Call 251-928-9132 or email [email protected].

Holiday Cheer at FIVE
Benefitting the Child Advocacy Center on Monday, Dec. 4, 5-8:30 p.m. FIVE will host the event at 609 Dauphin St. in downtown Mobile. Tickets are available at FIVE and the CAC for $35 each. Call 251-432-1101 for details.


ARTS

Van Cliburn’s Piano
Steinway Piano Gallery Spanish Fort will offer a glimpse into the life of piano virtuoso Van Cliburn, and display his personal piano, through Feb. 3. For information on related events or to schedule a personal playing session, call 251-930-1082.

Baldwin Pops Concert
Join the Baldwin Pops on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. for a night of holiday music as part of their Gulf Coast Christmas at the Daphne Civic Center. This concert is a collection site for the Marine Reserves Toys for Tots program, so please consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy for children in our area.

Holiday Art Sale
The University of South Alabama’s Visual Arts Department presents the annual Holiday Art Sale on Friday, Dec. 1, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Visual Arts Complex on campus. Call 251- 461-1438.

“The Cotton Blossom Singers”
Join Ben May Main Library in welcoming The Cotton Blossom Singers for a concert on Saturday, Dec 2 at 3 p.m. The choir will present a variety musical with some Christmas favorites for the holiday season. Admission is free. Call 251-208-7097.

Artist Meet and Greet
Come meet and mingle with the local, talented artists and authors from the Semmes Community on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2-4 p.m. Enjoy light refreshments, and perhaps pick up something special for that certain person on your gift list. Call 251-645-6840.

Mobile Mystery Dinners
A performance of “Twas the Murder before Christmas” will take place Sunday, Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m. at Azalea Manor in downtown Mobile. Tickets include dinner and unlimited wine. Advance reservations are required; call 251-865-7398.

Varekai
Cirque du Soleil presents Varekai November 29 through December 2 at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum. Visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/varekai.


MUSEUMS

Free Weekend at MMoA
Mobile Museum of Art is celebrating the opening of new art exhibitions with a free weekend of art and music Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3. Visit mobilemuseumofart.com.

“Posing Beauty in African-American Culture”
An exhibition at Mobile Museum of Art explores 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 are 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 are 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 on 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

Predatory lending and high-cost loans
Learn some of the more common practices and how much high-fee loans are costing you and how to avoid them. Monday, Dec. 4, 6-7 p.m. at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling, 705 Oak Circle Drive E., Mobile. Call 251-602-0011 to register in advance.