The North Pole at OWA
Saturdays and Sundays in December from 2-7 p.m. in Downtown OWA. Join Santa as he sets up shop this Christmas for some holiday fun! Santa and Mrs. Claus are welcoming guests of all ages to their North Pole home at OWA. Stop by Mrs. Claus’ kitchen and see what she’s whipping up, grab a cup of hot cocoa and visit the magical elf workshop for arts and crafts. Cost: Free. Professional photos available for additional cost. For more information VisitOWA.com/NorthPole.
Lighted Boat Parade
Friday, December 13, 5 p.m. taking off from Tacky Jacks in Gulf Shores. Decorated vessels sail on with viewing spots all the way down the Intracoastal Waterway, past The Wharf in Orange Beach, and in the boats’ final destination over in Terry Cove. For more information contact Coastal Alabama Business Chamber 251-968-7200.
“Twas the Murder before Christmas”
Friday, December 13, 7 p.m. at Heron Lakes Country Club. For reservations visit MobileMysteryDinners.com. For more information contact Smoore@heronlakescountryclub.com or 251-865-7398.
Friday, December 13, 6-9 p.m. downtown Mobile. Family-fun and shopping local artists, makers, bakers, crafters, and more. Live music in Cathedral Square.
Friday, December 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Grace Bible Church (4500 Bit and Spur Road). Choir and refreshments. Free admission.
Christmas at Oakleigh
Saturday, December 14, 5-8 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season in style at Historic Oakleigh House Museum. In addition to our famous Christmas decor, this year our celebration will feature the opening of Oakleigh’s new temporary exhibit Mobile Theater, light hors d’oeuvres, and tours of the museum with the Oakleigh Belles. Admission is $10, and free for HMPS members and children under 5.
Saturday, December 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce. Shop local vendors, eat, learn, and enjoy the Spartan festivities at this large outdoor event.
“Christmas through the Ages”
Saturday, December 14 at Fort Gaines Historic Site (Dauphin Island). Come and experience Christmas of days gone by. Join the soldiers from the past and their families as they celebrate a non-commercial Christmas and children can make a special holiday ornament. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-861-6992.
Baldwin Genealogical Meeting
Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. at Foley Public Library. Jan Isosaari will join the Baldwin County Genealogical Society to help members and guests navigate that trail of immigrants who arrived between 1880 and 1930 and explain what records exist and how to find them. For more information visit www.baldwingenealogy.org.
Toy Making with Santa’s Elves
Friday, December 14, 2 – 3 p.m. The Park at OWA. Join Santa’s top elves and learn how they make toys in the North Pole workshop. You can build a toy for yourself or make one for a friend. Limit 100 jolly toy-makers per day. Cost is free. For more information VisitOWA.com/Events.
Lighting up Lafayette
Saturday, December 14, 5:30 p.m. Park the car and come take a stroll down Lafayette Street. We are collecting diapers for the Junior League of Mobile’s diaper bank. Each participating home will have collection bins, coupled with FAB decor. For more info on this cause, please visit: https://www.juniorleaguemobile.org/donate/junior-league-of-mobile-diaper-bank/
Community Christmas Party
Sunday, December 15, 5-8 p.m. at Praise Family Church (2605 Dawes Road, Mobile). Please join us for pictures with Santa, letters to Santa with Mrs. Claus, train rides through our Christmas light display, and so much more! This event is free to the community. There will be food trucks available for food purchase. For more information contact Kathi Smith – email@example.com.
Pancake Brunch with Santa
Sunday, December 15, 12:30-1:30 The Park at OWA. Guests can dine with Santa and enjoy a delectable pancake spread – with an assortment of toppings to pile on them, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage and your choice of drink. Reservations are required to secure your seat at the table. For tickets and more information VisitOWA.com/Events.
Bayside Book Club
Thursday, December 19, 6 p.m. Mobile Public Library Parkway Branch. The Bayside Book Club invite all to come and share thoughts on their favorite Christmas/Holiday book. For more information, please call Betty Fowler at 476-2600 or 494-2298.
The Polar Express at MPL
Friday, December 20, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ben May Main Library. Enjoy popcorn and melted snow for a special screening of The Polar Express! Sing-along around the piano before the movie begins. For more information or to register, please call 340-1521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional FREE tickets will be issued at the door to every child passenger.
Magic Christmas in Lights
Now through December 31 nightly, rain or shine, at Bellingrath Gardens and Home (closed Christmas Day). The light display is open from 5 to 9 p.m. and tours of the Bellingrath Home are every hour and half hour. Enjoy choral performances on the South Terrace of the Home on Sundays through Thursdays during the first three weeks. Order tickets in advance from bellingrath.org, or purchase at the door when you arrive. For more information visit bellingrath.org.
Begins November 29 at Wales West. Friday-Sunday 4 – 9 p.m. Enjoy a steam train ride to the North Pole and visit Santa Claus with your whole family this holiday season at Wales West. Guests will travel by train through a snowy winter wonderland featuring more than 1 million twinkling lights. For tickets and more information visit www.waleswest.com.
Christmas Nights of Lights
Now through January 1, 5:30-10 p.m. at Hank Aaron Stadium. Over 1 million LED lights, driven by over 50,000 computer channels, are synchronized to a variety of rocking Christmas music and some traditional classic playing through your car radio. Admission is $6 per person (3 and under free). For more information visit https://www.christmasnightsoflights.com/.
Light Up, Loxley!
In order to promote and encourage the beauty of our town, the Loxley Public Library is sponsoring a fun and friendly Christmas decorating contest. For a fee of $20.00, your residence (exterior and yard) will be entered into the contest. Judging will take place in the evening hours of Dec. 17 – 20. Pick up entry form at the Loxley Public Library or Loxley Town Hall. Please turn in fee and entry form to the Loxley Public Library or Loxley Town Hall by Dec. 17. Call 251-964-5695 for more information.
Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (for 2020)
Now through December 15, 2019. If you need assistance enrolling or re-enrolling in the A.C.A. (healthcare), volunteer navigators are available at the Fairhope Public Library each Tuesday evening from 5:15 -7:30 and each Friday morning from 9:15 – 11:30. These services are free. Just bring your cell phone, your social security number, and an estimate of the income you and other family members project for the year 2020.
Compassionate Friends of Mobile
Every second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. in Room 207 of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, corner of Dauphin and Catherine streets (Mobile). CFM is a support group for bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents. Call 251-721-2209 or visit compassionatefriendsmobile.org.
Lupus Support Group Meeting
Every third Saturday of the month, 2-4 p.m., Providence Hospital in Moorer Conference Room #1. Sponsored by Hats & Heels Inc. Visit hatsandhealsinc.org.
Heart & Soul Book Club
Meeting Every fourth Saturday, 4-5:30 p.m., Mobile West Regional Library. Contact Cassandra at email@example.com.
Many more miles
For the 17th consecutive year, Baldwin Bone & Joint, P.C. will once again host this important community project. Those interested in participating are encouraged to clean up those gently used athletic shoes and tie them together in pairs before dropping them off at any of the following locations: Baldwin Bone and Joint (1505 Daphne Avenue, Daphne), Dr. Glenn Glass’ Office (1303 Main Street, Daphne), The University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center, PE Coaches with Participating Schools in Mobile & Baldwin Counties, Final Drop-off Opportunity: 2020 Azalea Trail Run Expo (Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, Mobile Civic Center). For more information, call 251.621.5387 or visit baldwinboneandjoint.com.
2020 MFRD Wish calendar
The Mobile Fire-Rescue Department and Make-A-Wish Alabama have partnered to create a charity calendar. The calendar, which is designed to raise funds for local kids, features Mobile firefighters and Wish kids together, participating in firefighting action. Calendar is available for $20, and 100% of the proceeds are guaranteed to go directly to Make-A-Wish Alabama. Calendars are available for purchase at Central Fire Station, 701 St. Francis St., MFRD Supply Division, 2851 Old Shell Rd. or online at www.cityofmobile.org/fire.
A Celtic Christmas with Cherish the Ladies
Saturday – 7:30 pm | Sunday – 2:30 pm, Saenger Theatre. The Mobile Symphony is joined by the popular Irish group Cherish the Ladies for a Celtic Christmas celebration. These high-energy women are back with a new Christmas show packed with great music, Irish dancers, holiday fun, and a few surprises. For tickets and more information visit Saengermobile.com.
Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15 at the Mobile Civic Center Theater. Mobile Ballet’s annual tradition returns to dazzle audiences of all ages in a magical theatrical experience. Admission $20-$60. For tickets and additional performance information contact: (251) 342-2241 or www.mobileballet.org.
Mobile Pops Concert
Saturday, December 14, 7 p.m. Murphy High School Auditorium. Join the Mobile Symphonic Pops for an evening of music. Admission is free.
“For Children 2020”
Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Mobile Museum of Art. Opening party to celebrate the new and improved exhibition with a kid-friendly Winter Wonderlanded theme. Face painting, bouncy house, food trucks and more. For more information visit www.MobileMuseumofArt.com.
“Married in Mobile”
Now through December 31st at the History Museum of Mobile. Features wedding gowns from 1852 to present and wedding accessories dating back to 1766. For more information visit historymuseumofmobile.com.
Thursdays at MMoA
Every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Mobile Museum of Art offers free admission to all Mobile County residents. No reservations necessary. 4850 Museum Drive, Mobile. Call 251-208-5200.
Swing dance lessons
Wednesday, December 4, 6-9 p.m. at American Legion (700 S. Mobile Street, Fairhope).
Azalea ballroom dance
Live music and dance 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at Dreamland skate center (5672 Three Notch Rd. • 251-751-2596) Dance lessons 6-7 p.m .$10 each. Dance $10 7-9:30 music by Platinum Premiere. Next dance December11th.
Bingo at Via
Bingo every Tuesday and Thursday, 1-3 p.m. Join us for lunch at Via Cafe $7 each. Bingo $4 per packet. Via Health, Fitness, Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. (Mobile), 251-470-5222. Open to public.
“Write for Your Life”
Thursday, December 12, 6 p.m. at Lifelines Counseling Services. Join us for an evening of creative writing and supportive companionship as we find healing through written form and expression. For more information and to reserve your space, please contact Hilary Rodriguez at Hrodriguez@lifelinesmobile.org or call 251.431.5100.
Focusing on Nature
Saturday, December 14, 9-11 a.m. Historic Blakeley State Park. This short, interactive program will help amateur and aspiring artists develop their drawing skills and encourage guests to venture into the forest where their own new discoveries await. The workshop will draw on easily-overlooked botanical jewels such as mushrooms and wildflowers as inspiration for the hobby of nature journaling. The workshop is complimentary with regular park admission. No drawing experience necessary, but please bring a sketch book, pencil, eraser and chair. For more details please visit www.blakeleypark.com/Events or call 251-626-0798.
Watercolors in the Gardens
Fridays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. now through December 13 at Mobile Botanical Gardens. The class will utilize the varying iconic landscape of the Garden. For complete information visit mobilebotanicalgardens.com.
Baldwin County Commission: First and third Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., 322 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette. Work sessions are 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, baldwincountyal.gov.
Baldwin County Planning Commission: First Thursday at 6 p.m., 22251 Palmer St., Robertsdale, baldwincountyal.gov.
Bayou La Batre City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 13785 S. Wintzell Ave., 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 second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., daphneal.com.
Dauphin Island Town Council: First and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m., 1011 Bienville Blvd., 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 held before each council meeting at 4:30 p.m., cofairhope.com.
Fairhope Planning Commission: First Monday at 5 p.m., 161 N. Section St. Visit 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.; cityoffoley.org.
Gulf Shores City Council: Second and fourth Mondays at 4 p.m., 1905 W. First St., gulfshoresal.gov.
Mobile City Council: Tuesdays at Government Plaza, 205 Government St. Pre-council meeting at 9 a.m.; council meeting at 10:30 a.m., cityofmobile.org.
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