HOLIDAY EVENTS

“It’s A Wonderful Life”
Director Frank Capra’s classic bittersweet comedy/drama about George Bailey, the eternally-in-debt guiding force of a bank in the typical American small town of Bedford Falls. Saenger Theatre. 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20.

A Country Christmas
Home Free is bringing new music, new production, more country and holiday favorites as they come to town in “A Country Christmas Tour.” The five-man band will be at the Saenger Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

16th Annual Santa Run
Annual 2-mile fun run, walk, bike ride, dog walking charity event for USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital. Race begins and ends at 4072 Old Shell Road, Mobile, in front of Carpe Diem. Saturday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m. Visit carpe-coffee.com/santarun to register.

Christmas Jingle Run
Get your jingle on! Join Running Wild in Fairhope (214 Fairhope Ave.) for a free 2-mile family fun run on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 8 a.m.

Brunch with the Grinch
Straight from Mount Crumpit, the Grinch brings his special blend of mischief, turning your morning meal into an animated adventure at the Fort of Colonial Mobile on Saturday, Dec. 23. Visit colonialmobile.com.

Elf Run/Walk
Dress like your version of an elf or one of Santa’s helpers and head to Bienville Square on Dec. 24 at 8:30 a.m. for a run/walk. This event is free and open to everyone.

Ice Skating at the Fort
Join Fort of Colonial Mobile for ice skating through March 4. Your ice skating adventure includes skate rental and admission to the Fort.

Holiday Ducks
Embark on a Jingle Cruise through the streets of downtown and splash twice into the Mobile River on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Fort Colonial of Mobile. Call 251-802-3092.

“Magic Christmas in Lights”
Bellingrath Gardens and Home’s 21st season of “Magic Christmas in Lights” will run 5-9 p.m. nightly 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.


GENERAL INTEREST

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.

Dollar General Bowl
The Dollar General Bowl will be played at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. The game, featuring Appalachian State vs. the University of Toledo, will be televised nationally on ESPN. Tickets and info at www.dollargeneralbowl.com.

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

“12 Bartenders of Christmas”
Fairhope Brewing Co. is holding its annual “12 Bartenders of Christmas” on Dec. 14, 19, 20 and 21. Members of the community are invited to enjoy beers poured by council members, doctors and more, all for charity. Call 251-279-7517.


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 call 251-930-1082.


MUSEUMS

Live at the Museum
The Red Clay Strays will perform original music Thursday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. $10 admission, wine and beer by donation. Call 251-208-5200.

“Titanic: Honour & Glory”
“Titanic Honour & Glory” runs through April 15 at the History Museum of Mobile. In addition to the exhibition, the museum will be hosting monthly events. Call 251-301-0273 or email [email protected].

“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 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 and Archives is open free to the public weekdays, 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), 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 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].