The Santa Run is an annual two-mile fun run, walk, bike ride, dog walk, fun-for-the-whole-family charity event. Holiday-themed costumes are encouraged! Don’t miss this opportunity to join the fun, spread the Christmas spirit and support Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama. Race begins and ends at 4072 Old Shell Road in front of Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co. Pre-register in person at Carpe Diem. Registration forms can also be found online at www.carpe-coffee.com/santarun. Registration be available the day of the race beginning at 8 a.m.
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, Christmas is a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate. The Flora-Bama wants you on the line to eat, drink and be merry for its traditional potluck dinner, 1-3 p.m. The turkey and ham will be prepared by Flora-Bama and ready to go. Patrons are encouraged to bring a covered dish to share, because that’s what Christmas is all about. Live music will be playing all around the bar to add even more Christmas cheer! Flora-Bama is located at 17401 Perdido Key Drive in Perdido Key, Florida. For more information, visit www.florabama.com.
St. Paul alumnae soccer game
All St. Paul’s alumnae soccer players are invited to play in the women’s alumni soccer game on Saturday, Dec. 26, at noon at E.E. Delaney Stadium. Please email Brian Thomas, girl’s varsity soccer coach, at [email protected] or call/text him at 336-399-5310 if you are interested in playing or have any questions.
Come enjoy complimentary mimosas as artists work at the Cathedral Square Gallery, 612 Dauphin St., in downtown Mobile. Works by more than 60 area artists also will be on display. For more information, call 251-694-0278.
Kevin Hart is one of comedy’s biggest stars, with a celebrated and award-winning career that has seen the talented entertainer become one of the industry’s most important and influential voices. Since his career began, Hart has worked nonstop; he released two movies in 2015 and hit the road for his “What Now? Tour.” He will be at the Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
Top Cats Toastmasters
Are you terrified at the idea of public speaking? We were. We got over it. Top Cats Toastmasters invites you to join us. We meet every Monday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Red Lobster near the southeast corner of Airport Boulevard and Azalea Road in Mobile. You can practice your speaking and listening skills and learn to think on your feet in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Dues are $43 twice a year, and lunch must be purchased. Toastmasters International is a worldwide organization. For further information, call 251-344-2938.
Teen art class
Students in grades 6-12 are invited to sign up for an art workshop taking place from 2-4 p.m. at the Daphne Library. This event will offer participants an opportunity to learn a new skill and create an original art piece to take home. All supplies will be furnished. Retired art teacher and Fairhope native Phyllis Horne will conduct the class. Horne started her teaching career in 1968 after graduating from Troy University. She retired in May 2015 from Bayside Academy after 39 years teaching art. This is a no-cost offering sponsored by the Friends of the Daphne Library. Interested students can call 251-621-2818, ext. 211, to register.
Tea for Two
The Fairhope Museum of History will host “Tea for Two.” Each Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m., the museum hosts a tea where guests enjoy a cup of delicious Baldwin County tea, cookies and a lecture on an interesting aspect of Fairhope history. These very popular afternoon events are sponsored by the Friends of the Museum group. For more information on the upcoming “Tea for Two” programs, call the Fairhope Museum of History at 251-929-1471.
The Mobile Bridge Center is offering free bridge lessons each Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Mobile Bridge Center, 1510 University Blvd. Arrive a few minutes early to register. If you have questions, call the Bridge Center at 251-666-2147 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Yoga at the Steeple
Christian-style yoga class, taught by Mary Mosteller, every Wednesday, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Steeple, 15 N. Joachim St. All levels and all types of people are welcome. Please bring your own mat. Cost is $10 per class. Perfect for a lunch break from work or an hour of stretching and restoration before you pick up your children from school.
Are you interested in gaining more confidence in your public-speaking ability? The Downtown Mobile Toastmasters Club 2815 invites you to join us for our weekly educational lunch meeting at T.P. Crockmiers, 261 Dauphin St., from noon until 1 p.m. Practice your speaking, listening and leadership skills in a relaxed, friendly environment. Lunch must be purchased. Our dues are $42 twice yearly. Toastmasters International is a worldwide organization. For more information, call 251-404-3924.
Magic Christmas in Lights
The dazzling holiday light show, set out in a walking tour throughout the 65-acre Bellingrath estate, continues nightly from 5-9 p.m. through Jan. 2 (closed Christmas and New Year’s Day). New scenes and enhancements have been added to celebrate “20 Years of Magic.” The Bellingrath Home will be decorated for the holidays and open for tours. Santa will be on hand in the Magnolia Café for photos each night through Dec. 23. For information and advance tickets, visit www.bellingrath.org.
Santa & Friends on Ice
The excitement of the season will come alive with Santa & Friends on Ice in the Beau Rivage Theatre through Dec. 27. A frozen winter pond made of real ice will be featured for professional skaters and other performers. Santa Claus is joined by Mrs. Claus, his elves and others as they mingle seasonal classics, such as “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Showtimes are Tuesday-Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will also feature performances at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $12.95 or use CODE: ICE to receive four tickets for $40. A military discount package of four tickets for $30 is available at the Beau Rivage box office with military ID. For tickets and more information, visit www.beaurivage.com.
Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb
Through April 3, experience the life and death of one of history’s most legendary kings through an exhibition of more than 100 reproductions of the boy king’s treasures at the History Museum of Mobile. Ten years in the making from the artisans of the Pharaonic Village in Egypt, this collection recreates Howard Carter’s 1922 discovery of Egyptian King Tut’s tomb, the richest archaeological find of all time. The replicas range from beautiful recreations of jewelry, enormous statues, Tut’s nearly 300-pound, solid-gold inner sarcophagus and replicas of the pharaoh’s sacred and personal possessions include his state chariot, golden shrines, beds, thrones, jewelry, spectacular funerary mask, mummy case and royal mummy. 11 S. Royal St. Call 251-208-7508 for more information.
Chocolate! The Exhibition
The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center brings Mobile and the Gulf Coast a unique and educational exhibition that’s sure to be a “sweet treat” for young and old alike. “Chocolate! The Exhibition” explores the rich natural and cultural history of one of the world’s favorite treats, tracing chocolate from its origin in the rainforest to its status as a global economic commodity. Visit www.exploreum.com for more information.
The city of Mobile’s first outdoor skating rink is open in Cooper Riverside Park through Jan. 12. The rink is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. weekdays and until 11 p.m. on weekends. The hours will vary according to holiday and school schedules. Ice-skating lessons for children will be held every Saturday and for adults every Sunday. Each class will cost $15. Private lessons will also be offered for the cost of $20 for 20 minutes and $30 for 30 minutes. The rink can also be reserved for parties, field trips and corporate functions. Public exhibitions will be announced in the weeks to come. Admission for skating is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under, which includes the cost of skate rental. For more information, visit riversideice.com.