December 3

Holiday concert
The annual holiday concert presented by the University of South Alabama Department of Music is entitled “Season of Celebration.” This year’s event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Center. Doors open at 5:30 and the concert is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public. Parking and admission are free.

Mistletoe Mingle
The Women’s Business Alliance is excited to announce Mistletoe Mingle, its annual holiday celebration and silent auction at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center. Join the fun and merriment and invite your friends to a night of dinner and drinks featuring a silent auction and live music by Greg Brown. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Advance tickets and more information are available at www.womensbusinessalliance.org/mistletoe-mingle. All proceeds will go to the WBA, the host organization for the Women’s Business Centers in our area.

Thursdays at MMoA
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Mobile Museum of Art offers free admission to all visitors. Join MMoA each week to experience the museum in new and exciting ways throughout the year. No reservations are necessary. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive.


December 4

Fairhope Christmas Parade
The annual Fairhope Magical Christmas Parade takes to the streets of Fairhope on Friday, Dec. 4. The parade begins at 7 p.m. at the intersection of Morphy and Section streets and continues down Section to Oak Street. The excitement will build as more than 60 parade units dazzle the crowd in anticipation of Santa Claus’ arrival in Fairhope for the holiday season. WABF 1220 AM will be broadcasting the parade live. For additional information, please call 251-929-1466.

Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council Meeting
The Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium will present its Alabama Center of Excellence proposal to the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council at a public meeting starting at 1 p.m. at 30945 Five Rivers Blvd. in Spanish Fort. This meeting will offer the AGCRC an opportunity to engage in open discussion with MESC representatives as the next step in efforts to proceed toward selection of Alabama’s Center of Excellence.

Mobile Mystery Dinner
Join Mobile Mystery Dinners for its next performance, “Who Killed the Boss at the Christmas Party?,” at Mobile Carnival Museum, 355 Government St. Advance reservations are required; call 251-865-7398. Tickets are $59 and include dinner and unlimited wine. The fun begins at 7 p.m.


December 5

St. Lawrence Parish Christmas Bazaar
Come for food, fun, a 100-item silent auction, more than 50 gift baskets for sale and 40 vendors including unique art and antiques. Kids can shop in Santa’s Workshop and take pictures with Santa! Gumbo, gourmet soups, home-canned goods and homemade casseroles to go! Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 370 S. Section St. in Fairhope, www.stlawrencechristmasbazaar.com.

Dauphin Island Christmas parade
The town’s Christmas parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Bienville Boulevard, beginning at Cadillac Square and processing west to the Little Red School House. Grand Marshal will be Michael White, morning meteorologist for WALA in Mobile. The girls crowned at the previous night’s pageant will also ride in the Christmas parade. For more information, call Town Hall at 251-861-5525 or visit www.townofdauphinisland.org.

Quidditch in Cathedral Square
We welcome all witches, wizards and, yes, muggles too, to compete above the fields of Cathedral Square! Come enjoy a mug of Butterbeer, craft your very own wand and watch talented athletes and excitable children race around on broomsticks, smacking each other with dodgeballs. The event this year will be a fundraiser for the Urban Emporium. It’s a free event, with all equipment provided, but Butterbeer will be $2 a cup and wand-crafting will be available for a $1 donation. The event starts at 2 p.m. No need for registration. Waivers will be provided the day of the event and all rules will be explained, ad nauseam.

Nutcracker Tea
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of tea, delicious treats and a delightful appearance by Mobile Ballet’s “Nutcracker” dancers. The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion will be dressed in all its holiday splendor, and there will be a drawing for two tickets to the “Nutcracker” performance and treats for everyone! Call the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion at 251-471-6364 for ticket information. Proceeds from this event will benefit the continued restoration and operation of the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion at 1906 Springhill Ave.

Christmas open house
Join the Swift-Coles Historic Home for its Christmas open house. The home will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Christmas carolers and old-fashioned food. Admission is $15. The Swift-Coles home is located at 17424 Swift Coles Lane in Bon Secour. For more information, call 251-949-5550.

Art mart
Perfect holiday shopping with all handmade art, crafts and gifts! An artists market will be set up inside the main gallery at the Eastern Shore Art Center. For more information on all events, visit the Eastern Shore Art Center online at www.esartcenter.com or call 251-928-2228. The Eastern Shore Art Center is located at 401 Oak Ave. in Fairhope.

“The Nutcracker” live at Lincoln Center
The New York City Ballet’s magnificent production of George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” will be shown in local theaters Dec. 5 and 10 for those of us who can’t make it to Lincoln Center! Showings at the Regal Mobile Stadium 18 and Carmike Jubilee Square 12. Check local listings for showtimes.

Mensa testing
South Coast Mensa will host a test session in Baldwin County on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Cost is $40. We do not test individuals under age 14; we do accept prior evidence. The test takes about two hours. For further information, contact SCMensaproctor@yahoo.com.

Upward Basketball & Cheerleading
Upward Basketball & Cheerleading registration is currently open for K5 through 6th grade. Evaluations/uniform sizing begins at 8 a.m. Register online at www.cottagehill.org, or stop by Cottage Hill Baptist Church. Registration cost $95 per participant. Call 251-662-8669 for more information.


December 6

Christmas on the Hill
Christmas on the Hill in the Village of Spring Hill is scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Boutiques will once again open their doors with special store hours, holiday refreshments, sleigh rides, photos with Santa, holiday music and a variety of children’s activities as well as sales and special merchandise promotions. In addition, the event will feature an art walk, where dozens of artists will display their artwork in front of Spring Hill merchants’ storefronts.

Holiday Cheer at The Bull
Hancock Bank presents Holiday Cheer at The Bull to benefit the Child Advocacy Center on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 4-7 p.m. The Bull Cantina and Grill will host the event at 609 Dauphin St. The event will feature samplings of The Bull’s southwestern signature dishes and wines to taste, along with a select live auction of holiday gifts and live music by Jerry Squires. Tickets are available at The Bull and the CAC for $35 each. Call 251-432-1101 for details or visit www.cacmobile.org.

Toys for Tots drive
The PL Wilson Detachment of the Marine Corps League is sponsoring a fundraiser for Toys for Tots in conjunction with the Grand Mariner on Dog River. There will be a deejay and a jump house, and Santa Claus will be stopping by. The fun starts at noon. The Grand Mariner will be donating 10 percent of that day’s profit to Toys for Tots. The Grand Mariner is located at 6036 Rock Point Road. For more information, call 251-377-9818.

Lessons and carols
Christ Church Cathedral invites you to be part of a service rich with light as we celebrate the season of Advent. This service at 4 p.m. will contain Advent anthems, solos and carols interspersed between readings. Everyone is welcome. Christ Church Cathedral is located at 115 S. Conception St. For more information, call 251-438-1822.


December 7

Sip & Shop
Treasures Museum Store at GulfQuest will welcome holiday shoppers for Sip & Shop from 5-8 p.m. Guests will be treated to wine and cheese, plus giveaways every hour, while shopping among Treasures’ wide selection of beautiful gifts. For more information about Sip & Shop, call 251-436-8901.

Menorah lighting
Come see the 2nd annual Menorah lighting in Bienville Square. Last year, the city of Mobile erected its very first public Menorah and is lighting it again this year for the entire Hanukkah season. This family-friendly event will feature free crafts, food, dreidels and music. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

Money management
This seminar is full of information to develop spending plans, money management skills and other goal-setting techniques. This seminar is held from 6-7 p.m. Register at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling office, 705 Oak Circle Drive E., Mobile. Due to limited space, please call 251-602-0011 to register in advance.

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dance classes with professional instructors at 7 p.m., followed by dancing from 7:30-10 p.m. Admission is $10. This event is BYOB and there is no need to bring a partner. Beginners are welcome. Fitzpen Place, 11247 State Highway 31, Spanish Fort. For more information, email Cassie Fishbein at Cassief13@aol.com.


December 8

GulfQuest Sip & Shop
Treasures Museum Store at GulfQuest will welcome holiday shoppers for its first Sip & Shop on from 5-8 p.m. Guests will be treated to wine and cheese, plus giveaways every hour, while shopping among Treasures’ wide selection of beautiful gifts for the home and for people of all ages. A highlight of the evening will include demonstrations by a Beatriz Ball representative who will explain the many uses of this exclusive collection of handmade metalware.
For more information about Sip & Shop, call 251-436-8901.


December 9

Advent music
Christ Church Cathedral will host the annual Advent music program at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. Immediately following the program, at 12:30 p.m. a lunch will be served; an $8 donation is requested for the meal. Everyone is welcome. Christ Church Cathedral is located at 115 S. Conception St. For more information, call 251-438-1822.

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council will meet to vote on approval of the Initial Funded Priorities List and the Spill Impact Component Rule, pursuant to the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act). The public is invited to attend this open meeting, as well as an open house with our Deepwater Horizon partners, that will begin at 9 a.m. The meeting will take place at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, 2350 Beach Blvd. in Biloxi, Mississippi.

“A Christmas Carol”
The Playhouse in the Park will present its original musical, “A Christmas Carol,” at the Saenger Theatre, 6 Joachim St. in downtown Mobile beginning at 7:30 p.m. All ages will enjoy this magical show set in Victorian-era England during the Christmas season. The production is filled with music, dancing and colorful characters such as Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, and the fun-loving Fezziwigs! Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Please call 251-602-0630 for reservations!

Retired Nurses Christmas party
The retired registered nurses group will host its annual holiday party at 12:30 p.m. at Mars Hill Cafe on Downtowner Blvd. Annual dues are $5. For further information, contact 251-661-0921.