General Intrest

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.

Riverside Ice
Riverside Ice will be open at Cooper Riverside Park in Mobile until Jan. 14. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. For more information visit www.RiversideIce.com

Mistletoe Mingle
The Women’s Business Alliance holiday celebration and silent auction is Thursday, Dec. 1 at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door, and available online, www.womensbusinessalliance.org/mistletoe-mingle.

“A Christmas Story” in the Square
Bundle up, bring chairs or a blanket and join us in Cathedral Square Friday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m.; film begins at 5:30. Free.

Fairhope Christmas Parade
Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. at the intersection of Morphy and Section streets, continuing down Section to Oak Street. For additional information call 251-929-1466.

St. Lawrence Christmas Bazaar
Come for food, fun and more on Saturday, Dec 3, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec 4, 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., at 370 S. Section St. in Fairhope. More information at www.stlawrencechristmasbazaar.com.

Spanish Fort Christmas Parade
The city of Spanish Fort’s 10th annual Spirit of Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, beginning at 9 a.m. and rolling throughout the Eastern Shore Centre.

Dauphin Island Christmas parade
On Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. Dauphin Island’s annual Christmas parade will travel along Bienville Boulevard from Cadillac Square to the Dauphin Island School. Join us with Old St. Nic for a traditional parade to usher in the holiday season.

Holiday market
Join Wilmer United Methodist Church for a holiday market Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 251-649-1800.

Book signing
Mary Palmer, author of “George Wallace: An Enigma,” will appear at Barnes & Noble at Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. For more information visit www.georgewallacebook.com.

Candlelight Christmas
Bragg-Mitchell Mansion invites you to a Candlelight Christmas, Saturday, Dec. 3, 4:30-7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children under 12. For more information call 251-471-6364.

Christmas on the Hill
Christmas on the Hill in the Village of Spring Hill is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 4, 1-5 p.m. Boutiques open, holiday refreshments, sleigh rides, photos with Santa, music and children’s activities as well as sales and special merchandise promotions.

Gingerbread Jamboree
Bellingrath Gardens and Home’s first-ever Gingerbread Jamboree includes a cookie decorating session, refreshments, Dr. Gee and his magic balloons, and a tour of Magic Christmas in Lights. Sunday, Dec. 4, 3-5 p.m. Registration required. www.bellingrath.org.

Zoo Sneak Peek
On Sunday, Dec. 4, 2-5 p.m. Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo employees will showcase the zoo’s plans, lead property tours and answer questions. Free. The public is welcome. 20499 Oak Road East, Gulf Shores.

Spanish Fort Tree Lighting
Please join us on Sunday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m. by the Spanish Fort Community Center dock for the city of Spanish Fort’s Christmas inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting.

Lunch and Learn
Join Prodisee Pantry for a Lunch and Learn for homeowners struggling to hang on to their home. Monday, Dec. 5, at noon, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd. Call 251-438-1102 for more information and to register.

Leinkauf Holiday Party
Leinkauf Historic District invites you to a holiday party Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at The Pillars. There will be music, pictures with Santa, food and more. Tickets can be purchased at leinkaufneighborhood.com.

Doggie happy hour
Every first Monday of the month from 5-7 p.m., bring your dog to the OK Bicycle Shop for doggie happy hour and get to know your local animal rescue groups, enjoy live music and more.

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. For more information call 251-861-2141.

Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Wednesday at noon for lunch at Azalea City Golf Course. For reservations and more information please call 251-348-3542.

Toastmasters
Do you want to learn how to deliver a speech like a pro or gain leadership skills to advance your career? Toastmasters International meets regularly at six locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Visit www.toastmasters.org for more information.


FUNDRAISERS

Taste of Dauphin Island
Showcasing island cuisine and raising funds to support community arts, heritage and educational programs.Thursday, Dec. 1, 6:30-9 p.m. at The Estuarium. For more information or tickets visit dauhinislandarts.com or call 251-861-3300.

Boar’s Head Dinner
Presented by the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School Choral Company on Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Student Center. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased by calling 251-432-0784.

Holiday Cheer at FIVE
Benefitting the Child Advocacy Center on Monday, Dec. 5, 5-8:30 p.m. The FIVE Restaurant 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

Art Mart
The Eastern Shore Art Center is hosting a members’ party on Thursday, Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m., and an Art Mart on Friday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At 401 Oak St. in Fairhope. For more information call 251-928-2228, ext. 103.

Night Market
Mobile Museum of Art hosts Night Market on Thursday, Dec. 1, 5-9 p.m. featuring wares by artists and artisans. Support your local artists and join the party and shopping fun with great food, drink and live music. 4850 Museum Drive.

“Merry Musical Christmas”
Swift-Coles Historic Home’s “Merry Musical Christmas” features live music and appetizers. Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $15. 17424 Swift Coles Lane in Bon Secour. swiftcoleshistorichome.com.

Mobile’s Singing Children
Join us as we celebrate our 40th anniversary Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Suggested donation of $10.

Mobile Mystery Dinners
Performance of “Who Killed the Boss at the Christmas Party” is Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Mobile Carnival Museum. Tickets include dinner and unlimited wine. Advance reservations required; call 251-338-5441.

Advent lessons and carols
Join Christ Church Cathedral for an Advent lesson and carols Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. This service will contain Advent anthems, solos and carols interspersed between readings. 115 S. Conception St., Mobile.

“Babes in Toyland”
Playhouse in the Park will present “Babes in Toyland” Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors. Call 251-602-0630 for reservations.


MUSEUMS

“Filming the Camps”
The History Museum of Mobile will exhibit “Filming the Camps: From Hollywood to Nuremberg” through Jan. 16. The exhibit features the stories of three film directors as they documented Nazi atrocities during World War II. For more information visit museumofmobile.com.

Tea for Two
Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. the Fairhope Museum of History hosts a tea with a lecture on Fairhope history. The Dec. 6 speaker will be Paula Lenor Webb. For more information call 251-929-1471.

“Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World”
Through Jan. 1, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center features a hands-on gallery and more than 60 guitars on display. There is also a rock photography exhibit by Janet Macoska. For information call 251-208-6893 or visit exploreum.com.

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. For more information, call 251-208-5200.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Exercise classes
Palmer Pillans Middle School hosts a wide variety of exercise classes, including ballroom dance, boxing and more. For more information call 251-463-7980.

Beginner belly dancing for women
Every Tuesday through Dec. 13, come learn to belly dance at Palmer Pillans Middle School. For more information call 251-208-1662.

Bridge lessons
The Mobile Bridge Center offers free bridge lessons each Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. at 1510 University Blvd. Arrive a few minutes early to register. If you have questions call the Bridge Center at 251-666-2147, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Holy yoga
Tamara William leads a lunchtime holy yoga at the Steeple on St. Francis every Wednesday. The cost is $15. Participants will connect with Christ in mind, body and spirit. For more information, call 251-656-3269.

Ballroom dance
Azalea Ballroom Dance Club hosts dances with live music the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. Email cyoungblood9278@gmail.com, call 251-623-9183 or visit www.azaleaballroomdanceclub.com.

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dances the first and third Monday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m., at Fitzpen Place, 11247 State Highway 31 in Spanish Fort. Email cassief13@aol.com.