GENERAL INTEREST

Distinguished Lecture Series
The University of South Alabama Gulf Shores campus 2nd annual Distinguished Lecture Series will be Thursday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m., at 19470 Oak Road W. in Gulf Shores. To register call 251-460-7200, or visit www.usacontinuinged.com.

Lighting Up Midtown Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Join St. Mary for this annual block party. Lafayette Street Fire Department will assist with the tree lighting. Thursday, Dec. 8, at 6:45 p.m. St. Mary Catholic School, 107 N. Lafayette St. For more information call 251-432-8678.

Old Shell Road Loft tour
The Midtown Mobile Movement will host tours of the new Old Shell Road Lofts at 1706 Old Shell Road, Thursday, Dec. 8, 5-8 p.m. $10 donation suggested.

Christmas at Oakleigh
Featuring an open house tour, choir performances, storytelling, food trucks, and more! Friday, Dec. 9 at 5:30 will be our evening tours. Saturday, Dec. 10th all day Christmas market and open house tours. Call 251-432-1281 or visit historicoakleigh.com.

LoDa Artwalk
Starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, galleries, restaurants, shops, in the Lower Dauphin (LoDa) Arts District open their doors for a family-friendly evening of exhibitions and entertainment by area artists. For more information call 251-208-1550.

Elfapalooza
Mobile’s chance to break the Guinness World Record for most elves in one place (Bienville Square). To be a part of the official count, come wearing red and green, an elf hat and pointy ears! Friday, Dec. 9, 5-7 p.m.

Scarlet Event
The fifth annual “Scarlet Event” will be held at Cathedral Square on Friday, Dec. 9, beginning at 5 p.m. This free gathering will offer an evening of music, art and vital health. For more information call 251-690- 8170.

Christmas in Daphne
On Friday, Dec. 9, the Daphne Christmas Parade rolls at 6:30 p.m. south along Main Street through Olde Towne Daphne. For more information, please call 251-621-9000.

Christmas through the Ages
Experience Christmas of days gone by at Fort Gaines. Join soldiers from the past and their families as they celebrate a noncommercial Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, email fortgaines@dauphinisland.org.

DIP holiday parade
Join District 3 for a Parade of 3s on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. The parade runs along Dauphin Island Parkway from B.C. Rain High School to Pillans Middle School on Military Road.

Fowl River boat parade
The Fowl River Christmas Boat Parade will cruise down Fowl River at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10. Staging is at The Pelican Reef, 11799 Dauphin Island Parkway, at 5:30 p.m. Call 251-973-2670.

Dauphin Island Christmas tree lighting
The Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce hosts the second annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. at Water Tower Plaza. Refreshments will be provided and there will be “snow!”

Living history crew drill
Learn what life aboard the USS Alabama was like during WWII, observe the call to battle stations, YAK attacks at 1 p.m., drills and more. Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday Dec. 11 at USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. 251-433-2703.

St. Mary Parish Christmas & Mom’s Day Out Brunch
On Sunday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in St. Mary’s Seton Center (1413 Old Shell Road), meet our Mom’s Day Out director and tour the facility offering early child care. For more information contact the parish office at 251-432-8678.

“Journey to Bethlehem”
“Journey to Bethlehem” — an interactive worship experience with costumed actors and a petting zoo of period animals — will take place Dec. 11, 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Providence Presbyterian Church, 2320 Schillinger Road S., Mobile.

Green Drinks
Green Drinks Fairhope will host a holiday gift market at its monthly meeting Tuesday, Dec. 13, 5-7 p.m., at Fairhope Brewing Co. In addition to the market, the evening will feature live music and $5 dinners from Sunflower Café.

Sensory Friendly Santa
Offering children with special needs an opportunity to communicate with Santa before the mall opens. Photos are free to these families. In the fountain area of The Shoppes of Bel Air, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m. For more information call 251-478-1893.

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

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

Christmas Singabration
An evening of favorite Christmas songs and carols. Sunday, Dec. 11, 5-7 p.m. at The Steeple, 251 St. Francis St. Tickets are $5 with proceeds going to WKRG Toy Drive.

Tree of Lights
This holiday season, a special tree will once again be displayed in the Thomas Hospital lobby to recognize and remember the special people in our lives during the holiday season. For an order form or more information, please call 251-279-1686.


ARTS

Nutcracker ballet
Join the Mobile Ballet for our annual holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.” Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2:30 & 7:30 p.m and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2:30 p.m. at the Mobile Civic Center. For more information visit mobileballet.org.

Sunday Funday Arts & Crafts Market
Created to encourage the Mobile community to enjoy downtown on Sundays, while supporting our wonderful local artists. 1-5 p.m. in Cathedral Square, Sunday, Dec. 11.

Belle Canto Choir Concert
The St. Pius X Belle Canto Choir will present a Christmas Celebration in Music, “Behold a Rose E’er Blooming,” on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. in the St. Pius Family Life Center, 216 S. Sage Ave. Free admission. Please bring food items to help feed the hungry.

Baldwin Pops holiday concert
Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Daphne Civic Center. Free admission, toys will be collected for Toys for Tots.


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.

Holiday Extravaganza
The History Museum of Mobile’s Holiday Extravaganza is Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. For more information, please contact Gavin at 251-301-0273.

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. 13 speaker will be Ryan Miller. For more information call 251-929-1471.

Little Discoveries
Outside the Box: This “Little Discovery” in the Exploreum’s Wharf of Wonder aimed at children 6 and under explores how innovation and creativity can lead to a world of possibilities starting with a simple cardboard box. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. Call 251-208-6893 or email jholland@exploreum.com for more information.

“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.


WORKSHOPS

CPR class
Mobile Fire-Rescue will offer free community CPR classes at Murphy High School. All classes start at 5 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Dec. 13, at MHS. Call 251-208-1659 or 251-234-9080 to register.

Predatory lending and high-cost loans
Learn some of the more common practices and how much high-fee loans are costing you and how to avoid them. 6-7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling, 705 Oak Circle Drive E. (Mobile). Call 251-602-0011 to register in advance.