General Interest

New Year New Mobile
To kick off 2016, Mayor Sandy Stimpson is embarking on his “New Year New Mobile” Resolutions Tour. He will host a series of town hall meetings throughout Mobile to share his vision for the future of the community. This week’s meeting will be at Toulminville Public Library, 601 Stanton Road, on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. Another is scheduled at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 6300 McKenna Drive.

Town hall meetings
Congressman Bradley Byrne will be holding two town hall meetings. The first is in Mobile on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m. at the Tillman’s Corner Community Center at 5055 Carol Plantation Road. The second will be held in Baldwin County on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 2:30 p.m. at the Magnolia Springs Community Center, 14775 Oak St. For more information or with questions, please call 202-225-4931.

Christmas tree mulch giveaway
Keep Mobile Beautiful will be giving away mulch from collected Christmas trees.  The distribution point is the West Mobile baseball field at the intersection of Schillinger and Hitt roads. Follow the signs from Hitt Road all the way back to the old building site. The mulch will be given away from the parking lot area. The giveaway begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, and will last until the mulch is gone.

Government Street Forum
Tom McGehee, director of the Bellingrath Home Museum, will give a presentation on “Lost Mobile,” a look at the city’s vanished archaeological treasures, on Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Government Street Forum at Government Street Presbyterian Church. The Government Street Forum is lunch and a guest speaker on Thursdays through March 17 at the church, corner of Government and Jackson streets in downtown Mobile. Lunch costs $10 and is served at noon; the speaker begins at 12:30 p.m. For details, call the church at 251-432-1749.

Keeping the Dream Alive
Bishop State Community College will host Rev. Clinton L. Johnson for Keeping the Dream Alive, a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. The event will be held at Bishop’s Baker-Gaines Central Campus in the Yvonne Kennedy Auditorium, 1365 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. in Mobile. Admission is free.

Lee-Jackson Salute
Raphael Semmes Camp 11, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will hold its annual Lee-Jackson Salute at Confederate Rest in Magnolia Cemetery on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. An address will be given on the lives of generals Lee and Jackson. Included in the event will be re-enactors in period attire and firing of period weapons. Confederate Rest Magnolia Cemetery is located at Virginia and Ann streets in Mobile. For more information, call 251-421-0491.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast
The Port City Chapter of Blacks in Government will hold its 27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 18 at 8:30 a.m. at Bishop State Community College’s Central campus, Yvonne Kennedy Auditorium, located at 1365 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. A diverse gathering of civic, community and religious leaders from across the Mobile area will join together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King. This year’s keynote speaker is Alabama Assistant Attorney General Yvonne Saxon, a native Mobilian and graduate from the University of Alabama School of Law. Tickets are $25 each or $250 for a reserved table of 10.  To purchase tickets, contact Gwen Hall at portcitybig@yahoo.com or 251-208-7111.

Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks
Boardwalk Talks are on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 11:15 a.m. Come to the Estuarium to participate in a dialog with the experts at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd. The Northern Gulf Institute presents a series of informal conversations about all things scientific in the Gulf of Mexico region. For more information or with questions, call 251-861-2141.


Arts

Revive Our Nation Tour
The Crabb Family “Revive Our Nation Tour” is coming to Dauphin Way Baptist Church on Saturday, Jan. 16. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to see The Crabb Family reunited in this very special tour. Concert starts at 6 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at www.globalpromo.org or by calling 864-655-3560.

Epiphany concert
Join Christ Church Cathedral for an Epiphany concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17. Choral Evensong is one of the chief glories of the Anglican choral tradition and will be performed in celebration of women composers. Christ Cathedral is located at 115 S. Conception St. For more information, call 251-438-1822.

Coastal Fashion Week Mobile
Coastal Fashion Week’s Mobile stop will be at the Ezell House Friday, Jan. 15. The night will begin with a fashion show followed by an after-party. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the show starting promptly at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit Penelope House. Tickets are currently on sale at www.coastalfashionweek.com. For more information on Coastal Fashion Week, please contact Kymberly Soulé at 251-421-2259 or email fashion@coastalfashionweek.com.

“Tartuffe” at Joe Jefferson Playhouse
The Joe Jefferson Players present a colorful retelling of Molière’s classic comedy, in which a master villain of religious hypocrisy worms his way into the household of Orgon and immediately sends the entire household into raucous chaos. “Tartuffe” has continued to be one of Molière’s most popular plays and is considered a masterpiece. The show runs for three weekends, from Jan. 15 through Jan. 31, at the Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen St. Friday and Saturday showtimes at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and military, and $10 for students. Order tickets at www.joejeffersonplayers.com; call 251-471-1532 or email info@joejeffersonplayers.com.

“Little Shop of Horrors” auditions
The Joe Jefferson Players will hold open auditions for “Little Shop of Horrors” on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 18 and 19, at 6 p.m. at the Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen St. The musical comedy about Seymour, a hapless floral shop worker who raises a plant with an interesting diet, will run for three weekends, April 1-17. For details, visit www.joejeffersonplayers.com or call 251-471-1534.

Open studio
Each Sunday, 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.


Sports/Activities

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 your children up from school.

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dance classes the first and third Monday of every month, with professional instructors at 7 p.m. followed by dancing from 7:30-10 p.m. Admission is $10. This event is BYOB and 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.

Bridge lessons
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.


Museums

Walk and Talk
Join Mobile Museum of Art Chief Curator Dr. Paul Richelson as he discusses the collection of American ceramics, glass and metal gifted to MMoA by collectors Charles G. Schoenknecht and Ward A. Paul. The Walk and Talk is Thursday, Jan. 16 beginning at 6 p.m. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive. For more information, call 251-208-5200.

Furnishing the Bellingrath Home
What was it like to furnish an estate home on the Fowl River in the 1930s? Tom McGehee, director of the Bellingrath Museum Home, will take guests on a special behind-the-ropes tour of the home and describe its antique furnishings and decorative arts — and Mrs. Bessie’s unique negotiation techniques. The event is the second of Bellingrath’s “Winter Wednesdays” series of programs on gardening, history and more. Jan. 20, from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. Regular gardens admission is charged, and guests are encouraged to tour the gardens after the session. Advance registration is requested; to register, call 251-973-2217 or visit www.bellingrath.org.

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. History Museum of Mobile, 11 S. Royal St. Call 251-208-7508 for more information.

Chocolate! The Exhibition
Through Jan. 17, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center offers 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.

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.

Tea for Two
The Fairhope Museum of History hosts “Tea for Two” each Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. 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. For more information on upcoming programs, call the Fairhope Museum of History at 251-929-1471.


Workshops

Investment/insurance basics
Lifelines Counseling Services is offering a free workshop on how to save for your future. Learn about the programs available, the different kinds of investments and risk involved, and common strategies used. Information on life insurance is also included. The workshop begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, at Lifelines Consumer Credit Counseling, 705 Oak Circle Dr. E. Please call 251-602-0011 to register or for more information.


Self Improvement

Addiction counseling
Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise. Take steps to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction, get them the help they need. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. Call 1-800-431-1754 or visit DrugAbuseSolution.com.

Top Cats Toastmasters
Top Cats Toastmasters meets 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.

Downtown Toastmasters
The Downtown Mobile Toastmasters Club 2815 hosts a weekly educational lunch meeting at T.P. Crockmiers, 261 Dauphin St., from noon until 1 p.m. on Tuesdays. 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.