General Interest

3 Lives Blood Drive
Remington College founded the 3 Lives program to be a national effort to recruit minority blood donors and help provide local hospitals with blood. Minority donors, particularly African-Americans, are in high demand because they provide blood with unique antigens that are vital for patients with sickle cell disease and other blood disorders. Please join us Thursday, Jan. 21, from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. and from 4:30 until 9 p.m. at Remington College, 828 Downtowner Loop W., Mobile. For more information, call 251-343-8200 or email [email protected].

Town hall meeting
Congressman Bradley Byrne will hold a town hall meeting in Baldwin County Thursday, Jan. 21, 2:30 p.m. at the Magnolia Springs Community Center, 14775 Oak St. For more information or with questions, please call 202-225-4931.

Government Street Lunch Forum
The Government Street Lunch Forum at Government Street Presbyterian Church is lunch and a speaker on Thursdays through March 17. The Jan. 21 speaker is Scott Hunter, former University of Alabama and NFL quarterback, who will give an update on college recruiting. Lunch costs $10 and is served at noon; the forum begins at 12:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend the forum. The church is on the corner of Government and Jackson streets in downtown Mobile. For details, call the church office at 251-432-1749.

Teen town hall meeting
All Mobile area teens, middle through high school, are invited to attend a teen town hall meeting, Saturday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m. at Mobile Gas Auditorium, 2828 Dauphin St. Topics will include underage drinking, marijuana and prescription drug abuse. For more information, call 251-478-7855.

6th annual Snowbird Fest
Tailored to be one of the area’s premier Gulf Coast events designed specifically to suit the unique snowbird lifestyle, Snowbird Fest is a trade show and entertainment festival featuring exclusive deals on rentals, sales, dining, golf and other attractions. Saturday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf, 4671 Wharf Parkway, Orange Beach. For more information, call 1-800-270-2457 or visit www.snowbirdfest.com.

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. The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 6300 McKenna Drive.

Winter Wednesdays at Bellingrath
Dr. Mark LaSalle, director of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, will tell guests how to identify birds along the Gulf Coast and how they can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Weather permitting, he will lead a bird walk through the Gardens. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 27 in the Magnolia Cafe at Bellingrath Gardens and Home in Theodore, as part of the Winter Wednesdays series. Visit www.bellingrath.org for the full schedule. Admission is $13 for adults, $7.50 for ages 5-12 and free to Bellingrath members and to ages 4 and younger. To register, call 251-973-2217.


Fundraisers

The Great Mardi Gras Chill-Out
Going to a Mardi Gras parade with kids has never been so relaxing! Join Azalea City Montessori for parade-watching, kids’ activities and a chili cook-off Saturday, Feb. 6 at Nina Nicks Joseph Child Development Center, 209 S. Washington Ave., in downtown Mobile. $10 admission gets you access to our fenced-in playground on the parade route, inviting CDC facility with clean bathrooms and a changing area, and all the hot chili you can eat! Proceeds benefit Azalea City Montessori. To register your chili for the cook-off or for additional information, visit www.azaleacitymontessori.org. We hope to see you there!


Arts

“Things My Mother Taught Me”
Weekends through Jan. 24, the South Baldwin Community Theatre presents “Things My Mother Taught Me,” the story of two young lovers packing up their belonging and moving across country to start a new life in a small Chicago apartment. Written by Katherine DiSavino. 2022 W. 2nd St., Gulf Shores. For more information call 251-968-6721 or visit www.sbct.biz.

“Tartuffe”
The Joe Jefferson Players present a colorful retelling of Molière’s classic comedy. The show runs weekends 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 [email protected].

GCAA Art Market
The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, in partnership with the city of Gulf Shores, will present the GCAA Art Market Saturday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 309 E. 21st Ave., Gulf Shores. Indoor market featuring hand crafted and original work of regional and local artists and delicious food. For more information visit gulfcoastartalliance.com or call 251-948-2627.

Something Special for Saturday
Come to Mobile Public Library Saturday Jan. 23 to design and create your own Mardi Gras hats at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 and up. Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library, 4 S. McGregor Ave. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, please call 251-470-7770 or email [email protected].

Epiphany concert
Join Christ Church Cathedral for an Epiphany concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, for Cathedral Pops’ second annual concert. Christ Cathedral is located at 115 S. Conception St. For more information, call 251-438-1822.

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.


Museums

The life and work of Emma Langdon Roche
The Historic Oakleigh House’s exhibit on Mobile artist and author Emma Langdon Roche is open until Feb. 1, free and open to the public, at the Historic Oakleigh House Museum 350 Oakleigh Place in Mobile. For more information, call 251-432-1281 or email [email protected].

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. 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.

Live at the Museum
In honor of the American composer Steve Reich, the University of South Alabama’s percussion ensemble is putting together a special preview of the full season retrospective being mounted this year by USA’s music department at Mobile Museum of Art on Thursday, Jan. 21. Come get a taste of the sounds that changed music in America. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., show starts promptly at 7 p.m.; $10 at the door, beer and wine by donation. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive. Please visit www.mobilemuseumofart.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.


Sports/Activities

Soccer Camp
Join University of South Alabama coaching staff and head coach Graham Winkworth for winter soccer camp. On Saturday, Jan. 23, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., USA will host a girls’ soccer camp for grades 8-12. To register or for more information, visit www.grahamwinkworthsocceracademy.com or email [email protected].

WBA Turtle Shuffle
Join the Women’s Business Center at the SGA Pavilion on USA’s main campus on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 8 a.m. for the Turtle Shuffle Race. The race is a 5K-certified course. Register by mail or in person at McCoys, Run-N-Tri, Fleet Feet or Running Wild. Packets may be picked up on the day of the race from 6:30-7:45 a.m. Please visit www.eventbrite.com for more information. 

Irish dance lessons
The Maccrossan School of Irish Dance is offering beginner Irish dance lessons every Saturday morning at the Azalea City Center for Performing Arts, 63 Midtown Park E. Classes are available for ages 4 through adult. Learn the beautiful art form of Irish dance with instruction in jig, reel, figure and ceili dancing! For more details, please contact Julie Ann Black at [email protected] or by calling 228-239-2422.

Yoga at the Steeple
A Christian-style yoga class is 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 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 [email protected].

Bridge lessons

The Mobile Bridge Center offers 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.


Workshops

Sustainability Summit
On Friday, Jan. 29, the Green Coast Council, an initiative of the Alabama Coastal Foundation, will hold the 2016 Sustainability Summit. For the second year in a row, this educational event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of South Alabama’s Student Activity Center. People interested in seeing a detailed schedule or registering can visit www.joinACF.org. Registration is $55 for general attendees, $45 for members of the Green Coast Council and $20 for students. To join the GCC, please email [email protected]. The price to attend ACF’s annual meeting is $25.

Red Cross certified first aid course
The Daphne Public Library will provide a free Red Cross certified first aid course on Thursday, Jan. 21. Participants will learn what items and supplies they should have at home and receive instruction for administering first aid for a variety of emergency situations, from dog bites to falls. The class will begin at 4 p.m. and be conducted in the library community room at 2607 U.S. Highway 98. To register, call the Daphne Library at 251-621-2818, ext. 211, or email your request to [email protected].

Money management
This seminar is full of information on how to develop spending plans, money management skills and other goal-setting techniques. It will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25. 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.


Self Improvement

Senior health fair
West Side United Methodist Church, 269 Mohawk St., will host a senior health fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Learn about programs and services available to those aged 55 and up for healthier, happier life at this free event. Call 251-478-3721 for more information. Open to the community.

Vision screening
The Daphne Public Library will hold a family vision screening on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Adults and students (K-12) can receive a free vision screening by the Alabama Lions Sight Conservation Association. The sight screening is sponsored by the Daphne Lions Club, and will be held in the Daphne Library’s Community Room, 2607 U.S. Highway 98. Registration is requested. Email [email protected] or call 251-621-2818, ext.211.

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.