General Interest

Homeless Connect
Mobile Project Homeless Connect is designed to provide medical services, legal assistance, and dental and vision screenings, along with access to housing assistance and mainstream resources to the homeless. This community event will bring together government agencies, academia, health care facilities, faith-based organizations, transportation, law enforcement/court, United Way and businesses, workforce development and other nonprofit agencies to provide needed services at no cost to the homeless in our community. This year’s event will take place Thursday, Jan. 28, at The Grounds (corner of Ziegler and Cody) from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are needed, please register to help at volunteer.uwswa.org.

Southern Antique Show
St. Paul’s Daphne Life Center (28788 N. Main St.) will host the Southern Antique Show. The event runs Friday, Jan. 29, and Saturday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 31, from noon to 4 p.m., with a preview Thursday, Jan. 28, 6-8 p.m. General admission is $8, preview night tickets are $25; tickets may be purchased by calling 251-626-2421 or by visiting stpaulseasternshore.com/AntiqueShow.

A Day in the Life of a Confederate Soldier
On Saturday, Jan. 30, The Independent Rifles will host “A Day in the Life of a Confederate Soldier” at historic Fort Gaines at 51 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event showcases the day-to-day life of a confederate soldier on duty at Fort Gaines. Come and experience a living history day for the whole family. Blacksmith demonstrations will be on hand all day in the Fort’s blacksmith shop. There will be demonstrations of military drills and training as well as the firing of the cannons and other daily duties. The Fort’s museum and gift shop are always open as well. Please call 251-861-6992 or visit dauphinisland.org/fort-gaines for more information.

Government Street Lunch Forum
The Government Street Lunch Forum at Government Street Presbyterian Church offers lunch and a speaker on Thursdays through March 17. The Jan. 28 speaker is Casi Callaway, executive director of Mobile Baykeeper. Her discussion, “Water Quality, Mobile Bay and You,” will touch on key issues for the new year, including stormwater, litter and sewer. Lunch is available for $10 and is served at noon; the forum begins at 12:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend. The church is on the corner of Government and Jackson streets in downtown Mobile. For details, call the church office at 251-432-1749.

Winter Wednesdays at Bellingrath
Local historian and author John S. Sledge will discuss and sign copies of his new book, “The Mobile River.” The book will be available for purchase in the gift shop. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Magnolia Cafe at Bellingrath Gardens and Home in Theodore, and is 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 ages 4 and younger. To register, call 251-973-2217.


Fundraisers

Woof Trek: A Rescue Odyssey
The Mystic Mutts of Revelry spaceship will be landing in Fairhope on Saturday, Jan. 30! Join our sci-fi themed event where two-legged and furry four-legged “aliens” will be ready to strut their stuff in this fundraiser to benefit The Haven No-Kill Animal Shelter. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the Fairhopers Community Park at the corner of S. Church Street and Morphy Avenue. Walkers can pre-register online or at the hospitality tent on parade day. To register and for more information, visit eventbrite.com.

Mardi Gras Mingle
The Women’s Business Alliance is excited to announce its annual Mardi Gras celebration on Thursday, Jan. 28 at Alchemy Tavern, 5-9 p.m. Join them as the Order of Polka Dots parade, for food, fun and an escape from the crowds just steps from the parade route! Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided, and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and can be purchased online at www.womensbusinessalliance.org/events. All proceeds will go to the WBA, the host organization for the Women’s Business Center of South Alabama and the Women’s Business Center of Rural Alabama. If you have additional questions, please call 251-660-2725 or email Ashley, [email protected].

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

The Ghost of Hamlet
Join Commedia del Arte for a hilarious retelling of Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet.” The classic tragedy turns comedy when two misplaced spirits stumble into Prince Hamlet’s castle. There will be two performances, Sunday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. at the Loxley Civic Center, and Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets and info are available at www.commediadelarte.org.

“Tartuffe” — final weekend
The Joe Jefferson Players present the final performances of their colorful retelling of Molière’s classic comedy “Tartuffe” this weekend at the Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen St. Friday and Saturday showtimes at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinee 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].

Last Friday Art Night
Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Gallery is where it’s happening on the Island on the last Friday of each month. Last Friday Art Night features shopping for local art, art demonstrations, food, drink and music. Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Gallery is located at 1008 Alabama Ave. For more information, call 251-861-3300.

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

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.

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.


Sporting Events/Activities

The Charity Chase 2016
The Charity Chase mission is to raise funds, increase awareness and build excitement for multiple nonprofit organizations. We partner with charities to help them achieve their fundraising goals through our 5K race series, The Charity Chase. A portion of every participant’s registration fee will be donated to his/her selected charity. The charities with the most participants and fastest competitors will win major donations courtesy of The Charity Chase and generous sponsors. Don’t just run for a cause — race for it. Join us at 8 a.m. at the University of South Alabama SGA Pavilion. Please visit www.thecharitychase.com for more information.

Senior Bowl Meet the Players event
The Coca-Cola Meet the Players event is Friday, Jan. 29, from 3:30-6 p.m. at the Mobile Convention Center and free to the public. In addition to meeting the players, fans can enjoy interactive displays from the New Orleans Saints, Under Armour, the U.S. Marine Corps, Coca-Cola and AT&T, plus games for the kids. These events are family-friendly with interactive activities for children and adults. Please visit www.seniorbowl.com for more information.

Senior Bowl Game
The 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl is scheduled to kick off Saturday, Jan. 30 in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium at 1:30 pm. To purchase tickets to the Senior Bowl, please call 888-736-2695 or 251-432-4109, or purchase online at www.seniorbowl.com.

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.


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.