Find out why bright children struggle, first with spelling, then with written expression, and eventually hit a wall in reading development. Dyslexia expert Susan Barton will share everything you need to know about dyslexia. The seminar is free and will begin at 6 p.m. in the University of South Alabama Student Ballroom, 350 Campus Drive. To register, visit uosa.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 251-287-1822.
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 Rickarby Park, 550 Rickarby St., at 6 p.m.
Downtown is the place to be the second Friday of each month! Join downtown art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome you inside to see beautiful artwork, sample delicious foods and enjoy the sounds of the LoDa Artwalk. The Artwalk gets better and better each month. From 6 to 9 p.m. in the Lower Dauphin Street district.
Friday Art Walk
The Eastern Shore Art Center returns with new art and music. Come check out the new exhibits and live pottery demonstrations while enjoying refreshments and live entertainment by The Sound Carpenters. The art walk begins at 6 p.m. at the Eastern Shore Art Center, 401 Oak St. in Fairhope. For more information, contact Adrienne at 251-928-2228, ext. 103.
Snow Queen Tea Party
Celebrate the holiday season with Project Mouvement In Art’s magical performance, “The Snow Queen Tea Party” premiering Saturday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Fairhope Civic Center, 161 N. Section St. Be enchanted in a winter wonderland with live performances from “Frozen.” Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including “Let It Go,” while enjoying delectable treats and tea. Proceeds from the Frozen Tea Party will benefit PMIA and the Rotary Youth Club. For more information or tickets, call 251-610-8902 or visit www.pmiart.com.
Krewe de la Dauphine Parade
With Christmas barely over, residents of Dauphin Island are putting the final touches on the region’s first Mardi Gras parade. Members of the Krewe de la Dauphine have set “Broadway Nights” as the theme of their parade, which will roll at 1 p.m. on Bienville Boulevard on Dauphin Island. For more information call 251-510-7577.
Mobile Mystery Dinner
“Murder at Mardi Gras!” Join Mobile Mystery Dinners for its next performance at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin St. Advance reservations are required; call 251-865-7398. Tickets are $59 and include dinner and unlimited wine. The fun begins at 7 p.m.
Baldwin Clean Sweep
Baldwin County will be accepting solid waste for disposal. The collection will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following three locations: Magnolia Landfill, 15140 County Road 49 in Summerdale; MacBride Landfill, 14200 County Road 64, Loxley; and Bay Minette Transfer Station, 42901 Nicholsville Road, Bay Minette. For a list of acceptable waste, visit northbaldwinchamber.com.
First Light Marathon
The 15th annual Servis1st Bank First Light Marathon presented by Mobile Sports Authority will begin at 7:30 a.m. The race includes a full (26.2 miles) marathon, half (13.1 miles) marathon, a five-person relay and a 1.2-mile fun run. The course runs through Mobile’s historic districts. The race is coordinated by and benefits L’Arche Mobile, a nonprofit organization where people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together. The race will begin at Government Plaza. For more information, visit firstlightmarathon.com.
Benefit for Bud Smith
Join Veet’s for a fundraiser for Bud Smith. There will be live music by five different bands as well as auction items and a raffle. All money raised goes toward Bud’s fight against cancer. Donations will be accepted at the door. Veet’s is located at 66 S. Royal St. For more information, call 251-694-3090.
Snow Queen Tea Party
Celebrate the holiday season with Project Mouvement In Art’s magical performance, “The Snow Queen Tea Party” Sunday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Fairhope Civic Center, 161 N. Section St. Be enchanted in a winter wonderland with live performances from FROZEN. Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including “Let It Go,” while enjoying delectable treats and tea. Proceeds from the Frozen Tea Party will benefit PMIA and the Rotary Youth Club. For more information or tickets, call 251-610-8902 or visit www.pmiart.com.
Join Christ Church Cathedral for an epiphany concert at 4 p.m. Cathedral organist Christopher Powell and ladies of the choir will present Francois Couperin’s “Messes pour les couvents.” Christ Cathedral is located at 115 S. Conception St. For more information, call 251-438-1822.
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.
New Year New Mobile
To kick off 2016, Mayor 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 Cottage Hill Baptist Church, 4255 Cottage Hill Road, at 6 p.m.
Teen Science Workshop
The Daphne Library will offer a one-hour science workshop for teens. The workshop will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the library community room. Joel Phillips, retired director of the electronics department at Bishop State Community College, will conduct the workshop. Seating is limited and registration is required. For further information, please call 251-621-2818, ext. 211. This is a no-cost offering sponsored by Friends of the Daphne Library.
Winter Garden Walk at Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Learn about the interesting winter borders and containers throughout the Gardens from Bellingrath’s Horticulture Management Team: Executive Director Dr. Bill Barrick, Nursery Manager Chuck Owens and Display Coordinator Barbara Smith. The Winter Garden Walk is the first of our Winter Wednesdays series of programs on gardening, history and more. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Regular admission is charged and guests are encouraged to tour the Gardens after the session. 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. 11 S. Royal St., Mobile. 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.
The city of Mobile’s first outdoor skating rink is open in Cooper Riverside Park through Jan. 12. The rink is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. weekdays and until 11 p.m. on weekends. The hours will fluctuate according to holiday and school schedules. Ice-skating lessons for children will be held every Saturday and for adults every Sunday. Each class will cost $15. Private lessons will also be offered for the cost of $20 for 20 minutes and $30 for 30 minutes. The rink can also be reserved for parties, field trips and corporate functions. Admission for skating is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under, which includes the cost of skate rentals. For more information, visit riversideice.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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.