Martin Luther King Jr. Day events
L’Arche Mobile, People United to Advance the Dream — Mobile, Mobile United, the Port City Chapter of Blacks in Government, Spring Hill College’s Office of Community Engagement and Bishop State Community College have been working together with the city of Mobile to offer opportunities to celebrate unity and diversity in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Please come join us as we “Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.”
Mobile Museum of Art has partnered with People United to Advance the Dream and local organizations to host the kick-off event for a citywide weekend to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Friday, Jan. 12, kick-off will feature food, drinks, live music, a keynote speaker and tours of the exhibition “Posing Beauty in African-American Culture.” Free. Call 251-208-5200.
On Saturday, Jan. 13, join Mobile United from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Tricentennial Park (2121 Lake Drive) to pick up trash around Three Mile Creek.
First Light Marathon
Benefiting L’Arche Mobile, this marathon, half-marathon and fun run starts Sunday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 a.m. Starts at Spanish Plaza, finish at Bienville Square. Visit www.firstlightmarathon.com.
Mobile Area Inter-Parish Council
An open meeting of the nondenominational Mobile Area Inter-Parish Council will be Sunday, Jan. 14, 3 p.m. at St. James Major Church in Prichard. Free and open to the public.
Black Tie Awards Gala
Hosted by People United to Advance the Dream, this event recognizes community champions for their service and generosity to those less fortunate. Proceeds go to benefit the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund. Sunday, Jan. 14, 6-8:30 p.m. For tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
MLK Jr. Memorial Breakfast
Join the Port City Chapter of Blacks in Government on Monday, Jan. 15, 8:30 a.m. at Bishop State Community College, 351 N. Broad St., for a breakfast and keynote speech in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Cost is $25.
MLK Jr. Day March and Service
After breakfast, attendees are asked to attend a pre-rally at 10:30 a.m. at Calloway Smith Middle School (350 N. Lawrence St.). A march through downtown Mobile will commence at noon, beginning and ending at the same location. Afterward, a citywide interfaith service will be held at 1 p.m., also at the school. The day will conclude with a rally at 2 p.m. at the school.
The History Museum of Mobile’s January Learning Lunch features local author, Mardi Gras historian and “Mobile Mask” publisher Steve Joynt on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at noon in the museum auditorium. Call 251-208-7508.
Republican Women Meeting
Knollwood Republican Women meet Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2 p.m. at Gordon Oaks, 3145 Knollwood Drive. Speaker is Sean Grehalva, Alabama state political director for U.S. Term Limits.
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. Call 251-861-2141.
Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Wednesday at noon for lunch at Azalea City Golf Course. Call 251-348-3542.
Breakfast with the Mayor
Hear from Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson as we enter the new year. The annual boutique event for downtown businesses and property owners is on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 a.m. Visit brownpapertickets.com.
POSTPONED: Rickarby Basketball Court Opening
Council Vice President Levon Manzie and Mayor Sandy Stimpson will hold an event this Thursday, Jan. 11, at 3:30 p.m. to celebrate the official reopening of the basketball court at Rickarby Park, 550 Rickarby St. and the public is invited to attend.
Congressional Town Hall
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) will hold a town hall meeting at the Robertsdale City Hall on Friday, Jan. 12, at 10:30 a.m. Meetings are also scheduled Jan. 22 in Bay Minette, Jan. 23 in Chickasaw and Jan. 24 in Creola. Visit byrne.house.gov/townhalls.
Port City Secondliner Festival
The annual Port City Secondliner Weekend is Jan. 12-14. The family-friendly Secondliner Festival is Saturday, Jan. 13, with a parade beginning at the Omega Frat house at 2 p.m. making its way to Cathedral Square. Featuring food, arts and crafts, live performances by local brass bands and musicians, games, face painting and the original Port City Secondliners. Search Facebook for details.
The Mobile County Health Department offers $8 rabies shots. This Saturday’s clinic is at Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road, 1:30-4 p.m. Call 251-690-8823.
Join the Sons of the Confederate Veterans for the annual Lee-Jackson Salute, Sunday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery, corner of Virginia and Ann streets. Call 251-421-0491.
Winter Walk at Bellingrath
Learn about the interesting winter borders and containers throughout the gardens from Bellingrath’s horticulture management team. The Winter Wednesdays sessions on gardening, history and more are held each week in the Magnolia Room, 10:30-11:30 a.m. through Feb. 28. Call 251-459-8864.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church. Call 251-625-6888.
Toastmasters International meets regularly at six locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Visit www.toastmasters.org for more information.
Mobile AGC Luncheon
The Mobile and Northwest Florida section of Associated General Contractors Alabama will host motivational speaker and author Dr. Kevin Elko during its 2018 Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Call 251-656-3843.
Many More Miles
Baldwin Bone & Joint’s annual collection of shoes for the homeless outreach programs continues through Saturday, March 24. For drop-off locations call 251-621-5387.
Havana Printmaking Week
Artist Daniel Rodriguez Garcia returns to Mobile for a series of events and workshops designed to explore Cuban culture through his innovative approach to storytelling through print, Jan 11-17. Features a two-day Experimental Printmaking Workshop (tickets via Eventbrite), a special Photo Manipulation Kid’s Studio at Mobile Public Library, a Papermaking Senior Studio and a live demonstration at LoDa Artwalk. Visit www.alabamacontemporary.org.
Exploring jazz music as a vessel for African-American consciousness, this discussion will be moderated by Kevin Lee, founder of Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed, on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Mobile Museum of Art. Call 251-208-5200.
Mobile Mystery Dinners
A performance of “Murder at the Mardi Gras Ball” will take place Friday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. at Azalea Manor in downtown Mobile. Tickets include dinner and unlimited wine. Advance reservations are required; call 251-865-7398.
Join downtown Mobile art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome you inside. Friday, Jan. 12, 6-9 p.m. in the Lower Dauphin Street district.
Mobile Jewish Film Festival
The 2018 Mobile Jewish Film Festival will show 10 acclaimed Jewish films at venues around Mobile and Baldwin counties Jan 11-28. The festival celebrates films that reflect the Jewish experience in an attempt to promote dialogue between religions, cultures and generations. Visit mobilejewishfederation.org.
“August: Osage County”
The Joe Jefferson Playhouse presents “August: Osage County” for nine performances over three weekends, running Jan. 12-21. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Visit joejeffersonplayers.com, call 251-471-1534 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism’s 2018 Welcome Center Lecture and Demonstration Series is on weekdays, Jan. 15 to Feb. 28. Art demos will take place on various days at 10 a.m. at the Orange Beach Welcome Center (23685 Perdido Beach Blvd.), while lectures will take place each weekday at 2 p.m. at the Gulf Shores Welcome Center (3459 Gulf Shores Parkway). Visit GulfShores.com/WelcomeCenter.
“Titanic: Honour & Glory”
“Titanic Honour & Glory” will run through April 15 at the History Museum of Mobile. In addition to the exhibition, the museum will host monthly events. Call 251-301-0273 or email@example.com.
“Posing Beauty in African-American Culture”
An exhibition at Mobile Museum of Art explores the understanding of how African and African-American beauty has been represented through a diverse range of media. Through Jan. 21. Visit mobilemuseumofart.com.
“Right on Course”
The United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum and Archives is open free to the public weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the newest exhibits is “Right on Course.” Visit www.asama.org.
“Windows to the Sea”
“Windows to the Sea” is the latest permanent exhibit at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. Visit disl.org.
“Savage Ancient Seas”
“Savage Ancient Seas” will transport GulfQuest guests to a time when the last of the great dinosaurs roamed Earth and swam the seas. Visit www.gulfquest.org.
Learn more about the 1894 founding of Fairhope at the Fairhope Museum of History, 24 N. Section St. The museum is open daily (except Sunday and Monday), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 251-929-1471.
“Outside the Box,” aimed at children age 6 and under, explores how innovation and creativity can lead to a world of possibilities, starting with a simple cardboard box. Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Call 251-208-6893 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Call 251-208-5200.
First Light Marathon
The marathon benefiting L’Arche Mobile will be Sunday, Jan. 14, with a starting time of 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Government and Claiborne. The finish line is Bienville Square at Dauphin and Conception. For more information, visit firstlightmarathon.com.
South Alabama and Mississippi Mountain Bike Association invites all levels of cyclists to join them every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. at USA Bike Trails and Sunday at 9 a.m. at Chickasabogue Park. Email carrie@rideSAMBA.com.
Every Thursday evening at 6 p.m., join Red Beard’s Outfitter and Cortlandt’s Pub in the Spring Hill Village Shopping Center for a 1K or 5K run and walk. No cost to participate.
Join Via! Health, Fitness, Enrichment Center at 1717 Dauphin St. for bingo every Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call 251-478-3311.
The Mobile Bridge Center offers free bridge lessons each Tuesday at 6 p.m. at 1510 University Blvd. Arrive a few minutes early to register. Call 251-666-2147, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fitness and Athletics Classes
New fitness classes are offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Tai Chi, Candle Lit Yoga, Core Fusion, small-group personal fitness training, basketball for ages 15 and up, basketball for ages 8-14 and sports conditioning for ages 8-17. Call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.com.
Dance and art classes
New dance classes are offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Belly dance, pre-ballet and tumbling for ages 6-12, beginner piano for ages 8 and up. Call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.com.
Pickleball for adults (indoors)
Offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School on Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Great sport for all ages combines tennis, pingpong and badminton on a court one-fourth the size of a tennis court. Call 251-463-7980 or go to communityactivitiesprogram.com.
Azalea Ballroom Dance Club hosts dances the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. Call 251-623-9183 or visit azaleaballroomdanceclub.com.
The Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society hosts dances the first and third Monday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Hot Wheels Skating Rink in Daphne. Email email@example.com.
Baldwin County Commission: First and third Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., 322 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette. Work sessions are the second and fourth Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. rotating between Bay Minette, the Foley Satellite Courthouse, the Fairhope Satellite Courthouse and the Baldwin County Central Annex Building in Robertsdale. www.baldwincountyal.gov
Baldwin County Planning Commission: First Thursday at 6 p.m., 22251 Palmer St., Robertsdale, www.baldwincountyal.gov.
Bayou La Batre City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 13785 S. Wintzell Ave., www.cityofbayoulabatre.com.
Chickasaw City Council: Second and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m., 224 N. Craft Highway, 251-452-6450.
Citronelle City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m., 19135 Main St., 251-866-7973.
Creola City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 6 p.m., 190 Dead Lake Road, #A, 251-675-8142.
Daphne City Council: First and third Monday at 6:30 p.m., 1705 Main St. Work sessions are the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., www.daphneal.com.
Dauphin Island Town Council: First and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m., 1011 Bienville Blvd., www.townofdauphinisland.org.
Elberta Town Council: Third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the town hall. Workshop meeting on the second Tuesday. townofelberta.com.
Fairhope City Council: Second and fourth Monday at 6 p.m., 161 N. Section St. Work sessions are held before each council meeting at 4:30 p.m., www.cofairhope.com.
Fairhope Planning Commission: First Monday at 5 p.m., 161 N. Section St. For more information visit www.cofairhope.com.
Foley City Council: First and third Monday at 5:30 p.m., 407 E. Laurel Ave. Work sessions begin at 4 p.m., www.cityoffoley.org.
Gulf Shores City Council: Second and fourth Mondays at 4 p.m., 1905 W. First St., www.gulfshoresal.gov.
Mobile City Council: Tuesdays at Government Plaza, 205 Government St. Pre-council meeting begins at 9 a.m.; council meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., www.cityofmobile.org.
Mobile Planning Commission: First and third Thursdays at 2 p.m., 205 Government St., www.urban.cityofmobile.org.
Orange Beach City Council: First and third Tuesdays at 5 p.m., 4099 Orange Beach Blvd., www.cityoforangebeach.com.
Prichard City Council: Every Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 216 E. Prichard Ave., www.thecityofprichard.org.
Satsuma City Council: First and third Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 5464 Old Highway 43 Satsuma, AL 36572, 251-675-1440.