GENERAL INTEREST

ACCW Meeting
The Mobile Deanery of the ACCW will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Registration at 9:15 a.m., meeting at 9:45. Reservations call 251-533-4771, 251-661-6537 or email [email protected] or [email protected].

Reese’s Senior Bowl Rally
The FCA Chick-fil-A Senior Bowl Rally will be held Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Mobile Convention Center. Includes player testimonies, live music and food provided by Chick-fil-A. Visit www.southalabamafca.org.

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.

Mental Wellness Conference
On Thursday, Jan. 25 at 8:30 a.m., there will be a discussion about issues and recommendations in mental health care services for families in South Alabama. Goodwill Easter Seals Center, 2440 Gordon Smith Drive, Mobile. Call 251-404-3924.

A Practical Gardening Class
A six-week class at Mobile Botanical Gardens, leading attendees through the botany of gardening, how to look at your landscape and select plants, soil preparation, proper plant maintenance and more. Thursdays, Jan. 25 through March, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

Senior Bowl Meet the Players event
The Coca-Cola Meet the Players event is Friday, Jan. 26, from 3:30-6 p.m. at the Mobile Convention Center and free to the public. Visit www.seniorbowl.com for more information.

Green Coast Council Sustainability Summit
The Alabama Coastal Foundation hosts the 2018 Sustainability Summit, including sessions on sustainable business practices, ecotourism, energy conservation, green infrastructure, aquaculture and local government tools for sustainable development. For tickets and info visit www.joinacf.org.

Senior Bowl
The 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl is scheduled to kick off Saturday, Jan. 27, in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium at 1:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 888-736-2695 or 251-432-4109, or online at www.seniorbowl.com.

“Guarding Mobile Bay”
“Guarding Mobile Bay, A Day in the Life” on Saturday, Jan. 27, will highlight a day in the life of a Civil War soldier at Fort Gaines. Demonstrations include blacksmithing, cannon and rifle firing, drilling demonstrations, open-hearth cooking and more. For more information or details, please visit dauphinIsland.org.

Delta cruise
On Saturday Jan. 27, Blakeley State Park hosts a cruise of the lower Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. Departing the Blakeley Park dock at 9:30 a.m., the cruise will be a narrated two-hour excursion. Call 251-626-0798.

Rabies clinic
The Mobile County Health Department offers $10 rabies shots. This Saturday’s clinic is at B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road, 1:30-4 p.m. Call 251-690-8823.

Winter Walk at Bellingrath
Learn about the interesting winter borders and containers throughout the gardens from Bellingrath’s horticulture management team. Winter Wednesdays sessions are held each week in the Magnolia Room, 10:30-11:30 a.m., through Feb. 28. Call 251-459-8864.

TOPS
Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church. Call 251-625-6888.

Toastmasters
Toastmasters International meets regularly at six locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Visit www.toastmasters.org for more information.


FUNDRAISERS

Charity Chase
Run to win money for your favorite charity on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 8 a.m. University of South Alabama intramural fields. Visit thecharitychase.com.

Many More Miles
Baldwin Bone & Joint’s annual collection of shoes for the homeless outreach program continues through Saturday, March 24. For drop-off locations, call 251-621-5387.


ARTS

Mobile Jewish Film Festival
The 2018 Mobile Jewish Film Festival, featuring 10 acclaimed Jewish films at venues around Mobile and Baldwin counties, concludes Jan. 28. Visit mobilejewishfederation.org.

Garden Sketch Club
Join Mobile Botanical Gardens every Friday for art in the gardens. Artists meet 2-4 p.m., with guidance and advice available from Derek Norman. All levels of experience welcome. General admission is $5 for non-members. Call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

“Assassins”
This musical revue takes a darkly humorous look at nine misfit men and women who attempted to assassinate U.S. presidents. The performances run, Jan. 26-28. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The theater is at 14 S. Lafayette St. in Midtown. Visit www.mobiletheatreguild.org, email [email protected] or call 251-433-7513.

“August: Osage County”
The Joe Jefferson Playhouse production of “August: Osage County” concludes Jan. 28. Visit joejeffersonplayers.com, call 251-471-1534 or email [email protected].

Writing Nature: Poetry and Prose Class
Find inspiration in nature at the Mobile Botanical Gardens for this six-week introductory class taught by Gai Gehlken and Poet Laureate of Alabama Emerita, Sue B. Walker. Wednesdays, Jan. 24 through Feb. 28, 10 a.m. until noon. Call 251-342-0555 or visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

Art demonstrations
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism’s 2018 Welcome Center Lecture and Demonstration Series is held weekdays through 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.


MUSEUMS

Titanic Film Festival
In conjunction with its “Titanic: Honour & Glory” exhibition, the History Museum of Mobile is hosting a Titanic Film Festival Jan. 24-25. See the exhibit and enjoy a free movie. Admission to the exhibit costs $5; both films begin at 7 p.m. Contact [email protected].

“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 protected].

“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.

Fairhope’s Founding
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.

Little Discoveries
“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 [email protected].

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.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

New classes for all ages
Classes offered at LeFlore High School include Art For Kids (ages 6 and up), Art for Adults, Pre-Ballet & Tumbling (ages 4-6) and Self-Defense for Women & Girls (ages 12 and up). For more information, call 251-208-1610 or go to MOBILECAP.ORG.

Big Beach Marathon
The 2018 Big Beach Marathon will take place at The Hangout in Gulf Shores on Sunday, Jan. 28. Come join the fun! There will be awesome awards, great food and drinks, and plenty of beautiful views through the Gulf State Park and Gulf Shores beaches. Contact [email protected].

Group Rides
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 [email protected].

Weekly 1K/5K
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.

Bingo
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.

Bridge Lessons
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, candlelit 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.

Ballroom dance
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.

Ballroom dance
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 protected].


WORKSHOPS

Bienville Square Public Workshop
Help create a vision for the future of Bienville Square on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. Carbo Landscape Architecture will be leading a public workshop to gather input into making Bienville Square a truly great public space. The workshop will be held at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce; free parking behind the building.

How to use your smartphone
In order to take advantage of your phone, you have to know they exist, how to navigate to them and how to make them work. Class covers Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, texting and more. Classes are on Monday, 6-7 p.m., at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Call 251-208-1650 or go to mobilecap.org.


PUBLIC MEETINGS

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.