November 12

Fairhope Film Festival
The Fairhope Film Festival presents four magical days of award-winning films Nov. 12-15. Returning for its third year, this has become a well-attended and successful festival on the Eastern Shore. All film venues are within walking distance. Reasonably priced festival tickets include a wide variety of films, filmmaker panels and time with film industry leaders to make your experience both memorable and fun. For more information and ticket pricing, visit fairhopefilmfestival.org

Light the Night walk
Light The Night, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual fundraising walk held in communities throughout the country, features teams of coworkers, families and friends walking together in twilight holding illuminated lanterns — white for survivors, red for supporters and gold to remember those who have lost their battle. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and the walk itself will kick off at 7 p.m. in Bienville Square. The walk, which commemorates lives touched by blood cancers, is a celebration with music, refreshments and family activities. For more information and to register, visit lightthenight.org/al.

Foo Foo Festival
The Foo Foo Festival is a 12-day eclectic mixture of art and cultural events for a range of tastes, with everything from Blue Angel air shows and songwriters’ music festivals to ballet, opera, high art and even the PensaCon Comic Pop Expo. The festival concludes Monday, Nov. 16, in Pensacola, Florida. For a complete schedule of events and more information, please visit www.foofoofest.com.

GSPC lunch forum
Alan Sealls, chief meteorologist at WKRG-TV, will be the guest speaker at the lunch forum at Government Street Presbyterian Church, 300 Government St. Lunch is served at noon and costs $10. The forum begins at 12:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend the forum. For details, call the church office at 251-432-1749.

ACCP Visioning Meeting
The state of Alabama is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop a constituent-informed, science-based coastal comprehensive plan to strengthen the economic, environmental and social resilience of coastal Alabama for current and future generations. As part of the development process, the state is seeking input from the public to complete the first phase of the Alabama Coastal Comprehensive Plan (ACCP). The workshop will offer participants an opportunity to speak one-on-one with those working to develop the ACCP, as well as a chance to experience the ACCP’s interactive website. The program will begin at 6 p.m. at Baldwin County Central Annex Auditorium, 22251 Palmer St., in Robertsdale. For more information, call 251-380-7944.

Outdoor farmer’s market
Fairhope’s market features local farmers, bakers, fresh produce, fresh-cut flowers, plants, baked goods and more. Fairhope Public Library will have storytime and activities at 4 p.m. For more information, call 251-929-1466. Fairhope Public Library is at 501 Fairhope Ave.

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.


November 13

Night Glow Golf Tournament
Come and enjoy the first-ever Night Glow Golf Tournament to benefit the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation! The four-person scramble begins with nine holes in the late afternoon, then nine holes at night! The course will light up with glow-in-the-dark balls and course markings along the fairway. Cost is $500 per team or $125 for individuals. Corporate sponsors will be at tee boxes with company displays and some will feature a unique challenge on that hole, including chances to advance your position to gain on your opponents. The tournament will be held at Glen Lakes Golf Course, 9530 Clubhouse Drive in Foley. For more information or to register, call 251-943-5520.

Christmas Jubilee
Christmas Jubilee, the Mobile area’s largest holiday shopping market and Junior League of Mobile fundraising event, will feature traditional favorites and new highlights for the market’s 30th anniversary, Nov. 11-14 at The Mobile Convention Center, 1 South Water Street. Featuring more than 110 merchants from around the country, Christmas Jubilee offers a broad selection of gifts. General admission tickets, as well as tickets for the market’s special events, are available for purchase. For more information, visit juniorleaguemobile.org or call 251-471-3348.

Golf for Kids
The YMCA is hosting the inaugural Golf for Kids tournament in support of the Y Campaign for Youth and Families. With a 9 a.m. shotgun start at the Magnolia Grove Golf Course, the Golf for Kids tournament promises a day full of great golf, food, fun and fellowship. There will be a silent auction and specialty holes with great prizes. For more information, including sponsorship and ticket information, or to make a donation in support of the Y Campaign for Youth and Families, please visit ysal.org or email Tricia Dueitt  at hcyoutreach@ysal.org.

LoDa Artwalk
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 hear 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.

Chocolate! The Exhibition
The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center brings 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.


November 14

Gears and Beers
Are you ready to hop on your bike and party for a great cause? We are pleased to announce Gears and Beers 2015, a fundraiser hosted by the LoDa Bier Garten and sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company, Gulf Coast Distributing and other local businesses to benefit Mobile’s Delta Bike Project. This event consists of two rides and a huge post-ride block party. Get ready to have fun! For more information and tickets, visit www.gearsandbeersridemobile.com.

Homebuyers seminar
This seminar is full of tips and information for those wanting to become a homeowner. Learn what you need to know about the home buying process to avoid making costly mistakes. This seminar starts at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. 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.

America’s Boating Course
The Perdido Bay Power Squadron is offering the premier boating safety education class, America’s Boating Course, on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Coleman Factory Outlet store, 1705 McKenzie St. in Foley. The cost is $50 for student materials and lunch. Minimum age is 12, and those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Successful completion of the course meets educational requirements in Alabama, and several other states, for obtaining operator licenses. Register and buy student materials at the Coleman Outlet or Bluewater Ship‘s Store. Make checks payable to Perdido Bay Power Squadron. Walk-ins are welcome if space is available. For additional information, call 251-980-1536.

Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival
The 30th annual Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival continues every day through Nov. 15 with Grammy Award-winning songwriters and up-and-coming stars of tomorrow performing original songs in multiple locations in Perdido Key, Pensacola, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. For more information, including a schedule and list of performers, visit frankbrownsongwriters.com.

Cascading Chrysanthemums at Bellingrath
Mum’s the word at Bellingrath Gardens and Home in November, when it’s time for the 52nd annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums show, the largest outdoor mums display in the nation. The blooms will be at their peak Nov. 7-21. Guests will also see columns of mums and bedded plants along the Great Lawn’s dramatic border in the rich fall colors of red, yellow, bronze, lavender and white. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $12.50 for adults, $7 for ages 5-12; free to Bellingrath members and ages 4 and younger. For details, check the Mum Watch page on www.bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.

Market on the Square
Shop for the freshest crops every Saturday through Nov. 21 at Cathedral Square in downtown Mobile. This time of year is our favorite because you can buy locally grown fresh greens, fall corn, squash, peppers, sweet potatoes, pastas, seafood, sausages, eggs, goat-milk cheese, breads and baked goods and much more. Stay for live music on the green. For more information, call 251-208-1550.


November 15

Steve Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament
St. Mary Parish Knights of Columbus will host the 8th annual Steve Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament at Spring Hill College Golf Course, 4000 Dauphin St. The entry fee will be $100 per golfer and includes lunch, beverages, prizes and a gift. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Hole sponsorships are offered at $100 each and corporate sponsors are welcome! All proceeds benefit St. Mary Catholic School.  

Open studio
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.


November 16

Ballroom Dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dance classes with professional instructors at 7 p.m., followed by dancing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10. This event is BYOB and no need to bring a partner. Beginners are welcome. Fitzpen Place, 11247 State Highway 31, Spanish Fort. For more information, email Cassie Fishbein at Cassief13@aol.com.

Top Cats Toastmasters
Are you terrified at the idea of public speaking? We were. We got over it. Top Cats Toastmasters invites you to join us. We meet 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.


November 17

Upcycle for the holidays
Use what you have to turn used and discarded items into holiday decorations and personalized gifts. Join us at the Daphne Library to find out how you can change old items into something new. The program begins at 4 p.m. Teens, parents and educators are invited to attend. This is a no-cost event sponsored by Friends of the Daphne Public Library. A make-and-take activity will be offered. Registration is requested. Call or email 251-621-2818 or lyoungbood@daphneal.com, respectively.

We-Mo Farmer’s Market
Farmer’s market is sponsored by Christ United Methodist church every Tuesday through Nov. 24 from 2:30-5 p.m. It features locally grown produce, honey, seafood, baked goods and other homemade items. Located at 6101 Grelot Road, on the corner of Grelot and Hillcrest.

Bridge lessons
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.

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.


November 18

Old Shell Road Midtown Charrette
Join us for a charette with Goodwyn Mills & Cawood as we build from the visioning session held in February with Main Street Alabama to develop a plan for Old Shell Road Midtown. You will be able to share your ideas with urban designers as they work in a studio open to the public. The charette will close with a work-in-progress presentation from Goodwyn Mills & Cawood. The first meeting will be at 8 a.m. at 57 N. Sage Ave., followed by drop-ins from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-5:30 p.m., and on Nov. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a presentation at 5:30 p.m. (location TBA). For more information, visit midtownmobile.org.

NASA DEVELOP Gulf Coast Fall Showcase
The NASA DEVELOP National Program has 11 participants within the Gulf Coast region working on four environmental research projects ranging from estuary health in coastal Texas to mule deer habitats in the Southern Rockies. The teams used NASA’s Earth Observing System and partnered with federal and nongovernmental agencies to address challenges facing our society and future generations. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held at Bernheim Hall, Mobile Public Library, 701 Government St. The showcase will begin at 3 p.m. For more information, email vishal.arya@nasa.gov.

Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks
Boardwalk Talks are held the first and third Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. Come to the Estuarium to participate in a dialog with the experts at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd. The Northern Gulf Institute presents a series of informal conversations about all things scientific in the Gulf of Mexico region. For more information, call 251-861-2141.

Ladies’ Wine and Drive Golf Clinic
Learn to golf, improve your game or just have fun with your girlfriends! Come to Foley for a golf lesson, glass of wine and friendship. If you’ve always wanted to learn, this is a great opportunity in a fun, low-pressure atmosphere. One-hour golf lesson with glass of wine (before and after lesson) costs $20 per lesson. All lessons taught by a PGA pro every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Glenlakes Golf Club, 9530 Clubhouse Drive, Foley. Contact David for more information, 251-955-1220

Downtown Toastmasters
Are you interested in gaining more confidence in your public speaking ability? The Downtown Mobile Toastmasters Club 2815 invites you to join us for our 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.