November 19

Tailgate for Talk
Tailgate for Talk is a tailgate-themed fundraiser for Autism2Ability. The event will be held at Red or White at 1100 Dauphin St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. There will be a silent auction and a demonstration of the new and improved TalkApp. Funds raised will help develop the TalkApp with continued levels and innovations for the verbally impaired community. Tickets will include gourmet tailgate food, beverages and door prizes. For ticket information, please visit the Autism2Ability Facebook page or call 251-432-0767.

Celebrate Hope
Celebrating its seventh year, Celebrate Hope is the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute’s signature event, showcasing the culinary talents of local chefs and caterers and pairing each dish with a carefully selected wine and craft beer provided by local distributors. Held each November at MCI headquarters near USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, Celebrate Hope generates revenue to support cancer research at MCI, the Gulf Coast’s only academic cancer research facility. For reservations and ticket information, contact the USA MCI Development office at 251-460-7032 or visit www.usamci.com.

Sleeping Beauty
“Sleeping Beauty,” a play by Rufus Norris, will be performed at the Arlene Mitchell Theater on Spring Hill College’s campus  at 4000 Dauphin St. The play will run through Nov. 22, with start time of 8 p.m. for each performance. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Call 251-380-4000 for more information.

GSPC lunch forum
Brendan Kirby, author of the new book “Wicked Mobile” and a political reporter for commentator Laura Ingram’s website LifeZette, will be the guest speaker at the lunch forum on Thursday, Nov. 9, 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.

Old Shell Road Midtown Charrette
Join us for a charrette 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 charrette 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 until11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 until 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.

Fairhope Tree Lighting
The city of Fairhope will kick off the holiday season with its annual Fairhope Tree Lighting Celebration downtown. Festivities begin at 5:30 and the lights come on at 6 p.m. sharp! For information, contact Paige Turberville at 251-929-1466.

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 story time 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 20

El Galeón to visit Mobile
El Galeón, a full-scale replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon, will be docked at GulfQuest National Maritime Museum through Nov. 29. Daily tours will provide access to interpretive displays and information about how 16th century galleons were designed, built and used by Spain to explore the New World. El Galeón will dock at the north end of GulfQuest, giving visitors easy access to the museum, Riverside Ice at Cooper Riverside Park and the ship. Admission to tour El Galeón is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under age 5. Admission will be collected at the ship. Tours will be conducted daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 251-202-6308.

Lighting of the trees
Mobile welcomes in the holiday season with pictures with Santa, live music and much more in Bienville Square. Shop in our merry market and enjoy live entertainment. Be sure to be there by 6 p.m. as we kick off the holiday season! The mayor and Santa will light up the trees in the square and all along Dauphin Street at 6:10 p.m.!

Mobile Mystery Dinner
Join Mobile Mystery Dinners for its next performance, “Next of Kin,” 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.

Riverside Ice
The city of Mobile’s first outdoor skating rink is open in Cooper Riverside Park through Jan. 12. The rink will be open seven days per week operating from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on 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. Public exhibitions will be announced in the weeks to come. Admission for skating is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. This includes the cost of skate rentals. For more information, visit riversideice.com.

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 21

Mobile International Festival
“Tall Tales, A Journey Through The World Of Folklore” is the theme of the 32nd annual Mobile International Festival. Festival members will focus on this year’s theme through the telling and retelling of tall tales that originated in their countries. Everyone loves a story! Here’s your chance to hear tales from more than 70 countries. The festival will begin at 10 a.m. at the Mobile Civic Center. More information is available at mobileinternationalfestival.org.

Shadows and Secrets Thanksgiving Tour
Join SJM Tours on a two-hour walk through downtown Mobile and learn some of the Port City’s intriguing history. We’ll also talk about famous serial killers, paranormal sightings, ghostly apparitions and more! We’ll participate in two to three ghost hunts while on tour! Feel free to bring any ghost-hunting equipment you have; some will be provided. Tickets are $20 per person, under 6 are free with accompanying purchase. Tickets are limited, so purchase now at www.sjmtours.com/tours.

Run Your Stash Off
Run Your Stash Off benefits the Movember Foundation, which challenges men to grow moustaches during Movember (formerly known as November), to spark conversation and raise vital funds for men’s health programs. O’Daly’s Irish Pub, 564 Dauphin St., is hosting the certified 5K run that begins at 4 p.m. For more information or to register, visit https://events.com/r/registration/run-your-stache-off-5k-mobile-november-4030.

St. John the Baptist Bazaar
Come over the river and through the woods to our church’s annual bazaar. You are invited to St. John’s Church Altar Sodality Country Bazaar in Magnolia Springs, Nov. 21 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be seafood gumbo and shrimp creole for purchase, as well as crafts, gift baskets and bake sale items. We will also be selling raffle tickets for a $150 Cornucopia of Cash, a handmade lap quilt and a $25 Wal-Mart gift card. The drawing for the raffle will be on Sunday at 5 p.m. Come play 25-cent bingo on Sunday. Please come and enjoy yourself and have some gumbo at our little church’s country bazaar at 10800 St. John Lane in Foley.

Beethoven & Blue Jeans
It’s Beethoven and Blue Jeans, the Mobile Symphony’s popular annual tradition. This year we present a journey from darkness into light, with Beethoven’s fateful, iconic and blazingly exultant Fifth Symphony. This masterpiece is accompanied by a lyrical and brilliant piano concerto performed by the composer, MSO’s own former Composer-in-Residence and Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts, who returns to Mobile to introduce his music from the stage. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Mobile Symphony Orchestra, 6 S. Joachim St. For more information, call 251-432-2010.

Gallery talk
Join Eastern Shore Art Center for a gallery talk with November/December 2015 exhibiting artist Ardith Goodwin, as she gives us a sneak peek into the Land of Ardithian! This event is free to the public. Eastern Shore Art Center is located 401 Oak Lane in Fairhope. For more information on all events, visit the Eastern Shore Art Center online at www.esartcenter.com.

Magnolia Cemetery Tour
Each tour covers a unique aspect of Victorian cemeteries in general and Magnolia Cemetery in particular. Tours begin promptly at 10 a.m. and end at noon. On Nov. 21 the theme will be “Victorian Funerary Art and Symbolism.” Tours are free, but advance reservations are required. Please call the cemetery office at 251-208-7307 or Friends of Magnolia Cemetery at 251-432-8672.

Home for the holidays
The Mobile Writers Guild and the Mobile Public Library at 5555 Grelot Road invite you to a celebration of local and regional writers. Meet up-and-coming writers; sample wonderful literature, door prizes and tasty treats; enjoy readings and shop for special people on your gift list 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Writers wishing to participate in readings or desiring a space to sell their books should contact [email protected].

Spoken Word of Mobile
Join members of Spoken Word of Mobile for a special open house at the Toulminville Branch, 601 Stanton Road. Meet and greet other poets, writers and artists. Share your work and ideas, trade business cards or just sit back and enjoy the beauty of the spoken and written word along with the visuals arts from 2 until 5 p.m. Registration is encouraged but not required. For more information or to register, please call 251-438-7075.

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 22

Beethoven & Blue Jeans
It’s Beethoven and Blue Jeans, the Mobile Symphony’s popular annual tradition. This year we present a journey from darkness into light, with Beethoven’s fateful, iconic and blazingly exultant Fifth Symphony. This masterpiece is accompanied by a lyrical and brilliant piano concerto performed by the composer, MSO’s own former Composer-in-Residence and Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts, who returns to Mobile to introduce his music from the stage. The show starts at 2:30 p.m. at Mobile Symphony Orchestra, 6 S. Joachim St. For more information, call 251-432-2010.

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 23

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 24

CPR class
Mobile Fire-Rescue will be conducting a FREE community CPR and AED (automatic external defibrillator) class at the Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center located at 3201 Hillcrest Road, from 5-7 p.m. The class also includes steps to take when adults, children or infants are choking. Please pre-register. Class size is limited and non-credentialed. To receive more information and/or to register, contact the center at 251-602-4963.

Remembrance Benefit Luncheon
Please join us as we remember the late William “Bill” Clark’s legacy with a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the William Bill Clark Center, located at 2501 W. Main St., Prichard. For tickets, contact Janice Clark at 251-438-1533.

We-Mo Farmer’s Market
The West Mobile farmer’s market is sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church from 2:30-5 p.m. It features locally grown produce, honey, seafood, baked goods and other homemade items. Today’s will be the final market of the season. 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.


November 25

Yoga at the Steeple
A Christian-style yoga class is taught by Mary Mosteller every Wednesday, from 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. This is the perfect class for a lunch break from work or an hour of stretching and restoration before you pick up your children from school.

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.