November 26

Fairhope Thanksgiving dinner
The community is invited to come enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at American Legion Post 199 (700 S. Mobile St., Fairhope). Turkey, ham and all the trimmings will be provided. There is no cost, but please bring a dish to share if you are able. The dinner will begin at 1 p.m.

Turkey Trot for Hope
The Turkey Trot for Hope will be held at Spanish Plaza in downtown Mobile on Thanksgiving Day. The 5K will start at 8 a.m. and run along a certified 5K course. The Gobble Wobble Fun Run is less than a mile and will begin at 9 a.m. The Turkey Trot for Hope benefits Camp Rap-A-Hope, a camp for Gulf Coast children faced with cancer. For more information and to register, visit www.turkeytrotforhope.com.

Turkey Fondo
Pro Cycle & Tri’s Turkey Fondo is a great event to get the family out and ready for the full day ahead! There are two paces; the bike start begins at 7:30 a.m. and the run/walk begins at 9 a.m. Please bring a $10 donation for the nonprofit Fairhope Cycling Project. For more information, call 251-929-7060 or visit www.procycleandtri.com.

Meals for the Homeless
The Wings of Life (800 St. Louis St.) will be feeding hungry and homeless men, women and children Thanksgiving Day as well as Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26-28. On Thanksgiving Day they will also be giving away coats and blankets. If you are able to help or would like to make a donation, please call 251-432-5245.


November 27

Opening night of Magic Christmas in Lights
For the 20th anniversary of Magic Christmas in Lights, Bellingrath Gardens and Home is starting off with a bang! The public is invited to a special fireworks show at 7 p.m. on opening night, Friday, Nov. 27. The dazzling holiday light show, set out in a walking tour throughout the 65-acre estate, will continue nightly from 5-9 p.m. through Jan. 2, 2016 (closed Christmas and New Year’s Day). New scenes and enhancements have been added to celebrate “20 Years of Magic.” The Bellingrath Home will be decorated for the holidays and open for tours. Santa will be on hand in the Magnolia Cafe for photos each night through Dec. 23. For information and advance tickets, visit www.bellingrath.org.

Rock, Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show
Join Mobile Rock and Gem Society for its annual Rock, Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show at the Abba Shrine Center, 7701 Hitt Road. The show runs Friday, 1-6 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be wonderful door prizes. Admission is $4 and children 12 and under may attend free with an adult. Visit mobilerockandgem.com for more information.

Last Friday Art Night
Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Gallery is where it’s happening on the Island on the last Friday of each month. “Last Friday Art Night” features shopping for local art, art demonstrations, food, drink and music. Dauphin Island Heritage and Art Gallery is located at 1008 Alabama Ave. For more information, call 251-861-3300.

Black Friday
Join Fairhope Brewing for a different type of Black Friday as they pour all of their darkest beers. Live music will begin at 7 p.m. Fairhope Brewing is located at 914 Nichols Ave. in Fairhope. For more information, call 251-279-7517.

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 28

Shop small Saturday
Support Mobile’s local, independent retailers on Small Business Saturday. Several downtown and area merchants will be participating the Saturday after Thanksgiving with special deals and giveaways. They’ll be ready with helpful staff, often one-of-a-kind merchandise and, best of all, there are places just steps away to grab a bite or enjoy a beverage.


November 29

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 30

Chorale holiday concert
Kick off the holiday season with a Mobile tradition: the combined chorales of Spring Hill College and the Greater Mobile Bay Area + Chamber Orchestra singing holiday favorites, from Pachel to “Jingle Bells!” The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Chapel on the Spring Hill College campus, 4000 Dauphin St. For more information, contact Holly at 504-390-5255.

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.


December 1

Lights of Love  
Lights of Love, an annual holiday tree-lighting at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, is planned for 6 p.m. to celebrate the wonder and joy of the holiday season. New this year will be a towering, 30-foot tree. As always, Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald will greet guests. The free event also features live music, cookies and hot cocoa. Children’s & Women’s Hospital is partnering with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile and USA Mitchell Cancer Institute for the 5th annual Lights of Love.

Social media for small business
Lisa Barnes, reference librarian, and Lydia Noble, founder of Noble Events, will discuss how to use social media to market your small business or sole proprietorship. Topics include: when to use your current social media accounts for your business and when to create new ones; how the concept of staying “on brand” applies to marketing with social media; and how to get more followers across multiple platforms. Participants must have an email and basic knowledge of social media. Registration is required. Ben May Library, 701 Government St., from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information or to register, please call 251-208-7078.

Tree lighting at The Wharf
Join The Wharf for an evening of caroling, performances by local youth artists, Christmas medleys from the Gulf Shores chorale and brass bands, the annual reading of the Christmas story, hot chocolate, write and send your letter to Santa, and decorate cookies from Cosmo’s. The evening culminates with the lighting of the Christmas tree and a visit from a very special guest, Santa Claus, who spends time with all the little ones who want to share their Christmas wishes. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. at 4830 Main St., Orange Beach.

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.


December 2

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.

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.


ONGOING

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.

El Galeón visits 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.

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.

Photos with Santa
Photos with Santa take place on weekends through Dec. 23 in Palm Plaza next to the ferris wheel at The Wharf, 4830 Main St., Orange Beach. Photo opportunities are available Fridays from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 4 p.m. The cost is $15. For more information call 251-224-1000 or visit alwharf.com.