Start Talking Alabama
The Alabama Department of Public Health’s “Start Talking Alabama” initiative expands HIV awareness and decreases its stigma in the community. The event is set for Wednesday, Nov. 16, at B-Bob’s Downtown nightclub, 213 Conti St., 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Map for Mobile
Come to Shiloh Baptist Church, 2756 Old Shell Road, for an open house Thursday, Nov. 17, 3-8 p.m. This open house serves as a continuation of Map for Mobile, the city’s comprehensive plan.

Fairhope Lighting of the Trees
The city of Fairhope will kick off the holiday season with their annual Fairhope Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 17. Festivities begin at 5:30 and the lights come on at 6 p.m. sharp!

Downtown Fairhope Holiday Stroll
Friday, Nov. 18, 5-8 p.m., downtown businesses will keep their doors open late for shopping and hot chocolate. The first 500 to check in at the Fairhope Welcome Center will receive a free re-useable shopping tote courtesy of the Downtown Fairhope Business Association. For additional information, call 251-929-1466.

Riverside Ice
Riverside Ice will be open at Cooper Riverside Park in Mobile from Nov. 19 until Jan. 14. Admission for skating will be $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. For more information, visit

Magnolia Cemetery tours
Magnolia Cemetery is hosting free tours this month, with each tour focusing on a different theme. The Nov. 19 tour, “Victorian Funerary Art & Symbolism,” will begin at 10 a.m. Reservations are recommended. Call 251-208-7307 or 251-432-8672.

In honor of America Recycle Day, Keep Mobile Beautiful and City of Mobile will host a Shredfest this Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Felder Shredding doing the honors. For more information call 251-208-6029.

Day of Thanks Breakfast
Baldwin County United and the Baldwin County Commission will host the 12th annual Day of Thanks Breakfast on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 8:30 a.m. at the Baldwin County Central Annex in Robertsdale. Admission and food is free.

Rabies clinic
The Mobile County Health Department provides low-cost rabies shots for cats, dogs and ferrets during a weekend clinic. This Saturday’s rabies clinic is at B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road, 1:30-3:30 p.m. The cost of the rabies vaccine is $10. For more information call 251-690-8823.

Cascading Chrysanthemums
Bellingrath Gardens and Home features the 53rd annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums, now through Nov. 19. For details visit

Job fair
TruBridge, a wholly owned subsidiary of CPSI, will hold a job fair on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Evident, 100 Ecor Rouge Drive in Fairhope. For more information please visit

Sun, Sand and Songwriters
Turquoise Place and Spectrum Resorts has invited songwriters from Nashville to enjoy the Coastal Country Weekend, Friday, Nov. 18, from 7-9 p.m. and continue from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. For more visit or call 888-974-0169.

Farmer’s market
West Mobile Farmer’s Market features locally grown produce every Tuesday, from 2-5 p.m. through Nov. 24, at 6101 Grelot Road. For information call 251-342-0462 or 251-767-7526.

Volunteer opportunity
United Way of Southwest Alabama’s 2-1-1 needs volunteers in the call center. Shifts are available weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are interested please call Chalisse at 251-431-5100 or email to schedule an interview.

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. For more information call 251-861-2141.

Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Wednesday at noon for lunch at Azalea City Golf Course. For reservations and more information, please call 251-348-3542.

Do you want to learn how to deliver a speech like a pro or gain leadership skills to advance your career? Toastmasters International meets regularly at six locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Visit for more information.


Celebrate Hope
The Mitchell Cancer Institute’s Celebrate Hope, Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m., supports local research in the fight against cancer. Tickets cost $175 per person and may be purchased at or by calling 251-460-6209.

Mustang Stampede and Fall Festival
Join St. Mary Catholic School Friday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. for a family glow race and Saturday, Nov. 19, for the fall festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring games, great food and fun. Admission is free; costs for game tickets, food and beverage vary. 107 N. Lafayette St. Call 251-433-9904 or visit

Christ the King Life Teen Chili Cook-Off
Christ the King Life Teen will be holding its inaugural Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit the youth group for upcoming trips and activities. For information on purchasing a ticket or registering a team, visit

Barks, Brews & BBQ
Live music, a silent auction and raffle tickets benefitting The Mylo Foundation and Baldwin County Animal Control Center. Saturday Nov. 19 6-10 p.m. at Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que, 25603 Perdido Beach Blvd. in Orange Beach. For more info call 251-981-7427.


Arts and Crafts Show
44th annual Arts and Crafts Show at the Abba Shrine Auditorium will be held Nov. 18-20. Admission is $2, or $1 plus 1 canned good, which will be donated to Feeding theGulf Coast. Contact for more information.

“Mobile Under Siege” book launch
Ever wonder what it was like for the ordinary citizen when Mobile was on the verge of occupation by Union soldiers? Author and librarian Paula Webb offers a glimpse in her new book, “Mobile Under Siege.” Meet her at the Oakleigh House, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m.

Sounds of Christmas
The Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society presents its annual holiday concert, “The Sounds of Christmas,” Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at Government Street Presbyterian Church, 300 Government St. The program will feature Vivaldi’s Magnificat RV 610 as its master work. Free and open to the public.


Live at the Museum
Nikki Talley will perform original music Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. $10 admission, wine and beer by donation. For more information call 251-208-5200.

“Filming the Camps”
The History Museum of Mobile will offer the exhibit “Filming the Camps: From Hollywood to Nuremberg” through Jan. 16. The exhibit features the stories of three film directors as they documented Nazi atrocities during World War II. For more information visit

Tea for Two
Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. the Fairhope Museum of History hosts a tea with a lecture on Fairhope history. The Nov. 22 speaker will be Chief Joseph H. Petties. For more information call 251-929-1471.

“Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World”
Through Jan. 1, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center features a guitar exhibit with a hands-on gallery and more than 60 guitars on display. There is also a rock photography exhibit by Janet Macoska. For information, call 251-208-6893 or visit

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. For more information, call 251-208-5200.


Light the Night Walk
Join the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light the Night Walk on Thursday, Nov. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Bienville Square to bring help and hope to people battling blood cancers. For more information and to register visit

Alabama Spartan Race Super
An ultimate obstacle course race on a 90-acre property in Saraland. Saturday, Nov. 19, 7:30 a.m. For more information visit

Exercise classes
Palmer Pillans Middle School hosts a wide variety of exercise classes, including ballroom dance, boxing and more. For more information call 251-463-7980 or visit

Beginner belly dancing for women
Every Tuesday through Dec. 13, come learn to belly dance at Palmer Pillans Middle School. For more information call 251-208-1662.

Bridge lessons
The Mobile Bridge Center offers 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, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Holy yoga
Tamara William leads a lunchtime holy yoga at the Steeple on St. Francis every Wednesday. The cost is $15. Participants will be invigorated as they connect with Christ in mind, body and spirit. For more information, call 251-656-3269.

Ballroom dance
Azalea Ballroom Dance Club hosts dances with live music the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 7-9:30 p.m., at Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. For more information email, call 251-623-9183 or visit

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dances the first and third Monday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m., at Fitzpen Place, 11247 State Highway 31 in Spanish Fort. For more information email


Couples and money
Learn about the savings programs, different kinds of investments and risks, and common strategies. Saturday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling, 705 Oak Circle Drive E. (Mobile). Space is limited; please call 251-602-0011 to register.

Homebuyers seminar
This seminar offering tips and information for those wanting to become a homeowner starts at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. Register at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling, 705 Oak Circle Drive E. (Mobile). Space is limited; please call 251-602-0011 to register.