First Day Hike
The fourth annual First Day Hike event is scheduled for New Year’s Day at five of Alabama’s state parks. The Gulf State Park is one of those participating, with a 2-mile outdoor adventure set to begin at 1 p.m. on the Gulf Oak Ridge Trail. Park officials encourage hikers to check the weather forecast and to plan accordingly, by dressing in layers and bringing plenty of water and snacks. Participants are encouraged to post photos on social media, using the hashtag #FirstDayHikes. For more information, call 251-948-7275 or visit www.alapark.com.
New, nearly new and vintage gowns will be for sale to benefit Our Sisters’ Closet. Our Sisters’ Closet will have Mardi Gras, prom and mother of the bride gowns as well as winter and transitional clothing and accessories for sale at the Sisters of Mercy Building, St. Mary’s Parish, 1452 Old Shell Road. The sale will be Jan. 1-3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our Sisters’ Closet improves the self-confidence and job opportunities by providing free interview and workplace clothing to in-crisis women who are job seeking. For more information call 251-432-2001 or visit oursisterscloset.org.
Polar Bear Dip
Thousands of participants, many in outlandish forms of attire, will gather to “hit the beach” at the crack of noon for the Flora-Bama’s 31st annual Polar Bear Dip. Souvenir shirts will be available with a traditional fest of black-eyed peas, cornbread, ham and with beer or soda for all survivors. All day celebration to follow with live music, along with our favorite bowl games on more than 24 big-screen TVs. For more information visit www.florabama.com or facebook.com/florabama.
GoDaddy Bowl Mayor’s Luncheon
Former NFL MVP quarterback and college football Hall of Famer Joe Theismann, this year’s featured guest speaker, will address members of the participating teams, city officials, corporate sponsors and fans. A $1,000 GoDaddy Bowl book scholarship will be awarded to 10 high school seniors from the surrounding areas to be used to purchase books for college. Tickets are $30 per person. The luncheon is held at Mobile Convention Center. Visit godaddybowl.com for tickets and more information.
Magic Christmas in Lights
Visit Bellingrath Gardens and Home during its 19th season of Magic Christmas in Lights. Magic Christmas in Lights runs until Jan. 3 and is closed on Christmas and New Years Day. The gardens are open during Magic Christmas in Lights from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., and the holiday lights are on from 5-9 p.m. on each of these days. Home tours run every half hour until 8 p.m. throughout the season. Bellingrath Gardens and Home is located at 12401 Bellingrath Road, Theodore, Alabama. Call 251-973-2217 for more information.
GoDaddy Bowl Parade
A Mardi Gras parade will be held in the streets of downtown Mobile starting at 6:30 p.m. Sixteen Mardi Gras societies will be represented with floats and throws for the crowd. Several local high school marching bands will join the parade, as well as the bands and cheerleaders from each participating Bowl team. A huge crowd is expected to pack the streets of downtown Mobile for this early rendition of the Mardi Gras season.
GoDaddy Pep Rally
Immediately following the GoDadddy Bowl parade, the party moves to the South Plaza of the Mobile Convention Center along Water Street where a fireworks show over Mobile River highlights the festivities and sets the tone for both schools’ official pre-game pep rallies. The free street party features famous local band “Hot Wire.”
Cloudburst is a 2011 adventure comedy-drama in which a lesbian couple escape from their nursing home and head up to Canada to get married. Along the way, they pick up a young male hitchhiker. The Mobile couple receiving the proceeds from the showing are Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand. The couple was legally married six years ago in California, and have raised a son together. Alabama state officials denied Searcy’s second-parent adoption of the child, citing the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Members of the local progressive church Open Table are joining with local gay rights organization Wave of Hope to stage this event they are calling the “Love Will Win Movie Premiere.” This award-winning film will be shown at 3:30 p.m. at Bernheim Hall in the Ben May Library. For a suggested donation of $10, moviegoers can enjoy this one-time-only showing and support a worthy cause. The Ben May library is downtown at Government and Washington, with plenty of free parking.
Christmas Nights of Light
Hundreds of thousands of LED lights, driven by over one thousand computer channels, synchronized to both traditional and new rocking Christmas music playing through your car radio. Pack your vehicle full of friends and family to enjoy the show as you begin a new Christmas tradition. The fun doesn’t stop after you drive thru the mile and a half Christmas show — afterward you can visit Santa’s Village. Christmas Nights of Lights invites you to celebrate Christmas with us at Hank Aaron Stadium, 755 Bolling Brothers Blvd. The show is nightly at dusk until 10 p.m. Admission is $6 per person.
GoDaddy Bowl Game
A national television audience will tune in to ESPN at 8 p.m., for the 16th annual GoDaddy Bowl, featuring the University of Toledo and Arkansas State University. The GoDaddy Bowl has built a reputation of fielding some of the most competitive and exciting games of the bowl season. The game has featured incredible performances by future NFL standouts LaDanian Tomlinson, Byron Leftwich and Ben Roethlisberger. The game is played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. For more information visit godaddybowl.com.
Come enjoy complimentary mimosas as artists work at the Cathedral Square Gallery, 612 Dauphin St. There will also be works by more than 60 area artists on display. For more information call 251-694-0278.
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dance classes with professional instructors at 7 p.m., followed by dancing from 7:30–10 p.m. Admission is $10. There will be a cash bar 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.
Ark of India
“Ark of India: An Alabama Artist Explores Southern Asia” is an exhibit about personal discovery and exploration. It is an account of late 19th and early 20th century India as seen by Alabama artist Roderick D. MacKenzie, using his paintings, drawings, sculptures and most importantly, photographs and writings. The exhibition is organized by the History Museum of Mobile at 111 S. Royal St. and is on view until Sept. 1, 2015.
Tea for Two
The Fairhope Museum of History will host “Tea for Two” at 2 p.m. The speaker will be Nancy Raia. Each Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m., the Museum hosts a tea where 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 group. For more information on the upcoming “Tea for Two” programs, call the Fairhope Museum of History at 251-929-1471.
Azalea City Harmony Open House
Azalea City Harmony is part of sweet Adelines International, a highly respected worldwide organization of women singers. Women of all ages who enjoy singing are invited to attend this open house event. Discover why thousands of women around the world are singing with the sweet Adelines International. Join the fun, the music, and the friendship. This event is free to attend and will be held at Mobile Christian School, 5900 Cottage Hill Road. The open house will start at 7 p.m. For more information call 251-767-8606.
Join The Haberdasher at 451 Dauphin St. every Tuesday beginning at 9:30 p.m. for Bingo, with prizes every round and drink specials. Free to play. For more information call 251-287-1976.
Bend & Brew
Join Fairhope Brewing every Wednesday night starting at 6 p.m. for Hoppy Yoga. The taproom is transformed into a yoga studio with Soul Shine Yoga leading the session. It’s only $5 to participate in the class and then you can stick around for beer specials as well as light snacks provided by Pretty Mean Sweets. Fairhope Brewing is located at 914 Nichols Ave., Fairhope.
Tour Space 301
Tours of the Main Gallery and Fabrication Hall are every Wednesday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Centre for the Living Arts/Space 301, 301 Conti St. Tours included with the price of admission. Call 251-208-5671 or visit www.centreforthelivingarts.com for more information.
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