January 8

Master Gardner Meeting
Join Alabama Extension for their monthly meeting. The guest speaker will be Chef Abba Mayah of the Abba Mediterranean Café. Abba will discuss ways to cook the delicious and healthy vegetables of the warm Mediterranean. The meeting will be held at Jon Archer Center, 1070 Schillinger Road N. For more information call 251-574-8445 or visit aces.edu/Mobile/mg for more information.

Walk and Talk with Ron Barrett
Mobile has sprouted many Mardi Gras customs all its own. Local Mardi Gras aficionado Ron Barrett is coming to unpack our native tradition of the tableau, and the decidedly unique role of storytelling through tableau in Mobile Mardi Gras culture. Here to share on his own overwhelming installation of work in the exhibition, and to talk through the specificity of setting a stage for short-term royalty, Barrett will delve into his extensive knowledge on the history of ball culture, how war has changed carnival traditions and how the balls in Mobile are singularly unparalleled. The talk will begin at 7 p.m. at the Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive.

Thursdays at the Museum
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. the Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, 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.


January 9

Black Jacket Symphony
The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy” album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked — the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album. The show will begin at the Saenger Theatre, 6 S. Joachim St. For more information visit mobilesaenger.com.

Gallery Talk & Tour
Enjoy a guided tour and gallery talk with the exhibits artist, Tres Taylor. Taylor’s exhibit will break down Jan. 10, so this may be your last chance for romance! The tour will begin at 3:30 p.m., at the Eastern Shore Art Center, 401 Oak St., Fairhope. Admission is free. Call 251-928-2228 for more information.

LODA ArtWalk
Downtown is the place to be! 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 6–9 p.m. in the lower Dauphin Street district.


January 10

Saturday Rabies Clinics
The Mobile County Public Health Department provides low cost rabies shots for cats, dogs and ferrets during Saturday clinics in January. Clinics planned for Saturdays during January in Mobile County include: Jan. 10, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road. Jan. 17, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., City of Mobile Animal Shelter, 855 Owens St. Jan. 24, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road. Jan. 31, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., city of Mobile Animal Shelter, 855 Owens St. The cost of the shot is $10 per pet, except at Pet Supplies Plus, where the cost is $8. Payment must be made in cash.

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.


January 11

First Light Marathon
Run for a cause beneath a canopy of oaks in the heart of downtown Mobile. The event consists of a full marathon, a half marathon, a five-person relay and a 1.2 mile fun run for both runners and walkers. Proceeds benefit L’Arche Mobile Foundation. The start of the race will be at Mobile Government Plaza and a Post-Race Gala will be held in Bienville Square. Form more information visit firstlightmarathon.com.

Jewish Film Festival
The 2015 Mobile Jewish Film Festival will show seven acclaimed Jewish films at venues around Mobile and Baldwin counties Jan. 11-22, as it celebrates 14 years of presenting films that reflect the Jewish experience in an attempt to promote dialogue between religions, cultures and generations. Films are followed by events ranging from Broadway sing-alongs to “meet the director” forums: Sunday, Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. Springhill Avenue Temple — “Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love.” Followed by a Broadway sing-along and cheesecake dessert. Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at USA’s Laidlaw Performing Arts Center — “Run, Boy, Run” followed by guest speaker Rabbi Steven Silberman. Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at USA’s Laidlaw Center, “Body and Soul — The State of the Jewish Nation,” followed by guest speaker Director Gloria Greenfield. For more information and a full schedule visit mobilejewishfederation.org.

WWE Live
See all your favorite WWE superstars for one night only. Over 20 superstars will appear under one roof for what will be one Sunday night to remember. Tickets start as low as $15. Go to Ticketmaster.com to buy your tickets.  Tickets also available at the Mobile Civic Center box office or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Open Studio
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.


January 12

Lunch & Learn
Ellen Huckabay, Mobile County Extension Agent, will present information on creating planters through the Hypertufa method. Bring your lunch and learn about Hypertufa for beginners. The lunch will start at 12 p.m. at Jon Archer Center, 1070 Schillinger Road N. For more information call 251-574-8445 or visit aces.edu/Mobile/mg.


January 13

Seafood Savvy
Seafood Savvy will demystify local aquatic creatures, one at a time. This installment will focus on redfish and snapper from the Gulf of Mexico, as well as Alabama farm-raised catfish. Chef Markus Haeusler of the Saltwater Grill in Point Clear will prepare the fish several ways and discuss his personal experiences cooking fish in professional kitchens. The panel will also include several local scientists, fishermen and experts on the bounty of our coastal waters. This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Windmill Market is located at 85 N. Bancroft St. in downtown Fairhope at the corner Equality Street. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., program begins at 6 p.m. Please call 251-990-8883 or email Maggie@windmillmarket.org for more information.

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 929-1471.

Green Drinks
Mobile Bay Green Drinks is a community group open to anyone interested in sharing ideas for sustainable living. Their goal is to connect with other progressive people in our area who work to address environmental issues in some capacity. There is no charge to attend, but you are responsible for your own drinks. The gathering starts at 5 p.m. at Fairhope Brewing, 914 Nichols Ave., Fairhope.

BINGO
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.


January 14

Learning Lunch
“Chasing Folly ‘round The Stump: Getting to the Real Joe Cain” featuring Steve Joynt and the Blow House Brass Band. After nearly 30 years in newspapers, including 11 years as an assistant city editor at the Press-Register, Steve Joynt founded Mobile Mask first as a website in January 2012. Since then, Joynt has published three annual Mobile Mask magazines. This year, the publication features a story about Joe Cain’s recollection of starting Mardi Gras in Mobile, and what historical accounts have to say about it. Bring a sack lunch, drinks will be available. Program starts at noon at the History Museum of Mobile. For more information call 251-208-7557.

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.