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. Benefitting Camp Rap-A-Hope, a camp for Gulf Coast children faced with cancer. For more information and to register visit www.turkeytrotforhope.com.
Pro Cycle & Tri’s Turkey Fondo is a great event to get the family out and ready for the full day ahead! Bike Rentals will be available for people that want to participate but do not have a bicycle. There is a 34.5-mile route with two paces beginning at 8 a.m. and 7.5-mile route for families or slower riders beginning 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.
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-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.
South Alabama Jaguars vs. Navy Midshipmen
Join the University of South Alabama football team at Ladd-Peebles Stadium for the Jaguars’ final home game of 2014. The Jaguars are 6-5 this season and bowl eligible. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Tickets available online and at the gate.
Rock, Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show
Join Mobile Rock and Gem Society for their annual Rock, Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show at the Abba Shrine Center, 7701 Hitt Rd. The show will be Friday: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be wonderful door prizes. Admission is $4 and children 12 and under free with an adult. Visit mobilerockandgem.com for more information.
Magic Christmas in Lights
Visit Bellingrath Gardens and Home during its 19th season of Magic Christmas in Lights! Magic Christmas in Lights begins the Friday after Thanksgiving, runs until January 3, 2015, and is closed on Christmas and New Year’s Days. The Gardens are open during Magic Christmas in Lights from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., and the holiday lights run 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 Rd. Theodore, AL. Call 251-973-2217.
Small Business Saturday
The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day event has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before.
Mama Are There Any Good Men Left?
Shelley Garrett Entertainment presents Mark Hunter’s “Mama Are There Any Good Men Left?” starring Cuba Gooding Sr. at 8 p.m. at the Mobile Civic Center Theater, 401 Civic Center Drive. Call 251-208-7261 for more information. Tickets available at www.mobilecivicctr.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.
Music of the Holidays from the Valley to the Hill
Join the Greater Mobile Bay Chorale Society and the Spring Hill College Chorale for their annual concert of holiday favorites. St. Joseph Chapel on the campus of Spring Hill College. Begins at 7:30 p.m. Free admission and open to the public. For more information call 434-9325 or email email@example.com.
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.
Lights of Love
USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile invite you to Lights of Love. Come enjoy the lighting of the tree as well as music, crafts, cocoa, Santa and Ronald McDonald. The fun begins at 6 p.m. at 1700 Center St.
USA Concert Choir and University Chorale Holiday Concert
Dr. Laura Moore will conduct a concert with a wide range of styles including Renaissance Latin motets, festive pieces for choir and instruments, lush harmonies, light carols and seasonal favorites. And of course, we will include Christmas carols for the audience. 7:30 p.m. in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5-8, cash or check only. Arrive early, limited seating. For more information call 251-460-7116.
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.
Orange Beach Chamber Coastal Christmas
Emerging national smooth jazz artist David Jones & Friends will provide the opening performance at the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber’s Coastal Christmas with Aaron Neville concert at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf. Jones is a teacher at Gulf Shores High School and he brings soul jazz to the head of the class with a critically acclaimed debut project and an electric live performance. For additional information and tickets, please visit www.alabamacoastalchristmas.com. Concert information line is 251-259-5512.
Little Discoveries at the Exploreum
Little Discoveries is a weekly programming series in the Exploreum’s Wharf of Wonder for children five and under. These lessons will fuse science, technology, engineering and math, with creativity, art and reading. Each session will begin with a story reading that will serve as the launching pad for the day’s hands-on activities. On Dec. 3, the topic is “Snowflake Science.” Discover the frosty world of snowflakes and take one home. The topic for Dec. 10 is “Celebrations Around the World.” Discover how people around the world celebrate holidays. 10-11:00 a.m. at 65 Government St., downtown Mobile. For more information call Josh Holland at 251-208-6893 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.