GENERAL INTEREST

Santa Pet Night
Shoppes at Bel Air, Thursday, Dec. 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dress your pet and take holiday photos with Santa.

Breakfast with Santa, Mobile
Breakfast with Santa will be hosted in the Crystal Ballroom of the Battle House Hotel Saturday, Dec. 15, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Breakfast is buffet style. $25 for adults, $12.50 for children under 12. Reservations required, call 251-338-5441.

Lighting up Lafayette
The second annual Lighting up Lafayette Christmas Stroll will be Saturday, Dec. 15, 6-8:30 p.m. Kid-friendly event to see lights and Santa. Foot traffic only. Parking available at Dauphin Way Methodist and McGill-Toolen parking lots. Disposable diapers will be collected for Junior League of Mobile Diaper Bank.

Breakfast with Santa, Gulf Shores
Saturday, Dec. 15, 8 a.m. at Erie Meyer Civic Center. Families may enjoy a breakfast spread and photos with Santa. Admission $5, 3 and under free. Visit GulfShoresAL.gov.

Mistletoe Market
Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning 9 a.m. at Saraland Municipal Annex. Arts, crafts, food, pics with Santa and princess greetings.

Watch history come to life
USS Alabama and USS Drum Living History Crew will be aboard Saturday, Dec. 15, for their quarterly drill. The Living History Crew is made up of historical re-enactors who demonstrate life in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Bring a donation to the William F. Green State Veterans Home and receive a $2 discount on each admission. Call 256-630-9634 or 251-476-3448, or visit ussalabama.com.

BWG guest speaker Bill Finch
Award-winning ecologist Bill Finch will be guest speaker at the Baldwin Writers Group on Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. at the Daphne Library. Learn better ways to make nature come alive in your book’s scenes. Visitors welcome.

Greefleaf Writers Group
Third Saturday each month at Semmes Library on Moffett Road, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Christmas on Dauphin Island
Christmas boat parade on Saturday, Dec. 15, 5 p.m. at Billy Goat Hole (east end). Call 251-861-5525.

St. Mary’s Home Toy Drive
Through Thursday, Dec. 20. Drop-off at Maya Luna Mexican Restaurant (4523 St. Stephens Road). Recipients of new, unwrapped gifts will be boys and girls ages 9-18. Contact 251-725-0627.

Christmas at Oakleigh
Saturday, Dec. 22, at 5 p.m. Come see one of Mobile’s oldest homes decorated for the season, learn about Oakleigh’s rich history; with Oakleigh Belles and visit the gift shop. Light refreshments served. Admission $10.

Christmas at the Bragg
Through Dec. 21, guests are invited to share the spirit of the season at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. Tours Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the hour. Admission $10/adults, $5/children ages 5-12. Private tours available for groups. Call 251-471-6364 or visit braggmitchellmansion.com.

Magic Christmas in Lights
Bellingrath Gardens and Home presents the 23rd season of Magic Christmas in Lights nightly, 5-9 p.m. through Dec. 31. Visit bellingrath.org.

Wales West Arctic Express
Now through Dec. 24, take a steam train ride to the North Pole and visit Santa Claus. Petting zoo, pony rides, miniature train rides, a hayless hayride, bounce house and fun artificial snow. Visit waleswestlightrailway.heartlandticket.com.

Cruise to Bottle Creek Indian mounds
On Dec.15, Blakeley Park offers guided excursions to the Bottle Creek Mounds, 18 earthen mounds built centuries ago by Native Americans. Cruise departs at 9:30 a.m., returns 12:30 p.m.; $35 for adults, $17 for children 6-12. Purchase online at blakeleypark.com/Event.

Military Mondays
Active-duty military and their families receive a 15 percent discount each Monday of the Magic Christmas in Lights season at Bellingrath, Dec. 17 and 24. Visit bellingrath.org.

Winter at The Wharf
Ice skating at The Wharf now through Jan. 13, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; $10 for skating, $13 for skating and ferris wheel. Horse and carriage rides Dec. 14-16, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission $20 per carriage ride. Visit ALWharf.com for details.

Christmas at Conde-Charlotte Museum
Enjoy the beauty of the holidays at one of the oldest homes in Alabama through Jan. 5. The Conde-Charlotte Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed Dec. 22-25 and Jan. 1. Call 251-432-4722 or visit condecharlotte.com.

Celebrate the Gift of Life
Thursday, Dec. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aiello/Buskey Medical Center (424 South Wilson Ave.). Free food, health screenings, giveaway, children’s activities and pictures with Santa. Contact Kathy Perry, 251-436-7632.

Christmas Lessons and Carols
Sunday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral. A celebration in scripture and music of Christ’s birth.


FUNDRAISERS

World AIDS Day
To mark the 30th annual World AIDS Day, in recognition of those who have passed away from, been infected with or affected by HIV and AIDS, the HIV Prevention and Care Network Group will hold the “Scarlet Event” Friday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m. at Cathedral Square. Call 251-690-8167 or 251-690-8170.

17th annual Santa Run
Saturday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m. at Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea (4072 Old Shell Road). Two-mile fun-run, walk, bike or dog walk for the whole family. Supporting the Mobile Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Pre-register in person at Carpe Diem or at carpe-coffee.com/santarun.


ARTS

“Elf” at the Saenger
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m. with doors at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $6 adults, $3 children 12 and under, available at Saenger Theatre Box Office or Mobile Civic Center Box Office only. Donations will be accepted by a representative of McKemie Place. Visit mckemieplace.org for a list of needed items.

“A Christmas Cabaret”
Presented by The PACT students, Friday, Dec. 14, 7-10 p.m. at The PACT Facility for Performing Arts. Silent auction, light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 day of event. Visit thepactmobile.com.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”
Performed by South Baldwin County Community Theatre Dec. 14-16, at 2022 W. 2nd St., Gulf Shores. Visit SBCT.biz for showtimes and tickets.

Mobile Symphony Orchestra
The Mobile Symphony Orchestra presents its annual holiday program, “‘Tis the Season,” Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Nettles Auditorium at Alabama Coastal Community College in Monroeville and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16 at the Saenger Theatre in Mobile. For showtimes and ticket information visit mobilesymphony.org.


MUSEUMS

Mayan Kids Crafts
Sunday, Dec. 17, 1-4 p.m. at History Museum of Mobile. Make-and-take activities include a Mayan headdress and Mayan calendars. Visit historymuseumofmobile.com.

“Our Beloved Women”
The Marx Library at the University of South Alabama will host “Our Beloved Women: Matriarchs of the Poarch Creek” through December. Visit library.southalabama.edu.

“Animation Academy” at The Exploreum
Learn about the history of animated drawings, from prefilm animation devices to today’s computer-generated animation, and try your hand at drawing characters. Through Jan. 6. Call 251-208-6893 or visit exploreum.com.

“Mystery of the Mayan Medallion”
Secrets of an ancient world await at the History Museum of Mobile, through Dec. 30. Visit historymuseumofmobile.com.

“Everest” at Exploreum
Celebrate The Exploreum’s 20th anniversary with “Everest.” An international team of climbers ascends Mount Everest in spring 1996. The film depicts the lengthy preparations for the climb, the trek to the summit and the successful return to base camp. Visit exploreum.com.

Thursdays at MMoA
Every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Mobile Museum of Art offers free admission to all Mobile County residents. No reservations necessary. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive. Call 251-208-5200.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Annual Christmas Eve Elf Run/Walk
Monday, Dec. 24, at 8:15 a.m. in Bienville Square. Dress like your version of an elf or one of Santa’s helpers. We run, walk, crawl, skip or cartwheel beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Adult skate night
Every second and fourth Sunday each month, 8-10:30 p.m. at Dreamland Skate Center (5672 Three Notch Road) with DJ Beaux, $5.


WORKSHOPS

Understanding Credit & Credit Reports
This workshop is designed to help you understand creditworthiness as seen through creditors’ eyes and all aspects of your personal credit report. Feel free to bring your recent credit report. Monday, Dec. 17, 6-7 p.m. Workshop is free.


PUBLIC MEETINGS

Baldwin County Commission: First and third Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., 322 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette. Work sessions are second and fourth Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. rotating between Bay Minette, the Foley Satellite Courthouse, the Fairhope Satellite Courthouse and the Baldwin County Central Annex Building in Robertsdale, baldwincountyal.gov.

Baldwin County Planning Commission: First Thursday at 6 p.m., 22251 Palmer St., Robertsdale, baldwincountyal.gov.

Bayou La Batre City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 13785 S. Wintzell Ave., cityofbayoulabatre.com.

Chickasaw City Council: Second and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m., 224 N. Craft Highway, 251-452-6450.

Citronelle City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m., 19135 Main St., 251-866-7973.

Creola City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 6 p.m., 190 Dead Lake Road, #A, 251-675-8142.

Daphne City Council: First and third Monday at 6:30 p.m., 1705 Main St. Work sessions second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., daphneal.com.

Dauphin Island Town Council: First and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m., 1011 Bienville Blvd., townofdauphinisland.org.

Elberta Town Council: Third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the town hall. Workshop meeting on the second Tuesday, townofelberta.com.

Fairhope City Council: Second and fourth Monday at 6 p.m., 161 N. Section St. Work sessions held before each council meeting at 4:30 p.m., cofairhope.com.

Fairhope Planning Commission: First Monday at 5 p.m., 161 N. Section St. Visit cofairhope.com.

Foley City Council: First and third Monday at 5:30 p.m., 407 E. Laurel Ave. Work sessions begin at 4 p.m.; cityoffoley.org.

Gulf Shores City Council: Second and fourth Mondays at 4 p.m., 1905 W. First St., gulfshoresal.gov.

Mobile City Council: Tuesdays at Government Plaza, 205 Government St. Pre-council meeting at 9 a.m.; council meeting at 10:30 a.m., cityofmobile.org.

Mobile Planning Commission: First and third Thursdays at 2 p.m., 205 Government St., urban.cityofmobile.org.

Orange Beach City Council: First and third Tuesdays at 5 p.m., 4099 Orange Beach Blvd., cityoforangebeach.com.

Prichard City Council: Every Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 216 E. Prichard Ave., thecityofprichard.org.

Satsuma City Council: First and third Tuesdays at 6 p.m. City Hall, 5464 Old Highway 43, 251-675-1440.

Semmes City Council: First and third Tuesday. Work sessions at 3 p.m., regular council meeting at 4 p.m. Semmes City Council Chambers, 7875 Moffett Road Unit #C, 251-649-8811.