GENERAL INTEREST

Blood Drive
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mobile Police Department headquarters (2460 Government Blvd.). All donors will receive recognition items and free cholesterol screening. Must be at least 16 years old and 100 pounds. Call 251-208-1918.

Celebrating the Gift of Life
Thursday, Dec. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Buskey Medical Center (424 S. Wilson Ave.) All ages are welcome to free food, health screenings, giveaways, children’s activities and picture with Santa. Contact 251-436-7632 or visit franklinprimary.org.

Tea for $2
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2-3 p.m., Fairhope Museum of History. Astronomer Charles Scovil will discuss the North Star (Star of Bethlehem) just in time for Christmas. Contact 251-929-1471 or visit fairhopeal.gov.

“The Polar Express”
Thursday, Dec. 20, 10 a.m. at the Ben May Main Library. Singalongs, melted snow, snack stations, pajama contest and screening of “The Polar Express” in Bernheim Hall. Free. Call 251-208-7086 or email crhodes@mplonline.org.

Live Nativity
Thursday, Dec. 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Camp Grace (11081 Wanda Drive, Mobile). View a display of the birth of Jesus Christ and experience music, prayer and fellowship. Call 251-635-0935 or visit CampGrace.com.

“Home Alone” Ice Cream Party
Friday, Dec. 21, 2-3 p.m., Ben May Main Library. Make and eat your own ice cream sundae, play “Roll-A-Sandae” for prizes and view a screening of “Home Alone” at 3 p.m. Call 251-208-7086 or visit mobilepubliclibrary.org.

Holiday Craft Day
Saturday, Dec. 22, 10 a.m. at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center. Bring the family to make holiday cards, crafts and memories. All ages, free, no registration required. Call 251-625-0814 or visit Alabama5Rivers.com.

Caroling with Blow House Brass Band
Sunday, Dec. 23, 8-10 p.m. in Bienville Square. Get your tacky sweaters and congregation candles and bring the family to join in singing (or playing) favorite holiday tunes.

Christmas Day brunch buffet
Tuesday, Dec. 25, 10:30 a.m. at The Battle House Hotel. Christmas Day brunch will be served in the Crystal Ballroom from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Reservations required, call 251-338-5441; $65 per person, ages 6-12 half price, 5 and under free.

Christmas Nights of Lights
Through Jan. 1 nightly, 5:30-10 p.m. at Hank Aaron Stadium. Don’t miss the final season of “Christmas Nights of Lights” at the Hank, one of the most amazing drive-thru Christmas light shows you’ll ever experience. Admission $6 per person, 3 and under free.

Christmas at OWA
Come celebrate the sights, sounds and music of Christmas at OWA with a Christmas light show nightly, story time with Santa’s elves and photos with Santa. Visit visitowa.com for more information on these and other holiday activities.

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 accepted for boys and girls ages 9-18. Contact 251-725-0627.

Christmas at Oakleigh

Saturday, Dec. 22, at 5 p.m. 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. Call 251-432-1281.

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, ride a steam train to the North Pole and visit Santa Claus. Petting zoo, pony rides, miniature train rides, hayless hayride, bounce house and fun artificial snow. Visit waleswestlightrailway.heartlandticket.com.

Military Mondays

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

Winter at The Wharf

Ice skating at The Wharf through Jan. 13, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; $10 for skating, $13 for skating and ferris wheel. 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 S. Wilson Ave.). Free food, health screenings, giveaways, 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. Visit christchurchcathedralmobile.org.

Greenleaf Writers Group

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


FUNDRAISERS

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

Lightwire’s “A Very Electric Christmas”
Sunday, Dec. 23, 2:30 p.m. at the Mobile Saenger Theatre. Combining the arts of puppetry, theater and dance with timeless holiday music, this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope creates a truly one-of-a-kind spectacle. Visit www.mobilesaenger.com.


MUSEUMS

“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 The 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

Dollar General Bowl

Saturday, Dec. 22, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Buffalo vs. Troy. Kickoff at 6 p.m. Visit dollargeneralbowl.com

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

Safe Sitter Class

Friday, Dec. 21, 8 a.m. at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital. A one-day class designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. The Instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. Students will use manikins to practice rescue skills, including choking rescue and CPR. Cost is $45 and includes lunch. Call 251-895-2367 or register at trainingcentertechnologies.com/CEMS/CourseEnrollment.aspx.


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.