GENERAL INTEREST

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.

Winter at The Wharf
Ice skating at The Wharf in Orange Beach 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.

Celebrating Kwanzaa 2018
Thursday, Dec. 27, 3-6:30 p.m. at Toulminville Branch of Mobile Public Library. Enjoy a wide variety of food, fashion, poetry, music and more. Call 251-438-7075, email glaffiette@mplonline.org or visit mobilepubliclibraryonline.org.

Nutcracker Charity Ball
Mobile Ballet hosts this seated dinner and magical wonderland tableau, which since 2002 has raised more than $1.2 million toward community education and outreach programs. Friday, Dec. 28, at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center. Dinner tickets cost $150; award presentation, $50. For purchase and more information, call 251-342-2241.

Happy Noon Year
Saturday, Dec. 29, 10 a.m. Gulf Coast Exploreum. Ring in the New Year with family-friendly experiences that explore the worlds of science, technology, engineering and math. Moonpie will drop at noon. Free for members, $10 for combo ticket, children 3 and under free.

Noon New Year’s Eve Party
Monday, Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m. at Mobile West Regional Library. Join us for crafts, snacks and a countdown to the balloon drop at noon. Contact 251-340-8571.

“MoonPie Over Mobile”
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the U.S. birthplace of Mardi Gras on Monday, Dec. 31. See a giant MoonPie descend at midnight after an evening of free, world-class entertainment. The night ends with a fireworks and laser light show, and more fun in the downtown entertainment district. Visit mobilenewyear.com.

Reelin’ in the New Year
Monday, Dec. 31, 5 p.m. at The Wharf in Orange Beach. Reel in the new year with family-friendly fun at the New Year’s Eve Street Party. Live music, child and adult activities. Contact 251-224-1000 or visit ALWharf.com.

New Year’s Eve at the Grand
Monday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. at the Grand Hotel. Join us for an elegant evening of dinner and dancing. Live entertainment by Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters. Light snacks, party favors and champagne toast at midnight. For more information and tickets, go to bit.ly/NYE_TheGrand.

New Year’s Eve in Fairhope
Monday, Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Residents and visitors are invited to bring their families and ring in the New Year. The band will begin playing at 8:30 p.m. at the corner of Fairhope Avenue and Church Street. Other entertainment will include a DJ, face painting, fireworks and midnight ball drop.

Order of Pan 2018 Ball
Monday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. at Mobile Government Plaza. Join us for our 7th annual New Year’s Eve ball. Doors open 8 p.m., close at 9 p.m. Tickets $65. Email orderofpan@ymail.com.

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

Boardwalk Talk: Watershed Moments
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab. We live in a watershed and we will discuss watersheds in general and the Mobile Bay watershed in particular.

 


FUNDRAISERS

December Karma Yoga
We are collecting gently used coats, gloves, scarves and hats for the Homeless Coalition of the Gulf Coast. You are welcome to make clothing or monetary donations at the studio throughout December. With your donation of either type, you can take one free yoga class in exchange. Contact 251-471-5775 or visit SHYWMobile.com.

 


ARTS

Interactive art mural
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 8 a.m. at The Shoppes at Bel Air. We will debut a mural by international artist Kelsey Montague and give away a $50 mall gift card each month throughout the year. Contact 251-478-1893 or visit theshoppesatbelair.com.

“Celestial Dreams: The Art of Space Jewelry”
Now at The Exploreum, jewelry artist Kathy Chan demonstrates connections to natural and manmade environments through artistic works in which she imagines what a space traveler in our solar system may encounter.

 


MUSEUMS

“Parading through Time”
Jan. 17 through April 20 at the History Museum of Mobile. Join us this Carnival season as we roll through four centuries of Mardi Gras history with Mobile’s Carnival traditions, mystic societies and more. Visit historymuseumofmobile.com.

“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.

“Jerusalem” at The Exploreum
Now through Jan. 25th. “Jerusalem” takes audiences on an inspiring and eye-opening tour of one of the world’s oldest and most enigmatic cities. Destroyed and rebuilt countless times over 5,000 years, Jerusalem’s enduring appeal remains a mystery. Visit exploreum.com for times and tickets.

“Dream Big” at The Exploreum
Through Jan. 25. Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” is a first-of-its-kind film for IMAX that will transform how we think about engineering. Visit exploreum.com for times and tickets.

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.

 


SPORTS EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Happy Hour Yoga
Friday, Dec. 28, 5:30 p.m. at Sterling Hot Yoga. Join our happy hour with friends every Friday for a free class. Contact 251-471-5775.

“Make it to the Line”
Saturday, Dec. 29, 10 a.m. at the Flora-Bama. Run, jog, walk or crawl to the Florida-Alabama line in this holiday race. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Innerarity Point and Orange Beach Fire departments. Contact Jessica Langston at jessica@florabama.com or visit FloraBama.com.

Polar Bear Dip
Tuesday, Jan. 1, noon at the Flora-Bama. Take a dip in the Gulf waters followed by a traditional New Year’s Day feast of black-eyed peas, cornbread, ham and more. Contact 850-492-0611 or visit Flora-Bama.com.

Bingo at Via!
Bingo every Tuesday and Thursday, 1-3 p.m. Open to the public. Via! Health, Fitness, Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St., 251-478-3311.

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.

 


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.