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“Lighting up Lafayette”
Join us for the 2nd annual Lighting Up Lafayette Christmas Stroll. Saturday, Dec. 15 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Kid-friendly event to see lights and Santa. No parking on Lafayette Street. Foot traffic only. Parking available at Dauphin Way Methodist and McGill parking lots. Disposable diapers will be collected for Junior League of Mobile Diaper Bank w/collection stations at houses.


GENERAL INTEREST

BWG guest speaker Bill Finch
Award-winning ecologist Bill Finch, author of “Longleaf; Far As The Eye Can See,” will be guest speaker at the Baldwin Writers Group on Saturday, December 15th (10 a.m.) at the Daphne Library. He will show 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 Moffet Road from 11am-2pm.

City of Fairhope Magical Christmas Parade
Friday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. beginning at the intersection of Morphy Avenue and Section Street, traveling north on Section Street to Oak Avenue, traveling east on Oak Avenue to North Bancroft Street, traveling south on North Bancroft Street to Fairhope Avenue, traveling west on Fairhope Avenue to the finishing point at Church Street.

Upcoming authors at Page and Palette
Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Sonny Brewer author of “Our Prince of Scribes,” Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. Donna F. Orchard and Kayla Jones authors of “Nanners for Nana”

Candlelight at the Loop
Saturday, Dec. 7 from 5 – 8 p.m. Refreshments, drawings, door prizes, food trucks and classic cars. Ride one of Two Streetcars/Trolleys to visit loop area businesses. For more information call 251-471-3523.

Alabama Coastal Christmas
The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber supports more than 40 holiday events in South Baldwin County including a Merry Market Dec. 7-8 at the Orange Beach Events Center at The Wharf and a lighted boat parade on the Intracoastal Waterway Dec. 8 *NOTE THE LIGHTED BOAT PARADE HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO THE WEATHER FORECAST. Visit www.alabamacoastalchristmas.com.

Christmas Through the Ages
Saturday, Dec. 8 at Fort Gaines. Come join the soldiers from the past and their families as they celebrate a noncommercial Christmas. Admission is $8 (13 and over), $4 (5-12 years), 4 and under free. For more information visit fortgaines@dauphinisland.org.

Christmas on Dauphin Island
Tree-lighting ceremony at dusk on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Water Tower Plaza. Featuring Santa Claus, a special patch of snow for the children and refreshments. Christmas Boat Parade, Saturday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. at Billy Goat Hole (east end). Call 251-861-5525.

Christmas at LuLu’s
Featuring Santa’s warm-weather-loving younger brother Billy Claus and his LuLuBelles and lots of activities. Dec. 8 beginning at 1 p.m. Followed by the 33rd annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade at 5 p.m. with more than 45 decorated vessels that will parade from Lulu’s to the Flora-Bama. Admission is free.

Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas
This tenth annual family-friendly Christmas tradition includes a performance by The Joe Cool Trio performing Vince Guaraldi’s Masterpiece Soundtrack, A Charlie Brown Christmas. A portion of proceeds will go to Delta Dogs, a community-supported, volunteer-led nonprofit that provides free spay and neuter and veterinary care to the pets of people in need in Mobile County. For more information, visit www.mobiledeltadogs.org. Saturday, December 8, 2018, Mobile Saenger Theatre.  Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Prices: $40 for VIP, $20 for General Admission, $10 for children ages 10 and under. Available at Saenger Box Office or www.ticketmaster.com.

“Alabama Day”
Join The Tristan de Luna Chapter, Alabama Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Mobile Public Library invite the public for “Alabama Day” Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Bernheim Hall at the Main Library. Light refreshment to follow.  Call 251-208-7093.

Wine Taste of Mobile
Saenger Theatre (Room 1927), Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. Wine Taste’s mission is to bring together captivating conversations and ideas through art, music, food and wine. Contact Execnetgroup@gmail.com or 251-454-7428.

Santa Drop at Flora-Bama
Santa will parachute in to kick-off a day of activites Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arts and crafts, sweet treats, live music and more. Admission is free.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 8, 9-10 a.m. at The Shoppes of Bel Air. Featuring Santa Claus and food provided by Chick-fil-A. Please reserve your child’s complimentary ticket on Eventbrite.

Christmas at the Bragg
Dec. 1-21, 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.

Breakfast with Santa
The Grand Hotel in Point Clear will host Breakfast with Santa Dec. 8 and 15. Breakfast buffet 7-10:30 a.m., pictures with Santa 8-11 a.m. Reservations required, call 251-928-9201.

Happy Howlidays Kid & Pet Parade
Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. down Main Street at The Wharf. Bring your with dogs, cats, parrots and more for this fun, family-friendly parade. Admission is free.

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 will receive a 15 percent discount each Monday of the Magic Christmas in Lights season at Bellingrath on Mondays, Dec. 10, 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. 8, 9, 14-16, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission $20 per carriage ride. Visit ALWharf.com for details.

Christmas at the Conde-Charlotte Museum
Enjoy the beauty of the holidays at one of the oldest homes in Alabama now 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.

Holiday concert
The Baldwin Pops will perform a holiday concert, Monday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m. at Foley Civic Center. Admission is free.

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

“Lighting up Lafayette”
Join us for the 2nd annual Lighting Up Lafayette Christmas Stroll. Satuday, Dec. 15 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Kid-friendly event to see lights and Santa. No parking on Lafayette Street. Foot traffic only. Parking available at Dauphin Way Methodist and McGill parking lots. Disposable diapers will be collected for Junior League of Mobile Diaper Bank w/collection stations at houses.


FUNDRAISERS

“Hark!” A Christmas Concert
Presented by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and The Ecumenical Ministries Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Foley Civic Center. Performing will be “Four A Change” with members from the disbanded “Coastal Chorale.” Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at St. Paul’s Church in Foley. Call 251-943-2173 for other ticket locations.

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.


ARTS

“Babes in Toyland”
Playhouse in the Park presents “Babes in Toyland” for one night only, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile. Purchase tickets online at playhouseinthepark.org/tickets/ or call 251-602-0630. Tickets ($20) will also be available at the Saenger box office.

“Dancing on the Keys” 
Performance by University of Mobile Elite 88 Piano, Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in Moorer Auditorium at University of Mobile. Free admission.

“Christmas Blessings”
Presented by the Eastern Shore Choral Society Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Spanish Fort United Methodist and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist in Fairhope. Featuring the music of Handel, Mendelssohn, Rutter and includes our annual audience sing-along. Purchase tickets at www.escs.org or at the door the day of the concert. Students are free.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”
Performed by South Baldwin County Community Theatre Dec. 7-9 and 14-16 located at 2022 W. 2nd St., Gulf Shores) Visit SBCT.biz for showtimes and tickets.

“The Nutcracker”
Performed by the Bay Shore Ballet Academy Dec. 7-9. Showtimes and tickets are available online at bayshoreballet.com.

USA Holiday Concert
Performances will feature faculty and student soloists and ensembles including concert choir, chorale, wind ensemble, opera theatre, orchestra and a variety of vocal, woodwind, brass, string, percussion ensembles, and the Jaguar Marching Band. Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Mitchell Center main arena.

Handel’s “Messiah,” Part 1
Tuesday, Dec. 11 in the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (2 S. Claiborne St.) at 7:30pm. Free and open to the public.


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 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

Adult skate night
Every 2nd and 4th Sunday each month, 8-10:30 p.m. at Dreamland Skate Center (5672 Three Notch Road) with DJ Beaux, $5.


WORKSHOPS

Predatory Lending and High Cost Loans
The abusive practices by lenders have increased. Learn some of the more common practices and how the Equal Credit Opportunity Act & Fair Housing Act protect you against discrimination. Also, learn about avoiding high-fee loans. Lifelines Counseling Services, Monday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m. Sign up online at lifelinesmobile.org.

Marriages end, families don’t
Lifelines Counseling Services will host “Helping Children Cope with Divorce,” an educational program focusing on how effective parenting can lessen the negative impact of divorce and parental separation on children. Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 a.m. to noon at 705 Oak Circle Drive East. Sign up online at lifelinesmobile.org.


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.