“Celebration of the White Moon”

Friday, Jan. 25, 7-9 p.m. at the Exploreum Science Center. Usher in the Mongolian new year with the opening of the blockbuster exhibit “Genghis Khan: The Great Civilizer.” “Celebration of the White Moon” is an exclusive preview of the exhibit and a fundraising event. Enjoy an evening of authentic Mongolian performances, food and drinks. RSVP to Nixon Noblitt at 251-208-6857 or nnoblitt@exploreum.com.


GENERAL INTEREST

Tea for $2
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2-3 p.m., Fairhope Museum of History. Guest speaker Michael Bragg will discuss Tai Chi for health and relaxation. Call 251-929-1471 or visit fairhopeal.gov.

“Know Your Fisher”
Thursday, Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m. at The Noble South. Read this week’s “Word of Mouth” column for more information or visit @TheNobleSouthMobileAL on Facebook.

“She Reigns: Shine Bright Like a Diamond”
Saturday, Jan. 26, 12:30 p.m. at Marx Library, University of South Alabama. New Mindz Mentorship Program is hosting its second annual youth workshop for girls ages 9-17. Space is limited. Tickets and info at brownpapertickets.com.

“Back in Time for Murder”
Saturday, Jan. 26, 6:45 p.m. at Mid-Towne Works. A murder mystery party for adults. Buy your ticket, plan your costume and show up ready to solve the murder. Refreshments provided. Visit mid-towneworks.com for more information.

Winter Wednesdays at Bellingrath
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 5:30-7 p.m. “Viewing the Winter Sky,” an evening astronomy program led by members of the University of South Alabama Department of Physics. Following a brief lecture, telescopes will be set up to view planets and constellations. Bring binoculars and flashlights. To register call 251-459-8727 or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.

Mobile Jewish Film Festival
Film screenings continue at several venues in Mobile and Baldwin couties through Sunday, Jan. 27. For tickets and details visit mobilejewishfederation.org.

“Ignatian Approaches to Humanity’s Brokenness”
Thursday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m. at Byrne Memorial Hall Spring Hill College. Featuring Mark Thibodeaux, S.J., pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Church in New Orleans. Contact Spring Hill College Theology Department, 251-380-4660 or christus@shc.edu.

Fairhope State of the City
Thursday, Jan. 24, 5-7 p.m., Fairhope Civic Center. Fairhope Mayor Karin Wilson will address where Fairhope stands and provide an update on achievements, financials and upcoming projects. Call 251-929-1466 or email paige.crawford@fairhopeal.gov.

“Stranger Things” Escape Room
Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m. at Ben May Main Library. Barb is still trapped in the “Upside Down.” If your family can solve all the puzzles in 20 minutes you can help save her. Slots are limited, please register in advance; call 251-208-7079.

DISL volunteer training
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 5-7 p.m. at Battleship Park in the wardroom aboard the ship. Training will cover live animal response, dead animal response, animal first aid and triage, safety and disease protocols, general anatomy and biology, and how to use the equipment. Space is limited; visit eventbrite.com for tickets. For information email mrussell@disl.org.

3 Lives Blood Drive
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m at Remington College, Mobile Campus (828 Downtowner Loop W.).

Junior League open house
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m. at Junior League of Mobile headquarters (56 N. Sage Ave.). JLM is recruiting women for our next class of community volunteers and leaders. Come and learn how you can make a positive impact on our community. Visit juniorleaguemobile.com/membershipinterestform for more information.

History chat
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 4 p.m. at The Exchange 202. Join us for a free happy hour and hear entertaining stories of the history of Mardi Gras in Mobile from Cart Blackwell, curator of Mobile Carnival Museum. Visit Exchange202.com.

Weeks Bay cleanup
Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers meet at the Pelican Point/Big Mouth boat ramp (end of County Road 1). Bring canoes, kayaks and paddleboards, gloves and trash bags will be provided. Call 251-990-5004, email yael@weeksbay.org or visit facebook.com/WeeksBayFoundation/.

Educational Lecture Series
Through Feb. 18, Gulf Shores Welcome Center (3459 Gulf Shores Parkway) will offer free educational lectures. Lectures are approximately 60 minutes. For a complete list go to gulfshores.com/plan/welcome-centers.

Census jobs
The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking temporary part-time workers to apply to conduct the 2020 Census in Southwest Alabama including Mobile and Baldwin counties. Paid training, flexible hours and pay averaging $17 per hour. Apply at 2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020.

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


FUNDRAISERS

Car wash for cause
Griffith Service Station, American Cancer Society and the Junior Leadership Council of Mobile are raising money to help cancer patients. For the month of January, 10 percent of car wash sales at Griffith Service Station at the corner of Government and Ann streets in midtown Mobile will be donated to ACS to cover transportation costs for cancer patients.

Charity Chase Jackpot
Saturday, Jan. 26, 8 a.m. at O’Daly’s Irish Pub. Join the chase for donations and race to win the Charity Chase Jackpot for your favorite local charity. Fun run begins 8 a.m., 5K kicks off at 8:20 a.m., with after-party to follow. Visit facebook.com/mycharitychase.

Run for Shep 5K and Fun Run
Saturday, Jan. 26, Daphne City Hall at 9 a.m. (Registration opens at 7 a.m. on race day.) Hosted by local charity Shephard’s Flock for Shephard Hall, a child living with pediatric cancer. To register or for more information, visit shephardsflock.com.

“Many More Miles”
For the 16th year, Baldwin Bone & Joint will host a community project to collect shoes for the homeless outreach programs of Wings of Life and for, the first year, Family Promise of Baldwin County. Gently used athletic shoe donations will be accepted through March 23. For more information and drop-off locations visit baldwinboneandjoint.com.


ARTS

“Motherwork”
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m. at Mobile Medical Museum. Be one of the first to view “Motherwork,” April Livingston’s latest commissioned sculpture for Mobile Medical Museum. Suggested donation $6 per person to support the museum’s nonprofit educational and cultural mission. Visit mobilemedicalmuseum.org.

“Rent Live” viewing at The Merry Widow
Sunday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. HD projection screen and full sound system will provide a theater-like experience; drink specials.

Von Hansen at Laidlaw
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2:30 p.m. at Laidlaw Recital Hall at the University of South Alabama. Guest percussionist Von Hansen will present a free clinic at 2:30 p.m., followed by an evening concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert will be sold at the door only. Admission is $8 general, $5 for USA faculty and staff. Call 251-460-7116 or 251-460-6136.

Open auditions
Local artists and authors are collaborating to make a film based on the novel “Beyond the Myst: Lost Years of King Arthur.” Acting parts are both speaking and nonspeaking. Needed: elves, barmaids, tavern patrons, warriors, various fey creatures, camp persons, equestrians and their mounts, undead warriors. Feb. 23 at the Copper Kettle Tea Bar, 2-5 p.m. All ages and backgrounds. For info email Shari Prestwood wolf_kyn@yahoo.com.

“Smoke on the Mountain”
Chickasaw Civic Theatre presents “Smoke on the Mountain” Jan. 25-27 and Feb. 1-3. A fun, family-friendly musical telling the story of a Saturday night gospel sing at a rural church in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains in 1938. Featuring old-time gospel songs including “I’ll Fly Away,” “No Tears in Heaven” and more. For tickets visit cctshows.com or call 251-457-8887.

“The Undersea Well”
Jane Cassidy manipulates various technologies, such as speakers and projectors, and fuses light and sound to form meditative environments filled with visual music. Mobile Museum of Art; call 251-208-5200 or visit mobilemuseumofart.com.

Alabama bicentennial murals
Through Feb. 23 at Eastern Shore Art Center. Fairhope artist and historian Dean Mosher has created nine murals for the state’s bicentennial, two of which are being displayed for the very first time in this exhibit. Visit esartcenter.org.


MUSEUMS

“Parading through Time”
Through April 20 at 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.

“Jerusalem” at The Exploreum
Through Jan. 25. “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

Midtown Girls Softball registration
Sunday, Jan. 2, 2 p.m. at Sage Park. Midtown Girls Softball, based at Sage Park and Texas Street, offers fast-pitch softball for girls ages 4-12. All skill levels are welcome. Spring 2019 season will run February through May. Register at midtowngirlssoftball.com; registration closes Jan. 31.

Reese’s Senior Bowl 2019
Saturday, Jan. 26, 1:30 p.m., Ladd-Peebles Stadium. For complete event information, practice schedules and tickets, visit seniorbowl.com.

Blakeley “Battlefield Blitz”
Inaugural “Battlefield Blitz” 5K and fun run will be Saturday, Jan. 26, 8 a.m. at Historic Blakeley Park. Preregistration costs $20. Visit blakeleypark.com/events.

“Run the Beach”
A three-race half-marathon series, whether you run, walk or wheel to the finish line. The series begins with The Big Beach Half-Marathon on Jan. 27 followed by the Sea Turtle Half-Marathon Feb. 16. Register at GulfShores.com/Sports/Run-the-Beach.

Pool Club
Mitternight Park Pool Club (off University and Moffett) is open Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., for anyone looking for a wholesome place to play pool and bumper pool. Instructor Dwayne Rapp will be there to help any beginners. Call 251-463-7980 or 251-208-1610.

Tennis Club
Laun Park Table Tennis Club (off Cottage Hill and Demetropolis) is open Mondays and Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. for all interested in playing table tennis. Coach Mike Ho is available to play or help with beginners. Call 251-463-7980 or 251-208-1610.

Piyo Stretch/Tone
Stott’s Studio (off Cottage Hill and N. Demetropolis) is offering Piyo Stretch (relaxing Pilates and yoga), Piyo Tone (toning Pilates and yoga plus weights). Call 251-463-7980 or 251-208-1610.

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.

West Coast Swing in Fairhope
Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 199 in Fairhope. Hosted by the Pensacola Dance Society, it’s different every week and based around the level of the students in the room. Followed by a practice dance with Q&A time with the instructors. Call 850-503-9978 for more information.

Adult skate night
The second and fourth Sunday of each month, 8-10:30 p.m. at Dreamland Skate Center (5672 Three Notch Road) with DJ Beaux, $5. Call 251-661-6997.


WORKSHOPS

Mural workshop
Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m. at Cedar Street Social Club. Learn about the practice and business of creating large-scale murals from artist Skye Walker and get a sneak peek at Mobile’s next mural project. Free and open to the public, made possible through a partnership between the Mobile Arts Council and The Jake Peavy Foundation. RVSP at mobilearts.z2systems.com.


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.