November 28

Turkey Trot for Hope
Camp Rap-A-Hope is sponsoring a 5K run/walk and race walk starts at 8 a.m.; 5K Fun Run starts at 9 a.m. Contact: http://www.camprapahope.org

Thursdays at the Museum
Free admission and access to all galleries; special programs. Thu, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Mobile Museum of Art (4850 Museum Dr) Free.

Contact: 251-208-5200/ www.mobilemuseumofart.com


November 29

Magic Christmas in Lights
Stroll through over 3 million sparkling lights and over 950 displays throughout the 65 acre Garden estate. The Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and poinsettias encompass the Gardens. Magic Christmas in Lights is open daily through December 31, 2013 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and closed December 25th. Tours of the Bellingrath Home are every hour and half hour until 8:30 p.m.

Mimosas & Muffins
Stop by Domke Market during your shopping marathon and take advantage of sale, make a custom holiday gift basket, and enjoy light refreshments and snacks. 9a.m. (Free)


November 30

Small Business Saturday
November 30th is the day to support the small businesses that you care about. In answer to Cyber Monday and Black Friday, days that traditionally benefit big box retailers; the small business community in Downtown Mobile will participate in the third annual Small Business Saturday. Participating merchants will open their doors for extended hours and offer door prizes and bargains throughout the day. Downtown Mobile

The Gulf Coast Ballet Theatre Presents: The Nutcracker
Nov 30 & Dec 1. IP Casino (Tickets/ $15-$30) Contact: 228-436-3000

Workshop: Kids Studio
For ages 6–12. Sat, 11 a.m. Centre for the Living Arts, CLA Classroom (301 Conti St) Free. Contact: 251-208-5658 (Brennan Gibson)/ www.centreforthelivingarts.com

December 1

Religious Freedom Walk
Celebrating Diversity of worship & belief in our community, join us for a one mile walk and interfaith candle lighting. Sunday, December 1st, 2013, Spring Hill College, 2:30p.m. (Free) Contact: 767-1812

The Gulf Coast Ballet Theatre Presents: The Nutcracker
Nov 30 & Dec 1. IP Casino (Tickets/ $15-$30) Contact: 228-436-3000

Open Studio
Artists at work; complimentary mimosas; works by more than 60 area artists on display.Sun, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Cathedral Square Gallery (612 Dauphin St) Contact: 251-694-0278 / [email protected]/http://cathedralsquaregallery.blogspot.com


December 2

Sound of Christmas from the Hill
With the Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society, the Spring Hill College Chorale, and The Boys & Girls Club Honor Chorus of Lower Alabama. Program features music by Sir John Rutter, sacred classics, and secular music from the Peanuts Christmas specials, as well as “The King Shall Come” by composer, performer and Spring Hill College librarian Brett Heim. 7:30 PM. Spring Hill College, St. Joseph Chapel (4000 Dauphin St)  Contact: 251-434-9325 (Terry D Maddox)

Mobile in Black and White
Join us at the Center for the Living Arts for a free screening of a documentary video project on race relations in Mobile, Alabama. The primary objective of this project is to build awareness in the community about the impacts of race and racialization as institutional and structural phenomena that insidiously pervade our society rather than as simple individual/interpersonal incidents that we seem to have moved beyond. Mobile in Black and White is a collaborative effort between Mobile United, University of South Alabama, Rob Gray and Joe’l Lewis. There will be a post film discussion with Rob Gray, Joe’l Lewis, and Stephen Black on the past, present, and future of race relations in Mobile. 7p.m. (Free)

Moonlight Chasse’ Ballroom Dance Society
Dance, live music, cash bar. Partner not required. Lessons: 7 – 7:30 p.m.; dance 7:30 – 10 p.m. First & third Mon. Fitzpen Place (11247 Hwy 31, Spanish Fort) Members/ $7; nonmembers/ $10; college students/ $5.  Contact: 251-377-4069 or [email protected] (Cassie Fishbein) 


December 3

FILM PREMIERE: “AMERICA’S AMAZON”
The film, “America’s Amazon,” is a densely-packed, locally-produced documentary on the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, covering everything from the ancient climatic forces that shaped its evolution to its remarkable biological richness to current issues putting increased pressure on its fragile ecosystems. Saenger Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the film starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. For more information visit mobilesaenger.com or americasamazon.net.

Home For The Holidays
Bronstein’s Fine Furniture will host Bronstein’s “Home For The Holidays” on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 458 Azalea Rd. from 4-7 p.m. Shop more than 25 local boutiques, artists, jewelers and gourmet shops. Bring canned goods for the Bay Area Food Bank and be entered in the drawing to win a grand prize. For more information visit www.bronsteins.com Contact: 251-343-7200

Cultilvating a Culture of Teamwork
Mobile Technical Institute/MTI Business Solutions present Cultivating a Culture of Teamwork on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1301 Azalea Rd., from 9 a.m. to Noon. Advance registration required. The cost to attend is $60. Continuing education credits available. For more information visit http://mobiletechwebsite.com / Contact: 251-478-6848

HOLIDAY CONCERT: USA CONCERT CHOIR AND UNIVERSITY CHORALE
Conductor: Laura Moore. 7:30 PM. University of South Alabama, Laidlaw Recital Hall (5751 USA Dr S) General/ $8; USA faculty, staff & students, youths under 18 and senior citizens/ $5 (cash or check only) Contact: 251-460-6136/ www.southalabama.edu/music

Chess Club
For ages 6 and up; beginners and experienced players. Coach: Nick Elmes. Tue, 4 p.m., through Dec 10. Mobile Public Library, Ben May Main (701 Government St) Registrations recommended. Contact: 251-208-7086/ www.mplonline.org

Lessons: Salsa and Argentine Tango
All levels welcome; partner not required. 7:30 p.m.: Salsa; 8:30 p.m.: Tango. Every Tue, except the third. Southern Edge Dance Studio (251 Greeno Rd, Fairhope) Contact: 251-377-4069 or [email protected] (Cassie Fishbein)

Discovery Tuesday
For ages 8 – 14. Library associate Jaime Lee will teach simple signs to be incorporated into artwork. 3:30 PM. Mobile Public Library, Semmes Branch (9150 Moffett Rd) Contact: 251-645-6840/ www.mplonline.org


December 4

Congressional Debate
On Wednesday, Dec. 4, the League of Women Voters will present a Congressional Debate at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School gymnasium, 1501 Old Shell Rd. at 7 p.m. Democratic candidate Burton LeFlore will face Republican Bradley Byrne prior to the Dec. 17 vote to fill District 1’s congressional seat. Contact: 251-504-6118

American Advertising Awards
AAF Mobile Bay will host the American Advertising Awards 101 on Wednesday Dec. 4, at True Midtown Kitchen, 1104 Dauphin St. at 11:30 a.m. Michele Massey, national vice chair of the American Adverting Awards (formerly the ADDYs), will teach you why, what and how to enter. Admission is free for members $20 for guest. For more information visit www.aafmobilebay.org Contact: 251-404-295

Food Manager Certification Class
On Wednesday, December 4, Mobile Technical Institute/MTI Business Solutions will host a Serv Safe Food Protection Manager Certification Class, 1301 Azalea Rd. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Earn your ServSafe Food Protection manager certification at this one-day training and testing event. Same day exam results. Advance registration required. The cost $160. For more information visit www.mobiletechwebsite.com Contact: 251-478-6848

Workshop: Pre-K Studio
For ages 3 – 5. Wed, 11 a.m. Centre for the Living Arts, CLA Classroom (301 Conti St) Free. Contact: 251-208-5658 (Brennan Gibson)/ www.centreforthelivingarts.com