Mum’s the word at Bellingrath!
Bellingrath Gardens and Home presents the nation’s largest outdoor display of chrysanthemums. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Check “Mum Watch” on bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.


GENERAL INTEREST

Jingle and Mingle
Jingle and Mingle is a chance to get a first peek at holiday merchandise in the Bellingrath Gift Shop, Thursday, Nov. 15, 5:30-8 p.m. and to take advantage of discounts. Complimentary wine and cheese and free food samples. Sign up for a chance to win the Magic Christmas in Lights package. Visit Bellingrath.org.

Christus lecture at SHC
Christus, an ecumenical consortium of bay-area churches, presents “Building and Belief: An Architectural History of Sacred Architecture in Mobile” by Cartledge W. Blackwell, on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in Byrne Hall on the Spring Hill College campus. Admission $3. Visit christus@shc.edu.

Family paint night
FLI Studios will host a “Super FLI” family paint night Thursday, Nov. 15, at 4 p.m. Bring your dinner and spend the evening creating something for your home. For tickets and more information, email flistudio.com@gmail.com.

Fairhope’s tree lighting
The city of Fairhope will kick off the holiday season with its annual tree-lighting ceremony Thursday, Nov. 15. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and lights come on at 6 p.m. sharp. Find us on Facebook @CityofFairhope.

“Dementia Tsunami”
Join Gina Germany with Touching Hearts Senior Care and other guest speakers as they address dementia, Thursday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration strongly encouraged; call 251-208-7078 or 251-208-7085, or email jsigler@mplonline.org.

Port City Craftsmen
The 2018 Port City Craftsmen show will run Nov. 16-18 at the Abba Shrine Auditorium (7701 Hitt Road, Mobile). Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $3, or $2 with a canned good to be donated to Feeding the Gulf Coast. Children 13 and under free.

Blessing of the animals
Bring your pets to West Side United Methodist Church, Saturday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a blessing for you and your pet from Rev. Justin Todd. Rabies clinic, $10 per pet, by Dr. Sally Todd, plus a pet adoption and treats and toys available from Pet Supplies Plus. 269 Mohawk St., Mobile. Call 251-478-3721.

Mobile International Festival
The 35th annual Mobile International Festival will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at The Grounds (1035 Cody Road N.) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets $12 adult, $10 seniors and children 12 and under free. Visit mobileinternationalfestival.org.

Cruise to mounds
On Nov. 17, Blakeley Park offers the first guided excursion of the season to the Bottle Creek Mounds, 18 earthen mounds built centuries ago by Native Americans. Cruise leaves at 9:30 a.m., returns 12:30 p.m. Tickets cost $35 for adults and $17 for children 6-12. Purchase online at blakeleypark.com/Event.

RenFaire-Pirate Festival
Join us for a weekend of fun at The Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire Nov. 17-18 at Medieval Village in Robertsdale. Jousting, war horse rides, belly dancers as well as music, food and drinks. Adults $10/children $5 (4 and under free). Weekend passes available. Visit ecrf.us.

Archaeology Rocks!
Saturday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the USA Archaeology Museum. Stop in anytime to explore the lab, where kids can learn the fundamentals of rocks and minerals and do fun experiments to help identify them. Admission to the museum and event is free.

Drag Queen Story Hour
Rainbow Mobile will present its next Drag Queen Story Hour Saturday, Nov. 17, 4:30 p.m. at the Mobile West Regional Library. Two books will be read: “A Family Is a Family Is a Family” by Sara O’Leary and “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” by Maya Angelou. There will be movement breaks as well as arts and crafts activities.

Church bazaar
St. Mark United Methodist Church at 269 Azalea Road in Mobile will host an indoor yard sale/bazaar Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Miscellaneous yard sale/flea market items, antiques, vintage items and homemade bazaar and holiday crafts.

Dark Secrets Tour
Walking history tour by lantern light through the streets of downtown Mobile. Saturday, Nov. 17, at The Admiral Hotel, 6:30 p.m. Tickets $20 or $27 (includes handcrafted cocktail). Visit secrethistorytours.com.

Movie in the Street
Join us Saturday, Nov. 17, for the 9th annual “Movie in the Street: On Fairhope Avenue,” near the intersection of Section Street and Fairhope Avenue. The popular holiday movie “Polar Express” will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, call 251-929-1466.

Enlighten the World
Please join us for the Mobile observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance Nov. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Ben May Main Library in downtown Mobile. This is the 18th annual observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which commemorates those who have been killed due to transgender hatred.

Mum’s the word at Bellingrath!
Bellingrath Gardens and Home presents the nation’s largest outdoor display of chrysanthemums. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Check “Mum Watch” on bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217.

Songwriters’ Festival
The 34th annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival will feature more than 200 nationally acclaimed songwriters in venues along the Florida/Alabama Gulf Coast. Through Nov. 18. Visit frankbrownsongwriters.com.

Fall Market in the Park
Fall Market in Cathedral Square concludes this Saturday morning, Nov. 17, 7:30 a.m. to noon. Live musical performances, one-of-a-kind arts and crafts produced by local artisans and locally grown produce, seafood, cheese and eggs, honey, flowers and plants, baked goods, pasta. Find us on Facebook @MobileArtsCouncil.


FUNDRAISERS

10th annual Celebrate Hope
Celebrate Hope, the signature gala for USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, 6-10 p.m. at the institute. It will feature dishes by local chefs paired with wine and craft beer, plus live entertainment. Find us on Facebook @mitchellcancer.

Art Soup 2018
Join us Friday, Nov. 16, at Azalea Manor for Art Soup, 6-9 p.m. A fee of $25 provides you with a handcrafted bowl by a local artist, soups from local restaurants, beer/wine or soda and music featuring Swing. Benefits The Salvation Army, McKemie Place, Family Promise, Ransom Ministries, Wings of Life and Penelope House. Visit artsoupmobile.org.

Junior League Christmas Jubilee
A holiday market featuring more than 100 merchants from around the country at the Mobile Convention Center, Nov. 15-17. All proceeds benefit the Junior League of Mobile. Visit juniorleaguemobile.org.


ARTS

Christmas Spectacular
The University of Mobile Christmas Spectacular will be Nov. 15-17 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. at Cottage Hill Baptist Church in Mobile. A holiday tradition, this will be an event for the whole family to. Tickets at itickets.com.

“The Sound of Music”
Center Stage Performance presents “The Sound of Music” Nov. 16-18 at the Daphne Civic Center. Showtimes are 6:30 p.m. with a matinee Nov. 17. Tickets at eventbrite.com.

“5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche”
Company 11 performances will be Nov. 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. in Bellingrath Hall of Central Presbyterian. Purchase tickets at company11.org.

“Othello”
The Joe Jefferson Playhouse concludes its production of Shakespeare’s “Othello” this weekend. Friday and Saturday curtain at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Visit joejeffersonplayers.com.

Garden sketch club
Visit Mobile Botanical Gardens every Friday, 2-4 p.m., for a relaxing time sketching in the gardens. All levels of experience welcome. General admission is $5 for nonmembers.

SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Cougars on the Fairway
Corpus Christi Catholic School will host Cougars on the Fairway Saturday, Nov. 17, at Spring Hill College Golf Course. Shotgun start 10 a.m., four-person scramble. Lunch, beverages, doors prizes, longest drive and closest to the pin. Visit school.corpuschristiparish.com.

November Karma Yoga
Sterling Hot Yoga & Wellness will hold a 5:30 p.m. class on Mondays (Nov. 19 and 26) this month to help support Veterans Recovery Resources, a nonprofit, community-based mental wellness program. This month the class will be open to the public for a donation to this much-needed program.

Run-ish at FIVE
Run-ish, walk-ish, bike-ish, drink-ish. Choose your -ish and join us every Wednesday evening at 6-ish at FIVE, 609 Dauphin St. in Mobile, followed by drink and food specials. Call 251-308-3105.


MUSEUMS

“Our Beloved Women”
The Marx Library at the University of South Alabama is showing “Our Beloved Women: Matriarchs of the Poarch Creek” through December.

“Animation Academy” at Exploreum
Visitors will learn about the history of animated drawings, from prefilm animation devices to today’s computer-generated animation, and try their 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. @MobileSketchers on Facebook or visit historymuseumofmobile.com.

“Everest” at Exploreum
Celebrate Exploreum’s 20th anniversary with “Everest,” a film depicting the 1996 ascent of an international team of climbers. Visit exploreum.com.

Open sketch at 5 Rivers
Bring your drawing materials and join us Saturday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. Free and open to artists of all ages and skill levels. Photos of all sketches will be posted on Facebook @MobileSketchers.

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; 4850 Museum Drive. Call 251-208-5200.


WORKSHOPS

Medicare open enrollment seminars
The Mobile Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the Area Agency on Aging/SHIP to offer free seminars Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, to better understand Medicare choices. Locations and dates include: Newhouse Park & Community Center (2960 Alston Drive) Nov. 16; and Stott Park Community Center (2150 Demetropolis Road) Nov. 30. Call 251-208-1610.


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.