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The Lighting of the Tree
Friday, November 22, beginning 5 p.m. in Mardi Gras Park. The City of Mobile welcomes in the holiday season with pictures with Santa, live music and much more. Shop in our merry market and enjoy live entertainment. Be sure to be there by 6 p.m., as we kick off the holiday season when the Mayor and Santa light up the tree at 6:10 p.m. For more information visit ncs.mobile.org/new.
Christmas Nights of Lights
Now through January 1, 5:30-10 p.m. at Hank Aaron Stadium. Over 1 million LED lights, driven by over 50,000 computer channels, are synchronized to a variety of rocking Christmas music and some traditional classic playing through your car radio. Admission is $6 per person (3 and under free). For more information visit https://www.christmasnightsoflights.com/.
Fairhope Lighting of the Trees
Thursday, November 21, 5:30. Festivities begin at 5:30 and the lights come on at 6 p.m. sharp! Entertainment includes the Fairhope High School band, the Fairhope Middle School band, and the Eastern Shore Choral Society. Mrs. Claus will be passing out candy canes and letting children write a wish list to Santa for her to take back to the North Pole. Find more information find us on Facebook @CityofFairhope.
5th Annual Hargrove Foundation Gala
Friday, November 22, Mobile Convention Center. Reception 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m., featuring General Colin L. Powell as the keynote speaker and Dan Borne, Public Address voice of LSU’s Tiger Stadium as master of ceremonies. For complete information please visit https://hargrovefoundation.org/2019-foundation-gala.
Saturday, November 23 – December 2 at Gulfquest Museum. The ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships will be in port for walk-aboard, self-guided tours. Admission charges are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for students 5 – 16. Children 4 and under are Free. The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No reservations necessary. For more information call 251.436.8901.
Family Farm Day
Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m. at Humming Star Alpacas (Silverhill, AL). Come visit and learn about the alpacas, explore items made of alpaca fiber and shop local vendors. For more information visit www.hummingstaralpacas.com.
Mobile International Festival
Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at The Grounds. The festival provides a world travel, and it offers the opportunity to meet people from over 70 countries face-to-face, a chance to speak different languages, sample food, learn geography, history, art, social studies, music, and science. For tickets and more information visit www.mobileinternationalfestival.org or call 251-285-5004.
Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party
Saturday, November 23, 3 – 5 p.m. Beau Rivage’s Camellia Ballroom. Children can enter the enchanted fairy garden and get their fairy wings, craft ornaments, decorate cupcakes and create custom fairy dust slime with characters from the Nutcracker Ballet. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling 228-324-6296 or visiting www.msgulfcoastballettheatre.com. For a full schedule of Beau Rivage Christmas events, visit www.beaurivage.com.
A Twist on “Doctor Who Day”
Saturday, November 23, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Foley Public Library. Please come in costume and join the library for this morning of “Doctor Who” celebrations including a new “twist” the “Who Am I?” spinning wheel. For more information, please check out the library’s website at www.foleylibrary.org or call the library at 251-943-7665.
“A Very Terry Christmas”
Saturday, November 23, 3 and 7 p.m. at Beau Rivage. Ventriloquist, impressionist, stand-up comedian Terry Fator brings his unique brand of entertainment. For a complete listing of holiday events, please visit www.beaurivage.com. Tickets are $34.95, $44.95, $54.95 and $74.95 plus tax and facility fees. Purchase tickets online or by calling the Beau Rivage Box Office at 888.566.7469. Children attending the show must be over 5 years old.
Saturday, November 23, 7:30 a.m. in Cathedral Square. Fresh produce, local vendors, baked goods, farm eggs, fresh seafood, canned preserves, local honey, handmade art, plants, herbs and more.
Magic Christmas in Lights Preview
Sunday, November 24, 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy an elegant evening in the Gardens, with food, drinks and musical entertainment, and get the first look at the 2019 Magic Christmas in Lights display, which will open to the public on November 29, 2019. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit bellingrath.org, or call 251-459-8868.
Begins November 29 at Wales West. Friday-Sunday 4 – 9 p.m. Enjoy a steam train ride to the North Pole and visit Santa Claus with your whole family this holiday season at Wales West. Guests will travel by train through a snowy winter wonderland featuring more than 1 million twinkling lights. For tickets and more information visit www.waleswest.com.
Saturday, November 30, 10 a.m. Ben May Library. Join us as we journey through Alabama history, from the Native American period through wars and major changes in the lives of Alabamians. With the aid of resources from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a tableau of chapter members and guests will provide informative commentary. Light refreshments provided. Admission is free. For more information, please call 340-1458.
Mums at Bellingrath Gardens
Now thru November 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The nation’s largest outdoor display of the signature blooms of the season. The Gardens and Home will be festooned with hundreds of colorful, four-foot-long cascades of chrysanthemums on bridges and balconies, as well as the traditional displays of mums in baskets and containers. Guests will also see columns of mums and bedded plants along the Great Lawn’s dramatic border, in the rich fall colors of red, yellow, bronze, lavender and white. The Southeast Tourism Society has named Bellingrath’s Chrysanthemums Show one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for November 2019. The display is set out in the last week of October. Check the “Mum Watch” page on bellingrath.org for daily updates.
Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (for 2020)
Now through December 15, 2019. If you need assistance enrolling or re-enrolling in the A.C.A. (healthcare), volunteer navigators are available at the Fairhope Public Library each Tuesday evening from 5:15 -7:30 and each Friday morning from 9:15 – 11:30. These services are free. Just bring your cell phone, your social security number, and an estimate of the income you and other family members project for the year 2020.
Compassionate Friends of Mobile
Every second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. in Room 207 of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, corner of Dauphin and Catherine streets (Mobile). CFM is a support group for bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents. Call 251-721-2209 or visit compassionatefriendsmobile.org.
Lupus Support Group Meeting
Every third Saturday of the month, 2-4 p.m., Providence Hospital in Moorer Conference Room #1. Sponsored by Hats & Heels Inc. Visit hatsandhealsinc.org.
Heart & Soul Book Club Meeting
Every fourth Saturday, 4-5:30 p.m., Mobile West Regional Library. Contact Cassandra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marine Corps Toys for Tots
Now through December 2, EXIT at East Bay Realty. Drop off toys at 22051 Broad Street. Silverhill, Alabama 36576. For more information, please call 251-947-1170 or visit our website exitateastbay.com.
Thursday, November 21, 6:30-9:30 p.m., USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute (1660 Springhill Ave.) Gala supports cancer research at USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. Tickets: $175. For more information or to purchase tickets: usahealthsystem.com/events/celebrate-hope.
Wednesday, November 27, 12-10 p.m. at Fairhope Brewing. Live music and food truck. Proceeds from the toss will benefit Feeding the Gulf Coast.
“The Elf on the Shelf”
Wednesday, November 20, 7 p.m. Saenger Theatre. Inspired by the box set, The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition, this touring stage production will give families a glimpse into the magical world of Santa’s North Pole through song and dance numbers. For tickets and more information visit mobilesaenger.com.
Wind Ensemble concert
Thursday, November 21, 7:30 pm, USA Laidlaw Recital Hall. The USA Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. William Petersen, will perform feature works written originally for bands and also works that have been transcribed for the genre. Admission is $8 general and $5 for USA faculty and staff. For more information please call 251-460-7116 or 251-460-6136.
Saturday, November 23, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 24, 2:30 p.m. at Saenger Theatre. The Mobile Symphony’s popular “Beethoven and Blue Jeans” casual concert is back with Beethoven’s heroic Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” For more information tickets and visit saengermobile.com.
Studio open house
Saturday, November 30, 10 a.m. at Rene Culler Glass LLC/Bordeaux Woodworks (2462 & 2468 Commercial Park Dr.) Get a head start on holiday shopping and enjoy live demos throughout the day. For information find us on Facebook @ReneCullerGlass.
“It’s Christmas Time!”
Sunday, December 1, 4 p.m. at St. Joseph Chapel on the campus of Spring Hill College. Mobile Vocal Arts (MVA) will present their annual Holiday Concert entitled “It’s Christmas Time!.” This annual seasonal offering will feature both secular and sacred favorites with a focus on a diversity of both standard and French Christmas Carols. The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. Donations accepted at the door. For further information, contact Terry D. Maddox, M.M. – Artistic Director – 251 406-1454 or email@example.com
Now through December 1st at the History Museum of Mobile. Mine the mysteries of diamond formation, and explore the unique environments that create these precious stones. For more information visit historymuseumofmobile.com.
“Married in Mobile”
Now through December 31st at the History Museum of Mobile. Features wedding gowns from 1852 to present and wedding accessories dating back to 1766. For more information visit historymuseumofmobile.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. 4850 Museum Drive, Mobile. Call 251-208-5200.
2019 Hargrove Foundation Golf Classic
Friday, November 22, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Registration and breakfast 7 a.m. – shotgun start 8 a.m. For tickets and complete information please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-hargrove-foundation-golf-classic-registration-68859040243?ref=ebtnebregn.
Turkey 10-Miler and 5k
Saturday, November 23, 8 a.m. River Delta Marine in Creola, AL. Benefiting Creola Police and Rescue, River Delta Marina and Drug Education Council. Please bring canned or packaged non-perishable food to the race to donate to Feeding the Gulf Coast (aka Bay Area Foodbank). For more information visit https://portcitypacers.com/turkey-10-miler/
Turkey Trot for Hope
Thursday, November 28, 8 a.m. (5K) and 9 a.m. (1-mile) at Mardi Gras Park. Gather with family on Thanksgiving Day to run or walk in support of Camp Rap-A-Hope. For more information and to register visit https://www.camprapahope.org/.
Azalea ballroom dance
Live music and dance 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at Dreamland skate center (5672 Three Notch Rd. • 251-751-2596) Dance lessons 6-7 p.m .$10 each. Dance $10 7-9:30 music by Platinum Premiere. Next dance December11th.
Gobble then wobble
Saturday, November 30th, Gulf Shore, AL. Half marathon, 5k or 1-mile beach fun run. Register at Team-Magic.com. For more information visit GulfShores.com/Sports or call 1-800-745-SAND.
Bingo at Via
Bingo every Tuesday and Thursday, 1-3 p.m. Join us for lunch at Via Cafe $7 each. Bingo $4 per packet. Via Health, Fitness, Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. (Mobile), 251-470-5222. Open to public.
Focusing on Nature
Saturday, November 23, 9 – 11 a.m. Historic Blakeley State Park. Instructor, Nancy Milford will lead an interactive program to help amateur and aspiring artists develop drawing skills and focus on easily-overlooked botanicals such as mushrooms and wildflowers. The workshop is complimentary with regular park admission. For more details please visit www.blakeleypark.com/events or call 251-626-0798.
Watercolors in the Gardens
Fridays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. now through December 13 at Mobile Botanical Gardens. The class will utilize the varying iconic landscape of the Garden. For complete information visit mobilebotanicalgardens.com.
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.
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