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Cruise to Bottle Creek Indian mounds
On Dec. 1 and 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.


GENERAL INTEREST

A night with Bryan Stevenson
Hear insights from Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of “Just Mercy,” Wednesday, Nov. 28, 5-9 p.m. at the USA Mitchell Center. Free, but registration is required. Visit bryanstevensonmobile.eventbrite.com.

University Hospital Open House
University Hospital, formerly USA Medical Center, invites you to join us for a holiday open house starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the hospital lobby. Photo booth with Santa, sweet treats and a live musical performance. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to our neighbors at the Dumas Wesley Community Center.

Lighting of Mobile’s Tree
Join the city of Mobile’s annual celebration of the holidays at the tree lighting in Mardi Gras Park on Friday, Nov. 30, 5-8 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa
Come take The Polar Express, Saturday, Dec. 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier church (2034 St. Stephens Road). Pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, face painting, “The Polar Express” movie and much more. Don’t forget to wear your favorite pajamas. Tickets $8 per person. Call 251-767-6012, seating is limited.

“Poetry for Life”
Come meet counselor, poet and author Booker T. Smith Jr. as he reads aloud from his new book, “Poetry for Life.” Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. at the Toulminville Branch of Mobile Public Library. Call 251-438-7075 or email glaffiette@mplonline.org.

Holiday Meet & Greet
Come meet and mingle with the local talented artists and authors from the Semmes community. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2-4 p.m. Semmes Regional Library. Light refreshments, special gift purchases. Call 251-645-6840.

“Who Killed the Boss at the Xmas Party?”
Mobile Mystery Dinner Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church. Advance reservations required; mobilemysterrydinners.com

Outdoor Market at 5 Rivers
Shop for local, handmade arts and crafts, and locally grown farmers market items Sunday, Dec. 2, 12-4 p.m. Bleus Burger food truck, selfies with Santa from 1-3 p.m., and local children’s author Jerrye Sumrall. Call 251-621-0782.

Christmas on Dauphin Island
Miss Dauphin Island Pageant at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the parish hall of St. Edmund’s Catholic Church. Town’s Christmas parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, starting at Cadillac Square and ending at Dauphin Island Elementary School. Tree-lighting ceremony at dusk on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Water Tower Plaza. Santa Claus will be on hand, there will be a special patch of snow for the children and volunteers will serve refreshments. Christmas Boat Parade, Saturday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. at Billy Goat Hole (East End). Call Town Hall at 251-861-5525.

St. Lawrence Christmas Bazaar
Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Lawrence (370 S. Section St., Fairhope). Variety of unique vendors, arts, crafts, antiques and food.

Christmas on the Hill
Spring Hill’s annual family-friendly event Sunday, Dec. 2, 1-5 p.m. Dance performances, shopping and activities — train rides, horse-drawn carriage, photos with Santa, new photo booth. Admission free.

Christmas at the Bragg
Dec. 1-21, guests are invited to share the spirit of the season at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. Historical tours are 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 will host Breakfast with Santa Dec. 1, 8 and 15. Breakfast buffet 7-10:30 a.m., pictures with Santa 8-11 a.m. Reservations required, call 251-928-9201.

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. 3, 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 Nov. 30, Dec. 2, 8, 9, 14-16, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission $20 per carriage ride. Visit ALWharf.com for details.

“Lights of Love”
Come see the “Lights of Love” Holiday Tree Trail, a free display of 100 live trees decorated and open to the public. More than 50 bronze sculptures and statues, adorned with Santa hats, are also featured. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital. Tree lighting, live music and performances, holiday treats and Santa.

Christmas at the Conde-Charlotte Museum
Enjoy the beauty of the holidays at one of the oldest homes in Alabama Dec 4. 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, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center in Gulf Shores. Admission is free.


FUNDRAISERS

Christmas by the Bay
Baldwin Humane Society will host Thursday, Nov. 29, at The Venue. Dinner, dancing, silent auction. Tickets $55 in advance, $65 at the door. Visit baldwinhumane.org.

Hargrove Foundation Gala
The Hargrove Foundation will host its fourth gala Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Renaissance Battle House Hotel in downtown Mobile. Keynote address by Frank Abagnale. Proceeds support Hargrove Adaptive Toy (HAT) Project, an initiative focusing on retrofitting toy vehicles according to the specific needs of mobility-challenged children. Visit hargovefoundation.org for more information.

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 has planned several events to mark the 30th annual World AIDS Day. “Know Your Status” Friday, Nov. 30, 12:30 p.m. at Cathedral Square. “Scarlet Event” Friday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m. at Cathedral Square. Call 251-690-8167 or 251-690-8170.

Elf Ride
Join us for the second annual Elf Ride Friday, Nov. 30, at Daphne City Hall. Dress up in your best elf costume and decorate your bike. Proceeds will benefit the Bounds Family YMCA. Cost is $25 for adults (w/T-shirt), $10 for ages 7+, 6 and under free. Register at ysal.org.

PAWty with Santa
Bring your dog and help raise funds for Saraland Animal Shelter Sunday, Dec. 2, 4-7 p.m. at the OK Bicycle Shop in Mobile. Live music and raffle. Find us on Facebook @saraland.pets.

Barber Battle & Beauty Expo
The Palmer Williams Group will host Sunday, Dec. 2, 3-10 p.m. at The Grounds (1035 Cody Road). The event features beauty, health and wellness products/services vendors, free health screenings by Remington College, an entertainment showcase, Kids Zone and a haircutting contest. Free for children 14 and under; $10 in advance for those 15+ or $15 at the door. Proceeds will be used for Palmer Williams Group’s programs. Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite.


ARTS

USA Woodwind Ensembles Fall Concert
Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets sold at the door only. Admission is $8 general and $5 for USA faculty and staff, USA students, youths under 18 and all senior citizens. Call 251-460-7116.

“Junie B. Jones Jr. — The Musical”
Nov. 29-30 at the Daphne Civic Center. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Presented by Center Stage Performance. Tickets at eventbrite.com.

Show Toons & Sunsets
Cartoonist/columnist J.D. Crowe shares his photography and colorful cartoons. Friday, Nov. 30, 6-9 p.m. at Art House (1100 Dauphin St.).

“A Christmas Carol, The Musical”
Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre will perform “A Christmas Carol, The Musical” Saturday, Dec. 1, at The Steeple on St. Francis, 251 St. Francis Street in downtown Mobile. Showtimes 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets available at easternshorerep.org.

“O Holy Night”
Mobile’s Singing Children Concert Series. Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Sunday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m. at Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church.

“Babes in Toyland”
The 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.


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.

“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

Fall Softball Clinic
Midtown Girls Softball and Spring Hill College Softball bring you Fall Softball Clinic, Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. at Texas Street Rec. Grades 1-8; cost $10 plus two canned items. SHC softball team will instruct campers in all areas of the game including hitting, bunting, fielding, pitching, defense and baserunning. Visit midtowngirlssoftball.com.

Free Tai Chi class
Monday, Dec. 3, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Springhill Baptist Church Rec Center, Rooms 213-215 (11 S. McGregor Ave.). Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes and shoes. Contact Al Warsh at 251-230-5001.

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

Medicare open enrollment seminars
The Mobile Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the Area Agency on Aging/SHIP to offer a free seminar Friday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to noon, at Stott Park Community Center (2150 Demetropolis Road) to better understand Medicare choices.

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. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 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.