If you’re looking to entertain holiday visitors, one area cultural institution is open through the New Year with a popular exhibit entering its final days. “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World” will leave the Gulf Coast Exploreum (65 Government St.) on Jan. 1, 2017.

The exhibit explores the history and science behind this versatile music maker that has spread far beyond its ancient origins. Included are more than 100 historical artifacts, including nearly 60 guitars — including an eight-necked guitar and various specialty guitars — hands-on exhibits and one six-string that’s a record-setting 44 feet in length.

Exploreum hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. It will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Admission is $12, $10.50 for youth 13-17, $10 for youth 7-12 and $5 for youth 4-6. A senior discount is also available.
For more information, call 251-208-6893 or go to exploreum.com.

Knitting class on Spring Hill
If you’re going to be a yarn bomber, you have to start somewhere, right? Well, now is your opportunity to take up the needles and change the world thanks to the Mobile Public Library.

MPL’s Knit and Kaboodle gathering is for both knitting and crocheting by beginners and veterans alike. They meet at the Moorer/Spring Hill Branch (4 S. McGregor Ave.) on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 6 p.m.

Participants are asked to bring their special projects to learn and share with fellow crafters. For beginners wanting to learn how to crochet, it’s suggested you bring an H, I or J size hook and yarn of your choice; for knitting, bring a US #7 to #10 needle of your choice.

For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email mlmref@mplonline.org.

Ballet charity soiree is riverside
The Mobile Ballet’s biggest annual fundraiser is their Nutcracker Charity Ball held each holiday season in grand fashion. It has raised more than $1 million since 2002 to fund the outreach and education programs of Mobile Ballet, and made contributions to local children’s charities selected by the Mobile Ballet Board of Directors through a formal grant application process.

This year’s event takes place Dec. 28, 6 p.m., at the Mobile Convention Center (1 S. Water St.). The formal affair also features invited debutantes.

For more information, call 251-342-2241 or go to mobileballet.org.