Members of the Tristan de Luna Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be at the Local History and Genealogy Division on December 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to assist with your questions and research for documentation concerning visitorsancestors. For more information, call 251-208-7093
Saturday, December 2, is a big day in Satsuma: Reindeer Run and Arts & Crafts plus the Annual Christmas Parade
Satsuma Christmas Parade, hosted by Satsuma Fire Department, is Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
"White Christmas: Christmas Holiday Movie" will be playing at the Saenger Theatre, 6 S. Joachim Street, on Sunday, December 17, 2:30-4:30 p.m.; "A Madea Christmas" is scheduled on Friday, December 15 at 7 p.m.
This holiday season, the SMG managed Mobile Saenger Theatre will showcase two Christmas classic movies the way movies were meant to be seen, on the big screen! On Friday, December 15 at 7 p.m., patrons can enjoy the Tyler Perry comedy "A Madea Christmas." Then Sunday, December 17 at 2:30 PM, they can see see the classic "White Christmas". Doors open 30 minutes before the movie begins.
Tickets are general admission: $6 per adult and $3 per 12 and under child or 60+ senior. All movies will be seated on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets can be purchased beforehand at either the Saenger Theatre Box Office located at 6 South Joachim Street, Monday - Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office located at 401 Civic Center Drive, Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the showing at the Saenger Box Office.
The main concession downstairs will be open for snacks and beverages such as popcorn, sodas, candy, beer, wine and mixed drinks.
Artist Renee Edwards of Marnee's Studio recently took on the restoration of the Nativity displayed at Bellingrath Gardens & Home during Magic Christmas in Lights. The set was created by the House of Fontanini in Italy. Guests will be most impressed with the beautiful colors and intricate detail of the Nativity.
Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens & Home has 24 performance groups scheduled to bring Christmas to the South Terrace during the holiday season
Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens & Home has 24 performance groups scheduled to bring Christmas to the South Terrace during the holiday season. For a line-up of talented young performers from Mississippi and from Mobile and Baldwin Counties, visitt www.bellingrath.org.
The 2017 Grand Bay Country Christmas is Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2--Lots of fun activities
The town of Grand Bay spends December 1 and 2 at the many Grand Bay Country Christmas activities.
Here are some of them:
* The Grand Bay Town Tree Decorating, hosted by Grand Bay Country Christmas, will be on Friday, December 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the junction of Grand Bay Wilmer Road and Highway 90. The townspeople will decorate the tree; there'll be decorations on site or families can bring their own to hang on the tree. Santa will arrive later in the evening to light the beautiful tree and kick off the night's festivities. There will be free refreshments, free games, holiday music and the train rides (at $1 per ride.)
* Mr. & Miss Country Christmas Pageant, presented by Grand Bay Country Christmas, will be December 2, 9 a.m. and December 3, 10:30 a.m. The event is at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90. The pageant is costume and personality ONLY! All participants MUST be in holiday or winter themed costume. Cost per participant is $10. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the pageant begins at 9:30 a.m. There will be four crowned winners, but everyone gets a participation gift.
* "Cookies & Milk with Santa," hosted by Grand Bay Country Christmas, is Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 US Highway 90, Grand Bay. This is a free event; however, organizers are asking for a donation of a non-perishable food item to help replenish the food pantry for the holidays. Children receive cookies and milk while they wait for Santa to arrive. Santa flies in and reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and stays until everyone gets the opportunity for a photo with him
* Winter Shopper Market will be held on Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 US Highway 90. Vendors from the area will be selling their items during the Children’s Events. For information, go to mistletoemadnesssponsors-e1474180763613.
* Grand Bay Country Christmas Spectacular Parade of Lights is Saturday, December 2, 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Citizens for a Better Grand Bay. Businesses, churches, individuals and families are welcome to participate in the parade; application packages can be downloaded at grandbay.org or picked up at Azalea Real Estate on Hwy 90 or Dezauche Vintage Boutique on Dezauche Lane. Parade application deadline is Monday, Nov 20th. Call 251-865-4266 EXT 705 for more information.
Don't Miss the Tanner Williams Christmas in the Country December 2--great gumbo, wonderful preserves, baked goods, crafts, and hot spiced cider
For more than 30 years, the United Methodist Women have sponsored the Annual Christmas in the Country Bazaar and Gumbo Dinner at Tanner Williams United Methodist Church. But actually, said a UMW member, the whole church pitches in to make this event a success. It's always the first Saturday in December--this year, December 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
There will be the usual cakes, pies, candies, breads, preserves and jellies. And there'll be plenty of decorative items, as always.
And, as always, there'll be gumbo--made by the men in the church. Dinners can be eaten in the holiday atmosphere of the church or taken out, dinner, pint or quart.
Christmas in the Country at Tanner Williams Church is at 1550 Grand Bay-Wilmer Road North. For more information, call Virginia Sanderson at 251-649-2193.
The Mobile Symphony Orchestra sends the following regarding the upcoming Mobile Magical Christmas Concert:
The Mobile Symphony will bring the magic of Christmas to the Saenger Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2:30 p.m., in a concert featuring lush arrangements of holiday classics, traditional Christmas carols and selections from movie favorites such as Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street and White Christmas.
“We like the challenge of keeping our annual Christmas performances fresh, and this year, we’re pulling out all the stops to create a concert that’s truly magical,” says J.C. Barker, MSO’s general manager and director of artistic administration. “Not only will you hear the best Christmas music in town, but you’ll also see the Saenger decked out in glittering holiday finery like you’ve never seen it before.”
Ron Barrett, popular Mardi Gras designer, is building a winter wonderland throughout the theater complete with trees, snowmen and, of course, Santa.
The orchestra will be joined by soprano Diane Penning, who last appeared with the MSO for a Valentine’s pops concert in 2011, and Mobile’s Singing Children, the Gulf Coast’s top youth chorus.
Teresa Cheung, who was at the podium for last year’s holiday concert, returns as guest conductor. She is music director of Pennsylvania’s Altoona Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets are $15-$75 and can be purchased online at www.mobilesymphony.org, by phone at 251-432-2010, or at the Symphony box office, 257 Dauphin Street. Reduced-price student tickets are available for both performances.
The concert is sponsored by Alabama Power, The Daniel Foundation and WKRG-TV.
On December 1, Semmes Heritage Park, consisting of the 1902 Historic Semmes School, a turn of the century log cabin and Malone Chapel will be dressed up for Open House from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The event/park is an AL 200 endorsed presentation.
At 5:30, the Annual Old Fashioned Christmas Program will be held in Malone Chapel in the Park, 3871 Wulff Road. At the end of the program, everyone is invited to drive across Moffett Road to the Semmes Branch of the Mobile Public Library, 9150 Moffett Road.
At 6:30 p.m., the Christmas Tree Lighting, hosted by the City of Semmes, is planned and will feature the Lighting, music, Santa, cookies and Yellow Hammer hot chocolate.
"Thank Goodness It's Thursday!" Kids Studio for ages 8 to 13 is December 14, 4-5 p.m. at Ben May Main Library
"Thank Goodness It's Thursday!" Kids Studio for ages 8 to 13 is December 14, 4-5 p.m. at Ben May Main Library.
Children are invited to join staff from the Alabama Contemporary Art Center to explore contemporary art and music through hands-on and minds-on activities that stimulate and deepen their understanding of art.
For more information, call the children’s department at 251-208-7086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Pius X Annual "Market on Sage"' is December 1, 10 a.m. to December 2, 1 p.m. Ladies Night Out is on Thursday, November 30, 6-8:30 p.m. at the church, 217 S. Sage Avenue. Women are invited to the Market for some early shopping, food, and fun Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Holiday Market & Christmas Kids Day is Saturday, December 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cathedral Square, 300 Conti Street
Holiday Market & Christmas Kids Day, hosted by City of Mobile Special Events and Mobile Arts Council, is Saturday, December 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cathedral Square, 300 Conti Street.
Visitors are invited to Cathedral Square December 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for locally made arts and crafts, tasty treats, snow in the Square, holiday music, pictures, performances, as well as locally grown produce, seafood, cheese and eggs, honeys, flowers and plants, baked goods, pasta--and a SNOW MACHINE!
Thursday, December 14, is Opera Night at Bellingrath Gardens. The Voices of Mobile Opera will perform a selection of solos, duets and quartets on the South Terrace at the Bellingrath Homes. There will be performances at 5:30, 6 and 5630 p.m. The concert is included in the Magic Christmas in Lights admission.
On Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m., the Gulf Coast Trombone Choir will present "Trombones in the Garden" at Bellingrath Gardens
On Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m., the Gulf Coast Trombone Choir will present "Trombones in the Garden" at Bellingrath Gardens, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore.
The public is invited for an evening of Christmas Carols and Holiday Songs as performed by the Gulf Coast Trombone Choir on the South Terrace (during Bellingrath's 22nd Annual Magic Christmas In Lights.) Tickets and directions can be found at https://bellingrath.org/
" Holiday Market and Art Bazaar in the Gardens" is planned at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, on Friday, December 1, and Saturday, December 2. Visitors will have an opportunity to buy local handmade goods and botanical art, as well as camellias and poinsettias. The Market is presented in conjunction with the Mobile County Master Gardener Greenery Sale, so visitors can enjoy one-stop holiday shopping. For more information, go to www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org.calgardens.org or call 251-307-5382.
An "Old Dauphin Way Holiday Festival," celebrating the traditions of the entire community, is Sunday, December 3, 2-7 p.m. at the The Center for Creative Living, 60 N. Ann Street in the heart of the Old Dauphin Way Historic District. The event will honor old traditions and make new ones in this celebration of the most festive time of the year. There'll be song, good food, fun activities and great people.
Editor's note: My internet, TV and home phone have been out since Saturday. I'm sorry to be late with this post.
A few of the many holiday events in Mobile County are listed in the first segment, but there are other Christmas activities noted under other headings. Most of these events have been covered in greater detail in earlier posts on this blog.
* Bellingrath Gardens and Home celebrates 22 Years of Magic Christmas in Lights this year. The show is now open and will continue nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31, 2017. For details about Magic Christmas in Lights, or to order tickets, visit website, www.bellingrath.org. Online ticket sales begin on November 1, 2017.
* Bellingrath Gardens and Home has a full schedule of musical entertainment for Magic Christmas in Lights 2017. Schedule of groups and musicians and the date they will perform is included: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 5:30 p.m.: Alma Bryant High School Choir, Irvington, Ala.; Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6 p.m.: Satsuma High School Jazz Band, Satsuma, Ala; Thursday, Nov. 30, 5:30 p.m.: Clark-Shaw Magnet School Jazz Band, Mobile, Ala.; Thursday, Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m.: Gulfport Madrigals and Women’s Ensemble, Gulfport High School, Gulfport, Miss.; Thursday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m.: St. Martin High School Choir, Ocean Springs, Miss.; Sunday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m.: Excel Baptist Church Choir, Mobile, Ala.; Monday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m.: Biloxi High School Wind Ensemble, Biloxi, Miss.; Monday, Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m.: Allegro Singers, UMS-Wright Preparatory Lower School, Mobile, Ala.; Monday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m.: Murphy High School Advanced Chorus, Mobile, Ala.; Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m.: Alabama School of Math and Science Choir and Band, Mobile, Ala.; Thursday, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m.: Citronelle Memorial Baptist Church Christmas Choirs, Citronelle, Ala.; Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.: The Austin Singers of Mary B. Austin Elementary, Mobile, Ala.; Sunday, Dec. 10, 5:30 p.m.: Bishop State Community College Choir, Mobile, Ala.; Sunday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m.: Faith Academy’s Chamber Singers, Mobile, Ala.; Sunday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m.: Fairhope Middle and High School; Choruses, Fairhope, Ala.; Sunday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.: Mobile Christian School Chorus, Mobile, Ala.; Tuesday, Dec. 12, 5:30 p.m.: Baker High School's Baker's Dozen and Belles of Baker; Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m.: Davidson High School Warrior Sound; Wednesday, Dec. 13, 5:30 p.m.: Williamson High School's Voices of Williamson Chorus. For more information, visit bellingrath.org or call 251.973.2217.
* Suzy Baldwin invites the community to view her 2017 Christmas Lights and Sounds. Baldwin lives at 467 Landing Drive in Satsuma, and her home and yard will have 50,000 lights synchronized to more than an hour of Christmas music favorites. The show runs every evening through New Year's Day.
* The Optimist Christmas Tree Lot at the corner of Ann and Virginia streets will be open until December 22. Available will be Frazier Fir or Balsam Christmas trees. Proceeds will benefit the Optimist Branch of the Boys and Girls Club. Hours are Monday-Friday, noon-8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, please contact William Burks at 251-438-5111.
* On Tuesday, November 28, 6 p.m., Dauphin Way Baptist Church and Bayside Insurance are hosting "Trees For Hope" to Benefit Alabama Baptist Children's Home. This premier event will have pre-decorated, themed Christmas trees in various sizes for bidding. This will be a silent auction system. There will be other silent auction items, as well. A limited number of tickets are available through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trees-for-h. Dauphin Way is at 3661 Dauphin Street.
* "Lights of Love," presented by USA Children's & Women's Hospital, 1700 Center Street; USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile, invite the community to celebrate the joy and wonder of the holiday season on Tuesday, November 28 during a special tree-lighting ceremony and holiday festival. The event is free and open to the public. Rain date is Tuesday, December 4th. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. local children’s choirs and other live acts will perform. All are invited to stop by to say hello to Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald and enjoy crafts and sweet treats.
* The 15th Annual Mistletoe Mingle, hosted by the Women's Business Alliance, will be Thursday, November 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Mobile Arts Council, 318 Dauphin Street. The event includes a silent auction. Advance tickets are available online for $35 and are $45 at the door. A portion of the evening's proceeds will be donated to McKemie Place.
* University of Mobile Performing Arts Series presents "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" on Friday, December 1, 7-9 p.m. at Saraland High School, 1115 Industrial Parkway, Saraland. Ticket information is at www.itickets.com.
* Friday, December 1, 2017, 5-8 p.m. is the Annual Candlelight at The Loop event. Visitors may park at any designated location and tour the Loop on the Trolley. Visit local businesses in The Loop and delight in their Holiday offerings. For more, go to #candlelightattheloop.
* Semmes Heritage Park, consisting of the 1902 Historic Semmes School, a turn of the century log cabin and Malone Chapel will be dressed up for Open House from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Then, at 5:30, the Annual Old Fashioned Christmas Program will be held in Malone Chapel in the Park, 3871 Wulff Road.
* Semmes Old-Fashioned Christmas is Friday, December 1, 5:30 p.m. at Semmes Heritage Park, 3871 Wulff Road. Special performances will be by Indian Springs Baptist Church Youth and Children's Ensemble. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Carolyn Owens, 251-606-6160.
* Christmas Tree Lighting, hosted by the City of Semmes, is Friday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Semmes Public Library, 9150 Moffett Road, Semmes. The community is invited to the event featuring the Lighting, music, Santa, cookies and Yellow Hammer hot chocolate.
* The 29th Annual Dauphin Island Pageant is Friday, December 1, 7 p.m. at St. Edmunds Church Hall. Girls aged 2-18 who live on Dauphin Island and/or attend Dauphin Island School are eligible to participate. Applications will be available at Town Hall beginning November 1, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.Registration deadline is November 27, 4 p.m.
* The Grand Bay Town Tree Decorating, hosted by Grand Bay Country Christmas, will be on Friday, December 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the junction of Grand Bay Wilmer Road and Highway 90. The townspeople will decorate the tree; there'll be decorations on site or families can bring their own to hang on the tree. Santa will arrive later in the evening to light the beautiful tree and kick off the night's festivities. There will be free refreshments, free games, holiday music and the train rides (at $1 per ride.) Saturday, December 2 at Grand Bay Senior Community Center, activities include the Mr. and Miss Country Christmas pageant, Winter Shopperland Market and Milk and Cookies with Santa (details below.) At the center of town on December 2nd, visitors can enjoy the Parade of Lights. The event is hosted by Citizens for a Better Grand Bay. For information, call 251-656-4576 or 251-644-2080.
* Santa will be making his list and checking it twice at The Pillars, 1757 Government Street, during Candlelight at The Loop, Friday, December 1, 5-8 p.m.. One Fine Day Photography will be available to take a professional photo of your children or family for $25. Proceeds will be donated to McKemie Place.#candlelightattheloop.
* Tony and Julee Waldrop and the University of South Alabama present "Joy to the World" 2017 Holiday Concert, Friday, December 1, 6:30 p.m. at the University of South Alabama Mitchell Center. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after the performance.
* "Cookies & Milk with Santa," hosted by Grand Bay Country Christmas, is Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 US Highway 90, Grand Bay. This is a free event; however, organizers are asking for a donation of a non-perishable food item to help replenish the food pantry for the holidays. Children receive cookies and milk while they wait for Santa to arrive. Santa flies in and reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and stays until everyone gets the opportunity for a photo with him.
* The 33rd Annual Christmas in the Country Bazaar and Gumbo Dinner at Tanner Williams United Methodist Church is Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the church, 1550 Grand Bay Wilmer Road North. Look for cakes, pies, candies, breads, preserves and jellies. And there'll be plenty of handmade decorative items. And gumbo, dinner, pint or quart. For more information, call Virginia Sanderson at 251-649-2193.
* The City of Citronelle Annual Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m. Deadline to register to be in the parade is November 29, 2017 at 4 p.m. Parade application can be submitted by email, mail, or in person at City Hall, 19135 S. Main Street, Citronelle AL 36522. Check event site for rules and regulations. For more information, contact Kendra McManus at 251-866-0221 or 251-281-6586.
* The Citronelle Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair will be on Main Street on the Citronelle Walking Trail, December 2, 2017, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information or to apply for a booth, contact Kendra McManus at 251-281-6586, 251-866-0221, email@example.com or forms and money can be paid at the Citronelle Municipal Court.
* On Saturday, December 2 at 3 p.m., Ben May Main Library will hose a Holiday Concert by the Cotton Blossom Singers from the Pine Woods School. The Choir will present a Variety Musical with some Christmas favorites for the Holiday season. Admission to the concert is free. For more information, call 251-208-7097.
* Georgetown Assembly of God 3rd Annual Christmas Jubilee--Arts and Crafts Festival is Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; for booth rental, contact Tiffany Edwards Williamson, 251-458-6366.
* Grand Bay Country Christmas Spectacular Parade of Lights is Saturday, December 2, 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Citizens for a Better Grand Bay. Businesses, churches, individuals and families are welcome to participate in the parade; application packages can be downloaded at grandbay.org or picked up at Azalea Real Estate on Hwy 90 or Dezauche Vintage Boutique on Dezauche Lane. Parade application deadline is Monday, Nov 20th. Call 251-865-4266 EXT 705 for more information (see other Grand Bay events above.)
* Satsuma Christmas Parade, hosted by Satsuma Fire Department, is Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. To enter a float, download an application from www.cityofsatsuma.com.
* "Breakfast with Santa," sponsored by SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, is Saturday, December 2, 8-9 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. The event will be held prior to the Chamber's Annual Christmas Parade with a pancake breakfast free to children ages 12 and younger with others $5. Santa will be on site for pictures which will be posted to the Chamber's website the the week after the Breakfast.
* The 5th Annual Wreaths for Charity, sponsored by the SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce and area businesses, will offer handmade artificial wreaths for sale on Saturday, December 2 at Breakfast with Santa. The sale will help raise funds for families in need. For more information, call Tina Poiroux, 251-666-2488.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 2, 2017. The parade begins in front of W.C. Griggs Elementary School at 10 a.m. with floats, Theodore High School Band, various organizations, special vehicles, dancers, elected officials and Santa. Visit the Chamber's website, www.swmcchamber.com for more information.
* Richards DAR House Museum's 2017 Christmas Open House, “What We Love About Christmas,” is Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, December 3, 1-4 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door, 256 N. Joachim Street.
* Santa Claus will be at Destination Auto Sales, 1013 Shelton Beach Road, Saraland, on Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Parents are invited to bring the children and have fun.
* The Fort of Colonial Mobile's "Ice Skating with the Snow Queen" is Saturday, December 2, 9 and 16. Tickets are available at colonialmobile.com. The Fort is at 150 S. Royal Street. Families are invited to join the Snow Queen for "an enchanted experience as we frolic in the snow and ice skate with the Snow Queen herself. Be on the lookout for appearances by special guests!"
* Christmas on the Hill is the FREE annual family event created and promoted by the Spring Hill Merchants Association and individual merchants of the area. The event is Sunday, December 3, 1-5 p.m. The community is invited to celebrate the season in the Village with special store hours and promotions, photos with Santa, children’s activities, holiday refreshments, carriage rides, strolling carolers and MORE!
* Christ United Methodist Church, 6101 Grelot Road, is presenting "Christ Is Born: Annual Christmas Concert" on Sunday, December 3, 6-7:30 p.m.
" "Sharing the Light"--Advent and Chanukah" is at Our Savior Church on Sunday, December 3, 7 p.m.
* Creola Toys for Tots -drop off locations are Creola City Hall, Creola PD or Creola VFD by Friday, December 15.
* The Children's Ministry at Christ United Methodist Church presents a Live Nativity Hayride on Wednesday, December 6, 5-7 p.m. The church is at 6101 Grelot Road; the phone is 251-342-0462.
* Guests of all ages will enjoy meeting a very special Christmas character, the Human Elf on the Shelf! Elf Greg (aka radio personality Gossip Greg) will be at Bellingrath on Wednesday, December 6. The Elf will be at Bellingrath Gardens and Home's Magic Christmas in Lights and will pose for pictures and greet guests from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
* 2017 Lighting Up Historic Midtown! --7th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, hosted by St. Mary Parish is December 7, 7-9 p.m. For more information, contact: Laurel Wallace cell 251-623-9865 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Event takes place on the campus of St. Mary Parish, 107 North Lafayette Street, Mobile.
* Company 11's performance, "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues," will run December 7-9 and 14-16, 8 p.m. Get tickets at Company11.org. The play was written by Jeff Goode and will be directed by Cory Olson.
* Satsuma Christmas Tree Light forms are available at Satsuma Public Library. Remember someone special by buying a light in memory or in honor to be lit up on December 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Baldwin Square. The light is a minimal of five (5) dollars donation. For more information, call Linda Tindle at 251-656-1820. This event is sponsored by Satsuma Community Development Org. (SCDO.)
* The City of Mobile Special Events and LODA Artwalk present "Elfapalooza" on Friday, December 8, 5:30-9:30 at the Artwalk on Dauphin Street and the surrounding downtown Mobile area. This promises to be the largest number of elves in one spot, so---Elves, wear your red and green, your pointed ears, and your best pointed hat and join all the other elves in Bienville Square for an Elf-ing good time! There will be music, food and frivolity!
* Under the direction of Katia Garza, Mobile Ballet's lavish new production of "The Nutcracker" offers three performances choices: Saturday, December 9 at 2:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 10 at 2:30 p.m. Doors open 1 hour before showtime. Ticket Information is at tix5.centerstageticketing.com For more information, please visit mobileballet.org.
* The 34th Annual Christmas through the Ages at Fort Gaines Historic Site at Dauphin Island, December 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. will showcase the holiday through the eyes of soldiers and their families during the 1700s and 1800s. Visiting children will make Christmas ornaments from seashells and other non-trafitional items. For more information, see www.dauphinisland.org or call 251-861-6992.
* "A Southern Christmas" at Open House fundraiser at Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is Saturday 9, 1-4 p.m. Admission for the Open House is $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12 years if purchased in advance. Subject to availability, tickets day of the event will be $12 (adults) and $7 (children under 12.) All proceeds from the event help support the continued operation and preservation of the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. For more information on the Open House, call 251.471.6364.
* The City of Semmes has set the date for the annual Christmas parade--Saturday, December 9. Applications are available at City Hall, on Semmes City website, or by email at email@example.com.
* The 6th Annual Dawes Christmas Parade will be on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 1 p.m. For more information, visit website at www.dawesbizconnect.com.
* The Annual Chickasaw Christmas Parade is December 9, beginning at 3 p.m. at Chickasaw High School, up Highway 43 to Rite Aid and Compass Bank intersection. Call 251-452-6467 for details.
* Semmes Christmas Tour is Saturday, December 9, 3-7 p.m. Taste of Semmes is 3-5 p.m. at Allentown Elementary School. The Tour is 3-7 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets are available at Semmes Senior Center, Meggie B's, Hickory Pit Too and online at Eventbrite.com. This event is sponsored by the Woman's Club of Semmes.
* Winners of Chickasaw's Front Door Christmas Contest will be judged on December 9th. Neighborhoods will be awarded a recognition sign. All doors must be lit up for night viewing. Make it a family affair.
* Chickasaw Historic Preservation Society’s 2017 Tour, "Chickasaw by Candlelight," is Saturday December 9, 2017, 5-8 p.m. There'll be five locations on the Tour, including the Ina Pullen Smallwood Memorial Public Library, Blanche's Gifts, two private historic homes on Lee Street and the Chickasaw Fire Station. Refreshments will be served at Chickasaw Civic Center, as will a collection of quilts exhibited by Chickasaw United Methodist Church Quilting Club. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Chickasaw Library or at time of tour at the Civic Center. For information, call 251-680-6889.
.* The Saraland Civic Forum's 49th Annual Saraland Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 9 at noon. Rain date is December 16 at noon. The theme for this year's parade is "Christmas: A Family Tradition." For more information, call 251-675-4444.
* Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Christmas Tree Lighting Party at Water Tower Plaza on Saturday, December 9 dusk (approximately 5 p.m.) There'll be hot chocolate, cookies and hot apple cider. Carolers will sing areound the Christmas Tree and Santa is planning to drop in to hear children's wish list. Oh, and the Chamber is promising snow for this evening of fun.
* "Christmas at Oakleigh," hosted by Historic Oakleigh House Museum and Historic Mobile Preservation Society is Saturday, December 16, 4-8 p.m. Oakleigh House Museum is at 350 Oakleigh Place, Mobile.
The public is invited to the Annual Christmas Celebration to see the beauty of Christmas at Oakleigh! This year's event will feature Old Mobile Silver Exhibit, Christmas Music and Santa. Entry is $10 per person, with free admission for children under 10. Find information at www.historicmobile.org
* The Fort of Colonial Mobile has issued an invitation to the community to "Brighten your season with an extra special holiday breakfast. Share your wishes with Santa while meeting his helpers, creating ornaments and then enjoy a reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Santa himself--all designed to warm hearts and elicit smiles." Breakfasts are scheduled on December 9th and 16th at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The Fort is at 150 S. Royal Street in downtown Mobile. The phone number is 251-802-3092.
* "A Dauphin Way Christmas" is planned at Dauphin Way Baptist Church, 3661 Dauphin Street, on Sunday, December 10, 6-7:30 p.m. The musical program is under the direction of Dr. Steve Bowersox and features the Dauphin Way Choir & Orchestra. The family-oriented event will offer interpretation for the deaf, as well as wheelchair seating as needed. For information, call the church office, 251-342-3456.
* The Fort of Colonial Mobile is bringing the Grinch to brunch! "Straight from Mount Crumpit, the Grinch brings his special blend of mischief, turning your meal into an adventure," the event notice reads. "The green one himself will make the rounds, stopping to pose for photographs. Just make sure to keep a good eye on your bacon." Dates and times are as follows: December 10, 17 and 23 at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon. Seats should be reserved at colonialmobile.com. The Fort is at 150 S. Royal Street in downtown Mobile. The phone number is 251-802-3092.
* Paint Your Pooch for the Holidays 2017, Monday, December 11, 6-9 p.m. at Moe's Original Barbecue; event to benefit Delta Dogs,3625 Springhill Memorial Dr S, Mobile. Ticket information is at www.eventbrite.com.
* "The Botany of Christmas," presented by Fred Nation at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, is Friday, December 15, 2-4 p.m. Admission for MBG Members is free; non-members pay $10. Tickets are available at mbgrebloomshop.com.
* Parade of Threes, Dauphin Island Parkway, will be December 16, 2 p.m. McKemie Place shelter for women will benefit from the event.
* "Lighting up Lafayette," hosted by South Lafayette Street Community Association, is 30 S. Lafayette Street, Saturday, December 16, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Attendees can park the car and take a stroll down Lafayette. Parking will be available at Dauphin Way United Methodist and the McGill Parking lots. Only foot traffic will be allowed during the eveThe Association is collecting canned goods for the neighborhood beneficiary (Little Sisters of the Poor.). Each participating home will have collection bins and holiday decor.
* 2017 Irvington Christmas Parade, hosted by St Elmo Irvington VFD, is Saturday, December 16, 2-3:30 p.m. Contact Kim Busby at 251-402-0362 to register for participation..
* The Christmas Boat Parade on Fowl River is Saturday, December 16, 5-11:30 p.m. The boats in the parade are decorated with lights. The parade starts at The No-Wake Zone at the end of Fowl River and go down the river making occasional stops to throw goodies to everyone on the docks. The parade ends at The Pelican Reef where a small ceremony is held to bestow a special award for the boat with the best lights.
* Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas at Mobile Saenger Theatre is Saturday, December 16, 7 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre, 6 S Joachim Street, Mobile. The Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas Concert featuring performances by The Joe Cool Trio – John Milham (drums), Chris Spies (piano) and Chris Severin (bass) in as Louis Armstrong/Ella Fitzgerald Christmas Tribute. As a bonus, The Jazz Studio, an on-going Jazz music education program for intermediate level, aspiring young Jazz artists throughout the greater Mobile area, will be performing in the Seanger foyer before the show. A portion of proceeds will go to Delivering Goods Disaster Relief & Delta Dogs. Tickets are by Ticketmaster.
* "Home Free, A Country Christmas Tour 2017" will be at the Saenger Theatre, 6 S. Joachim Street in downtown Mobile on December 20, 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Saenger Theatre Box Office (6 South Joachim Street) Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. or at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office (401 Mobile Civic Center Drive) Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased throught the official Ticketmaster website, www.ticketmaster.com or purchase by phone, 800-745-3000. For information regarding accessible seating tickets, call 251-208-7381. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice. All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.
* YoPro Mobile's Christmas Cocktail, hosted by Young Professionals of Mobile, is Thursday, December 21, 7-10 p.m. at The Pillars, 1757 Government Street. Ticket information is at yopromobile.com.
Young Professionals of Mobile are hosting the 2nd Annual Christmas Cocktail at The Pillars on December 21st at 7 p.m. YoPros say that "a lot of great things lined up for the evening, so feel free to bring a guest."
* Santa Claus himself will be in Bellingrath's Magnolia Cafe each night for casual and professional photos from 5 to 9 p.m. through December 23. (After that, he'll be busy elsewhere.) For details on photo packages, go to https://bellingrath.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/IPCA-Santa-and-Me-Photos-2017a.jpg.
* A Christmas Day Brunch Buffet will be served at The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, 26 N. Royal Street, on Monday, December 25, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The buffet is extensive and will be in the Crystal Ballroom. Admission is $64 per person with children 6-12 eating for half price and those 5 and younger, free. For reservations, call 251-338-5441.
Fun for Children and Teens:
* On "What's Up Wednesday" November 29 at 3:15 p.m., Parkway Branch Library, the featured movie is "March of the Penguins." Morgan Freeman narrates this fine documentary about the mating rituals of penguins living in Antarctica. The film runs 85 minutes and is rated G. For more information, call 251-470-7766.
* Bellingrath Gardens and Home is hosting the 2017 Gingerbread Jamboree on Sunday, December 3, 3-5 p.m. The Jamboree will be an evening filled with Christmas fun for the entire family--a tradition unlike any other.
Plenty of fun activities await the little ones, starting with a gingerbread cookie decorating session with colorful handmade frosting, sprinkles, marshmallows and other treats. The best part: Moms can leave the cleanup to the Gardens staff AND they will also pack the cookies to take home and enjoy later. Guests will enjoy refreshments with all-time Christmas favorites, including hot chocolate with marshmallows, candy canes, and cookies. Children are invited to snuggle up with Mrs. Claus for favorite holiday stories. Dr. Gee will entertain them with his fun and friendly balloon characters. Following the event, visitors are invited to stroll through Magic Christmas in Lights. Tickets are available at bellingrath.org.
* "Teen Tuesdays in the Teen Spot" at West Regional Library Branch is the place to make Origami ornaments on December 5, 4-5:30 p.m. For information, call 251-340-8571.
* The Gulf Coast Exploreum Center, 65 Government Street, will host "Curious Christmas at the Exploreum" on Saturday, December 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The community is invited to join the Exploreum for our “Curious Christmas” event on Saturday, December 9 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities inspired by Curious George and the Holiday Season will entertain families while giving a festive opportunity to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Guests can warm up with fresh s’mores after our ever popular annual Paper Snow Ball Fight. Santa will be on hand to hear children’s Christmas Wish Lists before heading back to the North Pole for the busiest night of his year. General Admission: $10 IMAX/Exhibit Combo; members $2 per person. Children under four years old get in free to exhibits and event. (IMAX additional charge.) Check the Exploreum website for all the activities offered December 9th.
* At "Movie Time with Mr. Butch" at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library, December 9, 4 p.m., children can see both "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." The two films run 95 minutes and are rated TV-G. For more information, call 251-470-7770.
* Children aged 8 and older: Make your own unique ornaments while you visit with friends and have fun. The "Sew and Tell" event is at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch on December 9, 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* "Thank Goodness It's Thursday!" Kids Studio for ages 8 to 13 is December 14, 4-5 p.m. at Ben May Main Library. Children are invited to join staff from the Alabama Contemporary Art Center to explore contemporary art and music through hands-on and minds-on activities that stimulate and deepen their understanding of art. For more information, call the children’s department at 251-208-7086 or email email@example.com.
* Pajama Storytime! A Family Holiday Event is December 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Toulminville Branch Library, and families can enjoy an evening of holiday stories, games and songs. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 251-438-7075 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* On Friday, December 15, 5-8:30 p.m., GulfQuest is presenting a free viewing of The Polar Express overlooking Downtown and the Mobile River. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas (you, too, grownups!) Enjoy hot chocolate, popcorn, and lots of fun and educational crafts. Activities will begin at 5 p.m. and the movie at 7 p.m. RSVP to email@example.com or 251-436-8901, space is limited. GulfQuest is at 155 S Water Street.
* "The Polar Express Pajama Party" will be December 16, 2-4 p.m. at West Regional Branch Library. Children are invited to "Wear your favorite Jammies and enjoy some popcorn and a showing of a holiday favorite, for more information, contact the children's department at 251-340-8571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Chickasaw Library, 224 Grant Street, will host a children's movie December 16 from 3-5 p.m. and a movie for teens from 6-8 p.m. Those planning to attend should register at the Library, 251-452-6465.
* At Tinker Tuesday: Design and Create on December 19, 4 p.m., one can learn to make Book Page Ornaments. The event is at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email email@example.com.
* "The Polar Express" will be at Ben May Main Library, December 21, 10 a.m. Free tickets can be picked up at the Children’s desk anytime December 1 – December 21. Children are invited to "Wear your favorite Christmas PJs and join us for a showing of "The Polar Express" in our grand, old theater. “Melted Snow” and hot popcorn will be served. Groups must register; call the children’s department at 251-208-7086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* "PJ and The Polar Express" is planned for December 21, 3 p.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Branch Library. Children can "Wear your favorite Jammies, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate for an afternoon showing of "The Polar Express." Film runs 100 minutes and is rated G. For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email email@example.com.
* Children aged 3 and older are invited to Saraland Public Library to Celebrate Christmas! on December 21 at 6 p.m. Those attending will enjoy hot cocoa and Christmas cookies. They will also make their own Christmas wreath and ornaments. Groups must register; for ore information or to register, call 251-675-2879.
* The Bayou La Batre Public Library, 12747 Padgett Switch Road, is offering a Free Holiday Event on Thursday, December 21, 2-6 p.m. The afternoon of fun includes a special visit from Santa (bring your cameras, Holiday crafts, Christmas stories and a holiday movie.
* Ben May Main Library is throwing a "Home Alone Party" on December 21, 2-5 p.m. Children, wear your favorite sweater and mittens and enjoy an ice cream party celebrating a favorite Holiday film, "Home Alone." Prizes will be given for the most unique sweaters and mittens. A special showing of the movie will be at 3 p.m. For more information, call 251-208-7086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* "Something Special for Saturday" for children aged 5 and older is December 23, 10:30 a.m. at Moorer/Spring Hill Library. It's time for the library's Annual Gingerbread Decorating Party! For more information, call 251-470-7770 or email email@example.com.
* Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street, will welcome children to "Breakfast with Santa" on Saturday, December 23, 8-9:30 a.m. Children dine at no charge.
* AFL-CIO Southwest Alabama Labor Council, 908 Butler Drive, Mobile, is collecting new coats, hats, gloves and mittens for the 2017 Christmas Project. All the donations will be given to the children at Penelope House to help keep them warm this winter. Donations my be taken to any affiliate union hall during regular business hours between November 28th through December 18th. We will also collect donations at the SWALC Christmas Party on Saturday, December 16th. #UnionsSupportCommunity. For more information contact Leslie Schraeder at 251.431.0101 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Joyce Salter at 251.476.0625 / email@example.com
* Coats for Kids at Coastal Response Center, South Bay Project, Community Center, 7385 Highway 188 in Coden, is a community-wide event to help those in need. Families should sign up for coats to ensure that sizes needed are available. The day of the event--Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., families are invited to come to the Center to enjoy refreshments and to participate in making crafts. To make a donation or register for a coat, call Lori Bosarge, 251-206-9990 or Jermaine Payne, 366-1442. New and gently used boys' and girls' coats/jackets in all sizes can be dropped off at the Center, 7385 Highway 188, Coden.
* Antique Holiday Market at MMoA:Mobile Museum of Art's Museum Store is transforming into an antique market this holiday season! Antiques and objects that were generously donated to us for the benefit of the museum range from old European prints to relatively contemporary American crafts. These unique objects will be for sale in the Museum Store while supplies last. All proceeds will benefit the Mobile Museum of Art acquisition fund.
* A "Holiday Market and Art Bazaar in the Gardens" is planned at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, on Friday, December 1, and Saturday, December 2. Visitors will have an opportunity to buy local handmade goods and botanical art, as well as camellias and poinsettias. The Market is presented in conjunction with the Mobile County Master Gardener Greenery Sale, so visitors can enjoy one-stop holiday shopping. For more information, go to www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org.
* Winter Shopper Market will be held on Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 US Highway 90. Vendors from the area will be selling their items during the Children’s Events. For information, go to mistletoemadnesssponsors-e1474180763613.
* St. Pius X annual "Market on Sage" a Ladies Night Out on Thursday, November 30, 6-8:30 p.m. at the church, 217 S. Sage Avenue. Women are invited to the Market for some early shopping, food, and fun Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
* St. Pius X Annual "Market on Sage"' is December 1, 10 a.m. to December 2, 1 p.m. St. Pius is at 217 S Sage Avenue, Mobile.
* The 5th Annual Holiday Market at OK Bicycle Shop will be held Sunday, December 3, 1-4 p.m. in front of the shop at 661 Dauphin Street. Those interested in being a vendor can email DauphinManagement@gmail.com for an appplication. Entry fee is $30, which will go directly to McKemie Place, a local overnight shelter for single, homeless women in all of Mobile, Washington and Baldwin County.
* The Night Market at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, is Thursday, December 7, 5-9 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to "Buy local, support local!" Night Market is a monthly Art Museum event showcasing makers, artists, artisans, and craftsmen who make locally-sourced, handmade goods. Additional fun includes great food and drink from Ben's Burga Kaboose and the DJ stylings of Neil Byrne aka Hot Lobster. This month will feature live music from Melissa Robertson Music. Those interested in becoming a vendor can apply at http://www.mobilemuseumofart.com/vendors/
* "Mistletoe Market," hosted by Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce, is Saturday, December 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Saraland Municipal Complex For an application or more information, call 251-675-4444.
* Children's Nutcracker Tea at Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, 1906 Spring Hill Avenue is Saturday, December 2, 3:30-5:30 p.m. The Mansion will be dressed in all its holiday splendor ready to greet guests and entertain with delicious holiday treats, tea, and of course, performers from Mobile Ballet's classic Nutcracker Ballet. Come join the fun and bring your camera! Seating is limited and tickets are $12. To purchase tickets, go to https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3119196All proceeds from this event will be used for the operation and restoration of the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion.
* Mr. & Miss Country Christmas Pageant, presented by Grand Bay Country Christmas, will be December 2, 9 a.m. The event is at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90. The pageant is costume and personality ONLY! All participants MUST be in holiday or winter themed costume. Cost per participant is $10. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the pageant begins at 9:30 a.m. There will be four crowned winners, but everyone gets a participation gift.
* "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" is coming to the Saenger Theatre, 6 S. Joachim Street, downtown Mobile on Tuesday, November 28, 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster or the Saenger Box Office during regular business hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. On the day of the performance, the Box Office will remain open until intermission. All ages require a ticket for this show. Accessible seat information is at the numbers above.
* HOW Dance, Drama, Art and Tumbling presents "The Shoemaker" November 30 and December 1. Information at 251-895-5380 or www.how-mobile.com.
* The Women's Club of Satsuma is presenting "Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling, Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1, 7 p.m. The performances will be in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church of Satsuma, 5600 Old Highway 43, Satuma. Tickets are $15 each, pre-sale only, and will be available at the church and McConaghy Drugs, as well as from members of Women's Club of Satsuma. Ninety per cent of profit is designated for Union Chapel.
* The Mobile Mystery Dinner Players will present "'Twas the Murder before Christmas" on Sunday, December 3, 5:30 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street downtown. Doors open at 5 p.m. Advance reservations are at http://azaleamanormobile.com/?q=content/mobile-mystery-dinners-reservation. Tickets are $59 per person, which includes a delicious hot buffet-style meal by Naman's, unlimited wine bar 5 p.m. through the show, free parking, and, of course, the play. For more information, call 251-865-7398 or 251-479-3212.
* December 8th is Improv Comedy Night at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street.
* Playhouse in the Park is presenting "A Christmas Carol," a musical of the Charles Dickens' classic. The performance is one night only, Wednesday, December 6, 7:30 p.m. at the historic Saenger Theatre, 6 Joachim Street in downtown Mobile. Tickets are $20 each and reservations can be made by calling 251-602-0630 or from www.playhouseinthepark.org.
* Mobile Museum of Art presents "ART TALK: Posing Beauty" on Thursday, November 30, at 6 p.m. The staff leads a tour of Posing Beauty in African American Culture. The exhibition explores the understanding of how African and African American beauty has been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a diverse range of media including photography, film, video, fashion, advertising, and other forms of popular culture. A donation of $5 is suggested; the event is free for members.
* On Saturday, December 2, 2-4 p.m., the public is invited to Semmes Public Library, 9150 Moffett Road to a "Holiday Meet & Greet" artists and authors from the Semmes community--a great opportunity to mingle, enjoy refreshments and perhaps pick up a gift or two. For more information, call 251-645-6840.
* On December 2 and December 3, the public is invited to the Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive to celebrate the opening of its new exhibitions with a free weekend.
* ART TALK: Dr. Deborah Willis, is Saturday, December 16, 3-4 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Free for members, regular admission applies for non-members.
Book Clubs, readings, book signings, storytelling, recitations:
* Heart & Soul Book Club will meet December 2, 4-5 p.m. at West Regional Branch Library. This group reads and discusses motivational and inspirational books that enhance "who we are as we journey to a deeper meaning of our life’s purpose." This month's topic of discussion is "Dear Mary: Lessons from the Mother of Jesus for the Modern Mom" by Sarah Jakes. For more information, call 251-209-3559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* A Page in Time Book Club meeting is December 12, 6:30 p.m. at West Regional Branch Library. This month's discussion is on "Belgravia" by Julian Fellowes. For more information, contact Michele Eli at 251-340-8561.
* Ebony Moments Book Club, which meets at West Regional Branch Library at 6 p.m., December 14, will discuss "The One I've Waited For" by Mary B Morrison. For more information, contact Betty Kidd at 251-470-7766.
* The Extravagant Readers - Adult Book Club meets December 16, 3-4 p.m. at Toulminville Branch Library. This month's topic of discussion is "The Christmas Joy Ride" by Melody Carlson. The book tells the story of two unlikely travel companions who take it upon themselves to spread Christmas joy across the country along Route 66 in an extremely festive decorated RV. For more information, call 251-438-7075.
* Classics Revisited - Book Club: Reconnect with the Classics will meet on December 18, 6:30 p.m. at Ben May Main Library. The topic of discussion is "Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse. For more information, call 251-208-7902.
* Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 1 p.m., the Reader's Choice Book Club will meet at West Regional Branch Library to discuss "The Lost City of the Monkey God: a True Story" by Douglas Preston. In summary: the co-author of the FBI Agent Pendergast series presents a high-suspense account of the discovery of a lost civilization, contemporaries of the Mayans who lived deep in the Honduran jungle. For more information, call 251-208-7097.
* Bayside Book Club will meet at 6 p.m., December 21, at Parkway Branch Library. This month's topic of discussion is "The Sunday Philosophy Club" by Alexander McCall Smith. A summary of the plot: The editor of "The Review of Applied Ethics" and a curious lover of puzzles, Isabel Dalhousie decides to investigate when she witnesses the fatal fall of a young man and discovers that he had been probing misdeeds at his brokerage firm. For more information, call Betty Fowler at 251-476-2600.
* The 54th Annual Fall Outdoor Cascading Chrysanthemums at Bellingrath Gardens and Home is will continue through November 30, 2017. For details on the display, visit www.bellingrath.org.
* On Sunday, December 3, 2-4 p.m., Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive is hosting Steve Bender, chief Garden Editor for Southern Living. Bender will be presenting on his new book, "The Grumpy Gardener: An A to Z Guide from the Galaxy’s Most Irritable Green Thumb." For more information and to register, go to https://mbgrebloomshop.com/collections/events/products/meet-the-grumpy-gardener. The event promises to be an entertaining afternoon. Bender will hold a book signing and light refreshments. Admission is as follows: MBG Members $30; NonMem $35; Day of $40.
Special occasions, galas, fundraisers and fun:
* #GivingTuesday is November 28 to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity South West. For more information, go to Habitat for Humanity SW Alabama, 3712 Airport Blvd. Mobile, AL 36608 251-476-7171 https://www.habitatswalabama.org/
* WBA Mobile Out to Lunch, hosted by Women's Business Alliance, is Tuesday, November 28, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Spot of Tea, 310 Dauphin Street. Tickets are $20 for Alliance members and $25 for non-members. Tickets are at events.r20.constantcontact.com.
* On Wednesday, November 29, 5:30 p.m. the Oakleigh Garden District Society and the Historic Mobile Preservation Society will host a public meeting on the proposed new zoning for the City of Mobile. Build Mobile Executive Director Shayla Beaco and the City's zoning consultant Mark White will be on hand to answer questions.
* The Hargrove Foundation’s 3rd Annual Gala is on Thursday, November 30, 6-9 p.m. at the Battle House Hotel. Cocktail festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with a seated dinner to follow. For further information, contact the Foundation at email@example.com or 251-375.5725.
* On Saturday, December 2, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., CrossFit in Saraland is hosting a fundraiser in honor of Lucy Brannan. Ticket information is at leaderboard-lite.throwdowns.com.
* "Holiday Cheer at The FIVE" to benefit the Child Advocacy Center will be Monday, December 4, 6-8:30 p.m. The FIVE Restaurant will host the event at 609 Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile. The event will feature Wine Tasting and Live Auction. Music will be provided by Jerry Squires. Tickets are $35 per person and are available at Five and the Child Advocacy Center. For more information, call 251-432-1101.
* "Wine & Wishes - 2017," hosted by Laurel Green-State Farm Agent, is Thursday, December 7, 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, 1906 Springhill Avenue. Tickets by Eventbrite. Tickets are $65; early bird price is $50. Go to Wine & Wishes website for more details.
* On December 7, 6:30 p.m., the Ben May Main Library will host Dr. Daniel Haulman's presentation of "The Tuskegee Airmen Chronology: A Heroic Timeline" The public is invited to join Military Historian, Dr. Daniel L. Haulman, for a presentation about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black pilots in American military service. Books will be available for sale. For more information, call 251-208-7097.
* The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Dauphin Island's Little Red Schoolhouse is Thursday, December 7, 4:30 p.m. The event is open to everyone, but a special invitation is extended to all students asnd faculty who attended school in the historic building. Refreshments will be served.
* "Light up the Bay," the 20th Anniversary Bay Bash, hosted by Mobile Baykeeper, is Friday, December 8, 6-8 p.m. at GulfQuest, 155 S Water Street. Tickets are $75/person and $125/couple. For ticket information, go to www.mobilebaykeeper.org.
* The Tristan de Luna Chapter, Alabama Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Mobile Public Library invite the public to celebrate Alabama Day, Saturday, December 9, 2 p.m. at Ben May Main Library. For more information, call 251-208-7093.
* Riverside CAG will meet ar Pillans Middle School on December 12 at 6 p.m. for Councilman CJ Small's Annual Christmas Celebration.
* Members of the Tristan de Luna Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be at the Local History and Genealogy Division on December 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to assist with your questions and research for documentation concerning visitorsancestors. For more information, call 251-208-7093.
* St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1854 Staples Road, hosts a Beans and Rice Ministry, 9-11 a.m. (No questions asked.)
* Satsuma Reindeer Run 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run is Saturday, December 2, 8-10 a.m. Organized by Satsuma Community Development Organization, the event takes place at Baldwin Square, Old Highway 43 (Orange Avenue) in Satsuma. Participants may register by mail (entries should be postmarked by November 27), in person at Bellator Real Estate (200 N Hwy 43, Saraland, AL), McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri, or Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope until noon on November 30, Race day registration and packet pick-up will be at Baldwin Square, 6:30-7:45 a.m. Post-Race snacks and beverages will be provided.
* Parkway Pacers meet at Doyle Park Saturday, December 2, 8-9 a.m.
* The 16th Annual Santa Run,.a two-mile fun run, walk, bike ride, dog-walking family charity event! Holiday costumes are encouraged. Registration forms and information are available at Carpe Diem Coffee & Tea Co. on Old Shell Road. The run is Saturday, December 23, 2017, at 10 a.m.
A few senior events:
* Members at Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center are holding the 2nd Annual Socks for Seniors Holiday Drive. New, packaged socks can be dropped off untill December 11 at the Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, Mobile.
* Semmes seniors (and others)--The Semmes Christmas Tour is December 9, 3-7 p.m. For every $10 ticket sold, the Semmes Senior Center will receive $5--so be sure to pick up tickets for yourself or to give to someone else as an early Christmas gift. The outside grill pavilion is one area that will be improved this year.
* On Friday, December 1, Dauphin Island Baptist Church is hosting a Senior Day Luncheon with entertainment by "Mean" Mary James--to read about Mary James' appearance, see blog joannemcknight.com. To hear her banjo playing and singing, check her YouTube performances on the Internet.
* Chickasaw Seniors Early Bird Breakfast will be Monday, December 4, 7:30 a.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center. Cost of the breakfast is $3 per person.
* Chickasaw Seniors Lunch Outing is December 9th at Whataburger then a ride in the Chickasaw Parade. Call Stephanie Stewart, 251-452-6464 for details and reservations.
* Mobile City Council member, Bess Rich, and the staff at Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center are hosting the 2nd Annual District 6 Senior Breakfast on December 13. The event will be 9-10:45 a.m. at the Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road.
* Chickasaw Senior Adult Christmas Luncheon is Thursday, December 14 at noon. The event will be at Chickasaw Auditorium; cost is $5 per person. Call 251-452-6462 for reservations
* Chickasaw Senior Christmas Outing on Monday, December 18 will include a tour of Christmas Lights at Bay Bear Stadium along with a quick bite at BEA’s Snack Shop (on their own.) Cost for Christmas Tour of Lights is $6 per person; call 251-452-6462 for reservations.
Music, Music, Music!
* On Thursday, December 14 at 11 a.m., the Gulf Coast Trombone Choir will present "Trombones at the Hospital" at USA Children's and Women's Hospital, 1700 Street, Mobile.
* University of Mobile's Piano Festival is a year-long series of special events spotlighting the Alabama School of the Arts’ undergraduate and graduate programs in piano performance. Each event is open to public and free of charge. For more information about an event, contact Shadoe Valentin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251.442.2383.
Arts and Crafts/White Elephant Sales/crafts projects:
* The Satsuma Arts and Craft Fair is Saturday, December 2, 8 a.m. at Baldwin Square. Applications to exhibit are available at the Satsuma Library for pick up and drop off or call Patricia Morra, 251 303 3022 to receive one in the mail. Morra said the 12x12 spots rent for $35; electricity is available.
* The History Museum of Mobile exhibit, titled "Titanic Honour & Glory," will open December 2017 and run through May 2018. For more information, contact Gavin Snyder at 251.301.0273 or email@example.com.
* Help Mobile County Clear the Kennels. Adoption fee is just $20.
* "Pet Photos with Santa" at B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road, is Saturday, December 2 at 2 p.m. Photos are $10 cash for each 4"X6" photo. Other sizes will be available at the event for an additional cost. Proceeds from the event will benefit Friends of the Mobile Animal Shelter.
* Mutts & Mimosas Sunday Brunch at Off the Hook Marina & Grill, 621 N. Craft Highway is December 10, 2017 from 11:30-2:30 p.m.. There will be great food, drinks and raffles all in support of Saraland Animal Shelter. Guests are invited to "Bring the family and the fur kids and support a great cause.
Chambers of Commerce:
* Nominations are now open for SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce 2017 Citizen of the Year. Forms can be picked up at the Chamber office at 5055 Carol Plantation Road.
* Semmes Chamber of Commerce banquet and silent auction is Monday, December 4 at Pathway Church, 7200 Moffett Road. All members are requested to bring a donated gift worth at least $25 to be auctioned. Tickets are $15 per person.
* SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce business luncheon is Wednesday, December 6, 11:30-1 p.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. RSVP at 251-666-2488. (Christmas events are listed above in Christmas category)
* Film Noir at Moorer/Spring Hill Library is "Angels with Dirty Faces," scheduled for November 28, 5:30 p.m. The event includes the classic movie with commentary and fun facts. For information, call 251-470-7770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Semmes Christmas Tour 2017 is Saturday, December 9; the event includes a Tasting Tour, Host Homes, a one-of-a-kind She Shed, a Christmas Surprise and Whoville, plus local retail shops. Santa will also be on hand!
Pre-Sale $10 tickets for the Semmes Christmas Tour are available at Semmes Senior Center, Meggie B's, Ruby Blue, Hickory Pit Too and Eventbrite.com. Tickets are $12 at the door.
Guests will use the TOUR map to visit the stops and have the map marked at each stop to win great prizes. Fun & Festive way to kick off the Christmas season. Call 251-645-9176 for details. Alabama 200 #semmeschristmastour.
Ebony Moments Book Club, which meets at West Regional Branch Library at 6 p.m., December 14, will discuss "The One I've Waited For" by Mary B Morrison. For more information, contact Betty Kidd at 251-470-7766.
Guests of all ages will enjoy meeting a very special Christmas character, the Human Elf on the Shelf! Elf Greg (aka radio personality Gossip Greg) will be at Bellingrath on Wednesday, December 6. The Elf will be at Bellingrath Gardens and Home's Magic Christmas in Lights and will pose for pictures and greet guests from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.