GENERAL INTEREST

Distinguished Lecture Series
The University of South Alabama Gulf Shores campus second annual Distinguished Lecture Series will be Thursday, Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m., at 19470 Oak Road W. in Gulf Shores. To register, call 251-460-7200 or visit www.usacontinuinged.com.

Bottle Creek Indian Mounds
Blakeley State Park will lead an excusion to the Bottle Creek Mounds, one of the Gulf Coast’s largest Native American mound centers, Saturday, Jan. 14. The tour boards at 9:30 a.m. at Lower Bryant’s Landing and returns at 1 p.m. Call 251-626-0798 or visit blakelypark.com.

Premier Wedding Show
The Premier Wedding Show will be coming to The Renaissance Battle House Hotel and Spa on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 1-5 p.m. Visit www.premierweddingshow.net.

Lee-Jackson Salute
Join the Sons of the Confederate Veterans for the annual Lee-Jackson Salute, Sunday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery, corner of Virginia and Ann streets.

MLK Memorial Breakfast
The Port City Chapter of Blacks in Government, Inc. presents our 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast. Monday, Jan. 16, at 8:30 a.m., at Bishop State Community College’s Central Campus, Yvonne Kennedy Auditorium. $25 each or $250 for a table of 10. 251-208-7111 or portcitybig@yahoo.com.

MLK Day of Service
Mobile United invites volunteers to Tricentenial Park Monday, Jan. 16, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. for a community clean-up on Three Mile Creek. Beverages and lunch will be provided.

Alabama Trustee Implementation Group
Public comment on the draft restoration plan and EIS will be held Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at Shelby Hall, 101 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island; and Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Meyer Civic Center, 1930 W. 2nd St., Gulf Shores. www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov.

Science Cafe
Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Moe’s Bar B Que, 701 Spring Hill Ave. Dr. Alison Robertson will present: “Algae: the good, the bad and the ugly.” Free and open to the public. Call 251-460-6106.

Winter Wednesday at Bellingrath
Winter Wednesday sessions are held each week through Feb. 22 in the Magnolia Room. “Lost Mansions of Mobile” with Tom McGehee will take place Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 10:30 a.m. Registration requested; call 251-973-2217, ext. 111, or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org.

League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters of Mobile welcomes Dr. Jaclyn Bunch, Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 11:30 a.m. at Mobile Bel Air Marriott. This event is open to the public but reservations are required. Please RSVP to Jane Gordon at 402-3321 or lovjan42@comcast.net.

Riverside Ice
Riverside Ice will be open at Mobile’s Cooper Riverside Park until Jan. 14. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children age 12 and under. Every Tuesday, each child accompanied by at least one adult will be admitted for free. Visit www.RiversideIce.com.

Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks
Boardwalk Talks are held the first and third Wednesday of each month at 11:15 a.m. at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd. Call 251-861-2141.

Midtown Optimist Club
Join Midtown Optimist Club every Wednesday at noon for lunch at Azalea City Golf Course. For reservations and more information, please call 251-348-3542.

Toastmasters
Do you want to learn how to deliver a speech like a pro or gain leadership skills to advance your career? Toastmasters International meets regularly at six locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Visit www.toastmasters.org for more information.


FUNDRAISER

Fins Wings & Chili Cook-Off:
Supporting the continued restoration of the Little Red Schoolhouse and Dauphin Island Elementary School, there will be a cook-off Saturday, Jan. 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1600 Bienville Blvd., Dauphin Island. Call 251-648-2397.


ARTS

LoDa Artwalk
Join downtown art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome you inside to see beautiful artwork, sample delicious food and hear the sounds of the LoDa Artwalk. Friday, Jan. 13 from 6-9 p.m. in the Lower Dauphin Street district.

“Nunsense”
Performances Jan. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. at the Chickasaw Civic Theatre. Call 251-457-8887 or visit cctshows.com.

Mobile Jewish Film Festival
The 2016 Mobile Jewish Film Festival will show 10 acclaimed Jewish films at venues around Mobile and Baldwin counties Jan 10-24. Visit mobilejewishfederation.org.

“Chapter Two”
Performances Friday, Jan. 13, through Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen St. Showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Call 251-471-1534 or visit www.joejeffersonplayers.com.

Auditions: “Much Ado About Nothing,”
The Joe Jefferson Players will hold open auditions for “Much Ado About Nothing,” Sunday and Monday, Jan. 16-17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen St. For details, visit www.joejeffersonplayers.com or call 251-471-1534.

Mobile Mystery Dinners
A performance of “The Mardi Gras Murder of Montague Charlington” will take place Saturday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Riverview Plaza Hotel. Tickets include dinner and unlimited wine. Advance reservations are required; call 251-415-3092.


MUSEUMS

Fairhope’s Founding
There is quite a story behind Fairhope’s founding in 1894. Learn more about it at the Fairhope Museum of History, 24 N. Section St. The museum is open daily (except Sunday and Monday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 251-929-1471.

“Filming the Camps”
The History Museum of Mobile will exhibit “Filming the Camps: From Hollywood to Nuremberg” through Jan. 16. The exhibit features the stories of three film directors as they documented Nazi atrocities during World War II. Visit museumofmobile.com.

Tea for Two
Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. the Fairhope Museum of History hosts a tea with a lecture on Fairhope history. The Jan. 17 speaker will be Betty Jo Haynie. Call 251-929-1471.

Little Discoveries
Outside the Box: This “Little Discovery” in the Exploreum’s Wharf of Wonder, aimed at children 6 and under, explores how innovation and creativity can lead to a world of possibilities starting with a simple cardboard box. Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Call 251-208-6893 or email jholland@exploreum.com for more information.

Thursdays at MMoA
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Mobile Museum of Art offers free admission to all visitors. No reservations are necessary. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive. Call 251-208-5200.


SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

Bridge lessons
The Mobile Bridge Center offers free bridge lessons each Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. at 1510 University Blvd. Arrive a few minutes early to register. Call the Bridge Center at 251-666-2147, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New Year’s Resolution Exercise Classes
Palmer Pillans Middle School has new exercise classes starting Jan. 17: yoga, Guts, Butts & Thighs, Guns & Buns, Ab Attack and Yoga Tone. Call 251-463-7980 or visit communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Dance Classes
Palmer Pillans Middle School offers new dance classes starting Jan. 17: Beginning Ballroom, Beyond Basic Ballroom, Dance Fit Line Dance, and beginner and intermediate Belly Dancing. Call 251-463-7980 or visit communityactivitiesprogram.com.

Holy yoga
Tamara William leads lunchtime holy yoga at The Steeple on St. Francis every Wednesday. The cost is $15. Participants will connect with Christ in mind, body and spirit. Call 251-656-3269.

Ballroom dance
Azalea Ballroom Dance Club hosts dances with live music the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Via! Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. Email cyoungblood9278@gmail.com, call 251-623-9183 or visit www.azaleaballroomdanceclub.com.

Ballroom dance
The Moonlight Chasse Ballroom Dance Society hosts dances the first and third Monday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m., at Fitzpen Place, 11247 State Highway 31 in Spanish Fort. Email cassief13@aol.com.


WORKSHOPS

“Oh My Aching Shoulder: Understanding Common Causes and Solutions”
John L. Todd, M.D., medical director for The Shoulder Center, will discuss common causes of and solutions for aching shoulders. Orange Beach Adult Activity Center (26251 Canal Road) beginning at 10 a.m. on Jan. 13, and at Baldwin Bone & Joint in Daphne (1505 Daphne Ave.) beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 17. Reservations are required; call 251-621-5377.


PUBLIC MEETINGS

Baldwin County Commission: First and third Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., 322 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette. Work sessions are the 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.

Baldwin County Planning Commission: First Thursday at 6 p.m., 22251 Palmer St., Robertsdale, www.baldwincountyal.gov.

Bayou La Batre City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 13785 S. Wintzell Ave., www.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 are the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., www.daphneal.com.

Dauphin Island Town Council: First and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m., 1011 Bienville Blvd., www.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 are held before each council meeting at 4:30 p.m., www.cofairhope.com.

Fairhope Planning Commission: First Monday at 5 p.m., 161 N. Section St. For more information visit www.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., www.cityoffoley.org.

Gulf Shores City Council: Second and fourth Mondays at 4 p.m., 1905 W. First St., www.gulfshoresal.gov.