About Town – April 10

Magic City Art Connection 2012

Artists featured in the 2012 Magic City Art Connection include from left: Dan Bynum, Claire Cormany, Maralyn Wilson and Bruce Watford.



April 27-29,10 a.m.

Linn Park

The 29th annual Magic City Art Connection contemporary art festival, presented by BBVA Compass, transforms Linn Park with its blast of artistic talent, sights, sounds and aromas. Choose art from among 215 juried artists. Then add in the experience of Corks and Chefs: Food and Wine Tasting Event, 30 interactive art workshops for kids, live music and cultural/dance performances on 2 stages, large scale art installations, and eating all day. Plus, don’t miss the BBVA Compass special feature: BBVA Compass Team. Works. On Tour where fans can shoot some hoops with an NBA legend, or get a photo op with The Larry O’Brien Trophy. And be sure to check out “Magic Ball”, a special MCAC sculpture exhibition and artistic exploration of the basketball featuring works created by Alabama artists. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, admission is free. Fore more information call 595-6306 or visit MagicCityArt.com.


Fotos, Frames & Fun

April 19, 6 p.m.

Sloss Furnaces

The Fotos, Frames & Fun fundraiser benefits Heart Gallery AL, a local nonprofit that helps promote adoption of Alabama’s foster children. The event includes a silent auction, live music, Kid Zone, iPad/Kindle Fire raffle, food prepared by local restaurants, beer and wine and a photo exhibit of Alabama’s waiting children. Visit HeartGalleryAlabama.com for more information.


Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival

April 20-21, 10 a.m.

St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church

St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church will celebrate its 14th annual Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 20 and 21. The event is open to the public with no admission charge. Traditional Lebanese food will be available both days. For Friday lunchtime deliveries, call 252-3867, or place delivery orders at www.stelias.org for any delivery over $75 to the Southside or downtown Birmingham areas. Young people will perform traditional dances on an indoor stage at 6 p.m. Friday and at 12:30 p.m. Saturday; performances will continue throughout the afternoon and evening. The New York-based Amin Sultan Lebanese Band will perform nightly from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Hourly guided tours of the historic church will be available from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Self-guided tours may be taken from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days with a 5-6 p.m. exclusion Saturday during the Saturday Vigil Liturgy, which all are welcome to attend. Silent auctions will be held both days.


St. Anne’s Home and ADAC Community Counseling Luncheon

April 20, 11:30 a.m.

The Club

St. Anne’s Home and ADAC (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council) Community Counseling will host a luncheon at The Club benefitting its programs. The featured speaker will be author and actor Christopher Kennedy Lawford. St. Anne’s Home is an extended stay residential rehabilitation program founded in 1964 to provide professional counseling to women with chemical dependence. ADAC Community Counseling serves the community through counseling for families and individuals who cannot otherwise afford such services. For more information, call St. Anne’s Home at 933-2402 or ADAC at 933-1213.



Raising Dollars for Scholars Luncheon and Silent Auction

April 20, 11 a.m.

The Harbert Center

The sixth annual Raising Dollars for Scholars Luncheon and Silent Auction will be April 20 at the Harbert Center in downtown Birmingham. The event benefits Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School. The luncheon will feature a silent auction and presentations by Holy Family Cristo Rey students. Keynote speaker is the Hon. Drayton J. Nabers Jr.; Ron January of WATV Radio is the master of ceremonies. The silent auction opens at 11 a.m. with lunch served at 11:45. Tickets are $60, and sponsorships are available. For auction listings and more information, visit http://holyfamilyevents.webs.com. Call 263-0137 for reservations or sponsorship information.



“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

April 21, 2:30 and 7 p.m.

Barbara B. Barker Fine Arts Auditorium

Briarwood Christian High School will present “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” April 21 at the school’s Barbara B. Barker Fine Arts Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.



Homewood Historical Society Meeting

April 21, 10 a.m.

Homewood Public Library

The Homewood Historical Society will meet April 21 at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the Homewood Public Library. Drs. Frances and John Carter, former professors at Samford University, will talk about their assignments during World War II. The public is invited. Refreshments will be provided.



Step It Up 5K and Fun Run

April 21, 9 a.m.

Railroad Park

UAB’s Alpha Xi Delta sorority will host the second annual Step It Up 5K and one-mile fun run to raise money for Autism Speaks April 21 at Railroad Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $15 for adults and $12 for ages 12 and under. Pre-register at http://events.autismspeaks.org/AlphaXiBirmingham. For more information, contact Lauren Hanhauser at leh@uab.edu or 910-9278.




Old Howard Bike Ride

April 21, 9 a.m.

Judson College

Samford University’s eighth annual Old Howard 100 Bike Ride through three Black Belt counties is set for April 21. The ride, sponsored by Samford’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences, will begin and end in Marion, where the university was founded as Howard College in 1841. The charity ride, on low-traffic roads through Perry, Hale and Dallas counties, includes some of the region’s greatest scenic beauty. It will begin at 9 a.m. on the grounds of Judson College in Marion. Riders can choose routes of 30, 45, 75 and 100 miles or join the group at the ride start but turn back before the town of Newbern. Rest stops will include the Auburn Rural Studio headquarters in Newbern, Magnolia Grove in Greensboro, the countryside near Folsom, the Suttle volunteer fire department and the Selma Public Library. For more information or to register, visit http://howard.samford.edu/oldhoward/###



Grand reunion for all former graduate students of Bessemer High School

April 20-22


The Hall of History Museum will sponsor a grand reunion for all former graduate students of Bessemer High School April 20-22. The city of Bessemer will proclaim its 125th anniversary, and the chamber of commerce will celebrate its 90th birthday  April 20. The city and chamber are planning special events for Bessemer High alumni at the grand reunion. Several former students now living in the over the mountain area will attend the grand reunion. For more details call 426-1633.


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Vestavia Hills

Wald Park Playground 10th Anniversary

April 22, 3 p.m.

Wald Park Playground

The playground at Wald Park will celebrate the 10th anniversary of build week, where the community came together to build the playground, with a reunion of volunteers and their families.  The entire community is invited to celebrate at the playground pavilion from 3-5 p.m April 22. Playground volunteers, contributors, build captains and city officials are encouraged to attend.  The event will also feature the creation of a support organization called “Friends of the Playground,” a new group of moms and dads that will assist with future upkeep and upgrades. For additional information, email Kendra4MyKids@aol.com.




Picnic for the Planet

April 22, 11 a.m.

Railroad Park

The Nature Conservancy in Alabama will celebrate Earth Day and nature with a free picnic at Railroad Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Alabama Chapter will also join Conservancy chapters worldwide in an attempt to set a Guinness world record for the most people picnicking in a 24-hour period. Those who attend should bring picnics and blankets. The event includes live music from Blue Galaxy String Project, The Arc and Jason Bailey Band; more than 50 picnic tables as art objects; hands-on kids’ activities; and the world record attempt at 1 p.m. The picnic, free and open to the public, will be held rain or shine.



Lord Wedgwood Blue Dinner and Links to Life Celebrity Golf Classic

April 22, 5:30 p.m.; April 23, 8:30 a.m.

Rosewood Hall; Shoal Creek

National and local sports celebrities will gather at Rosewood Hall in Homewood April 22 to support the AED programs funded by the Lord Wedgwood Charity, Children’s of Alabama and Alabama Lifestart. The event will be led by Coach Condredge Holloway, Lord Wedgwood Links to Life Celebrity Golf Classic 2012 honorary chairman, and also will feature Tony Barbee, Mal Moore, Antonio Langham, Bill “Brother” Oliver, T.R. Dunn and many others. The event includes food, entertainment and a live auction. Tickets for the Wedgwood Blue Dinner are $125 each. Internationally-known comedian Henry Cho will entertain. Cocktails will begin at 5:30 p.m. The dinner and auction will start at 7 p.m. On April 23, the 2012 Lord Wedgwood Links to Life Celebrity Golf Classic will tee off at Shoal Creek. The playing field is limited to 20 foursomes. Single spots are $1,250; foursomes are $5,000. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and includes a putting clinic with Shoal Creek golf pro Eric Williamson. Tee-off will begin at 10 a.m. Each registration includes tickets to the Wedgwood Blue Dinner. For dinner ticket information or to register for the golf tournament, contact Tracy Pharo at 939-9014 or tracym.pharo@childrensal.org.



Rocking and Rolling on Earth Day

April 22, 2 p.m.

Birmingham Festival Theatre

The Seasoned Performers will be rocking and rolling at Birmingham Festival Theatre as the group celebrates its Rolls (a new Ford van) and its Rocks (the people and organizations who made this vehicle possible). The group tours to perform for thousands of underserved audiences every year and has been using a 1995 model van for the play tour. Participants at the Earth Day event can see both casts of “Rosa and the Rhinestone Star,” the troupe’s spring touring play written by Jean Pierce and Betty Pewitt 26 years ago. The Seasoned Readers will perform a piece about travel, “Are We There Yet?” Proceeds will help performers attend the Senior Theatre USA Conference and Festival in June in New Orleans, where both casts will perform. Ellise Mayor and Martha Haabauer will also give workshops. Tickets are $10, with donations accepted. For a schedule of events or to RSVP, call 978-5095.




Putting for Dyslexia

April 23, 10 a.m.

Riverchase Country Club

The Putting for Dyslexia golf tournament will benefit Spring Valley School, the only school in central Alabama serving bright students who struggle with learning differences such as dyslexia and ADHD. Chaired by Tommy Angelillo, the fifth annual tournament begins at 10 a.m. with registration. Lunch is at 11 a.m., and the shotgun start is at noon. Players and sponsors are welcome. For more information, call Tery Young at 423-8660 or visit www.springvalleyschool.org.


Vestavia Hills

Salvation Army’s Women’s Auxiliary Membership Coffee

April 25, 10 a.m.

Samford University President’s Home

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will host its annual membership coffee April 25 at the Samford University President’s Home from 10 a.m. to noon. Mrs. Andrew Westmoreland, wife of Samford’s president, will welcome members and guests to her home in Vestavia Hills. The auxiliary will also celebrate its 50th anniversary of service to the Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham. Any women interested in becoming a member of the auxiliary are invited. For more information, call Lynne Heaven at 967-3430.



Trinity United Methodist Church Concerts

April 25, 6 p.m.; April 29, 5 p.m.

Trinity United Methodist Church

Trinity UMC in Homewood will host two concerts featuring its children’s choirs. The 3- and 4-year olds’ choir will present its concert April 25 at 6 p.m. in Wesley Hall. On April 29 in the main sanctuary, five-year-olds and the children’s handbell choir will present a concert followed by a musical, “Reservations Not Needed,” featuring a combined choir of first through fifth graders. For more information, call 879-1737 or visit www.trinitybirmingham.com.



The Exceptional Foundation vs. Homewood City Council

April 26, 5:30 p.m.

The Exceptional Foundation gym

Join the Exceptional Foundation for the second annual Battle of the Homewood Basketball Teams: Defending Champions, The Exceptional Foundation vs. the Homewood City Council Members with star player Mayor Scott McBrayer. The Exceptional Foundation is a nonprofit organization where mentally challenged individuals enjoy social and recreational activities when at age 21 they can no longer find opportunities for social interaction within the school system.



Hear Me Roar!

April 26, 5:30 p.m.

The Harbert Center

The Charity League’s annual fundraiser “Hear Me Roar!” is set for April 26 at the Harbert Center in downtown Birmingham. The auction benefits Children’s Health System’s Hear Center, Mitchell’s Place and EPIC School as well as Virginia Cobb Scholarship awardees and other programs to benefit hearing and speech impaired children across Alabama. The evening includes a seated dinner and silent and live auctions conducted by Jack Granger with Granger Thagard. Tickets are $75 and include dinner, beer and wine and a cash bar as well as a bidder number for the auctions. Visit www.thecharityleague.org for more information or to buy tickets.



Junior League Bargain Carousel

April 26 and 28-29

Old Mazer’s on Green Springs Highway

The Junior League of Birmingham’s annual Bargain Carousel thrift sale kicks off with the Bargain Bash April 26. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the Patron Party, which allows guests first access to the sale. Admission begins at 7 p.m. for other Bash ticket holders and winds down by 10 p.m. Food and drinks are provided along with music by Allan Barlow and Jon Campbell. There also will be a silent auction. Buy tickets in advance at www.jlbonline.com or at the door the night of the event. Patron Party tickets are $40; Bargain Bash tickets are $30. The two-day event for the general public is April 28 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 29 from 1-5 p.m. at the old Mazer’s space, 816 Green Springs Highway in Homewood. Admission Saturday is $5. Sunday offers extra bargains with all remaining items discounted 50 percent. Tickets are available April 27 from 3-7 p.m. at the sale.



Vestavia Hills

Friends of the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest meeting

April 26, 10 a.m.

Dogwood Room, Vestavia Hills Civic Center

Brant Beene, general manager of the Alabama Theatre and Lyric Theatre, will be the presenter at the Friends of the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest meeting. He will share facts and some inside stories about the Alabama Theatre and talk about the vision for restoring the Lyric Fine Arts Theatre.



The 2012 E.O. Wilson Distinguished Lecture featuring Maestro Justin Brown

April 26, 6 p.m.

Protective Life

Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro Justin Brown will be the featured speaker at the Harvard Club of Birmingham’s annual dinner/lecture event at the Protective Life building in Birmingham. The event is open to the public. Brown’s topic is “The Role of the Symphony Orchestra in the Life of the City.” Tickets include dinner and can be purchased at http://2012eowilsonlecture.eventbrite.com



Spring Bereavement Conference

April 27, 8:30 a.m.

McWane Science Center

The Amelia Center at Children’s of Alabama will bring Dr. Donna Schuurman, internationally-recognized authority on grief, to Birmingham when it hosts its seventh annual Spring Bereavement Workshop April 27 from 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Schuurman is the executive director of the Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families in Portland, Ore., one of the nation’s first grief centers of its kind. As keynote speaker, Schuurman will present “Responding to Suicide and Sudden Loss: Practical and Ethical Considerations.” The one-day workshop is designed for counselors, nurses, social workers and other caregivers who counsel those who have lost a loved one through suicide or a sudden or unexpected death. Registration is $95. A special $50 rate is available to students. Registration includes six-hour training with CEUs, parking, continental breakfast, lunch catered by B&A Warehouse and refreshments. To register, call the Amelia Center at 212-7488 or download a registration form at http://www.ameliacenter.org/workfiles/AC/2012_Spring_Ber_1.pdf.




Vestavia Hills Art Association Show

April 27-28, 10 a.m.; April 29, 1 p.m.

Prime Time Treasures

The Vestavia Hills Art Association will host its new Spring Show featuring art and fine crafts by association members. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 27-28 and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 29.



Feast of Saint Mark Italian Food Festival

April 28, 2 p.m.

Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church

Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church will host its first Feast of Saint Mark Italian Food Festival beginning at 2 p.m. Mass is at 4:30 p.m., and the bonfire finale is at 9:30 p.m. The event includes authentic Italian food, music, performers, dancing, cars and cultural items. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Visit www.feastofstmark.com for more information.




BBQ at the Zoo

April 28, 2 p.m.

Birmingham Zoo

Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School announces its fourth annual BBQ at the Zoo. This family-friendly event features live music, food, drinks and a children’s area. All proceeds help provide scholarships for worthy students. Gates open at 2 p.m. with entertainment until 8 p.m. by the Hunter Lawley Band, the UnKnamed Band, Billy and Justin of Secondhand Jive and Blues Old Stand. General admission tickets are $10. A barbecue cook-off will feature local amateur teams. The $250 entry fee includes four tickets to the event and entry into all areas of competition: pork, chicken, beef, ribs and team spirit. For more information or to register a team, visit www.holyfamilyevents.webs.com or call 263-0144.



Fashion Rocks for Tornado Relief

April 29, 6 p.m.

Behind 1023 20th St. South

Mahogany and Pink will host its third annual benefit fashion show, Fashion Rocks for Tornado Relief, April 29. Birmingham area boutiques, retailers and designers will come together for a fashion event that will raise funds for those affected by the April 27, 2011 tornados. The event will feature designs highlighting summer’s hottest trends and colors. In association with Hair Reflections at The Summit and M.A.C. Cosmetics, the city’s top hairstylists and makeup artists are donating their time and talents as well. Participating retailers range from Lotus Boutique at The Summit to Urban Outfitters. Designs from Ken Laurence, Robert Carson and Hot Java Clothing will also grace the runway. The event includes a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity. The event will be behind 1023 20th St. South on the compound adjacent to Hotel Highland and MetroPrime Steakhouse. Tickets are limited and may be purchased at www.mahoganyandpink.com, at Lotus Boutique at The Summit or by calling 223-0279.



Garden Art Party

April 28, 7 p.m.

B&A Warehouse

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama’s will celebrate its 16th annual Garden Art Party with an “Under the Sea” theme. The auction will include Alzheimer’s patients’ artwork, beach getaways and other trips, NFL sporting packages, restaurant and wine packages, jewelry, fine artwork and more. Proceeds support ACA’s service programs such as scholarships for patients to attend adult day care programs or to receive continence products. For tickets, $95 each or $180 for two, visit www.alzca.org or call 871-7970.



Tour de Blue

April 28, 8 a.m.

Birmingham Bicycle Company

Urology Health Foundation’s fifth annual Tour de Blue bicycle ride will be April 28 at the Birmingham Bicycle Company, 1105 Dunston Ave. in Birmingham. The goal is to increase awareness about prostate cancer and to raise funds for the foundation’s free prostate cancer screenings across Alabama. From the bike shop, the ride meanders through Jefferson, Shelby and St. Clair counties. There are three ride options of 60, 75 and 100 miles. The $40 fee includes an event T-shirt. Pre-register at www.UrologyHealthFoundation.org. Event day registration begins at the bike shop at 6:30 a.m. For more information, contact Sherry Wilson at 445-0117 or swilson@urologyal.com.




Hoover/Shelby Art Association Annual Spring Art in the Park Show

April 28, 9 a.m.

Heardmont Park Senior Community Center,

The Hoover/Shelby Art Association’s annual Spring Art in the Park Show is a juried show of association members. Oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, dry media and pastels will be featured as well as photography, folk art, fine crafts, decorative crafts, handmade jewelry, wood turning, fiber craft, garden art, pressed flowers, calligraphy, pottery, tole painting and more. The show is family oriented and handicapped accessible. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Artists will be on hand to discuss their works. For more information, call 979-5699.



A Klassy Affair: An Afternoon Jazz Luncheon

April 29, 2 p.m.

Embassy Suites

A Klassy Affair: An Afternoon Jazz Luncheon will be April 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Hoover. The luncheon is hosted by Classic Pearls in association with the Phi Iota Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. to raise funds for scholarships for area students. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased from Sundra Smith, 919-0211, or other members of the organization. The event includes music by Tranquility, fashions by Kohl’s and a meal.



Birmingham Girls Choir Spring Concert

April 29, 3 p.m.

Shades Crest Baptist Church

The Birmingham Girls Choir Spring Concert is April 29 at Shades Crest Baptist. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.birminghamgirlschoir.org or call 916-SONG.



Hands Up Together

May 3, 7 p.m.

Dorothy Jemison May Theater at Alabama School of Fine Arts

The Collat Jewish Family Services will host its annual fundraiser, Hands Up Together, May 3. The program supports area seniors. This year, the event will honor 90-year-old Jimmie Hess, widow of Emil Hess and a longtime Mountain Brook resident. She and her husband were early and active supporters of Birmingham’s major arts organizations. Euan Morton, a Scottish performer who brought the role of Boy George from London to New York for the show “Tattoo,” will entertain. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by calling 879-3438. Visit www.cjfsbham.org for more information.



“Singing in the Rain”

May 3-20, 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

RMTC Cabaret Theatre

Red Mountain Theatre Company presents “Singin’ in the Rain” May 3-20 at the RMTC Cabaret Theatre, 301 19th St. North. The play features Kristen Bowden Sharp as Kathy Selden and includes local favorites like Jack Mann, Tam DeBolt, Kyle Holman, Jessica Clark and Lucas Pepke. Show times are 7:30 Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tickets are $30-35; group, senior and student rates are available. Call 324-2424 or visit www.redmountaintheatre.org.



Cooking for a Cause

May 3, 5:30 p.m.

Alagasco Center for Energy Technology

The United Way Young Leaders Society will host “Cooking for a Cause” May 3 from 5:30-9:00 p.m. at the Alagasco Center for Energy Technology. The event will benefit Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, a project of the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership, and the United Way Young Leaders Society. General admission to the event ($25) will include a silent auction, live music, wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and drink tickets. To participate in the cooking demonstration with Chef Chris Vizzina and also receive the general admission benefits, the ticket price is $75. This will include a reserved seat in a private cooking demonstration with Chris Vizzina, heavy tastings of each dish, wine pairing, Q&A session with the chef and a recipe to take home. Visit www.uwca.org/youngleaders for more information or to purchase tickets.


Vestavia Hills

Legacy League Scholarship Gala

May 3, 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Vestavia Country Club

The Legacy League, an auxiliary of Samford University, will host speaker and best-selling author Andy Andrews at its annual Scholarship Gala. Andrews’ first novel, “The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success,” remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 17 weeks and has been translated into 20 languages. Andrews has been received at the White House and has spoken at the request of four U.S. presidents. The Scholarship Gala includes a private reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. The price for both the reception and dinner is $125 per person. Attendees at the reception can have photos made with Andrews. The price for dinner only is $75 per person. Sponsorships for the gala are available at several levels from $1,000 to $10,000 and up; all include attendance at both events and recognition in the program. Make reservations at www.samford.edu/legacyleague. Proceeds will go toward endowing the new Samford University Legacy Scholarship. For more information, call 726-2247.



BRAVO! Birmingham

May 4, 7:30 p.m.

Wright Center, Samford University

BRAVO! Birmingham 2012 salutes Alabama artists who have achieved national or international recognition. The event presents hometown celebrities in 90 minutes of live, family-friendly entertainment and spotlights Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame inductees, a classical pianist, Miss Alabama, the Birmingham Boys Choir and more. Staging is by Carl Dean, who directed last year’s production. A fundraiser for the Birmingham Music Club’s artist series and the BMC Guild’s music scholarships, the show is sponsored by Dr. Chandler and Jane Paris Smith. For tickets, call the Samford box office at 726-2853 or visit www.samford.edu/wrightcenter or www.bhammusicclub.org. Prices are $45, $35 and $25. Tickets for children 12 and under and balcony seats are $10. A $5 discount per ticket is offered for groups of 10 or more.

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