June 2012 Calendar of Events
6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29– Complimentary Wine Tasting. Piggly Wiggly, 3000 Montgomery Hwy. Fridays, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Weekly wine tasting. Free. More information: call 879-0884 or visit pigglywigglybirmingham.com.
6/2- Preserve Jazz Prelude: An Intimate Evening with Alex Bugnon and Eric EssixIn. Samford University’s Brock Recital Hall. 7 p.m. WVSU and the Preserve Jazz Festival are again teaming up to present a special, intimate evening of jazz. The 2012 Preserve Jazz Prelude features Alex Bugnon and the Eric Essix Band. Reserved seats: $75 (includes pass to Preserve Jazz Festival, Sunday June 3 in Hoover). VIP: $125 (includes a pre-show artist meet & greet at 6 p.m., and pass to Preserve Jazz Festival, Sunday June 3 in Hoover). In support of the Rev. John T. Porter Minority Scholarship. More information: www4.samford.edu/groups/wvsu/.
6/3 – Miss Alabama Pageant Press Party. Brookwood Mall Food Court area. 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Contestants will be presented, and the press will take photos and interview contestants.
6/6-6/9 – Miss Alabama Pageant. Samford University’s Leslie Stephen Wright Center. 7:30 p.m. The first three nights will be the preliminary pageant evenings. The final night, June 9, the top ten contestants will be announced and will compete for the crown. Crowning will take place at the end of the night. Tickets for the first three nights are $32 for the front orchestra, $27 for the back orchestra, $27 for the grand tier arms and grand tier, and $24 for the balcony. For the finals, tickets are $48 for the front orchestra, $40 for the back orchestra, $40 for the grand tier and $34 for the balcony. More information: tickets can be purchased by calling 871-6276 or going to missalabama.com.
6/9 – Oakmont United Methodist Church Spree. 914 Oak Grove Road, Homewood. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Vendors and yard sale, men’s BBQ, bake sale and plant sale.
6/21 – Chefs for the Cure. Summit Club. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The chef line-up includes recent Iron Chef and James Beard winner Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club, George Reis of Ocean and 26, and many more. The evening will kick off with a cocktail reception, followed by the grand food and wine tasting event with the chefs, celebrities and wines by Rush. The event also includes live music and a silent auction. Hosted by North Central Alabama Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Tickets: $100 per ticket and $150 for two tickets. More information: to purchase tickets, visit komenNCalabama.org or call 263-1700.
6/21 – Third Thursdays Wine Down. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Participating merchants in Homewood will stay open until 7 p.m. The event is presented by Homewood Chamber Merchants Committee. Mark your calendar for the third Thursday of every month. For more information, visit Homewoodchamber.com or call 871-5631.
6/25 – Vestavia Town Village Players. Homewood Senior Center. 11 a.m. Lunch will be spaghetti from Costa’s Mediterranean Grill. Admission: $6 at the door and includes lunch. Must register on the Friday prior to the event. More information: 332-6500.
Homewood Library Events
Book Donations Wanted- Do you have piles of paperbacks stacked around your house? Are your family members tripping over books they’ve read and reread several times? Why not clear some space and donate those used books to the Friends of the Homewood Public Library? We’re collecting now for our Annual FOHO Blockbuster Book Sale in August and would be thrilled to add your donations to our growing collection of bestsellers, old favorites, children’s picture books, craft and cook books and much more. Bring your donations to the Friends Book Store Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. More information: call Deborah Fout at 332-6637 or email her at email@example.com.
6/9- British TV viewing – Doctor Who Fan Club. 2:30 p.m. Our group meets once a month to watch Doctor Who as well as other British Science Fiction related shows. We discuss Doctor Who, British Television, and Science Fiction in general. Programming is restricted to PG-13. All ages are welcome to attend. Admission: Free. More information: 877-8665.
6/12 – Estate Planning Essentials Workshop. Room 101. 6 p.m. Presented by The Greene Law Firm, LLC. This workship covers frequently asked questions and misconceptions on wills and trusts, asset protection, nursing home issues and Medicaid qualifications. Coffee and pastries will be available before the meeting. Seating limited and reservations required. Admission: Free. More information: for reservations, contact Attorney Jay Green at 746-2465.
Homewood Library Events for Teens
6/6- T-Shirt Tagging. 3 p.m. Rising 6th-12th graders only. Bring a t-shirt and personalize it with paint, stencils and cut-outs. All supplies, except t-shirts, will be provided. Program will be held outside and may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather is inclement.
6/13- Got Tape? 3 p.m. Rising 6th-12th graders only. Come by the library and make wallets, flip flops and more with duct tape. Patterns provided, but creativity is encouraged. Snacks and all supplies provided. ‘
6/20- Fangcakes. 3 p.m. Rising 6th-12th graders only. Join Chef Angela and learn how to make fang-tastic cupcakes! Space for this program is limited and registration is required.
6/27- Ugly Nightmare Dolls. 3 p.m. Rising 6th-12th graders only. Create quirky, spooky, freaky, ugly or creepy cute creatures using felt. Basic patterns will be provided, but creativity is encouraged. Snacks and all supplies will be provided.
Homewood Library Children’s Department
Reminder: Bring in your Reading Log and add your name to the Wall of Fame each week.
6/5- Nail painting and cookies. 10:30 a.m. Wear your PJ’s, bring a pillow or sleeping bag! Virginia College’s cosmetology students will be painting nails and Barber’s will be bringing milk for homemade cookies!
6/6- Summer Story Time. 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome. Large groups, call 332-6619.
6/7- Summer Night at the Library. 6 p.m. Flow Circus juggling arts.
6/8- Leaps and Bounds. 10:30 a.m. 2 ½ – 4 year olds with an adult. Registration required. No younger/older siblings. Registration begins June 4 at 10 a.m. Call 332-6619.
6/9- Cereal and Cartoons. 10 a.m.-noon. Dry cereal (no milk). Cereal is available until 10:45 a.m.
6/11- Summer Schoolers Club. 10:30 a.m. 3rd-5th graders. McWane Center Program. Sorry, no younger siblings or guests. Must register to attend. Limited space. Call 332-6619 for details or to register.
6/12- 4H Creatures of the Night. 10:30 a.m.
6/13- Summer Story Time. 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome. Large groups, call 332-6619.
6/14- Summer Night at the Library. 6 p.m. Maynard Magic and Music.
6/15- Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics. 10:30 a.m. For safety, this program is only open to 2nd-5th graders. Limited to the first 15. Homewood Library Summer Readers to register. Sorry no younger siblings. Call 332-6619.
6/16- Say Hola to Spanish. 10:30 a.m. A special language learning story time for ages 5-8 years.
6/18- Monday Movie. 3 p.m.
6/19- The Mobile Dairy Classroom & Mayfield Ice Cream. 10:30 a.m. Larger groups are welcome, but please call 332-6619.
6/20- Summer Story Time. 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome. Large groups, call 332-6619.
6/21- Summer night at the Library. 6 p.m. Camp Fire Sing Along with Miss Eve.
6/22- Cerealism with Michael Albert. 10:30 a.m. This program is only open to 2nd-5th graders. Limited to the first 15 Homewood Library Summer Readers to register at 332-6619.
6/23- Cereal and Cartoons. 10 a.m.-noon. Dry cereal (no milk). Cereal is available until 10:45 a.m.
6/25- Summer Schoolers Club. 10:30 a.m. 3rd-5th graders. McWane Center Program. Sorry, no younger siblings or guests. Must register to attend. Limited space. Call 332-6619 for details or to register.
6/26- Water Play and Chick-fil-A Lemonade. 10:30 a.m. Cancelled in the event of bad weather. Proper dress required. No dressing available in library.
6/27- Summer Story Time. 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome. Large groups, call 332-6619.
6/28- Summer Night at the Library. 6 p.m. Come watch Top Dog Agility perform.
6/29- Leaps and Bounds. 10:30 a.m. 2 ½ – 4 year olds with an adult. Registration required. No younger/older siblings. Registration begins June 25 at 10 a.m. Call 332-6619.
6/30- Say Hola to Spanish. 10:30 a.m. A special language learning story time for ages 5-8 years.
Children’s Dance Foundation’s June Modern Dance Guest Art Series
1715 27th Court South. Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. Admission: $12 per class. Ages 16 and up. More information; 870-0073 or childrensdancefoundation.org.
6/5 – Eric Stern
6/12 – Sarah Barry
6/19 – Margi Cole
6/26 – Rachel Inman
Free Friday Flicks at Homewood Park
Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets out to enjoy our free summer movie series presented by Backyard Movie Parties. Come early to enjoy shaved ice, pizza and much more. Movies start around 8:15 p.m.
6/1 – Cars 2
6/8 – The Muppets
6/15 – Alice in Wonderland
6/22 – Hugo
6/29 – Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
More information: visit: backyardmovieparties.com
6/2– 3rd Annual Bob Sykes BBQ and Blues Festival. DeBardeleben Park. 1623 2nd Avenue North, Bessemer, Alabama. 1 p.m.-9 p.m. The festival provides a relaxing secured atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy talented blues musicians from local to nationwide. There will be delicious Bob Sykes BBQ, childrenʼs activities, arts and crafts area, giveaways and demos by the sponsors, and much more. Admission: $10 at the gate and $8 for pre-sell tickets. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Hands On Birmingham and The Bessemer Education Enhancement Foundation. More information: bobsykesblues.com or visit Bob Sykes BBQ and Blues Festival Facebook Page for updates.
6/2-6/3– Glorious Gardens. Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 6/2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 6/3, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. A tour which will showcase six glorious private gardens in the Magic City, complemented with a tour of the city’s newest downtown attraction, Railroad Park. Tickets: $25. More information: purchase tickets at http://www.bbgardens.org/gloriousgardens and at retailers throughout the metro Birmingham area including: Leaf & Petal at The Gardens, Leaf & Petal at the Summit, Leaf & Petal at Mountain Brook Village, Oak Street Garden Shop, Colliers Nursery, Sweet Peas, Myers Plants and Pottery and Plant Odyssey. Contact Shelly McCarty at 205.414.3965 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
6/5–Vulcan’s 108th Birthday Bash. Vulcan Park and Museum. 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Vulcan may be the world’s largest cast iron statue, but he still needs help blowing out his birthday candles. Enjoy an afternoon of fun festivities for the whole family at the biggest birthday bash of the year. Admission: 5 and up, $3; 4 and under, free. Admission includes entrance to Vulcan Center Museum, Observation Balcony and The Music Lives On: Folk Song Traditions Told by Alabama Artists exhibition in Linn-Henley Gallery. Bring donations for tornado relief that will be given to the Red Cross for distribution. More information: visitvulcan.com.
6/5– Thyme to Read Book Group. The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 6 p.m. Thyme to Read will be discussing The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. More information: contact either Hope Long at the Botanical Gardens Library at 414-3920 or Katie Moellering at Emmet O’Neal Library 445-1118.
6/9– Native Grasses and Grass-Like Plants. Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 12:30 p.m. Native grasses and grass-like plants dominate, yet their identification presents a challenge to beginner and experienced botanists alike. This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of grass identification and is appropriate for both beginners and those more advanced in their identification skills who want a refresher. Tickets: $40, members; $45, non-members. More information: bbgardens.org.
6/9– Monthly Meeting of the Early Bird African Violet Society. Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 10 a.m. Membership: $12 for a year. More information: bbgardens.org.
6/9-6/10 – Repticon – A Reptile & Exotic Animal Expo. BJCC. 6/9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 6/10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Repticon’s first expo in Birmingham. Our expo offers the opportunity to shop from a large mix of local and regional breeders and vendors offering reptiles, amphibians, other exotic animals, supplies and merchandise. We provide hourly presentations covering a broad range of exotic animal topics. Tickets: teachers and school employees, free admittance with school ID or recent pay stub; adults, $10; children (5-12), $5; 4 and under, free. More information: 863-268-4273.
6/15– Frogs and Families. Ruffner Mountain Nature Center. 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Go to the wetlands and hear the frog calls of those species that are active in June. Look at some of these creatures up-close and learn more about them, their importance, and how to identify them. Meet herpetologist Nick Bieser at the Ruffner Road gate. Admission: $7/ $5 (member). More information: reservations are required; visit shop.ruffnermountain.org.
6/17– Summer Film Series: Gone with the Wind. Alabama Theatre, 1817 Third Avenue South. 2 p.m. Tickets: $8. More information: 251-0418.
6/20– The Birmingham Fern Society’s 36th Annual Fern Show & Sale. Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Everyone is invited to enter their fern fronds in the show. Ribbons will be awarded. Vases will be provided. A great variety of hardy ferns will be available at very reasonable prices. Experts will advise you in selecting and growing ferns. Admission: Free. More information: call Ginny Lusk at 988-0299.
6/23– Gumbo Gala 2012. Sloss Furnaces. 1 a.m.-2 p.m.Professional and backyard teams will gather to compete for Birmingham’s Best Gumbo. 40 teams will cook and serve gumbo as 2,000 event attendees enjoy New Orleans-style music and other entertainment. Proceeds from the event will be used to help pay for vital support services at Episcopal Place, an affordable housing community for seniors and disabled adults who live on restricted incomes. More information: episcopalplace.org/gumbo-gala.
6/24– Summer Film Series: Singin in the Rain. Alabama Theatre, 1817 Third Avenue South. 2 p.m. Tickets: $8. More information: 251-0418.
6/30– Bird House Extravaganza. Ruffner Mountain Nature Center. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Decorate whatever kind of bird house suits you. Bring your own or buy one for $2. Paint and other art supplies will be provided. Judges will pick winners for: Most Creative Bird House and “Greenest” Bird House (Children and Adults categories). All houses will then be displayed in the large tree next to the Treehouse. More information: ruffnermountain.org.
Music and Arts
6/5-6/9, 6/12-6/16 – Three Billy Goats Gruff. Birmingham Children’s Theatre. 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Admission: Adult, $10; Child, $8. More information: bct123.org.
6/7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17 – City Equity Theatre presents Superior Donuts. Virginia Samford Theatre, Martha Moore Sykes Studio.6/7-9 and 14-16, 8 p.m.; 6/10 and
6/17, 3 p.m. Admission; Adult, $20; Seniors, $15; Students, $15. Groups of 10 or more, $10. More information: 251-1206.
6/14 – Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour. BJCC Exhibition Hall. 7 p.m. Fred Hammond, Byron Cage and Canton Jones. Admission: Free. More information: bjcc.org.
6/21-24 – “Miss Nelson is Missing” by Jefferey Archer. CDF Studio Theatre, 1715 27th Court South, Homewood. June 21-23, 7:30 p.m.; June 24, 2:30 p.m. Based on the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall. More information: 870-0073.
6/29 – Tech N9ne & Machine Gun Kelly. BJCC. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets: $47, $27. More information:bjcc.org.
Save the Date
7/17, 18, 19, 20, 31, 8/2, 8/3– Summit Fashion Camp. The Summit Shopping Center. Ages: 6-12. 7/19, 7/20, 8/3, Ages 6-7; 7/18, 8/2, Ages 8-9; 7/17, 7/31, Ages 10-12. Fashion Camp is the premier destination for fans of fabulous fashion! From Accessories 101 to the art of dining, to finding a style that makes you smile, Fashion Camp’s professional stylist will teach you all you need to know about fashion and more. More information: stop by The Summit Guest Services Office to register or visit thesummitonline.com.
7/5, 12, 19, 26 – The First Annual Farmers Market. Near Urban Cookhouse in the Summit. 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Presented by The Summit Shopping Center and Urban Cookhouse and will be held on Thursdays until July 26. Find market favorites like fresh local produce, handcrafted jewelry, coffee beans, pasta, breads, cheeses, sauces, soaps, lotions and more. Kid-friendly activities and entertainment make it fun for the whole family. Admission: free to attend, but food and other activities might have a fee. More information: 967-0111.
7/27 – Experience the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies on high-definition broadcast screens. Lakeshore Foundation. 7 p.m. Enjoy British-themed dinner and drinks while rubbing shoulders with Olympic and Paralympic champions. More information: for tickets, call 313-7436 or email email@example.com.
7/27-28 – First annual Alabama Families of Prisoners Conference. Gardendale First Baptist Church. Providing opportunities for families of prisoners to become informed and empowered on their journey through the prison experience. The event will include life-changing workshops and informative exhibits for adults, plus a simultaneous Kids Konference for children. More information: contact Sharon Denham at 902-8437, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit alabamafpc.org.