I’m assuming that all of you are attempting to settle back into the regular routine after a weekend of family and friends (some of whom are probably closer than family). It’s been entertaining watching the happenings of our region with the eyes of an outsider again as I wandered the streets of New York for the latter part of the week. It is nice to be back in the sleeping giant that is Birmingham, Alabama and seeing what we can do in our own, albeit little, part of the blogosphere to make it better. Here are a few events that are aimed at making it a lot better around here:
Decorating for a Cause
Apparently the YWCA is always ready to do its part. Their grants manager (and Catalyst chair) Elizabeth Dotts asked that I pass along information about her annual ornament making party. She is not only doing her part to help raise funds for the programs of the local YW, she’s also the first to step out and answer the bell for the parties with a purpose call for sustaining City Stages from Catalyst that first went out via e-mail last week. Click here to learn more about the proposed parties and what it means to be involved.
From Dotts’ mouth (or fingers as the case may be…)
This year we are having a party with two purposes:
- * Making ornaments for the YWCA Celebration Art Show – the proceeds go to help our homeless childcare facility and
- * Helping Catalyst with their Sustain City Stages Campaign.
There is no cover charge, but we provide damn good grub, a supply of beverages until we run out, and crazy pieces of art to make ornaments. We hope you can drop by to be crafty and give your talent and a few bucks. Bring yourself, bring a friend, bring some “found objects”, music, and a good spirit.
If you’re interested in attending, let me know via e-mail. I’m still recovering from being one of the millions in cars trying to get back from the holiday travel rush (1 a.m. this morning was our arrival time to be exact), but I may be able to last long enough to bring some friends along if anyone’s interested. BTW; it’s tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Letting your voice be heard for City Stages
Continuing on the City Stages angle, the folks at Catalyst have also announced plans for a town hall meeting scheduled for tomorrow evening, November 28, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Birmingham Public Library. While the exact location of the meeting is not located in the post, I’m sure that someone at the library will be able to direct to you the location once you step inside. The link from earlier will also provide information about tomorrow’s event aimed at providing feedback and suggestions for the music festival.
Metal for a cause
Many of the regular visitors to the Ramblings are aware of the Birmingham Jaycees’ annual Christmas shopping tour and that the main fundraiser for the event, the haunted house had to be canceled. Well, this Thursday, November 30 the chapter is sponsoring a heavy metal concert at Banana Joe’s in Five Points South (directions) beginning at 7:30 p.m. There will be a $10 cover and it will serve as our fundraiser for the chapter’s Christmas project. Come on out if you can, or at least pass on some information about the event.
Last but not least…
I’m making an assumption that several people have not been visiting recently due to my lack of posting. Who’d blame you? Anyhow, in case you’re interesting in some of the no so Birmingham items posted in recent days, you may want to check out these posts.
There are others, but I’m not going to ask you to read through what is basically a personal release if you don’t want to.
Enjoy the day,