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“Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Virginia Samford Theatre

CenterStage is kicking off its 2007-2008 season with the musical comedy “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” For those of you not familiar with the 1967 film-turned-stage-production, here are the Cliff Notes: Follow Millie Dillmount, a self-proclaimed “Modern,” as she shakes small-town Kansas off her heels and looks for work, adventure and a rich husband in 1920s New York City. Along the way she falls in love with a paper clip salesman who ends up in drag, befriends a madcap heiress, and confounds a hotel proprietor who, with the help of two bumbling Chinese servants, is trying to sell Millie’s fellow boarders into white slavery. The score includes “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Gimmie, Gimmie” and the hilarious “Speed Test.” The show stars Kimberly Piazza as Millie and Jan D. Hunter as Muzzy Van Hossmere. Frank Thompson directs.

While you are waiting for the curtain to rise, here’s a bit of trivia to entertain your date: According to the Internet Movie Database, the 1967 film was Pat Morita’s first. He played Asian #2. Just thought you might want to know.

Cost: Adults $25.00/ Seniors $23.00/Students $13.00

East Lake Farmers Market, East Lake United Methodist Church parking lot

For those who live in the city’s eastern section, you don’t necessarily have to go that far from home to find fresh local produce. The East Lake Farmers Market takes place every Saturday through the end of the growing season in the parking lot of the East Lake United Methodist Church (the corner of 78th Street & 2nd Avenue South) with live entertainment every week (rain or shine).

Cost: Free

Historic Mines Hike, Ruffner Mountain Nature Center

Explore Ruffner Mountain’ Nature Center’s mining past on this 2 hour guided hike which will take you to see some of the less traveled areas of the mountain & the historic remnants of Birmingham’s Iron Ore Era. They say it’s a moderate hike and they suggest wearing comfortable shoes and bring water to drink. Please contact the center at (205) 833-8264 ext 4 for voicemail reservations or for email reservations.

Cost: $7 ($5 Ruffner Member) Payment by cash or check will be accepted on the day of the program.

City Birds and Java, Ruffner Mountain Nature Center

Calling all birders! Novices and experts alike. Meet naturalists from Ruffner Mountain Nature Center at the center’s pavilion for free coffee and an introduction to local roasters Higher Ground. The company uses fair-trade beans from organic shade-grown coffee plants and their spokesman, Alex Varner, will explain how that’s really good for migratory birds. After the meet & greet, it’s off for a tour of some amazing nearby local bird habitats. Bring binoculars or borrow one of theirs.

Cost: $7/$5 members

Full Moon Wine & Cheese Hike, Ruffner Mountain Nature Center

Ruffner Moutain Nature Center invites you to come out to an ADULTS ONLY event (no pets please).
A UNIQUEly Birmingham social event. Easy to moderate hike to the overlook. View a fantastic sunset, enjoy great company & light refreshments. The full moon will make the evening a special occasion. Payment by check or cash on day of event. No credit or debit cards accepted. Please contact the office at (205) 833-8264 ext 4 for voicemail reservations or for email reservations.

Cost: $15 ( $10 Ruffner Member)

Primitive Skills Workshop, Ruffner Mountain Nature Center

The folks at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center invite you out to “learn basic primitive techniques of shelter building, ID of wild edible plants,simple fire making, & other woodland survival skills from an edible plant expert, naturalist and outdoor enthusiast.” Plus you get a chance to explore one of the largest urban preserves in the Southeast. Please contact the center at (205) 833-8264 ext 4 for voicemail reservations or for email reservations.

Cost: $12 ($10 Ruffner member)