Category Archives: Birmingham

Random Shots: A bird’s eye view

A bird's eye view Bob Farley/f8PhotoAs a photographer I’m always trying to find a different vantage point, looking for a new angle on a common subject. I recently had the opportunity to make some photographs from the unique view a helicopter provides.

From my view high above the city, I could see how physically close Birmingham’s industrial past and its more white collar present are to each other. Minutes by car and seconds by helicopter I could go from the corporate world of downtown to the heavy industry on its borders. Click on the image to the left (or here) to view some of the shots taken; otherwise, keep reading after the jump…

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“Wet and Wonderful” Wetland Tour, Ruffner Mountain

Here’s your chance to go on a special guided tour of the newly restored Ruffner Wetland. Space is limited so advance reservations are required. We will meet at the Visitor Center and carpool to the wetland where you will learn about wetland ecosystems and have an opportunity to tour the ADA-accessible trail and view the plants and wildlife. Refreshments will be provided. Call 833-8264 for more information.

Cost: $10/$8 for members
Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
1214 81st St. South (directions)

Full Moon wine and cheese hike, Ruffner Mountain

Welcome summer with Ruffner’s unique social event. Moderate hike to Hawk’s View Overlook. View a fantastic sunset, enjoy refreshments and good company. Adults only. No pets please, not even adult pets. Call 833-8264 for more information.

Cost: $15/$10 for members
Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
1214 81st St. South (directions)

Community Foundation annual meeting, B and A Warehouse

The Community Foundation’s annual meeting will be held Thursday at B&A Warehouse, 1531 First Ave. South. You’re invited to join the foundation in celebrating a great 2007, including the launch of three new and expanded parks in Birmingham. A reception follows.

The Community Foundation mission is “connecting people and resources with community needs and opportunities to make life better, today and tomorrow.”

Cost: Free. RSVP to 327-3802 or

Community Gang Awareness Forum, Norwood Clinic

Birmingham Weed and Seed will host a Community Gang Awareness Forum Thursday in the Benjamin Carraway Teaching Auditorium, located on the second floor of Norwood Clinic, 1528 Carraway Blvd. The FBI Violent Crime/Gang/Safe Streets Task Force and the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G. R. E. A. T.) officers of the Birmingham Police Department will facilitate. These officers will update the community on gangs and will also be available to answer questions. For more information, call 502-4701 or 492-9807.

Cost: Free

Who’s responsible for Birmingham’s reputation?

We constantly talk about the University of Alabama at Birmingham as being the economic engine of not just the city or the region, but the state.

Today one the columnists for their student newspaper, the Kaleidoscope, decided to pose a rather powerful question (and challenge) to her fellow students and I believe to the community at large.

I think that the challenge should also be brought to the masses.

Which leads us to today’s Magic City Question (we are aware that our front page feature has “stalled” working on that right now).

Let us know what you think by clicking here to answer and please pass the question’s link on to everyone you know…

APT reflects on Birmingham this month

Southern Museum of Flight - Alabama Public Television

Southern Museum of Flight is the focus of one of the stories being told this month on Alabama Public Television’s “Alabama Stories.” Special to The Terminal.

Throughout the month of March, Alabama Public Television will have shows focusing on the city of Birmingham. “These stories are unique and they will give a different focus on the city,” said Kathie Martin, Assistant VP at Alabama Public Television. The shows will look at topics including Birmingham’s crime rate, the city’s Irish and Celtic heritage, and Alabama’s involvement in the “Bay of Pigs” invasion. Martin says that people need to know the history of not just Birmingham, but the entire state.

“A lot people may not know that Alabama played a big role in the “Bay of Pigs”, or they may need to know [about] the crime rate in Birmingham because they have children that attend schools like UAB or Jefferson State,” said Martin. Two of the pieces will be featured on the network’s series “Alabama Stories.”

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