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Embellishments holiday concert, Birmingham Museum of Art

Need ideas on how to RING in the holidays? Start with a holiday concert that really does. Organized in October 2001, Embellishments is a civic handbell ensemble based in Birmingham. This group consists of 16 auditioned musicians, directed by Phyllis Kirk. Embellishments plays six+ octaves of Schulmerich Bells, seven octaves of Malmark Chimes, two octaves of Petit and Fritsen bells, and various other instruments. I have no idea what that means, but it sounds impressive. The museum is located at 2000 Eighth Ave. North downtown.

Cost: Free

Veterans Day Parade, downtown

Birmingham has lots to claim to its name. One is that the city is host to the nation’s oldest and largest Veterans Day Parade. Check it out for yourself downtown Monday. The parade starts around 1:30 p.m. Here’s the route.

And a friendly reminder — banks and post offices will be closed.

2nd annual “Walk to d’feet ALS,” Samford University

Saturday, the ALS Association of Alabama is sponsoring its second annual fundraising event “Walk to D’Feet ALS” at Samford University’s Seibert Stadium. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the walk starting at 10. Registration is also available online. There is no fee to walk but you’ll need to get some sponsors behind you. Last year, the Birmingham event raised more than $65,000. Walks are also held in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville. More than $170,000 was raised statewide in 2006. This year’s statewide goal is $245,000. They can’t do it without you so families, groups and individuals are all invited to participate. The walk route is wheelchair and stroller accessible. If you can’t make it, you can still participate by donating. The ALS Association (ALSA) Alabama Chapter’s walk is part of a national effort in support of local patient services and nationally directed research. A progressive neurodegenerative disease sometimes known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS strikes more than 5,000 people in the United States each year. For more information, e-mail or call 1-800-664-1242.

5th annual Art in Avondale Park, Avondale Park

This event keeps getting bigger and better. Come to the corner of 41st Street South and 5th Avenue South with the kids for an art-filled day in the park. There will be lots of hands-on activities, pony rides, music and dance, booths full of well-known and emerging artists, and a silent auction featuring work by Larry Langford, Birmingham’s mayor-elect. One of the event’s highlights is the children’s parade at 10:30 a.m. The parade leaves Avondale Elementary and takes a route through Forest Park Village, down 39th Street and into the park. These kids are cute so come cheer them on. The fun continues after 4 when the Avondale Business District opens its doors for an evening Open House Tour featuring food, entertainment, prizes, hayrides and carriage rides. Rain date is October 28. You can find more information and pictures from last year, here.