Category Archives: Fundraiser

Le Tour de Birmingham arrives on Saturday

bici coop logoBiCi Coop has announced an alley cat cycling series that will take place throughout the streets of metro Birmingham during the month of July.

Le Tour de Birmingham will take place each Saturday of July (on July 3, 10, 17, and 31) with additional information available on the organization’s blog (you’ll also be able to help them out by letting them know that you’re willing to volunteer). The buy-in for the stages will be $5 each and it will benefit the 1+ year old organization. Le

They currently plan to announce each stage a few days before, providing information like altitude changes, et. al. They’ve already announced this week’s prologue stage; it will be a 2-minute TT from BiCi Coop‘s home on Southside to Parkside Café across from Avondale Park beginning at 8 p.m. There will be some prizes but as they’ve stated on the site, “this race is for the glory not a gift card.”

Go shopping for the AEC

Alabama Environmental Council logoIt’s almost lunchtime, so you may be considering where to go for lunch or if you have some time to run some errands. Well if you happen to find yourself at the Whole Foods Market in Mountain Brook (or you’re not sure where to go for lunch, dinner or groceries), 5% of all sales made today out there will go to benefit the Alabama Environmental Council (this also gives you a chance to check out their new website).

Staff and volunteers from the AEC will be on hand to distribute materials (including their brand new stickers) and selling t-shirts among other things. Plus, if you get out there before 3 p.m. you’ll have a chance to drop of e-waste for recycling thanks to the folks at Technical Knock Out.

Blog against domestic violence today

I’m not sure how many of you have heard about the fact that there’s a blog-a-thon taking place in Birmingham today, but we wanted to make sure that you did know – as well as learn more about how you can participate.

Women's Fund blog-a-thon informationThe Women’s Fund of Birmingham is partnering with NBC 13 to present the first ever Blogging Against Violence online event. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence and to raise funds for the Women’s Fund.

More info after the jump…

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Waiters pool tips for co-worker’s medical battle

Go to La Paz Thursday night (that’s tonight) and that tip you leave for good service will go to a good cause. The wait staff is pooling their tips to help out a co-worker, Alfredo Colin. The long-time employee and married father of four is recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor. The surgery was a success but Colin is now facing mounting medical bills without the benefit of insurance. From 4 p.m. to midnight, all tips will be donated to Colin and the funds matched by La Paz. La Paz Restaurante and Cantina is located in Crestline Village at 99 Euclid Ave.

Thanks to Madison over at B’ham Weekly for the heads up.

Blind wine tasting, the loft at Flower Stems

And just what is a blind wine tasting? Here are the rules: Come as a team of four. Each team must bring four bottles of the SAME WINE. There is not a designated wine, so bring your favorite. Upon arrival, three of your team’s bottles are opened and placed in a bag to hide their identify, randomly numbered and set out to taste. The remaining bottle is placed in reserve. Doors open at 6 p.m. Beginning at 7, you can taste the wines, enjoy food and entertainment and socialize with other hip tasters. Votes will be placed for “best” wine and the winning team will take home the reserve bottles. In addition to the wine tasting, a cash bar will be available.

Cost: In advance, $10 per person for team of four; individual tickets $25. At the door (cash please they ask), $25 per individual or team participant. All proceeds benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham, serving more than 2,000 infants, children and adults with disabilities. Presented by the UCP Junior Board.

To register, contact Meredith Smith at or (205) 944-3907. You can also register online now. The Loft at Flower Stems is located at 213 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South.

Win tickets to Taste of the Nation

In our e-newsletter last week, we let folks know that we would be giving away two (2) tickets to this year’s Birmingham Share our Strength’s Taste of the Nation event on August 25 at the McWane Science Center. We’ll announce the winner in this Friday’s edition of the express, so you probably want to get over to our contest page and enter.

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The annual event to help eliminate childhood hunger nationwide is sponsored by American Express and will feature food from more than 40 area restaurants.

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