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Let the 2009 City Council races begin

I knew that I should have had a bet going as to how soon someone would announce their intentions to run for City Council seats in 2009. The first candidate out the gate is… Hooper City Neighborhood Association and Birmingham Young Democrats president William Barnes.

The announcement was made via an Evite to his campaign’s first fundraiser early next month at The Wine Loft (downtown location). if you know of anyone else intending to throw their hat in the ring for any of the districts, let us know.

BTW – if you’re interested in William Bell’s former seat, you’ve got until tomorrow to apply.

Loads to do this evening

It’s going to be a busy evening here in Birmingham. We’re aware of a gathering over at the Railroad Park (giving attendees a chance to learn more about the project’s progress) as well as a fundraiser/mixer for YouthServe, providing a chance to learn more about the non-profit organization’s activities. Fans of Catalyst’s monthly Green Third Thursday event can head on over to The Birmingham Zoo at 6:45 p.m. tonight.

BTW – we haven’t mentioned it here on the site but if you feel like it we’re going to be enjoying a Terminally Happy Hour at The Bottletree this evening. Their happy hour officially starts at 3 p.m. – we’ll be there by 5 and be there for a while. We’ve got a Facebook invite set up for it right now, or you can just DM us using Twitter. Hopefully you can get out tonight; otherwise Whitney’s got another suggestion for you over on Timetable. Unless you’ve got another one to share that we’ve forgotten…

Plans for a recession-proof weekend

In the spirit of the economic crisis, I’m bailing us all out by highlighting free stuff going on around town this weekend. Then if I have room, I’ll mention some items that will cost you for the one guy who just happened to sell his Wachovia stock before it tanked. And while the SEC knocks on his door, you can head over to Timetable for my own insider tips.

Cocktails in the Gardens, Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Missing your Art on the Rocks fix? Wonder what is there for a YP to do in this town? No worries because with fall comes Cocktails in The Gardens at our city’s own Botanical Gardens. And really, it’s for everyone and anyone who would enjoy a night out under the stars, sipping adult beverages and listening to good music. Each event has a different theme with signature drinks and themed hors d’oeuvres, catered by A Social Affair. For the first event on Sept. 4, the theme is “Mint and Mango Mojitos” with Sweet Saint Caroline performing. I think the gardens is one of the city’s true gems but if you don’t already where this gem is, you can find the gardens at 2612 Lane Park Road, over by the Zoo.

Cost: Free for members (membership starts at $45) and $10 for non-members. Cash bar.

Here’s the complete lineup:

Thursday, Sept. 4
“Mint and Mango Mojitos”
with Sweet Saint Caroline

Thursday, Oct. 23
“Sour Cherry Slings”
with Act of Congress

Thursday, Nov. 13
“Lemon Rosemary Bash”
with Rollin’ in the Hay

McWane opens doors to evacuees

With millions of people displaced off the Gulf Coast and Louisiana by Gustav, some of them might have landed on your doorstep. If the people you are housing includes children — children who had to leave all their toys behind and may not appreciate the value of your extensive Hummel figurine collectionMcWane Science Center has the cure for you. All Gulf Coast residents can enjoy McWane for free through Thursday. But don’t forget that ID. The science center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After a few hours running around, your Hummels should be safe.

“An Evening with the Riverkeeper,” McWane Science Center

Come celebrate Black Warrior Riverkeeper and McWane Science Center’s “An Evening with the Riverkeeper” on Tuesday, August 26th from 6-9:00 p.m. Begin the evening with a reception in the aquarium, take in a special presentation by Black Warrior Riverkeeper Nelson Brooke, watch a private viewing of “Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk” IMAX, and learn something new during special environmental shows.

Cost: $20; includes IMAX ticket, educational programs, 2 drink tickets and parking. Proceeds benefit McWane Science Center and Black Warrior Riverkeeper. Get tickets by calling 714-8414 or order online.

“inter-ART-ive,” Alys Stephens Center

Join the Alys Stephens Center, Reg’s Coffee House and Free the Hops for “inter-ART-ive,” an ASC Social Club outdoor patio party celebrating Birmingham’s thriving arts and culture scene, 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. The “inter-ART-ive” party is an invitation for young professionals to participate in the arts. Admission is FREE.

The evening includes a craft beer tasting sponsored by Free the Hops and Birmingham Budweiser, free products from Vitamin Water, prize giveaways including tickets to upcoming shows at the Alys Stephens Center, and great food from Bottletree, Cosmo’s Pizza and Rojo. Guests can enjoy live music from The White Oaks and open mic performances from local musicians, hosted by Bottletree. An after-party is planned for Bottletree, 3719 Third Ave. South.

Interested in performing in the open mic competition? E-mail One of the evening’s participants will be invited to perform during the ASC season!

The ASC Social Club brings young professionals ages 21-40 together to experience great live performances and social gatherings presented by the Alys Stephens Center. Membership includes ticket discounts, special events, meet-the-artist opportunities, prize giveaways and more. Cost is $25 for students; $40 for individuals; and $75 for couples. To join, contact Kimberly Kirklin at 205-943-0862 or

Cost: FREE