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Random shots: Getting ready for tomorrow

easter Rob NeedhamMichael Needham, 4, admires his handiwork, viz. his freshly dyed Easter eggs, while others soak in their coffee mug vats.

For those looking for other ways to enjoy this relaxing Saturday in Birmingham, AL, you’ve still got time to get to Ensley for their 3rd annual Easter Parade and Gospel Concert. The parade starts at 12 p.m. and the concert begins shortly afterward.

Need some other idea (or have some you’d like to share)? Head on over to this week’s got plans post over on Timetable.

BTW, if you feel so compelled to share your photos from this weekend, send them into photos@bhamterminal.com.

Photo: Rob Needham. Email submission to bhamterminal.

You go, Raven!

The big story from yesterday’s Birmingham City Council meeting was the hiring of a 13 year-old as a consultant by Mayor Larry Langford – well, sort of.

Raven Hatcher (of no relation to the mayor’s executive assistant Terri Hatcher) actually turns 14 on Friday. This means that she will be able to apply for a work permit and receive $10,000 as a consultant to the city’s parks and recreation department after presenting her suggestions for improvements to Ensley Park to the Council. NBC13 is reporting on their morning show that $5,000 of the total amount will be placed into a college scholarship fund for the W.J. Christian School student.

The girl’s good fortune and suggestions did not prevent some from offering a wide range of comments on AL.com’s blog post about the story, causing the website to not accept more comment early yesterday evening after several violations of the site’s community rules. We’d recommend watching the interview that Joseph Bryant did with Hatcher yesterday.

It takes a village this weekend in Ensley

The area immediately adjacent to Village Creek in Ensley has been the focus of many of the efforts being undertaken to breathe new life into the surrounding Ensley and Pratt communities. This Saturday area residents and concerned citizens will have the chance to contribute to and help develop a vision for housing that will line the planned Village Creek Greenway on the city’s West Side (after having some fun running).

The first annual Village Creek One Mile Fun Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. (sign-up is at 8 a.m.) will be followed at 10 a.m. by a community workshop entitled Implementing The Olmsted Vision One Step at a Time.

Members of the 2007-2008 Project Corporate Leadership class and Environmental Leadership Program will host a workshop to discuss strategies for implementing the Olmsteds’ vision for the Village Creek area in the Ensley and Pratt communities. If you’ve got a Facebook account, you can let them know that you’ll be there to participate.

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Ensley Easter Parade and Gospel Concert, Ensley Commercial District

This is the event’s second year, and to celebrate, there’s a longer parade route!

This year’s parade will begin at Jackson-Olin High School. It will proceed down Avenue to 19th Street, Ensley where it will turn right. It will then follow 19th to Avenue D, where the gospel concert will begin at 12:30 p.m. It’s a great chance to head on over to Birmingham’s West Side and check out what’s going on.

For more information, including a list of gospel choirs performing and sponsors, visit Main Street Birmingham’s events calendar.

Cost: Free

Concert will take place at the corner of 19th Street Ensley and Avenue D