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Where are you going to watch TEDxBirmingham?

tedxbham2prepToday, the speakers for Birmingham’s third ever TEDx event are practicing at the Alys Stephens Center, preparing for when things start tomorrow morning. TEDx Birmingham starts at 10 a.m. and will be available online via Livestream.

Of course, you could always see if some of the folks on this partial list of attendees might be live tweeting the whole thing too (but it wouldn’t nearly be as much fun as watching). You’ll also be interested in checking out the speaker profiles posted on the event’s official website or those by AL.com earlier this week. If you do feel like following along via social media platforms, it looks like the hashtag will be #tedxbham).

There are also viewing parties that have been organized for tomorrow’s event. One is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. at the Desert Island Supply Company in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood. Another will take place at downtown branch of the YWCA (and as of this posting only has 39 seats left; you’ll want to reserve your space via Eventbrite). If you know of any others, please feel free to let folks know via the comments section under this post.

Photo: Courtesy of the event’s fan page on Facebook.

Taking a look at Sloss Metals Arts’ future

Sloss-in-the-distanceSaturday morning (December 17)  will find local metal artists, enthusiasts and some just plain curious at historic Sloss Furnaces to take part in a conversation about the future of the historic site’s metal arts program.

The meeting, starting at 10:30 a.m., is the result of a recently made announcement about the retooling and re-evaluation via a press release dated December 9. We’ve learned that the meeting is scheduled to be available for viewing online live tomorrow via the program’s new Livestream channel.

The changes would not affect the public outreach component of the program, scheduled to resume in March 2012, including workshops, internships and iron pours, though we have learned that some of the full time positions will be replaced with fellowships that will be offered to artists from around the world. We look forward to updating with additional information if necessary tomorrow.

Ruben’s marathon is set for November

When city leaders gathered back in January to celebrate the official groundbreaking of The Marketplace adjacent to the BJCC complex, Ruben Studdard was on hand to announce plans for a new marathon and fitness event to be held in Birmingham. Those in attendance were told that details would be revealed later on this year – and they finally got some yesterday with the launch of the event’s official website.

The Ruben Studdard Celebration Weekend is scheduled for Sunday, November 20 and it will benefit the Ruben Studdard Foundation. The marathon will begin and end at Linn Park, taking participants along a single-loop route that keeps participants within the city limits the entire time. The original press release had suggested that the start and end points for the race would be Railroad Park.

The weekend is also scheduled to include a half-marathon, 5K and a gala event. Registration for all of the events are currently open.

This increases the number of marathons held in metro Birmingham to two a year, with the 2012 Mercedes Marathon scheduled for February 10-12. If the organizers of the Weekend are successful, the city will also have two local opportunities to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

UPDATE: Brew B-Q at the “14th St. Entertainment District” tomorrow

UPDATE: We’ve been informed that this is a beer tasting event hosted by Piggly Wiggly in the parking next to Good People Brewing Co. Check out this flyer for more information. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Magic City Harvest and Alabama Tornado Relief.

Good People Brewing logoYou figured with all of the excitement among craft brewers in Alabama about the passage and signing of the Brewery Modernization Act into law that it wouldn’t take long for one of them to announce take part in a their post BMA event.

Well, wait no more – Good People Brewing Co. will be the answer (sort of) to that trivia question here in Birmingham, AL and it’s this Thursday.

It’s already shaping up to be a fairly busy day in the Magic City with the YP Street Fair taking place along 2nd Ave. N. between 23rd and 24th Streets and the Birmingham Museum of Art holding a VIP party for the opening of their Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibit. Craft beer fans can now add a visit to the parking lot next to Good People’s home on 14th Street South to the list for Brew B-Q, an event being hosted by Piggly Wiggly. Tickets are currently available for $25 at all area Piggly Wiggly locations. A beer tasting as well as Full Moon BBQ is included. There will apparently also be a chance to win a private beer dinner for 10 people.

Stocking East Lake for a rodeo this weekend

Stocking East Lake for 2011 Fishing RodeoNo, this photo doesn’t catch a catfish sliding into East Lake Park‘s namesake early Wednesday afternoon. There were several folks present though who did see several fish dive in as the lake was stocked for Birmingham’s 14th annual Family Fishing Rodeo this Saturday, June 4. They were delivered by Stearn’s Fish Farm of Wetumpka, AL.

It’s the largest community fishing event in the state, drawing thousands to Birmingham’s eastern area. It’s also an opportunity to participate in giveaways and learn more about local non-profits and community organizations. It’ll take place from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

If you want a better idea of what it looks like when you load a few thousand pounds of fish into a city lake, check out this video via al.com from last year’s stocking.

Learn how to Save a Life on Saturday

Red_Cross_LogoThe Birmingham area chapter of American Red Cross will be one of more than 100 participating in the Gabrielle Giffords Honorary Save-a-Life nationwide event this Saturday, March 19.

Attendees will receive free abbreviated training courses on hands-only CPR, the treatment of shock and how to treat wounds (classes normally valued at at least $25). According to the page created for the event, the recent events in Arizona “reminded the nation of the importance of being prepared in the event of an emergency,” particularly in the area of first-aid training.

This will give many their first opportunity to visit the local chapter’s new headquarters (114 22nd Street South).

The classes are being sponsored nationally by Safeway and Walgreens (whom The Birmingham News recently reported will move forward to renovate the former Engine No. 22 fire station on Clairmont Avenue as part of plans to construct a new location for the pharmacy company on the adjacent property).

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.”