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A day of empowering women – locally and internationally

Day of the Girl logoToday is the first ever International Day of the Girl, the result of a United Nations resolution passed last December. Here in Birmingham, there are a couple of events directly and indirectly relating to the purpose of the initiative, one that’s about  “highlighting, celebrating, discussing, and advancing girls lives and opportunities across the globe.”

The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham is hosting its Smart Party at WorkPlay. There is an impressive list of 10 honorees posted online, with in-depth biographies available. They’ve also been conducting a poll to determine the other two honorees; they’ll be announced during the event. There will also be opportunities to watch the festivities online and interact (via Twitter and Facebook) as they raise funds for girls and women in Birmingham. It’s a departure from last year’s smART Party held among the city center’s rooftops.

Just north of there in Birmingham’s central business district, another opportunity awaits. The co-founder and publisher of Magic City Post Emily Lowrey and Exerceo CEO Tanveer Patel will be among the folks this evening at an event at Innovation Depot as IdeaMench continues its #IM48 tour. They’ll have 10 minutes to talk about what they’ve accomplished – then you’ll have 10 minutes to ask questions of them and potentially spark continuing conversations.

Art Connection is on, some artists donating proceeds

MCAC 2011 posterWe’ve received several phone calls about whether or not the ONB Magic City Art Connection will take place this weekend. According to their fan page on Facebook, not only is the event still taking place this weekend, but several of the participating artists plan on donating portions of their proceeds to area charities helping those affected by the tornadoes.

Two charities that have been mentioned specifically on the page are the Birmingham-Jefferson American Red Cross chapter and the Craft Emergency Relief Fund.

If you’re an artist and plan on donating proceeds from sales this weekend, we’d love to create a list via our comments section.

Crawfish Boil on as well

Another major event taking place in downtown Birmingham this weekend is the Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil, taking place adjacent to the BJCC complex. They’ve announced that donation barrels will be located throughout the festival site.

Football, racecars and tailgating in October…

Magic City Classic LogoIt should be an interesting Halloween in and around Birmingham, AL this year. The Magic City Classic is less than 90 days away and it is the largest single sporting event held in the city every year. Last year’s attendance was more than 69,000 – and that only represents those who made their way inside Legion Field.

This year the crowds associated with the annual battle on the gridiron between Alabama A&M and Alabama State will be competing with another pair of large scale events for weekend sports coverage (and hotel rooms) – the Mountain Dew 250 and the Amp Energy 500, both taking place at the Talladega Superspeedway. Fans of both events may want to start looking into hotel rooms as soon as possible – or at least plan for a weekend of tailgating madness.

Thank you, Birmingham!

We’ve been rather quiet today, perhaps being a little too retrospective for our own good. But I want to do three things right now…

1) Thank all of you who’ve read us for the past two years (I’ll drop a note to consider supporting us some other ways too).

2) Thank those who’ve written for us in the past as well as our current contributors: Bob Farley, Josh Self, Jason Donaldson, Gordon Bell and when available, Terri (Dann) Osborne.

3) Announce that while our anniversary is tomorrow, our anniversary happy hour will be on Thursday, March 26 at The Bottletree. We’ll have more info on Monday. We’ll have a couple of other announcements then as well.

4) Make sure you head on over to Timetable this afternoon and check out Jason’s picks (and add your own to them).

Get inked for Pink!

Screenshot of Get inked for Pink website.

There’s a new non-profit in town and they’re asking you to Get inked for Pink – specifically as it pertains to breast cancer awareness. They’re planning to hold two fundraisers in the coming months (the first is coming up on November 16 at The Bottletree) and have lined up a great stable of sponsors so far for their efforts, not to mention a two-day event being planned at Wicked Ways Tattoo Studio. You’ll also want to check out this video on NBC 13’s website from October. You’ll also want to visit their MySpace profile to learn about how you can get involved.

Bike from Anniston to Smyrna

Map to State Line - PATH Foundation

Map to State Line from Smyrna. PATH Foundation.

It’s been getting tons of coverage for the last month, with yesterday’s post on YP Now’s blog being the most recent mention, and this weekend it becomes a reality. A 95-mile paved bike trail will officially become the nation’s longest when it’s officially completed this Saturday. For those of you in metro Atlanta who can’t resist the call of the bike (which would normally include me), there’s information on the PATH Foundation‘s website about all of the activities planned for the day.