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Dwight Howard is coming to help those in Alabama

Dwight HowardOne of the nicknames frequently used for Dwight Howard, the Orlando Magic‘s perennial All-Star center, is Superman.

Later this week, there’s no doubt residents in the state of Alabama won’t hesitate to use that nickname for him – for a completely different reason.

Howard’s non-profit organization, D12 Foundation, announced plans yesterday to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham to rebuild 10 homes damaged or destroyed as a result of the April 27 tornadoes. He’ll be in town tomorrow, June 2, to assist with that project. Folks interested in helping out can fill out this volunteer packet, fax it to (407)896-1702, and wait for the representative from D12 to call you back.

He also plans to visit Tuscaloosa where he’ll visit with various groups and present a donation from the foundation to the Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund.

Photo: Dwight Howard. Keith Allison/Flickr

What will Birmingham’s aha moment be?

ahamomentWe’ll get the answer to that question next week as the Mutual of Omaha aha Moment tour visits Birmingham beginning June 1. The tour is focusing on the aha moment, defined by the tour organizers as “…a moment of clarity… a defining moment where you gain real wisdom – wisdom you can use to change your life.” They have been traveling the country recording recollections of those inspirational moments, sharing them online for all the world to see. The tour will be set up downtown in front of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on June 2 beginning at 12 p.m.

After you’ve checked out what some of the other aha moments have been and the official blog, you may be interested in signing up to record your own aha moment while they’re visiting the Magic City. You can always meet the crew too.

Logo: courtesy of official website.

This crowd had a familiar face (or two)

Photo: André “3000” Benjamin and his son, Seven, in front of the Kendrick Memorial in Birmingham’s Historic 4th Avenue District. Vickii Howell/birminghamview.com

Among the parents sampling Birmingham’s civil rights history with 5th grade schoolchildren from Texas was a familiar face: André “3000” Benjamin.

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Norwood’s Home Tour a fun way to explore neighborhood’s past, present

How does a century-old neighborhood on the rebound in North Birmingham reintroduce itself to metro Birmingham? Similar to how new home communities advertise themselves – with a collective “open house”.

That’s the big idea behind the first annual Historic Norwood Home Tour, taking place May 2nd from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Its organizers, all neighbors, are calling it a “hard hat” tour because all of the homes included have either been totally renovated or are in the middle of that process. They hope the tour will inspire with ideas and provide first-hand tips on how to manage a home renovation.

Eleven homes will be open for tours with proceeds from ticket sales benefitting the Norwood Resource Center, a local community non-profit operating in one of Norwood’s restored homes. Local businesses are taking out ads in the tour’s guide to cover the expense for putting on the event.

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mental_floss book tour hits UAB tomorrow

So if you’re hungry for some new tidbits of knowledge, a homegrown fountain of trivia is hoping you’ll head on over to UAB’s Alys Stephens Center tomorrow evening to get your fix.

The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp through Civilization’s Best Bits book tour stops in Birmingham at the center’s Sirote Theatre starting at 7 p.m. So if you’ve never seen Will Pearson but want to make sure you know who he is, check out the post on the magazine’s blog (which also has dates and locations for those of you that aren’t in town but still want in on the action).