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2014 National Philanthropy Day Awards recipients, luncheon announced

euniceelliottNPD2014announcementThe names of the local recipients of the 2014 National Philanthropy Awards were announced at Vulcan Park on September 12 by the Alabama chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Eunice Elliott of Alabama’s 13, herself a former executive for a nonprofit organization, emceed the event and will serve the same role on National Philanthropy Day (November 13) during a luncheon at The Harbert Center recognizing the honorees. They were nominated by those active in the city’s philanthropic community.

The following is a list of the recipients Darlene Negrotto, president and CEO for Vulcan Park, described as “helping achieve the potential of the city.”

  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy: Myrah Taylor
  • Outstanding Charitable Organization: The Woodlawn Foundation
  • The William S. Roth Outstanding Fundraising Executive: Tom Cosby
  • The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Outstanding Professional Advisor: Nancy Huges and Leah Scalise
  • Outstanding Corporate Citizen: The Buffalo Rock Company
  • The United Way of Central Alabama Outstanding Civic Leader Award: Nancy Goedecke
  • The Virginia B. and William M. Spencer Outstanding Philanthropist: The Brock Family

Tickets are already on sale for the November 13 luncheon through the organization’s website. Through October 16, individual tickets will cost $45, with tables of eight available for $405 and Volunteer in Philanthropy tables of eight at $505. These prices will rise to $55, $495, and $555 respectively after that date and remain available through November 5 (with sponsorship opportunities also possible).

We’re high-ranked and we know it

Interior of The Bottletree July 2012Just in case you missed it yesterday, a link courtesy of Gourmet Magazine from late June highlighted our fair city as one of the 10 Next Big Scenes. Writer Colleen Clark (who incidentally maintains her own blog, Nana Banana, since June 2010) shines a light on  The Bottletree (pictured to your left last week as they reopened for weekday lunch servicehere’s the new menu), Café Dupont, Demetri’s BBQHighlands Bar and GrillHot and Hot Fish Club, Sloss Furnaces, and WorkPlay when talking about the Birmingham, AL’s future as a food and music destination (though it’s something folks in town already knew).

This designation by the Condé Nast owned publication is only the latest accolade heaped onto the city by the company. Readers of Condé Nast Traveler recently named  The Spa at Ross Bridge their choice for third best hotel spa on the U.S. mainland as part of the annual readers survey. Not too shabby at all; there are some though who’d like to take John Currie’s tweet from late last night and figure out how to make that possible…

Kresge Arts in Birmingham grantees announced

For those that missed yesterday’s announcement via , Kresge Arts in Birmingham announced their first ever list of grantees via press release yesterday. The program, introduced to Birmingham, AL  just earlier this year, is one of five operating with the support of The Kresge Foundation.

The list that follows is of the nine organizations and their proposed projects taken from the official press release. The Cultural Alliance’s website has additional information about the program.

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IN Spots to beat the heat

IMG_9861 - Brian9000/FlickrIt’s hot outside. Again. With a forecast for hot and muggy all weekend. Sorry I’m venting! Can you tell I’m ready for fall? Fall… football, crisp nights where you can grill out, football… OK, I’ll stop. We’ve got to get through August first.

So let’s just go ahead an embrace this heat wave. Today’s list of IN spots are some places to go beat the heat.

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Looking through the lens of Birmingham books

Birmingham book Collection
Special to The Terminal.

It is no secret that Birmingham’s history is one filled with infamous people and colorful events. It’s also one that has been well documented in the pages of books. But books don’t always survive the decades and the ones that do often find themselves buried in the back of used bookstores or hidden away in a grandmother’s attic, until some kind soul stumbles upon these lost books, reads them. Plucking gems of local history from their pages. This a process that Birmingham-area native John Morse knows something about.

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BCRI earns national award for community service

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute was recently recognized as a recipient of the 2007 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for the extraordinary public service among libraries and museums, awarded by federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The award, formerly known as the National Award, it includes a $10,000 award and a shiny new medal to recognize “their extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions.”

BCRI was one of ten institutions to receive the 2007 award; nominations for the 2008 are already being accepted (they’re due in February).

Got plans this weekend? 10.12 – 10.14

By Christina Tutor, assistant editor

There are tons of events this weekend to keep you busy. As brought to you every Friday, here are my top picks:

While the arrival for fall means football for most, to me it signals arts and crafts time. And while I hated to miss last weekend’s Bluff Park Art Show, there’s another one this weekend at the Vestavia Hills Civic Center, 1973 Merryvale Road (but it faces Highway 31). The Vestavia Hills Art Association is putting on its 36th Annual Arts and Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. It’s free to look but you’ll have to pony up to take anything home. And don’t worry — If you want to know the score, it will be easy to find.

There are two options for the crowd with kids to hear music in kid-friendly settings. Friday night catch The Newgrass Troubadours at Aldridge Botanical Gardens, 3530 Lorna Road, Hoover, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Cost is $10 nonmembers/$8 members. Kids under 12 free. Then Sunday afternoon head to Vulcan Park for the second installment in the Vulcan AfterTunes Concert series. Gates open at 1 p.m. with Anders Osborne taking the stage at 3.

Additional parking is available across Valley Avenue at Jefferson County Board of Education — shuttle provided. Cost: $8, children 4 and under and Vulcan Park Foundation members free. Both events encourage lawn chairs and blankets.

Sure it’s very similar to the Greek Fest held at the end of September, but can you really have too much baklava? The Middle Eastern Food Festival at Saint George Melkite Catholic Church, 425 16th Ave. South, runs through Saturday. The weather should be nice today so consider eating lunch away from your desk. Click on the link for menu.

So what did I miss? Put it in the comments and let other Terminal readers know.

Vote for the ultimate American Idol

State tourism American Idol billboard

If you head on over to Ken Barnes’ Idol Chatter blog over at, you’ll find a post that explains how to vote for the Ultimate Revisionist Idol (hehe). Monday’s post actually tells you who’s on the ballot this time around. You just need to do it and show your love for our three Idol winners, so click here to vote.

New Adventures After Hours

Art on the Rocks was apparently just the beginning. Have you noticed the current flood of after-hours adults-oriented events at the city’s cultural institutions? It’s a great way to introduce people to some of Birmingham’s gems–and each other.

Science UncorkedThis Thursday, McWane Science Center unveils Science Uncorked, featuring organic beer, food, music, and the film An Inconvenient Truth.

Next Thursday, the Birmingham Zoo gets in on the act with Wine Down at the Zoo, which also features drinks, food, and music – and the added attractions of twilight zoo tours and animal walkabouts.

ASC Social ClubUAB’s Alys Stephens Center has the ASC Social Club, which is throwing a pre-party before the Cuban band Tiempo Libre kicks off the new season of performances this Friday.

On Sunday, September 30, Vulcan Park launches its second season of Vulcan AfterTunes fall concerts.

Cocktails logoAnd don’t forget about Sixteenth and Sixth at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Cocktails in the Gardens at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Check out all the links for details for each event, including hours, costs, and how to buy tickets (or just keep track of what’s coming up next on the calendar on our front page).

Civil Rights Institute announces Smithsonian affiliation

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) has been named an affiliate to the Smithsonian Institution. The BCRI learned of the acceptance in May; they will be receiving a certificate recognizing the association next week during a reception at the Institute.

The Smithsonian’s Affiliations Program allows participating institutions to borrow artifacts from the Institution’s collection It also allows them to take advantage of the Smithsonian’s educational resources and expertise in the areas of conservation, collections care and exhibition development.  Continue reading