Top events happening in Birmingham this weekend

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Vulcan overlooking Birmingham

The weekend will be here before we know it. Can I get a Friyay?! For all you Birmingham youths (okay, adults too!), check out some of the cool events happening in the ‘ham this weekend!

Red Shoe Run

Help spread the word and celebrate family, fundraising and the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RHMCA) by attending the 14th Annual Red Shoe Run in Homewood this January 27.

The Red Shoe Run offers something for everyone with a 10-mile run, 5K run/walk and 1 mile run/walk. There is also a Snoozers option if you just want to donate to the cause.

To register for the race, click here.

All proceeds benefit RMHCA to continue the mission of providing families with a place of hope, happiness, growth and healing when traveling to receive medical care for their child at a Birmingham-area hospital.

Click here to learn more about why you should partake in the Red Shoe Run.

When: Saturday, January 27

Where: Rosewood Hall, 2850 19th Street South, Homewood, AL 35209

Time: 6:30a.m.-11:00a.m. Start time depends on which run you register for.

Red Shoe Run Ambassador Family (Billy, Michelle and Chloe (daughter) Parchman). Photo courtesy of RMHC.
Birmingham T1D Family Party

Fun will be had for all ages at the Birmingham T1D Family Party hosted by Camp Seale Harris. Camp Seale Harris (also known as Southeastern Diabetes Education Services), is a nonprofit organization that educates, encourages and empowers children with diabetes and their families to live well with diabetes. Living Well Programs include:

  • Overnight Camps
  • Family Camps
  • Day Camps
  • Camp Community Programs

During this event, join type one diabetic (T1D) friends and family as Camp Seale Harris kicks off 2018 in a laser-ific way.

Here’s what to expect at this event:

  • Children (age 6-16) will have the chance to play laser tag, group games and more.
  • Info on 2018 Camp Seale Harris diabetes camps for kids, teens and parents.
  • Learn about new camps, scholarships, volunteering and more.Hear campers share their camp experience.
  • Meet current camp staff.
  • Educational Q&A sessions with Dr. Hussein Latif from Children’s of Alabama (for parents)
  • Networking with other T1D families in the area.
  • Registration Kick-Off and info on the Diabetes WALK on April 22 at Veteran’s Park in Birmingham.
  • Register for the walk before/at the Kick-Off and receive a $25 Visa gift card.

For questions about this event, contact Mary Ellen Dixon at 205.402.0415 or

When: Sunday, January 28

Where: Ultra Blast Laser Combat Center, 157 Resource Center Pkwy., #107, Birmingham, AL 35242

Time: 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m.

Price: Free.

Amenities: Food and drink will be provided.

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What’s Next Alabama – BiCentennial Youth Summit 2018

Get inspired, Birmingham youth! Now is the time for you to share your visions for the state of Alabama and present them to Birmingham’s community leaders.

On January 27, the Alabama Youth Alliance will host a “What’s Next Alabama” BiCentennial Youth Summit 2018 to discuss a variety of topics including:

  • Equal access to quality education
  • Economic opportunityEnvironment and transportation
  • Access to healthy food

The Alabama Youth Alliance is a combination of representatives from multiple youth leadership organizations from the Birmingham area. Their mission is to educate, inspire and empower youth to advocate for a better future.

The organizations involved include:

The summit will consist of a set forum and breakout sessions. Youth will also have the opportunity to share their vision for the future with elected officials and community leaders.

“It has been the most gratifying journey to see young people and leaders of youth organizations across the metro area come together as this group has over the last year in an effort to make their voices heard,” said Jennifer Hatchett, Executive Director of YouthServe Inc. “After Saturday, our hope is to continue the work of the Alabama Youth Alliance, building on the ideas presented. We would like to bring more youth organizations to the table, collaborating together and with caring community leaders to a make positive impact on the issues they care about most.”

Registration is required for this event.

Miss registration? No worries! You can still take part in the event. YouthServe Inc. will be tweeting live during the event. All are encouraged to send questions they want addressed during the summit with the hashtag #whatsnextalabama – @youthservebham.

Seating is limited and will be accommodated on a first come first served basis.

For more information on this event, contact Jennifer Hatchett, Executive Director of YouthServe Inc. with the subject line Questions for Youth Summit.

Where: American Village, 3727 Highway 119, Montevallo, AL 35115 (Students will meet in the Rotunda)

When: January 27, 2018

Time: 9a.m.-2p.m.

Price: Free to high school youth

Parking: Free. Transportation is also available for those in need.

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Photo via YouthServe.
Kami-Con X

This weekend, don’t miss your chance to attend Kami-Con X – Alabama’s largest anime and gaming comic con event. This three-day interactive convention celebrates Japanese culture, geek culture, anime and manga, cosplay, tabletop and video gaming, comics, TV shows, movies and much more.

When: Friday, January 26 – Sunday, January 28

Where: BJCC in the East Exhibit Halls, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Time: Friday – 12:00p.m.-12:00a.m.; Saturday – 10:00a.m.-1:00a.m.; Sunday – 10:00a.m.-6:00p.m.

Price: Tickets are available at the door all weekend long. Friday – $40; Saturday – $50; Sunday – $25. Want to experience Kami-Con X all weekend long? Then opt for a 3-day pass for $50. Kids aged 9 and under get in free!

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Kami-Con X. Photo via

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