Love butterflies? Make a difference this weekend. Purchase “butterfly plants” for your garden

Butterflies.

They are beautiful and wonderful, but they desperately need special plants – let’s call them “butterfly plants” to survive.

Here is a good article on why these plants are so important.

You can make a difference this weekend by attending and purchasing special butterfly plants at the annual Birmingham Botanical Garden’s Fall Sale October 22-23.

Monarch - Photo by: Sara Bright
Monarch – Photo by: Sara Bright

Here is the “butterfly plant” shopping list from the BBG:

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On Thursday – Connect To Your Coast at the Black Warrior Brewing Company in Tuscaloosa

 

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Black Warrior Brewing Company – Connect to Your Coast on October 20th

This Thursday in Tuscaloosa – Connect to YOUR Coast with the Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) and the Black Warrior Brewing Company.

Stop by Black Warrior Brewing Company in downtown Tuscaloosa on October 20th between 4:00pm to 10:00pm for some great beer and learn how you can help improve and protect Alabama’s coastal environment through cooperation, education, and participation.

Twenty percent of all beer sold that night will be donated to the Alabama Coastal Foundation.

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Good morning Birmingham! Good morning Planet Earth!

Good morning Birmingham!

Birmingham City Hall
Morning at the Birmingham City Hall

Big week in Birmingham and Central Alabama.

Get your tickets today for Tuesday’s Bham Now’s BOLD Speaker Series featuring Jay Brandrup, the founder of Kinetic. A “must attend” event!

On Wednesday night, before the Clinton/Trump showdown, checkout the Southern Energy Tour – and how you can address Climate Change.

And on Thursday, in Birmingham, support this year’s edition of the Southern Environmental Center’s Ecofest.  If you can’t make it to Ecofest, kick back and have some brews in Tuscaloosa with and Alabama Coastal Foundation and the their Connect with Your Coast event at the Black Warrior Brewing Company.

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In Case You Missed It – Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival

There are those things that change, and those that stay the same. For Birmingham, change is welcomed, but staying true to our roots is in our blood.

This past weekend, Barber Motorsports presented the 12th annual Vintage MotorCycle Festival. To say the least, Barber did one heck of a job to represent Bham to those across the country.

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Alabama weekly nature roundup – October 8-14, 2016

Dry Little River Falls
Very dry Little River Falls at the Little River Canyon National Preserve – October 13, 2016
Little River Falls earlier this year
Little River Falls

What’s the old saying – “a picture is worth a thousand words.”  Little River Falls, one of Alabama’s most iconic waterfalls, has disappeared as a result of the extreme drought of 2016.

News Stories

WSFA – Ken Hare’s Natural Alabama: Natural Alabama Needs to pass Amendment 2

al.com – Alabama Rivers Alliance Executive Director named in al.com’s 2016 Women Who Shape the State

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6th Annual Surgeons vs Chefs Pumpkin Carve Off

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The 6th Annual Brookwood Surgeons vs Chefs Pumpkin Carve Off is back and at the Market at Pepper Place on Saturday, October 29th!

Brookwood Baptist Health has partnered with the Market at Pepper Place to present the 6th annual pumpkin carving contest. This festive event shows off the best of what Birmingham is known for – doctors and chefs! Top orthopedic surgeons are pitted against top chefs to win the live carving contest. Pumpkins will be judged on precision, skill and creativity. Possibly the best part, it is FREE and open to the public.

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Unleash your social network now! Join The Women’s Fund Smart Party 5.0

The Women's Fund supporter Liesel French and her son Andrew registering tonight for the Smart Party 5.0. Photo Credit: Edward French
The Women’s Fund supporter Liesel French and her son Andrew registering tonight for Smart Party 5.0.   Photo Credit: Edward French

Got to admit.  This is one of the most creative and important fundraising events in Birmingham.

The Women’s Fund Smart Party 5.0 is….

One part – A cocktail party – You can buy a ticket or make a donation and attend one of the coolest fundraising events of the year in Birmingham tomorrow night, Thursday, Oct. 13th at Iron City.

If you can’t attend, let’s say your kids have a soccer game, or you’ve got deadlines at work – Register for the online event. In both cases, you create your own personal fundraising page. And you can do either RIGHT NOW!

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Beach Boys Fans Rejoice! Brian Wilson is Coming to Birmingham

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Brian Wilson, the lead singer of The Beach Boys, is currently on tour in honor of the 50th anniversary of “Pet Sounds” – one of the most magical albums ever (okay, that’s totally my opinion, but it really is a masterpiece).

Wilson will be making a 2017 tour stop at the BJCC Concert Hall along with his band to perform “Pet Sounds” in its entirety. Fans will also hear some of their favorite Beach Boys tunes and solo material of Wilson’s.

I will refrain from making any Beach Boys puns… LOL just kidding – wouldn’t it be nice to see you there! God only knows that you’ll have FUN FUN FUN.

Check out the legend playing live on May 9th! Tickets go on sale October 21st at 10AM. More info here.

Audubon Teaches Nature begins 26th year with a reptile sampler

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For 26th year, the Birmingham Audubon Society, along with co-sponsors the Alabama Wildlife Center, Oak Mountain Interpretive Center, and the Friends of Oak Mountain State Park are presenting the Audubon Teaches Nature (ATN) Series seminars.

Exploring and celebrating the diversity of Alabama’s natural history, these seminars provide the public with the knowledge and skills to enjoy your time in the field,  whether you are birding, hiking, biking or just exploring the outdoors.

Meet and learn from some of Alabama’s leading naturalists this fall and Spring, beginning on Sunday, October 23rd. Here is the recently released Audubon Teaches Nature 2016/2017 schedule:

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Southern Environmental Center’s Ecofest is here!

Ecofest 2016
EcoFest 2016
What do you get when you combine fine wines, fresh Whole Foods ingredients, and Chef Franklin Biggs?
The 2016 EcoFest Celebration.
One of Birmingham’s longest running and successful fundraising events, this year’s Ecofest features a gourmet harvest dinner and a auction honoring longtime Birmingham architect and civic leader Nimrod Long.
Buy your tickets today for the Thursday, October 20, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. Ecofest Celebration at Birmingham-Southern College.

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Uncorked! On the Green Returns – Sat., October 8th, 2016

Uncorked on the Green

Free craft beer and fine wine tasting festival in Birmingham? Count. Us. In.

Have you ever walked down the beverage aisle of your local grocery store and wondered just what IS a Little Sumpin Sumpin, Dale’s Pale Ale, Two Hearted Ale, Vanillaphant or Bearded Lady? Here’s a chance to indulge your curiosity and sample over 50 craft beers from around the world along with many fine wines for FREE!

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