The Salamander Festival

16th Annual Salamander Festival
Link for Festival Poster

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Shades Valley Community Church
160 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209 (across Oxmoor from Patriot Park

Click for festival location Map

See Real Salamanders! Also displays with birds, fish, frogs, turtles and crayfish.

Free arts and crafts for kids to make – Clay salamanders, fish prints, origami, and more.
Face painting, fossils, microscopes, insects, recycling information, art by Homewood Students
Southern trees’ display and carnivorous plants, new educational interactive displays, and much more.

2:00 – Family nature hike (outdoors)

3:00 – Festival begins (indoors) with salamanders and activities

Music with Rob Angus and “Over The Hillbillies” band

3:45 – Welcome from Friends of Shades Creek & Homewood Mayor’s Office
Awards and prizes4:00 – Salamander story with Jay Eubanks, Herpetologist
Dancing with Alessia Lovreglio from Edgewood Dance Center
Free admission,
$1 for snacks, sodas and assorted drinks

Party on the Porch

About Party on the Porch

Each Party on the Porch at our Homewood store focuses on giving back to our local community and raising environmental awareness for conservation, access, usage, and education. The event runs the first Friday of each month from April to October, from 6:00 – 8:30 PM except on our July Party on the Porch (July 12th) so everyone can enjoy July 4th.)

Party on the Porch brings together local musicians, breweries, food trucks, and artisans for a day of fun under the sun. This is a family-friendly event, with kids, dogs, corn hole, and loads of comradery. Attendance is free, but we ask that of-age attendees donate $10 for a refillable souvenir cup to enjoy great beer donated from a local brewery.

Net proceeds from your donations at our October event go to Homewood City Schools Foundation.

Who’s attending?

Our friends:
The North Face
Birmingham Mountain Radio
High Point Climbing
Birmingham Boulders

Tonal Vision ft. Jenni


Eugene’s Hot Chicken
Edgewood Creamery

Homewood Bagel Company is opening a new shop at Christmas. We can’t wait!

Homewood Bagel Company
Asiago Rosemary bagel at Homewood Bagel Co. Photo submitted.

Attention bagel lovers! Homewood Bagel Company is opening their first brick and mortar shop on Central Avenue in Homewood this year and we’re soooo excited! Read on for all the delicious details. 

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Caveat, unique coffee, wine concept coming to Homewood

An old house is being renovated in Homewood. You might know the one – on the corner of Linden Avenue and Reese Street. In that house will be Caveat, a new concept restaurant. Learn more about the latest brainchild of Real & Rosemary’s owners, Jennifer Mims and Nate Crawly.

Caveat, coffee wine concept
Wine and Coffee, at Caveat, in Homewood. Via –

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The sun sets on the old Little Professor Bookstore this week – learn where they will “comeback” in two weeks

Birmingham Alabama
Little Professor Bookstore’s old location will be closing February 15th

One of Birmingham’s most iconic bookstores – the Little Professor Book Center – will be closing its doors this week on Wednesday, February 15th.

But, here is the good news….

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Take a special Sunday hike with the Freshwater Land Trust

For twenty years, the Freshwater Land Trust has become one of the most respected and successful land trust organizations in the South. Throughout the years, they have saved and protected special places in the Magic City; including restored industrial sites transformed into green spaces to endangered darters found no where on earth but in our local springs and streams.   This year, the land trust is providing the public with an unique opportunity to see firsthand these special places they have saved through their 2017 Sunday Hike Series.

High Ore Line Trail – Photo from the Freshwater Land Trust

Start 2017 off right this week

For 2017, start your tour of Freshwater Land Trust hosted hikes this Sunday, January 29th, 2:00 at the High Ore Line Trail.

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Share a Hope, Wish, or Prayer at the Annual Homewood Wishing Tree

Two years of wishing, praying and hoping in Homewood starts up again this holiday season. Looking towards 2017, Homewood natives are sharing their thoughts and hanging them on the annual Wishing Tree.

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A Birmingham tradition: Don’t miss “Singing Santa” at Brookwood Village

Singing Santa at Brookwood Mall in Homewood, Alabama
Singing Santa at Brookwood Village

One of Birmingham’s special holiday traditions is “Singing Santa.”

This year, Singing Santa is back at Brookwood Village, joyfully belting out Christmas carols and listening carefully to children, so he can make his list and journey later this week.

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