May 27 The BJCC Event: District 9 Meeting of the Minds Location: TBA About:Councilor John Hilliard wants to create a dynamic district. This can be achieved by collaboration, information and innovation. District 9 Residents and Neighborhood Leaders are invited to take part in this monthly meeting on 4th Mondays. Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm Cost: Free
May 28 Surin West Event: Find Your voice: Rep. Merika Coleman & Activist Oni WIlliams Location: 1918 11th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35205 About:These are exciting times! Women in Alabama are finding their voice for political leadership and activism at all levels, from the state legislature to marginalized neighborhoods. How do they learn to lead? What can we learn from them about finding our own voices to improve public policy for ALL families and hold ALL public officials more accountable?
On May 28, MAD hosts two incredible Alabama women who are fighting to make a difference in exemplary ways: Rep. Merika Coleman, the Assistant Minority Leader of the Alabama House Democratic Caucus (http://state-al.capwiz.com/bio/id/134257 ), and activist Oni Williams, Smithfield Community Activist and star of The Pledge Podcast, Segment 3.
Rep. Merika Coleman will update us on progressive efforts in the Alabama legislative session and offer her thoughts on women in political leadership. About Rep. Coleman … Formerly a public policy analyst/strategist for non-profit organizations, she was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2002. Throughout her career, she has championed issues such as tax reform, constitutional reform, public transit funding, affordable housing and environmental justice. Rep. Coleman received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and her Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is an award-winning legislator, a former Director of Economic & Community Development for the City of Bessemer, and a current Assistant Professor of Political Science at Miles College. She also serves as a Board member of Greater Birmingham Ministries and WiLL, the Women Legislators' Lobby, an organization that equips legislators with information on the impact of federal policy and the federal budget on state programs. Rep. Coleman is the mother of two children, Elexia and Xaviar.
Onoyemi “Oni” Williams will talk about how she found her voice as a single working mother and a homeowner to help save a Birmingham community many had forgotten. Ms. Williams is a native of Pensacola, Fla., currently residing in Birmingham, AL., where she is active in the Smithfield community. Her issues range from promoting “truly affordable housing” to fighting gun violence. Ms. Williams did her undergraduate studies with Southern Illinois University and her graduate studies at Troy University. Onoyemi is the mother of two and the co-parent to a host of community children. She is a current organizer for the Peacemakers campaign and featured in The Pledge Podcast, Segment 3. Time: 11:30am-1:00pm Cost: Free
May 29 The Vault Event: R&B Lockdown Location: 1920 3rd Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203 About:Each and Every Wednesday 8PM - Until
Playing the best R&B Music
Drink Specials all night Time: 8:00pm-11 pm Cost: Free
June 1 Debardeleben Park Event: Annual Caribbean Food and Music Festival Location: 1623 2nd Avenue North Bessemer, AL 35020
June 2 Vulcan Park and Museum Event: Vulcan’s 115th Birthday Bash Location: 1701 Valley View Drive Birmingham, Alabama 35209 About:Grab your party hats and join us as we celebrate the Big Guy’s 115th birthday on, June 2 from 1-5 pm.
Enjoy a wonderful Sunday afternoon with entertainment including guest appearances, performances and so much more! We will have face painting, Get Rhythm! drum circles, Birmingham Legion, Game Stop and the 2021 World Games interactive mobile truck fueled with games including a sumo wrestling pen and a rock wall. Talladega Super Speedway race cars onsite, animal encounters and more. Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum will also have the Heart of Dixie Trackless Train onsite. This year we will celebrate with cupcakes by Dreamcakes.
Full Moon Bar-B-Que, City Bowls, Who Dat Sno Cones, Bates's Hot Dog Cart, and Coca-Cola will be onsite with some delicious grub for the entire family to enjoy. The first 300 kids will receive a party favor bag.
Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children 5-12 (free for Vulcan Park and Museum members and children under 4). Price includes all activities, entrance to the Vulcan Museum, and access to Vulcan’s observation tower.
Vulcan’s 115th Birthday Bash is presented by UAB Callahan Eye Hospital with additional support from Coca-Cola, Game Stop, Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Top Golf and our media sponsors WAY-FM, CBS 42, Birmingham Parent, Birmingham Mom's Blog, Alabama Family Connections, La Jefa and Latino News.
June 14 Birmingham Museum of Art Event: Art on the Rocks featuring Con Brio Location: 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard Birmingham Alabama 35203 About:Art On The Rocks presented byDale's Seasoning will bring you the best of Birmingham with three Friday nights of art-centered entertainment— from live music and dj dance parties, to artist demos and interactive mural-making. Art On The Rocks always brings out the fabulous and fashionable, and the 2019 theme will take cues from our exhibition, Ways of Seeing: Fashion. Tickets on sale now!
June 15 Kelly Ingram Park Event: Juneteenth Celebration Location: 500 17th Avenue Northwest Birmingham, AL 35203 About: Join us as we celebrate freedom of enslaved African-Americans in the U.S. who were not freed by the end of the Civil War in April of 1865. We'll begin with with a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, an elder blessing and libation ceremony followed by the sounds of Birmingham natives NeoSoul artistLove Moor and rapper & singerRichard Daniel, along withDJ SERIOUS on crowd control. This event is FREE and open to the public!
The celebration will also include:
· Magic City Surge basketball game, 3-point contest and performance by the Magic City Surge dance team
· Face painting and moonwalks for children
· Line dance contest
· Greek stroll off for sororities and fraternities
· Pop up exhibition and player meet-and-greet with the Negro Southern League Museum
· Food trucks and vendors Time: 11:00am-6:00pm Cost: Free
June 15 The Boutwell Auditorium Event: Juneteenth Festival Location: 1930 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd Birmingham, AL 35203 About:Regenerate Society, Inc. is pleased to present a day of music, games and fun! Open to the public! Food trucks and vendors will be there! Free admission! Time: 4:00pm-8:00pm Cost: Free
June 26 The BJCC Event: Bring It! Live: The Dance Battle Tour Location: 2100 Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard North Birmingham, Alabama 35203 About:Featuring the legendary Coach Dianna Williams and her team of Dancing Dolls, comes the unforgettable jam-packed heart-pounding experience we call Bring It! Live. After three acclaimed touring seasons, the hit Lifetime TV series Bring It! is back again live on-stage with never before seen routines and an all new fan vs Dancing Doll stand battles. The 2019 summer tour will feature an all new interactive show with hotter-than-ever performances inspiring fans of all ages in an evening packed with motivation, inspiration and formation. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $ 32.75 -$104.75 Tickets:https://www.facebook.com/events/750757905288030/