Helena Featured Events

ONLINE Course: Audubon at Home: Cranes
Sep 21
Alabama Audubon
3720 Fourth Avenue South Second Floor, Birmingham, AL 35124

Tuesday, September 21 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Alabama Audubon

Whooping crane and sandhill cranes at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. Photo credit: George LeePre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CDT Monday, September 20th, and space is limited. Registration is now closed. Check out other upcoming events here. While this is a free event, please support our work and our partners at the International Crane Foundation if you are able by making a tax-deductible donation at alaudubon.org/give and savingcranes.org/support. Do you give a WHOOP? Educators from the International Crane Foundation will teach you the basics about whooping cranes and sandhill cranes. These incredible bird species find a winter home in northern Alabama in and around Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. Learn about the unique conservation history of these species, how to tell them apart from similar species, and what you can do to help cranes feel at home in Alabama. Where and when do we meet? This online course meets on Tuesday, September 21st, from 6–7 p.m. CDT. It will be an hour-long online course with time at the end for questions. Registration: To register, click on the button above. If you don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form. If you do have a login, please use it as this helps us tremendously on our end! You should receive an automated email upon registering. Please note, you will receive a separate email with the Zoom webinar instructions before the class (once registration closes). You’ll need the link or webinar ID and password from this email to join the meeting. In the event the link does not work for you, you may need to go to the Zoom website and manually enter the webinar ID and password. Please double check your email and make sure it’s a valid email address prior to completing your registration. We’ve had several kick-backs when sending the Zoom meeting instructions out to registrants, and you won’t be able to join the webinar without this information. Thanks! Questions? Email the Programs Assistant. The International Crane Foundation works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend by providing knowledge, leadership, and inspiration to engage people in resolving threats to cranes and their diverse landscapes. From their nearly 300-acre headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin, their reach extends across the globe—maintaining a regional base in China and sharing program offices with partner organizations in Cambodia, India, South Africa, Texas, Vietnam, and Zambia. Find out more by visiting their website (and attending this class, of course!). FAQ’s: I did not receive the email with the Zoom meeting instructions. Please double-check the email address you enter when registering for the online event as that is where the instructions will be sent (once registration closes). You may need to add us to your email provider’s safe sender list in the event it goes to spam. Also, please contact us by the morning of the event so that we have time to address your issue as generally you should have received the email right after registration closes. The link doesn’t appear to be working. You may need to go to the Zoom website (https://zoom.us) and manually enter the webinar ID and password. Also, wait until just a couple of minutes before the meeting is supposed to begin to try to enter the meeting. It will not work if you try to join the meeting half an hour before it’s scheduled to begin, for instance. You can also check to make sure your computer meets the system requirements by clicking here. Will this be recorded, and will I have access to view it later? Yes, this course will be recorded and made available on our Vimeo page. Is there a waiting list? We do not have waiting lists for our online events at this time. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Through more than seventy-five years of conservation work in one of our nation’s most ecologically rich states, Alabama Audubon has seen firsthand how diversity strengthens natural communities. We believe that the same principle applies to human communities, which is why our organization is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all Alabamians to learn about and enjoy wild birds, their habitats, and the natural world. One of the best ways to support that belief is by valuing and actively seeking to strengthen diversity among our staff, our board, and our membership. To that end, Alabama Audubon welcomes the whole of our community to our work, and strives to make our programs, classes, and events open and accessible to all.

Storytime
Sep 23
Jane Boyd Holmes Public Library
Helena Library, 230 Tucker Road, Helena, AL, 35080, United States

Thursday, September 23 from 11:00 am to 11:30 pm

Jane Boyd Holmes Public Library

Join us for storytime Where: FacebookWhen: 11:00 amFor: N/ACost: Free

September Business After Hours- OFC Workscapes
Sep 23
Hoover Chamber of Commerce
246 Cahaba Valley Parkway Pelham, AL, 35124

Thursday, September 23 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Hoover Chamber of Commerce

Business After Hours at OFC Workscapes

Coastal Swift Night Out: Fairhope
Sep 23
Alabama Audubon
3720 Fourth Avenue South Second Floor, Birmingham, AL 35124

Thursday, September 23 from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm

Alabama Audubon

Location Update: The chimney for this Swift Night Out is at the old K-1 Center across the street from Fairhoper’s Community Park (100 S. Church Street). There should be ample street parking, and additional parking can be found at the park. Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes by 12 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, September 22nd. REGISTER HERESwift Night Out is coming to Fairhope! Join us as we enjoy the evening with one of our favorite urban birds, the chimney swift (Chaetura pelagica). All ages and abilities welcome! After these aerial acrobats have fledged their young and cleared out their nests, the entire North American population makes its way south to winter along the remote headwaters of the Amazon River. On their way there, they congregate in huge roosting flocks with as many as two or three thousand birds sharing a single chimney—numbers that make for a tremendous spectacle when they all pour into the tiny opening at once. Chimney Swifts at Avondale Elementary. Video: David Fisher.Together, we’ll wait for sunset (6:47 p.m.), watch the swifts work themselves up into their nightly “swiftnado,” and then count the number of individuals who enter the roost. Best of all, the data we produce will help researchers at the Chimney Swift Conservation Association (chimneyswifts.org) get a better sense of trends in eastern swift populations and the effects of climate change on these birds’ annual migratory cycle. The details: Meetup will be at 6:15 p.m. CDT at Fairhoper’s Community Park (100 S. Church Street). There should be ample street parking, and additional parking can be found at the park. The chimney for this Swift Night Out is at the old K-1 Center across the street from the park. Binoculars are handy, but certainly not necessary, for viewing the swifts as they assemble in the skies above the chimney. You may want to bring a lawn chair. If you’re a social media user, tag us @alaudubon (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). We strongly encourage you to share your thoughts and photos with the hashtag #AlabamaSwiftWatch! In the case of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled. You may contact the trip leader the day of the event if the weather is questionable. Registration: To register, click on the button above. If you’re new to our online system and don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form. If you do have a login, please use it as this helps us tremendously on our end! You should receive an automated email upon registering. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible and open to all abilities. The trip leaders: Sarah Randolph (205-422-4124) will lead this trip. Please contact on the day of the trip only. Feel free to email us with questions. Love swifts? Support our efforts to build chimney swift nesting towers throughout Alabama. For more hands-on action, join our Alabama SwiftWatch program by signing up at alaudubon.org/volunteer. Equity, Diversity, and InclusionThrough more than seventy-five years of conservation work in one of our nation’s most ecologically rich states, Alabama Audubon has seen firsthand how diversity strengthens natural communities. We believe that the same principle applies to human communities, which is why our organization is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all Alabamians to learn about and enjoy wild birds, their habitats, and the natural world. One of the best ways to support that belief is by valuing and actively seeking to strengthen diversity among our staff, our board, and our membership. To that end, Alabama Audubon welcomes the whole of our community to our work, and strives to make our programs, classes, and events open and accessible to all.

2021 Fall Bird Count and Bird-a-thon
Sep 25
Alabama Audubon
3720 Fourth Avenue South Second Floor, Birmingham, AL 35124

Saturday, September 25 All Day

Alabama Audubon

Carolina Chickadee. Debbie McKenzie. To make a pledge to support our Bird-a-thon, click on the button below to fill out the pledge form: PLEDGE HERESeasonal bird counts have been a central part of Alabama Audubon’s work ever since its founding in 1946. This year, we’re continuing that tradition with four great counts, including our fifty-seventh annual Fall Bird Count and Bird-a-thon Saturday, September 25th. It’s our fall count with a competitive twist! We invite our members and the public to pledge a donation for the total number of species seen that day. This can be $1 or $10 per species, or anything in between! We generally average 110 to 115 species for a fall count, so a pledge of $1 per species would be a little over $110 and a pledge of $10 per species would be around $1,100, for example. Your pledge supports our conservation efforts throughout Alabama. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are still not organizing field participants. We encourage you to participate at your home feeder, in your backyard, or at a local park! *See below for detailed instructions.* Fall migrants, resident hawks, large waders, even common birds like Northern mockingbirds and American robins, are all fair game—each sighting contributes to a half-century-long dataset with important information on shifting ranges, the effects of urbanization, and climate-related population changes. *IMPORTANT: If you are reporting for Jefferson, Shelby, and St. Clair counties, the best way to submit your data is by creating an eBird list and tagging Greg Harber (gharber2). You may also email your sightings to Greg here. If you are in any other county outside of those three in Alabama, the best way to submit your data is by logging your sightings in eBird and tagging Alabama Audubon (ALAudubon). Alternatively, you may email these results to our Science & Conservation Director here. Click here for detailed instructions. Make a pledge: To make a pledge to support our Fall Bird-a-thon, click the link at the top of the page that says “PLEDGE HERE.” We’ll email you by September 30th with the number of species from the count, the amount due, and how to make the payment. Please submit your payment by October 5th. Compilation location: We will not have a compilation. We’ll publish our results in our quarterly newsletter Flicker Flashes. See the paragraph above for details for the best way for you to share your data with us. Questions? Please email our Science & Conservation Director here. For questions about your bird-a-thon pledge, email here. More information: To learn more about how bird counts work, and to read the history of the one that started it all, check out National Audubon’s “History of the Christmas Bird Count” page.

City Council Meeting
Sep 27
Jane Boyd Holmes Public Library
AL

Monday, September 27 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Jane Boyd Holmes Public Library

Virtual Storytime
Sep 28
Jane Boyd Holmes Public Library
AL

Tuesday, September 28 from 11:00 am to 11:30 am

Jane Boyd Holmes Public Library

Join us for a FUN virtual story time live stream on Facebook! Where: FacebookWhen: 11:00 amFor: N/ACost: Free

Shades Mountain Baptist Church Community Tailgate Party
Sep 29
Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce
2017 Columbiana Road

Wednesday, September 29 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce

Shades Mountain Baptist Church Community Tailgate Party Wednesday, September 29 - 5:30-7:30pm In the Shades Parking Lot/Pavilion/Recreation Field Food/Fun/Prizes – Activities for the entire family Meet our new Pastor, George Wright Register to win a Sony Playstation 5 For more information visit www.shades.org

Longleaf Coffee & Donuts Drive-Thru!
Sep 30
Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce
451 Liberty Parkway Vestavia Hills, AL 35242

Thursday, September 30 from 7:30 am to 9:30 am

Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce

Get your morning pick me up from the folks at Longleaf Liberty Park on Thursday, September 30th from 7:30-9:30 AM. They'll be handing out coffee and donuts from The Heavenly Donut Co.!

Storytime
Sep 30
Jane Boyd Holmes Public Library
Helena Library, 230 Tucker Road, Helena, AL, 35080, United States

Thursday, September 30 from 11:00 am to 11:30 pm

Jane Boyd Holmes Public Library

Join us for storytime Where: FacebookWhen: 11:00 amFor: N/ACost: Free

Field Trip: Monte Sano State Park
Oct 2
Alabama Audubon
3720 Fourth Avenue South Second Floor, Birmingham, AL 35124

Saturday, October 2 from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Alabama Audubon

Bay-breasted warbler in fall colors. Photo by Greg Harber.Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CDT on Friday, October 1st, and space is limited. REGISTER HEREParticipants must complete the mandatory online waiver. Please do not request registration for others when submitting your request. Huntsville’s Monte Sano State Park (5105 Nolen Ave.) sits on 2,140 acres of woodland habitat with spectacular vistas from atop the mountain—especially when the fall leaves show off their colors. Resident turkey vultures and other raptors can be seen gliding past at eye level, soaring on warm air currents rising from the valley below. Join us as we bird various migration hotspots and take in views of north Alabama’s beautiful mountain plateaus. The details: Meetup is at the Chick-fil-a in Fultondale (215 Howell Street). Plan to depart at 7 a.m., at which time we’ll caravan north towards Huntsville via I-65 North, I-565, and US 431 to Huntsville/Monte Sano. We’ll plan to meet at the park at 8:45 a.m. Note that admission to the park is $5 for adults, $2 for seniors. Be sure to bring the usual supplies: binoculars, rehydrating drinks, snacks, a full tank of gas, sunscreen, insect repellant, rain gear, and seasonally appropriate attire. In the case of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled. You may contact the trip leader the morning of the event if the weather is questionable. Registration: To register, click on the button above. If you’re new to our online system and don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form. If you do have a login, please use it as this helps us tremendously on our end! You should receive an automated email upon registering. Accessibility: The paved parking lot at the overlook on Monte Sano is very accessible, and one of the most popular locations for area birders (and the birds they are looking for) in the park. The trails are not accessible. The food: Plan to bring a picnic lunch. The birds: We’re sure to see vultures and raptors. As migration will be at its peak, we’ll be looking for neotropical migrants including a variety of warblers, tanagers, and vireos. Trip leaders: Greg Harber (205-807-8055) and Hans Paul (205-807-7357) will lead this trip. Please contact on the day of the trip only. Feel free to email us if you have questions or want to let us know you’ll be meeting up from a different part of the state and need other directions. Questions? Email the Programs Assistant. Equity, Diversity, and InclusionThrough more than seventy-five years of conservation work in one of our nation’s most ecologically rich states, Alabama Audubon has seen firsthand how diversity strengthens natural communities. We believe that the same principle applies to human communities, which is why our organization is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all Alabamians to learn about and enjoy wild birds, their habitats, and the natural world. One of the best ways to support that belief is by valuing and actively seeking to strengthen diversity among our staff, our board, and our membership. To that end, Alabama Audubon welcomes the whole of our community to our work, and strives to make our programs, classes, and events open and accessible to all.

Volunteer Orientation (October 2021)
Oct 3
Alabama Wildlife Center
Alabama Wildlife Center, 100 Terrace Drive, Pelham, AL, 35124, United States

Sunday, October 3 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Alabama Wildlife Center

Attending the volunteer orientation is recommended if you’re interested in volunteering or are simply curious about AWC. At this free session,  you’ll learn about our mission and history, various volunteer opportunities, and ways to support AWC’s work. You’ll meet some of the AWC staff and volunteers, have an opportunity to get answers to your questions, and enjoy a brief tour of our facility. Orientation is free, but there is an Oak Mountain State Park entrance fee: adults (age 12+) $5 children 6-11 $2 (children 5 and under free) senior citizens (62+) $2. If you would like to attend our October Volunteer Orientation, please fill out the Volunteer Registration Form.

Monograms Plus-Girls' Day Out
Oct 5
Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce
1360 Montgomery Highway Suite 122

Tuesday, October 5 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce

Bring a friend and your Christmas list too!! Enjoy 20% off all day Tuesday October 5th!! We will be open late! Can’t wait!

Virtual Storytime
Oct 5
Jane Boyd Holmes Public Library
AL

Tuesday, October 5 from 11:00 am to 11:30 am

Jane Boyd Holmes Public Library

Join us for a FUN virtual story time live stream on Facebook! Where: FacebookWhen: 11:00 amFor: N/ACost: Free

Pre-ACT will be administered to all 10th grade students and ACT WorkKeys will be administered to select Seniors.
Oct 7
Shelby County Schools
Birmingham, AL 35242

Thursday, October 7 All Day

Shelby County Schools

Pre-ACT will be administered to all 10th-grade students and ACT WorkKeys will be administered to select Seniors. See local school website for details.

Rooted Ministry Parenting & Youth Ministry Conference
Hoover Chamber of Commerce
Cathedral Church of the Advent 2017 6th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Thursday, October 7 from 12:30 pm to 12:00 pm

Hoover Chamber of Commerce

Join us for the 10th annual Rooted Ministry Conference - a gospel-centered parenting and youth ministry conference. We'll hear plenary talks from Russell Moore, Tish Harrison Warren, Rebecca McLaughlin, Owen Lee, and more, as well as worship and private concert with Sandra McCracken. We'll also have workshops with local and national experts on parenting and ministry.

God's Sitting Partners Ribbon Cutting
Oct 7
Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce
4220 Cahaba Heights Court, Suite 203 Vestavia Hills, AL 35243

Thursday, October 7 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce

Please join the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce on October 7th at 4:30 for a ribbon cutting celebrating God’s Sitting Partners, located at 4220 Cahaba Heights Court, Suite 205 Vestavia Hills, AL 35243. God’s Sitting Partners provides a range of senior care services and home assistance. From companionship to errands and groceries, their highly-trained in-home caregivers can support your loved ones in the comfort of their own home.  “The name of my business, God’s Sitting Partners, was simple yet shared who I represented. Caring for Gods children’s is what I do. My staff and I are committed and passionate about what we do, and one thing that you will love about us is that we don’t see you as a client or patient, but as FAMILY because that’s who you are and we look forward to serving you with love and care.” – Quteria Bryant, Owner. You can learn more about God’s Sitting Partners and the services they offer at www.godssittingpartners.com.  

Teacher Workday
Oct 8
Shelby County Schools
Birmingham, AL 35242

Friday, October 8 All Day

Shelby County Schools

Barber Vintage Festival
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum 6030 Barber Motorsports Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35094

Friday, October 8 from 5:00 am to 2:00 pm

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Details BARBER VINTAGE FESTIVAL IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER! VINTAGE ROAD RACING • SWAP MEET OFF-ROAD TRIALS AND CROSS COUNTRY FAN ZONE • STUNT… More https://www.facebook.com/events/136362101812025

Motorcycles by Moonlight 2021
Oct 8
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Friday, October 8 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Details It is with much excitement that The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum announces plans for Motorcycles by Moonlight's triumphant return! … More https://www.facebook.com/events/319298429638743

Swift Night Out: Birmingham
Oct 8
Alabama Audubon
3720 Fourth Avenue South Second Floor, Birmingham, AL 35124

Friday, October 8 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Alabama Audubon

Chimney swift in front of the moon. Greg Harber.Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes by 12 p.m. CDT on Thursday, October 7th. REGISTER HERESwift Night Out is back in Birmingham! Join us downtown as we enjoy the evening with one of our favorite urban birds, the chimney swift (Chaetura pelagica). All ages and abilities welcome! After these aerial acrobats have fledged their young and cleared out their nests, the entire North American population makes its way south to winter along the remote headwaters of the Amazon River. On their way there, they congregate in huge roosting flocks with as many as two or three thousand birds sharing a single chimney—numbers that make for a tremendous spectacle when they all pour into the tiny opening at once. Chimney Swifts at Avondale Elementary. Video: David Fisher.Together, we’ll wait for sunset (6:22 p.m.), watch the swifts work themselves up into their nightly “swiftnado,” and then count the number of individuals who enter the roost. Best of all, the data we produce will help researchers at the Chimney Swift Conservation Association (chimneyswifts.org) get a better sense of trends in eastern swift populations and the effects of climate change on these birds’ annual migratory cycle. The details: Meetup will be at 6:00 p.m. CDT at a chimney TBD in the Birmingham area. Location details will be announced about a week before the event as we scout for active roosts and the best viewing locations. Binoculars are handy, but certainly not necessary, for viewing the swifts as they assemble in the skies above the chimney. You may want to bring a lawn chair. If you’re a social media user, tag us @alaudubon (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). We strongly encourage you to share your thoughts and photos with the hashtag #AlabamaSwiftWatch! In the case of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled. You may contact the trip leader the day of the event if the weather is questionable. Registration: To register, click on the button above. If you’re new to our online system and don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form. If you do have a login, please use it as this helps us tremendously on our end! You should receive an automated email upon registering. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible and open to all abilities. The trip leader:  Sarah Randolph will lead this trip. Sarah’s cell phone number is 205-422-4124 (day of the event only). Feel free to email us with questions. Love swifts? Support our efforts to build chimney swift nesting towers throughout Alabama. For more hands-on action, join our Alabama SwiftWatch program by signing up at alaudubon.org/volunteer. Equity, Diversity, and InclusionThrough more than seventy-five years of conservation work in one of our nation’s most ecologically rich states, Alabama Audubon has seen firsthand how diversity strengthens natural communities. We believe that the same principle applies to human communities, which is why our organization is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all Alabamians to learn about and enjoy wild birds, their habitats, and the natural world. One of the best ways to support that belief is by valuing and actively seeking to strengthen diversity among our staff, our board, and our membership. To that end, Alabama Audubon welcomes the whole of our community to our work, and strives to make our programs, classes, and events open and accessible to all.

Jimmie Hale Mission Rescue Run
Oct 9
Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce
The Curve in Homewood 1830 29th Ave S Birmingham, AL US 35209

Saturday, October 9 from 7:30 am to 10:00 am

Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce

oin us for the 2nd Annual Jimmie Hale Mission Rescue Run 10K, 5K, & 1 Mile Fun Run! On October 9th, 2021, join us as we proceed through the charming community Homewood, starting and finishing on 29th Avenue South between 18th St. S. & 19th St. S. Race attendees will receive a high-quality race t-shirt & swag bag filled with goodies.  After the race, we will provide post-race food items along with water and sports drink. We will be highlighting Homewood restaurant and business specials.  You can stick around for Awards or we will mail your award to you after the event.  New for 2021:  We have added a 10K Option, which will be a double loop of the 5K.  A pretty flat  5K/10Kcourse.  The 10K will start at 7:45 am CT, and will be a RUN-only option. There will be a time limit of 1 hour and 30 Minutes (a 14:30 Minutes/mile pace) to complete the 10K.  We need to open the streets of Homewood back up for traffic. Register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/AL/Birmingham/JimmieHaleMissionsRescueRun

Instructional Planning (No Students) (Schools & Offices Open)
Oct 11
Shelby County Schools
Birmingham, AL 35242

Monday, October 11 All Day

Shelby County Schools

2021 Links Fore Scholars Golf Tournament
Oct 11
Hoover Chamber of Commerce
Riverchase Country Club 2000 Club Road Hoover, AL 35244

Monday, October 11 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Hoover Chamber of Commerce

Links Fore Scholars Tournament This annual tournament was formed to raise money for the HACC Foundation, which awards four $4000 scholarships to deserving students in our Hoover Community.  Our mission at the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce is to be a resource to our business members by providing an environment that will promote their success and quality of life in the Hoover Area. This worthwhile event is how we, together, invest in our future business and community leaders.  

Helena Utility Board
Oct 11
Jane Boyd Holmes Public Library
AL

Monday, October 11 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Jane Boyd Holmes Public Library

Helena Utility Board
Oct 11
Jane Boyd Holmes Public Library
AL

Monday, October 11 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Jane Boyd Holmes Public Library

Helena Utility Board
Oct 11
City of Helena
AL

Monday, October 11 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

City of Helena

Helena Utility Board
Oct 11
City of Helena
AL

Monday, October 11 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

City of Helena

Virtual Storytime
Oct 12
Jane Boyd Holmes Public Library
AL

Tuesday, October 12 from 11:00 am to 11:30 am

Jane Boyd Holmes Public Library

Join us for a FUN virtual story time live stream on Facebook! Where: FacebookWhen: 11:00 amFor: N/ACost: Free

Monthly Luncheon
Oct 12
Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce
Vestavia Country Club 400 Beaumont Drive Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

Tuesday, October 12 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce

Network with other Chamber members and hear speakers on a wide variety of topics.

Coffee & Contacts at Germ Away Pros
Oct 14
Hoover Chamber of Commerce
509 Mineral Trace Suite 100 Hoover, AL 35244 205-469-7057

Thursday, October 14 from 7:30 am to 9:00 am

Hoover Chamber of Commerce

Coffee & Contacts at Germ Away Pros  

Cahaba Concierge Medicine Ribbon Cutting
Oct 14
Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce
8011 Liberty Parkway, Suite 101 Vestavia Hills, AL 35242

Thursday, October 14 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce

Please join the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce on October 14th at 4:30 for a ribbon cutting celebrating the opening of Cahaba Concierge Medicine in Liberty Park! Their office is located at 8011 Liberty Parkway, Suite 101 Vestavia Hills, AL 35242. Cahaba Concierge Medicine was created to provide personalized, loving and excellent family medical care. Our clinic stands in contrast to the depersonalization and homogenization of medicine, and our vision is to return to the former days of “small town” family medicine with modern care methods. We provide efficient and accessible medical care with honesty, compassion and integrity for each of our clinic members. At CCM medicine, you will find Concierge, relationship-based medical care for you and your entire family, with simplified, specific medical care without insurance or corporate medicine constraints. All of their patients enjoy convenient clinic access without waiting times or answering services. To learn more, visit https://www.cahabaconcierge.com/  

Gosse Nature Walk: Pelham
Oct 15
Alabama Audubon
3720 Fourth Avenue South Second Floor, Birmingham, AL 35124

Friday, October 15 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Alabama Audubon

Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes by 12 p.m. CDT on Thursday, October 14th. Registration coming soon. Our Gosse Nature Walk series is back in #BIRDingham after a short hiatus. We love these short nature breaks and think you will too. This one will be at the Treetop Nature Trail at Oak Mountain State Park. The elevated boardwalk is approximately 600 feet long and fifteen feet above ground level. There are six elevated raptor cages spread out along the boardwalk as well as benches for those who want to sit and enjoy the surroundings. The boardwalk winds through a beautiful wooded valley, so it’s a treat to be there. Join us as we take a treetop stroll along the elevated boardwalk with special guest Anne Miller, founder of the Alabama Wildlife Center and the one responsible for getting this trail built back in 1985. All abilities welcome! The details: Meetup will be at 12 p.m. at the pavilion just before the front gate at Oak Mountain, and we will caravan from there. Treetop Nature Trail is on the left side of Terrace Drive, and is well marked. General parking is directly across the street from the trail. Accessible parking is available. Please note, although our Gosse Nature Walks are free, there is a fee to get into Oak Mountain State Park, so be sure to bring cash—adults are $5 each and seniors are $2 each. Feel free to bring your binoculars, water and snacks, insect repellent, rain gear, sunblock, and seasonally appropriate attire. In the case of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled. You may contact the trip leader the morning of the event if the weather is questionable. Registration: To register, click on the button above. If you’re new to our online system and don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form. If you do have a login, please use it as this helps us tremendously on our end! You should receive an automated email upon registering. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Treetop Nature Trail has an accessible parking area at the level of the main walkway. Continue past the parking on the right and look for the handicap parking sign on the left, opposite the park’s tennis courts. The boardwalk is completely level with gradual rises that meet ADA standards. The parking lot on the right requires stairs to get to the boardwalk. Questions about accessibility? Email us for more information about how we can meet your needs. Trip leaders: Alabama Audubon Outreach & Communications Director Sarah Randolph co-leads this trip with Anne Miller. Sarah’s cell is 205-422-4124 (day of event only, please). Equity, Diversity, and InclusionThrough more than seventy-five years of conservation work in one of our nation’s most ecologically rich states, Alabama Audubon has seen firsthand how diversity strengthens natural communities. We believe that the same principle applies to human communities, which is why our organization is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all Alabamians to learn about and enjoy wild birds, their habitats, and the natural world. One of the best ways to support that belief is by valuing and actively seeking to strengthen diversity among our staff, our board, and our membership. To that end, Alabama Audubon welcomes the whole of our community to our work, and strives to make our programs, classes, and events open and accessible to all.

Field Trip: Trussville—Cahaba River Greenway
Oct 16
Alabama Audubon
3720 Fourth Avenue South Second Floor, Birmingham, AL 35124

Saturday, October 16 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Alabama Audubon

White-breasted nuthatch by Debbie McKenzie. Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CDT on Friday, October 15th, and space is limited. REGISTER HEREParticipants must complete the mandatory online waiver. Please do not request registration for others when submitting your request. We are incredibly excited to be able to partner with Birdability for this field trip which takes us to the greenway along the Cahaba River at the Trussville Sports Complex. It is a fully paved path with benches along the way. Everyone is invited to stay for as short or as long as they would like. The greenway is approximately a mile long, perfect for those interested in one hour or four hours of birding. Anyone with a disability or other health concern is welcome to attend! The details: Meetup is at 8 a.m. We will meet in the Walmart parking lot adjacent to the Chick-fil-a on Montclair Rd (1648 Montclair Rd.) and caravan from there using back roads. We will convene at the Senior Citizens Center (504 Cherokee Drive, Trussville) parking lot by 8:45 a.m. Be sure to bring the usual supplies: binoculars (Six pairs will be available to borrow that day.), water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellant, rain gear, and seasonally appropriate attire. In the case of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled. You may contact the trip leader the morning of the event if the weather is questionable. Registration: To register, click on the button above. If you’re new to our online system and don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form. If you do have a login, please use it as this helps us tremendously on our end! You should receive an automated email upon registering. Accessibility: The path is paved and wheelchair accessible. This trip is open and accessible to all levels of birding and ability. About Birdability: Through education, outreach and advocacy, Birdability works to ensure the birding community and the outdoors are welcoming, inclusive, safe and accessible for everybody. We focus on people with mobility challenges, blindness or low vision, chronic illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental illness, and those who are neurodivergent, deaf or hard of hearing or who have other health concerns. In addition to current birders, we strive to introduce birding to people with disabilities and other health concerns who are not yet birders so they too can experience the joys of birding. About Birdability Week: Birdability Week is a celebration of birders with disabilities and other health concerns, and an opportunity to share resources and ideas to help the birding community be accessible, inclusive, and welcoming to everybody and every body! We are excited to celebrate inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) in the birding community and the outdoors through online workshops, panels and interactive activities, and we want you to get involved by joining us on this accessible, inclusive outing to help celebrate. Learn about more opportunities to get involved at birdability.org/birdability-week-2021. The food: The Chick-fil-a will be open for breakfast at our meetup location. Otherwise, we should be done before lunch. The birds: Birds should vary from general songbirds to herons along the creek and hawks soaring overhead. Trip leaders: Greg Harber (205-807-8055) and Linda Neighbors (205-568-5554) will lead this trip for Alabama Audubon. Freya McGregor will join us with Birdability. Please contact on the day of the trip only. Feel free to email us if you have questions or want to let us know you’ll be meeting up from a different part of the state and need other directions. Questions? Email the Programs Assistant. Equity, Diversity, and InclusionThrough more than seventy-five years of conservation work in one of our nation’s most ecologically rich states, Alabama Audubon has seen firsthand how diversity strengthens natural communities. We believe that the same principle applies to human communities, which is why our organization is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all Alabamians to learn about and enjoy wild birds, their habitats, and the natural world. One of the best ways to support that belief is by valuing and actively seeking to strengthen diversity among our staff, our board, and our membership. To that end, Alabama Audubon welcomes the whole of our community to our work, and strives to make our programs, classes, and events open and accessible to all.

Virtual Storytime
Oct 19
Jane Boyd Holmes Public Library
AL

Tuesday, October 19 from 11:00 am to 11:30 am

Jane Boyd Holmes Public Library

Join us for a FUN virtual story time live stream on Facebook! Where: FacebookWhen: 11:00 amFor: N/ACost: Free

ONLINE Course: Audubon at Home: Native Tree Identification
Oct 19
Alabama Audubon
3720 Fourth Avenue South Second Floor, Birmingham, AL 35124

Tuesday, October 19 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Alabama Audubon

Longleaf pine in fall colors. Credit: Michelle BlackwoodPre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CDT Monday, October 18th, and space is limited. REGISTER HERE*We understand there are economic barriers that many are facing during this time. If you live in Alabama and would like to request financial assistance, please email us.* Fall is an excellent time to learn to identify native trees by their leaves, fall color, buds, fruits, branch and bark patterns, and site and soil preferences. In this class, you will be introduced to the common and Latin names and identifying characters of over sixty prevalent native tree species from original photographs taken in the last year by the instructors, Henry Hughes and Michelle Blackwood. Osage orange fruits at Red Mountain Park. Credit: Michelle BlackwoodThe approximate class schedule will be: Day 1: Gymnosperm Families: Cypress (juniper, bald-cypress) and Pine (pines, hemlock)Day 2: Angiosperm Families: Sweetgum, Custard-Apple, Holly, Ginseng, Birch, Catalpa, Hop, Dogwood, Ebony, Heath, and PeaDay 3: Angiosperm Families: Beech (chestnut, beech, oaks) and Walnut (hickory, walnut)Day 4: Angiosperm Families: Laurel, Magnolia, Hibiscus, Fig, Olive, Sycamore, Rose, Willow, Soapberry, and ElmDay 5: Exotic and invasive species, such as paulownia, tree-of-heaven, and mimosaWhere and when do we meet? This online course meets on five consecutive Tuesdays (10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, and 11/16), from 6–7 p.m. CDT. It will be a one-hour online class with some time at the end for questions. Cost: Your one-time registration fee of $50 covers all five meetings.* (While you are not required to attend each class, do note that we cannot refund individuals for partial attendance.) We will be recording the webinar and making it available to participants for a week after the class. Sourwood in fall color at Cahaba River Park. Credit: Michelle BlackwoodTextbook: The class will be organized around the beautifully illustrated new book, Trees of Alabama, by Lisa J. Samuelson with photographs by Michael E. Hogan—part of the Gosse Nature Series of the University of Alabama Press, published in 2020 and as such, supported by Alabama Audubon. This book is recommended but not necessary. It can be ordered locally from Thank You Books, from your favorite bookseller, or at UA Press here. The 16-page user-friendly A Key to Common Native Trees of Alabama (ANR-0509, 2014), with basic leaf line drawings, can also be useful. It can be accessed, downloaded and printed easily from the Alabama Extension System website here. Participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the references prior to the first class—especially the illustrated characteristics of leaf types, shapes, margins, and arrangements on twigs and the basic organization of the dichotomous keys leading to identification. The references will be instrumental for participants in identifying trees in the field on their own between classes. Participants may send questions and observations to the instructors during the week which may be shared in the Tuesday classes. Basswood leaves and fruit bracts. Credit: Henry HughesRegistration: To register, click on the button above. If you’re new to our online system and don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form. If you do have a login, please use it as this helps us tremendously on our end! You should receive an automated email upon registering. Please note, you will receive a separate email with the Zoom webinar instructions before the first class (once registration closes). You’ll need the link or webinar ID and password from this email to join the meeting. In the event the link does not work for you, you may need to go to the Zoom website and manually enter the webinar ID and password. Please double check your email and make sure it’s a valid email address prior to completing your registration. We’ve had several kick-backs when sending the Zoom meeting instructions out to registrants, and you won’t be able to join the webinar without this information. Thanks! American beech bark and lichen patterns at Oak Mountain State Park. Credit: Henry HughesQuestions? Email the Programs Assistant. About the instructors: Henry Hughes and Michelle Blackwood share a lifelong interest in the natural environment and have been instructors at Audubon Mountain Workshop for many years, most recently co-teaching “Flowers, Fruits, and Seeds” and “Rivers, Floodplains, and Watersheds,” with versions for both children and adults. They have worked together for twenty-three years on protection of the Cahaba River and Shades Creek watersheds through Friends of Shades Creek. Both currently serve on the board and stewardship committee of the Cahaba River Society. “Audubon at Home: Native Tree Identification” came about from weekly hikes throughout the Cahaba-Shades Creek Watershed during 2020 and 2021. They shared in locating, researching, and photographing the native trees of Alabama’s forests and teaching the course for the first time in October 2020. FAQ’s: I did not receive the email with the Zoom meeting instructions. Please double-check the email address you enter when registering for the online event as that is where the instructions will be sent (once registration closes). You may need to add us to your email provider’s safe sender list in the event it goes to spam. Also, please contact us by the morning of the event so that we have time to address your issue as generally you should have received the email right after registration closes. The link doesn’t appear to be working. You may need to go to the Zoom website (https://zoom.us) and manually enter the webinar ID and password. Also, wait until just a couple of minutes before the meeting is supposed to begin to try to enter the meeting. It will not work if you try to join the meeting half an hour before it’s scheduled to begin, for instance. You can also check to make sure your computer meets the system requirements by clicking here. Will this be recorded, and will I have the ability to view it later? We are recording our online courses and offering the recordings to registrants for a week after class night. Is there a waiting list? We do not have waiting lists for our online events at this time. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Through more than seventy-five years of conservation work in one of our nation’s most ecologically rich states, Alabama Audubon has seen firsthand how diversity strengthens natural communities. We believe that the same principle applies to human communities, which is why our organization is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all Alabamians to learn about and enjoy wild birds, their habitats, and the natural world. One of the best ways to support that belief is by valuing and actively seeking to strengthen diversity among our staff, our board, and our membership. To that end, Alabama Audubon welcomes the whole of our community to our work, and strives to make our programs, classes, and events open and accessible to all.

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