Programs that build character, leadership, and valuable skills for young people are at the heart of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama’s main mission. Today more than 8,000 children and teens count on the four area BGCCA clubs as a place where they can learn to grow and hone their abilities. By providing a safe place where children and teens can both learn and have fun, the centers hope to promote healthy lifestyles, community engagement, and a greater readiness for the working world. That mission is most apparent in the success of program graduates, who graduate from high school at a rate of 90%, compared to 66% nationally.
The Market is a three-day fundraising event that encourages marathon shopping and supports the Junior League of Birmingham’s educational and charitable pursuits by donating 100% of ticket sales to their various community projects. The event plays host to a diverse array of vendors hailing from a smattering of U.S. territories. Vendors will sell a wide range of wares, including clothing for all ages, artwork, and elegant housewares. For young ones, a costume-friendly storytime session will take place on Saturday morning, featuring an appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog. The Market is superb for locating presents for discerning gift getters, and attendees can rest easy knowing proceeds are directed toward the Junior League's 30 community projects.
My Sister's Closet is a unique non-profit resale shop that sells professional women's clothing, shoes and accessories. We also provide free professional clothing to women from over 25 shelters and referring agencies in the Birmingham Area so that they can have appropriate attire for job interviews and everyday work attire.
Slinging strikes and slamming home runs since 1885, the Birmingham Barons ready themselves for another year of fierce Minor League competition. Pitcher Charles Shirek and returning manager Bobby Magallanes look to build momentum from the team's 2011 playoff appearance and begin the 2012 season with numerous wins, few losses, and no trouble from the actual barons of Birmingham. Duos of Barons fans can head to Regions Park for a six-pack of bat-and-ball spectacles. The 10,800-capacity stadium hosts a profusion of special events, such as a fireworks displays, T-shirt giveaways, and panel discussions on traditional baseball-stitching patterns. Groupon customers should call the box office to schedule their welcome announcement at least one week prior to the chosen game.
The Tarzan Zerbini Circus, which is sponsored by Shriners Fraternity, thrills carnival-goers with high-flying acts, a bustling midway, and more than 40 rides. Huddle under the big top and feast peepers on hurtling human cannonballs, traffic-law-defying motorcycle stunts, and high-flying wirewalkers and sway-polers. Shriner circus clowns and a friendly elephant make for humorous cameos in between the death-defying deeds. After a rousing bout of tentertainment, browse kid- and family-friendly attractions or spin, drop, zoom, and flip on a collection of rides that keeps the adrenaline percolating for thrill-seekers, little ones, and oversized sentient plush gorillas.
In an effort to end the cycles of hunger and poverty, Stop Hunger Now partners with programs that provide food to schools to help feed hungry children and improve their nutrition, while encouraging them to attend school. The partner organizations have also noted an increase in overall school enrollment when meals are placed in schools. Atlanta-area volunteers pack and ship the nutritious meals, which contain rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and a vitamin pack that form a rice-soy casserole when cooked in boiling water.