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.
Benefiting the Arthritis Foundation of Central Alabama, the fourth annual Bone Bash fundraiser brims with entertainment, engaging games, snacks, and more. Guests can don cocktail attire or sport a three-piece birthday suit for the costume contest before trying their hand at the Wicked Wine Toss, which rewards true aims with bottles of fancy wines. Photo booth snapshots preserve pictures of grinning groups and a fortuneteller previews next century's Oscar winners for curious partygoers. In between hors d'oeuvre samplings and inaudible bids at the silent auction, guests bust moves on the dance floor accompanied by a pulsating live-music soundtrack.
The home shows produced by Marketplace Events connect homeowners and designers with trusted brands, independent businesses, innovators of new products, and local artisans. The vibrant and inspirational presentations showcase new aesthetic trends and functional designs in the realms of home decor, gardening, energy conservation, and living-space management. In addition to showcasing a range of products and concepts, the event hosts special-guest speakers, who educate audiences on home-remodeling projects from painting walls to adding a fourth dimension to a cramped kitchen.
Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve is home to more than 550 plant and 450 animal species. Visiting humans can marvel at these florae and critters by walking the certified wildlife habitat's more than 15 trails. Ranging from 0.3 to 1.5 miles, these trails wind past everything from persimmon trees to tranquil quarries, as well as native wildflowers and migratory birds every spring and summer.
More glimpses of the natural world await in the preserve's environmentally green Tree Top Visitor Center. Here, you can spot fowls from the bird viewing nook or observe real Alabama animals housed in realistic habitats. Besides its awe-inspiring scenery, Ruffner invites guests to enjoy events such as family-friendly pumpkin carving or Geocaching, a GPS-powered outdoor treasure hunting game.