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Summer is in full swing and there are plenty of fun things going on the month of July. Make plans to get out and about as Birmingham has plenty of bang to offer!

Thunder on the Mountain is made possible by the community's support of Vulcan Museum

Thunder on the Mountain is made possible by the community’s support of Vulcan Park and Museum. Photo credit: al.com.

July 3, 2014: Church & Oak Book Club, Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner

Church & Oak is a new book group formed by co-founders Carrie Rollwagen, owner of Church Street Coffee & Books, and Amanda Westfall, research librarian at the Emmet O’Neal Library. The group meets on the first Thursday evening of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room at Church Street Coffee & Books. Reading selections will primarily be paperbacks with a focus on contemporary literary fiction and some nonfiction. The group is geared towards readers in their twenties and thirties but all adults are welcome. For more information email: [email protected].

July 3, 2014: Amacio Favor at Bottletree

Amacio Favor is an emerging rock vocalist based in Birmingham, Alabama. Influenced by both hard rock and soul, Favor brings a unique approach to the world of modern rock, fusing the energy of Living Colour and Soundgarden with the soulful inflections of Al Green and Paul Rodgers. For more information: www.bottletree.com.

July 4, 2014: Thunder on the Mountain

For decades Thunder on the Mountain, Birmingham’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration, has been hailed as one of the largest and most extravagant Independence Day traditions in the state of Alabama. This year will be no exception. On Friday, July 4 at 9:00 pm, Thunder on the Mountain 2014 will once again illuminate the skies above Birmingham’s beloved iron man, Vulcan. Free to the public, this year’s show will last approximately 20 minutes and will feature a variety of firework shells that will brighten the sky with new colors and patterns. The show will be choreographed to a musical soundtrack that will feature a mix of patriotic favorites and popular musical performances. Support Vulcan Park and Museum to help fund this highly-anticipated event! For more information: www.visitvulcan.com.

July 5, 2014: Red, White and Brew 5K Run/Walk

Join Trim Tab Brewing Company for a 5K run through Downtown Birmingham, beginning and ending at Trim Tab Brewing Co. Runners can cool down with a complimentary brew and live music after crossing the finish line. Come out and run, bring family and friends, and enjoy a day outdoors with local beer, music, and volleyball. Consider this a 4th of July after party, except when it’s over – your participation will help save lives through A Silver Lining for the Suffering. For more information: www.aslbham.com.

July 5, 2014: Photography Workshop at Birmingham Botanical Gardens/Water Features

This class will start with a short 15 minute presentation in the classroom, then proceed to the various garden water features to actually experiment and experience different techniques: manipulating zoom focus, controlling shutter speeds and aperture (f-stop), and the use of ND filters; all towards getting the images that reflect their creative vision.

Class Requirements:

  • Digital SLR Camera
  • A Tripod (not mandatory, but useful)
  • A basic knowledge of the camera’s operation (Beyond “Full Auto”)

For more information: www.bbgardens.org.

July 7, 2014: Lindsey Stirling with special guest AJR

Iron City welcomes Lindsey Stirling, a classically-trained violinist, from Gilbert, Arizona, who entertains with an unique, futuristic sound of big beats and animation. Her song ‘Crystallize’ was the eighth most-viewed video on YouTube last year, racking up an incredible 78 million views and over 3.6 million subscribers! For more information: www.ironcitybham.com.

July 10, 2014: Gaither Vocal Band

The world famous Gaither Vocal Band returns to Samford this July. Spend an evening with Bill Gaither, David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Todd Suttles, Adam Crabb, Charlotte Ritchie, Kevin Williams, Greg Ritchie, and Matthew Holt of the Gaither Vocal Band. For more information: www.events.samford.edu.

July 10, 2014: Alabama Theater’s Summer Film Series Baseball Thursday: Field of Dreams

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago Black Sox come. 107 min. PG. There will be a sing-along and Mighty Wurlitzer performance before each film. For more information and to see the rest of the summer movie line up, visit www.alabamatheater.com.

July 10 – 27, 2014: Annie at Virginia Samford Theater

Enjoy one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals. Directed by Roy Hudson, this show remains one of the classic theatre triumphs guaranteed to bring joy to all ages! For more information visit www.virginiasamfordtheatre.org/season/annie.

July 12, 2014: Antique Engine & Tractor Show

Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park has more than 1,500 acres in three counties set aside for hiking, camping and outdoor recreation. A miniature railroad chugs through the pines. From spring through fall, the blacksmith, miller and craftsmen demonstrate their trades. Craft shops occupy restored pioneer cabins and artisans chat with visitors from their front porches. Come out for the Antique Engine & Tractor Show and enjoy this historical state park. For more information: www.tannehill.org.

July 14 – Aug 7, 2014: Fashion Camp with Tracy James of ChicMadeSimple

Get the girls ready for Back to School in style! Fashion Stylist Tracy James started Fashion Camp 6 years ago with the goal of creating a fun, activity-filled day camp in which young girls could learn about–first and foremost–the importance of individuality, healthy self-expression, positive self-image, and grace, along with practical lessons on coordinating, wardrobing, accessorizing, deciphering and communicating style likes/dislikes, and manners, just to name a few! Tracy is extremely passionate about relaying to young girls the message that style doesn’t come in a particular size, shape, or at a specific price point, but rather that their uniqueness is what makes them the most beautiful. For more information visit  www.chicmadesimple.com

July 17, 2014: Girl Scouts [email protected]

Join the Girl Scouts Young Philanthropists Society for their 5th Annual Soiree. Come out and support some of Birmingham’s finest young leaders as they walk the Role Model runway in the season’s hottest fashions provided by Belk. Guests will also enjoy food, drinks, music and a silent auction. For more information: www.girlscoutsnca.org.

July 18, 2014: Land Aid 2014 at Avondale Brewery

Join the Freshwater Land Trust Junior Board for the 6th Annual Land Aid, featuring The Wild Feathers with Ocean Liner. Proceeds will go towards the Freshwater Land Trust and its mission to preserve the places that matter in Alabama. For more information: avondalebrewing.com.

July 19, 2914: Ray LaMontagne

Ray LaMontagne will be performing in the BJCC Concert Hall. He has released four studio albums, Trouble, Till the Sun Turns Black, Gossip in the Grain and God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise. He was born in New Hampshire and was inspired to create music after hearing an album by Stephen Stills. Critics have compared LaMontagne’s music to that of Otis Redding, The Band, Van Morrison, Nick Drake and Tim Buckley. To purchase tickets, visit www.tickets-authority.com.

July 22 – Aug 3, 2014: Goldilocks and The Three Bears

Birmingham’s Children’s Theater brings to life this classic tale with a modern twist. Goldilocks is a lively girl who has one big problem: she can’t keep her hands off other people’s things! She wants to play with everything she sees from a jewelry box to a bird’s nest. When she travels into the woods and finds a cottage full of exciting things, she just can’t resist. When she’s caught on tape, she must explain herself and learn, with the help of some friendly bears, that being polite means learning to show respect for other people–and bears! For more information: www.bct123.org.

July 23 – 24, 2014: Luke Bryan – That’s My Kind of Night Tour

Country rock star Luke Bryan will be performing at Oak Mountain Amphitheater along with Cole Swindel and Lee Brice. Bryan’s record-breaking album, Crash My Party, went Double Platinum and in addition to the unprecedented four weeks at No. 1 on the country music radio airplay charts, current single “Play It Again” is the top song on the Slacker Top 40 – an all-genre chart pulled from total plays, shares and likes across all listeners on the digital streaming service, Slacker.com. Bryan is the first country artist ever to top the chart. For more information: www.lukebryan.com.

July 27, 2014: Steely Dan Jamalot Ever After Tour

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Walter Becker and Donald Fagen will bring Steely Dan to the BJCC with their “Jamalot Ever After” Tour. Steely Dan has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and helped define the soundtrack of the ’70s with hits such as Reelin’ in the Years, Rikki Don’t Lose That Number, F.M., Peg, Hey Nineteen, Deacon Blues, and Babylon Sisters, culled from their seven platinum albums issued between 1972 and 1980 (including 1977’s ground breaking “Aja”). They reunited in the early ’90s, launching a string of sold-out tours. In 2000 they released multi-Grammy winner (including Album Of The Year) “Two Against Nature”, and released its acclaimed follow-up “Everything Must Go” in 2003. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. For more information: www.steelydan.com.

Make the most of summer and all that Birmingham has to offer!

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