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Who’s ready to say goodbye and good riddance to Old Man Winter? Time to get out and have some fun this month!

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Feb 27 – Mar 1, 2914: The Black Jacket Symphony at Work Play

The Black Jacket Symphony returns to WorkPlay to perform Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy” in its entirety. A third night has been added after the first two dates were sold out. There are a limited number of reserved tables available. For information on purchasing a reserved table, please email [email protected]. All other seating will be General Admission of $25 on a first come/first serve basis. www.blackjacketsymphony.com

The first 3 Saturdays of March: Stone Hollow Farmstead Farm Schools

Farm Schools start back in March, but spaces are filling up fast! There are classes for 3-5 year olds, 6-9 year olds, 10-13 year olds and adults, too. Each class is tailored to the age group and is designed to introduce the joys and challenges of life on the farm. Farm School covers topics such as the fundamentals of sustainable farming practices, dairy processing and why we love goats’ milk so much, how pasteurization and cheese production works, and more. Visit the chickens and ducks, tour our “grade A” dairy and creamery, explore the vegetable and herb gardens, gather fresh eggs, and feed the baby goats! Classes are held the first 3 saturdays of each month. 101 is the first saturday, 102 the second and so on. Click here for further details, to purchase your ticket to farm school, or to purchase as a gift certificate for a friend. For questions call or email: 800.285.8950 ext 706 or [email protected]. 

March 8, 2014: The Exceptional Foundation Chili Cook-Off

This is no ordinary chili cook-off! In its 10th year, the cook off has outgrown it’s original location in Homewood and moved to Colonial Brookwood Village. Proceeds from the Chili Cook-Off and other fundraising efforts provide 75% of the funds needed to ensure that The Exceptional Foundation participants are able to gather daily for social activities, take field trips and compete in sports. The nonprofit provides social and recreational activities to mentally challenged individuals in the Greater Birmingham area. Tickets are available online for $10 until March 7th or $15 at the door. Kids 12 and under get in free. For more information on this event (or if you want to have a chili cook off team!): www.exceptionalfoundation.org

March 11, 2014: Widespread Panic

If you have never seen a Widespread Panic show, or if you’ve seen 30 of them, don’t miss this upcoming opportunity here in Birmingham at BJCC Concert Hall. Many price levels still available: www.songkick.com.

March 15, 2014: The Rumpshaker 5K Run/Walk

The Rumpshaker 5K Run/Walk for colorectal cancer awareness is an event the entire family will enjoy. Join the fun and help make a difference by bringing attention to this preventable disease. The race starts at the historic Sloss Furnaces and the race course takes you through downtown Birmingham. Sloss Furnaces is also the exciting post race venue; meet up there after the race for food, music, kids activities and much more. Register online at no extra charge, participants can register as individuals or form a team. For more information visit www.rumpshaker5k.com.

March 15, 2014: 30th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 30th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is presented by REV Birmingham and Five Points South. Join in on the fun and  kick-off St. Patrick’s Day early in 5pts South on Saturday March 15, 2014. Come early on Saturday to grab some lunch and/or drink from any of the participating merchants who will be offering food and drink specials ALL day thru Monday March 17th. While getting into the Irish spirit, visit one of our indoor music venues or just grab a great spot to watch the parade with the family. For more information about Parade, Live Music, Bag Pipers, Irish Dancer Schedule and Drink/Food Specials, click here. For a map of the parade, click here. Parade begins at 1:30pm.

March 16, 2014: The Harlem Globetrotters “Fans Rule” Tour

If you have kids, go enjoy the bonds of laughter and “how did they do that?” at the Harlem Globetrotters. This has been pure fun and thoroughly entertaining for 88 years. Perfect for all generations. At Samford University. Tickets start at $22. tkt.xosn.com/tickets

March 21, 2014: Mixology: Homemade Bitters

Standing Room Only is a new program series for ages 21+ only from the Emmet O’Neal Library. For this event: “Interest in bitters, the salt and pepper of the cocktail world, has seen a resurgence ever since Mad Men’s Don Draper first mixed his drink of choice, the Old-Fashioned. Stocking a home bar with homemade bitters will take your cocktails to gourmet heights. Learn the basics of making your own unique bitters infusions in this class with a lecture led by mixology enthusiast David Hornbuckle.” Space is limited. www.eolib.org

March 24 – 28, 2014: Spring Break Camp at the Zoo

Register your child for a Spring Break Camp for exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, train and carousel rides, animal demonstrations and a one-of-a-kind learning experience! This year, Spring Break Camps will focus on various topics such as “tall tail” animal myths and African savannah animals. Don’t miss out on these wild adventures—register your child today! For more information visit www.birminghamzoo.com.

March 25 – 28, 2014: Spring Break Camp at the Museum

Celebrate world cultures! Drop in anytime for FREE art activities and films. Discover differences in cultures as you create a box inspired by the new collection everyday. Explore the decorations and textures in Contemporary American (March 25th), Native American (26th), Indian (27th), and Wedgwood (28th) artworks. Visit www.artsbma.org for times and details.

March 25, 2014: Get the Most Out of Your iPad and iPhone

Even if you are 20, I bet there are things your iPhone and iPad can do that you don’t know. This is 1000 times more true if you are 40+. “Rick Stawarz is the Mac-instructor, a former Apple employee who now specializes in teaching individuals and businesses to get the most out of their Apple products. This is our workshop geared towards casual users. Workshops begin by covering some foundations. For example, several in the audience might not know how to install an app. Others might be curious about organizing their apps, managing passwords, tips for improving battery life, or syncing with iCloud. Join us as Rick answers all your questions.” Homewood Public Library, free. homewoodpubliclibrary.org

 

Enjoy Birmingham in March!

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