After a rather harsh January weather-wise, it’s time to get out of those sweats and find some exciting things to do around town. From wheelchair rugby to romantic dinner options, we’ve uncovered something for everyone!

January 31 – February 2

Demolition Derby Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

Three days of exciting wheelchair rugby action returns to Lakeshore on January 31, 2014. Host team Lakeshore Demolition, recognized as one of the premier wheelchair rugby programs in the country, will welcome 7 teams from across the country for three days of competition. Admission is free and the games are open to the public. Quad rugby is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world and Lakeshore has given national and club teams the opportunity to compete in a world-class setting for the past 13 years. For more information, visit www.lakeshore.org.

February 1

13th Annual Beaker Bash at the McWane Center

This year’s event, Bash To The Future, will transport families through time in search of some of the world’s most famous scientists for an evening of science and fun. This family-friendly fundraising event directly supports statewide science education programs and makes field trips affordable for thousands of students. For more information, please visit mcwane.org.

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February 7 – 9

World of Wheels

Considered by some to be the Super Bowl of car shows, this annual event held at the BJCC features one of the best and most beautiful custom auto shows in the country. Celebrities such as Justin Martin from A&E’s hit show Duck Dynasty, Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey Garage and Discovery’s Fast N Loud, Courtney Hansen, host of Spike TV’s Powerblock and the reigning Miss Hot Rod 2013, plus several more will all be there to meet and sign autographs. For more information and to get updates on celebrities, features and attractions, visit www.worldofwheelsnet/birmingham-al.

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February 9

Winter Jam

When Contemporary Christian music group NewSong began Winter Jam, it was based on the idea of removing cost barriers so more people could attend and enjoy a dose of encouraging music. Years later, that’s still the foundation behind this uplifting event. Featured artists this year are NewsBoys, Tenth Avenue North and Thousand Foot Krutch. For more information, visit www.jamtour.com.

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February 13 – 16

Birmingham Home and Garden Show at the BJCC

The Birmingham Home & Garden Show at the BJCC brings together top experts in the culinary and gardening fields to help guests improve their homes inside and out. Ahmed Hassan of DIY Network will be one of this year’s celebrity guests. This event is sure to be inspiring, with loads of great tips and advice. For more information, visit www.homeshowbirmingham.com.

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Photo credit: al.com

February 14 – 16

Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend

The Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend is now in its 13th year and has become a Birmingham tradition. The event has helped to raise more than $4 million for local charities since its inception 12 years ago. With a 5K, a half and a full marathon, all fitness levels are welcome. For more information, visit www.mercedesmarathon.com.

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February 14

Valentine’s Dinner at FoodBAR

Enjoy a fabulous romantic dinner at FoodBAR and let owner Chef George McMillan III give your taste buds a treat! For more information, visit www.foodbarbham.com.

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The Robert Cray Band

Spend Valentine’s with legendary blues musician Robert Cray. Known for a blazing live performance, Cray is one of the greatest guitarists of his generation. With five Grammy Awards, 15 nominations, millions of record sales worldwide and thousands of sold-out performances under his belt, this incredible artist shows no signs of slowing down! The Valentine’s Day show will be at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit www.siteline.vendini.com/alys-robinson-stephens-performing-arts-center/robert-cray-band.

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Woo at the Zoo

Love gone wild! This Valentine’s Day, the Birmingham Zoo will host its first annual event, Woo at the Zoo. The evening will begin with desserts, wine, exclusive animal greetings in the Zoo’s auditorium and remarks from Birmingham Zoo CEO and President, Dr. William Foster. Following this will be a series of engaging expositions on “love” in the wild led by the zoo’s lead veterinarian, Dr. Clay Hilton, and his experienced staff. Topics covered will include the courtship of different species of animals, anatomical diversities, interesting factoids and much more. Animal advocates and romance enthusiasts alike will be excited to attend this love-themed event at the Birmingham Zoo! Ages21 and up. For more information, visit www.birminghamzoo.com.

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February 15 – 16

Whitney: A Musical Tribute to Whitney Houston

Starring American Idol’s “Montgomery Idol” winner, Daniela Cobb. This heartfelt tribute to Whitney Houston includes many of her most memorable hits, including “Saving All My Love,” “I’m Every Woman” and the power ballad, “I Will Always Love You.” It is a musical experience you don’t want to miss. Presented by Virginia Samford Theatre. For more information, visit www.virginiasamfordtheater.org.

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February 15th

Photography Class: Seasonal Series

This course will introduce the participant to techniques, tools and skills necessary to capture visually stunning and interesting images through the creation of a seasonal series of landscapes/nature scenes. For more information, visit www.bbgardens.org.

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February 15th

Wild About Chocolate!

Held at the Harbert Center, the tenth annual Valentine Gala benefiting the Alabama Wildlife Center features a variety of chocolate concoctions from Birmingham’s best restaurants, caterers and bakeries. Also: savory appetizers, beverages including complimentary wine, silent auction, live auction, and music. 6:00 pm buffet and silent auction; 8:00 pm program and live auction. For more information, visit www.awrc.org/WildAboutChocolate.

February 21st

10th Annual Night Under the Big Top

This circus-themed gala event is one of Birmingham’s greatest parties! Hosted by Glenwood’s Junior Board and held at the Birmingham Country Club, the event features casino fun and games, food and drink, door prizes, live music from The Undergrounders and an extensive silent auction. Proceeds from the event benefit children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. So get your glad rags on and come show your support for Glenwood Under the Big Top! For more information, visit www.glenwood.ejoinme.org.

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There’s so much to do in our fair city so get up off that couch and enjoy all that it has to offer!