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4/2/2014 – 4/8/2014 




You know spring in Birmingham has arrived when you have more weekend plans than free time. We can’t wait to delve into the fun local festivities The Magic City is offering this season. The only question is…where to start? 
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Our April issue is fashion-packed 
B-Metro takes on the biggest fashion trends of Spring 2014

Empty Bowls Soup and Bread Lunch
April 3 at 11:00 AM
St. Vincent’s Bruno Conference Center

This 11th annual event invites you to enjoy delicious hot soup and breads made by local bakeries to support Magic City Harvest, the food recovery program of greater Birmingham. Along with lunch, attendees will get a keepsake bowl that has been hand-painted by local artists, students, and churches.

Get your ticket here!  


April 3 from 5 – 8:00 PM
Four Seasons Gallery

View works by some of Birmingham’s best artists at this annual exhibit, which will be on display and for sale through April 5. This opening reception celebrates the artists on display, all of which are members of the Birmingham Art Association, a rich and diverse group of artists and art lovers of all ages, experience levels, mediums and styles.
More info here!

Fashionably Fair Fashion Show
April 3 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Sojourns Fair Trade

This fashion show features fair trade clothing, accessories and shoes and benefits the Rape Response program of the Crisis Center. Clothes will be modeled casually among the tables as you sip wine and enjoy fabulous pastries–you can even order the clothes modeled at the event. The models represent real women and will be all ages, sizes and ethnicities.

Homewood Grown
April 3 from 6 – 9 :00 PM
SoHo Square

Join the Homewood City Schools Foundation for this outdoor dining event sponsored by Trust Building Services. This first-ever event will celebrate the Foundation’s 20th anniversary and boasts live music and teaching awards alongside a family-style dinner catered by Café Dupont.

More info here! 


The Girlfriend Gala
April 3 at 6:30 PM
Old Car Heaven

Get ready for the perfect ladies’ night out. This third annual event, which supports The Literacy Council, invites you to gather your girlfriends for great food & libations, prizes, and good times. Creativity and imagination will take center stage with elaborate tablescapes celebrating this year’s theme, “Broadway Babes.”
Grab your gal pals & get tickets here!

Art, Wine & Blooms
April 4 from 7 – 11:00 PM
Hollywood Pools & Spas in Vestavia

April is Autism Awareness Month, and Glenwood invites you to celebrate your support at this cocktail party and spring plant sale. Join them for a delightful spring evening with live music, hors d’oeuvres, wine, beautiful plants, and a great silent auction–all in support of Glenwood’s services for individuals and families affected by autism.

More info here! 


Bards & Brews
April 4 from 6:30 – 9 PM
Birmingham Public Library – Vestavia

The popular, free poetry performance and beer tasting series is held the first Friday of each month at various public libraries in Birmingham. This month’s Bard & Brews will be a poetry slam. Monetary prizes for favorite poems will be awarded and complimentary beer will be provided by Bell’s Brewery. 

Learn more & RSVP here! 


Parade of Homes
April 5-6 and 12-13
Participating homes

Tour some of Birmingham’s most beautiful homes starting this weekend at the annual Parade of Homes hosted by the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders.
Click here to check out the participating homes!

The B-Metro blog team will be broadcasting LIVE on social media this Saturday, 4/5 from 10 AM – 1:00 PM. Join us, along with Beth Bryan of Unskinny Boppy and Ashley Hill of The Hill Hangout, as we blog from the 2014 Ideal Home, and follow Erin Dunavant of SWAG Home Staging & Design at the Trussville Springs home.

Ride 4 Freedom
April 5 from 9 AM – 3:00 PM
Heart of Dixie Harley Davidson

Join The WellHouse in the fight against human trafficking at this motorcycle ride and fundraiser in partnership with Harley Davidson. Your participation in this second annual event will not only aid in the fight against human trafficking, but also in the restoration and healing of individual lives.

Register here! 


Designing Your Outdoor Room
April 5 from 10 AM – 12:00 PM
Habitation in Homewood

Bring the inside out as you learn how to plan and design an outdoor space for your home. You’ll find out how to select outdoor furniture, learn what makes certain fabrics suitable for outdoor use, plus get cooking and dining tips. The workshop will be led by interior designer Bill Aroosian. P.S. Did someone say mimosas?

Learn more here!

Darter Festival
April 5 from 11 AM – 4:00 PM
Railroad Park

The third annual Darter Festival celebrates Birmingham’s singular fish, the Watercress Darter, and will raise funds to support darter habitat restoration efforts. This all-ages event features kite decorating and flying, live music, and good eats, including fish specialties by George Sarris and seasonal darter ale by Good People Brewing Co.


Funky Fish Fry
April 5 from 12:30 – 8:00 PM
Trim Tab Brewing Co.

Listen to some funky music, hang out with friends, eat some fried catfish and have a cold one at this year’s Funky Fish Fry. Plus, there will be a moonwalk and face painting for the kids and amazing prizes to win. Proceeds from the Funky Fish Fry will benefit the Autism Society of Alabama and Mitchell’s Place. 

Feeling funky? More info here! 


Curtain Call Ball
April 5 at 5:30 PM
Birmingham Children’s Theatre

During this enchanted evening, your family will delight in a night full of entertainment, food, and fun supporting Birmingham Children Theatre’s education and outreach programs. Visit with BCT’s most adored characters, bid in a silent auction, and let the kids do arts & crafts at this fun, all-ages event.

More info & tickets here! 


First Light Women’s Shelter Gala Remix
April 5 at 6:30 PM
Old Car Heaven

For 15 years, the First Light Gala has been the organization’s most important fundraising event of the year. And this year, they are mixing it up! The Gala Remix’s theme this year is “Homeward Bound: Support the Journey” and will feature music by Downright, cocktails, dining, dancing and a silent auction.

More info & tickets here! 


Tapas & Taps
April 7 – 13
The J. Clyde

The J. Clyde is celebrating its 7th anniversary, and you’re invited to join by enjoying a full week of fine food and amazing craft beer. Each night will focus on a themed menu of tapas paired with some of the best craft beer available in Birmingham, and it will all end with a 7-course beer dinner with their friends at Trim Tab Brewing Co.

Check out the full menu & schedule here! 


Birmingham Barons vs. Jacksonville Suns
April 9 – 13
Regions Field

The 2013 season proved to be one of the most memorable in the long and storied history of Birmingham baseball as the Barons celebrated their return to downtown with the franchise’s 14th Championship. Kick off the 2014 with the Barons as they play against the Jacksonville Suns.
Click here for the full schedule!


B-Metro Social Media Broadcasts 
Where you’ll find us next week in Birmingham

VW Gallerie Grand Reopening
April 10 from 4-7 PM
VW Gallerie at V&W Supply Design Center

Formerly known as V&W Supply, VW Gallerie was the first Kohler premier showroom to open in the U.S., and now the B-Metro blog team is thrilled to help celebrate its grand reopening. We will be joined by interior designer Mandi Smith T and home stager/designer Erin Dunavant as we give you the inside scoop on bath & kitchen design LIVE from this private event.

Gus Mayer Girls’ Night Out
April 10 from 5-8 PM
Gus Mayer

Bring your girlfriends along to Gus Mayer for a fun night out with the B-Metro blog team! We will be joined by Vanessa Culpepper of Budding Fashionista and a special guest from Birmingham Fashion Week as we broadcast live updates on fabulous fashion & beauty at this girls’ night out.

Run for a Reason
April 13 from 1:30 – 5 PM
Hargis Retreat

This intense 5K benefiting Sozo Children will be one that will stretch you physically and change lives across the world. In Chelsea, Alabama, this adventure race will take you through thick forest, water, mud, obstacles, and other challenges to test your endurance. This race can be run for fun with the whole family or with intensity to win some great prizes.
Learn more & register here!

Birmingham Fashion Week
April 21 – 26
Pepper Place

Mark your calendars! Tickets are now on sale for the 4th annual Birmingham Fashion Week, and this one is sure to be the best yet. Enjoy fashion shows by local and national designers and retailers, and don’t miss the annual Rising Stars and Emerging Designers competitions occurring each night.
Check out the full schedule & get tickets!

Honda Indy Grand Prix
April 25 – 27
Barber Motorsports Park

This year’s Honda Indy Grand Prix boasts new changes for 2014 along with old favorites. Enjoy 11 races taking place over this three-day event, where legends such as Helio Castroneves, Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and many more will be returning. Plus, former University of Alabama quarterback Joe Namath will be this year’s Grand Marshal!

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