People, Places and Things by Gwen DeRu

By Gwen DeRu

Comedian Sinbad

TODAY
PINTS ON THE PLAZA, 5 p.m. at the Birmingham Art Crawl downtown Birmingham.

NEIGHBORHOOD MEET AND GREET RECEPTION, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Central Library downtown.

CAY PARKER AND JODI JAMES, 7 p.m. at Seeds Coffee.

WILLY WONKA, JR., 7:30 p.m. today and next Thursday and Friday and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. For more, go to www.virginiasamford.org.

ALABAMA SUMMER SKIES: STAR STRUCK, 8 p.m. at the Christenberry Plantarium.

OCEAN DISCO and CAHABA, at The Nick.

COMEDIAN SINBAD at the StarDome Comedy Club.

LIVE BAND KARAOKE, 7:30 p.m. at Perfect Note.

OLIVIA’S HAPPY HOUR, every Thursday at Olivia’s Bar and Lounge with $.50 wings and drink specials, 4 p.m. For more call (205) 326-2881.

JOSE’ CARR WITH JAZZ ON FIRST, 7-10 p.m. at Jazzy’s on First Avenue North.

LIVE AT STEEL, 8 p.m. with SHARRON performing and DJ DUBB in the Mix at Steel on First at 23rd Street, downtown Birmingham. Get your live music and dance on every Thursday night.

AFTER WORK AFFAIR every Thursday, 4 p.m. at 1st and 23rd.

FRIDAY

ELEMENT STUDENT MINISTRY GOLF TOURNAMENT, 12 p.m. at Highland Park Golf Course.

SECRET STAGES, Friday and Saturday with music from everywhere.

UNWIND FRIDAY, 8 p.m. at Jazzi’s on 3rd with great jazz.

COMEDIAN SINBAD at the StarDome Comedy Club.

FANCY FRIDAYS, 5 p.m. featuring JILLIAN GRAY with YARBROUGH & COMPANY every Friday at Legends on 18th Street North, Downtown. Birmingham. This is an After Work Experience hosted by Keely and Tiger and catered by Chef Jones. Call (205) 212-4406 for more.

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

HAM BAGBY & THE SEIGE, THE BROWN GOOSE and CIVIL YOUTH 9 p.m. at the Nick.

NICK COLIONNE, 7 p.m., at the Perfect Note.

Nick Colionne

SATURDAY

BISHOP MARVIN SAPP AT THE MEN TO WOMEN CONFERENCE with MINISTER LESHAUN PACE, COMEDIAN JOY OF THE QUEEN OF CLEAN, SHANNON GASTON, and Special Guest DURANCE PACE, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Bartow Arena

FISH FRY AND BLUES AT THE TIDE AND TIGER, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

FIREHOUSE MINISTRIES SHOES AND BREWS, 1 p.m. at the Good People Brewing Company.

65 SOUTH FEST AT ZYDECO, 2 p.m. at Zydeco.

INDIA RAMEY SNAKE HANDLER MEET AND GREET, 3 p.m. at Good People, Brewing Company.

THE BREAK, 3 p.m. at Jefferson State Community College

Live Music at Jazzi’s on 3rd.

RAILROAD PARK is where the fun is Saturday.

OVERCOMING CHALLENGES TO CHRISTIAN MEN TODAY: A FAMILY CONFERENCE, Saturday and Sunday, at the Guiding Light Church
HIP HOP MUSIC FEST at Sloss Furnace.

WRAY, SPHYNX and KINZIE at the Nick

NEVERMIND: THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO NIRVANA, 7 p.m. at Iron City.

SECRET STAGES in downtown Birmingham.

INDIA RAMEY, WILL STEWART, and RAYVON PETTIS at Saturn.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, every Saturday, at Luxe Ultra Lounge, 300 24th Street S with DJ CHOCOLATE.

COMEDIAN SINBAD at the StarDome Comedy Club.

NICK COLIONNE, 7 p.m. at Perfect Note

SUNDAY

PARK AND CREST MARKET, 11 a.m.

SUNDAY BRUNCH at 1st and 23rd.

RICK CARTER TRIO at Oscar’s on Sunday and Monday, at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

GET HEALTHY ON THE RAILROAD COOKING CLASS, 3:30 p.m. at Railroad Park.

MAGIC MAC AND CHEESE FESTIVAL, 1-4 p.m. at Avondale Brewing Company with music by FUTURE ELEVATORS.

SLOW ART SUNDAY, 2 p.m. at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

KING WORSHIPPERS DEBUT CONCERT, 5 p.m. at South Park Baptist Church.

PHILOS MOORE, MENAGERIE and MILK JUG at The Nick.

COMEDIAN SINBAD at the StarDome Comedy Club.

JAZZ IN THE PARK IN BIRMINGHAM featuring SHERRY REEVES and JAMES “PJ” SPRAGGINS at Sloss Furnace, 6- 9 p.m.

MONDAY

BIRMINGHAM BANDSTAND, 9 p.m. at The Nick.

CARD PLAYERS SPOT at the TIDE AND TIGER, 6 – 12 p.m.

TUESDAY

TIDE AND TIGER HOT TUESDAY, 3 p.m. until … on Graymont across from Legion Field with $.50 wings and drink specials until 9 p.m. For more call (205) 503-3880.

OLIVIA’S HAPPY HOUR, 4 p.m., every Tuesday, at Olivia’s Bar and Lounge with $.50 wings and drink specials. For more call (205) 326-2881.

JOHN KELLEY & HIS SIX STRONG and SEAN MAC at the Nick.

PLUM BAR on 17th Street, Downtown.

JOSE’ CARR at the Boss Lounge, 8:30 – 11 p.m.

COMEDIAN, 7:30 p.m. at the StarDome Comedy Club.

YOUR PEST BAND, GT, and THE INVISIBLE TEARDROPS at Saturn.

WEDNESDAY

THE COMA KIDS, THE MCRYATTS and AMERICAN PASTIME, 9 p.m. at the Nick.

WINE AND JAZZ at the Perfect Note.

WAXAHATCHEE, PALEHOUND and OUTER SPACES at Saturn.

NEXT THURSDAY

THE BEATLES HARD DAY’S NIGHT followed with music by THE RAINE BAND, 6 – 11 p.m. At Avondale Brewing Company.

BANTAM FOXES, NEW DEVILS and HOTBEDS, at The Nick.

COMEDIAN DREW THOMAS at the StarDome Comedy Club.

NEXT FRIDAY

Y’ALL CONNECT CONFERENCE, at Rosewood Hall, 2850 19th Street South, Homewood, 35209. For more, go to www.yallconnect.com.

NEXT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

COMEDIAN DREW THOMAS at the StarDome Comedy Club.

YOUNG AVIATOR BOMBSHELL CELEBRATION – Celebrate and support the Mary Alice Beatty Scholarship, Saturday, 5 – 8 p.m. at the Southern Museum of Flight. The 2017-2018 calendar will be unveiled with sales going to support the scholarship. The Young Aviators are: Demi Alessandra Watkins – Cover Winner, William Bromberg and Hastings Bromberg; Kit Banks; Llyord Watson III; Payton Kay Coffee and Sydney Lowe Coffee; Maliha Mukherjee; Ava McGee, Dayton Louis Spector; Ivory Zionne Stoudmire; Holden Griswold, Foster Griswold and Sawyer Griswold; Betsy Campbell Campbell and Ben Campbell and Mackenzie Levy, all will grace a page. Starting at 5 p.m. – Enjoy kid-friendly games, face painting and music; 6 p.m. – Program begins & 2017-2018 Young Aviator Bombshell Recognition; 7 p.m. – Raffle Give-Away and ending at 8 p.m.

Young Aviator Demi Watkins

OBESITY EXPO – The City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services (DYS) and Train at EVO invite you to the YOUTH FIRST NOBESITY EXPO + Lupus 5K FITathlon at Sloss Furnaces on Saturday. The event is aimed at combating childhood obesity in Birmingham’s youth. The event begins at 8 a.m. The young and young at heart can participate in a FREE festival that is sure to have something for everyone. There will be a Kids Fun Zone, games and much, much more!

SECRET STAGES is tomorrow and Saturday. Secret Stages is a two-day music discovery festival that takes place in downtown Birmingham, on the first weekend of August. This event features over 60 up-and-coming or under-the-radar acts drawn from the nation, the region and our own backyard performing on the stages of Birmingham’s downtown Loft District. The 7th annual festival will take place in downtown Birmingham, Alabama’s Historic Loft District in and on six different venues or stages. This is the festival to hear all of the best unheard sounds from young, southern musicians. This year all venues have been consolidated to 2nd Avenue North. There will be lots and lots of artists. A few more that have been added include LIGUA FRANCA from Athens, Georgia, EARTH GANG from Atlanta and CUTT DOGG from Birmingham, Alabama. For more information go to www.secretstages.net.

WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION – The Bethel Baptist Church Pratt City, Dr. T. L. Lewis Pastor will host its celebration starting with a Pre-Concert on Sunday, 5 -7 p.m., the Prayer Conference, next Friday (August 11), and the Denim and Diamond Luncheon, August 19.

EXECUTIVE WOMEN INTERNATIONAL HONORS COLLETTE DIVITTO – 2017 Executive Luncheon is Tuesday, at 11 a.m. at The Harbert Center in downtown Birmingham. This year’s theme: CELEBRATING & HONORING the values of EWI Birmingham executives and EWI Birmingham firms which serve to strengthen our Community. Musical stylings will be provided by Joshua David, an 18-year old pianist and composer, Birmingham, Alabama. For information about the luncheon and to learn more about the guest of honor, Collette Divitto, visit http://Enrollment.Events.

L’CHAIM HONORS CATHY O. FRIEDMAN – Join the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center’s (BHEC) Annual L’Chaim event that will honor CATHY O. FRIEDMAN, Sunday, August 20, 2:30 – 4 p.m. at the Jemison Concert Hall in the Alys Stephens Center. The event will feature the STEEL MEN’S CHORUS with musical entertainment arranged by KEITH CROMWELL, Executive Director of the Red Mountain Theatre Company, including the cast of the RMTC’s Fiddler on the Roof and RMTC Favorites ABJIJAH CUNNINGHAM, AMY JOHNSON and KRISTEN SHARP. Dessert will follow the program. CAROLE PIZITZ and JOEL ROTENSTREICH are this year’s L’Chaim Co-Chairs. Call (205) 795-4176 for more.

FOR GARDEN LOVERS

AUGUST AT BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS – Yoga with Lindsey on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the adult yoga class. Trained through Yogafit, Lindsey’s goal is to introduce you to yoga and to assist you in developing a safe daily practice. Breathe, strengthen, stretch and relax
Seasonal Series – Instructor Hank Siegel will lead participants through the best practices of capturing an image that captures the passing of the seasons. Learn the techniques, tools and skills necessary to take visually stunning and interesting photographs through the creation of a seasonal series of landscapes/nature scenes. Sunday. 9-1 p.m.

CNPS: Using iNaturalist to Document Everyday Observations in Nature (elective) – iNaturalist is a citizen science project and online social network of naturalists, citizen scientists and biologists built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity across the globe. Observations may be added via the website or from a mobile application. In addition to learning about the nuts and bolts of the iNaturalist platform, participants will also receive instruction on best practices that will facilitate identifications of unknown plants and animals, and improve the quality and utility of their iNaturalist observations. No previous experience necessary. August 5. 8:30-12:30 p.m.

Native Plant Group Summer Pollinator Sale – Shop a variety of native plants that will attract pollinators to your landscape this summer. August 8. 9-noon. Arrington Plant Adventure Zone. FREE!.

Family Yoga in The Gardens – Enjoy healthy fun with the family in the gardens of Birmingham Botanical Gardens as this energetic class incorporates individual and partner yoga poses for strength and balance, plus breathing exercises to help foster calm and focus. Garden inspired crafts will assist in cooling the mind and body. Garden crafts (subject to change): Solar shapes. August 12. 9-10 p.m.

Lunch & Learn: Permaculture – Learn how edible landscaping, xeriscaping and bio-mimicry can enrich your garden and landscape. August 16. 11:30-12:30 p.m. FREE.

Photo Talk – Bring your pictures on a jump/flash drive, or on your camera’s memory card, or in print. This group is not a class; it is a casual but informative venue for amateur to expert level photographers to come together to share their ideas, tips, advice, tricks, and knowledge with each other. August 20. 2-4 p.m.

A Midsummer Night’s Fairy House Workshop – Enjoy a glass of wine with friends while you make a summer cottage for the fairies in your garden using materials that are durable outside in sheltered areas or inside your sunroom. Under the guidance of author, storyteller and biologist Renee Simmons Raney adults will create one house each to take home at the end of the program. Some suggestions to bring from home (such as optional decorations like miniature dishes/tea sets/doll house accessories; bring your own glue gun). A base for your fairy house and a variety of natural materials (moss, bark, sticks, acorns, shells, clay for creating fairy accessories and more!) are provided. Fee includes instruction, basic
materials, use of hot glue guns/tools and two glasses of wine. Signed copies of Renee’s new book Hairy, Scary, but Mostly Merry Fairies (Published by NewSouth Montgomery) will be available for sale. August 24. 6-8 p.m.

Cooling Herbal Cocktails – How to Beat the Heat with Medicinal Herbs – Join Cameron Strouss for a tasty class on concocting delicious summer drinks to cool you down and delight your senses using local herbs and easily cultivated garden allies. August 26. 1-3:30 p.m.

Lunch & Learn: The Ins and Outs of GMOs – Learn all about the science, the safety, and the implications for the future. August 30. FREE.

For more information and to register online, visit www.bbgardens.org/classes.

AT THE STARDOME

THIS WEEKEND: Sinbad never tells jokes- “I don’t know any,” he admits-but rather stalks the stage, telling real-life stories. He doesn’t deliver payoff lines; he slam-dunks them. His comedy is large, physical, and impetuous. Psychologically, he jams us, poking holes in our lifestyles. His stories mirror our foibles. His is the explosive energy of the neighborhood; his phrasing is manic, musical and right on time. He doesn’t write his material; he relives it as he remembers it.

Lisa Lampanelli

WEDNESDAY: LISA LAMPANELLI is Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean. Heralded as “more than a standup — a standout,” by comedy legend Jim Carrey, Lampanelli is a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker, and a vial of estrogen. She even won accolades from The King of All Media – Howard Stern, who called her “a true original and a brilliant comedy mind who’ll steal the show every time.” This equal opportunity offender is a regular on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and Howard Stern’s Sirius satellite radio shows. She recently joined the ranks of comic greats and added her first ever one-hour HBO comedy special, “Long Live the Queen,” to her resume, with a CD and DVD of the special to follow. In addition, her first book, “Chocolate, Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat and Freaks,” hit bookstore shelves in 2009.

FOR MUSIC LOVERS AND SPOKEN WORD

UNWIND FRIDAY, 6 p.m. to midnight at Jazzi’s on 3rd. (Friday Unwind every Friday.)

LIVE BAND and KARAOKE, 8-11 p.m., tonight, at the Perfect Note.

GUITARIST NICK COLIONNE, 7 p.m. at Perfect Note, Friday and Saturday.

SUNDAY JAZZ, 5 p.m. at the Perfect Note.

JAZZ IN THE PARK IN BIRMINGHAM featuring SHERRY REEVES and JAMES “PJ” SPRAGGINS at Sloss Furnace, 6- 9 p.m.

JAZZ JAM SESSIONS, every Fourth Sunday, 6 p.m. at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame (Carver Theatre), except for Christmas.

SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC NIGHT, every Third Sunday, 7 p.m. at the Carver Theatre.

BISHOP MARVIN SAPP AT THE MEN 2 WOMEN CONFERENCE, August 5, 9 a.m. at the Daniel Payne Plaza.

FOR BOOK LOVERS

BOOK SIGNING AND ENTREPRENEURIAL SUMMIT – Author YAKINEA MARIE will be signing her book ‘I SAID YES’ on August 12, Saturday with businesses of all kinds on hand. FREE. Go to www.isaidyes.biz for more.

FOR FOOD LOVERS

BIRMINGHAM RESTAURANT WEEK – FOR THE LOVE OF LOCAL is the theme of this year’s Birmingham Restaurant Week that starts next week. The PREVIEW PARTY is 6-8 p.m. on August 9th at the Pickwick Plaza in Five Points South. The WINE-O-LOGY is August 16, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Wine Loft. The BRW2017 BRUNCH is October 7, noon – 2 p.m. at Social Venture in Woodlawn. Restaurant Week is seven days long, from August 11 – 20 with restaurants from around the metro area sharing their favorites with the city. More than 40 participating restaurants throughout Birmingham area will offer food and drink specials. Celebrate the city’s acclaimed culinary culture as they offer patrons a chance to revisit their favorite restaurants or experience a new venue for the first time. Check out the eateries that have helped make Birmingham America’s No 1 Next Hot Food City by going to www.bhamrestaurantweek.

WE GARDENS MARKET – The West End Gardens Market and Farm Stands will be at Princeton (Professional Office Building 1) on Wednesdays through October 25 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and at PEPPER PLACE on Saturdays through September 30, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WINE DINNER SERIES – MICHAEL’S STEAKS AND SEAFOODS is hosting a monthly Michael’s Wine Dinner Series on Monday, 7 pm. -WINES FROM FRANCE VS CALIFORNIA. You do not want to miss this classic heavyweight battle as you pit old world wines vs. new world wines, in a matchup where everyone wins. Contact 205.871.9525 or marketing@michaelssteakandseafood.com for more.

SAINT GEORGE MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD FESTIVAL – Saint George Melkite Catholic Church prepares tons of food for its annual Middle Eastern Food Festival set for September 14, 15 & 16. There will be music, food and so much more. For 36 years Saint George parishioners have prepared and served homemade Middle Eastern food to thousands of visitors from Birmingham and its surrounding areas. Each week for weeks leading into the food festival Saint George’s kitchen and hall is bustling with people prepping food. Food will include falafel, kaak, mamoul, spinach pies, s cookies, meat pies, grape leaves, kibbee and much more. Church tours are conducted throughout day until 8 p.m.; Live Entertainment on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening; Shopping which includes a variety of handmade crafts, Byzantine icons, olive wood artifacts from the Holy Land and a church cookbook, “Our Favorite Recipes”. Proceeds will benefit local charities including, Three Hots and A Cot, Pathways of Birmingham, and Habitat for Humanity. The Food Festival also enables the parish to feed the homeless, prepare hot meals for women in shelters, provide diapers and other paper products to local charities, and sponsor an “Angel Tree” at Christmas. The Saint George 36th Annual Middle Eastern Food Festival will take place September 14-16 at Saint George Melkite Catholic Church, near UAB at 425 16th Avenue South. The hours of operation are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The festival offers a convenient drive through service between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7p.m. Lunch orders of $75 or more can be delivered to the downtown area on Thursday and Friday. For takeout and delivery orders call 492-9621 or visit foodorders@saintgeorgeonline.org. Delivery orders must be placed the day before by 5 p.m. For further information visit www.saintgeorgeonline.org and join the Festival Event on Facebook: The 2017 St. George Middle Eastern Food Festival.

FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS

SATURDAY DAY HIKE, 9 a.m. – Southeastern Outings Easy River Float #1, Picnic, Swim, Short, Moderate Dayhike at the Locust Fork from Swann Bridge to Powell Falls near Cleveland, Ala. DETAILS: Easy river float on the Locust Fork River. Float in the river from Swann Covered Bridge to Powell Falls. Then float under the bridge and further, about a mile and a half, downstream to the waterfall. View the sheer cliffs that rise about 60 feet above the river. Enjoy a flowing river, covered bridge, high rock bluffs and at least one waterfall—all along a 1.5 mile stretch of this river. Bring something to float on such as an inflatable vinyl float or air mattress. Substantial, fabric-covered, inflatable, vinyl, rectangular floats like you use to ride the waves at the Gulf work best. Bring a picnic lunch, drink, towel and sunscreen. Pack these items in two plastic garbage bags with twist ties, one bag over the other. Then put the bags in your daypack and strap the pack to your back to keep your things dry and prevent them from floating away. Wear swimsuit and sturdy foot protection. Old sneakers work well. Bare feet, flip-flops, slip-ons and thin-soled “beach shoes” are not acceptable! Lunch will be on the huge flat rock in the middle of the river beside the waterfall. Please be at the Cleveland Chevron Service Station no later than 8:45 a.m. ready to depart promptly at 9 a.m. Arriving 15 minutes before departure time will allow time to use the restrooms at the service station, hear announcements concerning the day’s event, and form carpools from the Chevron.
Parking is extremely limited at the put in point on the river.
Info: Dan Frederick, seoutings@bellsouth.net or (205)631-4680.

FOR ART AND PERFORMING ART LOVERS

ALABAMA AND BEYOND: AFRICAN AMERICAN EDUCATORS AND THEIR ART, through October 22 from the CARNETTA AND NORM DAVIS COLLECTION at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

ART AFTER 6 – CIRQUE DU BMA, 5 p.m. at the Birmingham Museum of Art.
SLOW ART SUNDAY, 2-3 p.m. FREE!

COLLECTED MEMORIES at the PAUL R. JONES GALLERY, through August 25th.
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO START is presented by the University Gallery, now through August 18 at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa. It is an art exhibit by students of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

INTERESTED IN ART

AFFIRM FOUNDATION is a nonprofit 501(3-)C) Arts Education Organization designed to educate, entertain, empower, inspire and affirm young people of color by showing them the greatest example of successful Alabama natives of the African Diaspora who achieved national and international fame. The exclusive modern exhibition entitled the Roots & Wings Collection ® will be presented by The Affirm Foundation under the trust of Designer Perry Varner as Creative Director and showcased at museums and universities throughout Alabama beginning in 2018. Submissions are needed by October 1, 2017. Types of Artwork Needed: Paintings, Sketches, Sculptures, Photography, Glass Work, Wood Work, Fashion Illustrations, Graphic Design Images, Fashion Design or any medium you choose. Be creative.

AT MAUS COMTEMPORARY –BIENNALE ARTE 2017, VIVA ARTE VIVA will open to the public now to Sunday November 26 at the Biennale di Venezia, titled Viva Arte Viva, curated by Christine Macel. JELILI ATIKU is a Nigerian visual artist, whose body of works strictly focuses on commitment to social, humanism and the crimes being committed against human life. Through series of performances, Installation Sculpture, drawings, photography and video art he has been relating to life and freedom; and ultimately direct attention to the importance of human values of life, freedom and human rights. Through his art forms he has taken viewers into a realization of the consequences of crises, human rights abuse, conflicts and wars, direct and involve them in “active participation in the improvement of our collective existence.” He holds a belief that viewers will upon viewing his works “participate through visual education and persuasion in the development of popular attitudes which can lead eventually to a better society.” He feels his performance will have influenced the mind, feelings, nerves and soul of the viewers for positive thinking and actions.

ALABAMA AND BEYOND: AFRICAN AMERICAN EDUCATORS AND THEIR ART, through October 22 from the CARNETTA AND NORM DAVIS COLLECTION at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

AT THE BIRMINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY
VOCATIONAL READINESS WORKSHOP SERIES – The old days of applying for jobs by sending resumes in the mail are falling by the wayside as companies focus on posting job openings online. If you need to become more knowledgeable about the new online job application process, make plans to take advantage of a free workshop at the Central Library in downtown Birmingham this Friday, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The workshop will be held in the Linn-Henley Research Building, 4th Floor Regional Library Computer Center. SERIES includes: VOCATIONAL INTRODUCTION

READINESS WORKSHOP – Vocational Introduction Readiness Workshop provides an individual assessment of personal and professional goals, aspirations, and skills to help determine your best job fit. 1st Friday of each month (Aug. 4, Sept. 1)

RESUME BUILDER – Resume Builder is designed to assist individuals with creating an effective resume that will function as a powerful tool in achieving gainful employment. 2nd Friday of each month (Aug. 11, Sept. 8)

NEW AGE ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS – New Age Online Application Process offers tips and suggestions to guide all job seekers in successfully completing online employment applications. 3rd Friday of each month (Aug. 18, Sept. 15)

INTERVIEW BOOTCAMP – Interview Bootcamp teaches techniques to help you emphasize your skills, overcome objections, and build rapport with your job interviewer. 4th Friday of each month ( Aug. 25, Sept. 22)

BIRMINGHAM AFRICAN-AMERICAN GENEALOGY – The Birmingham Public Library is hosting the Birmingham African American Genealogy Group’s remaining 2017. Here is the class schedule. The group meets monthly on Sundays, 3-5 p.m. at the Central Library.

AUGUST 13 – Introduction to Railroad Retirement Records, 3-5:30 p.m. at the Central Library.

SEPTEMBER 10 – BAAGG visit to LDS Center in Vestavia Hills at the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church

OCTOBER 8 – Convict Leasing and Parke Papers, 3-5:30 p.m. at the Central Library.

NOVEMBER 12 – Introduction to the digital library and digital scanning services at Birmingham Public Library’s Southern History Department, 3-5:30 p.m. at the Central Library
DECEMBER 10 – BAAGG Holiday Social and Awards (time and place to be determined)

COMING SOON

AUGUST 10 – A. G. GASTON BOYS AND GIRLS 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.

AUGUST 11 – Y’ALL CONNECT at Rosewood Hall.

SEPTEMBER 24 – RIP THE HAM – A Fashion Competition.

SEPTEMBER 29 – STILLMAN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT.

OCTOBER 1 – 2nd ANNUAL THE TRUTH ABOUT BREAST CANCER COMEDY TOUR at Birmingham Southern College.

Well, that’s it. Tell you more next time.

(People, Places and Things by Gwen DeRu is a weekly column. Send comments to my emails: thelewisgroup@birminghamtimes.com and gwenderu@yahoo.com.)