Filed under: Birmingham AL restaurants, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Photographs, Random shots, Silvertron Cafe
Yes, I was lucky enough to catch people walking in. They’ve been open since 11 a.m. this morning! And Bets and I are heading over there for her birthday dinner (one day early). If you get a chance, get out and welcome this Forest Park establishment back!
Filed under: AL, Architecture, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Blogging, Catalyst, Cities, EVDO, Photographs, Random shots, TechBirmingham, The Ticker, urban issues, Verizon Wireless
EVDO + Catalyst + TechBirmingham + Verizon Wireless = ?
As I prepare to start my weekend a day early, I figured I’d take a look at my friend Curtis’ Flickr account. Actually, I was checking mine to see if any comments had been made on images I’ve uploaded to my account. Don’t ask me why, I’m really not sure what made me do it. Anyway, I came across the following picture:
It’s Mr. Palmer, with Catalyst executive director Cherie Fields and board chair Elizabeth Dotts. Now, I was aware that Verizon Wireless was in town this morning to announce that they flipped the switch and now provide EVDO service in the metro Birmingham area. Click here if you don’t understand what those letters in the previous sentence mean. It’s interesting that the announcement was today since, according to Scott Allan, the “switch” got flipped on August 29th. Based on the big check they’re holding ($20,000!) and the title of the picture, it appears that Catalyst has been awarded funding from Verizon Wireless, but don’t ask me for what; I have no idea. I’m hopeful that Curtis, one of my fellow board members, or the newspaper may be able to share more about this soon. Needless to say, the presence of Verizon Wireless and TechBirmingham (Curtis) means something is about to happen in our ever growing tech scene.
UPDATE: Click here to learn exactly how the grant money will be used. It’s a great win for the community.
The baby giraffe at the Birmingham Zoo can now officially be called… Rowan. A 4th grader at Mountain Brook Elementary School won the right to name the newest resident of the Birmingham Zoo for his teacher, Mrs. Loretta Rowan. Apparently she really loves giraffes, and now everybody knows about it!
Click here to learn more about the honor. According to the zoo’s official website, more than 1,200 names were submitted in this contest, with voting closing last week. The image to your left comes from the zoo’s website, showing a surprised Mrs. Rowan in her classroom this morning as Birmingham Zoo officials informed her and Bill Perry, one of her students, about the decision. Check back for more info later on today.
Filed under: Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Katrina Relief, New Orleans, News Media (as source & subject), Photographs, Random shots, urban issues
I’d like to thank everyone that came out last night for the “Happy Hour for a Cause” at WorkPlay. Just to let everyone know, we were able to raise $200 (so far) and collect approximately 8 bags worth of medical supplies for CAP’s Katrina Relief effort. This is not counting additional checks that I’ve told will be sent to the CAP office in the coming days. Click here to view images from last night’s event, or here to view the images I put up in my Flickr account.
The picture at the top of the post is of myself and Becky, the warehouse manager for CAP’s Katrina effort. She represents the volunteers that have helped during the past year, be it here, New Orleans, or elsewhere in the affected region. If nothing else, stop by the offices and tell them how much you appreciate what they’re doing.
I am thankful for those that were able to come and hopeful that those that did not are able to contribute in some shape or fashion. The need for continued focus on the aftermath of Katrina is necessary. The guys at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans have been able to tell the story of their city in a way that no one else can. I would invite you to visit this page (you will need Flash installed on your computer to view it). I would also invite you to take a look at the Smugmug photo set that I set up back in June to see why they still need our help not just in New Orleans but throughout the Gulf Coast region.
I will update later on today with a list of additional organizations that may be of interest to those that may still want to help, but were unable to attend last night. Thank you again.
BTW, those that are interested in seeing the new Confederate Motorcycles website, click here. It’s not the home page, but it’s the best part of the site.
Filed under: Artwalk, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Civic Engagement, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Katrina Relief, New Orleans, urban issues
Good morning everybody:
I’d like to remind you about the Happy Hour for a Cause that we’re doing this evening at WorkPlay to collect donations for those still affected by Hurricane Katrina one year later. Please click on the badge to your left to learn more about the event. We’ll be starting at 5 p.m. at WorkPlay Bar. A list of items needed will be at the end of the post. I’d like to ask those bloggers that have time today to repost this information on their sites. I would greatly appreciate it.
I’m also happy to announce that anyone that brings a donation of any kind to the event tonight will now have a chance to win a VIP package from Artwalk, taking place next weekend, September 8 & 9 in the loft and design districts downtown. Here’s what the package includes:
- 2 T-shirt coupons
- 2 Koozie coupons
- 2 Passes to the After Party – September 9, 6 – 10 p.m., on the roof of The Avenues
- $25 Donor Dollars – to be used like cash towards the purchase of artwork at Artwalk 2006
We may be announcing another door prize later on this morning courtesy of a certain local film festival. I’d like to thank both of these organizations for their support with this. It means more than you will ever know.
*Sidewalk has donated a pair of weekend passes and two vintage Sidewalk t-shirts to be given away as well!
Please follow the jump to see the needs list, or we’ll see you tonight hopefully: