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Three Free Events and One Worth Paying For... May 11- May 18, 2016

11 May 2016

It's a great week to live in Birmingham!  From funny hats to black tie to the famed Cahaba Lily, we have some of most special events of the year this week and weekend.


Do Dah Day

Do Dah Day grew out of an idea in 1979 and has raised almost $1.5 million since! The South’s craziest

parade kicks off at 11:01 a.m. on the streets of Highland Avenue in Birmingham’s Southside. Then, spend

the day in Caldwell and Rhodes Parks with friends, pets, arts & crafts, kid’s activities, and a lineup of

great bands. Oh yes, we have plenty of food and beverages, and collectible Do Dah Day t-shirts.

All proceeds benefit local animal charities.

If you want a chance to win a fabulous prize, sign up to compete in one of our PARADE CATEGORIES:

•Best Float

•Best Team

•Largest Pet

•Best Movie-Themed Pet or Pet/Human Group

•Best Dressed Pet

•Best Pet/Owner Look-Alike

Caldwell Park

26th Street South and Highland Avenue

Birmingham, AL 35205

Free admission for spectators and festival attendees.

Parade entry fees:

Fun Walker $5 per walker

Animal Prize $10 per animal per category

Teams $10 per person

Teams with Car $10 per person + $15 per car

Cars $15

Motorcycles $10

Floats $20

Political Team/Car/Float $50 per candidate

Parade at 11:01 a.m. The parade route follows Highland Ave. westbound, past Rushton & Rhodes parks

and ends at Caldwell Park.

Festival in the Caldwell and Rhodes Parks after the parade.

Individual Dates & Times: *

May 14, 2016: 11 am - 7 pm (Sat)


Cahaba Lily Walk

Please come with us to see the largest display of blooming Cahaba lilies in the world, acres and

acres of them spread out over the water in the river.  These lilies are a sight to behold!  In places,

it often looks like it has snowed on the river in May.

Well-behaved, properly supervised children age 7 and over welcome.

Optional dinner after.

The hike is about five miles round trip.  Rated easy.  Wear sturdy footwear you don’t mind

getting wet and dirty.  Old sneakers work well.  You’ll want to put on your river shoes so you

can walk out into the shallow parts of the river to stroll through and touch the lilies which grow

only in the water.  Bare feet, flip-flops, slip-ons and thin-soled “beach shoes” are not

acceptable!! You may wear your sturdy river shoes for the entire trip.  Please bring picnic lunch

and your drink.  Hiking poles are strongly recommended to provide additional stability when

wading in the river.

Depart 9:00 a.m. from the McDonald’s Galleria.

Info: Dan Frederick, 205-631- 4680 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


McDonald’s Galleria-1731 Montgomery Highway, Hoover, AL 35244. Parking lot behind the

McDonald’s Restaurant across U.S. 31 from the main entrance to the Riverchase Galleria

Shopping Mall.


Do you wish you had friends who share your active lifestyle and enjoyment of outdoor

activities?  Then become active with Southeastern Outings (SEO), a nonprofit organization

committed and created to serve people who enjoy being active in the outdoors.  The organization

plans, organizes and leads outings such as dayhikes, easy kayak and canoe trips, stream and

waterfall walks, bicycle rides, lake events and other fun activities to beautiful sites in our natural

environment.  From time to time we also sponsor potluck suppers and other socials.  All events

and activities of the group are open to the public.  Participating in SEO activities is a splendid,

simple way to make congenial new friends who enjoy the outdoors.



The organization currently has over 400 members.  We scheduled ninety-one events during

calendar year 2015 for an average of 8 fun events per month.  We enjoy the outdoors in all

seasons throughout the year.  Twenty-three people, on average, have participated in each outing

since January 1, 2016.

SEO does not charge for participation in any of its outings.  You do not have to be a member to

participate in one r two SEO activities.  Dues are only $10.  Please contact Dan Frederick,

President, 205-631- 4680, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to obtain three

free monthly newsletters with membership application and a complete description of all our

outdoor events.

Southeastern Outings now has a website.  Just go to seoutings.org to find announcements of all

our upcoming outings scheduled plus some brief, general information about Southeastern

Outings, a membership application and 1500 lovely photographs from several of our outings.

Thank you.

McDonald's Galleria is meeting place

1731 Montgomery Highway

Hoover , AL

May 14, 2016: 9 am (Sat)

Phone: 205-631- 4680


Flicks Among the Flowers

Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2612 Lane Park Road
Birmingham, AL 35223

May 18, 2016: 8 pm - 11 pm (Wed)


And one worth paying for….

38th Annual Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, Gala Dinner &  Finals Concert

Presented by Opera Birmingham at Vestavia Hills Country Club

One of the most elegant evenings of the year in Birmingham.  Top operatic talent in a personal venue amid patrons dressed to the nines.

A truly special evening.  And if the tickets for the gala are a little steep, see the semi final competition at Hulsey Hall/UAB for $25 on Saturday starting at 10:30am instead of  Sunday for the gala.

At the gala and final competition, five outstanding finalists take the stage! Compare your picks with those of our savvy panel of three judges… Will your favorite win

the day?

(Ticket includes concert, cocktails and dinner. Reservations are required. Black tie optional.)

Vestavia Hills Country Club

400 Beaumont Drive

Birmingham, AL 35216

Admission Info:


May 15, 2016: 6 pm (Sun)



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