Can’t Miss Alabama offers virtual shows, live entertainment

Can’t Miss Alabama offers virtual shows, live entertainment
This weekend offers a variety of family entertainment. (Getty Images)

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The Pizitz After Dark – Spooky Edition

Make it a fun night at the Pizitz After Dark Halloween pre-party Friday, Oct. 16 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will be a variety of food options from the food hall and beverages from The Louis Bar. DJ Ulises will provide the entertainment. Masks can be taken off for eating and drinking in the food hall. Visitors are asked to stay with their party and maintain a 6-foot distance from others, refrain from moving furniture, wash their hands frequently and use the sanitation stations throughout the food hall. If you feel sick, do not attend. Security officers will be present to enforce all social distancing guidelines and to enforce maximum capacity. Admission is free. The Pizitz is at 1821 Second Ave. N. in Birmingham.

Backyard Orchards

Enjoy a fall day at Backyard Orchards. In addition to picking the perfect pumpkin, enjoy the obstacle course, corn bin, inflatable, ducky race, cow train, tire swing, corn maze, cotton seed wagon, pumpkin patch, cotton, sunflower fields and food. Grab your mask and your crew and head to Backyard Orchards any Friday, Saturday or Sunday through the end of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for safe family fun. The event’s pandemic health restrictions are here. For questions and ticket information, email [email protected] or call 334-695-5875. The venue is at 6585 U.S. Highway 431 North near Eufaula.

Alabama Center for the Arts

The 2020 Emerging Artists Exhibition is open to the public through Monday, Oct. 26 in the Walking Gallery in Decatur hosted by the Alabama Center for the Arts (ACA). The exhibition will showcase works of art created by 18 student artists from Calhoun Community College and Athens State University. The project continues a long-standing collaborative academic effort between the colleges and serves as a model of academic institutional cooperation for the state. ACA is a venue for cultural events and activities and will enhance an appreciation of art while promoting opportunities for creative expression for residents throughout the region. Click to learn more.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For decades, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) and collaborative partners have raised money for the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB. Donations stay in Alabama to support local research, which in turn makes a national impact. During October, Can’t Miss Alabama is recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month by featuring information and events from the BCRFA website.

Here are this week’s highlights:

  • “Pink Pop-Up” by V.I.R.T.U.E. Inc.: Coinciding with its virtual race, V.I.R.T.U.E. will host a PINK (Pop IN Knowledge) Pop-Up on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. Race participants can pick up race swag and receive educational materials on women’s health. This pop-up event will take place at Birmingham’s More Than Conquerors Faith Church. Email [email protected] for more information.
  • Calera Elks Lodge “Pink Ribbon Prom”: Calera Elks Lodge will host a “Pink Ribbon Prom” to raise money for lifesaving breast cancer research in Alabama on Saturday, Oct. 17. A prom king and queen will be crowned based on fundraising results.
  • Change for a Cure: This annual cancer awareness walk is now a drive-thru event where participants are asked to donate spare change, including cash or coins. As cancer patients have to travel frequently to see their doctors, the money raised from this event is used to help make transportation arrangements in patients’ communities. The event will be at Green Leaf Baptist Church in Greensboro on Saturday, Oct. 17. Email [email protected] for more information.
  • Run with V.I.R.T.U.E.: The virtual race is Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 a.m. Participants may run, walk or jog from anywhere. The race must be completed with the times posted to Run with V.I.R.T.U.E. by noon Saturday, Oct. 17.
  • Pink Sunday Drive-thru: The O’Neal Cancer Center’s Office of Community Outreach & Engagement will host its annual Pink Sunday event as a drive-thru, where participants can receive educational resources and information on breast cancer awareness. This event will be at First Baptist Church in Linden on Sunday, Oct. 18. Email [email protected] for more information.
  • Breast Cancer 101: The O’Neal Cancer Center’s Office of Community Outreach & Engagement will host an educational webinar to address the basics of breast cancer, including screening, prevention and treatment. The session will feature the O’Neal Cancer Center’s Dr. Helen Krontiras as a guest speaker on Monday, Oct. 19. Register to join.

For other events throughout the month, go to bcrfa.org.

Spread the message of hope throughout Alabama Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Getty Images)

Market at Pepper Place introduces new one-stop pickup curbside

The Market at Pepper Place will introduce curbside service as a safer and easier one-stop drive-thru market solution for picking up preordered goods beginning Saturday, Oct. 17 from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Curbside will be near OvenBird Restaurant on 28th Street between Third and Second avenues South.

Here’s how it works:

  • Customers create a secure account.
  • Customers shop online between Monday at 9 a.m. and Friday at 9 a.m. for each week’s offerings and select a pickup time.
  • Payment is made online by credit card. Order confirmation is sent to the customer’s email.
  • For order pickup, customers drive to the curbside check-in at Pepper Place on Saturday morning during a selected time slot, and remain in their vehicles for a contactless pickup .

Vendor offerings include bread, cheese, eggs, honey, meats, fruits, veggies and desserts. More farmers, food producers and makers will be added with a wider range of products throughout the fall. The curbside staff assembles each order ahead of time, enabling minimal vehicles waiting in line, less stress and better air quality for everyone. Curbside employs market staff to confirm each order is complete before safely placing items in the customer’s vehicle. Curbside follows all Hybrid Market safety requirements, including social distancing and face covering. Learn more about the new curbside service here.

Paint Art Live in Orange Beach

Every Thursday through Nov. 19, Cocktails + Canvases hosted by Paint Art Live is at The Wharf in Orange Beach. It will be the ultimate paint party with different, colorful themes each week on a 16-by-20-inch gallery-wrapped canvas. Grab a drink to sip while painting your autumn masterpiece. The minimum age requirement is 16, and attendees must be 21 or older with a valid ID to purchase alcoholic beverages. The cost is $20 per person. Click here to preregister. All guests must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Have fun, but keep back 6 feet. Air high-fives are encouraged when you see friends.

Time for a Movie

This weekend’s viewing of “The Fight for the Noblest Democracy: Women’s Suffrage in Alabama” will be on Friday, Oct. 16 at Vulcan Park & Museum in Birmingham. The short film by Jenna M. Bedsole briefly reviews the national suffrage movement and then turns its focus to the suffrage movement in Alabama. There will be food trucks, soda and beer. Wine will be available for additional purchase. Tickets for this outdoor event can be purchased here. After viewing the film, guests can explore the “Right or Privilege: Alabama Women and the Vote” exhibit inside the Linn-Henley Gallery or purchase keepsakes at The Anvil at Vulcan Center.

Exceptional Foundation Disco Fever Dinnertainment

The Exceptional Foundation will host its first Virtual Dinnertainment on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. In the past, Dinnertainment has hosted more than 300 people over dinner while entertaining them with songs from throughout the decades by people of all ages who have special needs. This allows participants the opportunity to showcase their talents through a variety of performances in a way that many people with special needs rarely get the chance to experience. Viewers will have the ability to tune in from home and enjoy a variety show full of singing, dancing and smiles. Locals will have the option to attend a viewing party at Birmingham’s Cahaba Brewing Co., where the brewery will broadcast this event. Sign up and see the show at exceptionalfoundation.org/dinnertainment. A link will be sent to view the event at showtime. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to provide social and recreational activities that promote healthy living, support social relationships, improve life skills and foster community involvement for adults and children with special needs. Phone 205-870-0776 or email [email protected] to learn more.

Hidden Rivers Farm

Head over to Hidden Rivers Farm with the family for a fun day of corn mazes, animal encounters, pumpkins and games. There will be a tailgate tent for the day’s football games while the kids explore the farm. Hidden Rivers is open through Nov. 1 on Fridays 3-7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $8; animal feedings, pony rides and pumpkins cost extra. The venue is at 298 Goose Pond Road in Hartselle.

Alabama Ballet

The Alabama Ballet will be live streamed Oct. 16-18 from the Alabama Ballet Center for Dance on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and from Avondale Brewery on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The live stream will feature Roger VanFleteren’s “Tango Tango” and selections from Marius Petipa’s “La Bayadère” and Frederick Lee Rocas’ “Kali.” Reserve your tickets.

Fiesta Birmingham movies

Fiesta Birmingham ends its Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration with Disney Pixar’s “Coco.” The movie will be presented in Spanish with subtitles in English. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and watch the movie at the Grand River Drive-In Sunday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. The Drive-In will offer a special Hispanic menu, including tacos and popcorn with valentina sauce. Spots are limited and can be reserved for $25 a carload. Fiesta in a Box will be available for purchase and proceeds for the boxes will go toward scholarships. Purchase tickets here. The venue is at 6200 Grand River Blvd. East in Leeds.

OWA Legends in Concert presents “Direct from London”

See Legends in Concert at the OWA Theater through Sunday, Nov. 1, in Foley. The longest-running and most-awarded show in Las Vegas pays tribute to some of the biggest icons and luminaries in British music history (Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Rod Stewart and George Michael) together on one stage. “Direct From London” will feature not only first-rate tribute artists, but also high-energy dancers, backup vocalists, a live band, magnificent costumes, elaborate theatrical sets, a full array of special effects and much more. Performances at the OWA Theater are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale at VisitOWA.com/Tickets or by calling 251-369-6100. Group discounts for 10 or more are available. For additional information, go to www.VisitOWA.com or follow the series on Twitter @LegendsOWA, Facebook @LegendsInConcertOWA and Instagram @LegendsInConcertOWA.

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