Get into the swing of spring with Can’t Miss Alabama and the virtual Cahaba Lily Festival

Get into the swing of spring with Can’t Miss Alabama and the virtual Cahaba Lily Festival
The 31st annual Cahaba Lily Festival goes virtual. (Lance Shores)

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Shift from physical to virtual events for a safe spring weekend.

Cahaba Lily Virtual Event is Saturday

The 31st annual Cahaba Lily Festival will take place Saturday, May 16 as a virtual event. The live stream will begin at 9:10 a.m. on FacebookYouTube or cahabalily.com. The world’s leading authority on the Cahaba lily, Larry Davenport of Samford University, will headline the program. The awarding of the Kae Canon Allen Memorial Award, the crowning of Miss Cahaba Lily and presentations by the Friends of the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, the Cahaba River Society, Nature Conservancy, Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Bibb County Citizens for Wildflowers are among the events. The virtual festival will end with a view of the lilies. Admission is free, but donations are accepted to help keep the Cahaba Lily Center operating. For information, call 205-202-0501 or message [email protected].

Huntington’s Disease Society of America Birmingham Virtual Team Hope Walk

Team Hope is HDSA’s largest national grassroots fundraising event. Thousands of families, friends, co-workers, neighbors and communities walk together each year to support HDSA’s fight to improve the lives of people affected by HD and their families. A virtual walk is a real walk, but on your terms: You get to choose your own course. You can walk in your driveway, in your neighborhood, in your house and even on your treadmill. May is Huntington’s disease Awareness Month. In Alabama, the HD population is more than 4,000. The Virtual Team Hope Walk is Sunday, May 17. For more information, visit here.

Virtual Gumbo Gala

The 15th Annual Gumbo Gala benefiting Episcopal Place in Birmingham is underway through Monday, May 18. The gala showcases local restaurants in lieu of attending the Gumbo Gala. Participating restaurants are here. Vote for your favorite restaurant and consider purchasing a virtual ticket or making a donation at gumbogala.com or on Facebook.

Home learning with Louie the Lightning Bug

Keep kids learning and engaged with “Learn with Louie,” a website filled with electrical safety activities and videos. The Louie the Lightning Bug character was developed for Alabama Power in 1983 to introduce electrical safety to children. Follow this link to learn with Louie.

Birmingham Heart Walk goes virtual

Heart and stroke survivors will participate in the Birmingham Heart Walk on Saturday, June 13 through virtual activities. Because of social distancing, survivors and team members can walk around the neighborhood or get moving in their homes. Wear a Heart Walk shirt and post photos and videos by using #BhamHeartWalk. Friends and family may join through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Proceeds will support research, heart health, advocacy, CPR training and programs to promote better health. To register, go to www.birminghamheartwalk.org. Visit www2.heart.org or download the Heart Walk mobile app to learn more.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra

Stay connected with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) while you are physically isolating and social distancing. ASO is offering a variety of resources, including teaching guides, music education and lesson plans. Visit the website for more information: alabamasymphony.org/learning. 

Follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which includes helpful tips and reminders about coronavirus, steps to prevent illness and symptoms.

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