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DECEMBER / 2016 William A. Bell, Sr., Mayor Cedric D. Sparks, Sr., Executive Director

1608 7TH AVENUE N | BIRMINGHAM, AL 35203 | PH: (205) 320-0879 | FAX: (205) 297-8139 |

UPCOMING EVENTS December 6, 2016

December 1-24, 2016

December 1—17, 2016

December 18, 2016

December 29, 2016






5:30pm Linn Park

11:00am—7:00pm Brookwood Village For more info: CLICK HERE

For more info: (205) 254-2391

Birmingham Children’s Theatre


1:00pm Legion Field

BJCC Legacy Arena For more info: (205) 458-8181

For more info: (205) 780-5656

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season a little brighter for many more!

The City of Birmingham Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services (DYS) is pleased to announce its 2016 Holiday Campaign. The act of giving is important throughout the year, but giving peaks in significance during the holiday season. Over the past 20 years, DYS and its partners have helped create holiday memories for hundreds of less fortunate Birmingham youth. You can help make this holiday

Donations of new, unwrapped toys are currently being collected at the DYS office located at 1608 7th Avenue North in downtown Birmingham through Friday, December 9th. Donations can also be made at the following locations: 

any America’s First Credit Union

Dreamland BBQ

any Birmingham Fire Station

The Marcus Agency 1442 Montgomery Hwy 35216

For more info, contact DYS at (205) 320-0879 or

Tuesday, December 6th Linn Park 5:30 PM The Annual City of Birmingham Holiday Lights will kick off the holidays at Linn Park! This FREE family-friendly evening will be filled with musical entertainment, arts and crafts for the kids, prize giveaways, and fun! Be sure to bring your little ones out for a chance to meet someone special. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance. Bring your instrument (any instrument) and participant in the parade (parade starts at 5:15pm on Powell Avenue and proceeds to Linn Park). Dress your pet and march in the parade (pet must be on-leash). Ride your bicycle in the parade, with many friends.

Get your Holiday Season off to a wonderful start with a visit to Holiday Lights! For more info: (205) 254-2391 The "Gifts for Kids Angel Tree" program is a way for people to donate Christmas gifts to foster children and children in need during the holiday season. You can either supply the gifts

yourself or you can donate cash to the Salvation Army who will then use that money to buy clothing and toys for children on their Angel Tree list. To find out how you can help, CLICK HERE.

December 2nd—4th Arlington Historic Home and Gardens If you're looking for an old-fashioned Christmas, you can't get more old-fashioned than stepping back in time at Arlington. Visitors will be able to experience true Southern hospitality and charm. Come and enjoy the beautifully decorated rooms and taste the delicious Southern fare on this special weekend. Each room is decorated by a renowned local decorator in the true style of the Old South. This event, hosted by the Arlington Historical Association, will be the perfect way to start your Christmas season! Hailed as a gift to people from the city of Birmingham, admission is free both days. For more info: (205) 780-5656

GEAR UP Birmingham hosted its 2nd Annual College Fair Competition on October 25th, 2016 at the YMCA Youth Center, where Birmingham City Schools' eighth grade students presented strategies on how they will succeed when they go to college. “It is important that we develop creative and fun ways to encourage our students to learn more about college entrance requirements, majors and the many opportunities that college life offers,” said Dr. Donna Turner, project director for GEAR UP Birmingham. “The College Fair Competition gives students an opportunity to research their desired school and express themselves creatively.”

The 2016 College Fair Competition winners: 1st Place - Inglenook K-8 Mishya Boykins Asia Poole Kiara Williams 2nd Place - Green Acres Middle School Jimyce Watson Alexis Gaines Laila Ruffin Aaliyah Johnson

Students worked in teams for their presentations, which were judged by a panel of 10 representatives from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present, & Future.

For more info: (205) 458-8181

Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. A must-see event, witness the world’s best dancers on stage in your city! For more info: CLICK HERE

3rd Place- Wylam K-8 Tiyanah Dudley Caroline Lucy

Alabama is beautiful throughout the year, but especially in the fall. As the greens of summer surrender to glittering yellow poplars, scarlet dogwoods, orange maples and golden hickories, Alabama unfolds its patchwork quilt of color. For more info: (205) 252-2262

BIRMINGHAM AREA HOLIDAY EVENTS December 2nd DISTRICT 7 CHRISTMAS ON BOURBON STREET Lawson State Community College 6:00pm | All Ages December 2nd-18th WINTER WONDERLAND Sloss Furnaces 5:00pm - 9:00pm | All Ages (205) 254-2025 December 9th - 31st 5:00pm - 9:00pm Birmingham Zoo Watch as the Zoo comes alive for 17 nights of holiday-centric fun at ZooLight Safari presented by Wells Fargo! Be amazed by over one million lights, listen to holiday music and delight in festive snowfalls every night! Enjoy a ride on the Candy Cane Train*, go for a spin on the Jingle Bell Carousel*, experience the thrill of the over 100 foot Yuletide Slide*, ride the Santa Rollers* and so much more. Take in the beauty of a decorated tree reaching nearly 30 feet tall in Trails of Africa as you dance and boogie to special entertainment each night! Be sure not to miss a special appearance and photos with Santa through December 23. *Requires ride ticket or wristband.

December 2nd-18th HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR 2016 RMTC Cabaret Theater 7:30pm | All Ages

December 9th DISTRICT 1 SEVENTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY GALA Huffman High School Gymnasium 5:00pm | All Ages

New this Year: Adult beverages will be available for purchase. Enjoy a glass of beer or wine, or a specialty cocktail for a fun date-night at the Zoo!

December 10th—11th POLAR EXPRESS PJ PARTY McWane Science Center *Check for times | All Ages

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December 31st 10:00am—2:00pm McWane Science Center Celebrate the New Year a few hours early at our first ever Noon Year's Eve Celebration! Enjoy a spectacular science demonstration and dance the afternoon away as we count down to 2017 with a sparkling juice toast and a very special surprise to welcome in the "noon" year! This is one New Year's celebration everyone can stay up for! For more info:

December 10th - 17th JINGLE BELL BREAKFAST McWane Science Center 8:00am | All Ages (205) 714-8414

For more holiday events, be sure to checkout the DYS Youth First Weekly every Monday morning.

December 29th 1:00pm Legion Field

01 Twas the Night Before Christmas December 1st—17th @ Birmingham Children’s Theatre The classic story jumps to life on the Wee Folks stage as the Mouse Family tries to settle in "for a long Winter's Night." See this family discover the magic of Christmas as Santa Claus drops in for an unexpected visit at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Mouse and their other woodland friends.

The 11th annual Birmingham Bowl is set for Thursday, December 29, 2016. The game will be played at Historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., and will feature a team from the Southeastern Conference against a team from the American Athletic Conference. Kickoff for the nationally televised game is set for 2 p.m. (ET)/1 p.m. (CT) on ESPN. Historic Legion Field in Birmingham, AL will host the 11th Annual Birmingham Bowl featuring teams from the Southeastern Conference and the American Athletic Conference. This is your family’s chance to be a part of all the events and local flavor leading up to the Birmingham Bowl and to experience serious football done Southern style. Come celebrate and meet fans from all over the country. Enjoy all the pageantry and southern fanfare of great

college football in Birmingham—a place we rightly call the Magic City. In last year’s Birmingham Bowl, Auburn defeated Memphis 31-10 in front of a record crowd of 59,430 fans at Legion Field. Since the game’s inception in 2006, the Birmingham Bowl has generated over $130 million in economic impact for the Birmingham community, according to figures provided by the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more info:

02 Holiday Film Series December 9th —22nd @ Alabama Theatre We're thrilled to announce the 2016 Holiday Film Series at the Alabama Theatre December 9 through 22. Tickets for all movies are $8 each, with the exception of The Polar Express which is $12 and is a fundraiser for Kid One Transport. Children ages two and younger are free of charge.

03 Birmingham Ballet: The Nutcracker December 10th—11th @ BJCC Alabama Ballet is proud to present George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® as one of only eight companies in the world licensed by The Balanchine Trust to perform this holiday masterpiece. Tchaikovsky’s beloved melodies transport the young and young at heart to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a battalion of toy soldiers, and an onstage blizzard leads to an enchanted Land of Sweets.

December 19th—22nd 9:00am—4:00pm Registration now open! Day Camps are designed for parents who have to work while their children are out of school. This is a great opportunity for children to explore adventure sports, exciting crafts, aquatic activities and everything Campus Recreation has to offer under one roof. The Day Camp schedule is from 9:00am—4:00pm and the age range for Day Camps is 5-12 years of age. Snacks are provided, but campers need to provide their own lunch. Registration is open now! Please contact the Assistant Director of Competitive Sports & Camps for more information at (205) 996-4937.

December 19th—22nd Crestwood Center Winter Program 7:00am—6:00pm

Registration now open! Girls Inc. will be holding a Winter Break Program for girls ages 6-18. The program will be held at the Crestwood Center December 19th—22nd. Girls will participate in various educational and enriching activities. Make sure to select Winter Break on your registration form. For more information call Underwood at (205) 599-5555.



December 10th—17th 8:00am—9:30am Movie: 9:30am McWane Science Center

Keep your child’s holiday toy time safe!

Bring your little elves for a Merry Morning at McWane! Enjoy a hot breakfast with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, make holiday crafts, build a snowman in Winter Wonderland, and ride the Ice Slide before heading to the IMAX Dome for a special showing of Santa vs. the Snowman! Don’t forget your camera! Ticket includes same day museum admission following the IMAX movie. Reservations are required.

Sharp or pointed edges, small removable parts and even pull strings longer than 7 inches can pose a health threat to small children. Do you know what toys are safe for your children? For more info: CLICK HERE

For more info: (205) 714-8414 6A Championship RAMSAY (12-2) vs. OPELIKA (13-1) Friday, Dec. 2nd 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12. To buy tickets online, visit: ahsaa. By Chanda Temple

Ramsay High School and Wenonah High School will play in the state football playoffs at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn this week. 5A Championship WENONAH (11-2) vs BEAUREGARD (12-1) Thursday, Dec. 1st 7:00 pm

This is the first time that two Birmingham City Schools have played at the same time in the state finals. Interim Superintendent Dr. Larry Contri said he was delighted that Ramsay and Wenonah are playing in the championship 5A and 6A games. He's hoping for two BCS wins. Not only are both Birmingham schools headed to the state championships, but students from both schools are in the running for's "Player of the Week'' from last week's outstanding performances in the semifinals. To vote for Ramsay High's Baniko Harley and Wenonah's Xavier Stewart, go here. Voting ends at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29. For more info, visit

Be part of the largest holiday-themed 5K race series anywhere and join the movement to conquer arthritis! The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get out, get moving and raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. In communities nationwide, this annual event brings together people from all walks of life to shout “Yes, we will live life to its fullest while searching for a cure!” As a Champion of Yes, kick off your holidays by helping conquer arthritis once and for all! Wear a holiday-themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Show off your ugly Christmas sweater. Complete a 5-kilometer run or walk with your team members, spreading smiles, good cheer and a winning spirit … and be a Champion of Yes! For more info:

It's December, which means kids everywhere are already writing letters to Santa and nagging parents for the latest "must-have" toys. But which tech toys will the elves be making for your little one this festive season? New Atlas looks at some of the best and most-wanted tech toys for Christmas 2016. How about a robot dog, or an underwater camera? One of the hottest tech toys is the i-Loom. Bracelet-making gets a technological makeover with the i-Loom. An iPad (which you have to provide yourself) attaches in the center of the device and gives young techies on-screen instructions to follow to make different sorts of friendship bracelet. The physical device holds various spools of colored string, and makes following the instructions easier.

To see a list of other hot tech toys,

Spotlight on Youth - December 2016  

Welcome to the December 2016 issue of DYS’ Spotlight on Youth e-Newsletter and the Youth First Event Calendar. This month, DYS highlights it...