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Top 10 Things to Do in July

Mark your calendars with this month's top local events you won't want to miss.

July 1 - 31: Rowe & Robin Bruce Sale

At Home Furnishings • 2921 18th Street S. 879-3510.

Upgrade your furnishings this summer without breaking the bank. Throughout the month of July, shoppers will enjoy 20 percent off Rowe & Robin Bruce custom and in stock pieces from At Home Furnishings. 

July 3: Birmingham Art Crawl

Historic Loft and Historic Business Districts • Downtown Birmingham 

5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Shop hop in downtown Birmingham as more than 50 galleries, museums, restaurants and bars welcome patrons to mix, mingle and celebrate the arts. Tip: Don't miss a full performance from the Steel City Jug Slammers at Matthew's Bar and Grill where you can also check out artist Darci Alexander's cool upcycled jewelry.

July 3: Fireworks at Oak Mountain

Oak Mountain State Park • 200 Terrace Dr., Pelham. 

6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Oak Mountain State Park is the place to be to celebrate the Fourth. Live music from Mac's Tracks and food from Johnny Ray's and McAlister's will begin at 6 p.m. A wakeboarding demonstration by Flip Side Watersports will take place at 7 p.m., and fireworks will light the sky over Double Oak Lake promptly at 9 p.m. Cost is $3 per individual or $5 per carload beginning at 5 p.m.

July 4: Thunder on the Mountain 2014

Vulcan Park and Museum • 1701 Valley View Dr. 

9 p.m. Celebrate America's independence with a striking display of lights above Birmingham's beloved iron man. The 20-minute show will be choreographed to a musical soundtrack that will feature a mix of patriotic favorites and popular musical performances. Event is free to the public.

July 12: The Science and Beauty of Moss

Birmingham Botanical Gardens • 2612 Lane Park Rd. 414-3950.

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This class, instructed by Annie Martin, will focus on unique aspects of moss by examining their botanical characteristics and place in the world. The outdoor segment will include examination and identification of mosses in a natural environment, noting the distinctions between mosses when they are wet or dry, and during their different reproductive stages. Instruction will be given on using mosses to beautify your landscape, and class participants will create their own moss dish garden to take home. Cost is $50 for members, $60 for non-members.

July 12: Red, White and Brews

Rosewood Hall at SoHo Square • 2850 19th Street South, Homewood.

5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Join The Bell Center, Mitchell's Place and Triumph Services as they come together to celebrate a lifetime of independence for children and young adults with disabilities. Each person admitted will receive a sampling of beer from Birmingham’s own local breweries: Good People, Avondale, TrimTab and Cahaba Brewery. Local food trucks including Saws Street Kitchen, Cantina on wheels, Nola Ice and Greg’s hot dog stand will be serving up delicious eats, and live music will be provided by Live Wire and Little Memphis and Friends, members of the Taylor Hicks band. Tickets are $20 per person. 

July 12: Discovery Day - The Art and Gardens of Japan

Birmingham Botanical Gardens • 2612 Lane Park Rd, Mountain Brook. 414-3950
Birmingham Museum of Art • 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd. 254-2565

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The day begins with a trip to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for a tour of the Japanese gardens and teahouse. Afterward, participants will venture to the Museum for a tour of the exhibition "Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor" and the Museum’s Japanese collection. Participants should bring their own lunch, but drinks and dessert will be provided between the garden tour and Museum. Cost is $35 for BMA and/or BBG members and $45 for non-members. 

July 19: 13th Annual Market Day

Mountain Brook Village  Mountain Brook

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. One day only! Take advantage of discounts up to 75 percent off during this annual sidewalk and tent sale. Participating merchants include Sew Sheri Designs, Paige Albright Orientals, Smith's Variety and more.

July 24: Lou Rawls Review

Aldridge Gardens • 3530 Lorna Rd, Hoover. 

7 p.m. - 9 p.m. The 2014 Summer Concert Series continues with Bo Berry and Tommy Steward's "Lou Rawls Review." Bring a picnic dinner, refreshments, blankets and chairs, and experience these Alabama Blues legends live under the stars. 

July 31: 4th Annual Taste of Birmingham

The Club • 1 Robert S. Smith Dr. 323-5821.

6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy tasting and voting on dishes from Birmingham's finest restaurants as they take in the view from Red Mountain. Live music performed by Birmingham Boys Choir and firework will complete the evening. Admission is $75 per person.

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