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Top 10 Things to Do in April

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

April 3: ARTreach

Four Seasons Gallery • 2910 18th St. South, Homewood. 

5 p.m. - 8 p.m. You are invited to the biggest art party of the season where there will be wine, hors d'eouvres, music, and art to enjoy. Four Seasons Gallery will feature several guest artists including Mary Liz Ingram, Larisa Brechon, Jo Ann Mims, Mary Ann Brechon and Cary Baker. Twenty percent of sales from the opening will be donated to the Birmingham Art Association, one of the oldest organizations in the city helping the arts permeate the community.

April 3: Homewood Grown

Terrace at Soho Square • 1903 29th Ave. South, Homewood. 874-8055.

6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Enjoy live music and a family-style dinner under the stars catered by Café Dupont. During the event, the Homewood City Schools Foundation will present the “Teacher Impact Award” to a teacher from each area school who has made a significant difference in the lives of Homewood students. The winner of the Dr. Jodi Newton Scholarship will also be announced. Cost is $100 per ticket, and proceeds benefit the Homewood City Schools Foundation. 

April 4: Art, Wine & Blooms

Hollywood Pools & Spas • 1441 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills. 

4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Grab a date and take part in a delightful spring evening with live music, hors d'oeuvres, wine, beautiful plants and a great silent auction–all in support of Glenwood Autism & Behavioral Health Center. This kick-off cocktail party marks the beginning of Glenwood’s annual plant sale at Hollywood Pools. Cost is $10 per ticket, $15 per couple. 

April 5: Art on R Mountain

Ruffner Mountain Nature Center • 1214 81st Street South. 833-8264.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Browse the impressive work of artists from around Alabama and the southeast at this fine art/craft show presented by the East Lake Arts District. Admission is free to the public.

April 5 - 6, 12 - 13: Birmingham Parade of Homes

10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat.; 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. Home buyers and dreamers alike will sample firsthand the latest construction techniques and new home trends. Among the homes highlighted in the 2014 parade, 20 villages also will be featured across the greater Birmingham area, offering a special opportunity to learn about the features and amenities of the communities in which the featured homes are located. The tour is free of charge. Another featured attraction of this year's event will be the Greater Birmingham Association of Homebuilders "Ideal Home," a showcase house displaying the latest in home design, décor, technology and sustainability. The 2014 Ideal Home is located in the Glasscott community of Ross Bridge at 4245 Glasscott Crossings in Hoover.

April 11 - 13: Birmingham Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale

Photo by Major Adam Colbert

Former JCPenney at Century Plaza • 
7580 Crestwood Blvd.

9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sun. Whether you are looking for shrubs, trees, perennials, or that hard-to-find native, you are sure to find it at this spring plant sale—along with helpful tips and ideas from experts who will be on hand. More than 100,000 plants will be avaiable to help get your home ready for spring. Admission is free.

April 12: Spring Bazaar Marketplace

Railroad Park • 1600 1st Ave. South. 521-9933.

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Slip on your walking shoes and get ready to shop til you drop! Vendors throughout the state will bring unique, one-of-a-kind items for you to purchase including gifts, gourmet foods, arts, crafts and decorative accessories. Admission is free.

April 25 - 27: Magic City Art Connection

Linn Park • 710 20th St. N. 254-2391. 

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Birmingham’s Linn Park will be bursting fresh artistic talent, sights, sounds and aromas at the 31st Magic City Art Connection. Browse art from 215 juried artists from around the country, then add in the experience of Corks and Chefs: Food and Wine Tasting Event, 30 interactive art workshops for kids, live music and cultural/dance performances, large scale art installations, great food and more. Admission to the art show is free. Tickets to the Corks & Chefs Food and Wine Tasting are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

April 26: Earth Day at the Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens • 2612 Lane Park Rd., Mountain Brook. 

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. This year's celebration will partner with Community Garden Coalition for Birmingham to focus on the growing local and national interest in community gardening. Displays and demonstrations will feature topics such as vegetable garden design, raised bed construction, composting, trellising, rainwater irrigation and beekeeping. Admission is free.

April 26 - 27: Bargain Carousel

Former JCPenney at Century Plaza • 7580 Crestwood Blvd.

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat.; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sun. Shop quality items, such as toys, home and holiday decor and more, at very affordable prices at the Junior League of Birmingham's "1,000-family garage sale." Proceeds are returned to the community through the league's various community projects. Tickets are $10 from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. and $5 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m on Saturday. Admission on Sunday is free, and merchandise is half-price.

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