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Top 10 Things to Do in May

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

Don't miss the 12th annual Spring Plant Sale happening this weekend at Aldridge Gardens in Hoover.

Don't miss the 12th annual Spring Plant Sale happening this weekend at Aldridge Gardens in Hoover.

May 1: Salsa de Mayo

Birmingham Botanical Gardens • 2612 Lane Park Rd.

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Join the Junior Board of Birmingham Botanical Gardens for a delicious, educational twist on Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy imported beer and tasty margaritas as you learn how to incorporate salsas in recipes with a cooking lesson from professional chef Lori Sours, co-founder of the Salsa Senorita line. The class is limited to 40 students. Early registration is encouraged to ensure you have a reserved seat.

May 1 - 11: Decorators' ShowHouse

The Church at Brook Hills • 3145 Brook Highland Pkwy. 

10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mon. - Fri.; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat.; 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Sun. The 2014 Decorators' ShowHouse returns to Shelby County at Greystone's Villa D'Ambra. The ShowHouse features work from area decorators and interior designers who are each assigned a room to remodel. The house have five bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half bathrooms, and is currently on the market. Tickets for the tour are $20. Proceeds benefit the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

May 1: First Thursday at BMA

Birmingham Museum of Art • 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd. 

5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Stop by after work for live music, beer tastings in the garden, food trucks and the opportunity to visit the new African Gallery and Delacroix and the Matter of Finish before it's gone. Admission is free.

May 2 - 3: 12th Annual Spring Plant Sale

Aldridge Gardens • 3530 Lorna Rd., Hoover.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri., 8 a.m. - noon, Sat. Give your garden a pick-me-up this spring. Choose from more than 100 different plants including Alabama native azaleas, hydrangeas, butterfly bushes, David Austin roses, perennial bulbs, rhizomes, companion plants and more. Tip: Keep your eye out for the Gatsby's Star Hydrangea. The unique flowers are pointed in the shape of small stars instead of being rounded. This is the first time it's being offered at the spring plant sale. 

May 3: Cahaba Que 2014

Cahaba Brewing Company • 2616 3rd Ave South 

Noon - 5 p.m. Round up the family and enjoy a day of bands, beers and (pork) butts. Sample tasty barbecue and craft beer and enjoy great music while the kids play in the bounce house. Admission is $20 for adults 21 and up and $15 for guests under 21. Children 6 and under get in free. 

May 8: Feng Shui for Life with Katie Rogers

Homewood Public Library • 1721 Oxmoor Rd., Homewood.

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Certified feng shui consultant Katie Rogers will teach families and children how to create good energy and balance in the busiest areas of your home - the living/family room - as well as in your children's bedrooms and play spaces. Katie will give tips on how to promote the best energy for the lifestyle of your particular family, using interior decorating, color and organizational suggestions. Admission is free.

May 9 - 11: Homestead Hollow Arts & Crafts Festival

Homestead Hollow • 1190 Murphees Valley Rd., Springville.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m, daily. This festival features fine arts, unique, handmade crafts and various demonstrations including wood carving, ironwork and whiskey making. Tour the original cabins on the property and enjoy great food and live music throughout the day. There will be pony rides, a moon walk and other activities for the kids. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for kids ages 3 - 12, and free for children 2 and under.

May 14: Ethan Allen Design Social 

Ethan Allen • 2966 John Hawkins Pkwy, Hoover.

4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Mingle and chat with designers to discover unexpected design twists that give windows the "wow" factor. Bring your own pictures and let the pros help you find the best solution for your windows. Admission is free.

May 16: What to Plant and When

Gardendale-Martha Moore Public Library • 995 Mt. Olive Rd., Gardendale.

Noon - 1:30 p.m. Find out what to plant in your garden this summer as Roo's Place Garden Center teaches the do's and don'ts of hot weather gardening. Admission is free.

May 31: Ross Bridge Spring Market

Ross Bridge Welcome Center • 2101 Grand Ave., Hoover.

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The annual market will host vendors selling fresh-picked local produce, honey, homemade jams and jellies, artisan and specialty products and regional crafters as well as kid's activities, music, and more. Admission is free.

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