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Online Roundtable Discussion about High-Quality, Voluntary Pre-K in Alabama

12065599_993678397371473_3272307955575739589_nWould you like to learn more about the state’s high-quality First Class Pre-K program? Do you want to know how you can bring more classrooms to your community? If so, please join us October 13 at Noon CDT for an online roundtable discussion about high-quality pre-kindergarten in Alabama.

This free, statewide event is hosted by, the Alabama School Readiness Alliance and VOICES for Alabama’s Children. Join the conversation by registering at…

Honoring Alabama’s Veterans


Richard Shelby would like to highlight the stories of Alabama’s veterans so that they know how grateful we…

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence


Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. The activities conducted were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes:

  • Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
  • Celebrating those who have survived
  • Connecting those who work to end violence
 These three themes remain a key focus of DVAM events today. In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year marks the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline.

Register for a project today at


Is the Magic City artsy or what?  


Photo by Steve McCluskey

By Steve McCluskey

You only have to be downtown for a few minutes to see that Birmingham loves the arts.

For example, The Birmingham Art Association (BAA) was founded in 1908 as the Birmingham Art Club, making the group one of the earliest organizations led by both artist and art patrons.

The clubs first Sidewalk Art Show was held in what is now Linn Park in 1938 and continues to this day under the auspices of Operation New Birmingham. They were also involved in the very early years in the creation of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Today their involvement includes events such as Art On Stage, Art Walk and Art Crawl, a city favorite held the first Thursday of most months in the 2nd Ave North area.

The BAA mission of supporting and promoting emerging artist can be seen year round in the windows of the Kessler Lofts at 1926 3rd. Ave North, in the Theater District. Each month two BAA artist display their work in the windows. Featured now and for the month of October is Joyce Brooks and Steve McCluskey.

Steve McCluskey started painting in 2012 at the age of 50 with the thought that “if you’re going to do this you had better get at it”. He finds most of the subjects for his artwork on Facebook.  Most are people he doesn’t know but something about the photos catch his eye.  “The selfie has allowed people to catch a time, place and emotion instantly and I try to capture that in my painting” he says. His hope is that the art will make someone smile.

Joyce Brooks has lived in Birmingham since 1991 and began painting in 2010. Painting with acrylics has given Joyce…

William Horton of Jones Walker LLP Provides Introduction to Basic Concepts of Heathcare Fraud



Please join us at 12 noon on October 30, when the Women Lawyers Section presents “I Can Go to Jail for That? An Introduction to Healthcare Fraud and Abuse”

William Horton of Jones Walker LLP will provide a brief introduction to basic concepts of healthcare fraud, including the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law and the False Claims Act. The focus will be on helping…


Birmingham, AL – The Birmingham Bar Foundation announces its 7th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament, where teams will vie for the Michael D. Freeman Tournament Cup! The event will also feature the Foundation’s 2nd annual Chili Cook-Off. Where:  The...

National Pro Bono Month creates access to JUSTICE


By Lee H. Copeland, Alabama State Bar President

This October, the Alabama State Bar will once again observe a month-long Pro Bono Celebration to raise awareness of the legal needs of low-income people, recognize the many generous Alabama lawyers who have donated their time and talents to address those needs and encourage even greater participation by the bar. We invite all Alabamians to join us as we seek to ensure access to justice for all residents of our state.

Welcome to October Bessemer!

Lots going on this month, so be sure to check in from time to time on the latest happenings in the city of Bessemer. Here are some dates to remember:

Oct. 2 – Bessemer City v. McAdory. High School football. 7 p.m. at McAdory.

Oct. 3 – Day at the Depot, sponsored by the Bessemer Hall of History. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hall of History.

Oct. 6 – Bessemer City Council meeting. 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Oct. 9 – Bessemer City High School Homecoming Celebration and Parade. 2 p.m. in Historic Downtown Bessemer.

Oct. 9 – Selma at Bessemer City. High School football. 7 p.m. at Bessemer High Stadium.

Oct. 20 – Bessemer City Council meeting. 10 a.m. at City Hall.


Lunchtime Pop Up Music Concerts Are October 9