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50 Ways to Love Your Community

May 1, 2009

The theme of the reception following our annual meeting on May 11 is “50 Ways to Love Your Community.”

We know lots of things to love ABOUT and IN our community, like the chance to take a hike at Red Mountain Park, to listen to the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (or sing with the volunteer chorus) and to eat a meal at one of Frank Stitt’s great restaurants. There’s the weather — changing from hot to cold and back again in sometimes unexpected ways, but mostly just right for all kinds of outdoor activities, from a bike ride or picnic in Oak Mountain State Park or a twilight hike at Ruffner Mountain, which will soon reopen with a wonderful new visitor’s center.

And then there are the people — people who speak to one another on the street or seek out connections while standing in line at a coffee shop. People who care about what happens to those who need a little help now and then.

People represent the second way we think about loving our community, by caring for one another and working to make life better for everyone. We’re lucky to have a strong group of nonprofit organizations who reach out to provide access to the arts as well as to health care, educational opportunities and so much more. Thanks to these organizations and the causes they serve, volunteers can contribute time as well as dollars with the assurance that their efforts really make a difference.

So when you join us on May 11 at Birmingham Children’s Theatre, come to hear Rebecca Ryan at 4:15 p.m., but be sure to stay for our interactive reception at 5:45 p.m. and the chance to experience 50 — or more — ways to love what your community offers to you, and what you can give back to your community. See you there!

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