Women’s tennis to host Western Carolina

The Samford University women’s tennis team will host Western Carolina on Friday, April 1, at the Pat M. Courington Tennis Pavilion.  A victory over the visiting Catamounts would keep the Bulldogs undefeated in Southern Conference play and extend their winning streak to three games.

Samford is currently 7-8 overall and 2-0 in the conference. Collectively, the team has outscored its past two opponents, Mercer and UNC-Greensboro, 13-1.

Playing with momentum, the upcoming match could yield a similar result. In 2015, the Bulldogs stormed to a resounding 7-0 triumph over the Catamounts.

First serve is slated for 11 a.m. (CST).

Spring Break in Birmingham Ideas

If you are staying in Birmingham for Spring Break no need to worry because we have 5 ideas for things you can do on your staycation.

 

Winter Jam 2016

March 19

Doors open at 5:00 pm, Show starts at 5:45 pm

Enjoy listening to some of the most popular Christian artists on the radio right now at Winter Jam 2016. Featured artists include For King and Country, Matthew West, Crowder, Lauren Daigle, Red, Newsong and Sidewalk Prophets.

 

Admission:

$10 at the door

Legacy Arena at the BJCC

2100 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N

Birmingham, AL 35203

 

For more information visit http://2016.jamtour.com

 

Tannehill Trade Days

March 19 – March 20

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Spend a day searching for clothing, jewelry, furniture and other gems at the Tannehill Trade Days.

Park admission:

$4.00 Adults (12 years and older)

$3.00 Senior’s (Ages 62 and older)

$2.00 Children (Ages 6-11) ages 5 and under free

Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

12632 Confederate Parkway

Bessemer, AL 35111

For more information visit www.birmingham360.org

 

Hiking at Oak Mountain

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Oak Mountain State Park offers great hiking as well as horseback riding, boat rentals, fishing and more.

Admission:

$5 per adult (age 12+)

$2 per child (age 4-11)

$2 per Senior (age 62+)

Free for ages 3 & under

 

Oak Mountain State Park

200 Terrace Dr

Pelham, AL 35124

 

For more information visit http://www.alapark.com/oak-mountain-state-park

 

Color Me Rad 5k

March 19

8 am – 12 pm

 

This 5k has eight color stations, covering you head to toe in gluten free powder and every color in the rainbow.

 

Admission:

$50.00 Last Call

$55.00 Day of Registration

 

Hoover Metropolitan Stadium

100 Ben Chapman Drive

Hoover, AL 35244

 

For more information visit http://www.colormerad.com/location/birmingham/

 

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

 

Now that spring has officially arrived it is a great time to spend a day at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Explore the different areas on the gardens and visit the largest public horticulture library in the U.S.

 

Admission:

Free

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

2612 Lane Park Road

Birmingham, AL 35223

 

For more information visit http://www.bbgardens.org

 

Allegiant Premier

Divergent fans everywhere are pulling out their cash and costumes for the premier of “Allegiant” on Friday.

The third book in the trilogy by Veronica Roth, follows Tris, Shailene Woodley, and Four, Theo James, as they venture out of Chicago where a battle ensues.

Despite the success of the previous two movies, though, “Allegiant” is expected to bring in low numbers at the box office. Deadline.com reports the opening to only garner $30-32 million and not even reach the number one spot.

Ratings for the movie haven’t been promising, either. IMDb gave the movie 5.9/10, Metacritic rated it just 36 percent and Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a depressing 19 percent.

The poor numbers could be due to trends in young adult series openings. “The Hunger Games” series saw a similar downturn for the release of its third movie.

They could also be due to the series’ fans that are still angry after the ending of the trilogy.

Carmike The Summit 16 will premiere the movie at 7 p.m.

Lunar Eclipse

There was a total lunar eclipse that started yesterday and ended today. In honor of this eclipse, here are a few fun facts about lunar eclipses.

  1. Some lunar eclipse can last up to 3 hour and 45 minutes.
  2. Lunar eclipses can never happen more than three times a year.
  3. There are typically more solar eclipses than lunar eclipses per year.
  4. There are three types of lunar eclipse: partial, full, and prenumbral.
  5. A full lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes directly in front of a full moon.
  6. In ancient times, a total lunar eclipse or disappearance of the Moon meant that the gods were angry with the people.
  7. The word eclipse comes from the Greek word meaning downfall.
  8. It is not dangerous to look directly at the Moon during a lunar eclipse because the Moon is not giving off its own light – this is not the case for a solar eclipse.
  9. A lunar eclipse may be viewed from anywhere on the night side of the Earth.
  10. Full moons are the only time lunar eclipses occur.
  11. Lunar eclipses are visible over an entire hemisphere.

The next eclipse that will be visible in Birmingham will be on March 23, 2016. This will be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, which is more subtle, and more difficult to observe. This eclipse occurs when the moon moves through the outer part of the Earth’s shadow.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Five Points South – It’s rounding the corner once again! St. Patrick will be rolling out his green carpet into Birmingham on Saturday, March 12 with the city’s 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, presented by REV Birmingham and Five Points South.

Part-two of the much anticipated, weeklong The Five Points South St. Patrick’s Celebration, the parade will grace the streets of Five Points South from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., ending at Cobb Lane.

2016 Parade Marshall UAB Coach Bill Clark and the Ian Sturrock Memorial Pipe Band will lead the procession.

The 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, REV Birmingham District Manager James Little said, is a celebration that is speedily becoming “Birmingham’s own”.

Major cities across the United States are renowned for their parades, Little explained, and REV Birmingham and Five Points South are in a likewise manner striving to create their annual St. Patrick’s Day parade into a uniquely Birmingham experience.

And it has been a success.

“We’ve really added an element where the St. Patrick’s Celebration in Birmingham is very much becoming what you would see in other cities,” he said.

According to Little, much of the parade’s attraction has accumulated in recent years.

“It has grown and grown over the past five years,” he said, crediting much of this to the businesses of Five Points South.

“Five Points is Birmingham’s culinary district,” he said. Little explained that when St. Patrick’s Day arrives in Birmingham, these businesses provide St. Patrick’s Day themed menus and live music—several additional features that set Birmingham’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration apart from others.

Other festive features include new attractions such as Chick-fil-A’s Lucky Zone for Kids, as well as exhibits by the Birmingham Police and Fire Department. Non- parade festivities will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

REV Birmingham and Five Points South encourage the Birmingham community to come clad in green on Saturday to participate in this fun-filled, family friendly parade celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

 

Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters, an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theater, and
comedy, are celebrating their 90th anniversary of being an organization. Over the years the
Globetrotters have played more than 26,000 exhibition games in 122 countries and territories.

Hundreds of kids, parents and fans sporting red, white and blue packed Samford’s Pete Hanna Center on Sunday, March 6.

Fans gathered to watch Hacksaw, Big Easy, Scooter, Too Tall, Hawk, Titan, Torch, Moose, Flip, and Hawk perform alley-oop dunks, attempt half-court shots and entertain the crowd.

At Globetrotters’ games, it’s not about the end result or the stats sheet. Number of fouls and individual player’s points are not tracked. Instead, the focus is on family fun and entertainment.

For example, some families who sit courtside will often be brought onto the floor to dance with Big Easy and interact with other players. Scooter taught a young boy how to spin the ball on his finger.

The crowd has fun because they get to watch the players enjoy themselves.

“Right now I’m living out my dream of playing basketball and traveling the world,” said Hacksaw Hall during a speech to the fans.

Following the game, players were available to sign autographs on the court.

The Globetrotters will play one more game at Samford tonight (March 7) at 7 p.m.

More on the Harlem Globetrotters:

The team’s signature song is Brother Bones’s whistled version of “Sweet Georgia Brown”, and their mascot is named Globie. The team plays over 450 live events worldwide each year. Today, there are at least three different Harlem Globetrotters teams touring the U.S.

Fun fact: At 5-2, Too Tall is the shortest player in Globetrotter history.

For more on the team, tickets, camps and news, visit harlemglobetrotters.com.

 

Harlem Globetrotters Come to Samford

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Pete Hanna Center Sunday, March 6th at 4 p.m. and Monday, March 7th at 7 p.m. The team is celebrating its 90th anniversary world tour, and this one being called their most epic tour in history.

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Photos courtesy of Harlem Globetrotters media team.

The Local had the opportunity to interview Handles Franklin, one of the players.

The Local: I hear you’ve traveled to several different countries to play games. Which has been your favorite to visit and/or play in?
Franklin: When we go to other countries, we try to speak those languages. We’ve been to Iraq where the war is, and there are military bases and troops. That was pretty cool. In China and Romania, the games were absolutely packed – sold out.

L: Who are you closest to on the team?
F: I’m close with Marquez Haines. I also had a good friend Marcus who passed away. But we’re all like brothers, like one big family. When at practice or on the road, we’ll be together on a tour bus on Christmas morning.

L: What is your biggest challenge and how do you manage this challenge?
F: No one, no matter your path, is immune to life’s challenges. We all have challenges that we need to overcome. It’s about getting up and moving forward.

L: How do you set your goals?
F: I’ll have a tape sent I’ve me playing, which I will review. I always try to be persistent and keep pushing towards being the best I can be.

 

L: What’s your diet like?
F: We play over 300 games a year, so we play everyday. When I’m on tour, which is most often, I eat very healthy.

L: What was the best advice you were ever given?
F: My parents were my role models growing up. They taught me the value of getting an education and to help as many people as I can. Just try to make the world better. One act of service our team performs is a hospital visit called the Great Assist. We’re celebrating our 90th anniversary and encourage our fans to give back as well. People can learn more about it at http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/greatassist.

 

L: Anything else you’d like to share?
F: I tell people to believe in themselves and believe in your dreams. They are attainable! There was a time when, at first, basketball didn’t work out. But I stuck with it.

 

Tickets start at $22 and are available at harlemglobetrotters.com, samfordsports.edu, the Pete Hanna Center box office, or by phone at 205-726-3647.  Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at harlemglobetrotters.com.

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Women’s Tennis defeated by nationally ranked Wildcats

The women’s tennis team was defeated 4-0 by No. 15 University of Kentucky.

Kentucky began the match with a 6-1 win at the No. 1 doubles positon against senior marketing major Jessica Northcutt and senior accounting major Carita Moolman. Kentucky followed with a 6-3 win at the No. 2 doubles position against senior interior design major Iva Parapunova and sophomore health sciences major Ellie Gerlach to secure the doubles point.

Kentucky was able to secure the victory with singles wins at the No. 1 position against Northcutt, No.3 position against Parapunova and No.4 position against sophomore nursing major Savannah Wood.

Northcutt was disappointed by the loss but was happy with the way the team played.

“Unfortunately we stopped at 4 against UK, so some people didn’t get to play. But, overall I think everyone played very well. UK is a very good team and I think that we competed well with them,” Northcutt said.

“It was good experience to play a highly ranked team, because that’ll be the best team we play all year. If everyone plays the way we did last weekend, we could be in good shape,” she said.

The Bulldogs are getting ready for their next match against UT Martin which takes place on March 6 at 3 p.m. at the Samford Tennis Complex.

Northcutt said it will be business-as-usual for the Bulldogs at practice this week.

“We play UT Martin on Sunday, so we had a couple easy days the beginning of this week but now we will continue to practice normally to get ready for this weekend,” Northcutt said.

“I think if we have a good week of practice to have confidence going into this weekend, it will make a big difference in our upcoming matches,” Northcutt said.

Photos courtesy of Joey Mullins.

Happy Birthday 110th birthday Dr. Seuss!

  1. His real name isn’t Dr. Seuss
    – it’s Theodor Geisel!
  1. He went to Dartmoth College
    There he worked on the school’s humor magazine, the Jack o Lantern, and was later kicked off for drinking in his dorm with friends. He then started submitting his works of writing under the pseudonym – Seuss.
  1. He isn’t really a Dr.
    He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Dartmouth began adding it to his pen name.
  1. He wrote 45 children’s books during his career!
  1. He was rejected a lot!
    His first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected 27 times before being published in 1937.
  1. He won several major awards, including: two Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, the Pulitzer Price, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and a Peabody Award.
  1. He wrote Green Eggs and Ham on a dare.
    His publisher bet that he couldn’t write a book using only 50 different words.
  1. The cat in the hat was written to help children learn how to read after Life magazine wrote an article about illiteracy among school children
  1. Although he spent most of his life writing for children, he never had any of his own
  1. He died on September 14, 1991 from cancerseuss