Pick 5: Volunteer opportunities in Birmingham

1) Make-A-Wish: Make a child’s lifelong wish become reality as you partner with Make-A-Wish of Alabama. You can donate financially or become a wish granter. Either way, get involved and see the smiles of children when they find out their wishes are coming true. For more information, visit alabama.wish.org

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Photo credit to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

2) The Lovelady Center: Become a part of the life-changing ministry of the Lovelady Center in Birmingham. This ministry helps women who have been released from prison reintegrate into society while teaching them about the love of Jesus Christ. Donate your time as a prayer warrior, help clean up and redecorate around the center so that the women feel more at home or donate your gently used items to the Lovelady Thrift Store. For more information, visit loveladycenter.org

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Photo credit to the Lovelady Center of Birmingham.

3) American Heart Association: Join the American Heart Association as it seeks to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease in our country. Donate your funds or be a part of the Birmingham Heart Walk June 22, 2013. For more information on how you can get involved and help fight the No. 1 killer of Americans, visit heartwalk.org

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Photo credit to the American Heart Association.

4) Jimmy Hale Mission: More than just a shelter for men, women and children, Jimmy Hale Mission serves as a recovery and education center. If you are looking to offer financial support, there are many different options. The shelter also accepts product donations such as clothes, toiletries and even toys for the children. If personal interaction is more what you’re looking for, it’s always a blessing to see a friendly face serving a meal, tutoring a child or leading a Bible study. To find more volunteer opportunities, check out jimmyhalemission.com

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5) American Cancer Society: Help raise cancer awareness by getting involved in relays and other sponsored events. Donations are always welcome, but if you’re looking to do more than just donate money, why not try your old car or frequent flyer miles? Both are accepted and deeply appreciated. For more information, visit cancer.org

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Photo credit to cancer.org

Pick 5: Redbox rentals

Are you tired of indecisively browsing for something to rent from Redbox while an impatient line forms behind you? Here are five of our Redbox picks to help make your choice easier.

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1)   If you’re in the mood for a drama…watch The Sessions.

“The Sessions” is based on the autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien. This drama stars a quirky cast, such as Helen Hunt and William H. Macy, who set out on a mission to make one man’s dream a reality. Similar to: “An Education” and “Flight.”

2)   If you’re in the mood for an award winning film…watch Lincoln.

This famous movie is dedicated to illustrating the pursuits of Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field both won awards for their spectacular portrayals of Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln. But be warned that you make take a little snooze during the slow parts if you’re not fully rested prior to watching the film. Similar to: “Downfall” and “Schindler’s List.”

3)   If you’re in the mood for a comedy…watch Seven Psychopaths.

“Seven Psychopaths” is a hilarious and weird film featuring an all-star cast, such as Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson and Colin Farrell. This group of oddballs entangle themselves in the Los Angeles criminal underworld just by kidnapping a shih tzu dog. Similar to: “Horrible Bosses.”

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4)   If you’re in the mood for a romantic comedy…watch Ruby Sparks.

 “Weird Science” meets “Stranger Than Fiction” in this story of a writer who accidentally brings the woman of his dreams to life. “Ruby Sparks” is a charming film that’s unafraid to broach the darker connotations of its concept. Similar to: “Little Miss Sunshine” and “500 Days of Summer.”

5)   If you’re in the mood for something quirky…watch Moonrise Kingdom.

Studded with an all-star cast and picturesque visuals, “Moonrise Kingdom” is the tale of a troubled young boy and girl who run away with each other. This quaint Wes Anderson movie is endearingly eccentric. Similar to: “Midnight in Paris.”

Pick 5: Jimmy Fallon’s Best Moments

In light of the recent news regarding Jimmy Fallon being named as the eventual replacement for Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show”, we thought there wouldn’t be any better way to celebrate the news than to share our list for our top five Jimmy Fallon skits from his late night show.

This list doesn’t begin to cover all of the entertaining and hilarious moments that Fallon’s show has required over the last few years, but we hope this list will satisfy those staunch Fallon fans out there.

5. Robert is Bothered

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One of Jimmy Fallon’s comedic bits he’s most well-known for are is impressions. Here, Fallon takes on his Robert Pattinson persona and it’s so popular that it deserved it’s own website. Fallon…we mean…Pattinson covers everything from Snickers ads to Daniel Radcliffe to Shark Week.

4. Ragtime Gals: “Sexy Back” (w/ Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake)

Anytime Justin Timberlake is on Fallon’s show, it’s guaranteed to be a hit. Fallon and Timberlake collaborate with Fallon’s barbershop quartette “The Ragtime Gals” to sing their version of Timberlake’s single “Sexy Back.” Not only is it humorous, but the tweaked version is quite catchy, too.

3. Call Me Maybe

On the heels of one of the more popular singles in the country, Fallon, along with Carly Rae Jepsen and The Roots, tackle “Call Me Maybe” a little differently. The trio used simple classroom instruments and sing along to the sounds of the No. 1 hit.

2. The Chickeneers

This skit was just performed last week, but Fallon teams up with Blake Shelton and Nick Offerman to deliver one of the more original skits on the show. In addition to looking ridiculous in their chicken outfits, the group clucks along to “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers and it’s probably one of the best Easter-themed acts ever.

1. History of Rap

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Arguably the show’s most popular skit, Fallon’s history of rap provides the best moment in show history. Once again, Fallon and Timberlake create an instant hit. The combination of classic hip hop songs with Fallon and Timberlake’s comedic timing and showmanship make the History of Rap one of late night’s more iconic moments.