There’s no better place to be than Hoover on a warm spring day. Consider this your guide to the festivals, Easter egg hunts, sports and community events taking place in April.

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1. CELEBRATE HOOVER DAY: Consider this your invitation to the city’s annual celebration – a free, four-hour event featuring numerous exhibitors, carnival rides, live entertainment and the customary giant apple pie you can sample with a dab of ice cream on April 27 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Veterans Park on Valleydale Road. Park at Spain Park High School and take a complimentary shuttle to the festivities.

2. COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT: Get those baskets ready! Bluff Park United Methodist Church will host an Easter egg hunt for families. The fun will unfold in the gym and outside areas. April 13, 9-11 a.m.



3. INVERNESS VS. CANCER GOLF TOURNAMENT: The inaugural Inverness vs. Cancer golf tournament will be held April 1 at Inverness Country Club in honor of longtime golf pro Dave Ragan Jr. Lunch is at 11 a.m., and an awards presentation (with light hors d’oeuvres) to conclude the tournament. The entry fee is $150 per golfer. Hole sponsorships are $250 per hole. There will be special prizes on all Par 3 holes, and Hole 6 will be a Money Hole. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society in Ragan’s honor.

4. KING’S HOME SHELBY AUXILIARY TABLESCAPES: Enjoy beautifully decorated tables and quiet shopping at this annual event that helps King’s Home Shelby Auxiliary meet needs of women and children living at the home. Doors open at 10 a.m. at Metropolitan Church of God on April 17 for refreshments and the silent auction. Former First Lady of Alabama Patsy Riley will be honored, and Donna Allen, music evangelist and conference speaker, will be the guest speaker. This year’s theme is “Jewels in His Crown.”

5. JUDY M. MERRITT MEMORIAL 5K: The fifth annual Judy M. Merritt Memorial 5K and Family Day Eggstravaganza is free and open to the Jeff State family and the Birmingham community on April 20 at Veterans Park on Valleydale Road. The 5K starts at 9 a.m., Family Fun Day is from 9-11 a.m. and the Eggstravaganza is at 10 a.m. Visit jeffersonstate.edu/judy-m-merritt-memorial-5k/ for more details or to register.

6. HOOVER CITY SCHOOLS CAREER FAIR: The first Hoover City Schools Career Fair is set for Friday, April 12. Designed to seek motivated candidates for HCS positions, the Career Fair will be held at The Hoover Met in two shifts: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Representatives from each HCS school will be on hand during those times, as well as contacts from key HCS departments/divisions including Operations, Transportation, and the Child Nutrition Program. Registration is requested but not mandatory. The Hoover Metropolitan Stadium is located at 100 Ben Chapman Drive, Hoover 35244.

7. DHI SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HOOVER SENIORS: Destination Hoover International will award two scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, this spring to a Hoover High School senior and a Spain Park High School senior. Jubilee Joe’s will hold a crawfish and crab boil the week of April 23-28 to raise money for the scholarships. Eligible students who are graduating in May and attending college with a major in an international field are encouraged to apply. Applications are available at Destinationhooverinternational.org/scholarship/.

8. HOOVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY EVENTS: The Hoover Historical Society will welcome Gregory Evan Thompson, grandson of Evan Hale, as special guest at the group’s annual membership tea on April 7 from 2-4 p.m. at the Hale-Joseph House, 2136 Bluff Road. Thompson’s grandfather, Evan Hale, helped build the house in 1910. Thompson will also be the speaker at the historical society’s special meeting on April 9 at 1 p.m. at Shades Crest Baptist Church.

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WHAT TO DO IN HOOVER

April 5-7
Hoover Havoc Soccer Tournament
Hoover Met Complex Fields

April 6-7
Birmingham AAU Super Regional Volleyball
Finley Center

April 6
18th Annual High Country 5K
Shades Crest Baptist Church
8 a.m.

April 7
Walk to End Lupus Now
Veterans Park
1 p.m.

April 11-12
Theatre Show: Broadway’s Next H!T Musical
Hoover Public Library
7:30 p.m.

April 12
Hoover City Schools Foundation’s Denim and Dining
Noah’s Event Venue
6:30 p.m.

April 12-14
Hoopseen Basketball Tournament
Finley Center

 

April 13
Kitty Kat Haven and Rescue 5K Meow-A-Thon
Veterans Park
8 a.m.

April 14
The Blissful Bride Wedding Experience
Soiree Event Gallery
1-4 p.m.

April 14
Diabetes Walk for Camp Seale Harris
Veterans Park
1 p.m.

April 14
Young Artist Reception
Hoover Public Library
3 p.m.

April 23
New Horizons Luncheon
Hoover Senior Center
11 a.m.

April 25
Junior League Bargain Bash
5201 Princeton Way, Hoover 35226

April 25-27
Aldridge Gardens Annual Plant Sale
Aldridge Gardens

April 27-28
Junior League Bargain Carousel
5201 Princeton Way, Hoover 35226

AROUND TOWN

March 28-April 7
Man of La Mancha
Virginia Samford Theatre

April 4
The Midtown Men
Samford University Wright Center

April 4-6
Alabama Auto Show
BJCC Exhibition Halls

April 5-7
Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Barber Motorsports Park

April 5-7
Finding Neverland
BJCC Concert Hall

April 6-13
Birmingham Children’s Theatre Presents:
Charlotte’s Web
BJCC Concert Hall

April 10-14
Birmingham Barons vs. Tennessee Smokies
Regions Field

April 12-14
Samford & Samford’s Spring Awakening
Virginia Samford Theatre

April 12-23
13 The Musical
Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret Theatre

April 12-14
Birmingham Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale
Brookwood Village Macy’s Upper Parking Lot

April 14
BHM26.2 Marathon, Half-Marathon, Team Relay and Fun Run
Railroad Park

April 16
Anthony Ray Hinton, Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series
Samford University Wright Center

April 20-24
Birmingham Barons vs. Jackson Generals
Regions Field

April 26-27
Lebanese Food and Culture Festival
St. Elias Maronite Church

April 26-28
Magic City Art Connection
Linn Park

April 26-28
Alabama Ballet Presents: Ovation
BJCC Concert Hall

April 27-May 12
Decorators’ ShowHouse 2019
Shuttle from Mountain Brook Presbyterian Church