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Win a $250 gas card + other prizes when you take this 2-minute survey

Now they we’ve got your attention with this dog, take our survey and win cool prizes. Photo via Bham Now

As cool and modern as we think we are, Bham Now needs your help on keeping us hip—like, do people even still use the word hip? We’ve put together the only survey in the world that will actually take less than two minutes to complete and it enters you to win some fire prizes valued up to $500. Hurry, the deadline is July 10.

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Birmingham’s micro-transit experiment mentioned by The Hustle newsletter

Birmingham’s micro-transit experiment has been in the news lately. Photo courtesy of Via

Birmingham’s micro-transit experiment has been getting some national attention. Read on to see what national newsletter The Hustle said about Birmingham’s micro-transit, as well as several ways Birmingham is cutting down on traffic.

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Tomato-tomato, 11 local businesses dishing out fried green tomatoes

The Southern Kitchen & Bar serves their dish with a signature red pepper dipping sauce. Photo via The Southern Kitchen & Bar’s Facebook

When John Denver said, “Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes,
What’d life be without homegrown tomatoes?” I felt that. Birmingham is home to many famous Southern dishes, including the tart and battered slices that are fried green tomatoes.

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Birmingham’s role in kickstarting Fleetwood Mac stars Nicks and Buckingham

Performing on campus at UA, pre-Rumours. Photo courtesy 1975 University of Alabama yearbook.

Before they were highly acclaimed Grammy-winning artists touring the globe with Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had their first taste of fame in our very own Birmingham, Alabama.

After receiving a generous amount of air-time on Birmingham’s WJLN-FM, Buckingham Nicks saw enthusiastic welcomes and sold-out shows across Alabama–they even moved on to perform their farewell show at Boutwell Auditorium

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$100 million “Revive Alabama” grant fund announced for small businesses

The grant fund is controlled by the Alabama Dept. of Revenue. Photo via Governor Kay Ivey on Facebook

This week, Governor Kay Ivey announced a “Revive Alabama” grant program to support small businesses in Alabama that have been impacted by COVID-19. $100 million is up for grabs. Get all the details here.

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UAB receives $1M Federal grant for telehealth services

Telehealth call with Dr. Carol Smith of Birmingham Allergy & Asthma. Photo via Bham Now

In the age of social distancing, being able to speak with a doctor from the comfort of your own home is a luxury we can all use. That’s why the Federal Communications Commission has awarded UAB with a $1 million grant to help improve their teleheath capabilities. Here’s how that money will be used.

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Shop new local + sustainable products from Freedom Soap Company

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How good are these new t-shirt designs? Find them + more at Freedom Soap Co. Photo by Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Birmingham based Freedom Soap Company is so much more than their name implies. They’re known for their all-natural soaps and skincare products, but now they are adding more sustainable and eco-friendly goods to their inventory.

Keep reading to get a sneak peek, plus find out how you can win a bunch of Freedom Soap goodies and donate to a local environmental organization at the same time.

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5 Birmingham artists to keep on your radar + what they’ve been up to in quarantine

Where have you been finding inspiration during quarantine? Photo provided by Micah McKenzie

Now it’s more important than ever to support local businesses and makers. While local artists would typically be showcasing their art at the Birmingham Art Crawl right about now, it’s postponement has led to new avenues for artists to share their work. We asked five local artists how they’ve been creating during quarantine. Here’s what they’ve been up to. 

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Alabama Audubon is tracking Avondale Park’s “baby green herons” and they are adorable (photos)

Alabama Audubon’s Alliemarie Humphries holding a banded green heron at Avondale Park in Birmingham. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Breakout the pink and blue ribbons, Avondale Park has three green heron fledglings residing on the little island in the middle of the park’s pond. 

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Heat up the kitchen with 5 summer cooking classes in Birmingham

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Some of us aren’t as talented as our coworkers and need a little help in the kitchen. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Does anyone else tend to make the same meals over and over (mine is chicken sausage and brown rice)? I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for a fresh new shakeup that maybe includes more than two ingredients. Cooking classes, weekly recipes and kitchen gurus are bringing us the ingredients and knowledge we need to break the routine in Birmingham

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National Kitten Day, Eat in the Streets in Avondale and a new farmers market opens this weekend, July 10-12

Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur. Photo via Nathan Watson  for Bham Now

From adorable kittens to eating in the streets, you won’t want to miss all the exciting things going on July 10-12 around Birmingham.

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Update on 9 Birmingham-area farmers markets + more ways to get fresh food locally

The folks at Owls Hollow Farm have masks and gloves on hand, ready to share their fresh produce. Photo by Karim Shamsi-Basha at The Pepper Place Market

Craving that farm-fresh taste? Here’s a quick update on 9 Birmingham-area farmers markets so you can get your fresh produce fix and show your support for local farmers right now.

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Have a business idea for Alabama’s ‘new normal’? Reignite Alabama is taking applications until July 16th

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A finalist pitching his idea to visitors and judges at the Alabama Launchpad Cycle 1 event in Montgomery on February 28th, 2020 (before social distancing). Photo via Alabama Launchpad

With our “new normal” of COVID-19, we’ve had to adjust so many things in our lives—but challenges can also bring new opportunities. If you have a new business start-up or idea that helps to solve a problem or make daily life better, Reignite Alabama wants to know.  Reignite Alabama, the 3rd Alabama Launchpad competition of 2020, aims to specifically address the new challenges that affect both Alabama and the country. Applications are open until Thursday, July 16th.

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Celebrate Small Business Week in Birmingham with FREE events + more

Thinking of switching your gym to a local experience? Battle Republic will give you one hell of a workout. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now and taken in 2019 prior to COVID-19

Local businesses may be small in size, but they’re HUGE in entrepreneurial spirit. You know Bham Now *hearts* local biz and we’re here to celebrate National Small Business Week with you by pulling together the ultimate ways to show up and support.

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Charles Barkley named Honorary Co-Chair of The World Games

Another step forward! Photo via The World Games 2022 on Facebook

If you’re counting down the days like we are, you know that in just two years, The World Games 2022 will have officially kicked off in Birmingham. In celebration, the Birmingham Organizing Committee announced yesterday that NBA MVP Charles Barkley will serve as an honorary co-chair. Check it out!

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