Guide to Alabama’s 6 venomous snakes and how to react if you see one

The folks at Ruffner Mountain holding a gray rat snake (nonvenomous)
Chivon Morse and Aaron Hathcock of Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve with Grady the gray rat snake (nonvenomous). (Bham Now)

Alabama is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the United States. Although we have 66 known species and subspecies of snakes, only 6 are venomous. Learn more about Alabama’s 6 venomous snakes and how to react if you encounter one in the wild.

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4 new openings in Lakeview + Pepper Place, including Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

This news has us smiling this big—tounges out and all. Photo via @jenisicecreams

Lakeview and Pepper Place are booming! These popular districts are home to many of our Birmingham favorites, from working out to eating out and a whole lot more. 4 new additions are coming to the area soon, and we. can’t . WAIT.

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3 vintage inspired costume ideas from Birmingham shops.

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Co-owner of Manitou Supply, David Brown, embodies the spirit of Halloween while paying tribute to the Tide with this spooky ensemble. Photo via Manitou Supply on Instagram.

Shopping local for this year’s Halloween costume is a great way to support Birmingham businesses and do the planet a favor at the same time. 

It reduces the environmental waste caused by fast fashion and leaves you with re-wearable pieces. Check out these authentic ideas put together from local vintage stores.

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Birmingham Central Market opens for business October 30, 11AM. 3 reasons we’re delighted

Fresh veggies
Fresh veggies are so good for you. Photo from Pepper Place Market via Facebook

The Birmingham Central Market will open October 30 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11AM in the BJCTA Intermodal Facility downtown.

This will be a big deal for the 2,500-11,000 public transit riders who come through each day—and for anyone who works in downtown Birmingham. Here’s why we can’t wait.

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Fall is in the Air! It’s a great time to look at these Open Houses for Oct. 18-20

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Are you looking for a new home in Birmingham? We’ve got 41 open houses for you to check out this weekend – you’re sure to find the perfect home for you. Enjoy!

2320 CREST RD BIRMINGHAM,AL 35223 (RealtySouth)

Open House: REDMONT 10/20 14:00-16:00
2320 CREST RD
BIRMINGHAM,AL 35223
6164 sq. ft.
4 bedrooms 3 full/1 half baths
$1350000
For more info, contact Stephanie Robinson at 205-229-6247 or email srobinson@realtysouth.com

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Food Network star Dom Tesoriero visits Birmingham

Dom Tesoriero. Photo by Amanda Lee via @ChefDomTesoriero on Facebook

As residents of Birmingham, we all know we have some of the best food around. And it’s always nice to see our culinary scene recognized on a national level. Most recently, Food Network’s Dom Tesoriero stopped by the Magic City for his Youtube series, “Dom Eats Local“. Where did he go? What did he think? Find out below.

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Celebrate National Meatloaf Day, October 18, at these 5 spots in Birmingham, including John’s City Diner

Ready to eat. Photo via Metro Diner on Facebook

With cold weather rolling in, you’ll crave something warm and comforting—like meatloaf and mashed potatoes. On Friday, October 18, celebrate National Meatloaf Day with a belly-satisfying dish at these five spots in Birmingham.

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5 outdoor activities within one hour of Birmingham to get you in the autumn spirit

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My college roommate and I are big fans of fall road trips and outdoor activities alike.

I don’t know about you, but as soon as temperatures get below 75 degrees, all I want to do is go get some fresh air and enjoy the sunshine. Autumn is a favorite season for many, and for good reason! If you’re looking to get in the autumn spirit, check out these 5 outdoor activities within an hour of Birmingham, AL.

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How Carver High School transformed their cosmetology department

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Sonya Pitts next to her new closets at Carver High School
Sonya Pitts stands next to her new closets in the Cosmetology classroom. Photo by Nathan Watson for BhamNow.

Although public school programs are often unable to purchase the amenities they need, donations are a great help. See how Closets by Design revolutionized the cosmetology program at Birmingham’s George W. Carver High school.

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3 reasons anyone who’s interested in the Holocaust should go see Alexandra Zapruder at UAB Nov. 7, 6-8PM

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Alexandra Zapruder
Alexandra Zapruder. Photo supplied

I’ve been a student of the Holocaust since a 7th grade family history project at Mountain Brook Junior High School. Anne Frank’s diary and family interviews brought to life events I’ve spent decades trying to understand. The people at the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center share a similar passion, and they’re hosting Alexandra Zapruder for an event you really don’t want to miss.

Thursday, November 7, from 6-8PM, we’re all invited to UAB’s Hill Student Center to hear Alexandra Zapruder, author of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust, speak. Let me tell you why this is sure to be a night to remember. Register for this free event here.

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