Red Cross awards Jeff Stone alongside Brasfield & Gorrie for their volunteer efforts in Birmingham and beyond

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Volunteers at Sound the Alarm get ready to install smoke alarms. Photo via Alabama Red Cross on Facebook

Jeff Stone, Executive Vice President of Brasfield & Gorrie, is being honored at the annual American Red Cross Gala. Read on to see why the American Red Cross selected Jeff as their Volunteer Services Hero and grab your tickets to the 2020 Red Cross Gala.

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Don’t miss the story of Porgy and Bess at Red Mountain Theatre Company Feb. 7-23. Use code: BhamNow6 to save $6.

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RMTC Rehearsal of Porgy and Bess – Cecil Washington, Jr., as Porgy and Delores McKenzie as Bess. Photo via Bham Now.

On Catfish Row in 1930s Charleston, Porgy and Bess carries us through a poverty-stricken narrative sandwiched between murder, and a story of love. Porgy and Bess premieres at the Red Mountain Theatre Company February 7 through the 23. Make sure you get your tickets to the iconic musical and save $6 with the code BhamNow6 on price levels 1 or 2.

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Open Houses for Jan. 24-26 from the 200’s to 1.25M

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Are you looking for a new home in Birmingham? We’ve got 31 open houses for you to check out this weekend – you’re sure to find the perfect home for you. Enjoy!

4454 VILLAGE GREEN WAY HOOVER,AL 35226 (RealtySouth)

Open House: THE PRESERVE 01/26 14:00-16:00
4454 VILLAGE GREEN WAY
HOOVER,AL 35226
3589 sq. ft.
4 bedrooms 3 full/1 half baths
$769900
For more info, contact Merry Leach at 205-266-5660 or email merryleach@realtysouth.com


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Where to find deals on baby gear in Birmingham

Target and Walmart both offer car seat trade-in programs. Recycle your old one (at certain times of the year) in one of these stores for a discount or gift card. Photo via Taylor Babington for Bham Now

Anyone with a baby—or baby on the way—knows that a little bundle of joy requires a LOT of gear. Carrier, stroller, car seat, crib, high chair… the list goes on. The costs can add up quickly—here’s where you can find some deals in Birmingham!

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5 things you need to know about Cotton’s in Ensley, including Heritage Coffee (PHOTOS)

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Josh Brenneman, Treś Washington and Donnetta Washington at Heritage Coffee. Isn’t Treś’ sweater fabulous? Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

On a rainy Thursday in Birmingham, I went over to Ensley to check out Heritage Coffee, in the old Cotton’s building, and was so glad I did. Keep reading to find out more about all the action that’s happening at Cotton’s these days, and why you should stop by and check it out.

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Birmingham artist Willie Williams, Jr. chosen to display sculpture in Chicago

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Willie Williams, Jr. outside of Studio 2500. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Local artist Willie Williams Jr. recently took a trip up to Chicago to install his sculpture, “Trinity,” in West Pullman Park. But how did an artist from Alabama grab the attention of a Chicago art group? Keep reading to find out.

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How much do you know about Birmingham’s cosplay scene? Two experts give us the details—including a BSC counselor!

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When she’s not helping students at BSC, Pamela Grubbs-Lowery spends her time creating amazing cosplay looks like this one. Photo via Cameron Carnes.

Have you ever wanted to be someone else—outside of Halloween? You might consider looking into cosplay. Two Birmingham residents well-versed in the activity share helpful tips for becoming involved.

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Discover local Birmingham critters at the 16th annual Salamander Festival on Jan. 25

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How sweet are these little salamanders? Photo via Friends of Shades Creek on Facebook

Salamanders. Newts. Fire Lizards. No matter what you call them, it’s time to celebrate these short-legged, sleek-bodied, long-tailed amphibians during the Salamander Festival on Saturday, January 25 at Shades Valley Community Church in Birmingham.

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New development alert! Arden Place brings stunning homes to Vestavia

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You can throw together four walls and a roof and have a house, but well-designed, beautiful spaces for your family to grow are what truly makes a home. Photo via Slate Barganier

Looking to make a move in 2020? This gorgeous four-home development is currently under construction in Vestavia, headed up by popular Over the Mountain builders Slate Barganier. Once you see photos of their work, you’ll realize why these homes are going to sell fast.

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3 reasons the new basketball lockers at Southside’s Ramsay High School are a game-changer

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Girls basketball Head Coach JoVanka Ward at Ramsay High School. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

“Teams are built in locker rooms,” said boys’ basketball coach Denton Johnson one rainy day at Southside’s Ramsay High School last week. This is why people behind the scenes wanted to have gorgeous new wood lockers built for the magnet school’s basketball gym lockers. Keep reading to find out all the details, and visit Closets by Design Central Alabama to see what they could do for you.

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Calling all movie stars! A Birmingham film is looking for extras.

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The scene is a Día de los Muertos (Day Of The Dead) party‚so come in costume.Photo via Día de los Muertos Alabama Facebook.

If you’ve never made it on the big screen, now is your time!  A film shooting right here in Birmingham is on the hunt for extras to be in a party scene on February 8. 

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Ciao Birmingham! Authentic Italian restaurant, Lé Fresca, opening soon on 2nd Ave. N.

The future site of Lé Fresca on 2nd Ave. N. Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now.

What do you get when an Italian born and bred restauranteur opens a new pizzeria downtown? You get Lé Fresca and an ecstatic content producer who’s ready for authentic Italian food in Downtown Birmingham!

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