What’s open and what’s closed in Birmingham on Presidents Day, Feb. 18, 2019

Still wondering how this happened… Photo from Unsplash

Presidents Day is this Monday, February 18. It’s officially called “Washington’s Birthday” to commemorate George Washington, the first U.S. president. So, how does this impact your Monday in Birmingham?  Keep reading to find out.

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11 things to see at the Birmingham Home Show February 15-17

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Go visit the ladies at Chalk Couture for fun vinyl decals for a magazine worthy chalkboard wall. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

The Birmingham Home Show kicks off Friday, February 15th at the BJCC. We took a sneak peek before they opened on Friday. Read on to find out eleven things you can’t miss at the Birmingham home show, including wiiiiiiiiiiiine slushieeeeeees.

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Spaces limited: Register for Samford Academy of the Arts Spring classes and new summer Jazz Camp

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A Jazz band performing. Photo from the Oak Mountain Band Facebook page

Are you kicking yourself because you forgot to register for the Samford Academy of the Arts classes and workshops this past January? Or do you think it is too late to sign up your child for summer camp?

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34 weekend events in Birmingham, including Boy Band Night, a Ginger Beer Tasting and an art show all about cats

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Jump into the weekend in Birmingham. Photo from Red Mountain Theatre Company’s Facebook page

Ready for the weekend? Get ready to fill your calendar with these must-attend events happening in Birmingham February 15-17.

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Birmingham’s GlobalXplorers Project headed to India for next citizen archeology mission

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Dr. Sarah Parcak on the TEDTalk stage. (via TED.com)

Want to re-discover the ancient world? Now’s your chance! Birmingham based GlobalXplorers, the online citizen archeology project, announced this week they’ll be heading to India for their next mapping quest. Join their mission to prevent looting at ancient sites by becoming a virtual citizen explorer. Can you (virtually) dig it?

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Guide to Black History Month in Birmingham

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra will be in town for Black History Month in Birmingham
Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra will be at the Alys Stephens Center Thursday, February 21. Photo from Facebook

The fact that Presidents’ Day is right in the middle of Black History Month is no coincidence. In the early 1900s, Carter G. Woodson documented the contributions of African Americans. He wanted to create Black History Week during a time when African Americans were already celebrating both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays. The first Black History Week took place in 1926. The US has observed it ever since. Fifty years after its founding, it expanded into Black History Month.

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Your guide to shopping 10 of Birmingham’s best antique stores like Urban Suburban and Hanna Antiques

I’ve always enjoyed things secondhand: hand-me-downs from my older sister, thrift shop accessories and all things antique. I’m new to the Magic City, so I figured I’d get acquainted by finding all of the best antique stores around town and call it work. Whether you’re an avid antiquer or you’ve never shopped secondhand before, Birmingham is full to the brim with hidden gems waiting to be found. Here are the top 10 antique stores in Birmingham you have to visit:

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If nerd heaven was a place, it would be Kami-con. Win tickets on Bham Now’s Instagram and see for yourself.

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Kazha is one of the artists who plays at Kami-con.
Kazha. Photo from Kami-con

Wait—let me explain, Kami-con fans or curious onlookers. My home includes a Dungeons and Dragons DM and Magic and Pokemon players. We love dragon stories, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings. So in my world, the term “nerd” is affectionate. I like this definition from Steve Kamb of Nerd Fitness: “Nerds: people who follow hobbies and pursuits outside of the mainstream.”

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4 staples of every bachelorette party, and where to find them in Birmingham

Who says you can’t rock a bachelorette sash in Birmingham? Photo by Hilary Meares of Bham Now

Your best friend’s big day is coming up, and you’re in charge of planning the one last fling before the ring. The bachelorette party! A thrilling, yet daunting task. Where do we go? What do we do? Look no further then the Magic City for all bachelorette needs. Check out these staples of a successful bachelorette party, and where to find them in Birmingham.

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11 expert tips from a top RealtySouth agent for getting your house ready to sell in Birmingham

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Kristen McGee of RealtySouth with her pups in Birmingham. Photo submitted

Selling season is about to kick into high gear in Birmingham. Get your house market ready with 11 essential tips from one of RealtySouth’s top-performing real estate agents, Kristen McGee.

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3 ways to fight the flu in Birmingham, plus other helpful tips

It’s that time of year again—flu season. If you’ve been lucky enough not to get it While it may seem like you’ll be struck by the flu at any moment, there are some ways to protect yourself—and others—from getting that awful sickness. Read on to find out the top three ways to fight the flu, plus other helpful tips.

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Australian born Steve Merifield shares how Camp Cosby, a program of the YMCA of Greater Birmingham, changes lives

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Happy campers. Photo from YMCA Camp Cosby

Have you ever met anyone who’s been to Camp Cosby? I have. A bunch of them. And when they talk about the place, you know it means something to them. First, there’s all the friends. Second, there’s all the fun. Third, there’s all that they learned. And then there’s all the years they went back. Again and again.

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Did you know that Alabama has the smallest percentage of public land in the South? Why it matters.

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View from Cheaha State Park. Photo by Robin E Taylor-Cheaha State Park

This land is your land, this land is my land… this land was made for you and me. ~excerpt of lyrics from Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.”

Did you know that you, as a citizen of the state of Alabama, and nearly 5 million fellow Alabamians share ownership of more than 1.5 million acres of public land in our state?

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