5 reasons to attend Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop at McWane Science Center on December 15

Build your gingerbread house creation at Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop. Photo via McWane Science Center

It’s beginning to taste like the holidays at McWane Science Center as they prepare for their inaugural Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop. Here are five reasons to slather on some icing and show off your engineering and design skills at this family-friendly event happening on December 15. Tickets are on sale now!

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Storm destroys Turkey Creek Nature Preserve greenhouse. Learn how you can help bring it back

Fallen tree destroys the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve greenhouse. Photo by Charles Yeager

As a result of heavy rainfall on Saturday and subsequent late night storms that hit Central Alabama, a tree was uprooted at the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve destroying the nature  center’s recently constructed greenhouse.

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15 Days of Christmas movies and the dates, times and channels where you can find them

It’s that time again — grab a santa hat and watch some Christmas movies with friends!

Your tree is trimmed, your cocoa is hot and you’re ready to snuggle in and watch your favorite Christmas movie. But wait — is your favorite even on TV tonight?  Check out our handy guide to find out. 

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RECAP: CahaBAZAAR at Cahaba Brewing Company

Infinite Soaps. Owner, Christopher Funderburk (Jacob Blankenship/Bham Now)

On December 8, we went out to CahaBAZAAR Holiday Market at Cahaba Brewing Company which is a day of family fun, local artist and makers, food and beer. A place where you can get all of your holiday shopping done in one place. 

We first ran into Christopher Funderburk, who is the owner of Infinite Soaps, a local business with two retail locations in Birmingham that creates lye soap and other natural skincare products.

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Inspirational glass Christmas ornaments re-discovered at United Ability are on sale

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Zach Woolley holding the handcrafted glass ornament modeled after him in 2005. Photo courtesy of United Ability

This fall, in the office of United Ability, the staff made a very special discovery. Tucked away in storage was a box of beautifully designed Christmas glass ornaments that were produced in 2005. (Learn how you can purchase one – HERE)

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Birmingham episode of “The Zimmern List” to air Saturday, December 22

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Chef and television personality Andrew Zimmern with a barbecue sandwich and fries from Jim ‘N Nick’s. Photo via Travel Channel

This past May, tv food guru Andrew Zimmern was spotted in Birmingham filming his Travel Channel series “The Zimmern List”. Now, it’s time to set your DVR because the Birmingham episode is set to air on Saturday, December 22 at 9:30am Central.

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Retha Nichole, Small Business and Life Coach, on giving entrepreneurs the push they need to succeed

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Retha Nichole is ready to change your small business for the better. Photo via Retha Nichole on Facebook

Have you ever thought about starting your own business, but realized maybe the million reasons why it would be extremely difficult, and then just given up? Or are you a small business owner who just needs a little extra push here and some help with administrative tasks there? Enter Retha Nichole.

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Birmingham tech startup Mixtroz reaches historic fundraising goal of $1 million

Birmingham, Kerry Schraer and Ashlee Ammons, founders of Mixtroz. Photo via Mixtroz
Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons, founders of Mixtroz. Photo via Mixtroz

There’s been another big win for mother-daughter duo, Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons, co-founders of Birmingham tech startup Mixtroz. The company has officially reached the historic fundraising goal of $1 million! Continue reading “Birmingham tech startup Mixtroz reaches historic fundraising goal of $1 million”

Birmingham native and novelist Daniel Wallace named 2019 Harper Lee Award Winner

Birmingham, Alabama, Daniel Wallace, 2019 Harper Lee Award
Daniel Wallace. Photo by Iman Woods

Author Daniel Wallace, born and raised in Birmingham, has reeled in a big fish—the 2019 Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year. He will receive the honor during the Awards Luncheon at the Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville, Alabama, on April 26, 2019.

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7 ways to entertain company in Birmingham over the holidays, including sushi burritos at Wasabi Juan’s

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Two Birmingham originals: Vulcan and Wasabi Juan’s LHM Sushi Burrito. Photo by Bham Now

When family and friends head to town for the holidays, you need a plan to entertain them. Bham Now created this guide with a little help from our friends the Toros, owners of Wasabi Juan’s in Birmingham, who often host family from Miami over the holidays. We even made a map for you at the end.

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Meet the Reticulated Siren, Alabama’s newest salamander, one of the biggest amphibians in the world

Photo of the newly named reticulate siren. Photo by Pierson Hill via Facebook

Yesterday, salamander enthusiasts, herpetologists and nature lovers around the world were introduced to a new species of salamander found only in Alabama and Florida – the Reticulated Siren.

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