Hope, solidarity and a virtual race—all happening in Birmingham

Birmingham, dogs, weekend
Calling in the weekend. Photo via @akiryoichi

Social distancing making you feel out of the loop? Here’s a peek at what’s going on in Birmingham.

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Local Business Deals 

Our Small Business Guide has deals from over 392 local restaurants, bars and businesses. Here are 5 we think you could use this weekend. Enjoy!

P.S. Sign up your business or non profit organization!

*For a quick tutorial, check out Now the Weekend: Quarantine Edition.

A wild virtual ride

Over two dozen INDYCAR drivers will hit the virtual track during the inaugural INDYCAR iRacing Challenge from virtual Barber Motorsports Park. The race takes place Sat., April 4 at 2:30PM on NBCSN. Tune in!

More than $1 million! 

Birmingham, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
June 2019. Photo via D. Jerome Smedley

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced something amazing—they’ll be making grants available to organizations providing critical services and economic assistance around Birmingham. Learn more about grants and other resources.

There’s an app for that 

Birmingham, UAB, MOXIE, ventilators
Medical professional recording data at UAB. Photo via Lexi Coon, property of University of Alabama at Birmingham

As COVID-19 continues its way across the globe, there’s been an increased need for ventilators. Helping in this matter is Birmingham-based company MOXIE—an in-house design team for tech. They’ve designed an app that will improve efficiency and safety for medical professionals and their patients. Continue reading. 

We’ve got the whole world, in our hands

Birmingham, The World Games ceremony
Raise your hand if you can’t wait for The Games to come to Birmingham! Photo via The World Games

Sporting events, ceremonies and excitement. You’ll find it all at the World Games Birmingham. Er… just a bit later than originally planned. Mark your calendars for July 7-17, 2022. We’ll see you there!

What’s happening in your neck of the woods?

Birmingham, Randall Woodfin
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin. Photo vai Randall Woodfin’s Facebook page

Due to COVID-19, we hear about social distancing, business closures and shelter-in-place ordinances daily. Do you know what your city is doing to take precautions? Here’s a look at what Birmingham and its surrounding areas are doing.

A helping paw 

Birmingham, Greater Birmingham Humane Society, animals
He wants you to know your options! Photo via @TheGBHS on Twitter

The Greater Birmingham Humane Society may be temporarily closed for adoptions, but they are continuing their efforts to help pets around Birmingham. They’ve transformed their Snow Drive adoption center into a place where struggling pet owners can get supplies. Learn more.

Solidarity brother

Birmingham, Vulcan Park and Museum, coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic, Vulcan, unity light show
Vulcan offers hope during unity light show. Photo via @visitvulcan on Instagram

Wondering why Vulcan is aglow in white lights every night come dusk? It’s a message from Vulcan Park and Museum to show they stand in solidarity with the Birmingham community during the COVID-19 pandemic. More on this special unity light show.

No…more…crackers

Birmingham, Alabama Farmer’s Market
Whoa cabbage! Photo via Alabama Farmer’s Market

Tired of eating prepackaged foods while stuck at home? Bring on the fruits and veggies! Here are 18—yes, 18!—places to get farm-fresh food via curbside pickup + delivery.

Let’s put a smile on that face

Birmingham
Birmingham knows how. Photo via Unsplash

Birmingham is indeed a Magic City. Find out why with these three stories that will make you smile inside and out. 

The ultimate way to lounge 

Birmingham, a basic shop
Clothes from basic. Photo by Jett Walker/Photography via @abasicshop on Instagram

Spending a lot of time lounging couch-side lately? Spice it up by shopping local online. Here are 6 Birmingham stores offering clothes, accessories and more.

My tastebuds just exploded!

Birmingham, NORI Thai and Sushi
What situation isn’t improved by sushi? Go ahead, I’m waiting. Photo via NORI Thai and Sushi

Cooking at home feeling a bit bland? Give your next meal some zing when you order from one of these 11 Asian restaurants. Curbside pickup + delivery available. 

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