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Win a $250 gas card + other prizes when you take this 2-minute survey

Now they we’ve got your attention with this dog, take our survey and win cool prizes. Photo via Bham Now

As cool and modern as we think we are, Bham Now needs your help on keeping us hip—like, do people even still use the word hip? We’ve put together the only survey in the world that will actually take less than two minutes to complete and it enters you to win some fire prizes valued up to $500. Hurry, the deadline is July 10.

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UAB receives $1M Federal grant for telehealth services

Telehealth call with Dr. Carol Smith of Birmingham Allergy & Asthma. Photo via Bham Now

In the age of social distancing, being able to speak with a doctor from the comfort of your own home is a luxury we can all use. That’s why the Federal Communications Commission has awarded UAB with a $1 million grant to help improve their teleheath capabilities. Here’s how that money will be used.

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Shop new local + sustainable products from Freedom Soap Company

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How good are these new t-shirt designs? Find them + more at Freedom Soap Co. Photo by Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Birmingham based Freedom Soap Company is so much more than their name implies. They’re known for their all-natural soaps and skincare products, but now they are adding more sustainable and eco-friendly goods to their inventory.

Keep reading to get a sneak peek, plus find out how you can win a bunch of Freedom Soap goodies and donate to a local environmental organization at the same time.

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5 Birmingham artists to keep on your radar + what they’ve been up to in quarantine

Where have you been finding inspiration during quarantine? Photo provided by Micah McKenzie

Now it’s more important than ever to support local businesses and makers. While local artists would typically be showcasing their art at the Birmingham Art Crawl right about now, it’s postponement has led to new avenues for artists to share their work. We asked five local artists how they’ve been creating during quarantine. Here’s what they’ve been up to. 

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Alabama Audubon is tracking Avondale Park’s “baby green herons” and they are adorable (photos)

Alabama Audubon’s Alliemarie Humphries holding a banded green heron at Avondale Park in Birmingham. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Breakout the pink and blue ribbons, Avondale Park has three green heron fledglings residing on the little island in the middle of the park’s pond. 

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Heat up the kitchen with 5 summer cooking classes in Birmingham

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Some of us aren’t as talented as our coworkers and need a little help in the kitchen. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Does anyone else tend to make the same meals over and over (mine is chicken sausage and brown rice)? I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for a fresh new shakeup that maybe includes more than two ingredients. Cooking classes, weekly recipes and kitchen gurus are bringing us the ingredients and knowledge we need to break the routine in Birmingham

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National Kitten Day, Eat in the Streets in Avondale and a new farmers market opens this weekend, July 10-12

Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur. Photo via Nathan Watson  for Bham Now

From adorable kittens to eating in the streets, you won’t want to miss all the exciting things going on July 10-12 around Birmingham.

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Update on 9 Birmingham-area farmers markets + more ways to get fresh food locally

The folks at Owls Hollow Farm have masks and gloves on hand, ready to share their fresh produce. Photo by Karim Shamsi-Basha at The Pepper Place Market

Craving that farm-fresh taste? Here’s a quick update on 9 Birmingham-area farmers markets so you can get your fresh produce fix and show your support for local farmers right now.

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Have a business idea for Alabama’s ‘new normal’? Reignite Alabama is taking applications until July 16th

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A finalist pitching his idea to visitors and judges at the Alabama Launchpad Cycle 1 event in Montgomery on February 28th, 2020 (before social distancing). Photo via Alabama Launchpad

With our “new normal” of COVID-19, we’ve had to adjust so many things in our lives—but challenges can also bring new opportunities. If you have a new business start-up or idea that helps to solve a problem or make daily life better, Reignite Alabama wants to know.  Reignite Alabama, the 3rd Alabama Launchpad competition of 2020, aims to specifically address the new challenges that affect both Alabama and the country. Applications are open until Thursday, July 16th.

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Celebrate Small Business Week in Birmingham with FREE events + more

Thinking of switching your gym to a local experience? Battle Republic will give you one hell of a workout. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now and taken in 2019 prior to COVID-19

Local businesses may be small in size, but they’re HUGE in entrepreneurial spirit. You know Bham Now *hearts* local biz and we’re here to celebrate National Small Business Week with you by pulling together the ultimate ways to show up and support.

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Charles Barkley named Honorary Co-Chair of The World Games

Another step forward! Photo via The World Games 2022 on Facebook

If you’re counting down the days like we are, you know that in just two years, The World Games 2022 will have officially kicked off in Birmingham. In celebration, the Birmingham Organizing Committee announced yesterday that NBA MVP Charles Barkley will serve as an honorary co-chair. Check it out!

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A trip down Alabama’s antique trail + 10 shops to check out around Birmingham

All of your antique + vintage dreams lie on the Alabama Antique Trail. Photo via Urban Suburban’s Facebook

Whether you’re looking for a great deal or an offbeat gem, antique shops are a treasure chest. With over 100 unique shops around the state, we’ve picked 10 in and around Birmingham that are worth a visit. Let’s take a trip down the Alabama Antique Trail, shall we? 

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Hoover seeks Entertainment District at Stadium Trace Village where Big Whiskey and Cajun Roux reside

Big Whiskey’s and Cajun Roux will anchor the proposed Entertainment District in Hoover’s Stadium Trace Village. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Move over Birmingham, the city of Hoover wants to have an Entertainment District too!

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Birmingham Children’s Theatre offers camps, master classes, virtual puppet shows + more this summer. Sign up now!

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Tune in to BCT’s Cardboard Puppet Theatre each week. Photo courtesy of Birmingham Children’s Theatre

Calling all junior thespians! This summer, Birmingham Children’s Theatre has gone virtual with camps, master classes, a puppet theatre and more. Read on for all the details and be sure to sign up!

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Update on 9+ houses of worship online + in-person services

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Faith Chapel will continue to stream services online. Photo courtesy of Faith Chapel

While some local houses of worship have adapted a hybrid method of in-person and online services, others are sticking to virtual streaming—both are determined to keep the congregation safely connected. Here’s an update on the programming for 9+ Birmingham places of worship.

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2 promising developments coming to Birmingham’s Parkside

Foundry Yards, a new luxury apartment complex + office space coming to Parkside. Graphic via Shannon Waltcheck

Birmingham’s Parkside District is all abuzz. First, the pivotal Parkside Master Plan; then the Black Lives Matter Mural; and now, two new promising developments. One local developer is adding office space to their ongoing Foundry Yards apartment complex, while another is planning a new restaurant + event space with a focus on live music. It’s an exciting time to be in Parkside!

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