Your gifts can bring good to a Birmingham treasure—here’s how.

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Give the gift of the Gardens this holiday season. Photos via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

This holiday season, do some good with your gift-giving! Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which is open sunrise to sunset every day of the year, is a local treasure. Here are 3 ways you can give the gift of the Gardens this year.

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Homewood year in review—7 new businesses that launched in 2019

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Lauren Scott showing off her Golden Gloves at Homewood’s most unique 2019 addition. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

2019 was a big year for Homewood business. The area has been booming in recent years, and it continues to attract new concepts and big names alike. Check out some of the most exciting recent additions—and make your holiday shopping list while you’re at it!

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7 local spots to find your perfect Christmas tree in Birmingham

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Christmas tree shopping is that much better with that quintessential shiny red truck. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Birmingham! Now is the time to deck the halls and trim the trees. If you’re on the hunt for that idyllic evergreen, never fear! Here are 7 places in Birmingham where you can pick out your perfect pine.

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Your ultimate guide to the Alabama Theatre’s holiday film series this December

The theatre lobby always sports some of the most festive decorations in Birmingham! Photo via the Alabama Theatre

It’s Christmastime in the (Magic) City! One favorite Birmingham holiday tradition takes place every year at the Alabama Theatre. They’ll be playing holiday movies all month long in their stunning and historic venue.

It’s the perfect seasonal activity for coworkers, a memorable date night, or the whole family! Check out your ultimate guide to December at the Alabama Theatre right here.

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Discover 10 holiday-scented candles that are hand-poured in Birmingham

Crave Candles Co. just launched their holiday collection, and their beautiful containers are sure to grab any guest’s attention this holiday. Photo via Crave Candles Co.

It’s beginning to—smell?—a lot like Christmas! Birmingham’s candle scene is bringing seasonal scents to homes all over the country. If you’re looking for that holiday scent to bring Christmas cheer into your home, or the perfect gift, look no further! Plus, supporting small and local businesses in Birmingham is the best way to holiday shop.

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9 things to be thankful for in Birmingham

Bham Now is all smiles for Turkey Day! Photo via Bham Now

Happy Thanksgiving, Birmingham! Whether you’re celebrating with a huge family gathered around a table, a group of friends you haven’t seen for a while, or just a quiet weekend in—taking a few moments to reflect on all you’re thankful for is an important part of the day.

There’s no shortage of things to be thankful for right here in the Magic City. Here are a few of our favorites.

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These wishes can’t wait—find out how you can bring wishes to life in Birmingham

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For Wish Kid Johanna and her brother, her play set has brought endless joy to her family and inspires hope for brighter days to come. Photo via Make-A-Wish Alabama on Facebook

Holiday magic is all around this time of year. If you’re looking for a way to give some magic yourself right here in Birmingham, there’s no better way than granting a wish with Make-A-Wish Alabama.

Find out how you can be a part of bringing dreams to life for Alabama children at the Wishes Can’t Wait Telethon on December 12.

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3 programs hosted by the Alabama Humanities Foundation that enrich our state

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What better way to give back than by supporting programs that educate and enrich our youth? Photo via AHF

One week from today is Giving Tuesday, Birmingham! If you haven’t decided how to celebrate quite yet, we’ve got the perfect solution. The Alabama Humanities Foundation hosts and sponsors programs all aimed at enriching our state. Get an inside look at where those vital donations go!

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Meet 7 Birmingham execs investing in their future. Here’s how.

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The Birmingham crew from the 2019 class. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

An Executive MBA from The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business can open all kinds of doors for professionals. The Tuscaloosa EMBA program just got their new class, and it’s chock full of all kinds of talent. Keep reading to learn more!

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Green thumbs, hearts of gold. Meet the volunteers that keep Birmingham Botanical Gardens beautiful!

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Volunteers are an indispensable resource in fulfilling the Friends’ promise of protecting, nurturing, and sharing the wonders of the Gardens. Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Similar to most nonprofits, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is dependent upon volunteers and the work they do. The Friends honored volunteers this month at their annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.

As Executive Director of the Friends—Tom Underwood—stated, just one person’s decision to volunteer helps build the network of community support that keeps the Gardens thriving.

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These before-and-after photos of a Birmingham home renovation will blow you away

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So you need a new home. Now it’s time to face the age-old question: do I buy, do I build, or do I renovate? One Birmingham family walked us through their decision-making process and how it turned out in the end—plus, don’t miss the “after” photos of their stunning renovated home!

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New mural at Birmingham-Southern College pays tribute to school symbol (PHOTOS)

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Claire LeSar and Aaron Beane are the current co-presidents of BSC’s Art Students League. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

If you’ve ever been on Birmingham-Southern College’s campus, you know it’s beautiful. All red brick and greenery—and in the fall, it’s even more stunning.

Several art students at BSC created a mural on campus that represents one of the school’s most beloved symbols—keep reading to check it out!

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Want to clean up the planet? Start with the Birmingham area—here’s how.

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Leeds residents team up to pick up! Photo submitted

Listen up, litterbugs! We all know littering is not the best thing for the environment. In fact, it’s one of the worst things that we can do because of its far-reaching effects on many aspects of our lives here in Jefferson County. It hurts wildlife, damages ecosystems—plus, it makes Birmingham the beautiful look downright dingy.

If you do litter, here are three reasons you should stop.  If you don’t and would like to make an even bigger impact on the littering problem, engage your community and organize a litter cleanup,  Here’s how to get started!

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