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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3 vineyards near Birmingham, AL that are nothing to wine about

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Looks like our kind of hangout. Photo via Corbin Farms on Facebook

Birmingham, AL has no shortage of delicious food, stunning natural scenery, and unique cocktail bars. However, something I never knew was thriving in the Magic City is the wine scene!

Fantastic blends that are bottled in Birmingham are enjoyed all over Alabama and beyond—and you can get an inside look.

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5 places to buy fresh flowers in Birmingham, including the NEW Magic City Flower Market

We’re big fans of fresh flowers here at Bham Now! Photo by Meghan Murphy

With the time change, many of us are getting home from work or school after dark. The winter blues are something many can relate to, but did you know it’s actually a real condition?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that generally occurs during the fall and winter months. One way to combat it? Fresh flowers and houseplants! Here are five places to buy in Birmingham.

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Meet Peter Vogt, Silicon Valley tech CEO who’s coming to Birmingham

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Peter Vogt, founder of Prepaid2Cash. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

A west coast native and an investment banker turned tech entrepreneur—meet Peter Vogt, founder of Prepaid2Cash. The company is relocating its headquarters to Birmingham, AL—which means Peter is headed south. Keep reading to see his first impressions of the Magic City!

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“A pivotal moment for the city of Birmingham.” Something BIG is coming to Parkside

Parkside West will be an urban commons designed to bring people together. Renderings via Orchestra Partners

Something huge is brewing in downtown Birmingham. Next September marks the 10 year anniversary of Railroad Park’s opening, and over the past decade, the area surrounding the park has taken on a life of its own. Some big players in Birmingham have teamed up on a master plan for Parkside—keep reading to find out what’s coming.

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5 places to volunteer with the elderly in Birmingham, AL

In the past year, Meals on Wheels delivered more than 231,000 meals (and even more smiles!) to homebound seniors. Photo via United Way on Facebook

It’s a fact: volunteering is good for you and good for others. Plus it gives good back to our community right here in Birmingham. There are hundreds of local nonprofits, centers, and more that do wonderful work in our city.

If you love spending time with the elderly, here are 5 places to check out!

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34 pet-friendly hotels in Birmingham, PLUS meet the Bham Now mascots!

Meet Ginny! She’s the very best chocolate lab you will ever meet and yes, I will argue with you about that. Photo via Beth Cunningham

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and everyone knows that means prime travel time. Whoever you have coming to visit you in Birmingham, tell them to bring their fur babies along! The Magic City is fun for all—even Fido. Check out 34 hotels all over Birmingham that will welcome your pets with open paws.

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