Books for Birmingham collected 9500+ books for Birmingham City students

Bridget and Chloe from the Boys & Girls Club of Central Alabama–they’re showing a few of their favorite books given out to local students. Photo by Alisa Boone.

Early school closings have affected young students across Birmingham. Beginning in May, Better Basics began collecting brand new books through their Books for Birmingham campaign. Their mission is to help these local students stay on track for their return back to school to prevent the summer slide.

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Birmingham’s role in kickstarting Fleetwood Mac stars Nicks and Buckingham

Performing on campus at UA, pre-Rumours. Photo courtesy 1975 University of Alabama yearbook.

Before they were highly acclaimed Grammy-winning artists touring the globe with Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had their first taste of fame in our very own Birmingham, Alabama.

After receiving a generous amount of air-time on Birmingham’s WJLN-FM, Buckingham Nicks saw enthusiastic welcomes and sold-out shows across Alabama–they even moved on to perform their farewell show at Boutwell Auditorium

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Alabama’s college COVID plan for the fall–what you need to know

Registration time…Photo via Birmingham-Southern College on Facebook.

As we grow closer to the fall semester, colleges are making plans to prepare for the safety of all individuals on their campuses. Governor Ivey has been working alongside experts at UAB to develop programs that will contain the spread of COVID-19–these include widespread tests for students in addition to an innovative self-check app system.

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How will sorority recruitment work on campuses this fall?

Members from each of Samford’s nine chapters getting together. Photo via @samfordpanhellenic on Instagram.

Social distancing guidelines are calling for big adjustments in this fall’s sorority recruitment across Alabama campuses. As we near closer to August, colleges are developing plans to adjust recruitment from its traditional process. Find out more. 

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Watching the Onewheel trend continue in Birmingham

Railroad Park is the ideal place to weave around on your “skateboard of the future”. Photo by Ryan Black via Onewheel Riders on Facebook.

We’ve had our eye on a number of gadgets around Birmingham that make us feel like we’re living in the future. Some of them are even affecting the way we get around town. A relatively new development, the Onewheel, offers a speedy alternative to skateboards and scooters for those on the move. Plus, it’s social distancing approved, and we must say, it’s pretty cool.

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Mark your calendars for these 8 virtual events in Birmingham

Sunsets over the Magic City’s vibrant skyline never get old. Photo via @bhamnow on Instagram.

As we continue to practice social distancing, more virtual events keep popping up to keep our community connected. Learn how to make cocktails from home just like the experts, join your friends for a virtual game night, find the perfect camp for your kids, and more with these 8 virtual events happening in Birmingham.

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6 ways you can support Birmingham’s seniors right now

Local Birmingham programs are offering a number of ways to help out our beloved elders. Photo via Collat Jewish Family Services Facebook Page.

Whether it’s delivering home essentials, sending some love with a heartfelt “kindness postcard”, or simply making a phone call to check-in, there are countless opportunities to assist our local seniors right now. Below are six Birmingham programs and activities with the mission to brighten the lives of senior citizens + how you can get involved.

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What do you know about Birmingham’s Quinlan Castle? Its history might surprise you.

Is this an old English castle? Am I at Disney World? It’s actually just down the road from Five Points. Photo by Pat Byington.


If you’re anything like me you’ve found yourself bopping around Birmingham, come across a massive fairytale-style castle, and had a few questions. This eccentric structure is the Quinlan Castle–it contains 72 apartments and has quite a curious history. Today it is currently uninhabited. Dig in. 

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Books for Birmingham is helping local students get back on track

Looking just like Christmas morning, students are delighted to choose a book of their own. Photo via BetterBasics.org.

Young students throughout Birmingham have been affected by early school closings. Better Basics has created the Books for Birmingham book drive campaign to collect NEW books for these students helping them get back in the swing of things for school in the fall.

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See the Magic City’s Treasures with this Scavenger Hunt

Birmingham is home to many cool spots that are bound to catch your fancy. Photo from Instagram @bclcreations by Brandon Littleton.

Whether its our trusty friend Vulcan or the exquisite Botanical Gardens, Birmingham offers countless awe-inspiring locations all across the map. Yet, there are even more lesser-known + charming sites all around that are must see’s. Visit the city’s hidden gems and check these underground places off your bucket list.

Most of these locations can be seen while social distancing or even from inside your car, so bring your mask along for the adventure!

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Jazz, Blues & Nightlife in Birmingham’s Tuxedo Junction

The Bama Street Collegians led by Erskine Hawkins got their start performing at Tuxedo Junction before hitting it big in New York City. Photo courtesy of Birmingham Public Library.

The Magic City is home to countless cultural influences that contribute to our city’s vibrant culture. In the 1920s and 1930s, Tuxedo Junction stood within the Ensley neighborhood. Its dance halls brimmed with the latest jazz music and dances—including the Jive Dance which originated there.

By night it was the heart of the black community’s social paradise, and it will always be immortalized by Erskine Hawkins’ famous jazz tune “Tuxedo Junction”.

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14 Birmingham counselors offering online therapy

There are hundreds of online platforms offering valuable resources and virtual therapy. Photo via Unsplash.

Big lifestyle changes of any kind—much less, those brought on by a pandemic—can take a toll on your mental health. Things are tough right now, and if you’re struggling, know you don’t have to go through it alone. Here are 14 Birmingham counseling centers offering virtual services.

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13 businesses + nonprofits offering internships in Birmingham

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Gaining experience through internships is a valuable and fun way to plan for the future. Photo via Unsplash.

Whether you’re looking to gain work experience in a particular setting or fulfill required credits before your graduation—we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to see what companies and organizations are offering internships in Birmingham.

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See how Birmingham students are supplying healthcare workers with face shields

Nurses enthusiastically hold two thumbs up after receiving their brand new face shields. Photo via Rita Goyal.

By now you’ve no doubt come across *inventive* ways people across the globe are combatting shortages of face masks while fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out how students at The Altamont School in Birmingham have created the ultimate crafty solution.

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