Orangetheory home workouts + how Transformation Challenge kept me motivated

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Unfortunately, I don’t have a rowing machine at home, but Orangetheory has some tips to get the same type of workout at home. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now.

NOTICE: Orangetheory is currently closed due to COVID-19. All memberships will be temporarily frozen without a fee during this time.

Around 8 weeks ago I started Orangetheory’s Transformation Challenge. Along the way, I formed a community, learned I can’t do a push-up and felt stronger than ever. Now, I’m taking my workouts with the Orangetheory team online—find out how. 

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Alabama State Parks are going virtual—why it’s awesome

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My face when I see people not social distancing. Photo via Alabama State Park Division’s Facebook.

Just about the only thing, we CAN do right now is go outside—at least it’s spring. However, not everyone is able to travel to Birmingham’s beautiful state parks in response to COVID-19 precautions. Luckily, they’ve worked hard to bring the park to you with virtual resources like park tours, online animal encounters and more.

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7 food trucks offering curbside pick-up, discounts + delivery

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My exact reaction when you sign up for our local business guide. Photo via Vintage Comfort Food Co.

Don’t sleep on local food trucks stepping up to the plate and serving Birmingham through this crazy time. Many are offering curbside pick-up, delivery and special discounts. Keep in mind many places do not accept cash right now.

If you run a local business or nonprofit fill out this easy form and be featured on Bham Now for FREE and in guides like this one.

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Keep Birmingham safe—band together by staying apart + staying home

No need to worry about social distancing from your cat.

Although us young’ un’s might feel like we can do anything, it’s important to remember that no one is invincible, especially when it comes to Coronavirus (COVID-19). One bit of misinformation that is circling around is that young adults can’t get sick or will have mild symptoms. As the youngest member of the Bham Now team, I’m urging you to help me flatten the curve.

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Acclaimed artist Merrilee Challiss builds Birmingham’s art scene

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Merrilee Challiss has left her mark all over Birmingham and continues to create within the city. Photo via Girls Inc. of Central Alabama.

In a time where it’s more important than ever to support local art, I wanted to highlight one of Birmingham’s coolest and most influential contemporary artists. Meet Merrilee Challiss, a local artist who’s brought her creativity to every part of the Magic City. 

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Help save local Birmingham theaters—here’s how

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Christmastime during A Year with Frog and Toad at Birmingham Children’s Theatre. Photo via Brooke Duke

The show must go on, even when it can’t. We know how much hard work and effort were put into local productions that are now postponed or canceled. However, the best way to ensure we get to see future shows is by giving back now.

Not only do these performances feature renowned and global actors, they also feature your children, coworkers, friends, family and Birmingham community. Bham Now is offering FREE promotion for local non-profits.   This information will be used to create useful guides on Bham Now.

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Shop goods from local Birmingham stores at home

FREE shipping from YellowHammer Creative + new merch! Let’s get shopping and supporting Birmingham. Photo via Yellowhammer Creative’s Facebook.

Bham Now is all about supporting local—especially now when some of those who will most be heavily impacted by COVID-19 are small businesses. We’ve pulled together a starting list on how to shop safely from your couch, but please share and fill out this simple form to be included in Bham Now guides including online ordering, virtual classes, curbside pickup, and more.

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Local Birmingham restaurants offering curbside pick-up—let us know more!

Zaza is just one of the many restaurants starting curbside pick-up for their delicious meals.

To help you get food quickly and safely, we are creating an ongoing list of Birmingham restaurants offering curbside pickup. We will add to this list as we hear of more. Please fill out this form and SHARE it so we’ll have a complete list for Bham Now guides. All local businesses can be featured for FREE as a service by Bham Now.

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“The Fantasticks” opens Mar. 26—here’s what you need to know

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Get your game face on—this story will take you for a ride. Photo via Bham Now.

NOTICE: EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19.

“The Fantasticks”, a timeless tale embracing everything love has to offer, good and bad, shows at the Virginia Samford Theatre Mar.26-Apr.5 in Birmingham. Watch what happens when meddling fathers and one enigmatic narrator interfere with two teenagers attempting to navigate life. Get tickets now.

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3 reasons you need to go to Good People Mar. 21 for the AirWave Block Party

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AirWave is back for its 9th annual block party supporting clean rivers. Photo courtesy of AirWave.

NOTICE: EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. PLEASE CONTINUE TO CHECK HERE FOR UPDATES.

Our rivers do A LOT for us Birmingham so it’s about time we celebrate them with a block party! Enjoy live music, beer, art and fight water pollution at the 9th annual AirWave Block Party on Sat., Mar. 21 at Good People Brewing. Come out and support the Black Warrior Riverkeeper and two other waterkeepers.

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Celebrate St.Patrick’s Day in Birmingham with 11+ events—including a beer Olympics

Grab your green, grab your gals, because Birmingham is going BIG for St.Patrick’s Day. Photo courtesy of The Five Points Alliance.

Let’s shamrock and roll Birmingham—St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. No need to worry about any pinching happening over here—these events are decked out in green.

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CEO of Instagift, Nate Schmidt, leads Birmingham Techstar program

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See that space behind Nate? It’s where he’ll be leading his Techstars team this spring. Photo via Bham Now.

Birmingham, are you ready to lead the way in technology innovation? Your startup could benefit big time from the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator and there’s no one better to lead the way. Applications are open now until April 5.

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Why 2323 condos are unlike anything in Birmingham.

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Living close to downtown doesn’t mean sacrificing green space at 2323. Photo courtesy of David Baker Architects.

How many of you live in a location where you can walk to downtown Birmingham’s best restaurants and bars or stroll to the Market at Pepper Place on Saturday morning? Metropolitan, LLC is bringing a new condo concept to 2323 2nd Avenue South and this could be your new home.

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