Birmingham’s biggest garage sale is back! The Bargain Carousel returns Feb. 27, Apr. 4 + Apr. 25.

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Get ready to attend the 1000-family garage sale this spring. You won’t want to miss out on these items. Photo courtesy of the Junior League of Birmingham

Know how people say they’re “treasure hunting” when it comes to scouring garage sales, antique shops or thrift stores for gems? The Bargain Carousel’s events on Feb. 27, Apr. 4 and Apr.25 are the opposite of that. It’d be hard not to find amazing items. Grab your tickets and find out how you can be a part of the fun while putting your money right back into Birmingham.

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Discover 7 new Hoover businesses opened in the past month—including Clean Juice

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The face says it all. Photo via Emily and Eli’s Dog Grooming Salon’s Facebook.

Hoover is rolling right along when it comes to new construction and businesses. Have you been keeping your eye on the city? We certainly have—here’s a roundup of what’s going on in Hoover .

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No two Birmingham hot dogs are alike. 9 local spots that have a hot dog for everyone.

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Pick your poison. Photo via Mile End Deli.

Back in the day, we gave you a guide to Birmingham’s 11 best hotdogs. But, with the recent (hopefully temporary) closure of Hot Diggity Dogs and a new decade we felt we needed a refresher on Birmingham hot dogs. Take a look at where you can find Birmingham’s take on the ballpark favorite.

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The Penny Foundation is supporting black-owned businesses in Birmingham. Check out how.

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Freedom Line Tours is one businesses that benefits from The Penny Foundation. The women-owned company offers tours and activities throughout the greater Birmingham-metro area, as well as Montgomery and Selma. Photo via Freedom Line Tours’ Facebook.

Chances are you know about Penny Savings Bank. It’s the first black-owned and black-operated financial institution in Alabama. The bank backed and supported black-owned businesses from 1890 until it’s closing in 1915. Fast forward, in 2018 The Penny Foundation was born out of that same thread. See how it’s growing Birmingham businesses today.

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3 reasons to see Porgy and Bess now-Feb. 23. Save $6 with code BhamNow6.

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The iconic folk opera runs now through Feb.23 at RMTC Cabaret Theatre in Birmingham. Photo courtesy of Stewart Edmonds.

“Summertime, and the living is easy.” You only have to hear the first few notes of this iconic song at the beginning of Porgy and Bess to put aside whatever you’ve been thinking about and glue your eyes to the stage. The intense and emotional story is one you don’t want to leave February without seeing. It’s being performed at the RMTC Cabaret Theatre by Red Mountain Theatre Company in Birmingham until Feb. 23—get your tickets and save $6 with the code BhamNow6 on price levels 1 or 2.

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Honey, I shrunk the Magic City! A guide to all things tiny in Birmingham.

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Would you believe this tiny truck is one of the biggest things on the list? Photo via Kristen Pender Photography.

Anyone else a fan of those tiny cooking shows on Instagram? It’s universal that practically everything is cuter when it’s smaller and Birmingham has that trend in the bag. From bars to houses, Birmingham is growing bigger by getting smaller.

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Lovelady Center volunteers help feed 600 women and children from community garden

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When you see those red shirts, you know the Alabama Power Service Organization is involved. They are some of the volunteers who’ve had a stake in the Lovelady Center’s community garden. Photo courtesy of Alabama Power.

The benefits of a community garden span far past having fresh produce—just ask the volunteers and members at the Lovelady Center. Last spring they started work on a community garden, and it’s blossomed into a lasting impact.

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Everything BUT king cake. Check out 5 Mardi Gras-inspired treats in Birmingham

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With a double shot of espresso, sanding sugar to make the festive design, and a little drizzle of caramel on top, you’ll be partying all night after this drink. Photo via Heritage Coffee’s Facebook.

Although Birmingham has several bakeries that specialize in king cakes, here are a handful of Mardi Gras–themed desserts from local bakeries that like to shake things up. From lattes to stuffed French toast, Birmingham has some king cake recipes that will surprise you.

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Your guide to Black History Month in Birmingham, including events and where to visit

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The Aeolians of Oakwood University will perform at the Alys Stephens Center on Feb.9. Photo via The Aeolians’ Facebook.

In the middle of the 20th century, Birmingham rose to national and international fame as the center of the Civil Rights Movement. Through the efforts of Civil Rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Birmingham’s own Fred Shuttlesworth, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made all men equal in the eyes of the law. During Black History Month, we honor these leaders and more for their struggle toward equality. Here are must-see places and events you should check out in Birmingham during Black History Month. 

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Update: Extras needed for Birmingham film, “Garden of the Gods”

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The scene is a Día de los Muertos (Day Of The Dead) party‚so come in costume.Photo via Día de los Muertos Alabama Facebook.

UPDATE 2/4: All roles for extras have currently been filled. If you’d like to reach out about another project, feel free to use the same contact information provided.

If you’ve never made it on the big screen, now is your chance!  A Birmingham film is on the hunt for extras to be in a party scene on February 8.  Find out more about “Garden of the Gods,” a movie produced by a local Birmingham production company.

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Sidewalk Film Center is screening every Oscar-nominated short before the award show on Feb. 9

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Grab your popcorn and your tissues, these films are incredible. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now.

The only time you should be in the dark when it comes to The Oscars is if you’re watching one of the nominated shorts at the Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema. Lucky for you, the center is screening every short film this week leading up to The Academy Awards.

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Update: Birmingham resident, Sydney Hightower, a front-runner on “The Bachelor”

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Sydney deserves a trophy just for making it through the first rose ceremony, which starts at night and leads into the morning hours. Photo via Refinery29, courtesy of ABC.

By now, you’ve heard Syndey Hightower, Birmingham resident, is on ABC’s insanely popular reality TV show, “The Bachelor.” Now, take a look at how she’s doing after making it through three rose ceremonies.

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How do you get your name on The Atomic Lounge’s cocktail list? It’s all about the unexpected.

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The funky decor is only half of The Atomic Lounge’s charm. Photo courtesy of Magic City Dentistry

Everything about The Atomic Lounge is a little different, and extra special—especially its cocktails. Have you ever wanted to know who gets their name on the leaderboard of cocktail lists? Once I saw my name on the menu, I had to find out how it got there.

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5 unique gifts for your Valentine’s sweetheart from the Gabriel & Co. showcase Feb.7-8 + GIVEAWAY

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Don’t miss gorgeous pieces such as this ring at the Diamonds Direct showcase February 7-8. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now.

While heart-shaped jewelry might top your list this Valentine’s Day, you don’t want to miss the Feb. 7-8 Diamonds Direct showcase in Birmingham featuring unique pieces from Gabriel & Co. Especially since items are brought in from their extended collection!

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5 Alabama fashion designers’ clothes you can find in Birmingham.

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Did you know Zkano Socks makes all of its products in Alabama? Photo via Zkano Socks’ Facebook.

Alabama isn’t known as the fashion capital of the world—at least, not yet. So many of your favorite brands made right here in Alabama, and many are designed or constructed in Birmingham.

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