Sidewalk Film Festival moves to the Grand River Drive-In August 24-30. Buy tickets now

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Don’t worry, concessions will still be available for your movie snack. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Lights up, cameras rolling—the 22nd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival won’t be put on hold, but it will be put in park. Since COVID-19 decided to hang around for a while, the event is packing up its projectors and moving outdoors to the Grand River Drive-In at The Backyard in Leeds. View more than 150 awe-inspiring features and short films on Monday, August 24 through Sunday, August 30 during a safe and socially distanced festival experience.

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We answered 9 questions about Alabama’s tax-free weekend July 17-19

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Look no further than Mountain High Outfitters for backpacks, clothes and more and save 25% off select brands and categories this weekend! Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

There’s nothing more nostalgic than walking through the back-to-school aisles and remembering the days of picking out colored pencils, a fun notebook and a snazzy backpack in anticipation of a new school year. Whether you’re shopping for the classroom essentials or those days are behind you, everyone can benefit from Alabama’s tax-free holiday.

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40-year friendship develops new-concept Birmingham dentistry

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Brian Barnes and Ron Beasley of Stone Creek Dental Care. Photo via Bham Now

After 40 years you probably know someone pretty well, but do you trust them enough to go into business together? For the founders of StoneCreek Dental Care the answer to that question is an easy yes. Eight years later, their business has not only become a major success story, it’s introducing a new culture of dentistry shaping Birmingham and beyond.

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Tomato-tomato, 11 local businesses dishing out fried green tomatoes

The Southern Kitchen & Bar serves their dish with a signature red pepper dipping sauce. Photo via The Southern Kitchen & Bar’s Facebook

When John Denver said, “Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes,
What’d life be without homegrown tomatoes?” I felt that. Birmingham is home to many famous Southern dishes, including the tart and battered slices that are fried green tomatoes.

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Heat up the kitchen with 5 summer cooking classes in Birmingham

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Some of us aren’t as talented as our coworkers and need a little help in the kitchen. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Does anyone else tend to make the same meals over and over (mine is chicken sausage and brown rice)? I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for a fresh new shakeup that maybe includes more than two ingredients. Cooking classes, weekly recipes and kitchen gurus are bringing us the ingredients and knowledge we need to break the routine in Birmingham

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Celebrate Small Business Week in Birmingham with FREE events + more

Thinking of switching your gym to a local experience? Battle Republic will give you one hell of a workout. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now and taken in 2019 prior to COVID-19

Local businesses may be small in size, but they’re HUGE in entrepreneurial spirit. You know Bham Now *hearts* local biz and we’re here to celebrate National Small Business Week with you by pulling together the ultimate ways to show up and support.

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Update on 9+ houses of worship online + in-person services

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Faith Chapel will continue to stream services online. Photo courtesy of Faith Chapel

While some local houses of worship have adapted a hybrid method of in-person and online services, others are sticking to virtual streaming—both are determined to keep the congregation safely connected. Here’s an update on the programming for 9+ Birmingham places of worship.

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Shelby County among one of the best places in Alabama to start a career—5 reasons why

Young professionals should look toward Shelby County when considering a career. Photo by Mateus Campos Felipe on Unsplash

In a generation raised by media, I feel like the only choices we saw if we wanted to launch a successful career in a fun city included an idealized version of New York City (looking at you Gossip Girl). The facts speak for themselves, however, that when it comes to affordability and opportunities, Shelby County is something to consider as a jumping-off point for young professionals.

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Looking for a laugh? 7 people + events in Birmingham who will brighten your day

I’m already in a better mood after looking at this dog. Photo via Bham Now

They say laughter is the best medicine, but I wouldn’t mind a COVID-19 vaccine either. 2020 is the year that certainly did not turn that frown upside down, so we’re here to help by showing you where to find a laugh in Birmingham.

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Baltimore Sun features Railroad Park as a source of inspiration for other cities

Railroad Park is a perfect part of our city. Photo via Jon Eastwood

Have you ever heard Railroad Park described as a, “a modern-day version of a Norman Rockwell painting?” National visitors, including this Baltimore columnist, are taking notice of Birmingham’s revitalization and seeing it as an example for what could be done in their own cities.

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How Diversity and Inclusion roles are shaping the Birmingham business community

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Birmingham businesses are realizing D&I roles are necessary to a successful and welcoming company. Photo via Jon Eastwood for Bham Now.

When discussing why Diversity and Inclusion leaders are so essential for the workplace, I like this quote by Katherine Phillips: “Diversity jolts us into cognitive action in ways that homogeneity simply does not.” So, how do these roles benefit and improve Birmingham’s business community? Let’s take a look.

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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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Exclusive photos: look inside The New Ideal Lofts + condos available

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Welcome to the New Ideal Photo via Bham Now

Downtown loft living sure has a nice ring, doesn’t it? The long-awaited charming New Ideal Lofts are nearly complete and after watching for years, we got a sneak peek at the hot new digs. Let’s just say, the Birmingham loft scene has some major competition. Call 205-579-9696 to set up a tour for a studio, one or two-bedroom today.

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Spending the Fourth of July at home? 7 ways to celebrate

Happy Fourth of July! Photo by Camylla Battani on Unsplash

Sparklers, a couple hot dogs on the grill and maybe a cocktail or two in hand—the basics of the fourth of July don’t have to change this year. If you’re spending it with family, friends or in quarantine with your cat there’s still plenty of ways to enjoy it with help from local businesses.

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Win a $250 gas card + other prizes when you take this 2-minute survey

Now they we’ve got your attention with this dog, take our survey and win cool prizes. Photo via Bham Now

As cool and modern as we think we are, Bham Now needs your help on keeping us hip—like, do people even still use the word hip? We’ve put together the only survey in the world that will actually take less than two minutes to complete and it enters you to win some fire prizes valued up to $500. Hurry, the deadline is July 10.

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