It’s National Tell a Joke Day! Read the Bham Now team’s favorite jokes, plus 3 comedy events happening in Birmingham TONIGHT, Friday, Aug 16

Man telling joke to woman on National Tell a Joke Day
Bham Nower’s Beth and Matthew share a joke. Photo by Jon Eastwod for Bham Now

Did you know there’s nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months? Today, August 16, is National Joke Day! So if you’re a chicken, it’s time to cross the road. And if you’re visiting somebody today, remember to ‘knock, knock’. Here’s the Bham Now team’s top 5 jokes, plus 3 stand-up and improvised comedy events happening in Birmingham tonight (Friday, August 16).

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Shardra Scott, Alabama Power’s Systems Operation Manager, on why she’s pursuing an EMBA

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Shardra Scott, Alabama Power's System Operation Manager in the Birmingham Control Center
Shardra Scott, Alabama Power’s Systems Operation Manager inside the Birmingham control center. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Challenging job? Check! Good income? Check!  Big responsibility? Check! But, despite a highly successful career in the energy industry, Birmingham’s Shardra Scott always knew she wanted to earn an advanced degree. Taking the step to enroll in the Executive MBA program offered by Culverhouse College of Business at The University of Alabama took a lot of thought and courage.  Here’s what we learned from Shardra and why she did it.

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Be the office hero without waiting in line. Krispy Kreme now offers online ordering and delivery in Birmingham!

Krispy Kreme doughnuts from the new online ordering and delivery service
Krispy Kreme’s new online ordering delivery service now covers areas of Birmingham. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Krispy Kreme has launched a new delivery service. Gone are the days of waiting in long lines for freshly made warm doughnuts first thing in the morning! I had to try it out. Here’s what I found out.

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5 reasons to raise your glass to Vulcan. New beer and wine options after 5PM on the weekend

New beer and wine options at Vulcan Park and Museum snack and beverage kiosk
The new snack kiosk at Vulcan Park and Museum. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

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When is there not a good time to visit Vulcan? We just can’t think of any! He’s the largest cast-iron statue in the world and the unifying symbol of Birmingham. Here are 5 reasons to honor our 56-foot tall friend, including a new snack and beverage kiosk at Vulcan Park and Museum where you can enjoy cold drinks in the hot sun, and a glass of wine or beer as the sun goes down.

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Barbara Wheeler reveals her No.1 tip to selling your home and shares her experience joining ARC Realty’s Gallery Brokers office

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Barbara Wheeler at the ARC Realty Gallery Brokers Office. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

We caught up with local real estate expert, Barbara Wheeler, to discuss working at ARC Realty’s Gallery Brokers Office. With nearly 40 years of experience helping families buy and sell homes in Birmingham, Barbara offers her advice on impressing potential homebuyers and how to know when a house is ‘the one’.

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Major mixed-use development approved across from Pelham Civic Complex and Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

Amphitheater Road in Pelham next to concept drawing of The Canopy at Oak Mountain mixed-use development
Land opposite Pelham Civic Complex which will form part of The Canopy at Oak Mountain. Photos via Jon Eastwood and Genrev Properties.

The City of Pelham, just 15 miles away from Birmingham, has approved development agreements for a massive mixed-use project that could enter construction as early as this fall. Find out about The Canopy at Oak Mountain, including residential dwellings, retail, restaurants and more.

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Look what’s opening at The Bray in Liberty Park, including On Tap Sports Cafe (and a ‘secret speakeasy bar’. Shhh!)

On Tap Sports Cafe at The Bray in Liberty
On Tap Sports Cafe’ has just opened at The Bray (Liberty Park) in Vestavia Hills. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

If you’ve driven through Liberty Park in Vestavia Hills recently, it’s no secret there’s a lot of construction going on at The Bray. I stopped by to see two of its newest openings, On Tap Sports Cafe’ and Anytime Fitness.  Bonus find! I I also uncovered a ‘secret’ bourbon bar. Lucky me.

Find out more and see what else is in the pipeline for this suburb of Birmingham, including a supermarket and mixed use development. 

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5 reasons to attend imerge2019 on August 28. Celebrate Alabama’s past, present, and future role in the space race

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Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr, poses next to the US flag during the Apollo 11 mission (Photo via NASA)

The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) will host its third annual imerge event on August 28, at Iron City, in Birmingham, Alabama.

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3 new local shops just opened in Brookwood Village including Darnell’s Fun Stuff and White Flowers. More coming soon

Brookwood Village near Birmingham, AL
Brookwood Village (Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now)

There’s lots going on at Brookwood Village just over the mountain in Homewood. As one of the longest-standing Birmingham shopping destinations over the last 45 years, it’s been a permanent fixture for retail in the area. Find out how it’s evolving, what’s new, and what’s coming soon.

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Join the Birmingham Gooners and others in watching the English Premier League soccer season which kicks-off Aug 9th, at these 4 venues

Manchester United supporters at Brennans Irish Pub Birmingham, AL
Brennan’s Irish Pub is home to the Manchester United Supporters of Birmingham (Photo via MUSoB Facebook)

With the English Premier League about to kick-off it’s 2019/20 soccer season on Friday August 9, find out where you watch live games in Birmingham and how you can join supporters groups to watch some of your favorite teams.

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Register now for Samford Academy of the Arts’ fall classes, including wedding photography like the pros

Art Wedding, Photography and Piano classes at Samford Academy of Arts
Register now for a range of afternoon and evening classes at Samford Academy of the Arts (Photos via SAA)

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Have you always wanted to learn how to paint? Or maybe learn to play the piano? How about mastering your camera’s manual functions, or understanding basic Italian before your trip? It’s never too late to learn! Samford Academy of the Arts offers a wide choice of afternoon and evening classes for the community.

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Exclusive preview: Verra Studios and Botanica, holding grand openings August 3 on 3rd Avenue North in Birmingham

Chrissie Larkin (Verra Studios) and Caitlin Hastings (Botanica) in Birmingham, AL
Chrissie Larkin (Verra Studios) and Caitlyn Hastings (Botanica) will be sharing space at the Burger-Phillips building and open Aug 3, 2019 (Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now)

Two new small businesses are getting ready to open their doors at 11AM on Saturday, August 3 in a space they’ll be sharing at Birmingham’s historic Burger-Phillips Department Store building (1914 3rd Avenue North). Verra Studios offers unique handcrafted jewelry and Botanica specializes in pot plants.

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Sneak peek of the new Dread River Distilling Co. tasting room, bar and events space. Opening Saturday, Aug 3. (Photos)

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The tasting room will feature spirits and products manufactured on-site. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

A new bar and events space will officially open Saturday, August 3, when Dread River Distilling Co. hosts the grand opening of its tasting room and events space.

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As bear sightings increase in Alabama, here’s what you need to know

Black bear walking through trees at The Birmingham Zoo
Black Bear at The Birmingham Zoo (Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now)

Black bears are native to Alabama and their population is on the rise. Historically found in the southwest, bears have also been migrating into northeast Alabama from northwest Georgia over recent years. With sightings in Jefferson, St.Clair and Shelby counties, here’s what you need to know to be bear aware at home and when you’re hiking throughout the state.

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Finding out how The MacDonald Insurance Group maintain their positive community footprint in Birmingham

The MacDonald Insurance Group team at a social event
The team at The MacDonald Insurance Group (Photo via TMIG)

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We met some of the team of The MacDonald Insurance Group off of 280 to find out how they make a positive impact in the Birmingham community. Brandon MacDonald explains how team building, creating a fun work culture and offering rewarding opportunities to make a difference is key.

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