Renowned UAB Pianist joins the Alabama Symphony Orchestra for their opening Masterworks Concert, October 4 & 5

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The Alabama Symphony Orchestra enters it’s 99th Anniversary Season this year and opens its Masterworks Series of concerts with Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto and Stravinsky’s groundbreaking Petruskha. The concert will be performed on Friday and Saturday, October 4 & 5 (7PM) at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center – Jemison Concert Hall. Find out why you need to go. Tickets start at $24, available HERE Use code PIANONOW to get 15% off the ticket price.

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra will open their 2019/20 Masterworks Series on October 5. Photo via ASO
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Don’t miss All the Stars in the Sky—Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Sensory Friendly Concert. Sunday, September 22 at 3PM

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All the Stars in the Sky, a Sensory Friendly Concert by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra  September 22, 2019. Photo via ASO

Kids and adults on the autism spectrum should be able to enjoy a concert like anyone else. For the third year the Alabama Symphony Orchestra will present All the Stars in the Sky, a Sensory Friendly Concert on Sunday, September 22 (3PM) at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. Find out what you can expect from attending this event which is inclusive for the whole family.  Get tickets for All the Stars in the Sky.

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You can create gorgeous stained glass and more at Samford Academy of the Arts this fall

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An example of a stained glass window made by a student. Photo via Samford Academy of the Arts

Have you ever admired beautiful stained glass windows at churches or period homes in Birmingham, and thought – I’d like something like that for my house! We found out how you can make your own stained glass window and more, at fall classes offered by Samford Academy of the Arts.

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Birmingham startups Immediate and Conserv win combined $150K at Alabama Launchpad imerge2019 event

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Winners of 2019 Alabama Launchpad Cycle 3 at imerge2019
Conserv and Immediate were the Alabama Launchpad winners at imerge2019. Photo via EDPA

Two Birmingham-based startup businesses won a combined $150,000 in seed funding in front of a large audience at the Alabama Launchpad pitch finale held as part of imerge2019 in Birmingham on August 28. Check out what $100,000-winner Immediate and $50,000-winner Conserv have in store for us. Find out what happened at imerge2019.

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Welsh delegation visit the Wales Window at the 16th Street Baptist Church

Pastor Arthur Price, Jr. shows Welsh delegation the Wales Window at 16th St. Baptist Church. Kirsty Williams AM and Sian Lewis CEO of The Urdd
Pastor Arthur Price, Jr. shows Welsh delegation the Wales Window at 16th St. Baptist Church. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

A poignant ceremony took place at the 16th Street Baptist Church on Thursday, September 5, when a delegation from Wales made up of government officials and national youth organization leadership paid their respects at the site of the tragic 1963 bomb explosion, and visited the historic Wales Window – a gift from the people of Wales to the people of Birmingham in 1965. Find out more and learn about the small nation of Wales, my home nation.

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Join the Alabama Symphony Orchestra for Birmingham Does Broadway on Friday, Sept. 20. WIN tickets to SuperPOPS!

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The Alabama Symphony Orchestra brings Broadway to Birmingham, September 20. Image via ASO

If you like big show musicals, you’re going to love the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s first event of their SuperPOPS! series; Birmingham Does Broadway at Samford University Wright Center on Friday, September 20. Get tickets HERE (use discount code: BWAYNOW to get 15% off)

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4 reasons you should complete the 2020 census including schools, health care, and even roads in Birmingham

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Funding for school programs and the location of new schools is just one of the many things determined by the census count. Picture for illustration – PreSchool Partners, a non-profit preschool program.  Photo courtesy of The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

What do community services, schools, health care, jobs, public safety, construction,and roads all have in common? They are all affected by the information collected as part of the US Census every ten years. We find out why completing the next census in 2020 is such a huge deal for our communities in Birmingham and beyond.

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Drink local! Alabama’s only natural spring bottled water Blue Spring Living Water in Blountsville

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Blue Spring Living Water is Alabama’s only natural spring water

If you didn’t know it already, Bham Now is a big fan of all things LOCAL to our area. In our quest for local products we discovered Blue Spring Living Water, Alabama’s only natural spring water bottled at the source from a centuries-old natural spring on farmland in Blountsville – just 50 miles north of Birmingham.  Who knew? Find out more about this local natural spring water.

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First time in the south! Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow opens October 18th at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow – Exhibition Poster. Via New-York Historical Society

Maybe you’ve heard personal stories from your grandparents? Or studied civil rights in school. Understanding the struggles many faced before you isn’t an easy task, but it’s worth trying. For many African Americans, the struggle for rightful treatment as a U.S. Citizen was significant and heart-breaking. Presented for the first time in the south, at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow will offer an immersive exhibit from October 18 to December 31, 2019 so you can see the challenges for yourself. Plan your visit now.

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9 spots in Birmingham to get Fish & Chips – from a local Brit

Fish and Chips in Birmingham, Alabama
Fish & Chips spots in Birmingham, AL.  Yes, that’s my hand proudly displaying the deliciousness. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Fish & chips form part of British and Irish culture, with the governments even making it one of the few foods not subject to rationing during both World Wars. But you don’t have to travel overseas to sample this treat – there’s some pretty good fish & chips to be had right here in Birmingham, AL.

As a Brit in Birmingham – these are some of the places where I enjoy having a little taste of home.

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Meet Kimberly and Michelle, the organizers of the 2019 Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Birmingham. Sunday, September 29

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Participant of the Walk to End Alzheimer's hold up END ALZ sign at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama
The Walk to End Alzheimer‘s takes place in Birmingham, Sunday, September 29. Photo by Heart of Alabama Walk to End Alzheimer’s

On Sunday, September 29, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s takes place in Birmingham. We met the two women spearheading the event, Kimberly Stephens and Michelle Lorino, to understand their story behind volunteering. Find out how you can get involved too.

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Homewood Theatre open doors to their new home at Brookwood Village (Photos)

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Homewood Theatre officially opened their new home at Brookwood Village, August 20. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Birmingham has some great theatres, talented theatrical companies and lots of extremely gifted performers. A new location has officially been added to the local community theatre map with Homewood Theatre moving to their new home at Brookwood Village in Homewood.

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New hospital approved to be built in McCalla for southwest Jefferson County

Concept drawing new hospital McCalla
A new 200-bed hospital is set to be built in McCalla to serve southwest Jefferson County. Drawing via Medical West Hospital

A new 200-bed hospital facility set to be built in McCalla has been approved a Certificate of Need by the State Health Planning and Development Agency. Medical West, an affiliate of the UAB Health System will build the hospital near Exit 1 on Interstate 459 to serve the residents of the greater Birmingham area in southwest Jefferson County.

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6 startups pitching for $150K at EDPA’s Alabama Launchpad finale. Attend imerge2019 August 28 to celebrate ‘Alabama’s next first’

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6 companies will pitch to win part of $150,000 Alabama Launchpad funding at imerge2019 on August 28. Photo via EDPA

The next generation of Alabama’s innovators will pitch to win part of $150,000 funding on offer from the EDPA at Cycle 3 of the Alabama Launchpad competition in Birmingham on Thursday, August 28. The finale forms part of imerge2019, a special event to celebrate Alabama’s past, present and future role in the space race.

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Road trip alert! The Natural Bridge of Alabama in Winston County – just 75 minutes from Birmingham

A man and woman looking at The Natural Bridge of Alabama in Winston County
The Natural Bridge of Alabama. Photo via NorthAlabama.Org

Alabama is home to some amazing natural wonders and scenic viewpoints, just a short distance away from Birmingham. Whether you’ve lived here your entire life or you’ve just moved to the area; we love sharing fun short road trip ideas that inspire y’all to explore. Find out more about visiting the Natural Bridge of Alabama in Winston County – the longest natural bridge in the USA east of the Rockies.

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