Originally from Wales (UK) and a fluent Welsh speaker. Longtime sustainability and recycling champion. Former county recycling manager in the UK. Career highlights include introducing innovative recycling systems and achieving a point where households throw out trash just once a month. Competed in international coastal rowing championships and followed Wales throughout Europe in their Rugby and Soccer endeavours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you like big show musicals, you’re going to lovethe 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)
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.
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.
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 InstituteBlack 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alabama is home to some amazing natural wonders and scenic viewpoints, just a short distanceaway 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.