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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Want to build a better Birmingham? Attend the Thriving Communities event on August 15th featuring local and national thought leaders. FREE but limited seats!

Man planting seeds as a group of young children look on
Nurturing thriving communities (Photo courtesy of AG Gaston Boys & Girls Club)

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The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has been serving the region for sixty years as a catalyst for transformational change.  On Thursday, August 15, from 4:00 – 6:30, The Community Foundation will be holding ‘Thriving Communities’: a free event open to the public.  Keep reading for the topics and speakers. (Limited seats – Free but you must register here)

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The Thirsty Donkey now open in Avondale. Comfort food, cocktails and weekend brunch with tropical island flair (Photos)

The Thirsty Donkey island themed bar and restaurant in the Avondale district of Birmingham Alabama
The Thirsty Donkey at 4100 4th Avenue South, Birmingham (Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now)

A new island themed restaurant and bar is now open in the Birmingham neighborhood of Avondale. The Thirsty Donkey, owned and operated by Greg and Kathy Stein offers a relaxed tropical island experience (without the air miles) at 4100 4th Avenue South. Read on for more info and photos.

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Birmingham, Alabama and Birmingham, England. 3 times when they were mistaken for one another

Birmingham Alabama skyline from TJ Tower
The Birmingham, Alabama skyline (Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now)

Birmingham, Alabama was named after Birmingham, England (the UK’s second largest city). It may not be that surprising given our British namesake was a major industrial center which city founders wanted to achieve here with iron and steel production. The cities are unique – but have there been cases of mistaken identity due to sharing a name? Let’s find out.

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Catch the fantastic Matilda The Musical before Aug. 4th. Director Michael Flowers shares audience reaction. WIN TICKETS and get discount code below!

Mr Wormwood shouting at Matilda in Red Mountain Theatre Company's Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical is at Birmingham’s Dorothy Jemison Day Theater until Aug 4 (Photo by Stewart Edmonds)

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Red Mountain Theatre Company’s latest show, Matilda The Musical, has hit the stage of the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater and is thrilling Birmingham audiences.  This is a high-energy, hilarious comedy with great acting and unbelievable singing talents. There’s still time to catch the Tony Award-winning musical based on Roald Dahl’s classic book.  Hurry! It closes August 4. Director Michael Flowers gave us an inside look at the response. Keep reading to find out how to WIN TICKETS. Use discount code Matilda7 to save $7 on level 1 or 2) now.

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We followed ‘Tony’ from The TakeOut Bham. Here’s what happened. Save $3 on delivery with code: LOCALISBETTER

Tony from The TakeOut Bham hands over delivery of a take out meal to customer from Urban Cookhouse
I tried The TakeOut Bham. Birmingham’s local food delivery service (Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now)

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There’s so many great places to eat in Birmingham, but sometimes finding time to grab a quick lunch, or to take your family out to dinner can be a challenge.  Why not try a locally owned delivery service? The TakeOut Bham has been making ordering from independent restaurants in Birmingham easy – since 2010. I tried them out and this is what happened.

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Meet Luti and Gadze – the African elephants who have joined the Birmingham Zoo family (Pics & Video)

Luti and Gadze are settling in together at Birmingham Zoo (Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now)

Guests visiting Birmingham Zoo’s ‘Trails of Africa’ can now meet Luti and Gadze. The pair of young male African elephants recently moved to Birmingham from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. I visited to see them exploring their new home and to speak with Dr. Stephanie Braccini Slade (Vice President of Living Collections) to find out more about the elephant program.

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Matilda brings her spectacular magic to Birmingham’s DJD Theater. See the hilarious, feel good musical until August 4. Use code: Matilda7 to save $7

Miss Trunchbull challenges Matilda
Matilda The Musical, at DJD Theater July 12 – Aug 4 (Photo by Stewart Edmonds)

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Red Mountain Theatre Company’s latest hit, Matilda The Musical is performing at the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater until August 4, and it’s hilarious! From the creative and twisted genius of Roald Dahl, comes the inspiring story of a smarter than average little girl who dreams of a better life in this Tony Award-winning musical. 


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Scuba diving and paddle boarding in a submerged quarry at Pelham’s Blue Water Park? Yes you can.

Man and woman Scuba diving at Blue Water Park Pelham
Underwater adventures at Blue Water Park. Photo via Blue Water Park Facebook

When you think about scuba diving in Alabama, there’s a good chance you’ll be thinking about the Gulf Coast shoreline and dreaming about that next beach vacation. But did you know there’s great scuba diving closer to Birmingham?

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Nominate Birmingham’s community heroes for The Vulcans Community Awards 2019. Hurry, the deadline is JULY 31!

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City of Birmingham, AL, Mayor Randal Woodfin talking with Austin Perine
City of Birmingham Mayor, Randal Woodfin and Hero Spear recipient Austin Perine at The Vulcans Awards 2018. Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum

Austin Perine, the adorable superhero who’s been feeding the homeless since the age of four, is one of many Birmingham heroes who have been recognized for their civic pride and leadership by The Vulcans Community Awards. Nominations are now open for the 2019 awards, but hurry; the July 31 deadline is almost here. Find out more.

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Guide to 9 public golf courses within 25 miles of Birmingham. Map included. We’re not ‘tee’-zing

Overlooking the city of Birmingham, AL from Highland Park Golf
A beautiful view of the Birmingham skyline from Highland Park Golf (Photo via Highland Park Golf Facebook)

Whether you rate yourself as the next winner of the Masters or you’ve only recently considered taking up the game, there’s some fantastic public golf courses within a short distance of Birmingham. It’s time to dust off those clubs and get ready to hit the fairways (hopefully) with our guide to 9 public golf courses within 25 miles of Birmingham. 

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Road trip alert! See 3 covered bridges on the Covered Bridge Trail in Blount County. Map and photos.

Horton Mill Covered Bridge, Blount County, AL (Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now)

There’s something undeniably romantic about travelling over Alabama’s historic covered bridges. They suddenly appear on scenic backroads and provide a beautiful reminder of days gone by. Check out our great road trip from downtown Birmingham that allows more than enough time to explore three historical bridges in Blount County over three to four hours. Photos and map below.

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Meet Magic City Brigade; Birmingham’s growing ‘soccer family’ of Legion FC supporters. 5 things you need to know

Birmingham Legion supporters from the Magic City Brigade cheer on the team
Magic City Brigade supporters group at BBVA Field (Photo courtesy of Birmingham Legion FC)

When I moved to Birmingham from the UK, I was ecstatic to learn pro-soccer was on the way. I set about getting to know people I could join to watch future games and found Magic City Brigade, the Birmingham Legion FC supporters group who have unwavering loyalty to the team and provide a sea of noise within the stadium. Find out more about the Brigade and how they’ve developed a vibrant community for people who share a common love for soccer in Birmingham.

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Hoover’s Black Creek Mountain Bike Park now open (trail map, photos)

Mountain Bikers at Black Creek Mountain Bike Park Hoover Al
Hoover’s Black Creek Mountain Bike Park is now open (Photo via Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato Facebook)

Mountain biking enthusiasts will be happy to hear the new Black Creek Mountain Bike Park has officially opened this week in Hoover. Spanning 73 acres of up and down woodland terrain and offering 5 miles of trails, the new park provides plenty of opportunities to put yourself and your bike to the test. Find out more, including a map of the trails.

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Young stars of Matilda the Musical, Ramsey Whitney and Emma Sonnichsen, discuss preparations for the show’s opening on July 12 and show us around ‘Matilda Bootcamp’

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Ramsey Whitney and Emma Sonnichsen discussing Red Mountain Theatre Company's Matilda The Musical
Ramsey Whitney and Emma Sonnichsen are sharing the role of Matilda in Red Mountain Theatre Company’s Matilda The Musical (Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now)

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Ramsey Whitney and Emma Sonnichsen will star in Red Mountain Theatre Company’s latest show Matilda The Musical, sharing the role of the  extraordinary little girl with extraordinary powers. 

The talented pair gave us a behind the scenes look at Matilda bootcamp which provides the opportunity for the young cast to prepare for the upcoming show.

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