United Way Hands On and Enterprise team up on MLK Day to create a coffee shop at McCoy Center

Volunteer applying paint at the new coffee shop at the McCoy Center in West End Birmingham. Photo by Lexie Dillard for Bham Now

Did you know studies show, drinking coffee can help delay the onset of dementia and soothe people with addiction issues?

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Jefferson County Commission to preserve former jail that held Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1967

Jefferson County exhibit that documents Martin Luther King. Jr.’s stay in the Jefferson County Courthouse jail in 1967. Photo courtesy of Jefferson County Commission

Earlier this month, the Jefferson County Commission unanimously passed a resolution to memorialize and preserve the former county jail space, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was held in 1967.

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Birmingham warming station opens Sunday evening at Boutwell Auditorium

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Mayor Randall Woodfin greets a visitor at the BJCC warming station on Christmas Day, 2017. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

According to a Facebook post by Don Lupo, director of the city of Birmingham’s Office of Citizen Assistance, Birmingham will be opening a warming station at Boutwell Auditorium on Sunday evening, January 19.

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Not just for the Rockefellers—learn how you can start your own local charitable fund

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In 2019, the Community Foundation celebrated their 60th Anniversary. Photo courtesy of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

It never fails. Whenever I watch a Ken Burns documentary, I see credits at the beginning of each program that either say the Ford Foundation or Rockefeller Foundation supported one of his iconic films.

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Oops they did it again! UAB robins shatter Alabama natural history record with 3 more babies

A family of American robins nesting at a UAB courtyard in January 2020. The latest confirmed nesting of robins in Alabama was September 2nd, before  robins were hatched in this courtyard in November and December. Photo courtesy of Greg Harber

Remember our “Thanksgiving Miracle” American robin babies story last year?

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AHSAA 2020 Championship games coming to Birmingham in January and February

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Starting January 16 through February 29, thousands of student-athletes will be competing in and around the Magic City for Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) titles in basketball, indoor track, wrestling and bowling.

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Severe weather expected Saturday. Do you have a plan Birmingham? Here is a checklist.

The January 10, 2020, 6:00a.m. forecast from the NWS Birmingham Office. Graphic is from the NWS Facebook page

According to the Friday, January 10, 6:00a.m. forecast released by the U.S. National Weather Service Office, residents of Birmingham and Central Alabama need to prepare for severe weather on the morning and afternoon of Saturday, January 11th.

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Ranelli’s Deli in Five Points named best deli in Alabama by the Food Network

Ranelli’s Rick and Sarah Ranelli. The popular deli was named the best in Alabama by the Food Network. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Have you ever had a neighbor receive one of those “best of” awards – like best lawyer or citizen of the year? When someone in the neighborhood does good and gets recognized, we all feel a bit prouder and stand a little taller.

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Does your driver license have a “star”? Here is what you need know to secure a STAR ID

Notice the STAR? The deadline to get your Alabama STAR ID is October 1, 2020. Screenshot from of AP photo

If you are like me, you hop on an airplane, two to four times a year to travel on family vacations, reunions or for business.  Everytime you go thru airport security, they check your driver license. Beginning in the fall TSA will be looking for small “star.”

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Forbes names Birmingham to worldwide affordable winter 2020 destinations list

The Storyteller. Frank Fleming’s beautiful fountain in the heart of 5 Points Neighborhood. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

According to Forbes, the century old national business magazine, Birmingham is one of the best places to visit for people seeking an affordable winter 2020 destination.

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