A point of light: Remembering President George H.W. Bush’s visit to Birmingham-Southern College

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President George Bush shaking hands with BSC President Neal Berte in 1990, Photo courtesy of the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College

One of Birmingham’s fondest moments of President George H.W. Bush was his visit to the Magic City promoting recycling and conservation nearly three decades ago.

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United Way of Central Alabama seeks to fill manager positions supporting veterans and Meals on Wheels

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United Way of Central Alabama believes that their employee talent is among one of their greatest assets necessary to build a social movement to improve people’s lives and advance the common good of our community. That is why United Way is committed to attracting, developing, retaining and creating careers for diverse talent and leadership who will work interdependently toward accomplishing their goals in Central Alabama.

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Join ‘parade of the arts’ at Celebrate Christmas with Samford Arts on Friday, November 30 at the Wright Center

Christmas at Samford University. Photos courtesy of Samford Arts

This week and next, many of our friends and neighbors will be attending Christmas parades throughout our community. Occasionally, since parades are held outdoors on city streets in November and December, you may have to bundled up or stand under an umbrella.

We’ve got an alternative.

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Top 2019 urban design trends to be released at Urban Land Institute’s December 4 luncheon in Birmingham

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Photo of Birmingham from Red Mountain. Photo credit: Bham Now

What are the key trends that will shape the urban real estate market in 2019? What does the future hold for real estate investment in the U.S. and in Birmingham? Did you know Birmingham is an 18 hour city?

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Birmingham’s Queen’s Park owner is the first woman to win U.S. bartender of the year title

Queen’s Park, a cocktail bar in downtown  Birmingham. Left to right, bartender Allie Phifer and Queen’s Park owner and winner of the U.S. Bartender Guild World Class competition, Laura Newman. Photo by Pat Byington, for Bham Now

Did you know Birmingham has one of the world’s best bartenders in its midst.

Earlier this year, Queen’s Park owner Laura Newman, won the United States Bartender Guild (USBG) World Class competition, becoming the first female bartender to win the honor in the U.S.

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Birmingham warming station will be opening November 26-28. Learn how you can help.

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Mayor Randall Woodfin greeting a visitor to the Warming Station at the BJCC on Christmas Day, 2017. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

With temperatures plunging into the 20s Monday and Tuesday night, the city of Birmingham will be opening their warming station at Boutwell Auditorium.

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Cookie Dough Magic is now open in Birmingham’s Avondale neighborhood

Cookie Dough Magic opened in Avondale over the Thanksgiving holiday. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Had enough turkey and pecan pie? For something very different and delightfully addictive, drop by Cookie Dough Magic in Avondale, a store that sells… you’ve got it – cookie dough.

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Guide to 29 Alabama nature based organizations with holiday gifts available

Baby Barred Owls at the Alabama Wildlife Center. Photos from the Alabama Wildlife Center Facebook page

Are you looking for ways to make your holiday gifts this year more nature-based  and meaningful?

We call it the  “natural twofer.”  Purchase a holiday gift from a nature organization and by doing so, support your local conservation efforts.

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Happy Thanksgiving! See our photo gallery of Turkey Tails discovered in Birmingham’s forests

In celebration of Thanksgiving Day, photo of a Turkey Tails taken in and around Birmingham. Photo by Vitaly Charny, photographer and co-author of the book Butterflies of Alabama

Ok, let’s face it.  By the end of Thanksgiving Day 2018, after spending the entire morning and early afternoon cooking and eating, you need time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and fall colors.

For a little Thanksgiving Day “opt-outside inspiration,  Vitaly Charny, co-author of Butterflies of Alabama,  has graciously provided Bham Now  a collection of his photos of Turkey Tails he has found in forests around the Magic City.

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Homewood’s Patriot Band to make 9th appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Homewood High School Patriot Band marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2011. Screenshot from You Tube.

Here is a Thanksgiving Day conversation starter.

What school has appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, more than any other school in the U.S. outside the New York area?  Answer: Homewood High School Patriot Band.

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