Alabama Environmental Council “crowdfunding” for the expanded recycling center & 50th year

Alabama Environmental Council Recycling Center
Just a few of the materials the AEC Recycling Center collects – newspaper, magazines, mixed paper, cans, plastic bottles and glass

The Alabama Environmental Council‘s Board of Directors have launched a “crowdfunding” campaign to fund their newly expanded recycling center in Avondale and to celebrate the organization’s 50th year in 2017.

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“Magical” – The Market at Pepper Place (slideshow)

Market at Pepper Place
The Market at Pepper Place

Yesterday, at 7:30am, it was a chilly 40 degrees in Birmingham.  Bundled and layered up, the farmers, the makers and food vendors were prepared for a slow day as people trickled in toward The Market at Pepper Place.

“Magically.” The temperature rose, the sun shined, and the crowd grew and grew.

Checkout Bham Now’s slideshow of yesterday’s November 26, 2016 day at The Market at Pepper Place.

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Alabama weekly nature roundup – November 19 to November 25, 2016

Bankhead National Forest
Bankhead National Forest

Quote of the week:

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” -~Baba Dioum

Our favorite stories this week: Patagonia’s Give 100% to the Planet commitment, the story about the Little River Canyon National Preserve and where you can recycle cooking oil in Jefferson County.

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Thanksgiving feast aftermath…. how to recycle your cooking oil

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The devastation is complete.

The family has eaten that 20 pound bird and everything in sight.  You’ve been cooking like a maniac for a week. You look around the kitchen and there it is… the pans of cooking oil.

What can you do about it? You know throwing it down the drain is wrong.

Very wrong.

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Thanksgiving for the earth – a prayer, poems and passages

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Please take a moment out of the madness that is the Thanksgiving holiday/Iron Bowl weekend and read the following inspirational prayer, poems and passages about our natural wonders here in Alabama and the South.

Have a nature-filled, meaningful, memorable, and joyful Thanksgiving.

“… Praise Thee, wondrous God for the blessed watershed that is Alabama, pliant to man’s needs, gracious to his questing spirit. May her sons and daughters not forget Thy bounty, nor fail to deserve Thy benediction through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”  ~From the state of Alabama Prayer at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

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The new Western in Mountain Brook – a pleasant surprise

Western Market

After years of planning, in early October, the venerable Western Market on Culver Road, moved to its new home.

Perhaps, we were expecting the new Western Market in Mountain Brook to be much like the old one – a little cramped and small compared to most big box supermarkets. The old Western had that wonderful “neighborhood feel” without too many frills.

The new Western Market, which is located in the new Lane Parke development behind and near the old Western, is the exact opposite.  It is spacious and modern. It has an upstairs dining area, that will become a destination for friends, families and business people to meet. The murals and the signage are eye-popping.

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Birmingham Originals restaurants – the perfect Black Friday gift (slideshow)

Birmingham Originals - Continental Bakery/Chez Lulu
Birmingham Originals – Continental Bakery/Chez Lulu

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Do you want to finish all your Black Friday gift shopping on one website?

Try this out.

The Birmingham Originals is a group of  local restaurants that have banded together to promote and develop locally owned and operated restaurants, each with its own unique flavor and flair, to propel Birmingham’s robust food scene.

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Be inspired. Bham Now Facebook Live interview at Hand in Paw

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This morning, Bham Now Director Pat Byington interviewed via Facebook Live Beth Franklin, the founder of Hand in Paw.

Hand in Paw is the designated charity for December’s Bham Now’s BOLD Speaker Series presenter, polar explorer and UAB researcher Jim McClintock (Purchase tickets for the Dec. 6th event  – here).

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Bham Now Facebook Live interview at Hand in Paw this morning – 10:15am

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Join Bham Now and Hand in Paw this morning around 10:15am for a Facebook Live interview with their founder Beth Franklin and of course the wonderful animals.

Bham Now’s BOLD Speaker Polar Researcher Jim McClintock has designated Hand in Paw as the designated charity for his BOLD Speaker Series presentation on December 6th at Avondale Brewery.

Please purchase your tickets today!

Patagonia’s own “doorbuster” sale on Black Friday. Give 100% for the Planet

Photo by Garrett Grove
Photo by Garrett Grove

Rebel against Black Friday madness – Patagonia 100% for the Planet

 

Black Friday.  The kickoff of the holiday retail season. It can be madness.

At storefronts across America, people literally wait outside in long lines for hours to rush into retail stores immediately when the establishment opens at daybreak to purchase the latest electronic game or the hottest trendy toy.  These type of events are often called “Doorbuster” sales.

In lieu of all the Black Friday madness, yesterday, Patagonia, one of the most successful and popular outdoor sustainable clothing companies in the U.S. announced its own special kind of Black Friday “Doorbuster” sale.

Patagonia is giving 100% of their sales on Black Friday to grassroots organizations working in local communities for the environment.

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