Goodbye autumn in Alabama. Hello winter! (12 photos)

Leaving Fall behind in Alabama
Goodbye Autumn in Alabama

The autumn of 2016 in Alabama will be known as the “fall it did not rain.”

Throughout Alabama, consecutive days without rain records were shattered. Birmingham’s rainless streak ended at 61 days.

In mid-November, the clouds finally appeared, rain fell from the sky, and for the past month we have received some significant rainfall, filling our dry creek beds and giving us a glimpse of fall colors.

This morning winter arrives.

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A Birmingham tradition: Don’t miss “Singing Santa” at Brookwood Village

Singing Santa at Brookwood Mall in Homewood, Alabama
Singing Santa at Brookwood Village

One of Birmingham’s special holiday traditions is “Singing Santa.”

This year, Singing Santa is back at Brookwood Village, joyfully belting out Christmas carols and listening carefully to children, so he can make his list and journey later this week.

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Common Sense Innovation: Solar poles and benches installed at the JSU Little River Canyon Center

Birmingham Alabama - Sun Charge
Sun Charge Systems

From our friends at the JSU Little River Canyon Center, below is a press release about Sun Charge Systems, an Alabama company that has installed  solar pole and bench charging stations at the Canyon Center.  This item is simple and perfect for universities, downtowns, business centers, parks and ball fields. Before you read the press release from JSU, check out the Sun Charge video describing this innovative common sense way to re-charge everyday electronics while you recreate or relax outdoors.

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Connect to Your Coast on Wednesday at Avondale Brewing Company

Connect to Your Coast at Avondale Brewing Company  - Wednesday 4:00 to 7:00
Connect to Your Coast at Avondale Brewing Company – Wednesday 4:00 to 7:00

This Wednesday, December 21st, may be the Winter Solstice, but we’ll be thinking warm, sunny thoughts and taking a much needed break from holiday shopping at the Alabama Coastal Foundation’s free Connect To Your Coast Birmingham event at Avondale Brewing Company!

Drop by anytime between 4-7 p.m. to learn how you can protect Alabama’s coastal environment. Anyone wanting to purchase a pint glass in advance can visit: http://www.joinacf.org/donate

Car crashes into Virginia Samford Theatre entrance this morning

Scene this morning at the front entrance of the Historic Virginia Samford Theatre
Scene this morning at the front entrance of the Historic Virginia Samford Theatre

This morning someone drove through the front entrance of the Historic Virginia Samford Theatre on Southside.  The crash shattered the glass, knocking over the entrance light fixture and the Christmas tree inside.  The force of the crash deployed the car’s air bags.

We were unable to obtain additional details about the driver or how the accident occurred.

Additional photo:

Scene this morning at the front entrance of the Historic Virginia Samford Theatre

Birmingham Metro “City Hall” Christmas trees and lights (slideshow)

Birmingham's Christmas Tree at Linn Park
Birmingham’s Christmas Tree at Linn Park

Earlier this week, we at Bham Now had the idea to take photos of the Christmas tree in downtown Birmingham.  After we took pictures of the 2-3 story tree, we were pleasantly surprised to see City Hall lit up in “Christmas green.”

This gave us an idea.  Wouldn’t it be nice to take pictures of Christmas trees in front of city halls, civic centers and at parks around the Birmingham metro area?

Below is a slideshow of pictures we took this week of Christmas trees in Birmingham, Trussville, Gardendale, Homewood, Vestavia, Fultondale and Hoover.

We know there are many more places.  Please feel free to email us this week, pictures of Christmas trees and lights around city hall. civic centers and parks in your community at hello@bhamnow.com . We’ll do a “City Hall” Christmas Trees and Lights II slideshow later this week if we get additional photos from you.

Meanwhile, sit back and enjoy the slideshow:

Nature Roundup December 16th edition – brought to you by JSU Little River Canyon Center

Audubon in Birmingham Alabama

Looking for a break during the holidays? Drop by and see  the 2016 Audubon Traveling Photography  exhibit that is on display at the Birmingham Audubon Society’s office until December 22nd.

“Must read” from this week’s compilation of stories – our favorite:  “Gifts with nature in mind, gifts that give back.”  Bham Now found 28 local nature/conservation organizations that are selling special gifts over the holidays.

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Bama Bound: Whooping Cranes are coming home for the winter

In the past, staff at the International Crane Foundation used costumes to raise Whooping Cranes for release into the wild. This process, called “costume rearing”, was used so that Whooping Crane chicks would not imprint onto humans. Whooping Cranes are being released using a new method called “parent rearing”, in which captive adult Whooping Cranes raise crane chicks until they are ready to be released into the wild. You can see two parent-reared Whooping Cranes at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge!

Lizzie Condon, Whooping Crane Outreach Coordinator for the International Crane Foundation informed Bham Now this afternoon (December 15, 2016) that 18 Whooping Cranes have been spotted on the grounds of the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.  This week, during the day, up to 12 Whooping Cranes have been seen near the wildlife refuge visitor center/observation building.

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Powerful. Anniston Star’s letter to President Obama supporting Freedom Riders National Monument

Anniston Alabama Freedom Riders
Freedom riders, supporters, Secretary Sally Jewell (center with red jacket) and National Parks Service Director (far right in uniform) Jon Jarvis

With little more than a month left in President Obama’s presidency, the Anniston Star, yesterday wrote a powerful editorial supporting the designation of a Freedom Riders National Monument.

Last October’s visit by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell to the Freedom Riders sites was an important moment in Alabama history. The Star’s conclusion in the December 13th editorial, best describes why designating Freedom Riders National Monument is important to Anniston, Alabama and the entire nation.

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Happy 197th Birthday Alabama! “… where our future and aspirations are bright like a sunrise.”

Montgomery Alabama
Photo by: Pat Byington  – Sunrise at the  Alabama State Capitol 

Today – December 14th, 1819 is the date Alabama was admitted into the union.

197 years.

The photo above was taken at sunrise at the State Capitol in Montgomery.

Nearing ever more closer to our state’s bicentennial, let’s declare it “morning in Alabama” – where our future and aspirations are bright like a sunrise.

 

A Christmas tradition – Birmingham Audubon Society’s 81st Annual Christmas Bird Count

Birmingham Audubon Alabama

Want to start a new tradition for Christmas?

Join the Birmingham Audubon Society’s (BAS) Christmas Bird Count (CBC).

On Friday, December 23rd, instead of rushing to buy gifts at the mall, spend a day outside and help BAS conduct their 81st Annual Christmas Bird Count. It’s the perfect family activity.

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