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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Save energy, save money – the Alliance to Save Energy’s energy efficiency holiday gift guide

It always happens this time of year, especially in Alabama.  You haven’t used much natural gas or electricity for the past couple of months because of the moderate Fall temperatures.  Then, once winter slowly starts creeping in, temps drop, you crank up the furnace or heat and then in December your gas and/or electric bills spike upward.

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Alabama Coastal Foundation’s Connect to Your Coast back in Birmingham December 21st at Avondale Brewery

Alabama Coastal Foundation and their partners launching the Oyster Recycling Program

Connect to Your Coast is back!

Mark your calendars.  On Wednesday, December 21st from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, the Alabama Coastal Foundation will be holding their final Connect to Your Coast event of 2016 at the Avondale Brewing Company in Birmingham.

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Gifts with nature in mind, gifts that give back

 

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.

Bham Now has compiled a holiday gift list from local nature organizations (follow the links) that offer gift ideas and help you “give back” this holiday season.

Ruffner Mountain Birmingham

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Don’t forget Alabama Wildlife Center’s Holiday cards! (deadline Dec. 14th)

Alabama Wildlife Center - Birmingham
Photo by: Mary Stockard – Alabama Wildlife Center’s adorable Screech Owls

Love screech owls? Eastern bluebirds? Great Egret?

The Alabama Wildlife Center is selling holiday cards featuring their most famous patients.

Visit the Alabama Wildlife Center Holiday Greeting Cards website to learn how you can surprise someone with a gift of wildlife this holiday season.

The last day to place an order before Christmas is Wednesday, December 14th.

Discovered at Legion Field – Monument to city’s first black orphanage and old folks home

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Last week, while taking photos of Legion Field, in the midst of a vast asphalt parking lot on the north side of the stadium, stands a small green patch of planted, well kept, overlapping shade trees and vines, with two metal park benches and a monument in front.

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Birmingham’s “Christmas Tree” Building – the Regions Center (slideshow)

Regions Center Birmingham

One of Birmingham’s best traditions during the holiday season is the Christmas lighting designs on the Regions Center building.

Last year, Alabama Newscenter’s Mike Tomberlin interviewed John McGowan, the Regions Center building head of facilities about how tradition began and its history.

Check out the article:

Regions Center is Birmingham’s most visible sign of the holidays

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Nature Roundup December 9th edition – brought to you by JSU Little River Canyon Center

Photo Courtesy of International Crane Foundation

If we had to pick the “feel good” story of the week, it has got to be OHenry’s Coffees installation of a solar energy system at their roasting facility.

We truly love the idea of “solar powered” coffee in the morning.

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Generosity: Rojo community fundraising tops $26,000 in 2016

Rojo Birmingham
Rojo owners Laney DeJonge and Clark Lopez

Almost every Tuesday, Rojo, a neighborhood restaurant in the Highlands Park area, holds a 10% Tuesday night for local charities.

As the 2016 calendar year comes to an end, more than 40 nonprofit organizations have benefited from the weekly events, raising over $26,000.  

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