Dining Out for Life on April 25 with AIDS Alabama at these Birmingham area restaurants

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Dining Out for Life at Rojo.
Dining Out for Life at Rojo. Photo from AIDS Alabama

Celebrate Birmingham’s 10th annual Dining Out For Life ® event on Thursday, April 25. Join over 30 of Birmingham’s best restaurants as they partner together to raise funds for AIDS Alabama’s HIV services and programs. Find out where. AIDS Alabama has information here, too.

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Your guide to 8 Birmingham-area farms offering CSA shares this Spring

Veggie Bags from Jones Valley Teaching Farm at Putnam Middle School. Photo from Jones Valley

Now that Spring is here, it’s time to think about buying a CSA share with a local farm. CSA stands for “community supported agriculture,” and buying one is kind of like becoming part of the family of a local farm.

Here in Birmingham, we’re lucky to have choices for our CSA shares. We found eight to choose from.

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#ShowerPower: bring mobile showers to Birmingham’s homeless by mid-Summer 2019

Be a Blessing Birmingham wants to bring mobile showers to the homeless by mid-Summer 2019.
Be a Blessing Birmingham brings the neighbors-helping-neighbors feel of a small town to the big city. Photo from Facebook

Imagine not having a place to call home. Now imagine not having a home in the heat of an Alabama Summer. Among all the other challenges you’d face, how would you keep clean?

Erica “Star” Robbins doesn’t just imagine. She’s actively working to provide showers for Birmingham’s homeless citizens. Through Be a Blessing Birmingham, she aims to raise $60,000 by May 31, 2019, to bring mobile showers to the Magic City.

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Mutt Strut is 10! Come to Hand in Paw’s dog-friendly run and pawty Saturday, April 20

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Mutt Strut is April 20 at UAB's Campus Green from 8-12.
Four-legged runners and their two-legged companions at last year’s Mutt Strut. Photo by Mary Margaret Smith

Hand in Paw’s Mutt Strut is about to celebrate its 10th “annifursary” on April 20. You and your furry canine friends are invited to join the Birmingham fun. There will be a dog-friendly 5k and a 1-mile Fun Run, followed by a rockin’ After Pawty for all on the UAB Campus Green. Register now.

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Chasing the Dragon: Birmingham community forum on opioid abuse at Jeff State’s Hoover campus April 15 6-8 pm

Birmingham's opioid epidemic is going strong. Chasing the Dragon will educate viewers.
Drugs” by Brandon Giesbrecht. CC BY 2.0

Who in Birmingham doesn’t know someone who’s been affected by the opioid epidemic? If you’re wondering why people get addicted and what you can do about it, Jeff State’s viewing and discussion of Chasing the Dragon is the event for you.

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Behind the scenes at Birmingham’s Closets by Design, plus an amazing wrapping station that you need now

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Closets by Design designs some incredible multipurpose spaces.
Wrapping was never so much fun. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Birmingham’s Closets by Design team works directly with customers to design, manufacture and install the organizational spaces of their dreams.

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18 wheelchair accessible parks and trails in and around Birmingham

Wheelchair accessible parks in Birmingham help everyone enjoy the outdoors.
My sister Karon and one of her sons enjoying the flowers at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Photo by Joel Bullock

People need wheelchair accessible trails and parks for different reasons. Whether a wheelchair is a permanent or short-term feature in your world, we know you want to get out and about. Especially since Spring is now here! So, we put together a list of places you can go to enjoy the great outdoors.

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9 things to know and love about Birmingham’s Cahaba Community, including Lake Purdy

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Barber Motorsports Vintage Museum is in the Cahaba community of Birmingham.
Pictures can’t even begin to do justice to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Chances are, you didn’t know Birmingham’s Cahaba Community was a thing. It’s made up of one neighborhood: an old coal-mining area called Overton. Once you finish reading, you’re going to want to visit because there’s a lot going on.

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Birmingham-based Mixtroz to keynote at Google Atlanta’s International Women’s Day event March 14

Kerry Shrader and Ashlee Ammons of Mixtroz are headed to Atlanta for an International Women's Day event at Google.
Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons of Mixtroz. Photo from Mixtroz

It’s hard not to go all fangirl on Mixtroz’ Ashlee Ammons. She’s fun, smart, energetic and going places. And, she’s the millennial daughter of Baby Boomer biz partner Kerry Schrader. Together, they are the dynamic duo at the helm of Mixtroz.

In case you and Mixtroz (pronounced “mix-troes”) haven’t met yet, the name stands for “mixer+intros.” As in, you go to an event where you want to meet people—conference, wedding, school, whatever. Through the wonders of technology, they help hook you up with cool people.

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8 costume events in Birmingham, plus one online cosplay gathering

Static Jones is a regular cosplayer at Birmingham costume events
Magna Defender from Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. Photo by Static Jones Cosplay

Did you know we have a bunch of costume events here in Birmingham? Maybe Halloween or Purim was your favorite holiday as a kid. Perhaps you realized later just how much fun it could be to let your freak flag fly. Even if you’ve never tried it, doesn’t it just look like so much fun?

Whatever your reasons for wanting to dress up, we found eight good excuses to don your best costume and head out for some fun. Plus, we wanted to let you know about one cool cosplay event that that takes place online every February.

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5 outdoor survival tips with Birmingham’s Kim Waites

Wild South's Kim Waites has learned a thing or two about survival.
Wild South’s Kim Waites has learned a thing or two about survival. Photo from Facebook

Kim Waites decided two and a half years ago to move into a converted cargo van named “Big Bertha” and work to eliminate longstanding debt. Today, she can look back and see a big change in herself and her way of life:

“When you don’t have a home, it forces you to reconnect with people. I’m more confident . . . I’ve tackled my debt. I’ve learned how to be more self-sufficient and more accepting of challenges.”

“I don’t need that” is her new view on a lot of things she used to consider essentials.

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9 Spring shows you can see at Samford, plus The Midtown Men April 4

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Spring shows at Samford include The Midtown Men.
The Midtown Men, featuring four original cast members from Jersey Boys, will be at Samford April 4 at 7PM.

If Samford’s not yet on your list of places to catch a show this Spring, you’re missing out. Samford Arts has an incredible Spring lineup of concerts, ballet, and theatre. We’ve got all the details for you below.

If you only get to see one show this Spring, though, make it The Midtown Men. Know you want to see the show?Get your tickets for The Midtown Men now.

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Built on the backs of miners: Underground Birmingham explores the city’s past

Underground Birmingham guys and their wives looking into a mine west of town.
(l-r) Jeff Newman, his wife Janet, Josh Box, his wife April. Photo by Matthew Glasscock

Underground Birmingham and I first met on Instagram. Pictures of abandoned structures drew me in: churches, roller coasters and more. Then I started noticing the pictures of abandoned mines.

Curious, I reached out. Yesterday, two of the three guys involved and I got to talk for a good while. It rocked my world. My eyes are now open to the subterranean world that made Birmingham, long before any of us were born.

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Guide to Black History Month in Birmingham

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra will be in town for Black History Month in Birmingham
Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra will be at the Alys Stephens Center Thursday, February 21. Photo from Facebook

The fact that Presidents’ Day is right in the middle of Black History Month is no coincidence. In the early 1900s, Carter G. Woodson documented the contributions of African Americans. He wanted to create Black History Week during a time when African Americans were already celebrating both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays. The first Black History Week took place in 1926. The US has observed it ever since. Fifty years after its founding, it expanded into Black History Month.

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