If nerd heaven was a place, it would be Kami-con. Win tickets on Bham Now’s Instagram and see for yourself.

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Kazha is one of the artists who plays at Kami-con.
Kazha. Photo from Kami-con

Wait—let me explain, Kami-con fans or curious onlookers. My home includes a Dungeons and Dragons DM and Magic and Pokemon players. We love dragon stories, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings. So in my world, the term “nerd” is affectionate. I like this definition from Steve Kamb of Nerd Fitness: “Nerds: people who follow hobbies and pursuits outside of the mainstream.”

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Australian born Steve Merifield shares how Camp Cosby, a program of the YMCA of Greater Birmingham, changes lives

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Happy campers. Photo from YMCA Camp Cosby

Have you ever met anyone who’s been to Camp Cosby? I have. A bunch of them. And when they talk about the place, you know it means something to them. First, there’s all the friends. Second, there’s all the fun. Third, there’s all that they learned. And then there’s all the years they went back. Again and again.

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StoryCorps’ MobileBooth is in Birmingham for five weeks. Register now to tell your story at Railroad Park.

StoryCorps' MobileBooth is at Railroad Park from February 12-March 13.
StoryCorps’ MobileBooth is at Railroad Park from now ’till March 13. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

For the next five weeks, from February 12-March 13, StoryCorps’ MobileBooth is in town. They’d love for you to reserve a spot today to tell your story. And even if you don’t want to tell your story, stop by Railroad Park and say hello, or check them out on the radio or online.

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9 things you need to know about the North Birmingham Community, including the Historic Bethel Baptist Church

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Bethel Baptist Church is trying to revitalize the North Birmingham community.
Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Wilder, Jr. in front of Bethel Baptist Church in Collegeville. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

If you’ve never ventured into the part of Birmingham that lies between Village Creek and Five Mile Creek, north of Norwood, we’ve got a treat for you today. We’ve done some homework so we can share with you about some of the treasures of this part of town. A little off the beaten path, the North Birmingham community has played a key part in our city’s history.

For those of you who are following along, this is the fifth in a twenty-three part series we’re bringing you, in which we help you get to know all 99 of Birmingham’s neighborhoods. So far, we’ve featured the Crestwood, Northside, Red Mountain, and Roebuck / South East Lake communities.

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Top 6 Closets by Design products we’re excited to see at the Birmingham Home Show. Plus a chance to win tickets on Bham Now’s Instagram.

Closets by Design will be at the Birmingham Home Show February 15-17. Will you?
Closets by Design’s designers demonstrating one of their closets. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

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Once the V-day champagne and chocolate are done, head on down to see Closets by Design at the Birmingham Home Show. From February 15-17, they’ll be at the BJCC, along with a few celebrity guests. Read on to the end of this article to find out how you can win tickets to the Birmingham Home Show. Closets by Design has given us four tickets to give to lucky winners.

If you want to go ahead and get tickets to the show, without entering the giveaway, no worries.

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Sneak peek into 8 of the best bathrooms in Birmingham

Birmingham's best bathrooms include one at Zoe's in Forest Park
“Through the Liking Glass,” by Delaine Derry Green. Part of the monthly “Tour de Loo” contest held by Naked Art. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

What are the best bathrooms in Birmingham? Yes, we wonder about strange things here at Bham Now. But we love art, and we love local businesses, so it only made sense to check out the art scene in local loos.

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3 ways the Samford University Wright Center serves Birmingham and why you want to get tickets for The Midtown Men now

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The Midtown Men will be performing at the Samford University Wright Center April 4 and 7PM.
The Midtown Men.

If you think of live performances in Birmingham, does the Samford University Wright Center come to mind? If it doesn’t, you may want to add it to the list of places in town where you can catch a great show. Stick around and we’ll tell you why, plus why you want to get tickets for the April 4, 7PM performance of The Midtown Men.

If you already know The Midtown Men and are ready to get your tickets, no need to go further.

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5 Birmingham barbershops plus two free haircut options

Treadwell's in Mountain Brook Village is a Birmingham barbershop
Many a man has had his hair cut at Treadwell’s in Mountain Brook Village. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Birmingham boasts a number of barbershops. Since I’ve never been a barbershop girl, I had no idea what an important role barbershops play in the community of men. More than one of the owners of these local barbershops talked about being “pillars of the community,” and bridging young men and church. They also provide a gathering place where men of all ages can talk about things that matter. My eyes are now open.

Read on for details about five local barbershops and two free barbershops in the park.

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4 top priorities of Urban Land Institute of Alabama and why you need to join ASAP to make Birmingham better

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Railroad Park is one of Urban Land Institute of Alabama's favorite projects.
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Ever heard of the Urban Land Institute of Alabama? It’s the ‘newish’ local chapter of an international research and education nonprofit. They’re all about providing “leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.” That’s a mouthful!

What does this mean for Birmingham? We’re so glad you asked. We’ll tell you all that and more, plus why you really need to join in January. Doesn’t matter if you’re a real estate professional, a downtown dweller, or someone who just wants to make Birmingham a better place for all of us.

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Hand in Paw’s ribbon cutting brought smiles and wagging tails to Birmingham yesterday

Hand in Paw's ribbon cutting was a chance to celebrate their new building in Avondale.
Donors and leaders from Hand in Paw cut the ribbon on their new building yesterday. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

It was a chilly and crazy-sunny afternoon in Avondale yesterday, but the feeling at Hand in Paw’s Avondale headquarters was all warmth—with happy smiles and wagging tails galore.

The event drew a crowd of dogs ranging in size from an enormous Great Dane to tiny King Charles Spaniels. Also in attendance were Hand in Paw’s donors, leaders, and friends, who ceremonially cut the ribbon to their beautiful new space. The renovated building is aptly named “The Beth Franklin Building” after the organization’s founder.

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5 Birmingham artists you need to know, including the designer of the Living Wall at the Birmingham Airport

One of the 5 Birmingham artists is Murray Johnston. While she usually makes quilts, she worked with a team out of Vancouver to design a "Living Wall" at the Birmingham Airport.
“Earth, Wind, and Water: the Landscape of Alabama” in progress at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. Photo by Murray Johnston

As one of America’s most affordable cities, it’s no surprise Birmingham is home to a vibrant community of artists. Today, we’re introducing you to an eclectic group of artists who live, work, and play in the Magic City.

The five are: visual artist Artes Hicks, sculptor and fabricator Adam Bodine, needlepoint portrait artist Leanna Leithauser Lesley, pet painter (and comedian) Chris Davis, and quilt artist Murray Johnston. Read on to learn more about them, what they love about being an artist in Birmingham and where to follow them or find their work.

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Dave Gray announces his new venture: Biso Collective

Dave Gray's the founder and CEO of a new Birmingham software company called Biso Collective
Dave Gray, founder and CEO of Biso Collective

Dave Gray, founder and CEO of Biso Collective, is busy building his brand new business right here in Birmingham. You might know him from his previous work with Daxko. 

Read on to learn all the details of what he’s up to now plus the impact he aims to make in Birmingham.

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Meet the fun people behind the scenes at Closets by Design in Birmingham

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Three designers and the office manager from Closets by Design in Birmingham
l-r: Karen, Aly, Dustin, and Naomi at Birmingham’s Closets by Design. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

Do you get the same thrill from HGTV that other people get from ESPN? Do you love organizing things, and making your space just so? If so, you’ll want to get to know the folks at Closets by Design in Birmingham. They have a dedicated creative team that can help bring your organizational fantasies to life.

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The opioid crisis in Birmingham: ways you can help slow the epidemic

Opioid crisis in Birmingham: poppies
Did you know that opioids derive from poppies? “Poppies,” by Susie Tremmel. CC BY 2.0

The opioid crisis in Birmingham is real, just like it is across the United States. Actually, did you know Alabama has the highest prescribing rates in the nation? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alabama’s prescribing rate was 121 per 100 people in 2016.

Given how common these drugs are, we all need to know what we can do. To find out more, I talked with three Alabama experts:

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