8 reasons we love Birmingham’s Southside community, including Rojo’s birthday party

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Rojo Birmingham in Southside is about to celebrate its 17th birthday.
Rojo Birmingham celebrating its 11th birthday. June 15 it turns 17! Photo from Rojo Birmingham’s Facebook page

It’s fair to say that most folks who’ve spent any time in Birmingham have probably spent some time in Southside. Whether it’s restaurants and bars you’re after, religious institutions brimming with history or sports or parks you’re looking for, Birmingham’s Southside community has all this and more.

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Organized garage = happy Summer. Closets by Design’s 4 steps to your dream garage.

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Closets by Design dream garage with awesome places to hang your bikes.
Ahhh, everything in its place. Photo from Closets by Design

Now that Summer’s here, Closets by Design has a feeling you might be thinking about your dream garage. Aren’t you wishing you’d cleaned out your garage back in the Spring?

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6 things to know about the Birmingham Disco Amigos. Is anyone in this city having more fun?

Birmingham Disco Amigos at Pride.
The Birmingham Disco Amigos at the Pride Parade. Photo from Facebook

If anyone in the Magic City is having more fun than the Birmingham Disco Amigos, you’re gonna have to prove it to me. From the moment my kids’ Cub Scout troop followed them in the Homewood Christmas parade, I’ve had a secret fangirl crush on the whole operation.

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Connect with Birmingham at Cottages on Fifth. Hurry! Only one left.

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Cottages on Fifth is all about connectivity.
At Cottages on Fifth it’s so easy to pop by and borrow a cup of sugar from your neighbors. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

You can connect with Birmingham at Cottages on Fifth—with your neighbors, with all that’s happening in Avondale, with Birmingham and the world. But you’ll have to act fast—there’s only one more of 10 total units remaining. Check out Cottages on Fifth here.

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12 things to know about local honey in Birmingham, including what to do about a swarm

A local honey producer checking a hive.
Checking on the bees. Photo by Brian Booth, Jefferson County Beekeepers’ Association

When I think of local honey, I get a warm and fuzzy feeling. There’s something about knowing that people near here, some who I know, have been tending to bees and producing honey to make our lives a little sweeter. Once I started digging a little deeper into the world of local honey, it got more and more interesting. Here is some of what I learned.

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BJCTA Intermodal will host Birmingham’s newest farmer’s market. Ingenious.

Birmingham's Intermodal Terminal will host the city's newest farmers market.
Birmingham’s Intermodal Terminal stretches along Morris Avenue between 17th and 19th Streets. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Even while Birmingham boasts numerous farmers markets and grocery options, people in large parts of the city live in what are commonly referred to as “food deserts.” Now, a new farmer’s market at Birmingham’s Intermodal Terminal will bring fresh, healthy food to a spot many people use every day.

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#GETWINEHOUSED at The Lyric, June 13 @8PM. Wine Housed: The Amy Celebration is coming to town. WIN tickets!

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Still from Wine Housed. Coming to The Lyric June 13.
From Wine Housed: The Amy Celebration. Photo by SelfMadeVisionz

Fans of Amy Winehouse, rejoice. While the singer’s no longer here, her music lives on, and Wine Housed is bringing a tribute show to Birmingham that’ll knock your socks off. The one show is June 13 at 8PM at The Lyric. Get tickets now.

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Your guide to 12 events in Woodlawn this Summer, including Juneteenth June 22

Jones Valley Teaching Farm has a farm stand at Woodlawn High School each week.
Jones Valley Teaching Farm. Photo from Facebook

Here at Bham Now, we’re watching Woodlawn, and we’re happy to share a dozen events in Woodlawn that are happening this Summer.

Whether you’re a longtime Woodlawn resident, or have been meaning to check out the area, there’s something for everyone.

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Stories from 3 Birmingham locals who climbed Everest. Get these 9 tips before you go.

Kent Stewart from Birmingham has been to Everest 5 times.
(l-r) Fred Alldridge, Utah-based guide, Bruce Graham, Lakpa Rita Sherpa and Kent Stewart at Everest Base Camp. Photo from Kent Stewart

At least 11 climbers died on Mt. Everest this year, and that has a lot of people talking about what it takes to climb the world’s tallest peak. To find out more, I talked with two people from Birmingham who’ve been to Base Camp, and one who’s been to the mountain five times with two summit attempts. Here’s what they had to stay.

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Your guide to the Funky Food Truck Festival June 15, 1-5PM, at Cahaba Brewing benefiting AIDS Alabama, plus Wednesday Goodwill Game nights in June

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People and dogs lining up at the Funky Food Truck Festival.
People and dogs lining up at the Funky Food Truck Festival. Photo supplied

Love Birmingham food trucks, beer, local goods and games?  We do too! Enjoy them all on Saturday, June 15th, from 1-5PM, for the  third annual Funky Food Truck Festival at Cahaba Brewing benefiting AIDS Alabama. Everyone’s welcome, including kids and dogs.

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The Crisis Center’s new Sexual Assault Support Services Mobile Unit will be a game-changer for people living outside Birmingham. 7 things to know.

"The Wounded Heart" is an art exhibit at the Crisis Center that helps survivors see the many stages of the healing process.
Window panel from “The Wounded Heart” exhibit at the Crisis Center. Survivors can see the many stages of the healing process through the eyes of other survivors, who are the artists. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

We’re big fans of the Crisis Center here at Bham Now. Not because we love crisis, but because we know life happens. When it does, it’s fantastic to know there are such talented, big-hearted humans ready to help the healing begin.

When we heard about the Crisis Center’s new Sexual Assault Support Services Mobile Unit, we had to find out more. What we found out made us soooo happy. Read on for all the details.

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Holla for Chabad’s challah. It’s seriously delicious.

Best challah ever at Chabad of Alabama
(l-r) Rabbi Levi Weinbaum, Mushka Weinbaum, Miriam Friedmann and a bunch of delicious challah. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

I’m about to let you in on a little secret: Chabad of Alabama makes, hands down, the best challah in Birmingham. The first time I ever heard about their challah a couple of years ago, they had me “cinnamon bun challah.”

The very next Friday, I ventured over to Chabad to check it out for myself. Since then, my family and I have never looked back. This past Friday, I went back to chat with the people who make it all happen. Now I’m ready to share their secret with you.

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Why you need to go to the 23rd annual Rickwood Classic on May 29! 6 fun facts about Birmingham Barons’ throwback game.

The 23rd annual Rickwood Classic takes place on May 29, 2019
I wonder what happened next. Photo from Facebook

This year’s 23rd annual Rickwood Classic harkens back to the first-ever game the Birmingham Coal Barons played at Rickwood Field. The time was August 18th, 1910, and baseball mania was so high in Birmingham that much of the city closed its doors for business early that day. Over 10,000 fans came to watch the Coal Barons beat the Montgomery Climbers 3-2.

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Harvest Market and Southern Organics are bringing fresh, local food to Birmingham. Check out the new Harvest Market downtown.

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Harvest Market downtown features fresh, local produce.
Fresh produce at Harvest Market downtown. Photo supplied

If you live or work in downtown Birmingham, it’s been hard to get fresh, local produce unless it’s a farmer’s market day. Monday, May 20, 2019, Harvest Market and Southern Organics changed all that.

Harvest Market opened a new store that features local produce, meats and beverage options. It’s in the old Parisian building next to Paramount and across from Chocolata.

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Desperate parents’ guide to non-college football sports in Birmingham including The Barons

Birmingham Legion's Matt VannOekel playing one of the non-college football sports in Birmingham
Birmingham Legion Football Club’s Matt VannOekel. Photo from Facebook

Do you (or your kids) love baseball, soccer, football and other sports? We do! That’s why we put together this guide to all the non-college football sports you could hope to watch in Birmingham.

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