Cool down at these 14 splash pads—45 minutes or less from Birmingham. Including one for dogs!

The splash pad at the Liberty Park Athletic Complex on Sicard Hollow Road is a hidden treasure.
The splash pad at the Liberty Park Athletic Complex on Sicard Hollow Road is a hidden treasure. Photo from Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation Facebook page

I’m not sure when splash pads became a thing, but I sure am glad they did. Sometimes you just wanna go play in water without having to get *in* the water.

To help you stay cool this Summer, we found a baker’s dozen splash pads within 45 minutes’ drive of Birmingham, plus one for dogs. Because dogs get hot, too!

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10 community gardens in Birmingham bring fruit, veggies, pollinators and joy (PHOTOS)

East Lake Community Garden is at East Lake United Methodist Church in Birmingham.
East Lake Community Garden sits right between the East Lake United Methodist Church playground and the surrounding urban landscape. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Community gardens dot the landscape of Birmingham and its surrounding areas. In addition to welcome patches of green, they also bring healthy food, community, education, habitat for pollinators and joy.

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What to do when you see a snake: an interview with Birmingham yoga naturalist Dana Coker Gale

Dana Coker Gale and I talked about what to do when you see a snake.
Dana (r) holding a snake with her friend Virginia (l). Photo by Dana Coker Gale

Dana Coker Gale is crazy multifaceted—and, she loves snakes. Yoga teacher, fisherwoman, costume-wearer, model, lover of reptiles and amphibians, and mama are just a few of her many talents.

Lately, she’s been adding “amateur naturalist” to the list, so I reached out to talk to her about what to do when you see a snake.

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Got a couple hours to spend in downtown Birmingham—how ’bout a self-guided walking tour of Morris Avenue? (PHOTOS)

Morris Avenue's cobblestones date back to  . . . the late 1960s.
Morris Avenue’s cobblestone streets harken back to earlier days, even though they were apparently added in the late 1960s as this became the state’s first historic district. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Got a couple hours to spend in downtown Birmingham? How ’bout a self-guided walking tour on Morris Avenue. If you haven’t been there lately, you might be surprised by the changes.

The other day when our home internet was out, my kids and I hopped in the car and headed down to see what we could see. Here are 10 things we found.

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Human trafficking in Birmingham: it’s not what you think. What it is and what we can do to stop it.

The Junior League of Birmingham's anti-trafficking committee is working on human trafficking in Birmingham.
Panelists at a January 30, 2019 public roundtable on trafficking as part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Photo from JLB

Until I started on this story, I didn’t know much about human trafficking in Birmingham. I’d heard that I-20 was a big trafficking highway. But I always associated that with kidnapping and Amber alerts. Once I started talking to people, I learned a lot of things that surprised me.

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8 fun factory tours in and around Birmingham, including Cahaba Brewing’s Taproom Tour

On the Golden Flake factory tour in Birmingham, you can see this half-truck. It's kind of cute.
Why yes, that’s a half Golden Flake potato chip truck attached to the side of the building. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Who’s ever been on a fun factory tour in or around Birmingham? If you’re looking for something fun to do, whether with the fam, the biz or with visitors, we’ve got you covered. Read on for all the juicy details.

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Get a sneak peek at renderings for under the 59/20 bridges. 6 things you need to know.

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One idea of what it could look like under the 59/20 bridge when all is said and done.
One idea of what it could look like under the bridge when all is said and done. Rending from 59/20 Bridge Facebook page

Right now, while the highways are undergoing a complete renovation, it’s hard to imagine what will go in under the 59/20 bridges. But even as motorists and pedestrians marvel at the ever-changing cityscape, the people behind the scenes are busy planning some pretty cool features. If you thought we were just getting new bridges out of the deal, you’re mistaken.

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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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