Vulcan Materials breaks new ground with THE YARD and Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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A large and diverse group gathered together for the announcement of the Vulcan-HBCU partnership through THE YARD.
International Debate Team Champions Texas Southern University, Vulcan Materials Executives, THE YARD Leadership Team, U.S. Conference of Mayors President Steve Benjamin (Center), African American Mayors Association President Oliver Gilbert (next to Benjamin)

Birmingham’s Vulcan Materials Company announced plans this week to support academic excellence programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The new grant initiative will support select Historically Black Colleges and Universities in key areas of the Southeastern United States that are part of the Company’s nationwide footprint.

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Magic City Flower Market opens April 29 in Avondale: flower fans rejoice

Ranunculus is always a favorite among flower-lovers in Birmingham.
Ranunculus is always a favorite among flower-lovers in Birmingham. Photo by Sarah Marshall

Starting April 29, Magic City Flower Market brings locally grown flowers to Birmingham. It’s at Rosegolden Flowers in Avondale (right across the street from The Abbey Coffee Shop). Mondays during growing season, it’s open from 10AM-1PM.

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7 things I learned from former death row inmate Anthony Hinton

Anthony Ray Hinton spent nearly 30 years on death row for two Birmingham murders he didn't commit.
North Avondale Branch Manager Saundra Ross, Gwendolyn Welch of the Chapter Chatters Book Club, Anthony Ray Hinton, Lester Bailey and another attendee at Hinton’s talk. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Yesterday, Anthony Ray Hinton spoke to a crowded house at the North Avondale Library. Everyone came to hear the man whose memoir Oprah chose—not only for her Summer 2018 book club, but for her next movie.

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TEDxBirmingham is coming May 3-4, 2019. Find TedEggs before Easter for ticket discounts

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TEDxBirmingham is hiding TEDEggs at local businesses around Birmingham from now till Easter. Find one to get a discount to TEDxBham May 3-4, 2019.
TedEggs everywhere. Photo from TEDxBirmingham

Q: What’s more fun than actually going to TEDxBirmingham?

A: Hunting all over the city for cute little #TEDEggs for a chance to win a discount to TEDxBirmingham.

Alternatively, you can go ahead and purchase tickets at TEDxBirmingham.org now.

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7 reasons to get one of Avondale’s last three Cottages on Fifth now

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Cottages on Fifth in Avondale features 10 intimate cottages arranged around a lovely central courtyard.
Isn’t this courtyard sooooo inviting? Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

If you’ve driven down 5th Avenue South in Avondale recently, from downtown toward Avondale Park, you’ve probably noticed a sweet new development going in on the right-hand side. All those white houses make up Cottages on Fifth. Read on to learn more about all the ways we love this place.

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3 things we love about this awesome home office by Closets by Design of Central Alabama

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It's fun to work in a well-designed home office by Closets by Design.
Hard at work in a Birmingham home office designed and installed by Closets by Design. Photo by Bham Now

When you first hear the name “Closets by Design,” you most likely picture closets. As in, a place to put your clothes. Bet you didn’t know they design a bunch of other things, too, including home offices.

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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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