Pig Iron BBQ Challenge on Oct. 19 supports Children’s Harbor. Vulcan Materials Company participates for 22nd year. Get the deets here.

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Vulcan Materials Company’s “Haunted Hog Asylum”-themed tent at the 2017 Pig Iron BBQ Challenge. Photo submitted

It’s one of the oldest barbecue competitions in Birmingham, and it is all for a good cause. Children’s Harbor is a local nonprofit that provides essential free services to seriously ill children and their families. Come out to see Vulcan Materials Company throw down with more than 30 corporate teams at the 22nd Annual Pig Iron BBQ Challenge at the Hoover Met on Friday, October 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and kids 12 and under get in free.

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16 things I learned at Alabama’s 2018 solar home tour in Blount County

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Solar home in Blount County. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Alabama is not exactly known for solar homes. But drive north from Birmingham through the beautiful countryside of Blount County, and you will find five, all within 10 minutes of each other. Earlier this October, I went up for this small community’s annual solar home tour. Here’s what I learned. 

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Get to know Birmingham Pedal Tours. The city’s pedal-powered party tour company moves into The Battery this fall.

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Claire and Jason Kobza, owners of Birmingham Pedal Tours. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Birmingham Pedal Tours will open its new headquarters soon at The Battery, aka the development in the restored historic BEBCO building on 2nd Avenue South. Here’s everything you need to know about one of the most fun, out-of-the-box ways to experience the Magic City.

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Top 5 reasons we’ll be at Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Opening Masterworks on Oct. 19 and 20, including dueling pianos. Get tickets now.

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Alabama Symphony Orchestra rehearses at the Alys Stephens Center. Photo submitted

Do you have your tickets yet to hear the Alabama Symphony Orchestra perform Opening Masterworks: Don Juan & Concerto for Orchestra? Bham Now has five reasons why you should. Get those tickets and mark your calendar. Performances happen Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20, at 7 p.m. at the Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham. Tickets range from $24 to $74.

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Celebrating Hispanic heritage with Barby and Luis Toro of Wasabi Juan’s, part 1

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Barby and Luis Toro at Wasabi Juan’s in Avondale. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

You probably know Wasabi Juan’s in Birmingham for its famous sushi burritos. How did this local restaurant come to tempt our palates with inventive combinations of global flavors? I sat down with owners Barby and Luis Toro to find out. Here is the story of their Hispanic heritage and their American dream come true.

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Bring back Sunday supper with the 3-course Pork Chop Dinner for $34.95 at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Birmingham

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Perry’s Sunday Supper Special. Photo submitted

Take a break from the kitchen and gather the family for an unforgettable feast. The three-course Sunday Supper Special at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille features the Famous 7-Finger Pork Chop, a choice of six salads and a dessert trio for only $34.95.* Check it out on Sundays from 4 to 9 p.m. at Perry’s in Birmingham, and don’t forget the reservations.

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Come out to Cahaba Brewing Company tonight, Oct. 1, to support injured firefighter Lt. Greg Price

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Lt. Greg Price (right). Photo via Cahaba Brewing Company, Facebook

Birmingham firefighter Lt. Greg Price broke one leg and two ankles while fighting the fire in Lakeview early last Thursday morning. Cahaba Brewing Company is holding a fundraiser tonight, Oct. 1, for Price and his family.

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Check out 3 new recreational activities in Birmingham, plus a Dave & Buster’s update

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Luxury movie theaters, axe throwing, duckpin bowling at the Woolworth and—OMG, when will Dave & Buster’s open already? As we roll into October, 2018 has been an eventful year for welcoming fun new recreational activities to Birmingham. Bham Now has the scoop.

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6 ways the shared economy trend is growing in Birmingham, including transportation and free stores

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The Free Store, a monthly pop-up in Linn Park, is #4 on the list. Photo via Lillie Stubsten

You mow your neighbor’s lawn; they make you dinner or fix your deck. You borrow a step ladder instead of buying one. Shared economy is not a new concept. It saves money and is less wasteful—that’s tried and true. However, we’re seeing renewed interest in shared economy principles and new applications across Birmingham. Here’s how.

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6 innovative everyday solutions from Alabama Launchpad finalists. Who will win $50,000 and $100,000 on Thursday, Sept. 27?

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July 2018 Alabama Launchpad winners Apex Pro. Who will get the big check next? Photo submitted

Innovation means job creation. The six startups vying for capital at the next Alabama Launchpad competition on Thursday, Sept. 27, have the potential to do just that. Check out the innovative ways these Alabama startups hope to improve our everyday lives.

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Juice it! 3 easy recipes using local produce from the Market at Pepper Place

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Kale, muscadines, kiwi, arugula, cucumbers and Jonagold apples from the Market at Pepper Place. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Let’s just say I haven’t been getting my five servings of fruits and veggies a day lately. This week, I decided it was time to change things up. So I headed to the Market at Pepper Place to stock up on ingredients for fresh juice.

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OpenTable lists Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Birmingham as one of 100 Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers in America for 2018

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Birmingham does it again. Just last August, three local restaurants made OpenTable’s list of 50 Best Southern Restaurants in America. Now Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille joins the mix. The restaurant earned a spot on a list of 100 Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers in America for 2018, released by OpenTable this week.

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3 career lessons from Momentum that every woman needs to know, featuring Ann-Marie Stanford of Spire

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Ann-Marie Stanford at Spire offices in Birmingham. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Momentum is a leadership development program for executive and early-career women based right here in Birmingham. So what can you learn from Momentum? Bham Now caught up with Ann-Marie Stanford, director of supply chain-special projects and supplier diversity at Spire. She also happens to be a recent alumna of Momentum’s Executive Leadership Program. Here’s how she’s applied three lessons from Momentum to her career and life.

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3 resources for low-cost spay and neuter services in Birmingham, PLUS pets of Bham Now

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It happens. You fall in love with an animal who needs a good home. You hesitate because you’re not sure you have the funds. Low-cost spay and neuter options in Birmingham can help. Check out Alabama Spay/Neuter, Alabama Animal Adoption Society and Friends of Cats and Dogs Foundation for affordable options to help you tackle one of pet ownership’s biggest early costs.

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Life after Meredith: 5 perspectives from Birmingham publishing alumni, including Greg Schumann of Markstein

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Meredith Corp.’s Birmingham offices. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Meredith Corp.’s business move last Wednesday was a major hit to Coastal Living, Cooking Light and Oxmoor House—three publishing brands with some twenty, thirty and forty years of Birmingham history, respectively. Here are the facts, plus words of encouragement from five Birmingham publishing alumni who have gone on to great things, near and far.

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