A look at the new Morris Avenue through Aviate’s 24K gold Sundance Kittyhawk Sunglasses, a limited-edition collaboration with Maho Shades

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Haley sports Sundance Kittyhawk Sunglasses by Aviate and Maho Shades. Photo by Bham Now

Aviate, our favorite local lifestyle apparel brand in Birmingham, teamed up this summer with their longtime friends at Maho Shades out of Orange Beach, Alabama. The result is a sweet new pair of limited-edition Sundance Kittyhawk Sunglasses with 24K gold frames. At only $145, you’ve got to get your hands on a pair before they’re gone. Now, where to go to show them off? Morris Avenue, of course.

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Whole hog barbecue comes to Birmingham: a 6-point comparison of Martin’s Bar-B-Que vs. Rodney Scott’s BBQ

The entrance of whole hog barbecue into Birmingham’s culinary scene is going whole hog. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) Tennessee-based Martin’s Bar-B-Que opens in Cahaba Heights this fall. The news came on the heels of South Carolina-based Rodney Scott’s BBQ announcing its Avondale location, also scheduled to open fall 2018.

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Martha Stewart heads to Birmingham Oct. 5 for Antiques at The Gardens

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Martha Stewart. Photo via Martha Stewart’s Facebook page

Get your calendars out, Martha Stewart fans. She will appear at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, for this year’s Red Diamond Lecture Series. The series is part of the 13th annual Antiques at The Gardens, Oct. 4-7, 2018.

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5 reasons I love Wasabi Juan’s in Birmingham, including a new food truck, a Highway 280 grand opening and the buzzworthy 4:20 Nachos

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If your inner child met your adult self, they would share a plate of 4:20 Nachos at Wasabi Juan’s. The dish combines the nostalgic crunch of Doritos with an umami burst of raw tuna, sweet unagi sauce, spicy mayo and cool avocado. It’s a seemingly impossible combination that just works, which sums up everything I love about this locally owned Birmingham restaurant. With a new food truck and a Highway 280 location opening soon, there are more ways than ever to get your sushi burrito fix.

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7 reasons to cheer for Birmingham Shake Shack grand opening Wednesday, Aug. 22. First 205 customers get free Big Bob’s Cheese Fries!

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Clear the way for the stampede! The first-ever Alabama Shake Shack opens in Birmingham on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m. at The Summit, 200 Summit Blvd. The best part? Numbers 3, 4 and 5 on this list are all about local at this globally loved restaurant.

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5 things to know about Rodney Scott’s BBQ opening in Saigon Noodle House location in Avondale

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Rodney Scott masters the ‘cue in a cinder block smokehouse. Photo via rodneyscottsbbq.com

Woot woot. More delicious eats coming this way! Birmingham not only boasts homegrown James Beard award winners, but our city also attracts them across state lines. Barbecue master Rodney Scott owns the title of James Beard Best Chef of the Southeast 2018. Now his restaurant, Rodney Scott’s BBQ, is coming to the Magic City. The location? The current home of Saigon Noodle House in Avondale.

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9 cases of pertussis identified in Jefferson and Shelby Counties. There’s a vaccine for that at your local pharmacy.

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Pertussis can be deadly for children age 1 and under. Photo via Pixabay

Earlier this August, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) reported an outbreak of pertussis, also called whooping cough, in Shelby and Jefferson counties. Beyond the outbreak, this serious, highly contagious respiratory disease is on the rise in Alabama. Good news! Protecting your family is as simple as stopping by your local pharmacy or doctor’s office for a vaccine.

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4 easy steps to using iNaturalist to become a citizen scientist, featuring Birmingham’s Kiwanis Vulcan Trail

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A common Eastern bumblebee drinking from a bear’s foot flower along Kiwanis Vulcan Trail. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

For the past year, I’ve donned my citizen scientist hat and used iNaturalist to identify all sorts of bugs, plants and birds in Birmingham. If you love nature and science, if you have kids and want an educational way to integrate tech and the real world—or if you just want to know what the H is that bug clinging to your window—iNaturalist if for you. It’s free and easy, and I’m going to walk you through your first ID.

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UAB study affirms benefits of CBD oil, a product derived from cannabis, for patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy

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UAB School of Medicine Division of Epilepsy. Photo via UAB’s website

Good news! Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham conducted a study on the benefits of CBD oil, or cannabidiol, as a treatment for patients with intractable epilepsy who do not respond to traditional therapies. The results are in, and CBD oil significantly reduced the frequency, severity and adverse effects of seizures in participants.

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10 days of Birmingham Restaurant Week deals starts NOW, including a feast at Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille. PLUS, enter to win Harvest Brunch tickets!

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Farmers Market Pappardelle plus appetizer and dessert for $30 at Vino during #BRW2018! Photo submitted

Let’s say you’re in a lunch rut and have $10 in your pocket to burn. Or maybe one of your life goals is to conquer the ridiculously tall, Famous Pork Chop at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille. Good news! Birmingham Restaurant Week, Aug. 10-19, starts Friday. Eat your way through 10 days of special prix fixe menus for all budgets at dozens of Birmingham metro’s best restaurants. 

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Get your tickets now! Tank and the Bangas performs Friday Aug. 17 at Art on the Rocks at the Birmingham Museum of Art, presented by Dale’s Seasoning.

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Tank and the Bangas. Photo by Gus Bennett

Did you catch Tank and the Bangas when they performed at Saturn Birmingham in May 2017? That was shortly after the band won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest out of 6,000 entries, and just before the New Orleans group’s success skyrocketed. Fortunately for us, they’re back in the ’Ham on Friday night, Aug. 17, for Art on the Rocks at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Get tickets before they’re gone.

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Dear Cook Out, what gives? Sincerely, 1.1 million Birmingham metro citizens

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The citizens of Birmingham, from Mayor Randall Woodfin to one hungry UAB student, are hurting. The source of our pain? You, Cook Out. You’ve jilted us. Worse, you flaunt your rejection by continuing to expand in other cities across Alabama. Enough of this. I won’t have the Magic City moping around like a teenager without a prom date.

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5 ways Birmingham Restaurant Week puts the magic in the Magic City food scene, including Harvest Brunch, food tours and more

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Get ready to eat. The ninth annual Birmingham Restaurant Week is happening Aug. 10 to 19, 2018. Hosted by REV Birmingham and presented by Regions Bank, the week celebrates the city’s acclaimed culinary culture. Here’s how this 10-day event helps put the magic in the Magic City food scene.

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Meet Micah Morgan, the Birmingham ultra runner who conquered the world’s hardest race. PLUS, try her 2 fave bakeries for carbo-loading.

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Micah Morgan and crew at the Badwater 135. Photo via Cadence Run Coaching

The Badwater 135 is a grueling 135-mile (217-kilometer) ultramarathon from Death Valley to the summit of Mt. Whitney in California. From July 23-25, 2018, Birmingham’s own Micah Morgan came and conquered the race. Clocking in at 30 hours and nine minutes, she finished third in the female division and ninth overall. Learn how she trained, and find out where she fuels up in the ‘Ham. (Hint: think cupcakes.)

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Free financial workshop series for small business owners begins Aug. 7, hosted by the Market at Pepper Place and BBVA Compass. RSVP today!

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Caver’s Farm sells lady peas in July. Photo via the Market at Pepper Place on Instagram

The Market at Pepper Place is the place to buy local in Birmingham. Now it’s taking its support of Alabama farmers and makers one step further. In partnership with BBVA Compass, the market is offering a free financial workshop series to vendors and other small business owners. The series aims to help small businesses improve and grow, and it kicks off with an open house mixer on Aug. 7, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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