6 things to know about Vestavia Hills redevelopment of Highway 31, including the revitalization of Wald Park

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In 2012, the city of Vestavia Hills put forth a bold vision for its redevelopment of Highway 31. The plan envisioned the addition of a pedestrian-friendly boulevard, a greenway along Patton Creek and the transformation of the interchange at Interstate 65 to serve as a gateway to the city. That was six years ago. Where do we stand today?

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3 things to know about the Birmingham Color Wall, a community mural event by artist Marcus Fetch on June 23

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Marcus Fetch at the site of Birmingham’s future color wall. Photo by author.

Muralist Marcus Fetch has been a creative force behind the revitalization of Birmingham through his larger-than-life creations on walls across downtown, Woodlawn and Avondale. His works are not only popular photo backdrops, they are an indelible part of our city’s landscape. Now you can pick up a paintbrush and join him for his next project, the Birmingham Color Wall, on June 23.

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3 ways with succulents, 1 for every Birmingham budget. Shop the look at Charlie Thigpen’s, Oak Street and Shoppe

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June is hot and so are succulents —the trend that is. I live near several locally owned garden shops in Birmingham, so I stepped out yesterday to check out their selection. Whatever your budget, here’s how you can bring the succulent trend home.

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Axe throwing? Yep, it’s a trend. Check out Civil Axe Throwing coming to Birmingham in June

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It’s not just for lumberjacks. People across North America are getting their adrenaline rush by hurling an axe across a room. Thanks to Civil Axe Throwing based in Huntsville, soon the citizens of Birmingham can too.

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SliceFest on June 16 raises funds for SUKI Foundation for Rett Syndrome treatment and cure. Get your tickets now.

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Have you heard of SliceFest? It began in 2012 as the anniversary celebration of Slice Pizza & Brewhouse, and it’s grown into an annual music festival encompassing Birmingham’s thriving Lakeview District. Sarah Katherine “Suki” Bateh is one local child facing the neurological effects of Rett Syndrome. Through her namesake SUKI Foundation, many more children now have hope. Two Birmingham stories about community and growth—perhaps they were meant to go together.
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The Rickwood Classic is May 30! And 7 other facts about the Birmingham Barons annual throwback game at Rickwood Field.

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Rickwood Classic 2013. Photo by @cdmcfadden via Instagram

Take me out to the ballgame, as the old song goes. The Birmingham Barons return to their historic home, Rickwood Field, on May 30 for the 22nd annual Rickwood Classic. Featuring the Barons versus the Chattanooga Lookouts, the gates open at 11 a.m. and the first pitch is at 12:30 p.m. You can get tickets here.

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3 day trips north of Birmingham that will transport you. Check out Ave Maria Grotto, Cathedral Caverns, U.S. Space and Rocket Center

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With a two-hour drive or less, you can hop across the ocean, explore a hidden underworld or get out of this world entirely. How? Check out these day trips north of Birmingham, and you’ll see.

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Art on the Rocks presented by Dale’s Seasoning announces rocking lineup at Birmingham Museum of Art. Get your tickets now.

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The Birmingham Museum of Art kicks off its 14th season of Art on the Rocks this summer. This year’s lineup features three distinctive Southern bands with three powerhouse female leads. Grab your tickets now for three nights of music, artist collaborations, interactive performances, food and cocktails.

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Modern, luxurious, eco-friendly … modular? Will Birmingham embrace this home-building trend?

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With contemporary design, eco-friendly materials and technological innovation, modular building is redefining conceptions of manufactured homes. Photo via Dvele.

The trend of “modern” modular homes is gaining a foothold in major Southeastern cities. In Charlotte, North Carolina, architect Frederick Laury recently launched the company MOD-CLT to serve the emerging market. Dvele, a high-tech modular home manufacturer based in California, has a sales office in Nashville, Tennessee. Will the trend come to Birmingham?

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5 reasons to choose Birmingham’s Motivated Movers for all your packing and moving needs

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Professional, prompt and courteous, the team at Birmingham’s Motivated Movers is ready to serve. Photo by Wade Cline.

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Whistling Table opening in June! And 7 other facts about chef-owner Mac Russell’s restaurant in Forest Park

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Since 2016, fans of Shindigs catering and food truck in Birmingham have anxiously waited for a brick-and-mortar restaurant from chef and co-founder Mac Russell. The wait is almost over. Renovations are wrapping up in the Forest Park location, and Russell plans to open the doors of Whistling Table around the first of June. Here’s what you need to know. Continue reading “Whistling Table opening in June! And 7 other facts about chef-owner Mac Russell’s restaurant in Forest Park”

5 u-pick strawberry farms just a short drive from Birmingham, and more

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Slather on the sunscreen and pack a cooler of drinks and snacks. U-pick strawberry season is still in full gear in Alabama for the month of May. Bham Now has the scoop on the strawberry farms within reasonable driving distance of Birmingham. Plus, we’ve got a sneak peek of u-pick options for June right here in Jefferson County.

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Could Morris Avenue be the Birmingham Retail Row? Check out Honeycreeper Chocolate, basic. and Heidi Elnora Atelier.

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Courtney Pigford of Honeycreeper Chocolate and Lacey Woodroof of basic. in front of their future Morris Avenue storefront. Photo via @abasicshop on Instagram

Visit Morris Avenue and you cannot help but notice the construction going full steam ahead on the 60,000-square-foot Founders Station. But there is a quieter transformation afoot. The Birmingham entrepreneurs behind Honeycreeper Chocolate and basic. have announced their dual storefront, opening this summer on the storied cobblestone street. They are leasing the space from Heidi Elnora, a local bridal designer whose boutique is next door. Could Morris Avenue become the Birmingham Retail Row?

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Vulcan is turning 114! Get your tickets for the Birthday Bash on June 3

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It’s the event of the year for family fun at Vulcan Park and Museum! Help Vulcan blow out his candles at his 114th Birthday Bash, along with “V” (Vulcan’s six-foot plush mascot), Birmingham City Mayor Randall Woodfin and City Council President Valerie A. Abbott as well as other city officials. Ice Cream from Piggly Wiggly and Bud’s Best Cookies will be handed out after V blows out his candles!

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Shop our Mother’s Day Gift Guide for the Market at Pepper Place

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Dayspring Dairy offers a variety of sheep milk cheeses and caramel spreads that any foodie mom will love. Photo by author

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 13. If that sentence just sent a wave of panic down your spine because you haven’t bought a gift yet, do not fret. Bham Now presents the 2018 Mother’s Day Gift Guide for the Market at Pepper Place. Open from 7 a.m. to noon this Saturday, the market has  gift options for every taste and budget.

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