Darterfest is coming to Avondale Brewing May 23. Here’s what you need to know

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Get ready for Darterfest 2021! Photo via Southern Environmental Center

The eighth annual Darterfest, hosted by the Southern Environmental Center, is back this year at Avondale Brewing. Celebrating one of the the rarest fish on Earth, this is truly a one-of-a-kind, don’t-miss festival. Keep reading to get all the details.

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Love on Highland Park by picking up Your pup’s poop—Do Dah Day is May 15

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Do Dah Day 2021 is coming to Cahaba Brewing this Saturday, May 15, from 11AM-6PM, and Highland Park FIDO (Friends in Dog Ownership) is continuing its tradition of “flagging and bagging” to get ready for the big event even though it won’t be in the neighborhood this year. Keep reading to find out more about what pet owners can do to make Highland Park, the traditional home of Do Dah Day, more beautiful year ’round.

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Greater Birmingham Humane Society plans to build new state of the art campus Here’s why.

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Rendering of the proposed Greater Birmingham Humane Society campus off Lakeshore. Graphic via Greater Birmingham Humane Society

“It’s a game changer.” That’s how Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) Executive Director Allison Black Cornelius describes her organization’s plans to build a state of the art campus on Lakeshore Parkway.   

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McWane’s Shark + Ray Touch Tank reopens May 5

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Have you touched the underwater creatures in McWane’s Shark + Ray Touch Tank? Photo via McWane Science Center

When you’re looking for something to do that will entertain and engage, McWane Science Center never disappoints. From the reopening of their Shark and Ray Touch Tank to LEGO fun, here are five ways McWane is wowing guests this May. Purchase your tickets in advance here.

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9 adorable Birmingham pandemic pets that will make your heart melt

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Imagine coming home to these sweet faces after a long, stressful day of work. Mood instantly boosted. Photo via Jay Wennington

The pandemic has definitely taken its toll on a lot of us, and we’ve had to find creative ways to keep our minds busy to distract from all the chaos that occurred. Some of us discovered new hobbies. Some of us worked on our fitness. But a lot of us adopted pets.

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Everything you should know about therapy and service dogs

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Both therapy dogs and service dogs make huge differences in people’s lives. Photo via Hand in Paw

There’s nothing cuter than a dog with a job, and the jobs therapy and servive dogs perform are of utmost importance. Keep reading to learn more about both therapy and service dogs in Birmingham and how you can get involved.

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5 adorable senior pets you need in your life from local shelters

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Man’s best friend is their pet. Photo via Eric Ward on Unsplash.

According to the ASPCA, senior pets are over 40% less likely to be adopted than their younger counterparts. That means, there are too many lovable kitties and pups living out their old age in shelters instead of living the high life curled up on their human’s couch! With National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day coming up on April 30, 2021, we put together a list of adoptable senior pets in Birmingham just waiting for forever homes.

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7 ways to go green and celebrate Earth Day in Birmingham this year

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Members of the Cahaba River Society and the Little Garden Club removing invasive taro at the Cahaba National Wildlife Refuge. Photo via the Cahaba River Society.

Earth Day is coming up this Thursday, April 22, 2021, and it’s more important than ever to take the time to love and care for our planet in the face of climate change. So, we’ve put together a list of ways to go green and appreciate Alabama’s beautiful environment.

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5 beautiful waterfalls within driving distance of Birmingham

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Look at that rainbow in this beautiful view of Desoto Falls. Photo via DeKalb County Tourism and Heather Harkins Photography

Yes, living in Birmingham provides us the luxury of hanging out at rooftop happy hours in the city and experiencing local talent at music festivals; however, did you know that we also have some unique waterfalls to explore within miles of the city? So if you were thinking you had to book a plane ticket to witness multiple cascading waterfalls, we’re here to tell you that you were wrong. Respectfully, of course! Here are five of the most beautiful waterfalls within driving distance of Birmingham.

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5 spring kayaking adventures in and around Birmingham

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Photo by Keith Bozeman, Kayak at sunset at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge near Decatur, Alabama. Courtesy of the Alabama Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

The weather is heating up, which means it’s time for outdoor adventures. We’ve previously told you why Birmingham is a paddler’s paradise, and now we’re back to let you know how you can get in on it.

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7 ways to enjoy Virtual Vacation Day in Birmingham

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Learn more about the history and culture of Birmingham with these virtual vacation ideas. Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum’s Facebook

A year into the pandemic, and I think we’re all looking forward to taking an in-person vacation. While the vaccine efforts are ramping up, it’s still safest to keep your vacay virtual. Keep reading to see seven ways to enjoy a Birmingham virtual vacation.

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9 Birmingham races you need to run this spring

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Who else is excited for spring runs and races? Photo via Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama

As spring comes full-fledged to Birmingham, we’re all wanting to get outside more. Check out these nine upcoming Birmingham races that are the perfect way to enjoy this wonderful weather, whether you’re a casual 5k-er to the next Shalane Flanagan or Steve Prefontaine.

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The Alabama legislature is 1 vote away from allowing dogs on restaurant patios

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Hoppy had a great time at Yappy Hour at The Pizitz, back before COVID. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

While lots of spots in Birmingham are already on board with having dogs (with the occasional pig, goat or cat) at restaurants, the tide may be turning for pups who like patios throughout the state.

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