What’s open and what’s closed in Birmingham on Presidents Day, Feb. 18, 2019

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Presidents Day is this Monday, February 18. It’s officially called “Washington’s Birthday” to commemorate George Washington, the first U.S. president. So, how does this impact your Monday in Birmingham?  Keep reading to find out.

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Spaces limited: Register for Samford Academy of the Arts Spring classes and new summer Jazz Camp

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A Jazz band performing. Photo from the Oak Mountain Band Facebook page

Are you kicking yourself because you forgot to register for the Samford Academy of the Arts classes and workshops this past January? Or do you think it is too late to sign up your child for summer camp?

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Your guide to shopping 10 of Birmingham’s best antique stores like Urban Suburban and Hanna Antiques

I’ve always enjoyed things secondhand: hand-me-downs from my older sister, thrift shop accessories and all things antique. I’m new to the Magic City, so I figured I’d get acquainted by finding all of the best antique stores around town and call it work. Whether you’re an avid antiquer or you’ve never shopped secondhand before, Birmingham is full to the brim with hidden gems waiting to be found. Here are the top 10 antique stores in Birmingham you have to visit:

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Did you know that Alabama has the smallest percentage of public land in the South? Why it matters.

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View from Cheaha State Park. Photo by Robin E Taylor-Cheaha State Park

This land is your land, this land is my land… this land was made for you and me. ~excerpt of lyrics from Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.”

Did you know that you, as a citizen of the state of Alabama, and nearly 5 million fellow Alabamians share ownership of more than 1.5 million acres of public land in our state?

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9 things you need to know about the North Birmingham Community, including the Historic Bethel Baptist Church

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Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Wilder, Jr. in front of Bethel Baptist Church in Collegeville. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

If you’ve never ventured into the part of Birmingham that lies between Village Creek and Five Mile Creek, north of Norwood, we’ve got a treat for you today. We’ve done some homework so we can share with you about some of the treasures of this part of town. A little off the beaten path, the North Birmingham community has played a key part in our city’s history.

For those of you who are following along, this is the fifth in a twenty-three part series we’re bringing you, in which we help you get to know all 99 of Birmingham’s neighborhoods. So far, we’ve featured the Crestwood, Northside, Red Mountain, and Roebuck / South East Lake communities.

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Latest ALDOT I-59/20 update, including Red Mountain Expressway ramp overnight closures

Rubble from the I-59/20 Bridge closure. Photo courtesy of Larry O. Gay

Yesterday, ALDOT sent out a flurry of tweets and texts about the latest street/road closures  occurring over the next two weeks, including a major closure of the Red Mountain Expressway North ramp onto 59/20 Northbound in the late evenings till early morning.

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United Way’s 2-1-1 Call Center celebrates AIRS Accreditation on 2-1-1 Day

Shakeitha Tatum, Assistant Vice President, Community Service Response Center. Photo courtesy of United Way of Central Alabama

The Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) has awarded its coveted accreditation to United Way of Central Alabama’s 2-1-1 Information and Referral Center after the center completed expected practices defined by the AIRS Standards and Quality Indicators.

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Mayor Woodfin calls on Altamont students to get involved in their community

On stage at Altamont School, (L to R) Arthur Anders, Mayor Randall Woodfin, Matthew Mugweru, Lewis Rand, and Sophia Sultan . Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

On Wednesday, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin addressed a school-wide Black History Month Assembly at The Altamont School.

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Birmingham ranks 13th most dangerous for walking in the U.S. Will Complete Streets policies make us safer?

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Students from Hemphill Elementary, via Facebook

Last month, Smart Growth America released a report titled Dangerous by Design which documented the number of people who were struck and killed by automobiles walking on streets from 2008 to 2017.  In the report, according to their metrics, the Birmingham metro area ranked 13th nationally, as the most dangerous city for walking.

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31 local municipalities join Junior League of Birmingham’s fight against human trafficking

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Mayor Randall Woodfin proclaimed January Human Trafficking Awareness Month at a Birmingham City Council Meeting on January 15. Photo via JLB

It’s a world problem, a national problem and a local problem that flows through our interstates every day. I-20 has earned the moniker “the super highway for human trafficking in the United States,” and I-85, I-10 and I-65 are major corridors, too. Learn how the Junior League of Birmingham and local municipalities are fighting back—and what you can do.

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Paw Paw Patch, Dave’s Pizza among establishments receiving 95 and above Food Service scores in January

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Dave’s Pizza in Homewood. Photo via Dave’s Pizza

Several popular Birmingham area  restaurants, including popular places such as Paw Paw Patch on Green Springs and Dave’s Pizza in Homewood received 95 and above on their health inspection scores over the past 30 days.

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NPR Tiny Desk winner and disability rights advocate Gaelynn Lea to play UAB concert on February 8

NPR Tiny Desk winner Gaelynn Lea will be playing at UAB on Friday, February 8 at the Alys Stephens Center. Photo Credit: Richard Carter. Courtesy of UAB

In 2016, NPR held its annual Tiny Desk Contest, as part of their popular Tiny Desk Concert series, which has been viewed on You Tube more than 2 billion times, and has millions of loyal followers on radio. Out of more than 6000 contest video entries from all over the world, a jury of high profiled musicians came back with one unanimous winner – Gaelynn Lea.

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Birmingham’s ABC 33/40 James Spann named 2019 National Weatherperson of the year

Iconic Birmingham weatherman James Spain tries on the new Birmingham Legion jersey. Photo from the Magic City Brigade Facebook page.

Last night, on social media and their website, ABC 33/40 announced that their longtime and popular Chief Meteorologist James Spann has been named the 2019 National Weatherperson of the Year by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH).

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Meet three Altamont School students who are changing the world

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From the left, Altamont Miree Leadership director – Katherine Berdy talking with Altamont Eleanor Roth, Sameer Sultan and Jaye Conn. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Are leaders born or made? Students at The Altamont School strive to answer that question through participation in the school’s C. Kyser Miree Ethical Leadership Center.

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