Birmingham’s buzzing with business news, career opportunities + more

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Birmingham from TJ Tower. Photo via Jon Eastwood

After a long Memorial Day Weekend, it’s time to get back into the swing of a brand new week. Luckily, it’ll be a short one! There’s lots of new business and career opportunities happening in Birmingham, so make that coffee extra strong and get busy.

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Books by Birmingham authors to add to your reading list

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Are you a more of a sci-fi or historical fiction person? Photo via Unsplash.

While our summer plans may up in the air, we can always rely on a slate of new books to pass the time. Of course, we’re keeping things local. Here are 10 books written by Birmingham authors to add to your reading list. Have you read any of them?

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Where to go chasing waterfalls in and around Birmingham

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It’s like a scene straight out of a movie. Photo via @hikealabama on Instagram.

Sorry TLC! We’re about to go chasing waterfalls. We could all use a little adventure to kick start the summer. Whether you’re looking to stay local or go on a mini road trip, here are 18 waterfalls in and around Birmingham to explore.

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Coronavirus changed A LOT, including our vocabulary. What words have you used Birmingham?

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The shirt says it all. Photo via @thepizitz by @americanredcross.

Who would’ve thought we would begin a new decade with a global pandemic? Not me! The past few months have transformed our daily routines—including our vocabulary. Let’s take a look at the new lingo we’re hearing and using on a daily basis.

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Join Birmingham cyclists in the Ride of Silence on May 20 to promote safety + honor injured or killed cyclists

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Will you be riding? Photo by Greg Harber via Freshwater Land Trust’s Instagram.

Did you know May is National Bike Month? To celebrate, Birmingham’s cycling community is participating in the Ride of Silence on Wednesday, May 20. Keep reading to learn more about this international event and how you can get involved.

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See the Magic City’s Treasures with this Scavenger Hunt

Birmingham is home to many cool spots that are bound to catch your fancy. Photo from Instagram @bclcreations by Brandon Littleton.

Whether its our trusty friend Vulcan or the exquisite Botanical Gardens, Birmingham offers countless awe-inspiring locations all across the map. Yet, there are even more lesser-known + charming sites all around that are must see’s. Visit the city’s hidden gems and check these underground places off your bucket list.

Most of these locations can be seen while social distancing or even from inside your car, so bring your mask along for the adventure!

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How and where in Birmingham to watch turtles “basking” in the sun on World Turtle Day

Photo courtesy of Andy Coleman with the Urban Turtle Project

Did you know?  Alabama ranks #1 in the U.S. in turtles. In fact, our state is presently home to 27 freshwater turtle species. That  represents 57%  turtles  identified in North America.

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YMCA of Greater Birmingham and Levite Jewish Community Center plan to re-open on June 1

LJCC on Montclair Road in Birmingham. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

In a joint news release, the leadership of the YMCA of Greater Birmingham (YMCA) and the Levite Jewish Community Center (LJCC) announced they plan to re-open their facilities to members on Monday, June 1, 2020.

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How Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is helping Birmingham nonprofits shield residents from loss

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The Alabama Food Bank Association adapted during the pandemic so they could continue fighting food insecurity. Photo via Alabama Food Bank Association’s Facebook.

Birmingham is a powerful city in more ways than one. Our local nonprofits, along with the support of companies like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, are a big part of what makes us so sturdy. Take a look at just a couple, out of the hundreds in the Magic City, who are fearsome in the face of COVID-19.

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United Way Community Crisis Fund awards 2nd round of grants to 69 groups totaling $388,317

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Smithfield Backpack Buddies volunteers devote several hours each week to fighting hunger in the community. Photo by United Way of Central Alabama

Earlier this week, the United Way of Central Alabama announced that they awarded the second round of United Way Community Crisis Fund grants. For the month of May, sixty-nine nonprofit organizations and agencies will receive $388,317 in United Way’s five-county service area.

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