Jones Valley Teaching Farm breaks ground on new Center for Food Education site

Left to right, Councilor Darrell O’Quinn, Mayor Randall Woodfin, JVTF Director Amanda Storey, Birmingham Superintendent Dr. Mark Sullivan and Councilor Hunter Williams at the October 21, 2020 groundbreaking for the Center for Food Education. Photo City of Birmingham Government Facebook page

Want evidence Birmingham is becoming the culinary hub for the South and the nation? 

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BSC is hosting virtual book clubs facilitated by experts, and you’re invited

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Now this looks like my kind of reading spot. Photo via BSC

2020, the year of virtual… well, everything. There’s no better way to fill your emptier-than-usual schedule than by learning something new, and Birmingham-Southern College is making it easy. Get all the deets on their virtual book clubs right here.

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Property exchange at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve a win-win for nature education and conservation

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Turkey Creek – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

The land at the entrance of the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, the “gateway” to the popular recreational area, is now owned by the city of Pinson, thanks to a win-win land exchange with the Freshwater Land Trust. 

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Got a parking ticket while voting absentee? “I voted” stickers can forgive it. JeffCo extends voting.

Voters in line front of the Jefferson County Courthouse on October 15, 2020. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The Jefferson County Commission and the city of Birmingham took some positive steps Friday to make it easier to in-person vote absentee at the downtown courthouse. 

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Stop the spread of COVID-19 from your phone? Yep, there’s an app for that

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We caught up with one of the first GuideSafe™ users to learn how it all works. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

One of the key tools to fight COVID-19 and slow its spread is right in your pocket. Developed by UAB experts in partnership with the Alabama Department of Health and available for iPhone and Android devices, the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App is a simple way you can help fight COVID-19 in Alabama.

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Birmingham set to host March Madness tournaments in 2023 + 25 at upgraded Legacy Arena. See renderings of the $123 million renovation

We can’t wait to watch some basketball in the brand new Legacy Arena. Rendering via The BJCC

Basketball fans rejoice! March Madness will return to Birmingham’s newly renovated Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex for two events in 2023 and 2025. Here’s what we know.

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Ruffner Mountain wins nation’s highest abandoned mine land reclamation award

Abandoned mine portal gate at Ruffner Mountain. Photo by Bob Farley, provided to Bham Now by the Alabama Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program

A project at Ruffner Mountain has won the nation’s highest achievement in the field of abandoned mine land (AML) reclamation, thanks to efforts to protect residents along trails and bats living in abandoned mines.

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Enjoy the Great Outdoors, help Bham blossom + more reasons to volunteer at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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You can play a role in protecting, nurturing, and sharing the wonders of Birmingham Botanical Gardens! Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

If you’ve been outside at all in the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably noticed how gorgeous the weather has been. If you’re wanting to spend more time outside, meet new people and make a difference in Birmingham, we’ve got just the thing for you. But don’t take our word for it—keep reading to hear from volunteers with the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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Need a permit in Jefferson County? It’s now easier than ever

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Get a look at the progress on the newest development in Vestavia Hills. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Whether you’re a contractor, a business owner, a homeowner or just an average citizen, permits are a part of life. Gone are the days of cumbersome paperwork and trips to the courthouse—Jefferson County is going digital. Here’s what you need to know.

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What to expect when you cast an absentee ballot at the Jefferson County Courthouse

Nikki Seaborn and daughter Ayala Seaborn voted at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Like many families during the COVID-19 pandemic, my wife Kathy and I are taking every measure to keep our family safe, especially her parents who are both 80+ years old with numerous ailments.

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Bham budget cuts to nature preserves and green spaces highlight need for region wide support

Birmingham Mountain High Hikers at Ruffner Mountain. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

According to longtime supporters at Ruffner Mountain, in 2020, more people will have walked the popular and beloved nature preserve’s trails than at any time in its 43 year history.

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