3 places to donate blood in Birmingham—and why it’s important

Bham Nowers Pat Byington and Beth Cunningham after donating blood! Photo via Beth Cunningham

Half an hour of your time could save up to three lives. Donating blood is one of the easiest ways to do something good—it doesn’t cost money, it’s quick, and you get free snacks after! Here are 3 places to donate right here in Birmingham, AL.

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What did Alabama’s landscapes look like in 1819? Hint: think Kansas with prairies and bamboo.

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Painting by contemporary artist Philip Juras of  William Bartram’s 1775 description of Alabama’s Black Belt Prairie near Montgomery. www.philipjuras.com

I’ve got a confession to make.

As a native Alabamian, who has worked in conservation for more than three decades, I never knew there were millions of acres of grasslands and prairies in Alabama two centuries ago.

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A sneak peek inside Birmingham’s cultural jewel – Prince Hall Masonic Temple. Photos!

Mr. Dennis Simmons, Endowment Secretary for the Prince Hall Grand Lodge. Photo by Nathan Watson for Bham Now.

Have you heard of the Prince Hall Masonic Temple? Once the cornerstone of Birmingham’s black community, the Masonic Temple Building has since fallen into a state of disrepair. However, the Prince Hall Masons are determined to restore this historic building to its full potential. Hang with me to follow my tour through this cultural jewel of Birmingham’s history.

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Down the drain and out of sight! Where does your wastewater go in Jefferson Co?

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Local school groups regularly tour the Jefferson County water reclamation facilities to learn all about how their water is treated and where it comes from! Photo via Jefferson County

How many times a day do you run a faucet, take a shower or flush a toilet? As the wastewater spins down the drain and heads into oblivion—where does it actually go? Here’s an inside look at what goes on beyond the flush right here in Jefferson County.

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Birmingham’s Hamburger Heaven named best place to get a milkshake in Alabama by USA Today

Hamburger Heaven named best place to get a shake in Alabama by USA Today. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

This week, a popular locally owned Birmingham restaurant made a USA Today “best in Alabama” list.

One of our community’s all-time favorites, Hamburger Heaven, was named “best place to get a milkshake in Alabama.

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Buying goods online? 11 Internet purchase meetup spots in Birmingham

Birmingham Police Headquarters on 1st Ave. N. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Online marketplaces such as eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and others have exploded in popularity. However, traveling to a stranger’s house to pick up an item can make you think twice. Luckily for Birmingham—there’s another option. Meetup spots for Internet purchase exchanges! Read on for the details.

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Activist, Author, Director, Rocket Scientist—Meet the 2019 Alabama Humanities Fellows

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2019 Alabama Humanities Fellow Fred Gray with Martin Luther King Jr. Photo via Gray’s book, “Bus Ride to Justice”

A nationally recognized civil rights activist. A deputy director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A Pulitzer Prize winner. A NASA engineer. This year’s Alabama Humanities Fellows are an impressive group, to say the least—and you have the opportunity to hear them speak right here in Birmingham, AL.

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Birmingham author on U.S. quarters praises choice of Tuskegee Airmen featured on Alabama coin

Design via the U.S. Mint featuring the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program as

It took 10 years to unveil Alabama’s quarter as part of the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Program, but its selection of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site is a “terrific choice” according to Jim Noles, Birmingham author  of  “A Pocketful of History”  stories behind the U.S. Mint’s 50 State Quarters Program.

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Your ultimate guide to Birmingham Restaurant Week 2019: Celebrate 10 years of BRW August 16-25

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Dreamland BBQ serving up some Birmingham classics. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

The 10th annual Birmingham Restaurant Week presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is taking over the city August 16-25, 2019. Almost 60 restaurants are offering killer deals all over Birmingham, AL—how will you ever know where to start? We’ve got you covered.

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11 Birmingham area neighborhood parks to visit when you need to get OOO (Out of Office)

Rhodes Park in Birmingham’s Southside. Photo by Samantha Moats for Bham Now

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Let’s be honest: It’s challenging to stay focused at the office during these sunny, summer months. Fortunately, the Birmingham area is brimming with great neighborhood parks, perfect for the short OOO break you need to take a deep breath, spark inspiration, and soak up some vitamin D – so don’t forget the sunscreen!

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3 Birmingham filmmakers on their upcoming screenings at Sidewalk Film Festival Aug. 19 – 25th. Use discount code BHAMNOW15!

Sunspot Pictures’ David Brower and Rick Pennington on location. Photo supplied

The 21st annual Sidewalk Film Festival kicks off in Birmingham on August 19. Three local Birmingham filmmakers told us about their films and the festival at large. Get your popcorn and applause ready! Here’s what to watch for.

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It’s HOT outside. 5 ways to handle the Birmingham heatwave

Heatwaves can be more than uncomfortable—they can be dangerous. Photo via National Weather Service

A heatwave is coming, a heatwave is coming! No, really—the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning in Birmingham, AL for Tuesday, August 13. Here’s all you need to know, along with 5 actions to take to stay safe!

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Birmingham ranks 3rd in economic growth potential among U.S. mid-sized cities in national survey

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View of City of Birmingham from from The Club. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The Birmingham region was ranked No. 3 for economic growth potential among mid-size U.S. cities in a recent report by  Business Facilities, a national publication that focuses on economic development.

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Party in the streets! Woodlawn Market to host first-ever night market August 10

Street dance is a common sight at the Woodlawn Market! Photo via Facebook.

Woodlawn Market is an urban street market in the heart of Historic Woodlawn. They are halfway through their 6th season, and on Saturday, August 10, they are hosting their first-ever night market from 5-9pm! Find all the details here.

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