Meals on Wheels helps keep more than 1,100 Jefferson County seniors from going hungry. See how you can help.

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Photo from United Way of Central Alabama video profiling Meals on Wheels.

The numbers are staggering.

In Jefferson County, Alabama, our local Meals on Wheels (MOW) Program delivers more than 1,100 meals per day, five days a week. Roughly 231,645 meals were delivered last year to every corner of the county. This year, the program is on track to serve 285,000 meals.

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Birmingham Art Crawl’s Deck the ‘Ham Mural Contest Turns the City into a Winter Wonderland!

Janna Phillips making Birmingham a lot more festive! Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now

If you’re driving through Birmingham this holiday season, you may see that the local businesses have windows decked out in festive murals. Birmingham Art Crawl is celebrating another amazing year in the Magic City with its 5th annual “Deck the Ham” window mural contest.

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Meet Shep. One of United Ability’s superheroes leading their Champions Campaign in Birmingham

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United Ability superheroes at Hand in Hand. Photo from Kati Maddox

Every year, United Ability holds its Champions Campaign, a year-end fundraiser that supports the Hand In Hand Early Learning program for children 6 weeks up to 5 years of age, living with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome, hydrocephalus, and other lifelong challenges.

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What are native plants and why do they matter here in Birmingham?

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HICA volunteers weeded and planted in Ruffner Mountain’s bird habitat garden. Photo courtesy of Bob Farley

You might have heard talk about ’native’ plants. But, what are they and more importantly, why should you care? We’re going to take a look at these questions in this first of a three part series. I invite you to come along with me to explore.

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Your ultimate guide to the Alabama Theatre’s holiday film series this December

The theatre lobby always sports some of the most festive decorations in Birmingham! Photo via the Alabama Theatre

It’s Christmastime in the (Magic) City! One favorite Birmingham holiday tradition takes place every year at the Alabama Theatre. They’ll be playing holiday movies all month long in their stunning and historic venue.

It’s the perfect seasonal activity for coworkers, a memorable date night, or the whole family! Check out your ultimate guide to December at the Alabama Theatre right here.

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Rodney Scott’s, Ruby Sunshine Cafe, Todd English, received 95 and above food service scores in November

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Find Rodney Scott’s BBQ at the location of the former Saigon Noodle House in Avondale. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Several Birmingham area food service establishments, including Rodney Scott’s BBQ in Avondale, Ruby Sunshine Cafe in Homewood, Uptown’s Todd English PUB and Lakeview’s Los Amigos received 95 and above on their health inspection scores in November 2019.

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Over 500 local volunteers visit United Way of Central Alabama partner agencies. See why it matters.

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United Way Visiting Allocations Teams. Photo courtesy of United Way of Central Alabama

Earlier this year, Bham Now reported how United Way of Central Alabama has received the highest rating possible from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest independent charity evaluator for 17 consecutive years.

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Birmingham business licenses will be available online December 2. See how that’s good news for small business

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Business licenses in Birmingham can be secured online on December 2, 2019. Photo from the city of Birmingham

Beginning December 2nd, doing business in the Magic City is about to get much easier.

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9 things to be thankful for in Birmingham

Bham Now is all smiles for Turkey Day! Photo via Bham Now

Happy Thanksgiving, Birmingham! Whether you’re celebrating with a huge family gathered around a table, a group of friends you haven’t seen for a while, or just a quiet weekend in—taking a few moments to reflect on all you’re thankful for is an important part of the day.

There’s no shortage of things to be thankful for right here in the Magic City. Here are a few of our favorites.

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A behind the scenes look at Birmingham’s John Hand Building. Photos included!

The John Hand Building in 1912 and 2019.

When I first came to Birmingham, I became obsessed with its hundreds of beautiful historic buildings. I used to spend hours driving through downtown, marveling at the old structures. Of course, the John Hand Building immediately grabbed my attention. Read on to learn more about one of Birmingham’s famous (and coolest!) skyscrapers.

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10th Annual Small Business Saturday Happening Nov. 30 in the 4th Avenue Business District

Take a stroll through the Historic 4th Ave Business District. Photo via Birmingham City Council

Get ready to shop ’til you drop Birmingham! The 10th annual Small Business Saturday is happening November 30 at the Historic 4th Avenue Business District. Skip the crazy Black Friday crowds and opt for shopping locally. After all, Birmingham is a city thriving with local entrepreneurs.

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These wishes can’t wait—find out how you can bring wishes to life in Birmingham

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For Wish Kid Johanna and her brother, her play set has brought endless joy to her family and inspires hope for brighter days to come. Photo via Make-A-Wish Alabama on Facebook

Holiday magic is all around this time of year. If you’re looking for a way to give some magic yourself right here in Birmingham, there’s no better way than granting a wish with Make-A-Wish Alabama.

Find out how you can be a part of bringing dreams to life for Alabama children at the Wishes Can’t Wait Telethon on December 12.

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3 programs hosted by the Alabama Humanities Foundation that enrich our state

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What better way to give back than by supporting programs that educate and enrich our youth? Photo via AHF

One week from today is Giving Tuesday, Birmingham! If you haven’t decided how to celebrate quite yet, we’ve got the perfect solution. The Alabama Humanities Foundation hosts and sponsors programs all aimed at enriching our state. Get an inside look at where those vital donations go!

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Know someone with a previous marijuana conviction? Here’s how they can get a second chance in Birmingham

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Mayor Randall Woodfin announces Pardons for Progress to the press. Photo via Pat Byington for BhamNow

Do you know someone with a previous marijuana conviction? (Asking for a friend). Be sure to share this news with them. The City of Birmingham announced today, Monday, Nov. 25, that they are ready to offer a second chance for those with a single marijuana conviction. Read on to find out more about Mayor Woodfin’s Pardons for Progress and how your friend can use it.

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