We answered 9 questions about Alabama’s tax-free weekend July 17-19

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Look no further than Mountain High Outfitters for backpacks, clothes and more and save  25% off select brands and categories this weekend! Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

There’s nothing more nostalgic than walking through the back-to-school aisles and remembering the days of picking out colored pencils, a fun notebook and a snazzy backpack in anticipation of a new school year. Whether you’re shopping for the classroom essentials or those days are behind you, everyone can benefit from Alabama’s tax-free holiday.

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How 3 of Birmingham’s biggest companies are being proactive about racial equity

It’s been incredible to see just how many kinds of support our community members have shown over the past weeks, like coming out to finish this street mural in just two days. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

In the wake of international protests and calls for change, Birmingham businesses have been listening. We all still have a long way to go, but these local companies are taking the racial equity challenge seriously. Here’s how.

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7 ways you can support Birmingham’s homeless population today

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Photo via Birmingham Salvation Army on Facebook

Birmingham has tons of citizens and organizations who help support, shelter and encourage our homeless population. Check out these 7 organizations who are making a difference, and see how you can be a part of this vital mission—whether you have funds or time to give.

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Commuters rejoice! The widening of I-65 between Alabaster and I-459 has begun

I-65 on July 10, 2020. Barrels line interstate in preparation for work to add lanes between I-459 and Alabaster. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

If you commute to downtown Birmingham from Pelham, Helena, Alabaster, Calera and all points south on I-65,  your prayers have been answered.

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Birmingham’s micro-transit experiment mentioned by The Hustle newsletter

Birmingham’s micro-transit experiment has been in the news lately. Photo courtesy of Via

Birmingham’s micro-transit experiment has been getting some national attention. Read on to see what national newsletter The Hustle said about Birmingham’s micro-transit, as well as several ways Birmingham is cutting down on traffic.

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$100 million “Revive Alabama” grant fund announced for small businesses

The grant fund is controlled by the Alabama Dept. of Revenue. Photo via Governor Kay Ivey on Facebook

This week, Governor Kay Ivey announced a “Revive Alabama” grant program to support small businesses in Alabama that have been impacted by COVID-19. $100 million is up for grabs. Get all the details here.

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Charles Barkley named Honorary Co-Chair of The World Games

Another step forward! Photo via The World Games 2022 on Facebook

If you’re counting down the days like we are, you know that in just two years, The World Games 2022 will have officially kicked off in Birmingham. In celebration, the Birmingham Organizing Committee announced yesterday that NBA MVP Charles Barkley will serve as an honorary co-chair. Check it out!

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Hoover seeks Entertainment District at Stadium Trace Village where Big Whiskey and Cajun Roux reside

Big Whiskey’s and Cajun Roux will anchor the proposed Entertainment District in Hoover’s Stadium Trace Village. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Move over Birmingham, the city of Hoover wants to have an Entertainment District too!

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Garrett Powell from the Bachelorette wants you to order United Ability Day t-shirts today

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Garrett Powell on the left with Chris Biggins on the right and United Ability Hand in Hand students. Photo courtesy of United Ability

Homewood native Garrett Powell, former contestant on Season 15 of The Bachelorette, wants YOU to buy a t-shirt. Why?

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75 years of serving Birmingham. A look inside Jimmie Hale Mission

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That white cross has been a symbol of hope and restoration for thousands of Birmingham citizens. Photo courtesy of Jimmie Hale Mission

One of the most well-known and beloved nonprofits in Birmingham, Jimmie Hale Mission has been making a difference in the Magic City for over 75 years. Today, they are a dynamic and impactful organization that spreads love in all kinds of ways to all kinds of people. Learn more about their mission and how you can be a part of it.

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Celebrate 4th of July with Vulcan all day long, from Magic City Market Place to Thunder on the Mountain

Fireworks in the Vulcan Park and Museum parking lot. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Thanks to our good friends at Vulcan Park and Museum – Vulcan – the world’s largest cast iron statue and best known symbol of Birmingham is once again the center of attention on Independence Day. 

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Your ultimate guide to voting in Jefferson County

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Wear that sticker with pride! Photo via Jefferson County on Facebook

Exercising your right to vote is more important than ever. We rounded up resources, deadlines and more from Jefferson County to help make it easy. The Chairman of the JeffCo Board of Registrars also walked us through safety and sanitation measures that will be in place this year. Check it out!

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Quarters no longer required. You can now pay for parking in Birmingham with an app

Birmingham’s new ParkMobile sign and decals on Richard Arrington Blvd. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Hooray!! There is no need to look under your car seats, scour through your glove compartment or floor board for loose coins to park in downtown Birmingham. 

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