Looking on the bright side of social distancing in Birmingham

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downtown Birmingham, AL. Photo via @dyoungblood71

For the first time in years, social distancing is allowing us to slow down. The pandemic has broken every barrier and shown that we are truly all in this together. It’s the perfect time to reflect and refocus our thoughts on the bright side of things. Here are a few examples of the sunny side of social distancing.

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The World Games Birmingham announces new dates for July 2022—including insight from Nick Sellers

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Raise your hand if you can’t wait for The Games to come to Birmingham! Photo via The World Games.

The world is coming to Birmingham—just a little bit later than originally planned. The World Games Birmingham has been rescheduled to take place on July 7-17, 2022. Nick Sellers, CEO of The World Games Birmingham, provided insight to Bham Now about the decision. Keep reading for more details including the event’s positive outlook.

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Birmingham nonprofit spotlight—here’s how you can help 50+ local nonprofits today

Every kind of help matters right now. Photo via Jimmie Hale Mission

Our local nonprofits need our help, Birmingham. We’re making it easy. Check back once a week and see who we’re spotlighting—we’ll be adding more nonprofits as the COVID-19 response continues. Learn how you can be a part of important work serving our community.

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3 ways Birmingham is providing facemasks to healthcare workers—how you can too

A BIG thank you to healthcare workers and other essential workers keeping Birmingham safe and strong. Photo via Bham Face Masks.

We can’t thank our healthcare workers enough for putting themselves on the frontlines to fight COVID-19. But, we can show appreciation by donating facemasks and our time through Birmingham organizations.

Whether it’s sewing a mask, creating one through a 3D printer or simply being a runner for supplies—these local businesses and residents are stepping up to help. Here’s how you can get in on the action. 

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5 curbside spring cocktails + Dread River’s helpful contribution to Birmingham

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Curbside cocktail kit from Queen’s Park via Queen’s Park Facebook

If we’ve learned anything from this pandemic, it’s that Birmingham will always support its local businesses. Now that we’re social distancing, bars have switched to serving up our favorite drinks curbside. Check out these five cocktail kits in Birmingham to kick off your springtime quarantine.

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Going stir crazy? Here’s how to be productive + stay busy at home in Birmingham

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Ignite Cycle knows how to keep people moving—even during a quarantine situation. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

We know life is a little crazy right now, but that doesn’t mean you have to go stir crazy at home. Here are some activities to keep you busy and productive including virtual dance parties, live streams with local bands and free book delivery in Birmingham.

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Birmingham nonprofit spotlight—here’s how you can help today

We make it through together! Photo via Mitchell’s Place

Our local nonprofits need our help, Birmingham. We’re making it easy. Check back once a week and see who we’re spotlighting—we’ll be adding more nonprofits as the COVID-19 response continues. Learn how you can be a part of important work serving our community.

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Birmingham enacts first “shelter in place” ordinance to combat COVID-19 in Alabama

“Evidence is overwhelming that Jefferson County and beyond has been experiencing rapid community spread of COVID-19.” ~ Sarah Nafziger, co-chair of the UAB Emergency Management Comittee at March 24, 2020 news conference with the City of Birmingham. Screenshot of the news conference on YouTube taken by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Yesterday, the Birmingham City Council approved the first “shelter in place” ordinance to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Alabama. The order goes into effect immediately and runs until April 3.

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A spotlight on Birmingham’s Smithfield community—where history hides in plain sight

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Bethel House’s mural. Photo via The Celebration Bowl.

As a part of Bham Now’s neighborhood series, we’re shining a spotlight on Birmingham’s Smithfield community. Keep reading to learn more about this historic area including Bethel House, A.H. Parker High School and gearing up for The World Games 2021.

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Help save local Birmingham theaters—here’s how

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Christmastime during A Year with Frog and Toad at Birmingham Children’s Theatre. Photo via Brooke Duke

The show must go on, even when it can’t. We know how much hard work and effort were put into local productions that are now postponed or canceled. However, the best way to ensure we get to see future shows is by giving back now.

Not only do these performances feature renowned and global actors, they also feature your children, coworkers, friends, family and Birmingham community. Bham Now is offering FREE promotion for local non-profits.   This information will be used to create useful guides on Bham Now.

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New dates for 7 favorite Birmingham events including Regions Tradition

The celebrity player list is stacked at the Regions Tradition Pro-Am tournament. From 2018, University of Alabama’s Nick Saban and Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin greet spectators. (Photo via Regions Tradition)

It’s weird to think that just a few weeks ago, we were looking forward to fun events around Birmingham. Social distancing gives us plenty of time to update our calendars. Here’s the rundown of new dates for some of your fave local events.

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Bham COVID-19 Update: City passes economic stimulus plan, Bham Strong, BBA resources + more

United Way of Central Alabama’s Drew Langloh speaking at COVID – 19 news conference on March 13, 2020, discussing the Meals on Wheels program. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

In response to the nationwide coronavirus crisis that has swept Birmingham and the nation, Bham Now is working to help all of us get through this together.

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Where kids can get free meals in Birmingham during school closures

Watching Birmingham come together has been keeping our spirits high all week. Photo via Birmingham City Schools on Facebook

Plenty of children in Birmingham depend on school meals for vital nutrition. With all the COVID-19 school closures, there are options available for those in need. Find out what you need to know right here.

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Birmingham, Jeffco declare COVID-19 state of emergencies, prescription re-fill info and ways to help

Jefferson County Health Officer Mark Wilson announced the closure of private schools, preschools, child care centers and senior centers. He also closed dining areas and bars at county restaurants. Photo courtesy of Samuetta Nesbitt with United Way

In response to the nationwide coronavirus crisis that has swept Birmingham and the nation, Bham Now is working to help all of us get through this together.

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How to get help. How to give help for COVID-19 in Birmingham—including UAB’s urgent need

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Vulcan keeping watch over Birmingham. Photo via Vulcan Park + Museum’s Facebook page

We’ve put together a guide to ways to get and give help during this time in Birmingham. Email us at hello@bhamnow.com as you hear of others and we’ll keep this guide up to date.

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