Umbrellas up! Hurricane Zeta is headed towards Bham + here’s how to prepare

A storm’s a-brewin’. Photo via @mjabphotos on Instagram

If the gloomy weather hasn’t already given it away, Hurricane Zeta is headed for the Gulf Coast and we’ll feel some of the effects here in Birmingham. Here’s what to expect, including some tips to keep you and your family safe.

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Election Day is now a city holiday + more exciting developments in Birmingham

Bessemer’s newest mural at Just InTime Legal Solution by Eddie Fake. Photo via the City of Birmingham’s Facebook

It’s been a busy day for the City of Birmingham. There are a ton of exciting developments, including a new grocery store being introduced to help a food desert, the city’s rideshare program was renewed and Election Day is officially a city holiday. Keep reading to learn more.

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Birmingham launches FREE service to help residents overcome financial hardships due to COVID-19

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CFE helping people before COVID-19. Photo via Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund’s Facebook page

The pandemic has led to financial hardships for many. Now, through a partnership between the City of Birmingham and Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE), Birmingham residents can receive free services that can help.

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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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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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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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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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Innovation Depot and Birmingham Promise to anchor redeveloped Ensley Ramsay-McCormack Building

Ramsay-McCormack Building in Ensley, October 4, 2020. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Dormant for three decades, plans to redevelop the historic Ramsay-McCormack Building in downtown Ensley and the surrounding business district and neighborhood are becoming a reality.

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Catch a movie on the lawn + more October 16th at Vulcan Park & Museum

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Catch a thirty-minute screening of the history of women’s voting rights Oct. 9th. Photo via Chaise Sanders for Bham Now

Voting is on everyone’s mind nowadays and we’re all looking forward to our voices being heard. But what about the leaders who advocated for our right to vote—specifically women’s right to vote? Check out Vulcan Park & Museum’s outdoor movie event and screening of “The Fight for the Noblest Democracy: Women’s Suffrage in Alabama” on October 16th. Keep reading for the deets.

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4 Birminghamians on Their Hispanic Heritage in the City

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Bright dresses, bright smiles. Photo via Candice J Parnell Photography

Sept 15th through Oct 15th is Hispanic Heritage month! Hispanic Heritage month is split between these two months to celebrate many Latin American countries gaining independence. Although some events have changed because of Covid-19, nothing will stop Birmingham’s Hispanics and Latinos from celebrating their heritage! I spoke with four Birmingham based Hispanics on what their heritage means to them. Here’s what they had to say:

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Jones Valley Teaching Farm plans $7.58M Center for Food Education in Birmingham

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The Center for Food Education is Jones Valley Teaching Farm’s newest project. Rendering via ArchitectureWorks

Jones Valley Teaching Farm—the Birmingham-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping young students learn through hands-on, food-based lessons—is planning to build a new community learning center in downtown Birmingham. Here’s what we know about the upcoming Center for Food Education.

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A trip down memory lane: Michael Jordan’s time in Birmingham

HOOVER, AL – AUGUST 1994: Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons bats during an August 1994 game against the Memphis Chicks at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Alabama. (Photo by Jim Gund/Getty Images)

We’re doing a little throwback to the time a basketball legend once called The Magic City home. Yep—we’re talking about the one and only Michael Jordan. Let’s take a look at his time spent here in Birmingham and his brief time spent as a Birmingham Baron.

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13 UAB medical students are bringing primary care to underserved areas—here’s how

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With a great education at UAB and a scholarship from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, these 13 recipients are set up to do great work in rural communities.Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Did you know almost all counties in Alabama are in dire need of primary care physicians? Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is attempting to change that fact by awarding 13 UAB medical students scholarships, on the condition they agree to practice as primary care or behavioral health physicians in underserved areas of Alabama after graduation.

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