Running out of ideas to entertain the kiddos? We’ve got you covered

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Be sure to follow Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Facebook to get updates on activities like Family Yoga in the Gardens. Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

We know it’s been a minute since school has been in session. We still have a few weeks left before it starts back, so there’s no doubt some homes might be getting a little antsy. Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens has a ton of creative ways to keep your kids entertained right now—don’t miss out!

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Books for Birmingham collected 9500+ books for Birmingham City students

Bridget and Chloe from the Boys & Girls Club of Central Alabama–they’re showing a few of their favorite books given out to local students. Photo by Alisa Boone.

Early school closings have affected young students across Birmingham. Beginning in May, Better Basics began collecting brand new books through their Books for Birmingham campaign. Their mission is to help these local students stay on track for their return back to school to prevent the summer slide.

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event this Saturday, July 25

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If you’ve got it, dump it (safely). Photo via Jefferson County Department of Health

It’s time to get rid of all that toxic energy in your life, and we’re not just talking about your ex-boyfriend. The Jefferson County Department of Health and other city participants is holding a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event free to all residents of Jefferson County on Saturday, July 25 from 8AM-11:30AM, or until capacity is met.

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65 Million year old ancient fossil shark discovered in Alabama by McWane Science Center

Modren Sandtiger Shark. The newly discovered 65 million year old Mennerotodus mackayi looks similar. Photo courtesy of McWane Science Center

This week, a team of scientists from Birmingham’s McWane Science Center, South Carolina and Auburn announced the discovery of two ancient fossil shark species from the southeastern U.S. that lived during the Paleogene Period, roughly 65 and 35 million years ago.  

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Guide to Birmingham Freedom Fest 2020 happening virtually July 25

All smiles for another year of entertainment and empowerment at Birmingham’s second annual Freedom Fest. Photo via Freedom Fest BHM on Facebook

The second annual Birmingham Freedom Fest is going virtual this year on Saturday, July 25 at 3PM. The lineup is stacked with notable names, speakers, artists and more. Get all the details on panels and performances—plus, how to RSVP and tune in for FREE!

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Hoover gets first Entertainment District at Stadium Trace Village

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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

Heyyyy who likes to partyyy? Apparently Hoover does because its city council approved the city’s first entertainment district. The new district will be located in Stadium Trace Village and contribute to Hoover’s booming business scene.

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All registered Alabama voters may vote absentee this year. Here are the details

Secretary of State John Merrill mailing in his absentee ballot for the July 14 Primary Runoff Election. Photo via AL SOS on Facebook

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced this week that any registered Alabama voter will be able to vote absentee this year. This is a big deal for the state—here’s what you need to know.

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Birmingham City Council considers ordinance that prevents inhumane treatment of animals

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Update: The Birmingham City Council passed the dog tethering ordinance unanimously.

The Birmingham City Council is considering at its Tuesday, July 21st meeting, a proposal that would amend the city’s code to prevent animals from being inhumanely tethered.

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Support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama—join their Heart of the House Party on Aug. 7

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Giving families support and smiles—that’s what RMHCA is about. Photo via Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama keeps families with sick children together by providing them support and comfort when they need it the most. Their annual gala—which is also their biggest fundraiser of the year—is going virtual, and they need your help. Get all of the details for their Heart of the House Party, and find out how you can get involved today.

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Exploring Birmingham’s Southwest community + 2 must-try local restaurants

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Have you been to Tip Top Grill? Photo via their Facebook page

As part of Bham Now’s neighborhood series, we’re taking a look at Birmingham’s Southwest community. Southwest has a lot to offer and some of your favorite places may be in this community without you even knowing.

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Get Tail-Waggin’ Takeout + support a paw-some cause

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Now that’s a face of pure joy. Photo via Hand in Paw

The supplies you need for the perfect date night or girls’ night, brought right to your car window—plus it supports a cause we love. How’s that for some Tail-Waggin’ Takeout? Get all the details of your new favorite event right here, and be sure to purchase your ticket by August 3!

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Alabama Ballet, ASO + more host first Birmingham Arts Drive-In July 30-31

Get ready for a night of performances with some of Birmingham’s most beloved performing arts organizations. Photo via ASO on Facebook

On July 30 and July 31, multiple Birmingham performing arts organizations are joining forces to bring a night of inspiring sights and sounds to the Magic City with the first Birmingham Arts Drive-In. If you’ve missed the performing arts as much as we have, keep reading to find out how you can see the show—plus, more ways to support the arts in Birmingham today.

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