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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Green thumbs, hearts of gold. Meet the volunteers that keep Birmingham Botanical Gardens beautiful!

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Volunteers are an indispensable resource in fulfilling the Friends’ promise of protecting, nurturing, and sharing the wonders of the Gardens. Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Similar to most nonprofits, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is dependent upon volunteers and the work they do. The Friends honored volunteers this month at their annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.

As Executive Director of the Friends—Tom Underwood—stated, just one person’s decision to volunteer helps build the network of community support that keeps the Gardens thriving.

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Birmingham shines. Here’s how United Way of Central Alabama and United Way Worldwide stack up

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United Way of Central Alabama staff. Photo courtesy of United Way of Central Alabama

You’ve heard that Birmingham is one of the most philanthropic cities in the U.S., and it’s true! We help each other. Our giving nature makes Birmingham special. And, we have organizations here, including the United Way of Central AL, that are leading the impact of our giving. How do they stack up against other philanthropic organizations across the nation and the world? Find out below.

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Breakout the Santa hats! 22 Christmas parades and tree lighting events throughout the Birmingham area

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Birmingham’s 2017 Christmas tree at Linn Park in front of City Hall

Let’s face it – Birmingham loves Christmas Parades and Christmas Tree Lighting ceremonies.  Who needs the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

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Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has 3 alternatives to talking politics with family this Thanksgiving

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In June, the Community Foundation’s Instruments of Hope Unity Fund held a productive and ground-breaking discussion about race and religion at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church. Photo credit: D. Jerome Smedley

Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving dinner? The food, family, friends and football—which in Alabama, of course, includes a little rivalry talk about the Iron Bowl.

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Change lives by volunteering with Meals on Wheels in Birmingham – Find out how

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Meals on Wheels and United Way of Central Alabama. Photo courtesy of United Way of Central Alabama

Meals on Wheels works diligently to serve homebound seniors throughout Jefferson County by delivering hot meals and providing safety checks five days a week to qualified individuals who are unable to shop for groceries or prepare meals for themselves. 

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Construction starts Dec. 11th on Red Mountain Theatre Company’s new home! 3 reasons to get excited.

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An artist’s rendering of what the new campus will look like. Photo submitted. 

Though the Red Mountain Theatre Company has been entertaining Birmingham for four decades, the nonprofit company has yet to find a forever home until now. On December 11th, groundbreaking will commence for RMTC’s brand new arts campus.

Here are three reasons to get excited about the company’s latest development.

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Use Waitr for food delivery by Friday, Nov. 22 and you’ll be helping Birmingham families in need.

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Make a difference in someone’s life this Thanksgiving with Waitr. Photo submitted

Looking for ways to help Birmingham families this Thanksgiving? Use Waitr for your local restaurant meal delivery by Nov. 22 and Waitr will give back to local families in need. Use code BHAMNOW for free delivery!

Find out more about Share Thanksgiving with Waitr, including how you can nominate a family .

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“Frank’s Table” honoring Frank Stitt unveiled by the National MS Society on the Rotary Trail

Legendary chef and restauranteur Frank Stitt sitting at “Frank’s Table” a sculpture honoring him commissioned by the National MS Society. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Welcome to Frank’s Table Birmingham!

The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, Alabama-Mississippi Chapter (NMSS) unveiled and dedicated a new sculpture honoring Birmingham’s  legendary chef and restauranteur  Frank Stitt at the 24th Street entrance of The Rotary Trail.

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Wanted: developer for the old Banks School site in South Eastlake and Roebuck Springs. What happens now? (PHOTOS)

The old Banks site in South Eastlake has been vacant for 12 years
Developing this site could be transformative for Roebuck Springs and South Eastlake. Photo via Jeff E. Newman

For over 10 years, the 23-acre Banks school property in South East Lake and next to Roebuck Springs has sat vacant; now the City of Birmingham is taking steps to change that.

On Friday, November 15, they issued a Request for Proposals (RFP). The City’s looking for a developer who can buy the space and transform it into an asset for the whole Eastern side of Birmingham.

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75 trees planted in East Lake Park thanks to Ruffner Mountain, Nature Conservancy, and neighbors (8 photos)

Tree planting at East Lake Park on November 16, 2019. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

“Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there,” ~ Quote from conservationist Gary Snyder

Literally, “digging in” – neighbors and supporters of historic East Lake Park planted 75 trees on Saturday morning, November 16, as part of a urban forest restoration program championed by The Nature Conservancy, Ruffner Mountain and several other conservation groups.

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Want to clean up the planet? Start with the Birmingham area—here’s how.

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Leeds residents team up to pick up! Photo submitted

Listen up, litterbugs! We all know littering is not the best thing for the environment. In fact, it’s one of the worst things that we can do because of its far-reaching effects on many aspects of our lives here in Jefferson County. It hurts wildlife, damages ecosystems—plus, it makes Birmingham the beautiful look downright dingy.

If you do litter, here are three reasons you should stop.  If you don’t and would like to make an even bigger impact on the littering problem, engage your community and organize a litter cleanup,  Here’s how to get started!

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