6 ways you can protect Alabama’s public lands including becoming a Wilderness Ranger

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The “Big Tree” in the Sipsey Wilderness. Photo credit: Tony Barber

This past December 2018, heavy rains and winds blew down a large pine tree on top of the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve greenhouse. Constructed only a couple of years ago, the purpose of the greenhouse was to grow native trees and flora and plant them within Forever Wild’s Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Its untimely destruction was a huge setback for the preserve financially and ecologically.

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4 huge sporting events in Birmingham, including the NCAA Indoor Track Championships, March 8-10

Photo from the Magic City Brigade Facebook page.

This coming weekend, March 8-10,  will be huge for sports fans throughout the Birmingham metro area.  The Magic City will be hosting four major sporting events, including the NCAA Division I Indoor Track National Championship at the Crossplex and the inaugural game of the Birmingham Legion FC.

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Your March guide to free workouts in Birmingham including yoga at The Pizitz

We <3 yoga at The Pizitz. Photo via The Pizitz Facebook

Remember your New Year’s fitness resolutions? Me either. Frankly, I’ve exhausted every excuse of why I “can’t” workout. My favorites are “it’s too cold outside” and “I can’t afford to join a gym right now.” But, I’ve completely run out of ways to avoid getting in shape.


The forecast for the month of March—not including this week, brrrrr— is looking pretty good, so no excuses about getting outside, and Birmingham seems to be offering free fitness classes around every corner. I figured I’d share the good news with some of my fellow fitness resolution ditchers, because hey, we’re all in this together. So, here’s your guide to working out for free in Birmingham this March

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Reviving the urban planning wisdom of Birmingham’s 1925 Olmsted plan with the Red Rock Trail System

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The Red Rock Trail System enables citizens to bike, walk and run the Magic City. Photo by Greg Harber via Freshwater Land Trust’s Instagram

In the 1920s, Birmingham employed the skills of a true urban planning visionary, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. We see his mark today in places like Ward and Rushton Parks, but his full-fledged master plan? It fell through the cracks. Today, the Red Rock Trail System is bringing it back, one trail at a time.

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Al’s Deli & Grill, Mark’s Joint among establishments receiving 95 and above Food Service scores in February

Anyone else love sports just as much as Mark’s Joint? Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Several Birmingham area  restaurants, including popular  “joints” such as Al’s Deli and Grill in 5 Points/UAB area, Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint in the Lakeview District and Fat Mama’s Lunchbox in Woodlawn received 95 and above on their health inspection scores over the past 30 days.

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“Don’t ever stop” mural of Mark Lindsey, aka Onewheel Jesus inspires all in downtown Birmingham

“Don’t ever stop!” mural by Paul Cordes Wilm between Morris Avenue and 23rd Street. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

A mural honoring Mark Lindsey, aka, Onewheel Jesus has been drawing attention on Historic Morris Avenue in downtown Birmingham.

Titled “Don’t ever stop” the mural memorializes Lindsey, who passed away this month.

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EDPA takes sold out Launchpad finale to Selma Thursday, February 28 in hopes to expand Alabama startup talent pool

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Startup finalists get the chance to win big investments for their companies (Image courtesy of Alabama Launchpad’s Facebook)

Innovators from around the state are heading to Selma Thursday, February 28 to find out which Alabama startups will get a piece of the $150,000 pie up for grabs at the next Alabama Launchpad Competition. Find out why the EDPA chose to host the competition in Selma and where it’s headed next.

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Win tickets to the previously sold out mother/son dance, Queen’s Ball, happening at The Club in Birmingham, Friday, March 1. Find out how.

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You always hear about father/daughter dances but what about mother/son dances? That’s exactly why the King’s Home created the Queen’s Ball, happening Friday, March 1, 7-9PM at The Club in Birmingham.  It will celebrate the mother/son bond and benefit the King’s Home too.

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94 ways to get healthier in Alabama and have fun at the same time

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View from Oak Mountain State Park. Photo by Linda Cato Wurstner-Oak Mountain State Park

Our forests, rivers and public lands in Alabama are chock full of opportunity for adventure. But, did you know they offer more than a great place to fish, hunt or hike? They actually help you stay healthier! Read on to find out how.

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