7 Birmingham nonprofits that support children with special needs

Pure. Joy. Photo via The Arc of Central Alabama on Facebook

The season of giving is officially here, and we could all use a little extra goodness in our lives right now. These local organizations are doing incredible work for Birmingham children with special needs. Check them out + learn how you can support today.

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Pick-up for compost in Birmingham? Yeah—we have that now + it’s the first in the state

Your scraps could make gardens like this one flourish. Photo via Highland Park Garden’s Facebook

It’s no secret that Alabama isn’t at the top when it comes to recycling and composting, but that’s soon about to change. Field Culture Compost is serving the Birmingham community and our environment by taking our scraps and turning into something meaningful. The best part? You can get involved too. Keep reading to learn more.

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Discover amazing altars + more during Dia de los Muertos, Nov. 2-7 at Pepper Place

Dia de los Muertos 2020 at Pepper Place. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Dia de los Muertos–Day of the Dead—is here, and you can celebrate it all week. Here’s what you should know about this can’t-miss tradition in Birmingham, November 2-7 at Pepper Place. 

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5 outdoor amphitheaters perfect for small, socially distant events in Birmingham

The amphitheater in Avondale Park is perfect for a variety of events. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Do you remember the last time you saw a concert or musical in person? Yeah, me neither. While going to an indoor concert might be out of the question for now, there are still ways to have a similar experience. I drove around town and visited five outdoor amphitheaters in The Magic City that are perfect for small events. Here’s what I found.

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Forever Wild considering 1600+ acre addition to Oak Mountain State Park (see aerial video)

King’s Chair at Oak Mountain State Park. Photo from the Alabama State Park Facebook page

The state of Alabama’s Forever Wild Program is considering a proposal to add over 1600 acres to Oak Mountain State Park, protecting “forever” the King’s Chair viewshed, one of the state’s most popular hiking destinations.

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Exploring Birmingham’s Huffman neighborhood, including 2 yummy restaurants

The Crab Barrack Roebuck Parkway location. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

As part of Bham Now’s neighborhood series, we’re taking a look at Birmingham’s Huffman community. Discover the neighborhood’s early growth, things to do and, of course, where to go for good eats.

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The I-59/20 rainbow lights through downtown are here to stay! (Photos+video)

Rainbow bridges on I-59/20 near UpTown. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Last April, in the midst of the COVID-19 shutdown, Birmingham was treated to a rainbow of lights that appeared on the newly opened I-59/20 bridges downtown. 

After a while, they disappeared. Now they are back permanently. 

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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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How ARC Realty has made giving an integral part of their culture

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Agent Rachel Moone is a newly licensed agent who is going pink this October. Photo via ARC Realty

“Since day one, we’ve always been driven by relationships.” In less than a decade since its founding, ARC Realty has become an authority in Birmingham real estate. More importantly, they’ve made giving back to their community a top priority. Find out more.

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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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