How you can be an Everyday Hero with United Way of Central Alabama

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United Way Pacesetter Chair Jill Deer and Jeff Stone, Executive Vice President, Brasfield & Gorrie and the 2019 United Way of Central Alabama Campaign Chair. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

This week, the United Way of Central Alabama asked our greater Birmingham community to step-up and Be An Everyday Hero.

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Welsh delegation visit the Wales Window at the 16th Street Baptist Church

Pastor Arthur Price, Jr. shows Welsh delegation the Wales Window at 16th St. Baptist Church. Kirsty Williams AM and Sian Lewis CEO of The Urdd
Pastor Arthur Price, Jr. shows Welsh delegation the Wales Window at 16th St. Baptist Church. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

A poignant ceremony took place at the 16th Street Baptist Church on Thursday, September 5, when a delegation from Wales made up of government officials and national youth organization leadership paid their respects at the site of the tragic 1963 bomb explosion, and visited the historic Wales Window – a gift from the people of Wales to the people of Birmingham in 1965. Find out more and learn about the small nation of Wales, my home nation.

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Surin West, Chris Z’s, Back Forty received 95 and above food service scores in August

Roadside Bar-B-Que in East Lake on 1st Ave. North and 73rd Street scored a 98 on their latest health department inspection. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Several Birmingham area food service establishments, including Surin West in Five Points, Chris Zs Express in Lakeview and Back Forty Beer Company across from Sloss Furnaces received 95 and above on their health inspection scores in August 2019.

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Celebrate United Way Community Day with Birmingham Legion FC at home on September 13

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Legion players with clients from United Ability, a United Way partner organization. Photo courtesy of United Way of Central Alabama

Want to go out for a great time and support a worthy cause?

Birmingham Legion FC has designated its next home game on Friday, September 13, 7:00pm against St. Louis F.C. at BBVA Field as United Way Community Day.

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4 reasons you should complete the 2020 census including schools, health care, and even roads in Birmingham

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Children playing at school. School budgets can be affected by census information
Funding for school programs and the location of new schools is just one of the many things determined by the census count. Picture for illustration – PreSchool Partners, a non-profit preschool program.  Photo courtesy of The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

What do community services, schools, health care, jobs, public safety, construction,and roads all have in common? They are all affected by the information collected as part of the US Census every ten years. We find out why completing the next census in 2020 is such a huge deal for our communities in Birmingham and beyond.

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Birmingham couples: 3 things you need to know about Alabama’s new marriage law

Weddings optional under Alabamas new marriage law
Weddings in Alabama could become a thing of the past . . . but we doubt they will. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

The times, they are a’changin’, and as of today, August 29, 2019, Alabama’s got a new marriage law to prove it.

To help untangle the threads, we’ve pulled together a handy-dandy guide to the current legal side of getting married in Alabama. Read on for all the details.

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Paramount. Life-changing. How Innovate Birmingham propelled 5 former candidates into Birmingham’s tech industry

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The consensus is the same for all of the candidates I’ve spoken with: The friendships developed at Innovate Birmingham last well beyond Demo Day. From L-R: Blake McCracken and Lee Panter. Photo submitted

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Innovate Birmingham is changing lives. But don’t just take my word for it. Meet 5 former candidates from Innovate Birmingham’s 7th Cohort, and see their success for yourself.

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First time in the south! Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow opens October 18th at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow – Exhibition Poster. Via New-York Historical Society

Maybe you’ve heard personal stories from your grandparents? Or studied civil rights in school. Understanding the struggles many faced before you isn’t an easy task, but it’s worth trying. For many African Americans, the struggle for rightful treatment as a U.S. Citizen was significant and heart-breaking. Presented for the first time in the south, at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow will offer an immersive exhibit from October 18 to December 31, 2019 so you can see the challenges for yourself. Plan your visit now.

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Uniquely Birmingham! New students at Birmingham-Southern tour the city – and you can, too.

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Students take on new challenges at Southern Museum of Flight! Photo via Birmingham-Southern College

Birmingham-Southern College has a unique way of welcoming incoming students to the Magic City. They developed the ultimate choose-your-own-adventure of our beloved Birmingham, AL, and we’re sharing it with you! It’s the perfect way to spend a Saturday for old and new Birminghamians alike.

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More than a game, Birmingham United Soccer Association gives back to the community

BUSA players cleaning up the gravesite at the Alabama National Cemetery. Photo from the BUSA Facebook page

Earlier this month, over 80 players from the Birmingham United Soccer Association’s (BUSA) Academy, Competitive and ECNL teams took a day away from soccer practice to volunteer with organizations across Birmingham, during the annual BUSA Serves Day project.

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3 places to donate blood in Birmingham—and why it’s important

Bham Nowers Pat Byington and Beth Cunningham after donating blood! Photo via Beth Cunningham

Half an hour of your time could save up to three lives. Donating blood is one of the easiest ways to do something good—it doesn’t cost money, it’s quick, and you get free snacks after! Here are 3 places to donate right here in Birmingham, AL.

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