Birmingham is 1 of 4 cities in the US where you can participate in StoryCorps’ One Small Step—sign up today

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Two participants in a StoryCorps One Small Step interview (in pre-COVID times). Photo via StoryCorps

Tired of hating people because of politics? Starting today, October 21 through 2021, we have a really unique opportunity to build bridges across our divides. StoryCorps has chosen Birmingham as one of four cities across the US for their One Small Step initiative, and they need our help. Their goal: to reconnect a divided America. Interested? Hop over here to sign up today.

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BSC is hosting virtual book clubs facilitated by experts, and you’re invited

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Now this looks like my kind of reading spot. Photo via BSC

2020, the year of virtual… well, everything. There’s no better way to fill your emptier-than-usual schedule than by learning something new, and Birmingham-Southern College is making it easy. Get all the deets on their virtual book clubs right here.

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Inspirational stories to prepare you for the AHSAA volleyball championships on Oct. 27-29

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Homewood Coach Andie Freedman talks to her volleyball team before the Sub-Regional tournament. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Two teams. One journey. Discover the impact girls’ volleyball has on local teens in Alabama. Buy your tickets now for the AHSAA Volleyball Championships October 27-29 at the Birmingham Crossplex. 

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Stop the spread of COVID-19 from your phone? Yep, there’s an app for that

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We caught up with one of the first GuideSafe™ users to learn how it all works. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

One of the key tools to fight COVID-19 and slow its spread is right in your pocket. Developed by UAB experts in partnership with the Alabama Department of Health and available for iPhone and Android devices, the GuideSafe™ Exposure Notification App is a simple way you can help fight COVID-19 in Alabama.

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It’s Manufacturing Month, and we’re celebrating all who make our essential items

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Inside Georgia-Pacific’s plant in Monroe County, Alabama. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

October is National Manufacturing Month, and we all know Birmingham has deep ties to industry. We caught up with one of the world’s leading makers of some of our most essential items. Check out how Georgia-Pacific is supporting our households and our workforce through manufacturing.

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Enjoy the Great Outdoors, help Bham blossom + more reasons to volunteer at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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You can play a role in protecting, nurturing, and sharing the wonders of Birmingham Botanical Gardens! Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

If you’ve been outside at all in the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably noticed how gorgeous the weather has been. If you’re wanting to spend more time outside, meet new people and make a difference in Birmingham, we’ve got just the thing for you. But don’t take our word for it—keep reading to hear from volunteers with the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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Need a permit in Jefferson County? It’s now easier than ever

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Get a look at the progress on the newest development in Vestavia Hills. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Whether you’re a contractor, a business owner, a homeowner or just an average citizen, permits are a part of life. Gone are the days of cumbersome paperwork and trips to the courthouse—Jefferson County is going digital. Here’s what you need to know.

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Students excel in University of Montevallo’s new Center for the Arts facility

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Inside the Center for the Arts. Photo via University of Montevallo Theatre Department’s Facebook page

COVID has hit the theatre world hard, but as the saying goes, the show must go on. Check out The University of Montevallo’s exciting new addition—a brand-new Center for the Arts facility. 

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Learn How Interior Designer Kristin Corley Revamped Her Career With an Executive MBA.

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Kristin Corley, Auburn Executive MBA, Class of 2008. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

For working professionals wanting to boost their careers, an executive MBA allows you to learn valuable business skills without interrupting your career or personal life. Just ask Kristin Corley, a local professional who transformed her interior design career with the skills and knowledge earned through the Auburn Executive MBA program.

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Why these 2 profs are eager to welcome the 1st cohort to UNA’s new EDBA program

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Dr. Parnell + Dr. Kutz, professors on UNA's EDBA program
Parnell and Kutz. Photo by Leah T. Johnson. (Sept. 21, 2020). Photo@una.edu

In January 2021, the University of North Alabama will welcome the first cohort to their new Executive Doctor of Business Administration (EDBA) program. We spoke to two professors to find out why they can’t wait to get started. Visit UNA’s website to learn more

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This Birmingham woman is showing us how to fight like a girl

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Community over competition. Photo via See Jane Write on Facebook

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means we’re about to start seeing a lot of pink ribbons around. Chances are, someone in your life has been impacted. In fact, one in eight US women will develop breast cancer. We caught up with one Birmingham woman who is currently fighting her own battle, and you won’t want to miss her story.

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How to build your own Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Kit

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An emergency kit can help you prepare for a disaster, no matter where you live. Photo via American Red Cross

No matter where you live, a disaster can happen at any time, anywhere—even here in Birmingham. It’s important to be prepared with the supplies you might need during an emergency or disaster. That’s why the American Red Cross has developed three key steps to help keep yourself and your loved ones safe—starting with an Emergency Preparedness Kit.

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5 local nonprofits providing employment assistance to those in need

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Securing steady employment can be a challenge under any circumstance. Oftentimes, it’s also integral to lifting families out of poverty, recovering from addiction, re-entering society and more. These Birmingham nonprofits are providing all kinds of employment help to those who need it. Check it out!

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4 Birminghamians on Their Hispanic Heritage in the City

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Bright dresses, bright smiles. Photo via Candice J Parnell Photography

Sept 15th through Oct 15th is Hispanic Heritage month! Hispanic Heritage month is split between these two months to celebrate many Latin American countries gaining independence. Although some events have changed because of Covid-19, nothing will stop Birmingham’s Hispanics and Latinos from celebrating their heritage! I spoke with four Birmingham based Hispanics on what their heritage means to them. Here’s what they had to say:

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