7 ways to go green and celebrate Earth Day in Birmingham this year

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Members of the Cahaba River Society and the Little Garden Club removing invasive taro at the Cahaba National Wildlife Refuge. Photo via the Cahaba River Society.

Earth Day is coming up this Thursday, April 22, 2021, and it’s more important than ever to take the time to love and care for our planet in the face of climate change. So, we’ve put together a list of ways to go green and appreciate Alabama’s beautiful environment.

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Check out this outdoor classroom series inspired by an Avondale mural

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Know Your History mural outside of the Firehouse Community Center. Photo via Carmen Waldrop for Bham Now

If you’ve walked through Avondale recently, you’ve more than likely passed by the mural of Sun Ra, Fred Shuttlesworth, Spider Martin and Angela Davis. It’s no secret the significance the city of Birmingham played during the Civil Rights Movement. However, did you know that four of the most powerful figures during this movement have roots right here in the city of Birmingham?

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Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Program has awarded $11M+ to high school scholar-athletes. See why it matters.

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Coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan and Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Photo via ASHOF

This month, for the 36th year, the Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Scholarship Program rewarded high school senior student-athletes from every corner of Alabama for a job well done.

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This robotics program uses innovative tech to help children with physical impairments—see positive results

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The Robotics and Mobility Program at Children’s of Alabama uses a variety of technology to rehabilitate children and teens with physical impairments. Photo via Children’s of Alabama

The Robotics and Mobility Program (RAMP) at Children’s of Alabama is opening the door to more opportunities for rehabilitation with physical therapy and occupational therapy. Learn from several team members at Children’s about the innovative technology and how it’s helping children and teens with physical impairments grow stronger and lead more independent lives.

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$2.5M a year in new scholarships for computing majors at UNA + how you can apply today

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Dr. Mark Terwilliger and computer science undergraduate students working on research. Photo via Leah T. Johnson

The University of North Alabama (UNA) is launching a new $2.5 million scholarship program for computing majors. Employers’ demand for graduates with these skills is very high. To meet this demand, the university plans to invest this amount of money per year to promising students. We talked to two professors in the department to find out why, who’s eligible and how to apply.For priority consideration, students are encouraged to apply by  April 30. Keep reading for all the details.

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Meet the volunteers who make the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale special

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Dorothy Ogdon with a tropical favorite—the bromeliad. Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens (FBBG) is hosting its annual Spring Plant Sale—the Friends’ largest plant sale fundraiser of the year—online in April.

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Register now for Birmingham Walking Tours with Vulcan Park & Museum

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Learn things you never knew about The Magic City during Vulcan Park & Museum’s Birmingham Walking Tours. Photo via Vulcan Park & Museum

Ready for an adventure? Then slip on those sneakers and take an exciting step into Birmingham’s unique history during Vulcan Park and Museum’s Birmingham Walking Tours. Beginning in April, more tours will be offered than ever before with up to 40 opportunities for you to experience the program. Continue reading for a peek into the cool places you’ll visit and the incredible things you’ll discover. Can’t wait? Register now.

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Don’t miss Journey into Amazing Caves showing now at IMAX Theatre

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Photo via McWane Science Center

Move like a robot. Venture into an underwater cave. Watch a movie on a mega IMAX screen. There’s just one spot in Birmingham where you can do all of these things and it’s at McWane Science Center. For adventure and discovery for all ages and stages, check out these events happening only at McWane this April. Purchase your tickets in advance.

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7 ways to enjoy Virtual Vacation Day in Birmingham

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Learn more about the history and culture of Birmingham with these virtual vacation ideas. Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum’s Facebook

A year into the pandemic, and I think we’re all looking forward to taking an in-person vacation. While the vaccine efforts are ramping up, it’s still safest to keep your vacay virtual. Keep reading to see seven ways to enjoy a Birmingham virtual vacation.

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Birmingham arts flourish in new programs despite the pandemic—hear how from 3 nonprofits

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A year into the pandemic, and arts organizations are still struggling to provide their amazing attributes and activities to those who enjoy them. Luckily, PNC Bank supports several of our beloved arts nonprofits in Birmingham and helps them continue to thrive in new, unique ways—even when it didn’t seem possible.

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Behind the scenes of the Children’s of Alabama art collection

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A hospital curated like an art gallery. Photo via Children’s of Alabama

Hospitals are a scary place for everyone—especially children. The art at The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children serves a special purpose to help patients and their families feel more at ease. Keep reading to learn more about the hospital’s artwork and just a few of the touching stories behind it.

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3 remarkable women who left their mark on girls’ high school sports in Alabama

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Alabama girls’ high school sports pioneer Noona Kennard. Photo via Noona Kennard for Bham Now

Trailblazer. Character builder. Champion. 

This month in honor of Women’s History Month, I interviewed three remarkable women, Noona Kennard, Yvonne Michelle Simmons and Cat Reddick-Whitehill. Each one made a lasting impact on girls’ high school sports in Alabama

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Little lending libraries are popping up around Hoover—here’s why

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A Little Free Library in Birmingham. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

The City of Hoover will soon see more little lending libraries popping up around town. As part of a new program from the Hoover Public Library, new little lending libraries will appear in 15 of the city’s apartment complexes.

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Birmingham’s charter school offers community learning experience—learn how from this parent

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2nd grade is about learning and discovery. Photo via Legacy Prep

As parents, we want our children to attend a school where they will shine as bright as the sun. But the decision about which school to entrust their education with can be tough. To make your decision simple, we spoke with a current parent of two young scholars at Birmingham’s charter school Legacy Prep. Find out why her family chose it and what their experience has been like. 

Already know you want to register your Kindergarten-4th grader for the 2021-2022 school year? Fill out the enrollment form here.

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