Hike the Pinhoti Trail for 2017

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View from Pinhoti Trail. Photo by McDowell Crook/Flickr
View from Pinhoti Trail. Photo by McDowell Crook/Flickr

For every hiker, there are trails at the top of their bucket list.

For example, in Alabama everyone has the Big Tree in the Sipsey Wilderness or the iconic Walls of Jericho on their list.  These trails, if you begin them early enough in the morning, can be hiked in a day.
For the longer hikes, the gold standard for our state is the Pinhoti Trail. The Alabama section is 171 miles.  It’s our connector to the historic Appalachian Trail.

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This Birmingham author’s new book is already receiving rave reviews, and it’s all about the fascinating life of the woman who wrote ‘Goodnight Moon’

Birmingham resident Amy Gary is the editor of the Margaret Wise Brown estate, and she’s about to release a new biography about Brown, the author of the esteemed children’s book, Goodnight Moon.

In The Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown (Flatiron, 288 pages, $26.99) has opened up to rave reviews, like this one in the Washington Post.

Margaret Wise Brown and her dog, Crispin’s Crispian, via Flat Iron Books

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“Stir crazy” winter ice storm Alabama football fan? Check out places to watch the big game

The Bear Wants You – to support the Crimson Tide tonight

Perfect timing.  According to weather.com’s hourly forecast, the icy roads from this weekend’s winter storm that paralysed Birmingham and Central Alabama, should melt away at about 11:00a.m today.

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Birmingham kicks off Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with a special appearance by Jesse Jackson

Join the Reverend Jesse Jackson at Birmingham’s iconic 16th Street Baptist Church this Sunday, January 8, 2016, as he preaches in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s upcoming birthday. The service begins at 10:45 a.m.

The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. at the 16th Street Baptist Church, delivering the eulogies for Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley. Photo by Matt Herron, courtesy of Take Stock/The Image Works via Time Magazine

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Sharing is caring: become a tutor through the Literacy Council of Alabama

Whether it’s understanding a note from your doctor or the beauty of humanity found in Freytag’s pyramid, reading, along with reading comprehension, are two abilities that allow us to navigate the world successfully.

Sometimes I take these endowments for granted, like when I am assembling furniture from IKEA.

Image by IKEA

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Bham Now’s BOLD Speaker Series to feature Will Lochamy & Scott Register

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Will Lochamy (left) and Scott ‘Reg’ Register (right) / Photo by Kenwyn Alexander

Will Lochamy and Scott ‘Reg’ Register are hosts of The Morning Blend on Birmingham Mountain Radio (107.3 FM) and are doing BOLD things for Birmingham. Come join us on February 16th and see what we mean.

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Don’t Miss the Red Hills Brewing Co. Events this Week!

December 8th – Red Hills Brewing Company made their brews available outside of the taproom! To do so successfully, the family owned brewery partnered with International Wines and Craft Beer for distribution help.

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Check here for the list of brews available.

The week, the brewery is celebrating the launch with some special events…

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Connect to Your Coast on Wednesday at Avondale Brewing Company

Connect to Your Coast at Avondale Brewing Company  - Wednesday 4:00 to 7:00
Connect to Your Coast at Avondale Brewing Company – Wednesday 4:00 to 7:00

This Wednesday, December 21st, may be the Winter Solstice, but we’ll be thinking warm, sunny thoughts and taking a much needed break from holiday shopping at the Alabama Coastal Foundation’s free Connect To Your Coast Birmingham event at Avondale Brewing Company!

Drop by anytime between 4-7 p.m. to learn how you can protect Alabama’s coastal environment. Anyone wanting to purchase a pint glass in advance can visit: http://www.joinacf.org/donate

TEDxBirmingham – Info & Speaker Line Up

Technology, Entertainment, and Design – TED Talks are all about adding value by providing info sessions on the up and coming tech., daily news, and innovation that will shape our future.

With independent volunteer initiatives throughout the country, licensed under TED, cities like Birmingham are able to feature local innovators, entertainers, and otherwise to give you updates on what is going on!

Here’s the line up for TEDxBirmingham 2017:
Photo By: TEDxBham

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A Christmas tradition – Birmingham Audubon Society’s 81st Annual Christmas Bird Count

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Want to start a new tradition for Christmas?

Join the Birmingham Audubon Society’s (BAS) Christmas Bird Count (CBC).

On Friday, December 23rd, instead of rushing to buy gifts at the mall, spend a day outside and help BAS conduct their 81st Annual Christmas Bird Count. It’s the perfect family activity.

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