Going stir crazy? Here’s how to be productive + stay busy at home in Birmingham

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Ignite Cycle knows how to keep people moving—even during a quarantine situation. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

We know life is a little crazy right now, but that doesn’t mean you have to go stir crazy at home. Here are some activities to keep you busy and productive including virtual dance parties, live streams with local bands and free book delivery in Birmingham.

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Birmingham nonprofit spotlight—here’s how you can help today

We make it through together! Photo via Mitchell’s Place

Our local nonprofits need our help, Birmingham. We’re making it easy. Check back once a week and see who we’re spotlighting—we’ll be adding more nonprofits as the COVID-19 response continues. Learn how you can be a part of important work serving our community.

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A Type 1 diabetes guide to COVID-19 + Birmingham resources

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Daily life as a T1D with my insulin and syringes. Photo by Patience Itson for Bham Now

If you’re a Type 1 diabetic like me, you may be feeling extra anxiety in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, don’t forget we’re all in this together. Take a look at some advice from medical professionals for staying safe as a T1D—including resources and support groups in Birmingham.

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Quarantini, anyone? We’re getting creative with Birmingham spirits

Ahh… Bring the island escape to your living room. Photo via Campesino Rum

Week one of social distancing down and we need a drink. Y’all know Bham Now loves supporting local business, so we’re mixing our cocktails with spirits made right here in the Magic City. Check out our top three quarantini recipes and learn how you can make your own!

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Help save local Birmingham theaters—here’s how

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Christmastime during A Year with Frog and Toad at Birmingham Children’s Theatre. Photo via Brooke Duke

The show must go on, even when it can’t. We know how much hard work and effort were put into local productions that are now postponed or canceled. However, the best way to ensure we get to see future shows is by giving back now.

Not only do these performances feature renowned and global actors, they also feature your children, coworkers, friends, family and Birmingham community. Bham Now is offering FREE promotion for local non-profits.   This information will be used to create useful guides on Bham Now.

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Shop goods from local Birmingham stores at home

FREE shipping from YellowHammer Creative + new merch! Let’s get shopping and supporting Birmingham. Photo via Yellowhammer Creative’s Facebook.

Bham Now is all about supporting local—especially now when some of those who will most be heavily impacted by COVID-19 are small businesses. We’ve pulled together a starting list on how to shop safely from your couch, but please share and fill out this simple form to be included in Bham Now guides including online ordering, virtual classes, curbside pickup, and more.

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Where kids can get free meals in Birmingham during school closures

Watching Birmingham come together has been keeping our spirits high all week. Photo via Birmingham City Schools on Facebook

Plenty of children in Birmingham depend on school meals for vital nutrition. With all the COVID-19 school closures, there are options available for those in need. Find out what you need to know right here.

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How to get help. How to give help for COVID-19 in Birmingham—including UAB’s urgent need

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Vulcan keeping watch over Birmingham. Photo via Vulcan Park + Museum’s Facebook page

We’ve put together a guide to ways to get and give help during this time in Birmingham. Email us at hello@bhamnow.com as you hear of others and we’ll keep this guide up to date.

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4 soap shops where you can get your lather on in Birmingham

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Soap so pretty, it’s like art work. Photo via Buff City Soap’s Facebook page

With #washyourhands being the current anthem of the world, there’s a good chance you’re looking for some soaps that will treat your skin right. Well scrub on, Birmingham. Here are some local shops that create and sell awesome soaps.

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New funds announced for small businesses + people in need in Birmingham. How to help

Mayor Randall Woodfin speaking at COVID-19 news conference on March 13, 2020, announcing the creation of the Bham Strong Fund. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

In response to the nationwide coronavirus crisis that has swept Birmingham and the nation, Bham Now is working to help all of us get through this together.

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Check out these eerie Birmingham sites that’ll give you goosebumps

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I can personally say I’ve had a paranormal experience at Sloss. Photo via Brad Mitchell on Trover.

I’ve always had a fascination with the unknown and unexplainable. What better day than Friday the 13th to explore just that in a city with a rich history and eccentric cultures. Check out these 5 places in Birmingham that’ll give you goosebumps.

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