All registered Alabama voters may vote absentee this year. Here are the details

Secretary of State John Merrill mailing in his absentee ballot for the July 14 Primary Runoff Election. Photo via AL SOS on Facebook

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced this week that any registered Alabama voter will be able to vote absentee this year. This is a big deal for the state—here’s what you need to know.

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Celebrate National Ice Cream Day at one of these 5 Birmingham creameries

Have you ever seen a more photogenic ice cream cone?! Photo via @lizzylynb on Instagram

National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, July 19, and we’ll take any excuse to grab a sweet treat AND beat the heat. (Alabama summers, amiright?) Here are 5 ice cream shops serving up scoops of creamy goodness you need to try this weekend in Birmingham.

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Treat yo’ self at these Birmingham wine bars with patios

Grab your friends and mask! Unwind with some wine on the patio. Photo via The Pizitz’s Facebook

Restaurants are moving more seating outside and I’m kind of getting European vibes. If you’re looking for a chic way to unwind and enjoy patio weather, grab your mask and check out these local wine bars. I even made sure that they have outdoor seating so it’s easier to social distance.

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The Sunflower Field: Adventures with Adamson

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Blue skies and golden flowers, what more could you want? Photo via Bham Now

The Sunflower Field is one of the most popular summer day trip destinations in Alabama. They’ll still be open for another week or so, but if you can’t make it down this year, don’t worry. Our friends over at Adamson Ford helped us to go capture the experience for you. It’s less than an hour and a half from downtown—come tag along!

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We answered 9 questions about Alabama’s tax-free weekend July 17-19

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Look no further than Mountain High Outfitters for backpacks, clothes and more and save 25% off select brands and categories this weekend! Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

There’s nothing more nostalgic than walking through the back-to-school aisles and remembering the days of picking out colored pencils, a fun notebook and a snazzy backpack in anticipation of a new school year. Whether you’re shopping for the classroom essentials or those days are behind you, everyone can benefit from Alabama’s tax-free holiday.

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7 ways you can support Birmingham’s homeless population today

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Photo via Birmingham Salvation Army on Facebook

Birmingham has tons of citizens and organizations who help support, shelter and encourage our homeless population. Check out these 7 organizations who are making a difference, and see how you can be a part of this vital mission—whether you have funds or time to give.

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How to have a tiny wedding in Birmingham

Mural pictures are a must if you’re celebrating your big day in Birmingham! Photo by Cathrine Taylor Photography

Planning a wedding during a pandemic? Not ideal, but also not impossible. With new risks to consider, many couples are opting for backyard nuptials and guest lists you can count on two hands. The wedding business has faced unimagined challenges, but one Birmingham-based company seems to be better equipped than the rest. Enter Tiny Weddings Bham.

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Heat up the kitchen with 5 summer cooking classes in Birmingham

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Some of us aren’t as talented as our coworkers and need a little help in the kitchen. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Does anyone else tend to make the same meals over and over (mine is chicken sausage and brown rice)? I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for a fresh new shakeup that maybe includes more than two ingredients. Cooking classes, weekly recipes and kitchen gurus are bringing us the ingredients and knowledge we need to break the routine in Birmingham

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Celebrate Small Business Week in Birmingham with FREE events + more

Thinking of switching your gym to a local experience? Battle Republic will give you one hell of a workout. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now and taken in 2019 prior to COVID-19

Local businesses may be small in size, but they’re HUGE in entrepreneurial spirit. You know Bham Now *hearts* local biz and we’re here to celebrate National Small Business Week with you by pulling together the ultimate ways to show up and support.

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3 tasty recipes using a Birmingham classic you need to try now

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Classic seasoning, endless possibilities. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Temperatures are rising here in Birmingham, and you know what that means. Even more than fireworks and the crunch of cold watermelon, there’s one sound that screams “southern summer” above anything else: grills firing up. We’ve got 3 unique recipes you NEED to try this summer, using a fresh take on America’s favorite marinade.

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Your ultimate guide to voting in Jefferson County

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Wear that sticker with pride! Photo via Jefferson County on Facebook

Exercising your right to vote is more important than ever. We rounded up resources, deadlines and more from Jefferson County to help make it easy. The Chairman of the JeffCo Board of Registrars also walked us through safety and sanitation measures that will be in place this year. Check it out!

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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve: Adventures with Adamson Episode 3

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Sunshine and cool shoot locations—that’s about all we need. Photo via Bham Now

Your summer playground awaits. The best part? It’s just half an hour from downtown Birmingham. Our friends over at Adamson Ford lent us a sweet ride so we could go see it for ourselves. Find out all you need to know before you go right here!

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