These 6 getaways + 1 giveaway will have you and your PTO ready for summer vacation

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Little River Falls in Dekalb County Alabama. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

I think it’s safe to say we’re all ready for Summer 2021. Bham Now has your summer fun covered with the ultimate summer getaway + giveaway, with five destinations ranging from mountain getaways to bright beaches. Pack your bags and don’t forget the sunscreen!

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5 heritage crafts to learn + where to take classes in Birmingham

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Traditional heritage crafts, such as metalworking, are important skills to preserve. Photo via Sloss Furnaces on Facebook.

When you hear the phrase “arts and crafts,” usually images of popsicle sticks, hot glue and watercolor paints come to mind. However, traditional heritage crafts are a far cry from the crafts we did in grade school. These are artistic and useful skills that have been passed down through generations, often considered “dying arts” in today’s modern times. Consider learning one of these heritage craft skills listed below to ensure their place in our culture’s future, while also finding a fun, new hobby!

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Don’t fall for these 5 fitness myths this summer—a local professional gives us the right advice

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Nichefitness’ Executive Director of Fitness Alex Gray gave us great advice for reaching your fitness goals this summer in a healthy way (and one that makes you smile!) Photo via Mary Fehr for Bham Now

Raise your hand if you’ve been personally victimized by your “Summer Fitness Goals” Pinterest board. 🙋‍♀️ Yeah, us too. That’s why we got professional advice from Nichefitness’ Executive Director of Fitness, DBA Orangetheory, Alex Gray on the healthiest way to get fit while ignoring common fitness myths. Don’t trust us yet? Sign up for two FREE classes at Orangetheory and see for yourself.

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5 summer treats in Birmingham that will rock your world

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The perfect summer treat awaits at Bendy’s Cookies & Cream in Vestavia. Photo via Riley Campbell for Bham Now

Long summer days mean devouring scrumptious treats. For your pick of satisfying goodies, head to Vestavia for options so good, you’ll wish you lived there. From ice cream to shakes, here are our top five picks that will have you singing “Summer lovin’”. 

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18 must-know LGBTQ+ resources and organizations in Birmingham

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Get ready for Pride 2021, Birmingham! Photo via Toni Reed

June is Pride Month, a celebration of LGBTQ+ identities, and it’s coming up faster than you think. We’ve got your guide to 18 must-know resources in Birmingham that serve our community and advocate for equal rights for all LGBTQ+ people.

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The 5 most unique drinks on menus in Birmingham right now

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Photo by JH Daniel for Bham Now

There’s no shortage of delicious beverages in the city’s bar, restaurant and coffee shop scene, but who has the most unique drinks in Birmingham? I searched high and low to find the yummiest drinks in town that I’ve never tasted before. Here’s what I discovered (and delightfully consumed):

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Birmingham Barons, fireworks + Mother’s Day events, May 7-9

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Artists at Birmingham Art Crawl. Photo via Birmingham Art Crawl on Facebook

Batter up for an impressive weekend, May 7-9, Birmingham! We’ve got Baron’s Baseball + after-game fireworks, Eat in the Streets, and, of course, Mother’s Day! Now hurry and make your plans (and be sure to take safety precautions!)—these events are only getting hotter.

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5 of the best places to watch movies this summer + new local films to see

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Cold take: summer is the best time for movies. You can watch them inside and outside, the biggest hits of the year are often released and it’s a great activity on days it’s just too hot to do anything else. So, grab your popcorn and dive into our guide on the best places to catch a film this summer. 

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5 bakeries creating baby-approved smash cakes around Birmingham

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Owning that first birthday cake. Photo via Patience Itson for Bham Now

When baby turns one, there’s no better way to ring in the occassion than letting them loose on their very own smash cake. So get those cameras ready, because these five bakers around the greater Birmingham area offer custom smash cakes for the ultimate first dessert experience.

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[PHOTOS] Flower power: 7 shops to get your next orchids

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For plant people, orchids are notorious for being difficult. Like a moody teenager, orchids need a lot of time, care and love from those around them. So if you’re looking to get started with one of these beautiful and delicate flowers, we’ve got seven shops where you can find them in Birmingham.

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