Volunteers remove nearly 3 tons of trash from Black Warrior Watershed in 2021

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Black Warrior Riverkeeper cleanups in 2021. Photo via Black Warrior Riverkeeper Watershed

Back in January of this year, Bham Now reported on an important Black Warrior Riverkeeper initiative to rid the watershed and local neighborhoods of trash. Three months into 2021, they have enlisted the help of more than 250 volunteers to remove nearly 3 tons of debris. 

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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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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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Bessemer Train Depot to get major redevelopment. Here’s how

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The Bessemer Train Depot in downtown Bessemer. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The Bessemer area has exploded with new jobs and opportunities in the past couple years. One part that is now catching up with the times is the Bessemer Train Depot, now that it has been purchased by Brian Giattina, Blox CFO and founder of Bessemer Redevelopment Corps. Keep reading to see the past, present and future of this Bessemer icon.

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7 women and nonbinary bartenders you need to know in Birmingham

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Ayon Jackson at Queen’s Park creating New Life, Who Dis? with Campesino Rum. Photo via Riley Campbell for Bham Now

Birmingham bartenders are a staple of local life. In honor of Women’s History Month, Campesino Rum is celebrating the diversity of local bartenders with 7 must-know mixologists. See what they have to say about bartending, working in a primarily male industry and their favorite Campesino cocktails, in no particular order.

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Everything you want to know about the new mural at the Valley Hotel in Homewood

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Birmingham artist Trés Taylor with “The Middle Way” at the Valley Hotel in Homewood. Photo via Helene Taylor

The newly-opened Valley Hotel in Homewood features a breathtaking art feature right in the lobby. Keep reading to learn more about “The Middle Way” mural by Trés Taylor, and its delightfully local inspiration.

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6 Birmingham artists inspired by COVID to make incredible art

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Masks on, but make it art. Photo via Michael Acuff

It’s no secret Birmingham is brimming with talented creatives. And despite the state of the world over the last year, these six local artists have turned uncertainty into creativity—continuing to make art that inspires, educates and uplifts. Get to know them here.

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9 Birmingham running trails to put a little spring in your step

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This grey weather has me dreaming of running trails and days that look like a Billy Collins poem. Photo by Claire Hancock for Bham Now

While we stay inside and watch the snow tumble down today, I doubt I’m the only one dreaming of running through the woods on a sunny spring day. So to warm up (if only in my head), here are nine of Birmingham’s best running trails for spring.

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Why Vogue just named this Mountain Brook shop a ‘Must-Visit’. [PHOTOS]

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Maison founder and owner Pam Evans (right) with “Maison’s hype-girl” Shelby Dooley. Photo via Claire Hancock for Bham Now

Small and stunningly curated, Maison is something of a hidden gem, nestled among the design stores in Mountain Brook Village. But that could change soon following a recent mention by Vogue, which featured it as one of 17 Southern small retail businesses to support.

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PHOTOS: An inside look at the Valley Hotel, opening in Homewood Feb. 16

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The Valley Hotel is Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

We’ve been impatiently waiting for this moment for months, and it’s finally here—we toured The Valley Hotel and it’s jaw-dropping.

While still a work in progress, the opening date is set for February 16. So mark your calendars, Birmingham, and keep reading for a visual tour, plus info on how to book your next staycation.

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Fox News video of Vestavia native Bennett Smith flipping his kayak down waterfalls goes viral

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Bennett Smith upside down. Photo via Peter Holcombe Photography

I’ve got to admit, I’m still picking my jaw off the floor. 

This week, the FOX News program “The Five” showed a video of Vestavia Hills native and U.S. Freestyle Kayak team member Bennett Smith flipping and tumbling down local waterfalls… on purpose.

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PHOTOS: Bham Now’s top nine Instagram posts in 2020

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From supporting Black-owned businesses in Birmingham to beautiful lights making our city brighter, these are our top nine posts of 2020. Screenshot via Top Nine

One thing I look forward to each year is seeing people share their Top Nine on Instagram. On the last day of a year where so much has happened, we want to take some time to look back at our own top nine and reflect on some of the year’s most defining moments.

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A visual recap of Fall 2020 in Birmingham—see our 9 buzziest videos

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We love fall in Bham. Photo via @objectivityrach

Another season come and gone… it’s hard to believe there are only a few days left in 2020. As we wrap up fall and head into winter, we wanted to take a look back on the season—and we’re sharing it with you. Read on to see what’s been buzzing in Bham!

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From in the ground to in your kitchen—an inside look at Alabama Marble

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Want to see it for yourself? Make plans to attend the Sylacauga Marble Festival in the spring. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Some of the finest marble in the world is found right here in Alabama—in fact, it’s just an hour from Birmingham. We got an inside look at the process from start to finish, and now we’re taking you with us. Tag along on a behind-the-scenes look with the experts at AM3 Stone.

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