United Way’s Priority Veteran testifies to Congress about serving vets

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United Way’s Lula Skowronek spoke to Congress about Priority Veteran. Photo via United Way of Central Alabama

COVID-19 left a large path of destruction in its wake, especially for US veterans across the country and in Alabama. Recently, United Way’s Priority Veteran program testified to the US House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs about the best ways to support our vets.

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Taco-Rita Fest is coming your way on June 26. Here’s what you need to know

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Taco-Rita Fest is just as fun as it looks. Photo via Robert DeBuys

Birmingham’s annual TacoFest returns with a new twist for 2021: margaritas! Taco-Rita Fest is heading to Sloss Furnaces on June 26 for a full line-up of food trucks, art vendors and live music. Ready to go? Keep reading because we’ve got the deets.

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Red Mountain Theatre’s Parkside campus is now open. Check it out

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Keith Cromwell, Executive Director, in front of Red Mountain Theatre’s now open Parkside campus. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

It’s finally here: the Red Mountain Theatre Arts Campus in Parkside is officially open! We checked out the ribbon cutting and got the scoop on the new setup.

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More than just donations—how this Birmingham org changes lives

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When times get tough, United Way of Central Alabama steps up. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Everyone in Birmingham knows just how generous the community truly is. Want to see one of the truest examples? Take a look around at your neighbors, and you’ll see people who have been impacted by the United Way of Central Alabama’s Tocqueville Society.

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7 language learning classes in Birmingham to check out now

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Get started with a new language today. Photo via iSpeak

Comment allez-vous, ma cherie? Summer is here and for a lot of us, it’s prime time to pick up a new hobby. For anyone interested in adding a second (or third or fourth) language to their repertoire, we’ve got seven language learning courses you can sign up for today.

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These Birmingham leaders worked to stop MS—find out how

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2021 Leadership Class. Photo via MS Society

Aspiring and seasoned leaders joined the National Multiple Sclerosis Society‘s annual MS Leaders Challenge with the goal of giving back to a great cause and helping change the world for those living with MS. Find out what the MS Leaders Challenge is all about and meet the top fundraisers who rocked it in 2021.

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See how recycling 15.5M + oyster shells helps restore Alabama’s shores

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(ALL RIGHTS) January 23, 2011. Volunteers worked alongside Conservancy scientists and partners to construct the first quarter-mile of oyster reef. Photo credit: © 2011 Erika Nortemann/TNC

Can Alabama restore and improve the health of its shores, marshes and seafood industry one oyster shell at a time? Many coastal advocates think so. Here’s how.

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Ever wondered what to do when you encounter injured wildlife? We’ve got answers

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The Alabama Wildlife Center takes in injured birds for rehabilitation. Photo via Alabama Wildlife Center

As we head into summer, Alabama wildlife is out and about. But it can be tricky to know what to do when you find an injured animal and how you can help them the best. We spoke with the Alabama Wildlife Center to get the scoop on what to do.

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Ready, set, go! Lace up for these 8 summer races within 2 hours of Bham

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Time to bust out your running shoes. Photo via Crisis Center Inc.

Runners, joggers and walkers, get ready because Birmingham has a full calendar of summer races. From your classic 5K fundraisers to intense trail runs, there’s a race for everyone of every athletic level.

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Meet the determined organization caring for local seniors + find out how to get help

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When you call 1-800-Age-Line (1-800-243-5463), trained staff will answer and direct you to help. Photo via United Way of Central Alabama

“Nobody’s been old before.” This simple statement said by Susan Hackney, SHIP Coordinator for United Way Area Agency on Aging (UWAAA), led to a discussion on where to get help for seniors in Jefferson County.

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5 ways to Celebrate Children’s of Alabama + 110 years of caring for our state’s most vulnerable

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Who do you celebrate for? Share it with Children’s of Alabama by posting a photo and using the hashtag #CelebrateChildrensAL. Photo via Children’s of Alabama

As the only freestanding medical center in Alabama that’s solely dedicated to the treatment and care of children, Children’s of Alabama is a powerhouse in our state. We can’t think of a better year to go big for an organization that cares for our smallest residents. See how you can celebrate the hospital’s 110th anniversary and the many ways they’re making a difference.

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5 reasons why the Birmingham Museum of Art is an outstanding venue to host your next event

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Hosting an event at the BMA is a dazzling experience. Photo via Fotos by Fola

Hooray! After 15 long months, the Birmingham Museum of Art is back to booking in-person events starting on August 1. It’s easy to imagine why the museum is a unique place to host a party or wedding, but we are blown away by just how much you can do in the space. Let us take you on a tour, or go ahead and reach out to book your next event today.

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7 of the oldest congregations in Birmingham, across 6 major religions

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“My house shall be a house of prayer for all people.” Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Continuing Bham Now’s series of “Birmingham’s oldest” in celebration of the Magic City’s 150th birthday, we’re talking about the oldest houses of worship across six major world religions. Keep reading to learn more about Birmingham’s oldest faith centers and as part of it, the area’s religious history.

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NEW: These partnerships are making Birmingham better for children + others through nonprofit work

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Junior League of Birmingham volunteers give back to the city. Photo via Junior League of Birmingham

Local nonprofits make Birmingham a brighter place for all, but they can’t do it alone. That’s why the Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) partners with organizations to support them with funding and volunteers. The JLB is a local organization of 2,200 members who contribute more than 55,000 hours of service annually—WOW. They partner with local nonprofits and organizations on more than 30 projects to provide direct support and target critical issues. Get the details on the three new nonprofits that the JLB is supporting in 2021.

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