13th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival to be shown at the new Sidewalk Cinema on October 20

Screenshot from the film “Something About Little River” . From Alabama Rivers Alliance Facebook page.

Don’t miss this year’s much anticipated 13th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Birmingham at its new location, the  Sidewalk Cinema, on Sunday, October 20th, 2:00pm (doors at 1:00).

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Guide to Alabama’s 6 venomous snakes and how to react if you see one

The folks at Ruffner Mountain holding a gray rat snake (nonvenomous)
Chivon Morse and Aaron Hathcock of Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve with Grady the gray rat snake (nonvenomous). (Bham Now)

Alabama is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the United States. Although we have 66 known species and subspecies of snakes, only 6 are venomous. Learn more about Alabama’s 6 venomous snakes and how to react if you encounter one in the wild.

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5 outdoor activities within one hour of Birmingham to get you in the autumn spirit

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My college roommate and I are big fans of fall road trips and outdoor activities alike.

I don’t know about you, but as soon as temperatures get below 75 degrees, all I want to do is go get some fresh air and enjoy the sunshine. Autumn is a favorite season for many, and for good reason! If you’re looking to get in the autumn spirit, check out these 5 outdoor activities within an hour of Birmingham, AL.

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A guide to 10 fall runs in Birmingham, including the Zombie Night Run on Oct. 27

Trick or Trot 5k. Photo via Kid One Transport on Facebook

We are finally getting some cooler temps here in Bham. For some of us, that means longer runs! After slogging through three-mile jogs all summer, I for one am looking forward to getting outside a bit more and increasing my mileage. I may attempt the Magic City Half in November, which got me thinking: what other fall races are there in Birmingham? Below is a list. 

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7 places to take your pumpkin patch pictures this October within 1 hour of Birmingham

Photo via 4D Farm

Happy October, Birmingham! Now that we’re in the double-digit months, it is PEAK seasonal Instagram pic season. If you’re itching to take those festive family photos, we’ve got just the pumpkin patch for you. 7 of them, actually. The best news? They’re all within an hour of Birmingham. Don’t forget your fall coffee for the road!

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Get ready for another amazing Moss Rock Festival! Coming November 2-3 at The Preserve

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Catch me perusing every single one of these booths in November at Moss Rock Festival 2019. Photo via Moss Rock Festival

It’s fall, y’all! That means Moss Rock Festival 2019 is coming up. Birmingham’s Moss Rock Festival is considered an eco-creative event with a few primary focuses: Art+Design, SmartLIVING and Nature. This year, the festival takes place at The Preserve on November 2-3, from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM-4:00 PM on Sunday. Purchase your tickets to the 14th Annual Moss Rock Festival today. 

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Learn about the “Magic City School Bus Project” and 4 ways you can support it at Ecofest on November 7

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Students at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve by their “Magic City School bus. Photo courtesy of Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College

Over 14,000 students visit the Southern Environmental Center’s campus & Turkey Creek Nature Preserve facilities annually.

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What will Alabama look like in 2119? With proper planning it can be a stunning oasis for people, business and wildlife.

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View from Cherokee Rock Village. Photo credit: ADCNR/Robin E. Taylor

In 1819, Alabama was covered with rich forests, prairie, wooded grasslands and canebrake (bamboo). Most of that landscape has been lost.

During the ensuing 200 years, we turned our rivers into lakes, forests into farms and lost and then brought back deer, turkey and the Bald Eagle.

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Join Cheers to the Coosa at the Clubhouse on Highland on September 19. Tickets are limited.

The view over Moccasin Gap in Wetumpka, Alabama on the Coosa River. Photo by A.Odrezin from the Coosa Riverkeeper Facebook page

Summer is almost over.

There is no better way to celebrate its end than to raise a glass to the river we all know and love – the Coosa River.

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4 u-pick vineyards to find muscadine grapes and wine around Birmingham

My grandfather’s muscadine vines. You can see a mix of both the gold and purple—scuppernongs and muscadines.

The end of summer was always a bittersweet time for me. On one hand, growing up, it always signaled the end of a three month long vacation. But on the other hand, it signaled the start of muscadine season—something I looked forward to all year long. 

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A guide to 6 September runs in Birmingham, including the Darter Dash

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Photo via Turkey Creek Nature Preserve on Facebook

September is a hot month–pun definitely intended–for races in Birmingham. Whether you’re looking for a 5k, 10k, fun run or walk, there are several options for you. Who wants to get outside and support some great causes? Here’s a list of six runs coming up this month. 

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Red Mountain Park was once a sea of stumps? Explore 200 years of landscape changes in Alabama

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Aerial photo of the what is today Red Mountain Park in the 1900s. Photo courtesy of Red Mountain Park

When I was in the 4th grade, I took my first Alabama history class. Without fail, each day, the teacher outlined Alabama on the chalkboard–the rectangular box with the “high heels” that is Baldwin and Mobile counties. At the end of each class, she would wipe away that outline of the state.

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