Special coffee served by special people: Cafe Three21 at the Valleydale Farmers’ Market

Photo via Instagram – @cafethree21

Supporting local Birmingham vendors is most definitely a worthy endeavor. One of our favorite ways to do this is by shopping at one of our many local Birmingham farmers’ markets. Did you know you can find an added positive cause each Saturday this summer at Valleydale Farmers’ Market? Here’s how.

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Grown from a seed that orbited the Moon in 1971. See Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Moon Tree. PHOTOS

The Moon Tree at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, AL. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now.

Alabama’s links with the US space program are deep rooted. Did you know the same can be said for a very special tree at Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens? Find out more about the Birmingham Moon Tree, a very special American Sycamore tree that has an out of this world story.

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June 5 is Global Running Day: celebrate with these Birmingham runs all summer!

Photo via the Birmingham Track Club’s Facebook page

It might be a little toasty outside, but that’s not going to stop me from celebrating Global Running Day on June 5th. (It will stop me from running past 7:30 a.m., though.) Read on for information about runs in Birmingham this summer!

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Stories from 3 Birmingham locals who climbed Everest. Get these 9 tips before you go.

Kent Stewart from Birmingham has been to Everest 5 times.
(l-r) Fred Alldridge, Utah-based guide, Bruce Graham, Lakpa Rita Sherpa and Kent Stewart at Everest Base Camp. Photo from Kent Stewart

At least 11 climbers died on Mt. Everest this year, and that has a lot of people talking about what it takes to climb the world’s tallest peak. To find out more, I talked with two people from Birmingham who’ve been to Base Camp, and one who’s been to the mountain five times with two summit attempts. Here’s what they had to stay.

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Boutique hotel, mixed-use development coming to Parkside

The swanky 140-room boutique hotel will be located at 1600 1st Avenue in Parkside. Photo submitted
The swanky 140-room boutique hotel will be located at 1600 1st Avenue in Parkside. Photo submitted

New plans are in the works to bring another mixed-use property to Birmingham’s Parkside district. Developers announced this week their plans to build a 140-room boutique hotel, residential units, an entertainment venue as well as retail and studio space. Here’s a sneak peek into the plans for Parkside’s latest swanky development.

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5 hikes on Birmingham’s Red Rock Trail System: including the new section of the High Ore Line Trail

High Ore Line Trail. Photo courtesy of the Freshwater Land Trust

We’ve had some gorgeous weather in Birmingham the last few days. You know what that means–it’s time to get outside before it’s hot and muggy.  To make your planning easier, we’ve compiled a list of must-do hikes in and around Birmingham on the Red Rock Trail System, a network of more than 120 miles of trails in Jefferson County.  Read on for more info.

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The SEC Baseball Tournament returns to Hoover May 21-26. Here’s everything you need to know about the action-packed event

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Fans at the 2018 SEC Baseball Tournament. To purchase tickets for the 2019 tournament, visit the SEC Ticket Office. Photo via SEC Baseball Tournament
Fans at the 2018 SEC Baseball Tournament. To purchase tickets for any game during the six day event (or buy tickets to the whole thing!), visit the SEC Ticket Office. Photo via SEC Baseball Tournament

The SEC Baseball Tournament will return to Hoover May 21-26 as the top 12 SEC teams play for a chance to continue their journey to the College World Series in June.  Here are the details, as well as what fun shenanigans you can expect at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex this year.

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7 things to know about building a tiny house from scratch by Bekah Blankenship

Bekah Blankenship is the sister of Bham Now's Jacob Blankenship.
Bekah Blankenship is the sister of Bham Now’s Jacob Blankenship. Photo by Bekah Blankenship

By now, who hasn’t heard about tiny houses? Maybe you’ve seen people talking about them on TV. You may even know someone (or, in my case, three other someones), who either have one or are in the process of building one.

To find out more about what’s behind the hype, we talked to Rebekah Blankenship. She’s the sister of Bham Now social media guy and amazing photographer Jacob Blankenship. He’s also documenting his sister’s process here.

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Don’t miss “Family Camp-Out Night at Railroad Park” this summer, reserve your spot on Monday, May 13

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4th Annual Publix Family Camp-Out hosted by Railroad Park Foundation. Photo courtesy of Railroad Park

Who needs to camp-out in the Sipsey Wilderness or the Great Smoky Mountains when you can experience urban wildlife and the outdoors on Birmingham’s “front lawn” – Railroad Park.

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May flowers, anyone? 17 reasons to visit Birmingham Botanical Gardens now. Win a YP membership!

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May 13-19 is National Public Gardens Week! The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is giving away two free young professional memberships to celebrate the occasion. Visit Bham Now’s instagram for a chance to win.

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7 reasons we’re obsessed with the West Homewood area in Birmingham

Pizzaria GM in West Homewood. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)
Pizzeria GM in West Homewood. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

Have you checked out West Homewood recently? Well, I hadn’t in a long time and was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled into the cute area around Patriot Park. A quick walk around the block of darling little bungalows, businesses and restaurants had me dialin’ up my realtor and planning my next family move. Here are the highlights of my adventure.

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