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A coin toss connects Quarterback Club, high school football + children’s health charities

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On the left, Drew Ferguson, the organizer of the coin toss, director of sports medicine at Children’s of Alabama and member of the AHSAA Medical Advisory Committee. The picture was taken in 2018. Photo via Drew Ferguson

It is one of the most memorable traditions in sports—honorary captains participating in the coin toss before the start of a championship football game. Presidents, heroes, hall of famers and celebrities are typically given the distinction. In Alabama, we take it to a higher level.

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A little magic right here in the city—autumn in Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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The gorgeous ginkgo. Photo via Birmingham Botanical Gardens

This time of the year is full of all kinds of magic in Birmingham. From watching the tree lightings around town to crunching on ginkgo leaves, there’s something beautiful around every corner. There’s no place in town more magical than Birmingham Botanical Gardens—and we went to go check it out.

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Auburn’s Executive MBA program adds a unique twist to the classroom—here’s how.

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Professor Brian Connelly and Executive MBA students gather for classes on campus for residency week Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, at the Harbert College of Business in Auburn, Ala. Photo by Julie Bennett for Auburn EMBA

When looking to expand your knowledge of business with a graduate degree, it’s important to find the program that best fits your needs. We spoke with three faculty members at Auburn’s Executive MBA program to learn more about what makes their program unique.

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Your local gift guide for the outdoor enthusiast in Birmingham

Your local gift guide for the outdoor lovers. Photo via Alabama Outdoors’ Facebook

Time to go exploring. Sometimes it’s hard to find good gifts for the person who would rather be outside and on-the-go, but finding the perfect gift doesn’t have to be a trek. Here are five local spots to visit to get that perfect item for the outdoor enthusiast in your life, including experiential ideas.

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9 local Birmingham shops selling must-have toys this holiday season

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Holiday shopping is underway. Photo via Swoop’s Facebook

Are toys on your holiday shopping list this year? You’re in luck because Birmingham is home to tons of great shops where you can score amazing gifts and support local businesses at the same time. Now don that Elf-ing hat (or fantastic Elf hat) and dive into this guide for all the top shops to find toys, gadgets and more.

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5 places you can buy Native American made goods in Alabama

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A scene from a Native American Festival at Moundville, back before COVID. Photo via Moundville Archaelogical Park and Museum’s Facebook page

Did you know that Black Friday is also Native American Heritage Day? We scoured the Internet to find out where in Alabama you can find Native American-made goods. Keep reading to see what we learned.

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Join the pros for Highlands College’s Impact Leadership Conference Dec. 2 + become your best self

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Learn from leadership experts like John C. Maxwell. Photo via Highlands College

Ready to take your leadership to the next level in the new year? On December 2, join Highlands College for Impact Leadership Conference, A Master Class in Resilience, a Virtual Event. Enjoy this free gift from Highlands College to leaders from every context and community. Register now.

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Shipt is adding another 50,000 more shoppers to its national network

Shipt downtown Birmingham, Alabama headquarters. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Just in time for the holiday season, Birmingham-based Shipt announced this week that it’s adding another 50,000 shoppers to its national network. This is in addition to the 100,000 shoppers Shipt announced it would be onboarding nationwide in October.

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5 Bham cocktails perfect for the holidays—or for the Iron Bowl

Share with whoever you’re video chatting with this year. Photo via @brookelark on Unsplash

Since celebrations are a little (ok, a lot) more low-key this year, we’re always looking for some fun ways to spice it up. We rounded up five festive drinks you can use to celebrate whatever you’re most looking forward to in these next several weeks. Cheers to staying in, and cheers to having fun while supporting local.

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Rumours, Fleetwood Mac Tribute band takes the stage at Iron City on Nov. 27th & 28th

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Rumours, the best Fleetwood Mac Tribute band you’ll ever seen, is performing at Iron City this weekend! Photo via Iron City on Facebook

If you’re like me, you’re probably on a Fleetwood Mac kick after seeing that TikTok that went viral in September. Well, we’re in luck—one of the best Fleetwood Mac tribute bands, Rumours, is coming to Iron City this weekend!

Click here to get your tickets to the Friday and Saturday night showings!

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State health officials share COVID-19 updates, including Thanksgiving plans + vaccine information

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State health officials announce news on when Alabama will receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Photo via Unsplash

During a press conference today, November 23, 2020, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mary McIntyre shared updates on COVID-19 in Alabama. They discussed rising numbers and safety practices as we move into the holidays, along with a rough timeline for when the first round of vaccines will be administered.

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Celebrate the holidays with The Magic of Model Trains + more at McWane

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Find fast-moving locomotives at the Magic of Trains exhibit. Photo via McWane Science Center

The spirit of the holidays is alive at McWane Science Center. From their beloved Magic of Model Trains exhibit to virtual visits with Santa, here’s how they’re making the holidays merry and bright all season long. 

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