3 adventure-filled activities opening at McWane Science Center in Birmingham, November 23 

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Holidays at McWane Science Center are rolling in. Photo via McWane Science Center

The holiday season is an exciting time in Birmingham, and big things are happening at McWane Science Center. Starting November 23, everyone’s favorite place of wonder will become a winter wonderland filled with holiday magic and adventure. From an ice slide to the beloved Magic of Model Trains exhibit, read on for all the details. Buy your tickets now.

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5 reasons you want to get to know and love Birmingham’s Five Points West community

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Athletes from around the world will be bustling around Birmingham come summer of 2021! Photo via World Games 2021

Come summer of 2021, The World Games will have Five Points West—along with the entire City of Birmingham—bustling with athletes from around the globe!

This neighborhood with a rich history has uplifting community leaders that are continuously enriching the area. Keep reading to see what makes Five Points West so unique to Birmingham.

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We fell in love with Ikko in 5 Points South last week, and not just for the bubble tea.

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Check out the fire element on full display in the kitchen at Ikko Japanese Ramen and Sushi. Photo via Bham Now

I may be one of the few people in Birmingham who hadn’t yet been to Ikko Japanese Ramen and Sushi until one cold day last week when all of that changed.

One of my fellow Bham Nowers who happens to be a wizard with photography equipment and I headed over there just after the lunch rush to see what caused other coworkers to gush about this place like a first crush.

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Leap into 2020 with a shiny new smile from Vestavia Family Dentistry & Facial Aesthetics

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All smiles at Vestavia Family Dentistry & Facial Aesthetics. Photo submitted

Want to bring in the new year with a fresh smile? From now until December 31, Vestavia Family Dentistry & Facial Aesthetics, is offering special deals on their services. Read on for deals that will make you say “Cheese!”

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5 places to buy fresh flowers in Birmingham, including the NEW Magic City Flower Market

We’re big fans of fresh flowers here at Bham Now! Photo by Meghan Murphy

With the time change, many of us are getting home from work or school after dark. The winter blues are something many can relate to, but did you know it’s actually a real condition?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that generally occurs during the fall and winter months. One way to combat it? Fresh flowers and houseplants! Here are five places to buy in Birmingham.

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What you need to know about Highland Park’s new Community Garden and how to secure a plot

Fall looks good on you, Highland Park Garden. Photo via Taylor Babington for Bham Now 

I’ve been watching the construction of the Highland Park Community Garden for a while now. As a former resident of Birmingham’s Highland Park, I’m pumped to see this community garden open in one of my favorite neighborhoods. 

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Birmingham’s Hattie B’s has the best Mac and Cheese in Alabama, according to Business Insider

Hattie B’s staff at the Birmingham Lakeview District restaurant. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Everybody loves Hattie B’s Nashville-style hot chicken, but don’t forget their legendary Mac and Cheese, says Business Insider, one of the nation’s largest digital business publications.

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Owner of Fig Tree prepares to open new Mountain Brook restaurant this December.

The Mountain Brook restaurant is set to open in December.
Do you see this face? JP ain’t messing around when it comes to his gourmet creations. Photo via Fig Tree’s Facebook.

A new Mountain Brook restaurant is ready to take you into the 2020s by taking you back to the 1920s. JP Holland, owner and executive chef at Fig Tree, plans to open Watkins Branch Bourbon and Brasserie next month.

The speakeasy theme creates the perfect setting to send you into the next decade.

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3 items from Ashley Mac’s Holiday Menu we’re loving including a mouth-watering Boar’s Head Ham—Win one here!

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Don’t go to Thanksgiving dinner empty handed. Let Ashley Mac’s help make your holidays hassle free. Pick up delicious eats ahead of time, and leave the last-minute cooking for the turkeys.

See our top 3 dishes from Ashley Mac’s Holiday Menu to include in your Thanksgiving spread. Also, enter to win a Boar’s Head ham + a dozen sour cream biscuits! YUM.

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Ready to be the best leader you can be? Get tickets now for Momentum Conference 2020, March 11-12 in Birmingham

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Robyn Benincasa knows something about leadership. She's the headlining keynote speaker at Momentum Conference 2020.
I for one can’t wait to hear what Robyn Benincasa, the firefighter second from the left in this picture, has to say about leadership and teamwork in her keynote because she’s kind of amazing. Photo via Robyn Benincasa’s Facebook page

Alabama’s largest leadership conference, Momentum Conference 2020, is coming up March 11-12 at The BJCC, and if you’re a professional, you’ll want to be there.

Registering to attend this conference, which only comes around every two years, is an investment in your career, your network and your life that will pay off in spades. Know you want to seize the moment? Save your spot now.

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Birmingham’s National Veterans Day Parade 2019, the nation’s oldest celebration honoring our heroes (Photos)

National Veterans Day Parade 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

Birmingham proudly held the 72nd Annual National Veterans Day Parade on Monday, November 11th, for second consecutive year alongside Railroad Park.

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5 things you need to know about the IBERIABANK merger, including what it means for Birmingham

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IBERIABANK’s downtown Birmingham ATM. Photo via Sonja Lother

Recently, IBERIABANK and First Horizon National Corporation announced their merger. When completed, we’ll see a new regional presence in the financial services field. Subsequently, rebranding to the First Horizon name will take place for local IBERIABANK locations. As a result, the merged bank will have approximately $75 billion in assets.

I spoke with Alex Morton, IBERIABANK’s executive vice president and Birmingham market president. As a result, here are five things you need to know about the IBERIABANK merger, including what it means for Birmingham.

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