What did Alabama’s landscapes look like in 1819? Hint: think Kansas with prairies and bamboo.

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Painting by contemporary artist Philip Juras of  William Bartram’s 1775 description of Alabama’s Black Belt Prairie near Montgomery. www.philipjuras.com

I’ve got a confession to make.

As a native Alabamian, who has worked in conservation for more than three decades, I never knew there were millions of acres of grasslands and prairies in Alabama two centuries ago.

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A sneak peek inside Birmingham’s cultural jewel – Prince Hall Masonic Temple. Photos!

Mr. Dennis Simmons, Endowment Secretary for the Prince Hall Grand Lodge. Photo by Nathan Watson for Bham Now.

Have you heard of the Prince Hall Masonic Temple? Once the cornerstone of Birmingham’s black community, the Masonic Temple Building has since fallen into a state of disrepair. However, the Prince Hall Masons are determined to restore this historic building to its full potential. Hang with me to follow my tour through this cultural jewel of Birmingham’s history.

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Down the drain and out of sight! Where does your wastewater go in Jefferson Co?

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Local school groups regularly tour the Jefferson County water reclamation facilities to learn all about how their water is treated and where it comes from! Photo via Jefferson County

How many times a day do you run a faucet, take a shower or flush a toilet? As the wastewater spins down the drain and heads into oblivion—where does it actually go? Here’s an inside look at what goes on beyond the flush right here in Jefferson County.

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Big Sky Bread Company is back in Birmingham, and we know where to find them

Granola, bread, cookies and more at Big Sky Bread Company.
Granola, bread, cookies and more. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

You know how it feels when you bump into someone you used to be best friends with after you haven’t seen each other for ages? That’s how I felt when I stumbled across a hidden lair of Big Sky Bread Company products recently.

Read on for where I found them, and where else in town you can find their tasty treats.

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7 things to know before your first workout at Battle Republic from two Bham Nowers

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Gabi Hembree (left) and yours truly (right) of Bham Now. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

As I type this, I am full-body sore. That’s because I went to Battle Republic, Birmingham’s boxing-inspired gym, for the first time last night with my fellow Bham Nower, Gabi. If you’re looking to sweat A LOT, have fun and get a workout that will kick your butt, look no further. We have some helpful tips to know before you go!

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5 condos hot on the market in downtown Birmingham. Swoon! 

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Condo in John Hand, Birmingham, AL. Photo via H2 Real Estate

Do you dream of living in one of downtown Birmingham’s amazing condos? The time is now, because H2 Real Estate has five that are fresh on the market in the John Hand, City Federal, Burger-Phillips and 2600 Highland buildings. Read on for a peek inside these incredible spaces.

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Birmingham’s Hamburger Heaven named best place to get a milkshake in Alabama by USA Today

Hamburger Heaven named best place to get a shake in Alabama by USA Today. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

This week, a popular locally owned Birmingham restaurant made a USA Today “best in Alabama” list.

One of our community’s all-time favorites, Hamburger Heaven, was named “best place to get a milkshake in Alabama.

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Road trip alert! The Natural Bridge of Alabama in Winston County – just 75 minutes from Birmingham

A man and woman looking at The Natural Bridge of Alabama in Winston County
The Natural Bridge of Alabama. Photo via NorthAlabama.Org

Alabama is home to some amazing natural wonders and scenic viewpoints, just a short distance away from Birmingham. Whether you’ve lived here your entire life or you’ve just moved to the area; we love sharing fun short road trip ideas that inspire y’all to explore. Find out more about visiting the Natural Bridge of Alabama in Winston County – the longest natural bridge in the USA east of the Rockies.

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Comedy troupe featured on HBO, Asperger’s Are Us, coming to Birmingham August 23

Asperger’s Are Us. Photo via Asperger’s Are Us on Facebook

Asperger’s Are Us, a sketch comedy troupe, is coming to Birmingham Friday, August 23. They’ll be bringing the laughs to the Birmingham Improv Theater, with proceeds benefiting Children’s of Alabama! Learn more about the show below and get tickets here

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Buying goods online? 11 Internet purchase meetup spots in Birmingham

Birmingham Police Headquarters on 1st Ave. N. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Online marketplaces such as eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and others have exploded in popularity. However, traveling to a stranger’s house to pick up an item can make you think twice. Luckily for Birmingham—there’s another option. Meetup spots for Internet purchase exchanges! Read on for the details.

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Job hunting? Here are 35 companies hiring in Birmingham including RedWave Technology Group and Next Level Graphics

Downtown Birmingham, AL. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

It’s time to find out who’s hiring in Birmingham. We have 35 great career opportunities this week, so be sure to click that apply button and land that new job!

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There’s more to pie than pizza and apple. 5 meat pies to try in Birmingham now

Chicken Pot at Homewood Gourmet
The ‘Monday’ Chicken Pot Pie at Homewood Gourmet. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Meat pies have been around since long before sweet pies and pizza pies dominated menus throughout the US.  Moving to Birmingham, AL from Wales, I’ve had my eyes open for these savory treats that are still hugely popular in the UK.  To give you some tidbits on this scrumptious comfort food, I’ve put together this quick guide to some of my favorites meat pies in Birmingham – but first, a brief history of meat pies!

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Activist, Author, Director, Rocket Scientist—Meet the 2019 Alabama Humanities Fellows

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2019 Alabama Humanities Fellow Fred Gray with Martin Luther King Jr. Photo via Gray’s book, “Bus Ride to Justice”

A nationally recognized civil rights activist. A deputy director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A Pulitzer Prize winner. A NASA engineer. This year’s Alabama Humanities Fellows are an impressive group, to say the least—and you have the opportunity to hear them speak right here in Birmingham, AL.

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