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See how Rotary has made a difference in Alabama this year

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Rotary members planting a garden while filming a PSA about the organization. Photo via The University of Alabama Journalism and Creative Media Department

You’ve heard about their work and seen their projects—but do you really know what Rotary is all about? If you live in the northern half of Alabama, odds are you’ve been impacted by one of Rotary’s many projects. We took a look at their work in 2021 to learn more about the ways Rotary District 6860 impacts lives, both locally and internationally.

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5 30A businesses with Birmingham ties. Check them out now.

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30A businesses with Birmingham ties
Dreaming of this picnic on the beach. Photo via Fresco Picnic Co.

If you are headed to the sunny white sands of Santa Rosa, Florida this summer, we have a few 30A businesses that you’ll want to check out. The best part, they have Birmingham roots, so you’ll find a little piece of home on your beach vacay.

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Shipt teams up to support veterinarians and pet lovers

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Shipt has worked in grocery delivery services for years. They're expanding into vet prescriptions and supplies with their new partnership. Photo courtesy of Shipt.
Shipt has worked in grocery delivery services for years. They’re expanding into vet prescriptions and supplies with their new partnership. Photo courtesy of Shipt.

Shipt has done it again. A hallmark of their innovative business model is their creative partnerships, and their newest collaboration is sure to be a hit with pet lovers. They’re partnering with VitusVet to provide same-day delivery of veterinary prescriptions.  Keep reading to learn more about their new service, VetShipRx. 

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See how recycling 15.5M + oyster shells helps restore Alabama’s shores

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(ALL RIGHTS) January 23, 2011. Volunteers worked alongside Conservancy scientists and partners to construct the first quarter-mile of oyster reef. Photo credit: © 2011 Erika Nortemann/TNC

Can Alabama restore and improve the health of its shores, marshes and seafood industry one oyster shell at a time? Many coastal advocates think so. Here’s how.

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3 DIY dishes bringing international flavors + a dessert with an unexpected ingredient

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Transport your taste buds right in your own kitchen. Photo via Unsplash

After a year of takeout and curbside pickups, we’ve got a major craving for our next adventure. Luckily, we don’t have to travel beyond our kitchen to get a taste of some of our favorite international flavors. Whether you’re only comfortable with microwave meals or a self-proclaimed chef, save these four recipes for the next time you need some meal inspiration.

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Smash hit Million Dollar Quartet features music you love at the Virginia Samford Theatre, June 10-27

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Jared Freiburg playing the piano.
Can you tell Jared Freiburg has been playing piano since he was five? Jam out with him and other iconic musicians as he portrays Jerry Lee Lewis. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

What do you get when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins walk into a recording studio? One iconic night, the ultimate jam session and music that stands the test of time. Rock out to the tune of a true story when you purchase tickets for Million Dollar Quartet at the Virginia Samford Theatre (VST) June 10-27.

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7 reasons you don’t want to miss TheMGB Juneteenth Fest at Legion Field

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The Modern Green Book Founder & CEO, Theo Edwards-Butler. Photo via The Modern Green Book

Celebrate Saturday, June 19 with a full day of family-friendly entertainment, culture, community and Black excellence during The Modern Green Book’s 1st Annual Juneteenth Fest at Legion Field from Noon-10PM. From food trucks and local vendors to a Hip Hop Showcase and live performances from local artists, here’s what makes this event next level. Tickets available now.

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5 reasons you need to go to the Funky Food Truck Festival June 12, 1-5PM at Cahaba Brewing

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Chris Papp, Birmingham Cousins Maine Lobster franchise owner. Photo Cousins Maine Lobster

After a year of “what the heck?” AIDS Alabama’s 5th annual Funky Food Truck Festival is back and better than ever. Head to Cahaba Brewing this Saturday, June 12 from 1–5PM for food trucks like Cousins Maine Lobster, vendors and more. Keep reading to find out all the details.

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Regions Bank set to acquire EnerBank USA in $960M deal

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Regions Bank’s headquarters in downtown Birmingham. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

On June 8th, Birmingham’s own Regions Bank announced its plans to acquire the Salt Lake City-based EnerBank USA for a whopping $960 million (with a “M”). This is definitely a “big” deal, Birmingham! Read on for all the details.

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7 local authors to keep on your radar + how to get involved in Birmingham’s book scene

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Local bookstores like Thank You Books are a great place to find new favorites. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

My summer plans always include reading new books—ideally while sipping an iced coffee and enjoying the warm weather. Here are seven Birmingham authors whose book you’ll want to add to your reading list. Plus, check out how you can get involved in the city’s book scene.

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5 popsicles you need to try this summer in Birmingham

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Beat the heat with fresh fruit popsicles in Birmingham. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Just last week there was a hot Twitter debate about the best ice cream truck orders, and chief among them was the mighty popsicle. If you’re in the group who favors them, you’re in luck because Birmingham has several gourmet popsicle spots for you to try this summer.

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Celebrate Father’s Day with 7 local gift ideas + 1 giveaway

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1 giveaway coming your way. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

We love finding reasons to celebrate our fathers and father figures in our life. Luckily, Bham Now has your Father’s Day covered with seven locally-made gift ideas ranging from fun family experiences to gift cards that show team spirit. Pick up a Father’s Day card and check out one of these gift ideas for the best dad ever.

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Check out downtown Bham’s new farm + market—opening June 18 [PHOTOS]

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Yellow Hammer Farms
Bailey Burgess, Meredith Bauer and Frank Fitts. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

On June 18, Yellow Hammer Farms, a whole new kind of urban farm opens its doors in downtown Birmingham, and it’s not like anything you’ve ever seen before. Keep reading for all the details.

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