It is a lifeline—United Way Community Crisis Fund has distributed $538,817 to 104 nonprofits

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Community Kitchens at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

It has been a lifeline. 

That is the consensus from groups we talked to who had been awarded COVID-19 relief grants from the United Way of Central Alabama Community Crisis Fund.

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Upcoming Kelly Hotel in historic Birmingham building set to open Spring 2021

The upcoming Kelly Hotel under construction on 1st Avenue South. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

A 92-year-old tower in downtown Birmingham is getting a new lease on life. The Protective Life Building is being renovated as the Kelly Hotel, a 96-room luxury hotel with a beautiful atmosphere reminiscent of the building’s history. Learn more.

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These Birmingham nonprofits are advocating for children. Join them today

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Advocating for the most vulnerable among us—is there any mission more important than that? Check out these 7 local organizations that are protecting and encouraging children and families right here in Birmingham. You can support their work today!

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Love the U.S. Space & Rocket Center? #SaveSpaceCamp now

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Sunset over an old Space Shuttle in Huntsville. Photo via the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Facebook page

Never in a million years would I have imagined the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville and its beloved Space Camp programs could be a casualty of COVID-19. But unless they raise $1.5 million dollars, both will have to close permanently in October. We reached out to people here in Birmingham to find out how Space Camp shaped them and why we all need to do our part to save the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, an irreplaceable national treasure. #SaveSpaceCamp now.

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7 takeaways from 1,671 responses to Bham Now’s July 2020 survey

This article is basically a humble brag on Birmingham. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

The survey results are in. Bham Now asked y’all for your feedback and we’re ecstatic to see what 1,671 of you had to say. Here’s what we learned.

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What we did: In June, we asked for your help to help us keep things fresh, hip and upbeat here at Bham Now. In less than the time it takes to scroll through your Instagram feed, 1,671 of you gave us feedback.

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Here comes the (business) boom—tech events, jobs + more in Birmingham

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Stormy days or blue skies, Birmingham always looks great. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

We’ve loaded up this content akin to a Super Shaggy Sandwich with business events, resources and juicy deets on what’s buzzy in the Birmingham business world. Let’s dive-in, shall we?

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Itty Bitty Magic City reopens August 5. 5 things you need to know.

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Itty Bitty Magic City is ready for your return on Aug. 5, 2020. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Get ready to jump and squeal. Itty Bitty Magic City at McWane Science Center reopens on Wednesday, August 5. Here’s what to expect including new safety protocols. Purchase tickets.

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Will college football happen this year? Here’s the latest

Plans may not be set in stone yet, but we can be sure fall 2020 won’t look like this. Photo via University of Alabama Athletics on Facebook

Like many Birmingham residents, the end of summer signals one thing for me: college football is almost back. 2020 has brought uncertainty in every aspect, and even football isn’t immune. We rounded up the latest info on what conferences and teams are planning for as of now. Check it out!

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It’s a hot time to sell in Birmingham’s housing market. Here’s why.

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Did you know Birmingham’s housing market is super hot right now? Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Whether you’ve been paying attention to the housing market or not, you may have heard someone say that Birmingham is a seller’s market right now. But what is a seller’s market, and how does that affect buyers and sellers in Birmingham? I spoke with two agents at LAH Real Estate to learn more.

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Birmingham’s 4th annual Taco Fest Taco Trail kicking off in September

When you have food FOMO so you order the whole University Tacos menu. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

The 4th annual Birmingham Taco Fest looks a little different this year. Instead of an in-person event, you can celebrate by participating in the Taco Fest Taco Trail, a month-long event featuring an interactive taco map highlighting and leading you to the best tacos in Birmingham. Get the deets—and the obligatory taco puns—here. 

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ABC board votes to restrict alcohol sales in Alabama at 11PM each night

For the next 120 days, Alabama bars, restaurants, clubs and more will have to cease alcohol sales at 11PM. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

In an effort to fight the spread of COVID-19, the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted to suspend on-site sale of alcohol at bars, restaurants and clubs starting at 11PM each night. Learn more.

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See who’s hiring for remote work in Birmingham.

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Do you live remote work life?Photo by Annie Spratt via Unsplash

While many are itching to get back to work in office, others are seeing the benefits of working remotely from home. If you’re seeking a job that allows you to work remotely, you’re in luck. Here are some Birmingham companies hiring remote employees now.

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Federal Save Our Stages Act could help preserve Birmingham’s small music venues

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I miss concerts in Birmingham’s amazing venues. Photo via Iron City on Facebook

Live music venues—especially small, independent ones—are some of the hardest hit businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new bill in Congress could help establish a $10 billion Small Business Administration grant to aid our small music venues.

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UAB leads ambitious COVID-19 testing program of Alabama college students with help from Bruno Event Team

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COVID testing. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

If you were going to organize and conduct 200,000 COVID-19 tests on incoming and returning Alabama college students before they start classes in August – who are two of the state’s best institutions to do such a job? 

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