Without your help, they’re history—help meet Birmingham theatres’ goal of $500,000

We can’t wait to be back here again, but until times are safe again, it’s up to us to help save Birmingham’s theatres. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

We consume art every day, but yet it’s often what suffers most when times falter. Don’t let this be the last curtain call for the Alabama and Lyric Theatres—donate today so we can have encores for decades to come.

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Alabama State Parks are going virtual—why it’s awesome

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My face when I see people not social distancing. Photo via Alabama State Park Division’s Facebook.

Just about the only thing, we CAN do right now is go outside—at least it’s spring. However, not everyone is able to travel to Birmingham’s beautiful state parks in response to COVID-19 precautions. Luckily, they’ve worked hard to bring the park to you with virtual resources like park tours, online animal encounters and more.

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CEO of Instagift, Nate Schmidt, leads Birmingham Techstar program

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See that space behind Nate? It’s where he’ll be leading his Techstars team this spring. Photo via Bham Now.

Birmingham, are you ready to lead the way in technology innovation? Your startup could benefit big time from the Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator and there’s no one better to lead the way. Applications are open now until April 5.

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3 Ways to Survive Mercury Retrograde in Birmingham

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Cosmic warriors, brace yourselves. Mercury retrograde is upon us. Photo by Chaise Sanders for BhamNow.

If you’re into astrology as much as me, you’ve probably dreaded the first Mercury retrograde of the decade. Cosmic warriors, hold on tight because we’re in this together! Here’s your local survival kit to surviving the celestial occurrence in Birmingham.

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The countdown to the World Games 2021 begins

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City of Birmingham leaders met with the President and CEO of the International World Games Association at Legion Field. Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now.

Come July 2021, all eyes will be on Birmingham for the World Games 2021. 3,600 of the world’s best athletes from 110 countries are coming right here to the Magic City. The city’s gearing up for this pivotal event and the countdown has begun!

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5 Alabama fashion designers’ clothes you can find in Birmingham.

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Did you know Zkano Socks makes all of its products in Alabama? Photo via Zkano Socks’ Facebook.

Alabama isn’t known as the fashion capital of the world—at least, not yet. So many of your favorite brands made right here in Alabama, and many are designed or constructed in Birmingham.

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3 reasons your organization should raise money with the Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend in 2020

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Are those runners or ants? It’s hard to tell from this high up… Photo provided by Endurance Imaging.

‘Tis the season of giving, so why not raise money for your favorite charity or nonprofit organization? On Feb 14-16, 2020, the 19th annual Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend will commence. The weekend of running events gives the Birmingham community the chance to come together and raise money for a charity of their choosing. 

So, lace up your running shoes and keep on reading for everything you need to know about getting your organization involved in the Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend. 

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Pratt City has a new park! 3 reasons why this is a win for the Birmingham community

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One Pratt Park is the newest addition to a community set on growing and moving forward. Photo by Lauren Moore for Bham Now.

If you lived in the Birmingham area during 2011 like me, then you probably remember the tornadoes that destroyed much of Alabama that spring. To this day, many affected areas are still getting back on their feet, one of these being Pratt City.  

Now, after eight years of construction, a new park in Pratt City just recently opened, titled One Pratt Park. Want to learn more about this new outdoor space? Here are three reasons to get excited about Pratt City’s new park.

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3 new eateries are coming soon to The Pizitz Food Hall and we can’t wait!

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A colorful plate from Ashley Mac’s = the perfect dinner. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Three new eateries are coming to The Pizitz, and we can’t wait! With fourteen food stalls and options like Pho Pho Vietnamese, Eli’s Jerusalem Grill and The Standard, it’s hard to choose what to chow down on at The Pizitz Food Hall. Soon, it’ll become even more difficult thanks to these additions: Winner Winner, Unos Tacos and Ashley Mac’s.

Here’s everything you need to know about The Pizitz Food Hall’s newest restaurants. 

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6 indoor activities to get you moving in Birmingham

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Forma Arts + Wellness offers tons of fun ways to break a sweat. Photo from Forma Arts + Wellness Facebook page.

As the weather in Birmingham is finally cooling off, it’s time to say goodbye for now to many outdoor activities that we all love, like swimming at Oak Mountain. Because of this, it can be hard to find ways to stay active during the colder months, especially ways that make it fun. 

Thankfully, there are plenty of indoor activities located around Birmingham that will get you up, on your feet and having a blast. Here are six locations with great indoor activities for this fall and winter season.

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Check out Birmingham’s own “Shark Tank” competition, The Big Pitch, Nov. 23 at Upswing

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The Big Pitch 2018 Winners. Via- RevBham.

REV Birmingham’s demonstration project, Upswing, continues to breathe life into Downtown Birmingham. If you haven’t stopped by, what are you waiting for?! The shops are open and events are scheduled throughout the year! On November 23 from 1PM-4PM Upswing is hosting REV Birmingham‘s biggest entrepreneur-focused event, The Big Pitch. For all you Shark Tank lovers, tickets are now available and this is an event you don’t want to miss!

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Countdown to Cook Out: 5 reasons to get excited about Birmingham’s latest eatery

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The Cook Out family is finally coming to Birmingham. Photo from Cook Out Facebook page.

Do you ever feel like you’ve tried every good burger and BBQ place in town? Though places like Sam’s Super Samwiches and Dreamland BBQ will always have a special place in my heart, I’m excited that there’s a new favorite coming to Birmingham.

Originating in 1989 in Greensboro, NC, Cook Out has made a name for itself by having great, affordable food, with the motto “always fresh, never frozen.” Now, Birmingham will soon have its own Cook Out. Here are five reasons why you should get excited about the opening.

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5 best places to play retro and modern arcade games in Birmingham

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Paramount in downtown Birmingham has food, drinks and games… What more could you want? Photo from Paramount Bham Facebook page

With flashing lights, tickets streaming and people cheering, there’s nothing quite like that classic feel of an arcade. Even though I grew up in the internet age of the ’90s and 2000s, my Dad made sure that I was educated in the arcade classics. On trips out of town, we’d always try and find someplace to play Pac-Man or battle it out in skeeball. 

Need something to do while you’re waiting for the game to start this weekend, or something to burn off your buzz after? Whether you want nostalgic games or to try something new, here are five great Birmingham places to get your arcade fix.

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Career pivot: Unlikely apprentice gets into clean water business with new paid Jefferson County program

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Meet Brenda White, former retail worker and current apprentice at Jefferson County’s Environmental Services Department. Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now
Meet Brenda White, former retail worker and current apprentice at Jefferson County’s Environmental Services Department. Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now

The Jefferson County Environmental Services Department is in major need of new people to run the county’s nine water reclamation facilities—a.k.a. the place your dirty household water comes in and clean water goes out. Find out how an apprenticeship program is preparing people like 43-year-old single mom Brenda White for a future in the county department.

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Birmingham Rose Show

The Birmingham Rose Society invites you to come see, smell, photograph and enjoy roses Mother’s day weekend at the beautiful Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 

 

It’s one of the largest exhibitions of roses in the southeast with hundreds of roses on display. All roses at the show have been grown in exhibitors gardens and serve as a showcase of what can be grown in this area.

 

The judging is Saturday morning, but the festivities are all weekend! There are all sorts of categories ranging from “novice” to “experienced exhibitor” and also “artistic arrangements” and, a photography division. 

 

While you’re here, be sure to stroll through the stunning Dunn Formal Rose Garden and see hundreds of magnificent roses in bloom. 

 

Exhibitor and Show Schedule

 

Saturday

6 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Entries Received

 

10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Judging of the entries

 

3 p.m. – Growing Roses in Alabama- 

FREE educational seminar

 

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Rose Show open to the public 

 

Sunday

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Rose Show open to the public

 

Interested in exhibiting your roses, arrangements or photographs at the show? Check out http://www.BirminghamRose.org/ for full details. 

 

See you at the show!