Railroad Park is celebrating 10 years as “Birmingham’s Living Room”

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See how Railroad Park has changed. Photo via Bham Now

Grab your party hats because this year Railroad Park turns 10, and Birmingham is celebrating. Keep reading to learn more about the history of Downtown Birmingham’s largest greenspace and plans for its future.

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[PHOTOS] Flower power: 7 shops to get your next orchids

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bloom & petal. Photo via Bham Now.

For plant people, orchids are notorious for being difficult. Like a moody teenager, orchids need a lot of time, care and love from those around them. So if you’re looking to get started with one of these beautiful and delicate flowers, we’ve got seven shops where you can find them in Birmingham.

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Birmingham’s new dating app will set you up with your next first date

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Find your next date with Set Me Up. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Finding your next date is hard enough, and current dating apps with their constant stream of pointless conversations don’t make it any easier. Now, the Birmingham-based app Set Me Up is changing the dating game and making first dates fun.

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7 ways to enjoy Virtual Vacation Day in Birmingham

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Learn more about the history and culture of Birmingham with these virtual vacation ideas. Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum’s Facebook

A year into the pandemic, and I think we’re all looking forward to taking an in-person vacation. While the vaccine efforts are ramping up, it’s still safest to keep your vacay virtual. Keep reading to see seven ways to enjoy a Birmingham virtual vacation.

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Behind the scenes of the Children’s of Alabama art collection

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A hospital curated like an art gallery. Photo via Children’s of Alabama

Hospitals are a scary place for everyone—especially children. The art at The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children serves a special purpose to help patients and their families feel more at ease. Keep reading to learn more about the hospital’s artwork and just a few of the touching stories behind it.

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Get the latest on Birmingham’s upcoming Urban Supply development

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The future of Parkside in downtown Birmingham. Rendering via Urban Supply

Urban Supply is changing the face of Parkside in Birmingham, bringing 100,000 square feet of retail, office and fitness spaces as well as restaurants and bars to the area. See what’s there, what’s happening and what’s coming to the coming-soon development that just broke ground.

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Community and career building: see how people at Amazon’s BHM1 make a difference

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BHM1 employee Dawn Hoag volunteers with the Boy Scouts. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

One of the most satisfying things in life is helping others, and Dawn Hoag and Rob Street know all about that. They work at Amazon’s BHM1 facility in Bessemer and spend time off the clock engaged in community service. Keep reading to see how these two make a positive impact in the Birmingham area.

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15 books for Black History Month recommended by Birmingham bookstores

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Just one of the many excellent titles by Black authors available at Birmingham bookstores. Photo via The Little Professor

Black History Month is a great time to beef up your bookshelf with books by Black authors. Keep reading to see what Birmingham bookstores recommend you add to your reading list for Black History Month and beyond.

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9 Birmingham running trails to put a little spring in your step

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This grey weather has me dreaming of running trails and days that look like a Billy Collins poem. Photo by Claire Hancock for Bham Now

While we stay inside and watch the snow tumble down today, I doubt I’m the only one dreaming of running through the woods on a sunny spring day. So to warm up (if only in my head), here are nine of Birmingham’s best running trails for spring.

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How to celebrate Black History Month in Birmingham + surrounding cities

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Students from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s (BCRI) Legacy Youth Leadership Program at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Photo courtesy of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Every February we celebrate Black History Month—a time to reflect, celebrate and honor the achievements of African Americans. What was originally “Negro History Week,” turned into a month-long celebration of Black history because DUH! Black is beautiful, courageous, inspiring and so many other adjectives that I don’t have room to list. Before I start bragging about my heritage, here’s how you can observe the month in Birmingham and around Alabama.

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Alabama ranked no. 8 most moved-to state in 2020—here’s what the local experts have to say.

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United Van Lines’ recent study ranks Alabama as the No. 8th most moved-to state in 2020. Photo via United Van Lines on Facebook

According to a recent study by United Van Lines, more people moved to Alabama in 2020 than left the state. We wanted to know what that meant for Alabama, and for places like Birmingham—so we spoke to several local experts to learn more.

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

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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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