9 safe ways to enjoy the heck out of this Thanksgiving weekend

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There should be plenty of time to get outside over Thanksgiving weekend. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Hard to believe Thanksgiving is here, but chalk it up to the general weirdness that is 2020. Turkey Day traditions may be a little (or a lot) different this year, but there’s no reason you can’t still have a good time. We pulled together 9 safe ways you can enjoy the long Thanksgiving weekend in Birmingham.

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2 promising developments coming to Birmingham’s Parkside

Foundry Yards, a new luxury apartment complex + office space coming to Parkside. Graphic via Shannon Waltcheck

Birmingham’s Parkside District is all abuzz. First, the pivotal Parkside Master Plan; then the Black Lives Matter Mural; and now, two new promising developments. One local developer is adding office space to their ongoing Foundry Yards apartment complex, while another is planning a new restaurant + event space with a focus on live music. It’s an exciting time to be in Parkside!

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Breaking: “Black Lives Matter” street mural coming to 1st Avenue South by Railroad Park

Soon, a massive Black Lives Matter mural will adorn the streets of Birmingham. Photo via Khalid Naji-Allah/Executive Office of the Mayor via AP

Inspired by the work of artists in Washington, D.C., the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Birmingham Cara McClure and local artists are planning a massive “Black Lives Matter” street mural to go beside Railroad Park on 1st Avenue South between 16th and 17th Streets. And what’s more, McClure and the artists aim to complete the mural by this Saturday. Here is what we know so far.

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11 ways to enjoy a beautiful day at Railroad Park

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Railroad Park is the perfect place to spend a beautiful day. Photo via Railroad Park’s Facebook page

You’ve got a day to spend in Birmingham and Railroad Park is at the top of your list of places to go and things to see. We know you want to capture those great mems for the ‘gram and sample some of Birmingham’s best offerings.  Keep reading to find our top picks for 11 ways to enjoy a beautiful day at Railroad Park. 

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Look at Birmingham’s urban wildlife with Michelle Reynolds (PHOTOS + art)

Michelle Reynolds outside. Photo via Bob Farley
Michelle Reynolds where she’s happiest. Photo via Bob Farley

If you love the natural world and its creatures, you need to know Michelle Reynolds. Among other things, she’s a regular explorer of Birmingham’s urban wildlife, often posting gorgeous photos of her surprising discoveries so the rest of us can armchair travel with her. Keep reading to find out what I learned during our Q+A.

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Love nature? Learn how to support 5 of Birmingham’s beautiful parks!

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View from Hawk’s View Overlook at Ruffner Mountain. Photo via Ruffner Mountain on Facebook

The Magic City has no shortage of beautiful views—but one of the most unique perspectives are at our local parks. Check out these ways to support our beautiful nature preserves!

If you can’t make it out to one of Alabama’s parks right now, many of them are going virtual—learn more!

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Look for new life at the old Hardwick building at the end of the Rotary Trail in Birmingham (PHOTOS)

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The Hardwick, as seen from The Rotary Trail. Photo supplied

One of the beautiful things about Birmingham is the way that historic buildings have been given new life to carry them well into the future. Bayer Properties, the company that brought us The Pizitz and The Summit, is planning to turn The Hardwick into a mixed-use community hub with offices and restaurants. 

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Bham COVID-19 Update: City passes economic stimulus plan, Bham Strong, BBA resources + more

United Way of Central Alabama’s Drew Langloh speaking at COVID – 19 news conference on March 13, 2020, discussing the Meals on Wheels program. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

In response to the nationwide coronavirus crisis that has swept Birmingham and the nation, Bham Now is working to help all of us get through this together.

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CANCELLED: Get healthy with free exercise classes returning to Railroad Park!

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Looking ahead to warm, sunny days in Railroad Park. Photo courtesy of Railroad Park

CANCELLED FOR NOW. Spring is almost here, which means it’s time for one of our favorite activities downtown—free exercise classes at Railroad Park! Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Get Healthy on the Railroad classes from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

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3 new partners announced for The World Games 2021 Birmingham

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New partners announced for The World Games 2021. Photo via The World Games 2021 Birmingham.

What do a local African-American, woman-owned media firm, health-conscious consulting company and healthcare real estate investment trust all have in common? They’re three new partners ready to bring magical, hands-on experiences to The World Games 2021 Birmingham.

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Your guide to a not-so-typical Valentine’s Day in Birmingham

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A speed dating game show on Valentine’s Day? I’m down! Photo via Max Rykov & Associates

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Do you know what that means? Shelves full of discounted chocolate come Feb. 15! Well, that and out-of-the-box local events that’ll make you reconsider those dinner reservations. Whether you’re single and ready to mingle or happily partnered, here are 8 unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Birmingham.

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Perfect holiday movies + food pairings. And, WIN tix to the Brrrmingham ice rink!

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Christmas movies, cozy candles and convenient takeout. The best way to spend cold winter night. Photo via Unsplash

Spaghetti and syrup, anyone? Here’s your guide to 5 iconic holiday movies—when/where to watch them in Birmingham and the best food to order from Waitr inspired by each movie. Don’t forget to use code BHAMNOW for FREE delivery.

Not in the mood to be a couch potato? Keep reading to find out how to win tickets to Brrrmingham, the ice rink set up in Railroad Park!

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10 Ways to Kick the Holiday Stress in Birmingham

Even with a year to prepare, Santa can get stressed too. Photo via New York Post

The holidays are a time to relax, catch up with friends and enjoy the company of family. However, for many of us, this isn’t always the case. The holidays can easily turn into a marathon of cooking, decorating, shopping and giving—but not this year. Here are 10 ways to kick the holiday stress in Birmingham!

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