Vestavia Hills music teacher Deanna Bell is semi-finalist for 2019 Grammy Music Educator Award

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Vestavia Hills Music teacher Deanna Bell has been named a semi-finalist for the 2019 Music Educator Award by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum. Photo courtesy of Vestavia Hills City Schools

Earlier this month, Vestavia Hills Elementary East music teacher, Deanna Bell, was chosen from more than 2,800 initial nominations throughout the nation, as a semifinalists for the 2019 Music Educator Award by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum.

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6 Airbnbs with excellent reviews that are worth a stay in Birmingham

Relaxing at one of Birmingham’s top Airbnbs, The Urban Fun House. Photo via Airbnb.com.

Birmingham is a great city with tons of hotels. But let’s be honest–they can be a bit boring. Why not mix it up and stay at one of Birmingham’s best Airbnbs? Check out these six must-book Airbnbs in town.

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10 open houses happening in Birmingham this weekend, including a historic home in Highland Park

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Patience Itson and Todd Itson purchase their first home in Birmingham. Photo via Patience Itson.

Looking to buy a home? Or just want to check out some of the hottest homes on the market? Then attend these 10 open houses happening this weekend in Birmingham.

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6 things to know about Vestavia Hills redevelopment of Highway 31, including the revitalization of Wald Park

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In 2012, the city of Vestavia Hills put forth a bold vision for its redevelopment of Highway 31. The plan envisioned the addition of a pedestrian-friendly boulevard, a greenway along Patton Creek and the transformation of the interchange at Interstate 65 to serve as a gateway to the city. That was six years ago. Where do we stand today?

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Dabo Swinney and Jake Pratt – two class acts (must watch videos)

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Screenshot of Dabo Swinney meeting Vestavia’s Jake Pratt

Two class acts met on Saturday evening before the matchup between college football’s defending  National Champion Clemson and Auburn University:

Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney and senior Vestavia Hills High School football player Jake Pratt.

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Birmingham Hammers “Alabama’s Soccer Team” Home Opener this Saturday (video & photos)

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Birmingham Hammers home opener May 13th – via Birmingham Hammers LLC

The Birmingham Hammers will be opening their 2nd season in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) on Saturday, May 13th at the Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex in Vestavia Hills.

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Birmingham Metro “City Hall” Christmas trees and lights (slideshow)

Birmingham's Christmas Tree at Linn Park
Birmingham’s Christmas Tree at Linn Park

Earlier this week, we at Bham Now had the idea to take photos of the Christmas tree in downtown Birmingham.  After we took pictures of the 2-3 story tree, we were pleasantly surprised to see City Hall lit up in “Christmas green.”

This gave us an idea.  Wouldn’t it be nice to take pictures of Christmas trees in front of city halls, civic centers and at parks around the Birmingham metro area?

Below is a slideshow of pictures we took this week of Christmas trees in Birmingham, Trussville, Gardendale, Homewood, Vestavia, Fultondale and Hoover.

We know there are many more places.  Please feel free to email us this week, pictures of Christmas trees and lights around city hall. civic centers and parks in your community at hello@bhamnow.com . We’ll do a “City Hall” Christmas Trees and Lights II slideshow later this week if we get additional photos from you.

Meanwhile, sit back and enjoy the slideshow:

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