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A taste of the Big Easy is coming to The Pizitz Food Hall + help paint Bham’s newest mural

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Welcome NOLA to BHM. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Things are heating up at The Pizitz Food Hall. Just when you thought your taste buds were satisfied with the array of cuisines located in Downtown Birmingham, the food hall is getting ready to welcome a taste of the Big Easy. Let’s take a look at what’s new at The Pizitz Food Hall.

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[PHOTOS] Birmingham-Southern’s EcoScapes teach and transform communities. Here’s how

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Birmingham-Southern’s EcoScapes are stunning. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

This year, the Birmingham Southern College‘s EcoScape program, managed by the Southern Environmental Center, celebrates its 25th year of beautifying neighborhoods and teaching students. Learn more about one of our community’s most successful nature education programs that has impacted families and children for over a generation.

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Support survivors of domestic violence + make Birmingham brighter

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Lindsey Tanner wanted the Torchbearer model to engage the whole community. Photo taken pre-COVID via JLB’s Facebook

Over six years ago, the Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) began making plans to celebrate 100 years of service to the Magic City. They wanted to leave a permanent impact and partner with an organization that’s leaving a similar legacy of light and hope: One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center. If you aren’t familiar with One Place and the JLB’s Community of Lights campaign, you need to be. Keep reading to see why this campaign is so important + see how you can get involved.

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Forbes lists UAB 4th as one of America’s best employers for diversity

Forbes listed UAB as number four on the 2021 list for America’s best employers for diversity. Photo via Jacob Blakenship for Bham Now

Forbes considered thousands of companies in the US when creating its 2021 list for America’s best employers for diversity. After surveying 50,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees, the University of Alabama at Birmingham ranked number four in the country.

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Bham pardons 15,000+ people for single marijuana possession convictions

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Mayor Woodfin introduces the Pardons for Progress initative in November 2019. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin released a statement announcing a blanket pardon for individuals with closed single marijuana possession convictions in the city of Birmingham between 1990 and 2020. This action will pardon more than 15,000 people simultaneously.

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3 tips to refresh your home for spring from La-Z-Boy designers

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All this time at home means it’s time for a refresh. Photo via Matthew Nibblett for Bham Now

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Birmingham has been reinventing home interiors all over the Magic City. To help us spruce up our own spaces this spring, we stopped by La-Z-Boy’s Greystone location to find new inspiration. Read on for three spring decorating tips we learned.

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No other school in the US is like Magic City Acceptance Academy: apply for 6-12 grades now

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Future Magic City Acceptance Academy students and founding principal Mike Wilson at Homewood Park. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Imagine a school for middle and high schoolers where everyone belongs. Now imagine top-notch educators, and an affirming, welcoming, learning and creativity-focused culture. This is just a part of the big, bold vision West Homewood-based Magic City Acceptance Academy has for its future.

We talked with Chief Academic Officer Charity Jackson to find out about MCAA’s plans. Keep reading for all the details, including how to apply.

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“Cathedral in the woods.” A special preview of Turkey Creek’s new teaching pavilion

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Meet Charles Yeager, the Turkey Creek Preserve Manager. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is home to the rarest fish in the world and one of the most popular nature preserves in the state of Alabama. Now, they’re taking a giant leap forward to becoming self-sustaining thanks to a new teaching pavilion. We got a special preview last week—take a look.

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Stilettos, a fab 90s shirt + more: what we found in our Birmingham-area closets

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Well, he does match the color scheme. Photo via Closets by Design of Central Alabama’s Facebook

Are you thinking about spring cleaning as much as we are these days? We looked inside some Birmingham-area closets to see what treasures we might find. What we discovered made us want to reach out to the designers at Closets by Design of Central Alabama for a better way to store our heirlooms. Keep reading for all the details.

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Big tech news, hundreds of open jobs + everything else you need to know this week in Birmingham

The Redmont Hotel. Photo via Bham Now.

Charcuterie boards like the one above (sign up for the newsletter to see what I’m talking about) should hang in the Louvre. While I question if I went into the wrong business, find out if you could be in the right one with job openings, networking events and Birmingham news you need to know.

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Bill to allow up to 15 entertainment districts in Birmingham, awaits final OK

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On June 22, 2020, Avondale became Birmingham’s 4th designated entertainment district. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Legislation that would allow up to 15 entertainment districts in the city of Birmingham awaits final approval in the Alabama House of Representatives.

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Tropicaleo, popular Puerto Rican eatery, is temporarily closing, cites labor shortage

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Tropicaleo in Avondale. Photo via Cheyenne Trujillo for Bham Now

Tropicaleo, the popular Puerto Rican and Latin American-inspired eatery on Crestwood Boulevard closed its doors temporarily on Monday citing lack of trained food service staff.

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Gardendale’s William Noble Recreation Complex is getting an upgrade

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Soon, the William Noble Recreational Complex will look much different. Photo via Gardendale Parks and Rec

The City of Gardendale’s William Noble Recreation Complex is getting a massive upgrade. The recreational center just off I-65 will become one of the nicest sports parks in the state, with the help of a cool $27M.

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