8 ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in Birmingham

An iconic moment for the United States and for the world. Photo via the Project Apollo Archive (public domain image)

Happy Apollo Week, Birmingham! If you’re looking to celebrate that “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” we’ve got 8 ways to do it! Keep reading to find out.

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Scuba diving and paddle boarding in a submerged quarry at Pelham’s Blue Water Park? Yes you can.

Man and woman Scuba diving at Blue Water Park Pelham
Underwater adventures at Blue Water Park. Photo via Blue Water Park Facebook

When you think about scuba diving in Alabama, there’s a good chance you’ll be thinking about the Gulf Coast shoreline and dreaming about that next beach vacation. But did you know there’s great scuba diving closer to Birmingham?

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How YouthServe is shaping future leaders in Birmingham through community service

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YouthServe campers at Sloss Furnaces, touring and learning the history of Birmingham. Photo courtesy of YouthServe

Have you heard about YouthServe, Birmingham’s organization promoting youth volunteerism? They are connecting teens to volunteer opportunities in a variety of ways. We spoke with Jennifer Hatchett, executive director, and Vulcan Materials’ Janet Kavinoky, YouthServe board member, to learn more about it.

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Exclusive preview of The Preservery Birmingham in 5 Points South, opening at the end of July

Chef Dre Foster, owner of The Preservery Birmingham. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The wait is over.

Chef Dre Foster, owner of The Preservery Birmingham in Five Points South, will be opening her “elevated soul food restaurant with an international twist” on Sunday, July 21, 11:00 AM t0 3:00PM.

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Years in the making: Birmingham’s Clairmont Avenue Walking Trail is officially open

Ribbon Cutting at the Clairmont Avenue Walking Trail on July 13, 2019. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Birmingham’s Clairmont Avenue Trail in the Crestwood South Neighborhood officially opened this morning with a ribbon cutting, speeches by local leaders and music by the Crestwood Community Band.

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Looking to beat the Birmingham heat? Here are 7 ways to cool off at the river this summer—tubing, kayaking and more!

Photo via North Alabama Canoe and Kayak on Facebook

Whether you’re looking for a canoe adventure or a relaxing float on an inner tube, cooling off at the river is some of the most fun you can have during a Birmingham summer. We’ve got five places to check out within two hours of downtown. Keep reading to find your next weekend expedition!

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Vacay with palm trees + cocktails at Diamonds Direct Summer Designer Showcase happening in Birmingham July 19-21. Save 20% 💎

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You’ll see lots of summer colors and the coolest designer jewels at Diamonds Direct Summer Showcase. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Cool off from Birmingham’s summer heat at Diamonds Direct Designer Showcase July 19-21. The Palm Springs-themed event will feature jewelry collections curated by ten designers, so there will be plenty of ice to go around. Keep reading for more details and to get a sneak peak at some of our favorite pieces!

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4 reasons you MUST try the new weekend brunch at Topgolf Birmingham now. Custom mimosas anyone?

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Patience Itson of Bham Now before digging into brunch at TopGolf Birmingham.  Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Hey, you. With the drab toast and lukewarm coffee. A new weekend brunch menu just dropped at Topgolf Birmingham, and it’s filled with color, flavors and lots of choices. Bham Now stopped by to sample the menu—and hit a few balls, too. Here’s what we found.

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8 local artists to be featured at Art Alive! July 27 at Canary Gallery in Birmingham (benefit for AIDS Alabama)

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Art Alive! is a benefit for AIDS Alabama.
The folks at AIDS Alabama know how to have a good time. Photo supplied

Art Alive! takes the mystery out of the art-making process by letting you watch eight Birmingham artists at work. It’s an evening of food, music, fun, and art . . . and you don’t want to miss it.

All the proceeds benefit AIDS Alabama‘s life-saving programs and services. Know you wanna go? Get your tickets here.  Find out all the deets here.

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Birmingham’s Ensley community is alive, y’all. Why you should check it out.

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Kids from two rec centers in Ensley hosted an "America's best dance crew" competition back in 2016.
In July 2016, two rec centers in Ensley, McAlpine and Ensley Rec Centers, held an “America’s best dance crew” battle at Legion Field. Photo from Ensley Alive’s Facebook page

Once upon a time, the Ensley community was a vibrant steel town in its own right. Now, a group called “Ensley Alive” is working to breathe new life into this once-vibrant part of town, celebrating both the past, present and future of the place they call home.

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Powerful story behind America’s Got Talent Finalist Brian King Joseph. Live performance August 3 at United Ability’s Journey of Hope.

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AMERICA’S GOT TALENT — “Live Finale” Episode 1321 — Pictured: Brian King Joseph — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

No one captured more hearts and inspired the judges and audience of America’s Got Talent during Season 13, in 2018, more so than electric violinist Brian King Joseph.

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