7 reasons to attend the UAB Blazers Football kickoff on August 29th

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UAB Blazers take the field. Photo submitted by UAB Athletics.

Hey, football fans! The 2019 UAB Blazers Football season is just under a week away from kickoff on August 29th at Legion Field. Here are the top 7 reasons to come out to support Birmingham’s favorite fire-breathing football team. Oh, and don’t forget your shakers.

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Elite climber, 17-year-old Ben Burkalter of Homewood, shares his climbing story and insider tips

Ben Burkhalter climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Sam Weir

Saturday, August 24 is Global Climbing Day. To commemorate the occasion, we spoke with one of the sport’s elite athletes, Ben Burkhalter, who happens to live right here in Birmingham.

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Homewood Theatre open doors to their new home at Brookwood Village (Photos)

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Homewood Theatre officially opened their new home at Brookwood Village, August 20. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Birmingham has some great theatres, talented theatrical companies and lots of extremely gifted performers. A new location has officially been added to the local community theatre map with Homewood Theatre moving to their new home at Brookwood Village in Homewood.

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7 reasons you need to know Rebecca Dobrinski, including FUNights Birmingham

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Rebecca Dobrinski helped bring FUNights to Birmingham.
Co-conspirators Scott Pierce, Jacqui Jones and Rebecca Dobrinski. Photo by Joe deScoise

Birmingham, meet Rebecca Dobrinski. For those of you who know her already, she needs no introduction. She’s making a big difference in Birmingham with Red Thread Consulting, FUNights Birmingham and Community Engagement Lunch & Learn at Forge. 

Plus, she has a drink named after her at Brennan’s Irish Pub, which we think is pretty cool. 

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3 places to donate blood in Birmingham—and why it’s important

Bham Nowers Pat Byington and Beth Cunningham after donating blood! Photo via Beth Cunningham

Half an hour of your time could save up to three lives. Donating blood is one of the easiest ways to do something good—it doesn’t cost money, it’s quick, and you get free snacks after! Here are 3 places to donate right here in Birmingham, AL.

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The 2019 Sidewalk Film Festival is here. 5 reasons opening night is gonna rock. Use code:BhamNow15

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Moviegoers at the Alabama Theatre. Photo from Sidewalk Film Festival via Facebook

I’m embarrassed to admit that since I came back to Birmingham in 2004, I’ve actually only been to Sidewalk once, and for just a little snippet. That’s about to change this Friday night, though, with a trip to Opening Night.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to the most, plus how you, too, can join in the Sidewalk Festival fun. Bonus! You can save on your ticket by using super secret code: BhamNow15

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New hospital approved to be built in McCalla for southwest Jefferson County

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A new 200-bed hospital is set to be built in McCalla to serve southwest Jefferson County. Drawing via Medical West Hospital

A new 200-bed hospital facility set to be built in McCalla has been approved a Certificate of Need by the State Health Planning and Development Agency. Medical West, an affiliate of the UAB Health System will build the hospital near Exit 1 on Interstate 459 to serve the residents of the greater Birmingham area in southwest Jefferson County.

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We partied like it was our birthday at Iron City Grill last week—See our favorite moments!

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Wade Cline, business development manager, and Cindy Martin, president and CEO; with Victor Brown, Vice President of Business Development at the Birmingham Business Alliance! Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

If you haven’t heard by now, Bham Now is officially 3 years old. *Cue the confetti.* 🥳 And last week, we finally celebrated with all of our favorite people at Iron City Grill. It was quite the party. Keep reading to see video + photo proof of all the fun. Plus, find out everything you need to know about event hosting at Iron City.

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6 startups pitching for $150K at EDPA’s Alabama Launchpad finale. Attend imerge2019 August 28 to celebrate ‘Alabama’s next first’

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6 companies will pitch to win part of $150,000 Alabama Launchpad funding at imerge2019 on August 28. Photo via EDPA

The next generation of Alabama’s innovators will pitch to win part of $150,000 funding on offer from the EDPA at Cycle 3 of the Alabama Launchpad competition in Birmingham on Thursday, August 28. The finale forms part of imerge2019, a special event to celebrate Alabama’s past, present and future role in the space race.

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Indian restaurant Bayleaf opens in Five Points Lane development featuring Bombay/Mumbai street food

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Bayleaf Authentic Indian Cuisine in Five Points. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Five Points Lane, the Orchestra Partners development on 20th Street, is heating up with the addition of popular Birmingham restaurant Bayleaf Authentic Indian Cuisine. The restaurant opened last week, and we’re excited. We toured the space and spoke with the owners for more information. Check it out! 

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What did Alabama’s landscapes look like in 1819? Hint: think Kansas with prairies and bamboo.

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Painting by contemporary artist Philip Juras of  William Bartram’s 1775 description of Alabama’s Black Belt Prairie near Montgomery. www.philipjuras.com

I’ve got a confession to make.

As a native Alabamian, who has worked in conservation for more than three decades, I never knew there were millions of acres of grasslands and prairies in Alabama two centuries ago.

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