Birmingham warming station opens Sunday evening at Boutwell Auditorium

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Mayor Randall Woodfin greets a visitor at the BJCC warming station on Christmas Day, 2017. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

According to a Facebook post by Don Lupo, director of the city of Birmingham’s Office of Citizen Assistance, Birmingham will be opening a warming station at Boutwell Auditorium on Sunday evening, January 19.

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Have a ball! Win tickets to the Foundation Ball for the Rotaract Club of Birmingham Feb 1.

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Attendees in the photo booth at Foundation Ball 2019. Photo via Rotaract Club of Birmingham

The Rotaract Club of Birmingham is holding their annual Foundation Ball on February 1. The Foundation Ball is a gala fundraiser that helps support their work in the community.

We’re giving away THREE pairs of tickets to this amazing event, so keep reading to see how you can win tickets to the Foundation Ball 2020.

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Love shopping local in Birmingham? So does Carrie Rollwagen, author of “The Localist”

Carrie Rollwagen, author of "The Localist"
In addition to hosting a podcast and writing blogs, Carrie Rollwagen reviews books for Southern Living and BookPage. She is also Vice President of Strategic Planning for Infomedia. Photo via CarrieRollwagen.com.

If you’re reading this, hopefully, it’s because you love us, but also because you love Birmingham. You might love it so much you decided to exclusively support local businesses for an entire year as Carrie Rollwagen did.

In her book “The Localist”, along with her blog and podcast, Carries takes us through her journey with Birmingham small businesses and shows us what came out the other side.

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Cousins Maine Lobster—Shark Tank success—is bringing its food truck to Avondale THIS Sunday, Jan.19!

 Co-owners of Cousins Maine Lobster, Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselikis, smiling alongside their biggest supporter—business mogul Barbara Corcoran. Photo via Cousins Maine Lobster’s press kit.

*Que Shark Tank introduction music* Ever wanted to taste Cousins Maine Lobster for yourself after seeing them on Shark Tank? Now you can! Come out to Avondale Brewing Co. this Sunday from 2PM-7PM and try the food that led Barbara Corcoran to offer the business a $55,000 deal.

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This Valentine’s Day, one Birmingham game show contestant will win hearts—could it be you?

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Behind this curtain lies… Well, you’ll just have to wait and see. Photo via Romantically Challenged

Pop into any friendly neighborhood grocery store and the first thing you’ll see? Red hearts filled with chocolatey goodness, giant stuffed teddy bears, maybe classic red roses being sold by the dozen.

Yes, my friends—Valentine’s Day is upon us. If the little February 14 box on your calendar is glaringly empty, never fear. We’ve got just the game show for you. Read on to learn more!

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A Double Dozen. Open Houses for Jan. 17-19

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Are you looking for a new home in Birmingham? We’ve got 24 open houses for you to check out this weekend – you’re sure to find the perfect home for you. Enjoy!

8008 CASTLEHILL RD HOOVER,AL 35242 (RealtySouth)

Open House: GREYSTONE 01/19 14:00-16:00
8008 CASTLEHILL RD
HOOVER,AL 35242
5139 sq. ft.
6 bedrooms 5 full/1 half baths
$515000
For more info, contact Leslie Edwards at 205-907-8326 or email lcedwards@realtysouth.com


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Want $10,000 for your school’s health & wellness programs? Apply now.

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Cahaba Elementary celebrates their Be Healthy School Grant award.
Photo courtesy of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Have you heard about the Be Healthy School Grant Program? It’s an opportunity for Alabama schools to win a $10K health and wellness grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. It’s super easy to apply, but you’ll need to send in that application by March 27.

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Love astronomy? See Silent Sky at Birmingham-Southern College Jan. 23-26

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Silent Sky at BSC
The cast of Silent Sky at Birmingham-Southern College. Photo courtesy of Cameron Carnes.

Ever heard of Henrietta Swan Leavitt? Silent Sky is a play about this pioneering astronomer who Edwin Hubble said deserved the Nobel Prize for her work measuring the universe. You can see the play Jan. 23-26 at Birmingham Southern’s College Theatre | The Underground. Get tickets now.

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In business? You need to know Ryan Robinett’s Birmingham-based company Multiply.

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Ryan Robinett and a Multiply client
Ryan Robinett and a client working at Forge. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

No matter what business you’re in, sales is part of it. That’s why you need to know Ryan Robinett, Principal and Founder of Birmingham-based Multiply.

A firm believer that “good salespeople are built, not born,” Robinett helps companies do more than they ever thought possible with the sales teams they have. Check out Multiply, or keep reading to find out more.

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Amazon in Bessemer is hiring. Here’s how to apply!

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The official groundbreaking at the site of the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Bessemer. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Raise your hand if you love Amazon as much as I do! 🙋🏾 The online retail giant is set to open its $325 million fulfillment center in Bessemer this March. The best news—they’re hiring.

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Help raise $1m to build the Way Station, Birmingham’s only shelter for homeless youth

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An artist’s sketch of the entrance to the Way Station, courtesy of AIDS Alabama.

Did you know that Alabama has the fourth-highest rate of “unaccompanied, homeless youth without shelter” in the country? To help solve this problem, AIDS Alabama has already raised over $600k out of a total $1.5 million needed. They’re getting ready to build the Way Station, Birmingham’s only emergency overnight shelter for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth.

Keep reading to find out why the Way Station is a game-changer. Help AIDS Alabama reach their goal—donate here, and be sure to designate the Way Station.

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It’s Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Here’s what you can do in Birmingham.

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January was officially declared Human Trafficking Awareness Month at a Birmingham City Council meeting. Photo via Junior League of Birmingham.

January is officially Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Birmingham. It’s not the only city to face this issue, but Birmingham does have some dedicated groups committed to stopping the crime in our city.

The Junior League of Birmingham Anti-Human Trafficking Committee is educating the public about this pressing issue, including the signs and best ways to respond if you see something suspicious. Plus, take a look at the free event JLB is hosting to help you prevent human trafficking.

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