Photo by Erin Nelson.

The Mad Hatter Tea Party will combine all the classic enjoyments of a tea party with a competition among the participants to create and wear the most imaginative hat. Read more



Photo by Erin Nelson.

The event, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., is a chance for families to enjoy spooky activities and support the AWC’s work rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing native birds that are injured or orphaned. Read more



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Celebrate the colors of fall at Oak Mountain State Park this month during its annual Harvest Festival Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read more


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Photo courtesy of Cafe Three21.

On hot summer Saturdays, kids from Oak Mountain High School’s special education class can be found serving iced coffee, lemonade and sodas at Cafe Three21. Read more

Oak Mountain Schools

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Photo by Lexi Coon.

If you want to run the Ridge to Blazing Ridge, don’t forget your water. The 10.5-mile and 21-mile races will feature lots of elevation change and the intense August heat, so race organizers make it mandatory to carry a water bottle or hydration gear. Read more


Birmingham will be one of eight cities hosting the eighth annual R(un) for One 5K and fun run this month, but the race has relocated from Veterans Park in Hoover to Railroad Park downtown. Read more


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Photo by Erin Nelson.

A 1.6-mile trail between the Inverness Nature Park and Valleydale Road will get under construction sometime this fall in a joint project between Shelby County and the city of Hoover. Read more


This summer, 280 Animal Medical Center is adding to its dog sports with a new pool and a club for dock diving. Read more


Briarwood Christian School

Sarah Finnegan

The text of HB 309 allows the president or chief executive of each campus to employ police officers to “keep off intruders and prevent trespass upon, and damage to, the property of the school or academy.” Read more

Private Schools

Talavera pottery takes many shapes, from vases and mugs to statues shaped like frogs, fish and donkeys, but the vibrant paints and floral patterns make the art form iconic. Read more


In Leisha Knight’s paddleboard yoga classes, some participants struggle to keep their balance on the boards, while others are doing handstands. Read more



Sydney Cromwell

The 2019 XTerra race was held on May 18. Read more


LaJuana Hamer describes herself as a “chameleon.” Whatever the schools need from her on any given day, that’s what she’s going to do. Read more



Photo by Sydney Cromwell.

Students who ask questions in Ben Thompson’s classroom are likely to be told to figure it out, instead of being given an answer. Read more

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Sydney Cromwell

The voluntary agreement states that the cities will not give incentives or otherwise try to lure businesses from their neighbors. Read more



Photos courtesy of RLT Jewelry.

Amber and Madelyn Lewis didn’t have plans to create a business when they picked up bracelet beads at a craft store. Read more



Photo by Kamp Fender.

Alabama was still a brand new state — mostly occupied by forest and farmland — when New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church started as a small prayer meeting in 1828. Read more

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Competing at a horse show in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association requires more than just showing up and riding well. Read more

Chelsea Schools


Photo courtesy of Adrienne Nettles.

After her death on Feb. 21, 2018, Thelma Mueller bequeathed a gift of $1 million to Shelby County libraries. Read more


Elite Offroad and Performance

Courtesy of Josh Balch

Offroading enthusiasts will soon have a new place to customize Jeeps, trucks and other vehicles, as Elite Offroad and Performance opens this spring. Read more


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