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In time for the Holidays: Outdoor Ice Rink for Birmingham

Who needs the Rockefeller Plaza when we’ve got our slice of ice in Birmingham? Here’s to the visionaries who know that we want to ice skate even if – especially if – our Thanksgiving or Christmas get-together requires a hit from the AC to get [...]

Vestavia’s Temple is Blue for Operation Blue Shield and National Night Out

Drive over the crest of Shades Mountain on Hwy 31 and you’ll notice the Sibyl Temple, always reliably white and stalwart, is glowing blue in the evenings. This isn’t an epic student prank, but rather a light scheme that has the cooperation of the Vestavia [...]

Civil Rights Trail App Marks Timeline of Events in Alabama

Alabama Civil Rights Trail Smartphone app reminds us that some of the most significant events of the last century happened at landmarks all around us.

You Must Visit 16th Street Baptist Church

It’s past time for you to visit the site of the event that galvanized the Civil Rights Movement, horrified the world, and seared an image of Birmingham onto a nation’s collective memory.

Back to Reading; Swag for Summer Readers

Perhaps the school years are when we join one of two camps: readers who search for the perfect books for their long-anticipated reading time, and non-readers who view the season as three glorious months without having to touch a book. Before unconsciously joining either group [...]

Serenity Now: Aldridge Gardens is Stroller-Friendly, Easy

You’re needing a place to get outdoors but the back yard and the neighborhood playground have become as dull as the dirt under the swing. Head to Aldridge Gardens in Hoover, where Mom can catch her breath in calm surroundings with a glass-smooth lake and [...]

Between Vacations – Micro Breaks to Take This Summer

There’s no use pretending there is any substitute for the sugar-white sand beneath your toes, but let’s be grateful that there are some fun restaurants and activities that can shake up your routine or serve as an excitement-builder for the real thing. Until you can [...]

Explore Other Cultures this Summer – No Costumes Required

This summer, have your kids learn about the cuisine of other cultures without a single homework assignment.You don’t need to buy an ingredient, research a country, or make a costume. The work is done for you. Coffeeology, the cafe in the Hoover Public Library, offers [...]

Find: Shampoo Strong Enough for Tween Boy (Oily) Hair

My, how the kids giggled about watching the educational video on puberty in class: “Just Around the Corner.” Getting past the annoyingly catchy tune, the video promised a metamorphosis with body hair, body odor, and an oily T-zone. Despite the tone of optimism, puberty sounded [...]

10 Food Experiences Every Alabama Kid Should Have

You can’t live in Alabama for long without trying most of these, but some will take effort: 1.  Know barbeque. This is a lifelong pursuit, but start ‘em young and they will be able to speak with authority in Texas, North Carolina, or Memphis and [...]