We’re all so busy and bogged down with so much going on, I often find myself struggling to keep up with the news and what’s going on even right in front of me. Hopefully this newsletter will do that for you all!
Today we have for you a new way of meeting and going on dates in Birmingham, in addition to some fun local businesses hosting events, and some COVID-related updates. Have a great Friday!
It will be fairly temperate today, with a high of 72 and a low of 45, but most of the day staying in the high 60s. It will cool down again at night. It is also fairly cloudy today. Tomorrow may get nasty, as severe storms are possible.
Mayor Woodfin pardoned 15,000 people with marijuana convictions on 4/20, Michael Seale writes on Patch. Woodfin stated how “millions of people, disproportionately from Black and Brown communities, have had their lives upended due to marijuana charges from decades ago”. The pardon covers all residents with closed marijuana possession cases in the city of Birmingham between 1990 and 2020. Woodfin added, “Put simply these prohibitions do not make our city safer and only create barriers for many in our community to earn a good and honest living. One small mistake should not define an entire lifetime.”
Birmingham-based dating app “Set Me Up” attempts to bring back real in-person connections via online dating. The app focuses on personality by giving the user a personality questionnaire to fill out. The app also provides the user with a long list of potential date spots from the get-go, selecting some of the most fun and safest spots in the city. Landon Wexler from CBS42 has even more on this new development.
Despite over half of the country getting vaccinated, Alabama Lags Behind in COVID-19 Vaccination Rates. As of Tuesday, 2.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Alabama, with 1.4 million people receiving at least one dose and 917,988 people fully vaccinated. Michael Seale has this update for you and has a list of both the highest and lowest counties for vaccination rates.
In a recent national survey, Forbes listed UAB as the 4th best employer for diversity in the country, Irene Richardson from Bham Now reports. The survey took information from over 50,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. The university states that they are not only aiming for inclusion and diversity, but that it is part of the fabric of the institution itself.
We have an update on Birmingham’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which is here to help those who have struggled to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The online portal to apply will open on April 26 at 10am and can be found at https://www.birminghamal.gov/renthelp. For details on who is eligible and how to apply, you can visit the link above, contact the call center at 1-844-287-1250, or send any emails to email@example.com.
– Birmingham’s largest outdoor arts festival, Magic City Art Connection is at Sloss Furnace this year. The schedule is as follows: Friday 12pm-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday, 10am-5pm. There’s something for adults, kids, and art lovers of all varieties. More information and tickets here.
– Go to a hockey game! The Birmingham Bulls are playing the Knoxville Ice Bears today at 7:30 pm at Pelham Civic Complex & Ice Arena. Buy your tickets here.
– The band Tragic City plays at The Nick (21+) tonight at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. You can buy your tickets here.
– The End Heroin Bham Walk is still going on until April 30th. Get involved to spread the awareness about the drug epidemic in Alabama and walk in solidarity for those who have been affected. More information here.
– Ghost Train Brewing has its first Tie-Dye Giveaway of 2021! The winner will be announced this afternoon. More details on @Ghost_Train_Brewing on Instagram.
Patch Birmingham Notebook:
– A new trail has been announced! The nonprofit organization Freshwater Land Trust broke ground on Earth Day at the site of the Jones Valley Trail Extension, which will connect Railroad Park to Avondale’s 41st Street. This is part of the ongoing Red Rock Trail System project and will be huge for the city of Birmingham.
– An article about Kristen Farmer Hall and Victor King, partners and co-owners of The Essential and Bandit Pâtisserie in Birmingham was written in Vie Magazine, talking about the dynamic duo’s recent success and resiliency during the pandemic. You can read the article here.
– The World Games has announced 3 new venues in Birmingham, including: Barber Motorsports Park for drone racing and canopy piloting, John Carroll Catholic High School for flying disc, and Oak Mountain State Park for water-based competitions, including a canoeing marathon, waterskiing/wakeboarding, and middle distance orienteering.
– The 14th annual Magic City Brewfest is returning to Birmingham! The two-day event is scheduled for Saturday, June 12th, from 4pm to 8 pm. The festival is hosted by Free the Hops, a grassroots organization formed to bring the highest-quality beers in the world to Alabama, Michael Seale writes. In recent years, Free the Hops has successfully advocated for game-changing legislation that has resulted in the booming of Birmingham breweries and beer culture.
I’ll be back tomorrow to give you everything you need for the weekend! I look forward to it. Again, let us know if you have any feedback, events you want to plug, or areas you feel could use a bit more coverage. We love hearing what you have to say and want you to be a part of this too!
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