A Season of Giving

As we turn the page of this year’s calendar to December, it seems like it was just yesterday we were singing carols, unwrapping gifts and toasting to 2017. Now—as unbelievable as it may seem—it’s time to do it all over again.

December 2017 Around Town

Travel + Leisure magazine readers ranked Birmingham the 11th friendliest city in the country in the magazine's America's Favorite Places survey. According to the magazine, the survey "asks Travel + Leisure readers to dish about their hometowns—the place they grew up or have lived in and know better than anywhere else on Earth." The magazine says "Locals say Birmingham is a true…

The King’s Home Shelby Auxiliary 
Pumpkin Bash & Chili Cook-Off

The King's Home Shelby Auxiliary Pumpkin Bash & Chili Cook-Off was held October 28 at the home of auxiliary President Pam Bradford. 
The event raised money for King's Home, a nonprofit that provides shelter to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. 
Guests included former first lady Patsy Riley.

Winter Traditions

There's plenty to do to celebrate the holiday season in the 280 area, so whether you're upholding a family tradition or looking to start a new one, check out these beloved community events.

How to Make a Ribbon Wreath

This is a great way to repurpose ribbons from past Christmases, making an elegant decoration for your holiday celebration. Coordinate colors with your Christmas theme or with your home’s interior design to create a festive and stylish seasonal design. Have fun and be creative!

Cheers to the New Year

"With Hoover recently being ranked as the 17th most livable city in the United States, here's to continued growth and more businesses coming to our area, such as Whole Foods. In 50 years, Hoover's population went from 400 to 85,000, so I also toast Hoover residents, who are great people doing really great things in life." —Bill Powell, Hoover Area…


According to a study from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on a single night in January 2015, about 560,000 people were homeless, meaning they were “sleeping outside or in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program.” Research conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration showed substance abuse is more common among the homeless than the general…

Inside Two Eighty Lifestyle’s Cookie Jar

"Chocolate and peppermint always remind me of the holidays," says Carol Gregg, owner of Pastry Art Bake Shoppe, who provided us with the perfect festive recipe, sure to represent the holiday spirit and embody one of the most classic flavors of Christmas.