January 2018 Around Town

Topgolf Now Open in Birmingham

Global sports entertainment leader Topgolf opened the doors to its first Alabama location December 1. The new three-level, 65,000-square-foot venue is the company’s 37th location worldwide.

Through the premium experience of play, food and music, Topgolf is inspiring people of all ages and skill levels—even nongolfers—to come together for playful competition. Guests can enjoy point-scoring golf games using microchipped balls that instantly score themselves, showing players the accuracy and distance of their shots on a TV screen in their hitting bay. The venues also feature an outstanding chef-driven menu, top-shelf drinks, big screen TVs and music in climate-controlled hitting bays for all-season comfort. Year-round programming includes events for kids and families, social leagues, golf tournaments, golf instruction and more.

Topgolf Birmingham is located at 1111 24th St. N. in downtown Birmingham. Nearly 500 full- and part-time associates were hired in advance of the opening. For more information, visit Topgolf.com
Facebook.com/BirminghamTopgolf or @Topgolf on Twitter and Instagram.


The city of Birmingham participated in the #ChooseKind City initiative—a campaign in partnership with City of Kindness, Lionsgate and Participant Media that invited people in cities across the country to participate in kind acts leading up to World Kindness Day on November 13. As part of the initiative, Birmingham held a series of events aimed at promoting kindness, culminating in a special screening of the film, “Wonder.”

Based on R.J. Palacio’s New York Times best-seller, “Wonder,” tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August “Auggie” Pullman— a boy who was born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. The film stars Academy Award winner Julia Roberts and Oscar nominee Owen Wilson as the parents of Auggie, portrayed by Jacob Tremblay.

Birmingham’s #ChooseKind observances included toothpaste donations to residents of the Fire House Shelter, courtesy of Procter & Gamble’s Crest; Birmingham City Hall was turned blue for World Kindness Day; and Birmingham encouraged residents to log their #ChooseKind acts of kindness in the official Kindness Counter at CityOfKindness.org. Developed by City of Kindness, the online Kindness Counter aggregates kindness acts performed nationwide.

3.6 percent

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate is 3.6 percent, down from September’s previous record-tying rate of 3.8 percent, and well below October 2016’s rate of 6.1 percent.

October’s rate represents 77,358 unemployed persons, the lowest number ever recorded, compared to 82,562 in September and 133,875 in October 2016, while 2,079,576 people were counted as employed, compared to 2,069,094 in September and 2,046,861 in October 2016.


Counties with the lowest unemployment rates are Shelby County at 2.6 percent, Marshall, Madison, Lee and Cullman Counties at 3 percent, and Tuscaloosa and Elmore Counties at 3.1 percent. Counties with the highest unemployment rates are Wilcox County at 8.9 percent, Clarke County at 6.6 percent and Lowndes County at 6.4 percent.