The Fourth Annual Taste of Bessemer and Business Expo will return to the Bessemer Civic Center on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The event, organized by the Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce, features live entertainment, food and business display vendors and fun for the entire family. Doors will open at 4 p.m. and the event will last until 8p.m. The Taste of Bessemer started in 2015 and has grown in size each year. Attending vendors last year included local favorites such as Bob Sykes BBQ, the Bright Star and up-and-coming establishments, caterers and local businesses . Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce president Latasha Cook said the Taste of Bessemer allows restaurants and other businesses in the city an opportunity to showcase their products to potential customers. “This event gives attendees an opportunity to come and see some of the businesses that make Bessemer great,” Cook said. Tickets are $16 through Wednesday, April 25, but will be $25 the day of the event. For more information, contact the Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce at 205-425-3253.

The Bessemer City Council approved funding on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 for non-profits doing work in the city of Bessemer. The following organizations applied to the city and were approved for funding for fiscal year 2018: Magic City Smooth Jazz ($4,000). The organization will host the annual Jazz in the Park Concert in Bessemer on June 24 at DeBardeleben Park. The event is free to the public. Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services ($5,000). The organization provides vital emergency services to residents of Bessemer. The Bessemer Cut-Off Advocacy Center, Inc. doing business as The Clay House Children’s Center ($5,000). The organization helps victims within the city who have been subjected to child abuse, by providing therapy, forensic interviewing, court support, and education within the local programs and school systems. The Latch and Live Foundation ($10,000). Works in Bessemer to help families rebuild their lives and end homelessness. The Bessemer Hall of History ($5,000). Works to preserve the history of Bessemer. The Assistance League of Birmingham ($5,000). Provides essential services for children such as clothing and reading tutors for children in the Bessemer school system. The organization also serves senior artisans. Save the Youth, Inc. ($10,000). Provides children within the city of Bessemer with mentors, life-skills training, as well as drug and alcohol awareness. Alabama STEM Education. ($15,000). Provides affordable STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) training and GED preparation classes to students in Bessemer. American Red Cross Mid-Alabama Chapter ($15,000). Provides essential services in times of need and disaster for Bessemer residents.