Tuscaloosa’s Children’s Hands-On Museum is hosting the ninth annual Duck Derby on Sunday, March 29 at the University of Alabama’s outdoor pool. This fundraising event, which features approximately 3000 rubber ducks racing around the pool, is without question one of the best family-friendly events around.

Tuscaloosa is buzzing about the upcoming Blue Angels Air Show, and finally at long last, the squadron arrives tomorrow. Want to see them flying? If you’re anywhere near the University of Alabama, look up!

According to an official spokesperson, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron will conduct a flyover of the University of Alabama in for a team photo shoot on Thursday morning. The flyover will be will be visible to the general public. Here’s the scoop:

It’s been a wild couple of months for Tuscaloosa’s own WBC World Heavyweight Champion boxer Deontay Wilder. Since winning the title by beating Bermane Stiverne in Las Vegas on January 17, Wilder has been to the Super Bowl and the NBA All-Star Game. But no matter what, Wilder has not forgotten his T-Town fans.

This Friday, those fans will get a chance to meet Deontay Wilder at Pizza120 on 15th Street in Tuscaloosa. Wilder will be on hand from 6 to 8 p.m. for the event, a fundraiser for the Skyy Boxing South Gym in Coffeeville, Alabama.

Kiwanis Club members expect to serve up thousands of pancakes as part of the group’s largest yearly fundraiser.

Each year, the Kiwanis Club of Tuscaloosa cooks up thousands of pancakes for thousands of area residents, all for a great cause: helping children in West Alabama. This year’s annual Pancake Day is set for Saturday, March 28, at Central High School in Tuscaloosa, and organizers anticipate huge, hungry crowds once again.

For over three decades, Kiwanis Club members and youth volunteers have worked hard on Pancake Day, with one objective – raising much-needed funding so the Club can donate to organizations that support children.

The 2015 Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show is set for Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29 at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport. Thousands of spectators are expected to attend the two-day show, which features the Blue Angels. This elite squad of Navy and Marine Corps jet pilots will once again give stunning aerial demonstrations in the Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet and the C-130T Hercules aircraft, affectionately known as "Fat Albert."

“We welcome the Blue Angels and other air show participants back to Tuscaloosa,” Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox said. “This is a great event for our area and I hope that everyone makes plans to attend.”

The 2015 Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show, presented by Pepsi, will begin at noon both days.

By Amy Poore

 

If you’re planning the perfect Easter dinner at your house this year, I’ve got a recipe for you: the best ham ever. I’m serious, the orange slices and the Coke and the mustard just give this ham the most incredible flavor. You’ll be glad you made this one – and your guests will too.

Happy Easter, and bon appétit!

Hospice of West Alabama (HOWA) is gearing up for another great year! The first big event of the year, HOWA’s Annual 5K, “Stars in our Hearts,” will be held on March 28. All are invited to share in this special day and join us for a morning of exercise, fun, and remembrance. There will be local vendors, face painting, and live music by Debbie Bond and the TruDats.

 

Registration for the 6th Annual HOWA Family 5K starts at 7 a.m. – but it’s ongoing right now. The registration fee is $20, and the first 150 registrants get a free t-shirt. All proceeds benefit Hospice of West Alabama.

FIVE’s brunch offers area diners a fresh, hip Sunday dining experience in downtown Tuscaloosa.

By Sheena Gregg

According to Webster’s Dictionary, brunch is defined as a meal that combines breakfast and lunch that is usually eaten in late morning. However, at FIVE Bar and Restaurant in Tuscaloosa, brunch is a Sunday experience that brings together old friends, good music, and great food and drinks. With a high reputation among foodies in Tuscaloosa, FIVE Bar and Restaurant has been no stranger to providing T-town folks with a memorable dining experience. Known for their signature dinner entrees and coffee/juice bar, FIVE has now expanded to providing a Jazz Brunch for all to enjoy.

By Kimberly Gibson

Serving as Medical Director for more than 30 years, Dr. George Miller continues to serve with the same dedication and passion that led him to Hospice of West Alabama in 1984. During his tenure at HOWA, Dr. Miller has been instrumental in the evolution and implementation of hospice care in the West Alabama area.

Not surprisingly, Dr. Miller has seen some significant changes over the decades. “HOWA has transitioned from a small boutique health care agency with three or four patients and a few volunteers to a mainstream health care agency with 80 employees serving hundreds of patients and their families each year and a 15 bed inpatient facility,” Miller said.

By Stan J. Griffin

Is your NCAA Tournament bracket already busted, even just on life support after just the first day or two of action?

That is the case for millions of Americans, especially with early action from the 2015 "Big Dance" already highlighted by upsets from underdogs such as UAB, Georgia State and UCLA.

The NCAA basketball tourney is one of the most anticipated times of the year for sports fans, even for those who only casually follow college basketball during the regular season.

Millions of dollars will be bet in various bracket pools, and millions of dollars in actual production will be lost by various companies and businesses all over the nation, whose employees are spending more time keeping track of the tourney games instead of their actual jobs.

And if the first couple of days of this year's crazed hoop event are any indication, it will be another memorable event with plenty of close finishes, shocking upsets and heroic individual efforts.

With that being said, I thought I would take a shot a picking my Top 5 players in the history of the NCAA tournament.