The City of Tuscaloosa is hosting the 9th annual Mayor’s Cup 5K this Saturday, April 25. The race, which is aimed at increasing awareness and raising funds for the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative, is presented by Mercedes-Benz U.S. International.
The race will start and end at Government Plaza behind City Hall. The route will go through downtown and will cross through the Walk of Champions on the University of Alabama campus.
By DCL Staff
Several events are planned this week to mark the fourth anniversary of the devastating April 27, 2011, tornado. It’s a somber time for area residents, but the rebuilding post-storm efforts continue to give hope. Included among the events is the dedication of a new Tuscaloosa fire station, the building of a Habitat for Humanity house in one of the hardest hit areas, and more.
Habitat for Humanity Builds 100th in 100
On Tuesday, April 21, volunteers will begin building the 100th Habitat for Humanity House since the local Habitat chapter was founded here in 1987. And what’s even more impressive? Volunteers will build the house at 25 Juanita Drive (in the heart of the tornado zone) in 100 hours! Several city leaders, including Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, will be on hand to help with the effort.
Ellen Potts, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa, explains that the work will be done by volunteers and staff working two shifts each day, 6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 3:00 - 10:00 p.m.
“While Habitat Tuscaloosa has done other ‘blitz builds’ which completed a house in five days, this will be the first 100 hour house.”
By Amy Poore
Spring has finally arrived, and it’s the perfect time of year to sit outside on the porch in the morning, enjoying a cup of coffee and one of these fabulous blueberry streusel muffins. Grab a few quiet moments of solitude and treat yourself – it’s worth it. This recipe is one you'll enjoy making for years to come.
Enjoy the spring, and bon appétit!
The University of Alabama Greek Week, held last month, fostered friendly competition among campus fraternity and sorority organizations, but more importantly it will have a lasting impact on the Tuscaloosa area. All total, $101,000 was donated to over 30 different area non-profits. All total, UA Greeks contributed 1200 hours of service to the community.
Greek Week consisted of competitions between fraternities and sororities, including bowling, basketball, dodge ball and a dance competition. The highlight of the week was a service component, in which UA’s Greek community partnered with Habitat for Humanity for the annual all-Greek service project.
If you’re looking for a great way to enjoy a round of golf and help give back, the Eagles’ Wings 9th Annual Golf Tournament is this week. Proceeds from this tournament benefit this area non-profit, a local organization which offers day rehabilitation for adults with special needs.
The golf tournament is set for Thursday, April 23. Spots are available for individual players and four-person teams. There is an a.m. and a p.m. flight.
And if golf isn’t your thing, the 10th Annual Dinner and Auction is set for Friday, April 24 at the Bryant Conference Center on the University of Alabama campus. A silent auction is planned from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A live auction will be held after dinner.
By Raelyn Mae Holmes
Ah, the Mullet Toss: It’s right up there with the Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo when it comes to weird, but somehow intriguing, events and activities. The annual Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Biggest Beach Party is one of the more legendary, but odd, tourist draws the Gulf Coast has ever seen. On the last full weekend in April each year, the beautiful white sand beaches are positively jam packed – and with good reason. This year it’s the 31st anniversary of the event, and it promises to be great fun April 24-26. Are you going? Good for you!
If you haven’t been to the Mullet Toss, you are missing out: It’s a massive beach party, right behind the famed Flora-Bama Lounge and Package on Perdido Key. Because nothing says “Party!” like people lining up to throw a dead fish over the Alabama/Florida state line to see who can throw it the farthest. This has nothing to do with a really *bad* haircut. It’s about the flying fish. And the party. And yeah, it’s a little gross, but it’s hard not to find yourself caught up in the excitement.
How, exactly, did this bizarre tradition begin?
By Octavia Miles
The life of a master gardener is never dull or stagnant, and we are never far away from pen and paper to make a project “to do” list.
While our mission is to increase the availability of horticultural information to Alabama’s gardeners and home owners, in reality, we are much more than that. We play very active roles in our communities – from coordinating plant sales and other events, to seminars, to community service projects. Kindred spirits join together to complete a goal and to spread the message of enjoying the bounty of our gardens.
Often, the joy of these projects comes in preparation. Friendships sprout up and memories are created, all while completing a gardening task.
Summer camp: the memories! Every child should experience summer camp. We all remember the uncertainty that initially hit us as our parents drove away, leaving us for what they assumed would be a rite of passage, a part of growing up. Those moments of anxiety melted away quickly, as we immersed ourselves fully into the summer camps environment. At pickup, we didn’t want to leave what would perhaps become one of the most incredible experiences of our lives! These days, summer camps are as varied as the children who attend them. There really is something for everyone.
Listed are a number of great options, from local Tuscaloosa camps to regional camps and even some summer camps out of state that Tuscaloosa-area kids regularly attend.
By Stan J. Griffin
Although it is basically a glorified scrimmage in many respects, the University of Alabama's annual spring football game serves a couple of very significant purposes.
First of all, the A-Day contest allows Nick Saban and his staff an opportunity to take a look at many of the Crimson Tide players, especially the younger and less-experienced ones, in a live situation that is as close to an actual game as possible.
Secondly, it allows football-starved Alabama fans a first opportunity to get a first glance at the team that will take the field later in the fall. It offers them a little taste of pigskin action to watch, cheer on and, later, dissect until Saban's team kicks off the season for real on Sept. 5 against Wisconsin in Arlington, Texas.
The 2015 A-Day Game is set for April 18, with the game scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m.
A monthly editorial piece of masterful opinionated writing (insert joke here) regarding life and times in the big town of Tuscaloosa coupled with the musings of a guy nicknamed “Oz.”
When it comes to the everyday tasking of raising girls, I like to believe that the Missus and I evenly distribute the wealth even when it comes to determining outfits and the styling of hair.
Admittedly, she is far superior when it comes to matching tops and bottoms and far more intelligible when it comes to girlie fashion trends (Confession: I thought “chevron” was just a gas station).
But the better half of our Dynamic Duo of Love is an accountant, and when tax season hits, the resident authority on little girl fashion and etiquette is spending long hours at the client office. As a result, Mr. Mom is resurrected.
Although there is always room for improvement, I believe my ponytail skills to be quite advanced. And I see nothing wrong with some sparkly jeans and a bedazzled shirt everyday of the week.