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The Bryant Conference Center on the University of Alabama campus is the place to be this Saturday, August 2. It’s the site of Tuscaloosa’s biggest indoor flea market – and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Easter Seals of West Alabama’s programs.

One of Tuscaloosa’s most well-known, historic old homes is now in the hands of a local woman who plans to restore it and give it new life. Nika McCool is a mom of four who has an MA in history and loves old houses. Last year, McCool renovated the 175-year-old Foster-Murfee-Caples House on 17th Avenue. Her hard work earned McCool a Bricks and Mortar Award from the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society.

Now, McCool has set her sights on restoring the Drish House on 17th Street.

Saturday, July 26, is National Dance Day, and Tuscaloosa will be in on all the action. Activities to celebrate are planned all day in the Northridge Center (on the corner of McFarland Blvd and Watermelon Road), and numerous local dance organizations are participating. Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or a novice, you’ll be able to get moving and enjoy the fun, which starts at 10 a.m. The event is presented by The Dance Initiative.

The credit rating agencies Moody’s Investor Service and Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service recently affirmed the City of Tuscaloosa’s Aa1 and AA+ ratings, respectively.

Tuscaloosa’s Actor’s Charitable Theater (ACT) is hoping to raise some much-needed funding while entertaining everyone with a hilarious evening of sketch comedy. “Friday Night Live with the ACT” is set for Friday, August 1, at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa.

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By Marlena Rice School is out, the days are longer, and all of the fun things we love to do in hot weather are just a stone’s throw away. What’s next? The summer birthdays we’ve waited all year to celebrate! As a summer birthday kid myself, I strongly disliked the fact that I couldn’t bring cupcakes to class during the school year and have everyone make a big fuss over me on my special day. As I grew up, I began to appreciate the fun of summer, and specifically, the summer parties that are fun (and easy) to host at home.

My own little one’s first few birthdays will likely just include immediate family and close friends, but his first birthday this past May was very successful, fun, and will likely be revisited in later years when we can invite friends from school. What did we do? We had a “Splash Bash!”

By Brandie Rickett Bowden Some people who make their way to and through Tuscaloosa significantly decrease our degrees of separation from big names in the entertainment industry. Michael Thomas Walker is one such person. Born and raised in Huntsville, Walker moved to Tuscaloosa, where he received his BA from the University of Alabama. Since then, Walker has taken one step after another in establishing his place in theater, television, and film.

The current Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen, Morgan Green, is set to compete for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015 from July 29 through August 2 at the Linda Chapin Theater located in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Selected in March, Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen is a 17-year-old student at Hillcrest High School. Throughout her year of service, she will travel the state advocating her platform, “Literacy: Pathway to Prosperity.” Morgan is the daughter of Keith Green and Gail Stringfellow and resides in Tuscaloosa.

United Way of West Alabama’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) will host its first Pie Eating Contest on Thursday, July 24th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Innisfree Irish Pub. Pie-eaters will be eating to benefit a United Way partner agency of their choice. Two winners will be announced—the person who eats one pie the fastest and the person who collects the most votes.

By Claire Harris Students in Tuscaloosa and Northport are earning up to a full year of college credit from The University of Alabama through UA Early College while still in high school. Surrounded by a robust support network, these students remain eligible for freshmen scholarships, even with 30 hours of UA credit.