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The Tuscaloosa Chapter of Credit Unions is holding their Annual Credit Union Banquet on Tuesday, October 21, at 6 p.m. at the Hotel Capstone. The keynote speaker will be former Alabama basketball coach Wimp Sanderson.

Kentuck announces the 43rd Annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts Award Winners. A total of $7000 was awarded by judges Christine Berthiaume, head of crafts at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Paul Richelson, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs at the Mobile Museum of Art.

Congratulations to all the winners, and to everyone who participated in this wonderful event!

Earlier this year, Tuscaloosa’s Actor’s Charitable Theatre (The ACT) took a unique approach to funding the upcoming production of The Addams Family. The group launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise much-needed financial help to make the production a reality – and it worked! The Addams Family will debut on Friday, October 24, at the historic Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools-Elementary was selected as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School. TMSE is one of five schools in Alabama to be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon winner. The others are: Mountain Brook Junior High School, Winfield Elementary School, and Heard Magnet School and Beverlye Magnet School in Dothan.

United Way of West Alabama’s Success By 6 early childhood development initiative will organize this year’s Read for the Record effort in preschools, childcare centers and classrooms in Tuscaloosa and surrounding counties on Tuesday, October 21. Teachers, parents and volunteers will read Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells in order to create a record-breaking shared reading experience.

By Marlena Rice It’s October: As you’re sitting in your office, flipping to the newest month on your calendar, you see the pumpkins and the Halloween décor. The first thing that you think is, “What?!” All those appointments and work functions you have scheduled for the month suddenly fade into the background as you put a large circle around October 31.


If you’re like me, a newer mother, you started thinking about what your little one was going to be for Halloween back in July or August - you just haven’t put your thoughts into action yet. With a 16 month old, I’ve discovered that my own issues with indecision do not help anyone, namely me, since as The Mom, I’m ultimately the decision maker when it comes to a Halloween costume. So, are we Batman, a Ninja Turtle, or Jake, from Jake and the Never Land Pirates? This year, I decided I’d get started early with Halloween costume shopping.

I recall having attended many summits and conferences during my “X” number of years on earth and remembering a grand total of three that had some type of lasting impression on me as a person.  The respective ones that had no real impact were either solid in ideals, but lacking in plan of action, or they were solid in plan, but lacking in effectively educating (fancy lingo for explaining exactly what the problem is) or disseminating information (fancy lingo for getting the word out). 


And let’s be honest… some of them are just too long for their own good. 


Here is the identification of a problem: Our community (and our country) is facing a crisis, one which some are choosing to ignore - either because people feel it is a pointless fight, or it’s too taboo to discuss, or it’s really not a problem at all. 

This year’s Kentuck Festival of the Arts will once again bring hundreds of talented artists and thousands of art enthusiasts to Kentuck Park in Northport, to enjoy one of the nation’s premiere folk and craft festivals. The 43rd annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts will be held this Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19. More than 250 diverse artists will be on hand, presenting their work and interacting with festival-goers.

The Alabama School Counselor Association (ALSCA) has announced that Paige Yeager, Holy Spirit Catholic Preschool and Elementary School Guidance Counselor and the elementary school counseling program, has been selected to receive the 2014 RAVE Bronze Award.

The Junior League of Tuscaloosa’s fourth annual T-Town Shop Around Card fundraiser offers the opportunity to both give and receive this fall. Seventy-five of Tuscaloosa’s finest retailers and restaurants have partnered with the Junior League to offer a 20 percent discount to cardholders from Oct. 17 through Nov. 2. Please make plans to join the Junior League of Tuscaloosa at the T-Town Shop Around Card Kickoff Party. It will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, at Midtown Village from 5-8 p.m.