Laurie Mundy Perrigin

Laurie Mundy Perrigin

I'm a creative and hardworking professional. I've worked as a news director, writer, editor, producer and copywriter/researcher online, via radio, print and in the television industry. Since setting out on my own in the world of freelance in 2007, I've managed to accumulate a wealth of experience and know-how in the world of social media, publishing, and more. I am always looking for new opportunities and experiences.

For years, the Miracle League of Tuscaloosa has made it possible for children and adults with special needs to play baseball. Now, the organization needs the community’s help. 

The 2017 season for the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater gets underway early next month, and this year’s lineup is as impressive as ever, according to city officials. Headliners include the likes of John Legend, Dave Matthews and Soundgarden.

This year’s lineup at the Amphitheater offers something for everyone, with a wide representation of different genres of music, said Christy Bobo, Community Engagement Manager for the city of Tuscaloosa.

It’s happening again. My snow mania. It’s kicking in full force, inspiring me to think grandiose thoughts about sledding, ice skating in the front yard and building an epic snowman – one that inspires the envy of my suburban neighbors far and wide. In my mind, I’m Elsa, whirling about in a real-life snow globe, singing (albeit way off key) about the joys of winter.

My latest Google search: How to Build a Snowman.

Oh, the advice is great. I get the whole idea: Find a nice, flat area. Roll up a little snowball, then pack that with more snow and keep rolling until it’s big enough to form a base. Repeat with two other snowballs, each smaller, then pop those together, decorate and voila!

Seems simple, right?

Ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft are now allowed to operate in Tuscaloosa. So, how does that work, exactly?  

In the wake of devastating flooding in southern Louisiana that has forced thousands from their homes, a great need is growing. Area residents are stepping up, taking donations and spreading information on ways to help the flood victims.

On any given day, Dr. Katy Drain can be found busily caring for animals at her newly-opened Capstone Veterinary Hospital. Drain, who has worked as a veterinarian in Tuscaloosa for the past 15 years, is passionate about the pets she treats, and their owners.

“What drives me is my love for animals, the nurturing, love and compassion that I have for them,” Drain said. “Second is the science, and third is their owners and the relationship I have with them. I love that owners trust me.”

A new and improved Harmon Park is open in Tuscaloosa – after being destroyed in the April 2011 tornado.

“Harmon Field and Rosedale Park are a gateway to our city and the eastern terminus of the City Walk, which simulates the path of the tornado,” said Becky Booker, public relations and marketing manager for the Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority. “The centerpiece of this playground is a custom 21-inch tall, hand-sculpted, hand-painted treehouse, the tallest piece ever designed by the manufacturer and possibly the tallest in the southeast.”

Tuscaloosa’s Habitat for Humanity always needs volunteers, but the need is particularly great over the summer. Despite the soaring temperatures, work must continue to build the homes. That is where area businesses can help, according to Habitat Director Ellen Potts, who says there is a critical need for volunteers.

“We take people of any skill level or no skill level. Businesses who send their employees to work with us are a huge part of our success,” Potts said. “We have all the tools needed and skilled construction supervisors who train volunteers for the tasks at hand. We can take individual volunteers or groups up to 25 on a site per day.”

Every year, area golfers take part in The First Tee Benefit Scramble. And each year, the program is able to grow as a result. This year’s First Tee of Tuscaloosa Benefit Scramble will be held this Saturday, June 11, at Ol’ Colony Golf Complex, and organizers are hoping for yet another strong turnout.

The First Tee chapter of Tuscaloosa is based at Ol’ Colony. The organization teaches children the game of golf, but director Mike Shivetts says it’s about much more.

Lake Lurleen State Park will be packed with children on Saturday, May 21, for the fourth-annual Tuscaloosa Kids Triathlon – a chance for area youngsters to take part in a beginner-friendly athletic event for a great cause. 

The Tuscaloosa Kids Triathlon benefits Secret Meals, a local charity organization dedicated to providing food packs to elementary school children who have been identified as going hungry over the weekend by secretly slipping the bags into the kids' backpacks on Fridays. Over 1100 children in the Tuscaloosa and Northport areas are receiving Secret Meals food packs. 

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

 

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