Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama Business After Hours: March 21, 5 to 7 p.m. Renasant Bank, Tuscaloosa. Enjoy two hours of informal networking at this monthly Chamber function.
Tuscaloosa County Master Gardener’s Springing into Spring Conference: March 23, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuscaloosa County Extension Auditorium, Tuscaloosa. This one-day spring gardening conference includes three speakers: Jenks Farmer from Beach Island, South Carolina, Sue Webb from Petals from the Past in Jemison, and Extension Agent Hayes Jackson from Anniston. Cost: $30 (includes lunch). For more information, visit mg.aces.edu/Tuscaloosa.
Fun Friday Night at CHOM: March 24, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa (C.H.O.M.), downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information: (205) 349-4235 and chomonline.org.
HOWA’s 8th Annual Family 5K: March 25, 8 a.m. Hospice of West Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Registration for this annual 5K race begins at 7 a.m. This year’s theme is the “Star in Our Hearts.” This is a Tuscaloosa Track Club certified course. Registration fee: $20. For more information, contact HOWA at (205) 523-0101 or visit hospiceofwestal.com.
2017 Tuscaloosa Heart Walk: March 25, 8 a.m. (walk begins at 9 a.m.) Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre. Festivities include music, refreshments, a kid zone with toys and games, health screenings and healthy living information, a dedicated survivor area, 3-mile walk and much more. For more information, visit westalheartwalk.org.
Saturday Storytime: March 25, 10 to 11 a.m. Tuscaloosa Public Library (Main Branch). For more information, and to see other TPL events, visit Tuscaloosa-library.org.
Bark in the Park 2017: March 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Will May Dog Park and Sokol Park. This free event features live music, food vendors, animal rescues with animals available for adoption, a pet parade, pet contests, a children’s area, and more. Dogs and their humans are welcome.
Bama Belle, Black Warrior River Paddle-Boat Cruises: Fridays, 7 p.m. (BBQ cruise, catered by Full Moon Barbecue, $29 per person). Saturday, 4 p.m. (Sunset Cruise, $15). Sunday, 3 p.m. (Sightseeing Cruise, $15). For more information, visit bamabelle.com.
Metro Animal Shelter Shoe Collection Drive: Now through Apr. 30 Metro will earn funds for the number of shoe pairs collected. Donate gently worn, used or new shoes at Metro Animal Shelter, Pet Supermarket, and Pet Smart.
Homegrown Alabama Farmer’s Market: Thursdays, 3-6 p.m. 812 5th Avenue, Tuscaloosa. This University of Alabama student-run farmer’s market features vendors from all over the state, along with live music from local musicians. homegrownalabama.ua.edu; (205) 210-9621
Tuscaloosa Farmer’s Market: Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon. Tuscaloosa River Market, 1900 Jack Warner Blvd, Tuscaloosa. Shop for fresh produce, grass fed beef, baked goods, cheeses and more. Buy fresh, buy local. For more information, visit tuscaloosarivermarket.com or call (205) 248-5295.