Morning Pointe Summer Speaking Series: Aug. 21, 6:30-8 p.m. Morning Pointe, Tuscaloosa. Nationwide Insurance Agent Stephen Baldo-Downs will discuss long-term care insurance planning. For more information, call (205) 469-8056.
OLLI@UA Fall Kick-Off: Aug. 24, 3-5 p.m. Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa. Enjoy refreshments to kick-off the fall semester – all while getting to know your fellow OLLI members. Also, the Judy Bonner Excellence in Teaching Award will be presented at 4 p.m. along with a few other special recognitions. For more information, visit olli.ua.edu or call (205) 348-6482.
Free Estate Planning Workshop: Aug. 24, 6-8 p.m. Red Oak Legal, PC (500 Towncenter Blvd., Ste. B in Tuscaloosa). Presented by local attorney Steve Wiggins. Topics include wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance directives, living wills, long-term care, Medicaid qualification, and probate administration. Registration required. Call 205-764-1262 or go to redoaklegalpc.com.
Hospice of West Alabama Cabaret Night: Aug. 25, 6-9 p.m. North River Yacht Club, Tuscaloosa. This year’s theme is “Casino Cabaret.” The fun-filled evening, benefiting Hospice of West Alabama, includes blackjack, roulette, Texas Hold’em, craps tables and slot machines. Tickets start at $75. For more information, call (205) 523-0101 or visit hospiceofwestalabama.com.
Flapjacks for Foster Children: Aug. 26, 7-11:30 a.m. Southland Restaurant, Cottondale. This pancake breakfast, hosted by Defend the Orphans Ministry of Coaling Baptist Church, is a fundraiser to benefit local foster children. $8 for adult plates; $5 for child’s plate. T-shirts: $15. Tickets are available at the door, at Southland Restaurant, and at Coaling Baptist Church. For more information, call (205) 556-2775.
Alabama All Veterans & Family Reunion: Aug. 25-27, Tuscaloosa. This is a weekend filled with activities and events to honor those in Alabama who’ve served our country. Many of the events are free. For more information, or to register, visit alabamaveteransreunion.com.
Summer Games at CHOM: Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum, downtown Tuscaloosa. Celebrate summer with fun and games all day. All activities included in admission. For more information, visit chomonline.org or call (205) 349-4235.
Bacon Brew and Que: Aug. 26. 3:30 p.m. Tuscaloosa River Market. Townsquare Media presents this event, which features craft beers paired with bacon and barbecue dishes created by local restaurants. For more information, visit baconbrewandque.com.
Belk Bridal Engagement Party: Aug. 27, 1 to 4 p.m. Belk, Tuscaloosa (University Mall). This in-store bridal celebration only happens twice each year. Brides-to-be are invited to create a new wedding registry *or* add to an existing one – and they’ll get a chance to win big prizes, including a $1200 travel certificate, Carolee Jewelry, a Lenox dinnerware service for 12, $1000 Belk gift card, and more. See bridal specialists Lashonda or Maurine.
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.
Tuscaloosa Farmer’s Market: Tuesdays and 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.
Northport Farmer’s Market: Saturdays, 6 a.m. to noon, 4150 5th Street, Northport. For more information, visit npfarmersmarket.com.
Homegrown Alabama Farmer’s Market: Thursdays, 3-6 p.m. Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, Tuscaloosa. This University of Alabama student-run farmer’s market features vendors from all over the state, along with live music from local musicians. For more information, visit homegrownalabama.ua.edu.
Take the Tour: Ever wondered what happens to the recyclable items City crews collect each week? Visit the City of Tuscaloosa recycling plant and watch the process up close. See how bottles, cans, paper, and boxes are sorted, processed, and baled in the facility. Learn about the importance of recycling – and how recycling benefits our community every day. Free tours are given Monday through Friday, but must be scheduled in advance. Visit www.tuscaloosa.com/ESD or call Tuscaloosa 311 to learn more.