Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra Concert: Dec. 2, 7 p.m. Moody Music Building, University of Alabama campus. The concert is free and child-friendly in length and repertoire. Young community members are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit cms.music.ua.edu/tuscaloosa-youth-orchestra.
Humane Society of West Alabama’s Pet Photos with Santa: Dec. 3 (4:30-7:30 p.m.), Dec. 5 (4:30-7:30 p.m.), and Dec. 8 (1-5 p.m.). Pet Supplies Plus, Tuscaloosa. Bring your pets for a holiday photo with Santa. A professional photographer will take portraits. $15 per 4x6 photo; proceeds benefit HSWA. Make an appointment online at humanesocietyofWA.org or call (205) 554-0011 and leave a message.
Dickens Downtown: Dec. 3, 5-8 p.m., historic downtown Northport. This community supported Victorian holiday gathering celebrates the true spirit of Christmas. For more information on this free event, visit dickens-downtown.com.
Kentuck Art Night in Downtown Northport: Dec. 5, 5- 8 p.m. This monthly celebration of art and artists is free to the public. Enjoy live music, pop-up shops from local vendors, demonstrations by Kentuck studio artists, and more. For more information, visit kentuck.org/art-nights.
First Friday in Downtown Tuscaloosa: Dec. 6, 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. This event is free to the public. Local galleries, businesses and restaurants are open as a way for the community to see what downtown Tuscaloosa offers. For more information, visit firstfridaytuscaloosa.com.
Theatre Tuscaloosa Presents “The Watsons Go to Birmingham”: Dec. 6-15, Bean-Brown Theatre, Tuscaloosa. In this relatable, funny, and touching story of an African American family, tragedy turns to hope and faith. To purchase tickets, visit theatretusc.com or call the Theatre Tuscaloosa Box Office at (205) 391-2277.
YMCA Rudolph Run/Walk 8k: Dec. 7, 8 a.m. Tuscaloosa YMCA Family Center. Proceeds from this race will help provide financial assistance to families in need of YMCA programs. Bring your family to enjoy the race. For more information, and to register, visit ymcatuscaloosa.org.
Happy Birthday T-Town at CHOM: Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa, downtown Tuscaloosa. Celebrate Tuscaloosa’s 200th birthday. Play games, make crafts, and enjoy birthday cake. For more information, visit chomonline.org.
4th Annual Shop ‘Til You Drop Bazaar: Dec. 7 (9 a.m.) and Dec. 8 (1 p.m.), Bama Bed and Breakfast, Tuscaloosa. A wide variety of vendors will be set up for holiday shopping, and there will be free snacks, drinks, and giveaways. For more information, visit @BamaBedandBreakfast on Facebook.
Alabama Museum of Natural History Holiday Open House: Dec. 7, 4-5:30 p.m. Alabama Museum of Natural History, University of Alabama campus. Enjoy hot beverages and treats, as well as fun activities for children.
Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society Holiday Homes Tour: Dec. 8, 2-5 p.m. The Holiday Homes Tour is the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society's Annual Open House featuring five of our city's historic structures. The homes are decorated for the holidays and will have food and entertainment as well. For more information, visit historictuscaloosa.org.
Chamber Business After Hours: Dec. 10, 5-7 p.m. The Businesses of Synovus Plaza, Tuscaloosa. For more information, visit tuscaloosachamber.com.
Tuscaloosa Community Dancers Presents “The Nutcracker”: Dec. 12-15, Bama Theatre, downtown Tuscaloosa. TCD’s timeless holiday ballet is fun for all ages. Tickets and show times are available online at tututix.com/TuscaloosaCommunityDancers.
North River Village Christmas Market: Dec. 13, 1-4 p.m. North River Village Assisted Living, Tuscaloosa. Shop a variety of vendors to check people off your holiday gift list.
44th Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade, PARA: Dec. 13, downtown Tuscaloosa. Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the steps of the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse, 5:15 p.m. Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit tcpara.org/westalchristmasparade.
Breakfast at the North Pole with Santa and Mrs. Claus at CHOM: Dec. 14, Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa, downtown Tuscaloosa. Three separate dining times are available. Registration: $20. For more information, including specific times, visit chomonline.org.
Christmas Afloat: Dec. 14, 5 p.m. (Fireworks at 5:45 p.m.) Black Warrior River, Tuscaloosa, and Northport. This holiday flotilla by the Tuscaloosa Christmas Afloat Foundation and the Pirates of the Warrior boat club is back for 2019. View from the north or south bank of the Black Warrior River along the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk or the Northport Levee.
Taylorville Baptist Church Live Nativity: Dec. 14 and 15, 6-8 p.m. Enjoy drive-thru scenes with narration, live characters, and live animals at “Live Nativity: The Star of Bethlehem.” Vans and buses are welcome. For more information, visit taylorvillebaptist.org.
Holidays on the River: Nov. 27 through Jan. 20, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. With Ice skating, music, visits from Santa and more, this event offers something for the entire family. For more information and tickets, visit holidaysontheriver.com.
Women of the Bible Art Exhibit: Nov.1-Dec.30; Betak/Frangoulis Art Gallery at Canterbury Episcopal Church, University of Alabama Campus. This solo exhibition of new works by local artist LaShonda Scott Robinson includes 14 original watercolors celebrating the ingenuity, audacity, and faith of biblical women. For more information, visit lashondascottrobinson.com.
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.
DCH Regional Medical Center Support Groups
Cancer Wellness Support Group meets monthly Noon – 1 p.m. in the Wellness Room at the Manderson Cancer Center. We welcome current and former patients of the Manderson Cancer Center (and a caregiver) who have been diagnosed with cancer, during all phases of their treatment and recovery. Reservations are requested. For more information and to RSVP, call Jana Smith, Outreach Coordinator 205-759-7877.
HeART: Healing with the Arts free art workshop is open to all current and former Manderson Cancer Center patients, family members and caregivers. Workshops are held twice weekly, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 1pm – 4pm. These workshops give participants an opportunity to use art to express their feelings through creative expression. All art supplies are provided. No cost. The Art Gallery has countless paintings displayed for sale and open to the public. All proceeds from these sales go to fund supplies for the art room and DCH Foundation’s Help and Hope Fund.
IMPACT Identifying Many Positives After Cancer Treatment (Breast Cancer Support Group) meets monthly 11am – 1pm, typically at First Methodist Church Tuscaloosa. IMPACT aims to provide support, information, education, and community service to benefit themselves, other breast cancer survivors and their families. Reservations are requested. For more information and to RSVP, call Jana Smith, Outreach Coordinator 205-759-7877.
Look Good… Feel Better A free program sponsored by DCH Foundation’s Help and Hope Fund for women who are undergoing cancer treatment. Come learn how to deal with the changes in your skin and appearance. Attendees receive a wonderful collection of skin care and makeup products. Classes meet monthly from 1pm-3p, in the Manderson Cancer Center Wellness Room. Call 205-759-7877 for more information or visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org.
Prostate Cancer Support Group meets Noon – 1 p.m., once every other month on the third Thursday, in the Wellness Room at the Manderson Cancer Center. We welcome current and former patients of the Manderson Cancer Center (and a caregiver). This group is offered to provide community-based education and support to help men and their families cope with prostate cancer. Reservations are requested. For more information and to RSVP, call Jana Smith, Outreach Coordinator 205-759-7877.
STRETCH is a unique exercise and support program offered by the Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center and UA Recreation Center for women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis. “Stretching” can begin weeks after surgical procedures. Patients must obtain physician approval. Classes meet twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9am, at the UA Student Recreation Center. For more information, call Katrina Lewis, Patient Navigator 205-330-3647.