Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra Presents “Celebrating 40 Years” Feb. 24, 7 p.m. Moody Music Building Concert Hall, UA campus. Welcome back former TSO Music Director Ransom Wilson as flute soloist as the TSO celebrates 40 years of bringing the joy of music to the community. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit tsoonline.org.
PARA Rockin’ and Rollin’: Feb. 28, 6 p.m. Phelps Activity Center, Tuscaloosa. Bring your roller blades, skates, or just your shoes and rock out to your favorite tunes. Enjoy prizes, games, and a DJ. Youth fee ($7) includes 1 slice of pizza, a drink, and a snack. For more information, visit tcpara.org.
2nd Annual Bookin’ It for TCS Libraries 5K: Feb. 29, 8 a.m. Tuscaloosa Magnet School. This event helps raise much-needed funds for libraries in the Tuscaloosa City Schools system. Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite book character – but this is not required. For more information, including how to register, visit runsignup.com.
Leap Day at CHOM: Feb. 29, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa, downtown Tuscaloosa. Spend your extra day making froggy crafts and competing in leaping challenges. For more information, visit chomonline.org.
Bama Bourbon and Beyond: Feb. 29, 2-6 p.m. The Historic Drish House, downtown Tuscaloosa. This exclusive spirits festival features premium liquors, cigars, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. Tickets: $75, available via Eventbrite.
Tyler Farr: Feb. 29, 8 p.m. Druid City Music Hall. For more information, including tickets, visit druidcitymusichall.com.
5th Street Vintage Market: March 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 4150 5th Street, Northport. The Vintage Market is a great place to find unusual and unique treasures, from vintage books, clothes, and jewelry to handmade items, vinyl records, and more. For more information, visit 5thstreetvintagemarket.com.
2020 Alabama Community College Conference Basketball Tournament: March 3-6, Martin Campus Gymnasium, Shelton State Community College. All games are open to the public; ticket prices vary. General admission tickets are $12 per day. Alabama Community College System students and veterans will pay $6 per day. Children 10 and under are free. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, visit sheltonstate.edu/athletics.
Theatre Tuscaloosa SecondStage Presents “A Festival of One Acts”: March 4-8, Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, Tuscaloosa. Several original plays ranging from trippy ghost stories to lighthearted family portraits will be performed. Tickets are $8 and seating is general admission. For more information, visit theatretusc.com.
Celebrate Local 2020: March 5, 12-7 p.m. Tuscaloosa River Market. Going into its 3rd year, Celebrate Local brings community members and local merchants together for a one-of-a-kind social, shopping and tasting event to highlight the locally owned, independent businesses. For more information, visit tuscaloosachamber.com.
Kentuck Art Night: March 5, 5-8 p.m. Main Avenue, Northport. Enjoy exhibitions by Josh Cote and Hayes Dobbins, open artists’ studios, live music, extended Kentuck Gallery hours, pop up shops, and more. This event is free to the public. For more information, visit kentuck.org/art-nights.
West Alabama Quilters Guild 2020 Show: March 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; March 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Taylorville United Methodist Church, Tuscaloosa. Enjoy beautiful quilt exhibits, a silent auction, quilting demonstrations, a vendors’ mall, and more. For more information, visit waqg.com.
Empty Bowls Fundraiser: March 6, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Grace Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, Tuscaloosa. For a donation of $14, attendees will enjoy live entertainment and will receive a meal of soup, bread, and water. Each attendee will also be allowed to select a handcrafted bowl made by local artisans. Proceeds benefit the Loaves and Fishes Pantry. For more information, visit gracetuscaloosa.org.
Alabama Audubon Gosse Nature Walk at the University of Alabama Arboretum: March 6, Noon-2 p.m. Enjoy exploring one of the best area locations for woodland songbirds. Gosse nature walks are free and open to the public. For more information, visit alaudubon.org.
First Friday in Downtown Tuscaloosa: March 6, 5-8 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, including a map of all participants, visit firstfridaytuscaloosa.com.
Dylan Scott at Druid City Music Hall: March 6, 8 p.m. Druid City Music Hall. For more information, including tickets, visit druidcitymusichall.com.
Tuscaloosa Heart Walk: March 7, 8 a.m. (walk begins at 9 a.m.), Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. The Walk honors survivors of cardiovascular disease and stroke in the Tuscaloosa community. Walk in honor or in memory of someone you love. Activities include a kids’ zone, a CPR demo, healthy snacks, and more. For more information, visit westalheartwalk.org.
Hospice of West Alabama’s 11th Annual 5K Run/Walk: March 7, 8 a.m.-Noon. (registration begins at 7 a.m.). Hospice of West Alabama, Campus of the VA Medical Center, Tuscaloosa. Enjoy live music by Debbie Bond, games and face painting for the kids, and lots of local vendors. Proceeds help HOWA provide care to anyone in this area with a terminal illness, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Registration fee: $20. For more information and to register, visit hospiceofwestalabama.com.
Dr. Seuss at CHOM: March 7, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa, downtown Tuscaloosa. Enjoy let’s rhyme story time and Dr. Seuss’ S.T.E.A.M. and make Truffula Tree bookmarks. For more information, visit chomonline.org.
Soroptimist International of Tuscaloosa’s “A Brunch of Dreamers”: March 7, 9:30 a.m.-Noon. Embassy Suites Ballroom, downtown Tuscaloosa. This event raises funds to help support the efforts of the West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit situscaloosa.com.
Tuscaloosa Wizards Pub Crawl: March 7, 4-10 p.m. Take a stroll through some of Tuscaloosa’s most magical pubs with various venues hosting wizard theme stops. Enjoy a wizard costume contest, get house-colored badges, and try magical drink/shot specials along the way. For more information, visit markstercon.com.
Druid City Pride Presents the Third Annual Druid City Poker Run: March 7, 4-9 p.m. Downtown Tuscaloosa. Meet up with friends, grab a card at several participating bars downtown (beginning at Icon at 4 p.m.) and try to get a full poker hand by 9 p.m. To register online, visit druidcitypride.org.
Tuscaloosa Community Dancers Spring Show: March 7, 5 p.m. Morgan Auditorium, University of Alabama campus. Enjoy excerpts from Cinderella, the premiere of a contemporary piece by TCD Artistic Director Alden Phillips, and a performance of Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux by Miami City Ballet principal dancers Jennifer Lauren Quarles and Renan Cerdeiro. To purchase tickets, visit tututix.com.
The Black Jacket Symphony Presents Journey’s “Escape”: March 7, 8 p.m. Bama Theatre, downtown Tuscaloosa. Tickets: $25 and $30; available online at ticketmaster.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.