Hey Tuscaloosa, guess what? It may be winter but there is absolutely no reason to hibernate. Need proof? Check out this week’s calendar happenings – there’s really something for everyone, particularly families. Have fun and as always, if you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Have a great week, everyone!

“For the Love of Pets” – Library Fine Forgiveness: Monday, Feb. 22 to Saturday, Feb. 27. Tuscaloosa Public Library. Donate pet supplies and have your overdue fines waived! Donations will go to the Humane Society of West Alabama.

UA Theatre and Dance Presents “Ghosts”: Feb. 22-28, Allen Bales Theatre, University of Alabama campus. This haunting, passionate play by Henrik Ibsen centers on a mother who desperately tries to conceal the painful past of her late, philandering husband from her son. Tickets: $10. For more information, visit theatre.ua.edu or call (205) 348-3400. 

OLLI Honors Wheelchair Basketball and Tennis National Champions: Feb. 25, Bryant Conference Center, University of Alabama campus. Meet the athletes, get autographs and take photos while learning how UA is leading the way in adapted athletics. The Night of Champions event is FREE to the public, and the first 250 guests will receive 2 free tickets to the wheelchair basketball tournament to follow on Friday, February 26th at 6:00 p.m.

Empty Bowls Fundraiser, University Presbyterian Church: Feb. 26, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For $10 you will receive a simple meal of soup, bread, and water. You will also receive a hand-crafted empty bowl that will serve as a visible reminder of the many in Tuscaloosa/West AL who go to sleep each night hungry. All proceeds raised go to purchase food to be donated through UPC's Food Pantry. Tickets may be purchased from a church member or at the door the day of the event. For more information, visit uaupc.org.

Hey Tuscaloosa, guess what? It may be winter but there is absolutely no reason to hibernate. Need proof? Check out this week’s calendar happenings – there’s really something for everyone, particularly families. Have fun and as always, if you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Have a great week, everyone!

Bama Art House Films Presents “Janis: Little Girl Blue”: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. Bama Theatre, downtown Tuscaloosa. Musician Cat Power narrates this documentary on Janis Joplin's evolution into a star from letters that Joplin wrote over the years to her friends, family, and collaborators. Tickets: $8 general, $7 for students and seniors, $6 for Arts Council members. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (205) 758-5195 or visit bamatheatre.org.

UA Theatre and Dance Presents "The Countess of Storyville": Feb. 16 through Feb. 21, Marian Gallaway Theatre, University of Alabama campus. This new American Musical cloaked in mystery and steeped in politics follows a wealthy and beautiful woman’s return from Paris to operate a "Maison de Joie” in Storyville, the red light district of 1910 New Orleans. Tickets: Tickets are $14 for students, $17 for seniors and UA faculty and staff, and $20 for adults. They are available in Rowand-Johnson Hall at the ticket office in the front lobby, by phone at (205) 348-3400 or online at UA.tix.com.

Tuscaloosa City Schools Community Meetings: Feb. 18, 6 p.m. at Central, Northridge and Paul W. Bryant High Schools. These meetings will inform parents about the implementation of the system’s Integrated Curriculum, Facilities and Demographics Strategic Plan. For more information, visit tuscaloosacityschools.com.

This week offers plenty of great opportunities to get out and enjoy all that our great city has to offer. These are just a few of them – if you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra Celebrating Great Love Stories: Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Moody Concert Hall, University of Alabama campus. Get carried away with timeless tales of romance as TSO explores two of love’s most powerful agents—words & music. The evening will include selections by Berlioz and Tchaikovsky and other winsome stories of love and beauty. For more information, visit tsoonline.org.

West Alabama Works Job Fair: Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. G.G. Hardin Center, Brookwood. As many as 40 area companies will be on hand to help displaced workers affected by the Walter Energy, PCP and Faurecia layoffs find suitable new jobs. Employers include DCH Health System, BF Goodrich, Mercedes-Benz, Alabama Power and more.

“Real Lives: Observations and Reflections by Dale Kennington” Art Exhibit Reception: Feb. 11, 5 to 7 p.m., UA Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, downtown Tuscaloosa. Alabama alumna Dale Kennington’s works showcase scenes from ordinary life. Exhibit runs through March 11.  

2016 Alabama All-State Orchestra Festival: Feb. 11-14, Moody Music Building. The All-State Orchestra is an audition-only orchestra comprised of the best musicians between the ages of 10 and 18 from across the state. The Huxford Orchestra opens the festival at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 (tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for students). The festival’s finale on Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. features students selected for the All-State Orchestra. This performance is free.

Hearts on Fire for Arts ‘n Autism: Feb. 12-13. Tuscaloosa Flower Shoppe has teamed up with Arts ‘N Autism and will donate delivery fees and tips collected to the organization. For more information or to order flowers, go to tuscaloosaflowershoppe.com or call (205) 758-3065. 

This week offers plenty of great opportunities to get out and enjoy all that our great city has to offer. These are just a few of them – if you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town!

Yonder Mountain String Band at Druid City Music Hall: Feb. 2, 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.). Druid City Music Hall, The Strip, Tuscaloosa. For more information, visit druidcitymusichall.com.

UPDATE: Rescheduled due to weather: Bama Art House Films Presents “Mustang”: Feb 3, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 general, $7 for students and seniors, $6 for Arts Council members. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (205) 758-5195 or visit bamatheatre.org.

Kentuck’s Official Grand Opening Party and February Art Night: Feb. 4, 5 to 8 p.m. Kentuck Art Center, 503 Main Avenue, Northport. Kentuck is rolling out the red carpet and celebrating its newly renovated museum building with an open house party by Kentuck’s Capital Campaign Steering Committee and Board of Directors. Come tour the new museum building, enjoy door prizes, live music and more. For more information, visit kentuck.org.

This week offers plenty of great opportunities to get out and enjoy all that our great city has to offer. These are just a few of them – if you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add!

Enjoy your week, T-Town.

Miracle League of Tuscaloosa Spring Registration: Online registration is available now for The Miracle League of Tuscaloosa’s spring season. Cost: $40. To register visit miracleleagueoftuscaloosa.com. For more information, call (205) 523-8040.

Bama Art House Films Presents “The New Girlfriend”: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. Bama Theatre, downtown Tuscaloosa. Tickets: $8 general, $7 for students and seniors, $6 for Arts Council members. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (205) 758-5195 or visit bamatheatre.org.

Hi T-Town! Are you ready to celebrate the University of Alabama football team’s amazing national championship? Sweet 16, indeed! That’s just one of the excellent events taking place in and around our area this week. Get ready to Roll with the Tide through the streets of town, everyone – and enjoy all of these other great events too!

Bama Art House Films Presents “All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records”: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. 'All Things Must Pass' is a documentary that explores the rise and fall of Tower Records, and its legacy forged by its rebellious founder, Russ Solomon. This film is sponsored by Left Hand Soap Company and Oz Music. Tickets: $8 general, $7 for students and seniors, $6 for Arts Council members. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (205) 758-5195 or visit bamatheatre.org.

Free Estate Planning and Asset Protection Workshop, Red Oak Legal, PC: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Hotel Capstone, Tuscaloosa. Educational workshop presented by local attorney G. Stephen Wiggins. Topics include wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance directives, living wills, long-term care, Medicaid qualification, and probate administration. Also, how to protect your assets from:  divorce, remarriage, creditors, bankruptcy, and nursing homes. Registration is required. Call (205) 764-1262 or go to redoaklegalpc.com.

Alabama National Championship Parade and Celebration: Saturday, Jan 23, 10 a.m. The parade begins at Denny Chimes and proceeds down University Boulevard to the north steps of Bryant-Denny Stadium at the Walk of Champions. For more information, visit rolltide.com.

“Calico Street” Troupe Grand Opening: Saturday, Jan. 23, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Northport Civic Center. This exciting stage play for kids (ages 5 to 11) features great programs of unpredictable fun and learning with costumed actors and dancers, lights and music. Admission is free, and parent seating is available. Calico Street will be presented two Saturday mornings each month. Come early to register. For more information, visit calicostreet.com.

Makers Market Sample Saturday: Jan. 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Makers Market, downtown Tuscaloosa. Visit the Makers Market for delicious gourmet butters, sauces, relishes, jellies, extracts and more – all homemade here in Tuscaloosa by Sweet Home Chicago. For more information, visit themakersmarketalabama.com.

Stillman College United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Super Viewing Party “An Evening of Stars: Educating Our Future”: Saturday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m. Wynn Humanities and Fine Arts Center - Warner Presentation Room, Stillman College campus. Admittance is by invitation or a $25 minimum donation. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. The local Tuscaloosa band, Jus Gruv Entertainment, will provide live music. For more information, call (205) 366-8880.

Breaking Benjamin Unplugged at Druid City Music Hall: Jan. 23, 8 p.m. Druid City Music Hall, The Strip, Tuscaloosa. For more information, visit druidcitymusichall.com.

Richard Shelby Speaks in Tuscaloosa: Monday, Jan. 25, 7:30 a.m. Embassy Suites, Tuscaloosa. U.S. Senator Richard Shelby will speak at the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama’s “Chamber in Session” breakfast. Tickets: $30. For reservations, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Well everyone, we hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday. Warm enough for you? On that note, one KEY thing to mention right now: The Holidays on the River ice skating rink is going to be closed on Monday, Dec. 28, because of the recent storms and high temperatures. Unfavorable ice conditions has forced officials to close temporarily – so while it’s listed here as one of the few big events for the week, check the Holidays on the River Facebook site for updates. Boo for warm weather!

And you know one reason why this calendar is a bit thin this week, especially given that New Year’s Eve is coming? Hint: ROLL TIDE. I think half the town (or more) is going to the playoff game and the other half are holding watch parties. Enjoy!

Whatever you do this week, have a blast and enjoy your vacations as we all prep to ring in 2016 on Friday!

Holidays on the River: Through Jan. 18, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. With Ice skating, music and dance performances and more, this event offers something for the entire family. For more information, visit holidaysontheriver.com or Holidays on the River on Facebook.

Indian Hills Year End Celebration: Wednesday, Dec. 30, 6 to 9 p.m. Indian Hills Country Club. Celebrate the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 with fun time with friends and family, great food and music by Angela and the Able Brothers.

New Year’s Eve for Kids: Dec. 31, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa (C.H.O.M.), downtown Tuscaloosa. The Balloon Drop happens at 11 a.m. For more information: (205) 349-4235 and www.chomonline.org.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Michigan State Spartans: Thursday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas. The game is on ESPN. Tune in. Yell loud. Roll with the Tide!

UPCOMING EVENTS in January:

Bama Art House Winter Series: Ongoing, Bama Theatre, downtown Tuscaloosa. The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa presents this series of film screenings, which take place each Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. through Feb. 16. The first film in the series, “Room,” is scheduled for Jan. 12. For more information, call (205) 758-5195 or visit bamatheatre.org.  

Free Estate Planning and Asset Protection Workshop at Red Oak Legal, PC: Tuesday, Jan. 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. 500 Towncenter Blvd., Ste. B, in Tuscaloosa.  Educational workshop presented by local attorney G. Stephen Wiggins. Topics include wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance directives, living wills, long-term care, Medicaid qualification, and probate administration. Also, how to protect your assets from:  divorce, remarriage, creditors, bankruptcy, and nursing homes. Registration is required. Call (205) 764-1262 or go to redoaklegalpc.com.

Kentuck Art Night in downtown Northport: Thursday, Jan. 7, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event, a monthly celebration of art and artists, is free to the public. For more information, visit kentuck.org/art-night. 

The ACT Auditions for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: Jan 11-12, Sign-in 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Covenant Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa. A classical Shakespearean monologue is preferred, but contemporary pieces are fine too. Ages: 8th grade and older. For more information, visit theactonline.com or The Actor’s Charitable Theatre on Facebook.  

CHOM Celebrates National Popcorn Day: Jan. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa (C.H.O.M.), downtown Tuscaloosa. Enjoy popcorn crafts, parachute popcorn games and more. And of course, eat popcorn! For more information: (205) 349-4235 and chomonline.org

Realizing the Dream Concert: Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m. Moody Music Concert Hall, University of Alabama campus. Award-winning South African artist Jonathan Butler is the featured artist for the 2016 Realizing the Dream Concert, part of the 27th annual weekend of recognition for the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For more information about Realizing the Dream activities and events, call (205) 348-7111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is it, T-Town: It’s almost here. Soon, Santa will make his annual visit to our fair city, and we’ll all be gathering around holiday tables with friends and family to celebrate Christmas.

Have you finished your shopping? Yes? Well if so, then check out some of these fun events happening around town this week. Obviously with the holiday, this weekly calendar will be slightly thinner than usual – but that’s just because almost everyone will be taking several days off this week to enjoy some much-needed down time.

And if you haven’t finished your shopping, stop reading this immediately. Get the car keys and go shop – and remember to shop local, y’all!

Happy Holidays from everyone at Druid City Living.

May the Force be with you, Tuscaloosa. Gee, can you guess what major event is happening this week? Yeah, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on Friday but if you aren’t planning on braving the theater crowds to see it in its opening weekend, guess what? You’ve got tons of fun options for things to do all week long, including this weekend. From a Live Nativity scene in Northport to Christmas Afloat on the Black Warrior River to The Mulligan Brothers acoustic performance at the Bama to a special night of bowling at AMF just for stressed out moms, we’re hopping, T-Town!

Enjoy these events, you must.

A TSO Christmas: Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Moody Concert Hall, University of Alabama School of Music, Tuscaloosa. Don’t miss the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra’s annual sold-out classic, which features a myriad of holiday favorites, including sing-alongs and music from Steve Sample. For more information, including tickets, call (205) 752-5515 or visit www.tsoonline.org.

Theatre Tuscaloosa Auditions for “The Glass Menagerie”: Dec 14-15, 6 p.m. Wilson Carr Rehearsal Hall, Bean-Brown Theatre, Shelton State Community College. For more information, call (205) 391-2277.

United Way 2015 Campaign Celebration: Dec. 15, 5:30-7 p.m. Embassy Suites, Tuscaloosa. Join United Way of West Alabama for its 2015 campaign celebration where you'll meet and hear from campaign volunteers and learn West Alabama's fundraising total for the annual United Way campaign. For more information, contact Julie Mann at (205) 345-6640 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2nd Annual Tacky Christmas Sweater and Bowling Mom’s Night Out: Dec. 15, 7 p.m. AMF Bama Lanes, 520 15th Street East, Tuscaloosa. It’s all about bad bowling, questionable fashion choices and lots of laughs! Cost: $12 (two hours of bowling and shoe rental). For more information, visit amf.com/bamalanes.

Holiday Acoustic Night at the Bama Theatre Featuring The Mulligan Brothers: Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. Greensboro Room, Bama Theatre, downtown Tuscaloosa. This event is a benefit for the Druid City Garden Project. Tickets: $15. For more information, visit bamatheatre.org.

Just like last week, this week is jam-packed with tons of fun things to do and see and hear. And yep, it's ALL about the holidays! Don’t you just love December in Tuscaloosa and Northport? Well, of course you do. You live here. And don’t forget: Holidays on the River continues through Jan. 18, so pick a time and head down to enjoy ice skating, the Tinsel Trees, some holiday music and a festive good time!

40th Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade, PARA: Dec. 7, 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.  

Chick-fil-A Toys for Tots Drive: Dec. 8, 5-7 p.m. Chick-fil-A Tuscaloosa South. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and receive a free Chick-Fil-A Nugget Kid’s Meal (4-count). Crafts and coloring for the kids will be available, along with a special visit from Santa Cow.

Market After Dark: Dec. 9, 6 to 8 p.m., Makers Market Tuscaloosa. The Makers Market has partnered with Turning Point for a special night of shopping. Proceeds benefit Turning Point. Come see tons of great handcrafted items made by locals, and enjoy a silent auction for Pie Lab Pies! Check out The Maker’s Market on Facebook.

Sweet Escape: Dec. 10, 4 – 7 p.m. Bama Bed and Breakfast, downtown Tuscaloosa. This evening of shopping, pampering and chocolate tasting is for the women of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. For more information, call (205) 391-0559. 

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