While most people are thinking about vacation this time of year, the Tuscaloosa Backpack Coalition is in full swing, working hard to raise funds for 2,000 plus city and county preregistered students in need of backpacks and required school supplies for the 2016-2017 school year.

 Tuscaloosa Backpack Coalition is currently holding its annual school supply drive, collecting school supplies for students in need.

Interviews are set for later this month for five candidates to become the Tuscaloosa City Schools’ next superintendent. These are the five names in the running for the position.

If you’re looking for a great way to beat the heat with the kids and enjoy some fun movie time, the City of Tuscaloosa’s Environmental Services Department has a solution. “The Green Scene” indoor summer movie series starts on Friday, July 1, at the Richard A. Curry Jr. Complex. Movies will be shown each Friday afternoon through July 22.

It’s summer and for many, this means it’s the perfect time to buy a home. If you’re thinking about buying a new home, it’s important to know your numbers – and not just the numbers in your budget.

Community Service Programs of West Alabama administers a number of hugely important area services, including the Meals on Wheels program – which provides a nutritious meal, companionship and a watchful eye on the disabled population in our area.

Lake season is here! Happy Father's Day to everyone. While out celebrating summer, I have noticed quite a few changes on Lake Tuscaloosa. 

There appear to be more boats on the water. The usual brands are accented with new, sporty models that we didn't see as recently as last summer. One I might call a "mini-ship" puttered beside us as we were taking our first dip in the water last month. 

Druid City Garden Project (DCGP), a Tuscaloosa-based organization rooted in providing garden-based education to local elementary schools, has created a statewide K-5 curriculum based on their award-winning Gardens 2 Schools program.

The organization wants to bring a garden to every school in Alabama, and hopes that this curriculum will bring that dream one step closer to reality.

“We’re excited to give teachers the tools to seamlessly incorporate garden-based learning into their existing curriculum. It’ll transform their classrooms,” said DCGP co-founder and curriculum author Rashmi Grace. 

Summer break from school doesn’t mean all play for some students. A group of Holy Spirit Catholic School students decided to serve others during the first part of their summer by working with Jesus Way in Tuscaloosa, a non-profit organization that operates homeless shelters in the area.

Tuscaloosa’s Habitat for Humanity always needs volunteers, but the need is particularly great over the summer. Despite the soaring temperatures, work must continue to build the homes. That is where area businesses can help, according to Habitat Director Ellen Potts, who says there is a critical need for volunteers.

“We take people of any skill level or no skill level. Businesses who send their employees to work with us are a huge part of our success,” Potts said. “We have all the tools needed and skilled construction supervisors who train volunteers for the tasks at hand. We can take individual volunteers or groups up to 25 on a site per day.”

This summer is jam packed with fun, entertaining things to do – many of them in downtown Tuscaloosa. Now, merchants in Temerson Square are holding their own party. Dubbed “Second Saturday,” this celebration is essentially an entertainment district – with restaurants and clubs holding sidewalk parties and offering “drinks to go.” It’s a big block party, and it sounds like a whole lot of fun.

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.



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