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Displaying items by tag: events - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper. - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper. Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:04:01 -0500 MYOB en-gb Songwriters to Share Music and Stories at Inaugural Druid City Songwriters Festival Over 40 different songwriters will be in Tuscaloosa over the weekend of June 21-24, for the inaugural Druid City Songwriters Festival. They’ll perform at various bars and restaurants as well as Government Plaza.

It’s part concert, part storytelling, and for Tuscaloosa, it’s an event that is the first of its kind. 

The inaugural Druid City Songwriters Festival will be held June 21-24 in downtown Tuscaloosa and will feature more than 40 songwriters. 

“It’s a new type of event that we are bringing to the area,” said Megan McMillan, a local songwriter who is organizing the festival. 

McMillan said she has participated in songwriter festivals in other areas and has enjoyed them more than anything else she’s ever done. That’s why she wanted to bring one to Tuscaloosa. 

“The whole idea of the songwriter rounds that make up the festival started in Nashville,” she said. 

A songwriter round is made up of three or four writers who are on stage together. During a round, each songwriter will play a song they wrote and then share the story behind the song. After each writer performs three or four songs, the group moves to another venue, and other writers take their place for the next round. 

“Somebody in the audience can see nine to 12 songwriters in one venue, or they can follow the songwriter that they want to see to different venues,” McMillan said.    

“It’s very personal, because it’s a side of the song and the performance that you don’t see otherwise. The whole round itself is very intimate. It’s like a storytelling performance. The stories are just as good as the songs, sometimes even better.”

While the performance rounds will be held in bars and restaurants, McMillan said audience members shouldn’t expect a party atmosphere.

“We’re going to promote listening-room environments. People will come in, get a drink, and listen to the songs. It’s not a party environment. It’s an environment where you pay your respect to the songwriter, who is telling their story.”

Audience members with a particular music preference will be able to hear their favorite genre as songwriters in country, folk, rock, blues, and even psychedelia are scheduled to appear. There is no charge to attend the performance rounds.

The festival begins with a welcoming party at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21 at Black Warrior Brewing Company. Tommy Barnes, who wrote the song “Indian Outlaw” recorded by Tim McGraw, will perform.

Songwriter Tommy Barnes, who lived in Winfield during his teen years, has written songs for Tim McGraw, Hank Williams Jr., Little Texas, and many others, is a performer at the inaugural Druid City Songwriters Festival.

On Friday, June 22 the performance rounds begin at 4 p.m. at Black Warrior Brewing Company, and Band of Brothers Brewing Company.

Barnes, along with hit songwriters Troy Martin and Steve Leslie, will perform at Government Plaza at 6 p.m. Other songwriters will perform at Rhythm and Brews, Green Bar, Copper Top, and Billy’s Sports Grill in Northport beginning at 6 p.m. 

Leslie, a Grammy Award-winner, who has written songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Mark Chesnutt, George Strait, Ricky Skaggs, and others, will hold a workshop for anyone interested in learning about songwriting on Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m. at Hotel Indigo. The cost for the workshop is $25.

“Anyone interested in the Nashville songwriting process should come to the workshop,” Leslie said. “I’m going to talk about how we do it here, what we do once the song is written, and how much money can be earned.”

Saturday’s performance rounds begin at 2 p.m. at the breweries and 4 p.m. at the other locations. 

The festival will conclude for the public on Saturday night, with the final round being held at the rooftop terrace at Hotel Indigo at 7 p.m. A farewell brunch for the songwriters will be held on Sunday, June 24. 

During the weekend, an app for smartphones will be available to help audience members find where specific songwriters are performing. Schedules can also be picked up in the Hotel Indigo lobby or found on the Druid City Songwriters Festival website.

McMillan said songwriters and their followers have a passion for these types of music festivals, and she expects many visitors from outside Tuscaloosa. She had to turn away some artists who applied because this year’s festival just couldn’t accommodate them.

“I was really blown away by the amount of talent, and people from different states that applied, especially with this being our first year,” she said. 

“We didn’t have anything to tell these people, but that we were doing a festival, and they’re coming in from all over just for the opportunity to do a festival like this.”

Steve Leslie’s professional songwriting career spans more than 25 years. The Grammy Award-winner will perform and lead a songwriting workshop at the Druid City Songwriters Festival.

Leslie said he is glad Tuscaloosa is starting a songwriters’ festival.

“I love the idea,” he said. “The more opportunities available for people to hear and understand what it is we do the better! Also, inspiring younger songwriters is the best part of this job for me.”

 “I want people to come out and give it a shot,” McMillan said, “because I really believe people are going to love it.”

For more information about the Druid City Songwriters Festival, visit or @DCSF18 on Facebook.   

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Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Get out, get involved, and above all else: Have fun. And remember: If you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town!

Theatre Tuscaloosa’s Summer Theatre Camp: June 18-29, Sandra Hall Ray Fine Arts Center, Shelton State’s Martin Campus, Tuscaloosa. To register, or for more information, visit 

Alabama Museum of Natural History Expedition: June 18-23. Participants will have the unique opportunity to work with scientists in the field of archaeology as part of an actual scientific research project to explore the history of Alabama. Students, teachers, and adults will spend a week at the Expedition field camp working with scientists to learn excavation techniques, laboratory procedures, and artifact identification. For more information, visit

Kids Clay Camps at Kentuck: Beginning June 19, The Clay Place, Kentuck’s Courtyard of Wonders. Red Dog Potter Shirley Hayes Dobbins instructs children on hand-building with clay, glazing, and self-expression. For more information, including age groups, pricing, and registration, call (205) 758-1257 or visit 

Bama Art House Films Summer Series: Tuesdays through July 17 (No screening on July 3), 7:30 p.m. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (205) 758-5195 or visit 

Morning Pointe Rock-A-Thon: June 21, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Morning Pointe Tuscaloosa (1801 Rice Mine Road North). Meet on the porch, grab a rocking chair, enjoy live music, and help raise money for Alzheimer’s research. For more information, call 205-345-1112.

Druid City Songwriters Festival: June 21-23, Tuscaloosa. Venues throughout Tuscaloosa will welcome over 40 songwriters for a special “in the round” experience. For a complete schedule of performances and events, including host venues, visit @DCSF18 on Facebook.

Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Hurricane Creekkeeper River Cruise: June 21, 6-9 p.m. Bama Belle Riverboat, Tuscaloosa. This sunset cruise features live music, dinner, and local beer celebrates the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Creekkeeper. Proceeds support the Riverkeeper’s efforts to protect the Black Warrior River watershed. Ages 21 and up. Tickets: $40. To purchase, visit  

Green Scenes Summer Movie Series Presents “Finding Dory”: June 22, 1-3 p.m. Richard A. Curry complex (3440 Kauloosa Avenue). Arrive early to get your seats, as seating is limited to the first 100. Enjoy free popcorn and refreshments! For more information or to reserve a large group, call Tuscaloosa 311.

Live at the Plaza: June 22, 6 to 9 p.m. Government Plaza, downtown Tuscaloosa. This week’s music is part of the Druid City Songwriter’s Festival – The Mulligan Brothers will also perform. This event is free.

3rd Annual Dirt, Sweat & Gears Trail Duathlon: June 23, 7:30 a.m. Lake Lurleen State Park. This DCH Foundation and DCH Sports Medicine’s event features a 10-mile trail bike ride followed by a 5K run. This duathlon also allows team competition. Tickets: $45 individual/$80 team. For more information, call (205) 759-7349. 

National Rat Catcher’s Day at CHOM: June 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum, downtown Tuscaloosa. Catch the rats in CHOM for a special prize. All activities are included in admission. For more information, visit

T-Town BBQ Cook Off and Fun Day: June 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Benjamin Barnes YMCA, Tuscaloosa. Face-painting, bouncy houses, games & other children's activities; vendors, Greek paraphernalia, information booths, freebies, health fair, and chances to win prizes. Raffle tickets $5.00; you do not have to be present to win. Proceeds to provide scholarship money for deserving West AL students.


2018 Summer Northport Community Engagement Dinner: June 26, 5:30-7 p.m. The Levee, Northport. Join the Chamber, the Levee, and officials from Northport for dinner. This semi-annual event is designed to keep Northport business leaders and citizens informed on issues related to the Northport Community. Fees/admission: $20 (Chamber members); $30 (non-members). For more information, email  

Secret Agent Saturday at CHOM: June 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum, downtown Tuscaloosa. Secret messages and mysteries, agent badges and disguises…and more. All activities are included in admission. For more information, visit 

Tedeschi Trucks Band with Drive-By Truckers, Marcus King Band: June 30, 6:30 p.m. Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Tickets available via For more information, call the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Box Office at (205) 248-5280. 


Month of June

Summer Camps 2018 at CHOM: STEM Fun plus CHOM Play. “ZOOM!” June 11 - 15 • 9:30am - 12:30pm • $175 Explore Chemistry, Engineering, Circuitry, Robotics! Campers will Mix it! Design it! Build it! and Move it! Campers end the week with a Survival Raft competition. “C.S.I. CHOM” June 18 – 22 • 9:30am - 12:30pm • $175 It’s Child Science Investigator week! Crime soars in the summer heat. Campers solve CHOM’s Crime of the Summer as they Dust it! Bag it! Detect it! and Prove it! On Friday they’ll Solve it! For more information, visit 

Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy Summer Camps: TCTA is offering free, four-day camps June 11-28, for students in grades 6 through 8. Camp topics include Engineering, Culinary Arts, Animation, Fire College, Police Academy, Cosmetology, Military/JROTC, TV Production, Drones, and Mercedes-Benz. Visit for more information and to sign up.

Tuscaloosa Farmer’s Market: Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon.; Tuesdays 3-6 p.m. 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 or call (205) 248-5295. 


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Tuscaloosa to Honor Veterans on Memorial Day Tuscaloosa to Honor Veterans on Memorial Day

A Memorial Day service to honor military veterans is planned for Monday, May 28 at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Memorial Park. The hour-long program, which begins at 9 a.m., is free and open to the public.

The guest speaker at the Tuscaloosa Memorial Day service is Sergeant Evan Van Nostrand, United States Marine Corps (ret).

Sergeant Van Nostrand grew up on Long Island, New York, and enlisted in The United States Marine Corps in 2005 immediately following graduation from Smithtown High School. Upon completion of recruit training, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regiment 2nd Marine Division in 2006. Sergeant Van Nostrand would deploy to Iraq in 2006 and 2007. In 2009, Sergeant Van Nostrand deployed as part of the Battalion Landing Team for the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit. Upon returning from his deployment with the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit, Sergeant Van Nostrand was assigned to 2nd Battalion 6th Marines 2nd Marine Division. In August of 2010, Sergeant Van Nostrand was deployed to Afghanistan. In September of 2012, Sergeant Van Nostrand was medically retired from The United States Marine Corps due to injuries sustained due to combat operations.

The program will feature an Armed Forces Medley and Gun Volley Salute and Taps by the Tuscaloosa County American Legion Honor Guard.


After the ceremony guests are encouraged to tour the Park’s military exhibits and visit the Honor Roll of Veterans and Congressional Medal of Honor monuments. The Memorial Day Ceremony is sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Park Association and the Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority (PARA). 

For more information, visit

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Sixth Annual Tuscaloosa Kids Triathlon to Benefit Secret Meals The Tuscaloosa Kids Triathlon includes swimming, biking, and running. It’s open to children ages 5-16, and the goal is to encourage young people in the Tuscaloosa area to pursue healthy, active lifestyles. This year’s event will be held on May 19 at Lake Lurleen State Park.

The kids who choose to participate in the Tuscaloosa Kids Triathlon are making a huge impact on other children in need in the Tuscaloosa community. Hundreds of children are expected to swim, bike, and run to the finish line at Lake Lurleen State Park on May 19.

The donations that participants raise benefit Secret Meals for Hungry Children – a program created by Alabama Credit Union to provide meals for children who can’t access nutritional meals during the weekend, while they’re away from school. 

“We hope that through this triathlon, we can encourage our community’s youth to maintain an active lifestyle and help provide the financial support needed to feed the children in our community that are faced with food insecurity during the weekends,” said Jasmine Wells, marketing assistant for Alabama Credit Union. 

The 6th Annual Tuscaloosa Kids Triathlon gets underway at 9 a.m. on the 19th. Kids will be encouraged to complete all three sections of a typical triathlon: swimming, biking, and running. Helpful devices, such as training wheels and floatation devices, are allowed.

The triathlon is open to children who will be between the ages of 5-16 as of Dec. 31. The race is sanctioned and regulated by USA Triathlon, making it a safe, positive environment for the young triathletes. To ensure the Triathlon stays beginner-friendly, the length of the race will vary depending on the normal skill set of each age group. 

Inexperienced participants had the chance to test their skills at the “Learn to Tri” training clinic, held last month. The children rotated through stations for each section of the race, and learned best practices, including how to transition. 

Started by Alabama Credit Union, Secret Meals for Hungry Children has fed thousands of children at risk for going hungry when public schools are closed. Research estimates 22 percent of children in the Alabama and Florida areas are living in poverty and don’t always have access to nutritional meals. 

“I believe that we are not only providing these children with nutritious weekend food packs, but to some of these children, we are delivering hope,” Wells said. “A hope that knows that this community truly cares about them, and that better things are coming their way.”

Currently, the programs serves over 2,300 of these children by discreetly slipping nutritional meals into their backpacks every Friday. Because of support from the local community, Alabama Credit Union has never had to turn down a request to add more children to the program, Wells said. 

“My favorite part about working with Secret Meals is knowing that I am doing a little bit each and every day to contribute to a cause greater than myself – childhood hunger.”

To register for the 2018 Tuscaloosa Kids Triathlon, visit The registration fee is $45. 

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DCL Weekly: Community Calendar of Events DCL Weekly: Community Calendar of Events

Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Get out, get involved, and above all else: Have fun. And remember: If you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town!

TPL Rocks! Summer Reading Program Signup: Begins May 14. Join the Tuscaloosa Public Library this summer for the Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program. For more information, visit

Chamber in Session: State of the State: May 15, 11:30 a.m. Embassy Suites, downtown Tuscaloosa. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey will speak at this annual event, designed to provide Chamber members with updates from key officials on public policy topics. For tickets, email

FOCUS Senior Appreciation Day: May 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa. Stop by the front desk at FOCUS to register for this special event honoring seniors. For more information, call 205-553-3133.

2018 Tuscaloosa County Citizen of the Year: May 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Embassy Suites, downtown Tuscaloosa. Lin D. Moore will be honored during the annual Tuscaloosa Civitan Club luncheon co-hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. Tickets: $35. For tickets or more information, call Brett Laney at 205-759-3023.

HOWA Candlelight Service of Remembrance: May 16, 2 p.m. Grace Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa. You are invited to attend Hospice of West Alabama’s special service celebrating the life of your loved one. For more information, visit

Kentuck Art Center Ladies Night: May 17, 5 to 7 p.m. Kentuck Art Center, Northport. The featured gallery shop artist will be Leigh Lynn. During the event, all shop items will be 10 percent off, and Kentuck members will receive 20 percent off. Refreshments will be served.

United Way Young Leader’s Society’s Fifth Annual Pie Eating Contest: May 17, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Heat Pizza, Government Plaza, Tuscaloosa. Come watch contestants eat (pizza!) pie as fast as they can for a good cause. For more information, visit

Theatre Tuscaloosa Presents “Second Samuel”: May 18-27. Bean-Brown Theatre, Tuscaloosa. It's the late 1940s in Second Samuel, a sleepy, South Georgia town where it's hard to keep a secret, but everybody's got one. When beloved music teacher Miss Gertrude passes away, will the town ever be normal again? For show times, or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Theatre Tuscaloosa Box Office at (205) 391-2277.   

6th Annual Tuscaloosa Kids Triathlon: May 19, 9 a.m. Lake Lurleen State Park. Children of all athletic abilities are invited to participate in this beginner-friendly event, which benefits Secret Meals for Hungry Children. For more information, or to register online, visit 

Dance Like a Chicken at CHOM: May 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa, downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information, visit   

Camp Horne 5K Trail Run 2018: May 19, 4 p.m. Camp Horne, 13663 Keenes Mill Road, Cottondale. This fun, challenging course is for runners of all ages and abilities. Proceeds benefit the Black Warrior Council, Boy Scouts of America. To register, visit

Druid City Pride Crawfish Boil: May 20, 2 p.m. Loosa Brews, Tuscaloosa. Enjoy great crawfish and company at DCP’s first-ever crawfish boil. Donations are appreciated. For more information, visit @DruidCityPride on Facebook.

Morning Pointe of Tuscaloosa Presents “Tea Talks”: May 21, 11 a.m. Morning Pointe of Tuscaloosa, Assisted Living, Tuscaloosa. Tea Talks is a free monthly educational talk series on various interesting topics, with coffee and tea. This month features a speaker from Anders Hardware. Talks are free and open to the public. For more information, call Sarah Pederson at (205) 239-8929. 


Theatre Tuscaloosa Presents “Second Samuel”: Through May 27. Bean-Brown Theatre, Tuscaloosa. It's the late 1940s in Second Samuel, a sleepy, South Georgia town where it's hard to keep a secret, but everybody's got one. When beloved music teacher Miss Gertrude passes away, will the town ever be normal again? For show times, or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Theatre Tuscaloosa Box Office at (205) 391-2277.   

Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame Show and Induction Ceremony: May 25, 6 p.m. Tuscaloosa River Market. The 2nd Annual Boxing Hall of Fame Show, hosted by Skyy Boxing Gym, includes six fights, including Tuscaloosa star Deon Nicholson, the debut of Marsellos Wilder, and Robert Alfonzo defending his heavyweight belt. Evander Holyfield will be inducted, along with Byron Mitchell, Flynn Gerald, Bill Irby, and Eugene Tillman. For tickets, visit

Chase Evan Live at Band of Brothers: May 25, 7 p.m. Band of Brothers, Tuscaloosa. Enjoy one of the area’s best acoustic guitar players and relax heading into the Memorial Day weekend.

National Lucky Penny Day at CHOM: May 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa, downtown Tuscaloosa. Play Pass the Penny, search the museum for big pennies, bring your own pennies for the wishing well, and make your own lucky penny. For more information, visit

Young Tuscaloosa’s “Food for Thought”: May 31, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hotel Indigo, Tuscaloosa. Join Young Tuscaloosa for a special Food for Thought as we host Probate Judge candidates Ted Sexton and Rob Robertson with an open forum. This event is free for YT members and $10 for non-YT members. For more information, visit


Homegrown Alabama Farmer’s Market: Thursdays, 3-6 p.m. 812 5th Avenue, Tuscaloosa. This University of Alabama student-run farmer’s market features vendors from all over the state, along with live music from local musicians.; (205) 210-9621  

Tuscaloosa Farmer’s Market: Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon.; Tuesdays 3-6 p.m. 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 or call (205) 248-5295. 


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Things to Do: Bryant High Theatre Department Presents “Shrek: The Musical” This Weekend Rehearsals continue for this weekend's production of

Local high school students are busily preparing to wow audiences this weekend, as the Paul W. Bryant High School Theatre Department presents Shrek: The Musical April 20-22 in the school’s auditorium.

Dress rehearsals are fast approaching for the cast, which includes about 35 Bryant High students, as well as a few students from The Alberta School of Performing Arts.


Shrek: The Musical is a Tony Award-winning musical based on the beloved 2001 DreamWorks Animation film. Shrek is an unlikely hero who sets off on a journey with the wisecracking Donkey and the feisty Princess Fiona – a journey that will change all of their lives.

Performances of Shrek: The Musical will be held at 7 p.m. on April 20 and 21, and 3 p.m. on April 22. Tickets are $7 at the door.




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The Land of Oz: Why is “Girl Talk: Overcoming Obstacles to Empower Women” Important? Nicole Hall is the prevention coordinator for PRIDE of Tuscaloosa. Hall enjoys spending time with her husband, Jordan, and their dog, Ferris.

There are literally hundreds of events in our community during the month of April. But you may want to give special consideration to this one …

“Girl Talk: Overcoming Obstacles to Empower Women,” hosted by PRIDE of Tuscaloosa, will be held on April 26 at the Tuscaloosa River Market. This all-female event focuses on discussing taboo topics in an open, accepting environment. 

Topics of discussion will include substance abuse prevention and treatment, social media management, sex crimes, OB/GYN education, bullying, suicide, and how to create a healthy relationship. After the topics have been discussed, a panel of speakers will answer questions from the audience. Due to the nature of some of the topics, PRIDE recommends this event for ages 12 and up. 

Parents: this is a great time to ask those questions you are tired of googling, or too afraid to ask other parents. Students: this is a moment to find out what really affects you – and how even a social media post can mean more than you think. Community members: this is an occasion to learn how youth are being affected in Tuscaloosa, and to give you the tools to empower the women around you. 

As women, we have huge duties to fulfill. From school education, to work, to household chores, to the joys of motherhood, women are so important to our society. While there is no explanation for why women are at a higher likelihood to misuse medications than men, I have always wondered if it is due to us wanting to be perfect instead of perfectly imperfect? It could also be that women are likely to obtain higher doses of pain medication, be over-prescribed medications, have chronic pain, and an easy access point. 

Prescription pain medications are one of the most widely abused drugs for female adolescence. Did you know that 1 in 4 prescriptions are being abused by teens, or that 1 in 5 college students report misusing a medication? Did you know that babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, have increased by 15-20 percent? And that is just what I could fit in my word count. 

If you are a woman, this should interest you. So, go register. Registration is available on Again, “Girl Talk” is April 26 at the Tuscaloosa River Market from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This event is free, and dinner will be served. 

Remember, we are all guilty of the “it won't happen to me” or “not my child.” But the truth is, addiction does not discriminate. It can be found on both sides of the river, in poor and wealthy communities, in all ethnicities, and in all genders. But that doesn’t mean that women from all walks of life can’t come together to empower each other. And we are worth it.  

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It’s a Dog’s Life: Annual Bark in the Park is Big Fun for Four-Legged Residents Gather up your furry friends and get ready for a day of outdoor fun at the 5th Annual Bark in the Park on April 21.

If you are looking for ways to enjoy the southern spring weather with your four-legged best friend, mark your calendar for the 5th Annual Bark in the Park. With everything from live music to a pet photo booth, organizers say this annual event will be just as fun for your dog as it is for you.

“The community loves the event and turns out in masses,” said David Moman, the Chairman of the event. “When people show up, it gives positive reinforcement to organizers and helps raise money for a great cause.”

The Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors will host the fundraiser on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Will May Dog Park at Sokol Park. Bark in the Park is free, but donations will be accepted to help maintain the upkeep of the park.

“Bark in The Park is a great opportunity for the Association to give back to a community that does so much for them,” Moman said. “The Will May Dog park is a top-notch public amenity that adds to what makes Tuscaloosa so good and easy to sell.”

Throughout the day, crowds can enjoy live music, food trucks, and demonstrations by some talented pups, including members of the Alabama K9 police dog team. Adoptable dogs will also attend the event. Then there’s the Pet Parade at 12:30 p.m. – an opportunity for pets and their owners to strut their stuff. 

Shelden Reynolds with Advantage Realty, a past chair of the event, says the parade is a highlight of the day.

“It is so entertaining. You get different breeds, sizes, shapes, colors of dogs – you get it all,” Reynolds said. “If the pet parade doesn’t put a smile on your face, then something’s wrong. There’s nothing better than seeing happy dogs everywhere.” 

Bark in the Park attendees of all ages will love the abundance of things to do. Kids will especially enjoy the special children’s area, with activities such as face painting and free balloons. 

Additionally, Bark in the Park will host booths for a variety of vendors, including food from Pastor’s Kitchen, Local Roots, and Chick-fil-A. 

Organizers invite everyone to enjoy a day full of good food, great laughs, and adorable pups.  

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Tuscaloosa Community Dancers’ “Ballet and Brunch” Fundraiser Set for April 22 The Second Annual Tuscaloosa Community Dancers’ Ballet & Brunch will be held on April 22. The fundraising event helps support TCD’s programs and performances.

The Tuscaloosa Community Dancers’ annual production of The Nutcracker is always a community favorite, but the organization is about much more, year-round. Recently, TCD teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club of West Alabama for an outreach program, and this weekend, the group will hold its second annual Ballet & Brunch fundraising event. 

“We are looking forward to Ballet & Brunch, which will give our dancers another chance to perform and will let the community learn more about what we've accomplished this year,” said Mary Lane Falkner, the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers president.   

This year’s Ballet & Brunch will be held on Sunday, April 22, at 11:30 a.m. at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa. Guests will enjoy a buffet-style brunch, along with cocktails, a silent auction, and a special black box performance by TCD dancers.  

Organizers say the fundraiser will help TCD with it’s programs throughout the year. Putting on major shows, like The Nutcracker, is an expensive endeavor, and the group hopes to expand its outreach programs, so funding is critical. 

“It takes a lot of community support to maintain the pre-professional production level that TCD is known for,” Falkner said. “Our fundraisers help us to bring in professional guest artists, build custom tutus and costumes, and provide our dancers with special opportunities like master classes and workshops.” 

This year, TCD completed its inaugural season of its “Make It a Pointe” outreach program, working with the Boys & Girls Club of West Alabama – and it’s a program Falkner said brought great joy all around. 

TCD is working with the Boys & Girls Club of West Alabama in an outreach program called “Make It a Pointe,” teaching area youngsters dance. On March 6, the inaugural program members performed for family and friends.

“Our Company dancers really enjoyed working with the Boys & Girls Club children and are already looking forward to their next project. TCD hopes to expand ‘Make It a Pointe’ so that we can continue to provide children in our community with dance education opportunities they may not otherwise have.” 

Tickets for the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers’ Ballet & Brunch are $30 per person, or $50 for a pair. To order, call 205-454-8822. And to learn more about TCD and its programs, visit 

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Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show, Blue Angels, Returning to Tuscaloosa this Month Millions of people will see the Blue Angels perform in 2018, including several thousand here in Tuscaloosa.

‘The Greatest Show Above Earth’ is returning to Tuscaloosa once again. The 2018 Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show, presented by Pepsi, is set for April 14-15 at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport. 

Thousands of spectators are expected to attend the two-day show, which features the Blue Angels. This elite squad of Navy and Marine Corps jet pilots will once again give stunning aerial demonstrations. This marks the fifth time the Blue Angels have performed at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport since 2009. 

The air show also includes children’s activities and an aviation display – something for all ages to enjoy. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox says he’s thrilled to welcome the Blue Angels and other air show participants back to Tuscaloosa.

The elite Blue Angels’ squad never fails to amaze.

“The patriotism of this community really binds us no matter our age,” said Maddox. “We’ll have a kid zone to keep children active and the show these performers put on will keep everyone in awe.”

This year, the air show presents a unique opportunity for local students to get involved and show their creativity. For this reason, the air show’s sponsors created the “Snapshots of Service” photo contest for students from Tuscaloosa County High Schools.

Students were encouraged to submit a photo that represents what the theme “serving others” means to them. Each entry must be accompanied by a 500-word essay describing their idea for the project and the meaning behind their photo. 

Fifteen finalists will be invited to the Pilot’s Reception where they can meet the Blue Angels pilots and other performers from the show. The top three entrants will receive special recognition and will be provided with prime seating for them and their guests at the air show.

“We like to incorporate student involvement in the Air Show for both the student’s benefit and the Blue Angels’,” Maddox said. “It’s a fun way to learn about the arts, social sciences, American history, and a number of other subjects while honoring those who serve.”

Gates for the event open at 10 a.m., and the show begins at noon. After the show concludes, helicopter rides begin at 4 p.m. Guests are encouraged to park in one of the designated parking areas with a free shuttle to Tuscaloosa Regional Airport. The free shuttle service begins at 9 a.m. each day. Shuttle locations are the former K-Mart parking lot on Skyland Blvd. in Tuscaloosa, the Tuscaloosa County High School parking lot in Northport, and the Tuscaloosa Intermodal Facility Downtown Parking Deck. 

Things to Know:

ARRIVALS: The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are scheduled to arrive at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport Thursday, April 12 at 10 a.m. Please arrive and be set up at the terminal by 9:30 a.m.
The U.S. Air Force A-10 will arrive at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport Thursday, April 12 at 2:15 p.m. Please arrive and be set up at the terminal by 2 p.m.
Contact Deidre Stalnaker (contact info below) by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 if you plan to attend either of these.

DRONES: The Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show is a no drone zone event. Flying an unmanned aircraft is prohibited within a seven-mile radius of the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport Thursday, April 12 through Sunday, April 15. See map:

WEATHER: The Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show is a rain or shine event. Umbrellas are prohibited. Attendees can bring ponchos and they will also be for sale on-site.

TEXT ALERTS: Sign up to receive text alerts – text AIRSHOW18 to 888-777. This is open to the public.

For more information or to buy tickets to the Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show or the pilot’s reception, visit 

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