Hey there, T-Town! We told you a couple of weeks ago that April was jam packed with awesome events. By now you know that – and here are some more. This week offers up a slew of fun activities for everyone in the family, including of course the 10th Annual Mayor’s Cup 5K and 10K on Saturday, and the big Fashion for Food fundraising event on Thursday night.
Death By Chocolate Tournament: April 21, 6 p.m., Tuscaloosa River Market. This event, presented by Publix Super Markets Charities, benefits Tuscaloosa’s Family Counseling Service. Restaurants and businesses in the Tuscaloosa area compete by bringing their best chocolates in hopes of being recognized as having Tuscaloosa's Best Chocolate. Advance tickets: $25; $30 at the door. For more information, visit counselingservice.org.
4th Annual Community Health and Resource Fair: April 21, 5 to 7 p.m. Paul W. Bryant High School gymnasium, Tuscaloosa. This free spring fling event is for all ages. Health screenings will be offered, along with information about healthy living and community resources and performances by students from all eight representing schools.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama is holding a special banquet to honor its mentoring program. “Shining Stars” is set for Thursday, April 14, at 6 p.m. at the Tuscaloosa River Market. The evening, presented by Nick’s Kids Foundation, features dinner, entertainment and a special guest speaker – Hall-of-Fame coach Bobby Bowden.
It’s another great week ahead here in Tuscaloosa, and that means tons of opportunities to get out and enjoy all that our area has to offer. This week’s events include the Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama’s “Shining Stars” fundraiser, Chris Young at the Tuscaloosa Amp and of course, the BIG A-Day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
18th Annual West Alabama Leadership Prayer Breakfast: April 12, 7:15 a.m. Bryant Conference Center, University of Alabama campus. A full breakfast buffet will be available for all guests. Keynote speaker: Political columnist Cal Thomas. Individual tickets: $25; Table sponsorships: $250. For more information, visit westalabamaprayerbreakfast.org.
Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society’s Sundown Lecture Series: April 14, 5:15-6:30 p.m. Battle Friedman House, downtown Tuscaloosa. This month’s lecture features planter and philanthropist Caitlin Huber Masterson lecturing on “The Life and Times of Alfred Battle.” The lecture is free for TCPS members and $5 for non-members. For more information, visit HistoricTuscaloosa.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama Shining Stars: April 14, 6 p.m. Tuscaloosa River Market. This fundraiser features an evening of fun and performances, along with special guest speaker, legendary coach Bobby Bowden. Cost: $100 per person; dinner is included. For more information, call (205) 758-5734 and to purchase tickets, visit bbbswestal.org.
The University of Alabama Capstone International Center is hosting the annual Sakura Festival this Saturday, April 9, on the Green at Midtown Village. The event offers the community an opportunity to experience Japanese culture with a variety of cultural exhibits and performances.
This year’s Sakura Festival is from 1 to 4 p.m., and activities are planned throughout the afternoon. Expect lots of games, music and arts and crafts, including demonstrations of taiko drumming, traditional dances and more.
The Arc of Tuscaloosa County will host the “hottest event in Tuscaloosa” on April 30, starting at 9 a.m. “Pullin’ for The Arc” is great fun and open to the public.
Teams of 10 individuals raise a minimum of $250 and compete against other teams by pulling a 44,000 pound Tuscaloosa Fire Truck a distance of 50 feet. Team costumes are encouraged but not required. Trophies will be awarded for fastest pull, slowest pull, most enthusiastic team and the team that raises the most money.
One of Tuscaloosa’s biggest festivals, the Druid City Arts Festival, returns to Government Plaza on Saturday, April 9 with more than 90 artists in attendance. For years now, this free festival has been a premiere springtime event in town, offering up not just art, but music, food and more. And this year, the 7th Annual DCAF will become an established entertainment district – designated so by the Tuscaloosa City Council, just for the event.
The City of Tuscaloosa will host the eighth annual Lake Tuscaloosa-North River Waterfest and Lake Clean Up on April 8 and 9. The two-day event features an educational expo for local fourth-grade students and a lake cleanup event open to the public.
Residents of the City of Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas receive their drinking water from Lake Tuscaloosa, which is fed by the North River watershed. Waterfest provides an opportunity for local students and citizens to learn more about protecting and conserving the local water supply.
Tuscaloosa Walk for Autism and 5K Race to Solve the Puzzle: April 9, 7:30 a.m. (5K) and 9:30 a.m. (Walk). Tuscaloosa Riverwalk. The Autism Society of Alabama is hosting this annual event, which raises awareness and funds for ASA’s autism advocacy and education initiatives and provides interactive ways for residents to support community members affected by ASD. Registration fee: $35. To register, visit runsignup.com/Race/AL/Tuscaloosa/WalkForAutismTuscaloosa.
Stillman College is about to commemorate its 140th anniversary with a gala celebration. Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State and Alabama native, will be the keynote speaker at a dinner on May 19.
For 140 years, Stillman College has encouraged and endorsed education as a liberal arts institution. Now, the school will celebrate its history and achievements with its celebration, “A Foundation for Life,” next month. Friends, students, alumni and community leaders will all attend.
Every 21 seconds a child dies because they don’t have clean water. More children die every day from dirty water than from malaria, AIDS, and measles combined. Every day, women and children in third-world countries walk an average of four miles to get clean water for their families. And that’s how far one local student ministry is going to walk to help them.
On Saturday, April 2, the Tide for Christ Student Ministry, in conjunction with Healing Hands International, will be hosting Walk4Water on The University of Alabama campus.