Tuscaloosa’s Druid City Arts Festival returns for it’s eighth year on Saturday, April 8. The arts festival has grown since its first year as a project for the University of Alabama’s Creative Campus students. 

“It’s been gaining a following, with more attendees each year, and we expect it to continue its growth,” said Brandt LaPish, director of marketing for Tuscaloosa Sports and Tourism. “The art scene in Tuscaloosa has been steadily growing alongside DCAF which has really given us a nice boost. With Kentuck right down the road, and plenty of galleries and studios right downtown, Tuscaloosa has turned into an artistic hub within the state of Alabama and DCAF beautifully complements that with our one-day event that brings in so many incredible artists.”

Tuscaloosa children can discover just how peachy the world can be as the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre presents its spring production of “James and the Giant Peach, Jr.” From Friday, Apr. 7 through Sunday, Apr. 9, Roald Dahl’s “masterpeach” comes to life at Tuscaloosa’s historic Bama Theatre. 

The Autism Society of Alabama will host its annual Walk for Autism this Saturday, April 8, at the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk, in support of individuals with autism. 

“The Walk for Autism is our most powerful awareness and fundraising event of the year,” said Angie Barber, Ph.D., a board member for Autism Society of Alabama and Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Alabama. “The walk provides the opportunity for residents, students and community leaders to support families affected by autism,” Barber said.  

April is here, and that means a *lot* of local events to enjoy – both indoors and out. This week includes storm spotter training with James Spann at Shelton State (if you ever wanted to become a storm spotter, now is the time), the Autism Society’s Walk for Autism on Saturday, Theatre Tuscaloosa’s outstanding production of “Company” and more. Get out, take the family, and have a blast!

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The American Heart Association's annual Tuscaloosa Heart Walk is this weekend, so lace up your walking shoes and get out for a great cause. The 2017 Heart Walk is Saturday, March 25 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.

**NOTE: Time and date change for Bark in the Park 2017: Because of a threat of severe weather on Saturday, March 25, Bark in the Park has been *moved* to Saturday, May 13.**

Tails will be wagging as Tuscaloosa welcomes Bark in the Park back for another year. The event will be held at Will May Dog Park and Sokol Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 13.

The family-friendly event returns with crowd favorites, like the dog parade, obstacle course, photo opportunities and more. Kim Parker, the 2017 Bark in the Park chairwoman, said the event is a perfect community gathering. 

Happy Official Spring: Spring began on March 20, just in time. Let’s hope that last cold snap was the final one for a good long while. We hope everyone had a lovely spring break, and it’s time to get back into the swing of things in Tuscaloosa and Northport. There are a host of awesome events happening this week, so be sure to get out and enjoy them!

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Happy Spring Break, everyone. Not surprisingly, this week’s community calendar of events is a little on the thin side. Still, though, there are a host of neat things you can do with the kiddos if you’re staying in town for vacation.

Need ideas? Check out our calendar, and also, take a look at Tori Linville’s piece on combating spring break boredom in the area with some awesome activities. Have fun, whatever you decide to do. And, for those of you heading to the beach, or Disney, or anywhere else – safe travels!

ALSO: Don't forget Daylight Savings Time starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday - set those close ahead one hour on Saturday evening!

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One of the more unusual races in the Tuscaloosa area is set for this Saturday. The 5th annual Krispy Kreme Challenge benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama takes place on Feb. 25 at Government Plaza in downtown Tuscaloosa.

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