Hi, DCL readers! Here’s hoping you all have a wonderful week. And if you are looking for some fun and interesting things to do, this calendar is loaded with tons of great events, from the Alabama Veterans Reunion to Hospice of West Alabama’s Cabaret Night to Belk’s big Engagement Party on Saturday. You can also take a special tour of the UA Arboretum this weekend. And Northport residents, don't forget: Municipal elections are Tuesday, Aug. 23. All the details are below.
To summarize: This is a huge week of events in Tuscaloosa and in Northport. Whatever you decide to do, have a blast.
Enjoy your week, T-Town.
Northport Municipal Elections 2016: Aug. 23. Polls will be open in each of the five Council Districts from 7:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. For more information, click here.
Bama Art House Films Presents “Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words”: Aug. 23, 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, visit bamatheatre.org.
Alabama All Veterans & Family Reunion: Aug. 26-28, Tuscaloosa. The third-annual event features a special public forum for My VA Community and a reception at the Tuscaloosa River Market, a Veterans Appreciation Festival at the Tuscaloosa VA and an Appreciation Dinner at NorthRiver Yacht Club. Most events are free; Individual tickets for the Aug. 27 appreciation dinner are $35/person or $60/couple. For more information or to register, visit alabamaveteransreunion.com.
Enjoy your week, T-Town.
Alabama Restaurant Week: Through Aug. 21. Several Tuscaloosa-area restaurants are participating in this annual event, with specially priced meals. For more information, visit alabamarestaurantweek.com.
OLLI Fall Registration and Open House: Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (registration), 2-3:30 p.m. (refreshments and courses overview); Aug. 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (registration). Bryant Conference Center. OLLI at UA welcomes all to attend their Fall Registration and Open House. Refreshments will be served and will include a brief overview of courses, bonus classes and field trips being offered this fall. No registration required; open to the public. Courses begin Sept. 12. For more information, call (205) 348-6482.
Sprayberry Center Open House: Aug. 16, 6 p.m. Sprayberry Center at Lloyd Wood Education Center, Community Room. Come enjoy a tour of the brand new school, meet the staff and enjoy refreshments. For more information, call 205-342-2660.
Ever played golf in the dark? On August 12, Child Abuse Prevention Services, or CAPS, is hosting an event unique to the Tuscaloosa community: a golf tournament played in the dark.
Enjoy your week, T-Town, and RTR!
Tuscaloosa County University of Alabama Alumni Annual Kickoff Party: Aug. 11, 6-8 p.m. North Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium. This event celebrates the beginning of a new academic and athletic year at the Capstone. This year’s guest speaker is Jeremiah Castille. Expect refreshments, door prizes, Big Al and the UA cheerleaders. For more information, visit alumni.ua.edu.
23rd Annual Night Light Golf Tournament: Aug. 12, Ol’ Colony Golf Complex, Tuscaloosa. This four-person scramble tournament benefits Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS). Golfers will play nine holes before dark, enjoy a BBQ dinner and play nine holes in the dark with glow in the dark golf balls. There will be door prizes, a grand prize and a silent auction. For more information, visit capstuscaloosa.net or call (205) 758-1159.
“Men Who Cook”: Aug. 12, 6-8 p.m. McAbee Center, Tuscaloosa. This annual fundraiser benefits FOCUS on Senior Citizens of Tuscaloosa County’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs, as well as the Foster Grandparent Programs. Tickets: $15. For more information, call (205) 553-3133.
The University of Alabama football team's annual Fan Day is set for this Sunday, Aug. 7. Fan Day is always a great opportunity for Tide faithful to get autographs from players and from Nick Saban. Here are all of the specifics:
Tuscaloosa has a new flea market, and it’s growing. T-Town Trade Daze began back in June, with a gathering of nearly 50 vendors selling wares over a two-day weekend at the Old Farmer’s Market location by the Black Warrior River. The inaugural event was so successful, organizers decided to do it again.
Seafood lovers, take note: Eagles’ Wings is bringing a taste of the Gulf to Northport this weekend.
This week offers plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy everything our area has to offer. From the Citywide Prayer Rally for Peace and Unity (Monday), to the Shrimpfest and BBQ for Eagles’ Wings and T-Town Trade Daze this weekend, there are so many things to see and do.
Enjoy your week, T-Town.
Tuscaloosa Citywide Prayer Rally for Peace and Unity: Monday, Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m. Bethel Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa. Churches throughout Tuscaloosa, Northport and surrounding areas are coming together for this event. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox will also be on hand.
32nd Annual National Night Out: Aug. 2, 6 to 8 p.m. Sokol Park, Tuscaloosa. Come out and show support for local law enforcement agencies and the officers who serve the community. Enjoy free food, drinks and get the chance to meet representatives from numerous area law enforcement!
Kentuck Art Night in downtown Northport: Thursday, Aug. 4, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This monthly celebration of art and artists is free to the public. Enjoy live music, pop-up shops from local vendors, demonstrations by Kentuck studio artists, and more. For more information, visit kentuck.org/art-night.