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Druid City Living always wants to recognize our great local businesses. To the new businesses - welcome to town! Remember: Shop local.

The City of Tuscaloosa and the Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority will present “Midday Moon Solar-bration,” a solar eclipse viewing event on Monday, Aug. 21, noon - 2 p.m. in Government Plaza located at 2106 6th Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Meet this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week: Simba! Simba is one exceptionally playful kitten. His birthday is 3/17/16 and he just "graduated" to the young adult room.

Q: We both work a lot, and our pup, Baxter, is often home alone all day. Can you tell us a little bit about doggy daycare?

Doggy daycare is great, but it’s not for every dog. Doggy daycare is very beneficial for active dogs, working breed dogs and social type dogs. They can offer group playtime, one-on-one time with a staff member – and some offer boarding and baths/grooming as well.

In 2009, Dr. David Beito, a University of Alabama history professor, and his wife, Dr. Linda Royster Beito, released a book called “Black Maverick,” a biography about unsung civil rights pioneer Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Mason Howard.

The book received positive reviews, but, for the Beitos, a book wasn’t enough. Howard’s story needed to reach a wider audience.

In 2015, they attempted something they hadn’t done before: writing a screenplay about a part of Howard’s life they hoped would become a movie.

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.

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The University of Alabama Libraries will celebrate the solar eclipse on Aug. 21 with free giveaways at four of its five branches.

The event, “Experience the Solar Eclipse,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Gorgas Library, Bruno Business Library, Rodgers Library and McLure Education Library.

Tables will be set up at each library where staff will be giving away 1,200 eclipse glasses, Moon Pies, and Starburst and Milk Way candies.

No one wants to see their child laying in a hospital bed. When this unfortunate circumstance becomes a reality, many Tuscaloosa County residents choose Children's of Alabama in Birmingham.

To show support and care for children and families who find themselves at the country's third-largest pediatric hospital, the Tuscaloosa County Farmers Federation donated $2,000 to Children's of Alabama.

City of Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox has appointed Mark Fields as city clerk, effective Sept. 5.

Students all over Tuscaloosa are back in class now, but it's still summer - and with that, comes hot temperatures and the need to cool off - often, with a sweet treat. Sixth grade students of Holy Spirit Catholic School have making ice cream down to a science.

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