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Pansy is a gorgeous young adult female Calico cat - and she's this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's pet of the week.

The possibility of high winds and rain from Hurricane Irma has prompted a number of area schools to announce closings for Monday, Sept. 11.

When Vikki Williams Grodner conceives a project, it is usually not small in scope or vision. From starting Alabama’s first camp for children living with cancer to bringing the largest crowd ever to the Montgomery Civic Center to hear Tim Tebow speak on behalf of a local charity, from taking thousands of cupcakes to Newtown, Connecticut, three months after the Sandy Hook shooting to comfort the community, to distributing $1 million dollars’ worth of new women’s apparel to survivors of the 2011 Alabama tornadoes, Grodner rarely lets her ideas be stymied by limitations. 

Her latest project is no different.

Experts believe that reading to your child every day is one of the most important things parents and other adults can do.  Here are ideas for using this reading time to build your young child’s literacy skills while keeping it fun for both of you.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

 The City of Tuscaloosa will host the ninth annual Lake Tuscaloosa Clean Up Day on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Check out Hope, a 1-year-old female black-and-tan hound mix. Hope is this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's pet of the week. She has a smooth, shiny black and tan coat, and she weighs about 43 pounds, even though she seems like she is all legs! 

The Kentuck Festival of the Arts is the premier art event in West Alabama each year. This year marks the festival’s 46th year, and organizers are putting out a call – volunteers are needed.

Would you like to get involved?

The Alabama coaching staff recognized seven players of the week following the Crimson Tide’s 24-7 victory over third-ranked Florida State last Saturday in Atlanta, Ga., at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Damien Harris and Calvin Ridley on offense, Shaun Dion Hamilton and Levi Wallace on defense, and Keaton Anderson, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Thomas Fletcher and Harris, once again, on special teams.

Stillman College in Tuscaloosa celebrated the grand opening of its Veterans Resource Center on Thursday, Aug. 24. The new center, under the leadership of director Marilyn Hill, will provide a variety of services to Stillman’s student veterans, including academic advising and referrals.  

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


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