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Take sunscreen with you to reapply during the day, especially after your child swims or exercises. This applies to waterproof and water-resistant products as well.

Follow the directions on the package for using a sunscreen product on babies less than 6 months old. All products do not have the same ingredients; if your or your child’s skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or call a doctor. Your baby’s best defense against sunburn is avoiding the sun or staying in the shade.

Summer is in full swing throughout West Alabama, and that means more time outdoors, and generally (for most of us) a sunnier disposition. Take advantage of some of these great local events and happenings this week.

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.

Four former members of the Alabama Crimson Tide men’s golf team: Bud Cauley, Dru Love, Trey Mullinax and Justin Thomas, will compete at the 2017 U.S. Open which begins Thursday morning and will be played at the Erin Hills course in Erin, Wis. Alabama is one of just four schools (Oklahoma State, Arizona State and Georgia) with four or more alumni in the event.

For those of you looking for something fun to do with the kiddos this summer, you’ve got plenty of options. Midtown Village’s “Screen on the Green” summer movie series is one way to go. Each Saturday night at 8 p.m. through July 22, a fun, family-friendly film will be shown in the green space at Midtown for free. Things get underway this Saturday, June 17, with “The Secret Life of Pets.”

This cutie pie is Elliott. He is a solid back little male that is a bob-tailed kitten! And sweet Elliott is this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week.

The City of Tuscaloosa’s environmental services division will recognize Garbage Man Appreciation Day throughout the week of June 12-17.

The following is Mayor Walt Maddox’s 2017 Inauguration Address, delivered on May 22 at the Tuscaloosa River Market.

Mayor Walt Maddox 
Monday, May 22, 2017 
Tuscaloosa River Market 

In October 2001, I remember standing on the stairs inside City Hall waiting for the inaugural procession to begin, and thinking about what would the future would hold. 

Nearly 16 years later, I can still feel the excitement, energy and anxiousness that comes with taking an oath to serve your community.  

It's important to give children lots of opportunities to be physically active by running, jumping, climbing and exploring their world.  Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The possibilities are endless; children will enjoy exercise if you introduce it early and often. Go out and play. Have fun as a family!

Tuscaloosa native Jessica Procter has represented the Tuscaloosa area as Miss West Central Alabama Outstanding Teen, Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen, Miss Tuscaloosa and now the 21-year-old University of Alabama student is Miss Alabama.

Competing as Miss Leeds Area 2017, Procter took home the crown on Saturday, June 10, at Samford University’s Wright Center in Birmingham. For her talent, Procter sang “Over the Rainbow.” Classically trained, Procter comes from an entire family of singers. Her parents both performed as professional opera singers in Europe for many years, before ultimately settling in Tuscaloosa. Doff Procter is the director of The Alabama Choir School; mom Laurel Procter is an administrator and artist in residence there. 

Jessica Procter, named Miss Alabama on June 10, with her parents, Doff and Laurel Procter.

 

Procter is a junior at UA, majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Psychology. Her platform, “Step Up to the Plate,” aims to fight hunger, and Procter has been an avid supporter of the West Alabama Food Bank.

As Miss Alabama, Procter will go on to represent the state in the upcoming 97th Miss America pageant, set for September at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Preliminary competitions will be held Sept. 6-8, and the final night of competition on Sept. 10 will be broadcast live on ABC.

Happy Father’s Day week, everyone! (Don’t forget to spoil dad this weekend). This week’s calendar is once again packed with great events for everyone in the family. From the Tuscaloosa County UA Alumni’s annual wine tasting event to the United Way’s Day of Action to all of the great live musical acts set to perform in and around the city, be sure to get out and enjoy yourself.

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.

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