For the past couple of years, I’ve composed updates on the current status of the vaping issue that by now you are probably very well aware of. If not, you can easily google “Juul” or “E-Cigs” or go to previous installments of this column on Druid City Living’s website.  


And as I say every year: If you’ve got a child or a grandchild in school, you should probably read this.  

Schoolyard Roots, a West Alabama nonprofit that partners with elementary schools through unique hands-on learning, will present its Eighth Annual Garden Party on Nov. 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Tuscaloosa River Market. 

This marks the eighth year for the fundraiser, which brings the mission of Schoolyard Roots to life through a community celebration that pairs local chefs with area farmers to create fresh, delicious cuisine. All proceeds support Schoolyard Roots’ school-based programming that ties directly to state curriculum standards. 

After a traumatic event, it’s normal for children to show changes in behavior. Keep an eye on children to find out what kind of help or reassurance they need.

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa is announcing its annual Small Grants Program, awarding projects by Tuscaloosa County artists and non-profit organizations. Grants to local teachers for arts related projects are also available through the Community Foundation’s Arts in Education Grant. 

Holy Spirit High School student Claire Laubenthal and her mother, Katherine, had the opportunity to travel to Ghana with the Tuscaloosa Sister Cities International Delegation over the summer. There, they visited the cities of Sunyani and Techiman with a delegation of 12 adults and 5 students from the Tuscaloosa area 

Katherine Laubenthal says the goodwill tour was an incredibly unique opportunity. 

“I believe the most important aspect of our trip was experiencing the history and culture of Ghana first-hand.”  

Do you have outstanding parking tickets? If so, you might be able to pay for them by donating school supplies this month.

Bullying is a specific type of aggressive behavior that includes repeated hitting, kicking, and calling of mean names, as well as excluding. If your child is involved in bullying, work with school officials and counselors to stop the behavior. Provide them with the date, time, place, children involved, and specifics of the incidents and their effects.

The Shelton State Community College Foundation hosted its first annual Wine Women & Shoes event on Thursday, March 28 at the Tuscaloosa River Market. The final fundraising total of $200,084.00 was announced at the Foundation’s May Board Meeting on Wednesday, May 15. All proceeds from the event will benefit Shelton State students through scholarship opportunities and support the mission of the College.

Shelton State Community College’s Bass Fishing Sports Club is making the sport’s inaugural year at the College a success.  The team is currently ranked 11th in the nation.

The West Alabama Regional Autism Network at The University of Alabama will hold “Autism 101,” its first community outreach event for 2019, Tuesday, Feb. 12.

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